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

October 2013



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I'm back, but with not a lot to report. I will be leaving for Meeting of the Minds on the 26th and will have more to report on my return.

I do, however, have some good news, JohnnyD has agreed to run for Phoenix/Shadow Mtn. PAC officer. Thank you JohnnyD. The new profiling forms are out now, please, if you have been profiled or witnessed

your brother being profiled, fill one out and turn it in to JohnnyD. I can not stress this enough, if you have friends or neighbors who ride, please express to them the importance of membership in A.B.A.T.E of Arizona. The more members that we have, the more powerful we are. There are approx. 163,000 M/C plates registered in the state. I know that not all of them are on two wheels, but these laws affect all of them. The repeal of emissions testing in Arizona affected them too.

Well that's it for now as always love and respect to you all. I hope you have a great weekend, and remember "Keep the shiny side up and the rubber side down".

Vic Grady Designated Lobbyist for ABATE of Az.

Chapter Coordinator for Phoenix/Shadow Mtn Chapter



State Officer Meeting Minutes

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President’s Report

September 1, 2013, 10:30 AM

Present: Tim O’Reilly, Paul Pendergast, Jim Page, Jean Cooper,

Absent: Matt Brown, Tina Benoit, Vic Grady, Kat Grover, Joe Ferrucci, Charity Stuart

What is November 3, 2013? No it’s not hump day… Those are scheduled for Wednesdays. 11-3-13 is the ABATE of Arizona General Meeting and Elections for State Officer positions. Starting in August, Chapter Coordinators have been asking their members for nominations for State Officer positions. All State Officer positions require a 2 year commitment. I know that seems like a long period of time, but aren’t we all in this for the long haul? Really, 2 years goes by pretty quickly. Just think back to something that happened 2 years ago and how fast that time really passed. Currently we still have 4 State Officer positions that need filling; Secretary, Run/Event Coordinator, PAC, and Safety Officer. Eligibility for State Officer positions require that a person has held a Chapter Officer position for at least 1 year prior to being elected as a State Officer and is a current member of ABATE of Arizona. I know that nominations were closed September10, 2013, however at the bottom of each ballot there will be a line for a write-in candidate. A member with the above qualifications can be written-in as candidate and put in the position they are running for. The write in candidate must be present at the General Meeting and Election to accept the position or they must have given prior notice of their intent.

Franklin D. Roosevelt once said “Nobody will ever deprive the American people the right to vote except the American people themselves, and the only way they could do this is by not voting” I hope to see all members at the General Meeting and Election.

ABATE of Arizona is very unique. As a State MRO and member of ACMC we are afforded the privilege of voting in the Confederation. All ABATE Members by virtue of their ABATE membership are members of the Confederation. October 18-24, 2013 is Riot on the River. The event is held in Winkleman Flat, Az. about 80 miles from Mesa. Camping is included. This is an 18 or older event. There will be bike games, 50/50 drawing, Raffle tickets, Venders and live music Friday and Saturday nights. Beer & Soda Pop only $1.00. Mixed drinks and food are also

available. Please come out and support your Arizona Confederation. After all you too are a member. Raffle tickets are $3.00 each. Prizes are; 1st place $500.00, 2nd place $300.00, 3rd place $200.00. You do not have to present to win. If anyone wishes tickets you may call me at; 480 628 6160.

I have some good news to report to all ABATE members. American Income Life Insurance Company, member benefits have gone up $500 from $2,500 to $3,000. If you are a member of MMA and MRF, you will be eligible for all three policies. Each policy has a $3,000 accidental death benefit for a total of $9,000. This is an excellent opportunity to obtain very inexpensive accidental death insurance coverage. This benefit is available just by joining ABATE of Arizona. Many Brothers & Sisters don’t have any life insurance, by joining and supporting each separate organization you are eligible for a $3,000 death benefit from each organization. This is a “win-win” opportunity, just by supporting motorcyclists’ rights and joining all three organizations, you can protect your families and provide for your beneficiaries.

Each member should be receiving a letter from American Income Life Insurance Company in the next few weeks. There is a yellow post card along with a return envelope. Please fill out the yellow card and place it into the postage free envelope and mail it back to the insurance company. This 5 minute task will guarantee members their $3000.00 Accidental Death benefit. This is not a life insurance policy but it will provide coverage in the event of accidental death. If you have not received your packet by mid-November you can go to and register online. 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

Respectfully Submitted,

Jean Cooper

Florida Study Shows Cars Cause Majority of Motorcycle Accidents In the last few years, motorcycles have become a popular mode of transportation around Orlando and it is common to see these two-wheeled vehicles on the highways and neighborhood lanes around the city.

In the last few years, motorcycles have become a popular mode of transportation around Orlando and it is common to see these two-wheeled vehicles on the highways and neighborhood lanes around the city. However, motorists often view motorcyclists as a nuisance and fail to give them the respect and space they need. When this happens, motorcycle accidents are often the result. Hello to all my Brothers and Sisters;

Call to Order was delayed approximately half an hour to achieve a quorum. Since no quorum was achieved by 11:00 A.M., no meeting was held.

In 2010, the Florida Traffic Crash Statistics Report revealed that there were over 8,000 crashes involving motorcycles around the state that year. Over 7,400 injuries were sustained by motorcyclists, 376 cyclists were killed and 767 passengers on motorcycles died. Motorists not paying attention

According to the Sun Sentinel, motorists feel that motorcyclists are reckless and motorcyclists feel that motorists aren't paying attention, thereby colliding with motorcycles. A study conducted by the University of South Florida's Center for Urban Transportation Research shows that motorcyclists have a point.

The study, which examined motorcycle accidents during a period of ten years, showed that drivers often fail to yield the right of way to motorcycles and driver distraction appears to be a major factor. While there are many motorcyclists that cause their own accidents, motorists are responsible for the majority of crashes. In fact, the study reveals that motorists are found at fault for 60 percent of collisions involving cars and motorcycles. Sharing the road

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It is important for motorists to understand that motorcycles have a place on Orlando's roads and building an awareness of the presence of motorcycles can be an effective way to reduce the number of bikers who suffer serious injuries each year. Some of the things that drivers should be aware of include: Motorcycles are smaller in size and therefore can be difficult to see - drivers should be aware of this around other vehicles, signs and buildings.

Always look twice before turning left or merging into traffic.

Avoid distractions in the vehicle such as a cell phone or food, which may prevent a driver from seeing a motorcycle. Drivers should always alert motorcycles to their intention by using turn signals.

Motorcycles should always be given their own lane and space. Motorcycles move and operate in a different manner than cars do. Motorists should educate themselves on these differences so that they understand why motorcyclists behave the way they do. Seeking compensation

When a motorcyclist is involved in an accident with another vehicle, their risk of being severely injured or killed is great. This is not surprising since they only have their helmet and protective clothing to shield them from harm. As such, motorcyclists may lose income and incur thousands of dollars in medical debt.

If you have been injured by a motorist in a motorcycle accident, you should speak with a qualified and experienced attorney to understand what your legal rights are.


by Rod Taylor - ABATE Legal Services


Jay Jackson, Executive Director of ABATE of Indiana, recently convened a meeting to discuss the issues confronting legislators, police officers, insurance companies, motorcycle/moped dealers and riders. Key among the issues was licensing and regulation of mopeds and scooters.

At the meeting, we learned that most scooter crashes involve troubled adults who usually do not have insurance and do not have a license to drive a motor vehicle because of numerous vehicle infractions involving alcohol. If that is the case, do we really want to force these people back into cars and trucks? Their history tells us they will continue to drive, and the court system in parts of the country are letting them out of jail faster than we can put them back in jail. My question is: “if we regulate the scooter more than we do now, will the above scooter operators simply revert to driving a car because they are not as obvious in a car as they would be on a scooter without a plate”? Presently, these drivers/riders with extensive history of alcohol/operating offenses can get on a scooter and get to where they need to go without causing much of a hazard to the rest of the traveling public. Of course the flip side is why would we ever make it easy for these types to ride scooters? Maybe because it hurts less when we get hit with the Vespa than it does with the Crown vic, particularly when they are going to drive no matter what. I WORKED IN THE COMPANY OF A

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

“2 MILLION BIKERS TO DC” TRUMPS “MILLION MUSLIM MARCH” A few dozen demonstrators attending a rally on the National Mall, once billed as the “Million Muslim March”, were vast-


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Getting travel brochures advertising cruises and motorcycle trips to Vietnam, Thailand and Laos, bring mixed emotions, especially this time of year. Here is why. I worked the night shift at a factory that manufactured fuel and water pumps for cars. It was during the Vietnam War. Of course there was much conversation as to the political issues back then. I worked with a guy one summer inspecting fuel pumps as part of our job. His name was Kenny Kays. When we got done talking about the war, we talked motorcycles. Japanese motorcycles, British motorcycles, Harleys and so on into the night. He liked them all, and especially Cushman Scooters. He predicted that when the war was over, cruise ships would be docking in South Vietnam with tourists and all would return to normal, so why don’t we just skip the war part.

In 1968, the draft was on and Kenny had definite ideas about the morality of the war. His philosophy was easy. As a conscientious objector, he was not about to shoot someone that he didn’t have anything against. If drafted, he was going to Canada. While I disagreed with his views about the war, I was impressed with his stand, especially in the land of the patriotic American Legions. And so off to Canada he went. Only after his WW II vet dad begged his return, did Kenny come back for the draft. While he was still a conscientious objector, he apparently did not give the right answers as he was drafted anyway and sent to the 101st Airborne to serve as a medic.

Kenny was on a hill in the northern part of South Vietnam when it happened. North

Vietnamese sappers killed seven of the 21 soldiers on the hill and wounded many others. Even though Kenny lost the lower part of his left leg, he dragged his comrades to safety and treated their wounds and shielded the more severely wounded from incoming enemy fire. For his bravery, this conscientious objector medic was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Sadly, he took his life years later, unable to cope with all that he had been through. Whenever I see advertisements for motorcycle trips in Vietnam, I think of Kenny’s prediction - and he was right.


We have all heard the old saying- but pay attention, as this one can cost you BIG time. When you have been injured or suffered a personal injury loss, the law limits the time you have to file a claim so you should consult with us immediately. Problems occur when some feel their injuries are not severe enough to seek legal advice, but after time the extent of the injury becomes evident. If that happens to you, here are some basic time limits you must know.

Recently, we have been seeing more and more health insurance policies that have extreme limitations on coverage. Sometimes these policies will use the words “limited benefit” in the title, but most of the time they’re just called “health insurance” or “affordable health choices or benefits” or “basic medical” etc., you get the gist. The problem with these policies is that people have no idea how limited the coverage is unless they have to find out the hard way. These policies are marketed as health insurance and are offered by a lot of employers, so logically, people think it is typical health insurance that covers the big stuff, like a serious illness. But that is not the case, these policies do not cover the number one element that we have always, at the very least, associated with health insurance - catastrophic coverage.


For Indiana and Illinois, that time frame is two years from the date of incident for non governmental agencies and for claim claims against governmental entities it can be as little as 180 days in Indiana or one year in Illinois. In Ohio you have two years from the date of incident to file a claim including claims against the governmental entities. Kentucky isn’t so giving in some cases (motorcycle) you may only have one year from the date of incident to file a claim including claims against governmental entities and in other cases you may have two

Coast to Coast

ly outnumbered by hundreds of thousands of motorcycle riders from across America participating in the “2 Million Bikers to DC” ride to honor September 11 victims and to counter the proMuslim rally that many said was inappropriate for such a solemn day in U.S. history.

