Fighting for the rights of all motorcyclists since 1976

    Here we are in the second week of April. By the time you read this we will know if the Pizza & Pop day in Lansing occurred. I am hopefully it will happen but if it doesn’t we will need to work 110% at getting our messages out to our Reps. If we don’t care they don’t care. If they don’t hear from you they are not gonna wake up one morning and say, “I think I will fix the current problem with motorcycle insurance!” It is not gonna happen. The only way anything will happen is if we contact them, by phone, email, or in person, and let them know that we don’t want our medical coverage decided by the car driver who hits us.
   Something thing that irritates the hell out of me is that we, as motorcyclists pay into a fund that is suppose to be to be used for motorcycle awareness state wide. A public relations firm has a contract with the State of Michigan. They are paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to create a effective motorcycle awareness programs. I don’t feel we are getting our money’s worth. I have not seen one sign, brochure, or commercial, that promotes motorcycle awareness this year. I have heard thru the grapevine that our user fee funded awareness program funds have been stolen and put in the State general fund. Ask your Rep if that is true.
   The feds are working at pushing thru E15 fuel with pumps that would all but eliminate the labeling telling you what kind of fuel you are using. You could violate Federal law, and ruin your engine and warranty and not even know it.
   Motorcycles seem to be missing in the planning of different vehicle mixes when it comes to autonomous vehicles on the federal level. Recently in March of this year a Michigan State cruiser had major damage when it was struck by a Tesla car which was allegedly on autonomous mode. There have been hundreds of incidents where autonomous vehicles have been involved in accidents. In some case the autonomous vehicle was not at fault, in other cases it is difficult to get the information to determine who was at fault.
   The point of all this is we have issues on the state and federal level that will effect motorcycling as we know it. We need to be aware of what’s going on and be ready to take action when needed. Okay I will get off my soap box now.
   Field Meet tickets are available at a discount till June 1st. We will be electing the board at the Field Meet this year and voting on by-law proposals. If you cant attend the Field Meet you can still vote Sunday morning.
   Please attend the Lansing Freedom Rally. It is really important this year with the minimal amount of in person contact we have had so far this year with our Reps.
   As a reminder, If you renew your membership for one year at the $25.00 level, you DO NOT get the Michigan Rider. If you want to receive the magazine its an extra $5.00 for one year memberships for a total of $30.00. If you do not want to receive the magazine you can read it online. This only applies to one year memberships, not two year memberships. So... $25.00 a year no magazine, $30.00 a year magazine. Does not apply to two year memberships. Call me if you are confused.
   New Life members Jim Otto, Lee and Kecia Erskine, and Keven Lincoln. Legislate Supporters are Crusaders MC and John Soucek.
   Thomas Paine said, “ To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.”

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