» American Motorcyclist
Association Launches AMA Get
Women Riding Campaign
PICKERINGTON, Ohio—With a series
of videos and expanded online content,
the American Motorcyclist Association is
launching the AMA Get Women Riding
campaign to promote motorcycling to
women and girls.
“Although motorcycling is a fun and
accessible choice, riders must prepare
with respect to proper training, safety
and, of course, bike considerations,” said
AMA Board of Directors Chair Maggie
McNally-Bradshaw. “As true as that is for
all motorcyclists, it’s even more true for
women riders. Women and girls face addi-
tional difficulties of finding bikes and gear
that fit them, of getting certain salespeople
to take them seriously and—the big one
—overcoming the societal stereotype that
motorcycling is something for men only.
The AMA Get Women Riding campaign
will help change that.”
Inspired by Jeanne Clendenon, a pro-
lific member of the Retreads Motorcycle
Club and long-time AMA member who
passed away in 2001, a gift from her estate
contributed to this campaign.
The AMA Get Women Riding campaign includes a number of initiatives to
continue the tradition of attracting more
women to motorcycling.
“First, we’ve put together four videos
—pubic service announcements—that
promote riding to women by women,”
McNally-Bradshaw said. The videos are
hosted on the AMA’s YouTube channel
at www.youtube.com/AmericanMotor-cyclist/. “We also have re-launched and
redesigned www.womenandmotorcy-cling.com,” McNally-Bradshaw added.
» Harley-Davidson Rolls Out
Free Riding Academy Training
to all US Military Personnel
From the flight deck of the USS Yorktown, Harley-Davidson announced it
is offering all current and former U.S.
military personnel free Riding Academy
motorcycle training. The new “Learn
to Ride” program, open to active-duty,
retired, reservists and veterans, begins
on Armed Forces Day, May 16, and runs
through Sept. 13.
Harley-Davidson teamed up with U.S.
Army veteran and two-time Paralympian,
Heath Calhoun, and six riders who are
also in the military, to make today’s
announcement by demonstrating fundamental motorcycle riding exercises
aboard the USS Yorktown in Charleston,
“As a veteran and a rider, I have found
that nothing is more therapeutic than
getting on my bike and taking a ride,”
said Calhoun, Wounded Warrior Proj-
ect® Alumnus and owner of a 2014 Har-
ley-Davidson Tri-Glide. “I am honored
to help Harley-Davidson empower all of
us who have served to find comfort on
the open road.”
All stateside military can take advan-
tage of this offer by visiting a Harley-Da-
vidson dealer or going to www.h-d.com/
militarylearntoride. If Riding Academy
is not available in a particular area, Har-
ley-Davidson will issue a Harley-David-
son gift card that covers the cost of the
certified motorcycle safety program.
Those currently deployed outside
the U.S. can also submit the “Learn to
Ride” form by Sept. 13 and will receive a
voucher for free motorcycle safety training that is good through 2016.
» MRF, ABATE & NHTSA
discuss the “Autocycle”
The Motorcycle Riders Foundation
along with ABATE of Illinois recently met
with the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA) to discuss certain three-wheeled vehicles currently being
included in the motorcycle vehicle category. Of course, three-wheeled vehicles are
nothing new. Trikes, sidecars and Can-Am
Spyders are commonly seen on the road
and even fit in at most motorcycle events.
But what about the other new forms of
three-wheeled vehicles that are more like
a car than a motorcycle? Should this new
breed wear a motorcycle license plate?
These new types of vehicles are definitely an emerging form of transportation,
and are likely to grow into a notable percentage of vehicles on the road. The topless Polaris Slingshot, the enclosed Elio
and Toyota iRoad all combine different
aspects of a motorcycle and an automobile into something different, without a
unique definition as its own class of vehicle. “Autocycle,” perhaps?
ABATE of Illinois has already begun to
address this by passing legislation to create
an autocycle category. That legislation was
signed into law in 2014.
The NHTSA team agreed that keeping
these vehicles out of the motorcycle category will ensure that inaccurate fatality and
injury data will be reduced. Also, creating
a new class of vehicle brings many challenges. Training and licensing will have to
be modified, the applicability of helmet
laws may be blurred, and expert crash
reporting will be crucial. There was general
agreement that they should be in their own
class of vehicle, because they are clearly
neither motorcycles or passenger cars.
Victory Motorcycles will race at the iconic International
Isle of Man Tourist Trophy (TT) event with prototype
Victory electric race motorcycles piloted by William
Dunlop and Lee Johnston. Competing in the Isle of
Man TT Electric Class marks the first time that Victory
Motorcycles has entered a professional motorcycle
racing event in Europe and the first time that it has
raced an electric motorcycle. The annual International
Isle of Man TT, raced on the Irish Sea Island, is one
of the most demanding races in the world. The SES
TT Zero Challenge event for electric motorcycles is a
one-lap race round the island’s 37.73 mile Mountain
Course scheduled for Wednesday, June 10, 2015.