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VA 2010 Motorcycle Related Legislation

January 13, 2010 by · Comments Off on VA 2010 Motorcycle Related Legislation 

Here is a quick list of motorcycle related bills that have been filed for this years Virginia legislative session.

This would allow a rider to proceed through a red traffic light after coming to a complete stop and waiting 120 seconds.
Traffic lights; allows motorcycle, etc., to proceed through intersections showing steady red signal.

This changes Virginia’s helmet law to include those mini-scooters, pocket bikes, and what not.
Motorcycles; helmet use. Removes exception that allows operators and passengers riding on motorcycles with wheels of eight inches or less to ride without wearing a helmet.

Not specifically motorcycle related, but this is one that we have tried to change in years past to make it legal for 2 motorcycles to ride side by side.
Vehicles driving abreast. Provides that the prohibition on vehicles driving abreast does not apply to vehicles lawfully overtaking and passing vehicles traveling in the same direction.

BAD! – Loud Pipes Save Lives!!! HB579
Mufflers on motorcycles. Provides that motorcycles shall use a muffler system in good working order that meets federal standards.

I am sure this one comes from one of the talking points from last couple years two abreast bills with us saying LEOs regularly ride two abreast.
Motorcycles driving two abreast; law-enforcement officers. Allows law-enforcement officers on official duty to drive motorcycles two abreast in a single lane.

Here is a link to the motorcycle search results… (May or may not work) There are a few others with the mention of motorcycle in them, but the bills are not specifically motorcycle related.

Anyone know of anything else going on or any other bills that we, as motorcycle riders, may be interested in?

Congressman Randy Forbes Of Virginia Joins Congressional Motorcycle Safety Caucus

January 6, 2010 by · Comments Off on Congressman Randy Forbes Of Virginia Joins Congressional Motorcycle Safety Caucus 

Washington, D.C., Jan. 6, 2009 – U.S. Representative Randy Forbes (R-VA) officially joined the Congressional Motorcycle Safety Caucus in December 2009. He joins a bipartisan group of Members of Congress including Caucus Co-chairs Representatives Michael Burgess (R-TX) and Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), committed to improving and advancing the safety of motorcyclists.

Forbes commented, “While motorcycling is fun recreation and affordable transportation, it is important to remain focused on safety. The Motorcycle Safety Caucus encourages motorcyclists to get trained and licensed, obey traffic laws, avoid mixing riding with alcohol and wear proper, motorcycle-specific safety gear, but it doesn’t stop with riders. The Caucus serves to also remind other motorists that motorcyclists use the roads as well, and to remember to look for motorcycles particularly when turning or changing lanes.”

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Virginia Motorcycle Lobby Day 2010

November 25, 2009 by · Comments Off on Virginia Motorcycle Lobby Day 2010 

Virginia Motorcycle Lobby Day 2010
January 17 and 18, 2010
Holiday Inn Airport
445 International Center Dr
Sandston, VA 23150

Come join us for a 2 days of education, camaraderie and freedom of speech for the 2010 Virginia Motorcycle Lobby Day! January 17th we will meet at noon to go over the current legislation in Virginia’s General Assembly that will have an effect on Motorcyclists in the Commonwealth. After an afternoon of work we will spend the evening dining on some of the best BBQ to be had in Virginia, and chase it with the beverage of your choice.

Monday we roll out at 8:00 am for the Capitol where we meet with our elected representatives to share our opinions on the proposed legislation. This is followed up by a free lunch provided by Tom McGrath’s Motorcycle Law Group.

For further information contact ; Jim Cannon
(804)353-3971,, or visit the website


Election Day 2009 – Go Vote!

November 3, 2009 by · Comments Off on Election Day 2009 – Go Vote! 

This is a big election for Virginia – Governor, Lt. Governor, a lot of General Assembly seats, and a bunch of local seats up for grabs. The country is watching the race for the top spots here in VA.

Polls are open till 7:00 PM. Make sure you get to the poll and vote!

Take Care – Ride FREE!

Biker Friendly Virginia House of Delegate Candidates

September 17, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

We have the opportunity to make a difference this year in the Virginia General Assembly by helping to get some biker-friendly candidates elected in the House of Delegates in November.

Even if you aren’t able to vote for any of the candidates listed, you can help us work on their behalf and encourage others to vote for them.

The incumbents have made a poor showing when voting on motorcycle-related issues and now its time to give them a negative vote.

Help put up some signs, make some calls or hand out some campaign material. Let them know that you are an involved biker and are willing to do something to help.

House District 64, incumbent William K. Barlow;
Surry, Smithfield, Windsor, Jamestown, Isle of Wight

House District 87, incumbent Paula Miller;
CANDIDATE JOHN AMIRAL, Assistant Marcus Calabrese 757-663-8720

House District 89, incumbent Kenneth Alexander;

House District 90, incumbent Algie T. Howell;
Norfolk, Chesapeake, Virginia Beach

House District 93, incumbent Phillip Hamilton;
Newport News, Williamsburg
CANDIDATE ROBIN ABBOTT, Field Director Corinna King-Brown,, 618-830-7868

House District 94, incumbent Glenn Oder;
Newport News
CANDIDATE GARY WEST, Manager Jonas Courey,, 706-409-2945

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Motorcycle Riders Foundation Urges Congress to Swiftly Pass ‘Right to Repair’

June 23, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

Legislation Protects Individual Vehicle Ownership Rights Today and in the Future

BETHESDA, Md., June 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Motorcycle Riders Foundation strongly supports the Motor Vehicle Owners’ Right to Repair Act (HR 2057) and urges Congress to swiftly pass the legislation in order to safeguard individual vehicle ownership rights today and in the future.

“We have formally committed our support to the Right to Repair Act because we believe that consumers are entitled to the right to choose how their motorcycle, car or other type of vehicle is maintained or upgraded. The point of Right to Repair is to protect the freedom of American consumers to choose how they take care of their vehicles, be it in their driveway or at a trusted repair facility, and to ensure that they have access to all the information required to complete service and repairs,” said Jeff Hennie, vice president of government relations for the Motorcycle Riders Foundation.

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09NR18 – MRF News Release – MRF Bikers Inside the Beltway 2009 Event Details

May 6, 2009 by · Comments Off on 09NR18 – MRF News Release – MRF Bikers Inside the Beltway 2009 Event Details 

MRF Bikers Inside the Beltway 2009 Event Details

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) is holding its inaugural ride to the Nation’s Capitol for Motorcycle Awareness Month. Known as “Bikers Inside the Beltway,” the event will be dedicated to its creator, the recently departed MRF Vice President and long-time motorcyclists’ rights legend Michael “Boz” Kerr.

The MRF is encouraging bikers nationwide to ride their motorcycles to Washington DC for this historic event. We have reserved secure parking for motorcycles adjacent to the U.S. Capitol; this location should make for an impressive display of bikes.

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April 23, 2009 by · 1 Comment 


The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) has learned that the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted last Friday, April 17, 2009, on the issue of banning sales of youth ATVs and motorcycles because of lead levels.  The CPSC voted to keep the ban in place; however, they did issue a two-year stay of enforcement of the ban.  This stay of enforcement will allow manufacturers and retailers of youth ATVs and motorcycles to continue building and selling these items.  It also gives the industry two years to comply with the new law and if, for some reason, it is technologically infeasible to manufacture a certain part with less lead than allowed by law, the industry will have a chance to make an argument to the CSPC.

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