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September/October 2008

COOL TIMES

Photo by Ken Olash Kirk “Hardtail” Willard MRF President I think we have about the coolest volunteer job ever invented because we have the privilege to represent motorcyclists and motorcycling and the associated lifestyle while doing what we love, riding motorcycles and living life. And we do it on a much higher plane than most, since by the very nature of being motorcyclists rights activists, we fully understand what is at risk and more importantly we have learned and know how to positively affect all things motorcycle. We have also been able to find many a brother and sister, just like us, with the same passion and - some would say - our bodies contain the same defective volunteer gene and that too, brings us together. I have difficulty understanding why some of us don’t find sufficient good in that alone to remain positive, motivated, and effective players in the bikers’ rights machine. Since the previous MRF Reports newsletter, I have found myself conducting motorcycle rights

business in Scotland, Norway, Washington D.C. my State Capital, ABATE meetings, MRF meetings, on an Accident Scene Management support ride. To South Dakota once already, and heading back for the Sturgis Rally in a few days - none of which would be possible without this world I choose to live in, I would suggest it found me first though. But I must admit, while those events are important and a big deal for me, it was a couple of much simpler runs and events that really drove the point home how cool this all really is. On the way to a C.C. Riders Motorcycle Club 40th Anniversary Party I was offered - and jumped at the chance to put a few miles on the famous Wisconsin State Senator Dave Zien’s Harley as it approaches 1 million miles, I will now forever be a part of that bike’s history and soul. I bet Dave will get his 1 million miles on his return trip from Sturgis this coming week and I’ve got to be a part of it. I would have never gotten to be a part of something so cool had I not spent the past several years hanging out in my State Capital every time motorcycles were on the agenda. I am not at all suggesting motorcycle rights is easy or that it isn’t demanding, in fact it is really hard at times, but look at what kinds of things can happen. I have a good friend in the Senator and in fact just about every good friend I do have or have had, has been the result of motorcycling, that along

with a huge stack of cool memories allow me to realize the rewards and benefits so far outweigh the work that it seldom even enters into view any longer. The other event was the standard show under the big tent, the bar in the barn, the giant campfire, and sleeping on the dirt called the ABATE State party that many of us have come to love and appreciate. As I was standing around in the wee hours of the morning with my wife of 22 years (yep she has put up with this for that long now) and watching a thousand people dancing, some just jumping around thinking they were dancing, everyone that was awake enjoying the music, and seeing several people deep

over at the bonfire hoping no one fell in again this year, I was as proud as I’ve ever been around motorcyclists to know that I am fortunate to play a small part in all this along with thousands of others like me. And where the rubber really meets the road is when one realizes that things like this fund our ability to make motorcycling what it is today. Then as I looked around and saw all the fun being had I realized there are so many people in this world that won’t ever understand the motorcycle rights world, unless of course we deliver it to them. Where else can you attend an event and see thousands of people loving life, getting along, and having a ball enmasse. Let’s not keep what

Kirk "Hardtail" Willard, President of the Motorcycle Riders Foundation, Hans Petter Strifeldt, President of the Federation of European Motorcyclists, Peter Jacobs, President of the Motorcyclists Confederation of Canada

we have a secret. Get out there and turn the world onto the bikers rights machine, oh yeah - and don’t forget to let them in on all the cool things bikers rights activists get to experience. Hardtail

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September/October 2008

The Main Event Michael Kerr MRF Vice President

The other is the junior senator from Connecticut. In seeking re-election, the one time Democratic candidate for vice president was defeated in the senatorial primary by businessman Ned Lamont. Not one to concede while still standing Senator Lieberman ran in the general election under the “Connecticut for Lieberman” banner, and with shadow GOP support was re-elected. He is now listed in senate records as an “Independent Democrat.” Operating in a fashion similar to a European parliamentary democracy, Senators Lieberman and Sanders caucus with the Democrats and the balance shifts to their side, thus forming a majority.

“It’s the eye of the tiger, it's the thrill of the fight. Raisin' up to the challenge of our rival. And the last known survivor stalks his prey in the night. And he's watchin' us all in the eye of the tiger.” Survivor – from Rocky 4 The under card went far longer than anyone expected. While many enjoyed the show it was torturously long for some. Some results were surprising to be sure, but patterns have emerged and those closely observing have a far clearer picture of the game that when the primary bouts began. But, we keep in mind that the preliminaries are behind us, as the ring announcer makes the introductions, at long last it’s time for the main event. The principals were instructed in the rules and sent to their corners. The close of the national party conventions means the bell is about to ring. The fighters move toward center ring with the tension in the arena building to an incredibly high level. Fighting out of the City of Chicago for the New Deal Boxing Club the younger man is on his toes - Ali like - as he taunts his opponent with a furious series of upper-cuts thrown in his direction. Floating like a middleweight, the young boxer is known to rapid-fire lethal combinations, many of which landed on his more seasoned rivals and left them all drooping on the ropes this spring. He is being touted as perhaps the most proficient practitioner of his craft to come along in fifty years. The older fighter - representing the Pachyderm Athletic Association of Arizona is flat-footed as he circles the center of the ring. His stance being distinctly reminiscent of Joe Frazier, as he eyes his opponent. He looks for the chance for a quick knock-out punch to show the experts how wrong they can be. This is the old warrior’s last battle and the title is within reach. Tough as nails he is determined not to be denied his due by some upstart. Many have been sent to the canvas from his right hand during his long carrier, in

fights where he faced far longer odds than this one. Seconds after the bell rings, leather meets leather, as the fans in the ringside seats spontaneously rise-up in excitement, the epic battle has begun. Well… it won’t be anywhere near that dramatic, but we are in for a fight at the top of the ballot this year to be sure. For political junkies the lure of a presidential race is irresistible. For us in the rights world it is best viewed in context. That context for our purpose here will be the possibility of an onslaught of new voters looking for change. In looking for change will the voters replace supporters of our issues in the down ballot races at their debut at the polls? Let’s take a quick look at the senate side of the congress and analyze where we are. “Raisin' up to the challenge of our rival” The make-up of the United States Senate currently is 49 Democrats - 49 Republicans, a tie. Who are the other two senators? One is Bernie Sanders from Vermont. Senator Sanders describes himself as a “Democratic Socialist” and ran for the senate without party affiliation.

With this virtual deadlock we see Senator Lieberman out stumping for John McCain. He is indeed acting quite independent. This hardly puts the majority party in a commanding position. This has the effect similar to a governor on an engine. Even with a clear cut majority, the senate tends to move at a glacial pace. In the 110th congress, the senate is operating in such a manner. Why should this be of even passing concern to us as motorcyclist rights activists? Enter the distinguished gentleman from the garden state of New Jersey - Senator Frank Lautenberg. Senator Lautenberg happens to be the foremost proponent of mandatory helmet laws in the United States Senate. To make things interesting, Senator Lautenberg chairs the Transportation Safety, Infrastructure Security, and Water Quality sub committee. This committee specifically addresses motorcycle safety issues in the senate. It is also where language that could force states into passing helmet laws would likely originate. In the next congress he may get his chance to do exactly that, should he be re-elected. The magic number in the senate is sixty. That is the number of votes needed to break a filibuster (bring an end to debate and call for a vote under the rules of the senate). When a football team gets way ahead on points they may try plays that they wouldn’t normally attempt. The defense gets tired and things start to break in favor of the offense. The score tends to run-up. The senate can be similar. The

larger a majority (regardless of which party has it) the more likely a senator will try and pass controversial legislation. Could we face such a situation in the next congress? The key for us is to negate Senator Lautenberg’s home field advantage. That is to say we need to work the changing political landscape to our advantage. Political experts such as Charlie Cook scoff at the idea of the majority party gaining more than five or six seats in the senate this November. If Mr. Cook is correct, we could have a workable situation. Of course, that is predicated on us finding friends among the newly elected senators. Important senate races for us this year will be Colorado, Virginia, and Minnesota just to name a few. One of our best friends in the senate Susan Collins is facing an aggressive challenge, although her polling numbers show her to be on solid ground. The time to get involved is now. We have the potential to have a favorable effect on this election. “It’s the eye of the tiger, it's the thrill of the fight” Street level campaign work can be tedious. Walking precincts, planting signs, stuffing envelopes and making phone calls to potential voters is the type of work needed by most campaigns. Not exactly glamour jobs, but everyone does them - even the candidates. They can also be the most rewarding jobs you will ever do. This writer will never forget spending the summer in the trenches of a low budget campaign. Our candidate was given no chance to win, yet somehow we found ourselves at the old Bismarck Hotel in downtown Chicago later that year. On a cold November evening our rag-tag group of political neophytes was celebrating a victory over a legend in national politics (hint: he was the former Way and Means committee chairman) - miracles do happen Get involved in the process and you and your state organization can’t loose. Perhaps the late Adlai Stevenson said it best “in a democracy people tend to get the kind of government that they deserve.” We deserve the best - we have the power - let’s make it happen.

Freedom Fighter Article Correction and Thank You

Steve Zimmer PAC Chairman

Hello everyone - I wanted to make a correction to the Freedom Fighter article I

wrote last issue. Some times when writing an article you need to research information but to keep the train of thought going… you skip those details with the intention of going back and filling in the blanks. Last month when I listed the people who went to the Green in Lexington and the Bridge at Concord there was someone with us but I wanted to make sure I spelled her name correctly so I put Shelia XXXX in with the intent to fix it later. Then I forgot to make the correction and the article got sent to Eric and published. So here I am correcting my mistake. Michelle “One Shot” Holcom was with us on our trip so Shelly, I apologize for omitting you from the article.

As we all exchanged stories like bikers typically do, I found out more about this remarkable lady and I remember being humbled. Bikers always have stories and are willing to share them most anytime. Veterans have stories too, but most of the time, are not as willing to verbalize them unless they are sitting in a circle of other vets. As the day passed we learned how Shelly earned her nickname, quite a story in true biker fashion. But as we sat exchanging stories about our military experience we learned of her time as an Army nurse during Vietnam. Shelly talked with a passion and warmth in her voice about the boys she saw patched up and the ones that didn’t make it and there

were moist eyes all around. As I wrote the article last month I thought about those first freedom fighters on the green and at the bridge; and I thought about those boys in Shelly’s stories; and all the other boys who gave in all the other wars and “conflicts” fought for the cause of freedom, and I look at what we do calling ourselves Freedom Fighters and we pale in comparison. There is one thing, we owe all these patriots our dedication and perseverance or their sacrifice was made for nothing. And to all the veterans out there who, like Shelly, did what was needed and live with the memories, Thank You.


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US House Holds Highway Safety Hearing Jeff Hennie MRF VP of Government Relations

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation reports that the US House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Subcommittee on Highways and Transit held a hearing Wednesday July 16th regarding the status of all of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) highway safety programs including motorcycle safety and the importance of federal funding in supporting safety education across the country. The hearing also focused on van and tire safety, impaired driving, and strategic safety plans amongst others. Testifying on behalf of the MRF was Senator Robert Letourneau. Others who testified included NHTSA official Jim Ports, Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), AAA, and MADD. New Hampshire State Senator Letourneau is chairman of the New Hampshire Senate Transportation Committee, a member of the state Motorcycle Rider Education Advisory Board, the Governor's Motorcycle Safety Task Force of the New Hampshire Highway Safety Agency, as well as an MRF Charter Member. Letourneau thanked Congress for appropriating approximately $25 million from SAFETEA-LU, the most recent transportation appropriations law, for motorcycle safety education efforts across the country, and encouraged Congress to continue to fund motorcycle safety and driver awareness programs around the country. He said the explosion of motorcycle sales from 356,000 in 1997 to 1.1 U.S. Senate: You may phone the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121. A switchboard operator will connect you directly with the Senate office you request.

million today is crippling many rider education programs across the country, and that Congress needs to invest more money in motorcycle rider education. Letourneau said other directives established in SAFETEA-LU, including encouraging motorcycle transportation as a means to conserve energy, opening High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes to motorcycles and establishing a Motorcycle Advisory Council to work with the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, have been beneficial to both motorcycle riders and the nation. “In New Hampshire, during the first 10 years of our motorcycle education program, over 23,000 riders have completed the education course and only one of those riders was involved in a fatality,” said Letourneau. “Clearly, education is the key to successfully reducing motorcycle fatalities, and New Hampshire’s experience is proof positive.” During the hearing while questioning NHTSA, GHSA and Government Accountability Office (GAO) Ranking Member Duncan (R-TN) mentioned that if motorcycle fatalities are growing then we (congress) should consider enlarging the 2010 funds exponentially. There was plenty of talk about helmets and helmet laws. All of the government panelists advocated for helmet law. The acting chairwoman at that point of the hearing Grace Napolitano (D-CA) seemed to nod along in agreement with the helmet advocates. So it’s a good thing the actual Chairman is Peter DeFazio (DOR) who staunchly opposes mandatory helmet laws. ”There was talk of helmet laws from the usual suspects and we expected that, I feel the motorcyclists were well represented with the MRF, AMA, MIC and ABATE of MD in the room today” said Motorcycle Riders Foundation Vice President of Government Relations Jeff Hennie. “There was also as much talk, if not more, about funding proper rider education so that’s the direction we want to keep going in” he added.

U.S. House: You may phone the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 225-3121. A switchboard operator will connect you directly with the House Representative office you request.

Information about your Federal, State and Local Senate and Representatives is also available from a link at the top of the MRF web site’s home page (www.mrf.org). You will need your Zip+4 number when running this search.

