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4/3/2015 added new contact information for state and various city and town transportation departs.  Stuck on read or need a pot hole repaired?  see our list

10/28/2013 New classifieds section.  Members can post classifieds visible to the public.  Membership is as low as $20 per year, join here

MILWAUKEE, October 16, 2013, Harley-Davidson, NYSE: HOG, is acting quickly to address potential safety issues by voluntarily recalling certain 2014 Touring motorcycles equipped with a hydraulic clutch system that may pose a safety issue for riders, and, or, passengers. The recalls include a Do Not Ride notice to owners and a Do Not Deliver notice to Harley-Davidson dealers until the motorcycle is fixed. Some of these motorcycles may exhibit a condition in which the hydraulic clutch system may lose the ability to generate enough lift to disengage the clutch.

The recalls affect 25,185 Touring motorcycles and 3,861 Softail CVOs and Trikes, built between May 3, 2013, and Oct. 14, 2013.

FLHXS Street Glide Special, FLHTCU Electra Glide Ultra Classic, FLHTK Ultra Limited, FLHTP Electra Glide Police, FLHX Street Glide, FLHTKSE CVO Limited, FLHRSE CVO Road King

Softail CVOs and Trikes
FLHTCUTG Tri Glide Ultra, FXSBSE CVO Breakout, FLSTNSE CVO Deluxe

Suzuki is recalling 210,228 motorcycles in the U.S. because the front brakes might not work properly. The recall involves GSX-R600 and GSX-R750 motorcycles from the 2004 through 2013 model years and GSX-R1000 motorcycles from the 2005 through 2013 model years. Suzuki says there have been no injuries related to the defect. The company says older brake fluid and corrosion of the brake piston inside the front brake master cylinder can form a gas that reduces fluid pressure transmission to the front brake. That can reduce braking power and increase the risk of a crash. Suzuki Motor of America Inc. will notify owners starting next month. Dealers will replace the front brake master cylinder for free. Story distributed by The Associated Press

10/22/2013 New member to member discount program here at RIMA. 

8/2013 A big win has developed for the RIMA. Our Right - of - Way Bill is now law. The Governor has signed our Right of Way Bill, H 5061 into law. Its been a long time coming. We've worked hard to get our message across that the penalties placed against any users that violates the right of way of any other user were not sufficient enough to cause people to take notice.

Be it on your bike, in your car or truck or any type of motor vehicle when someone takes the mind set to violate another's way the fines levied against that individual will no long be small. Now with hefty fines and suspension of licenses in the works maybe some will start taking notice.

1/7/2013 Our deepest sympathy to the family of a long time RIMA member Michael J. Doran, age 52 of Lincoln, RI, who passed away unexpectedly on January 4, 2013. He will be missed by all that knew him

11/13/12 President's Message
Let’s do something different at the RIMA. Our Tuesday, November 20th, General Meeting will be a combination meeting/xmas get together. We will be meeting at Sticks Tavern, 417 Putnam Pike (Route 44) in Chepachet at 7:00 PM. There will be a cash bar and you can enjoy a meal on your own from their extended menu. Sticks has been proven to be a Biker Friend Tavern and it’s about time we returned the favor and go back to our roots of having a good old biker party.

It will be a time to spend with friends without all the business we attend to at our meetings. We officially have to have a meeting so it will be very short. This time is for a good time. Bring a friend. Bring a possible new member.

See you there.
Lou Petrucci

Motorcycle Parking Initiative
In accordance with the requirements of Chapter 201 of the Public Laws of 2012, the Department of Administration has identified parking areas that are adjacent to buildings maintained by the State of Rhode Island. Motorcycle parking will be available April through November

Motorcycle Parking Locations:

Adolf Myer Building
Barry Hall and Simpson Hall
Benjamin Rush Building
Capitol Hill
Center General (DLT) Building
DMV Building
Donley Center
Hazard Building
Louis Pasteur Building
Mathias Building
Pinel Building
Regan Building
State House
Stedman Government Center
Varley Building
Veterans Home
Zambarano Hospital

If you have any questions regarding designated motorcycle parking spaces for buildings maintained by the Department, call Rhode Island State Facilities Management at 401-222-5717

10/17/12 2012 Toy Run has passed see local television report here.

