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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Happy Forth of July - Upcoming Motorcycle Events July 2-8, 2010

First and foremost we at Biker-Space would like to say Happy Forth of July.  Whatever you do this three day holiday weekend be safe and enjoy.

Well here's what's on tap for this holiday weekend around town.

July 2, 2010 - ABATE of Idaho Road Rally 2 Day Event  Mackay, Idaho
For more information contact:  Terri Calkins @ 208-478-4928 - www.abateofidaho.net

July 2, 2010 - Pro Moto Rodeo Productions 4 Day Event Colfax, Virginia
For more information contact:  Gary McGlasson @ 509-294-1249 - www.promotoreodeo.com

July 3, 2010 - ABATE of Ohio, Poker Run Fairborn, Ohio
For more information contact:  James Elgin @ 614-319-3644 - www.abate.com

July 4, 2010 - Who's Next MC BKLYN 5th Annual Family & Friends J-Bloxx Memorial BBQ
Hecksher State Park Field 6 Long Island NY


July 6, 2010 - Women on Wheels Stratton, Vermont 3 Day Event
For more information contact:  Joyce A Shook @ 800-322-1969 - www.womenonwheels.org

July 6, 2010 - Motor Maids, 3 Day Event Convention, Cody, WY
For more information contact:  Brenda L Hickling Thatch @ 419-290-3129 www.motormaids.org

July 8, 2010 - Women in the Wind, 4 Day Event, Newburgh, NY
For more information contact:  Carmela Borzelleri @ 845-564-4500 www.ramadanewburgh.com

MORE NOISE ABOUT NOISE -MOTORCYCLE PIPES


Here is some more information that we got by going to the AIM/NCOM website on other states that are really trying to change the laws as far as the motorcycle pipes are concerned.  People wake up and smell the coffee.  We just  posted about what the EPA is doing, they are all banding to together to screw us.  Please pass on the information, contact your local and state representatives, any motorcycle organization you belong to and let's make our voices be heard because they are about to silence our pipes.  "MY PIPE IS MY VOICE"-Krupt Mob MC NYC.  And this is so true when we are riding.

Here is the article from AIM/NCOM website:

MORE NOISE ABOUT NOISE
Across the country, more and more communities are exploring efforts to silence noisy motorcycles, but in Maine a bill that began as a broad measure to cut back on loud pipes has evolved into a proposal to force motorcycle riders to display vehicle inspection stickers on their bikes.

During hearings, the House Transportation Committee connected the noise problem to reports that nearly 40% of Maine motorcycles aren't inspected.  Faulty and noisy mufflers would fail motorcycles in annual inspections, so the measure was amended to require an inspection sticker be visibly affixed to the rear of the bike either on a mounting plate or on a rear fender or frame.

The bill, which also calls for a study of motorcycle noise, has received initial House approval but still needs to be approved by the full House and Senate.

A Racine, Wisconsin city panel has voted 4-0 recommending a newly written ordinance that would create a $100 fine plus court costs for "disorderly conduct with a motor vehicle." It would outlaw, in a motorized vehicle, "violent, dangerous, abusive, unreasonably loud or otherwise disorderly conduct."  That would include: squealing tires; revving an engine; unnecessarily blowing a horn; sudden veering or acceleration; and popping wheelies on a motorcycle.

I'm with the outlawing of the wheeling on public streets because that is very dangerous and I'm all for the burning of the tire banning because it stinks and it doesn't make any sense to me and it pollutes the air.  Motorcyclist of Racine, Wisconsin read between the lines with what they are trying to do.  What they are trying to do is enact a very broad ordinance.

The Culpeper Town Council Ordinance Committee has recommended that the Virginia municipality repeal its existing noise ordinance because it is legally unenforceable in light of recent court decisions.  "The ordinance can't be enforced the way it is written," Mayor Pranas Rimeikis said of town noise regulations that rely on "a reasonable person" finding a sound too noisy.  (In NYC  they went back to the drawing board several times trying to rewrite the law and get it right)

The town's movement to repeal its ordinance, and possibly replace it with a decibel-based measurement, is based on a Virginia Supreme Court ruling from last April that found a similar ordinance in Virgina Beach was unconstitutionally vague.  In January, the Supreme Court upheld the state court's decision, denying a review of it as requested by the city.

