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Guys,

Considering joining the GWRRA. What are ya'lls thoughts?

I'm 45 Y/O and love riding more than talking about riding. Not big into small rides to eateries instead more into touring and logging serious miles. Is the GWRRA for me or are there other groups to consider?
 

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I had the same question a short while ago, and came to the conclusion that enough people have had good experiences with GWRRA that I decided to give them a shot. Yes, I also read some negative reports also, but I tend to give people and organizations the benefit of the doubt.

I have only had one experience so far with the GWRRA, and it was very positive. As soon as I joined, it was time for the state picnic and I decided to go. I had great time and met some good people that I hope to do some riding with in the near future. Time will tell if the wife and I decide to stay with GWRRA or not.

Just my .02 cents worth.
 

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I have a great time with my Chpater. Not all are great but just the Gold Book and the magazine are worth the price. If you find a good Chapter you will enjoy it. We ride. 250 to 450 miles every weekend. That's what the bike is for right?
 

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The towing insurance they have is what keeps me paying year after year. I am your age and don't care too much about their leather wests, short rides, Dairy Queen Visits, and badmouthing other brands. However, I have met some really nice people through the organization and I am glad I joined.
 

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The towing insurance they have is what keeps me paying year after year. I am your age and don't care too much about their leather wests, short rides, Dairy Queen Visits, and badmouthing other brands. However, I have met some really nice people through the organization and I am glad I joined.
Im a bit confused and hurt about the Dairy Queen thing.......:?

Who wouldn't like a good Dairy Queen ice cream every now and then..........:wtf:
 

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I love my Dairy Queen stops.
I also like Captain D's

I enjoyed their magazine most and insurance is okay.

Good Sam insurance is the cream of the crop though, it covers everything you own and every member of your family. Price that for value received and it is the best. also not limited to just short miles
 

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Nothing wrong with a chocolate dipped cone on a hot Texas day....:ROFL:...
 

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i have been giving my chapter a go. i think i might be about the youngest. i can't make every ride but try. this sat. the are roing to death valley after the breakfast meeting.
 

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I think it really depends on where you live and a group by group encounter. In the area where I live, I have been less than impressed with how friendly they were. I showed up to several meetings and I was the only one on my Motorcycle. Very clicky organization where I live, and if you are not that right fit, you get ignored.:? Just my .02 cents, that and $3.48 will get you a fancy cup of coffee at Starbucks. Thats why I go to Dairy Queen:raspberry:
 

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To join or not to join depends more on what you like.
I prefer to go my own way and make my own decisions.
There is nothing wrong with any group.
They are just not for me.
Look at what you like and go for it.
 

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It's on you to participate

I have been GWRRA since 2003.
It's been my experience that you will gleen out of the organization what you put into it...If you do not participate you will not enjoy it..but if you go to the events, local rides, and larger gatherings like state wide conventions and the annual national gathering - Wing Ding you may enjoy it more.

The GWRRA has a good message board as well and the group on there has a few annual events that are primarily focused on gathering, riding, and hanging out talking bikes....

Traveling Picnic, PIF, Great Plains Rally, Weinie Roast and several more local get togethers are some that are planned, and hosted by the active members of the message board at GWRRA without HQ involvement...

But it's up to you to show up......;)
 

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Thanks for all the responses guys!

I'm really not into Short trips to eat out and socialize as much as I enjoy long days on the bike and many miles of touring. I also enjoy wrenching on my stuff so tech days would be enjoyable as well. I doubt the GWRRA is right for me. No offense intended.
 

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I checked out the GWRRA however there isn't any chapter in my area, so we joined GWTA. I think there all a good group of people.
 

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Our club (Gypsy Wheels) became affiliated with GWRRA back in the early 90's... That's when I was Assistant CD of our Chapter... My self and my buddy who was the CD built our Chapter from about 10 members to somewhere between 70-80 active members at any one time... We were the biggest Chapter in Illinois...

About 2 years ago, a lot of our members became very disenchanted with GWRRA and all the things we were being forced to do to if you were to be a Chapter Director, Assistant Director... Most of our membership didn't have the time and some didn't have the money to travel downstate to attend the required training classes...

Se after a club caucus we decided to drop out of GWRRA (as did a lot of other Chapters at the time)... State reps came up to our last GWRRA meeting and tried to talk us out of it, but the members said no deal... It was a very, very, heated meeting nearly coming to blows between one rep and one of our members... Anyway, we left and they said we wouldn't last a year...

It is now 2 years later and we have 68 active members on the roster (I'm Membership Coordinator so I know) and the club is strong as ever... For tax reasons, the club is currently affiliated with AGWA (American Gold Wing Association) and that seems to be working out pretty well...

I still belong to GWRRA mainly for Wing World... I rarely go to GWRRA sponsored events anymore but sometimes will attend Wing Ding...

Many people still like the organization but they lost a ton of members about 2 years ago when all this started with mandatory training... The best thing to do is go attend a meeting or two and ride with the group a few times to see if you like it, then make your own decision...

For us, it was time to leave and I doubt we will go back... We were Gypsy Wheels before GWRRA and we will be Gypsy Wheels long after our GWRRA affiliation ended...

Just one man's opinion - no offense intended - like I said, make your own decision...

Les
 

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I'm a GWRRA member and you certainly meet a lot of Great people who love Goldwings

you also get a cool wingworld magazine each month and rescue plus and something called the Gold Book directory with names phone numbers and area of people who will come to your rescue if you ever break down

of course there is the social aspect.... the chapter near me are super friendly but I live to far away to do much socializing or join the chapter... I can also see how some groups could be lets say clicky... for me love the training ... a 2 day ARC course that is specifically tailored to the Goldwing and when your done your amazed at how tight a turn you can do ... all for $40.00

would I join again ...maybe.. money being an issue and not into group riding ..good to try for a year though
and see what happens
 

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My Wife and I joined about 2 years ago and I have to say it was the best decision for our Motorcycling experience we could have made. We have made many new friends with common intrest. We have been on rides to places we never thought of going on our own. The rallies are nice and I actually won a ton of Money at the Wings Over N.C. rally the first year we joined. That was nice for sure. The weekly rides are fun but my work prevents me from going sometimes. The training is not forced on us but I actually look forward to it. The whole focus on Safety and Fun is a winner in my book. The dinner rides are a favorite of mine because everyone is so friendly in my Chapter and we go to some great places to eat. Mmmmm Food. I know it isnt for everyone and there will always be a few folks that for whatever reason dont get along or complain about something. But my experience has been fantastic. I have a whole nother Family to hand with. Just try it out for a while. It isnt that expensive and the benifits will make up for the cost of a years membership fees. Try several chapters in your area before deciding on you new home. We finally settled on NC-L2 Mooresville, NC Lake Norman Wings. Come visit us soon!
 

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Guys,

Considering joining the GWRRA. What are ya'lls thoughts?

I'm 45 Y/O and love riding more than talking about riding. Not big into small rides to eateries instead more into touring and logging serious miles. Is the GWRRA for me or are there other groups to consider?
The Gold Book is good thing to have on the road with you. The roadside assistance insurance is awesome, and I like the magazine.:claps:
 
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