Greetings! 

 

Congratulations and appreciation are in order this month! First, we want to thank Jere & Linda Goodman for their service to GWRRA as Directors over the past year. They have worked very hard with all of GWRRA's programs, Officers and Members from around the world and we really appreciate their time and energies!

Ray and Sandi Garris have been appointed as the new Directors for GWRRA and as you will read below have been around GWRRA for many years in many areas of service to our Members and Officers. Our congratulations go out to them as they take office and transition to 
their new position. We wish them much success and ask everyone to give them their full cooperation.

It is my pleasure to announce the final details of our upcoming event in Nashville, Tennessee next Labor Day at the Opryland Resort & Convention Center. The dates will be Friday, August 29, 2014 through Sunday, August 31, 2014 and will be a purely social, FUN event for our Members. We have negotiated an incredible rate at the Opryland Resort beginning at $110, including their resort fee. The event registration fee will be ONLY $15 for Members and includes a T-shirt and a pin. As mentioned, it will an event filled with optional tours, a dinner/dance, opening/closing fun events and optional tickets for the Grand Ole Opry. Please see the website at   http://opryevent.gwrra.org  for all the details, registration and schedule information, or call 800-843-9460 for more information. There are limited rooms available so register early! This event will sell out quickly. See you there.

We are also very appreciative to all the contributors this month. We have some great articles below, from Chapter TX-U and a great story  about "How to Create a FUN Chapter"  and their cute mascot, TUX! Thanks to Joe & Gracie Mazza for their continued support and Rider Ed articles, as well as Gene Hanselmann for his articles and Tom Hendricks and his jokes, stories and entertainment features. This month we also have a great Gold Book and Dealer story from Dale & Janis Mooney, a Ride story from Jeff Dufoe and Member Gold Wing story from James Wright. There is some great Member feedback on the left side, so check it out!   

 

It is great to receive so many articles, jokes and stories for your Wingin' It! I apologize if I could not publish yours this month, but it will go in next month's issue. Please send us your travelogues, rides, Chapter stories, 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. 

 

In reading the many Chapter, District and Regional newsletters you send me, it is so much fun to read all the variety of activities and charities in which you are involved. Our Members are so generous and active! I have also read about a lot of Rider Ed activities from parking lot practices to  all the involvement in the Rider Ed Levels programs. From bowling tournaments to rides where you are hooking up with other Chapters. You are also meeting in each others' homes for meals, to picnics in the park, leadership training programs and of course your Chapter monthly gatherings. From my personal experience, I know the more involved I was the more fun I had. I hope that is the case for you!

If you are a new or fairly new Member, we hope you will find a Chapter in which to be involved. To find a Chapter near you, click here. If you have been a Member for some time, maybe you would be interested in becoming an Officer or Staff person at your Chapter... As we say, the more involved, the more FUN!! Again, speaking personally, the most fun I have had in GWRRA was when I was a Chapter Director. So many great people, and I learned a lot about my own capabilities and creativity! This started my leadership career in GWRRA and overflowed into my other professional life. I will always be grateful to GWRRA for their teachings in Volunteer Management, Leadership and Association Management.

And finally, if the weather in your area still allows you to continue riding ... ride safely and send us your favorite ride, if not, enjoy the non-riding season and let us know what you are doing to keep busy with your GWRRA friends! Let me know here how the Wingin' It is doing and if you have any suggestions on making your e-newsletter better.  

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
Member Feedback
GWRRA & Facebook
Member Ride
Your Opinion Matters
More Humor
Reminder (Humor)
GWRRA.ORG Updates
WING WORLD magazine
Rescue Plus Reminder
Director's Article
Free Download
Rider Education Article
Aphorism
Chapter Story
Another Member Story
Chapter Gold Book & Dealer Story
Member Story
Featured Member Benefit
GWRRA Discount Coupon
Quick Links
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JOKE OF THE MONTH

 

 

The Bride & The Father 

 

 

All eyes were on the radiant bride as her father escorted her down the aisle.  

 

They reached the altar and the waiting groom. The bride kissed her father and placed something in his hand.

 

The guests in the front pews responded with ripples of laughter. Even the priest smiled broadly.

 

As her father gave her away in marriage, the bride gave him back his credit card.

