It’s summer and the LAO raffle is heating up!

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LAO-logo-2Click here to find out how you can win.

Grand Prize: 2014 KTM 300 XC already adorned with all the extras
(see video below)

Second Place Drawing Winner Receives this  Matrix Pit Package

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Other Prizes In The Drawing Are:  

Honda eu20001 Generator by Sierra Motor Sports
GoPro Hero 3 Black Video Camera by GoPro
Alpinestar Tech 7 Boots in your choice of color and size by AlpinestarsScreen Shot 2014-06-08 at 6.34.35 PM

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Tickets can be purchased at most D36 events, and through most D36 clubs. You can also email Kraig Traum at cash, check or credit card accepted.  Tickets are 1/$5; 5/$20; 15/$50; 35/$100; 400/$1000.  The raffle will be held in January 2015 at the District 36 Awards Banquet. Need not be present to win.

 Please support our sponsors that support you 

New Address for D36 Memberships

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 Attention anyone joining or renewing your District 36 Membership via mail

Effective May 31st, the correct address for District 36 Memberships will be:

District 36 Memberships
5423 Woodleigh Dr.
Carmichael, CA  95608

Anything postmarked 5/29 and afterwards must be mailed to the new address.

If you received a District 36 Renewal notice in the mail recently and plan on renewing by mail please do not use the membership return envelope  with the Santa Rosa address on it that was included in your renewal notice, as the USPS’s mail forwarding service will cause a delay in its delivery.

Thank you,

Jill Patterson
D36 Membershps

District 36 Dirt Track Race Report

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The Danny Knight Memorial Meet at Lodi Motorcycle Club was well attended and provided some very aggressive racing action. The Open A race, as always, was exciting from the beginning to the checkered flag.

Tony Meiring, BP1, Stewart Barber Jr., 38z and Dominic Colindres 66y were battling from the beginning.  Dominic fell in the hairpin so the race was red flagged and restarted with Dominic lining up on the last row.  The green light triggered and they were off again with Tony and Stewart, both number 1 Black plates putting on quite a show.

 DBA 1       DBA 2

It is really a pleasure to watch Tony as his experience really shows.  He rarely misses a point and is so smooth.  Stewart is back into his own again after time off and both of these riders are deceptively fast.

 DBA 3   DBA 4

Adding to the excitement of this race is the ride Dominic put on for everyone.  He came through the pack from last place to win the race!

Congratulations Dominic!

 We also had a great Mini 85cc race, one of my favorite classes. These kids are fast and getting faster every year. It is really hard to believe these young riders are running about one second off the lap times of the Open A pilots.


 We really need to keep working and promoting the kids classes. They are our future.  A special Thank You to all the Moms and Dads for putting in the effort to get your kids, our future District 36 Dirt Track racers, out on the track.


 DBA 7  DBA 8  DBA 9

Whats this?  Ray and Jenifer Spore, District 36 BOD members along with Bill Goodno (D36 Cross Counntry Committeeman) and his daughter Brianna (D36 Cross Country racer) came to show us all that Cross Country Racers can DT too!!  Can DT Racers CC?  A challenge??

Thank you all for competing and we hope to see you out here on the oval again.  Nice to have a track with no logs or water crossings isn’t it?

On another note…..Jon Eichelbaugh graciously  donated his bike to another rider that wanted a taste of Short Track.  Jon got back on after loaning his ride and does what he does best….. go right out to the front.

Our season is off to a great start. We’re looking forward to seeing you all at the next and subsequent races during the District 36 Championship Dirt Track Series that is ongoing throughout the summer and into the fall.

Follow this link to see the complete District 36 Dirt Track Racing Schedule.

Dave Bickle
District 36 Dirt Track Steward
District 36 Board of Directors


THIS SHOWING CANCELED….Penton: The John Penton Story…A Must See Film

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The John Penton Story…..A new film about an American icon and motorcycle pioneer who took on the established motorcycle industry changing it…forever.

This viewing has been cancelled.  No further details at this time

When: Monday, June 23, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Where: Reading Theaters Rohnert Park
                  555 Roehnert Park Expressway West
                  Rohnert Park, CA

$10 per ticket

Reserve tickets here

PENTON: The John Penton Story is an American story about family, competition, ingenuity and business that will tug at hearts of everyone who sees it. John Penton is motorcycle icon and pioneer who’s life on a farm in Ohio led to a long list of motorcycling accomplishments and global notoriety. What began with a humble motorcycle shop, turned into international off-road racing career leading him to the discovery of the need for a smaller machine which he was soon selling in the US. With his innovative Penton motorcycles he introduced riding to a new generation of riders around the world.

