As hard as it is to conceive, it is the end of 2013 already! Wow, where did the year go...? Obviously, that is a rhetorical question, but I must admit this year has gone by so fast, it has taken my breath away. I want to start by wishing you a very Happy Holiday Season and hope you and your loved ones enjoy everything that makes your hearts fill with joy. This time of year usually means time with family, friends and lots of shopping, travel and food! It can also mean some stress, but we sincerely hope that every one of you remember the real meaning of this season...whatever that is for you! For me it means GRATITUDE, PEACE, SHARING and FAMILY. It is also the time for me and my family to take stock of what happened this year and plan for the next. That is part of our tradition, as well as be grateful for all we have, sharing with the less fortunate, honoring the peace in our lives and praying for peace in the parts of the world where it is needed and spending more time with family. From my family, my wife Rose, my sons, Danny, David and his wife Laura, and my grandchildren, McKenzie, Nolan, Landon, and Ryan, we wish you and yours the most joyous, peaceful and healthy Holiday Season!
Speaking of family, everyone at the Home Office sends their warmest wishes for your best Holiday Season ever! May all your dreams come true and all your wishes fulfilled. We also want to send a special THANK YOU and Happy Holidays to all the Officers of GWRRA! These amazing Volunteers make GWRRA the best motorcycle family in the world! They work countless hours learning how to be Officers by taking the many classes and courses we have to offer to better serve you, our Members. Then, they spend many more hours organizing meetings, events, staff, trainings, in order to be prepared to have everything ready for our Members. Plus, these dedicated people make sure all the activities, supplies, materials, etc. are there for the staff and finally the Members. So, not only are we talking about their time and money, but their dedication and love of GWRRA and you, so we owe these fine people, our OFFICERS such a debt of gratitude, for serving us! THANK YOU!!
I would like to hear from our Officers as to why you volunteer to serve our Members and GWRRA. Please write me here and share your story, so I can print them in the next upcoming issues of Wingin' It. It will be great to let our Members know your stories and why you do what you do!
In other GWRRA news, we have a big announcement to make! Please read below the letter from our President, Abel Gallardo, about a change coming to the dates for Wing Ding, starting in 2015! Our Members have been asking for this for many years and we have made the change you have requested!
There are some great articles and stories this month. Our Directors, Ray and Sandi Garris send you their Holiday Greetings and their personal invitation to "GWRRA's Weekend at the Opry" event. Joe & Gracie Mazza wrote an informative article about "Potholes" and Bill & Dea Ann Gray, our Central US Deputy Directors gave us an article asking "Are you are a Leader?" Gene Hanselmann supplied us a great story about "Christmas Gifts" and Tom Hendricks wrote one about "Emergency Preparedness." Dave & Jill Krizizke from Chapter WI-C, sent us an article about a "Seasoned Couple" from their Chapter, Bill McCune from Florida wrote a rebuttal about an article he read in Wingin' It, titled "Rebuttal to Lane Splitting Story" and Tom Jayne from TN-C shared their Chapter's Fundraising event, "Wings Across Tennessee Beginning."
We also have a nice article we copied from Chapter LA-M's newsletter, written by their Chapter Educator, Charles & Cynthia Simpson, about "Winter Riding." We also want to thank Emma Wood for her Member Feedback about last months question about CB channel use. Thanks Emma! And thanks Tom for all the HUMOR!! Please keep sending me your articles, stories and Chapter events here. Wingin' It only continues due to your participation and submissions. Thanks to everyone who continues to read and submits articles!
"GWRRA's Weekend at the Opry" at the Opryland Resort & Convention Center preregistration is going very well. The dates are Friday, August 29, 2014 through Sunday, August 31, 2014. As we mentioned, this event 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. If you were at Wing Ding in 2006 and remember the Opryland Hotel, you will remember how much FUN we had! If you have never been there, this is one property you need to visit at some time in your life! It is an incredible facility with everything you can imagine under one roof. Not only your room, but multiple restaurants, gardens, shops, fountains, pubs, convention center, multiple seminar rooms, the world famous WSM radio station and a river with boats you can ride on inside the hotel!
