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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Another machine added to the retro stying mix for 2020 is the newly unveiled Indian Motorcycle FTR Rally, featuring scrambler styling with modern performance. The bike was officially launched internationally in Milan at EICMA in November 2019 and is now available in the United States. Indian calls the bike an “urban scrambler” but says it also handles back road adventures. The bike features a 1203cc V-twin engine that pumps out a claimed 123 horsepower and 87 foot-pounds of torque, a black trellis frame and inverted front suspension with dual Brembo brakes. Other features include cruise control, a USB fast charge port, higher ProTaper handlebars an LED headlight and LED turn signals. In the looks department, the FTR Rally features Titanium Smoke paint with the Indian Motorcycle headdress graphic, aluminium wire wheels with stainless steel spokes and a red pinstripe brown aviator seat, a windscreen and Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tires. Want more? Indian says: “The 2020 FTR Rally is compatible with the entire range of 40-plus accessories specifically developed for the FTR platform, giving riders the ability to customize combinations and maintain the independence they seek when purchasing an Indian Motorcycle.” MSRP: $13,499. Info: www.IndianMotorcycle.com.

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Mecum Auctions is offering a wide variety of desirable motorcycles at its auction March 11-14 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., including a bike once owned by AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers Bud Ekins and Steve McQueen. Also for sale is a 1974 Suzuki 400 TM RN motocrosser reportedly built for AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer John DeSoto to race. Here’s a look at some of the machines being sold. For more information, go to www.mecum.com. One of the oldest bikes on the auction block is a 1926 Excelsior Super X alcohol-burning factory flat tracker/hillclimber (above, photo courtesy Mecums) once owned by Ekin and then McQueen. The rare 750cc, two-cylinder still runs. Ekins was one America’s pioneering off-road motorcyclists. Plus, he was one of the first Americans to compete in the World Championship Motocross Grand Prix circuit in Europe during the 1950s. He also earned gold medals in the International Six Day Trial (now International Six Day Enduro). After his racing career, Ekins went on to become one of Hollywood’s leading stuntmen. His most famous stunt was the climactic motorcycle jump scene in the 1963 movie, “The Great Escape,” starring McQueen. McQueen not only was one of the leading

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Here is a list of AMA EAGLES trainers. Please contact the nearest one for more information about EAGLES training for you or your group.   California, Rodeo:                            Ray Stith                         motormech@msn.com District of Columbia:                       Mike Sayre                     msayre@ama-cycle.org Missouri, Nixa:                                 Robert Horsch               r.horsch@aol.com Minnesota, Jordan:  Karen Umphress               mncoordinator@ama-cycle.org Tom Umphress                  mncoordinaror@ama-cycle.org New Jersey, Gillette                        Jonathan Stone              njcoordinator@ama-cycle.org Ohio, Marysville                              John “Turk” Michel       ohcoordinator@ama-cycle.org Ohio, Pickerington                         Marie Wuelleh                 mwuelleh@ama-cycle.org New Mexico, Albuquerque           James Saul                        jsaul53@hotmail.com South Carolina, Greenville           Nick Hughes                     sccoordinator@ama-cycle.org South Carolina, Summerville      Vohn Busby                       vohn.busby@gmail.com Texas, Atlanta                                 Jude Schexnyder              txcoordinator@ama-cycle.org Wisconsin, Oconomowoc             Bryan Much                      wicoordinator@ama-cycle.org Wisconsin, Stoughton                   Kenneth Schuck               schuckkenneth@gmail.com