The American Muslim Political Action Committee scheduled the rally to draw

attention to what it said is an unfair and ongoing fear of Muslims after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Among the bikers, however, the provocatively scheduled rally was considered an insult to the nearly 3,000 people who died on Sept. 11, 2001, when Islamic terrorists hijacked three commercial jets and crashed them into the World Trade Center buildings in New York and the Pentagon in Arlington. Another hijacked

If you do not resolve your claim or file suit within that time period allowed by law your claim may be forever barred, even though you have a good case. So if you have been injured be sure you note the time frame in which you have to act and remember these laws are subject to change. To be safe, calendar your claim against individuals and companies for one year. As always if you have any specific questions/concerns, contact ABATE Legal Services. HEALTH INSURANCE: IF YOU HAVE IT ARE YOU COVERED? NOT NECESSARILY.

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Though the biker gathering fell short of 2 million strong, some estimates ran as high as 880,000 riders, and “What began as an idea on Facebook quickly turned into a national movement thanks to

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East Valley Chapter

Well summer ain't over yet and those monsoon rainy days were still upon us as we gathered at the FOE meeting room.

Hey big shout out to Ron Davis as a new visitor we would love to have more bring a friend!

Lots of reports were given as our fearless leader Joe lead us into the meeting but kept blinking at Deb with a smile making us to think they must be lovebirds or something. School bus charm?

Mary K. has let us all know that there is a RTS system (request to speak system) instead of going down to the state capitol and using the kiosks its available 24/7 and you can enter your comments on pending legislation that the committee's can review.

Redbone reported that alot of things were taking place as the board of directors was going thru a few changes and reminded us all that all chapters must help out at Too Broke in order for us to all have fun. Our next BOD meeting is 10-6-2013 and is a open meeting for all to hear.

Safety tip of the day,,,drink lots of water when you ride,and yes Joe Silk beer is not all water,unless its bud lite lime yer favorite!Thank you Jeff Gorral and yer new gun for the minutes.

Big news for those of us still drying out from Too Broke for Sturgis a soon to be announced third weekend in June will be the new TBFS event to avoid the summer monsoons. Alot of us who have never ridden in the rain will like that including wetter then rats Jim Austin,Jim Hammond and Greg Cantor.Just to name a few that didn't have a cabin!

Its that time of year to nominate new officers and at our meetings ya better not pick that time to run to the bathroom as we all throw your name in when ya do!

So this year the nominations are and back by popular demand for Coordinator Joe(raise your hand) Ferrucci.Vice

Chapter Reports

Coordinator and our best bowler Larry Keim.PAC is still open for anyone feeling left out as you read this.Treasure the incredible super smile of the day Desiree Campany and we all know Manny will help her.Secretary and lord knows what we would do with out him Jack Batty. Membership and still finding more bikers then ever Mike Shearhart. Run Coordinator AND Communications doing the combo move Greg "Troll" Hughes who's heart is a big as a baggers gas tank and then some.Sgt at Arms and all time tuff guy Richard Dalton. so be sure to vote for them all now. At the state level we have nominated from our chapter to lead us in a new presidency with her skill,humor,and lovely smile Mary K Donnay. State Safety officer yours truly.

We recognized Redbone and his wonderful wife Patty with ABATE's life member pins and patches and could not say enough of his and her's dedication and extreme generosity in putting on the spaghetti feed.Our stomachs thank you at every event you two cook at!! Jim"Maverick" Clark spoke about the ARA progress in the riders program and noted that alot of bikers do not have a endorsement to ride.

Hey Jeff Larsen we missed you at this meeting dude you would have won a boatload of cash from the dollar jar. Just a reminder that you must be present to win. Mary K won the 50/50 darn it and had enough money to go bowling for two!

It was off to the Biker Bowl after the meeting a huge turn out for the coveted high scoring pin signed by all off us. This years winner was Larry(five strikes in a row) Keim with a whopping 159. I knew we should have made him drink more beer. Cool bowling towels made by Todd were given away. Jesse he followed all your directions to a T,but we still missed ya! We think we can whoop any chapter in the state who dares shows their faces next year.Thats right its a bowl down towel cheering crowd!Bring your ringers we have ours!


Dang where does the time go when your having fun.Ok see you September 22, 11am sharp for the next meeting. Calendar reminder the best poker run of the year the"Hard Ass Run" is October 12. Look for a flyer and pass it around. See ya at the meeting! Yours truly, Jim Silk

High Country Chapter


Phoenix/Shadow Mountain Chapter

We had a good meeting. Our ballot for the new officers has at least one candidate for each position. Because the date we had tentatively set for the Moon Mullins run was the same as East Valley's Hard Ass Run, we had a vote and decided to ride with East Valley on their run and to have Moon Mullins in November, probably early part. Charity won the 50/50.

Ernie pointed out in his safety tip that for those with allergies when you take medication for allergies you will tend to be more easily dehydrated, likewise if drinking alcohol and caffeinated beverages (tea, coffee, colas, energy drinks, etc.), so be extra careful to drink hydrating beverages when riding in allergy season (water, Gatorade and Powerade types).

Southern Arizona Chapter Our August meeting was held on Saturday August 17th at the Kettle Restaurant at I-10 & Starr Pass in Tucson. Meeting was called to order at 9:00 AM

Attendance has been a little below average as many members are out of town on vacations. We hope attendance will begin to pick up as many of our winter visitors start coming back. The Pledge of Allegiance along with a moment of silence for fallen brothers & sisters was said.

There was a motion to accept the minutes and the Treasure’s report. We reported on TBFS and reported that the weather once again didn’t do any favors to our cause. The rain during the week and the forecast for the weekend kept many away from the event. Our profit margin was way down but at least it looks as though the event will turn a small Profit. This will affect our various campaigns in the upcoming year but we will weather the storm. Don reported that our little “drawing” raised a little bit for our chapter account. We are actually in pretty good financial shape as a Chapter. We opened the floor for anyone to be nominated for the State Offices but sadly no one stepped up.

The Chapter is looking for members to step up for various positions for the upcoming year. Elections are coming up quickly. If you can help by taking on one of the positions please try and do so. We all need to pull together to make this work. We have several positions that are open for the upcoming year. It would be great if we had at least two nominations

for each office. This is a volunteer organization and more hands make easy work. Next meeting will be Sat August 17th at the Kettle. The September meeting is on the 21st. I hope to see everyone there. Ride Safe!!

Yavapai Chapter

We had our meeting on a very rainy day in Prescott. Attendance was light, but thanks to those who sloshed in for our meeting. Deb Butitta was confirmed by a vote as the interim B.O.D. rep. The next meeting will be at the Drunken Lass on Oct. 13th at 11:00 AM. The membership ride scheduled for Oct. 6th got a name. Our ride to the Grand Canyon Caverns is now officially called the “hasta la vista 2013 run.” It should be great as much will be on Route 66.

Handi decided to throw in and run for PAC state officer. Good luck to Handi, as she definitely has the passion for just such an undertaking. A call for nominations for chapter officers was announced for the Oct. meeting. Well the rain has finally stopped, so I am going to stop writing, and go for a ride. And in closing, a big thanks go out to all the bikers who went to D.C. on 9/11, and big grin goes out to the 11 who showed up for million mooslim march scheduled for the same day. Mike “Dawolf” Ruddell

Secretary Yavapai Chapter

Yuma Chapter

Call to Order – 6:30

Minutes of Last meeting – Virginia Nielsen, Doug Melanson

Treasure Report - Patty Peyree, Rick Breadwell New Member / Guest – Dirty Dogs members Mutt and Scrappy New Business -

State Election – 1st Sunday of November in Black Canyon, ABATE would like as many member who could to be there. Around Table -

Sons of Hell would like to thank Bald One and Doug for cooking at their Beach Party Abate thanked CMA and Desert Oasis Ministry for providing their service at Too Broke for Sturgis

Saturday, 28 September, 13 @ 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM

The Arizona Diamondbacks and the Christian Motorcyclists Association are teaming up to raise money for the Run for the Son! This is also Diamondback Bike Night at the ballpark and there will be two street blocked off for bike parking. Adjournment- Brad Peyree, Rick Breadwell

Next Meeting October 8, 2013, 6:30 pm

MASTERLINK OCTOBER 2013 social media and dedicated bikers from around the nation,” wrote the; and as bikers from as far away as the west coast began their journey to D.C., Twitter lit up with photos and videos showing thousands of bikes overflowing out of rest stops and parking lots as the hastily organized ride gained momentum.

So many turned out that plans to have them ride through the streets of the Capital had to be changed, particularly in light of the fact that local authorities denied a permit that would have provided the riders a police escort through traffic -- a sore spot with organizers who believe the denial was for political purposes.

“We didn’t need a permit in the first place,” National Event Organizer Belinda Bee told a local Fox News station, citing D.C. law; “it shall not be an offense to assemble or parade on a District street, sidewalk, or other public way, or in a District park, without having provided notice or obtained an approved assembly plan.” So the event went on -legally -- without the permit, although the group apologized to the public that

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.

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Coast to Coast (continued)

"What could have been a one or two hour ride through” tied up Beltway traffic from early morning into the afternoon.

Newberry and Dennis Walsted had arrived at the Florida State Fair on Feb. 7, 2010. Denico and Griswold are members of the U.S. Military Vets Motorcycle Club, while Newberry and Walsted belong to the Spirit Riders Motorcycle Ministry. Walsted said he was planning to "lead all the motorcyclists in prayer once inside the fair," but he and the others were escorted out once they paid for admission. Fair rules ban gang colors or signs, and members of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office told the quartet that they could not enter the fair while wearing vests with the patches indicating motorcycle club membership.

Co-founders Belinda Bee and Top Fuel Bill Williamson credited everyone who helped with the unprecedented success of this year’s ride, and promised another ride next year, “and every year for September 11.”

“Sending out a BIG Thank You to all who supported and cheered on the 2 Million Bikers to DC ride,” e-mailed Angel Richardson, a member of the NCOM Board of Directors who attended the hugely successful event; “We have a kick ass bunch of patriots!”

Tampa Bay Times reported that approximately 50 bikers from numerous clubs were turned away that day. In their subsequent lawsuit, the four accused law enforcement and fair officials of violating their First Amendment rights to freedom of association and religion.

CHRISTIAN AND VETERAN BIKERS SUE OVER BEING THROWN OUT OF FAIR Motorcyclists who were thrown out of the Florida State Fair for displaying their love of America and Christianity on their vests must amend their lawsuit, a federal judge has ruled.

U.S. District Judge Virginia Hernandez Covington nevertheless dismissed the complaint without prejudice because it failed to specifically indicate claims under the federal civil right law Section 1983, which creates a private right of

According to Courthouse News, Mark Denico, Thomas Griswold Jr., Timothy

action for civil damages. The fair demonstrated that the "plaintiffs' naked reference to § 1983 is insufficient for defendants or this court to assume that they intended to bring [counts one through nine] under its rubric," according to the ruling. "Plaintiffs may have identified constitutional rights alleged to have been violated, but have failed to allege causes of action associated with those violations," Covington added. The judge also declined to give the plaintiffs an injunction restraining the defendants from "ordering, compelling, bullying, requesting, coercing, or threatening a member of a motorcycle club or motorcycle ministry to remove their vests with 'patches' on them signifying membership within a particular organization." Injunctions are appropriate only if plaintiffs can show they will continue to be harmed during the course of litigation, according to the ruling. "Conspicuously absent from the operative complaint is any allegation that the plaintiffs intend to return to the Florida Stair Fair wearing their prohibited patches or that the plain-

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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...........................Vacant Run Coordinator....................Vacant Safety Coordinator.................Ernie Lizarraga Sgt. At Arms..........................Jerry Davis P.A.C......................................Vacant 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............................ David “Doc” Pratt Vice Coordinator....................Vacant Secretary................................ Mike “Da Wolf” Ruddell Treasurer................................ Paul Pendergast 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 “Da Wolf” Ruddell Merchandise...........................Lori Lutz

Yavapai Chapter Meets 2nd Sunday, 11:00 AM; Doreen's Backstreet Bar and Grill, 2879 N Arizona Trail, Chino Valley, AZ 86323 (928) 636-0309. FMI contact Doc at 928-7132568 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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Alcock & Ogborne, PLC Phoenix 602-337-8735