The event registration fee is ONLY $15 for Members and includes a T-shirt and a pin. The weekend includes a dinner/dance, opening/closing ceremonies, fun events, seminars, optional tickets for the Grand Ole Opry and optional tours in and around Nashville. One update is that we have been able to reduce the rate of the General Jackson Showboat tour on the Cumberland River from $106 to $65 per person. We will also be offering some free seminars at the Opry, one of which will be "Meet with our GWRRA President & Director" and another will be "GWRRA Benefits." 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.
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Here is a Member's comment and question we received from last months Wingin' It.
This is in response the David's question about standardizing a CB channel for GWRRA's Chapters.
Please respond to me here with your thoughts on this idea.
I have traveled [by Gold Wing] extensively in the US and Canada. When I travel by myself I am on Channel 19, which provides most of the travel information I would be needing/wanting to know. However, while traveling with a group there is a possibility that channel changes become necessary. In our Chapter we would mostly use 1,2,3, or 4, but I remember traveling in other parts of the US and Canada where we needed to select a different channel, [due to local chatter] and change from time to time.
Therefore, I would say one can not standardize channels. When I meet one rider I will say hello on Channel 19, if I meet a group and want to hear or speak to them, I go through the first few channels and listen, but the range is not very far and it would not matter what channel they were on if we are running in opposite directions on the highway. I once met a rider [a friend from VA] in the Rockies going in opposite directions and we were able to say hello and where we were headed before we could not hear each other any more.
My opinion on standard channels... even if we decided on a standard channel it would not always possible to use.
My 2 cents,
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Bill & Dea Ann Gray
GWRRA Deputy Director - Central US
Are You A Leader?
What is a leader? The World English Dictionary defines a leader as "a person who guides or inspires others!" Does this describe you?
Allow me to list a few character traits of a good leader in GWRRA:
Do these traits describe you? If the answer is YES, then you qualify! Today, we have many outstanding leaders in our organization who go above and beyond to serve the Members.
Who are our leaders?
1. Directors 2. Asst. Directors 3. Treasurers 4. Rider Ed Coordinators 5. Membership Enhancement Coordinators 6. Leadership Trainers 7. Motorist Awareness Coordinators 8. Medic - First Aid Coordinators 9. Road Captains 10. Ride Coordinators 11. Newsletter Editors 12. Webmasters
13. Sunshine reporters and the list goes on and on based on the wonderful Volunteers who feel their time & talents with GWRRA are meaningful and appreciated.
In this age of digital communication and social networking, we as an organization have made TREMENDOUS strides in minimizing the one thing our leaders of the past dreaded,
PAPERWORK! Snail mail as many call it is almost a thing of the past. Appointment paperwork that took weeks to process now is only a few days. Who knows, we may be able to print our own patches one day... Ok, wishful thinking huh? Communication is almost instant through the use of Facebook, texting, emails and believe it or not, some still use the telephone.
In closing, GWRRA NEEDS YOU! The process of looking for new Members and folks to lead them is never ending. With our World Class training, what are you waiting for? With that being said, don't wait for someone to ask, please VOLUNTEER!
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- A dentist and a manicurist married. ...They fought tooth and nail.
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- If you don't pay your exorcist . . . you can get repossessed.
- With her marriage, she got a new name . . . and a dress.
- Show me a piano falling down a mineshaft and I'll show you . . . A-flat miner.
A Testimony to True Friendship!
A man brings his best buddy home for dinner unannounced at 5:30 after work.
His wife begins screaming at him and his friend just sits and listens in.
"My hair & makeup are not done, the house is a mess, the dishes are not done, I'm still in my pajamas and I can't be bothered with cooking tonight! What the hell did you bring him home for?"
"Because he's thinking of getting married."
