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A publication supporting the rights, safety and freedom of all motorcyclists through education and not legislation.



Nonprofit Org US Postage Paid Permit #1662 Phoenix, AZ

the new motorcycle day at the dome

Senate Committee Passes Highway Safety Bill

ABATE of AZ. 7509 N. 12th St, #200 Phoenix, AZ 85020

United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation passed a sweeping safety bill known as the Motor Vehicle and Highway Safety Improvement Act (S. 1449). The bill passed by voice vote.

There was some discussion about making Motorcycle Day at the Dome 2012 a little different this year, so ABATE of Arizona will be hosting the event on February 22nd. One of the biggest changes is that we are encouraging all of those planning to attend, to make appointments with their legislators and visit with them in their office, as opposed to waiting for them to come to us. We will have a tent for shade, but we won’t be serving food. All motorcyclists are welcome and encouraged to attend!

On December 14, 2011 the MRF sent out the following news:

Earlier this week, Senator Lautenberg (DNJ) filed an amendment that would have gutted the popular federal motorcycle education and awareness grants, known as the 2010 funds. The Motorcycle Riders Foundation is pleased to report that Lautenberg did not call that amendment for a vote. Due to an overwhelming response from the motorcycle community, the 2010 grants are safe for now. Also under attack was the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) lobby ban. This law prohibits NHTSA from using federal money to lobby State legislatures, uninvited. The way Senate Bill 1449 was drafted, it removed this lobby ban. Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) introduced a number of amendments to maintain the ban and the

necessary amendments were agreed to, by unanimous consent of the full committee.

The one sticking point that remains is at least, the least troublesome. That being said, it is still something that will keep the attention of the MRF lobby efforts. The trouble lies in a provision in S. 1449 that calls out motorcycle helmets in the list of definitions as "motor vehicle equipment". Previously, the list simply stated: "any device or an article or apparel... that is not a system, part, or component of a motor vehicle". The MRF would like to thank all the State motorcycle rights organizations and everyone else who helped with this legislation. The bill passed today will likely move on to be a part of the larger Highway Bill which could happen in early 2012. The MRF will keep you informed on this issue. Happy New Year!

Carole O’Reilly Designated Lobbyist



Mission Statement

We will lobby and educate the government and the general public to promote

motorcycling in a safe and positive image. We will endeavor to enlist the cooperation and participation of all organizations and individuals who share

a similar interest in preserving our American tradition of


We will involve ourselves in fund raising to achieve our goal.

President’s Report

State Officer Meeting Minutes

December 4, 2011

Present: Margie Ferrucci, President, Joe Ferrucci, Sgt at Arms, Casey Yates, Sec/Comm., Carole O’Reilly, Des. Lobbyist, Ron Kool, Membership, Jean Cooper, Safety, Tim O’Reilly VP/PAC, Matt Brown Treasurer

Absent: Jess Method, Asst Treasurer Guests: 44Dan, Handi, Paul Prendergast (Wizbang)

Call to order: Pledge of Allegiance and Moment of Silence led By: Joe Ferrucci Sgt at Arms

Motion to waive Secretary minutes from November 2011 By: Joe Ferrucci, 2nd: Matt Brown. Motion accepted all in favor. Treasurer report:

* P & I balance sheet (handed out at meeting) Membership report- Ron Kool Hello to all my Brothers & Sisters;

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and now we have to make 2012 a very prosperous year for ABATE of Arizona. I would like to give a big “thank you” to the returning ABATE Officers and all the new ABATE Officers, State and Chapter. Many are holding Officer Positions for the first time, not to worry, we will support one another. I am sure the State Officers will be more than happy to help any of the Chapter Officers if asked.

I also want to take this opportunity to thank Margie F. for everything she accomplished as State President. Welcome her, in her new position, as Chapter Coordinator of our newest ABATE Chapter, that held its Charter Membership meeting on December 10, 2011. The Northern Arizona Chapter will be holding their meetings in Show Low. Congratulations and thank you to all the Brothers and Sisters of that chapter for allowing ABATE of Arizona to represent you as motorcyclists in protecting your right to ride free and all other motorcycle rights affairs.

Membership is the heart of any organization. We need every ABATE member, whether you are an officer in ABATE or not, to actively support ABATE in recruiting new members, individual and business members. Remember ABATE is your Motorcycle Rights Organization we need new members to help support our “Mission Statement”

ABATE will lobby and educate the government and the general public to promote motorcycling in a safe

and positive image. We will endeavor to enlist the cooperation and participation of all organizations and individuals who share a similar interest in preserving our American tradition of FREEDOM. We will involve ourselves in fundraising to achieve our goal. All members, businesses and individuals, need to be informed as to what ABATE of Az. stands for. The more informed our members are, new and current, the harder they will fight to preserve their rights as motorcyclists. Our Lobbyist, State and Chapter Officers alone cannot run ABATE of Az. We need Chapter Members to step up and support our organization throughout the year.

I’d like to thank our members for supporting me as your State Vice President and State PAC Coordinator for the past 2 years; it has been a pleasure serving you and our organization. I would also like to thank everyone who supported me in the November State Officer election for President. I look forward to serving you as President for the next 2 years. I’m also looking forward as President to working with our Board of Directors, who has been very successful over the past year making ABATE what it is today.

Democracy begins with you, and Democracy only works when you get involved!!!

Drive now text later You can’t do both.

Until next month; Tim O’Reilly ABATE of Arizona State President

*TBFS shirts are now available for $5.00 *Chapter shirts and remaining TBFS shirts should be saved and sold at TBFS 2012 Safety -Jean Cooper -

*Key chains *Accident scene management *Advanced Accident Scene management $55.00 per person. Abate will cover $25.00 of the basic class for members. Basic class must be completed before the Advance class.

How to Reach Us

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*ABATE is moving forward with new 501-c3. Jean has been appointed by the BOD as President of the new corporation. *MAP program dates of classes are to be reported to GOHS by the end of the year. Jean will report. Lobbyist report- Carole O’Reilly *Lane split sponsored by Jerry Weiss - ready to go to the legislator PAC Report - Tim O’Reilly -

*Emission for Maricopa County bill stuck with EPA, probably a dead *issue Old Business:

*Officer Training January 14th at the American/Italian club @ noon **Banners made to hang at Joetta’s Leathers fence

*Motion made by: Ron - 2nd: Joe None opposed

*Margie to check to see of OK by city New Business:

*Moved Centurylink phone in office to Google Voice. *New Chapter - Northern Arizona Chapter

Motion to Adjourn: Matt 2nd: Jean Next meeting: January 2012 Location: will be at the American/Italian Club


Board of Directors Teleconference Meeting Minutes

November 21, 2011 Meeting called to order: 7:05pm

This special teleconference is called to go over 2011 budgets.

Those present: Eric Hampton, Redbone, Frank White, Sean Pinder, Billy Hensler, Stillray Fitzgerald

Guests: Darin Yates, Casey Yates, Margie Ferrucci *Budgets - Mohave Chapter the only budget outstanding. *Mohave Chapter budget tabled to January.

*Vote to go ahead with other budgets -

Approved: Redbone, Billy, Eric, Stillray, Frank Denied: Sean *Sean denied this votes as a concern of approving the budgets.

At the General Membership Meeting and Election Rally in Black Canyon City on November 6th, the ABATE Board of Directors approved a motion to establish a new organization; ABATE’s Rider Advantage. This new organization will provide motorcycle training for all riders in Arizona.

The organization will be classified as a 501(c)3. What this means, is that any donations made to the organization will be tax deductible and the new organization will be able to apply for state grants to help fund the operating expenses. The new organization will also be set up as a membership-based organization. All that is required for membership is an annual minimum $5.00 donation. This gives the donor/member voting privileges when officer elections are held.

If you or your company would like to make a donation of funds, motorcycles, repair services, gasoline or motorcycle parts, please don’t hesitate to contact Jean Cooper at As soon

1. No budget to compare to 2. No report of budget, more a proposal and estimate of expenses 3. No chapter has the same type of budget forms. 4. Missing projected income 5. Uniform budget to be used by all chapters 6. No forecast of profit/loss on runs

*Chapter budget approved by Bod. Chapter treasurers need to keep a better record of expenses All in favor None opposed

*Motion to approve chapter budgets by: Stillray 2nd: Billy

Approved: Redbone, Billy, Eric, Stillray, Frank Denied: Sean *Vote on officer budgets: All in favor none opposed Motion to approve budget/expense

as the I’s are dotted and the T’s are crossed, we will be announcing a new web site and plans for the future.

The first President of ABATE’s Rider Advantage is Jean Cooper. Jean has been dedicated to motorcycle safety and rider education in Arizona for many years. Her experience writing proposals to bridge the gap between organization funding and external financial support – grants will be most helpful. We’re very excited about getting this new venture off the ground and hope to make riders education classes more affordable throughout the state.

In time, we will be hiring MSF certified instructors to present classes. If you are interested in becoming an instructor, contact Jean Cooper.

