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Hi ABATE of Virginia members, The current political situation in the Commonwealth makes serious helmet law reform in the near future unlikely. (I still say we could have and should have gotten it done 20 years ago when the climate and momentum were in our favor) Still, as our record of accomplishments shows, there remains a need for motorcyclists to be represented in the halls of state government. We remain a highly visible, misunderstood, and easily targeted minority of motor vehicle operators. Our way of life requires constant vigilance and action. As your state legislative Director, I am asking for your input concerning the next legislative session. What are the top three issues concerning street riding motorcyclists that you believe should be our current legislative priorities? Please answer by FB Messenger. I will take this information to the Legislative Roundtable as we plan ahead. Thank you. Ride free and keep the rubber side down, Dave “Prof” Sutton

Bryan K. Loan Memorial Ride and Poker Run

Purgatory Mountain Chapter, ABATE of VA

Bryan was an Army Veteran and a Roanoke County Police Officer. This is an annual event, held in his memory, to help bring awareness to Military and First Responder Suicide.

All Proceeds go to the American Legion Veteran and Children Foundation and New Freedom Farms. Both are non-profit Organizations that help Veterans and their families.

Ride Map…


2024 State Rally Flyer

Mark your calendar for this year’s big event, the ABATE of Virginia State Rally.  2 days of camping, music, bike games, silent auction and fun with friends.  Click on flyer for full size.  Note prints best 8×14 legal size paper.

See you there!

MRF – Call To Action

Tell Lawmakers to Stop the Environmental Protection Agency’s Attack on Internal Combustion Engines

Bills in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House are taking direct aim at the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) attack on the internal combustion engine. Over the next decade, the EPA is preparing to institute regulations that would compel over two-thirds of new vehicles to be electric by 2032.

The Choice in Automobile Retail Sales (CARS) Acts (S. 3094 & H.R. 4468) attempt to block the EPA from mandating the use of specific technology in new motor vehicles or issuing rules that result in limited availability of vehicles based upon the engine.

In the brief time since these bills were introduced, 33 U.S. Senators and 34 U.S. Representatives have signed on as cosponsors. Now is the time to act! To save the internal combustion engine, motorcyclists need to speak up to the folks in D.C.

Remember, these bills are like the Preserving Choice in Vehicle Purchases Acts (H.R. 1435 & S. 2090) but are focused instead on the federal government. While H.R. 1435 and S. 2090 are targeting states like California, which are trying to restrict internal combustion engines.

Even if you have answered the call to action on the Preserving Choice in Vehicle Purchases Act, you can and should support these two bills!

Click BOTH links listed below to reach BOTH of your Senators and your Representative!

To contact your Senators and ask them to support S. 3094, click here.

To contact your Representative and ask them to support H.R. 4468, click here.


2023 ABATE State Rally

Come join the fun for the best fall party ever!  This year’s Rally features indoor vendors, music and outdoor primitive camping and biker games. Hope to see you there!

Let Those Who Ride Decide – State #33

Some great news – As reported by Motorcycles Rider Foundation  –  6/3/2023

On June 1st, Nebraska governor Jim Pillen signed into law a motorcycle helmet modification bill, which allows riders to choose if they wear a helmet. Congratulations to the motorcyclists in Nebraska, ABATE of Nebraska and all the groups in Nebraska who for years fought to have helmet choice in the Cornhusker State.  

Nebraska State Senator Ben Hansen originally introduced the language, which was included in a larger transportation bill that passed the legislature at the end of May. Effective January 1, 2024, an individual age 21 and older, who has completed a certified motorcycle safety course may now choose whether or not to wear a helmet, provided the rider uses protective eye equipment. 

In 2020, Missouri passed a helmet choice bill leaving Nebraska as the sole state in the Midwest that required all riders to wear a helmet. With this new law, Nebraska now joins its neighboring states and becomes the 33rd state allowing helmet choice. 

For 34 years riders in Nebraska have sought the freedom to decide whether to wear a helmet. This victory is a testament to the handiwork, determination and passion of all those involved. The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) has long championed the belief that “those who ride should decide.”

When hearing the news, MRF President, Kirk “Hardtail” Willard said, “Grass roots activism at its finest, it is encouraging to see that there are still politicians and bureaucrats in this great country of ours that bend to common sense and the will of the people.  Given the nanny state of our society today, it is an outstanding achievement by ABATE of Nebraska and other involved motorcyclists in earning their freedom of choice.” 

