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ANDREW HINES AND HARLEY-DAVIDSON WIN NHRA PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

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Hines Claims His Record Sixth Title and 10th Championship for Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle drag racing team

 

POMONA, Calif. (November 17, 2019) – Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines rider Andrew Hines was crowned the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Pro Stock Motorcycle drag racing champion following a day of drama at the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, Calif. After fouling in the first round of eliminations on Sunday, Hines watched from the pits as the two other contenders for the championship advanced to the semi-finals before also being eliminated, leaving Hines with the points he needed to wrap up a dominating season with his sixth NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle title and the 10th championship for the Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines team.

 

Hines started Sunday eliminations with a 114-point lead in the championship chase, needing only a win in the first round of eliminations to secure the title. At the starting line, Hines’s bike rolled backwards, triggering a red-light foul that put his title hopes in jeopardy.

 

“This is a day that will live in fear for me for I don’t know how long,” said Hines following the race. “In the first round, I pulled a maneuver that I’ve done too many times in the past when I rolled backward out of the beams. I can’t thank my team enough for supporting me all day long. My Harley-Davidson team, that’s what they do best. I was so disappointed in what I did today, but we persevered all year to get those Mello Yello points and win the championship. I love my guys, and I love everything about this.”

 

Hines (2004-06, 2014-15, and 2019) is the second rider to win six NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle championships, matching the record set by the late Hall of Fame racer Dave Schultz, who won the title six times between 1987 and 1996. Hines is one of only 10 competitors in NHRA history to win six championships. In 17 seasons racing for the Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines team, Hines has won 56 finals, also a record for the class. The 2019 championship caps a 16-race season that saw Hines dominate the class aboard his Harley-Davidson® FXDR™ drag bike, taking eight victories in 10 final-round appearances and earning the number-one seed for the Countdown to the Championship playoffs.

 

The Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines team races competition drag bikes inspired by the Harley-Davidson® FXDR 114, a performance cruiser based on the Softail® platform that combines the unrelenting power of the Milwaukee-Eight® 114 engine with the liberal use of alloy and composite components to maximize acceleration, braking and handling performance. The FXDR drag bikes made a dominating mid-season debut in July at the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals near Denver, where Hines and teammate Ed Krawiec stormed through the Pro Stock Motorcycle field and staged an all-Harley final, which was won by Hines.

Hines qualified fourth for the NHRA Finals in Pomona with an elapsed time (ET) of 6.845 seconds at 196.22 mph. Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines riders Krawiec and Angelle Sampey qualified in seventh and 10th positions respectively. On Sunday, Krawiec lost to Sampey in the first round of eliminations, and Sampey was eliminated in round two.

 

For the season, Hines led the Pro Stock Motorcycle field with 2,599 points and eight wins in 10 final-round appearances and was the number-one qualifier two times. Krawiec, a four-time Pro Stock Motorcycle champion (2008, 2011-12, 2017) finished in fifth place with 2,474 points after making seven final-round appearances and claiming the top qualifier position three times. Sampey, a three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle champion (2000-02) completed her first season with the Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines team in seventh place with 2,381 points and was twice the top qualifier for a race.

NMA ALERT: A Car’s Black Box and a City’s ALPR Program Put to the Test in two Different Courts

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Two motorists recently won Fourth Amendment decisions. Both cases will likely be appealed, and will have major privacy rights implications for how and where we drive our vehicles.

ALPRs in Florida

Raul Mas Canosa was mad and decided he wasn’t going to take it anymore. The city where he lives, Coral Gables, Florida, tracked his car all over town because of its penchant for surveilling the movements of its citizens with automated license plate readers or ALPRs. He had not been arrested nor even suspected of a crime. “If I’ve done nothing wrong and have no criminal record, why is my city monitoring me?”

Coral Gables, the self-appointed leader in Florida in the use of ALPRs, started its program in 2015 and now has 30 recorders around town including surveillance of an adjacent section of Interstate 95. In 2018, the electronic devices captured the data of 30 million individual license plates.

Working with the New Civil Liberties Alliance (a public interest, pro bono law firm that specializes in cases curbing administrative control), Mas Canosa sued the city for violating his Fourth Amendment rights against search and seizure without probable cause. Coral Gable’s attorneys sought a dismissal but Mas Canosa won the first round!

Miami-Dade County Circuit Court Judge Abby Cynamon agreed with Mas Canosa’s argument that Coral Gable’s use of ALPRs might indeed violate state privacy laws. The judge rejected the city’s attempt to have the anti-camera lawsuit thrown out on the grounds that motorists have no expectation of privacy and that Mas Canosa, in particular, was not harmed because he was not the subject of an investigation.

Judge Cynamon wrote:

“This court finds that there is a bona fide, actual, present and practical need for a declaration as to whether the collection of such information violates the plaintiff’s privacy rights.” She added, “There is nothing abstract, conjectural or ephemeral about the claim since the city has and continues to collect such information about the plaintiff’s vehicle.”

