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   Aid to Injured Motorcyclists                                                                             NATIONAL COALITION
                                                                                                            OF MOTORCYCLISTS


                                                                                                       In This Issue

EPA TARGETS                                                           Biker Discrimination ........................................................2
                                                                      AIM Attorneys Fight for Bikers’ Rights ..........................4
                                                                      NCOM News Section..............................................Starts 6

MOTORCYCLES                                                           Independent Shop Guide ........................................Starts 7
                                                                      Confederation of Clubs....................................................11
Emissions Tightened……....................SEE PAGE 2                   ICOM International Legislation ......................................13

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     In one of his first official acts as incoming             riders, these regulations may actually have the                health care coverage, but benefits can be denied if the
Secretary of Health & Human Services under                     opposite effect.                                               employee is injured while participating in those activities.
President George W. Bush, former Wisconsin State                    The original intent of the legislation, the Health             In other words, according to the new regulations,
Governor Tommy Thompson, an avid motorcyclist                  Insurance Portability Act of 1996, was to protect              your employer can’t deny you insurance coverage
himself, revealed that after personally reviewing the          employees from being discriminated against by being            because you ride a motorcycle, but the insurance
interim final rules for nondiscrimination in health            denied coverage “due to their participation in activities      carrier can refuse you coverage if you’re involved in
care coverage, his office could not find legal                 such as motorcycling, snowmobiling, all-terrain vehicle        a motorcycle accident.
justification to modify or disallow the new regulations.       riding, horseback riding, skiing and other similar                  According to Thompson’s findings, the root of
     In effect, this finding revokes the efforts of            activities,” according to the Congressional Record             the problem is the McCarren-Ferguson Act, passed in
multitudes of motorcyclists who successfully lobbied           from that time.                                                the 1940’s to ensure that insurance benefits shall be
Congress in 1996 to guarantee access to medical                     But on January 5, 2001, in the waning days of the         regulated at the state, not federal, level.
benefits for employees injured in motorcycle accidents.        Clinton Administration, the three federal agencies                  Bikers from coast to coast worked hard to enact
For the past several years, motorcyclists have right-          involved in the rulemaking process to codify the               legal protections against insurance discrimination, and
fully believed that we had won the federally                   legislation into federal regulations released the new          yet these new rules render all that effort meaningless.
protected right to medical benefits from our health            rules which appear to completely contradict the original            So, it’s back to the drawing board for bikers
care providers in the event of an accident. But                Congressional intent.                                          rights advocates, who are already busy preparing the
now, nearly five years since bikers from across                     The new rules, which went into effect May 8,              next legislative plan to protect riders’ rights to
the country successfully lobbied Congress to ban               2001, basically say that motorcycle riders and participants    insurance benefits...whether it be in Congress or
health insurance discrimination against motorcycle             in other recreational activities cannot be excluded from       State Houses across the Nation.

   BIKERS DEMAND EQUAL RIGHTS                                                                             EPA TO REGULATE
   “Bikers across the nation are revving up for a fight against                                        OFF-ROAD BIKES, STREET
discrimination after complaints that they’re being shut out of
restaurants and hotels because of their image as hell-raising thugs.                                    MOTORCYCLES NEXT!
Motorcyclists say the image of leather-clad bikers who rumble into town                                  Even as the federal Environmental Protection Agency finalizes their
on their Harley-Davidsons and raise a ruckus is sadly outdated.’’                                    first ever emissions standards for off-road motorcycles and ATV’s, a
   – The Associated Press (AP)
                                                                                                     draft proposal indicates that the EPA’s next step will be to adopt
                                                                                                     California’s tough new emissions standards for all new street motorcycles
    “Proponents say the law is aimed at thwarting a tired stereotype,
that of the marauding outlaw biker. The truth, they say, is a plainer                                sold nationwide beginning in 2006.
picture of regular folks who enjoy riding, belonging to motorcycle clubs                                 Under recently enacted emissions regulations in California, beginning
and wearing the colors of their groups, generally stitched on some form                              in 2004 new motorcycles must emit no more than 1.4 grams per kilometer
of black leather garment.”                                                                           of hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides, and 12 grams per kilometer of
    – The New York Times                                                                             carbon monoxide. The proposed federal standard would be the same, but
                                                                                                     would go into effect in 2006.
    “America’s next official victim group may be roaring your way on
their Harley-Davidsons. Bikers are sick and tired of rampant antibiker                                  California’s two-tiered standard gets tougher in 2008, with a limit of
bigotry, so they are seeking status as a legally protected class in Ohio,                            0.8 grams per kilometer of hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides and 12
Georgia, South Carolina, and several other states. The idea is to end all                            grams per kilometer of carbon monoxide. Again, the proposed federal
the ridicule, the tattoophobia, the tendency among apprehensive                                      standard would be the same, but would not go into effect until 2010.
roadhouse owners to seat them at remote tables. ‘To me, it’s kind of like
                                                                                                        The current federal emissions standard for on-road motorcycles is 5.0
the back of the bus,’ said a Harley-riding Georgia state senator.”
                                                                                                     grams per kilometer of hydrocarbons and 12 grams per kilometer of
    - U.S. News & World Report
                                                                                                     carbon monoxide.
    What’s all the buzz about?                 of access to public accommodations to                    Motorcycle manufacturers are expected to utilize fuel injection and
“Equal Access” legislation has been            persons because they ride motorcycles                 catalytic converters in order to meet the strict new regulations.
introduced in at least 19 states over the      or wear motorcycle attire.
past few years, with Minnesota passing                                                                  Currently, off-highway motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles aren't
                                                   For too long, citizens who enjoy
such a law three years ago, but recent                                                               regulated by any federal emissions standards, but will now be ''encouraged''
                                               riding motorcycles and who are
bills in Ohio, South Carolina and              participating in motorcycle clubs have                to switch from two-stroke engines to four-stroke engines in 2006. In
Georgia have captured the media’s              been treated unfairly while trying to gain            addition, all-terrain vehicles would also need to meet a stricter limit
interest as bikers seek to outlaw              access or entry into establishments                   beginning in 2009.
discrimination against motorcycle riders.      open to the general public,” Patton
    “We are talking about people being         testified at the bill’s hearing.                          The EPA, which has regulated everything from leaf blowers to hair
excluded from apartment houses,                    Last year, Texas bikers succeeded                 dryers, had planned to include tougher new emissions standards for both
motels, restaurants and nightclubs just        in getting an Equal Access bill through               off-road and on-road motorcycles, but in a surprise move said it will
because they are wearing biker attire,”        the state legislature nearly unanimously,             issue a separate proposal for street bikes early in 2002.
said Ralph Buss, Aid to Injured                only to have it vetoed at the last minute
Motorcyclists (AIM) attorney for Ohio,         by their governor. Illinois passed a                      The National Coalition of Motorcyclists, along with the American
who initiated the first biker anti-            “Bikers-Rights” bill through their legislature        Motorcyclist Association and the Motorcycle Riders Foundation, encourages
discrimination bill in the country in 1994     earlier this year, but the governor                   concerned riders and motorcyclists rights organizations to make their
when a client was denied service               amended the bill through special                      feelings known to the EPA and their elected officials on this important
at a restaurant.                               “amendatory veto” powers to include
                                                                                                     issue which could affect the future of motorcycling as we know it.
    Ohio State Rep. Sylvester Patton           controversial gay rights provisions,
introduced HB 238 to prohibit the denial       effectively killing the bill.
                                                                                                                    • National Coalition of Motorcyclists • Volume 02 Issue #1 • Page 3 •
                                                                                                                       has become the fastest            shortly after the tragedy of September 11, I received, on behalf of

A View From                                                                                                            growing part of biker’s rights
                                                                                                                       in the U.S., and their wins are
                                                                                                                       beginning to be noticed.
                                                                                                                                                         NCOM and it’s member groups, from Neil Liversidge; president
                                                                                                                                                         of MAG (Motorcyclists Action Group) of the U.K. and a
                                                                                                                                                         member group of ICOM (International Coalition of Motorcyclists) the

the Founder                                                                                                            County fairs and other gov-
                                                                                                                       ernmental sponsored activi-
                                                                                                                       ties may not refuse entry to a
                                                                                                                       club member because of the
                                                                                                                                                         following message;

                                                                                                                                                         ”It is right that our leaders condemn this act of war. It is not, however,
                                                                                                                                                         enough that only they do so. The enemies of democracy must know
                                                                                                                       patch they wear; the wear-        that not only do the political leaders of the free world have the will to
Richard M. Lester                                                                                                      ing of colors is not probable
                                                                                                                       cause to stop and search
                                                                                                                                                         resist and defeat terrorism, but that the ordinary people possess that
                                                                                                                                                         same resolve”
                                                                                                                       patch holders. A club belt               ”The perpetrators of this infamous crime should know that they
      Every now and then I think it’s a good idea to step back and                                                     buckle is not sufficient cause    are not merely opposed by a political elite but by hundreds of
take a look at the bikers rights movement, where it has been and                                                       to provoke a maximum              millions of ordinary and right-thinking people throughout the world.
where it is headed.                                                                                                    sentence and with many states     At this time, ordinary people everywhere should communicate to the
      On the one hand, many of the state motorcycle rights                                                             currently trying to pass equal    citizens of the United States their solidarity and support, as well as
organizations (SMRO) have become very professional and                                                                 access (non-discrimination in     their condolences for the many deaths and tragedies suffered. I
knowledgeable about the task of fighting the “safetycrats” and those                                                   private establishments open       offer mine”.
in government that would deny motorcyclists their individual rights        to the public) legislation we can all look toward the state of                       ”At the Federation of European Motorcyclists (FEMA) Rally in
and freedoms. There have been many successes and victories in the          Minnesota where motorcyclists may no longer be treated as second              Belgium, the official MAG-UK presence will fly the star spangled
ongoing battle for the freedom of the road. The national unity, shown      class citizens. However, we all must be patient for it won’t to be a          banner of the United States alongside the Union Flag of the United
by state and national biker rights organizations, enabled the              short war. Texas, a prime example of what can be accomplished                 Kingdom. By this we will demonstrate our support and solidarity for
movement to defeat the federal mandate (ISTEA) to force the individual     when all the clubs, under superb leadership, came together in four            our American allies who are, like us, citizens of the free world.”
states to enact adult mandatory helmet laws. Subsequently, five            confederations, and joined with the TMRA II (an SMRO), which has
states were able to modify their helmet law, some, after decades           an equally dynamic leader, to change the system from within. These                I am stunned and elated at the unity and brotherhood that we
without their personal freedom of choice. On the other hand,               legislative warriors have influenced helmet modifications, insurance          have all created in the biker world.
the SMRO’s still struggle with membership numbers, pervasive               legislation, biker sensitivity training for Texas cops, and yet had a
apathy and the “graying” of their memberships (lack of incoming            recent set back. After passing equal access legislation through their               P.S. On the dark side, the terrorists and 9/11 has brought on
younger motorcyclists).                                                    legislature with an overwhelming majority and only two hours before           other concerns besides the obvious death, destruction, war on
      We have seen the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM)          it was to become law, the governor vetoed the bill. As I said it won’t        terrorism, and our rage. In many ways, in the rush to protect
expand and unify other segments of the biker community. Retreads           be a short war. I have been assured that the new governor -- and              American lives, some of the constitutional rights we hold so dear
(motorcyclists over the age of 40), Brothers of the Third Wheel            there will be a new governor -- will be more biker friendly.                  may have been undermined and perhaps discarded. We must be
(trikers), Christians (clubs and associations) and of course the                 These other groups have brought a revitalized vigor to the              careful and not throw the “baby out with the bath water”. Our
biggest success story, The Confederation of Clubs (patch holders).         rights movement. I would like to encourage all those interested in            Supreme Court has, in the recent past, liberally interpreted the
The motorcycle clubs have found that the common enemy -- the               their personal freedoms to join us at the National Coalition of               constitutional rights of our citizens, but what the court giveth the
government -- has a goal of removing all patch holders from our            Motorcyclists (NCOM) national Convention held in New Orleans on               court can taketh away. We all must be vigilant that these rights
streets and highways and therefore is more dangerous to their              May 9-11, 2002. We are expecting in excess of 1,000 biker leaders             remain protected. Our nationwide network of A.I.M. Attorney’s
lifestyle than the differences between clubs. They have put aside          from all over the world. The international Convention is held every           throughout our country have pledged to watch over and protect
ego and grievances and unified in a judicial coming together to fight      other year and you can experience the unity that NCOM and ICOM                these rights through the courts, but we all should think about what
governmental intrusion, harassment and general discrimination. This        has helped to create. I personally felt a surge of this unity when            we are giving up in the name of safety.

