Annual celebration of America’s motorcycling heritage benefits the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, working closely with state and local health authorities, are postponing AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, scheduled for July 10-12 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, in accordance with the state’s “Responsible RestartOhio” guidelines for holding public events amid the coronavirus pandemic. New dates for the event later in 2020 have not been finalized. “Unfortunately, event restrictions in place under order of the Ohio Department of Health prohibit many traditional elements of AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days that our competitors and fans have come to enjoy,” said AMA Chief Operating Officer James Holter. “The social interaction and camaraderie are an integral component that we love about this event. The multi-day swap meet, the camping, in-field activities, the crowds, not to mention the organic fun of the event, are impossible in light of the current situation.” Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course President Craig Rust added: “We are disappointed, but this is the right decision. Mid-Ohio will continue to work closely with the AMA, as well as our state and local health officials, to monitor the ongoing coronavirus

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National and Regional News WASHINGTON, D.C. — A draft proposal of the federal transportation reauthorization circulating among congressional staff members would remove incentives for states to fund motorcycle training and awareness programs. Currently, states must meet two of six criteria to qualify for motorcyclist safety grants from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Having a training program and a motorcyclist awareness program are two of the six. The draft proposal would add a seventh category, mandatory helmet laws for minors, which already are required 48 states. So, the new option would provide states with the opportunity to defund training or awareness and still qualify for the federal grant money. With states desperately searching for revenue in the wake of the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the AMA is concerned that lawmakers will siphon money from those important motorcycle programs. The AMA has long advocated a comprehensive motorcycle safety program as a means of preventing motorcycle crashes and reducing injuries and fatalities. In addition to strongly encouraging the voluntary use of helmets, gloves, sturdy footwear and protective garments, and strongly discouraging impaired operation, the AMA has aggressively supported research-based, state-approved motorcycle rider training. The full AMA position statement on Motorcycle

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The Gypsum City Off-Highway Vehicle Park in Fort Dodge, Iowa, is an 800-acre park with 60 miles of trails. The park is constantly expanding and one day may encompass 1,500 acres. Built on former mining land, the park came about in a cooperative effort by government agencies and officials, state lawmakers, non-profit groups and four gypsum companies. Besides 60 miles of trails, the park includes a 1.5-mile motocross track, a .4-mile kids’ track and a beginner circle track. Trails range from open prairie to heavily wooded areas that include water crossings and mud. OHVs must have and display a valid state Department of Natural Resources registration. Non-residents must have their vehicles registered in their home state and must have evidence of registration. This requirement is waived if the rider’s home state doesn’t have a registration or numbering system. Trail head signs indicate what machines are allowed on trails. The Gypsum City OHV Park is open year-round from sunrise to sunset. There may be closures due to the weather or park maintenance so check before you go at https://www.iowadnr.gov/Things-to-Do/Off-Highway-Vehicles/OHV-Parks-and-Rules/OHV-Park-Closures. All nonresidents must display an IDNR Non-resident User Permit. These are available at County Recorder’s Offices and any license agent that sells

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Heading into summer, you may be thinking to yourself that now might be a good time to buy a bike, new or used. We’re here to help you find a little commuter machine or the bike of your dreams the easy way. With modern technology, you can use the internet to research machines, check out prices, and even buy. Here are a few suggestions for buying a bike online. First, it’s best to only buy a bike that you can look at and evaluate in person. So when doing an internet search it’s best to only consider bikes that are within a reasonable driving distance. Unless you’re looking for something really rare, you should avoid buying sight unseen. A good place to start your online search is the AMA website at www.americanmotorcyclist.com under “Shop” and then “AMA Classifieds.” Although the ads can be read by anyone, only AMA members can list bikes so you know you’ll be buying from an experienced motorcyclist. Another popular site is www.cycletrader.com, especially if you are looking for a new machine from a dealer. Plus there are the “motorcycles for sale” pages on Craigslist (www.craigslist.com) although these listings tend to be grouped around large metropolitan

