Advocacy group seeks bikes for loan program

South Austin Motorcycles President Tom Pugh said the nonprofit plans in 2014 to obtain and fix three motorcycles for a loan program for active-duty military members on leave.

The advocacy group, which began in 2010, educates riders at safety seminars and maintenance workshops.

On Sept. 23, SAM opened its first retail and service shop.

Members pay a $65 annual membership fee and receive discounts at local shops.

"You learn by doing; that's part of the education process," Pugh said. "If you own a motorcycle, you should get your hands dirty, or you're going to pay somebody to do it."

South Austin Motorcycles, 11500 Manchaca Road, Bldg. B, 512-280-6988,