Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

7th Annual Christian Bikers Workshop - Kansas City, Missouri

Written by  January 31, 2012

The 7th Annual Christian Biker Workshop was presented by the Kansas City Chapter of Cycle Disciples M/C on Saturday, January 7, at the Education Building on the campus of Calvary Bible College and Theological Seminary. Around 40 motorcycling believers were in attendance to share fellowship, faith, and the love of motorcycles.

After an opening prayer, Teddy Bitner, a.k.a. Colonel, began the program with a welcome and announcements. He introduced the first speaker, Terry “T.J.” Hummel, an Air Force veteran and a Patrot Guard Riders Senior Ride Captain, one of twelve in the state of Missouri. T.J. explained that the Patriot Guard Riders is a diverse group who share an unwavering respect for those who risk their lives to preserve America’s freedom and security. Membership is free and open to all with respect being the only prerequisite. One does not have to be a motorcyclist nor a veteran to join P.G.R. The organization’s main mission is to attend the funeral services of fallen American heroes as invited guests of the family. Each mission has the objectives of showing respect for our fallen heroes, their families, and their communities and to shield the mourning family and their friends, using legal and non-violent means, from interruptions created by any protestor or group of protestors. T.J. provided information about what goes on during missions and how they are organized. At the end of his talk, T.J. accepted the 2012 Kickstand Award on behalf of the Patriot Guard Riders organization. Each year the Cycle Disciples present the award to an individual or group in recognition of significant contributions to the motorcycling community. Previous recipients of this honor include Ralph Wayne Blackmore, Guy Girratano, Kim Suter, Bill McCormack, Ray Worth, and Richard and Connie Kephart.

The next speaker on the agenda was Chris “Cookie” Cook who is a motorcycle safety instructor and a student at Calvary. Chris’ safety presentation focused on emergency braking. He explained the effect of the forward weight shift on the effectiveness of the front and rear brakes. Chris talked about proper methods for brake application and showed some great video demonstrating front and rear tire skids.

The Colonel then updated the audience on the latest news concerning legislation affecting motorcyclists. Each item on the Missouri list had the status of “failed upon adjournment” meaning that the bills died as a result of inaction. A detail of the bills appears at the end of this article. Next, the group compiled a list of upcoming Kansas City events.

Concluding the program, Bill McCormack of God’s Wheels M/C spoke about one-on-one witnessing. Bill has extensive experience in dealing with bikers from all walks of life. His honesty and genuine compassion inspire all who hear him speak.

As always, attending the workshop was a worthwhile and uplifting experience. We appreciate everyone who took part in the program and thank the Cycle Disciples for hosting the event.

Article and photos by Stripe

Missouri 2011 Legislative Activities
•SB 28 - Relates to protective headgear for operation of motorcycles or motor-tricycles. - [Failed Upon Adjournment – 5/30/2011]

•HB 865 - Allows motorcycle operators and passengers 21 years of age or older to operate or ride on motorcycles or tricycles without protective headgear from August 1 through August 21st of each year. - [Failed Upon Adjournment – 5/30/2011]

•HB 782 - Designates the month of May as Motorcycle Awareness Month in Missouri. - [Failed Upon Adjournment – 5/30/2011]

•HB 638 - Replaces the Motorist Insurance Identification Database Act with the Insured Vehicle Identification Network Act to track insured motorists, identify uninsured motorists, and maintain statewide data. - [Failed Upon Adjournment – 5/30/2011]

•HB 595 - Changes from 6 months to 60 days the period of time that a temporary motorcycle permit is valid. - [Failed Upon Adjournment – 5/30/2011]

•HB 549 - Prohibits the use of global positioning systems or other technology to monitor the mileage traveled by any motor vehicle in order to impose any mileage tax - [Failed Upon Adjournment – 5/30/2011]

•HB 355 - Requires every applicant for a motorcycle license or endorsement to show proof that he or she has successfully completed a motorcycle training course - [Failed Upon Adjournment – 5/30/2011]

•HB 114 - Requires only persons younger than 21 years of age to wear protective headgear when operating or riding as a passenger on any motorcycle or motor-tricyle - [Failed Upon Adjournment – 5/30/2011]

National Legislative Initiatives
•HR 3199: On October 14, 2011, Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) introduced H.R. 3199. This bill would require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to seek independent scientific analysis on the effects of 15 percent ethanol blend (E15) gasoline.

•HR 1996: On November 17, 2011, the House Committee on the Judiciary, chaired by Representative Lamar Smith (R-Tex.), voted 19 – 14 to report favorably H.R. 1996, the 'Government Litigation Savings Act.' This legislation prevents abuse of the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA) by large anti-access groups and others who frequently challenge the federal government in court.

•HR 2715: On Friday, August 12, 2011, President Obama signed H.R. 2715 into law (Public Law 112-28). H.R. 2715, introduced by U.S. Reps. Mary Bono Mack (R-CA) and G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), exempts kids' off-highway vehicles (OHVs) from the lead law that was scheduled to effectively ban the sale of those machines at the end of the year.

•HR 748: On February 28, 2011, Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) introduced H.R. 748. This bill would prohibit the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from authorizing the use of gasoline containing greater than 10 percent ethanol in certain vehicles.