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DOT Highway Trust Fund Deficit Projection for 2009 Jeff Hennie MRF VP of Government Relations The Department of Transportation released the administration’s midyear federal Highway Trust Fund deficit projection for 2009 will remain about the same as earlier this year. The fund will still be short, but not as much as some critics have predicted. A midyear budget review released July 28th by the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) indicates that the Highway Trust Fund will have an approximately $5 billion deficit in fiscal 2009, up from about $3 billion projected earlier this year. However, OMB also estimates that highway spending will decrease about the same amount over that time, essentially maintaining the status quo. Secretary Mary Peters said the projected deficit actually decreased slightly, to $3.1 billion from the $3.2 billion estimated in President Bush’s fiscal 2009 budget, because of a decrease in projected outlays from the trust fund. The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Chairman Jim Oberstar (DMN), said the president’s new estimates don’t lessen the urgency of shoring up the trust fund. “The trust fund shortfall has always been a moving target, because you’re trying to predict the future,” Oberstar said. “If the shortfall isn’t that big, terrific, but there are higher projections. We won’t know until it gets here. The best we can do is shore things up the best we can and try to get through the year.” Administration Wants Less Even under the best-case scenario, the trust fund will be at least $3 billion in the red at some point next year. To address the pending

shortfall, the House last week overwhelmingly passed a bill (HR 6532) to transfer $8 billion from the general fund to the Highway Trust Fund. In the Senate, the same language was attached to a package of tax law extensions (S 3335). The Senate has yet to consider the package as of press time. Peters said the deficit was not that dire and does not require an $8 billion fix. She said Bush’s suggestion of borrowing $3.2 billion from the mass transit fund would be enough to ensure that all projects promised in the 2005 highway law (PL 109-59) could be carried out. In this case Peters is wrong. The 8 billion is the interest generated by the highway trust fund that was diverted into the general fund to be spent on non-transportation projects. The interest belongs to the highway fund, not the general fund. But states and the road-building lobby disagree. They say that even though the deficit is around $3 billion, they need about $8 billion in order to cover out-year spending on projects that have already begun. According to a report from the Transportation Department, Americans have driven 40 billion fewer miles this year than last year. This means less money coming into the trust fund, which is fueled by an 18.4-cents-per-gallon tax on gasoline. Peters has released a proposal for the next highway authorization, addressing financing ideas other than the gas tax, they include Public Private Partnerships (PPP) and a vehicle miles traveled (VMT) tax and begin to move away from the gas tax that currently generates the trust fund. Support for her proposals have fallen on deaf ears in Congress and aren’t very likely to move forward. It is a given that the trust fund needs work, but VMT and PPP’s are a long way off from being able to accurately and thouroghly replace the gas tax.

Kill a Biker, Go to Jail her persuade the judge in the case to pass a meaningful sentence in the case. The crash happened at 5 PM on Nov. 1, 2005. Tim was traveling west on Hwy 82 and the defendant, traveling east on 82 turned her pick-up truck left into a tavern parking lot directly into his path. She went into the tavern to call for help and then returned outside, where another person was already rendering aid to Tim, so she helped direct traffic until emergency personnel arrived on the scene.

Dave Dwyer SSMRO Board Member

In May, ABATE of Wisconsin got a letter from a Kathy Paddack who lost her son Timothy Bennett, in a left turn motorcycle crash and was looking for someone to help

When the Marquette County officer interviewed her, both she and her husband claimed that he was the driver at the time of the crash, not her. That being the case there were no tests performed on her to see if she had been drinking. (She has since had an OWI conviction for another incident.) When the Sheriff’s office finally continued page 5


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MRF Young Activist Scholarship Candidate Criteria: 1) Candidates must be between the ages of 18 and 30 with a valid motorcycle endorsement on their drivers license. 31st birthday must fall after MOTM that year. 2) Candidate must be a member in good standing of a State Motorcyclists' Rights Organization (SMRO). Length of membership required in SMRO to be determined by its members if candidate is qualified. 3) Candidates must be nominated by their SMRO. Nominations will be accepted from either state or local (District/Chapter/Local) SRMO groups, and must be submitted on an MRF-approved application form. 4) Nominations must be submitted between October 1st and July 15th and postmarked no late than July 1st of the year for which the application is submitted. 5) Candidates are to submit a minimum three hundred (300) word essay on why biker's rights are important to them. A well-written essay is like a picture of who the candidate is, and it gives the committee members a better perspective of the individual. Winning candidates will be announced via an MRF e-mail news release on or about August 15th. All candidates will be notified with a letter of thanks and encouragement to resubmit their candidacy for the next year if they are not the selected winner.

BEST – Did You Miss It? Cindy Hodges Member Representative

How Winning Candidates Are Chosen: MRF Young Activist Scholarship Fund Committee will be responsible for: 1) Promoting the program. 2) Reviewing all applications and choosing winner(s) 3) Chairman of MRF YAS Committee will notify all candidates of their decision. 4) In conjunction with appropriate MRF personnel, ensuring that all financial, travel, lodging and conference issues are addressed in a timely and professional manner. Projected Cost: Estimated not to exceed $750.00 per winning candidate. Number of winners will in part be determined by available funds.

MRF Young Activist Scholarship Fund Nomination Form Date: ___________________________________________________________ Candidate Name: _________________________________________________ Candidate Address: _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________ Candidate Phone Number: __________________________________________ Candidate Date of Birth: ____________________________________________ Member of (SMRO): _______________________________________________ Please provide the following information on a separate piece of paper. Candidate Qualifications: 1) Please explain why you feel this person should be selected. 2) Other considerations: Explain any circumstances you feel are appropriate. Submitted by: ____________________________________________________ Signature / Position________________________________________________ (State / Local SMRO Presiding Officer) Mail to: Motorcycle Riders Foundation, 236 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Suite 510, Washington DC 20002-4980; mrfoffice@mrf.org

Saturday afternoon had two time slots for break-out sessions and we had three to choose from for each session. It was really hard to choose! The first section of break-out sessions were as follows: Stacey Axmaker of the Idaho STAR program, Pat Barnes with the WRRA, and Monty Lish of the S/TEP program did a session on Motorcycle Safety Curricula: What is Available Today. Ian King of the WRRA and Ken Ray of ABATE of OR provided a session on Motorcycle Rights Organization Leadership Skills.

What Do Winning Candidates Receive? 1) One year membership in the MRF effective the first full day of Meeting of the Minds during the year in which they are selected. 2) Round-trip airfare to MOTM or alternate travel expenses so long as those expenses in total do not exceed the cost of traveling by air. If an alternate mode of transportation is chosen, candidates will be required to provide receipts in order to be reimbursed (receipts will be accepted for tickets on other modes of transportation), hotel accommodations, and gasoline. If there is any question about acceptable travel expenditures, it is the responsibility of the candidate to check with MRF prior to incurring said expense. 3) Hotel accommodations at MOTM. Accommodations will include room and taxes only. Telephone, food, movie rentals, etc. will be the sole responsibility of candidates. 4) MOTM conference and banquet fees waived. 5) Special recognition at MOTM. Recognition to include a plaque and presentation of a one-year individual MRF membership. 6) Winners are to submit one article to the MRF Reports telling of their SMRO activities and their experiences on attending the MOTMs.

September/October 2008

Best of the West 2008 was co-hosted by Washington Road Riders Association (http://www.roadriders.org) and ABATE of Oregon (http://www.abateoforegon.net). Attendees hailed from SMROs from Alaska, Hawaii, Illinois, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Idaho, Colorado, Washington (DC), Arizona, Wisconsin, Utah, Minnesota, Washington, Oregon, Texas, New Mexico, and Wyoming. Like all MRF regional conferences, Friday evening is the kick-off. The MRF board members introduce themselves and then someone from each state attending stands up and introduces themselves and tells what has been going on in their state in regards to legislation, regulation, safety and awareness, discrimination, etc. This is one of the best networking tools we have and we do it just by being ourselves! Saturday morning’s general sessions started with Michael “Boz” Kerr, MRF Vice President, discussing The Value of Politics; Concerns with the Bush Appointees and What is at Risk in The Upcoming Election, What Can We/ Must We Do? Jeff Hennie, MRF Vice President of Government Relations gave an update on where we are with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA - which was finalized in 1996 by the Clinton administration and in its current state allows insurance carriers to deny paying medical benefits to individuals injured while engaging in certain activities such as motorcycling). Jeff also updated attendees on happenings with the TEA-LU 2010 funds (the highway bill that is reauthorized every 6 years or so), the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), Federal Department of Transportation (DOT), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and Exposing the Myth of Federal Motorcycle Data. Dave Dwyer, MRF Sustaining SMRO Rep to the board gave a review on where things stand with the EPA in regards to motorcycles.

John Pierce, MRF Membership Director, former lobbyist for CMT/ABATE of TN, currently ABATE of Oklahoma board member, presented Gaining and Retaining Local Membership. This is always a favorite and John has, in fact, given this talk to several SMROs privately. The second break-out session of the day gave us these three choices: Brian Stovall, ABATE of Oregon, presented A History of the Motorcycle Rights Movement and What You Can Do This Election Year. Eric Hampton, MRF Director of Communication and Information, presented Managing the Monsters: The Media and the Motorcyclists. The other selection for this time slot was scheduled to be presented by Kirk “Hardtail” Willard, MRF President, on Share the Road, Operation Save A Life – Whatever You Call It – We Need It… yet due to flooding in his home state of Wisconsin he was unable to make the conference. Look for this session to reappear at a later date. After the sessions everyone enjoyed the great hospitality provided by the two hosting SMROs, the food and drink, and the beautiful view from the deck over the river. Soon though, it was time for the big fun… the banquet and auction. Silent and live auction items were perused and bid on. This money went into the MRF PAC fund which will be put to use in this upcoming election season. We all shared a nice sit-down dinner and had more opportunity to get to know our brothers and sisters from other states and other organizations. This is the best part. From start to finish, getting to meet others of like mind, sometimes not exactly the same mind but with the same goals - this is the GOLD. The contacts, the information we pass along amongst ourselves while we share and learn is without price.


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Kill a Biker, Go to Jail determined that she was in fact the driver they forwarded that information to the District Attorney who then filed “hit and run resulting in a death” charges, against both her and her husband. The judge dismissed the case because the defendants did not flee the scene, they had “only obstructed justice” by not identifying her as the driver and he did not believe hit and run was the right charge. The DA followed up by taking the case to the Appeals Court. The Appeals Court decided the charges were appropriate because in their opinion it is the duty of the driver to identify himself or herself as the driver. The Appeals Court ordered the judge to hear the case. The defendant’s lawyer then appealed that decision to the Supreme Court, which refused to hear it, so the Appeals Court decision stood. The case did not have to go to trial because the defendant (her husband had died of cancer) came to a plea agreement with the DA. This was about the time that Kathy found out about ABATE from a Share the Road placemat and sent in her letter requesting help. I spoke with Kathy and we decided that we would do what we could to help influence the judge. Having never worked with the courts before, Greg Rodd, Chubby and I put together a plan of attack. Wanting a professional opinion, I sent our plan to Attorney Mike Hupy for his opinion and suggestions on how to proceed. Mike reviewed our plan with me in several phone calls and then sent it to the Public Relations firm he works with and requested they start looking at this. Several days later they replied with a plan very close to what we had drafted and included a price

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of $1,000 to $1200 for the work. I replied to Mike that I would need to get BOD approval for that expenditure. In a return email, Mike said that “Hupy and Abraham S. C. would pay for the PR involvement.” This was completely unexpected, but much appreciated. This started a flurry of emails between the PR firm, Chubby, Mike and I reviewing opinion pieces and possible releases and alerts to the local media. Kathy provided the contact information for me to talk with the Victim’s Advocate in the DA’s office to get her take on what was happening. She suggested that it would be helpful if several ABATE Officers would be able to speak at the sentencing. With the sentencing being July 9th there was time for a discussion with some of the members of 2J, Adams and Marquette Counties at the Hummer. Bruce Hall, Region Rep for 2J, agreed to speak along with Chubby and myself. Arrangements were made with the DA for the three of us to make statements and we were set to go. The day before the sentencing we received word that the Portage paper was sending a reporter and wanted to talk to someone from ABATE and that the Marquette County paper had published the opinion piece with Mike Hupy’s name on it. This was a result of the work of the PR firm. The morning of the hearing there were 13 ABATE members in the hall outside the courtroom along with Tim’s parents and the Victim’s Advocate from the DA’s office. The local Sheriff and two of his deputies joined us. He introduced himself and thanked us for showing up to help make a difference. He went over the rules

of the court, no weapons or outbursts of emotion. He offered to hold any weapons we may have and told to contact one of his deputies if we needed anything. At the appointed time, we filed into the small Marquette County courtroom. Between those of us from ABATE and Tim’s family we took up most of the seats. We got to see the judge in action as he sentenced defendants in several other cases before ours was called. When our case was called he started by berating the DA for not bringing the right charges. When it came time for me to speak on behalf of the victim, the judge erupted again because “there was no victim here”. The DA argued that the victim was not in court because he had been killed. When the judge finally settled down, I was allowed to proceed. That is until one of our members (“thanks” Mary) took a picture and set him off about that. At least he seemed to take an interest in my statement when I got to the part about personal responsibility and how it applied to his case. He even had several comments and questions when I was done. Chubby was next and he focused on the toll Right-of-Way violations took statewide last year and the need to do something about them. Bruce got to play clean-up and fill in where we had missed. When the judge asked him what ABATE stood for and Bruce told him A Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactments he kicked back in his chair and gave us a “thumbs up”. We were followed by Tim’s mother, she gave a very powerful statement that made many eyes in the court wet. Then it was time for the DA to give his final speech, along with his

recommendation for a sentence, 12 years in prison, with the last 5 to 7 being parole. The defense attorney got the last chance to speak. To the judge’s credit when he tried to bring up the fact that Tim may have had intoxicants in his system at the time of the crash, the judge cut him off, as that had no bearing on the defendant turning in front of him. He asked that the sentence be no more than one year in the Adams County jail with work release. He wanted Adams County instead of Marquette County because that would make it easier for the defendant to find a ride to work. When the judge was ready to pass sentence he again admonished the DA because all he felt he could sentence the defendant on was the obstruction part of the charge. He did quote some of the responsibility statements I had made so I know he was paying attention. The final outcome was one year in the Marquette County jail with work release privileges, including credit for time already served. I would like to thank everyone who helped with this effort, Mike Hupy for being a sounding board and for hiring the PR firm, Chubby for shutting his business down for the day and coming up from the Milwaukee area, Bruce, and the folks for 2J for taking a day off from work, and Bill Roberge and Rick Mellon for traveling from the west side of the state to just be there. This was a learning experience for all of us and we intend to pull this knowledge together and spread the knowledge to the Regions for all of ABATE to use. As long as drivers keep violating our right-ofway, we need more headlines that read “Woman to serve jail time in Motorcycle fatality”.

