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I have been trying for several days to join GWRRA but when I click the membership button the site crashes with a programming error. Is this happening to anyone else or are they trying to tell me something. :baffled:

The organization seems to be a good deal with the magazine and roadside assist, is it? Your thoughts or experiences would help.

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I didn't have any trouble joining up, but that was several months ago. It is a good magazine with a lot of vendor information.I don't ride with the group, so basically I've got an expensive magazine sub. I would check out your local chapter, some are really great, some a good fit, etc. My local chapter does breakfast rides and I work late so I have never checked them out.

Here is a recent thread on whether or not to join GWRRA:

http://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/forum4/59582-1.html
 

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HiDoc I belong to the GWRRA in CT. I think it's a good deal since you get the rescue package( towing and gas service,battery jump) and the wing world magazine is great every month. Also they have a members Gold Book that can help out alot if you travel at all? Find and join a chapter in your area. You don't have to join to meet and ride with them just tag along and ask questions. Everyone is nice to ride with and be around. This way you can see if you like riding in a group and social gatherings or not. In my case I joined after visiting 3 or 4 times. I don't go to all the functions or rides just the ones that work into my schedule. Have fun:cool::action:
 

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The site crashed on me too just the other night, the next day it worked fine
 

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They're running an internal lotto for Dairy Queen maps. They only give out a set number per day, after that the site crashes. :cheeky1::cheeky1::cheeky1::cheeky1:
 

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I have been trying on and off for a weeek to get in and renew my mebership with no luck.So I am off on Fridays and called and ther office is open Mon thru Thursday. guess i will keep trying.
 

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They're running an internal lotto for Dairy Queen maps. They only give out a set number per day, after that the site crashes. :cheeky1::cheeky1::cheeky1::cheeky1:
Just my luck, no Dairy Queen maps. I am going to starve (in a year or two ;)). Can't join, can't eat, . . . . . . Don't force me to go to Sonic. :cheeky1::cheeky1:

Guess I will have to call. Thanks!

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Sounds about right for GWRRA.

Dairy Queen may have asked GWRRA to slow down the new membership due to DQ's inability to keep their stocks supplied.
 

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Other than us messing around about Dairy Queen. In answer to your questions, I will try to give you an honest one.

The magazine is not real good. Mostly adds about Trikes. Some editorial articles worse than me sometimes. And an on board mechanic that runs in circles and gives general answers.

The roadside assistance program would not be the reason to join either. I have it , have never used it, but mine is not worth too much the way I read it. My bike has to die 30 to 40 miles from home or from a Honda shop for me to use it. Hey.....never had one die close to a shop, always have to call a friend and get them to go get my trailer.

So unless you intend to join a Chapter and become involved, you can do much better.

If you do join a chapter and overlook all the ticket sales, and two hour rides to more ticket sales, you can meet some very nice people, have a good time, and pick and chose many activities and many rides.

Most members in the GWRRA are retired, older, and have good retirement income and do get out and ride a lot. The weekend meeting runs to another Chapter, eating twice and buying tickets twice you just have to ignore. I go to one of those about twice a year.

Rest of the time I just go for a ride that is not related to the weekend stuff.

We also have a couple very large escorted charity rides per year, that is mainly why I still belong. Those are a lot of fun. We however have a large chapter, with many interests. Smaller chapters are not much fun normally, just what it is.

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Note: The above represents an opinion more so than an honest answer.
 

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Kit Carson wrote:
Other than us messing around about Dairy Queen. In answer to your questions, I will try to give you an honest one.

The magazine is not real good. Mostly adds about Trikes. Some editorial articles worse than me sometimes. And an on board mechanic that runs in circles and gives general answers.

The roadside assistance program would not be the reason to join either. I have it , have never used it, but mine is not worth too much the way I read it. My bike has to die 30 to 40 miles from home or from a Honda shop for me to use it. Hey.....never had one die close to a shop, always have to call a friend and get them to go get my trailer.

So unless you intend to join a Chapter and become involved, you can do much better.

If you do join a chapter and overlook all the ticket sales, and two hour rides to more ticket sales, you can meet some very nice people, have a good time, and pick and chose many activities and many rides.

Most members in the GWRRA are retired, older, and have good retirement income and do get out and ride a lot. The weekend meeting runs to another Chapter, eating twice and buying tickets twice you just have to ignore. I go to one of those about twice a year.

Rest of the time I just go for a ride that is not related to the weekend stuff.

We also have a couple very large escorted charity rides per year, that is mainly why I still belong. Those are a lot of fun. We however have a large chapter, with many interests. Smaller chapters are not much fun normally, just what it is.

Kit
Note; The above represents exactally my experience with GWRRA and NOT an opinion!!!
 

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Note: The above represents an opinion more so than an honest answer.
No sir this time I will stand flat footed and totally dis-agree. I have belonged to the local Chapter for about 18 months. And I very much doubt this coming year if I will pursue it much more.

