The first phase of “Think. Ride.” is a series of short videos that encourages proper safety gear and safe, responsible riding practices, and discourages impaired riding and excessive exhaust sound. Another video tells car and truck drivers to watch out for motorcyclists on the road.
The PSA videos are available online by going to the “Rights” and then “Resources” section of AmericanMotorcyclist.com.
“We’re very fortunate to have a spokesperson of Perry’s caliber sitting on the AMA Board of Directors,” said Rob Dingman, AMA president and CEO. “Perry is a passionate motorcyclist, and when he offered to help to promote the AMA’s key messages, we jumped at the chance.”
King is well known for playing the character Cody Allen in the 1980s television series Riptide. He has also appeared on stage and in movies, including Slaughterhouse Five, The Lords of Flatbush with Sylvester Stallone and Henry Winkler, and The Choirboys.
“Whether it is riding on the street or the trail, all of these messages about responsible motorcycling are personally important to me,” said King. “Earning the respect of those who don’t ride starts with us, and we must take responsibility for how we ride. When we do, we help ensure that our needs, concerns and rights are always a part of the conversation.”
King, who rides both street and dirt bikes, taped the off-road-related PSAs shortly after competing in the vintage hare scrambles race at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, in July. He taped the street-related messages the following week at the AMA headquarters in Pickerington, Ohio.
Two more phases of the new PSA program are planned: audio versions for use in radio broadcasts, and a print campaign for magazines and newspapers. Announcements will be made for each program later this fall.