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For 2020, the Harley-Davidson Motor Company is offering a new Fat Boy 30th anniversary model that features dark finishes, bronze highlights and a blacked-out Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine. Only 2,500 will be made. Each will feature a serial number number plate on the fuel tank console. Introduced in 1990, the Fat Boy was a modern reflection of the 1949 Hydra-Glide. Harley created an all-new version in 2018 and decided to do something special for the 30th anniversary by making a limited-edition black-and-bronze machine. Legendary Harley-Davidson stylists Willie G. Davidson, who is also an AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer, and Louie Netz designed the original Fat Boy painted Fine Silver Metallic with a matching powder coated frame. The bike featured aluminum disc wheels, a wide handlebar and seven-inch headlamp in a massive chrome housing. Harley-Davidson notes that the Fat Boy entered popular culture in 1991 in the movie “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” when actor Arnold Schwarzenegger rode a Fat Boy through Los Angeles in a dramatic chase scene. The 30th anniversary Fat Boy is painted Vivid Black and comes with satin-black cast-aluminum Lakestar wheels with machined highlights. The Milwaukee Eight 114 engine is also blacked out. The bike boasts a Softail frame

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The Bonhams auction house and the Harley-Davidson Motor Company have joined forces to sell a one-of-a-kind LiveWire electric motorcycle to raise money for the United Way Worldwide COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund. The online auction takes place until 4 p.m. ET on May 26. Bonhams is waving its auction fees. The special bike is No. 500 of 500 “First Strike” editions of the LiveWire electric motorcycle. The bike is custom painted, has carbon fiber accessories and is signed by the Davidson family. Besides getting the bike, the winning bidder of the U.S.-spec machine and a guest will get a “behind-the-scenes” Harley-Davidson tour, including a look at the Willie G. Davidson Product Development Center and the Harley-Davidson Museum. “Everyone at Bonhams is a proud supporter of the United Way, and we share the mission of this auction to aid those on the frontlines and those who are affected by this crisis,” Eric Minoff, senior specialist of motorcars and motorcycles at Bonhams New York said in a printed statement. “We are honored to be working with Harley-Davidson to auction a truly remarkable piece of motorcycling history for such good cause.” Said Jon Bekefy, general manager of brand marketing at the Harley-Davidson

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Are the soles of your favorite motocross boots warn out? Can’t afford a new pair of boots right now? AMA partner MX Boot Resole & Repair offers a low-cost alternative that will get you back on the track or trails in no time. The Southern California company can resole or repair your motocross boots and will give you a 10 percent AMA discount to boot. The company says it can replace soles on most boots that have welted and molded soles including Alpinestars, SIDI, Gaerne, Thor, Fox, O’Neal and more. Anthony’s Shoe Repair, which has been in business for more than 65 years, formed MX Boot Resole & Repair. It has nine craftsman who do the repair work. You can get your 10 percent discount on your repair order by using the AMA code that is available on the AMA Deals and Discounts page at https://americanmotorcyclist.com/ama-member-deal-and-discounts/ For more information on the company’s services go to www.mxbootrepair.com

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Imagine 2,000 acres of riding nirvana in Missouri with more than 50 miles of trails. Welcome to the St. Joe State Park near Park Hills in southeastern Missouri. St. Joe State Park offers some unique riding opportunities. Wooded trails twist and turn and wind their way up and down hills and valleys. The trails wind through trees and brush, with small hill climb areas and wide open flat areas, alike. The mixture of wooded trails and sand flats makes for very enjoyable and diverse riding. There are special vegetative management areas in the off-road vehicle riding area meant to allow the regrowth of vegetation to stop erosion. Those areas are to be avoided. Officials say riding on large grass-covered areas on the “flats” and on extremely steep, eroded trails in the wooded areas kills grass and jeopardizes stability. Some areas are identified by an 8-inch red octagonal sign. St. Joe State Park provides more amenities than most of the riding areas in the country. The campground has basic camp sites and electric sites. The campground has bathrooms with hot showers, a real plus to help you relax before an evening cookout. All riders must wear helmets, and riders under 16

