Greetings! 

 

 

This has been an incredible month for me personally and I hope you don't mind me sharing a little. I was thrilled to be part of my fourth grandchild's birth here in Phoenix before I left for a trip to Brazil. Ryan Daniel Price joined the world at a healthy 9 lbs. 1 oz. and 22 1/2" long. Yes, both his parents are over 6'.  It is my son David's first child and he and his wife Laura are very excited to be parents!

 

I have started this article in Brasilia, Brazil where I am visiting and will then travel to Rio de Janiero in a few days. As I travel internationally, I am always watching the motorcycling public to see the differences among the countries I have visited. It is very different here in the big cities of South America. In the major cities of countries like Brazil, Columbia and Mexico, motorcycles are mainly used for delivery services. Everything from document delivery to auto parts to pizza, and everything else that will fit on the back of a small bike, is delivered. They drive crazy to get where they need to go as quickly as possible. They do wear helmets, and are very agile in their skills, if that's what you want to call it. The only signals or signage they seem to obey are the red lights. They seem to have the right-of-way everywhere!

 

On another personal note, I am constantly amazed by the courtesies given to seniors in these countries. I got to board airplanes first, same with movies, and received many 50% discounts due my age...so cool! Also, so many people speak multiple languages--I was duly impressed! Obviously, the downside of travel to these cities is the pollution, traffic, parking and security in some places. I never felt insecure in any place we went, but you can see the need for more security on some neighborhoods. Rio is an amazing city with beautiful beaches and sights to see. The people were very friendly and the food was awesome. Again, I would love to hear from you about your own travels. Write me here with your travel stories!      

 

For those of us in the USA, it is Labor Day weekend when you first receive this Wingin It. It is hard to believe the summer is almost over and the riding season is coming to an end in some areas. We hope everyone had a great riding season and you had a chance to go somewhere fun, new and exciting. Please send us your travelogues, rides, Gold Book stories and Wing Ding adventures. Remember, don't worry if you think you are not a great writer, we have awesome editors here who will make your story sound terrific. Send your contribution to us here or to my email at the bottom of this article.

 

Last month I asked for your feedback about four-digit Life Members. Below you will read all the wonderful replies I received from the many Life Members who responded. It was so good to hear from some old friends and some folks I had not heard from in many, many years. That is what makes GWRRA so great. You can go years without seeing or hearing from someone, and then you see them or hear from them and the wonderful memories come rushing back as if all those years stood still. I heard from Don Smith who I recruited back in 1980 when I started my first Chapter in Aurora, CO. We used to see each other once in a while at Wing Ding, but not recently. Great to hear from you Don! These folks and all our Life Members reflect the true essence of GWRRA and our motto--"FRIENDS FOR FUN, SAFETY AND KNOWLEDGE!" And I'll add, for life!!

Our Members shared some great stories, including some travel adventures, their own writings (Joe and Gene, our contributors), and a great article from Zeek, about him and his dog, Cody. Your e-newsletter, Wingin' It, keeps coming free each month because of your contributions. Keep sending in your contributions, stories, Chapter articles, etc. They are greatly appreciated and make your newsletter what is has become. Thank You!

Below you will see a teaser for a new event we are planning in Nashville, TN at the Opryland Resort & Convention Center over the Labor Day Weekend next year, 2014. We are firming up the details as I write this newsletter, so mark your calendars and stay tuned. See you there!

I wanted to point out a few of the lesser known Member benefits for your review. Did you know there is a place on the Member Benefits page of the GWRRA website where you can see, and Officers can post, GWRRA events. It is located at gwrra.org/events/index.phx. Another site you may not know about is our Motorcycle Shops site where you can see Repair Shops our Members have recommended. It is located at shops.gwrra.org. And another is where to find your nearest Chapter. That page can be found here,
http://gwrra.org/findchapter.html.
 
Remember to check out GWRRA's website for all the latest news, benefits, updates and information. One more request, please forward this copy of Wingin' It to all your friends who ride! THANKS!!

  

Thanks for all your continued support! Ride safe and FIND-A-FRIEND!

