Mission Statement:  To Guard and Protect the Individual Rights of All Persons Interested in Motorcycling, To Keep Them Informed of All Laws That Will Help or Hinder Them as Motorcyclists and to Promote Safety, Brotherhood and Freedom for All Motorcycle Riders. 

704 West Appleway Avenue, CDA

Bring canned goods to each meeting to help fill the
pantry for our Holiday Family. Each year we provide canned goods for the pantry and a Holiday meal for
a biker family who is in need of a bit of assistance.

P.O. BOX 2511
HAYDEN, ID 83835

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Why do I do what I do? 

On April 19, 1775 British forces were returning to Boston.  Samuel Whittemore (age 78) was in his fields when he spotted the British.  He loaded his musket and ambushed the British Grenadiers from behind a stone wall and killed one soldier.  He then drew his dueling pistols, killed another and mortally wounded a third.  He then drew his sword and was subsequently shot in the face; bayonetted several times and left for dead.  Colonial forces found him trying to load his musket to resume the fight.  He lived to die of natural causes at the age of 97.

April 26, 1777; two years after Paul Reveres ride; 16-year-old Sybil Ludington rode twice as far as Revere; in the rain; by herself; over bad roads; in an area roamed by outlaws; to raise Patriot Troops to fight in the battle of Danbury and the Battle of Ridgefiled … Connecticut.  She rode 40 miles; at night. 

Have you ever heard of these two people?  I hadn’t until about a month ago.  We learned a lot about History when I was in school and these two people; to my knowledge; were never mentioned.

How about a little closer to home:
Kirk ‘Hardtail’ Willard road his motorcycle from his home state of Wisconsin straight through to Sturgis, SD during Motorcycle Week.  He spoke at the Whitewood Social Hour for approximate 20 minutes and then stayed about another 30 to speak with attendees.  When asked if he would like to join some folks at a BBQ held after he said he had to head straight back; he had hay to put up on his farm. 

Ron Carson attended the Awareness Rally and Parade three weeks and one day prior to the day of his passing.  He was suffering from ALS.  He pulled himself up from his wheelchair; teetered for a bit; and gasping for breath; proceeded to help take down the displays at the booth after the Rally. 

I was witness to the last two folks.  Why did they do it?

I was raised on a farm; you get the hay in before it rains; when it is ready you get it in; it is important.  Ron, hurt; he was very ill; he attended meetings right up until his passing.  It wasn’t easy.

So, I ask myself why do I work 10 hour days and then volunteer?  (Don’t get me wrong; what I do in no way is even near the caliber of the four folks I have mentioned; what I do doesn’t put me at risk of mortal wounds; or takes away a portion of my livelihood; or saps the last of my strength.)

Maybe I do it BECAUSE of those folks. Maybe I do it because those folks cared enough about MY freedoms to put their selves at risk.  Maybe I do it because I grew up at a time when the parking lot at school was full of pickups with rifles and no one ever thought of using them on fellow students. Maybe I do it because I have seen the freedoms I use to enjoy being reduced and I don’t want to lose anymore ground in regard to being able to get my individual needs met.

We have some scary things coming up this year.  One is Ethanol in fuel; E-15 to be exact.  This is to be distributed on blended pumps; with no regard to riders.  It is illegal to put E-15 in our motorcycle; it will void our warranty and ruin our motor; what if we pull into a gas station with no designated pump for non-ethanol?

We have autonomous vehicles being tested; vehicles with NO DRIVER.  Vehicles not programmed to recognize Motorcycles.

We have profiling issues; When did I become the bad guy?

We have young riders that don’t have a clue to what is going on in the government; they don’t even know what ethanol is.  They need guidance. 

Be informed.  Volunteer.  Share knowledge.  Join a States Motorcycle Rights Organization. Join the MRF. 

“A lady asked Dr. Benjamin Franklin; Well Doctor what have we got a republic or a monarchy. A republic replied the Doctor if you can keep it.”

Belinda (Wright) McKinney
Coordinator, Kootenai Chapter
ABATE of North Idaho

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