MRF’s 2015 – Meeting Of The Minds
Arrived in Milwaukee Wednesday afternoon.
Met club brother Toy Boy at the hotel, as he lives in Wisconsin.
We went to look for some food, and found a Greek restaurant called Pallas about 5 miles from the hotel.
The food and the amount of food were more than we could handle.
Thursday, got up and went to downtown Milwaukee, where we visited the Harley Davidson Museum and got to go on the Steel Toe Tour of the Harley motor and transmission factory that makes the Harley drive trains.
Over fifty combinations of motors were on site. From there, we went back to the Harley museum, where we did a tour of the museum itself. One of the most impressive parts was the flat track display, which reminded me a lot of Pops from our club.
Topped off the day, with another visit to the Greek restaurant. Back at the hotel, we met up with Bobbi Hartmann and her sisters and attended the first session, which started at 7:00pm.
The MRF BOD introduced themselves and continued with a 2 minute allowance each for a state by state intro and summary to tell us what was going on in their states.
I got up and introduced myself and Bobbi and told them of our success of the lifting of our Handle Bar restriction and our ongoing MAP presentations.
We found that there is a lot of the same legislation, going on in each of the other states present. It was also surprising to find that some of the things that they were currently working on in their states, had already been addressed here in Arizona.
What I thought was interesting, is that one of the states used motorcycle registration to find out who did not have motorcycle endorsements. In that same state, 7 out of 10 motorcycle accidents, were found to be single vehicle accidents. It is believed that education is the key.
Friday, was opening session. Hardtail told about motorcycling in Australia, and what is happening to patch holders in that country and their rights that have been taken away. Even businesses that have motorcyclists as clientele are being targeted by police.
Another part of the general session, was the inside track to the Harley Davidson phenomenon by Tim Hoelter. He told of how in 1903, the beginning of Harley and Ford and the Wright Bros’s flight all happened in the same year. In 1967, AMF came on the scene.
In 1969, the Hells Angel’s provided security for a Rolling Stone’s concert. In the same time period, Life magazine contained the famous photograph of the staged Hollister event. Our very own Pops was there to witness that event. These events put a black eye on the motorcycling community.
In 1982, Tim was the second youngest of a thirteen member group called City Corp. Knowing Harley as it is today, was put on track by this group. They built the team with management salaried members and two unions, IAM and USW.
Next up was the SMRO legislative planning session for next year. This included, Autocycles, Profiling, Motorcycle only checkpoints and Ethanol.
I then attended the Estrogen Garage session by Jim Cannon, which covered the basics of maintaining your motorcycle, from pre-ride checks to oil and tires. The pre-ride inspection referred to as TCLOCK, represented Tires&Wheels, Controls, Lights, Oil, Chassis, and Kickstand. We were also shown the tools needed to perform those services.
I attended a braking demonstration that showed juice brakes versus ABS. The demo included the use of back brakes only, back brakes only panic stop, and the same with both brakes. Regarding distances, the ABS brakes performed better in all cases.
Toy Boy and I decided to see a little of Wisconsin. It was recommended that we see a famous site called Holy Hill. On that site was a church called the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians at Holy Hill in Hubertus WI. It was a very beautiful church.
A session called Facts or Fiction was held first thing Saturday morning. Matt talked about insurance costs in states that have helmet laws and how it costs not only $60 per day, but $356 more per year than states that do not have helmet laws. And the costs to care for persons in those states, is $331 more per month.
The CDC says that helmets are the only measure proven to save lives. There were 36% less fatalities between 2005 and 2012 with 47% more miles traveled.
Slider Gilmore presented “What successful people do.”
He stated that if you use these ideas, it will change your life for the better.
Goal settings and how to think at goals. Do you love your job? Do creative thinking.
It’s interesting that there is 27% illiteracy in the U.S. compared to Japan’s 1%. You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with. Spend time with people who challenge and energize you.
Say NO to just about everything, except for your one focus. He recommends you have a Board of Directors and that you need a good secretary.
– Arrive to work early.
– Attitude and the subconscious mind command sense.
– Think before you speak.
– Focus on solution to problem.
– View things as positive and not negative.
– We must help others.
– Be fair and ethical.
– Learn from others.
– Share your goals.
– We must take care of ourselves, spiritually, mentally and physically.
MMA of Arizona got a State Legislative award, for our work on HB2345, the handle bar height bill we ran in the 2015 session.
I also attended the American Association of State, Highway and Transportation association officials. They talked about the fuel tax, which is 18.4 cents per gallon of gas, and 24.4 cents for a gallon of diesel, which supposedly pays for road repair and new road construction.
This has not changed for many years. Tennessee has a motorcycle safety statistic plan which maintains road conditions and focuses on fatality reduction and safety innovation signing. They also focus on pavement markings, snow plow pavement markings and have a shoulder widening initiative.
All of these with motorcycling in mind. They recommend that if you have a motorcycle road issue in your state, that you communicate with your DOT officials. Specifically bring the problems that you have to the engineers, by letting them know first.
“What do you see when your ride?” The presenters of this session, gave you a tenth of a second to see and identify various signs and 2 seconds to see road hazards. What an EYE OPENER!!
The banquet was great as well. Slider Gilmore was awarded the ‘Farmers Award’, the MRF’s highest award. With the MRF’s keynote speaker being tied up in D.C., Slider and his brother Chopper Charlie put on a sensational comedy skit.
Paul “Skypilot” Price
MMA-AZ Designated Lobbyist