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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate and House have passed S.47, an omnibus public lands bill that designates more than 1 million acres of wilderness and permanently reauthorizes a federal program to pay for conservation measures. The bill designates 1.3 million acres in Utah, New Mexico, Oregon and California as “wilderness,” the most stringent level of federal land protection. The designation prohibits any development and bans the use of most motorized vehicles. The bill also creates permanent protections for land in Montana and Washington state. It also classifies approximately 225 miles of river in Massachusetts and Connecticut and 280 miles of river in Oregon as wild, scenic or recreational. Included in the omnibus bill is U.S. Sen. Diane Feinstein’s California desert bill that adds six wilderness areas in Death Valley National Park and releases six wilderness study areas. The Feinstein bill also:
- Creates Vinagre Wash Special Management Area in California’s Imperial County;
- Allows motorized travel on currently approved routes;
- Designates a three-year period for the public to lobby the Interior Secretary for new motorized routes;
- Provides Off Highway Vehicle Recreation Area designation to five areas currently used for OHV recreation in San Bernardino County managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management; and
- Expands the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area in California by 20,240 acres.
The full Senate bill also includes changes in Emery County, Utah, that:
- Eliminate access to at least 50 miles of routes currently open to OHVs;
- Create 18 wilderness areas, totaling more than 600,000 acres of new wilderness;
- Create the 216,995-acre San Rafael Swell Recreation area managed by BLM which allows motorized use;
- Create a seven-member federal advisory board, with only one member from the motorized community; and
- Prohibit creation of new motorized routes, but allows repairing or rerouting existing routes for public safety or to protect resources.
The omnibus bill also permanently reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which funds federal land purchases that usually preclude OHV activity.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Consumer Protection and Fuel Transparency Act of 2019 (H.R. 1024) isbipartisan legislation that would require the EPA to revise the labeling requirements for pumps that dispense E15 and conduct a consumer education campaign to inform the public about the risks of improper use of E15 and the vehicles and equipment that are prohibited from using E15. The current E15 label doesn’t mention motorcycles specifically. The new label would call out motorcycles, ATVs, boats, lawnmowers, chainsaws and snowmobiles with pictograms of these vehicles and equipment specifically prohibited from using E15. Also included in this legislation are provisions specific to blender pumps that would require warnings about residual high-ethanol-content blends left in the fueling hose from the previous customer. U.S. Reps. Austin Scott (R-Ga.) and Lois Frankel (D-Fla.) reintroduced the bill.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency agreed to conduct a long-delayed study to assess the impact that burning ethanol as a motor vehicle fuel has on air quality, according to a Reuters report. The Sierra Club said the study should have been done eight years ago and filed a lawsuit in 2018 to force the EPA to conduct it. The parties reached a partial agreement, with the EPA agreeing to conduct the study by March of 2020. The results of the study could affect the federal Renewable Fuel Standard, which mandates the amounts of ethanol blended into the nation’s fuel supply each year.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – An effort to revive America’s Scenic Byways program passed the U.S. House of Representatives with strong bipartisan support. H.R. 831, the Reviving America’s Scenic Byways Act of 2019, would direct the U.S. Secretary of Transportation to reopen nominations for the National Scenic Byways Program, which has been closed for six years. The AMA was part of the coalition that helped create this program in 1991 and is part of a group now hoping to revive it. Many of the country’s favorite motorcycling roads are National Scenic Byways and benefit from the resources provided to preserve and enhance them. There are 150 designated National Scenic Byways. The program provides resources that help communities along these byways benefit from the tourism they generate, while preserving the characteristics of the roads that made them destinations. The Senate companion to this bill is S. 349 and needs your support. Visit http://cqrcengage.com/amacycle/app/take-action?engagementId=496302.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Six motorcycle manufacturers have joined together with the vision of increasing safety for on-road riders in the United States through data driven approaches and collaboration with relevant stakeholders. American Honda Motor Company, BMW Motorrad, Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Indian Motorcycle Company, Kawasaki Motors Corp. USA and Yamaha Motor Corporation USA teamed up to form the Safer Motorcycling Research Consortium. The organization was incorporated as a 501(c)(6) nonprofit to develop strategies to advance and integrate on-road motorcyclists’ safety through data driven research and collaboration with relevant stakeholders. The Board of Directors, appointed by the founding member companies, will coordinate and facilitate pre-competitive research activities in collaboration with the interests of relevant federal agencies. SMRC will also include input from associate members consisting of other OEMs, motorcycle industry suppliers, and technical or scientific organizations engaged in the field of on-road motorcycle safety. For more information, visit: SaferMotorcyclingResearchConsortium.org.
