What about the changes at the AMA?

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I was discussing all the turmoil at the AMA today with a friend, who asked me, “So what do you think about all this? Is Dingman going to make it better?”

Quite simply, I don’t know. Sweeping out all the old creates the potential for rapid, positive change. It creates equal potential for rapid, negative change. That Dingman is creating potential is good. That’s as far as I will go.

My objectives for an organization that represents me (AMA or otherwise) are pretty specific and have nothing to do with racing, bike rallys, magazines, or camping discounts. Here’s a few things I want:

  • An organization that takes my concerns as a dirt bike rider, living somewhere other than southern California or the Northeast, seriously.
  • An aggressive, activist approach to fighting land closures and other offroad-hostile legislation.
  • Some of the dollars taken from me and my buddies via dues aimed directly at Congress.
  • An internet-centric organization that makes it easy and brain-dead simple to engage in activism, ala Downsize DC and MoveOn.org
  • Strong guidance and leadership programs for political action against land closures, bad laws, etc.

This is just off the top of my head. But so far I haven’t seen anything that clarifies how these things fit the new AMA agenda.

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