Archive for February 14th, 2009

AMA Revises Membership Structure

February 14, 2009

The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) unveiled a new membership structure Friday. Plus, as an added incentive for joining, the organization also introduced a new roadside assistance program.

AMA leadership told Dealernews the new membership structure is one portion of a multi-prong plan to re-focus the organization to better serve its members.

Click over to to read what AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman and AMA Chairman Stan Simpson told us about the organization’s plans.

Check Your Lid At HelmetCheck.Org

February 14, 2009

The Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) has launched a new website designed to help riders verify that a helmet they own, or are considering for purchase, complies with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s safety standard (FMVSS 218).

Designed to be a repository of helmet-related information, research and public service announcements for the benefit of consumers, policy-makers and law enforcement, allows site visitors to find information on DOT-compliant helmets from any helmet manufacturer voluntarily participating in the database. Major helmet companies and distributors AFX, AGV, Arai, AXO, HJC, Icon, Scorpion, and Shoei have thus far provided the information on their full line of helmets to the site.

Visit to learn why the MIC launched this new offering.

Stimulus Package Includes Tax Breaks for Cycle Buyers

February 14, 2009

Tax deductions for motorcycles and motorhomes have been added to the compromise $787 billion stimulus package that previously applied to only automobiles and light trucks.

Under the new legislation, purchasers of new cars, light trucks, motorhomes and motorcycles will be able to deduct the sales and excise tax they pay through the end of this year.

Read more over at

Love Them Biltwell Guys

February 14, 2009

This might be totally not related to anything here at Dealer Expo or to the motorcycle industry in particular, but this may be the single most awesome Nascar tattoo I’ve ever seen. Thanks so much to the crew at Biltwell Inc. for posting this.