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December 8th Edition

In This Issue:

Riding BE-cause ~ Charitable & Educational Events in the Carolinas

Lil' Weather

Free Thinking with FancyFree

Toy Run photos

Your Myrtle Beach Discount Card

Boda: Part 5 of the History of the CBA

Share your Ride!

Loose Talk with Jon

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The Little Weather Quickie for the Greater Charlotte Area

for Week of December 8-15, 2015

Wednesday 64h & p-cloudy, Thursday 65h & clean, Friday 69h & p-cloudy, Saturday 72h & p-cloudy, Sunday 71h & p-cloudy, Monday 62h & 60% rain, Tuesday 62h & clear (as per on 12/8/15)

2015 Pics

I gotta say, photos truly bring the extra sparkle to our magazine. Thank you to all who have shared pics with us this year. Marcia Lofts from the back seat. Sandy and her "Passing of Time" beauty shots. Bub's CPR adventure shots. Paul Pics event photos. And all those snapped to go along with stories by Lester, Sandhills Mike, Gary, The Tarheel Tornado, Bob Stone, and Jane.

This edition's photos are truly special. First the great historical records that Boda pulls out of his CBA files that bring back memories of a different era .. and clothing and hairstyles too!

And this week too we have some extra special pro photos shared with us by Suitcase Event Photography who donated a great amount from their earnings at this past weekend's 2 toy runs we attended - Charlotte and Gaston. Austin and his crew outdid themselves as you can see by our top pic this week with Santa cruisin' with the skyline of The Queen City in the background. They photographed riders coming into both rides and had their shots available for special framing for a fee. The lines at their tent as riders awaited their own personalized memories were impressive.Beautiful work!

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EDITOR'S NOTE: This is part of a series. If you've missed any previous parts of this photo-rich History of the CBA by CW "Boda" Chavis, you can find the first 4 installments online now.

By 1983, the Concerned Bikers Association had grown to 12 chapters.  The CBA was growing rapidly and many changes were made in the Constitution to accommodate the growth.  Membership dues were raised to 15 dollars for a new member and 12 dollars for renewals.  Couples membership dues were to 20 dollars for a new couple and 16 dollars for renewals.

Legal and legislative actions continued throughout the early 1980s with the goal of introducing helmet law repeal in North Carolina.  Then in 1985, CBA attorney William “Piggy” Potter informed the CBA that we did not have enough support in the legislature to succeed that year.   In fact, North Carolina passed a mandatory seatbelt law that reflected the legislature’s siding with the insurance and medical lobbyists.  It was decided that the CBA would focus on repeal again in the 1987 legislative session.

In May of 1985, CBA held another helmet protest run in Raleigh.  To indicate the spirit of the protest, it was advertised as Freedom Run 1985.  It was felt by some of the more politically correct members that protest was too strong a word for the message CBA was trying to convey.

The CBA began to stress motorcycle awareness and safety more than ever.  The Charlotte Chapter bought eight billboards along the highways around Raleigh to promote Motorcycle Awareness month.  Radio stations advertised the Freedom Run but only about 1000 people attended.

1986 was a year of great change for the CBA.  Chapters and members wanted more involvement on the state level and that required reorganization.  The constitution was rewritten under the guidance of Viki (Cope) Prevo.  The state was divided into three districts:  Central, Eastern, and Western.  Each district elected a District Coordinator.  The Coordinators were added as members of the CBA’s Board of Directors.  Included in the Board of Directors was an Information Director.  State Officer Elections were held with any member of the CBA being eligible for office.  Under the new Constitution, committees were formed for Legislative, Public Relations, State Events, Products, and Newsletter.

On January 27, 1986, leaders of various motorcycle groups from across America met in Las Vegas to discuss a "coming together" and the overwhelming need for a national voice to protect our lifestyle and right to ride. The National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM) was born.

