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A Publication of the Modified Motorcycle Association of Arizona March / April 2011

What is Happening at the Copper Dome? Submitted by Mick Degn

2011 MMA Beach Party Event

MMA WELCOMES NEW DISTRICT “Red Mountain”

Story and pictures on page 17

As we move into the 2011 Legislative session, we have three (3) bills that weʼre following or working on at this time. The first one is the Emissions bill that we continue to try and get through EPA. This bill has been signed and approved by the Governor but not blessed by EPA as of yet. This bill will eliminate Emission testing on Motorcycles in Maricopa County. This past year we extended the sunset date on this bill to allow EPA more time to complete their process. In December, 2010, ADEQ held a public Hearing which myself and the other Lobbyist attended and the public hearing for the SIP Addendum went well. The final document was submitted to EPA on January 13, 2011 and is posted on their web site at: http://www.azdeq.gov/environ/air/vei/motor.html . They will also post any future updates regarding EPAʼs review and action at the same address.

Our hope is that this gets done by EPA this year but as we know that is our hope and right now we just need to wait for EPA to come back with the decision.

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NTSB Calls For States To Require Helmets

The National Transportation Safety Board stated on Tuesday, November 19, that all states should require riders to wear federally approved helmets.

Christopher A. Hart, the NTSBʼs vice chairman, called motorcycle accidents ”a public health issue." and said that helmet laws have been added for the first time to the NTSBʼs “Most Wanted List” of safety improvement priorities. The list is considered a powerful tool by which the NTSB forces legislative change.

But highway safety laws are largely left up to the states, which have been increasingly resistant to many federal recommendations, and the transportation agencyʼs appeal comes at a time when motorcycle deaths have actually been on the decrease since 2009.

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Arizona Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council (AMSAC) Submitted by Mick Degn

In recent months weʼve heard a lot about the Arizona Motorcycle Safety Fund or Council due to the budget. Below is some history on the Council.

Verde Valley District — Frosty Balls and Chilly Boobs 16th Annual Poker Run & Charity Event Story and pictures on page 10

How do we spend that money in the best manner to help motorcyclists and just like any business use that money to get the most out of it? The Advisory Council has a tough job and they represent us as Motorcyclists. Give them suggestions and at the same time support them.

The Arizona Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council is made up of 5 members that are recommended by the Director of Highway Safety and selected by the Governor. The members are presently Dick Studdard, Mick Degn, Paul Price, Lou Borland and Matt Morales. Matt Morales, Dick Studdard and Paul Priceʼs term is up January, 2011. The committee makes recommendations to the Director and the final decision is made by the director.

Leather District — 3 Ball Run Story and pictures on page 10

Arizona has numerous laws pertaining to motorcycles. These laws include, but are not limited to, lane usage by motorcycles, the definition of motorcycles, and in 2000 State Law # 28-2010, the establishment of the State Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council (SMSAC). This Council is active in motorcycle safety; however, goals and objectives are general and not specific.

ARS 28-2010 created a Motorcycle Safety Fund to be used for the implementation and administration of motorcycle safety efforts. One dollar per motorcycle registration per year is deposited in the Motorcycle Safety Fund.

State Law # 28-2010 D. “Through June 30, 2010, the State motorcycle safety advisory council is established consisting of five members who have experience in motorcycle safety and who are appointed by the Governor for three year terms. This was just extended to June, 2016 by HB2133. Continued on page 9 - AMSAC

Data Snapshots MMA-AZ Memberships 858 individual members, 112 are life members 100 business members, 32 are life members Registered Motorcycles Statewide 158,411

Inside This Issue:

MMA of Arizona Listings .....................................2 State Membership Information............................3 From Our Chairman............................................4 The Disgruntled Biker .........................................4 Business Ads ......................................................5 Letters To The Editor...........................................6 Strange But Interesting Info On Arizona .............6 A Word From State Membership ........................6 New Arizona State Represenative for MRF ........6 MMA of Arizona Event Calendar.........................7 Lobbyist Update..................................................8 Frosty Balls .......................................................10 3 Ball Run .........................................................10 MMA of AZ Business Member List....................12 Positive Communication and Leadership .........14 District Reports .................................................16 Deabate Over Safety Course Reimbursement .16 Motorcycle Noise Case.....................................16 Rider Safety & Maintenance Tips .....................17 Pet Corner ........................................................17 Beach Party ......................................................17 Biker Vittles .......................................................19


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MMA of Arizona Life Membership Casa Grande District Eddie Davis Carol Myers Cochise District Jon V. Everett Kresent Gurtler Ernie Harris Thom Ihli David Leabo Phyllis Rimmer Betty Rodriguez Eagle District Julie Cissne Cherie Dubrow Scot Williamson

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Salt River District Michael D. Bennett James Best Debra Donaldson John Emerson Chuck Franklin Bill Goodwin Bob Gumfory Sherry Harradence Gay Hayward James Hillyard William Hitze Wade Jackson Larry Jenkins Glen Koepke Elmer Myers “Lady Jewells” Olson Greg Oppedal Don “Sandman” Randolph Catherine “Kate” Rouse Mike Shearhart Larry Venteicher Michelle Wirth Tucson District Dennis Beye M. Juaregui Ralph Levon Kathy Marble Martin Minninger The Solano Family

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Co-Founders of MMA-AZ Joe Eggleston, Esq.* AIM Attorney Richard Lester, Esq. AIM Attorney * In Memoriam


MMA of Arizona District Meeting Times & Locations Casa Grande 1st Sunday at 11 am Silver Bullet Bar 1401 N. Pinal Ave. Casa Grande, AZ

High Country 3rd Sunday at 11 am Smokinʼ Harleyʼs Steakhouse 11255 S. State Rte 69 Mayor, AZ

Eagle 3rd Sunday at 9:30 am Chuyʼs 5134 N. 95th Ave. Glendale, AZ

Northern Arizona 2nd Saturday at 9 am Glen Canyon Steakhouse 201 N. Lake Powell Page, AZ

Cochise 3rd Sunday at 11 am Oct, Jan, Apr, Jul VFW Post 9972 549 Veterans Drive Sierra Vista, AZ

Grand Canyon 1st Sunday at 10 am Hog's Restaurant 2200 E. Butler Ave. Flagstaff, AZ

Red Mountain 3rd Saturday at 5 pm Tom Ryans 70 W Warner Rd. Chandler, AZ

Leather/Iron Horse 2nd Saturday at 10 am Charleyʼs Place 4324 W. Thunderbird Rd. Glendale, AZ

Westsiders 4th Sunday at 9 am - breakfast meeting Avondale Moose Lodge 1572 S. Cotton Lane Goodyear, AZ

Rim Country 2nd Sunday at 9 am Legion Tonto Rim Post #69 709 E. Hwy 260 Payson, AZ

White Mountain 1st Sunday at 1 pm V.F.W. Eager, AZ

Salt River 2nd Sunday at 10 am Sundance Restaurant 1535 E. Old West Hwy Apache Junction, AZ

Verde Valley 2nd Sunday at 11 am Page Springs Restaurant 1975 N. Page Springs Rd. Cornville, AZ

Phoenix 1st Saturday at 10 am The Red Onion 15002 N. Cave Creek Phoenix, AZ

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Join and support the Modified Motorcycle Association of Arizona

Use the membership form and mail it together with your check or money order. Make payable to MMA of Arizona and send to the address below. You may also fill out and print our membership form online or use our electronic registration service and a credit card at www.mma-az.org.

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We are an association that lobbies and educates the government and the general public to promote motorcycling in a safe and positive image. When you become a member of the MMA of Arizona, you make a difference in the ongoing mission to protect your right to ride and enjoy the motorcycle of your choice, your choice of riding apparel, and when and where you can ride a motorcycle. These issues are real and present in todayʼs “protect yourself from yourself” political environment. This holds true for all levels of government. At the state level we have a lobbyist who regularly visits our state capital to lobby our legislators on the issues concerning the motorcyclists in Arizona. On the national level we are aligned with the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM), and several other motorcycle rights organizations.



MMA is a Motorcyclists Rights Organization (MRO) comprised of motorcyclists and motorcycle enthusiasts who are concerned with the future, safety, and welfare of motorcycling. We are a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to improving the social atmosphere that surrounds motorcyclists, and protecting the individual freedoms of citizens.

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From Our Chairman Chairmanʼs comments relative to motorcycle rights and the MMA of Arizona. Tom Corr MMA of AZ Chairman Casa Grande District

We are off to a good start for the year; our web site has been redone and has some pretty cool stuff on it. There is a new section - the documents section, the documents are there to help us think, talk and teach about the rights and responsibilities of American citizens in our democracy. I invite you to explore these milestone documents of American history as these documents reflect our countryʼs diversity and unity, our past, our future, and mostly the commitment to our nation as we the people continue to strive to form a more perfect union. Not only will you find the US Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, you will also find the Arizona constitution, you will find an explanation of the Great Seal of the United States, In God We Trust. There are copies of the Americans Creed, the Battle Hymn of the Republic among other things. All documents are free for download to keep if you wish.

Our weekly newsletter is outstanding if you do not get it or if you do and have not taken the time to read it you are missing out, itʼs full of lots of good information every week.

Just incase you have not heard we have a new billboard up on I - 10 and Alsdorph Road near Eloy at approximant mile marker 207. It reads share the road we have families too, we were fortunate that Clear Channel worked with us to get it in place, we will be doing more with Clear Channel elsewhere in the state. In addition to that one I just brokered a deal with another company, similar to that with Clear Channel to get a billboard in a part of the state that Clear Channel is not it, so with board approval we will have another one on interstate 8 just out side of Gila Bend.

always show that the driver of the other vehicle involved in collision did not see the motorcycle before the collision, or did not see the motorcycle until too late to avoid the collision.

So there you have it the driver of the other vehicle involved did not see the motorcycle or did not see the motorcycle until too late to avoid the collision. Just read the news reports the driver always claims I did not see him, and then the reporter makes certain to report if the rider was not wearing a helmet, rarely do they state if one was worn.

Recently a woman contacted me she has been doing some great work on her own and has been gracious enough to share her work with me. Sharon has been doing research and compiling motorcycle crash reports from AZ media outlets and how they are reported in those outlets. Sharon feels like many others that the callous in reporting is offensive and she gets the sense that riders are looked upon as second-class citizens whose lives are somehow less valuable. Sharon feels that there is a Media bias towards motorcyclists and she is correct. The bias of journalists and news producers within the mass media is all too evident in the selection of events and stories pertaining to motorcyclists and how they are reported or covered.

I understand practical limitations affect media neutrality including the inability of journalists to report all available stories and facts, and selected facts must be linked into a coherent narrative. With that said selectivity is inevitable, yet I suspect a bit of government influence pertaining to motorcycle reporting contributes to the biases too.

