NewsLetter

 

November 2017

Hello everyone,

The Halloween dance is behind us now we had few people show up not the crowd we had hoped for but as always those who did come seemed to have a good time.

I want to take this opportunity to thank Phil Terry for his excellent service as the chapter treasurer. Phil will be stepping down on the 1st of January 2018.

GUESS WHAT???? Chapter Q is looking for a new Treasurer and we are not having luck. If you are a member of the chapter we need your help. Contact Rusty if you have time to help out @ 253-312-0851.

Next up is the Santa Parade.

See you all at the meeting

Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

Rusty & Bobbie

 

A C D CORNER
Happy Thanksgiving. That means we’ve reached November and the cold weather is upon us, so be careful out there. Remember that even at 50 deg. there can still be ice out there.
As Rusty has already stated, the Halloween dance was a lot of fun even if it wasn’t the turn out we would have liked. Nancy and I like to thank everyone that helped with the brown bag and dessert auction along with the setup and take down.
I would also like to take this time to thank Phil Terry for his service as the chapter treasure. He has done a great job and is going to be hard to replace. So thanks again Phil.
So in conclusion, we wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving.
Chuck and Nancy Caldara
GWRRA-Q ACD

BUT, I DIDN’T SEE HIM!

Last month I was out in the elementary school parking lot assisting a teacher in the process of changing a flat tire. Fortunately I had my mini compressor with me and as soon as we were finished inflating the tire I heard a loud bang, and then the noise of a car horn continuously blaring away. I rushed out to the street and saw the results of a two car collision. One of the cars had the airbag activated and the driver in a dazed condition. I rushed over to join some other people at the scene to see if I could assist in any medical way. The driver of the vehicle with the inflated airbag was being assisted by other individuals, so I went to the driver who had evidently made a left turn in front of the other driver. This gentleman was walking around in a high state of agitation and continually repeating that he wondered where the other driver had come from since he did not see him. Yes, emergency aid and police showed up in a matter of minutes.

The point I’m making is that if the driver had not seen a vehicle the size of a car and made a left hand turn in front of it, how can an individual on a smaller sized motorcycle be recognized? Was the driver so engrossed on the entrance to the parking area that his vision of the approaching vehicles was totally ignored? Did another case of “distracted driving” enter the books? Only that driver will know. But, the statement of “I didn’t see him” boggles my mind since the size of the on-coming vehicle is hard to ignore.

Vic Parr
WA District Motorist Awareness

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OCTOBER 2017

Hello everyone,

Bobbie and I have been busy the last few weeks so this is a little late, but you know what they say.

First off the training seminar in Buckley is this Saturday Oct. 7. Our chapter meeting is on the 14th and Bobbie is having Knee Replacement surgery on the 17th.

HONDA  HAS AN ANNOUNCMENT

Hi All,

Rumors abound about a New Honda Touring Announcement!
We think it’s the long awaited for New Gold Wing.
We can’t confirm them, but we have enough confidence to invite you all in for breakfast on us
on October 24th Tuesday, 8:30am. We’ll have all you can eat pancakes, bacon, OJ, coffee and at
8:50 we’ll hopefully run the video of what Honda has new!
(We are hoping the internet streaming works, so please understand if it doesn’t)

Here is the teaser from Honda.
https://powersports.honda.com/beyond.aspx

That’s all we know, so come find out when we do what’s coming for 2018!

Look forward to seeing you all here.

Jeff Reiner / Vicki & Dale Gray
South Sound Honda Suzuki Polaris – Olympia
South Bound Honda – Tacoma
www.HondaBike.com – www.SouthSoundSuzuki.com
www.HondaPoliceMotorcycle.com

Halloween Dance is coming together OK and is coming up on the 21st. We could still use brown bag donations Contact Nancy Caldara. We also need deserts for the auction.

Fliers are out and there is still time to pre register and save $3 per person. Look under the fliers tab on the home page.

The next event is the Santa Parade. Norm is handling that event for us.

