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A publication supporting the rights, safety and freedom of all motorcyclists through education and not legislation. JULY 2011


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This month I’m talking about something that probably doesn’t seem Motorcycle related, but I think it may show a reason for all of us to remember that we have a voice that our lawmakers need to hear. The Arizona legislators are on break right now, but when they return, they very likely will be trying to make some changes to Proposition 105, the Voter Protection Act. This is a ballot measure that Arizona voters approved in 1998, it limits the Legislature’s ability to change

When I first moved to Arizona I didn’t get the reason for all these “Propositions”, but I do now. Voter initiatives give the voters an opportunity to have “real input” regarding some very personal issues. If the legislature is allowed to make changes to Proposition 105, some vital measures passed during the last twelve years, are in jeopardy. Since 1998 voters approved over two thousand initiatives some of which expanded public health care rolls and required annual increases in funding public education. Right now the Governor is looking for a way to cut public healthcare rolls, ignoring a 2000 voter initiative that mandated coverage for anyone earning up to 100% of the federal poverty level. Do you know anyone on AHCCC’s? I do, and I also know that if they had a job that offered health insurance that they could

afford they would gladly get off of AHCCC’s. One of the propositions to look for in 2012 would ask voters to revisit Prop 105 and vote on it every six years because it is a ballot measure that spends state money. Now you may ask yourself, “What the heck does this have to do with me and my motorcycle?” Well, it gives you the perfect opportunity to contact your legislators, even if you only get to talk to one of their aides. Let them know that you are aware of what they’re doing and remind them that there are real people affected by their decisions and that you appreciate their time. Certainly our motorcycling issues are still the same, but we also need to let our legislators know that we have a stake in every bill they pass. Whether it’s regarding profiling, helmets, traffic signals, health care or education, the motorcycling community is affected. Great practice for Motorcycle Day at the Dome 2012!!



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President’s Report

State Officer Meeting Minutes June 5, 2011 State Meeting Minutes Call to order: Pledge of Allegiance and moment of silence led by Joe Ferrucci State Officers present: Margie Ferrucci, President/Run Casey Yates, Secretary Com Matt Brown Treasurer - Absent Jess Method, Asst Treasurer -absent Ron Kool, Membership/Merchandising Carole O’Reilly, Lobbyist - absent Tim O’Reilly, PAC Joe Ferrucci, SGT at Arms Jean Cooper, Safety Eric Hampton, ML Editor - absent Guests: J.R, TBFS Committee JC Reese Rick Henry Reports : Secretary minutes from May waived Motion accepted - by Jean 2nd by Joel. All in favor? YES Opposed? NONE

The best thing about Arizona is the weather and the fact that we can ride all year round. I just came back from riding to Utah for Best of the West and could not have asked for better riding weather. I know that Rick Henry from the East Valley chapter is writting a story about this MRF event so I won't double his efforts. I would however like to ask you all a question. How many times have you seen an issue come up and say to yourself, "Well that doesn't concern me."? Here are 2 examples of how wrong you would be.

yes any vehicle you own, breaks down or you want to modify anything on it you have to take it to a dealership. The OEM (original equipment manufacturer)no longer will have to share or release tools or software. This will put most small independent shops out of business. I once again point out that this is not just motorcycles but includes your car and truck as well. So you mechanically inclined people, oh well now you have to go to the dealership and pay out the yazoo. Once again we have to contact our Federal Reps and let them know we stand behind H.R. 1449 To protect the rights of consumers to diagnose, service, maintain, and repair their motor vehicles, and for other purposes.

First is the issue with the Secretary of Transportation providing grants or any funds to a State, county, town, or township, Indian tribe, municipal or other local government to be used for any program to check helmet usage or create checkpoints for a motorcycle driver or passenger. Those of you that think discrimination doesn't effect you, well here you go. It doesn't matter if you ride alone or with a club or just a group of your friends, how would you like to be out for the night and have the police stop you for no other reason but because you are riding a motorcycle? Well it is happening everyday. The federal government is setting aside $250,000. to be awarded to states that will set up motorcycle checkpoints, and has issued monies to states already. This practice has already started in New York. Do you see cars being pulled over only for the purpose of checking seat belts or just because the driver of that car doesn't look like everyone else. Why should we be singled out for choosing to ride instead of drive? We all need to contact our Federal Representatives and let them know we stand behind H.R.904 which will prohibit the Secretary of Transportation from providing grants or any funds to a State, county, town, or township, Indian tribe, municipal or other local government to be used for any program to check helmet usage or create checkpoints for a motorcycle driver or passenger.

Until next month, ride safe and watch out for the people not watching out for you!!!

The next issue is the Right to Repair issue. Basically what this means is that if your vehicle, be it a car or motorcycle,

Margie F State President ABATE of AZ

What gives anyone the right to tell us where and how to repair our vehicles, and what gives anyone the right to arbitrarily pull over motorcycles just because. We need to let our Representatives know that we are not going to sit by and watch as our rights are being taken away. These are only 2 issues I have mentioned here and there are so many more. So the next time you think "oh that doesn't affect me" take a second look, chances are it does! I encourage everyone to go to the MRF web page, and take a look at some of the issues they are working on. If we can stop these issues at the Federal level they will never reach the State level. One side note I brought back from Best of the West is the fact the Canada has a 50% tax rate on motorcycles because they consider them "not needed, but recreational". Can you imagine, you buy a bike for $20,000. and you pay $30,000 after taxes? It's happening right next door, let's keep our eyes open that it doesn't happen here.

Membership - Ron Kool 1. 765 Members/ 37 Business 2. Bumper Stickers-decision made to eliminate sponsor name and make print larger. 3. TBFS - Paying on website through pay pal. Pre-registration. Discussion on coupon for merchandise either a voucher or cash. 4. Ron Kool motions for a laptop for Jess Method. Motion denied. Secretary Casey Yates gave the laptop she had been given as secretary to Ron Kool for Jess Method. Safety Officer - Report - Jean Cooper 1. CPR Training after State Meeting 2. Grant from government for Accident Incident Classes. Monthly classes 6-15 people @$50.00 per person. Joe Ferrucci makes a motion to the BOD to allocate $2500 for ongoing safety classes/accident scene scholarship. 2nd by Tim O’Reilly - none opposed Ron Kool made a motion to incorporate a budget of $499 for motorcycle awareness/MAPP at chapter level. 2nd Joe

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Ferrucci - none opposed P.A.C. Report - Tim O’Reilly 1. Check points on Rolling Thunder (report to follow) 2. Mandatory EPA - No news. House of representatives to vote on bill 504. This will be in the PAC report and in the Masterlink. Lobbyist Report - Carole O’Reilly (absent) 1. Meeting to discuss “Day at the Dome” President/Run/Event Coordinator Margie Ferrucci 1. Advertisement on valley school busses 2. Jean Cooper made the motion to make Tim O’Reilly Vice President, 2nd Ron Kool - none opposed. The BOD will ratify this at a later date. 3. Recent MRO Events A. Run to the Hills Run - Yavapai chapter b. East Valleys Spaghetti Feed. c. NCOM 4. Webmaster costs - no real additional costs to us per Ron Kool. There is a need for a point of contact. Invoice should have a line item. OPEN DISCUSSION JC Reese presented a letter in behalf of The Shiners with a fundraiser for “Night of the Child” and Shiners Children’s Hospitals .The cost of an ad in the Masterlink is $70.00. Ron Kool motions to pay ½ of the cost of the ad. Rick Henry motions to pay the other ½ None Opposed JR - Too Broke Update JR will email information on any forest closures. No credit card sales at TBFS Next State meeting: July 10th 2011 9:30am at AIAC. Motion to Adjourn; Joe 2nd; Casey Meeting adjourned at: 1:15 pm Casey Yates Communications Officer State Communications Officer State Secretary Phoenix-Shadow Mountain ABATE Chapter Darin Yates Run Coordinator Phoenix-Shadow Mountain ABATE Chapter





Chapter Reports East Valley Chapter East Valley’s monthly meeting took place May 22, 2011 at 11:00AM. Recent and oncoming activities discussed in the meeting were, Motorcycle awareness, Too Broke for Sturgis and bikes on main. On the 21st of May, East Valley was in the Circle K parking lot of the south east corner of Southern and power raising motorcycle awareness. Our outcome was fairly productive compared to another chapter’s attempt that month. Motorcycles on main first Friday of every month. We talked a little about To Broke for Sturgis and the security schedule. So be ready for Too Broke for Sturgis 07/22/2011-07/25/2011!! No meeting in July. Off subject, about 3-4 weeks ago, I was riding back from globe just before I hit superior, 4 motorcyclists were heading in the other direction and the last one coming up crashed into the guard rail sending him flying, killing him. I just want to say to you all, be careful out there on the roads it’s a dangerous place to be and gets more dangerous every day. Make sure you all stay hydrated in this heat too, it’s only going to get hotter. Upcoming events No meeting in July

shirts with the new design are in and pre-TBFS are available as well get them while you can! Finally almost all the volunteer positions have been filled .Too Broke this year is going to be awesome, I cannot reveal the events, but participants prepare for some great games, riders bring your skills and start practicing now! Make those rides shine for the bike show as well… I need to apologize to “DODEYS BAR”, for last months thanks went out to “DUDES BAR” .(Never rely on spell check!) Thank You Dodey. A HUGE Thank You to the Yavapai Chapter for including us in their Run to the Hills weekend in Jerome, we had a great time, the banner that you had for us was awesome! For those who didn’t show should mark it on the calendar for next year it is going to be bigger and better. Just a little reminder: TOO BROKE FOR STURGIS 2011** JULY 22-24,** MORMAN LAKE, AZ . BE THERE!!! See you at the July meeting Sunday July 10th 10:30am.

Motorcycles on main 1st Friday of every month

Until Next Month Casey Yates Chapter Communications Officer

Too Broke for Sturgis 07/22/201107/25/2011

Southern Arizona Chapter

Alexander Gorall Comm. Officer

The meeting was called to order by Ron at 9:05 am. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Ron Kool with a moment of silence for all those in harm’s way and all of the bikers recently lost.