Market forces could also contribute to the result in biased presentations; those forces may include the ownership of the news source, concentration of media ownership, and the selection of staff, the preferences of an intended audience, and pressure from advertisers. Reporting biases pertaining to helmet use tends to lead to conclusions that helmets are more useful than they are, and the non-use of them will therefore result in unnecessary suffering and death. Maybe riders should look in to forming a media watchdog group against biased reporting using the strategy of writing letters to the editors and posting on the web sites doing the biased reporting focusing on their media bias. Thatʼs all for now.

Watch out for the otherʼs because they are not watching for you. Tom Corr Chairman MMA AZ

We are investigating several other awareness-advertising options sponsored by the MMA such as school busses, TV and movie theaters as well as other types. The 501 C 3 is moving along and will be up and running very soon. The MMA has a new 14-foot box truck to aide in the food box deliveries the Westsiders have been doing. There is a new district in the central metro area, the Red Mountain District; welcome we look forward to your continued involvement and support.

Motorcycle Day at the Dome is right around the corner February 22. Right after that - March 30th to April 3rd is Arizona Bike Week and then May 1st starts Motorcycle Safety and Awareness month. For those of you that do not know, Motorcycle Day at the Dome (MDATD) is to meet, greet and converse with your District Legislators and discuss various issues facing Motorcyclists today. Representatives from various Motorcycle organizations and Legislators attend the Annual Motorcycle Day at the Dome.

For Arizona Bike Week the MMA has a booth secured for a membership drive and general awareness that we as an MRO exist. You would think that with 155,000 or more motorcyclists in Arizona the membership numbers would be higher; hopefully we will pick some up.

The arrival of May in most places signals the onset of warmer weather and signals the unofficial start to “motorcycle season”, leading the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (and many state governors) to proclaim May as Motorcycle Safety and Awareness month. That in turn prompts statisticians to take a look at recent motorcycle crash data and the impact of state motorcycle helmet laws on serious injury prevention, yada, yada, yada.

It is a proven fact that approximately three-fourths of motorcycle wrecks involve a collision with another vehicle, most usually a passenger automobile. The failure of motorists to detect and recognize motorcycles in traffic is the predominantly the cause of the incident. Studies

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The Disgruntled Biker Submitted by a disgruntled biker

FOR SALE: Everything I need to escape the daily grind and make me feel good. For good measure that sense of FREEDOM you only get in the wind. Thatʼs what I read when I see the ad, “Motorcycle for Sale - Wife sayʼs MUST GO!”. If you really want to have truth in advertising maybe it should say, “FOR SALE, Manhood - Wife says MUST GO!”

I see the ads that say, “Getting Married, fiancé says SELL BIKE”. Great way to start a lifetime together. “Wife pregnant selling her bike” …. Really? Kids make you never want to ride again? They make me want to ride MORE. Bunch of Jackasses. Donʼt sell your bike, get another one! Till the next issue Have a Bright Sunshiny Day!

H E L P WA N T E D MMA of Arizona State Officer Position Openings State Quartermaster Responsible for all MMA of Arizona merchandize sale and inventory. Responsible for transporting merchandize to state events.

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MMA Objectives

• Create an atmosphere of camaraderie among individuals where motorcycling can be enjoyed in a free and responsible manner • Educate individuals and organizations regarding issues and activities in the legislative and judicial branches of the government, at both State and Federal levels

• Encourage interest in and promote the protection of our nation's Constitution and Bill of Rights • Encourage and support involvement in the legislative process

• Educate automobile drivers and motorcycle pilots regarding motorcycle awareness and safety

• Promote a positive image for motorcycling by being pro-active in our individual communities

• Conduct fund-raising activities to support these objectives.

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ATTENTION MMA OF ARIZONA MEMBERS: Our nationwide network of A.I.M. attorneys donate a significant portion of their legal fees from motorcycle accident settlements back into motorcycling by being the sole financial sponsor of the National Coalition of Motorcyclists.

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Letters To The Editor Disgruntled Biker Wave

On page 4 January-February issue of the "Motorcycle Patriot" upper right hand corner you print the mission statement for MMA of Arizona. The first statement reads in part. "To create an atmosphere of camaraderie among individuals etc. Move one column to the left and to the bottom of the page and you print the comments from " Disgruntled Biker" Wherein this self proclaimed "biker" vents his disdain for those that offer a wave to other "bikers". In this self affected persons diatribe the statement is made that "There are only a 100,000 or so of us around here. Bunch of jackasses. The writer also comments that we should not look "for me to wave". " I'm not your bro, I don't even like you". As a response please allow me to offer the following. I purchased my first bike in 1968. Have been riding since then so I personally relate to the "old days". Back then many if not most did not do the wave thing as it might just get your ass kicked. Fast forward to the present and we find motorcycle ridership reaching astounding numbers. MMA and other MRO organizations must and if not, should recognize the fact that in numbers resides power. As an organization I would promote the "biker wave" as a small event to promote camaraderie among those who elect to travel on two wheels. Is it too much to ask that we recognize each other and in some small fleeting way say welcome to the brotherhood.

My guess is that "disgruntled biker" was still poopin in his pants when I was riding and now assumes the persona as a real "biker". Get over it welcome all who enter your world. Without the newbies, re-entrants and old bastards like me and self proclaimed demigods like yourself would be S.O.L.. — Fred Frederick, Florence

Strange But Interesting Info On Arizona

With Arizonaʼs centennial birthday approaching in 2012, we thought it would be interesting to share some possibly little known info on Arizona. Some are old laws still on the books and others are just strange facts.

The amount of copper on the roof of the Capitol building is equivalent to 4,800,000 pennies (save your pennies in case they have to redo it) Arizona leads nation in copper production.

In Arizona it is against the law for donkeys to sleep in bathtubs.

No one is permitted to ride their horse up the stairs of the county court house in Prescott, Arizona. At one time camels were used to transport goods across Arizona. Bolo tie is the official state neckwear.

The Fountain Hills fountain believed to be the tallest in the world. Arizona observes Mountain Standard Time year round with the exception of the Navajo Nation that recognizes daylight savings time.

It is against the law to refuse a glass of water to anyone.

The flag of Spain, the Mexican flag, the Confederate flag, and the flag of the US have all flown over the land area that has become is now Arizona.

The geographic center of Arizona is 55 miles southeast of Prescott. When being attacked by a criminal or burglar, you may only protect yourself with the same weapon that the other person possesses. The age of a saguaro cactus is determined by its height.

How to submit a letter to the editor.

Letters can be e-mailed to editor@mma-az.org. In your letter, please include your full name, daytime phone number and Email address.

Letters that do not contain contact information cannot be published. Letters become the property of Motorcycle Patriot. Letters typically run 150 words or less and may be edited. You will be contacted by Email if your letter is a candidate for publication.

A saguaro cactus will take between 50 and 100 years to grow an arm. The saguaro cactus flower is the official state flower of Arizona.

There is a possible 25 years in prison for cutting down a cactus Arizona has the largest amount of area designated as Indian lands of all states.

There are 11.2 million acres of National Forest in Arizona and one fourth of the state is forested. The largest forest is comprised of Ponderosa Pine. Arizona has more parks and national monuments than any other state, more mountains than Switzerland, and more golf courses than Scotland.

Any misdemeanor committed while wearing a red mask is considered a felony. In Globe, Arizona cards may not be played in the street with a Native American.

The worldʼs largest solar telescope is located at Kitts Peak National Observatory in the city of Sells. Phoenix originated in 1866 as a hay camp to supply Camp McDowell. Arizona is roughly the size of Italy.

It is illegal in Tucson for women to wear pants.

The Arizona Confederation of Motorcycle Club's Board of Directors would like to take this opportunity to welcome Eric Osborn as the Arizona State Represenative for the Motorcycle Riders Foundation.

We would also like to thank Deb Butitta for her tireless efforts and many years of service to the motorcyclists of Arizona. Deb can now concentrate her efforts on her job as the Chairperson of the MRF's A&E as well as her ex officio BOD Member duties. We won't say good bye to Deb because we know she will always be there when needed. Thank You

If you bother the cottontails or bullfrogs, in Hayden, Arizona, you will be fined.

The sun shines in southern Arizona 85% of the time, which is considerably more sunshine than Florida or Hawaii.

In Tombstone it is illegal for men and women over the age of 18 to have less than one missing tooth visible when smiling. In Glendale, Arizona cars may not be driven in reverse. It is illegal to hunt camels in the State of Arizona

An ordinance prohibits the wearing of suspenders in Nogales, Arizona.

Still Ray President JOURNEYMEN M/C Arizona Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs Chair ACMC PC Chair

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A Word From State Membership Submitted by Janet “Ten” Spielman

With a new year upon us MMA State Membership has decided it was time to reach out and touch base with everyone. With this first article, I am going to try to shed some light on the membership application process. My goal is to keep you informed and hopefully answer any looming question about your membership that you may have with the forthcoming articles.

Membership application starts with you, the member, deciding to be a part of an organization that has motorcycle rights as their focus. Congratulations on your decision! Now you have a few options at this point. Do I send in my application and money in through the mail or do I sign up on the fancy website I just checked out or do I attend a meeting first and check these people out. Either option will work. So letʼs take a look at each option and how they work.

For faster service you may want to do it on line. Applications done in this manner are received by membership via an e-mail notification within 24 hours. The information at that point can and will be processed within five days. Within those five days, your information will be entered into our “database”. This will generate your welcome letter and identifies which patches/rockers you are eligible to receive. Then everything is stuffed into the envelope and awaits the postmaster. Now you may say to yourself, five days to do that. Yes, five days! The Membership officer does not process applications daily nor goes to the post office drop box daily. The envelopes are metered, and for best results go in the metered box directly at the post office.

Now if you choose to send in your application with the form that you either cut out of the Patriot, received by attending one of the direct meetings or by another means, your process is a bit difference. You complete the form, using your best hand writing to ensure accuracy, attach a check and mail it to the PO Box indicated. From there it does its regular route through the US postal system and ends up in MMAʼs post box. Now it is up to the treasurer/secretary to do their regular pick up of mail. All checks are deposited and recorded. Now we wait. Funds need to clear in order for the application to be sent to membership. We will assume that the clearing time on a $20.00 check is five days. Once the funds clear, the application is sent to membership along with others received around the same time. You cannot expect the treasurer/secretary to send each one separately. This is a waste of money and time.

A package is sent to membership when there is enough to fill a small manila envelope. At this point Iʼm sure youʼre thinking, I should have done it on the website. So the little package with just your application in it is doing another trip through the US postal system, my it does get around. Two to three days later it arrives at its final destination, Membership. YEAH!!! Now as stated above the information is now with membership and can take five days to process. But wait, thereʼs more!

