State Watch

Articles for State Watch are from the AMA

Pennsylvania
State Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R- Monongahela) has introduced legislation prohibiting grass clippings from road ways. She said clippings can cause the surface of the roadway to become extremely slippery, causing motorcycle crashes. Grass on the roadways can also clog storm drains and contribute to run off pollution into streams.
Bartolotta’s bill would treat offenses related to grass clippings on roadways in the same way as other litter. Fines would range from $50 to $300 for a first offense and $300 to $1,000 for a subsequent offense. Offenders also would be required to remove clippings from the road.

Texas
A bill to include motorcycles in the states electric vehicle rebate program failed to make it to the Senate floor. S.B 486, sponsored by state Sen. Kirk Watson (D-Austin) would have allowed a rebate of as much as $2,500 for the purchase of an electric motorcycle.
The AMA believes this bill was important because it would have ended a discriminatory policy against motorcyclists, who should be eligible for the same benifits as other motor vehicle owners.
Ensuring motorcyclists have access to the same rights and programs as the owners of other vehicles is a key goal. Importantly, this bill also recognized motorcycles as part of the future of transportation and something to be encouraged and incentivized for the benefit of all road users.

Missouri
A bill passed by legislature would allow motorcyclists 18 or older to ride with out a helmet. The bill also requires motorcyclists to be covered by heath insurance policy before riding without a helmet.

Michigan
Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson unveiled the awareness campaign ”Motorcyclists Are Hard to See. Look Twice. Save a Life” The campaign is amid at preventing motorcycle crashes in Michigan by teaching people about the importance of constantly looking for motorcycles while driving. The effort will include billboards,radio ads and social media spots. It will be funded through the Motorcycle Safety and Education Fund, which was created by the Michigan Legislature.

Louisiana
H.B.141, which creates a law enforcement training program on motorcyclist profiling, passed the House, 91-0, in May and passed the Senate, 38-0 in June and was signed by the Governor. The bill defines motorcyclist profiling as the “arbitrary use of the fact that an individual rides a motorcycle or wears motorcycle-related clothing pr paraphernalia as a factor in deciding to stop,question,take enforcement action,arrest or search the individual or his motorcycle or motor vehicle”

Michael Theodore
National Road Captain

Up Coming ASR Events

July 31 – August 3: ASR National Rally; Maryville, TN                                                          Sept 5-8: ASR Ride to Arkansas
Sept 21-22: 2nd Annual Biker Sunday; Clendenin, WV
Sept 23-28: UPCI General Conference; Indianapolis, Indiana                                         Oct 16-18: ASR Fall Retreat Winnie, Texas
All event information can be viewed  on our ASR website or on our facebook pages. If you have an event and it is not listed or you are planning a event and would like it listed please email your information to the board or to myself so we can get your event information listed.
Thank you,
Michael Theodore
National Road Captain

Leaving the Rally

By the time you are all reading this August 1, 2019 well most of you will be traveling back home from the National Rally. I pray that you all make it home safe and have great weather.

 

Michael Theodore                                           National Road Captain 

 

State Watch

State Watch is from the AMA

New York
New York Assembly Members introduced A.B. 6080, which would exempt all motorcycles from congestion pricing program fees if such a program is adopted. Current and past congestion pricing proposals for New York City would have charged motorcycles the same amounts as cars and trucks. The AMA is urging New York riders to write to their New York State Assembly members in support of this commonsense legislation that recognizes the benefits of motorcycling for city traffic.

New York
The AMA is supporting an effort by Harley Davidson to expand the state’s Drive Clean Rebate program for electric vehicles to include motorcycles. Currently, the program is limited to four-wheeled vehicles. The rebates available through the program range up to $2,000.

North Carolina
A state house committee has approved a mandatory-helmet repeal bill, H.B. 267 The bill would require helmets for riders younger than 21, but would allow those 21 and older the option of riding without a helmet.
In a story in the Raleigh News & Observer, the bill sponsor- state Rep.John Torbett said, “It’s not a matter of wearing a helmet or not wearing a helmet. It’s just a matter of, ‘Does a state tell you to wear it?”