As Americans, We Can't                                                                                            TOURING
Let the Bad Guys Win...                                                                                           TIDBITS
Bill Bish
NCOM PUBLIC RELATIONS DIRECTOR                                                                                     Bill Carlton
                                                             As a result, America today is less free than
                                                                                                                   NCOM Touring Groups Liaison
                                                        the America that existed on September 10, 2001.
                                                             If you don't believe that, then read the
                                                        recently enacted US PATRIOT anti-terrorism
                                                        YOU a terrorist.
                                                             Or try flying, or learning how to fly.
                                                                                                                                      It's YOUR Hide...
                                                             In the famous words of one of our founding               Have you ever dropped your bike at 30 to 50 MPH on gravel or asphalt and only had a
                                                        fathers, Benjamin Franklin; “Those who would               T-shirt on? The road rash stays with you for weeks and boy, is it painful.
                                                        trade essential Liberty for temporary security,
                                                        deserve neither Liberty or Security.”
                                                                                                                      Here are some statistics from Savage, with Biker Magazine, on why you should always
                                                             As America lays the groundwork for recovery           wear good leathers when riding:
                                                        and restitution, we must strengthen our resolve               IT’S YOUR HIDE: Leathers are the only way to go, as most of us learn after we’ve
                                                        and divert ourselves from the temptations
                                                                                                                   been sand papered and cheese-grated by doing the blacktop bebop a few times.
                                                        of restructuring our system of democracy
                                                        and redefining our liberties. If we do, we                    So dig this desintegration comparison study of scooter-thickness leather vs. other
                                                        deserve neither.                                           materials hitting the payment at 50 miles per hour:
                                                             And the terrorists win!
                                                                                                                       Heavy denim -- a measly 4 feet.
                                                             As American Bikers, we have always come
     We're living in a whole different world today,                                                                    Kevlar (the same material used in bulletproof vests) -- 18 feet
                                                        down on the side of personal choice and
aren't we?
                                                        responsibility in lieu of the blanket of security
     And like everything else unrelated to the                                                                         Yuppie leather (the cheap, thin, Wayne Newton-style crap) -- 29 feet
                                                        offered by our self appointed protectors.
September 11th terrorist attacks, motorcycling
                                                             I was recently being interviewed about a                  Honest-to-God motorcycle-quality leather -- 86 feet
news is diminished in importance and
relevance as our collective attention is diverted to    biker anti-discrimination bill that was introduced            Simply put, when it comes to body armor, don’t be a skinflint—unless you want to
America's ensuing War Against Terrorism.                in Ohio, when the reporter asked me what I
                                                                                                                   someday end up tweezing pieces of gravel outta your skin!
     As Americans we were shocked to discover           thought about Muslims being profiled and
that our envelope of security could be breached.        discriminated against. I told him that even in light
As Americans, we were horrified with the prospect
that foreign hostilities can nestle upon our shores,
                                                        of the recent circumstances, you would never go
                                                        to any bar, restaurant or hotel and find a sign
                                                                                                                                         Run Dates to Remember:
while the perpetrators could remain hidden and          saying, “No Arabs Allowed.” But I can show you                 03-01   thru 10             Daytona Bike Week, Daytona Beach, FL
protected in faraway retreats. As a free and open       places that post signs proclaiming “No                         04-05   thru 15             Arizona Bike Week, Phoenix, AZ
society, Americans are rightfully angry and             Motorcycles Allowed.” So, terrorists would be                  04-24   thru 28             Laughlin River Run, Laughlin, NV
understandably frightened about the prospect of         welcomed in places where bikers are banned.                    05-09   thru 11             17th Annual NCOM Convention, New Orleans, Louisiana
such attacks on our own soil. And our American               Bikers are the last class of Americans who                05-10   thru 19             SC/NC Dealers' Association Rally, Myrtle Beach, SC
Pride will not allow us to let terrorist bullies win.
                                                        can be legally discriminated against!                          05-27                        Rolling Thunder XII, Washington, DC
     But, as Americans, are we willing to alter our
                                                             This strikes against our very core of our                 06-03   thru   08           Americade, Lake George, NY
way of life and sacrifice our civil rights in
                                                        beliefs, because no group of people believes in                06-08   thru   16           Laconia Bike Week, Laconia, NH
exchange for governmental protections that
hinder our freedom in order to regain some              the concept of Freedom as strongly and                         08-05   thru   11           Black Hills Motor Classic, Sturgis, SD
peace of mind?                                          instinctively as bikers. Freedom has been at the               08-29   thru   09-02        Four Corners Iron Horse Rally, Ignacio, CO
     Apparently, the answer is "YES," as poll after     center of our movement since its very inception,               09-18   thru   22           Golden Aspen Rally, Ruiodoso, NM
poll indicate that our fellow countrymen are willing    and terrorism can't take that away.                            10-17   thru   20           Biketoberfest, Daytona Beach, FL
to give up even more of their rights, if it means            God Bless America, and God Bless the                      11-10                       Love Ride, Castaic Lake, CA
making us feel more safe and secure.                    American Biker!
• Page 4 • National Coalition of Motorcyclists • Volume 02 Issue #1•

Working hand-in-hand with all the legislative efforts throughout the country, the prolific use of the judicial system has provided
an additional weapon in our arsenal to reform public policy; and whether the issue be helmet laws, discrimination, harassment,
access to public areas, or civil rights abuses, A.I.M. attorneys have been at the forefront in defending bikers' rights through
Pro Bono (free) legal services to the motorcycling community. These advocates of motorcyclists' legal rights often serve as
Legal Council to their own state motorcycle rights organizations and Confederations of Clubs, and contribute hundreds of
man-hours and thousands of dollars worth of free legal advice annually to promote and defend our sport and life-style.

  Profile of an A.I.M. Attorney
  We will profile a different A.I.M. attorney with each issue so that you can
                                                                                                 FAN MAIL
                                                                                                     Mr. Lester,
  become familiar with the individuals who are protecting your legal rights.                         I have been impressed thus far with              GEORGIA
                                                                                                     AIM, and your (Georgia AIM Attorney)            NOVEMBER 26

                                                                                                     Gerry Abendroth's response to my                  2001
                                         Randolph Hammock                                            inquiry has been nothing short of exem-
                                                                                                                                                     I believe your organization's efforts to be noble
                                                                                                     Gerry's office has been professional,
                                           Randolph M. Hammock has been an AIM                       courteous and thorough in their duties I        and honorable in intentions. I will be joining my
                                       attorney since January 1996. Although he is                   can tell I'm dealing with pro's!                local ABATE chapter, partially due to your
                                                                                                     They responded to a situation that was          organization and partly due to becoming more
                                       based in the California home office of the Law                partially my doing, in that I waited too        aware that we as motorcyclists have power in
                                       Offices of Richard M. Lester, Mr. Hammock's                   long to contact a lawyer while trying to        numbers while supporting our rights.
                                       legal representation of motorcyclists and                     settle the case myself, putting us danger-
                                                                                                     ously close to blowing the statute of
                                       motorcycle rights organizations has expanded                  limitations. Big mistake. I should have
                                       throughout the United States. Currently, Mr.                  contacted AIM long ago.
                                       Hammock is licensed to practice law in the
                                       States of California, Colorado, Idaho, Indiana,                                                Dear AIM
                                       Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, South                                                          I am writing to                                     AUGUST 5
                                                                                                                                      using the AIM let you know that by                   2001
                                       Dakota, Texas, Utah and Wyoming. He has                                                                         program, I wa
                                                                                                                                      a very good law                   s referred to
                                                                                                                                     Washington, are yer in the Seattle,
                                       participated in establishing local Law Offices                                                Fox.              a by the name
                                                                                                                                                                         of Martin
                                       of Richard M. Lester in some of those states,                                                 This firm has                                     service I have
                                                                                                                                                    been very straig                                  received so far
                                       and he is actively representing AIM clients in                                               in dealing with
                                                                                                                                                      my situation.
                                                                                                                                                                        htforward      recommend an
                                                                                                                                                                                                       AIM attorney
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     , and I would
                                                                                                                                    accident was a                     As my          rider I know.                   to any other
                                       many of these jurisdictions.                                                                 being the hittee
                                                                                                                                                     hit-and-run, wi
                                                                                                                                                                       th me
      Mr. Hammock is a 1983 graduate of the University of San Diego, School of Law,                                                                  , we are still in                Sincerely,
                                                                                                                                   process of settl                     the
                                                                                                                                                    ing this case, an
  and has practiced law full time for the past eighteen years. He has considerable                                                 former insuran                      d my
                                                                                                                                                   ce company is
                                                                                                                                   defendant.                        now the
  jury trial experience and he is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates
                                                                                                                                  Anyway, I am                                      John Murphy
  (ABOTA), which is one of the most exclusive and prestigious trial lawyer organiza-                                                           very ple    ased with the
  tions in the country. He has been serving, on a part-time basis, as a Judge
  pro tem, as well as a judicial arbitrator\mediator for the Los Angeles Superior
  Court since 1988.                                                                                                  r:
                                                                                                                                                      SEPTEMBER 25