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South Carolina event almost halted Laurens, S.C. — Mid East Racing drew more than 700 entries to the hare scrambles competition at Strange’s Ranch in Laurens, S.C., May 9-10, after some last-minute wrangling with government officials. Organizer Buren Hamrick said the governor’s office and county health officials canceled the competition early in the week, claiming it was an entertainment event and was prohibited under the state’s coronavirus restrictions. State Sen. Danny Verdin III (R-Laurens) interceded on behalf of the AMA-sanctioned event, pointing out that hare scrambles is a competition event with no spectators and is conducted on a 300-acre outdoor site. “At five till 5 on Thursday [before the Saturday competition], the governor changed his mind and notified the county officials, and we were able to do this,” Hamrick said. Participants were required to maintain social distancing and were encouraged to wash their hands often and use the hand sanitizer Hamrick and his crew placed around the event site. “If you are sick, please stay at home,” Hamrick told potential attendees. Joe Bromley, AMA program development manager, said more than 200 people joined the AMA during the weekend. Hamrick has another hare scrambles event scheduled for May 22-24 at Chestnut

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Miguel Duhamel was a dominant AMA roadracer in the 1990s and early 2000s, and was a true iron man of the sport. Here are a dozen interesting facts about Duhamel, who was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2016. Duhamel is Canadian, born in Lasalle, Quebec, in 1968. He began racing motocross at age 9. Miguel’s father is AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Yvon Duhamel, best known as a Kawasaki road racer. The No. 17 that Miguel raced under was the same number used by his father. During his career, he rode for five  factories in AMA and international competition. Duhamel won the AMA Superbike Championship in 1995. Bonus: He won the Daytona 200 five times. He also won five AMA Supersport titles and two AMA Formula Xtreme titles. Duhamel was one of the winningest AMA Superbike racers ever, with 32 class wins. His 40-plus AMA Supersport victories set a record. In all, he took home 86 career AMA wins. He credits attention to detail for helping give him the edge over the competition. For example, he said he paid a lot of attention to tire selection and riding setup. Duhamel was fanatical about physical training, particularly

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The Haystack Mountain OHV Area, just off U.S. 70 22 miles northeast of Roswell, N.M., features 1,920 acres of trails to ride. Enthusiasts can find the proper terrain for their skill levels, from rock to sandy washes to deep gullies with difficult hill climbs. The Haystack Mountain OHV Area is designed for OHVs no wider than 50 inches. Officials say the area is ideal for motorcycles, with its varied terrain. AMA-sanctioned trials competitions are sometimes held there. Haystack Mountain’s parking lot is big enough for easy loading and unloading of machines and is used as a staging area for large events. OHV use, motorcycle riding, mountain biking, hiking, backpacking, nature viewing and wildlife watching all are allowed at the area. Camping is allowed in pullouts next to the sun shelters and in the large gravel parking lot used for parking and events. Dispersed camping is allowed within the entire area, but OHV trails must be used to access the interior of the area for camping. The area has several picnic sites with shelters, tables and grills. Toilet facilities are available. No potable water is available. Anyone operating an OHV on land controlled by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management must

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An initiative called the AARE Generous Giving Program is in a position to help the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame through donations. How? The American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, the 501c3 nonprofit established by the AMA to raise money for the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, is a participating charity in AARE’s Generous Giving Program. This program donates a portion of real estate sales commissions toward helping the Hall of Fame collect, record, preserve and honor the rich history of motorcycling in America. There is no cost to you. While the AMA and the AMHF don’t endorse or promote any real estate brokerage services, the AMA and AMHF are letting AMA members know about this opportunity. To learn how you can help the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame through this program, visit http://aare.news/generous-giving-program/. AARE is a real estate company that created the Generous Giving Program. The company says the purpose is to generate contributions to support charities worldwide. You can learn about AARE by going to www.AARE.org. Or you can speak to an AARE staffer by calling (619) 448-3777. The company’s website states: “If you or someone you know is thinking about buying, selling or leasing property anywhere in the United

