Gold Wing Road Riders Association 
Rocket City Wings
Friends for Fun, Safety and Knowledge
  Chapter AL-B  -  Huntsville, AL     Alabama District  -  Region-A  -  Gold Wing Road Riders Association  
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Monthly Gathering Next Monthly Gathering
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Rocket City Wings gathering -- 7540 South Memorial Pky Blue Plate Cafe, 7540 South Memorial Pky SW Suite E, Huntsville. Eat 6pm / Meet 7pm
Events Chapter Events / Rides
October - 2015
13,  Tue--T-O-D-A-Y-
 -Rocket City Wings gathering -- 7540 South Memorial Pky Blue Plate Cafe, 7540 South Memorial Pky SW Suite E, Huntsville. Eat 6pm / Meet 7pm
15,  Thu-Dinner Social @ 6 pm -- Join us at Applebees Neighborhood Grill, 3150 Memorial Pkwy. NW, HSV, AL.
17,  Sat-Vulcan Park -- Day trip down to the park in Birmingham (1701 Valley View Dr, Birmingham, AL 35209)
Kids 5-12 $4  Seniors $5 Younger adults $6 Meet at Kangaroo so parkway at 10...lunch at Dreamland in Birmingham then on to the Park
18,  Sun-Breakfast Social @ 8:30 am -- Join us at Sunny Street Caf, 7143 Hwy 72 West, Madison, AL.
20,  Tue-Dinner Social  @ 6 pm -- Join us at Red Lobster, 1818 University Dr., NW, HSV, AL.
22,  Thu-Dinner Social  @ 6 pm -- Join us at Chow King Grill & Buffet, 2230 Sparkman Dr. #500, HSV, AL.
24,  Sat-Ride  then Bonfire -- Tommy and Joann are hosting a bonfire at the home, Chapter providing the hot dogs, bring some lawn chairs and marsh mellows (We will meet at the kangaroo at 11040 Memorial Pkwy SW, Huntsville, at 10am and ride to Cullman and visit the Ava Maria's grotto then back to Tommy's)
25,  Sun-Breakfast Social @ 8:30am -- Join us at IHOP, 6151 University Dr. NW, HSV, AL.
27,  Tue-Dinner Social  @ 6pm -- Join us at El Coyote, 6610 Old Madison Pike, #108, HSV, AL.
29,  Thu-Dinner Social @ 6pm -- Join us at Hildegards Biergarden, 1010 Heathland Dr. HSV, AL. (Corner of University Dr. & Old Monrovia Rd., behind Landers McClardy Subaru) 
31,  Sat-Chapter Ride -- we will meet at McDonalds on 53 by Publix and ride to Powder Mill Hill in Lawrenceburg. We will leave at 10 so if you want to eat please arrive early enough to do so.
November - 2015
1,  Sun-Breakfast Social @ 8:30am -- Join us at Cracker Barrel, 2001 Drake Avenue SW, HSV.
Birthdays Birthdays / Anniversaries
October - 2015
19,  Mon-Roy & Anita Fosnight's Anniversary
31,  Sat- -- Tommy & Joann's Anniversary

Calendar Updated: 10/12/2015 1:10:15 PM

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Thu SunnySunny 75° / 51°
Fri SunnySunny 74° / 45°
Sat SunnySunny 65° / 41°
Updated: Tue, 13 Oct 2015 5:57 am CDT
Location: Huntsville, AL

Knowing what you cannot do is more important than knowing what you can do.

-- Lucille Ball
(1911 - 1989)

SafetyRiding Safety Tips

QUICK TIPS: MSF’s Guide to Group Riding

Motorcycling is primarily a solo activity, but for many, riding as a group -- whether with friends on a Sunday morning ride or with an organized motorcycle rally -- is the epitome of the motorcycling experience. Here are some tips to help ensure a fun and safe group ride:

Arrive prepared. Arrive on time with a full gas tank.

Hold a riders’ meeting. Discuss things like the route, rest and fuel stops, and hand signals (see diagrams on next page). Assign a lead and sweep (tail) rider. Both should be experienced riders who are well-versed in group riding procedures. The leader should assess everyone’s riding skills and the group’s riding style.

Keep the group to a manageable size, ideally five to seven riders. If necessary, break the group into smaller sub-groups, each with a lead and sweep rider.

Ride prepared. At least one rider in each group should pack a cell phone, first-aid kit, and full tool kit, so the group is prepared for any problem that they might encounter.

Ride in formation. The staggered riding formation (see diagram below) allows a proper space cushion between motorcycles so that each rider has enough time and space to maneuver and to react to hazards. The leader rides in the left third of the lane, while the next rider stays at least one second behind in the right third of the lane; the rest of the group follows the same pattern. A single-file formation is preferred on a curvy road, under conditions of poor visibility or poor road surfaces, entering/leaving highways, or other situations where an increased space cushion or maneuvering room is needed.

Avoid side-by-side formations, as they reduce the space cushion. If you suddenly needed to swerve to avoid a hazard, you would not have room to do so. You don’t want handlebars to get entangled.

Periodically check the riders following in your rear view mirror. If you see a rider falling behind, slow down so they may catch up. If all the riders in the group use this technique, the group should be able to maintain a fairly steady speed without pressure to ride too fast to catch up.

If you’re separated from the group, don’t panic. Your group should have a pre-planned procedure in place to regroup. Don’t break the law or ride beyond your skills to catch up.

For mechanical or medical problems, use a cell phone to call for assistance as the situation warrants.

GWRRA Neighbors
AL-H Athens (Athens Eagle Wings) Meeting
-- IHOP, Athens
[Next Meeting: Thursday, November 12, 2015]
AL-N Gadsden (Coosa Valley Wings) Meeting
-- Western Sizzlin, 568 Hwy 431, Boaz, AL - Eat 5:00pm / Meet 6:00pm
[Next Meeting: Saturday, November 7, 2015]
AL-S Russellville (Cedar Creek Wings) Meeting
-- Two Fat Sisters, 17901 Hwy 43, Russellville - Eat 8:00am / Meet 9:00am
[Next Meeting: Saturday, November 7, 2015]
AL-Y Birmingham (Liberty Wings) Meeting
-- Sherry's Cafe, 5800 Valley Rd, Trussville - Eat 6:00pm / Meet 7:00pm
[Next Meeting: Tuesday, October 13, 2015]

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