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Today I joined the CMRA (Connecticut Motorcycle Riders Association).

I had heard of them before, but I didn't know the extent to which they involve themselves in the Legislative process in our State. I had seen the results of their efforts in various ways however. Turns out they were at least part of the effort to ensure a 10% Discount for motorcycle Insurance for those who had taken and successfully completed the BRC's in our State (for example). They were Founded in 1980.

Here's the blurb from there website, that speaks to what they do for us as riders here in CT:

"The non-profit CMRA is an association of politically active motorcyclists whose primary purpose is working to keep Connecticut riders informed of legislative issues in our state, and actively lobbying in Hartford with respect to these issues.

We continuously monitor all proposed legislation regarding motor vehicle and transportation related matters to evaluate their impact on our mission and the interests of our members: (e.g. VIN numbers on pipes, various proposals regarding ATVs, phone/blue-tooth/audio equipment rules, etc.)

Achievements since 1980:

We supported the creation of a self-funded rider education program;
We pushed for the adoption of a more comprehensive motorcycle license test throughout the state;
We initiated legislation that mandates a minimum insurance discount of 10% for those motorcyclists completing the rider education course;
We supported legislation aimed at educating motorists on how to share the road with motorcyclists;
We defeated proposed legislation requiring motorcyclists to be covered under the state's no-fault insurance provision, which would have resulted in a 300% to 400% increase in our liability premiums;
We defeated proposed legislation banning all passengers on a motorcycle under the age of fifteen;
We defeated numerous attempts to require all motorcycles registered in Connecticut to be equipped with three full-sized headlights;
We have worked on legislation that would guarantee access to health insurance for all motorcyclists in the state of Connecticut;
We have repeatedly defeated attempts to reinstate the mandatory helmet law for adult motorcycle riders.



To continue to succeed, we need your support! Any organization is only as strong as the support of the members. Our members come from all walks of life, with one common interest: to help preserve our right to ride a motorcycle when and where we wish, without unfair restrictions, and to make the roads a safer place for all.

We employ a full-time professional lobbyist to assist us during the legislative session, and have developed a high level of credibility with our legislators because we act in a knowledgeable and professional manner.

The cost of a CMRA membership is just thirty dollars ($30.00) per year. Part of these dues are used to publish our newsletter, to keep our members informed, the remainder goes toward achieving our legislative objectives. All CMRA board members and representatives volunteer their time and are not compensated. In addition to the newsletter you will receive a bumper sticker, and a membership card which will give you access to a discount program with participating dealers across the state, and eligibility to attend our functions at a reduced price.

However, the most important benefit lies in helping us to protect your right to ride in Connecticut.

On the lighter side, we try to bring Connecticut's motorcyclists together. We organize parties, rallies and charity events where Connecticut motorcyclists can enjoy each other's company while helping to improve our image.

We hope that you will join us in our efforts. The thirty dollars that you pay for membership is an investment in the future of motorcycling in Connecticut."


-Soupy
 

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There are people that just love to make change, not change that will effect themselves in anyway, but change that would effect others in a way they don't want.

In another thread a stat was put up that said I think it was 4% of licensed drivers also have a motorcycle license.......4% an easy target

For example I pointed out in another thread that people complain about loud pipes on motorcycles, yet don't say a word about even louder pipes on pickup trucks........around here loud pickups are abundant, loud bikes not so many, the easy target is motorcycles, they get to effect a change that in no way effects themselves, limited opposition, but they get to feel good about themselves because they were a part of making change.

Yes you need a loud voice, a few individuals does nothing, ban those individuals into a group voice and it is more likely to be heard.

$30, skip the new Terminator movie and you break even.
 

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There are people that just love to make change, not change that will effect themselves in anyway, but change that would effect others in a way they don't want. ..............
Not sure I know where you are going with that statement. Are you saying that the "CMRA" as an Organization is only focused on issues with motorcycles? If so, I'd agree. I like the idea of supporting an Organization that has our best (albeit selfish in that it works only for motorcycles and motorcyclists) interests in mind.

Or are you saying that the CMRA has proven itself to be so self-focused (the motorcycle community) that it somehow misses the mark on benefits for all forms of transportation, hurting other forms other than motorcycles and motorcyclists by its narrow vision?

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Read the whole thing........still waiting for an explanation, friend.

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ah well............

Anyway, I'm game for any organization that seems to be doing its job, and helping the rest of us keep the roadways free of idiots, and helping stop the political machine from passing foolish Legislation.

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Eye: yeah, on a limited basis. My back-n-forth rides to work are done, but I'm out there when my back is strong enough.

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Well I'm totally confused. Is your bike for sale or not now?
 

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Hog: if you want to buy my bike, make me an offer.

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lololol

Ya never know!!

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He has a Harley. He's not going to downgrade. :biggrin::wink:

Joking aside, good to hear you're still riding. :71baldboy:
You may have noticed I chose to ignore the comment.:p
 
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