PHOENIX – H.B. 2246 would require all motorcyclists, passengers and ATV operators to wear a helmet at all times while operating the vehicle. The bill also would require protective glasses, goggles or a transparent face shield, unless the vehicle is equipped with a windscreen. Riders and passengers can opt out of the requirement by paying a fee when registering their vehicles. Revenue from the fee would be split between the Arizona Highway User Revenue fund ($200) and the Spinal and Head Injuries Trust Fund ($300).
ROSEAU, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wants comments from the public on a Roseau County proposal to obtain grants for additional all-terrain vehicle and off-highway motorcycle trails in Beltrami Island State Forest. The new trail, known as the Butler Grade, would provide a 5.1-mile trail connection to communities east of the forest. The trail would be part of the Warroad-Roseau trails and would be maintained by Roseau County and the Roseau-Lake of the Woods Sportsmen’s Club. Written comments will be accepted by the DNR until 4:30 p.m. March 25. Submit comments by email to Jack Pellinen, area Parks and Trails Division supervisor, at email@example.com, or by mail to Pellinen, Area supervisor, Parks and Trails Division, Minnesota DNR, 48990 County Road 4, Roseau, MN 56751. A map of the proposed trail segments can be found at mndnr.gov. For more information, call Pellinen at (218) 526-1362.
JUNEAU COUNTY, Wis. – The Juneau County Board approved adding two new ATV routes in the county at its Feb. 19 meeting, according to the Juneau County Star-Times. The county added a 1.3-mile route on County Road B near the town of Lisbon and 1.4 miles on County Road M near the city of New Lisbon and the town of Orange. The city of New Lisbon also approved new ATV routes and additions to existing routes at its Feb. 18 meeting.
SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. – Zero Motorcycles announced its 2019 Zero SR/F, which features a new electric powertrain that’s rated at 110 horsepower and 140 pound feet of torque and carries an advertised top speed of 124 mph. The new motorcycle, priced at $18,999, offers a stock range of 160 miles. With the optional Power Tank battery pack, the range climbs to 200 miles. An optional rapid charging 240-watt system can get the bike to 95 percent battery capacity in an hour, the company said.
MEDINA, Minn. – Polaris Industries Inc. is expanding its vehicle-rental business aimed at adventure tourists, with snowmobiles and Slingshots available. Polaris Adventures partners with vacation rental businesses and tour operators in places like Maui, the Grand Canyon and California’s Mohave Mountains, leasing new models of its products, along with a system that speeds up tasks like insurance and waivers. The business started in 2016 and now has partners at 75 tourist locations in 30 states.
VALCOURT, Quebec, Canada – BRP announced the purchase of select assets of Faster Faster, Inc. (Alta Motors. The purchase includes certain intellectual property, patents and some limited physical assets from the former all-electric motorcycle design and manufacturing company. BRP said it is not restarting Alta Motors operations and assumes no liabilities, but it is an opportunity to complement its ongoing research and development. BRP products include Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, Sea-Doo watercraft, Can-Am on- and off-road vehicles, Alumacraft and Manitou boats, Evinrude and Rotax marine propulsion systems and Rotax engines for karts, motorcycles and recreational aircraft.
BRUSSELS – The Federation of European Motorcyclists established the FEMA Worldwide Solidarity Fund to help motorcyclists’ organizations around the world learn from the European political experience with motorcycle issues. FEMA General Secretary Dolf Willigers said his organization strongly believes in solidarity among riders and the FEMA constitution says the group should cooperate with and lend aid to riders’ organizations throughout the world. The Worldwide Solidarity Fund will make it financially possible for the FEMA staff to spend a part of its time and efforts on the global requests for support and information. “We are calling on other parties to contribute financially to this fund, as well,” he said.
PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia – Providing designated motorcycle lanes on all roads is likely to reduce the risk of accidents involving the vehicle, especially those with small capacity engines, according to Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research Chairman Datuk Suret Singh. Currently, some highways in the country have designated motorcycle lanes, but Suret said the proposal is for all roads to have designated motorcycle lanes. “If there is a special lane on all roads for motorcyclists, it will have a positive impact, but there needs to be effective enforcement to prevent other vehicles from using the same lane,” he said.