ABATE is proud to be creating this new company and we are proud of the fact that ABATE will be creating new jobs in Arizona.

2011 Membership Contest Winners

Well folks, its been a good year and its about to get better for three hard working folks.

Second Place was Ralo from Yavapai Chapter and she is being awarded a free one year membership. Great job Ralo!

First place was Dawn Detelj and she is getting a Life Membership in ABATE for all of her efforts - thanks for your determination dawn!

A hearty thanks goes out to all the winners for making ABATE what it is.

The 2011 Membership Contest has come to a close and we have our winners:

Third place was a tie between Margie Ferrucci and ChicknBone. They will both receive t-shirts.

reports by: Stillray 2nd: Billy

Approved: Redbone, Billy, Eric, Stillray, Frank

*New 501c3 “ABATE’s Rider Advantage” Officers: Jean Cooper President, Darin Yates - Vice President, Sandy Hasslinger - Secretary, Darla Hampton - Treasurer

Motion to Approve new officers by Stillray 2nd: Billy All in favor none opposed

*There are concerns regarding BOD meeting at Kid Chilleens. 1.seating 2. Audio

Motion to approve membership of “ABATE’s Rider Advantage membership w/ donation of no less that $5.00: Sean 2nd: Redbone All in favor None opposed


*Motion made by Stillray that ARA “officers can be removed” from new 501c3.

*Stillray offered to be our MRF representative *MRF representative for each chapter

*Eric to get copy of MRF A&E bylaws as a starting place for Rider Advantage ByLaws

*Don/Redbone working on paperwork for A.R.A in effort to get it started as soon as possible*

*Expenses for training/conference need to be budgeted for at chapter level. Motion to adjourn meeting: Stillray 2nd: Frank Time: 8:28pm

BOD Teleconference Dealing with Motorcycle Day at the Dome December 8, 2011

Meeting called to order: 7:12 pm This special teleconference is called to discuss Motorcycle Day at The Dome . Those present: Eric Hampton, Redbone, Frank White, Sean Pinder, Billy Hensler, Don Russell Guests: Casey Yates, Margie Ferrucci, Carole O’Reilly, Tim O’Reilly *ABATE agrees with the ACMC and does not want to include food in the event

*The MDATD committee is going in the wrong direction *A decision needs to be made as soon as possible, the choices are

1. Agree to ABATE's share of budget increase as proposed by Mick Degn 2. Withdrawal from event 3. Dissolve the committee and make it an “ABATE” only event. A. ABATE only on banners B. Invite other MRO’s to participate as guests/co-sponsors. *Motion made by Sean Pinder to: 2nd: Redbone

To make Carole O’Reilly to be the lead at Motorcycle Day at the Dome. She will be organizing the event, make appointments with the legislators, making our presence at the MDAT, etc. This was put to a vote, the results were unanimous, none-opposed


East Valley Chapter


High Country Chapter

Happy New Years brothers and sisters!

Well we had our chapter officer elections and I want too give my congraulations to our new officers! Dee Shultz, our new secertary, and our new Sgt at Arms Wayne Slocum ! thank you for stepping up! Now our Barbie toy run was a sucess, we raised alot of toys for the rim country kids.

Also the weather up here is cold snowyand ice patches everywhere please be careful if you’re still riding! Also there is a New Years Run, hope to see you there. Well that all for now , be safe, be seen

Chicknbone H.C.C. Coordinator Hi all,

Mohave Chapter

It's been a busy last few weeks. Christmas parties, toy runs and shopping for the holidays. Too much fun, so little time!!

We are pleased to announce that the Mohave Chapter looks like it will be making a complete recovery. Our last meeting looked very promising.

We have sent reup notices to the expired members in our county along with info on the new board and meeting place.

Most of you know Big Ray, the President of the Rez Riders MC. He has been an active member in ABATE for years and has offered his help in

getting this chapter back up and running. With his help, we will be setting up the Motorcycle Awareness Classes again in Mohave County. A great way to start off the New Year.

All of us here in Mohave County would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!! Ride safe this holiday season. Joe Monfredo MCC Coordinator

Phoenix/Shadow Mountain Chapter

This was the last chapter meeting of 2011, out with the old officers and in with the new. This is my last chapter report, Melissa Everest is the new chapter communications officer, Thank You for my 2 year run and I hope my chapter reports were of interest to read.

The meeting wasn’t the largest or the longest, but it was a time for reflection of the year and chapter goals for 2012.

Mark your calendars the NEW Officers training meeting Saturday January 14th, 2012 at 12:00pm at the AIAC. Motorcycle Day at the Dome in February, this is Carole O’Reillys baby and will give us more info as February nears.. The first Accident Scene Management class, taught by our State Safety Officer, Jean Cooper, will be Saturday February 11th 2012 8:30am, space is still available, more classes to follow with time and locations.

Hello to our new chapters: The Yuma Chapter and Northern Arizona Chapter, our own Margie Ferrucci will be the Chapter Coordinator, congrats! I hope everyone had a Wonderful Holiday and a prosperous 2012. Ride on in 2012,

Casey Yates

Chapter Reports

Southern Arizona Chapter

Present: Ron Kool, Coordinator, Jim DeYoung, Vice Coordinator, Dawn Detelj, Treasurer/Merchandise, Jim Clark, Safety, Sean Pinder, PAC/BOD, Jim Butsback, Sergeant of Arms

Site: Kettle Restaurant, 748 W. 22nd St., Tucson

A quorum was established and the meeting called to order by Ron Kool at 9:05 am. Pledge of Allegiance was led by Jim Butsback with a moment of silence for those in harm’s way.

Rich Montgomey is home in Sierra Vista. He has a lot of rehab so please keep your encouragement cards coming. We had 24 members attending.


mer, we will be riding in comfort. Our meeting held on 12/12 was pretty low key. We did get some important updates of biker rights issue in Arizona and the other 49 states as well. We are so lucky to have Still Ray as our B.O.D. rep as his knowledge of biker rights issues are always informative and helps to remind us what A.B.A.T.E. and the MRO’s are all about. I think I speak for the rank and file in the Yavapai Chapter, when I say he keeps us all informed and passionate about continuing to fight the good fight. We also had a special, guest at our last meeting of the year, none other than our outgoing president, Margie. Our meeting was her last official visit for her presidency. Congrats to her for getting the Northern Arizona Chapter up and run-


We have some great events planned for 2012 including our 2nd annual Run to the Hills rally in Jerome. We are planning on making it bigger and better than last year. So until next year, a very merry Christmas and happy new year goes out to our brothers and sister of all Arizona ABATE chapters.

Ride free, but aware. Mike “Dawolf” Ruddell Yavapai Chapter Communications Officer

Yuma Chapter


A motion to waive the reading of the secretary minutes was made by Bob Welton, second by Robert Guenther. Dawn gave her treasurer report.

Jim Clark had good information on how to handle turns in town.

We discussed practicing low speed practice in a parking lot. Jim had a good explanation of counter steering. Lastly we talked about the T-CLOCKS preride check.

Ron reported we have 138 active members and 6 business members. We have been getting members strictly on the insurance policy. $2500 insurance for $25 a year is cheap.

Sean covered that there is a proposed bill to sweep more of our funds on a federal level. There is a bill to more research into the Ethanol initiatives. Some auto makers are suggesting the E15 may void a car’s warranty because the Ethanol causes overheating. Of course this is especially problematic for air cooled engines. The emissions testing have not been approved by federal EPA. The lane splitting bill is looking for sponsors. There is a requirement that all yellow lights must be displayed at least 3 seconds. If we see a short yellow it should be reported. We discussed noise enforcement in Arizona. Motorcyclists in Denver may be cited if their exhaust pipes do not have the EPA 80 decibel rating stamped on the muffler. The bike does not have to be running. So far no sightings of motorcycle only check points in Arizona. At the general BOD meeting it was voted to start and fund the 501-C3 safety organization.

Old Business: The results of the chapter elections are below;

Coordinator – Jim Butsback Vice-Coordinator – Don Boule Treasurer – Dawn Detelj Secretary – Sean Pinder Membership – Art Burke Safety – Jin DeYoung Run Coordinator – Jim Clark Communication – Jim Clark Merchandise – Ron Kool Sgt. At Arms – Robert Guenther PAC – Sean Pinder

Please welcome all of our new and returning officers as they do their part to support our chapter and the whole organization.

Bill Greene won a candle set and Carrie won the Fry’s gift card. Brian Williams won the 50/50 for $25.

Marshal “Oz” Ozbirn won the dollar jar but was not present. $65 rolls over to the next meeting. The next meeting will be January 21 9AM at the Kettle. Meeting adjourned at 10:20 am.

Yavapai Chapter

December in Prescott (Preskitt to us natives) has brought snow, ice and cinders on the road. Oh, well come sum-

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 3% of Roadway crashes involve motorcyclists but 17% of roadway fatalities were motorcyclists. Statistically, another motorcyclist is the first to be on the scene of a motorcycle crash. The purpose of Accident Scene Management Bystander Assistance Programs is to reduce injuries and fatalities to motorcyclists through First Response Education.

