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                                                                   And Campout
                                                                  August 15—17
                                                             Morrodders Car/Bike Show
                                                                 September 12-14

                                                                          August/September 2008

                                                                        alone is huge.
                                                                        Many states in the un-
                                                                        ion have already
                                                John Bland, President   changed their helmet
                                                                        laws giving the adult
M e s s ag e F ro m t h e P r e s i d e n t
                                                                        the choice to wear a
 We are taking this           Creek Nevada        modified their man- helmet. Our neighbor-
golden opportunity to         775-744-4570        datory motorcycle     ing states of Idaho,
dangle the $ carrot in                            helmet law to ex-     Utah, Arizona, Texas
front of our governor,                            clude most adult      and Montana all allow
legislators and every-                            riders. It is a fact, the adult the freedom
one else who would       July 26, 2008            most motorcyclists    of choice. Mandatory
like to improve Ne-     Honorable Governor prefer to ride in            helmet use does not
vada’s financial        Gibbons,                  states that do not    necessarily reduce fa-
woes. Like they say: My name is John              mandate helmet use. talities. These states
“If you’re handed a     Bland, president of       Nevada could be-      have a lower motorcy-
lemon, make lemon-      ABATE of Northern come the vacation             cle fatality rate per
ade.” If Nevada will Nevada. Nevada               destination for the   miles traveled than
relax its motorcycle    has a great revenue       California motorcy- Nevada, which pres-
helmet law millions     resource that has         clist. The Califor-   ently has a mandatory
if not billions of dol- thus far gone un-         nia motorcyclist is   helmet law for all rid-
lars could be gener-    tapped. Nevada has virtually land               ers.
ated for the state. I   long been a desired       locked with the       ABATE of North and
have mailed the fol-    vacation spot for all     ocean to the west.    South Nevada is pre-
lowing letter to our    types of people, but      Southern California pared to submit a draft
governor, Jim Gib-      until now we have         is a perfect one day proposal to amend the
bons. I have sent a     been missing a large motorcycle ride to         current helmet law for
similar letter ad-      portion of revenue        Las Vegas. The bay the 2009 legislative
dressed to Chuck        that other states are     area and central      session. This amend-
Muth and Bob Beers.     beginning to cash in California is a per-       ment would change
                        on. Nearly three          fect one day ride to the present law allow-
     A.B.A.T.E of       billion dollars in        Reno. I truly be-     ing individuals to
  NORTHERN NE-          five years has been       lieve the motorcycle make the choice of
         VADA           put into the economy tourism potential          whether or not to wear
 H C-30 Box 262 Spring  of Florida since they from California           a helmet in Nevada.
 A.B.A.T.E. OF NORTHERN NEVADA                                                                            PAGE 2.

Message from President Continued

This proposal also includes a seven year “sunset clause”, where if after the term of the
clause it is determined that the motorcycle fatality rate due to head injuries increases dispro-
portionately to the number of registered motorcycle operators, the state will have the option
to reinstate NRS.486.231.
The following studies and statistics from other states further support the revenue available to
Nevada by relaxing its current motorcycle helmet law.
John Bland- President, ABATE of Northern Nevada

ABATE of Florida :[1]
On February 6, 2006 James "Doc" Reichenbach II, President of ABATE of Florida and Chairman of the
Board for the National Coalition of Motorcyclists, released the following economic impact report covering
the five years since Florida modified their mandatory helmet law to exclude most adult riders.
To all Motorcycle Rights Organizations and interested parties

The following is an economic impact study done for the first five years of our amended helmet law. The
motorcycle registration figures are compiled from the statistics of the Florida Department of Highway
Safety and Motor Vehicles. The fees come from the Florida license and registration bureau. From July 1,
2000 to July 1, 2005 motorcycle registrations in Florida went from 195,306 to 473,637 which represent a
total of a 143% increase.

The following is the estimated revenue increase from the registrations and bike purchases:
    •       278,331 new Motorcycles at an average of $10,000 each = $2,783,310,000
   •        Sales tax on Motorcycles at 6% = $166,998,600
   •       Registration Fees for Motorcycles = $10,047,749
   •       Change of title = $8,280,347
   •       Total = $2,968,636,696

This is almost three billion dollars in five years that has been put into the economy of the State of Florida ,
and this is a low figure as it doesn't include antique motorcycle or mopeds that are licensed differently in
Florida . Over one hundred eighty million dollars in taxes went directly into the state treasury for the gen-
eral fund. This does not include the tourist money that has increased because of Florida being a free-
dom of choice state. In the past five years over 3 billion dollars has been put into the economy in gen-
eral from Bike Week and Biketoberfest.

