Friend of Bill W.
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Lynnwood, Washington, USA
My first experience was at a state wide meeting of the GWRRA. I was a member for a short few months and had not been to a chapter meeting. My first meeting was the state assembly in Chelais, WA, about a 100 miles from my home. I had recently purchased a 94 1500 Wing and I knew very little about the motorcycle I was riding.
On the way down to the assembly, my gas and temperature gauge ceased working. When I stopped to investigate it on the side of the freeway, I finally found the fuses. I check them with my meter and I thought I had checked them all. I did not fix the problem. I continued to the event. When I got there, I went to register and when one of the people asked me how my trip down was, I briefly explained to him my woes. He immediately called another member over, who took charge. He pulled the cover off of my fuses and found the blown one. Asked out loud if anyone had a 10 amp fuse that they could spare. In 10 minutes my motorcycle was fixed.
I went on a group ride to see Mount St. Helens with a chapter from Bremerton, WA. I camped with some members from the Everett chapter. I was fed and be befriended with camp fire stories.
First impressions means a lot. I have heard of people who have gone to an GWRRA event and "no body said anything to them." I get that. That has happened to me at many different groups of things. To those that say that, I have this suggestion: Stick your hand out. Someone will shake it. That is at most organized events.
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