Managing the COVID-19 situation Since 1924, the American Motorcyclist Association has been a unified voice for motorcyclists. Established to organize rider activity of all kinds, the AMA has since been a source for structure, planning, protection and, at the center of it all, community. Community is at the heart of what we do. As a membership organization, community is the source of our value, our influence and our power. By building our community, we strengthen our hand. With a stronger hand, we can do more for our community. Certainly, we have all been affected by COVID-19. Much of our AMA activity is built around events, and new federal, state and local laws and regulations are unfortunately impacting those events in big ways. Many rides and races have been postponed, some have been cancelled and others have been pared back to keep attendees and organizers safe. We encourage all AMA members and event organizers to comply with all federal, state and local guidelines. As motorcyclists, we understand that safety matters. But in these challenging and uncharted times, we especially know that keeping ourselves, our loved ones, and other people around us healthy and safe is paramount. This includes first responders, healthcare

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PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Due to the presence in the United States of COVID-19, an infectious strain of the coronavirus, and governors across the country issuing restrictions on large events and public gatherings, the American Motorcyclist Association strongly encourages AMA-chartered organizers to comply with all restrictions imposed by federal, state and local authorities affecting all applicable AMA-sanctioned activity. In addition, the AMA asks all members and other motorcyclists, whether participating in individual or group activity, to follow best practices published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC-issued guidelines are available here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/workplace-school-and-home-guidance.pdf The AMA will continue to work with chartered organizers and other partners to monitor the situation and issue further guidance as necessary.

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PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Mike Sayre is the new Director of Government Relations for the American Motorcyclist Association. In his new role, Sayre will oversee the AMA’s office in Washington, D.C., and manage the execution of AMA advocacy efforts nationwide. Sayre most recently was the AMA government relations manager for on-highway issues. He has been an AMA member for eight years and has been on staff for four years. “The AMA Government Relations Department is on the front lines of defending motorcyclists’ rights, and efficient management is critical to ensure the effectiveness of those efforts,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. “Mike will bring fresh ideas and focused leadership to his new role.” Sayre is a member of the federal Motorcyclist Advisory Council and currently serves as its chair. The MAC advises the U.S. Secretary of Transportation on ways to make the nation’s highway infrastructure safer for motorcyclists. Sayre said he is “grateful for the opportunity to lead the AMA’s advocacy efforts and excited to take on the challenges ahead.” “I will build on our successes and help ensure that officials at all levels of government understand the benefits of motorcycling and why our community is an asset,” Sayre said.

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Want to spice up your dirt riding in California with a little variety? Then try riding at the Prairie City State Vehicular Recreation Area that is 20 miles east of Sacramento and 3 miles south of U.S. 50. The 800-plus-acre park, operated by the Off-Highway Vehicle Division of the state Department of Parks and Recreation, offers a variety of interesting terrain and trails for ATVs, dirt bikes and four-wheel drive vehicles, plus the famed Hangtown motocross track. What kind of terrain? Flat, open grasslands, rolling hills with oak trees and acres of cobbled mine tailings. The terrain is challenging for beginners and experts. There are trails throughout the motorcycle/ATV area. Most of the trails are beginner- or intermediate-level trails, with only a few expert trails. The trails are two-way trails, so use caution around blind curves, and on hills and jumps. Keep to the right of the trail when possible. All riders must wear helmets and should wear proper protective clothing. Each off-highway vehicle must have a U.S. Forest Service-approved spark arrestor. A current California off-road vehicle registration (green sticker) or highway registration is required at all times when operating bikes on public land. The red sticker season at the

