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10/25/2013 IMPORTANT NOTICE HARLEY
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.
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
IMPORTANT NOTICE SUZUKI RECALL
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
10/22/2013 New member to
member discount program here
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
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
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
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.
Motorcycle Parking Initiative
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
Motorcycle Parking Locations:
Adolf Myer Building
Barry Hall and Simpson Hall
Benjamin Rush Building
Louis Pasteur Building
Stedman Government Center
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
2012 Toy Run has passed see local
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.
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
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
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.
Championed by the Rhode Island Motorcycle
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.
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
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
Memorial Day Run
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
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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,
Elected to the post of President is Lou
Elected to the post of Vice President is
Elected to the post of Recording
Secretary is Lucille Meehan.
Elected to the post of
Treasurer is David Martinelli.
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.
LEGAL IN NEW YORK COURT CHALLENGE
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.
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
- 365 for helmet violations
- 99 for
other safety violations
- 600 for non-safety
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.
disagreed and said, in part:
enacted to promote motorcycle safety, a
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
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
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
compilation of links to studies and reports
involving all aspects of highway, auto, and motorcycle
safety issues. Thanks to NY Freedom Riders.
History of the Toy Run
Toy Run Sponsor information, and Toy Run event
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.
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.
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF DEFENDANT’S
3/22/11 Recent activity on
Legislation, check out our
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.
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.
Drop Senior member Steve an email at
2/13/11 The February General Meeting will be held at Awards
2/4/11 Board meeting postponed due to snow until
2/8/11, General Meeting will be held at Awards
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
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.
chose to challenge the ticket based on a couple of
The motorcycle has passed
all state inspections and had a current sticker
No sound test was
The statute calls for a 5
day tag, and then a fine if the bike is not re inspected
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!!!!!!
12/18/2010 Reminder there will be no
general meeting this month, next general meeting January
11/20/2010 RIMA Events schedule for
Annual Awards Banquet February 26,
2011 at Savini's Restaurant Woonsocket, RI 02895
RIMA and Pawsox event, May 14th,
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.
can be sent to
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
6/14/10 No general meeting this month.
Got motorcyle related news, we'd love to hear it,
send it to
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
5/23/10 Extended sale on Men's Shirts also available
in our on-line
Hats, Sweatshirts, Patches, and Decals.
3/1/2010 2010 RIMA events announced:
May 15th Pawsox Motorcycle
Challenge and Food Drive October 3
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.
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.
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
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