 

  
Sent in by
Terry Dare
Thanks, Terry!

Inspirational

Quotes

 

 "Life is just like riding a motorcycle, to keep your balance, you must keep on moving!" 

 

- Author Unknown-(copied from MO-B2 newsletter, Thank you!)

"Accept the challenges, so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory."

- General George S. Patton 

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Travelogues, Member and Officer profiles, Chapter activities, your stories about how joining GWRRA has positively affected your life, etc.

 

And don't forget those great Gold Book stories.

 

Please send your stories to me here.

MEMBER FEEDBACK
Here is some Member comments and feedback we received from last months Wingin' It, including some more 4-digit Members at the bottom. Thank you everyone for all your contributions and feedback.

From Frank & Judy
Member #
322193

First, congratulations on another grandchild, then your travels to Brazil sound awesome.  Unfortunately our financial resources are limited so we travel just the U.S.A.  Yes, that can be expensive too but we defray the housing cost by "house/pet sitting". This summer we spent a month and a half in Stuart, Florida, 2 hours from our home in Sebring, Florida.  Our usual bike rides to the east coast of Florida for lunch then back home so the stay in Stuart allowed us to explore the area. From there on to Charleston, S.C. for two months then visits to friends in NC and we are now in our "home" state of Michigan visiting family and friends for two weeks before packing up our yellow, '09 GL1800 / trailer and heading for Fairfield, CA for a house/pet sitting gig for 3 weeks then down the CA coast and across the bottom of the U.S. to Florida for the winter.  

We hope to spend next summer house/pet sitting entirely on the west coast experiencing some of the rides we have heard so much about.

Be safe in your travels,
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
I am Charles Clark, some know me as Tex.  My membership number is 9733 and I joined GWRRA in 1982, I believe.  I can't read it on my card.  I live in St. Albans, WV, and am a Member of Chapter H, located in Charleston, WV. I ride a '95 GL 1500AS.
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My name is Jack Huffman and I live in Effingham, SC.  I joined GWRRA in the spring of 1982 and have a GWRRA number of 5081. I own and ride a 2002 Gold Wing Trike which I can not take a picture of because it is in the shop being repaired due to a driver pulling out in front of us on July 10, 2013. Thanks for asking for the four digit numbers.
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(Editor note: I had to print this note from Stanley Johnson...too funny! Thanks and here ya go Stanley!)
Aw Gee, I do not have a 4-digit membership number. I do have a FIVE digit membership number.
 
How long do I have to wait for you inquire for 5-digit membership numbers? This is only for humor ... I am only one digit away from  your request on the e-newsletter.
 
I guess I shall wait another ten years for the same request.
 
lol... lol...089161

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Member Ride:
Submitted by:
Jeff Dufoe

Member #241754

I am currently in the middle of my "Bucket List Trips of All 50 States on Two Wheels"  This year I did 8,510 miles, riding in 20 states, and riding Pikes Peak and by far my favorite part of my trip, Beartooth Pass (11,000 feet) over the Beartooth Mountains out of Red Lodge Montana into Wyoming.  It tests your riding skills and gives you some of the most spectacular views you might ever see.  Bring your warm clothes, because in the second week of June, the temperature at the top was 43 degrees.  I have sent some pictures to give riders a little idea of what to expect, I hope you can use them.
 



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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.

 

Have you checked how many points/tickets you have towards the Honda GL 1800 Ticket To Ride Contest?


YES = 12%, 32
No = 88%, 233

Total votes: 265  


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HUMOR

Subject: Cell phone humor

 

An elderly couple had just learned how to send text messages on their cell phones.   The wife was a romantic type and the husband was more of 
a no-nonsense guy.

One afternoon the wife went out to meet a friend for coffee.  She 
decided to send her husband a romantic text message and she wrote:

"If you are sleeping, send me your dreams.
If you are laughing, send me your smile.
If you are eating, send me a bite.
If you are drinking, send me a sip.
If you are crying, send me your tears.
I love you."


The husband texted back to her:  "I'm on the toilet.
Please advise."

