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  • 12/11/2018 10:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    For Immediate Release

    December 11, 2018

    Senate Profiling Resolution Passes Unanimously

    The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) is proud to announce that the Motorcycle Profiling Resolution (S. Res. 154) passed the U.S. Senate with unanimous consent on Tuesday evening, December 11, 2018. Over the past few weeks, the MRF had many productive meetings on Capitol Hill to further our objective of promoting awareness of unfair profiling of motorcyclists across the country. Our resolution’s co-sponsor, Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), has played an integral role in ensuring that the issues of motorcyclists in this country were addressed in the U.S. Senate.

    MRF President Kirk “Hardtail” Willard said upon learning of the adoption of the resolution, “Passage of Senate Resolution 154 has been the Motorcycle Riders Foundation’s number one legislative initiative in this current Congress. This act today by the Senate is very important, as it recognizes that the profiling of motorcyclists because of our mode of transportation or choice of attire is unacceptable. The personal relationships, the tens of thousands of contacts, the visits, and the highlighting of this issue as a top priority during the MRF’s Bikers Inside the Beltway speaks highly of our passion on this issue and demonstrates our ability as grassroots lobbyists to be effective on Capitol Hill.” Willard went on to say, “It is important to note that this cause united the Motorcycle Riders Foundation, our state motorcyclists’ rights organizations (SMROs), the National Council of Clubs (NCOC), the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM) and the Motorcycle Profiling Project (MPP), all of which brought even greater attention to this critical issue. The Motorcycle Riders Foundation would like to thank our 2018 MRF Legislative Champion, Senator Ron Johnson, and his staff for the significant efforts they put into passing S. Res. 154.”

    As you know, the MRF, along with the SMROs, the motorcycle club community, and with individual riders across this country have been advocating for a national solution to address motorcycle profiling. With the help of our champions on Capitol Hill, we have been able to advance our bipartisan and bicameral resolutions concerning the profiling of motorcyclists.

    Russell Radke, MRF Sustaining Member Motorcycle Club Representative, said, “We are now one step closer to ending the attacks on our civil liberties from unconstitutional motorcyclist profiling.”
    The MRF is encouraged that we have begun to address the concerns of the motorcycling community, but we still have more work to do on this issue. We encourage the U.S. House of Representatives to join its colleagues in the U.S. Senate and pass H. Res 318
  • 10/15/2018 7:05 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    October 15, 2018

    Membership Dues Update

    SMRO Executive Directors,
     
    On May 20, 2019 some of the membership dues for the Motorcycle Riders Foundation will increase for the first time in many years. This decision was not made lightly. As we continue to fight for your right to ride, with new and emerging threats on the horizon, this action is necessary to ensure your MRF has the tools it needs to continue to be an aggressive advocate for riders across the United States.
     
    Before this increase goes into effect, we are offering our most loyal members and supporters a chance to renew your membership at the current price. Whether you are an individual member or have a joint membership or a sustaining membership, we need your continued support. None of us can fight the enemy alone, but together we can make the difference and ensure that future generations can ride free while preserving our lifestyle.
     
    Don’t miss the May 20 deadline and don’t wait! Renew or upgrade your membership today before the increase!


     Membership Tier
     Previous Price
    New Price
     Individual
     $30  $35
     Joint
     $50  $60
     3-Yr Individual
     $80  $95
     3-Yr Joint
     $130  $140


    Join the MRF today!

    About Motorcycle Riders Foundation
    The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) provides leadership at the federal level for states’ motorcyclists’ rights organizations as well as motorcycle clubs and individual riders. The MRF is chiefly concerned with issues at the national and international levels that impact the freedom and safety of American street motorcyclists. The MRF is committed to being a national advocate for the advancement of motorcycling and its associated lifestyle and works in conjunction with its partners to help educate elected officials and policymakers in Washington and beyond.

