The AMA KENDA SRT National Hare and Hound Championship series is happy to announce the addition of the Hooligan Open class, presented by Scrambler Ducati, for the remainder of the 2020 season. The four round championship begins in two weeks at the fourth round of the series in Panaca, Nevada. Racers of the “Hooligan Open” class will compete for an AMA #1 National Hare and Hound Championship title, which will be awarded at the season finale in Lucerne Valley, California.

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MA member Tiffany Cipoletti, who has worked on motorcycle rights issues in Washington, D.C., for more than a decade, is the new American Motorcyclist Association government relations manager for on-highway issues.

She will be based at the AMA Government Relations office in Washington, D.C., reporting to AMA Government Relations Director Mike Sayre.

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Now’s your chance to support the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame and have the chance to win a unique custom motorcycle at the same time: a “Lords of the Board Track” custom bike.

The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame is paying tribute to Hall of Famers Eddie Brinck, Ralph Hepburn, Shrimp Burns and others by raffling a custom commemorative motorcycle inspired by board-track racing, one of the earliest motorsports that featured high speed and fearless competitors.

The raffle bike is a 100-year anniversary edition Harley-Davidson Sportster featuring custom styling and performance parts. The bike is being built by Kevin Dunworth of Dunworth Machines to look like an early race machine.

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Check out your August issue of American Motorcyclist magazine for stories on chronicling the motorcycle lifestyle in photos, AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Peter Starr reflecting on his classic motorcycling movie Take It To The Limit and AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Wayne Rainey writing about MotoAmerica road racing in 2020.

You can read the issue online. Life Member Plus members received a copy at home. Not 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.

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AMA News & Notes is a monthly publication compiled and edited by the American Motorcyclist Association, designed to inform motorcyclists of rights-related issues and events in the United States and around the world.

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The  final two rounds of the 2020 AMA Supermoto National Championship Series have been canceled, due to health concerns and restrictions associated with the coronavirus pandemic.

The six-event series had been scheduled to kick off April 4-5 in Primm, Nev., and wrap up Sept. 11-12 in Sturgis, S.D. None of the races was run.

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The Beta AMA National Dual Sport Series, presented by Yuasa Battery, promises some of the best riding on the planet in 2020.

These great rides take you a little further off the beaten path and the routes are typically laid out by local clubs and promoters who know the best dirt roads and trails to ride on in their areas.

These rides, intended for serious off-road-oriented dual sport motorcyclists, are also family affairs.

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Whether you’re planning to ride around the block or around the country, Nelson Rigg USA has the tank bags, soft luggage and other gear you need at a 20 percent discount for AMA members.

 As an AMA member, you save money on all Nelson Rigg USA products for street bikes, tourers, cruisers, dual sport machines and adventure-tourers.

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Before racer-replica motorcycles were widely available in the 1980s, riders who wanted to get from Point A to Point B quickly rode café racers. And one of the most sought after was the Ducati 750 Sport.

In its early days, the Italian company was known for its sporting singles. But that began to change when Fabio Taglioni, the famed Dr. T, designed a 748cc, 90-degree V-twin engine first introduced to the Ducati line in 1971.

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A federal judge upheld the U.S. Forest Service’s authority to keep a 250-mile motorcycle race out of the habitat of the bi-state sage grouse in Nevada, ruling against the Sierra Trail Dogs Motorcycle and Recreational Club.

The club, which had staged the Mystery 250 dirt bike race in June for 25 years, claimed in a 2018 lawsuit that the Forest Service bypassed the environmental review process.

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The full House of Representatives passed H.R. 2, the Invest in America Act, also known as the federal highway bill.

The bill includes several provisions that benefit motorcyclists.

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Members of the American Motorcyclist Association are eligible for a 10 percent discount on all online courses offered by Street Skills LLC, a new AMA Member Benefit Partner.

The Street Skills curriculum is based on Jon DelVecchio’s 2018 book “Cornering Confidence: The Formula for 100% Control in Curves,” and includes 109 online lessons.

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In April, the AMA launched a new podcast, “On The Line With The AMA,” featuring AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame inductees and other motorcycle racing greats, industry leaders and rights advocates.

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While Mount St. Helens may be the best-known feature of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in southwestern Washington, the trails are what attract dual sport riders.

The Gifford Pinchot National Forest, named after the first chief of the U.S. Forest Service, encompasses 1.3 million acres of scenic beauty: forests, mountains, rivers, waterfalls and more. Congress established the 110,000-acre Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument in 1982.

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Grand riding. Grand adventure. Grand Tour. The 2020 AMA Grand Tours offer great adventures that you can ride on your own schedule.

Grand Tours allow participants the freedom to ride to checkpoints on their own time. Most grand tours take place over several months or an entire year. Some grand tours encompass a single state, while others are nationwide. Each AMA-chartered organizer sets the tour routes, checkpoints and rules.

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If you’re a fan of 1950s and 1960s road racing motorcycles, take a look at the rare offerings up for bid at the Bonhams auction Aug. 14-16 at the Stafford County Showground at Bicester Heritage in England.

Examples include a restored 1959 Benelli 250 Bialbero GP Mono, one of only four built. It was purchased from world grand prix road racing champion John Surtees in the 1980s. Also featured is a 1954 Mondial 175 Bialbero GP that is an ex-factory road racing machine, and a 1959 Mondial Paton 250 Gran Premio that  was built by Giuseppe Pattoni, who produced “over the counter” racers with Mondial engines.

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From sagebrush flats to juniper-covered hills to a 700-foot-tall sand dune, the Little Sahara Recreation Area in Utah offers a variety of riding conditions for all skill levels.

Located about 100 miles south of Salt Lake City, the federal Bureau of Land Management’s Little Sahara Recreation Area features Sand Mountain, which is the 700-foot-high challenging dune. On the back side of the dune is an area of about 6 square miles of dunes to ride. To the northwest of the mountain are the White Sands Dunes, which are abut 8 miles long and at some places 2 miles wide.

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It’s not something riders talk about much, but funky-smelling helmets can be a bother for anyone who rides in the heat, and the cause is simple perspiration buildup.

Luckily, it’s pretty easy to make sure that when you hit the road or trail, you smell the flowers, the forest and the clear country air, instead of a locker room.

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