Archive for May, 2015

Busy Schedule for Steel Horse Sisterhood Women’s Motorcycle Summit

Thursday, May 28th, 2015
SHS Logo

Steel Horse Sisterhood logo.

I mentioned last week that the Steel Horse Sisterhood Women’s Motorcycle Summit is scheduled for June 11-14 in Loveland. Here are some additional details.

Full registration for this four-day event is $125, or if you are a supporter or male companion it is $100. Some events are for women only but there is also a guys only ride. My guess would be these things coincide–that would only make sense.

Three are also additional fees for several classes. For instance, the accident-scene management course is $75, and the Western Dual Sport Off-Road Riding Clinic will run you $25. There are poker runs, breakfasts, receptions, and all the usual things you expect at motorcycle rallies. A new rider course offered by Thunder Mountain Harley-Davidson is $249.

Here are a few of the items on the program and the presenters.

  • Reduce the Odds presented by Laurie Latham
  • Think like a Negotiator presented by Eldonna Lewis Fernandez
  • A Woman’s Intuition presented by Brenda Simmons
  • Alisa Clickenger – Life’s Journey & the Power of the Road
  • Finding Opportunity in Adversity with Jocelyn Hastie
  • Living Raw with Karen Fritz
  • Let’s Talk About Gear – Brittany Morrow + Various Presenters
  • Gentle Flow + Yoga Nidra Class presented by Marina Koyen
  • Self Care for Bikers with Marina Koyen
  • Weapons for Women presented by Laurie Latham
  • Women Pushing The Curve of Adventure featuring Patricia Jacques
  • Make Fat Cry Featuring Betty Rocker
  • The Face of PTSD – A Spirited Panel Discussion
  • Put On Your Big Girl Panties, Featuring Terri Collier of Thunder Roads OK/AR

Joan tells me she is expecting perhaps 1,000 people for the Saturday night shin-dig that will be the biggest of the social events. Overall conference attendance she expects to be approximately 300. At last year’s first-ever event the mistake was made to plan the conference for International Female Ride Day (May 5 this year). Apparently there was a bit too much competition on that particular weekend, so this year the event was planned for later. That plus better weather later in the season has hopes up for a good turn-out.

Biker Quote for Today

Dirt bike diva: mud for make-up, gasoline for perfume

A Cross-Country Ride 65 Years Ago

Monday, May 25th, 2015
A Zundapp motorcycle

I have no idea if this is like the Zundapp Don rode. But it's a small Zundapp.

We recently visited family in Idaho and Don–85 or so, I’d guess–told me about motorcycles and his family. He said all four of their sons grew up riding, though only Randy now continues to do it much. That reminded me of a family gathering a few years ago at a condo on Monarch Pass in Colorado. Randy showed up on his bike, which he rode in a day down from The Boise area. Yikes!

But Don said his only personal experience on a bike was when he was about 20. He bought a used German Zundapp bike, about a 200cc or 250cc bike, and rode it from Cincinnati to a summer job at a national park out by Port Angeles, Washington. Presumably that was Olympia National Park out on the Olympic Peninsula.

So he left Cincinnati and made a stop in Chicago for a couple days. Then he set out of Washington. He made the trip in four days!

For the most part it was good weather. That was good because all he had was a bag with clothes and a blanket, strapped on the rear fender. At night he would pull over somewhere and spread the blanket out on the ground and sleep. No big deal.

But then on the third day he was approaching Snoqualmie Pass and it started to rain. He stopped and put on the parka that was his only rain protection. And not good rain protection. His pants were getting soaked.

As he neared the top of the pass the temperature dropped and it was almost snowing. Don was frozen. Against all his instincts he decided to pay $5 for a motel room up on the pass–nearly half of the money he had left at that point. But he was cold and it was necessary. A couple young women schoolteachers also staying at the motel saw this wet, chilled biker and asked if he would like some hot chicken-noodle soup. You bet!!

The next day the weather was clear and he rode on to his final destination, where he spent a great summer living in an old stone house on the beach.

