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For Immediate Release

19 May 2009

Contact: Jeff Hennie, MRF Vice President of Government Relations
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The Motorcycle Riders Foundation's (MRF) Michael "Boz" Kerr Bikers Inside
The Beltway national motorcycle awareness day event took place last week
and was a success on all fronts. Best of all, attendance was high and the
roads were dry. More than 75 attendees rode in to the event from 16
different states. The high miler for this year's event was Charles
Fletcher, who rode out from Minnesota.

The event, held on the grounds of the United States Capitol, was an
opportunity for motorcyclists from across the nation to invite their
Members of Congress to come out and talk about motorcycle safety with some
of their constituents. Congressman Nick Rahall (D-WV), the number two
Democrat in the House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee
and the Chairman of the House Resources Committee, addressed the group of
riders in attendance. Additional keynote speakers at the event included
Tom Petri (R-WI), a subcommittee chair of the House T&I Committee; Brad
Ellsworth (D-IN); Judy Biggert (R-IL); and Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), the
co-chair of the House Motorcycle Safety Caucus and sponsor of HRes 269,
the motorcycle safety awareness bill recently passed by the House.

Thanks to every one who attended and supported this event. You can read
press coverage of the event here:
Photos and video will be available on the MRF website soon.


Earlier this spring, in announcing the government's blueprint for saving
the big three automakers, President Obama said, "The United States
government will stand behind your (car) warranty." While it's unlikely
many car owners would trust the federal government with an engine
overhaul, a bipartisan bill called the Right to Repair Act of 2009 has
just been introduced in the House of Representatives that would, in fact,
make it cheaper and easier for millions of consumers to have their cars
repaired. Although similar legislation has been introduced in previous
Congresses but not voted on, it takes on additional urgency in these tough
economic times, especially with the closing of many auto dealerships.

Currently some manufactures only make diagnostic tools and software
available to their dealerships, severely limiting repair opportunities for
consumers. Enter HR 2057, introduced by Edolphus Towns (D-NY), which
would require car manufacturers make the tools and diagnostic information
needed to repair their vehicles available to independent repair shops on
the same basis that they make them available to their dealer-operated
shops. (The legislation expressly protects manufacturer trade secrets from
public disclosure.)

Basic consumer choice in vehicle repairs means more fair market
competition, which helps keep repairs affordable. In addition to the
economic and convenience issues connected with this legislation, it is
well known that vehicles that are well maintained operate cleaner and more
fuel efficiently. Enactment of the Right to Repair Act of 2009 would be a
win both for small businesses and consumers at a time when both need a
boost. Although HR 2057 does have a greater likelihood of passage this
Congress than similar bills have in the past, it still has a long way to
go before being signed into law. The MRF asks that you contact your US
Representative to ask that he/she co-sponsor this important piece of

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in 1987, is a membership-based, national motorcyclists' rights organization headquartered in Washington, DC. The first motorcyclists'
rights organization to establish a full-time presence in Washington, DC, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation is the only Washington voice devoted
exclusively to the street rider. The MRF established MRFPAC in the early 1990s to advocate the election of candidates who would champion the cause
of rider safety and rider freedom.

The MRF proudly claims state motorcyclists' rights organizations and the very founders of the American riders' rights movement among its leading
members. The MRF is involved in federal and state legislation and regulations, motorcycling safety education, training, and public
awareness. The MRF provides members and state motorcyclists' rights organizations with direction and information, and sponsors annual regional
and national educational seminars for motorcyclists rights activists, as well as publishing a bi-monthly newsletter, THE MRF REPORTS.