From our standpoint here at Off-Road.com, the entry of a company the size and influence of KTM into ORBA marks a watershed event in the annals of OHV history. Many of the newer OHV enthusiasts, and even some of the old, remain unaware of some of the trials and tribulations fought by a mere handful of men during the late 70's and early 80's that received no support whatsoever from any of the "major" companies who profited extensively from the "dirt bike" and "4x4" craze.
Rick Sieman (then-editor of "Dirt bike" magazine) and Louis MeKey (the "Phantom Duck of the Desert") waged a virtual war against the seemingly unlimited budget of the Sierra Club and the nearly limitless power of the federal government. Aside from some small financial help, mostly from the industry's smaller companies, these men took on the green juggernaut of the day. And at great cost to themselves personally, financially, and to their families. When Sieman approached the Motorcycle Industry Council armed with the facts and requesting their assistance both financially and as a voice of the industry, the literally closed their doors in his face. Excuses varied, but the bottom line is that while they were willing to profit from their victories, they were unwilling to share in their losses.
:)OHV groups and their leaders have become organized and united and are gearing up to fight fire with fire. Since litigation works so well for those opposed to OHV recreation, the OHV community feels it has no choice but to enter that arena.