This is a picture of Chapter IA-A, Des Moines (in blue) and Chapter IA-W, Fort Dodge (in lime Green) at the Bell Tower Festival Parade in Jefferson Iowa. Roger Harris, Chapter IA-W Director invited Chapter IA-A to meet in Jefferson to ride in the parade as a group and then go to the A & W Restaurant. It was a really good time and have since learned that there are 18 A & W Restaurants in the state of Iowa. More Fun with Friends for Safety and Knowledge.
Roger & Vicki Harris
Chapter IA-W Directors
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The Big News
You asked for it, and we listened.
For years, Wing Ding has fallen around July 4th. It's the middle of the summer, there are fireworks and it's a generally fun time to get out and ride. But it's not been without it's problems. Adverse weather conditions, high gas prices and other considerations have made it an event that not every Member could attend. You've been telling us that you want to change the date - and we've listened.
In 2015, Wing Ding will be held over Labor Day weekend. That's September 2-6, 2015. Mark your calendars.
As we've mentioned before, there are quite a few reasons why this works out better for everyone, but let's bring up a few of the obvious ones. First off, traveling across the country in the middle of the summer can take its toll on you, both physically and financially. Whether you're riding a GL1800, 1500, 1200 or pulling a trailer, gas prices aren't cheap and they traditionally go up during the summer months. When do they go back down? That's right, the end of the summer, right around Labor Day. In addition, hotel prices go down as well, which means there are more options available for better prices. So financially, Labor Day weekend offers quite a few benefits.
Then there's the physical aspect of things. Some years, Wing Ding is drenched in rain, making driving on two wheels a bit sketchy - and certainly not the safest option. Then there's the heat and humidity, which can also wear you down, particularly if you're wearing all the gear, all the time (which, of course, you should). Know when it cools down? Late August and early September. You may be catching on to a trend here.
Behind the scenes, there's another advantage that most Members might not know about. Everyone wants to travel during the summer, and that means that hotels, restaurants and other areas can raise their prices accordingly. It also means that they're usually booked, which gives us at the Home Office a more difficult time to find cities that Members want to visit. By moving the event to Labor Day, more options open up. Cities that Members loved from previous Wing Dings become available and new ones - sometimes coastal cities - also are now looking at Wing Ding. But most important of all is the reason that brought the Home Office to this decision to begin with: You asked for it.
You - the Members - make up GWRRA, and without you, there would be no Wing Ding to attend. You asked us to shift Wing Ding's date. You wanted a schedule that would give you more time to spend with your family, didn't interfere with other major events and saved you money in the process. You asked, and we listened.
Of course, all that leaves the obvious question: Where is Wing Ding 2015, anyway? Well we can't answer that one for you yet, but you will find out come Wing Ding 2014. We'll see you there.
Ray & Sandi GarrisGWRRA Directors
Wingin It December, 2013
This Month's Quiz!!
1. What are you planning to do on Labor Day Weekend (Aug. 29-31 2014)?
2. Where is Miss Mary Bobo's Boarding House located?
3. How long is the General Jackson Showboat?
4. Is it true that lunch is included with the show on the paddle-wheel powered tour down the Cumberland River in Nashville?
All of the answers to this quiz are located in the Wing World magazine articles about GWRRA's Weekend At The Opry - August 29, 31, 2014.
You are cordially invited to join Sandi and I, and lots of your "extended family" in GWRRA on this really great riverboat experience on Labor Day weekend in Nashville. Pick from a list of 4 fabulous tours being offered to our Members, starting at only $44 per person.
There will be lots to do besides the great tours. The world class beauty and comfort of this hotel is an incredible experience all by itself. We even have a Saturday evening buffet and dinner dance planned for you and your spouse - lots of FUN!
Sandi and I are looking forward to meeting each of you on this very special occasion in Nashville.
We can promise you and yours a FUN experience at a special room rate of only $110 per night for GWRRA Members and their guests. This rate even includes the $18 resort fee daily.
