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MAY 2012

A publication supporting the rights, safety and freedom of all motorcyclists through education and legislation


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Nonprofit Org US Postage Paid Permit #1662 Phoenix, AZ

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So, thank you Arizona for allowing us to ride free.

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

Before anything else, I would like to thank all of you for giving me the opportunity to attend NCOM this year. It was held in Indianapolis and the speakers presented a variety of issues, some of which we as ABATE of Arizona haven’t had to deal with…yet.

Some states have law enforcement blatantly profiling motorcyclists as criminals and pulling them over for any number of “violations”. I hope you noticed that I said motorcyclists, all motorcyclists; not just those on crotch rockets or those with patches or those who ride on Sunday to go to breakfast.

It seems as though our legislators never turn down the opportunity to amaze and confuse. As you all know the motorcycling community has been discussing the pros and cons of a bill that would ban texting while driving in Arizona. On March 5th the House “mistakenly” voted to pass a bill that would ban texting while driving. Within an hour they voted again, this time to defeat the bill. Apparently the bill originally contained the requirements for when officers have to complete traffic accident reports and as an add-on, the texting issue was addressed. When they realized the texting ban was included they quickly squashed the bill.

In fairness to the House, the texting while driving has been batted back and forth for years. Critics say that drivers should be able to make their own decision and government should not “micromanage” and there should be a delicate balance between liberties and protecting lives. The divide is not strictly along party lines, we have some who say that a

driver should have the same duty to stop texting while driving as they do to stop drinking while driving. One legislator said, “I would have been in favor of the bill if it applied only to minors or was designed to apply to the multitude of activities that can distract drivers.”

Personally, I’m certain that we haven’t heard the last of this debate. Even though most of us do use our phones while driving, whether once in a while or constantly, we can’t forget that when a car or truck hits a motorcycle, it usually isn’t the motorcycle that wins.

To anyone really interested in politics and what other states’ motorcycling issues are I suggest that you begin to get involved. The next time chapter or state elections come up, raise your hand, take an officer position, and go to some of the other chapters’ meetings. It takes some time, but you will learn so much and really begin to feel you can be a part of the solution. Carole O’Reilly ABATE Designated Lobbyist



Mission Statement

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

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

a similar interest in preserving our American tradition of


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

President’s Report

State Officer Meeting Minutes

May 6, 2012 OFFICERS:

President - Tim O’Reilly, Vice President/ - Paul Pendergast - absent, Secretary/- Casey Yates, Treasurer Matt Brown, Asst. Treasurer - Jess Method - absent, PAC - Jim Page, Run Coordinator - Darin Yates, Membership - OPEN, Merchandising - OPEN, Safety Officer - Jean Cooper, Communications - Paul Hassinger absent, Designated Lobbyist - Carole O’Reilly, Sergeant at Arms - Joe Ferrucci Guests: Missy (w/Joe)

Call to order at 11:30 AM

Pledge of Allegiance and moment of silence led by: Joe Ferrucci

Motion to waive reading of the Secretary’s Meeting Minutes: Joe 2nd: by Jim Page, Motion passed unanimously. Officer reports:

Pac Report - Sent to email as well by Jimmy Page. Hello to all my Brothers and Sisters;

I am writing this month’s article as I return from the 27th Annual National Coalition of Motorcyclists Convention, (NCOM). This year’s convention was held in Indianapolis, Indiana. Indy was a great host city, and welcomed us bikers with open arms. The JW Marriott Hotel did a fantastic job and was very hospitable to all attendees. On behalf of the Arizona contingent, I want to thank Richard Lester and especially Sarge, (NCOM’s Arms), ABATE of Indiana and the Indiana COC for hosting another successful convention.

AIM Attorney Mitch Proner from New York, gave an update on freedom of the road and the use of the courts. Many states are writing their own bills, preventing motorcycle only check points. U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood, has proposed cutting off grant money funding motorcycle only check points. If this measure is successful, these check points will, for the most part go away. as it would be very costly for States to fund the check points on their own.

Keynote speaker for Saturday was Dan Jeffries from the Indiana Criminal Justice Department, Alcohol Countermeasures at State of Indiana. Dan’s duties include Alcohol Countermeasures and Motorcycle Safety at Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. I will say, no one slept through his presentation, because as controversial as it was to some, many interesting statistics were presented. In 2009, persons killed in motorcycle crashes in Indiana declined 15 percent, from 133 in 2008 to 113 in 2009. Individuals killed in motorcycle collisions accounted for 16.3 percent (113/692) of total Indiana traffic fatalities. Indiana motorcycle collisions per 10,000 registered motorcycles decreased over the 2008 to 2009 period, from 190.7 to 162.1. The fatality rate per 10,000 motorcycles also dropped

(6.6 to 5.6) from 2008 to 2009. This is the first annual decrease in total motorcycle collisions in the period between 2003-2009. Single vehicle crashes accounted for 45.6 percent of all motorcycle collisions. Of the 111 fatal collisions, 48 (43.2 percent) were single vehicle.

43.2 % of these crashes as stated were single motorcycle crashes. Riders were hitting guard rails or other objects off the roadway, or just not navigating turns properly. Dan’s statistics showed that about ¾% of these, single vehicle (motorcycle) crashes were either alcohol related, (BAC 0.08 or higher) or the motorcyclist did not have a motorcycle endorsement on their license.

In 2008, nearly 23 percent of motorcycle operator fatalities had reported BAC levels of 0.08 or greater; in 2009, the rate dropped to 12.1 percent, by far the lowest rate since 2005. This is compared to 2.5 percent of motorcycle operators in non-fatal collisions.

Controversial discussion in the presentation began when Dan explained that a large part of his job is procuring grant money for law enforcement. Although he has no direct involvement in how the money is actually spent, the end result of his effort is to prevent fatal crashes involving motorcycles. Some grant money is spent on overtime pay for State Police to conduct “Wolf Packs” stopping motorcycles leaving events and runs. Dan explained this as “picking low hanging fruit”. Police use these Wolf Packs to stop motorcyclists leaving events after observing minor traffic offenses, check for impaired riders, motorcycle license endorsements and proper insurance - “Low Hanging Fruit” or easy pickins. Indiana’s State Constitution prohibits motorcycle only stops, it is considered profiling and is not allowed.

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*MRO in European Countries vs. USA 1. Focus on rider safety 2. Focus on short stops 3. Helmets and license 4. Focus on motorcycles having the right of way.

Membership/Merchandising report Given by Tim O’Reilly

*Tim and Carole O’Reilly brought our membership and new members current. *We are still looking to hire a membership person. The membership person from AIAC is considering the position. Safety report - Jean Cooper

*Governor Brewer issued a Proclamation proclaiming May officially Motorcycle Awareness Month. Jean will be distributing copies of the proclamation to Chapter Safety Officers to display during their Safety Awareness programs this month. *Safety booth will be part of the poker walk at TBFS this year. * Looking for a meeting room for Accident Scene Management classes.

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Next class will be held at the Hampton Inn. June 9 - 10 $50 per person or $25 for ABATE members. Pre-registration is available. For further information contact State Safety Coordinator Jean Cooper at; *Safety Booth with a TV and DVD player at TBFS.

Motion made to purchase items for safety booth not to exceed $300 by: Joe Ferrucci 2nd: Darin Yates Vote was unanimous. Motion Passed

*Jean Cooper will make the instruction books.

* KDKB PSA May 6, 2012 Program aired at 6:00 AM Presentation and interview by President Tim O’Reilly and State PAC Officer Jim Page. As a result of our interview President O’Reilly receive 2 calls from listeners volunteering their time to help in the Motorcycle Awareness Program. Volunteer’s information was given to Jean Cooper State MAP Coordinator. *GOHS has no more bumper stickers, Arizona Motorcycle safety Council has limited 200 per request.

IF need arises GOHS may donate more items for an event. *ARA Update - Bylaws done and sent to attorney Certified Public Accountant and attorney has been appointed to represent, ABATE’s Riders Advantage . The 501C3 tax stamp and registration was approved with the State of Arizona Office of the Secretary of State. Lobbyist report - Carole O’Reilly

*The legislative committee has not made any attempt to pass our bills

*Government closed until fall. The bills will be re-written during closure Communications report - Paul Hassinger - absent

Run Coordinator report - Darin Yates *May 19th Yavapai Chapters Annual “Run to the Hills *Family run in Payson

*Event Insurance: Joe Ferrucci made a motion that all sanctioned events that represent ABATE have insurance. Chapters would be limited to 2 events per year that the State Officers would pay for event insurance. The motion was tabled until the June Meeting. State Run Coordinator will work with Chapter Coordinators to ensure proper insurance is obtained for all runs and events. TBFS update. - JR Rosen

*Registration has been moved to the back of the arena to prevent traffic from backing up blocking the roadway and insure that no one goes into arena prior to obtaining a registration packet and wrist band.

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MASTERLINK MAY 2012 NCOM BIKER NEWSBYTES Compiled & Edited by Bill Bish, National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM)

MICHIGAN RIDERS WIN HELMET FREEDOM Proving that persistence pays off, motorcyclists in Michigan shook off the sting of two previous gubernatorial vetoes of their helmet law repeal bills over the past few years and bounced back to win freedom of choice with the stroke of their new governor’s pen.

