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

MAY 2012

VOLUME XXI, ISSUE I

abateofaz.org

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

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remind them who they work for

Well the Capitol is mostly quiet now, the session is, or should be over and technically the legislators have gone home to their districts until January, 2013. 2012 seems to have spawned a very pleasant group of lawmakers; they’ve passed bills quickly and quietly, kind of like old married couples. In my experience that means that they just go along, business as usual, paying very little attention to their constituents. Is this why we elect them? I thought that since we are their “constituents”

they were supposed to work for us! Unfortunately it seems as if they’ve missed this memo. If you get the opportunity to attend a session (in either house) please pay close attention to what is happening on the floor. There is seldom any debate, because if there is dissent it is usually “taken care of” prior to the vote. The last session I attended every vote for a bill was unanimous. How is this possible? They’re legislators, they are supposed to have lively debate, and they’re supposed to stand up for the people that elected them. I was told that they agree on issues before they get to the floor. If this occurs on a regular basis doesn’t it lend itself to the possibility of too many “deals”?

I guess where I’m going with this is our involvement or lack of involvement, as the motorcycle community, in politics. Perhaps I’m just a bit skeptical, but do we bring our issues to the people that may be able to help us? We’re “Bikers” we argue amongst ourselves about many important motorcycle issues and a whole lot of nonsense,

but once a year we are at the Capitol and hopefully meet with our legislators either on the lawn or in their offices. What about the rest of the time? Do you think they remember you from meeting you one day a year? Not likely.

We can keep in touch though; we can call, write or email any one of our representatives and almost certainly get a response. Very often it is intimidating to put yourself out there and ask for their attention, but that is why they’re in office, to serve their constituents. The more often they hear from us, the more likely they are to remember us and value our interest in the process and our vote. Please stand up and be counted, you know as well as I do that generally the average cager can see three bikes on the road and those three have just turned into a “bunch of bikers”, let’s use that perception to our advantage! Carole O’Reilly ABATE Designated Lobbyist


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MASTERLINK MAY 2012

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

FREEDOM.

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

President’s Report

State Officer Meeting Minutes

April 1, 2012

State Officers Meeting Minutes

OFFICERS:

President - Tim O’Reilly - Present, Vice President - Paul Pendergast Present, Secretary - Casey Yates Absent, Treasurer - Matt Brown Absent, Vice Treasurer – Jess Method - Absent, PAC - Jim Page Present, Run Coordinator - Darin Yates - Absent, Membership – Open Ron Kool - Present, Merchandising OPEN, Safety Officer - Jean Cooper - Absent, Designated Lobbyist Carole O’Reilly - Present, Sergeant at Arms - Joe Ferrucci - Present, Communications - Paul Hassinger Absent, TBFS - Joel Rosen - Present Guests: None

Meeting Called to order: 11:50 AM

Pledge of Allegiance and moment of silence:

Secretary minutes from March: Motion to wave reading of minutes.

Hello to all my Brothers and Sisters;

May is Motorcycle Awareness Month. We as motorcyclist are always looking out for the cages, but what about us, who is looking out for motorcyclists? I feel like I am preaching to the choir, but we as bikers need to keep the public informed. The Governors’ Office of Highway Safety in conjunction with the Arizona Motorcycle Safety Council will be running radio and TV ads on select stations. We, as ABATE members must support our local chapters. Chapters are encouraged to participate in motorcycle awareness programs throughout the month of May. So when your Coordinator asks for volunteers please step up and do so. This is one of the best times of the year to set up a booth, table, or whatever your Chapter has organized. The most important reason is to educate the public and make them aware of motorcycles on the road.

Last month was a very bad month for motorcyclists being involved in crashes. AZ Bike Week brings in a lot of visitors from different parts of the country that attend the events. You would think that drivers of cars and other vehicles would be more cognizant of the increase in motorcycle traffic for those 10 days. This event is attended by motorcyclists of all different riding experience. Some crashes have a direct correlation with riding skills and/or experiences riding in a pack, some crashes, were in fact the riders fault. Most accidents involving motorcycles are not the riders’ fault, especially when the crash occurs at an intersection, or involving a left turn violation. So this is why it is imperative we continue to educate the entire motoring public about Motorcycle Awareness. How many members have signed up for ABATE of Az.org? If you haven’t signed up and would like to be kept informed and post on our list you must sign up. First go to; abateofaz.org, this will take you to our home page that has a lot of information on it. If you want to sign up to be on ABATE of Az. list and

receive the most current information about what’s going on just follow these simple instructions. On the left side of the home page click on sign up, and then follow the instructions to start receiving information. We had to change our group mail last year and I have been told by many members they could no longer post on the list. The most common problem is that they are still using the old group email address. If you have experienced this, you will have to use our new group email address when posting on the list. About this group

Members can post, anyone can join, only members can read!

Description: The ABATE-AZ group is provided to meet the challenges of communicating and defining Motorcycle Rights, Education and Awareness to protect the Freedom of the Road, regardless of the machine or gear. All motorcyclists are encouraged to join the ABATE-AZ group in the pursuit of these common goals. Group email: abateofaz@googlegroups.com

Congratulations to ABATE of Michigan on the repeal of mandatory helmet use. This is a real testimonial of how a grass roots effort can pay off. I also want to thank all ABATE members here in Arizona who took time to contact Michigan Legislators and Gov. Snyder in support of repealing the law for mandatory helmet use in Michigan. 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

Jim Page 2nd: Joe Ferrucci Motion passed. Pac Report – Jim Page:

Ray LaHood U.S. Secretary of Transportation, reports he is trying to discourage auto makers to limit placing additional electronic devices on automobiles. This coincides with drivers being distracted while operating a vehicle. One example is auto makers want to place touch screens inside vehicles. The European Union (EU) is trying to place a ban on building choppers. The purposed ban would take affect by 2014. Remember what ideas begin in the EU trickles over to the U.S. a few years later.

Jim has drafted a letter and it will be sent to Senators McCain and Kyl, and all Arizona U.S. House Representatives. The letter addresses the fact that the federal EPA has been reviewing the State of Arizona’s request for elimination of motorcycle testing in Maracopa County for over 2 years. (Request was sent Nov. 2009) Upon completion of this letter

How to Reach Us

480-256-9237 For Advertising Rates Email Eric at themasterlink@abateofaz.org Or Mail Your Ads to: MasterLink, ABATE of Arizona 7509 N. 12th St, #200 Phoenix, AZ, 85020 MasterLink Advertising Rates:

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it will be printed in its entirety in the Master-Link.

Treasurer report - No Treasure report at this time. Safety Report: Jean Cooper None at this time.

Lobbyist Report : Carole O’Reilly: Emissions Bill HB 2073 to extend the sunset for another 2 years has passed the State Senate. The Bill has passed the third read and was sent to the Governor 4-9-12 for her signature. The sunset extension is needed so the Bill does not die while awaiting Federal EPA approval. Communications report: Paul Hassinger: None at this time.

State Run / Event Coordinator Report: Darin Yates None at this time.

ABATE’S Rider Advantage: Report from Jean Cooper. None at this time.

TBFS Committee report: Joel Rosen: Date of April 28th to ride up to MLL to meet with Scott Gold for finalizing layout of grounds and other details. Received 5000 business TBFS cards which will be passed out to Chapter Coordinators and committee members. TBFS poster design and tee shirt / pin design will be finalized very soon. Old Business

Jean Cooper has scheduled another Basic Accident Scene Management class. ABATE is still sponsoring Basic Class to Members at $25. Registration at the door is available. Add will be placed in the Master Link. Next date 4-28-12. New Business:

Membership Administration Duties:

Receive and process new and renewal membership applications Maintain and communicate current membership rosters for distribution of Master-Link newspaper Work closely with State Treasurer Prepare monthly membership report for presentation at State Officer meeting Other duties as assigned Job Requirements:

High school graduate Good verbal and written skills Working knowledge of all Microsoft Office applications Advertising with Arizona Rider Motorcycle News:

Add would run for 12 Months starting May 2012 – April 2013 Cost would be $1398.60. one ½ page. Ad for ABATE of Az. and one ½ page ad for TBFS which would run in the June & July addition. President O’Reilly presented request to BOD,

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

FEDERAL HIGHWAY BILL PROGRESSES The U.S. Senate has approved its version of a federal highway appropriations measure (S.1813, "Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century" or MAP-21) by a vote of 74-22 on March 14, and the $109 billion highway bill includes motorcycle safety funding for states and would bar federal funds from being used to conduct motorcycle-only checkpoints.

The measure now goes to the House of Representatives for further action, where a similar measure is also being considered (H.R. 7, the "American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act of 2012”).

Both bills contain motorcycle safety program funding and both would prohibit motorcycle-exclusive roadblocks, and neither version has any anti-motorcycle provisions, but it’s unclear if the House will take up the Senate bill or advance their own legislation.

