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THE HUPY AND ABRAHAM INVESTIGATOR REPORT-- I was with Jay Jackson in Michigan last weekend for the ABATE of Mich. State Seminar. I presented a workshop entitled "Activists, Regulators and Meri-go-rounds." 

He didn't attend my workshops (2) so I assume he was sitting in on some others that were going on at the same time. Mine dealt with who we are (activists, freedom fighters and grass roots lobbyists), who the regulators are and what they are doing to harm our lifestyle (EPA, NHTSA, DOT, ATF, FBI), and the meri-go-rounds mention has to do with where I think this is all going. 

I touched on the clean air act and global climate change, the myth and reality, but my final message was about autonomous vehicles, the intelligent highway system and whether or not motorcycles even fit in the picture for the future. 

My fear is the only place to ride a motorcycle in the future might be the meri-go-round at a county fair. It was well received and would have been good for Jay to attend, since I'd be interested in his opinion. I think all the ethanol scares and the bragging about keeping helmet reinstatements at bay by the MRF, etc. are false bravado. 

By 2025, all car-makers plan on manufacturing only autonomous vehicles. By 2030, the European Union wants a ban on all internal combustion vehicles. Meanwhile, Honda and BMW are already making motorcycles that can't fall over and will follow you around like a puppy dog. 

A little over 100 years ago, horse and buggy was a common site on the roads. Today, unless your Amish, there are no horse and buggies around. Is that the fate of motorcycles? 

Or are going to have to settle for an electric, autonomous cycle that just takes us where we want to go by programing some guidance computer on board. To me, that's taking a bus with handlebars, not riding a motorcycle. 

I hope I'm wrong, but I think in a generation or two, motorcycles might go the way of the dinosaurs or at least the horse and buggy. My conclusion to my seminar; keep fighting for the few rights we still have and continue on course with our legislative agenda. 

Meanwhile, as Jim Morrison said in song, "I'm going to go out and have my kicks before the whole shithouse goes up in flames."


Tony “Pan Sanfelipo
Hupy and Abraham, S.C.


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