So as we can see people this is where the EPA comes in to the rescue for these various cities, towns and states.  Once they set the standard then it becomes law.

And these are the people we have elected to office as TAX PAYING UNITED STATES CITIZENS! Are you reading what they are saying?  STAND UP AND BE HEARD!!

"MY PIPE IS MY VOICE"
Krupt Mob M.C. NYC!

BREAKING NEWS-EPA UPDATING NOISE EMISSION STANDARDS

We at Biker-Space.com just got this email yesterday and we feel the need to share it with everybody.  In NYC they have been trying to enacted a law concerning noise levels and pipes and they have been unsuccessful but now the US Environmental Protection Agency has gotten involved and if what they are trying to do is successful then this standard will apply country wide.  We all know that loud pipes saves lives but apparently they don't.  This information is from The Motorcycle Riders Foundation, please spread the word and share this information with all riders that you know.   When you have read the letter and questionnaire you will see they are full of SHIT.  They are trying to back door us in the worst way.  
We are in a fight for our ride, our hobby and for some of us it's our life.  United We Stand Divided We Fall!!
MFR E-MAIL NEWS Motorcycle Riders Foundation
236 Massachusetts Ave. NE Suite 510 Washington, DC 20002-4980
202-546-0983(voice) 202-546-0986 (fax) http://www.mrf.org 

10NR19 - MRF News Release - EPA Updating Noise Emissions Standards
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
30June 2010

Contact: Jeff Hennie, Government Relations and Public Affairs
 
EPA UPDATING NOISE EMISSION STANDARDS
The Motorcycle Riders Foundation(MRF) (Please put them on your list of motorcycle rights organizations to consider joining) has learned that the US Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) is updating the regulation that governs all motorcycle noise emissions.  The EPA has sent a letter to various private companies located in the USA, that import or build motorcycle exhausts intended for use in the USA asking companies to disclose sensitive financial and business plan information, as well as trade secrets.

The EPA claims that is must update the regulation because of "technical changes that have occurred since the last update of the rule".  Current law has decibels capped at 83 for motorcycles built since 1983.  It is not clear from the letter which direction they will pursue, but in the past, any time the EPA "updated" anything is meant that the regulations got stricter.  Reading between the lines shows that the EPA will likely lower the decibel limit for motorcycles, not increase it.

The 5 page questionnaire asks for some very sensitive information such as; overall value of the company, part numbers of items built and or sold, testing techniques, will the company pass on the costs of more testing to the customer and so on.

The MFR is arranging a meeting with the EPA to clarify exactly what is going on here.

If you or anyone you know has received this letter, please put them in touch with the MRF so that they can join the coalition to ensure that this does not put in place any hardships for the American Rider.

Contents of the letter to manufactures follows.

Should you want to view the questionnaire click here:  
http://www.mfr.org/pdf/EPA_questionnaire_June2010.pdf

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(Manufacturer specific information and MFR edits appear in bold italic to 
protect the identity of the MRF's source)

UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20460
Office of Air and Radiation

June 1, 2010

BY CERTIFIED MAIL

Dear Mr. XXXXXXXXX

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) is considering revisions to it's motorcycle noise emissions regulations (Code of Federal Regulations, Title 40, Part 205, Subparts D and E, promulgated December 31, 1980) to address technological changes that have occurred since the current regulations were developed.  As part of this process, we are collecting information on the types and models of motorcycles and mopeds manufactured in or imported for sale in the United States.  We are also collecting information on motorcycle and moped exhaust systems that are manufactured or imported for sale in the United States; this includes companies that manufacturer (sic) OEM exhaust systems for their newly manufactured motorcycles and/or mopeds and/or for retail sale and those companies that manufacture motorcycle and moped exhaust systems for aftermarket sales only.  Also, in order to estimate the impacts of any increases in manufacturing and/or product costs due to possible required changes in design and testing costs, we are collecting information on sales volumes, prices and the costs of manufacture.

