A Call To Action Against Motorcyclist Profiling

A Message from Motorcycle Riders Foundation President, Kirk ‘Hardtail’ Willard

“As many of you know, last year the MRF assumed a new endeavor related to the unconstitutional practice of motorcycle profiling. After reports began to rise from our own membership citing instances where they felt singled out by law enforcement simply because of their appearance, apparel, or because they are simply riding a motorcycle, the MRF decided to take action.

Working with its partners within the Anti-Profiling Action Group, the MRF developed a strategy at the national level to help combat profiling, an issue that affects ALL riders and is unfortunately increasing. We know this to be true because of a survey put forth by the Motorcycle Profiling Project. In 2015, the survey found over 50% of riders across the U.S. reported being unjustifiably stopped by police at least once while riding their motorcycles. With a participation level of over 5,000 motorcyclists nation-wide, these facts and figures will help support and solidify our concerns over this issue when addressing lawmakers in Washington, D.C.

This year, the Motorcycle Profiling Project has launched another survey designed to reach an even broader audience. Like the previous survey, its results will be used as critical tools in the efforts to obtain legislative relief across the country. I am asking you to take a few moments and fill out the survey, which can be accessed by clicking on the link below. It’s completely anonymous and it’s only 15 questions. On behalf of the entire MRF membership and its Board of Directors, thank you for your support on this issue.

YOUR VOICE MAKES A DIFFERENCe AT Motorcycle Profiling Survey.

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10 Responses to “A Call To Action Against Motorcyclist Profiling”


  1. 1 rebel Feb 21st, 2017 at 11:57 am

    I bet they don’t intercept many illegal immigrants at those check points, I personally don’t think police target cruiser riders at all, now sportbike riders that’s a different story, if they are moving they are usually speeding, have a non visible tag, and likely not to have a m/c license, at least in my part of the country.

  2. 2 Boots Feb 21st, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    I also don’t think most police officers target bikers specifically, at least in the Midwest. The majority of policemen I know own motorcycles themselves. There are several local motorcycles clubs that consist of retired and active police officers.
    Its just common sense if you ride a rat bike that has several obvious mechanical problems and the rider is wearing a vest where many of the patches tell police how much they suck just might get a little more
    “attention” from law enforcement than the average motorcycle rider!

  3. 3 Chris Feb 21st, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    Got pulled over in Orlando, FL once while riding home from school through a neighborhood where the majority of residents don’t look like me. My crime? Speeding, 33 in a 30 the radar said.

    I was given a thorough shake down and sent on my way with a ticket for riding without a helmet and not having a bond posted with the State in spite of the fact that I had full coverage insurance which preempted my bond requirement. Gave the officer my insurance information and was told to show it to the Judge. Missed a morning of class to go to a court where the charge was dropped.

    Only time it has happened to me but it was enough to leave me with a less than favorable impression of Orlando’s men and women in blue.

  4. 4 Mr Steve E Roberts Feb 21st, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    I used to wear my hair long, and braided when riding. I felt unjustifiably targeted by law enforcement. I decided to go back to my military haircut and the hair-assment subsided.

  5. 5 HD Rider Feb 22nd, 2017 at 8:25 am

    Not an issue around here. If you look badass and live the life then thats part of the initiation fee. Get over it folks and quit whining or you’ll be as bad as the black lives matter cult.

  6. 6 Chris Feb 22nd, 2017 at 9:45 am

    HD Rider, are you suggesting that the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution should be modified to allow an illegal search and seizure if somebody looks sufficiently scary to a police officer?

  7. 7 blast Feb 22nd, 2017 at 9:51 am

    I’d watch that patch wearing suck stuff Swifty. I grew up with Angels in New York and now live in Pagan country by Philly. Its easy to search a post and get stomped for an alligator mouth with a humingbird ass. The man makes the patch…. The patch doesn’t make the man.

  8. 8 HD Rider Feb 22nd, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Chris,

    Stop and frisk worked very well at reducing crime in New York City until the bleeding heart liberals stopped it. I suggest the 4th amendment be interpreted a bit more pro law — maybe Trumps Supreme court will take care of this.

  9. 9 Chris Feb 23rd, 2017 at 9:27 am

    I’ve seen the data related to stop and frisk and crime rates. Certainly the crime rates in New York began plummeting in the 1990’s. One might infer that stop and frisk was the reason, but the data doesn’t seem to support that conclusion. We could argue this to eternity, but likely neither of us will change the other’s mind. Let’s just go for a ride instead. Peace.

  10. 10 bobx Feb 23rd, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    stop and frisk worked in chicago until they made the cops stop. then the already high crime rate shot up even higher.

    do nothing wrong and you generally won’t get stopped.

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