      As an AIM attorney, Mr. Hammock has made significant contributions to the                       Dear Mr. Leste                                     2001
                                                                                                                               ied clients referr
  motorcycle rights community. He has successfully represented many clubs through                     Anoth  er of your satisf            .
                                                                                                                         y network to us
                                                                                                      the AIM Attorne                                                                                     d
  the Confederation of Clubs, in various civil rights lawsuits, and has obtained                                                                                                         shler to a frien
                                                                                                                        ler, your Florid
                                                                                                                                         a AIM                         referred Mr. Ti
                                                                                                       Mr. Steven Tish                                 We have since                           service he is
  significant jury verdicts on behalf of injured motorcyclists. Recently, he won a                                                          mptly                         sat isf ied with the
                                                                                                                         ling our case pro             who is also very
                                                                                                       attorney, is hand                       ta
  $790,000.00 verdict in Sacramento, California, on behalf of a member                                                      . Mr. Tishler sen          receiving.
                                                                                                          d professionally                        r
                                                                                                                           our home to tak
                                                                                                                                            e ou                                            siness with your
                                                                                                       representative to                                                  asure doing bu
  of Brothers of the Third Wheel who was injured when struck by a car in a                                               take  pictures.                It has been a ple
                                                                                                        statements and                                  firm.
  funeral procession.                                                                                                                   his staff have
                                                                                                        Either Mr. Ti shler or one of
      Mr. Hammock is one of the strongest assets the motorcycling community                                                                 our case,    Sincerely,
                                                                                                                           of the status of
                                                                                                         kept us advised                     see how
  has on their behalf and we are proud and fortunate to have him as an                                                     occasionally to
                                                                                                         and even called
  AIM attorney.                                                                                          we were recoveri                                                  Rowe
                                                                                                                                                          John and Joyce

                               FREE AT LAST!
   Kansas Biker Finally Gets Justice
     In what hopefully will be the last chapter in the sen-    viction and probation on his felony conviction. After                                Judge Elliott indica-
tencing saga of Richard Aikman, the Kansas biker who           Renner appealed and succeeded in having the case                                ted that Aikman had more
received a prison sentence for wearing a belt buckle,          remanded for resentencing, the sentencing court gave                            than served his sentence.
Aikman appeared on July 18, 2001 at the Osborne                Aikman not only the year in county jail on the misde-                           Aikman       was    visibly
County, Kansas Courthouse for his third sentencing in a        meanor, but also gave him one year in prison on the felony,                     relieved after living an
possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia case            still for wearing the belt buckle.                                              almost three year night-
which originated in 1998.                                             The Kansas Court of Appeals indicated in no uncer-                       mare under the threat of
     As readers may recall, Aikman was twice sentenced         tain terms in their second decision that Aikman’s rights
                                                                                                                                               prison time for such
to jail and prison time for wearing a belt buckle displaying   had been violated by the sentencing court.
                                                                                                                                               minor offenses. Renner
the words “Sons of Silence.” The first two sentences were             The second remand made it clear that Aikman should
                                                                                                                                               said, “I am very glad
successfully appealed by Kansas Confederation of Clubs         be sentenced according to the Kansas Sentencing
                                                                                                                                               to finally see this matter
and A.I.M. Attorney, Keith Renner.                             Guidelines, which mandate probation.
     Both appeals centered around the sentencing court’s              In a very short hearing in the stifling heat of the rural                put to rest.
illegal use of Aikman’s apparel to justify enhancing           Kansas courtroom, Chief Judge William B. Elliott placed                              Rick Aikman has
Aikman’s sentence. The sentencing court maintained that        Richard Aikman on twelve months of probation on both                            sacrificed a great deal in
Aikman’s belt buckle was indicative of gang affiliation.       counts. Upon motion by attorney Renner, Judge Elliott                           his fight for justice. It      Kansas AIM Attorney
                                                                                                                                                                                 Keith Renner
Even though there were no issues relating to gang affili-      then released Aikman from probation based upon his                              takes a lot of guts to
ation, the sentencing court also found that the crimes         supervision by court services personnel for over two and                        stand up for what is right when your foe is the state,
were gang related. In the first sentencing, Aikman             one half years while he was on bond awaiting the outcome                        but Rick stood up and won this victory for all freedom
received one year in county jail on his misdemeanor con-       of his appeals.                                                                 loving people."
                                                                                                                     • National Coalition of Motorcyclists • Volume 02 Issue #1 • Page 5 •

                                                     A.I.M.ingPOINT                                     he’d have wanted to, like a true biker, riding
                                                                                                        his bike to his favorite run.
                                                                                                             Another sad mention goes to Dillan, the

                                                     A.I.M. NATIONAL
                                                                                                        son of Louie and Denise Nobs, who was put
                                                                                                        into a coma as a passenger in his own car
                                                                                                        due to an accident. Get better soon, Dillan.
                                                                                                             Our best wishes go out to those and
                                                                                                                                                            And Now...
                                                     DIRECTOR'S REPORT                                  any other of our family that have suffered
                                                                                                        a tragedy.                                          Aid to
                                                                                                             Remember, the A.I.M. Attorneys and their
                                                                                                        staff are there for you, 24/7, through our
                                                     Joey Lester                                        nationwide toll-free hotline, 1-800-ON-A-
                                                                                                        BIKE. Use them with the knowledge that not

                                                       Group has come into the program to further
                                                                                                        only are you getting the best legal service, but
                                                                                                        that a significant portion of the attorney’s fees
                                                       bikers’ rights through its ability to increase   go back to the motorcycle community through
                                                       and protect the settlements that injured         Aid to Injured Motorcyclists and the National
                                                       motorcyclists get as compensation, thanks to     Coalition of Motorcyclists (A.I.M. & NCOM).
                                                       the terrific efforts of our A.I.M. Attorney           Stop by and see me or some of our
                                                       Network. This is done by utilizing higher        other dedicated A.I.M. people at any of
     With a few sad exceptions, this has been        interest structured settlement. Private indus-     the hundreds of motorcycle events
a great year for A.I.M. & NCOM. Some new             try comes through for bikers!                      across the country. Bring your riding
strong supporters have come on board. In                  We have also seen the return of many of       buddies over to our A.I.M. booth for free
joint efforts to promote both their products and     the motorcyclists rights organizations that had    goodies and a free lifetime membership in
at the same time do some good for motorcy-           parted ways with NCOM in the past. That,           A.I.M., they’ll thank you for it.
clists and bikers rights across the country by       combined        with    the     ever-expanding
supporting the A.I.M. and NCOM programs.             Confederation of Clubs, has made A.I.M. and
     Easyriders stores came on board and             NCOM stronger than ever, with a great
now put A.I.M./NCOM literature in all of its 37      outlook for the upcoming Convention and
stores across the country. Easyriders maga-          the future of riders’ rights in North America,
zine has long been the pre-eminent magazine          and beyond.
in the biker community with a long history of             I want to take an opportunity to thank all
supporting bikers’ rights.                           those unsung heroes without whom the
     The newly revamped Indian Motorcycle            A.I.M./NCOM programs would not be possi-
Company is also making a strong comeback,
not only on the street but also in biker's rights.
The Silver Spoke award 2001 for Commerce
                                                     ble; the A.I.M. Chiefs of Staff (COS) and AIM
                                                     Reps. From the top, our National Chief of
                                                     Staff Louie Nobs, to Denise, Gunny, Jenny,
                                                                                                                                                                 YES, A.I.M. still handles
went to Indian head man, Ray Sotello, and the        Jeannie, Jim, Kat and all those too numerous                                                           ALL types of PERSONAL
Silver Spoke for Entertainment in 2000 went          to name, who work booths and dedicate their
to Indian spokesman, actor Branscomb                 time to helping their fellow bikers, “Thanks for                                                       INJURY matters, but now we have
Richmond.           Indian is also putting           all the good work!”
A.I.M./NCOM literature in all their stores                On a sad note, long time friend and asso-                                                         A.I.M. Attorneys who accept
nationwide and will be bringing one of their         ciate John L. Randolph was killed on his
new models to the 2002 NCOM Convention               motorcycle riding on the way to the Laughlin                                                           CRIMINAL CASES as well...and
in New Orleans.                                      River Run in Nevada. John had been with us, an Internet website for bik-      from the start, and as Chief of Staff at the Law                                                       your initial phone consultation is
ers is also using its resources to help promote      Offices of Richard M. Lester, he had a special                     In Memory of
and further the A.I.M./NCOM programs.                rapport with the biker community. He was                          John Randolph                        still FREE!
     Last but not least, the James Street            always there for us, and at least he died as                     AIM Chief of Staff

                 Settlements & Verdicts
                In answer to the many inquiries regarding the A.I.M. attorney track record and in an attempt to keep motorcyclists
                   informed as to the results of the continuing battle for their legal rights, we submit the following case studies.

     MOTORCYCLIST STRUCK BY                                                                                           KID RUNS STOP
     FUNERAL PROCESSION                                                                                               SIGN AND
     $790,000 Jury Verdict                                                                                            BROADSIDES
         FACTS: The plaintiff was on his motorcycle waiting at a major inter-
     section for several minutes while a funeral procession was in the course of
     crossing the intersection. The intersection and the procession were controlled
     by a licensed funeral motorcycle escort officer employed by the California
     Motorcycle Funeral Escort Company. After the officer left the intersection, the
     plaintiff entered it on a green light and was broadsided by a member of the                                           FACTS:          Plaintiff was riding as a
     funeral procession who ran the red light believing that he had the right to do so.
         During trial, plaintiff's attorney contended that the escort officer was negli-                              passanger on back of a motorcycle, with
     gent in leaving the intersection too early, and that the funeral home was                                        her husband driving his Harley-Davidson FLHRP Road King Police Model in a
     vicariously negligent in failing to hire sufficient escorts for such a large                                     residential neighborhood. A sixteen year old boy driving a Ford F350 pickup
     procession. Plaintiff also argued that the driver participating in the procession
     was negligent for running the red light when the funeral officer was not con-                                    with a grill guard blew through a stop sign, striking the couple broadside.
     trolling the intersection.
         The driver involved in the accident admitted running the red light, but
     argued that the other defendants were responsible since they had failed to
                                                                                                                           INJURIES:            Although the husband was thrown from the motorcycle and
     adequately control the intersection and the funeral procession.                                                  did not sustain serious injuries, the wife's left leg was almost amputated at the
         The escort officer, the funeral escort company and the mortuary all con-                                     scene. The doctors at the hospital were unable to save it and hereby com-
     tended that the car driver was the sole and exclusive cause of the accident.
                                                                                                                      pleted the amputation below the knee.            She also sustained a fracture to
         INJURIES:        The plaintiff motorcyclist suffered a fractured pelvis, which                               her left arm along with lacerations and contusions. Due to complications,
     required total hip replacement, and other minor injuries.                                                        approximately six months after the accident the doctors amputated her left leg
        RESULTS: Following a ten day jury trial and two and a half days of                                            above the knee.
     the Law Offices of Richard M. Lester succeeded in winning a verdict of
     $790,000.00 for his client. The jury assigned liability as follows: car driver 5                                      RESULTS:             Under representation by Texas A.I.M. Attorney Bill Smith,
     percent, escort company 95 percent, and the mortuary 0 percent.                                                  the case was settled for $1,450,000.00 at a voluntary mediation.
• Page 6 • National Coalition of Motorcyclists • Volume 02 Issue #1•