His early love of riding motorcycles pointed him to become a champion at the infamous Jack Pine Enduro in Michigan after World War II. Then, learning from his early days as a “Mud Runner” in those mid-west, off-road motorcycle races, John Penton knew there was a better, lighter machine for competition out there…He just hadn’t invented it yet. That would come years later but he would first have to endure harder lessons in life like losing his young wife Katherine to a debilitating disease at a young age leaving his three boys motherless. This spiraled him into a frenzy of competitive endeavors including setting the transcontinental record on a BMW motorcycle in 1959.

He would re-marry in 1960, doubling the size of his family and begin another chapter of international racing in 1962 that would eventually bring him to the source of his dream of making his own motorcycle in 1967. The first Penton motorcycles developed by John and built by a small bicycle and moped factory in Mattighofen Austria named KTM arrived in 1968. For the next ten years the Penton motorcycles along with John’s family and loyal followers battled the competition, the motorcycle industry, a global economy and even more family tragedy to become a world-wide motorcycle racing dynasty.

Since John’s first visit to Austria and KTM in 1967 and those first 10 Penton’s delivered to Amherst, Ohio in 1968, KTM Sportmotorcycle AG has become the largest producer of off-road motorcycles in the world.

This film features the largest cast of motorcycle legends ever assembled with over 100 interviews. Plus, historically accurate re-creations are all blended with archival photos and film to match the wonderful voice-over of a Penton rider in his younger days…Grammy Winner, Lyle Lovett.

A Must See Film!!!!!


Prairie City General Plan Comment Date Extended

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District 36 LAO requested the OHMVR Division extend the comment deadline until after the Hangtown National MX, as State Parks Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division will have a staffed OHV Trailer on site during Hangtown. This will allow folks an extra 4 days to make comments on the General Plan/DRAFT Preferred Concept/EIR, and to pick up comment cards and more information about what the General Plan Process is and how the public can be involved.

D36 wishes to say Thank You to OHV Division and Contractor AE Comm for extending the date to allow for more time and include the ability for the public to comment post the Hangtown National Motocross……

— Dave Pickett


Prairie City SVRA General Plan, Draft Preferred Concept – Comment Period Extended to June 3rd

The Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division of California State Parks invites you to provide feedback to the planning team on the Draft Preferred Concept in support of the preparation of a General Plan and EIR for Prairie City State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA). We have received your comments since October 2013 on concept alternatives, and the General Plan team now requests your feedback on the Draft Preferred Concept.

Please visit between now and June 3rd to provide comments on the Draft Preferred Concept.

Leoni Meadows Cross Country Race This Weekend

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This Weekend….Leoni Meadows Cross Country Race!!!

Sunday, May 25th Round 8 of the 2014 D36 / Motion Pro Championship Youth Cross Country Series presented by Racer Decal.
Monday, May 26th Round 8 of the 2014 D36 / SRT Championship Youth Cross Country Series presented by Works Connection.

You read it right…The races are Sunday and Monday, Memorial Day weekend. We missed this meet last year so start packin’ the gear, get the race bike prepped and we’ll see you there for a great weekend of racing!

For information and details see the Flyer

Clear Creek Hearing Scheduled for May 20th

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clearcreeksignPlease review the Press Release issued today and listed below for NEW information on the designation of the CCMA by Bill HR1776. Under the Media Advisory, please click on the link to D36 LAO Partner Blue Ribbon Coalition for more on the story and some history. A representative will be in Washington D.C. and at the hearing.  —Dave Pickett

Subject: BREAKING OHV News – MEDIA ADVISORY: Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on 6 Bills including Clear Creek! Dear Fans of Clear Creek, It has been almost 3 years since the concept of the CCNRA was first floated to Congress in my congressional testimony in June 2011. Link to Congressional Hearing Testimony in 2011 image001

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMonday, May 12, 2014  CONTACT: Press Office 202-226-9019

*** MEDIA ADVISORY*** Public Lands & Environmental Regulation Subcommittee to Hold Legislative Hearing on Six Bills

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation will hold a legislative hearing on Tuesday, May 20th on six bills.

WHAT: Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation legislative hearing on:

  • H.R. 1776 (Farr), To establish the Clear Creek National Recreation Area in San Benito and Fresno Counties, to designate the Joaquin Rocks Wilderness in such counties, to designate additional components of the national wild and scenic rivers system, and for other purposes. “Clear Creek National Recreation Area and Conservation Act”
  • H.R. 2175 (Johnson OH), To direct the Secretary of the Interior to install in the area of the World War II Memorial in the District of Columbia a suitable plaque or an inscription with the words that President Franklin D. Roosevelt prayed with the United States on June 6, 1944, the morning of D-Day. “World War II Memorial Prayer Act of 2013”
  • H.R. 2489 (DeFazio), To modify the boundary of the Oregon Caves National Monument, and for other purposes. “Oregon Caves Revitalization Act of 2013”
  • H.R. 3806 (Meadows), To authorize payment of funds in accordance with the agreement entered into by the Tennessee Valley Authority, the State of North Carolina, Swain County, North Carolina, and the United States Department of the Interior. “Great Smoky Mountains National Park Agreement Act of 2013”
  • H.R. 4049 (Duffy), To amend the Act to provide for the establishment of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in the State of Wisconsin, and for other purposes, to adjust the boundary of that National Lakeshore to include the lighthouse known as Ashland Harbor Breakwater Light, and for other purposes. “Ashland Breakwater Light Transfer Act”
  • H.R. 4272 (Walden), To stop implementation and enforcement of the Forest Service travel management rule and to require the Forest Service to incorporate the needs, uses, and input of affected communities before taking any travel management action affecting access to units of the National Forest System derived from the public domain, and for other purposes. “Forest Access in Rural Communities Act” 
WHEN: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 9:30 AM
WHERE: 1324 Hearing Room in the Longworth House Office Building

