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Membership: Positive change through growth

Protect your right to ride and race

Opponents of motorcycling are hard at work trying to take away our freedoms. They want to stop you from riding down streets, on public land or even in your own back yard.

Insurance companies want to jack up your rates and blacklist certain bike styles right off the road. Some officials talk about shutting down race tracks.

The fact is, motorcyclists face dis-crimination and the threats of discriminatory laws every day. Motorcycle-only check-points, for example, are happening now. These attacks on our freedoms must stop.

As the nation’s longest-standing and most respected organization protecting your right to ride and race, the AMA is the strongest advocate for the motorcycling freedoms you deserve.

But we need political clout to fight for motorcyclists’ rights, and we gain that political clout by having members.

A lot of members.

The more members we have, the more powerful we are. That’s because our only defense against the many threats to motorcycling is the strength we derive by banding together. Politicians understand strength in numbers.

We proved that recently with a landmark victory, when the AMA and our members played an important role in passing federal legislation that lifted the misguided nationwide ban on the sale of kids’ off-highway vehicles. It almost didn’t happen.

Without the involvement of everyone in the riding community—from motorcycle and ATV industry officials to very young riders—this victory couldn’t have happened.

Our fight for motorcyclists’ right to ride and race continues every day. For example, right now the AMA is urging federal transportation officials to end the grant program that gives states money for motorcycle-only checkpoints. These checkpoints single out riders and are discriminatory.

We need you to help us fight for the rights of every motorcyclist in your club, or every racer on your track. We need you to encourage others to join the AMA so that our strong voices are heard from the local village council to state governments to Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., demanding our motorcycling freedoms not be taken away.

In addition to representation in local, state and federal government, the AMA offers something for everyone from individual riders to clubs to families. More members means more clout so we can fight important battles for all of us who love riding and racing, and for future generations.

The American Motorcyclist Association is only as effective as its members. That dependency extends to the State Chapters. Because of that, membership growth must be a major element of everything we do.

More membership means more clout in state capitals, greater acceptance from local communities and a broader base of support and potential volunteer resources to effect change that improves motorcycling and defends our right to ride.

Of course, membership is not just a one-way street. Membership in the AMA has significant benefits that extend beyond mutual support. From available AMA Roadside Assistance to product and service discounts to access to AMA-sanctioned events to American Motorcyclist magazine, becoming a member of the AMA has benefits that far exceed the annual membership dues that support the organization that supports our right to ride.

As you develop strategies to organize motorcyclists in your state, please remember to stress the need for them to become members of the AMA. Not only will their small commitment personally invest them in our shared mission, but it will provide tangible support that will strengthen the AMA and, in turn, local and state groups that are the face of everything we do.

Motorcyclists may join the AMA by calling (800) 262-5646 or by clicking here.

Additional membership resources are provided through the links on this page. You also may access the AMA Membership Brochure. For additional tools, please see the Resources & Forms section of this website.

Thanks for your help growing AMA membership. Together, we all can make this a better world for motorcyclists.

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