A Publication of the Modified Motorcycle Association of Arizona May / June 2011
What is Happening at the Copper Dome?
Arizona Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council (AMSAC)
Casa Grande District MMA Beach Party Story and pictures on page 10
Submitted by Mick Degn
Since the last publication of the Patriot we have had no Council Meetings. A meeting is scheduled for April with three (3) new members to the council.
Submitted by Mick Degn
As I think about what is happening at the Capitol and with Motorcycling, I canʼt help but think about Kimmy Chapman. Kimmy was such a fixture in Motorcycling and every motorcycle event you went to, Kimmy was there. Over the years Iʼve worked with Kimmy in the Motorcycle Business where she helped me with advertising and promotions. As a Shriner, she always helped promote what we did to help the kids. As a Lobbyist, she was there to help get our word out. Kimmy was always there. Continued on page 8 - COPPER DOME
Washington State Passed Profiling Bill & Now On To Governors Desk House of Representatives Addressing Motorcycle Profiling ESB 5242 - 2011-12
April 1: Rules suspended; Placed on Third Reading
PASSED: Yeas, 91; Nays, 0 absent, 0; excused 6. (The excused would have been Yeas).
NOTE: Previously passed unanimous in the Senate and now unanimous in the House.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON: NEW SECTION. Sec. 1. A new section is added to chapter 43.101 RCW to read as follows:
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The Council purchases trinkets (pencils, tri-folds, key chains and bumper stickers) each year for Motorcycle Awareness and Safety. Those items are used for May Motorcycle Awareness and the Motorcycle Awareness Program (MAP) to a big extent. The challenge that weʼve had in the past couple years is the cost of the items and the control of getting them passed out. We have 155,000 motorcyclists in the state that are contributing $1.00 on their registration to this fund. The challenge for AMSAC is being able to get trinkets to those in need and being fair in the distribution. Some folks ask for enormous amounts not thinking about others that might need it for a safety/awareness seminar. In addition, we want to be able to spend money out there on Media, PSA and other avenues that everyone sees to bring Motorcycle Safety and Awareness out there every day and not just for the moment.
ALR Post 2 – 1st Annual Skin & Steel Bike Show And Tattoo Expo Story and pictures on page 10
Remember only a percent of the dollars go for the trinkets and the rest goes to Media, PSA and other Motorcycle Awareness campaigns. Mick Degn Member of Arizona Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council MMA Lobbyist
May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month
The following is a copy of a letter sent to the Editor of the Arizona Republic on April 15th.
Wheels For Pops
Story and pictures on page 10
By a Certificate of Proclamation, Governor Jan Brewer has proclaimed May 2011 as "Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month" to remind motorists of the motorcycle enthusiasts on Arizonaʼs highways. The event is supported by a Legislative Resolution and is being promoted by state departments and rider groups concerned with highway safety. The awareness campaign seeks broader recognition of motorcycles in the transportation mix. The objective is to reduce the number of motorcycle accidents and deaths on state roads. The target audience incorporates vehicle drivers and motorcycle operators. The principle concerns are to increase driver recognition of motorcyclists in traffic, while encouraging motorcyclists to participate in Motorcycle Safety training available through out the state of Arizona. As roadway safety supporters, motorcyclists ask that motorists get in the habit of looking for motorcycles as they drive, during safety awareness month and throughout the year. We are your neighbors, friends, and families. Together we can share the road safely. Sincerely,
Tom Corr State Chairman Modified Motorcycle Association of Arizona
Inside This Issue:
MMA of Arizona Listings .....................................2 State Membership Information............................3 From Our Chairman............................................4 The Disgruntled Biker .........................................4 Planning a Great Road Trip ................................5 Looking Twice .....................................................6 From the GUNNYʼS SACK .................................6 Arizona Freedom Plate .......................................6 MMA of Arizona Event Calendar.........................7 Lobbyist Update..................................................8 Cast Iron and Tin Plate Motorcycle Toys ............9 Motorcycle Safety and Awareness......................9 Casa Grande District MMA Beach Party ..........10 Skin & Steel Bike Show and Tattoo Expo .........10 Wheels For Pops ..............................................10 MMA of Arizona Business Member Listings......12 District Reports .................................................14 Off The Beaten Path The Road Less Traveled .15 NCOM BIKER NEWSBYTES ...........................16 Lady Rider Report.............................................16 Rider Safety & Maintenance Tips .....................17 Biker Vittles .......................................................19
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MMA State NCOM Bill Bish - Encino, CA Fritz Clapp Esq. Joe Eggleston* Tank Tiger Mike Revere
Motorcycle Club Life Members Sober Riders since 08/2003 Limey Riders since 09/2005 VIIIʼs Society since 11/2006 Life Emeritus Members Roger "Priest" Hurm - Chairman Bill Justice - Chairman CJ Swinford - Chairman Colin “Cinders” MacDiarmid
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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 Smokin Harleyʼs Steakhouse 10456 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
Rim Country 2nd Sunday at 9 am Legion Tonto Rim Post #69 709 E. Hwy 260 Payson, AZ
Leather/Iron Horse 2nd Saturday at 10 am Charleyʼs Place 4324 W. Thunderbird Rd. Glendale, 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 Westsiders 4th Sunday at 9 am - breakfast meeting Avondale Moose Lodge 1572 S. Cotton Lane Goodyear, AZ
Red Mountain 3rd Saturday at 10 am Wild Hogs Bar & Grill 3731 E Main St Chandler, AZ
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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 The Opposing Left-Turn Conflict:
An Opposing Left-Turn Conflict: Occurs when an oncoming vehicle makes a left turn, placing a second vehicle, going in the opposite direction, in danger of a head-on or broadside collision. It applies only when the second vehicle has the right-of-way.
Right of way problems is nothing new and have been around as long as motorcycles, AZ bike week 2011 was a grim reminder of that reality. Unfortunately AZ lost several motorcyclists; one death in particular really had an impact on the motorcycle community and brought Right of Way violations back to the forefront, ultimately leading to some negative feelings towards the MROʼs, the lobbyists and state representatives of AZ. As with any law, Right of Way varies by state, the vast majority of these laws are redundant on the idea of yielding to the right of way, or in essence, taking care to prevent a collision with another driver. Following a collision, however, establishing which driver actually possessed the right of way, as well as the proportional level of fault, or negligence of each party in the eyes of law enforcement is not always clear cut.
The reality of the matter is failing to yield to the right of way of another driver whether on a motorcycle or not creates negligence. A negligent driver through failure to yield stands accused of creating an environment of undue danger by causing a collision. This negligent conduct, as well as the ensuing damages stemming from a collision create the grounds for a plaintiff to file a civil suit against the negligent party. All most anyone who rides a motorcycle views striking a motorcyclist as any thing but an accident and a blatant infringement of the motorcyclist right of way. While it is true that many motorists do not observe the right of way of motorcyclist, many motorcyclists feel that drivers should be heavily fined and in the case of where the rider is fatally injured there should be automatic prison time.
Automatic jail time - every time - is not likely going to happen anytime soon, as lawmakers in (every state not just) AZ either have or know someone who COULD be in a right of way situation. The reason I say that is, I have heard that if a potential ROW law is too strong (such as one including automatic jail time), law makers tend to steer clear of as they would not want one of their loved ones incarcerated if the incident was unintentional and did not involve impairment or distraction. The best any of us can hope for in situations that do not involve impairment or other distracted causes, is legislation for bigger fines in addition to a required license suspension and required driver-training course before reinstatement. Prevention of the Opposing Left-Turn Conflict in the first place is the ideal scenario. While all left turn conflicts will never be resolved due to logistics, conflicts at signalcontrolled intersections can be prevented or at the very least, reduced significantly. The best way to prevent left turn crashes at signal-controlled intersections is pushing for the implementation of Protected Lead - Lag Turn Displays across the state.
This traffic movement system was first presented at the 1994 International ITE Meeting in Dallas. Traffic engineers use lead-lag left-turn phasing to improve safe vehicle progression.
In my travels through out AZ I see that many signal controlled only intersections are already set up with protected lagging left turn on green arrows only. But there are many more intersections that are not.
There fore I firmly believe this is some thing for the MROʼs to explore with our state and local municipalities to make our roads safer.
I have found several studies online about the subject, I just do not know if those would be enough to get lane assignments changed at non-protected intersections as a five-section signal heads tied to the adjacent through lanes for left-turn controls need to be installed and all though common sense should dictate the matter I am certain there is a huge expense associated in doing so, meaning we may have to prove our case that signal operation allowing left turns on green arrow only for traffic is the most effective way to reduce right of way conflicts at these intersections. Tom Corr Chairman MMA AZ
Bike Week 2011 - MMA Membership Drive Update At this time the tally looks like this:
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MMA Comes In 1st Place In Bowling Palooza With State Legislatures
MMA sponsored a team that was held with Legislatures from the Senate and House along with Lobbyist from many organizations throughout the State. A great opportunity for MMA to get some visibility with all the Legislative folks and Lobbyists. Representative John Fillmore from District 23 along with MMA members bowled on the MMA Team. We had a great time talking and just having fun with everyone.
The Disgruntled Biker Submitted by a disgruntled biker
I think this will be my last issue. Itʼs sad when the Biggest response the paper gets with all the issues motorcyclists have is my comments on the “Wave”. Then people are active. You donʼt do anything the rest of the time to help the cause (recruit new members, volunteer, write to your reps. etc.) A good friend of myself and my wife dieʼs and then you demand change and legal action without knowing what the facts are. Where have you been? Where will you be in 6 months? Go back in your shells and donʼt talk to me. I donʼt want to hear it. You really are a “Bunch of Jackassʼs”. Till the next issue Have a Bright Sunshiny Day! P.S. Iʼve been riding for over 35 years. I love to hear from people who agree or disagree. The Disgruntled Demigod Biker
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Protected only operation allows drivers to turn on a leftturn arrow while all conflicting movements are stopped.
Obviously a lagging protected only operation would be the safest situation for a motorcyclist – drivers only allowed to turn on a left-turn arrow while all other conflicting movements are stopped. Thus eliminating the, I did not see the motorcycle excuse.
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Lead-lag displays operate in either a protected-only mode or in a protected-permitted mode. Protected-permitted operation allows drivers' to turn while yielding to opposing through traffic.
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Planning a Great Road Trip
T: Tires Make sure both tires are properly inflated, using an air pressure monitor that you bring with you on rides. Don't risk riding on tires that might need replacement; if suspect a tire will not last long enough for a ride, have it replaced.