Mas Canosa can now move forward with suing the city. He ultimately wants the data collected to be immediately discarded if there’s no probable cause. The city currently keeps the gathered license plate data for three years as prescribed under Florida law.
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As highlighted in the NMA’s Driving Freedoms Fall 2019 Cover Story Are You Protected from the Little Black Box?, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled in mid-October 2019 that a driver’s black box (electronic data recorder, or EDR) stored information is worthy of privacy protection. The Justices ruled that police must first obtain a search warrant before downloading data from a vehicle’s EDR.

The case involved Victor Lamont Mobley, who was involved in a traffic accident that killed two others in December 2014. Mobley hit a car as it pulled out of a private driveway in front of him. Even though there was no indication of a violation speeding, Henry County police downloaded his car’s EDR contents without Mobley’s permission. The data suggested that Mobley had been traveling 97 mph in his Dodge Charger at the time of the accident. Because of the warrantless download of the black box, he was charged with vehicular homicide and sentenced to seven years in prison.

The Justices agreed with Mobley’s argument that the warrantless search of his EDR data violated his Fourth Amendment rights. Justice Keith Blackwell wrote in the ruling:

“A personal motor vehicle is plainly among the ‘effects’ with which the Fourth Amendment—as it historically was understood—is concerned.” He added, “The retrieval of the data without a warrant at the scene of the collision was a search and seizure that implicates the Fourth Amendment, regardless of any reasonable expectations of privacy.”

Judge Blackwell also said that since the black box permanently stores speed data whenever the airbags deploy, the early warrantless peek at the results was not necessary in determining the cause of the accident. The car was totaled and not at risk of being driven away. The day after the accident, an officer involved in the case actually obtained a warrant to download the data. The Justices affirmed that obtaining a warrant has to be done before a search.

This ruling overturns a lower court decision on the case. It also affects a common practice by Henry County officers of downloading EDRs without getting a court order.

The American Civil Liberties Union and its state chapter were involved in the case, arguing for Fourth Amendment protections for car owners whose vehicles are increasingly capturing information about their driving habits. NMA Member Thomas Kowalick, who has been championing the protection of black box data for over 20 years, also submitted evidence in the case.

Because of the long-term implications to the privacy rights of motorists, the NMA will follow and continue reporting on both of these cases.

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Opinion: Green energy will gut more than the oil market

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Peter J. Ferrara, Detroit News

Oil workers are not the only people who will lose their jobs if we try to replace fossil fuels with so-called “green energy.” Coal miners, pipe layers, natural gas workers and people in related industries will also suffer. But it will go much deeper than that.

American blue-collar workers in manufacturing jobs, who have been enjoying a historic boom under President Trump, will likely lose their jobs due to higher energy prices and manufacturing costs. Manufacturing is energy intensive. That means low-cost, reliable energy is essential to manufacturing and blue-collar jobs.

Germany tried to replace fossil fuels with green energy primarily involving wind and solar power. As a result, electricity costs soared in Germany, for businesses and consumers. German households pay three times as much for each unit of electricity as U.S. households pay. German businesses pay among the highest costs in the world. Imagine your monthly electricity bill three times higher than what it currently is!

Denmark also suffered high electricity costs when the nation attempted to replace fossil fuels with green energy.

In America, California has higher electricity costs than the rest of the nation because of wind and solar mania. It is effectively another tax increase, draining money away from household budgets and decreasing living standards.

As Robert Bryce explains in his insightful book, “Power Hungry: The Myths of ‘Green’ Energy and the Real Fuels of the Future”: “We use hydrocarbons [fossil fuels] – coal, oil, and natural gas – not because we like them, but because they produce lots of heat energy, from small spaces, at prices we can afford, and in the quantities that we demand.” He adds, “The energy business is ruthlessly policed by the Four Imperatives: power density, energy density, cost and scale.”

Fossil fuels have high energy density, which means they produce large amounts of usable energy from comparatively small amounts of fuel, much more than can be found blowing in the wind or dancing on sunbeams. That is most fundamentally why green energy costs so much more than fossil fuels.

Moreover, the sun doesn’t always shine, and the wind doesn’t always blow. But the electric grid requires a consistent flow of electricity. That is why wind and solar energy require backup from fossil fuels. That required backup energy adds to the effective costs of wind and solar. It also means that “alternative energy” is not a real alternative to fossil fuels.

Under President Trump’s energy deregulation, America is now the world’s top producer of oil and natural gas. The United States also has the resources to be the world’s  No. 1 producer of coal.

Abundant, low-cost, reliable energy provides American manufacturing with a decisive cost advantage over Germany and the rest of Europe, and over Japan and other East Asian competitors.

Affordable energy brings real benefits that significantly improve people’s lives. More than 6 million jobs have been created during this boom, with unemployment among blacks, Hispanics, Asians and youth already the lowest ever measured in American history.