Perhaps you attending a meeting or a MMA function and paid cash and completed the application right then and there. Congratulations for thinking on your feet and getting it done now, instead of later. What is the process one might ask? Well let us examine it. Both processes will be about the same, so for argument sake we will say you attended a meeting. The MMA membership officer for the district takes your application and cold hard cash. In a perfect world this should be mailed to the treasurer/secretary ASAP, but we do not live in a perfect world and MMA officers at all levels have other lives outside of the meetings and functions. So your application may take a rest for a few days prior to doing the run through the US postal system as describe above. This does not mean that your application is not important. It is, and we try very hard to make everyone happy and complete requests as quickly as possible. But please keep in mind that at some point in the process, whichever one you fall into, the application is relying on someone else or an outside factor. There will be hiccups and errors and delays. The bottom line is, it will work itʼs self out in the end and you will be part of an organization that you deem meaningful. So now you know what happens to your application after you sign up. Following articles will touch on other aspects of your membership you may not have thought about. As always, you can contact “Ten” our MMA State Membership Officer at membership@mma-az.org or call 480-584-4231 with any questions or concerns.


MMA of Arizona Calendar of Events Saturday 12th - Cave Creek

Quick Throttle Magazine Copper & Chrome 7th Anniversary Party. Hosted by the Buffalo Chip Saloon, 6811 E Cave Creek Rd. Cave Creek from 1pm - 7(ish). FREE ADMISSION! Live music by the Tall Paul Band, Lingerie Show by Wind, Leather & Lace, appearance of the Copper Chopper, raffle prizes, cash prizes, entertainment, vendors and so much more! All you can eat BBQ $10. Ride to the Buffalo Chip Saloon between now and March 11th and get extra free raffle tickets. If you are interested in being a vendor email my04pez@gmail.com. For more information: http://www.quickthrottle.com/linda/copperchopper.

Saturday 12th - Phoenix

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Thursday 3rd - Prescott Valley

ABATE of Arizona Yavapai chapter membership drive and poker run. Leaves from Jackass Bar and Grill — 8156 E Valley Rd. Meet at 9 for group ride at 10:15. We will be riding into Prescott doing the Kirkland loop and back to Prescott. ABATE speakers, fashion shows, raffles and bike show will be happening during route. End party at the Drunken Lass downtown Prescott with lunch included. $5 per person, free poker run. For more information call Longhair James 928-830-6356.

Friday 4th - Apache Junction

Garage Party (6–8pm) at Superstition HD - 2910 W Apache Trail. Free food, drinks, vendors & door prizes.

Saturday 5th - Chandler

4th Annual Car and Bike Show at American Legion Riders Post 35 – 2240 W Chandler Blvd in Chandler. All proceeds to Benefit Madison Street Veterans Association. http://madisonstreetveterans.org. Registration from 9am–11am. Judging from 11am–2pm. Trophies at 3pm. Food, Beer Garden, Music. Free admission. Vendor fee $25 / car or bike entry fee $20. Please contact Ron Gadberry at 480-322-0269 or email carandbikeshow@hotmail.com for vendor/entry application or visit http://alr35.org/CarAndBikeShow2011 where you can also download and print a vendor or car/bike entry form. Even if you donʼt have a car or bike to enter come on down to this FREE EVENT and check out the cars and bikes and enjoy the day with good friends, drink, food and music!

Saturday 5th - Chandler

Chandler Harley-Davidson hosts free breakfast at Chandler H-D — 6895 W Chandler Blvd. Members of the Foothills HOG Chapter will be serving up their signature ʻBiker Breakfastʼ from 11am until its all gone. You deserve a break today and come enjoy a pancake or two. For more Info: 480-496-6800.

Saturday 5th - Glendale

Rough Riders M/C (Papago Chapter) hosts their annual “In Memory Run” to benefit the Veterans of Arizona. Sign in at Spudʼs Bar & Grill — 3558 W Northern Ave. from 11am to 1pm. Play a free Blackjack hand on our “Run 21.” $10 donation, $5 with any Military ID, last card in at 4pm. For more information contact Swett at 928-5031764. The Rough Riders M/C is a veterans motorcycle club dedicated to Veteransʼ causes and POW/MIA issues and awareness. The RRMC is designated a Public Charity under Internal Revenue Code 509 (a)(2) by the IRS and is tax exempt under Internal Revenue Code 501 (c)(3). Our EIN is 20-2739186 and DLN is 17053047020017. All contributions made to the RRMC are tax exempt and deductible under section 170 of the code. Gifts made to the RRMC are tax deductible under section 2055, 2106, or 2522 of the Code.

Saturday 5th - Mesa

Sunshine Acres Annual Day at Sunshine Acres with CMA. For more information www.cmausa.org.

Shamrocks and Shenanigans. Hooligans MC Deer Valley and the Lost Dutchman MC Peoria present the first annual Shamrocks and Shenanigans St. Patrick's Run $10 single $15 couple. Starts 11am at LDMC clubhouse 7962 W Market Place St. Peoria. Live music, food and drinks available, Run shirts available, vendors and more, come on down and start St. Patricks Day early with your favorite motorcycle clubs. For more information: shovelhead0999@yahoo.com.

Saturday 12th - Peoria

1st Annual Shamrocks and Shenanigans. Lost Dutchman Peoria Clubhouse — Just off Grand and Cotton Crossing 79th Ave. $10 single, $15 couple. 11am sign in, last bike out 1pm, last bike in 4pm. Food & drinks available. Live music presented by Hooligans MC & Lost Dutchman MC.

Saturday 12th - Goodyear

MMA Westsiders Mystery Run. Sign in at the Moose Lodge #2078 — 1572 South Cotton Lane. Join us for breakfast. Sign in is from 8am–9am. At each stop you will get clues to your next stop. Join us for a day of mystery.

Sunday 13th - Peoria

4th Annual Riding for the Wounded. Leathernecks MC and Sandbar Mexican Bar & Grill are proud to sponsor the 4th Annual Riding for the Wounded. Raffle prizes, 50/50, High Hand. Visit www.azleathernecks.com or email scout@azleathernecks.com for more information.

Sunday 13th - Phoenix

Ramjet Racing Customer Appreciation Day! 11am–3pm. Lunch and refreshments are on us! DJ rockin the crowd out! Custom bike show! Peoples choice! Trophies for each class! Sign up starts at 10:30am. Over $15,000 in raffles and giveaways! Come out and party with the Ramjet crew and enjoy our hospitality! A great time will be had by all! More info visit our website — www.ramjetracing.com or on facebook at facebook.com/ramjet racing. Ramjet Racing — 13207 N Cave Creek Rd. Any question call 620-788-0364 ask for Sleeves.

Friday 18th–Sunday 20th Laughlin, NV.

3rd Annual Brothers of the Third Wheel Region 9 Triker River Run. Riverside Resort Casino & RV Park in Laughlin. Register & reserve a room for the BTW event by February 28th. Bike & Trike Show, games, fun run, Pot luck dinner, Reserved Seating for buffets, rockers included. The Riverside Resort Casino is providing BTW TRIKER river run participantʼs special prices on buffets & the Saturday Night Show. For more info and codes for room rates call 520-591-7755.

Saturday 19th - Tempe

3rd Annual Legacy Benefit Run by American Legion Post 2. Registration 9–10:30am at Delmar Leathers — 4815 E Main Street, Mesa. Scavenger hunt, 50/50 (1,000 tickets to be sold, beginning January '11), raffle prizes, food and entertainment. Last Bike in at 3pm at Post 2 — 2125 S Industrial Park Ave. $20 donation requested. http://legionriderstempe.org/Legacy%202011.pdf or email mlroot60@live.com.

Saturday 19th - Glendale

Saturday 12th - Apache Junction

Spartan Riders MC Glendale Open House — 6002 W Maryland Ave., Glendale. Starts at 6pm til whenever. Food, beverages, good time. For more info visit www.spartanridersmc.com.

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2nd Annual Farkle Dice Run — Glenfair Bowling Lanes 6110 N 59th Ave. 59th Ave/Bethany Home Rd. Sign in: 11 am–noon. 4-stops. FMI call 623-435-0727 or 602-3992325.

Cleaning Your Bike 101. FREE Seminar from 11am to noon. Your bikeʼs running like a dream, now learn the best techniques from the proʼs for keeping it looking great. Please call 480-346-0600 to reserve your spot at Superstition HD — 2910 W Apache Trail. Seating is To submit event information please contact MMA of AZ State Event Officer by phone at 623.695.5659 or Email cgates0617@yahoo.com.

Saturday 19th - Glendale

Sunday 20th - Phoenix

Ramjet Racing Motorcycle Swapmeet. 8am–12pm (setup starts at 7am). $5 per space - used parts only! Clean out the garage and bring those parts you don't want any longer an turn them into cash! One mans junk is another mans treasure! Ramjet Racing Performance cycles — 13207 N Cave Creek Rd. Any questions call 602-7880364 ask for Sleeves.

Friday 25th—April 3rd - Cave Creek

Hideaway's Arizona Bike Week. This is the granddaddy of all annual events at the Hideaway! If you haven't been to the Hideaway for their 9 Day Bike Week Party youʼre missing out! Event starts at 11am; check www.hideawayusa.com for a 10 day calendar of events.

Saturday 26th - Apache Juction

Friends of Lost Dutchman State Park Benefit Ride. Lost Dutchman has been in danger of being shut down due to Arizonaʼs budget crisis. With your help we can keeps this treasure open for years to come. Check www.superstitionhd.com for more info.

Saturday 26th - Phoenix

7th Annual Buddy Stubbs Bike Week Bash. Admission FREE. Featuring: Two Acre Miller Lite Beer Garden, Patron Margaritas, Pyrat Rum, Ultimat Vodka, bikini contest, great food, vendors, museum tours. Ample parking, FREE shuttle service. Back by popular demand, one lucky person in attendance will WIN A HARLEYDAVIDSON® SPORTSTER® 1200 given away live on-stage!

Sunday 27th - Phoenix

16th Annual Trifecta Custom Bike Show and Blowout at the Steel Horse Saloon. Gates open at 10am. Vendors, live music, food & drinks, cool bikes, hot babes, all ages, alcohol w/ID. Contests: Tattoo and frozen T-shirt. Steel Horse Saloon — 1818 W Bell Rd. #100.

