PAMSP Motorcycles are heading to auction!

PennDOT, via PAMSP, owns and operates a fleet of motorcycles used for motorcyclist skills training via Beginner Riding Clinics. The motorcycles are purchased by the Program Administration company and later reimbursed by PAMSP.

PA Motorcyclist has posted information on this ~1,200 vehicle fleet in a number of posts as well as an 8/23/2020 blog post titled “How will PAMSP operate without [Program] motorcycles” reviewing past practices and future considerations in the “3rd party model” era.

While nearly everyone seems perfectly fine with the actions of PennDOT since April 2020, accepting the contract cancellation, are ok with the “3rd party model” being implemented – having said nothing to prevent any of these actions from happening – now some people are starting to notice PAMSP bikes have shown up in a pending PA auction, typically citing it’s “our” money as PA citizens. Forest, meet trees.

In the Herald-Mail article titled “60 motorcycles, 600 total vehicles available at state auction” you can see a photo of what appears to be PAMSP motorcycles – with the aluminum BarkBusters handguards still mounted – at the top of the page. This is one of a number of news stories publishing the information about the pending auction.

You don’t have to go so far as to review news reports – PA Media announced on 9/10/2020:

Pennsylvania to Auction More Than 600 Vehicles on October 13
60 motorcycles from Harley-Davidson, Kawasaki and Yamaha available

The auction is being touted by PA as “one of the largest Commonwealth Vehicle Auctions ever”.

If you review the PA Department of General Services, Vehicle Management, Used Vehicle Auctions page you’ll see current and pending auctions. The auction they publish a current list vehicles for sale is the one taking place on 10/13/2020, a list nearly 700 long.

Included?
What appear to be 60 PAMSP Program motorcycles from 2002-2013.

It is interesting that people will ignore millions of dollars in expenditures that fund the Program, the PennDOT administration issues over the years that have never been publicly audited – or even disputed – but will bemoan ~$240,000 worth of 7-18-year-old motorcycles representing just over 5% of the current fleet.

There is another auction in December and we’ll see if more PAMSP units go but, unfortunately, these are already heading out the door. Where will the proceeds end up, unknown (back in the Motorcycle Safety Education Fund?). Will they be replaced, unknown – but if they do need to be replaced we know the 3rd party vendors are on the hook to purchase them and later seek reimbursement from PennDOT. What vendors? Unknown.

PAMSP has bigger issues facing it which many have largely ignored, or are looking to take advantage of, but yes, PAMSP bikes are being auctioned off. This is something that has happened in the past, so it is nothing new, but if this can serve as a catalyst for people to finally pay attention to PAMSP’s plight maybe it is for the better.

Not only have “the People” (PA Motorcyclists) paid for Program motorcycles but laptops, projectors and other classroom equipment that is no longer being provided to training vendors during the “Emergency” 2020 contract. The responding vendors will have to purchase these items out of pocket, a considerable cost. What is the disposition of this equipment for 2021? As the contacts are nearly identical perhaps these Program assets won’t be provided to vendors, ultimately to be auctioned off as well.

If the past has shown anything it is that while there is a lot of talk around PAMSP “issues” there is very little action – other than supporting the status quo – regardless of who is running the show. So complain about bikes being auctioned off – while accepting whatever direction PennDOT is taking the Program, and in some cases benefitting from it financially.

While these ~60 bikes head to auction remember – it could have very well been, and some day may be, all of them.

Complete list of [PAMSP] motorcycles to be auctioned off 10/13/2020:

YearMake/ModelOdometerColorVIN
2002SUZUKI GZ250K M/C3,542BLACK /VTTNJ48A722102472
2002SUZUKI GZ250K M/C1,238BLACK /VTTNJ48A322102727
2002SUZUKI DR-Z200S M/C3,001YELLOW /JS1SH42A922100159
2002SUZUKI GZ250K M/C3,623BLACK /VTTNJ48A622102530
2002SUZUKI GZ250K M/C3,347BLACK /VTTNJ48A122100703
2003SUZUKI GZ250K M/C4,544BLUE /VTTNJ48A132101674
2003SUZUKI GZ250K M/C2,563BLUE /VTTNJ48A132100668
2003SUZUKI GZ250K M/C3,393BLUE /VTTNJ48A932101793
2003SUZUKI GZ250K M/C3,067BLUE /VTTNJ48A632102092
2004KAWASAKI ELIMINATOR M/C4,657GRAY /JKABNRA164DA09853
2004KAWASAKI ELIMINATOR M/C5,508GRAY /JKABNRA134DA09678
2004SUZUKI DR200 M/C4,742BLUE /JS1SH42A342100919
2004KAWASAKI ELIMINATOR M/C1,145GRAY /JKABNRA104DA09850
2004SUSUKI 200 M/C2,788BLUE /JS1SH42AX42100478
2005SUZUKI GZ250K M/C4,003BLACK /VTTNJ48A952102395
2005SUZUKI GZ250K M/C2,606BLACK /VTTNJ48A552102071
2005SUZUKI GZ250K M/C3,112BLACK /VTTNJ48A252100679
2005KAWASAKI ELIMINATOR M/C3,622BLACK /JKABNRA115DA12757
2005KAWASAKI ELIMINATOR M/C3,385BLACK /JKABNRA105DA12751
2005KAWASAKI ELIMINATOR M/C3,071BLACK /JKABNRA1X5DA12885
2005SUZUKI DR-Z200S M/C4,749BLUE /JS1SH42A852100819
2005SUZUKI DR-Z200S M/C4,278BLUE /JS1SH42A752100813
2005SUZUKI DR-Z200S M/C4,344BLUE /JS1SH42A252100816
2006SUZUKI GZ250K M/C2,313BLUE /VTTNJ48A662102582
2006KAWASAKI ELIMINATOR M/C2,606BLUE /JKABNRA176DA16801
2006SUZUKI GZ250K M/C2,402BLUE /VTTNJ48A162102957
2006KAWASAKI ELIMINATOR M/C3,645BLUE /JKABNRA176DA15504
2006SUZUKI GZ250K M/C3,012BLACK /VTTNJ48A462100314
2006SUZUKI GZ250K M/C3,346BLUE /VTTNJ48A362101969
2006KAWASAKI ELIMINATOR M/C3,102BLUE /JKABNRA136DA13794
2006SUZUKI GZ250K M/C2,940BLACK /VTTNJ48A062102836
2006SUZUKI GZ250K M/C2,969BLUE /VTTNJ48AX62102052
2006SUZUKI GZ250K M/C2,967BLACK /VTTNJ48AX62100317
2006SUZUKI DR-Z200S M/C2,357BLUE /JS1SH42A862101762
2006KAWASAKI ELIMINATOR M/C3,828BLUE /JKABNRA196DA15732
2006KAWASAKI ELIMINATOR M/C4,057BLUE /JKABNRA186DA15480
2006KAWASAKI ELIMINATOR M/C3,752BLUE /JKABNRA186DA14037
2006KAWASAKI ELIMINATOR M/C3,179BLUE /JKABNRA166DA15767
2006KAWASAKI ELIMINATOR M/C3,775BLUE /JKABNRA156DA15727
2006SUZUKI DR-Z200S M/C3,217BLUE /JS1SH42A062100170
2006SUZUKI DR-Z200S M/C1,949BLUE /JS1SH42AX62101763
2006SUZUKI DR-Z200S M/C3,162BLUE /JS1SH42AX62101052
2006SUZUKI GZ250K M/C4,091BLACK /VTTNJ48A362101650
2006SUZUKI DR-Z200S M/C3,511YELLOW /JS1SH42A462101841
2006SUZUKI DR-Z200S M/C5,328YELLOW /JS1SH42A362100227
2006SUZUKI DR-Z200S M/C3,086BLUE /JS1SH42A362100163
2006SUZUKI DR-Z200S M/C3,670BLUE /JS1SH42A262100168
2007KAWASAKI M/C3,745SILVER /JKABNRA197DA18843
2007SUZUKI GZ250K M/C3,239BLACK /VTTNJ48A972101668
2008SUZUKI GZ250K M/C3,632BLACK /VTTNJ48A282100010
2009YAMAHA TW200 M/C2,330WHITE /JYA3AWE019A129261
2009SUZUKI GZ250 M/C4,049BLACK /VTTNJ48A292102258
2012SUZUKI TU250X M/C1,692GRAY /JS1NJ4CA0C2100567
2013SUZUKI TU250X M/C954GRAY /JS1NJ4CA9D2101170
2013SUZUKI DR200 M/C247WHITE /JS1SH42A1D2100045
2013YAMAHA TW200 M/C314WHITE /JYA3AWE04DA141543
2013SUSUKI DR200 M/C299WHITE /JS1SH42A8D2100477
2013SUSUKI DR200 M/C1,333WHITE /JS1SH42A5D2100100
2013SUZUKI DR 200 M/C955WHITE /JS1SH42A1D2100479
2013SUZUKI DR200 M/C406WHITE /JS1SH42A1D2100143
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