“Michigan gained freedom today when Governor Rick Snyder signed the bill (SB 291) into law (Public Act #98) that repeals the 37-year old mandatory helmet law,� announced Angel Richardson, Legislative Director for the Michigan Confederation of Clubs and a member of the National Coalition Of Motorcyclists (NCOM) Board of Directors. “The repeal is effective immediately!,� she continued. “Thanks to everyone who made a phone call, sent a letter or a postcard, or sent an email.....your efforts made a difference.�

The Michigan legislature overwhelmingly approved the measure with broad bipartisan support, and with Gov. Snyder’s signature on April 12th Michigan now joins 30 other states in amending their mandatory helmet law in favor of adult choice. “The new law modernizes Michigan's outdated mandatory helmet law, which was a holdover from bygone days leaving Michigan in the minority as one of only 20 states left enforcing an empty federal mandate,� said Vince Consiglio, President of ABATE of Michigan.

The proposal to update Michigan’s mandatory helmet law was introduced in the Senate by Senator Phil Pavlov (R) St. Clair. "Every year, millions of dollars leave our state because of Michigan's outdated mandatory helmet law," Pavlov said. "This bipartisan plan will keep our dollars here, attract even more tourists to Michigan and help our state in these tough economic times."

Allowing motorcyclists to ride helmetfree could also generate more than $1 billion in direct and indirect revenue, according to a recent Michigan Consultants study.

The new law gives Michigan the strictest requirements for riding helmetfree of any state that has modified mandatory helmet laws for adult choice. To ride helmet-free in Michigan, motorcyclists must: * Be at least 21 years old. * Have at least two years of riding experience or undergo special safety training. * Carry at least $20,000 in additional medical insurance.

“On behalf of the NCOM Board of Directors we congratulate the State of Michigan on a job well done and to all who supported them,� said James D. "Doc" Reichenbach II, Chairman of the NCOM Board.

NEW VIRGINIA LAW ALLOWS MOTORCYCLISTS TO RIDE SIDEBY-SIDE Motorcyclists are eager to legally cruise side-by-side now that Governor Bob McDonnell has signed legislation per-


Coast to Coast

mitting them to ride two abreast in a single driving lane in Virginia.

House Bill 97, sponsored by Delegate Tony Wilt (R-Harrisonburg), passed overwhelmingly 87-10 in the House and 38-2 in the Senate, and will now allow two-wheeled motorcycles to drive alongside each other in one lane. State law currently prohibits motorcyclists from riding next to one another, and violators can be charged with reckless driving. “The bill allows riders to use their own judgment in determining when it is appropriate to ride beside someone, but does not require them to do so,� said Del. Wilt. “One goal is to eliminate the harsh punishment placed on riders for doing something as innocent as pulling aside another rider while stopped or taking off together after being stopped.� Virginia will become the 49th state to accommodate two-abreast riding when the new law takes effect July 1. Vermont remains the only state to prohibit the practice.

KENTUCKY MOTORCYCLE LICENSING MEASURE PASSES “HB 328 was signed into law by Governor Steve Beshear on April 11th, 2012,� announced Jay Huber, State President of the Kentucky Motorcycle Association in a legislative alert to KMA/KBA members. “In short this bill does two things: Stops the cycle of people riding around on a permit for years and years along with providing a way for 16 and 17 year olds to once again get a motorcycle license.� According to the bill’s digest, the new law will “allow a person who has received an intermediate operator's license to apply for a motorcycle instruction permit; make a motorcycle instruction permit good for 1 year, with the ability to renew the permit 1 time, allow a person whose motorcycle instruction permit has expired apply for a motorcycle operator's license if the person can present proof of successful completion of a motorcycle safety education course.�

make our roads safer for all roadway users,� said the motorcyclists’ rights organization in a prepared statement.

FLORIDA FUNDS RIDER SAFETY “This morning the Governor of the State of Florida signed into law the budget for the next fiscal year,� reported ABATE of Florida State President James “Doc� Reichenbach, adding that “Included in the budget was $250,000 to ABATE of Florida, Inc. for motorcycle safety.� In the past five years the Florida Legislature has put in the budget $1,250,000 for motorcycle safety to be administered by ABATE. “Congratulations to the members of this great organization,� Doc told the membership.

BIKERS ROLL WITH “COLORS� LAWSUIT Police claim that a group of bikers was pulled over for wearing improper helmets, but an attorney for the bikers claims they were stopped by state troopers because of their colors.

In a recently issued court opinion, U.S. District Judge Jerome Simandle in Camden, N.J. said two members of the Pagans Motorcycle Club and one Tribe M.C. member can proceed with their lawsuit stemming from a July 30, 2009, traffic stop in Burlington County, including malicious prosecution. During the stop, New Jersey state troopers ordered riders of six motorcycles to remove their "colors," the members' patched jackets, but the bikers refused -- leading to a federal lawsuit alleging actions by the troopers violated their constitutional rights.

"The court has basically said, 'Yes you have a right to wear a patch, these logos,' " said Norristown attorney Boyd Spencer, who represents the Eastern Pa. Confederation of Clubs. The bikers were ticketed for not having approved helmets, and were told to remove their colors if they wanted to leave. The whole traffic stop, which lasted more than an hour, was captured by mounted cameras in the police cruisers. "Now you're all going to take your jackets off, because on this highway, these are the only colors," one of the state troopers told the group after nearly 50 minutes had passed, referring to State Police blue and gold uniforms. None of the bikers removed his colors, and at a later municipal court hearing, the helmets were found to be legal and a prosecutor dismissed the charges.

“We’re looking ‌ for the court to rule the obvious: These people have a right to wear their colors,â€? said Spencer, who is the Aid to Injured Motorcyclists (A.I.M.) attorney for Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and serves as legal counsel for the local Confederations of Clubs. “This is a widespread practice of police officers harassing people with (club) patches on,â€? asserted Spencer, who contends his clients were stopped and detained by the troopers because of their colors. “It’s not an isolated incident.â€?

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MOTORCYCLE SAFETY ACT BECOMES LAW IN WISCONSIN Governor Scott Walker signed AB55 into law, reports ABATE of Wisconsin, which not only clarifies penalties for right-of-way violations but also establishes motorcycle awareness training in Drivers-Ed courses.

AB55 provides a technical correction for 2006 Wisconsin Act 466, moving the penalty provisions from the courts to an administrative function of the DMV. All right-of-way violators that cause serious injury or death on Wisconsin's roadways will be subject to up to a one thousand dollar fine and up to a nine month license suspension and must complete a DOT approved rightof-way awareness class before being reinstated. Also, AB55 adds a mandatory minimum of thirty minutes of motorcycle awareness training in all drivers' education classrooms throughout the state.

“It is ABATE of Wisconsin's hope that the education and awareness portions of this law will help promote responsible driving on Wisconsin's roadways and





Chapter Reports


East Valley Chapter


High Country Chapter


Mohave Chapter

Hi Brothers and Sisters,

It has been a pretty slow couple of months at our chapter due to Easter and vacations, so we haven't had a lot to report. Our ABATE party we held in April had a fairly good turnout and we were able to sign a few new members. Everyone had a great time and the band held riders there most the afternoon.

Margie contacted me this past week with some encouraging news. The Desert Road Riders MC is interested in signing up members in ABATE. From what I understand, an agreement of sorts has been reached with the AZCMC, AMA and ABATE to support each other. Therefore each MC will be asking 4 of its members to join ABATE in their perspective Counties. It is my opinion that with the way motorcyclists especially MC's are being discriminated against, we need to join forces to battle for our rights. In my 46 years of riding, I have never seen such fast movement in law enforcement to stampede our rights. Everywhere I turn, some new establishment is banning colors, and gang task forces are present at most runs. Even the Moose Riders who are not an MC, have been denied entrance in some establishments as long as they are wearing their colors. This is totally unacceptable, and we need to get this kind of thing under control before it gets worse. So those of you who are not ABATE members and are reading this issue of Masterlink, need to rethink your position. $25.00 annual membership is a small price to pay for protecting your rights. Ride safe, Joe Monfredo Coordinator, Mohave Chapter

Phoenix/Shadow Mountain Chapter

Hello again! It was good to see the turn out for our May chapter meeting despite the fact that it was Mother’s Day. We had a break in April due to our normal meeting place was unavailable on Easter Sunday. Several of the members got together anyway for a ride starting at the Steel Horse for Sonny’s B-Day. We are saddened to say that Mikki Aaronson will no longer be our Membership Officer. Sorry to see you go Mikki. Dee Grady unanimously approved by all in attendance at the chapter meeting. Congratulations Dee!

We currently have 186 active members and only 13 business members. Dee has her work cut out! Although Dee is our Membership officer it is up to everyone to recruit new chapter members as well as business members. It is very important that we continue to grow in numbers and are ready when the “Big One” comes up. I personally carry applications with me wherever I go.

Pamela addressed “PSI” for our safety topic. We should be checking the air pressure and the condition of our tires every time we ride or at the very least once a week if you ride daily. You can find the correct PSI for your bike in your owners manuals provided you use the tires recommended by the manufacturer. Darin our Ride Coordinator gave us a list of rides for May: 5/19 Freedom Ride starting at Chester’s, Run for the Hills-Yavapai Chapter, Remember Waldo starting at Kid Chilleans, Jesters Run 5/26 Spartan Riders Glendale. Jean Cooper State Safety Officer is holding a class for ASMI Bystander Assistance Training Sat. 6/09/12 at

Hampton Inn-Phoenix Midtown. Check the Safety site at the ABATE of Arizona website. M.A.P. New instructor meeting for the Motorcycle Awareness Program is being held 06/30/2012 @ the ABATE State Office at The American Italian Club 10am -12pm 7509 N. 12th St., Phoenix. Call Jean Cooper 602-6169855 or email for registration and information For M.A.P.

