Issuu on Google+

Th e MR Fd o e s n o te n d o r s e a n y p ro d u c ts o rs e rv i c e s o th e r th a n i ts o w n p ro d u ctl i n e .Th i sd o e s n o ta p p l yto p o l i ti c a l e n d o r s e m e n ts Vo l .1 8 ,N o .5 Se p te m b e r /Oc to b e r 2 0 0 9

WHAT’S INSIDE: The MOTM’s 25th Anniversary Page 2 Don’t Call It a Clunker! Page 3 Highway Legislation On Hold Page 4 Motorcycling & Impairment Page 6 A Big Noise in Massachusetts Page 9 Run for the Wall 2009 Page 9 2009 YAS Winners Announced Page 10 The Day They Took My Motorcycles Page 11 The Ride Page 13 Recharge Those Batteries Page 14 MRF Elections 2009 Page 17 Top Ten List Page 17 MOTM Hotel Shuttle Update Page 36 MRF V.P. Jay Jackson Inducted to Hall of Fame in Sturgis Page 38


Page 2

Mototcycle Riders Foundation

September/October 2009

The Meeting of the Minds  Silver Anniversary Kirk “Hardtail” Willard MRF President Not too long ago, I attended a motorcycle auction and I was fortunate enough to pick up a nearly 60 year old BSA in very good running condition. I have had this old motorcycle symptom hit me before and even though common sense and past history said to get it home and check the bike and the manual over before riding it, I decided a quick ride was in order to show off my new-old bike. I headed off around the corner - purposely taking it easy - so I could get the feel of the bike before I lit her up a bit for the old timers on the way back. Things were going just fine, so with my confidence up as I approached the corner on my return, I decided it was time for the big upshift combined with a full twist of the throttle. The throttle response was more than I expected and it grabbed my attention momentarily and just as my foot began to shift, my brain said “uh’oh” for it was then, albeit a bit late, that I remembered that the shifter was on the “wrong side” and to make matters worse as I attempted the recovery, again a bit late, I remembered that the shift pattern is “upside down”. To this day, I am sure the fellas I bought the bike from were really impressed at the new owner of their bike pulling off a huge flat track style sideways power slide as I rounded the corner in front of them wide open. Reminds me of the time I brought home an old café style track racer where that first ride ended with me looking up at my neighbor from well onto his lawn while he was sitting on his porch trying to read his paper, but that is another story. This came flashing back to me as sat in my garage and thought about the Motorcycle Riders Foundation turning 25 years old this year and the fact that we’ll recognize our Silver Anniversary this fall at Meeting of the Minds. I reflected on such an accomplishment and ultimately what it took to get us to this point. We’ve done some great work over the years fighting for and protecting the rights of motorcyclists in the United States and even other countries and we have had some of the very best people doing it. A few things have changed such as holding press conferences in Congressional buildings, meeting regularly with Federal agencies and in some cases because we made it law, and this year seeing the MRF and many of our SMRO partners kicking off the

Advertising in the MRF Reports TheMRFReportsreachesapproximately5000 motorcyclistssixtimesayear.Evenmorevisit ourwebsite(www.mrf.org)everymonthandthis isaprimelocationtogetthewordoutabout yourproductorservicetomotorcyclists. ContactSusanHuttmanformoreinformation. susan@mrf.org

first ever National Motorcycle Awareness Month by riding into D.C. for the Bikers Inside the Beltway event held literally on the U.S. Capitol steps. Certainly the pace at which things happen and the communication systems have evolved a great deal but the most important things have not. With any bike regardless of which side it shifts on or what the shift pattern is it still takes the same basic formula to get where you want go. You have to move the shift lever wherever it is in some direction. It doesn’t matter if it is new six speed or a 60 year old backward upside down transmission, or whether it has lots of decades old patina or tons of triple plated chrome, someone has to have the knowledge and skill to get it to work and work in conjunction with it to get it to work right. It is exactly the same principles that have allowed the Motorcycle Riders Foundation to see 25 successful years. It took a good many people with the knowledge and skill to make things happen and doing it in conjunction with others in support of the cause, which we know as bikers rights. So thank you to those that came before us, those that are with us now, and those that are on the way for it is because of your knowledge, skill, and effort in conjunction with others that we have seen 25 great years and are sure to see 25 more.

Contact Your Congressman U.S. Senate: You may phone the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 2243121. A switchboard operator will connect you directly with the Senate office you request. U.S. House: You may phone the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 2253121. 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.


September/October 2009

Mototcycle Riders Foundation

Page 3

Don’t Call It a Clunker! Jeff Hennie MRF Vice President of Government Relations It started out as Cash for Clunkers, the federal law that hands out vouchers for older vehicles when purchasing a new vehicle, and has evolved into the CARS or Car Allowance Rebate System. Basically when you trade in an older car or truck to participating dealerships you can get up to $4500 from the Feds to put towards the new vehicle purchase or lease. Currently the program does not make any allowance for motorcycles. Senator Bob Casey wants to change that. Senate Bill 1248 would allow for the inclusion of motorcycles in this program. S 1248 would allow for up to $2500 for a motorcycle trade. Under S 1248 you could trade in a car or a motorcycle for a new motorcycle or an older motorcycle for new bike or car at a participating dealership. Senator Casey isn’t trying to rid the country of older motorcycles; he’s trying to help some 2600 constituents from losing their jobs. And therefore doing this. It’s not a secret that the York Harley Davidson plant has fallen on rough times. Harley laid off 400 employees in January and things haven’t gotten better. According to a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Article, a HD spokesperson admitted that the idea of moving the York

plant was on the table. The same article mentioned an internal study being done to assess the viability of the plant and to add to the timeliness, a major union contract is up in 2010. Harley has to take care of Harley and Senator Casey has to take care of his constituents and they both happen to benefit from this legislation. Senator Casey introduced this legislation, absolutely not at the request of the Motor Company but to help his constituents keep their jobs. If Harley sells more motorcycles it bodes well for the citizens of York, PA. Casey’s bill would allow motorcycles into the CARS program but many of the details are vague. For instance S 1248 would allow for motorcycles to be eligible for the voucher from January, 1st 2009 until 3 years after enactment. The CARS program expires on November 1st, 2009 or when the funds run out, whichever comes first. No details on how that will work out. Certainly it’s important to watch for the accelerated end of useful life programs, such as these. Temporary can become permanent with the simple stroke of a pen. Permanent programs or even the suggestion of that would warrant an all out opposition. The shortness of this particular program should be treated more as a warning sign of what we need to be ready to confront in the future. We do want motorcycles to receive the same respect and treatment as automobiles but not at the detriment of risking losing certain communities or freedoms within the world of motorcycling. For more info on the existing program for autos, see www.cars.gov

The SMRO, or the Egg? There are many situations in life where we can use the adage "which came first, the chicken or the egg?". We ask this question sometimes to determine which is more important. There must have been a chicken, because without it, there is no egg. Conversely, in the absence of an egg, the chicken could not have hatched... well, you get the point. It seems this analogy can fit the motorcyclists rights movement as well. Which came first, the SMRO or the MRF? I think we all know the actual answer to that. The MRF was born out of a networking of the SMROs. Many leaders within various SMROs were exchanging information so that folks would not have to re-invent the wheel. We also found that unifying our lobbying efforts in the nation’s capitol would be more efficient and more effective. Coordinating our schedules controlled redundancy and allowed all motorcyclists to have a sustained presence on "the Hill". Most of us are probably aware of the history and appreciative of the advantages of having the MRF in DC. We also realize that the MRF exists due to the support of, and funding from, the SMROs.

Let's ask ourselves which is more important, the SMROs or the MRF? This isn't intended to start a fight. We know that freedom fighters nation-wide are proud of their organizations and expect that all are equally proud of the MRF. It's actually kind of a trick question to inspire some thought. Without the backing of the SMROs and their individual members working the halls of their respective Statehouses, as well as inside "the Beltway", the MRF would be powerless. However, without the MRF remaining ever vigilant in monitoring congress and advising and informing the grassroots lobbyists and giving them the tools they need to mobilize, the movement in general would not be nearly as successful. Without a strong, consistent voice in DC, we could end up with federal laws that would dramatically change our lifestyle. If the feds impose a mandate, we can yell and scream at our State Capitols all we like and it won't matter. I guess without the chicken we can't get the egg to make more chickens... Like I said, you get the point. We all need each other and we need each other now. Some big issues are coming. Be ready and remain vigilant. Jay Jackson MRF VP


Mototcycle Riders Foundation

Page 4

September/October 2009

Highway Legislation Jeff Hennie MRF Vice President of Government Relations The Congress has begun work in earnest on the reauthorization of the sixyear highway bill. This bill funds the federal highway system and all associated programs. Congress last passed the mammoth legislation in 2005 and the law (PL 109 59) expires at the end of September 2009. The bulky legislation always takes at least a year to draft and pass through committee. So it’s unlikely that Congress and the Obama administration can get their act together and pass the bill. Here's why: Money. It makes the world go round and is the main reason we wont see a bill this year. The current Highway Trust Fund (HTF) is funded through an 18.5 cents a gallon federal gas tax, think of it as a user fee. This funding stream has always, always increased each year because Americans like to drive and ride. Each and every year we all bought more gas which put more money into the HTF each year. Last summer Americans did the unthinkable, bought less gas. It was a perfect storm of sky high gas prices, a failing economy and those pesky hybrids with their utltra high MPG’s. Less gas was bought, less tax was paid and now the trust fund is flat broke. In fact the trust fund is so broke that congress is infusing $7 billion before the August recess to keep necessary payments going to the states. That law spent $256 billion over the past 4 years. The proposals on the table this time are suggesting that we need to spend about $550 billion over the next six years. If we don’t raise or generate more money for the trust fund we can safely expect around $250 billion to be generated by the standing gas tax over the next 6 years. That leaves $300 billion

in revenue that needs to be found. That elusive piece of the pie seems to be holding up the whole show. House Chairman Oberstar wants to raise the gas tax to which the Senate and Obama both flatly condemned as a deal breaker. So with no one bringing any realistic other options for greenbacks the bill is on life support. Oberstar genuinely wanted to have something for Obama to sign into law before the current law expires. That daydream is over. The Senate, under the leadership of Barbara Boxer (D-CA), has already passed out of her committee an 18-month extension to the current law. Obama agrees with Senator Boxer that a year and half of wait time is just fine to repair crumbling bridges or bringing our aging roads up to modern day expectations. Some argue that a robust highway system was one of the factors that helped America earn the top spot amongst global super power countries. That may or may not be true; consider this: Afghanistan has ONE paved road. Politics. Obama has already spent an unprecedented amount of taxpayer money and the idea of spending another half trillion on roads does not appeal to him. Fear of losing popularity with the American people has soured him on the idea of a highway bill because he needs support to pass both his healthcare and cap and trade legislation. Closed door meetings the MRF has had with Democrat leadership in the House and Senate have confirmed this to be true. Obama wants to punt urgent transportation needs past the 2010 elections so he can ram his own priorities through. Simply put, Congress needs to figure this out and fast. 18 months is too long, perhaps 6 months is reasonable. The last bill needed 12 extensions and did take a year and a half over the expiration of the previous law. So it’s safe to assume that we will be waiting for while.

Right to Repair Legislation Introduced Jeff Hennie MRF Vice President of Government Relations Congressman Edolphus “Ed” Towns (D-NY), along with Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and George Miller (D-CA) have reintroduced the legislation that would make it illegal for vehicle manufacturers to withhold information necessary to diagnose, service or repair motor vehicles. Currently vehicle owners are forced to return to the dealership network to have problems diagnosed that the over-the-counter aftermarket code readers can not read. HR 2057, the Right to Repair act has 31 cosponsors to date. The Motorcycle Riders Foundation strongly supports the Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act (HR 2057) and urges Congress to swiftly pass the legislation in order to safeguard individual vehicle ownership rights today and in the future.

The MRF has formally committed our support to the Right to Repair Act because consumers are entitled to the right to choose how to maintain or upgrade their motorcycle, car or other type of vehicle. The point of Right to Repair is to protect the freedom of American consumers to choose how they take care of their vehicles, be it in their driveway or at a trusted repair facility, and to ensure that they have access to all the information required to complete service and repairs. A recent letter to the editor from the Motorcycle Riders Foundation generated hundreds of articles in publications across the country signaling a resounding level of support from the vehicle operating public. As the economy continues to be sluggish, people are looking at cost cutting and getting vehicle maintenance at a premium dealership is on the list of cuts for a lot of people. Also consider the recent forced government closure of dealerships continued page 6


September/October 2009

Mototcycle Riders Foundation

Page 5

From Best of the West to Meeting of the Minds & Everything in Between Carol Downs MRF Conference Director I need to start my article this time with an apology. I did not have an article in the last edition of The Reports. I could give you all the reasons why I did not, but they would sound like excuses. Let me just say I’m sorry. In June the MRF was in Phoenix, AZ for the BEST of the West Conference. Many folks wonder why Phoenix in June; especially after being in Delaware in April. You would think I had my weather forecasts somewhat mixed up but that is just the way the scheduling works. And fortunately it worked well this year. Delaware was warmer than normal this past April; and Phoenix was suffering through a “cold spell” while we were there. I still have to chuckle about the “cold spell”. What that meant was rather than being 115 degrees, it was only 102 degrees. But the dry heat makes all the difference. Get out of the sun and it really was quite comfortable. Since Bruce and I rode in after 5:00PM coming out of the high desert, and rode out early morning into the high desert, it really was great riding weather. That is, if you don’t count the snowstorm we encountered going over Wolf Creek Pass in southwest Colorado. Not only is it always interesting to ride in whiteout conditions, but we had our granddaughter with us for that leg of the journey. She has joined us for many rides, rallies, and events over the past several years. For the first time ever I don’t think she was having fun. She won’t admit it, but the white pallor of her face and the nail marks in her palms suggest it wasn’t the ideal ride. But she is a trooper and was more than ready to go again the next day. Attendance at BEST was very good. We had 130 people check in through the registration desk; and more were there that never checked in. We had attendees from eighteen states which included Arizona, Colorado, Minnesota, Iowa, New Mexico, California, Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Illinois, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Wyoming, Utah, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington, DC. All of the workshops were well received and included “Gaining and Retaining Members”, “How to be Most Effective in Your SMRO”, “Share the Road”, “Lies, Damn Lies, and Politics”, “Lobbying 101” and “Robert’s Rules”. Some were first time workshops and others were the standards. As usual there was something for everyone. I need to tell a funny story. When we were at BEAST of the

East one of our BOD members from Arizona, Eric Hampton was in attendance. He was so impressed with the Hospitality Room provided by ABATE of DE that he took pictures to show ABATE of AZ. He challenged them to put on a spread to compete. ABATE of AZ stepped up to the challenge; lots of food, lots of beverages, and great atmosphere. But that wasn’t all ABATE of AZ did well. The entire event ran very smoothly thanks in huge part to the planning by ABATE of AZ and the wonderful volunteers who stepped up to make everything go according to plan. I especially want to thank Carole O’Reilly who coordinated everything for ABATE of AZ. Without her assistance we would never had pulled it off so well. In addition I really want to thank the Arizona Coalition of Motorcycle Clubs for bike security. The following individuals gave of their time to make this work so well: Tim O’Reilly, Brandon and Tom Corr, Richard Davis, Mary K. Donnay, Kevin Hanna, Mary Hart, Sandy Hassinger, Raffe Jackson, Teri Kelley, Ron Kool, Michele Mansfield, Eric Osborn, Jim Page, Sean Pinder, Debbie and Gareld Riggs, Eric Seitz, Joe Tassinari, Budda, and Sky Pilot. Please forgive me if I forgot to mention anyone. There were so many who did so much. The sad moment of the event came during the banquet Saturday evening. For anyone who has been around an MRF Conference in the past several years you know we have been privileged to have Mike “Boz” Kerr give some remarks during the banquet. We lost Boz immediately after BEAST of the East this year and his absence was marked. He will be missed for a long time to come. You are probably reading this in early September, prior to the Meeting of the Minds. While the pre-registration deadline has passed it is still not too late to make plans to attend. The Meeting of the Minds will be taking place just outside Minneapolis, MN (Bloomington) September 24-27. This will be the 25th Anniversary of the Conference. We have many workshops available, some brand new. We will be doing several general sessions and our panel discussion this year will be on Political Activism. We have two Young Activist Scholarship winners this year who will talk to the group as well as motorcycle activists from outside the United States. I certainly hope to see many of you at Meeting of the Minds. If you are unable to attend some of the workshop papers and videos of the sessions will be on the MRF website shortly after the event. Bruce and I are planning to ride again this year and will check off one more state we haven’t ridden in before, North Dakota. That pretty much will narrow our list down to Florida, South Carolina, Maine, Alaska and Hawaii. Now that is the ride I am waiting for!


