Suzuki has announced plans to release a 700cc DOHC single-cylinder powered quad in 2004. The King Quad will be fuel injected and have independent front and rear suspension.
The King Quad will replace the TwinPeaks model that Suzuki released this year. The TwinPeaks is a joint effort with Kawasaki Motors, but the King Quad will be engineered and designed solely by Suzuki. It will be available in late summer of 2004.
BRC Hires Full-Time Lobbyist
The BlueRibbon Coalition has added a Washington D.C. lobbyist to its access protection tool chest. The BlueRibbon Coalition fights for land use rights for all off-road enthusiasts, including ATV, dirt bike, hiking and horseback riders.
One of the Coalition’s recognized needs is to raise its profile in the nation’s capitol from its grass-roots approach to land use rights.
The BRC consulted with key contacts in the OHV industry and Washington D.C. insiders before selecting Bill Horn, with the firm of Birch, Horton, Bittner and Cherot as the Coalition’s lobbyist. Horn has experience on recreation access issues. From 1985 to1988 he served as the Assistant Secretary of Interior for Fish, Wildlife, and Parks.
Horn served as Deputy under Secretary of the Interior with responsibilities for diverse land use issues. During the 1970s, he worked in the U.S. House of Representatives on the staff of the Interior Committee (now Resources Committee).
Horn specializes in natural resources law and has represented the snowmobile community in the battle over Yellowstone Park. He has substantial expertise in wildlife law including the Endangered Species Act, Forest Service matters, recreation permits, and other public land and related regulatory matters.
Horn has established an active and successful legislative practice working primarily with the House Resources Committee, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and the Appropriations Committees of both houses of Congress. He has secured enactment of numerous statutory provisions as well as key report or conference directives.
Active in conservation matters, Horn was appointed in 2002 by the Secretary of the Interior as Chairman of the National Wildlife Refuge Centennial Commission and is President of the Falling Spring Greenway, Inc., a charitable grass roots entity.
A major focus of Horn’s work for the BRC will be pushing the Back Country Initiative in the U.S. Congress.
Kawasaki Wins Big In GNCC
Kawasaki’s Team Green made an impressive podium showing at 2003 GNCC ATV races. The team took four titles this year.
Team Green’s Mike Penland clinched the ATV Utility Stock class championship title riding a Prairie700 4x4, while teammate Scott Kilby rode a modified 700 to ten consecutive wins to capture the ATV Utility Modified title.
Bryan Hulsey claimed the ATV Vet class championship title aboard his KFX 700 V Force, while Adam Howell’s four wins aboard his V Force earned him the ATV 4-Stroke Stock crown.
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