 

Ed Price

GWRRA Events Manager | Wingin' It Editor

eprice@gwrra.org 

 

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In This Issue
Joke of the Month
Inspirational Quotes
Looking for YOUR Articles
GWRRA & Facebook
Your Opinion Matters
Wing Ding 35 Ride
More Humor
GWRRA.ORG Updates
WING WORLD magazine
Rescue Plus Reminder
Member Feedback
Free Download
Rider Education Article
Aphorism
Member Story
Member Reminder
Another Member Story
Chapter Article
Bikers Prayer
Featured Member Benefit
GWRRA Discount Coupon
Quick Links
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JOKE OF THE MONTH

 

 

How a Man Diapers a Baby

 

Spread the diaper in the position

of the diamond with you at bat.  

 

Then, fold second base down to

home and set the baby on the pitcher's mound.

 

Put first base and third together, bring up home plate and pin the three together.  

 

Of course, in case of rain, you gotta call the game and start all over again.

 

  
Sent in by
Tom Hendricks, TX-U 
Thanks, Tom!

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Inspirational

Quotes

 

A bend in the road is not the end of the road...unless you fail to make the turn. 

 

- Author Unknown

Too many people confine their exercise to jumping to conclusions, running up bills, stretching the truth, bending over backward, lying down on the job, sidestepping responsibility and pushing their luck.

- Author Unknown

 
Sent in by Tom Hendricks, TX-U

Looking for Articles

 

Remember, we are looking for articles for YOUR e-Newsletter! 

 

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Please send your stories to me here.

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Your Opinion Matters!

 Remember to check out GWRRA's Homepage at  www.GWRRA.org 

 to let us know your opinion on a variety of subjects in our polls. 

  

We'd like to give you the results of the last survey we have posted on the home page.

 

Are you looking forward to Wing Ding 36 "Light Up the Lakes" in Madison Wisconsin?  


YES = 76%, 310
No = 24%, 98

Total votes: 408  


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WING DING 35 Ride
While en route to this year's Wing Ding 35 in Greenville, SC, my co-rider and I had a relatively dry adventure, albeit the rainy conditions that existed throughout the Southeast during that 4th of July week of 2013. Our route took us from north Alabama, through Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Cleveland, Tennessee, linking up with scenic Highway 64. We overnighted in Murphy, NC, and left early the next morning, stopping briefly in Highland, NC. During our ride through the mountains, something on my Gold Wing didn't feel just right. I guess it comes from the vast number of years riding, but riding two up, pulling a trailer, there was something about the handling that didn't feel quite right. I checked my rear tire prior to leaving Murphy, and discovered it was about 10 lbs. lower than the recommended air pressure for a rear tire. I topped off the tire, with the recommend pressure and as we approached the community of Franklin, NC, again, the bike didn't feel just right.

We pulled into a small gas station and I soon discovered I had picked up a very small nail, embedded just off center line, left side. Well, being in a strange town, not knowing anyone, I asked one of the very nice local people if there was a motorcycle shop in town. I was told there was an automotive tire shop about 200 yards away.

Once we found the tire shop the manager indicated he would not plug or patch a motorcycle tire, but would contact a friend of his that had a motorcycle shop that could possibly help.

Well, to make a long story short, we found the motorcycle shop, just around the corner from the tire shop, and after explaining our problem, the owner dropped what he was doing, and went to work putting a patch in the tire. It was lunch time so he recommend a small "mom and pop" restaurant, next door. Great food and we met some really nice local folks. Our bike was finished in about 45 minutes with a patch the owner said would last us for the duration of our trip.

I guess the bottom line to this adventure is if you experience that "something isn't right" with your bike, it probably isn't. Check it out, especially, if you are riding two up, pulling a trailer through never before visited countryside after an extensive period of rain.

My wife and I would also like to say a special "thank you" to the owner of the motorcycle shop, Jeremy Teem, of Teem Motorsports, 90 Old Cat Creek Rd, Franklin, NC for his service and hospitality. Again, he didn't have to do what he did, right in the middle of what appeared to be a very busy day.

I replaced the rear tire at the Wing Ding, and spent a wonderful time visiting and meeting new acquaintances in Greenville who have the same interests...riding, riding, and more riding.

