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  • 04/04/2019 3:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    For Immediate Release

    April 4, 2019

    Vince Consiglio to join other Freedom Fighters in the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Hall of Fame

    The Motorcycle Riders Foundation would like to Congratulate Vince Consiglio of Michigan on his nomination and soon to be induction into the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Freedom Fighters Hall of Fame. Each year, the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame recognizes individuals or groups who have made a long-term, positive impact on the motorcycling community.

    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.

    There is no one in the motorcyclists rights movement that has held the title of State President for 25 years, managed rider education for nearly 40 years all while battling a mandatory helmet law for nearly 40 years.

    Vince is also a constant presence representing the motorcyclists of Michigan in our Nations’ Capitol working closely with the Motorcycle Riders Foundation. ABATE of Michigan under Vince's leadership has fostered effective working relationships with numerous members of Congress. Many of the federal bills brought forth on behalf of the motorcyclists of this nation were sponsored and co-sponsored by members of Congress from Michigan who were designated as Legislative Champions by the Motorcycle Riders Foundation.

    Vince has been recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Motorcycle Riders Foundation as well as having been inducted into the Motorcycle Riders Foundation Hall of Fame in 2018.

    Other Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame 2019 Inductees are: Frank Fritz, Jill Parham, Ron Paugh, Danny Fitzmaurice, Ron Finch, Terry Rymer, Gloria Struck and Lonnie Isam Jr 'in memoriam'.

    If you are planning on traveling to Sturgis for the 2019 Rally, consider joining the strong contingent of Motorcycle Rider Foundation members that will be in attendance at the Induction breakfast and ceremony on Wednesday August 7th at The Lodge at Deadwood. 

    Tickets are available here:  https://www.sturgismuseum.com/hof

  • 03/26/2019 3:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    For Immediate Release

    March 26, 2019

    House of Representatives Introduced a Resolution Addressing Motorcyclist Profiling

    Today champions of the motorcyclist community in the House of Representatives introduced a resolution addressing motorcyclist profiling. The resolution (H. Res. 255) has three key points:

    (1) promoting increased public awareness on the issue of motorcyclist profiling;
    (2) encouraging collaboration and communication with the motorcycle community and law enforcement to engage in efforts to end motorcycle profiling; and
    (3) urging State law enforcement officials to include statements condemning motorcyclist profiling in written policies and training materials.


    The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) applauds Congressman Walberg (R-MI), Congressman Peterson (D-MN), Congressman Burgess (R-TX) and Congressman Pocan (D-WI) for introducing this bipartisan resolution in the House of Representatives. These four Members of Congress introduced an identical bill in the last Congress which garnered 37 cosponsors but unfortunately failed to reach the House floor for a vote.

    While the previous effort in the House failed, the United States Senate, in December 2018 passed an identical resolution regarding motorcyclist profiling. The MRF was proud to take a leading role in passing this Senate anti-profiling resolution. The United States Senate is now on record calling for the end of motorcyclist profiling.

    The MRF is committed to working with the state motorcycle rights organizations (SMROs), coalitions, COC’s, the Motorcycle Profiling Project (MPP), the National Council of Clubs (NCOC), the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM), and independent riders to advance H. Res. 255.

    President of the MRF, Kirk ‘Hardtail’ Willard, stated “We once again thank Congressmen Walberg, Peterson, Burgess and Pocan for their leadership on this important issue. Motorcyclists in every state are impacted by profiling and we appreciate these Congressmen bringing the issue before the House of Representatives.”

    To ask your U.S. House of Representative to cosponsor H. Res. 255, please take action at the link below:

     Take Action H.Res 255


  • 02/22/2019 2:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    For Immediate Release

    February 22, 2019

    Michael “Fiz” Przybylo of Michigan Passes Away

    The Motorcycle Riders Foundation was saddened to hear of the passing of Michael “Fiz” Przybylo.

    Fiz was a Vietnam Vet serving in the Army and a long-time motorcycle rights freedom fighter. He served on the A.B.A.T.E of Michigan Board of Directors for 30 plus years and he was a long time MRF State Rep for Michigan. Fiz attended the MRF’s Meeting of The Minds conference for over two decades, his dedication, experience, and enthusiasm were an inspiration to all who attended.  He owned a bike shop which allowed him to provide valuable insight and resources to the MRF during the Tier 1 and 2 and our custom bike exemption efforts during the EPA's misguided "Color and Chrome" initiative.

    After so many years of dedication and enthusiastic support "Fiz" was awarded the MRF's highest award, the John "Farmer" Eggers award.

    A.B.A.T.E of Michigan, the MRF, and the motorcyclist’s right community will miss him deeply.

    Link to entire obituary: 
    https://www.santeiufuneralhome.com/obituary/michael-przybylo

    Memorial visitation Saturday, March 2nd, 3 pm - 8 pm with Eulogies at 6 pm at the John N. Santeiu & Son Funeral Home, Garden City, Michigan.

    In lieu of flowers, family suggests memorials to
    A.B.A.T.E of Michigan, P.O. Box 99, Constantine, MI 49042

  • 02/11/2019 6:28 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    For Immediate Release

    Nominees Wanted - Class of 2019 Motorcycle Riders Foundation Hall of Fame (MRFHOF)

    February 7, 2019

    In September of 2018, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation Hall of Fame (MRFHOF) was introduced at the Meeting of the Minds in Denver, Colorado. This institution was created to recognize individuals that have worked through the MRF to positively impact motorcycling.
    The Motorcycle Riders Foundation is proud to announce that the nomination process for the next class of inductees into the MRFHOF is now open.

    The nomination form and a timeline are posted on the MRF website at: 

    https://mrf.org/mrf-hall-of-fame/

  • 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.


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