 The Logical Perspective[2]
 Helmet laws can also COST states significant amounts of money. After passage of the mandatory helmet
law in California , in 1992-93 there was a 26% drop in new motorcycle sales and ridership
dropped by 18%. This cost the state over $1 million in gasoline tax, $15 million in lost sales and payroll
taxes, and $1 million in lost registration fees. There is of course no way to estimate how much was lost by
the hotels, motels, gas stations, and restaurants across the state as bikers visited helmet free states for their
vacations and day trips. The amount of money that motorcyclists spend in free states is not insignificant.
Did you know that:
A.B.A.T.E. OF NORTHERN NEVADA                                                               PAGE 3

Message from the President Continued.

According to a UCF survey, Daytona Beach 's two annual motorcycle rallies (Bike Week and Biketoberfest)
generated $744 million in revenue for the area and an equivalent of 17,800 full-time, year-round jobs in
2001, the year of the study. Daytona Beach actually takes in more money from its motorcycle rallies, than
by the NASCAR events held there.

Myrtle Beach , South Carolina takes in $350 million in 1 week during their Myrtle Beach Bike Week.
 Johnstown , Pennsylvania 's Thunder in the Valley had their attendance jump from 70,000 to over 100,000
the year after mandatory helmets were eliminated in Pennsylvania in 2003.

Sturgis , South Dakota attendance had grown to over 850,000 bikers last year during the Sturgis Rally (2004).
Laconia , New Hampshire had a record year last year when over 400,000 bikers attended Laconia Motorcycle
Week (2004).

The one thing all of these states have in common is that they are states that allow motorcyclists freedom of
choice when it comes to wearing a helmet. These biker rallies are not insignificant sources of income for these
communities. Every dollar that is spent locally creates an additional $3 of economic ripple effect. These
figures do not take into account the hundreds of thousands of motorcyclists who will visit these states for day
trips, weekend stays, and longer vacations. In the end, mandatory helmet laws end up costing states far more
money than is apparent to the average citizen.

         California is proving the consistent trend that states with mandatory helmet laws have higher death rates
than those which repealed the law. Instead of seeing a dramatic decrease in fatalities as proponents predicted,
the truth is California 's death rate is 2% higher than the year before the helmet law went into effect. This falls
in line with the experience of other states with mandatory helmet laws. In 1992, the states with the lowest fatal-
ity rates were Iowa , Minnesota , Wisconsin , New Hampshire , North Dakota and Wisconsin none of which
have full helmet laws. Coincidentally, those states with the best overall safety also have comprehensive rider
education courses in place. More evidence to the value of safety programs comes from the fact that in Califor-
nia , their award winning safety program accounted for a 43% decrease in fatalities and a 40% decrease in inju-
ries from 1986 through 1991, before the helmet law was in effect. The decrease in injuries alone amounted to
12,258, compared to 5,829 which the California Highway Patrol attributes to the helmet law between 1992 and
1993. Did the helmet law in California cause a drop in fatalities? While deaths did go down, the number of rid-
ers decreased at even a greater number. That coupled with a national trend of continued fatality decreases, it's
hard to credit the helmet law with anything more than causing a financial disaster in California .

       There was a 26% drop in new motorcycle sales in 1992-1993. Ridership was down an estimated 18%.
How does that compute to dollars lost to California ? Over $1 million less was received in gasoline tax and
over $15 million was lost in sales taxes, payroll taxes and in state income taxes. The state lost $950,000 in
registration fees. California used to account for 1/5 of all motorcycles in the United States . They are now ex-
periencing the lowest totals since 1969.

               The helmet law costs California money. It has severely depressed the motorcycle business in
California with a resulting loss of jobs and tax revenue.
A.B.A.T.E. OF NORTHERN NEVADA                                                                 PAGE 4

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Here’s NRS 486.231. Protective headgear and glasses: Standards; when use required.
       1.     The Department shall adopt standards for protective headgear and protective
glasses, goggles or face shields to be worn by the drivers and passengers of motorcycles and
transparent windscreens for motorcycles.
       2.     Except as provided in this section, when any motorcycle, except a trimobile or
moped, is being driven on a highway, the driver and passenger shall wear protective headgear
securely fastened o the head and protective glasses, goggles or face shields meeting those stan-
dards. Drivers and passengers of trimobiles shall wear protective glasses, goggles or face shield
which meet those standards.
       3.     When a motorcycle or a trimobile is equipped with a transparent windscreen meet-
ing those standards, the driver and passenger are not required to wear glasses, goggles or face
       4.     When a motorcycle is being driven in a parade authorized by a local authority, the
driver and passenger are not required to wear the protective devices provided for in this section.
       5.     When a three-wheel motorcycle, on which the driver and passengers ride within an
enclosed cab, is being driven on a highway, the driver and passengers are not required to wear
the protective devices required by this section.

