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For Immediate Release

November 20, 2018

FINAL CALL TO ACTION: NATIONAL PROFILING SURVEY

 

As you know, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) has been working hard to get support to advance our bipartisan and bicameral legislation to address motorcycle profiling. Earlier this year, we sent out a call to action asking you to take a few moments to answer the Motorcycle Profiling Project’s National Survey. If you have already answered that call, we thank you for your continued support. If you have not yet had the chance to take the survey, however, we are asking that you please do so today and share the link to the survey with your friends via social media.

The data gathered through this survey is invaluable to the Motorcycle Riders Foundation and to the work we do here on Capitol Hill to address the issue of motorcycle profiling. For example, during our Bikers Inside the Beltway national lobbying event, the MRF was able to provide attendees from 33 states specific data of reported incidents of profiling related to their individual state—all because of last year’s Motorcycle Profiling Project National Survey.

While the Motorcycle Profiling Project 2018 National Survey is winding down for the year, it still needs more people to participate in the survey to broaden the sample size. We are still optimistic that we can make the final push on H. Res. 318 and S. Res. 154 during the remainder of this current lame duck session of this Congress and gather additional co-sponsors.

The MRF is asking that you help us make sure that the data we present to our lawmakers is as accurate as possible. The survey is totally anonymous and is only 13 questions long.

Take action today!

 

2018 National Profiling Survey

www.motorcycleprofilingproject.com/

 

About Motorcycle Riders Foundation
The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) provides leadership at the federal level for states’ motorcyclists’ rights organizations as well as motorcycle clubs and individual riders. The MRF is chiefly concerned with issues at the national and international levels that impact the freedom and safety of American street motorcyclists. The MRF is committed to being a national advocate for the advancement of motorcycling and its associated lifestyle and works in conjunction with its partners to help educate elected officials and policymakers in Washington and beyond.

 

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October 15, 2018

Membership Dues Update

SMRO Executive Directors,

On May 20, 2019 some of the membership dues for the Motorcycle Riders Foundation will increase for the first time in many years. This decision was not made lightly. As we continue to fight for your right to ride, with new and emerging threats on the horizon, this action is necessary to ensure your MRF has the tools it needs to continue to be an aggressive advocate for riders across the United States.

Before this increase goes into effect, we are offering our most loyal members and supporters a chance to renew your membership at the current price. Whether you are an individual member or have a joint membership or a sustaining membership, we need your continued support. None of us can fight the enemy alone, but together we can make the difference and ensure that future generations can ride free while preserving our lifestyle.

Don’t miss the May 20 deadline and don’t wait! Renew or upgrade your membership today before the increase!

 Membership Tier  Previous Price New Price
 Individual  $30  $35
 Joint  $50  $60
 3-Yr Individual  $80  $95
 3-Yr Joint  $130  $140

For Immediate Release

October 11, 2018

Trump Directs EPA to Allow Year-Round E-15 Gas Sales

Ahead of a scheduled visit to Iowa on Tuesday, President Donald Trump granted the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) authority to lift restrictions on higher blend of ethanol E-15 year-round. By lifting the restriction, the EPA will begin the arduous task of creating and seeking public comment on the new regulations going forward. The EPA anticipates the new rule making process will be completed by early June 2019 and would allow the sale of E-15 during summer of 2019. Currently, the sale of E-15 during the summer month’s is prohibited in some states due to the Clean Air Act.

“We want to get more fuel into the system,” Trump told reporters before boarding Marine One to travel to a rally in Council Bluffs, Iowa. “This is great for our farmers, and it's a promise I made during the campaign, and as you know I keep my promises.”

The expansion of the Renewable Fuel Standard has resulted in higher content of ethanol-blended gasoline at gas stations across America. These higher blends, like E-15 and E-85, have not been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use in small engines like those in motorcycles. This is due to concerns for potential damage to fuel lines, injectors, seals, gaskets, and valve seats, as well as to carburetors. As a result, many motorcycle manufacturers now include statements in the manual that any warranty would be voided if E-15 or higher is used.

What does this mean for our motorcycles? Well, we already know that EPA guidance on E-15 fuel prohibits the use in your motorcycle along with a host of other small engines. The Motorcycle Riders Foundation believes that, until higher blends of ethanol can be approved for use by both the EPA and motorcycle manufactures, the federal government must guarantee the availability of fuel blends containing no more than 10 percent ethanol (E-10) at gas stations around the country. The MRF fully intends to submit comment when it becomes available in the new rule making process in the coming months.