When it came time to head back to Cincinnati the bike was not running well. No surprise that there were no Zundapp dealers anywhere close by. Don used some of his summer earnings to buy an old car and managed to squeeze the Zundapp into the back seat, and that was how they both got back. Then he fixed the bike and sold it.

Biker Quote for Today

You’re a biker wannabe if you like to ride by stores with big picture windows so you can admire your reflection.

Steel Horse Sisterhood Welcomes All Women On Motorcycles

Thursday, May 21st, 2015
Steel Horse Sisterhood Summit

The registration page for the Steel Horse Sisterhood Summit. No, don't click that button to get to registration--this is just a captured image.

“Invariably every girl I talk to who’s riding behind says, ‘I don’t ride.’ And I’d say back to her, ‘But you are riding. You’re riding behind. You’re just as important. You may not be holding the handlebars but it’s important what you’re doing back there. This event is for you also.’ And then they go, ‘It is?’ And there’s been such a division between the girls who ride their own and the girls who ride behind.”

That’s Joan Krenning, the founder of the Steel Horse Sisterhood, which will be holding its second annual Steel Horse Sisterhood Women’s Motorcycle Summit in Loveland June 11-14.

In other words, whether you’re the one who controls the machine or you are the passenger–and even if you are a woman who doesn’t ride now but is interested–this conference is for you.

“Last year, in our first event, we had three girls within the two weeks after our event that went out and climbed on their own bikes,” said Joan. “After they came to our event they were excited, they were empowered, they wanted to do it, too.”

While the conference is basically a motorcycling conference, the aim of the Steel Horse Sisterhood is to promote:

Five elements of Healthy Living/Healthy Riding

  1. Spiritual wellness
  2. Practical life skills including mechanical
  3. Physical health of her body
  4. Mechanical health of her ride
  5. Charitable impact

The Women of the Steel Horse Sisterhood are passionate about contributing to the well-being of the world while viewing it on the back of a motorcycle with the wind in our faces.

Among the extensive list of presenters is adventure rider Alisa Clickenger, who is familiar to long-time readers of this blog; Brittany Morrow, who suffered a life-changing sportbike accident and has come back as a strong spokesperson for ATGATT; Colleen Vetere, who teaches accident-scene management; and, an interesting one for me, Coyo Carbone, a “curandera” (native healer and religious leader) who is also part of Western Dual Sport Motorcycle Adventures, which will be offering dual-sport riding training during the conference. (The reason for my interest is that I’m pretty dang sure Coyo is someone I know and have ridden with as Jacque and I guess Coyo is an alter ego I was unaware of.)

The conference is intended to be a charitable fundraiser as well. According to Joan:

The 2015 Steel Horse Sisterhood Summit will benefit the following charities:

  • Realities For Children Charities, a 501c3 charitable organization based in Ft. Collins, Colorado. 100% of all donations made to Realities For Children Charities are distributed directly to the youth they serve through 28 Affiliate Youth Agencies.
  • The mission of Grace After Fire is to provide the means for women Veterans to gain self-knowledge and self-renewal. The staff of GAF serves to protect the veteran, connect the resource and renew the women. As of 2014 the GAF administrative cost is at 8% with fund raising at 3%. Therefore, 89 cents of every $1.00 donated goes toward helping women veterans.
  • The SHSC Endowment for Levi’s Kids because….the World needs to fund more creative young people. An endowment to fund students who indicate a desire to pursue a future in the arts. These include media arts, graphic design, music, fashion, the visual and culinary arts, dance and theater.
  • Safe and Secure – a 501c3 charitable organization based in Arizona, dedicated to the effective means of education to children and teens for the prevention of sexual abuse, abduction, Internet safety and bullying.

So that’s a heads-up for anyone who is interested. I’ll have more information later on the various goings-on that are planned.

