Aug 272009
 

As part of a weekly posting, “Weekend Pass” focuses on Bikers and Citizens Rights.  In these posts you will find information that should help to keep you aware of laws and both legal and illegal attempts by authorities to take your freedom from you.  As members of a community that does not necessarily follow the mainstream, it is particularly important for us all to watch our P’s and Q’s.  While we do not condone any illegal actions, we are also very sensitive to the fact that the law, and some law enforcement agents, is not always fair.  If you have any information you feel is pertinent or would like to contribute, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Love, Respect, and Ride Safe,

The ArtBiker Staff

This week we focus on an impressive list of Motorcyclist Rights Organizations on the Web.  If you have others to add, please share them with us.  These will be archived on the Motorcycle Rights On The Web page on this blog.


Motorcyclist Rights 
Organizations On The Web

ALABAMA

Alabama Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs; www.alcoc.com

ALASKA

ABATE of Alaska, P.O. Box 92213 Anchorage AK 99509-2213;

907-566-3332 www.abateofalaska.com

ARIZONA

ABATE OF ARIZONA, P.O. Box 28241, Tempe, AZ 85285; 602-867-9829;

www.abateofaz.org

MMA of Arizona, PMB 138, P.O. Box 30280, Phoenix, AZ 85046-0280;

www.MMA-az.org

Arizona Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs. 1855 W. Greenway Road,

STE. 115, PMB 112, Phoenix, Arizona 85023; www.azcmc.com

ARKANSAS

ABATE of Arkansas, Inc. P.O. 683 Hope, AR. 71801; 501-317-1832;

www.arkansasabate.org

Ride Free Arkansas Political Action Committee; P.O. Box 269, McGehee,

Arkansas 71654; 870-222-6600; www.abate20.com/pac.htm

CALIFORNIA

ABATE, 10240 7th Ave., Hesperia, CA 92345-2631; 760-956-1669,

FAX 760-956-6519; www.abate.org

MMA, 5847 Auburn Blvd., Suite 6, Sacramento, CA 95841; 916-473-6981

Fax 916-473-7082; www.mmaweb.org

Bikers of a Lesser Tolerance (BOLT) of California, www.boltofca.com

United Bikers of Northern California. P.O. Box 421, Shingletown, CA

96088; 530-474-3500; www.unitedbikers.org

Monterey Bay Confederation of Clubs, 831-338-0826; www.mbcoc.com

COLORADO

ABATE of Colorado, 4725 Paris St., Suite, #250 Denver, Colorado 80239;

303-789-3264; Fax: 303-789-2915; www.abateofcolo.org

Riders for Justice, P.O. Box 1192, Clifton, CO 81520-1192 ;

www.ridersforjustice.com

CONNECTICUT

CMRA-Connecticut Motorcycle Riders Association, P.O. Box 186,

Terryville, CT. 06786; 860-588-6666; www.thecmra.com

DELAWARE

ABATE Inc., P.O. Box 10923, Wilmington, DE 19850; 302-731-0455;

abateofde.com

Delaware Freedom Riders; www.delfreedomriders.com

Delaware Confederation Of Clubs; delawarecoc.tripod.com

FLORIDA

ABATE of Florida Inc. , P.O. Box 2520, Deland, Fl 32721; 386-943-9610;

www.abateflorida.com

South Florida Confederation of Clubs; www.sflcoc.com

North Florida Confederation Of Clubs; www.nflcoc.com

West Florida Confederation of Clubs; www.wflcoc.com

GEORGIA

ABATE of Georgia, Inc., P.O. Box 769, Jackson, GA 30233-0016;

866-867-5063, Toll Free, 770-881-7438, fax 770-881-7465;

www.abatega.org

Georgia Confederation of Clubs. www.georgiacoc.com

HAWAII

Street Bikers United Hawaii, P.O. Box 5003, Kaneohe, HI  96744;

www.streetbikersunitedhawaii.org

Maui Chapter, Street Bikers United Hawaii, www.sbumaui.org

IDAHO

ABATE or Northern Idaho. PO Box 2244 Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83816;

www.abateofnorthidaho.org

Idaho Coalition for Motorcycle Safety, P.O. Box 2732, Boise, ID 83701;

