Will American riders vote for Republican candidate Donald Trump or Democrat Hillary Clinton in the November 8 US Presidential elections.
While motorcyclists are both Republican and Democrat and there may be a number of varied issues that sway their votes, the statistics seem to be stacking up in the favour of Trump.
There is a prolific Bikers For Trump group started, many rider groups attend Trump rallies, the states with the highest motorcycle ownership – mainly the mid-west – are Republican states and Donald Trump Jr is a motorcycle rider.
Meanwhile Hilary has no motorcycle credentials, although President Barrack Obama helped bail out Harley after the GFC and Harley is made in Wisconsin, a Democrat state.
To help riders rationally decide which way they should vote, the American Motorcyclist Association has provided a web page since 2010 called Vote Like A Motorcyclist.
The page includes information about the Presidential candidates’ views on various topics, as well as candidates for the 453 House of Representatives seats, the 34 Senators and 12 of the state Governors.
It not only shows where the two Presidential candidates and major parties stand on various relevant issues, but also includes a link for riders to register to vote.
State and Federal issues include ethanol content in fuel, motorised access to public land, distracted driving, lane splitting, federal exhaust regulations, vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology and others.
On the important issue of ethanol which is unsuitable for most motorcycles, Clinton plans to increase renewable fuel use while Trump says he will “protect” the renewable fuel standard, so there’s not a lot of difference.