Biker Quote for Today

I look my best when I take my helmet off after a long motorcycle ride. I have a glow and a bit of helmet hair. — Eric Bana

‘Why We Ride’ Filmmakers Head To Sturgis

Sunday, May 17th, 2015
I Am Sturgis on Kickstarter

The "I Am Sturgis" Kickstarter campaign.

Why We Ride burst on the motorcycling scene awhile ago and has been a very popular movie, and not just for those of us who ride. (And by the way, if you haven’t seen it, you can watch it for free until May 19 on Vimeo.)

“We’ve received thousands of letters from fans telling us that after seeing Why We Ride they decided to ‘throw their leg over two-wheels’ and become motorcyclists,” says James Walker, producer of Why We Ride. “We cannot stop with just one movie. This is now a movement, and we would love to have the community help us continue telling these inspiring stories about our motorcycle culture.”

So what’s next? Well, conveniently, the Sturgis rally will be celebrating its 75th year anniversary this year. It’s a natural fit.

Says the Why We Ride website, “The impetus for the new movie stems partly from this year’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally being the 75th Anniversary of that motorcycling institution. In recent years, the Sturgis rally has drawn half a million participants, but attendance estimates for this year’s anniversary rally exceed one million riders. There may never be a better time to capture the passion, dedication, and camaraderie of the motorcycling community, and there certainly is no better place than the iconic Sturgis gathering.”

So they’re doing a Kickstarter campaign to raise the money to make the film, I Am Sturgis. The filmmakers are looking for $350,000 and the last I looked they’re a long way from that total.

If you’ve seen Why We Ride and liked it, maybe you’ll want to chip in a few bucks. And if you haven’t seen it, it’s still available for a little while longer.

Biker Quote for Today

Murphy’s Motorcycle Laws: 4. Quick fixes are named for how long they stay fixed.

Vintage Motorcycle Show Will Be June 7

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

by Matt Wessels

The Vintage movement is in full force and old motorcycles are finding their way back to daylight and backroads in record numbers. This year will mark the 5th annual Vintage Motorcycle Show in Golden, Colorado.

Heritage Square will host the event one last time before they close their doors at the end of 2015, and all of their facilities will be operational for the show. Those facilities include bathrooms, restaurants, and a bar.

Erico Motorsports, GrandPrix Motorsports Indian and Foothills Triumph/BMW will be there showcasing some of the factory retro motos. Last year they had a half-million dollar Vincent show up, by the name of the Black Prince. It might make a re-appearance at this year’s show.

The show (Sunday, June 7) is open to anybody with a vintage motorcycle following the structure of a controlled open floor. To enter, respond to the evite and drop a comment so that Bob can get an idea of how many bikes there will be. Being a part of the show is just as free as attending it. They are taking donations for Hospice care, so bring some stray bills to support a good cause!

Much like the show being a celebration of all that was good and right in the motorcycle world, the Hospice donations are a celebration of good people who make it their life’s work to increase the quality of life for those who can not completely provide it for themselves. The idea was started when a friend was immensely impressed with the Hospice workers who take care of his mom, and wanted to give back.

The VJMC is also giving back by footing the bill for the event and wants all motorcycles from all backgrounds, manufacturers, and styles to attend. This isn’t a profitable endeavor, this is simply two enthusiasts who want to bring like-minded people together and celebrate good bikes, good food, good talk, and good experiences.

If you missed the link up above, go HERE to register for attendance. IT’S FREE!

For any other questions or comments, please reach out to Bob @ superhawk65@gmail.com

Many of the same folks meet at the GB Fish and Chips on the first Thursday of every month for Old Bike Night. There are a few other Old Bike Night meetups around the front range area, but not all necessarily connected with this one.

MotoStays Provides Inexpensive Travel Option For Bikers

Monday, May 11th, 2015
Colorado MotoStays map

A map shows you all the locations of MotoStay members. Here's the current Colorado membership.

I have written a number of times about the Motorcycle Travel Network (MTN) and now there is another offering in the same concept.