Texas
S.B. 273 would allow lane splitting in congested traffic if the motorcyclist is traveling no faster than 20 mph and no more than 5 mph faster than surrounding vehicles. The provision would apply only on limited-access highways. The companion bill is H.B.1270. The AMA fully supports both bills.

Utah
Utah became the second U.S. state to formally recognize a type of lane splitting,with the governor’s signature on a bill legalizing the filtering of motorcycles between lanes of stopped traffic. H.B. 149 allows motorcyclists traveling no faster than 15 mph to filter between lanes of stopped traffic traveling in the same direction on roads where the speed limit is 45 mph or less.

Virginia
The Virginia Senate and house of Delegates passed bills prohibiting motorists from touching their cell phones while driving. The bills would allow the use of hands-free mode.
State law currently prohibits only reading email or text messages or manually entering letters or text in a hand-held personal communications device while driving. It is still legal to operate phones while stopped or while reporting an emergency.

Michael Theodore
National Road Captain

Motorcycle Parking Tips

Motorcycle Parking Tips

Article is from the AMA

Where is the best spot to park a motorcycle within a parking lot space?

Park so the rear of your bike ( or the front, if you’ve backed your bike into the space) is at the entrance of the space, similar to where the rear of the average car would be positioned.
In this way, a driver or other rider hunting for a space will see your bike and not start to enter the space and then come upon your bike at the last moment. If you are traveling with other riders, park two to a space, when possible, to minimize the group’s “footprint.”
In some lots the spaces are narrow, so there may not be enough room for two motorcycles to park side-by-side and still leave enough room for the doors of the adjacent cars to open. In that case, try staggering the bikes fore-and-aft.
Also when leaving a parking space, be alert for motorists distracted by their own quest to find a parking spot.
Keep it between the lines.
Michael Theodore
National Road Captain

Up Coming Events

July 7: 10th Annual Biker Sunday in Memory of Michael T. Theodore Jr., Ashtabula Chapter; Jefferson, Ohio

July 31 – August 3: ASR National Rally; Maryville, TN                                                                Sept 5-8: ASR Ride to Arkansas
Sept 21-22: 2nd Annual Biker Sunday; Clendenin, WV
Sept 23-28: UPCI General Conference; Indianapolis, Indiana                                          Oct 16-18: ASR Fall Retreat Winnie, Texas
All event information can be viewed  on our ASR website or on our facebook pages. If you have an event and it is not listed or you are planning a event and would like it listed please email your information to the board or to myself so we can get your event information listed.
Thank you,
Michael Theodore
National Road Captain

Rolling Thunder 2019

 

So thankful for the opportunity to attend Rolling Thunder 2019 with some awesome ASR members. Robert Thompson, Tom & Renaye Thompson, Jeremiah Hayes, and his father Delbert Hayes and new member Norman Knight. We started out meeting up in Clarksburg, WV. We met up for dinner with ASR members Brother and Sister Joseph and Nathaniel and Brandy Benedum for some good fellowship. On Saturday morning we had a very nice scenic route picked out for a ride over to Rockville, Maryland. The ride was great except for the area’s where the road disappears from your GPS lol. Man  you can have that crazy DC city outer city traffic. Sunday we were up very early to ride over to the Harley Davidson dealership to line up for the escorted ride in to the pentagon. It was already a sight to see so many bikers at the dealership.
 Jeremiah Hayes said it best when we were in Washington DC  for Rolling Thunder “If you can experience the level of patriotism and respect for our armed forces and veterans that was present during this event, and it not affect you, something is wrong. It was truly an unforgettable moment, and at times, it was hard to hold back the tears thinking of so many that have sacrificed for the freedoms you and I to enjoy every day.
Fighting back tears is what we all did on our escorted ride to the pentagon. As we left the Harley Davidson dealership in Rockville MD all streets were blocked for us the entire route. On the sides of the roads and over every bridge were people waving to us flying American and military flags. You just couldn’t help getting emotional. It was truly a real blessing to take part in this awesome event. Which broke an all time high record that they estimated between 1.3 to 1.7 million bikers praise God that’s just totally awesome. I’m just glad I was able to be a part of this wonderful event with some of my ASR family.  Thank you  for letting me be your Road Captain on this journey. And a big thank you to Jeremiah Hayes for coming to the rescue of a down biker and fixing his bike.
Michael Theodore                                                                                                                      National Road Captain