Page 6

Mototcycle Riders Foundation

September/October 2009

Right to Repair Legislation Introduced  continued and not to mention the desire to support small business all these factors add point to the need for this legislation Vehicles, including motorcycles, are becoming increasingly complex with the addition of more and more computer technology, and that is only going to increase in the future. Ready access to accurate service and repair information from the manufacturers is essential to the safety and well being of the entire American motoring public. We encourage all motorcyclists to visit www.righttorepair.org to send a letter to each of their congressional representatives, urging them to support the Right to Repair Act by adding their names to the growing list of co-sponsors.

In Other News Don’t like the condition of your local roads? Got an opinion about that messed up intersection? Road construction ruining your ride? Once again the Federal Highway Administration Motorcycle Advisory Council (FHWA MAC) is asking for you opinion. Now that the country has been riding solid (hopefully) for the past few months it’s a good time to take stock of the roads and let FHWA MAC know how you feel. The info is of course confidential and will be used by the Council to advise Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. Take the 10 minute survey here: http://tinyurl.com/ovzduo To learn more about the FHWA MAC visit this site: http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/mac/

ABATE of Pennsylvania Position & Comment:   Motorcycling and Impairment March 21, 2009 Contact: ABATE of PA Phone: 717-731-8955

quick responses. The introduction of alcohol to motorcycling not only increases the risks, but complicates injuries sustained in a collision.

The Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education (ABATE of PA), as part of its commitment to motorcycle safety and the long-term interests of motorcycling, strongly discourages the use of alcohol while operating any motor vehicle.

ABATE of PA strongly encourages sober riding to reduce the likelihood of motorcycle collisions and improve overall safety. We recognize that alcohol is part of American society, but it must not be a part of riding motorcycles, or any other vehicle.

According to the most recent data in NHTSA’s Traffic Safety Facts (DOT HS 810 990), the percentage of Pennsylvania’s motorcyclist fatalities in 2007 where BAC was greater that 0.08 was 34%. While the percentage has declined nationally over the last 10 years, ABATE believes all these alcohol-related fatalities to be unnecessary and avoidable.

ABATE of PA emphasizes that the most effective means of reducing motorcycle deaths and injuries is to prevent motorcycle collisions. To this end, A.B.A.T.E. of Pennsylvania has consistently promoted rider education, driver education, and sober riding. Crash avoidance is a strategy widely recognized and pursued in the motorcycling community.

ABATE of PA recognizes that motorcycling can be physically and mentally demanding, and requires good judgment, alertness, and

ABATE of PA reminds all motorcyclists to Ride Straight!


September/October 2009

Mototcycle Riders Foundation

Page 7

BEST of the West 2009, Phoenix, Arizona


Page 8

Mototcycle Riders Foundation

September/October 2009

Bing, Google, Tweet! Are you a “Friend”???  Cindy Hodges Member Representative Board Member Just when we thought we were learning a thing or two about marketing ourselves, the Internet once again has opened the floodgates. Our age group finally got comfy with email lists and Yahoo! Groups only to find that even the Pentagon “tweets”. For those of you even more behind the times than I (and that must be pretty far behind), “tweeting” is what you do via your cell phone or computer/Internet-linked device via the site “Twitter.com” that literally allows you to tell the world what you are doing anywhere, anytime, as often as you desire. “Communication” met “instant gratification” a long time ago but it seems their bastard child has become “obsession”. While there is no real need, nor do we see any desire from our membership, to know what each MRF board member or state rep is doing every minute of every day, we might want to take a closer look at this popular social interaction/marketing tool. And wipe that look of derision off your face, eh? If you are reading this article, chances are good that you are a staunch MRF supporter already. Could be someone handed you this newsletter though, as a marketing tool or just to give you some info on who we are and what we are about. Public relations, I believe it is called. So if you are not already a MRF member, let me just say that this organization was started by leaders in many different state motorcyclists rights organizations some 25 years ago. Today, our membership comes from those same organizations, probably at least 80% of it. The other 20% comes from other sorts of organizations, clubs, and individuals who just are not into joining anything that asks them to attend a meeting. But they all care deeply about riding their motorcycles. I bring up the point of where our membership comes from, for a reason. We need to grow our membership numbers if we are going to continue to be successful. And we have been VERY successful. Most of us on the board have our own businesses or full-time jobs that keep us pretty busy. Some are retired and are finally getting around to projects they’ve waited a long time to start, so they too are fairly busy. For most of us, the positions we hold on our boards are not akin to the jobs we do in our “real lives”. So, like everything else, we learn as we go along. Over the years we have learned to pay attention to what works for others, what others are trying, and to not waste time re-inventing the wheel. In 2006, then-president Karen Bolin had invited a speaker to appear at Meeting of The Minds and talk to us about what he does for a living, VERY successfully I might add. His name is Glen Caroline and he works for a little organization called the National Rifle Association. One of the things Glen was telling us has stuck with me and will continue to stick with me. He said…. If you want to build your member-

ship or get the word out about your cause, you need to “hunt where the ducks are”. Hmmm. Well. Try as I might, I cannot think of anywhere that motorcyclists who are enamored with the pursuit of maintaining their freedoms and cultivating better government for themselves might be; other than where we are already hunting. So I thought on this some more. I myself joined my SMRO at the tender age of 19 for the party. Yep. Sure did. It was cheaper to get in to the weekend camping/festival of beer and wine if I joined the SMRO. Within two years I was “turned” and the rest is history. So where might I find people who are in love with their motorcycles and the motorcycling lifestyle, other than where I’ve been looking? Where do the next generation of bikers do their socializing? Here we come back to the Internet, to the search engines, V-Twin Mama.com, Facebook, Twitter, etc. There are more sites out there than we can imagine. People are hooking up to ride; forming organizations and lasting friendships. They are advertising their businesses and events. And there are specialized niche groups within groups. Email is so passé`. *sigh* It gets so hard to keep up. Last issue I asked for your media contacts; your favorite biker websites, blogs, email lists. Your contact people in news outlets both print and visual. I want to thank Kimmy Chapman of bikerinformationguide.com out of Arizona and Chris Lambing, ICMS board member and PSA promoter out of Idaho for stepping forward. Our list is growing. Surely there are more of you out there. Help us. Sure we want to grow our membership but not only that, we want to be up-to-date with the weapons at hand. Arm us. Send me your media contacts. We will do some test advertising on some sites and we will send alerts and calls to action to others (please visit http://www.vtwinmama.com and http://www.bikernet.com ). When your state SMRO asks for our help in promoting a call to action or getting the word out for whatever reason, we will utilize these tools (once we have become familiar with them) to do a better job of it. When there is a threat at the national level to all who ride this nation’s highways and byways, we want to reach EVERYONE. Cindy Hodges Member Representative cindy@mrf.org


September/October 2009

Mototcycle Riders Foundation

Noise, Noise, and More Noise Dave Condon Ass't MRF State Rep Massachusetts By now I am sure everyone has heard of the City of Boston passing a new noise ordinance. This ordinance states that your motorcycle must have the EPA stamp on the pipes or you are risking a $300.00 fine. This applies whether your bike is being ridden or just parked on a city street. This ordinance was filed by Boston City Councilor LaMattina on May 6, 2009 and referred to the Committee on Government Operations. The committee held a "public" hearing the day after Memorial Day, Tuesday, May 26 at 10:00 AM. On June 1 they released it with a favorable ought to pass. The full council passed it on June 3 and the mayor signed it into law on June 9. It is interesting to note here that there was no mention of this on the Boston City Council's web site until June 10 when all the information concerning this including meeting agendas, meeting minutes, a video of the committee meeting were magically posted. The MMA had heard rumors of this going on behind closed doors through anonymous calls placed to our 800 number. We made several attempts to confirm this but never received and answer from city hall. Gee imagine that. As you can imagine, the MMA has some serious and what would be obvious concerns about this ordinance to anyone involved in motorcycle rights. The MMA nor any other organization associated with motorcycles was ever contacted for their input and, as we all know, the EPA "Stamp" requirement only applies to the manufacturers of motorcycles and has an "acoustical adjustment period" of only one year or 3,730 mile which ever comes first. The MMA also believes this to be in violation of current Massachusetts General Laws that already exist and specify maximum noise levels and specific sound testing procedures for motorcycles. During the immediate period following the passage of this ordinance, while the MMA was developing a Plan to best fight it and get it struck down. We learned that a group of riders, made up of former board members and current members of the MMA, and calling themselves Justice Riders Committee of Massachusetts had filed suit against the City of Boston. The Board of Directors for the MMA met and reassessed its plan of action. It was decided we would support this

Page 9

group’s efforts fully by attending their rallies and financially through our newly established Legal Defense Fund. It was also decided we would provide a united front rather than have several different groups acting independently. We also chose to monitor the situation very closely and should the need arise, we would take whatever action necessary to protect the rights of the motorcyclists of this state. This arrangement has actually worked out quite well. It has freed the MMA up to deal with other issues, mostly noise, around the entire state and with the Justice Riders concentrating on the Boston issue they are able to devote their entire energies on that. They have done a great job so far and been very aggressive in their approach in dealing with the City of Boston and getting the word out to riders. The latest update we have on the law suit is that the judge did not issue a temporary restraining order to stop the enforcement of the ordinance as none of the plaintiffs were Boston Residents and none of them had been cited and subsequently fined. Yet in the judge’s decision, she established the Justice Riders did have a standing to bring the suit as they travel to and through the city. She also put the City of Boston on notice that should the Justice Riders prevail, the city could be libel to reimburse all fines and court costs involved in defending theses tickets to the cited riders. In other Massachusetts news the huge issue up here, this year, is noise especially since the enactment of the EPA "stamp" requirement in Boston. MMA board members and officers have been very busy going from one city or town to another to assist in defeating the EPA stamp requirement from becoming a part of local ordinances. As a matter of fact, it was attempted to be enacted right here in my home town of Salem. I received a call from my local Ward Councilor buddy, one hour before a meeting was to be held where our local noise Nazi's were going to attempt to amend a proposed noise ordinance aimed at downtown bars and clubs to include the EPA "stamp" requirement. Thankfully, we were able to defeat that. We are also dealing with a small town out in the central part of the state that is setting up motorcycle only "safety" road blocks and writing tickets for non DOT "approved' helmets and for any motorcycle that does not have stock exhaust. The riders are further being told to correct these items or stay out of their town. Man is that town going to be in for a surprise. As you can see there is a lot going on up here and we will continue to keep everyone posted. Dave Condon Ass't MRF State Rep Massachusetts Chairman, MMA

Run for the Wall 2009 Rich Montgomery ABATE of AZ, Southern AZ Chapter The 21st Annual Run for the Wall is in the history books. It was an exciting and safe Run for the Southern Route, of which I was a member. The first Run began with less than a dozen Vietnam Vets riding from Los Angeles to the Vietnam Wall in D.C. The organization eventually reached so many riders it divided into two Routes with both having the same mission. The bikers on the Southern and

Central Routes “Ride for Those Who Can’t.” The journey begins in Mid-May each year. Some 800 riders gather in Los Angeles, divide into two groups and make a 10-day Run For the Wall. Both Routes measure about 2,300 miles. And, each Route will surge and fall in numbers as some join and some drop out along the way. The organization is very much military oriented. Many of riders continued page 10


Page 10

Mototcycle Riders Foundation

September/October 2009

MRF Awareness and Education  Announce Winners of the  2009 Young Activist Scholarship The MRF Awareness and Education, Inc. is pleased to announce this year’s winners of the Young Activist Scholarship. This program is designed to bring motorcycle activists under the age of 30 to the annual Meeting of the Minds Conference in September. This year there are two winners of the scholarship. They are Jonathan Propson of Wisconsin and Ben Vincent of Arkansas. Both of these young men’s applications were submitted by their home SMRO; ABATE of WI and ABATE of AR respectively. In addition to needing to be nominated by their home SMRO each candidate was required to submit a short essay on what motorcyclist’s rights mean to them.

more young people in this endeavor. The award of this scholarship gives both winner’s their registration fees paid to the Conference. In addition it pays for their transportation to the Conference and their rooms while attending. Please make a point of congratulating them when you see them in September, and don’t hesitate to spend some time discussing with them what motivated them to get involved and stay involved. The future of our movement is through these young people, we need to take advantage of the opportunity to listen to and learn from them.

The selection committee, made up of MRFA&E board members, MRF board members and MRF members were impressed with the fire these young men discussed. They both show proven ability and desire to move into leadership roles.

The Young Activist Scholarship (YAS) is funded by donations made by companies and individuals who want to promote the future of the movement. You can make a tax-deductable donation to the fund, or to the MRFA&E general fund, by sending a check to the DC office or by visiting the MRF Awareness and Education website at www.mrfae.org.

Both of these young men will sit on a panel for discussion during the Meeting of the Minds Conference. We, the members, will get a chance to discuss with them their goals and desires for moving the motorcycle rights movement forward; and how to involve

For further information about the YAS fund please contact Carol Downs at carol@mrfae.org.