  • 10/11/2018 7:04 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    For Immediate Release

    October 11, 2018

    Trump Directs EPA to Allow Year-Round E-15 Gas Sales


    Ahead of a scheduled visit to Iowa on Tuesday, President Donald Trump granted the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) authority to lift restrictions on higher blend of ethanol E-15 year-round. By lifting the restriction, the EPA will begin the arduous task of creating and seeking public comment on the new regulations going forward. The EPA anticipates the new rule making process will be completed by early June 2019 and would allow the sale of E-15 during summer of 2019. Currently, the sale of E-15 during the summer month’s is prohibited in some states due to the Clean Air Act.


    “We want to get more fuel into the system,” Trump told reporters before boarding Marine One to travel to a rally in Council Bluffs, Iowa. “This is great for our farmers, and it's a promise I made during the campaign, and as you know I keep my promises.”

    The expansion of the Renewable Fuel Standard has resulted in higher content of ethanol-blended gasoline at gas stations across America. These higher blends, like E-15 and E-85, have not been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use in small engines like those in motorcycles. This is due to concerns for potential damage to fuel lines, injectors, seals, gaskets, and valve seats, as well as to carburetors. As a result, many motorcycle manufacturers now include statements in the manual that any warranty would be voided if E-15 or higher is used.

    What does this mean for our motorcycles? Well, we already know that EPA guidance on E-15 fuel prohibits the use in your motorcycle along with a host of other small engines. The Motorcycle Riders Foundation believes that, until higher blends of ethanol can be approved for use by both the EPA and motorcycle manufactures, the federal government must guarantee the availability of fuel blends containing no more than 10 percent ethanol (E-10) at gas stations around the country. The MRF fully intends to submit comment when it becomes available in the new rule making process in the coming months.

    So, what can we do right now? You may remember over the summer the MRF teamed up with representatives from the marine, motorcycling and outdoor power equipment on Capitol Hill in conjunction with Congressional Motorcycle and Boating Caucuses to discuss concerns over higher ethanol blends and lack of consumer education about the associated risks with ethanol. In conjunction with this event, we kicked off our support for H.R. 5855, the Consumer Protection and Fuel Transparency Act of 2018. Authored by Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA) and Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL), the legislation would require EPA to revise the labeling requirements at fuel pumps that dispense E-15 and conduct a consumer education about the risks of using it in vehicles and equipment that are prohibited from using E-15 (i.e. YOUR MOTORCYCLE).

    You can follow the link below and ask your U.S. Representative to support H.R. 5855 and help protect consumers unknowingly using a fuel blend that will not only damage your motorcycle, and void your warranty but the EPA has decided is illegal to put in your motorcycle.


    Support HR 5855 - My Motorcycle, My Choice


    About Motorcycle Riders Foundation
    The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) provides leadership at the federal level for states’ motorcyclists’ rights organizations as well as motorcycle clubs and individual riders. The MRF is chiefly concerned with issues at the national and international levels that impact the freedom and safety of American street motorcyclists. The MRF is committed to being a national advocate for the advancement of motorcycling and its associated lifestyle and works in conjunction with its partners to help educate elected officials and policymakers in Washington and beyond.

  • 09/28/2018 3:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    For Immediate Release

    September 28, 2018

    The Motorcycle Riders Foundation Releases its 2019 Legislative Agenda


    WASHINGTON, DC – This week, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) released its 2019 Legislative Agenda to its partners and supporters. A direct result of the commentary and discussion from attendees at the Legislative Strategy Session held at the annual Meeting of the Minds, this exercise establishes the MRF’s Federal Legislative Agenda for the upcoming year.

    “Our legislative agenda, which is determined by our members each year, ensures that the MRF is laser-focused on those issues important to motorcyclists nationwide,” said President Kirk ‘Hardtail’ Willard. “Our network of volunteers and staff are some of the most talented and influential in the world of motorcycle rights, and we look forward to working with the Administration and our Senate and House leaders in identifying legislation that will not only defend, but enhance the motorcycle lifestyle and community.”

