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



Nonprofit Org US Postage Paid Permit #1662 Phoenix, AZ

what are they doing with our money?

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

By Kat Grover ABATE of AZ Authorized Lobbyist

The Arizona Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council (AMSAC), since it’s inception in 2000, has become increasingly active in projects to raise awareness of both drivers and motorcyclists regarding issues affecting motorcycle safety. One dollar ($1.00) of each motorcycle registration goes into the State Motorcycle Safety Fund. It is the privilege and responsibility of the Arizona Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council to advise the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety on how to best expend the monies to benefit all the motorcycle riders in the state, by furthering educational efforts and raising awareness about the increasing numbers of motorcycles on the road. When the Council was formed in 2000, there were approximately 80,000 registered motorcycles in Arizona. Today, that number has increased to approximately 163,000.

The Statute that established the Motorcycle Safety Fund

28-2010. Motorcycle safety fund;

administration; advisory council

A. A motorcycle safety fund is established consisting of monies deposited pursuant to subsection B of this section and monies from gifts, grants and other donations. The director of the governor's office of highway safety shall administer the fund. On notice from the director of the governor's office of highway safety, the state treasurer shall invest and divest monies in the fund as provided in section 35-313, and monies earned from investment shall be credited to the fund. Up to ten per cent of the monies in the fund may be used for administrative costs. Monies in the fund are subject to legislative appropriation and are exempt from the provisions of section 35-190 relating to lapsing of appropriations.

B. Notwithstanding section 28-2004, through June 30, 2016, the director of the department of transportation shall deposit, pursuant to sections 35-146 and 35-147, one dollar of each motorcycle registration fee collected pursuant to section 28-2003 in the motorcycle safety fund.

C. Subject to legislative appropriation, the director of the governor's office of highway safety shall use monies deposited in the motorcycle safety fund pursuant to this section, after consultation with the Arizona motorcycle safety advisory council, to implement and support voluntary motorcycle education, awareness and other programs, including covering the cost of materials for motorcycle safety, education and awareness programs.

D. Through June 30, 2016, the Arizona motorcycle safety advisory council is established consisting of five members who have experience in motorcycle safety and who are appointed by the governor for three year terms. Members may be removed for cause and may be reappointed. The council shall meet at least quarterly and on the call of the director of the governor's office of highway safety for advice on the expenditure of monies in the motorcycle safety fund.

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Mission Statement

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

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

a similar interest in preserving our American tradition of


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

President’s Report

State Officer Meeting Minutes

April 9, 2013 OFFICERS:

President - Tim O’Reilly, Vice President - Paul Pendergast, Secretary Casey Yates, Treasurer - Matt Brown Absent, PAC - Jim Page – Absent, Run Coordinator - Darin Yates, Membership - Tina Benoit – Absent, Merchandising – OPEN, Safety Officer - Jean Cooper, Designated Lobbyist – Vic Grady, Authorized Lobbyist – Kat Grover, Sergeant at Arms - Joe Ferrucci, Communications – Charity Stuart Guests: Jim Silk E.V. Chapter

Call to order: 7:15 PM Pledge of Allegiance and moment of silence led by: Joe Ferrucci.

Secretary minutes from March 3, 2013: Motion to waive reading of Minutes: ___JEAN _ 2nd:__JOE All in favor: yes Officer reports:

Treasurer report - Matt Brown Absent

Hello to all my Brothers and Sisters:

Each May motorcyclists all over our nation celebrate May, as Motorcycle Awareness month. We request and receive a Proclamation from past and current Governor’s declaring motorcycles and other vehicle operators need to be aware of motorcyclists traveling on highways and roadways.

Then what? Numerous studies from insurance companies, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, University of Utah, AAA Foundation for traffic safety and the National Safety Council have all concluded that texting and the use of cell phones are more dangerous than operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol with a .08 blood alcohol content which in most states is over the legal limit.

ABATE of Arizona wants you all to be safe whether you are riding or driving to and from work or you’re just out for a ride. April was Distracted Driving Awareness Month. So to kick off May I think it’s a good time to remind everyone that the most dangerous part of your day is the time you spend on your bike or riding in a cage.

Texting has become a regular part of daily communication for most people. Unfortunately some of us send a quick text or email when we’re driving because it only takes a few seconds. That’s really dangerous.

While many people know texting while

driving increases crash risk, cell phone conversation while driving is also risky. Talking on hands-free or handheld cell phones requires the brain to multitask – a process it cannot do safely while driving.

I encourage you all to check out the following website, and share with family and friends, as it debunks the following myths: 1. Drivers can Multitask.

2. Talking to someone on a cell phone is no different than talking to someone in the car.

3. Hands-free devices eliminate the danger of cell phone use during driving.

4. Drivers talking on cell phones still have a quicker reaction time than those who are driving under the influence. ed_Driving/Documents/TheGreatMultit askingLie.pdf Until next month;

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

Tim O’Reilly ABATE of Arizona State President

Pac Report - Jim Page - Absent. Jim conveyed that he would like to step down as State PAC Officer. If anyone is interested in this position please submit your desire to any State Officer or BOD member. Membership - Tina Benoit Absent.

Report will be emailed to the State officers.

Trifecta at Steel Horse Saloon April 7, 2013. We had an awesome response to the white bandana program. Two 1 year memberships were raffled off. Marion Van Winkle was one of the lucky winner’s Safety report - Jean Cooper

* Jean will contact Governor Brewers’ Office and request a Proclamation proclaiming the month of May as Motorcycle Awareness Month.

*MAP program, Jim Silk will be having the next class May 15, 2013 to train additional instructors. Ron Kool is teaching MAP classes in Southern Az. area schools. *More signs are being put around the valley promoting motorcycle safety.

How to Reach Us

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

Size Monthly Quarterly Yearly Business Card Size (3-1/2”w x 2”h): $20.00 $60.00 $200.00 1/8 Page (5-1/8”w x 4”h)

$50.00 $150.00 $500.00 1/4 Page (5-1/2”w x 8”h) $70.00 $210.00 $700.00 1/2 Page (10-1/4”w x 8”h) $100.00 $300.00 $1,000.00 Full Page (10-1/4”w x 16”h) $200.00 $600.00 $2,000.00 Full Color Back Page (10-1/4”w x 16”h) $400.00 $950.00 $3,300.00

Allstate insurance will be providing signs and information throughout the US.

Designated Lobbyist report – Vic Grady – Authorized Lobbyist Kat Grover – *Kat and Vic from ABATE, and Johnny D, AZCMC Lobbyist attended the Arizona Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council meeting. The meeting was very well presented. All Lobbyists felt the meeting was very productive. *Grants:

Monies spent by the GOHS.

Updates on bills were given as well.

Free riders courses are available, as a refresher not for endorsement purposes.

Team Arizona has a free clinic they put on an hour long class. Contact Team Arizona for times and location. * A two man subcommittee was made. The names were not available at this time. Subcommittee will meet tentatively 4/29/2013 at the GOHS office. Communications report - Charity Stuart

Will research locations for safety table at Bike Week. Currently the Sun chasers and AIM are happy to put our information in their booth. If there are runs or changes, get with Charity and she will get it on FACEBOOK

Run Coordinator report - Darin Yates: Charity gave the report of rides during bike week. Darin spoke of the kids runs Wednesday at Buddy Stubbs, Scottsdale HD is having a 236 mile kids run, all proceeds to benefit Camp Courage. TBFS Report - 2013 location will be held at Mormon Lake Lodge. Contract negotiations are in progress and near complete. OLD BUSINESS

P & P Committee members: Tim O’Reilly, Paul Pendergast, Jim Page and Casey Yates. Review of purposed change to P & P regarding minimum number of Officers and Members to start Chapter. Matter is on hold Pending BOD approval. TABLED until committee can meet and decide on specifics. Motion made to waive the discussion until May 2013 by Paul P 2nd by Charity.

* American Foundation for Cardiomyopathy representative, Anthony Miller has asked permission to purchase a vender space for his foundation. He would be selling tickets raffling off a Harley Davidson motorcycle as first prize and a Ford Mustang as second prize. Mr. Miller has agreed that 25% of the profits from ticket sales go back to ABATE of Arizona. Tim has researched his Foundation through the BBB and Secretary of State’s Office. No negative issues were found with the corporation. A question was raised as to when would the drawing be held? Darin will contact Mr. Miller and report back, after which a decision will be made by the State Officers. The final decision will be made by the BOD.

MASTERLINK MAY 2013 New Business

State Officer Meeting Minutes (continued)

*Promotion of ABATE White Bandana program packaging: Packets to include; ABATE Membership application and a look out for motorcycles bumper sticker and placed in a zip lock baggy. This will ensure the rider has a WHITE ABATE of

April 14th, 2013, 1PM Board of Directors Meeting Minutes ABATE State Office

Board members in attendance: 1:00pm Still Ray, Rick Breadwell, Sean Pinder, Redbone, Eric Hampton

Guests: Paul Rendergast, Jimmy Page, Tim O'Reilly, Carol O'Reilly, Darla Hampton, Scot, Jim Clark, Jim DeYoung

Call to order: Pledge of Allegiance and moment of silence led by Vic Grady

Reports: Secretary's Meeting Minutes Motion to waive reading of the secretary minutes: Still Ray 2nd: Billy Hensler Treasurer's Report- Matt Brown Absent

State President's Report by Tim O'Reilly Too Broke Report - Tim *tent, belonges to Mormon Lake Lodge, MLL rented this TBFS in prior years. Renting a larger tent from another company *TBFS, 6/25, 6/26, 6/28 *Need volunteers from each chapter *TBFS trademark. ABATE was denied. This was expected and is customary for the Patent/Trademark office. Additonal information is required to proceed. NCOM BIKER NEWSBYTES

Compiled & Edited by Bill Bish,

National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM)


On April 15, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) circulated a “Dear Colleague” letter to fellow members of Congress to garner sponsors for legislation he intends to introduce on May 6, 2013 “To stop motorcycle checkpoint funding.”

“In the 112th Congress, I introduced H.R. 904, a bill to prohibit the Department of Transportation (DOT) from providing funds to state and local authorities for the purpose of creating motorcycle only checkpoints,” wrote Rep. Sensenbrenner to his peers. “Section 1 of the Stop Motorcycle Checkpoint Funding Act contains the same language as H.R. 904. However, this bill also contains language to force the DOT to focus motorcycle safety efforts on crash prevention programs, not national helmet mandates.”

Under GRANT RESTRICTION, Section 2 reads; “The Secretary of Transportation may not provide a grant or any funds to a State, county, town, or township, Indian tribe, municipal or other local government to be used for any program to check helmet usage or create checkpoints for an operator of motorcycle or passenger on a motorcycle.”

Arizona Bandana. If folded correctly, one side would display Arizona and the other ABATE. *All chapters need to receive and distribute bandanas to promote ABATE of Arizona’s Emergency Roadside Assistance Program. (ERAP)

Open Discussion

*Discussion to purchase a HDTV for the State Office. Purpose would be to “Skype” State and BOD meetings. Tim will present this at the April BOD meeting.

BOD 2nd Qtr Meeting Minutes

*Officer elections are coming get with your chapter for nominees *Anthony Miller, would like to vendor at tbfs for his cause Cardiomithy machine, he is raffleing off a 2010 HD slimline and 2012 Ford Mustang *When is drawing?

ABATE's Motorcycle Awareness Program (MAP) - Jean absent: * Next MAP Class, May !5,2013 See Jim Silk for details

ABATE's Rider Advantage - progress report - Jim Clark *Top Gun program. Students after completion of course would get a membership to ABATE *Jim Clark asking BOD for $16,000 to get ARA off the ground. Course to be at the military base ay Skyharbor.