208-345-6231, fax 208-345-2003; www.idahobikerrights.com

BikePAC of Idaho, Inc., PO Box 3535, Post Falls, ID 83877-3535;

www.bikepacofidaho.org

ILLINOIS

ABATE, 311 E. Main Street, #418, Galesburg, IL 61401;

800-87-ABATE (Illinois only), or 309-343-6588;

FAX 309-343-6387; www.abate-il.org/illinois/

Motorcyclist’s Rights Association, Inc. POB 133, Galesburg, IL,

61402-0133; Phone Fax 309-289-9792;

www.ilmotorcyclists.org

Illinois Confederation of Clubs; www.ilcoc.com

INDIANA

ABATE, P.O. Box 665, Bargersville, IN 46106; 317-422-8040,

800-23-ABATE (Indiana only), www.abateofindiana.org

IOWA

ABATE of Iowa, 1240 Washington Street, P.O. Box 70, Eldora,

Iowa 50627; 641-858-5001; www.abateiowa.org

KANSAS

ABATE of Kansas, 610 Elm St., Perry, KS 66073; 785-597-5140;

800-657-5763; FAX: 785-597-5015; www.abateks.org

KENTUCKY

Kentucky Motorcyclists Association, P.O. Box 17407, Louisville, KY 40217;

800-68-CYCLE; www.kmakba.com

LOUISIANA

ABATE of Lousiana, P.O. Box 541, St. Amant, LA 70774; 800-393-5966;

www.abateoflouisiana.org

MAINE

United Bikers of Maine, P.O. Box 2629, Augusta, ME 04338-2629;

888-229-9UBM; www.ubm-usa.org

MARYLAND

ABATE of Maryland, 71 Franklin Street, Annapolis, MD 21401;

800-843-0252; 410-263-9185; FAX: 410-263-8965;

www.abate-of-maryland.org

MASSACHUSETTS

MMA, P.O. Box 378 Brimfield, MA 01010-0378; 800-432-1MMA;

www.MassMotorcycle.org

MICHIGAN

ABATE, P.O Box 309, Milford, MI 48381-0309; 810-949-7146;

www.abateofmichigan.org

Michigan Confederation of Clubs; www.mcoc.us

MINNESOTA

ABATE of Minnesota, P.O. Box 6, Marshall, MN 56258-1168;

800-224-6570; www.abatemn.org

St. Croix Valley Riders, P.O. Box 112, St. Paul Pk., MN 55071;

www.scvr.org

MISSISSIPPI

ABATE, P.O. Box 1825, Meridian, MS 39302; 601-587-0695;

www.msabate.com

MISSOURI

Freedom of Road Riders, RR #5, Box 215D, Chillicothe, MO 64601,

800-309-RIDE, 573-474-0983, fax 573-474-7326; www.forr.net

ABATE for Missouri, Inc. P.O. Box 11125, St. Louis, MO 63135;

866-322-2283 (866-32-ABATE); 1-636-240-5009;

www.abateformissouri.com

MONTANA

ABATE of Montana, Helena Chapter, www.abatemt.com

HoundsTooth ABATE, 303 E. Choteau Ave., Shelby, MT 59474;

www.roaddogs.org/Abate.html

NEBRASKA

ABATE of Nebraska, P.O. Box 30332, Lincoln, NE 68503-0332;

Toll Free 877-912-9889; 402-489-0651; www.abateofne.com

NEVADA

ABATE of Northern Nevada. PO Box 1566, Elko, NV 89803;