Darla Hampton our P.A.C. Officer announced that HR 2073 Emissions was passed and will be extended for two more years to 07/14/2014. Now we just need to get the EPA on board and get it finalized! Eric Hampton passed out Poll sheets to see which subjects were the least and most important for our Lobbyist to address to our State congressmen congresswomen. All the subjects are important but they need to be prioritized and this will be a good start.

If you’re planning a cross country trip it would be a good idea to get your Helmet Card and keep it in your wallet for crossing state lines and be aware of that states laws. You can obtain one at Until next time, Happy Biking and be SAFE!

Northern Arizona Chapter NO REPORT

Southern Arizona Chapter

At our Chapter Meeting, our Coordinator jim Butsback spoke about getting to know your fellow SAC members. Since we only meet once a month, we need to take the time to actually know each other. There is great value in knowing of fellow Chapter members beyond the ABATE events and Officer Duties. We are social animals, and we all have more dimensions to us all, besides ABATE. This extra level of interaction helps us all in promoting relationships and understanding. Strong relationships will only benefit us all in our endeavors. So, before or after our next meeting or during our next event, take the time to get to know your Biker brethren. I will betcha they do more than just ride a bike, even though this is our obvious bond within ABATE. You never know you may actually like the person or at least understand them better. April’s dollar Jar was up to $158.00, and Stan Still was not present to win. You gotta attend to win cash. The Dollar Jar rolls over to May 19th.

The City of Tucson intends to Declare an official Motorcycle Awareness Month of May consistent with the GOHS for Arizona.

TBFS is quickly approaching and we need all hands on deck to help with volunteering our part as a Chapter to work the event. Too Broke is a helluva event that is incredibly affordable and great time. This is our most significant fund raising for ABATE to support our Rights and Safety Activities to protect motorcycles and reduce accidents in AZ. Besides, there will be a great extended family of Brothers and Sisters in Mormon Lake

The “Can You See Me Now?” event started off in a discouraging way with very low attendance for the Ride. This has been a trend in the last few years. However, the gathering at the end may the day successful with attendance increased and the raffle and 50/05 put us in the Black. In fact, Papa Gene seemed to have some very lucky tickets cleaning up with many of the raffle items that were generously donated by local businesses. Papa Gene also walked away with the 50/50 Cash prize. Thank you to mark B who donated back $10 of the Low Hand take to ABATE of AZ. A special thanks to Ivette and Dave Fossan for working the Bonus Stop in Rio Rico. We wish we could have sent more riders his way to keep them company. Moving on due to low attendance for Rides, Southern AZ is leaning toward


focusing our events on less labor intensive efforts such as Pasta Dinners, Safety Events at local Dealerships, and Bike Nights. Organizing a Ride requires more time and energy for little reward when compared to a single location event lately. Remember the Motorcycle Awareness program is to Ride Often, and we will see you at TBFS in July!

Yavapai Chapter

It is May in the Prescott area and the riding weather is great. Everybody is having a ride to this or that. By the time you read this our “Run to the Hills” in Jerome event will be over. Hopefully all that came had a great time supporting the A.B.A.T.E. extravaganza.

Our meeting in May was centered on the Jerome event, but several other topics were discussed as well. The bumper stickers and t-shirts that say “Distracted Driving Kills” were distributed. This is a bold and in your face statement and it should be. I was sitting on a bench in downtown Prescott recently watching the cars go by. The number of people talking and fiddling with their phones was astounding. I was driving on Gurley recently as well. I saw someone on a bicycle in front of me riding erratically. I gave him a wide berth, and when I glanced at him, I saw he was trying to text! Ladies and gentlemen, do we really have to be in touch with our technology 24/7? When I am in my cage, I purposefully put my cell phone where I can’t reach it. It seems for many that when the thing rings, it orders a person to answer me now! We have to change this behavior now! Speaking of another danger on the road, Doc reported that Governor Brewer refused to sign a bill that would kick out the red light cameras of Arizona. I have had several instances in which cages have slammed on their brakes in front of

me and I have had to brake and dive to the side. As Doc put it, “I don’t want to be some cager’s trunk ornament.” Let the governor know how you feel about this issue. Phone Numbers: Phoenix Office: 602-542-4331 Tucson Office: 520-628-6580 Fax Number: 602-542-1381

In-State Toll Free: 1-800-253-0883 (outside Maricopa County only) Dawolf Communications Officer Yavapai Chapter A.B.A.T.E. of Arizona

Yuma Chapter

Meeting Called to order 6:30 Pledge

Minutes – Read and Accepted

Treasure Report – Read and Accepted

Officers Reports - May is Motorcycle month – PAC Officer will set up for a member to be on the Radio to inform the public about motorcycle and rights. Up coming Elections we would like to bring in the local candidate so the public can talk to them, about the up coming elections. We will bring them in starting in July, August, September, and October. We will also send out PSA in the newspaper, TV, and Radio.

Fundraising Ideas – Send to Frank White Up Coming Events:

Flag Day: June 14th Flag raised at 10am at Fry’s on 24th and lowered at 6pm. TBFS – July 27 – 29th Mormon Lake, Near Flagstaff

MASTERLINK MAY 2012 May 3, 2012

Board of Directors Teleconference Minutes

Officers: Chair - Eric Hampton East Valley - Redbone Schneider High Country -Billy Hensler Mohave - Don Russell Phoenix - Shadow Mtn - Eric Hampton So. Arizona - Sean Pinder (absent) No. Arizona - Margie Ferrucci Yavapai - Still Ray Fitzgerald Yuma - Frank White Guests: Mary K , Tim O'Reilly

This Special teleconference was called to discuss Bylaw 3.02 - Chapter BOD member must wait a probationary time of one year to receive voting rights. This is

What Is ABATE?

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

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

Arizona Motorcycle Rights Organizations Need Your Help!

in reference to the Northern AZ chapter and Yuma Chapters only. The choices are: 1. Waive probationary period. 2. Strike Bylaw 3.02

2011. A copy of this letter available for reference

Should a Cease and Desist Order be gotten by ABATE? !. It should not be allowed to use presentation materials from a former MRO if permission is not asked. Information is freely shared if asked. 2. Original presentation material if from ABATE of Oregon but has undergone many changes over the years by ABATE 3. Should this decision be made at State level? 4. A cease and desist order must be signed State President Tim O’Reilly 5. No physical property of ABATE was taken by Bobbi Hartman

Motion to strike Bylaw 3.02 made by Still Ray. 2nd: Billy. All in favor. All believed that this provision is not necessary and may discourage new chapters from forming. This change will appear on the ballot in November.

The 2nd item on the agenda is the MAP Program. Former ABATE MAP Officer Bobbi Hartmann used ABATE literature on her presentation for MMA funding. Bobbi Hartmann resigned from ABATE in all capacity by letter February 19,


BOD made a recommendation that the State Officers should send a cease and desist letter to Ms. Hartmann. Motion made by Redbone 2nd:

Put to a Vote: MMA may continue to use and develop there MAP program as long as ALL ABATE logos are removed. All in favor. No further discussion. *Copy to Tim O’Reilly

Motion to adjourn: Frank 2nd: StillRay Meeting Adjourned: 7:38pm

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

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

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

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

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

East Valley Chapter

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

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

High Country Chapter

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

Phoenix-Shadow Mountain Chapter

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

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

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

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

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

Mohave Chapter

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

Northern Arizona Chapter

8320 West Shelbourne, Wilhoit, AZ 86336 Coordinator...........................Margie Ferrucci Vice Coordinator...................Darlene Chilimidos Secretary................................Patti Crandall Treasurer................................Athena Anderson Membership..........................Vacant Run Coordinator....................Andy Chilimidos Safety Coordinator................Vacant Sgt. At Arms.........................Freddy Sanchez P.A.C.....................................Vacant Merchandise..........................Vacant Communications...................Vacant

Northern Arizona Chapter meetings are held at JB's in Show Low the 2nd Saturday of the month at noon. FMI call 602.AbateAZ (222.8329)

“A Crash Course for the Motorcyclist” ASMI Bystander Assistance Training at: Hampton Inn – Phoenix Midtown 106 West Catalina Phoenix, AZ 85013 Saturday, June 09, 2012, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Southern Arizona Chapter

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

Yavapai Chapter

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

Yavapai Chapter Meets 2nd Sunday, 11:00 AM; The Taj Mahal Restaurant, 124 N. Montezuma St. Prescott, AZ 86301. FMI contact Rich Kocar 928771-9293 or email

Yuma Chapter

11316 S. Glenwood Ave. Yuma, AZ 85367 Coordinator............................ Frank White Vice Coordinator....................Daniel Medina Secretary................................ Mikkie Melanson Treasurer................................ Virginia Nielsen Membership........................... Lisala White Run Coordinator.....................Doug Melanson Safety Coordinator..................Doug Melanson Sgt. At Arms...........................Doug Melanson P.A.C...................................... Vacant Communications.................... Vacant Merchandise...........................Lisala White

Yuma Chapter meets the second Tuesday evening monthly at 6:30 PM at the IHOP located at 575 East 16th Street Yuma, AZ 85365. For additional information contact Frank White (Hound) at 209327-0814.


