National and Regional News
SALT LAKE CITY — President Donald Trump plans to visit Utah in December to announce a reduction in the size of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments. The news, reported by the Salt Lake Tribune, came from the office of U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch. Utah officials favor shrinking the 1.35-million-acre Bears Ears monument to 120,000 acres. Hatch also said Trump would modify the Grand Staircase to allow coal mining in the Kaiparowits Plateau. At the president’s direction, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke undertook a review of all monuments created by presidential designation, dating to the Clinton Administration, to determine whether the size of the monuments fit the criteria of the American Antiquities Act of 1906. Zinke recommended that some monuments be reduced in size. He did not suggest rescinding any designations.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Park Service is considering raising entrance fees significantly at 17 of its most popular parks, including a hike in fees to $50 per motorcycle. If implemented, estimates suggest the peak-season price structure could increase national park revenue by $70 million a year, a 34 percent increase over the $200 million collected in Fiscal 2016. Under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act, 80 percent of an entrance fee remains in the park where it is collected. The other 20 percent is spent on projects in other national parks. The agency says the increased revenue will be used to help reduce its enormous backlog of maintenance projects. During the peak season at each park, the entrance fee would be $70 per private, non-commercial vehicle, $50 per motorcycle, and $30 per person on bike or foot. A park-specific annual pass for any of the 17 parks would be available for $75. A comment period opened Oct. 24 and continues through Nov. 23 on the NPS website.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Recreational activities generate more than $887 billion in annual spending and support tens of millions of jobs across the country, according to the American Recreation Coalition’s new report Outdoor Recreation Outlook 2018. The report indicates that visitation to state and national parks is on the rise; sales of recreational vehicles and boats are rising; more people are fishing and camping; and visits to www.recreation.gov are increasing. The report also states that recreational use of on- and off-highway motorcycles, ATVs, and ROVs also is growing. Nearly 30 million Americans ride motorcycles, and ATV ridership is about 35 million a year, according to the Motorcycle Industry Council.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Jerry Brown signed two bills Oct. 3 that extend the state’s nationally renowned off-highway vehicle recreation program and provide more stability for the program’s future. S.B. 249 extends the operation of the California Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Program indefinitely, eliminating a provision that historically had required periodic reauthorization and making the program permanent within state parks. S.B. 159 provides funding for the program. Without these key pieces of legislation, the program would have ended Dec. 31. The American Motorcyclist Association was part of a broad coalition that defended the OHV program against opponents who sought its demise. The group worked with legislators for months to rework the originally introduced version of S.B. 249 into an acceptable piece of legislation.
CLEVELAND — A plan to build a city OHV park has been put on hold, and city officials are forming a special police motorcycle unit to chase illegal riders. According to a report from TV station WOIO, the Cleveland Police Department has three BMW 650s, and more specialized bikes are on the way. Officers received at least 80 hours of training in California, plus additional training on Cleveland streets. Meanwhile, the OHV park—initiated by the mayor, whose grandson rides dirt bikes—drew heavy criticism from residential areas near Marion Motely Park, where the riding area was to be built.
MILL HALL, Pa. — The Mill Hall, Pa., Borough Council on Oct. 24 banned dirt bike and ATV riding, as well as the use of motor scooters, mopeds, snowmobiles and other recreational motorized vehicles, according to news reports. The ban goes into effect in 30 days and applies to all use, whether on public streets or private property. Local news outlet www.lockhaven.com reports that the ban appears to be the result of an ongoing feud between two neighbors, who have filed a series of complaints against each other. Under the ban, the fine for the first offense is $50 to $300. Subsequent offenses carry fines of $100 to $500. Not affected by the ban are lawn care and snow removal equipment, commercial and emergency equipment and vehicles used in borough-sanctioned events. Mill Hall is about 100 miles north of Harrisburg, Pa.
MADISON, WIS. — The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board on Oct. 25 approved the use of ATVs and dirt bikes in the Northern Highland American Legion State Forest, acknowledging the growing popularity of responsible off-highway recreation. The board OK’d the use of 205 miles of existing forest roads for use by ATVs and UTVs, development of 36 miles of motorcycle trails and additional trails for hiking and bicycling. The same board approved a master plan in 2005 that prohibited ATV use, citing the potential for excessive noise and damage. According to a report in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, state officials noted that communities adjacent to the 232,000-acre forest allow ATVs on roadways and area businesses support expanded access to the public land. A 2015 state law also required the Department of Natural Resources to plan for motorized recreation on land controlled by the agency.
AMAMOSA, Iowa — The family of AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer John Parham is auctioning some of his personal collection of motorcycles and memorabilia. Parham passed away this past spring. The collection includes motorcycles, vintage parts, bicycles, and other items. Parham created J&P Cycles and the National Motorcycle Museum. Liquid Asset has been hired to help empty the “back barns,” so the Parham family can focus on running the museum. Though none of the sale items are museum property, Jill Parham will be donating 20 percent of the net proceeds of the sale to the National Motorcycle Museum. The sale is scheduled for Nov. 14 in Anamosa. The lot list is online at Proxibid.com.