(775) 744-4570; www.abatennv.org

Bikers of a Lesser Tolerance (BOLT) of Nevada. www.boltofnevada.com

Northern Nevada Confederation of Clubs. www.nnvcoc.com

NEW HAMPSHIRE

NHMRO, 70 Old Derry Road, Londonderry, NH 03053; 603-437-9464;

www.nhmro.org

NEW JERSEY

ABATE of the Garden State; PO Box 114, Marlton, NJ 08053;

www.gardenstateabate.org

NEW MEXICO

New Mexico Motorcycle Rights Organization. P.O. Box 918. Peralta,

NM 87042. Phone: 505-792-3207, Fax: 505-890-5477;

www.nmmro.org

ABATE Of New Mexico; abateofnm.org

NEW YORK

ABATE, Inc. P.O. Box 300, Walker Valley, NY 12588-0300; 888-344-4400;

www.abateny.org

New York Freedom Riders; www.newyorkfreedomriders.com

NORTH CAROLINA

CBA/ABATE of North Carolina. P.O. Box 1189, Fuquay-Varina,

NC 27526-1189, 704-283-0465; www.cba-abatenc.org

Bikers of a Lesser Tolerance (BOLT) of North Carolina, www.boltnc.org

NORTH DAKOTA

ABATE of North Dakota, 1001 S. 22nd, St. Bismarck, ND 58504,

701-223-5609, 800-726-4094; FAX 701-224-0650;

www.abatend.com

OHIO

ABATE, Inc., P.O. Box 44189, Columbus, OH 43204; 800-252-4537

www.abate.com

ABATE/CMRO (Concerned Motorcyclists of Ohio), PO Box 1430,

Painesville, OH 44077-1430; 800-964-CMRO (2676);

www.abatecmro.org

Confederation of Clubs Midwest, www.cocmidwest.com

OKLAHOMA

ABATE, P.O. Box 44513 Tinker AFB, OK 73145; 405-672-1008,

405-936-RIDE; www.abateofoklahoma.org

Oklahoma Confederation of Clubs; www.oklahomacoc.com

OREGON

ABATE, P.O. Box 4504, Portland, OR 97208; 877-552-2283;

www.abateoforegon.net

BikePAC of Oregon, Inc. PO Box 5612, Salem, Oregon, 97304-5612;

503-588-3042; www.bikepac.com

PENNSYLVANIA

ABATE of Pennsylvania, P.O. Box 15226, Harrisburg, PA 17105;

717-731-8955; Fax: 717-731-8956; www.abatepa.org

RHODE ISLAND

Rhode Island Motorcycle Association, PO Box 726, Pawtucket, RI 02862;

401-722-1122; www.rimotorcycle.org

SOUTH CAROLINA

ABATE of South Carolina, P.O. Box 62708, North Charleston, SC 29419;

843-345-5926; www.abatesc.com

South Carolina Motorcycle Rights Association (SCMRA), PO Box 50288,

Summerville, South Carolina 29485; www.scmra.org

Bikers of a Lesser Tolerance (BOLT) of South Carolina, www.boltsc.org

SOUTH DAKOTA

ABATE of South Dakota, 207 E. Capitol Ave. Pierre, SD 57501;

605-270-2323; www.abatesd.com

TENNESSEE

CMT/ABATE, Inc, P.O. Box 160223, Nashville, TN 37216-0223;

866-GO-ABATE; 615-683-6608, Fax 615-683-8616;

www.cmtabate.com

Tennessee Freedom Riders; www.tfr-race.com

Tennessee Confederation of Clubs, www.tenncoc.com

TEXAS

Texas ABATE Confederation Inc., 3920 Pocahontas, Flowermound,

TX 75022; 940-390-3881; www.texasabate.com

Texas Motorcycle Rights Assoc. II. 275 Old Lexington Rd. Elgin,

Texas 78621; 512-281-0537; 512-971-6777; www.tmra2.org

United Bikers Association (UBA) Killeen, Texas; 254-681-2505

Texas Confederation of Clubs; www.coctexas.org

UTAH

ABATE, P.O. Box 213, Roy, UT 84067; 801-732-0362; www.utahabate.org

VERMONT

United Motorcyclists of Vermont, 45 State Street #102, Montpelier,

Vermont 05602; 802-754-2599; www.unitedmotorcyclists.org

VIRGINIA

Virginia Freedom Riders, VFR-RACE. PO BOX 1387, Suffolk,

VA 23439-1387; www.vfr-race.com

ABATE of Virginia, 202-250-0799; www.abateofva.com;

