Is AMA Worth It?

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by Narsisco Lopez, May 16, 2012.

  1. Narsisco Lopez

    Narsisco Lopez Addlepated

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    Just got my annual plea from AMA... $49 bucks a year (if I sign-up for 3 years). The State Farm motorcycle coverage and towing reimbursement I have is pretty damned good and I've got a lot of other plans that give me pretty good discounts while traveling.

    So, other than the magazine, member-access to their website goodies, and the sticker, is there some other benefit to an AMA membership that makes $49 bucks a year worth it?
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  2. Shuffler

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    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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  3. RockyMtnScotsman

    RockyMtnScotsman Been here awhile

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    I joined COHVCO instead of AMA but I'm interested to see what responses this thread gets.
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  4. Merfman

    Merfman Trustin' my cape...

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    Years ago, I would have said "no". I was a member solely because it was required to race. In the last few years however, they seem to have taken a turn to address the issues that are important to me, YMMV. That said, and as Shuffler said, they fight a fight I no longer have time for, so yea, I'm in and this year will be my 25th. And, I enjoy the magazine as well... I'm a COHVCO member too.
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  5. RacerXS

    RacerXS Been here awhile

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    The biggest reason to join the AMA is because they protect your right to ride first & foremeost, they also organize tons of cool ride & races that otherwise would not happen, and keep our off road trails protected from the enviro nazi's.

    Everything else is just a bonus IMO....
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  6. Narsisco Lopez

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    Good info... I hadn't thought about the lobbying side of it.
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  7. HellSickle

    HellSickle Scone Rider

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    +1

    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.
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  8. Shuffler

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    Gitana A work in progress

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    I just got my plea as well. I'm glad to read these comments, having never joined previously. The lobbying piece makes it worth it to me.
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  10. Merfman

    Merfman Trustin' my cape...

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    Jeff, I agree 110%! IMHO, I can pinpoint the day that started: The day Stan Simpson became Chairman of the board!
    I met Stan on the CO500 so I knew his mindset and only hoped he'd bring it with him to the AMA. I have not been disappointed and I truly believe that he's the reason the AMA made the turn... or maybe they made the turn and he was brought along... either way, it's working now and that's MY major concern!
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    oio Been here awhile

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  12. NMTrailboss

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    :nod

    I'm a lifetime AMA member as well as BRC, NMOHVA and others. As stated previously, I don't have the time to actively fight these issues other than a few letters, emails and attending the occasional USFS or BLM meetings, so the price to stay a member of these organizations is well worth it to me...and as stated above, everything else is just a bonus! :thumb
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  13. Deano955

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    Ditto to what the others have said. AMA has been actively advocating OHV access and issues in addition to road riding.

    I'll add that my main reason to join is that there are way more organizations that would like to close trails, forest roads, etc. and designate those areas Wilderness/ Gems/ etc. than there are groups to protect our right to use them. Those organizations (Sierra Club to name one) are more organized and mobilized with much greater resources than AMA, COHVCO, TPA etc. could possibly dream of. Hell the money REI gives to Sierra Club each year alone totally eclipses COHVCO's operational budget.

    If I recall correctly, AMA has around 250,000 members nation wide. COHVCO has around 2000. Pitiful numbers given the amount of people that own and ride motorcycles, atv's etc.

    In my opinion, if you even remotely enjoy riding motorized vehicles (even mountain bikes) off highways or on then you should join every pro-moto organization you can afford. Everybody should.
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  14. Shuffler

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    I've met people who piss and moan about losing access/trails. I ask them if they're members of the AMA, COHVCO, etc. and the answer is "no". I pitch them a value proposition of why they should join, but I can't force them.

    I can't believe folks will shell out money for an expensive hobby, but can't justify the small amount of dues for organizations that work hard to preserve our right to ride.
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  15. cliver

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    Like many others on this site I joined the AMA over 30 years ago primarily to participate in AMA sanctioned events. Over this time we have seen the AMA transform itself into a much more focused advocate for motorcyclists rights. I have had the good fortune of working with Stan Simpson, Chairman of the Board, on a couple of fund raising events for the Trail Preservation Alliance. Stan is totally committed to promoting a positive agenda for all riders. His passion has extended through the organization starting with the President, Rob Dingman. The appointment of Wayne Allard was another significant hire that will really improve the effectiveness of the AMA lobbying effort.

    As a group we motorcyclists do a poor job of funding organizations that promote our sport, especially compared to the anti access groups. We need to promote the AMA, as it is the largest and most effective organization protecting
    our sport. Considering the Membership dues are less that one motorcycle tire there should be no hesitation in joining the AMA.

    Thank You
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  17. thump_co

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    +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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  18. Rodzilla

    Rodzilla Horny as Hell

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    Great Topic and a great cause.

    THANKS TO ALL OF YOU THAT ARE COHVCO MEMBERS!!!!

    (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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  19. Shuffler

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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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  20. Hair

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    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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