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Florida District Convention

36th Annual Florida Gathering of the Wings
America The Beautiful
Kissimmee, Florida
March 19-21, 2015

Alabama District Convention

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

Georgia District Convention

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

South Carolina District Convention

South Carolina District presents
Pirates of the Carolinas
July 16 - 18, 2015
Anderson, SC. 29621

Wing Ding 37

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

Southeast Region "A" Convention

Southeast Region A Convention
October  29-31, 2015
Eufaula, AL

More information to come.
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SafetyRiding Safety Tips

Guidelines For Carrying A Passenger On Your Motorcycle

Operator Preparation
  1. Passengers should be considered as a second “active” rider so they can help ensure that safety and procedural operations are correctly followed.
  2. A passenger will affect the handling characteristics of a motorcycle due to the extra weight and independent motion.
  3. A passenger tends to move forward in quick stops and may “bump” your helmet with theirs.
  4. Starting from a stop may require more throttle and clutch finesse.
  5. Braking procedures may be affected. Braking sooner and/or with greater pressure may be required.
  6. More weight over the rear tire may increase the usefulness and stopping power of the rear brake, especially in quick stop situations.
  7. Riding on a downgrade will cause braking distance to increase.
  8. Extra caution is called for in a corner because of the extra weight.
  9. Cornering clearances may be affected.
  10. More time and space will be needed for passing.
  11. The effects of wind, especially side wind, may be more pronounced.
Motorcycle Preparation
  1. The motorcycle must be designed to accommodate a passenger.
  2. The motorcycle owner’s manual should be reviewed for manufacturer’s tips about motorcycle setup as well as any related operational recommendations.
  3. The motorcycle’s suspension and tire pressure may need adjustment.
  4. Care should be taken to not exceed the weight limitations specified in the owner’s manual.
Passenger Preparation
  1. Passengers should be tall enough to reach the footrests and mature enough to handle the responsibilities.
  2. Passengers should wear proper protective gear.
  3. Passengers should receive a safety briefing (see #7 below).
  4. Passengers should consider themselves a second operator and share responsibility for safety.
General Safety Considerations
  1. You need to be experienced in the motorcycle’s operation and have a safety-oriented attitude before taking on the added responsibility of carrying a passenger.
  2. Practice low-speed clutch/throttle control as well as normal and emergency braking in a low-risk area like an open parking lot, with a passenger.
  3. Use caution in cornering and develop cornering skills over time to ensure passenger comfort and safety.
  4. Use caution in corners as clearance may be affected.
  5. Use a Search, Evaluate, Execute (S.E.E.) strategy to increase time and space safety margins.
  6. Allow time for a passenger to adjust to the sense of speed and the sensation of leaning; speeds should conservatively safe and reasonable until a passenger acclimates to the proper riding techniques.
  7. Ensure passengers follow safety procedures:
    1. Complete personal protective gear is properly in use.
    2. Hold operator’s waist or hips, or motorcycle’s passenger hand-holds provided.
    3. Keep feet on footrests at all times, including while stopped.
    4. Keep hands and feet away from hot or moving parts.
    5. When in a corner, look over the operator’s shoulder in the direction of the corner.
    6. Avoid turning around or making sudden moves that might affect operation.
    7. If crossing an obstacle, stand on the pegs with the knees slightly bent and allow the legs to absorb the shock upon impact.
  8. Allow more time for passing.
  9. Be ready to counter the effects of wind.
  10. Avoid extreme speeds and dramatic lean angles.
  11. Be ready for a passenger “bump” with their helmet when stopping quickly.
  12. Start the motorcycle before the passenger mounts.
  13. Have the passenger mount after the motorcycle’s stand is raised and the motorcycle is securely braced.
  14. Annually complete an ERC Skills Plus RiderCourseSM with a passenger.
  15. Have frequent passengers complete a Basic RiderCourse so they can better understand the operator’s task.
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Updated: 10/10/2014 2:51:29 PM

Congratulations: Dewey and Alice Cole   More...
Updated: 9/13/2014 11:05:26 AM

Congratulations to Chapter T --- District and Region Chapter of the Year   More...
Updated: 8/13/2014 7:33:09 PM

