U.S. Representative Randy Forbes (R-VA) Leads Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Ride

Honors Veterans in Speech

**WASHINGTON, D.C., June 7, 2010 **- Congressional Motorcycle Safety Caucus member, Representative Randy Forbes (R-VA) rode at the head of the annual "Ride for Freedom" demonstration at Rolling Thunder in Washington D.C. over Memorial Day weekend. Forbes joined thousands of motorcyclists and delivered a speech honoring the men and women who have served our country.

After the event Forbes commented, "What a great ride and a way to help us to never forget our POW/MIA veterans."

The event also offered an opportunity for Forbes to highlight motorcycle safety. "While Sunday's ride was specifically a way to honor our nation's POW and MIA veterans, it also demonstrated just how important responsible riding is, and served as a reminder to other motorists just how many riders are out on the roads - including thousands of veterans."

The Motorcycle Industry Council's (MIC) Senior Vice President for Government Relations, Kathy Van Kleeck noted, "MIC would like to thank Congressman Forbes for leading the Ride for Freedom, and for his commitment to safe motorcycling."

Duane Taylor, MIC's Director of Federal Affairs said, "As a rider himself, Congressman Forbes is a great representative of motorcyclists. However, Members don't have to be riders themselves to be committed to motorcycle safety. MIC urges all riders to contact their Member of Congress to encourage him or her to become a member of the Motorcycle Safety Caucus."

To view a short video of the ride, visit .

The Congressional Motorcycle Safety Caucus is a bipartisan group of Members of Congress, including Caucus Co-chairs Representatives Michael Burgess (R-TX) and Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), committed to improving and advancing the safety of motorcyclists.

The Motorcycle Industry Council exists to preserve, protect and promote motorcycling through government relations, communications and media relations, statistics and research, aftermarket programs, development of data communications standards, and activities surrounding technical and regulatory issues.

It is a not-for-profit, national trade association representing manufacturers and distributors of motorcycles, scooters, motorcycle/ATV/ROV parts and accessories, and members of allied trades such as publishing companies, advertising agencies, insurance firms and consultants.

The MIC is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., with a government relations office adjacent to Washington, D.C. First called the MIC in 1970, the organization has been in operation since 1914.

U.S. Representative Randy Forbes (R-VA) Leads Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Ride