Chapter Director's corner
Jan and I just returned from the Mississippi District Rally where we were Joined by Floyd and Audrey McQueen, Mike and Alice Chapman, and Alice’s sister; that doesn’t sound like many folks, but it made Chapter H the second largest from outside of Mississippi, Chapter D edged us out. Thanks for going. Alabama was the most represented district from outside of Mississippi. By the time this is published we will probably be in Eufaula for the Region Rally, 29 through 31 October, I am sure there will be lots of scary sights to see there.
For November the seventh we have scheduled to participate in the Athens Veteran’s day parade. I hope the weather is cooperative, we plan on the chapter banner making its first public appearance, and I hope the members will join us in decorating their bikes and trikes, even if it is just with an American Flag, to show our support and appreciation to the Veterans and our sense of civic pride.
Regrettably we had to cancel the Rider Education weekend due to scheduling issues with the Honda plant, but we are hunting for a facility for a class in the early spring. We will keep you informed of developments.
Remember, November means that Christmas is just around the corner. This also means it is time to start preparing for the Chapter Christmas party, and getting your gifts ready for Dirty Santa. This seems to generate a lot of enthusiasm, and it is a good way to get into the Christmas spirit. This is scheduled for 12 December, 5PM at 306 Barbeque on Route 72 in Athens.
Jerry has been active, again, in recruiting new members….. we look forward to meeting and welcoming them to our Chapter Family!
The Real Deal
In as much as most of Netsybro’s and my friends are motorcycle riders; I feel confident that I can tell you just what a “Real Deal” motorcyclist is. Or can I? More importantly, can you? I have assembled here a brief description of those attributes and traits that possibly make a real motorcyclist readily identifiable to the average passerby on the street. From the below descriptions, pick the one that most represents your idea of the “Real Deal” rider in lieu of just another Wannabe or Poser:
1) He or she rides a Harley Davidson (Pick the model as there is a large assortment to choose from all powered by pretty much the same engine)
2) He or she rides a Honda Gold Wing (Pick the color and year) Some may argue that the Real Deal Rider rides the older Gold Wings or the Newer Gold Wings or the Gold Wings somewhere in between.
3) He or she rides a Crotch Rocket, Duel Sport, Sport Tourer, Cruiser, etc. (Pick one or more according to taste and physical condition)
4) He or she rides only long distance (Iron Butt) rides. They can go tank full to tank full day in and day out. (Again note physical and mental conditions of the rider before selecting this choice)
5) You can spot him or her just walking down the street by their riding attire. (be it leather from head to toe, body armor from head to toe, Helmet running the spectrum from beanie helmet to racing full face to no helmet at all – You must add a do rag here – etc. )
6) He or she, by self admission, knows all there is to know about motorcycles and motorcycle riding and maintenance. (Surely you know someone that fits this category?)
7) He or she has the cleanest/dirtiest bike you have ever ran across in your life (Don’t confuse this one with an “Iron Butt” rider even though they certainly could be synonymous)
8) Just looking at the rider’s bike you are blinded by the chrome “do-dads” (Safety Chrome for the uninitiated)
9) He or she has a vest that weighs in excess of 40lbs as it is loaded up with rally pins from across the USA and around the world. (Don’t confuse one of these individuals for a “War Hero” as you will likely awaken the wrath of the war hero)
10) He or she has helped, and is willing to help again in the future, a stranded motorcyclist, regardless of brand they are riding. (Don’t jump to conclusions that we are talking only Harley-Davidson here)
11) He or She commutes to work on days that weather is not fit for man or beast. (I get this confusion on 20 degree days at work) (Likewise, I always get the question when it is pouring cats and dogs rain outside “Where is your bike?)
12) You are the type of rider that quietly and patiently listens to a motorist’s comments while you are refueling your bike that goes something like this: “Nice Bike. I almost got one of those, but bought a new dining room table or other household item fill in the blank_______________”.