Cortland, NY 1st Biker Sunday

I would like to start off by giving a big thank you to Brother Erick Smith, Pastor Brad Dutcher and Abundant Life United Pentecostal Church of Cortland, NY. Thank you again for allowing ASR to be apart of your church and hosting a biker Sunday.  We had a great time in fellowship and riding over that first weekend in May. Brother Erick Smith did a very good job with his first biker Sunday. He did this all while having complications from his wisdom tooth surgery on Thursday. On Saturday Brother Norman Knight joined us for breakfast along with Pastor Brad Dutcher. We had a very good time in fellowship talking about our past. Both Norman and myself talking about how we came into ASR. By the time we got back from riding it was time for dinner it was already a long day and at the restaurant I could tell brother Smith was having some major pain as his one side of his mouth was completely swollen. Early Sunday morning I get a text from Brother Smith saying he is in the ER do to his complications. At first I’m like oh boy the host is not going to be at his biker Sunday now what. Well we still have to have church. I said there is a guest speaker so all is good. When Norman and Myself got to the church Pastor Dutcher informs me that  brother Smith is at the hospital. I told brother Dutcher yes I know. Then I hear these words. brother Dutcher asked if I could speak. As I just looked at brother Dutcher with out hesitation he said good LOL I then said but you do know that I am not a minister. Brother Dutcher then said that’s ok I am fine with it you have a testimony that needs heard. Great now in my head I’m in panic mode LOL. as I sat there on the pew in panic mode. I started to ask the Lord to give me the words to say. Talking about ASR is easy. It still hard for me talking about my testimony, my story. Well the Lord gave me comfort as I first talked about ASR and How I first came into ASR. Then as I was speaking the Lord gave me the direction and words to speak on bitterness and how we are not promised tomorrow.
I did not Know at the time that there was someone that needed to hear that. Because they were dealing with bitterness and the loss of a child. After the service we talked on healing. Even though I only spoke for 10 minutes which felt like an hour. I was glad to hear the anointed massage by Evangelist Joe Rapaglia. He gave us a very powerful message.
Thank you Rick and Barb Medley who rode up from Southern Ohio to be a part of the 1st Biker Sunday of Cortland, NY.
It was a great weekend in fellowship, riding and church. And we signed up a new ASR Member Norman Knight. Who is going to help brother Smith in getting New York their first ASR chapter. Looking forward to seeing the outreach and lost souls saved in Cortland, NY. Can’t wait for next years Biker Sunday.

Michael Theodore
National Road Captain.

June Up Coming ASR Events

June 8: Cruise In & Ride; Jacksonville, Illinois

June 8-9: New Straightsville, Ohio Biker Sunday, Hocking Hills Chapter; New Straightsville, OH                                                                                                                          June 29: Texoma Texas Chapter BBQ and Meet & Greet                                              June 30: North Texas Chapter Motorcycle Sunday Fort Worth, Texas
July 7: 10th Annual Biker Sunday in Memory of Michael T. Theodore Jr., Ashtabula Chapter; Jefferson, Ohio
July 31 – August 3: ASR National Rally; Maryville, TN                                                Sept 5-8: ASR Ride to Arkansas
Sept 11-14: Azusa StreetRiders 2nd Annual Fall Retreat; Galveston, Texas
Sept 21-22: 2nd Annual Biker Sunday; Clendenin, WV
Sept 23-28: UPCI General Conference; Indianapolis, Indiana                                 Oct 16-18: ASR Fall Retreat Winnie, Texas
All event information can be viewed  on our ASR website or on our facebook pages. If you have an event and it is not listed or you are planning a event and would like it listed please email your information to the board or to myself so we can get your event information listed.
Thank you,
Michael Theodore
National Road Captain