Motorcycle Touring 101
C: Controls Are your cables (clutch and brakes) and controls intact and working? L: Lights Make sure your headlights (high & low beam), turn signals, and brake lights work.
O: Oils & fluids Check everything from engine oil and coolant to brake fluid.
C: Chassis Ensure that the frame, suspension, chain, and fasteners are all secure and intact. S: Stands Make sure the center stand and/or side stand isn't cracked or bent, and that springs properly hold the assembly away from the pavement when stowed.
Motorcycle trips demand far more planning than the equivalent journey in a car. Though riding provides an inherent sense of freedom, practical limitations require motorcyclists to think ahead when choosing to hit the open road.
For starters, most motorcycles are limited in their storage capacity. Though all-out touring bikes such as the Honda Gold Wing and the BMW K1200LT offer numerous hard cases for the storage of extra clothes and gear, long distance riders are often forced to make tough decisions about the details of their trips, and how much of what items they need to pack. Important Points to Consider
The first questions you'll want to ask yourself when planning a trip pertain to how long you plan on being gone, where you intend to go, and what you have in mind for lodging. First on your list of "must pack" items is a safety and repair kit, which we've covered in a separate article.
Unless you're riding a fully-fledged touring motorcycle, you'll probably need to invest in some type of storage bags; backpacks don't count. Options include saddlebags (which rest straddle the seat and rest on either side of the rear wheel, and are also known as panniers,) and tank bags, which sit directly atop the fuel tank (and often have handy clear plastic windows for displaying maps.) While hard bags offer more weather protection than soft bags, they are also costlier, add more weight, and require more involved installation. Centrally positioned tail bags are another option if you need even more storage. Inspect Your Bike
While more detailed inspection and maintenance practices can be found in our motorcycle maintenance section, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's T-CLOCS method is an efficient way to inspect your bike before traveling:
For a more detailed, downloadable inspection checklist, go to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's website. Packing Tips
Packing for a long distance motorcycle ride is a delicate balance between bringing enough items to ensure comfort, and not overloading yourself with unnecessary weight and bulk. After you've planned your route, you'll want to check the weather forecast and get an idea of what to expect in terms the elements.
A good touring suit is an excellent investment; Aerostich is highly regarded for their line of touring clothes, which strike a good balance between crash protection and comfort. When choosing your clothes, consider packing several thin layers of clothing, rather than a few thick ones. Flexibility is the key to staying comfortable; it's far better to have the option to stop and shed or add layers as necessary, than to shiver or sweat your way through what would otherwise be an enjoyable, scenic route.
Be sure to bring energy bars or trail mix and water; if hunger or thirst strikes while you're far from convenience stores or gas stations, the nourishment will come in handy and keep your riding skills sharp. When loading up your bike, always put heavier, more solid items on the bottom and sides closer to the bike (to centralize weight.) Lighter items should go on top. If you don't have saddlebags or tank bags, you should consider using bungee nets to secure loose items. If you must travel with items secured by a bungee net, ensure that they are snug and will not get loosened by winds or gforces. Again, placing heavier , wider, and more stable items at the bottom will provide an anchor for looser, floppier pieces (like sleeping pads or pillows.)
Finally, equip yourself well. Always wear a full-face helmet for maximum protection – not only against accidents, but also from the elements. Full-face helmets can provide a shield from rain and cold winds, and if constructed with ventilation, can also provide a certain level of comfort in warm weather. It may feel constricting in heat, but the overall benefits of choosing safety over style are vast when considering your long-term health and well-being. Plan, Plan, Plan...
Though it's tempting to hit the open road and simply follow your nose, don't forget that you're more vulnerable to the elements, fatigue, and potentially serious injury on a motorcycle. Prepare yourself with clothing appropriate for the weather. Plan a route and, if you don't have a portable GPS system, do whatever it takes not to get lost – even if it means taping directions to the top of your fuel tank. Err in the direction of filling up with gas too frequently; because of their relatively low cruising range, most bikes will barely make it across some of the North American stretches of highway that are sparsely populated. When in doubt, fill up. Pace your travels realistically. Don't try to ride so many hours in a day that it might affect your reflexes or decision making ability; after all, most of the fun is in the journey, not simply in reaching a destination. While riding, be sure to stop whenever necessary – whether for a snack, a stretch, or a nap. The simple act of taking a breather will make the ride all the more enjoyable. ...But Don't Overplan!
Once you've prepared sufficiently, enjoy the possibility of the unexpected. Riding requires a certain amount of discipline and logistical planning, but part of the joy of the journey is the process. Be open to re-writing your plans when necessary, and you'll have a blast no matter where you end up. Source: http://summer.about.com/
For day or weekend road trips be sure to check out the article Off The Beaten Path – The Road Less Traveled on page 15. If you have a favorite destination or scenic ride you would like to share, please send them to us so others can enjoy the experience. If you have pictures please include them as well.
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Arizona Freedom Plate
The Freedom plate is on the MVD website and can be purchased by anyone that is registered to drive. The plate is listed as the Military support plate. This is a good thing, as it will get the eye of support from someone browsing the plates. This plate is set up like the veteran plate in that 17 dollars of the 25-dollar plate fee, goes to the veteran donation fund. The Freedom Plate is available to cars and motorcycles.
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HERE WE GO AGAIN FOLKS! The riding season here in Oregon has officially started with the annual spring motorcycle swap meet in Portland on the 9th of April. Iʼm just sure now that after all my harping on safety you all have gone through your rides and checked tires, changed oil, checked all the other fluids (if needed), and generally tightened every nut and bolt on your scoot so yer safe this year. Do it now, before ya get into trouble because youʼre just lazy and would rather ride. Remember brothers and sisters. if yur scoot isnʼt sound, you could find yourself on the ground. Our venerable AIM attorney Sam Hochberg here canʼt always fix things if weʼre doing stupid things. Motorcycles Can Run Red Lights in Kansas. Really?
Yes, the Kansas House approved a bill that will allow motorcyclist to run a red light – but only under certain conditions. Called the "Dead Red Bill,” it gives bikers and bicyclists a free pass to go on a red light if the traffic light fails to turn green after a "reasonable period of time." Many motorcycles are not big enough to trigger the traffic light sensor that determines when a light is supposed to turn green. The bill is supposed to prevent motorcyclists and bicyclists from being ticketed or fined for running a red light that did not change because of malfunctioning traffic signals or sensors that don't detect bikes. Before the bill, a biker would have to wait until a car came along to trigger the sensor.
Weekly Email Newsletter Issue #117
The NMA was recently invited to present a seminar at Heartland STEAM, a motorcycling rights and safety conference consisting of the ABATE organizations from seven Midwestern states – Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
ABATE and the NMA are kindred spirits in that we are both membership-driven grassroots organizations working toward making our highways safer and traffic laws fairer. Our presentation, well received by the conference attendees, highlighted the NMA's Motorist Bill of Rights and applicability of those rights to motorists and motorcyclists alike.
Those listening from a remote location to conference discussions about ongoing battles for properly determined speed limits, the elimination of photo enforcement, and the tracking of key legislative issues would have trouble discerning whether the speaker was with the NMA or with ABATE. (Hint: The NMA representative was the one not wearing leathers.)
Much of the Heartland STEAM conference agenda was designed to address motorcycle safety. Riders typically face a higher risk of serious injury from highway accidents than do motorists. Here are some actions that we as motorists can take to help make the roads safer for motorcyclists (and therefore, drivers): Look twice before turning left Most crashes between cars and motorcycles involve turning left at an intersection.
Double check blind spots Motorcycles are easily hidden in traffic. Always take a second look over your shoulder; donʼt rely solely on your mirrors.
Weather matters Rain and sun glare can make a motorcycle invisible. Take an extra moment to make sure the way is clear.
Use turn signals Indicate your next move through the use of turn signals. This allows riders to anticipate traffic flow and find a safe lane position. Also, be aware that most motorcycle turn signals donʼt cancel automatically. If you see a motorcycle coming with its turn signal flashing, wait for it to pass, particularly if you are planning to make a turn into its path. Be vigilant around larger vehicles Cars and trucks can conceal the presence of a motorcycle. Take an extra moment before turning left after a large vehicle passes you from the other direction. Acknowledge eye contact Motorcyclists make frequent eye contact to feel confident that the other drivers see them. Give them a nod back to let them know you are aware of their presence. Be conscious of spacing Riders prefer to use large cushions of space between vehicles and motorcycles. Donʼt reduce safe following distances.
From the GUNNY'S SACK
This is a law that should be universal across this country, and has been enacted in a few areas. It was attempted and failed in Oregon a few years back. All you lawmakers out there take a good look at this one and bikers all over the place will befriend you. DISTRACTED DRIVING WOES: The Motorcycle Safety Foundation is strongly urging all motorists to stop driving while distracted and backs Aprilʼs national awareness month to combat this deadly highway hazard. “Distracted driving is of great concern for motorcyclists as we simply have more at stake,” said MSF President Tim Buche. Iʼll say.
Cell phone use while driving has become a national hazard for everyone on our highways. In Oregon as in many states now there are laws that will getcha a BIG ticket for doing it. Take my word for it folks ITʼS AGAINST the law in Oregon and it is a primary stop. Drive yur car and leave the phone alone or use some device that is hands free to jabber on the talkie. The last thing anyone wants is to be responsible for injury to an innocent bystander because ya just had to gossip. All motorists should be focused on driving.
In 2009, 5,474 people were killed in crashes involving driver distraction (16 percent of the total fatalities). The proportion of fatalities reportedly associated with driver distraction increased from 10 percent in 2005 to 16 percent in 2009. A full 20 percent of injury crashes in 2009 involved reports of distracted driving. - 18% of fatalities in distraction-related crashes involved reports of a cell phone as a distraction. Scooter folks are especially vulnerable to this problem. People donʼt see motorcycles as it is, and distracted driving makes the road that much more treacherous for us. Introduced by former U.S. Representative Betsy Markey, the resolution to create a National Distracted Driving Awareness Month was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010.
Most states currently have laws regulating distracted driving. The US DOT reports that 30 states, the District of Columbia, and Guam ban text messaging for all drivers. Last year alone, 12 of these laws were enacted. As any rider will tell you, some drivers just donʼt SEE motorcyclists as it is. They ignore them, usually unintentionally. Yʼgotta look twice for safety, like the bumper sticker says. A bike can be easily hidden in a carʼs blind spots or masked by objects or backgrounds outside the car. In the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrationʼs (NHTSA) “100-Car Naturalistic Driving Study,” distracted driving contributed to more than 22 percent of all the crashes and near-crashes that were recorded. This research gathered its data from video recorders and instrumentation installed on the vehicles before they were placed backinto everyday traffic for several months.