MotoStays bills themselves as “the motorcyclist’s equivalent to Airbnb; the difference being the overnight stays are free.” That is to say, you join MotoStays and then when you are traveling you can contact other members and arrange to stay at their house, and when other members are traveling in your area, they can contact you to stay at your house. All at no charge either way.

The only difference between the MTN and MotoStays in this regard is the cost, although that is minimal. With the MTN, if it is just one person, you pay your hosts $15 “to cover expenses.” If there are two people then it’s $20 and for each additional person it is another $10. So with four people you would pay $40 and while that’s not free, compared to what you would pay at a motel it’s pretty darn close.

Whereas the MTN has been operating for a number of years, MotoStays has been in operation just about one year. MTN charges an annual membership fee, whereas in its first year MotoStays has offered free membership. That is about to change however, and MotoStays says the free membership will end on May 15–just four days from now.

Here’s the breakdown on costs:

  • MTN charges $40 for a one-year membership, $60 for two years, or $120 for five years.
  • Starting May 16, Motostays will be charging $49.95 for a one-year membership or $14.95 per month for a monthly membership.

What it all comes down to, whichever of these groups you might consider joining, is the issue of staying with total strangers in their home and/or having total strangers stay in your home. For many people that is just a bridge they cannot cross. But I can tell you from experience, if you can overcome your fears this is a doorway to some very rewarding experiences.

Judy and I have been MTN members for a number of years and we have had nothing but wonderful experiences with the people who have stayed with us. We have not had a single bad experience and have thoroughly enjoyed meeting and spending time with the folks who have stayed here. On the flip side, while I was extremely uncertain before I stayed my first night with strangers, those fears were ungrounded, things went great, and since then we together and I on my own have stayed with numerous other MTN people and again have had zero bad experiences.

The point is, we all share a common interest–motorcycles–and that’s a universal ice-breaker. We’ve been regaled with riding stories and have probably told our fair share of them as well, although none as extreme as many we’ve heard from some real world travelers. Whoever the host is, the guest benefits from hearing about all the best local roads from people who really know the best local roads. And while offering dinner to your guests is not required, we always do and we have usually been offered dinner when we have been guests. Or at the very least, directions to a good place to go eat.

Of course, if for any reason you need or want to say no to a prospective guest, you always have that option.

What regrets do we have from all this? None. Absolutely none. Honestly, we wish we had more people staying with us. That’s how much we really do enjoy it.

So if you’re at all interested in this sort of thing, you have four more days to sign up at MotoStays for free. I’m going to be doing that because between the two organizations we will have a lot more options. And if you join either and plan to come to Denver, give us a call.

Biker Quote for Today

Murphy’s Motorcycle Laws: 3. Motorcycles are to yellow bugs what aircraft carriers once were to kamikaze pilots.

Response On MOST Discussion

Saturday, May 9th, 2015
beginning rider course

A beginning rider course.

One big difference between doing this blog and writing for a newspaper is that at a newspaper I would need to take a lot of time talking to people on all sides of an issue before sitting down to write what would hopefully be an article that distills conflicting views down into something approaching the truth. Even now, with a lot more time available, I’m not going to spend entire days tracking down this kind of comprehensive information. And with a fast-breaking story like this anti-MOST bill, I would have ended up not publishing anything until long after the matter was decided. So I get comments from one person and present them and then get rebuttal from someone else and present that. Gradually I get more expert in the subject myself and can discuss my understanding of what the truth of the matter is, but in the meantime I do my best to present all sides.

With that lead-in, I got an email Friday from Terry Howard, no longer with ABATE but now with Motorcyclists Advocacy of Colorado, who has had a lot of experience with the MOST program and rider training issues. She had this to say in response to what I’ve published about the late bill to kill the MOST program.
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Hi Ken,

I just read your article and I am not sure where people are getting their information from, but it is incorrect information. I helped Mr. Parks write the bid for the MOST administrative program. Nothing can be further from the truth about a Total Control training monopoly! A monopoly is what MSF has in Colorado today. ALL rider training licensing courses in Colorado use MSF. In fact, Total Control Training is the ONLY company that would admin the program in Colorado with a choice of curriculum. They have the staff to provide Q&A for 3 different curricula. If the bid were to be awarded to Total Control Training, schools can teach MSF and/or Total Control. It is not a one or nothing deal.

