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STOP SENATE BILL SB5544!

  Posted: March 5, 2007 4:08 PM
 

We don't often get political here on Seattle Sports Blog but this one has really got me going...

A certain group is supporting a new Senate bill, in Washington State, that essentially outlaws riding any sort of motorized off-road vehicle within 10 feet of a residence/residential area - within a certain decibel level. The catch is that it is so broad that if you and I build a motorcross track in our backyard in BFE and then 5 years from now, someone builds a home nextdoor, we have to close our track down - so they can have "peace & quiet". This isn't right and there is a rally this Friday in Olympia. We hope this helps get the word out for those riders who can take a little time to head down there and let people know that this is the most offensive law ever written against ORV (Off Road Vehicles) and passing bills that screw everyone else but oneself is not a way to operate with one's fellow citizens.

Here is a link to the rally flyer:
http://www.seattlesportsblog.com/images/posts/wohva_flyer_11507.pdf

When one of the supporters of the bill was asked "why" he supported it, here is what he wrote (below). Not exactly the most logical, yet it is very biased, experience of ORV riders & riding:


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SENATE INTERNET E-MAIL DELIVERY SERVICE

TO: Senator Adam Kline
FROM: Dave Helgeson (Possible Non-Constituent)
SUBJECT: SB 5544

Senator Kline,

I am curious to know why you would co-sponsor the most discriminatory, anti-OHV Bill ever proposed?

-WOHVA (Washington Off Highway Vehicle Alliance)
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RESPONSE:

Dear WOHVA,

I signed on because I have been annoyed, endangered, and angered one too many times by people riding motorized dirt-bikes and other off-road vehicles that have no damn business anywhere. To me, this bill is narrow--it doesn't include those "personal watercraft," seemingly jet-powered little missiles whose only apparent purpose is to risk death and dismemberment for boaters and swimmers, for the amusement of spoiled drunk teenagers.

Yes, I am sure there is the occasional responsible person who rides one of these machines on land or water. And yes, like every human being I have been pleasantly surprized to find my stereotypes broken. But why, why, why, do folks insist on motorized "sports"? Those two words are an oxymoron. There is nothing sporting--athletic, physically demanding--about riding any machine anywhere. And it's a damned annoyance to folks who see the outdoors as a place to go for quiet and solitude and self-exploration. I would be happy to ban the use of the internal combustion engine off-road, by anyone without a handicapped sticker, subject to a stiff fine. Maybe we could call this an anti-obesity measure.

Please circulate this to all motorized sports enthusiasts, so they can remember never to vote for me.

A. Kline
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PROTECT YOUR RIGHT TO RIDE YOUR ORV

The Washington State Legislature is currently considering drastic changes to the offroad vehicle noise laws.

The proposed changes would include creating maximum sound levels for riding near any residence, regardless of where that residence is located or how it is zoned. It would become illegal to ride if your bike is either plainly audible or exceeds 45 decibels from inside of, or with 10 feet of any residence. This would even include residences that are on farm land, forest land or in an industrial area. It would also be illegal to ride if your bike exceeds 55 decibels at the property line. The fine for this new crime would be a minimum of $100, going up to a maximum of $800.

These new limits would only apply to your dirtbike or quad. It would not apply to other, more common sources of residential noise such as lawnmowers, chainsaws, cars, trucks, boats, airplanes, stereos, playgrounds, ball fields, etc. It is just plain discrimination against ORV use and has nothing to do with keeping neighborhoods quiet.

If this becomes law, forget about riding any track in the State of Washington. Also, you can count on the vast majority of riding areas shutting down.

You can find additional information on this subject at http://www.stumpjumpers.org/legislative/

Contact your State Senator and two House of Representatives members NOW!
Let them know what you think of this discriminatory piece of legislation.

Find them on the web at http://apps.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/Default.aspx

Or send them a phone message using 1-800-562-6000

DO IT NOW - YOUR RIGHT TO RIDE IS AT STAKE!