If you will sign up today, you will receive a special preregistration price of only $15 per person. This price will include a free tee shirt, event pin and a weekend full of FUN with your GWRRA family in Nashville. You can arrange all of this with one easy phone call to 1-888-777-6779 (Home Office) or visit opryevent.gwrra.org .
P.S. Santa: This is what I want, please, please. I've been good all year!!
Best Wishes for a wonderful Holiday Season from the Home Office and Sandi and I as well.
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Rider Education Article
Joe and Gracie Mazza
Assistant International Director Rider Education
I recently had an up close and personal encounter with a pothole. Fortunately, I was in my car and was able to pull over and assess the damage without further incident. My tire was flat, the rim was bent and, come to find out later, the alignment was affected. That's how deep the pothole was and how hard I hit. I then, once again, availed myself of the benefits of the Rescue Plus towing service. Rescue Plus is the best $25 I have ever spent as I have had to use it more times than I could have imagined. Having this benefit has sure given me peace of mind.
I got to thinking, what if I was on my trike or even two wheels? What would it have meant as far as controlling the motorcycle? I estimated I was traveling about 50 mph when the collision occurred. On my trike I probably would have been able to control it and pull to the side of the road as long as I didn't panic and yank the wheel hard left or right. That move at that speed could cause me to lose control and who knows what problems could occur.
If I were on two wheels and hit this pothole at 50 mph, I most likely would have been ejected from the bike. Remember, I hit it so hard it bent the rim and flattened the tire. I thought about the ERC's and TRC's I have taken over the years and understood completely why those swerving maneuvers are such an integral part of the courses. Obviously, if you have time to react, swerving around said pothole is the correct procedure.
I did some research and found a plethora of responses to the question "What To Do About Potholes When Riding A Motorcycle." The source I used was "MSF Materials, Twenty Years of Riding and Teaching." Of all the answers submitted to MSF the best was by a fellow named Matt B. Matt said, " First try to avoid it, that would be my natural reaction and the safest course of action. Second (if the pothole is unavoidable), slow your speed. Stand up slightly on your pegs with your knees bent, they will act as shock absorbers. Upon overtaking the pothole, accelerate slightly and smoothly. Regain your normal riding posture and smoothly increase your speed after you ride over the pothole. If swerving is not an option, attack this and every obstacle in as straight an angle as possible. This will help you avoid a nasty loss of control if a wheel gets snagged. The point of accelerating is to transfer weight and, in turn, grip the rear wheel and lighten the load on the front wheel, thereby lifting it up slightly."
There were a number of other answers listed and most were in agreement with Matt B. The "standing on the pegs to use your knees as shock absorbers" seems to be universal. By the way, to replace the rim on my 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix was $800. The total bill was close to $1000. A pretty costly pothole. Thank goodness for insurance.
Tom Hendricks, TX-U
While attending a few GWRRA Rallies/Conventions this summer of 2013, one thing I've noticed at about half of the events is someone acting other than "normal," as in a medical sense, not trying to be funny or just acting up. The latest incident was a man experiencing low blood sugar and starting to get shaky, but unable to do much for himself. Luckily for him, a few of his friends were also in the seminar, and he asked them to run out to his motorcycle and get his diabetes kit. Thankfully, he was able to tell his friends what to do, and continued with the class, although he was obviously not totally up to snuff.
The question I have, is how many of your fellow riders have some kind of ailment that their riding buddies should be aware of, and in the event it does occur, they know what to do? My daughter is a type 1 diabetic, and one of the worst days of my life was seeing her in a low-sugar diabetic seizure, with 5-6 EMS personnel trying to subdue her in order to take the proper measures to bring her blood sugar back under control. Sometimes there are things you can do to help, and other times you need to call in the professionals quickly to do their job. The underlying issue is, the people around you need to be aware you have a medical condition they might be able to assist you with, or they may need to contact EMS for medical personnel to intervene.
