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Eperjesi Headlines PMRA Tulsa Results

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Professional Motorcycle Racers Association (PMRA) ran its first race of 2020—and its first under new director Shannon Mendenhall—this past Saturday, June 27, at hot and windy Tulsa Raceway in Oklahoma.


And right at the hit, Shane “Showboat” Eperjesi set the internet on fire with a PMRA record 6.34 at 215.48 miles per hour on Robert Valera’s Pro Open bike, tuned by Dan “The Man” Wagner.


“The track was pretty good that first pass,” said Eperjesi. After that, trying to tame the hot track and wild winds was the big chore for Eperjesi and crew. “The wind was horrible and we should have moved it to eighth mile, ‘cause down track was some freaky stuff!”


Shane practically apologized for not going quicker and faster. He and fellow finalist Rob Garcia decided to save their equipment and settle the final on a handshake, with Eperjesi taking the beam for the win.


“I was being a good teammate and allowed Shane to go up to break the beams, since he will be running the points series there and I do not have those plans,” said Garcia.


It was the second outing ever for the Varela bike, and the first with Mitch Brown’s Monster head on top. “We ran a Vortex head in Valdosta, but Robert wanted to try the Monster so he built another motor,” said Eperjesi. “It’s stupid fast!”


Defending class champ Mark Rendeluk was sorting out his new Weismann transmission, qualifying third and losing first round to Mark Chisholm.

Martin Miller beat up on his old man Jim in an all-Miller Super Gas final. Defending class champ Jim took the tree but was .009 quicker to the stripe in the double breakout race.


Afterwards, Martin had quite a story to tell. “Two years ago I decided I wanted to be a dirt bike racer and went out on a Saturday morning against a lot of people’s word who told me I shouldn’t—like my mom, my dad, and my wife,” said Martin. “I ended up crashing, breaking my leg in five places, and having surgery


“Prior to this I had been saving up money to buy the dragbike that I now ride: ‘Bad Company.’ I had made the first deposit to my dad. He was the middleman, pulling the ropes to get the bike to our family again. Him and his brother Kevin built it in 2005 and won multiple PMRA races and four championships.


“I ended up having to take the money back from my dad to keep up with bills while I was off of work and lost my chance at getting the bike.


“I spent three months working really hard to get to walk again and spent the next nine months after that buckled down and working really hard at getting another bike. The gentleman who had ‘Bad Company’ held onto it for the nine months while I got back on my feet without telling me, so that when I had enough money I could buy the bike back.


“I had to change a lot off the track and a lot about my young life, and lose my teenager punk attitude to change my life on the racetrack. And I believe I did that, so God rewarded me the motorcycle I wanted in the beginning


“I have now won my first championship after 12 years of racing, and I’m leading the points in PMRA and in the Summit Series right now. I know it’s early in the year, but I stay competitive to keep my mindset


“But I’m also humble. Winning this past weekend against my father meant more than words or pictures could ever tell, but what most of those people back at the starting line couldn’t see is my dad out-running my butt. He took the finish line by 0.009 too fast and still had half a wheel on me. Anyone that can judge that kind of distance at that rate of speed is a pro.


“I owe everything to my parents who stuck by me when I was in the wrong. They also molded me into what I am today.


“I also owe a bit of gratitude for my life both on and off the race track to Chris Wedman. He’s like that uncle that’s a second dad. He sees the good in you but won’t hesitate to slap you straight when you start to slip up. I can talk about Chris Wedman and all the good he’s done for a lot of people, but that would be another article itself.”

David Ellenbecker overcame some first-race-of-the-season jitters aboard his gangsta Kawasaki ZX14 to take out Kermit Lottie in the Outlaw Grudge final.


“The start of the 2020 season has been chaos!” said Ellenbecker. “The team has endured tremendous amounts of stress, hours of work, and several weeks without a full night’s sleep. But this weekend we got to reap some of the fruit of our labor. We secured our first heads-up win of the season and our first PMRA win. We’ve been long overdue and this one feels damn good.