  Posted by: SSBG | Permalink | Comments (0)
  March 5, 2007 4:08 PM
 

Good News for Seattle & Washington's Motorcross Community

  Posted: December 21, 2006 9:41 AM
 

Granite Falls council has announced that they will allow motocross tracks near Granite Falls if organizers get permits and follow noise rules. Gary Strode, former MX GP Monroe owner, will be one of the first, since he is fresh off a $200,000.00 battle against residents near a rock mine out in Maltby. They fought to have the track banned and succeeded, which is hilarious because there is nothing in Maltby and when development time arrives for Maltby, which won't be stopped, it will be row housing, Wal Mart, and a Quizno's instead of a motorcross track and a buffer of trees. Welcome to the 21st century Maltby residents!

Here is the article on Granite Falls:
http://www.heraldnet.com/stories/06/12/14/100loc_b1motocross001.cfm

  Posted by: SSBG | Permalink | Comments (5)
  December 21, 2006 9:41 AM
 

Support the MXGP Motocross Track in Maltby, Washington

  Posted: April 3, 2006 9:12 AM
 

The whole deal started with MXGP utilizing a piece of land that only MX riders really knew of - near a prison. In the end, they were kicked off, here is the article with the overview:
http://www.heraldnet.com/stories/04/12/20/100loc_box001.cfm

This guy does not want a track out in Maltby, please explain in nice ways why the Motorcross community is a valuable asset to Maltby, not a liability: http://nomotorcrossinmaltby.blogspot.com

Good News: Snohomish beefs up the option to at least have ORV parks.
http://www.co.snohomish.wa.us/documents/Departments/Council/News/NR_011806_offroad.pdf

  Posted by: SSBG | Permalink | Comments (0)
  April 3, 2006 9:12 AM
 

Washington Motorcross Schools

  Posted: March 17, 2006 2:26 PM
 

If you want lessons or to improve for the big race, talk to Eric Waunch at EW MX schools and tell them Seattle Sports Blog sent you!

http://www.ewmxschools.com

  Posted by: SSBG | Permalink | Comments (0)
  March 17, 2006 2:26 PM
 

Motorcross Resources

  Posted: March 17, 2006 11:57 AM
 

www.geocities.com/wastatemx/
www.dirtracingnw.com
www.motocrosstracks.com

  Posted by: SSBG | Permalink | Comments (0)
  March 17, 2006 11:57 AM
 

Oregon Motorcross Tracks

  Posted: March 17, 2006 11:56 AM
 

http://www.rvmx.com

http://www.overthebarsgang.com/starvationridge.html

http://www.overthebarsgang.com/eddieville.html

http://www.efnigy.com/eugenemotox/

http://www.albanymx.com

http://www.mtnviewmx.com


  Posted by: SSBG | Permalink | Comments (1)
  March 17, 2006 11:56 AM
 

Washington Motorcross Tracks:

  Posted: March 17, 2006 11:55 AM
 

http://www.mxgpr.com Closed but they are working on a new one up north in Granite Falls.

http://www.washougalmx.com

http://www.burntridgemx.com

http://www.toesmxp.com

http://www.woodlandmx.com

http://www.wideopensportsarena.com

http://www.extmotorsports.com

http://www.co.grays-harbor.wa.us/info/ORV/index.asp

http://www.ci.richland.wa.us/RICHLAND/Parks/index.cfm?PageNum=52

http://www.longviewmx.com

http://www.oakwoodracing.com

http://www.ohmc.homestead.com

http://www.riverdaleraceway.com

http://www.thetesttrack.com

http://www.OPMC.org


  Posted by: SSBG | Permalink | Comments (0)
  March 17, 2006 11:55 AM
 

Support the MXGP Motocross Track in Maltby, Washington

  Posted: March 7, 2006 11:07 AM
 

The whole deal started with MXGP utilizing a piece of land that only MX riders really knew of - near a prison. In the end, they were kicked off, here is the article with the overview:
http://www.heraldnet.com/stories/04/12/20/100loc_box001.cfm

This guy does not want a track out in Maltby, please explain in nice ways why the Motorcross community is a valuable asset to Maltby, not a liability: http://nomotorcrossinmaltby.blogspot.com

Good News: Snohomish beefs up the option to at least have ORV parks.
http://www.co.snohomish.wa.us/documents/Departments/Council/News/NR_011806_offroad.pdf

  Posted by: elevatus | Permalink | Comments (0)
  March 7, 2006 11:07 AM
 

Ryan Capes airs a historic 310 ft jump at Pacific Raceways in Kent, Wash.

