Welcome to the April edition of the Region 5 newsletter.
State Awareness Rally and After Rally Party
Saturday April 30th, 2016
State Motorcycle Awareness Rally held in Columbus, Ohio. Ride starts at A.D. Farrow Harley-Davidson in Sunbury, Ohio. Registration from 9:30AM to 11AM. Ride departs at 12 NOON.
Members from Region 5 will be traveling to Columbus as a group, meeting up at various locations along I-71. First meetup location is at the Arby's located at the Montgomery Road Exit 12 across I-71 from the Kenwood Towne Centre; we will depart from this location at 7:30AM. Second meetup location is at Country Kitchen off I-71 Exit 32 for State Route 123, to meetup with other riders; we will depart from this location at 8AM. Third meetup location is at the second I-71 rest area at mile marker 67, the last group meet before heading to Columbus; we will depart from this location at 9AM.
Members from Clinton County will be meeting at the BP on Route 68 at 8AM; they will depart at 8:30AM to ride to the second rest area meetup location.
After Rally Party will be held from 1:30PM - 5:30PM at Victory's Bar located about a mile south of the State House.
Urge Congress To Protect Motorcycle Racing
Information from the American Motorcyclist Association(AMA)
Members of both chambers of Congress have introduced versions of a bill that would prevent the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from regulating the conversion of street motorcycles and other motor vehicles into competition-only racers. The EPA failed to provide proper notice of this regulation, including it in an unrelated heavy-duty-truck regulation. The proposed rule would hurt thousands of amateur and professional motorcycle racing enthusiasts and the millions of fans who enjoy motorcycle competition.
The bi-partisan Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2016 (H.R. 4715 and S. 2659, RPM Act) would ensure that converting motor vehicles into competition-only vehicles remains legal. Street motorcycles are considered motor vehicles under the Clean Air Act.
The RPM Act was introduced in the House by U.S. Reps. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.), Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), Richard Hudson (R-N.C.), Bill Posey (R-Fla.) and Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.).
The Senate version was introduced by U.S. Sens. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and Dean Heller (R-N.C.).
The act states that it was the clear intent of Congress when passing and amending the Clean Air Act that motor vehicles, including motorcycles, used solely for competition would be exempt from the Clean Air Act’s prohibitions against modifying emission control devices.
The American Motorcyclist Association supports the bills and their protections for amateur and professional racing enthusiasts.
Tell your senators and representatives that you support S. 2659 and H.R. 4715. Send a prewritten email by using the easy-to-use AMA Action Center.
The AMA is coordinating efforts with the Specialty Equipment Market Association and other racing sanctioning bodies in support of the RPM Act. SEMA represents vehicle aftermarket manufacturers, marketers and distributers.
Nominations Sought: Coalition for Recreational Trails Annual Achievement Awards
Information from the American Motorcyclist Association(AMA)
The Coalition for Recreational Trails will present its annual awards recognizing exceptional trail projects funded by the Recreational Trails Program in Washington, D.C., on June 8 during Great Outdoors Month.
For anyone unfamiliar with the program, the 25-year-old RTP routes gas taxes paid by off-highway-vehicle users to the trails where that fuel is actually used. Spreading those funds over both motorized and non-motorized trails has been central to the long term political success of the program.
To help ensure the ongoing viability of the RTP, we hope that everyone who submits a nomination will seek an additional endorsement from the member of Congress representing the project’s district. As successful as RTP has been, it’s important that our federal elected officials are regularly reminded how important the program is to creating and maintaining the trails we love for exercise and the enjoyment of the great outdoors. To identify and contact the appropriate member of Congress, enter the project location’s ZIP code under “Find Your Elected Officials” here.
RTP-funded projects completed between 2008 and 2015 are eligible for this year’s awards. They can be found online here on the Recreational Trails Program database and can be nominated for awards in the following nine categories:
Maintenance & Rehabilitation
Construction & Design
Public-Private Partnerships and Access to/Use of Public Lands
Education and Communication
Multiple-Use Management & Corridor Sharing
Youth Conservation/Service Corps and Community Outreach
Engaging Public Sector Partners
When: Deadline for project nominations is April 4.
To submit a nomination: Click here for the nomination form. Submit completed forms by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Winners will be notified by May 6.