High Country Chapter What's up Brothers and Sisters, Well up here in the high country, the ride weather is AWESOME! Everyone down in the flatlands - you need to come up here and cool off. Well, some of us ABATE members in our chapter, along with our brothers and sisters from Rim Country District, set up a safety awareness booth at the local Walmart! We had a good showing to the public. The Jester Run was a good turnout also for all of us up here! Then on June 11th, we rode down to Cactus Flats to support Rim Country M.M.A. Bikini Bike Wash - what a good time! Well thats all for now, hope too see everyone at TOO BROKE ! Ride Free Be Heard ! Chicknbone H.C.C. Coordinator

Mohave Chapter NO REPORT

Phoenix/Shadow Mountain Chapter What a great turn out for this months meeting and The Too Broke for Sturgis packing party, Coordinator Jimmy Page gave us the daily count down until the TBFS. Thank You to all the helping hands that stuffed the packets in kick ass time! When chapters unite great things happen. It was also announced that are very own Tim O’Reilly has stepped to be Vice President Of ABATE of AZ. Our safety coordinator resigned, and Jean Cooper State Safety Coordinator, stepped in to be the Chapter Safety coordinator. Thank you and congrats! Jean will also be teaching a CPR class July 16th, 9am at the state office, there is a small fee. Please pass the word around that JC Reese has tickets available for The Shiners “Night of the Child“. Co$t is $20.00 per ticket, it’s a great package. Other than Too Broke we have some other great runs planned the annual Moon Mullins ride is coming up in October, Christmas for the Kids Run in July. We are already accepting donations of pens, paper, pencils color pencil markers coloring books, we will be putting out donations boxes. Watch your email for locations and updates. We have t-shirts for sale! Our chapter

Our secretary Rich was not present as he is running to the wall. Dawn and I took the notes for this report. Between the two of us we get about half of what Rich does. Our members like the new 3rd Saturday meetings. We had 34 members present with several guests and state President Margie attending. Our new start time of 9 am seems to agree with everyone as well. When winter comes around we might look at a later start for our members that have to chip the ice off of their seats in the morning. We enjoyed seeing some of our members that are at church on Sundays. We made the reminder phone calls this month and it seemed to help attendance. We discussed the free bill board that MMA has on I-10. I think it is around mile 202 facing the east bound traffic. RJ will look into opportunities in southern Arizona. Besides a bill board other items are renting space on taxi cabs or other business fleets. Renewal notices have been sent to our charter members and we have received many renewals back in the mail. Ron reported we have 117 active members and six business members. We had a couple join at the meeting. It’s fantastic that we have 30% of our members at our meetings. Sean reported the BOD continues to research bylaw changes that may be voted on at the “General Membership” meeting in the November. Sean brought us up to speed on several issues. There are US house bills to prohibit federal funds being granted to states for motorcycle only check points. The Best of the West is June 10th to the 12th in Ogdon Utah. Sean encourages us all to become MRF members. Our chapter is a sustaining member for $100 per year. One fact is that with such good attendance the dollar jar seldom gets to $100. This month was no exception. The winner is a new joint member attending her second meeting. Diana Marceau won the $87 prize and immediately donated it to the “March of Dimes” Bikers for Babies. I’ve said many times ABATE is not a charity organization but our members are charitable people. ABATE members and bikers in general are at almost every

charity event. The 50/50 was won by Jim DeYoung. Remember TBFS is coming up July 22nd through the 25th. We will have a signup sheet at the June meeting. It’s great to be camping at a higher elevation the end of July. Where else can you camp with free music and events for $25???????? The ride after the meeting went to the Sho Ryders BBQ. They always put on an excellent feed and we were happy to reciprocate after they came to our last event. Speaking of events, it would be great to find an area that had camping. I’m sure we would get more of our brothers from up north. There just isn’t anywhere in the Tucson area for camping. We will look into the RV parks around Buddy’s on SR 82 east of SR 90. The Tombstone area may also be an option as well as the Casa Grande area. We can always look north: Winkleman, Casa Grande, Catalina State Park. Member Steve “Muskrat” will be contacted for suggestions. It was a lively meeting with loads of information exchanged. Our meetings are usually around an hour. This was no exception running 1:10. Ron Kool Southern Arizona Coordinator.

Yavapai Chapter Our inaugural 'Run to the Hills” event held at the Gold King Mine in Jerome was a big undertaking, but worth the effort. It was a no hassle event, and a great day for a ride, and partying biker style. Ralo and Longhair James did a herculean job putting it all together. Our chapter would like to thank all the members who helped with the event, and the members of the Desert Eagles, who ran the bike show, and were more than helpful in other areas as well. Extra thanks go out to Snaps, KC, Scotty, and Jake of the Desert Eagles.

The event had a great mixture of club members and independents. We would like to thank all the club members and independents that supported our event with their presence. The message we all need to band together for biker lifestyle rights is what A.B.A.T.E. is all about. The music was great and the games were fun, and the winds we have had calmed down the day of our event thank goodness. There were some great looking scoots in the bike show. The winners of the various categories were as follows: Sportster (tie) - Don Robinson (owner of the Gold King Mine) and Jeffery Loghley; Cruiser - Lon; Trike Pep; Custom - Larry Birdsong; Rat Popeye; Bagger Russ Yorke; Classic Abe Stewart. And what would a bike rally be without a wet t-shirt contest? I guess I don't need to answer that as I did not see any members of N.O.W. at the rally. The winner of the wet t-shirt contest was “Sin” with second place going to Valerie, and third to Michelle. All three got gift certificates from Grand Canyon HD. Erin Hutchinson was the winner of collecting the most beads. The Yavapai Chapter would like to thank all our sponsors and vendors, the town of Jerome, Chief Muma for helping to support our event. Thanks to the Phoenix/Shadow Mountain Chapter for attending during their 20th anniversary celebration. Maybe the biggest thanks go out to the owner of the Gold King Mine, Don Robertson. Next time you are in Jerome, before hitting the Spirit Room (big thanks to them as well), ride a little way past the Jerome firehouse, and take a tour of the Gold King Mine. You will have a “hauntingly” good time. Thanks again to all riders who came and supported our event. We are aiming to do again next year, but even bigger and better. Mike “Dawolf” Ruddell Communications Officer Yavapai Chapter ABATE of Arizona



Safety Report about, someone takes off from the event going south, toward the Firehouse, and misses the nearly 90 degree turn in the road that goes off into a field just after all the cabins thin out. It might not be too bad to just go off the road into a field but there is a huge tree stump pretty much right in the way. One year someone ran right into that stump going too fast and having missed the turn. It was an awful scene. So, please pay attention to your speed, especially up there at Mormon Lake where the road is unfamiliar to you. Do not over-ride your skill level.

I’ve been racking my brain trying to think of something new and catchy to write about Safety this month. And also I’ve been so very sad that Clyde and I are not going to Too Broke this year. We have been to nearly every Too Broke since it started 20 years ago. We even camped at Watson Lake in Prescott for the weekend, the year there was no Too Broke. I will especially miss working the Bike Games and marveling at the outstanding riding skills that the Bike Game participants display. It just amazes me! Then it dawned on me, I can write about Safety at Too Broke. Every year, just

can become a mud bog pretty quickly. The road coming out of the camp ground can get slick very quickly with just a little bit of mud. The road is probably pretty slick anyway because of the gravel that trails from the campground with all the traffic. So, again watch your speed and don’t over-ride your skill level. PAY ATTENTION! Nobody else is. It’s a party. So, if you think someone is not seeing you as you merge onto the road or even riding around in the campground, they don’t. In years past, there were folks camping across the road in the wooded area, which kind of slowed things down because there was so much foot traffic. They won’t be there this year, so riders will tend to go faster in that area. Be Careful!

Check your equipment before you leave. Do the T-CLOCK thing. Check your Tires & wheels; Controls; Lights; Oil; Chassis; Kickstand. Make sure that nothing is going to go flat, run out of fluid, or fall off before the garage. I remember every time I rode my 67 Sportster too many years ago, I had to go around the whole machine and tighten all the nuts and bolts so I won’t see them bouncing down the road the next time I was out. Things aren’t quite that bad these days. But, there still is a pre-ride check you should do of your bike EVERY time you ride.

Just because you’re up in the high country and it’s cooler doesn’t mean you can’t get dehydrated. Drink Water!!! You would be surprised how much water you lose with your knees in the breeze. When you feel thirsty, you already need more water than you think. Yes, you will be drinking liquids while you are partying at Too Broke but all liquids are not the same :) Add water. If your urine is dark yellow or amber, you really have not had enough water. While we’re thinking

Also remember that it frequently rains up there in the afternoon. The camp area

about it, go get some water right now. After you’ve enjoyed yourself all weekend, the ride home can be way too long. Stop along the way to rest up and cool off, and yes, drink some water. It gets hot, especially if you are descending into the depths of Hell, oh, I mean returning the Valley of the Sun. So, pay attention to how you’re feeling on your ride and rest when you need to. And last, but not least, whenever you get ready to get on your bike, go to the bathroom. I remember almost 20 years ago Slider Gilmore was here talking to us about safety and stuff that happens in accidents. You do not want to have a full bladder if you are in an accident, so empty it before you start out. Slide said, “Pee for Me”. It has stuck with me all this time. And that’s the last thing I do before I get on my bike. Well, I guess that’s all for now. We’ll miss you guys this year. Have a great time. And remember Rubber Side Down!! Jean Cooper State Safety Officer

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ABATE OF ARIZONA LOCAL CHAPTERS A.B.A.T.E. BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS FOR 2011 - 2012 Chairman..............................Eric Hampton East Valley………………….Rick “Animal” Henry High Country........................Billy Hensler Mohave……………………..Bill Baxter Phx / Shadow Mountain…...Eric Hampton Southern AZ.........................Sean Pinder Yavapai……………………..”Still Ray” Fitzgerald 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 2011 President………..............……Margie Ferrucci Vice President.....……………Vacant Secretary……………………Casey Yates Treasurer…………………….Matt Brown Asst. Treasurer........................Jess Method Membership…………………Ron Kool Run/Events………………….Margie Ferrucci Safety Coordinator………….Jean Cooper Sergeant-at-Arms……………Joe Ferrucci P.A.C………………………...Tim O’Reilly Communications…………….Casey Yates ABATE Products……………Ron Kool 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................................Jess Method Treasurer................................Jess Method Membership...........................Rick Henry Run Coordinator....................Jack Batty Safety Coordinator.................Joe & Jim Silk Sgt. At Arms.......................... Robert Vasquez P.A.C......................................Jeff Gorall Communications....................Alex Gorall Merchandise........................... Whole Chapter

