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Letter sent to NHTSA Seeking Clarification on the Definition of a Motorcycle

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The Motorcycle Riders Foundation would like to thank Congressman Michael Burgess (TX) and Congressman Tim Walberg (MI) for a letter they sent this week to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) seeking clarification regarding the definition of a motorcycle. In addition to Congressman Burgess and Congressman Wahlberg, the following U.S. Representatives joined their colleagues in signing the letter: Congressman Troy Balderson (OH), Congressman Doug Lamborn (CO), Congressman Collin Peterson (MN), Congressman Steve Stivers (OH) and Congressman Glenn “GT” Thompson (PA). The current definition is decades old and so broad that new vehicles on our roadways, with numerous carlike features, are defined as motorcycles.

“As you know, NHTSA has long defined a motorcycle as a ‘motor vehicle with motive power having a seat or saddle for the use of the rider and designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground.’ While this was a clear characterization for many years, the recent emergence of a new class of vehicle that has attributes of both automobiles and motorcycles has created confusion,” the members wrote. “We respectfully request a response that describes whether NHTSA believes the current federal definition of a motorcycle is appropriate and if not, what NHTSA is doing to address this issue.”

The ambiguity of the classification of these new vehicles as either motorcycles or autocycles has created a patchwork of rules and regulations at the state level for licensing, registration and insurance. The MRF believes that a review of this definition is needed and would help provide clarity to states when making decisions on how to appropriately regulate them. We thank these seven members of Congress for seeking clarification from NHTSA on this issue of importance to motorcyclists.

President of the MRF, Kirk “Hardtail” Willard, stated “For three years our members have asked us to tackle the federal definition of a motorcycle. This letter is the first step in helping us understand the current thought process of NHTSA and hopefully opens up a dialogue on the topic. We thank this bipartisan group of Congressmen for their leadership on this issue.”

Link to the Letter:
https://burgess.house.gov/uploadedfiles/04112019_burgess__walberg_letter_to_nhtsa.pdf

5 Safety Tips on Traveling with your Dog in the Car

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Keep your pets safe while taking them along for a ride

For some dogs, car journeys are a regular occurrence – whether it’s a trip to the vet for a poorly paw, to a nearby dog park or dog friendly trail, or daily journeys to doggie day care.

Would it surprise you to know that there are certain things that you may be doing in your car which are dangerous to your dog, and you for that matter?

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In Memory of Hubert Kriegel: The Timeless Ride

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“Ten Years on the Road”– A 60-year-old man decided to go see the world on a Ural

“Selling everything I had in 2005 to go travel around the world on my sidecar was the best decision I ever made in my life.” – Hubert Kriegel, New York (1946 – 2018)

On January 24, 2018 the sidecar motorcycle community lost one if it’s most adventurous and inspiring ambassadors, Hubert Kriegel, the man behind The Timeless Ride.

“This is the most important part of my life after my family.” – pronounce Hubert (say U-bear)

Countries travelled by Hubert Kriegel on Sidecar or Motorcycle since 1971

North America: USA, Canada

Asia: Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia, India, Nepal

Middle East: Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia

Eurasia: Norway, Finland, Estonia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia

Europe: France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, England, The Netherlands

Central America: Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama

South America: Venezuela, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia

Africa: Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Morocco, Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Mali, Burkina faso, Guinea, Ghana, Namibia, South Africa

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Motorcycles on Three Wheels

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Motorcycles on Three Wheels
The sidecar riding experience and how to do it
by Ujjwal Dey

Motorcycles are fun. And so is travelling long distances or touring on motorcycles. Many touring options are available for big bikes with big budgets. But suppose you are young and wild and free but on a limited budget, what do you do? Ask your friends and they will say a car trip ain’t as much fun as being one with the road on a motorcycle. The environment, the atmosphere, the surroundings, it all hugs you, body and soul, when you tour on a motorcycle. So, here is an option hippies globally celebrate–Sidecars. A third wheel for your motorcycle. No more slippery roads for your two-wheeler. More luggage space. Bring more friends to the road trip party. Bring your dog too.

We recently covered the Ural Motorcycles phenomenon on www.BikernetTrikes.com and if that has inspired you but you are not sure about buying a whole Ural, well just buy a sidecar then. There are many companies including Ural itself, which sells Sidecars as an accessory for your existing motorcycle. So no, you don’t have to switch loyalty or buy a new bike. Just buy the goodies to attach a sidecar to your Harley-Davidson or Triumph or Indian.

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Let us know your experience and adventures at wayfarer@bikernet.com

Contact In The Desert

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I love mysteries, be it aliens, energy domes, Bigfoot and Chupacabra but most of all, I love Joshua Tree. It seems to have some ancient mystery about it. Native Americans claim the trees are spirits of dead Indian warriors ominously guarding their desert domain. There is an energy dome built in the 1950s to some extraterrestrial race and Giant Rock, the largest freestanding boulder in the world. Creosote Cacti, the oldest living organism on the planet. Read more.

Trike Touring Guide to America

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Trike Touring Guide to America : Get out, ride, explore, live and tell us about it.
by Ujjwal Dey

In 1903, Horatio Nelson Jackson became the first documented person to drive an automobile from San Francisco to New York using only a connection of dirt roads, cow paths, and railroad beds. His journey, covered by the press, became a national sensation and called for a system of long distance roads.

United States has 21 kilometres of roads per 1000 people. 5,486,610 kilometers of paved roads exist today in USA. Out of that 103,027 km are marked Expressways. Yes, you are connected to all Americans everywhere. What is stopping you? Get up, boot up, ride and meet these fellow citizens and explore your beautiful America.

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