Official Newsletter of Gold Wing Road Riders
“The Looney Tunes”
ACME TIMES Association
Region I — WA District
WingNut RIDER EDUCATION
Safety is for Life
Hello Chapter L:
Well I guess I was wrong last month when I said By Tom Denny, Rider Educator
warmer weather was coming. Can you believe it we
got snowed on yesterday. On a personal note I have Generally speaking, the faster a motorcycle goes, the
been going through skin cancer surgery. Two places more stable it is. Virtually anyone that can ride can ride a
on my forehead. One required a small skin graft. All motorcycle at 50 or 60mph. At velocities above 35 mph it
the stitches have made it hard to wear a helmet so I am is almost impossible for a motorcycle to fall over. Your
looking forward to getting back on my wing. Doc says motorcycle does not need you to travel down the high-
I will have a full recovery just some scars. That’s way. As a matter of fact, if the throttle is locked and noth-
what I get for not wearing sunscreen when I was ing interferes with it, a motorcycle will happily run along
young and foolish. at speed without a rider until it exhausts its fuel supply.
One reason cruising is so relaxing is that your motorcycle
Last month we had the East Side Rider Ed Workshop makes few demands on you while traveling along the
here in Pasco. The classes had a lot of good informa- boulevard.
tion but unfortunately the atten-
dance was poor; especially Riding slow is an all-together different matter. A low
from our own chapter people. speed your motorcycle is inherently unstable and it is up
With the workshop being right to the rider to keep it from falling over. Riding slow is a
in our own backward I thought skill that can be learned. It is something that one can im-
we would have had a better prove with practice. Once you know the techniques and
turn out. Terri Morris put on practice them a little you will almost immediately notice
another great class on tires. an improvement in your ability to ride slow. Jerry “The
Gary Oldright received a cer- Motorman” Paladino is an ex-policeman that has made
tificate of appreciation from several DVD’s teaching people to ride slow. According to
the district for his work as Gary Oldright receives Certificate
Jerry the average person can become proficient in slow
chapter educator. riding after about 8 hours of practice. I think you can no-
tice an improvement in only 20 minutes of practice.
Our own Georgia Finley give a class for Co-Riders,
and Gary Oldright presented a class on how to navi- I am not going to go over the techniques here. The chap-
gate a curve. One of the classes I took was Enhanced ter has one of Mr. Paladino’s DVD’s available if anyone
Driver’s License or passport. Diana and I have called is interested in watching it. I heartily recommend learning
and got an appointment to get the Enhanced Drivers and practicing these slow riding techniques, as I believe
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“Friends for Fun, Safety and Knowledge”
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License. 509-734-7031. Anyone planning on attend- they make every rider a safer rider. Immediately fol-
ing the District Rally in Lynden should get this done lowing our next chapter meeting there will be a
or get a passport. We will only be a few miles from “Parking Lot Practice” where everyone can learn,
the Canadian border and there is some pretty country practice or show off their skills at slow riding. It will
to be seen. be set up in the boat launch parking lot at the East end
of Columbia Park next to the Blue Bridge, in Kenne-
This month we are starting off with the multi-chapter wick. Hope to see you there.
meeting in Prosser at 10 am. We plan on meeting at
Fred Meyer’s in Richland and leave about 7:45 am In a different vein, Doug Heider sent me the follow-
for Benton City and the Shadow Mountain Grill to ing article that he found at:
have breakfast. After breakfast we will ride on to the http://www.motorcyclistonline.com/
Barn in Prosser. howto/122_0608_50_ways/index.html
I think it is an excellent list and worth sharing with
Bad news is Chapter R has announced they will not everyone. Thanks Doug.
have the Blue Mountain Rendezvous in June due to
lack of support from their members. We are hoping 50 Ways to Save Your Life
they can get things worked out somehow.
1. Assume you're invisible
I want to remind everybody our next rally meeting is
Because to a lot of drivers, you are. Never make a
April 8th at the library on Union in Kennewick. We
move based on the assumption that another driver
will start at 6:30 pm. Tom Denny is planning a park-
sees you, even if you've just made eye contact. Bikes
ing lot practice in Columbia Park after our monthly
don't always register in the four-wheel mind.
meeting on the 12th of April at Cousin’s. It’s time to
get our skills sharpened for the riding season ahead. 2. Be considerate
April 20th is the Brown Bag Auction in Spokane. I The consequences of strafing the jerk du jour or cut-
would like to see us have a good showing for that. ting him off start out bad and get worse. Pretend it
Alex is getting volunteers to work the Walk America was your grandma and think again.