100 series: Bystander Assistance Program Ͳ “A Crash Course for the Motorcyclist” This course is designed for the average motorcyclist. No prior training is necessary. “BAP” classes have made an impact on over 10,000 motorcyclists! Don’t miss your opportunity to learn the specifics of motorcycle trauma care. Rescuer Safety, Assessment & Treatment, Mechanisms of Injury, Good Samaritan Laws are all covered in this seven hour course. There are no other classes like it! For more information or to sign up for a class, call Jean @ 602Ͳ616Ͳ9855. CPR & First Aid Course This class is for those who need or want CPR & First Aid (Heartsaver) Certification according to American Heart Association guidelines. Chest Compressions, Rescue Breathing, Recovery Position, Choking Interventions and hands on testing are all part of this six hour course. For more information or to sign up for a class call Jean @ (602)616Ͳ9855. Jean Cooper, RN, MSN has been riding motorcycles for over 40 years and has been a nurse for almost as long. She has also been an American Heart Association Basic Life Support (CPR) Instructor for about 30 years and a Certified Accident Scene Management Instructor for the past three years. She has passion for motorcycling safety. Let her share her knowledge and enthusiasm with you!


Jim Page State PAC Officer

Crikey. The first article of the year and I’m late already. Mr. Editor is probably thinking “Great………. Jim’s back”. In all fairness to me I did try to make the midnight deadline last night but I fell asleep at the keyboard. I ended up writing nnnnnnnnnnnnnnn for 927 pages. I thought about sending it in like that but I still have visions of Mr. Hampton smashing walnuts with a hammer that looked very much like it might once have belonged to Thor. Point taken back to work. Happy New Year. I hope you had a great Yule season. As usual we will be up to our necks in it this year as we have the previous years. If you have been reading Tim

What Is ABATE?

ABATE Of Arizona, Inc. is a non-profit motorcycle rights organization that is dedicated to freedom of the road for all motorcyclists.

ABATE is a volunteer organization that fights discriminatory legislation aimed towards the motorcycling community. ABATE's position is that all motorcycle riders have the right to choose not only the machine that they ride, but also the riding gear that they choose to wear or not to wear, (i.e. leathers, gloves, boots and helmets.) ABATE promotes rider education for all motorcycle riders and motorcycle awareness for all automobile drivers. ABATE needs the support of all motorcyclists.

Arizona Motorcycle Rights Organizations Need Your Help!


The PAC Rant

Highway Transportation Safety Administrations activities. Sen. Lautenberg wanted to add an amendment that would alter the motorcycle safety grant program by forcing states to pass mandatory universal helmet laws and drive federal tax dollars to be used to promote the use of helmets.

and Carole’s articles you will know that we are probably going to have to run the Emissions Exemption Bill for Maricopa County again. We had to get the time limit for the last bill extended but time has run out on it. It seems that anytime the EPA doesn’t want to comply with the wishes of the people they say “We need to study this some more” and request a bunch of data from the state that wants to change a regulation. Data, I might add that has been sent three or four times already. So here we go again. I tell ya it’s enough to make one use multi syllable cuss words. Strike that, Polysyllable compound cuss words. Something along the lines of M……..never mind I digress.

This provision would make it easier for helmet law states to obtain 2010 grant money. But it wouldn’t provide any funds for motorcycle training or education. We finally get them to realize that training and awareness are much more effective in preventing crashes then they want to revert back to the old “Put a helmet on them” mentality. Arrg

One of the things that really annoy me is when I introduce myself as being from ABATE, and people say “Oh, the AntiHelmet people.” Then I have to explain that no, we aren’t anti -helmet; we are against the government making that decision for us. So it pains me to tell you that we have just dodged the bullet on yet another federal attempt at a national helmet law. It seems that the US Senate Committee on Commerce Science and Transportation will was debating The Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 2011 (S. 1449). This bill governs the National

Luckily the MRF got the word out to the lists and we were able to get enough calls in to convince Sen. Lautenberg to not bring his amendment up for a vote. This time. This isn’t over. We will have to watch this bill as it is brought to the Senate floor for debate and vote. Also under attack was the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) lobby ban. This law prohibits NHTSA from using federal money to lobby State legislatures, uninvited. Hmmm. Uninvited. One of the things I wrote a long time ago.

Join A.B.A.T.E.

NHTSA was like Vampires. They can’t come in uninvited. Anyway the way S. 1449 was drafted, it removed this lobby ban. Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) introduced a number of amendments to maintain the ban and the necessary amendments were agreed to, by unanimous consent of the full committee.

Whoa! did you see that? A hammer just flew by my head! Whoa! there it goes on its way back! OK OK Mr. Editor. Almost done!

In the coming months I want to get you all up to speed on hoe Bills are written and all the steps on their way to becoming law and I want to give you all some insight on how the Government works. But I gotta learn all that crap first .

One last thing. Get yerself on the new ABATE list so you can be informed quickly on the events in Washington and Our State. All of that helmet stuff went down in one day. To sign up go to

Ouch my fingers hurt.

Rubber Side Down Jim

along with an events section to inform you of *Do you like emission testing your motor- up-coming motorcycle runs and events. cycle? The Motorcycle Rights Organizations in *Do you like the choice to wear a helmet or Arizona are run by volunteers. Anyone that not? does volunteer gives their time freely to fight the fight. Please help us to pass on our ability *Do you like noise ordinances? to ride free. *Do you like the ability to modify your motorcycle?

*Do you know that there are dollars available for motorcycle safety and awareness? Please help the Motorcycle Rights Organizations in Arizona to prevent our Governments from restricting our ability to ride free. With your help, we can eliminate the emission testing of motorcycles in Arizona, fight our National-level battles with the EPA and NHTSA, and effectively watchdog the Arizona Legislators who, on a yearly basis, have entertained the idea of introducing a mandatory helmet law in our state. You can help by joining in the fight. The cost is only Twenty-five Dollars a year. Although you are not under any obligation to volunteer your time, any time you choose to give to our cause is always appreciated. With your membership you not only help our cause, but you will receive our newsletter as well. "The MasterLink" contains local happenings and national motorcycling news

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Individuals ·ABATE membership card ·ABATE patch on first year ·Year pins thereafter ·One year subscription to the MasterLink newsletter ·Lifetime members get all that without the hassle of renewing

Business ·Two annual memberships ·Business card size advertisement and alphabetical listing in the MasterLink for the length of your membership. Circulated throughout Arizona ·Benefit of a run stop or event participation to support your business ·Addition of your business listing on our web site with a link to your business

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ABATE Of Arizona provides a unified voice for all motorcyclists in Arizona. Add your voice to ours. Join ABATE now, for the preservation of your ability to ride a motorcycle with the freedom that's your right!! © 2012 ABATE Of Arizona

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Chairman..............................Eric Hampton

East Valley………………….Redbone Schneider High Country........................Billy Hensler Mohave……………………..Don Russell Phx / Shadow Mountain…...Eric Hampton Southern AZ.........................Sean Pinder Yavapai……………………..”Still Ray” Fitzgerald Yuma....……………………..Frank White Quarterly Board meetings are held on the first Sunday in January, April, July and October at 1:00pm @ the AZ American-Italian Club, 7509 N. 12th St, Phoenix. Please make sure your Chapter has representation.

A.B.A.T.E. State Officers For 2012

President………..............……Tim O’Reilly Vice President.....……………Paul Pendergast Secretary……………………Casey Yates Treasurer…………………….Matt Brown Asst. Treasurer........................Jess Method Membership…………………Lynda Marie ‘Handi’ Barnet Run/Events………………….Darin Yates Safety Coordinator………….Jean Cooper Sergeant-at-Arms……………Joe Ferrucci P.A.C………………………...Jim Page Communications…………….Paul Hassinger ABATE Products……………Vacant MasterLink Editor................ Eric Hampton and

Mailing address 7509 N. 12th St, #200, Phoenix, AZ 85020. State Officers meetings are held the 1st Sunday of every month, 11:30 am at the AZ American Italian Club, 7509 N. 12th Street Phoenix, AZ.- OR in conjunction with the quarterly BOD meeting.

East Valley Chapter

c/o Jeff Gorall, PO Box 20433 Mesa AZ. 85277 Coordinator............................Joe Ferrucci Vice Coordinator...................Jack Batty Secretary................................Jeff Gorall Treasurer................................Jess Method Membership...........................Mike Shearhart Run Coordinator....................Vacant Safety Coordinator.................Joe & Jim Silk Sgt. At Arms.......................... Robert Vasquez P.A.C......................................Vacant Communications....................Jack Batty Merchandise........................... Todd Ferriby

East Valley Chapter meetings are held the fourth Sunday of the month at 11:00, At the Mesa Tri city Eagles Club. 2314 E. APACHE BLVD Tempe Az. 85281.