Thanks for the opportunity to relate an "over-the-road" experience, which I'm sure many riders have had. I guess, the real meaning of this story is no matter how many years you have been riding, if you get that "old gut feeling" that something just doesn't feel right, handling or otherwise, CHECK IT OUT!!
Respectfully,
Elaine and Earl Alspach
#323214
Laceys Spring, Alabama
 
MORE
HUMOR

Because they had no reservations at a busy restaurant, my elderly neighbor and his wife were told there would be a 45 minute wait for a table.

 

"Young man, we're both 90 years old," the husband said. "We may not have 45 minutes."

 

They were seated immediately.

 

 
Submitter by: Terry Dare 
  
 
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Member Feedback: (Here are some great responses we received from last month's request to hear from our 4-digit Life Members)
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I am Life Member #4674. I live in Tempe and joined GWRRA after being a member of "The Wings of Phoenix" for about 2 years in the early 1980's;   Don't know the exact date, month or year. Had a 1979  750 automatic, and went to an 81, 82, 84, 85, 88, 89, and 1993. May have missed a couple there, but stopped with 1500's. My late wife was with me for a lot of those years. I am presently between Gold Wings, but my son James R. Ashworth III is a Member (Mesa). No Pictures handy.
Thank you.James R. Ashworth II (SR)

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My name is Dale Venable, membership #000196. How is that for a low number? I live in Bishopville, Maryland on the Atlantic Coast. I joined the first year of the Association, and was riding a 1975 Wing.
I left the organization at one time for a couple of years, but came back and I have been a Member now since 1996. I remember the first newsletters which were mimeographed copies. I still have my 1975 Wing, serial number 1000218.  I doubt if anybody has owned the same Wing as long as I have. I paid $3347.00 for that first Wing and the loan officer said I was crazy to spend that on a motorcycle. I now ride a 2003 and dream of retirement--I just want to leave town for a couple of months as there is so much that I have yet to see.
Thanks Dale

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Hi Ed: I joined GWRRA in Dec 1980 and received Member number 3950 . I have had five Hondas, all Gold Wings except one which was a Honda 500 Four. I recently decided that at age 80, it was time to give up riding and just two months ago sold my 1994 Aspencade with 93,000 miles to a close friend. I rode with the North Carolina Precision Drill Team from 1990 thru 1995 and rode many miles with your friend and mine Charlie Davenport until his passing.

Milton Goodpasture

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My name is Harold Cline. I live in Vandergrift, PA, ride a 2001 Gold Wing, pull a Bushtec trailer, and am a Life Member along with my wife Margie. Our membership numbers are #6523-#6523-01. I joined GWRRA back in September of 1981. I was a charter member of PA-D in October of 1981 and it still exists today. My wife Margie and I have attended 11 Wing Dings and I have to say that Madison, WI is our favorite. My only pictures are of my bike and trailer with us not in them. You don't want to see our pictures anyway. 
Have a great day, Harold & Margie Cline
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Ed, Looking for 'ol timers with GWRRA? My membership number is 833 having joined in 1979. I attended Wing Dings in 1979, 1980 and 1981 on my remarkable 1978 Wing. I will always remember the fun and interesting days spent at The Pointe in Phoenix. Any chance the Wing Ding will return there? Oh to be young, carefree and somewhat reckless again! Other than my '78 Wing, I have had an '82 Aspencade and now ride a '98 SE. I live in Pleasant Hill, Oregon, and still like to be on my Wing as often as possible. Frank Hotchkiss
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My name is Tony Pospisil, Member #8861 and I joined GWRRA in 1981 (My first GL). My wife, Lill and I live in Attleboro, MA and we have been touring the US on Gold Wings for 32 years. We have just returned from a 7 week cross country trip, where we visited friends and some of our favorite places throughout this country. These trips have become almost an annual adventure as we enjoy touring the highways and back roads of America. Thank you.
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I'm Delbert Delcore and my Member number is 3077. I joined in 1980, ride a 2010 Gold Wing, belong to WI-M, in Green Bay, WI and ride in WI and FL. I ride all the other states between WI and FL as well as some other countries.
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Ralph J. Phillips  #7828  Joined '80 or '81, Chapter A, PA. Now in Chapter FL2A, W. Palm Beach, Fl. Coincidentally, both are FIRST chapters in their state! I have had all models of the Gold Wing including 2-1800's. I estimate having about 500,000 miles under 'the belt'.
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Ed,  I have been a Member since you signed me up in Feb.1981, #4321, I live in Aurora,CO and I ride 2001A 1800. I have toured all of the lower 48 twice & all Canada.  I also have been a Level 4 since 1991, & been to 27 Wing Dings. I retired in 1997 from Buckley & went to work for Aurora Honda for 9 years. (2006)  Still working on bikes at home. Don Smith