 

RIDER EDUCATION

MOTORCYCLE AND WEATHER CONDITIONS
DMV.org

Motorcycles can be fun and affordable form of transportation. However, they can also be downright hazardous under adverse weather conditions.
If you’re an inexperienced rider, the best way to stay safe is to avoid riding your motorcycle when it’s raining, too hot, or excessively cold. Listen to your local weather forecast before riding. If rain seems likely or extreme temperatures are predicted, consider using a different form of transportation or postponing your trip.
If you must venture outside in poor weather or you find yourself unexpectedly riding through less-than-ideal conditions, remember the following safety tips:
Take a short break at least once every two to three hours. Fatigue contributes to many motorcycle accidents.
If visibility is poor, slow down. Make sure you are riding at a speed that allows you to stop in the distance that you can see. It may take you longer to arrive at your destination, but a late arrival is still preferable to an emergence room visit.
If you’re in the middle of a long trip, consider renting a hotel room for the night. Operating a motorcycle at night can be difficult even under normal weather conditions.
RIDING IN THE RAIN
When you’re driving in your car or truck, you’re protected from the rain. When you’re riding a motorcycle, you’re exposed to the elements. However, motorcycles do offer some advantages in wet weather. They provide a superior view of the road, easy maneuverability, and more escape routes from any potentially dangerous situations.
If you’re riding in the rain, remember the following tips from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation:
Aim for smooth control. Be gentle with your brakes and throttle, but balance your grip. When you’re riding in the rain, aim to complete your turns before you accelerate.
Avoid last-minute reactions whenever possible. In wet weather, you must plan ahead to determine when you will need to accelerate or brake. Using engine braking for corners and junctions will reduce the risk of skidding.
Avoiding hazards is extremely important in the rain. Watch out for the following obstacles when you’re riding your motorcycle in wet weather:
Slick concrete surfaces – Manhole covers – Railroad tracks – Puddles
Potholes – Oil spills
When you’re purchasing tires for your motorcycle, avoid tires that are labeled as “long-lasting” if you plan to do a lot of riding in wet weather. Many motorcycle owners think this purchase is a good way to save money. However, these tires are typically less tacky and can’t provide enough traction to keep you safe in wet weather.

RIDING IN HOT WEATHER
It is a proven scientific fact that your physical condition affects your ability to react to dangerous situations. Most riders know that you’re more likely to be involved in a motorcycle accident when you’re tired, angry, or exhausted. However, few realize the impact excessive heat can have on your safety.
When you’re riding your motorcycle on a hot summer day, the best safety precaution you can take is to stay hydrated. Take plenty of water breaks. If you don’t like the taste of water, drink sports drinks instead. However, you should avoid soda whenever possible. The caffeine and sugar will add to dehydration.
Dressing appropriately can keep you comfortable on a hot day. However, it’s not a good idea to ride your motorcycle in shorts and no shirt. Keep as much of your body covered as possible. Skin exposed directly to the sun will evaporate water significantly faster than skin that is properly covered. Plus, overexposure increases your risk of sunburn.
Another easy tip to keep you comfortable on a hot day is to open the vents on your motorcycle helmet to increase air flow. Just remember to bring along some extra lip balm, since the additional air will dry out your lips.
If you’re riding on a hot day, watch for signs of heat-related illnesses. Heat exhaustion, heat stroke, or heat cramps can happen to anyone. However, alcoholics, older people, the obese, and those taking certain prescriptions are at an increased risk.

RIDING IN COLD WEATHER
To the casual observer, riding a motorcycle seems like an activity best left to warm days. However, the enthusiastic rider will often want to venture outside under colder conditions.
Dressing appropriately is the best way to keep yourself safe while riding your motorcycle in cold weather. Remember the following tips as you’re selecting your motorcycle apparel:
Keep your hands and feet warm. Invest in a good pair of gloves and some high-quality motorcycle boots.
Keep your torso warm. If your torso is cold, it will restrict blood flow to your hands and feet.
Wind proof your body. Make sure the outside layer of your outfit is made of a material that will stop the wind.
Seal the openings in your outfit. Don’t let air come in through the neck opening in your jacket, the sleeves of your shirt, or the bottoms of your pants.
Choose a good insulating material. Wool is the best natural fiber insulating material, but synthetics such as Thinsulate work well also.
If your bike allows it, you may also want to consider installing a windshield. If you plan to ride in cold weather on a regular basis, a windshield will keep you warmer than if you simply dress in appropriate motorcycle apparel.
While riding your motorcycle in cold weather, it’s wise to watch for signs of hypothermia or frostbite. If you start to feel uncomfortable, stop your bike and seek medical attention.