13) Same scenario as above, but this time it is a gentlemen or lady around 80+ years of age that relays the story about his or her adventure of a 1940 something Harley-Davidson, Indian, Henderson, or fill in the blank_________ with another brand of the day. Remember, you must listen quietly and patiently as you will someday be 80+ telling some young whipper snapper about the adventures you had on your Honda Gold Wing back in the day.
14) If you could see inside the full face helmet and see the smile that is on the rider’s face on a cold and rainy day. The smile from ear to ear tells it all. Remember: “The worst day riding is better than the best day at work”
15) You are visiting and older rider’s house and you see a collection of trophies that were won in his or her earlier years: Road Racing, Motocross racing, Enduro riding, Trials, etc. (Pick one or more)
16) Same scenario as above, but this time it is an older touring rider that shows his albums, slides, digital picture collection, etc. of all the places he or she has been. Add extra points if it is a male rider and his female better half has accompanied him to those places. The back of a Gold Wing is awful windy at times guys.
17) You are visiting a fellow rider and he/she proudly displays their motorcycle only tool collection. Items such as Whitworth wrenches, Left hand magneto pullers, and special fork seal drivers and the like jump out at you.
18) You buy an item advertised on the GWRRA “For Sale” bulletin board and the seller tells you to take receipt of the item, make sure it is to your liking, and then send payment. If you don’t like it, just send it back.
19) You meet a rider that belongs to more than one (1) motorcycling organization (i.e. AMA, COG, BMWON, RAT, ROK, HOG or fill in the blank_________)
20) You meet a rider that has attended every Wing Ding or Sturgis, or Americade, of the Gypsy Tour, or all of the above. Do these guys work? Or did they win a lottery or something?
21) Your phone rings in the middle of the night (or you call in the middle of the night) and render or need assistance with some sort of maintenance or installation problem you are having with your motorcycle. Remember to put the coffee on and no beer or other adult beverages are to be served until after the problem is resolved. No adult beverages for those riding home!
22) A very quiet and reserve chapter member suddenly writes and submits an article to the Chapter News Letter, Wing World, Other? Again, fill in the blank___________.
23) A reserved smile comes to your face when you take a look at the Chapter web site and some other member has submitted a photo of you for the world to see (Always be on your best behavior, as this could happen at any time at any event)
24) You always speak kindly of those riders that have preceded you from this life and are now riding the highways of heaven. (I hope this is all of us at all times)
So, were you able to pick one? I thought not. Sort of difficult to pick just one trait or attribute that we can say makes a motorcycle rider the “The Real Deal”. I submit to you that all of us exhibit all of the above traits and attributes. We don’t exhibit these all at the same time, and certainly not all on the same day. But we surely can see ourselves from time to time as described in the above list.
Is the list complete? Let me answer that with a question: From the time we purchase a motorcycle and start modifying and adding do-dads; Is it every complete? Certainly not! We and our motorcycles change as we go through our lives.
So other than an article that takes up your time to read, is there a point to all of this? Of course there is. You didn’t think I would leave you hanging, did you?
All of us are different, that is the nature of people. Just as all of us are different, all motorcycles are different, even those of the same brand, model, and year. We make them different so we can call them our own. The message here is to accept other riders for who they are in lieu of what they are riding, or their style of riding, or their attire, or organizations they belong to, or what rallies they have been too, and the list goes on and on.
As we put aside our preconceived notions of persons and other aspects involved in motorcycling we open up a whole new world of possibilities to truly be friends for fun, safety and knowledge.
Ride Safe and God Bless
Discount Don and Netsybro
A Message from our Membership Enhancement Coordinators
Hello to my fellow GWRRA members, from Athens Eagle Wings, AL-H. Just a little info from Melissa and myself about what's going on with Athens Eagle Wings, our new Facebook site. We have been reaching out to folks all year as we could and getting a few contacts on other FB sites also, but at Wing Ding, wow!