High Country Chapter

209A E. Juniper St. Payson AZ 85541 Coordinator............................Jim “Chicken Bone” Mazzone Vice Coordinator...................Billy Hensler Secretary................................Dee Schultz Treasurer...............................Debbie Fickel Membership...........................Becca (Vine) Holyoak Run Coordinator....................Jonathan Lucero Safety Coordinator.................Steve Leonard Sgt. At Arms.........................Wayne Slocum P.A.C.....................................Johnathan Lucero Communications...................Bill Hensler Merchandise..........................Wayne Slocum

High Country Chapter meetings are held on the 3rd Sunday at 10 a.m. at The Moose Lodge in Star Valley. Contact: chicknbone@live .com or 928970-1134

Mohave Chapter

2620 Miracle Mile Bullhead City, AZ 86442 Coordinator...........................Joe Monfredo Vice Coordinator...................Eric Sauvan Secretary................................Carrie Russell Treasurer................................Crystal Sauvan Membership..........................Don Russell Run Committee....................Lew Morgan Safety Coordinator................Vacant Sgt. At Arms.........................Reggie Ingram P.A.C.....................................Don Russell Merchandise..........................Vacant Communications...................Vacant

Mohave County Chapter meetings are held the 1st Sunday of each month at 12 PM at the Moose Lodge #1860, 2620 Miracle Mile, Bullhead City, AZ 86442 Phone: 928-763-1860.

Phoenix-Shadow Mountain Chapter

P.O. Box 54041 Phoenix, AZ 85078-4041 Coordinator...........................Jim Page Vice Coordinator....................Kat Grover Secretary................................Donna Woodward Treasurer................................Tina Benoit Membership...........................Mikki Aaronson Run Coordinator....................Darin Yates Safety Coordinator.................Pam Costello Sgt. At Arms..........................Victor Grady P.A.C......................................Darla Hampton Communications....................Melissa Everest Merchandise...........................Sandy Hassinger

Phoenix/Shadow Mountain meetings are held on the 2nd Sunday of each month at 10:30am at the AZ American Italian Club, 7509 N. 12th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85020. FMI contact Jim Page at 602570-6839 or email

Southern Arizona Chapter

1339 N. Golden Palomino Pl. Tucson, AZ 85715 Coordinator............................Jim Butsback Vice Coordinator....................Don Boule Secretary................................Sean Pinder Treasurer................................Dawn Detelj Membership...........................Art Burke Run Coordinator....................Jim Clark Safety Coordinator.................Jin DeYoung Sgt. At Arms.........................Robert Guenther P.A.C......................................Sean Pinder Communications....................Jim Clark Merchandise...........................Ron Kool

The Southern Arizona Chapter will meet the third Saturday. We will gather at the Kettle Restaurant, 748 W. 22nd St, Tucson. Breakfast will be available at 7:30 a.m. with the meeting beginning at 9 a.m. FMI contact Ron Kool by phone at 520-2032323 or email

Yuma Chapter

11316 S. Glenwood Ave. Yuma, AZ 85367 Coordinator............................ Frank White Vice Coordinator....................Brad Peyree Secretary................................ Mikkie Melanson Treasurer................................ Jan Melanson Membership........................... Lisala White Run Coordinator.....................Doug Melanson Safety Coordinator..................Doug Melanson Sgt. At Arms...........................Doug Melanson P.A.C...................................... Patty Peyree Communications.................... Patty Peyree Merchandise...........................Lisala White

Yuma Chapter meets 2nd Tuesday evening at 6:30 pm. We are currently looking for a new meeting place. FMI Contact Frank White at or call 209-3270814

Yavapai Chapter

P.O. Box 3377 Prescott, AZ 86302 Coordinator............................ Rich Kocar Vice Coordinator....................David “Doc” Pratt Secretary................................ Linda “Gabby” Kocar Treasurer................................ Patrica Fitzgerald Membership........................... Dave ‘Chino’ Pinney Run Coordinator......................“Longhair James” Venegas and Lora "Ralo" Heiniemi Safety Coordinator..................Dan Lemond Sgt. At Arms...........................JD Fillingim P.A.C...................................... Lynda Marie “Handi” Barnett Communications.................... Mike “Dawolf” Ruddell Merchandise...........................Lora "Ralo" Heiniemi

Yavapai Chapter Meets 2nd Sunday, 11:00 AM; The Taj Mahal Restaurant, 124 N. Montezuma St. Prescott, AZ 86301. FMI contact Rich Kocar 928-771-9293 or email


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The Drunken Lass Irish Pub Prescott 928-778-4211

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The Jerome Tattoo Company Jerome 928-649-2143

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Yavapai Chapter Meets 2nd Sunday, 11:00 AM; The Taj Mahal Restaurant, 124 N. Montezuma St. Prescott, AZ 86301. FMI contact Rich Kocar 928-771-9293 or email

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Good Morning America....Happy New Year !!! I guess since I'm writing this on the 6th of December, you can consider me an optimist because in my heart I'm pretty sure the world will not end between now and then. I get ask a lot, when people learn that I write for a Biker related publication ; So uh...what do I write about? If you've read or followed my column for more than a month or 2 ,that when it comes to the topics I write about, it's pretty much all over the charts . So as 2011 skids off into the history books and 2012 is right around the corner. I thought I might take a look back at a few of the topics I've written about and revisit a couple pretty good memories.


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This years Board Meeting was held in conjunction with the Region Five, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisana, Mississippi and Tennessee, Regional Conference.These meetings although necessary and informative are a get there get done and get out tireing event. Most of us that come from the Nine Regions all over the Country fly in sometime Friday, as we have the closed Board Meetings Friday evening to cover information and voting on various issues that can then be conveyed to the general public the next morning at the open Board Meeting. Then it's meetings Sat from 10am until 7pm, and then fly out early Sunday morning, exhausted. After the meeting was called to order, there was a proposed change of a Board

2011 was a pretty interesting year. I met a lot of incredible people and visited some amazing places but there are a couple of things that really stand out as memorable. Looking back over last year, the absolute coolest thing I did or that I've ever been involved in for that matter was the restoration of the 1861 Rodman Cannon that rest in the Spanish American War Veterans' section of my local cemetery.

The main reason that stands out so much in my mind is the fact that 150 years from now, that Rodman cannon will still be standing there and hopefully looking just as good as it did on this past Veterans Day when we rededicated that section of the cemetery. I'm currently working with some local high school kids creating a plaque that will stand by that cannon for the next couple hundred years commemorating it's 150th birthday.

It's not everyday that you have the opportunity to do something of such a historic nature. It was a project that I poured my heart and soul into for about 9 months and at the end of the day, well, all I can say,,it was worth every second that we spent working on it!

The trip we took to Maggie Valley North Carolina and The Wheels Through Time Museum is another great memory worth revisiting. WOW, that entire area is so Biker friendly and the scenery is so beautiful it's just one of those places that a person just has to experience for themselves. The Spring and Fall are the best times to

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member for Region 5 out of Texas. Angel Richardson has already been a great influence and dedicated Freedom Fighter for all Motorcycle rights issues and is currently a member of the NCOM National Legiislative Task Force. It was explained to her that according to NCOM By-Laws that as a Board Member she could no longer sit on the Task Force as an authorized Member, but could certainly continue in an advisory position. The head of the Legislative Task Force, Senator Jim Putman from South Dakota asserted that Angel has been very much indispensable in the gathering of information and getting it out to all the other LTF Members, and wanted to be assured that she could continue in this capacity. Richard Lester, Founder of NCOM con-

tinued the meeting with his reports. The Freedom Fund will this coming year send Jim Putman and another LTF Member to Washington DC for a one on one with current Congressional and Senate Members to personally discuss Motorcycle Rights Issues such as Motorcycle ONLY Checkpoint Stops, Fusion Centers, and other discriminatory matters related to Motorcyclists. He then discussed the issues with AIM, mailings to member groups, looking for more and better Aim Reps and Chief's of Staff. AIM Reps and Board members to reach out to other groups to bring them into the AIM / NCOM Family, and doing this by handing out the new National and State DVD's that are available. Dave "Animal" Reid out of Lousiana dis-


visit . The Summer is a little more crowded but worth the time just the same.

The Wheels Through Time Museum is as good of reason to visit Maggie Valley as any I could ever give you. It's a place where "Soul" is spoken and seeing is believing !If you do decide to take a trip to the museum and Maggie Valley make sure to cheek out their web sites because the museum does have different hours of operation at different times of the year. I mentioned incredible people and none is more incredible that Brett Bondurant. On Sept. 28th. 2011, 19 year old Brett was serving with the US Army in Afghanistan when an IED ( improvised Explosive Devise) tore off both his legs and shattered one of his arms. One leg above the Knee and one just below the other. Six weeks later I get a e-mail from my old buddy Dave Teke, it's a video showing Brett "walking" on his "New Legs"... SIX WEEKS !!!!

