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09LR02 – MRF Leaders Report – January 2009

January 22, 2009 by · Comments Off on 09LR02 – MRF Leaders Report – January 2009 


The Motorcycle Riders Foundation would like to encourage its members, the motorcycling community and all concerned Americans to join us in support of Ray LaHood, the designated nominee for Secretary of Transportation.  We ask that you join us in our efforts of supporting this nomination by calling your own United States Senator and ask them to vote YES to confirm the nomination of Mr. LaHood.

Ray LaHood served in the Congress from 1995 until 2008 as the representative from the 18th District of Illinois.  His record on motorcycle issues during his tenure was outstanding.  ABATE of Illinois considered him to be one of their best friends and allies in Congress.  He has even been named a MRF Champion of Motorcycle Rights & Safety in the past.

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08LR20 – MRF Leaders Report – December

December 15, 2008 by · Comments Off on 08LR20 – MRF Leaders Report – December 

Regulatory Update – MRF Advocates for Motorcyclists

Recently the Federal government requested comment from the general public on two important motorcycle related issues. The Motorcycle Riders Foundation submitted comment to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and to the United States Trade Representative (USTR).

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08NR30 – MRF News Release – Biker Magazine Erroneously Reports on the Current Status of the MRF

December 10, 2008 by · Comments Off on 08NR30 – MRF News Release – Biker Magazine Erroneously Reports on the Current Status of the MRF 

In the February 2009 Issue of Biker Magazine it has been erroneously reported that the MRF will no longer be engaging in issue advocacy or lobbying of any kind and that the MRF has been “reorganized” into a charity. “Nothing could be farther from the truth, our 501c4 status remains firmly in place, and we remain as focused as ever to being the Washington D.C. voice exclusively devoted to the street rider that champions the cause of rider safety and rider freedom” stated MRF President Kirk “Hardtail” Willard.

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08NR27 – MRF News Release – The Motorcycle Riders Foundation attends Fifth Federal Highway Administration Motorcycle Advisory Council Meeting

November 19, 2008 by · Comments Off on 08NR27 – MRF News Release – The Motorcycle Riders Foundation attends Fifth Federal Highway Administration Motorcycle Advisory Council Meeting 

Last week the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) held the fifth meeting of the Motorcycle Advisory Council. The Council convenes twice a year to discuss infrastructure issues of concern to motorcyclists. The Motorcycle Riders Foundation Vice President of Government Relations, Jeff Hennie, is one of the nine seated council members.

“This council meeting was significant because it was the first meeting since the charter was extended past its initial two year trial run” said Jeff Hennie. He added, “The likelihood of keeping this council intact well past the congressionally mandated 2 years is very good and gets better with each accomplishments of the council”.

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08NR26 – MRF News Release – 2008 Election Overview

November 15, 2008 by · Comments Off on 08NR26 – MRF News Release – 2008 Election Overview 

As expected, Obama garnered approximately 52% of the popular vote. A Democrat piecing together a popular-vote majority is an extraordinary accomplishment, however, it’s not a mandate just as George Bush didn’t receive a mandate with his narrow victory in 2004.

The pundits calling the election had predicted that the black vote and the youth vote would put Obama over the top. That didn’t happen. Nationally, black turnout increased from 11% to 13%, and the 18 to 29-year-old vote increased from 17% to 18% compared to 2004. Rather it was the increased margins toward the Democrat candidate of those two voter categories that tilted Obama to victory.

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08NR25 – MRF News Release – Feds Consider New Helmet Standards

November 6, 2008 by · Comments Off on 08NR25 – MRF News Release – Feds Consider New Helmet Standards 

Recently, it was reported by the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) that the US DOT is contemplating some new requirements for motorcycle helmet labels, as well as testing methods and tolerances.  The federal government rulemaking process requires that the proposed new rule be made available to the public for a period of time to allow the general public offer comment.

The MRF has submitted comments on the proposed changes to current standards and is encouraging you to do the same. Read the full MRF comments on the internet by visiting and search for Docket number NHTSA-2008-0157-0001 or by using this link.

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November 4, 2008 by · Comments Off on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH – ELECTION DAY! 

A message to the motorcyclists of America:

The pollsters have told us who is likely to win. The pundits have had their say as to whom they feel would be best to lead our country and to serve in the congress.

Now it’s our turn.

Don’t let Gallup, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Fox News, or Zogby decide this election.

The only poll that counts is being taken today – take part in it – get out and vote.

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08NR22 – MRF News Release – Motorcyclists – get out and vote!

October 31, 2008 by · 1 Comment 


In a matter of days, Americans will make the decision as to who will be the 44th President of the United States. Presidential elections bring out the largest number of voters, and the top of the ticket can have a definite impact on the down ballot races. Those races, specifically the 435 seats in the House of Representatives and the 35 seats in the United States Senate (there are 2 special Senatorial elections this year in addition to the 33 seats in this cycle) should be of serious interest to us.

In the next Congress we will see debate begin on the re-authorization of the Interstate Highway funding act, which has historically been the defining piece of legislation for us. It is imperative that we support our friends in Congress in those down ballot races and not let them get buried in what could be a landslide vote for President in some states. A defeat of Congressmen who are supportive of our issues could turn what we perceive to be potentially a positive piece of legislation on its ear. The days of “transfer penalties”, sometimes referred to as “helmet law blackmail”, could be on the horizon if we don’t get out and vote.

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