Rider Education

May Article

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……

See and 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.

Unfortunately, bright 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!

April Article

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 some riding.

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!

Joy Mattson

MN District Educator

March 2020

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 else, right?

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 warm!!

Joy Mattson

MN District Educator

February 2020

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, too.

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……………………


Until next time, be safe out there!

Joy Mattson

MN District Educator


January 2020

Posted: 09 Mar 2020 06:21 PM

Happy New Year from our house to yours!

We hope 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 ideas. 

Till next time, stay safe out there!!

Joy Mattson

MN District Educator