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New Honda Kokoro Video Highlights the Program’s Success The following is an industry press release … TORRANCE, Calif. — To commemorate the National Youth Project Using Minibikes’ (NYPUM) 50th anniversary, Honda released a new Honda Kokoro video with heartfelt testimonials from NYPUM youth, parents, administrators, Honda executives and leaders from the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps, a child welfare and juvenile justice nonprofit organization that supports NYPUM operations. The Honda Kokoro video series celebrates the heritage, culture, people, products and community involvement that make Honda unique. “Kokoro” means heart in Japanese. NYPUM is a national mentoring program for youth ages 10-17 that uses minibikes as a motivational tool to positively affect behavior and academic performance. The program teaches teamwork and responsible riding skills, while providing an opportunity to build self-esteem and develop self-discipline and leadership abilities. Those who excel are rewarded with trips to outdoor public spaces to ride off-road motorcycles and learn about the importance of environmental stewardship. The program is provided at no cost to participants. “We see daily and immediate positive growth in nearly every kid, every day,” said NYPUM National Director Mark Speller, who has been part of the organization for more than a decade.

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Russ Ehnes elected chair, replacing longtime director Maggie McNally-Bradshaw PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association Board of Directors held its annual election of officers on Feb. 7. The board elected as chair Russ Ehnes, the member representative on the board from the Northwest Region. The board elected as vice chair Gary Pontius, the member representative from the North Central Region; as assistant treasurer Ken Ford, the member representative from the Southeast Region; and as executive committee members Jerry Abboud, an at-large director from Thornton, Colo., and Paul Vitrano, business member representative from Indian Motorcycle. “Russ Ehnes has spent decades as a staunch advocate for motorcyclists’ rights, especially for access to recreational trails,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. “It is a pleasure to welcome him to the role of Board Chair.” Ehnes, from Great Falls, Mont., has advocated for off-highway access rights for decades. An avid trail rider and former off-road racer, Ehnes was most recently the executive director of the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council. He also has led the Montana Trail Vehicle Riders Association and the Great Falls Trail Bike Riders Association. He has chaired the Montana OHV Grant Advisory Committee and has served on the

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Russ Ehnes elected chair, replacing longtime director Maggie McNally-Bradshaw PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association Board of Directors held its annual election of officers on Feb. 7. The board elected as chair Russ Ehnes, the member representative on the board from the Northwest Region. The board elected as vice chair Gary Pontius, the member representative from the North Central Region; as assistant treasurer Ken Ford, the member representative from the Southeast Region; and as executive committee members Jerry Abboud, an at-large director from Thornton, Colo., and Paul Vitrano, business member representative from Indian Motorcycle. Ehnes, from Great Falls, Mont., has advocated for off-highway access rights for decades. An avid trail rider and former off-road racer, Ehnes was most recently the executive director of the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council. He also has led the Montana Trail Vehicle Riders Association and the Great Falls Trail Bike Riders Association. He has chaired the Montana OHV Grant Advisory Committee and has served on the Federal Advisory Committee for the U.S. Forest Service Planning Rule. “I’m honored for the opportunity to serve as chair of the AMA Board of Directors,” Ehnes said. “I will work to make the board as productive as it

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The following is an industry press release … FUQUAY VARINA, N.C. — Local woman veteran-owned small business SportBike Chic announced today the launch of a sassy new motorcycle apparel line designed specifically for female riders. SportBike Chic’s magnetic Tank Purses combine function, safety, and personalized design solutions for motorcycle clubs and women riders on the go. Female motorcycle ridership is on the rise. A 2018 national survey by the Motorcycle Industry Council found 19% of motorcycle owners are women, compared with less than 10% less than a decade ago. It found even greater female ownership among millennials (26%) and Gen X (22%). The US Census Bureau estimated the number of U.S. households owning motorcycles at 126,224,000 in 2018. The newest motorcycle apparel line designed specifically for the needs of women, SportBike Chic was launched in 2016 by U.S. Marine veteran and motorcycle enthusiast, LaShundra Rucker, to fill the gap in motorcycle apparel for female riders. “SportBike Chic’s unique motorcycle accessories are designed with women riders in mind and offer style and functionality to enhance each rider’s journey – from a cross country trip to a ride around the block,” said LaShundra Rucker, founder of SportBike Chic. “Sportbike Chic is about

