From the monthly archives:

December 2010

From the AMA:

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has dropped his effort to pass a massive omnibus public lands bill that would have restricted responsible off-highway vehicle (OHV) access to thousands of acres of public land, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reports.

Reid introduced the legislation, S. 303, the “America’s Great Outdoors Act of 2010,” on Friday, Dec. 17, as a substitute to unrelated legislation titled the “Federal Financial Assistance Management Improvement Act of 2009.” Reid’s move was reminiscent of the controversial parliamentary tactic that anti-OHV forces used in 2009 to close 2.1 million acres of public land.

“We are cautiously optimistic that this latest effort to keep the American public from responsibly enjoying America’s public lands has failed,” said AMA Senior Vice President for Government Relations Ed Moreland. “AMA members played no small role in this provisional success, and we thank our subscribers who responded to AMA Action Alerts to oppose this pending legislation.

“However, we must remain vigilant because Reid has indicated a desire for a smaller version of S. 303 prior to adjournment,” said Moreland. “The current session can possibly run through Jan. 4, 2011.”

Moreland added that in addition to the recent AMA Action Alert on this issue, the AMA has issued letters and applied procedural pressure to combat Reid’s effort to restrict access to public lands. To read the latest alert, see

Reid’s bill was a collection of more than 70 measures and more than 1,000 pages. Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.) was one of several senators who protested the legislation, saying it was too sweeping to consider prior to the end of the current session. In addition, key representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives, such as House Natural Resources Chairman-elect Doc Hastings (R-Wash.), voiced opposition to the measure.

“We need to protect public land for future generations, not from future generations, and that includes responsible OHV recreation access,” Moreland said. “In addition, legislation deserves a full and public debate on its merits, and parliamentary tricks and sleight-of-hand, such as what we saw in 2009 and what we’ve experienced here, do not allow that.”

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CPSC notes decline in ATV deaths and injuries

by JeffDecember 20, 2010 News

From the ATV Safety Institute: IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 20, 2010 – All-terrain vehicle injuries involving youth under age 16 have declined a statistically significant 14 percent according to a report released today by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC 2009 Annual Report of ATV Deaths and Injuries”). According to the CPSC, total ATV-related injuries in [...]

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New Omnibus Public Lands Bill in the Senate

by JeffDecember 19, 2010 News

From the AMA: The American Motorcyclist Association urges everyone to contact their Senators to vote “No” on a new Omnibus Public Lands Bill that has developed in the Senate.  Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid (NV) is determined to have the lame-duck land grab voted on before the close of this Congress. After working with Senate [...]

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ThermaHelm helmet

by JeffDecember 16, 2010 Features

I was sent this info and these images by Julian-Preston Powers. I’ve heard of the ThermaHelm before. Haven’t tested it, or seen it in person, but it looks like an brilliant idea. Passing it along … -Jeff The launch of the Halo at Birmingham’s NEC show It has been documented that head injuries account for [...]

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CPSC delays ‘lead law’ enforcement

by JeffDecember 13, 2010 News

From the AMA: Washington D.C.: The Consumer Product Safety Commission has extended to Jan. 25, 2011 the date by which OEMs and importers must begin using accredited third-party labs to certify that Y6 and Y10 youth ATVs meet federal standards. The previous deadline was Nov. 26. The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008 [...]

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AMA issues action alert regarding ‘lead law’

by JeffDecember 10, 2010 News

From the American Motorcyclist Association: Urge the Consumer Product Safety Commission to extend testing stay for youth-model ATVs for another year Provide comments to the CPSC today! On Dec. 1, 2010, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted 3-1-1 to extend, by 60 days, the date by which manufacturers of youth-model all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) must [...]

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Schwarzenegger is AMA’s Motorcyclist of the Year

by JeffDecember 8, 2010 Editorials

The AMA is expressing its displeasure over California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s legislative approval of S.B. 435 by naming him Motorcyclist of the Year. It’s not an overstatement to say the AMA abhors the California law mandating strict controls on motorcycle sound, and named the man allegedly most responsible for it, one who claims to be [...]

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Video – Aerostich Roadcrafter

by JeffDecember 4, 2010 Editorials

I have one of these. It really is fast and easy. Lots of protection for street pace riding. Goretex keeps wind and rain out for the most part.

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