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................................Kristen Blakeslee Treasurer...............................Debbie Fickel Membership...........................Becca (Vine) Holyoak Run Coordinator....................Jonathan Lucero Safety Coordinator.................Steve Leonard Sgt. At Arms.........................Ed “Hollywood” Holyoak P.A.C.....................................Johnathan Lucero Communications....................Billy Hensler Merchandise..........................Kristen Blakeslee

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

Mohave Chapter 4195 Hwy 68 C-197 Golden Valley, AZ. 86413 Coordinator...........................Rodney Rich Vice Coordinator...................Tom Anderson Secretary................................Suzanne Anderson Treasurer................................Lani Jones Membership..........................Donald Russell Run Committee....................Vacant Safety Coordinator................Vacant Sgt. At Arms.........................Billy Baxter P.A.C.....................................Rodney Rich Merchandise..........................Trudy Rich Communications...................Vacant

Mohave County Chapter meetings are held the 2nd Sunday of the month at noon at V.F.W. Post 2555, 6068 Supai Dr.(off N. Colorado) Golden Valley, Az. Call Rodney Rich at 928-757-9711 or e-mail At

Phoenix-Shadow Mountain Chapter P.O. Box 54041 Phoenix, AZ 85078-4041 Coordinator...........................Jim Page Vice Coordinator....................Sandy Hassinger Secretary................................Connie Johnson Treasurer................................Carole O'Reilly Membership...........................Mikki Aaronson Run Coordinator....................Darin Yates Safety Coordinator.................Mike Falcone Sgt. At Arms..........................Victor Grady P.A.C......................................Tim O’Reilly Communications....................Casey Yates Merchandise...........................Vacant

Southern Arizona Chapter 1339 N. Golden Palomino Pl. Tucson, AZ 85715 Coordinator............................Ron Kool Vice Coordinator....................Jim DeYoung Secretary................................Rich Montgomery Treasurer................................Dawn Detelj Membership...........................Ron Kool Run Coordinator....................Ken Lamb Safety Coordinator.................Jimmy Clark Sgt. At Arms.........................Jim Butsback P.A.C......................................Sean Pinder Communications....................Vacant Merchandise...........................Dawn Detelj

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

ADDRESS CHANGE The email address for submitting items to the Masterlink has changed. We have some bored little kid on the other side of the planet spamming the hell out of us. The new address for submitting pictures, run flyers, etc is now:

Yavapai Chapter P.O. Box 3377 Prescott, AZ 86302 Coordinator............................ Rich Kocar Vice Coordinator....................David “Doc” Pratt Secretary................................ Linda “Gabby” Kocar Treasurer................................ Paul "Wizbang" Pendergast Membership........................... Patrica Fitzgerald Run Coordinator......................“Longhair James” Venegas and Lora "Ralo" Heiniemi Safety Coordinator..................Vacant Sgt. At Arms...........................JD Fillingim P.A.C...................................... Lynda Marie “Handi” Barnett Communications.................... Mike “Dawolf” Ruddell Merchandise...........................Lora "Ralo" Heiniemi

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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

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

MRF Best of the West If you have never attended one of the MRF conferences, you really need to one day. The amount of information gained, plus networking with much of the leadership in the Motorcyclists Rights movement is priceless. Top all of that off with the trip to and from, and you have a memorable long weekend. You had a nice contingency representing Arizona; I think the only other ride-in pack was from Idaho. We had 6 bikes/8 people meet in Flagstaff and head north thru Page to Ogden, Utah: Stillray and his wife, Margie and Fred, Deborah Butitta, Long Hair James and Don, and myself. When we stopped for the night, I had gone about 550 miles. We were surrounded by mountains with the tops covered in snow most of the trip once we hit Utah. Considering none of us had ridden together in a group with each other, the run went so well that I cannot wait to ride with these folks again next time! Kat and her husband met us there at the hotel. Once we arrived, it was time to unwind, get our rooms, and register for the conference. ABATE of Utah hosted the event, and host they did! There was a hospitality suite with food and drink, and a “beer garden” outside where those that smoke can enjoy sitting around and talking. Bravo to Utah ABATE! Friday night we all did the “Meet the Board” and “SMRO Introductions”. After each Board Member said a few word to us, each State MRO present got up and spoke of our State and what was happening legislatively. Most used their State

MRF Rep to speak, but we had our own ABATE President Margie get up there and speak. Good Job! The rest of the evening was used to see old friends, meet new ones, and enjoy the hospitality of our hosts. First thing Saturday morning, we had the General Session, which included speakers like Hardtail (MRF President”, and Jeff Hennie (MRF Lobbyist in Washington DC). The amount of information I absorbed from just these two men needed digested a bit before I took anymore in. Hardtail spoke on how we need to get people to these conventions, for the learning experience and the national networking ability. We all learn from the speakers and each other and what better way than while we relax after the workshops and enjoy dinner or a drink. I know it worked for me I met almost every person there this weekend! Also discussed was how the SMRO’s need to consider funding some of the expenses involved for attendees, since so many pay out of their own pocket and rarely miss these. Many cannot afford it, thus do not even consider going. Some State MRO’s have fund raising functions just to fund officers and members to go to one or all of the MRF conventions. Hardtail also spoke on some of the issues in Canada compared to our complaints. Were you aware there is a 50% tax in some parts of Canada on bike sales? So, that $20,000 Harley you bought would have cost you $30,000 out the door. The reason for this is motorcycles are defined as “not necessary” thus eligible for the

extreme taxes. Licensing is also higher, plus add in laws where you must have tire chains on ANY vehicle through the winter months. When is the last time you saw a motorcycle with chains on it? Can you even buy them? So, you cannot ride period between those months. The MRF watches closely that none of these taxes and laws comes up here. Jeff spoke on “Bikers on the Beltway”, started by the late Michael “Boz” Kerr, past MRF VP, and how over half of the States were represented. They figured out who was from where by looking at the license plates on the bikes, and our own Stillray was the farthest to travel. He went on to tell us that over ½ of the House Members were visited by the many there for the day, a proud moment for us as a group nationally. Bikers were definitely noticed walking the halls of Congress, by more than a few people. A few of us decided to split up the workshops Saturday, so we could bring back as much information as possible, between us. I got to go to the “Five Steps to Freedom” workshop, based on Sputnik’s videos on how to take over your local political party and make changes to the status quo. Aside from this actually working in Texas and getting biker-friendly political leaders in place, it also worked to bond all the groups together while implementing this action, MROs, clubs, and independents. They now work as one and continue to put their own people into offices, from the small towns up to the State level.

Another workshop for me was an indepth study of the “Share the Road” program used in Utah. This is a safety program for and about Bikers/motorcycles, completely run in a joint program by ABATE of Utah and their State Safety Dept. I have only heard of one other State working so closely with the State and getting positive results, both in attitude towards bikers and also with the accident statistics showing real change. They have posters, bumper stickers, and many items out there to promote watching out for us while also having a huge school program similar to our MAP program but much larger in the number of students actually taught. They pulled this off with the help of the Safety Director within the State of Utah and with the support of hundreds of ABATE members helping any way they can. I was definitely impressed, and will be getting all the info and items they found useful for our use if we need it all. The MRF, working with Stillray, has also put together the “Sustaining Member Motorcycle Club Meeting”, where we discuss strategies working with the Clubs on information sharing between us. We had club members from several of the western States and interest seems to be growing. One of the high points was the discussion on discrimination and what Arizona has done in Kingman and Pima County and what changes have happens and are happening. Good job Stillray! We had the banquet Saturday night, all of

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Famous Sam’s Payson 928-468-0407

Red Garter Bar & Grill Tucson 520-325-0483

The Butcher Hook Tonto Basin 928-479-2226

All Clene Carpet Cleaners Payson 928-468-1358

Gila County Chopper Strawberry 480-789-2933

Red Hot Threads Cave Creek 480-945-3458

The Drunken Lass Irish Pub Prescott 928-778-4211

Amon Builders Payson 928-474-0689

Gold King Mine & Ghost Town Jerome 928-634-0053

Renegade Classics Biker Outlet Tucson 520-647-9312

The Hog Pit Smoke House Tucson 520-722-4302

Bedmart Phoenix 623-878-0536

GraphicsGraphics Web Design & Development Phoenix 602-595-4740

Rim Liquor Payson 928-472-2200

The Jerome Tattoo Company Jerome 928-649-2143

Smoke This, Wear This Payson 928-474-3090

The Maverick Saloon Phoenix 602-943-5680

Spirit Room Jerome 928-634-8809

Walt’s Lock and Safe Phoenix 623-780-0490

Sportsman's Chalet Strawberry 928-476-2411

Wear This Smoke This Payson 928-474-3090

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Wild West Junction Williams 928-635-4512

Big John’s Garage Tucson 520-322-9933

Gurley Street Sports Pub Prescott 928-778-2491

Big Sky Motorcycles Tucson 520-886-7388

Gyro Tym Phoenix 480-497-6896

Biker’s Bay Tucson 520-745-4529

Hardtailz Biker Outlet Chino Valley 928-642-4562

Biker Babes and Beyond Prescott 928-778-7494

Jakes Corner Bar Payson 928-474-0679

Biker Information Guide Phoenix 602-843-8907 Bobby D’s Bar-B-Q Pit Jerome 480-703-0045

Joeta’s Leather Mesa 480-827-1868

Brown & Little, P.L.C., Attorneys at Law 480-299-2093 Buchanan Construction, LLC 928-978-3291 Buffalo Bar & Grill Payson 928-474-3900

Kitty For Tax Camp Vercde 928-567-0224 The Law Office of Alfred McDonald Tucson 520-884-5201 La Gitana Cantina Arivaca 520-398-0810

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Phoenix / Shadow Mountain Chapter 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 602-570-6839 or email

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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 520-203-2323 or email

Mohave Chapter Mohave County Chapter meetings are held the 2nd Sunday of the month 12:00 noon at: the VFW in Golden Valley AZ Call Rodney Rich at 928-757-9711 or email

Performance Specialists Kingman 928-692-6601 Petersen Johnson Accident & Injury Law Phoenix 602-650-1200

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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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PAC Report sometimes in terms of dollars, or in changes in standards of living, or in regulatory inconveniences. When there is an upcoming Bill or issue in the future that you may have a particular concern about these tips may help you. Personal contacts: Personal contacts can be a meaningful way to influence a legislator.