9.     How does a helmet get added to NHTSA’s approved helmet list? DOT or NHTSA
does not “approve” motorcycle helmets, thus, there is no list of “approved” helmets. The
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has the statutory authority to is-
sue Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) applicable to motor vehicles and
items of motor vehicle equipment, including motorcycle helmets. The law establishes a
self-certification process in which the motorcycle helmet manufacturers certify that their
products are in compliance with FMVSS No. 218, which establishes minimum performance
requirements that the products must meet. NHTSA enforces the standard by randomly se-
lecting and purchasing motorcycle helmets from the marketplace and testing to the re-
quirements of the standard at independent test labs. (from NHTSA’s website)

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 A.B.A.T.E. OF NORTHERN NEVADA                                                                Page 6.

       2008 ABATE of Northern Nevada Events

 Jan. 2008
1/3           bike night                          July 2008
1/10          meeting                             7/3           bike night
1/17          start pool tournaments              7/10          meeting
1/24          play pool/bike night                7/17,18,19    ABATE summer run & rodeo/
1/31          play pool/bike night                              Round Mountain, NV
                                                  7/24          bike night
 Feb. 2008                                        7/31          bike night
2/7           play pool/bike night
1/14          meeting                             Aug. 2008
2/21          play pool/bike night                8/1-9         Sturgis Rally
2/28          play pool/bike night                8/14          meeting
                                                  8/16          Ryndon poker run campout
March 2008                                        8/21          bike night
                                                  8/28          bike night
3/1           flea market                         8/29-9/1      Labor Day campout, Idaho
3/6           play pool/bike night
3/13          meeting                              Sept. 2008
3/20          play pool/bike night                9/4           bike night
3/27          play pool/bike night                9/11          meeting
                                                  9/12-14       Morrodders Car/Bike Show
 April 2008                                       9/18          bike night
4/3           play pool/bike night                9/25-9/28     Meeting of the Mind, Denver, Colo
4/10          meeting
4/17          play pool/bike night                 Oct. 2008
4/19          finale pool tournament              Start working on Christmas For Kids
4/24          bike night                          10/2 bike night
              Laughlin River Run                  10/9 meeting
                                                  10/16 bike night
May 2008                                          10/23 Poker tournament for CFK
                                                  10/30 bike night
 May is Motorcycle Awareness Month                10/31 Nevada Day
ABATE of NNV goes green
5/1           bike night                          Nov. 2008
5/8           meeting                             Make decisions on CFK
5/10          Blessing of the Bikes/ABATE poker   11/6 bike night
run                                               11/8 Veterans Day Parade
5/16, 17, 18, Mesquite Virgin Thunder Fun Run     11/13 Meeting
5/22          bike night                          11/20 bike night
5/24, 25, 26 Run-a-Mucca
5/29          bike night                           Dec. 2008
                                                  Christmas For Kids
 June 2008                                        12/4 bike night
6/5           bike night                          12/6 Parade of Lights
6/12          meeting                             12/11 meeting
6/13,14, 15   Best of the West/Vancouver, Wash.   12/13 ABATE Christmas Party
6/19,20, 21   Elko Motorcycle Jamboree            12/18 bike night
6/26          bike night                          12/25 Merry Christmas
A.B.A.T.E. OF NORTHERN NEVADA                                                          Page 7.

                                NEVADA’S PUBLIC SERVANTS
       Gov. Jim Gibbons                        The Honorable Dean Heller
       State Capitol Building                  1023 Longworth Washington, D.C. 20515
       Carson City, NV 89710                   (202) 225-6155
       Phone: 775-684-5670
                                               Assemblyman John Carpenter
                                               1091 Dotta Drive
       Sen. John Ensign                        Elko, NV 89801
       U. S. Senate                            Phone: 738-9861
       Washington, D.C. 20510                  Fax: 775-738-4593
       Phone: 202-224-6244           
       Fax: 202-228-2193
                                               Assemblyman John Marvel
       Sen. Harry Reid                         P. O. Box 1270
       U. S. Senate                            Battle Mountain, NV 89802
                                               Phone: 635-2538
       Washington, D.C. 20510
                                               Fax: 775-635-9144
       Toll-Free Phone:              
       1 (866) SEN-REID (736-7343)
       Fax: 202-224-7327                       Assemblyman Pete Goicoechea
                                               P. O. Box 97
       State Sen. Dean Rhoads                  Eureka, NV 89316
       P. O. Box 8                             Phone: 775-237-5300
       Tuscarora, NV 89834                     Fax: 775-237-5100
       Phone 756-6582                
       Fax: 775-756-5544

 Elko County Courthouse
 571 Idaho Street                                  Too Much Fun, Mesquite 2008
 Elko, NV 89801                                         Nice Do-Rag Dale

 Charlie Myers
 934-8118 or 738-4746

 Sheri Eklund-Brown
 738-5612 or 738-4773

 John Ellison

 Mike Nannini
 752-3748 or 738-4078

 Warren Russell
A.B.A.T.E. OF NORTHERN NEVADA                                                       Page 8.