“I can’t thank everyone enough for all that they do. None of this is remotely possible without a team behind you. Wil Marquardt particularly has sacrificed an awful lot for this portion of our program in the belief that a few punk kids in a 2-car garage can do something extraordinary.


“Also a big ‘Thank You’ to our sponsor Ag & Drag machine shop. Dan put a lot of hours into the bike these last few weeks. Thanks to Robinson Industries and Rob Bush for helping us get the parts we needed to rebuild and the awesome turnaround time. It couldn’t have been done without them.”

Lucas Townsend’s .008 light pretty well finished off Alan Martin in the Super Comp final as Martin’s game try to catch came up exactly .008 short at the stripe.


“Got up real early at 5:00 am to make the trip up to Tulsa,” said Townsend. “Got there, got ready for open trials, and took the ‘Grinch’ green 8.90 super comp bike up for the first run and ran 8.85 outta the trailer, and parked it till first round.”


Townsend qualified fourth with an 8.964. Number one qualifier Mike Hudson failed to make the call against Townsend in round 2 on Lucas’ march to the win.


Top Gas was an all-Townsend final, as Lucas faced his cousin Chad. “We decided to split the money before we ran, so I made up my mind I just wanted to run him to the finish no matter what.”


Chad took the tree .069 to Lucas’ .080 and—sure enough—Lucas kept the throttle pinned. “I ran under with an 8.185 (at 163) and crossed in front to his 8.235/160,” said Lucas “He got the winlight but I out-ran him!


“All in all, a great day of racing. The bikes were dead on the number.


“Thanks to Tulsa Raceway Park and PMRA for having us a place to race. Can’t wait to go back!”


“Potato Salad Racing’s” Louis Brown took Heavy Hitter Grudge on his purple ‘Suzuki Hayabusa, with Mac McKnight the runner-up. “We’ve been going to Carolina, working a bunch with Billy Vose, and somehow we ended up getting one of his bikes he had jus put together,” said Brown. “It’s been a dream come true! Kinda crazy, he tuned my bike all the way from Darlington on Saturday and it ran like a bracket bike all day.”


In actual bracket racing, Brian Wood’s .013 light pushed Division 4 champ Ricky Kay (.048) to breakout in the Pro ET final. “It was a warm one by the time the afternoon rolled around,” said Wood. “Had alright time trials and found my stride come eliminations. Won first round and earned the buy second round, and raced my way to the finals where I faced Ricky. He missed the light and I was 13 and pushed him out the back door.”

Tim “Nuke” Robbins put .070 on Aaron Vaughan at the tree and kept the gap on his GSXR for the win in the Street ET final.


“First time back racing in a while and it was exactly as I remembered—hot and a mad rush a few times to make the round!” said Robbins. “But I managed to walk away with the win.


“I gotta thank Shannon Mendenhall and Cycle World PowerSports for picking up the reigns of the PMRA. There wasn’t much time for them to prepare for the event but still pulled it off and made it a great time. Next one should be smoother and I know we’re all looking forward to what the future of organization is going to look like with them in control!”


The Pro Stagger 5.60/6.0 final saw both Josh Pilcher and Tony Taylor working the 6.0 index. Pilcher had an .040 advantage at the tree and kept closer to the index on his Kawasaki ZX10 for the win.


Shawn Stevens took the Harley-Davidson win over Chris Martin. Shawn’s .059 to .237 starting line advantage pretty well settled this one early. He ran it out to a 10.21 at 129.4 to Martin’s 10.32 at 126.45.


Neither Dean Shayna nor John Powers had lights to brag about in the V-Twin final—Shayna with a .236 and Powers with a .330. Both also obliterated their dial-ins, with Shayna taking the double breakout win.