*ARA plan of action is to have 2 course/tracks by 2014 and a goal of 6 course/tracks in 2019.

Review Critical Timeframes **None at this time Old Business

Lobbyist Plan of Action - Review chapter surveys More white bandanas?

*$$ need to produce mass amount *We need more they need to be distributed at events. *Include bandana/bumper in New Membership Packet.

New Business

TBFS Committee problems - Tim O'Reilly *Location of TBFS at Coconino County Fairgrounds was denied. *Venue to be held at MMl for 2013 *Contract with MLL are in negotiations at this time. *Forever Resorts had to contact Scott Gold regarding TBFS reservation of the grounds. * Cabins had been rented last year, and the date was tentatively reserved. - Mojave Chapter issues/closure - Tim O'Reilly *No help for revival. Closed. TBFS location scouting report - Billy Hensler *Cold Spring Ranch *Consideration for Payson locations

- ARA's loan review - Jim Clark *Eric has offered his services to ARA as webmaster, Payment is pending. *Motion had been my Carol O'Reilly to be his proxy as he cannot vote on BUDG-

Coast to Coast

In addition, the new legislation amends Section 153 of Title 23 USC by removing “motorcycle helmets” from the title. “This change will prohibit the DOT from providing grants to a State to enforce helmet laws,” according to Sensenbrenner. “This will stop the DOT from manipulating State policies with federal money.” CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE APPROVES E15 PROHIBITION

The U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology approved H.R. 875 by a vote of 18-17 on April 11, which would revoke the Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of E15 alcohol-laden gasoline for sale to the public.

U.S. Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) introduced H.R. 875 on February 28, which would require the federal EPA to stop the use of gasoline containing 15% ethanol (E15) until its harmful effects are investigated further.


The US Department of Transportation is looking to fast track adoption of rules, bypassing the public comment process and adopting rules directly. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has proposed to give itself "direct final rulemaking" authority which would allow the agency to declare a regulatory proposal, which carries the force of law, to be non-controversial and rush it into effect.

"NHTSA believes this procedural option would expedite the issuance of, and thereby save time and agency resources on, rules that are not controversial," the agency's proposed rule states. NHTSA is responsible for a number of major rules, including the corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) mandates that direct automobile manufacturers to meet certain mileage requirements. It also plays a major role in the design of vehicles by mandating various "safety" features such as rear-view cameras, “trunk entrapment” rules to foil kidnappers, and “quiet car” rules to require electric vehicles to make noise to alert blind pedestrians – Such rules cost the automobile industry billions of dollars in compliance costs, but could arguably be “noncontroversial.”

Under procedures that allow a measure to take effect within sixty days of its publication in the Federal Register as a final rule, the public would have just thirty days to file an adverse comment to slow the process down, otherwise the final rule would automatically become effective. NEVADA CONSIDERS LANE-SPLITTING, FASTER SPEED LIMITS

The Silver State may soon adopt the Golden State’s rule on lane sharing, as AB 236 has passed Assembly Committee on Transportation with only two committee members opposing the measure to allow motorcyclists to filter between lanes of slow-moving traffic. California is currently the only U.S. state that allows


Next State Meeting: May, 2013 10:00 AM at the State Office.

Motion to adjourn: Charity 2nd: Darin All in favor time: 8:45 PM

ET for ethical reasons. *Review of necessary ARA start up fee's. *$61,000 ARA would need to open *Bottom line $16000 will be needed to start ARA. *Line review of budget *Charge of class to be $150, with ABATE of AZ will have a $25 discount *Location of track at military base at Skyharbor. Charity Stuart has made arrangements run the whole ARA from the base. *Has 2 trainers certified already *Classes will be on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. *Army National Guard has volunteered the base *Ray makes the motion to approved $16000 to ARA 2nd: Redbone All in favor. State Officers asked for a large screen TV for the ABATE State office. *Check w/AIC regarding wifi. *BOD requested the the state provide cost breakdown. Tabled Sunday, July 7th, 2013, 1pm will be the next scheduled board meeting. Motion made to adjourn. RAY 2nd: Billy Hensler All in favor Meeting adjorned

the practice, though “lane filtering” is commonplace throughout many other parts of the world.

Committee Chair and bill co-sponsor Richard Carrillo (D-Clark Co), a longtime rider, laid out one of the best reasons to split lanes -- avoiding a rear end collision -- saying “at the end of the day, I want to know that I’m going to come home and not be a part of the pavement or the back of somebody’s truck or car. To me, this really resonates.” Next step – the bill goes before the full Assembly and the Senate.

In the meantime, the Nevada State Legislature may raise the maximum speed limit from 75 mph to 85 mph has passed the State Senate 15-6 on April 3 and the measure now goes over to the State Assembly for consideration. Introduced by Senator Don Gustavson (R-Sparks), a longtime advocate of bikers’ rights who was awarded the NCOM Silver Spoke Award for Government, SB 191 would fast track NDOT to up the speed limit to 85 mph some open stretches of freeways, matching some 85mph speed limits posted in Texas. MOTORCYCLE LICENSE NOT REQUIRED IN ALABAMA, UNLESS BILL PASSES

Every state but one requires a motorcycle

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Chapter Reports


East Valley Chapter

We discussed the upcoming events for Bike Week. Chester's will have Great White and Slaughter on Fri. And Night Ranger on Sat. Bike week promises to be fun for all who attend.

May 4th is our Motorcycle Awareness at Chandler Square. We'll be handing out bandanas to the kids and encouraging them to watch for us on the road. Last year the kids and their parents enjoyed us being there. So everyone come out and support Motorcycle Awareness. Redbone discussed Too Broke For Sturgis at Mormon Lake.

Christian Motorcyclists invited us to their Sunrise service on Easter at 6:30am at Sunshine Acres.

We discussed the white bandanas and an idea was brought up if a 4" oval could be attached to them to explain what they are for and about ABATE on the other side. We also discussed a public service announcement on the purpose of the bandanas. It was also brought up that we should educate law enforcement and fire departments what the bandanas mean. Maybe we could do flyers and place in bike shops too. Meatball roll is after meeting in May. We also have our Spaghetti Feed coming up on June 1st.

The 50/50 was won by Joe Ferrucci. Howard VanRanken would have won the $1's jar if he had been present at the meeting. Cheryl Vasquez

East Valley Chapter communications officer

High Country Chapter

Hello my Brothers and Sisters,

Well, May is a upon us the riding weather is getting better all the time. What better way to enjoy it by attending H.C.C. Wild In The Weeds, it is our 9th annual. May 3rd,4th,and 5th. 2013. Hope to see you there. We will be setting up a motorcycle safety and awareness booth at our local Walmart in Payson. That will be on May 18th, 2013. So if you're out and about stop by. Now to my fellow riders, come up to the high country. Enjoy our beautiful country side, enjoy your time here. Enjoy our business members' fine foods and beer and wines.

Please be safe and ride safe Be Heard ride FREE H.C.C. coordinator Chick-n-bone

Phoenix/Shadow Mountain Chapter


Southern Arizona Chapter NO REPORT

Yavapai Chapter

Our April meeting was held on Sunday, April 10th at the Taj Mahal Restaurant in Prescott, AZ.

We had a wonderful turnout for our meeting, with most of our officers pres-

The Beginning of an End

A Personal Southern Arizona Chapter Report

This I wish to say by beginning,

I cannot tell you how many services and celebrations of life I have attended over my lifetime. Always driven by wanting to show respect, possibly to find some solace. This intern closes a chapter in life, acceptance takes a while. Never did I expect to be on the receiving end of that. This goes to show we are all not immune from this happening.

What I can tell you is this; Your every moment, your every word shared has unimaginable value. Really there are no bounds to how much this could mean to somebody or how far it could possibly go. Perhaps a lifetime you can only hope but you know it’s there. This is not something that is new to me or uncharted waters I have crossed, but it will last my lifetime.

How it feels; It is an indescribable feeling when you hear the pipes of motorcycles approaching. The moment you suddenly realize, they are here not just for me, but my family and friends as well. The reason I know this is because I experienced it first hand with the recent loss of a child to me. Something as a parent no matter who, should ever have to face. The thought of surviving a kid is worst at best, living it is no better, except it is indelible.

How it ended; The best part of this letter is now to come. You have heard the pipes of a single motorcycle and your heart lifts. Suddenly another one, then another, more start to converge. Truly the sound of a modern day Calvary, riding to the rescue. As the number continues to rise you become so overwhelmed with emotion. Your mind races with thoughts and is comforted by the collected showing of love and respect.

L & R; This for me has always been my closing for everything written. My very best conveyed in three little symbols. Well actually 2 and an ampersand. This enclosing should have a renewed value to it for everyone after reading my thoughts. It does for me.

The awesomeness’ of our board of directors and chapter showing support to another went way beyond love and respect to myself, I wanted all of you to know and understand the depth of that.

Ending, I would like to personally thank each and every one of you, My Southern AZ Chapter for the time you took to share. The immensity to the depth of the meaning is boundless and forever.

L & R, Jim “Maverick” Clark Comm’s Officer Southern AZ Chapter, ABATE of AZ.


ent. Only officers missing were our Sergeant at Arms and our BOD rep, which was at the BOD meeting in Phoenix.

Our main topic of discussion at the meeting this month was Run to the Hills, our main event for the year which takes place on June 1st at the Gold King Mine in Jerome, AZ. We have added a Ruger gun raffle to the events. Tickets are $20 each and the winner will receive a certificate for a Ruger 1911 pistol. There are only 500 tickets in total for this raffle and the winner will be chosen at Run to the Hills at 5pm on June 1st. Winners will not need to be present to win, but we would love to see everyone at the event. We have also moved our meeting for May from the 12th to the 5th, so as to avoid conflicts with Mother’s day.

We have also created a Yavapai Chapter face book page. Easy to find, just search for Yavapai.abate and join us. We are adding event pictures and event information as we go. Our next meeting is on Sunday, May 5th at the Taj Mahal.

Yuma Chapter

Call to Order – 6:30

Minutes of Last meeting – Larry Morgan

/ Virginia Nelson

Treasure Report - $419.00/ Thom Mango/ Jerry Allison

Officer Report – Lisala White to write a summary report about the membership run, Old Business – Meeting Location no more talk about

Membership Ride – Talk about moving run to a new month, this time 9 new members (3 single, 3 couple) a Big Thank you to Desert Oasis Ministries for providing Breakfast, and all our sponsors and stops – Texas Roadhouse, Fisher Landing, The Coffee Bean, Liberty Motor sports, Performances Motor Sports, Chuck’s Stage Stop, Bobby’s Territorial Harley-Davidson, Son of Hell, Gila Electronics New Business – Memorial Run May 27, 2013, to be hosted by the Legion Riders

Other ideas for fundraising - Raffle off a gun, or something else, Around Table –other events happening around the area - Steel Horse Saloon 9.Next Meeting - May 14th, 2013

Adjournment – Rick Breadwell/ Virginia Nelson


Charity Has Something to Say!

you are an integral part in the fight for our freedoms and privileges. Who cares if you don’t ride or own your own scoot. We want you! But hey! If you are interested in riding look into a motorcycle training class! Education on the road will save your life, whether you’re a newbie or have stories about your first 30 years ago.

