One of the great places for riders to go to test their skills is The Badlands Off-Road Park near Attica, Ind. Privately owned, the Badlands consists of more than 800 acres of sand dunes, pea gravel hills, mud, off-camber woods trails and more for experienced, casual and beginning riders, including children. Plus, there is a full-size MX track–although it’s best to call about it first since sometimes it’s closed due to bad weather. Riders can travel over a rolling sand hill and enjoy the view of the terrain, sunsets, or an occasional deer, fox, or coyote crossing the path. The trails are two-way, and the facility also offers large mud areas to be conquered. You must sign a waiver of liability and a consent form for minors, plus other forms. The minor forms must be notarized for minors not accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, so it’s a good idea to have the forms faxed or mailed to you before you go. Riders 12 and older pay $25 a day for an entrance fee. The cost is $45 for two days, $60 for three days and $70 for four or more days. Riders ages 6 to 11 pay $20

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If you want the latest scoop on off-highway riding on electric motorcycles in the United States or are looking for some scenic roads to ride through Arkansas, then the May 2020 issue of American Motorcyclist magazine has you covered. The magazine is chock full of other information, including the winners of the latest information AMA Board of Directors awards, government relations news from around the country and a couple thoughtful columns. AMA President and CEO Rob Dingeman wrote about the COVID-19 crisis and personal freedoms while AMA Member Joanna Duda wrote about parting ways with a well-used touring machine. If you want tips on how to take great pics, motorcycling photographer extraordinaire Jeff Kardas offers his insights. If you like classic machines, there’s a story about a 1954 Vincente Rapide that is currently on loan to the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. You can read the dirt and street issues of American Motorcyclist online. Would you like an actual paper magazine? You can get it at home if you’re a Life Member Plus subscriber. 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

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Now’s your chance to try to win a 1973 BMW R75/5 sidecar rig while supporting the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame at the same time. Each year, the Hall of Fame raffles off a bike to raise money for the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that supports the Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame preserves the heritage of motorcycling; educates the public about American motorcycling’s great traditions; maintains archives of publications, photographs, records and other documents relevant to the history of motorcycling; and maintains a Hall of Fame to honor those who have contributed to the heritage of motorcycling. For the chance to win this 1973 BMW R75/5 sidecar rig, you can get one ticket for a $5 donation or five tickets for a $20 donation. You must be 18 years or older and a resident of the United States to win. This 1973 BMW R75/5 was restored by Jay Medieros of Vintage Triumph Supply in Bedford, Mass., and features a classic sidecar and custom upholstery. In 1973 BMW started rolling out “5-series” motorcycles at its plant in Berlin, Germany. The “5-series” bikes featured the famed BMW boxer engine turned on its head, with the camshaft

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Motorists urged to watch for motorcyclists on nation’s roadways during holiday weekend PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association is grateful for the sacrifice of United States armed forces personnel who have given their lives in defense of our country and freedoms, and extends its deepest gratitude to their families and friends this Memorial Day, May 25. “Motorcycle riding and racing, as well as traveling throughout the nation, are just a few of the freedoms that many American servicemen and servicewomen have given their lives to defend,” AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman said. “We are thankful for their service that has preserved those freedoms and use this holiday to offer our solemn gratitude for their sacrifices.” Though travel restrictions remain in place in many parts of the nation, Americans, including motorcyclists, will be using the nation’s roadways be using the nation’s roadways during the holiday weekend to travel to parks, memorial services and beaches or simply to enjoy the nation’s many picturesque landscapes. The AMA encourages motorists to be alert to motorcyclists who will be sharing the road. And motorcyclists must exercise additional caution. Please ride and drive sober, be courteous and obey all traffic laws. “All road users

