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I received my unsolicited letter from the AMA today asking for my $39. Not much money, if they put it to good use. But I would cringe to think of just throwing it at them for them to waste on 4 wheeler rights or some such unrelated effort, in my opinion. Are these guys living up to their motto of standing up against those who threaten my rights as a motorcyclist? If so I'm more than glad to send in the dues. Or is it just hype?
 

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I've been a member for 12 years and they do a lot for all aspects of motorcycling. Yes they do lobby for off-roading enthusiasts but they monitor and respond whenever there is any threat to the rights of all motorcyclists on the local, state or federal level. If you're concerned about the sport continuing as we've always known it (there are those that just don't like us:D ) I would say consider joining.
 

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It may help and it may not. Not certain after watching them for many, many years. There sure never did anything fo me when I was riding enduros in the midwest.

One thing I'm concerned about with the AMA is all of the fat cats and high salaries they command back at the home office. They need to streamline a bit.

Also, they haven't done much for professionial dirt-track racing. The whole thing has fallen apart before our eyes whiile the AMA does their infighting.

My 2 cents
 

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I've also considered joining the AMA. Not sure however how efficient their organization is run or how much of my membership fee goes to fight my interests. I'm considering the Motorcycle Riders Foundation instead. Joining either one I feel is the very least I can do to help preserve our motorcycling rights and stimulate motorcycle awareness to our road sharing cagers. Check out the MFR using the link below.

http://www.mrf.org/
 

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CarbideDude said:
I received my unsolicited letter from the AMA today asking for my $39. Not much money, if they put it to good use. But I would cringe to think of just throwing it at them for them to waste on 4 wheeler rights or some such unrelated effort, in my opinion. Are these guys living up to their motto of standing up against those who threaten my rights as a motorcyclist? If so I'm more than glad to send in the dues. Or is it just hype?
I most certainly endorse the AMA. Been a member since the 50's. About your concerns of wasting on "four wheeler right's," consider this- they pay their due's the same as motorcyclist's. We are all represented in our fight for our right's.
 

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Been a member for a couple decades. They mostly represent street riders and the various kinds of motorcycle competition - races, hill climbs, etc. Historically they were controlled by manufacturers particularly Harley Davidson but these days they are more balanced. AMA Gypsy Tours are the historic root of many of today's big motorcycle gatherings such as Stugis.
I think they are useful at the National level and they keep you informed of what's going on in every State. I've felt the cost of membership to be reasonable and being part of something National seems a good idea.
 

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CarbideDude said:
But I would cringe to think of just throwing it at them for them to waste on 4 wheeler rights or some such unrelated effort, in my opinion.
This thinking would be like an NRA member saying that it's great for the NRA to stand up for the rights of rifle or shotgun owners, but not for handgun owners. Divided we fall.

T113
 

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trooper113 said:
This thinking would be like an NRA member saying that it's great for the NRA to stand up for the rights of rifle or shotgun owners, but not for handgun owners. Divided we fall.

T113

Excellent way to put it.....

too many opponents are out there wanting to chip away at any motorsport enthusiast's rights...

$39 annual dues....how much do you spend on a day when you take a nice ride or go on a poker run??...lunch, gas, etc., etc.
 

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While your at it, joining that is.... toss in a couple of extra bucks and go "The extra mile". Why? It's used by AMA lobbyists in Wash, DC. You wouldn't beleive the [email protected]#t that they've been able to stop before it becomes law. Worth the $$$ for my lifestyle.
 

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Before jumping on the wagon...shouldn't you see where it's been/headed...ask some of greybeards about their memories...
 

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CarbideDude said:
I received my unsolicited letter from the AMA today asking for my $39. Not much money, if they put it to good use. But I would cringe to think of just throwing it at them for them to waste on 4 wheeler rights or some such unrelated effort, in my opinion. Are these guys living up to their motto of standing up against those who threaten my rights as a motorcyclist? If so I'm more than glad to send in the dues. Or is it just hype?
The magazine is worth the cost of membership. :thumbsup:

There is discounts on parts, motel rooms and all kinds of other perks available with membership.

I became a member years ago when I realized that the rights of all motorcyclists were being supported by one organization. It just wasn't the rights of a particular brand of motorcycle or type of activity the organization was defending.

