April 2017 Region 5 Newsletter

March 31st, 2017

Welcome to the April edition of the Region 5 newsletter.


Region 5 Clinton County April Meeting Cancelled

Sunday, April 9th, 2017

Given that a significant number of Clinton County members will be on vacation April 9th, the Region 5 Clinton County April meeting has been cancelled. Next Region 5 Clinton County meeting will be in May.


AMA supports efforts to protect riders from unsafe fuel - Contact your representative today!

Information from the American Motorcyclist Association(AMA)

In an effort to prohibit the availability of E15, a gasoline formulation that contains up to 15 percent ethanol by volume, the American Motorcyclist Association supports U.S. Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Jim Costa (D-Calif.), Steve Womack (R-Ark.) and Peter Welch's (D-Vt.) H.R. 1315, the RFS Reform Act. The bipartisan bill would amend the Renewable Fuel Standard to recognize market conditions and realities. It also would prohibit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from allowing the introduction into the marketplace of gasoline blends with more than 10 percent ethanol by volume.

In other words, E15 will not be permitted if this legislation becomes law.

The AMA has repeatedly expressed concerns to government officials and federal lawmakers about possible damage to motorcycle and all-terrain-vehicle fuel systems and engines caused by the inadvertent use of E15.

Passing H.R. 1315 will protect the 22 million motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles currently in use on America's roads and trails (and the riders who depend on their safe operation) from inadvertent misfueling.

Preventing these inadvertent misfuelings has been one of the AMA's top priorities, because motorcycles and ATVs in use today are not designed to run on ethanol blends higher than 10 percent. Many older machines favored by vintage enthusiasts have problems with any ethanol in the fuel. Often, simply using fuel blends higher than 10 percent ethanol can void a manufacturer's warranty, potentially leaving motorcyclists with thousands of dollars in additional repair or maintenance costs.

We need your help to pass H.R. 1315. You can send a prewritten email to your representative immediately by following the "Take Action" option and entering your information. The AMA encourages riders to adjust their messages by drawing on personal riding experiences.

Click here to "TAKE ACTION".


Senate passes bill opposing BLM's Planning 2.0 rule - See how your senators voted!

Information from the American Motorcyclist Association(AMA)

The U.S. Senate voted 51-48 in support of H.J.Res. 44, which would use the Congressional Review Act to block the implementation of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's Planning 2.0 rule.

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) introduced H.J.Res. 44 on Jan. 30. It passed the U.S. House of Representatives with a vote of 234 - 186 on Feb. 7.

The American Motorcyclist Association supports H.J.Res. 44, because of concerns that the planning rule's focus on landscape-level management minimizes input from local governments, public officials and private citizens. It also fails to address the economic impact and administrative costs of the proposed changes.

Thank you for taking action to voice your opinion on H.J.Res. 44. The resolution now goes to President Donald Trump for consideration.


American Motorcyclist Association calls motorcycle tariff 'cynical approach to trade policy' - Proposal would harm American consumers, businesses

Information from the American Motorcyclist Association(AMA)

Including motorcycles in a trade dispute over U.S.-raised beef products reflects "a cynical approach to trade policy to look for the largest grassroots reaction you can find to pressure European governments," the American Motorcyclist Association told a federal agency.

"This is a highly inappropriate use of the motorcycle community," AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman told the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative in a letter responding to questions and comments made during a Feb. 15 hearing in Washington, D.C. "It appears that to this committee, motorcyclists are simply pawns in a game of international chess."

Accompanying the letter was a petition containing 6,579 signatures of motorcyclists opposing the proposed tariff.

The USTR proposed a 100 percent tariff on 51cc to 500cc motorcycles imported from the European Union. Motorcycles are recommended for a tariff alongside other products as part of a dispute with the European Union over the amount of U.S.-raised beef EU countries accept. The dispute originated over the U.S. beef industry's use of hormones.

The tariff would affect motorcycles with engines displacing 51cc to 500cc from Aprilia, Beta, BMW, Ducati, Fantic, Gas Gas, Husqvarna, KTM, Montesa, Piaggio, Scorpa, Sherco, TM and Vespa.

Dingman's rebuttal letter reiterated his comments made during the February meeting after William L. Busis, chair of the USTR Section 301 Committee explained why his office included motorcycles in the tariff proposal.

When Dingman and motorcycle-industry representatives challenged the USTR's proposal, Busis responded that the agency hoped American motorcyclists would reach out to their European counterparts "and suggest to them maybe they could talk to their government, who could then talk to the commission, and then maybe we could resolve this dispute."

"In reality, this committee is playing with peoples' lives and livelihoods," Dingman wrote in his rebuttal. "The negative effects of the proposed trade sanctions would cause dramatic and possibly irreparable harm to the motorcycle industry and spread through the aftermarket equipment sector, recreation equipment sales, the sports entertainment industry and further down the line.