PICKERINGTON, Ohio – The 2019 AMA Board of Directors Award recipients include:
- 2019 AMA Dud Perkins Lifetime Achievement Award – AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legend Malcolm Smith
- AMA Outstanding Road Rider Award – “Texas” Larry Walker
- AMA Outstanding Off-Road Rider Award – Lyon Payne
- AMA Bessie Stringfield Award – Genevieve Schmitt
- AMA Hazel Kolb Brighter Image Award – North American Trials Council
- Friend of the AMA Award – Tom and Karen Umphress, Liza Miller, AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Scot Harden and MotoVentures
The AMA Board of Directors awards recognize AMA members and organizations that best serve the AMA mission to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling through outstanding contributions in the world of motorcycling. Get full information at www.americanmotorcyclist.com.
PICKERINGTON, Ohio – David Craigie, of Santa Rosa, Calif., is the grand prize winner in the 2018 AMA Member Sweepstakes. He will receive a 2018 Yamaha XSR700. Craigie became eligible to win the XSR700 when he renewed his American Motorcyclist Association membership in 2018. All AMA members who join or renew are automatically eligible to win a number of prizes from a collection that changes for each calendar year. Other winners in the 2018 AMA Member Sweepstakes were Joseph Dafoe, who won a Scala Rider Communication System, and Tucker DeWitt, who won a Shoei helmet. The grand prize for the 2019 AMA Member Sweepstakes is a 2019 Yamaha Star Eluder. Get full details at www.americanmotorcyclist.com.
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring Honda, is America’s grandest celebration of vintage motorcycles and the people who love them. The 2019 event, with Honda as the featured marque, is July 5-7 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. AMA members can buy discounted tickets now at www.amavintagemotorcycledays.com. All activity at the event financially supports the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, the 501(c)(3) that raises money for the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.
Compare motorcycle shipping companies
Using an auto transporter to move your bike will help ensure it arrives safely and quickly to its destination. While there are many similarities between shipping a carand shipping a motorcycle, it’s best to work with companies that have specific experience shipping motorcycles.
What to look for in a motorcycle shipping company
To find the best motorcycle shipping company for your needs, make sure to do the following:
- Get motorcycle shipping quotes from a few different carriers and verify their licensing and insurance before utilizing their services. Also, check out motorcycle shipping reviews to see what other consumers have to say.
- Confirm that the company you choose carries the proper licensing. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), auto transporters (and transport brokers) are required to be registered with the FMCSA and are issued a six-digit MC Docket number. You can confirm the validity of the MC Docket number by doing a search through the FMCSA licensing website.
- Verify that the carrier is registered with the Department of Transportation and has a seven-digit USDOT number. In addition, there are other licensing requirements that are state-specific. Carriers must have the licensing required for their state in order to operate legally.
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The new Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle® Heavy Breather Extreme Air Cleaner is designed for maximum performance. It flows 42 percent more air than traditional heavy breather filter through a new elliptical tube and increased filter surface. This air cleaner was designed with the most air-sucking surface area of any air cleaner H-D® offers. At speeds over 60 mph, the filter captures air from the front, forcing the air through a smaller area to create a RAM air effect that optimizes performance. The kit is available in black (P/N 29400387, $479.95*) and chrome (P/N 29400388, $479.95*). The kit includes all required mounting hardware. All models require ECM calibration with Screamin’ Eagle® Pro Street Tuner (P/N 41000008C, $299.95*) for proper installation.
The new Screamin’ Eagle® Ventilator Extreme Air Cleaner flows 39 percent more air than a traditional perimeter high flow filter. The additional half inch of filter height around the 360 degree exposed filter perimeter when combined with the die-cast backplate can feed large displacement engines with an unobstructed flow of clean air that support huge horsepower outputs. This kit is available in black (P/N 29400397, $199.95*) and chrome (P/N 29400396, $199.95*) finishes. The kit includes a die-cast backplate, an open-face washable oiled-cotton filter element and installation gaskets and hardware. A Ventilator Extreme Air Cleaner Cover in chrome (P/N 61300993, $169.95*) or black (P/N 61300994, $169.95*) is required to complete the assembly. All models require ECM calibration with Screamin’ Eagle® Pro Street Tuner (P/N 41000008C, $299.95*) for proper installation.
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The Trump administration is planning to create an ad hoc group of federal scientists to reassess and counter the government’s conclusions on climate change, The Washington Post reported Sunday.
The National Security Council (NSC) initiative would feature scientists who challenge the seriousness of climate change and the degree to which humans are the cause of climate problems, three unidentified administration officials told the Post.
The Post reported that the plan was discussed by administration officials on Friday in the White House Situation Room.
It is considered a modified version of NSC senior director and climate change denier William Happer’s plan to create a panel on climate change and national security, according to the newspaper.
The NSC declined to comment to the Post.
