Posted: 16 Apr 2020 09:20 PM
It’s May and that means Motorcycle
Awareness Month. What can we do to
make motorists and others aware of us and our motorcycles you might ask……
be seen! Being the District Educator, I know Level IV
isn’t for everyone. That said I personally
am a believer in All The Gear All The Time (ATGATT) because, to be honest, it’s
saved me a couple of times. I wear my
bright jacket during the day and I also try to wear bright colors and reflective
if we ride at night. And, being Gold
Wing Riders, we usually have plenty of lights on our bikes, too!
Do you have a Hi-Viz
jacket that you wear all the time? Or
maybe a Hi-Viz helmet? Scott just got both
a new jacket and a new helmet and WOW, I couldn’t believe how much both had faded
from all those miles in the sun! I hadn’t
noticed it but I guess, when you wear something all the time, you may not
notice that it’s faded.
colors and lights still aren’t a guarantee that you’re going to be seen by that
driver that’s distracted for some reason. If you notice a distracted driver, get away from them as quickly as you
can. We all have seen telltale signs of
a distracted driver; some weave within the lane (sometimes outside the lines), some
keep looking down in their lap others are talking on their phone…hands-free or
not. Just because someone is hands-free…that
doesn’t mean they’re not distracted.
With the current situation,
we’re all experiencing a little uncertainty as to whether we’ll be enjoying
each other’s company soon. Keeping my
fingers crossed we get to see everyone soon – I miss you all!
Be safe out there!
Posted: 16 Apr 2020 09:17 PM
If April showers bring May
flowers, what do May flowers bring? Pilgrims!!!
Nothing much to report for
activities for the month of April as it looks like most events have either been
cancelled or postponed. Scott and I are
both at home with not much happening here either. Waiting patiently to get the bikes out and do
It’s getting to that time
of the year when the bikes will be coming out of storage. Make sure both the bike and you are ready for
the ride. Is the battery fully
charged? What’s the age of the battery –
is it time to replace it? Check the
tires, oil, filter. You know, most of
what you would do whenever you ride! Check out the Vehicle Inspection List on the GWRRA website in the
Officer Resources area. Here’s the link:
Or you can type in gwrra.org
then click on Officers and click on Officer Resources (far left). Scroll to the
bottom of the page for the Rider Ed section and click on the N.17 Vehicle
Inspection Form. It’s quite useful and
have your Co-Rider review it as well.
One final request: Stay safe during this time of the
unknown. I want to see all of you at our
Chapter gatherings and out on the roads later!
MN District Educator
Posted: 09 Mar 2020 06:24 PM
Another month behind us
means another month closer to riding season.
At least we hope so. I don’t know
about you, but I’m tired of snow and cold. I WANNA RIDE!! As my sweatshirt
says: I’m suffering from PMS (Parked Motorcycle Syndrome). Bet you thought I was going to say something
For those of you that
spend time in a warmer climate during our off-bike season, I hope you’re able
to meet up with friends from Chapters where-ever you may be wintering. I wanted to go to Arizona to visit with my
Dad and other friends this winter, but something always seems to come up to
keep me from going. It’s too easy to
blame work or my dislike of flying, but it’s not that. I just don’t like to be gone from home in the
winter. You can leave when it’s nice and
come home to bitter cold. Of course, the
exact opposite could be true, too!
Tina Storrs has announced
her decision to step down as District MFA Coordinator and spend her time
enjoying life, both home and Chapter. I
want to thank Tina for her many years of dedication to this position and wish
her well. That announcement means that we
are beginning our search to find a new District MFA Coordinator. If you, or someone you know, has any interest
in this position, please reach out to Bob & Renae Hicks or me.
SAVE THE DATE!! March 21st will be a District Fun
Day! Due to a limited response to the
Horizon Program, it was decided to cancel that and try something else that you,
the Member, may wish to participate in. We’ll have some different classes to share with you and other fun things
to do. Stay tuned for more!!
Everyone knows it’s March
and that means St. Patrick’s Day! That
also means green beer and crazy people all around. Please, be careful out there!!
Till next time, stay
MN District Educator
Posted: 09 Mar 2020 06:22 PM
January is now just a figment of our
imaginations. I’m hopeful it was a good
figment! I’m now trying to imagine what
the plan is to buy at the International Motorcycle Show January 31 – February 2
at the Minneapolis Convention Center. I
hope we saw you there as there are always many, many members, friends and
family that stop by the GWRRA booth.
What, to you, is the best way to stay
warm when it’s cold out? My response
would be to stay home, in the house, but that’s not practical when one must go
to work or grocery shop! I haven’t yet
used the home delivery from Cub, but I might have to give it a try. Instead, I choose to dress in layers. That way, I can remove a layer when it’s warm
in the office and put it back on when it cools off. And, layers are warmer when you’re outside,
Do you carry a winter survival kit in
your automobile? With the icy weather
we’ve been experiencing, it’s not a bad idea should something happen and you
find yourself off the road or stranded. Blankets, water, candy bars, kitty litter…..these are just a few items
that you might want to carry in your kit. Customize it any way you like then keep it close.
There is a Training Day scheduled for
Saturday, March 21 at Dehn’s Country Manor in Maple Grove. Watch your email for information from both
Group Works and a flyer from Eric Purdy, District University Coordinator.
That’s about it for this month. One last thing before I sign off……………………
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!!!
Until next time, be safe out there!
MN District Educator
Posted: 09 Mar 2020 06:21 PM
New Year from our house to yours!
everyone had a wonderful New Year’s Eve and enjoyed a quiet day off on New
Year’s Day. I know I had a couple of
quiet days as Scott was up north enjoying his other set of handlebars since
there’s enough snow there to do that! They can keep it up there as far as I’m concerned! It’s also hard to believe that another year
has come and gone and it’s now 2020!
I’d like to
announce that I have been appointed to a new position within GWRRA. My new title is long - Team GWRRA Rider
Education Program Assistant – I’ll have to shorten it just a bit so it fits on
the page! And yes, Scott will be
standing right beside me in this new endeavor. Many of you know that we have been each other’s right-hand person (and
many times left hand as well) over our many years and positions held within
this great Association! We both look
forward to continuing to serve you in both our current and new role.
We would like
to take this opportunity to mention the upcoming Fun/Training Day on March 21st. You’ll see more information on this event
next month. We will be sure to keep you posted as this
develops, but for right now, please put it on your calendar. Also feel free to reach out to me with
next time, stay safe out there!!