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Old 05-16-2012, 10:00 AM   #16
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I'm a long time member, the mag is a throw away for me--but the AMA in my opinion is the best voice out there for motorcycling of all types.
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Old 05-16-2012, 10:43 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by Shuffler View Post
FWIW I also belong to COHVCO, TPA, and BRC...same reasons.
+1.. I've never read the magazine or used the benefits. To me it's all about supporting land access and legislative battles. Always try to throw a few extra bucks over the membership fee at COHVCO and BRC.

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Old 05-16-2012, 11:09 AM   #18
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Great Topic and a great cause.


(did you know there are over 120k registered OHV in CO but only 3k members to COHVCO?)

I'll use the thread to soapbox a bit.

I know (we all know) that times are not great for the economy. Unfortunately, the only folks that seem to have unlimited budgets are those lobbying to get us thrown off of public lands.

The truth is, COHVCO needs AT LEAST $100k this year to fight the fights that need a champion. I'm pretty new to the COHVCO board, but I've never seen a group do so much, with so little.

They are literally at a point of having to pick and choose which battles to fight. So to not sugar coat it, if you ever get to the point of asking "why COHVCO is not fighting something, ask "How much have I contributed to keep the wheels turning?"
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Old 05-16-2012, 12:07 PM   #19
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Over 120k registered OHVs in this State and around 3k COHVCO members is fkn pathetic.

It'd be a big help if more dealers would educate the consumer and encourage them to join one of these organizations - perhaps by offering a free membership with purchase of vehicle or gear, for example.

The day could come when there is nowhere to ride. They won't be selling too many OHVs then...
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Old 05-16-2012, 01:37 PM   #20
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Originally Posted by HellSickle View Post

10 years ago the AMA seemed to ingore off-road users and the land use issues. The focus was on fighting helmet laws. Recent evidence indicated that they are making land use issues a priority.
One big plus on what HellSickle wrote. State off-hwy groups work well for keeping state politicos in line.

But the AMA can lend a big hand on the state level and they can work for our rights on a national level.

I am amazed at the network of groups needed to advocate for our right to access public lands. It just doesn't make sense to me.

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Old 05-16-2012, 01:51 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by Shuffler View Post
It's worth it to me. They lobby hard for our rights and work to derail anti-moto legislation around the country, among other things ... I don't have time for that so I have no problem giving them a pittance every year to do it for me. And, I enjoy the magazine.

FWIW I also belong to COHVCO, TPA, and BRC...same reasons.
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Old 05-16-2012, 01:55 PM   #22
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I'm in......

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Old 05-16-2012, 02:02 PM   #23
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For those of you who may not know, Colorado has the first official dual sport chapter of the AMA (at least I think it's the first). It was recently established by a group of FFs who had too much fun at the RMAR and WestFest events of the past couple of years, led by John Lane (ADV handle is Big_John). The name of the chapter is the Rocky Mountain Adventure Riders (RMAR - yes they reused the same acronym), and they do a lot of fundraising for COHVCO, TPA and others.

Here's a link to some info about the chapter, which probably has links to other info. WIth a chapter, we can get insurance coverage for some of our events that were getting bigger and more formal, in addition to advocating for OHV and collecting donations for the groups working to protect trail access.

There's an RMAR rally the week after WestFest this year, and I think the folks will also be at the COHVCO event in Meeker around the 4th of July. They'd love to share stories ...
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Old 05-16-2012, 02:22 PM   #24
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Some good advocacy coming from them. They could use the support. Along with any other OHV alliances you can afors to join.
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Old 05-16-2012, 04:29 PM   #25
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I won't rehash what others have said, but I save over $49/yr as an AMA member just at

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Old 05-16-2012, 08:29 PM   #26
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Yep, Stan "the man" Simpson. It's like riding with the John Wanye of dirtbikes. He was at the front of the clearing caravan pointing foreward at a tree sayin "biiiig saw!" I'll never forget that day of riding with him . . .

I don't have enough time to lobby BS in congress so AMA, COHVCO, TPA all the way!
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Old 05-17-2012, 04:50 AM   #27
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Old 05-17-2012, 04:54 AM   #28
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Every motorcycle rider should be a member of the AMA. They fight for our rights in many many ways.
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Old 05-17-2012, 05:45 AM   #29
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I was an AMA member for 25 years, let it lapse a year or two ago... will re-up again soon.
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Old 05-17-2012, 09:40 AM   #30
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