    The MRF’s legislative agenda showcases the diverse range of interests that the organization advocates on behalf of each year, with issues impacting independent riders, State Motorcycle Rights Organizations, motorcycle and riding clubs, the aftermarket industry and others in the community.

    In addition, the Agenda prioritizes aggressive campaigns to combat government intrusion with a particular emphasis on motorcycle profiling, overreach by the Environmental Protection Agency, highly automated and connected vehicles, as well as new initiatives on the clarification of the ownership of vehicle data and information.
    To learn more about the Motorcycle Riders Foundation and review the 2019 Legislative Agenda, click here: https://mrf.org/legislative-tools/

    About Motorcycle Riders Foundation
    The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) provides leadership at the federal level for states’ motorcyclists’ rights organizations as well as motorcycle clubs and individual riders. The MRF is chiefly concerned with issues at the national and international levels that impact the freedom and safety of American street motorcyclists. The MRF is committed to being a national advocate for the advancement of motorcycling and its associated lifestyle and works in conjunction with its partners to help educate elected officials and policymakers in Washington and beyond.

  • 09/25/2018 11:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    For Immediate Release

    September 25, 2018

    The Motorcycle Riders Foundation announces the 2018 Freedom Fighter Hall of Fame Inductees

    The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) is pleased to release the names of the class of 2018 Inductees to the Motorcycle Riders Foundation Freedom Fighters Hall of Fame (MRF HOF). These were presented in Denver at the annual Meeting of the Minds conference.

    To include deserving activists from the motorcyclists' rights community that have already been recognized elsewhere, the class of 2018 Legacy Inductees are: Keith “Bandit” Ball, Mark Buckner, Wayne Curtin, Michael “Balls” Farabaugh, Still Ray Fitzgerald, Richard Gray, Bob Illingworth, Nathan “Buck” Kittredge, Ed Netterberg, Sherman Packard, Todd Vandermyde, Paul Vestal, Penny Walker and Ed Youngblood.

    The first new inductee into the MRF HOF is President of ABATE of Michigan, Vince Consiglio.

    Vince joined ABATE of Michigan in 1975, and almost immediately was elected to the Board of Directors. He had spent almost four decades fighting against the mandatory helmet law in his home state before the victory finally became a reality in 2012. Vince has been a Chief Instructor since 1980 and has managed rider training ever since. He is also the current President of ABATE of Michigan and has held that position for over two decades.

    The Motorcycle Riders Foundation is proud to welcome this inaugural class and wishes to thank all the Freedom Fighters that work so hard to ensure that future generations can enjoy the freedom of the road through motorcycling.

    About Motorcycle Riders Foundation
    The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) provides leadership at the federal level for states’ motorcyclists’ rights organizations as well as motorcycle clubs and individual riders. The MRF is chiefly concerned with issues at the national and international levels that impact the freedom and safety of American street motorcyclists. The MRF is committed to being a national advocate for the advancement of motorcycling and its associated lifestyle and works in conjunction with its partners to help educate elected officials and policymakers in Washington and beyond.

  • 09/20/2018 5:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    For Immediate Release

    September 20, 2018

    Motorcycle Riders Foundation Announces Freedom Fighters Hall of Fame

    Motorcycling remains as one of the last true bastions of Freedom. The independence and exhilaration of being “in the wind” can only be understood and appreciated by those who experience it.

    We all know that “freedom is not free”, and for six decades many people have worked tirelessly to insure the rights of motorcyclists. The patriots of the motorcyclists’ rights movement aren’t in the fight for fame or fortune, which is good, because neither tend to find them.

    There are awards and even halls of fame for motorcycling, but those that work to preserve and protect our chosen lifestyle have often been overlooked in favor of racers and celebrities. We do not question that those folks are deserving of accolades, we are simply stating that the true Freedom Fighters have not received the recognition that they have earned.