                                                                                              CHAIRMAN OF THE
       On January 27, 1986, an idea whose time was long overdue, became
    reality. Fourteen years ago, leaders of various motorcycle groups from                    NCOM BOARD OF DIRECTORS
    across America met in Las Vegas to discuss a “coming together” and the
    overwhelming need for a national voice to protect our life-style and right to
    ride. The National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM) was born!
       NCOM is not another association, but rather a bringing together of exist-
                                                                                              James "Doc" Reichenbach
    ing motorcycle groups for the purpose of mutual exchange of information,
    legislative strategy and the combined strength to fight all that is adverse to
    the freedom of the road.
                                                                                                  A    s I write this, ABATE of Florida, Inc. is finalizing plans for our run to the Capitol. It will
                                                                                              be on February 11, exactly five months since our world was changed forever. I cannot express
       The goal and purpose of NCOM is to assist all motorcycle organizations                 how proud I am of my county and my fellow countrymen and women. I also am very thankful
    and individual riders with legal, legislative and other motorcycling issues.              that we supported George W. Bush for President. He has been the best thing that has hap-
    The Coalition will not dictate to any organization, but will be available to              pened to this country since John F. Kennedy told the Russians to get out of Cuba. We now
    assist NCOM member groups through such FREE services as legislative                       have a leader who isn’t afraid to fight. He should be riding around the Capitol with Ben Night
    assistance, nationwide information network, public awareness programs,                    horse Campbell, the esteemed member of the U.S. Senate.
    safety projects, biker anti-discrimination legal and legislative assistance, and              Our rights are under attack as usual, but we now are on the offensive and not holding a
    other important programs and services.                                                    defensive position. We all have learned that we must not be put on defense. It is time to
                                                         The National Coalition of            charge forward and take the high ground. There still isn’t any viable statistics out that prove
                                                      Motorcyclists, now serving over         one way or the other about helmet usage. Also, more and more of us are being turned away
                                                      1,000 rider organizations, groups,      from business establishments for being motorcycle riders.
                                                      clubs and associations, is the              This year is the most important year in the past 10 years. With reapportionment in all states
                                                      fastest growing biker's rights voice    you are either gaining or losing congressmen and women and all your state legislatures' district
                                                      in North America.                       lines are being redrawn. We have an excellent opportunity to elect people who are motorcycle
                                                         Designed for all rider groups,       friendly and who will support us in congress and the state legislatures. This year every state
                                                      this is a united voice for freedom      motorcycle rights organization needs to identify the people who will support us and then get the
                                                      of choice, protection of a life style   vote out to support them. We all have members of our organizations who complain about the
                                                      and the right to ride. It provides      laws in their state, but they aren’t even registered to vote. Remember the people who died on
                                                                                              9-11, they were your fellow Americans and they no longer can help their families by voting for
    member organizations with free legislative information and assistance, newslet-
                                                                                              good government. We must not only protect ourselves, but our families and theirs.
    ters/press releases, loan program, national public relations/public awareness and a
    proven communications network.                                                                The NCOM Convention is in New Orleans this year and everyone needs to get their reser-
       Funded by the Aid to Injured Motorcyclists legal assistance program, NCOM is           vation. The hotel is filling up fast and will be sold out soon. Don’t miss out on a great time.
    your voice through direct input from its member organizations, Board of Directors         The seminars are again outstanding and will provide a wealth of information. It will be hard to
    and National Council.                                                                     top the Convention in Orlando, but we can certainly try.
                                                                                                  I want to thank all the A.I.M. Attorneys for the great work they do. Without them there
                                WELCOME TO NCOM!                                              would be no NCOM or Convention. They support this organization through their generous
      The NCOM Board of Directors would like to welcome new board members Joe
                                                                                              donations to the cause, and we do appreciate their hard work on our behalf.
    "Cowboy" Dickey, state coordinator of ABATE of Pennsylvania; "Little Jimmy"
    Rouse, business manager of the Modified Motorcycle Association of California; and             Lastly, I want to thank our former A.I.M. Attorney Steve Tishler for the over a decade of ser-
    Jimi Ricci, chairman of the Modified Motorcycle Association of Massachusetts.             vice to ABATE of Florida, Inc. He has retired and he will be remembered for always being there
      NCOM would also like to welcome Texoma ABATE, the Sons of Liberty Riders                when we needed him and being a true friend. Keep it in the wind and I’ll see y’all in Naw leans.
    and Sober Bikers United to the NCOM family of Member Groups.
      Welcome Aboard!                                                                             “The Price of Freedom is Eternal Vigilance”
                                                                                                  Thomas Jefferson

                                                                                              been introduced in various States with dif-           how important it is to “Be Involved” in
                                               LEGISLATIVE                                    ferent results, making the statement loud
                                                                                              and clear;
                                                                                                                                                    Your Government, and now it is even
                                                                                                                                                    more important than ever. Those same
                                                                                                 Quitting is not an option, nor                     Elected Officials and Government
                                               REPORT                                         will it ever be!
                                                                                                  One thing that is certain and keeps
                                                                                                                                                    Agencies, who think they know what is
                                                                                                                                                    best for you and I, will take advantage to
                                                                                              this “Freedom Fighter” proud to be asso-              seize every opportunity to put more
                                                                                              ciated with the Motorcycle Rights                     restrictions on our lives, what’s the
                                               Butch                                          Movement , Bikers have recognized long                answer? INVOLVEMENT!
                                                                                              ago their Destiny, that being the Bearers                 The President signed into Law sever-
                                               Harbaugh                                       of the Torch , so to speak, those individu-
                                                                                              als who understand that the rest of
                                                                                                                                                    al Acts after the Sept. 11th Attacks, and
                                                                                                                                                    with the signing of that document, Law
                                                                                              Society depends on us to keep the “Spirit             Enforcement has more ability to invade
                                                                                              of Freedom” alive and We must contin-                 your privacy, seize your property, arrest,
                                               Chairman,                                      ue on our quest to “Pursue Liberty” to                fine, and incarcerate you, from wire taps
                                               NCOM Legislative Task Force                    the best of our ability.                              to guilt by association, our Freedoms are
                                                                                                  I have been very fortunate in my                  under assault. Participation and

“MOVING FORWARD”                                                                              association with NCOM, to travel to visit
                                                                                              many States, visit many Legislatures and
                                                                                                                                                    Involvement, that’s the answer!
                                                                                                                                                       Please get involved in Your
                                                                                              the story is always the same, Bikers are                          Government,
                               The Need to be AWARE...                                        a very well respected Lobbying group,                   Or... Your Government will get
                                                                                              who have learned very well the rules                          involved with YOU!!
   “One step at a time”, as the ole say-          have been either modified, enacted, or      and have entered their Capitols
ing goes, and it seems to work as run-            repealed or introduced by active            with Respect and Dignity, and in                          Yours in Freedom,
ning headfirst into things usually finds          Motorcycle Right Organizations, driven      turn have earned the Respect of those
one either on the floor or standing in line       by the desire of their Members. Some        Elected Officials who we must convince
wondering what happening.                         have been successful with Helmet Law        that we are right.                                        Butch Harbaugh
   It’s been another banner year for the          modification, others have had Insurance         As we look back on this past year and                 Chairman, NCOM-LTF
Motorcycling community throughout the             Laws changed, Handle Bar heights have       the assault of Sept. 11th, we are outraged      
world as well as the good ole USA. With           been modified or removed from the           and hopeful that more American Citizens                   1-503-838-1460
few exceptions, State by State, Laws              books, Equal Access Legislation has         will see the light, I’ve talked in the past of            Call if there is a need for Help!
                                                                                                           • National Coalition of Motorcyclists • Volume 02 Issue #1 • Page 11 •

                                                                                                               S ince the inception of the Confederation of Clubs of Southern California
                                                                                                        back in 1988, patch holders throughout North America have realized that they have
                                                                                                        mutual goals that can be achieved by combining their manpower and brainpower.
                                                                                                        Today, the Confederation of Clubs has become the fastest growing segment of the
                                                                                                        bikers' rights community, with patch holders forming or in the process of organiz-
                                                                                                        ing 56 Confederations in 39 States and three Canadian Provinces. Their unifying
                                                                                                        focus is to fight biker discrimination through the courts and the legislature. All
                                                                                                        Confederations are members of the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM) and
                                                                                                        support their state legislative motorcyclists rights organizations. A.I.M. Attorneys
                                                                                                        serve as Legal Counsel.
                                                                                                               Confederations of Clubs in various states have successfully fought “No
                                                                                                        Bikers Allowed” and “No Colors” signs in restaurants, bars, and hotels/motels;
                                                                                                        stopped harassment by specific law enforcement agencies or agents; lobbied for
                                                                                                        passage of biker anti-discrimination legislation; fought helmet tickets and assisted
                                                                                                        in the fight against mandatory helmet laws; as well as put together charity runs to
                                                                                                        raise money and gifts for the needy.