 

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SEPTEMBER 2017

Hello Everyone.

Its been a busy couple of months for Bobbie and I. We didn’t get around to making an Aug newsletter. Chuck and Nancy did and I will try to put in with this one. 

We were not able to make the August meeting so Chuck and Nancy did it. I have not talked to them yet but am sure that all is well. 

Our chapter campout was kind of a bust not many people camped, We did have a good dinner on Saturday evening around 20 people showed up. Some of us did some fishing but nothing to report on that front ether. Next year we will change the format a bit so the chapter doesn’t pay for camping that nobody uses. 

We are going to have a final meeting with Larry at the Poodle Dog and finalize the dinner issue so, I plan to have the flier for the Halloween dance at the next meeting. We will be needing people to help with the dance for setup, tare down, front door, etc. We are still planning to have the desert auction so ladies please warm up those ovens and plan to put your deserts up for auction.

Bobbie and I just got back from Wing Ding in Grapevine Texas. We lucked out and had good weather it was in the 80’s all week. We didn’t win any money or the Goldwing Motorcycle but we bought a couple of T shirts and some jewelry cleaner. Next year Wing Ding will be at Knoxville Tennessee. It was said that 4200 people attended the event. 

By for now

Bobbie and Rusty

 

ACD Corner
Here it is Sept. and summer is almost done. We definitely can’t say we haven’t had a hot and dry summer with temperatures reaching up into the 90s. This sometimes made it uncomfortable to ride but hopefully everyone got some good time in.
Several of us went to Cashmere for the district rally and although it was hot, I think we had a good time. It would’ve been better for Nancy and I had our RV not broken but fortunately we were able to get it fixed and get back on the road. While at district, we held the Christmas in July decoration contest which in truth, I believe chapter Q should have won. However due to some mix ups, they decided to pick the winner through a drawing. So the win went to the Canadian chapter who did put up some lights and didn’t do quite the job we did. The light parade through town drew some interest from local folks and the bike show downtown did bring in a lot of people. There was about 35 bikes in the bike show and there were some really good looking ones.
Last month we held the Chapter Q campout at Mossyrock. Members camping were a little low as we only took up four campsites. However several members did come down on Saturday for the cookout. We enjoyed some great porterhouse steaks with corn on the cob, potato salad, baked beans, carrot salad, and finished it off with oatmeal raisin cookies. Due to the low turnout camping, the plan is for next year to make it a picnic and not a campout. Hopefully this will get us a bigger turnout.
I hope everyone goes out and enjoys your riding time and stay safe.
Chuck and Nancy Caldara
ACD GWRRA WA – Q

 

 

 

 

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July 2017

 

Hello Everyone,

The Crazy Ride is behind us. I want to thank all the people that helped with the ride event your help made things go smoothly. South Bound Honda took great care of us again this year and because of their help we made a profit.

Next is the chapter camp out. Bobbie is going to set up the potluck dinner BBQ for Saturday evening.  August 4 and 5 at Mossyrock Park, Rife Lake.

There are lots of good riding roads and the lake offers boating, swimming and fishing. You can purchase a 3 day fishing license if you want to fish and don’t have a regular license. Kids under 15 can fish without a license.

Chapter Q has new colors and the logo has been slightly changed. We had new shirts made and have given them to our active members, everyone seems to like them. The new colors are actually our old colors “Gray” The shirts look good and are more comfortable than the yellow ones. 

The yellow colors have been used by Chapter L for many years. In talking to some of their members at Spring Fling, I decided to call a meeting with our chapter officers and we decided to go back to our own original colors. Chapter Q has its own identity and It was just the right thing to do.

There is availability of other items with the improved logo on them. Hats $22.00, Hoodies $35.00,  and to have the logo put on anything costs $9.00. Just contact Bobbie if you want anything. 

