Greetings! 

 

 

The weather has certainly been a topic of discussion among many of our Members this past winter season in many parts of this country, Canada and the world. From extreme cold, snow levels to drought, torrential rains and floods, we have about it all. We hope everyone overcame the worst of it and we certainly hope the spring will bring milder weather for riding and enjoying the pleasures of our sport.

It was with great joy I am writing about a theme that seems to have developed from the contributions from the articles submitted this month. The first one is about women in GWRRA and how our Association would not be where we are today...OK, that's my opinion. You can agree with me or not, but allow me to state my case. GWRRA was started by Paul Hildebrand and Co-founded by Shirley Stephens-Garcia (Paul's then wife). I met Paul and Shirley back in 1979 at Wing Ding I, a year after GWRRA started and I can tell you how hard she worked to assist in the development of this organization. Her contributions are countless and go from being one of the original 7 riders to start GWRRA, to Office Manager, when they were able to hire a few employees; to being a rider educator; to being publisher of Wing World magazine; to being President of GWRRA at one point in her career (just to mention a few of her many positions). Also, of note, Shirley rode her Gold Wing to every Wing Ding until 2011! Shirley retired several years ago, but is still a vital force in the membership of GWRRA. Thank you Shirley!

Other women have played integral parts with GWRRA throughout its history as well as a continual force within our Association today. Several come to mind immediately, like BJ Lyman, who I believe was our first female National Director of Public Relations back in 1991. BJ has since passed away, but will always be remembered for her many contributions in many areas of GWRRA, COY program, as emcee at Wing Ding and in charge of its talent show, and writing and singing "Wings of Gold", which you can read about in Member Feedback below. Thank you BJ!

June Agee will also be remembered for her contributions as National Director of Member Enhancement, who also has passed. Some outstanding Regional Directors should be mentioned here, Dottie Bahrenburg from Region B and Anita Alkire from Region F, who has since become a Deputy Director. These women and many, many more volunteer as District and Chapter Directors and are great riders who serve our Members with incredible dedication and leadership. GWRRA is proud and fortunate to have not only these women support our Members, but every spouse, female volunteer who stay after their spouse has passed to support, assist and in some cases make sure the men get it done! LOL! You know what I mean guys. When I was an Area Representative, that sure dates me, my wife was essential to making sure the Chapter was contacted for all events, she also was primary greeter, while I was primary recruiter and speaker, she was the leader behind the leader, so to speak!

So, THANK YOU to all the women of GWRRA who help make us who we are...the biggest family in the world! Read more about this subject in Tom Dierig's article below. Thanks Tom!

The second, sub-theme of this month seems to be GETTING INVOLVED IN GWRRA! Anita Alkire, our Deputy Director from the West has written an article on the subject. I could not agree more. My best days in GWRRA were when I was involved with my first Chapter, CO-A, in 1980 in Aurora, CO. Back then as well as now, starting a Chapter or building a Chapter or just getting involved in a Chapter takes the same stuff! A willingness to have FUN!! If you want to get out of your comfort zone, have more FUN in your life, get involved in a Chapter! If you don't like your Chapter, change it or find another Chapter or start a new one. If you have an issue with your CD, talk with him or her and resolve the issue and focus on having FUN. Remember GWRRA's motto, "FRIENDS for FUN, Safety and Knowledge." This motto was picked with a specific purpose and each word was chosen for its meaning and placed in its chosen order of priority!

I am not here to get involved in any operational issues, I am merely saying, as Members we are here to enjoy the Association and each other for our common love of the sport and our common lifestyle. GWRRA has given us the format to do this...for 36 years, more than any other motorcycle association of its type! You can write me here with any thoughts on either subject I have mentioned. Have FUN and enjoy each other!

For those of you who are planning to attend GWRRA's Weekend at the Opry event in August, we wanted to share with you some updates. Our DJ for the dinner/dance on Saturday night will be the great Scooter Davis. His bio is below and for those who were at Wing Ding in Nashville he was the DJ at the dance at the Opryland Hotel back in 2008. We had a great time and we look forward to the same awesome night with Scooter on Saturday night, August 30, 2014. Remember, you must register for the event and buy a ticket for the dinner/dance. You can do that  by clicking here to register or by calling our Member Services folks at 800-843-9460.