March for Babies on April 26th. Also mark on your 3. Dress for the crash, not the pool or the prom
calendar May 3rd & 4th Chapter M’s Fun Run in Sure, Joaquin's Fish Tacos is a 5-minute trip, but no-
Yakima. Gary Oldright is planning a ride to Leg- body plans to eat pavement. Modern mesh gear means
ends Casino the morning of the 3rd. Ride Safe! 100-degree heat is no excuse for a T-shirt and board
Gary Domas 4. Hope for the best, prepare for the worst
WA-L CD Assume that car across the intersection will turn
across your bow when the light goes green, with or
without a turn signal.
Birthdays & Anniversaries 5. Leave your ego at home
Rollin & Jennifer Mackintosk April 2 The only people who really care if you were faster on
the freeway will be the officer and the judge.
Chuck & Joyce Hull April 4
Gary and Diana Domas April 6 6. Pay attention
Yes, there is a half-naked girl on the billboard. That
Bill Gilyeat April 12
shock does feels squishy. Meanwhile, you could be
Becky Harris April 13 drifting toward Big Trouble. Focus.
Don & Cindy Brock April 15
7. Mirrors only show you part of the picture
Monica Thielen April 17 Never change direction without turning your head to
George Burnside April 21 make sure the coast really is clear. Mirrors only show
Dan Hagedorn April 22 you part of the picture.
Bill & Judith Gowey April 25 8. Be patient
Mark Kennedy April 27 Always take another second or three before you pull
Chris Lyon April 27 out to pass, ride away from a curb or into freeway
Jeff & Alisha Jones April 29 traffic from an on-ramp. It's what you don't see that
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gets you. That extra look could save your butt. you can stop 88 feet shorter. Think about that.
9. Watch your closing speed 20. Look where you want to go
Passing cars at twice their speed or changing lanes to Use the miracle of target fixation to your advantage.
shoot past a row of stopped cars is just asking for trou- The motorcycle goes where you look, so focus on the
ble. solution instead of the problem. Check your mirrors
10. Beware the verge and the merge every time you change lanes.
A lot of nasty surprises end up on the sides of the road: 21. Keep your eyes moving
empty McDonald's bags, nails, TV antennas, ladders, Traffic is always shifting, so keep scanning for poten-
you name it. Watch for potentially troublesome debris tial trouble. Don't lock your eyes on any one thing for
on both sides of the road. too long unless you're actually dealing with trouble.
11. Left-turning cars remain a leading killer of mo- 22. Think before you act
torcyclists Careful whipping around that Camry going 7 mph in a
Don't assume someone will wait for you to dart 25-mph zone or you could end up with your head in the
through the intersection. They're trying to beat the driver's side door when he turns into the driveway right
light, too. in front of you.
12. Beware of cars running traffic lights 23. Raise your gaze
The first few seconds after a signal light changes are It's too late to do anything about the 20 feet immedi-
the most perilous. Look both ways before barging into ately in front of your fender, so scan the road far
an intersection. enough ahead to see trouble and change trajectory.
13. Check your mirrors 24. Get your mind right in the driveway
Do it every time you change lanes, slow down or stop. Most accidents happen during the first 15 minutes of a
Be ready to move if another vehicle is about to occupy ride, below 40 mph, near an intersection or driveway.
the space you'd planned to use. Scan 12 seconds ahead Yes, that could be your driveway.
for potential trouble. 25. Come to a full stop at that next stop sign
14. Mind the gap Put a foot down. Look again. Anything less forces a
Remember Driver's Ed? One second's worth of dis- snap decision with no time to spot potential trouble.
tance per 10 mph is the old rule of thumb. Better still, 26. Never dive into a gap in stalled traffic
scan the next 12 seconds ahead for potential trouble. Cars may have stopped for a reason, and you may not
15. Beware of tuner cars be able to see why until it's too late to do anything
They're quick and their drivers tend to be aggressive. about it.
Don't assume you've beaten one away from a light or 27. Don't saddle up more than you can handle
outpaced it in traffic and change lanes without looking. If you weigh 95 pounds avoid that 795-pound cruiser.
You could end up as a Nissan hood ornament. If you're 5-foot-5, forget those towering adventure-
16. Excessive entrance speed hurts tourers. Stay in your comfort zone riding with a group.
It's the leading cause of single-bike accidents on twisty 28. Watch for car doors opening in traffic
roads and racetracks. In Slow, Out Fast is the old ad- And smacking a car that's swerving around some goof-
age, and it still works. Dialing up corner speed is safer ball's open door is just as painful.
than scrubbing it off.