The MSF 100 Motorcyclists Naturalistic Study will soon do the same with motorcycles, for six to 18 months, and will combine unobtrusive, continuous data collection with post-incident interviews. The study will create a comprehensive picture of many factors, possibly including distracted driving, that contribute to both crashes and near-crashes. In Oregon, the licencing structure for motorcycle endorsements now requires new endorsees to have
passed an approved rider education course in order to get licenced. The statistics and our own experiences tell us this saves lives. Proper training and education do far more good than laws dictating what sort of protective equipment we should wear. You donʼt see regulations like that in much MORE dangerous activities, like skiing, skateboarding, or even sky-diving. Why pick on us? HELMETS IN OREGON: There was a hearing at the state capitol in early April on the helmet modification bill, HB 3141. In essence, the bill if passed will allow riders 21 and over to ride lidless if they possess an adequate health policy to pay hospital stays if they are injured in an accident. BikePAC of Oregon lined up several people to testify, including AIM Attorney Sam Hochberg, but due to time constraints – or due to politics – testimony was cut very short, and several people didnʼt get to testify at all. At this writing, itʼs unclear if the bill will move out of committee. If not, we will get another shot at it at a later date. Budget problems seem to take our time as is the case in most states nowadays. Iʼll keep ya posted. GUNNY AGAIN: Iʼm reading more and more about motorcycle injuries and deaths in the news media. More than ever we see the rider was or was not wearing a helmet. This leaves the impression that there would not have been injury if the driver had been wearing a lid. Often, deaths are unrelated to head injuries at all. Folks Iʼm tellin ya again and again, HELMETS DO NOT PREVENT ACCIDENTS. And they certainly do not prevent all injuries. Most helmet manufacturers have a statement on their packaging the says this helmet is not considered head injury preventive at speeds in excess of 12 to 15 miles per hour! That tells us a lot. Just another reminder that our AIM attorney network around this country is in place to help motorcyclists in legal affairs conceded to accidents. However these folks work in the legal country and know other attorneys that work in other specialties besides accidents. Call your nearest AIM attorney and they can send ya in the right direction and many times save ya buckets of grief and money.
Call the central office in California if ya donʼt know who to talk to in your home state, and they will set ya right. Call either 1-800-531-2424, or 1-800-On-A-Bike, and you will get connected up. And, be sure to check out all the biker and legal info on the AIM and NCOM site on the internet, at www.aimncom.com. For Sam Hochberg here in Oregon call 503-224-1106 locally to Portland or 1-800-347-1106, toll free. Samʼs email is Sambikelaw@aol.com. and you can reach this Gunny by email at AIMGunny@aol.com . Keep the round side on the bottom. Gunny, Oregonʼs AIM Chief of Staff
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MMA of Arizona Calendar of Events Monday, May 30th – Phoenix
5th Annual Phoenix Memorial Day Rally. Come pay tribute to those that have served our Country. Over 1 mile of American flags and motorcycles. Monday May 30th at 6:30 am. Phoenix National Memorial Cemetery. 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd. in Phoenix AZ. More details at www.RidersUSA.net.
Friday, June 17th thru Saturday, June 18th – Saint John
Saturday, May 5th - Phoenix
Vietnam Vets/Legacy Vets MC Chapter "E" Spring Party. Proceeds to Benefit wounded warriors project. Meal provided $10.00 per person. American Legion Post 107 - 20001 N. Cave Creek Rd. Starts at 4:00. Music/ door Prizes/ Raffle drawing. Everyone welcome. For more info contact: Roadside 517-775-5939 • Blister 623-3303440.
MMA White Mountain Presents the Run with the Wolf at the Fair Grounds in Saint John. $25.00 Single/$35.00 Couple includes Bead Run, Bike Games, Bike Show, Live Music, Bike Parade and Dance Run Pins and T-Shirts are available Live Music and Belly Dancers. RV Camping and Showers Benefits Local Food Banks FMI-Chris 928-245-3195 or Wild Bill 928-245-8888. To submit event information please contact MMA of AZ State Event Officer by phone at 623.695.5659 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, May 6th Thru Sunday, May 8th – Naco
Southern Arizona Harley Riders MC 19th Annual Run to the Border. $15.00 per person, Location Gay 90's Bar, 3856 S. Towner Ave, Naco, AZ, live band Friday May 6@ 7:30pm to 11:30pm. Saturday May 7 gates open at 9:00 AM, Have-A-Clue Ride, bike games, kids games, 50/50 drawings, on site poker hands, camping available, auction, door prizes, DJ, Live bands, vendors, secure MC parking. Rowdy Johnson Band outlaw country at its best on Saturday night 7:30pm to 11:30pm. All makes and models of motorcycles are welcome. Vendors wanted and for more info: call our Run Coordinator Suzi Q 520-2493939 or email email@example.com. Website for pre registration and vendor forms www.sahr.us. Great time for all come out and see us the whole event is on the Arizona side.
Saturday, May 7th – Phoenix
ALMA's 2nd Annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta. Come join us for Drinks, Poker Walk, Music, Dancing & Prizes. The fun starts @ 12 noon at ALMA's Clubhouse, S/W corner of 27th Ave & McDowell. $10 gets you in the door & a plate of our delicious Mexican food. Thank You For Supporting The BLACK & GOLD. www.AmericanLatinoMA.org.
Saturday, May 21st – Verde Valley
MMA Verde Valley presents their 15th Annual Jester Run. Registration 830am-10am at KA Cycle 595 S 6th St. Cottonwood AZ.This is a memorial run for all our Lost Brothers and Sisters. $15.00 single, $25.00 couple. Run Pins for the first 100 that sign in. $200 high Hand, $75.00 Low Hand, 50/50 Raffles and Live Music. For more info call 928-300-6733 Chris or 928-202-9753 8Ball.
Sunday, May 29th – Phoenix
Ramjet Racing Motorcycle Swapmeet. 8am-12pm (setup starts at 7 am). $5.00 per space-used parts only!! Last swapmeet before summer heat kicks in hard!! Come out an browse you may find that part you have been wanting to pick up or sell those old parts gathering dust in your garage!! Come on down!! Ramjet Racing Performance cycles - 13207 N. Cave Creek Rd.
Monday, May 30th – Phoenix
Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson Presents Patriot Guard Riders Memorial Day Ride. Meet at Buddy Stubbs Harley Davidson - 13850 N. Cave Creek Rd. in Phoenix by 9:30 am; Kick Stands Up at 10 am. Cost $10 per rider. To Benefit Friends of Freedom, a 501(c)(3) chartered foundation, pending nonprofit organization status. It is comprised of a team of business ownerʼs, leaders of industry and everyday citizens dedicated to aiding and supporting our military family of active duty service members and veterans and the men and women first responders in our police, fire and emergency response teams. Our goal is to provide resources, networks and an occasional smile to those who serve the country protecting our Freedoms.
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Lobbyist Update Lobbyist information and update relative to motorcycle and citizen rights. Mick Degn Designated Lobbyist Casa Grande District
COPPER DOME Continued from page 1
In 2010 we worked on a bill, SB1023 that was a Right of Way bill. This was an important bill to us and the Motorcycle Community. At one point during the bill process, we needed a call for action and many Motorcyclists emailed or called their Legislative person to ask for their support. Senator Linda Gray and Representative Jerry Weiers sponsored that bill. We see so many Right of Way accidents and deaths caused by this. The Governor signed and approved this bill in 2010 with the changes.
We have so many organizations that are promoting Motorcycle Safety and Awareness and still itʼs not enough. Arizona Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council is involved in media, signs and promotional material to promote awareness. MMA recently started a 501c3 that is dedicated to Motorcycle Safety and Awareness. In addition, MMA has started putting up billboards around the state to get more visibility to Motorcyclist Awareness. Many of the Districts are working with the cities to get signs up that say “Look twice for Motorcycles”. We have a Motorcycle Awareness Program (MAP) that is presented to the schools to draw attention and awareness from a safety standpoint to students. Still it is not enough. I recently had the opportunity to attend an all day Seminar called Motorcycle Safety and Enforcement Training that was a National Program and attended by folks from all around the country. A very good course attended by folks involved in Motorcycling. One of the videoʼs we watched was a left hand turn accident. The other thing that was discussed was the high-speed drivers whether it is a car or Motorcycle. We see Motorcyclists going down the road at high speed and the front-end way off the ground. When we see that, do we think itʼs cool or do we do anything about it? We have way too many accidents in cars and motorcycles with folks just not paying attention. A few years ago, I was getting on the ramp by 101 and looked out my mirror, didnʼt see anyone. All of a sudden there was a motorcycle that I didnʼt see and I was merging over to the other lane. The motorcyclist honked his horn and I was able to pull back. I can tell you there was one mad motorcyclist and one embarrassed driver who rides a motorcycle. I think about that incident all the time. Should I have looked more than once or twice and should I have turned my head? Should the motorcycle rider been further over in his lane so that he wasnʼt in a blind spot? What if I had hit him? I have taken a number of Motorcycle Training courses with Team Arizona and one thing that you learn is to always watch the environment around you because they might not see you. As a rider, we take a chance everyday and are we doing what we should be doing to make us safer riders/drivers? When is the last time you took a Motorcycle training course? It is money well spent and possibly could save your life some day. When something serious happens, we are so quick to respond and criticize without knowing all the facts. If we belong to an organization such as MMA, ABATE, ACMC, American Legion Riders or whatever Motorcycle organization that you belong to, are you involved in helping promote Motorcycle Safety and Awareness? Are we proactive? Is part of your membership money going to fund motorcycle safety and awareness in that organization? Maybe thatʼs a question you should ask before joining an organization and what % of my membership cost goes to Motorcycle Safety and Awareness. MMA is an organization that is putting part of its membership money toward Motorcycle Safety and Awareness with Billboards, PSAʼs, street signs and media promotion.