Run for the Wall 2009 continued are Vietnam Vets but the pack is made up of Vets from other wars, especially as the Vietnam guys and gals get older. This year there were Vets that served in Vietnam to Afghanistan and every war and conflict the U.S. has fought in between. The leadership includes a route coordinator, platoon leaders with their assistants, tail gunners riding behind the platoons and, of course, the feared road guards, our personal police force. Riders are given the option to ride side by side, 2 seconds apart or staggered 2 seconds from the bike in front of you. Riders make the decision themselves based on their riding experience or outright fear of being so close to another bike. The road guards can spot an inexperienced rider in a minute and will direct him or her to a platoon that rides according to their ability. My favorite platoon is the Advance Team of which I’ve been a part for two of my three Runs. We number about 30 folks and are tasked with fueling and staging the bikes at each fuel stop and before each day’s run begins. The current “fuelies” have ridden across the country together for the past two years and we are very comfortable riding close to each other. We ride staggered but more like one second apart. The fuel team is divided into two groups, one for premium and one for regular gas. We work in pairs and can fuel 400 bikes in under 20 minutes. The pumps are turned on and one person passes the hose back and forth between the bikes while the

other keeps track of the money each person owes. The riders soon learn to carry $5 and 1 dollar bills because we’re too busy make change. Fuel stops average about 100 miles although some stretch to 140. With the pack divided into seven or 8 platoons, 100 miles running at the speed limit or 5 mph below, can be a long time between stops. One glance at the lines for the men’s room will verify that. Run For The Wall is more than just riding, a lot more. It’s not like any long putt you’ve ever been on. Many civic organizations, VFW, American Legion, Elks, Moose and several others feed the whole group breakfast, lunch and dinner. In addition there are at least 12 “donated” fuel stops along the route. During the 10 days I dug in my wallet for two meals. The pack stops at Vietnam Veteran Memorials, VA Hospitals, three schools, the D-Day Memorial and a fistful of Harley dealers that support the ride in many different ways. Many dealers put on a feed for the group and their techs will stay until the last bike is repaired and ready for the morning launch. The pack is followed by chase vehicles with trailers, chaplains and medics. The road guards keep track of the whole group and can help anyone in distress. During the Run we didn’t have any continued page 12


September/October 2009

Mototcycle Riders Foundation

Page 11

The View Past the Handlebars The Day They Took My Motorcycles Mike Berger MRF Asst. Rep, Minnesota (with respects to Gene Hill) My Dear Nephew and Nieces Today is the day they come to take my motorcycles. I thought I’d write something about the way I feel about it, because, being your uncle, I felt it important to let you know how some of us felt about our machines, and to give you all a chance to know how much so many of us cared about our motorcycles and how deeply they represented a precious part of our lives. Of course, riding a motorcycle has long since disappeared. It wasn’t too long after the so-called “safety experts” had seen to the end of riding as we wished, without being encumbered by pounds of safety gear, that motorcycles and the companies that made them started to vanish. The high-performance street machines were the first to go, as the safety experts convinced the general public that no sane person could want to ride one of those. Next came the dirt bikes, with their supposed lead paint threat and “damage” to public land. Soon all you were lucky to see were a few anemic street bikes so hampered with environmental controls that it was impossible to get them above 45 mph. But it seemed that, once the safety experts had succeeded in making it illegal to ride the way you wanted to, riders themselves began to vanish. Would you believe that there were once more than a hundred motorcycle rights organizations across the country? Not all of them were big, but they all made a difference. And that doesn’t even begin to count the hundreds of other motorcycle clubs. Some of the groups continued for a while, and a few of us stayed on to ride in a parade now and then, just as a novelty, but it just wasn’t the same. You had to apply for a day permit to even bring your motorcycle out on the road, and you can’t even

imagine how difficult it now is to find 92-octane fuel for the old machines. (Ask your parents to explain what gasoline was, and how it vanished, too.) Crowds would come around and wave signs and carry on against us, saying how, if we couldn’t see the common sense in the new laws, then we were better off dead anyway, used as organ donors for supposedly “more enlightened” car drivers. Looking back on it, I can see how it all happened – I think. It was hard for politicians to stand up against the federal government, especially when the states they represented were being blackmailed by having their highway monies cut off if they didn’t comply with the new safety standards. Then came noise ordinances and emissions controls, along with the introduction of fuels that our bikes simply couldn’t burn. And there just weren’t enough concerned motorcyclists to fight against the trend. I know you’ll read about it in school, but I wanted you to hear the other side of it at least one time. You might get some idea when you see the pictures of me and your aunt and our friends with our motorcycles, all having fun, all smiling. We had some great times back then, especially at the rallies. Thousands of motorcyclists used to ride from all over the country to get together at places like Sturgis or Daytona. Heck, even here in Minnesota we used to have a really big rally, with more motorcycles than you can probably imagine. We all used to bring tents and camp for the weekend, listening to good music and sharing good stories from the road with our riding buddies. And we all had favorite machines back then. There were the HarleyDavidsons, of course, bikes like the Electra Glide, the Road King and the Sportster. Indian was still around in a small way. (You ought to look up an Indian Chief to see what a beautiful bike it was.) Of course, lots of imports like Yamaha and Honda, as well as even a few from Europe and Britain such as BMW, Ducati and Triumph. Somewhere in my stuff is a book with all sorts of pictures of the old motorcycles – you ought to save it, as I suspect it will be a collector’s item one of these days. I don’t suppose you can imagine an early spring day with the dawn storming out of the east, a bunch of us dressed in six layers of sweatshirts and riding leathers, all getting together for that first spring run. We’d all be freezing – it was often barely above freezing when we’d all meet – but it was a thing not to skip. For no matter how chilly the morning was, you knew that by the time the afternoon hit, you’d be warm and grinning from ear to ear as you took that first yearly ride with your friends around the earlygreening Minnesota countryside. What did I ride? Oh, I owned a bunch of bikes over the years. Mostly I had cruisers, beautiful machines that were just made for the open road. My old Softail I named “Serenity” – some of us loved our bikes so much that we actually named them – and my Sportster was named “Phooka.” (She’s the one in the pictures continued page 12


Page 12

Mototcycle Riders Foundation

September/October 2009

The Day They Took My Motorcycles continued with the flames painted on the fuel tank.) But no matter what you owned, everyone loved their bikes. People used to spend hours washing and polishing their machines, just so they would gleam in the sunlight as we rode down the highways. I guess there’s no great sense of going into all of that now since it doesn’t mean much – just an old man meandering about something that he once loved very much, and that a part of his life went along with them on the day they took them away. I guess, to be honest, that all the songs and stories I like to remember best have come from the times spent with my friends in someone’s garage or out on the road or at a rally. But even to me all that is beginning to seem so very long ago. The police are the ones that are coming to get the motorcycles. I know they don’t enjoy the job much either, but since there are so many funny laws now I guess they just have to go ahead and do what they have to do. But I have to let you in on a secret unlawful thing I did. I took my Sportster back to the barn and built a false wall on the north side to hide her away. I just couldn’t stand the thought of having her melted down or cut up for scrap. It seems that you can get away with a lot of pretty bad crimes, but if they

catch one honest person with a motorcycle hidden away, out of sentiment, you get labeled a societal deviant and trucked off to some hospital for treatment and counseling. But they’re all gone now. The young fellow that came for them was a county patrolman, someone I used to see as a kid watching our parades and waving at us while we rode by. I think he noticed that Phooka wasn’t in the garage as he rolled my bikes into the collection trailer, but he didn’t say a word. He’s a nice young man, and as I say, just doing his duty. I suspect he saw the fresh sawdust on my jeans from the wall I built, and I suspect I saw a small tear or two when he loaded up Serenity. I’m not sure I did, but I hope so. With all my wishes that things may someday change, Your loving uncle, Mike (who was once known as, “the Ghostrider”)

Run for the Wall 2009 continued serious injuries although a few bikes ended up on trailers, unfortunately mine was included. I had a brake problem just east of Odessa, TX so the bike spent a day and a half on the trailer until we got to Monroe, LA. The dealer there, Bleu Bayou Harley Davidson, repaired my rear brakes rebuilding the caliper and installed new brake shoes and a rotor – for free! He refused to charge me a dime for what was obviously a several hundred dollar repair bill. I still can’t thank them enough. The rigors of the Run are no picnic. Your day begins at 5:30 a.m. and stretches until 8 or 8:30 each night before you collapse in your hotel room. RFTW has an on-line video that shows how the group rides, including in bad weather. The video stresses if you can’t ride like this, stay home. The only time I’ve seen the pack pull over is when we encountered some pretty big hail near Chattanooga, TN. Each State has a coordinator that sets up the fuel stops and contract with hotels in advance. Many overnight stops have camping too. The average cost of a room is $60 and riders usually share a room. When day eight rolls around, most riders are tired and a little grouchy. But the thought of completing such an invigorating ride overshadows everything else. If you started in Los Angeles and have “gone all the way,” you’re pumped up and ready to ride into D.C. The two Routes gather on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial for a group picture and then walk to the Wall for a final ceremony.

Many of us were carrying memorabilia that folks have given us along the way and asked us to place at the Wall. This year I had three flags and a handwritten note that I left at the Wall and then said my prayers. I had also been asked by a friend in Sierra Vista to “charcoal” four names of his buddies that had died in a Huey crash in 1973, near the end of the Vietnam conflict. With the help of a volunteer I found the names and made copies. Making those copies really becomes personal so I had a tough time at the Wall this year. My friend has not been able to go to the Wall in person and the charcoaled names went a long way in relieving the pain he lives with everyday. Some of the Vets get emotional when they attend the final ceremony. Fortunately, there are many others there to help. One bike had carried the ashes and RFTW vest of a deceased rider to be left at the Wall. His widow was there and had a hard time parting with the ashes and vest. She finally left the ashes saying “He belongs with his buddies,” and took the vest home for remembrance. Like many of the riders, I joined a half-million bikers in the Pentagon’s parking lot for Rolling Thunder, a run through the streets of Washington from the Lincoln Memorial to the Vietnam Wall. I’ve done this for many years and it always gives me chicken skin to ride through the crowds that line the streets. It’s an honor and privilege to ride with the heroes of wars past and present. It’s a healing process and I plan to be with them as long as I can keep the HOG upright.


September/October 2009

Mototcycle Riders Foundation

Page 13

The Ride Graydon Wheeler State Reps Board Member

stories started; each of us telling of a time we were somewhere else in a storm just like this one or worse; each of us knowing that we all had something to relate to, even if our motorcycle styles were different. You see, THE RIDE can happen even when you are just standing there.

Having just returned from Best of the West, I wanted to write something about it for Reports, but I know there are other Board members and Reps better qualified to give you an analysis of what went on there, so I'll let them. What I want to write about is THE RIDE.

I watched other riders during my trip to see their reaction to me. Some, knowingly or not, understood THE RIDE. Others didn't.

Many of you understand what THE RIDE is. It's not the way you proceed from point "A" to point "B". It's what you experience along the way, it's what you feel inside, it's a state of mind.

The guy on the Harley custom at the gas station in northern Arizona who never spoke a word to me, but smiled and nodded as he walked to his bike while I pumped my gas, he gets it.

Sometimes THE RIDE may be from your home to your favorite hang-out a few miles down the road. Sometimes THE RIDE is what you have when you travel twelve hundred miles in two days to attend BotW.

The group of HD dressers and Goldwings that arrived at another station while I was standing by my bike drinking coffee, who took one look at my matted, wind-blown hair, my Victory filthy from the road grime and rain, my dirty and scuffed leathers, and decided I wasn't worth acknowledging as I smiled, nodded, and waved to them, they don't get it.

I left my home in Wyoming early on a cold and rainy Thursday morning hoping to be in Phoenix by the following afternoon. I had the mind-set for the long trip, but THE RIDE didn't start to slowly form until I was coming out of the first of many showers I would encounter. I was about fifty miles from the house as I passed another motorcyclist heading in the other direction. We waved to one another and I thought about the weather he would soon experience and what he had in store. I imagine he thought the same of me as he went by, for I soon found myself in another bout of precipitation. That's when I noticed THE RIDE creeping in. Yes I was cold and physically miserable, and yet, the wave that biker and I gave one another was more than a gesture. It was a way of saying, "I feel it too". We both probably had other options for our mode of travel, but here we were in the rain, on two wheels, as brothers, and we wouldn't have it any other way. I stopped in Colorado Springs at the Victory dealer for breakfast and a quick oil change that I never got around to doing myself, and THE RIDE got stronger. As we returned from the restaurant and mounted up, an intense thunderstorm poured into the city, creating rivers along the streets. We, along with several other riders, stood in the doorway of the service department, watching as the rain crashed down, soon to be joined with hail. Rather than complain about a situation none of us could change, the road

The guy on the BMW with the fullface helmet who I passed, who then passed me, and I passed him again, and he me, as we leap-frogged our way up the highway, only to give each other a smile, nod and wave as we reach the point where we must diverge, never knowing each others name, never to meet again probably, and yet brothers in the wind, he gets it. Still, there are some motorcyclists out there that may never experience THE RIDE. Pity. I see motor homes going down the road while behind them on a trailer sits their cruisers and tour bikes. While I at times envy their comfort, I think about what they give up. For myself, one of the most zen-like moments when riding out here in the west, happens when the sun is warming my face, as I catch the subtle aroma of sage, and a meadowlark warbles its song to me as I pass. For every mile of rain stinging my face, for every piece of road grit churned up from a passing vehicle I swallow, for every insect that splatters across my glasses and jacket, I will have several thousand memories of meadowlark and sage.. continued page 14


Page 14

Mototcycle Riders Foundation

September/October 2009

Recharge Those Batteries Todd Riba Director of State Representative Program Meeting Of The Minds is here, that’s great news for all of us that need to be recharged, and MOTM is of course a really good time and it’s always great to see everyone. The bad news is the riding season in the northern part of the country is getting shorter so this will be a short article so I can get out and ride while the riding is still good. I just received the lastest “Top 30 MRF Rep. Recruiters List” from Tiffany in the D.C.office, who does a great job by the way, and I am almost speechless. We have 30 Reps that signed up a combined total of 573 MRF members, that’s about 19 per Rep on the list and that doesn’t even count the rest of the Reps that didn’t make the top 30 list. We also have a number of Reps from less populated states that have increased their numbers nicely. The MRF Board put out a call to the Reps to help get us out of the financial bind that we have been in and man did they answer the call, thank you all for your hard work and dedication.

members and we have to find a way for all of us to increase our numbers. And there is one more thing that I want to challenge the Reps to do, let’s work on making all MRF members in our states MRF Recruiters. I really beleave that is the key to our success, if we can get the MRF membership to start recruiting, instead of leaving it up to the Reps, we will fix our financial concerns and we will be able to move the MRF to the next level of vigilance and excellence. Now don’t get me wrong, we do have a lot of members that do a great job of recruiting, but we also have a lot that leave it up to us, so to those members that work hard at recruiting I say thank you. One easy technique we can use is we just need to help people understand that when they sign up a new member or retain a current one the recruiter will benefit because the more members we have in our ranks the stronger we will be. Also there are some scary things going in the motorycle rights world and we need to use those attacks on our freedom as recruiting tools. We can’t cry wolf and we must use accurate information to help the street riders in this country understand that what little freedom we have left could go away in hurry. Strength in numbers, my friends, and total vigilance will get us through this storm. Until next time, ride safe, and to those of you that get to ride year round, I hope you all get sunburned, it doesn’t hurt as bad as frostbite but it will have to do.

So what’s next? Now we have to find a way to keep all of those

The Ride continued This is what happens when you experience THE RIDE. The trip becomes poetry, a song, a dance. At BotW, it was stated that we need new people, younger people, people that ride "other" kinds of bikes. It's true. For no matter what we ride, we all have the opportunity to experience THE RIDE. And having these shared experiences is a great way to introduce yourself and MRF to these folks. Along the way to the conference and on my return, I had many chances to strike up a brief conversation with other riders, usually ending with, "Here, take this MRF Report. It'll explain why I'm on this trip". No one ever said no.

Maybe the next time you're on a ride, and you notice the kid on the crotch-rocket with the plates from two states away and all his gear strapped on the fender as he's pumping gas, perhaps you could walk up to him and say, "Hey, what'd you think of the rain we hit coming through the pass ten miles back?". Maybe all he wanted was for some ratty looking, sunburned, grubby biker with a long gray beard, windblown matted hair and scuffed up leathers to come up and start a conversation to let him know he belongs. Maybe he could be the next best thing to happen to MRF. And maybe the two of you could talk about THE RIDE and discover you're really not that different after all.


September/October 2009

Mototcycle Riders Foundation

SMROs in Action

Page 15

Heartland S.T.E.A.M.

