Rider Education

December 2018

Posted: 10 Dec 2018 02:55 PM

Today is Thanksgiving and unfortunately, my article is just getting finished.  I really do need a couple extra hours in each day! I would like to take time to reminisce about the many things I have to be thankful for this year. 
·  Scott had a safe season over the winter months on his snowmobile.  He made it home safely every time he went North. 
·  We had a good, although what felt like a somewhat short, season on the motorcycles.  We managed to make it both to our destinations and back home safely.  Some of the touring was a little on the stressful side, but it was a learning experience riding alongside the many 18 wheelers…..up the mountain in North Carolina!
·  We are so very close to becoming fully certified as Rider Course Instructors.  We’re on course to become fully certified for two-wheel training next Spring and then moving forward to become certified for three-wheel training.  We managed both heat and cold in the five days during our training….all without either of us catching cold!
·  Scott and I both have rewarding positions within the District and enjoy what we’re doing.  There are a few things being done differently, but we’ll figure it all out….eventually.  Thank you all for your continued support.
Yes, it’s been a good year and somewhat sad with the recent loss of Scott’s father in October.  We have so many things and people to be thankful for.  We’re thankful for our family, friends and our many extended family members we’ve met through GWRRA. 
Now we set our sights on the next upcoming holiday and the parties we’ll attend with our Chapter friends & family.  We are looking forward to seeing all of you.  You’re all required to be safe in all you do as I look forward to seeing you down the road.

Wishing you a Joyous Christmas / Holiday season and a Happy New Year!

November 2018

Posted: 01 Nov 2018 09:24 PM

November.  As I write this, it seems that the season went directly from Summer to Winter.  It never felt like Fall even though the leaves did change and left a mess in the patio!  We (Scott, actually) just finished winterizing the bikes and getting them ready for their long winter naps.  You know, it’s pretty amazing that two bikes, two trailers and a camper fit in one half of a two car garage!  That’s strategic planning!

November 4th is the 25th Annual Swan Ride (two, three or four wheels).  Many of you probably know by now that Bill Bassett has retired from the motorcycle world and is enjoying the first few months of retirement RVing with wife, Bonnie.  We sure wish them the best!   Bill has done much for the Gold Wing brand and they will both be missed by those that know them.  Bill is a Member of GWRRA so has a BIG extended family out there!

I would like to say THANK YOU to Tim and Anna Grimes for their past contributions and support as Directors of the Rider Education Program.  I also want to CONGRATULATE Susan and George Huttman on their appointment as our new Directors of the Rider Education Program.  We’re looking forward to the new year and new opportunities that may (and will) arise. 

With the onset of colder temperatures, our GWRRA off-season training sessions are sure to start soon.  Please reach out to Eric Purdy, District University Coordinator, with your training requests.  Eric and I will be working together to get a seasonal schedule of training pulled together and posted.  More to come on this.

With the upcoming holiday, we give Thanks for our extended family and friends.  Scott and I would like to wish you and yours a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!  We look forward to seeing you at the Chapter Holiday parties that are scheduled.  It’s always a good time with good food and great company!

Till next time, be safe out there!


October 2018 Rider Ed

Posted: 03 Oct 2018 08:48 PM

Football, changing leaves and my favorite DQ treat (Pumpkin Pie Blizzard Treat)……..yes, October is here.   October is a beautiful time of year in Minnesota....for the most part.  The leaves are changing color and the air has that “crisp” feel to it.  Mornings are cool and the days still warm to a decent temperature….and then it snows.

It’s also the time of year when you need to watch for frost and wet leaves on the roads.  Both can be hazardous to your health if you’re not careful!  Leaves can be very slippery when wet.  Frost can be slippery in the morning before the sun comes up and warms the pavement.