 

 
Submitter by: Tom Hendricks, TX-U   
 
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Director's Article

FROM YOUR NEW DIRECTORS OF GWRRA, RAY & SANDI GARRIS

 

Sandi & I are so proud and excited with our new appointment. We have been Members of GWRRA for almost 30 years. In each of those years, it seems like more benefits were created each year for our Members. Today we have so many, it's hard to remember them all besides the obvious ones, like the opportunity to make and keep so many friends from all our travels. If you add all the FUN you can possibly handle, all the Knowledge you can acquire, and all the Safety you learn, what more could you ask for?

 

Maybe I should write an article reminding our family in GWRRA about the many benefits/discounts available to Members of GWRRA. I will do that as soon as I get through with my list of chores:

        

      Make some reservations for our next trip. Well honey, where do you want to stay?  

       

  • We get up to 20% off of Wyndham Hotels, 15% off at Red Roof Inn or 10% off at Motel 6.
  • Review our insurance coverage, bike, auto, home and life. 2 easy calls - Liberty Mutual and Monumental Term Life Insurance. Very affordable.
  • Rent a car - another decision honey, we get up to 25% off at Avis or Budget.
  • Should we ship our Gold Wing? There is a discount at JC Motors Transport.
  • Call and order a new credit card. GWRRA has Visa with no annual fee and LifeLock Identify TheftProtection has a 10% discount.
  • Make summer vacation plans today. Wing Ding is a must, then maybe a cruise with Cruises Only or TNT Vacations with special GWRRA pricing for 26 tropical destinations OR we can save $150 for each person with Go Ahead Tours Vacation Discounts or call GWRRA for their Discount Travel Program. Over 9000 negotiated hotel rates & Airfares & Tours.
  • We need a Health check - Lifeline Screening Preventative Health Screenings and save up to 55% on prescription drugs with FREE GWRRA Prescription Savings Card - call GWRRA.
  • Check on  Medicare  Coverage - look into Transamerica Medicare Supplement Insurance. Don't forget long term care insurance. Check with LTCR, they can help you.
  • Take our pets to the vet. Wish we had VPI Pet Insurance - group discount for GWRRA too.
  • Check on new phone at GWRRA Wireless Center. Save $$.
  • Order some "safety" chrome from Big Bike Parts online and save 10%.

Well, I finally got my chores done, now for my article about "More Benefits for GWRRA Members," WOW; I guess that is already done too.

 

Ride Safe, All the Gear All The Time (ATGATT)

Ray and Sandi Garris (KIS)

 

 
   
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Rider Education Article
submitted by:
Joe and Gracie Mazza

Assistant International Director Rider Education

 

Lane Splitting (Filtering)

  

Lane Splitting as defined by Wikipedia refers to a two-wheeled vehicle moving between roadway lanes of vehicles that are proceeding in the same direction. More narrowly, it refers to overtaking slow or stopped vehicles by traveling between lanes. It is also sometimes called lane sharing, white lining, filtering, or stripe riding. Alternatively, lane splitting has been used to describe moving through traffic that is in motion,while filtering is used to describe moving through traffic that is stopped.

 

In general, lane splitting by motorcycles is legal in parts of Europe, Japan, and several other countries. In most US states, lane splitting is illegal with one notable exception being California. California has no laws explicitly prohibiting lane splitting, and is the only US state in which it is officially stated that lane splitting, when done safely, is legal.

 

Lane splitting is controversial in the US, and is sometimes an issue in other countries. Questions are debated as to whether or not it is legal, whether or not it should be legal, and whether or not it should be practiced regardless of legality. Bills to legalize lane splitting have been introduced in state legislatures around the US over the last twenty years, but so far none has been enacted.

 

Filtering forward, in stopped or extremely slow traffic, requires very slow speed and AWARENESS that in a door zone, vehicle doors may unexpectedly open. Also, unexpected vehicle movements such as lane changes may occur with little warning. Buses and tractor-trailers require extreme care, as the cyclist may be nearly invisible to the drivers who may not expect someone to be filtering forward. It's tough enough trying to ride aware of all the dangers to our safety now, let alone adding to them. Potentially, lane splitting can lead to road rage on the part of drivers who feel frustrated that the motorcyclists are able to filter through the traffic jam.

 

Preliminary results from a study in the United Kingdom, conducted by the University of Nottingham for the Department of Transport, show that filtering is responsible for about 5% of motorcycle Killed or Seriously Injured (KSI) accidents.  It also found that in these KSI cases the motorist is twice as likely to be at fault as the motorcyclist due to motorist "failing to take into account possible motorcycle riding strategies in heavy traffic".

