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Meeting of the Minds 2017

As I arrived to the hotel Doubletree in Williamsburg, VA with Jim Butsback, Mike Infanzon, and Mary K. Donnay. I was greeted by Anissa Thorpe- Huntington (Dragonfly) and Darron Lee Radar Huntington (Radar).

After checking in I headed over to the Hospitality Suite which was hosted by Virginia Bikers Association & Virginia Coalition of Motorcyclists. It was great seeing so many familiar faces from last years conference. Kind of makes you feel at peace. Shortly after arriving it was time to gather in the Auditorium for Meet the Board/Meet the States @ 7:00. After introducing the MRF Board. The States each got up and announced what they have accomplished in the last year. The Bills that had been passed and bills still waiting. They also announced their agendas. It was very informational.

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Safety Starts With YOU

This month’s article on safety and how it really needs to start with you. In this case it started with me.

I recently bought a brand-new HD Street Glide Special. I named him Olaf as he is Crushed White Ice Pearl. He glistens like snow in the sun light. Olaf is from the Disney Movie Frozen- so If you haven’t seen it yet… He is a goofy Snow man that loves everything hot and everything about summer.

Ok back to Safety- Despite me having 30 years on motorcycles and dirt bikes, this new bike is twice the weight and twice the power of my previous bike- A 2006 Honda Shadow 750cc. Greater than 30 % of MC accident are operator error or could have been avoided if a rider riding skill were more proficient. I’m partaking in a few different course in efforts to avoid all the crazies out there. Last Sunday I participated in a 2-hour practice skill day at Turf Paradise sponsored by the GWR. There had to be about 50 bikes of all kinds that showed up of all makes and models as well as all ages and both men and women. I was happy to see so much interest in the mc world to focus on their own riding skills. These classes take place every month the second Sunday from 8am – 10am. There are coaches on site available to answer questions and offer tips but it is really open game to 17 or so different obstacle courses. Best part is it is free and you really meet a lot of cool people with great riding skills

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53rd Legislature Scorecard

ABATE of Arizona has tracked legislation that will
impact Arizona motorcyclists for over 25 years.

This year’s Arizona Legislative Scorecard is the first time we have rated the elected officials at the state capital in regards to legislation. This scorecard is in no way endorsing any legislator. It is only to be used as a tool when contacting your elected representatives and during election season.

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Greeting fellow Riders!

I hope everyone is enjoying all of the articles and pictures from Motorcycle Day at the Dome! It was so great to see so many clubs come out to represent. All SMROs were present. AMSAF BODs were also there to talk Motorcycle Safety. As your State Safety Officer, a Trauma Nurse and female rider, it was an honor to represent ABATE and distribute the new ABATE PSA to riders as well as legislators. I had several discussions about motorcycle safety awareness and the need to educate and not legislate.

It was a beautiful day, not a cloud in the sky and just perfect riding weather. Riding down in rush hour traffic was a pain and I couldn’t help to notice all the road snakes on the 17. It made me think about how to avoid the many road obstacles we face on the road. Spring weather is unpredictable, so be aware of wet, slick roads. Even if the sun is shining, a spring shower might have just happened in the area in which you’re traveling. Roads are always slickest after a brief rain because dirt and oil to rise to the surface and haven’t had a chance to get washed away. Patches of melting snow and ice om the north can also make roads slick and hazardous, so keep an eye peeled, even in warmer spring weather. Standing water can also prove dangerous, so be alert for puddles that can cause you to hydroplane and lose control. Puddles can also hide potholes, which can be deep and dangerous for motorcycle riders.

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