One of the things you can do, in addition to telling your family, friends, and riding peers, is to wear a medical alert necklace or bracelet stating the medical issue you have. This takes some of your liability away, as no one wants to be surprised in the middle of a motorcycle event when you start acting abnormally and the cause is unknown. Another positive piece of "insurance" is to have a card with pertinent emergency medical information in the left hand pocket of your fairing, or a similar standard location, which might tell someone how to successfully rectify your situation, or at least who to call for help. An excellent source for a fill in the blank emergency medical identification card, courtesy of MedIDs.com, is at http://medids.com/free-id.php. Copies of your medical insurance information would also be helpful.
Supplementing the medical emergency card is the program, In Case of Emergency (ICE), which enables first responders, such as paramedics, firefighters, and police officers, as well as hospital personnel, to contact the next of kin of the owner of a mobile phone to obtain important medical or support information (the phone must be unlocked and working). The phone entry (or entries) should supplement or complement written (such as wallet, bracelet, or necklace) information or indicators. It encourages people to enter emergency contacts in their mobile phone address book under the name "ICE". Alternatively, a person can list multiple emergency contacts as "ICE1", "ICE2", etc.
In any group, one of the first things you should do is let your leader, instructor, or riding partner know what your medical problem is, for example, you're a diabetic. If you're in a large class, who's to say your leader, instructor, or riding partner might forget during the chaos if you were to go into shock in the middle of the lecture? Or, what if the leader, instructor, or riding partner is out that day, and there's a substitute, and you forgot to explain your situation to them?
Knowledge is power. A working knowledge of your condition might allow someone to head off a dangerous situation, or to minimize the start of a minor situation. A lack of knowledge could be tragic in some of these instances.
As a friend, I owe you the loyalty to watch your back, and to give you assistance, if needed. As a friend, you owe me an awareness of your medical problem, and what I should be expected to do if your problem occurs. I will do everything I can to assist, but a little preparation and discussion beforehand will make me feel more comfortable to do the correct thing, and allow me to ask questions, when convenient, versus reacting in the heat of the emergency.
The GWRRA crowd seems to be an aging group. If you do not presently have a medical problem, the odds are good you may have one in the future. "Fun, Safety, Knowledge," are three of the basic words in the GWRRA vocabulary. Let's reverse the order of these three words to " Knowledge, Safety, and Fun" to ensure those with medical concerns provide enough knowledge to promote safety, so we may all continue to have fun with minimal danger and inconvenience.
Dave & Jill Krizizke
We had a discussion at one of our Brat Fry's and a topic came up with a question. What do I do if I get up in age and can no longer ride my Gold Wing? Does it mean the end to my association with GWRRA? Does it mean the end to my association with all of my Chapter Friends?
Well, Chapter C is blessed to have a "seasoned" couple in this situation right at this time. We asked Mike and Nita Ehrhardt to comment on their solution to the questions I just asked. Here are their words:
I need to give you a little history before I reveal my purpose for this article. Way back in the '50s my boyfriend made a trip to DePere to visit me riding his Harley. On the way home to Dodge County he had a bit of an accident. Later when we were married and he suggested he have a motorcycle I stated he had
a choice, the bike or me. He chose me and for 42 years didn't ride a bike.
After changing the operation of his farm in 1993, he had time for a hobby and suggested that he get himself a motorcycle. I said that would be fine with me as the boys were grown and on their own and he did need a hobby. In 1996, I came home from work one night to find a 1984 Honda Aspencade parked in my spot in the garage.
After some time, he even had me interested in riding and so our life changed for the better. Chapter C found us and invited us to ride with them. We made wonderful friends. These people were so helpful making us feel a part of the family of riders.
After a time, we decided that riding was so much fun that perhaps we should have a bike that was more up to date with communication ability, etc. Wow that was one sweet bike. We purchased a 2000 Gold Wing SE. Our adventure continued for years and trips that we had never thought were possible. But they tell you all good things come to an end.
Due to health problems I couldn't ride with Mike any more. He was in kidney failure and he did well taking the bike to his dialysis treatments but when I got on board it was too much for a good ride. Thankfully, after three years of dialysis he received a transplant and things were much better. However the medications he took caused balance problems so after deep thinking, he decided he had to find a buyer for his bike.
