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  
Announcement/ExtraMotorcycle Awareness Month
Motorcycle Awareness Month
May is Motorcycle Awareness Month
Congratulations, Walt & Faye Gersch   More...
Updated: 3/1/2015 4:03:48 PM

Congratulations Bill & Bonnie Nelson   More...
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Updated: May 16, 2016 12:00:00 UTC
Congratulations to Carl and Janis Breeding!    more...
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Congratulations to Philip Teasley    more...
Updated: May 18, 2015 10:40:14 UTC
Congratulations: Dewey and Alice Cole    more...
Updated: May 18, 2015 10:24:57 UTC
Congratulations to Chapter D for District Chapter of the Year    more...
Updated: Mar 7, 2015 10:53:09 UTC
Monthly Gathering Next Monthly Gathering
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Rocket City Wings gathering -- OH! Bryan's, 2136 Highway 72 E, Huntsville. Eat 6pm / Meet 7pm
Events Chapter Events / Rides
May - 2015
26,  Tue--T-O-D-A-Y-
 -* Dinner Social:  El Herradura Mexican Restaurant -- @ 6:00 p.m., 11700 South Memorial Pkwy, SW
28,  Thu-* Dinner Social: Parkway Place Mall Food Court -- @ 6:00 p.m., 2801 South Memorial Pkwy
30,  Sat-Chapter Ride to AL-T Funday -- Ride to AL-T Fun day being held from 10 am - 2:00 pm at First Alliance Church.  Meet at CB/Shell at 7:00 am to eat and leave at 8:00 am.
31,  Sun-** Breakfast Social: City Cafe Diner -- @ 8:30 a.m., Drake Avenue, SW (Next to Cracker Barrel)
June - 2015
9,  Tue-Rocket City Wings gathering -- OH! Bryan's, 2136 Highway 72 E, Huntsville. Eat 6pm / Meet 7pm
Birthdays Birthdays / Anniversaries
May - 2015
5,  Tue-Darlene Kennemer's Birthday
24,  Sun-Richard Chapman's Birthday
30,  Sat-Jim & Carol Robinson's Anniversary

Calendar Updated: 5/4/2015 6:33:53 PM

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Region A Conventions

Alabama District


Hallowing
A spring SPOOKtacular!!
Eufaula,AL
May 14-16, 2015
Alabama

Georgia District


Georgia Wing Fling
Dillard, GA
Jun 18-20, 2015
Georgia

South Carolina District


Pirates of the Carolinas
Anderson, SC
July 16-18, 2015
South Carolina

Wing Ding 37


GWRRA's Wing Ding 37
"Rocket City Road Trip"
Huntsville, AL
September 3-6, 2015
Wing Ding

Southeast Region "A"


Fall Harvest Festival
Eufaula, AL
October 29-31, 2015
Region A

Weather Weather
Partly Cloudy74° Partly Cloudy
Tue Mostly CloudyMostly Cloudy 78° / 66°
Wed PM ThunderstormsPM Thunderstorms 84° / 64°
Thu Scattered ThunderstormsScattered Thunderstorms 86° / 65°
Fri Scattered ThunderstormsScattered Thunderstorms 85° / 65°
Sat PM ThunderstormsPM Thunderstorms 85° / 66°
Updated: Tue, 26 May 2015 7:57 pm CDT
Location: Huntsville, AL
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Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself.


-- Charlie Chaplin

SafetyRiding Safety Tips

We Ride--We Assume Risk

We all assume a certain level of risk when we ride our motorcycles. Our main concern is usually the 4000 pound SUV crossing in-front of us at an intersection and the driver being oblivious to our existence as they chat on their cell phone. That being said, another risk motorcyclists encounter is the Road Hazard.

Road hazards are obstacles such as speed bumps, potholes, debris and road kill. Having given you all the obstacle hazards you WILL encounter on your ride, how can you effectively prepare and react to such hazards. Think back to school for a second and refresh yourself on the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's SEE method. What is SEE again? Search, Evaluate, Execute. If you use the searching and evaluating effectively this can help you avoid the obstacles mentioned above.

  • Practice your quick-reaction counter steering. You can go to a vacant parking lot and place some coke cans out and as you get close, practice your quick obstacle avoidance counter steer to swerve around the object without braking. The idea being that the bike is agile and can avoid an object.
  • Do not tail gate the vehicle in front of you. If there was a 2 by 4 in the road and you were too close to the guy in front of you, you would not effectively see the board in time and hit it. If it were something larger or road kill, it might have resulted in an accident. If you don't have to run over it don't. Don't forget to watch for the obstacles
  • Now if you have time to react and you are unable to avoid the object, be sure to slow as much as time and traffic will permit.
    • Approach the obstacle at a 90 degree angle. Most commonly, when you encounter railroad tracks that are offset or uneven pavement.
    • Rise slightly off the seat and shift your weight rearward, ease off of the throttle. Why? You do not want power applied to the rear wheel when it encounters the object. Once you have the bike stable and free of the obstacle, resume seated. If it was a hard impact you should pull over and check for damage.
  • For handling live critter avoidance. If you see the critter and have time to slow down, do so. Be mindful of traffic behind you. With dogs, it is best to slow, then if the dog is making a b-line for you, increase throttle. For deer, this is the worse case, it is best to slow as much as possible until you are past.
  • Here is a somewhat related obstacle avoidance tip. When it rains, all of the dropped oil from the cars makes for a real slick surface. So be mindful of where you put your foot down and place your tires.

In conclusion, I hoped to have provided some useful tips on basic obstacle avoidance. I strongly believe it is not the number of years that you have ridden a motorcycle; it is your experience and skillful use of the machine that really matter.

Rhonda Stiles

GWRRA Neighbors
AL-H Athens (Athens Eagle Wings) Meeting
-- IHOP, Athens
[Next Meeting: Thursday, June 11, 2015]
AL-N Gadsden (Coosa Valley Wings) Meeting
-- Western Sizzlin, 568 Hwy 431, Boaz, Al - Eat 5:00pm / Meet 6:00pm
[Next Meeting: Saturday, June 6, 2015]
AL-S Russellville (Cedar Creek Wings) Meeting
-- Goodsprings Fish & More, Hwy 43, Russellville - Eat 6:00pm / Meet 7:00pm
[Next Meeting: Saturday, June 6, 2015]
AL-Y Birmingham (Liberty Wings) Meeting
-- Sherry's Cafe, 5800 Valley Rd, Trussville - Eat 6:00pm / Meet 7:00pm
[Next Meeting: Tuesday, June 9, 2015]

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