The blue-collar boom has also created $12 trillion in wealth for Americans since Trump’s election, primarily through the skyrocketing stock market that began on Election Day 2016. The expectation of this boom was a primary reason Trump won in 2016, as blue-collar workers, the original core of the Democratic Party, flipped Republican in Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Democrats are committing a historic political blunder running in 2020 on reversing one of the primary drivers of President Trump’s blue-collar boom. Banning fossil fuels under the Green New Deal is a recipe for economic and political disaster.

Peter J. Ferrara is a senior fellow at The Heartland Institute and at the National Tax Limitation Foundation. He is also the Dunn Liberty Fellow in Economics at Kings College in New York.

Hell, I live in near the Port of LA, the home of Semis running 24/7, auto-parts stores, junkyards, performance shops, body shops, repair shops, and motorcycle shops. That’s not to mention the ships, the diesel generators, power boats, you name it. It’s nuts. Don’t worry about the electricity costs, AOC socialist programs will pay your bills. I always try to test a program. Why can’t we take a green state and let them test all these efforts. Let them run wild with green initiatives. By the time their test would be completed, we would know the truth about Climate Change and whether their plan holds any water.–Bandit

NEW FROM JIMS: JIMS® Rocker Shaft & Hardware Kit for Milwaukee-Eight Engines

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In an effort to perfect Milwaukee-Eight® engine valve train geometry, while improving durability, JIMS® has developed performance rocker shafts and proprietary hardware. The rocker arm shafts are precision machined from a low alloy nickel, chromium, molybdenum case hardened steel. The hardware flats on the end of the shafts are held to a .0005” paralleltolerance, assuring the rocker is seated in the correct position with the pushrod cup & valve stem tip when installed correctly.

JIMS has taken it one step further, and developed a 4130 stud and nut kit to replace the stock hardware used to secure the rocker shafts. Compared to a stock “bolt”, these JIMS manufactured studs allow the technician the assembly finesse required when torquing the rocker arm shafts on the cylinder head during engine assembly.

These shafts not only improve the stock head configuration; they are a must in a performance application with increased spring pressure.

You can purchase the Rocker Shaft and Hardware Kit (No.5836) for $335, or the Rocker Shaft Kit without Hardware (No.5837) for $211.95. For more information please contact us at (805) 482-6913, email us at sales@jimsusa.com, or visit www.jimsusa.com.

Marijuana makes you want more sex, not less — and it might even make you enjoy it more

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Smoking weed could enhance your sex drive. 
The stereotype of a weed smoker is that they’re lazy and can’t be bothered to do anything.
  • This includes sex.
  • However, according to recent research, that isn’t true at all.
  • In fact, people who use cannabis reported having more sex.
  • A separate study found that women who used cannabis before sex found it more enjoyable.

A common stereotype is that smoking weed makes you lazy. A “stoner” is often portrayed as someone who sits around snacking on junk food and is too languid to do anything — including have sex.

But scientific research has pushed back on this cliché. According to one study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine last year and spotted by Forbes, marijuana use is associated with increased sexual frequency. In other words, people who used cannabis had more sex than those who didn’t — as much as 20% more.

The team from Stanford University in California analyzed data from more than 28,000 women and 22,000 men who were surveyed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Results showed there was no basis in the idea that cannabis reduces your libido, as there was no link between its use and impaired sexual function.

“Frequent marijuana use doesn’t seem to impair sexual motivation or performance. If anything, it’s associated with increased coital frequency,” Michael Eisenberg, the senior author of the study and an assistant professor of urology at Stanford, said in a statement.

He said the study doesn’t establish a causal connection between marijuana and sex — that is, that smoking marijuana makes you want more sex. But the results hint at it.

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Doomsday Climate Petition Blocked Over Mickey Mouse Signatories

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Dozens of signatories including Mickey Mouse and Harry Potter headmaster Albus Dumbledore from Hogwarts have been ­removed from an Alliance of World Scientists declaration of a “climate emergency”.

Access to the 11,000 name-petition that accompanied a statement of concern published in BioScience on Tuesday was blocked on Thursday.

A statement issued by ­Oregon State University said “an administrative error unfortunately saw the inclusion of a small number of invalid names”.

“We have to date removed 34 names from the original list, most of which were duplicates.”

Concern about the petition, which was heavily promoted internationally as a call for action on climate change, was sparked by questions about some of its celebrity signatories.

Mickey Mouse from the Mickey Mouse School of the Blind, Namibia made it through onto an official list published along with the BioScience article.

After the statement had been submitted to the journal, claiming the support of 11,000 world scientists, Mickey was joined on the list by Albus Dumbledore, Headmaster of Hogwarts.

The first signature on the online list was Araminta Aadvark, professor of Zoology at Univer­sity of Neasden, UK.

Neasden University is believed to be a fictitious university promoted by the British satirical magazine Private Eye that was printed in Neasden.

The climate emergency statement included authors from University of Sydney and ­Oregon State University.

Sydney University said on Thursday the petition was being managed by Oregon State.

An online link to the petition on Thursday said “access ­denied” and “you are not allowed access to this page”.

The page was later changed to “Viewing signatures is currently unavailable. We are working on the issue.”