What wonderful weather we’ve been having…. Bike week has come and gone and I am here to say I am exhausted! If you were out an about during the rally you may have notice various ABATE members handing you a few promotional items. Such as tri-folds describing what our MRO is all about and does for our community. When I say our community, which means you! You are reading this and so tell me you take an interest in the same passion many Arizonians do and

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!

statistic and bring the nostalgia back!

White ABATE oversized bandanas have been sought after, telling other motorists you are indeed stranded when affixed to your left handlebar. This will be very helpful with the hot weather coming up. You may have a cell phone, someone maybe available to come to your rescue BUT they could be over an hour away or have a library book to return. Joe Care motorist who passes by and sees the obvious sign of distress could do something NOW! The smallest act of kindness,

ABATE Rider Advantage will soon be opening classes for the budget conscious enthusiast. This non-profit course will be geared specifically for the rider benefit to keep our riding community upright and alive. Look for ARA coming in the fall. Let’s change the

PAGE 5 such as provide you with water or help you get you and your ride off the side of the dangerous freeway is a god send here in the valley of the sun. Don’t think you want one of our white bandanas? Hand it off to someone else! See a motorcycle on the side of the road? Offer the call for help to them. (If you are unable to assist) ABATE also has business cards going out! TOO BROKE FOR STURGIS IS ON AT MORMON LAKE-Dates 26-2728, feel free to grab a handful of these info notes and share with your friends! Event flyers will come out shortly with all the need to know. This year promises to be bigger and better that before (cliché) but I’m not one to spoil the fun! So mark your calendars for the last weekend in July, bring your friends and come out to support your MRO.

Join A.B.A.T.E.

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

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

Name_____________________________________ Name #2 __________________________________ Address __________________________________ City _____________________________________

Benefits Of Membership

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

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

Or turn in your membership application to an officer of the chapter of your choice. East Valley High Country

Southern Arizona Yavapai

Phx/Shadow Mtn


State___________ Zip ___________ Phone(s)___________________________________

Office Use Membership # ____________________________ Expiration Date___________________________

Email address _____________________________ make checks payable to: ABATE of AZ and mail to: 7509

N. 12th St, #200, Phoenix, AZ 85020

DONATIONS Motorcycle Awareness Program (MAP) $ _____ Legislative Efforts $____ General Fund $_____ MasterLink Newsletter $______


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

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

Website: To join our discussion group, send email to

Type of Membership (check one) Single……………$25____ Charter $15 ____ Couple………......$40 ____ Charter $25 ____ Life/Single………$350 ______ Annual Business Membership $125 ____ Annual Club Membership $125 ____ If a business member, please enclose business card for publication in our newsletter, The MasterLink. Renewal

Membership #_____________

New Member Referred By: Business Membership: ABATE of Arizona Business Membership is a substantial value at just $125.00 per year and includes (12 issues) of business card size ads, an annual membership for two people and an ABATE of Arizona Business Member Certificate for display in your business.





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

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

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

President………..............……Tim O’Reilly Vice President.....……………Paul Pendergast Secretary……………………Casey Yates Treasurer…………………….Matt Brown Membership…………………Tina Benoit Run/Events………………….Darin Yates Safety Coordinator………….Jean Cooper Sergeant-at-Arms……………Joe Ferrucci P.A.C………………………...Jim Page Communications…………….Charity Stuart Designated Lobbyist...............Vic Grady ABATE Products……………Vacant MasterLink Editor................ Eric Hampton and

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

East Valley Chapter

c/o Jeff Gorall, PO Box 20433 Mesa AZ. 85277 Coordinator............................Joe Ferrucci Vice Coordinator...................Mary K Donnay Secretary................................Jeff Gorall Treasurer................................Jess Method Membership...........................Mike Shearhart Run Coordinator....................Jess Method Safety Coordinator.................Jim Silk Sgt. At Arms..........................Richard Dalton P.A.C......................................Mary K Donnay Communications....................Cheryl Vasquez (Mary K until she gets a computer) Merchandise........................... Vacant

EAST VALLEY CHAPTER meetings are held the 4th Sunday of the month at 11:00 a.m. at Fraternal Order of Eagles (F.O.E.) 1712 W. Broadway Road, Mesa AZ 85202 FMI contact Mary K. at 602-751-3180.

High Country Chapter

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

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

Phoenix-Shadow Mountain Chapter

P.O. Box 54041 Phoenix, AZ 85078-4041 Coordinator...........................Vic Grady Vice Coordinator....................Kat Grover Secretary................................Dee Grady Treasurer................................Tina Benoit Membership...........................Melissa Everest Run Coordinator....................Paul Grover Safety Coordinator.................Ernie Lizarraga Sgt. At Arms..........................Jerry Davis P.A.C......................................Darla Hampton Communications....................Steve Palmer Merchandise...........................Mike Schneider

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 Vic Grady at 602-300-4115 or email

Southern Arizona Chapter

6888 N De Chelly Loop Tucson, AZ 85741 Coordinator............................Jim Butsback Vice Coordinator....................Don Boule Secretary................................Marie “Lou” Baker Treasurer................................Dawn Detelj Membership...........................Art Burke Run Coordinator....................Teresa Davidson Safety Coordinator.................Jin DeYoung Sgt. At Arms.........................Robert Guenther P.A.C......................................Sean Pinder Communications....................Jim Clark Merchandise...........................Vacant

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 Jim Butsback by phone at 520247-3051 or email

Yavapai Chapter

P.O. Box 11319 Prescott, AZ 86304 Coordinator............................ Handi Vice Coordinator....................David “Doc” Pratt Secretary................................ Mike “Da Wolf” Ruddell Treasurer................................ Beth Ladd Membership........................... Dave ‘Chino’ Pinney Run Coordinator......................“Longhair James” Venegas and Ralo Safety Coordinator..................Dan “44Dan” Lemond Sgt. At Arms...........................JD Fillingim P.A.C...................................... Deborah Buttita Communications.................... Mike “Havok” Ladd Merchandise...........................Lori Lutz

Yavapai Chapter Meets 2nd Sunday, 11:00 AM; The Taj Mahal Restaurant, 124 N. Montezuma St. Prescott, AZ 86301. FMI contact Handi at 602518-0878 or

Yuma Chapter

11316 S. Glenwood Ave. Yuma, AZ 85367 Coordinator............................ Frank White Vice Coordinator....................Daniel Medina Secretary................................ Mikkie Melanson Treasurer................................ Virginia Nielsen Membership........................... Diane Gouge Run Coordinator.....................Jerry Allison Safety Coordinator..................Ray “PeeWee” Grier Sgt. At Arms...........................Terry “Gunner” Longworthy P.A.C...................................... Vacant Communications.................... Vacant Merchandise...........................Lisala White

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


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

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Brett Miller’s Upholstery Prescott 928-778-5565

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

Big John’s Garage Tucson 520-322-9933

Billy Jack’s Saloon & Grill Humboldt 928-632-8689

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

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ABATE’s Rider Advantage

April 2013 Presidents Report

Good Day,

First and foremost I would like to congratulate each and every one of you, it’s so very well deserved. Yesterday was monumental in so many ways, not just getting our funds approved but we won the public support of our piers and that is more valuable than all of the money we could have asked for. On the subject of money, I was immediately hit with “we can’t do this for 16K” after the unanimous ABATE BOD approval. My response to is this; If you haven’t figured it out by now, you probably never will or you haven’t been fully paying attention and I mean no sarcasm with that. You!, elected myself as your President and as a matter of record, I was the only one left who would accept this challenge amongst us all, the end of the line quite literally. Somewhere within that should lie the respect and admiration due, even if not for anything else, but what we have achieved so far. As your President Elect. it was then and is now still my sole responsibility to see the A.R.A. through and always have our best interests at heart. A completed vision of where we need to be and go has been accomplished for quite some time.


The A.R.A. was mechanically designed to have a 1 year payback on the bikes and additionally a second year payback of the loan completely, but if we can make a minimum payment to ABATE, we can actually open another site instead, please consider this. What I’m trying to convey is everything about the A.R.A. was engineered on a compression time frame being a 5 year period to totally complete 5-6 sites. And yes it is my design, but for all of us exclusively. Make NO MISTAKE about that, this still a viable conclusion at the present time.

Proudly the one thing I would like to say is; that Charity Stuart was the cause and effect of what happened yesterday and without her, this would not have occurred and we all owe her a tremendous debt of gratitude. Whether you see it or not this she is the next generation of freedom fighters and we need to build something to leave them. A legacy to supersede what we have accomplished is a necessity. I have no doubts we will achieve this, we’re over half way there.

Enclosing I can only hope that all of you will have the faith and understanding it will take allowing me to do my job bringing the A.R.A. from conception to complete…Mav

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ABATE of Arizona Chapter Meeting Times and Locations

East Valley Chapter EAST VALLEY CHAPTER meetings are held the 4th Sunday of the month at 11:00 a.m. at Fraternal Order of Eagles (F.O.E.) 1712 W. Broadway Road, Mesa AZ 85202 FMI contact Mary K. at 602-751-3180.

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

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 Vic Grady at 602-300-4115 or email

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 Jim Butsback by phone at 520-2473051 or email

Yavapai Chapter Yavapai Chapter Meets 2nd Sunday, 11:00 AM; The Taj Mahal Restaurant, 124 N. Montezuma St. Prescott, AZ 86301. FMI contact Rich Kocar 928-771-9293 or email Yuma Chapter Yuma Chapter meets the second Tuesday evening monthly at 6:30 PM at the IHOP located at 575 East 16th Street Yuma, AZ 85365. For additional information contact Frank White (Hound) at 209-327-0814.

ABATE of Arizona



Do You Only Have the State Minimum Liability Insurance???

If you have the State minimum liability insurance, chances are you can increase the amount of insurance without having to pay one cent more.

To maximize my financial recovery in the event of an accident, I insure my motorcycles with different insurance companies. I had the State minimum coverage for $85/year on one motorcycle through Dairyland; Bodily injury liability $15,000 each person/$30,000 each accident Guest Passenger liability (included in above)


When I received my renewal notice, I thought I’d ask what the additional cost would be if I increased the limits of liability. The agent advised me that I could increase to the below limits without any cost increase, more than double the coverage. You see, the “minimum yearly charge” for AZ is $85/year. The new policy still is only $84.10/year; - Bodily injury liability $50,000/$100,000

- Guest passenger included

- Property dmg liability $25,000

My partner, Smiley called his insurance agent at Geico and got the exact same coverage increases for an additional $1.00/year. He’s paying Geico $100/year for it.

I have another policy ($100,000/$300,000 bodily injury liability) on my other bike. This company also has my UNINSURED/UNDER-INSURED policy – WRITTEN ON ONE OF MY AUTO POLICIES. Remember that uninsured/under-insured policies follow the driver, not the vehicle. So, don’t let your insurance agent tell you that you MUST take their un-insured/under-insured policy. You can have more than one, but one will cover you no matter what you drive. The un-insured/under-insured liability

limits cannot be higher than your bodily injury liability limits. Attach it to a plan with higher coverage, if you have multiple vehicles/coverage.

I saved a couple of hundred $$ per year when I moved my un-insured/underinsured policy OFF THE BIKE and onto the AUTO POLICY, with the same company. My agent never offered me this advantage, I read it in a lawyer article. Hope you don’t have to use it, but it’s good to have,

Mary K. ABATE East Valley Chapter Vice Coor./P.A.C.

Motorcycle Group Raises Issues on Rights, Safety

Property damage liability $10,000 each

.Reprinted from Patrick Whitehurst The Daily Courier

Harley-Davidsons and other motorcycles made their presence known Saturday as they rumbled through the tri-city area, many part of a membership drive for the American Brotherhood Aimed Toward Education's (ABATE) Yavapai Chapter.