This letter is to request completion of the enclosed questionnaire by the (name and address of manufacturing company) by June 23, 2010.  The purpose of this questionnaire is to determine the products produced, approximate production volumes, production costs, testing processes and testing costs, and sales prices for your facility.

Your company may assert a business confidentiality claim covering part or all of the information.  Information covered by such a claim will be disclosed by EPA only to the extent and by procedures set forth in 40 CFR Part 2, Subpart B.  Your should clearly identify such pieces of information at the time it is submitted, using a cover sheet, stamped or typed legend, or label indicating that the information is company confidential, proprietary, or trade secret.  If no such claim accompanies the information when it is received by the EPA, it may be made available to the public by EPA without further notice.  It is EPA's policy that compliance provides sufficient protection for the rights of submitters of privileged information.

We have designated EC/R as an authorized representative of the Agency.  As an authorized representative of EPA, EC/R is subject to the provisions of 42 U.S.C. 7414(c) respecting confidentiality of methods or processes entitled to protection as trade secrets.  The EC/R contract with the EPA is EP-D-09-051.

Your assistance in this very important matter will be greatly appreciated.  If yo have any questions regarding this request, please contact me at (EPA phone number) or (EPA email address) or (EPA official) at (EPA phone number) or (EPA email address).

Sincerely,
(EPA official)

PEOPLE THEY ARE TRYING TO SCREW US AND I MEAN SCREW US ROYALLY.  THE MAJORITY OF US HAVE LOUD PIPES AND WE HAVE THEM BECAUSE THEY SAVE LIVES.  STAND UP FOR YOUR RIGHTS!!!  YOU PAY YOUR TAXES AND YOU VOTE YOU HAVE A VOICE SO USE IT!!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Motorcycle Organizations You Should Know About Part 2

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to part 2 or our series on "Motorcycle Organizations You Should Know About".  We do hope the first article was very informative and enlightening.  Yesterday we highlighted Motorcycle Safety Foundation(MSF) and Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactments(ABATE).  Today we will highlight American Motorcyclist Association(AMA) and our personal favorite Aid to Injured Motorcyclist/National Council of Motorcyclist(AIM/NCOM).  Enjoy

American Motorcyclist Association(AMA) www.ama-cycle.org

Since 1924, the AMA has protected the future of motorcycling and promoted the motorcycle lifestyle.  AMA members come from all walks of life, and they navigate many different routes on their journey to the same destination:  freedom on two wheels.  As the world's largest motorcycling organization, the AMA advocates for motorcyclists' interest in the halls of local, state and federal government, the committees of international governing organizations, and the court of public opinion.

Through member clubs, promoters and partners, the AMA sanctions more motorsports competition and motorcycle recreational events than any other organization in the world.  AMA member receive money saving discounts from dozens of well-known suppliers of motorcycle services, gear and apparel, bike rental, transport, hotel stays and more.  The AMA is everything motorcycle.


AMA membership is as follow: 
Champion $39 a year with free AMA roadside assistance
Defender $49 a year to help protect your right to ride 

As an active member of the world's largest motorcycling advocacy organization, you'll receive:
Free AMA Roadside Assistance
Access to money-saving benefits
Monthly Newsletter - American Motorcyclist
Access to more than 3,000 AMA sanctioned road rides and other events
The ability to enter AMA Racing competition events
Discount on motorcycle gear, apparel and equipment
And most importantly the satisfaction that comes with knowing you're helping safeguard the motorcycling lifestyle through the work of AMA watchdogs who ferret out bad motorcycle laws and ensure the future of the sport.
Help safeguard the future of motorcycling.
For more information on the AMA and their membership benefits visit their website.

Aid to Injured Motorcyclist/National Council of Motorcyclist (A.I.M/NCOM) www.aimncom.com
A.I.M/NCOM is a nationwide legal services with affiliated law office in every state and Canadian Province to serve the legal needs of the motorcycling community ( All The Lawyers Are Motorcyclist who better to have fighting for your rights).  A.I.M. is dedicated towards informing all motorcyclists of their legal rights and help protect and enforce those rights.  
 
A.I.M is 100% Free to all motorcyclist, and there are currently 2 Million A.I.M. Members throughout North America.