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With riding season here everyone is itching to get back on the road. But before you head out, it’s a good idea to give your trusty steed a once-over to ensure the bike is as ready to go as you are. Here’s a quick checklist put together by the good folks at the Motorcycle Safety Foundation to help you get ready to hit the road. 1. Tires and wheels. Since these are where you and the road meet, they’re probably the most important things to look over. A problem can affect handling, sometimes severely. Check to be sure your rims are free of dents, your spokes are tight and straight, your tire pressures are correct. Make sure you have plenty of tread. 2. Controls and cables. A snapped throttle or clutch cable can leave you on the side of the road, so check those. Operate anything connected to a cable and make sure that levers and cables feel smooth and don’t bind. Apply the front brake and push the bike forward. The brake should feel firm, and the front wheel should not move. Check the rear brake in the same fashion. 3. Lights and horn. Seeing and being seen are

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There aren’t many motorcycle-related songs that riders have been able to enjoy over the years, but there are a few. And some have memorable lines that, when you hear them, you instantly remember the song. Can you match these lyrics to the songs? Here’s a test of your motorcycling musical knowledge. The answers are below. 1. “I started out with this basket case, I thought I’d made quite a find, I paid my money and took the thing home, Folks thought I was outta my mind, Cussin’ and kickin’ I got the thing runnin’, Headed down the road with my motor just a-gunnin’, There came a knockin’ noise down by my shoe, I’ve got them broke down Harley Davidson blues.” 2. “Ain’t got no tricks up my sleeve, Ain’t got no reason to believe, I’ve been looking for a sign, Love shouldn’t be so hard to find, I’ve been sleeping on your couch, Just been layin’ here alone. I’ve been doing without, Oh, you’ve been doing me wrong, Nothing left here to decide, I think it’s time for me to ride.” 3. “Hard roads and endless lines flow through his veins, Cold steel and hot fuel injected ‘s the dream

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Three Pooler, Ga., races were scheduled for Friday, Saturday Three AMA-sanctioned flat track events scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Oglethorpe Speedway Park in Pooler, Ga., have been canceled due to a flooded track. The opening rounds of this year’s AMA All-Star National Flat Track Series, the AMA Vintage Flat Track National Championship Series and the Daytona Bike Week Flat Track Championship Series, an AMA Major Event, will not take place and are not going to be rescheduled. “With standing water on the race track at Oglethorpe Speedway Park, it is not possible to hold the races scheduled to take place there tomorrow and Saturday,” AMA Track Racing Manager Ken Saillant said. “We look forward to getting all three of the series’ 2020 seasons underway at Volusia Speedway Park on Sunday.” The AMA All-Star National Flat Track Series will open its season on the half-mile at Volusia Speedway Park on Sunday, followed by the opening rounds of the Vintage Flat Track National Championship Series and Daytona Bike Week Flat Track Championship Series on the same track on Monday.

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Racing bikes for the street have always had an allure for the go-fast crowd, and that was particularly true in the early 1980s when performance-oriented Americans were suffering through an onslaught of standard machines on the market. One bike Americans lusted after that the Europeans enjoyed was the Honda VF1000R. Here are a few fun facts about that machine. 1. In 1984, European riders, but not Americans, were able to swing a leg over the racer-styled Honda VF1000R. 2. The big V-four motor was derived from the tire-ripping FWS1000 that AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer “Fast Freddie” Spencer raced at Daytona in 1982. 3. Honda offered the VF1000F in America, rather than the racier VF1000R that Americans claimed they really wanted. 4. The VF1000R’s trick bits included gear-driven cams, quick-release front axle holders, adjustable clutch and front brake levers and a solo seat cowl. 5. Honda officials listened to the American consumers and sent the VF1000R to the United States in 1985. The bike didn’t sell because Honda sent its race-styled machine to the U.S. too late. Kawasaki was changing the open-class sport bike landscape with the original Ninja 900, which was lighter, quicker and cheaper. As a result, Honda

