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For Immediate Release

12 June 2009

Contact: Jeff Hennie, MRF Vice President of Government Relations
Email: jeff at


Best Of The West, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation's (MRF) annual west
coast conference, is being held in Phoenix, AZ this weekend. Hope to see
you there! For more information, visit


Earlier this week, the MRF sent out a release promoting Ride to Work Day.
The correct date for this event is Monday, June 15. We apologize for any
confusion. If you are still confused, ride both days!


A few months ago, California State Senator Fran Pavley (D-Beverly Hills)
introduced legislation that would have required smog checks beginning in
2012 for all California motorcycles of model year 2000 or newer. The
proposal has been amended to authorize police officers to fine
motorcyclists who have removed catalytic converters, but the smog test
provision has been dropped after the senate objected. The senate approved
the amended bill that now goes to the state assembly. The MRF applauds
the efforts of the motorcycle community in California, and urges everybody
to remain vigilant, as the issue is not dead yet. State governments are
looking everywhere for new revenue streams, and motorcycles will continue
to be a target not only in California, but possibly in your state capitol
as well. And unfortunately Mrs. Pavely isn't alone in the war on


And you thought the U.S. Senate was only politics and parliamentary
procedure? The MRF has learned that Senator Mel Martinez (R-FL) injured a
hand ligament riding a dirt bike last weekend. Martinez is up and around,
and insists the injury was not because he dumped the bike but rather
because of an inflamed ligament and a stiff clutch lever. Martinez, a one
term Senator, is retiring in 2011. Perhaps to pursue more motorcycling?
Martinez isn't the only senator to injure himself on a motorcycle. In
June of 2004, Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) sustained minor injuries when he
laid down a road bike in Helena. Despite these incidents, both continue to
be avid motorcyclists.

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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.