 

When researching this article, I came across a picture depicting lane splitting in Bangkok, Thailand. The amount of congestion with cars, trucks and motorcycles was overwhelming to see. A four lane roadway, all proceeding in the same direction, was turned into a nine lane roadway with motorcycles occupying the spaces between vehicles and on what appeared to be both shoulders. This may work there but is unimaginable, to my thinking, here in the US. How long would it take for our motorists to get used to sharing lanes with motorcycles when they are already having trouble sharing the road with us.

 

As you can tell, I am very much against lane splitting as I feel it would be adding a dangerous practice to an already dangerous situation. That situation being the "I didn't see him" scenario. Fortunately, with the exception of California, state legislatures have been turning down bills to legalize lane splitting. Let's hope that continues.

    

APHORISM

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

11. There are no new sins; the old ones just get more publicity.

12. There are worse things than getting a call for a wrong number at 4 a.m. - like, it could be the right number.

13. No one ever says "It's only a game" when their team is winning.

14. I've reached the age where 'happy hour' is a nap.

15. Be careful about reading the fine print ... there's no way you're going to like it.

16. The trouble with bucket seats is that not everybody has the same size bucket.

17. Do you realize that, in about 40 years, we'll have thousands of old ladies running around with tattoos? (And rap music will be the Golden Oldies!)

18. Money can't buy happiness -- but somehow it's more comfortable to cry in a Cadillac than in a Yugo.

19. After 60, if you don't wake up aching in every joint, you're probably dead.

20. Always be yourself because the people that matter don't mind . . . . And the ones that mind don't matter.

 

CHAPTER STORY:
Submitted by: Tom Hendricks
Chapter Director
TX-U, San Antonio, TX 

 

Tux Penguin's Recipe for FUN*

 

* Recipe makes one Gold Wing Road Riders Association (GWRRA) motorcycle Chapter

 

Ingredients

 

1.    10 to an unlimited number of GWRRA Members or potential Members

2.      Couples encouraged

3.      Bikes and trikes with accessories to match

4.      Fun loving attitudes

5.      Young at heart attributes

6.      Spirits of adventure

7.      Willing to travel/ride

8.    Tools, nuts, and bolts

9.     Safety consciousness

10.  Educationally oriented

11.  All the gear, all the time (ATGATT)

12.  Meeting Place

Thoroughly mix the first three ingredients in a central meeting place.  Sprinkle with fun loving, young at heart attitudes, and a spirit of adventure willing to ride Honda Gold Wings.  Allow to grow and get to know each other for at least one month.  During that month look for other like-minded souls who can positively flavor the recipe.  Add new folks to recipe.  Remix after 30 days and fold in safety consciousness, motorcycle oriented educational opportunities, some tools, nuts and bolts and the wearing of ATGATT, and you will have the strong beginnings of a great GWRRA motorcycle Chapter.

 

The following thoughts should be kept in mind to understand the peculiarities of your GWRRA motorcycle Chapter.

 

        At times the recipe can be heated, but it does best when left to sit and age. 

        Mixing and melding of ingredients over time produces best results.

        Whipping the ingredients tends to make the final product tough and hard to work with.

        Kneading the ingredients and allowing them time to grow and rise to the occasion makes for a better final product.

        Level of doneness depends on the situation, ingredients, and interest of the cooks.

        Everyone will not like the results.

        Help is needed at various stages in making the product, but there can be only one primary cook ( i.e., too many cooks spoil the broth).

        Everyone does not have to be part of every activity, but try to include everyone in some of your activities. 

        Fresh ideas and tweaking the recipe keeps interest level up, and makes for new experiences and tastes.

        You can manipulate the recipe to be more specialized or to be more diverse; learn what your group likes.

 
* This story continues with the story about TUX, the mascot for TX-U!