 

–Climate Depot and The Global Warming Policy Forum

Your Weekly Biker Bulletin from Inside the Beltway

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RIDING FREE FROM DC:

Your Motorcycle Riders Foundation team in Washington, D.C. is pleased to provide our members with the latest information and updates on issues that impact the freedom and safety of American street motorcyclists. Count on your MRF to keep you informed about a range of matters that are critical to the advancement of motorcycling and its associated lifestyle. Published weekly when the U.S. Congress is in session.

Strange Times In Washington, D.C.

As we enter the month of November the news cycle in D.C. continues to rage. The Washington Nationals World Series victory this week was a nice distraction for a city that is on the verge of a historic month.

Two significant issues will face Congress in November; first the House of Representatives will formally begin an impeachment investigation of President Trump. This televised political event will surely consume most of the oxygen and stifle progress on other key legislative initiatives.

The second major issue is another showdown regarding the funding of the government for fiscal year 2020. Currently none of the 12 spending bills required to keep the government open have been enacted. A temporary stopgap funding bill was passed in September, allowing the government to stay open until November 21st. However, if another temporary bill is not passed before then a government shutdown is likely.

Regardless of the political storm surrounding the U.S. Capitol, we at the MRF will continue to “stick to motorcycles” working with our champions on both sides of the political aisle to advocate for the over 8.6 million motorcyclists in this country. As we tell every congressional office we meet with; our riders don’t vote Republican or vote Democrat they, “vote motorcycles.”

Stay tuned. It should be a wild ride…

MRF at the Mid-South M.I.L.E.

Over the weekend, the MRF joined motorcycle advocates in Shreveport, Lousiana to speak at the 28th Annual Mid-South M.I.L.E. (Motorcyclists Improving Legislative Effectiveness). For those who may not now, the M.I.L.E. is a regional conference put on by the six states: Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma & Texas.  The conference kicked off Saturday morning with a general session that welcomed the attendees to the conference, and each state provided a legislative update of the past year’s successes and lessons along with a national and international update.  After lunch, attendees headed to a jam-packed agenda of breakouts which focused on everything from the MRF’s federal update and how to be an effective lobbyist, Bart Cocquyt with M.A.G. Belgium gave an excellent European update, along with Share the Road, Accident Scene management and host of other fantastic presentations. While I typically do not get to see many presentations at MOTM, I was diligent student taking notes and asking questions during the European motorcycle legislative update.  As we all know, the things Europe are working on tend to find their way across the ocean in the coming years.  Here is a fun fact:  Did you know Europe is banning the sale of all combustion motors by the year 2030?  That means Europe will only allow the sale of electric motorcycles and vehicles in just 10 years.  We try to share F.E.M.A’s (Europe’s version of a National Motorcycle Rights Organization) updates in the American Biker Journal as space allows but I encourage you to go to their website www.fema-online.eu and subscribe to their updates.  The best advocate is an educated one.

The MRF would like to thank ABATE of Louisiana for their southern hospitality and we were excited to celebrate with the riders of Louisiana over their victory this year, becoming the 3rd state in the country to pass a law to address motorcycle profiling.  If you would like a representative of the MRF to speak at your conference, please reach out to the MRF staff about how we can present to your membership.

All Members Are Not Created Equal

We added 7 new cosponsors to H. Res 255, the motorcycle profiling resolution which brought our total to 115 cosponsors or 27% of the House of Representatives. While each lawmaker is entitled to just one vote as with any organization, some members of Congress carry more weight than others.

This week we were proud to add Congressman Scalise from Louisiana and Congresswoman Cheney from Wyoming to our resolution. Congressman Scalise is the House Republican Whip, making him #2 in House Republican Leadership. Congresswoman Cheney is Conference Chair making her #3 in House Republican Leadership.

Members of Congressional leadership often refrain from cosponsoring bills and resolutions so as not to step on the toes of their colleagues. Having these two influential members of the House Republican caucus join us is yet another sign that our message is gaining traction.

A special thanks to the folks in Louisiana who TIRELESSLY contacted Congressman Scalise’s office about this issue. We in D.C. had written Congressman Scalise off, but the perseverance of the folks in Louisiana proved that the best advocates for motorcyclists are motorcyclists. Thank you to all that have contacted their members of Congress about motorcycle issues!

The map below shows which states have at least one lawmaker signed on as a cosponsor.   Is your state not filled in yet?  Check with the D.C.  team about how we can work together to secure cosponsors from your state.

RIDING FREE FROM DC:

Your Weekly Biker Bulletin from Inside the Beltway

Your Motorcycle Riders Foundation team in Washington, D.C. is pleased to provide our members with the latest information and updates on issues that impact the freedom and safety of American street motorcyclists. Count on your MRF to keep you informed about a range of matters that are critical to the advancement of motorcycling and its associated lifestyle. Published weekly when the U.S. Congress is in session.

Strange Times In Washington, D.C.

As we enter the month of November the news cycle in D.C. continues to rage. The Washington Nationals World Series victory this week was a nice distraction for a city that is on the verge of a historic month.

