Motorcycling community joins together to support AMA Family Capitol Hill Climb and youth riding

PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) is proud to announce that MX Sports, Cobra Motorcycles, Tomahawk MX Park and others passionate about kids' motorsports have thrown their support behind the AMA Family Capitol Hill Climb, Thursday, May 26, in Washington, D.C.

The AMA Family Capitol Hill Climb will send a clear message to federal lawmakers that immediate action is needed to exclude kid-sized dirtbikes and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) from the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008. The AMA urges all young riders, their families and enthusiasts who want to help save the future of youth riding to attend this significant gathering.

MX Sports and others are donating gift-bag items that will be distributed to event attendees who visit the AMA hospitality suite. In addition, Cobra Motorcycles and Tomahawk MX Park will conduct their own drawing to give away a Cobra King CX 50 kids' dirtbike to an event participant. Information about the drawing, which will be conducted at Tomahawk's "Kids Ride Free Night" event later that evening, will be available at the hospitality suite.

Besides support from MX Sports, Cobra Motorcycles and Tomahawk MX Park, other supporters of the AMA Family Capitol Hill Climb include Racer X magazine, Doublin Gap Motocross Park, Mason Dixon Riding Association 6 and 7, the Middle Atlantic Motocross Association, Budds Creek Motocross Park and High Point Raceway.

"We're very grateful to everyone who is supporting the AMA Family Capitol Hill Climb and to everyone who is planning to attend," said Jessica Irving, AMA grassroots coordinator. "Everyone involved knows how important it is to have a successful event so that we can convince Congress to let kids ride by passing H.R. 412, the Kids Just Want to Ride Act, which would exempt kids' machines from the CPSIA.

"By gathering riders from 20 states on the Capitol grounds, followed by one-on-one time with legislators, we will send a clear message that families who enjoy riding together are being harmed by the CPSIA," she said.

The CPSIA, commonly called the "lead law," was designed to ban small toys with high lead content. However, because of broadly written language in the law, it has been interpreted to apply to all products for kids, including dirtbikes, bicycles, clothing and books.

For more information on the AMA Family Capitol Hill Climb and ways to help save youth riding, contact the AMA Grassroots Team at (202) 742-4310, email grassroots@ama-cycle.org or visit the event webpage at www.AmericanMotorcyclist.com/KidsJustWantToride.aspx.

About the American Motorcyclist Association Since 1924, the AMA has protected the future of motorcycling and promoted the motorcycle lifestyle. AMA members come from all walks of life, and they navigate many different routes on their journey to the same destination: freedom on two wheels. As the world's largest motorcycling rights organization, the AMA advocates for motorcyclists' interests in the halls of local, state and federal government, the committees of international governing organizations, and the court of public opinion. Through member clubs, promoters and partners, the AMA sanctions more motorsports competition and motorcycle recreational events than any other organization in the world. AMA members receive money-saving discounts from dozens of well-known suppliers of motorcycle services, gear and apparel, bike rental, transport, hotel stays and more. Through its support of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum, the AMA preserves the heritage of motorcycling for future generations. For more information, please visit AmericanMotorcyclist.com.