We also want to remind everyone attending GWRRA's Weekend at the Opry, some free seminars will be offered during the event. "Meet GWRRA's President and Directors", and "GWRRA's Benefits" are scheduled. For all events, seminars, tours and dinner/dance your armband will be required. This comes free with your paid registration fee of $15. You also receive a pin and t-shirt with your registration fee. Again as a reminder, please register for the event, book your hotel as we are almost 74% sold out and book your tours. Regarding the tours, the tour company wanted to remind us that if we do not get a minimum of 35 people per tour, that particular tour may be cancelled. So, please book your tour now as it may be cancelled prior to arrival if we do not get enough people to make the minimums. On site registration for tours is based on space available. Click here to register.

We have also received some great feedback about the songs for GWRRA. This subject reminds me of BJ Lyman who wrote and sang "Wings of Gold" for many years prior to her passing, at many GWRRA events, especially all the Wing Dings she attended. For those who never met BJ, she was a Life Member, rider, former National Director, former COY, emcee at Wing Ding and the Talent Show and wife of Kit Lyman. She also had a PhD in psychology, founded a rock band in her youth, was a dear friend and is missed by many. Many people wrote in about their thoughts on what should be the official song for GWRRA. Read the Member Feedback section below to read their suggestions. If you have more comments about these ideas or any of the above feedback, please write me here.
 

GWRRA is also very excited about Wing Ding 36, "Light up the Lakes" in Madison, July 2-5, 2014. There are many new events being planned and as always, the city of Madison loves our Members! So, make sure you get registered for Wing Ding early  and save on preregistration. Check out the Wing Ding 36 site here and get registered now or call one of our friendly Member Services agents at 800-843-9460! 2014 is going to be a great year full of activities for all our Members including a "Big Wisconsin Welcome" on July 1st in conjunction with the City of Middleton, as well as the "A Taste of Wisconsin" on July 2nd at the Alliant Energy Center Coliseum, just to name a few!         

 

We want to appreciate and acknowledge the contributors to the April issue of Wingin' It. Thank you to Ray and Sandi Garris for their articles. We want to thank Joe & Gracie Mazza for their Rider Education articles, Gene Hanselman for his wonderful stories, and Tom Hendricks for your continued supply of great jokes. There is a great article  from our Deputy Director, Anita & JR Alkire, and a very informative article about the women in his Chapter from Tom Dierig, CD, KY-G. There is another Deputy Director article from Bill & Dea Ann Gray about Getting Back to Basics! Also, don't forget to read the coupon at the bottom of the Wingin' It to save 33% off Women's Winged Wheel T-Shirt! Say that three times fast...

We really hope you become a contributor to your newsletter, the Wingin' It. It is great to receive your articles, Chapter activities, jokes and stories! Please keep sending us your travelogues, rides, Chapter stories, Gold Book stories and favorite rides or spring 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. 

 

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 

 

Gold Wing Road Riders Association

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Member Humor-Did I Read That Right?
GWRRA Poll
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Director's Article
Rider Education Article
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Deputy Director Article
Another Deputy Director Article
Chapter Director Article
Another Member Story
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  Lady Friends 

 

4 older ladies are sitting around playing bridge. The first lady says, "You know girls, I have known you all a long time and there is something I must get off my chest. I am a kleptomaniac. But, don't worry, I have never stolen from you and I never will; we have been friends for too long."

 

The second lady says, "Well, since we are having true confessions here, I must get something off my chest too. I am a nymphomaniac. But don't worry, I have not hit on your husbands. They don't interest me and never will; we have been friends for too long."

 

"Well," says the third lady, "I, too, must confess something. I am a lesbian. But do not worry, I will not hit on you. You are not my type. We have been friends too long for me to ruin our friendship."

 

The fourth lady stands up, says, "I have a confession to make also. I am an uncontrollable gossip, and I have some phone calls to make!"

 

 

Sent in by
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Inspirational

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Director's Article
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Ray & Sandi Garris
Directors-GWRRA 

 

This pin started it all!!  