As most of you know, I don't know how I wound up in this position of MEC, Membership Enhancement Coordinator . . . as with me being shy and reserved but I have tried to make a good showing.
Melissa says I am hooked on FB, but I really love visiting people on line since we live such a fast pace and so much going on. I had folk’s friend me and ask about our chapter and groups and have become active or plan to with our group. Ernie and Beverly Quail contacted me after they moved to Tennessee from Florida wanting to join us so they could stay in Region A. So glad to have them as part of Ch. H family too. Recently Kurt and Lynne Chadwick tagged me as a friend and have now joined GWRRA and are looking for a trike with plans to be active with our group.
Folks, I have made the contacts but you made and make the final decisions for these folks about hanging out with us with your open arms and welcoming the folks to be part of our family. As for Wing Ding, our area had 19 sign ups, who brought 14 folks on board with them as co-riders, etc. I have contacted all but 2 or 3 of these folks and have had good calls and shared our info, web site, Facebook site and what an awesome group we already have and want them to come check us out.
Folks, Melissa and I thank you for the opportunity to be your MEC, and I promise to keep making contacts. With the continued help from you folks making them want to be part of us we will continue to grow and have fun. I don't want our chapter to be the biggest chapter; I want us to be a close knit, active chapter. Let's bring some of those largest participating awards home from gatherings and challenge others to do also.
Thank you and ride safe,
News from Your District Directors
Greetings fellow riders, fall has finally arrived. Football season is in full swing and that is a sign of some really great riding weather. We have been out and we hope all of you have as well. Since out last article we have been on the road and having a lot of fun. We have attended several chapter events including a very nice fun day with our friends at Fl1-D in Pensacola. The weather was perfect for the event as well as the ride to get there. Alabama was well represented with 4 chapters in attendance, chapters A, G, T and Y. A special thanks to Chapter Directors David and Dee Wessler and their team for allowing us to be part of a great weekend.
At this writing we have just gotten back from the Mississippi District Rally in Gulfport, a great weekend was had by all in attendance. The weather was a little warm on Thursday and Friday but everyone woke up to some really great temps on Sat morning. Congratulations to Harry and Diane Shaffer and the entire District Team for putting on a fun rally. The new location in Gulfport was really nice and at closing it was announce they would be back there next year. If you missed this year, we hope everyone will make plans to be there next year. The Region A rally is only a few days away and we hope you are making plans to be there. If you are there on Friday, please plan to attend the Couple of the Year selection and support our own Carl and Jan Breeding as they attempt to become the next Region A Couple of the Year. Good luck guys! On that note we would also like to thank Dewey and Alice Cole for the wonderful job they have done in representing the Alabama District as well as Region A this past year as Couple of the Year. Thanks to both of you for a job well done!
In closing, please remember all of our men and women in uniform and all of our first responders and their families as they serve and protect us each day. When you see them please tell them thanks for all they do for us each and every day. We hope to see all of you out on the road.
Frank and Linda Teasley
A Note from Your District Educators
Rider Education/Motorist Awareness
Carl & Jan Breeding
As most of you are aware, we had to cancel the Rider Education weekend because the Honda plant wasn’t able to accommodate us at the last minute. We are trying to find a suitable place to hold an event in the spring at the beginning of the riding season. I would encourage the chapters to concentrate on seminars during the winter months, and try to get them and the First Aid/CPR training done while the weather isn’t too great. I know I am more willing to be stuck inside when it is cold and wet than when the sun is shining and the breezes are warm.
Use common sense, take a break when you need one, and slow down when the conditions require. Be safe so we can ride together.
Carl and Jan Breeding
Since we have a number of riders that are new to the group, I feel I should cover some of the basics of Group Riding. The basics are taken from the Group Riding Seminar of GWRRA’s Rider Education Program which is available if the members would like to have it presented.