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The premier motorcycle lifestyle event will honor the motorcycle racer and customizer as the 2020 Legend of the Sport, as well as present a showcase of more than 300 vintage and modern motorcycles The following is an industry press release … Carmel, Calif.  — The Quail Motorcycle Gathering presented by GEICO Motorcycle has announced it will honor prolific American motorcycle racer and designer Roland Sands as the 2020 Legend of the Sport during the 12th annual event on Saturday, May 16, 2020. Hailing from Long Beach, California, Sands has set several track records around the world and was most notably the 1998 American Motorcyclist Association 250GP Champion. After 10 years of professional racing, Sands founded Roland Sands Design (RSD), a motorcycle, product and apparel company which has played a pivotal role in popularizing high-performance custom bikes to the masses. Over the last five years, the team at RSD has expanded into the event space with the Moto Beach Classic in Southern California and the the Super Hooligan National Championship, a series that unites the custom-motorcycle scene with flat track racing. His motorcycle and product designs have earned several accolades including three V-Twin Wheel Design of the Year awards, a V-Twin

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Morbidelli’s marvels at Bonhams The following is an industry press release … A world-class selection of 200 post-war road and racing motorcycles from the celebrated Morbidelli Motorcycle Museum in Pesaro, Italy will be the centrepiece of Bonhams’ Spring Stafford Sale, 25-26 April 2020 – the most significant private collection of motorcycles to be offered by the auction house to date.  This important collection was built up and curated by the late Giancarlo Morbidelli, the museum’s founder, motorcycle manufacturer and Grand Prix boss, over a period of 40 years, and represents the best of Italy, with an emphasis on Italian marques, including Benelli and Ducati. They represent the passion of the farmer’s son and former woodworking machinist who, while building up a successful engineering firm as his day job, spent his spare time tuning, racing and later building his own motorcycles. In pole position as the top lot is a 1964 Ducati 125cc 4-cylinder Grand Prix racing motorcycle, (estimate £400,000 – 600,000), a ‘mythical’ racing machine created by the firm’s chief engineer, Fabio Taglioni. This motorcycle disappeared for some years before its engine was found in Russia while its chassis reappeared in Yugoslavia, now Croatia. With the two essential components reunited, Giancarlo rebuilt the fabled motorcycle. As Gianni Morbidelli, Giancarlo’s

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The Shepherd Ah Nei Recreation Area just north of Billings, Mont., is one of the most popular off-highway vehicle riding areas in the state. With 50 miles of trails on more than 1,000 acres, the off-highway riding portion of the Shepherd Ah Nei Recreation Area offers plenty of thrills. The other part of the recreation area, encompassing about 4,000 acres, is dedicated to hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, picnicking and bird watching. The area is operated by the federal Bureau of Land Management. A day pass is $5 and can be purchased at an on-site kiosk or at the BLM Billings Field office or BLM Montana State office. Both offices are at 5001 Southgate Drive in Billings. Proof of vehicle registration is required. You must buy a special state recreation permit for each vehicle to ride there. Montana State Parks notes that OHVs operating on public land for recreational purposes must be registered and display a decal placed in a conspicuous location on the machine. Residents must register their OHVs at the county treasurer’s office in the county where the owner resides. This is a one-time registration and valid until the current owner sells the OHV. Nonresidents using their OHVs