I applaud Mr. Parks for asking for an endorsement from SMSA. We can ask why no one else has ever bothered to do this. While SMSA is not an accrediting agency, they are composed of state motorcycle safety administrators, so I would think their review would hold some credibility. Where could you find a better group of people to review a curriculum? MSF can do the same thing, they just haven’t.

While I understand that the Senate bill had the SMSA component in there, Mr. Parks was not aware of this until it was written in the bill. Mr. Parks had no contact with the senator whatsoever. Someone else must have suggested that wording to Senator Sonnenberg.

I like the Total Control Training program. When I found out that they had licensing courses I was quite interested in learning more about it. After learning that Texas, Maryland, US Navy, and the US Marine Corp all are using this curriculum, I felt it should be explored in Colorado. Anyone that knows me (including MOST staff) is well aware that I have always been a proponent for a second curriculum that would address riding conditions in Colorado more in depth than what the MSF curriculum does. I will admit when I first met Lee Parks I wasn’t really sure about him. After taking the time to speak with him and work with him over the past couple of years, I can say this man truly believes in his work and I have the utmost respect for him. He is passionate about motorcycle safety and training. He is always striving to improve his program and takes suggestions from instructors in the field. I told Lee that I would be happy to bring his curriculum to MOST to go through the approval process. Which is exactly what one of his instructors and I did back in early March.

I have copied him on this email and I am suggesting to you to get his point of view. I know you are only reporting what has been stated to you. I also know you well enough that you would like the other side of the story, so please email Lee. Get the full story. So many people out there seem to jump to conclusions without going to the source to find out exactly what the intentions are. So many folks are, dare I use the word “afraid” of change, that they panic without knowing all the facts. My comment to the training companies, before you get in a tizzy, learn all the facts and quit listening to rumor.

Thanks Ken, I always appreciate your interest and pursuit in getting information out to motorcyclists.

Terry
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I’ll tell you where this matter leaves me: I look forward eagerly to the definitive exposition of this whole business that Matt Wessels is working on. It will be a while yet. Matt is getting married soon so he can be excused for not making this his top priority. But at this point I don’t think there’s any rush. I certainly do hope he has it ready to go before the next legislative session, however.

Biker Quote for Today

Gear: Because walking away in disgust beats riding away in an ambulance.

Anti-MOST Bill Is Dead

Friday, May 8th, 2015
Beginning Rider course

A Beginning Rider course.

SB 15-286 to eliminate the Colorado Motorcycle Operator Safety Training (MOST) program has been killed.

The bill, introduced in the Senate by Jerry Sonnenberg (R), was passed on May 5 and was introduced in the House by Lori Saine (R) and Jovan Melton (D). Bipartisan sponsorship did not prevent it from being sent to the House Finance Committee where it was “postponed indefinitely,” legislative verbiage for “killed.”

While I’m trying to help interested readers be informed about this bill and what is happening, I’m really just doing my best to learn about it, too. Someone who is a lot more knowledgeable about it than me is Matt Wessels, which is one of the reasons I agreed to have him join me in posting on this blog. Matt is working on a deep, broad series on the whole business surrounding MOST but for the meantime he filled me in a bit on some of the background here.

Matt pointed out a number of things. For instance, while I reported a few days ago that this bill, if it had passed, would have created something of a monopoly in Colorado for the Lee Parks Total Control rider training curriculum, “The MOST program has only ever had the MSF (Motorcycle Safety Foundation) curriculum approved as a curriculum which results in an endorsement from DOR (the Colorado Department of Revenue). When the MOST program was created, there was another curriculum, offered by the State of Oregon, which MSF lobbied not to include the Oregon curriculum in the MOST bill, so they could have a monopoly in Colorado. It worked and there was an agreement struck between CDOT (Colorado Department of Transportation)/MOST and MSF. There are many curricula out there, some better suited to Colorado riders than MSF. Lee Parks’ is one of them. Oregon and Idaho also have very good curricula.”

