Rider Education

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

June/July Article

Posted: 02 Jul 2018 09:32 PM

Level IV: Safety by Enhanced Commitment and Preparedness
Level IV is the most prestigious of the REP levels and is referred to as Master Tour Rider/CoRider.
It represents the highest commitment of the Rider and/or Co-Rider to safe riding and preparedness. This commitment is shown by a demonstrated history of safe miles and current certification in both First Aid and CPR. These Master Tour Riders/Co-Riders are the finest example to every Member of the highest commitment to safe motorcycle operation and preparedness.

Level IV of the REP, the Master Tour Rider, was designed for those special caring individuals who desire to "be all they can be" with regards to motorcycle safety.  The requirements are more stringent than Level III and require a greater commitment.  These individuals are caring, trained and prepared with the experience to back them up. While Level IV is not for everyone, for those who desire to be of greater service to their fellow man, it is the correct prescription.

Why desire to be a Level IV Master Tour Rider? It's a worthwhile goal. Being prepared to save a life is a high calling indeed! These individuals are shining examples to the rest of the GWRRA membership. Others aspire to practice the same commitment as displayed by those who have attained Level IV. For that reason, because these individuals are ambassadors to the members at all levels, GWRRA provides a special gathering to celebrate the Master Tour Rider commitment each year at the District Rally and Wing Ding.

Requirement: (Rider and/or Co-Rider) Current in Level III for one year and have taken both First Aid and CPR training. Have 25,000 Safe Miles and must be committed to riding with "Proper Riding Gear" at all times.

Cost: $35.00 for each participant (Black and Gold patch is available for another $8.00).

Receive: "Special Triangular" patch with dark blue border and your individual Master number embroidered on it.

There are three elevations within the Level IV Master Tour Rider/Co-Rider Level.  From the time one achieves the worthwhile goal of a Level IV, for every five consecutive years that the Master Tour Rider/CO-Rider maintains their Medic First Aid and Rider Course certifications, there is recognition of that achievement as well.  The first elevation is Senior Master; the second elevation is Grand Master; the final elevation is Life Grand Master.  

This concludes my informational dialogue of the Levels Program.  Stay tuned for more Rider Education information and fun!!  Join us at the MN & ND District Rally on July 6 and 7 in Beautiful Willmar, MN.  We look forward to seeing you there!

May 2018

Posted: 07 May 2018 10:07 PM

Level III - Safety by Preparedness
Level III of the Rider Education Levels Program represents the commitment of the Rider and/or Co-Rider to be prepared to, in the event of an accident, render aid and possibly (hopefully) save lives. This is achieved by becoming knowledgeable in First Aid and CPR through training and by carrying a first aid kit on their motorcycle at all times.
It would be great if we could achieve a goal of zero accidents; however, we know that accidents will happen. Because of this, it is important to 1) be fully prepared to lend aid to unfortunate accident victims and 2) to always be prepared to save a life. Level III of the Rider Education Levels Program was developed to deal with such circumstances by recognizing and encouraging proper First Aid and CPR training. CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) has been used to save many lives. Being trained to render CPR and/or First Aid is a tremendous asset to people that the Rider Education Levels Program participant come in contact with.
While not required, a Motorist Awareness Seminar at this level exposes the Member to our program to improve awareness of all road users to the presence of motorcycles and trikes.  When interfacing with the public, the Level III Rider or Co-Rider can inform them about what we have available to help others share the road with us.
Rider Requirements:
·  Be enrolled and current in Level II of the Rider Education Levels Program, having completed a formal approved bike Rider Course within the past three         years
·  Maintain current First Aid, CPR or MEDIC First Aid certifications
·  Carry a First Aid kit on the motorcycle.
Co-Rider Requirements:
·  Be a current GWRRA Member
·  Maintain current First Aid or CPR or MEDIC First Aid certifications.
Note: copies of the validating completion cards are not necessary as long as the expiration date for the courses are noted on the REP Application form when completed.
Talk to your District GWRRA Educator and ask him/her to help you complete the appropriate paperwork.  There is a nominal fee for patches if they are desired.
Stay tuned for next month!  May the snow go away and warm weather finally arrive!!