ABATE of South Carolina is Biker Rights.

A Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactments

ABATE of South Carolina, Inc. is the motorcyclists' rights organization of South Carolina. Our members brought freedom of choice to South Carolina bikers in June of 1980; ABATE amended South Carolina's mandatory motorcycle helmet law to allow adult freedom of choice. ABATE stands for A Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactments. Our philosophy is to defend liberty; while we do not oppose safety devices we oppose laws that mandate the usage of devices.

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Written by Fred   
Saturday, 04 January 2014 22:04
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We just moved abatesc.com to a new web server, and so got behind on updates. Here's a summary:

"Boat Mike" Williford is the new CSRA Area Cooridinator.

Janet Woodberry is the new Membership Coordinator.

John "Izzy" Isadore is the new Midlands Area Coordinator.

Be sure to welcome and thank these fine folks for stepping up to serve you, the members of ABATE of SC.

Also welcome the new Richland Chapter in the Midlands, with Sheryl "Tekgyrl" Hudson as Chapter Coorinator.

New Sponsor - PBJ's Pub & Grill PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fred   
Saturday, 04 January 2014 17:05
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Check it out here.

Please welcome Mike Czepkiewicz as the new High Area Coordinator! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Fred   
Monday, 07 October 2013 15:10
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Be sure to let Mike know how much you appreciate his stepping up and taking over from Dave "Yank" Horta, and thank Yank for his years of service!

Mike Czepkiewicz

Damion "Demon" Larrabee ride, visitation and memorial service on Thursday, Sep 19 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fred   
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 07:23
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Known to many of us as 'Demon', Damion Larrabee was a PGR member, American Legion Rider, and a member of the HABU Crew. He was also a member of ABATE of Lexington, as well as a First Responder.

In addition to all that, he was a beloved husband, father, brother, son, and friend to a lot of us.

Damion served his country in the United States Army for seven years, leaving as a Spc4.


Here is the latest information on the ride and memorial for Damion that we have:

Bikers of S.C. if you are planning to ride the last ride with Damion, here is the information. Please be there by 515pm so you can line up and be ready for KSU 530pm.

Reaper South Carolina
We are asking all bikers please report to the barnyard flea Market on hwy 1 @ 5:30pm on Thursday afternoon so that we may all escort Amanda Hedrick Larrabee to Damion Larrabee (Demon) one of our fellow falling bikers to the funeral home! Please promote Visitation is 6-8pm & the memorial service will be following right after! This will all be at Thompson Funeral Home o hwy 1! Please make this special request happen for our fallen biker! Much love to Damion (Demon)

~Whisky Girl~

Instead of flowers, memorial donations in memory of Damion Larrabee may be made at Gofundme.com:


Visitation and Funeral information is here:



Workshop at the December legislative meeting, Sat. Dec. 7, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fred   
Saturday, 14 September 2013 13:47
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From Dennis Welborn, State Legislative Coordinator:
We will be doing a workshop, for chapter LCs at the Dec legislative meeting. We will be going over Lobbying, dealing with legislators, letter writing and so forth.
Handouts and all needed materials will be provided. Lunch will be provided. All they have to do is show up, but I damned well expect them to be here.
I expect all chapter LCs to attend. The class is open to anyone who wants to come.
Note: this is on December 7th at 1 p.m., at the National Safety Council office in Columbia, the regular location for BOD and Legislative meetings.
A Test of Live Streaming the Board of Directors (BOD) meeting PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fred   
Thursday, 12 September 2013 16:10
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Some have asked about more information about the bi-monthly Board Of Directors (BOD) meetings in Columbia. While everyone is always welcome to attend, we are trying a live stream for the convenience of those that cannot make the trip to Columbia.

The first test will be Saturday, September 14, 2013 at approximately 1 p.m.

To view it, go to:ustream.tv


to watch live. We *may* take questions from the video chat, so if you have questions, submit them on that page (under Social Stream).

Let us know what you think!

New DMV rules on motorcycle beginner permit renewals PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Fred   
Friday, 12 July 2013 19:26
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Effective June 3rd, anyone that wants to renew their motorcycle beginner permit will be required to make a bona fide attempt to pass the motorcycle skills tests first. Click here to view Chapter 5 of the South Carolina Driver's Manual, which explains the motorcycle maneuvers you will be required to perform during the skills test.

Saturday service will be available on July 13 and 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in six SCDMV offices:
Aiken DMV, 1755 Richland Avenue East
Charleston DMV, 3790 Leeds Avenue
Florence DMV, 3102 East Palmetto Street
Greenville DMV, 15 Saluda Dam Road
Lexington DMV, 122 Park Road
Rock Hill DMV, 305 Hands Mill Road

From the DMV website at http://www.scdmvonline.com/DMVNew/default.aspx

Barnwell Chapter now meets twice a month PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 12 July 2013 18:55
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See the Barnwell listing for details, on our Chapters and Meetings page.

WSPA Channel 7 motorcycle awareness TV segment with Bob Baxter from MAA and ABATE of SC. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fred   
Sunday, 02 June 2013 13:17
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From WSPA.com Channel 7

"It's a trend that is pleasing to law enforcement and motorists alike. The South Carolina Highway Patrol reports fewer motorcyclist fatalities as of the end of May, than at this time last year.

Greg Ramsey lets us talk to him as he tunes up his bike at the Harley Davidson in Greenville. The lot is packed with riders just like him gearing up for a ride and taking advantage of the beautiful weather."

Read the full story here on WSPA.com

Time almost up for MAA License Plate - call Senator Larry Grooms BEFORE Wednesday, May 1st PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Fred   
Sunday, 28 April 2013 17:22
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Senate bill 532 is the one we're talking about. This is the bill that will create the "Look Twice, Save a Life" license plate by the Motorcycle Awareness Alliance (MAA), sponsored by Iron Horse Motorcycle Lawyers of Greenville. Please respectfully ask Senator Grooms to do what he can to get the bill crossed over to the House. Otherwise, the bill will be dead, and another cannot be introduced again, until 2014.

Do YOU want to wait another year for this license plate to be available? I didn't think so!

Senator Grooms contact info:

Phone: (803) 212-6400 Email: click here

Read bill S.532 yourself here

Here is the latest license plate design:

Look Twice, Save a Life license plate from the MAA

May Awareness Rally T-Shirts orders must be in by Tuesday, April 16th PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Fred   
Sunday, 14 April 2013 18:14
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Just wanted to update everyone and let them know that next week on the 16th we will be placing the order for the shirts. We also have these in black in case you don’t like the bright yellow or orange. We have attached the latest design proofs and also we will have a one of a kind mug that will be raffled. We will have these products available at the Rally between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 a.m. at the Rally start point.

~ Ralph Bell

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ABATE does not advocate riding without a helmet; ABATE advocates that you have the right to decide. ABATE does not condone drinking and driving or riding. Contributions to ABATE of South Carolina, Inc., or any of its chapters are not tax deductible.