Archive for the ‘AMA’ Category

AGV Protects Jordan’s Skull

May 19, 2009

Michael Jordan showed up at last weekend’s fifth round of the AMA Superbike series at Infineon Raceway to support his team, as is usual for the motorcycle fan.

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan

Jordan, after watching qualifications on Friday, jumped on a bike (a Ducati Multistrada) and went for a ride in the beautiful countryside of Sonoma protected with an AGV helmet.

The helmet on Jordan’s bean was one of the many helmets from the National Guard Jordan Suzuki Racing Experience: the 2-Up program sponsored by Dainese and AGV.

The 2-Up program, during which all riders participating are protected head-to-toe with Dainese leathers, gloves, boots and AGV helmets, provides an exclusive on-track experience for members of the media and other selected guests at each round of the AMA National Guard Pro Racing Superbike Series.

Learn more about Dainese and AGV here.

Rally Hero Scot Harden Featured on Scorpion TV

April 29, 2009

Motorcycle rally champion Scot Harden blazed a trail to Scorpion Sports HQ last week to talk about the helmet and apparel supplier’s new XDR Collection.

Scot Harden

Scot Harden

XDR stands for “Xtreme Distance Riding” so nobody is more qualified to talk about what goes into great riding gear than Harden. During his trip to Scorpion, he took the time to point out some of the many features and benefits that differentiate the XDR Collection from ordinary gear. Fortunately, the cameras were rolling and a short video clip now appears at Scorpion’s home page, while a longer version where Scot discusses rallying with Scorpion VP Eric Anderson appears at the ScorpionNation YouTube site .

Harden is a member of the American Motorcyclist Association Motorcycle Hall of Fame. He has served as African Rally champion, two-time Dakar Rally veteran, three-time Baja 500 and Baja 1000 Overall champion, three-time ISDE medalist, U.S. Trophy Team member and two-time AMA Amateur National Off-road champion.

Scorpion XDR Commander

Scorpion XDR Commander

Last August, Harden was hired as national sales and marketing manager of Husqvarna Motorcycles NA, LLC. Prior to that he spearheaded corporate marketing strategies, product development and sales for KTM North America.

During his Hall Of Fame racing career, Harden has logged more than 200,000 off road miles that is enough to circumnavigate the entire planet eight times. I suggest anyone having a chance to talk with Scot jump at the opportunity.

AMA Urges Action on Youth Vehicle Ban

March 16, 2009

The American Motorcyclist Association has made available a video public service announcement regarding the ban on the sale of youth OHVs intended for kids 12 and under.

It seems that just about every day, the motorcycle industry gets more vocal (here and here) about the lead content ban. Now, AMA president and CEO Rob Dingman is urging viewers to contact their representatives. Here’s Dingman:

The Many Faces of the Lead Content Fiasco

February 25, 2009

The Motorcycle Industry Council is on a forward push to get word out about the child ATV/Motorcycle ban and its devastating impact on the industry. MIC general counsel Paul Vitrano has appeared in just about all press accounts that I’ve read about the unintended consequences of the new lead content regulations.

Now, the MIC has posted a series of videos on YouTube featuring interviews with folks across the powersports spectrum explaining what all this means to their business. With no further ado here are a couple, starting with Scorpion Sport’s Eric Anderson:

And Randy Hawkins, seven time AMA National Enduro Champion:

And Jeff Fredette, AMA Hall of Famer and ISDE legend:

KTM RC 125 GP Race Bikes for Sale

February 24, 2009

The 2008 U.S. AMA Red Bull Rookies Cup KTM RC 125 race bikes are now for sale through HMC Racing.

There are a limited number of Rookies Cup bikes available, 24 to be exact. Each bike has been refurbished and comes “Ready to Race.” While the Red Bull Rookies Cup will not be held in the U.S. in 2009, the series will continue on in Europe.

All bike sales and future service and spare parts will be handled directly by HMC Racing. Pricing starts as low as $13,900. For more details contact Mitch Hansen at HMC Racing: (920) 242-9639 or

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.

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

AMA Weighs in on Lead Content Rules

February 4, 2009

While we generally try to keep things lighter here on the DealernewsBlog, with the newsier stuff going to, the current debacle over CPSC’s new lead content rules is getting pretty heavy. On Monday, the AMA sent a letter to the agency asking for aama1 temporary stay on enforcing the rules, saying that pushing forward with the new lead law “will do irreparable harm to segments of the powersports industry.”

The following is the full text of the letter:

February 2, 2009

Acting Chairman Nancy Nord
Commissioner Thomas Moore
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
4330 East-West Highway
Bethesda, MD 20814

RE: Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act

Dear Chairman Nord and Commissioner Moore:

The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) is a not-for-profit organization, founded in 1924 and incorporated in Ohio. In partnership with our sister organization, the All-Terrain Vehicle Association (ATVA), we represent more than 300,000 motorcyclists and all-terrain vehicle (ATV) riders nationwide. Our members are interested in any action that may affect their enjoyment of motorcycle or ATV recreation. In this regard, we (more…)

Red Bull Cancels AMA Rookies Cup

January 15, 2009

Red Bull has decided to cancel the 2009 Red Bull AMA U.S. Rookies Cup and trim the 2009 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup to eight races at six Grand Prix following a significant reduction of support by a major partner.

Here’s what Red Bull had to say: “At a time when companies the world over are bracing themselves for the effects of recession Red Bull has shouldered as much of the load as possible to cover both the technical as well as operational efforts of running the MotoGP Cup, but there will simply not be enough spares and technical support available to keep the U.S. series at a high level in 2009.

Mathew Scholtz, #20, and Sturla Fagerhaug, #33, start the 2008 Red Bull AMA U.S. Riders Cup in Indianapolis – Kim F.

Mathew Scholtz, #20, and Sturla Fagerhaug, #33, start the 2008 Red Bull AMA U.S. Riders Cup in Indianapolis – Kim F.

“This is not a happy situation for anyone concerned. The positive is that the Rookies Cup will continue and the aim remains to give as many riders as possible the chance to progress towards the highest level of Grand Prix racing.”

Red Bull wished to thank Alpinestars and Dorna for their support and says it deeply regrets the unavoidable disappointment that the decision brings, particularly to those involved in the U.S. Cup.

The Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup now enters its third season and will be contested at the following Grand Prix:
May 2-3 … Jerez, Spain (double header)
May 30 … Mugello, Italy
June 27 … Assen, Netherlands
July 18 … Sachsenring, Germany
July 25 … Donington, England
August 15-16 … Brno, Czech Republic (double header)

Two pre-season tests, each lasting two days, are planned for March 26-27 in Estoril, Portugal, and March 30-31 in Jerez, Spain.

Confirmed: Kawasaki Out of MotoGP

January 9, 2009

It’s official: Kawasaki said today, Jan. 9, that it will not take part in the 2009 MotoGP season.

Click here to read why.

Kawasaki’s decision follows Honda’s decision to leave AMA Pro Racing’s road racing series and Formula 1, and Suzuki’s decision to leave the World Rally Championship (WRC).

No word yet as to whether Kawasaki factory riders, American John Hopkins and Italian Marco Melandri, will pick up new rides for the upcoming MotoGP season.