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A conversation with the AMA 450cc Supercross points leader By Michael Marino The 2020 AMA Supercross Championship was going well for Eli Tomac. The Monster Energy Kawasaki rider had won five of the first 10 of 17 scheduled rounds that were held before the coronavirus pandemic put the season on pause in early March. Heading into lockdown after winning the 50th running of the Daytona event at Daytona International Speedway, the 27-year-old Coloradan carried a 3-point lead over Team Honda HRC rider Ken Roczen, 226 to 223. Tomac, a three-time AMA Pro Motocross 450 Champion, has long been seeking his first 450SX title, and the narrow points gap doesn’t fully convey just how impressive his performances this year have been. At RingCentral Coliseum in Oakland, California, round five of the series, for example, Tomac stormed to a commanding 3.5-second win after losing the lead with a self-induced error late in the 21-lap main event. His 0.7-second victory over Roczen at Daytona was another come-from-behind effort. The unexpected break allowed Tomac to be present for the birth of his first child, daughter Lev, but he admitted that he is anxious to line up for the recently announced final seven rounds—all made-for-TV

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Organizations sign Letter of Intent for AMA eSports National Championship events PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association and INIT ESPORTS have pledged to work together throughout 2020 and beyond to develop two-wheel esports championships and tournaments, turning riders into gamers and gamers into riders. Toward that goal, the AMA and INIT ESPORTS have signed a Letter of Intent to plan, promote, organize and execute AMA-recognized esports events. INIT will manage esports championships representing a number of traditional motorcycling disciplines that are organized to the highest standards, earning the winners of these events recognition as AMA eSports National Champions and AMA eSports National No. 1 plates. “The AMA, which includes its chartered clubs, promoters and its members, has been organizing motorcycling activity in America since 1924,” said AMA Chief Operating Officer James Holter. “As motorcycling has evolved, the association has established new affiliations and partnerships with recognized experts in these new areas. Signing this Letter of Intent with INIT ESPORTS lays the foundation for such a partnership for the digital gaming landscape. “In addition, these efforts create another channel to welcome more members of underserved communities and minority populations to participate in AMA events, both digitally and in the real

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Seven made-for-TV races without fans airing on NBC, NBCSN will aid in getting the industry back to work The following is an industry press release … ELLENTON, Fla. — Feld Entertainment Inc. announced Thursday that the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, will resume racing at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah on May 31 and will run through June 21. The final seven, made-for-tv races will be broadcast on NBC networks without fans in attendance. The Utah Sports Commission, a longtime partner of Supercross, has coordinated our return to Utah. Like all forms of sports, the Monster Energy Supercross Championship was abruptly halted in early March after completing ten rounds of the 17-round Championship. The last race was held on March 7 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. where Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac earned his fifth win of the season over top rival Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen, both of whom are competing for their first premiere class title with only three points of separation. The sports industry in the United States, like virtually all industries, is being severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Monster Energy Supercross fuels an entire industry and is

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MotoAmerica to start championship without fans; a second race at Road America, June 26-28, scheduled to include fans The following is an industry press release … IRVINE, Calif. — MotoAmerica, the home of the AMA Superbike Series, has announced that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the Governor of Wisconsin’s safer-at-home order being set to expire on May 26, the racing portion of the opening round of the 2020 MotoAmerica Series, May 29-31, at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, will continue, but without fans. Although Road America and MotoAmerica worked diligently to find an alternative, the task proved impossible due to unknown restrictions that may be placed on public outdoor events. MotoAmerica, however, is planning to return to Road America, June 26-28, along with all previously scheduled activities, including Vintage MotoFest. The June 26-28 event will also feature the MotoAmerica Heritage Cup and the opening round of the Mini Cup by Motul. All five classes of the premier national motorcycle road racing championship in the United States – Superbike, Supersport, Liqui Moly Junior Cup, Stock 1000 and Twins Cup – will compete in the series opener, May 29-31. “We worked hard with Road America to try to make