Are you the person that always shoots out the negative email or are you the person that is involved in doing something positive to help the Motorcycle Community. Motorcycle Safety and Awareness is no easy task. We will never do enough to help in this area, so the more positive things that we can do to promote Motorcycle Safety and Awareness, the better off we will be. As a group and individually what are you doing to help? What does all of this have to do with the Capitol, you ask? As an organization and a Lobbyist, I talk a lot to our Legislative folks on what weʼre doing to help the Motorcycle Community. I talk about the 501c3 that MMA
has started for Safety and Awareness, the Billboards that weʼre putting up, the work the Districts are doing in each of the communities to help get “Look Twice for Motorcycles” signs up and our newsletter and website that is used to promote Motorcycle Safety and Awareness. Do you think this gets their attention and gives them a feeling that we care and need their help? Of course it does and it gives us credibility. Remember we will never do enough to promote Motorcycle Safety and Awareness so do everything you can to help. Join an organization and make sure they have a Motorcycle Safety and Awareness program. You can help make a difference. If nothing else, it might save your life or someone elseʼs some day. Mick Degn MMA Lobbyist Lobbyist@mma-az.org
House Panel Votes to Bar EPA Tailpipe Emission Regulations David Shepardson Detroit News Washington Bureau
Washington — A House panel approved a bill to block the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating tailpipe emissions — but the measure's future is uncertain.
The bill sponsored by Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., would overturn a 2007 Supreme Court decision that said the EPA has the legal right to regulate tailpipe emissions as a danger to public health under the Clean Air Act. The committee's Energy and Power subcommittee, after two hours of debate, approved the measure by a voice vote. House Republicans are putting the measure on a fast track, with opening statements planned for Monday by the full committee and a vote by the full House later this month.
The 2007 Supreme Court decision opened the door to California imposing its own tailpipe emissions limits. The prospect of state and federal emissions limits has been harshly criticized by automakers. In the wake of the decision, the Obama administration reached a deal with California and automakers in May 2009 to set nationwide standards for the 2012-16 model years that will hike fleet-wide fuel efficiency to 34.1 mpg by 2016. The deal essentially extended California's proposed standards nationwide, but gave automakers additional flexibility in early years. California's standards were adopted by a dozen other states.
"We feel it is not right that California should be dictating standards for the rest of the country," Whitfield said.
The measure will cost the auto industry about $52 billion over five years, but also save 1.8 billion barrels of fuel over the life of the vehicles. The Obama administration says it would save $3,000 per vehicle in gas over the life of the vehicles. The administration is working on the 2017-2025 regulations and California is also working on its own proposal. Both proposals are to be issued in September. The administration is considering annual 3 to 6 percent increases during that time frame, which would require a fleetwide average of 47 to 62 mpg by 2025.
The Republican bill would bar EPA from taking part in setting future standards — and would bar California from limiting tailpipe emissions.
Instead, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration would have sole authority to set Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards.
Republican authors of the bill argue that it would not overturn the 2012-16 fuel efficiency and tailpipe emissions standards, but Democrats argue that the bill actually would nullify those rules. At a minimum, the NHTSA regulations would not be impacted by the law, but Democrats note that NHTSA can't regulate air conditioning emissions.
Upton said allowing EPA to reduce greenhouse gas pollution would cost "American families even more at the pump, at the grocery store and on their home heating bills." Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., called that "laughable."
The bill "is anti-science: a know-nothing, do-nothing approach to the most challenging environmental problem
of our time," Waxman said. "It is an echo of earlier eras, when powerful forces sought to repudiate Copernicus and Galileo and Darwin." Rep. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., praised General Motors Co. and its extended-range Chevrolet Volt, saying Congress should help businesses "innovate."
He argued the bill would give automakers less incentive to do more to reduce fuel use. "It takes our foot off the gas pedal of innovation," Inslee said.
The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers — the trade association representing Detroit's Big Three automakers and Toyota Motor Corp. — hasn't taken a position, saying it is still "reviewing" the bill. "The alliance's top public policy priority is to ensure one national program to regulate vehicle fuel economy," the automakers said in a statement. "A national program that reflects the input and consideration of all stakeholders is the only way to deliver maximum energy savings and environmental benefits without negative impacts on affordability, jobs, safety or consumer choice." But the National Automobile Dealers Association has endorsed the bill.
"It gets California and EPA out of the fuel economy business after 2016 and reverts to a fuel economy standard that recognizes important economic and consumer demand factors," said spokesman Bailey Wood. "We do, though, have to acknowledge the political realities of its future." The Senate is unlikely to approve the bill and the Obama administration opposes it. email@example.com (202) 662-8735
Last Minute Lobbyist Update MMA Members,
Effective immediately we've made some changes within our Lobbyist group for MMA. MMA has really taken a very positive approach in what they are going after and doing to help the Motorcycle Community. MMA has and has had a Lobbyist for a long time. Recently we asked Billy Larson to join the Lobby Team as an Authorized Lobbyist. Billy helps us out at the Capitol, as we need to speak to our Legislative folks, MDATD, and is another extension for us at the MMA functions and District Meetings. We now have a 501c3 that is focused on Motorcycle Awareness and Safety. This to include Billboards, Media, PSA and we will have a Motorcycle Awareness Program (MAP) that will focus on the schools and possibly the business culture. Weʼre looking at partnering with some key organizations here in Arizona to help us build on this training program. We're excited about that because not only will they help us on membership on everyone that comes through them but also help us as MMA to get the word out on Motorcycle Safety and Awareness.
As a Lobby team we each bring something to the table and that's what makes a team strong. With that in mind I have asked Bobbi Hartmann to be on our Lobby team. Bobbi will come on as an Authorized Lobbyist. She will head up our MAP program and will be involved with the Lobby team. Bobbi brings over 14 years of Motorcycle Lobby experience to the team and one of Bobbi's expertiseʼs is putting together language on bills. She will help us on that and we will continue to work with Legislative Staff as we prepare bills. Bobbi also has a lot of support at the Capitol and is well known as one who supports the Motorcycle Community. Our focus as the Lobby team for MMA is to help the MMA members in what we do and in turn help the Motorcycle Community. We will continue to work with Paul Price (Skypilot), Designated Lobbyist for ACMC and Carole O'Reilly, Designated Lobbyist for ABATE. Together we have a very strong team to look at and go after bills for the Motorcycle Community. Thank you again for your support,
Mick Degn MMA Lobbyist Member of Arizona Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council Lobbyist@mma-az.org 602-312-4554
Cast Iron and Tin Plate Motorcycle Toys Submitted by Tom Corr
Since their inception motorcycles have captured the imagination. For those to young to ride, toy motorcycles made it possible to live out riding fantasies with miniature reproductions. Over the years toys of almost every type of motorcycle have been made, from Indian Traffic Cars to Kawasaki Ninjas and every thing in between.
And while many types of motorcycles are still reproduced in toy form today, it is the early Cast-iron and tin-plate motorcycle production days (1920ʼs to 1960ʼs) of these toys that have become iconic Americana.
The majority of all Cast-iron toys were produced from the early 1920s through the early 1940s by firms like Hubley Manufacturing Company, the National Sewing Machine subsidiary Vindex, Champion and Arcade. Pennsylvania based Hubley Manufacturing had the foresight to obtain the exclusive rights to reproduce Harley-Davidson and Indian motorcycles, and thus dominated the cast-iron toy motorcycle market during the Depression.
Vindex and the others therefore had limited options in the toy motorcycle department; Vindex for example only produced three cast-iron motorcycle toys, all Henderson models. Cast-iron toys largely disappeared during World War II when iron was needed for the war effort. Subsequently replaced first by die cast aluminum, then plastic and eventually a combination of plastic and pot metal. While cast iron Vindex, Champions and Arcades were pushing toys. Hubleyʼs were marketed as pull toys as they came with a string with a wooden ball attached that was tied an eye on the fender and when pulled, a small mounted piece of spring steel called a clicker touched the spokes would make noise.
Tin-plate toys produced in mass quantity by Marx and others, cost only pennies to buy during their heyday in the 1920s and '30s. Unlike their more staid cast-iron counterparts, these lightweight toys were often powered by clockwork mechanisms and could be sent racing across the floor under their own power. Tin-plate toys continued to be produced through the 1960s, but were eventually replaced by cheaper plastic models. Although toy manufacturers sometimes took liberties with their designs, the development of motorcycle toys surprisingly closely follows the history of motorcycling.
As the role of motorcycles in society changed from transportation and delivery to recreation and sport, toys followed suit–by the 1960s, sportier racing toys started replacing the Harley and Indian models of the Depression era.
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Cast irons that originally had a price range of 50 cents to $2.50 when they were new, now regularly sell anywhere from $50 to $50,000 depending on condition model and size.
Tin plates that originally sold anywhere from .10 cents to $1.00 now fetch prices of $15 to $6,000 depending again on size, manufacturer, condition and type.
As a note before you decide to drop any major coin on that second hand store motorcycle toy find. Be warned the Chinese tried to revive the cast iron and tin plate toy market in the eighties, using actual depression era toys to make the molds for the cast iron versions; these copies are far less superior to their American depression era counter parts. They are much heavier are held together by screws instead of cold rivets and the tires are metal not rubber or nickel, so fakes are very easy to spot. The modern era tin plates on the other hand are much closer to the originals and it is much harder to spot a fake.
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Casa Grande District MMA Beach Party Submitted by Fern Williams
Well, we didnʼt have a huge turnout, with Bike Week and two or was it three weddings going on at the same time, but we had a bunch of fun. We want to give a big thanks to all the people, Desert Cycles, Myronʼs Bike Accessories, AIM Legal Services and Desert Thunder who came out to support us.
Fools life Band was absolutely great as always and huge hit with the kids. We love them and hope that they will return next year.
The Bike games were the biggest hit; just about every one on a bike participated. It gave them a chance to show off some unknown riding skills. Hope to see everyone at next yearʼs party.
Red Mountain – 1st Annual Skin & Steel Bike Show and Tattoo Expo Submitted by Tom “Teekay” Kartler
One of the reasons we wanted to start a new district was to get back to the original concept of the MMA. That is to spread the word of motorcycle rights to the masses. And how you do that? You take it to where the bikers are. Our first mission was the Skin and Steel event at the American Legion Post #2 in Tempe. Last month the Legion Riders there signed up as a Lifetime Business member so this was a perfect opportunity for us to set up a membership booth at their event. A bunch of our members already belong to riders, so we also had a hand in putting on the event. Eagle, a lifetime MMA member, was the event organizer and she did one heck of a job.
The day started out windy, cold and rainy and as we set up out in the parking lot we wondered what kind of turnout we would have. We should not have worried. Hey, we are bikers, little bit of rain isnʼt going to stop us! PARTY ON!! But, because of the rain the custom display bikes didnʼt show up so there was enough room to move a lot of the vendors inside out of the rain. With 5 tattoo artists, a tattoo contest, and a biker fashion show there was plenty going on to keep folks occupied till the sun finally came out. There were a few bike show participants but guess what; I believe everyone got an award!