Alexander Toyota Yuma 928-344-1170

Alt Fashion Barber Shop Marana 520-797-65663

AZ?Differential Specialists Phoenix 602-462-5367

Big John’s Garage Tucson 520-322-9933

Burro Saloon Bar & Grill Kirkland 928-442-3287

Cleopatra Hill Jerome 928-634-6701

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

D.A. Dailey Construction 928-978-6420

Doreen’s Backstreet bar &?Grill Chino Valley 928-636-0309

Herman’s Automatic Transmissions Tucson 520-294-8717

Spirit Room Jerome 928-634-8809

Kitty For Tax Camp Vercde 928-567-0224

Steel Horse Motorsports Rio Rico 520-281-1962

Jakes Corner Bar Payson 928-474-0679

La Gitana Cantina Arivaca 520-398-0810

Landmark at the Creek Payson 928-478-4587

Eaglerider of Flagstaff Flagstaff 928-637-6575

Law Tigers 888-529-8443

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

El Rancho Restaurant Payson 928-474-3111

Mountain Top Brewery Payson 928-474-9228

Breyer Law Offices, P.C. Phoenix 480-505-2160

Gurley Street Sports Pub Prescott 928-778-2491

Big Sky Motorcycles Tucson 520-886-7388

Brett Miller’s Upholstery Prescott 928-778-5565

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

Eclectic Café Tucson 520-885-2842

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

Harley Davidson of Scottsdale 480-905-1903

Buffalo Bar &?Grill Payson 928-474-3900

Havok Cycles Chino Valley 928-239-5303

Most of these policies max out coverage anywhere from $1,000 - $15,000 per year (but, you won’t find the maximum coverage amount listed anywhere in the policy). And good luck actually getting the maximum benefit because the coverage amounts are different for every service or procedure etc., and some services are not covered at all, so you would have to hit the maximum coverage in each specific coverage category in order to actually receive the maximum dollar amount benefit. And these so called “explanation of benefits” handbooks that I presume are supposed to actually explain something do nothing other than give you a massive headache. You’re better off focusing your time trying to understand 70,000 plus pages of the tax code than you are trying to understand the few pages of your health insurance policy. Whether or not this is done intentionally - you can draw your own conclusions.

However, if you have no problem paying for your basic annual doctor visits and checkups, and your main reason for having health insurance is in case you get injured or get a serious illness, then avoid these policies or only use them to supplement your major health policy or catastrophic policy. If you are trying to find a lower premium plan and just want catastrophic coverage, there are catastrophic plans out there that may be cheaper than a comprehensive medical plan, but will cover the big stuff.

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In researching these BS policies, I have been trying to figure out who, if anyone, would actually benefit from having such limited health insurance. There might be some folks that would benefit, for instance, if you have ever skipped going to the doctor for your annual check-up because you could not afford the cost of the visit, then these policies can help get you better discounts for certain providers and maybe save the you a little money (emphasis on maybe).

Do a lot of research and ask a lot of questions - make sure your insurance covers what you think it covers. Call your state department of insurance if you have questions regarding your policy. If it is not the coverage you thought, then find a plan that will meet you and your families needs or start putting more bucks into your emergency fund. ROADHAZARD.ORG TESTIMONIAL

On August 4 of this year we received a road hazard notice regarding a missing stop sign. We were advised that it had already been reported weeks earlier to the local street department, but nothing was done. Enter

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North Health Center Scottsdale 602-421-2730

Paul’s SE Arizona RV Rentals LLC Whetstone 877-728-5778

Pincus & Associates, PC Tempe 480-777-2599

PT's Bar Winslow 928-289-0787

Punkin Center Bar Tonto Basin 928-479-2627

Roberts Marketplace Prescott Valley 928-722-8920

Square Peg Promos LLC Phoenix 602-549-1044

Tailwinds Hauling Phoenix 623-463-2187 Taj Mahal Prescott 928-445-5752 The Bashful Bandit Tucson 520-881-9706

The Drunken Lass Irish Pub Prescott 928-778-4211 The Flying Grizzly Bar Strawberry

The Historical Journigan House Payson 928-474-2900 The Maverick Saloon Phoenix 602-943-5680

TMA Precision Tube LLC Glendale 623-221-4922 Top End Specialties Phoenix 623-258-2092

Y’all Come Back Saloon Rio Rico 520-781-3730

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; Doreen's Backstreet Bar and Grill, 2879 N Arizona Trail, Chino Valley, AZ 86323, (928) 636-0309. FMI contact Doc at 928-713-2568 or 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.

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Ask Our Lawyer (continued)… Shortly after reporting this same road hazard from our law office, the stop sign magically reappeared. When I checked back with Judy of central Indiana to see if the situation had been remedied she stated “My brother said last night he reported it locally weeks ago but very soon after my request on it was replaced!

Great job keeping us safe!” Thanks Judy, as long as you keep those hazards coming in, we’ll keep getting ‘em fixed. Ride Safe and Free, Rod Taylor

tiffs face specific future harm at the hands of the defendants," Covington wrote. Vaguely alleging that "the Florida State Fair Authority will continue to selectively exclude certain motorcyclists from the fair" is not sufficient to reach the standard for an injunction, the court ruled, and so the club members must amend their complaint before moving forward with the lawsuit.

exemption from helmet laws as well. Harpreed Singh, who is originally from New Delhi, told ABC News that he has not ridden a motorbike since moving to Tasmania in 2008 because of the legal requirement to wear a helmet. Members of the Sikh faith wear turbans for religious reasons and do not want to remove them. "I have ridden motorbikes all my life and in India it is allowed and even in the UK, Canada and the US, Sikhs can ride a bike with a turban on." Anti-discrimination commissioner Robin Banks says it would be better to exempt the entire Sikh religion, in order to avoid the situation where every Sikh has to apply for an exemption and then prove they have one if they are stopped by the police. She too points to other parts of the world where similar changes have been made: "In Canada there's been human rights cases that have decided that instead of having to wear a motorbike helmet, or even a safety helmet on building sites, [they] are permitted to wear their turbans."

MOTORCYCLIST FINED FOR TIRE TREADS A New York rider who set out for a Friday the 13th motorcycle trip to Port Dover, Ontario told local CTV News that he was unfairly ticketed and pulled off the roads by Waterloo Regional Police in Canada. Jeff Selby of Elmira, NY claims the officers were excessive in their punishment after a routine roadside check found the tread on his motorcycle tires was point five millimeters under code.

Selby says he offered to drive his bike straight to a repair shop to have the tire replaced but the officers said no. “He goes it doesn’t matter. Your bike will be off the road as of today. We’re gonna take your plate, we’re gonna charge you and you’re gonna have to get a tow truck.”

Selby told the news station that he understands the safety concerns but says he has a clean driving record and deserves a warning first, and that the five hundred or more dollars he’s now facing in fines, relicensing fees and towing cost is exorbitant. Police say the law is the law and you can’t put a price on safety, adding that when it comes to safety there’s no room for warnings or second chances and it’s their responsibility that’s on the line.

The legal regulation for tires on any motorized vehicle is that they have to have at least 1.5 millimeters of tread on the majority of the tires circumference.

SIHK-ING HELMET EXEMPTIONS DOWN UNDER On April 23, 2013, Queensland became the fourth Australian province to exempt bicyclists from the Sikh community from wearing a helmet. Calling it a “common-sense approach,” Queensland transport minister Scott Emerson said, "By amending the Queensland Road Rules, we will join Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia which also have this exemption."

Now, Sikh motorcycle riders are seeking

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The Tasmanian Government says the transport commissioner has the power to exempt individuals from wearing a helmet.

In Tasmania, the fine for not wearing a helmet is $140 and three demerit points.

ACCIDENTS POSSIBLY LINKED TO BRAIN MISCALULATIONS Incidences of cars pulling out in front of motorcyclists run regularly in headlines -- locally, statewide and throughout the nation -- and there could be a scientific reason. Recent research by a Texas Tech University psychologist suggests that the regularity of this problem isn’t necessarily a case of poor driving or carelessness, but may be related to a basic human judgment error.

Pat DeLucia, the coordinator of the Human Factors Psychology Program, said her results show that small, near objects can appear farther away than larger, farther objects. The study is published in the peer-reviewed scientific psychology journal “Current Directions in Psychological Science.”

An interest in softball prompted DeLucia to study how the human brain perceives objects, their size and motion and an object’s time to impact. Her finding -- that an object’s size affects distance perception -- may be the basis explaining why car drivers miscalculate motorcyclists’ distance and speed.

Many times, the brain interprets objects with a larger retinal image as closer. Since motorcycles are smaller than cars, DeLucia said the brain may use this shortcut to judge a smaller motorcycle farther away than it actually is.

This size-arrival effect can lead drivers to misjudge when a vehicle would arrive at an intersection and could be considered a contributing factor in motorcycle/vehicle accidents.

DeLucia hopes to find funding from the Texas Department of Transportation to create an educational program to inform drivers of her findings and reduce the incidents of these types of accidents.

HONDA TOUTS TECHNOLOGY TO CUT MOTORCYCLIST FATALITIES Honda North America executives announced that the Japanese automaker hopes two experimental safety technologies it is testing could help reduce pedestrian and motorcycle deaths by the end of the decade. By equipping a car and smartphone with wireless dedicated short range communications technology, Honda said it can alert both a driver and pedestrian, or motorcycle rider, of an impending collision.

Vehicle-to-Pedestrian and Vehicle-toMotorcycle technologies are still in the early development and testing stages, but Honda intends to integrate the advanced collision sensing and predictive technologies into their vehicles through a special licensed radio band that allows cars to send and receive messages from surrounding vehicles. The system that might be an app one day on a smartphone is capable of alerting drivers that a pedestrian or motorcycle is near, even if the driver can’t see them, in time to avoid a collision.

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Jim Keller, chief engineer for Honda R&D Americas, Inc. said connected vehicle technology could be on the road by 2020, and the technology would be much cheaper than implementing cameras and other safety systems equipped on vehicles today. Honda is one of eight automakers involved in a federal vehicle-to-vehicle communication study which began a year ago in Ann Arbor with the help of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and has been extended six months.

WEIRD NEWS: BLIND DISABLED MOTORCYCLIST SETS SPEED RECORD The dangers of riding a motorcycle are obvious even to able-bodied operators, yet blind, disabled Scottish biker Stuart Gunn threw caution to the wind by setting a new world record by clocking 167.1 mph.

Gunn is a real world Daredevil, and with a little help from his father, Geoff, the pair ride together and dad cheerfully informs his son if he’s drifting or should brake, assisting his blind and paralyzedfrom-the-waste-down son to beat world speed records. “I hope this proves to people that just because you are blind or have a disability, doesn’t mean it should change or limit your life,” says Gunn, the World’s Fastest Blind Motorcycle Rider. QUOTABLE QUOTE: "The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield, and government to gain ground." ~ Thomas Jefferson to Edward Carrington, Paris, May 27, 1788


October 2013

Oct 2 {WED} – PHOENIX, AZ* Crusaders for the Children Bike Night at Top Shelf Mexican Cantina - 3301 W. Greenway Road, Phoenix, AZ. Begins at 7:00 - 9:00 P.M. and benefits Crusaders for the Children, supports children in need. (2013 Dates: 9/4, 10/2, 11/6, 12/4) For more information call 602-993-5463 or visit

Oct 4 {FRI} - MESA, AZ* Motorcycles on Main Street <> Event time & Location: 6PM to 10PM along Main Street between Center St. and Morris St. in downtown Mesa, AZ 85210. EVENT DETAILS: Motorcycles on Main is a family friendly event. Roads are closed to car traffic and open to motorcycles so you can cruise down Main Street, enjoy a fabulous show of motorcycles, or park and show your bike. The fun includes live music, beer gardens, food, vendors, and more. Don't miss all the fun from 6:00 10:00 P.M. Friday along Main Street, between Center and Morris Streets in Downtown Mesa. Thanks to Chester's Harley Davidson and Victory Motorcycles of Mesa, for sponsoring Motorcycles on Main and to our downtown merchants: The Grill on Main, Queens Pizzeria, Mangos Mexican Cafe, and Cucina di Vita, for their continued support of the event as well.