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Hi Ed, Larry Stiles #8456 live in Las Vegas, NV ride a 2003 Hannigan Trike. We ride with Chapter NV-A,  Las  Vegas, Larry & Rhonda Stiles

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Hello Ed, I saw your snippet in the e-newsletter this morning about Members with 4 digit numbers and thought I'd respond.
Here's my story:
My membership number is 1800 and if I remember correctly, my Level 4 Master's number is 942.  I bought my first Wing (GL1000) in 1978 and joined GWRRA in 1979.  I've been riding Wings exclusively ever since and have owned 5 that I've put well over 100 thousand miles on each one.  My current ride is an 05' 30th Anniversary model.  Over the years I've attended 18 Wing Ding's, winning a few trophies at some of them.  Among  those trophies are 3 1st places in Top Gun.  I'm also the first rider in GWRRA history to score a perfect score in Top Gun competition which was at Wing Ding XX in Huntsville, AL in 1998.
JB Seale - Irving, Texas 
GWRRA - life member
~~~~~~~ 
Hi Ed, Jerry and Libby Richards.  Joined March 1982 (we think) and our numbers are 8800 & 8800-01.  Started out as ordinary Members, Rider Ed, Asst Chapter Director, State Rider Ed, District Director, Region D Director.  I am still teaching for MSF and Motorcycle OH. I ride 05 pearl yellow Gl 1800 and will try to get a picture to you soon.  No guarantees. Still remember the great meeting we had in Phoenix.  Great to hear from you.
Later.............................Jerry and Libby Richards 

   
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Rider Education Article
submitted by:
Joe and Gracie Mazza

Assistant International Director Rider Education

 

Women Riders

 

I thought it was long overdue that I devoted time to an article about women motorcycle drivers. Our first up close and personal experience with female riders was when we joined Chapter FL1-T, Inverness, Florida in 2002. Betty Lee Jackson, Karla Rubin and Rachel Harris all drove their own motorcycles. Betty Lee, at the time, was well into her seventies when she decided to buy a trike so she could ride alongside her daughter, Karla. I was extremely impressed with the way she handled her trike and with the fact that she, at one time, rode with a group all the way to California and back.

 

In our present home chapter, Chapter FL-I-A, Tampa, Florida, Nancy Shrader our Chapter Director, rides a new Gold Wing trike. Prior to the trike she rode a two-wheeled Gold Wing for many years as safely and expertly as any man I have ever ridden with. I do not make that statement as if we should be surprised by it but there are those who find it hard to believe that a woman could handle that much motorcycle weight. She, and others, can.

 

There is an article from CBS Interactive News dated 2012 titled, "Women Riding Motorcycles In Increasing Numbers," that I would like to share with you.

 

Chris Baldwin was seven when she commandeered her brother's motorbike on their Wisconsin dairy farm and first felt the wind in her face. More than 250,000 miles and 42 years later, it's still 2 wheels and a gas tank for the school administrator. Baldwin is an assistant dean at Washington University in St. Louis, but that's just one part of her. She's also past president and founder of the 30-year-old Women On Wheels, one of the country's largest and oldest motorcycle clubs for women at about 2,000 members.

 

The number of women motorcycle operators in the U.S. has increased slowly to about 7.2 million of 27 million operators overall in 2009. About 1 in 10 owners are women. The American Motorcycle Association has about 225,000 members. The number of women is under 10 percent, but the number of new women members has increased, driven in part by a higher profile for women on two wheels, more training opportunities and better equipment.

 

Women no longer have to endure jackets, gloves and helmets designed for men. And it's easier to find or modify bikes for shorter bodies. "I'm only 5'1", said Maggie McNally, AMA board member. "I wore boy's work boots for years and found the perfect gloves only 3 years ago. Things have changed a lot. Manufacturers today have realized that women are a huge part of the market." Read More

 

 

APHORISM

APHORISM: A SHORT, POINTED SENTENCE THAT EXPRESSES A WISE OR CLEVER OBSERVATION OR A GENERAL TRUTH.
Sent in by--Tom Hendricks, TX-U

1. The nicest thing about the future is ... That it always starts tomorrow.

2. Money will buy a fine dog, but only kindness will make him wag his tail.

3. If you don't have a sense of humor, you probably don't have any sense at all.

