Rider Education

October Educator Article

Posted: 19 Sep 2019 07:47 PM

Holy buckets, where did our riding season go??!!  Thankfully we were able to salvage a few nice days the second half of September. It was downright hot for a few days, but I will be the last to complain about that.

Fall is in the air and the leaves are changing colors. That means two things:


Remember to add an extra layer in the mornings. You can always take a layer or two off as the day progresses and the temperatures climb, but you can’t add what you don’t have. If you have electrics, a long sleeve shirt should be enough. Too many layers and you won’t as easily feel the effect of the heating.


The pavement is much cooler now and tires aren’t as sticky as we’ve gotten used to. It’s time to slow down and be smooth and steady with both the throttle and brake. With the changing of the colors, watch for wet leaves on the roadways. They make for slippery surfaces. Also watch the paint stripes on the roads marking crosswalks, etc. They also can be slippery with the morning dew.

Yes, I think our riding season is coming to an end, hopefully later rather than sooner. Mine may be shortened a little due to having to travel for work a few days the beginning of October but it’s been a good ride. My personal opinion is that it’s going to be a long, cold winter here in Minnesota. I have family (both blood and GW) in Arizona so a trip south might be in order sometime in either January or February. Just a long weekend to beat the cold and thaw a little.

Till next time, keep the rubber side down and the glossy side up!

Joy Mattson

MN District Educator

September Educator Article

Posted: 19 Sep 2019 07:42 PM

Ah, September; Labor Day and the end of summer.  Fortunately for us it does NOT mean the end of riding season. Many went to Wing Ding; others stayed home; others took a long weekend away. We decided to do the weekend away and went camping with friends that we haven’t seen all summer. It was nice to get away and unwind. It’s amazing the relaxing effect an evening spent with friends/family around a campfire can have on one. Yes, we took the bikes and the camper.

After not being able to ride the second half of August (of my own doing), I can only hope the weather stays warm a little longer. I’ve got a few miles to make up! BUT, I have a feeling we’re in for a bit of disappointment based on the leaves already starting to change.

With the changing of the leaves, come changes in the road surfaces. Cooler temperatures mean that the tires aren’t as sticky on the road surface due to the cooling of said surfaces. Make sure you slow down when taking that ramp in the mornings until the road warms up again.

Are you participating in the Levels Program and do you know if you’re current or not? To learn more, please feel free to contact me. My contact information is below. You can also check your own information by going to the National Website (www.gwrra.org) and clicking on Programs/Rider Education/My R.E. Information. You’ll need your member number as your login and your password is the digits of your address and the MMYY of expiration. Check it out!!

We are looking at the possibility of having one more Trike Rider Course. It will, again, be at Hanover City Hall. Date is tentatively set for Sunday, September 15. We will need a minimum of 6 trikes to make this work. If you, or someone you know, are interested in attending this course, please contact me by August 31. Again, my contact information is below. I look forward to hearing from our Trike riding members!

Till next time, keep the rubber down and the shiny side up!

Joy Mattson

MN District Educator



August Educator Article

Posted: 28 Jul 2019 01:32 PM

The MN & ND rally is now a fond memory.  Thank you to Bob and Renae Hicks, our District Directors. They did a fabulous job and I know that the rally was a great success!! I’ve heard many positive comments about the rally this year and the fact that many of our members are really looking forward to next year in Worthington.

Congratulations are in order!! While at the Wisconsin District Rally in June, Bob Hicks became certified as a Trike Course Instructor, along with our Wisconsin friends Bruce Gephard and Jerry Hempe.   Great job to the three of them!!

A huge thank you to Bob Hicks for having confidence in Scott and I and agreeing to let us use his Trike to become certified as Trike Course Instructors on July 21st. Minnesota now has three GWRRA Rider Course Instructors certified to instruct both two-wheel and three-wheel classes. Woo Hoo!!!

I also need to extend a THANK YOU to Dan Davis from Illinois for giving his time to come and certify the Instructors from both Minnesota AND Wisconsin.  Without Dan, his flexible schedule and his understanding wife, this wouldn’t have been accomplished. Dan Davis and Kris Andre (both from Illinois) are the very reason that I decided I wanted to do this for our Members. As former District Directors and now District Educator, Scott and I have been involved with several Trike Rider Courses instructed by Dan and Kris over the years. They both encouraged Scott and me to consider the position. Well, we took the plunge and Bob Hicks was right there with us!

One more thank you.  Thank you to the members that put their faith in Bob, Scott and me and attended our class. You also made this possible and I hope you took at least one thing away from the class with you.

At this point, it’s late in the season and I’m not sure we can do another TRC until next year.  A minimum of six trikes are a must in order to hold the course. It’s not our intent to make money, just cover the costs associated with the classes.

Till next time, keep the rubber down and the shiny side up!

Joy Mattson

Trike Course

Posted: 08 Jul 2019 11:25 AM



SUNDAY, JULY 21, 2019

TIME: 8:00AM – 5:00PM CENTRAL (may be done sooner)

Lunch WILL be provided and is included in the fee per bike



RSVP AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. We have room for 8 more trikes.

Note that this class will include both classroom and range time as Scott and Joy are working to gain their certifications.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Please remember to wear or bring full riding gear: helmet, glasses, gloves, long sleeves, long pants, over the ankle boots.


These courses are not District Fundraisers. The charges for the Courses are to cover only the cost of expenses. As Instructors, our time is donated. It is our hope to have enough participants in the Rider Courses that we present to be able to provide lower costs to you, the Member. Remember, the more participants, the lower the charge!

Thank you for your consideration.

March Educator Information

Posted: 05 Mar 2019 08:42 PM

Emergency Information

With the change in the weather, particularly with the snow and cold, there has been a big rash of accidents on the road ways. Those accidents got me to thinking about my emergency contact information. I know… but just go with me for a minute!

So, I have emergency contact information on my cell phone but not on my person or in the trunk of my bike.  I haven’t ever carried any in my car or for that matter have a copy in my house, or in my wallet.  I’ve always assumed that I would be coherent enough to tell the EMS personnel who to call on my behalf.  I might be WRONG. I could be DEAD wrong.

Here is a link to a great emergency contact form in the GWRRA Rider Education section This is a downloadable/fillable PDF that you can keep and edit as needed. While this form might be cumbersome it will provide EMS personnel with the information that they need to help you.  You can always fill this out, take a photo of it, or upload the form into your smart phone and place it with your phone’s emergency contact information. I’m working on mine now.


Another thing that I’ve been thinking about and have never gotten around to is a formal advanced health care directive. Do you have one? If you do, Is it up to date?  I’ve been thinking about this a lot over the past few years.  If anything happens to me, then what?  I need to get this done as well – right after I finish that Emergency Information Form.

I did a little research and found a great planning tool kit from the University of Minnesota. There is a downloadable/fillable 16-page pdf that explains the facts regarding Minnesota’s health care directive, step by step instructions how to fill out the forms, and the forms themselves.


I’ve decided that I’m going to start my 2019 resolutions right way. My main goal is to have the health care directive, emergency contacts and hopefully a will completed in the coming year and to let my family know what my requests are.

I bet you are asking “What in the world prompted you to start thinking about all of this??”. Well, part of it was the number of the winter weather crashes in the metro area, part of it has been the bitter cold and the icy conditions, part of it just being a good thing to finally do since I’m not getting any younger.  Hopefully, it’ll help you to decide to do the same thing if you haven’t already done so.

Family and friends are counting on you to arrive safe at your destination. Other families are counting on their loved ones to arrive safe as well.

Stay safe, stay healthy and stay warm

Joy Mattson
MN District Educator