At the end of the day it was a great debut for the “new” PMRA, and director Mendenhall has some great momentum to carry into the next event—August 14-15 back at Tulsa Raceway Park, with test and tune on Friday, qualifying and eliminations on Saturday.


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Soriano Motori reborn as High Performance Electric Motorcycle

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Soriano Motori Launches Revolutionary EV Motorcycle

100-year-old brand sets new bar for the future of motorcycles

NEW YORK, July 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Today the Soriano Group launches Soriano Motori Corp, a high performance EV motorcycle innovation, design, and cultural liaison for the next generation of riders, from a legacy brand of motorcycles originally founded in ’39. The launch of SMC under the leadership of Marco Soriano will continue its family legacy of innovation and invention ahead of its time.

“Soriano Motori’s motorcycles represent the finest Italian design, image, branding, architecture and engineering, that for the first time are being applied to EV motorcycles for the next generation of riders,” said Marco Soriano, founder of SMC. “Owners of Soriano Motori motorcycles are assured the look, feel and lifestyle of what they love about motorcycles, fused with the intoxication of a strong and proud made in Italy brand. We bring elegance and innovation into balance to deliver something that is transcendent for the motorcycle culture.”

For years, the Italian pursuit of both style and grace in the most advanced form of engineering has become a pride of the culture. “The owners of Soriano EV motorcycles are promised to be piloting one of the most advanced, stylist, and environmentally friendly Italian machines on the planet,” said Marco Soriano. Production takes place at two state-of-the-art facilities in Oggiono & Lecco, towns surrounding the outstanding Lake Como, Italy.

Application, design, integration, manufacturing, robotics, artificial intelligence (AI) approaches and systems are already established in delivery and production of our V1-R, V1-S and V1-Gara series models, currently available for pre-order and initially capped at 100 total available units. As a modern global brand, SM’s payment systems are secured and enabled to receive multiple global currencies including US dollar (USD), the British pound (BDP) and the Euro (EUR), as well as various mainstream cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH).

About Soriano Motori Corp
Founded in 2020, Soriano Motori Corp is the US parent company of the EU division, Soriano Motori Factory SpA. SMC seeks to create a legacy of invention and modernization much like Ricardo Soriano-Scholtz von Hermensdorff did when he established The Soriano-Pedroso SpA in Paris, 1919 and posteriorly R. Soriano SrL in Madrid, 1939 as the First Spanish Manufacturing Company. Well-seasoned EU & US electric propulsion engineers have recreated this motorcycle icon with today’s state-of-the-art technology. For more information, please visit


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Veteran Non-Profit Organization Uses “Motorcycle Therapy” to Rehabilitate & Support Veterans Returning from Comba

Veteran Riders to Honor COVID-19 First Responders & Front-Line Workers with PPE Items


 Indian Motorcycle®, America’s First Motorcycle Company, today announced its continued support and sponsorship of the sixth annual Veterans Charity Ride (VCR) to Sturgis. This year, in addition to using the organization’s unique brand of motorcycle therapy to aid combat veterans dealing with PTSD, the veteran-operated, non-profit organization will implement a “service before self” initiative to show appreciation to first responders who have been working on the frontlines during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Veteran’s Charity Ride uses “motorcycle therapy,” a proven remedy that provides therapeutic solutions to help fellow veterans move forward and adjust to civilian life. The 2020 ride will include 15 total veterans – nine new veterans, along with six returning veterans who will serve as mentors.

“During these extraordinary times, getting our veterans out of the house and supporting them with the liberating power of motorcycle therapy is more important than ever,” said Dave Frey, U.S. Army Veteran and Veterans Charity Ride Founder. “To be able to combine those efforts and honor our selfless and invaluable first responders during this unprecedented pandemic makes this journey even more gratifying. In light of COVID-19, we will be implementing necessary precautions to stay safe and healthy, as we come together to heal and support one another on our ride to the legendary Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.”