I should have the fliers for the Halloween Dance ready by mid August.

We offered a contest to re-name our Crazy Ride and we have a winner. Terry Black. She came up with The Chapter Q “Ride About”.  I am working toward making the ride a camping event next year. We’ll see how it goes.

Our District Rally is coming up on July 20th to the 22nd in Cashmere I would be great if we could have a strong chapter turnout Please try to attend. 

See you at the meeting on Saturday July 8

Rusty & Bobbie

 


 

ACD’s Corner
Well here it is July which means we made it through half the year. It also means that we’ve gotten through the “Crazy Ride” and I’d like to thank each and everyone of you who participated in making this a fun ride. We were able to show a profit and I believe everyone had a fun time. The weather was great for riding, a little on the warm side. The food was good and South Bound Honda was very gracious in supplying all the needs such as coffee, donuts, hamburgers, hot dogs and the fixings. They also supplied the cook who did a very good job trying to keep up with everyone.
I was envious of everyone who went on the ride for as you know by now, I had surgery on my right rotator cuff on June 1 so I was unable to ride.
Now that the “Crazy Ride” is behind us, it is time to start putting our efforts into the Halloween dance in October. This one I’m going to leave in Rusty and Bobbi’s capable hands.
Once again I want to thank everyone who helped us with the “Crazy Ride” and although our numbers weren’t exactly the greatest, I do believe we had a very good ride.
So here’s hoping to see everyone at this month’s meeting and that everyone has a safe riding season.
Chuck and Nancy Caldara
GWRRA WA-Q ACD’s

 


 

TIPS FOR A SAFE RIDE
General Information & Tips on how to ride your motorcycle safely.
At DMV.org
Whether it’s a quick trip to the corner market for a few things, or a two-week touring trip with friends, there are plenty of things you can do to ensure your motorcycle driving is safe and enjoyable.
It would be nice if the road was always smooth, and without bumps, but those bum, potholes, breakdown’s, lost riding moments and more are out there. The best way to avoid trouble from these instances is to be prepared. You can also improve your own safety, as well as that of your passengers and vehicle, by not only following the laws and rules of the road, but also by knowing them well and always practicing courteous and calm driving.
Safe From the Start
The best way to start off right and ensure you have a smooth ride, and to anticipate problems that may occur, is to prepare and pack for your trip, bringing water, extra clothing, and a map of the area you’re driving, or other items that might be necessary, depending on your trip. You should also be sure you have some safety basics, particularly a first-aid kit, and a charged mobile phone if possible.
It is also important to make sure that your bike is well-maintained and checked, and that all fluids and major systems, including braking and lights, are i9n working order. You cannot predict and prevent all vehicle failures and breakdowns, but you can reduce the risk by maintaining your motorcycle.
Next, you will need to make sure that you, as the driver, and any passengers are properly seated on the bike. This means sitting squarely on the center of the seat with feet on the footpegs and hands holding handlebars or the rider. Also, make sure you and passengers ae always wearing protective helmets. It may not be the law in every state, but is common sense for safety.
Defensive Driving
One of the most obvious things you can do to make sure your driving is safe is to practice defensive driving. This does not mean you have to drive extra slow, but you should use extra caution at all times, and remember that other vehicles are not just other cars and trucks, they are people. Defensive driving consists of a few basic driving tips that are intended to help keep you focused on the road, raise your awareness of your surroundings, and prepare you for a fast reaction to avoid a crash.
A List of Defensive and Safe Driving Skills and Practices
Avoid distractions, including mobile phones and other devices, which and divert your attention, even with hands-free functionality.
Aim high when looking out over the handlebars at the road.
Keep your eyes moving, meaning don’t just stare at the road ahead; check mirrors and other views frequently.
Leave yourself an out; this means anticipating what would happen if you had to swerve or slam on the brakes.
Position both hands firmly but comfortably on handlebars.
Never drive while feeling drowsy or sleepy; pull over at a rest stop or other safe place to take a break and get some rest.
Courtesy is Cool
It is easy to get caught up in rushing yourself, as well as other motorists, when riding. It is important to remember that although you may be late, or another driver may have cut you off or otherwise disregarded the rules of the road, riding is no race or competition.
One of the biggest causes of accidents i9s vehicles following each other too close. The general rule of thumb for driving is one car length, but it never hurts to extend the buffer between yourself and the vehicle or vehicles in front of you, especially on a motorcycle. This can also help you maintain a smoother ride that saves fuel and wear and tear on your bike. If you are spinning out every start and constantly hitting the brakes, you are accelerating too fast and following too close.
Courteous driving also consists of allowing other motorists to merge into9 traffic by giving them the space to do so. Similarly, if you are merging, maintain a safe speed, but do your best to quickly accelerate to the flow of traffic.