Sunday 27th - Phoenix

Lost Dutchman MC Goldrush Poker Run. The Poker Run starts at the Lost Dutchman MC Clubhouse in Mesa. Doors open at 8 am and admission is still only $10 per person. Run pins for the first 500 admissions at the Clubhouse . The 85 mile Poker Run route takes you through as much rural area as possible, maintaining the tradition that has been important for years. The final Hand is received at the Rawhide Western Town in south Chandler. The reward for highest hand is pure gold which is probably worth about $600 and going up quickly. Live music, vendors, food, beverages, 50/50 drawing, bike show, and Arizonaʼs most acclaimed Wet Tee Shirt contest set the party in famous Rawhide Western Town. All types of motorcycles and people are welcome at our event, you donʼt need to ride a motorcycle to come and enjoy this great opportunity to have fun and make friends. For vendor space, or more info email: billetldmc@juno.com For directions / maps to locations go to www.lostdutchmanmc.com

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Saturday 9th - Tempe

ALR Post 2 Presents 1st Annual Skin & Steel Event. ALL WELCOME. Time: 10am–4pm. General admission is FREE! Bike Show entry 9am. Event Location: American Legion Post #2 — 2125 South Industrial Park Ave., Tempe (East of Priest & South of Broadway, turn south at the traffic light). Description: Who doesn't love ink and bikes? Life doesnʼt get much better than this. Come join Eagle and the ALR Post 2 Riders for a full day of fun! HUGE BIKE SHOW ($10 Bike Show Entry including custom professional builder, custom street builder & several more categories) Tribute Bikes on display, Biker FASHION SHOW, Superior Girls promoting their 2011 Sexy Tattooed Girls Calendar! (Visit their booth for tattoo supplies) Introducing Zombie Momz & MOB Irons. TATTOO SHOW & CONTEST with Artist Nate Powers, Guiness Book Record holder Hollis Cantrell of Artistic Tattoo and piercers available too. Event T-shirts, Dunking Booth, Bean Bag Toss Contest. (YUMMY) Biker Baked Goods Auction! MOTORCYCLE SWAP MEET, VENDORS, LIVE MUSIC, BEER, $5 SLOPPY JOE LUNCH, Eagle Hugs are only $1. Vendor information and additional details please call Eagle (480-600-4056) or visit http://www.legionriderstempe.org/skin_and_steel.

Saturday 16th - Glendale

Spartan Riders MC Glendale Open House — 6002 W Maryland Ave., Glendale. Starts at 6pm til whenever. Food, beverages, good time. For more info visit www.spartanridersmc.com.

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Lobbyist Update

Arizona State Legislature — Senate Roster

Lobbyist information and update relative to motorcycle and citizen rights. Mick Degn Designated Lobbyist Casa Grande District

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Our 2011 BILL to close the HIPPA Loop Hole has been assigned BILL Number SB1227. Senator Nelson is our Primary Sponsor and we have 8 Co-Sponsors signed on as well.

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Follow These Bills Through The Legislative Session:

LOGON: www.azleg.gov, enter the bill number in the search box – top right corner of home page.

CLICK: “Show the Bill Overview” to see sponsors, committees assigned, voting summaries for each House/Senate committee it goes before, as well as the floor votes. Everything that happens to the BILL is recorded here.

CLICK: “Show Fact Sheet” to see the Fact Sheet or explanation of the BILL as written by Staff.

Arizona State Legislature — House Roster

CLICK: "Show Versions" to see the Contents of the BILL itself. HTML version is a nicer view, but PDF version is better for print.

As part of the 1996 the Kennedy-Kassebaum Bill, insurance companies were no longer able to discriminate, denying coverage to persons based on their choice of activities or mode of transportation (i.e. motorcycle). However, for the past 10 years, Congress has been now trying to pass a Bill to 'close the loophole' that insurance companies can use, which is denial of claim settlement, based on the 'Source of Injury' (i.e. motorcycle and other activities). With Congress's failure to do so, many states have been 'closing the HIPPA loophole' at the state level. Senator Nelson has agreed to sponsor our Bill. REFERENCE TITLE: insurance; unfair discrimination; motorcycles.

20-448. unfair discrimination; definitions 1 I. A HEALTH CARE INSURER SHALL NOT DENY HEALTH CARE COVERAGE TO ANY

2 INDIVIDUAL BASED SOLELY ON THAT INDIVIDUAL'S CASUAL OR NONPROFESSIONAL 3 PARTICIPATION IN THE ACTIVITY OF MOTORCYCLING.

20-461. Unfair claim settlement practices 13 20. DENYING MEDICAL BENEFITS UNDER HEALTH CARE COVERAGE TO ANY COVERED 14 INDIVIDUAL BASED SOLELY ON THAT INDIVIDUAL'S CASUAL OR NONPROFESSIONAL 15 PARTICIPATION IN THE ACTIVITY OF MOTORCYCLING

The third bill that we continue to work on is the language for a Distracted Bill. We have worked with Representative Steve Farley and Representative Jerry Weiers on this separately. The language on this bill is critical and what we continue to run up against is that ARS28-693, Reckless Driving is similar in language. Our goal is to not complicate matters for DPS and the officers but to help and weʼre not convinced at this time what we have will do that. We will continue to work on this and keep everyone informed on the status of this bill. Thank you again for your involvement in our Legislative process. This year we have a lot of new folks in the Senate and House. Get to know the folks in your District. Are they supportive of Motorcyclists or will they vote against any Motorcycle bill? Let them know that as Motorcyclists we spend countless hrs of volunteer time to help kids, families in need, campaign drives to help get our legislative folks elected and devote a lot of time to help promote Motorcycle Safety and Awareness.

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Editor’s Space

Members may be removed for cause and may be reappointed. The council shall meet at least quarterly and on the call of the director of the governorʼs office of highway safety for advice on the expenditure of monies in the motorcycle safety fund.”

Comments relative to the content, design and production of this publication. Joseph Hoodak Editor, Motorcycle Patriot Leather District

State Law # 28-2010 C. “Subject to legislative appropriation, the Director of the Governorʼs Office of Highway Safety shall use monies deposited in the motorcycle safety fund pursuant to the section, after consultation with the state motorcycle safety advisory council, to implement and support voluntary motorcycle education,

About this issue...

Some members have notified me and their district officers that they have not received their Motorcycle Patriot. If this is happening to you or someone you know, please Email mmapatriot@mma-az.org so we can determine why.

awareness, and other programs, including covering the cost of materials for motorcycle safety, education, and awareness programs.”

For the latest in MRO information and MMA of Arizona updates visit our new website. We hope you enjoy the changes weʼve made and find a reason to check it often.

The Motorcycle Safety Fund (fund) provides funding for motorcycle safety education. One dollar from each motorcycle registration fee is earmarked for the fund. The AMSAC advises the GOHS on the use of these funds, thereby overseeing education efforts in the State.

Copies of the Motorcycle Patriot can be downloaded as well as many other documents. Check it out.

You can read more on the history of the Safety Council by going to www.azgohs.gov and going to State of Arizona Motorcycle Assessment (PDF).

Thank you to the members who are delivering papers throughout our state, your support is greatly appreciated.

Thank you to the contributors who have provided pictures and articles to this issue. The following is a list of those individuals.

The meetings are held quarterly and are open to the public. The meetings are held at the Governorʼs Office of Highway Safety, 3030 North Central Ave, Suite 1550, Phoenix. You can find date and times on this web site.

In attendance at the meetings are the Advisory Council, Director of Highway Safety, Assistant Attorney General for the state and anyone from the general public that wants to attend. They will go over minutes from last meeting, balance of MSF funds which includes budget and then go into topics that have been decided on at the previous meeting. As they go through each topic, the public has the ability to speak at the end of each topic or at the end. It is a very structured meeting. Meeting minutes are always posted on the web site.

As we think about education and safety for Motorcyclists and the general public, this is a very important key to that. The economy and the trouble that weʼre in from a Budget standpoint is a big factor. In the past weʼve seen dollars taken from different funds. Some funds have been completely sweeped. We have been fortunate to date that we havenʼt lost everything.

Remember as a Motorcyclist you sponsor $1.00 every time you register your motorcycle. Donʼt be afraid to call AZGOHS and talk to Director, Alberto Gutier @602-2553216 or council members on some suggestions you might have or how the fund is being spent. Support your Advisory Council and give them feedback. Mick Degn MMA Lobbyist lobbyist@mma-az.org

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Becca “Vine” Holyoak – Rim Country Chris Childers – Verde Valley Cindy Gates – Leather Dave “Dream” Weaver – Northern Arizona Eric Osborn – Leather Fred Frederick – Salt River Glen “Belch” Koepke – Salt River James Gonzales – Leather Janet “Ten” Spielman – Salt River Julie Cissne – Eagle Larry Stroud – High Country Lee “Snakebite” Gonzales – Leather Michele Osborn – Leather Mick Degn – Casa Grande Steve “Muskrat” Musgrave – Casa Grande Steve Briggs – Grand Canyon Still Ray – ACMC Tom Corr – Casa Grande Tom “Teekay” Kartler – Red Mountain Thank you all for your support.

All membership lists were provided by the state membership database as of 1/5/11.

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Frosty Balls and Chilly Boobs 16th Annual Poker Run & Charity Event Submitted by Chris Childers

Having less than 4 weeks to plan and organize, Desert Thunder MC, KA Cycles and Verde Valley MMA pulled off what most Verde Valley motorcycle enthusiasts thought was impossible. This ride is traditionally held on January 1st. The ride begins in Cottonwood and participants ride through the beautiful areas of Sedona, Cornville and Page Springs ended at the ride party at The Bar at Strombolli's in Cottonwood. Adding to the short time line to find run stops, print materials and get sponsors, the weather headed toward AZ did not look promising. The morning of the ride, participants awoke to a extremely chilly 12 degrees, however that didn't stop the loyal 53 bikers who participated in the event.

We are pleased to announce that the ride raised $872.00 for the Verde Valley Community Hospice Foundation. Hope to see you out here next year for our 17th Annual Frosty Balls and Chilly Boobs ride on Sunday January 1, 2012.

Leather District 3 Ball Run Submitted by Snakebite

Ten years ago, during the beginning of the rebuild of the Glendale District as the Leather District, I joined the MMA. The Leather District was trying to get new members, raise some money and begin to grow again. I talked them into doing a little different event and charge only $5 so we could get some money flowing into the district that, little event was the 3 Ball Run. The first year only 12 people signed in and 10 of them were working the event. The following year there were 30 it grew to one year to 200, but normally attendance is between 60 and 80. This is a great little run that attracts so many different people. Many are new faces and then there are the regulars that are still trying to get a trophy. Here it is at the 10th Annual and still going strong. Thanks to the efforts of all the members over the years of the Leather District that have made this run an on going success and still for the price of only $5. This year 65 people came out on a truly beautiful day to ride. The temps were in the 70s and not a cloud in the sky. Sign in was held at Spudʼs Bar and Grill on 35th Ave and Northern, 2nd stop was the Amber Inn 43rd and Dunlap, 3rd Red Onion on Cave Creek, 4th the Maverick in the Slope and the end stop and party was held at the home of the Leather District, Charleys Place on 43rd and Thunderbird. Everyone was smiling and having a great time. This years winner of the 3 Ball Run was Flip, DM of the Westsiders, 2nd Place – Margie, Leather Dist/ABATE, 3rd place – Pete ABATE and the biggest trophy of all, the scratch award, was won by Buddha, Limey Riders MC. The 50/50 was won again by Stiffy, second year in a row! He received $194.00 not bad for an afternoon riding and hanging out with your friends.

Many thanks go out to all that supported us on this run. Thanks to the Limey Riders MC, Medieval Maidens MC, Spartan Riders MC, ABATE Shadow Mountain, Westsiders, Eagle and Leather District for your support. Thanks to all who busted their butts working the event, itʼs you the volunteers that deserve the biggest ATTA BOY for a run well done. Hope to see everyone again next year.

