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									     Gold Wing Road Riders Assoc. Region N, North Carolina District
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      North Carolina Chapter of the Year, 2010

 Friends for Fun, Safety                                                                             November, 2011
     and Knowledge               W i n g                       W o r d s                           Volume 25, Issue 11

    N C - E
    T e a m                                              CD’s Corner
  Chapter Directors          Tom and I are having a hard time believing it’s November already; the
  Tom & Carol Scully         holidays are quickly approaching, and we have completed two years as the Team Leaders
                             for NC-E.
   Asst. Ch. Dir
Andrew & Marcy Scott         Last week, four of us made the trip to Chinqua Penn Plantation near Reidsville. It was a          chilly 39 degrees when Bob Henard, Leslee, Tom and I set out at 9 am to get to Reidsville,
 Chapter Educator
                             about an hour and forty-five minutes away. Along the way, as we stopped for me to put on
Rod and Maxine Gilvey        Tom’s glove liners, I was thinking about what a difference 10 degrees would make: 10 de-       grees longitude would place us in Jackson, TN, south west of Memphis (would it be
                             warmer there?); 10 degrees North would put us in Whitney, Ontario (definitely not warmer
 Couple of the Year          – snow that day), but 10 degrees South puts us in the Bahamas (how can we get the bikes
Lynn and Linda Cooke     there). On the way home, we had our 10 degree increase in temperature; we were all
                             much more comfortable.
 Member Enhance-
 ment Coordinator            We have also been thinking about the upcoming events for the Chapter. The Gathering is
  Tony and Michelle          Tuesday, November 15 at Perkins; there may be a surprise in store for Chapter partici-
    Van Schaick       pants as Tom and I have met some interesting people in our Visitations this month. Please
                             make every effort to be at the Gathering for an important discussion and we need your
      Treasurer              thoughts about it.
    Jackie Crowder
                             We have changed the dinner ride to November 19 because of Thanksgiving. Tony and
  Ride Coordinator           Michelle will lead us to Fuquay for a lunch ride, since we are no longer on Daylight Savings
      Anita Way              Time. Please note this is a change in both day and time.
                             Thanksgiving is November 24 – a day to spend with family and friends and give thanks for
     Leslee Turner           all we have. Tom and Sean Lane from NC-F2, Garner, are leaving that Friday morning for   the Charlotte Motor Speedway and the 100 mile an hour club. Then, the following Satur-
                             day, December 3 is Gifts on Cycles and our annual trip to the O’Berry Center. For us, this
  Newsletter Editor          is the start of the Christmas season: we just love going to O’Berry: the parade, the cama-
    Carol Scully
                             raderie and the fun (and let’s not forget the gift shop for some Christmas gifts or wreaths.)

   Photographers             Finally, we will have the Chapter Christmas party at the Rhodes on December 10. We
     Linda Cooke             can’t wait to see you there!
       Anita Way
                             Happy Thanksgiving from our house to yours!
    Web Master
    Robert Henard
       webmaster@        Tom and Carol
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                                     Advisory 'SPEED LIMIT' Signs
                                    What they are and what they mean
                                                  By: James R. Davis

               When a roadway has signage on it that includes the words 'SPEED LIMIT', those signs represent the
               maximum speed that you may legally drive on that roadway. Despite some lost causes who have tried
               to argue in court that since it didn't use the word 'Maximum', it could also mean that it was a mini-
               mum speed expected, the courts have ruled that these signs represent maximum speed limit

                 Did you know that if the words 'SPEED LIMIT' does not appear on those signs then they are NOT
                 speed limits at all? They are known as 'speed advisory signs' and represent the maximum speed at
                 which you are assumed to be able to safely travel on that roadway - that is, with essentially ZERO
                 risk of having an accident caused by that speed. (In other words, as a result of losing traction.)

                 There may be an exception here or there but in virtually every state across the country you will not
be cited for exceeding the speed limit if you are traveling faster than that posted speed unless it is otherwise unsafe
to do so (for example: rain, construction, fog, congestion).

