My partners & I of
(BFB) have been called Bikers or Scooter Trash for a lot of years.
I remember many times in the past when my Wife and I would be riding our
Sometimes as we pulled into a Bar, Restaurant or a Hotel they would close the
and hang a Closed sign in the Window or a No Vacancy sign would light up.
If we did manage to get in the door of some of these places with our leathers
We might sit in the Back Area next to the Kitchen for 30 min. waiting for
Many times in past I was well known for calling for the manager and asking
Why were we being ignored.
Most of the time the Manager would say we are
But sometimes you could see it in there eyes,
"They did not want us at there Place of Business!"
This was the main
reason for building & publishing the (BFB) Web Site.
We wanted a place to list and promote a group of real Biker Friendly Bars &
That a Motorcycle rider could feel comfortable at and be treated with respect.
But we do not list
Biker Friendly Bars on (BFB) so you can find a good place to get drunk
and ride off on your Bike. Always use good judgment when riding a motorcycle.
Anyone willing to work with me on building an
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13NR02 - MRF News Release - Definition of a Motorcycle
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
16 January 2013
Contact: Jeff Hennie, Vice President of Government Relations
and Public Affairs
Definition of a Motorcycle
What is a motorcycle anyway?
We all know what a motorcycle is, ; question is do we know what is not a motorcycle?
I am not trying to intentionally confuse you, this is a serious question. Look around and you
will see many two, three and sometime even four wheeled vehicles all carrying a motorcycle
license plate that vaguely resemble a motorcycle
The motorcycle vehicle category has become a catch all for misfit vehicles that are not
traditional cars. This has led the Federal government to refine what a motorcycle is when it
comes to accident reporting. The definition in the past has been as loose as "a vehicle with
two or three wheels in contact with the ground that is designed to carry one or two
The problem with that definition is that it makes no mention of enclosures, riding position
over seated position, seat belts, and other add-ons that may fit the definition, but is clearly
not a motorcycle. In and around Washington DC I have personally noticed vehicles that bear
a motorcycle license plate that have a full enclosure, windshield wipers, bench seating, seat
belts, doors and windows.
I realize that we are not talking about a great number of vehicles here but it's important to
delineate these vehicles as something other than a motorcycle. Why? Because the
motorcycle fatality column on safety reports do not need any additional numbers.
We need to make sure that these vehicles remain separate from the motorcycle category.
The Federal definition did improve upon the old definition but falls short in some ways.
They created new categories that include break out groups for mopeds, Segways, scooters,
motorcycles and motorcycles with enclosures. This gives the States a little more structure
when defining two and three wheeled vehicles. But in my opinion anytime a three wheeled
vehicle has doors, windows, and a steering wheel, it's definitely not a motorcycle anymore.
Picture those European and Asian delivery trucks that have one wheel up front and two in
the rear. Under the Feds standards those could be considered a motorcycle-with enclosure.
We still have some work to do.
Sign the Petition!
A White House petition to ban motorcycle only road side checkpoints has been
created. The petition asks the White House to end the funding of the roadside
checkpoints. You may be aware that President Obama began his "We The People"
initiative back in September of 2011. The idea is that anyone can submit a petition to
the White House and if that petition gets more than 25,000 signatures on the website
within 30 days the White House will take an official look at the idea and give it an
Nothing more is promised than a response. Even if the petition gets 1,000,000 signers, it is
still a non binding system. The "We The People" has been used for some serious items such
as this, but has also been used to mock some ideas. One such petition asked the White
House to build a "Death Star", Darth Vader's weapon of mass destruction in the Star Wars
movies. The response from the White House on that one? Not gonna happen.
But this is a serious issue. So take a minute to voice your opinion on the checkpoints by
signing this position. The deadline is February 7, 2013.
We dropped the
helmet Bill this
morning and we have
been issued Bill
share with all
members and also
check the list of
Sponsors and have
signed on yet to
sign on. They can
when you provide
them the Bill
the (BFB) Logo Be your Guide
To find Real Biker Friendly Bars and more.
That Treat You With Respect!
All of the Places listed on this Site are 100% Biker Friendly.
The Only way a place can get Listed on this Website
is by supporting our functions, events and parties
with Fair, reasonable prices, good Food or Drinks
Service with a smile.
The Down Rider
Foundation is made up of motorcyclists
and enthusiasts just like you, who embrace the
thrill of the road – and who responsibly accept
the risks inherent in riding. These enthusiasts
have formed a non-profit organization dedicated
to helping injured motorcycle riders through the
short-term financial stress that often
accompanies an injury accident.
We provide prompt
short-term financial assistance to motorcycle
riders who have been injured while riding,
through no fault of their own, so that they can
keep a roof over their heads, food on the table,
and have basic transportation to get to the
doctor until they can get back on their feet.