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Five competition disciplines featured at annual celebration of America’s motorcycling heritage PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Motorcycle racers across the nation may now sign up to participate in 2020 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, which are July 10-12 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. The annual celebration of America’s motorcycling heritage features competition in hare scrambles, motocross, trials, flat track and road racing. Pit bike and holeshot exhibitions also are planned. Class winners in the trials, hare scrambles, motocross and road racing disciplines will receive AMA National No. 1 plates. The flat track race, which takes place on July 11 at the Ashland County Fairgrounds in Ashland, Ohio, is part of the AMA Vintage Flat Track National Championship Series. In addition, two riders will be named AMA Off-Road Vintage Grand Champion and AMA Senior Off-Road Vintage Grand Champion for excelling in their respective expert-level-eligible classes. To register for road racing, visit www.wera.com/pdfs/vmd2020pre.pdf. Pre-event registration closes July 1. For off-road disciplines and flat track, go to https://secure.tracksideprereg.com/amavintage/index.asp?event=27. Pre-event registration closes July 6. For a complete list of racing classes, visit www.vintagemotorcycledays.com/page/racing-2020. The AMA is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and restrictions on event gatherings. It is our hope that this event will

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Haynes North America becomes AMA Benefit Partner PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Haynes North America Inc., publisher of the popular Haynes, Chilton and Clymer repair manuals, offers members of the American Motorcyclist Association 15 percent discount on print and online manuals purchased through the company website. “AMA members are hands on, and enjoy working on their motorcycles,” said AMA Director of Membership Marketing and Services Amanda Donchess. “This discount from Haynes will let AMA members buy detailed manuals for less to help them maintain and repair their bikes. Haynes has an expansive library, going back decades, so there’s something here for all members, particularly those with older and vintage machines.” Each manual is written and photographed based on a complete disassembly and reassembly of the machine. This detailed process produces step-by-step procedures and more than 800 photographs that guide the user through every service and repair procedure. The AMA member discount is in addition to any other discount offered by Haynes North America. “We’re glad to provide this discount to AMA members and are proud to support the remarkable work AMA does for the riding community,” said Reed Trueblood, director of marketing at Haynes North America Inc. “We hope our manuals educate

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The Progressive Laconia Motorcycle Week in New Hampshire scheduled for June 13-21 has been postponed to Aug. 22-30 due to the coronavirus outbreak. Meanwhile, Johnstown, Pa.’s Thunder in the Valley that was set for June 25-28 has been canceled. Organizers hope motorcyclists from around the country will plan to attend the event June 24-27, 2021. The annual rally features vendors, live music and displays from a variety of motorcycle manufacturers. Info: www.visitjohnstownpa.com/thunder-valley. Laconia Motorcycle Week and Thunder in the Valley are AMA Gypsy Tours, which are some of the largest motorcycling gatherings on the planet. The Gypsy Tour tradition began in June 1925, less than a year after the creation of the AMA. Thousands of motorcyclists all over the country joined together and held the first-ever AMA-sanctioned Gypsy Tour. These weekend rides, usually including field meets and other forms of entertaining competition, became a staple of the AMA. This year, Laconia Motorcycle Week organizers announced they were changing the dates of the massive event after the Laconia City Council decided to reschedule the rally. New Hampshire is under a stay-at-home order because of the virus. Officials felt that June was too early “for a gathering of tens of thousands of

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You may be stuck at home because of the coronavirus restrictions, but you can still start planning for an overseas long-distance ride or perform some basic maintenance on your motorcycle. The May 2020 issue of American Motorcyclist magazine tells you how. You can read the dirt or street issues online at www.americanmotorcyclist.com. If you would prefer a paper copy delivered to your home, you can get it by becoming a Life Member Plus member. Call AMA Member Services at (800) AMA-JOIN (262-5646) to join for just $29 a year. The membership includes a hard copy of the magazine, AMA roadside assistance that covers all the motorcycles, cars, trucks and RVs in your household, and more benefits. AMA Member Rick Wheaton is planning a 2,500-mile trip across Australia to celebrate his 80th birthday and spells out how he plans for the trip in the May issue of American Motorcyclist, offering tips that are useful for all long-distance riding. Wheaton discusses what to consider including budget, timing, flights and accommodations as well as what gear is vital for such a long ride in a foreign country. The magazine also includes an article called “Motorcycle Maintenance Basics” that offers tips on saving money