I recently had the privilege of explaining this distinction in a court of law to the jury. I was retained as an expert wit-
ness in a civil suit involving two motorcyclists who suffered serious injuries while riding at about 3:00 AM one
morning on a county road that was posted with a 65 MPH SPEED LIMIT sign. As they approached a relatively tight
right turning curve they saw a sign on the roadway that said: "35 M.P.H." - an advisory speed limit sign that warned
them about the upcoming turn.

Let me take a tangent here and explain that I was literally shocked by what BOTH attorneys (the defendant's and the
plaintiff's) thought those signs meant. The defendant's attorney claimed (outside the presence of the jury) that there
was essentially no difference between the two signs I showed above - that both represented a maximum speed limit.
The plaintiff's attorney knew differently and was quick to point out the distinction in the courtroom in front of the
jury. Unfortunately, he had not the slightest idea what an advisory speed limit sign actually meant and caused trou-
ble for his client by exaggerating his 'understanding' of the distinction in front of that jury.

Both attorneys, by the way, admitted that their clients had been speeding at the time of the accident - at somewhere
between 70 and 85 MPH. So this was NOT a case about speeding. It was a civil case about who was liable to pay for
the damages resulting from the accident they had.

In any event, let's deal with what those advisory signs mean and why they exist.

Almost 80 years ago, in about 1930, when cars (and motorcycles) were far less capable than they are today, it was
recognized that states had an obligation to construct and maintain roadways that were essentially safe to drive upon.
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It was further recognized that despite the otherwise safe speeds you could drive on those roadways when they were
essentially straight lines, some curves simply had to be constructed which could not be driven on safely at the
speeds the roadway was otherwise designed to support. So, the states agreed to provide warnings - signs that advised
of upcoming danger. These 'caution-warning-danger' signs were invariably associated with tight turns.

But how did they determine what speed to post on those signs? Some turns were tighter than others, after all.

Engineers collaborated with automobile manufacturers and tire manufacturers and determined that automobiles
could be expected to safely travel on any road of 'normal quality' provided that they did not experience more than
about .2g's of centrifugal force while making a turn. This was well below the traction capabilities of tires at the time.
Better rubber compounds and better roadway surfaces since then have made their assumptions even more conserva-
tive as time went on.

So, test vehicles equipped with a swinging weight (a metal ball) inside them were constructed with an indicator of
the angle that weight made relative to vertical. In other words, if a particular curve was ridden at 35 MPH the weight
would be seen to lean, say, 15 degrees away from vertical because of centrifugal force.

It turns out that when the weight angle was between 10 degrees and 14 degrees then the vehicle was experiencing a
sideways acceleration of very close to .2g's.

So, advisory speeds were established, rounded to the nearest 5 MPH, at whatever speed caused that weight to lean
about 12 degrees. That, it happens, is the same lean angle your motorcycle adopts when riding that curve at that

You've heard it before but I want you to really understand this: You, as the rider of a motorcycle, can ONLY deter-
mine its speed and direction of travel. The lean angle you and your motorcycle adopt in a curve is NOT set by you!
It is absolutely and entirely determined by your speed and the radius of the turn you are riding. The faster you take
that turn, or the tighter that turn is, the greater your lean angle will be. That's the law! (physics).

So those advisory speed limit signs specify a speed that you can virtually guarantee is safe for you to ride that turn
at. It is merely a 'caution-warning-danger' signal, not a speed limit. (Note that at least one state finds no difference
between a speed limit sign and an advisory speed sign and can successfully ticket you for exceeding the posted
speed on that sign - the vast majority of states, however, recognize the difference.)

But if an advisory speed limit is posted at 35 MPH, how fast can you actually ride through that turn with relative

Interesting question. The plaintiff's attorney ruined his credibility in front of the jury by bragging that as a motorcy-
clist himself he 'knows' that with enough skill and good equipment he could 'easily' handle any curve at twice the
speed posted on an advisory - for example, he could easily take the turn in question that was posted with a 35 MPH
advisory sign at 70 MPH. Indeed, he said, "I could do that with my car." (He was attempting to discredit me as an
expert witness at the time.)
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I showed the jury the truth of the matter. (Note that the following models presume that the roadway is flat - has no
bank angle. The higher the bank angle, the LOWER the lateral acceleration and, thus, the higher you speed at which
you can travel on it without losing traction.)

