75 Federal Lawmakers Now Support Kids Just Want to Ride Act

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — A bill that would exempt kids’ off-highway vehicles (OHVs) from a law that effectively bans their sale at the end of the year is gaining more support in Congress, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reports.

Seventy-five U.S. House members now support the bill — H.R. 412, the Kids Just Want to Ride Act, introduced by Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.) — that would exempt kids’ OHVs from the lead-content portion of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008.

“The Kids Just Want To Ride Act has broad bipartisan support, but that’s not why it deserves to become a law,” Rehberg said. “It deserves to become a law because it’s good policy that will keep kids safe and preserve jobs. There are plenty of things to argue about in Congress, but keeping kids safe by allowing them to ride on kid-sized motorcycles, ATVs and snowmobiles shouldn’t be one of them.”

Rep. Michael Burgess, M.D. (R-Texas), who is co-chairman of the Congressional Motorcycle Caucus and a co-signor of H.R. 412, also stressed the safety aspects of the bill.

“As a medical doctor, I know how important safety is and [I] am pleased to hear that 75 members of Congress have now co-sponsored this important legislation,” Burgess said. “Bills like the Kids Just Want to Ride Act demonstrate that Congress can provide flexibility for companies while ensuring safety for consumers.”

H.R. 412, the Kids Just Want to Ride Act, is aimed squarely at the CPSIA, which is commonly known as the lead law. The CPSIA bans the making, importing, distributing or selling of any product intended for children 12 and under that contains more than a specified amount of lead in any accessible part.

The CPSIA also requires that all childrens’ products undergo periodic testing by independent laboratories approved by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), which is responsible for implementing the law.

The CPSC has delayed enforcing key portions of the law until after the end of the year. Unless the CPSIA is changed, the sale of kids’ dirtbikes and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) will effectively be banned.

“Many lawmakers on Capitol Hill recognize that a common-sense solution is needed to solve the problems created by the CPSIA so that families can continue to enjoy responsible outdoor motorized recreation,” said Rick Podliska, AMA Washington representative. “And almost daily, more and more lawmakers are recognizing that H.R. 412, the Kids Just Want to Ride Act, offers that common-sense solution.”

The latest flood of support for the Kids Just Want to Ride Act follows a day of lobbying by kids and their parents who descended on Washington, D.C., in late May as part of the AMA Family Capitol Hill Climb lobbying effort. The children, dressed in motocross gear, and their parents shared their stories about enjoying responsible motorized recreation, and the need to change the CPSIA, in discussions with lawmakers and congressional staff members.

Podliska noted, however, that some lawmakers may still be unaware of H.R. 412, the Kids Just Want to Ride Act. He is urging anyone concerned about the future of off-highway riding for youth to contact their federal lawmakers and ask them to support H.R. 412.

The easiest way to contact your lawmaker on the issue is to go tohttp://www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Rights/IssuesLegislation.aspx

Hahn Has Something To Prove In Return To GEICO Honda Team

BUCHANAN, Mich. (June 29) — Wil Hahn made it through one practice session in the first race of the 2011 season before wrecking his GEICO Honda CRF250R hard enough to break his back. It wasn’t exactly the debut he was hoping for with one of the top teams in the sport.

Half a year later, Hahn has returned, and he’s ready to show his team owners, sponsors, and fellow riders that he hasn’t lost his desire to win and dominate in professional motocross competition. He’ll take to the track for the first time this Saturday at the RedBud National, alongside teammates Kevin Windham, Eli Tomac, Justin Barcia, and Lance Vincent.

“It’s been a long six months,” Hahn said. “It’s tough to just sit there and watch everyone else have all the fun, but there wasn’t much I could do. You have to recover and heal, listen to what the doctors tell you, and just wait for your turn. Now it’s my turn.”

Despite the long layoff, Hahn, a runner-up in the 2010 Supercross Lites West standings, said he’s ready to contend for race titles beginning in RedBud.

“I feel as though I’m completely prepared,” he said. “Physically, I’m 100 percent healthy. I’ve been riding a lot and I feel good on the bike. My conditioning is good.

 

“I want to go after the win. In my mind I’ll be a contender the moment the gate drops. Besides, I’m pretty anxious to show these guys they made the right choice in hiring me.”

Coming off a season-best, third-place overall result at the last tour stop in his home state of Colorado, Tomac is anxious for another big weekend on his GEICO Honda CRF250R that will lift him higher than his current fourth-place ranking in the Lucas Oil AMA Motocross Championship Series.

“RedBud is actually my favorite track,” Tomac said. “Everyone thinks because I’m from Colorado that Thunder Valley would be my favorite place, and I definitely like it there because I’m in very familiar surroundings, but to me nothing beats RedBud. I love the fans there and the track is just awesome.

“I feel like I’m riding well right now but I have room to improve. I was a solid third in both motos in Denver and had to ride through some traffic to get up there, but (Dean) Wilson and (Blake) Baggett were just on it. I’ve got my work cut out for me to catch those two guys, but I can definitely improve.”

Also fourth in the points, 450cc pro Windham had so much fun in Denver that he immediately decided to race this weekend in Michigan. Windham is filling in for injured rider Trey Canard on the American Honda Racing team, a sister operation to the GEICO Honda group.

“It’s tough on the sponsors and the teams when you’re indecisive on whether you’re going to ride or not so I told everyone last weekend that I’d ride RedBud,” Windham said. “I’ve had good results at the last two races and I feel really strong and in shape. I’ve able to hold my own and not get tired so hopefully we can get a podium finish soon.

“I need to work on speed now but I’m mostly happy to be racing for all the fans out there. It gets harder to race every year at my age (33), but its also hard to stay away and miss out on this and the fans. Every time the gate drops and you’re not apart of it, it feels like you are missing a piece of yourself.”

Barcia has been steaming mad since his accident-plagued outing in the Mile High City and he’s anxious to put that memory behind him with a big weekend in Michigan on his 250cc Honda.

“I’ve been riding hard this week,” Barcia said. “I wasn’t happy with anything that happened last weekend. All I can do at this point is direct my energy to RedBud and fight for a podium finish. That’s really the only thing that’s going to make me feel better.”

Rookie Lance Vincent also will compete in RedBud, giving the team four 250cc riders.

“I rode up there with the top guys for a long time in Denver until my bike stopped working,” Vincent said. “It showed me I have the speed to run with anyone. My confidence is growing each race.”

Kawasaki Recalls Tire Tubes

Vehicle Make/Model: Kawasaki/VN900D                                                            Model Year(s): 2011

Manufacture: Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.                                                      Mfr’s Report Date: Jun 02, 2011

NHTSA Campaign ID Number: 11V313000                                                          NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: Tires:Tube

Potential Number of Units Affected: 436

Summary:
Kawasaki is recalling certain model year 2011 VN900D, Vulcan Classic LT, Motorcycles. The tire inner tubes have been pinched during the mounting of the tires. Damage to the inner tubes could result in loss of air pressure.

Consequence:
Loss of the air pressure could result in a tire failure, increasing the risk of a crash.

Remedy:
Dealers will replace any damaged tubes free of charge , The Safety recall is expected to begin during June 2011. Owners may contact Kawasaki Consumer Services Department at 1-866-802-9381

Notes:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to  HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV