fbpx

We Got To Fight…

We received an invite from Tim Buche, Motorcycle Industry Council’s president, to join them in D.C. for the third annual MIC Capitol Hill Fly-In late last month.

For Our Industry’s Rights At The MIC Capitol Hill Fly-In

RA_IMG_2521[dropcap]W[/dropcap]e received an invite from Tim Buche, Motorcycle Industry Council’s president, to join them in D.C. for the third annual MIC Capitol Hill Fly-In late last month. Problem was, it was just days before we were going to press and we didn’t have a lot of time to spare. Luckily, D.C. is a short hop for us and we made it there in time to have dinner with the MIC Board and Dealer Advisory Council members.

For the MIC Board, fighting for our rights is more than just the name of a Beastie Boys song. Here are some key issues that MIC members lobbied for at the Fly-In:

The RPM Act – which affects powersports and racing industries including the Specialty Equipment Marketing Association (SEMA) and others that have rallied around this issue. The 1990 Clean Air Act authorized the EPA to regulate motor vehicles but had never applied to vehicles converted for racing. In July 2015, EPA inserted language that would make it illegal to convert a vehicle for competition, which naturally got our attention. MIC is trying to rally support for HR 4715, Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act (RPM Act), which will clarify that these vehicles are not subject to anti-tampering.

Protecting access to public lands is another major issue for the industry and therefore much of the battle is to continue to fight for off-road access for all of our great ATVs, UTVs and dirtbikes. The Antiquities Act of 1906 grants the President the authority to designate landmarks and other objects of historic or scientific interest on public lands as national monuments. OHV use in designated National Monuments will most certainly be restricted if passed, so it’s imperative to gain support to prohibit use of funding for this provision.

MIC Board Members lobbying at the office of Ohio Senator Rob Portman.
MIC Board Members lobbying at the office of Ohio Senator Rob Portman.

Other key issues on the table were for Reforming the CFPB Indirect Auto Financing Guidance Act. This could potentially eliminate a dealer’s ability to discount credit in the showroom or push marginally creditworthy consumers out of the marketplace for credit all together. HR 1737 would allow public scrutiny of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s attempt to change the vehicle loan market through “guidance.”

These are just a few of issues that we should all be fighting for if we want our industry to survive… and hopefully allow it to flourish. A number of Congress members are on our side, but we need help to gain more of their support. While there are also a growing number of dealers joining MIC, Tim Buche says he would love to have more dealers on the Advisory Council and participating in the Fly-In next year. This is an election season after all, so make your votes count in the industry as well.

You May Also Like

The Future of Buying: Navigating Powersport Consumer Trends

Insights into a study on the future of powersport shopping.

Future of Buying Study

In late summer/early fall of 2023, Rollick conducted a "Future of Buying" study to understand consumer shopping behaviors in the outdoor recreation space, receiving feedback from nearly 27,000 participants. 

The study, which had an impressive response rate of up to 30% in some cases, was enabled through collaboration with 27 Rollick clients across the powersports, RV and marine industries. The findings aim to communicate how consumers interact with brands and dealers and the technologies utilized during their shopping experience.

Racer and Dealer Sponsorship Must Be a Two-Way Street

You’re better to have no racers than the wrong racers.

How to Respond to Digital Leads

Timing, presence and tools are all critical.

Digital leads
How to Attract, Retain and Develop Talent

This recorded AIMExpo education track features a panel of dealers discussing their hiring and retention practices.

MPN talent panel, AIMExpo 2024
How to Grow and Excel in Digital Retailing

This recorded AIMExpo education track discusses the world of digital retailing and why you need to be there.

MPN Digital retailing panel, AIMExpo 2024

Other Posts

MIC Statistical Annual Now Available

Get ahead of the motorcycle sales season.

Motorcycle Industry Council
NPA Pre-Owned Market Update: February 2024

Average wholesale prices continue to improve, reflecting dealer sentiment and demand for pre-owned.

National Powersport Auctions, NPA, Market Report
Establishing the Right Pay Plan for Your Dealership’s F&I Team

In an industry where skilled F&I professionals are in high demand, an attractive, fair and equitable pay plan becomes a key tool.

Motorcycle dealership F&I
Maximize Every Sale With F&I and PG&A

This recorded AIMExpo education track discusses how the bike is just the start of the sale.

MPN F&I panel, AIMExpo 2024