For example, a curve with a radius of 375 feet taken at 35 MPH:

                                                             Notice that the motorcycle would have a lean angle of 12
                                                             degrees which means that it would be experiencing cen-
                                                             trifugal force (lateral acceleration) of about .22g's. In other
                                                             words, that roadway would have a 35 MPH advisory sign
                                                             posted on it even though the rest of the roadway was
                                                             posted at 65 MPH.

                                                             Now see what happens to those numbers when you take
                                                             that same curve at double the speed - 70 MPH.

The bike lean angle has increased to about 41 degrees
which means it is experiencing centrifugal force (lateral
acceleration) of about .87g's.

The coefficient of friction of that roadway and the tires on
your motorcycle is almost certainly about .8 which means
that if you tried that curve at 70 MPH you would have
lost traction and washed out before reaching 70 MPH!!!

So, you've heard, just as that attorney stated, that a skillful
rider could take any curve at twice the speed posted on an
advisory sign and now you know that is NOT TRUE.
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If you think that the knowledge, or lack thereof, of those two attorneys is a serious concern given the nature of the
trial they were engaged in, then you will be absolutely dumbfounded by what the other expert witness had to say
about that curve. She is a very talented motorcycle racer who also happens to be a certified MSF RiderCoach.

In a deposition prior to the trial she was asked if it was possible to safely ride a motorcycle on that curve at speeds
greater than 35 MPH. She responded that it was certainly possible to do so. When asked if she could safely ride that
curve at 50 MPH, again she responded that she could do so. She added that it was merely a matter of skill and tech-

"Really?" said the attorney. "Then could you safely drive that curve at, say, 100 MPH?" She said that she could do
so. "Well, could you safely drive that curve at 150 MPH?" Again, she said that she could.

Her credibility as an expert witness became ZERO. (At 150 MPH her bike would be leaning over at 77 degrees and
she would be experiencing about 4.5g's of centrifugal force - well beyond the abilities of ANY motorcycle regard-
less of skill or technique.)

You can, with almost no risk of losing control, take a curve posted with a 35 MPH advisory sign at 50 MPH assum-
ing no other safety issues. I do it routinely and so, probably, do you. But take heed that listening to an 'old salt' tell
you that you could 'safely' handle any curve at twice it's advisory speed will with virtual certainty result in your
crashing that bike of yours!

Then there are other things that the 'old salt' will tell you that makes a lot of sense in the right situation but which
can also result in your eating asphalt. For example, getting into the habit of always taking curves using a 'late apex'
approach. NUTS! By definition, a late apex method involves delaying the
start of your actual turn and then using a GREATER lean angle (meaning a
tighter radius) than you would use normally at the beginning of the curve
and opening it up (lessening the lean angle) as you get to the apex. In other
words, using a late apex method while at the same time trying to press
speed limits is a test of concepts that is DANGEROUS. Late apex turning
is, in my opinion, generally safer than a single lean angle turn, but NOT
when getting near speed limits.

Rod and Maxine Gilvey
NC-E Chapter Educators

                                                Safety Tip
Enjoy the cooler temperatures and the changing leaf colors, but stay mindful of
the increasing deer activity this time of year.
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GWRRA’s Office Max Retail Connect Card
Phoenix, AZ (November 10, 2011) — Melissa Eason, COO of Gold Wing Road Riders Association
(GWRRA), announced today a minor change to the Office Max Retail Connect Card Program that was
established January 1, 2009.
        The Discount Benefit Program, on certain products offered by Office Max through their Retail Con-
nect Card Program, was established as a Member Discount Benefit program to all Members and Officers
of GWRRA. The Retail Connect Card has a specific number attached to it, and that number has
        GWRRA will email and place the new Retail Connect Card, with the NEW NUMBER, on the
GWRRA Benefits page by November 10, 2011. Members and Officers of GWRRA can go to http:// and log onto the OfficeMax page to retrieve the new Retail Connect Card.
Members and Officers of GWRRA are eligible to take their Office Max Retail Connect Card to any Office
Max retail store location and receive discounts on a long list of products. The special number on each
card is then scanned and GWRRA’s special pricing will automatically appear at the register when you are
ready to purchase your products. For the OfficeMax retail store nearest to your location, visit and use the store finder.
        For any questions please call Member Services at 800-843-9460 or email them at memberser-