Missouri

FORR's delegation meeting with Rep. Ike Skelton during our recent visit to DC. Left to Right: JR DeGraffenreid, Jack McKee, Greg Mullanix, Jeff Hennie, Kathy Garver

Pennsylvania

ABATE of North Dakota's Executive Director Michael "Cutter" Jay and Marketing & Promotions Director Janet Frost pictured with MRF President Kirk "Hardtail" Willard at Heartland S.T.E.A.M. held in Mandan/Bismarck North Dakota

The National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) Imre Szauter, Govt. Relations, AMA; Jessica Irving, Grassroots Coordinator, AMA; Steve Zurl, Asst. MRF Rep-PA

NCSL: Carol “Popcorn” Umbenhauer, Office Manager, ABATE of PA; Charles Umbenhauer, Lobbyist & BikePAC Chairman; Imre Szauter, Govt. Relations, AMA

MRF attends a very successful 20th Annual Heartland S.T.E.A.M. Conference hosted by ABATE of North Dakota and held by ABATE of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, as a Seminar to Educate and Motivate as well as a fundraiser for the MRF


Page 16

Mototcycle Riders Foundation

September/October 2009

PRESS RELEASE: 

From the Federation of European Motorcyclists’ Associations (FEMA) 17 July 2009 European Commission consultation on  vulnerable road users  FEMA and other organisations involved in road safety gathered in Brussels on July 15th to discuss the main safety problems involving vulnerable and unprotected road users, and the solutions to put into place. This workshop , organised by the European Commission, will help the E.U executive in the drafting of the next European Road Safety Action Plan 2011-2020. The new European Road Safety Action Programme (ERSAP) is expected to come into action in 2011, and will present the plans and objectives of the European Commission in this field from 2011 to 2020. It will follow the scheduled closure of the current 2003-2010 programme, which had set the ambitious objective of halving the number of road victims in Europe by 2010. 25.000 lives a year were to be saved by improvements in driver behaviour, vehicle safety and accident data. However, as the time frame for the Action Plan draws near, the objective remains out range - partly due to the rise in road traffic during the last ten years. With a new plan to be presented next year, the European Commission is at crossroads. What will the new objectives in casualties reduction be? Ambitious and optimistic - or more realistic and sustainable? And what measures will be promoted? A consultation process has been launched to gather comments from stakeholders and concerned citizens. After the postponement a launch event scheduled in April, the Commission inau-

gurated a round of consultations starting with a workshop on vulnerable and unprotected users, held on July 15th. This thematic workshop gathered a range of associations, companies, researchers and representatives of road authorities; in order to identify the specific issues surrounding vulnerable and unprotected road users. The very definition of vulnerable users was debated: currently including pedestrians, cycling and powered two-wheelers; it could also be expanded to cover elderly drivers and pedestrians, or young children travelling in passenger cars. Exchanges of views on a variety of topics addressed a variety of topics, from pedestrian under the influence of alcohol to the chain of medical care for vulnerable victims. Other workshops will follow during the summer, addressing various issues: infrastructure, communication with the public, vehicle technology or law enforcement. In addition, an internet consultation open to all citizens will be launched on the European Commission's website later this month. The conclusion of the discussions will be a stakeholder's meeting in October, followed by the publication of the Action Plan in early 2010. The focus of the next Action Plan will most likely be on vulnerable road users, powered two-wheelers, young drivers, influence of drugs and alcohol, and demographic change and the ageing population. More will be known at the later stages of the consultation process.

NEWS FROM:

The Motorcycle Confederation of Canada HALL GOES FULLY NATIONAL The Motorcyclists Confederation of Canada (MCC) is the title sponsor of the Annual Induction Banquet, and has been since the Hall's inception. More than $100,000 has been contributed by MCC to operation of the Foundation. The 2009 Hall of Fame Induction Banquet & Reunion, sponsored by the Motorcyclists Confederation of Canada (MCC), will be held on Saturday evening, October 24, 2009 at the Sheraton (formerly Renaissance) Toronto Airport Hotel & Con-

ference Centre, 801 Dixon Road in Toronto. The event, emceed by Pat Gonsalves, will feature an audio- visual presentation on each inductee, a display of special motorcycles, a silent auction to raise funds for the Foundation and, of course, a gourmet meal. A cash bar is offered. Tickets are $125, with "deep discounts" for "early bird" purchase and MCC members. Tables of eight or ten can be requested. Everyone welcome! Dress is smart casual/Business Attire. Visit the websites for more details (www.motorcyclehalloffame.ca OR www.motorcycling.ca/halloffame).


September/October 2009

Mototcycle Riders Foundation

Page 17

MRF Elections 2009

Top Ten List

In the May/June issue of the MRF Reports notice was given of the MRF Board of Directors up for election in 2009. The July/august issue had the call for Candidacy papers for the Member, State Reps, and SSMRO elected positions. The deadline for submission of Candidacy Papers for the Member Rep and State Reps Rep have expired. Any candidates for the SSMRO Rep position have until October 2, 2009 to submit their papers.

The attacks on our freedom of the road are coming, this is what we have to do stop it and protect our lifestyle.

As per our election policy the following candidate has submitted his Candidacy Papers for Member Representative on the MRF Board of Directors. This was the only set of papers that were received by the deadline. Ralph is an eight year MRF member in good standing and meets the requirements of the position. If anyone else intends to run for this position, but were unable to submit their Candidacy Papers by the deadline for publication, you may do so by collecting the names and signatures of 50 current MRF members on a Petition of Candidacy and submitting them, in person, to a member of the MRF Elections Committee before the close of the 2009 Meeting of the Minds.

2. Get out and talk to Legislators at county fairs, town hall meetings, and parades.

MRF Elections Committee ================================================= Dear Members of the Elections Committee: I am submitting the following for the position of Member Representative. I have approximately 20 years as a member of ABATE of Ohio, Inc. Currently, I am completing my second term as Region Director of Region 5. This region has the most members of any other region in Ohio and appears to be the most well known and successful. I also have been a Trustee of the now dissolved Concerned Motorcycle Riders of Ohio for at least 15 years. My experiences are mainly in organizing seminars, communication and legislative contact. For approximately the last 12 years, I have been counsel for the Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs of Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia. Sincerely, Ralph C. Buss

1. We must have huge crowds of freedom loving bikers at Legislative Days and Biker Days at the State Capitals and we need every state to focus on sending a delegation to Washington D.C. to lobby.

Make sure they know you are from the motorycycle rights movement and let them know that your freedom is important to you 3. Tell bikers/riders/hobbyists outside the movement that they are riding on your gas; don’t ride with them if they want to continue to ride for free. 4. Invite your elected officials to your chapter/district/ region meetings.(preferably not at a bar) 5. Send letters, emails, and make phone calls to your Legislators and tell them you want freedom of the road. 6. Contribute to the MRF PAC and local PAC’s. We need money to get our allies elected and we need money to keep the enemies of freedom out of DC and the state capitals. 7. We must stop getting bogged down in petty bullshit. If it doesn’t promote, protect, or preserve freedom of the road it isn’t worth the time and energy or diversion from what really matters. The backstabbing, bickering, and character attacks must stop. When the movement participates in that nonsense we empower our enemies. 8. We must fight this battle locally, at the state level, and nationally. 9. Ride safe and sober and stop rattling church windows and scaring little old ladies with loud pipes. We also need to support the SMRO’s positive image and community involvement mission more now then ever. (disclaimer-I like loud pipes, I just wish they came with common sense and consideration) 10. Get out and ride, and ride a lot. Don’t ever forget what it is all about. Enjoy it now, you don’t know how long the ride will last.


Mototcycle Riders Foundation

Page 18

September/October 2009

September 2 24th–27th, 4th–27th, 2009 Sheraton Sheraton Bloomington Bloomington Hotel, Hotel, Minneapolis, MN ‡ ‡+RVWHGE\$%$7(RI0LQQHVRWD 6W&URL[9DOOH\5LGHUV‡ +RVWHGE\$%$7(RI0LQQHVRWD 6W&URL[9DOOH\5LGHUV‡ 6KHUDWRQ%ORRPLQJWRQ+RWHO1RUPDQGDOH%OYG0LQQHDSROLV01 5RRPUHVHUYDWLRQVFDOO*URXSUDWH VLQJOHRUGRXEOH +RWHODPHQLWLHVLQFOXGHLQGRRUSRROZKLUOSRROÀWQHVVFHQWHUFRIIHHPDNHUDQGKDLUGU\HU

,QGLFDWHWKDW\RXDUHZLWKWKH0RWRUF\FOH5LGHUV)RXQGDWLRQIRUJURXSUDWH

Conference Conf erence Information3UHUHJLVWHUIRUFRQIHUHQFHWKURXJKWKH05)0DVVDFKXVHWWV$YH1(6XLWH :DVKLQJWRQ'& 3UHUHJLVWUDWLRQPXVWEHUHFHLYHGE\$XJXVW &XUUHQWLQGLYLGXDO05)PHPEHU &XUUHQWLQGLYLGXDO05)PHPEHU DIWHU$XJWK 1RQ05)PHPEHU1RQ05)PHPEHU DIWHU$XJWK 

5HJLVWUDWLRQLQFOXGHVDOOZRUNVKRSVZRUNVKRSPDWHULDOVDQG6DWXUGD\EDQTXHW5HJLVWUDWLRQTXHVWLRQVFDOOWKH05)DW RU&DURO'RZQVDWGRZQV#PU IRUJ +RVWHGE\$%$7(RI0LQQHVRWD ZZZDEDWHPQRUJ DQG6W&URL[9DOOH\5LGHUV ZZZVFYURUJ

Motorcycle Motorcy cle Rider Riders sF Foundation oundation is proud proud to present their annual conf conference erence for politically motivated motivated motorcyclists! motorcyclis motorcy clists! (

(

(

(

(

(

(

(

(

(

(

(

(

(

(

(

(

(

(

(

(

6SHQGWKHZHHNHQGZLWKVRPHRIPRWRUF\FOLQJ·VPRVWHGXFDWHGDQGGHGLFDWHGDFWLYLVWV 6SHQGWKHZHHNHQGZLWKVRPHRIPRWRUF\FOLQJ·VPRVWHGXFDWHGDQGGHGLFDWHGDFWLYLVWV /HDUQZKDWLVVXHVZLOOLPSDFWELNHUVWRGD\DQGLQWKHIXWXUH /HDUQZKDWLVVXHVZLOOLPSDFWELNHUVWRGD\DQGLQWKHIXWXUH

Register Securely Online at www.mrf.org


September/October 2009

Mototcycle Riders Foundation

Page 19

SMROs In Action Connecticut

Washington

Hutch and Paul holding down the fort at the Bikers Against Animal Cruelty Motorcycle Rodeo.

ABATE of Washington’s membership booth at the Spokane 100 yrs of MC Show

More from BEST of the West


Page 20

Mototcycle Riders Foundation

September/October 2009

Around the States Arkansas Connie Shepherd MRF State Rep The summer brought about the usual events across the state. And even though Arkansas' economy has faired better than some other states, attendence for these events were down. ABATE of Arkansas held their yearly event in Jasper at The Hub (old Dogpatch) the first week-end in May. It is a great location, with plenty of great roads to ride. The weather was a major factor, as it rained and rained and rained. But those that did make it there, had a GREAT time!! Because of the indoor facilities, the rain did not stop a lot of the events planned!! ABATE of Arkansas will celebrate it's 25th anniversary next year. Sherry Gambrel, ABATE's Events Coordinator, has started getting her committee together to plan a BIG celebration for next year!! Watch for more info on this big event!! We are also working with Sherry to put on a Freedom Ride whether it be later this fall or early next year. The US Defenders program has been established in Arkansas. Bandito Fast Eddie spoke to the ABATE State Board in July about the Defenders program and the C.O.I.R. Defenders program. ABATE of Arkansas is looking for ways to promote their Riders Ed program. As of this writing, 78% of the motorcycle deaths in Arkansas were from RIDER ERROR!!!! ABATE members realize the need is strong to get Arkansas motorcyclists to take a course, whether it be thru ABATE or the private sector. Hopefully ABATE can find more ways to promote riders ed. Ride Safe, Ride Free, Connie

Colorado Terry Howard State Coordinator ABATE of Colorado ABATE vs Sportbike Riders We are fortunate in Colorado to have an online newspaper writer as a member, Ken Bingenheimer. He is the National Motorcycle Examiner (www.examiner.com/x-378Motorcycle-Examiner). He has given ABATE of Colorado a lot of good publicity. Ken and I have had several conversations about

the direction ABATE of Colorado is going, and we have touched on how to get younger people involved. We discussed the sportbike riders. Ken joined 2 online sportbike forums, a national and a local forum, to gather opinions. I have been a member of the local forum for a couple of years now. He had several conversations with sportbike riders and had some interesting commentary to his articles. The majority out there dislikes ABATE immensely, however, it seemed that the local group was fairly amenable to ABATE of Colorado. Across the country ABATE is perceived as the “anti-helmet”/”helmet hater” people. We all ride Harleys, we make Sportibikers feel unwelcome, and we have none of their concerns addressed. It seems most have no idea what ABATE does. It opened some doors for us and I appreciate his effort to help us out in this area. I now have some communication with a couple of sportbike riders that are expressing their thoughts and needs so that maybe we can find some common ground. This year, ABATE was approached by one of our Rider Coaches that is a MRA racer. He asked about the possibility of ABATE helping sponsor him. We decided that’s a great avenue to start with, so we did. We will sponsor him again next year. Several of our ABATE Officers and members went to the racetrack this past weekend to watch him race. We had a blast. Ideas started flowing for next year. We decided we’d get permission from the racetrack and host an ABATE weekend at the races. Setup a booth next to our racer and cook up hot dogs and hamburgers to give away. What’s it going to hurt? Maybe we can get some of them interested or at least aware of what we do in Colorado, besides training. We have also started co-sponsoring bike nites with some of the local dealerships. Some Officers from ABATE will be attending a picnic hosted by the local sportbike club this weekend to maybe socialize a little with them. I have heard from some of our members, they need to come to us. Well that’s not going to happen. We need to go to them. I have spoken to several sportbikers, telling them about bills trying to be made law across the country to ban sportbikes and singling out sportbikes. None of them were even awrae such things were happening. The perceptions of “us and them” didn’t happen over night and we aren’t going to solve them over night, but we have to start somewhere. We need to step back and realize, we were once in their shoes. I don’t know that this applies to everyone, but I know when I was their age, I had no interest in politics, and didn’t trust anyone over 30. We


September/October 2009

Mototcycle Riders Foundation

Page 21

Around the States have to approach them with that in mind. In several conversations I have told them, I don’t need you to join ABATE, BUT I need you to know who we are and what we do, because someday you’ll need ABATE. When us old gray haired cruiser riders step down from the fight, you’ll have an interest because the safetycrats are slowly taking away the great sport of motorcycling. We won’t care who rides what because none of us will be riding anything! Next time that sportbike passes you, wave at them. Talk to them when you see them, we need to make them feel like they are a part of us. After all, do we not represent the motorcycling community at large? It is our responsibility as freedom fighters to teach the sportbikers who we are and what we do.

On September 13th will be the Moose Club poker run starting at the Moose Lodge in Wallingford. Sign up for that event is between 9:30 AM and 11:00 AM.

Terry Howard State Coordinator ABATE of Coorado

Finally on October 4th will be our 29th annual Toy Run which will start at Hubbard Park in Meriden and end at the Prospect VFW. That fun and worthy ride will depart at 12:30 PM sharp.

Connecticut

Further information on these and many other events can be found on our website at www.thecmra.com.

Ron Troia MRF State Rep Well here we are in mid July and so far all is quiet on the Connecticut Legislative front. With a 1.5 billion dollar budget deficit it appears our political leaders are not eager to tackle any helmet law issues. They are currently in special session trying to balance the budget and anything is possible so we continue to be vigilant. There have been no less than three newspaper articles and/or letters to the editor calling for helmet law reinstatement but at this time none of them appear to be much of a threat. The Connecticut Motorcycle Riders Association has responded respectfully to each one of them but at this time it is our hope that all these proposals will just die quietly over time. There is however a rumor that Governor Rell may push for a helmet law next year so we will also be watching for any developments on that. On Saturday July 18th the CMRA van was set up at the Bikers Against Animal Cruelty Motorcycle Rodeo in East Hartford. We didn’t do very well that day but we do realize it is important to maintain our presence in the biker community so they know we are still out there fighting for freedom of choice. On July 20th our van was at the New Britain Rock Cats baseball game for their annual Motorcycle Night. There was a very large crowd on hand and we were set up just before the main entrance so just about everyone going to the game walked past us. The

success of that venue on a Monday night was astounding. It is a beautiful stadium and we are planning on doing bigger and better things with them next year. Very hospitable people there and I see great things with them in the future. The CMRA has three upcoming events before the end of summer. First up is our annual poker run on August 2nd which this year will start at Murphy’s Drive in on Rt 66 in Columbia. Sign up from 10 AM to 12 Noon.