If any of the Officers are listed here incorrectly, please send corrections to: I will be sure everything is accurate for the next Issue and on the web site.


Lead Instructor: Jean Cooper, RN Learn what to do in the first 5-30 minutes after a crash until professional help arrives. Helmet removal, jaw thrust, and moving the injured are all addressed & practices. Accident Scene Management, Inc. believes that the most likely person to be at the scene of a motorcycle crash is another motorcyclist. Our goals are t reduce severity of injury & fatalities at the scene of a crash through proper actions and reactions. This intense course will teach you: P – Prevent Further Injuries A – Assess the Situation C – Contact the EMS T – Treat the Injured with Life Sustaining Care Registration: only $50/ person – open to all motorcyclists. Each class includes six CEUs for professionals, all course materials, Certification of Completion and 100% embroidered patch (issued upon completion of the course). ABATE members – ABATE of AZ pays $25 of course fee, must present your membership card. Additional $5 discount for Road Guardian Members.

It’s easy to register: simply fill out the form below and send with payment. Payment also accepted at the door. Pre-registration is required. Class limit- 30 To mail registration: Fill out this portion and send with payment $50 (checks make out to Jean Cooper) to: Jean Cooper, 846 West Earll Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85013 Name(s): __________________________________________________ ABATE # _______________________ RG: # ____________________ Address: ________________________________________________ City: ____________________________ State: ____________ Zip Code: ________________ Phone #: (____) ______________________________

Email: ___________________________________________________Amt Enclosed: ____________________

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MASTERLINK MAY 2012 Alexander Toyota Yuma 928-344-1170

All Clene Carpet Cleaners Payson 928-468-1358 Amon Builders Payson 928-474-0689 AZ Alarm Doctor Mesa 480-334-6087

AZ Differential Specialists Phoenix 602-462-5367 Bedmart Phoenix 623-878-0536 Big John’s Garage Tucson 520-322-9933

Big Sky Motorcycles Tucson 520-886-7388

Bobby D’s Bar-B-Q Pit Jerome 480-703-0045

Brett Miller’s Upholstery Prescott 928-778-5565

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

Burro Saloon Bar & Grill Kirkland 928-442-3287

Cactus Flats Tonto Basin 928-479-2233 Capsurz

Cathiez Leather Bullhead City 928-758-6592 Cleopatra Hill Jerome 928-634-6701

Continence Center of America, Inc. Phoenix, AZ (623) 977-1212

Desert Lightning Motorcycle Apparel Lake Havasu 928-505-2453 Dodey’s Bar Phoenix 602-404-2300

Eaglerider of Flagstaff Flagstaff 928-637-6575


ABATE of Arizona Business Members Eagles Wings Carriages, LLC Tonopah 623-386-8281

Red Garter Bar & Grill Tucson 520-325-0483

The Butcher Hook Tonto Basin 928-479-2226

El Rancho Restaurant Payson 928-474-3111

Roberts Marketplace Prescott Valley 928-722-8920

The Hog Pit Smoke House Tucson 520-722-4302

Eclectic Café Tucson 520-885-2842

Gila County Chopper Strawberry 480-789-2933

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

GraphicsGraphics Web Design & Development Phoenix 602-595-4740 Gurley Street Sports Pub Prescott 928-778-2491 Jakes Corner Bar Payson 928-474-0679

Jerome Tattoo Company Jerome 928-649-2143

Kactus Kate’s Cottonwood 928-634-7822

Renegade Classics Biker Outlet Tucson 520-647-9312

Shamrock Bros. Lock & Safe Goodyear 623-377-6541

Skin City Ink Prescott Valley 928-458-7242 Spirit Room Jerome 928-634-8809

Square Peg Promos LLC Phoenix 602-549-1044 Sutures Embroidey Phoenix 602-751-8181 Tailwinds Hauling Phoenix 623-463-2187 Taj Mahal Prescott 928-445-5752

The Drunken Lass Irish Pub Prescott 928-778-4211

The Jerome Tattoo Company Jerome 928-649-2143 The Maverick Saloon Phoenix 602-943-5680

TMA Precision Tube LLC Glendale 623-221-4922 Walt’s Lock and Safe Phoenix 623-780-0490 Wear This Smoke This Payson 928-474-3090

Xhale Smoke Shop & Adult Boutique Prescott Valley 928-458-0040 Y’all Come Back Saloon Rio Rico 520-781-3730

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

ABATE of Arizona Chapter Meeting Times and Locations

Law Tigers 888-529-8443

East Valley 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.

Mother Road HD Kingman 928-757-1166

High Country Chapter meetings are held on the 3rd Sunday at 10 a.m. at The Moose Lodge in Star Valley. Contact: chicknbone@live .com or 928-970-1134

Lyzzard's Lounge Prescott 928-778-2244

Mountain Pass Prescott Valley 928-899-7663 North Health Center Scottsdale 602-421-2730

Paul’s SE Arizona RV Rentals LLC Whetstone 877-728-5778 Pincus & Associates, PC Tempe 480-777-2599

Punkin Center Bar Tonto Basin 928-479-2627

High Country Chapter

Mohave Chapter

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

Northern Arizona Chapter

Northern Arizona Chapter meetings are held on the 2nd Saturday of every month at 12:00 noon at JB’s in Show Low. FMI call 602.AbateAZ (222.8329)

Southern Arizona Chapter

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

Yavapai Chapter

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

Yuma Chapter

Yuma Chapter meets the second Tuesday evening monthly at 6:30 PM at the IHOP located at 575 East 16th Street Yuma, AZ 85365. For additional information contact Frank White (Hound) at 209327-0814.

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

ABATE of Arizona



Southern Arizona Chapter’s Can You See Me Now Run

ABATE OF ARIZONA Fighting for your right to ride free.

Too Broke For Sturgis 21st Annual Biker Party

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June 2012

Sat. June 2nd, 2012 - Prescott Valley, AZ Ride For Veterans Start Location: Star Island Motorsports 6500 E. Hwy 69 Prescott Valley, AZ

Registration: 8:00 am with coffee & donuts Cost: $15.00 single / $25.00 two up KSU: 9:00 am LBO: 10:00 am

Event Description: For a fabulous day of riding, raffles, food, music, and auction. All profit will be going to benefit the Prescott Vet's Center. Every rider will receive 2 raffle tickets at sign in. Three more will be given out at the intermediate stop where you can take a break,stretch,get fuel,and refreshment. Then its back to StarIsland via some gorgeous scenery, and sweet twisties! The cook-out begins at noon, with music to put you in the mood for winning some great raffle prizes, a 50/50 drawing, and super auction to follow. So put an "X" on your calendar, and come help us help the troops that have served and sacrificed so we can be out there enjoying the road. Sat. June 2nd, 2012 - Phoenix, AZ American Legion Pat Tillman Post 117 Poker Run Benefiting ALLECA and CWF

Location: American Legion Post 117 16428 N. 32nd St Phoenix, AZ

Registration: 9:00 - 10:00 am

Events Calendar

Entry Donation: $20.00 rider / $25.00 w/passenger First Bike Out: 10:00 am

Event Description: Benefiting ALLECA (American Legion Law Enforcement Career Academy) and CWF (Child Welfare Foundation). Raffles, 50/50, and Live Entertainment by Mykel Montana. Drawing for a $100.00 Gas Card. ALR 117 Burger Night - 5:30 pm. Prizes for High and Low Hand! "Get To Know Your Posts" ride is in full swing, so don't forget to get your sheets stamped while you are drawing your cards for high and low hands. Stops are:

Post 44 - 7145 E. Second Street, Scottsdale Post 91 - 922 N. Alma School Rd, Chandler Post 115 - 1510 N. 79th Street, Scottsdale (Post 115 will have a lunch special for their stop 12-2pm. They will be serving $2.,00 hamburgers) Post 41 - 715 S. 2nd Ave., Phoenix Back to Post 117 for the Party!

Thurs. June 7th - Sat. June 9th, 2012 - Williams, AZ Arizona State HOG Rally 2012

Location: Williams, AZ

Pre-Registration: Onsite Registration: HOG members $45.00 // Guests: $45.00

Event Description: Help celebrate the 100th birthday of the great state of Arizona at this year's Rally in beautiful

Williams, AZ. It is a perfect time of year, cool breezes, blue skies and plenty of partying. Park you bike along Historic Route 66 and join us for street dancing, a bike show, and countless other activities, including some surprises..., after all, it is a birthday party! The shops and restaurants of Williams are unique so be sure to stroll the streets and enjoy them. Harley riders always receive a warm welcome from the residents and business owners in Williams. Guided and self-guided rides will be offered to give you the opportunity to experience the breathtaking scenery of northern Arizona. Our Rally concludes on Saturday with many exciting bike games at the Rodeo Grounds and a most impressive bike parade through the streets of Williams. Now get registered and lets show Williams, AZ that Harley riders know how to celebrate a birthday, especially a 100th birthday. Mon. June 11th - Prescott, AZ 9th Annual Camp Courage Burn Camp Run

Location: Prescott Fire Station #1 333 White Spar Rd Prescott, AZ

Registration: 10:45 - 11:45 am Donation: $30.00 Riders / $15.00 Passenger This ride is limited to fire department members, retirees and their guests. Motorcycle helmets ARE required for the ride from Prescott to the Burn Camp.