9/2012 President's Message:
The Rhode Island Motorcycle Association, in conjunction with the United States Marine Corps., invites all bikers to take part in TOY RUN 2012.

This year's annual ride will take place on October 14, 2012.

The purpose of the ride is to collect toys to be distributed at Christmas for needy children, throughout Rhode Island. The ride is the largest single day event to benefit this worthy cause, with approximately 2000-3000 riders and passengers taking part. Each one will bring a new toy to donate to the U.S. Marine Corps. "Toys for Tot's" program.

The ride begins at C.C.R.I. in Lincoln, Rhode Island, departing at exactly 11:00 am. and ends at 498 Kinsley Ave. in Providence, Rhode Island. The only cost is the donation of a toy for each participant.

Once in Providence, the United States Marine Corps. Reserve will collect, transport, sort, and deliver all toys collected during the event.

Over the years this ride has collected tens of thousands of toys that have brightened the holiday season for these kids. With the economy still in recession and such high unemployment in Rhode Island, this year is again expected to be more difficult than ever for many families. So mark your calendar and plan to be part of
TOY RUN 2012!

2012 Toy Run We are well underway planning this years Toy Run. We need sponsors to fund this event. Consider Sponsoring the Toy Run, ask your employer. Print these forms which include some incentives for sponsoring.  We also have color Flyers available at any of the meetings.  Ask your local biker friendly retailer to post our flyers.  Open and print here.

6/14/12 06/12/2012

Championed by the Rhode Island Motorcycle Association.
Lawmakers gave the nod to special motorcycle parking spots.
Bikers with business to take care of at municipal or state buildings that provide public parking soon won’t have to use a whole auto space to park. Starting next year, they'll get their own special spots, according to a June 12 press release from the State House.
Legislation passed by the Rhode Island General Assembly, and signed into law by the governor, requires that a motorcycle parking plan be established by November of this year for parking areas at state, city or town buildings, and that parking spaces be made available by April 1, 2013. The requirement will not apply to state airport lots.
The motorcycle parking bills were sponsored by Sen. John Tassoni Jr., a Democrat in District 22, Smithfield and North Smithfield, and Rep. Peter John Petrarca, a Democrat serving District 44, Lincoln, Johnston and Smithfield.
Under the new law, the parking plan will provide for motorcycle parking spaces in areas that are adjacent to or within sight of the applicable municipal or state building. Spaces will be designated with appropriate signage, and the parking plan may be revised as situations warrant but must be reviewed at least once every five years.
The number and placement of designated motorcycle parking spaces are to be determined as a result of motorcycle use by employees in those buildings and the input of motorcycle owners and are to be made available from April through November.
The law provides that any unauthorized use of a designated parking space will result in an $85 fine.
Lou Petrucci President

6/2/2012 Memorial Day Run Photos Posted

5/20/2012 2012 Bike Blessing Photos posted

5/14/2012 New PO Box 40344, Providence RI 02940-0344

4/3/2012 New meeting places General meetings. open to the public, 3rd Tuesday of the month with the exception of June and February.  New location Fireman's Hall, Oakland Beach Ave, Warwick, RI at 7pm.  We will have a sign outside just before and during the meeting.