The benefits of team riding and the suggested planning and conduct of a team ride should result in:
Why a team? There are several styles of group riding
The first, or lead bike is responsible for knowing the route to be followed, notifying the following bikes of road hazards
– Maintain lane position
– Passes traffic safely as a team on the highway
– Passes traffic individually on two lane roads
– Compress the formation at stop signs or traffic signals
– Exits the roadway for inclement weather
The lead bike takes the left track, this means the left half of the lane, following bikes alternate which track they are in. Doing this allows the group to be more compact and minimize the amount of space taken up on the highway and the likelihood that another vehicle will push into unoccupied spaces and interfere with the group’s unity. The group makes an effort to move together as a group in most cases, the Lead asks the Drag to secure the lane they want to move into. Once the lane is secured, the Drag informs the Lead, who then directs the group to check the lane and then move into it. It is important to behave as a team so other riders and drivers the group encounters know what to expect.
Team Riding Takes Practice
A Note from our Alabama District Membership Enhancement Coordinators
Why is it you go off for a for 4 or 5 days and get back home and have two full days of work to do ? Today was one of those, yep tomorrow too. Guess that’s the price for having fun.
Got home from the Mississippi Rally yesterday and haven’t slowed down. Once again another good Rally. Harry and Dianne and the whole MS. Staff did a fantastic job with just a few minor glitches. Everyone had a good time and I hope everyone made it home safe.
Next week will be the Region A Rally but I guess by the time this gets in a newsletter it will be over. I hope Carl and Jan Breeding were announced as the new Region A COY. Dewey and Alice Cole have served Alabama and the Region well. Thanks guys for a job well done.
Veterans Day is just around the corner so everyone please celebrate with them in some way.
Already late with this so I will send it in.
A Note from Your North Alabama Assistant District Directors
We have just returned from the Mississippi Rally on the Gulf Coast. The rally was a really good one. Harry & Diane Schafer, the Mississippi District Directors, and their team did a great job. The weather could not have been better. We are certainly looking forward to next year’s rally.
If there is anything your chapter needs, please let us know. We are here to support you and your chapter.
Robert & Gail Brown
Recipe of the Month
A favorite from Carl Breeding
Lorene’s Pineapple Cranberry Salad
1 - 20 ounce can Crushed Pineapple
Drain pineapple, reserving juice. To the juice add enough water to make 3 cups. Pour juice and water mixture into saucepan, bring to boil, then remove from heat. Add dry Jell-O and mix to dissolve, then add Cranberry Sauce and stir to dissolve. Pour into large bowl. Refrigerate for 1 ½ hours until slightly thickened. Add chopped apple and walnut and stir in. Refrigerate 4 hours or until firm.
Scheduled Events for the Month
November - 2015
1, Sun - Standard Time Resumes -- Fall Back
5, Thu - Dinner - Hildegard's Biergarten -- 6:15pm - 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))
7, Sat - Ride - Athens Veterans Parade -- 930am - Athens Shell (Staging for parade starts 10am at Athens High School. This allows time for decorating bikes before 11am parade.)
11, Wed - Happy Birthday Larry Bradley
12, Thu - Athens Eagle Wings Gathering -- 2nd Thursday of the month 6:15pm to eat/7pm to meet IHOP, 16211 Athens-Limestone Boulevard Athens, AL
14, Sat - Ride - Shiloh Battlefield -- 8am - Athens Shell
15, Sun - Ride Planning Meeting -- 4pm - Michael and Rita Moore's home
19, Thu - Dinner - 306 Barbecue -- 6:15pm - 23101 US Highway 72, Athens, AL 35613
21, Sat - Ride - Scottsboro - Visit Chapters O and V -- departure time TBD - Madison Cracker Barrel Shell (11am lunch at Western Sizzlin, 23980 John T Reid Pkwy, Scottsboro, AL 35768 )
22, Sun - Happy Anniversary Larry and Julie Bradley