This message from “Rouge,” State Coordinator for ABATE of Nebraska, Todd C. Miller should inspire us all. “It is hard to explain what this bill means to me. I was mentored and encouraged by so many. I am turning 60 and had the privilege to ride in this state prior to the mandatory helmet law enacted in 1989. Over the years, I have lost many friends, colleagues, brothers and freedom fighters who were on the frontlines of this fight.  It is hard to encourage a group of young riders that have never ridden free in Nebraska, for us, that was anyone under the age of 50! So, in honor of all of those we have lost, I am very proud to say the next generation of riders will know what it means to ride free in this state.  I pray they make memories, enjoy the ride here in Nebraska and become emboldened with the same desire I, and so many others, had to defend our rights in the years to come.  We all know the fight is NOT over. 

I would like to Honor my Board of Directors/State Officers both past and present for sticking with the plan… and making it happen. My legislative officers over the years who helped keep us focused and get us there one step at a time, including Charles Thomas, Scott Lucey, Gary Neeman and my current Legislative Representative Randy Geer. Last and certainly not least, my wife and State Membership Secretary, Sheri Miller for all the late nights, weekends, and continued support.   

My list of outstanding contributors also includes Rick Backer, Jimmy Wray, Jodi Wessel, and Duane ‘Drano’ Goff, all of whom are no longer with us …” 

Congratulations Nebraska!  

Ride Safe and Ride Free! 

Spring 2022 Events

If the Lord’s awillin and the crick don’t rise, the 1st two events of 2022 are scheduled for April 23rd!

Culpeper ABATE is planning to meet at Pepper’s Grill in Culpeper at 10:00 am., in case anyone wants breakfast the buffet will open until 10:30 a.m.  Ride out at 11:00 a.m. $20 per hand.

Purgatory Mountain Chapter is holding a fundraiser and Pork Dinner, following a ride at 11 am from the Buchanan Moose Lodge.  Click on flyer below for details.


Summer 2021 – Six feet, Two Wheels, NO PROBLEM

I hope everyone is safe and healthy and getting out in the wind.  Thanks to all who braved to COVID to make it to the June BOD Meeting to wrap up plans for the State Party and discus plans for next year’s Legislative Session.

Event updates include:

MRF 36th Annual Meeting of the Minds,  September 23-26,  at the Marriot Atlanta in Buckhead, GA

The “BIG” Event is our own Annual ABATE of VA State Party on Sept 10th-12th in Tazewell, – Tickets available at the gate or by pre-sale.  Click on image below for full size flyer.

Log on PayPal and make payment to put you name and phone number in the text block when you make your payment.


I’m forwarding the most recent edition of the NCOM BIKER NEWSBYTES from Bill Bish and would also like to note some upcoming events in the Tidewater area:


March 13

Bayside H.O.G. St. Patty’s Day Poker Run

Registration at Bayside HD (2211 Frederick Ave. in Portsmouth) begins at 8:30, first bike out at 9:00, last bike out at 10:30

Returns to Bayside for their Shamrock & Roll Event (wear your green for 1 free extra card draw).

Rider $15, passenger $5


April 17

Ride to help restore the Flame of Hope at Naval Station Oceana, sponsored by Brothers In Arms MC, Military Veterans MC and in conjunction with 7 Cities Biker Events. All vehicles welcomed.

Registration at Bayside HD from 8:00 to 9:30, last bike out at 9:45 for a ride from Bayside through Newport News, Carrollton, Suffolk and back to Bayside.

Rider $10, passenger $5


April 24

1st Annual Amanda Runyon Blood Drive, hosted by Remnant Sons MC and the American Red Cross

Calvary Baptist Church, 4832 Haygood Rd in Virginia Beach from noon until 5:00


A personal note here from one who has spent quite a bit of time donating blood and platelets, I would like to remind everyone just how much blood and its components are required.  In this day and age with astounding medical advances, sometimes there are just no alternatives to whole blood, platelets and plasma.  Even if you have recently recovered from the coronavirus, there is a need for blood products from you and other survivors.

While the standard requirements for whole blood donations are somewhat restrictive, the requirements for platelet donations are even more restrictive and many potential candidates are screened out and are unable to help those who need the help.

This blood drive is for whole blood only, but if you are interested in other forms of donations, please contact your nearest Red Cross donation center or plasma donation center and someone there will be able to provide additional information.

Thank you,




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More than three years after President Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement, we’re back in.  On Biden’s first day in office on January 20th, one of his first priorities was to sign an executive order to re-enter the global pact to slow climate change.  Rejoining the accord was simple; the next step gets harder: How can the world’s second-largest polluter shrink emissions 45-50% by the end of this decade to comply with the deal?