This year’s ride to Sturgis will start on July 29, 2020 in Moab, Utah where the group will cruise through the mountainous roads of Utah, stop in the cities of Craig and Fort Collins, Colorado and ride through some of the nation’s most scenic backroads and highways before arriving at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota on August 7, 2020. The travelers will be riding a variety of Indian Motorcycle models, outfitted with ReKluse auto clutch systems and custom-built Champion Sidecars for amputee and paraplegic veterans. The journey provides an experience for veterans to bond by implementing team-building exercises that allow riders to share stories and memories of their service during a two-week, mind-cleansing motorcycle ride.

For years, VCR has supported veterans by creating a healing atmosphere through motorcycle riding and camaraderie when stopping at several small towns to commemorate and honor our nation’s veteran heroes. This year, the event will have an added focus on lives outside of veterans, extended to first responders who have courageously held the frontlines in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.  By following strict safety and sanitary guidelines, VCR will extend an additional hand out to these frontline workers by providing personal protection equipment and hosting barbecues at select tour stops.

“Our nation’s veterans and healthcare workers are an inspiration, and we’re grateful to be a part of an experience that honors their selflessness and sacrifices for our country,” said Reid Wilson, Vice President for Indian Motorcycle. “We’re honored to continue supporting the Veterans Charity Ride and are humbled by their work and positive impact on our veterans.”


The Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis was conceived and developed by veteran Army Paratrooper Dave Frey and Emmy Award-winning producer and director Robert Manciero, leveraging the therapeutic effects of motorcycle riding to create an adventure of a lifetime for wounded veterans.


To support the Veterans Charity Ride, donate, or to learn more visit and Riders can also follow along on Indian Motorcycle’s social media channels: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and Veterans Charity Ride’s social media channels: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Today marks our Fourth Anniversary being open at Jacobs Gallery! Wow, time has FLOWN by, but boy has it been FUN!

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Reflecting back on our opening days, we were scrambling to understand our POS system, catch up on tagging inventory and educating our brand new staff on Scott, the building and our family.  There was so much we had to learn and even more we had to finish when we opened our doors and welcomed in our first customers inside.

We are so proud of our family, amazing team and you guys, our wonderful collectors and supporters!

MMA & Princeton PD Team Up for Voluntary Sound Check

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Your Massachusetts Motorcycle Association is teaming up with the Princeton Police Department to conduct a Voluntary Motorcycle Sound Emissions Check at the Thomas Prince School on Route 62 in Princeton, Massachusetts on July 11, 2020 beginning at 11 AM.

This is a “no enforcement” and no cost awareness event aimed at educating riders and the public regarding the realities and implications of Motorcycle Exhaust emissions, specifically regarding sound levels.

On Tuesday, June 9, your Massachusetts Motorcycle Association was invited to participate in the Princeton Select Board meeting to address growing and continuing concerns among Residents concerning the problems of Motorcycle Sound Emissions and reckless riding in and around the town of Princeton.

Alerted by a MassMotorcycle member to the concerns, numerous potential approaches to tackling what is perceived as an invasion of residents rights to a safe and peaceful weekend were being discussed including Motorcycle Original Equipment Exhaust Enforcement, Traffic Restrictions for Motorcyclists, and other options. Your MassMotorcycle Association immediately contacted the Chief of Police, Michele Powers, to discuss the concerns and approaches. Chief Powers in turn discussed the MassMotorcycle feedback with the Select Board resulting in the invitation to speak with the Select Board at the June 9th Meeting.

In 2009, in response to similar concerns at the time and numerous town warrants and Legislative Bills aimed at addressing the issue, your MassMotorcycle Association created the “When in Town, Throttle Down!©” program to address a wealth of misinformation concerning Motorcycle Exhaust and Sound Issues, specifically aimed at education and awareness of “What’s the Noise about Noise?” The resulting program included a Voluntary Sound Check program, including investing in Sound Testing Equipment and Training. This program has been used with great affect around the Commonwealth in the following 11 years and the “noise” has significantly quieted down since.

