written for Countyline Publications and printed in Wisconsin and Illinois Biker Information Guide Judy ” Chooch” Kaenel President, DuKane Chapter of A.B.A.T.E. of Illinois Inc. There is a poster floating around with a big bad biker on it that states “Fears No Man, Soccer Mom’s Scare Him” well, I do not fear soccer moms, I fear apathy.  For those that don’t know Apathy is the absence of interest in or enthusiasm for things generally considered moving. For me, I like to call it the “whatevah” syndrome.   There is such a lack of interest in fighting for motorcycle rights that it scares me to the core!  A.B.A.T.E. of Illinois is tap dancing hard to get bikers out there motivated again to fight for their rights and we are losing that particular fight! Here in Illinois we have won so many battles against government interference in our rights to ride free that most bikers figure “why get involved!” or “hey, we be okay!”. Well guess what sweetpea – we ain’t!  NHSTB has now release the Ten Top Most Wanted pamphlet to all the States including our supposedly fail safe state and Motorcycles are in this list! This government sponsored program is insisting that all motorcyclists wear helmets and full safety gear! I am sure you have all heard that Motorcycle Only Mandatory Safety Checks are in full swing and coming to a road near you!  You can be stopped, checked, searched and this is all under the cover of “education”! They are also dangling the carrot of cash to itty bitty towns we all love to ride through to conduct these invasive searches – and ya know what? They are biting! Hey I don’t blame them! If I had Uncle Sam giving me well needed cash to my town of 200 just to stop a few bikers? Ya see the picture Spike? Well I want motorcycle education to remain back in the hands of A.B.A.T.E. and not used as a tool from some non-riding bureaucrats dipping their greasy little hands into my rights to ride as I want to! I want to send a message to the NHSTB boys that we are not playing into their poker hand of their own personal agendas! I want to stop these unconstitutional searches! How do we all do that?  By contacting your local A.B.A.T.E. chapter or state office and saying “Hey brother, what can I do” otherwise your “Whatevah” thought process will have you wearing Kevlar and a lid faster than you can say mandatory! So whatcha gonna do? Get measured for steel enforced outfit and a shiny black helmet or are you going to join the fight with me? Call your local A.B.A.T.E. now or play the puppet for your government piper!
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