Event Description: Attention all Arizona fire department members, retirees and guest! Please join us for a day of fun in the cool pines near

MASTERLINK MAY 2012 Prescott on our 8th annual Burn Camp Run hosted by the Phoenix Area Wind & Fire Motorcycle Chapter to benefit the Arizona Burn CampProceeds will benefit the Arizona Burn Camp (Make checks payable to the Wind & Fire Motorcycle Club). All riders are encouraged to get a least one corporate or private sponsor. Official sponsorship letters are available on the Wind & Fire website @ or by calling. Burn Camp run shirts and pins are available for the first 200 paid participants. Hamburgers and hotdogs provided by the Prescott Firefighters. Lunch will be served at the Burn Camp. Phoenix area riders will be leaving from Fire Station 56, 3210 W. Canotia Place ( I-17 & Carefree Hwy) at 0800 and will ride thru Wickenburg and Yarnell. Registration for riders leaving from Phoenix will begin at 0700 hours. Sat. June 16th - Show Low, AZ Hi-Low in Show Low

Location: Rumors Cocktail Lounge 1457 E. Duece of Clubs Show Low, AZ Phone: 928-537-3639 Starts @ 12:00 noon Cost: $10.00 per person

Event Description: Live music by Hard Ride. Come see the Helldorado Girls. All their tips go to Helldorado Charity Fund. 50/50 drawing, door prizes, vendors, food available at Aliberto's Mexican Food.



High Country Chapter’s Wild in the Weeds

HCC ABATE had our Wild in the Weeds Event May 4th 5th and 6th. It was a Banner event. We want to thank Jakes Corner for hosting the event. Hard Ride for coming at the last minute and playing on Friday and Saturday.

All the officers that worked so hard to make this event a success. On a personal note. I want to thank Breeze for doing the ceremony for Hollywood and Vines renewal of our vows. And all who came out to witness it.

Joystick you took a lot of great pictures thank you.


put it in the wind!

Ivette & Dave Fossan who managed our bonus card stop and for everything they have contributed, we are truly fortunate to have them both in our chapter…

Vine-HCC Membership

Southern AZ Chapter’s “CAN YOU SEE ME NOW” Run

Another event has come and gone as we progress further in to this year. This event was successful but yet by the same token there never seems to be enough to get beyond just that. We had a course that stretched over Southern Arizona encompassing Sonoita, Patagonia, Nogales, Rio Rico then back to Tucson. Right at 156 miles of untouched and unspoiled areas that are soon to be a past memory. The BOD participation with this event was awesome and we had a large raffle prize pool to cap it off with. The run opened early considering temperatures’ and we could not have asked for a better day to

I want to thank ALL of our many sponsors’ who made this event worthwhile, all of our members who diligently worked on various aspects and gave their time making this run happen. The High hand was awarded to Art Burke and the low went out to Mark Jarvis. The jackpot hand of $75.00 ended up with a Pappa Gene an illusive charter member that is always a joy to see when he surfaces. All in all the time spent together was priceless, being we seldom have any surplus amounts to share. The theme was to raise awareness and that was well accomplished. I also have special thanks to

The good news is: The Tempe Eagles Aerie is moving to a nice new building.

think about it; the event is held during the heat of the summer. Sometimes it rains us out (unless Bob Gumfory is around to stand out in the rain and take one pitch and hit an inside-the-park home run because no one is out in the field. Hey, it’s raining!) In contrast, the bowling alley is air conditioned and they serve beer and food just like we did in the park. The only difference is you are being fed by a stranger instead of your beloved Food Dude.

We can never emphasize enough on motorcycle awareness but by everyone coming together we do save lives and reduce accidents.

Our Southern Arizona Chapters Sincerest Thanks’ goes out to all involved…

Jimmy Clark, Run Coordinator So Az Chapter ABATE of AZ

The Meatball Blues

The bad news is: as a result, their kitchen will not be ready in time to use for the annual “Spaghetti Feed”. We used to make the meatballs in my kitchen. It took us a very long time and …… …… WHAT A MESS!! I don’t want to do that again. So, we have canceled it this year but we promise to do it again next year. Same Bat Time, Same Bat Channel.

While we’re on the subject of “Changes in East Valley Chapter Events”, I have one you’re sure to love. Our “Biker Ball” game has become mildly popular with a small group of ABATE members. So, we’re gonna change it. Instead of baseball, how does bowling grab you? Just

We are still gonna call it “Biker Ball” but our balls will be bigger, heavier. harder and have holes in them into which you stick your fingers. Jess is right on top of this too. She already has lined us up for Sunday, August 12th at Brunswick Zone Mesa, located at 1754 W. Southern.

That’s Southern Ave. about half way between Dobson and Longmore on the North side. The pre-tournament festivities begin at 12:30 PM and the game is over at 3:00. All this fun will only cost $10 per person and you will get your shoes, pizza, soda and a smart, custom bowling towel that you don’t even have to give back. The winner will receive the coveted ABATE Bowling Trophy and, if it’s in the budget, we will even present an MVP award. Come join us for what is sure to be the beginning of a new biker tradition, throwing our big balls on the floor. Redbone

State Officer Meeting Minutes (continued)

* At this time we appear to be on tract for TBFS.

New Business

the publication statement on the front page of the Master-Link. Currently the statement reads “A publication supporting the rights, safety and freedom of all motorcyclists through education and not legislation”. The motion would be; “A publication supporting the rights, safety and freedom of all motorcyclists through education and legislation”. 2nd: Jimmy Page. Motion passed unanimously.

*Jean Cooper made a motion to change

* East Valley Biker Ball will be held

*Contract w/MML Signed with minor grounds modifications approved by Mormon Lake personal. *TBFS Committee went to MML to review usage area

*Modifications to Master-Link publication statement.

*East Valley Chapter Spaghetti Feed has been cancelled only for this year.

August 12, 2012, Sunday at the Brunswick Bowl in Mesa, 12:30-3pm.

*Best of the West 6/15-17/2012 In Las Vegas, NV.

*Jean Cooper made a motion to contact MMA requesting that they immediately cease and desist the use of ABATE of Arizona’s name and logo’s from all MAP videos and materials used in teaching those classes or any other MMA programs. Motion was 2nd: Joe Ferrucci Motion Passed unanimously.

* Critical Time frame: Nothing at this time. * Open discussion: None at this time. Motion to Adjourn: Jimmy Page 2nd:Jean Cooper Meeting adjourned: 2:00 pm

Next State Officers meeting: June 3, 2012 11:30 AM at the American Italian Club

Sunshine Acres Childrens Home fundraiser

high country’s wild in the weeds


The PAC Rant

clists were extended to any other section of society, The American public would be howling! (Can’t believe I actually used that pun, sorry)

Currently there is a bill if front of the Federal house and Senate. It would prohibit federal funding of Motorcycle only checkpoints.

Jim Page State PAC Officer Imagine a world where it was determined that you would be safer if you wore a helmet while walking your dog. (Which you would, by the way) So the government in its supreme wisdom decides that you must wear a helmet for your own safety. Imagine that law enforcement agencies are given the authority to stop you at any time to see if the helmet you are wearing complies with government standards. Or that they can set up at dog shows and inspect your dog, your helmet and make sure your “Papers” are in order. If they aren’t they can impound your dog, give you a ticket and maybe even take you to jail. Sound like a Police State? Sound like an overextension of government powers? Welcome to Biker world. If the laws that are applied to motorcy-

This is a brief progress report for ABATE’s Rider Advantage.

In November the BOD of ABATE voted to establish a not-for-profit corporation with the goal of providing rider training to motorcycles following MSF guidelines. The training would be provided in the most cost-effective manner and pass the saving on to the public. The work began and the Board of Directors was chosen in January.

Dan concluded his presentation with these statistics. In 2008, 23% of single vehicle (motorcycle) crashes involved, the rider had an alcohol concentration of 0.08% or more. In 2009 that figure dropped to 12.1% of single motorcycle crashes with an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more. A question was asked why law enforcement doesn’t provide more enforcement to violators running red lights or vehicles violating motorcyclist’s right of way, while turning left. Dan stated “I know it’s not right but until we as motorcyclists reduce or totally remove the three fac-

The US Congress has moved forward on the highway bill. They recently named the Conferees that will negotiate the differences between the House and the Senate. This is a crucial juncture for the legislation that would end the motorcycle-only roadside checkpoints. The language is in the HR 7, (the House bill) but not in the US House passed bill, HR 4348 and not in the Senate bill, S 1813. It’s our goal to have the conference adopt the language into the final report.