There was a sloppy joe lunch, a 50/50 drawing, a DJ playing some rockinʼ tunes and what I think was the highlight of the day… a Biker Baked Goods Auction. The bidding got hot and heavy real quick between the sugar junkies in the crowd. Cookies, brownies, cheesecakes, and fudge OH MY!!! In fact a $40 bid on a pound of fudge! It was all in good fun and for a good cause. Hopefully next yearʼs event will be bigger and better and the sun will shine on all of us. Ride Safe and Ride Free
Wheels For Pops
Submitted by Lee “Snakebite” Gonzales
What a great time we had as the motorcycle community came out in support of Pops, a 20-year plus member of the Limey Riders MC. This was a benefit co-operatively sponsored by the MMA Leather District; ABATE Shadow Mountain/Phoenix Chapter and the Limey Riders MC. Two years ago, popʼs was rear ended on his motorcycle and has not been able to get it back on the road. Popʼs has been riding motorcycles for 78 years and will be turning 90 in June. Pops is motorcycle history in many ways. He was at the 2nd Sturgis and the first Hollister and has great stories of many a rally and times back in the day. Popʼs needed some help to get back in the wind and we are going to try our best to make it happen! Cost was a $10 donation to the event. There were many raffles prizes and some items for the auction. We even took some time to do some little bar games, which included hula hoop and screw your partner. Always a laugh for folks in the bar.
This event was also suppose to have a bikini bike wash. Well due to all the rain yesterday and the cold temps, seems our little bike wash girlies called in cold! So no girls for bike wash…. bike wash cancelled. But wait, there is always some small light at the end of the tunnel and in our case it was Brooklyn to the rescue. Brooklyn volunteered to go out and wash the bikes himself just to earn some extra for pops. And since it was suppose to be a bikini bike wash we must not disappoint the crowd. So without hesitation, the shirt was off then the pants and the cowboy boots were back on….yup Brooklynʼs washing bikes in his underwear. Then without much hesitation he was joined by 2 other good souls in his crusade. Laughter roared and the ladies gathered with 1s, 5s, 10s and 20s in hand. All the lady riders went and pulled up their bikes to be washed. The girls had a great time. One guy mentioned it was like a train wreck, you just had to stop to watch. But the guys always get bikini bike washes so it was nice that girls had something for them for a change. The most famous statement came from Pops as he looked on and stated ʻIʼve never seen anything like it!ʼ. Again this was another fun event and 2 new members to boot. Thanks to the many clubs, associations, independents and many MMA and ABATE members who came out to support Pops. He was close to speechless, as he never imagined that so many people would come out to just help him. At the end of the day we had raided $2200 for Popʼs bike project, not bad for an afternoon of fun.
Thanks as always to everyone who pounded the pavement to get raffles and auction items and for those who never say no to working an event for a greater cause. We Love Ya Pops!
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It has been awhile since we have had a district report posted in the Patriot. Well that's old news I will be writing the reports from here on out. I am attending all the functions and out there working to promote the MMA for our district. We just had our Farkle Run and it turned out pretty well all our stops were MMA business Members and would like to thank Glenfair Bowling Lanes, Sage and Sand Grill, Clubhouse Grill, and the Silver Spur for hosting the EAGLE DISTRICT Farkle Run this year. We would also like to thank everyone else who supported us for this run for all the proceeds went to our NCOM Fund to send our representatives to New Mexico for the NCOM event this year. There have been a lot of functions going on around us these past two months Curly's Customs made their awesome breakfast for all of us, Ramjets customer appreciation day always a big success, and not to mention AZ BIKE WEEK! There were all kinds of events and rides that were a lot of fun and seen people we have not seen for awhile. All the Bands, the Food, the Vendors, not to mention the Raffle items were all wonderful.
I would like to take a moment and say that there has been way too many Bike Accidents this year already and itʼs only the first half of the year!! We lost quite a few people that were very close to the biker community and us and cannot believe that they are gone over stupidity. We really need to use our instincts and predict that the cagers are going to turn out in front of us. Itʼs always someone who says I didn't see them or thought they could make the turn before we got there. I'm sorry people but bikes are closer than you think we are at 45 mph we are already there when you pull out. Just be careful out there and cagers just wait for us to pass by before you pull out please! I want to tell everyone to start looking out for our Bike and Car Show held at Chuy's coming up soon we will have flyer's made on the date and time for the event. Any vendors who wants to set up a booth please give us a call anytime our officers phone numbers are posted on the website and paper. Also I am very sad to say that our beloved DM Mike (MOJO) has stepped down as DM he wants to concentrate in a State Level and let us move up in ranks in our district. He is still Mojo and will be everywhere we go so it is not a great loss but a great opportunity to move forward and get fresh ideas and grow stronger. We still love you Mojo and always will come to you for advice! "Spread Your Wings and Fly"
Jay Duett Eagle District - Communications
High Country District Report Greetings and Salutations to all,
Well for the last couple of months we at the High Country District have witnessed some changes in our district, some good some not so much.
First at our last couple of meetings we have finally put to bed some of our negative issues that have taken place in the past finally It seems when good things are going on they last only a short period of time, however when it comes to things of a more negative nature they have a tendency show up quick and the collateral damage is likened to the ripples on a pond taking quite some time for the water to completely flatten out again. Thanks to the sacrifice that some of our current members have made by choosing to not just consider their personal feelings, but instead to concentrate on the greater good of the district. And for that I AM thankful. We have also saw the return of some very familiar faces that had due to rumor and other issues had fallen away, start to show up and get back involved with our district, this has been extremely refreshing after the membership dip we have experienced in the last couple of years. Not to mention that some of these returning members have also chosen to convince friends that our fight is worth being involved in. We have experienced about a twenty five percent increase in membership as of late due to some very hard working individuals. (I.E. all the way from those in the district up to those at the state level).
have moved their support for us to the head of the line, I only hope that one day when I grow up I can mange to develop half as much commitment and dedication to things as they have.
So people when you choose to take a ride up to Prescott stop and introduce yourselves and eat lunch or dinner, get something cold to drink and support our BUSINESS MEMBERS that have supported you! Not to mention they are located right next door to the Harley shop in Mayer. Thanks Glenn and Lynette for all your help and support. We have also saw a great deal of support from a newly formed American legion Post 78 in Humboldt, AZ. With some of the members of that organization choosing to become MMA members and also join us in the fight, we look forward to working together with this post as they are located close, have a great bunch of people that care about the freedoms we all hold so dear. We hope to see their organization grow, as we continue to grow, as they to have some damn good leadership at post 78, as well as us sharing members with Post 6 out of Prescott. The new officers who were elected this year have taken over as of late and are working their butts off and getting the job done well, Jim, Darcy. We are finally getting into a position to start moving forward again as district and getting some things done. For that I am thankful.
Lastly when it comes to talking about the lingering negative issues their is really only one that still faces not only district but every district in the state.
The issue of motorcycle safety, of which we are all supposed to be about and generally are. And yet I come the end of the month of March, or the first of April we have a lot riders that flood into the state along with a lot people that are riding for first time of the year gathering in Arizona for the events that are usually state wide and unfortunately we seem to have a surge of people that we have to lay to rest, some maybe inexperienced riders and some who have ridden their whole lives that fall prey to our own stupidity or the stupidity of cagers, or ignorance. Motivate those around you who ride to check out their bikes and keep them maintained as equipment failure often leads to bikers getting hurt ask your friends and those you ride with if they are aware of how to do this, if not show them, also remember this time of year at least up in the woods that most of the cagers are not used to having such a slew of bikers around as with cold weather the numbers of riders dwindles, they are twice as blind as usual during March and April. Last but not least work and discuss things with novice riders some of those valuable tricks you've learned over the years. We all know that taking a safety course is a great place to start when you first begin to ride, however I don't believe you can learn all you need to know in a couple of days, much less in a couple of weeks. It takes a lifetime of learning where you can every day. One of the greatest tips that was passed on to me in earlier years by an "old-timer" was a simple statement, he stated "when you are out riding, as your riding besides just looking to survey the conditions you need to learn to assess the situations as they come and start planning what you're next move should be while you're making this one. "It sounds easy yet if you do this you will find that guess what? you will have no choice but spend your time paying much more attention to your riding than day dreaming or a muttitude of other things that lead to any thing other than what you should be doing. All for now, remember shiny side up, and don't tangle with the cages no matter how bad you want to. Get out and enjoy the season. Larry Stroud High Country District Manager
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Glenn and Lynette of Smoking Harleys have chosen to renew again this year not as business members but have chose to re-up as lifetime business members instead. THANKS GLEN, THANKS LYNETTE not just for reupping, but all your hard work you have donated in support of our district and our association. They have continued to support the MMA 110% every time and I am proud to say that they have chose to be associated with me and the district. People please realize that they have just relocated their business, and have suffered through more than their fair share of problems and yet as always
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(1) The criminal justice training commission shall ensure that issues related to motorcycle profiling are addressed in basic law enforcement training and offered to in-service law enforcement officers in conjunction with existing training regarding profiling.
(2) Local law enforcement agencies shall add a statement condemning motorcycle profiling to existing policies regarding profiling. (3) For the purposes of this section, "motorcycle profiling" means the illegal use of the fact that a person rides a motorcycle or wears motorcycle-related paraphernalia as a factor in deciding to stop and question, take enforcement action, arrest, or search a person or vehicle with or without a legal basis under the United States Constitution or Washington state Constitution. This Bill was worked very hard by ABATE of Washington, Washington State Confederation of Clubs, Washington State US Defenders Program, BOLT of Washington and the Washington Road Riders Association.
Red Mountain District Report
I like to start out by saying, Congratulations to the Red Mountain District, we are now “officially” a district of the Modified Motorcycle Association of Arizona. Thank you to the MMA State Officers for your support and believing in us! The Red Mountain District mission is to grow in membership and get the word out about Motorcycle Rights.
Since we started meeting three months ago, we have grown from 10 charter members to a strong 24 members. In addition to the 14 new members we have two new business members to the MMA. Welcome American Legion Post 2 of Tempe and Rim 1 Custom Wheels of Phoenix. Thank you to everyone for supporting our mission.
