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 The AMCA National Rally in Kerrville

The AMCA (Antique Motorcycle Club of America} road run is a national meet. It was put on April 13th through the 16th in Kerrville TX by the Cherokee Chapter. Very organized and professionally done.

We stayed at the YO Ranch in Kerrville. Sunday evening was check in and the riders meeting. Dave Edinger, Clay Walley, and I road together the first two days.

Monday we rode around almost to Luckenbach and then back to the YO Ranch.

What great roads, some I haven't ridden before. Tuesday started off on Hwy 16 to 337 with a stop in Leakey, then to 335 to 41 to 1340 to 39 through Hunt then 27 to 16 and back.

Wednesday was a ride to Tarpley, Utopia, Vanderpool, Hunt and back.

I had a brain fart on the reservations and didn't book for Wednesday night and Cathy had to get back to work anyway.  Dave road his newly acquired '83 Shovel Head that's been marking it's spot in my garage for a couple of months.  Clay road his '66 Harley, and I road my ‘71 Bonneville. That was the first day.

Day two we shamed Dave for being so slow on his new ride. So he tried to get his Moto Guzzi running after sitting for a year, no luck. He unloaded his Duck and caught up with us at a gas and drink stop.

The Cherokee Chapter rented a van for the females. Great ideal, we should do this for LOP. They went on a site seeing tour by Joan Klein to Fredericksburg, Luckenbach, Kerrville Hills Winery for tasting, James Avery Jewelery Headquarters for a tour, Schreiner Mansion, and a spa day. Thanks, Joan.

A lot of the guys were using this event for a practice run for the Cannon Ball Run. Man those bikes can fly down the road for as old as they are. They were doing 50 to 55 cruising, not bad for early nineteen hundreds vintage bikes.

Thanks to Steve and Joan Klein, Jim Watson and the rest of the group for a great event.

Your VP, Randy Bauer

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EPA acknowledges ethanol damages engines
Proposed new labeling rule would prove ineffective

 Submit comments today! 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has publicly acknowledged that ethanol in gasoline can damage internal combustion engines by increasing exhaust temperatures and indirectly causing component failures.

Yet, even with this knowledge, the Federal Trade Commission is recommending more labeling at the gas pump as its solution to the problem.

The American Motorcyclist Association believes that is not enough.

The Federal Trade Commission issued a rule proposal to provide requirements for rating and certifying ethanol blends and requirements for labeling blends of more than 10 percent ethanol.

But this rule exempts the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s E15-approved label.

This rule is for an additional label to be placed on the fuel pump “in response to the emergence of ethanol blends as a retail fuel and the likely increased availability of such blends.”

With this rule, it only means gasoline with higher blends of ethanol will emerge into the marketplace.

The AMA believes this proposal will cause even more confusion given the events surrounding the rollout of E15 into the marketplace. The AMA opposes E15 and any fuel containing more than ten percent ethanol because it can cause engine and fuel system failure to your motorcycle or all-terrain vehicle, and can void manufacturers’ warranties.

According to the EPA, “[e]thanol impacts motor vehicles in two primary ways. First ... ethanol enleans the [air/fuel] ratio (increases the proportion of oxygen relative to hydrocarbons) which can lead to increased exhaust gas temperatures and potentially increase incremental deterioration of emission control hardware and performance over time, possibly causing catalyst failure. Second, ethanol can cause materials compatibility issues, which may lead to other component failures.”

“In motorcycles and nonroad products [using E15 and higher ethanol blends], EPA raised engine-failure concerns from overheating.”

The FTC is seeking public comments now on the rule proposal that calls for the additional label to identify higher ethanol blended fuels. You can tell the agency how this proposal will cause even more confusion, given the events surrounding the rollout of E15 into the marketplace.

The AMA does not believe this new label will do what it is intended to do – keep users from misfueling with higher ethanol blended fuels. It simply does not provide clear direction. Another label on a blender pump that already has many labels will not be sufficient to avoid misfueling and could be easily overlooked.

The proposed rule provides no direction on where on the pump the label should be located. Moreover, the FTC is proposing that the label be rounded to the nearest factor of 10. How will this accurately inform the consumer of the type of fuel called for by the vehicle owner’s manual? Will a fuel containing 11 percent to 14 percent ethanol be labeled as 10 percent ethanol? Is the FTC aware that manufacturers’ warranties are valid only for the use of fuel containing 10 percent ethanol by volume or less?

Help protect 22 million motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles in America -- and the riders who depend on their safe operation -- from inadvertent misfueling. Tell the FTC you want safe access to fuel for motorcycles and ATVs!

The loser in any inadvertent misfueling event is the motorcyclist and ATV rider. The AMA stands behind its members, and all riders, in calling for more thorough safeguards against misfueling.

The deadline for comments is Jun. 2! Act today to ensure your voice is heard.

For the latest information on the AMA’s efforts to protect your access to safe fuel, go to http://www.americanmotorcyclist.com/rights/amafuelforthought.aspx.

Now more than ever, it is crucial that you and your riding friends become members of the AMA to help protect our riding freedoms. More members mean more clout against the opponents of motorcycling and ATV riding. That support will help fight for your rights – on the road, trail, racetrack, and in the halls of government. If you are a motorcycle rider, join the AMA at  AmericanMotorcyclist.com/membership/join.

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