HR 1067 House COSPONSORS Jeff Hennie MRF VP of Government Relations

Take a look at the list and check for your congressman, should you see him or her on the list take the time to let them know you appreciate it. Don’t see who you are looking for? Communicate to your Member of Congress that you would like to them cosponsor HR 1076. Same applies for the Senate, which is listed below the House members. COSPONSORS(121), ALPHABETICAL Rep Allen, Thomas H. [ME-1] - 2/27/2007 Rep Bachmann, Michele [MN-6] 12/17/2007 Rep Baldwin, Tammy [WI-2] - 6/12/2007 Rep Berkley, Shelley [NV-1] - 10/9/2007 Rep Bishop, Sanford D., Jr. [GA-2] 3/31/2008 Rep Blackburn, Marsha [TN-7] - 10/3/2007 Rep Boswell, Leonard L. [IA-3] 3/28/2007 Rep Braley, Bruce L. [IA-1] - 4/18/2007 Rep Camp, Dave [MI-4] - 3/23/2007 Rep Carter, John R. [TX-31] - 10/24/2007 Rep Costello, Jerry F. [IL-12] - 3/6/2007 Rep Cummings, Elijah E. [MD-7] 9/17/2007 Rep Davis, David [TN-1] - 9/17/2007 Rep Deal, Nathan [GA-9] - 10/9/2007

Rep Drake, Thelma D. [VA-2] - 2/28/2008 Rep Ellison, Keith [MN-5] - 6/3/2008 Rep Emerson, Jo Ann [MO-8] - 7/13/2007 Rep Eshoo, Anna G. [CA-14] - 1/28/2008 Rep Fattah, Chaka [PA-2] - 7/16/2007 Rep Fossella, Vito [NY-13] - 6/28/2007 Rep Gerlach, Jim [PA-6] - 10/15/2007 Rep Gilchrest, Wayne T. [MD-1] 7/10/2007 Rep Gillmor, Paul E. [OH-5] - 3/13/2007 Rep Gordon, Bart [TN-6] - 7/30/2007 Rep Grijalva, Raul M. [AZ-7] - 3/28/2007 Rep Hall, Ralph M. [TX-4] - 2/13/2008 Rep Hayes, Robin [NC-8] - 7/10/2007 Rep Hinchey, Maurice D. [NY-22] 3/20/2007 Rep Jackson, Jesse L., Jr. [IL-2] 4/24/2007 Rep Johnson, Henry C. "Hank," Jr. [GA-4] - 4/8/2008 Rep Jones, Walter B., Jr. [NC-3] 3/28/2007 Rep Kind, Ron [WI-3] - 3/9/2007 Rep Kirk, Mark Steven [IL-10] - 3/23/2007 Rep Kuhl, John R. "Randy", Jr. [NY-29] 3/27/2007 Rep Larsen, Rick [WA-2] - 4/17/2007 Rep LaTourette, Steven C. [OH-14] 4/8/2008 Rep Manzullo, Donald A. [IL-16] 4/17/2007 Rep McHugh, John M. [NY-23] 2/26/2008

Rep McKeon, Howard P. "Buck" [CA-25] 4/15/2008 Rep Miller, Brad [NC-13] - 6/12/2007 Rep Miller, George [CA-7] - 12/12/2007 Rep Moran, Jerry [KS-1] - 9/20/2007 Rep Myrick, Sue Wilkins [NC-9] 11/15/2007 Rep Obey, David R. [WI-7] - 2/28/2007 Rep Peterson, Collin C. [MN-7] - 6/6/2007 Rep Pitts, Joseph R. [PA-16] - 6/12/2007 Rep Price, David E. [NC-4] - 4/18/2007 Rep Ramstad, Jim [MN-3] - 3/19/2007 Rep Rogers, Mike J. [MI-8] - 1/15/2008 Rep Ross, Mike [AR-4] - 1/16/2008 Rep Ryan, Paul [WI-1] - 4/24/2007 Rep Schakowsky, Janice D. [IL-9] 9/27/2007 Rep Sestak, Joe [PA-7] - 6/9/2008 Rep Simpson, Michael K. [ID-2] - 5/7/2007 Rep Smith, Christopher H. [NJ-4] 12/6/2007 Rep Stupak, Bart [MI-1] - 2/15/2007 Rep Tiberi, Patrick J. [OH-12] - 9/4/2007 Rep Walberg, Timothy [MI-7] - 2/28/2007 Rep Walz, Timothy J. [MN-1] - 3/19/2007 Rep Wexler, Robert [FL-19] - 1/28/2008 Rep Young, Don [AK] - 3/7/2007 Rep Altmire, Jason [PA-4] - 11/15/2007 Rep Baird, Brian [WA-3] - 7/10/2007 Rep Bartlett, Roscoe G. [MD-6] 7/10/2007 Rep Biggert, Judy [IL-13] - 5/1/2007 Rep Bishop, Timothy H. [NY-1] - 3/9/2007

Rep Boozman, John [AR-3] - 9/4/2007 Rep Boucher, Rick [VA-9] - 8/3/2007 Rep Butterfield, G. K. [NC-1] - 10/31/2007 Rep Carney, Christopher P. [PA-10] 4/17/2008 Rep Conaway, K. Michael [TX-11] 5/3/2007 Rep Culberson, John Abney [TX-7] 4/8/2008 Rep Davis, Danny K. [IL-7] - 7/13/2007 Rep Davis, Geoff [KY-4] - 4/15/2008 Rep Dicks, Norman D. [WA-6] - 7/19/2007 Rep Ehlers, Vernon J. [MI-3] - 2/28/2007 Rep Ellsworth, Brad [IN-8] - 5/1/2008 Rep English, Phil [PA-3] - 4/16/2007 Rep Etheridge, Bob [NC-2] - 4/16/2007 Rep Filner, Bob [CA-51] - 3/13/2007 Rep Frank, Barney [MA-4] - 12/6/2007 Rep Giffords, Gabrielle [AZ-8] - 7/22/2008 Rep Gillibrand, Kirsten E. [NY-20] 4/17/2007 Rep Gonzalez, Charles A. [TX-20] 6/9/2008 Rep Graves, Sam [MO-6] - 2/28/2008 Rep Gutierrez, Luis V. [IL-4] - 6/24/2008 Rep Hare, Phil [IL-17] - 7/31/2007 Rep Hill, Baron P. [IN-9] - 11/15/2007 Rep Holden, Tim [PA-17] - 7/10/2007 Rep Jindal, Bobby [LA-1] - 9/4/2007 Rep Johnson, Timothy V. [IL-15] 8/3/2007 continued page 6


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Communication is Key Todd Riba MRF Director of Reps I just finished up a nice, long ride to the Black Hills with some great friends and now the time has come to meet our editor’s deadline. On the way out I was thinking about the first time I went to Sturgis. I was riding a four speed chain drive Sportster with a two gallon tank. I packed two changes of clothes, an army blanket, and an old blue tarp. Now twenty years later I am on the geezer glide with a laptop, cell phone, I Pod, and two weeks of clothes, and we are only going to be gone for a week. Things have changed, and change is good. The point I’m trying to make is - we have to change. The street riders of this country are facing some pretty scary times and we have to change. We all know we have to increase our membership, we need the money and the numbers to wave around. We have to be more creative and vigilant when it comes to recruiting and retaining. The Reps really should be using that expired members list, it’s a great tool. There are many Reps that are doing a great job of recruiting, thank you to all of them. I write a lot articles and the word “communication” comes up a lot. I am hop-

ing that we will have two State Reps Board Members in place after Meeting of the Minds. That means we will have a fully staffed Reps Department at the Board level. I am going to challenge myself and the other Reps Board Members to call one Rep/Asst. Rep per week. We need to do a better job of communicating with the Reps and we are going to work hard on solving that problem after MOTM. Let’s remember that communication is a two way street. If we leave a message please call us back. Please respond to the emails. If you don’t want us bugging you then give me a call or shoot me an email. And as always feel free to call anytime, I will get back to you. Ride safe and fight hard.

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HR 1067 House COSPONSORS (continued) Rep Kagen, Steve [WI-8] - 2/15/2007 Rep King, Steve [IA-5] - 4/24/2007 Rep Kline, John [MN-2] - 7/13/2007 Rep LaHood, Ray [IL-18] - 4/8/2008 Rep Latham, Tom [IA-4] - 3/29/2007 Rep Loebsack, David [IA-2] - 10/15/2007 Rep McCotter, Thaddeus G. [MI-11] 2/15/2007 Rep McIntyre, Mike [NC-7] - 2/7/2008 Rep Michaud, Michael H. [ME-2] 5/14/2007 Rep Miller, Candice S. [MI-10] - 7/10/2007 Rep Moore, Gwen [WI-4] - 10/15/2007 Rep Murphy, Tim [PA-18] - 5/14/2007 Rep Oberstar, James L. [MN-8] - 4/16/2007 Rep Payne, Donald M. [NJ-10] - 9/24/2007 Rep Petri, Thomas E. [WI-6] - 2/27/2007 Rep Platts, Todd Russell [PA-19] 3/23/2007 Rep Putnam, Adam H. [FL-12] - 7/10/2007 Rep Renzi, Rick [AZ-1] - 12/6/2007 Rep Roskam, Peter J. [IL-6] - 3/23/2007 Rep Rothman, Steven R. [NJ-9] 4/16/2007

Rep Ryan, Tim [OH-17] - 7/10/2007 Rep Sensenbrenner, F. James, Jr. [WI-5] 3/29/2007 Rep Shimkus, John [IL-19] - 3/20/2007 Rep Smith, Adrian [NE-3] - 10/3/2007 Rep Space, Zachary T. [OH-18] 7/30/2007 Rep Terry, Lee [NE-2] - 3/21/2007 Rep Udall, Mark [CO-2] - 3/22/2007 Rep Walden, Greg [OR-2] - 7/22/2008 Rep Weller, Jerry [IL-11] - 3/27/2007 Rep Wilson, Charles A. [OH-6] - 3/31/2008 Senate Cosponsors of S616Sen Coleman, Norm [MN] - 4/7/2008 Sen Ensign, John [NV] - 5/7/2007 Sen Graham, Lindsey [SC] - 11/8/2007 Sen Murray, Patty [WA] - 4/7/2008 Sen Durbin, Richard [IL] - 6/25/2007 Sen Feingold, Russell D. [WI] - 2/15/2007 Sen Klobuchar, Amy [MN] - 4/10/2008 Sen Stabenow, Debbie [MI] - 3/1/2007

MRF Still Offers Roadside Assistance Program Why be stranded on the side of the road? Are you confident that you won't need any assistance out on your journey? The Motorcycle Riders Foundation would like to remind all members about the Roadside Assistance (RA) benefit. The RA program is not only for MRF members but is available to anyone looking for a reasonably priced roadside assistance program that offers more flexibility then most competitors. You may already be a member with one of the other guys but why not support the organization that is working so hard to support you in Washington, D.C. * CYCLE ASSIST MOTORCYCLE PACKAGE: $19.95 per year o Coverage is provided for one person driving ANY motorcycle o Tow-behind trailers when being towed by a motorcycle driven by a covered member are also covered o Roadside assistance benefits are available up to $200 per occurrence o Includes: Towing, flat tire assistance, Fuel and fluid delivery, lost keys, onsite mechanical coverage, and lodging and rental car discounts * CYCLE ASSIST PLUS MOTORCYCLE PACKAGE: $29.95 per year

o Coverage is provided for one person driving ANY motorcycle o Includes everything in the $19.95 package o Plus $500 Emergency Reimbursable Trip Interruption Coverage **Reimbursable in the events a disabling collision that's more than 100 miles from your residence, requiring an overnight stay due to unavailability of parts. * PREMIUM MOTORCYCLE AND AUTO PACKAGE: $46.95 per year o Covers up to 2 motorcycles and 2 automobiles o No need for AAA, we'll cover your motorcycles AND your cars. o Includes all of the benefits in the first two packages To sign-up to enjoy these great benefits, you can visits our website at www.mrf.org/roadside.php or call Road America and tell them your with the MRF! To enroll by phone, call toll free 1-866784-0520 (M-F 8am-6pm EST). For more information on the Roadside Assistance benefit, you can contact MRF Membership director, John Pierce at john@mrf.org or call the MRF office at 202-546-0983.