Two significant issues will face Congress in November; first the House of Representatives will formally begin an impeachment investigation of President Trump. This televised political event will surely consume most of the oxygen and stifle progress on other key legislative initiatives.

The second major issue is another showdown regarding the funding of the government for fiscal year 2020. Currently none of the 12 spending bills required to keep the government open have been enacted. A temporary stopgap funding bill was passed in September, allowing the government to stay open until November 21st. However, if another temporary bill is not passed before then a government shutdown is likely.

Regardless of the political storm surrounding the U.S. Capitol, we at the MRF will continue to “stick to motorcycles” working with our champions on both sides of the political aisle to advocate for the over 8.6 million motorcyclists in this country. As we tell every congressional office we meet with; our riders don’t vote Republican or vote Democrat they, “vote motorcycles.”

Stay tuned. It should be a wild ride…

MRF at the Mid-South M.I.L.E.

Over the weekend, the MRF joined motorcycle advocates in Shreveport, Lousiana to speak at the 28th Annual Mid-South M.I.L.E. (Motorcyclists Improving Legislative Effectiveness). For those who may not now, the M.I.L.E. is a regional conference put on by the six states: Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma & Texas.  The conference kicked off Saturday morning with a general session that welcomed the attendees to the conference, and each state provided a legislative update of the past year’s successes and lessons along with a national and international update.  After lunch, attendees headed to a jam-packed agenda of breakouts which focused on everything from the MRF’s federal update and how to be an effective lobbyist, Bart Cocquyt with M.A.G. Belgium gave an excellent European update, along with Share the Road, Accident Scene management and host of other fantastic presentations. While I typically do not get to see many presentations at MOTM, I was diligent student taking notes and asking questions during the European motorcycle legislative update.  As we all know, the things Europe are working on tend to find their way across the ocean in the coming years.  Here is a fun fact:  Did you know Europe is banning the sale of all combustion motors by the year 2030?  That means Europe will only allow the sale of electric motorcycles and vehicles in just 10 years.  We try to share F.E.M.A’s (Europe’s version of a National Motorcycle Rights Organization) updates in the American Biker Journal as space allows but I encourage you to go to their website www.fema-online.eu and subscribe to their updates.  The best advocate is an educated one.

The MRF would like to thank ABATE of Louisiana for their southern hospitality and we were excited to celebrate with the riders of Louisiana over their victory this year, becoming the 3rd state in the country to pass a law to address motorcycle profiling.  If you would like a representative of the MRF to speak at your conference, please reach out to the MRF staff about how we can present to your membership.

All Members Are Not Created Equal

We added 7 new cosponsors to H. Res 255, the motorcycle profiling resolution which brought our total to 115 cosponsors or 27% of the House of Representatives. While each lawmaker is entitled to just one vote as with any organization, some members of Congress carry more weight than others.

This week we were proud to add Congressman Scalise from Louisiana and Congresswoman Cheney from Wyoming to our resolution. Congressman Scalise is the House Republican Whip, making him #2 in House Republican Leadership. Congresswoman Cheney is Conference Chair making her #3 in House Republican Leadership.

Members of Congressional leadership often refrain from cosponsoring bills and resolutions so as not to step on the toes of their colleagues. Having these two influential members of the House Republican caucus join us is yet another sign that our message is gaining traction.

A special thanks to the folks in Louisiana who TIRELESSLY contacted Congressman Scalise’s office about this issue. We in D.C. had written Congressman Scalise off, but the perseverance of the folks in Louisiana proved that the best advocates for motorcyclists are motorcyclists. Thank you to all that have contacted their members of Congress about motorcycle issues!

The map below shows which states have at least one lawmaker signed on as a cosponsor.   Is your state not filled in yet?  Check with the D.C.  team about how we can work together to secure cosponsors from your state.

Click HERE to see if your member has signed on to H. Res 255.

Tiffany & Rocky

About Motorcycle Riders Foundation
The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) provides leadership at the federal level for states’ motorcyclists’ rights organizations as well as motorcycle clubs and individual riders. The MRF is chiefly concerned with issues at the national and international levels that impact the freedom and safety of American street motorcyclists. The MRF is committed to being a national advocate for the advancement of motorcycling and its associated lifestyle and works in conjunction with its partners to help educate elected officials and policymakers in Washington and beyond.

NATIONAL AND REGIONAL NEWS FROM THE AMA

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Park Service has reversed its September decision to allow ATVs and side-by-sides in Utah’s five national parks. The change was scheduled to go into effect Nov. 1. The Park Service initially intended to allow the vehicles, because Utah law allows some of them to be registered and operated on state roads. Anti-access groups and Grand County officials objected to the change and urged the NPS to rescind its decision.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) re-introduced S. 2602, Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act, which would protect the right of vehicle owners to convert their personal vehicles, including motorcycles, into competition machines. In 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was granted authority to fine amateur racers for such modifications. The AMA supports this legislation. Click on this link to contact your senator http://cqrcengage.com/amacycle/app/take-action?engagementId=503034.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released highway crash fatality data for 2018, showing a 2.4 percent decline in overall fatalities, the second consecutive year of reduced crash fatalities. Motorcyclist fatalities declined 4.7 percent. The report shows that 4,985 motorcyclists died in crashes in 2018, down 244 from the 5,229 fatalities in 2017.