So that is all for this month and let us hope it stays quiet and I can continue to keep these columns short!! Ride Safe/Ride Free. Ron Troia

Georgia Ed “Yankee” Andross MRF State Rep In six months, on January 11, 2010 the Georgia General Assembly will begin its 40 day session. Now is the time to be contacting your State Senator and State Representative concerning ABATE GA’s legislative agenda. We have two bills in the House of Representatives that were introduced in 2009. HB 317 introduced by REP Billy Horne D-71. This is the freedom of choice bill, and it was never even scheduled for a hearing by the Motor Vehicle Committee where it was assigned. ACCORDING TO MY SOURCES: The motor vehicle committee members were over whelmed by with calls from the “prohelmet” lobby groups, whereas there were no calls or letters from bikers in favor of bill HB-317. HB 617 was introduced by Rep Martin Scott D-2. This is proceed


Page 22

Mototcycle Riders Foundation

September/October 2009

Around the States on red light, and it was passed in the Motor Vehicle Committee. It was then referred to the Rules Committee, whose members had little knowledge of the motorcycle/ red light trip problem, where it was withdrawn and recommitted. BOTH OF THESE BILLS CAN STILL BE PURSUED DURING THE 2010 SESSION In the Senate we had one bill SB 196 introduced by Sen Bill Jackson D-24. It provided for enhanced penalties for ROW repeat offenders. Through much effort by D-8 coordinator Joey Brush and Sen Jackson’s passion regarding SB-196, it moved through the committees and was passed in the Senate and House and signed into law by Sonny. All the information you need to find your State Senator or Representative for your district is noted on the www.abatega.org web under the legislative heading All the information for bills, committees, addresses is hot-linked on the Georgia General Assembly website http://www.legis.state.ga.us/ Tips for Writing Your State Legislators: Senate-Senator and House of Representatives-Representative. The letter is a direct way to communicate with a state legislative office; these suggestions will greatly improve your effectiveness: 1) Individually written letters, rather than mass generated form letters (post-cards,petitions etc.), make a greater impression on your legislator. Write your name, address, and phone number at the top. 2) The Georgia General Assembly is in session for 40 legislative days beginning the 2nd Monday in January. Correspondence during the Session should be mailed to legislator at their Capitol office; other times use the home district address. 3) Correct address procedure: The Honorable (full name) State Capitol or CLOB (Coverdell Legislative Office Building) Room number Atlanta, GA 30334 Be specific: Your purpose for writing including the bill number and description (if available) ie.

SB196 (Senate Bill-196) should be in the 1st paragraph: To revise penalties for serious injury due to right of way(ROW) violations.---This bill was passed in the Senate during the 2009 session--- Presently we have no other active bills in the Senate, (those that have been introduced and assigned a bill number). We need to request support and sponsors for the following: 1) Freedom of Choice similar to HB317 (House Bill 317) freedom of choice riders use of protective headgear. 2) Red light proceed similar to HB617 (House Bill 617) governing operation of a motorcycle at signal controlled intersection. 3) A bill to prohibit discrimination against individuals based on clothing or club membership. NOTE: It would be advantageous to have these House Bills sponsored and introduced in the Senate, along with a bill dealing with discrimination. Our bills will not get introduced or move along without ABATE membership letters and calls.

Idaho David Cazel MRF State Rep MRF CONVENTION NETWORKING PAYS OFF MOTORCYCLE CURRICULUM EXPANDS Idaho’s motorcycle education and safety training organization, STAR (Skills Training Advantage for Riders), expanded its curriculum this past summer by adding sidecar and trike training. The expansion was the result of dialogue established during the past two Best of the WEST conventions and the intervening Meetings of the Minds. During the breakout sessions Dave Cazel the Idaho MRF state rep approached Stacey “Ax” Axmaker, the administrator of the STAR program, and they agreed that there was a need to augment the training course opportunities. This idea was pursued by Paul Riess, MRF member and Deputy Coordinator of ABATE of North Idaho and the inventor/designer of the “Quadrig”.. The first class was held in North Idaho in June and already some ABATE members have successfully completed the course. Through


September/October 2009

Mototcycle Riders Foundation

Page 23

Around the States Paul’s tenacity, Idaho’s trike riders will be able to receive additional training, This will benefit all of Idaho’s motorcycle riders and the STAR program will continue to be one of the leading courses for motorcycle safety and training in the nation. Many thanks to all involved.

Indiana Jay Jackson ABATE of Indiana and Hoosier motorcyclists are looking for opportunities to update some sections of code that don't make as much sense now as they did when written (mostly in the 60s and 70s). The Indiana General assembly stalled in the general session and failed to pass a budget. The special session did produce a budget and included funding for rider education, albeit somewhat reduced. Unfortunately, the general session, the special session nor the legislative council resolved any motorcycling concerns. Some equipment requirements, such as handlebar height, are being evaluated as well as several issues surrounding licensing and endorsements. Additionally, "motorized bicycles" (mopeds) appear to be over-represented in fatalities, although we can't be certain since they are not registered.

Michigan Fiz MRF State Rep Michigan is working on many legislative arenas at this time. This is a list of what is on our plates at this time. HB4138 Introduced by Kathy Angerer 2/4/2009 (Require extra insurance for helmetless motorcycle riders). HB4370 Introduced by Gino Polidori 2/19/2009 Ban driving while using a hand-held cell phone. Referred to House Transportation Committee 2/19/09. HB4348 & 47 Introduced by Richard LeBlanc (Repeal the CPL “gun free zone). Of the concealed pistol law, which prohibits those who have received a permit after meeting the background check and training requirements, from carrying a pistol in schools, day care facilities, sports, bars, etc. Also bills HB 34 &35 introduced by Matt Lori on 2/18/2009 pertaining to same. HB4252 Introduced by Coleman Young 2/11/2009 to authorize the creation of toll lanes on high congestion roads which could

be newly created lanes or existing lanes. Vehicles occupied by more that 2 persons would be exempt from tolls. Referred to House Transportation Committee 2/11/09. HB4253 Introduced by Coleman Young (Ban setting auto insurance rates by where a person lives) 2/11/09 HB4426 Introduced by Lee Gonzales 2/24/2009 MCCA audits referred to House Insurance Committee 2/24/09 Passed the house 67-42 on 4/1/09 HB4427 Introduced by Kate Segal 2/24/2009 to require an independent annual audit of the MCCA. Referred to the House insurance committee 2/24/09. Passed House 65-44 on 4/1/09. Referred to senate economic development and regulatory reform committee . 4/2/09. HB4471 Introduced by Dan Scripps 2/26/2009 Require MCCA to comply with state open meetings act. Referred to House Insurance Committee 2/26/09. Passed House 65-44 on 4/1/09. HB 4634 Introduced by Rep. Johnson: March 19, 2009. To require the state police , with the cooperation of the Sec. Of State, to create a “paperless” real time, on line vehicle insurance status information system that would allow police to determine if a vehicle on the road is currently covered. HB4747 Introduced by Rep. LeBlanc : March 31, 2009 Riders Choice Helmet Bill (clean bill no fees) HB4839 (Require Auto Insurance be priced by miles driven) Introduced by Rep. Young 4-28-09 to require auto insurance polices to be priced on the basis of how many miles are driven, and prohibit pricing on the basis of any other driving record factors. HB 4907 Introduced by Rep. LeBlanc: 5/12/09 to repeal the helmet law for a fee $100 for both the rider and the passenger . Out of town people will be able to ride helmet free as long as they own the bike they are riding on. HB4960 Introduced by Rep. Leland: To require drivers education classes to include classroom instruction on the laws pertaining to bicycles and to emphasize awareness of bicycles on the road. HB5037 Introduced by Rep. Geiss on 6/03/09, to revise “Pistol” definition : So that it applies to a firearm less than 26 inches long, rather then 30 inches. Many commercial rifles and shotguns have folding stocks that make the gun less than 30 inches when folded,


Page 24

Mototcycle Riders Foundation

September/October 2009

Around the States presumably making them qualify for pistol requirements. HR26 Introduced by Rick Jones 2/17/09 to declare May 2009 as Michigan Motorcycle Awareness month. Passed House 2/17/09. SB 160-161 Introduced by Glenn Anderson 1/29/2009 to require MCCA to comply with open meeting act. Referred to Senate Economic Development & Regulatory Reform Committee 1/29/09. SB 532 (Mandate insurance price cut) Introduced by Sen. Thomas on 5-5-09. To force insurance companies to lower rates by 20%. Please note I have a new e-mail pattyr76@directv.net due to us moving. If you have any bills that you would like to have looked into further please feel free to contact any member of our ABATE Legislative Committee. Or if there is a bill that isn’t listed tell me about it and I will check it out. REMEMBER FREEDOM ISN’T FREE DO YOUR PART!!!!

Minnesota Mike Berger MRF Asst. State Rep This time of the year is one of planning here in Minnesota; specifically, planning our strategy for the upcoming legislative session. We’ll once again be fighting for increased penalties against those who injure or kill another due to a failure-to-yield violation. (Right now, there’s a stiffer penalty for catching and keeping too many fish during the fishing season than there are for injuring or killing someone through failure to yield.) We’re also keeping a close eye on the helmet situation here in Minnesota. As of now, Minnesota supports a motorcyclist’s right to choose if he or she wants to wear a helmet, but there are many forces within the state legislature that are actively working to overthrow that right. Our governor, Tim Pawlenty, has been a very good friend to motorcyclists, and he has always promised that he would veto any helmet legislation that came across his desk. However, our governor will not be running for another term – rumor has it he has his eyes on a larger prize, and

we’d be extremely privileged to have such a talented and ethical man in higher national office. But what happens when we no longer have him on our side here in the state? Certain legislators are chomping at the bit to strip away our right to choose what we wear, and it’s going to take some dedicated work to prevent that from happening. Speaking of attempts to strip away rights, sometimes those attacks come from other sources than legislators. In Minnesota, we have a citizens group entitled, “The Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Advisory Committee.” This group, made up of 16 volunteer motorcyclists from across the state, is supposed to make recommendations on appropriate motorcycle safety, training and awareness policies to the state’s Commissioner of Public Safety, Michael Campion. And while the Commissioner is not obligated to act upon those recommendations, he certainly considers them carefully. I have served on the committee for four years, and I’ve been its chairman for the past year. At our last meeting, the issue of failure-to-yield violations was brought up – what is the history of the bill, what’s written into it, why hasn’t it passed, etc, etc, etc. Sadly, I was not in attendance at that meeting due to a work conflict, but imagine my surprise when a string of emails started the next day concerning requiring motorcyclists to wear high-visibility clothing. In short, certain people on the committee seem to feel that, even if you are operating your motorcycle at a legal speed, in a completely legal fashion, and you get hit by someone who failed to yield or just plain “didn’t see you,” then the accident is partially your fault, as you made no effort to make yourself reasonably seen. Penalties against, and punishment to, the driver who “didn’t see you” would be based on what you were wearing. Wearing black leather? Then you were partially to blame for the wreck. This absolutely ridiculous line of thought – and this comes from other motorcyclists, mind you – shows just how little thought or care too many people have for individual rights. What’s next, outlawing everything from dayglow paint for motorcycles and automobiles? When this kind of reasoning comes directly from within the ranks of motorcyclists, then it becomes very easy to see why we need to be constantly on our guard. If you’d like to get more information on what’s happening within the state, or if you’d like to help in the fight to maintain Minnesota’s motorcycling rights, please feel free to contact me and I’ll do my best to


September/October 2009

Mototcycle Riders Foundation

Page 25

Around the States get you the information you need or help you get plugged into the fight. Respectfully, Mike Berger Asst. State Rep

directly to me to obtain the special reimbursement. Send to: James Duyck PO Box 761 Kearney, MO 64060 Jd61295hd@embarqmail.com Please call me with any questions at 816-454-6574. I will return any day time calls as early in the evening as possible.

Missouri James Duyck MRF State Rep My offer below is still good until September 24 before the Meeting of the Minds. Please email or call me with all your information. Thank you. My name is James Duyck and I am the MRF State Rep for Missouri, Member # 8744. I feel so strongly about the MRF and would like to help gain more members for the MRF. This is not about you or me but about our freedom. The reason I am doing this is, the MRF like all other small businesses, is in a financial bind. It takes $1,000 a day to run the Washington D.C. office for our national and global connection. The MRF is tightening their belts to enable them to keep the DC office open and staffed. One of the budget cuts that is being considered is the MRF Reports. I believe that this is a very important communication tool between the MRF and the membership and would hate to see this publication cut. I am proposing the following to keep the MRF strong and avoid drastic budget cuts like losing the MRF Reports: 1. Any active member that signs up a new member, I will pay $10 of the $30 new membership fee; Therefore, the new member would receive their membership for $20 instead of the normal $30 fee. 2. Any inactive member that has been inactive for a year or more, can renew for $20 and I will kick in the other $10. 3. Anyone who signs up a new sustaining member, I will kick in $20 of the $100 sustaining membership; thus a new sustaining member will pay $80. This offer runs from the September Meeting of the Minds 2008 to September Meeting of the Minds September 2009. All memberships and renewals should be sent

We want to give our youth, the up and coming, the opportunity we have had to enjoy the road by continuing to fight for our freedom and help keep America and the MRF strong! Sincerely, James Duyck MRF State Rep of Missouri

Nevada John Bland MRF State Rep We have two ABATE’s in Nevada, Northern ABATE and Southern ABATE. I am the president of the North and Mike Davis (Bones) is president of the South. Because we are separated by about 500 miles we decided to hold an event last year we called ABATE North meets South, it was held in the middle of the state in the isolated mining town of Round Mountain. This years North meets South run was held again in the middle of the state, but more to the West, in the historic town of Ely. We reserved a block of rooms in downtown Ely at the Hotel Nevada. The owner is a motorcycle enthusiast and there are antique motorcycles displayed throughout this historic hotel/casino. There were two rides organized to explore the area, Friday we rode to Cave Lake and that evening we took an excursion on the Ely steam train. Saturday we rode to Great Basin National Park and up 13,061 foot elevation Wheeler Peak. On the way through the park we took the underground tour through Leman Caves. The importance of this annual event is to get our Nevada ABATE members from both ends of the state together to talk, build relationships and share ideas. This annual event has proven to be very successful. We are proud to announce that a Northern Nevada ABATE member by the name of John Ellison is running for the Nevada Assembly seat now held by John Carpenter. Carpenter cannot run again because of term limits. Ellison has been


Page 26

Mototcycle Riders Foundation

September/October 2009

Around the States a County Commissioner for eight years and was on the Elko City Council for eight years. Ellison also has been spending time lobbying in Washington, D.C., as a member of the National Association of Counties and Western Counties Alliance boards and as a county commissioner. John Ellison is a freedom fighter and has always supported freedom of choice. John Bland - ABATE NNV President/MRF Rep.

North Carolina Cindy Hodges MRF State Rep CBA/ABATE of NC’s state meeting was held at the Randolph County Lodge in Asheboro, NC on Saturday and Sunday, July 18 and 19. As usual, committees met on Saturday and the Executive Council met on Sunday. This quarter’s meeting brought us a much stronger Doc Ski; who we are happy to report, has continued to improve from his injuries last Thanksgiving when four deer decided to take out his Ultra. The Legislative committee enjoyed a thorough presentation by Paul Wilms, Raleigh chapter legislative coordinator, entitled “Effective Grassroots Lobbying in Raleigh”. Paul is a veteran professional lobbyist in our state and has been extremely helpful to the organization and bikers of NC in general. CBA/ABATE of NC state president, Randy Norris, put together a small team to assist with the legislative program during the panic days of Doc Ski’s accident. Doc Ski had been trying to put together such a team but volunteering being what it is, and necessity being the mother of invention; it didn’t really come together until “it had to”. You know the old saw about something good coming out of something bad? Here’s the proof to the putting… as they say. Currently the team consists of 11 members, most of whom live within minutes of the legislative plaza, some of whom do not but who are active and have time to help shoulder research and data mining projects. There are 2 additional members who live out of state and who figure highly on the national level in the motorcyclist’s rights arena. Kudos to Randy for putting together a great team. Now that Doc Ski is able to become more active, his job should be a lot less stressful, and hopefully more productive. Another relatively new tool for the SMRO is an email list for chapter officers wherein information from the Assist Team, the state BOD, and the chapters themselves can be distributed and discussion is held on ways to achieve goals. This is working well. More good people are shouldering the work from the top down.