                                                                                                                                                                OHIO GANG
     BIKERS FIGHT FOR THEIR                                                                                                                                    BILL STRUCK
    FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS                                                                                                                                       DOWN IN
    Two Reno, Nevada bikers who were arrest-
ed after refusing to remove their vests at the
                                                       What was supposed to be a simple visit to
                                                   the courthouse to contest a traffic violation has
                                                                                                           were issued to 10 of the bikers who went
                                                                                                           inside the courthouse with their colors on.
Carson City courthouse have sparked a First        turned into a showdown over freedom of                      Karp, who believes the law will be on the                 As originally feared by many bikers
Amendment debate they say they’ll ride all the     speech, according to Aid to Injured                     side of his clients, said they were singled out     rights advocates, so-called "Gang Laws"
way to the Supreme Court if necessary.             Motorcyclists (AIM) Attorney Kevin Karp,                because they are members of motorcycle              aimed at youth street gangs have been target-
    The two members of the Branded Few             who serves as legal counsel for the Northern            clubs. "If these guys have beards and ride          ing members of motorcycle clubs and using
motorcycle club were arrested March 9, 2001        Nevada Confederation of Clubs.                          bikes, if they are less than Wally Cleaver, they    the new state laws to tack on years to prison
on suspicion of trespassing after they were told       "They were arrested for trespassing on a            get harassed," he said.                             sentences simply because an individual was a
they could not wear their swastika-decorated       public building where they not only had a right             Glen Gurr, chairman of the Northern             member of a motorcycle club. For that rea-
vests inside the courthouse, and they then         to be there, they had an obligation to be there                                                             son, Confederations of Clubs in states with
                                                                                                           Nevada Confederation of Clubs, who received
refused to leave.                                  because of a scheduled court appearance that                                                                gang laws on the books have fought hard to
                                                                                                           a citation said Harley riders are seen as bad
    "We don’t allow people with swastika sym-      day," said Karp. "We’re not talking about the                                                               get motorcyclists specifically exempted from
                                                                                                           guys. "We have businessmen, family men, we
bols in the courtroom," said Carson City           clothing itself, we’re talking about what was                                                               the definition of a "criminal gang."
                                                                                                           are not drug addicts and criminals."
District Judge Michael Griffin, explaining that    written on the vest, and that’s a violation of the                                                                    Kentucky succeeded in doing just
the swastika symbol is disturbing to some          First Amendment."                                           "First off, these men are not in a gang"
                                                                                                                                                               that two years ago, and while the legislative
people and could be disruptive.                        When the two bikers and their lawyer                said Karp. "If these were Shriners or
                                                                                                                                                               work continues in other states, a lower court
    But the bikers believe that the court          showed up in court on March 26 to enter                 Boy Scouts in uniform, they wouldn’t                in Ohio has found that state’s gang law uncon-
shouldn’t tread on their right to express          not guilty pleas to the trespassing charges,            have any problem."                                  stitutionally broad and has struck down the
themselves, saying that asking them to remove      they were supported by more than fifty                      Karp promised to push the issue as far as       law, though concerned bikers still await a
their vests is the same as asking a Boy            motorcyclists from six clubs who gathered               it will go, including all the way to the state’s    final determination by the state’s higher
Scout to remove his uniform; "That uniform         at the courthouse to protest what they view as          highest court.                                      courts.
is who they are, and our vest is who we            an infringement on their First Amendment                    "Quite simply," Karp said, "If this were a                According to the Cincinnati Post, a
are, which is just a bunch of guys who             rights.                                                 legitimate policy, why isn’t it policy across the   Hamilton County judge declared Ohio’s new
love to ride motorcycles."                             For their efforts, citations for trespassing        state?"                                             gang law unconstitutional, saying it is so
                                                                                                                                                               poorly written it could result in gang mem-
                                                                                                                                                               bers being penalized more severely for
                                                                                                                                                               crimes even if they aren’t gang related.

            A RIGHT TO GATHER
                                                                                                                                                                         "A participant in a gang, as the
                                                                                                                                                               statute is written, is conclusively held to be
                                                                                                                                                               promoting gang interests even when he obvi-
                                                                                                                                                               ously is not doing so. The enhanced crime
                                                                                                                                                               becomes one of status of the defendant, not of
     It’s been two years since the All American Motorcycle Club leased         urban Detroit and also rides a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. “I’ve not            the wrongdoing," judge Thomas Crush wrote
 property on South Division Avenue in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for              seen many situations like this, not in a long time.”                            in declaring the gang law unconstitutional.
 use as their clubhouse, and even though there hasn’t been a single                 Katkowsky, the Michigan attorney for Aid to Injured Motorcyclists                    The decision came after five men
 complaint, the city has cited anti-biker zoning codes that may force          (A.I.M.), a nationwide group of motorcycling attorneys who fight for            were indicted for participating in a criminal
 the club’s eviction unless they are granted a special zoning variance         bikers’ civil rights, said the group probably could avoid the conflict by
 usually reserved for sex shops.                                                                                                                               gang, a second-degree felony that carries a
                                                                               simply changing its identity to a military veteran’s club whose mem-            maximum sentence of eight years in prison,
     Commercial zoning for that area allows lodges and social clubs            bers happen to ride motorcycles.
 like veterans’ halls, but motorcycle clubs are considered separately                                                                                          in the first Hamilton County case under
                                                                                    The club was founded in 1985 by members of the Michigan                    the new law.
 — under the same rules that govern adult businesses like X-rated
                                                                               National Guard who became friends because they all reported to                            The men were accused of being
 bookstores and theaters.
                                                                               duty at the Wyoming Armory riding motorcycles. Most of the current              members of the "Folk" street gang and partic-
     The club was warned in September that it needs a regulated use
                                                                               members are veterans.                                                           ipating in criminal gang activity. Crush’s rul-
 variance from the city’s zoning board if it wants to stay, though there
 is no guarantee the variance will be granted because the club is with-             “If we were a Camaro club, we wouldn’t be having this problem,”            ing dismissed the gang-related charges
 in 500 feet of residential neighbors.                                         said Rick Nelson, one of the founders of the club. “A lot of people ride        against one of the men.
     The club president has refused to apply for the variance, saying          motorcycles now. This is just a group of people who are trying to                         "The Ohio statute, as written, cre-
 he would rather fight in court for the group’s constitutional right to        enjoy themselves.”                                                              ates a crime and allows a penalty for activities
 gather.                                                                            On November 21, Kent County Circuit Judge George Buth                      that have not even occurred; i.e. creates a
     ”Why do I want to sign anything that says I agree we are a deficit        declined to give the club a restraining order that would delay the              gang crime and an enhanced gang penalty for
 to our neighborhood?” Ed Nelson said.                                         city’s efforts to enforce a local law that regulates motorcycle clubs the       crimes which are unrelated to gang activity,"
     In an October 2 letter to the club’s lawyer, Assistant City               same way the city restricts adult businesses.                                   Crush wrote. He noted that someone arrested
 Attorney Stanley Bakita wrote, “There are demonstrable adverse                     The city singled out motorcycle clubs when amending the ordi-              under the statute as it now exists could also be
 secondary effects associated with motorcycle clubs not associated             nance in 1988 under pressure from a neighborhood group that had                 charged with "participating in a criminal
 with the other types of clubs ... These differences justify different         trouble with another local motorcycle club that had a record of noise           gang" even if the crime was committed out of
 treatment.”                                                                   disturbances and complaints from neighbors.                                     town and didn’t involve the gang.
     Bakita’s letter warned that the club had until October 30 to apply             Katkowsky said the group will try to have the law overturned
 for a use variance or move out. Otherwise, the club’s officers could
                                                                                                                                                                         Ohio’s gang law applies when three
                                                                               whether or not the city grants a special use permit.                            or more persons operating in a pattern of
 face criminal proceedings, he warned.                                              “The law unfairly restricts individual rights because it discrimi-
     The club’s lawyer, Lawrence Katkowsky, filed a lawsuit against                                                                                            criminal activity are linked to two or more
                                                                               nates against people who ride motorcycles,” he said.                            felony offenses.
 the city on October 31.
     ”It’s a matter of fair treatment,” said Katkowsky, who lives in sub-          - from The Grand Rapids Press                                                         The state has appealed the lower
                                                                                                                                                               court’s decision.
• Page 12 • National Coalition of Motorcyclists • Volume 02 Issue #1•