Hello to all of my Brothers & Sisters ; This months’ article I really had to do some digging for something to write about. Our legislators are off for the summer, other than the unemployment special session they were called back for. I will let you all make your minds up about their decision on that one. Especially, since we have so many of our own members out of work. Any way I want to refresh everyone’s memory on why we are members of ABATE of Arizona. It is important in a democracy that citizens help keep their legislators informed. In order to be a true representative of the people, legislators need to know the thinking of their constituents on those issues upon which decisions will be made, and the facts on which such thinking and conclusions are based. As a citizen, you can help insure good legislation on state and national levels by communication with your elected representatives at the proper time. Too many people never have any contact with those who represent them in government., whose vote may decide what price they will pay for the acts of government,

Before contacting any legislators, take the time to read all available background material on the bill or issue which concerns you. Although it is obviously beneficial for you to know a great deal about the specifics of the bill or issues, it is not essential that you know everything. The primary goal of you visit is to express your concern over a particular bill or issue. Know when and where to contact a legislator. The best time to find a legislator in their office would be on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. When calling you will most likely speak to the legislators aide. Always be polite. When you introduce yourself, save time by making it clear who you are and what organization you represent, (unless you are calling on a personal matter of your own)., then just identify yourself and your district you live. If you are calling on behalf of ABATE, mention this to the legislator / aide. Don’t demand a commitment before the facts are in. Give your legislator a fair chance to examine all sides of an issue. The legislative process is very complex, and bills change their shape in committee and on the floor of both houses of the legislature. A bill rarely becomes law in the same form as introduced. It is possi-

ble that the bill you supported originally is so changed in the process that you may oppose it’s final form . A legislator may be forced to vote on the bill as a whole, weighing the good with the bad and the needs of all constituents. And/or the state as a whole, rather than those of a particular group or individual. For those of our members who have volunteered to be involved in the Defender program, Chapter PAC Officers, and members. I hope this will give you some insight on contacting your elected officials. If you haven’t already, please contact your U.S. House Representative, and ask them to vote for H.R. 904. This Bill would prohibit future funding for, “Motorcycle Only Roadside Safety Check Points”. These motorcycle safety check points are NOT done for the sake of safety, they are being performed as a form of harassment to all motorcycle riders. Several states have passed legislation preventing grants for these check points, which have been deemed as a form of harassment and violation of Our Rights. Passage of H.R. 904 will be added on and attached to a much larger U.S. Transportation Bill later this year. Both MRF (Motorcycle Riders Foundation) and AMA (American Motorcycle Association) Support the passage of H.R. 904. Until next month, Ride Safe and Ride Smart Tim O’Reilly ABATE of Arizona State PAC Coordinator

Ask Our Lawyer by Rod Taylor - ABATE Legal Services MIRACLE RIDE A WONDERFUL SUCCESS--$250K FOR THE KIDS AT RILEY They were all there: Gov. Mitch Daniels, radio talk show hosts Bob & Tom, Ed Schetter, Ex. Dir. of ABATE of Ohio, Jay Jackson of ABATE of Indiana, Doc Jones of ABATE of Illinois and thousands of others. They all came together to support Riley Hospital for Children. That hospital provides care for kids from all over the country and, in many instances, the world. Riley sets the bar for research for diseases that uniquely affect children. That this facility is located in the heart of the country is poetic and says something wonderful about us mid-westerners. Many of you have heard me say that the measure of a society is how those in it treat their children. By that definition, heartland citizens go to the head of the line. This event would not be possible if it were not for the scores of volunteers. I will highlight some recognizing that many others need acknowledgment-- I will catch up with the missed ones later. At the head of the list is Gino Johnson. Gino, the world’s best CPA and former IRS agent, keeps us all honest and

straight. We could not do with out him. Kathy Schulteti and her whole wonderful family and employees have been there from the beginning. Same for Rick Chupp and Cycle Outfitters. Marc Falsetti, our advertising guru, gets 8k to 10k participants every year. I am not sure how he does it, but he does. Judge Freese makes the ride organized and keeps us safe. Yackey is our first photographer, and Jad Porter seems to do everything. John Barto feeds us and feeds us well. The McAtees, first family of law enforcement, do the impossible and lead 8,000 bikers through numerous intersections safely. Every ride has had the involvement of the Farabaugh family, especially Deb who is our heart. Finally, ABATE is the back bone of this wonderful ride; and ABATE LEGAL is very proud that the planning for this ride started in our office in 1993. WHEN TREES GET YOU DOWN WHAT TO DO AND WHO TO NOTIFY Q: I was in a bike accident Monday. A tree was hiding the stop light and I didn't see it until the last minute. I locked it up but ended up sliding through the stop light and hitting a car. I was given a ticket for running the red light. The officer told me that I could go to court, plead my case about the light being hidden and get

the ticket dropped. He basically admitted that the light was hidden. Now, people are telling us to sue. We are not sue happy people, however, if the tree had been trimmed, this would not have happened. What can I do? ABATE member. A: There are a number of things you can do to help yourself out and preserve facts for the case that you have. You are like a lot of folks in this country that have not been involved with filing a lawsuit and want nothing to do with that process. Sometimes a case like yours can be resolved simply by making a request that is well documented and compelling. In order to get to that position, get a series of photos approaching the light from the lane in which you were riding. A simple camera photo will do. If the city has already cut the branches, get clear photos of their recent work. Statements of the adjoining property owners and others witnessing the trimming by the City should be obtained as soon as possible. These witnesses are needed by you to confirm the obscuring tree branches and issues concerning any notice the City had of the hazard. You will have the burden to show how obscured the light was at the time of the crash . If the City (you need to make sure they had the responsibility for trimming the tree) has not trimmed the branches yet, a notice by you to them

is in order. A copy of the cell phone photos should be emailed to them immediately. I will have send a notice to them as well. If you have a copy of the police report, send it to us. If not, we will order one for you. That will be useful in both locating the police officer who responded, as well as identifying how he documented the accident. He may have listed critical witnesses who can confirm our facts. You will need a statement from him admitting

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Calendar - Courtesy of Kirk & Lady Jewells at June 2011 July 1 {FRI} - Tucson, AZ * H-D of Tucson Hosts ROUND 2 of HOT SUMMER NIGHTS. Event time: 5PM to 9:30PM Description: Car & Bike Show. Battle of the Bands (to sign your band up e-mail: Winning band gets $1000 in cash. BEER Garden with proceeds going to The American Diabetes Association. 5 to 9:30pm JULY 1 {FRI} - MESA, AZ* MOTORCYCLES ON MAIN STREET BIKE NIGHT– Event_Description: First Friday of the month, from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Cruise Main Street in downtown Mesa. Sturgis style parking; beer gardens, bands, vendors and much more. Ride with us from Chester’s H.D – 922 S. Country Drive to downtown. For more info: 480.894.0404 or JULY 1st -4th {FRI-MON} PINETOP, AZ* 2nd Annual White Mountain Bike Rally Event_Time: Gates open 4:00 pm on Friday, July 1, 2011 Event_Location: 777 Hwy 260 Pinetop, Arizona 85935 Event_Description: 2nd Annual White Mountain Bike Rally in the beautiful White Mountains of Arizona. Get away from the heat and ride in the largest expanse of Ponderosa pine trees in the U.S. Food, Fun, and prizes, bike parade, bike games 2 poker runs with cash prizes, ride- in bike contest,2 concerts and a bike giveaway in the

casino. Rally starts July 1st afternoon at 4:00 p.m. with a bike parade beginning in Show Low Arizona thru town and up to Hon-Dah Casino. Go to website for registration information and vendor information or call Mike Burks @928-369-0299 , Karen Jordan @ 928-369-7590, Vendors call Melissa Amos @ 928-369-7573 and vendor information or call Mike Burks @928-369-0299 , Karen Jordan @ 928-369-7590, Vendors call Melissa Amos @ 928-369-7573 Name: Armando Rodriguez email:

Event time: 6PM Event Location: Rendezvous Nightclub (520-4582902) Description: Presented by Harley Davidson of Sierra Vista. All riders and colors are welcome to Rendezvous' Big Bad Bike Night on the 1st Thursday of every month! We block off the parking lot for you to show off your bike and we have 2 for 1 drink specials and giveaways all night long. The best bike night in Southern Arizona only at Rendezvous! 6:00 pm at Rendezvous Nightclub (520-458-2902)

July 2 {SUN} – Sierra Vista, Tucson, Chandler, and Peoria, AZ. H-D Hosts Red, White & Blue Events at Arrowhead HarleyDavidson, Tucson Harley-Davidson, Chandler Harley-Davidson and Sierra Vista Harley-Davidson. Free Food from 11 to 1 and great deals on licensed Harley-Davidson products going on inside the stores. See store websites for full details.