                                       "40 to Phoenix"

 

Five years ago, Greg McKinney and a few friends from Arkansas decided that they wanted a Visitors Pin from the Home Office. They shared that thought with a few more people and decided that they could even take the historic "Route 66" (now known as Interstate 40) thus..."40 To Phoenix" was born. This ride has now become the largest Coast to Coast ride in the history of GWRRA.

 

On Thursday, March 13, 2014 about 88 "40 To Phoenix" riders arrived at the Home Office and were welcomed by another 130 GWRRA Members and Home Office Staff. This all started a great day filled with FUN, escorted tours locally, great conversation, camaraderie, a lot of "tire kicking, and pictures of our "extended family" having FUN. The highlight of the day was for many of our Members, a tour of the Home Office and a shiny silver pin for their vest that proudly states " I visited The Home Office."

 

This was truly a very unique event. Here is another example of what can happen when a group of "Wingers" get together and rally around a FUN idea. As we watch this event grow each year with new riders, it clearly shows us that when our Members are having FUN, "The Sky is the Limit!" If having FUN is the main ingredient in the recipe for a great event, then our job as Officers at any level is to be sure to follow that recipe when we plan any and all of our conventions, gatherings, events, rides or staff meetings.

 

A very special thanks go to the following folks: Russ Schaeffer, (organizer & leader of the ride) Abel Gallardo, Ed Price, Melissa Eason and all the great crew at the Home Office and most of all, ALL THE RIDERS AND GWRRA MEMBERS WHO CAME OUT AND SUPPORTED THIS EVENT. We really enjoyed this incredible day and can't hardly wait for next year's ride.

 

A Big Thank You to all who helped make it all happen!

 

Ray & Sandi Garris

Your Directors of GWRRA  

 

Rider Education Article
by Joe & Gracie Mazza

Progress in Electronics: A Bad Thing For Traffic Accidents If Abused

 

While stuck in traffic recently in Fresno, California, Steven Spriggs was looking at a map on his iPhone. A California Highway Patrolman on his motorcycle spotted him and stopped him to write a ticket. Spriggs challenged the $165 fine in court and won. Apparently, the law doesn't apply to looking at maps on cell phones.

 

In early January, 2014, a San Diego, California traffic court threw out a citation against a woman believed to be the first motorist in the country to be ticketed for driving while wearing a Google Glass computer-in-glasses device. Commissioner John Blair ruled that Cecilia Abadie was not guilty because she had been cited under a code that requires proof beyond a reasonable doubt that the device was in operation, which the officer did not provide.

 

Legal experts say these lower court rulings do not set a legal precedent but mark the beginning of a number of cases they expect courts to confront as lawmakers struggle to keep pace with evolving technology. There have been 10,000 of these devices already sold and the demand is increasing.

 

So now not only do we motorcyclists have to worry about distracted drivers talking, listening, and texting on their cell phones, but we also  have to be concerned with motorists LEGALLY reading maps and wearing Google Glass. Our lawmakers had better move fast or we can count on motorist/motorcyclist accidents and deaths increasing in the near future.

 

By the way, another feature of Google Glass is it is also a video recorder. So, if you are in the company of someone wearing this device be aware that they may be recording you. Sarah Slocum of San Francisco was attacked outside a bar at closing time for this very reason. Apparently, people do not wish to be recorded at 3 a.m. after a night of drinking. Go Figure!!

 
   
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The new site is built on an entirely new foundation designed to work on any device and any platform you may have, from an iPhone to an HDTV in your living room and everything in between. We redesigned the fonts to work in harmony with the magazine, the site is searchable so you can find everything you want, and navigation is clear and simple.

 

But that's just the basics. Open up the site and you'll see how amazing each article looks, complete with big images that you won't find in the print version. We also have Web-only content to really showcase what we have to offer to the Gold Wing community, and all the Workbench content you can handle. It's amazing stuff.

 

And if you're one of those that enjoy looking at the online version of the print publication, we have you covered as well. We've got four years of back issues available today (and more on the way), with an easy-to-use interface that makes flipping through the pages easy and fun. Signing into the site is easier than ever as well, as is submitting an article online and posting your favorite articles to Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. It all would be worth nothing though if it wasn't updated regularly, and we've got that covered as well.

