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AMA fails youth riders again, turns to motorcyclists to get lobbying job done

Help needed to change law to exclude youth-model motorcycles and ATVs Change the Law to Exclude Youth-Model Motorcycles and ATVs

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The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has voted to stay enforcement of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) that currently bans the sale of youth-model motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). The stay, which extends through May 1, 2011, follows a unanimous vote by Acting Chairman Nancy Nord and Commissioner Thomas Moore.

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Riders plan 2009 tours with AMA, KOA

AMA Riding announces five AMA Grand Tours for 2009

The AMA Grand Tours Series with KOA Along the Way is growing this year, offering even more fun for riders all over the United States. This year's Grand Tours will challenge, surprise and entertain riders, while giving them an excellent excuse to see some of the country's best roads and most interesting places.

"We had a great season in 2008, with more riders joining more of our tours than ever," said AMA Riding's Dave Hembroff. "This year, we are expanding the opportunities for riders to experience the fun and excitement of these self-directed riding competitions."

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Illinois helmet bills scheduled for hearings

Helmet Bills Scheduled for February 25 Hearings

Two bills that would require all motorcycle operators and passengers to wear helmets that meet the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 218 will be heard on Wednesday, February 25.

House Bill 925, sponsored by Karen A. Yarbrough (D-Broadview), will be heard by the House Vehicles & Safety Committee on February 25 at 10:00 a.m. in the Capitol Building, room 115, in Springfield, Illinois.

Senate Bill 1351, sponsored by Donne E. Trotter (D-Chicago), will be heard by the Senate Public Health Committee on February 25 at 1:00 p.m. in the Capitol Building, room 212, in Springfield, Illinois.

If you can’t attend either hearing, consider contacting both committee chairpersons and your representative and senator.

The House Vehicles & Safety Committee is chaired by Representative John D'Amico (D-Chicago); his telephone number is (217) 782-8198.

The Senate Public Health Committee is chaired by Senator William Delgado (D-Chicago); his telephone number is (217) 782-5652.

You can obtain contact information for your state representative and senator by visiting the AMA Rapid Response Center and entering your Zip+4 Code in the space provided.

Summer celebrations planned for Japanese and European motorcycles at AMA Hall of Fame Museum

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AMA’s Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum hosting classic bike gatherings this summer

Two-wheel enthusiasts are invited to the AMA's Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum this summer for the 4th annual Japanese Motorcycle Saturday on June 6 and the 4th annual British & European Motorcycle Saturday on Aug. 22. Located on the AMA campus in Pickerington, Ohio, just a few miles east of Columbus, the AMA's Museum is the country’s premier showcase of motorcycling heritage and history.

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Motorcyclist benefit from historic economic stimulus bill

Language that provides a tax credit for the purchase of a motorcycle has been added to the current economic stimulus bill, the AMA reports. The AMA, working in conjunction with other stakeholders, worked diligently to secure the motorcycle provision within the measure. President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law shortly.

"This inclusive and equitable solution will provide much-needed relief to riders, as well as to those who sell motorcycles," said AMA Vice President for Government Relations Ed Moreland. "When it appeared that motorcycles were going to be overlooked in this bill, the AMA and the Association's members, along with Harley-Davidson and others, took our case straight to Capitol Hill and persuaded lawmakers that this was the right decision."

Moreland added that motorcycle riders are just as likely to have been hit hard by the economic downturn as those who buy automobiles and light-duty trucks. Moreover, motorcyclists typically purchase new bikes, apparel, vehicle servicing and aftermarket equipment from local dealers that are family-owned small businesses.

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AMA gives motorcyclists security, includes roadside assistance in memberships

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The AMA rocked the motorcycling community Friday, Feb. 13, with the announcement of a remarkable new membership benefit: free AMA Roadside Assistance for the same $39 annual cost that AMA members currently pay to belong to the world’s largest member-based motorcyclists’ rights organization.

Every member who enrolls in the AMA’s new auto-renewal program is rewarded with free AMA Roadside Assistance. It’s an incredible value that covers all of a member’s motorcycles, plus all of his or her other vehicles, including motorhomes and trailers. And it’s available for every kind of rider: cruiser, tourer, sportbike, commuter, dual-sport, off-road and racer.

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