OK, I lied. I didn't wait till I wasn't pissed off. Here's the letter I sent to the AMA.
I have been an active motorcyclist since 1965 and, like most motorcyclists, I have not been an AMA member since I quit racing and was no longer required to maintain a membership to race. This mealy-mouthed press release is exactly why I believe the AMA does not represent me or any aspect of responsible motorcycling. If you can even consider writing a sentence like this, let alone asking me to copy it for my local media, you are an enemy of everyday motorcyclists and might as well get your tats, pick your colors, and join the ranks of motorcycle gangbangers everywhere, "I am troubled by the serious injuries caused by the SUV driver and by the actions of some motorcyclists who apparently decided to take the law into their own hands." The SUV driver did not cause the injuries to the idiot biker. Parking in front of the vehicle, along with the rest of his pack of gangsters, threatening a vehicle carrying a family, and riding without any regard what so every for traffic and criminal law is what caused the biker's injuries. You can watch that video and still say "some motorcyclists . . . apparently decided to take the law into their own hands?" "Apparently?
Here's some other apparently's for you: !) apparently, unreasonably and illegally loud motorcycle exhausts are making enemies for all riders, especially responsible riders who do not travel in gangs; 2) packs of motorcycle gangsters are, apparently, creating the impression that all of us are gangsters and deserve whatever happens to us on public roads; 3) apparently most motorists believe that race motorcycles sold for use on public roads is irresponsible and is a solid sign that motorcycles are only used for recreation or hooliganism and should be removed from public roadways; 4) apparently, because of my first three points, modern highway planning is unlikely to include motorcycles in the traffic mix and the general public approves of that decision. Thanks for nothing, AMA. When you lie down with dogs, you not only get up with fleas but you infect the rest of us with your disease.
I am going to rewrite your letter and send it to my local media. I'll let you know how that plays out.
Minnesota Motorcycle Monthly Magazine