   Many Thanks to the newsletter spon-
   sors. Please support those merchants
   that support ABATE. If you’d like to
   advertise in our newsletter, please con-
   tact Deb at
   for rates. Thanks.

 Welcome New Members Mark and Twyla Ranson from Tonopah. Gene Webber from Spring
 Creek. Renewals from Roy Henderson, Tom & Teena Jones, James Stepp, John Ellison, Don
            Gantenbein and Tom Ouellette. We’re happy to have you on board.

     James Stepp Donates a
     Motorhome to ABATE of
        Northern Nevada

 Many thanks to James Stepp for do-
 nating a motor home to ABATE of
 Northern Nevada. It will soon be-
 come the official traveling club
 house. James, we appreciate your
 generosity and will think of you every
 time we use it. Your many friends at
 ABATE thank you.☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺
A.B.A.T.E. OF NORTHERN NEVADA                                                                           Page 9.

 Message from the President Continued from Page 3.

          Nationally, motorcycle registrations increased annually for eleven straight years though 2002. A
 key influence has been the aging baby boomers. The median age for motorcycle owners was 38.0 in 1998,
 compared to 24.0 years in 1980. A 1998 study found the median income of motorcycle owners to be over
 $44,000, almost three-fifths were married, and over one-half had furthered their formal education after high
          In 2002, there were 197,735 motorcycle registrations in Michigan . On a per capita basis, Michigan
 was significantly below the levels of bordering states. The Motorcycle Industrial Council estimated that in
 the year 2002 in Michigan there were 528 motorcycle retail outlets, with 5,624 employees, and an annual
 payroll of over $138 million.
          Modification of the helmet law holds clear potential to increase the sales of vehicles and accesso-
 ries, as well as retaining a portion of the tourism spending of Michigan motorcyclists and attracting the
 spending of out-of-state motorcycle enthusiasts. The report details the methodology, sources, assumptions,
 and calculations used to generate the estimated impacts.

 The key estimates are as follows:
 Economic Activity--direct
 New sales...................................................................... $461.2 million
 Resale’s increased........................................................... $124.8 million
 Accessory sales increased............................................... $27.7 million
 Tourism ............................................................................ $53.9 million
 Total direct.............................................................. $667.0 million
 Impact including ripple effect............................. $1,200.6 million
 Sales tax direct............................................................. $40.0 million
 Direct (sales and tourism) jobs............................................... 1,500.2
 Total jobs, including from multiplier............................ 2,700.4

  The report emphasizes that conservative estimation techniques and assumptions are used throughout. The
 actual potential, particularly in the area of attracting the tourism spending of motorcycle enthusiasts from
 other states, is actually far greater than enumerated in the estimates.

  ABATE of West Virginia Tourism Survey[5]
        The following document will show the results from a twelve month survey that was conducted by
 ABATE of West Virginia, Inc. The information provided in this document has been voluntarily submitted
 by 328 enthusiasts from ten different states: Kentucky , Ohio , Maryland , New York , New Jersey , Penn-
 sylvania , Michigan , Illinois , California , Virginia .

        This document has been designed to help the legislators of West Virginia better understand the the-
 ory motorcyclists have been portraying regarding helmet use and tourism. The survey consisted of these
 simple questions:
                                                                                           Page 10.
Message from the President Continued from Page 9.

1. Name
2. Address
3. Number of days spent at motorcycling events per year
4. What states do you most frequently travel?
5. Do helmet laws play a pat in decision?
6. While traveling, do you avoid states with helmet laws?
7. Would a change in West Virginia 's mandatory helmet law cause you to travel there more often?
8. Approximately how much do you spend per day?
9. How many estimated miles do you travel per year?
10. Estimated number in party while traveling

        The manner, in which this survey has been conducted, was aimed towards getting an average figure to
show one individual motorcyclist's cost per day while traveling. The above categories were totaled and divided
by the amount of participants to reach this average.

1. “Events per year”: represents the number of events the average motorcyclist attends per year. The average
per year according to this survey is 37.29 events. This figure will be used at a later point in this survey to
show the yearly associated cost to a motorcyclist while traveling. The yearly cost to motorcyclists while travel-
ing could be potential tourism dollars for West Virginia , provided we offer adult freedom of choice.

2. “States most frequently traveled”: represents the choice made by adult riders as to what states they wish to
travel: A. Mandatory Helmet Law States-7.32% B. Freedom of Choice States-75.15%or C. Both-16.77%

3. “Do helmet laws play a part”: represents the choice made as to what states motorcyclists are more likely to
travel. [YES-93.59%] represents those who do not prefer mandatory helmet law states, [NO-6.4%] repre-
sents those whom it makes no difference.