NCOM is not another association, but rather a bringing together of existing motorcycle groups for the purpose of mutual exchange of information, legislative strategy and the combined strength to fight all that is adverse to the freedom of the road.
In 1986, the CBA joined the newly formed NCOM.  Formed by Atty. Richard Lester of California.  The coalition was formed to help protect bikers as consumers, help establish rider education programs, build a legislative data bank, train people on legislative strategies, and to help protect the rights of injured bikers.  CB President Rick Nail was appointed Regional Coordinator for Region Six of NCOM.  NCOM has expanded to include other countries concerned with biker rights.  They host yearly national and regional conventions to share knowledge.

NCOM has grown to over 2,000 member organizations representing hundreds of thousands of motorcyclists nationwide.  The goal and purpose of NCOM is to assist all motorcycle organizations and individual riders with legal, legislative and other motorcycling issues. The Coalition will not dictate to any organization, but will be available to assist NCOM member groups through such FREE services as legislative assistance, nationwide information network, public awareness programs, safety projects, loan program, biker anti-discrimination legal and legislative assistance, etc.

In 1987 the CBA hired North Carolina’s top rated lobbyist, John Jordan, to work towards Freedom of Choice rather than mandatory helmet laws.  Unfortunately, he was unsuccessful in gaining enough legislative support to pass a repeal bill.  Some members felt that Jordan did not make a strong enough effort to support the passage of a repeal bill.  Gary Aiken as Legislative Director for the CBA committed to work towards introduction of a repeal bill in 1989.

Although there were no Freedom Runs in 1986 or 1987, there was a grand CBA State Party in 1987, the first since the CBA reorganized.  Chuck Jones, the State Vice-President, with the help of the three District Coordinators, Randy Prevo (Central), Andy McClannahan (Eastern), and Cliff Cyphers (Western) were instrumental is staging the event.  This was the first of a series of better and much bigger state events for the CBA.

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF), incorporated in 1987, as a membership-based national motorcyclists’ rights organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. The MRF monitors and when necessary, sways federal legislation and regulatory action that pertains to street riders. The MRF sponsors annual regional and national educational seminars for motorcyclists’ rights activists, including the Meeting of Minds and publishes a bi-monthly newsletter, The MRF Reports.  The CBA has worked closely with the MRF since its incorporation.

Freedom Run 1988 was held in Raleigh to kick off the riding season and promote May as Motorcycle Awareness Month.  Viki (Cope) Prevo took office as Legislative Director and was able to make substantial progress in Raleigh.
One significant accomplishment was the formation of the Statewide Motorcycle Awareness and Rider Training (SMART) Committee.  The members of the CBA were concerned about the need for safety training programs and making the public aware of the need to share the road with bikers, to “Look Twice, Save a Life”.  These programs lead CBA to promote Motorcycle Rider Education and the Motorcycle Licensing requirements.

Current programs offered by community colleges  and the Motorcycle Safety Foundation include:  Basic Rider safety Course, Three Wheel Basic Rider Safety Course, Experienced Rider Safety Course, and Advanced Rider Safety Course. All NC Motorcycle Safety Education courses are self-supporting.

These programs all grew out of efforts made in 1989 by CBA lobbyists, including Viki (Cope) Prevo as Legislative Director, now retired as Mrs. Victoria Wilson of Ciudad Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico.  Her efforts were supported by Charles and Sheila Boone, C.W. Boda Chavis, Chick and Irene Chicarrian, David Gore, Bruce Harris, and many other CBA members.  The CBA lobbied heavily for Freedom of Choice and a Motorcycle Safety Education Program.  In the end, the legislature passed the Education Program but, once again, rejected Freedom of Choice.



2015 on its way out

We're clicking off the final days of the year and enjoying the celebrations rolling around The Carolinas right now ... toy runs! This past weekend was spectacular weather and great turn out for Gaston Toy Run on Saturday and Charlotte CBA Toys for Tots on Sunday. Great talking to all who I had the chance to catch up with.

This coming Sunday we'll be down in Columbia, SC and we hear the forecast is for 70-something degrees and thousands of bikes supporting the Veterans! I look forward to connecting with new and old friends in Columbia and expect another great event. Come find us at The BIG RIDE 2 Bus and grab a cup of hot chocolate, a cookie, and register for prizes....

Easyriders Tickets, TCR Tuffs, and Nights at Skyline Village Inn

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