29. Don't get in an intersection rut
17. Don't trust that deer whistle Watch for a two-way stop after a string of four-way
Ungulates and other feral beasts prowl at dawn and intersections. If you expect cross-traffic to stop, there
dusk, so heed those big yellow signs. If you're riding in could be a painful surprise when it doesn't.
a target-rich environment, slow down and watch the
shoulders. 30. Stay in your comfort zone when you're with a
18. Learn to use both brakes Riding over your head is a good way to end up in the
The front does most of your stopping, but a little rear ditch. Any bunch worth riding with will have a rendez-
brake on corner entry can calm a nervous chassis. vous point where you'll be able to link up again.
19. Keep the front brake covered--always 31. Give your eyes some time to adjust
Save a single second of reaction time at 60 mph and A minute or two of low light heading from a well-
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lighted garage onto dark streets is a good thing. Other- stability by minimizing unwelcome weight transfer and
wise, you're essentially flying blind for the first mile potentially bothersome driveline lash.
or so. 42. Flashing is good for you
32. Master the slow U-turn Turn signals get your attention by flashing, right? So a
Practice. Park your butt on the outside edge of the seat few easy taps on the pedal or lever before stopping
and lean the bike into the turn, using your body as a makes your brake light more eye-catching to trailing
counterweight as you pivot around the rear wheel. traffic.
33. Who put a stop sign at the top of this hill? 43. Intersections are scary, so hedge your bets
Don't panic. Use the rear brake to keep from rolling Put another vehicle between your bike and the possibil-
back down. Use Mr. Throttle and Mr. Clutch normally ity of someone running the stop sign/red light on your
--and smoothly--to pull away. right and you cut your chances of getting nailed in half.
34. If it looks slippery, assume it is 44. Tune your peripheral vision
A patch of suspicious pavement could be just about Pick a point near the center of that wall over there. Now
anything. Butter Flavor Crisco? Gravel? Mobil 1? Or scan as far as you can by moving your attention, not
maybe it's nothing. Better to slow down for nothing your gaze. The more you can see without turning your
than go on your head. head, the sooner you can react to trouble. Everything is
35. Bang! A blowout! Now what? harder to see after dark.
No sudden moves. The motorcycle isn't happy, so be 45. All alone at a light that won't turn green?
prepared to apply a little calming muscle to maintain Put as much motorcycle as possible directly above the
course. Ease back the throttle, brake gingerly with the sensor wire--usually buried in the pavement beneath
good wheel and pull over very smoothly to the shoul- you and located by a round or square pattern behind the
der. Big sigh. Hedge your bets at intersections. limit line. If the light still won't change, try putting your
36. Drops on the face shield? kickstand down, right on the wire. You should be on
It's raining. Lightly misted pavement can be slipperier your way in seconds.
than when it's been rinsed by a downpour, and you 46. Every-thing is harder to see after dark
never know how much grip there is. Apply maximum- Adjust your headlights, Carry a clear face shield and
level concentration, caution and smoothness. have your game all the way on after dark, especially
37. Emotions in check? during commuter hours.
To paraphrase Mr. Ice Cube, chickity-check yoself 47. Don't troll next to--or right behind--Mr. Peter-
before you wreck yoself. Emotions are as powerful as built
any drug, so take inventory every time you saddle up. If one of those 18 retreads blows up--which they do
If you're mad, sad, exhausted or anxious, stay put. with some regularity--it de-treads, and that can be ugly.
38. Wear good gear Unless you like dodging huge chunks of flying rubber,
Wear stuff that fits you and the weather. If you're too keep your distance.
hot or too cold or fighting with a jacket that binds 48. Take the panic out of panic stops
across the shoulders, you're dangerous. It's that simple. Develop an intimate relationship with your front brake.
39. Leave the IPod at home Seek out some safe, open pavement. Starting slowly,
You won't hear that cement truck in time with Spinal find that fine line between maximum braking and a
Tap cranked to 11, but they might like your head- locked wheel, and then do it again, and again.
phones in intensive care. 49. Make your tires right
40. Learn to swerve None of this stuff matters unless your skins are right.
Be able to do two tight turns in quick succession. Flick Don't take 'em for granted. Make sure pressure is spot-
left around the bag of briquettes, then right back to on every time you ride. Check for cuts, nails and other
your original trajectory. The bike will follow your junk they might have picked up, as well as general
eyes, so look at the way around, not the briquettes. wear.
