Tuesday, June 28, 2016  

Welcome from ABATE of California

 

ABATE of California is a motorcyclists' rights organization dedicated to preserving individual freedom and promoting safety. We fully support rider training, safety and educational programs. Our members also raise funds for the less fortunate, through charity runs and benefits. We encourage our members to become active in their local communities. ABATE works to protect the rights of all motorcyclists through direct involvement in the political process. You, as an individual, can help in the ongoing struggle against anti-motorcycle legislation both here in California and across the United States by becoming an ABATE member.

ABATE is non-partisan and welcomes all riders, on-road and off-road. We give those with a strong interest in motorcycling to unite and become part of one of California's strongest motorcycle rights organizations. ABATE feels that all of us, lifestyle rider to off-road fan are brothers and sisters with a common interest -- riding free.

 
Join ABATE Click here to JOIN

Vote Like a Biker

It is 2016 and an election year. Part of our job is to be a legislative watchdog for you. ABATE has a full time lobbyist in Sacramento keeping track of legislative bills that affect or are of interest to motorcyclists. Sometimes they are obvious and sometimes they are tucked in the middle of totally unrelated legislation.

This election year we have sent questionnaires to all people running for office. It contains a wide range of topics that will help us develop a picture of who and what the priorities are for the candidate. These questions help to determine if a candidate is a friend of the biker life and motorcyclists. ABATE will take all responses, as well as let you know who did not respond, and create a voters guide to help you know who supports us and who we should support.

We need to support those who are friends and support us. Watch here for our  voters guide. 


Motorcycle Profiling Bill Signed by Governor in Maryland

Last week Maryland became the second state in the nation, after Washington, to pass a Motorcycling Profiling Bill. The Maryland Coalition of Clubs with the collaborative support of ABATE of Maryland passed the bill unopposed. Maryland's success is proof that a unified grassroots movement can work and inspire the rest of the country. Details can be found HERE.

Lane Splitting in California

Splitting lanes in California is NOT illegal. It is not legal either as there are no laws either way. It is tolerated and accepted by CHP if done in a safe manner.If done in a reckless manner you are still open to a wreckless driving ticket. Guidelines for lane splitting used to be on the CHP and DMV websites but were removed due to a single complaint. 

Click this link to Download Lane Splitting Guidelines in PDF. This is provided by the California Motorcycle Safety Program which is California's official motorcycle safety and training program. To find a course location near you, www.californiamotorcyclist.com or call 1.877.RIDE.411 

 

Go to the Current Issues & Legislation page for more information.  

 

 Are you in need of a ball cap; complete with custom embroidery? How about a do rag, license plate frame or a "show your support for our troops" ribbon. These are just some of the ABATE Merchandise items that you can purchase and at the same time show your support!

 


 


Check Out the New ABATE of California Merchandise!

Are you in need of a ball cap; complete with custom embroidery? How about a doo rag, license plate frame or a "show your support for our troops" ribbon.  These are just some of the ABATE Merchandise items that you can purchase and at the same time show your support!

ABATE Patch

 


Search the net with 'www.Goodsearch.com'

 

You can support ABATE with the click of a mouse. All you have to do is visit www.Goodsearch.com and use it as you would any other search engine. Goodsearch.com is powered by yahoo and will donate a certain percent of the revenue generated through this site to ABATE of CA.

  • Go to: www.Goodsearch.com

  •  Join or if you have already, login. 

  • In the dropdown window below your name at the top right, select "cause".

  • Where it states WHO DO YOU SEARCH FOR enter: ABATE. 

  • Select: American Brother Aimed Toward Education - ABATE - California (Hesperia) from the list.

  • Then in the SEARCH window start your search as you normally would.

That's it, click and make funds for ABATE of CA.




 

  

 

 

 

AB51 Approved by Senate Committee

AB51 was heard by the Senate Transportation and Housing sub-committee, a quorum was not available. Chair Beall and Vice Chair Cannella support the bill which is all that is needed if the full committee could not vote.Jim Lombardo (ABATE Lobbyist), Nick Harris (AMA), Mercury Insurance, and Glen Phillips, Sporty, and Ruby weber spoke in support. There were no opposition speakers. It was approved and will be sent to the Senate Appropriations Committee in the next two weeks. After that to the Senate floor, then back to the Assembly to address any Senate ammendments, Then to the governor for signature. 

Well done to all involved in all aspects of getting the bill to this point. Thanks to those who were able to attend the meeting and speak in support of AB51.

Read the revised text of the bill HERE.


 The next ABATE 2016 Meeting will be held September 17 in
Fresno, California 

Schedule and Lodging details will be posted here when available


ABATEPAC 2016

Questionnaires have been sent to candidates for office in California. When responses have been tallied info will be posted here to assist in voting.


Safety First

Summer is finally upon us this week in SoCal. Expect 100+ temps later in the week. Dehydration is a real danger so read HERE how to prevent, recognize and deal with dehydration


Riding a motorcycle can be dangerous. If you do not stay aware of your surroundings and options you may find yourself in a dangerous place. Confidence is required. Sometimes you experience a crisis of confidence when riding. HERE are some thoughts on dealing with it.


Motorcycle Safety Program

Whether you are new to riding or a seasoned veteran there is room for improving your riding skills. If you are under 18 a MSP course is required to get you Class "M" endorsement. Check HERE for more info about classes and where you can attend. 


ABATE Southern Regional Rally
May 6-8, 2016

Thanks to everyone who attended this years Southern Regional Rally. Although there was foul weather below we enjoyed a mostly sunny weekend. Pictures will be posted when we roll out the upgraded website.


 Thank you to Jeff Flame of Biker Information Guide - pictures of the January 9, 2012

ABATE Freedom Rally - Sacramento, CA

Click here to view photos on Smugmug

 


 MAY is National Motorcycle Awareness Month



 

 

Why are we here?

 

Watch as David "Deacon" Phillips explains during his induction into the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Hall of Fame!

 

 


 


 
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