BIO:


TUX PENGUIN

CHAPTER U, TEXAS DISTRICT, GWRRA MASCOT

 

Chauncey Penguin, also known as Tux*, was born, in 1950, into a royal Penguin family.  His father was a King Penguin and his grandfather an Emperor Penguin.  His favorite aunt was his Aunt-arctica.  Tux was raised off the coast of Antarctica and graduated from Ice school at 18.  He was a four year starter on the ice hockey, swimming and diving teams.  He was voted by his classmates as best dressed penguin, and also Mr. Penguinality.  All Penguins must serve in the Antarctic Navy so Tux enrolled in South Point, the Antarctic Naval Academy.  It is modeled after the US Military Academy at West Point. After graduation he spent four years on sea duty and was known for his ice cold demeanor.  After his service hitch, Tux decided to go to graduate school at Penguin (Penn) State in Pennsylvania but settled for Penguin University (PU) which turned out to be a very stinky experience.  Upon receiving his MPA or Master's of Penguin Arts, Tux headed west to San Antonio, Texas.  He felt he had to learn about the oil business and south Texas was the place to start.  Tux proved very adaptable and with his knowledge of ships, cold weather, personal contacts and love of the high stakes involved in Texas-type business he was quickly running his own oil company, TUXACO.  Realizing he had floated to the top of the oil business, Tux decided to retire for a year or two and take up a new hobby of riding Honda Gold Wings. 

 

Tux loves Mexican food which he chases down with his favorite frozen beverages.  He loves to visit Sea World to tell his penguin buddies that if you cannot be in Antarctica, laying on an ice floe, then the second best thing is riding the "Three Sisters" or 'Devil's Backbone" on a Gold Wing.  Tux has traveled throughout the United States and has ridden over 110,000 miles on various types of motorcycles. Tux's bucket list includes riding his Gold Wing from the Arctic Circle in Alaska, through Central and South America and after a short boat ride from Argentina, going touring in Antarctica on his Gold Wing.

 

* How Tux received his name:

 

TX is the Postal abbreviation for Texas and as Chapter "U", Gold Wing Road Riders Association, is right in the heart or middle of TX or T-U-X, you would not be wrong in calling a Chapter "U" member Tux, but never Tex, or as our more formal members call each other, Tuxedo's.  

 
Another Member Story:
submitted by: Gene A Hanselman
Member #135067, Chapter OH-D3
 
Heroes and Champions

As my Ex-Wife always said; "Anything You Do Well, Doesn't Pay Anything". So goes my efforts through life.

Throughout my life, I have always excelled at most things I enjoyed doing. I raised and showed champion rabbits, hogs and horses at fairs. I excelled at public speaking, band and the arts in school. I played and sang in a rock band that made many TV appearances, and backed up famous bands including The Young Rascals, 4 Seasons, Paul Revere and The Raiders, The Supreme's, and Beach Boys. I have coached and managed World Champion Little League Baseball teams and made outstanding shots on wild animals that would dazzle many marksmen throughout the world. I've won Poker and Euchre tournaments in Ohio and surrounding states.

I became the youngest Exalted Ruler, District Chairman and State Committeeman of The Elks Lodges in Ohio and participated in Ritual Contests throughout the State. I always worked my way into management and started, owned and operated 2 successful businesses. Although my accomplishments are many, I've never been adorned as a Hero or Champion.

To me, a HERO/CHAMPION is someone that constantly puts his life on the line for others. A true HERO/CHAMPION is anyone that fights for his/her country. A HERO/CHAMPION never quits or gives up on any task before him or her. A HERO/CHAMPION teaches, takes charge and motivates others. A HERO/CHAMPION does not concern him or herself with the money they make or the cost it takes. Heroes and Champions never complain or pull punches, they are focused on the task before them. Heroes and Champions are born, raised, live and die bigger than life men and women, they are Christians. Real Heroes/Champions can keep secrets, never fray from the truth and are humble.

They always enjoy the opportunity to assist or compliment someone for a job well done while downplaying their role as a model citizen. Whether they are military, civil servant, business professionals, entrepreneurs or Joe Schmos, they accommodate and establish we, the public.

To me, my two sons are Heroes. One is a Marine and has seen active duty in three different countries. He teaches school while encouraging his students to excel in their education and becoming individuals that will become future leaders in America. He has a law degree and practices his trade during the summer months.