So it’s not as if the state has been exactly neutral in the past.

Matt continued: “Under the new bill, no curriculum would be “approved,” since SMSA doesn’t approve curricula, which means it would be interpreted that all curricula are OK as the standard isn’t defined. It would be a free-for-all. This means, any curriculum could be taught, and any vendor could teach, without any standards or quality assurance. The risk of the bill is in the lack of regulation, and the risk that provides to the new student who wouldn’t know which vendor is teaching the right thing or not. It’s also a direct attack on MSF, which has had the monopoly and foothold in Colorado for so long, in their push to become the national curriculum. They’ve done this in other states as well. They have board members on the MIC (Motorcycle Industry Council) board, and are working with motorcycle vendors and seller to become a monopoly and secure their curriculum, their product as the end all, be all. It WOULD hurt Harley, as they have their Rider’s Edge training program, which has special provision through MOST to be taught, and does not comply with NHTSA, as they teach on 500cc motos, not 250cc as required by NHTSA.”

So OK, it’s a pretty complicated situation. For now at least it’s on hold. The bill failed. But I think we can count on seeing this kind of thing in the next legislative session. We can only hope that the next bill will be better written.

Biker Quote for Today

Safety is a cheap and effective insurance policy.

Training Program Bill Would Make Lee Parks A Monopoly In Colorado

Monday, May 4th, 2015
Colorado MOST site

A screen grab from the MOST program website.

I’ve been digging into this story of Senate Bill 15-286 and it’s getting curiouser and curiouser. I spoke today with Dave Tolbert, who runs the Motorcycle Training Academy. Dave has been very busy all day talking to legislators and other operators of training outfits, all of it focused on this bill.

The word on this bill, mentioned by Robert Frank in the notice from him I ran here, and reiterated by Dave, is that Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg introduced this bill on behalf of ABATE and T3RG. Very interesting if that’s the case considering I belong to ABATE and go to meetings and I sure hadn’t heard anything about this.

While the original bill didn’t say this, amendments late on Friday night added wording to this effect: The bill repeals the motorcycle operator safety training program and instead requires the department of revenue to issue a motorcycle endorsement to an applicant who:

* Provides proof of completion of a motorcycle training program; and
* Attests that the program used the curriculum established by the National Association of State Motorcycle Safety Administrators.

Dave explained this to me. Many of you may be familiar with Lee Parks and his Total Control program. Parks is, in Dave’s term, a “curriculum vendor.” He offers a fully developed curriculum for rider training and markets or franchises it across the country.

So according to Dave, Lee Parks asked the State Motorcycle Safety Administrators (SMSA) organization, “Can you verify that my curriculum meets the NHTSA (National Highway Transportation Safety Administration) model standards?” These standards were only recently introduced.

“SMSA had never done that before,” said Dave, “they’re not an accrediting agency, but they said, OK, sure, we can evaluate that. And now Lee Parks is the only curriculum vendor who has sent his program to SMSA because the rest of the vendors say, ‘well they’re not an accrediting agency. Why would we send it to them?’ So he is the only vendor who has curriculum that SMSA says has met the national model standards.”

Look back at that second bullet in the amendment to this bill: Attests that the program used the curriculum established by the National Association of State Motorcycle Safety Administrators.

In other words, if a student rider wants to take a course and get accreditation so he or she doesn’t have to pass the driving part of the licensing test, the only curriculum vendor whose program would meet that standard is Lee Parks. Currently, most rider training courses in the state use the curriculum offered by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, a competitor of Lee Parks. All the MSF training in Colorado would lose the ability to offer students automatic exemption when they went to get licensed.

Can you understand that Dave Tolbert and a lot of other outfits around the state are in a tizzy?

But what about ABATE? The ABATE training is MSF based. Why would that group support this?

As I say, curiouser and curiouser. I hope to have more information soon.