JULY 7 {{THUR} – TUCSON, AZ* ALR Post 36 Bike Night Event Description: Presented by ALR Post 36. Benefits American Legion Riders Post 36 Soldiers Fund. Come out and join us for a fun new East side Bike Night. $2.25 Domestic Long necks; $2.50 Domestic Pints; Bike Night Food Special $5.00 per plate (menu varies). Vendors and 50/50. Located at Beer Belly's Pub (the old hide-out East side). North side of 22nd St. behind the 22nd St. Thrift Store. East on 22nd St., 2nd North turnout after Pantano. 5:30pm. Beer Belly's Pub, Sherwood Village Dr. in Tucson, AZ. FMI:

JULY 6 {Wed} - PHOENIX, AZ*Top Shelf and Crusaders for the Children Bike Night!! Event time: 7-9PM Event Location:Top Shelf Mexican Cantina, 3301 West Greenway Rd. Phx, AZ 85058 Description: Join the Crusaders for the Children the 1st Wednesday of each Month for Bike Night. Food & Drink Specials, Music, 50/50, and more. JULY 7 {THURS} - SIERRA VISTA, AZ* BIG BAD BIKE NIGHT AT RENDEZVOUS –

July 9 {SAT} - Mesa, AZ *Evil Twin Custom Cycles Bike Parts Swap Meet. Event Time: 8 am - 2 pm. Details: Bike Parts Swap Meet. Free Vendor Spaces (Vendors can set up starting at 7:00 am). Drinks &

Food / Bikini Bike Wash. Come on out and get some new parts for your bike and enjoy a day with friends old and new! Event location: Evil Twin Custom Cycles - 2534 W Broadway in Mesa. For more information 480784-0040 or visit July 9 {SAT} - Phoenix, AZ * Brotherhood RC Second Aniversary Party. Event time: 7pm Details: Brotherhood RC would like to invite you to join us for our SECOND ANIVERSARY PARTY. Starting at 7:oo pm July 9th at Wild Bill's located on 27th Ave and just south of Glendale. We have two great bands starting at 8Pm. Nurse Rachet and Power Steering. There will be drink specials, vendor promos, and GOOD TIME TO BE HAD BY ALL. So come PARTY WITH THE BROTHERHOOD!!!! July 9 {SAT} - Peoria. AZ * SUMMER OPEN HOUSE at Arrowhead Harley-Davidson. Event time: Store opens at 10AM Event details: FREE FOOD, LIVE MUSIC, Bike wash by the Harley Girls. Spend $200 in parts or motorclothes and go inside our money machine! Event location: 16130 N Arrowhead Fountain Ctr Dr. Glendale, AZ 85301 Phone: 623 247-5542 JULY 10 {SUN} - SCOTTSDALE, AZ* Every 2nd Sunday BIKE BLESSING AT THE GARDEN CHURCH – Event Time: Service starts at 10AM Event Location: 8th



Calendar - Courtesy of Kirk & Lady Jewells at Street & McDonald in Scottsdale, AZ. Description: Senior Pastor Gene James and Motorcycle Minister Rick Black conduct a “Bike Blessing” after service (service starts at 10:00 am) every 2nd second Sunday of the month. You’ll receive a decal and patch; then ride off in our gorgeous weather on a random ride, then a bite to eat and fellowship at a restaurant chosen by the group. The Garden Church located at 86th Street and McDonald. For more info: July 13 {WED} – TUCSON, AZ* Los Vatos MC & Buffalo Wild Wings CoHosts Hot Wednesday Biker Night Event Time: 6pm – 11pm Event Location:1390 W. Irvington Rd. Tucson, AZ. Description: Presented by Los Vatos MC. Bike Night 2nd Wednesday of every month starting at 6pm. Live Music, Vendors, Food and Drink Specials, Door Prizes. Any Money made Benefits various Tucson charities. For more information Please contact Jim Maldonado to confirm at 520-235-0690 JULY 16 {SAT} - TUCSON, AZ* HELLS ANGELS TUCSON PRESENTS “HOT JULY NITE” – Details: With the Tucson Red & White Hot Babes, cool bikes, hot times, cool friends. Music, great food and refreshments. $20 Donation Discount for Couples Event Time: 6.00 pm Event Location: at the Club House

2819 S 12th Ave.. Info: or July 21 {THUR} – TUCSON, AZ* Branding Iron North presents Bike Nite Event Description: Join us every 3rd Thursday of each month at 6pm. Special attractions will be best bike burnout contest, and a hot legs contest with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place cash prizes for both events. $2.00 Domestic Beer. Also free door prizes: Detail and oil change from Knuckleheads detail. Prizes also by Heavy Metal Designz. everyone welcome. 6pm. Branding Iron North, 2660 W. Ruthrauff in Tucson, AZ (520) 888-9452 July 21 {THUR} - PEORIA, AZ * Ladies Garage Party at Arrowhead Harley-Davidson. Event time: 5 to 8:30pm Details: FREE Event for women only. Learn all about riding during our information and fun stations around our store. This event is for women who dream of riding or are beginner riders. We will provide food, raffle prizes and gift bags for the first 30 women to sign up. Event location: 16130 N Arrowhead Fountain Ctr Dr. Glendale, AZ 85301 Phone: 623 247-5542 You must RSVP to attend: e-mail

July 22 – 24 {Fri-Sun} – MORMON LAKE, AZ*

Mormom Lake, AZ* AZ ABATE Hosts 20th Annual TOO Broke for Sturgis Event Description: Too Broke for Sturgis Hosted by ABATE of Arizona as our yearly fund-raising event, Too Broke is a blast for everyone that attends. The money raised goes to a great cause, fighting for your motorcycling freedoms. Old school biker event, must be 18 and older Everyone who attends is made to feel like family. Please visit our web site. July 23 {Sat}- MEYER, AZ* Veterans Appreciation Day at Grand Canyon Harley-Davidson in Mayer. Event time: 12 noon to 4 pm. Details: Free Bar BBQ, Music, and Giveaways - We are located 8 miles West of I-17 on N. SR 89A. For more information: July 30 {SAT} - KINGMAN, AZ *Run for the Wild. Details: 1st Annual Poker Run benefitting Keepers of the Wild Animal Sanctuary. $25.00/$15.00 rider/passenger(donation) Run begins at the Moose Lodge in Bullhead City, AZ and ends at Keepers of the Wild Animal Sanctuary. In addition to tshirt, door prizes, raffle, music and all the normal stuff, your donation includes access to the Park. For more information

POCATELLO, ID* POW*MIA Awareness Rally Details: Pocatello, Idaho * POW*MIA Awareness Rally <> A three day event to remember POW*MIAs. Demonstrations by Joint Prisoners of War, Missing in Action Accounting Command (JPAC) & the POW*MIA Awareness Rally. $15 for three days of activities and entertainment. TENTATIVE SCHEDULE: Gates open at 9am with sign ups for motorcycle rodeo, loudest pipes, etc. After all contest preliminaries, OPENING CEREMONIES will begin at 6:30pm. Former POW Cpt. Burk will be our guest speaker. At 7pm, A tribute to rock, featuring Kyd J, opening for Guns 4 Roses and Draw the Line(Aerosmith). See us on the web and facebook. Contact: Casey Jackman aka "X-Ray (email: xraypowmia @ Website: July 30th {Sat} - GLENDALE, AZ* Arrowhead Harley Davidson Customer Appreciation Breakfast Event Time: 8:30-10:AM Event Location: Arrowhead HarleyDavidson 16130 N. Arrowhead Fountain Center Dr. Glendale, AZ 85301 Description: A Free Pancake Breakfast is held in the Breezeway at Arrowhead Harley to say “Thank you” to our Customers for their continued business. FMI: 623 247-5542,


MRF BEST of the West (continued) Arizona, including Kat and her husband, sat together. There were words from several leaders in the MRF to us personally, thanking us for being there and sacrificing our time with family, friends and money to be there. This was followed by some awards, followed by both the silent auction and the live auction. Stillray and Deb brought up a nice donation from a business member in Prescott, and Stillray was highest bidder and got it back. Loads of money was raised for the MRF that night. The rest of the evening was full of sharing of stories from all the States and

what they are doing amongst each other while enjoying the hospitality of our host ABATE organization. We were up, fed, and moving down the road by 8AM Sunday. The weather was cool the whole time up there, so jackets were on till about noon. We made good time plus used the highway more, so we ended up running straight thru from Ogden, Utah to home. I ended up doing around 750 miles that day, getting home around 9PM. Only one minor problem with a bike that took 3 minutes to fix and

due to one small gas tank in our bunch we got to take a break every 80-90 miles which is how we were able to take all those miles in one day. As I close this out, I encourage all of you to consider a trip to one of the MRF convention. The information you will receive is unbelievable, plus you will meet some of the most active leadership in the Motorcyclists Rights movement in the nation. To find out more on where and when the conventions are held, go to and seriously try to fit

it into your schedule. “Meeting of the Minds” will be in September in Detroit, Michigan and I am planning on attending. Anyone with any questions or comments, feel free to email me at or see me at one of the meetings. Thanks! Rick Henry East Valley Chapter, ABATE of Arizona.

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Ask Our Lawyer (continued) that the tree obscured the light asap before he forgets about your case. You must also notify your insurance carrier of your crash in writing. And send them a copy of your photos and a copy of the crash report.

weapon more serious than a black powder, double barreled shotgun (circa 1850) with double-aught buck shot? and just because we have more lawyers and judges is not enough reason to squander our 4th Amendment right of privacy.

When you are making a claim against a government entity, you will need to make sure you place them on notice of the accident. Most states, including Indiana, require that a specific notice be given to the government entity within 6 months of the incident. If you fail to do that properly you can lose your claim, so we need to do that one for you. In Illinois, suit must be brought against the government entity within one year of the incident. In Ohio, there is no notice requirement, but the suit must be brought within two years.

I, for one, honor our right to privacy. It is the nature of us. If the police officer does not have a warrant, he better not be coming into my house without it or my invitation. While I am not going to shoot him, I am going to let him know that he is leaving and pronto. If that means I shove him out my door, so be it. If I feel like it, I might even say please. If that right was good enough for over 700 years, why is it not good enough now?