V.C.O.M. Virginia Coalition of Motorcyclists, Box 4851, Richmond

VA. 23220; 800-437-9434; fax 804-353-3962; www.vcomonline.org

WASHINGTON

ABATE of Washington, P.O. Box 8369, Tacoma, WA 98419;

425-643-9675; www.abate-wa.org

WASHINGTON DC

Motorcycle Riders Foundation, PO Box 1808, Washington, DC 20013-1808,

202-546-0983; www.mrf.org

WEST VIRGINIA

ABATE of West Virginia, RD 1, Box 202A, Moundsville, WV 26041;

304-845-9519; 304-639-6359; www.wvabate.org

WISCONSIN

ABATE, 438 N. Water Street, Black River Falls, WI 54615; 715-284-7415,

800-386-4442; www.abatewis.org

WYOMING

ABATE, P.O. Box 430, Mills, WY 82644, 307-266-6522;

www.abateofwyoming.org

NATIONAL MRO’s

American Motorcyclist Association, 13515 Yarmouth Dr. Pickerington,

Ohio 43147; 614-856-1900, Fax 614-856-1920;

www.ama-cycle.org

Motorcycle Riders Foundation, PO Box 1808, Washington, DC 20013-1808,

202-546-0983; www.mrf.org

National Coalition of Motorcyclists 21054 Sherman Way, Third Floor,

Canoga Park, CA 91303; 800-525-5355; www.aimncom.com

National Motorists Association 402 W. 2nd St. Waunakee, WI 53597

608-849-6000, Fax: 608-849-8697; www.motorists.org

Bikers of a Lesser Tolerance, www.boltusa.org

Helmet Law Defense League; www.usff.com/hldlhome.html

Sons of Liberty Riders; www.solriders.com

Bikers Rights Online; www.bikersrights.com

Motorcyclists Against Dumb Drivers,

www.motorcyclists-against-dumb-drivers.com

Confederaion of Clubs Midwest (Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia).

C/O Law Offices of Ralph Buss, 111 E. Washington Street,

Washington Square, Suite 1, Painesville, Ohio 44077-0705,

800-582-5577; www.cocmidwest.com

INTERNATIONAL MRO’s

CANADA

BRITISH COLUMBIA
BCCOM British Columbia Coalition of

Motorcyclists, UNIT No. 37-13320 116th Ave, Surrey, B.C.

V3R-0R8 Phone : 604-580-0111 Toll Free 1-877-580-0111

www.bccom-bc.com

ALBERTA
ACOM The Alberta Coalition of Motorcyclists, #37 –

13320 116th Ave, Surrey, B.C, V3R-0R8 604-580-0111

1-877-580-0111; www.bccom-bc.com/acom

ONTARIO
ABATE Ontario, 92 Snowdon Cres. London, Ontario, N6E1G4

519-649-1498; www.abateontario.com

Bikers Rights Organization Ontario Inc., 3021 White Oak Rd. London,

Ontario, Canada N6E 1L7, 519-686-1968, www.bro.on.ca

Ontario Confederation of Clubs, 15 Karen Drive, Lindsay, Ontario, K9V 5V3;

www.occ4u.org

EUROPE

Federation of European Motorcyclists, Rue des Champs 62, Brussels,

1040 Belgium. Info: Phone 011 32 2 736 9047

fax 011 32 2 736; 9401 mag-uk.org/fema/index.html

UK Motorcycle Action Group MAG UK-P.O. Box 750, Rugby CV21 3ZR

Tel 0870 – 444 8 448 www.mag-uk.org

British Motorcyclists Federation BMF-14 – 16 Briton Street, Leicester,

LE3 0AA, Tel: 0116 254 8818, Fax 0116 254 3030 www.bmf.co.uk

AUSTRALIA

Motorcycle Riders Association of Australia. 22 Ross Street.