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BEST of the West - A Great Ride and a Better Conference Carol Downs MRF Conferences Director I am sitting in my office trying to beat the heat in late July. Here in Denver, we are on day 18 of 90 degrees or better. It is expected to last at least another week, with the possibility of reaching 100 degrees on at least one day during that streak. Add to that the fact that we are 6.9 inches short of rainfall this year and you can understand my misery. But on the bright side, the weather hasn’t hampered the riding season at all. You just have to get out of town so you’re not stuck in the traffic. I did have a great ride to Washington State last month. The weather was darn near perfect. That is if you don’t mind riding sideways in strong winds for two straight days. I am used to “breezy” conditions in Wyoming, and we got them. By the time we hit Northern Nevada the weather service was calling them what they were “high wind warnings”. But in total they only lasted about 800 miles. After that it was really quite nice. We went into Northern California, rode a bit of Hwy 101 then across the mountains of Southern Oregon. I had talked about our route in the last Reports. Several of you even e-mailed me to say pick a different route. Jay Jackson (WA) called me on the road to tell me not to come the way I did. Seems there was a snowstorm the night before. I’m glad I didn’t listen to any of you. It was absolutely beautiful! Roads were a bit twisty. I should have done some more parking lot practice on my new bike before undertaking that route, but we had a great time. On the way home Bruce and I headed east across Washington following the Columbia River. We then went slightly north and came across Northern Idaho and through Montana; first trip to Montana. If we can figure out a way to earn a living we will be moving. Our total mileage this trip was right at 3,700 miles. We were on the road for two weeks and even stopped in Vancouver, WA for the BEST of the West. BEST of the West was co-hosted by Washington Road Riders Association (WRRA) and ABATE of OR. Part of the fun was listening to them bicker about which way the river should be running. It truly does depend on which side of the bridge you are standing on. We had a decent turnout with attendees from Hawaii and Alaska joining those from California, Colorado, Washington DC, Idaho, Illinois, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming and of course Washington and Oregon. We were short a few folks. Floods in the north central part of the country kept some folks from being able to leave home. Others hit snowstorms coming across the northwest part of the US. Those who were able to make it found a warm welcome, good friends; both old and new, and lots of interesting workshops. It is usually my habit to take the time to thank

everyone who volunteered at the event. Without the great many volunteers these Conferences wouldn’t happen. However, I forgot to ask my co-hosts for a complete list. I am embarrassed, and I do apologize. Your commitment to making the event a success was not unnoticed. Ian King (WRRA) and Ted Tracy (ABATE of OR) both have fine organizations and their memberships really stepped up to the plate for this event. While I do not want to single out just the few people I know well, I do really want to express my gratitude to Jay and Glenda Jackson, Joann Breneman and Ian’s daughter. I may have forgotten her name, but not her assistance. Currently we are gearing up for 2008 Meeting of the Minds. It will be held in Denver, CO. ABATE of CO will be our host. The pre-registration deadline will have passed when you read this, but it is never too late to decide to join us. CO has been working hard to make this a fun, learning experience for all. They are determined to do better than ABATE of IA did last year. I believe they will pull it off. The only way you will know for sure is to make plans to be here yourself. The agenda is on the website. And you can still register for the Conference so I hope to see you there. Next year we will be going to Rehoboth Beach, DE for BEAST of the East. ABATE of DE will be our host. I do not yet have a host SMRO (State Motorcycle Rights Organization) for BEST of the West. If you want to step up it is not too late. The MRF needs to be invited, and a SMRO must be willing to play host; with all that is involved. If you need more information do not hesitate to contact me. My e-mail is downs@mrf.org or I can be reached by phone at 303-2046939. Meeting of the Minds next September will be co-hosted by ABATE of MN and St. Croix Valley Riders in Bloomington, MN. For those not familiar with the area that is Minneapolis. Enjoy the rest of your summer and I look forward to seeing everyone in Denver.

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The New MRF Blog Think back to when computers, the Internet and email was something that was rarely used by society. Do you even remember what your SMRO was like before the age of the computer? Now a days, the internet is an easy way to reach out to people all over the world. The use of technology has helped bridge together the SMRO world making communication much easier than when the MRF got its start back in the 1980’s. The Internet has exploded the past few years with emergence of different social media practices. You may be asking yourself what exactly social media and Web 2.0 is but actually you may already be utilizing different aspects of it already. To simplify what Web 2.0 aims to achieve is that integration of different web based technology to increase information sharing and the collaboration between users. This concept led to the development of online communities and applications such as social networking sites, wikis and blogs. You may already be reading blogs, using YouTube and logging on to sites such as MySpace to connect with others and share information. So what does this mean to the MRF and the motorcycling community? By adapting with the changes in how we share information on the Internet, we have the opportunity to increase our web presence, open a dialogue with our membership and other online users, and improve the timeliness of getting information out to our community. By taking a proactive approach educating ourselves and others about motorcycling issues, we are capable of changing common misconceptions and negative opinions. We hope to achieve this by opening a forum with the world by launching the Motorcycle Riders Foundation’s blog, Capitol Chrome. Our blog will be dedicated to sharing information, ideas and tolls to better inform the motorcycle rights community and other road users.

The creating this dynamic outlet to share information, we hope to achieve three simple goals: 1. Encourage SMRO’s to adapt and utilize this information sharing technology 2. Create an easy outlet to store PSA’s, state legislative issues and other resources 3. Educate ourselves within the movement to better educate others Learning how to use new technology can be difficult but we anticipate if you give it a chance that we everyone in the SMRO world will benefit. We are just as new as you are to the world of blogging and hope you bear with us as we get this off the ground. If you log on and check it out, we have already added a few entries, our YouTube channel, important links to websites and other blogs. Capitol Chrome is set up to allow visitors to comment on different blog topics but all comments will be moderated before posting. Unfortunately, we have to do this to ensure that no obscenity, profanity, defamation, libel or personal attacks are launched in the comment section. Don’t get us wrong, we will welcome difference of opinion and hope that it opens the doors for all sides to be heard on the issues. Besides if it we don’t allow peoples’ opinions to be expressed then people will probably become bored and not engage with the blog. The MRF would like to welcome people to suggest topics for the blog and even encourage people to become guest contributors by submitting articles to be posted on the blog. You can send your ideas and submissions by emailing pr@mrf.org or by calling us at the office. To check out Capitol Chrome for yourself, log on to www.mrf.org/blog and let us know what you think. We hope that we can move forward with this blog, keep you interested and promote motorcycling beyond the rights community.


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Motorcycle Riders Foundation attends Federation of European Motorcyclists Association Annual Meeting By: Kirk “Hardtail” Willard Continuing on with tradition and reciprocating for FEMA attending and presenting each year at the MRF’s Meeting of the Minds, I attended and presented on our behalf at their Annual meeting in June held in Edinburgh, Scotland. One of the highlights for the MRF was how well our crash avoidance versus safer crashing initiatives resonated with them. This venue is an excellent method to communicate and fully understand first hand the issues a host of European countries are facing individually and more important to us is what they are facing as a whole in the European Union. We have learned all too well that what is happening in Europe is highly likely something we’ll face in the states as well. This serves as reasoning for staying very close to our European partners, FEMA. It is also important to keep in mind there are 30 million riders on Powered Two Wheelers in Europe compared to our 6.5 million in the states. They had 16 different European countries represented at their meeting chaired by their new President from Norway, Hans Petter Strifeldt, who replaced Kees Meijer this spring. Many of you will remember Kees from his attendance at MOTM for the past several years. This year we will be visited by Hans. In addition to the MRF, they also had Peter Jacobs, President of the Motorcyclists

Confederation of Canada in attendance and presenting as he also does at the MRF Meeting of the Minds. Items on the FEMA agenda and covered at their meeting:

ings), Efforts to merge European Union and United Nation standard into a single uniform standard, Motorcycle Safety Report out of the European Transport Safety Council to include intelligent speed control devices such as accelerator

photo by Wim Taal

Guardrail Standards, Crash barrier design and standards, Tiered Driving License Directive, Initial Rider Training Project, compulsory training, Technical Regulations-horsepower limitations, antitampering measures, sound and emission standards, Noise Regulation 41 (the MRF has attended many of these meet-

and top speed limiters, mandatory clothing standards, assisted braking-linked braking, mandatory air bag and leg protectors, Green Paper on motorcycles as urban transport, The ever developing intelligent transportation systems (ITS) Rider Survey - Saferider EU project to evaluate pavement and asphalt, advanced

driving assistance systems, Vision Zero International Motorcycle Cooperation Group work joint report, Motorcycle Mileage standards, alternate power sources for motorcycles, SAMOTO motorcycling study on safety, mobility, and sustainable environment In presenting their agenda and the relevant issues FEMA is dealing with, I trust you see the value and necessity in the MRF participating in these meetings. Two very important things I personally took away from the meeting is how Europeans must be significantly more focused on maintaining the ability to ride at all versus our focus in the states on what we ride and how we do it, we need to maintain our total vigilance - we often talk about - in order to keep it this way. Another strategy they discussed at length which I found to be right on was that motorcyclists should be communicating through visibility, meaning every time they ride it becomes a direct communication to the average motorist and that they need as riders rights representatives to utilize every chance they get to use their motorcycle as a tool to communicate to the average European motorcyclist who may know little or nothing about riders rights. Lastly, was the recognition of the philosophy that all motorcyclists rights groups must aggressively fight for motorcyclists rights and not simply show up to discuss motorcycles.

OECD International Transport Forum Workshop on Motorcycle Safety By Kirk “Hardtail” Willard OECD is the acronym for Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development and is the group responsible for hosting this global workshop on motorcycle safety. If you recall, this is the same group that developed the methodology for the European Motorcycle Accident In-Depth Study (MAIDS) and the same methodology that is targeted to be utilized in the upcoming United States Crash Causation study. This meeting was held in Lillehammer, Norway in June and brought together approximately 90 experts by invitation only and included Safety and Policy advisors, Safety experts, Safety researchers, Motorcycle manufacturers and Motorcycle manufacturing representative organizations, and Motorcycle rights and Motorcycle user group representatives. Key attendees from the United States included representatives from FHWA, NHTSA, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Harley Davidson, MIC/MSF, AMA, and the Motorcycle Riders Foundation.

The objectives of the workshop were to “bring together the different stakeholders involved in motorcycling safety in order to identify the real problems of motorcycling safety (versus the perceived problems), discuss practical solutions to these problems and propose a set of measures to improve the safety of motorcyclists”. The practical intended output of this workshop was to collaboratively develop a set of recommendations for the attention of policy advisors and to provide input in an attempt to help identify how motorcycle safety strategies relate to overall road safety policies. As suspected, the conference opened with statements that rider responsibility is the issue at hand which required training and behavior modification followed by the statement that motorcyclists are not meeting worldwide safety standards. Clearly not enough was mentioned in the opening session related to other user groups’ responsibility, roadway infrastructure, unsuccess continued page 12

RIDERS RIGHTS representatives at the OECD International Transport Forum Workshop on Motorcycle Safety held in June in Lillehammer Norway


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PRESS RELEASE: From the Federation of European Motorcyclists’ Associations (FEMA) 16 June 2008

Guardrails: great victory for motorcyclists worldwide! On June 13th, CEN members voted a work item to improve the standard of safety barriers to take motorcyclists into account and reduce injuries and fatalities. This is a clear milestone for motorcyclists’ 20-year-long fight for their safety. The best birthday present FEMA (Federation of European Motorcyclists Associations) could dream of for its 20th anniversary! In Milan, last Friday, members of the Technical Committee on Road Equipment (TC226) adopted resolution 319 registering a new item in their work programme to “develop a European Standard, which reduces the impact severity of motorcyclist collisions with safety barriers, considering the existing

national standards and the possibilities of present day technologies”. In concrete terms, a new part (8th) is to be added to the existing standard EN1317. It will contain “provisions for the evaluation of the performance of safety barriers under impact by a powered twowheeled vehicle (PTW) rider sliding along the ground”. FEMA has been campaigning for nearly 20 years to have the problem of motorcyclists impacting, colliding or simply sliding on a road and not being protected by traditional “road restraint systems” addressed. Numerous demonstrations and awareness campaigns have been organised at national and EU levels. These generated different

degrees of reactions from road authorities. Many of them refused to install anything else other than the prescribed EN1317 standard, which had so far been designed and tested to protect all categories of vehicles except for motorcycles. Some countries, like Spain, worked at developing their own national standard, while Portugal mandates by law the installation of motorcyclist protective devices on the Portuguese road network.

improve their safety. With this new part 8 to EN1317, soon to be agreed upon, road authorities throughout Europe will now have no excuse not to install motorcyclist protective devices where necessary to avoid motorcyclists from being killed or injured when they impact the supporting poles of safety barriers. What a great reward for FEMA at a time where it celebrates 20 years of riders’ representation in Europe!”

Aline Delhaye, FEMA’s General Secretary, says “With road safety being at the top of all road authorities’ agendas, the CEN decision is giving a clear signal that motorcyclists’ needs and characteristics have to be taken into account to

According to CEN timeframe, a draft standard should be ready by next year and adopted after internal procedure by October 2010. FEMA will ensure that this is respected as closely as possible.

PRESS RELEASE: From the Federation of European Motorcyclists’ Associations (FEMA) Press Release 30 June 2008

FEMA 20th Anniversary: 1st MEP ride through Brussels! On 25 June 2008, FEMA celebrated its 20th Anniversary with a special MEP Motorcycle Ride organised in Brussels. More than 150 people showed interest in participating in the various activities set up for the occasion, among which a beautiful ride through Brussels city centre, the heart of Europe. The Parc du Cinquantenaire offered the perfect setting for FEMA 20th anniversary celebrations. More than 150 people, among which 18 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) coming from 11 different countries, as well as assistants, but also officials from the European Commission and several other stakeholders registered to gather under the FEMA

and European flags for the ride. The concept of the event is simple: get on bikes those who decide on the future of motorcycling! This year, the event took on a new dimension, offering participants a broad range of activities. - The first SAFERIDER User Forum, giving participants the opportunity to express their views on the development of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and In-Vehicle Information Systems (IVIS) integration on motorcycles for the most crucial functionalities, took place in the afternoon. FEMA newly elected President, Hans Petter Strifeldt, took this opportunity to underline FEMA role in the project and position on these issues (President's speech). More infor-

mation on the SAFERIDER project - Two test tracks were also organised, offering riders a chance to try different types of motorcycles, while beginners - in the context of the Initial Rider Training project could discover the joys of riding a powered two wheeler under the supervision of qualified instructors. - A Press Conference was given by FEMA President, with the support of this year's MEP Ride Patrons: Mr Olajos (Hungary), Mr Markov (Germany), Mr Szejna (Poland), Ms Lynne (United Kingdom) and Ms Segelström (Sweden) The event concluded with a dinner and FEMA Birthday celebrations: FEMA President gave an overview of FEMA's work, achievements and recent successes. It was also

the occasion to present FEMA's new image, with a new logo and the first issue of the newly designed FEMA newsletter Overall, sponsors, patrons and participants all praised FEMA for an extremely well organised event. It goes without saying that the support of FEMA volunteers, among which Marshalls from FEMA's Belgian association The Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) and the Belgian Federal Police who escorted the ride, contributed to the success of this unique event. Brussels inhabitants, who gathered applauding and taking pictures of the "EU convoy", will remember this very special Ride through Brussels City, the Heart of Europe!