Oct 12 {SAT} – TUCSON, AZ* 4th Annual Kelli’s Ride Event Details: 4th Annual Kelli’s Ride will be held at Tucson H-D – located at 7355 North I-10 East Bound Frontage Road, in Tucson, AZ. Admission: $25 pre-registration (including passenger) / $30 day of event (including passenger; includes lunch, beverages, and tee shirt. Grand prize raffles and auction items. Event includes a 50 mile loop through the beautiful Sonoran desert and Saguaro

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National Monument. JDRF charity motorcycle ride honoring the life of Kelli Bonn, and dedicated to finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes. All proceeds go directly to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), a national non-profit dedicated to finding a cure for type 1 diabetes. For more information 520-9074235 or visit or

Oct 12 {SAT} – GILBERT, AZ* 11th Annual “HARD ASS RUN” Event sign-in: 7-9AM at the Mesquite Grill located at 75 West Baseline Rd., (Just east of Country Club Rd.) in Gilbert, AZ. Suggested Donation $20 pp $30 with rider. Event Details: Join the fun! 330 mile mystery ride along iconic Arizona Scenic byways. First 75 receive a collective t-shirt (awarded at the end stop). Free Poker Hand with Donation, 50/50 & Raffle prizes available. For More Information: Call Jess (480) 635-2371

Oct 13 {SUN} CASA GRANDE, AZ* Arizona’s Largest Motorcycle Swapmeet Event Details: The Arizona's Largest Motorcycle Swap Meet will be held at the Pinal County Fairgrounds - 512 S. Eleven Mile Corner Road, in Casa Grande, AZ. Admission: $5 per person / Ages 12 and under FREE. Featuring: Harley & Others: New and used parts, Accessories, and Other bike related items. Seller spaces are 10’ x 15’ at $30.00 per space. First come first served. Gates open for sellers at 7:00 A.M. Up to two people with vendor. NO DOGS Except Service Dogs. Event Hours: 9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. For more information please call 480-209-8521

Oct 16 {THURS} – SIERRA VISTA, AZ* VNV/LV MC – Chapter “S” Bike Night Event Details: Every 3rd Thursday of the month, Chapter "S" of the Vietnam Vets/Legacy Vets MC will host a Bike Nite at the Buffalo Corral BBQ at 23 N

Garden Ave in Sierra Vista, AZ 85635 (520) 459-8484 There will be a live band and lots of door prizes. Donations for the Ft. Huachuca Chaplain's Fund will be accepted. (9/18, 10/16, 11/21, 12/19)

Oct 16 {THUR} – PHOENIX, AZ* HAMC PHX RIDE NITE Event Details: Come and ride with the Phoenix crew to our favorite hangout, every 3rd Thursday of the month. We ride from our Clubhouse (147 W Mohave street) to Fox's Cabaret (Indian School and 35th Ave). Meet at the Clubhouse at 7pm pack leaves at 7:30pm and from 8pm to Midnight Fox's Cabaret is ours. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.

OCT 18/19 {FRI/SAT} – BENSON, AZ* Southern AZ Harley Riders Hosts Biker Rodeo Event Details: Please join the Southern AZ Harley Riders MC 19th Annual Biker Rodeo at Arena Bar, 250 North Prickly Pear Ave, in Benson, AZ. Free dry camping on site. FMI: Call Suzie Q at 520-249-3939, Suzie Q or visit

OCT 18/19 {FRI/SAT} – SAN CARLOS, AZ* RUN TO THE REZ X Event Details: Run to the Rez X - a Tribute to Veterans at Apache Gold Casino - San Carlos, AZ. Ride, Veterans Program, vendors, entertainment, drawings, bike show, & more. Concert by The Kentucky Headhunters on Saturday night. All bikes welcome. FMI: 928-812-0388,,

OCT 18/19/20 {FRI/SAT/SUN} – WINKELMAN, AZ* RIOT ON THE RIVER 2013 Event Details: Riot on the River will be held at Winkelman Flats City Park – off Gila Ave, in Winkelman, AZ 85292. $20.00 per person for the weekend /

MASTERLINK OCTOBER 2013 $30.00 per couple for the weekend / $10.00 per person for Saturday only. ADULTS ONLY EVENT. Benefits the ACMC and will include vendors, bike games, 50/50 drawing, raffles, live music, food, beer, mixed drinks. For more information: Please call 521-730-1925 or visit

OCT 19 {SAT} – TUCSON, AZ* Tucson HarleyOwnersGroup Presents HOGtoberFest XXV Event Details: Join the Tucson HarleyOwnersGroup for HOGtoberFest XXV, Saturday, October 19, 2013! Benefits American Diabetes Association and Tucson HOG. Ending point for this year’s Rip’s B.A.D. Ride Registration $20 per participant. Information and forms: Poker Run - $1,000 in cash prizes $500 Grand Prize - Must be present to win! Poker Run starts at Tucson H-D on the NW corner of Interstate 10 and Ina Road. Last bike out at 1:30pm, last card in by 4:00pm After party at Tucson HarleyDavidson. Two Bands: Newtronn 1 Project and Sour Diesel Train Wreck, Bike Games, Vendors, food and drinks, fashion show, Harley Girls Bike Wash, Raffles, Silent Auction, Bikini Contest $300 cash prize HOGtoberfest is sponsored by Tucson Harley-Davidson, American Diabetes Association, and Law Tigers. Tucson Harley-Davidson 7355 N. I-10 Eastbound Frontage Road Tucson, AZ 85743 (520)751-3380 fax (775) 3704758 Laura Lytle 520.239.6519 Register now with Tucson H-D® Parts Cashier or download a mail-in form from

Oct 19 {SAT} _ GLENDALE, AZ * Glendale Old Town Cruise and Car Show Details: Held on Glendale Avenue from 56th - 59th Avenue from 1:00 - 9:00 P.M. Cruising Allowed, Live Entertainment, Vendors in the park. Free for everyone!

MASTERLINK OCTOBER 2013 For more information please call 602843-3545. Sponsored by Sanderson Ford. A Nancy Perry Productions

Oct 19 {SAT} – ANTHEM, AZ * Hogs & Dogs at Buddy Stubbs Anthem HarleyDavidson – Event time: 11AM – 2PM Event Location: 41715 N. 41st Drive, Anthem, AZ. 85086. FREE food and drinks (while supplies last) will be served by the Anthem H.O.G. Chapter with all donations raised benefiting charity. For more information, please visit

Oct 20 {SUN} - SCOTTSDALE, AZ* Bikers For Boobies Event Details: Bikers for Boobies starts at Harley Davidson of Scottsdale - 15600 N Hayden Rd Scottsdale, AZ 85260. Registration: $10.00 per person. Last Bike Out 11:30AM. Last Bike in 4PM (at the Dirty Dogg). This event will end at the Dirty Dogg Saloon and will feature a raffle, auction, live music. For more information: Please Call 602-568-5313 or visit

Oct 20 {SUN} – GILBERT, AZ* Phoenix Ride for Kids Event Details: Phoenix Ride for Kids will start at Higley High School - 2935 S. Recker Rd. Gilbert, AZ 85295. When you join hundreds of other motorcyclists for this scenic ride through the Arizona countryside, 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. All participants receive free beverages, a light breakfast and lunch. Sign up 8:00 - 9:45 A.M. Ride starts at 10:00 A.M. For more information call 800-2536530 or visit

Oct 24/25/26 {THUR/FRI/SAT} – YUMA, AZ* The 2013 Arizona State H.O.G. Rally Event Details: The 2013 Arizona State H.O.G. Rally will be held in Yuma, Arizona from October 24th, 2013 to October 26th, 2013. Registration Deadline is September 5th, 2013. For more information, please call (928) 5809541 and/or keep checking

Oct 25/26/27 {FRI/SAT/SUN} – TUCSON, AZ* The 2013 GWRRA Arizona

Events Calendar District Rally Event Details: The GWRRA Arizona District Rally will be at the Hilton Tucson East – located at 7600 East Broadway in Tucson, AZ 85710. Event features: Seminars, vendors, prizes, 50/25/25, games, bike light show. For more information call 520-648-2524 or visit

Oct 26 {SAT} - PHOENIX, AZ* OUTSIDAZ FEMME FATALE HOSTS BITE NIGHT Event Time: 9PM til ?? Event Location: Rollin Knights Club House 1134 West Grant St. in PHX, AZ. Event Details: GHOSTS, GOBLINS, WITCHES AND FRIENDS COME OUT AS YOU (AREN'T) AND HAVE A SPOOKTAKULAR GOOD TIME... ITS GOING DOWN OCT 26 WITH NUFF SAID DOING THEIR THING IN THE KITCHEN. GET YOUR CLUB MEMBER TOGETHER AND START PRACTICING THE THRILLER DANCE CASH PRIZE FOR BEST DANCE!. THE FIRST CLUB WITH FIVE OR MORE MEMBERS DRESSED UP FOR HALLOWEEN WILL GET IN FREE. $5 ENTRY FEE WITH VEST OR COSTUME $10 WITHOUT. IT’S GOING TO BE A BITE NITE OF TRICK AND TREATS. FMI: Contact Prez Assata 602903-8135 or VP Lite Brite 623-205-8986 Oct 26th, Event_Title: 7th Annual Biker Ball, Event_Time: 6:00 pm, Event_Location: 2125 S Industrial Park Ave, Tempe, AZ 85282, Event_Description: Annual event designated to help Homeless Veterans. This year's event will help: Justa Center - a day resource center specifically designed to help homeless individuals over the age of 55 (50% are veterans) find appropriate housing, employment, and other needed services. It is the only facility in the Phoenix area that caters specifically to older homeless adults. They do not receive any government funds; they operate solely on private donations and gifts. Packages For Hope - a program of Packages From Home, who will not waiver in its support of those currently serving, or those who have served. They are building on their current mission to assist our service members with needs they may have as they return home. Doors open at 6:00 pm - $10.00 Donation Requested at the door 74th Street Band plays 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm Finger Foods ~ Raffles ~ Tarot Readers ~ People's Choice

PAGE 11 Costume Contest (Best Individual & Best Couple awards) Arizona ranks 6th in the Nation for its overall number of homeless veterans. An estimated 4,200 veterans spend at least one night in an emergency shelter each year in Arizona. Veterans make up about 10% of the state’s population and about 16% of the state’s homeless population. Please come out and help support our cause

Oct 26 {SAT} – PHOENIX, AZ* Buddy Stubbs H-D Hosts HOGS & DOGS Event Time: 11AM – 3PM Event location: at Buddy Stubbs H-D - 13850 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, AZ 85022. Last Saturday of the Month Hogs & Dogs at Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson 13850 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, AZ 85022 from 11:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. Free Lunch - Live Band - Pool Tournament 12:30 Museum Tour - 50/50 Raffles Meet HOG Chapter 93. For more information call 602-971-3400

Oct 26 {SAT} – GLENDALE, AZ* 2nd ANNUAL Special Olympics Charity Bike Run Event time: 8:30AM to 8PM Event Location: Starts at Hooligan’s Clubhouse located at 2663 W Lone Cactus in North Phoenix, AZ 85027. Event Details: The Lost Society MC is proud to be helping with the Special Olympics Charity Bike Run again. Sign-in at 8:30-9:45AM at the Hooligans MC Clubhouse located at 2663 W Lone Cactus, Phoenix, AZ 85027. The ride will depart at 10AM. This will be a Poker Run. We will end our ride at the Phoenix Elks Lodge located at 5525 W Colter Street, Glendale, AZ 85301. Upon arrival, there will be dinner, beer, well drinks, like music and dancing for your enjoyment. The Special Olympics kids will be at the Phoenix West Elks Lodge at the conclusion of the run. These kids love pictures and conversation. Help a child make their dreams come true. It is so special to see these kids and what they can do with a little love, hope and help. Don't miss out on this great charity! Registration cost: $10.00 Rider & $5.00 passenger. Pre-registration until October 12th. Online pre-registration available through our website.Phoenix West Elks Lodge Dinner: $8.00 each. Walk-ins at the end of the ride: $10.00 per person. Music by: Territorial Dispute. FMI:

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PAGE 14 AUSTRALIAN CLUB ACTION–Rebels bikie convoy heading to West Australia’s capital, Perth September 13, 2013

Around 1000 Rebels MC members are making their way to Perth, bound for the gang’s Osborne Park clubhouse.