GWRRA Deceased Members Policy
         For Members who were on the Regional or National Staff their family will receive a card from
GWRRA. Flowers will also be sent to the funeral home or where ever requested, depending on the cir-
cumstance. They will range in price from $60.00-$100.00. Every Member that Member Services is notified
of passing, will receive a card from us sending our condolences to the family. Every Deceased Member
will be listed in the “Wing World” magazine, which can take 1-2 months depending on when we are noti-
fied. We will verify the passing by only taking the information from the Chapter Director, a family member,
or someone handling their affairs.

What’s New with the Membership Enhancement Program?
        Find Your Nearest Chapter: In order to help New and current Members locate a Chapter near
them, there has been a new feature added to the GWRRA website. This new feature will enable anyone,
wherever they may be, to locate a GWRRA Chapter.
        To find a Chapter, go to the International website. On the right hand side of the page, locate Find
Your Nearest Chapter. Click on the box and then enter your zip code or mailing address. A map will ap-
pear indicating the Chapters located in your area. When you click on the red indicator(s), the Chapter Di-
rectors name, town, telephone number and email address will appear. The important thing you need to
know about this new feature is that the town listed is based on where the Chapter Director lives and not
the location of the Chapter Gathering. You will have the contact information needed to contact the Chap-
ter Director for determining when and where the Chapter Gathering will be held. This feature is defaulted
to a 25 mile radius, but can be changed to 50 or 100 miles. In addition to assisting New Members in locat-
ing a Chapter, this site will be a great benefit for those Members traveling and interested in attending
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a Gathering or Event in any given area. We all at some time or another have left home without our Gold
Book. This will be another way to reach out for help from a Member or Chapter if you have problems
while traveling.

Ed & Linda Johnson
Directors, Membership Enhancement Program

Target Training & GWRRA University
         You may have heard there is new training coming, called Target Training. Target Training is basi-
cally an extension of the Officers Certification Program. It is a training program that will maintain a more
consistent method of directing information to each targeted office within GWRRA. The program is tailored
to a specific position versus a general audience, such as what are the duties of a Treasurer in the Chap-
ter? It will also let Members interested in becoming an Officer better understand what is expected of that
         In this program we will focus on the Region, District, and Chapter Core Teams. Within these Core
Teams, we will be targeting the Directors and their Assistants, Membership Enhancement Coordinators,
Treasurers and the Rider Educators. Chapters do not have Leadership Trainers so we will be looking
specifically at providing training for the Region and District Trainers. You may be asking, “Why this train-
ing now?” It will give more consistent and accurate information to the Members to know exactly what his/
her responsibilities in the position are. In the past, when a Chapter Director needed to fill a position on
their Team, they approached a Chapter Participant asking them to fill a certain position without giving
them the total responsibilities of the position. With this program, we have removed that obstacle for the
Members so they know beforehand exactly what their responsibilities will be, and they will be able to view
this online at their discretion.
         We have formed teams for each position that we are targeting. Each team has a Team Leader.
We have teams with as many as 50 members who are assisting us in developing these programs. The
first drafts were due at the end of August of this year. The final drafts will be complete by the middle of
October, with final review being around November 1st. When final review is completed, we will do the
scripting for the voice version, which will be sent to Phoenix to be put online. We plan on having all pres-
entations available for Officer Meetings, with the online version available by the spring timeframe.
One thing to remember Target Training is Not Required by any Officer or Member, but is there for your
benefit! The vision of GWRRA University is to ensure all Officers and Members are well-trained, under-
stand the focus of GWRRA, and have the tools at hand to do the best job they can to benefit the Associa-
tion as a whole.
The goal of the University is to provide the highest quality training that we can give to our Members and
Officers. We will be taking the existing curriculum, going through each and every module and program to
ensure that they are at the highest standards of the organization. If we have curriculum that is not being
used and is not beneficial to the Members, we will replace it with curriculum that is useful to all Members
and Officers. How are we going to accomplish this task? We have formed Core Teams from each of the
Program areas (Operations, Leadership Training, Membership Enhancement, and Rider Ed). We will
have a review team review each and every seminar presented from the Core Teams. We will also have a
Standards Team, and a Development Team.
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         The Standards Team will set the tone, formatting and “look” of how all of our seminars are pre-
sented. The Development Team will be comprised of experienced Instructors, Trainers, Educators and
Presenters who will develop new seminars. The Program Directors will be in charge of all oversight into
the University and its contents. The things they will be responsible for will include Officer Connection, the
curriculum, the Horizon Program, and all document and curriculum archival. In the development process,
our team will set standards for how all documents are formatted and laid out to include how presentations
look. They will set guidelines for the LTP paper flow and also how curriculums are presented and ap-
proved before publication. All seminars in each program will have an Instructor Guide, presentation mate-
rials, and all Student materials needed to complete the course. We will allow Instructors to make the pres-
entations personal, but not change the content of the subject matter involved.
         In closing, the future is looking bright with new training and improving existing training.