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BEST of the West Dave Dwyer of the MRF, Will Kinzel Director of Government Affairs for the Republican National Committee, MRF Vice President Michael "Boz" Kerr, and Jeff Hennie after a meeting with Mr. Kinzel concerning the Republican presidential nominee and the cabinet level appointees.

"the team" Jeff Hennie, MRF office director Tiffany Latimer and State Senator Robert LeTourneau in front of the US Supreme Court on Capitol Hill in Washington DC after LeTourneau testified at a House Transportation Committee Hearing on highway safety. LeTourneau's remarks focused on motorcycle safety.

Michael "Boz" Kerr, Dave Dwyer and Jeff Hennie in front of the Democrat National Committee after hand delivering a meeting request and survey to the DNC. The DNC has not responded to emailed and faxed meeting requests.

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Allegheny County Council Public Safety Committee Meeting Matt Drozd, councilman for District 1 and the lid he owns, but he doesn't have a bike.

Lillehammer, Norway

Wisconsin

The results from the OECD workshop on motorcycle safety last week may represent a giant leap forward for us motorcyclists, says FEMA President Hans Petter Strifeldt.

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Out N' About - NC House Committee Rejects MC Learner Permit Changes

Doc Ski SSMRO Rep

The North Carolina Senate and House of Representatives adjourned Sine Die, July 18, 2008 to convene again on January 28, 2009 at 12:00 Noon. North Carolina has a part time legislature. During the first year, the session lasts from January until August. During the first session new bills are introduced and begin their way through the process. The second session lasts only four months (May – Aug) and typically no new bills are introduced, thus they devote their efforts to finishing up the business of bills introduced in the first session that were not previously passed. This past two year session has proven to be long and filled with many issues related to motorcycles. We managed to have a bill introduced (and passed) that provides an affirmative defense for motorcyclists who treat non-functional traffic lights like stop signs. Unfortunately, we lost the battle to prevent an amendment to our helmet law that requires all riders to wear USDOT FMVSS-218 compliant helmets. So, if you are coming to North

Carolina in the future, you will be allowed to proceed through red lights after waiting three minutes, but... you’d better be wearing your “DOT-helmet”. For almost four years now, the safety advocates in our bureaucracy have been trying to make changes in our MC licensing regulations. We have been able to prevent them from getting these changes implemented, through the diligent efforts of our extensive grass-roots network, and the relationship we have developed with our legislators. However, the bureaucrats are persistent, and this year they came armed with several new strategies meant to confuse the issue and secure changes to our MC licensing laws. One new strategy the bureaucrats used this year was changing the bill language several times. Near the end of the session, the House Transportation Committee met on Monday 30 June 2008, at 5:00 p.m. in a special “lastminute” session to discuss several bills. Among these bills was Senate Bill 375, a bill to shorten the duration and amend the requirements for a MC Learner’s permit. In earlier iterations SB 375 would have reduced the time frame for validity of the permit to six months, and; the permit would have been non-renewable, or - the cost for renewal would have increased from $10 to $50. In one earlier edition the bill proposed that all those between 16 and 18 years of age be required to attend the Motorcycle Safety Education Program offered by the NC Community College system. State Motorcyclists Rights advocates worked closely with legislative staff and DOT representatives to find a reasonable

OECD WorkShop ful campaigns such as driver license directives, or lack of adequate funding for many of these mandated programs. It was clear by the attendees present by invitation and the opening statements that the motorcycle rights and user groups had their work cut out for them to get some meaningful recommendations on the table. When you read the final list of the top 20 recommendations one can clearly see we did greatly influence this body of work supporting my oft repeated theme that we must have a seat at these tables in order to positively affect the outcomes of these milestone and precedent setting events Some interesting facts were presented during a session to set the global motorcycling scene for us. There are 313 million powered two wheelers in the world (approximately 6.5 million in the U.S.), 90% of these are under 200cc and 77% of all of these are in Asia. Europe is

compromise, but to no avail. The final bill language that was considered on 30 June was a “Proposed Committee Substitute” (PCS) that discarded the DMV riding skills examination entirely, and required all new riders seeking motorcycle endorsement to complete the MSF approved Rider Education course conducted by the Community College System. This PCS also removed the opportunity to renew the learner’s permit when it expired. The PCS discriminated against bikers because no other license requires attendance at a driving school, and all other learner permits allow for one renewal. We argued that the current Motorcycle Safety Education Program (MSEP) program is funded by bikers (with an annual $3. tax on registration and plate renewals) (more than $600,000 annually) which gives us license to voice our concerns about any changes. We suggested that although the MSEP is a high quality program, there are often long delays in gaining admission (sometimes as long as five months). Attendance in the MSEP is currently voluntary, and new riders who choose to can elect to take the DMV skills test. If this bill were to pass, the increase in attendance would overwhelm the existing program infrastructure and possibly reduce the effectiveness of our high quality program that is already struggling to meet the demands of existing volunteer attendees. Several members of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program, the NC DOT, and the NC Community College spoke in favor of the bill. The focus of their arguments was; in a large percentage of

motorcycle involved crashes in North Carolina, rider error is the primary cause. Rider training improves skills, and may prevent crashes and save lives. During committee deliberations my faith in our legislative efforts was, once again, renewed. Members of the committee asked all the right questions and directed the discussion in the appropriate directions. We worked closely with several of our legislators this year, and the respect we earned from our legislators was clearly demonstrated in the committee hearing. Representative Ric Killian asked about the annual $3 fee, and stated that bikers had a right to question changes in a program they pay for. Representatives Nelson Dollar and Bonner Stiller asked important questions about the existing program and the current number of program attendees. Probably the most surprising support was posed by the author of our new helmet law, Representative Ron Sutton, “ What is the purpose of this bill... what does it do... why has it even been brought before the legislature?” After extensive discussion a motion was made to give the bill a favorable report and send it back to the House for a vote. The vote on the motion was 11 to 8 against a favorable recommendation. So, for now, the bill has been rejected. It will not be revived this session, but I suspect we will see some form of this bill arise again in our near future. Never underestimate the persistence of your local bureaucrat. Keep the Faith!

helpful to motorcyclists. It was here we were able to bring out our consistent theme of crash avoidance being preferred over safer crashing by motorcyclists. It was also during these sessions we heard from FHWA and some excellent presentations from Australia, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Sweden, although I felt Sweden was a bit heavy handed when they suggested speed limit restrictions and too high a horsepower to weight ratio. When we did narrow in on motorcyclists and for the most part regardless of the country when it came to the larger displacement bikes (except alcohol use which is almost non-existent in most of Europe) issues that we are equally concerned about as motorcyclists did surface such as alcohol use, a high number of unlicensed riders, high rates of speed, unable to negotiate curves, improper braking, and the rider not being familiar with the bike he is on

Certainly issues we as a community are working on and must continue to aggressively do so. There was a statement made during these educational sessions that rang true for the MRF’s way of thinking and that was that the old way of dealing with safety regarding motorcyclists safety by removing us from traffic, regulating us, and restricting us really does little to improve our individual safety. Not surprisingly the Institute for Insurance and Highway Safety - long known for their hatred of motorcycles - suggested technology is the answer to solving motorcycle safety. Refer back to my comment earlier recognizing the detrimental affect some technology has on driver awareness. The country of Portugal stated they have seen a 62% reduction in motorcycle

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14% and the U.S. is 2%, neither of which is even in the top 10% for users. We went through several presentations on projects and statistical research such as the MAIDS study. It during these sessions that we were able to raise concerns such as how thicker door posts in the name of auto safety are negatively impacting driver vision, and the reality that intense driver overload from the multiple technologies that require drivers attention be taken away from driving is a growing problem. We were also able to raise the issue regarding the lack of driver responsibility, driver vigilance, and driver’s simply not paying attention. That discussion was followed with a suggestion this subject be taken further and find out why drivers are not paying attention psychologically, remember we had many research professionals on hand so why not take the opportunity to help point them in a direction most

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I’m Running For Re-Election – Vote For Me! (Or if that isn’t enough, read my long-winded article!) It continues to change my life. It has sent me in directions I had no idea existed. It brought me new family. It brought me new spirituality. It gave and gives me experiences that only those who have had similar experiences understand. Through such experiences, we are as one - - even if we never meet - - and we all know it. It soothes me. It teaches me. It sings in my veins. When I feel like I've hit a wall emotionally, it reminds me of who I am - - who I really am - - and I know, through my riding family - - who really "sees" me. By Cindy Hodges Someone asked me if I was going to run for a third term as Member Representative to the MRF Board of Directors. “Of Course”, I replied. “Why?” They asked… “Aren’t you tired of all those meetings yet?” Ha. It is sort of like that question someone else asked me recently… Why do you like riding motorcycles so much? As we all know, there are no words that can truly describe what riding does for us. We can take a stab at it, and it can be different for each of us. It is very personal. My love of riding motorcycles changed my life. It marked me as a young girl.

It mated me to my country in a way that parental guidance and education never could. I wasn’t taught civics in school. Loving to ride brought me to kneel before freedom fighters to learn and then to become one. As time went on I realized I'll never know enough, be enough - yet when I ride - IT IS ENOUGH and… it is the REASON. Riding shows me my world like an unending, opening flower. Sometimes riding offers me the opportunity to view the world of others in ways that shock me boneless. There IS no better way to see the world. There IS no better way to lose your self. There IS no better way to find your self. There IS no better way to leave behind

OECD WorkShop accidents much of which they credited to roadway improvements. This is on my list for a follow up look with our MRF Safety and Statistics committees. Next, it was the rider rights group’s turn to present and we stressed the need for uniform police accident reports with proper reporting training accompanying them. The need for proper classification of scooters and mopeds so incidents with these vehicles requiring no license not be allowed to skew the motorcyclists numbers negatively. Again we mentioned the fact that as riders’ organizations, we remain focused on accident prevention rather than injury reduction. The NHTSA representative suggested that we must focus on crash avoidance and safer crashing equally, I am certain in my assessment here that she has never been in a motorcycle accident for if she had, she would become a believer quickly in crash avoidance over safer crashing. And as you can see in the recommendations list that the fact for safety messages to be wholly effective they must come from the riders or at a minimum include us in the development and that the riders’ community must be consult-

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ed when developing policies and strategies. Lastly, we spent a significant amount of time discussing past actions, practices and policies focusing mostly on positive developments and successful outcomes. I will present many of these in a workshop at Meeting of the Minds in Denver in September as many of them are worthy of further discussion. From there we broke up into working groups tasked with coming up with top recommendations dealing with the human factor, vehicle factors, social/cultural factors, and infrastructure/road and traffic environment. Once that was completed we moved into general session and presented, discussed, debated, and ultimately chose the top 20 priorities and ranked them in order of importance as seen by the collection of experts assembled. I am very proud of the motorcycle rights and user groups that were represented and what we accomplished based on the attendees and what the outcome had the potential to become, the motorcycling world certainly pushed the pile.

some things best left behind. There IS no better way to find your way home, even if it is not to your house. Riding can remind me of my love for life when I have forgotten. When I first found out there were things (such as legislation and regulatory actions) that could threaten my freedom to ride, I was stunned. Like a lot of folks, I joined my SMRO because it was cheaper to get into the party if you were a member. In less than a year, I was on the road to becoming a much different person. I grew right along with that SMRO (Concerned Bikers Association/ABATE of NC) and they basically sent me to school over the years. Do you remember learning to ride? Do you remember how the more you learned; the more you wanted to learn? The further you wanted to go? The longer you wanted to ride? Motorcycle rights is also like that for me. I now realize that no matter how much I learn or do, it will not be enough and I’ll never know it all. I want to always be active in my SMRO. I will be 48 when this goes to print and I joined my SMRO when I was 19. I want to always be active in everything that affects my freedom to ride. Working with the

MRF board of directors allows me to work on things that affect all riders at pretty much the closest level I can. It allows me to give back to the other riders who took the time to teach me. It allows me to help others. I’m a natural born advocate. Ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you I’m always trying to get folks to see everyone’s side of things. If I win this election, it will be my third term as Member Representative to the Board. I like this job and I think I do it well. I have taken every comment, question, complaint, or idea to the board or the board member it pertains to. It does not always make me a popular person but it does mean I’m doing my job. I promise to continue to put your voice forth when you ask. I will continue to serve on as many committees as I can manage, and will do my best to keep the member’s point of view foremost in mind. I have to keep riding. I believe the work of the SMROs and the MRF paves that road for me. My freedom to ride does not stop at my state line, neither does yours. I’m very thankful for my SMRO, and for the MRF. I want to continue to do as much as I can.


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Around the USA Arkansas

Connie Shepherd MRF State Representative The Arkansas Motorcycle Highway Patrol Safety Council met for the first time July 16th in Little Rock. The council consists of eleven members made up of motorcycle dealers, motorcycle safety instructors, state police and two ABATE members, Rodney Farley and Tom Wewers. This meeting it was decided that billboards would go up in Little Rock, Ft Smith, Fayetteville, and Hot Springs. Motorcycle awareness pamphlets and posters will also be printed up to distribute through out the state. They will meet monthly and will start to set up the by-laws. Legislation was mentioned to increase the tags or license fee for motorcycles up two dollars. This money would go into the safety program fund. The state will be applying for next year's 2010 grant money from the federal government.

