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PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Americans who enjoy motorized recreation on federal public land deserve fair and equal treatment from land managers, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) told a U.S. House subcommittee on Sept. 19.

“We would like to take this opportunity to remind land managers that the OHV [off-highway vehicle] community is a ready partner,” said AMA Western States Representative Nick Haris before the House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands. “The riding community has long proven their willingness to ‘pay to play’ on our nation’s public lands and, in return, we simply ask for fair and equal treatment when making management and policy decisions.”

Haris testified during a hearing on “Restoring Public Access to the Public Lands: Issues Impacting Multiple-use on Our National Forests.” held in Sacramento, Calif. The hearing focused on the restrictive policies of the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) for users to access public land.

Representing the AMA and its partner organization, the All-Terrain Vehicle Association (ATVA), Haris told Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) and subcommittee members that restrictions and requirements for special events, as well as the increasing costs of obtaining special use permits (SUP), are creating hardships.

“For example, the Polka Dots Motorcycle Club, a 55-year-old club, was told they had to apply for a five-year permit for their annual family enduro, and were required to prepay approximately $50,000 for related environmental analysis and monitoring,” Haris said. “This was despite the fact that the enduro had been held in the Eldorado National Forest [in California] for the past 40 years.

“This event was to have been held on existing routes that had previously gone through a thorough environmental review…” Haris said. “Cost recovery was typically minimal, and given the long and successful history of this event, the riding community was simply stunned by this sudden increase in fees as well as the agencies’ request for prepayment of the entire amount.

“Needless to say,” Haris said, “the event was canceled, and similar issues have forced the cancellation of other enduros as well as equestrian events.”

Haris also noted that riders have felt left out of the processes for developing new travel management plans for public land, and are frustrated that established routes are being left off travel management route maps.

“The decision to include or exclude a specific route must be based on a full review and consideration of its role in the entire system…” Haris said.

Haris emphasized that public land is intended for the enjoyment of all Americans.

“Outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy the public lands of our nation are not just the nimble and fit but also families with small children who wish to recreate together, as well as active senior citizens and the handicapped who enjoy the freedom to access the outdoors that OHVs and ATVs (all-terrain vehicles) provide,” he said.

To read a transcript of Haris’s remarks, go to


King Kenny Roberts to be honored at 2011 AMA Hall of Fame induction ceremony

by JeffJuly 20, 2011 Uncategorized

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Perhaps more than any other competitor, Kenny Roberts put his stamp of dominance on American and world motorcycle roadracing, both as an AMA National Champion, a Grand Prix World Champion and then as a Grand Prix team owner. On Friday, Nov. 18, he will be honored as one of two Motorcycle Hall [...]

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Legislation introduced to prevent abuse of the Equal Access to Justice Act

by JeffJune 8, 2011 News

On May 25, U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Vice Chairman of the Congressional Western Caucus, and U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Western Caucus, jointly introduced H.R. 1996 / S. 1061, the “Government Litigation Savings Act.” This legislation prevents abuse of the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA) by large environmental groups [...]

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Changes to ‘lead law’ approved by U.S. House subcommittee

by JeffMay 18, 2011 News

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — A key U.S. House subcommittee has approved legislation to address flaws in the law that effectively bans the sale of kids’ off-highway vehicles (OHVs) at the end of the year, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reports. On May 12, the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade approved and sent to the full [...]

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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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Future of OHV motorcycling threatened by Obama Administration

by JeffNovember 17, 2010 Editorials

Ed. Note: The American Motorcyclist Association is alerting all motorcyclists about an initiative to further restrict motorcyclists’ rights. Why is this AMA Action Alert being republished in Motorcycle Safety News? Because, by only a small stretch of editorial license, we want to keep motorcycling itself “safe,” and this is a concern for everyone who cares [...]

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Sitting On The Sidelines Is Not An Option

by JeffNovember 1, 2010 Editorials

By Rob Dingman, President and CEO American Motorcyclist Association As I reflect on the unprecedented attacks on motorcycling in 2009, and the enormity of the challenges ahead, I have reached an inescapable conclusion: No longer can any motorcyclist afford to sit on the sidelines. The days are gone when we can page through bike reviews, [...]

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Vote like a motorcyclist

by JeffOctober 14, 2010 Editorials

With laws being enacted that discriminate against riders’ rights, and with elections right around the corner, being mindful of issues that affect your future, and voting accordingly are more than just a good idea. This is the message the AMA is stressing, as seen in the press release following: The AMA has ramped up its [...]

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THINK! – and also look …

by JeffOctober 13, 2010 Videos

The U.K. does a great job of making ads. This is an oldie, but still quite good. Kind of shocking, but very realistic.

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Do ‘loud pipes save lives?’ Really?

by JeffOctober 13, 2010 Editorials

Sure. Loud pipes have been known to save lives by getting the attention of distracted drivers. In any debate there’s truth on all sides. That’s why they call it a debate. The loud pipe advocates are half-vindicated by their various anecdotes of near-miss experiences. But then, in any debate, there’s balancing facts on the other [...]

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Official wants Congress to promote helmet use

by JeffOctober 8, 2010 News

From AMA press release: The head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) told a congressional panel on Sept. 28 that he wants to work with Congress to promote helmet use among motorcyclists across the United States. Addressing the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance, NHTSA Administrator David Strickland said [...]

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