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H. R. 4678 VMX – We are just collateral damage

July 15th, 2010 · Comments Off on H. R. 4678 VMX – We are just collateral damage · Politics of Riding, Vintage

In warfare there is a term – collateral damage – that is used to describe damage to people and property which is unintended or incidental to the intended outcome. It is important we understand that, unlike land closures and noise ordinances, the latest threat to our vintage dirt bike hobby, the Foreign Manufacturers Legal Accountability […]

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Foreign Manufacturers Legal Accountability Act of 2010

July 13th, 2010 · 3 Comments · Politics of Riding, Vintage

Watch out. Congress is at it again and this time they may wipe out half the vintage dirt bike industry. A couple of years ago the motorcycle industry was caught by surprise when Congress enacted, and then deployed, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) — almost immediately wiping out a $1 billion youth motorcycle […]

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RIP Lake Whitney Motocross Park

July 7th, 2010 · 10 Comments · Politics of Riding, Racing

It appears that storied Lake Whitney Cycle Park — the site of numerous National, International, and amateur motocross events since 1972 — has finally succumbed to economic pressures after years on life support. This report is unconfirmed and based on this RacerX article. I also found this post from June 2006 and this LinkedIn profile […]

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The end of the American Love Affair with cars?

June 2nd, 2009 · 4 Comments · Politics of Riding

There is an excellent article by P.J. O’Rourke, titled “The End of Our Love Affair with Cars,” out Saturday in the Wall Street Journal Online Edition. In his inimitable style, O’Rourke takes us back to the heyday of the automobile and, painfully, recounts the torturous path to modern bankruptcy. The path paved with political correctness […]

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US House votes to ban Americans from public lands

March 30th, 2009 · Comments Off on US House votes to ban Americans from public lands · Politics of Riding

The US House of Representatives unceremoniously approved H.R. 146: Revolutionary War and War of 1812 Battlefield Protection Act last week. The eco-Nazi’s are ecstatic at all the new places they can put up “Do Not Enter” and “Keep Out” signs on 2.1 million acres of American public land. Preserved for their use and their use […]

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Final vote on Omnibus Lands bill tomorrow

March 24th, 2009 · Comments Off on Final vote on Omnibus Lands bill tomorrow · Politics of Riding

As noted in the post below, the Senate is holding the final vote on H.R. 146: Revolutionary War and War of 1812 Battlefield Protection Act, the vehicle used to sneak in the Omnibus Lands Bill of 2009 as a 1,300-page amendment, tomorrow. This bill is very likely to pass, and summarily lock up 2.1 million […]

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Senate votes to proceed with sneaky lands bill

March 17th, 2009 · Comments Off on Senate votes to proceed with sneaky lands bill · Politics of Riding

Yesterday the U.S. Senate voted to proceed with a back-door, sneak attack to lock up more than 2.1 million acres of Public Lands making it illegal for responsible Americans to use them. The vote was 73 Yeas, 21 Nays. The vote was actually a vote on cloture – a way to see if the Senate […]

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Cobra Motorcycles president Sean Hilier on Rush Limbaugh

February 18th, 2009 · Comments Off on Cobra Motorcycles president Sean Hilier on Rush Limbaugh · Industry, Politics of Riding

Cobra Motorcycles president Sean Hilier was on the Rush Limbaugh program yesterday, to discuss the notorious Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) and its devastating effect on his company. I didn’t hear the show but you can read the transcript here. According to Hillier, Cobra employs fewer than 50 people, but there are […]

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Getting Hosed – Price fixing in the rubber market

January 30th, 2009 · Comments Off on Getting Hosed – Price fixing in the rubber market · Industry, Politics of Riding

We have written here before about what price fixing in the rubber market means to the motorcycle industry. The corporate corruption on the part of our beloved suppliers continues. According to this Oligopoly Watch post “Getting hosed“, the EU competition commission recently issued $173 million in fines to six global corporations for conspiring to fix […]

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The survey of vintage riders on the AMA is now officially closed

January 2nd, 2009 · Comments Off on The survey of vintage riders on the AMA is now officially closed · Politics of Riding, Vintage

The 2008 Vintage Dirt Bike Survey on the AMA is now closed. We exceeded our goal of 150 respondents last week. We have taken the survey offline and are now analyzing the results. Prize winners will be notified shortly and results will be posted as soon as possible. It may be a couple of weeks, […]

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