For more information: Email email@example.com
If you do submit a nomination, we would appreciate your forwarding a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Motorcyclists Unite on Anti-Profiling Bill Language
Information from the Motorcycle Riders Foundation(MRF)
Consistent with the Motorcycle Riders Foundation’s (MRF) 2016 Legislative Agenda as voted on by its Sustaining State Motorcyclists Rights Organizations, the MRF has aligned with other national motorcyclists’ rights organizations on proposed federal anti-profiling language. (The full version of the language can be read on our website at www.mrf.org.)
The MRF recognizes the importance to all motorcyclists of this much-needed language, and we applaud the hard work of organizations that are addressing this issue legislatively on the state level. The time has come, however, to address profiling on a national level. There is a public misconception that profiling is strictly an issue that affects only motorcycle clubs; in reality, nothing could be further from the truth, as profiling injustices continue to happen across the country to all types of motorcyclists. This issue is a matter of civil liberties, and now is the time to roll up the sleeves and get to work.
To that end, at the most recent Anti-Profiling Action Group meeting in Las Vegas, ranking members from many motorcycling organizations all agreed to support anti-profiling language, including James “Doc” Reichenbach II, Chairman of the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM), Frank Ernst, Chairman of the NCOM Legislative Task Force, and David “Double D” Devereaux, representing the Council of Clubs and author of this anti-profiling language. Other members of the Anti-Profiling Action Group include the Committee Lead Russell Radke, MRF President Kirk “Hardtail” Willard, Committee Secretary Shelly Holcomb, MRF PAC Treasurer Lenny Holcomb, and nationally known motorcyclists’ advocate Dick “Slider” Gilmore.
As the true “boots on the ground” of motorcycling rights, the MRF is asking each of you to reach out to your federal legislators and ask them to support anti-profiling language. Time is of the essence—we need to know who will support us and who will not by May 1, two weeks prior to our “Bikers Inside the Beltway” national biker lobby day on May 12, 2016.
Please send all responses from your legislators—both those that are in favor and those that are against—to Russell Radke at Russell@MRF.org. Russell will then forward all the compiled information to the MRF’s analyst to compile into a list of talking points for the MRF’s national biker lobby day known as Bikers Inside the Beltway to be held in Washington D.C. on May 12th.
Anti-Profiling Victory at the State Level
Maryland recently passed an Anti-Profiling bill through both the House and Senate. Public Safety-Motorcycle Profiling-Training passed the Senate with a 47-0 vote and the House of Delegates with a 136-0 vote. Maryland would be the second state in the union joining Washington to pass an Anti-Profiling bill after a procedural vote across both bodies and a signature by the Governor.
Motorcycle Safety Classes - Wilmington
Information from the Motorcycle Ohio program
I need your help in spreading the word about Motorcycle Ohio classes being offered in Wilmington Ohio.
Both the 1-day Returning Rider class and the 3-day Basic Rider class include the BMV skill test waiver for a motorcycle endorsement. The training sites provides the motorcycles, which are 200 or 250 cc bikes – great to successfully complete these skill test waiver classes. These classes are being offered at the Laurel Oaks Career Campus in Wilmington. A rider needs to have a valid Temporary Instruction Permit Identification Card (TIPIC) before taking either class.
More experienced riders can take the BRC-2 class or the Advanced Rider Class using their own larger bike. These are 1-day classes offered in northern Cincinnati at the Scarlet Oaks Career Campus. The BRC-2 class includes the BMV skill test waiver for a motorcycle endorsement.
Cost for each class is $50. Registration and additional details are at motorcycle.ohio.gov
Clinton County Chili Cook Off Results
Winners from the Clinton County Chili Cook Off
1st Place - Jill Bare
2nd Place - Chris Newport
3rd Place - Theresa Shoemaker
Clinton County Region 5 April Meeting
Clinton County Meeting Information for April
Due to several Clinton County members being on vacation in early April, the April 10th Region 5 Clinton County meeting has been cancelled. The next Region 5 meeting for Clinton County will be May 8th.
Clinton County Status
Clinton County Information
I would like to mention that Clinton County is alive and well. Although there is currently no coordinator, Clinton County is active as it has always been with monthly meetings and the usual events, such as the Chili Cook Off and the Car and Bike Show.
Monthly Meeting Info
Locations and times for the next county meetings
Next meeting for Clinton County is 11AM, May 8th at American Legion Post 49 in Wilmington, Ohio. April meeting was cancelled due to members being on vacation.
Next meeting for Butler-Clermont-Hamilton counties is 11AM, April 3rd at The Train Stop in Foster, Ohio. Meeting held in the lower level or outside upper level, weather permitting.