As a direct result, the SMRO was recognized in committee by the committee chairman as the voice of the motorcycling community in North Carolina. We were successful in removing an entire section of an agency bill (S 368) that would have mandated taillights/turn signals on all motorcycles so equipped by the manufacturer. We have secured the pledge of the NC Department of Crime Control & Public Safety not to introduce legislation affecting motorcyclists without first discussing it with CBA/ABATE of NC. A grassroots lobbying campaign was launched, holding up a second reading of a bill (S 64) for three days, and enabling an amendment to be brokered that significantly improved the bill - - making it something much more palatable. While we would prefer not to have had to change current law on this subject (motorcycle learner’s permits), at least now we have something we can live with. As Paul Wilms stated, “that’s what’s called success, guys”. LEGISLATION OVERVIEW: S 64 – Motorcycle Learner’s Permit: Replaces the current requirement for passage of a written and riding test to secure a motorcycle endorsement with a requirement that applicants pass a motorcycle safety riding course and reduces the validity of a motorcycle permit to six months and allows one six-month extension. This bill was flawed for the following reasons: UNFAIR. Everyone seeking a motorcycle endorsement in this state would first have to pass a motorcycle safety course. No such requirement exists to acquire a license to drive a car or light truck, even though in 72% of the accidents involving an automobile and a motorcycle, the car driver is at fault. COST PROHIBITIVE. The cost of such courses ranges from $110 - $190. This is a significant barrier to many residents who ride motorcycles. BAD PUBLIC POLICY. Motorcycles result in virtually no wear and tear on the state’s roads, use less gas, so the state should be encouraging their use rather than making it more difficult. UNNECESSARY. Proponents opine that the bill is necessary to help reduce motorcycle fatalities amongst members of the military. In fact, however, military commanders, while perhaps unable to proscribe what a service member does off-base, can certainly hold service members responsible for any activity, on or off base, that impairs that service member’s ability to carry out his/her responsibilities under penalty of court martial. Also, many service members stationed here have out-of-state driver’s licenses and would not be subject to the requirements of such a law so why impose these costly and unnecessary restrictions on the people of North Carolina? PREMATURE. Section 3 of the bill directed the Commissioner of


September/October 2009

Mototcycle Riders Foundation

Page 27

Around the States DMV to conduct a study to determine if there are enough rider safety courses available to meet demand. Such a study should be completed prior to making law. AFTER CBA/ABATE of NC SUCCESFULLY held up the second reading in the House, this bill was amended in such a way that only persons under the age of 18 must pass a safety program. The permit would be good for 12 months and can be renewed for an additional 6 months. The UNC Highway Safety Research Center will conduct a study, which must be completed by March 1, 2010 on whether individuals 18 to 21 years of age should be required to successfully complete a motorcycle safety course prior to being issued an endorsement or license. This bill now goes back to the Senate for concurrence. Various Changes to Motor Vehicle Law (S 368). Would have required all motorcycles regardless of age to have mechanical or electronic turn signals if they had them originally from the manufacturer. If passed, this would have imposed a significant financial burden on owners of affected motorcycles who would have to spend hundreds of dollars to reinstall turn signals on bikes and would have presented a huge hurdle for custom bike builders. CBA/ABATE of NC lobbied the sponsor of the bill and the NC Department of Crime Control and Public Safety, convincing them to drop the offending language from the bill. The bill has been ratified and is awaiting signature by the Governor. Create New Titling Categories (S 820). Creates new motor vehicle titling and registration categories for motor vehicles classified as custom-built vehicles, replica vehicles, and street rods. CBA/ABATE of NC is monitoring this legislation to ensure no adverse provision is inserted. The bill has been calendared for Senate consideration of the House committee amendment substituted. License Plate Frames/State Name Visible (H 67). This bill basically ensures that nothing, including the frame, obstructs any of the identifying information on a tag. CBA/ABATE of NC watched this bill closely to ensure it did not adversely affect motorcyclists or custom builders. The bill passed the Senate and was sent to the House for concurrence in the Senate Committee substitute. The bill was referred to House Transportation. The conference report on this bill was approved and ratified by July 30 and now goes to the Governor for her signature.

Of General Interest: Week 26 – The NC General Assembly adopted a third “continuing resolution” to keep state government agencies operating past the July 31st deadline. This continuing resolution expires when a budget agreement is enacted. Prayers please for the citizens of North Carolina, as it appears the House and Senate have a tentative agreement which raises taxes by $1 billion including a TAX ON TAXES. Yes you heard it right, folks. What this really means is higher taxes on businesses at a time when small businesses (the major creator of jobs) are failing. Also, state sales tax would go up another cent. If all this has you reaching for a beer and a cigarette, taxes on those are going up again also so, enjoy. After 106 legislative days, the cost of keeping the General Assembly in session now totals $9,603,500 (as of July 29). Thus far, the General Assembly has enacted 340 pieces of legislation, which is 12% of the 2765 bills introduced. Perhaps we could have introduced less needless legislation and saved ourselves a chunk of costly time coming up with a budget - - having not spent a portion of what we now are taxing ourselves to retrieve/create/bleed off the citizenry. Of course it isn’t all a waste of time. During week 23 Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett) was heard to say “This is the sound of your defeat” as he popped off the plastic cap from a milk bottle, addressing his Senate opponents at a milk-chugging contest between both chambers. The Senate won, btw. Yes… you read it right. With all this high-brow activity and good-ole boy behavior at the General Assembly, it is understandably quite a project to get the attention of our legislators and be effective. Serious congratulations are due CBA/ABATE of NC, its leadership, the Assist Team, the membership, and those non-affiliated riders who listen and take part in trying to move good legislation, block the bad, and monitor the regulatory actions of a thirsty, hungry, elected body. Many thanks also to Paul Wilms, and others - whose written articles, notes, and calls to action were plagiarized (with permission) to put this report together. HUGE THANKS to the members of the MRF who live here in NC for their continued support. I’m hoping to plan another state get-together and would love your input and ideas. Please contact me at cindy@mrf.org.


Page 28

Mototcycle Riders Foundation

September/October 2009

Around the States Till next time, keep the shiny side up and strive to ride free in North Carolina.

Pennsylvania Steve Zurl MRF Asst. State Rep As of the end of July, nothing is happening legislatively in Pennsylvania. Nothing! The legislators are working overtime, trying to agree on a budget, and have blown off everything else. Even the state employees’ paychecks have stopped. With regard to legislation, “nothing” just might be a good thing! During the week of July 20, the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) was held in Philadelphia. The NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the nation's 50 states, its commonwealths and territories. NCSL provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues. The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) has been an active participant in the NCSL for nine years. Because the event was held in Pennsylvania, the AMA invited ABATE of PA to participate, and discuss motorcycling issues with the legislators from across the US. Representing ABATE of PA were Mark Schultz, Charles & Carol Umbenhauer, and me. Very professional booth by the AMA! I felt the topic of protecting motorcyclists' rights and individual freedom was warmly received by the people visiting the booth. Having the AMA presence at the conference was a huge help for ALL the states' Motorcyclist Rights Organizations (MRO). It gave the legislators from the various states a consistent message, and exposure to what the State MRO’s do in their states. We spoke to legislators from across the US, and discussed their laws and training programs. A few visited the booth to get "educated" on specific issues, and to learn how other states address them. I believe we benefited nationally, and at the state level from the AMA presence.

Walking around the conference to the other booths, and speaking with the organizations' representatives, I found that there are some issues shared by dissimilar groups. For example, The National Shooting Sports Association is dealing with the same lead issues as the motorcyclists (Kids' ATV's). There was a representative from the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association, promoting the Right To Repair Coalition (www.RightToRepair.org). As you know, this issue is a priority with the MRF. I learned that the representative has spoken with Jeff Hennie in the past. There was representative from a supplier of highway barriers (dividers), who discussed the consideration of motorcyclists in their designs. I even had a discussion with a person that supplies ignition interlocks for DUI offenders, which is the subject of a current House Bill in PA. And no, motorcycles haven't been considered by the manufacturer, although I know someone that had one retrofitted in PA, which is not recommended by the manufacturer. So, the NCSL was an education. I collected info and business cards so we have contacts when we need allies on particular issues. Other recent efforts by ABATE of PA include raising awareness, to motorcyclists, of the hazards of Impaired Riding, and bringing attention to the legislators on the dangers of Distracted Driving. ABATE of PA has released Position Statements on both of the topics, and posted them on www.abatepa.org. Distracted driving, championed within ABATE of PA by Dave Tuschel, has become quite an issue nationally, not just with the motorcyclists, but with the insurance industry. The sad thing is looking at the surveys, and seeing people overwhelmingly in support of efforts to “do something” about distracted driving, but most admit to being part of the problem. Earlier in the year, ABATE of PA was asked the question, “What


September/October 2009

Mototcycle Riders Foundation

Page 29

Around the States are you guys doing about the DUI fatalities?” Good question, but it’s not ABATE’s responsibility to enforce the DUI laws. However, ABATE of PA can educate. We started by publishing a Position Statement on impaired riding. The government efforts to reduce fatalities always includes the helmet as the silver bullet, but very little attention is given to reducing the collisions. It’s simple - Education works! Encourage rider education and sober riding and you’ll reduce collisions! We still have a few months of warm weather left in PA. If you’re traveling in or through PA, look me up. I’d be happy to pass on some of my favorite roads and sights. Steve Zurl MRF Assistant State Rep., PA

this time. Instead, they actively supported us on our multi-purpose Bill. But Perry tried to extend the life of the Texas DOT for 4 more years and allow them to continue to deal our highway system away to the highest bidder for toll roads. We are against TxDOT’s extension because new toll road schemes give control of our roads to foreign investors. During our regular session the House cut the extension to two years and TxDOT would not have been able to make any deals for private partnerships. But Senator Carona killed that Bill in the Senate. Then, Perry called a special session but we foiled their schemes again; both houses refused to even vote on the governor's Bill in committee and it died again. He will probably call 1 or 2 more special sessions this summer to try to get past us. We will continue to fight in the Lone Star State. There is Freedom in the Wind.

Texas Revvv Kieffner and Robin Warfield MRF State Co-Representatives SPUTNIK says that we have racked up another round of victories in Texas government once again this legislative session. We constructed and passed our Senate Bill 1967 into law and it takes effect on September 1st. According to our new law, Texas must now continually conduct a motorcycle safety and awareness campaign. And awareness has to be taught in drivers’ ed classes from now on. We have redefined the meaning of “motorcycle” to include the new enclosed trikes. We simplified the helmet law so that riders over the age of 21 may ride freely without a helmet as long as they have proof that they passed the Basic Rider Course or have health insurance (we removed the minimum dollar amount for insurance). And from now on the police cannot stop a rider just to check for such proof. Our new law includes increased penalties for Failure to Yield Right-Of-Way when there is a crash resulting in death or injury. The culprits will now have to pay a fine of $1,000 to $4,000. It’s a great day to be a Texas Biker. Our Senate Transportation Committee Chair Senator Carona (Dallas) and Governor Perry did not interfere with our progress

Hay Libertad en el Viento.

Washington MRF State Co-Reps, Mike Campbell and Jay Jackson & Assistant Glenyce Jackson July 26, 2009 Senate Bill 5482 became law in Washington State. Technically, Officers of the law could start enforcing the language of this bill, if there was a legitimate method to enforce it. It amended eight existing RCW’s (Revised Code of Washington), re-enacted and amended another, and added a new section to yet another RCW. I have not been able to find any “teeth” to enforce this bill anywhere in the twelve pages of text. It gets really confusing in Sec. 2. where it defines ““Motorcycle” as a motor vehicle designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground, on which the driver; (1) Rides on a seat or saddle and the motor vehicle is designed to be steered with a handle bar; or (2) Rides on a seat in a partially or completely enclosed seating area that is equipped with safety belts and …steered with a steering wheel.” Sec.3. continues with definitions of mopeds, “motorized foot scooter”, etc. Then, Sec. 4. says in (1) No person may drive a


Page 30

Mototcycle Riders Foundation

September/October 2009

Around the States motorcycle without a valid driver’s license specially endorsed to drive such vehicle. However, . . . (6) (my paraphrase) anyone with a valid driver’s license may operate a motorcycle defined in (2) above without an endorsement. Further into the bill we get to the helmet verbage that is supposed to bring Washington on par with federal standards “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 type retention system, with the manufacturer’s certification applied in accordance with 49 C.F.R. Sec. 571.218 indicating that the motorcycle helmet meets standards established by the United States department of transportation.” Now remember when you ride in Washington to have that US DOT certification properly applied!! I spent several hours reading the CFR 571.218 and didn’t find the proper application procedure yet. My eyes were crossing— There have been reports of overly exuberant Washington State Patrol making helmet stops before this bill became law. ABATE of Washington is building a case with help from an AIM attorney to address the bogus helmet tickets and profiling that has taken place since the bill passed. If you have gotten a helmet ticket in Washington State, go to the www.abate-wa.org web page to fill out a form and join the fight against this unfair illegal action. Fight all helmet tickets in Washington State! There is a good part to SB 5482, though, Sec. 10. details traffic control signals and types of roads to get to the meat of the matter—“During routine maintenance or monitoring activities, but subject to the availability of funds; all existing vehicle activated traffic control signals” (me) have to be adjusted to sense motorcycles and bicycles and when new signals are installed they will be set to detect motorcycles and bicycles also. But only on arterials and designated bike routes owned by the State. Signals owned and operated by other entities are not affected. On July 24, 2009, the WSDOT sent out a news release asking all riders to report the signals that don’t function properly so they can be put on their list. The web address to report to is www.wsdot.wa.gov/Contact/feedback.htm. When I asked if it was permissible to send the news release on to biker newsletters, I was told, sure the DOT was just fulfilling its duty to

the law that was going into effect but they didn’t know what it was about---just doing what they were told. The hot summer here in the great Pacific Northwest has been slowing the riding a little. In Vancouver and Portland new heat records were set and then broken the next days. The Seattle area also set some heat records. It is crazy when the west side of the Cascade Mountains are ten to fifteen degrees hotter than the eastern half of the state. Global warming? Oh, yeah. . . Although the numbers for ABATE of Washington are growing one can’t help but wonder why only 1,605 (July 2009) of the 203,935 (2007 Motorcycle Registrations) are members? Yes, there are many Clubs and the Washington Road Riders Association have some members but we need to do a much better job of reaching out to ALL Motorcycle Riders and getting them inspired to help with legislation and education on the state level and the federal level. We have been talking with some sport bike riders who understand the need for them to join the legislative battles we face and carry on the fight when it is their turn. I recently overheard a comment about “real bikers” that told me a lot. The comment was made by a female who was unable to stand straight in the middle of the day (maybe the sun was giving her the wobblies?) who was clinging to an equally unstable fellow. I don’t think a real Freedom Fighter or “REAL BIKER” needs to be falling down disoriented when there is work to be done. I think much more can be accomplished by people who act like ladies and gentlemen than by those who fall in the dirt and wallow there. If we “bikers” fall into believing the media image of bikers, we may be a dying breed. Maybe the 200,000 other registered motorcyclists don’t want to join us “bikers”? Happy riding on the open road. Ride safe, Ride free, Glenyce Jackson Asst. Rep. WA State