This program has since also been used successfully in numerous towns across the Commonwealth, in other States around the Country, and education sessions have been given at regional and national conferences such as the ABATE of Oklahoma S.M.I.L.E. and Motorcycle Riders Foundation Meeting of the Minds.

To be conducted by the MMA in conjunction with the Princeton Police, the Voluntary Sound Check planned for July 11th will be a “no enforcement” awareness-only event. All riders are invited to stop by for a few minutes for a free bottle of water while they learn about the issues concerning Motorcycle Exhaust Sound Emissions, the legal limits of those emissions, whether their motorcycles are within them, and how to potentially control them. The testing takes only a few short moments – far less time than it will take to finish a bottle of water.

A motorcycle that legally passes these tests may still be perceived by some to be “too loud” depending on how the rider operates the motorcycle. Riders are aware that simple modifications regarding RPM control mitigates the motorcycles’ impact and sound emissions levels upon the public. All testing will be conducted according to Registry of Motor Vehicles stationary noise level standards defined by the Code of Massachusetts Regulations.

Non-riders are also invited to stop by to witness the testing and participate in the program.

Your MMA thanks the Princeton Police Department, Chief Powers, and the Princeton Select Board for inviting riders and the public to participate in this event.

For more information, please contact or visit

Comoto Family of Brands Raise $100,000 from month-long The Ride is Calling Charity Campaign

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Comoto Family of Brands Raise $100,000 from month-long The Ride is Calling Charity Campaign to collectively benefit National Motorcycle Safety Fund, The Kurt Caselli Foundation and Motorcycle Relief Project

The motorcycle community overwhelmingly showed their support by participating in the 3-day charity ride, making individual gifts, and shopping in-store to benefit the cause–

Comoto Holdings, parent company of leading moto enthusiast brands RevZilla, Cycle Gear, and J&P Cycles, announced they raised $100,000 from the month-long The Ride is Calling Charity campaign to support National Motorcycle Safety Fund, The Kurt Caselli Foundation and Motorcycle Relief Project.

“The Comoto family of brands has been humbled by the outpouring of support for our efforts to raise funds for our non-profit partners,” said Ken Murphy, CEO of Comoto Holdings. “A record-setting weekend of over 3,000 motorcyclists participating to support these causes is proof-positive that the motorcycling community is thriving.”

The campaign raised in total $100,000, meeting its goal. The centerpiece of the month was The Ride is Calling Charity Ride during the weekend of June 19-21, which attracted 3,030 participants. In partnership with the trip planner app Rever, riders tracked their ride with a combined total of 233,607 miles ridden over three days. Comoto donated $1 for every 10 miles ridden, which amounted to $23,360.

“We are really pleased that the motorcycling community came together to ride what equates to 10 times around the world in a single weekend,” said Justin Bradshaw, Co-founder of Rever. “To have Rever’s technology lend a hand in making these generous donations possible is extremely rewarding for us.”

In addition to The Ride is Calling Charity Ride, on Saturday, June 20, 5% of all in-store and curbside pick-up sales across 148 Cycle Gear, J&P Cycles and RevZilla locations nationwide were donated to the fund.

Individuals were able to make donations through the charity ride pages on each of the brand websites. Over 32,000 users landed on the donation pages across all three websites throughout the month of June. On social media, participants used #irodetoday and #therideiscalling to share the stories of their rides across the country.

With a diverse group of riders across Comoto’s retail brands, the campaign partnered with organizations that have three distinct missions. National Motorcycle Safety Fund, the non-profit arm of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, supports research, rider education and motorcyclist safety. The Kurt Caselli Foundation’s focus is on the safety of riders and racers in off-road motorcycling. Motorcycle Relief Project works with veterans and first responders suffering from PTSD by taking them on structured and professionally-led dual-sport motorcycle adventures.