Board meetings open to members only, 1st Tuesday of the month 7pm.  New location Impossible Dream 575 Centerville Ave, Warwick, RI

1/9/2012  Annual Awards Banquet February 18, 2012 at Savini's Restaurant 476 Rathbun St, Woonsocket, RI 02895 $20 per person, Cocktails at 6:30, Dinner and awards @7:15. Tickets available at our on-line store or contact any board member on our contacts page. Deadline for tickets February 10, 2012

1/21/2012 Comcast Blocking RIMotorcycle.com Email: If you are a comcast subscriber you will not get our emails.  You need to contact Comcast and let them know you would like to recieve email from RIMotorcyle.com.  Then contact webmaster@rimotorcycle.com and we will reply to confirm you are getting our emails.  If don't hear from us within a day, they are still blocking.

12/7/11 As per the R.I. Motorcycle Association by-laws, elections for executive officers were held on the first Tuesday in December. (December 6, 2011)
Elected to the post of President is Lou Petrucci.
Elected to the post of Vice President is Michael Araujo.
Elected to the post of Recording Secretary is Lucille Meehan.
Elected to the post of Treasurer is David Martinelli.
Congratulations to all. Each of these individuals bring a vast amount of experience and expertise to thier respective posts and will no doubt continue to represent the RI Motorcycle Association in such a way that we will all be proud to call ourselves members.

The Federal Court in New York last month issued a ruling on a case which has pitted New York motorcyclists against the State Police and their use of the "Motorcycle Only" checkpoints.
In terms of background, in 2008, the New York State Police decided to implement checkpoints that targeted motorcycles only and in the areas of and at same time as some of the biggest motorcycle rallies in the state.
The statistics from these checkpoints are staggering:
- 5,342 motorcycles passed through 17 checkpoints in 2008.
- Authorities inspected 2,278 of those vehicles.
- They made four criminal arrests
- They issued 1,064 tickets
- 365 for helmet violations
- 99 for other safety violations
- 600 for non-safety violations.
In this court challenge, brought by motorcyclists that were forced to comply with this checkpoints, it was argued that motorcycle checkpoints were a form of profiling and this type of action violated their constitutional rights.

The court disagreed and said, in part:
".......checkpoints were enacted to promote motorcycle safety, a
manifest public interest; they were effective in addressing this interest; and that any interference with individual liberties was not only minimal, but also grossly outweighed by the interest advanced." The program gave police ‚€œappropriately‚€Ě limited discretion and was ‚€œminimally intrusive,‚€Ě with evidence showing bikers were detained at most 45 minutes even when they got secondary inspections and were cited for inadequate helmets, the judge wrote.
So, what is the effect of this ruling for bikers and motorcyclists in New England? In my opinion, increased confidence for law enforcement and anti-motorcycle groups with a stake in local and state government for the development and implementation of similar programs. Once in effect, the burden would shift to us to mount our own legal challenge. While courts do look to precedent for guidance in making decisions, this decision is fresh and fortunately here in the "1st Circuit" we have judges that don't automatically follow other jurisdictions. But it is an effort adverse to our motorcycling interests and one that we as bikers and motorcyclists must start thinking about.
I cannot stress enough, the importance of supporting the Rhode Island Motorcycle Association. This is the organization that will be marshalling the effort to combat such intrusive anti motorcycle government activity. These efforts take time, public support and money.
Submitted by Paul Lancia, Esq.

12/4/11 RIMA is now secured with SSL.  Entering your your username, pasword, address and other credential is now secured via SSL, or secure sockets layer.  SSL is a mechanism for web browsers to connect to web servers and encrypt the data sent in either direction.  Notice the address in the address bar starts with https instead of http and either to the right of the address bar or at the bottom right there should be a picture of a "closed lock".  This is to let you know your data tranmission is secured.

10/21/11 added 2011 Toy Run Photos

9/4/11 added A compilation of links to studies and reports involving all aspects of highway, auto, and motorcycle safety issues. Thanks to NY Freedom Riders.

8/19/11  Added History of the Toy Run Article, Toy Run Sponsor information, and Toy Run event information.