 

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JUNE 2017

From the CD’s

We have had some great riding weather lately and a few of us have been taking advantage of it.

We had a small group that went to the Armed Forces event at Everett Power Sports on Veterans Day, we rode up as a group and returned somewhat less than a group as Bill and Larry Jetted down the hi-way at warp speed never to be seen again on the trip. We had a good lunch and looked at some cool bikes.

The following Sunday. I had to get Bobbie out of the house from noon to 6:00 pm. We called some folks to join us for a Sunday ride, Norm, Phil & Debra, Mike, My self & Bobbie left Star Base Wall Mart at about 11:15 and warped over to Skate Creek Road and on to Packwood where we stopped for a picnic lunch.

We proceeded along HWY 12 to Randall where fuel tanks were topped off and we decided to head up to Mt. St. Helens. as we started up the 25 road we encountered a natural zone that told us the road was closed to Windy Ridge. Not allowing this to end our exploration of this section of space I decided that we would head up to an area I was familiar with, called Tower Rock. It’s just what it sounds like “A towering rock formation” Its some 900 Ft, tall.

As we passed Tower Rock I headed to an area of space that no Phil had ever gone before. It was a one lane road that cuts thru the “Gifford Pinshot National Forrest” It was paved but a little bumpy. It was also very beautiful country.

After we got out of the worm hole, the threatened mutiny was obverted and the decision was made to stop in Morton for Ice Cream.

It was a successful mission for me as I got Bobbie home just in time for her surprise birthday party.

 

Last weekend Bobbie and I went to Spring Fling at Kennewick. Chapter “L” did a great job, there was plenty to see and do, lots of good food, nice weather and some old friends. Bobbie & I decided to take a ride into Pendleton Oregon for lunch, and on the way back missed the exit to take us back to the fair grounds, so we rode about 20 miles out of the way to get back, no big deal it was only 98 degrees. All and all it was a good time.

Don’t forget no meeting in June we are meeting at Little Park @ 0630 to head for the “Duck Hunt” event in Aberdeen. Bobbie are going to ride up but we can’t stay for the festivities, so we will be coming back before the run.

We will be having our July meeting as planed at Little Park. 

DON’T FORGET TO CHECK THE “CURRENT EVENTS TAB” IT CHANGES OFTEN

See you all down the road, Ride Safe

Rusty & Bobbie.

 

AC’s Corner

Well we’ve made it to June and it looks like we might get some sunshine. Hopefully the sunshine will hold out past June 24 so that the Crazy Ride will go off without a hitch. We have determined that the grand prize for this ride will be $250. We have collected many items for door prizes and the brown bag auction. However we are still in need of any new or slightly used items for the brown bag auction. I hope to see all of you at Southbound Honda in Lakewood on June 24th.

I myself will not be riding as I am having rotator cuff surgery and will be out of commission for about 4 to 6 weeks. I will however be present for the Crazy Ride.

For those of you who are not yet aware, it was decided that there will not be a Chapter Q meeting this month as many of the people will be riding in the Chapter D Duck Hunt in Aberdeen. For reasons previously stated, Nancy and I will not be attending the Duck Hunt. I do hope that it will be a good ride and that we can support Chapter D.

So I will close by stating that I wish everyone good riding weather and that I hope to see everyone at the next month’s meeting.

Chuck and Nancy Caldara

ACD WA-Q

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MAY 2017

CD

Hello Everyone,

 

Bobbie and I have been working the Halloween Dance. It will be at the Poodle Dog again this year on October 21st. starting at 6:00 pm and ending at 10:00 pm. The music will be by “Juke Box”.