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Hare and hound competitor, organizer keeping busy Jeff Miller, a 2019 AMA Hare and Hound National Championship class champion is ready to get back to racing, as soon as the coronavirus restrictions are lifted. Miller had hoped to qualify for a spot on a U.S. ISDE club team competing at the 2020 FIM International Six Days Enduro in Rivanazzano Terme, Italy. But due to the coronavirus pandemic raging through that country, the FIM announced on March 28 that the 2020 ISDE was postponed for a year. So, Miller is bicycling near his home in Nampa, Idaho, to stay in shape. He hopes racing in the U.S. will return by August so he can take part in several desert races in Nevada. The 2017 and 2019 AMA National Hare and Hound Super Senior Class title holder also continues to operate his trucking company. And he is busy as ever keeping up with his clients’ shipping needs. He and his wife are helping family members as much as possible during these unprecedented times, and Miller’s wife is using her quilting skills to sew face masks. So far, she’s made about 25 masks for friends and family to use.

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New time, new focus The following is an industry press release … IRVINE, Calif. — The MIC’s American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) is moving to Jan. 21-23, 2021 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. Previously scheduled for this October, North America’s largest powersports show is changing more than timing; the show will become a trade-only event and emerge as an integral part of the buying season. “Timing is everything,” said Cinnamon Kernes, vice president and general manager of MIC Events. “Transitioning to the first quarter has been part of a long-term strategic plan for AIMExpo, along with providing more focus on our core audience – dealers. These changes not only align the show with the ideal buying time for dealers and retailers, but also provide the perfect opportunity for brands to reconnect with dealers, kicking off what will be a pivotal year for the industry. Additionally, this move to January opens the door to partner with a major distributor in a much more strategic and meaningful way.” A trade-only show allows AIMExpo to concentrate on industry needs and education at a time when powersports needs it most. Quality over quantity is necessary in the new trade show landscape.

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More than 90 custom items up for bid including race-worn gear and bike plastics from the sports top names The following is an industry press release … Ellenton, Fla. — Round 7 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, season at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on Feb. 15 was aptly named This Race Saves Lives as the event was dedicated to the children of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and kicked off an online auction that was set to run through the season finale in Salt Lake City, originally scheduled for this weekend. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac earned his 30th premier class Main Event win while also grabbing the points lead from Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen. The race also served as the opening round of the Eastern Regional 250SX Class and Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing’s Shane McElrath, GEICO Honda’s Jeremy Martin and defending champion Chase Sexton came out swinging, all earning their first podium finish of the season. Additionally, JGRMX Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s Broc Tickle and GEICO Honda’s Jeremy Martin both made their highly anticipated return to racing. Supercross teams and athletes supported the cause by donning special St. Jude Children’s Research

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The American Motorcyclist Association reminds motorists to be attentive and considerate of motorcyclists PICKERINGTON, Ohio — May is Motorcycle Awareness Month and the American Motorcyclist Association is urging motorists to be aware of motorcycles on the nation’s roads and highways. “Although a number states have travel restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many riders use a motorcycle as their primary vehicle, commuting to essential jobs, making deliveries and running errands,” AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman said. “As travel restrictions are relaxed, many more motorcyclists will take to the nation’s roads and highways, so we implore motorists to be on the lookout for motorcyclists. “Motorcycle Awareness Month is our opportunity to call attention to the safety issues affecting motorcycle road riding, which in turn encourages motorists to stay alert for motorcyclists throughout the rest of the year,” Dingman said. Drivers should doublecheck their mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes, maintain a safe distance when following motorcycles and pay particular attention when making left turns across traffic. Launched by the AMA in the early 1980s, Motorcycle Awareness Month was adopted by many state motorcycle-rights organizations, government entities and AMA-sanctioned clubs. Every year, the AMA tracks bills in state