    To address this, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) is proud to announce the creation of the Motorcycle Riders Foundation Freedom Fighters Hall of Fame (MRF HOF). The permanent display will be housed with other MRF artifacts at the ABATE of Indiana State Office in Bargersville, Indiana.

    The first inductee will be announced at the MRF Meeting of the Minds conference in Denver, Colorado on September 22, 2018.

    Through the years, a number of people from the bikers’ rights community have been a part of various halls of fame and the MRF wishes to include them as well. The MRF HOF will announce a number of Legacy Inductees each year until those deserving recognition in the MRF HOF are featured here, in addition to their previous distinction.

    The MRF wishes to thank our State Motorcyclists’ Rights Organization (SMRO) partners and all of the people that work vigilantly to preserve, protect and promote motorcycling so that future generations can enjoy the freedom of the road.

    For information contact the Motorcycle Riders Foundation at 202-546-0983 ormrfoffice@mrf.org


    About Motorcycle Riders Foundation
    The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) provides leadership at the federal level for states’ motorcyclists’ rights organizations as well as motorcycle clubs and individual riders. The MRF is chiefly concerned with issues at the national and international levels that impact the freedom and safety of American street motorcyclists. The MRF is committed to being a national advocate for the advancement of motorcycling and its associated lifestyle and works in conjunction with its partners to help educate elected officials and policymakers in Washington and beyond.


  • 09/12/2018 8:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    For Immediate Release

    September 12, 2018

    It's Not to late to join us for Meeting of the Minds



    Meeting of the Minds 2018 is only one week away, and we hope that we will see you in Denver, CO.

    If you are considering joining us and have not registered, you can still register online until Friday, September 14th.  After Friday, we can take care of your registration in person in Denver.


    The details:

    • September 20-23rd
    • Renaissance Denver Hotel, 3801 Quebec St., Denver, CO 80207
    • 300 of your closest Freedom Fighters
    • Don’t miss out on our jam-packed agenda (MOTM Agenda)

     

    Here’s what you need to do:

    • Pack your motorcycle.
    • Hit the open road.
    • Join us and other motorcycle rights activists from around the country in Denver, CO.

             

    If you have any questions about Meeting of the Minds 2018, please feel free to reach to Fred Harrell at fred@mrf.org

    Official Sponsors of Meeting of the Minds 2018





    About Motorcycle Riders Foundation
    The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) provides leadership at the federal level for states’ motorcyclists’ rights organizations as well as motorcycle clubs and individual riders. The MRF is chiefly concerned with issues at the national and international levels that impact the freedom and safety of American street motorcyclists. The MRF is committed to being a national advocate for the advancement of motorcycling and its associated lifestyle and works in conjunction with its partners to help educate elected officials and policymakers in Washington and beyond.

  • 08/30/2018 7:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    For Immediate Release

    August 30, 2018

    Passing of Auntie ABATE aka Marlene Bautch


    It is with great sadness that I must inform you that our "Auntie ABATE", Marlene Bautch has lost her battle with cancer.

    Marlene helped guide the direction of ABATE of WI over the last twenty-five years by doing the jobs of Recording Secretary, Newsletter Editor, and Office Manager alongside of six different Executive Directors and twelve elections. Until earlier this year she had attended over three hundred consecutive board of directors meetings acting as Secretary.

    Marlene's work extended far beyond her elected and appointed positions within ABATE of WI Inc. She was a staunch supporter of the Motorcycle Riders Foundation and presented at dozens of workshops hosted by the organization nationally. Several years ago she was awarded the MRF's highest honor, The Farmer Award, for her work towards the success of the national motorcyclists' rights movement.

    As "Auntie ABATE", Marlene sought to offer common sense advice about ABATE of WI and our issues through the words of a sweet old Polish auntie. Her adherence to the rules and bylaws of the organization may have ruffled a few feathers along the way but it also encouraged many regional leaders to work together to grow and make ABATE of WI the legislative powerhouse it is today.