Now practice till it's a reflex. 50. Take a deep breath
Count to 10. Visualize whirled peas. Forgetting some
41. Be smooth at low speeds clown's 80-mph indiscretion beats running the risk of
Take some angst out, especially of slow-speed maneu- ruining your life, or ending it.
vers, with a bit of rear brake. It adds a welcome bit of
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End-of-Winter Refresher Class Saturday Social Breakfasts
Steve Williams: Rider Educator for Chapter-M. Pictures courtesy of Joyce LoParco
I wanted to talk a little bit about YPD Rider Course. When Chapter L mem-
bers get together for so-
This course is all about you getting back into riding cial breakfast on the “off
after a long winter. Sgt. Gary Jones is a neighbor, and Saturdays” (no meeting)
we were talking and he offered to put on this course for they usually expect good
us. company, great conversa-
I had the chance to go to one last year and was amazed tion, and a chance to talk
how good these officers were with the riders. They about rides they have
went beyond just instructing, they became part of the made or places they hope
group and enjoyed doing this as much as anyone there. to ride to this year.
They taught a lot of things I had never seen before.
They never criticized or acted superior, but realized March 22 was no excep-
that all riders ride for fun. And they have fun teaching tion, but the group was
it. greeted by a 6 foot bunny
in honor of the season!
They will have beginners and advanced course. You
can ride as much as you want, or stop and watch if you
choose. There is no pressure; go at your own pace.
The course will be held April 19th from 9am to 5pm
and April 20th from 9am to lunch. After lunch YPD
will lead a cool down ride, and upon returning YPD
will demonstrate their skills.
There will be a BBQ both days for a nominal fee.
Hope to see you all there. Please call Gary Domas at
509-582-7214 to sign up. We need to give Sgt. Jones a
count so he can adjust for officers.
ABOVE: Phil LoParco and Alex Piper
BELOW: Tom Didway, Joyce LoParco and Rikki Beaulieu
Keeping your membership information current is your
responsibility. Don’t forget to update your information if
you move, change phone numbers or email address and
Manage your membership online at www.gwrra.org
Call to make changes or updates at (800) 843-9460
Fax them at (623) 581-3844
Email your updates to: email@example.com
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MARCH 2008 driving in with a rig that wasn’t working correctly. Don
(Texas, New Mexico, Arizona) did a GREAT job and we make the 15 miles to the
place and they got us right in. We were keeping our
Photos can be seen at: http://www.flickr.com/ fingers crossed that it was not going to be anything
photos/12192572@N07/sets/ catastrophic. We got the news that it was only a fuel
filter that was plugged…whew…that was a lot better
I still get up every morning and look out the wind- news than we could have wanted. Since they were al-
shield to see if Steve and Beanie are up in their mo- ready in the engine, Don had some routine service work
torhome and then realize that we are not traveling to- done…we were almost due anyway. Fern was able to
gether. We sure do miss them but we both had differ- get the grandkids and great grandkids to meet us for
ent schedules for returning home this year. We hope dinner. The last time we saw them Tim & Cody (Don’s
that when they pass through Washington in May that nephew’s) were about 6 and 10. Wow, they are all
we are able to spend some time together. grown up with families of their own. It was great to
meet all of them and spend some quality time together.
We had not been in San Antonio for a little over a year
and not much has changed. There is still a whole lot of The weather cleared in Lubbock and we headed to Al-
traffic and all the freeways are under construction. I buquerque to spend several days with Art & Ada
think that San Antonio grew too fast and the infrastruc- Carnes. These two are some of our favorite people.
ture just didn’t keep up. We still enjoyed our time Those of you who know them, all agree that they have
there though! I was able to spend several days with never met a stranger. As always, they rolled out the red
Debbie Krause (girl friend for many years) since she carpet for us. Ada and I spent a lot of time in the
was off work after some surgery. It was great, since kitchen. She is a wonderful cook and I was itching to
last year, we didn’t get that much time together. We watch her prepare some of her favorites so that I could
spent each day just enjoying each others company and learn from the master! She made her world famous pea-
eating all the good food that San Antonio has to offer. nut brittle and snickerdoodles. Don and I have enough
Boy do they have some good food! Don and I ate our “Ada Treats” to last us until we make it back to Wash-
belly’s full of Tex Mex. I was also able to spend some ington and I can try them on my own. I may have to
time with a good friend Rick Jamieson who is Chief of call a few times to make sure I get it right! Art & Ada
Police of Converse, TX. Hard to believe the years I truly hold special places in Don and I’s heart.
