Some here may have received invitations to join the Motorcycle Riders Club of America. I have, and decided to join as a charter member...at $24 that more than pays for the "free" Rider magazine subscription that is included...plus they offer free product testing, gas rebates, and other perks. So far, I have received the mags on time and $10 in gas rebates from them...so count me happy! Recently I received a mailing to join their "exclusive lifetime member" program with the lure of a leather jacket and several other "exclusive" things for 12 payments amounting to just over $300. Perhaps some of the members of the forum have received this same mailing? Well, I decided to research this a bit and came across this site: http://mrcaclub.ning.com After reading all the members comments I have come to the following conclusion and posted this reply to their forum: Well, I'm glad I read this before I took them up on their "exclusive" offer. Seems like buying a bill of goods with some trinkets collectively worth about $5 attached to it. The jacket may be worth it, but I would rather pay $300 to a local shop for a jacket with armor that I can try on first. By the way- did anyone else notice the blonde female model used in the jacket photo shoot? She's on page three of the description of benefits booklet that came with the lifetime offer posing with the guy wearing the jacket. I only mention it because she is the same lady that does all of DennisKirk.com's modeling. Gotta wonder what that connection is? Dennis Kirk and the MRC are located within about 20 miles of each other! I wonder if this is just another revenue stream for Dennis Kirk? I don't know why they would have to subsidize their already over-inflated prices, but oh well... Hmm...Lets look at the facts. The club so far has: 1) Sent us free cheap trinkets collectively worth about $10 max. 2) Sent us book(s) without being requested on a "trial" basis ("Time-Life series" style marketing) with vaguely worded implications of being removed from product testing if you choose not to buy them. 3) Sent several charter members obviously non-exclusive "exclusive lifetime member" offers. 4) Has questionable standard benefits for members, for example- some have received the gas rebate coupons while some have not, some (supposedly) get jackets embroidered with their name while others aren't aware of that possibility, some have received their promotional rainsuits while others have not. 5) Sent cheap "review" items with several of the same sent to different members (for example: a WD-40 spray tube holder or cheap digital tire pressure guage) and seem to have no real desire to collect their reviews nor to make it easy to submit said reviews. Honestly, this whole thing smacks of a Publisher's Clearinghouse "business model" of nickel and dime-ing "members" with the lure of a chance to get the "big prize". I would never recommend this to my friends. Too scam like for me...I'm out... Call it a warning for anyone in the MRC or who is thinking of joining...of course, just like the real-world- YMMV!