MORE STATES MOVE TO BAN MOTORCYCLE-ONLY CHECKPOINTS While Congress continues to consider passing a prohibition on motorcycleonly roadside “safety checkpoints” by halting federal funding, several states are moving forward with their own laws to ban the practice.

New Hampshire and North Carolina have both passed such legislation, and Virginia has become the latest state to pass a bill to bar law enforcement agencies from setting up safety checks that only stop motorcycles for inspection.

Following a motorcycle-only checkpoint set up during last year’s Rolling Thunder POW/MIA rally en route to Washington, D.C. over Memorial Day weekend, Delegate C. Todd Gilbert (RShenandoah) introduced H.B.187, which passed and was signed into law on Feb. 28 by Governor Bob McDonnell.

Most recently, New Jersey introduced companion bills in the Senate (S-1685) and the Assembly (A-508) to prohibit police from establishing checkpoints limited to certain types of vehicles and would require that all checkpoints include all types of vehicles.

Calling motorcycle-only checkpoints discriminatory and unconstitutional, ABATE of California is likewise pushing a bill (AB-1047) that would ban state and federal funding of biker barricades. According to ABATE Lobbyist Jim Lombardo, “We passed out of the Assembly and are awaiting a hearing in the Senate Transportation Committee, probably next month, and then on to Governor Brown.”

Meanwhile on the legal front, New York A.I.M. (Aid to Injured Motorcyclists) Attorney Mitch Proner told the Associated Press that he is preparing to appeal a federal court decision upholding the constitutionality of motorcycle roadblocks in N.Y., and the issue may eventually be heard before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Coast to Coast

BIKER ANTI-DISCRIMINATION BILL HEARD IN COLORADO Colorado legislation to ban discrimination against people wearing motorcyclist gear failed to pass its first committee hearing, but the bill’s sponsor told the AP that he was glad he proposed the bill because it raised awareness. He said bikers are unfairly judged to be criminals. State Rep. Joe Miklosi (D-Denver) says he didn’t propose the measure to get attention but to help constituents who belong to motorcycle clubs and say they are being singled out unfairly. "I'm motivated by doing the right thing," Miklosi said. "They're being discriminated against."

Bikers say they're unfairly refused service at hotels, restaurants and stores because of how they dress, and Miklosi’s bill (HB-1128) would have banned businesses from discriminating against motorcyclists based on their style of dress.

But his bid to add "unconventional attire" to the state law that bars discrimination in public accommodations and put biker attire alongside such protected classes as race, gender and religious affiliation, fell short in the GOP-controlled House State, Veterans and Military Affairs committee which is known for rejecting Democratic proposals. GREEN MOUNTAIN SENATORS LEARN GANG DESIGNATION INCLUDES VETS Members of the Vietnam Veterans Motorcycle Club may be surprised to find themselves on a list of “security threat groups” recently offered by the Department of Corrections to the Vermont Senate Judiciary Committee in Montpelier, VT.

According to information offered to the committee, a definition from the Department of Justice says a gang designation is appropriate for a group three or more people with a common identifying sign, symbol or name who, individually or collectively, engage in criminal activity which creates an atmosphere of fear and intimidation. Senator Alice Nitka (D-Windsor) wasn’t so sure that the aging vets of the motorcycle club back in Windsor are a menace to society and warrant being “lumped in” with street gangs like “the Bloods and the Crips,” reported vtdigger.org.

If all it takes for a “gang” to make the list is for a few members of a group to commit a crime, Senator Jeanette White (D-Windham) asked, “…will the Boys and Girls Club be next?”

MINNESOTA ROAD GUARDING BILLS ADVANCE Two companion bills to allow trained and certified motorcyclists to road guard during motorcycle runs (SF1719 and HF2008) were approved by the Minnesota Senate and House Transportation Committees, respectively.

Mack Backlund, State Coordinator for ABATE of Minnesota, testified in favor before both committees and answered

questions from the committee members. While there were questions and concerns brought up during discussion, in the end both bills passed by unanimous voice vote with no amendments.

The legislation creates a motorcycle road guard certificate under which a person can stop and hold traffic during a motorcycle group ride: “Permits holders of a motorcycle road guard certificate who are acting as a flagger for a motorcycle ride to stop and hold traffic, and override traffic control devices to direct motorcycle operators or other vehicles. Requires drivers to remain stopped until directed to proceed.” “This language has a long way to go in the process before becoming law, but passage in the Senate and House Transportation Committees is a great start,” said Backlund. YOU CAN HELP MOTORCYCLE SAFETY STUDY Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) is working in conjunction with the Motorcycle Safety Foundation to conduct a long term, comprehensive Naturalistic Motorcyclist Study of everyday riding in a wide variety of environments and conditions -- and they need participants.

If selected, you will answer questions about your age, training and riding experience to determine where you fit in the study. To gather information, several small cameras, radar, GPS and a recording unit will be attached to your motorcycle for one year. Once the equipment is attached, your job is to ignore it and ride like you normally would. The data is encrypted as it is

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They have selected a number of motorcycles representing a cross section of riders and types of riding: beginners, sport bikes, cruisers and touring, and designed their equipment and mounting system to work with several specific models, and participants must live in or near the targeted study areas that cover different terrain and traffic patterns; Blacksburg, Virginia, Orlando, Florida and Irvine, California. For more details, contact VTTI at www.motorcycle.vtti.vt.edu. FEDS PROPOSE DISTRACTED DRIVING GUIDELINES FOR AUTOMAKERS U.S. Department of Transportation chief Ray LaHood has announced a new set of proposed distracted driving guidelines for automakers that would limit the use of in-car tech solutions that are “not directly relevant to safely operating the vehicle, or cause undue distraction by engaging the driver’s eyes or hands for more than a very limited duration while driving.” From cell phones to GPS screens, distracted driving is an ever-present road hazard in today’s techo-centric world, especially for vulnerable travelers like motorcyclists, but soon video games and Facebook friends could be within arm's reach as drivers hurtle down the highway in the next generation of cars from Detroit.

Coming dashboard devices would deliver a whole new level of eye candy

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East Valley Chapter

Hello to all you Freedom fights out there. Here it is, May already and the weather could not be more perfect for riding. Hope everyone had a great time during Bike week. It’s getting warmer out there so remember to hydrate yourself for every ride.

A couple of months ago I ranted about the media not supporting us. Well I have noticed that local radio has really been putting the word out about looking out for motorcycles. My hat goes off the local radio stations for supporting our cause. Now if we could get the local TV stations to do the same it would be a HUGE success. I will say that channel 3 has been doing a good job bringing it up lately but we need more. If you know anyone in the TV media, tell them to help us out with more PSA’s

May is motorcycle awareness month. It would be nice to see our efforts recognized in the media about some of our motorcycle awareness events we will be doing. They could do a story on the motorcycle training or education in the high schools that are available locally. I have found that kids are our biggest allies. When they see us they say something to their parents like “check out the bikes dad”. Things like that really help us to be seen. Well, I’m going to cut this short this time so have fun and ride like you are invisible because sometimes YOU ARE! Ride Hard or Stay Home Jack Batty E.V. Comm. Officer

High Country Chapter

NO REPORT

Mohave Chapter

NO REPORT

Phoenix/Shadow Mountain Chapter

NO REPORT

Northern Arizona Chapter

This months meeting was small but took place. We will be (hopefully) holding our May Awareness event in June in conjunction with Show Low Days (still working out the details) and hope to see a great turnout. Our chapter is still small and hoping to grow soon, as the snow starts to melt and more bikes are out. We will be at Yavapi Chapters Run to the Hills and will be selling TBFS tshirts etc. So for now this is short and sweet and hope everyone rides safe and watch out for those not watching out for you!! Northern Arizona Chapter

Southern Arizona Chapter

Well, Southern Arizona has been very busy in 2012…

Chapter Meeting March 17th

Sean polled the Chapter on behalf of our Lobbyist Carole to provide Legislative priority’s based on ABATE’s members. Remember ABATE of AZ is a true grass-roots organization. So, please attend your Chapter Meetings and Events and contribute your voice and efforts. ABATE is what you make it. With increased participation, ABATE will only be more representative, strong, and credible. Now, for the fun stuff… Our Chapter Coordinator won the prize for the most Green Jim Butsback looked like a Giant leprechaun. Stan Still won the 50/50. The $142 dollar jar rolled over, as the winner Roger Beck was not present. You can’t win if you do not attend the Chapter Meeting. All You Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner SAT March 24th Southern Arizona had our first evening event of the year and the turnout was

Chapter Reports

great. We would like to thank all of the chapter members that participated with this event making it a success. Also the N.W. Tucson Moose Lodge for their use of their facilities making our event possible. The pasta, meatballs, salad was excellent and our chapter members provided desserts was a great way to conclude to the dinner.