South Melbourne. VIC 3205. Phone: 03 9699 1811; mraa.org.au

Motorcycle Riders Association of the Australian Capital Territory,

GPO Box 1768 Canberra City 2601

sunsite.anu.edu.au/community/mraact

PHILIPPINES

The Motorcycle Advocates of the Philippines (MAP)

www.motorcyclephilippines.com/MAP/

OTHER RESOURCES

Libertarian Party 2600 Virginia Avenue, N.W., Suite 100 Washington,

DC 20037 202-333-0008 PHONE-202-333-0072 FAX-hq@lp.org –

www.lp.org

May 282009
 

I remember my dad sitting on the back porch of our home in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  The cool, clear night’s calm would be broken only by the screaming engines of the kids on crotch rockets racing down the streets near our house.  He would ask me if I rode like that, and I would say no… I really didn’t.  I didn’t have a crotch rocket for one, and the bike I had wouldn’t make the power those rockets made.  But, he would give me a little nod as I grabbed my leathers and told him I was heading out to see the boys.  My Mom would always yell at me in the driveway to put on the helmet and not just stick it in a saddlebag.

I also remember reading an article about the life expectancy of a non-trained and new rider who gets onto a crotch rocket.  An inexperienced rider was expected to live five days.  Damn, that is pretty harsh. 

I fully endorse a rider’s safety course and think you are an idiot to start riding without taking one.  That being said, I also believe that no one should be able to tell me to fasten my seatbelt, wear a helmet, or do anything that would basically be deemed a “victimless” crime where my personal stupidity hurts no one (physically or monetarily) other than myself.  Of course, if something happened to me, my family would suffer, that should make me think twice… but I still stand by my earlier statement that no one should be able to force me.  So, with this in mind, I am passing on an article about mandatory safety courses for sport bike riders in the state of Texas.  Once again, while I think everyone should, I don’t think there should be a law.

 

Love, Respect, and Ride Safe,

ArtBiker

  

EL PASO, Texas — In 2006, Myles Anderson, 20, of El Paso crashed his Suzuki motorcycle into a car as traffic slowed on I-10 East. The collision killed him. His parents believe education could have made a difference. Their story led to the development of HB 4531.

The bill would require those buying high-performance motorcycles take a training course within six months of the purchase.

“They shouldn’t even be allowed to buy a bike unless they take classes for that,” said Ivana Torres, of East El Paso.

Torres supports the proposed legislation because two of her friends were recently involved in a deadly motorcycle crash.

“I know they were riding down Transmountain, and I know he didn’t know how to maneuver the bike right,” said Torres. “And it slipped out, and the girl fell out. She instantly died.”

Those behind the bill hope it will slow the rise in motorcycle deaths. The numbers nationwide are up 8 percent, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System. And in Texas, motorcycle fatalities make up 12 percent of all motor vehicle deaths in the state.

“I just think that most people, a lot of people, don’t really understand the differences, the challenges associated with riding a motorcycle versus a car,” said Eric Safford, of East El Paso. “And there’s a lot less safety on a motorcycle because you’re not enclosed. So I think it’s a good idea.”

With motorcycle training required, some said they would feel more comfortable sharing the road with bikers.

“It would be for my safety and the safety of others as well,” said Karla Perez, of East El Paso.

“You know it’s not just about them,” said Sifford. “There’s other people on the road, as well as other motorcyclists.”

If the bill becomes law, the motorcycle owner must show proof of course attendance upon the request of law enforcement. Violators would be fined between $500 and $1,000.