INDIANA, ILLINOIS AND OHIO, THE LAST GREAT HOLD OUTS, HAVE FALLEN - BARNES V. INDIANA, A PRECEDENT FOR EROSION OF OUR 4TH AMENDMENT RIGHTS? We used to have the right to physically resist an illegal, unlawful entry into our homes by a police office. No longer. Now the thinking that is going around a majority of the states, including Indiana, Illinois and Ohio, is that the right to resist an unlawful police action is out of style or not currently acceptable in a modern society. What? We have enjoyed this right since the Magna Carta. That was in 1215 A.D. And this basic right has been reaffirmed numerous times by the U.S. Supreme Court. But now it seems that some states, Ohio, Illinois, and Indiana, included, hold that is old fashion thinking and that we need to modernize and be trendy. Supporters of this fashionable thinking list concerns that caused a majority of the states to go along with the crowd, citing, for example, that a citizen could get hurt, or that weapons are more serious today, or that the citizen could sue if he was wronged. Response: citizens could have always been hurt; is there any

There have always been proper exceptions as when the officer was in “hot pursuit”. But that does not and should not apply when you are home peacefully eating supper, reading the newspaper and the like. Sadly, Indiana has now joined her sister states in diminishing our basic rights enjoyed since 1215. I was always told that a man’s home was his castle. What’s next? MY STATE DOES NOT HAVE A MOTORCYCLE LEMON LAW - AM I SCREWED? NOT SINCE MAGNUSON - MOSS ; A FEDERAL LAW Q. I purchased a bike in Missouri. The bike has been in the shop more than I have ridden it. I am still having the same issues this year and it looks like I will miss more of this riding season. All I want is what I paid for - a bike that I can ride safely and enjoy. The dealership folks are nice people, but do not seem to be able to get to the bottom of my bike’s problem for a fix. Missouri does not have a motorcycle lemon law. What can I do? Is there a lemon law for motorcycles? How do I use a lemon law? ABATE member. A. Seventeen states have lemon laws in

this country. Motorcycles are covered by the lemon law in the following states: Arizona, Connecticut, Kansas, Maine (non-commercial),Maryland, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Nevada (onroad only), New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Texas, Virgina, Washington (over 750 cc), West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Each state has a different set of requirements. In general, in order to make a claim under a state lemon law, you will have to have had a specific number of repair attempts within a specific amount of time. For example, Ohio’s statute requires that there be 3 unsuccessful repairs of same defect, or 30 calendar days out of service, or 8 total repairs of any defects, or 1 unsuccessful repair of problem likely to cause death or serious bodily injury within shorter of 1 year or 18,000 miles. Other states have similar requirements, but the number of repair attempts, time out of service or aggregate mileage may be different. You will need to check with your state to see what the requirements are. You can generally get that information from your state’s consumer protection office. All of them provide some measure of remedies and most of them vary with some providing that the thresholds of coverage apply after a down period of the bike. For example most bike lemon laws use 30 days as a measure, others use 15, 20 or in some states 40 days. In some instances the law requires you to be the original purchaser. In others you only have to be within the warranty period. It is fair to say that the lemon laws vary. When the automobile lemon laws were implemented quite a few years back, motorcycles were skipped in the process. Now that many motorcycle prices exceed the prices of cars and trucks, several states have taken a new look at including motorcycles in the lemon law protection group.

But even if you live in a state without a lemon law, you may have better protection at the federal level. The Magnuson Moss Warranty Act provides a measure of protection for those who buy a bad bike. The cool thing about that act is that there is no specific notice requirement, the bike can be used (has to be within the warranty period) and there are no mileage restrictions. The purchaser is only required to show that the defect was not repaired after a reasonable number of attempts. Most state lemon laws have specific requirements for attempts at repair and days of lost service - the federal law does not. If you are successful, you can get a free replacement or full refund of your money and attorney fees. So, even though your state does not have a lemon law, you still have a powerful powerful remedy in the Magnuson - Moss Act. Even where a state has a lemon law for motorcycles, always include a claim under the federal act. There you have a double barreled shotgun. And with the threat of paying your attorney fees, you usually get a resolution. Just say Magnuson - Moss and I will bet you don’t have to call me. The only folks that bad dealers hate to pay more than their buyers is their lawyers. Remember, injured ABATE members pay only 28 ½% of total recovery and expenses as approved by client, consistent with and conforming to applicable state law. Elsewhere, you may pay 33 1/3%, 40% or even 50% of your recovery. And, ABATE members are not charged for recovery of damage to your motorcycle, and have access to a 24-hour toll-free telephone number. Call us at (800) 25-RIDER If you have any questions you would like to ask the lawyer, please submit them to ASK OUR LAWYER, at © 2011, A.B.A.T.E. Legal Services

Coast to Coast NCOM BIKER NEWSBYTES Compiled & Edited by Bill Bish, National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM) WASHINGTON STATE ENACTS NATION’S FIRST ANTI-PROFILING LAW Motorcycle riders routinely report being profiled by law enforcement, but a new law in Washington State is intended to prohibit police from singling out bikers for stops without clear and legitimate reason. Modeled after a 2002 state law outlawing racial profiling by police, the nation’s first “anti-profiling” bill passed unanimously through both the House and Senate, and was signed by Gov. Chris Gregoire on April 13. Sponsored by Rep. Steve Kirby (D-Tacoma), the new law will force local law enforcement agencies to adopt a written policy designed to condemn and prevent the profiling of motorcyclists, and it institutes training to address the problem. Motorcycle enthusiasts presented compelling evidence to legislators, including a video of a state trooper crawling through bushes near the Legislative Building in Olympia two years ago and writing down motorcycle license plates

while bikers were holding their annual “Black Thursday” legislative rally and lobby day. Outsiders M/C member David “Double D” Devereaux, spokesperson for the Washington Confederation of Clubs and US Defenders of Washington State, testified in Olympia that almost every member of every club, and even motorcyclists who aren't in clubs, has been profiled. He said many lawmakers were unaware of the problem until they saw the video of police gathering information on the bikers as they were inside the Capitol building ironically seeking sponsorship for a bill that would stop motorcycle profiling. Also lobbying on behalf of the bill was Donnie “Mr. Breeze” Landsman, Legislative Affairs Officer for ABATE of Washington, who told The News Tribune that he’s been denied service at restaurants for wearing a bandana and a leather vest; “Motorcyclists aren’t looking for special rights,” Landsman told the newspaper. “We want the same rights that are afforded to every other section of the population as American citizens.” Double D and his club brother Jeff “Twitch” Burns, who produced an 86-

minute video that chronicles the growth of the emerging anti-profiling movement within the motorcycling community, reported their success at the Patch Holder Meeting during the recent NCOM Convention in Albuquerque, N.M., to the resounding approval of bikers rights activists and COC reps attending from all across America. “This is something that could be done in every state,” Double D told the enthusiastic crowd…and should be.

enforcement agencies to stage Motorcycle-Only Checkpoints and also require the OTS to conduct audits of the safety checkpoint grants to insure that law enforcement is complying.

STATES COMBAT MOTORCYCLEONLY CHECKPOINTS Calling motorcycle-only roadblocks discriminatory and unconstitutional, ABATE of California is pushing a bill that would ban state and federal funding of such so-called “safety checkpoints”.

In Congress, Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI) and some of his colleagues have authored legislation to de-fund the checkpoints. US House Resolution 904 would prevent the US DOT from providing funds to states which would be used for motorcycle roadblocks.

New York and Georgia have initiated roadside barricades under the auspices and guidance of NHTSA to coral motorcycle riders en route to major motorcycle events to check paperwork and equipment for violations, and for other illegal activity. AB 1047, authored by Kevin Jeffries, Vice Chairman of the Assembly Transportation Committee, would prohibit the CA Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) from issuing grants to law

Similarly, North Carolina is currently considering two bills (H375 & H381) aimed at preventing law enforcement agencies from establishing patterns for vehicle stops at checking stations based on a particular type of vehicle.

Motorcyclists across the country are also awaiting a court ruling on the constitutionality of the New York checkpoints, being challenged by N.Y. Aid to Injured Motorcyclists (A.I.M.) Attorney Mitch Proner, which could wind up on the docket of the U.S. Supreme Court. MOTORCYCLE FATALITIES CONTINUE DECLINE Motorcycle fatalities declined in 2010 by at least 2%, according to a new



Coast to Coast state-by-state report released on April 19 by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). Based on preliminary data, GHSA’s motorcycle fatality report projects that deaths declined from 4,465 in 2009 to 4,376 or less in 2010. The projection is based upon data from 50 states and the District of Columbia for the first nine months of 2010. The decline comes on the heels of a 16% drop in 2009, which followed 11 straight years of steady increases in motorcycle deaths which mirrored annual increases in motorcycle sales and registrations. GHSA is projecting declines in approximately half of the states, with notable declines in many. In Texas, for example, based upon data for the first nine months of 2010, motorcycle deaths are expected to be down 16%, while Oregon and Oklahoma are down 27% and 30%, respectively. But fatalities had started to climb back up during the last three months in the study, prompting fears that the improving economy and surging gas prices will lead to increased motorcycle travel and thus increasing exposure to risk. NHTSA UPDATES MOTORCYCLE HELMET STANDARDS The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has updated the federal motorcycle helmet standards (FMVSS 218) in an attempt to stop riders from wearing non-DOT approved “novelty” helmets. The new standard does not affect the construction of helmets directly, but changes the way they're labeled to make it more difficult to mimic DOT compliance certifications. Effective immediately under the final rule issued May 13, helmets that conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 218 will carry a sticker with the manufacturer's name, the helmet model and the words "DOT FMVSS No. 218 Certified." The move to make non-compliant helmets harder to sell comes after the number of riders sporting novelty helmets increased dramatically in 2010 over 2009. According to NHTSA statistics, in 2010, only 54% of motorcyclists wore a