RENO, Nev. – The National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council’s annual conference drew about 200 people from across the country in October. The AMA was represented by Western States Representative Nick Haris and Steve Salisbury, government relations manager for off-highway issues. The conference brings together off-road enthusiasts, government officials, industry leaders, OHV rights advocates and vendors. The 2020 conference is scheduled for Aug. 17-22 in Knoxville, Tenn.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – To attract new riders and encourage motorcyclists to ride more, the motorcycle industry must tap into people’s positive emotions, while offering easy and practical ways to enter and stay a part of the two-wheeled community, four presenters from the Motorcycle Industry Council said during the AIMExpo in September. Those were the findings by the research firm Centauric LLC, hired by the MIC to determine why some people ride and others don’t. Among the suggestions to attract riders were more support for rider communities and networks, development of rider mentorship programs and offering new ways to access motorcycles that are not ownership-based. The MIC is refining these elements into an action plan, which will be presented to MIC members at the MIC annual symposium in November.

State News

WRANGELL, Alaska – At a Nov. 6 meeting, the Wrangell-Petersburg Resource Advisory Committee will review the progress of previously funded projects, consider new project proposals and take up remaining recommendations for the allocation of Title ii project funding. The meeting is 6:30-9 p.m. in two locations: Wrangell Ranger District Office, 525 Bennett St., Wrangell, Alaska; Petersburg Ranger District Office, 12 N. Nordic Drive, Petersburg, Alaska. The locations will be connected via videoconference. For more information, contact Linda Slaght, RAC coordinator, (907) 772-5948 or lslaght@fs.fed.us.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed a bill that would have denied the off-highway vehicle community a long-overdue opportunity for additional motorized recreation at the Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area. Assembly Bill 1086, introduced in the last days of the legislative session, was a “gut and amend” bill that used language from the failed Senate Bill 767. Both bills would have declared the 3,100-acre Alameda-Tesla Expansion Area to be surplus property, making it available for sale. Newsom’s veto message cited a lack of evidence regarding mismanagement of the property. The agency that oversees the property has procedures in place for disposing of unneeded property. Carnegie SVRA has been part of the California State Parks system since 1980, when the site was acquired by the California Department of Parks and Recreation. Prior to that, the site was privately owned and was enjoyed by generations of motorized recreationists, including a period when it was operated as a private motorcycle park.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Using a $700,000 federal grant, the California Highway Patrol developed the Get Educated and Ride Safe II campaign, or GEARS II, to promote motorcycle safety and awareness. The GEARS II goal is to reduce the number of crashes and crash victims. With the grant, the regions with the highest number of motorcycle incidents will see increased safety operations. A year-long series of safety education campaigns, including the “May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month,” is planned. The campaigns will promote the use of motorcycle helmet that meet U.S. Department of Transportation standards and will work to increase motorists’ awareness of motorcyclists on the road. The campaigns will also focus on the most dangerous traffic violations, including speeding, improper turning and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Funding came from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

AUGUSTA, Maine – Steve Salisbury, AMA government relations manager for off-highway issues, attended the fourth of six planned meetings of the Maine Governor’s ATV Task Force in October. The task force is charged with six tasks, primarily considering ATV trail funding and the size and weight of vehicles allowed on Maine’s state-administered 6,500-mile ATV trail system, nearly all of which is on private land. Before the task force meeting, Salisbury huddled with members of the AMA-chartered Pine Tree Trail Riders and with Maine AMA State Chapter coordinator John Painter. The state’s off-highway motorcycle riders are concerned, because two influential task force members suggested revising the ATV definition to exclude OHMs, ending riders’ legal access to the trails. During the public comment portion of the task force meeting, Salisbury described the AMA’s familiarity with private land issues, highlighted misconceptions around OHM trail use, addressed best management practices for OHM trails, noted the available OHV ethics messaging and strongly supported OHM registration options that would encourage club membership.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Ninety-two percent of those commenting on a proposal to reduce tolls for motorcyclists favored the idea. Seven percent opposed it. And 1 percent were neutral. The Maryland Transportation Authority has proposed reducing tolls for motorcycles by 50 percent, among other changes. Of the 287 comments received, 167 addressed the motorcycle proposal. The AMA put out a call in July to support the proposal and also urge officials to simply eliminate the tolls for motorcycles. A final decision on the proposal is expected by the end of the year. The MTA report is available for download at https://mdta.maryland.gov/sites/default/files/Files/Documents/TollModernization/Toll_Moderization_Public_Comments_Final_Report.pdf

ALBANY, N.Y. – The Adirondack Council filed a lawsuit Oct. 7 against the town of Clare in St. Lawrence County over its use of a road through a forest preserve as an all-terrain vehicle trail. The lawsuit seeks to overturn a law passed this year by the town that authorized the use of the road by ATVs. The Grass River Wild Forest holds about 14,000 acres of forest preserve, which is managed with three conservation easements-Grass River, Tooley Pond and Long Pond-for a total of more than 125,000 acres of public access. Some ATV use is allowed on the conservation easements, according to a report by NNY360.com.