The members and officers will be out there participating in events, if you see one of us, stop by our booth or just stop us to say hey. Every member and officer has a blank MMA membership form on them at each event we attend. Donʼt be afraid to ask us for a membership form to get you started up again or sign up as a new member. Your $20.00 will gladly be accepted. Donʼt forget your membership of the MMA gets you $2500 in life insurance and a copy of the Patriot to keep you informed of your motorcycle rights. What a deal and what are you waiting for! We canʼt do it without your support!
In case you have not heard, Red Mountain District meetings are every 3rd Saturday of the month at 10:00am, the location changes so check out the calendar on the MMA-AZ.org website or contact one of our officers. Our next meeting is Saturday, May 21st, at Wild Hogs Bar & Grill, 3731 E Main Street in Mesa. We would love to see you there. Ride Safe and Ride Free!
Donna Woltman Red Mountain District Manager
1. By 1911, how many motorcycle manufactures were there in the United States? • Around 150 • Around 300 • Around 500
2. In 1929, Harley-Davidson made 21,000 motorcycles. The Great Depression hit. By 1933, how many motorcycles did they sell that year? • 4,000 motorcycles • 20,000 motorcycles • 40,000 motorcycles
3. Only two motorcycle manufacturers survived the Great Depression. How many motorcycles did HarleyDavidson produce during World War II? • 90,000 motorcycles • 150,000 motorcycles • 300,000 motorcycles 1. Around 150 2. 4,000 motorcycles 3. 90,000 motorcycles
Eagle District Report
Off The Beaten Path – The Road Less Traveled
RIDE Submitted by Tom Corr
Submitted by Lee “Snakebite” Gonzales
After the recent rash of motorcycle crashes, I would like to offer some lessons we could all learn, from. 1.Become the best rider you can be. This means take a motorcycle rider course, either a beginner course for the newbies, or the experienced course for the graybeards.
Donʼt assume you know how to ride better than most folks around you. All riders can use the information available and the skills that are taught in these courses. And pay close attention to the parts about turning, braking, and accident avoidance. These are basic skills that can and will help you from becoming a crash statistic or graveyard fodder. And practice the skills you learn there. 2. Ride within your abilities. Just because the guy in front of you took that 25 mph curve at 50 mph doesnʼt mean that you have to, or are able to. Know your limits and stay in those limits. If riding in a large pack at 75 mph makes you nervous, find out where to meet them and ride there at your own speed and comfort level. Because your bike can do 120 mph donʼt mean you can control it at that speed, especially if something occurs to threaten your safety. See tip #1. 3. Pay attention to the traffic around you. Left turners who donʼt see you, blind spots around all vehicles, especially trucks, oncoming vehicles passing and in your lane, grandma traveling at 35 mph on the freeway, distracted lane changers, chunks of tires in the roadway, animals who dart out in the road in front of you, all manner of stuff falling from improperly loaded cars, trucks and trailers, all are hazards you should be aware of and ready to maneuver around. And this list of hazards is by no means complete.
4. Donʼt drink and ride. This includes all types of intoxicants, including prescription meds. If you get a buzz from it, please wait until you are done riding/driving. Booze and drugs alter your perception and can distort your sense of time, speed, and distance, which can make hazards which would otherwise be easily avoidable, dangerous and deadly. Not to mention the cost of a DUI (which is very expensive $5000 plus thatʼs a lot of chrome or a good down payment on a new bike).
5*. Buy as much insurance as you can afford. The lawyers who are on our side have been telling us for years to do this. Buy the extra medical insurance on your current policy and make sure it covers both the rider and passenger. An extended hospital stay for you, or worse, for someone who you might injure can easily exceed ($300,000) 10 times the limits of most common insurance policies, which usually are limited to 30,000 dollars, maximum. If you or someone is injured and your policy doesnʼt cover all of the expenses you will be held liable to pay for it out of your own pocket. 6. Keep your bike in good shape. Tire bald? Buy a new one. And check the air pressure once in a while. Fix that drippy oil leak; it can make your brand new tire slick as ice in a curve. Throttle cable sticky? Lube it or replace it. Are your brakes mushy or weak? You may need them to keep from hitting that cow in the roadway, so fix them. Is that funny noise you keep hearing a rod knock, or a loose tappet? A broken rod can lock up the entire drive train, Not good at 70 mph in rush hour traffic. Is your taillight or brake light out? Then fix it; getting rear ended because they didnʼt “see” you is not a way to meet interesting people. *Regarding this article, especially tip number 5. Neither, the writer of this article, nor the MMA is a lawyer, or insurance agent, nor has anyone consulted, a lawyer, or insurance agent about it.
This is just a point of view of one motorcyclist, and consumer, it may not be totally accurate. The point trying to be made is, to be sure that you will not be financially ruined, by an accident, no matter whose fault it maybe.
Arizona is such a wonderful place to live as there are so many things to see and find. Many think of Arizona and think Sedona, Grand Canyon and the Painted Desert. But there is so much more to see down the little side roads and small town Arizona. Here are just a few things that are fun to check out and do a photo opp. Some are a little touristy, but what the hell, discover Arizona then you can say, been there, seen that! We will have some more in future patriot issues.
The Bikers Code
It used to be that all bikers shared a common bond, an unspoken code of ethics and behavior that transcended words and was built on actions. There was never a bible written on this Biker`s Code of the Road and there was no need for such a tome. But the times they are a changin and there seems to be a lot of new riders out there.
Dollar Bill Bar – Oatman
These days the riders you see blastin down the tarmac are just as likely to be clad in shorts and sneakers as jeans and engineer boots. And the roughest, toughest looking biker you pull up next to could be your doctor or lawyer and may be wearin a Rolex watch under his leathers.
Wild Burros – Oatman
Being a biker used to be about using your creativity to take a basket case old hawg and, using only grit and ingenuity, turning it into a one-of-a-kind eye dazzler, then risking your life on the asphalt on a bike you made yourself out of pride.
There is this cool bar in Oatman, Arizona that has ice cold beer on tap and the walls and ceilings are plastered with $1 bills. Visitors come and add a dollar bill with their name and the date they visited to any available spot on the wall or ceiling in the restaurant or bar. Very cool! The bartenders and locals are very friendly. A good way to beat the 100 + degree heat. Back when Oatman was a gold boom town, the miners hauled their supplies with faithful burros. When the gold ran out – roughly around the time that the road was paved – the miners abandoned the burros to fend for themselves. Their hairy descendants still live in the hills around Oatman, and come into town to beg for food whenever tourists arrive.
Junk Art of Chloride – Cloride
Chloride is about an hour distant between Boulder City Nevada and Kingman Arizona on AZ 93. The entire town is an attraction. The cemetery has telephones on graves, dishes and other odd items. Outside of town is a junk fence and junk tree where old rusty items are hanging. There are about 20 homes in the town and each is unique. One has sculptures made out of bowling balls – a spider out of a gas tank. Worth a stop to walk around the town.
Haunted Caboose – Canyon Motel – Williams
The Canyon Motel & RV Park provides the most unusual rooms I've ever seen. There are two train cabooses from 1929 and a rail car from the 1950s. Each of these train cars are now either a room or a suite. To make it even more interesting, one of the caboose suites is certified haunted by a team of "ghost hunters" that were checking out the Williams area. I have stayed here many times, havnʼt seen ghosties yet!
Thereʼs nothing wrong with that, so long as these new riders learn the Code of the Road just as us old schoolers did.
Bikers wore leather and grease because they knew cagers would just as soon run them down as look at them, so they had to be intimidating. We were a breed unto ourselves with no union, no support group, and in many cases, no family (they threw us out). We had to make it in the world on our own, against all rules against mainstream society, and against all odds. You know, we survived and prospered because of the Code of the Road and we never took shit from anybody. As an old scooter tramp named Mo once said. It`s every tramp`s job to school the young. How else are they gonna know a Panhead from a bed pan. Overcoming the stigma and misconceptions fostered by the media and sometimes over zealous law enforcement is a daily chore and a cross we have chosen to bear for our beliefs. The next time you get harassed by the law, illegally searched or detained, etc. remember that there is probably a biker fighting for his (and your) rights. Remember that we help feed the hungry, clothe the unfortunate, brighten the holidays for children and heal the wounded. All groups have their rough edges. In general when you see a biker you are seeing a good person who could be doing more for you than you think.
Roadkill Cafe – Seligman
Along old Route 66 in Seligman stands the Roadkill Cafe and its roadside kitsch. There's a bar with plenty of antlers and mounted heads, and there's even a stuffed animal diorama along one wall.
May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month
Outside is an array of old west photo ops in some state of decline – a jail where you can pose behind bars, a twoholer outhouse, and a sheriff made of old tire rims are some of the highlights.
The World's ONLY Teal McDonald's Arches! – Sedona Sedona is rather trippy. To preserve the city's Kachina purity, McDonald's was begrudgingly allowed to build ONLY if they agreed to modify the world's most recognizable brand by changing their famous golden arches to Desert Teal.
Ye Olde UFO Store – Sedona
UFO store and a small museum. With a UFO and an alien, and an Alien Recovery Team Van in their parking lot. The owner is very into UFOs and sightings in the Sedona area. Definitely worth stopping by if you're into UFOs.
Lumberjack Muffler Men – Flagstaff
McConnell Dr., Flagstaff, Arizona J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome. I-40 exit 195 onto I-17, then quick first right exit onto McConnell Drive. The Walkup Skydome will be on your right; one Muffler Man stands just outside the entrance, the other stands indoors, behind the Lumberjacks goalpost.
Louie the Lumberjack Statue – Flagstaff
Louie is a 10-foot-tall, 990-pound lumberjack statue, made of cedar, that has stood outside one of Flagstaff's oldest restaurants for decades, Grannyʼs Closet.
NCOM BIKER NEWSBYTES
federal funding to establish motorcycle-only roadside checkpoints.