This event yielded many returns from signing up new members, resigning existing members and especially the great times shared amongst everyone there. One thing we are looking forward to is another chapter social event this summer. It was suggested that we conduct a BB-Q and were already considering the location, times and date. This will soon be announced, so get ready! Bring your families, friends and always let’s sign up new members. Again a big thank you for everyone that made this possible. Highway Clean Up Mile SAT March 31st

ABATE of AZ would like to thank S AZ Chapter member Mr. Ron Hanusch for stepping up to coordinate, manage and helping to preserve our Chapter’s highway clean up mile. Our mile is just East of Hwy 82 and Hwy 90 in Whetstone, AZ. The rendezvous was at biker friendly Buddy’s Bar Just North of Sierra Vista. This is a well ridden piece of road between Tombstone and Sonoita. Thank you also for all the members who took the time to volunteer with the clean up.

MASTERLINK MAY 2012

Sean Pinder, Southern AZ’s PAC and BOD, will be attending the MRF Seminar, Best of the West, this year in Las Vegas. This will be the first MRF Seminar hosted by a Confederation of Clubs. Registrations are accepted through www.mrf.org and room reservations contact The Plaza on One Main Street at (800) 634-6575. Educating ourselves is as important as Educating our Legislators by Lobbying and the Public with Motorcycle Awareness Programs. TBFS State Rally – July 27th-29th

Again, ABATE is a volunteer grass-roots organization. Any help with preparation, working the event for a few hours, getting the word out, or even simply attending will be appreciated. The beauty of a volunteer organization is you masy choose to volunteer at the level you feel most comfortable. TBFS is our single most important fund raising event. For more information check out http://www.toobrokeforsturgis.com/.

Yavapai Chapter

The Yavapai Chapter is gearing up for our second Run to the Hills in Jerome. The event takes place on May 19th at the

Gold King Mine (1000 Perkinsville Road Jerome, AZ). Gates open at 10:00 AM. This is a 21+ event. There will be a bike show, people games, a wet t-shirt contest, a treasure hunt-raffle, lots of vendors on site, and lots of live classic rock and roll. The cost is only 10.00 a person, and that includes camping (1st come, 1st serve). Run pins will be given out for the 1st 300 through the gate. This is an old school style event, so it is bring your own everything (tents, coolers, chairs, water, “adult” and/or other types of refreshments. Grill and whatever you want to cook on said grill). If you are attending other rides scheduled for that day, please enjoy that ride and support the cause, and then head to Jerome to party with Yavapai ABATE, and much will be happening after the sun is setting. Also don't forget our (“Harley Happy Hour” at The Drunken Lass Saturdays 37, 218 W. Gurley St., with $2.00 domestics & well drinks. Longhair James will be spinning your favorite tunes. NonHarleys are of course welcome as well. Mike “Dawolf” Ruddell Communications Officer Yavapai Chapter ABATE of Arizona

Yuma Chapter

NO REPORT

Accident Scene Management SAT April 7th

One of our Safety and Awareness Events was the Accident Scene Management Course. Jean Cooper, State Safety Officer and President of the newly forming 501c3 ABATE’s Rider’s Advantage entity, came down from the Phoenix area and taught the class. This was an extremely informative class targeted for how to handle motorcyclists that have become a victim of trauma in an accident. From securing the scene, getting help, and triage if needed until Emergency Medical professionals can get to the scene was simply a fantastic learning experience. During the class there are also hands-on experiences in how to move a victim, remove a helmet, and treat if necessary to minimize injury and save a life. Thank you, Jean Cooper for making the trip to Tucson. I look forward to the more advanced courses and from time to time the refreshers courses to stay current. I recommend every Motorcyclist to take these courses, and we may need to save ourselves in the unfortunate event and accident occurs.

“CAN YOU SEE ME NOW!”

Southern Arizona will continue to busy…Join us at the following: Chapter meeting SAT April 21st

Next meeting is at the Kettle Restaurant located at 748 West Starr Pass Boulevard in Tucson, AZ 85713. Join us for breakfast available at 7:30 AM. MAP (Motorcycle Awareness Program)

Ron Kool is transitioning Robert to handle the MAP in the Tucson area. The MAP Presentation is expected to be demonstrated during the next Chapter Meeting. There are six classes and 180 students expected at Sahuaro for an upcoming event. Can You See Me Now! Ride SAT, May 12th

Southern Arizona’s May Awareness ride starts at Waffle House for breakfast. @ 2701 E. Valencia, and ends at the Red Garter Saloon w/discounted menu. @ 3143 E. Speedway Blvd.Last bike in 2:00. $15 Single and $20 Couple. Visibility is the Theme for this ride, so wear bright colors! Download the flyer at http://www.abateofaz.org/pics/events/M ay122012-Abate.pdf Best of the West June 15th - 17th

“SATURDAY” May 12th 2012 “CELEBRATE WITH ABATE” ARIZONA MOTORCYCLE AWARENESS MONTH!! BREAKFAST MADE TO ORDER included FREE POKER HAND: $100 HIGH& $50 LOW 50/50 DRAWING, RAFFLES, DOOR PRIZES $15-single & $20-couple Registration: Starts @ 7:30, last bike out 9:00

Visibility is the theme for this ride, bright colors encouraged! Starting at Waffle House for breakfast. @ 2701 E. Valencia Ending at the Red Garter Saloon w/discounted menu. @ 3143 E. Speedway Blvd. Last bike in 2:00. Drawings and prizes awarded there after, must be present to win. Can't make the run, stop by for the end party at the final stop.

Brought to you by ABATE of AZ Southern Arizona Chapter Help us to keep fighting for your rights and to promote awareness and education.


MASTERLINK MAY 2012 April 4, 2012

Meeting called to order at 2:00 p.m. Board members present:

Eric Hampton – Chairman, Billy Hensler – High County, Still Ray Fitzgerald – Yavapai, Margie Ferrucci – Northern Arizona, Redbone Schneider – East Valley, Sean Pinder – Southern Arizona, Frank White – Yuma, Absent – Don Russell – Mojave and Casey Yates Guests: Tim O’Reilly, Paul Pendergast, Carole O’Reilly, Darla Hampton, Ron Kool, Jim Page, Freddy Sanchez, Kat Grover, Paul Grover, Pee Wee and Gunner from Yuma, Joel Rosen Secretary’s Meeting Minutes – Waived Treasurer’s Report – Waived

Joel Rosen gave a Too Broke For Sturgis (TBFS) update: The website will be updated. Security over law enforcement access was discussed. A motion was made by Sean and a 2nd by Margie and passed, that the TBSF committee would present three alternate locations for future TBFS events.

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!

2nd Qtr Board of Directors Minutes Carole gave a lobbyist report that she is trying to move ahead on the emissions bill. If there is no positive response from legislature, she will move for a call to action from members. Discussion included ABATE should have their own legislative agenda. If we have interest in the agenda of other MRO’s that we would be supportive of the same. A Lobbying & Legislative issue poll was presented for each Chapters Membership on importance for legislative issues. Which will be brought to each Chapter for polling. ABATE’s lobbyist will attempt to work in conjunction with the attorney lobbyists to pass legislation that will keep insurance companies from limiting claim payments to riders who are injured while not wearing a helmet. Limiting claim payments is in direct violation of the Arizona Constitution.

AZRider Southwest offered to run a 1 year promotion for ABATE of AZ and TBFS. The ABATE ad will run a ½ page color ad and will be on the website. In the June and July publication it will include TBFS flyers. Both ads would be $1398.60. Board members approved, one :”no” vote. Motion to accept was made by Billy and a 2nd by Margie, vote passed by majority. Jean Cooper has scheduled a Basic Accident Scene Management Class. ABATE is sponsoring members at $25.00. Registration at the door is available. The next date is April 28th, 2012. Jean is also working on the Governor’s Office for a Proclamation for May Motorcycle Awareness month.

Darla gave a progress report for ABATE’s Rider Advantage. The organization has retained an attorney, pro-bono, that is a rider and understands the direction the corporation is achieving. Progress is going forward very well and on track.

State Presidents report by Tim stated the TBFS contract has been signed and moving through the TBFS committee. The band is booked (Cell Phone Cowboys). The Membership and Merchandise Officers’ positions are still open. There will be an ad in the May MasterLink for both positions. There was discussion of contracting with an outside agency if the Membership Officer position is not filled.

Under new business: The board agreed that business members are allowed to allocate their two individual memberships to anyone, even if they use them as a promotion, contest or giveaway.

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Billy asked for clarification of funding for May awareness events. It was agreed that the board decided previously that the state would cover expenses for each chapter up to $1500 upon budget approval. Matt will be contacted to transfer $1500 back to High Country for their May event.