International News

Brussels – The Brussels government plans a study to determine whether motorcycles should be banned from the Capital Region, based on the amount of fine dust and greenhouse gases emitted in 2020. The Capital Region is Brussels’ low-emissions zone. A report in The Brussels Times states that a recent French study showed motorcycles emit as much as 11 times the carbon monoxide and six times as much nitrogen as cars. New motorcycles fall under the Euro 4-norm, while cars must meet the Euro 6-rating. The car and motorcycle federation Febiac said the idea is “pure provocation” and called a motorcycle ban “simplistic reasoning.” “It has been proven that daily traffic jams could be reduced 40 percent if only 10 percent of drivers would choose a motorcycle instead of a car,” said Febiac Chairman Philippe Dehennin. “We invite the Region to look at mobility in a different way instead of announcing a ban.”

VARANO MELEGARI, Italy – Carboni e Metalli, a startup manufacturer, has produced a “composites-intensive concept motorcycle” that pays homage to the U.S. Apollo missions, according to a report at CompositesWorld.com. The Lunar Project motorcycle won the “Best of Show” award for best motorcycle at the 2019 Wildays in Italy. The motorcycle is based on a KTM 250GS. It uses the bike’s original steel frame and engine, with a carbon fiber composite sub-frame, a rear swingarm built from a combination of carbon fiber and 3D-printed titanium. “In 1969, mankind first stepped on the moon. Now, 50 years later, we wanted to pay homage to that historical achievement doing what we do best in the part of the world: combining unique materials and advanced technologies with artisanal craftsmanship and passionate design,” said Massimo Bercella, co-founder of Carboni e Metalli.

Industry News

AUSTIN, Texas – Porsche Taylor, Alisa Clickenger, and Robyn Kocienski have joined the Women Riders Now Leadership Board. The board also includes co-chairwomen Erin Sills and Sarah Schilke. The WRN Leadership Board will help guide the strategic direction of WomenRidersNow.com, which was founded in 1999 by 2019 AMA Bessie Stringfield Award winner Genevieve Schmitt. Taylor is the founder of Black Girls Ride magazine, an online publication serving African-American riders. Clickenger is a motorcycle journalist and tour leader. Kocienski is a motorcycle tour guide with Motoquest Tours.

CHARLOTTETOWN, Prince Edward Island, Canada – Havoc Motorcycles, the makers of Canada’s Performance Supercruisers, has announced details of its newest muscle bike to be released for the 2020 model year. The Havoc 127 Voodoo sports a 2.081 liter (127ci) V-Twin producing 140 horsepower and 140 pound feet of torque. With 1960s styling, the 127 Voodoo is a retro-themed bike, including a hidden shock frame, springer front end, thick spoke wheels, sprung solo saddle and high tracker pipe. The company is taking orders for spring delivery. Pre-order pricing is $22,500. Get more information at www.havoc-motorcycles.com/127-voodoo.html.

VARESE, Italy -MV Agusta, a producer of premium motorcycles, has announced its five-year business plan, with funding provided by the Sardarov family, MV Agusta’s shareholder. The business plan calls for reaching a sales volume of more than 25,000 motorcycles in the five-year time frame and includes investments in a new premium and medium-capacity range bikes. The company’s plan also provides for an investment in its global distribution network, focused primarily on Europe, Asia and the United States.

MATTIGHOFEN, Austria – KTM Industries AG successfully concluded negotiations with Black Toro Capital-the owners of GASGAS Motorcycles-for future industrial cooperation with GASGAS under the lead of KTM Industries AG. New models will be developed alongside the Trial and Enduro bikes of GASGAS. As part of the Joint Venture the production of GASGAS products and TORROT electric vehicles will be continued in Girona/Spain. GASGAS will be added-alongside KTM and HUSQVARNA Motorcycles & eBikes-to the sales network of the KTM Industries group, which will soon change its name to PIERER Mobility group. The deal is subject to antitrust authorities’ approval.

COVENTRY, United Kingdom – Arc Vehicles Ltd., which planned to produce the $114,000 Arc Vector electric motorcycle, has entered administration, the British equivalent of filing for bankruptcy. The motorcycle was expected to produce 95 kW (127 horsepower), with a top speed of 150 mph. And the company claimed a range of 362 miles, with a recharge time of 45 minutes.

 

 

–from Rogue

Senior Editor

Bikernet.com

Cell Phones and Texting at 70 Miles Per Hour: Killing People

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This past week, a high school classmate of mine got rear ended by a lady texting at 70 miles per hour. She killed my classmate and two of his friends landed in the hospital with critical injuries.