Compiled & Edited by Bill Bish, National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM)
MOTORCYCLISTS AWAIT ROADBLOCK RULING
Motorcycle riders across the country are anxiously awaiting a decision from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York which they hope will declare New Yorkʼs “motorcycle only” roadblocks to be unconstitutional. The so-called “safety checkpoints”, which target well-known motorcycle events, force motorcyclists to leave the roadway, regardless of any wrongdoing, and have their persons and property inspected for equipment violations, proper paperwork, DUI and stolen VIN numbers. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) is now providing Federal funding for law enforcement to conduct such motorcycle-only checkpoints nationwide despite objections raised by members of Congress and legal challenges from the biker community. The New York lawsuit is the first to challenge the constitutionality of motorcycle checkpoints. The plaintiffs are being represented by Proner & Proner, led by N.Y. Aid to Injured Motorcyclists (A.I.M.) Attorney Mitch Proner, a motorcycle-riding lawyer who has a long history of doing “pro bono” (free) legal work to protect the rights of motorcyclists. The Proner law firm commenced the lawsuit on behalf of four motorcyclists who were detained at two separate checkpoints, as well as representing the interests of ABATE of New York and the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM). The checkpoints in question are funded by a grant from the New York Governorʼs Traffic Safety Committee and the troopers who work them are paid overtime. Although the stated purpose of the checkpoints is to promote safety, the majority of the more than a thousand tickets which were issued during the first year of the checkpoints had nothing to do with safety and instead focused on nonsafety violations such as loud pipes. The written guidelines for the checkpoints specifically state that one of the purposes of the checkpoints is to look for stolen and forged VINs and the police readily admit that they often have undercover members of their gang and auto theft units working the checkpoints looking for signs of criminal activity.
According to Proner, the Supreme Court of the United States has repeatedly made it clear that any roadway checkpoint whose primary purpose is general crime control constitutes an unreasonable search and seizure under the Fourth Amendment and is presumptively unconstitutional. Notwithstanding that fact, the progress reports which the police prepared on the checkpoints specifically state that the grant funds are used “for overtime for intelligence gathering and the subsequent criminal and traffic enforcement.” The police admit that the checkpoints, which focus only on equipment violations and forged and stolen VINs, do not address any of the major causes of motorcycle accidents such as reckless driving, driver inattentiveness and alcohol impairment. The case, Wagner et al. v. The County of Schenectady, et al. could wind up in the U.S. Supreme Court. The future of motorcyclistsʼ rights hangs in the balance. BILLS INTRODUCED TO PROHIBIT MOTORCYCLEONLY CHECKPOINTS
Even as Georgia police prepared to launch the nationʼs first federally-funded motorcycle-only checkpoints during Daytona Bike Week, lawmakers in Washington were taking steps to cut federal funding for the controversial practice.
Wisconsin Reps. Jim Sensenbrenner, Paul Ryan and Tom Petri introduced House Resolution 904 on March 3rd that would prohibit the secretary of transportation from providing funds to state and local governments for the use of motorcycle-only traffic checkpoints. “The first step in motorcycle crash prevention should be rider education and increased awareness. Taxpayer money should not be spent on helmet checkpoints that do not prevent crashes," Petri said in a news release. "Also, it's outrageously intrusive. Nobody is suggesting pulling cars off the road for unscheduled inspections, so why are motorcycle riders being harassed?" “We stand in solidarity against the unconstitutional use of motorcycle-only checkpoints being implemented in Georgia, and may be coming to your state soon,” said Escondido Paul, National Lt. Commander of the US Defenders, in issuing a Call To Action (CTA) urging all motorcyclists to contact their federal officials to “solicit their support against grant money being used by the Federal Government to induce other States to participate in such discriminatory actions!”
In related news, bills have been recently introduced in New Hampshire (HB 148) and California (AB 1047) to prohibit any state law enforcement agency from accepting
SUPREME COURT RULES IN FAVOR OF MILITARY FUNERAL PROTESTORS
Freedom of Speech was considered by our Founding Fathers to be our most important Constitutional right, which is why it is the First Amendment to the Bill of Rights, but the U.S. Supreme Courtʼs recent ruling favoring the rights of hateful protestors over the dignity of a military funeral doesnʼt sit well with some motorcyclists. In particular, the Patriot Guard Riders were formed in 2005 to protect the funerals of fallen warriors and shield mourners from the incendiary demonstrations waged by Westboro Baptist Church, which claims soldiersʼ deaths are “divine retribution” for American tolerance of homosexuality.
The High Court ruled 8-1 on Wednesday, March 9th with only Justice Sam Alito dissenting, that the First Amendment protects hateful protests at military funerals, despite the pain they cause grieving families. “Our soldiers fought to give Westboro the right to free speech,” said Mike Todd, a member of the Patriot Guard Riders from Reading, Michigan, noting the irony.
Although describing the courtʼs holding as narrow, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the majority, saying of free speech; “It can stir people to action, move them to tears of both joy and sorrow, and -- as it did here -- inflict great pain … we cannot react to that pain by punishing the speaker.” He said the national commitment to free speech requires protection of “even hurtful speech on public issues to ensure that we do not stifle public debate.” The case arose from a protest at the funeral of a Marine who had died in Iraq, Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder. As with hundreds of other funerals, members of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., appeared with signs bearing such messages as “Thank God for Dead Soldiers” and “America Is Doomed”.
Albert Snyder sued regarding the intentional infliction of emotional distress at the funeral of his son, and won an $11 million jury award that was later reduced by a judge to $5 million, but the verdict was overturned by a federal appeals court that ruled the Constitution shielded the church members from liability. The Supreme Courtʼs decision upholds the appeals court ruling that threw out a $5 million judgment to the dead Marineʼs father. Dissenting Justice Alito strongly disagreed, likening the protest to fighting words, not protected by the First Amendment. ”Our profound national commitment to free and open debate is not a license for the vicious verbal assault that occurred in this case,” he wrote.
Westboroʼs antagonistic tactics have resulted in a torrent of legislative activity rarely rivaled in the annals of First Amendment history, with 41 states and the U.S. Congress having passed laws limiting funeral protests, usually establishing minimum distances and time constraints, while numerous municipalities have also passed funeralprotest ordinances at the local level. RIDING OUT THE RECESSION
With gasoline prices approaching $4 a gallon, commuters are turning to more fuel efficient motorcycles to save money. Sales and interest are up across the country, and many motorcycle dealers anticipate the popularity of motorcycles to increase even more.
Signs that the two-wheeled world is getting back on the road to recovery are coming from not only improving motorcycle sales, but also by the financial health of bikers themselves. Fewer bikers appear to be making late payments or defaulting on their motorcycle loans, according to a report issued by Fitch Ratings, a credit rating agency working with Harley-Davidsonʼs Financial Services (HDFS) division. In addition, the report also notes the improving market for previously owned motorcycles is again gaining strength, in part due to reduced inventory levels at dealers. This would allow for any repossessed motorcycles to be sold for a better price than they may have the year before.
NEW JERSEY LIFTS BAN ON SUNDAY MOTORCYCLE SALES
New Jersey motorcycle dealers are rejoicing that they can now sell bikes on Sundays. Governor Chris Christie signed a bill into law allowing the Sunday motorcycle sales on March 3; though the measure does not affect the stateʼs ban on Sunday automobile sales, nor does it apply in Bergen County where Blue Laws continue to prohibit the sale of most nonessential items on Sundays. State Senator Donald Norcross introduced the legislation after a Camden County dealership complained about losing customers to stores in nearby Pennsylvania and Continued on page 16 - NCOM BIKER NEWSBYTES
Lady Rider Report Comments and tips writen specifically for our female motorcycle riders and passengers.
Val “Shorty” Bunce Leather District Communications & Activities
Dangerous Curves – For Lady Riders
Lesson #3 – Wrenching on your bike; replacing handlebar bushings (BTW, sorry my article was MIA last issue…this is why Iʼm not a paid journalist, deadlines!)
So a few months ago I noticed the handlebars on my 2000 Heritage Softail were just a bit wobbly. My bike is 11 years old so (obviously) the stock rubber bushings were dried up and needed to be replaced. Being the independent woman I am, I never miss a chance to wrench on my own bike. If I ride it, I sure as hell better be able to fix it, right? Luckily, I have a fantastic man in my life that helps me along gently when I need to learn a new mechanical skill. We went to Bikers Bay at Cave Creek and Bell (thanks Shawn, as always!) and purchased new polyurethane bushings (they last longer than rubber) for about $25.
I think the entire repair process took maybe two hours and Heritage bushings are time consuming because you have to partially disassemble the metal plates on either side of the headlight. All it took was some ratchets and wrenches. I apologize that the photos are blurry (new camera, still learning how to use it), but you get the idea. We disassembled the metal plates behind the headlight to get to the triple tree and push the old bushings out. If you have a Heritage, watch the wiring for the two additional headlights also because that switch comes off with the metal plate. Also, make sure you have a rag or towel to lean the bars on when theyʼre loose. Denting or scratching your gas tank would suck! So basically you disassemble all the stuff under the triple tree to get to it, back out the bolt(s) holding the triple tree (make sure you have someone holding the bars…) and pop the bars off.
Push the old bushings out (a screwdriver works well) and replace with the new. Donʼt forget the metal caps that go on top (my new bushings came with new caps).
Replace your bars and the bolt(s) under the triple tree. Make sure thereʼs no more wobble before you reassemble the metal plates on either side of the forks and the headlamp switch. When we were done we also loosened the screws in the triple tree and pulled my handlebars back for more riding comfort (my name is Shorty, remember?) Aaaaah, much better!
We didnʼt need my owners manual for this job, but hereʼs a tip if you donʼt have yours; Ebay usually has the manual on disk for less than $15 and then you only have to print the sections you need then save them in a folder in case you need them again. Thereʼs no better feeling than fixing your own bike. Knowing your ride is safe is very important for your riding peace of mind. Oh, and ask any guy; seeing a chick wrenching is HOT!
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.
Hot Weather Riding Tips
Removing clothing is about the worst thing you can do when riding in hot weather. Riding with skin exposed will quickly dehydrate you. The sweating process is designed to cool you by building a film on your skin, which is cooled by air moving across it... but not tearing across it at highway speeds. The moisture is gone before it can do its job. Covering sweaty skin with apparel that allows for controlled air circulation has the same effect as a swamp cooler. It regulates your body temperature while protecting you from sunburn (a classic way to ruin a tour) and the fatiguing effects of heat and turbulence.
When it's really hot, you can exaggerate this air-conditioning process by wetting your clothes every time you stop for gas. Most of the time wetting a long-sleeved cotton shirt is the way to go. If you cool your torso, where most of your body's blood supply is at any given time, it will quickly lower your overall body temperature. A drenched cotton bandanna worn around the neck has a great cooling effect, too. Ideally, you want a jacket that's ventillated, but not so airy that the moisture on your skin dries before it has a chance to thoroughly cool you. It's really important to monitor your physical status on hot rides. Heat exhaustion occurs when your core temperature reaches 102 degrees, and heat stroke occurs at 105 degrees. If you start to feel even slightly dizzy or sick to your stomach, you need to stop immediately! The best way to avoid heat exhaustion it to drink plenty of water-more than you think you need. The evaporative effect makes it impossible to tell how much fluid you're losing. In the worst of conditions, leaving a couple of hours before dawn can get you to your destination before peak heat gets to you. Do whatever it takes to cool your heels. Like extreme cold, serious heat will slow your pace, but it doesn't have to ruin your ride.