September/October 2009

Mototcycle Riders Foundation

MRF Sustaining Membership As of 6 August 2009 Alabama No sustaining member organizations at this time Alaska ABATE of Alaska - Anchorage ABATE of Alaska - Juneau Craig Breshears Dan & Suzanna Coffey Mina Douglas Kevin Eldridge Scott Hamann Robert & Donn Heflin James Max Kitchens Frank Marineau Boyd McFail Mike Seaman Arizona ABATE of Arizona - State Office ABATE of Arizona - Mohave ABATE of Arizona - Southern AZ Amon Builders, Inc. Arizona Confederation of MC GMR Performance INB Communications Law Tigers of America - Lawyers who Ride Modified Motorcycle Association of Arizona Mountain Motorcycle Association Deborah Butitta Curt Detweiler Ron Kool Richard Montgomery Ed Ridder Louis Schwitzer III Warren & Josee Woodward Arkansas ABATE of Arkansas - State Office ABATE of Arkansas - District 1 ABATE of Arkansas - District 10 ABATE of Arkansas - District 13 ABATE of Arkansas - District 14 ABATE of Arkansas - District 17 ABATE of Arkansas - District 18 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

Page 31

Fred Stonebraker At Large American Motorcyclist Association Heartland Steam Mid-South M.I.L.E. SMSA - National Association of State Motorcycle Safety Administrators California ABATE of California - State Office ABATE of California - Local 6 ABATE of California - Local 19 Valley V-Twin Steven Barber Jim Brown Ray Fleischman, Jr. Hank Hallmark Mac Henderson Jean Hughes Richard Mansfield Daniel Rankin Mark Thoms Bob White Canada 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 2 ABATE of Colorado - District 5 ABATE of Colorado - District 7 ABATE of Colorado - District 8 ABATE of Colorado - District 11 ABATE of Colorado - District 13 ABATE of Colorado - District 14 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 Riders for Justice Torch & Sue Barr Dave Christy Jim & Renee Clark Erik Erikson Miles France Bill James Jim Jones Scot & Trish Locke Deb Lower Maggot Mike & Linda Neis Will Rutledge Crhis Ryan Sheari Shoemaker

Connecticut Connecticut Motorcycle Riders Association William Ogonowski Ron Troia Delaware ABATE of Delaware - State Office ABATE of Delaware - Kent County Chapter District Of Columbia No sustaining member organizations at this time Florida ABATE of Florida - State Office ABATE of Florida - Estero River Chapter ABATE of Florida - Gulf Coast Chapter ABATE of Florida - Southwest Chapter Suncoast Brotherhood, Inc. 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 3 ABATE of Georgia - District 4W ABATE of Georgia - District 5 ABATE of Georgia - District 6 ABATE of Georgia - District 6 Ch 2 ABATE of Georgia - District 8 ABATE of Georgia - District 10 ABATE of Georgia - District 11 Southland's Full Throttle Magazine Vic Manget Hawaii Street Bikers United Hawaii Idaho ABATE of North Idaho - State Office ABATE of North Idaho - HooDoo Chapter ABATE of North Idaho - Kootenai Chapter ABATE of North Idaho - Clearwater Chapter Featherberry Farm Idaho Coalition of Motorcycle Safety David Cazel Justin Crawford Chuc Coulter Frank Daniels


Page 32

Mototcycle Riders Foundation

September/October 2009

MRF Sustaining Membership continued Roy 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 - Freeport Chapter ABATE of Illinois – Fulton County Chapter ABATE of Illinois - Great River Chapter ABATE of Illinois - Heart of Illinois Chapter ABATE of Illinois - Heartland Chapter ABATE of Illinois - Heritage Trail Chapter ABATE of Illinois - Iron Riders 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 - Lost Creek Chapter ABATE of Illinois - Midstate Chapter ABATE of Illinois - Northern Illinois 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 - St. Clair County 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 - 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 Ashbaugh & Associates, Inc. Ridgewood Cycle Association - In Honor of Past Members Steel Justice MC Thunder Alley Promotions Rich & Barb Amling Ron Bennett Mike Ceranek Dave Conner Kat Conner Robert " Gopher" Goffinski Lynn Henschen Pib Knebal Donald Koehler, Sr. Jim "Legs" & Paulette Korte Donald Lopatkiewicz Jeffrey Marsh Sally Marsh Dave & Lee Martin Lawrence Schab Randy Scott Robert Myers & Katleen Skelton Vince & Sue Starko Jim & Marilyn Viverito Brian & Patricia Wendholt In Honor of Michael "Boz" Kerr 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 8 ABATE of Indiana - Region 9 ABATE of Indiana - Region 11 ABATE of Indiana - Region 13 ABATE of Indiana - Cass County ABATE of Indiana - Clinton County ABATE of Indiana – Elkhart County ABATE of Indiana - Hamilton County ABATE of Indiana - Jasper/Newton Counties ABATE of Indiana - Lake County ABATE of Indiana - Laporte County ABATE of Indiana - Miami County ABATE of Indiana - Morgan County ABATE of Indiana - Porter County ABATE of Indiana - Pulaski County ABATE of Indiana - Starke County

ABATE of Indiana - Tippecanoe County ABATE of Indiana - White County American Legion Riders - Chapter 423 Indiana Motorcycle Operators Safety Education Program Kelly’s Chicagoland Law Tigers Pitbull Leather Co, Inc. Keith Benson Big Chuck Frank Hernly Gino Johnson Morris & Dee Kintner Robert Maas R.P. & D.D. Morris Michael Swadener Rod Taylor Iowa ABATE of Iowa - State Office ABATE of Iowa - District 4 ABATE of Iowa - District 5 ABATE of Iowa - District 6 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 21 ABATE of Iowa - District 24 ABATE of Iowa - District 25 Chosen Few M/C Desperados Bar & Grill J & P Cycles McCubbins Trophys Second Chance Motorcycle Club John Barber Ronald Braaksma Norma & Charlie Canny Mad Dog & Lady Kitty Mark Maxwell James & Roxana West 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


September/October 2009

Mototcycle Riders Foundation

Page 33

MRF Sustaining Membership continued 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 Kentucky Motorcycle Association/ KBA District 1 Kentucky Motorcycle Association/KBA District 11 Kentucky Motorcycle Association/KBA Northern District 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 - Penobscot County United Bikers of Maine - Sagadahoc County Maryland ABATE of Maryland - State Office ABATE of Maryland - Anne Arundel County ABATE of Maryland - Baltimore County ABATE of Maryland - Calvert County ABATE of Maryland - Carroll County ABATE of Maryland - Mid Shore County ABATE of Maryland - Northeast Chapter ABATE of Maryland - St. Mary's County ABATE of Maryland - Washington County Jay Irwin Block Edgar Cheetham Henry S Winokur Massachusetts MMA of Massachusetts - State Office David Elias Walter Polchlopek Jimi Ricci Teri Stobbs Ricci 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 9 ABATE of Michigan - Region 11 ABATE of Michigan - Region 12 ABATE of Michigan - Region 13 ABATE of Michigan - Region14 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 Bikers United Motorcycle Club Farmer's Tavern Last Chance Cycles Michigan Confederation of Clubs Proud Veterans Motorcycle Club Robin Allen Karen Forsberg Hank Kinzey Vince & Pam Piacenti David & Wendy Ramirez Daniel Sagataw Ed Steinkampf Minnesota ABATE of Minnesota - State Office ABATE of Minnesota - Borderland Chapter 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 - Freedom First 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 - Mississippi Valley 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 - South Central Chapter ABATE of Minnesota - Southwest Chapter

ABATE of Minnesota - Straight River Chapter ABATE of Minnesota - Tri-County Chapter ABATE of Minnesota - Way West Chapter Association of Independent Riders St. Croix Valley Motorcycle Riders Mack & Michelle Backlund Mary & Mike Berger Tim Edgar Burke David "Too Tall" Carlson Jerry Crain Jill Kielblock Jon Krapu Karen May & Buzz Plante Dawn & Todd Riba Kevin Todd Mississippi No sustaining member organizations at this time Missouri ABATE of Missouri - State Office ABATE of Missouri- Northland Chapter Freedom of Road Riders - Central Committee Freedom of Road Riders - District 4 Freedom of Road Riders - Local 11 Freedom of Road Riders - Local 12 Freedom of Road Riders - Local 29 Freedom of Road Riders - Local 33 Mid-America Freedom Rally Rick Dempsay Steve "Wildman" Howard Stephen Morris Steve Word Montana ABATE of Montana ABATE of Montana - Yellowstone Chapter Nebraska ABATE of Nebraska - State Office ABATE of Nebraska- District 3 ABATE of Nebraska - District 5 ABATE of Nebraska - District 7 ABATE of Nebraska - District 12 ABATE of Nebraska - District 15 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 Dale Andrus


Page 34

Mototcycle Riders Foundation

September/October 2009

MRF Sustaining Membership continued Jim Canfield Bud Evans New Hampshire New Hampshire Motorcycle Rights Organization Gary Delong R. Skip Gove New Jersey ABATE of the Garden State ABATE of the Garden State - Southwest Chapter 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 - Tularosa Basin New Mexico Confederation of Clubs New Mexico Motorcyclists' Rights Organization Southern New Mexico Bikers Coalition Barb Alvar Carolyn Ryder Chuck Ryder New York ABATE of New York - State Office ABATE of New York - Buffalo/Erie Chapter ABATE of New York - Columbia County ABATE of New York - Greene County ABATE of New York - Jefferson County ABATE of New York - Long Island Chapter ABATE of New York - Monroe County ABATE of New York - Oneida County ABATE of New York - Onondaga Chapter ABATE of New York - Ontario County ABATE of New York - Orleans County ABATE of New York - Southern Tier AMA - District 3 Road Division Melchizedeks Motorcycle Roamers Motorcycle Club Robert Bancroft Susan Buck Corky Edwards James Fay Robert Friedrich Paul Kirch Gary & Karen Kittle Prospector James Schuyler James "Jeddy" Tranquil Timothy Werder

North Carolina CBA/ABATE of North Carolina - State Office CBA/ABATE of North Carolina - Alamance County CBA/ABATE of North Carolina Brunswick County CBA/ABATE of North Carolina - Cape Fear Valley CBA/ABATE of North Carolina Carteret/Craven Chapter CBA/ABATE of North Carolina - Charlotte Chapter CBA/ABATE of North Carolina - Columbus County CBA/ABATE of North Carolina - Granville 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 Deb Knox Gail & Larry Rumler James Tuthill North Dakota ABATE of North Dakota - State Office FM Crusaders Motorcycle Club Freedom Riders Motorcycle Club Ohio ABATE of Ohio - State Office ABATE of Ohio - Region 1 ABATE of Ohio - Region 4 ABATE of Ohio - Region 5 ABATE of Ohio - Region 7 ABATE of Ohio - Region 9 ABATE of Ohio - Region 16 Jim Bown Robert Jones, Jr. Joe & Robin Pickens 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 Robert Catcher Daniel Hill Oregon

ABATE of Oregon - Josephine Chapter ABATE of Oregon - Lincoln County ABATE of Oregon - North Coast Chapter ABATE of Oregon - River City Chapter ABATE of Oregon - Southeast Portland ABATE of Oregon - Washington County BIKEPAC of Oregon Jerry's Custom Cycle Repair Joy Hoover Ken Ray Brian Stovall Jill Tracy Ted Tracy Ed Vaughn Pennsylvania ABATE of Pennsylvania - State Office ABATE of Pennsylvania - Allegheny County ABATE of Pennsylvania - Allegany River Riders Chapter 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 - Centre Line Riders Chapter ABATE of Pennsylvania - Chester County ABATE of Pennsylvania - Chinklacamoose Chapter ABATE of Pennsylvania - Clarion County ABATE of Pennsylvania - Delaware Valley Chapter ABATE of Pennsylvania - District 3 ABATE of Pennsylvania - Erie County ABATE of Pennsylvania - Fayette County ABATE of Pennsylvania - God's Country Chapter ABATE of Pennsylvania - Greene County ABATE of Pennsylvania - Indiana County ABATE of Pennsylvania - Keystone Chapter ABATE of Pennsylvania - Lawrence County ABATE of Pennsylvania - Liberty Riders Chapter ABATE of Pennsylvania - Montgomery County ABATE of Pennsylvania - Mon Valley Chapter ABATE of Pennsylvania - Patriot Riders Chapter ABATE of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia Chapter


September/October 2009

Mototcycle Riders Foundation

Page 35

MRF Sustaining Membership continued ABATE of Pennsylvania - River Valley Chapter ABATE of Pennsylvania - South Mountain Chapter ABATE of Pennsylvania - Venango County ABATE of Pennsylvania - Westmoreland County Lancaster Harley-Davidson Pennsylvania Coalition of Motorcyclists State Office Susquehanna Motorcycle Club Frank Carbone Thomas & Tracy Christofes, Jr. Joe Dickey John Duray John Garner Joseph Heh William Holmes Mark Schultz Barbara Smith Barbara Snyder Kevin Snyder Carol Umbenhauer Charles Umbenhauer Lynn Wesley Robert Yohn Lenny Young Stephen Zurl Rhode Island Rhode Island Motorcycle Association

ABATE of South Dakota - Lake Chapter 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 - Turtle Creek Riders ABATE of South Dakota - Windriders S.F.& G. Motorcycle Club Norma & Phil Hohm Susan & Wayne Lettau Tennessee CMT/ABATE Tennessee - State Office CMT/ABATE Tennessee - Upper Cumberland CMT/ABATE Tennessee - Wheels of Thunder Motorcycle Awareness Foundation of Tennessee (MAFT) Bob Edwards Robert Forbus Mike Mayo Texas Texas ABATE Confederation Texas Motorcycle Rights Association Robert Hall Dad & Bag Lady Brenda Shea Andy Stoody Utah ABATE of Utah - State Office ABATE of Utah - Weber Chapter

South Carolina ABATE of South Carolina - Barrier Islands ABATE of South Carolina - East Cooper Chapter ABATE of South Carolina - Greenville County ABATE of South Carolina - Lake Murray Chapter ABATE of South Carolina - Laurens County ABATE of South Carolina - Lexington Chapter ABATE of South Carolina - Low Country Chapter ABATE of South Carolina - Orangeburg Chapter ABATE of South Carolina - Pee Dee Chapter Ralph & Stephanie Bell

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 J Thomas McGrath Ken Swartz

South Dakota ABATE of South Dakota - State Office ABATE of South Dakota - Aberdeen ABATE of South Dakota - Black Hills

Washington ABATE of Washington - State Office ABATE of Washington - Clark County ABATE of Washington - Cowlitz County

Vermont Southwest Freedom Riders United Motorcyclists of Vermont Lakes Region Independent Ryders bob & Sue Addams Brian "B-Y" Hepworth

ABATE of Washington - North Kitsap Chapter ABATE of Washington - Pacific County ABATE of Washington - South King County ABATE of Washington - Southwest Chapter ABATE of Washington - Tacoma Chapter Northwest Classic Motorcycle Club John Bolin Jo Breneman & Mark Colling Ronald Fryer Glenyce Jackson Jay Jackson 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 1G ABATE of Wisconsin - Region 1H ABATE of Wisconsin - Region 1I ABATE of Wisconsin - Region 2B ABATE of Wisconsin - Region 2D ABATE of Wisconsin - Region 2E ABATE of Wisconsin - Region 2F ABATE of Wisconsin - Region 2H ABATE of Wisconsin - Region 2J ABATE of Wisconsin - Region 3A ABATE of Wisconsin - Region 3C ABATE of Wisconsin - Region 4A ABATE of Wisconsin - Region 4B ABATE of Wisconsin - Region 4C ABATE of Wisconsin - Region 6A ABATE of Wisconsin - Region 6B ABATE of Wisconsin - Region 7A ABATE of Wisconsin - Region 7B ABATE of Wisconsin - Region 7C ABATE of Wisconsin - Region 7D ABATE of Wisconsin - Region 8A ABATE of Wisconsin - Region 8B Capital City Riders Motorcycle Club Hupy and Abraham S.C. Wiegel, Carlson, Blau & Clemens, SC Barbara & Dana Batker Dave "Chubby" Charlebois Roger Deffner, Esq. Dave Dwyer Colleen & Evan Hansen Michael Hupy


Page 36

Mototcycle Riders Foundation

September/October 2009

MRF Sustaining Membership continued Cindy & Steve Johnson Carolyn Kittredge Jesse James Kittredge David & Debra Kviz Andrew Mathiassen Casey Guilfoyle & Rick Moore Bob & Mary Ready

Gilbert St. Charles Deb & Tim Symonds Rich Van Hoorn Kathy Keane & Dan Van Linn Grant Wilkinson Kirk "Hardtail" Willard

Wyoming ABATE of Wyoming - State Office ABATE of Wyoming - Cody Wyoming Central ABATE Brian & Juli Cox Graydon Wheeler Kat Wheeler

Meeting of the Minds Hotel Shuttle Update A.B.A.T.E. of MN and the St. Croix Valley Riders are looking forward to hosting the 25th Annual MOTM. We are putting together a great weekend! We have received several calls and emails about the shuttle service from the airport to the hotel. If you have made your hotel reservation already, you may have gotten an email telling you that the Sheraton no longer offers a free airport shuttle anymore; they are now contracting the service out to Super Shuttle for $16/one-way or $28/roundtrip.