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The following is an industry press release … The Race Leadership Team has appointed a Safe-to-Race Task Force to manage our sport’s race to recovery. Members of the committee include representatives from AMA, AMA Pro Racing, Feld Entertainment, Ignite Partners, MX Sports Pro Racing, USMA, and others experienced and knowledgeable in motorsports event operations and management. The group also includes event software developers, series managers and a rider representative. The goal of the committee will be to develop best practices for a post-COVID19 motorsports event to be shared with race promoters and event organizers nationwide. The Safe-to-Race Task Force will review current processes and procedures for cash transactions, gate admission, race registration, technical inspection, riders meetings, race procedures, podium celebrations, press conferences, autograph sessions, fan participation and viewing areas, parking and camping areas, etc., and recommend new protocols that focus on protecting the personal health, safety and welfare of athletes, fans and staff. The group will review how to accommodate current social distancing guidelines and identify preventative actions that can be implemented during an event, such as hands-free registration, cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, and maintaining safe distancing in public areas, as recommended by the CDC. The group will

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National championship-winning motocross racer’s wife also killed PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Marty Smith, a 2000 inductee into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, died Monday, April 27, from injuries sustained in a dune buggy crash in Southern California. He was 63. Also killed in the crash was Smith’s wife, Nancy Smith. A three-time AMA Motocross National Champion, Smith won the inaugural AMA 125cc Motocross Championship in 1974. He successfully defended his title in 1975, and also won the 1977 AMA 500cc Motocross Championship and the 1975 and 1976 125cc U.S. Motocross Grand Prix events. Smith also competed in AMA Supercross for four seasons (1978-1981). Born in San Diego, Calif., on Nov. 26, 1956, Smith started riding with his father, Al, on a step-through Honda 50 in the California desert. He took part in his first motocross race at age 14. Smith became a regular at Southern California tracks and started winning races on a regular basis. During his formative racing years, he had no professional trainers and learned by carefully observing the fast guys, then applying what he saw. Smith became known as one of the most precise riders in motocross history. His riding style remained smooth throughout his races and

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The following is an industry press release … MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The first round of qualifying for the 2020 Loretta Lynn’s MX vs. ATV Online Championship concluded  April 18-19. More than 1,190 riders attempted to qualify for the championship during the first weekend. A total of 658 Xbox users attempted to qualify on the RedBud National track, while 541 PS4 users attempted on the Washougal National track. A blistering 1:29.90 was the fastest lap recorded on the RedBud track with a 1:55.50 fastest qualifying time recorded on the Washougal track. Qualifying will continue to take place this weekend, April 25-26, as well as May 2-3. The Championship is scheduled to take place May 9-10. Xbox users will continue to qualify on Saturdays (RedBud) and PS4 players on Sundays (Washougal). More 1,500 users are already slated to qualify for the second weekend of qualifying with over 1,000 entries on the Xbox platform alone. Three classes will be offered for each competitor: Beginners, Intermediates and Experts. To sign up for the 2020 Loretta Lynn’s MX vs. ATV Online Championship, go to www.mxsports.com. For more information on the AMA Amateur National, visit the series official website at www.mxsports.com or call (304) 284-0101. Join

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Experts offer training for aspiring ATV and motorcycle competitors at Snowshoe Mountain Resort The following is an industry press release … MARIETTA, Ga. — Yamaha Motor Corp., USA’s, annual Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) University is scheduled to return to Snowshoe Mountain Resort in West Virginia this June 24-26 during the 2020 GNCC series. While the racing season has been postponed, Yamaha remains committed to bringing back this inspiring and educational hands-on event for up-and-coming racers when the race series resumes. “We are looking forward to another great GNCC University this year and are working closely with Racer Productions and Snowshoe Mountain Resort to ensure we are not only prepared to host a successful event per the current schedule, but we do so appropriately and safely based on current conditions,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha’s motorsports group marketing manager. “A primary reason this event is so popular with attendees is because it affords ambitious amateur riders the opportunity to grow their skill set with the help of seasoned pros and champions. They are then able to put their learnings into practice that same weekend at one of the most challenging GNCC races of the year.” “I look forward to GNCC University