The Rebels are expected to make a brief stop over at Tammin, east of Perth, before arriving in Perth in the late afternoon. The bikies arrived in Western Australian on Tuesday after crossing the Nullarbor, spending time in Norseman before travelling to the historic gold mining town of Kalgoorlie on Wednesday. They stayed there overnight before continuing their journey on Thursday morning.

The run brings together chapters from across the country, led by national president Alex “The Maltese Falcon” Vella.

They have brought plenty of business to roadhouses and been met with the state’s biggest police presence since the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in 2011. ===========================

Sons of Anarchy Stars to Help Celebrate J&P Cycles Three-Day 35th Anniversary Open House Rally

Each June, amongst the cornfields in Eastern Iowa, one of the largest two-day motorcycle events in the Midwest takes place. The small town of Anamosa, Iowa, with a population of approximately 5,500, is home to the J&P Cycles headquarters. The motorcycle parts, accessories and apparel retailer hosts the annual J&P Cycles Open House Rally. In commemoration of J&P’s 35th anniversary, the rally is going to be a three-day extravaganza held June 27-29. Appearances by Sons of Anarchy stars Tommy Flanagan (who plays Filip “Chibs” Telford) and Ryan Hurst (who plays Harry “Opie” Winston) at the 2013 event were such a hit, Telford is coming back and will be joined by Mark Boone Jr. (Bobby Munson).

The 2013 two-day event held June 29-30 surpassed the 30,000 mark for visitors, and more than 20 different states were represented including, California, Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, Pennsylvania and New York.

J&P Cycles is aiming to hit and exceed the 35,000 mark for the 35th anniversary event, which should not be a difficult task because of the great entertainment and the hottest new products in the motorcycle industry displayed by more than 110 motorcycle vendors on site. The J&P Cycles Open House Rally started out as a small Customer Appreciation Day to thank customers for their business throughout the year. Now, as the world’s largest aftermarket retailer of parts and accessories for Harley-Davidson®, Cruiser, Gold Wing and Sport Bike motorcycles, this event has turned into a three-day rally and, outside of Sturgis, is one of the only places in the Midwest to see this many motorcycle manufacturers in one area.

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New Royal Enfield Continental GT Hits The Road

Royal Enfield has launched the Continental GT in the UK, unveiling it at the Ace Cafe, the place where the cafe racer tradition started and launching it at Brooklands Museum. The UK price of the Continental GT is £5200. The company calls the Royal Enfield Continental GT as the “fastest, lightest, most powerful Royal Enfield in production”. The Royal Enfield Continental GT is powered by a 535cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine which produces 29.1 BHP of power at 5100 RPM and 44 Nm of torque at 4000 RPM.

How do you like RE's new bike; a cool Café Racer. These CRs are hotter than ever and it's no surprise Royal Enfield now offers their version. The slick Continental GT features conventional telescopic forks, clip-on bars, a notched fuel tank and a neat little tail section behind a flat seat.

Powered by an air-cooled 535cc ingle cylinder engine with chromed megaphone muffler, the Continental GT looks the part of a vintage bike, but features modern electronic ignition, Paioli gas-charged rear shocks, 5-speed transmission, and in addition to its kick starter, an electric start.When is it available in the US? You guess is as good as ours; we'll keep you posted. =========================== Valerie Thompson Blasts 201 MPH Record At Bonneville

Thompson’s first Bonneville competition was the 65th Annual Southern California Timing Association’s Speedweek event, held August 10-16. “We were plagued with electronic issues all week that kept us sidelined. With help from BMW Motorrad, Heads Up Performance, BMW of Utah and BMW of San Diego we made three runs on the last full day of competition with a top speed of 203 mph, to date, my fastest run on the Salt,” stated Thompson.

The BUB Speed Trials, a motorcycle-only competition was held August 24 through 29 on the wind swept Salt Flats. Thompson became an official member of the BUB Speed Trials 201 MPH Club after posting a record two way average speed of 201.02 mph in the 1000cc MPS/AG class. Unfortunately, her record was surpassed later in the event “They say you don’t own a record, they are only on loan. It would have been nice if they loaned it to me for a bit longer” said a smiling Thompson

“Thanks to Scott Horner, Bob Clark and Steve Davidson, our BMW was performing much better at BUB as soon as it rolled-off the trailer. Even with the strong winds I achieved a long-time goal of joining the BUB 201 MPH Club here on the Salt,” stated Thompson. “I’ve taken my BMW over 200 mph multiple times, but it was always on paved tracks. Exceeding 200 mph on the salt at Bonneville is extremely gratifying due to the difficulty to achieve those speeds on the irregular, unpredictable surface,” added Thompson. Thompson is also a member of the Mojave Magnum 200 MPH Club and Texas Mile 200 MPH Club. She set a personal best top speed of 212 mph on her BMW S 1000 RR during the March 2013

Texas Mile competition.

============================ BIKERS STEP UP TO SUPPORT AMERICA

Authorities confirm that over 800,000 Bikers are now on the road! From LA they pour out, from New York they fill the roads, the Mid West, like a moving sea of humanity witnesses the Patriot Tsunami as they roll on towards Washington DC! And still they come, on Harleys on every brand known, the Biker Patriot Army rolls on towards DC in an unstoppable tidal wave of metal, fumes and leather to pay homage and defend the honour of all the people of EVERY nationality who were butchered by Islamists on 9/11.

Not since the Revolutionary War have so many fighting men took to the road in America! Never have we seen the likes of such a vast citizen army mobilize and deploy in defence of all the free world holds dear and our Governments despise…FREEDOM AND LIBERTY! Britain First salutes our fellow Patriots in the USA and we ask all our followers to SHARE this post and let the free world see that WE the people can rise…so politicians…BEWARE!! Source for this article: Patriot Action Network This article submitted by English National Resistance

============================ Industry Brief — Indian Delays Shipments To Dealers

Sources within the motorcycle industry have told Bikernet that shipment of the 2014 Indian Chief motorcycles is pushed back a few weeks. This delay, according to sources, may be due to an assembly change that was determined during final testing. We're told that the change has been developed and is currently in testing. The validation will take some time to confirm and the new dates for the first shipments are end of September, instead of this week. Hang in there!

============================ Small Harley Davidson Made In India For Indian Market

Harley-Davidson came to India in August 2009, since when they have risen to become the largest big-bike seller in our market. The brand today offers a wide range of bikes for Indian bikers, Harley assembling several bikes here as CKD units, keeping pricing competitive. It’s a formula that has allowed more riders access to these heavy motorcycles, along with the Harley-Davidson lifestyle statement that comes as bonus with every motorcycle. Harley-Davidson is now working to take their India story to the next level. The bike pictured here is an upcoming, completely new Harley-Davidson cruiser that will be manufactured in India, to Harley quality standards, using a majority of Indian made parts. A proper Harley, the new bike looks the piece, seen here in pre-production guise testing on Indian roads without properly finished surfaces. It’s a low, lengthy motorcycle with powerful presence, and a distinct, edgy look-

MASTERLINK OCTOBER 2013 ing tail section. Expect this important new Harley-Davidson to deploy a fourstroke, approximately 60 degree, V-twin powerplant, displacing 750cc, with liquidcooling and fuel-injection as standard. The new Harley shall deploy a single overhead camshaft configuration. You can expect a healthy sounding, Harley trademark exhaust growl when the bike finally breaks cover to enter Indian showrooms, in months to come. Cycle parts shall include alloy rims, telescopic fork suspension in front and a pair of rear shock absorbers. The new bike shall use a single disc brake set-up front and rear, with a plush looking riding saddle to support its rider and pillions. Harley isn’t known to make compact motorcycles, and likewise the upcoming new Indian Harley will seat riders in cruiser motorcycle typical armchair comfort, a back upright riding position supported by feet-set-forward rider footrests.

The big plus to having a Harley manufactured in India is certain to be its price tag, which we are confident, shall be attractive, within the Rs 5 lakh mark, on-road in India. =========================== Senior Still Riding At 95

For the last 85 years, Steven Janicki of Roseville has been sailing down the highway of life on two wheels. At age 10, he began riding motorcycles on his family’s in Bridgewater, N.Y. and as he approaches his 96th birthday, he still enjoys the thrill of the ride.

“Someone gave my brother an Indian Motorcycle,” he said. “One of the two cylinders was shot. He took that bad cylinder off and made it in to a one-cylinder and that’s what we rode around the farm. We got going too fast and too dangerously, so my dad said, ‘Get rid of it.’”

After moving to Detroit in 1939 to pursue a career as a tool and die maker, he competed in tourist trophy races north of Lansing. Janicki joined the U.S. Army Air Force in 1944 and was stationed at Horsham St. Faith Air Base near Norwich, England. There he served as a dorsal turret gunner on a B-24 Liberator bomber flying missions over Germany and France. He recalled encountering fierce anti-aircraft fire. “Our engineer lost all of his hair, but it came back after the war,” he said.

Missions ended with a debriefing session where crew members given two shots of whiskey.

The Liberator’s 10-man crew came from all over the United States. Of the 10, only three are still alive. When the war ended, Janicki finished his service as a mess sergeant on a base in Harlingen, Texas. “When we came back we were in South Dakota waiting around. I was supposed to be on the B-29 but the war ended in Japan. That’s when they made me mess sergeant,” he said.

While there, he resumed his passion for riding by taking road trips to Mexico, visiting Monterrey and Mexico city.

After the war Janicki settled in St. Clair

MASTERLINK OCTOBER 2013 Shores where he raised three children with his wife Stephanie. Motorcycle riding became a means of transportation and recreation. On the weekends he would often ride to his hometown in New York to visit family and friends.

Over the years Janicki has owned a variety of motorcycles including Indian, Harley Davidson and Panther models. He currently rides a Honda Rebel because the motorcycles smaller size makes it easier for him to maneuver. Since retiring at the age of 65, Janicki has enjoyed many years on the open road and plans to continue ridding as long as he is able. He frequently rides to meet friends at Eddie’s Drive In on Jefferson Avenue in Harrison Township. =============================

Hollister Rally Approved for Next 10 Years

The City Council members sent a roaring message to the motorcycle community that officials plan to hold a downtown rally for the next 10 years, even if city politics change" stated rally manager and CEO of World Dynamics Mark Cresswell. The 2013 Hollister motorcycle rally – the city's signature tradition – was the first in five years after shaky finances caused prior cancellations.

Interim City Manager Bill Avera mentioned there would be an early termination clause in any rally contracts, while he also noted that next year's rally will be over three days, as opposed to the two days for the 2013 revival. "Most important, it lets people know we are committed to this and will allow us to bring in major sponsorships," Avera concluded. The officially sanctioned biker rally started in 1997 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Boozefighters' famed "invasion" of Hollister that inspired the Marlon Brando movie, "The Wild One." =============================

The Wild, Wild West – Betsy Reports Back From the Sturgis Rally

There is no place on earth that captures the feeling of the outlaw like the Wild, Wild West. Throughout the history of America, outlaws of one type or another have been drawn to the Black Hills of South Dakota. There is an energy in those dusty hills and plains that permeates all outer layers and seeps into the heart and soul of those who are drawn there. It would seem once you’ve experienced the magic of the hills, they call you back time and time again. Every year I go back, and I always have the overwhelming sensation of coming HOME.