DOT-approved helmet. Around 14% wore a novelty helmet, and 32% rode without a helmet. In 2009, those numbers were 67%, 9% and 24%, respectively. In 2010, 75% of riders who did elect to wear a helmet wore a DOTcompliant one. In 2009, that number was 86%. NHTSA says 5.2 million helmets are sold annually. Twenty states require all motorcycle riders to wear helmets, but only 13 states specify that the helmets must meet federal standards. “DEAD RED” LAW ALLOWS RIDERS TO RUN STOPLIGHTS Motorcyclists in several states have been given a green light to run red lights, and now riders in Kansas can proceed with caution through a stuck signal if it has failed to change green within a reasonable amount of time because the signal has malfunctioned or failed to detect the cycle. HB 2192, The Dead Red Law, has been signed into law by Governor Sam Brownback and goes into effect June 1 for intersections across the state with sensors. Traffic sensors imbedded in the roadway normally tell the light to change when a vehicle approaches, but motorcycles often aren't heavy enough to trigger it, argued ABATE of Kansas in support of the legislation. The measure was packaged with a series of road-related measures, including provisions raising the state's maximum highway speed to 75 mph. Nine other states currently allow motorcyclists to proceed through a signal that fails to detect their presence, and similar legislation is being considered in Illinois where HB 2860 passed the House 104-0 and is awaiting further action in the Senate. MOTORCYCLE SALES STOKED BY GAS PRICES Motorcycle sales in the U.S. rose 7.2% during the first quarter OF 2011, compared with the same period a year earlier, says the Motorcycle Industry Council. In its retail sales report, which tracks sales among the 18 leading brands sold

in the U.S., the industry trade group said scooters posted the biggest sales increase of nearly 50%. Sales of dualpurpose motorcycles, which are designed for highway and off-road use rose almost 25%, attributed in part to the segment’s overall fuel efficiency. In a separate but related report, a recent survey of Harley-Davidson dealerships suggests that retail sales improved in the first three months of the year. According to an analysis by Raymond James & Associates, 55% of the dealerships surveyed said they had a yearover-year sales increase in the quarter, and nearly all reported that inventories were “ideal” or “light”. The MIC also reported that tire sales, which it says are an indicator of motorcycle use, also rose in the first three months of the year. Motorcycle and scooter tire sales increased 29%, while sales of tires for on-highway bikes rose 28% and scooter tires jumped 49%. The industry council’s owner survey estimates the number of motorcycle miles traveled rose 5% to 27.6 billion miles from 2008-09. The percentage of U.S. households with at least one motorcycle grew to 6.8% in 2009 from 5.4% in 2003. E-CYCLE GROWTH FORECAST More and more motorcycles and scooters powered by electricity are hitting the road, and some experts predict that the number of electric two-wheel vehicles could swell to more than 100 million worldwide within the next 5 years. Currently, there are about 17 million electric motorcycles and scooters on the road, but a new study by Pike Research shows that that the global market could expand to more than 138 million by 2017. “Electric motorcycles and scooters have strong appeal for many consumers,” says senior analyst Dave Hurst. “They are relatively low cost to own, do not take a lot of space, and are easy to maintain.” Electric motorcycles are becoming more capable every day. Chip Yates recently set a land speed record with his electric

motorcycle, reaching nearly 200 mph, and the TTXGP racing series was just officially sanctioned by the FIM. VICTORY FOR INDIAN America’s oldest motorcycle brand now has a new owner. Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) has announced the acquisition of Indian Motorcycle, adding one of motorcycling’s legendary brands to its stable of Victory cruiser and touring bikes. Polaris, which has manufacturing plants in Roseau, Minn., and Spirit Lake, Iowa, will close down the Indian Motorcycle production facility in Kings Point, N.C., and move all production to Spirit Lake. Polaris said it hopes to capture a bigger share of the $11 billion heavyweight cruiser market by operating Indian as an independent business unit, combining Polaris' "engineering acumen and innovative technology" with Indian's "premium brand, iconic design and rich American history." RIDE TO WORK, WORK TO RIDE Every year more and more riders are finding cycles and scooters to be an economical, efficient and fun way to commute. Because of this, the 20th annual worldwide Ride To Work Day, scheduled for June 20, 2011 is expected to be one of the largest ever. On Ride to Work Day, the practical side of riding becomes more visible as a large number of America's 8,000,000 cycles and scooters are ridden to work, which helps to demonstrate how these vehicles make parking easier and help traffic flow better. Studies have shown that across equal distances, commuting motorcyclists reach their destinations in less time than those using automobiles, and that motorcycles and scooters consume less resources per mile, and that they take up less space on roads. For further information and promotional materials, visit QUOTABLE QUOTE: “One man can make a difference, and every man should try.” John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963), 35th US President

State Communications Report

This month I will share my thoughts with you, as State and Chapter Communications officer it is my duty to communicate! I have been thinking what does ABATE stand for? It stands for fighting for motorcycle enthusiasts rights and freedom. But

its more than that. ABATE is an MRO that consists of members fighting for the same cause, divided only by chapter. We need to support all our chapters, by attending their meeting or runs. Each chapter has runs that they do annually, for instance, Biker Ball, Wild In the Weeds,

the Jerome Run , Moon Mullins, and of course Too Broke for Sturgis just to name a few. I have been going on other chapters runs and I haven’t experienced a bad time yet! And there are many more to attend. It isn’t just ABATE runs, other MRO runs as well. My theory is that if we all work together fighting for bikers rights what is the difference? I would like to think of it as Connections, Connections, connections! Get the word out any way we can. We need to come together in the masses, we make more of a statement together, than alone.

Membership is not just a little card that you get, its your voice. Each chapter has a monthly meeting. Go to one, two, heck go to all of them. See what ABATE has for you and the benefits of membership. We don’t care what type of ride you have, or even if you belong to another MRO, check us out! Casey Yates Communications Officer Phoenix-Shadow Mountain ABATE Chapter ABATE State Communications Officer ABATE State Secretary



The ABATE Membership Contest The Membership Contest ended November 30.

Next yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contest will begin on January 1, 2011

First place went to Bob Welton who won a life membership valued at $350. Second place was Donald K. Russel who won a one year membership extension.

Ron Kool Tucson AZ 85712 Cell 520-203-2323 ABATE of Arizona, State Membership Officer

Third place was Don Johnson who won a t-shirt.

Hamstertime Good Morning America ! Some of the best times I've ever had on a motorcycle happened completely by accident. Yesterday, was Sunday, June 5th and some friends and I decided it would be a great day to take a ride to Rabbit Hash , Kentucky . In all fairness, any day is a great day to ride to Rabbit Hash because it is one of the coolest places a person can visit. The mayor is a dog ( seriously, a real dog, elected by the residents of Rabbit Hash) and the general store has some of the coldest beer you'll find anywhere. The views along the Ohio River can't be beat and .... well, the place is just awesome ! On any given Sunday, you'll find hundreds of like minded motorcycle people hanging out enjoying the views and Brotherhood that has made Rabbit Hash a favorite destination

among Tri-State riders. As a matter of fact, Rabbit Hash was the "number one" location of Ridin' On's Dice Run 2 years ago. When you consider that almost 200 places were considered, that speaks volumes about Rabbit Hash, Kentucky. As we pulled up in front of the Rabbit Hash General Store my friend J-Rods old Shovelhead belched out a big cloud of gray smoke followed by flames, yep, the bike was on fire. Bikers being Bikers, the fire was immediately extinguished and repairs started. The battery cable shorted out causing the problem. Now, when you have 4 guys working on a problem with a motorcycle who actually know what their doing, the best thing you can do is stay out of their way. So I got another cold beer from the general store and took a



Hamstertime (continued) walk admiring the growing crowd of bikes parked around the town. It was about that time I noticed an 1940's vintage OD Green, Harley Davidson WLA parked across the street. The motorcycle turned out to be a beautifully restored 1942 Harley Davidson WLA and the man who rode the old bike was as interesting as the old Harley itself. His name is Bob Strunk and when I ask him his age his reply was" damn near 80". Bob and I sat and talked about his life and the bike for the better part of an hour and it was one of the better afternoons I'd spent in quite a while. Bob told me he was an MP in the U.S. Army stationed in Germany in 1950 and met his future wife Anna Lisa while there also. They were married for 60 years until she passed away last year, it was pretty obvious that he loved her deeply and they had a great life together. As an MP in the Army, Bob rode a motorcycle exactly like the one he was riding that day. Then he ask me if I would like to see some pictures. He pulls out an old photo album and sure enough there he was standing in full dress uniform next to an old WLA. His memories of those days were as crystal clear , this was a man who really lived his life to the fullest.

Harley was pretty cool also. When he decided to start riding motorcycles again, he ask a friend of his if he knew anywhere he could find a 1940's Harley WLA. Now, for those of you who may not be familiar with this particular model of motorcycle, lets just say it's pretty rare and Bob's Harley was as perfect as the day it rolled off the assembly line. Bob's friend just happened to have the very model motorcycle he was looking for. The only draw back was that the old Harley had been sitting outside behind a barn for just over 35 years. Oh, it was covered up but in really rough shape. Bob paid 2500.00 dollars for the bike and after a painstaking 6 month restoration, the Harley WLA looked, sounded and rode like a brand new motorcycle. Bob rides the bike from May through October and is a regular around Rabbit Hash. It's funny sometimes when I'm looking for just the perfect topic to write about and out of the blue along comes a guy like Bob Strunk and his beautiful 1942 Harley WLA. Then my computer decided to crash so my apologies about getting this months column out late but it's still a great story and way too cool not to share with my readers. Peace................... Until Next Month..... Hamster

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MASTERLINK JUNE 2011 ATTENTION - ALL RIDERS: =======================

It has come to our attention that business establishments in Arizona may still be discriminating against motorcyclists. Please carry copies of this form with you at all times. Discrimination can range from a sign stating "No Colors" or "No Motorcycle Parking" or "No Motorcycle Attire" etc., to simply being asked to leave a place of business, just because you are on a motorcycle or because of your riding apparel. If anything like this happens to you, PLEASE fill out this form in its entirety and send it to the address noted. Your lobbyists cannot get sponsorship for "equal access" legislation, without evidence of this type of discrimination. Documentation of Discrimination DATE: ______________

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NAME OF ESTABLISHMENT: __________________________________ BUSINESS PHONE (with area code): __________________________________ BUSINESS - FULL ADDRESS: ___________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ NAME / POSITION OF PERSON ENFORCING POLICY: ________________ ________________________________________________________ WRITTEN STATEMENT OF DISCRIMINATION (use back if needed): _____ _______________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ YOUR NAME (please print): ______________________________________ YOUR PHONE (with area code): __________________________________ YOUR SIGNATURE: ____________________________________________ *** INCLUDE ANY PICTURES OF DISCRIMINATING SIGNS POSTED *** Mail To: Ray Fitzgerald 1634 West Pine Cone Way Prescott, Arizona 86303

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Spaghetti Feed 2011 Wow! I finally got the spaghetti out of my hair! What a good turnout! If you missed this event, there is one every year, the first weekend in June! East Valley ABATE sure puts on a fun, family oriented, event! The food was delicious! Good friends and folks we haven't seen for a long time enjoyed (20th annual?) Spaghetti feed! The food was prepared and cooked by Redbone and the Bonettes as has always been in the past. The Chapter awarded him an all autographed apron from his fans.(Perfect for the occasion!). The kids were entertained and awarded in the 3 games that they played. We started with the "Create Your Own" bumper sticker contest. It had to be about motorcycle awareness. We had a first place trophy awarded to Joe Method. Also, 2nd place- Shayna?, then Third place Moriah Abshire. Then they participated in a Jello eating contest. This had to be done with hands behind the backs and through the smallest straws I could find! After about 8 min. of sucking as hard as possible, we came up with 3 winners. 1st place trophy- Cheyanne, (sorry, I forgot 2nd place winners name) and 3rd to Moriah Abshire. Lastly, they played Toss Ur Cookies. Our winners were Shamus, Joe and Travis.