    Marlene's support and knowledge of the organization helped everyone she worked with to maximize their already defective "volunteer gene". Her tireless efforts towards the success of ABATE of WI will be greatly missed. It's going to take a lot of effort to fill her shoes.

    As more information becomes available from her family, ABATE of WI will be sharing it with our great extended family. We offer condolences to her husband Twit and ask that you respect his privacy at this time. 


    We will all miss you Marlene.  


    Dave "Chubby" Charlebois
    Executive Director
    ABATE of WI Inc.


    About Motorcycle Riders Foundation
    The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) provides leadership at the federal level for states’ motorcyclists’ rights organizations as well as motorcycle clubs and individual riders. The MRF is chiefly concerned with issues at the national and international levels that impact the freedom and safety of American street motorcyclists. The MRF is committed to being a national advocate for the advancement of motorcycling and its associated lifestyle and works in conjunction with its partners to help educate elected officials and policymakers in Washington and beyond.

  • 08/29/2018 4:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    For Immediate Release

    August 29, 2018

    Motorcycle Riders Foundation Announces

    Resignation of Vice-President of Government Affairs

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) announced that Vice-President, Government Affairs & Public Relations Megan Ekstrom has resigned from her position effective October 9, 2018. The Board had appointed Ekstrom to the role in May 2016. During her tenure, she served as the chief association advocate on legislative and regulatory issues at the federal level that impacted motorcyclists’ rights and safety and played a primary role in promoting and expanding the MRF’s government and regulatory affairs missions.

    “I was disappointed in learning of Megan’s departure, as I felt we have indeed made great progress since her coming aboard,” said Kirk “Hardtail” Willard, President and Chairman of the Board. “I genuinely wish her the best and am grateful for her service and assistance in finding a suitable replacement.”

    Ekstrom has accepted a position in global government affairs for Procter and Gamble, a Fortune 50 company, where she will advocate in front of Congress on behalf of their consumer product line and international trade concerns.

    “Leaving the MRF has been a truly difficult decision to make, however with the current staff and leadership within the Board of Directors and state partners, the organization is exceptionally well positioned strategically and is supported by a dedicated membership. I have no doubt that the MRF will continue to be a ‘force to be reckoned with’ in the future,” Ekstrom said of her departure.

    A search committee to identify candidates will be formed in the coming days. The process will be expedited to ensure a smooth transition period between Ekstrom’s departure and the new hire’s start date.


    About Motorcycle Riders Foundation
    The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) provides leadership at the federal level for states’ motorcyclists’ rights organizations as well as motorcycle clubs and individual riders. The MRF is chiefly concerned with issues at the national and international levels that impact the freedom and safety of American street motorcyclists. The MRF is committed to being a national advocate for the advancement of motorcycling and its associated lifestyle and works in conjunction with its partners to help educate elected officials and policymakers in Washington and beyond.

  • 08/16/2018 10:27 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    For Immediate Release

    August 16, 2018

    MRF President Inducted into Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame

    The Motorcycle Riders Foundation would like to congratulate Chairman of the Board and President of the MRF, Kirk "Hardtail" Willard, on his induction into the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame during the 78th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Willard was the recipient of the "Freedom Fighter Award" which recognizes individuals who have made a long-term, positive impact on the motorcycle rights community.


    If you couldn't attend the Hall of Fame breakfast, you can watch his induction speech by clicking the link below.

    MRF President Kirk Willard Inducted into Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame


    About Motorcycle Riders Foundation
    The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) provides leadership at the federal level for states’ motorcyclists’ rights organizations as well as motorcycle clubs and individual riders. The MRF is chiefly concerned with issues at the national and international levels that impact the freedom and safety of American street motorcyclists. The MRF is committed to being a national advocate for the advancement of motorcycling and its associated lifestyle and works in conjunction with its partners to help educate elected officials and policymakers in Washington and beyond.

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