It was decided that board meetings should be changed back to 1:00 p.m. Next meeting to be held on July 1st, 2012. Meeting adjourned, motion by Redbone, Billy 2nd, all in favor, unanimous.

Ride Free and Stay Free!!!!!!

Submitted by Darla Hampton for Casey Yates.

Open discussion: Jim submitted a letter

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MASTERLINK MAY 2012

ABATE OF ARIZONA LOCAL CHAPTERS High Country Chapter

A.B.A.T.E. BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS FOR 2011 - 2012

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

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

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 jpage30@cox.net

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 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.

www.abateofaz.org and www.toobrokeforsturgis.com

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.

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

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

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)

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.

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

Mohave Chapter

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 TheMasterlink@abateofaz.org

Phoenix-Shadow Mountain Chapter

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 koolron@hotmail.com

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 grayghost17@cableone.net.

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.

EDITOR’S NOTE:

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

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ABATE of Arizona Business Members Eclectic Café Tucson 520-885-2842

Red Garter Bar & Grill Tucson 520-325-0483

The Butcher Hook Tonto Basin 928-479-2226

Amon Builders Payson 928-474-0689

Gila County Chopper Strawberry 480-789-2933

Roberts Marketplace Prescott Valley 928-722-8920

The Hog Pit Smoke House Tucson 520-722-4302

Bedmart Phoenix 623-878-0536

GraphicsGraphics Web Design & Development Phoenix 602-595-4740

Skin City Ink Prescott Valley 928-458-7242

All Clene Carpet Cleaners Payson 928-468-1358

AZ Alarm Doctor Mesa 480-334-6087

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

El Rancho Restaurant Payson 928-474-3111

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

Gurley Street Sports Pub Prescott 928-778-2491 Jakes Corner Bar Payson 928-474-0679

Jerome Tattoo Company Jerome 928-649-2143

Brown & Little, P.L.C., Attorneys at Law 480-299-2093

Kactus Kate’s Cottonwood 928-634-7822

Burro Saloon Bar & Grill Kirkland 928-442-3287

The Law Office of Alfred McDonald Tucson 520-884-5201

Buffalo Bar & Grill Payson 928-474-3900

Cactus Flats Tonto Basin 928-479-2233 Capsurz www.capsurz.com

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

Eagles Wings Carriages, LLC Tonopah 623-386-8281

Kitty For Tax Camp Vercde 928-567-0224

La Gitana Cantina Arivaca 520-398-0810 Law Tigers 888-529-8443

Lyzzard's Lounge Prescott 928-778-2244

Mother Road HD Kingman 928-757-1166

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

Renegade Classics Biker Outlet Tucson 520-647-9312

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

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

ABATE of Arizona Chapter Meeting Times and Locations

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. High Country Chapter

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

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 koolron@hotmail.com

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 grayghost17@cableone.net.

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 jpage30@cox.net

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State Officer Meeting Minutes (continued)

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which was passed. President O’Reilly will direct State Treasurer to send check to Az Rider.

ABATE of Arizona 7501 N 12th Street # 200 Phoenix, AZ 85020

NONE:

Motion to adjourn: Joe Ferrucci 2nd: Paul Pendergast

Open Discussion:

Next State Meeting: May 6, 2012 11:30 am at A.I.A.C.

*Membership officers, Reminder all mail goes to the Phoenix office.

Meeting Adjourned: 1:15 PM

HIGH COUNTRY CHAPTER MOTORCYCLE & BIKE SAFETY DAY AT THE PARK SATURDAY MAY 12TH Rumsey Park Ramada 5 Payson AZ. 10:00 - 3:00pm

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MASTERLINK MAY 2012

Events Calendar Courtesy of Lady Jewells & Phoenixbikers.com

May 2012

Friday & Saturday, May 4th and 5th, 2012 Southern Arizona Harley Riders Mc Presents 20th Annual Run to the Border; Gates open May 4 at 2pm and May 5 at 8AM. May 4 pre party. Live Bands, All makes and models of motorcycles are welcome, bike show, bike games, dunk tank, charity auction, door prizes, bon fires, food, vendors, wet tshirt contest, 50/50’s, on site poker run, free dry camping, this rally is to help local charities. Lots of fun come on out. Full RV hook ups 4 miles away see www.doubleadobe.com or call 520-364-4000. (FLYER)

Saturday May 12th, 2012, Event_Title: Highway Thunder Charity Ride Event_Time: 9am. Event_Location: Cycle Gear Mesa Event_Description: Scavenger Hunt Charity Ride hosted by: Phoenix Vulcan Riders Procedes going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Cash Prizes on High/Low Door Prizes from Sponsors 50/50 Preregistration by April 12th includes free T-shirt! http://www.meetup.com/Phoeni x-Biker- Events/ events/

55938532/ Description: This ride is open to all riders. A fellow motorcycle rider who lost a battle with cancer asked for a ride to be held in his honor with donations made to his favorite charity, The Make-A-Wish Foundation. The Phoenix Vulcan Riders fulfilled that wish last year and voted to make this ride an annual event. This year's ride is a scavenger hunt that will launch from Cycle Gear in Mesa. The raffle with prizes from our sponsors will be held when riders meet up afterward at The Hammered Hog in Phoenix. $30 for single riders and +$15 for two up. Lunch Included! Saturday, May 19, 2012 Remembering Waldo, & mark the 5-year anniversary of his passing. Party 1pm ‘til ??? at Kid Chilleen’s Steakhouse 33125 S. Coldwater Rd; Black Canyon City, AZ - on I-17, Exit 244. Live Music, FREE admission; EVERYONE welcome. C’mon out, share some memories, & pay respects to a man who has left a lasting mark on AridZona’s biker community. Welcome Charity Home from her latest deployment. FMI: 480-855-4023 (FLYER)

Saturday, May 19, 2012 Event_Title: 3rd National Armed Forces FreedomRide Event_Time: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Event_Location: Chester's Harley Davidson Mesa Arizona Event_Description: Starts and ends at Chester's Harley Davidson 922 S Country Club Dr. Mesa, Registration: 8:00 to 10:00 am, Donations $25.00 single $10.00 passenger, Everyone is welcome, Opening Ceremonies 8:30 to 9:00 am, Special Guests: Mike Broomhead, Jim Sharpe KFYI, Post 1 POW,MIA,KIA Honor Guards and Rifle Team, Ride Stops: Post 9 Florence,Veterans Memorial Post 84 Sacaton, Post 91 Chandler,Post 2 Tempe, Military presentations, Guest speakers, Vendors, Raffle, 50/50, T-shirts,Dog Tags, Ride Patches, Food, cash prizes for High/Low hand Last bike in by 3:00 Live music all day long, Proceeds go to Operation Homefront Arizona http://azfreedomride.webs.com/ Saturday, May 19th - Prescott, AZ. The American Legion Riders Of Post 6 Presents A nother L ousy R ide. The Second Deployment “A Mystery Ride”

Open to all Motorcycle enthusiasts, Car Clubs, and anyone who wants to take a ride. American Legion Post 6 - 202 S. Pleasant St. in Prescott. Registration from 8:00 AM 9:30AM. Last Bike out at 9:30 AM. Breakfast served at 8:00 AM. Riders $15.00 / Passengers $10.00. Breakfast $5.00. Door Prizes, Games, Mileage Guess, 50/50, Auction, Raffle Prizes. Winners for High and Low Scores. All Proceeds to go to the Programs/Charities sponsored by the American Legion Riders of Post 6 Monday May 28th, 05-282012 Event_Title: Phoenix Memorial Day Rally Event_Time: 6:30 am - 8:00 am Event_Location: 23029 North Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, AZ Event_Description: Phoenix National Memorial Cemetery: A free event paying tribute to those who have fallen. Sponsor a flag in honor of someone that has served and post their picture on our Facebook page. Let the family members know that we will never forget their loved one's sacrifices. More information at www.RidersUSA.net


MASTERLINK MAY 2012

by Rod Taylor - ABATE Legal Services

Patsy Harrington Makes An Honest Man Out Of Doc Jones, Former Head Of A.B.A.T.E. Of Illinois

Back where I come from, when you get a call that you are to be the best man at a wedding within 24 hours, you are thinking a little person within 9 months (or less). I got such a call (text) from Doc Jones last week. I would like to tell you that it was caused by the above. Sadly, the hurry up was caused by a death sentence from his doctor- ALS. I have never been a “wedding kind of guy”, but Doc and Patsy’s caused me to have road dirt in my eyes. They have the most wonderful family and they were all there. You could have cut the love in that room. I have been to a lot of weddings that I can’t remember, but I will remember that wedding until it’s over for me. The truest expression that I hate the most is “only the good die young,” which means that this lawyer will live to be a hundred. But I will say that Doc has and will get more life out of his time here than I ever could in a century. It seems like the guy above that gives and takes, has that in mind. My job is to help get Doc to as many state parties and Miracle Rides as he can stand and share what life he has left with all of us. I now know there is no better honor in this life than to be a dying man’s best man. Doc and I are now bonded through the ages, so look out! Here we come, side car and all.

