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!
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)
Instead of flowers, memorial donations in memory of Damion Larrabee may be made at Gofundme.com:
Visitation and Funeral information is here:
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:
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!
Watch this 35-minute documentary produced by the major cell phone companies.
Read more at the website:
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 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."
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
Here is the latest license plate design:
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.
Here is the current products sheet and also what I currently have on hand right now. Thanks again for helping with spreading our message around. Remember we will have products setup at the May Awareness Rally between 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. so let me know if there is anything you want to hold.
Please welcome this new Chapter to the ABATE of SC family. Chuck Little is the Chapter Coordinator. Meeting, location and contact info is available in the CSRA section of the Chapters and Meetings page.
The first annual Bikes on the Border is now a week behind us and judgeing by the evaluations it was a huge success. I want to thank everyone who attended and helped make it as enjoyable and informative as it was. I want to send a special thanks to Jeff Hennie with the Motorcycle Riders Foundation who took his time to come down and give us a presentation concerning federal issues affecting motorcyclists. I also want to thank ABATE of South Carolina for providing a fantastic hospitality suite.
For those who were unable to attend, Bikes on the Border was a social and informational gathering of motorcyclists from Virginia and the Carolinas. In addition to Jeff's presentation we had sessions focusing on the CDC's recent motorcycle safety study, accident scene preservation, and knowing your rights during a traffic stop. From the feedback that we have received everyone seemed to find the sessions informative and enjoyable.
We have already started planning for next year's Bikes on the Border. Our venue will most likely change but it will still be along the border of North and South Carolina so we can keep our name. Some of you on this list should expect to be contacted about being session presenters. We have a wealth of knowledge among us and it needs to be shared.
Some of you expressed an interest in receiving copies of the PowerPoint presentations. If you wish an electronic copy of any of the PowerPoint presentations please send me a request identifying which presentations you want. I will get them to you ASAP.
Thanks again to all who attended. I look forward to seeing you next year.
GREENVILLE, S.C. -
Kay Nicholls is a mom on a mission, one she couldn't have imagined nearly three years ago. "It was June 17, 2010," the Greenville mother remembers. "His last words were 'bye mama, I love you'", she says through tears. That was the day Nicholls lost her son, Daniel. The 23 year old, a motorcycle lover, went out to meet friends in Greer and never came home. "He was killed less than a mile from our house," Nicholls says.
In coping with her pain, Nicholls found a new passion that aims to keep others, like her son, safe on the roads. "I had to find a new direction," she says. Now, she heads up the Greenville chapter of the Motorcycle Awareness Alliance. The group began several years ago in Anderson County, and recently has added chapters in Greenville, Laurens, and Oconee Counties.
"We are very pleased to announce that the Bill to create a motorcycle awareness specialty plate drafted by Iron Horse Motorcycle Lawyers in conjunction with the Motorcycle Awareness Alliance has been introduced into the SC Legislature by Senator Ross Turner of Greenville. Please contact your local Senator, Representative and Governor Haley asking for their support of the Bill. We would like to have it approved in time for the Governor to sign it into law on May 1 for Motorcycle Awareness Month."
The bill is here:
Contact your South Carolina State Senator and ask for their support of Senate bill S.532
and fill your Address, City and Zip code, and click "Find Legislators"
- South Carolina Motorcycle Statutes
- Membership Applications - A request from the State Membership Coordinator
- New CWC (Cayce West Columbia) Chapter
- Other BOD and Contact changes
- New State Secretary - Sheila "Tekgyrl" Hudson
- NC bill H. B. 109 - Adult Freedom of Choice - introduced February 14, 2013
- H3231 Equal Access Bill hearing, Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 3 p.m., Blatt Building Room 433
- State BOD and Legislative meeting location has changed
- Gary King is now the Newsletter Editor
- North Carolina Helmet victory
- Lake Murray Chapter has a new Chapter Coordinator, Tom Casbon
- Ty Osborne is the new Southern Low Country Area Coordinator
- New mailing address for ABATE of SC
- Chad Fuller is our new Public Relations officer.
- New Motorcycle Awareness Alliance (MAA) Chapter in Laurens County