Our 50/50 winner of $91.00 was also the bartender at the Eagles.(Kathy). We also had sno cones and coloring available for anyone who wanted to participate. I would like to thank the following persons for there work and donations..... Redbone and Patti-cooks and food organizers, Rick Henry for the blank bumper stickers, Phyllis, cheryl, Robert and Patti for serving and cleaning, Dan and Robin for donating spaghetti, The Jolley's for donating salad supplies, Todd for Mc and use of amps, music and microphone. All that came to the meatball roll 2 weeks prior. All that donated desserts. All the persons that came in for set up and all that stayed for the tearing down. Lastly, I want to thank all that came out to support ABATE. People from the Loners, Phoenix- Shadow Mt. Chapter, Ron Kool from Southern Az. Chapter and ALL THE KIDS THAT PARTICIPATED- You guys are fun!!!!!!!! See you next Year!!! Jess Method, EV ABATE of Arizona- Sec. and Treasurer. State Treasurer Assistant.

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Important Phone Numbers Aid to Injured Motorcyclists - A.I.M. - (800) 521-2425 24-Hr. Legal Assistance for all accidents

Aid to Incarcerated Motorcyclists A.I.M. - (800) 235-2424 24-Hr. Legal Criminal Defense

National Legislative Hot Line - (800) 300-NCOM 24-Hr. Motorcycle Legislative Alerts

National Coalition of Motorcyclists NCOM- (800) 525-5355 Fighting for Bikers Rights

Confederation of Clubs. - (800) 531-2424 Motorcycle Clubs Fighting Against Discrimination

Motorcycle Riders Foundation Washington D.C. Office (202) 546-0983



Business Member Spotlight Big John’s Garage We are a new motorcycle service shop in Tucson. Our shop is located at: 4156 E. Grant Rd. Tucson AZ 85712 We may be reached at 520-322-9933 or by email at

Sundays 10am – 4pm.

We are a FULL service motorcycle shop for any/all motorcycles. We have 3 factory trained and certified mechanics on staff and we are certified to perform extended warranty repairs on most warranty plans. We are DRAG, Biker’s Choice, VTwin and Custom Chrome dealers. Most parts are delivered in 24 hours at no additional charge if we don’t have it in stock. We offer discounted “while you wait” oil services and tire replacement. Our staff has decades of collective motorcycle service and repair experience and all are motorcycle enthusiasts. We have great prices but our service is better and we offer 10% off any labor to all active Military and ABATE members.

We have 6 employees who are all motorcycle enthusiasts. I ride every day. I have a 2002 H-D Fatboy and a 2008 H-D Street Glide

Our next bike night is Friday, July 8th, from 6 – 10pm with music, food and a bike show at the shop: 4156 E. Grant Rd. (Just east of Alvernon)

Our web address is We are a newer shop less than one year. We offer Motorcycle Service, Repairs, Parts and Gear. I have has many years service experience from working at the local H-D dealership. We are open Monday-Saturday 8am – 8pm

May’s Guest Safety Article by Stacey “Ax” Axmaker Director - Idaho STAR Motorcycle Safety Program A research report was recently released indicating that bikes equipped with AntiLock Brakes (ABS) are substantially less likely to be involved in a fatal crash. I’m sure you have heard folks say things like “I can stop shorter than ABS,” or “I prefer to have full control over my brakes – ABS takes some of that away.” I’ve heard that, too. I believe that ABS is one of the best advances in motorcycle technology we have ever had. Here’s why… Performance – when you need it I have been out on a test pad (no cars, plenty of space, designated braking area) and I can match and occasionally even beat ABS by just a bit. However, in all my years of riding, I have never needed maximum braking in an environment

with no cars, plenty of space, and a designated braking area. The times that I have needed it have been when something suddenly went wrong (car pulled out in front of me, animal or pedestrian, vehicle ahead stops suddenly, etc.) In other words, my adrenaline was pumping and I had to take action right away. When this happens, performance drops – it’s just a fact of human nature. ABS performs anytime, every time, no matter how startled you are or how much adrenaline you have pumping through your veins. That’s when we need real maximum braking; that’s what ABS delivers; and that’s what I’m convinced most riders can’t beat (I know I can’t…) “Controlling” a skid As many of you know, a rear wheel skid is not necessarily a disaster. If you know what to do, you can maintain balance and

keep going in a straight line with a skidding rear tire. However, you do lose the ability to change direction or speed. When we say we can ‘control’ our motorcycle, what we are saying is that we have the ability to change our direction and speed as the situation warrants. Skidding the rear tire gives up that control. You may not crash, but you really don’t have ‘control.’ ABS allows you to keep that control of your motorcycle by preventing the rear wheel skid. A front wheel skid frequently does result in a crash. In fact, most of us know this instinctively and this is why so many riders under-brake the front tire – we are afraid to lock it up. ABS allows us to apply the front brake fully without the fear of locking it up. Changing surface conditions

As mentioned above, many riders can match or beat ABS in a controlled environment. However, the times that we really need maximum braking are not in a controlled environment. In addition to cars, animals, and pedestrians, the surface of the road itself may change. Something as simple as running off the road and onto a gravel shoulder changes the available traction significantly. Most riders will be overly cautious on the brakes under these changing conditions. ABS, on the other hand, instantly adapts to the surface and can keep you at maximum braking as you ride from pavement to gravel to dirt to grass to mud and back to pavement. If ABS is an available option on your next bike, I hope you give it some serious consideration. After all, how many times does it need to prevent a crash to make it worth the investment?

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1998 Harley Davidson Dyna Glide FXDS, $ 6700 Convertible Model with quick detach saddlebags and windshield. Custom Mustang Seat, Strobe Headlight, Bright Running Lights, One Owner, Excellent Condition. Call Dan at 520-399-2253

FOR SALE 1993 Harley-Davidson FLSTC

2003 Harley- 100th Anniversary FXDX Dyna Super Glide Sport

Heritage Softail Classic 42K Miles. Lots of Custom Chrome $7000.00 or Best Offer Jim - 520-247-3051

2000 HD Custom (623) 374-5510 $15K OBO

Has added – 100th Anniversary Gold Key Package Stored- Like New -Driven less than 200 miles Black Textured Paint - This Model Highly Rated – Built for speed. Judy Rovno 928-234-2969 2002 V8 Trike Chevy 350c.i. engine. Automatic Transmission. Harley Davidson Fatboy Front End. Very comfortable ride -- Adjustable Air Shocks. AM/FM, Tape, CD Player. Great sound system. Harley Davidson "Luxury Rich Red" paint. Blue and Gold Ghost Ribbons. Beautiful Tank Mural of Pegasus. Lots of Chrome. Loaded. Prize Winner. A real beauty. Easy Maintenance. $19,000 o.b.o. 928-445-3992

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

FOR SALE: 2008 Harley Davidson Road Glide- 6,240 miles-lowering kit-travel package-AM/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 H-D Dyna Street Bob 11,000 miles, $22,000 invested, selling for $16,000. Contact Pete @ (602) 315-6950 2003 Honda TRX400XL ATV - $2500 obo AzTech Flatbed Trailer (Car/ATV Hauler) $2200 obo 1991 Rockwood Class A Motohome 27’, 46.6 miles $12,000 obo. Very clean, must see to appreciate, amenities include: cb radio, full kitchen, microwave, oven, stove, walk in bath, shower, full size bed with lots of storage underneath, sleeps 4 adults comfortably! 2008 STS Cadillac for sale, 23K miles $28,000 obo Call 928-718-6296 Cell 928-716-7289 FOR SALE 2006 H-D HERITAGE SOFTAIL CLASSIC 18,282 MILES, NEW REAR TIRE, KURYAKYN HAND GRIPS, ENGINE GUARD, SADDLEBAG LUGGAGE LINERS, "SAGGY BAG" INSERTS, TAIL LIGHTS ARE TURN SIGNALS/BRAKE LIGHTS COMBO WITH RED LENSES, VANCE & HINES PIPES, KING SIZE WINDSHIELD, 4 INCH EXTENDED HANDLEBARS, CHROME BRAIDED CABLES, MUDFLAP, LUGGAGE RACK, CUSTOM COVERS, GARAGE OPENER IN HANDLEBAR. 1 YEAR PRE-PAID SERVICE @ SIERRA VISTA H-D, TWO YEARS ON EXTENDED WARRANTY. $15,000.00 CALL BOB 520-663-3818

2003 Honda Magna 750 Beautiful Condition, Well Maintained, and Garage Stored with only 7,100 mi. Smooth, Blue, Light & Quick 4-Cylinder Cruiser with 80+ hp Jardine Forward Controls, Windshield, Sissy-bar T-Bag, and Shop Manual Good Tires, Battery, and Chain...Adult Owned Call Phil in Show Low at (928) 532-3299


The Masterlink - July 2011  

The July 2011 edition of the ABATE of Arizona newsletter, The Masterlink.

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