The prices are still being looked at so we will be getting that done soon. There will be a no host bar for those who like to lift their sprits, and a beverage bar for those who prefer sodas, etc. The beverage bar has a cost of $3 but is refillable all night for free.

 

We do know this is to be a family event this year, minors under 18 must be accompanied  by an adult.

Fliers should be out by June.

 

There was a planning meeting at Nancy and Chucks house last week and Chuck has the chapter ride nailed down and ready to go.

Thank you Chuck and Nancy for the use of your home for this meeting. The brownies were great!

 

Our website is still a work in progress, but it is progressing, slowly is ok by me that way I get to know how to use it.

 

Norm, Gerry, Mike, Bobbie and I went to the Chapter E meeting last month to plug our Crazy Ride. We offered a free Co-rider entry and they could not find anyone to take it. So we may not have many people from that chapter.

Phil has a few early registrations in already.

 

Don’t forget to check the new tab on the website for “Current Events” the meaasage on there can change and be added daily.

 

Hope to see everyone at the meeting on May 13. Don’t forget guys Mothers day is Sunday May 14th.

 

By for now

 

Rusty and Bobbie

 

 

 

ACs Corner.

Well here it is May and if we’re lucky it may even stop raining. I don’t know about you but I’m getting just about ready to build an ark in my garage. Let’s hope at least that we can start doing some riding. I’d like to get out and ride my new trike before I have to have surgery on my shoulder. For those you who don’t know, I have a torn rotator cuff and they are going to also remove a portion of the my collarbone. This will occur on June 1st so I have a limited time in which to get out and do some riding.

On April 27, Nancy and I held a meeting at our house to discuss the details of the “Crazy Ride”. There was a good turnout and we were able to come up with five destinations for the ride. We were also able to work out most of the logistics for the ride. We are however still searching for a grand prize. Rusty is going to contact a person he knows who might be able to get us a couple of nights at the Quinault Casino and Lodge in Ocean Shores let’s hope he can make that happen. There are still many things that people can help with at the ride on 24 June and we’re still looking for new and gently used items for the brownbag auction.

Once again, I hope that I don’t have to continue working on my ark and that we will be able to get out and enjoy some nice riding weather.

Chuck and Nancy Caldara

ACD GWRRA – Q

 

 

RIDER EDUCATION

Motorcycle Touring 101

Planning a Great Road Trip

Motorcycle trips demand for more planning than the equivalent journey in a car. Though riding provides an inherent sense of freedom, practical limitations require motorcyclists to think ahead when choosing to hit the open road.

For starters, most motorcycles are limited in their storage capacity. Though all-out touring bikes such as the Honda Gold Wing offer numerous hard cases or the storage of extra clothes and gear, long distance riders are often forced make tough decisions about the details of their trips, and how much of what item they need to pack.

Important points to consider: The first question you’ll want to ask yourself when planning a trip pertain to how long you plan on being gone, where you intend to go. And what you have in mind for lodging.

First on your list of “must pack” items is a safety and repair kit.

Inspect your bike. Using the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s T-CLOCS method is an efficient way to inspect your bike before traveling;

T: Tires. Make sure both tires are properly inflated, using an air pressure monitor that you bring with you on rides. Don’t risk riding on tires that might need replacement; if you suspect a tire will not last long enough for a ride, have it replaced.

C: Controls. Are your cables (clutch and brakes) and controls intact and working?

L: Lights. Make sure your headlights (high and low bear), turn signals, and brake lights work.

O: Oils & Fluids. Check everything from engine oil and coolant to break fluid.

C: Chassis. Ensured that the frame, suspension, chain, and fasteners are all secure and intact.

S: Stands. Make sure the center stand and/or side stand isn’t cracked or bent, and that springs properly hold the assembly away from the pavement when stowed.

Pacing Tips: Packing for a long distance motorcycle ride is a delicate balance between bringing enough items to ensure comfort and not overloading yourself with unnecessary weight and bulk. After you’ve planned your route you’ll want to check the weather forecast and get an idea of what to expect in terms of the elements.

