Michael Farabaugh is a leader in grassroots motorcyclists’ rights organization and rider safety. He was the Executive Director of ABAATE of Indiana, and also helped form, and was president of, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation. Farabaugh was also a chief instructor for Motorcycle Safety Foundation and opened the Movin’ On Motorcycle School.
His first bike was a Honda 160 cc, but eventually progressed to bigger bikes and began racing local hillclimb, enduro and hare scrambles races.
He headed Indiana’s Chapter of ABATE in 1978. Farabaugh founded the national “Meeting of the Minds,” from which emerged a National Steering Committee and the Motorcycle Riders Foundation. Under his guidance, the MRF managed to garner enough support from national bike organizations to hire the first full-time lobbyist in Washington, D.C. to push for positive motorcycle legislation.
He and his wife Debby started a motorcycle riding school that became the first M.S.F. Rider Education curriculum in Indiana. Farabaugh was also a pioneer in directing motorcyclists’ contributions to charity through riding events. He & Debby founded and became chairman of the Miracle Ride Foundation and coordinated events that donated over 4.5 million to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. Prior to the Miracle Ride Debby and Michael raised another 4 million dollars for MDA and the Paraplegic Foundation.
Farabaugh was awarded the AMA Dud Perkins Award in 1994 for his outstanding level of service to the Association and was awarded the John E. Harley Award, the top achievement in the M.S.F. He has now been inducted into three motorcycle Halls of Fame including Sturgis, the AMA and the Motorcycle hall of Fame.
He and his wife Debby, live in the scenic hills of Southern Indiana and have now ridden 2.5 million miles.