HAMAMATSU, Japan — Suzuki Motor Corp. has decided to suspend its FIM World MXGP Championship and All Japan Motocross activities beginning in 2018. The company said it reviewed its motorcycle operations and decided to “focus on the core business functions and restructuring of our motorcycle business,” which includes suspending MXGP activities. Suzuki will continue to produce RM-Z250 and 450 series and support those customers around the world. “The company will continue to provide valued products for its customers by utilizing the experiences earned through the racing activities,” a Suzuki release states.
TOKYO — Worldwide production of the Honda Super Cub surpassed 100 million units, according to Honda Motor Co. Ltd. Mass production of the first-generation Super Cub C100 began in August 1958 at the Yamato Plant (which later became the Wako Plant of Saitama Factory). In 1961, based on Honda’s longstanding commitment to “build products close to the customer,” Honda began production of Super Cub C100 in Taiwan using component parts sets from Japan. Now, Honda produces Super Cub series motorcycles at 16 plants in 15 countries around the world. The Super Cub is sold in more than 160 countries. In 2018, Honda will celebrate the 60th anniversary of Super Cub series sales.
MILWAUKEE — Harley-Davidson Motor Co. has appointed Senior Vice President Michelle Kumbier to the position of chief operating officer. Kumbier was awarded the AMA Bessie Stringfield Award in 2016. In her new role, Kumbier will be responsible for planning and delivering the company's global business results, effective immediately, Harley-Davidson said. She will have oversight of the company's U.S. and international markets, in addition to her current responsibilities. Kumbier joined Harley-Davidson in 1997 in operations purchasing and has since taken on roles with increasing responsibility in purchasing, strategic planning, new business development and parts and accessories. Most recently, she has served as senior vice president of Product & Operations, leading a team of more than 4,500 employees worldwide.
LONDON — The British army plans to auction six of the motorcycles used by its internationally famous motorcycle corps, the White Helmets, on Nov. 16. The Triumph motorcycles should sell for about $6,600 each, according to estimates from Charterhouse Auctioneers in Sherborne, Dorset. Officially known as the Royal Signals Motorcycle Display Team, the White Helmets served as motorcycle dispatch riders. The squad later assumed a ceremonial function that included stunt riding and synchronized routines. The group staged its final performance in September.
ISLAMABAD — The city government wants two helmets sold with each new motorcycle, and all motorcyclists and passengers now must wear helmets while riding. Officials launched an information campaign in September, then started to enforce the mandatory helmet law in October. Police officers also informed motorcycle dealers of the requirement to include two helmets in each motorcycle transaction.
PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The 2018 edition of AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days is scheduled for July 6-8, 2018, at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. A fundraiser for the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days showcases classic motorcycles of all makes and styles, and honors the riders who made them famous. Activities include the AMA Vintage Grand Championship, which features road racing, motocross, hare scrambles, trials and dirt-track racing. Another top attraction is North America's largest motorcycle swap meet with parts, bikes and memorabilia from all eras. Bike shows bring out examples of some of history's most beloved motorcycles. Stunt shows and demo rides of current production bikes keep attendees entertained, while seminars on numerous topics by noted motorcycling experts keep them informed. Tickets go on sale exclusively to AMA members through the AMA on Nov. 1, and members who purchase early receive an additional $5 savings off the early-bird pricing. Members can visit www.amavintagemotorcycledays.com or call (614) 856-1900 to order their tickets. Non-AMA members can purchase tickets through Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course starting Dec. 1 online at www.midohio.com or by calling (419) 884-4000. AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days is a family-friendly event. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult. Free parking is also available on site. Proceeds from AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days benefit the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. The mission of the Hall of Fame, located on the AMA campus in Pickerington, Ohio, is to tell the stories and preserve the history of motorcycling's legends and heroes. For more information, call (614) 856-2222, or visit the Hall of Fame's website at www.motorcyclemuseum.org.
PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Dec. 1 is the deadline for nominating an individual or organization for one of the AMA Board of Directors Awards for 2018. The program recognizes the individuals and organizations who have demonstrated leadership, uncommon excellence, and dedication to the AMA mission of promoting the motorcycle lifestyle and protecting the future of motorcycling. Send your nomination to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail it to: AMA Awards Program, American Motorcyclist Association, 13515 Yarmouth Drive, Pickerington, OH 43147. Individuals are encouraged to submit the name of a person or group that may qualify as an applicant for one the AMA Awards. A full list of the award categories can be found at www.americanmotorcyclist.com. When making a nomination, be sure to include the name of the award you wish the nominee to be considered for and, in 500 words or fewer, tell us why you think the person, organization or group stands out. Please, no self-nominations.
PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The 2018 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Calendar is now available. But supplies are limited, so order now. The collection of motorcycles in the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum includes bikes ridden by the greatest racers in U.S. history, along with iconic models that represent leaps ahead in design or technology. Now a dozen of those two-wheeled beauties are gathered in one place for your enjoyment. Beautifully photographed and featured alongside their histories, one of these classics is highlighted each month on the 2018 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Calendar. There is a limited quantity available. Click here to order yours today. Proceeds from calendar sales help support the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio. The Hall of Fame preserves and protects our motorcycling heritage and educates the public about the history and excitement of motorcycling.
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