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Three MRF Roadshow Stops To End March

  • Out Like A Lion
    Three MRF Roadshow Stops To End March
    Oklahoma | Louisiana | Minnesota

    The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) proudly attended ABATE of Oklahoma's S.M.I.L.E Conference in mid-March. MRF Board member Deb Craig, MRF Oklahoma State Rep Art Ryan and MRF President Kirk "Hardtail" Willard represented the MRF at the event. The MRF team appreciated the invitation to participate in their Board Meeting as well.

    During their Legislative updates, the MRF heard progress reports on their Handlebar Height Bill, the Oklahoma Anti-Profiling and Enhanced Penalties for distracted driving efforts.  It is worth noting their activity following Right of Way crashes in the court system has proven very effective and something we all should be paying attention to.

    ABATE of Illinois State Coordinator Bob "Mouse" Ellinger conducted an excellent workshop on the roles and responsibilities of Chapter Leadership.

    Kirk "Hardtail" Willard had the privilege to be the keynote speaker, making certain to thank ABATE of Oklahoma for having one of the highest percentages in the country of ABATE members also being members of the MRF during his "The Future of Motorcycling" speech.


    Louisiana CoC&I President, Swamp, welcomed ABATE of Louisiana President and MRF SSMRO Representative, Brick Lindsey, ABATE of Louisiana Treasurer, Jacque Lindsey and MRF Director of Conferences & Events, Fred Harrell to their March Meeting. A presentation was made by Fred Harrell on recent MRF accomplishments and the Legislative Agenda for 2024. The MRF is proud to participate in gathering concerned motorcyclists from all organizations together to share information and our common goals.


    On a Wednesday in mid-March, MRF Director of the State Reps Program, Gary Goracke, attended Bikerday at the Capitol in St. Paul Minnesota. In attendance were members from ABATE of MN, Young Riders, MRF, COC,  MMCC, AIR,  SCVR and many more independents.

    Speakers that morning were from ABATE of MN, MRF, plus State Legislators and State Senators that support motorcycle rights. The talking points for the day presented to the elected officials were, Curtailing Profiling of Motorcyclists in Minnesota, Reducing the Sales Tax Imposed on Older Motorcycles, No Change to the Motorcycle Helmet Law, Protecting Internal Combustion Engines, Ground effect Lighting and Autonomous Vehicles.

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