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Ohio offers some great off-road riding with 145 miles of trails in the Wayne National Forest near Nelsonville in the southeastern part of the state. The Wayne National Forest is more than just one area. There are three separate riding areas. Monday Creek is the closest to the Columbus metro area, while the Pine Creek and Hanging Rock OHV trail systems are farther south near the Ohio River. Monday Creek has 75 miles of designated trails, with something for everyone. Several of the trails that are marked “less difficult” are wide, generally smooth and suitable for even beginning riders. The trails that marked “more difficult” or “most difficult” feature twisty trails and challenging hill climbs strewn with large rocks and slippery tree roots that will catch you off guard, if you aren’t paying attention. The Pine Creek OHV system has about 20 miles of trails, while Hanging Rock has 26 miles. The Hanging Rock trails wind through an area that was strip-mined in the 1960s and 1970s, which means there are some challenging trails up and down steep slopes. Wayne National Forest trail passes are $20 for three days or $35 for the season. There are no single-day passes. All

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National and regional news for motorcyclists National and Regional News WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Clean Fuels Deployment Act of 2020 authorizes $500 million over five years to help retailers sell higher ethanol blends—primarily E15—expand the geographic area selling ethanol blends and support the biodiesel, bioheat and aviation fuel markets. Rep. Abby Finkenauer (D-Iowa) introduced the bill—which does not yet have a bill number—which is cosponsored by U.S. Reps. Angie Craig (D-Minn.), Don Bacon (R-Neb.) Roger Marshall (R-Kan.). The AMA opposes the expansion of E15 fuel into the marketplace, because it contains 15 percent ethanol by volume, 50 percent more ethanol than motorcycles and ATVs are certified to operate on by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has opened the nomination process to fill five seats on the Bears Ears National Monument Advisory Committee. The committee provides advice and recommendations for the BLM to consider on a wide range of public land management issues. Members should plan to meet quarterly. Although members serve without monetary compensation, travel and per diem expenses are reimbursed at current rates for government employees. Committee members will be appointed to three-year terms. At least one letter of reference

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PICKERINGTON, Ohio — During the COVID-19 outbreak, riders everywhere are anxious to see a return to normal so that we can head out to our favorite trails, scenic roadways, and motorcycling events. For now, many of us are following directives to stay at home. Others live in areas where riding may be limited but still possible. We encourage each of you to adhere to local, state, and federal guidelines and restrictions, and take all necessary precautions. For those of us waiting for the “all-clear,” this is the time to prepare to ride again. While some riders do routine maintenance at home, many others may be wondering when their local dealer will reopen for business. The fact is, dealers in most states are available now to provide parts, service, and sales in one form or another. If you need these services now, or anticipate that you will need them soon, we urge you to contact your local dealer today to determine how they can help you. Your dealer can put your mind at ease by telling you the measures they are taking to ensure your safety, such as phone or online orders, social distancing, drop-off procedures, and more. Another advantage to

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Racer, designer, engineer and editor was 90 PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Joe Bolger, a 2004 inductee into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, died Tuesday, April 21, from complications resulting from a fall at his Barre, Mass., home, his family said. He was 90 years old and had been in failing health the past few months. “He was always happiest when he was in his shop,” his son, Brent Bolger, said. “He could handle all sorts of problems with engines, and people came here to get their engines fixed. He loved helping people.” Mr. Bolger was a five-time New England Scrambles Champion in the mid-1960s and the 1970s. He also was a self-taught designer and engineer who worked in metal and wood in a small shop behind his home. In 1974, Mr. Bolger created a linked, rising-rate, long-travel suspension that was put into production as the OSSA BLT, meaning “Bolger Long Travel.” He also designed an “equalizer” that reduced or eliminated chain flex, which was often the downfall of the early motocross machines with long-travel suspension. Also among the many patents he held was one for a bead breaker for those troublesome big tires on small ATV wheels. Mr. Bolger was

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