MESSAGE FROM THE A.B.A.T.E. PRESIDENT - January 2015
I have been out of town for a few weeks (nine to be exact) and am playing serious catch-up now. I recently put a new S&S engine in my 63 Pan. The engine came with a limited time/mileage warranty. In order to test the engine during the warranty, I needed to head south and rack up some serious miles. After a quick search on the internet for warm winter temperatures, I found the gulf coast rideable during December and January. I trailered the bike to my sons home in Albuquerque NM, then rode it south through Texas to the gulf coast. I rode east, along the gulf to Florida, then south to Key West. The ride racked up about 6,000 miles, fulfilling the warranty and I am pleased to say the engine performed exceptionally well. It’s a stroked 80” Pan with impressive power. I rode Interstate 10 most of the way back to Austin Texas and the engine ran very nice at highway speeds. The weather along the gulf coast is pleasant during November and December, no bugs or humidity this time of year. I highly recommend the gulf coast to Florida Keys for your next little winter motorcycle jaunt.
Senator Don Gustavson has introduced a helmet bill again this year! Even though the helmet law is not a party issue, democrats have traditionally opposed a bill that would change Nevada’s helmet law to allow adults freedom of choice. This session there has been a change of the majority party, from Democrat to Republican. This could be the break we have been looking for. All committees will be chaired by Republicans, since the GOP is now the majority party. Republicans have not held the majority in the state Senate since 2007. Gustavson, a former truck driver, is expected to be installed as chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee. He was first elected to the Assembly in 1996. Gustavson has introduced or supported a bill that would make helmets for motorcycle riders optional in Nevada every year he has been in the Legislature, dating back to 1997.
I received a call from old time Las Vegas motorcycle activist Gary Horrocks. Gary asked me if I would work with him this session lobbying for the helmet bill. Of course I said I would. With Gary and my legislative experience; and with your help combined with a Republican majority party in place; maybe, just maybe, this will be the year that we will succeed with changing Nevada’s helmet law giving motorcyclist “Freedom of Choice”. Anyone interested in participating in the legislative session to change Nevada’s helmet law, let me know. You will be welcome to travel to Carson with us, and learn the legislative process. Wouldn’t you be proud to say that you played a major role in changing Nevada’s helmet law in 2015!
ABATE member Kenna Walker’s boyfriend, Jeff, is buying the Spring Inn Bar. Jeff has let me know that ABATE is always welcome.
ABATE Website Upgrade: ABATE member Gary Mack and I continue to work with Roger Leeper in upgrading our ABATE website. Visit our new site and let us know what you think! www.abatennv.org
Membership Dues: All Membership Dues will be due on the same date every year, starting May 1, 2015.
You will receive reminders to pay your dues, after a couple of reminders if your dues are not paid your membership will expire and you will be removed from the ABATE membership list. Non-members will no longer receive ABATE correspondence regarding MRF updates, runs, events, Presidents Message, State or National activities.
Monthly Meetings: 6:00 pm the second Thursday of each month at Ruby Mt. Pizza in Spring Creek next to ACE Hardware. Please try to attend; it’s concerning when only a couple people show up. You will be notified if there is a change of time/location.
John Bland – President, ABATE of Northern NV - MRF State Rep.