TEXAS GOVERNOR VETOES BIKER                                                                            ALBUQUERQUE ADOPTS
    Despite an outstanding lobbying effort by the Texas Motorcycle Rights Association and the
four Confederations of Clubs of Texas, and in spite of near unanimous passage in the Texas
                                                                                                         NOISE ORDINANCE
Legislature, Governor Rick Perry vetoed landmark legislation that would have made Texas
the second state to make it illegal to discriminate against motorcycle riders. Minnesota
                                                                                                        New Noise Law Targets Motorcycles
passed the nation’s first biker equal access law in 1998.                                                Evidently, the current administration for the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico, has enact-
    Although House Bill 259 received only two “No” votes in the House of Representatives             ed new regulations targeting motorcycle exhaust systems, as well as making it literally illegal
and passed the Senate unanimously, Perry vetoed the bill with no explanation at the midnight
                                                                                                     to travel in groups.
hour on June 17th, the last day to sign or veto bills.
    “We’ll just have to get a new governor and run another bill through next session,” said              "Due to this legislation, Albuquerque can no longer be considered a biker friendly
Sputnik, Chairman of the TMRA-II and member of the National Coalition of Motorcyclists’              city," according to Barbara Alvar, Chairperson of the New Mexico Motorcyclists Legislative
Legislative Task Force. Perry succeeded former Governor George W. Bush to fulfill his term           Impact Committee.
of office after Bush resigned to run for President, and will stand election this fall.                   Council Bill #FS 0-34 states that; “No person shall operate a motorcycle without (a) a
    JW Rock, Chairman of the Central Texas Confederation of Clubs and Liaison for all Texas          permanent engravature or label entitled ’Motorcycle Noise Emission Control Information’,
Confederations added, “We decided even before the governor’s veto that we’d keep coming
                                                                                                     and (b) a permanent engravature or label on the muffler or exhaust pipe indicating the follow-
back with this bill until we get it passed. Since there were only two “No” votes against our bill,
we already know that those legislators won’t be back in office next session and we’ll have a         ing information,” and it goes on to state that the label will indicate the year and model that the
new governor in office.”                                                                             exhaust was designed for as well as the decibel rating.
                                                                                                         Making matters even worse, it also states that this allowable dB (decibel level) "applies to
        New Mexico Repeals                                                                           the total sound from a vehicle or a combination of vehicles and shall be construed as limited
                                                                                                     or precluding the enforcement of any other provision in this article relating to motor vehicle
       Handlebar Height Law                                                                          mufflers for noise control." In other words, no combination of motorcycles riding together can
                                                                                                     exceed the maximum allowable EPA decibel rating of "one" motorcycle!
     Governor Gary Johnson signed a bill into law on March 12 that repeals sec-                                          "With the enactment of this ordinance, Albuquerque has legalized harass-
tions of the vehicle code that restrict the height of motorcycle handle-                                                    ment of the motorcycling community," said Alvar. "This ordinance will
bars, making New Mexico the fifth state to repeal or amend their                                                                 treat law-abiding citizens like criminals. This ordinance gives the
handlebar height law. The other four states are Iowa,                                                                                law enforcement officer probable cause to stop you, even if
Arizona, Oregon and Washington. The repeal becomes                                                                                       you are not exceeding legal noise limits, just to inspect
effective July 1, 2001.
                                                                                                                                            ‘required labeling’ of the exhaust system."
     Most states enacted handlebar height laws in the
                                                                                                                                                  Mayor Jim Baca stated publicly that this noise
sixties to give law enforcement officers a reason to
                                                                                                                                                ordinance targets motorcycles and barking dogs,
stop and harass bikers because of the high
                                                                                                                                                  which indicates the mayor’s negative attitude
handlebars on their choppers.
     Representative Rick Miera, a long time                                                                                                         toward motorcyclists.
rider and member of the National Coalition of
Motorcyclists’ Legislative Task Force, intro-
duced and carried the bill. Miera also intro-                                                                                                               OREGON
duced a bill to allow special motorcycle
license plates for veterans and disabled vet-
erans, which he said he expects to pass, and
                                                                                                                                                         BIKERS WIN
a biker anti-discrimination bill which is
still being heard.
     Rick was a bikers’ rights activist long
                                                                                                                                                           RIGHT TO
before he became a politician, and is a perfect
example of what can be accomplished when we                                                                                                               PUMP GAS
elect our own people to public office.                                                                                                           Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber signed
     “Around the State Capital they call me “the                                                                                             House Bill 3885 into law on June 11, 2001,
motorcycle guy,’” says Rep. Miera with a chuckle,                                                                                          which gives motorcyclists the choice of fueling
“But when anybody even thinks about introducing a                                                                                        their own bikes. Oregon and New Jersey are the
helmet law here, they come to me and I tell them ‘Hell                                                                                 only two states which prohibit “Self-Serve” gas
No!,’ and they go away.”                                                                                                            pumps, and now motorcycles will be the only class of
                                                                                                                                 vehicle allowed to actually dispense fuel into their own
                                                                                                                            tanks in Oregon, effective January 1, 2002.
MICHIGAN PASSES LAW TO LIMIT                                                                                              HB3885 passed with very few opposed in both the House and
                                                                                                               Senate, and most lawmakers agreed with BikePAC and Oregon’s motorcy-
MOTORCYCLE CONFISCATIONS                                                                             clists that the special fueling requirements of various bikes made the rider the expert
                                                                                                     at fuel dispensing. This bill also removes a liability for gas station owners who
    Michigan Governor John Engler signed a bill on January 5, 2001 that will prevent police          permitted the common sense practice of allowing bikers to fuel their own.
agencies from withholding a motorcycle longer than 30 days after it is confiscated.                      A spokesman in the House Speaker’s office also complimented HB3885 as very
    The motorcycle confiscation bill (SB1012) provides for safe and secure transportation            well-written and readable. Thanks go out to Teresa Hepker, BikePAC Legislative
and storage from the time the bike is picked up by any police agency (if the bike gets               Director, who wrote most of the language, Oregon State Representative Bruce Starr,
damaged the bill has provisions for penalties). The police then have 30 days to return               who sponsored the bill, and also Lyle, Iris, Cherie and David, the BikePAC lobbying
the bike to the owner or face penalties, court costs and actual attorney fees (if an                 team. In addition, several concerned riders such as Pat Ryan, James Brassfield,
attorney was required to get the bike back).                                                         Wayne Schumacher and State Rep. Carl Wilson gave good thorough testimony in
    This bill will help prevent the police from taking a bike just to harass and detain              the House Transportation Committee.
bikers and then keeping the bike for years without cause.                                                According to Oregon A.I.M. Attorney Sam Hochberg, who was one of the first to
    Senator Mat Dunaskiss (R) sponsored the bill at the request of Angel,                            draw statewide attention to this predicament, “It’s about time. It just ticks you off
Communications Director for ABATE of Michigan, Inc.                                                  when you roll up to a pump and they insist you can’t pump your own gas into your
    “I sure hope other states can use this too,” said Angel, “We are all in this together and        own motorcycle! When the state fire marshall went on a little tear on this, and tried
we don’t always live or ride in the same state all of our lives.”                                    a crackdown to enforce the law against bikes, then we started seeing signs on
                                                                                                     pumps that specifically said that they refused to let bikers pump their own. The fire
                                                                                                     marshall’s office wasn’t much help when I contacted them about it, so I’m glad the
    HELMETS FOR EVERYONE?                                                                            state legislature had the good sense to change the law, and I’m glad we have
                                                                                                     BikePAC and ABATE of Oregon to help them see the light!”
         The Massachusetts state legislature has considered a bill to require the use of
protective headgear for drivers and passengers of all motor vehicles. Motorcyclists rights               Ken Ray, Executive Director of BikePAC noted, “There are literally hundreds of
activists pushed H1263 to draw attention to the Commonwealth’s current mandatory                     groups at the state capitol lobbying for this and that. Most of them get a few things
                                                                                                     they want, but nobody gets all they want. Very few of them manage to get a bill
motorcycle helmet law, and they want legislators to be aware of the fact that over ninety
                                                                                                     passed every single session that benefits their groups. There are groups who spend
percent of all automobile crashes result in a head injury, and that the state could save             hundreds of thousands of dollars a year and don’t get as much accomplished as
untold millions of dollars in public burden by requiring all vehicle occupants to wear a             BikePAC does with donations and volunteer activists. I’m proud of the motorcyclists
DOT-approved helmet.                                                                                 of Oregon for making a difference.”
                                                                                                               • National Coalition of Motorcyclists • Volume 02 Issue #1 • Page 13 •

                                                         A GLIMPSE INTO OUR FUTURE?
                                                        International Coalition of Motorcyclists

       AIRBAG VEST FOR MOTORCYCLISTS!                                                                                                             VIETNAM DELAYS
    A motorcycle tearing down the highway, zigzagging                          ”The vest has three metal Co2 cans incorporated into                 HELMET LAW
between cars stuck in traffic, may look tough as hell, but in             it. They are shaped like water bottles and are around                       Bowing to public pressure in a country
reality motorcycle riders are a particularly vulnerable bunch.            15 centimeters high and 8 centimeters in diameter,” Bontorin            where millions use motorbikes to get around,
    If a rider falls off his motorcycle, there’s very little to pro-      said.                                                                   Vietnam’s government has shelved a plan to
tect him from hard asphalt.                                                    One can is located on either side of the vest, and the third
                                                                                                                                                  fine urban riders who do not wear helmets.
    Air-bag jackets for motorcycle riders, which have been                lies horizontally in the back.
                                                                                                                                                      With accidents on the rise in chaotic
around for a few years, have attempted to cushion this fall, but               On receiving the trigger signal, the cans are set off, inflating
                                                                                                                                                  streets crowded by millions of motorbikes -
they have had drawbacks. Namely a rip cord that attached the              three air bags inside the jacket, creating a cushion around the
                                                                                                                                                  the chief means of transport in Vietnam,
rider to the bike. The problem was that if the connection broke,          rider’s back, hips and chest.
the vest would inflate, said Claudio Bontorin, marketing and
                                                                                                                                                  where one in ten people ride - the government
                                                                               ”The vest inflates to 90 liters,” Bontorin said.
sales executive at Dainese, an Italian manufacturer of protec-                 The vest maintains pressure inside the bags for 20 seconds
                                                                                                                                                  had planned to begin fining violators of a
tive clothing for motorcycle riders.                                      after activation to prolong protection in case the rider is sent        helmet law $1.40 starting June 1, 2001.
    ”This means it could go off accidentally — if the cord got            bouncing down the road or into another vehicle.                             But according to an Associated Press
pulled by mistake, or when the rider comes off the bike in a                   Despite all this added equipment, Bontorin maintains the           article written by David Thurber, many people
slide when an air bag would not be necessary,” he said.                   vest, which weighs in at 3,300 grams, is comfortable.                   complained that helmets would be uncomfort-
    Enter Dainese’s new product, the D-Air vest. It doesn’t                    ”The jacket is bulky but no more that a puffy or down vest,”       able in the heat and humidity of the
have a cord and is instead triggered wirelessly to inflate in less        Bontorin said. “The driver’s movement are not restricted.”              Southeast Asian nation and said it would be
than 30 milliseconds.                                                          As an additional feature, the D-Air vest comes equipped with a     impractical for hundreds at a time to carry
    This sounds like good news for bike riders, but whether               memory chip that continuously records the last two seconds of           them into movie theaters, restaurants or wed-
bikers will want to cover up their favorite leather jacket with an        data, so the last two seconds before a crash occurs are stored.         ding receptions.
air bag vest is no sure bet.                                                   It records speed at impact and the rate of deceleration,               Therefore, the government decided to
    We’ll know soon enough, though, when the vest hits the                allowing the speed of the other vehicle to be worked out.               indefinitely postpone the planned fines in most
European stores in the next six months.                                        ”It records information sort of like a black box,” Bontorin        cases, the prime minister’s office announced.
    The D-Air vest system consists of a 10-by-5 centimeter elec-          said. “It can be used for insurance purposes. It is also used to        “It is the third time Vietnam’s Communist lead-
tronic unit mounted under the steering wheel and a 2-by-3 cen-            create a history for us of accidents. The more information we           ership has backed down on enforcing the helmet
timeter control unit set into a front pocket of the polyamide vest.       have on accidents the more we can improve our products.”                law,” reported the AP article.
    The two are in constant communication through encoded                      The system also uses an ID smart card, so that each motor-             Under a new proposal, fines would be
radio frequency transmissions.                                            cycle unit will only work with one vest at a time.                      imposed only on motorcyclists traveling with-
    The system on the motorbike — dubbed the STM (Sensing                      One scenario the vest has not mastered, however, is a side         out helmets on highways, while those in
Triggering and Memory) — consists of three microprocessors.               or back collision. In these cases the air bag will only be activat-     cities would be encouraged - but not required
    The first, the Tx (transmitter), continuously monitors acceler-       ed if the motorbike is hit hard enough for the STM system to            - to wear protective headgear, it said.
ation and deceleration. The second, the Rx (receiver), controls           recognize the collision as a crash.                                         There are 7 million motorbikes in
the triggering of the air bags and connects to the third, the DU               Another brick wall the vest may run into is acceptance in the      Vietnam, whose population in 78 million.
(display unit) — an LCD panel that keeps the rider informed if the        biker community.                                                        Vietnam’s Communist government has had to
vest’s rechargeable battery requires juice and that all systems are go.        From a rider’s point of view, there is not going to be much        modify or withdraw decisions on a number of
    The D-Air vest features an automatic error diagnosis pro-             love for this device,” said Philip Sause, program coordinator for       occasions because of popular opposition.
cedure to secure it against accidental triggering — no self               the Maryland Motorcycle Safety Program.                                 Last year, the Ministry of Trade imposed a
respecting rider wants to be showing off his driving skills only               ”The advantages of an air bag in a car are obvious, but I’m        customs inspection fee but abolished it four
to have his vest inflate erroneously.                                     not so sure that it’d be useful to have a motorbike rider go            months later after companies protested it was
    Inflation is triggered if the motorcycle undergoes a dra-             bouncing off down the highway,” Sause said.
                                                                                                                                                  too high and refused to pay.
matic deceleration caused by a collision with an obstacle.                     Villasenor agrees: “In a car it’s a different story, you’re sur-
    If the Tx records a marked deceleration it sends the infor-           rounded, so protected ... on a motorcycle when you’re hit you’re
mation to the Rx where a sophisticated algorithm analyzes the             getting majorly hit, and this just wouldn’t protect you.”
impact level to discriminate a crash event from bumps, pot-
holes or if the bike is simply performing an emergency stop.
                                                                               Sause did think it might gain some popularity as a voluntary
                                                                          addition to protective gear but: “If the government tried to man-
                                                                                                                                                    FREE ITALIAN PIZZA
    ”Every time the device is triggered it has a diagnosis sys-
tem just like a computer when it’s rebooting — it makes sure
                                                                          date wearing these, then the feces would hit the rotor fan.”
                                                                               Sause need not worry about this happening any time soon.            FOR HELMET WEARERS
that everything is running properly,” Bontorin said.                      Although the vest is set to go on the European market within the
    Once an impact is determined, the Rx sends a firing                   next six months, at an estimated cost of $2,000, there’s no plan           A southern Italian council is offering a complimentary pizza to
signal to the inflators in the vest.                                      yet to market it in the United States.                                  young motorcyclists who wear a helmet.
                                                                                                                                                      Traffic wardens in Acerra have been told to give vouchers to
                                                                                                                    those seen wearing helmets entitling them to a free restaurant feed.
                                                                                                                                                     Mayor Michelangelo Riemma says he decided on the move to
                                                                                                                                                  improve road safety among young motorcyclists.
                                                                                                                                                      Although wearing helmets while riding is compulsory in Italy,
                                                                                                                                                  the rule is not observed by some people.

