Dear Sir or Madam:
I am aware of the Environmental Protection Agency's proposal for national emissions standards covering off-highway motorcycles, snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles (ATVís). Whether the standard begins in 2006, requires compliance by 2007, or sets even higher standards in 2009-The message is clear-This rule will end two-stroke off-road trail bikes, snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles.
The EPA must balance the needs of the enthusiast with environmental concerns. As it stands, the rule would deprive riders of their right to choose from a two-stroke or four-stroke machine.
I support responsible recreation on our public lands and the adoption of emissions standards that can be shown to be cost-effective while still allowing me to choose from a wide variety of competent off-highway motorcycles, snowmobiles and ATVís. I believe that my mode of recreation and the goals of this rule will be best served by the establishment of separate performance-based standards, not design-based standards, for two and four-stroke powered off-highway motorcycles, snowmobiles and ATVís. Moreover, manufacturers should be given the opportunity to meet these standards.
The EPA should also not underestimate the popularity and importance of closed-course competition to motorcyclists. In 2000, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) sanctioned over 2,600 amateur events that had over 607,000 entrants. The bulk of these entries, over 440,000, were in amateur motor-cross events. Regardless of their status (professional or amateur), all competitors deserve and need unrestricted access to competitive machines for closed-course competition.
The agency must consider safety, cost, and performance in creating the new standards.
Thank you for your consideration in this rulemaking.