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MMA of Arizona Business Member Listing - listed by city At Large

Sober Riders MC, Inc Organizations and Clubs Business Life Member

Apache Junction

American Legion Riders Post 27 Organizations and Clubs 1018 S Meridan Rd Apache Junction AZ, 85220 602-541-2441 Business Life Member Captainʼs Bars & Restaurants 300 W Apache Trail #118 Apache Junction AZ, 85217 480-288-2590 Business Life Member

Garfields Sports Bar Bars & Restaurants 10123 E Apache Trail Apache Junction AZ, 85220 480-380-0558

Mirage Sports Grill Bars & Restaurants 1075 S Idaho Rd #108 Apache Junction AZ, 85219 480-671-3846

Paulʼs Motorcycle Shop Motorcycle Repair, Parts & Accessories 1678 W Superstition Blvd #10C Apache Junction AZ, 85220 480-288-4395 Sundance Restaurant and Lounge Bars & Restaurants 1535 Old West Highway Apache Junction AZ, 85119 480-246-4496

Superstition Harley Davidson Motorcycle Repair, Parts & Accessories 2910 W Apache Trail Apache Junction AZ, 85220 480-346-0600

Arlington

Desert Rose Bars & Restaurants 18300 S Old US Highway 80 Arlington AZ, 85322 623-386-0789

Avondale

Adobe Chapel Funeral Home Services and Miscellaneous 218 N Central Ave Avondale AZ, 85323 623-932-4418 Business Life Member

Dart Cycle Worx Motorcycle Repair, Parts & Accessories 1060 N Eliseo Felix Way Suite 10 Avondale AZ, 85323 623-925-5503

Buckeye

Waddellʼs Longhorn Corral Bars & Restaurants 1629 N 195th Ave Buckeye AZ, 85396 623-853-0395

Parker Paralegal & Consulting, LLC Services and Miscellaneous 12112 S Dean Rd Buckeye AZ, 85326 602-370-7103

Rebel Ink Tattoo/Body Piercing Services and Miscellaneous 22776 W Pima St Buckeye AZ, 85326 623-332-2754

Casa Grande

Airport Tavern Bars & Restaurants 1801 N Pinal Ave Casa Grande AZ, 85122 520-560-2309

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Silver Bullet Bar Bars & Restaurants 1401 North Pinal Casa Grande AZ, 85222 520-836-1363

Wonder Bar Bars & Restaurants 310 W 2nd St Casa Grande AZ, 85122 520-431-2234

Chandler

Elkʼs Lodge 2429 Organizations and Clubs 1775 W Chandler Blvd Chandler AZ, 85224

Coolidge

Tags Cafe Bars & Restaurants 156 N AZ Blvd Coolidge AZ, 85128 520-723-1013

Cornville

Page Springs Restaurant Bars & Restaurants 1850 N Page Springs Rd Cornville AZ, 86325 928-634-9954

Cottonwood

K.A. Cycle Accessories & Service Motorcycle Repair, Parts & Accessories 595 S 6th St Cottonwood AZ, 86326 928-634-1364

Kactus Kateʼs Bars & Restaurants 929 N Main St Cottonwood AZ, 86326 928-634-7822

Players Sports Bar & Grill Bars & Restaurants 1100 State Rt 260 Cottonwood AZ, 86326 928-634-3966

Rockin B Saloon Bars & Restaurants 625 E Hwy 89A Cottonwood AZ, 86326 928-634-9511

Seitz Architectural Design Services and Miscellaneous 782 Cove Parkway Cottonwood AZ, 86326 928-646-1788 Business Life Member

Desert Hills

Skinny Dipping Pools Services and Miscellaneous 2706 W Valley View Trail Desert Hills AZ, 85086 602-292-4033 Business Life Member

Flagstaff

Hogʼs Family Restaurant and Lounge Bars & Restaurants 2200 E Butler Ave Flagstaff AZ, 86004 928-779-5852

Fountain Hills

Flapjacks et al Bars & Restaurants 16605 E Palisades Blvd Fountain Hills AZ, 85268 480-837-2910

Glendale

Charleyʼs Place Bars & Restaurants 4324 W Thunderbird RD Glendale AZ, 85306 602-439-1668

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Chuyʼs Mesquite Broiler Bars & Restaurants 5134 N 95 Ave Glendale AZ, 85305 623-877-4025

Spirits Bars & Restaurants 9303 E Apache Trail Mesa AZ, 85207 480-986-5572

Limey Riders M/C Organizations and Clubs PO Box 780 Glendale AZ, 85311 623-930-9165 Business Life Member

New River

JFJ Cycles Motorcycle Repair, Parts & Accessories 4350 E Thunerbird Rd Glendale AZ, 85306 602-561-6297

Goodyear

Clubhouse Grill Bars & Restaurants 14175 W Indian School Rd Suite C1 Goodyear AZ, 85395 623-535-4857

Hoot & Howl Bars & Restaurants 55 N Litchfield Rd Goodyear AZ, 85338 623-932-3580

Romans Oasis Bars & Restaurants 16825 W Yuma Rd Goodyear AZ, 85338 623-910-7133

Greer

Neon Moon Bars & Restaurants 80 N Main St Greer AZ, 85927 928-735-7900

Holbrook

Winners Circle Bars & Restaurants 466 Navajo Blvd Holbrook AZ, 86025 520-524-9600 Business Life Member

Laveen

The Spurr Lounge Bars & Restaurants 5535 W Baseline Rd Laveen AZ, 85339 602-237-3309

Mayer

Smokinʼ Harleyʼs Bars & Restaurants 11255 N Highway 69 Mayer AZ, 86333 928-632-4255

Mesa

VIII Society M/C Organizations and Clubs 7930 E 1st Ave Mesa AZ, 85208 480-227-2690 Business Life Member Gavilan Peak Sports Bar & Grill Bars & Restaurants 46639 N Black Canyon Hwy New River AZ, 85087 623-465-1020

Harris Roofing, Inc. Services and Miscellaneous 1717 W New River Rd New River AZ, 85087 623-465-4520

Roadrunner Restaurant & Saloon Bars & Restaurants 47801 N Black Canyon Hwy New River AZ, 85087 623-465-7888 Business Life Member

Overgaard

The Cabin Bar & Grill Bars & Restaurants 2763 HWY 260 Overgaard AZ, 85933 928-535-6117

Page

Blairʼs Trading Post Clothing 626 N Navajo Dr Page AZ, 86040 928-645-3008 Business Life Member

Classic Auto Body Services and Miscellaneous 913 Pine Street Page, AZ 86040 (928) 645-9023

Fredʼs Liquor Store Services and Miscellaneous 902 N Navajo Dr Page AZ, 86040 520-645-3575 Business Life Member

Page Boy Motel Lodging 150 N Lake Powell Blvd Page AZ, 86040 928-645-2416 Business Life Member

Americaʼs Ultra Clean Services and Miscellaneous 738 E Dana Suite A Mesa AZ, 85204 480-206-4003 Business Life Member

Page Honda Motorcycle Repair, Parts & Accessories 915 Coppermine Rd Page AZ, 86040 928-645-3251 Business Life Member

Skunk Motorsports Inc. Motorcycle Repair, Parts & Accessories 202 W Main St Mesa AZ, 85201 480-649-2800

STIX Services and Miscellaneous 5 S Lake Powell Rd Page AZ, 86040 928-645-2891

Mainstreet Motorcycles Motorcycle Repair, Parts & Accessories 9750 E Apache Trail Mesa AZ, 85207 480-357-7595 Business Life Member

Smokeyʼs Bar and Grill Bars & Restaurants 1734 E Main St Mesa AZ, 85203 480-833-1950

Ranch House Grille Bars & Restaurants 819 N Navajo Dr Page AZ, 86040 928 645-1420 Business Life Member

Windy Mesa Bars & Restaurants 800 N Navajo Dr Page AZ, 86040 928-645-2186 Business Life Member


Payson

Amon Builders, Inc Services and Miscellaneous 903 E Hwy 260 #6 Payson AZ, 85541 928-474-0689 Business Life Member

Coyote Auto LLC Services and Miscellaneous 310 W Main St Payson AZ, 85541 928-472-1100

Famous Samʼs Bars & Restaurants 307J S Beeline HWY Payson AZ, 85541 928-468-0407

Jakes Corner Bar Bars & Restaurants 57564 N HWY 188 Payson AZ, 85541 602-3590-1058

Markʼs Mobile RV Service Services and Miscellaneous 122 W Matlock Dr Payson AZ, 85541 602-616-8803

Mazatzal Casino Bars & Restaurants 1/4 mi S of Payson Highway 87 Payson AZ, 85547 800-777-7529 Business Life Member Miller Auto Works Services and Miscellaneous 600 W Main St Suite A Payson AZ, 85541 928-468-8855

Payson Packaging Services and Miscellaneous 106 E Bonita St Payson AZ, 85541 928-474-5260

Steveʼs All-Clene Carpet Cleaners Services and Miscellaneous 609 W Bridle Path Ln Payson AZ, 85541 928-468-1358 The Double “D” Bars & Restaurants 354 W Johnson Blvd, Tonto Village Payson AZ, 85541 928-978-0734

Peoria

CJ Creations Clothing 10348 W Cashman Peoria AZ, 85383 623-412-2110 Business Life Member

M&M Medical, P.C. Services and Miscellaneous 15182 N 75th Ave #180 Peoria AZ, 85381 623-487-3334

Phoenix

Angelo Bellone CPA-PLC Services and Miscellaneous 3420 E Shea Blvd #140 Phoenix AZ, 85028 602-765-6111 Business Life Member

Drain Guys and Plumbing Services and Miscellaneous 4625 N 79th Ave Phoenix AZ, 85033 632-848-3962 Business Life Member

Fabyannʼs Embroidery & Decals Services and Miscellaneous 13439 No Cave Creek Road Suite 7 Phoenix AZ, 85022 602-404-3138 Business Life Member

Foolʼs Life Services and Miscellaneous 819 E Spanish Moss Ln Phoenix AZ, 85022 602-770-5593 Maverick Saloon Bars & Restaurants 9605 N 19th Ave Phoenix AZ, 85021 602-943-5680

Ramjet Racing Services and Miscellaneous 13207 N Cave Creek Rd Phoenix AZ, 85022 602-788-0364

Red Onion Lounge Bars & Restaurants 15002 N Cave Creek Rd Phoenix AZ, 85032 602-867-9989

Victor Florio and Co. Services and Miscellaneous 4735 N Central Ave Phoenix AZ, 85034 602-278-8000 Business Life Member

Wheel Shop Motorcycle Repair, Parts & Accessories 1621 E McDowell Rd Phoenix AZ, 85006 602-253-1344

