Read this story. I don't care how little you give a hoot about anything but actually riding your dirt bike, but your being able to do that in the future depends first on you reading further. Even if you don't give a rat's ass about anything political, economic or involving land use.Shortly, if things continue the way they are going, you will not have dirt bikes to ride or places to ride them. Your dirt bike experience might just come through the controller of a video game console, which is about one step up from having to read this magazine right now and not being able to go riding. Ever again. You know what it's like to sit it out for a few months with an injury, right? No riding? Imagine that being permanent. Unless you do something about it starting right now.What can you do? I'll tell you. But you need to know what you're up against and what you have to do to be effective. It isn't simple, it will take some effort. But the solution all begins with you. And yes, I mean you, the person reading this warning right now.This is bigger than just dirt bikes. It is an attack on recreation and the way we've lived our lives in America. It is rooted in the current political environment and being legislated into shape, headed to becoming laws that will change, regulate and outlaw what you love-whether that is your interest in hunting, fishing, where you will be allowed to go camping or the ability to own things like firearms, classic cars or dirt bikes. In the name of saving the planet, the stuff you love to do is being sold out from under you. Wilderness areas and National Monuments are being proposed, in the words of the enlightened, "to protect the land for future generations." That means excessively restrictive regulations on lands that are doing fine supporting multiple-use recreation under their current designation. "Protecting the children" equals ridiculous laws that could ban any sort of child's motorcycle for absurd reasons like the lead content of the cable ends, the engine cases or the battery. And the leap to an outright ban on children's motorcycles-because kids can get hurt on them-can't be too far off, can it? Your favorite motocross track can be instantly shut down because of sound, dust, riders getting hurt, runoff into watersheds or plainly and simply because some neighbor doesn't like it. Or because the tracks don't have riders who can afford to ride anymore.Think you're safe? Wait until you're informed that if you partake in an activity that might be construed as dangerous, like riding a dirt bike, new insurance regulations might have just left you uncovered. If you even ride a motorcycle, you might be automatically denied medical coverage.Try this on for size. No more modifying your motorcycle. Or car, truck or boat. It could soon be illegal for companies to produce, sell or install anything aftermarket unless it meets stringent EPA policy (that is almost impossible for small companies to comply with), not to mention additional state-mandated regulations that are even more complex. And this does not just apply to your dirt bike; sweeping regulations are planned for your car, truck, lawn mower and leaf blower. Leave it to the government to tell you how to make a spill-proof gas can; the results in California have been mind-bogglingly stupid, and the rest of the U.S. is just getting a taste for idiot-proof gas cans that an idiot designed. Astonishingly bad, and that is just the beginning of what the future could hold.There are plenty of issues related to importing products, and you know most of what you ride and what you wear while riding comes from foreign lands and is subject to import duties and taxation. As you can imagine, those costs are passed right along to the consumer. Costs associated with doing business are rising in the current political environment compounded by a weak dollar. Motorcycle-related businesses in the U.S. are struggling even more since this sport is paid for with discretionary spending. A lot of that money has dried up for Regular Joe. And the ones who are still doing OK or are progressing forward, waiting for a turnaround of the economy, are confused by the government while the line for the dole is getting longer and basic laws are being ignored or not enforced.