So, what can we do right now? You may remember over the summer the MRF teamed up with representatives from the marine, motorcycling and outdoor power equipment on Capitol Hill in conjunction with Congressional Motorcycle and Boating Caucuses to discuss concerns over higher ethanol blends and lack of consumer education about the associated risks with ethanol. In conjunction with this event, we kicked off our support for H.R. 5855, the Consumer Protection and Fuel Transparency Act of 2018. Authored by Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA) and Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL), the legislation would require EPA to revise the labeling requirements at fuel pumps that dispense E-15 and conduct a consumer education about the risks of using it in vehicles and equipment that are prohibited from using E-15 (i.e. YOUR MOTORCYCLE).

You can follow the link below and ask your U.S. Representative to support H.R. 5855 and help protect consumers unknowingly using a fuel blend that will not only damage your motorcycle, and void your warranty but the EPA has decided is illegal to put in your motorcycle.

Support HR 5855 - My Motorcycle, My Choice


Call To Action

Time is running out on Profiling

(Please Take Action at Link Below)

Time is running out. Due to the November elections, Congress has less than 6 weeks of legislative calendar days to take up legislation on motorcycle profiling. We've gained momentum in recent weeks, don't let this opportunity slip away.

We are mobilizing our grassroots to tell Speaker Paul Ryan, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Chairman Bob Goodlatte to consider H.Res.318 before its too late. This is a NEW Call to Action, specifically calling on leadership to push this resolution over the finish line before the end of the year.

What will it take to gain national attention on this matter? YOUR VOICE.

You can send a predrafted email to Congressional Leadership by clicking on the link below:

 Take Action

-The Motorcycle Riders Foundation


For Immediate Release

September 28, 2018

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation Releases its 2019 Legislative Agenda

WASHINGTON, DC – This week, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) released its 2019 Legislative Agenda to its partners and supporters. A direct result of the commentary and discussion from attendees at the Legislative Strategy Session held at the annual Meeting of the Minds, this exercise establishes the MRF’s Federal Legislative Agenda for the upcoming year.

“Our legislative agenda, which is determined by our members each year, ensures that the MRF is laser-focused on those issues important to motorcyclists nationwide,” said President Kirk ‘Hardtail’ Willard. “Our network of volunteers and staff are some of the most talented and influential in the world of motorcycle rights, and we look forward to working with the Administration and our Senate and House leaders in identifying legislation that will not only defend, but enhance the motorcycle lifestyle and community.”

The MRF’s legislative agenda showcases the diverse range of interests that the organization advocates on behalf of each year, with issues impacting independent riders, State Motorcycle Rights Organizations, motorcycle and riding clubs, the aftermarket industry and others in the community.

In addition, the Agenda prioritizes aggressive campaigns to combat government intrusion with a particular emphasis on motorcycle profiling, overreach by the Environmental Protection Agency, highly automated and connected vehicles, as well as new initiatives on the clarification of the ownership of vehicle data and information.
To learn more about the Motorcycle Riders Foundation and review the 2019 Legislative Agenda, click here: https://mrf.org/legislative-tools/


For Immediate Release

September 12, 2018

It's Not to late to join us for Meeting of the Minds

 

Meeting of the Minds 2018 is only one week away, and we hope that we will see you in Denver, CO.

If you are considering joining us and have not registered, you can still register online until Friday, September 14th.  After Friday, we can take care of your registration in person in Denver.

 

The details:

  • September 20-23rd
  • Renaissance Denver Hotel, 3801 Quebec St., Denver, CO 80207
  • 300 of your closest Freedom Fighters
  • Don’t miss out on our jam-packed agenda (MOTM Agenda)

 

Here’s what you need to do:

  • Pack your motorcycle.
  • Hit the open road.
  • Join us and other motorcycle rights activists from around the country in Denver, CO.

 

If you have any questions about Meeting of the Minds 2018, please feel free to reach to Fred Harrell at fred@mrf.org.

 

 

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For Immediate Release

August 29, 2018

Motorcycle Riders Foundation Announces

Resignation of Vice-President of Government Affairs

WASHINGTON, DC – Today the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) announced that Vice-President, Government Affairs & Public Relations Megan Ekstrom has resigned from her position effective October 9, 2018. The Board had appointed Ekstrom to the role in May 2016. During her tenure, she served as the chief association advocate on legislative and regulatory issues at the federal level that impacted motorcyclists’ rights and safety and played a primary role in promoting and expanding the MRF’s government and regulatory affairs missions.

“I was disappointed in learning of Megan’s departure, as I felt we have indeed made great progress since her coming aboard,” said Kirk “Hardtail” Willard, President and Chairman of the Board. “I genuinely wish her the best and am grateful for her service and assistance in finding a suitable replacement.”

Ekstrom has accepted a position in global government affairs for Procter and Gamble, a Fortune 50 company, where she will advocate in front of Congress on behalf of their consumer product line and international trade concerns.