 

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Deputy Director Article
Submitted by--
Anita and JR Alkire 
and Denali, Deputy Dawg 
GWRRA Deputy Directors (OCP Certified) 
Master University Trainers, LTP, OCP, Rider Ed and Membership Enhancement 
Master Tour Riders, 3650 and 3651
  
Get Involved in GWRRA!

 

How do you get involved in GWRRA?  It's not hard, just showing up is the first step and the rest is up to you.  What we do know is that Chapter life is where it's at and it's the most FUN with new friends, great rides, education and of course the eats!  We showed up at the Chapter social and before we left we were the Dinner Rider Coordinators, sound familiar?  I must say that we had a blast doing this job and the next thing you know we were Chapter Couple 2001, then Assistant Chapter Directors and then Chapter Directors.  The Chapter gave me the nickname of "Momma Duck" because I was always watching out for everyone and keeping them involved.  We had so much FUN!  We've certainly enjoyed each leadership role we've had in GWRRA, including CA District Directors, Region "F"un Directors and now Deputy Directors, and that is still true today, but leading closest to the membership, interacting with the Chapter each week, that's the best! 

 

We started our journey with GWRRA in 1999 and quickly learned that leadership is a vital part of GWRRA life.  It is the leaders and their skills that help to shape your Chapter, District, Region and International GWRRA experience.  GWRRA has a fantastic course that is an introduction to GWRRA leadership called Horizon.  If you have a chance, sign up to take a Horizon class and see what leadership in GWRRA is all about, even if you don't have plans to become a "leader".  Those who know JR think that he is quiet and stays in the background.  I can promise you that the Horizon class brought him out of his shell!  He may not be as vocal as I am but when he speaks we all listen.  Remember that as we interact with our fellow Members, each one of us shows leadership.  We may lead a ride, plan a fun event or help staff at an event or just promote the Chapter, you see leadership comes in many sizes and shapes.  If you catch that leadership "bug" we have other courses through Leadership Training that you can take at many of our events including Wing Ding.  You may find your calling as a Director, Educator, Trainer or as Membership Enhancement, each leadership role is critical to a FUN environment.  You see, the more Members who are involved the stronger we become and together we are a TEAM!  So are you a leader or a strong TEAM mate?  We need both, so come on out and see where your leadership fits within GWRRA, your Chapter and maybe more.  It all revolves around FUN and it can be the best time of your life, just ask any one of us in leadership!

  

Another Deputy Director Article
submitted by:
Bill & Dea Ann Gray
GWRRA Deputy Director
-Central US  

 

Getting Back to Basics

 

Do you remember your first gathering? How did you find out about it? Were you warmly greeted at the door? How many welcomed you and who did you sit with? Were you invited back? Were you asked to join them on the next dinner ride? Did you receive a newsletter & calendar of events? Why so many questions??....because we need to GET BACK TO BASICS!

 

If you are reading this, you probably understand Chapter life! We've always spoken of Chapters as our extended families and most of you have been treated accordingly! During your last gathering, did you have a visitor? Did you greet them? Did you offer to sit with them? Were they acknowledged and introduced during the meeting? Did you thank them for coming and invite them back? Why more questions??....because we need to GET BACK TO BASICS!

 

PLEASE DO NOT TAKE VISITORS AND NEW PARTICIPANTS FOR GRANTED OR ASSUME ANYTHING! Be proactive! Add them to your email and phone tree list immediately! Send them your latest newsletter and follow up with a phone call to invite them on a ride! Get them involved now!

 

Ride safe and remember, let's GET BACK TO BASICS!


Chapter Director Article
submitted by:
Tom Dierig
Chapter Director, KY-G

 

WOMEN  -  WHO  NEEDS  'EM?

 

When a couple joins GWRRA, the rider is given a membership number such as 12345.  His wife or co-rider is given a membership number such as 12345-01.  Thus, all co-riders are listed as 01's.I joined GWRRA and Chapter G in April 2003.  In my first year, I can remember that men conducted most of the Chapter meetings.  Most of the coordinator positions were held by men and these men presented their reports at the monthly meetings.  Once a year, there was a 01 night when their spouses gave the reports.  This was a big deal because it gave the ladies a time to show what they could do.