P.S. to Doc: for whatever it is worth, we are right behind you - it is just a matter of time.

Dealing With Personality Disorders (Bullying) In The Organization And What Every SMRO Should Know About It

Q. Our local ABATE organization has been successful until recently. Before, all of us got along well and made a difference in achieving ABATE’s goals. Now we have a person in a leadership role that is tearing the place apart with his bullying. At first, this individual seems like he is your friend: flattering, well-spoken and energetic. Then he turns one by one on

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Ask Our Lawyer his “friends” by dividing and conquering us, seemingly to get his own way. He is a master manipulator. He spreads falsehoods about those he wants to get rid of (usually those who disagree with him). Many have quit because of his “bullying.” He spreads falsehoods and when upset sets off a flurry of emails cutting his target. As volunteers, there is just so much stuff most of us are willing to take. I am concerned for our organization. To make matters worse, there are some financial irregularities that he has created. What can we do? I know there are legal remedies for libel and slander, and he can be prosecuted for theft if that is the case, but that is not the direction we want to go. Help! - ABATE member

A. Sounds like you may be dealing with a person who is afflicted with a personality disorder. The American Psychiatric Association lists ten types (see DSM-IV12).These types flock to not-for-profit organizations like ABATE. They are confusing and misleading in that they are usually very talented, but you should not ignore the serious disruptive effects that they can cause in your Chapter. Impulsive behavior, wild emotions and calculated divisiveness contribute to discord and disunity of our ABATE organizations. Disruptions by this kind of personality can be very confusing, especially in a volunteer organization. Daily contact in not-for-profits is usually infrequent, which makes catching on to and stopping them especially difficult. Persons with this disorder usually get to where they are by conning those above them and exploiting those below them. They usually don’t give a damn about anybody. Their by-line is “I don’t give a f____.” This disorder is usually signaled by a history of unstable relationships outside the family and abusive relationships within the family. Usually the person has a checkered employment past as they do not make good traditional employees. Almost always the person that suffers from this type of disorder goes from treating his targets as best friends to declaring them hated enemies, bewildering and confusing those that work with

the affected person. Accompanying these types of symptoms are always extreme angry reactions and impulsiveness. Misappropriation, fiddling with the books, fiddling expenses, pilfering, embezzlement, fraud, deception, awarding benefits to family and accusing others of doing the same are also common indicators of the bullying personality disorder.

ABATE should be aware of this type of person when they infiltrate our organization. After all, we provide the perfect breeding ground where this personality type can create self-promoting turmoil. It is difficult to catch on to their ways when there is no daily contact and as such, they can comfortably ply their manipulative techniques. Usually, in the normal business situation the management catches on and the situation dies a natural death with firing. But what do we do in not-forprofit organizations like ABATE, with the person who has managed to hang on and continues to wreak havoc in the organization? Here are some of the non-legal recommendations that I have passed on to others dealing with this issue.

1. Unfortunately, we are a volunteer organization, so it is tough to fire these types. If you can, you should. We are not in the mental health treatment business. Since we cannot fire, I recommend that you educate yourself and the organization as to “personality disorder” symptoms. Your description of the person touches on the classic characteristics of that disorder, so be familiar with the usual pattern of conduct that these afflicted persons exhibit. Share your knowledge with others. In recent years, many business organizations have had to develop plans to deal with this personality type. By educating your organization, everyone will have been clued into what is going on and the techniques used by this person. That takes the fun out of it for the afflicted trouble maker. Once the news is out and exposed, it is highly likely the person will leave, taking the problem along with them. 2. Another method is to try the straighton approach. Control and security issues drive the person afflicted with this issue,

so meet with the person and review honestly his concerns. Compliment his work where warranted. You should have others with you for these meetings. Keep it positive. If the person is salvageable, keep him with the strings you attach. If not, get rid of him ASAP. He is poisoning our ABATE well. If you cannot get rid of him, at the very least separate and assign him projects that lessen his involvement with others. Have him report to a “committee” so he cannot turn on an individual. Never let this type of person handle money for ABATE. Almost always, they steal. 3. If the “bully” does not get the hint, confrontation may be in order. Typically, the disordered person leaves a trail of inconsistent emails, false allegations/conversations, inflammatory accusations, bad books and puzzling math. Keep records and make “book” so that you can back up what you say.

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MASTERLINK MAY 2012

The PAC Rant

Jim Page State PAC Officer Hi Folks

OK so the number one question that is asked of me here in the Phoenix area is

“When will we be able to register our bikes without having to go through emissions testing every year?” Good question. As you all know that Arizona has passed a bill exempting motorcycles from being tested. It was even signed into law by Gov. Napolitano many years ago. So why are still sitting in line at the Emissions station? We are still waiting approval from the EPA, that’s why. I’m pretty sure they are waiting for some other state to require testing for motorcycles so they can cay “See, you’re not the only ones.” We really dodged a bullet when California decided that testing motorcycles at idle was useless and testing under load was dangerous and had the potential for a veritable plethora (Always wanted to use that in a sentence) of lawsuits. So, something I thought I would never say. Reason prevailed in the California

Legislature.

Actually some of the arguments used by ABATE of California and the AMA included;

“The only two counties to ever smog test motorcycles nationwide, Pima and Maricopa in Arizona, have already shown that motorcycle testing leads to no significant reduction in measured emissions levels. Pima County has already dropped their testing program and Maricopa is awaiting EPA’s approval to do the same.” (This is from an article in 2009, just sayin’). Some legislators saw this as just a way for the cash strapped state to make money.

The state’s motorcycles already have the lowest emissions of any motor vehicle of any category.

Anyway, enough of Californy. We have decided that time for sittin’ on our thumbs is over. So, we have crafted the following letter. The example is the one to Sen. McCain but we will be sending one to every Arizona representative. What will this accomplish? Maybe nothin’. But stranger things have happened. I want to give a big shout out to Kathleen Rosen for helping me properly format this letter and correcting my many grammatical errors. OK that’s it for now Be safe out there. Jim

A.B.A.T.E. of Arizona, Inc 7509 N. 12th St, Suite 200 Phoenix, AZ 85020 480-256-9237

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April 15, 2012 The Honorable John McCain U.S. Senate 241 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Dear Senator McCain: In 2008, the Arizona Legislature passed House Bill 2280 authorizing the exemption of motorcycles from emissions testing requirements in the Phoenix area. The exemption requires the approval of the U.S. EPA by July 2012 (as authorized by House Bill 2033 in April 2010). Subsequent analysis showed that the testing and repair of Phoenix area motorcycles do not provide a significant air quality benefit and a request for approval of the exemption was submitted to the U.S. EPA on November 10, 2009. ADEQ developed an Addendum to provide additional information and analysis to support the U.S. EPA's review of the exemption request. A public hearing on the Addendum was held on December 15, 2010. The Final Addendum was submitted to EPA on January 12, 2011. U.S. EPA action on the request is pending; consequently, motorcycles must still be tested in the Phoenix area. At this time, Maricopa County is the only county in the United States that requires motorcycles to take an Emissions test. The motorcycle community has been working for the better part of the last decade to first eliminate motorcycle emissions testing in Pima County, which was accomplished with EPA approval in 2007; then to eliminate testing in Maricopa County. As noted above, such a bill was passed in 2008 and signed into law by the Governor. ADEQ has published a Standard Implementation Procedure and all that remains is approval from the EPA. The motorcycle community has been waiting patiently for four years for a reply from the EPA. We have run two bills to extend the sunset on the original bill to give the EPA time to make its decision. It is our hope a letter from your office might prompt a reply from the EPA. Any help or guidance from your office is greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time and consideration. Respectfully, Tim O’Reilly President ABATE of Arizona


MASTERLINK MAY 2012

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month you’re right. But, I challenge you to make the most of motorcycle safety awareness during this month of May. Here are the ways to do that:

1. Count the number of motorcycle safety PSAs (public service announcements) you hear this month.

Jean Cooper State Safety Officer

And so you say to yourself, every month is motorcycle safety month. Well, yes,

2. Tally up how many billboards you see with safety messages on them. 3. Add in the number of street signs you see that ask motorists to share the road. 4. See if you can see at least one motor-

cycle advertisement on TV that even hints at safety.

5. Go online and read a safety article on the AMA or MSF website.

6. Take a course to enhance your riding skills. 7. Check the air pressure in your tires.

8. Contact your legislator to improve his or her awareness of motorcycles and our need for more safety oriented messages throughout the state.

