Note – I’m not saying which finger…
If you have spent any amount of time in competitive motorcycle racing – chances are pretty high that you have become a member of the AMA (American Motorcyclist Association). Chances are also pretty high that you have had your distaste for the organization at one time or another – for one reason or another. We all have our AMA horror stories – I personally have been witness to AMA Pro Racing debacles during some of the most difficult racing years my man has experienced – yet we move on.
With social media outlets and forums I also have read many other racers voice their opinions about the AMA; some good – some not so good and some down right rude.
Since we are all entitled to form our own opinions through the events that shape them – no one will ever agree 100% one way or the other however I wanted to share my thoughts on the subject…
These are just a few of the reasons why the finger that I choose to use when the discussion of the
- The American Motorcyclist Association is NON-PROFIT – AMA Pro-Racing is not the same.
- What other organization that has a Government Relations Team that is dedicated to support Motorcyclists Issues and Rights?
- Worked tirelessly to fight the 2008 Consumers Product Safety Administrations “LEAD LAW”- which would have been a fatal blow to the youth side of off-road motorcycle and atv/ohv sport.
- Bringing attention to the fact that Ethanol E15 fuel needs further research done because it is extremely harmful to many motorcycle engines – keeping us up to date with this issue and giving us a voice in D.C.
- Health Insurance Discrimination – it exists especially for motorcyclists and the AMA is fighting this issue for us.
- Justice For All Campaign
- The sending out of countless Action Alerts which are available if you sign up to receive them – even if you are not an AMA member. These Alerts are amazing – look at the long list of issues that are happening regarding motorcyclists – and the AMA works to make it simple for us to fight along side them to support our rights and future.
While many people talk about feeling that they are forced to join – I feel it is a privilege to be a member. I learned first hand how important the organization is to have on your side when issues like the ones listed above come up. $49 per year to help keep the hard work in Washington D.C., Ohio and California going as well as something as usable as roadside assistance for all your vehicles and all the many other benefits are well worth it for me. But you don’t have to be a member to utilize the great resource they are – so if you can not afford it you can still benefit from it and possibly volunteer to help some of the great causes and issues.
Have you heard that expression people use… “don’t cut off your nose to spite your face” ? Well those that will take a few personal issues that may have happened and do not try to remedy them or simply decide it’s cooler to just bad mouth the organization that has a team fighting for their rights to ride is doing just that.
None of us are perfect – but we really need to try to stick together and support those that are trying to support the sport we love.
In the big picture hopefully people will remember – it is a huge task and does take an army – so if you think there is a problem than try to become part of the solution for the future of Motorcycling.
There are many other individuals, groups, clubs organizations that do great work on behalf of Motorcyclists – Thank You for all you are doing!