Here is where you come in. Below is the list of every member of the Highway bill conference committee. If one or more of them are your elected officials. call them ask them to support the inclusion of the language that would prohibit federal funding of motorcycle-only roadside checkpoints. Call immediately. SENATORS

Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) 202 224 3553 Max Baucus (D-Mont.) 202 224 2651 Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) 202 224 2152 Tim

Johnson (D-S.D.) 202 2245842 Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) 202 224 6551 Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) 202 224 6542 Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) 202 224 4744 James Inhofe (R-Okla.) 202 224 4721 David Vitter (R-La.) 202 224 4623 Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) 202 224 5251 Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) 202 224 5744 Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) 202 224 5922 Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) 202 224 6472 John Hoeven (R-N.D.) 202 224 2551

Nadler (D-N.Y.) 202 225 5635 Corrine Brown (D-Fla.) 202 225 0123 Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) 202 225 4741 Leonard Boswell (D-Iowa) 202 225 3806 Tim Bishop (D-N.Y.) 202 225 3826 Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) 202 225 3976 Ed Markey (D-Mass.) 202 225 2836 Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) 202 225 8885 Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) 202 225 4811 and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) 202 225 8050

Reps. John Mica (R-Fla.) 202 225 4035 Don Young (R-Alaska) 202 225 5765 John Duncan (R-Tenn.) 202 225 5435 Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) 202 225 2431 Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV.) 202 225 2711 Rick Crawford (R-Ark.) 202 225 4076 Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.) 202 225 3536 Larry Buschon (R-Ind.) 202 225 4636 Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.) 202 225 3665 Steve Southerland (R-Fla.) 202 225 5235 James Lankford (R-Okla.) 202 225 2132 Reid Ribble (R-Wis.) 202 225 5665 Fred Upton (R-Mich.) 202 225 3761 Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) 202 225 3115 Doc Hastings (R-Wash.) 202 225 5816 Rob Bishop (R-Utah) 202 225 0453 Ralph Hall (R-Texas) 202 225 6673 Chip Cravaack (Minn.) 202 225 6211 Dave Camp (R-Mich.) 202 225 3561 Patrick Tiberi (R-Ohio) 202 225 5355 Nick Rahall (D-WV) 202 225 3452 Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) 202 225 6416 Jerry Costello (D-Ill.) 202 225 5661 Jerrold

If you representative isn’t on this list, Call ‘em anyway. Let them know there are better ways to promote motorcycle safety. Things like Training for motorcyclists and awareness programs for automobile drivers. How about some programs designed toward automobile drivers that they should be driving their 3,000 pounds of steel rather than talking on the phone or checking messages or watchin’ youtube.


ABATE’s Rider Advantage

These are the steps competed so far:

Bylaws are written and adopted. ABATE’s Rider Advantage (ARA) is registered with the Arizona Corporation Commission ARA’s logo/trademark is registered with the Arizona Secretary of State Office, Trademark Section A non-profit bank account has been opened and ABATE of Arizona loaned the new corporation $2500 start-up money. An IRS tax-exempt identification num-

ber has been obtained. IRS granted the corporation 501c3 non-profit status.

Getting those preliminary, important steps completed in a few short months is impressive. However, the group cannot rest. Now the business plan must be developed (in the works) and implemented. Growing a business from the ground up takes time and dedication. It may be next year that we can see the result of all this planning. ARA will continue to pro-

President’s Report (continued)

tors” - (1) alcohol, (2) no motorcycle endorsements and/or operating without a valid license and (3) not having valid insurance. Law enforcement will continue to pluck the low hanging fruit. During Saturday night’s banquet two very special awards were presented. The first award was the Silver Spoke Award and the recipient was Gabriel (Gabby) Giffords, former Arizona U.S. Congresswoman (D) Tucson. Gabby was recognized for all her efforts in protecting motorcyclists’ rights here in Arizona. Unfortunately she was unable to attend.


Steve (Muskrat) Musgrave NCOM Region 9 board member, accepted the award for her. Steve will make arrangements at a later date to present Gabby with the award. The second award was for, Special Recognition of Kimmy Chapman, President & Publisher of Biker Information Guide. Kimmy was recognized for her never ending support for all bikers throughout Arizona. Kimmy and her crew always went above and beyond in promoting motorcyclists and motorcycling. Muskrat accepted Kimmy’s award on behalf of her daughter Kelly and will present it to Kelly at a later date.

Uh oh, almost started to sound like a rant. Better go take a cold shower. Big thanks to the MRF for information contained in this report. Be safe out there. Jim

vide the members of ABATE of Arizona with periodic updates on progress toward the goal of cost-effective rider training for all. The group is a strong team of dedicated people: Jim Deyoung – Director-at-Large Jim Clark – Secretary Darla Hampton – Treasurer Darin Yates – Vice President Jean Cooper - President

Remember, Democracy begins with you, and Democracy only works when you get involved. Drive now text later, you can’t do both! Until next month;

Tim O’Reilly

ABATE of Arizona State President


Jean Cooper State Safety Officer

Wow, is it June already??!! Governor Brewer proclaimed May as Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month. The proclamation can be seen elsewhere in this issue of Masterlink. Several Chapters of ABATE put on awareness events in their neighborhoods or had booths at other events. Other Chapters are planning events for this month and later in the year.

June Safety Article

The Governor’s Office on Highway Safety (GOHS) uses some of the $1 registration money that we pay when we register our bikes to purchase give-away items that can be requested from their office. It’s a good idea to request items (pencils, key fobs, and safety tri-folds) about a month in advance via email. GOHS would like any requests to include the name of the event, date, planned number of attendees, and the number of items requested, pick up date. Requesters are expected to pick up their own items. Check the website for more information, The M.A.P. continues to be presented to high school students in driver education classes around the state. The program is well received and the instructors do a great job to promote the message to share the road with motorcycles. The goal of the program is to present the program in every driver education class in the state.

Call for MAP Instructors

The Motorcycle Awareness Program (M.A.P.) is an educational program aimed at the target audience of high school students in driver’s education classes. There has been a small group of instructors who have volunteered to present the M.A.P. to students throughout the state. But, we need more instructors.

Remember, that ABATE stands for EDUCATE. Our purpose is to spread the word about safe motorcycling and promote a positive image of motorcyclists. What better way than to speak to the future drivers of our state. The students hopefully, will not only be better equipped car and truck drivers but will also be more aware and watch out for us. To become an instructor you must:

1. Be available during the day: The presentations in the high school driver’s education classes last about an hour during the school day. There may be as many as 5 classes in one day.

2. Be willing to stand up in front of a group of about 30 high school students and speak: That sounds easier than you think. You need to be able to gently maintain control of the group.

3. Know the material being presented: There is an outline for all presenters to follow so there is uniformity in the material presented. 4.

Commit to teaching at least 2

classes per school year: We hope to have at least one volunteer instructor in each ABATE Chapter. That person will attend and instructor class (about 4 hours), attend a M.A.P. with an experienced instructor, teach a class with an experienced instructor in attendance. When the new instructor is comfortable and the experienced instructor assesses him/her to be ready the new instructor may begin teaching alone. The mentor program assures that everyone is teaching the same material and everyone has support.

5. Provide record of teaching to the M.A.P. Coordinator on a consistent basis.

This is your opportunity to get the word out to new drivers about the importance of sharing the road with motorcyclists. This is your opportunity to support the mission and vision of ABATE in your community. The next instructor class will be Saturday, June 30, 2012 at the ABATE State Office at the American Italian Club, 7509 N. 12th Street, Phoenix. Call me 602-616-9855 or email me for more information and to register to become a M.A.P. Instructor. Jean Cooper

ABATE State Safety Officer

ABATE M.A.P. Coordinator

Please see the call for instructors elsewhere in this issue. There will be an instructor training at ABATE’s State Office on Saturday June 30th from 10AM to 12 noon.

Even though May was Motorcycle Safety and Awareness month, there were still crashes and we lost brother and sister riders. Rider skill training and practice are so very important. Common sense is a big factor. I heard about a rider who fell off his bike on the 101 one morning and was run over and killed by a motorist. It was stunning to hear about such a tragedy. As the details were shared, I learned that the biker was doing stunts in morning traffic, standing on the seat of the bike. While that might be an exciting challenge, it was not smart. There are tracks and other facilities to practice stuff like that for such riding. Not only did the biker lose his life, but the public will remember the negative image that doing stunt riding in traffic. Morning traffic is a

PAGE 15 place to practice defensive riding, not stunt riding. Be careful and use common sense.

The HOT weather is upon us. HYDRATE with water every time you stop. Also watch out for road hazards like the slippery repair patches on the road. While we’re talking about slippery… out painted stripes, markings on the road. They are very slick. In some locales, granules are added to the paint to provide traction, but not here. Perhaps, that issue can become a point for us to pursue. I would like to see the highway and city road painters change the formula of their road paint to include granules for skid-resistance. Remember, rubber side down, shiny side up….until next time – Jean Cooper, State Safety Officer

PAGE 16 12NR14 - MRF News Release - MRF Meets with US DOT Secretary to Discuss Motorcycle-Only Roadside Checkpoints


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

Recently the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF), along with ABATE of Illinois, sat down with United States Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Ray LaHood to discuss a few key motorcycle issues.

First and foremost is the issue of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) funding of mandatory motorcycle-only roadside checkpoints. LaHood let his arsenal of safety experts defend the checkpoints. It was revealed that the only state to apply for the funds was Georgia. No other states expressed any interest in the federal program.

There was a lively debate about the checkpoint issue, and we eventually had to agree to disagree on the effectiveness, fairness, and resource worthiness of mandatory motorcycle-only roadside checkpoints. As of now, NHTSA does not have any plans for future funding of these checkpoints. We also discussed the Department’s position on E-15 blended fuel, they don’t have one. LaHood is stepping down from the DOT Secretary role at the end of the year. ============================

12NR17 - MRF News Release - Call to Action - Help End the Federal Funding of the Motorcycle-Only Roadside Checkpoints FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 11 May 2012

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

The US Congress has moved forward on the highway bill. They recently named the Conferees that will negotiate the differences between the House and the Senate. This is a crucial juncture for the legislation that would end the motorcycle-only roadside checkpoints. The language is in the HR 7, (the House bill) but not in the US House passed bill, HR 4348 and not in the Senate bill, S 1813. Its our goal to have the conference adopt the language into the final report.