Mototire Motorcycle Repair, Parts & Accessories 13012 N Cave Creek Rd, Ste 7 Phoenix AZ, 85022 602-374-5877

Prescott Valley

Prescott Valley Motorcycles Motorcycle Repair, Parts & Accessories 2741 N Starlight Dr Prescott Valley AZ, 86314 928-772-4266 Business Life Member

Scottsdale

Southwest Trikes Motorcycle Repair, Parts & Accessories 7430 E Butherus Scottsdale AZ, 85260 480-951-7171 Business Life Member

Sedona

Blue Moon Cafe Bars & Restaurants 210 Roca Rojo Rd Sedona AZ, 86351 928-300-3634

Show Low

Days Inn - Show Low Lodging 480 W Duece Of Clubs Show Low AZ, 85901 928-537-4356 Business Life Member

Native New Yorker #12 Bars & Restaurants 391 W Duece Of Clubs Show Low AZ, 85901 928-532-5100 Business Life Member

Springerville

Coyote Creek Saloon Bars & Restaurants Hwy 60 and D St Springerville AZ, 85938 928-333-4022 Business Life Member

Java Blues Bar & Grill Bars & Restaurants 341 E Main St Springerville AZ, 85938 928-333-5282

Safire Restaurant & Lounge Bars & Restaurants 411 E Main St Springerville AZ, 85925 928-333-4512

Sunnyside Restaurant Bars & Restaurants 318 E Main St Springerville AZ, 85938 928-333-1313

T D Automotive Motorcycle Repair, Parts & Accessories 633 E Main St Springerville AZ, 85938 928-333-5207

Strawberry

Gila County Chopper Motorcycle Repair, Parts & Accessories 7803 Ralls Drive Strawberry AZ, 85544 480-789-2933

Mountain Top Brewing Company Bars & Restaurants HC1 Box 1554 Strawberry AZ, 85544 928-476-5743

Sportsmanʼs Chalet Bars & Restaurants 5087 N Hwy 87 Phoenix AZ, 85544 928-951-4292

Sun City

Aces and Eights Cycles Business Life Member

Surprise

Coyote Alley Bars & Restaurants 16846 W Bell Rd Suite 100 Surprise AZ, 85374 480-320-9852

Tolleson

Pepeʼs Lounge Bars & Restaurants 9152 W Van Buren St Tolleson AZ, 85353 623-936-8817

Tonopah

Tonopah Joeʼs Family Restaurant Bars & Restaurants 41101 W Indian School Rd Tonopah AZ, 85354 623-386-3895

Tonto Basin

Cactus Flats Bars & Restaurants PO Box 645 Tonto Basin AZ, 85553 928-479-2233

Just because itʼs funny...

One bitterly cold winter's day a Police patrolman came across a motorcyclist who was swathed in protective clothing and helmet, stalled by the roadside. "What's the matter?" asked the Policeman. "Carburetor's frozen." was the terse reply. "Pee on it, That'll thaw it out"

"OK, watch and I'll show you"

"I can't" said the Motorcyclist.

The constable lubricated the carburetor, as promised. The bike started and the rider drove off waving. A few days later the chief constable received a note of thanks from the father of the motorbike rider. It began: "on behalf of my daughter who recently was stranded......" From http://www.motorcycleforums.net

Bikers Prayer Author Unknown

May the sun rise in front of me.

May the rain fall behind me and the wind follow me.

May the angels of my brothers and sisters who have gone before me guard my travels, for they know the perils of the road ahead of me.

Keep me safe through the rough city streets on my way to the land of the swirling turns and rolling hills. Let the turning colors of fall keep me warm.

Let the eagle guide me to the mountaintops. Let the Moon's light guide me through the night. May my tires not fail me, nor my engine grow old. May my bike draw life from the streams I pass.

Keep my seat soft and my mind sharp. Let the air of spring breathe life into my soul, to journey to another adventure beside my brothers and sisters.

MMA of Arizona Business Member Plaque Presentations

Punkin Center Bar Bars & Restaurants Hwy 188 & Greenback Rd Tonto Basin AZ, 85553 928-479-2627

Wickenburg

Blodgett CPA, LLC Services and Miscellaneous 610 W La Golondrina Dr Wickenburg AZ, 85390 928-684-0660

Youngtown

Curlyʼs Customs Motorcycle Repair, Parts & Accessories 12030 N 111th Ave Youngtown AZ, 85363 623-977-0339 Business Life Member

Rim Country District: Bud and Christine Zuber, owners of Famous Samʼs, have been business members of MMA Rim Country since June 2010. Famous Samʼs is a full-service Sports Bar & Restaurant and very biker friendly. They offer discounts to all MMA members.

Other

Law Offices of Richard M. Lester Services and Miscellaneous 21054 Sherman Way 3rd Floor Canoga Park, CA. 91303 800-521-2425 Business Life Member

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Westsiders District: Westsiders Nikki and Steve Parker present Daddy Dukes with an MMA Business Member Plaque.

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Positive Communication and Leadership

What does Positive Communication and Leadership have to do with MMA? Is Image important to us? What do we want to do when we grow up? Does positive communication and leadership help grow Membership? The Definition of Volunteer: • A person who performs voluntary work • Volunteering is the practice of people working on behalf of others or a particular cause without payment for their time and services.

As a Volunteer, how does positive communication and leadership affect me or have an impact on what I do?

Good leadership more importantly requires attitudes and behaviors which characterize and relate to humanity. Effective Leadership does not necessarily require great technical or intellectual capacity. The attributes might help, but they are not pivotal.

Leadership is centrally concerned with people. Of course leadership involves decisions and actions relating to all sorts of other things, but leadership is special compared to any other role because of its unique responsibility for people.

Leadership and management are commonly seen as the same thing, which they are not. Leadership is also misunderstood to mean directing and instructing people and making important decisions on behalf of an organization. Effective leadership is much more than these.

Good leaders are followed chiefly because people trust and respect them, rather than the skills they possess. Leadership is about behavior first, skills second. This is a simple way to see how leadership is different than management: • Management is mostly about process • Leadership is mostly about behavior

Leadership involves many management skills, but generally as a secondary or background function of true leadership. Leadership instead relies most strongly on less tangible and less measurable things like trust, inspiration, attitude, decision-making, and personal character. They are facets of humanity, and are enabled mainly by the leaderʼs character and especially his/her emotional reserves. Humanity is a way to describe these qualities, because this reflects the leaderʼs vital relationship with people.

Examples of highly significant leadership qualities:

Integrity — Honesty — Humility — Courage Commitment — Sincerity — Confidence — Passion Positivity — Wisdom — Determination — Compassion Sensitivity

People with these sorts of behaviors and attitudes tend to attract followers. Followers are naturally drawn to people who exhibit strength and can inspire belief in others. These qualities tend to produce a charismatic effect. Charisma tends to result from effective leadership and the qualities which enable effective leadership.

Some people are born more naturally to leadership than others. Most people donʼt seek to be a leader, but many more people are able to lead, in one way or another and in one situation or another, than they realize. People who want to be a leader can develop leadership ability. Leadership is not the exclusive preserve of the wealthy and educated. Some leadership thoughts:

Always, when leaders say that the people are not following, itʼs the leaders who are lost, not the people Leaders get lost because of isolation, delusion, arrogance, plain stupidity, and etc. but above all because they become obsessed with imposing their authority, instead of truly leading. Incidentally, leading is helping people achieve a shared vision, not telling people what to do. It is not possible for a leader to understand and lead people when the leaderʼs head is high in the clouds or stuck firmly up his backside Loyalty to leadership relies on the leader having a connection with and understanding of peopleʼs needs and wishes and possibilities. Solutions to leadership challenges do not lie in the leaderʼs needs and wishes. Leadership solutions lie in the needs and wishes of the followers. The suggestion that loyalty and a following can be built by simply asking or forcing people to be loyal is not any basis for effective leadership Prior to expecting anyone to follow, a leader first needs to demonstrate a vision and values worthy of a following

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A given type of Leadership inevitably attracts the same type of followers. Put another way, a leadership cannot behave in any way that it asks it people not to. In other words, for people to embrace and follow compassionate, honest, ethical, peaceful and fair principals, they must see these qualities demonstrated by their leadership. People are a lot cleverer than most leaders think People have a much keener sense of truth than most leaders think People quickly lose faith in a leader who behaves as if the last two points do not exist People generally have the answers which elude the leadersthey just have better things to do than help the leader to lead-like getting on with their own lives. A leadership that screws up in a big way should come clean and admit their errors. People will generally forgive mistakes but they do not tolerate being treated like idiots by leaders Anyone can resort to threats and aggression. Being aggressive is not leading. It might have been a couple thousand years ago, but itʼs not now.

Some quotes:

No man is fit to command another that cannot command himself It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple, learn how to look after them, and pretty soon you have a dozen Everybody can get angry-thatʼs easy. But getting angry at the right person, with the right intensity, at the right time, for the right reason and in the right way-thatʼs hard. I praise loudly, I blame softly

Ten (10) rules on how to be a Positive Leader:

1. Give more than you expect others to give 2. Combine optimism and perseverance 3. See everyone as a diamond in the rough 4. Express appreciation; accept responsibility 5. Keep your ego in check 6. Show respect for the people around you 7. Treat team members as family 8. Be a source of inspiration 9. Stress cooperation, not competition 10. Maintain a sense of humor

Leadership and communication go hand in hand and are both important.

1. People judge others by their actions. This means you are being judged by the perceptions you create with your words and actions. For example, if you act angry, even though you feel otherwise, you will be judged as being hostile. If you sound helpless, even though you feel otherwise, you will be judged as being ineffective. Thus, choose actions and words that convey the impression you want to make. 2. People judge themselves by their intentions. Thus, acknowledge that the other personʼs actions or words are correct and proper. Even when someoneʼs behavior appears completely absurd, that person most likely believes it is justified. 3. Everyone deserves courtesy and respect. Diplomacy gains more than hostility. It is always the best way to begin a dialogue. After all, on one has ever had to apologize for being courteous. When you treat others with respect, you set the standard for how you want to be treated. 4. Everyone has valuable ideas. Everyone is an expert in some area. Everyone has unique talents. A leader helps other people excel at expressing their ideas. 5. You can accept anything without agreeing with it. Thus, acknowledge amazing requests with statements such as: Thatʼs and interesting idea, Thatʼs a novel request, What an intriguing question 6. Realize that you can always learn more about the others personʼs needs, priorities, and situation. Ask questions. Seek Solutions. Think Positive. Quick reactions often lead to apologies. Start by being thoughtful and seeking to understand fully. Ten (10) steps that can help you in Positive Communication: 1. Communicate Often 2. Listen 3. Translate 4. Focus on Common Goals 5. Praise and Compliment 6. Stick to the Issue 7. Be Respectful and kind 8. Forgive one another 9. Remember 10. Communicate about Communication

Always think about how youʼre communicating your message. We do a lot of emails that can be taken the wrong way by just one sentence or word. Here are some thoughts:

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Negative Language/Phrasing

1. Expressions that suggest carelessness 2. Phrases that suggest the person is lying 3. Expressions that imply the recipient is not too bright 4. Demanding phrases that imply coercion/pressure 5. Phrases that can be interpreted as sarcastic/patronizing

Positive Phrasing

1. If you can send us whatever, we can complete the process 2. The information we have suggests that you have a different view point on this issue. Let me explain our perspective. 3. Might we suggest that you...... 4. One option open to you is........ 5. We can help you to complete, if you can send us....... Conclusion: Negative language conveys a poor image to whoever weʼre talking to and those around us. Sometimes it causes conflict and confrontation where none is necessary or desired. The first place to start using positive communication is with written material.

