COALITION OF INDEPENDENT RIDERS
"The most powerful weapon is the human soul on fire"
Realizing that it will take more than just members of motorcycle clubs and riding associations for our voice to be heard the Coalition of Independent Riders, or The C.O.I.R., was formed and leaders chosen to be C.O.I.R. US Defenders. The CO.I.R.is not a membership funded organization or club but a registration of independent riders from all walks and rides of the motorcycle community. Independent cruisers, sport and dirt-bike riders and even non-riders alike who understand that protecting our "Right to Ride" is everyone's responsibility. We must all do our part to keep motorcycling a true expression of freedom! When a Call-to-Action comes down the pike these independent riders will be contacted and asked to help implement the action whether it is a letter writing campaign or showing up at a state capitol. Independent riders who express a desire to help organize independent groups, attend US Defenders training and Call-to-Action seminars and get the word out to independent groups can register as COIR US Defenders and be assigned to the region where they live.
The Coalition of Independent Riders is part of a grass roots movement that is sweeping the nation. There is a time for all motorcyclists to come together in solidarity and that time is now! Defending and protecting our Constitutional rights and our right to ride is all motorcyclists’ responsibility and I call on all of you to do your part. The COIR program was designed with the Independent spirit in mind and a way for independent riders to take their place in motorcycle history by standing up and doing their part. I want to personally thank all Independent Riders for their support and stay tuned for the opportunity to “stand up” and make a difference!
"Questions & Answers"
Q. Do I need to belong to a motorcycle club or riding association to be a part of the C.O.I.R.?
A. No, the C.O.I.R. is not an organization but an affiliation of independent motorcyclists who are prepared to do their part in helping to keep motorcycling a true American expression of freedom.
Q. Is the C.O.I.R. a motorcycle rights organization or MRO?
A. No, the C.O.I.R. is not a MRO or a member "funded" type organization. However, some MRO's play a very important role in helping to identify and design the "Fight for our Rights" type campaigns that the C.O.I.R. support with manpower.
Q. What is a "Call-to-Action?"
A. When a MRO or a "rights" association needs support to help implement approved grass roots strategies such as letter writing to legislators, the C.O.I.R. will be called upon to assist with the manpower to help implement the "Action." The C.O.I.R., working in concert with M/Cs and riding associations and local offices of Emergency Management is also prepared to offer post disaster assistance to needy families and individuals if called upon to do so.
Q. Who are the US Defenders?
A. US Defenders are men and women from the Confederation of Clubs and the C.O.I.R. who volunteer to represent their different clubs and groups. The US Defenders receive training in grass roots strategies and then take that training back to their clubs and groups. Find out more about these dedicated men and women by attending a regional COC or NCOM meeting in your area.
Q. How does the Confederation of Clubs (COC) or the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM) and the Coalition of Independent Riders (C.O.I.R.) work together?
A. NCOM is the parent organization of all Regional COC's and COM's and working together with the CO.I.R. We can make a difference!