October 26, 2018 - Chuc Coulter Passes Away

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October 26, 2018 - Chuc Coulter Passes Away


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October 26, 2018

Chuc Coulter Passes Away



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It is with great sadness that the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) acknowledges the passing of Chuc Coulter on October 22 at his home in Boise, Idaho. His loving wife Kim was at his side.

Chuc was actively involved with motorcycle rights for over thirty-five years and was a true visionary and pioneer of motorcycle rights and rider safety. It was through his career as an attorney in Boise, Idaho, that Chuc first became interested in defending motorcyclists’ rights. He was a co-founder of the Idaho Coalition for Motorcycle Safety (ICMS), and it was through his advocacy that the motorcyclists’ rights organizations in Idaho defeated a mandatory helmet bill in 1991.

The following year, a group of law enforcement members, motorcycle dealers and concerned motorcycle riders—with Chuc serving as the group’s chairman—urged the Idaho Office of Highway Safety to move forward with education as an integral part of the safety program, and two years later Idaho took action on his efforts and adopted a statewide motorcycle safety and rider education program; to ensure the program’s autonomy, Chuc spearheaded the creation of a dedicated fund outside of the state’s general fund.

Chuc served on the Idaho STAR (Skills Training Advantage for Riders) Motorcycle education program from its inception in 1996 until January 2012. He joined the board of directors of the MRF in 1995 and served as State Motorcycle Rights Organization (SMRO) Representative alongside longtime motorcyclists’ rights champion Buck Kittredge; then as the liaison to the National Association of State Motorcycle Safety Administrators (SMSA). He would go on to serve as the MRF’s vice-president when Buck Kittredge became president, during this time the ‘Chuc & Buck’ show was the lead off on Thursday nights of Meeting of the Minds.  Upon Buck’s passing he served as the organization’s interim president, after which he was elected to the position of MRF treasurer. He incorporated the Motorcycle Rights Foundation Awareness & Education (MRFA&E) as a 501 © (3) non-profit and served as the organization’s secretary as well as serving as treasurer of the MRF Political Action Committee (MRFPAC).

Until January 2012 he served on the Board of Directors of ICMS and as its legislative relations officer. Through the years of his tenure he developed a working relationship with Idaho governors Andrus, Batt, Kempthorne, Risch, and Otter and with both the congressional delegations and state legislators.

Chuc has profoundly influenced generations of “freedom fighters” and his dedication will be sorely missed.



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About Motorcycle Riders Foundation
The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) provides leadership at the federal level for states’ motorcyclists’ rights organizations as well as motorcycle clubs and individual riders. The MRF is chiefly concerned with issues at the national and international levels that impact the freedom and safety of American street motorcyclists. The MRF is committed to being a national advocate for the advancement of motorcycling and its associated lifestyle and works in conjunction with its partners to help educate elected officials and policymakers in Washington and beyond.



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