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Forget Ice Fishing, I Want to Ride

January 8, 2009

The AMA Racing Ice Race Grand Championship takes place Feb. 14-15 at the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort in Mount Pleasant, Mich.

Living in Minnesota, I’m aware that racing motorcycles on ice is a favorite pastime for many riders residing in the Snowbelt. However, the bikes typically used for ice racing tend to be converted motocross or supermotos.

Someone needs to tell that to these guys:

Honda Withdraws from AMA Road Racing!

December 12, 2008

This just came over at 6 p.m. on Friday (always a good move when you want to avoid commenting – this editor’s opinion). Please contact us if you have any thoughts on this.

American Honda withdraws from AMA road racing

Torrance CA: American Honda announced today that it will withdraw Team Honda
from participation in the 2009 AMA Roadracing Series. This was an extremely
difficult decision to make as the racing spirit reaches to the very core of
Honda.

The primary factor contributing to this decision is the current global
economic situation and its impact on Honda. Although Team Honda will not be
in attendance, Honda will continue to be represented in AMA Roadracing
through our ongoing support of both the Erion Honda Racing and Corona Honda
Racing teams.

Entering the second year of our partnership with Red Bull Energy Drink, the
Honda Red Bull Racing team will return for the 2009 Supercross and National
Motocross season with a full roster of factory riders.

American Honda¹s factory and support teams have earned more than 100
national titles in U.S. Road Racing, ATV, Supermoto, Supercross, Motocross
and off-road competition, and we would like to extend our deepest thanks to
all the sponsors, supporters and fans of our racing efforts over the years.
We ask that you continue to support the Honda Red Bull Racing team, the
Erion Honda Racing team and the Corona Honda Racing team along with all the
other Honda Red Riders as they chase the championships and battle for each
victory.

While it is unfortunate that the current economic conditions led us to
take this action, rest assured that Honda¹s deep-seated passion for
racing has not been, and will never be, diminished.

Web, Foreign Buyers Aid Cycle Theft Rings

December 6, 2008

An undercover investigation into motorcycle theft rings operating on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border culminated this past week in Southern California with the arrest of eight people and the recovery of 50 stolen motorcycles worth an estimated $326,000.

The investigation, dubbed “Operation Knee Drag,” began several months ago. As reported by the San stolenmotorcyclesDiego Union-Tribune, the operation revealed that many of the stolen motorcycles were being sold in Mexico for $1,500 to $2,000. A task force has since identified more than 100 people, both U.S. and Mexican citizens, who are responsible for the majority of the thefts.

In November, across the country in Trenton, N.J., five Burlington County men were charged with involvement in a motorcycle theft ring that allegedly stole motorcycles, retagged them with new vehicle identification numbers, then sold them.

The three men allegedly conspired to steal six motorcycles and two vans. In some cases, the men would receive the motorcycle from its owner, file a false insurance claim saying the motorcycle had been stolen so that the owner could receive an insurance payment, then change the motorcycle’s VIN and sell it.

While motorcycle theft is a prevalent crime, the re-sale of stolen motorcycles in their entirety is on the decline now that thieves can strip the bikes, alter identifying numbers and use the Internet to sell the items to online purchasers around the world.

In 2007, in Florida, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office arrested 11 people in connection with a massive motorcycle theft ring they say was responsible for the theft of 45 sport bikes worth more than $400,000. The investigation, dubbed “Operation Throttle Down,” found that the motorcycles were taken apart and the pieces were sold.

The crimes took place all over Southwest Florida. Property recovered included a Yamaha R1 reported stolen from Canada and an engine connected with a theft in Boston.

Authorities say the gang would rent a utility van and then cruise parking lots and other areas where sport bikes might be unattended, find a target, then literally pick up the motorcycle, put it in the van and drive off. The whole crime took under 20 seconds.

In 2006, in New York, 23 people were arrested on charges that they were part of a motorcycle theft ring that stole hundreds of high-end Harley-Davidson, Suzuki, Yamaha and Honda from city streets and resold them in Budapest, Hungary. Authorities said the gang stole between 300 and 400 motorcycles a year and made roughly $4 million annually.

Click here to read the AMA’s nine tips for keeping a bike from becoming a theft statistic.

Johnson Valley OHV — What’s Next?

December 4, 2008

Looks like there’s another issue brewing for Southern California OHV enthusiasts, this time in the high desert east of Los Angeles. Read more about it here.dn-_e5i9890

At stake is a plan by the United States Marine Corps to takeover about 189,000 acres inside the Johnson Valley OHV Area. The parcel is part of 366,000 acres the Department of the Navy has proposed acquiring in order to expand the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, Calif.

The proposal brings up a unique dilemma that pits enthusiasts and off-road business associations against Marine Corps supporters. Many folks are caught somewhere in-between as the battle over public lands has heated up over the past few years — a time when support for the military has also grown. And then there are the dealers caught in the middle, forced to reckon their long-standing support for the military with a potential drop in sales they could face should the OHV lands be turned over for military use.

A pair of open meetings are planned to discuss the proposal. They will be held at the following locations:

  • Dec. 4 – Hilton Garden Inn on Mariposa Road in Victorville, Calif.; 5 to 9 p.m.
  • Dec. 5 – Ontario Convention Center in Ontario, Calif.; 5 to 9 p.m

AMA District 37 is paying close attention to this issue. For an update on what they’re talking about on the district’s Web forums, click here.