knew him before the police force…hum, the stories I
could tell…He still looks great and it was such a joy to We arrived in Camp Verde, AZ to wonderful weather.
catch up on all that has been going on for both of us in Our resort there is nestled off the beaten path and in a
the last year. He is married to a wonderful lady and has quiet area surrounded by trees. We didn’t realize the
a son that is considering the Air Force. God has trees were Cottonwoods and in full bloom. Come to
blessed him with a wonderful family. Rick was my find out, Don and I have allergies to these trees. Boy,
ROCK when my sister was killed. He is the one that did we do a lot of sneezing the 2 weeks we were there.
helped me and my family in so many ways. Thanks While there, we finally succumbed to the flu that has
just don’t cover all that Rick did during that horrible been going around. So, not only did we have allergies
time. We hope to spend time with him and his family to deal with, we also had the flu bug. We were sick
the next time we come through the area. pretty much the whole time we were in Camp Verde.
Needless to say, we didn’t do much in the area.
From San Antonio, we decided that the weather was
going to hold for us to shoot up to Lubbock to visit Our drive to Phoenix from Camp Verde was SPEC-
Don’s sister. During the trip up, we discovered that the TACULAR! It had recently rained and the entire coun-
motorhome did not have any power. We could barley tryside was GREEN. Yes, GREEN! It was absolutely
make it up a slight hill. We got to our RV park and beautiful. The flowers were blooming, the trees were
called a huge truck center and they could see us the budding, it was amazing to see, since most of the year
next morning. We contacted Fern & Carlos (Don’s it is BROWN.
sister and brother-in-law) and they stopped by for din-
ner. We had a great visit. They are both just as funny We were able to spend time with good friends Ray &
as I remember them to be. The next morning we woke Sandi Garris and Benny and Shirley Stephens-Garcia.
up to SNOW! Yes, SNOW! Not what we wanted to be The Garcia’s had us over for BBQ and it was like old
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times. We laughed way too much and our sides hurt Desert Spring Fling 2008 is going…
the next day. We are looking forward to spending
more time with them this winter when we return. We
also spent a morning at the GWRRA Business Office
Back to the 50’s
visiting friends and previous co-workers. They have Everyone is tired of the winter, tired of the sleet and
added a few new faces so it was nice to meet up with snow and cold. BBBrrrrrrrr! It’s time for spring!
them and welcome to the team.
Well think fun, think spring... think loads of fun at the
While in Phoenix, we went to several RV Resorts to Washington Chapter L Desert Spring Fling Rally
turn in applications for this winter to Workamp. One scheduled for Memorial Day weekend, May 24-25-26,
of the places we applied, called us within the next 24 2008 at the Benton County Fairgrounds in Kennewick.
hours to have us come back and meet with the man-
ager. The place is called Pueblo El Mirage and is on You can expect the best attending the DSF! Rides and
the west side of Phoenix, which is the side we are tours, Show & Shine, bike games and vendors. Return-
trying to stay on. This place is like a 5-Star Country ing this year will be the Coffee Lady and our favorite
Club. There are over 1500 sites that cover over 350 ice cream vendor! We plan on having pinstripers too!
acres. There is an 18-hole golf course, tennis courts,
several pools, a computer room with over 30 com-
puters—they offer computer classes too—there is a
full ceramic shop, wood working shop, lapidary, 2
card rooms, sewing room with classes (I’ll need to
take some of these), and so much more. We met with
the manager and the Activity Directors. We spent 3
hours with them and they were interested in us for
help with Activities. By the time we made it back
home, we had an email from the manager stating that
they all had fallen in love with us and just had to For entertainment you’ll want to
HAVE US for their “dream team.” So, it looks like dig deep into the closet and find
we will be employed in a FABULOUS 5-Star resort those old saddle shoes and poo-
this winter! The best part…we will have weekends dle skirt! Roll up your short
off and be able to get involved in Chapter life while sleeves and slick back your hair
in the area! for a real 50’s sock hop. We’ve
got over 10 hours of some of the
We will be leaving Phoenix on April 8th and be back best music of the 50s just wait-
in Washington by the 13th. We will spend some time ing to rock-n-roll!
with my family at the ranch before we head “home” No gathering of Wingers would
to Richland. We have been blessed with such a won- be complete without a great light show. And this year
derful trip this year and are ready to take some time you’ll be helping Chapter L celebrate their 25th anni-
off from traveling. However, during our “down time” versary as a GWRRA
we’ll start making plans for the next big trip in an- chapter!