7/12/11 New memorial page added to the site

6/7/11 RIMA board of directors approve new membership rates. Single membership was $26 now $20 and family members was $30 now $25

6/7/11 RIMA is here for you when you need us, will you be here for RIMA when we need you? Two things you can do to help. 1) Even if you can't pay $20 annually to support RIMA you can still stay informed by signing up for email alerts. 2) Register to vote. Legislatures listen when we tell them we have X number of registered voters that share our views. Learn more here.

5/4/11 Posted pictures of last weekends Bike Blessing in Providence

4/25/11 Our Deepest condolences to the family and friends of Joe Lynch aka Santa.  Joe was a board member of RIMA , advocate for Motorcyclist Rights, and President of Kryptmen MC. Arrangements for Santa, will be Friday 4-8 pm at the Duffy Funeral Home, Mendon Rd, Cumberland RI service will be Sat 11 am.

3/22/11 RIMA and Pawsox present the 2nd annual motorcycle/car show and food drive.  See the events page for full details.  Entry is one can good, proceeds go to RI Food Bank

3/22/11 RIMA has learned today 3/11/11 that the City of Newport has decided to dismiss the case against RIMA member Peter Odette. In August 2010, Mr. Odette was issued a violation notice by the Newport Police that cited him for operating a motorcycle, within the city, that did not have an original EPA noise label. With the help of Attorney Paul Lancia, Mr. Odette challenged the ordinance on the grounds that the City of Newport was attempting to override existing state noise regulations. Over the last several months Attorney Lancia has met with officials in Newport and in written arguments presented last week outlined in great detail exactly how the local ordinance violates state statute. On Friday March 11, 2011 the city informed Attorney Lancia that it would be dismissing all charges. The Rhode Island Motorcycle Association, on behalf of all bikers throughout R.I. as well as visitors from other areas, wish to congratulate and thank Attorney Paul Lancia for his fine work to date.

The job is not yet done. The battle has been won, but the war continues. The next step is to eliminate enforcement of this ordinance completely and for the City to remove it.
RIMA will contest any enforcement of this ordinance this year. If anyone receives a violation from Newport citing the EPA label as the violation contact RIMA asap.
RIMA will be meeting at the next scheduled board (Tues. 3/15) meeting to consider a legal challenge in Superior/Supreme Court on this ordinance if the City will not address the ordinance itself.


3/22/11 Recent activity on Legislation, check out our legislative page.

3/22/11 Found a pothole in need of repair? For RI state roads call 401-222-2388 and report them. Mention it's a safety hazard to motorcycles. For local city's and town's you'll need to call their town barn. If you have the numbers, let me know I'll post them as I get them. Webmaster@RIMotorcycle.com 

3/6/11 2011 Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet Photos posted

2/13/11 RIMA is looking to complete our collection of Toys for Tot's pins.  We will pay cash for the following pins.  1978,1979,1980,1981,1982,1983,1984,1985,1986,1990, 1991 Drop Senior member Steve an email at schauvette@hasbro.com

2/13/11 The February General Meeting will be held at Awards Banquet.

2/4/11 Board meeting postponed due to snow until 2/8/11, General Meeting will be held at Awards Banquet.

2/4/11  President Buddy, Vice President Pete, and Treasurer Mike announced their retirement at the end of this year.  Contact one of these officers if you're interested in holding one of these positions.  Now's the time to get educated.  See the contacts page for contact info.  Great guys, will walk you through what it takes.

1/6/2011 R.I. Motorcycle Association Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet.  Saturday February 26, 2011.  Cocktails @ 6:30, Meeting and Dinner starts @ 7:15pm Savini's Restaurant Woonsocket, RI 02895 $20/person.  Includes dinner with entertainment.  Table and 50/50 raffles.  Tickets may be purchased here at our on-line store or call 401-454-9011. Open to the public-Ticket must be purchased prior to 2/18/11

12/18/2010 Member beats battle in court,

RIMA member Norm was issued a ticket in the City of Woonsocket, RI citing him for operating a motorcycle with a loud or altered exhaust. (according to the officers personal opinion)

Norm was issued a ticket under state law  chapter 31-23-13 (see below) and issued a fine of $85.00.