4. “Avoiding states with helmet laws”: represents the amount of motorcyclist's who avoid states due to adult
mandatory helmet use laws. [YES-85.06%] represents those who avoid states due to mandatory helmet
laws; [NO-14.94%] represents those whom it makes no difference.

5. “A change in West Virginia 's mandatory helmet law”: represents the amount of motorcyclists who would
travel through West Virginia more often if there was a change in the mandatory helmet law to allow for adult
freedom of choice. [YES-94.21%] represents those who have stated that a change in the law would cause
them to come to West Virginia more often, [NO-3.66%] represents those whom it makes no difference
and 2.13% did not answer.

6[a]. “Approximate spending per day”: [Part 1] represents the percentages of where motorcyclists stay while
traveling. This category has been broken down into four different sections for the purpose of showing the dol-
lars spent by the different lifestyles within the motorcycling community when traveling. The four sections and
percentages are as follows:
        1. Hotel-29.27%
        2. Camping-14.94%
        3. Hotel/Camping-49.09%
        4. None [Those who don't stay overnight]-6.71%
Message from the President Continued from Page 10.                                           Page 11.

6[b]. “Approximate spending per day”: [Part 2] represents the actual dollars that are spent by the motorcy-
clists from the four different sections in the previous chart. These dollars will be shown in relationship to their
percentages from the previous chart. For the purpose of finding an average, the dollar amounts that fall in the
hotel/camping section have been added together and divided by two to help better see an average for this sec-
tion. The following results:

       1. Hotel-$167.45
       2. Camping-$92.96
       3. Hotel/Camping-$176.79
       4. None [Those who don't stay overnight]-$32.41

7. “Miles traveled per year”: represents the average number of miles a motorcycle enthusiast travels per year.
The average per year according to this survey is 8,580.9 miles. The average motorcycle gets approximately
40mpg while traveling on the highway. 8580.9miles, divided by 40mpg equals 214.52 gallons of gas per year,
multiplied by West Virginia 's current gas tax share, and finally multiplied by the number of tourist equals in-
finity. Infinity represent the choice West Virginia has to make regarding the facts of this survey.

8. “Estimated number in party while traveling”: represents the number of enthusiasts traveling together while
enjoying the sport of motorcycling. The average according to this survey is 5 per traveling group. Using the
earlier stated 328 participants, multiplied by 5 equals 1640 of the possibilities, according to the American Mo-
torcyclist Association there are 30 million motorcyclists across the nation.

         The previous documentation more than clearly points out that tourism to our state can be increased if
the requirements for adult mandatory helmet laws were lifted. 75.15% of motorcyclists travel to freedom of
choice states. Motorcyclists do examine the laws before making a choice as to what states they wish to travel
through. Motorcyclist's definitely travel around states with adult mandatory helmet use laws. The results
of this survey based on one individual’s spending shows the tourism dollars we could be receiving if we offered
freedom of choice.

I do NOT go through Nebraska
        I ride about 30,000 miles per year. I travel to Sturgis every year from Arizona and I do not go through
Nebraska , ever. Most people that travel from Arizona to Sturgis do not go through Nebraska . I spend an aver-
age of $20.00 per day on fuel, and an average of $20.00 on food, and an average of $75.00 on rooms and
$25.00 per day on incidentals. I do two road trips like this per year, and each trip is 3 weeks long. My cost for
these trips would be very close to $6,000.
        I do “Run for the Wall” every year also. My average room cost is $65.00 per day, and the trip is a
month long trip all together. I spend an average of $20.00 on food each day, and about $20.00 on fuel. With
incidentals I average spending $120.00 per day on my annual trip across country. My cost for this trip is usu-
ally about $4,000.
        I do an annual trip to Las Vegas for a long weekend and I spend about $1,000.
        None of these costs include any wear and tear on my bike or any repairs that I may need to do.

Ray Huston
(Received 10/26/06 via email)
Message from the President Continued from Page 11.                                   Page 12.

                                      The Bottom Line
        Motorcyclists are professional people who can afford a $15,000 - $35,000 luxury mode of transporta-
tion on top of their mortgages, college funds, sedans, SUV’s and pickup trucks. They spend at a minimum
$100 a day while traveling. When states enact mandatory motorcycle helmet laws - motorcycle ownership,
registration and ridership sharply fall off. When states repeal or modify mandatory motorcycle helmet laws –
sales, ownership and ridership sharply increase.

       Close to 1,000,000 motorcyclists ride to Sturgis each and every year. The majority of those ride up to
South Dakota via I-29 in Iowa or I-25 in Colorado . Why? They go around Nebraska which has a manda-
tory motorcycle helmet law – they are hard working adults who CHOOSE to ride without a helmet…in
ANY state BUT Nebraska .

