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Thank you for sharing your GWRRA story.

It is a positive experience, not a "I don't care for that crap" story.

My hope is that there will be many more successful stories written here.
Oh, for sure ..... our experience with GWRRA is without question, a positive one. Like anything in life, I could point to something I didn't then like, or don't like today .... but overall ..... it's been great and I don't regret one penny spent on dues or chapter 50/50s or gas .... or any of the time spent with all that goes on keeping a chapter going.

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When my wife, Carol, passed away, the GWRRA came out full force to escort her home. Her funeral procession was about 1-1/2 miles of JUST motorcycles, then about 1/2 mile of cagers. The entire membership of Chapter M postponed their activities to attend. Chapter R had 20-30 members show up. And of course our entire home chapter, Chapter P, EVERYBODY incuding some past members showed up.
 

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When my wife, Carol, passed away, the GWRRA came out full force to escort her home. Her funeral procession was about 1-1/2 miles of JUST motorcycles, then about 1/2 mile of cagers. The entire membership of Chapter M postponed their activities to attend. Chapter R had 20-30 members show up. And of course our entire home chapter, Chapter P, EVERYBODY incuding some past members showed up.
That speaks volumes about the health of your area and the respect they had for you and your wife.

Thank you for sharing this.
 

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I joined GWRRA a few years back when I bought the '99 GL1500. My wife and I joined up with a chapter near us and we went on a couple of rides with them. We decided pretty quickly that we didn't like riding in a group - too dangerous to me. Also, the group rode much faster than I like to go. It was too white-knuckle. I like to enjoy the ride and take my time. So I'd ride behind the group and catch up with them when they stopped. Some of the members were pretty friendly but on the whole we felt like outsiders and when the guy running the show threw insults at me, we bagged the chapter thing. I'm still a member and it's because of the Gold Book. My wife and I take pretty long trips and having that book with us puts our minds at ease a bit. Wingworld has Stu Oltman's column which is pretty much the only thing I read. Don't need to know about the latest $500 piece of chrome frufru that I could add to the bike. Don't need to look at fat, old guys proudly standing in front of identical GL1800s. Once in a while there's a decent travel story but not too often. For towing, I have AAA. It's pricey, but when you call, they show up. If you read the Rescue fine print, they may not show up at all but give you a few bucks instead.
Chapter-wise, it depends on who's in the group. There was a chapter near me that seemed a little more blue-collar and friendly but they disbanded. So my wife and I ride either alone or with a friend or two. We like it better that way.
 

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On a facebook post:

Jessica Bustamanteto Gold Wing Road Riders Group

"Hello out there I dont have A Gold Wing but my Dad did he is no longer with us he was a life member of the GWRRA badge #263. My question is there is a friend of his who had a portrait put of my Dad and Uncle on his bike and I would like a picture of it my dads name is Juan Jaramillo and Jerry Jaramillo from New Mexico if you know of them or might have it please contact me. Also it was put in the GWRRA magazine Thank you"


Anyone have an idea how to help this person out?
 

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we have been members with gwrra NY-Y for 4 years and we have only attended the last 4 meetings, there were about 10 members and the dd was present at the last meeting and if the chapter didn't find a director they were going to close it down so the wife and I stepped up and are going to try and run this chapter any advise would greatly be appreciated since this is all new to us
 

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we have been members with gwrra NY-Y for 4 years and we have only attended the last 4 meetings, ... etc ... so the wife and I stepped up and are going to try and run this chapter any advise would greatly be appreciated since this is all new to us
Congratulations ..... and any advise I offer is worth what it costs you .....

Meet privately for like a dinner, (away from chapter meeting) etc .... and talk to your former CDs about their experience, listen to what they say closely .... not so much for details, but for pitfalls they maybe fell into or avoided. Try to keep religion and politics out of the chapter social meetings .... though a prayer before meals is fine ..... great even ..... just no discussions. Remember the participants "participate" to ride and enjoy their Gold Wing experience with like minded folks. They expect to pickup some safety along the way.

As a past CD of our chapter who was very good at it told me long ago ..... "Run your Chapter" ..... meaning you make the decisions. You can rely on staff and participants as to likes, suggestions, ideas ..... but don't start with the voting. Just consider and decide ..... keeping guidelines in order.


"Friends for Fun, Safety, & Knowledge" ...... that's what brung them.


RIDE! :)
 

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I joined up a few months ago after someone on here told me about the GWRRA. I went on a couple rides with a local chapter to see if I liked it. I did and I attended a couple meetings and it was interesting. Were going on a ride Saturday if the weather holds and that's what I was interested in, Motorcycle Riding. The towing insurance looks good and so far the people are down to earth and the meetings are OK. I like the safety stuff. I will like the 50/50 if I win it one of these days, so over all this is like every other group you join, you get what you need not what you want. I got my first Wing World a few weeks ago and it's pretty interesting. I ride a 1985 GL1200 LTD and I get a kick out of riding with the 1800's and 1500's, I can hang with the best of them. So to sum it up, it's been very positive so far. This is a good thread so far Larryinseattle .
 