MMA is a business and on top of that a NON-Profit organization run by volunteers. Volunteers help out because they enjoy the people and the work that they do. As individuals in Officer and Districts positions you are involved in Positive Leadership and Communication. You set the example for MMA. The image that you portray is what people see and in some cases determines if they want to be a part of our organizations. Think about some of the organizations that are growing. Why are they growing? A couple reasons are communication and Leadership.

Every time an email moves around on the internet and if it is a positive one from you, it sends a positive message on you and who you represent. If the email is slamming someone or sending a negative message out to the internet, it sends a negative message on you and who you represent. Think about that any time you send an email. Positive Communication and Leadership isnʼt just for the big Corporations, itʼs for all of us in no matter what weʼre doing.

How can I help make a difference and to portray positive communication and Leadership? Mick Degn MMA Lobbyist Lobbyist@mma-az.org

Bill Passes Committee

SB1227 – insurance; unfair discrimination; motorcycles, passed the Senate Natural Resource and Transportation Committee on 2/14/11, 6 YES & zero NO. This Bill will not only close the HIPPA 'Source of Injury Loophole' used when filing a claim, something the federal government has been trying to close for years, but will not allow 'discrimination' of motorcyclists for coverage in the first place. Next step is on to the RULES Committee, which is a formality, and then to the Senate Floor for a full floor vote.

Mick Degn

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Grand Canyon District Report

Greetings to all of our fellow freedom fighters within this great organization! The Grand Canyon District met at the usual time and place. Our meeting was brief, but was full of agenda items.

Our district is attempting to contact both ADOT officials and City of Flagstaff officials in order to post "Watch Out for Motorcycles" signs in town and on the highways leading to town. We hope to get in touch with the respective folks before our next district meeting. We'll keep you posted.

One member of our district, Bruce Johnson, is hauling water for those residing outside of Flagstaff. He has volunteered his water hauling trailer as a means of communicating to the general public about watching out for those of us who ride on two or three wheels. Thank you, Bruce, for stepping up to the plate on this!

Many of us will be attending the Freedom Beach Party in New River and we look forward to visiting with you all.

No other real news from the frozen north. We look forward to bringing out our two wheeled steeds and performing our needed maintenance on them so that we can ride here soon (when the roads are no longer icy). Until next time, keep the rubber side down and we'll talk to you again soon. Steve Briggs District Recorder, Grand Canyon District

Northern District Report

With the New Year comes change. Sadly this will be my last posting as I have taken on another calling. However, we are pleased to announce our new communications officer Sandy Blair. She will be a tremendous addition to this chapter. Our new ADM Ray Elshire was overwhelming voted in and our next two years are in safe hands. We have many exciting things on the agenda for 2011.

As for 2010, we had a great year. We raised over 3000 dollars in funds and toy donations for our Toys for Tots drive. To my knowledge (and delight), no needy child in Page went without a toy. Our shopping day was December 11th. We spent all of our funds at our major contributors, Wal-Mart being the biggest along with Safeway and The two Dollar stores. Many of us rode around town as we shopped. Hereʼs a neat story…a California man saw all of our bikes as we shopped and asked what we were doing. We explained our Toys for Tots drive, so he whipped out a “C” note and donated right there on the spot, no questions. We finished our day at the Elkʼs lodge wrapping presents. Many folks from all over town came and helped us wrap and the Elkʼs provided a nice chili dinner for us. On December 18th, we started our day bright and early by handing out our toys with food baskets for needy families with the Elks, then that evening, we enjoyed a crisp night and our local “Parade of Lights. MMA riders participated by riding in the parade behind our beerless leader Jim “Redneck” Blair. Other participated by building floats and showing their holiday spirit. All in all, it was a truly blessed Christmas here in Page. So with mixed feeling I turn thing over to our new Communications Officer. I look forward to just riding for the next few years and trust we will meet on the road in the near future (by the way, I will wave regardless if you wave back or not). Dave Weaver Communications Officer

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High Country District Update

HELMETS

1. One of our business members has relocated, and since they also allow us to hold our monthly meetings there I felt like I should probably make you all aware.

This is not the first time there has been federal pressure exerted on states to pass helmet laws. In the late 1960s, Congress threatened to withhold highway funding for states failing to adopt universal helmet laws, and within a few years almost every state had a helmet mandate.

The following are changes that have taken place since our January district meeting.

Smokin' Harleys Steakhouse has relocated to10456 State route 69, Mayer, Az.

2. We also had serval district officer changes;

We have asked Darcy Stroud to become our new Secratary and she has graciously accepted. We also asked Jim Bywater to stand up as our new Sgt. of Arms which he also was willing to do. Larry Stroud High Country District Manager

Senators Debate Bill Repealing Motorcycle Safety Course Reimbursement

Published January 24th, 2011 http://update.legislature.ne.gov/?p=2883

Motorcycle safety education providers would no longer receive state reimbursement under a bill debated on general file Jan. 24.

The Motorcycle Safety Education Fund currently receives $3 from the Highway Trust Fund for every motorcycle registered in the state and $3.50 from the Department of Motor Vehicles Cash Fund for each motorcycle operatorʼs license issued during the previous year. The fund is used to reimburse motorcycle safety course providers up to $75 for each student who successfully completes a course. Under LB170, introduced by Valentine Sen. Deb Fischer, the Motorcycle Safety Education Fund would be dissolved Jan. 1, 2012, and its balance — expected to be approximately $790,000 — would be transferred to the Roads Operations Fund. Fischer said the state reimbursement granted from the Motorcycle Safety Education Fund is inconsistent with driver education programs in the state and should be eliminated.

“There are no other driver training schools that receive any kind of state subsidy, because the state does not mandate these classes,” she said.

Elk Creek Sen. Lavon Heidemann offered an amendment, adopted on a 45-0 vote, to change the diversion of the Motorcycle Safety Education Fund. Under his amendment, 25 percent of the the fundʼs monies would be transferred to the Department of Motor Vehicles Cash Fund and 75 percent would go to the Highway Trust Fund. He said this distribution would match the receiving fundsʼ contributions to the Motorcycle Safety Education Fund.

Kearney Sen. Galen Hadley said LB170, as amended, would still aid motorcyclists. Returning money to the Highway Trust Fund would increase their safety, he said, because motorcyclists are at greater risk of harm from faulty roads.

LB170 would eliminate the $5 fee for motorcycle safety instructorsʼ permits and chief instructorsʼ permits, and replace it with a $100 fee for certification of a motorcycle safety course. The bill also would broaden the DMVʼs regulatory authority over motorcycle safety courses and reduce the life of the driving test waiver granted to those who complete courses from 48 months to 12 months.

Schuyler Sen. Chris Langemeier offered an amendment to partially restore the duration of the testing waiver. Nebraskaʼs climate limits the number of months in a year that people can ride a motorcycle, he said, so those who complete motorcycle safety courses should be granted more than one year to obtain their class M license.

The Legislature adjourned before voting on Langemeierʼs amendment or the billʼs advancement.

Still Ray Pres JOURNEYMEN M/C Arizona Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs Chair ACMC PC Chair MRF Sustaining Member M/C Rep MRF Ass't State Rep

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But by the late 1970s, political resistance and pressure from motorcycle groups convinced Congress to break the link between motorcycle laws and federal highway funds, and over half the states repealed their helmet laws. In 1991, Congress decided to try again, offering safety grants to states that enforced helmet and seatbelt laws. States that didnʼt enforce such laws had three percent of their federal highway money redirected to their highway safety programs. Still, only two states re-instituted helmet laws and by 1995 the federal effort was again overturned and five more states soon repealed their helmet laws. Today, only 20 states require all riders to wear helmets, and last year more state legislatures considered laws to repeal helmet laws than to enact them.

Forcing states to implement safety regulations is not territory the safety board wants to enter, according to Steve Blackistone, NTSBʼs state and local government relations specialist, who said “We are not prescriptive; we cannot mandate implementation.”

But on the same day as the NTSB proclamation, the insurance industry advocacy group Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety called upon Congress to observe the NTSB recommendation and “enact federal legislation that would result in all states adopting all-rider helmet use laws.”

Source: AIM/NCOM MOTORCYCLE E-NEWS SERVICE: Biker Newsbytes December 2010

Judge: Motorcycle Noise Case Can't be Heard in Federal Court Group Ordered to Repay Dealership's Legal Fees By Elizabeth Dinan edinan@seacoastonline.com

CONCORD - The state's federal court declined to hear a motorcycle noise dispute, remanded the case back to Rockingham County Superior Court and ordered motorcycle noise opponents to pay a Harley-Davidson dealership's legal fees.

By order dated Feb. 4, U. S. District Court Judge Landya McCafferty ruled that a case filed by New Hampshire Citizens Against Loud Motorcycles belongs in the superior court, not the federal court as NH CALM had argued. New Castle resident and NH CALM founder Bill Mitchell previously told the Herald the dispute involves a federal statute and should be judged in the Federal Circuit Court. The federal judge disagreed Friday on the basis that NH CALM intervened in the case involving Seacoast Motorcycles and the Town of North Hampton. Because the town did not join NH CALM in its motion to have the case heard in the federal court, the judge wrote, the court lacked jurisdiction over the dispute.

"Without formally analyzing the issue, the court observes that NH CALM's claim for federal-question jurisdiction appears to be exceptionally weak," wrote Judge McCafferty.. The judge also ordered NH CALM to pay Seacoast Motorcycles' attorneys fees in an amount to be determined within 20 days.

The underlying dispute involves a Superior Court lawsuit filed by Seacoast Motorcycles in opposition to North Hampton's new ordinance regulating decibel levels emitted by motorcycles. The ordinance requires a federal Environmental Protection Agency sticker on all motorcycles manufactured after 1982, which indicates decibel levels don't exceed 80.

That level is lower than the state of New Hampshire's 106-decibel requirement.

