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    Proposal to make lane sharing/splitting nationally legal

    Please allow me to educate you on HOW you must proceed to get lane splitting legalized. All due respect, your petition to the White House is worthless...a total waste of effort. The executive branch of our government has no jurisdiction whatsoever in making laws covering traffic. Fact is, NO branch of the Federal government does! Traffic laws are the jurisdiction of the states. That means if you want lane splitting legalized it MUST be done state by state. You need to find a state legislator who supports lane splitting and convince him or her to draft and introduce a bill making lane splitting legal. Then there's the grassroots legwork of lobbying other legislators, preferrably from both sides of the aisle, to co-sponsor and /or at least support the bill. The bill needs to survive several steps before it comes to the floor for a vote and it needs to get through both houses of the state legislature and be signed into law by the Governor. It takes alot of work and a group of dedicated people who actually LIVE in the state to do the grassroots politicking required. Last year the AMA Board of Directors approved a position statement that supports the legalization of lane splitting. The Government Relations department of the AMA is a fantastic resource of information and will help educate you and anyone who will stand with you how to navigate the rules and procedure of getting a bill passed. In addition to contacting the AMA and getting their help you also need to contact any and all SMRO's (State motorcycle rights organizations) in your state and enlist their support. There just isn't enough time or room for me to go through everything required here on TT. Start by contacting the AMA GRD. They'll be glad to hear from you and one of the things they can do is get the word out to others who want lane splitting legal in your state to contact you and work with you. It won't be easy but, in the long run it will have been worth it! Good luck! P.s....Remember this old adage..."ALL politics are local..." After a couple of months of working on getting your bill passed you will have a deep understanding of how true that is!

    How to make our voices carry more weight (theory)

    I am wondering if you're aware that the AMA has its first woman chair of its Board of Directors? Maggie McNally was elected to the chairmanship in February. The AMA also holds a Women in Motorcycling conference every few years and is very aware of the fact that women riders are the the fastest growing demographic in motorcycling.

    Getting a Title for an Old Dirt Bike

    Every state has different laws and rules about this so it can be very confusing. That said it seems getting a bonded title is becoming the easiest and most efficient way to obtain a title for a vehicle that does not have one. Contact the state office that issues titles and don't take the runaround for an answer...ask for the person's supervisor and keep working your way up until you get to the right person who knows the answers and can give you the info you need. In Illinois you are required to have the vehcle inspected by a police officer assigned to this task and then have it appraised and the bond must be for one and one half times the appraised value. I'm sure Ohio has a variation on this. It sounds complicated and like it's a hassle but be patient, it's worth it in the long run.

    What do we need to ride at South Fork dirt riders club???

    South Fork is an IDNR funded facility. Unless your home state has a reciprocal agreement with Illinois you will need to buy the IDNR State sticker. It was $11 last time I bought one...they may have gone up but I'm sure they couldn't have gone up too much. The stickers are available at South Fork.

    Springfield Mile info?

    If you enjoyed Springfield you need to go to the Peoria TT in August. The TT is the last of the club promoted events and still has the atmosphere of the hey day of pro dirt track racing...entering the PMC grounds and making that decending walk into the valley to the track is like stepping back in time 50 + years..............Springfield is a great event, Peoria is unique among great events!

    List the watchdog groups that we should join/support.

    If you can't find an organization to fill your need, form the organization you need. It's not simple but it is easy if you're willing to devote the time and effort. Organizations like the AMA can be a big help. You could start an AMA chartered club with preserving your riding areas and obtaining new ones as your mission statement. The AMA is a great resource of info and experience with access to members in your area that could join or support your club. The AMA is also working closely with many local and national groups and wants to expand on that. As mentioned earlier, joining organizations is important but it doesn't end there...involvement is key and cooperation between organizations is essential for optimum success. Ask the road bike guys who have been successful in holding off or getting helmet laws repealed. (No helmet debate necessary, just citing them as an example of what works). Earlier the NRA was mentioned. You must remember that they have 3 things we don't have: First and foremost they have the Constitution on their side and recent Supreme court rulings have narrowed the argument in gun owners favor about our right to keep arms. Secondly they have enormous numbers in their organization that far surpasses what off road riders and motorcyclists in general have not been able to show the elected officials for 2 reasons...there are not as many of us and we have many more apathetic brethren. If we could overcome the apathy we could offset the lack of numbers. Finally, regardless of what someone stated, I assure you NRA members are very involved and engaged. When asked to write letters, emails and make phone calls they do it in droves. When asked to show up for rallies and to get involved in political campaigns, they turn out...they put off road motorcyclists to shame by comparison and it's only us that can change that! Elected officials respond to numbers more than anything else. Finally, because it was also mentioned I think it's important to always be mindful of those around you and enjoy riding responsibly. We are our own worst enemies when we run loud pipes and ride in restricted areas or during off hours and leave a mess on the trails. This is another area we have control. Don't do it and if you know someone who does let them know their behavior is unacceptable!
  7. I didn't read all 5 pages of replies but some of the ones I caught were ridiculous...some people are living in some kind of delusion that racing motorcycles makes them some kind of super death defying dare devil...that is simply not true...here's the sobering reality: Metropolitan life Insurance Company did a study on the subject and here is what they found...The most dangerous sport Americans compete in terms of death and permanantly disabling injuries is ...FOOTBALL! All of motorsport ranked fourth on the list and that included every type of motorsport... auto, motorcycle, aircraft, snowmobile, etc. In the subset of motorsports, off road motorcycling (which includes MX but not track racing like flat track or road racing) was pretty far down the list from most other forms of racing. In the same study, Met Life found that the most dangerous hobby Americans enjoy is building and flying homebuilt aircraft which accounted for the most fatalities of all leisure activities per number of participants. On a relative scale, competing in an MX, Hare scrambles, Hare & Hound, enduro, or Cross country run is statistically much safer than playing tackle football on your High School team! This doesn't mean there is no danger, just less.