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who is in front of you which I used to do always. This especially made a big difference considering I pull a trailer. I noticed a lot of independent truckers doing this very same thing. With the cost of all fuel at a historical high I for one will do anything to try and keep more of my money from going to the already rich oil executives. Yes you do have to allow a little more time but I for one feel it is very rewarding to know you and I can make a difference in the consumption of our fuel usage that is hurting all of us. ABATE of Colorado July 5 celebrated 25 years in the Freedom Business. “Happy 25th Birthday ABATE of Colorado”. This turns out to be a great year for ABATE of Colorado to sponsor the MOTM’s in Denver. Remember if you’re a member of ABATE of Colorado the MOTM’s registration fee is waived. The Saturday night banquet will cost $35.00 which if you’ve been to the conference in the past you know what a great time it is to the end of the conference. Hope to see you all there and try and get a few extra days to explore Colorado’s beautiful mountains.

Like most other states, once again we have been promised a helmet bill. Again by none other than Sen. Hendren out of Gravette Arkansas, the same one that introduced the helmet legislation in 2007. Once again Ride with the Eagle, motorcyclists across the state are speaking with their Legislators about Miles this issue. Those in Sen. Hendren's district have pledged to speak with him also. Hopefully the Freedom Fighters can stop it before it is put on Connecticut Troia paper. Which ever way it goes the Ron MRF State Representative motorcyclists are gearing up for the fight. Well we finally hit a bump in the in Connecticut. Last week The Ride Free Arkansas PAC is put- road Governor Rell expressed interest in ting together the questionnaire that is visiting a full helmet law in our state sent out to the candidates. The PAC once again. This really comes as no is open to suggestions for questions surprise considering her position on that pertain to motorcycle issues. the issue when she was a state legislator. This sudden interest follows a ABATE members distributed newly pretty rough spring in which nine printed motorcycle awareness tri- motorcycle riders lost their lives in folds statewide in their on going highway crashes. For some reason motorcycle awareness campaign. the governor and her supporters fail Suggested places to leave these tri- to acknowledge that of the folds were revenue offices, stores victims were alreadyseveral wearing the and gas stations. protective headgear. Although there does not appear to be much interest Hope everyone enjoys the cooler in visiting this issue in the legislaweather that fall brings. ture, the Connecticut Motorcycle Riders Association will be gearing Ride Safe, Ride Free, up for the battle should it materialize. Connie Shepherd As individuals we are contacting our representatives and senators and sharing our thoughts on the matter Colorado with them. Every freedom loving Miles France rider should seriously consider joinMRF State Representative ing or renewing their membership in the CMRA, the MRF, and the AMA The good news is ABATE of that together we can ward off this Colorado got Trike and Sidecar train- so ing passed this past legislative ses- threat before it becomes serious. sion and they’re already teaching the The CMRA has several upcoming classes which never existed in events that should be of interest to Colorado before. our brothers and sisters in the area. have two poker runs coming up Five Miles an Hour! Well I tried this We with the first one being on August on my road trip this year and did see and will start at Gengras Harley quite a change in my mileage. You 3rd in East Hartford. Then on know if the posted speed limit is 75 Davidson September 14th the poker run will mph don’t bump it up to the sup- depart from the Moose Lodge in posed safe zone of five over (80 Wallingford where our monthly mph) but kick it back five to 70 mph meetings are Both of these and yes you will be the one being runs are very held. important fundraisers passed on the highway rather than for the CMRA and everyone is urged you being the one passing everyone to try to attend. Another brand new

and also crucial event will be taking place on September 28th at the Cadillac Ranch in Southington. Entertainment will be provided by Shovelhead and Jeff Mitchell. Very exciting news here in that both groups are going to donate signed guitars to be raffled off at the event. Final details are still being worked out but please mark your calendar and support the rights group that supports your rights. Next up will be the annual CMRA Toy Run on October 5th and will again leave from Meriden this year. The successful Spring Fling from earlier this year will now become the Final Fling and will be held sometime in November. Check the website at www.thecmra.com for details on all of our events. Ride Safe and see you on the road! Ron Troia

Michigan

Mike “Fiz” Przybylo MRF State Representative Michigan has put a helmet modification bill on the governors desk for the second time and again she has vetoed it. This time we had the support of the State Police and many other state police organizations. As in many states our Governor is in the pockets of the insurance companies like AAA. Fiz Michigan State Rep

Minnesota

Michael Berger MRF Assistant State Rep Well, fellow freedom fighters, I’m proud to say that we’re just a tad more than a year away at this point of the greatest event ever – Meeting of the Minds in 2009. Why is this the premiere event rather than the upcoming MOTM in 2008? Because it will be held in beautiful Minneapolis, Minnesota! We promise to make it the best, most informative and most enjoyable event that you can imagine. We’ll be attending this year’s MOTM in Denver in force, just so we can learn everything we can from those wonderful folks in Colorado about how to do it right. On other fronts, things continue to roll along here in the Great White North. Minnesota’s Motorcycle Safety Advisory Committee has appointed some new members. The state’s SMROs are working hard at keeping their memberships up to date on all the important issues. And something else that we’re proud of is that The Motorcycle Riders Club of America, based in Minneapolis and with a membership of more than 60,000 motorcyclists, is running a monthly column entitled, “Legislative Updates,” based on the press releases from the MRF’s Jeff Hennie. Its Club publication section appears in Rider Magazine, and with 60,000 monthly readers, we’re sure that only good things can come from the visibility.

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Of note in Minnesota is a new piece of legislation that was slipped in unbeknownst to us that has to do with license plates. It seems that, effective as of August 2008, all license plates, both on 4-wheeled vehicles and for motorcycles, must be displayed in a horizontal fashion. Apparently the powers that be weren’t happy that their license plate recognition cameras couldn’t read a vertical plate. But they failed to let many people know that this law was going into effect, and frankly, the only people it will effect are motorcyclists. When was the last time you saw a vertical plate on a car? But loads of custom bikes sport vertical plates. We’ll be keeping a close eye on how this law is enforced, and take whatever action is necessary if the law is used to single out motorcycle riders. Stay safe, and keep the shiny side up! Mike Berger Minnesota Asst. State Rep

Nevada

Dale Andrus Co-Rep Nevada MRF John Bland Co-Rep Nevada MRF Nevada is one of the worst financially hit states with the housing foreclosures and loss of tourism. Like they say; “when life hands you a lemon, make lemonade”. We have written our governor and others in high places and informed them of the great revenue resource that has thus far gone untapped. Nevada has long been a desired vacation spot for all types of people, but until now we have been missing a large portion of revenue that other states are beginning to cash in on. Nearly three billion dollars in five years has been put into the economy of Florida since they modified their mandatory motorcycle helmet law to exclude most adult riders. It is a fact, most motorcyclist prefer to ride in states that do not mandate helmet use. Nevada could become the vacation destination for motorcyclists. The California motorcyclists are virtually land locked with the ocean to the west. Southern California is a perfect one day motorcycle ride to Las Vegas. The bay area and central California is a perfect one day ride to Reno. Our rural outback is unmatched for the rider who is looking for remote open spaces to explore. I truly believe the motorcycle tourism potential alone is huge. Dale Andrus and I representing ABATE of Northern Nevada and Mike Davis (Bones) representing ABATE of Southern Nevada is preparing to submit a draft proposal to amend the current helmet law for the 2009 legislative session. This amendment would change the present law allowing individuals to make the choice of whether or not to wear a helmet in Nevada. This proposal also includes a seven year “sunset clause”, where if after the term of the clause it is determined that the motorcycle fatality rate due to head injuries increases disproportionately to the number of registered motorcycle operators, the state will have the option to reinstate NRS.486.231.


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Around the USA We are very pleased with the success, growth and enthusiasm that our newly formed Southern ABATE is generating. Last weekend we held our first North Meets South ABATE Rodeo in Round Mt. located in the middle of Nevada. We now have some good folks in Round Mt. that have expressed desire to start a ABATE of Central Nevada. Watch out Legislators, were building steam!

Ohio

Barbara Tittle MRF State Representative

cars allowed to use the highways, but also do not meet the current Ohio description for motorcycles. The Governor agreed to classify them as motorcycles and change the motorcycle description to accommodate the new 3 wheelers. So it will now be okay to drive an unsafe motor vehicle as long as you call it a motorcycle. this involves a lapse of logic somehow. One of the downsides for the Ohio manufacturer of these new 3 wheeelers, besides the $35,000 price tag, is that prospective customers will be required to obtain a motorcycle endorsement on a driver's license and follow all laws which apply to motorcycles, such as wearing a helmet during the first year, even though the 3 wheeler is enclosed. I can definitely see some scofflaws on this. Getting the M on the license may mean that they need to pass the motorcycle safety class or take the MC license test on a 2 wheeled motorcycle. We shall see what comes to pass. Keep your eyes open for potential hazards and enjoy life while you may.

cians in Austin watch Texas Politics Biker Style, the most popular show on public access television. Greg Bodovsky, in cooperation with producer Terri Williams, has begun to streamline certain episodes of the show on the internet. http://texaspoliticsbikerstyle.com The first show they posted is the one with blues musician Jimmie Lee Vaughan. He taught his brother Stevie Ray how to play! There is Freedom in the Wind. Hay libertad en el viento. Revvv

Ohio's legislature is on summer recess. Before leaving Columbus, the Senate heard testimony from Senator Capri Cafaro, who sponsored our long languishing "Seizure" bill. This bill has been presented to the legislature several times over the past decade or so with no progress. The idea of the bill is to put a reasonable limit on how long a police authority can hold a motorcycle after seizing it for suspicion of criminal activity. It grew out of an incident Barbara Tittle involving a bike which was held by a local police department until it literally rotted away. Texas Revvv Kieffner Although our Right of Way bill made MRF State Representative Nominee some positive movement, it, too, is stalled by the recess. SPUTNIK says that it’s time to fight for our freedom. It looks like the senA couple of State Representatives ator who chairs the Texas Senate introduced House Bill 593 to Transportation Committee and who increase the penalty for riding with- brought out a helmet bill in 2007 did out a valid endorsement. The not learn his lesson. At that time freeoffense could become a 1st degree dom-loving motorcyclists fought fire misdemeanor, punishable by a fine with fire by introducing our own bill of up to $1000 and/or 6 months in to clean up the present law and make jail. Maybe such a penalty enforced Texas even more free. But now he would convince people not to leave has forgotten that we beat him in his home without it. own committee and that this is OUR HOUSE. At session's end, Governor Strickland was set to sign a couple of So he plans to bring out the same old other bills passed in mid-June. One helmet bill again when our legislabill will increase penalties for repeat tive session begins in January. But DUI offenders. This new law will riders in his district (16, the Dallasapply to drivers who have been twice Fort Worth Area) are not waiting convicted of DUI. As it stands, a around wasting time. Instead, we are person can try to thwart a DUI con- actively supporting Rain Levy Minns viction by refusing to take a blood or to take his place in this November breath test for alcohol level. Even 2008 election. Rain Minns is a real though it means an automatic sus- Texan who supports our American pension, we have numerous people way of life and she needs us to work driving under suspension, as well as her campaign to get elected SO WE under the influence. Under the new CAN ALL WIN. See http://camlaw, a person suspected of a third paign@rainfortexas.org/ DUI can be required to take a blood test which can be collected by any As for the senator she’s running reasonable means necessary. The against, now allegations have been law may also allow the use of alco- raised that he is violating the Texas hol monitoring devices to be worn at real estate laws by using his manageall times as well as interlock devices ment company against homeowners for cars which will make a driver in Rockwall Timber Creek Estates in pass a test to prove sobriety. I won- a foreclosure-extortion scam. So this der if the interlocks will be applied alleged criminal will probably fall to motorcycles owned by the offend- like all the others did. We can also er as well or if they would work. expect to have to beat down an antiThe law will also increase require- sound bill and a roadblock bill next ments for drug and alcohol treat- year. See the TMRA2 website for ment. more info.

Helmet citations are still happening despite the 2003 definition of what constitutes a legal helmet. The bill turned into law in 2003 fully describes a legal helmet. There have been several cases of helmet citations being issued with RCW’s and WAC’s that do not exist anymore. If you get any kind of citation, be sure to check out the RCW and/or WAC stated on the ticket to make sure it is correct. You can go to the Revised Code of Washington or the Washington Administrative Code by typing in RCW or WAC of Washington. There are also links on the state web site. Below are inserts from Shannon Inglis, Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Justice Division (She advises the WSP) and Melissa Van Gorkom, Washington State Patrol. These inserts are email answers to my questions of helmet citations and RCW’s listed as the law being violated:

On a final note, the Budget bill passed at the end of session and slotted for Governor's signature, has addressed a new classification of the innovative 3 wheeled electrical vehicles. These battery operated vehicles do not meet the safety standards for

“June 23, 2008 Mr. Campbell – I believe that I have responded to a prior inquiry from you relating to the WSP because I am the Assistant Attorney General that advises the WSP. I do not find the RCW in the current statutes and will forward this

There were a lot of new and exciting people at our two state party conventions this year. Many of them were former high school students from when Sputnik guest lectured their government civics classes a few years ago. Nearly all of the politi-

Washington

Michael Campbell MRF State Co-Representative This report brings us to the beginning of preparations for Sturgis and/or Milwaukee’s Harley Davidson 105 year celebration. For those able to participate in either or both of these endeavors—RIDE SAFE. I will be attending my Sturgis alternative run at Beaver Creek, Oregon. I would like everyone to know that we have a new chapter in ABATE of Washington. It is the Columbia Gorge Chapter, centered in Goldendale and encompassing a large area of Klickitat County and The Dalles portion of the Gorge. The chapter was introduced, ratified and chartered at the July Board of Directors meeting. The officers were in attendance as well as a large number of members. Their contact information will be on the state web site soon as well as in the newsletter. They have as of the July BOD, 40 members. This is the second new chapter this year accounting for more than 100 new members.