 

Now we come to 2014 and it is time again to look at what the ladies can do.  I have said many times that Chapter G has been blessed with great leadership.  That is not only the men that I have been talking about.  Past 01's including Julie Harris, Irene Thola, Sue Zimmerman and Luanne Williams have made great contributions to Chapter G.  Not only as Chapter Directors, but also in every position they have held with or without their husbands.  Donita Nardi left little doubt as our Chapter Director for 2012 & 2013.  She may have just been another 01 according to GWRRA but she was # 1 at KY-G. Donita was the driving force when the Nardi's were our Chapter Directors. 

 

For the past fourteen years, Libby Rouse has done a superb job as our Chapter Treasurer.  Since 2006, Ron & Rheda Harper have been our Awards Coordinators.  Rheda gets little to no recognition because she never attends Chapter meetings.  I just recently discovered however that Rheda is the one who has been keeping all of the attendance records that determine who gets what awards.  Ron certainly knows " who needs 'em".  When you think about the women of Chapter G, everyone thinks about Carol Redd and her talent.  Carol took on the job of Chapter Historian and quickly raised it to a level, never imagined within KY-G.  Her monthly report and newsletter article is always insightful and entertaining.  Each month, Carol writes and reads her poem about the Chapter G Members who are celebrating their GWRRA anniversary that month.

 

Kim Artmayer, Leah Cridlin, Luanne Williams & Sue Zimmerman are four of the most devoted and hard working Members of Chapter G.  All have held numerous positions at the Chapter level and excelled at each and every task that they take on.  Besides her current Assistant Chapter Director position, Leah also carries the titles of District Educator and GWRRA University Trainer. 

 

Women - who needs 'em?  I think it is very obvious.  GWRRA needs 'em, Chapter G needs 'em.  We all need 'em!!!!  What the heck, maybe I should try to find one for myself.

 

 

 
Another Member Story:
submitted by: Gene A Hanselman
Member #135067, Chapter OH-D3
 
"Mall Shows"

           

For the first time in my life, I put my Bike in a Mall Show. It was in Findlay, OH and was hosted by Chapter A. At that time it was the closest and the only one listed. Dale Collins a friend of mine, also entered his trike and off we went. There were certain rules that we had to abide by along with items we needed to furnish. We had to bring the bikes in at 9:00 PM on Thursday and leave them until 7:00 PM on Sunday. Each bike had to have the tires on some sort of non marking or absorbent surface and under the engine. Rope or some kind of stanchion were needed to surround each bike for crowd control. These same rules apply to most Mall Shows and all indoor shows at all venues.

 

It was fun preparing our bikes and these incidentals for the show. We also went a step further and made wooden framed signs lit with L.E.D's. They had our bike information, names and Chapter affiliation. We were proud of our show themes and our bikes looked great. In fact all the bikes and trailers and campers looked terrific as did the GWRRA Members in their matching shirts & vests.

 

The Mall Show was certainly a wonderful experience for us and all that attended. It was a success for Chapter A, and GWRRA endorses Mall Shows.

 

The whole experience was one of the most gratifying and satisfying weekends I had in years. It was filled with fun and camaraderie from other Chapters visiting, 6 in all. Hand shaking, questions about our bikes, discussing past, present and future of motorcycling and lots of B.S. The weather outside was one of our first sunny Saturdays of the spring which meant some individuals stayed home and worked in their garden or yard, but a lot of people fired up their bikes and rode to the Mall Show. I stayed all day Friday and Saturday and never met a stranger. Everyone took time to ask questions, compliment and admire the motorcycles on display, no matter how young or old they were.

 

The Findlay Mall was a marvelous setting for the show. Chapter A is a wonderful group of people and treated Dale and I as if we belonged to that Chapter. Thanks to Mike and Mike. They had a great Chapter display of MAD, REC, Ride For Kids, Chapter events and pictures along with movies of interesting topics. A real fine job! After that weekend I attended other Mall Shows around the area, only as a spectator. I found 7 Chapter Mall Shows within the state. They were well attended and each Chapter participating was kind, friendly and had great Chapter displays. I look forward to attending more Mall Shows in upcoming years, as a exhibitor, and I hope more Chapters choose to host them.