We all love to see the yellow DOT sign alerting us of upcoming turns, but if we don't know the degree of turn it could be hazardous. Especially when the sign says 20 MPH and the road is posted at 50!
A rider enters a corner a little hot, instead of leaning the bike over harder, he/she brakes, which stands the bike up and increases the turning radius. As the rider goes wide he fixates on an an object he definitely doesn't want to hit. Instead of avoiding the object, he runs right into it! This is known as Target Fixation, a leading cause of accidents. This is very common in decreasing radius turns. A decreasing radius turn gets sharper as you go through it. It is best described by Keith Code as "a turn that invites you in faster than it lets you out." To avoid this and to enjoy the road better: Set cornering speed early, dont rush in, better a little slow than sorry. Look where you want to go. Use all of of your lane while cornering; stay to the outside and turn in late. This gives you more time to brake while upright, see through the turn, and execute a late apex allowing the bike to come upright sooner and apply the gas earlier. Do not ride next to the center line in the event an oncoming vehicle crosses it. The center line should act as a gauge; if you cross it, you did something beyond your limits. It is possible you read the turn wrong, entered too fast, or are not in complete control of your bike. To let it go without consideration can someday bite you hard. Motorcycling is one of the best things to enjoy on the planet, but it can also punish harshly or fatally for a mistake. Know your favorite roads; not only where the cops sit, but the condition and the possible scenarios. Notice where the gravel and water accumulate during and after a storm. The places other vehicles are known to pull out or cross the center line.
On the straight and normal roads; look down the road, this slows eveything down, minimizing the suprises. Always scan the road in front and back of you. Watch for possible scenarios and patterns. If a series of brake lights come on, it could mean more than the obvious traffic ahead. Debris can be in the road; make sure you are in the wheel lines, back off, and watch for cars swerving. Be aware of your position, never get between a vehicle and an exit. Use all of your senses, if you smell gas or deisel, look down and make sure you not riding in, or into it. Notice whats happening on a section of road so that when you come up on a similiar section of the same road you know what to expect. An example follows:
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You are riding and smelling deisel, around a right hander you notice a streak of the fuel on the ground. You handle it and ride on. As another right hander approaches you know what position to be in just in case. Finally you pass a truck and notice the left fuel tank's cap is hanging off, still attached to the safety chain, and fuel is spilling out. You try to tell him he is cutting down his mileage considerably and ride on. Know your limits and how the bike reacts to different inputs. In a parking lot or on an empty road, try some things(on wet and dry):
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While turning apply the brakes (softly at first). Notice how the bike wants to stand up and go wide. Experiment with counter steering. If you want to go right; push the right bar.
Doing your average cruising speed, (look behind you to make sure nobody is there) hit the brakes. Notice how long it takes to stop. Try with just the front, back and both brakes applied.
Image: How we appear to other people is important. Motorcycling is not always viewed positevely. If we can do something to improve the image, why not just do it. Giving a person the right of way can go a long way. At lights; if you have a habit of winding your way up to the front, make sure you pull away quickly. To get in front of everybody then delay them is rude. In traffic: don't ride tucked in on the straights or hang off in the corners, it doesn't accomplish much on the street and draws alot of negative attention. There are plenty of times we can let loose - just use your brain!
Learn from your mistakes - don't make excuses for a crash, figure out what really caused it so it can't happen again.
Cold, wet, and other conditions effect you and the way certain things respond. The weather poses many challenges. With tire traction lessened and visibility reduced you need to be an extra step ahead at all times. Other vehicle operators are not expecting motorcycles to be around. To compound the difficulties, your reactions are slowed the longer you are exposed to the lower temperatures. Traction is not as good as it could be either.
The best way to battle the elaments is to be prepared. This is one time being an optamist is not advised. There are certain products designed for these adverse weather conditions. They can actually increase your riding time or season. These products can be found by talking to our parts staff or going to our parts page-just click HERE . One product that is a must is the Fog City Facesheild insert. Another way to prevent fog is after cleaning your faceshield, use ONE drop of dish detergent on a towel and rub it on the inside until it disapears. This lasts a couple of days and less in the really cold weather.
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Delaware as a result of the Sunday ban, adding that most motorcycle buyers tend to make purchases on weekends. “With our dealerships closed for business on Sunday, consumers were heading across the river to make their purchases at bike shops in neighboring states,” said Norcross. “Especially in this economy, we need to give businesses the tools they need to remain competitive.”
Motorcycle businesses in Indiana and Wisconsin have also been trying to overturn bans on Sunday bike sales.
CONGRESSIONAL MOTORCYCLE CAUCUS EXPANDS Newly-elected U.S. Rep. Allen West (R-FL), who was accused by his incumbent foe of belonging to a “biker gang” because he was supported by the South Florida Confederation of Clubs, has become one of the newest members of the Congressional Motorcycle Caucus.
The bi-partisan caucus is comprised of members of Congress who are passionate about motorcycling and who work to promote the interests of motorcyclists. The CMSC has actively highlighted the safety of motorcyclists by passing Congressional Resolutions supporting the goals of May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, drawing attention to Ride to Work Day and ensuring that motorcycle safety is remembered in the transportation reauthorization process.
"I'm very pleased to be able to join the Congressional Motorcycle Caucus to work with my esteemed colleagues on issues related to motorcycling," said West, who is indeed an active motorcyclist who contributes political articles for a local South Florida biker magazine “Wheels on the Road”.
West joins with fellow U.S. Representatives Tim Walberg (R-MI), Tim Griffin (R-AR), Reid Ribble (R-WI) and Jeff Denham (R-CA) as the most recent motorcycle enthusiasts on the caucus. Other members include Reps. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), Michael Conaway (R-TX), John Duncan (R-TN), Bob Filner (D-CA), Randy Forbes (R-VA), Walter Jones (R-NC), Doug Lamborn (R-CO) and Tim Walz (D-MN).
Reps. Michael Burgess (R-TX) and Gabrielle Giffords (DAZ) founded the Congressional Motorcycle Safety Caucus on June 26, 2009 and currently serve as co-chairs of the caucus, despite a gunmanʼs vicious attack on Giffords. Reps. West and Giffords were both recently selected by the NCOM Board of Directors to receive the coveted Silver Spoke Award - Legislative at the upcoming 26th Annual NCOM Convention over Motherʼs Day weekend May 5-8, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency in Albuquerque, New Mexico. For further information, or to register for the NCOM Convention, visit www.ON-A-BIKE.com or call (800) 525-5355.
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. ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ Complete and mail to: MMA of Arizona PMB 138 P.O. Box 30280 Phoenix, Az. 85046-0280
AMERICAʼS MOST DANGEROUS DRIVERS BY PROFESSION
Chances are the car that cut you off in traffic was driven by an attorney, or a judge, or government worker or maybe even a dog groomer, according to a new study listing the most dangerous drivers by profession.
A study conducted by an online insurance agency found that lawyers snared the No. 1 spot on a Top 10 list of “Most Dangerous Drivers By Profession,” with 44% claiming a prior accident when receiving a car insurance comparison quote from insurance.com. Findings were based on accident claims as a percentage of quotes, the agency said, and used its proprietary data. Here is the full list Insurance.comʼs study of most dangerous driverʼs by profession: 1-Attorney/Judge; 2Financial professionals; 3-Government worker (GS6); 4-Bartender or Waiter; 5-Business Professionals; 6-Dog Groomer; 7-Marketing/Advertising professionals; 8Barber/Stylist; 9-Coach; and 10-Nurse. So why did these folks rank so high? Distraction.
That was apparently the opposite for those on the other end of the study, deemed the least dangerous drivers. To that end are athletes and homemakers, the agency said. “Professions that demand multi-tasking - being on the phone, moving fast on a tight schedule - are prone to more distractions and, from there, more accidents,” said Sam Belden, vice president at Insurance.com. “On the other hand, though the job of a homemaker demands multi-tasking, young children are often along for any car ride. And when children are involved, people tend to take their time and use greater caution.”
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Well I donʼt have to tell you but itʼs starting to get pretty hot in Arizona. When itʼs hot I like to grill. So here are a few of my favorite grilling recipes. We have a better burger recipe, a side and ya always need a desert. If you try some of these recipes or any other that has been published, feel free to let me know what you think. Or better yet, submit one of your favorite recipes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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2 pounds of ground beef (ground sirloin or chuck work best) 1 TBS Worcestershire Sauce 2 TBS Dijon mustard
½ tsp ground black pepper
4 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
4 oz of Roquefort, bleu cheese, Gorgonzola or feta 1 tsp chopped thyme
4 hamburger buns toasted 1 tomato sliced
1 red onion slices 4 lettuce leaves
In large bowl lightly mix the beef, Worcestershire sauce, mustard and pepper. Divide into 8 equal portions and flatten to ¼ patties. In separate bowl combine cheese, crumbled bacon and thyme. Place a equal portion of bacon mixture on 4 of the patties. Top with the remaining 4 patties pressing the edges together to seal. Preheat a grill for medium heat. When hot, lightly oil the grate. Grill the patties for 6 to 8 minutes on each side, or until cooked through. Serve immediately on toasted buns, topped with tomato, onion and lettuce.
Can hear it now “EWWWW Bleu Cheese”! Well for those of you out their squirming over that, you can make the filling with any cheese and bacon just eliminate thyme and add a little garlic powder.
Grilled Portabellaʼs ¼ cup canola oil
3 TBS chopped onion
4 gloves of garlic minced 4 portabella caps
Clean and remove stems from portabellas. Place the fin side up on plate. Mix other ingredients and pour over mushrooms. Let sit for 1 hour and then grill for 10 minutes on hot grill.
Grilled Pineapple Ala mode
1 large pineapple peeled and cored and cut in 1 inch slices.
¾ cup rum, regular or coconut (substitute Tequila if you like) ¾ brown sugar
½ teaspoon of vanilla
½ teaspoon of cinnamon
Mix ingredients together and stir until sugar is dissolved. Marinate pineapple slices for 30 minutes. Place on heated grill, using tongs as grill will flare up with the booze, but hey, youʼll impress your friends. Be sure grill has been brushed and coated with a light coat of vegetable oil to prevent sticking (donʼt use olive oil as its flavor will overwhelm the pineapple. Grill about 10 minutes turning occasionally. Serve hot with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
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