The mission of the non-profit motorcycle organization is to educate riders and the general public in motorcycle safety and education. The organization, with chapters all over the state and across the nation, works for motorcycle rights through local and national legislative efforts.

Organizers hoped the Saturday membership drive would bring awareness to ABATE and their mission. The drive featured a fashion show, live music, a bike show and more, said Yavapai Chapter Board Chair Deborah Butitta. The organization is open to all motorcycle riders.

"We're a legislative group for motorcycle rights in the state of Arizona and we have a local chapter in Yavapai County," Butitta said. "This chapter has been in existence since 1990."

Butitta herself, a local real estate professional, has been involved in the group since then.

Besides their Prescott membership drive, ABATE recently held a "Day at the Dome" event at the state capital building in Phoenix, she added.

"Every state in the country has a motorcycle rights organization," Butitta said. "We work at state-level legislation and we also go back and work on federal legislation. We're not about helmets. We have language in a HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) bill, we're about safety and education, getting lighted signs out during Arizona Bike Week, as an example, to prevent accidents from happening." The group also worked on an anti-profiling bill in the state senate. Though that bill eventually died, Butitta said it will likely return.

they're not just a biker wearing some leather, they're a part of the community."

Bike rider Handi Barnett is a member of both ABATE and a sober riders motorcycle organization. When not riding her motorcycle, she works as a florist.

"ABATE is an amazing group of people from all walks of life that are striving to ride in freedom in this beautiful country we have. I am a sober rider. I don't drink or do drugs," Barnett said. "The organization is doing a lot legislatively to keep us riding with our patches or without our patches. It doesn't matter. We want to make sure people are educated, that they look for us and that we are bright enough to see." Jerome-based musician Moondog, of

Dog of the Moon, entertained the riders at the Gurley Street Sports Pub as part of the March 23 membership drive.

"These guys are great. They have a lot of enthusiasm and know how to party," Moondog said. This year's fashion models included Nichole Rex, also known as Nikki Lee, and first-time model Holly Zinkl. Both wore biker clothing provided by X-Hale - a Prescott Valley-based business.

ABATE will host "Run to the Hills 3" on Saturday, June 1, at the Gold King Mine in Jerome. The 21-and-over event will offer a bike show, treasure hunt, entertainment and more. The $20 per person event begins at 10 a.m.

Anyone with two to three wheels is encouraged to get involved in the group, said JD Fillingin, a retired firefighter and Sergeant at Arms for ABATE's Yavapai County chapter.

"ABATE is a very diverse group. We have independent riders, we have people that are patch holders, we have people that are working in the community, and retirees," Fillingin said. "People that ride motorcycles are reflective of the members of the community. You have people that are in commercial real estate, retired firefighters, and all walks of life. When you see someone riding a motorcycle,


of Ohio in welcoming the


28th Annual to Columbus, Ohio September 26-29, 2013

Ave., ve., Columbus, OH 43229 Crowne Plaza Columbus North, 6500 Doubletree A Call 614-885-1885 for room reservations ($95 inc. breakfast). Cut-off date: August 26, 2013 (Room amenities: hairdryer, coffee maker, indoor pool, airport shuttle) Conference Information: Pre-registration for conference through the MRF, 236 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Suite 510, Washington, DC 20002. Pre-registration (must be received by Aug. 26th): $70.00 Current, Individual member / $80.00 Non-MRF member. Registration rate after Aug. 26th: $80.00 Current, Individual member / $90.00 Non-MRF member. Registration includes all workshops, workshop materials, and Saturday banquet. Registration questions call the MRF at 202-546-0983 or Carol Downs at 303-204-6939,

Hosted by ABATE of Ohio, PP.O. .O. O. Box 1658, Hilliard, Ohio 43026, 1-800-25BIKER,,


May 2013

May 3-4 {FRI/SAT} – McNEAL, AZ* SAHR Hosts 21st ANNUAL RUN TO THE BORDER 6 Miles south of Bisbee. 21st Annual Run to the Border will start at Western Junction Bar and Grill - 5838 W Double Adobe Rd, McNeal, AZ. All makes and model bikes are welcome. FRI – PREPARTY Gates open at 2PM – Dry Camping, DJ. SAT – Gates open at 9AM >$15, Live bands, bike show, bike games, wet t-shirt contest, charity auction, vendors, and so much more! For more information call 520-249-3939 or visit

May 4 {SAT} - Apache Junction, AZ* SUPERSTITION H-D Hosts UFEST at QUAIL RUN Ride with KUPD's own Fitz Madrid and members of the staff of Superstition H-D to UFEST at Quail Run Park in Mesa. Pre-ride party at SHD from 11:00 A.M. 1:00 P.M. Music, food and giveaways. The ride to UFEST leaves SHD at 1:00 P.M. Listen to KUPD and watch our website for details. . 2910 W Apache Trail, Apache Junction, AZ. Call 480-346-0600 for details or visit

May 4 {SAT} – PHOENIX, AZ* American Legion Post 5 Hosts ~AZ HERO’S to HOMETOWNS Az Hero's to Hometowns. NFF 1st

Events Calendar

Annual Charity Run Benefiting AZ Heros to Hometowns. Registration at AL Post 5 EVENT TIME: 7:00 - 9:00 A.M. Poker Run, Raffle, 50/50. End Party is at the Long Branch located at 106th and Buckeye. $15 p/p or $25 couple West side run. Bikes/cages welcome. Flyer is posted at for all information on stops, etc.

May 4 {SAT} – PEORIA, AZ* MSgt Randy Gillespie Memorial Poker Run. Event Sign-in: from 7:00 - 9:00 A.M. at Jimbo’s -51st Ave and Cactus. $15.00 Single $20.00 w/passenger. Event Details: Free event Pin to first 100 to register. Pre-register and info online at Event open to all vehicles including cars and motorcycles! Prize giveaways, raffle, 50/50 drawing, Food, Music, and bike wash with the Harley Girls starting at 1:00 P.M. at Arrowhead HarleyDavidson. All proceeds raised go to the Wounded Warrior Project. Disclaimer: This is a private organization. It is not part of the Department of Defense or any of its components and it has no governmental status.

May 4 {SAT} – CASA GRANDE, AZ* Bike-o de MAYO ~ “Nacho” Ordinary Poker Run! Event Sign-in: 9AM registration at McMasher's - 1355 E. Florence Blvd. Casa Grande, AZ 85122.

Kickstands up by 10:30 A.M. Event Details: $20 per bike, includes pin and poker hand. Join the fun for 5 fun-filled stops around Pinal County. 4 Live bands at the Cactus Moon following the run. Cash prizes for High & Low hands, raffles, and 50/50. For more info call 520-483-7230 or email All proceeds benefit Ride for the Warrior.

May 5 {SUN} - Albuquerque, NM* Albuquerque Ride for Kids. Location: Mesa del Sol Fields at Journal Pavilion. Event time: Registration opens at 8:00 A.M. and closes at 9:30 A.M. Event Details: The escorted ride starts at 10:00 A.M. sharp, rain or shine! The ride will loop back to the start point with a special program with our Stars. Ride for Kids fundraisers earn special incentives and awards. For every $300 you raise, you'll be eligible for a drawing for a Honda motorcycle and other great prizes (must be present to win). All participants receive free beverages, a light breakfast and lunch. Plus, meet our Ride for Kids “stars,” the local children we help who will lead the ride on Trikes, Motorcycles, and in side cars! The Ride for Kids program supports the efforts of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF) to find the cause of and cure for

MASTERLINK MAY 2013 childhood brain tumors. Come join hundreds of your motorcyclist friends at the Albuquerque Ride to make a difference in children's lives! You'll have a great time while raising funds for the PBTF's medical research and family support programs! Riders on all makes and models are welcome.

For more information, call 800253-6530. Online registration is coming this spring. For more information tml

May 11 {SAT} – PHOENIX, AZ* Rough Riders M/C (Papago Chapter) Open House Event Time: 7:00 P.M. till whenever. Event Details: Come party with your local Rough Riders! RRMC Clubhouse - 1201 N. 54th Ave. Suite #133, Phoenix, AZ 85043. (Enter clubhouse from alley) Just south of I10, take 51st Ave exit Turn right on Latham St. For more information contact Warhead at or visit

May 11 {SAT} - APACHE JCT, AZ* Superstition H-D Hosts Harley Pet Day Event Details: Superstition HarleyDavidson Pet Day in conjunction with the Apache Junction Paws & Claws Center- 11:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. Onsite adoptions, vendors, demonstrations, Best Dressed Pet

MASTERLINK MAY 2013 and Best Pet Trick contests. Bring your best furry friend or find one here. . 2910 W Apache Trail, Apache Junction, AZ. Call 480346-0600 for details or visit

May 16 {THUR} – APACHE JCT., AZ* SUPERSTITION H-D BIKE NIGHT at DOG RUN SALOON Superstition Harley-Davidson Bike Night at the Dog Run Saloon - 320 W. Superstition Blvd, Apache Junction AZ. 85120 from 6:00 9:00 P.M. Food & Drink Specials. Raffles. Fun for all.

May 18 {SAT} – TUCSON, AZ* Sho Ryders MC Presents 10th Annual BBQ at the Park Event Location: Golf Links Sports Park 2400 South Craycroft Rd. Tucson, AZ. Time: Noon - 5pm. Admission: $10.00. Event Details: Join the fun and come enjoy the World Famous Big Sexy's BBQ Chicken 50/50, Bike Show, Raffles, Trophies, Vendors, Live DJ, Jumping Castle and a few surprises. FMI: Visit and/or email

MAY 18 {SAT} – MESA, AZ* 4th Annual NATIONAL ARMED FORCES FREEDOM RIDE Event Sign-in: Registration is from 8:00 - 10:00 A.M. Ride leaves at 9:30 A.M starting at Chester's Harley Davidson - 922 South Country Club Drive, Mesa, AZ. Event details: Cost $25 per rider / $10 per passenger. Special Guests & appearances: Aurora the Bald Eagle, Tank the Marine Dog, 74th Street Band, POW, MIA, KIA Honor Guards, Disabled American Veterans will be on site to answer any questions. Ride Stops: American Legion Post 58 Fountain Hills, Post 117 North Phoenix, Post 2 Tempe. There will be Military presentations, Guest speakers, Music, Vendors, Raffle, shared $ pot, T-shirts, Dog Tags, Ride Patches and pins, food, cash prizes for High/Low hand and one non-winning sheet. Proceeds go to Arizona Military Assistance Mission (AzMAM). Everyone is welcome.. Last bike in by 2:00 P.M. Military Ceremonies are at 9:00 A.M. and 3:30 P.M. For more information or visit or 42105109224576/

May 18 {SAT} – COTTONWOOD, AZ* V. V. MMA HOSTS 18th Annual Jester Run Event Details: Verde Valley MMA proudly presents the 18th annual Jester Run dedicated to Pat

Events Calendar Fitzgerald. Registration starts at 9:00 A.M. in the Food City parking lot located on the corner of HWY 89A and HWY 89A in Cottonwood (behind Chase Bank). Presentation starts at 10:00 A.M. with kickstands up at 10:30 A.M. $20.00 single rider/$25.00 with passenger, includes ride pin and poker run throughout the Verde Valley. Run shirts available for purchase. Proceeds benefit Motorcycle safety/awareness and Down Rider Fund. End party at The Bar at Strombolli's and will include food specials, raffles, 50/50, live music and more. For more information or to add names please e-mail