This kid has the most CAN-DO attitude I've ever seen and a smile that just won't let you feel sorry for him. His heroism has united my community in a way that no one has ever experienced. Brett is returning home in about 10 days from right now and it will be the biggest homecoming Indiana has ever seen. All in all 2011 was a pretty good year, I'm still cancer free and have a roof over my head and food on my table. I read a lot of good books and wasted a lot of time watching some really crappy TV. I added cruse control to my dresser which I plan on using a lot in 2012 and my dance card is filling up quickly for events, runs, benefits and parties. So in closing this month, I thought I'd leave you with a quote attributed to the late Andy Rooney. He said;

I've learned.... That I can always pray for someone when I don't have the strength, time or money to help him in some other way. So as I raise my cold bottle of Bud Lite in a toast to 2011 and to welcome 2012, I wish for you Peace, Health, Prosperity and Happiness. God Bless.....................................Hamster

cussed the propposed locations for the upcoming Board Meetings and Conventions. After Indianapolis the next Board Meeting will be in Phoenix, Nov 2012 and the 2013 Convention will be back in Reno, NV.

One of the most important things that we discuss at the Board Meetings are Recipients for the Silver Spokes Awards, people that have done outstanding things for the Motorcycling Community, and I am happy to say that although posthumously, A Specvial Award will be given to Kimmy Chapman, for her dedication to Motorcyclists through the AZ Biker Guide, which has now gone Nationwide. Steve Musgrave - MUSKRAT - Region 9 BOD NCOM

PAGE 10 NCOM BIKER NEWSBYTES Compiled & Edited by Bill Bish, National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM)

FEDERAL HELMET LEGISLATION NARROWLY AVERTED Due to the quick actions of concerned motorcyclists across the country, a major federal transportation measure narrowly avoided becoming a bill to encourage states to enact helmet laws nationwide.

On Monday, December 12 Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) filed an amendment to S.1449 the "Motor Vehicle and Highway Safety Improvement Act of 2011” that would call for mandatory helmet laws nationwide and could jeopardize funding for Motorcycle Safety programs across America.

By Tuesday the motorcycle community was alerted to Lautenburg’s efforts by national and state motorcyclists’ rights organizations, including the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM) and numerous NCOM Member Groups, and riders were urgently urged to contact their U.S. Senators to oppose the amendment -and time was of the essence because a Senate committee was to vote on the bill the following day!

Wednesday, Dec 14, during the hearing held by the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee to “mark-up” the bill, Senator Lautenburg decided not to introduce his amendment.

Not only did motorcyclists’ prompt

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response help avoid another federal helmet law battle and preserve federal funding for motorcycle safety programs, but the committee also voted to accept two amendments by Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) that removed language in the bill that would have lifted the current ban on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) from lobbying states to enact universal helmet laws for all riders.

S.1449 passed the committee by voice vote and now goes to the Senate floor for further action, while riders remain ever vigilant.

JUDGE UPHOLDS N.Y. MOTORCYCLE-ONLY CHECKPOINTS A federal judge rejected motorcyclists' claims that their Constitutional rights were violated by New York State Police motorcycle-only “safety checkpoints” that detained thousands of riders en route to large N.Y. rallies and ticketed many of them for mostly non-safety violations.

Aid to Injured Motorcyclists (A.I.M.) Attorney Mitch Proner of NYC sued troopers on behalf of four motorcyclists who claimed that safety was a mere pretext in looking for criminals and that the practice was intrusive and unfair to motorcycle riders as a group.

But Judge Gary Sharpe concluded that safety was indeed the main focus of the initiative, which distinguishes the checkpoints from "a general interest in crime control" that could have amounted to unconstitutional seizures when there’s no "individualized suspicion of wrongdoing."

"The court concludes the checkpoints were enacted to promote motorcycle safety, a manifest public interest; they were effective in addressing this interest; and that any interference with individual liberties was not only minimal, but also grossly outweighed by the interest advanced," Sharpe wrote in his ruling.

"The intrusion on civil liberties is something that shouldn’t be countenanced," Proner told the Associated Press, adding that the discriminatory roadblocks have been ongoing since 2008 even though motorcycles, like other vehicles in New York, are already subject to annual safety inspections, and no other vehicles are stopped for roadside safety checks.

"It’s obvious just from their own internal documents they’re looking for criminal activity," said Attorney Proner, citing a checkpoint near Buffalo’s Peace Bridge that included border patrol agents, and one in central New York near a rally sponsored by a motorcycle club included gang task force officers.

"The fact they didn’t find crime doesn’t mean that wasn’t what they’re fishing for," he said. "That just shows you’ve got law abiding citizens on motorcycles primarily being inconvenienced."

Proner told the AP news agency that motorcyclists across the country are interested in this case, the only such federal lawsuit nationally though some other states have similar checkpoint programs, and that he will appeal.


SAFETY BOARD SEEKS BAN ON CELL PHONE USE WHILE DRIVING States should ban all driver use of cell phones and other portable electronic devices (PEDs), except in emergencies, urges the National Transportation Board. The NTSB recommendation, unanimously agreed to by the five-member board, applies to both hands-free and hand-held phones and significantly exceeds any existing state laws restricting texting and cellphone use by drivers.

The board made the safety recommendation in connection with their investigation of a deadly highway pileup in Missouri last year that was caused by the inattention of a 19 yearold-pickup driver who sent or received 11 texts in the 11 minutes immediately before the tragic crash that involved a semi and two school busses.

The accident is a "big red flag for all drivers," NTSB chairman Deborah Hersman said at a meeting to determine the cause of the accident and make safety recommendations. "No call, no text, no update is worth a human life."

The board has previously recommended bans on texting and cell phone use by commercial truck and bus drivers and beginning drivers, but it has stopped short of calling for a ban on the use of the devices by adults behind the wheel of passenger cars. While the NTSB doesn't have the power to impose restrictions, its recommendations carry significant

MASTERLINK JANUARY 2012 weight with federal regulators and congressional and state lawmakers.

In November, Pennsylvania became the 35th state to forbid texting while driving, but despite such laws the problem is continuing to get worse according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that reports nearly 20% of drivers admit to texting or e-mailing, and at any given moment last year almost 1 in every 100 car drivers was texting, emailing, surfing the Web or otherwise using a handheld electronic device, up 50% over the previous year.

Joining in the campaign to curb distracted driving, Aid to Injured Motorcyclists (A.I.M.) has produced a color vinyl bumper sticker that reads; ‘HANG UP AND DRIVE!” that is available free by calling A.I.M. at 1(800) ON-A-BIKE.

US TRAFFIC DEATHS HIT LOWEST LEVEL SINCE 1949 Annual traffic deaths in the U.S. have fallen to their lowest level in six decades, reports the U.S. Department of Transportation. Despite the fact that Americans drove almost 46 billion more miles during the year, highway deaths fell by nearly a thousand to 32,885 in 2010, representing a 2.9% drop from 2009 (33,883) and the lowest number of fatalities since 1949.

"While we have more work to do to continue to protect American motorists, these numbers show we're making historic progress when it comes to improving safety on our nation's roadways," said DOT Secretary Ray LaHood.

According to DOT statistics, deaths in crashes involving drunk drivers dropped 4.9% in 2010, resulting in 10,228 fatalities compared to 10,759 in 2009. Fatalities declined in most categories in 2010, including for occupants of passenger cars and light trucks, but fatalities rose among motorcycle riders (4,469 in 2009 to 4,502 in 2010, an increase of 33, or less than 1%), pedestrians (up 4% from 4,109 to 4,280), occupants in medium and heavy trucks (499 to 529, +6%) and buses (26 to 44, +41%).

The latest figures also include a new measure of fatalities caused by distracted driving, essentially a refinement of existing data that focuses more directly on situations where dialing a phone, sending a text or the activities of another person or event are likely to lead to a crash. The DOT reports that 3,092 fatalities were the result of such “distraction-affected crashes.”

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FEDS PROPOSE ADDITIONAL MOTORCYCLE SAFETY STUDY The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is proposing to launch a study program equipping 160 motorcycle riders with cameras, GPS, and other data recording devices in order to track riding behavior and how riders avoid -- or fail to avoid -crashes.

"Knowledge of both how riders successfully avoid crashes and of behaviors that correlate with and contribute to crash risk is crucial to developing effective countermeasures to reduce motorcycle crashes and fatalities," says the NHTSA study proposal.

The federal agency is currently seeking comments on their proposed motorcycle safety study, which is very similar to a “naturalistic study” being conducted by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) tracking 100 specially-equipped motorcycles for one year to compile data on rider behavior.

NOISE CAMERA TO MUFFLE LOUD VEHICLES First came red-light cameras, followed closely by speed-cameras, and now Calgary will soon become the first municipality to introduce noise cameras to the motoring public.

“Motorcycle riders and hotrod enthusiasts beware: the Noise Snare is one step closer to squelching your highdecibel expressions of mechanical masculinity,” reported the Calgary Herald about the pilot project that pairs a noise-reader with a camera to catch law breakers.

The $112,500 device was offered to Calgary for free as the first city to test the gadget, and if all goes well the city expects to be handing out $200 tickets by summer.

"This is something that will allow municipalities across North America to start enforcing (noise) bylaws. The fact that now it's been proven to be an accurate test is very, very important," said Bill Bruce, the city's director of bylaw services.