There are members who pay the dues that protect our rights --- and then there are those who let others do it for them.
 

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In my opinion the AMA is to motorcycles what the NRA is to guns. Th4y are always there on the front lines when anyone trys to mess with your rights to shoot or ride.

I think the membership is worth the money. There is strength in numbers, and the bigger numbers they can shop, the mor power they wield.

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Bill
 

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The AMA is against loud pipes:


Based on its opposition to excessive motorcycle noise,
the American Motorcyclist Association recommends the following:

All motorcyclists should be sensitive to community standards and respect the rights of fellow citizens to enjoy a peaceful environment.
Motorcyclists should not modify exhaust systems in a way that will increase sound to an offensive level.
Organizers of motorcycle events should take steps through advertising, peer pressure and enforcement to make excessively loud motorcycles unwelcome.
Motorcycle retailers should discourage the installation and use of excessively loud replacement exhaust systems.
The motorcycle industry, including aftermarket suppliers of replacement exhaust systems, should adopt responsible product design and marketing policies aimed at limiting the cumulative impact of excessive motorcycle noise.
Manufacturers producing motorcycles to appropriate federal standards should continue to educate their dealers and customers that louder exhaust systems do not necessarily improve the performance of a motorcycle.
Law enforcement agencies should fairly and consistently enforce appropriate laws and ordinances against excessive vehicle noise.
The motorcycle industry and the safety community should educate customers that excessive noise may be fatiguing to riders, making them less able to enjoy riding and less able to exercise good riding skills.
 

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Sinker said:
The AMA is against loud pipes:


Based on its opposition to excessive motorcycle noise,
the American Motorcyclist Association recommends the following:

All motorcyclists should be sensitive to community standards and respect the rights of fellow citizens to enjoy a peaceful environment.
Motorcyclists should not modify exhaust systems in a way that will increase sound to an offensive level.
Organizers of motorcycle events should take steps through advertising, peer pressure and enforcement to make excessively loud motorcycles unwelcome.
Motorcycle retailers should discourage the installation and use of excessively loud replacement exhaust systems.
The motorcycle industry, including aftermarket suppliers of replacement exhaust systems, should adopt responsible product design and marketing policies aimed at limiting the cumulative impact of excessive motorcycle noise.
Manufacturers producing motorcycles to appropriate federal standards should continue to educate their dealers and customers that louder exhaust systems do not necessarily improve the performance of a motorcycle.
Law enforcement agencies should fairly and consistently enforce appropriate laws and ordinances against excessive vehicle noise.
The motorcycle industry and the safety community should educate customers that excessive noise may be fatiguing to riders, making them less able to enjoy riding and less able to exercise good riding skills.
Sounds like a reasonable position except to those who like godawful loud pipes and lots of wrist.

T113
 

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Offensive level and excessively loud are vague terms. Question is where is that line being draw that if crossed will make your exhaust offensive & excessive? :hmmm:
 

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I won't join any organization that lobbies our government for favors, good or bad. I quit a job because they wanted to unionize, can't stand PAC's and lobbyists are lower than whale scum..

JMO


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I've been an AMA member for two decades. Every organization has its problems but the positive side of the AMA vastly out weighs any negative aspects. Better to address potential governmental problems BEFORE they become law.

I wish AMA could do more for the (old) Grand National Flat Track series. I don't think splitting the series this year is an improvement. I also think the AMA is the only part of the problem with Flat Track.

My advice would be to join.
 

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Never been too impressed with the AMA. Theres always ABATE,or MMA if you need to join something.
 

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Waffen said:
I won't join any organization that lobbies our government for favors, good or bad. I quit a job because they wanted to unionize, can't stand PAC's and lobbyists are lower than whale scumW
You can run but you cannot hide. Do you have a bank account? They are a powerful lobby. Got a credit card? They've got lobbiests. You get the picture. Unfortunately, that's how the game is played. Squeaky wheels get oiled. At least the AMA has motorcyclists interests at heart.
 

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shinbone1028 said:
Never been too impressed with the AMA. Theres always ABATE,or MMA if you need to join something.
When these groups need help who do you think they go to?
 
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