MAY 18 {SAT} – APACHE JCT, AZ* FREE Keeping It Clean Seminar –Event time: 11:00 A.M. - Noon. Event Details: Join Superstition H-D’s Master Detailer, Tommy Doyle to learn valuable tips and tricks to keep you bike looking great. Space in this seminar is limited to 20. Call and Make your reservations early. 2910 W Apache Trail, Apache Junction, AZ. Call 480-346-0600 for reservations or visit

May 18 {SAT} – TUCSON, AZ* 2nd ANNUAL Greater Tucson Fire Foundation Poker Run Event Sign-in: Northwest Fire District Training Center, Interstate 10 / Ina Road. Registration 8:00 A.M. / Ride 9:00 A.M. Event Details: Presented by Tucson Old Pueblo Credit Union. Benefits lifesaving health and safety programs for all Tucson-area firefighters. 60 miles of open road, with drive-thru stops at local fire stations. Ends at Hotrods Old Vail. Food, music, vendors, raffle prizes, and grand prizes for high-low poker hands. Cost: $30 Rider / $5 Passenger. Includes breakfast and a custom ride pin. $30 day of ride, but additional $5 for pin. All bikes welcome. For more information call Mike McKendrick at 520-6033055 or visit

MAY 18 {SAT} – PHOENIX, AZ* Cutrano AZ Troop Hosts Pig Roast Event time: 4PM to Close Event Location: Steel Horse Saloon 1818 W. Bell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85023 Event Details: Come help us raise money for the educational needs of children of fallen AZ Military at the Steel Horse Saloon - 1818 W. Bell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85023. From 4PM - Close. Cost: $20 donation (Tickets include food, 1 raffle ticket and FUN...all for an AMAZING cause!) Join us

PAGE 11 for a great night of amazing live music, friends, food and raffle prizes. All to benefit children of fallen AZ Military through Cutrano AZ Troop Run, Inc. Don't miss out on this great event!!! Live Music Lineup: 5PM – 7PM = Chad Freeman and Redline, 8PM 9:45 = Hollowfield Lane, and 10:30PM - 12:30AM = Flo's Diner.

Cutrano AZ Troop Run, Inc. is a non-profit organization created to provide educational funding in the form of scholarships to children of fallen troops from Arizona that served in the Armed Forces of the United States during the Middle East Conflicts. The funding will be awarded to selected applicants through the age of 21 for educational necessities (ie. tuition, books, basic school supplies, etc.) For more information call AAron 602-577-9789 or Elana 602-7178655 or email Click here to sign up.

MAY 19 {SUN} – SCOTTSDALE, AZ* Bikers for Boxers LUV RUN Event Details: Bikers for Boxers Luv Run will start at Renegade Tap & Kitchen 9400 E Shea Blvd. at 9AM A.M. The Poker Run will benefit the Boxer Rescue Organization and will be the best run of the Spring. You will receive breakfast, lunch and dinner for $20 PER BIKE. We will have new stops this year and the finish party at the Station in New River will be over the top. There will be door prizes, 50/50 and Auction Items. Visit the website to preregister and assure yourself of a free t-shirt.

May 25 {SAT} – SCOTTSDALE, AZ* BIKER INFORMATION GUIDE BIKE NIGHT Biker Information Guide Hosts Bike Night at Renegade Tap & Kitchen - 9400 E Shea Blvd. Scottsdale, AZ. Starts at 3:00 P.M. We will have door prizes and giveaways. On top of that there is Happy Hour prices on drinks and Appetizers from 3:00 - 10:00 P.M.

Shots. Free jello w/ $5 get in. The first group who shows up with 5 vested members, gets in FREE. ALL Prez n VP are Free FMI: Contact PREZ ASSATA 602-9038135

May 27 {MONDAY} - PHOENIX AZ* 7th Annual Memorial Day Rally-"Flags For Our Fallen". Attention All Bikers! Please join us as we Greet Family Members and Friends who are visiting the Gravesites of those who have sacrificed their lives in protecting our nation! We show our Honor and Gratitude to those who have "given their all" with over 200 Bikes lined up with 150 flags displayed along Cave MAY 25 {SATURDAY} PHOENIX, AZ* OUTSIDAZ MC Creek Road and Pinnacle Peak & OUTSIDAZ FEMME FATALE leading into the Phoenix National Memorial Cemetery located at SC Present "A BLACKOUT 23029 N Cave Creek Rd. Phoenix, BASH" Event Details: THIS IS AZ. 85024. Please be a part of this AN ALL BLACK CLOTHING touching Annual Event in Honoring AFFAIR (Rep Your Colors - but our Past and Present Military by wear ALL Black Clothing) 9PM giving Thanks for their sacrifices! Until Sun-up ** Held at the For more information please check Rollin Knights Clubhouse 1134 out or e-mail West Grant St in PhX, AZ. Activities include (but are not lim- ited to) a DJ, Food, and Jello

PAGE 12 license or endorsement to operate a motorcycle, but in Alabama anyone 16 and older with a regular driver’s license can also drive a motorcycle in the state.

An oversight in the 1990s led to the gap in the law and now DPS is supporting legislation to fix the mistake. The state Senate in February passed a bill to require motorcycle drivers to have a Class M endorsement on their license. The bill is pending in the House of Representatives.

Under current law, drivers can ask to take the knowledge test to get the Class M endorsement on their license, but the law does not require the endorsement to operate a motorcycle. Those who don’t have the Class M endorsement are only legal driving a motorcycle as long as they are riding in Alabama. Rep. Allen Farley (R-McCalla), House sponsor of the bill, said he would also eventually like to see a skills test. Forty states require a skills test for a motorcycle license, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.


ABATE members from around the state gathered in Little Rock at the Arkansas House of Representatives on April 4, 2013 for the reading and vote on HR1040, which reads in part:

“The House of Representatives commends ABATE, the Arkansas Bikers Aiming Towards Education organization, for raising awareness of motorcycle safe-

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ty issues; for promoting goodwill and mutual understanding among motorcyclists, law enforcement personnel, and the general public; for being an information resource for its members; and for working to benefit the less fortunate through various events.”


In an attempt to crack down on violent criminal activity, Oregon lawmakers are considering a bill that would make it a crime just being linked to what it defines as a “gang”.

The big question is how would authorities decide who's a gang member and who's not, and the bill says any group of three or more people whose main purpose is criminal activity, has a commonly known name or symbol and regularly engages in criminal acts would be considered a "criminal street gang."

Police currently track gang members, but there's no law against belonging to any particular organization even if that group is repeatedly tied to criminal activity, but House Bill 2679 and its companion, House Bill 2851, would give authorities another tool for cracking down on gang members because under the proposed law, just being a member would be a felony and subject to stiffer sentences. The Oregon American Civil Liberties Union told lawmakers it is concerned that the definition of a "criminal street gang" is too vague. "The breadth of the bill and the confusion that will result from its def-

initions, or lack thereof, risks violating a defendant's due process rights because that defendant is not on notice of what activity is criminal," said the ACLU, adding that current laws are strong enough and urged lawmakers to not advance the bills.


Last month we reported that the NCOM Brothers Behind Bars monthly newsletter was being banned from prisons in Australia, but now word comes from one of our own New England states that biker-related printed materials are being systematically rejected.

Referring to a note received from a Connecticut inmate, The Aging Rebel quoted on his website; “Here at our prison, last year they began to bar books about or by motorcycle club members. This includes the book “The Aging Rebel: Dispatches From The Motorcycle Outlaw Frontier” by Donald Charles Davis. These books are purely being banned because their subject matter includes motorcycle clubs. They use the ‘catch-all’ ‘promotes criminal activity’ while still allowing books on the Mafia, murder, kidnapping and corruption of government officials, all of which apparently promote NO criminal activity.”

Some people may be surprised to learn that among the other rights prisoners forfeit is the right to read what they want, but as TAR expresses; “The high court began to back track in 1987, in a decision called Turner v. Salley. After that case,

MASTERLINK MAY 2013 the First Amendment right to read could be ‘reasonably regulated’ if prison officials asserted a ‘legitimate neutral interest’ and the Supreme Court ruling established something called the “Turner Test.” In a letter from the Connecticut Dept of Correction, the Media Review Board determined that “The aforementioned publication was originally rejected in its entirety on November 9, 2012 under Section 6: It encourages or instructs in the commission of criminal activity. This publication was thoroughly reviewed and is determined to have met the criteria for rejection. The publication will not be allowed inside a correctional facility.” WEIRD NEWS: ILLEGAL ALIEN RULED INCOMPETENT FOR TRIAL

An illegal alien in Massachusetts who was drunk driving when he hit and dragged a Mass. motorcyclist to his death has been ruled incompetent to stand trial. Insane? No. Mentally handicapped? Nope… “Unique cultural background”? YES!

Despite numerous previous run-ins with the law, Judge Janet Kinton-Walker ruled that Nicolas Guaman’s “unique cultural background” prohibits him from understanding the U.S. legal process. The judge also ruled that Guaman lacks the ability to effectively consult with his attorney, according to FOX 25 in Boston that broke the story. Defense attorneys across the nation will undoubtedly be watching this case very closely, and if Guaman somehow avoids justice you can count on this defense

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What do Lady Antebellum, HarleyDavidson motorcycles, the beauty store Sephora and the Facebook page "I Love Being a Momâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; all have in common? Well, researchers at the University of Cambridge are claiming that â&#x20AC;&#x153;likingâ&#x20AC;? those things on Facebook may be a sign of a low IQ.

According to, researchers in the U.K. took a close look at 58,000 Facebook users between 2007 and 2012, and correlated their â&#x20AC;&#x153;likesâ&#x20AC;? with the strength of their IQâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re wondering what â&#x20AC;&#x153;likesâ&#x20AC;? translated to a high IQ, the items include curly fries and

thunderstorms, so this is one study nobody is taking too seriously.


With the 28th Annual NCOM Convention in Reno just weeks away, the National Coalition of Motorcyclists is requesting that MROs, motorcycle clubs, and riding associations submit the names of those members and supporters who have died since May 2012, so that we may honor their memories during the traditional â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ringing of the Bellâ&#x20AC;? tribute to fallen riders during the opening ceremonies. Dedications can be hand-delivered at the Convention to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Docâ&#x20AC;? Reichenbach, NCOM Chairman of the Board, or emailed in advance to Bill Bish at

May is Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month. We have requested the Proclamation from the Governor as we do every year. It has not been received yet, so will not be published in the Masterlink until later. BUT, that does not mean that we cannot carry on our business of improving safety and awareness of motorcycling, especially in May. Each ABATE Chapter is encouraged to

Attendees are also encouraged to bring an item on behalf of their organization for the Freedom Fund Auction, with proceeds benefiting the motorcyclistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; rights movement nationwide through Getting Our People Elected donations, NCOM Speaker Program, lobbying activities and other pro-motorcycling projects as determined by the NCOM Board of Directors.

The 28th annual NCOM Convention will be held Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day weekend, May 912, 2013 at the Silver Legacy ResortCasino located at 407 N. Virginia St. in Reno, Nevada, so reserve your room now for the special NCOM rate of $95 by calling (800) 687-8733. This annual gathering will draw bikersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

May Safety Report

put together an event their community that promotes motorcycle safety and awareness in their community.

The Motorcycle Awareness Program (MAP) is alive and well. There are about 10 instructors throughout the state presenting the MAP to high school students taking driver education classes. The MAP is universally well received at all locations. Our instructors are awesome! We face a challenge this year because many school districts are cutting driver education classes citing budget problems as a reason. So, we are in the process of looking at other avenues to get the motorcycle safety word out. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll let you know how we are doing on that later in the year.