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AMA Member Ken Friedman’s quest to ride on all seven continents is just one of the fascinating and informative stories in the March 2020 issue of American Motorcyclist magazine. Readers of the AMA magazine will also get AMA Charter Life Member Cathy Seckman’s take on transitioning from a two-wheeler to a trike, enjoy a preview of some of the best road rallies on the planet in 2020 and get the latest motorcycling news in various states. You can read the issue online on this website. If you prefer a hard copy, you can get one delivered to your home provided you are a Life Member Plus member. 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. Friedman was on a mission to ride on all seven continents. He writes that his ride in Antarctica was the culmination of seven years of traveling through more than 50 countries. His adventure involves Italy, India, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Chile, Argentina and more fascinating countries. In

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You’ve put a lot of time in the saddle on your motorcycle. This year is a good time to be recognized by the American Motorcyclist Association and your peers. The AMA LongRider program recognizes dedicated riders and rewards them for being serious about the sport. How? The AMA LongRider program invites AMA members to register to earn patches for various mileage milestones. This is a road/adventure riding program. Mileage awards are available at 10,000, 25,000 and 50,000 annual miles. Or, let your miles accumulate for a Lifetime Mileage award at 25,000, 50,000, 100,000, 250,000, 500,000, 750,000 and 1 million miles. Riders who achieve 1 million miles earn a special AMA LongRider plaque. To participate in this program, you must be a current AMA member, must agree to abide by AMA verification rules and procedures and must register for the program (miles begin to accumulate once registered). You may use multiple motorcycles to accumulate miles. Here is how it works: Riders register using the AMA LongRider application; mileage counts from that day forward, unless you can provide verification of previous mileage with documentation from an AMA-chartered club. (The AMA will consider verified mileage awards from non-AMA groups/clubs/dealers on a case-by-case basis.

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Board of Directors Appoints Board Member Jochen Zeitz as Acting President and CEO The following is an industry press release … MILWAUKEE — Harley-Davidson, Inc. (“Harley-Davidson”) (NYSE:HOG) has announced that Matthew Levatich has stepped down as President and CEO and as a member of the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors has appointed current Board member Jochen Zeitz as Acting President and CEO. A committee of the Board will be formed, and the Company will utilize an external search firm to undertake a search for a new CEO, and a further announcement will be made at a later date. Levatich will assist with the transition through the end of March. As part of this leadership change, Jochen Zeitz has also been named Chairman of the Board and will remain Chairman once a new CEO is appointed. Current Chairman of the Board, Michael Cave, is now Presiding Director. Zeitz said, “The Board and Matt mutually agreed that now is the time for new leadership at Harley-Davidson. Matt was instrumental in defining the More Roads to Harley-Davidson accelerated plan for growth, and we will look to new leadership to recharge our business. On behalf of the Board, I would like to

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National and Regional News WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.) introduced S. 3249, the Motorcyclist Advisory Council Reauthorization Act, which would refine the membership seats of the federal Motorcyclist Advisory Council to ensure more national motorcycle organizations are represented and authorizes the council for six years. The AMA worked closely with the Motorcycle Riders Foundation and Harley-Davidson Motor Co. on the legislation, which is the companion bill to H.R. 5234 introduced in late November. S. 3249 would require the MAC to include five highway engineering experts from state or local governments, one state or local traffic safety engineer who is a motorcyclist, one roadway safety data expert on crash testing and analysis and one representative from each of the following groups: a national association of state transportation officials, a national motorcyclist foundation, a national motorcyclist association, a national motorcycle manufacturing association and a national safety organization. The current MAC, chaired by Mike Sayre—AMA government relations manager for on-highway issues—was authorized in 2015 and is finalizing its report to the U.S. Department of Transportation. The MAC advises the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, the administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the administrator of