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Tickets are now available for the MotoAmerica North American professional road racing series, which is sanctioned by the AMA and is home to the AMA Superbike Championship. As an AMA benefit partner, MotoAmerica provides AMA members with a 15 percent discount on general admission for select 2020 MotoAmerica events. (Ticket discount doesn’t apply to the following events: Circuit of the Americas in Texas, Road America in Wisconsin, Utah Motorsports Campus or WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in California.). Simply enter your AMA member discount code when buying tickets on MotoAmerica’s online ticket portal at www.motoamerica.com/tickets. To get your AMA discount code, long in at www.americanmotorcyclist.com/ama-member-deal-and-discounts. MotoAmerica is an affiliate of KRAVE Group LLC, a partnership that includes three-time 500cc World Champion, two-time AMA Superbike Champion, and AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Wayne Rainey, ex-racer and former manager of Team Roberts Chuck Aksland, motorsports marketing executive Terry Karges, and businessman Richard Varner. This year’s schedule includes: April 3-5: MotoAmerica Superbikes at Texas, Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas April 17-19: MotoAmerica Superbikes at Atlanta, Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, Ga. May 1-3: MotoAmerica Superbikes at Virginia, Virginia International Raceway, Alton, Va. May 29-31: MotoAmerica Superbikes at Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wis. June 26-28:

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The Harley-Davidson Motor Company reports it will unleash an all-new street fighter called the Harley-Davidson Bronx in late 2020 as part of its effort to expand its market. The company calls the Bronx a middleweight machine that “rolls with an unapologetic attitude and performance to match.” High-end components include Brembo brakes. The bike is shod with Michelin tires. The heart of the machine is the 975cc Revolution Max powerplant, which is a liquid-cooled, 60-degree V-twin that pumps out more than 115 ponies and boasts more than 70-foot pounds of torque. “The Revolution Max is designed to offer flexible performance with a broad powerband that builds to a surge of high-RPM power,” the Harley-Davidson Motor Company says. “Minimizing weight and maximizing performance, the Revolution Max provides a narrow powertrain profile that is integrated into the motorcycle as a stressed member of the frame to enhance center of gravity and handling. “The fully balanced power train has an internal counter balancer that mitigates primary engine vibration to enhance rider comfort and improve vehicle durability,” the company says. To learn more about Harley-Davidson products, go to www.harley-davidson.com.  

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The only street-legal motorcycle in the world with a carbon fiber chassis, swingarm and wheels The following is an industry press release … Borgo Panigale, Bologna — With the Superleggera V4, Ducati fulfils the dream of pushing back the limits of engineering, attention to detail and motorcycle design, with a project that represents the Bolognese company’s greatest masterpiece in terms of engineering, performance and design. After an exclusive preview for its most passionate and loyal clients, Ducati now officially unveils its new Superleggera V4, the most powerful and technologically advanced motorcycle ever made by the Borgo Panigale manufacturer, produced in a limited edition of just 500 individually numbered bikes. The Superleggera V4 is the world’s only street-legal motorcycle with the entire load-bearing structure of the chassis (frame, subframe, swingarm and wheels) made from composite material, achieving a 6.7 kg reduction in weight thanks to these components. To ensure the highest quality and safety standards, these components are 100% tested using the most sophisticated techniques borrowed from the aerospace industry, such as thermography, ultrasound inspections and tomography. The chassis dimensions have been modified for optimised track use by increasing the length of the swingarm. The overall result is unparalleled deceleration power,

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The 2020 AMA Grand Tours are under way so plan now to take part in some of the most interesting and scenic rides on the planet. The riding events allow you to ride to checkpoints at your own pace. Each AMA-chartered organizer sets the tour routes, checkpoints and rules. Jan. 5-Dec. 20: AMA District 2 Polar Bear Grand Tour. If you live in the Northeast and want to get out and ride, join riders starting in the winter season, where they ride to points each Sunday within New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Connecticut. Of course, the rides continue year-round, but they start in the winter. (www.polarbeargrandtour.com) Jan. 15-Nov. 30: The SCMA USA Four Corners Tour AMA Grand Tour offers two different USA Four Corner Tours: the “Regular” and the “True X.” The organizer will send a package containing the materials for the ride you choose. The organizer will review your completion of either ride once they receive your finisher’s package. (www.sc-ma.com/rides/usa-four-corners-tour-site) Jan. 15-Nov. 30: The SCMA USA 15 Best Roads Tour. This challenge started in the spring of 2011 after the AMA published a “Best 15 Roads” article in “American Motorcyclist” magazine. Two riders took the challenge that