I often hear the phrase, “What happens in Sturgis, stays in Sturgis." But it has been my experience that what happens in Sturgis opens my heart and soul to new possibilities. I fell in love on Bear Butte Mountain many years ago. He was the love of my life, although sadly he is no longer with us. But it wasn’t just him I fell in love with. I fell into a love of life, and learned to truly love myself in the purity and simplicity of the Black Hills.

We used to stay for the days after everyone else had left for home, and marveled at the quiet. I fondly remember rolling down the side of a hilltop that was covered with flowers and laughing like children. I remember picking those flowers and buying every candle left in town and

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decorating a little log cabin and lying awake all night in the glow of those candles, talking about our innermost dreams, ideas, and desires. My heart is forever connected to that place where inhibitions are dropped and souls are bared.

What happens in Sturgis does not stay in Sturgis. It burns brightly inside of you for the rest of your days. The priceless friendships I have made and continue to make there every year are with men and women from all over the world who share a most fundamental love of all that is wild and free. Each year I question what it continues to hold for me, and I contemplate not going, or heading out in new and different directions. My old bike is in need of some tender loving care, as are some other aspects of my life. Staying put and attending to details would be the more practical choice to make. But that would require choosing to be practical, which CLEARLY, Calamity cannot! I don’t even aspire to BE practical. Imagine a tombstone on Boot Hill saying, “Here lies Calamity Jane, she was a practical woman." She is buried next to Wild Bill, who she managed to tame with her practical ways. Tame, Tame Bill & Practical Jane………would anyone remember them centuries later?

It’s been years since I have even found my way into town to see Main Street, or the vendors on Lazelle. I go to the Black Hills to stay connected to that little girl inside of me, who might otherwise lose her way in a complicated world built around money and success. I go to stay connected to old friends of like mind, and in that process, many new ones find their way into my life and heart. I always return home with a renewed sense of who I want to be, and what I hope to tackle in the year to come.

With only five days to be in Sturgis, I joined in on a ride event every day, and somehow stayed out until the wee hours of every night. Never a dull moment in Sturgis, unless you want it that way, and you have to plan ahead if you want to find a quiet corner! From the moment I arrived, I was off and running, making use of every moment I had. Sunday was Michael Lichters ride and art exhibit. The ride was led as always by my pals Jay Allen and the one and only Sugar Bear, who is known for his amazingly long front ends on the choppers he builds.

The Legends Ride always gets the historical streets of Deadwood hopping and this was the first year they achieved maximum capacity for the amount of riders they could accommodate on the ride. Organized by Woody (Bob Woodruff) of the Buffalo Chip, it raises generous funds for local charities like the South Dakota Special Olympics. Some of the kids from the Special Olympics came out to join in the fun, and meet the colorful motorcycle legends that turned out to show their support and lead the ride. One of my favorite events is joining in on the Biker Belle festivities, although this year we missed the fine organization skills of its founder Meg McDonough. None the less, I cherish seeing the strong woman who I look up to in the motorcycle world and hearing the panel of the women selected to speak. It’s also a chance to meet the newest and youngest women joining in on the sport. The ride has been picking up momentum, and I hope it continues to grow and bring this group of unique women together for a special day of bonding and some serious

girl power!

The ride raises money for “Helping With Horsepower” and “The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum”, and this year auctioned off many items including a new Harley Davidson customized by the bad ass builder Jessie Combs. The proud new owner of the classy white bike is none other than Chris Sommer-Simons, whose husband Pat Simmons of the Doobie Brothers outbid everyone, and said, “Happy Anniversary Honey”! We girls just LOVE that kinda stuff!

And last but not least, because you gotta save the best for last, right? All of the people involved in the Cycle Source ride are simply down to earth, real deal good peeps. And who doesn’t enjoy a motorcycle rodeo where you can ride wild horses, barrel race on a real horse or your iron horse, and watch all of your friends literally eat dirt? Come on, that’s the funny stuff dreams are made of!

Amid the noise and distractions, I always manage to have a few conversations where I walk away knowing that those words were meant to be exchanged. I talked with my buddy Chris Callen about how we have already lost so many people in our lives, and how important it is to tell the ones you love, just how much they mean to you, every chance you get. You never know when it might be the last time that you see someone, especially when we all ride motorcycles like, well…………outlaws!

Even though I only see or get to talk to some of these friends once a year, knowing them has left it’s print on my soul. Watching my friends ride the Wall of Death is always a highlight and the show is never the same twice. I like to show up and support the talent of guys who ride like crazy outlaws because they truly are living the life of the modern day outlaw. Each of them wounded warriors, and yet the show always goes on. I love all of these guys like twin brothers of other mothers. I really do. We are all kindred spirits.

I never miss stopping in at Trevino’s leathers to visit my pals who have outfitted me over the years. One of the most frequent questions I am asked is where I get my fringed buckskin clothes, so here it is! My secret is shared! Both Trevino’s on 385 just outside of Deadwood, and Walter Leathers on Main Street are where many of my favorite old pieces have come from.

Bear Butte Mountain is the spiritual place where all nations of our native people come for prayer. It is a place that deserves the respect of all Americans and people who come from all over the globe to visit. It is a place where you can ask the Great Spirit to watch over everyone that you love, and the mountain holds those prayers sacred. I always leave a bit of time to spend alone there, and visit the part of my heart that remains there even when all of the motorcycles ride away. ============================= Royal Enfield To Build Cafe Racers

Royal Enfield is set to bring in the Continental GT Café Racer motorcycle in October — a year-and- a-half after it was unveiled in the Auto Expo last year in India. The 535cc Café Racer will debut in the UK this month. Royal Enfield has been selling the Café

PAGE 15 Racer in the UK, US and other foreign markets except India. Café Racer is customised to amplify the speed of the bike through changes made in the design and engine. The concept originated in Europe and its coinage can be traced back to a practice among British motorcycle enthusiasts who raced from one cafe to another.

These motorcycles were the first of the original sports bikes featuring an elongated fuel tank, often with dents to allow the rider’s knees to grip the tank, low slung racing handlebars and a single, rearward mounted humped seat. ============================

Safety Recall For ’09-’13 Kings Mountain-Designed Indian Motorcycles Indian Motorcycle announced that some legacy generation, Kings Mountain-era Indian motorcycles of model years 20092013 have a defect related to motor vehicle safety. The affected motorcycles — produced between December 10, 2008 and November 1, 2012 and designed by the previous owner of Indian Motorcycle, housed in Kings Mountain, North Carolina– may have been assembled using a defective rear wheel rim. The rim may crack and cause a loss of air pressure. This could cause the vehicle operator to lose control, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash. The recall does not impact the newly launched 2014 Indian Chief motorcycles unveiled by Polaris Industries Inc. in Sturgis, South Dakota on August 3. Indian Motorcycle has notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) about this issue and will provide notice to all registered owners of the affected Kings Mountain Indian motorcycles consistent with NHTSA regulations. Indian Motorcycle will also issue a Safety Recall Bulletin to all Indian Motorcycle dealers with instructions required to replace the affected rear wheel assembly. Repairs will be made by any authorized Indian Motorcycle dealer at no cost to owners of the subject motorcycles. The company will notify affected customers when replacement parts are available. Consumers affected by today's announcement should visually inspect the rear motorcycle rim for cracks and check tire pressure prior to riding the motorcycle. If any cracks are found, the motorcycle should not be ridden until the rim is replaced. Affected consumers are also encouraged to contact their nearest dealer to schedule an appointment for the bulletin repair service when parts become available. Additional information is available by visiting or by contacting Indian Motorcycle Consumer Service Department at (877) 204-3697. The new Indian Motorcycle company recently announced the availability of its model year 2014 Indian Chief motorcycles, which are assembled in Spirit Lake, Iowa. These all-new 2014 models have been completely redesigned and are wholly unaffected by today's announcement. Indian Motorcycle and parent company Polaris Industries Inc. are fully committed to rider safety and customer satisfaction. =============================

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ABATE of AZ Presidential Campaign Speech

Position: State President 2014-2015 term Hello fellow freedom fighters,

While most of you know me, I wanted to give you some of my background that I believe makes me a good candidate for ABATE of Arizona State President.

I joined ABATE of Arizona in January 1998, after meeting Redbone, one of our charter members in the East Valley chapter. While I had rode my own motorcycle for over 15 years prior to that, I had no idea ABATE existed. I attended my first MRF Best of the West conference in Reno/Sparks NV in April 1999. I was fired up and enlightened about MRO’s, and soon became the East Valley Chapter Membership Officer and held that for a 3 years, setting up membership booths at many events. Then I served as the chapters’ secretary for 2 years. I am also a “bonette”, assistant to our resident chef, “Redbone”, and used my food service relations to get best prices from food vendors & helping at the food tent at Too Broke For Sturgis, back when we held it at Watson Lake. 2001 was the year TBFS didn’t happen because of unreasonable restrictions Yavapai County wanted to place on our event. My food service expertise and

Bellator Inks Victory Motorcycles Deal For "Victory Lane" Around Fighter Walkouts

Bellator has signed a sponsorship deal with Victory Motorcycles that will see its Victory Lane concept launch around the MMA promotion’s Sept. 7 season-opening broadcast on Spike. The branding concept centers on the fighter walkout area during events. Bellator Chair & CEO Bjorn Rebney and VP/Sales George Pappas earlier in the summer pitched the idea to Polaris CEO Scott Wine and VP/Motorcycles Steve Menneto, whose company owns Victory Motorcycles. Rebney said, “As the fighters come down that walkway to the cage for a live event on Spike, it’s now going to be branded Victory. Everything you see on the ground will be branded Victory, the bike racks that separate fans from the actual fighters will have the new Victory motorcycles on display.” Rebney said additional activation includes announcer mentions of Victory Lane during fighter walkouts, product displays, Victory reps talking to fans onsite, commercials running inhouse, a series of custom Victory and Bellator test drives, and the chance for

relations helped land the first contract with Mormon Lake Lodge in 2002, and I have been active in negotiating every contract ABATE has had with Mormon Lake Lodge for TOO BROKE FOR

Motorcycle Awareness Program (MAP) in 3 east valley high schools, and just recently took the MAP Instructors refresher course. MAP makes such an impact to the driver’s education students,

Freedom Rally every year, and now attend Motorcycle Day at the Dome (MDATD). At MDATD this year, I was most pleased that Senate Majority Leader, John McComish came out and asked for me by name. We talked about the pending antidiscrimination bill. He told me he was “on the fence” about the subject, not wanting to tie the hands of L.E. That’s when I pulled Johnny D into our conversation. The next day, Sen. McComish voted in favor of our bill. While it did not pass, we made very good progress this year, failing with a mere 14-17 vote difference. In my professional life, I have been in supervisory positions since 1988, and have been successfully self-employed since 2006 as a mobile dog groomer.

STRUGIS since.

I served as ABATE of AZ State Secretary from Jan. 2006 through Dec. 2009, and have been the East Valley Chapter Vice Coordinator and P.A.C. this year. I have assisted Jim Silk in presenting our

I believe it does save lives and is very rewarding.

I strongly believe in the ABATE of AZ mission statement. I know we must be vigilant in our pursuit to maintain the freedoms we have, and see our rights being eroded all the time. I attended the

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fans to win giveaways at dealerships nationwide. Bellator fighter Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and ring girl Mercedes Terrell appeared at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota earlier this month to promote the Victory sponsorship. The deal will run at least through the fall season beginning with a threehour special from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., on Sept. 7, with twohour episodes airing on Friday nights thereafter. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. ===========================

Wisconsin Law Allows Motorcycles To Drive Through Red Lights Under Certain Circumstances

MILWAUKEE — When John Glass of West Allis rides his motorcycle, he carries a copy of the state statute that allows motorcyclists to drive through a red light under certain circumstances. Some motorcycles are too small to trigger the traffic sensors at intersections, so lawmakers passed a law in 2006 allowing those riders to ignore the red light as long

as they've waited at least 45 seconds and the intersection is clear, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported ( ).