Since the weather is so beautiful, get out and ride. There nothing like loading up and heading out on a big motorcycle ride. And thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing like the security of knowing youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re prepared for life on the road. Here are some secrets to make your trip more organized and more fun.

1. Wear a dog-tag with your name and contact info, especially if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re riding alone. 2. Take a look back at where you were parked. You would be surprised at what you might find. 3. GPS to keep you going in the right direction. Or maybe an old fashioned, paper map in a map case attached to your bikeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tank will help. 4. Carry a spare key. Hide it somewhere on the bike with a sip-tie or duct tape, or better yet, trade spare keys with a riding partner. 5. Keep you Cell Phone charged. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget to pack the charger. 6. Carry a tool kit for minor repairs on the road. 7. On high-mileage days, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll feel better if you carry eye drops and use them every time you stop for gas. 8. Carry a backpack hydration system so

you can drink while you ride. A must in Arizona. 9. Going on a long, complex trip? Keep yourself organized with the envelope system. Prepare one envelope for each day on the road. Mark the dates and locations on the outside. Then stuff things like hotel reservation info and lists of things to see inside. 10. Keep your stuff dry with compacter trash bags, they are stronger than regular trash bags and last longer. 11. Carry rain gear. 12. Use earplugs to reduce wind noise. You can get them in bulk from safetyequipment supply houses or even Home Depot. 13. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget about pack-and-ship places are just about everywhere. You can ship large purchases and dirty clothes home. You can also ship clean clothes to a specific destination cutting down on the stuff you have to carry.

rights activists from across the country to discuss topics of concern to all riders, and ALL motorcyclists are welcome and encouraged to attend. Meetings, seminars 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

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14. Take at least one small towel with you to wipe morning dew off you seat, mirrors and windshield. A towel can also be tucked on to your seat to keep it cool in the hot summer sun. 15. There is always room for bungee cords. You never know when you might need to tie something down. 16. A short metal cable with loops on both ends is perfect for securing a jacket and helmet to the bikeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s helmet lock. 17. Be realistic with your daily mileage. In really scenic areas, 150 miles may make a very full day. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t assume you can achieve freeway mileage on good back roads. 18. A nap can do wonders on a long day. 19. Have Fun and Keep the Rubber Side Down. Jean Cooper State Safety Officer


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PAGE 14 Notice of Public Meeting

Arizona Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council (AMSAC)

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 10:30am

Minutes of AMSAC Meeting

A public meeting of the Arizona Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council was convened on April 2, 2013 at 3030 North Central Avenue, Suite 1550, Phoenix, Arizona, 85012, in the GOHS Conference Room.


Mr. Dick Studdard, Chairman Mr. Mick Degn, Vice-Chairman Mr. Don Borland, Member Mr. Jeffrey Rice, Member Ms. Debe Campos Fleenor, Member - participated telephonically

Quorum with 5 present.


Assistant Attorney General Brian Schneider


The meeting was called to order by Mr. Dick Studdard, AMSAC Chairman, at 10:33 a.m.

Jeffrey Rice motioned to elect Mick Degn for Chairman, Don Borland seconded and all in favor. Mick Degn motioned to elect Dick Studdard for Vice Chairman, Don Borland seconded and all in favor.


Mr. Mick Degn motioned to approve the minutes with a correction, Mick Degn motioned on the Motorcycle Rider Education item from December 11, 2013 meeting minutes, Mr. Don Borland seconded and all in favor, minutes approved.


Mr. Alberto Gutier announced that Mr. Jeffrey Rice resigned from the AMSAC Council, as he is being reassigned to North Carolina. The Council thanked Mr. Jeffrey Rice for his service. GOHS Director Alberto Gutier had nothing to report on legislative issues. Mr. Gutier provided the AMSAC Council with Arizona crash statistics.


GOHS Director Alberto Gutier updated the Council with the current Motorcycle Safety Budget. Mr. Dick Studdard motioned to accept Budget, Mr. Don Borland seconded and all in favor.

AMSAC (continued)


Mr. Dick Studdard motioned to set a minimum and maximum quantity on each giveaway items to be established by GOHS Mr. Don Borland seconded and all in favor.


Mr. Gutier reviewed previous advertising buys with the AMSAC Council. Mr. Mick Degn motioned to use more advertising in the rural area versus the urban area, Mr. Jeffrey Rice seconded and all in favor.


Mr. Dick Studdard motioned to meet with other groups and form a subcommittee to further discuss the motorcycle rider education program, Mr. Don Borland seconded and all in favor.


Mr. Dick Studdard motioned for Mr. Mick Degn to be the designated person to represent the State of Arizona and to attend the SMSA National Summit in August, Mr. Don Borland seconded and all in favor.


Next AMSAC meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 29th, 2013, at 10:30a.m.; and the location is at the GOHS Conference Room, 3030 N. Central Ave, Ste. 1550. Phoenix, Arizona, 85012. The AMSAC Council requested that the recommendations by the subcommittee be added to the next agenda.


Public Discussion highlights are as follows:

· John Dreyfus (Arizona Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs) Suggested coordinating with companies to include motorcycle training in the financing. Asked what procedure was to obtain AMSAC budget.

· Billy Larson (Modified Motorcycle Association) Advised that insurance companies offer a 10% discount if you have completed the motorcycle rider training course. Asked about supply request procedures.

· Clifford Simpson (Gold Wing Road Riders Association) Inquired about supply request procedures.

· Teena Prentice (Gold Wing Road Riders Association) Provide information on motorcycle safety newsletters.


Mr. Mick Degn motioned to adjourn meeting, and Jeffrey Rice seconded. Meeting adjourned at 11:49a.m.

Above are the official draft minutes for the AMSAC Meeting. As an observer of this meeting for the first time, I have some comments to share. I would like to highlight some more detail to the minutes that I wrote down during the meeting.

There is an opened seat on the AMSAC Council. If you are interested please go to and scroll down looking for the “Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council, Arizona”. This is the posting and here is where you go to fill out the application tration/Gov_TaskCouncils.asp

On our $1 from our registration, Our Community gets about $205,000 a year to spend. AMSAC helps assist in recommendations, discussion, ideas, and planning of where this money is better spent. The GOHS is the over viewer of these funds which are state funds. The federal funding that GOHS gets through grants, etc is separate from this fund. We got approximately $205,000, spent $96,439.93 and are left with approximately $108,065. Our fiscal year is July 1st to June 30th for these state funds. Anyone can request a copy of the budget for these state funds from our $1.

Most of the funds were spent on advertising in broadcast, PSAs, and Print. Mostly it was broadcast-radio ads. Some funds were used for the “stock item inventory” that is available to anyone who is promoting motorcycle awareness, education or training within our state. All you have to do is go to the Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council page at and scroll down to the AMSAC Inventory Request Form. You need to put in what you are doing, who is going to benefit, etc and then after the event you will need to send in a report regarding how is went, how much of the inventory you spent and anything else you want to share with the GOHS and AMSAC so they can assess and are able to include these details in their reports. There was a reminder to make sure multiple people are not requesting inventory for the same event or need. Makes sense and I was very impressed with how well the meeting went during the discussions between Council and GOHS Director Alberto Gutier. It ended up being discussed and decided to put a minimum and maximum of the inventory items so that staff can fill items that need it and not have too much or too little at all

MASTERLINK MAY 2013 times.

During the discussion about advertising and Motorcycle Awareness Month coming up, lots of ideas and suggestions were made by Mr Gutier. He was reminded that bike week was coming and May is Motorcycle Awareness Month. He would try to get more radio advertising and signage around state. He gave some stats about areas that need more broadcasting PSAs and more professional information/recommendations regarding that data like most crashes in a specific area, urban vs rural, etc. I have included those details in a chart off the GOHS website. What I got out of this part of the meeting was that both GOHS and AMSAC are encouraging more safety and awareness through training and education which is the complete opposite of their website page which encourages “helmets and protective gear” as the answer. Again,

I was very impressed with the movement to go to education, awareness and training which is what most would like to see instead of the old adage “wear a helmet/safe your life” or “wear your protective gear/save your life”. In that area of how to reduce crashes, the comment was made by Mr Gutier, that about 40% of motorcyclists in Arizona DO NOT have a motorcycle endorsement. This stat comes from ADOT. During this conversation, it was decided to form a committee of 2 members of the Council to spearhead some ideas and suggestions as to how to implement an education of riders to get their endorsements. There was a lot of conversation here and many ideas. It was brought up that legislation, education, incentives, and motorcycle traffic schools for offenders (instead of the regular auto traffic school) were all possibilities and should be further looked at. The (what I am calling) the training/awareness/education committee was to review options and try to come up with some solutions to the training issues (costs, availability, etc). They would present their findings at the next AMSAC Meeting. That next meeting is May 29th, 2013 at 10:30am at GOHS Office. The agenda will stay the same except Item 8 will be left out so it will have 1-7 and 9 as agenda items. The Public was able to make comments, ask questions or seek assistance at the end. So, overall, I can only say positive comments and I am excited to be a part of this process to help in distributing information and updated reviews of this Advisory Council for Our Motorcycle Community. Great job by all present and look forward to returning at the end of the month.



Section 8

Motorcycle (MC) Crashes

Section 8: â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Motorcycle (MC) Crashes

Section 8: Motorcycle (MC) Crashes Total Crashes

Chart 8 - 2

MC Registrations in Arizona



141 132 130


135 122


Killed 132

Injury Crashes 2,381 79.90%

Injured 2,553



110 150,000 100 145,000 90 141,458

85 140,000








Property Damage Only 469 15.74%





Total Point-in-Time of Registered Motorcycles at the end of Calendar year 2011. (Source: MVD - MV988 MV630419 Currently Registered Vehicles by County Listing (motorcycle sub category), reports dated 12/31/11.)

Fatal Crashes 80 61.54%

Killed 79

Injury Crashes 1,769 74.30%

Injured 1,861

Chart 8 - 3

Chart 8 - 4

Fatality Rate per Registered MC

Percent of MC Crashes to All Crashes 3.0% 2.97%



2.88% 0.91


0.81 0.80

Rural Crashes* 784 26.31%



Fatal Crashes 130 4.36%

Urban Crashes* 2,196 73.69%




Motorcycle Crashes 2,980 2.88%

All Other Crashes 100,443 97.12%

Chart 8 - 1

MC Fatalities by Year

Fatal Crashes 50 38.46%

Killed 53

Injury Crashes 612

Injured 692

2.8% 2.77%



2.6% 2.57%


0.60 2.47% 0.54 2.4%












*This figure includes Property Damage Only, 347 (Urban Crashes); 122 (Rural Crashes)

2011 Arizona Crash Facts Summary - Page 47

Page 46 - 2011 Arizona Crash Facts Summary

By all accounts, Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 was a success for GOHS; however, we had increases in total DUI arrests, citations for seatbelts, under 21 DUI, and DUI Drugs. As the leading agency in the state of Arizona dedicated to promoting traffic safety, GOHS looks forward to meeting the challenges ahead in 2013. Next year GOHS will:

- Continue to promote GOHS as the leading agency in promoting highway and traffic safety throughout the State.

Looking Ahead at the GOHS

enforcement, education and public awareness activities.

- Maintain and enhance existing DUI operations, including task forces, saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoint deployments.

- Continue to fund programs and identify strategies to reduce speed-related fatalities and injury collisions.

- Continue to promote Arizona as the preeminent state for DRE and Phlebotomy through the enhancement of these programs.