With the bike gone, we were at a loss as to what we would do about our membership with Chapter C. We would miss the great times with our friends and all the outings that they planned and it is not easy to say goodbye to dear friends. One of our friends had sold his bike and occasionally came with his convertible and suggested that we do the same. After a very long story here it is, we are still Members of Chapter C. We take part in events and keep in touch with our friends while riding in our "Quadcycle". With the top down, we still have the open feeling of the bike and everyone is so kind still making us feel like Members of the Chapter C family.
Don't think that when the bike is gone you are finished. Gold Wingers are wonderful people, as you full well know, and will welcome you even when you are reduced(?) to four wheels. Thank you Chapter C for allowing us to remain young with all of you!
Chapter C would not be the same if we lost these valuable Members, so, please consider alternatives to keep all of your Members tied to GWRRA and Chapter Life.
Another Member Story:
submitted by: Gene A Hanselman
Member #135067, Chapter OH-D3
Merry Christmas! Each year we ponder over ideas of, how do we show our significant other how much we care for them. Then we purchase extravagant gifts such as clothes, yearly memberships to organizations, jewelery and personal items and, of course, gift certificates. After all, the bike has been stashed away until spring and "Out of sight, out of mind" always prevails. I, for one, ride as much and as long each year as weather permits. That leaves a lot of extra time for me to think about motorcycle goodies for me and my gal.
Kathy is happy receiving a good book or some kind of artwork for the house. She also enjoys gift certificates for about anything from food to clothes. I suspect all of your significant others feel the same way, but think about all these alternative gifts for this Christmas and next year's motorcycling pleasure.
It's always a great trip to ride to your "Honey Moon" spot, unless you went to a really cold climate in an extreme chilly month. In that case a trip to Niagara Falls in the spring may be a better venue. Even if you just want a summer trip to a warm area, you can plan for Wing Ding. It's always in July and usually in the heartland which is warm weather by then.
2-Practical riding gear:
My wife prefers practical gifts such as riding boots, gloves, jeans and headwear. Boots and lightweight gloves are not only practical, but needed to survive if an accident occurs. Good heavy jeans or armor wear can save your hide from scrapes and road rash just as a helmet can save your skull. Don't forget little essentials, prescription sunglasses, belt bags and small make-up cases all come in handy for any ride, long or short. Along that same line, practical accessories can make the trip less exhausting by adding extra pegs, softer seat or butt rest, back rest, drink holders and cooler kits. AGPS, XM Radio or even an MP3 player can make for an even more relaxing ride and can be switched to the car or home.
3-More extravagant gifts include: a. A camping trailer to have a home away from home. (We personally do not enjoy camping but a lot of people really enjoy roughing it in a tent or camper.) b. Triking your bike or adding a side car for stability and comfort. c. Adding paint schemes or murals to dress your bike up. d. Taking a trip abroad and renting a motorcycle upon arriving. e. Having your bike tricked out with chrome and other accessories. f. Get matching his and hers tattoo's. The list is endless and you can spend as much or as little as you want.
What ever the gift or what ever the price, I love it and appreciate it very much. I have two hobbies and passions which I live for and I always enjoy receiving stuff for them. They are motorcycles and hunting. I can not get enough products to fill my desire for these hobbies. I constantly collect and find more stuff to add to these sports. If anyone ever asks or questions what I would like for Christmas, birthdays or any other occasion, I will always answer with "Motorcycle or Hunting stuff".
All this "stuff" is nice to give and great to receive, but I believe we forget the true meaning of "Christmas."
We all get caught up in the gifts, the political correctness, the vacationing and the time off work and forget that Christ was born on this day and we Christians are to celebrate that event. As always, we attend our religion's events.
This Christmas season could be tough spending with the economy at an all time low. Jobs are at premiums and any job today is a good job. We all have to get the most bang for the buck. As of this time no one has yet asked me what I want for Christmas, but there is plenty of time left. Kathy's family draws names and I put down a new shotgun, chrome wheels for the bike and diabetic socks. You see, when you write a list you always give multiple items for them to choose from.