This organization is sponsored, completely financed by the Law Offices of Ricard M. Lester(Founder and a Motorcyclist) and is designed to give more complete medical and legal protection to motorcyclists throughout the USA and Canada when involved in an accident.  If your are involved in an accident, your A.I.M ID card instructs emergency medical personnel to call the toll free 1-800 ON-A-BIKE Emergency Hotline and the 24 hour A.I.M. operator will relay your critical medical information and will then immediately notify the emergency contact listed on your membership form.

A.I.M. Also provides the following Free Services:
Lifetime Emergency Membership I.D. Card
24-hour Hotline for all emergency medical personnel
Emergency accident notification
24-hour Free Legal Consultation for all accidents throughout North America
Immediate investigation of all accidents
24-hour Criminal Defense phone consultation

In addition to providing medical protection and legal resource, A.I.M. is also the sole financial sponsor of the National Coalition of Motorcyclists.  The A.I.M attorney legal fees ( a percentage of your damages only if there is recovery), are equal and in some cases, lower than other attorneys.  These fees are in part, donated back to finance N.C.O.M.  However, being an A.I.M. member does not obligate you to use any of the A.I.M. attorneys.

The program currently has three main sections:
Consumer Protection - Making roads safe for motorcyclists and creating liability if they're not
Education - Informing the general public of the problems of motorcyclists and continuing the "Know Your Rights" talks and the A.I.M./NCOM legal/legislative newsletter so that all motorcyclists will be aware of their rights and thus, be able to protect them.
And finally, the most important section, Assistance to the Injured Motorcyclist - Volunteers that will go to any motorcyclist that has been involved in an accident, inform him/her of all rights and help in their hour of need.

110 Offices through North America
Free Legal Consultation
No Recovery = No Fee
We Make House Calls
Attorneys In Every State and Province Who Ride
No Fee on Motorcycle Damage Recovery
Also Auto Accidents
 
Keep your A.I.M. card in your wallet for legal protection any time, anywhere ...
and we hope we never hear from you!
Aid to Injured Motorcyclist - (800) 521-2425 24hour Legal Assistance
Aid to Incarcerated Motorcyclists - (800) 235-2424 24hour Legal Criminal Defense
                   
National Council of Motorcyclist www.aimncom.com
NCOM is the other half to A.I.M.  NCOM has over 1000 motorcycle clubs and organizations.  NCOM is not for individual membership but for motorcycle clubs as a whole to join.  If you belong to a club then your club should belong to NCOM.

As a member of NCOM you would become part of a nationwide united voice that speaks out to protect the rights of motorcyclists and the the future of motorcycling.  Throughout networking with other groups, clubs and associations, we can strengthen our political clout and become more aware and educated int he process.

In addition to networking valuable information and experience, your group would have access to a databank of motorcycle information, legal and legislative services, discrimination protection, speaker program, loan program, safety projects, public awareness and promotional assistance.  Your group would be invited to attend the Annual NCOM Convention, the Annual Board of Directors meeting and regional meetings.  Your group's input could help chart a new course for bikers rights in America.

All we ask in return is that you ensure that each member of your organization receives a free Aid to Injured Motorcyclists (A.I.M.) emergency ID care.  Unlike other associations, NCOM is not supported by membership dues and does not solicit funds from member groups or individuals.  All operating costs are paid through the A.I.M. nationwide network of attorneys who are the sole financial support for NCOM.  A.I.M. attorneys contribute a significant portion of their legal fees from motorcycle accident cases back into motorcycling by providing all funding for NCOM...a way of recycling money from motorcycling back into motorcycling.

The National Coalition of Motorcyclist would be a stronger voice with your organization's participation.

For more information please go to their website and the other organizations we have featured in this two part series and make an informed decision.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Motorcycle Organizations You Should Know About Part 1

As we spend all this money on our gear, "hooking" up our motorcycles we need to also pay attention to legislation and see what laws are affecting us as motorcyclist.  As a motorcyclist you should at least join a motorcycle rights organization so you can stay informed.  These organizations are here to fight for our rights.  They are motorcyclist as well, they are not outsiders.  They have a stake in this as we do so their passion is their passion. 

