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Contact your U.S. senator now to support full funding of the Recreational Trails Program

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Senate Bill 1527 has five sponsors, many more needed

The federal Recreational Trails Program has used off-highway vehicle users’ federal gas taxes to fund more than 24,000 trail projects nationally since 1992. It is clearly one of the best tools we have to help fund trail construction and maintenance.

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Only about $84 million of the estimated $270 million collected annually on OHV fuel makes its way to trails projects. That’s less than a third. And it’s a gap that every trail user should want closed.

In late May, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) introduced legislation that takes the first, important step toward getting RTP the full funding it deserves. Four other senators have signed on to co-sponsor the bill, which requires the Federal Highway Administration to update its estimate of the actual fuel tax dollars generated by off-highway vehicles, so that amount can be captured as program revisions are made.

It’s time now to add as many Senate co-sponsors as possible to help the bill move through Congress. Please take just a minute to send your U.S. senator either a Thank-You for co-sponsoring the bill or your request that they do so as soon as possible. Our software and pre-written messages will make it easy, matching you to your elected officials to make sure they get the appropriate message.

Please do this now, it’s quick and easy and could make a big difference.  Take Action

For more information, contact the AMA at grassroots@ama-cycle.org.

Thank you in advance for contacting your U.S. senator about this important legislation. Please forward this alert to your friends and ask them to do so as well. If you do submit comments, please forward a copy to us at grassroots@amacycle.org.

Now more than ever, it is crucial that you and your riding friends become members of the AMA to help protect our riding freedoms. More members mean more clout against the opponents of motorcycling. That support will help fight for your rights-on the road, trail and racetrack and in the halls of government.

Join the AMA at americanmotorcyclist.com.

If you are an AMA member, encourage your friends to join by telling them about the many AMA benefits you appreciate and the role the AMA plays in promoting the motorcycle lifestyle and protecting the future of motorcycling.

BIKER LIVES MATTER–President’s Briefing

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Biker Lives Matter is a new Motorcycle Safety Organization that was started when a group of bikers having lunch were discussing the amount of us that have been injured or had friends or family killed while riding our motorcycles.

To date we purchased the website name BikerLivesMatter.com and made progress on the website content which we will continue to add to.

We obtained a State of Florida business license and are currently working on some small details for banking and other things to smooth running of the operation. There is a lot to do and dealing with the government takes time. We appreciate you having faith in us as we grow.

There has been so much response to what we started we will be working on a national level with other agencies and groups and as details are finalized, will let all know through reports on the website and motorcycle media.

I would like to personally thank the motorcycle media who are sharing information on us. I am sure you will continue to see more of that.

Here is a link to the latest from Paisano Publications Easyriders Scuttlebutt blog.

Motorcyclist have the right to operate on our roadways without danger and we will be supporting most motorcycle rights organizations that are also working on this.

We want everyone to know we are a Safety Organization. You may not see a difference in the two but from a legal standpoint there is.

There are many things being done to promote motorcycle safety, but we believe there is a lot more that can be done.

We invite state motor vehicle agencies to partner with us so we can let them know what we expect from them. We are currently working on having meetings with individuals in some of these agencies.

Motorcycle Rights Groups are invited to let us know what they are working on and how they feel we can help them. If bylaws of rights groups have restrictions on dealing with other groups that are not specifically registered as a rights organization, we invite individuals to join us. I will note that I recognize many of the names that have already joined from my many years I have been involved in motorcycle rights and things that affect us and our lifestyle.

Our first goal is to help reduce crashes and collisions. Education is a key component in our long term plan. Educating current drivers to look for motorcycles is something we have been doing for some time and we intend to increase our efforts by educating new drivers and those getting close to driving age. They will grow up knowing part of operating a vehicle is to look for motorcycles.

Together, working with other groups, to change laws by increasing penalties for distracted driving in another course of action.

There is a lot to do and changes will be made as we grow. For now, what you can do to help is to let others know about us, what we are working on and asking them to join. There is no fee to join, as with some other organizations. People do not even need to own a motorcycle; they just need to want others to stop injuring and killing us.

You can receive Free bumper stickers from a link on website.

Look for information on Accident Scene Management website so that those who are interested may be of assistance to injured riders until professional help arrive on scene.

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European Commission: ‘No Intelligent Speed Assistance for motorcycles’

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by Wim Taal

On FEMA’s request, the European Commission replied to the rumours of the introduction of speed limiters on motorcycles.

After the news broke in April 2019 that ‘Europe’ wants overridable Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) for cars, we quickly noticed that a large part of the automotive and motorcycle press described the overridable intelligent speed assistance as “speed limiters for cars and motorcycles”. This is not correct.

Ms Róża Thun, the member of the European parliament who steered this legislation through Parliament, clearly stated “We do not introduce a speed limiter, but an intelligent system that will make drivers fully aware when they are speeding”, but some journalists kept insisting that Europe was about to make speed limiters on bikes mandatory.