Motorcycle enthusiasts hope police remember that law this week, as thousands of Harley riders arrive in Milwaukee for Harley-Davidson's 110th anniversary celebration. Glass says officers don't always seem to know the law exists, which is why the 56-year-old carries a copy of it in his wallet.

Dean Bartosh of ABATE of Wisconsin, a motorcycle-rights group, agreed the law isn't widely known.

"It's a pretty big secret to a lot of people," he said. "There's a lot of motorcyclists that haven't heard of it. I've heard of instances where police don't know that, they've pulled people over, and they had to be informed themselves." Most state-operated traffic signals, including meters at highway on-ramps, are triggered when a vehicle interrupts an electrical field at the intersections. The sensors don't always detect motorcycles

If elected, I promise to keep our Mission Statement in the forefront and personalities on the side line, be professional at all times, keep ABATE of AZ in a profitable position, and continue to be a watch dog at the capitol, alerting our members when their constituent action is required. Mary K. Donnay ABATE of Arizona, Inc. Life Member

and bicycles — not because they're lighter but because they have less metal. Joanna Bush, a state traffic-signal engineer, said workers can fine-tune a signal that doesn't detect motorcyclists.

"If they could notify us that there's a problem, we'd much rather create a situation where they're going through a green," Bush said.

Most sensors consist of a 20-foot-by-6foot loop beneath the pavement that has an electrical current running through it. Motorcyclists and bicyclists have a better chance of triggering a green light if they're right above the loop. Over the past three years, the state has begun moving toward signals that use video detection. Cameras "memorize" a background and trigger the signal to change when the background changes. The technology, which is more common across southern Wisconsin, is better at catching motorcycles and bicycles, Bush said.


Motorcyclists Thrown Out of the Florida State Fair


Florida - (CN) - Motorcyclists thrown out of the Florida State Fair because they wore their love of America and Christianity on their sleeve must amend their lawsuit, a federal judge ruled. Mark Denico, Thomas Griswold Jr., Timothy Newberry and Dennis Walsted had arrived at the Florida State Fair on Feb. 7, 2010. Denico and Griswold are members of the U.S. Military Vets Motorcycle Club, and were wearing patches on their motorcycle vests showing an American flag, an eagle and the word "Liberty." Newberry and Walsted belong to the Spirit Riders Motorcycle Ministry, and their patches depicted a crucifix, a crown, beams of light, wings and two white doves. Walsted said he was planning to "lead all the motorcyclists in prayer once inside the fair," but

I am starting the writing of my October column earlier than normal. Norma and I just recently got back from the Sturgis Rally and I wanted to write about it before I forgot what we did on our trip. I did not write anything down as we were traveling and when it comes to relying on just my memory that is one scary thought. The last couple of weeks the weather has been cooler than normal. During the Sturgis Rally it was hard for the temperature to reach 80 degrees when normally the temperature is around 100 degrees during the rally. This year the rain and hail seemed to come into play each evening and when you are in the Hills it is very hard to see a storm coming and get out of its way. Luckily Norma and I were in the right place each time a storm came though and never got wet other than a few raindrops attacking us. We left for Sturgis on Wednesday of Rally Week. We were pleasantly surprised on how green it was on the west side of the Missouri river. Normally this time of year the grass is really on the brown side in western South Dakota. We stopped at Wall for some food and we each had a hot beef with potatoes, bread, and gravy. Normally they have plain roast beef in a hot beef but this time it was barbequed beef and gave the hot beef a different kind of taste. I can still remember expecting a certain kind of taste in my mouth with the first bite I took and was really surprised when it had an unexpected flavor. We then rode through Wall and were surprised to see so few motorcycles parked on main street. The ride from Wall to Rapid City had very light traffic which is really unusual during Rally week. We arrived in Rapid City about 5:00 in the afternoon and rode up to Black Hills H-D and saw thousands

he and the others were escorted out once they paid for admission.

Fair rules ban gang colors or signs, and Major Al Greco joined members of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office in telling the quartet that they could not enter the fair while wearing vests with the patches indicating motorcycle club membership. Tampa Bay Times reported that approximately 50 bikers from numerous clubs were turned away that day. In their subsequent lawsuit, the four accused Greco, the Florida State Fair and other fair officials of violating their First Amendment rights to freedom of association and religion.

U.S. District Judge Virginia Hernandez Covington nevertheless dismissed the complaint without prejudice Tuesday because it failed to specifically indicate claims under the federal civil right law

Section 1983, which creates a private right of action for civil damages. The fair demonstrated that the "plaintiffs' naked reference to § 1983 is insufficient for defendants or this court to assume that they intended to bring [counts one through nine] under its rubric," according to the ruling.

"Plaintiffs may have identified constitutional rights alleged to have been violated, but have failed to allege causes of action associated with those violations," Covington added.

The judge also declined to give the plaintiffs an injunction restraining the defendants from "ordering, compelling, bullying, requesting, coercing, or threatening a member of a motorcycle club or motorcycle ministry to remove their vests with 'patches' on them signifying membership within a particu-

Around the State with Phil

of bikes and a stack of vendors. Afterwards we rode to Mindy’s home in Rapid City where we were staying during the rally. Mindy is Norma’s daughter and she has four great children plus a nice husband.

On Thursday morning we rode to Sturgis to see the sights and all the people. As usual vendors were everywhere selling their wares. We picked a spot on Main Street to park and then watched the bikers go by in about every type of motorcycle you could imagine. We saw Roger Wilson, who is a big shot with CMA, and he blessed our trike for us. Then we rode to Whitewood where ABATE was holding their Whitewood Social Hour. For ABATE members the soda pop and beer were free. Barbie was serving some great tasting food. Norma and I shared some super nachos which were quite tasty. Then “Hardtail” spoke to us about concerns in the motorcycle rights world. We need more congress people to support HB 1861 which will repeal government funding for motorcycle only check points which by the way is unconstitutional to do anyhow. Jiggs and I were interviewed by a local Rapid City TV station on which we spoke about some of the things ABATE is doing to promote motorcycle safety. Then we rode back to Rapid City and ate some “Papa Murphy’s” Supreme Pizza at Mindy’s home. On Friday we spent the morning visiting with Mindy’s family. We rode to Keystone and went on the road which goes along the 1880 train route to Hill City. It is an unknown route and very scenic to ride on. There were hundreds of bikes parked on the Hill City main street which was closed off to traffic other than motorcycles. We ate at Café

16 which is a 50’s style restaurant. We were served a malt in a big and tall glass. The part of the malt that couldn’t fit into your glass was served to you in the stainless steel container that the malt was made in. Just like they did in the good old days! We then rode north on highway 385 until a big rain cloud in the west forced us to ride back to Rapid City. Mindy’s family had gone camping so we had their home to ourselves.

On Saturday morning we rode to Sturgis via the Nemo and Vanocker Canyon roads which have a lot of curves and some great views along the way. We parked in Sturgis and again watched the bikers ride down the streets showing off their rides. We met a couple from Australia who said they come to Sturgis every five years and this was their fourth visit. They were very interested in how much we liked our Harley trike. They said there are very few trikes in their country as they have a hard time in getting them licensed there. We also met some bikers from Denmark that had their bikes shipped to the USA. They have those big license plates that are about a foot square. We then rode to Deadwood and to Spearfish via highway 85 and then took the Spearfish Canyon road back to Lead and rode to Rapid City via 385. We rode into Rapid City via Sheridan Lake Road which is another seldom used road which has a lot of beauty. On Sunday we rode home and we stopped in Wall for breakfast it was 58 degrees. By the time we got to Pierre it was a warm 88 degrees. We want to thank the Lord for a safe journey and an enjoyable vacation.

ust recently Norma and I attended the South Dakota State Fair. For the most


lar organization."

Injunctions are appropriate only if plaintiffs can show they will continue to be harmed during the course of litigation, according to the ruling. "Conspicuously absent from the operative complaint is any allegation that the plaintiffs intend to return to the Florida Stair Fair wearing their prohibited patches or that the plaintiffs face specific future harm at the hands of the defendants," Covington wrote.

Vaguely alleging that "the Florida State Fair Authority will continue to selectively exclude certain motorcyclists from the fair" is not sufficient to reach the standard for an injunction BY: LORRAINE BAILEY Source:

part the weather was extremely hot and humid. We rented a golf cart for a couple of days and enjoyed meeting old friends and making a few new ones. We ate some lamb chislic plus a lot of other goodies. We watched the pedal tractor pulling that some kids were doing. It was interesting to watch their reaction when some of them didn’t do very well. I had a nice visit with Senator John Thune. When Norma and I were getting married we sent Senator Thune and his wife an invitation to our wedding. He wasn’t able to attend the wedding but he did send us a silver plate from the US Senate. I also visited with Rep. Kristi Noem. I discussed HB 1861 (A bill to repeal the government funding of motorcycle only check points) with her and she said she was not aware of the bill. I asked her about renewing her membership with ABATE and she said as a congresswomen she was advised not to join any such organizations. There are hundreds of requests for her to join organizations such as ours and it is almost impossible to join them all. But she did say that anything she could do to help ABATE she would be more that willing to do. A few days ago I got a call from Kristi’s office in Washington, DC and I was told that Kristi had joined the Congressional Motorcycle Caucus Group and that she was interested in co-sponsoring HB 1861. I will keep you in the loop concerning HB 1861. I hope everyone had a safe riding summer. Until next month

Phil Hohm

PAGE 18 13NR28 - MRF News Release - Feds to Motorcyclists: Pump E-15 into your bike and go to jail. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 5 September, 2013

Contact:Jeff Hennie, Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs Feds to Motorcyclists: Pump E-15 into your bike and go to jail.

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) reports that according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) using ethanol blends of 15% ethanol in any vehicle that is not a passenger vehicle will be in direct violation of Federal law. The EPA has issued a list of possible plans to mitigate mis-fueling issues with the recently approved E-15 ethanol blends. Prior to E-15, the highest blend

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.

News from the MRF

allowed for mass consumption was E-10. The MRF has been informing the EPA that the higher blend will be forced upon motorcyclists because of the remaining fuel in the hose from the previous customer. The EPA then said that a 4 fourgallon minimum purchase would be required by everyone. That was rolled back and an EPA document specifically mentions the work of the motorcycle rights organizations in the overturn of the mandatory minimum.

From the EPA: "However, groups representing motorcycle owners and lawn mower manufacturers objected to this configuration because their products have gas tanks that are normally two gallons or smaller. In response to these concerns, Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) developed and proposed a new configuration for EPA approval that retail stations may use as an alternative to the currently

approved configurations."

The solutions provided by the EPA is to label the pumps with attention getting labels that you are about to pump E-15 into your vehicle. Or purchase new blender pumps that only carry about .3 gallons or have a new pump with a dedicated E-15 hose. The first solution won't work and the second two solutions are too expensive.

In another recent EPA document on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) the EPA states: "The EPA will propose to use flexibilities in the RFS statute to reduce both the advanced bio fuel and total renewable volumes in the forthcoming 2014 RFS volume requirement proposal." The EPA also maintains that while ethanol will be the dominating renewable fuel, the marketplace for them is shrink-

Call for MAP Instructors

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

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prohibit federal funds being used by states to conduct MOCs.

To find all of your representatives, Go to It has an interactive map and it has the links to your particular representative.

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This still needs you folks to contact your Representatives and rattle their cages. With all the stuff going on with Syria, Health Care, Immigration and Gay Rights you need to be LOUD and be the squeaky wheel to get any momentum going on this. Help us get additional cosponsors for H.R. 1861, the Stop Motorcycle Checkpoint Funding Act. The bill, introduced by U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), will protect motorcyclists’ rights and promote crash prevention as the most effective use of taxpayer money to save motorcyclists’ lives. It will also

Your letter could read something like …… Dear Representative ___________

I am writing to urge your support and co sponsorship for H.R. 1861, the Stop Motorcycle Checkpoint Funding Act. I feel that the practice of removing and reinserting a motorcycle from traffic is an unsafe practice and is very discriminatory to motorcyclists in general. We certainly wouldn’t tolerate an arbitrary red S.U.V. only checkpoint and feel that motorcyclists should be given the same rights and respect as anyone else on the roads of America.