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Even though everyday is motorcycle safety day, there is much to be done to promote motorcycle safety. We have the best riding weather in the country right now. Make the most of it – get out and ride. Riding is fun, thrilling and a great way to just be doing something. It’s all about the journey, right? While you’re out there think about personal safety promotion, like wearing reflective clothing, keep hydrated, stay alert for road hazards, maintain safety margin between you and other vehicles, and know your machine. Be Safe, have fun, see ya out there!

St. Paul Harley-Davidson Settles Lawsuit with Motor Co

By: Holly J. Wagner

St. Paul Harley-Davidson and the Motor Co. have settled a lawsuit over dealers selling official Harley-Davidson goods using third-party websites like eBay and Amazon.com. And although the parties aren't yet talking, it doesn't look like it went the dealer's way. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed, other than a judge’s April 11 dismissal order stating that both parties would handle their own legal fees. The dismissal is “with prejudice,” meaning the parties cannot re-file the case. Attorney Douglas Boettge, who represented St. Paul Harley-Davidson in the lawsuit, confirmed the settlement.

Dealer principal Tom Giannetti and attorneys for the Motor Co. did not immediately return calls seeking comments.

Although the terms of the settlement are under wraps, it doesn’t look like it went well for St. Paul Harley-Davidson. The dealership’s eBay store now carries the following disclaimer:

“Thank you for your interest in St. Paul Harley-Davidson®. Due to recent internet sales policy changes with HarleyDavidson Motor Company, we are no longer able to accept third party website transactions for any of our products. We will continue to honor our thirty (30) day return and exchange policy from the date of your purchase’s receipt.

Harley-Davidson Styling Chief Willie G. Davidson Retires After 49-Year Career

Reprinted from http://www.cyrilhuzeblog.com

After nearly 50 years as head of styling, Willie G. Davidson is retiring from Harley-Davidson April 30, 2012. He will continue his involvement with the company as an ambassador at motorcycle rallies and events, and through special design projects as Chief Styling Officer Emeritus. Willie G., Senior Vice President and Chief Styling Officer, is widely recognized as a legend in the world of motorcycling and motorcycle design.”Throughout my life, I have been truly fortunate to have the opportunity to marry my passion for design with my love for this amazing brand that runs so deeply in my veins,” Willie G. said. “What’s most rewarding has been to see the impact our motorcycles have on the lives of our customers. Everything we do in styling is based on the notion that form follows function, but both report to emotion.”

Grandson of one of the company’s founders, William A. Davidson, and son of William H. Davidson, its second president, Willie G. joined the company as its first head of styling in 1963. With responsibility for the look of all Harley-Davidson motorcycles, landmark motorcycles to emerge from Willie G’s styling studio team include the Super Glide, which established the factory custom category in 1971, Low Rider, Heritage Softail Classic, Fat

Boy, V-Rod and Street Glide. He is one of 13 Harley-Davidson executives who purchased the company from AMF, Inc. in 1981.

Over the course of his career, Willie G., 78, built a design team at HarleyDavidson that established the company’s unrivaled leadership in custom, cruiser and touring motorcycles. Today, the styling department is led by 19-year company veteran Ray Drea, Vice President and Director of Styling, who has worked collaboratively with Willie G. in the development of numerous milestone vehicles. “It has been my privilege to work alongside many incredibly talented people at this company and I have great confidence the future of Harley-Davidson’s design leadership will continue to grow in its pre-eminence,” Willie G. said. “I look forward to spending time with riders at rallies and to my involvement in special design projects.” . “Few individuals have the kind of impact on an organization, a brand and a lifestyle that Willie G. has had,” said Keith Wandell, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of HarleyDavidson, Inc. “Everyone with a love for motorcycles owes a great deal to his vision and talent, and all of us have been blessed by his presence. His legacy will continue to grow, thanks to the talent he has nurtured in the HarleyDavidson styling studio.”

Please contact us directly at esales@stpaulhd.com for specific instructions regarding exchanges and returns. We thank you for your past business and support, and appreciate your understanding.”

Dealernews was unable to find a listing for St. Paul Harley-Davidson as a seller on Amazon.com.

The dealership sued The Motor Co. last November, claiming the OEM's restrictions on foreign sales by U.S. dealers and sales through third-party websites are unfair, and undercut dealer profits.

St. Paul Harley-Davidson owner Tom Giannetti alleged in the complaint that new restrictions on PG&A sales “would

deprive [St. Paul Harley-Davidson] of literally millions of dollars of annual revenues, thereby jeopardizing its ability to remain in business.” He claims the dealership made $8 million a year in revenue from online and foreign sales from 2008 through 2010.

According to the lawsuit, the OEM notified U.S. dealers that, starting Aug. 1, 2011, they would no longer be able to sell Harley-Davidson parts and accessories to any customer outside the United States. The lawsuit said that starting Jan. 1, 2012, U.S. dealers may not sell new parts or accessories on third-party websites. The dealer claimed that violated his franchise agreement.


PAGE 16 12NR08 - MRF News Release - The Definition of Freedom FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 22 March 2012

News from the MRF

action is taken after 14 days it becomes law. MAIL to : Governor Rick Snyder

The Definition of Freedom

I was having a conversation with a good friend the other day who is widely loved and respected in our community. He is an wise old man. I really cant stress the old part enough, I mean this dude is older than old but wise, well sorta wise.

He asked me a question I have thought about almost daily since he asked me three months ago. "What is the definition of freedom?" he pontificated. After thinking about it, I can say that I do not have an answer. I think its a lot of things to a lot of people. I think it is relative to everyone and totally limitless. But can also disappear completely in a second.

Freedom stands for something greater than just the right to act however I choose.

Certainly, freedom does mean the right to do as one pleases—to think, believe, speak, worship (or not worship), move about, gather, and generally act as you choose—but only until your choices start to infringe on another person's freedom.

Abuse of freedom leads to its demise, think about some yelling "fire" in a crowded theater. Think about laws that limit sound emissions for motorcycles.

Some say the sharpest interpretation of freedom is the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action. I guess I could go along with that.

For me, freedom is about living my life the way I want too, having a government that is not oppressive (or too oppressive anyway), the freedom to own firearms, and riding a motorcycle without the possibility of mandatory roadside checkpoints. Right now I don't have all of those freedoms. So ask yourself, what is your definition of freedom and do you actually have it?

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12NR09 - MRF News Release - Call to Action - Motorcycle Helmet Law Modification in Michigan FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 30 March 2012

Sent to you at the request of ABATE of Michigan

From: Vince Consiglio, President, ABATE of Michigan RE: “Call to Action” Motorcycle Helmet Law Modification in Michigan

ABATE of Michigan would like the help of all motorcyclists in their fight for freedom. Senate Bill 291 passed the Michigan Senate with a 24 YES vote to 14 NO vote in late June. We want to thank all those activists who sent a post card to Governor Snyder over the summer. SB 291 passed the Michigan House of Representatives with a 69 YES to 39 NO on November 2nd. SB 291 passed a concurrence vote on 3-28-2012 and has been sent to Governor Snyder. Governor Snyder prides himself on being all about business and helping business. Please urge Governor Snyder to sign SB 291. He has 14 days to sign or veto. If no

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State Capital P.O. Box 30013 Lansing, Michigan 48909 (517) 373-3400 e-mail Rick.snyder@michi-

Thanks for helping us in our efforts. Thanks again,

Vince Consiglio President, ABATE of Michigan ABATE of Michigan, Inc.

============================ 12NR11 - MRF News Release - 4th Annual Bikers Inside the Beltway FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 06 April 2012

Contact: Jeff Hennie, Vice President of Government Ralations and Public Affairs 4th Annual Bikers Inside the Beltway

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation is pleased to report that the 4th Annual Bikers Inside the Beltway national lobby day will be held Thursday, May 17, 2012 in Washington, D.C. The MRF will have secure, free parking for motorcycles just steps away from the U.S. Capitol Building.

