Motorcycle show in Long Beach expects revved-up enthusiasm
News from Chicago Tribune:

After several bumpy years, the motorcycle industry is hoping for smoother roads ahead as the International Motorcycle Shows tour rolls into Long Beach this weekend.

Since the economy began significantly losing ground in 2008, annual new-motorcycle sales in the United States have plunged by about half to some 300,000 units, as money-conscious consumers chose not to make the often-discretionary purchases.


FOR THE RECORD:
Motorcycle show: An article in the Dec. 9 Business section about the International Motorcycle Shows event in Long Beach said that the BMW S 1000 RR superbike produces 180 horsepower. It generates 193 horsepower. Also, the model of a second BMW motorcycle mentioned in the article is K 1600 GTL, not K 1600 LT. —

After falling 41% in 2009 and 14% last year, sales of new motorcycles are mostly flat this year, according to the Motorcycle Industry Council in Irvine, and are likely to remain there as long as…………… continues on Chicago Tribune

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AMA Supports Senator’s Helmet Stance
News from Motorcycle USA:

The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) praised U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) for standing up against a proposal that would have indirectly forced states to pass mandatory helmet laws.

U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) was poised to introduce the proposal on Dec. 14 during a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing on S. 1449 — the Motor Vehicle and Highway Safety Improvement Act of 2011. His proposal was an amendment to S. 1449, but he decided against offering it in the committee.

In a statement for the record, Ayotte noted that the amendment would take away the right of the people in a state to decide whether to have a mandatory helmet law “by indirectly forcing all states to pass mandatory universal helmet laws in order to receive funding for motorcycle safety.

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