I am one of the people that enjoys giving, rather than receiving. I would rather give friends and family two or three gifts each, like a $5.00 gift certificate to McDonald's and movie tickets to dollar matinees. While I enjoy one gift from them, like a spending spree at Cabela's or Competition Accessories.
Submitted by: Bill McCune
Palm Bay, Florida
Rebuttal to Lane Splitting Story
A recent rider education article in the e-Newsletter on the evils of lane splitting caught my attention.
I was first introduced to lane splitting when I moved to Panama in the late 90s. At that time I had about 7 years experience riding my 1988 GL1500, but for Panama I bought a 1978 BMW R80/7. While the Beemer was narrower than the Wing, several members of the Road Knights Motorcycle Club, a group of Americans and Panamanians I joined shortly after arriving in country, had GL1500s and split lanes as easily as I did. Believe me, getting from one side of Panama City to another in a timely fashion is significantly easier if lane splitting is done, when appropriate, instead of sitting in traffic.
I moved to California after almost a year in Panama and continued lane splitting when the need arose. That is, when I was stopped in a traffic jam. Once traffic began moving again, I eased back into a driving lane. After three years in California I moved to Germany and continued the practice whenever I was caught in a traffic jam on the Autobahn. Yes, the high speed Autobahn suffers from traffic jams, especially around cities. While I did not have the chance to ride a motorcycle when I visited Bangkok, Thailand (another place the author cited), I would have done so if given the opportunity. Bangkok has almost three times the population of New York City. If you want to sit in traffic all day, fine. I would lane split and cut my commute time in half or less. Admittedly, motorcycle lane splitting is the norm in these places and motorists are used to it.
Using Wikipedia, apparently one of the same sources the rider education article author used, I gleaned these tidbits of information;
"In Europe, the MAIDS Report was conducted using Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development(OECD) standards in 1999-2000 and collected data on over 900 motorcycle accidents...It is notable that the pre-crash motion of the motorcycle or scooter was lane-splitting in only 0.4% of cases...
"After discussing the pros and cons at great length, motorcycle safety guru David L. Hough ultimately argues that a rider, given the choice to legally lane split, is probably safer doing so, than to remain stationary in a traffic jam."
"A literature review of lane-sharing by the Oregon Department of Transportation notes "a potential safety benefit is increased visibility for the motorcyclist. Splitting lanes allows the motorcyclist to see what the traffic is doing ahead and be able to proactively maneuver."
In my opinion, if a rider lives where lane splitting is simply not done, it shouldn't be done. However, if lane splitting is the norm in your area, you're comfortable doing it, and know how to do it safely, there is no reason for an outsider who lacks the real world experience to declare the practice unsafe and condemn it. I believe lane splitting should be the norm in the US, especially in cities with traffic congestion problems.
(Ed. note: This article is one Members opinion and not that of GWRRA.)
Chapter Event & Charity
Submitted by Tom Jayne
Wings Across Tennessee Beginning
This is how the Gold Wing Road Riders Association, Chapter C in Kingsport, TN got involved with St. Jude Children's Hospital.
One Thursday night in the summer of 1996, Mike Taylor mentioned how rewarding it would be if GWRRA Tennessee Chapter C could do something to help the children at St. Jude. Ideas were batted around and the best one was to have a "cruise in" and take pictures of the motorcycles and cars. This was held at the Pizza Inn in Elizabethton, TN.
Mike Taylor made contact with Dot Xiques (pronounced Hickus) at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and questioned if they could deliver the money to the hospital. Her reply was, "I don't know about a motorcycle group coming here. This had never been done before. I will have to check to see if this is OK." Dot got it cleared for the group to come to the hospital. On a Friday in October of 1996 the group headed to Memphis. Keith Marsh, James Daugherty, Larry Roberts, and Mike Taylor rode motorcycles accompanied by Nyoka Holder, Carolyn Taylor and Ginger, a patient from St. Jude that lives in Elizabethton, traveling in a van. Jon and Nancy Byrd rode their bike from Florida and joined the group in Lebanon.