While at Wing Ding this year, I had the honor of meeting both the past Directors of Rider Ed, Tim & Anna Grimes and the new Directors of Rider Ed, Susan and George Huttman.  That, along with talking with the many friends we already knew and meeting many new friends, we had a wonderful time!  And, the ride itself was more fun because we were riding with someone!  Not to mention the time spent with our housemates Bob & Renae Hicks; Dave and Elaine Harder and Bruce and Colette Johnson.  What a hoot and such a fun group!!

Stay tuned for more.  In the meantime, keep the rubber side down and the shiny side up!

September Article 2018

Posted: 04 Sep 2018 08:13 PM

It’s hard to believe we’re already half way through August and looking Labor Day and the unofficial end of summer in the eye!  It feels like riding season just started but we’re already well into it.

For those that went to Wing Ding, I hope you had a safe ride; are back home and had a great time.  I also hope that you were able to purchase any chrome or other accessories you desired from the many vendors.  Scott and I had a great time!  We rented a house with three other couples.  I think it actually saved us a bit of money but we ended up spending that on other things!!

Now that you’re home, there is still plenty of time to enjoy more riding this season.  There are plenty of Chapter Rides listed on the MN & ND District Calendar.  I know there will be several “Fall Color Rides” between mid-September and mid-October.  Be careful of the fallen leaves – especially if it’s morning or has been raining.  Those pretty fallen leaves can make the road very slippery in the right condition.

Please be aware out there.  Keep your head and eyes up.  I’ve seen a lot of dumb maneuvers lately.  I had a car pass me on the right as I was getting ready to make a right turn from a 2 lane road to another 2 lane road.  I guess my going the speed limit wasn’t fast enough for the driver!  Because I was scanning and watching, I knew that car was going to pass me before it did.

Be safe out there and keep the rubber side down.  Talk to you next month!!

August 2018 Article

Posted: 07 Aug 2018 09:36 PM

The MN & ND District Rally is now but a fond memory of fun, games, socializing and learning.  Thank you to Joe and Jan for a good time!!
Many of you now know that Minnesota has 3 new Rider Course Instructors.  Bob Hicks, Scott Mattson and I received our certifications for Advanced Rider Course (ARC) Instructors on Saturday, May 19th, 2018.  Please note that this is a certification to instruct two wheel courses only.  Our intent, once fully certified in the ARC, is to certify for the Trike Rider Course (TRC) as well.
What does this mean for our members?  Plenty!  Below is a little information on how our certifications will help the Members of Minnesota maintain/advance their level in the Levels Program.
Scott & I both remember hearing something about this a few years ago and it resurfaced when I was entering member information from the Intermediate Rider Course (IRC) hosted by Chapter Q on 4/28 and 4/29 and from the IRC hosted by Chapter R in May.  The following notation was on several members’ records:  Not Eligible to Add Recert Course.  After asking questions and making sure I fully understood the response, below is information I’d like to make everyone aware of:
It is felt that riding is 80 – 90% mental and 10 – 20% physical with a classroom session being used to periodically refresh that 80 – 90%.  I want to emphasize that the Intermediate Rider Course (IRC - formerly known as BRC2) is still considered a recertification course for GWRRA purposes.  However, the IRC may no longer be taken consecutively for Levels maintenance.  This applies to those at Level II and above.
Curriculum is in place through Home Office to help maintain the Members’ Level.  This is not new and has been in effect for several years now.  This curriculum includes both the Advanced Rider Course (ARC) and Trike Rider Course (TRC), is based on an every three year schedule and alternates as follows:
Full Course including classroom and range
Range Course only (known as a recertification course)
Now, there are Members that currently take the IRC on an annual basis to brush up on their skills and “shake off the cobwebs”.  That’s great and encouraged!  Our Members need to understand that the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Range Course alone will no longer keep their Level current.
Please let me know if you have questions about this information – I’d be happy to discuss it with you.  I can be reached at 612-834-2682.
Thank you and ride safe! 
Joy Mattson
MN District Educator
Rider Course Instructor
University Instructor