                                                                                                                                                  JAPAN RAISES SPEED LIMIT
                                                                                                                                                     FOR MOTORCYCLISTS
                                                                                                                                                      Japan has raised the expressway speed limit for motorcycles
                                                                                                                                                  from 80 km/h to 100 km/h (approximately 62 miles per hour). This
                                                                                                                                                  is now the same speed limit as for automobiles in that country.
                                                                                                                                                      Motorcycle riders had complained of being unable to
                                                                                                                                                  travel with the flow of traffic and of being harassed by
                                                                                                                                                  automobile drivers.
                                                                                                                                                      The raising of the speed limit is predicted to increase demand
                                                                                                                                                  for larger displacement motorcycles in Japan, notes Motorcycle
                                                                                                                                                  Industry Magazine.
     D-AIR Air Bag Vest                                                     The inflation sequence.                                                   Motorcycles are still prohibited from carrying passengers on
                                                                                                                                                  the expressway.
• Page 14 • National Coalition of Motorcyclists • Volume 02 Issue #1•

   As NCOM Chairman Doc                                                                                                                             MEDIA - Lee Love, founder
Reichenbach was making
last minute prepar-ations for
the 16th Annual NCOM
Convention in Orlando,
                                      Keeps Getting Better!                                                                                         of Motorcycle NewsWire;
                                                                                                                                                    LEGAL - Minnesota A.I.M.
                                                                                                                                                    Attorney Stephen O’Brien;
                                                                                                                                                    the year 2001 RON
Florida, May 10-12, 2001, he                                                                                                                        ROLOFF            LIFETIME
told Bill Bish, NCOM Executive                  theme for the Convention, and                  At the A.I.M. Attorney Conference,       ACHIEVEMENT AWARD was pre-
Director, that “I just want everyone to         Florida now makes the fifth state to        convention-goers learned about legal        sented to James “Doc” Reichenbach,
say that this was the BEST                      repeal their mandatory adult helmet         efforts by our Aid to Injured               President and Lobbyist for ABATE of
Convention ever!”                               law in the five years since bikers          Motorcyclists attorneys such as protect-    Florida, Inc., and Chairman of the
                                                from across the country worked              ing our First Amendment right of free
    By the time the National Coalition of                                                                                               Board for the National Coalition of
                                                together to repeal the federal helmet       speech regarding wearing club colors,
Motorcyclists’ Convention wound down                                                                                                    Motorcyclists; and SPECIAL RECOG-
                                                law mandates.                               and fighting biker discrimination and
to the Silver Spoke Awards Banquet on                                                                                                   NITION - “Rotten Roger” Hendricks,
                                                    But Freedom isn’t just about hel-       police harassment through the courts.       ABATE of Oregon.               SPECIAL
Saturday night, it was clear to the near-       mets, and Convention seminars
ly 1,100 conventioneers that this really                                                       From the rousing Pledge of               AWARDS were presented to Florida
                                                focused on other proactive, pro-
was the best one ever!                                                                      Allegiance led by Wisconsin State           State Senator Burt Saunders and
                                                motorcycle legislation, such as equal
                                                access (biker anti-discrimination),         Senator Dave Zien during the                Florida State Representative Dave
   But, as Bish pointed out during
                                                handlebar height repeals, blue dot          Opening Ceremonies, to the life-sav-        Russell, who were instrumental in get-
his keynote speech at the banquet,
                                                tail light laws, multiple bike parking      ing “Accident Scene Management”             ting Florida’s helmet modification bill
“The funny thing is, that’s what we
                                                and other ideas that would benefit          seminar by Slider Gilmore that con-         enacted, and to the Kentucky
hear every year!”
                                                motorcycle riders.                          cluded the conference, the 2001             Motorcycle Association/KBA for their
   Aside from the record atten-                                                             NCOM Convention provided atten-             successful efforts to remove motorcy-
                                                    “Freedom TO” also means
dance, full agenda and thought-pro-                                                         dees with the knowledge, informa-           clists from the state’s anti-gang law.
                                                “Freedom FROM,” and the 2001
voking seminars, one of the things
                                                Convention featured discussions             tion and motivation to lead the
that made this year’s Convention                                                                                                           Next year’s NCOM Convention
                                                about legislation and regulations that      motorcycle rights movement onward
special was that we got to help                                                                                                         will be held at the Downtown
                                                we must address in order to maintain        and upward.
ABATE of Florida and the                                                                                                                Radisson       in    New    Orleans,
                                                our rights to ride free, such as uni-
Confederations of Clubs of Florida,                                                            Recipients of this year’s Silver         Louisiana, May 9-11, 2002. Call
                                                versal construction standards that
our Convention Hosts, celebrate                                                             Spoke Awards were: GOVERNMENT               NCOM at (800) 525-5355 for more
                                                could impact the way our motorcy-
their newly won Freedom of Choice                                                           - Florida State Representative Nancy
                                                cles are made, and impending envi-                                                      details or to pre-register.
on helmets!                                                                                 Argenziano; COMMERCE - Rey
                                                ronmental regulations that could
   “Celebrate Freedom” was the                  choke the life out of motorcycling.         Sotelo, Founder of Indian Motorcycle;          See you there!

    Every year since 1988, the National Coalition of           MENT - West Virginia
Motorcyclists (NCOM) has capped off their annual               State Delegate Greg
NCOM Convention with the Silver Spoke Awards                   Butcher; COMMERCE -
Banquet to honor outstanding members of the motor-             John Paliwoda, Director
cycling community for their contributions to our sport         of     the     California
and life style.                                                Motorcycle      Dealers
    Honorees are selected for their efforts on behalf of       Association; MEDIA -
motorcyclists in four primary areas: Government,               Keith Ball, founder of
Commerce, Media and Entertainment. Past recipients    website;
have included Malcolm Forbes (Commerce - 1988),                LEGAL - Ohio A.I.M.
Peter Fonda (Entertainment - 1991), U.S. Senator Ben           Attorney Ralph C. Buss;
Nighthorse Campbell (Government - 1993 and Lifetime            and SPECIAL RECOG-
Achievement - 2000) and Lou Kimzey of Easyriders               NITION       -   Harold
Magazine who founded ABATE (Media - 1989).
                                                               “Gunny”      Hutcheson,
    The Ron Roloff Lifetime Achievement Award, named           Oregon A.I.M. Chief of
in memory the late California freedom fighter and              Staff; Curtis Clements,
NCOM Legislative Advocate, is bestowed in recognition          Christian Motorcyclists
of the tireless efforts of those staunch individuals who
                                                               Association (CMA); and
have given "above and beyond" for America's motorcy-
                                                               John Randolph, A.I.M.
clists over the years. The year 2002 Ron Roloff
                                                               Chief of Staff (posthu-
Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Bill
Bish, former NCOM Executive Director and bikers’
rights activist for over 15 years.                                The NCOM Convention will also feature                  the Downtown Radisson, 1500 Canal Street. Call (800)
    Likewise, the Fred Hill International Award memori-        nationally and internationally known speakers,            333-3333 for room reservations, and mention NCOM for
alizes the British helmet law protester who died in            workshops and seminars, NCOM Legislative Task             a special rate of $79.00 per night for
prison because of his dedication to fighting the helmet        Force strategy meeting, anti-discrimination panel,        Single or Double occupancy. Special parking fee
law, and is presented to a bikers' rights activist from for-   regiona meetings and Aid to Injured Motor-                of $5.00 per day. Convention registration fee is $75.00,
eign soil who has furthered our cause internationally.         cyclists (A.I.M.) Attorney Conference.       The bi-      or $40.00 without the Silver Spoke Awards Banquet.
First awarded posthumously to Fred Hill in 1994, this           meeting will be held during the Convention, with rep-        Pre-Registration is encouraged to ensure space
year's International Award will be presented to Lloyd          resentatives from other countries from around the         at the banquet. ABATE of Louisiana will host
“Animal” Rector, Director of the Organization of               globe sharing information and networking strategies.      a Freedom Fighters Social on Friday night featuring
Responsible Bikers (ORB) of Nova Scotia, Canada.                  The 16th Annual NCOM Convention will be held           a crawfish boil. For further information, or to
   Other Silver Spoke Award winners include GOVERN-            May 9-11, 2002, in New Orleans, Louisiana at              Pre-Register, call NCOM at (800) 525-5355.
 May 10-12, 2001 -- Orlando, Florida
       Photos Courtesy of Full Throttle Magazine
• Page 16 • National Coalition of Motorcyclists • Volume 02 Issue #1•

                                                                                            REGION II          Directors: Tiger Mike Revere                                          REGION VI Directors: Rick Nail, James Reichenbach
                                                                                            Iowa               Kansas       Missouri    Nebraska                                     AlabamaFlorida    Georgia       North Carolina
                                                                                            Oklahoma           Texas                                                                 South Carolina
                                                                                            REGION III Directors: Glen Fengstad                                                      REGION VII Directors: Annie Mundy, Joe Dickey
NATIONAL COALITION OF MOTORCYCLISTS                                                         Colorado    Montana     North Dakota
                                                                                                                                                                                     Delaware   Maryland     New Jersey        Pennsylvania
                                                                                            South Dakota   Wyoming

                                                                                                                                                                                     Virginia   West Virginia District of Columbia
                                                                                            REGION IV Directors: Frank Ernst, Judi Minter
                                                                                            Illinois  Indiana      Michigan    Minnesota                                             REGION VIII Directors: Jeff Barone, Jimi Ricci
                                                                                            Ohio      Wisconsin                                                                      Connecticut Maine        Massachusetts New York
                                                                                                                                                                                     New Hampshire            Rhode IslandVermont
REGION I          Directors: Jimmy Rouse, Swede Matzek                                      REGION V           Directors: Ollie Elkins, Brian Murphy
Alaska            California   Hawaii     Idaho                                             Arkansas           Kentucky     Louisiana     Mississippi                                REGION IX Directors: Dennis Watson, Roger Hurm
Oregon            Washington                                                                Tennessee                                                                                Arizona   Nevada      New Mexico      Utah