End Message from the President.
John Bland, President
A.B.A.T.E. of Northern Nevada
The following letter was sumitted to the Nevada Legislature by Mike Davis, President of ABATE of Southern
Nevada. Thank you Bones. All of us up North appreciate your dedication and the hard work you put into
your presentation to the Legislature.

Alternative Funding for State Highway Projects.

Mr. Chairman and Distinguished Members of the Committee, for the record;

 My name is Mike Davis, President of ABATE of Southern Nevada. I represent approximately 2500
registered motorcyclists in the southern portion of the state and I believe that we of ABATE of
Southern Nevada have come up with a solution to the Alternative Funding for State Highway Pro-
jects. We don’t believe that anyone can come up with a “quick fix” for the money needed for these
projects but over a relatively short period of time we believe that the revenues of the State can be
increased by millions of dollars annually. By utilizing these ideas we believe that not only will your
commission be able to fund the much needed highway projects but the long term potential to the
State will be extremely beneficial.

 Nevada has a great revenue resource that has thus far gone untapped. The potential tourism in-
crease alone would amount to several hundred million dollars each year. Nevada has long been a
desired vacation spot for all types of people, but until now we have been missing a large portion of
revenue that other states are beginning to cash in on. Although difficult to come up with an immedi-
ate solution to the current budget crisis, we are suggesting to the committee that the State of Ne-
vada become more motorcycle friendly lifting motorcycle restrictions legislated in the past.

1. We have prepared for submission a draft of a proposed amendment to the current helmet law
for submission in the 2009 Session. This amendment would change the present statute allowing
individuals to make the choice of whether or not to wear a helmet in Nevada.
Continued on Page 15.
                        NOTES FROM THE SECRETARY                                                              Page 13.
                               By Lesli Andrus

Well, as all of you should know from president’s blurb in the last newsletter, I am the proud owner of a new bike. A
2007 Kawasaki Vulcan 500 to be exact. I guess the smell of leather and seeing my reflection in the chrome was too
much for me. I left 5th Gear Saturday afternoon with a credit app in hand and thoughts of a shiny black bike running
through my head. When I woke up Sunday morning, my first thought was “what am I thinking,?? I can’t buy a bike?? I
haven’t ridden in over 20 years, I can’t do this!” I went back and forth, but the more I thought about it, the more I de-
cided that yes, I could this and it would be fun! On Monday I went to DMV and got my instruction permit to operate a
motorcycle. Bright and early on Tuesday, I was back at 5th Gear, and by that afternoon I got word that there would be a
new baby in my garage. Since we were all headed to Mesquite the coming weekend, I was pushing John Glenn, to get
my new purple windshield in and installed, before we left for Mesquite, which he did with no trouble at all. So, Thurs-
day afternoon I get the call that I can come get my bike, I wanted to ride it back to the shop but my dad wouldn’t let
me(which I am grateful for in hindsight), so I drove him to pick it and he rode it back to the shop. First thing I wanted to
ride, so I hopped on and somehow managed to make one loop around the corridor parking lot. When I stopped, every-
body said I should go around another time, well my hands and knees were shaking so bad I didn’t think that was such a
good idea. It had been a long time since I had ridden and some of the doubts were sneaking back in. We loaded it up on
the trailer, and off to Mesquite we went. My bike did a 1100 mile, 3 state tour in the first 3 days I owned it, ok most all
of that trip was on a trailer pulled behind my Kia, but it trailered really well! I rode a little bit in Ely after we got John’s
bike repaired, the Sinclair station had a great truck parking lot that was empty, so I had a little practice there. In Mes-
quite, we had to make a Wal-mart run for bug spray (they had mosquitoes the size of vultures there) so I rode and did so
good, I thought. After negotiating out of the motel parking lot, there were a couple of sweeping turns that felt good as I
went around, and as I pulled in the parking lot, I promptly dropped the bike. It knocked me down, bruised my pride a
little, but didn’t hurt the bike at all! That’s the most important thing! After Mesquite, I started riding back and forth to
work and did just fine, I was a little nervous but that got better everyday. June 8th was the Pediatric Brain Tumor Poker
Run, and I was excited to go on my first official poker run. My dad and I left his house headed to town, and coming
around the corner which I had managed many times, I met a car, and being more worried about him staying on his side
of the road, I wasn’t watching where I was going, and long story short, I wrecked the bike in the dirt and slid about 8
feet on the pavement. I laid there for a few seconds, not wanting to get up and see the damage, but as I heard cars stop-
ping and my dad’s bike turning around, I thought I should at least sit up, so no one thought I was dead. I was wearing a
leather jacket and gloves, so other than a skinned knee and torn jeans, I came out okay. My bike was in pretty sad shape
as we picked it up, I had broken the windshield in too many places to mention and I had weeds sticking out of it every-
where. We got it back on the road and back up to my dad’s house, and took off the windshield. I was really glad I had
the quick release hardware John Glenn suggested, it made it so much easier to take off. I still really wanted to do the
poker run, so we took off for town again, minus a windshield. With the first stop being Moxie Java, I was thinking
about the narrow driveways that I would have to turn in to get there. I had a thought that maybe I should go down by
Burger King and turn there instead. I should have gone with that thought, because as I was trying to make the turn in
front of Wells Fargo, that big rock and the concrete posts were a little too intimidating and I grabbed the front brake.
Not the thing to do I was told later, since it causes the bike to fall over. Yeah, could have used that little tidbit of infor-
mation a little sooner. Picking myself, the bike, and my right mirror I broke, up off the ground yet again, I decided I had
had enough fun for one day. I went ahead and left my pride laying there on the ground, it was too damaged to bother
picking up. My dad drove what was left of the Kawasaki’s carcass home, and it sat in the garage for two weeks waiting
on parts, which was also the same time as Jamboree, so I only had pictures of what it looked like pre-crash. Things I
have learned in the first 2 months:
1. New bikes can only do 45 mph for the first 500 miles, so don’t plan to take them on a road trip the first day you buy
it…unless you have a trailer.
2. Watch what you are doing and not too much what cars are doing.
3. Riding without a windshield is harder than it would seem.
4. Don’t brake on a turn, especially a slow tight one.
5. I love leather, because even though it may be hot…sweat dries faster than road rash heals…I have personal knowl-
edge of that.
6. I love to ride. I am really glad I didn’t let the negative voices keep me from buying my bike. They were wrong…I
can do this!
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                                                 A Little Tale of Round Mountain
                                                          By Dale Andrus

