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Bikers' Rights: An Important Message for All American Motorcyclists Who May Ride In Florida

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An Important Message for All American Motorcyclists
Who May Ride In Florida
Release Number 0101

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Bikers Rights, Motorcyclists Rights, Long Distance Motorcycle Riding

Bikers' Rights Advocate IronBoltBruce On 1 October 2008 the provisions of HB-137--one of the most draconian and discriminatory anti-motorcycle measures ever to become law--take effect for all motorcyclists living in or riding through the State of Florida. You can learn about its history here...

http://tinyurl.com/4vn7gw

...and get a feel for how the specifics are being implemented here:

http://tinyurl.com/3j3ggo

As the communications below suggest, Florida's motorcyclists could have banded together and defeated HB-137 if their SMRO had provided them with a unifying platform, effective leadership, and responsible representation. This did not happen. So now, we all pay the consequences.

There are important lessons here for all motorcyclists' rights leaders and activists...

IronBoltBruce

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-----Original Message-----
From: IronBoltBruce [mailto:Bruce@LdrLongDistanceRider.com]
Sent: Thursday, September 18, 2008 8:14 AM
To: Mike "Radar" Price (statelegislative@abateflorida.com)
Cc: James 'Doc' Reichenbach II (abatefl@worldnet.att.net) ...
Subject: ABATE of Florida's State Legislative Director Finally Finds Some "Problems with HB137"

Mike "Radar" Price
State Legislative Director
ABATE of Florida, Inc.
statelegislative@abateflorida.com
352-359-3005

Mike:

I see in your "report" that you have found some "problems with HB137"...

http://tinyurl.com/3gwh3a

...which compels me to ask this question:

Are you just coming out of a 12-month coma, or did the aliens who borrowed your brain last year recently return it?

OF COURSE THERE ARE "PROBLEMS WITH HB 137"!!! That is why the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), Bikers Of Lesser Tolerance (BOLT), Dara "Sam" McLain, Robert "RC" Conroy, Rev. John "Rogue" Herlihy, myself and many other dedicated freedom fighters ... pretty much everybody except your corrupt and incompetent lobbyist, James "Doc" Reichenbach II ... spent much of the last year trying to defeat it. At our website and forum alone, you will find over 200 articles, postings and email alerts sent out regarding "HB-137":

http://tinyurl.com/4vn7gw

Among them, you will find that "official interpretation" of HB-137 you just stumbled across was actually distributed by Diana Woods (who had the integrity and guts to dissolve the ABATE of Florida White Sands Chapter rather than continue to drink the Kool-Aid) last month:

http://tinyurl.com/3j3ggo

Also among them you will find RC's response to your "report"...

http://tinyurl.com/448zkr

...which I reproduce here:

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If one reads the link posted by Bruce above...

http://tinyurl.com/3ohm69

...it is apparent that ABATE of Florida is has gone into "damage Control" mode. Evidenced by statements such as the following:

"I have discussed my findings with Doc (our Lobbyist) and we have already begun a level of communication to correct this situation. It is important to understand that virtually no one with certainty has interpreted this law the correct way until the Clerk of Courts offered an "official" position. While there have been questions and confusion, that I have tried to address myself, it is the court system that ultimately has defined the position and has distributed the answer." The problem is, the damage has been done.

There were a number of people that saw the egregiousness of this bill and fought against it. Including the AMA, B.O.L.T. representatives, contributors to this site and other "independent" Bikers. All of whom were demonized and vilified by the one person who played a major role in allowing this bill to pass. The President of ABATE of Florida himself, who did his best to exclude everybody but himself from participating in the legislative process.

Rather than seek help in the form of unifying Florida Bikers he alienated many by by perpetuating his own view that nobody knows anything but him.

Our first post on HB137 was on 9-27-09. From that date on contributors on this site and elsewhere began asking questions.

As a result the constant permutations of fact being thrown about by the ABATE of Florida on 1-12-08 we posted the following:

"A brief chronology of FL HB137 and the duplicity of ABATE of Florida". It can be found here:

http://tinyurl.com/2m2vuk

Wherein we documented a blow by blow history of the bill to that point.

A number of subsequent posts documenting the the continuing history of HB137 can be found here:

http://tinyurl.com/3j59gt

This link contains three pages of links to posts related to HB137 and the bizarre actions of the President of ABATE of Florida in addressing the issue.

Many people dismissed many of our postings as "sour grapes" and/or "personal vendetta's" against the President of ABATE of Florida. When the truth is, we told the truth and the facts bear that out.

Now this "we" looks for no validation from those who engaged in contempt prior to investigation. Our concern is, and has, been the preservation and protection of rights and freedoms. Including protection from those within our own camp that would seek to control us our shut us up.

The passage of HB!37 into law has implications far beyond the severity of it's contents. It clearly demonstrated to the Florida legislature that the Motorcycle Rights Movement in Florida is broken, has little support or power.

As much as I would like to lay the blame for this at the feet of the President of ABATE of Florida, I can't.

The blame lies with every Florida biker who sat on their ass and let somebody else do "their" work for them without question. The sad thing is that this not just endemic to the Bikers rights movement. It is a microcosm of the state of the country as a whole.

by Robert "RC" Conroy,
http://www.bigbendbikersforfreedom.com/

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Speaking strictly for myself and no other individuals or organizations,

IronBoltBruce

Bruce@LdrLongDistanceRider.com
Author and Publisher, LdrLongDistanceRider.com
Co-Moderator, Bruce-n-Ray's Biker Forum
Mile Eater Gold Member, Iron Butt Association
Sustaining Member, Motorcycle Riders Foundation
2007 Chairman's Circle, American Motorcyclist Association

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