Visit the Committee Calendar for additional information, once it is made available.  The meeting is open to the public and a live video stream will be broadcast at

How to apply temporary numbers at your first race

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If you are a first time Cross Country Racer in District 36 keep in mind that there is a lot going on in the morning of your first race so give yourself plenty of time to get registered for the race and prepare your bike with the necessary items.  After registering for the race you will receive temporary number decals and a transponder. It is important that the decals are applied to your bike and helmet properly. Special care with applying the transponder is needed to ensure that the transponder operation is not obstructed by metallic paint on a helmet visor or touching any metal parts of the bike.

Why does District 36 perform sound tests?

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imageEd Santin is always looking for opportunities to educate riders of all ages. Recently he visited a Folsom, CA school to teach students about the importance of sound testing of off highway vehicles.  This week I interviewed Ed Santin,  member of the District 36 Board of Directors and AMA Off Road Congressman about the most frequent questions I get asked in regards to sound testing.

: Why does District 36 perform sound tests?

ED: We perform sound testing for a few reasons.  First and foremost is to be good neighbors in keeping our motorcycles as quiet as we can.  Sound testing limits that are recommended by the Motorcycle Industry Council are implemented into rules set by the American Motorcyclist Association and District 36 to accomplish this goal.  So while a large percentage of our District 36 riders meet the limits (most are well under the limit) there are always a few that fail. For this reason our sound testing program is to make sure our racers and riders are in compliance with the established rules and as an education tool for riders that don’t understand why quiet is better for our image as responsible OHV recreational riders and racers.

District 36 developed a sound core that is given to racers that fail the sound test  to insert into their mufflers to allow them to race on that day.

DAVE: What is the sound limit?image (1)

ED: When we started putting pressure on AMA to lower the sound limit, the limit was set at 102 dB.  102 dB is way too loud for the new crop of 4 stroke off road race bikes, which create  a low frequency sound wave. The lower frequency sound waves can  travel up to twice as far as the frequency of a two stroke with the same decibel output.

You never know who lives near where you ride and can shut down your favorite spot in a heart beat.  After additional support by District 36, AMA lowered the allowed decibels to 99 dB. While working with the exhaust manufacturers, the AMA agreed with a lower  limit. ( note because of  test conditions a 1.5 dB + or – is allowed )

A reduction from 102 decibels to 96 decibels is approximately a 50% reduction to the human ear. 

DAVE: How do we sound test?

ED: The test we use has been around for about 30 years. The test by the Society of Automotive Engineers is called SAE J1287 for off road motorcycle and quad testing. The AMA Congress, in collaboration with exhaust manufacturers, developed a list of test RPMS to speed up the time to test a vehicle. A sound meter is placed 20 inches to the rear of the exhaust and samples are taken at various RPMS.

AMA sound limits are 96 dba for 2-strokes and 94 dba for 4-strokes (pre-race). Ref:  2014 AMA Racing rulebook; Appendix 6.2; page 192.  District 36 sound limit is 96 dba (same for 2 & 4 strokes) following California State Law. Ref: District 36  2014 Operations Manual; Section 6; Equipment, rule 6.2

DAVE: Is a louder bike a faster bike?

ED:  When a racer argues that he needs a loud bike to get the most power for racing I ask him If I can wire his throttle wide open  before the start and he will get max power . Same concept but the rider who’s bike gets the most traction and can keep power on more than his buddies will go the fastest .

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DAVE: How often should you re-pack an exhaust?

ED:  Both 2 stroke and 4 stroke race bikes need to be re-packed. On the 2 stroke, carbon and oil start to clog the screen core and the sound slowly creeps up over time.  On the 4 stroke, the packing tends to break down over time. So it is important to service a muffler at least every race season. Some mufflers may last longer, for example, the FMF Q brand mufflers last way longer between services than the FMF 4.1 mufflers that are designed for motocross with more frequent servicing.


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Dave Wright is a District 36 Committeeman and AMA Member from Livermore, California.

Additional information on vehicle noise control and education:

US Forest Service Stationary Sound Test

OHV Sound Regulations

Sound Advice From the American Motorcycle Association

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