Motorcycle Rights Feature written for Countyline Publications and printed in Wisconsin and Illinois Biker Information Guide– third quarter of 2011 Dave “Chubby” Charlebois, Deputy Director ABATE of Wisconsin Inc. Brotherhood: n. the state of being a brother; a group or society of people united by a common interest; a fraternity. Every once and a while I like to see if Webster defines things the same as I do. Sometimes I think that one of us should just write a dictionary for bikers. In the biker dictionary this word alone could have a few pages dedicated to it. Now, I’m not saying that I disagree with the way Webster defined this word. I just think it means so much more. Take a little time out and think what it means to you. Brotherhood is what keeps us going. It is the essence of a bikers’ soul. In a volunteer organization like ABATE of Wisconsin, it’s the glue that binds us and the fuel that keeps us going. No matter what you ride, or what gender you are, brotherhood is always there for you. Bikers truly define brotherhood. I spend a good amount of my free time attending meetings and events all over the state. When I’m not riding or spending time with my family or working, you’ll most often find me reading something motorcycle related keeping up to speed with current legislation and public views about motorcyclists. Sometimes this can get pretty overwhelming because it seems all too often there’s something to be upset about. There is always somebody with a half-baked theory on how they can keep us all safe, happy and alive. Unfortunately, all of these theories seem to take away my freedoms. Thanks, but no thanks. So, just when I’m ready to erupt, I remember that I’m not alone. There are almost seven thousand like minded individuals that have the same fears as me. And that’s just the ones that pony up the twenty five bucks a year to stay informed as bikers. Who knows how many bikers are out there unaware that there is an organization, a brotherhood, that is already fighting for their freedoms every day. I’m proud to be an ABATE of WI member. That is enough to keep my sanity. Just knowing that I’m not alone and that someone’s got my back. If you’re not familiar with ABATE of WI, next time you see someone wearing ABATE clothing go up and ask what we’re about, we won’t bite. When we’re not having fun we’ve got our heads buried in legislative and safety issues and help the politically motivated motorcyclist preserve the freedoms we enjoy. ABATE of WI is not a club, is not limited to HD riders, and is about a lot more than just helmet laws. This year we’ve sent our legislative team to Madison to lobby for motorcycle safety funds in the state budget and to promote our enhanced penalties for irresponsible inattentive drivers that kill and injure motorcyclists. We also are the main provider of motorcycle awareness information in Wisconsin. As the summer comes into full swing and there is more to do than you can ever possibly make time for, try to take some time to visit an ABATE event. Take a few friends along and enjoy the ride. Whether it’s for a party or a meeting, take the time to introduce yourself to someone new. If you’d like to find out more about ABATE of WI or would like to join, please go to our website at or call 715-284-7415. Find out what brotherhood is all about. Hope you enjoy your summer. Try to remember those that fought so hard to build this nation and give us the freedoms that we too often take for granted. And, resolve to hold onto the freedoms we still enjoy. Until next issue…Ride Free