- Complete statewide training for grantees on the FY 2013 proposal guide. - Host a conference for law enforcement, prosecutors and judges.

- Continue to actively participate in National enforcement campaigns, such as the Labor Day DUI enforcement campaign.

- Enhance and expand the Children are Priceless Passengers program.

GOHS is confident that it will continue to meet and surpass the goals and objectives delineated in the FY 2013 Highway Safety Plan and those enumerated above to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries in Arizona in the next year and beyond. GOHS is well prepared to meet these, and other challenges that lie ahead, to keep the public safe on Arizonaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s streets and highways.

- Maintain or increase 81-83 percent seatbelt usage rate.

Yuma ABATE Membership Drive Run

- Promote traffic safety through extensive

Here is a picture of the Yuma members at the first Yuma ABATE membership drive run. Today we added three new couples and three new individuals for a total of nine new members. We also made Yuma much more aware of ABATE and all it does for the motorcycle community in general.

PAGE 16 Photos taken by Marci

Yavapai Chapter Membership Drive

ABATE of AZ. Membership Drive March 23rd, 2013. Started at Roberts Market, Mountain Pass in Prescott

Valley, Gurley Street Sports Pub and Burro Inn in Nowhere, Arizona.

Live music provided by Dog of the Moon's "Moondog"

70 Riders.

We had a blast.




ABATE of Michigan Releases Multi-Year Motorcycle Fatality Analysis, Calls for Increased Education, Enforcement and Penalties With one of the longest and hottest riding seasons on record, higher gas prices and a slight increase in motorcycles registrations, 2012 saw a small increase in motorcycle fatalities with over half of those being fatalities being riders not endorsed to operate a motorcycle. The year also saw an increase in motorcycle tourism since the enactment of the rider choice law on April 12, 2013 allowing adults to choose whether or not they want to wear a helmet.

Recently, reports from the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP) analyzing the fatality and fatality rate increases since the helmet choice law went into effect have been presented in an erroneous and biased manner.

"Our primary concern about the accuracy of the data from OHSP is that two single points of data are being compared, when a multi-year comparison will give the clearest and most accurate depiction of motorcycle fatalities," said Vince Piacenti, Statistician, for ABATE

Michigan. "The average fatality rate on motorcycles from 2005 - 2011 is 119.7 with a standard deviation (sigma) of 8.4. Standard practice is to add +/- 3 sigma to be statistically significant. This means that the normal year-to-year fatality rate can vary from 95 to 145. Anything within this range is normal variation; the fatalities would have to be above 145 or below 95 to make a statement with statistical confidence. Fatalities in 2012 were 129, which fall within the normal range of variation and proves conclusively that the helmet-law amendment has had no adverse effect on motorcycle safety."

What should concern the Michigan State Police, OSHP and the public is the fact that more than half of the fatalities involved riders NOT endorsed to drive a motorcycle.

"Losing a member of our motorcycle family is devastating. To know that a death could be prevented from motorcycle education and increased enforcement from State Police is unimaginable. Our mission at American Bikers Aiming Toward Education, or ABATE Michigan,

Motorcycle Etiquette: How Not To Wave Like A Dork!

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If you drive a motorcycle, you know about “The Wave”. “The Wave” is your rolling connection to the biker brother & sisterhood, but is there a special secret to this wave? When you started riding did you seek out a wave master and perhaps copy theirs, or did you develop one of your own? Have you ever wondered if you’re wave appropriate? Do you wonder if the wave you’re flashing is politically correct, not brand specific enough or old and outdated? Unfortunately, wave training is not covered in the basic or advanced motorcycle safety classes.

Many riders believe there was a secret wave society similar to the Priere de Sion formed around 1903 when that first HD rolled out of that shed, but there wasn’t. It all started, one day in 1904 when Arthur Davidson passed by William Harley and since they knew each other, they waved. Well, another biker saw the two "Kings of Motorcycles" doing this and thought this was a biker necessity and the tradition was born. The waving tradition continued on through the years and became haphazard. There were bikers doing the “Bye Grandma Wave”, others doing the "Howdy Wave" and still others doing the extremely feminine “Princess Wave". In 1946, after several years of these, image destroying gestures, a group of crusty old bikers decided to put some proper waving rules in place and formed the Wave Hard And True Biker Society. Abbreviated: WHAT-BS To wave or not to wave, that is the question. We’ve all faced that critical mass state when we felt obligated to wave but then became unsure. The worrying starts and then there’s that overwhelming feeling of guilt. Well, worry no more; here are some general waving rules to help guide you : 1)interstate; unnecessary, 2) in a curve; unnecessary 3) in the rain or at night; unnecessary 4) on a mellow two lane; proper. 5) a highway with little traffic; proper 6) A rally, unnecessary and 7)

in traffic, unnecessary. There are, however, times when not waving is just down right rude. So if you’re not a jackass, when you are presented with “The Wave” you should, if at all possible, reciprocate. If it’s the proper place and time and you receive no reciprocal wave, don’t get your panties in a bunch and think you’ve just passed a jackass, because there are some acceptable reasons. These reasons are as follows: 1) you weren’t seen, 2) clutch manipulation or 3) a head nod was substituted.

There are 5 basic waves 1) the left-handed low wave, 2) the left-handed straight out wave, 3) the left-handed high wave 4) the right-handed (ha, ha, I have cruise control) wave and 5) the left-handed forward wave. The variations of these waves are as varied as the bikers & the bikes they drive, but there are some basic rules.

1) Left-handed low wave, sometimes called the Harley or cruiser wave. Typically seen used on cruiser style or custom chopped motorcycles. The arm is fully extended and aimed down towards the street in a 45 or lesser degree angle with the extension of either one, two, three or five fingers. The direction of the palm is also critical to the look and feel of this wave. The palm must either face the other rider or face the road. A classic variation of the finger positioning is throwing a peace sign (Duce) or thumbs up. To low wave with an angle greater than 45 degrees and/or with the palm facing up or back and/or with the use of 4 fingers is telling the biker community at large that you are either new or inept. If you have a cruiser and can’t get this wave to work for you, then consider the Left-Handed straight out wave or trading out your bike.

2) Left-handed straight out wave is an all around general wave. Typically seen used on crotch rockets, cruisers, customs and

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as we approach Motorcycle Safety Awareness month in May is motorcycle safety. ABATE encourages the Michigan State Police to be proactive this coming riding season by focusing on car driver/motorcyclists awareness and motorcycle education," added Vince Consiglio, President, ABATE of Michigan. "But we also want to make sure those that ride without an endorsement face stiffer fines and we also support limiting Temporary Instructional Permits (TIP) to two per adult. If you need more than two TIPs, you shouldn't be riding." Because more than half of Michigan motorcycle fatalities are unlicensed-or unendorsed- motorcyclists, ABATE's goal in teaching motorcycle rider education classes and going into the drivers' education classrooms is to ensure that everyone arrives home safely.

"A motorcyclists has a responsibility to know how to handle his or her bike," Consiglio added. "However, a motorcyclist is much more vulnerable than a passenger vehicle occupant in the event of a crash. The majority of Michigan 2012 fatalities were wearing helmets."

A motorcycle endorsement on a driver's license is required by law to ride on public roads and can be obtained by attending and passing a motorcycle rider education class, which are available statewide for a fee. A list of Secretary of State approved Michigan Motorcycle Safety Program instructors, along with their locations and contact information can be found the Secretary of State's website. ABATE Michigan supports public and private rider education. A current list of ABATE Michigan motorcycle rider education classes locations and

times can be found on ABATE Michigan's website.

On April 12, 2012 the requirement for motorcycle helmets was amended to allow adult choice for motorcyclists 21 and older, providing they completed an accredited motorcycle-safety course or had a minimum of 2 years riding experience.

"Our members have reported an increase in motorcycle tourism since the enactment of the rider choice law," said Scott Ellis, Executive Director of the Michigan Licensed Beverage Association, which represents more than 1,800 restaurants, bar, party store, hotel, and casino establishments across the state. "From Monroe to Muskegon to the Keweenaw Peninsula, more out-of-state motorcyclists are stopping, staying and spending money at our restaurants, hotels and attractions."

At least 20 different state license plates were counted on motorcycles at last year's sixth annual Muskegon Bike Time. With the increase in participants, planners are already concerned how many bikes and vendors can fit in the downtown area for this year's event. ABATE is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the overall rights and promoting the safe operating practices of all Michigan motorcyclists.

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.

PAGE 18 13NR11 - MRF News Release - Bikes on the Border FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 21 March 2013

Contact:Jeff Hennie, Vice President of Government Ralations and Public Affairs Bikes on the Border

This past weekend saw the inaugural "Bikes at the Border", a motorcycle rights event held on the border of South and North Carolina. The single day event was the brainchild of the McGrath & Danielson Law Group and supported by the local SMRO's. The MRF would like to thank our friends at McGrath & Danielson Law Group and ABATE of South Carolina who hosted the hospitality suite and did a lot of the promotional/boots on the ground preparation for this event!

Described as a "mini Meeting of the Minds", the event was designed to educate the attendees about motorcycle laws and legislation. It also served as a networking session for the who's who of the motorcycle rights world of the southeast corner of this country.

The Midwest has STEAM (Seminar To Educate And Motivate) and Mid-South MILE (Motorcyclist Improving Legislative Effectiveness. "Not every one can attend a MRF regional event or the annual Meeting of the Minds, so these smaller, more local events are a great supplement and provide an opportunity to discuss state and local laws in great depth", said Jeff Hennie, Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs for the MRF. Hennie attended and presented at Bikes on the Border.

The event was held at the world famous roadside attraction known as "South of the Border". If you have ever traveled on I-95 between North and South Carolina, you know where it is.

Overall it was a great event with a promising future. ===========================

13NR13 - MRF News Release Motorcycle Only Checkpoint Bill To Be Dropped FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 16 April 2013

baggers alike. The arm can be either fully or partially extended with no more than a 10 degree angle higher or lower than the shoulder. The palm must be facing the oncoming rider in either a horizontal or vertical position and a full palm must be shown. It is suggested you present the hand in a relaxed state, as flattening it will make you look like a dork. The classic variations of the peace sign (duce) or thumbs up are also acceptable. If practiced, this is one of the easiest waves to master and will work with all bikes. If for some reason you can’t get this wave to work, you will probably have serious problems with the kickstand dynamic and should immediately sell your motorcycle before you cause yourself anymore embarrassment!

3) Left-handed high wave is a variation of the typical wave seen made by kings and kids alike. Mostly used by upright riders of crotch rockets and baggers. The elbow is kept even or slightly lower than shoulder height. The elbow should be bent at about a 75 – 85 degree angle with a slight forward

News from the MRF

Contact:Jeff Hennie, Vice President of Government Ralations and Public Affairs Motorcycle Only Checkpoint Bill To Be Dropped The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) reports, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner from Wisconsin, announced Monday, April 15th that he will file a bill to prohibit the federal funding of motorcycle only roadside checkpoints.

Sensenbrenner had this to say in a "Dear Colleague" that is circulating in the House of Representatives. "In the 112th Congress, I introduced H.R. 904, a bill to prohibit the Department of Transportation (DOT) from providing funds to state and local authorities for the purpose of creating motorcycle only checkpoints. Section 1 of the Stop Motorcycle Checkpoint Funding Act contains the same language as H.R. 904. However, this bill also contains language to force the DOT to focus motorcycle safety efforts on crash prevention programs, not national helmet mandates."