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Stay-at-home order in Virginia means no racing in May The following is an industry press release … IRVINE, Calif. — MotoAmerica has announced that it has been forced to cancel the MotoAmerica Superbikes at Virginia event scheduled for May 1-3 at VIRginia International Raceway due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the Governor of Virginia’s stay-at-home order set to end June 10. Although MotoAmerica and VIR worked diligently to find an alternative date, the task proved impossible. MotoAmerica, however, is still working toward holding a 10-event schedule. Currently, the 2020 MotoAmerica Series is scheduled to begin May 29-31 with Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., with the Superbikes at Road America and the Vintage Motofest event. “We worked with hard with VIR to try and find a new date once Governor Northam extended the stay-at-home order to June 10, but we couldn’t make it work and have been forced to cancel,” said MotoAmerica President Wayne Rainey. “Not being able to race at VIR in 2020 was not something we ever imagined, but then again we never thought we’d be faced with something like COVID-19. We will continue to work towards a 10-event schedule for 2020 and will keep everyone posted

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The following is an industry press release … KTM AG have assessed their overall strategy for the rest of 2020 and have decided to make several key decisions in the wake of COVID-19 impacting public health, communities, the motorcycle industry and business on a global scale. In the best interest of their employees and customers, the company will withdraw from global trade shows for the rest of the year, including INTERMOT in Cologne, Germany and the EICMA exhibition in Milan, Italy. The proper planning of such events is currently at risk due to the uncertainty surrounding public gathering restrictions in most countries. The annual success of these indoor shows also sees hundreds of thousands of visitors gathering in enclosed spaces for a period lasting days and even weeks. For these reasons, KTM AG have identified their exclusion as way to contribute towards a safe and strong return to normal activity. Husqvarna Motorcycles will push ahead with current and future projects in order to provide the motorcycling market with exciting and innovative models and look for the best ways to show-off these developments. The KTM AG board of directors wish to communicate that the coming months represent a small squeeze on

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95th edition of world’s premier off-road competition rescheduled for 2021 PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association supports the March 28 decision of the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme to postpone the 2020 FIM International Six Days Enduro due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 95th edition of the annual off-road motorcycle competition had been scheduled to take place in Rivanazzano Terme, Italy, Aug. 31-Sept. 5. Also postponed is the FIM Enduro Vintage Trophy competition, which takes place at the same venue as the ISDE. Both events have been postponed for a year, with the ISDE now scheduled for Aug. 30-Sept. 4, 2021, and the EVT scheduled for Sept. 2-4, 2021. “Due to the uncertainty created by the coronavirus pandemic, the FIM’s decision to postpone the 2020 ISDE is the responsible thing to do,” AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman said. “The ISDE is one of the most challenging and spectacular motorcycle competitions in the world, but it takes teams months to plan and prepare for getting personnel and equipment to the event’s host city. The uncertainty over international travel created by this pandemic has made that planning process practically impossible. “The AMA extends its sincerest wishes for the rapid recovery of

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If you want to experience 2,700 acres of off-road riding fun, grab some riding buddies or your family and head out to the Red River Motorcycle Trails in Bulcher, Texas. Red River was established 1972 and has come to be known by several different names. Bulcher and Muenster are two of the names you’ll hear. Sometimes it’s mistaken for Red River ATV Park, which is in Bonham, Texas. It would be difficult and very time consuming to map all the trails here. Let’s just put it this way, you won’t get bored on 2,700 acres. The terrain varies from thick trees with flowing sandy trails to hill climbs. Most of the climbs are sand but there are some huge rocky climbs too. Sandy river bottoms present a real treat or challenge, depending on how you want to attack them. Large, sandy play areas are a favorite of many. Red River is a great family recreation area to start out new or young riders. If you want to take a break from riding, try fishing, swimming or just lounging in the river. Admission is $25 a day for non-members. A membership allows you to ride for $15 a day and allows

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