At the Friday meeting, deputy national security adviser Charles Kupperman said President Trump was upset that the federal government last year released the National Climate Assessment, the Post reported.
The National Climate Assessment warned that climate change could have devastating effects on the economy, health and environment and that current efforts to counter climate change were insufficient.
Trump has been outspoken in doubting the effects of climate change, sometimes calling it a hoax. Following the release of last year’s climate assessment, Trump said that he didn’t “believe” the report’s findings.
Contact your representative today to support H.R. 1024!
U.S. Rep. Austin Scott (R-Ga.) and U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel (D-Fla.) have reintroduced the “Consumer Protection and Fuel Transparency Act of 2019” in the U.S. House (H.R. 1024). The American Motorcyclist Association supports this bill.
The AMA has repeatedly warned of the dangers of E15 (15 percent ethanol by volume) for motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, because none of the estimated 22 million motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles in use in the United States is certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to operate on fuel containing more than 10 percent ethanol. Use of E15 in vehicles not designed for its use can damage fuel system and engine components and void manufacturer’s warranties.
This bipartisan legislation would require the EPA to revise the labeling requirements for pumps that dispense E15 and conduct a consumer education campaign to inform the public about the risks of improper use of E15 and the vehicles and equipment that are prohibited from using E15.
Unlike current the current E15 label (below), which doesn’t mention motorcycles specifically, the new label would call out motorcycles, ATVs, boats, lawnmowers, chainsaws and snowmobiles with pictograms of these vehicles and equipment specifically prohibited from using E15. This would be a huge improvement over the current label, which can leave consumers guessing whether or not E15 is acceptable for their vehicle.
Also included in this legislation are provisions specific to blender pumps that would require warnings about residual high-ethanol-content blends left in the fueling hose from the previous customer. This bill would finally warn consumers about this hidden risk.
The public education campaign about the risks of E15 that is included in this legislation will take place on the fuel pumps themselves. The bill would direct the EPA to develop an electronic message to be displayed at the pump prior to dispensing E15. The message would warn consumers about which vehicles and equipment are prohibited from using E15 and the risks of improper E15 use.
Tell your representative to support H.R. 1024: Take Action
The Hells Angels are dumping their infamous clubhouse on the Lower East Side — selling the building that had been their headquarters for half a century to a developer.
The clubhouse at 77 E. Third St. — aka the “Church of the Angels” — is being sold to East 3rd Street, a New York limited liability Corporation.
The firm is linked to Nathan Blatter of Whitestone Realty Group, a commercial real estate investor. No sale price was reported.
Over the decades, the Angels were a visible presence in the neighborhood, from hanging out at punk dive CBGB in the ’70s to loafing on a bench outside the club — which caused problems when non-Angels started using it.
Some of the bikers were also implicated in a 2016 shooting and in the 2018 beating of a deliveryman. Both beefs broke out over disputes about parking spots that the Angels claimed as their own.
The feds tried to seize the building after a drug bust in 1985, charging that bikers used the clubhouse to conduct drug deals. But a jury ruled against the move in 1994.
–from the New York Post and Sarge
send emails to members of the Utah Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee.
Your voices are being heard by Utah lawmakers, and it is making a difference!
The Subcommittee ranked our “Restore Bonneville” budget request number 4 out of 28
budget requests. If it keeps this ranking, the State of Utah’s Restore Bonneville
program should be funded within the state budget to be approved in mid-March. The
program will dramatically increase the volume of salt being pumped onto Bonneville Salt
Flats each year.
Using a Bonneville analogy, we’ve made it through the 2-mile run-up and are entering
the measured mile heading for the timing lights after a land speed restoration record.
What it means
The legislative throttle starts getting pushed down Monday, February 25th.
ALL the budget requests must still be approved by the Executive Appropriations
Committee, which could change the rankings.
We will be asking you to contact the Executive Appropriation Committee members,
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STURGIS, S.D. (KOTA TV) – The Knuckle Saloon has been in Sturgis for nearly 20 years. Last month the owners decided it was time for a new venture, and put the downtown business on the market.
The Knuckle’s five partners are now opening a new brewery, Sturgis Brewing Company, later this year.
The building on Lazelle Street is 2,800 square feet, with retail and brewing capabilities.
The current owners hope whoever buys the building will continue the legacy and they are excited to bring a new business to Sturgis.
“That’ll take the Sturgis name out and they’ll be distributing all over. That’ll just help the rally; it will help the town, and it will provide jobs and economic impact too,” says Dan Martin, the realtor for The Knuckle Saloon.
The Knuckle Saloon is selling for $6.2 million.
–By Meredith James