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information to the Code reviser’s office for consideration as well as to the WSP who will ensure that the correct person follows up. Signed; Shannon Inglis, Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Justice Division.” The answer from the WSP: “June 26, 2008 Mr. Campbell – Thank you for your recent inquiries regarding your concern of a ticket being issued under RCW 46.73.183. I believe that through the correspondence you have received from both Shannon Inglis and the WSP Equipment Section of the WSP, it is clear that RCW 46.73.183 is NOT a current statute in the state of Washington. The Revised Code of Washington 46.37.350 provides the requirements for a motorcycle helmet in Washington State and states “(3) For purposes of this section, “motorcycle helmet” means a protective covering for the head consisting of a hard outer shell, padding adjacent to and inside the outer shell, and a neck or chin strap retention system, with a sticker indicating that the motorcycle helmet meets standards established by the Unites States Department of Transportation.” The pamphlet you referenced on the WSP Web site was developed to provide consumers with some tips on how to tell if a helmet meets the standards established by the United States Department of Transportation. This pamphlet does NOT establish additional requirements for a motorcycle helmet. Thank you for bringing the citation mentioned in your email to our attention. We will be forwarding this information to the appropriate supervisor so they can review and respond accordingly with any training necessary too resolve the issue. If you have additional questions, or if we can be of further assistance with regard to this matter, please let us know. Sincerely, Melissa Van Gorkom, Washington State Patrol, (360)596-4017” What is important about these emails are the fact they quoted the existing helmet law as well as stating the information on the WSP site for legal helmets DOES NOT ESTABLISH ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR A HELMET as some officers have tried to use in legal helmet definitions. A couple of problem areas of enforcement have been the Hwy 167 corridor, Hwy 12 between Naches and Yakima and Hwy 97 between the Oregon border and Toppenish. The National Department of Transportation does not approve helmets. Helmet manufacturers only attest that the helmet meets the DOT standards (FMVSS-218) and then applies a sticker. Respectfully submitted, Michael Campbell


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Sustaining Members As of 7 August 2008 Alaska ABATE of Alaska – Juneau Dan & Suezanna Coffey Mina Douglas Kevin Eldridge Scott Hamann James Max Kitchens Frank Marineau Boyd & Debbie McFail Mike Seaman Arizona ABATE of Arizona - State Office Amon Builders, Inc. Arizona Confederation of MC INB Communications Law Tigers of America Modified Motorcycle Association of Arizona Mountain Motorcycle Association Deborah Butitta Warren Levenbaum Ed Ridder Louis Schwitzer III Warren & Josee Woodward Arkansas ABATE of Arkansas - State Office ABATE of Arkansas - District 1 ABATE of Arkansas - District 13 ABATE of Arkansas - District 14 ABATE of Arkansas - District 17 ABATE of Arkansas - District 22 ABATE of Arkansas - District 26 13 Rebels Motorcycle Club - Chapter 5 Shepherd's Window Cleaning USA Promotions Phillip Barnett Rusty Leewright Allen Winn At Large American Motorcyclist Association Mid-South M.I.L.E. SMSA - National Association of State Motorcycle Safety Administrators Sons of Liberty Riders California ABATE of California - State Office ABATE of California - Local 6 ABATE of California - Local 14 ABATE of California - Local 15 ABATE of California - Local 19 ABATE of California - Local 58 San Diego Harley-Davidson Valley V-Twin Jim Brown Hank Hallmark Jean Hughes Richard Mansfield Kelvin Martin Bryon Sands Jess Sorel Mark Thoms Ruby Weber Bob White Donald L Woodson Canada AMTTV Comite d'Action Politique M/C Motorcyclists Confederation of Canada Colorado ABATE of Colorado - State Office ABATE of Colorado - District 1 ABATE of Colorado - District 5 ABATE of Colorado - District 6 ABATE of Colorado - District 8 ABATE of Colorado - District 10 ABATE of Colorado - District 11 ABATE of Colorado - District 13 ABATE of Colorado - District 14

ABATE of Colorado - District 15 ABATE of Colorado - District 16 ABATE of Colorado - District 17 ABATE of Colorado - District 18 ABATE of Colorado - District 21 ABATE of Colorado - Rider Education LaFore's Inc. J+B Janitorial Inc. Dave Christy Jim & Renee Clark Erik Erikson Miles France Jim Jones Scot & Trish Locke Deb Lower Maggot Mike & Linda Neis Chris Ryan Torch Bar & Sue Torch Connecticut Connecticut Motorcycle Riders Association William Ogonowski Ronald Troia Delaware ABATE of Delaware - Kent County Chapter District Of Columbia Howard Segermark Florida ABATE of Florida - State Office ABATE of Florida - Estero River Chapter ABATE of Florida - Gulf Coast Chapter ABATE of Florida - Southwest Chapter Bruce Arnold Claude Hamelink Douglas MacCoy Georgia ABATE of Georgia - State Office ABATE of Georgia - District 1 ABATE of Georgia - District 2 ABATE of Georgia - District 4W ABATE of Georgia - District 5 ABATE of Georgia - District 6 ABATE of Georgia - District 8 ABATE of Georgia - District 10 ABATE of Georgia - District 11 ABATE of Georgia - District 13 Southland's Full Throttle Magazine Jim & Sheila George Hawaii Street Bikers United Hawaii Maui Chapter - Street Bikers United Hawaii Idaho ABATE of North Idaho ABATE of North Idaho - HooDoo Chapter Featherberry Farm Idaho Coalition of Motorcycle Safety Northwest Classic Motorcycle Club Joel Arnoldi Chuc Coulter Frank J Daniels Roy E Fisher R Chris Lambing Illinois ABATE of Illinois - State Office ABATE of Illinois - Beaucoup Bottoms Chapter ABATE of Illinois - Black Diamond Chapter ABATE of Illinois - Chicago Chapter ABATE of Illinois - Crawford County Chapter ABATE of Illinois - Crossroads Chapter ABATE of Illinois - Dukane Chapter ABATE of Illinois - Eastern Illinois Chapter ABATE of Illinois - Embarras Valley Chapter ABATE of Illinois - Freebird Chapter ABATE of Illinois - Freedom by Choice Chapter ABATE of Illinois - Freedom Riders Chapter ABATE of Illinois - Freedom Valley Chapter ABATE of Illinois – Fulton County Chapter ABATE of Illinois - Heart of Illinois Chapter

ABATE of Illinois - Heritage Trail Chapter ABATE of Illinois - Iron Riders Chapter ABATE of Illinois - Jasper County Chapter ABATE of Illinois - Kaskaskia Valley Chapter ABATE of Illinois - Kishwaukee Valley Chapter ABATE of Illinois - Liberty Chapter ABATE of Illinois - Lincoln Land Chapter ABATE of Illinois - Midstate Chapter ABATE of Illinois - Northern Illinois Chapter ABATE of Illinois - Northwest Suburban Chapter ABATE of Illinois - Old River Chapter ABATE of Illinois - Open Roads Chapter ABATE of Illinois - Peo-Taz Chapter ABATE of Illinois - Piasa Gateway Chapter ABATE of Illinois - Shawnee Hills Chapter ABATE of Illinois - Shoal Creek Chapter ABATE of Illinois - South Suburban Chapter ABATE of Illinois - Southern DuPage Chapter ABATE of Illinois - Southern Illinois Chapter ABATE of Illinois - St. Clair County ABATE of Illinois - Starved Rock Chapter ABATE of Illinois - Tri-county Chapter ABATE of Illinois - Twin Rivers Chapter ABATE of Illinois - Union Jack Chapter ABATE of Illinois - Westgate Chapter ABATE of Illinois - Will County Chapter American Harley Express Motorcycle Club Barak's Truck Repair Law Offices of Daniel Goodman Steel Justice MC Barb & Rich Amling Dave & Kat Conner Dr. Dennis Farrell Robert “Gopher” Goffinski Vernon Gottel Pib Knebel Jim “Legs” & Paulette Korte Donald Lopatkiewicz Dave & Lee Martin Lawrence Schab Randy Scott Robert Meyers & Kathleen Skelton Vince & Sue Starko Indiana ABATE of Indiana - State Office ABATE of Indiana - Region 1 ABATE of Indiana - Region 2 ABATE of Indiana - Region 3 ABATE of Indiana - Region 4 ABATE of Indiana - Region 6 ABATE of Indiana - Region 7 ABATE of Indiana - Region 9 ABATE of Indiana - Region 11 ABATE of Indiana - Region 13 ABATE of Indiana – Elkhart County ABATE of Indiana - Lake County ABATE of Indiana - Laporte County ABATE of Indiana - Morgan County ABATE of Indiana - Pulaski County ABATE of Indiana - Starke County American Legion Riders - Chapter 423 I.N. Motorcycle Operators Safety Education Program Kelly’s Chicagoland Law Tigers Pitbull Leather Co, Inc. Keith Benson Big Chuck Bill Creighton John Hansen Frank D Hernly Gino Johnson Morris & Dee Kintner Robert D Maas R. P. Morris Thomas Randolph Michael Swadener Robert A Switzer Rod Taylor Iowa ABATE of Iowa - State Office ABATE of Iowa - District 4 ABATE of Iowa - District 5 ABATE of Iowa - District 7

ABATE of Iowa - District 9 ABATE of Iowa - District 10 ABATE of Iowa - District 11 ABATE of Iowa - District 12 ABATE of Iowa - District 14 ABATE of Iowa - District 15 ABATE of Iowa - District 16 ABATE of Iowa - District 20 ABATE of Iowa - District 24 ABATE of Iowa - District 25 Chosen Few M/C J & P Cycles McCubbin’s Trophy Second Chance Motorcycle Club Sons of Silence John Barber Ronald Braaksma Charlie & Norma Canny Mad Dog & Lady Kitty Mark Maxwell James & Roxana West Mark & MJ Winslow Kansas ABATE of Kansas - State Office ABATE of Kansas - District 1 ABATE of Kansas - District 2 ABATE of Kansas - District 3 ABATE of Kansas - District 4 ABATE of Kansas - District 5 ABATE of Kansas - District 7 ABATE of Kansas - District 8 ABATE of Kansas - District 9 ABATE of Kansas - District 10 ABATE of Kansas - District 11 ABATE of Kansas - District 12 ABATE of Kansas - District 15 CAMM Enterprise, LLC. Graveyard Custom Cycles Sledge Hammer Repair, Inc. Chris & Carol Maurich Kentucky Kentucky Motorcycle Association/KBA - State Office Ed Matheny Louisiana ABATE of Louisiana - State Office Maine United Bikers of Maine - State Office United Bikers of Maine - Hancock County United Bikers of Maine - Knox County United Bikers of Maine - Penobscot County United Bikers of Maine - Sagadahoc County Maryland ABATE of Maryland - State Office ABATE of Maryland - Baltimore County ABATE of Maryland - Calvert County ABATE of Maryland - Carroll County ABATE of Maryland - Mid Shore County ABATE of Maryland - St. Mary's County ABATE of Maryland - Washington County Jay Irwin Block PC. Hlp Henry S Winokur Massachusetts MMA of Massachusetts - State Office Paul Cote David Elias Walter Polchlopek Michigan ABATE of Michigan - State Office ABATE of Michigan - Region 1 ABATE of Michigan - Region 5 ABATE of Michigan - Region 6 ABATE of Michigan - Region 7 ABATE of Michigan - Region 8 ABATE of Michigan - Region 9 ABATE of Michigan - Region 11 ABATE of Michigan - Region 12 ABATE of Michigan - Region 13


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Sustaining Members ABATE of Michigan - Region 15 ABATE of Michigan - Region 16 ABATE of Michigan - Region 17 ABATE of Michigan - Region 18 ABATE of Michigan - Region 19 ABATE of Michigan - Region 21 Carco's Auto Electric Farmer's Tavern Last Chance Cycles Proud Veterans Motorcycle Club Shady Shores Inn Tecumseh Harley-Davidson Town and Country Sports Center Vince & Pam Piacenti Thomas & Patricia Rahn David & Wendy Ramirez Daniel Sagataw Ed Steinkampf Minnesota ABATE of Minnesota - State Office ABATE of Minnesota - Buffalo Ridge Chapter ABATE of Minnesota - Central Chapter ABATE of Minnesota - East Central Chapter ABATE of Minnesota - Flatlanders Chapter ABATE of Minnesota - Glacial Ridge ABATE of Minnesota - Heart of the Lakes Chapter ABATE of Minnesota - Lake Chapter ABATE of Minnesota - Lower Corner Chapter ABATE of Minnesota - Metro Chapter ABATE of Minnesota - North Star Chapter ABATE of Minnesota - Northeast Chapter ABATE of Minnesota - Northwest Chapter ABATE of Minnesota - River Riders Chapter ABATE of Minnesota - River Valley Chapter ABATE of Minnesota - Rolling Prairie Chapter ABATE of Minnesota - Sand Dunes Chapter ABATE of Minnesota - South Central Chapter ABATE of Minnesota - Tri-County Chapter Association of Independent Riders St. Croix Valley Motorcycle Riders Michelle & Mack Backlund Michael & Mary Berger Tim Burke David “Too Tall” Carlson Jon Krapu Buzz Plante & Karen May Todd & Dawn Riba John Sullivan Kevin Todd Mississippi ABATE of Mississippi - State Office Missouri Freedom of Road Riders - Central Committee Freedom of Road Riders - Local 29 Mid-America Freedom Rally Steve “Wildman” Howard Stephen Morris Steve Word Montana ABATE of Montana ABATE of Montana - Yellowstone Chapter Joshua Herbold Nebraska ABATE of Nebraska - State Office Larry & Penny Schutt Nevada ABATE of Northern Nevada Cecil's Custom Cycle Accessories High Rollers Riders' Association Ironcrossmen Motorcycle Club Red Riderz of Las Vegas Bud Evans New Hampshire Gary Delong R. Skip Gove Victor Sweren New Jersey