A good touring suit is an excellent investment, and when choosing your clothes, considers packing several this layers of clothing, rather than a few thick ones. Flexibility is the key to staying comfortable; it’s far better to have the option to stop and shed or add layers as necessary, than to shiver or sweat your way through what would otherwise be an enjoyable, scenic route.

Be sure to bring energy bars or trail mix and water; if hunger or thirst strikes while you’re far from convenience stores or gas stations, the nourishment will come in handy and keep your riding skills sharp.

When loading up your bike, always put; heavier, more solid items in the bottom and sides closer to the bike frame (to centralize weight.) Lighter items should go on top.

Finally, equip yourself well, the overall benefits of choosing safety over style are vast when considering your long-term health and well-being

Plan, Plan, Plan…..

Though it’s tempting to hit the open road and simply follow your nose, don’t forget that you’re more vulnerable to the elements, fatigue, and potentially serious injury on a motorcycle. Prepare yourself with clothing appropriate for the weather. Plan a route and, if you don’t have a portable GPS system, do whatever it takes not to get lost – even if it means taping directions to the top of your fuel tank. Err in the direction filling up with gas too frequently; because of their relatively low cursing range, most bikes will barely make it across some of the North American stretches’ of highway that are sparsely populated. When in doubt, fill up.

Pace your travels realistically. Don’t try to ride so many hours in a day that it might affect your reflexes or decisions making ability; after all, most of the fun is in the journey, not simply in reaching a destination. While riding, be sure to stop whenever necessary – whether for a snack, a stretch, or a nap. The simple act of taking a breather will make the ride all the more enjoyable.

…But Don’t Overplan!

Once you’ve prepared sufficiently, enjoy the possibility of the unexpected. Riding requires a certain amount of discipline and logistical planning. But part of the joy of the journey is the process. Be open to re-writing your plans when necessary and you’ll have a blast nonmatter where you end up.

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NOTICE

Meeting about the Crazy Ride at Nancy and Chucks h0use on April 27th @ 7:00 PM

11109 130th St. Ct. E. Puyallup WA. 98374

Anyone planning to help at the ride should attend.

 

NEWS LETTER 

APRIL 2017

CD CORNER

Hello everyone,

The weather is getting better and a few of us have been able to ride some, now if we could just get some riding together!

There is a chapter E meeting on Saturday the 15 of April and I am hoping we can get some members together and ride to that meeting (weather permitting). I got a chance to ride my new bike a couple times and am ready for some riding this summer. I will have more time to ride because I am now retired.

Norm, Phil, Bobbie and I went to the chapter B meeting on Saturday and the Saturday before Norm, Bobbie and I went to chapter O’s meeting.

Chuck and Nancy have done a great job with the Crazy Ride and the fliers are posted on our website, They have some good door prizes but in your travels please ask venders you meet for donations. I have asked Norm to head up the Santa Parade again this year, and he has accepted  that challenge.

This is our new website, we are still working on it but it is allot easier to use than our old one. The main challenge we have is the calendar, at present every item needs to be entered each month. As you read through it please alert me if you see something wrong.

Our meeting is next Saturday the 8th. Bobbie will be installed as the new Membership Officer. Hope to see everyone there. The weather says 70% chance of showers so no ride is planned.

If anyone has something they want to put in the newsletter email it to me by the 1st of each month. We are in need of articles, story’s and pictures with captions.

Be safe and ride safe

Rusty and Bobbie

ACD Corner

ACs Corner.

Well here it is May and if we’re lucky it may even stop raining. I don’t know about you but I’m getting just about ready to build an ark in my garage. Let’s hope at least that we can start doing some riding. I’d like to get out and ride my new trike before I have to have surgery on my shoulder. For those you who don’t know, I have a torn rotator cuff and they are going to also remove a portion of the my collarbone. This will occur on June 1st so I have a limited time in which to get out and do some riding.

On April 27, Nancy and I held a meeting at our house to discuss the details of the “Crazy Ride”. There was a good turnout and we were able to come up with five destinations for the ride. We were also able to work out most of the logistics for the ride. We are however still searching for a grand prize. Rusty is going to contact a person he knows who might be able to get us a couple of nights at the Quinault Casino and Lodge in Ocean Shores let’s hope he can make that happen. There are still many things that people can help with at the ride on 24 June and we’re still looking for new and gently used items for the brownbag auction.