Norm chose to challenge the ticket based on a couple of  factors.

1)      The motorcycle has passed all state inspections and had a current sticker

2)      No sound test was performed

3)      The statute calls for a 5 day tag, and then a fine if the bike is not re inspected and passed. 

 After going through the process, Norm reports;

 Hey Buddy, Just to let you know, I won my case yesterday. They didn’t issue a 5 day tag so the judge tossed it!!!!!!

 Happy Holiday!


12/18/2010 Reminder there will be no general meeting this month, next general meeting January 18th, 2011

11/20/2010 RIMA Events schedule for 2011

  • Annual Awards Banquet February 26, 2011 at Savini's Restaurant Woonsocket, RI 02895 $20/person

  • RIMA and Pawsox event, May 14th, 2011

  • Toys for Tots, October 16, 2011

10/4/10 The 2010 Toys for Tots Toy Run is now in the history books. As far as I could tell, we filled those 2 huge trucks to the hilt. Thanks to all that donated.
Photos can be sent to webmaster@RIMotorcycle.com

9/18/10  Buddy's Letter regarding the importance of voting and what you need to know.

9/18/10 Read the responses from various legislators here

6/14/10 No general meeting this month.

Got motorcyle related news, we'd love to hear it, send it to Webmaster@RIMotorcycle.com

6/1/10 New meeting time for both the general and board meetings.  7 PM starting tonight.

5/30/10 Woonsocket to give verbal warnings for loud noise violations, however after June 14th expect to be ticked.  First offense $100.  New Police Chief brags about hundreds of tickets handed out in Florida while he was there. See our legislative page for link to actual ordinance.

5/23/10 We will have a table setup at the Station Fire Benefit Bike Run & Block Party.  Say Hi to Joe aka "Shadow Rider", our new Membership Director.  He'll have membership applications along with RIMA appearal.  More Info

5/23/10 Extended sale on Men's Shirts also available in our on-line store Hats, Sweatshirts, Patches, and Decals.

3/1/2010 2010 RIMA events announced: May 15th Pawsox Motorcycle Challenge and Food Drive October 3 Toy Run

3/1/2010 Men's shirts and Woman's Tank Tops on sale in our store.  Hats and Decals added to our inventory. 

12/9/2009 Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet date set for February 27, 2010.  Sit down family style roast beef dinner, entertainment, table raffle and 50/50.  $25 per person.  Tickets available in our online store.

11/28/2009 1st Annual Toy Run photos provided by Senior Board member Steve Chauvette check them out.

11/28/2009 RIMotorcycle.com broadcasting RSS feed.

11/9/09 RIMA is successful in getting East Greenwich to remove the Label and OEM statements in the noise ordinance.  Read the full story here.

10/24/09 More information posted about our newsletter Click here

10/23/09  E. Greenwich will not be using the "Label Matching Program" however they have decided to use the words "Original Equipment" instead.  They will insist you use OEM parts.  We need your help, consider attending Monday's meeting, contact Buddy for more information.

10/5/09 Toy Run 2009 is now in the history books.  There were approximately 1200 motorcycles that took part.  Two 5 ton Marine Corps. trucks were filled.   Full Story

9/29/09 E. Greenwich's ordinance is still in effect through October, however we received correspondence that they will not be using the "Label Matching Program" in their final ordinance. 

9/29/09 Lincoln's town council has adopted a new ordinance.  If they can hear your vehicle past 200 ft. you could be subject to a fine.  There is no mention of the Label Match Up Program as their original proposal had suggested

9/11/09 Added public option to subscribe to news alerts.  RIMA members already get these alerts and more.

9/3/09 Toys For Tots needs your support.

8/18/09 RIMA's response to E. Greenwich's new ordinance-position paper

8/5/09 East Greenwich, RI provided us with their proposal Ordinance and the Label Matching Program they Reference.