My other son is a Surgery Nurse and has assisted in saving many lives in different instances. His skills are difficult and he practices them to perfection. He has never turned his back on anyone needing help in the health or humanitarian efforts. He is a true practicing Christian and a Role Model to his children. They both have my deepest respect and admiration as Heroes and Champions. I doubt if I would even know how to be a Hero/Champion. I'm overweight, out of shape and my stamina has ceased to exist. My memory has all but lapsed and the endorphins seldom light up. I know I'm a man, but it would be difficult to prove if asked. My best days are gone, I'm all worn out and it's hard to rise some mornings. I hope being a Hero/Champion is not a prerequisite to get into Heaven.

I really hadn't planned to be a Hero or Champion in my life but then neither had they. I thank GOD for all the Heroes and Champions in the world today, for there are many. If I ever get the chance to become a Hero/Champion, please GOD, give me the strength to endure the challenge.

 
Member's Gold Book & Dealer Story

Submitted by: Dale & Janis Mooney

Member #329320

KS-F El Dorado, Ks.

 

WOW!  Open on Sunday

 

We had just spent five fun filled days at Wing Ding 35 and then left Greenville, South Carolina on Sunday, July 7 to go back to our home in Augusta, Kansas on our 2006 Gold Wing trike.  Our friends Dale Tritsch and Gary and Phyllis Van Buskirk were with us.  After several hours on Interstate 26, we noticed a thumping noise from our front tire. At first, we thought it was the road but our friends said they were not having any problems.  We stopped and looked at the front tire and it had a bubble on it where the tread had separated from the tire.  We decided we could make it to Spartanburg, South Carolina by going slower.  After getting there we called everyone in the Gold Book for Spartanburg, but they were either not at home or the number was not in service.  We saw a man on a smaller motorcycle and he told us how to get to the Honda dealer that was in Spartanburg ( Palmetto Honda) and it wasn't far from where we were.  But being Sunday, they were not open and we could not find an emergency number on the door.

 

Then, we decided to call from the Gold Book people listed for Asheville, North Carolina, the next biggest town.  After a couple of no answers, Peter Hitchens answered his phone.  He was very helpful.  He told us about Schroader's Honda and that it was open on Sundays in Hendersonville, North Carolina.  He gave us their phone number and address, and told us we were about an hour away from there.

 

We then called Schroader's Honda and told them the trouble we were having.  They said they had the tire so again going slow, we made it to Schroader's.  As soon as we got there they put our trike on a lift and began changing the tire.  They had us on our way in about an hour.

 

Our thanks go out to Peter Hitchens for helping us out.  We were so happy he was home and answered the phone.The Gold Book is worth its weight in gold.

 

To all the people at Schroader's:  Words cannot express the thanks we owe you, and the mechanic who worked on the trike, we also thank you.  Sorry we didn't get your name.  Again, thanks to Schroader's for making our bad situation much better.

 

The Lord was definitely watching over us, because how often do you find a Honda dealer that is open for business on Sunday and within 40 minutes of where you are.

 

Thanks again! 

 
 
 Member Story

submitted by: James Wright  

Member #369648, IN-J

RECYCLE YOUR GOLD WING

My wife and I were on our way home and observed vehicles that appeared to be small planes in the parking lot of the Grissom Air Museum Peru, IN. We stopped to investigate and found out they are actually classified as motorcycles.  There were about 366 of these things made between 1982 and 1990 in Scranton, Iowa and in Owosso, Michigan. The original design was by Jim Bede who also designed the Bede line of airplanes. The first 40 were called Litestars. For business reasons, the name of this vehicle was then changed from Litestar to Pulse. About 325 vehicles were manufactured under the Pulse name. All at the show were powered by Honda Gold Wing 1100 & 1200 engines and one having a 1800. Some even had heat and air conditioning. They are steered by a steering wheel and use two main wheels positioned at the front and rear of the vehicle, as well as two smaller outrigger wheels housed in the small winglets on either side of the cockpit. Due to the positioning of the stabilizing side wheels, only 3 wheels are in contact with the ground at any one time.

 

 

I have truly found the all weather motorcycle powered with the renown Gold Wing engine.


 

 

 

  

      

 
 
Member Benefit of the Month

 

Gold Wing Road Riders Association (GWRRA) is pleased to remind you of some of your Member Benefits.