4. Seat belts are not as confining as wheelchairs.

5. A good time to keep your mouth shut is when you're in deep water.

6. How come it takes so little time for a child who is afraid of the dark to become a teenager who wants to stay out all night?

7. Business conventions are important ... because they demonstrate how many people a company can operate without.

8 Why is it that at class reunions you feel younger than everyone else looks?

9. Scratch a cat ... And you will have a permanent job.

10. No one has more driving ambition than the teenage boy who wants to buy a car.

 

 

MEMBER STORY:
Submitted by: Zeek Volmer
Member #334425, PA-P, Lawrence, PA

On June 20, 2013 Cody (my 6 month old dog) and I left Pittsburgh, PA for the Back of the Dragon near Tazewell, Virginia.  After 300 mi we dropped the trailer at our hotel in Wytheville, Va.  We rode to the north entrance of the Dragon and rode it southbound.  Incredible turns, great quality road!  The next day we rode the Dragon northbound, and continued on 16N to Beckley, WV.  Cody put smiles on many adults and children that we passed.  It was fun to see kid's mothers mouthing "look at the doggie on the motorcycle" as we passed them. And the kid's eyes were wide with awe.

Pictures of the trip are attached.

PS-
If the story works for the e-news (if not, no worries), could you also mention Cody's breeder, Stacy McWilliams with River Ridge Rat Terriers?  She's a wonderful person and takes great pride in her dogs.  She loves to hear about Cody's riding adventures on the Wing!

 






 
Member Reminder:

How do I post on the Message Board?

The Message Board is an exclusive benefit for GWRRA Members with a registered email address on file with GWRRA Member Services. New Members must wait until their membership is processed before participating on the Message Board.
(Appx. 3-4 business days.)

Generate your own Message Board username and password:

Username - This is your SIX digit membership number. It is on your membership card, or you can contact Member Services for assistance. Password: This consists of two parts: the first set of numbers in your address and your four-digit membership expiration date (MMYY). Keep in mind your password will change each time you move or renew. Your password is formed as follows:

The first set of numbers in the mailing address you have registered for your GWRRA membership. If an alpha character is a part of the first set of numbers, it needs to be included in your password (see Example #2). Alpha characters should always be in lowercase font.

Your four-digit membership expiration date. Life Members have a "LIFE" expiration date (see Example #3).

Password Examples - All alpha characters must be in lowercase font.
Example #1
Address = PO Box 345 Expiration Date = 8/10 Password is 3450810
Example #2
Address = 1234B West Earl Expiration Date = 3/09 Password is 1234b0309
Example #3
Address = 1942 West Earl Expiration Date = LIFE Password is 1942life
 

 
Another Member Story:
submitted by: Gene A Hanselman
Member #135067, Chapter OH-D3
 
"Tree Of Life"

There were a lot of cool places I could "hang out" on our 365 acre farm growing up. We had two springs, a 3 acre pond and a swamp back in the big woods. There was a stream that ran through the whole property and at least 5 wooded lots with different trees, vegetation and wildlife. It was a mecca of beauty, solitude and solace. There was, however one secluded spot that made me feel like I was on top of the world, master of my domain and king of my own little realm.

When we moved to Union County in 1957 I was devastated, I had left the only home and friends I had ever known for a region that I was unfamiliar with. I always felt at home in the outdoors and especially in the woods, so I imagine that is why I sought a safe haven up along the wooded creek bank across the road. There was an old Oak tree that was about 3 foot in diameter when I first discovered it at 8 years old. I was totally unaware of how old it was but I didn't care. It had room to sit between it and the steep bank that dropped well over 20 feet down to "Buck Run Creek" and it sustained much life within its system. Squirrels had many nests in the tall limbs that rose above the creek bank. Raccoons were housed in a couple of the bigger branches that were hollow from lightening strikes killing the limbs. Different species of birds nested in the foliage of the limbs in the spring.