The bill will officially be introduced on May 6, 2013 and get its official bill number then. However, we must start the push now. It's important to contact your sitting member of the House of Representatives and ask them to be an original cosponsor of this important legislation. Ask them to contact Congressman James Sensenbrenner and lend their support. An "Original Cosponsor" is someone who supports the bill before it is made public and is a way to strongly support a new bill. The more original cosponsors the better. You can contact the US Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121

The entire text of the Dear Colleague and the Bill are below. STOP MOTORCYCLE CHECKPOINT FUNDING

Dear Colleague:

On May 6, I will introduce a bill to protect motorcyclists' rights and promote crash prevention as the most effective use of taxpayer money to save motorcyclists' lives. I ask for your support as an original cosponsor of the Stop Motorcycle Checkpoint Funding Act.

In the 112th Congress, I introduced H.R. 904, a bill to prohibit the Department of Transportation (DOT) from providing funds to state and local authorities for the purpose of creating motorcycle only checkpoints. Section 1 of the Stop Motorcycle Checkpoint Funding Act contains the same language as H.R. 904. However, this bill also contains language to force the DOT to focus motorcycle safety efforts on crash prevention programs, not national helmet mandates. Section 3 of the Stop Motorcycle Checkpoint Funding Act amends Section 153 of Title 23 USC by removing "motorcycle helmets" from the title. This change will prohibit the DOT from providing grants to a State to enforce helmet laws. This will stop the DOT from manipulating State policies with federal money.

Section 4 of this bill amends Section 402 of Title 23 USC. Current law states that highway safety plans must prevent accidents and reduce injuries. The Stop Motorcycle Checkpoint Funding Act would require highway safety plans to include programs that prevent accidents in order to reduce injuries and deaths resulting from accidents involving motor vehicles and motorcycles. This small change will make a significant impact because it highlights that preventing accidents is the best way to save motorcyclists' lives.

Please contact Todd Washam ( to cosponsor this bill. I look forward to your support on this important issue.


The Secretary of Transportation may not provide a grant or any funds to a State, county, town, or township, Indian tribe, municipal or other local government to be used for any program to check helmet usage or create checkpoints for an operator of motorcycle or passenger on a motorcycle. SEC. 3. MOTORCYCLE SAFETY.

Section 153 of title 23, United States Code, is amended-

(1) in the section heading by striking ''and motorcycle helmets''; (2) in subsection (a) by striking ''such fiscal year-'' and everything that follows through ''(2) a law'' and inserting ''such fiscal year a law''; (3) in subsection (b) by striking ''State laws'' each place it appears and inserting ''a State law''; (4) in subsection (f) by amending paragraphs(2) and (3) to read as follows:

''(2) SECOND-YEAR GRANTS.-A State is eligible for a grant under this section in a fiscal year succeeding the first fiscal year in which a State receives a grant under this section only if the State in the preceding fiscal year had in effect at all times a State law described in subsection (a) and achieved a rate of compliance with such law of not less than 50 percent. ''(3) THIRD-YEAR GRANTS.-A State is


eligible for a grant under this section in a fiscal year succeeding the second fiscal year in which a State receives a grant under this section only if the State in the preceding fiscal year had in effect at all times a State law described in subsection (a) and achieved a rate of compliance with such law of not less than 70 percent.''

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

Section 402(a)(2)(A) of title 23, United States Code, is amended by striking clause(iv) and inserting the following:


F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr.


To stop motorcycle checkpoint funding, and for other purposes.


This Act may be cited as the ''Stop Motorcycle Checkpoint Funding Act''.

Motorcycle Etiquette (continued)

angling of the forearm. The palm must be facing the oncoming rider and the hand can either remain still or the use of a side to side motion is acceptable. This wave has been proven very useful when you have a loose watchband. It is suggested you present the hand in a relaxed state, as once again, flattening it will make you appear to be a dork. The classic variations of the peace sign (duce) or thumbs up are frowned upon when using this type of wave. it’s a bit too over the top. Important: Should you be riding a crotch rocket, it is extremely important to maintain the image by using this wave only if the left hand is coming from the left hip or thigh. This should never, ever be used when coming from the handlebars. Warning of possible injury: Do not use this type of wave on a cruiser. You will appear aloof, snobbish and everyone will hate you! If you have a medical condition or feel you must use this type of wave, get a bagger or ride a crotch rocket only in the upright position and don’t be a dick about it. There are rules!


4) Right-handed (ha, ha, I have cruise control) wave. This is an occasional use wave by bagger riders. Typically seen being employed by Ultra Classic and Goldwing riders. They’re riding on rolling living room sofas. These big, comfy and not really coooool bikes are great for touring. This lack of coolness can cause a temporary condition known as “Dickishness” which can be instantly healed by passing a cruiser giving the right hand wave. The general message being sent is “You might be on a cool bike but damn it, I’m comfy”. If the rider of the touring bike is a smoker he will typically light up a cigarette or a cigar, just to drive that point home. 5) Left-handed forward wave. This wave is solely used by crotch rocket riders because, let’s face it, what the hell else can they do in that position? A flashed wave, is almost imperceptible due to the speed of the wave and the bike. To execute this wave one must slightly raise the left hand from the grip, no more than 3 or 4 inches, show the palm and return to the grip. This entire motion must be


''(iv) to prevent accidents in order to reduce injuries and deaths resulting from accidents involving motor vehicles and motorcycles;''.

fluid and executed in under three seconds. You must learn all the intricacies of this wave before you take your first ride. If you don’t, they will know you’re a newbie and you’ll instantly become pink slip bait. The only way to avoid this lame wave stigma is by doing something crazy like riding a wheelie while naked. If you don’t fall off, that’s a big plus!

The last and probably most important part of the wave is the hand you’re using to wave. You’ll want to care for that hand because without it; How do you expect to wave? Get some of the Time Rider's Shtuff For Bikers; Crack & Crevice Cleaner (body & bike cleaner) to clean that hand up and some Totally Awesome Crap (liquid glove) to protect it

When approaching another biker always remember to maintain the rule of "The Wave", you never know who's watching! The Time Rider


Have you ever really stopped to think about how many curbs there are in just Phoenix, millions I would presume? Parking lots, sides of the roads, decoration you name it those damn things just pop up everywhere. They don’t look intimidating until you meet one! When you are in your cage and you tap one, it’s s**t!!, on to the next one. But when your bike hits a curb, which is a whole other story. Curbs, they don’t discriminate or have a type so beware they pick on all our bikes! Any make any model. Fast, slow, not moving, and even parked, that’s right parked too. No prejudices either, new rider, old rider, not quite a rider.

Curbs. They are Everywhere!

Keep your eyes open, these curbs are known for the injuries they inflict on us. Road rash, broken bones, wrecked bike, it’s very expensive to be addicted to curbs as well. Who ever said that motorcycles cost less to maintain then a car must not have owned a Harley. I speak from personal experience. I have met with Mr. Curb more than once, and driven up the curb and down the sidewalk. I have missed many a curb though, with the SEE factor, Search, Evaluate, and Execute. Thank goodness I was required to get that endorsement. I can short stop on a dime. The safety portion sure kicked in. But even with training and experience, you can’t always avoid the little devils. The craziest thing, no matter how much or how little damage your person gets the question always goes to the bike. How’s my bike??? And have you ever noticed that after you have had an encounter with a curb, you turn around and sit on it! Crazy right? But it is true. Think about it. The true biker tells of

Call for MAP Instructors

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

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

To become an instructor you must:

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

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

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

the material presented.

4. Commit to teaching at least 2 classes per school year: We hope to have at least one volunteer instructor in each ABATE Chapter. That person will attend and instructor class (about 4 hours), attend a M.A.P. with an experienced instructor, teach a class with an experienced instructor in attendance. When the new instructor is comfortable and the experienced instructor assesses him/her to be ready the new instructor may begin teaching alone. The mentor program assures that everyone is teaching the same material and everyone has support.

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

This is your opportunity to get the word out to new drivers about the importance of sharing the road with motorcyclists. This is your opportunity to support the mission and vision of ABATE in your community. Call me 602-616-9855 or email me for more information and to register to become a M.A.P. Instructor. Jean Cooper ABATE State Safety Officer ABATE M.A.P. Coordinator

their injuries on the level of “that accident just cost me thou$ands of dollars”. Many riders throw in the towel at this point. But not all, if your scoot is still able to be ridden, we just climb back on

battered and bruised to the next destination. Even wrecked, you have made the statement “I’m not leaving my bike”, right? You know what I mean, you have either been there or you will be someday!!!


After a few run- in’s with curbs, I decided I better warn other riders to stay off my curbs, they are already spoken for! And yes as a matter of fact I do own the whole damn road! I pay taxes, for goodness sake! Although I am making light of my affiliation with curbs, the truth is, it isn’t funny at all. So, so many of our fellow riders have been hurt, maimed or even worse , die from the injury that resulted from hitting a little curb. I must say I was surprised of how many people I know or knew have hit curbs and the damages and injuries they and their bike received.

Keep your eyes open, the damn curbs are everywhere! Casey





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

2-1/2" Santee® 50 caliber pipes

exhaust for Harley 1986-2006 softail 84-06

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

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

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

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 FINALLY!! A motorcycle themed paperback book for the young reader. The Adventures of Olive Pearl and Hammy Davidson features Olive Pearl; a green and black motorcycle and Hamrietta (Hammy) Davidson her stuffed piggy passenger. They experience the joy of motorcycling on a 1700-mile road trip to meet new people, see new things, and learn life lessons along the way. Their adventures are wrapped inside the love story of husband and wife characters, “The Man” and “The Lady”. Sprinkled throughout with pictures, social observations, and humor, adults will also enjoy reading this story to younger children and are sure to get a laugh or two themselves. Get more info and place an order at: Let’s Ride!!


2000 Softail Springer FXSTS Harley Davidson $ 8,500.00. Original owner. Only 15 K miles. Detachable windshield and sissy bar. New $500.00 leather saddle bags. McKunie Carb. New (small) bullet front and rear turn signals and brake lights. Screamin Eagle baloney-cut pipes. Recent all-chrome (solid) rear wheel with Dunlop 150/80 wide rear tire. Factory installed lowering kit. Lots of small extras too many to list. Has never been in a wreck. Always garaged. 480.209.7352

Motorcycle Hearse

COPD diagnosis forces SALE! $50,000.00 visit this website to view complete set of equipment. Equipment included: 1999 Harley Davidson Road King Trike (6045 miles) modified with reverse gear & fifth wheel hitch, detachable 18th Century styled Hearse Carriage, full size casket with full cover flag, cherry wood Urn Ark with panoramic glass & folding stand, Encased Memorial Flag, 2007 22ft. flatbed transportation trailer with winds/bug shield, Honor Flags, pre-printed magnetic Carriage name plates & misc office supplies. Call Bill or Phyllis 623-386-8281



2000 H-D Sportster 4 plug heads, K&N air filter, larger gas tank, forward controls, straight drag pipes, windshield, sissy bar, saddlebags, new battery. NOT ABUSED. Always garaged or covered. Original pipes, battery minder and Clymer book included. $4500 in Payson. Call (928) 474-5287 For Sale - Cave Creek Home REDUCED - $79,797

.97 acre lot with older mobile 2/1 in great condition with 2 car detached garage & storage. Lot located in Saguaro West. Great lot for a new home/land package, on improved lot. Great Mountain views. Great location. Great Deal. Contact: Call Casey for details. #602-434-2222

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The Masterlink - May 2013  

The May 2013 edition of the ABATE of Arizona newsletter, The Masterlink.

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