The conference is sure to be lengthy as the two bills are wildly different. The House bill, H.R. 4348, is a short-term extension of federal highway funds that includes a requirement to approve the Keystone oil pipeline. The Senate bill, S. 1813, is a two-year, $109 billion extension.

Here is where you come in. Below is the list of every member of the Highway bill conference committee. If one or more of them are your elected officials. call them ask them to support the inclusion of the language that would prohibit federal funding of motorcycle-only roadside checkpoints. Call immediately. This will also be the key issue we lobby for next week at Bikers Inside the Beltway. SENATORS

News from the MRF

Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) 202 224 3553 Max Baucus (D-Mont.) 202 224 2651 Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) 202 224 2152 Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) 202 2245842 Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) 202 224 6551 Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) 202 224 6542 Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) 202 224 4744 James Inhofe (R-Okla.) 202 224 4721 David Vitter (R-La.) 202 224 4623 Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) 202 224 5251 Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) 202 224 5744 Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) 202 224 5922 Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) 202 224 6472 John Hoeven (R-N.D.) 202 224 2551 REPRESENTATIVES

Reps. John Mica (R-Fla.) 202 225 4035 Don Young (R-Alaska) 202 225 5765 John Duncan (R-Tenn.) 202 225 5435 Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) 202 225 2431 Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV.) 202 225 2711 Rick Crawford (R-Ark.) 202 225 4076 Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.) 202 225 3536 Larry Buschon (R-Ind.) 202 225 4636 Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.) 202 225 3665 Steve Southerland (R-Fla.) 202 225 5235 James Lankford (R-Okla.) 202 225 2132 Reid Ribble (R-Wis.) 202 225 5665 Fred Upton (R-Mich.) 202 225 3761 Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) 202 225 3115 Doc Hastings (R-Wash.) 202 225 5816 Rob Bishop (R-Utah) 202 225 0453 Ralph Hall (R-Texas) 202 225 6673 Chip Cravaack (Minn.) 202 225 6211 Dave Camp (R-Mich.) 202 225 3561 Patrick Tiberi (R-Ohio) 202 225 5355 Nick Rahall (D-WV) 202 225 3452 Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) 202 225 6416 Jerry Costello (D-Ill.) 202 225 5661 Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) 202 225 5635 Corrine Brown (D-Fla.) 202 225 0123 Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) 202 225 4741 Leonard Boswell (D-Iowa) 202 225 3806 Tim Bishop (D-N.Y.) 202 225 3826 Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) 202 225 3976 Ed Markey (D-Mass.) 202 225 2836 Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) 202 225 8885 Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) 202 225 4811 and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (DD.C.) 202 225 8050

During the Congressional Panel portion of the day, the group of riders gathered in a Ways and Means Committee room to hear from a select group of Members of Congress. Addressing the group was Congressmen Burgess, the Motorcycle Safety Caucus co-chair, along with his colleagues in the House of Representatives: Alan West-FL, Scott Rigell-VA, Jon Runyan-NJ, Bob Dold-IL, Todd Young-IN, Richard Hanna-NY, Erik Paulsen-MN, and Adam Kinsinger-IL. The MRF thanks all of the Members of Congress who attended the event. Coinciding with Bikers Inside the Beltway week, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner ran an op-ed in the daily paper, "Roll Call" urging conferees on the highway bill to include language from HR 904.

MASTERLINK MAY 2012 Sensenbrenner said "May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and we welcome motorcyclists from across the country to Washington for 'Bikers Inside the Beltway' week. During this week, Congress should be reminded that effective motorcycle safety can help keep all of us safer on the road, but efforts to expand a government program that arbitrarily roadblocks law-abiding motorcyclists are a misguided, ineffective use of taxpayer funds." This year's event received media attention in both the print and online editions of "Politico", a Washington, DC daily paper and website. Thanks to all who attended and to those who helped support those who attended. This year was a tremendous success.


12NR18 - MRF News Release - Bikers Inside the Beltway 2012


Contact: Jeff Hennie, Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs Bikers Inside the Beltway 2012

Thursday, May 17th, 2012 was the 4th annual Michael "Boz" Kerr Bikers Inside the Beltway event in Washington, DC. The event is a national lobby day, sponsored by the Motorcycle Riders Foundation, for motorcyclists to come to Capitol Hill to meet with their elected officials and brief them on all issues affecting motorcyclists at the federal level. This year's event drew hundreds of motorcyclists from 17 States and met with almost 250 elected officials.

One of the top issues the attendees were lobbying for was asking their members of Congress to work the HR 904 language into the now conferenced highway legislations. HR 904 is the bill to prohibit federal funding of motorcycle-only roadside checkpoints.

Speeder Tells Cops His Bike Can Go 190 mph


RAVENA, N.Y. -- New York state troopers arrested a boastful -- and unlicensed - motorcyclist for going at speeds in excess of 150mph for 50 miles on the New York State Thruway, before telling them his Suzuki was capable of even more.

A trooper first spotted the motorcycle heading south through Ravena, near Albany, going 166mph, police said Wednesday. Other troopers and Thruway workers tracked the motorcycle's location for about 20 minutes until police were able to stop it more than 50 miles south in New Paltz, near Poughkeepsie. During that time, police clocked the bike

going between 150 and 170mph.

The rider, Nikkolaus V. McCarthy, 25, of Charlton, N.Y., pulled over because he was low on gas, police said. When troopers told McCarthy how fast he had been going, he told them his Suzuki could easily top 190mph. Police arrested McCarthy and charged him with third-degree fleeing police, reckless driving, speeding and operating out of class, because he did not have a motorcycle license, authorities said.

McCarthy was arraigned in the Ravena Village Court and sent to the Albany County Correctional Facility on $20,000 bail.


East Valley’s Cinco de Mayo Awareness Event

Here are some pictures of East Valley's May awareness event at Cinco De Mayo in Chandler. They also had Chihuahua races. Thanks, Jess Method, EV Treasurer of ABATE of Arizona.

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

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


MASTERLINK MAY 2012 The state filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit but Simandle, in his ruling, said the plaintiffs "sufficiently alleged deprivations of a clearly established constitutional right."

DATA SHOWS HIGHEST RISK FOR NEW MOTORCYCLISTS Safety studies show the most dangerous time for motorcyclists is their first year riding, peaking in the first month. For motorcycle riders, their first 30 days are about four times more risky than their entire second year. A study by the Highway Loss Data Institute shows 22% of nearly 57,000 collision claims from 2003 to 2007 occurred within 30 days of a new policy taking effect. The claim rate then dropped by one-third in the second month and by almost twothirds after six months.

PREDICTING FUTURE CYCLES The Motorcycle Industry Council has reported a 7.2% gain in first quarter motorcycle sales across 18 leading brands, and a staggering 50% increase in scooter sales – suggesting that the recent spike in gas prices is inspiring more Americans to take to two wheels.

The MIC also notes that total on-highway tire sales rose 27.5% for motorcycles and 48.6% for scooters, indicating that already-owned bikes are seeing usage.

Market prognostication is an iffy proposition at best, but the MIC is boldly offering their first ever estimate for future motorcycle sales, though it’s not an entirely rosy outlook. Regarding the remainder of 2012, MIC president

Coast to Coast (continued)

Tim Buche says "Even with low interest rates making this a great time to buy for many people, overall economic uncertainty is leading us to predict we'll have fewer sales in 2012." The MIC does offer a positive observation: "Spending on maintenance and repairs has been rising since April 2010, according to the business advisory, suggesting that the market for consumers taking care of bikes they've long owned, or improving used bikes they've recently purchased, could continue to improve." The MIC also states that tire sales confirm that riders are putting more miles on their motorcycles, suggesting that while new bike sales might be weak, interest in the sport isn't waning. WEIRD NEWS: MOTORCYCLISTS CHARGED WITH TERRORISM FOR NOISY EXHAUST Prosecutors in violence-stricken northern Mexico have brought terrorism charges against two motorcyclists because their loud exhaust pipes backfired and caused a sound like gunshots that sent a crowd into a panicked stampede.

The two motorcyclists were leaving their workplace near the main square of the northern city of San Luis Potosi, where an Easter week festival was being held. The two got on their bikes and fired them up, and that is when the confusion began. Because the backfiring of the engines sounded like the popping of gunshots, hundreds of people stampeded out of the square seeking cover. But the streets were nearly

blocked by vendor stalls, causing the crowd to pile up and resulting in some people getting trampled.

That, not the motorcycle engines, was the real problem, according to the state Human Rights Commission, which has launched an investigation into the arrests and noted that the two suspects had been beaten by police.

State law defines terrorism as acts that "produce alarm, terror or fear in the population ... to disturb the public peace or try to undermine government authority." Officials say state criminal codes often lack lesser but more appropriate charges to handle situations involving acts that may be irresponsible but are hardly criminal.

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prison if convicted. While that seems like harsh punishment for a noisy exhaust, authorities said such irresponsible behavior is a real problem for states where drug-gang gunbattles have terrorized residents in recent years.

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It would all seem like a tempest in a teapot, if the two men weren’t facing possible sentences of five to 20 years in

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

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Support bill to require U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to seek independent scientific analysis on the effects of 15 percent ethanol Contact U.S. House Speaker John Boehner and your representative today! On April 19, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) sent a letter to U.S. House Speaker John Boehner urging the House to consider H.R. 3199 that would require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to seek independent scientific analysis on the effects of E15 gasoline as soon as possible. This bill needs the support of the House so the American people will know exactly how the use of 15 percent ethanol blend (E15) gasoline will affect the operation of their vehicles. The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology reported H.R. 3199 favorably, as amended, with a vote of 19-7 on Feb. 7. The bill was introduced by U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.).