ABATE of the Garden State Rider Education of New Jersey Richard Bogert Scott Knoff New Mexico ABATE of New Mexico - State Office ABATE of New Mexico - First Mountain ABATE of New Mexico - Rio Rancho ABATE of New Mexico - Tularosa Basin New Mexico Confederation of Clubs New Mexico Motorcyclists' Rights Organization Southern New Mexico Bikers Coalition Chuck & Carolyn Ryder New York ABATE of New York - State Office ABATE of New York - Columbia County ABATE of New York - Greene County ABATE of New York - Monroe County ABATE of New York - Onondaga Chapter ABATE of New York - Ontario County ABATE of New York - Orleans County AMA - District 3 Road Division Melchizedeks Motorcycle Robert Bancroft Susan Buck Corky Edwards Robert Friedrich Prospector James Schuyler James “Jeddy” Tranquill Timothy Werder North Carolina CBA/ABATE of North Carolina - State Office CBA/ABATE of North Carolina - Brunswick County CBA/ABATE of North Carolina - Cape Fear Valley CBA/ABATE of North Carolina - Chatham County CBA/ABATE of North Carolina - Columbus County CBA/ABATE of North Carolina - Davidson County CBA/ABATE of North Carolina - Gaston County CBA/ABATE of North Carolina - Raleigh CBA/ABATE of North Carolina - Randolph County CBA/ABATE of North Carolina - Tar River Basin CBA/ABATE of North Carolina – Triad David Gore Donald Hampton Bruce Harris Deb Knox Joe Rieg Larry & Gail Rumler James Tuthill North Dakota ABATE of North Dakota - State Office FM Crusaders Motorcycle Club Freedom Riders Motorcycle Club Ohio ABATE of Ohio - Region 1 ABATE of Ohio - Region 4 ABATE of Ohio - Region 7 ABATE of Ohio - Region 9 ABATE of Ohio - Region 11 Concerned Motorcyclists of Ohio- State Office Concerned Motorcyclists of Ohio - Region 8 Concerned Motorcyclists of Ohio - Region 16 Steel Horsepower Larry Belford Jim Bown Robert Jones, Jr. Joe & Robin Pickens Roland “Buzz” Ude Michael Zaciewski, Sr. Oklahoma ABATE of Oklahoma - State Office ABATE of Oklahoma - Muskogee Chapter ABATE of Oklahoma - Lake Area Chapter ABATE of Oklahoma - Tulsa Chapter

Daniel Hill Oregon ABATE of Oregon - Central Oregon Chapter ABATE of Oregon – Josephine Chapter ABATE of Oregon - River City ABATE of Oregon - Salem ABATE of Oregon - Southeast Portland ABATE of Oregon - Washington County BIKEPAC of Oregon Jerry's Custom Cycle Repair Joy Hoover Ken Ray Brian Stovall Ted & Jill Tracy Ed Vaughn Pennsylvania ABATE of Pennsylvania - Allegheny County ABATE of Pennsylvania – Bald Eagle Mountain Chapter ABATE of Pennsylvania - Blair County IHRR ABATE of Pennsylvania - Butler County ABATE of Pennsylvania - Cambria Summit Chapter ABATE of Pennsylvania - Chester County ABATE of Pennsylvania - Clarion County ABATE of Pennsylvania - Delaware Valley Chapter ABATE of Pennsylvania - Fayette County ABATE of Pennsylvania - God's Country Chapter ABATE of Pennsylvania - Keystone Chapter ABATE of Pennsylvania - Lawrence County ABATE of Pennsylvania - Liberty Rider Chapter ABATE of Pennsylvania - Mon Valley Chapter ABATE of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia Chapter ABATE of Pennsylvania - South Mountain Chapter Lancaster Harley-Davidson Pennsylvania Coalition of Motorcyclists - State Office Susquehanna Motorcycle Club Joe Dickey John Garner William Holmes David Lydick Rhode Island Rhode Island Motorcycle Association John Sullivan South Carolina ABATE of South Carolina - Greenville County ABATE of South Carolina - Low Country ABATE of South Carolina - Pee Dee Chapter ABATE of South Carolina - Swamp Fox Chapter South Carolina Motorcycle Rights Association South Dakota ABATE of South Dakota - State Office ABATE of South Dakota - Aberdeen ABATE of South Dakota - Black Hills ABATE of South Dakota - Northeast ABATE of South Dakota - Rushmore ABATE of South Dakota - Sioux Falls ABATE of South Dakota - Sioux River ABATE of South Dakota - Those Guys ABATE of South Dakota - Windriders S.F.& G. of South Dakota Wayne & Susan Lettau Tennessee CMT/ABATE Tennessee - State Office CMT/ABATE Tennessee - Upper Cumberland CMT/ABATE Tennessee - Wheels of Thunder M.A.F.T. Mike Mayo Texas Texas ABATE Confederation Robert Hall Dad & Bag Lady Brenda Shea Andy Stoody Utah

Bob & Sue Addams Brian “B-Y” Hepworth Michael Lythgoe Vermont Southwest Freedom Riders United Motorcyclists of Vermont Virginia ABATE of Virginia - State Office ABATE of Virginia - Lonesome Pine ABATE of Virginia - Mason Dixon ABATE of Virginia – River City Virginia Freedom Riders – RACE Scott Blankenship Douglas Findley J Thomas McGrath Ken Swartz Washington ABATE of Washington - State Office ABATE of Washington - Cowlitz County ABATE of Washington - North Kitsap Chapter ABATE of Washington - Pacific County ABATE of Washington - Rat City Chapter ABATE of Washington - South King County ABATE of Washington - Southwest Chapter ABATE of Washington - Tacoma Chapter Washington Road Riders Association John Bolin Cindy Burger Jo Breneman & Mark Colling Ian King Ginger Magures West Virginia ABATE of West Virginia - Upper Ohio Valley Wisconsin ABATE of Wisconsin - State Office ABATE of Wisconsin - Region 1A ABATE of Wisconsin - REgion 1B ABATE of Wisconsin - Region 1E ABATE of Wisconsin - Region 1F ABATE of Wisconsin - Region 1H ABATE of Wisconsin - Region 1I ABATE of Wisconsin - Region 1J ABATE of Wisconsin - Region 2B ABATE of Wisconsin - Region 2D ABATE of Wisconsin - Region 2F ABATE of Wisconsin - Region 2H ABATE of Wisconsin - Region 2J ABATE of Wisconsin - Region 3A ABATE of Wisconsin - Region 4C ABATE of Wisconsin - Region 7B ABATE of Wisconsin - Region 8B Capital City Riders Motorcycle Club Heartland Steam Hupy and Abraham S.C. Wiegel, Carlson, Blau & Clemens, SC Dan & Barbara Batker Dave “Chubby” Charlebois Dave & Susan Dwyer John Hager Michael Hupy Jesse James Kittredge Donnie Liegeois Wayne & Donna Pingel Bob & Mary Ready Grant Wilkinson Kirk “Hardtail” Willard Wyoming ABATE of Cody ABATE of Wyoming - State Office ABATE of Wyoming - Albany County ABATE of Wyoming - Platte Valley Brian & Juli Cox Graydon Wheeler


September/October 2008

MOTORCYCLE RIDERS FOUNDATION Board of Directors PRESIDENT Kirk “Hardtail� Willard 715-421-0717 kirk@mrf.org

Todd Riba State Reps Program Director 952-239-0929 mrfrep@abatemn.com

VICE-PRESIDENT Michael “Boz� Kerr 773-583-2764 boz@mrf.org

Marketing Director Vacant Accepting Applications

VICE PRESIDENT OF GOV’T RELATIONS Jeff Hennie 202-546-0983 jeff@mrf.org SECRETARY Paulette Pinkham 618-980-5622 paulette@mrf.org

Eric Hampton Communications Director 602-367-9524 editor@mrf.org Carol Downs Conference Director 303-369-2684 downs@mrf.org Dave Dwyer SSMRO Board Member 608-742-0144 dad@mrf.org Cindy Hodges Member Representative 919-266-2653 cindy@mrf.org Jay Jackson Motorcycle Safety/Rider Ed. 317-422-8040 jay@mrf.org Steve Zimmer MRFPAC Director 614-985-4727 steve@mrf.org

MRF Reports

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EDITOR

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To continue developing an aggressive, independent national advocacy for the advancement of motorcycling and its associated lifestyle, which is financially stable and exceeds the needs of motorcycling enthusiasts.

Mission Goals Maintain and improve our ability to act as an advocate before national, state and local legislative, executive and judicial bodies, and with private or public entities, regarding issues affecting motorcycles, motorcyclists or motorcycling. Maintain and improve our financial base and ensure financial stability. Maintain and improve our capability to meet and exceed the needs of our membership base and all state motorcyclists’ rights organizations. Maintain and improve our capability to be the national information center for motorcyclists’ rights information. Enhance the training of national, state and local motorcyclists’ rights activists.

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Washington State: Columbia Gorge chapter holding flag after being ratified and chartered on July 12th at the State Board Meeting. Only a few of the new chapter members could make the trip. The chapter has 40 + members now.

Connecticut

We are there… watching.

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Contributions of $5 and $10 can go a long way to make our voices heard in DC and coast-to-coast Send to: Motorcycle Riders Foundation, 236 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Suite 510, Washington, DC 20002 Please make checks payable to MRFPAC Donations to MRFPAC are not Tax Deductible We cannot accept corporate checks

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation would like you to take the time to go to our website, www.mrf.org, and sign up for our Alerts. Through 3 different Department Directors and a server change we want to make certain everyone is still on our list so please go to the following; www.mrf.org, to subscribe to our Alerts, press releases, and Leaders Reports. It is critical with the recent national helmet law push that everyone has the most current information

possible. When you get to the website you will find the option to sign up on the left side of the home page; Sign Up for the MRF News Mailing List. Click this header and you will be taken to page explaining the process. Click the link “here” and you will be taken to the sign-up page. Follow the instructions there, return the email when it is sent to you and you will be assured of getting the latest Alerts. Dave Dwyer


MRF Committees Communications: Eric Hampton (Chair), Jeff Hennie, John Pierce, Michael Kerr, Paulette Pinkham, Justin Downs, Todd Riba, Cindy Hodges, Jim “Legs� Korte, Tiffany Latimer Marketing: Deborah Butitta (Chair), John Pierce, Cindy Hodges, Paulette Pinkham, Tiffany Latimer, Eric Hampton Elections: Dave Dwyer (Chair), Cindy Hodges, Joel Arnoldi, Doc Ski By-Laws: Michael Kerr (Chair), Carol Downs, Kirk Willard, Paulette Pinkham Alcohol Awareness: Steve Zimmer (Chair), Jeff Hennie, Dave Dwyer, Lynn Oldenburg, Susan Huttman, Carol Simpson, Doc Ski MRFPAC: Steve Zimmer (Chair), Chuc Coulter, Dave Dwyer, Jeff Hennie, Michael Kerr Finance: Carol Downs (Chair), Kirk Willard, Chuc Coulter, John Pierce, Dave Anderson, Paulette Pinkham Membership Committee: John Pierce (Chair), Tiffany Latimer, Sarah Muckenhoupt, Cindy Hodges, Polly Schoeller, Todd Riba, Joel Arnoldi MRFAE: Michael Kerr (Chair), Chuc Coulter, Susan Huttman, Jeff Hennie, Deborah Butitta, Paulette Pinkham, Jay Jackson, Carol Downs, Doc Ski Conference & Events: Carol Downs (Chair), Kirk Willard, Jeff Hennie, Cindy Hodges, Carol Simpson, Todd Riba, Steve Zimmer, Lynn Oldenburg

September 25th–28th, 2008 Denver Tech Center Marriott, Denver, Colorado

Products: Carol Downs (Chair), Lynn Oldenburg, Polly Schoeller, Helen Wesson Funds Steering Committee: Kirk Willard (Chair), Cindy Hodges, Todd Riba, Jay Jackson, Mark Buckner, John Pierce, Jim “Legs� Korte Statistics Committee: Doc Ski (Chair), Paulette Pinkham, Jeff Hennie, Kirk Willard, David Tusche, Jay Jackson State & Federal Legislative Awards: State & Federal: Dave Dwyer (Chair), Cindy Hodges, Steve Zimmer, Michael Kerr, Jeff Hennie Awards: Farmers Award: Kirk Willard (Chair), Mark Buckner, Deborah Butitta

• Hosted by ABATE of Colorado • Denver Tech Center Marriott, 4900 South Syracuse, Denver, CO 80237 Room reservations, call 800-228-9290. Room rate,* $89 single or double. (Hotel amenities include refrigerators, hair dryer, coffee maker, iron, indoor and outdoor pools, workout room – Italian restaurant on-site.) *indicate that you are with the Motorcycle Riders Foundation for group rate

Conference Information

Pre-register for conference through the MRF, 236 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Suite 510, Washington, DC 20002. (Pre-registration must be received by August 18, 2008). $60 Current, individual MRF member. $70 Current, individual MRF member (after Aug. 18th). $70 Non-MRF member. $80 Non-MRF member (after Aug. 18th). Registration includes all workshops, workshop materials, and Saturday banquet. Registration questions call the MRF at 202-546-0983 or Carol Downs at 303-204-6939, downs@mrf.org. Hosted by ABATE of Colorado, 4725 Paris St., Denver, CO 80239, 303-789-3264

Founders Award: Kirk Willard (Chair), Mark Buckner, Mark Falsetti, Steve Zimmer

Motorcycle Riders Foundation is proud to present their annual conference for politically motivated motorcyclists!

Lifetime Achievement Award: Kirk Willard (Chair), Deborah Butitta, Paulette Pinkham

Spend the weekend with some of motorcycling’s most educated and dedicated activists. Learn what issues will impact bikers today and in the future!

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Safety Recognition: Jay Jackson (Chair), Carol Downs, Chuc Coulter, Paulette Pinkham, John Pierce

It’s time you did something more to protect your rights!

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Join and Support Motorcycle Riders Foundation‌ REGISTER, VOTE, AND RIDE!

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