I feel the monies would be better spent on motorist awareness and riders training programs that have been proven to reduce motorcycle collisions. Thank you for your attention in this mat-



Like I said, YOU need to get this done No one else gives a rat’s ass about your rights as a motorcyclist. It’s up to you!!! In other news

There has been a lot of talk about the EPA forcing everybody to use E-15 fuel in their vehicles. They were actually going to make it a law that everyone had to use at least four gallons. I don’t know if they meant every time you filled up or a year or what. But the Scary part (Happy Halloween!) is just how they were going to enforce that. Were they planning to have the EPA SWAT Team watch everybody? (Doesn’t sound too farfetched these days does it?) Or were they going to make every gas station in the country Pump out four gallons of E-15 before letting you get the better grade. Anyway, The EPA got an earful from MRF, AMA , State MRO’s and a lot of other groups and gradually came to the realization that just isn’t going to work. In a regulatory announcement released Aug. 6, "EPA Finalizes Renewable Fuel Standards," the EPA said that for 2014


In a recent Wall Street Journal piece the author, US Representative Patrick Meehan, pointed out that the EPA's position on the RFS was weak; "refusing to take action this year is a far too tepid response to this crisis. Next year may be too late." said Representative. Meehan.

In order to stop the onslaught of higher ethanol blends the Motorcycle Riders Foundation asks that you support this important piece of legislation. HR 875 is a bill that would stop the sale of E-15 and includes a study on the actual effects on the power train of your vehicles. Call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to speak to your member of Congress and ask that they support this important legislation.find/


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

"the ability of the market to consume ethanol in higher blends such as E85 is highly constrained as a result of infrastructure- and market-related factors. EPA does not currently foresee a scenario in which the market could consume enough ethanol sold in blends greater than E10, and/or produce sufficient volumes of nonethanol biofuels to meet the volumes of total renewable fuel and advanced biofuel as required by statute for 2014. Therefore, EPA anticipates that in the 2014 proposed rule we will propose adjustments to the 2014 volume requirements, including the advanced biofuel and total renewable fuel categories." There is a lot more to this statement that covers how motorcycles and small engines aren’t able to handle the higher blends but until the aforementioned MRO’s got involved they hadn’t even considered that.

You know? I have a suggestion. Why don’t you just let the farmers grow food and help the estimated 1.5 million starving people in this country? Just a thought. Rubber side down guys. Jim


The Twisting of Data in Helmet Safety Studies

Extensive research has been done on the safety of motorcycle helmets. The most famous study of all, the Hurt Study Motorcycle Accident Cause Factors and Identification of Countermeasures, shows no question that a helmet protects the head, reducing injury severity. The main question that researchers want to answer is whether the likelihood of neck injury is more significant than the likelihood of a helmet saving the riders life. Helmets Statistically Reduce Head Injuries, But they Don't Save Lives

The same data that was used in the Hurt Report was also used in another paper by Dr. Jonathan P. Goldstein, Ph.D. His analysis showed some facts that the Hurt Report overlooked. Although the data showed that motorcycle riders wearing helmets suffer from fewer head injuries, it failed to elaborate on what that really means. Helmet use had little significance in saving lives given that an accident had occurred.

What does that mean? It means that those who do crash are rarely saved by their helmets. Their head injuries are less severe, but they die anyway. In accidents where the rider died, it made no difference if the rider wore a helmet or not. That's not exactly a rock solid argument in favor of helmet wearing.

The truth is that speeding and alcohol use are the biggest cause of motorcycle crashes. Those taking part in these risky behaviors are less likely to wear helmets in the first place. Helmet wearers tend to have fewer crashes and less severe head injuries because they take fewer risks. This accounts for the reduced number of

I had not ridden in nearly 20 years.

I raced enduros, hare scrambles and motocross back in the early to mid 70’s prior to moving to California from Atlanta. I met my late husband of 25 years, Jim Lewis, right after moving to California, and continued riding for many years. While working for Rider Magazine I toured quiet a bit in the USA and Europe, but my real passion was always off-road riding…the San Bernardino Mountains and Baja. I LOVED riding in Baja. My husband knew the roads, the trails, the ranchers that had gas and the dives with the best tacos. Those were great riding days for me.

Then it all stopped. Work, travel and launching several start-up companies took

fatalities among helmet wearers. Neck Injuries Probably More Likely

In light of the shaky evidence in favor of helmets, we must look at the evidence against them. Although motorcycle helmets protect the head, they tend to do so at the expense of the neck. The Hurt Report concluded that neck injuries were lessened by helmet use. How is it that Dr. Goldstein came to the opposite conclusion? Why does he say that helmets can lead to moderate or even severe neck injuries for the rider wearing the helmet? The reason for the discrepancy is not clear.

Riders report that the weight, shape and composition of the helmet all put undue force on the neck. The physics of the helmet itself can cause neck fractures during a crash. This makes Dr. Goldsteinís findings more in line with the real world experiences of many riders. Accident Speed is Important

The speed of the helmet striking the ground makes a difference in the occurrence of neck injury. Statistics show that a helmet has to be moving at least 17 mph in order to cause a significant injury. Since most motorcycle accidents happen at just over 20 mph, there is a good chance that the helmet can cause neck damage in most accidents. Thicker helmets can cause more severe neck damage than thinner helmets because they are heavier and bounce back harder than the lighter helmets. Add to that the fact that even the best helmets are only rated up to 13 mph and a serious question becomes apparent. Is a helmet

strong enough protection to make up for the increased risk of neck injury? The Real Danger

Even the Hurt Report shows that aside from risky behaviors like speeding and alcohol use, rider inexperience causes most motorcycle accidents. Riding safety instructors drill it into riders' heads: Motorcycle riding is dangerous. Not only could it kill you, it probably will. Only when riders understand the severity of the danger will they be as alert and defensive as they should in their riding practices.

Dr. John Adams at London University did a study that showed a strange increase of fatalities in states that enacted helmet laws. He theorizes that helmeted riders took bigger risks because the helmets made them feel safer. They believed they were protected by the helmet. Sadly, that would only true in lowspeed collisions. Until rider education succeeds in making every motorcyclist terrified of dying on the road, motorcycle deaths will continue to be common. Helmet Makers Worsen the Risk

In his paper, Public safety legislation and the risk compensation hypothesis: the example of motorcycle helmet legislation, Dr. Adams noted the extensive propaganda surrounding motorcycle helmet sales. Ads encourage riders to feel safer when wearing a helmet. The problem is that people tend to be less cautious when then feel safe, leaving them more vulnerable to danger. Motorcycle riders should never feel safe. Riding is a dangerous activity that requires a consistently high level of attention and appre-

Reigniting a Passion

me in a different direction. I drifted far away from motorcycling.

A few years ago I was driving up Highway 1 and the drive triggered a flood of memories of riding a bike on that road so many times in the past. Then it occurred to me – I’m retired, I have time, I have my health – why am I not doing this road on a motorcycle?? Immediately upon my return, I purchased a BMW 800ST. However, it sat in my garage for several weeks – I was too petrified to ride it. It had been such a long time since my last ride, and even when I did ride, it was mostly off-road. My thinking? Street bikes were too dangerous! I immediately took the MSF Basic RiderCourse, The Streetmasters Precision Cornering worshop at Willow Springs and promptly put

10,000 miles on my BMW the first year – mostly solo. I have since added a BMWG650GS dual-purpose bike to my collection and plan to go adventure riding soon. I have been amazed to learn in my long absence the huge influx of women riders…and that there is actually riding apparel designed specifically for women!!

Motorcycling had come a long way during my absence.

I recently rode for 3 weeks in Nepal with a German group of 8 on a Royal Enfield this past fall, and I am riding The Golden Triangle in Thailand this coming fall. The best part of coming back to motorcycle riding is the people. It was the same when I was riding as a young woman, and it’s the same now that I’m rediscovering


hension. Helmet Laws Don't Work

Dr. Adams' paper had some more interesting statistics to offer. The report revealed one anticipated outcome: when states repealed motorcycle helmet laws, fatalities rose. Unexpectedly, however, fatalities rose by an even greater degree in states where helmet laws remained intact. It's not clear why those fatalities rose so much. However, it is clear that a lack of helmet legislation made riding a motorcycle less dangerous. Motorcycle Insurers Encourage Helmet Use

Insurance companies tend to side with the helmet makers, because those who wear helmets tend to have fewer crashes. Insurance companies see that correlation as a factor in rating policies. Motorcycle insurance companies donít pay for rider injuries anyway, so they put the focus on where it belongs...preventing crashes in the first place. It's Up to You

Barring a helmet law, helmet use is a personal choice. Statistics show that if you are a responsible rider, you probably are wearing a helmet. Whether that helmet will save your life is anyone's guess. Whether it will instead cause a debilitating neck injury cannot be known. Whether you choose to ride with a helmet or without, be sure to take a safety course first, don't speed and don't drink while riding. Those actions will clearly keep you safer...the helmet? Who knows?

the joys of riding as I enter retirement.

Motorcycles have changed, riding gear has changed – all for the better – but the people have remained the same. Enthusiastic, fun-loving, caring people all sharing a bond – a mutual passion for riding. Motorcycling has come a long way over these last 20 years… and it is so good to finally be back!! Debbie Lewis has worked for Cycle News and Rider Magazine. She has launched several successful industry businesses, including The Action Motorsports Trade Show, Lewis Communications, Inc., and Hotrod & Restoration, a national trade magazine and trade show. She retired in 2007 and has been enjoying her return to riding ever since.





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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!!

2003 Harley- 100th Anniversary FXDX Dyna Super Glide Sport

Has added – 100th Anniversary Gold Key Package Stored- Like New -Driven less than 200 miles Black Textured Paint - This Model Highly Rated – Built for speed. Judy Rovno 928-234-2969 2002 V8 Trike

Chevy 350c.i. engine. Automatic Transmission. Harley Davidson Fatboy Front End. Very comfortable ride -- Adjustable Air Shocks. AM/FM, Tape, CD Player. Great sound system. Harley Davidson "Luxury Rich Red" paint. Blue and Gold Ghost Ribbons. Beautiful Tank Mural of Pegasus. Lots of Chrome. Loaded. Prize Winner. A real beauty. Easy Maintenance. $19,000 o.b.o. 928-445-3992

One-Piece DayTripper motorcycle seat

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


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

Home Care Medical Equipment Electric Hospital bed with new motor, mattress and electronic inflatable Bariatric pad, shower chair, elevated toilet seat. All in excellent condition. Worth $3000 will take $1500 for all OBO Delivery and set up available. Will consider renting bed . Call for info 602-228-6830 Melissa or e-mail

Gas Tank from an 05 Springer Classic.

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

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



Trailer for sale $5,000 2012 Road Force dual axle enclosed trailer. Drop gate, fully lined, interior lights, roof vent, floor tie downs, electric brakes. For more info. call Ken at 520 207 6301. Tucson. Play Pool Good condition, good motor and pump. $200.00 You take down and move. $400.00 we can take down and deliver within 50 miles.



East Valley Chapter’s 11 Annual

“HARD ASS RUN” This mystery ride is approx 330 miles of scenic byways, Benefiting ABATE’s ability to fight for your rights & safety!

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12TH Sign in between 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. at the MESQUITE GRILL 75 W. Baseline Rd., Gilbert (just East of Country Club)

---------------------------------------------------------------------Suggested Donation $20 per person - $30 with rider

First 75 receive a collectible t-shirt!! Awarded at end stop Free Poker Hand with Donation, 50/50 & Raffle prizes available FMI: Jess (480) 635-2371 All makes & models WELCOME Legislators don’t See a difference!

The Masterlink - October 2013  

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

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