Motorcycle Clubs and Groups

Freedom of Road Riders, Inc.

Written by  March 31, 2005

Freedom of Road Riders, Inc. (FORR) is Missouri’s largest motorcycle rights organization, whose main purpose is to guard the rights of all motorcyclists; to keep you informed of laws that will help or hinder you as motorcyclists; and to promote safety, brotherhood and freedom for all motorcyclists.

FORR is not a club, but rather a not-for-profit organization made up of motorcyclists from all walks of life, who ride all types of motorcycles and with all sorts of interests. It doesn’t matter if your interests are centered on legislative activities, motorcycle shows, charity events, or motorcycle rallies; FORR has something for you.

Since its inception in 1981, FORR has had an impact on motorcycling in Missouri, and works in all areas of motorcycle rights and freedoms, and endeavor to pursue such rights as Equal Access to Riders, Anti-Health/Insurance Discrimination, Pro-Rider & Driver Safety Training, just to name a few.

Other issues FORR is involved in includes the creation of a State Safety Program with FORR training sites and instructors to help reduce motorcycle accidents, the revision of Missouri’s helmet law and to remove the serious penalties and make them comparable to seat-belt laws, to repeal Missouri’s helmet law, and to educate our legislators on other issues pertaining to motorcyclists’ rights.

You may ask yourself, “Why do we need a motorcyclists’ rights organization?” If you are aware of the effect government regulations have on our daily lives, and the recent trends of the Federal government to turn responsibility for regulation over to the States, I’m sure you see the need to have someone to represent you and to make an impact on Missouri’s legislative process to protect our rights as motorcyclists.

Some of the recent actions the State and local governments have taken that infringe on our rights as motorcyclists include requiring personal injury protection insurance coverage for motorcyclists only, banning all motorcycles from selected streets and roads, outlawing certain types of motorcycles completely, and an attempt to create a “Global” standard for motorcycle manufacturers, which could outlaw any attempts to customize your motorcycle. There is also a push for insurance regulations that allow discrimination against motorcyclists’ health coverage, liability, and uninsured/underinsured motorists.

If you are a motorcyclist, the above issues could have a direct impact on your freedom to ride, either today, tomorrow, or in the near future. One of the best ways to help protect your rights as a motorcyclist is to join FORR.

As a member, you will receive FORR’s monthly publication, The Freedom Press, and will have access to information regarding motorcycle safety, pending legislation and a role in making a change in the way the public and our legislators view motorcyclists. It is also comforting to know that you are represented by a legislative staff that is known in the State Capitol, and stays informed about all activities that may impact motorcyclists throughout the State.

Along with the legislative backing you will receive as a member, by attending your Local’s meeting, you will meet new friends and riding buddies with interests similar to your own, who also chose to become personally involved in insuring the future of motorcycling.

For more information about FORR and to find a Local near you, visit www.forr.net today. You’ll be glad you did.

By Mike Schweder