In its suit, the dealership asks the court to file a restraining order preventing North Hampton from enforcing the motorcycle noise ordinance, to declare that state law trumps the local ordinance in terms of motorcycle noise and to award attorney's fees. North Hampton Police Chief Brian Page has called the ordinance unenforceable. Continued on next page - NOISE

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Rider Safety & Maintenance Tips

Safety Check Before You Ride. With the day-to-day hustle and bustle in our lives, it is easy to just put some things off. Many of us when we are ready to ride just go out jump on the scoot and head down the road. Many think perhaps inspection of the bike every time you ride is a bit of overkill. Perhaps…but it is your life. If a safety inspection is not something you want to do every time you ride then perhaps set a schedule weekly, every other week or when your cleaning your ride. Below are helpful tips to safety inspecting your motorcycle and riding gear. Thereʼs more to inspecting then just fluids and tires.

Out of Shape Rider

Submitted by Glen “Belch” Koepke

Here is an issue I have not seen regarding motorcycle safety. Last August a storm came through Apache Junction and washed out my driveway, 3 1/2 inches of rain in an hour and a half. A contractor gave me a bid of $920, with 70 (yes seventy) tons of crushed granite to fix it. My homeowners insurance does not cover this type of damage, and also has a $500 deductable. I am retired on a fixed income, so neither of these seemed to be viable plans. What does this have to do with motorcycle safety one might ask. Well, with a shovel and wheelbarrow I have gradually been moving dirt and gravel from one part of my property to another over the last couple of months. I have probably moved 25 or so tons now. About three weeks after I started doing this, I noticed how much easier it was for me to handle my Road King. On days that I do not haul dirt, I jump on the ellipticle trainer that was just gathering dust, and every time I ride it gets easier and easier.

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"The town ordinance is trying to circumvent state law and is not enforceable," he told the town's Select Board in June of 2010. "It would be ridiculous for me to direct my men to enforce it."

Mitchell was so annoyed by loud motorcycles roaring past his home, he used his own money to buy New Castle's police department a decibel meter last year. He later learned it takes three officers to take an accurate decibel reading from a stopped motorcycle, so he founded NH CALM. The group legally formed as a corporation, retained Portsmouth attorney Robert Shaines and its goal is to raise awareness, publicity and legal defense funds. The Harley dealership claims in its suit that the ordinance bans motorcycles from town without EPA labels on exhaust systems, "even though the motorcycles comply with the state's noise level limit of 106 decibels."

"The ordinance has the effect of making the majority of Seacoast's (Harley dealership) entire used motorcycle inventory illegal," according to the suit. The Harley dealership also notes that after-market exhaust pipes, which are popular among Harley owners, also do not have EPA stickers.

Last year the N.H. House killed a bill that would have mandated EPA stickers on motorcycle pipes as "inexpedient to legislate." The bill was sponsored by state Rep. Judith Day, D-North Hampton, who has since joined N.H. CALM.

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2011 MMA Beach Party Event Submitted by Lee “Snakebite” Gonzales

For the first time in 3 years, we finally had some good weather. Bright blue skies, a light breeze and plenty of Arizona sunshine were present for this yearʼs MMA Freedom Beach Party held at the Roadrunner Saloon in New River, AZ.

MMA volunteers arrived early to get ready for the big party setting up booths and vendors, while the Roadrunner staff was hustling around with last minute prep to greet the mass of hungry, thirsty and beach seeking bikers soon to arrive. This year the gate opened early around 11am as so many arrived early. By noon there were already 100 people through the gate. Overall attendance this year was 470 riders.

The band, Brotherhood of Blues with the stylingʼs of Sara Stiles, entertained the crowd with some classic blues. Lunch was served by the Roadrunner and the line seemed to go on forever. But Roadrunner staff handled it well dishing out the food and moving the line. Lunch was pulled pork sandwiches, coleslaw and chips. Everyone seemed to enjoy it.

During the party you could shop the vendors and also walk through the bike show and vote for you favorite bike in each class and cast you vote for the peoples choice award. Tickets were on sale throughout the day for 50/50 and door prizes and you also had a chance to buy a ticket for the $500 gift certificate to Best Buy to be held later in the day. You could also take your picture in the Hawaiian photo op, and many did.

At 2:30 the tattoo contest was under way as many a proud biker displayed their impressive body art. After the tattoo contest, winners of the bike show and tattoo contest were awarded their plagues and trophies. Now it was time to judge the Hawaiian shirt contest. This has become a fun part of the Beach party and this year there was a very special trophy and lei for the winner. Every man who wore a Hawaiian shirt was “leid” by one of the MMA ladies. There were a many a smiles as the ladies walked up and said you havenʼt been leid today and gave them a lei of bright colored flowers. After giving one to a guy he walked the vendors and came back and told me getting leid changed his luck as one of the vendors gave him a free shirt for having a lei…see little things count. The winner of the beautiful and sexy hula trophy for the best Hawaiian shirt was Muskrat in is bright red shirt purchased on his resent trip to Hawaii.

At 4:30 the winners of the 50/50 and Raffle were announced. Winner of the 50/50 was Lodur of Desert Thunder MC and the winner of the $500 gift certificate was Eight Ball of Desert Thunder MC.

Special thanks go out to all the clubs and organizations that came out to support the MMA of Arizona. Thanks to the Roadrunner owners and staff for keeping the libation flowing, food and great venue. The biggest thanks of all goes to the volunteers of the MMA who spend countless hours planning and working this event. Hope to see you all and more at next years Freedom Beach Party.

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MMA State Board Meeting Notes January 15, 2011

The meeting at Maxʼs Sports Bar in Glendale was called to order at noon. The pledge, moment of silence and ascertaining a quorum were done. Eric Seitz and Steve Parkers resignations from Board Member positions were accepted and Doug Keatts and Martin Laneʼs applications for Board Member positions were accepted. Steve Belzer was officially voted in as State Treasurer and the Red Mountain District that will be covering Scottsdale, Chandler, and Gilbert was voted in to start a 3 month probation period. Jim Boyd was appointed to the position of Business Manager Representative.

The secretaryʼs, publications, communications, ACMC and treasureʼs reports were read and accepted by the board. There was not a membership report at this meeting. Mick Degn discussed the Distracted Driving bill and an update on the emissions bill. He also discussed who was elected and retained in the Senate and the House and who we lost that supported us in the past.

501 C-3 progress update – We have filed (10) Trade Names and Updated our current Corporation report. The application for the C-3 will be filed as soon as the Corporation Commission website reflects all changes and requests filed. It can take from 60 days to 6 months for the IRS to approve the C-3.

Beach Party Update – Cindy told us the Roadrunner is ready and we have advertising all over the internet and flyers are out there. Salt River, Verde Valley and Casa Grande all gave $50 each for raffle prizes. Cindy asked for volunteers and pray we have good weather.

Billboards – We currently have (1) billboard up on interstate 10 north of Tucson paid for by the State. Leather District and Verde Valley District would both like to buy billboards from their District funds. Tom will get more information on availability around the State.

Web Site Mailing Lists – All Districts can have their own lists. We have also update and have new email lists for the BOD members, DMʼs and our Discussion list.

MRF REP - Deb Butitta spoke and gave us her history with the State MROʼs and her involvement with the MRF. She would like to retain the position of the MRF Rep. for a limited time and train someone to take her place. Eric Osborn has also applied for the MRF Rep. position for the State of Arizona. There was discussion with questions/answers. The discussion was tabled to collect more information and it was noted that the MMA would make a decision quickly via internet voting.

District Street Signs – It was discussed that we would be focusing District by District to implement street signs in all of our Cityʼs and Townʼs.

CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATION COMPLAINT FORM Name of complainant:____________________________________________________________ Address:______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ Phone:________________________________ Email:__________________________________ The Law: “Every person who, under color of any statute, ordinance, regulation, custom, or usage, of any State …subjects, or causes to be subjected, any citizen of the United States or other person … the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the Constitution and laws, shall be liable to the party injured in an action at law…” 42 USC § 1983. The wearing of colors by members of motorcycle clubs is a means of identifying Club Members and symbolizes their common interests and beliefs. Prohibiting speech of this nature constitutes an attack on a particular viewpoint. Sammartano v. First Judicial District Court, in and for the County of Carson City, 303 F.3d 959, 971-72 (9th Cir. 2002). In Sammartano, the Carson City courthouse enacted a rule to prohibit admission of those with “clothing, attire or ‘colors’ which have symbols, markings or words indicating an affiliation with street gangs, biker or similar organizations,” because “such clothing or attire can be extremely disruptive and intimidating, especially when members of different groups are in the building at the same time.” 303 F.3d at 964. The Ninth Circuit reasoned that the rule singles out bikers and similar organizations for the message their clothing is presumed to convey, and held that the rule impermissibly discriminates against a particular point of view – the view of biker clubs as opposed to garden clubs and gun clubs. Id. at 971-72. Complaint Information Provide names, address, phone number, organization, business, or any other identifying information of the PERSONS ACTING UNDER COLOR OF LAW to violate your rights. (Example: Officer Dom Foke, Small Town Police Department, badge #0666). ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ Describe in detail what the person acting under color of law (the police or their agents such as business proprietors) did and said regarding your wearing colors or being present at the location wearing colors. State date, time, location, names of persons present and what they might be able to testify to. Be prepared to make a truthful, accurate statement under oath. ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

Truck – We voted to purchase a used U-haul truck that will be used to help with the Westsiders food program and for other needs of the MMA of Arizona. The cost of the truck will be approximately $1600.

Online Store – Snakebite has collected bids for many items that we could get and the costs associated with them to sell them online. This would give all of our members the opportunity to order items online and keep the MMAʼs out of pocket costs minimal.

Michele Osborn MMA of AZ State Secretary

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Biker Vittles Tips from the table of the ‘Vittles King’

Deadline for your submissions will be April 3, 2010. Send them to bikerfood@mma-az.org.

With the beautiful Spring weather, many of us are out getting in all the riding we can as this is one of the best times of year to ride in Arizona. After a hard day of riding and fun the last thing you want to do is come home and put on a production for dinner. Since so many are in the health and stay fit mode since the beginning of the year, here is a fresh recipe with healthy ingrediants and very low fat. Try it out and see what you think

Beer Battered Fish Tacos Ingredients

Tomato & Avocado Salsa, (recipe follows) or store-bought fresh salsa 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1/8 teaspoon ground cumin

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste 1/3 cup beer

8 ounces tilapia fillet, cut crosswise into 1-inch wide strips (or substite another fish if desired)

2 teaspoons canola oil

4 corn tortillas, warmed

Preparation

1. Prepare Tomato & Avocado Salsa, if using.

2. Combine flour, cumin, salt and cayenne in a medium bowl. Whisk in beer to create a batter.

3. Coat tilapia pieces in the batter. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Letting excess batter drip back into the bowl, add the fish to the pan; cook until crispy and golden, 2 to 4 minutes per side. Serve the fish with tortillas salsa and finely shreaded cabbage if desired

Tomato and Avocado Salsa 1 large tomato, diced

1/4 cup diced red onion 1/2 jalapeno, minced

2-3 tablespoons lime juice

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1/2 avocado, diced

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Serve with black beans and some mango chunks if desired. Great healthy meal made in under 30 minute.

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