Jensen to sign-up for a ride from the airport to the hotel. Cathie can be reached via email at Cathie@vtlink.net, or at (home) 952440-2877 or (cell) 952-406-2113. You need to schedule with her by Wed., Sept. 9th. This separate shuttle service will pick you up inside by Baggage Carousel #12 – look for the “Meeting of the Minds” shuttle sign.

Despite this information, the hotel IS providing free shuttle service for MOTM. Shuttle service will run Thursday, Friday and Sunday. To find the shuttle, go to the “Hotel Transportation” area in the lower level of the airport and look for the Sheraton Bloomington shuttle, which leaves the airport at the top of the hour from 7:00 A.M. until 10:00 P.M. on those days.

Also, when you arrive at the registration desk at MOTM, please sign up for your return shuttle to the airport. The van only holds 14 people, so we need to make sure we have enough shuttles to get everyone back to the airport.

If you are arriving on Wednesday, you NEED to contact Cathie

There will not be any shuttle service on Saturday, so please contact Cathie if you are traveling that day and need transportation.

If you have any questions, please contact Mary Berger at maryberger196@embarqmail.com or 952-334-6424. We look forward to seeing you in September!

More from Bikers Inside the Beltway

MRF President Kirk "Hardtail" Willard, MRF VP Jay Jackson, AMA Washington Representative Richard Podliska, MRF VP Gov't Relations Jeff Hennie

Early arrivals for Bikers Inside the Beltway in the overflow parking lot


September/October 2009

Mototcycle Riders Foundation

Page 37

PRESS RELEASE: 

From the Federation of European Motorcyclists’ Associations (FEMA) European Road Safety Observatory publication on Powered Two Wheelers FEMA position statement On August 1st, 2008, the European Road Safety Observatory (ERSO) published its last report, under the title “Powered Two Wheelers”1. The ERSO, part of the SafetyNet project funded by the European Commission, offers access to road safety knowledge and data for professionals. FEMA expresses its concerns over the contents of this report for several reasons: - FEMA has not been consulted by ERSO or its members at any stage of the production of the report, - Relevant existing research and data related to motorcycle safety do not seem to have been taken into account in the report, - The content and conclusions of the report show what FEMA perceives as a bias towards motorcyclists, with a certain number of approximations or subjective statements not based on evidence. As the main representative of motorcycle users in Europe, FEMA is willing to provide its expertise and knowledge to all road safety stakeholders. FEMA is therefore concerned that a major road safety initiative like the ERSO would overlook its input, and emits serious reservations about the results of the report. FEMA calls for the Directorate General Energy & Transport of the European Commission to make sure that it should be consulted during future research and knowledge-building projects. ERSO: objectives and input The ERSO website was set up by the SafetyNet project, in order to build a primary focus for road safety data and knowledge, as specified in the Road Safety Action Plan 2003. The observatory supports “all aspects of road and vehicle safety policy development at European and national levels”. It makes proposals for common European approaches in several areas including exposure data, safety performance indicators, and develops new in-depth accident causation databases and statistical methods to analyse accident data. The SafetyNet project was completed in January 2009. The last document included in ERSO was a report on the safety Powered Two Wheelers (PTWs). The 44-page long document covers the issues of PTW use, PTW safety, accident characteristics and injury mechanisms, contributory factors in accidents, accident prevention and injury protection, licensing requirements, violations by PTW riders, and road design.

In this context, it should be pointed out that: - FEMA has already produced a comprehensive report on motorcycle safety: the European Agenda for Motorcycle Safety2 (EAMS) - The OECD has produced a key report on motorcycle safety3, identifying the problems of motorcycle safety and discussing practical solutions Therefore, FEMA regrets that ERSO members did not seek to use these readily available sources of information. FEMA was not consulted and is not referenced as a source, despite its unique position as the only representative PTW user organization at European level. Conclusion With the scheduled closure of the SafetyNet programme early this year, the entire ERSO website is to be transferred to the website of the DG Energy & Transport of the European Commission. All its contents, data and knowledge will be made available to professionals, researchers and policy makers interested in the issues of road safety. FEMA believes that, for the reasons stated above, the report contains an unsatisfactory number of inaccuracies and generalizations. The writers start addressing most points with a stereotypical statement about motorcyclists, presented as irresponsible and dangerous risk-takers, and then proceed to either confirm or debunk that view. FEMA does not believe that this approach is efficient when applied to the field of research, especially when the results are supposed to be publicized in a comprehensive road safety database. In addition, the publication of the PTW report as the last addition to the ERSO data leads FEMA to think the topic of PTWs was considered less important than others in the prioritization of the work. The recognition of the work of the ERSO as part of the European Commission’s knowledge database underlines its importance. Its data will be regarded as a key reference in future research, debate and road safety policies. As such, FEMA is worried that some controversial elements in the PTW report will be taken for granted by future policy-makers, overlooking more comprehensive research. FEMA renews its call for the use of fair and evidence-based PTW research. Therefore, FEMA recommends that the European Commission seeks its input for upcoming research and knowledge-building projects regarding motorcyclist behaviour and safety. This will ensure that the point of view of European PTWs users is represented and taken into account when building the tools for tomorrow’s policies and research.


Page 38

Mototcycle Riders Foundation

September/October 2009

MRF Vice President Jay Jackson Inducted to the Freedom Fighters Hall of Fame in Sturgis, S.D.

Buzz Ude, Jay Jackson and Gary Sellers after the ceremony in Sturgis

The MRF contingent in Sturgis: Mack Backlund, Todd Riba, Kirk “Hardtail” Willard, Mike Tomas, President/Owner of Kiwi Indian Motorcycle Company, Jay Jackson, Gary Sellers and Buzz Ude.

2009 Inductees to the Sturgis Museum’s Freedom Fighter Hall of Fame.

Jay Jackson with Willie G. Davidson


Mototcycle Riders Foundation

September/October 2009

Page 39

Motorcycle Riders Foundation Board of Directors PRESIDENT Kirk “Hardtail” Willard 715-421-0717 kirk@mrf.org

Dave Dwyer SSMRO Board Member 608-742-0144 dad@mrf.org

Thomas “Doc Ski” Wasileski SSMRO Board Member 919-662-6229 doc@mrf.org

VICE PRESIDENT-INTERIM Jay Jackson 317-422-8040 jay@abateonline.org

Cindy Hodges Member Representative 919-630-8886 cindy@mrf.org

Tiffany Latimer DC Office Administrator 202-546-0983 mrfoffice@mrf.org

VICE PRESIDENT OF GOV’T RELATIONS Jeff Hennie 202-546-0983 jeff@mrf.org

Jay Jackson Motorcycle Safety/Rider Ed. 317-422-8040 jay@abateonline.org

MRF A&E Board of Directors

SECRETARY Paulette Korte 618-980-5622 paulette@mrf.org TREASURER Frank Carbone 412-760-7108 frank@mrf.org Eric Hampton Communications Director 602-367-9524 editor@mrf.org Carol Downs Conference Director 303-204-6939 downs@mrf.org

Steve Zimmer MRFPAC Director 740-587-0176 steve@mrf.org Todd Riba State Reps Program Director 952-239-0929 mrfrep@abatemn.com John Pierce Membership Director 901-409-7170 john@mrf.org

Deborah Butitta, Chair 928-308-1117 deb@mrfae.org Carol Downs, Treasurer 303-204-6939 carol@mrfae.org Chuc Coulter, Secretary 208-343-7452 chuc@mrf.org

MAIL TO BOARD MEMBERS

Graydon Wheeler State Reps Board Member 307-575-0011 grayman61@mrf.org

may be sent to the MRF office and will be forwarded. If you must mail time-sensitive material to a board member, contact that person by phone or email first to make arrangements.

Board Assistants Chuc Coulter Asst. Treasurer chuc@mrf.org

Polly Schoeller Assist. Membership polly@mrf.org

Susan Huttman Assist. Communications Advertising Manager susan@mrf.org

Sarah Muckenhoupt Assist. Membership sarah@mrf.org

Tiffany Latimer Assist. Communications PR 202-546-0983 pr@mrf.org Helen Wesson Assist. Products usa@seark.net

Michael McGuire Webmaster webmaster@mrf.org Dave Condon Asst. to the State Reps Program Director davec@mrf.org

Mike Berger Editorial Assistant mike@mrf.org

For your convenience, we can accept memberships, donations, conference registrations and product orders by phone or fax, or via our website, using VISA, MasterCard, Discover

ADDRESS CHANGE

MRF Office

Eric Hampton, editor@mrf.org

Please send in writing to:

236 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Suite 510

Send all submissions for publication to:

Motorcycle Riders Foundation

Washington, DC 20002-4980

editor@mrf.org, 602-367-9524

236 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Suite 510

Phone: 202-546-0983

Washington, DC 20002-4980

Fax: 202-546-0986

mrfoffice@mrf.org

mrfoffice@mrf.org

The FIRST of every even-numbered month

Mark Buckner, Colorado 303-833-3195 markbuckner@msn.com Deborah Butitta, Arizona 928-308-1117 deb@mrf.org Chuc Coulter, Idaho 208-343-7452 chuc@mrf.org

or American Express.

MRF Reports EDITOR

DEADLINE

Ex-Officio Board

Website: http://www.mrf.org

Mission Statement 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.


AttentionPostmaster:TimeDatedMaterial

Motorcycle Riders Foundation 236 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Suite 510 Washington, DC 20002-4980

NON-PROFIT ORG. U.S. POSTAGE PAID SPICER, MN. Permit No. 3

MRF Committees RON SHEPERD SAFETY RECOGNITION: Jay

COMMUNICATIONS: Eric Hampton (Chair),

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE: John Pierce

MRF REPS &REPS GROWTH: Todd Riba,

Jeff Hennie, John Pierce, Paulette Korte,

(Chair), Tiffany Latimer, Sarah Muckenhoupt,

Cindy Hodges (Co-chairs), Polly Schoeller,

Jackson (Chair), Carol Downs, Chuc Coulter, Paulette Korte, John Pierce

Cindy Hodges, Jim “Legs� Korte, Tiffany La-

Cindy Hodges, Polly Schoeller, Todd Riba,

Tiffany Latimer, Carol Simpson, John Pierce,

timer, Susan Huttman, Deborah Butitta, Mike

Eric Hampton, Mike Berger

Dave Condon, Graydon Wheeler

CONFERENCE & EVENTS: Carol Downs

STATE AND FEDERAL LEGISLATIVE

Sarah Muckenhoupt, Tiffany Latimer, Eric Hamp-

AWARDS:

ton, Graydon Wheeler

THOMAS PAINE: Kirk “Hardtail� Willard (Chair),

Berger, Michael McGuire ELECTIONS: Dave Dwyer (Chair), Cindy

(Chair), Kirk “Hardtail� Willard, Jeff Hennie,

Hodges, Thomas J. “Doc Ski� Wasileski,

Cindy Hodges, Todd Riba, Steve Zimmer,

Graydon Wheeler

Graydon Wheeler

BY-LAWS: Kirk “Hardtail� Willard(Chair),

PRODUCTS: Carol Downs (Chair), Polly

Carol Downs, Paulette Korte, Jay Jackson

Schoeller, Helen Wesson, Frank Carbone

STATE& FEDERAL: Dave Dwyer (Chair),

MRF CHAMPS: Jeff Hennie (Chair), Kirk “Hard-

Thomas J. “Doc Ski� Wasileski, Jeff Hennie

tail� Willard, Dave Dwyer Mission Goals

AWARDS:

ALCOHOL AWARENESS: Steve Zimmer

FUNDS STEERING: Todd Riba (Chair), Kirk

FARMERS: Kirk “Hardtail� Willard (Chair),

(Chair), Jeff Hennie, Lynn Oldenburg, Susan

“Hardtail� Willard, Cindy Hodges, Jay Jack-

Mark Buckner, Deborah Butitta

Huttman, Carol Simpson, Thomas J. “Doc Ski�

son, Mark Buckner, John Pierce, Jim “Legs�

Wasileski, Jay Jackson

Korte, Graydon Wheeler

* 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.

FOUNDERS: Kirk “Hardtail� Willard (Chair), Mark Buckner, Marc Falsetti, Steve Zimmer,

MRFPAC: Steve Zimmer (Chair), Chuc Coul-

RESEARCH & STATISTICS: Thomas J.

ter, Dave Dwyer, Jeff Hennie,

“Doc Ski� Wasileski (Chair), Paulette Korte,

FINANCE: Carol Downs (Chair), Kirk “Hard-

Tuschel, Jay Jackson, John Pierce

Gary Sellers

Jeff Hennie, Kirk “Hardtail� Willard, David

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT: Kirk “Hardtail� Willard (Chair), Deborah Butitta, Paulette

tail� Willard, Chuc Coulter, John Pierce,

Korte

Paulette Korte, Frank Carbone, Graydon Wheeler

MRFReports

Newsletter Year Rocker Patch Pin Member was given:

What issue? ________________________________________

Date ________________________________________________ Check No. __________________________________________ MRF # _____________________________________________ %XP$ATE??????????????????????????????????????????

Referred by __________________________________________

Signature

%XPIRATION$ATE

Card Number

FOR OFFICE USE ONLY All informationtreatedconfidentially

Date

!M%X MasterCard Visa

CHARGE IT!

Mail remittance to: Motorcycle Riders Foundation, 236 Massachusetts Ave NE, Suite 510, Washington, DC  s0HONE  &AX   )NTERNETWWWMRFORG%MAILMRFOFlCE MRFORG

Renewal (Member #______________) New

Are you a member of a state motorcyclist’s rights organization? Yes No If yes, name ____________________________________

E-mail Address

Phone

City, State, Zip

Address

Name

PLEASE PRINT OR TYPE YOUR INFORMATION:

Annual Individual Membership ...........$30 3-Year Individual Membership .............$80 Annual Joint Membership .....................$50 3-Year Joint Membership .................... $130 Annual Sustaining Membership ....... $100 Freedom Fighter Donation: $10 $25 $ ___________________

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

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

This newsletter is an official publication of the Motorcycle Riders Foundation, 236 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Suite 510, Washington, D.C. 20002-4980; phone (202) 546-0983; fax (202) 546-0986. All rights reserved. Portions may be reprinted with proper attribution. MRF Reports is published six times a year and distributed nationwide. Opinions expressed herein are solely those of the authors, and do not necessarily represent those of the Motorcycle Riders Foundation, its officers or representatives. The Motorcycle Riders Foundation will not knowingly contract with or do business with any entity that discriminates against motorcyclists in any way, shape or form.


MRF Reports - September/October 2009