One of Joe Biden’s campaign promises was to “Transition away from oil” and create a “carbon pollution-free power sector” by 2035, as part of a $2 trillion investment to build back the economy by investing in green infrastructure.


The Paris Agreement does not prescribe exact methods for eliminating emissions behind global warming, but establishes binding targets for avoiding worrisome temperature thresholds.  Research conducted by the German Aerospace Centre, says that passenger car engines as we know it need to be completely phased out from new sales before the end of the next decade in order for Europe to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, the most ambitious part of the Paris pact’s “well below 2 degrees Celsius” overall aim.


More than 14 countries and over 20 cities around the world have proposed banning the sale of fossil fuel vehicles at some time in the near future.



General Motors has set a 2035 target date for phasing out gasoline and diesel powered vehicles from its showrooms globally, among the first major auto makers to put a timeline on transitioning to a fully electric lineup.


One of the world’s largest automakers, GM wants to end sales of combustion engine vehicles by 2035 as part of a broader pledge to become carbon neutral by 2040.  Other car companies committed to the climate pledge include BMW, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen and Volvo.



In spite of the economic and health uncertainty posed by the Coronavirus pandemic for the bulk of 2020, the powersports sector experienced an 18.4% increase in sales for the year.


The double-digit growth was owed largely to a big bump in off-highway bikes and ATVs, which jumped 46.5% & 33.8% respectively, but new-model motorcycle and scooter sales were also up 11.4% over 2019, according to the Motorcycle Industry Council Retail Sales Report.


“Overall, the industry had a good year under difficult circumstances,” noted Erik Pritchard, president and CEO of the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC), stating; “The COVID-19 pandemic forced all of us to be nimble and to make the changes we needed to survive.  In the end, many in the industry saw strong growth, and now our opportunity is to keep all of these new riders riding and to inspire even more people to join us on two, three, and four wheels.”


This positive turn after years of dwindling sales figures, with the industry as a whole reaching in every possible direction to inspire a new generation of dedicated riders, is quite encouraging, and hopefully the trend will continue into the future.



If you’re thinking about buying a new electric motorcycle this year, and you live in the USA, here’s some good news: the federal tax credit that went into effect for new electric bike models at the end of 2019 has been extended until January 1, 2022.


Any electric motorcycle that can go at least 45 mph is eligible for a 10% tax credit, up to $2,500.


Electric motorcycle owners new and old should also know that, at the same time that electric motorcycle credit got extended, the 30% EV charger installation credit was re-upped by the federal government as well.  For 2021, you’re eligible for a credit up to $1,000 for home installations and up to $30,000 for business installations on new EV chargers.


“The electric motorcycle industry is rapidly responding to our country’s need for affordable and environmentally responsible transportation,” said Zero Motorcycles’ CEO Sam Paschel, adding that “These tax credits represent an investment in a cleaner energy future, and also effectively create jobs in the ever-growing electric vehicle industry.”


Details are still being hammered out, but other concurrent federal government plans include additional federal tax incentives to get everyday people to switch from gas to EV, though it’s unknown at this time how those will specifically affect the electric motorcycle industry.



It seems virtually unreal, but Virtual Reality is starting to fulfill futuristic promises, and it’s even forged a place in the real-world development of motorcycles.  VR has long straddled the line between sci-fi and sci-fact, with crazy promises made in movies from ‘Tron’ to ‘The Matrix’, but the tech is coming of age and moving from the living room to Yamaha’s boardroom.


Far from VR computer gaming, Yamaha VR opens new doors to improve product development, and possibly expanding consumer marketing.


Masayuki Miki, a member of the joint research team in the Fundamental Technology Research Division at Yamaha’s Technical R&D Centre, explained to Cycle World, “Yamaha has been using riding simulators built around actual motorcycles for some time.”


“Since VR allows us to ‘ride’ a wide range of products on all kinds of road environments we’ve created, our simulators and VR equipment play an important role in our research into rider–machine dynamics.  It also goes toward achieving our Jin-Ki Kanno development ideal [which is about bikes providing fulfillment as well as transport].”


Miki went on to explain that VR means a far bigger group of people (perhaps even customers) will be able to ‘ride’ prototypes, saying: “If this project leads to a substantive solution, it’ll be possible to have riders with different techniques and perceptions participate in tests.”



A catastrophic Christmas Day fire tore through the offices of the Laconia Motorcycle Week Association, destroying decades-old memorabilia and rally archives detailing the history of the nearly 100-year-old event, often referred to as the Oldest National Motorcycle Rally with roots dating back to 1916 when a Gypsy Tour gathered for several days at Weirs Beach on the southern shores of Lake Winnipesaukee.


