Dedicated to protecting the rights of ALL Kentucky Motorcyclist
The Kentucky Motorcycle Association was formed in 1982 under the name of the Kentucky Bikers Assoc. The name was later changed to the Kentucky Motorcycle Association/ K.B.A. to be more inclusive of all riders both on and off the road. Since that time the KMA/KBA has become the premier grassroots lobbying force in Kentucky on issues regarding motorcyclist. Through the efforts of our members we have been able to effect elections and bills moving through the KY Legislature and the US Congress. Some of the more notable accomplishments:
- Lobbying for the legislation that created the Rider Ed program here in KY in 1992.
- Sponsored legislation to make the Rider Ed program free to under 18 riders.
- Changed the mandatory helmet law in KY for riders over 21.
- Eliminating the VET (vehicle emissions testing) for motorcycles and helping other groups to eliminate all vehicles.
- Established 3 Commissions within the state to promote motorcycle safety and access. Motorcycle Safety and Education Commission dealing with Rider Ed programs and awareness of the general public.
- Motorcycle Highway Safety Commission dealing with road designs and construction. The KRTA (KY Recreational Trail Authority) dealing with off road issues.
- Crafted legislation to bring motorcyclists access to more types of insurance at an affordable price.
- Last but not least defeated multiple pieces of legislation that would have adversely affected motorcyclists.
- Work with state and local officials to promote May as Motorcycle Awareness Month throughout the state.
How We Make A Difference! The Five Steps to Freedom!
A simple plan was developed and promoted by another leader in the MRO (Motorcycle Rights Organization) movement several years back. His name was Sputnik of the Texas Motorcycle Riders Assoc II. This plan has been a guiding principle for this and similar organizations.
- Register to Vote!! You cannot make a difference if your voice is not heard at the ballot box.
- Contact your elected officials! Whether you write, call, email or see them in person. They are just regular folks just like anyone. Many of your state and local officials have regular 9-5 jobs but take time off or spend their spare time working as elected officials. Getting to know them and they knowing you will only help, however, always keep communications on a professional basis and stick to the issues and never attack a politician personally. You never want to make an enemy unless you mean to.
- Work in a campaign!! If you want to gain access to an elected official work in their campaign. They need tons of volunteers to help run their campaign. Someone that can donate time to help with phones, mailings, yard signs, etc… is more sought after than the guy with the biggest checkbook in the room.
- Become involved in the political parties!! It doesn’t matter which one you choose but get involved in the party of your choice. The KMA/KBA is a non-partisan group with supporters from both parties. They are always in need of volunteers. Once again the biggest checkbook is NOT the most important thing. This way you will meet and network with the moves and shakers within the party. You may even be asked to become a party mover and shaker yourself.
- The final step, RUN for office. You now know how the system works from the inside out. You have been a lobbyist/activist by writing letters, you have worked in a campaign and learned how they operate and then met the movers and shakers within your party that can help with other aspects of the campaign. Now is the time to run for and get elected to office yourself. This is the only way to insure our freedoms. To make sure freedom loving individuals get elected. Who better exemplifies that than motorcyclist.
How to Get Involved
The KMA/KBA is comprised solely of volunteers. As with any volunteer organization we need your help. If you have a particular talent that may help the group let us know and we can match up a task to fit your time constraints and experience. Simply show up to a meeting or call the state office to find out more.
By becoming a member, you will receive a monthly e-newsletter as well as legislative alerts and updates. Legislative seminars and activities to teach you how to protect your rights and freedoms. Membership also allows you into certain events (requiring an MRO membership) in and around the State at a sometimes free or discounted rate. All Members are enrolled in a $2000 Accidental Death Policy just by being a current member. This is provided by American Income Life who offers other products either free or at discounted rate for members only. Currently all KMA members are eligible for a discount rate through AFLAC Insurance should you choose. Other businesses across the state offer similar discounts as well.