To clarify this matter once and for all, FEMA wrote an official letter to Matthew Baldwin, the Deputy Director-General for Mobility and Transport and European coordinator for road safety and sustainable mobility. In our letter we voiced our concerns about possible ISA on motorcycles and we made the point that no technological developments regarding a possible improvement of road safety should be implemented without proper consultation of motorcyclists. We stressed the fact that certainly a measure like ISA should not be implemented without first clearly establishing the need for introduction on motorcycles.

In our letter we also invited the European Commission to confirm that the new regulations do not concern motorcycles and that a possible future regulation will not affect speed either by braking or by reducing engine power and will be tested to guarantee the safety of the motorcyclists.

Matthew Baldwin promptly replied to FEMA’s letter and addressed the motorcyclists’ concerns: “You mention some information circulating in the media to the effect that Intelligent Speed Assistance will be required for motorcycles. This is certainly not true. As you are aware, motorcycles are not within the scope of the General Safety Regulation and the Pedestrian Safety Regulation.”

In his letter, Matthew Baldwin also states: “Even if the Commission were eventually to make a proposal making, ISA systems mandatory for motorcycles, this would require an impact assessment and a cost-benefit analysis. This evaluation would take into account the specificities and needs of these vehicles and the paramount need for the safety of riders.”

Click here for the full letter from FEMA to the European Commission.

Click here for the full answer from the European Commission.

HIGHLIGHTED CHOPPER OF THE WEEK FROM LOWBROW

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Alex sums up his bike like this…

“It’s just a bike built to ride fast and go on long distance rides. Simple, low maintenance, and comfortable.”

Sounds good to us. Read more about his build and check out more photos in the latest Lowbrow Spotlight here.

Adventure Awaits

The people below are using motorcycles in the proper fashion: excitement, adventure and passion. Get out of the house, out of your comfort zone, tag @lowbrowcustoms and hashtag #lowbrowcustoms, #lowbrowlife, #lowbroworder or #rideeverywhere for a chance to see your post highlighted here.

TOMORROW IS RIDE TO WORK DAY

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Ride To Work Day Is Tomorrow
Let’s fill the streets with motorcycles and scooters and flood social media with photos and videos of you all riding!

 

Ride to Work Day, a 501 c4 nonprofit organization, can be reached at:
1730 West Superior St, Duluth, Minnesota, 55806 USA
http://www.ridetowork.org
218 722 9806
info@ridetowork.org

Ride to Work Day Mission Statement:
Advocating and supporting the use of motorcycles and scooters for transportation, and providing information about everyday riding to the public.

Affiliated Ride to Work Day Countries:
Canada, Germany, Philippines, England, France, Israel, Turkey, Ecuador, United States, and many others.

Happy Father’s Day, Goddammit!

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Hey,

Hope you can take the time to have some fun today, relax or spend some time with Dad or the kids. I’m very proud of my son, Frank, who is now is Austin, Texas starting a new adventure. My grandson, Frankie, is with Em tattooing at conventions all over Europe. Maxine is also in the tattoo world studying eye and eyebrow mods. And Olivia, is in College in Oakland studying acting and the arts.

And I’m trying like hell to build the first Streamlined trike, while studying aerodynamics, mechanical engineering and go-fast technology.

Have a terrific day! Rest and be kind, you have nothing to prove. And don’t forget to Ride Fast and Free…

 

–Bandit

NMA ALERT: Motorists in Court—Latest Court Case Updates from Around the Country

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This time of year, many state legislatures have wrapped up their yearly bills, but courts never stop.  Here are just some of the cases we have been tracking.

The Colorado Supreme Court recently declared that an alert by a drug-sniffing police dog to detect marijuana and other drugs no longer provides probable cause for a search. In Colorado v. McKnight, the court also ruled that deploying such a dog counts as a search that must be preceded by probable cause or a court-authorized warrant. Since 2012, Colorado legalized an ounce or less of recreational marijuana for adults 21 or older. This ruling may have further implications for other states that have legalized pot.

US District Judge Richard W. Story denied a motion to dismiss a lawsuit that challenged the use of traffic tickets and other fines to generate revenue through zealous policing in Doraville, Georgia. The judge wrote in his ruling, “Here, the City is engaged in a broad pattern of allegedly unconstitutional behavior that is ongoing. As a result of that practice, the City’s officers write dozens of tickets for ordinance and statutory violations on a daily basis.” The four plaintiffs maintain that by putting this revenue into its annual budget, Doraville creates an excessive incentive for public officials to police for profit instead of protecting the health and safety of residents. The city books between 17 and 30 percent of its overall revenue from fines and fees by police and code inspectors. In 2015 the revenue was over $3 million with 15,000 cases in a town that has a population of only 10,540.

In a unanimous 5-0 March decision, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled that police officers are not required to document a basis for a traffic stop. In October 2016, Zachariah Marshall was stopped by police ostensibly for speeding but was arrested instead for a DUI. The defense asked that the case be thrown out since the officer lacked reasonable suspicion for stopping him in the first place since Marshall’s driving did not signal impairment and speeding was not cited. The court, however, stated that the reasonable suspicion standard does not mandate documentation, only that an officer have “a particularized and objective basis for suspecting” that the driver violated the law.