“We are honored to be able to partner with Comoto to help veterans and first responders who are struggling with PTSD and related issues,” says Tom Larson, president and founder of Motorcycle Relief Project. “RevZilla has been helping out with our program for several years. Then Cycle Gear came on board and now we’re thrilled to be working with J&P Cycles as well. The funding from the Call to Ride event comes at a really important time for us, as our donations have definitely slowed down due to the COVID situation. A huge thank you to Comoto and all the riders who participated in the event and helped raise money. We couldn’t be more grateful for the support!”

About Comoto Holdings

Comoto Holdings is America’s largest and fastest growing omni-channel platform in the powersports aftermarket-products industry; dedicated to advancing the experience of moto enthusiasts across the globe. Comoto’s brands, RevZilla, Cycle Gear, and J&P Cycles, deliver premium products, dedicated expertise, engaging media, and passionate customer support of the rider community, through best-in-class ecommerce and retail experiences.

BMW to Add New Cruise Control System to Motorcycles

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by Daniel Patrascu from

For reasons that have to do with the way they are built and used, motorcycles do not benefit from the same wide array of comfort or safety systems developed for cars. Strides are being made though to have some of these technologies migrate to motorcycles as well.

As far as cars are concerned, cruise control has been around in some form or another from about the time they were invented, but for motorcycles adapting the tech proved a bit more complicated.

There are a few bikes out there with cruise control, such as the BMW S1000RR, or the Yamaha FJR-1300, but the tech is not widely available, and of course not as standard. BMW Motorrad plans to change that, and announced that it would “soon offer this type of rider assistance system.”

Called in BMW speak Active Cruise Control (ACC), it is a brand new system that has been developed together with Bosch. It can automatically regulate the speed at which the bike is traveling based on the speed set by the rider and the distance to the vehicle driving in front.

The system will try to maintain the distance from the vehicle in front as set by the rider, who can choose one of three settings. To calculate the distance, ACC uses a radar fitted at the front of the motorcycle, and it works together with some of the other systems on the two-wheeler, including the brakes and the ABS system.

The system can detect only moving vehicles, and will not react to stopped cars or traffic lights, BMW warns.

According to company, the new system is also able to automatically reduce speed during lean angle cornering, while at the same time trying to keep acceleration and deceleration within tolerable limits during an increased angle cornering.

The German bike maker did not say when the ACC will be rolled out and what models will get it.

Harley-Davidson Launches Training Program with Personal Coaches for Beginners

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by Daniel Patrascu from

In September of 2019, Harley-Davidson announced an ambitious plan to have 1 million more riders on the road by the year 2027. That would be 4 million people riding Harley motorcycles, up from the 3 million recorded three years ago, in 2017.

To do that, the company announced a range of new bikes being prepared for the future, including the now obviously not that successful electric LiveWire. But having new bikes that can be ridden means of course nothing if people do not know how to ride them.

The company already has a training program it calls Riding Academy New Rider Course, but that doesn’t allow for personalized sessions. That’s why a new program was announced on June 30, dedicated to beginners who need a personal trainer.

Called Learn to Ride, the program is now open and availble to access at Harley dealers and allows for personal coaching sessions with trainers, either individually or as a group of up to four people. Each session lasts 90 minutes, and free rides are being given on a Harley-Davidson Street 500 motorcycle, specially equipped for beginners, on a practice course.

“For riders that always wanted to learn but couldn’t fit a multi-day course into their schedule or prefer to learn in private session, this program is what they have been waiting for,” the Milwaukee bike maker said in a statement when announcing the program.

“Sessions can be scheduled 1-on-1 or as a private party with up to 4 participants. This program is a great option for spouses, friends, and individuals to finally learn and fulfill their dreams of riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.”

If you plan to become a Harley rider, or just plan on using these guys as tools into learning the tricks of the trade and then move on to something else, you can head over to this link and get more info.


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Today the full House of Representatives passed H.R. 2, INVEST in America Act (Moving Forward Act), also known as the highway bill. The bill is over 2,000 pages and includes five beneficial provisions for motorcyclists.