Paul & Cheryl Brosher
Director, Leadership Training Program

We chose to include the last section about target training because some very special people we all know
are a part of one of the development teams. Chapter NC-E’s own Tom & Carol Scully are assisting the
Rider Education team leader Eric Carlson to create targeted training material that will be used for Rider
Educators. This Association is great for providing an opportunity for Members to help each other by capi-
talizing on the experience that can be passed on to other volunteers. If you are like us, you don’t believe
that we each have to learn the hard way – we can learn from the lessons provided by our predecessors.
GWRRA has accumulated a great deal of knowledge and experience and placed it into guidebooks to
assist the volunteer officers in the performance of their roles. These give us the “What to do” in that posi-
tion information. This Targeted Training will help provide “How to do it” enhancements – the practical ap-
plications. The end result is that volunteers who have answered the call to serve the Membership can be
better prepared to offer the best GWRRA experience possible to everyone.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Your Friends for FUN, Safety, and Knowledge,
NC-E Membership Enhancement Coordinators
Tony & Michelle Van Schaick
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                      ews from the Appalachian Gazette, our Region                            ewsletter

             “Winding Down, and Rewinding for 2012”
A great deal has happened in the Region since the last edition of the “Gazette”. The North Carolina and
Virginia District Conventions provided members with two “fun filled” weekends, and the ability to renew
old acquaintances and make new friends. One key ingredient that we noticed in our attendance at all five
of our District Conventions . . . was that there was a concerted effort by each of the Districts to add some
new and “out of the norm” activities. In essence, leadership is trying many new activities so that our con-
ventions are not the “same old, same old”. We’re looking forward to some of the activities that the Dis-
tricts are already talking about for next year. A special thanks to the North Carolina and Virginia District
Teams and members who made their events so successful this year. The Virginia Convention was also
the venue for the selection of Mike and Dean Stokes, from North Carolina, as the Region N 2011-2012
Couple of the Year. The selection process participants were all dynamic couples, who have each made
significant contributions to their Chapters and Districts, with strong emphasis in serving the members.
Speaking of the Couple of the Year Pro-gram, we attended the Couple Selection Process for both North
Carolina and Virginia, and was pleasantly surprised by the active participation by the number of couples
in this vital program.
The Annual Region Operations Meeting in Abingdon, Virginia, was well attended and timelines, emphasis
programs, and planning for the close of 2011, and the coming year, were discussed and explained.
Thanks to all the Directors, Educators, Membership Enhancement Coordinators, Trainers and Treasurers
who were in attendance for the cross-feed of information between the Districts. Information for dissemi-
nation at individual District Operations Meetings was passed along to all attending. See page 7, of this
issue, for timeline reminders to Directors and Program Coordinators. A key portion of the Operations
Meeting was devoted to the Membership Enhancement Programs and their key contributions to the
overall effectiveness of recruiting, retention, recognitions and the “fun programs.”
There are a number of training programs scheduled throughout the Region . . . Officer Training, Horizon,
Medic First, Riders Education, and an Instructor Course. Each of the Districts have extremely active
plans, with a few training weekends planned, during the non-riding period . . . to enhance the riding con-
fidence and knowledge of the members who will be attending. A number of officer positions will be turn-
ing over in the next couple of months, thus the Officer Certification and Horizon Programs, are on track
with training needs of the Districts and Chapters.
Congratulations to Pat and Loralee Coe, on their selection as the new
District Directors for the Kentucky District, replacing David and
Jeannie McKenzie, who are stepping down after serving the member-
ship of Kentucky as the District Directors, for the past two years.
Until next month, Ride Safe and Ride Often.