 

I believe Mall Shows not only bring Chapter Members together and enhance shopping within the Mall, they also bring the motorcycle enthusiast and the skeptical public together by enriching them with the knowledge of why we ride and what good we do in the community. Too often people think of us as bad boys just looking for fun and corruption when riding. When they come to the Mall to shop they observe clean, well dressed and adjusted individuals, much like themselves. We all work, have family's and pay bills just as they do, it helps us to connect. We offer help to one another in time of sickness and distress, but John Q. Public does not have a clue. We need to blow our own horn and let the community know we are here and we are proud to be Americans, Motorcyclists and Members of the Community.
        
GWRRA's Weekend at the Opry 
 
Meet Dinner/Dance DJ-Scooter Davis

 

Scooter Davis started in radio while still in high school back in 1975. After 5 years in Nashville he moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky where he has been waking up folks for 32 years at the same station. Scooter was honored in 2013 being inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall Of Fame the same night as Exile, The Kentucky Headhunters and Skeeter Davis. He has been doing mobile DJ work since 1976 and this will be his third time working with the great folks at G.W.R.R.A. He DOES ride a Gold Wing. A 1989 model he bought new. His big dream is to finally get 200,000 miles on it this year or next. He is planning on leaving the week after this event for another ride to Colorado and Utah on his trusty wing!
 

-Remember, while you are the oldest you have ever been, you are also the youngest you will ever be - and it's all running out pretty fast so make the most of what's left!

 

MEMBER FEEDBACK
Here are some Members' comments we received from last months Wingin' It
on the subject of theme songs for GWRRA in my editorial.

Please respond to me here with your thoughts on this idea.

>I like the song and I too think it fits. You may have to PAY to use it officially. 
Jerry Moudy   # 114165

>Not what I feel when I'm on the wing, Lets look a little before we chose.
Bob Marley "Riding High" or  Bette Midler "Wind Beneath My Wings."- Artman

>I suggest  "On the road again".  We sing it on almost all our group rides. Roger

>I don't like Shirley's song or the suggested one.  I do like the one by the Danish group. "Riding on my Gold Wing, the weathers fine, just cruising the time away......."  Eric Phelps AC/D PA-R.

>I'm sending you two.  My preference is "GoldWing" by Desert Track of Horsens, Denmark from their album "Since You've Been Gone."  But as for GWRRA -- GWRRA already has a theme song.  
"Wings of Gold" was written by B.J. Lyman (late wife of GWRRA Recruiter Kit Lyman) and it's one of the downloads available on the GWRRA website http://gwrra.org/downloads.html
 
A video of BJ Singing her song at Wing Ding:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qcTCgf1rAU
 
Uploaded on Jul 11, 2011-

BJ Lyman Singing her song "Wings Of Gold" at Wing Ding 26 closing ceremonies in Grapevine, Texas. This version is not her singing live. A studio recording is playing on top of the video. To listen to the live version please see "BJ Lyman Live at Wing Ding 26"

 

>I believe those of us in the Pacific Northwest and beyond presume that the song by BJ Lyman is our theme song.   I love the fact that she mentioned sidecars as part of the mix of Goldwingers. 

June Clark  57031, once 31031-01

 

>"Ride like the Wind", Christopher Cross-Philippe 

 

> There is a song called "Goldwing". It is about Gold Wings.-Mike

  

>"On the Wing of Love" is great!  I don't think there is anything much better.  But  here are some others I found.

 "Motorcycle"  by Kip Moore,  Album: Up All Night

 This one is a bit silly   "Motorcycle" by Guthrie Kennard,  Album: Matchbox

 Safety ?    "Motorcycle"  by Tennis Pro ,  Album: Happy is the new Sad

 "Motorcycle" by Tom & Jerry & Tico & the Triumphs, Album: Tom & Jerry Meet Tico & the Triumphs

 "Motorcycle"  by Thomas Martin Scott, Album: Where Do We Go from Here

 Jim Lester - GWRRA Tennessee District Webmaster

 

> Anyone remember the song "Wings Of Gold"?  It  was played at many GWRRA Gold Wing events. One could purchase it on a 45  record.  We have recorded it to a DVD and played it many times on our 1995 Honda. Also, how about our mascot "Goldie"? - Dave #53171, MI-W

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