“It was absolutely terrible,” executive director Charlie St. Clair told Ridin’ On.  “We lost almost everything.  We lost all of our memorabilia.  Photos and archives from more than 50 years.”  All Motorcycle Week-related stuff “is pretty much all gone” including their entire inventory of just-arrived 100th anniversary T-Shirts and promotional apparel.


“It was literally a museum in itself,” said St. Clair, much of it irreplaceable, estimating the total loss will be in the “hundreds of thousands” of dollars.


In calling for help from the public, in terms of rebuilding and gathering new Laconia Motorcycle Week artifacts and collectibles, St. Clair said they would welcome donations of such items and reports a GoFundMe page was also launched by Friends of Laconia Motorcycle Week at (


Laconia Motorcycle Week will mark 98 years in 2021, and while “staging the upcoming event is not going to be easy,” the show will go on…. June 12-20, 2021.



By a 6-1 vote on January 20, the Daytona Beach city commission endorsed plans for the 80th annual bike rally, scheduled for March 5-14.  Daytona Bike Week’s organizers feared they might have to pull the plug on the 2021 rally, due to a resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the event is a huge economic driver for the region, and with this year being the 80th anniversary, businesses were especially looking forward to the needed financial boost.


Masks, hand sanitizer stations, temperature checks, signs and social distancing come with the commission’s new rules, and most bars, restaurants and other businesses will be required to limit occupancy to 60%, but otherwise Daytona Bike Week is a “GO!”



This year’s Americade Motorcycle Touring Rally, typically held in June in Lake George, N.Y. each year since 1983, has been rescheduled to Sept. 21-25 due to Coronavirus concerns.


Last year’s Americade was first postponed to July before being canceled altogether because of the global pandemic.



Federal legislation was signed into law on December 23, 2020 to establish a commission to recommend ways to commemorate Route 66’s upcoming 100th anniversary. The first all-paved U.S. highway was completed in 1926 and ran from Chicago to Los Angeles.


The new 15-person commission is to include representatives from the states through which the highway ran: Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.



Roads as we know them have been around since 4,000 B.C., but though those first paved tracks may seem a million miles from the blacktop of today, it doesn’t seem like road-building has kept up with the times.


That could be about to change, reports, as a French company named Eurovia announces a new type of tech that allows a road to heat itself in winter to clear snow and ice.


The road is built around the fairly basic principle of a heat exchanger and is not dissimilar to the pipes you find in under-floor heating.  A fluid is passed through the pipes and depending on the road’s ambient temperature energy can either be taken from or sent to the road’s surface layer.


Because of the natural propensity for roads to absorb heat — being black and facing directly upwards — the system can also take in heat during the summer, store it and then release it in the winter.  This could either be to help clear obstructions like ice or snow, or the energy could be diverted into heating nearby homes or buildings.


This project has advanced beyond the drawing board, with Eurovia already building an actual working version of the new “Power Road” tech, located along a 120m stretch of road recently opened in Égletons, France.  The region has seasonal hot and cold weather, making it a perfect urban environment to try the road out… and it didn’t disappoint.  With some flurries of snow over the festive season, the automated road managed to clear snow and ice before it reached such a level that vehicles would have been inhibited.


While Eurovia clearly didn’t set out to make it easier for motorcyclists to ride in the winter, that could be a very real bonus to its Power Road installations.



Difficult times have forced African youngsters to put their studies aside in favor of making a living driving motorcycle taxis.  Many people rely on motorcycle taxis to go about their daily lives, and this unconventional means of public transportation fuels the livelihood of many individuals in developing countries like Asia and Africa, with lots of people making a living solely from ferrying people around aboard their motorcycles.


Now, the unfortunate global disaster caused a massive shutdown of nearly all schools, giving kids a lot of idle time as laborers were left jobless and without a stable income to support their families.  So, students have begun dropping out of school and instead are getting into the motorcycle taxi business.  As it turns out, kids would rather spend their time outside working, and ferrying food deliveries or people from point A to point B, rather than stay at home taking online classes.  Idleness paired with affordable Chinese motorcycles has lured kids as young as fifteen to buy their own bikes as an investment to earn a living.


Naturally, the key to a developing region is education, and an uneducated future population poses a severe challenge to an already struggling economy, but at this point in time it appears there’s simply nothing else the African youth can do to sustain themselves and their families until schools reopen and more employment opportunities pop up in the region.


QUOTABLE QUOTE: “The worst road trips make the best road tales.”

~ Me


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