Ed & Mary Ann Grazier
Directors, GWRRA Appalachian Region “N”
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                          ews from our orth Carolina District ewsletter

                          “1st ANNUAL NC District “WINTER THAW”
What a busy few weeks we have had! One would think that once we get Wings Over the Smokies behind us we
would be able to take a break for a few months. NOT! We have been spending time getting ready for our Region N
Operations Meeting held the end of October followed by our District Operations Meeting on November 5th. We are
constantly working on ways to make the GWRRA experience for everyone of our members fun and knowledgeable.
Remember what our motto is, “it’s all about the ride it’s all about fun”.

So .after saying all that, we your NC District Team would like to extend a personal invitation to ALL GWR-RA
members and non-members, in and out of North Carolina, that want to have FUN, to the

                                1st ANNUAL NC District “WINTER THAW”
                                        JANUARY 27-28, 2012
This is not a new idea; many of our sister Districts have been doing this for years. We just decided it sound-ed like
FUN! You may ask why in January when it is cold and our bikes have been put away for the winter. There is your
answer! The end of January is when everyone is starting to get bored with being cooped up in the house and it is
before the riding season begins. What better time to get together with our GWRRA family, have a big reunion, have
some fun, brush up on some GWRRA seminars and also take care of some business?
You may recognize that this is the last weekend in January. Traditionally this is the Saturday of our NC Op-erations
Meeting. Not a problem! Our Team will be having two hour breakout sessions during the day on Satur-day to take
care of things that have generally been handled or passed along during the Operations Meeting. It is time to change
things up and have some fun. We have decided to include in our Winter Thaw an Awards Ban-quet on Saturday
night so that you, the members, will be able to enjoy in the presentation of awards that you make possible. You
should be included in the fun and recognition as well. IT IS ABOUT YOU, THE MEMBERS!
Winter Thaw will be a weekend of fun, games, door prizes, awards, seminars, contest, you name it, and we will have
it. The theme for the weekend is “Pajama Party – Under the Blanket”. The fun will begin for those coming in on Fri-
day evening with a Meet & Greet. There will be Oogie Boogie and Under the Blanket parties scheduled through out
Friday evening. We will also have some surprise guest speakers during the Awards Banquet on Saturday night that
you WILL NOT want to miss.
There will be a $20 pre-registration fee that includes all activities, dinner Saturday evening, chance at a $250 gift
certificate from Wing Bling and free registration for two at our 2012 Wings Event. There will be a $5 On-Site Regis-
tration Fee for those just attending the event and seminars during the day. All officers are required to be at the
yearly Operations session schedule on Saturday. Each officer will be advised of the time their session will begin. If
you are an officer and only want to attend the Operations Session and not
stay for the activities, there will be no charge.
Go to our website for more information. Get your registrations
and room reservations in early. Rooms will go fast. We are looking forward
to a BIG time and LOTS of fun!
We want to wish each of you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving. Our
lives seem to get busier every-day and we often forget to stop and give
“Thanks” for the many blessings we have.

Andrew & Vickie Butcher
NC District Directors
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                         ews from I SIGHT, the GWRRA ewsletter

        Gas Prices Fueling Motorcycle and Scooter Sales: Safety at Issue
In a recent article written by Daniel Kalish, a Bronx personal injury attorney, Mr. Kalish writes: as
inflated gas prices have negatively impacted everyone’s budget, many commuters have looked to
hybrids and fuel-efficient cars to save money. However, a growing group of people have gone the fun
and affordable route of moped, scooter or motorcycle ownership.

The Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC), reported a 7.2 percent increase in all motorcycle and scooter
sales during the first quarter of 2011. Honda scooter and motorcycle sales in May alone experienced a 6
percent boost. BMW and Harley Davidson sales continued to perform well, too.
While most people welcome the expansion of the biker community, some of the new two-wheeled
riders are learning what the experienced riders have known for years: motorcyclists face a heightened
risk of accident and injury, usually through no fault of their own.

Motorcycle accidents killed 4,595 people in the U.S. during 2009. While these numbers show a slight,
yet promising, decrease from figures in 2008, motorcycle advocates fear a potential surge in motorcycle
accidents this year for several reasons. One reason is straight forward: there are more two-wheeled
vehicles on the road than ever before. This increase in inexperienced riders forewarns of a possible
increase of motorcycle accidents.

With the recent increase in motorcycle ownership, almost everyone knows a biker, whether it be a
family member, friend, neighbor or co-worker. These people are often valued members of their
neighborhoods and communities. They help put a face and personality behind biker-safety campaigns
and practices. These are people that could prove invaluable in raising motorcycle awareness to
motorists in cars, buses, taxis and semis.

Of course, past or present, the single greatest cause of motorcycle accidents is a four-wheeled
motorist’s failure to “look for” and “see” a motorcycle. Thousands of motorists kill bikers each year by
being completely unaware of the presence of a motorcycle. The Gold Wing Road Riders Association has
developed a Motorist Awareness program directed to the motoring public to make them more aware of
the motorcycling community. One of the materials used by our organi-
zation that has been effective is the
bumper sticker, “Look Twice, Save a Life, Motorcycles Are Every-

It behooves all of us to get the message across, “We’re here, we’re
there, and we are everywhere. Please watch for us.”

Ride Safe, Have Fun

Joe & Gracie Mazza
International Assistant Directors, Rider Education
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                           NC-E Chapter Happenings

    Nov. 7 Jeff Whittich
                                                                    Dec. 11 Roy and Jackie Crowder
    Nov.19 Tom Scully
                                                                    Dec. 25 Bob and Rhea Price

                                           Rides and Events

Our rides will depart from the parking lot between Perkins Restaurant and Kroger Supermarket on Hwy 64 in Cary,
NC. We leave promptly at the stated time, so don’t be late and don’t forget to bring $1.00 for the Ride Pot! Please
contact Tom and Carol Scully if you have any questions about any of these events.

                 Current Month                                                Next Month

Nov. 15th 6:30pm Chapter Gathering                        Dec. 3rd 8:00am O’Berry Gifts on Cycles
at Perkins
                                                          Dec. 4th 5:00pm Christmas Lights;
Nov. 19th 11:00am Dinner Ride                             Meadow, NC

Nov. 24th Happy Thanksgiving                              Dec. 10th 3:00pm Chapter Christmas Party
                                                          at the home of Allen and Arlene Rhodes
                                                          Dec. 25 Merry Christmas
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                                  A Brief Triangle Wings History
Soon after GWRRA expanded into North Carolina, NC-E was chartered as the eastern Piedmont chapter
(Greensboro was the first NC chapter.). Initially chartered in June of 1984, NC-E started with a Raleigh
location. However, by July of 1985, NC-E was relocated to Cary, where it has remained to this day. The
list of CD’s include Kenneth DeKing (1985), Gerry Hoagland (1990), Rick & Mary Franks (1995), Rich-
ard Merkle (1998), James & Linda Johnson (1999), Rod & Maxine Gilvey (2002), James & Linda Johnson
(2004 … couldn’t get away), Richard & Linda Berner (2006), and Tom & Carol Scully (Nov 2008).

Ike Huggins, an early NC-E member, visited the chapter in 2008 to share some of the background of the
launch of our historic chapter. As our chapter continued to grow during the first decade, it drew partici-
pants from Durham, Raleigh, Louisburg, Garner, Smithfield, and Cary/Apex. When the NC District de-
cided to split NC-E into a number of chapters; NC-H Louisburg, NC-H2 Durham, NC-F2 Garner & NC-
C2 Smithfield were spun-off over time.