This summer, on my 40-state journey around the United States, I witnessed women, men and teens texting by the thousands. They texted racing down the highway, in gridlock traffic, and at stop lights.  I saw a school bus driver texting driving down the road, I-70 in Denver, Colorado.  I reported her. My wife witnessed event.  I gave the bus number, license plate, Jefferson County Schools, time of day, and the route number.  They said I should have taken a picture of her while I was riding my motorcycle.

“You want me to take a picture with my cell phone while I’m driving my bike to prove that she was texting?” I gasped.  “It’s against the law!”

“If you don’t have a picture, we can’t follow up on her,” the lady dispatch officer said.

Good grief!  We need a national discussion concerning cell phone texting. It’s killing a lot of people and injuring hundreds of thousands.

Last year, 2018, 4,647 needless deaths because drivers of all ages texted their friends about inane topics while driving at 40, 50, 60, and 70 miles per hour.

“With the latest statistics available as of 2018, according to statistics compiled by the Department of Transportation, 4,647 people died and another 391,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes caused by drivers who were distracted because they were texting or using cell phones.”

Hello America!  You think we face an opioid epidemic?  Steve Jobs and the tech industry created a cell phone addiction epidemic leaving hundreds of thousands of cell phone users, and, innocent drivers at risk of getting killed and/or maimed.

  • Almost 390,000 injuries occur annually in the US due to texting while driving.
  • Driving while texting causes 1.6 million car accidents in the US every year.
  • 21% of US drivers reported sending emails or text messages while on the road.
  • 14% of all fatal crashes in the US involved the use of a cell phone.

Have you ever attended a funeral of a friend or family member who died because some idiot texted while driving at some terrific speed, only to crash into your loved ones?

Not only drivers:

  • The rate of pedestrian deaths rose by 27% percent from 2007 to 2017.

This can happen when pedestrians talk on their cell phones when crossing the road. According to statistics, more than 80% of drivers saw pedestrians absorbed by their phones while crossing the street.

  • 11 Teenagers die every day because of texting and driving. 

The distracted driving and texting stats don’t favor young drivers. Overall, this demographic is 400% more likely to be involved in a car accident while texting and driving compared to more experienced drivers. (Source: IceBike.com)

How would you like to be one of the fathers or mothers who attends your own child’s funeral because someone texted him or her to death?

  • Distracted driving causes 35% more injuries than drunk driving.

According to distracted driving stats from 2015 alone, driving while using a cell phone caused 391,000 injuries while driving under the influence of alcohol caused 290,000 injuries.

(Source: TheZebra.com)

We desperately need a national conversation-debate on how to stop people from texting while driving.  THAT much carnage on our highways, especially when it’s totally avoidable, needs to be addressed.

My solution:  when you earn a driver’s license or renew it, you sign a piece of paper that you will not drink and drive, or text and drive.  If you should break your sworn promise, you lose your license for five years the first time and you lose it for life the second time you’re caught.  You pay a $20,000.00 fine and your car is impounded for five years. You must pay for all towing and impound fees, or your car will be sold at auction.

This texting and driving, and drinking and driving can be stopped when we make the  law SO prohibitive that you would have to be a mental moron to commit the crime.  But if you did, you’re off the road without a license, and/or you’re in jail.

It’s time to step up and step into this national outrage. Talk to your state representatives, federal senators and House members. Make them act or vote them out for someone who will act.

As for me, I’m leaving for my classmate’s funeral this weekend. Makes me sick to my stomach, because it could have been my funeral or my wife’s or my kids.  It could be your kids or spouse.  For certain, all those fatalities are someone’s family members.

“The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year. Nearly 390,000 injuries occur each year from accidents caused by texting while driving. 1 out of every 4 car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving.”

–Frosty

From NewsWithViews.com

MARKED-The Unforgiven in Production

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“Marked-The Unforgiven” a new television show adapted from the novel by former Hells Angels Ventura President, George Christie, to start filming in Almeria, Spain.

 

According to Wanda-Halcyon Television executive Maria Jose Morales – “Almería is dubbed the Hollywood of Spain on account of the past iconic Clint Eastwood Western movies filmed there and more recent productions such as Game of Thrones have made it a Hollywood favorite for filming. Almeria also has one of the highest tax rebate programs for productions in Europe. The dramatic backdrop of rugged landscapes, vast unspoiled sandy beaches, impressive fortressess and year round sunshine make Almeria a director’s dream and an ideal setting to enhance the overall aesthetic and viewer experience of productions such as “Marked- The Unforgiven”.

 

According to Pat Andrew, a producer on the show- “George Christie, former Hell’s Angels, Ventura President and renaissance man will play one of the lead characters, based on his best-selling novel “Marked”. The working title for the series is “Marked the Unforgiven”. The location functions for the production as the fictitious Jiminez Cartel headquarters. The Cartel is the nemesis of the “Marked-The Unforgiven” Motorcycle Club” in this exciting new television series”

Read more in Bandit’s late Weekend Round-Up in the Cantina.–Wrench