7/29/09 East Greenwich, R.I.
The Town Council unanimously passed an emergency ordinance Monday night allowing police to pull over and levy fines against bikers if the noise rating data stamped into the chrome of the exhaust doesn't match the label on the bike. The first offense is $500. It jumps to $700 the second time $1,000 for each third and subsequent violation.
Full Story at Providence Journal, make you comments there and at our discussion site
Anyone fined or ticketed is urged to contact us.

7/29/09 In the town of Sterling, MA.  The MMA has been alerted to Motorcycle-Only "Safety Checks" which stop all Motorcycles regardless of make but no other vehicle types. Dozens of Motorcyclists have been issued citations for anything from illegal helmets to non-EPA compliant exhausts and defective safety equipment such as headlights, without concern as to the functionality of those devices and the "real" Massachusetts General Law governing such devices.

7/29/09 Justice Riders sue the city of Boston.  New ordinance requires EPA matching labels on motorcycle exhaust, whether or not the cycle is moving or parked.  If your scooter doesn't have the correct label, pay $300.  More at their site http://www.justicerider.com/Press_Releases.html 

6/13/09 Forum opened to promote public discussion and participation in RIMA

 6/4/09 Senate Bill SO133a posted.  The original was fining the motorcycle operator for not parking there, rather than fining the automobile operator for parking there.  See the Legislative page for brief description.

5/9/09 Rep. Patrick Kennedy speaks on behalf of Rhode Island Motorcycle Association supporting Motorcycle awareness.  Full Details

5/7/09 Check out the our new sweat shirts in our on-line store

5/7/09 Great turn out for Bike Blessing, photos posted.

4/29/09 The Rhode Island Motorcycle Association will provide a One Thousand ($1000) Dollar Scholarship Award to a R.I.M.A. member or to a child or grandchild of a R.I.M.A. member who is deserving and qualified to further his or her college education during the 2009-2010 academic year.  Members can login and print an application or email a request for one to webmaster@rimotorcycle.com

4/20/09 Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RI DOT) introduces 1 new commercial and 1 new banner advertisement for May's Biker Awareness month.  Also the State Safety Plan for 2009 is published on-line.  Click here for a preview.

4/13/09 In an effort to reduce costs, the board has decided to give up it's offices in Pawtucket.  The expected savings are in excess of $400 per month.  Board meetings will now be held above the Grande Law Office at 160 Plainfield St., Providence RI.  Use the side entrance, plenty of parking in rear.

4/13/09  Article about Myrtle Beach Rally click

4/11/09  RIMA still needs your help to get our 2 bills passed.  Now on the house side.  Call your House representative and let them know we would like these passed. 
More on these bills

4/5/09  RI DOT planning on Helmet Commercial to promote Helmets usage in Rhode Island.  Their communications and our responses.  Read complete details here.

3/7/2009 Annual Awards Banquet and State Meeting photos posted

3/6/2009 RIMA opens an on-line store to sell support gear.  T-
shirts and patches available now, pins and sticker this summer.

2/22/2009 RIMA posts newsletters in members only section of website.  Members must register and login to view.

2/22/2009 2009 Legislation, RIMA asks for members to voice their support on 2 bills.  Designated Parking and Right of Way Violations.  See our Legislation Page for Specifics.

1/10/2009 RIMA's Annual Awards Banquet set for February 21, 2009.  Contact a board member for tickets.  $25p.p. includes sit down Roast Beef dinner. 

1/10/2009 Website now accepting on-line memberships.

1/6/2009 RIMA's website moves to new location www.RIMotorcycle.com 

1/6/2009 General meeting location changed to 967 Manton Ave, Providence RI, 2nd floor

2007 Providence, RI Thayer street motorcycle parking limited to designated areas.  However it's been seen that autos can park in motorcycle spots without getting ticketed. 


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