During the early years of Wings Over the Smokies (in Cherokee), NC-E earned income to fund chapter
activities by selling hot dogs and hamburgers at WOS. However, the District adopted a new WOS location
(Fletcher) and policies, so NC-E had to initiate another event to fund activities. By the late 1990’s the
above independent chapters were active & successful; however, the residual NC-E was comprised of 25-
30 members, many of whom had experienced the transition from the ‘super’ chapter. Most remaining
members had ‘retired’ from leadership roles in past years. CDs James & Linda Johnson prioritized recruit-
ing new members and participation with sister chapters. The chapter experienced growth while sponsoring
an annual Spring Fling (to fund our chapter charities: O’Berry and the NC Food Bank). In the early 1990’s
several members became increasingly active in camping. Newer members explored the benefits of
GWRRA chapter visitations as they learned about GWRRA. However, the primary NC-E chapter activity
remained the monthly gathering.

By the early 2000’s the chapter had added significantly to its ride schedule … adding dinner rides, ice
cream rides and day-touring to the seasonal campouts. Roan Mountain remained a favorite campout rally
in TN. But, our visitation ‘fever’ netted us capturing all the chapter cards within 3 months of the early Feb
program launch one year. (This won a challenge we had with NC-N Burlington, so they ‘bought’ us ice
cream at their annual event.) The annual Spring Fling was successful for a number of years as a major
fund-raiser until the site was no longer available. But, the generosity of NC-E members enabled us to sus-
tain our support for O’Berry and the NC Food Bank. The ride calendar was expanded to include destina-
tion rides (overnights with a theme or activity) and an annual Maintenance Day in late March.

By 2004 NC-E was viewed as the host chapter for the Triangle Area Ride for Kids (targeting all of eastern
NC). This motorcycle event would grow from raising $20,000 in its first year to $138,000 in its fifth year
and continues to raise in excess of $100,000 at each event during our current economic climate.
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Hosting motorcyclists from all of eastern NC, NC-E volunteers (and other GWRRA chapters) have helped
to raise approximately $850,000 for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. This is in addition to sustain-
ing our support for O’Berry and the NC Food Bank. In addition, in 2008 our then-chapter educators intro-
duced for GWRRA & non-GWRRA motorcyclists a slow speed maneuvering course which promoted rider
safety and a positive GWRRA image beyond our membership. This function is now part of GWRRA’s
Parking Lot Practice.

Tom & Carol Scully, in addition to their CD duties, are active seminar presenters and have supported a
number of GWRRA chapters. In 2010, the chapter members undertook a challenge to compete for the NC
Chapter of the Year. We were honored when our chapter was named the 2010 Chapter of the Year at the
2011 Ops Meeting! But, our chapter has been further recognized for the efforts of its members. Tony Van
Schaick was inducted in the inaugural class of the Rider Education Hall of Fame in Phoenix (and has be-
come the International Director of GWRRA Rider Education) In addition, Rod & Maxine Gilvey were se-
lected at WOS to receive the Region N Rider Education Merit Award.

Our chapter maintains a very active ride calendar and a culture of volunteerism. Our annual ride planning
event attempts to offer a diverse range of activities in hopes of providing something for everyone. As a
result of our busy schedule and charitable works, some chapter members are beginning to affectionately
refer to NC-E as “The Little Chapter That Could”.

Please feel free to join us for a chapter gathering or any event on our calendar. Sign up for our member or
guest information, or to view our ride calendar, simply go to

Ride safe … we’ll see you on the road!

Rod Gilvey
NC-E Chapter Educator

                               When asked, Rod (Unofficial Historian) willingly accepted the assign-
                               ment of compiling and authoring a history of the Chapter. We would
                               like to thank Rod for his efforts and give him a heartfelt, “Job well

                               Tom and Carol Scully
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                               Late October/Early November Rides

     The Ellwell Ferry on the Cape Fear                  The ferry ride is only 10 minutes

     The ferry in mid river, almost there!               Heading off to Myrtle Beach

                                                           Ready to head home!
  The Chinqua Penn Plantation Clock Tower

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