  •  Rider Education - Working hand-in-glove with such eminent organizations as the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) and the national association of State Motorcycle Administrators (SMSA), GWRRA Educators conduct informative and entertaining riding and classroom sessions to improve riding skills and safety. GWRRA's exclusive four-tier Rider Education Program encourages consistent ongoing training through commitment to safe motorcycling, frequently refreshed training in CPR and first aid skills, and ongoing study. Recognizing the realities of today's motorcycling, GWRRA is one of the few sources of skill and safety education for motorcyclists who operate trikes and/or who pull trailers. GWRRA conducts hundreds of seminars and training sessions through its volunteer corps of educators, and takes the message of being "motorcycle aware" to the general public through its exclusive and proactive public speaking volunteers in its Motorist Awareness Division (MAD).   
  • Chapter Life 
    - Come join the fun at a Chapter meeting!  Go along on a group ride, partake in a poker-run, potluck, charity ride, or any of the numerous activities available to GWRRA Members in their local area.
  • Leadership Training - Free training that focuses on leadership skills.  Though some of the training deals specifically with skills needed in a GWRRA leadership position, other training deals with Life Skills and Member Orientation topics that will enhance the Member's life both within and outside of GWRRA.    
  • Membership Materials
     - 4" full-color patch, two 4" full-color decals, full-color Membership pin, plus more...
  • Find-A-Friend Council
     - For each new Member you find, you accumulate credits toward the Hall of Fame and Hall of Honor Awards.
  • Couple of the Year (COY) 
    - COY programs to recognize the outstanding efforts of individuals within GWRRA.
  • Special Interests Groups
     - Special interest groups for camping, Valkyrie, Classic wings, Cyber wings, Speakers bureaus, etc.
  • Professional Office Staff - Provides exceptional customer service that far exceeds the standard others provide. 800-843-9460 Online data management is offered at 

GWRRA Member Benefit Discounts!
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33%
 
Men's/Women's Tri-Weather PROTECTOR Jacket

We've heard you tell us what you want and now we offer a brand new Tri-Weather  jacket that is made for both men and women riders.  Our all new protective riding jacket is second to none.  GWRRA is embroidered on the back in neon green with the GWRRA logo in the same neon green on the front left chest.  Jackets such as these can cost as much as $300.00.  We are offering these at an incredible price of $159.99 plus shipping. We've added an inner removable long sleeve jacket that you can add the CE certified protectors for safe riding,  that also comes with hood. You can use the hood with your outer jacket to protect you from the elements once you stop riding.   Also available in women's sizes. These jackets typically run a size larger than stated. Included with the jacket will be a UPS return label for exchange or for a full refund.  International orders will ship by Postal Service and there will be extra shipping charges involved. Features of the jacket include the following:

 

* Inner jacket is zipped into place for extra warmth

* Outer jacket is made of 600d Oxford fabric with pu coating. 

* 100% polyester/Waterproof

* Mesh fabric for body lining.

* Inner jacket is removable windbreaker with hood made of 100% polyester

* Removable CE certified protectors on back, shoulders and pre-curved elbows

* Reflective piping for night riding.

* Adjustable straps for the waist and cuffs to loosen or tighten the jacket.

* 100 Polyester Inner Jacket that can also have the CE certified protectors added for warm weather riding.

 

October Wingin' It special sale price $119, plus shipping! 

 

Measurements: Men's 

Chest                         Sleeve Length             

SMALL-47"                   25.75"                              

MEDIUM-50"                26.25"                              

LARGE-53"                   26.75"                                 

XL-56"                         27.25"                                 

2XL-59"                       27.75"                                 

3XL-62"                       28.25"                              

4XL-65"                       28.75"                              

 

GWRRA 3in1 Neon Riding Jacket. 


Men's
3201000-Small
3201001-Medium
3201002-Large
3201003-XL
3201004-2XL
3201005-3XL
3201006-4XL

 

Measurements: Women's 

Chest Width

SMALL  43"

MEDIUM-46"

LARGE-49"

XL- 52"

2XL-55"

 

WAIST WIDTH

SMALL-39.50"

MEDIUM-42.50"

LARGE-45.50"

XL-48.50"

2XL-51.50"

 

Order Men's HERE,
Order Women's HERE.

or call Member Services at 800-843-9460 or 623-581-2500 (in Phoenix).  
  
                             

 

Offer Expires: 10/31--mention Wingin' It

 

 

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