There is a bunch of us locally who ride together, from Wings to Harleys to sport bikes. We get out and go when the weather is where we can. We are forming our own group and our meeting place is on the road. Not selling tickets.

A typical day at a GWRRA chapter meeting with a ride after the meet involves going to a place to eat. We go to the local Carolina Wings and Ribs. You eat all you can hold and then sit for an hour and listen to something like amsoil will increase your gas mileage and all the business of the meeting. Then someone will demonstrate some type of first aid or something.
The whole time you are there is ticket sales, 25/55, ......25/50..........95/10.......and 20.20 or is that Heraldo? :)

Then you take of for a two hour ride to lets say florence. You get up there and time to eat again, and buy more tickets. Sit and mess around bored for another two hours. Then someone will decide lets just go down the street and get some ice cream, or lets go here before we go home, they all get split up, half of them do not have a clue as how to ride(many do though) so they stop, CB will not work so they start with the cell phones.

You end up being out till dark with a 4 hour ride home, if you allow yourself to be taken in with the herd mentality. I have simply learned to split from them and enjoy the afternoon riding my own ride.

A whole lot of good friendly people, but it is just a wasted day as far as I am concerned, sitting around half the day.

Most are older, have good incomes even as retired, and a whole lot of events that they schedule, are very pricey. Weekend runs to say the upcoming Wing rally in Myrtle beach, three days, take in some high priced show, and eat at very high priced places.

I will go to the Rally at Myrtle beach, but just for a day run. I will eat at Kentucky Fried.

You can meet a whole lot of good people, I am not saying you cannot. It can be a lot of fun if you are retired and have time to particpate on weekdays. But the weekend stuff, about all you do is meet, buy tickets and go eat and buy more tickets.

I will consider it full time later, if I ever do retire, and have time to participate in the week day rides.

As for the roadside assistance, no that is not an opinion. It is not a good deal. Might suit you fine, does not me. My bike never will decide to short out and die 35 miles from a Honda dealer. I have roadside assistance through State Farm that I pay a 25 dollar deductible and they will come help me no matter where I am at, pay the hotel bills if need be and so on. Or pay for the U haul truck to get it home.

No one take this wrong, the question was asked, I gave an honest anwer based on experience, not opinion.

I doubt I will continue or renew my membership. It is fine for some, I just decided I like to ride on the weekends, not sit and buy tickets. And I can watch 20/20 at home.


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I have tried to go to the member signup pages for over a week and the site keeps crashing for me as well.
 

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So Kit, how do you realy feel?

Just kidding!! :cheeky1::cheeky1::cheeky1:
 

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BTW, when I lived in Germany (83-88) I stayed a member of the GWRRA for all the years over there, mainly for the magazine. Since there was very little in the way of information for Goldwings at that time, it served a good purpose in my simple mind. I didn't expect much, therefore I was not disappointed. I have been thinking aobut joining again for the magazine, but it sounds as though it may not be worth it. :baffled:
 

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I just went through most of the membership signup online and it all worked for me. :baffled: What browser are you using?

Kit,The way you wrote your answer sounded like you were speaking for all of the GWRRA, and you're not. Not everyone's experience is like yours and not all chapters are alike. This is why I always recommend that people visit their local chapter(s) to see if it is something they would enjoy. My chapter is not filled with a bunch of retired rich people like yours, so it operates differently than yours. They do a 50/50 ticket sale/drawing at each of the monthly meetings, but that's a fun thing and never obligatory. They also offer signup/sales for upcoming benefit rides and such, but again, it's never obligatory.

Besides the benefits already mentioned, they also offer rider education, and that is probably the most important benefit.

If you're interested, go check out your local chapter(s). You might find it a good fit for you and might make some new friends. Currently more than 80,000 people have found benefit in the organization. :) BTW, my comments are an opinion as well, based on my experience. :)

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It's obvious that GWRRA works for a whole lot of people or they wouldn't have such a huge membership.

However, It's not for everyone. I joined GWRRA a year ago and I enjoyed the first 6 or so issues of the magazine. After that it's the same old over and over again.

After going to a GWRRA event here in Canada I decided not to renew my membership for various reasons which I will not go into here for the simple reason that I'm sure it didn't reflect the experiences of all.

This is a personal thing and there's nothing wrong with trying it to see if it's for you or not.

Just my opinion of course. :waving:
 

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I joined GWRRA a few months back, thought that it would be a good place to meet other bikers, make some new friends and have some fun. So far we haven't been to a meeting because they are on a night when I work late and with the winter weather we haven't been on any rides yet. As for the magazine, just got my first copy last week and I wasn't really impressed. Looking at the locak website and viewing their pictures, it is as Kit says, mostly retired folks with plenty of time to burn. I hope to meet some new people throught the local chapter, but don't hold out much hope of being really involved in the chapter. JMHO

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Give em a try, as Kit and I did. We came to the same conclusion..... but others may find GWRRA just what they are looking for. After 3 years I found it wasn't for me for the same rea$on$ mentioned!

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