  Posted: October 31, 2005 4:13 PM
 

Ryan Capes shatters Trigger Gumm's motorcycle distance jumping record of 277feet, and goes for a historic 310 foot 4 inch at Pacific Raceways in Kent, Wash.

Monster Energy's Ryan Capes -Unleashed the Beast- and did the unfathomable this past weekend when he launched his Pro Circuit-tuned Honda CR250 through the air, over the length of an entire football field – and, basically, lived to tell about it.

It wasn't if it was when, said Capes of going 310 feet 4 inches. I just need the right place and the right time. And to everybody's surprise that all came together on Saturday.

When it's all said and done, nobody goes bigger than Capes. And, like the barrier-breaking athletes before him such as Dr. Roger Bannister, who broke the three minute mile barrier, Javier Sotomayor, who was the first to clear eight feet in the high jump and Sergey Bubka, who topped 20 feet in the pole vault, Capes now owns a magical record in the sport of motorcycle distance jumping that nobody will ever equal the first to jump 300 feet.

It hasn't really set in yet,said Capes. I mean, the way it came about was kind of unexpected. I'd have like to have done it in Los Angeles or Vegas or something, but you gotta take these things when they come. So just being the first to jump over 300 is pretty rad. I'll always have that going for me, which is nice.

Here is the link to watch his record breaking jump:
http://www.ryancapes.net/assets/multimedia/Ryan_Capes_World_Record_Jump.wmv


Here is an image from his 260 foot jump awhile back - HUGE!

  Posted by: Seattle Sports Blog Guy | Permalink | Comments (0)
  October 31, 2005 4:13 PM
 

MX tracks around Seattle

  Posted: September 1, 2005 9:33 AM
 

For this entry I thought I'd discuss the various motocross, motorcross, and supercross tracks around seattle and the northwest in general.

- First off, my favorite at the moment is MXGP out in Monroe. It's got the hits, the turns, 3 tracks (1 for kids) and it isn't far away so you can get out there and back in one day without your arms and legs falling off. www.mxgpr.com THIS TRACK HAS BEEN SHUT DOWN BUT A NEW ONE IS IN THE WORKS IN GRANITE FALLS. STAY TUNED FOR DETAILS.

  Posted by: SSBG | Permalink | Comments (0)
  September 1, 2005 9:33 AM
 

Seattle Finally Gets to see Supercross

  Posted: May 10, 2005 3:14 PM
 

This post is late but I figure better late than never as I'm a huge MX fan.

I shed a tear, actually several, when the KingDome was blown to smithereens years ago........and mainly because I knew that it would be too long before we'd get to see SuperCross in Seattle.

After watching ArenaCross for the last 5 years down at the T-Dome, I was ready for some good 'ol dirt riding in downtown Seattle!

Overall, great races, Tedesco sealed the 125cc title but rode like crap in the wet ruts, its' like he had never seen one before or was injured or something. I'd stay in 125cc and keep domainating, why go race Bubba, Carmicheal, and Chad Reed, are you nuts!? I don't say this because I don't think he can beat them, I say it because I think there are too many huge competitors at the top right now.

Bubba, he dominated and won the 250cc race but it appeared as though he pretty much slammed Chad Reed off the track right after the hole shot on turn one. Carmicheal came in 2nd after crashing and knocking himself out earlier in the week. The award goes to Chad Reed though who after getting slammed off the track into last place, came back to win 3rd place. I couldn't believe it, he was smokin' people left and right.

Recommendations: More close-ups of the number girl for each race start, she's insanely hot. Shoot the t-shirts way up into the audience instead of throwing them to the 5 people in row one, that's lame.


  Posted by: SSBG | Permalink | Comments (0)
  May 10, 2005 3:14 PM

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