The Virginia Bikers Association (VABA) got its start after a benefit ride for Karen Goad, a dedicated motorcyclist from Hiawassee, VA, who had terminal cancer. This ride evolved to the annual Hilly Haven ride that benefits Saint Jude Kids.
We had several issues with discrimination against motorcycles in this area of the state. The handlebar height law had been amended, yet local police were attempting to issue tickets for too high handlebars. In addition, motorcyclists were being harassed for ambiguous exhaust and helmet infractions.
On August 6th, 2005 the Virginia Bikers Association became an official State Motorcycle Rights Organization (SMRO) by registering with the State Corporate Commission as a non-profit 501(c) corporation.
Our objectives as a SMRO were to protect the rights of those who ride and to promote family oriented, fun motorcycle activities.
We have worked hard on key motorcycle issues including license structures for motorcyclist, helmet statutes, rights for handicap motorcyclist, and discrimination against motorcyclist for not being able to use public, tax-supported property like parking garages. The list goes on.
Some of the bills we have been successful in helping get implemented have been: allowing modulating brake-lights, riding two abreast, treating a red light as a stop sign if it does not change after 2 minutes, prohibiting motorcycle-only checkpoints,
VABA meets monthly on the 2nd Tuesday of every month in Hillsville, VA at 6:30 p.m. We welcome anyone to attend. Remember – together we have a strong voice, but separate we are weak.
We have two planed rides each month during riding season, which are chosen by our members.
Dues in the VABA are $20.00 per person, $30.00 per couple, and $35.00 for the family. We also have lifetime memberships. Members without a driver's license are considered non-voting members.