At last year's event, the national lobby day brought motorcyclists from 20 states and we were able to meet with almost 250 members of congress. The MRF encourages all participants to begin scheduling appointments with your Representatives and Senators since their calendars will fill up fast on this legislative day. Even if you cannot get a scheduled appointment, plan on dropping by as many offices from your state as possible. Please contact jeff@mrf.org or call (202) 546-0983 if you are planning on participating in this event. ============================ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jim Rhoades (734) 578-6144 Thursday, April 12, 2012 Vince Consiglio (248) 672-0957 http://www.abateofmichigan.org/

ABATE: Governor Signs Helmet Choice Law Michigan joins 30 other states to allow adult choice on helmet use, toughens standards

LANSING, After 46 years, Michigan now joins 30 other states in amending the mandatory helmet law in favor of adult choice. The Michigan legislature overwhelmingly approved SB 291 with broad bipartisan support, and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed Public Act #98 (SB 0291) into law today. The new law modernizes Michigan's outdated mandatory helmet law, which was a holdover from bygone days leaving Michigan, in the minority one of only 20 states left enforcing an empty federal mandate. 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." Pavlov's bill also strengthened standards for allowing choice by mandating more stringent provisions then other helmet-free states. To ride helmet-free, motorcyclists must: * Carry at least $20,000 in additional medical insurance. * Be at least 21 years old. * Have at least two years of riding experience or undergo special safety training. "We believe that the key to motorcycle safety, accident reduction and injury prevention lies in rider education, car driver awareness and license endorsement," said Jim Rhoades, Legislative Director for American Bikers Aiming Toward Education, or ABATE of Michigan. "We plan to continue providing certified motorcycle rider safety courses across the state at affordable rates so every rider can be educated before hitting the road." The law was written with input from ABATE, a motorcycle association dedicated to improving motorcycle safety and car driver awareness of motorcyclists on the roads. The new law gives Michigan the strictest requirements for riding helmet-free of any state that has modified mandatory helmet laws for adult choice (30 states). Allowing motorcyclists to ride helmet-free could also generate more than $1 billion in direct and indirect revenue, according to a recent Michigan Consultants study. "The problem is, helmet laws have done nothing to improve safety or reduce fatalities or the cost of insurance," said Vince Consiglio, President of ABATE of Michigan. "Motorcycle accidents are a very small percentage of accidents overall. Data from other states has proven that states that remove mandatory helmet laws do not see an increase in insurance premiums, and states that institute helmet laws do not see a corresponding decrease in insurance rates. It's never happened. In addition, the leading insurance lobbyist was videotaped testifying before a senate committee last session that residents in Michigan will not see any rate increase as a result of the passage of this bill. This is yet another reason that we garnered such

MASTERLINK MAY 2012 a large support base from the Michigan legislature". Consiglio also wanted to extend ABATE's gratitude to "all of the legislative officials and Governor Rick Snyder who courageously supported freedom in the face of an onslaught of baseless and emotional arguments perpetuated by our opponents".

The Michigan Licensed Beverage Association is a statewide trade association representing bars, restaurants, convenience stores and other class C license holders that also supported a change in the law. "Every year we watch our customers ride into neighboring states and very few motorcycles ride in because of this law. Our members near the Michigan borders are ecstatic!" said Scott Ellis, the Executive Director of the MLBA.

ABATE Michigan has partnered with public schools and private driving instructors to teach more than 75,000 new drivers about motorcycle awareness, using resources donated by ABATE members. Since 1975, ABATE members have lobbied legislators to modify Michigan's outdated mandatory helmet law, which was a barrier to motorcycle tourism. At the same time, the previous law did nothing to reduce motorcycle injuries and fatalities. Statistics about Michigan Motorcyclists* * 36.5 years of age * Married * College-educated * Average income: o $35,000/yr o $57,000/yr for members of American Motorcyclists Association o $80,000/yr for Harley Davidson owners * Most are insured to operate a vehicle and a motorcycle * Are responsible law-abiding citizens * Have passed motorcycle safety courses * Have experience on the road * Pay taxes, registration and operating fees * Capable of making his/her decision about whether or not he/she should wear a helmet *American Motorcyclist Association


MASTERLINK MAY 2012 When the “bully” realizes that his methods are known, the fun runs out of his approach and the problem goes away when you have done a “HIGH NOON” on him. Good luck.

Returning Veteran From Iraq - His Right To Ride

Q. Our son is returning from active duty in Iraq. He has a new motorcycle and wants to ride it as soon as he gets home, but his driver’s license/MC endorsement has expired. How long does he have to renew his license and the MC endorsement?

Ask Our Lawyer (continued)

- A.B.A.T.E. of Illinois member

A. Usually, military personnel on duty out of the United States have a reasonable period of time to renew their driver’s license. In most states in the Midwest, returning vets have up to 45 days to renew. Since you are in Illinois, tell him to get on his scoot and ride because he has two score and five days to enjoy his bike. And thank him for his service for us. Why We Need A POA (Power Of Attorney) And What It Does

Q. We are semi-retired and have time to enjoy riding all over the country. We have heard that we need a POA. Why is

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!

this necessary and what does it do for us?

- ABATE of Ohio member

A. Everyone needs a POA for both health care and personal property. If you become disabled, someone has to take care of your business, pay bills, etc., and make decisions for you. Choose wisely the person that you make your agent. They are in a position to rip you off, so this person must be a trusted friend or relative. If you do not have someone that meets this requirement, some banks can be hired to take on this responsibility if your assets are large enough to meet their minimums. For the average Joe, this may be a problem. If you have a good friend that is a lawyer, you might try to talk

PAGE 17 them into serving for you in that capacity. The good news is that most lawyers have insurance that would protect you if the lawyer got a brain tumor and stole your stuff. ABATE Legal Services provides POAs free of charge to members. ABATE, though many know it not, is one of the greatest rights organizations ever; but what it reaches for by far exceeds what it has achieved, and what it has achieved is magnificent.

If you have any questions you would like to ask the lawyer, please submit them to ASK OUR LAWYER, at rodtaylor@abatelegal.com. © 2012, ABATE Legal Services.


MASTERLINK MAY 2012 and brain entrapment, as more than 90% of cars debuting in the next five years are expected to be equipped with Internet-connected screens and other cutting-edge wonders. Automakers are responding to surveys that show 75% of young adults want touch-screen technology in their cars.

But, not if the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration can hit the "Hold" button. The agency’s proposed guidelines -- which do not carry the weight of law -- call for automobile manufacturers to make some dashboard electronic devices automatically shut down once a car starts moving, unless they're for passengers and cannot be seen by the driver.

The guidelines cite six activities that should not occur while driving: text messaging, Internet browsing, using social media, entering addresses in navigation systems, dialing phones and reading display screens with more than 30 characters of text.

Studies show that drivers double the risk of a crash if they take their eyes off the road for more than two seconds, yet 41 states still allow using a cellphone hand-set while driving and fifteen allow texting behind the wheel.

WEIRD NEWS: FEELING THE WIND IN YOUR EAR Today's phones can deliver the sound of a heartbeat, but soon you’ll actually feel the throbbing. At the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas,

Coast to Coast (continued)

Artificial Muscle Inc. demonstrated how it can make mobile devices shake and rattle with great realism, employing a technology that uses plastics that function like muscles, allowing you to feel the rumble of a Harley or the reverberation of a shotgun blast. The company showed off an iPhone it had modified by placing one of its Vivitouch "motors" inside that shook a modified Xbox controller to allow the user to feel what it's like to hold a beating heart. In another instance, it let the user experience the signature rumble of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle starting up.

CHOPPERS FACE EURO-SION OF RIGHTS They’re long and lean, and Europe is looking to ban them. Custom motorcycles are coming under fire across the pond, according to Motorcycles.about.com. Along with proposals to limit motorcycle emissions, force anti-lock brake systems on all bikes, and prohibit engine tuning for increased power; European Parliament is considering a ban on extended forks. The issue will be voted on in April and the limits on modifications could take effect by 2014; ABS rulings and stricter emissions could be enforced by 2016. “The proposed EU Regulation on Type Approval and Market Surveillance of two and three-wheeled vehicles passed its first reading, Committee stage, on 5th December even though an impact assessment on many elements of the proposal was ongoing,” writes MAGUK (Motorcycle Action Group), “and

the Delegated Acts appear to have moved well outside the scope of the Commission's original proposal.”

2012 NCOM CONVENTION IN INDIANAPOLIS The 27th annual NCOM Convention will be held Mother’s Day weekend, May 10-13, 2012 at the J W Marriot located at 10 S. West St., Indianapolis, Indiana 46204. This annual gathering will draw bikers’ rights activists from across the country to discuss topics of concern to all riders, so reserve your room now for the special NCOM rate of $99.00 by calling (800) 266-9432 or (317) 860-5800. Registration fees for the NCOM Convention are $80 including the Silver Spoke Awards Banquet on Saturday night, or $45 for the Convention only. All motorcyclists are welcome and encouraged to attend. Meetings, semi-

Name Andy Tobin Majority Leader Karen Fann Tom Chabin Albert Hale Doris Goodale Nancy McLain Judy Burges Jack W. Harper Chester Crandell Brenda Barton Amanda A. Reeve Carl Seel Heather Carter David Burnell Smith Michelle Ugenti John Kavanagh Rick Gray Debbie Lesko Majority Whip Jim Weiers Kimberly Yee Eric Meyer Kate Brophy McGee Steve B. Montenegro Speaker Pro Tempore Jerry Weiers Anna Tovar Richard Miranda Debbie McCune Davis Chad Campbell Minority Leader Lela Alston Katie Hobbs Ruben Gallego Catherine H. Miranda P. Ben Arredondo Eddie Ableser Cecil P. Ash Steve Court Kirk D. Adams Speaker of the House Justin Olson Jeff Dial Bob Robson Tom Forese Javan "J.D." Mesnard Eddie Farnsworth Steve Urie John Fillmore Frank Pratt Russ Jones Lynne Pancrazi David W. Stevens Peggy Judd Terri Proud Vic Williams Sally Ann Gonzales Macario Saldate IV Bruce Wheeler Steve Farley Assistant Minority Leader Matt Heinz Minority Whip Daniel Patterson Ted Vogt David M. Gowan Sr.