Berkshire County, Massachusetts Judge Jennifer Tyne ruled that statements made by a Lanesborough police officer in an alleged drug case would not be admissible. Officer Brennan Polidoro received drug-recognition certification in 2014 and is the county’s only Drug Recognition Expert. Judge Tyne deemed that Polidoro’s evaluations and his training were not based on science and his conclusions were unreliable. Courts recognize a blood alcohol test standard for giving an accurate reflection of intoxication, but no such recognizable standards exist for marijuana or other drugs.

Due to a jurisdictional technicality, a federal lawsuit brought against the state of Rhode Island for truck-only tolls was thrown out of court. US District Judge William Smith dismissed the lawsuit from the American Trucking Associations (ATA) because the truck-only tolls are really a form of targeted tax and the case should be heard in state, not federal court. The ATA contends that the tolls are a violation of the Commerce Clause and discriminates against out-of-state truckers. Rhode Island installed the controversial program to raise funds for roads and currently has only two truck-only toll gantries in operation. Beginning in July, however, the state will open a third gantry and plan to open one gantry a month until April 2020.

The Texas Court of Appeals overturned a county judge’s interpretation of the state’s littering law that held tossing a lit cigarette out of the car could only be a crime if it happened to start a fire. A motorist was stopped after he dropped a lit cigarette to the ground and was later booked on a DUI. The three-judge panel said the traffic stop was justified because the motorist violated the state’s littering law even if the cigarette did not start a fire.

The US Supreme Court heard testimony in April about a Wisconsin law that allows law enforcement to draw blood without a warrant from unconscious drivers who are suspected of being intoxicated. Close to half of all states have similar laws, which claim that by choosing to drive, motorists consent to breath, blood or urine tests if police suspect them of drunk driving or driving under the influence of drugs. Lawyers for the driver who was subjected to a blood draw while unconscious say that the WI law violates the Fourth Amendment prohibition against unreasonable searches and seizures. The case is Mitchell v. Wisconsin, 18-6210.

In another Wisconsin case, the State Supreme Court upheld that police can ask questions about guns and gun permits during a traffic stop. In the Milwaukee case of Wisconsin v. Wright, a police officer asked motorist, John Patrick Wright, in a 2016 traffic stop, whether he had a gun in the car and a concealed carry permit. Wright answered that he did have a gun in his glove compartment but did not yet have his permit since he just finished the class required for the permit. Wright was then arrested. Two courts rejected the questioning about guns saying it was a Fourth Amendment violation to extend a stop to inquire about issues unrelated to the initial reason for the traffic stop (a broken headlight). The high court stated that the officer asking the question about the gun and the gun permit took little time to ask and was thus de minimis, virtually incapable of any measurement, which then did not violate the Fourth Amendment.

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Installing a custom gas tank doesn’t have to be intimidating…

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In the how-to video above we show you one way to do it properly. Tyler goes through the install of a Banana Gas Tank on one of Todd’s Triumph bobbers step-by-step, sharing many good bits of information along the way.

This is the latest video on the Lowbrow YouTube Channel. To stay in the know click here to subscribe and you will be one of the first to see our new videosl

We offer gas tanks that bolt-on to Sportsters and various other bikes as well as tanks that take a bit of fabrication to install. You can check out all of our gas tanks here.

–Tyler

HOT NEWS: Gas prices could fall below $2 for many Americans

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New York (CNN Business)Here’s some good news for drivers in the United States: Gasoline could fall below $2 a gallon for many Americans later this year.

Retail gas prices have been falling steadily for several weeks now. The national average currently stands at $2.72 a gallon for regular gas, according to AAA, down 17 cents from the 2019 high in early May and down 7 cents in just the past week.
Wholesale prices are falling even faster, suggesting that prices at the pump should continue to fall.
“Pretty much every portion of the country should see drops between now and the end of next week,” said Tom Kloza, head of energy analysis for the Oil Price Information Service.
Most of the decline is because of falling oil prices, in part thanks to booming US oil production. That has made up for cuts in production by OPEC nations designed to support prices. Oil prices have also fallen in part because of weaker-than-expected demand for gasoline in international markets, particularly China, where slowing economic activity has cut into auto sales.
Gasoline prices have fallen fastest in parts of the country where $4 gas was the norm at the end of last month. In California, which still has the highest average price at $3.86 a gallon, prices have fallen by 23 cents. And wholesale prices in the West are falling even faster than elsewhere in the country as refineries there that had been shut come back online.
America's oil boom will break more records this year. OPEC is stuck in retreat

The national average price will probably decline even more — perhaps to $2.25 a gallon according to Kloza — later in the year. Once the summer driving season ends, demand for gas falls, pushing down prices. So does a switch away from the more expensive blend of gasoline required in the summer months to control smog.
A national average of $2.25 a gallon would probably mean that nearly half the nation’s gas stations will be selling regular gas for less than $2 a gallon, Kloza said.
–By Chris Isidore
CNN