With recent legislation that was trying to get passed for example the South Carolina Helmet Law, the pipe law in NYC, harassment that is taking place against motorcyclist these organization are here to help.

I will be listing four organizations I'm apart of.  We will list two today and the other two tomorrow.  Take your time to research these organizations and see what's best for you but join at least one organization.

Motorcycle Safety Foundation(MSF) http://www.msf-usa.org/  -The Motorcycle Safety Foundation® is the internationally recognized developer of the comprehensive, research-based, Rider Education and Training System (MSF RETS). RETS curricula promotes lifelong-learning for motorcyclists and continuous professional development for certified Rider Coaches and other trainers. MSF also actively participates in government relations, safety research, public awareness campaigns and the provision of technical assistance to state training and licensing programs. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation is a national, not-for-profit organization sponsored by BMW, BRP, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Piaggio, Suzuki, Triumph, Victory and Yamaha.  If you have any questions concerning training and safety this is the place to go.  They offer group training, individual training as well.  
There is no membership fee but they do accept donations.  Your contributions make a difference. Once hundred percent of your contributions goes to work for the National Motorcycle Safety-Fund none is lost to cover administration or other related costs.  
   
Here's a small sample of some key programs you'll be supporting: 
Assisting in the development, production and distribution of educational material on riding responsibly and the perils of riding under the influence of alchol or other drugs.  Producing and distributing rider-awareness public service announcements, seminars and video aimed at educating car drivers on the importance of noticing motorcyclists.  Developing and distributing on-and off-highway riding tips booklet and other materials. Supply helmets and other training materials and aids to rider-training sites across the nation. 
Their slogan is "We're motorcyclist working for motorcyclist and we need your help"   

Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactments (ABATE)  http://www.abateny.org/  The name alone should let you know this  organization means business.  ABATE fights for the rights motorcyclists.  There are essentially ABATE chapters throughout the United States and abroad.  They promote motorcycle safety, awareness and education.  There are membership dues associated with ABATE but that's OK because how else are they going to fight our fight.  There are three levels of ABATE membership of NY and they are Full Member $25 per year, Associate Member $20 per year and Member at Large $25 per year.  For explaination of each membership level visit their site.  

    If you live in NY here is a brief description of the NY ABATE chapter but do keep in mind there are ABATE chapters throughout the United States. 

     ABATE of New York Aims and Purposes
    A.  To review and inform our members about federal, state, and local levels 
          of government motorcycle legislation and to promote favorable 
          motorcycle legislation regarding the following:
    1. Insurance
    2. Licensing
    3. Modifications
    4. Bans
    5. Restrictions
    6. Emissions
    7. Noise Levels
    B.  To improve road condition thus making roads safer for motorcyclists.
    1. Alerting the D.O.T. of dangerous roadway conditions.
    C.  To help prevent accidents through education.  
         1.  Promote motorcycle awareness programs for all motorists.  
         2.  Promote rider education course for motorcyclists.  
         3. To work towards insurance reductions through motorcycle 
             rider education and lower motorcycle accidents.
    D. To promote positive community relations.
    1. Active participation in activities benefiting the common welfare of the community.
    2. Active participation in events sponsored by/for charitable organizations.
    E. To promote political involvement of motorcyclists.
    1. Informing members how elected or appointed government representatives voted on legislation affecting motorcyclists.
    2. Encouraging members to register and vote.
    3. Encouraging qualified members to run for public office.
    4. Encouraging members to write their representatives at federal, state, and local levels, on all issues concerning motorcycles: Favorable or Unfavorable.
    5. Attending motorcycle events and distributing information on current status of motorcycle legislation. Report on elected officials at all levels of government who approve or disapprove of said legislation.
    6. To act as an information source to help discrimination against motorcyclists.
    F.  To act as a legislative liaison between motorcyclists and goverment 
          authorities, police departments, government agencies, insurance 
          compaies, and other organizations.

    G.  To report and discourage biased news reporting of motorcyclists.

    H. To present and promote a better public image of motorcyclists.  Keeping 

         ABATE of NY, Inc. Sponsored events orderly and peaceful.

    TOMORROW PART TWO OF MOTORCYCLE ORGANIZATIONS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT!!