At every step along the way, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF), our State Motorcyclist Rights Organizations (SMRO) partners, and individual members have fought for the inclusion of these policy changes. The original bill included an increase in motorcycle safety funding; however, this was the only specific mention of motorcycles or motorcyclists. During the Transportation Committee markup of the bill, protections related to profiling, autonomous vehicles and the Motorcyclist Advisory Council were added via amendment. Finally, during the final vote on the House floor, an additional amendment was added that helps collect data on motorcycle profiling.

With the passage of this bill in the House of Representatives, focus will now turn to the Senate. The Senate will likely roll out its own version of a “highway bill” in the coming weeks. The House and Senate will then have to negotiate and compromise to develop a bill that can pass both chambers and be signed into law. Remember, the current legislation expires on September 30, 2020, so Congress must act to ensure important transportation programs are funded.

After the final vote, MRF President Kirk “Hardtail” Willard stated, “I am pleased that in this massive 2,300 page piece of legislation passed today, the rights and freedoms of motorcyclists were not ignored. Let’s now take the same enthusiasm and passion that won us these victories to the Senate. Our work is not done, we must remain vigilant in the defense of these hard fought priorities.”

We at the MRF will fight to ensure that these hard-fought victories in the House of Representatives are included in the Senate’s bill. Thank you to everyone who reached out to their Representative over the past few months. These victories for motorcyclists would be impossible without the grassroots efforts of our members. Let’s celebrate our successes and get to work on making sure the Senate follows suit.

Below is a brief recap of the five provisions that the House of Representatives has now passed and included in this major piece of legislation:

Profiling: An amendment by Congressman Troy Balderson (OH-R) during the committee process changes federal law to prevent state and local governments from using funds from the Department of Transportation to “profile and stop motorcycle operators or motorcycle passengers using as a factor the clothing or mode of transportation of such operators or passengers.”

A second amendment by Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-R) and Congressman Michael Burgess (TX-R) added the term “mode of transportation” to a newly created grant program for racial and ethnic profiling. The program allows states to use federal money to collect data on traffic stops. Originally the only information that states were required to record was the driver’s racial and ethnic makeup. With this added language, states will be required to collect the “mode of transportation” of the person being stopped as well. Motorcyclists will now be able to review state data on traffic stops and determine if motorcyclists are stopped disproportionally by law enforcement. This amendment was a joint effort by the Co-Chairmen of the House Motorcycle Caucus and was added just hours before the final bill was passed.

Motorcyclist Advisory Council: Congressman Mike Gallagher (WI-R) used the committee amendment process to re-establish the Motorcyclist Advisory Council (MAC) and make needed changes. The MAC has existed for over a decade and allows federal policymakers, state highway officials, and motorcyclists to discuss the unique demands of riding a motorcycle and how roads, bridges, and other infrastructure can be built to better account for motorcyclists’ needs.

Congressman Gallagher’s addition to the bill creates dedicated seats at the table for motorcyclists’ rights groups and manufacturers. It also requires a report every two years to be made to the Secretary of Transportation and Congress.

Autonomous Vehicles: During the committee process, Congressman Troy Balderson (OH-R) won protections for motorcyclists in the rollout of autonomous vehicle technology. The bill now includes specific language requiring that when the Department of Transportation conducts safety studies on autonomous vehicles, motorcycles must be considered as unique roadway users. Additionally, a newly formed working group on autonomous vehicles must include a motorcyclist safety group as part of its membership. As with the MAC, motorcyclists need a seat at the table when our safety and freedoms are being debated.

Motorcyclist Safety Funds: The bill, as first introduced, would increase the 405 safety funds made available to states for motorcyclist safety by $1,473,285 for the next fiscal year with increases through 2025. This is an increase in the program of roughly 34% over current funding levels. Under this bill, the total amount available to states in the next fiscal year would be $5,761,785.