Saturday morning the group arrived at St. Jude Hospital, got to meet Dot and Chris House whom they had been corresponding with, and got a wonderful tour of the hospital. After much turning of pockets in the parking lot, Chapter C was proud to present St. Jude with $5000.00. Keith Eggerton of St. Jude Hospital took this cruise in concept and expanded it to a slogan we know today as "Cruisin for St. Jude," so it would appeal to all motorcycle groups no matter the format they use as a fundraiser. In 1997, Tom Jarrell gave the ride the name "Wings Across Tennessee" because it leaves Bristol and ends in Memphis, which makes it a true ride across Tennessee and it continues under that name today. Now, other motorcycle groups participate in this effort and enjoy the ride to the hospital. We thank Dot for following up on this and making it possible for everyone to take part with St. Jude Hospital in their efforts to help the children. If you have an idea of a way you might be able to help someone, don't drop the idea but pursue it.
The next 18 years have included "cruise in's," yard sales, golf tournaments, auctions, kisses with Big Tom Buchanan from the show "Survivor" and "Driving the Track at Bristol", and last but certainly not least, quilts by Wynne Stewart. Carolyn Jarrell is now making the quilts for the children. For a donation of $25, you can have a pillow case made in honor or memory of someone. Carolyn will make a pillow case for a child and the money will also go to St. Jude. She does not keep anything for doing this. Through the years we have been joined by more GWRRA Chapters and others with a desire to help support the work at St. Jude Hospital. Memphis was kind enough to give us the presidential "Police Escort" for a few years and it was awesome. It could give you chill bumps to be a part of this.
We have developed a great relationship with the people at St. Jude Hospital over the years and have gotten to know some awesome children and parents.
This tradition continues to the present with the "Wings Across Tennessee" ride from Bristol to Memphis scheduled for September 12 - 13, 2014. We will have a golf tournament on May 7, 2014 at Tri City Golf Course, a fundraiser at Salsaritas, and a Putt Putt or miniature golf tournament on August 7 as fundraisers for St. Jude.
As of September, 2013 our Chapter has contributed $475,980.70 and the Gold Wing Road Riders Association has contributed $1,425,378 to St. Jude. If you need more information or wish to make a donation you may contact me at (423) 323-2239. If you choose to make a donation please make the check payable to St. Jude Children's Hospital and either call me to pick it up or mail it to:
463 Hobbs Hollow Road
Blountville, TN 37617
copied from LA-M newsletter
Charles & Cynthia Simpson
LA-M Chapter Educator
As winter approaches, falling temperatures will ground a lot of motorcycles until spring. But plummeting mercury doesn't have to confine you to 4-wheels. Some of the best rides have been in cooler weather when there is less traffic on the road, the air is crisp and clean and there are fewer bugs.
Riding in cooler weather means recognizing first and foremost, it is the wind that causes your body to become chilled. It is the flow of wind or "wind chill factor" holding onto your body heat that is difficult, if you can't block the wind. A windshield greatly reduces the airflow to your torso, so you stay warmer longer. The next essential item is proper-fitting riding gear, protective garments that are neither too tight nor too loose.
Always dress in layers so as the day warms up you don't overheat. Keeping in mind that our bodies are all different, so what works for one person may not work the same for you.
Riding in colder temperatures means being constantly aware of how your body is handling changing temperatures. You can be seriously impaired by letting the cold weather get the better of you, and your ability to handle your motorcycle. When out on a late season group ride, it's a good idea to keep in mind on how much protective winter gear your fellow riders have. When cold becomes intolerable due to lack of proper protection, reaction times will also be seriously compromised.
So, if you are one of those who prefer your 4-wheels in the winter, please keep an eye out for those of us who enjoy a little cold-weather riding. Or gear up and join us!
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