Electrical engineer Mark Nesdoly invented the “Noise Snare” after a loud motorcycle awoke his sleeping daughter one night.

SHOOTINGS PROMPT HONDURAN CONGRESS TO BAN MOTORCYCLE PASSENGERS Following two recent high-profile killings, legislators in Honduras approved a decree banning motorcyclists from carrying passengers. It took the deaths of a radio journalist and a former government advisor to convince the National Congress of the need to restrict the number of riders

on a motorcycle to one -- the driver. Suspects in both cases were passengers on motorcycles, who got away.

The legislation is being hailed as a common sense approach to fighting crime that will help discourage driveby shootings, which have been one of the most common murder tactics in this Central American country because it makes it nearly impossible to identify and catch the helmeted killers who quickly flee the crime scene. Now, any motorcycle with two people will be suspect and can be pulled over by the police.

NIGERIA RESTRICTS MOTORCYCLES TO CURB BOMBINGS Restrictions have been imposed on the operations of commercial motorcycles in Nigeria to check bombing incidences. The restrictions on the motorcycles, popularly called okada, were announced by the Special Task Force (STF) after a deadly triple bomb blast rocked three television viewing centers was attributed to the Islamic sect Boko Haram.

"The general public should be informed that no motorcycle will be allowed to operate beyond 7pm within the Jos-Bukuru metropolis. Riding of motorcycles is only permitted from 6am - 7pm, the enforcement of this ban will be strictly enforced,'' said Ikemefuna Okafor, an officer of STF.

WEIRD NEWS: MOTORCYCLISTS TAKE BITE OUT OF SNAKE VENOM DEATHS In rural Nepal, volunteer motorcyclists are getting snakebite victims to help soon enough to cut deaths by 95%, reports Scientific American.

Snake bites are still a big concern for much of the world’s population, and the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that about 100,000 people die from poisonous snakebites each year. Many more people become paralyzed or permanently disabled.

Most victims live too far from clinics that could provide them with antivenom. In Nepal, where more than 10% of bite victims die, an experimental program uses volunteer motorcyclists to save residents. Since the program launched 2003, only about 5% of victims who got a ride died. These findings were presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

QUOTABLE QUOTE: "To sin by silence, when they should protest, makes cowards of men." ~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850–1919), American author & poet


PAGE 12 11NR33 - MRF News Release - NHTSA Proposes Motorcycle Study FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 8 December 2011

Contact:Jeff Hennie, Vice President of Government Ralations and Public Affairs NHTSA Proposes Motorcycle Study

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) reports that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has requested comments on a proposed motorcycle safety study.

The study they are proposing copycats one that the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) is currently conducting, known as the “naturalistic study.” The MSF study has instrumented a hundred motorcycles with computers, cameras and all sorts of meters. Those specially-equipped one hundred motorcycles are being ridden by volunteers across the country as their personal bikes. After one year, the instruments are taken off and the analysis begins. NHTSA is proposing the exact same study, only with 160 motorcycles.

This proposal does come as a bit of a shock, considering the feds have been struggling to conduct another motorcycle study that tracks actual crashes. That “crash causation study” has been languishing since 2006 and has yet to complete data collection, analysis and final reporting.

“I do like the idea of the study,” said Jeff Hennie, MRF Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs. “Tracking volunteer riders and collecting some best practices for countermeasures is a great idea, but as with every study there will be some technical and logistical bugs to work out over the course of the study. It seems to me that it would be wise to wait on the MSF results and use them to craft a better, sturdier study.”

NHTSA is already predicting that out of the 160 participants in their proposed new naturalistic study, 20 will have a crash and sustain injuries so severe that they must be reported. So far there has been no mention of the cost for the new study.

The feds are asking for comments on the proposal. The comment period runs through January 17, 2011. Read the pro-

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posal and learn how to submit comments here:

#18. These amendments protect the NHTSA lobby ban. Under the proposed legislation are provisions to lift this lobby ban.

The MRF Online Store Has Reopened!

Support DeMint amendment #2. The bill, (S 1449) would change the definition of "motor vehicle equipment" to include motorcycle helmets. This would allow States to spend federal money dedicated to "motor vehicle equipment" on motorcycle helmets. The DeMint amendment would keep helmets out of that definition.

Do not hesitate to contact the MRF with any questions or concerns.

Don't forget that you can do all of your holiday shopping in one spot - the MRF Online Store! We have new shirts, hats and hoodies in addition to all of the familiar things you are used to seeing. If you order soon, items can still arrive in time for the holidays! Check it out and make you favorite biker the envy of the pack with MRF gear. Visit the MRF Store today! ==========================

11NR34 - MRF News Release - National Call to Action: Federal Helmet Mandates FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 13 December 2011

Contact:Jeff Hennie, Vice President of Government Ralations and Public Affairs National Call to Action: Federal Helmet Mandates

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation reports that the US Senate Committee on Commerce Science and Transportation will be marking up The Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 2011 (S. 1449). This bill governs the National Highway Transportation Safety Administrations activities. This bill has the potential to greatly affect motorcyclists nationwide.

There are three provisions that specifically target motorcyclists. Call your Senators and ask them to:

Oppose Lautenberg amendment #1. This amendment would alter the motorcycle safety grant program by forcing states to pass mandatory universal helmet laws and drive federal tax dollars to be used to promote the use of helmets. This provision would make it easier for helmet law states to obtain 2010 grant money. This amendment would provide no money for awareness or training. Support DeMint amendments #1 and

Call Now. Time is of the essence. Call you Senators via the capitol switch board at 202 224 3121.

Of key importance are the Senators on the committee you can contact them directly:

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============================= 11NR35 - MRF News Release - Senate Committee Passes Highway Safety Bill


Contact:Jeff Hennie, Vice President of Government Ralations and Public Affairs

Senate Committee Passes Highway Safety Bill

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Today, the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation passed a sweeping safety bill known as the Motor Vehicle and Highway Safety Improvement Act (S. 1449). The bill passed by voice vote.

Earlier this week, Senator Lautenberg (DNJ) filed an amendment that would have gutted the popular federal motorcycle education and awareness grants, known as the 2010 funds. The Motorcycle Riders Foundation is pleased to report that Lautenberg did not call that amendment for a vote. Due to an overwhelming response from the motorcycle community, the 2010 grants are safe for now. Also under attack was the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) lobby ban. This law prohibits NHTSA from using federal money to lobby State legislatures, uninvited. The way S. 1449 was drafted, it removed this lobby ban. Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) introduced a number of amendments to maintain the ban and the necessary amendments were agreed to, by unanimous consent of the full committee.

The one sticking point that remains is at least, the least troublesome. That being said, it is still something that will keep the attention of the MRF lobby efforts. The trouble lies in a provision in S. 1449 that calls out motorcycle helmets in the list of definitions as "motor vehicle equipment". Previously, the list simply stated: "any device or an article or apparel... that is not a system, part, or component of a motor vehicle".

The MRF would like to thank all the State motorcycle rights organizations and everyone else who helped with this legislation.

The bill passed today will likely move on to be a part of the larger Highway Bill which could happen in early 2012. The MRF will keep you informed on this issue.

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation FULL Legislative Strategy Agenda for 2011-2012

At the recent 2011 Motorcycle Riders Foundations (MRF) Meeting of the Minds held September in Romulus Michigan, a Legislative Strategy Session was hosted by the MRF’s Legislative Committee. As has been done for the past several years, the MRF requested that it be attended by Sustaining State Motorcyclists Rights Organizations (SSMRO) Legislative and/or Executive Officers. The goal is to set the MRF’s Federal Legislative Agenda for the coming Meeting of the Minds “to” Meeting of the Minds cycle. Our Sustaining SMRO partners responded once again and the Legislative Committee was extremely pleased at how aligned and clear the direction from our SSMRO partners was. This level of alignment will allow for a solid and focused Strategic Action plan to be developed,

disseminated, and effectively employed. The session this year again saw it moderated by MRF Vice President, Jay Jackson, and supported by MRF President, Kirk “Hardtail” Willard, and MRF Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs, Jeff Hennie. We continued the practice instituted last year where we utilized the one vote per organization policy and those votes were again recorded. Shown below in the order raised by our SSMRO’s is our upcoming Federal Legislative Strategy Agenda followed by the recorded vote percentages on each. Where “consent” is listed it is on legislative issues that were brought up by those in attendance from SMRO or MRF Leadership and once initial discussion was held and a position explained no further discussion ensued regarding stat-

ed position and no vote was called for.