Once again, I hope that I don’t have to continue working on my ark and that we will be able to get out and enjoy some nice riding weather.

Chuck and Nancy Caldara

ACD GWRRA – Q

RIDER EDUCATION

May is Motorcycle Awareness Month

Spring is in full swing and around the country, motorcyclists are returning to the road after a long winter. But with a sudden spike in the number of motorcycles on the road, it’s a good time to remind all motorists, whether on two wheels or four, to keep a special lookout for motorcyclists.

That’s why May is recognized as National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, a time for drivers to be reminded to share the road with motorcycles, and riders to be reminded to make themselves more visible to others.

Distracted drivers are a danger to everyone, particularly vulnerable road users like motorcyclists, and you never know who might be riding that motorcycle you encounter. The preoccupied cell phone talker straddling lanes on the freeway, the business person fumbling with a pocket computer while turning, or the hair brusher watching the image in the mirror instead of the stopped traffic ahead.

By consciously looking for motorcycles in May, we hope this will grow into a habit that will last the rest of the year, and longer.

Our message to all drivers and motorcyclists is: Make this the first year in recent years when motorcycle fatalities do NOT increase. Help to share in the responsibility and do your part by safely “Sharing the Road.”

The Gold Wing Road Riders Association promotes safety through rider training and education. http://gwrra.org

    

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 How to Get Your Motorcycle Out of

Storage and Back on the Road

Coming Out of Storage

Even if you applied the motorcycle storage tips before putting your bike away for the winter, you’ll want to go through this checklist before hitting the road this riding season.

Is the Fuel OK? If you used Sta-Bil or a comparable fuel stabilizer as outline in the storage tips, your fuel should be in good shape as long as it’s been a year or less. Regardless, double check by opening the filler cap and looking inside for gunk or stratification.

If the fuel is consistent and clean, you can go to the next step. If not, you’re better off draining the tank, fuel lines, and carburetor (if applicable) before running the engine. If you didn’t spray fogging oil or lubricate the top of the cylinder before storage, you may want to remove the spark plugs and pour two tablespoons of oil into the spark plug ports; this will lubricate the top portion of the cylinder walls before you start up the bike.

Check the Engine Oil’s Quality and Quantity: Whether or not you changed your engine oil before storage, you’ll still want to check the oil level before riding. If you didn’t do an oil change before storage, now is a good time to consider that oil and filter change, especially since oil degrades when it sits.

Charged UP? Motorcycle batteries tend to lose life quickly, especially in cold weather. If you kept your battery trickle charged or hooked up to a tender, it’s probably I n good shape. Nonetheless, check the leads for corrosion, and make sure they’re attached snugly. If applicable, make sure your battery is topped off with distilled water, and if it’s not completely charged don’t ride until you’re confident it will hold a charge and not leave you stranded.

Check for Leaks: Check your clutch, brake, and coolant levels (if applicable.) Remember that if brake fluid needs topping off, you’ll need to use a new, sealed supply that is the same brand as the fluid already in the system.

Check the Tires: If you kept weight off your motorcycle’s wheels and suspension, Bravo! Chances are your tires and suspension are in good shape, but you should still thoroughly inspect them before riding. If your motorcycle rested on a kickstand, check to make sure there are no unusual stress marks, cracks, or flat spots on the tires.

Are You Ready to Ride: Use the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s T-CLOCS checklist this, and every time you ride. The list covers Tires, Controls, Lights, Oils & fluids, Chassis and Stands. Don’t just take off after a thorough inspection; let the bike idle for a few minutes to get its fluids circulation. Take those moments to get reacquainted with the bike’s ergonomics. Before you go riding off into the sunset, don’t forget that the most important component of a motorcycle is you, the operator. If you suspect you’re rusty (and there’s as good possibility you are), practiced riding in an abandoned parking lot, taking it easy until you’re up to speed.

When all is said and done, a little preparation will make re-entry into riding a lot more fun; look out for yourself and your bike, and enjoy the ride!