Check out the flyer
We are truly living our dream and having a wonderful and the registration
time and encourage everyone to be sure to take time form emailed along
to ENJOY LIFE! with this newsletter
and get your registra-
Hugs to all and hope to hear from you soon! tion mailed in today!
Don & Cindy
Don & Cindy Brock
Living Our Dream!
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2008 Event Calendar
More information will be added as it becomes available.
April 4 WA-Q Auction, Puyallup, WA
April 5 Multi-Chapter Breakfast Meeting; WA-L, WA-M, WA-N, WA-R. Red Barn in Prosser.
We will be riding up, weather permitting. Meet at Fred Meyers in Richland, kickstands up at 7:30
a.m.; ride to Benton City for breakfast at Shadow Mt. Café. The ride will go straight on to
Prosser on I-82, but the ride home is sure to be one of Tom’s “shortcuts”.
April 12 WA-L Gathering at Cousins Restaurant, Pasco, WA—Breakfast 8AM/Meeting 9AM
April 12 WA-C Spring Fever Run, Everett, WA
April 19 1st Annual American Legion Riders Benefit Run, Pasco [alrpascoriders.com or 509-521-6916]
April 20 WA-N Brown Bag Auction, Spokane, WA
April 26 March for Babies (March of Dimes) Contact Alex Piper at 509-546-0846.
April 27 Honor the Vets Poker Run & BBQ—Walla Walla VA Hospital at noon
May 3 Ride to Legends Casino. Contact Gary Oldright at 509-375-1353
Meet: Richland Fred Meyer parking lot
Time: 9:45AM with kick stands up at 10:00AM
What: Heading to Legend’s Casino in Toppenish for lunch
Who: Everyone is invited on bikes or cars
Tom Didway will guide us “the long way” to Legends in Toppenish in time for lunch. Buffet or
grill food is available. After lunch everyone is invited to stay for some fun “gaming” action.
Watching is fun too!
May 3 & 4 WA-M Fun Run, Poulin’s Honda, 513 S. 1st Street, Yakima, wa. 8:00AM. Last Out: 10AM
May 10 WA-L Gathering at Cousins Restaurant, Pasco, WA—Breakfast 8AM/Meeting 9AM
May 10 WA-F Crazy Ride, Spanaway, WA
May 23-26 WA-L Desert Spring Fling, Kennewick, WA http://www.gwrra-wa-l.org/
June 6-8 WA-R Blue Mt. Rendezvous, Walla Walla, WA
June 7 WA-D Duck Hunt, Aberdeen, WA
June 12-15 Oregon District Rally, Crook County Fairgrounds, Prineville, OR www.gwrraoregondistrict.org
June 19-21 Wyoming District Rally, New Castle, WY http://www.gwrra-wy.org/images/wyrally.pdf
June 20-22 WA-X Disabled Veterans Campout, Vancouver, WA
July 3-6 Wing Ding 30 in Greenville, South Carolina http://www.wing-ding.org/
July 18-20 Washington District Rally, at the NW Washington Fair & Events Center in Lynden, WA
July 25-27 Montana District Rally Kirkwood Resort & Marina on Hebgen Lake, West Yellowstone, MT
August 2 WA-F & WA-G Mountain Run
August 14-16 Region I Region Rally, Powell, Wyoming
August 16 WA-O Picnic in the Park. Port Orchard, WA
August 29-31 WA-B at the Beach, Bremerton, WA
August 29-31 Idaho District Rally in Kellogg, ID http://gwrra-id.us/images/rally.pdf
WA-L 2008 Ride Calendar
The FIRST Saturday of each month WA-L will have a planned day ride or campout-ride, except for July.
May 3 ........... Chapter L Day Ride August 2-3 ........... Chapter L Campout-Ride
June 7-8 ....... Chapter L Campout-Ride Sept. 6-7 ............... Chapter L Campout-Ride
July 12.......... Chapter L Day Ride October 4 ............. Chapter L Day Ride
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Have You Seen…. March Dinner Social
Washington State Senate Bill 6900 By Gary Domas
For those who don’t usually consider “Bill Watching” as We had a small turnout for the March Dinner Social but the
a spectator sport, you might want to watch this one. food was great! We even brought along our oldest son, Chad
2008 Senate Bill 6900 establishes vehicle engine dis-
placement and emissions fees. Yes, new fees for the Shown below (R-L): Lloyd Finley, Buddy Boling, Diana & Chad
motoring public. Introduced by Senator Rodney Tom (D Domas, Alex Piper, Sherry & Mark Bridge.