Events Events
October - 2014
25,  Sat--T-O-D-A-Y-
 -Jack Daniel's Barbecue
 -Alabama Renaissance Faire -- Florence
 -Covered Bridge Festival (Starts Thursday)
26,  Sun-Mother-in-law's Day
27,  Mon-Navy Day
November - 2014
11,  Tue-Birmingham Veterans' Day Parade
 -Veterans' Day (Armistice Day)
27,  Thu-Thanksgiving Day
December - 2014
6,  Sat-Eldridge-Toy-Run -- All roads lead to Eldridge Children's Home
January - 2015
1,  Thu-Chapter-A Annual New Years Day Ride -- 9:00am - Leave from Exit 13 (Hwy 158) & I-65 at the Wal-Mart Parking lot - Destination: Ezell's Catfish Camp, Lavaca
 -AL-M New Year's Day Ride-In -- ride flyer
Events Chapter Meetings
October - 2014
28,  Tue-AL-A Mobile (Dixie Wings - Alabama's First Chapter) Meeting -- Morrison Cafeteria, I-65 and Airport Blvd, Mobile - Eat 6:00pm / Meet 7:00pm
November - 2014
1,  Sat-AL-N Gadsden (Coosa Valley Wings) Meeting -- Western Sizzlin, Route 77, Rainbow City - Eat 5:00pm / Meet 6:00pm
 -AL-M Phenix City (East Alabama Touring) Meeting -- Buffet City, Just off Highway 280, Phenix City - Eat 6:00pm(ET) / Meet 7:00pm(ET)
4,  Tue-AL-G Samson (L. A. Wings) Meeting -- PO Folks, Enterprise - Eat 6:00pm / Meet 7:00pm
6,  Thu-AL-D Anniston (Model City Wings) Meeting -- Western Sizzlin, Hamric Dr, Oxford - Eat 6:00pm / Meet 7:00pm
 -AL-S Russellville (Cedar Creek Wings) Meeting -- Panda Buffet, 14633 Hwy 43, Russellville - Eat 6:00pm / Meet 7:00pm
7,  Fri-AL-J Tuscaloosa (Bama Wings) Meeting -- The Front Porch Restaurant, Highway 43, Northport - Eat 6:00pm / Meet 7:00pm
8,  Sat-AL-L Thomasville (Road Runners) Meeting -- Gaston's Grill, 33801 Hwy 43, Thomasville - Eat 8:00am / Meet 9:00am
11,  Tue-AL-B Huntsville (Rocket City Wings) Meeting -- OH%21Bryan's, Highway 72 E, Huntsville - Eat 6:00pm / Meet 7:00pm
 -AL-U Dothan (Cruisin' U's) Meeting -- Golden Corral, Highway 231, On the circle, Dothan - Eat 6:00pm / Meet 7:00pm
 -AL-Y Birmingham (Liberty Wings) Meeting -- Sherry's Cafe, 5800 Valley Rd, Trussville - Eat 6:00pm / Meet 7:00pm
13,  Thu-AL-Z Prattville (Fountain City Wings) Meeting -- Chappy's Deli, 585 Pinnacle Place, Prattville, AL 36066 - Eat 6:00pm / Meet 7:00pm
15,  Sat-AL-H Athens (Athens Eagle Wings) Meeting -- IHOP, Athens - Eat 8:00am / Meet 9:00am
18,  Tue-AL-Q Millbrook (Coosa River Wings) Meeting -- Logan's Roadhouse, I-65 exit 179 Cobbs Ford Road West - Eat 6:00pm / Meet 7:00pm
20,  Thu-AL-F Montgomery (Capitol City Wings - F Troop) Meeting -- Fried Green Tomatoes, Atlanta Highway, Montgomery, AL - Eat 6:00pm / Meet 7:00pm
21,  Fri-AL-T Hueytown (Tri-County Wings) Meeting -- Home Plate Diner, 2780 Allison Bonnett Memorial Drive, Hueytown - Eat 6:00pm / Meet 7:00pm

Calendar Updated: 9/29/2014 12:11:18 PM

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