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More prizes awarded in annual drawing for new and renewing members PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Bruce D. Sass, of Aurora, Colo., is the grand prize winner in the 2019 AMA Member Sweepstakes. His prize is a 2019 Yamaha Star Eluder. Sass’ name was selected from all those who joined the American Motorcyclist Association or renewed their membership during the 2019 calendar year. “This is way cool,” Sass said. “I always tell my friends that as long as you’ve got room, you can never have too many motorcycles. I have plenty of room, so I can fit another one in there.” Sass has been riding and racing motorcycles since 1969 with the Sports Riders Association of Colorado. In AMA road racing, Sass was the 1977 novice national champion, winning two 250cc nationals. In 2005, he was inducted into the Colorado Motorsports Hall of Fame. He currently competes in vintage motocross and vintage road racing events and hopes to attend AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days in Lexington, Ohio, July 10-12. Other winners in the annual drawing for the 2019 AMA Member Sweepstakes were: Shoei Helmet — Chris Baskin, Ola, Ark. Cardo Packtalk Bold — Mike Barth, Detroit, Mich. Aerostich R3 one-piece suit — Richard

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As an AMA Life Member, you know you get some great AMA benefits. One of the best benefits involves Medjet. Medjet coordinates medical transport back to a home-country hospital of the member’s choice should injury/illness occur during domestic or international travel when more than 150 miles from home. Motorcycle Transfer Protection is an optional benefit for motorcycle return during North American travel. Medjet Horizon membership adds travel security and crisis response protection. Visit www.medjet.com/AMACycle to learn more and enroll in advance of travel, or call (800) 527-7478 and reference the American Motorcyclist Association. Once you sign up you’re ready to enjoy peace of mind.

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The personal ride of the late-Indian Larry who died while performing a motorcycle stunt in 2004 was auctioned off for $220,000. The bike, named “Grease Monkey,” was the first custom chopper Ithe popular custom bike builder created that attracted worldwide attention. (Photo courtesy of Mecum Auctions) It was just one of the many motorcycles sold at Mecum Auctions’ 29th annual Vintage and Antique Motorcycle Auction Jan. 21-26, 2020 at the South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Here’s a look at some of the other machines that sold. For more information on the auction results, go to www.mecum.com. Two 1973 Triumph X75 Hurricanes were up for auction. One sold for $26,400 and the other for $22,000. AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Craig Vetter created this design initially for BSA to transform the Rocket III. The Vetter-designed BSA prototype had an American hot rod look to it. Unfortunately, BSA was in its final days and the bike never made it to production. Triumph revived Vetter’s concept a few years later with the release of the limited-edition Triumph X75 Hurricane. Mecum Auctions had several Maico dirtbikes on the auction block. The auction house says a 1972 Maico 501 that was the

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PICKERINGTON, Ohio &mdash The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has proposed the termination of a wastewater discharge permit for the APV mining area in Perry County that was issued on Feb. 1, 2019, a move that is a victory for motorized off-road in the Perry State Forest. The proposal came at the request of CCU Coal and Construction, a Coshocton, Ohio, company that owns a mine in the forest. The permit will be terminated April 1, if no further action is taken. CCU Coal and Construction officials could not be reached for comment. “This is a huge victory for our community and our forest,” said Lauren Ketcham, a New Lexington farmer and public relations chair for Friends of Perry State Forest. “The state heard from more than 1,000 local residents, businesses and recreationists who spoke loud and clear that they didn’t want to see our public forest handed over to a private company to be destroyed.” The American Motorcyclist Association supports the efforts of the Friends of Perry State Forest and the Ohio Environmental Council to keep the mining company from opening a proposed strip mine that would have claimed about 500 acres of public land. Ketcham said the revocation of

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