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Old 12-10-2012, 10:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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AMA Membership??

Anyone a member and your thoughts??

And just as much a "what can I put into it??" kinda question as much as "what's in it for me??", which I doubt is much at all.
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I've been a member for years. Depending upon your membership level or whether you sign up for three yrs at a time you can get free road side assistance. But, the major reason to join is not receiving their mag, but to support an organization that fights and lobbies for the rights of motorcyclists of all ages and venues of riding. It's the only national organization that I belong to. Not saying they are perfect, but are you going to fight for your continued right or ability to ride a bike on public roads, macadam or dirt? There are a great number of folks that would like to see motorcycles disappear from the scene or would like to limit your ability to ride. And, the AMA has fought hard and long to make killing a motorcyclist not just a misdemeanor and a slight fine in an accident, but a vehicular manslaughter offense.
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Old 12-11-2012, 12:47 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I ama member, have been for years. I don't race, but I do support the views of the AMA. As stated above, it's the only organization fighting to keep bikes on the road and in the dirt. As a side benefit, I usually recoup the annual fee from the discounts I receive from hotel chains.
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Old 12-11-2012, 05:29 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Naturally.
You get a swell magazine and your dues help to support AMA's defense of motorcyclist rights.
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Old 12-11-2012, 07:02 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Member for quite some time. I don't always share their political views, but they do lobby for motorcyclist's rights. They also have free roadside assistance if you auto renew by credit card, and offer a 10% at Bike Bandit and some hotel chains. Occasionally, Bike Bandit has OEM parts at 20% off, and you can tack the 10% on that.
Membership, if you put nothing else into it, gives the AMA numbers to tout to politicians when lobbying, and $ to lobby with.
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Old 12-11-2012, 07:20 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I've been a member for about five years now. I don't always agree with their politics, but they are very good at lobbying for the rights of motorcyclists.
I've used the roadside assistance once. It's worth the $50 per year.
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I joined this year when Cycle Gear was giving away a gift card and some swag for joining, haven't used any of the benefits yet but they are good to have. Also glad they only send the one magazine every now and then... folks I know who joined the NRA get so much spam mail in their box it is ridiculous.
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Thanks for all your replies, I think I'll go ahead and sign up.
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Problem with these single-issue advocacy groups is they need to exagerate the opposition to keep their membership fired up and money coming in. I really don't want to be barraged with "they want to take our motorcycles away" because that's not true. Or even "they won't let us ride in the national forests" or "they want to make us wear helmets", because that doesn't worry me much.

I quit another advocacy group because they catered to the fringe of the group so much that it became embarrassing and in no way represented my more moderate views. Don't know if AMA is as bad, but a quick look at the top item on their Legilative Alert page shows their oposition to wetland protection laws because it could limit where people can ride. I value wetland protection over riding, even though I love riding dirt in the USFS. So what to do?

I just signed up for their Legislative Alerts, if after a while they don't seem too fringe I'll probably join. Don't need the roadside service, I have that included in my Progressive insurance package.
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