    Carb slide modification

    If the part is available, buy it. You'll never come close to accomplishing what you need to do with a file or a dremel or anything short of a Bridgeport Mill and an experienced machininst. The time you end up saving will be worth much more than the cost! Also...are you sure you can't cure the rich condition with some jetting changes and air fuel screw adjustments?

    Villapoto podium speech

    Let me see if I understand this...Ryan Villipoto's remarks about riding smart and fast after winning a race that James Stewart threw away with careless riding are an issue with JS fans because JS was running faster laps BEFORE he threw it away. Is that about it? My friends, Villipoto is the future of Supercross. The difference between him and James Stewart is the difference that has plagued James' whole career...He (RV) rides in control and doesn't get rattled when someone is breathing down his neck...JS has had this problem of allowing others to rattle him from the beginning...RC could get him to crash just by being on the same track. Great riders aren't made by turning the fastest lap times until they crash...great riders are those that capitalize on the mistakes of others and are around at the finish to take the checkered flag!

    Wa Da Buc!!! Letting Bubba get back on his bike!

    I agree with the OP...When he fell trying to get back on his bike that should have been it. The trackside personell who let him back in the race need more training in how to evaluate someone track side. That wasn't just a tumble or slide out in a turn, that crash was a miss the jump, over the bars, land on his head major get off. It is the kind of accident that has put other riders in wheelchairs. It should have been mandatory for him to be checked out. What were they thinking? He could have had a major injury to his cervicle spine and getting back in the race could have cost him everything, not to mention what it could have cost other riders on the track. We may never know the full extent of Bubba's injury now because it's out of the officials hands but don't be surprised if he misses a round or two. Maybe even the rest of the season...Hopefully not, but it's possible...Hopefully his team and those who advise him are making sure he's getting good medical advice and adhering to it!

    Will fuel prices affect you racing plans?

    Fuel taxes are not based on a percentage of the price of fuel. They are a set amount. As a nmatter of fact when fuel prices rise and sales go down because people drive less, fuel tax revenues go down, not up. Government doe not benefit when prices go up.

    Will fuel prices affect you racing plans?

    You obviouisly don't have a clue as to how it all works. How in the hell is the government going to stop fuel from going over $5 a gallon if market forces dictate that they must? AND... all of you who think we should just suck it up...Do you think fuel price increases only affect the price at the pump? EVERYTHING GOES UP...food, tires, anything made of plastic, synthetic materials for clothing, the cost of electricity, and it drives up heating oil and natural gas and absolutely EVERY aspect of our economy. As your ability to afford the essentials in life deteriorates you will get a very rude awakening on how the necessities of life will take priority and all the bravado of " I'll pay it because nothing's going to stop ME from racing" will go out the window so you can eat and have heat or air conditioning. THEN the idea of coming up with economical ways to travel and still compete in motorcycle racing won't seem like "chicken little crying that the sky is falling" I assure you!

    Will fuel prices affect you racing plans?

    The man a few posts back hit the nail on the head. No animosity intended but the fact is the extra cost of fuel in your country is pretty much what pays for your national healthcare. (Hopefully more Americans will begin to realize this and add their voice to calling for a repeal of nationalizing our healthcare!) The situation is the same in the UK. Their fuel prices are the equivilent of $7+ and rising for the same reasons they are rising here in North America. Available crude on the world market is going up because oil from Libya has almost come to a halt. This is going to be bad for all of motorsport and the reason I started this thread was to find and share ideas to minimize the effect of the higher fuel costs on racing.
  14. Recent happenings around the world and shifts in oil drilling policy here combined with many other forces have the experts predicting some very expensive gasoline and diesel prices by late Spring and even higher prices by late Summer. Some are saying that $5 a gallon could be the norm by Memorial day and $7 a gallon could be seen by Labor Day. Along with the added expense of traveling, this will drive the price of everything up as well, making the cost of racing skyrocket. Do you have any plans to deal with the predicted rising costs of competing? What are those plans and strategies to deal with rising costs? What ideas do you have? Will you stay local? Will you limit travel compared to previous years? Will you employ cost saving measures that you didn't before? Will sharp increases in the price of fuel, gear, tires etc. price you out of racing? Will you quit racing? This is an important discussion. By thinking collectively we might be able to save the sport(s) (all of motorsport) we love from extinction and help keep some of our friends from having to leave the sport.
  15. Please elaborate on this notion that public lands in the US are being used as colateral for foreign loans. I have never heard of this before. If there is any truth to this it is outrageous and we should be demanding the immediate resignation of ANY elected official who even thinks this is viable!