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I joined up a few months ago after someone on here told me about the GWRRA. I went on a couple rides with a local chapter to see if I liked it. I did and I attended a couple meetings and it was interesting. Were going on a ride Saturday if the weather holds and that's what I was interested in, Motorcycle Riding. The towing insurance looks good and so far the people are down to earth and the meetings are OK. I like the safety stuff. I will like the 50/50 if I win it one of these days, so over all this is like every other group you join, you get what you need not what you want. I got my first Wing World a few weeks ago and it's pretty interesting. I ride a 1985 GL1200 LTD and I get a kick out of riding with the 1800's and 1500's, I can hang with the best of them. So to sum it up, it's been very positive so far. This is a good thread so far Larryinseattle .
Glad it is working out for you. I go to my chapter meeting on Saturday and there is a planning for the year session, followed by a ride. Breakfast, shooting the breeze about motorcycling, travel and then a group ride. Good to go.

I hope I see you at Wing Ding in August.

Larry
 

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Here is a Chapter in the Pacific Northwest that puts on an annual gathering that I will look into this next year. British Colombia. All looks good to me.

 

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I just finished reading this month's issue of Wing World magazine. If you are interested in finding out about the GWRRA, send me a PM and I would be happy to send you this month's issue of the magazine. Old fashioned recycling.

Check it out. Good reading.
 

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That is the reason I decided not to join.

Figured I'd just get myself kicked out.
Those subjects always come up around me.

I enjoy the stories about the gold book.
No, we don't discuss religion or politics at our Chapter meetings. But a moment of silence after the Pledge of Allegence gives me an opportunity to thank God for all I have. Also, I don't remember the last time we had a RTE and didn't Bless our food and thank God for the safe travels.
 

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Good Thread with Civilized Responses

I just finished reading this month's issue of Wing World magazine. If you are interested in finding out about the GWRRA, send me a PM and I would be happy to send you this month's issue of the magazine. Old fashioned recycling.

Check it out. Good reading.
Larry, It's good to see how civilized this forum can be. I see that a similiar post on the gl1800 forum was ended due to the expected bashing etc. It's a shame that things can get that way so quickly on that forum. I ride an 1800 and I do get a lot of good technical advice there. But I don't enjoy the controversy so I don't admit to reusing crush washers, going 40K on an air filter, using a Fram motorcycle oil filter, changing my oil pre-maturely at 5K,etc. But I have defended GWRRA for helping to save my skin by convincing me to ride atgatt. And yes, I have made many, many friends thru GWRRA...So Larry, thanx again for starting what turned out to be a good thread.:wink2::smile2:
 

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Larry, It's good to see how civilized this forum can be. I see that a similiar post on the gl1800 forum was ended due to the expected bashing etc. It's a shame that things can get that way so quickly on that forum. I ride an 1800 and I do get a lot of good technical advice there. But I don't enjoy the controversy so I don't admit to reusing crush washers, going 40K on an air filter, using a Fram motorcycle oil filter, changing my oil pre-maturely at 5K,etc. But I have defended GWRRA for helping to save my skin by convincing me to ride atgatt. And yes, I have made many, many friends thru GWRRA...So Larry, thanx again for starting what turned out to be a good thread.:wink2::smile2:
So many nay sayers there that any mention of GWRRA and the thread gets shut down "to keep things civil." I am finding that forum a "read" forum, rather than a "share" forum. For me.
 

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We don't always all agree with all the other'uns here but we all knows we are on the bestest MC forum on the Innernet so we all keep it all cilvil with all our friends here .... so's we all can always come back a holding our heads up.
 

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Back when I was riding my 1200 I caught up with the gwrra several times and was able to ride along on a few out of town rides with them. I did enjoy the welcome feeling that I recieved from everyone. My uncle and my aunt were involved heavily in the VA-richmond chapter and spoke highly of them. I have had my 1500 for almost 2 years now and just joined last month, I have already been contacted by the chapter pres and I wish that my work schedule would allow me to make the meetings. As it is my wife and myself have already made plans to attend both the missouri district and then the region E a few months later. I am sure that no matter what you want out of something is more about what you are willing to put into it.
 

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No, we don't discuss religion or politics at our Chapter meetings. But a moment of silence after the Pledge of Allegence gives me an opportunity to thank God for all I have. Also, I don't remember the last time we had a RTE and didn't Bless our food and thank God for the safe travels.

"If being a Christian was illegal.
Would there be enough evidence to convict you?"
Just a quote I heard somewhere and it has stuck with me.​

On here I can choose not to reply.

In person that is not the case.

I enjoy spreading the good news.

Politics conversation are fun and I think everyone who can should vote.

I voters
is a good free place to get unbiased information about the elections.

I just refuse to abandon my right to free speech.

I don't cuss very often and I try to be kind to everyone.

I can't imagine voluntarily giving up the right to say what I think.

I am enjoying the stories that are being shared.

I can see that the gwrra can be a lot of fun.





I believe this is quite possibly the best forum of any type on the Internet.





Larry you did well setting up this thread. :claps:


I look forward to reading the stories that have not been shared yet.
 
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