Gold Wing Road Riders Association 
Athens Eagle Wings
It's All About the Ride
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Updated: 4/07/2017 03:09:22 am

When it was reported to General Washington that the army was frequently indulging in swearing, he immediately sent out the following order:

The general is sorry to be informed that the foolish and wicked practice of profane cursing and swearing - a vice little known heretofore in the American army - is growing into fashion. Let the men and officers reflect "that we can not hope for the blessing of heaven on our army if we insult it by our impiety and folly."

-- George Washington

Next Monthly Gathering
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Athens Eagle Wings Gathering -- 2nd Thursday of the month 6:15pm to eat/7pm to meet IHOP, 16211 Athens-Limestone Boulevard Athens, AL
(Blue shirts)
August - 2017
17,  Thu--T-O-D-A-Y-
 -Dinner - Hildegard's Biergarten -- 6:30pm - 1010 Heathland Drive, Huntsville, AL 35816 (Close to Madison Square Mall, off University Drive (Corner Of University Drive & Old Monrovia Road, behind Landers McClardy Subaru))
(Teal shirts)
19,  Sat-Ride - Call a Friend Ride
(Red shirts)
24,  Thu-Dinner - Casa Blanca Mexican Restaurant & Cantina -- 6:30pm - 1802 US Highway 72 E, Athens, AL 35611
(Green shirts)
26,  Sat-Ride - Call a Friend Ride
(Red shirts)
31,  Thu-Dinner - Call a Friend Dinner
(Gold shirts)
September - 2017
2,  Sat-Ride - Call a Friend Ride
(Red shirts)
August - 2017
5,  Sat-Happy Birthday Dave Bauer
16,  Wed-Happy Birthday Bev Quail
17,  Thu-Happy Birthday Alice Chapman
 -Happy Birthday Dave Raines
27,  Sun-Happy Birthday Rita Moore
28,  Mon-Happy Birthday Kurt Chadwick

Calendar Updated: 8/15/2017 11:23:19 AM

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Safety Tips

Over The Line
Tour Tip
--Motorcycle Consumer News

by Ken Condon

The twisty mountain roads near your home significantly challenge your cornering skills. You understand that riding fast on these roads is risky, because many of the curves are blind. So, you keep your speed low enough to manage the most likely hazards while maintaining a speed that stimulates excitement.

You approach each corner at a speed that ensures control and allows you to accelerate throughout the turn. You know the importance of cornering lines so you position your motorcycle to the outside of the curve at the turn entry. This helps you to "straighten" the corner and offers the best angle of view. You get into a rhythm as the turns appear one after another. You exit one tight left hand turn and accelerate toward the next right hand turn. This is a right-hand turn whose exit disappears behind a steep embankment. You slow, position yourself to the left edge of your lane and lean into the curve. But, as soon as you enter the turn you see a minivan coming the other way--halfway in your lane!

You force yourself to look away from the hazard as you press hard on the inside handgrip to tighten your line. Thankfully, the van driver swerves and you miss his from bumper only a few feet. You are shaken by the close call. Utilizing effective cornering lines is a smart way to maximize traction and sight distance. However, it's important to understand that conditions don't always allow you to use the whole width of your lane. By entering the right turn at the extreme left you did not account for the possibility of a careless driver crossing into your lane. You must plan for this possibility by maintaining a safe distance away from the centerline. This means that you will not be able to straighten the curve as much as you'd like. Fortunately, you were able to avoid a collision by looking toward your escape route rather than at the minivan while forcefully countersteering to tighten your line. Next time, be more conservative with your entry speed and lane position when approaching blind turns to avoid a similar situation from happening.

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