"The EPA's decision to allow E15 into the marketplace will impact every American who owns a car, lawnmower or boat," Sensenbrenner said. “Automakers insist that using E15 will void warranties, lower fuel efficiency and cause premature engine failure. In off-road engines, the effects can even be dangerous for users.

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"There are serious concerns that the EPA used only one Department of Energy test and rushed E15s introduction into the marketplace," Sensenbrenner said. "This test was limited in scope and ignored a plethora of evidence -- albeit inconvenient evidence for the EPA -- that shows E15 gasoline has a negative effect on engines." The new E15 gasoline formulation may soon appear at a fueling station near you, and you need to be careful how you use this new fuel blend. That is because the EPA, in October 2010, approved E15 for use in model year 2007 and newer light

duty vehicles (cars, light-duty trucks, and medium-duty passenger vehicles). In January 2011, it added model year 20012006 light duty vehicles to the approved list. Riders should pay attention to this list because no motorcycles or ATVs are currently listed.

The AMA is concerned about E15 because it burns hotter than gasoline that contains a lesser amount of ethanol. In engines not designed to dissipate that extra heat, damage in the form of premature wear can result. Although this is a concern in all motorcycles, it's particularly problematic for air-cooled engines found in many bikes. Moreover, use of E15 may even void the manufacturer warranty. Since the approved list includes many light-duty vehicles in use today, refineries, distributors, and fueling stations may choose to offer primarily E15 gasoline because of this action by the EPA. This should concern all motorcyclists and offhighway enthusiasts since this may affect the availability of gasoline with less or no ethanol (E10 or E0).

The AMA supports H.R. 3199 and urges its members and, all motorcycle and allterrain vehicle riders, to contact Boehner and their representatives to voice their support for this bill. A prewritten email is available for you to send Boehner by clicking here.

You can send a prewritten email to your representative immediately by following the "Take Action" option and entering your information. The AMA encourages riders to personalize their message by drawing on their own personal riding experiences. Please write Boehner and your representative today and urge them to support H.R. 3199.

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PAGE 22 I’m getting’ older (aren’t we all?), and my vision ain’t what it used to be. Not even close. I find I have to be more alert and pro-active in order to successfully deal with potential hazards when I ride, especially at night.

We all know that many motorists don’t see motorcycles in time (or at all), and as the average age of drivers increases, we can assume that, since their vision is getting worse, so is the problem of not being noticed when we ride. Visibility – it’s about both seeing and being seen.

Lately I have been on a quest to improve my visibility when I am on my bikes. I have done some research into cost-effective ways to improve the lighting on my bikes, and I’d like to share that now. The first bike I am working on is my main ride, a 2003 Harley FLHTI (ElectraGlide). But the make and model doesn’t matter much for the purposes of this discussion because most of the improvements I have chosen apply to almost any bike. My parameters are: cost, effectiveness of the lighting changes, electrical load on the charging system, and changes to the look of the bike; I am not looking to make any significant changes to its appearance and have extra lights hanging off the bike. I just want to improve on what is already there. First, I want to improve the headlight. I just bought a PIAA Xtreme White Headlight bulb (mine is type H4, but many other

In the last installment I described my quest to improve the lighting on one of my bikes, and now I am going to let you know how this is working out. I have had some success, but not completely, as you will see if you read on.

First of all, I upgraded the headlight by changing the stock H4 bulb to a PIAA Xtreme White unit. Although I have not ridden at night since I made the change, I can tell even in daylight that this bulb is brighter than the one it replaced. But I will know more after I use it at night. (While I am on the subject of improved headlight bulbs, I would like to relate a story from years past. I bought a bulb that was actually rated at 80 watts/low beam and 100 watts/high beam, for my ’97 Sportster. It got so hot and/or drew so much current that it actually melted the plastic connector and surrounding wires! So I am glad my new PIAA bulb is the same wattage-rating as the stocker. A representative from PIAA told me that it


types are available). The factory H4 bulb that came on my bike is rated at 55 watts low beam/60 watts high beam. This PIAA bulb has the same ratings, but is claimed to be twice as bright! So it won’t draw any more electrical power than the stock unit. I have not installed the new bulb yet, but I have high hopes that it will be a marked improvement. The cost of the new bulb is about $50; if the manufacturer’s claims are true, I figure that the price is well worth it. I will carefully wrap up the old bulb and carry it in my saddlebag just in case I need it. This type of improvement can be made on most bikes.

The ElectraGlide has a fender tip light on both the front and rear fenders; they seem to be mostly decorative, and I don’t think they really make the bike more noticeable to drivers. I just found out about a company called Custom Dynamics. They make lots of LED (light emitting diode) options for bikes. One of their products replaces the wimpy #194 bulb that is used in both front and rear fender tip lights: it is an LED panel with 40 white LEDs on it and it fits underneath the existing lens. I opted to install a clear front lens to replace the stock amber one. I have already done this modification (takes about 2 minutes with a single flatblade screwdriver, and costs $38 including the new lens); and it makes a huge improvement! Forty bright LEDs facing forward through a clear lens – I am much


more visible now. Another good thing about LEDs – they draw a lot less power than incandescent light bulbs.

For the rear of the bike I tried a 4-LED replacement for the #194 bulb (also from Custom Dynamics). Unfortunately, this mod was not a success. This new LED unit faces upward, and it turns out that LED light is very directional; so the view of the rear of the bike is not enhanced by this unit at all. The sixteen dollars were not well-spent. They do make a 40-LED panel for the rear fender tip as well, so I may go for that one soon; I know that will make a big difference.

I also bought a PIAA Xtreme White #1157 stop/taillight bulb to replace the stock bulb. It’s rated at 27 watts – pretty healthy for a taillight! I haven’t installed that one yet, but I have high hopes for it. These are about $20 for a pair, and they should be well worth it for cost-effectiveness. The extra one will go in the saddlebag, too. This bulb will draw more electrical power than the stock bulb, but not so much that the charging system will be taxed. I will report on the effectiveness of both the headlight and tail/stoplight bulbs in my next article if things go as planned. The only change to the look of the bike from these modifications is that I went from an amber fender tip light to a clear one, otherwise the bike looks stock.

Lighting, Part Deux

does not run any hotter than the old one did; yes, I made sure to ask this time!)

Next I mentioned the rear fender tip light; I got a 4-LED replacement bulb for the stock (#194) bulb. As I said previously, that didn’t work out so well, because of the fact that LEDs are highly directional, and the angle of the bulb when mounted on the bike improves visibility only skyward, but not to the rear.

I reported that I was happy with the replacement for the front fender tip bulb, as it is a 40-led panel and very bright. But after studying it for a couple of days I realized that the panel is also angled too far upward to be effective for other traffic or pedestrians. So I put the stock bulb and lens back in the front fender and moved the LED panel to the rear fender, which has a more suitable mounting angle. This really works for visibility from the rear; it’s a keeper! Again, it came from, part #GEN-

FT-W. Mine is a white light, but they also have them in red and in amber.

Another plan I had mentioned was to replace the taillight bulb with a PIAA Xtreme White #1157 replacement. I had high hopes for this change, but was disappointed to find out that my bike takes a different taillight bulb, a #3157 (same general type of bulb but with a different base). I may use the two new PIAA #1157 bulbs in my Buell, which takes two of them in the taillight section. This ought to make a big difference for that bike. In the past I had improved the brake lights by doing two things: adding a Harley-Davidson brake light kit, which makes the turn signals into additional brake lights while it keeps them functioning as turn signals, too. This is an inexpensive modification. The other thing was to add a “Stopper LED Brake Light”, part #4635 from Aerostitch ( This is a neat product

There are many options for improvement to turn signals as well. But be aware that when you change to LED turn signal bulbs you will most likely have to either change your flasher unit or install a load equalizer. Remember, the LED units use less power, and that will fool your stock flasher unit into thinking that you have a burned out bulb. I have not made changes to my turn signals because of this, but I am giving it some thought. A few other cautions: some LED lighting is not DOT approved (yet), so it comes in packaging that says “for off-road or show use”. Some LED replacement bulbs are red or amber, and may not show well through your red or amber lenses. So either look for a white LED bulb, or change the lenses to clear ones.

Do not handle halogen bulbs with your bare fingers, as it will reduce the longevity of the bulb. Any dirt or oils from your skin or other places are enemies of the bulb. Amber lights can face any direction. Red faces the rear. White faces the front. You get the drill. So far I have under $150 invested in improved lighting and I expect it to be money well-spent. Stay tuned for the report next month.

because it mounts neatly at the top (or bottom) of your license plate, looks good, is very bright, is used in addition to the other lights already on the bike, and costs only $25.

To recap, after all the swapping of parts back and forth, the front of the ElectraGlide was updated with a more effective headlight bulb. And the rear was improved with the brake light kit from Harley, the Stopper LED Brake Light, and the 40-LED panel for the fender tip light. It all just gives those inattentive drivers fewer excuses to say, “I didn’t see him.” And the bike looks totally stock, except for the addition of the additional LED Brake Light, which is fairly unobtrusive. If I do anything else to this bike’s lighting it will be to replace the tail/brake light bulb with an LED unit. But that may be overkill; I think this project is complete. Now that the ElectraGlide is done, let’s see how much I can improve the Buell’s lighting…

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The Masterlink - June 2012  
The Masterlink - June 2012  

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