"But those who will suffer the most from this proposed tariff are the Americans who use small­ displacement motorcycles and scooters for outdoor recreation and urban riding," Dingman continued. "These are products that are not offered by American manufacturers.

"Instead of viewing the American motorcycling community as pawns with an imagined grassroots reach far beyond our shores, the committee needs to grasp the significant hardships this tariff will cause to hardworking, everyday tax-paying Americans," Dingman concluded.

Dingman met personally with the president of the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme in Geneva, Switzerland, and asked him to weigh in on this issue. In a subsequent letter to the USTR that Dingman included as part of his testimony, FIM President Vito Ippolito asks that motorcycles be removed from the tariff list.

The AMA also objects to threatening a tariff on nonagricultural products to create leverage in a purely agricultural trade dispute.

Before the February hearing, opponents sent more than 10,300 emails to Congress on this issue, posted more than 9,400 comments to Regulations.gov, and sent nearly 5,300 emails to President Donald Trump. Of the comments sent via Regulations.gov, 82 percent came from the AMA.


President signs bill opposing BLM's Planning 2.0 rule

Information from the American Motorcyclist Association(AMA)

President Donald Trump signed H.J.Res. 44 into law on March 27. The resolution would use the Congressional Review Act to block the implementation of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's Planning 2.0 rule.

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) introduced H.J.Res. 44 on Jan. 30. It passed the U.S. House of Representatives with a vote of 234 - 186 on Feb. 7. The Senate voted 51-48 in support of the resolution on March 7.

The American Motorcyclist Association supported H.J.Res. 44, because of concerns that the Planning 2.0 rule's focus on landscape-level management minimized input from local governments, public officials and private citizens. It also failed to address the economic impact and administrative costs of the proposed changes


MAY 23rd IS BIKERS INSIDE THE BELTWAY!

Information from the Motorcycle Riders Foundation(MRF)

INFORMATION IS POWER. The MRF’s 9th Annual Michael ‘Boz’ Kerr Bikers Inside the Beltway provides a forum to meet personally with your fellow riders, Senators, Congressmen and their staff and tell them directly what issues we care about. This year’s BITB is set for Tuesday, May 23, 2017. Similar to last year, the MRF will host a prep session the night before (Monday, May 22nd) to discuss the issues and make sure you are prepared to get the most out of your meetings.

Read below to get more information or visit us at http://mrf.org/events/

Hotel/Accommodations
The previously advertised block of rooms at the Holiday Inn National Airport/Crystal City has been filled, rooms are still available at the host hotel at the non-negotiated room price. To reserve a room at the Holiday Inn National Airport/Crystal City Call 703-684-7200

The MRF has found some alternative options near the host hotel for under $200 per night:

Schedule of Events
Plan to arrive to the hotel by late afternoon on Monday, May 22. The MRF will host a prep session that evening to go over expectations and provide a deep dive of the issues and will host a dinner immediately following. Kickstands up early Tuesday morning for the ride into Washington, DC followed by a full day of meetings with legislators and staff.

Attendance
You must register to attend this event! Contact mrfoffice@mrf.org or register directly at http://mrf.org/events/ or call 202-546-0983. Though there is not a cost to attend, you will be expected to make appointments with your lawmakers, attend the prep session and report back on your meetings. Please register by May 1 to ensure space for you or your group.

IMPORTANT: When registering, please consider serving as a State Lead to help coordinate meetings and serve as the main point of contact for the MRF staff. If you are interested in attending BITB and serving as a lead, please let us know.

Megan J. Ekstrom
Vice-President, Government Affairs & Public Relations
Motorcycle Riders Foundation


Motorcycle Riders Foundation Founder passes away

Information from the Motorcycle Riders Foundation(MRF)

It is with great sadness that the Motorcycle Riders Foundation reports the passing of Michael "Balls" Farabaugh.

"Balls" was arguably the driving force behind much of the success the motorcyclists rights movement has enjoyed. Balls was one of the pioneers of rider education in Indiana and his influence carried into many states and has certainly resulted in saving thousands of lives. "Balls" had an impact on motorcycling nationally and internationally. "Balls" actually founded the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF). His ideas and inspirational character motivated many of the leaders in the motorcycling community, and that continues as a lasting legacy. Indeed, riders around the world owe a debt to Michael "Balls" Farabaugh.

Ride in Peace, Balls.


Kirk “Hardtail” Willard
President/Chairman of the Board
Motorcycle Riders Foundation, Inc.
Washington D.C.


Region 5 Monthly Meeting Info

Locations and times for the next Region 5 county meetings

Next Region 5 meeting for Clinton County is 11AM, May 14th at American Legion Post 49 in Wilmington, Ohio.

Next Region 5 meeting for Butler-Clermont-Hamilton counties is 11AM, April 2nd at The Train Stop in Foster, Ohio.