Transportation Equity Act-TEA Reauthorization (the Highway Bill)

To include Motorcycle 2010 Grant Funding (request to tighten up language for qualification and use), continuation of the NHTSA Lobbying Ban, pursue continuation of the Motorcycle Advisory Council (MAC) to advise the FHWA, oppose any federal blackmails or federal sanctions contained in the highway bill; closely monitor for any action that would negatively impact motorcycles, motorcycling, and motorcyclists,

100% Favor, 0% Oppose

SAE Motorcycle Roadside Sound Test

MRF to promote adoption of the SAE Sound Test as a National enforcement standard

0% Favor, 50% Oppose, 50% Monitor

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

Work to reintroduce the HR 1253 bill which requires health insurance companies to disclose the list of “source of injury” exclusions in the policies they issue

93% Favor, 7% Oppose (wanted full HIPAA fix)

NHTSA Checkpoint Grant Program

As in 2010-2011 the MRF to carry out a

High Country’s 9th annual barbie hensler memorial toy run

What a great time we had at our Christmas Party. With live music from Dusty Roads and Christmas Cheer all around everyone had a great time. High Country Chapter was able to raise more toys than we could fit in the back of my truck. We will be spreading some Christmas Spirit to children here in our community. Thanks to everyone who gave toys and came to celebrate Christmas with us. MERRY CHRISTMAS SPINNER

MRF Legislative Strategy Agenda for 2011-2012

full effort to cut off specified use funding for this motorcycle based discriminatory practice, work with States to exchange information on passing anticheckpoint laws

100% Favor, 0% Oppose Crash Causation Study

MRF to allow the current study to take its’ course and respond accordingly, disappointed with the reduced scope, pursue no additional funding Monitor and report on MSF alternate Naturalistic Study 77% Remove from agenda, 17% Monitor and Report

EPA Mandatory Stamping of Exhaust

MRF to strongly oppose any federal standard proposing stamping and certifying motorcycle exhaust systems, work to prevent any federal legislation mirroring that California SB435

100% Favor, 0% Oppose

EPA Sound Emissions Study

MRF to continue to closely monitor, MRF to oppose federal agencies encouraging state activity-leave it up to the

states to determine course of action

100% Favor, 0% Oppose Distracted Driving

MRF to oppose ALL forms of distracted driving, oppose any related funding blackmails or withholding of funds for it as related to motorcycles, watch for motorcycle specific discrimination language closely

100% Favor, 0% Oppose Right to Repair

MRF to continue current course of action recognizing realized success, continue participation in Right to Repair coalition

100% Favor, 0% Oppose

Definition of a Motorcycle

MRF to take advantage of any opportunity available to enhance and further clarify the definition of a motorcycle and provide input in any such activity on a Federal level



MRF to oppose any motorcycle, motorcycling, or motorcyclist based discrimination proposed by the U.S. Congress or any Federal Agency in Washington D.C.

100% Favor, 0% Oppose

International Motorcycle Cooperation Group (European Union, United Nations)

MRF to maintain the same level of engagement or increase as needed within budget, approval share costs with other partners for this lobbying/international meeting attendance, notify SMRO’s if additional activities outside of budget are deemed necessary

100% Favor, 0% Oppose

Mandatory Helmet and Apparel laws

MRF to fiercely oppose any mandatory helmet proposals

100% Favor, 0% Oppose E 15 Fuel Blends

MRF to not support the use of E15 fuel without further testing and specific recommendations from motorcycle manufacturers

83% Favor, 7% Oppose, 10% Neutral

Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)

MRF to pursue safer roadway design strategies and inclusion of motorcycles in ongoing ITS efforts, bring improved crash barrier (safer cable barrier) engineering to the table

100% Favor, 0% Oppose

Crash Avoidance versus Safer Crashing

MRF to promote our theme of Crash Avoidance versus Safer Crashing using House Resolution (HR)1498 which “supports efforts to retain the ban on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) ability to lobby state legislatures using federal tax dollars and urging NHTSA to focus on crash prevention and rider education”



Dave Dwyer, Jeff Hennie, Cindy Hodges, Jay Jackson, Jim “Legs” Korte, Boyd McFail, Larry Nielson, John Pierce, Todd Riba, Kirk “Hardtail” Willard (Chair)



Google and ITS: Tyranny in the Name of Safety

Eric Hampton Editor, The Masterlink

As a little kid back in the 1960s, one of my favorite cartoons was The Jetsons. They had all the coolest robotic stuff to make their lives easier… Rosie the maid, the conveyor belt dog walker and especially the flying automated cars. As an adult, I see that same cartoon as a dark harbinger of our future.

It should come to no one’s surprise that Congress believes that we cannot think for ourselves. In their eyes, we cannot be trusted with our own safety. In their minds, we are the unwashed masses that need constant direction and ever-present supervision. They say that it is for our own good, and we have seen it coming all along. It’s name is Intelligent Transportation

Systems (ITS) and it wants your motorcycle off the road. Former Senator Bob Letourneau had this to say when I forwarded a link to an article about Google & ITS to the MRF Reps mailing list: “We certainly talked about that at a MRF Board meeting over ten years ago when ITS was first introduced, Wayne Curtin warned the Feds that they would have to take motorcycles under consideration during development. MRF was one of the first organizations to step up and speak to this issue. I guess we are now a lot closer to reality...”

What Bob was commenting on is this recent headline - Google Unveils Driverless Car Tech. A company that started out making the results of your web searches more relevant is upping the ante, and they’re holding all the cards. Instead of finding results for your search on “spark plug gap on 2002 Harley Evo engine”, they are geek-deep in self-driv-

ing car technology. In fact, a full ten percent of the folks employed by the search engine giant are dedicated to the building of autonomous vehicles. These driverless cars, completely controlled by computers, are said to be for the betterment of highway safety and traffic decongestion. The car operates with a $75,000 laser spinning around on its roof that generates a 360º, three dimensional model of the space around the vehicle and compares that information to known maps. It can then use that data in a manner that gives it omnipotence of every road and traffic light, but it also recognizes the position of every other car on the road as well as pedestrians. This all happens regardless of weather or time of day.

The Google robot car recently completed a one thousand mile trek through complex city traffic and highway conditions.

Nevada’s legislature recently passed legislation requiring their state Department of Motor Vehicles to create the rules that will govern these robot cars. Google has high hopes that the federal government and even other countries will follow Nevada’a lead and do the same. This scenario begs the question… what if you have outstanding parking tickets and the cops detect that you have entered one of these driverless cars? Will you then be locked in and chauffeured downtown to address your grievous crimes? Didn’t these geniuses ever see 2001: A Space Odyssey? I seem to remember that the primary focus of that flick was about an all-controlling computer gone rogue.

Or, even better yet… don’t they remember George Jetson flying around the electric dog walker?

Use of Road Guards May Be Endangering Lives

Because of its size alone, the Big Texas Toy Run can be "an inconvenience one day a year" for motorists, Nick Taddonio says.

On. Sunday, thousands of motorcyclists will leave Fort Worth and Dallas and head toward QuikTrip Park in Grand Prairie as part of the annual charitable event, which benefits needy children in the Metroplex.

To limit the inconvenience, on- and offduty police officers will help direct traffic as the bikers travel along Interstate 30.

"There are many, many police officers involved," said Taddonio, president of the

charity's board. "We say on our flier it's police-escorted and it's not just at the front end of the line."

But not all motorcycle rides are as big, or as organized, as the toy run.

When motorcycle clubs set out on rides -occasionally for charity, often just for fun - they sometimes use their own bikers, or "road guards," to direct and block traffic, a common but illegal practice that is being blamed for the death of a man in October in Granbury.

Rafael Del Val, 38, was in a convoy of some 85 motorcyclists headed to Cranfills

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According to a Granbury police report, members of the motorcycle convoy were trying to stop cross-traffic at U.S. 377 and Temple Hall Highway so the group of riders could stay together. Del Val and a second biker collided with an SUV while entering the intersection against a red light.

Although a Granbury police spokesman said the case will go to the Hood County district attorney's office for presentation to a grand jury, the accident report lists Del Val's disregard of the red light as the sole contributor to the crash.

The crash has focused attention on the use of road guards to block cross-traffic, regardless of traffic signals, until all riders can pass.

"This is a very common practice for the hordes of bikes that ride around the small towns of North Central Texas -- it happens a lot," a person wrote in a letter to the StarTelegram. "Really friendly way to drive.

Motorcyclists want cars to be bike friendly, but apparently that is a one-way street." Interpretation of law

Some motorcyclists argue, however, that the law is ambiguous and that the use of volunteer road guards is a safety measure to keep motorcyclists and other drivers safe.

"It's a gray area," said Jeff Wilson, president of the Cowboys from Hell riding club, to which Del Val belonged. "It's always been one of those things that you just don't know what they're expecting of us. When the laws were written, it was for a single bike or a single car. ... But the laws aren't written for 80-something bikes riding at the same time. There's no clause for that."

According to a Department of Public Safety official's interpretation of the Texas

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Are You a Fair Weather Rider? Today as I put on my thermals, leather pants, chaps, vest, scarf, and another scarf, pull my helmet on then extra thick gloves. I ponder the question

Casey Yates State Secretary

is it just me, or getting older? Seems to me there was a day when I would hop on the back of a bike at any chance I got. My attire never seemed to matter, it was never too cold or too hot. I am not sure if it was just the alcohol that made me weather resistant, or sheer stupidity, but I did it.