“Leaving the MRF has been a truly difficult decision to make, however with the current staff and leadership within the Board of Directors and state partners, the organization is exceptionally well positioned strategically and is supported by a dedicated membership. I have no doubt that the MRF will continue to be a ‘force to be reckoned with’ in the future,” Ekstrom said of her departure.

A search committee to identify candidates will be formed in the coming days. The process will be expedited to ensure a smooth transition period between Ekstrom’s departure and the new hire’s start date.


 

For Immediate Release

August 8, 2018

New Marketing Campaign Launched in Conjunction with Sturgis Freedom Fighter Award

 

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum will officially induct Kirk “Hardtail” Willard into the Hall of Fame. Willard, Chairman and President of the Motorcycle Riders Foundation, will receive the coveted “Freedom Fighter” award and designation; a special category designated to honor those who have made an impact on motorcycle rights.

The ceremony will take place at The Lodge at Deadwood in South Dakota as a part of the 78th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally where dozens of Willard’s cohorts will be in attendance; including staff and fellow Board Members for the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF).

In conjunction with the ceremony, the MRF will launch a new “for a limited time only” promotion and marketing campaign for new and prospective members attending Sturgis. “Through market research and member feedback, we learned that we had a great opportunity at Sturgis to communicate the importance of what this organization stands for,” said Megan Ekstrom, Vice-President of Government Affairs & Public Relations for the MRF. “Under Hardtail’s leadership we have doubled down on our efforts to improve the value of what we deliver to our membership, and we want to use this significant occasion to highlight that.”

Ekstrom also hinted at future membership benefits like roadside assistance; including 24-hour emergency tire changes, emergency fuel delivery and accident and collision towing. “In today’s world with more and more fuel stations carrying higher blends of ethanol, motorists texting while driving and not paying attention to riders, this is a necessary service for our members.”

Social media advertising, dozens of volunteers, a promotional video and a one-time discount for new members will complement an updated marketing brochure aggressively stating, “YOUR RIGHTS, YOUR LIFESTYLE, YOUR MOTORCYCLE: UNDER SIEGE.” The modernized and updated brochure will include a letter from Willard, highlight past accomplishments, and offer a plain and simple look and what the MRF does and why. “Our lifestyle as riders is threatened in a way it never has been,” said Willard. “Little by little, riders like you and I are slowly being relegated to history.”

Willard and the MRF refuse to let that happen under their watch, using the induction ceremony as the official launch for this aggressive “go forward” strategy. The bold move is signature to Willard’s style; where he is known as “Hardtail” in the motorcycle rights world. From the aftermarket industry and original equipment manufacturers to the motorcycle clubs and state motorcycle rights’ organizations, he is known as a force to be reckoned with. Logging thousands upon thousands of miles on his motorcycles, his objectives have always stayed pure; to promote and preserve motorcycle riders’ freedoms and lifestyles.

Tickets to the induction ceremony are sold out; however, Willard is scheduled to attend and speak at ABATE of South Dakota’s Annual Whitewood Social Hour on Thursday, August 9th at the Whitewood City Park near the Sturgis Rally. The event is free for MRF members and others involved in motorcycle rights.

 

 


Help win the big battle in Washington for your right to ride. Support the MRF today.

YOU are the driving force for motorcycle rights in the state of Idaho

 

Because of your membership and participation, we have been able to make a real difference for riders across our state. But as you know, the fight for our rights and freedom isn’t confined to the borders of our state. In Washington, D.C. there are threats from policymakers and bureaucrats on everything from helmets to ethanol, to self-driving cars, to overreach by the Environmental Protection Agency.

 

That’s why our organization supports the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF).

 

If you haven’t heard of the MRF, you should know that they serve as the national advocate for motorcycling. They are the only organization dedicated to exclusively protecting on-street riders and they have a full-time staff in Washington, D.C. committed to making sure the states stay in charge of issues affecting riders.

 

If you are already a member of the MRF, thank you.

 

However, if you are not a member of the MRF, I’m asking you to join today. You can join as an individual member for $30/year and receive regular e-newsletter updates and Calls to Action, a bimonthly printed report connecting you to riders all over the country as well as legisalitve alerts directly from the MRF’s full-time lobbyist.

 

If you’re weary of the commitment, my ask of you is this: consider making a one-time donation to the MRF’s Freedom Fighter Fund. This is a special pot of money exclusively reserved for funding the most critical issues that affect your right to ride.

 

You can click on the following links to learn more about the MRF and join as a full member or make a one-time donation to the Freedom Fighter Fund:

 

https://mrf.org/join-the-mrf/

https://mrf.org/donate/ 

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