-Medina) on February 1 2008, the bill has now moved
onto the Transportation Committee.
The proposed vehicle engine displacement fee would be
based on engine size in liters, which is correlated with
vehicle size and vehicle emissions. It would be paid and
collected annually with the monies going to
“transportation purposes” according to the bill.
So how would this bill affect the GoldWing rider, the
car owner, the SUV driver, or the pickup owner?
(There’s a big “except motor homes” in the bill.)
Engine Size (liters) Rate Schedule
Up to 1.9 $0
Over 8 $600
The vehicle emission fees are slated to hit your wallet as
well under SB6900. The emission fees would also be
paid and collected annually with the monies going to
“transportation purposes” according to the bill, with an-
other “except” for motor homes. The fee is based on April Dinner Ride
grams of carbon dioxide (CO2) emission per mile. Then
starting in 2012 this fee would be paid at the time of April Dinner Ride will be at
initial vehicle registration and any subsequent renewal. Chico's Tacos on corner of
So what would you be paying? Well, the “department” Clearwater & Columbia Center Blvd
would base the fee on data provided by the manufactur- at 6:00 on Sunday, April 27th.
ers or “other sources defined by the department”.
CO2Emissios (grams/mile) Rate Schedule
Up to 161 $0
162-193 $70 WA-L GATHERINGS
242-266 $275 Chapter L gets together at 8:00 AM for break-
267-298 $325 fast at Cousins Restaurant on Road 68 in
299-362 $400 Pasco, WA on the second Saturday of each
Over 362 $600 month. After breakfast we discuss the business
So check out SB6900! Be informed! Thanks to Royce
Tollman for bringing this to our attention.
of the Chapter, share news and safety informa-
tion, and have fun! Please join us.
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FOR SALE: Floorboards
FOR SALE for 1800 with heal/toe shifter.
Kuryakyn # 4038 Reg:
FOR SALE: For Sale. Wood Panel cargo trailer. Made to $304.99. For sale $200.00
resemble a western buckboard. Measures 80” tongue to end. firm. Contact Alex Piper
Box is 47”L X 40”W X 18” H. (approx. 22 cu. Ft.) Pull with 509-492-0100
auto or motorcycle. Solid metal hinges. Lock and key. Foot firstname.lastname@example.org
box is a small storage box for small items, i.e.; green pro- [May08]
pane bottles. 12” wheels. Carpeted. Does not leak. Pulls
excellent. Very sturdily built. Screwed, not nailed. Licensed Looking for a bike to restore? I have a 78 GL1000 with
in 2005. Used about 10 times. Asking $950.00 OBO. Please 11K miles. I would like to find a good home for it. I figure
call Suzanne Kasko (509)585-2129 or email at there is no better place to look than a Goldwing
email@example.com for more info. [Jun08] club. Would prefer that someone restore it. E-mail,
firstname.lastname@example.org. Mike Van Alstine [May08]
WANT TO TRADE: I need to
downsize from my 2000 Kawa-
saki Concours. I am looking for a
straight across trade/swap for
something in the 650-750cc
range. rather than an open sale.
FOR SALE: BRAND NEW 2005 BLACK SILVERWING Call Danny Sanders 509-786-
Ridden, only to and from dealership for addition of trunk. 4836. [Jun08]
Title Free and Clear. Oregon Licensed with tags good
through 4/11 (with Chrome Eagle plate holder). 60 Miles on FOR SALE: 1986 Goldwing Aspencade, two tone silver.
odometer. Detachable aftermarket Givi Trunk with light kit - 29K original miles; I put 18K of them on since purchase in
never used. Enough storage in both trunk and under seat to 2001. Runs excellent. Have all maintenance records. Used
hold 2 full face helmets each (4 total). Always kept garaged Amsoil synthetic oil and
on battery tender. New gear lube since purchase.
with trunk – was $7000 Trailer hitch and wiring in-
plus. Asking $6500 obo, stalled. Consistent 47 MPG.