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The 2020 riding season starts March 6 at the Wolf Pen Gap trails in the Ouachita National Forest near Mena, Ark. The trails offer everything you could want for a great day of riding, including fantastic views and a down-home friendly atmosphere. There are 35 miles of trails that feature terrain for everyone, from beginner to experienced riders. The difficulty of each trail is marked from easiest to “most difficult,” and the “most difficult.” The area has many small crystal-clear rivers and streams, and numerous picturesque waterfalls. If you want to take some time out from riding, you can try some fishing. There are also areas where groups stop and swim. Remember to always stay on the trails. That means no off-highway vehicles in the streams, and only cross streams at designated crossings. Mena, the closest town, is only nine miles west of the trails. Here you will find just about everything you need from groceries to fast food to full-service restaurants. Directions: To get there from Mena, take state Route 375 south for eight miles to the trailhead near CR 277. There are additional trailheads farther south on 375 and south on FR 38. All three separate trailheads offer

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Yamaha reports that its 2021 Ténéré 700 adventure-touring bike will be available in early summer 2020. The $9,999 mid-sized machine is powered by a fuel-injected 689cc liquid-cooled inline twin-cylinder engine. It sits in a lightweight tubular steel frame. The bike has a 62.6-inch wheelbase and has 9.5 inches of ground clearance. Suspension duties are handled by a long-travel 43mm inverted fork with 8.3 inches of travel and linkage-type rear shock with 7.9 inches of travel. Plus, the rear shock has a remote preload adjuster. Braking is handled by a pair of wave-style 282mm discs in front and a 245mm wave-style rotor in the rear. ABS is standard but can be temporarily disabled. The 2021 Yamaha Ténéré 700 features lightweight spoked wheels with a 21-inch up front and 18 in the back. The machine will be available in colors that Yamaha calls Ceramic Ice, Intensity White, and Matte Black. For more information go to https://www.yamahamotorsports.com/adventure-touring/models/tenere-700.

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Whether you are looking for collectible belt buckles, patches, pins or even books, the AMA eBay store has them. Probably the most valuable of the offerings are the limited-edition belt buckles, including the ones created to commemorate the Harley-Davidson 2003 Centennial, the AMA Great Destinations Daytona 200 Centennial, the AMA Great Destinations Bonneville Salt Flats and the AMA Great Destinations Loretta Lynn Ranch. The Loretta Lynn Ranch belt buckle, which is new and in its original felt box, is priced at $40. For several years the Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., has been the center of the amateur motocross world every August. This AMA Great Destinations Commemorative buckle was produced in 2005. The AMA Great Destinations Loretta Lynn Ranch commemorative pin, which is also new in its original felt box, is $6. That pin was produced in 2005. Harley-Davidson fans will want to check out the Harley-Davidson Centennial buckle, key fob and pin set for $135. And if you’ve ridden Route 66, or want to, the AMA Route 66 Commemorative pin at $15 would look great on your riding jacket or vest. Also available, for $10, is a Vintage American Motorcycle Heritage Museum Foundation belt buckle that was

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PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association has named James Holter as Chief Operating Officer. Holter, most recently the AMA vice president of communications and marketing, assumes the responsibilities of Jeff Massey, who is leaving his position as AMA chief operations officer on March 6. “James has demonstrated remarkable leadership skills as a member of our executive team,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. “It is a pleasure to welcome him to the role of Chief Operating Officer, where he oversees the department directors who are primarily responsible for the day-to-day work to fulfill the AMA’s mission to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling.” As COO, Holter reports to Dingman. His direct reports are the department directors who execute the AMA’s mission in the areas of government relations, competition, recreational riding, finance, communications, membership and marketing, creative services, industry relations and business development, and all other aspects of operations. “I’ve been a motorcyclist since my dad put me on a Tecumseh-powered minibike in the early 1980s, and it was a choice that fundamentally altered the trajectory of my life,” Holter said. “I’m honored that Rob would trust me with these additional responsibilities, and I’m looking

