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Published on July 5th, 2017 | by David "Double D" Devereaux


ABATE of Pennsylvania Turns Their Back on Motorcycle Clubs

ABATE of Pa. Mercer County Chapter is holding its 39th Annual Kickin’ it in the Stix Poker Run in Transfer, Pa July 7-9, 2017. Although the excerpt on the ABATE of Pa. Mercer County Chapter Facebook page post says “Everyone welcome” the event Flyer makes it clear that “no colors” are allowed.


ABATE is supposed to stand for the ideals of motorcycle rights, including freedom of expression and association. To ban motorcycle club colors at an ABATE event is antithetical to these ideals and runs counter to the historical origins of ABATE and the motorcycle rights movement.


Club members started ABATE in most states. Currently, many patch holders are members of ABATE and regularly attend ABATE functions in many states. Clubs and ABATE are also working together well in many states and even at the federal level.


The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF), an organization largely made up of ABATE chapters nationwide, is committed to combating motorcycle profiling and discrimination against motorcycle club colors. In 2015, ABATE of Pa. was advocating for HB 1580, an anti- motorcycle profiling bill that 47 legislators sponsored. How can the current ABATE of Pa. be so far off the mark relative to their own advocacy in 2015, the rest of the country, the movement’s mission, and constitutional liberties?


The MPP has worked with independents and ABATE members all over America that are passionately dedicated to fighting discrimination. Motorcycle profiling and discrimination is a motorcycling problem, not just a club problem. The MPP is appalled that an ABATE event in any state would ban motorcycle club colors or that a paying membership would not stand up and immediately demand a change in policy.


It’s bad enough having to combat government and law enforcement discrimination. But when an organization that exists to educate and protect the rights of motorcyclists turns their back on motorcycle clubs it is a sign that something is very wrong in Pennsylvania.


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7 Responses to ABATE of Pennsylvania Turns Their Back on Motorcycle Clubs

  1. Avatar Travis Badesheim says:

    What the hell, Pennsylvania?
    Seriously, I want to know what the hell is going on there?

  2. Avatar Jimi R says:

    I just talked to the man “Butch” whose name is on the flyer and according to him, ABATE of PA has a “no hard colors” policy and it has always been this way..One can wear a t-shirt with a MC on it, but not on a vest..As a new ABATE member, I will never renew my membership here…

  3. Avatar Ken Mcclelland says:

    All I can say is ,Oh Wow !!!!!!
    I think they mean showing of there biker Groups. They are probably more than welcome to go, BUT THERE CLOTHING IS NOT.

  4. Avatar Anonymous says:

    Just another example of the spineless cowards that are overrunning this country. A bunch of sheep who aren’t willing to stand for themselves let alone anything else. What will they do when there’s a knock on their door threating their values, their beliefes? If they even have any of their own.. Wake up folks and think !!! Hopefully they have an absolutely lousy turnout for their functions and they wake up some how .

  5. Absolutely absurd! This is almost sacrilegious. ABATE’s foundation is based upon freedom of rights for ALL motorcyclists. Even the run flyer is idiotic – How can you be open to the public!!! – Almost like they are thinking no one will see it stated down in the corner.

    ABATE State Board Chairman

  6. Avatar Mark Karsonovich says:

    I grew up in Mercer county and I’m a proud patch holder in the US military Vets Motorcycle Club. I’m greatfull for this article and appalled at the PA ABATE. It’s reprehensible that a motorcycle rights organization discriminate against patch holders. The entire poker run should banned.

  7. Avatar Joseph Johnson says:

    All changes are started by people who have the courage to stand up for their rights, not people who are afraid of rocking the boat! They enjoy the results, but are afraid to stand and be counted. By turning their backs on patch holders, ABATE has joined the ranks of those who would pick and choose who they want to be associated with, without considering the help they would receive from the many!!!

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