On Friday July 18, 2008 John Bland, Layne Harris, (on bikes) and I (motor home) left Elko at about 9:00 am. We made it to the
rest area halfway to Eureka; I just happened to have a couple of cold ones in the cooler, so breakfast was great. We made it the
rest of the way to Round Mountain without any trouble.

 Got to the camping area and I unloaded the rodeo stuff. I spoke with Doug Nichols about the event and how it was coming
along? He said that the band had to be replaced with a DJ, with about 5000 songs (that ended up being better anyway!). He was
hopeful more riders would show up the next day.

 I meet up with Miles Eklund from Las Vegas; he had been in Round Mountain since Wednesday helping Doug setup. Connie
and Vicky left later and got there about 8:30, and found Miles and I at a local watering hole.

 Saturday morning Connie, Vicky, John, Miles, Layne, John from Kingston and I set up the shade and merchandise tables, with
that done Miles and I had signed up for the Ghost Riders Poker Run.

 Our first stop was Austin, so we had a nice ride over and back. Saturday afternoon we had sign ups for rodeo games, we started
with the weenie bite, slow race, balloon toss, and keg push. Layne Harris and Bones from LV were a big help with everything.
We had everyone that had not signed up watching the games and loving it. I don’t know if most of them had seen a motorcycle
rodeo before.

 After the rodeo we had our auction, what a great one! We had the best auction I have ever seen. We also got some new mem-
bers and Southern A.B.A.T.E got 5 or 6 new members. John and I explained what ABATE stood for ( A Brotherhood Aimed
Towards Education) after we talked about what we do and how we need everyone that rides to become members to get into our
network to stay on top of the laws about motorcyclists.

 Bones (Mike Davis) President of Southern A.B.A.T.E. talked and asked how many here are A.B.A.T.E. members, a few people
were, then he asked WHY NOT. He talked about going before the Nevada Transportation Committee and how nervous he was,
but he did it because it is what needed to be done.

 It is a good feeling to see what happened at Round Mountain when we meet some other bikers as unknowns and came away as a
brotherhood, and we did educate the ones that would listen.

 Saturday night after the auction the party began, someone said that I was dancing for about two or three hours, but I didn’t have
that many Cheladas, did I?

Doug told me he was not sure about ABATE before the event, but now says we made the event happen. Doug, the Ghost Riders,
Smoky Valley Riders, CMA, and many others helped make this event a great success. Doug is already talking about next year,
and we will be there. He indicated he would like to have an ABATE organization in Round Mountain. We would love to see a
Central ABATE of Nevada!!

I know I may have missed someone, but a big thanks to all who helped.
It’s as close to the best rodeo as I have ever been to!

Dale Andrus, A.B.A.T.E. Treasurer
Nevada Motorcycle Riders Foundation Co-Rep
                                                                                                       Page 15.
Bones’ Letter to the Nevada Legislature Transportation Committee
Continued from Page 12.