The roots were mined with ground hog holes and loose dirt piled over the edge. At some time a previous landowner had built a lean-to and attached it to the old tree but time had all but destroyed it, leaving 2 steel posts that gave the structure its strength. For years I rode my horse by the tree 2 times daily, herding the Holsteins to our barn for milking. The cattle wore a deep, wide path down the bank and crossed the creek at the shallows.

From that vantage point you could see my parents house, 600 yards across the creek and the valley of rich topsoil. West of my parents house was a little road where you could observe people coming to a screeching halt--they didn't remember the stop sign until they crested the hill. On the same side of the road, another 250 yards, was "Buck Run Cemetery" where the newest grave marker dated back to 1947. Just beyond that was  "Buck Run Bridge", where once stood an old covered bridge which had many of its own memories through time. Looking east you could see the farm houses for miles heading into town. It was from under that tree I sat and hunted or camped as a child and as an adult with my own children. After hot summer days of baling hay or shoveling dusty grain into bins, I would take a much needed dip in the cool stream, guarded by the shade from that tree. I sat there many times and thought about my future plans and the war in southeast Asia. I built my house not far from the old tree. My sons and I watched many deer, fox, coyote and other wild animals drink from the waters flowing under the tree. It was a  majestic place to relax, ponder thoughts and reflect back on some sad events in my life. I shall never forget the crisp, still, cold January morning I sat there quietly with a muzzle loader hunting deer. Read More
Chapter Article
Reprinted from: AL-M Newsletter (Thank you!) 
David & Martha Pate 
Chapter Rider Educator 
 
 
AGE DOES MATTER

All DOT approved helmets must include a date of manufacture on them. It might be a label on the chin strap or you may have to carefully peel back the cloth liner of the helmet and look for a label or a date stamped on the styrofoam.

The industry recommendation is that a helmet should be replaced after a maximum of five years of use or after seven years of date of manufacture (which ever come first). Even an old helmet that appears to be brand new may have deterioration, due to many factors, that can affect it's ability to properly protect you in the event of an accident. Patrick Houlihan, a representative from Shoei helmets, explains:

"A helmet should be replaced five years from date of purchase or seven years from date of manufacture. This replacement recommendation is based on a consensus by both the helmet manufacturers and safety standards. Glues, resins and other materials used in helmet production can affect liner materials. Hair oils, body fluids and cosmetics, as well as normal "wear and tear" all contribute to helmet degradation.

Petroleum based products present in; cleaners, paints, fuels and other commonly degrading performance. Additionally, experience indicates there will be a noticeable improvement in the protective characteristic of helmets over a five-year period due to advances in materials, designs, production methods and the standards. Thus, the recommendation for five year helmet replacement is a judgment call stemming from a prudent safety philosophy."

Gordon Murphy, former GWRRA National Director - Rider Education - Canada had this to say:

"The Canada Safety Council in Canada and the Motorcycle Safety Foundation in the US teaches that helmets should be replaced between five and seven years, depending on whether or not the helmet has been dropped or not. The experts tell us that the foam breaks down after that period, due to the natural oils in our head, sunlight and the normal aging process. While there may not be any visible signs to the naked eye, that doesn't change this process.

Therefore, the helmet will have lost its' optimum protective qualities and leave the person vulnerable in the event of an impact with the pavement or other surface."

ALWAYS CHECK AND BE AWARE OF THE DATES ON YOUR HELMETS

    

  

 
 BIKERS PRAYER

submitted by: Jim Hodge 

Former National OPS Director, Regional, District and Chapter Director
Member #36790, MS-B, Ocean Springs, MS

 

 

May the sun rise in front of me

The rain fall behind me and the wind follow me.

May the angels guard my travels

For they know what is ahead of me.

Keep me safe through rolling hills and swirling turns.

Let the eagle guide me to the mountain tops.

Let the moon's light guide me through the night.

Lord, thank you for letting me be a biker. Amen.

  

      

 
 
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