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The following is an industry press release … COVINGTON, La. — SPOT LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Globalstar, Inc., and a leader in satellite messaging and emergency notification technologies, today announced its newest upgrade. SPOT Mapping is now available for all SPOT devices, offering an easy dashboard to track and share outdoor adventures, while providing an added peace of mind when the unexpected happens. SPOT Mapping includes mobile responsive and sharable maps, multi-year data storage, and various map displays, including satellite, road and terrain options. Users can view maps in live mode for real-time tracking, or history mode to review previous trips and set places to reference on the next journey. “We have consistently listened to our customers feedback and worked diligently to offer a new enhanced mapping experience,” said Dave Kagan, CEO of Globalstar. “SPOT is proud to have initiated nearly 7,000 rescues worldwide and our hope is that our mapping platform brings a new level of visuals and functionality to keep outdoor adventures safer and more informative than ever.” SPOT Mapping is now available to existing customers using the SPOT X, the SPOT Gen 3, the SPOT Trace, and SPOT legacy products, all included in Basic level

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The following is an industry press release … Single-cylinder street explorers receive new technical features and striking graphics for 2020 Husqvarna Motorcycles are pleased to announce the availability of the MY20 Vitpilen and Svartpilen range – four exciting street models that feature ground-breaking design as well as receiving new technical features and colours for 2020. The Vitpilen 701 delivers exceptional performance and an unmistakably dynamic riding experience, which encourages riders to clear their minds and focus on the road ahead. Combining a 692cc single cylinder engine with a lightweight chassis and sport-oriented WP suspension it’s a motorcycle that guarantees a thrilling ride on technical and twisty roads, fully complemented by strong Brembo brakes. Offering a riding experience that is defined by its pureness, the Svartpilen 701 is a modern and progressive motorcycle inspired by the timeless authenticity of the flat track scene. A raw, dependable and thrilling ride is guaranteed by a lightweight chassis –161 kg without fuel – and a 75 hp single cylinder engine. For 2020, the Vitpilen 701 and Svartpilen 701 come fitted with CNC-machined footpegs as standard, for superior quality and attention to detail. In addition, they also feature a new quality painted finish and graphics,

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AMA Charter Life Member won four world titles, eight U.S. championships PICKERINGTON, Ohio — One of America’s greatest racing champions is calling it a career. AMA Charter Life Member Greg Hancock, from Costa Mesa, Calif., announced his retirement from professional racing on Feb. 15. “Greg Hancock is among the most successful competitors in not just motorcycle racing, but in all of motorsports,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. “His four world titles rank him among the greatest riders of all time, a feat amplified by the fact his world-championship caliber performances spanned four decades. We thank Greg for being a gracious and successful representative of America on the world stage, and we wish him well in a much-deserved retirement.” Hancock, 49, won his most recent Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme Speedway World Championship in 2016. His other FIM Speedway titles came in 2014, 2011 and 1997. In the United States, he won eight AMA Speedway National Championships. Hancock also won FIM Team and Pairs World Championships, as well as many European domestic league titles during his career. “I want to extend my sincere gratitude to everyone at the AMA and the FIM for providing me the many years of incredible

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California has several great places to ride dirt bikes, and the Jawbone Canyon Off-Highway Vehicle Area and the Dove Springs Off-Highway Vehicle Area, both near the town of Mojave in southern California, are a couple of them. They are both managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. The Jawbone OHV area offers more than 7,000 acres of open-use public land you can ride. The OHV area offers cross-country riding as well as advanced technical routes. Outside the OHV area, riding is restricted to designated routes marked with brown trail markers. Travel maps are available at the Ridgecrest Field Office at 300 S. Richmond Road, Ridgecrest, Calif., (760) 384-5400, or the Jawbone Canyon OHV Station at the entrance to Jawbone Canyon off State Highway 14. The Jawbone open area is off State Highway 14, about 20 miles north of the intersection of State Highway 14 and 58 in the town of Mojave. It’s a left turn from State Highway 14 onto Jawbone Canyon Road when traveling from the south, and a right turn onto Jawbone Canyon Road when traveling from the north. There are three vault toilets located in the area. Food and fuel are available in the town of

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