 This proposal also includes a seven year “sunset clause”, where if after the term of the clause it is deter-
mined that the motorcycle fatality rate due to head injuries increases disproportionately to the number of
registered motorcycle operators, the state will have the option to reinstate NRS.486.231. I am well aware of
the Chairman’s background and position on the “Approved Headgear Law” NRS.486.231, but would still ask
to be heard and considered on this matter.

This is how the State will benefit;
1. Increased revenue due to increased registration. In comparison states that have amended or dismissed
the helmet law i.e. Florida, have increased new registrations in the year 2000 by 40,000 motorcycles. With
an average sale price of 10 thousand dollars per vehicle, that equates to 400 million dollars in sales. With
the current Nevada sales tax at 7.5% over 30 million dollars would be added to the State’s funds in sales
taxes. The $6.00 collected for the motorcycle safety fund would equate to just over 240 thousand dollars per
year over and above what is presently being collected for the safety program in this state. Additionally, new
registration fees at over 1 million and change of title fees which would amount to about another 1 million
dollars would be included for an estimated total of just over 430 million dollars.
The States of Florida, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Texas hold Bike Rallies each year with some states
holding more than one event. During the Bike Week Rally in Florida, Volusia County estimated 300 million
dollars was spent in 2001 over a ten day period and 260 million dollars was added to the economy. The
same type of event in Austin, Texas was attended by 50,000 riders, which added 20 million dollars to their
economy. According to the Greater Milwaukee Convention and Visitors Bureau, the four day Harley David-
son celebration held in Milwaukee and other surrounding counties brought in an estimated 132 million dol-
lars to the states economy. The Rally held in Sturgis South Dakota from 2000 to 2001 increased in revenue
to the state from 12.4 million to 15.3 million dollars.

An examination of motorcycle injuries and costs, by the University of North Carolina in a published study by
the same name, disproves the claim of social burden that is often used by helmet advocates revealing that:
 •     Motorcyclists admitted to trauma centers for treatment of their injuries relating to their crash were just
as likely as other road trauma cases to be medically insured and considerably better insured than non-road
•     Motorcyclists have the highest insurance rate payment of all other groups.
•     Motorcycle riders relied on Medicare and Medicaid less than any other group.
•     Motorcyclists had a higher rate of self pay than any other group.
•     Motorcyclists’ average medical costs were less than other road trauma cases.

In closing;
        The goal of this proposal is to increase the total annual revenue of the state to assist with alternate
funding for the state highway projects and to aid in future generated revenue to the state by the steady in-
crease of tourism. More people are traveling by motorcycle than ever before and Nevada is a perfect venue
for year around riders to come and enjoy our state. The flow of tourist that will come to our state from Utah,
Arizona, and Colorado once the restrictions have been reduced, as they have been in their states, will be-
come a way for our state to generate a substantial revenue income.

        This Committee has in the past rejected any bill regarding the helmet law or any proposal to amend
it due to the intent to protect the citizens from themselves. Having researched other states that have
amended the law or never had the law, fatalities are proven to be lower than in states with a mandatory law.
There are countless studies by some very learned and profound people with just as many statistics that can
argue this concept from both sides. The idea is to find out for ourselves in this state if an amendment will
work without increasing risks to the riders and in the process generate money to benefit the state.

A.B.A.T.E. of Northern Nevada
P. O. Box 1566
Elko, NV 89803

John Bland and Connie Campbell 744-4570
Dale Andrus 738-5568
Lesli Andrus 777-7955

Webmaster: Roger Leeper
Membership Coordinator: Connie Campbell
Newsletter Editor: Debbie Bonetti
A.B.A.T.E.‘s Website:
Christmas for Kids, Inc.
Maria Cammarano – President
Vicky Andrus – Vice President
Connie Campbell – Secretary
Jenn Hobbs – Treasurer
ABATE of Southern Nevada:                                Ryndon Poker Run
                                                                             And Campout
                                                                        August 15, 16, and 17
                                                                       Call the Ryndon RV Park
       Freedom Isn’t Free                                      For a Camping Spot 738-3448 or 738-1825
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 Upcoming events

•A.B.A.T.E. Meeting: August 14th at Elko Trophy 7:00 P.M.
(See the complete schedule on Page 6. )
   (A.B.A.T.E. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of every
month at 7:00 P.M.) We change the meeting place from time to
time, so watch for emails announcing the place.
•Check the Website for upcoming events.
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"The battle for bikers' rights is not about patches, parties or poker runs. We fight to protect the freedom and
promote the interests of American motorcyclists ... to defend our right to choose our own modes of transporta-
tion, attire and lifestyle ... to deter and defy discrimination against us ... and to vanquish those who violate our
rights or right-of-way."--Bruce Arnold