Another Biker Quote for Today

Accidents hurt — safety doesn’t.

MOST Defunding Bill In Legislature

Monday, May 4th, 2015
Rider trainees on the course.

Rider trainees on the course.

This seems to have come almost out of nowhere, though I suspect it is actually the result of some behind-the-scenes efforts, but all of a sudden there is a bill in the Colorado Legislature to defund the Colorado Motorcycle Operator Safety Training (MOST) program. The bill was introduced on Thursday and the session ends on Wednesday so anyone who wants to contact their representatives needs to do so right away. And due to the nature of the situation, I plan to put up several posts in quick order, unlike my standard Monday/Thursday schedule.

I first got wind of this via an email from ABATE District 10 rep Carol Downs forwarding an email from ABATE legislative affairs officer, Stump. Here’s what Stump had to say.

The 2nd bill on Thursday at the Senate Transportation Committee was more exciting, SB15-286 (MOST Bill). On Tuesday, Senate Sonnenberg introduced a bill to get rid of the MOST Program. We had talked about this issue last year a few times at our SBOD Meetings and agreed that if the subsidies were going away, we didn’t want our $4.00 and $2.00 going to administration of the program (which wasn’t doing its job in the first place). The bill passed 3-2. Thanks to Bruce, Tiger, and Colleen Boyle (T3RG) for testifying. There was quite a bit of opposition from other Rider Ed. Vendors, but the truth prevailed and the bill was sent to the Senate Finance Committee. I expect it to pass that committee today then on to the Senate floor and hopefully to the House by Tuesday. It wouldn’t hurt to send a quick e-mail to your legislators asking them to vote yes on SB15-286 (MOST Bill). I’ve sent an explanatory letter to all the Senators already and will follow up with a similar letter to all the Representatives this weekend, so all you’d have to say is, “As a constituent, I urge you to vote yes on SB15-286 (MOST Bill).” That’s all it would take.

So we’re clear on where ABATE stands on this. My next thought was what position this new group, Motorcyclists Advocacy of Colorado (MAC), was taking on it. Turns out my still developing understanding of MAC was a little off. Here is the explanation of the group’s intent, as given to me by Terry Howard, who is a co-founder of MAC.

MAC does not take positions on issues. The purpose of MAC is to inform the motorcycling public of issues that will affect us. We produce facts surrounding the issue and publish the information. It is then up to the individual members what position THEY choose to take. We provide guidance and coaching to address the issue, whichever side they are on.

Pursuant to its intent to provide information, I found on their Facebook page an ongoing update on the progress of the bill. It seems it is now to go to the Senate Appropriations Committee today, after receiving some amendments.

Not all groups wish to see MOST abolished. Alan sent me the following from Robert Frank:

URGENT – Final legislative vote will happen on or before Tuesday 5-5-15

The people that are doing their best to kill the MOST program in Colorado (ABATE & T3RG) have introduced a bill to do just that, SB 15-286.

As first introduced it had a lot of holes, was poorly written, it had major issues.

Well, it’s been amended with exclusionary wording, that if passed, will disallow all MSF Motorcycle Safety Foundation training in Colorado.

It will make Lee Parks, Total Control the only certified course in Colorado.

Currently in California Lee is charging $258 for the equivalent of the MSF BRC (Get your license course) The MSF course is available in Colorado @ $160.

Lee’s charging $475 for his ‘Premier’ course. The MSF equivalent is available for $260.

If Lee Parks is made the only authorized course you will pay more for your training, loose your manufacturer training rebate, you HOG rebate and quality MSF products.

Please call, write, e-mail your state senator / representative and let them know you do not support this bad bill.

How likely is it that this thing will pass? I have no real insight but considering the fate of numerous other bills in the last few days I would tend to expect it to fail. At this time. I would expect to see it return in the next session if it doesn’t pass now. We’ll see. In the meantime, I have calls in to some folks and will be posting more very soon.

Biker Quote for Today

Biker Heaven: The road, full tank, full throttle