plus you pick up or pay for Bought 1995 SE, not enough
delivery (negotiable). Call: garage space for both. Lo-
Cheri Huffman – 503-307- cated in Richland. $3950
8245 or Terry Huffman 503 obo. email@example.com
-648-0343. [Apr08] [Jun08]
FOR SALE: 1998 KWIK KAMP CAMPER
FOR SALE: Men's leather jacket (3x) worn twice w/ Excellent condition, easy one person setup, queen size bed,
liner $50.00. Chaps (3x) worn once $50.00, Right hand inside table, Box color white, cover gray, Tires in very
glove box double pocket cover to fit 1500. Never been in- good condition, spare tire fair condition, cooler blue, alumi-
stalled $35.00. Royce Tollman 509 522-0650 or Cell 509 num diamond plate cooler cover and table, 2 folding chairs
520-0851. [Apr08] and some miscellaneous camping stuff. Location Yakima
WA. $2,500.00 Contact: Richard Olszewski wingrider1_
FOR SALE: 2004 Alfa Gold 5th wheel, 38ft, 3 slides, heat firstname.lastname@example.org Ph 509-457-1671 Cell 509-388-6449. WA-
pump, Corian® counter tops, and more. This is 1st class. M Asst. Chapter Director, & Chapter Educator. [JUN08]
lost job, will sacrifice. Call Rikki @ 509-619-3175 or e-mail
me @ RBeaulieu6565@charter.net for more info. [May08]
FOR SALE: 1993 Kawasaki KZ1000 police cruiser. Bike
is 100%. Really comfortable, CB and MP-3 hook up w/
headset. Lots of extras. Have all orig. police equip.
too, $2750 or OBO. Call Rikki @ 509-619-3175 or e-mail
me @ RBeaulieu6565@charter.net for more info. [May08]
For Sale items are listed for three months. If your item sells, please email
the newsletter editor. To extend the listing email and request an extension
by the 25th of the month.
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Gold Wing Road Riders Association Washington Chapter “L”
Friends for Fun, Safety and Knowledge Friends for Fun, Safety and Knowledge
Melissa Nordeoff, Executive Director Gary & Diana Domas Chapter Directors
Region “I” Alex Piper Assistant CD
http://www.bigskyregioni.org/ F4cdfantom@aol.com 509-546-0846
Cathy Stephens Treasurer
Roy & Pearl McKenzie Region “I” Directors Bikerbelle2000@hotmail.com 509-967-7213
Tom Denny Rider Educator
Washington District Staff email@example.com 509-582-8779
http://www.gwrra-wa.org/ Della Heideman Newsletter Editor
Mike & Peggy Hudnell WA District Directors Gary & Christy Oldright Membership Coordinator
Hank & Marilyn Smith Asst. District Directors firstname.lastname@example.org 509-375-1353
Bob & Patty Spencer Asst. District Directors
Bill & Barb Ellis District Leadership Training Div. Mark Blake Computer Phone Tree
Erv & Phyllis Granahan District Treasurer email@example.com 509-783-4701
Carmen Weakland Membership Coordinator Lloyd Finley Telephone Tree (Non-PC)
Jim & Pam Swart District Educators 509-783-9789
John & Barb Smith District Webmaster Kelly Humble Dinner Ride Coordinator
Dale & Shirley Dufner District Couple of the Year firstname.lastname@example.org 509-586-4873
Bob & Thess Thurgood District COY/IOY Coordinators Tom & Santana Denny Couple of the Year
Ronnie & Peggy Lopez District Ambassadors email@example.com 509-582-8779
Shirley Dufner District Newsletter Editor Gary Oldright Individual of the Year
Tom Didway Ride & Tech Coordinator
Crossword Puzzle Georgia Finley
WIN A FREE BREAKFAST! This crossword puzzle firstname.lastname@example.org 509-582-8779
contains words associated with GWRRA, Chapter WA-L, Mike & Beth Messinger Webmaster
and motorcycling. Solve the puzzle and then detach from email@example.com 509-582-4560
the newsletter and bring to the April 12th WA-L chapter
meeting at Cousins. There will be a drawing for a free Before entering… write your name here
breakfast from the puzzles that have all the correct
words. (Maximum value $10. Brought to you by Mem-
bership Enhancement Coordinators Gary Oldright 1 2
and Christy Krul-Oldright) Hint: Here's a starter
word: #8 Across is "EDUCATION".
1. What the adjunct shares with students
3. To toss haphazardly 6
6. Come together for a common effort 7
8. Most have secondary, some advanced, some seat of the
11. A pair of English fellows 8 9 10
13. Having one is twice as nice as having none.
14. Mine are dated 1705
15. Not the other "H" brand
2. FDA recommends 3 servings of this per day
5. It makes perfect 14
7. The one above "His Nubs"
10. This word has one "S"; if it had two you'd want more of it
12. Starts on the vernal equinox
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