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The AMA tries to serve a small % of the population, but only represents a small % of that small %. So their voice is often not heard or paid much attention to. IMO they would serve the motorcycle community better if they spent a lot less of their resources in money and time fighting against helmet and exhaust laws that the largest % of motorcycle riders don t really care about. Instead, spend that capital on trying to grow the motorcycle community by attracting people to the sport/hobby and making it easier for them to become a part of it.
When you go up into the high country adventure happens. It's a very dynamic environment. You and I have been through some tricky stuff and you've never faltered, we'll do fine. You have the skills. While we have most of the arrangements set, I'm still faced with a decision - which bike? Currently I'm set to do it on a tricked out Honda 450. It will be a blast on the trails, but a bitch on the commutes. There's still the chance I can snag the GSA I've taken up there a couple times before. I've already done much of the hard stuff on a GSA, but not the legendary descent into Telluride. I've seen videos of Jeeps and 4 wheelers getting into trouble on that stretch. It's steep loose scree so brakes are of marginal effect. I think the challenge is "can you maintain your line on the way down". It doesn't suffer errors well. There are also a couple big rock ledges to bump over. I'm mulling over the options.
Fair point - but the AMA has largely abdicated professional racing from a promotional standpoint anyway. Their strength is in government relations and amateur racing. The Vintage Motorcycle Days model could be applied to a West Coast event as well. I do feel there is good to be salvaged out of the AMA and the HoF - but I strongly feel that if there is not a catalyst for the organization soon, their waning influence will dribble out and it will be too late to affect the industry as they should. There are great opportunities out there to partner with companies such as Revel, Super 73 and others who border the category of motorcycling but can help expand inclusion. That will take years to get to - but those thoughts are needed now. Before the next recession firmly puts motorcycling into the same category as Equestrian Polo.
You present some great ideas in this and I love the idea of taking it out of seemingly manufacturers hands and putting the AMA into the hands of true enthusiasts. But I believe that the AMA's largest problem in our minds is that they are too focused on racing motorcycles and deal with street riders more of an after thought. So, I would add that Keanu should not take over the AMA, but set up a partnering organization that would deal with the street and legal side of motorcycling.
Sparking the AMA - by Robert Pandya Published on February 12, 2020 Sunset rides always gets me thinking. I am an AMA member and have been for many years. Sure, I missed a few in the mix, but I have a bunch of pins and have recycled my share of American Motorcyclist magazine for decades. I feel there there is some good coming out of the AMA at least as far as a brand awareness on capitol hill, and they have some great archives and assets in the Hall Of Fame. I have jumped in to help the HoF ...Read More