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nars and group discussions will focus on legislative efforts and litigation techniques to benefit our right to ride and Freedom of the Road.

To pre-register, call the National Coalition of Motorcyclists at (800) 5255355 or visit www.ON-A-BIKE.com.

The National Coalition of Motorcyclists is requesting that MRO's, motorcycle clubs, and riding associations submit the names of those members and supporters who have died since May 2011, so that we may honor their memories during the traditional “Ringing of the Bell” tribute to fallen riders during the opening ceremonies. Dedications can be e-mailed to NCOMBish@aol.com.

Important Phone Numbers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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PAGE 22 Ben Hochberg, ABATE of Colorado

OK, so this topic isn’t strictly about motorcycle safety. But it is about the safety of your motorcycle… And it is good, useful stuff.

Most of this information was obtained from my friend and insurance agent, Bill Peterson. Some of it was sourced from a document generated by Sentry Insurance. Some of it I added myself.

This topic is very important to me because my very first motorcycle was stolen and never recovered. When that happened, I vowed to buy the best chain and lock that I could find, so that the chances that any other bike I might get afterward would be severely diminished. I read a review/test in a motorcycle magazine of a chain and lock combination called Cobralinks. The article said that it was impossible to cut through the unit with a hacksaw or bolt cutter. They tried to cut it with a torch, and gave up after a half-hour. I was sold. I found my Cobralinks at a local bike shop. It was big, heavy, difficult to coil up, and expensive, but I bought it anyway. Now, well over 30 years later, I still have it and use it. Twenty-five bikes later, I have not had another bike stolen. It’s paid for itself many times over, in my opinion.

Of course, as you will see, it’s important to chain the bike to something else for this method to work. Merely chaining one part of the bike to another part of the same bike is not advisable, as thieves tend to lift the whole bike up and take it away, and then they can work on the chain and lock in the comfort and safety of their own work space. I have seen Cobralinks for sale as recently as last year, so I assume they are still available.

BEN HOCHBERG, ABATE OF COLORADO

“Ergonomics: n. the study of the problems of people in adjusting to their environment; esp., the science that seeks to adapt work or working conditions to suit the worker.”

or,

Does that bike fit you? and,

Can it be adjusted to fit you better?

I think we can all agree that a bike that fits you is going to be more comfortable than a bike that doesn’t. But there is more to it than mere comfort; control of the bike comes into play here as well. Good riding posture is important to control of the bike. Let’s look at some of the elements of good riding posture and see

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How Not to Get Your Bike Stolen

They now have different lengths and thicknesses from which to choose.

Bill told me that he did a survey of stolen bike claims from his agency, over the last 10 years. There were 85 Harleys stolen, and ZERO were recovered. Yikes!

Thieves steal bikes with a large van that has a forklift device installed in the rear end. The driver backs up to the parked bike, presses a lever, and the fork life comes out of the back of the van and locks under the bike. Then it picks up the bike and lifts it into the van. This can take as little as 15 seconds, apparently. So you see that merely locking the bike to itself, or locking the forks and/or ignition would not prevent, or even slow down, this type of theft. That is not to say that you shouldn’t use whatever theft deterrent devices at available to you.

Lock your ignition. Most cycle thefts occur when the ignition is shit off but not locked. Lock the forks and/or disc brakes with large, brightly-colored tags. The tags will remind you that the bike is locked, and will notify would-be thieves that the bike is protected. If traveling with others, lock bikes together. If riding alone, lock the bike to a secure, stationary object that can’t be easily dismantled, such as a light pole. Add an audible alarm to the bike.

When traveling and spending the night in a hotel, locate an outdoor security camera and park the bike within the camera’s view. Or park the bike very close to the room, where you could hear someone tampering with it. I have even parked my bike inside hotel rooms, with permission of the management, of course.

Keep an eye on the bike periodically, especially immediately after parking it at a public event. In a parking garage, park the bike close to automobiles, blocking the bike in, if possible. Close the garage door and lock it.

Do not keep the title to the bike on the bike. Keep in it another safe place, like at home, in a safe, or a safety deposit box.

Uniquely mark and then photograph the bike and the marking. For example, engraving your name in an inconspicuous place can halep to identify the bike if it is stolen. If it is stolen, inform law enforcement of the markings and let them have copies of the photos.

Keep your cycle registration and insurance identification card on you when you ride. This will enable you to quickly identify yourself as the owner and allows law enforcement to file a report immediately. Be careful about giving out information on where you live, work and play (ride). If trailering your bike:

- Park the trailer in a well-lit location near security cameras or in plain view of hotel, restaurant or event staff.

- Lock the doors and the hitch.

- Secure doors by backing up to a wall so the doors cannot be opened.

- Know your trailer’s ID and license plate numbers.

I see lots of riders riding with their arms straight, that is, with no bend in their elbows. When we ride we should have a slight bend to the arms with the elbows fairly close to the torso (not out in the breeze somewhere); this benefits our ability to control the direction of the bike by allowing manipulation of the handlebars without forcing us to move our shoulders and torsos. Our feet should be able to reach the shift and rear brake levers without too much body movement. And our hands should be able to reach and operate the clutch, front brake and throttle controls as well. If we have to reach far forward to hold the handgrips, so far that our arms become totally straight, we should make one or more adjustments. (Keep in mind that the rider’s back should be fairly straight when making these observations. And make sure that these adjustments are

- As the buyer for his or her name, address, date of birth and driver’s license number. Then ask to see the license and check that the information matches.

- Be cautious of out-of-state ID’s; Thieves are counting on the idea that you are not familiar with out-of-state ID’s.

- Note how your buyer arrived at the location. Note if he/she was dropped of by another party and might be planning on taking a one-way “test ride” with your bike.

- Remember that it isn’t necessary that the buyer receive the title right away. A written document signed by the seller and buyer indicating price and method of payment also indicates proof of the purchase. The title can be forwarded to the buyer once the check has cleared the bank. - If you decide to sell the bike on consignment, do not provide a signed copy of the title to the dealership until you have received your money in full. Make sure the dealership is a reputable business before you trust them as an agent. Some dealerships with very little history have been known to sell bikes on consignment and then keep the money. If the dealership goes out of business, you may never get the bike or money.

If selling your bike:

HAVE A FIT!

why they are important and what we can do to the bike to attain them.

- Know that fake identities have become common in cycle thefts. Don’t turn over the title until you can verify that the check or money order is valid and has cleared the bank. Then simply mail the title to the new owner.

made by, or supervised by, someone who knows how to keep a motorcycle safely set up. Radical changes to a bikes ergonomic set-up should start raising mental red flags which warn of possible unsafe conditions!) On most bikes it is possible to adjust the handlebars to tilt farther back than they are already set, making them easier to reach and allowing more bend to our arms. Moving the handlebars forward or back will require an adjustment to the hand controls and mirrors, since they too move with the handlebars. Once the handlebars are adjusted, the rider should sit on the bike and comfortably grip the bars. Then the levers should be adjusted so that the rider’s wrists can be fairly flat when reaching for them. There are many styles of handlebars available for purchase which can make it easier to modify a bike to fit a certain rider. Make sure that all the fasteners are re-tightened to spec afterwards. Also, there are many types of seats that can be retro-fitted to bikes to change the ergonomics. Some bikes even have seats

that can be adjusted to different heights.

Control levers are often available in different shapes which make them easier for a rider to reach and use. “Bent” or “dog leg” levers are easier for smaller hands to reach and operate. The cables and mechanisms that are attached to the levers must be in good condition and well-lubricated for ease of operation too. Some bikes have footpegs that are adjustable.

So you can see that with adjustability of handlebars, control levers, footpegs and seats, there is a high degree of comfort and control that can be added to many bikes. But some bikes just cannot be made to fit some riders. And that’s when it’s time to look at another bike or another type of bike. It’s not ALL about style, it’s about comfort and control!


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

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For Sale 2 chaps, 1 men’s coat, 1 women’s vest, 1 pair women’s boots, 2 outback dusters. call Bill for info. 928-443-1528 Prescott AZ 86301

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