If it is 70 degrees or lower, I am a popsicle. Is it because I am from Phoenix, and 70 is cold? And the rain, it rains here so little, more than often I see others riders wearing the same rain gear we are, the hefty bag. In our Too Broke For Sturgis bags we add a hefty bag for it’s primary purpose, to remind everyone to pick up their trash, Due to most activities most riders toss it in their bags, and thank God for that, those afternoon rains come on so fast!

Many say Arizona is the ideal state to live in (and it is!) because our can ride year around, yeah right. When it is 117 here, unless it’s your primary source of transportation, you are defiantly going for A/C, and night riding becomes the norm.

MASTERLINK JANUARY 2012 Raining? Who wants to get all wet and cold,? Snow? Oh, please.

It is cold and rainy now, as I run out to my “cage” to turn it on and warm it up, I look longingly at my bike all covered up, and think to myself “can’t wait until Spring!” I am freezing my ass off, and layering takes so long either way. I envy those who need not layer, but not me, I will be the chick looking like an Eskimo, unable to move my arms, legs and head. See you in the Spring! Casey Yates

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transportation code, only law enforcement officers are allowed to block traffic unless an emergency occurs, such as a wreck.

While Fort Worth and several other cities have ordinances giving funeral escort companies limited authority to stop traffic, such rights do not extend to motorcycle convoys, officials said.

"If someone calls and says we're the DFW rider group and we want to take 200 motorcycles through your city, if you want to go through intersections, you're going to have to hire off-duty officers that assist you because we're the only ones that can stop the traffic," said Sgt. Ann Gates, a supervisor in the Fort Worth Police Department's motorcycle unit. "Otherwise you're going to have to obey all the traffic lights and signs. You're not going to be able to expect to blow through there as a group and expect everyone to just stop."

Defining 'escort'

Though not funeral escorts, the Patriot Guard Riders often participate in processions as part of their mission to attend, by invitation, the funerals of American service members to show respect and help shield

mourners from interruptions caused by protesters.

George Winslow Jr., national president of the Patriot Guard Riders, said that if the group's members are part of a funeral procession that is not being escorted by law enforcement officers, "our practice is to follow all applicable traffic laws."

He said providing road guards is outside the group's normal practice "unless requested by law enforcement during a particular mission."

"In many states 'escort' has a specific legal definition, sometimes requiring special licensing and equipment," Winslow said. "Normally we do not provide 'escort' services. However, we often participate in a procession, which is being escorted by law enforcement officers, which I understand leads many of the public to believe that we are the escorts."

But Wilson said hiring officers for informal rides like the one in which Del Val was killed is not feasible.

"It's not a sponsored ride or anything like that," Wilson said. "Nobody raised money.

It's not a sanctioned ride. It's like, 'Let's meet up somewhere Sunday and go for a ride.'"

Wilson said he believes that keeping the riders together is necessary for safety reasons and that road guards are a tool to help warn other motorists.

"I would think if you get a large group of 85 bikes coming through, you keep them together, you get them through and they're out," Wilson said. "To me it's a safety issue -- to keep the bikes together so everyone can watch over everybody."

'It's reckless'

Kat Fay, the driver of the Kia Soul involved in the collision, disagrees.

She said such groups assume that other motorists understand the purpose of a person acting as a road guard.

"I had no idea what was going on," Fay said. "I had never experienced it before or even heard of it."

Fay said she found it unusual when she pulled up to the red light and spotted a

motorcycle stopped in front of the car to her right, but had no idea that the motorcyclists were trying to stop all cross-traffic or that a large group of motorcycles was even headed her way when her light turned green and she proceeded forward. "The woman on the back of the bike started waving her arms and yelling and pointing to my left," Fay said. "I looked left and there were motorcycles basically hitting my car at that point."

Fay said the Granbury investigator who worked the case mentioned to her that if the group had simply requested the Police Department's help, officers would have escorted the bikers through town. "They can't take it into their own hands," Fay said. "I think it's reckless. I think that they're putting their lives at risk. They're putting other people's lives at risk."

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One-Piece DayTripper motorcycle seat

New - never used - In box Retails for $359 model 76189 fits Honda VT 750 Spirit 2001-2006 & VT 750DC 2007-2009. The detailed stitch work in the highly durable, synthetic glove-leather makes the DayTripper a show winner. $150.00 Call Bob @ 602-463-0544


2008 Harley Davidson Road Glide- 6,240 miles-lowering kit-travel packageAM/FM/WB/CD- 6 speed-Dark Blue Pearl-Corbin Solo and Stock Seat- asking $17,000. e-mail serious inquiries to:

2003 Honda Shadow A.C.E. 750 for sale.

This bike has been very well maintained and is in excellent condition. Runs like a top, looks amazing-beautiful black paint, no dings or scratches. Has many upgrades including a removable windvest, upgraded mirrors, rear tiedown chrome rack, aftermarket Kuryakyn ISO grips with chrome accents and Throttle Boss, plus a Kontour custom seat. Passenger seat and foot pegs included. Great first bike! This is a wonderful bike for anyone who wants to ride without constant wrenching. 31,000 miles, regular maintenance done professionally. She is worth $4,000 with all the extras and the condition, but will take 3,200. Relocating, advertising in southern Arizona, serious buyers only-call 520-490-4548 or send email to

2006 Red Baja Motorsports 150 Quad ATV, runs great, barely used & garage kept. $900.00 OBO contact Sean Pinder (520)841-3830

Gas Tank from an 05 Springer Classic.

Black/Lave Red. Taken off my bike in 2005 with approx 9,000 miles on it. Excellent Condition, $300.00. Located in Chino Valley (near Prescott). 928-830-4505.

2-1/2" Santee® 50 caliber pipes

exhaust for Harley 1986-2006 softail 84-06

Loud Loud pipes.. deep throaty base lets everyone know your there. Lightly used and in excellent condition. Retail on this set is 479.00 dollars. Pipes are stacked low and feature full-radius heat shields embossed with Santee's® distinctive logo. These pipe sets are the best combination of performance and looks with a 1-3/4"-diameter inner pipe and a 2-1/2" outer cover. Chrome billet end caps with integral baffles are included. Pipes are Chrome and have no dings or scratches they are in excellent condition... even the inner 1 and 3/4 pipe has little bluing... I just wanted to add this since i have had many questions as to the condition of the pipes.. Price: $150.00 James Osborne 623-692-5597

For Sale

2 chaps, 1 men’s coat, 1 women’s vest, 1 pair women’s boots, 2 outback dusters.

call Bill for info. 928-443-1528 Prescott AZ 86301

2006 H-D Dyna Street Bob 11,000 miles, $22,000 invested, selling for $16,000. Contact Pete @ (602) 315-6950

AzTech Flatbed Trailer (Car/ATV Hauler) $2200 obo 2008 STS Cadillac for sale, 23K miles $28,000 obo Call 928-718-6296 Cell 928-716-7289 Motorcycle Hearse

COPD diagnosis forces SALE! $50,000.00 visit this website to view complete set of equipment. Equipment included: 1999 Harley Davidson Road King Trike (6045 miles) modified with reverse gear & fifth wheel hitch, detachable 18th Century styled Hearse Carriage, full size casket with full cover flag, cherry wood Urn Ark with panoramic glass & folding stand, Encased Memorial Flag, 2007 22ft. flatbed transportation trailer with winds/bug shield, Honor Flags, pre-printed magnetic Carriage name plates & misc office supplies.

Call Bill or Phyllis 623-386-8281



2000 H-D Sportster 4 plug heads, K&N air filter, larger gas tank, forward controls, straight drag pipes, windshield, sissy bar, saddlebags, really good tires. NOT ABUSED. Always garaged or covered. Original pipes, battery minder and Clymer book included. $5000 in Payson Call (928) 517-8271 or (928) 474-5287 2009 XR 1200

This is Harley’s only entry to the sport bike arena. This bike was released in Europe but it created such a furor that the motor company brought only 750 units to the states. Bike is orange and stock with the upswept pipes. Always garaged, maintained by dealer, never raced. Good rubber with 15,802 easy miles. Price reduced $7000 for quick sale. Call Ron at 520-203-2323. Bike can be seen and purchased at Big Sky Motorcycles.


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April 13-15, 2012

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For room reservations call 1-888-627-7211 or 404-762-7676. Rate $89. Rooms must be reserved by 03/15/12. Must mention Motorcycle Riders Foundation BEAST of the East Conference to get the conference rate. Conference Cost if registered by March 13, 2012: MRF Members $60, Non-MRF Members $70 Conference Cost if registered after March 13, 2012: MRF Members $70, Non-MRF Members $80 Registrations are accepted through the MRF website at (Visa, MasterCard, AmEx & Discover), by mail: MRF, 236 Massachusetts Ave NE, Ste 510, Washington, DC 20002, or call the MRF Office: 202-546-0983.

The Masterlink - January 2012  

The January 2012 edition of the ABATE of Arizona newsletter, The Masterlink.

The Masterlink - January 2012  

The January 2012 edition of the ABATE of Arizona newsletter, The Masterlink.