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www.PowersportsBusiness.com NEWS Powersports Business • July 10, 2017 • 7 Renacci (R-Ohio). Lighthizer said that he had heard from motorcyclists and from the motor- cycle industry. "He says he heard us, but he is not listen- ing," Dingman said. "The U.S. beef industry doesn't need this tariff as much as these Ameri- can motorcycle dealers need to stay in business and their employees need to keep their jobs. "None of the American dealerships, nor any of their employees, has any greater ability than the beef industry to get the European Union to buy more U.S. beef," Dingman continued. "Yet, the U.S. Trade Representative insists on play- ing chicken with the livelihoods of motorcycle dealers and the choices of American motorcy- clists, while catering to the beef industry." During the first week after Lighthizer was confirmed by the U.S. Senate, motorcyclists sent nearly 2,500 emails to his office demand- ing that motorcycles be removed from the tariff proposal. Dingman made the same demand in person at a USTR hearing in February and again in a letter to Lighthizer. A substantial proportion of AMA member- ship includes riders who own and ride motor- cycles of 500cc displacement or less, including trail bikes for youths and adults, enduro bikes, dual-sport motorcycles, entry-level street motorcycles, scooters and others. The 500cc-or-smaller category of motor- cycle also is used in a significant portion of the AMA's more than 3,000 sanctioned competi- tion events enjoyed by hundreds of thousands annually. Many of those events are put on by promoters who are essentially small business owners who will be severely adversely affected by the proposed 100 percent tariff. European makers of 51cc-399cc motor- cycles used for racing provide nearly half the units available to U.S. consumers, and nearly a quarter of the market in the 400-500cc class. In the on-road motorcycle segment, 100 percent of the models 300cc and smaller are imported to the United States from abroad. PSB BEEF CONTINUED FROM PAGE 6 JUNE 2017 30-July 2: Independence Rally, Hollister, CA 30-July 2: AltRider's 6th Annual Conserve the Ride, Blue Mountain Resort, Palmerton, PA 30-July 3: First Annual Music City Motorcycle Rally, Fontanel, White's Creek, TN JULY 2017 1: Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Redbud National, RedBud, Buchanan, MI 1-2: 1st Annual Jack Daniels Heritage Freedom Ride, Heritage Indian Motorcycle, Rogers, AR 1-2: ASRA National Sprint Series, Road America, Plymouth, WI 4-6: Women on Wheels 31st Annual International Ride-In, Colorado Springs, CO 6-8: BMW Riders Association National Rally, Petoskey, MI 6-9: 21st Amerivespa Rally, Seattle, WA 6-9: Gettysburg Bike Week, Gettysburg Allstar Expo Complex, Gettysburg, PA 6-9: MotoAmerica, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey, CA 7-9: AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, OH 7-9: Gas Gas Test Ride Tour, AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, Lexington, OH 8: Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Southwick National, The Wick, Southwick, MA 8: AMA Pro Flat Track Rolling Wheels Half-Mile, Elbridge, NY 8: Hamilton Harley-Davidson 10th Anniversary Bash, Hamilton Harley-Davidson, Sturgis, MI 9: Western New York Off-Road Association Championship Series, Conover Racing, Newark Valley, NY 10-13: Gold Rush 30, Fort Collins, CO 11: Parts Unlimited/Drag Specialties Street & Off- Road Tour, Des Moines, IA 11-16: 3rd Annual Deadwood 3-Wheeler Motorcycle Rally, Deadwood, SD 12-16: Roar on the Shore, Erie, PA 13: Parts Unlimited/Drag Specialties Street & Off- Road Tour, Minneapolis, MN 13-16: BMW Motorcycle Owners of America 45th International Rally, Salt Lake City, UT 13-16: Brothers of the Third Wheel National Trike-In, Dodge City, KS 14-16: Women's Sportbike Rally, Big Bear, CA 14-16: Stormy Hill Harley-Davidson 100HP Shootout Event, Stormy Hill Harley-Davidson, Clermont, FL 15: Russ' Ocean State Harley-Davidson Summer Cruise-In, Russ' Ocean State Harley-Davidson, Warwick, RI 15-16: Jet Jam, Riverland Resort Kingsburg, CA 15-16: KTM AMA National Adventure Riding Series, Flagstaff, AZ 17-22: Star Days, Red Wing, MN 17-19: ARGO 2018 Model Lineup Press Launch, ERX Motor Park, Elk River, MN 18: Harley-Davidson, Second Quarter Conference Call 19: Textron Inc., Second Quarter Conference Call 19-21: DAA Northwest Rock & Roll Sale, DAA Northwest, Spokane, WA 20-23: Triple S Harley-Davidson MountainFest, Triple S Harley-Davidson, Morgantown, WV 21: Spyder Demo Days, Notre Dame Agencies, Lewisporte, NL 22: Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Spring Creek National, Spring Creek Motocross Park, Millville, MN 27-30: Hog Wild Coastal Rally, Ocean Shores, WA 28-Aug. 6: Veterans Ride to Sturgis, Los Angeles, CA to Sturgis, SD 29: Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Peterson Cat Washougal National, Washougal Motocross Park, Washougal, WA 29: AMA Pro Flat Track Calistoga Half-Mile, Calistoga, CA CALENDAR OF EVENTS Email dmcmahon@powersportsbusiness.com to get your industry event added to the calendar. "He says he heard us, but he is not listening." Rob Dingman, president and CEO of the American Motorcyclist Association

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