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A Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactments

Also known as American Bikers Aimed Towards Education.

Located in Ellensburg, the heart of Kittitas Valley. Follow us on Facebook.

Planning for 2016 events

ABATE holds a number of events during the year, and we participate in other events across Washington. Check the Events page for a list of up coming events and flyers.

The 2016 Iron Horse Trail Motorcycle Show planning is well under way. Join us on Saturday, April 30, for a run through Kittitas County and on Sunday, May 1, for teh motorcycle show.

When is Motorcycle Awareness Month?

May of each year. The Kittitas County Board of County Commissioners declared May as Motorcycle Awareness Month in April 2015. According to the proclamation that ABATE supported:

Tens of thousands of Washington motorcyclists travel the roads, streets, and highways of the Evergreen State in their regular work and school commutes, and in their weekend adventures and vacation rides... Motorcyclists lack the protective armor of trucks and automobiles... it is appropriate to set aside a time to alert motorists to the number of motorcyclists on the road and to help motorcyclists become aware of the ways they can promote safety.

A new proclamation has been submitted to the Kittitas County Board of Commissioners for 2016.

What is ABATE?

ABATE is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to the Freedom of Choice. Membership is open to anyone interested in promoting freedom of the roads, whether you ride a motorcycle or not. Our goal is to educate the public and our elected representatives about motorcycle issues. Ensure your freedom by fighting anti-motorcycle legislation and promoting fair motorcycle legislation.

Our educational outreach includes hosting the annual Iron Horse Trail Motorcycle Show, providing Easter baskets for local children, providing assistance every November for the Cle Elum Red Cross blood drive, supporting community events, and supporting our local sponsors. We participate in in local and statewide motorcycle events, and hold runs and meetings throughout the year.

Community outreach:

  • FISH Community Food Bank is a beneficiary for the 2016, 2015, and 2014 Iron Horse Trail Motorcycle Show. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to FISH to support people in our community.
  • Kitttias County Friends of Animals is a beneficiary for the 2016 Iron Horse Trail Motorcycle Show. Help us support our furry friends this year.
  • Kittitas County Chapter selected Kittitas County Red Cross as the beneficiary for the 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010 Iron Horse Trail Motorcycle Show. A portion of the proceeds was donated to our local Red Cross to support people in our community. Due to changes in Red Cross priorities that lead to closing our local Red Cross chapter, ABATE has not selected American Red Cross as a beneficiary for the 2015 motorcycle show.

For more information about ABATE, see the ABOUT ABATE link or the Bylaws link.

Where can I learn to ride a motorcycle?

Washington State requires that all motorcyclists have a valid motorcycle endorsement on their license. That means that you can pass the written and driving tests given by the Department of Licensing. The really good news is that there are several training classes that you can take from independent motorcycle training schools. The certified schools use classroom materials, training exercises (ride a real bike), and live tests. In most cases, if you pass the final tests in the class, then you do not need to take a test at the DOL. Your completed paperwork from your class and $25 or so will get your endorsement.

Sidecar and Trike drivers also need an additional endorsement. Experience with 2 wheels does not equate to experience on 3 wheels. There are also classes for sidecar and trikes.

Don't take a chance - the legislature recently changed the law on driving without an endorsement. If you are stopped, the law enforcement officer can IMPOUND your motorcycle, even if it is your buddy' s bike.

One night class plus a weekend in the classroom could save you hundreds of dollars and countless hassles. Your insurance comany may offer a discount for proof of completing a safety class.

Many of the training locations also offer experienced rider classes and sidecar/trike classes.

See the ABATE Links page.

Last updated: 3/12/2016.

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