                                                                                            NCOM  MEMBER GROUPS
              UNITED STATES                  Black Diamonds M/C – Ohio                      Confederation of Clubs of Oklahoma          Loyal Riders M/C                             Sunriders M/C – Arizona                           Association of Injured Motorcyclists –
ABATE of Alabama                             Black Sheep M/C, Inc – Florida, Georgia,       Confederation of Clubs of Oregon            Masonic Motorcycle Club – Pennsylvania       10%er Brotherhood                                       British Columbia
ABATE of Arizona                                 Indiana, New Jersey, S. Dakota, Utah       Confederation of Clubs of E. Pennsylvania   Military Veterans M/C                        Texas Motorcycle Rights Association               Association Motorcycliste Tetreaultville –
ABATE of Chugiak, Alaska                     Boanerges M/C – North Carolina                 Confederation of Clubs of W. Pennsylvania   Military Brotherhood Motorcycle              Texas Motorcycle Roadriders Association                Quebec
ABATE of D.C.                                Brothers of the Third Wheel                    Confederation of Clubs of Rhode Island           Association - New York                  Texoma ABATE                                      A.I.M. of Manitoba
ABATE of Delaware                            Cahoots M/C – South Dakota                     Confederation of Clubs of Tenneesee         Minnesota Motorcycle Club Coalition          Thorsmen – New York                               Bikers Rights Organization – Alberta
ABATE of El Paso, Texas                      Central Freedom Riders M/C - Plano, Texas      Confederation of Clubs of Central Texas     Minnesota Motorcycle Riders Association      T.R.A.C. – California                             Bikers Rights Organization – Nova Scotia
ABATE of Florida                             Clan of Cain M/C - Mississippi                    - Austin                                 Miracles Clean & Sober M/C - Ohio            Tri State Coalition – KS, NE, CO                  Bikers Rights Organization – Ontario
ABATE of Georgia                             Columbus Coalition of Clubs                       - Corpus Christi                         Modified Motorcycle Association – Arizona    Trikers Unlimited Association International       Bikers Rights Organization – Saskatchewan
ABATE of Idaho                               Concerned Bikers Association of North             - Forth Worth                            Modified Motorcycle Association –                 – Arizona                                    Bikers Rights Organization – Quebec
ABATE of Louisiana                               Carolina                                   Confederation of Clubs of Northwest Texas        California                              UMF – California
ABATE of Maryland                            Concerned Motorcycle Riders of                 Confederation of Clubs of Southern Texas                                                                                                   British Columbia Coalition of Motorcyclists
                                                                                                                                        Modified Motorcycle Association –            UMF – Northern Utah                               Central Ontario Cycle Association
ABATE of Minnesota                               Ohio/ABATE                                 Confederation of Clubs of West Texas
                                                                                                                                             Massachusetts                           United ABATE of New Jersey                        Confederation of Clubs Ontario
ABATE of Mississippi                         Concerned Motorcyclists of                     Confederation of Clubs of Utah
                                                                                            Confederation of Clubs of Virginia          Modified Motorcycle Association – Missouri   Unidos Motorcycle Club – Arizona                  Federation Motorcycliste Du Quebec
ABATE of Montana                                 Tennessee/ABATE of Tennessee
ABATE of Nebraska                            Confederation of Clubs of Alabama              Confederation of Clubs of Washington        Modified Motorcycle Association – Nevada     V-Twin Cruisers, N.E. – Ohio                      National Helmet Law Repeal
ABATE of Nevada                              Confederation of Clubs of Central California   Confederation of Clubs of West Virginia     Native American Riders (of Texas)            Veterans Together M/C - New Mexico                     Association – Alberta
ABATE of New Mexico                          Confederation of Clubs of Northern             Cowlitz County ABATE (Washington)           Nebraska Motorcyclists Coalition             Vietnam Vets – Alaska                             Organization of Responsible Bikers of Nova
ABATE of New York                                California                                 Cruisers Clubs of America                   New York Motorcycle Riders Association       Vietnam Vets – Arizona                                 Scotia
ABATE of North Dakota                        Confederation of Clubs of Southern             Cycle Club of Fort Worth (TMRA) – Texas     Night Flight M/C – Ohio                      Vietnam Vets – California                         Southern Independent Riders Association
ABATE of North Idaho                             California                                 DC Eagles M/C – Wisconsin                   Nomaden M/C – Arizona                        Vietnam Vets – Hawaii
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         – Saskatchewan
ABATE of Oklahoma                            Confederation of Clubs of Monterey Bay,        Desertaires M/C – Texas                     Northeast Ohio M.C. Brotherhood              Vietnam Vets – Texas
ABATE of Oregon                                  California                                 Diamond Roses Women's M/C –                 Ohio Motorcyclists Coalition                 Vietnam Vets – Oklahoma
ABATE of Pennsylvania                        Confederation of Clubs of San Diego,                New York                               Outsiders M/C - Pennsylvania                 Vietnam Vets – Washington
                                                                                                                                        Pennsylvania Coalition of Motorcyclists      Virginia Coalition of Motorcyclists               Solo Angeles – Baja, California
ABATE of Sioux Falls (S. Dakota)                 California                                 11th Calvary M/C
ABATE of South Carolina                      Confederation of Clubs of Colorado             Erie Riders – Ohio                          PM M/C - North Carolina                      Volusia County Health Department
ABATE of Virginia                            Confederation of Clubs of Connecticut          Excalibur Society M/C – New Hampshire       The Reapers M/C – Wareham                         Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council –                           EUROPE
ABATE of Washington                          Confederation of Clubs of Delaware             The Exiles M/C                                   Chapter – Massachusetts                      Florida                                      ABATE of Denmark
ABATE of West Virginia                       Confederation of Clubs of Florida Panhandle    Federation of Clubs of Wisconsin            Renegades M/C - Florida                      Vulcan Riders Association                         Association National De Defense Des Droits
ABATE of Wyoming                             Confederation of Clubs of N. Florida           Forever Free M/C – Arizona                  Retreads M/C – Alabama                       Washington Riders Legislative Task Force               De Bikers – France
American Legion Riders Association -         Confederation of Clubs of S. Florida           Free Riders M/C - Wisconsin                 Retreads M/C, International                  Wayword Winds M/C – (Chapter #1) –                Biker Union – Germany
    Wisconsin                                Confederation of Clubs of W. Florida           Freedom of the Road for Vermont, Inc.       Retreads M/C - Texas                              Alabama                                      Irish Bikers Action Group – Ireland
American Steel M/C (Stationed in             Confederation of Clubs of Georgia              Freedom Riders M/C - Indiana                                                                                                               Letzebuerger Motoinitiativ – Luxembourg
                                                                                                                                        Rhode Island Cruisers M/C                    Wheels of Soul M/C - Pennsylvania
    Okinowa, Japan)                          Confederation of Clubs of Hawaii               Friends of the Forgotten (POW-MIA)                                                                                                         Motorcycle Action Group – Austria
                                                                                            Goat Brothers M/C – New York                Rhode Island Motorcycle Association          Whitewings M/C – San Bernardino,
Arizona Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs    Confederation of Clubs of N. Illinois                                                      RIDER of Washington                               California                                   Motorcycle Action Group – England
Associated Committee for Bikers – Hawaii     Confederation of Clubs of S. Illinois          Gold Coast Wheelers M/C – California
                                                                                            Gourmet Riders M/C (Indiana)                Ryders M/C – California                      Wicked Wheels M/C – California                    Motorcycle Action Group – Northern
Association for Motorcyclists of Oregon      Confederation of Clubs of Indiana                                                          Sacred Oath M/C – South Carolina             Wings of Change - Indiana                              Ireland
Association of Recovering Motorcyclists      Confederation of Clubs of Iowa                 Gulf Coast Motorcycle Rights
                                                                                                 Association – Texas                    Shades of Gray M/C – New Hampshire           Wolf Pack Inc. – South Dakota                     Motorcycle Action Group – Scotland
Bike PAC of Oregon                           Confederation of Clubs of Kansas
                                                                                            Harley-Davidson Dresser Club, Inc. –        Silver Eagles M/C – California               The Wraith M/C – New York                         Motorcycle Action Group – Wales
Bikers 4 Kids                                Confederation of Clubs of Kentucky
Bikers Against Child Abuse                   Confederation of Clubs of Louisiana                 Florida                                Sober Bikers United                          Wyoming Central ABATE
    (BACA - Pennsylvania National Office)    Confederation of Clubs of N. Michigan          Highway Poets M/C – Massachusetts           Soldiers for Christ M. C.                    Wyoming Coalition of Bikers                                    AUSTRALIA
    Alabama, Arizona, Delaware, Florida,     Confederation of Clubs of S. Michigan          In Country Vets M/C                         Solo Angeles M/C – Baja, California,                                                           NSW Motorcycle Council
                                                                                            Independent Bikers Association M/C - Ohio        Mexico                                   INTERNATIONAL COALITION                          Black Sheep – Australia
    Kentucky, New Jersey, New York, Ohio,    Confederation of Clubs of Mississippi
                                                                                            Independent Motorcycle Enthusiast           Sons of God M/C                                   OF MOTORCYCLISTS
    Pennsylvania, Texas, Canada              Confederation of Clubs of S. Nevada                 Association – New Hampshire
Bikers Against Child Abuse                   Confederation of Clubs of N. Nevada                                                        Sons of Liberty Riders                                                                                      NEW ZEALAND
                                                                                            The Innkeepers M/C, Inc. – Ohio             Sons of None M/C – California                                CANADA
    (BACA - Utah National Office)            Confederation of Clubs of New Jersey           Iron Gypsies M/C - Michigan                                                                                                                Bikers Rights Organization
    California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii,    Confederation of Clubs of New Mexico                                                       Southern California Council of Motorcycle    ABATE of Alberta
                                                                                            Kentucky Motorcycle Association/                                                         ABATE of Manitoba
    Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusets, New    Confederation of Clubs of North Carolina                                                        Clubs                                                                                                    BRAZIL
                                                                                               Kentucky Bikers Association                                                           ABATE of Northwest Ontario
    Mexico, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio,      Confederation of Clubs of North Dakota         Lake ABATE (S. Dakota)                      Southern Knights M/C – Alabama                                                                 Black Sheep – Brazil
                                                                                                                                                                                     ABATE Ontario
    Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas,           Confederation of Clubs of South Dakota/        Leather & Lace - National – Florida         Southwest Coalition                          Association Des Motos Americaines
    Virginia, Canada                             Wyoming                                    Leathernecks M/C                            Street Bikers United – Hawaii                    Du Quebec Comité D'Action Politique                         GUAM
Bishops M/C – New Jersey                     Confederation of Clubs of Ohio                 Loners M/C – California                     SUNDOWNERS M/C - SFV, California                 Motorcycliste – Quebec                        Guam Hawgs M/C

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