Official Newsletter of Gold Wing Road Riders
Chapter WA-L Association
Tri-Cities, Washington Region I — WA District
“The Looney Tunes”
ACME TIMES December 2006
2 Bits RIDER EDUCATION
BY Mike Messinger, Chapter Director BY Gary Oldright, Rider Educator
Well here we are at the end of another year. Hope this finds
WINTER STORAGE PROCEDURES
everyone a little heavier after a good Thanksgiving and
looking forward to a Happy and Merry Christmas and New
Year. Our first Gathering at Cousins will be December 9 at It’s that time of year again when we need to store our bikes
0800 and you should see the size of the Cinnamon rolls! and gear for a couple of months. First, a word of caution,
“HUGE”! We as a Chapter are going to do a Christmas these steps are intended to be followed in order, but be your
Family. Bring non-perishable food to the meeting on Dec. own judge. If you choose to leave out a step, that’s up to you
9th and a basket for the food and donations will be avail- too. There’s no guarantee that by following all these steps
able. The new Ride Cards will be available at the gathering that you won’t have issues when you dust off your bike in the
at Cousins. spring. If you have another way to prepare your bike for stor-
age, that’s fine. I’d love to hear any suggestions you might
Saturday night is our annual Christmas Party at the Pasco have.
Eagles and I’ll have the Ride Cards there too!
Chuck Hull is still doing well and seems to be coming along 1. Find a place to store your bike, get the tools you'll need
with recovery from his accident. Drop him a line or give • Keep it away from extreme temperatures--which pretty
him a phone call to wish him well. much means keeping your bike inside, if at all possible.
If you must store a bike outside, ensure that roof runoff
What a good year we have in front of us. won’t drip on the bike for months. I learned that lesson
• The Wild Wild West WA”I” Casino night is January while living in Pullman. My bike was covered in snow
13th at Camp Murray. and ice all winter. Chemical fumes can dry out and at-
• The first Saturday of April, the 7th, will be the Breakfast tack the bike's organic (rubber) parts. Electric motors
Social in Prosser at the Barn. and heaters generate ozone, which is also bad for rubber
• Our 2007 Spring Fling Rally will be held in the Tri Cit- parts.
ies at the Benton County Fairgrounds and things are • Don't put the bike somewhere where it'll get knocked
starting to come together. We are working toward hav- over. Find an out-of-the-way place. I left my bike at my
ing the registrations in the mail around the Christmas brother’s house for one week under their carport. Some-
Day time frame. If you want to get involved and help how, it got a sizable scratch. Lesson learned: keep out of
contact any of the Staff. a busy area where people work on projects, carry things
• Wing Ding will be in Billings, Montana July 4th - 7th through, or is otherwise an active area.
and hopefully we will have a good turn out as a Chapter
and as a District. 2. Run the bike, fill the tank, stabilize the gas
• The Washington District Rally will be held in Oka- • Take the bike out for at least a 20 minute ride, and on the
nogan July 19th – 21st and Chapter L will be setting up way back, fill the gas tank up as full as possible. Add
rides in the area. gasoline stabilizer right before you fill the tank. You
want to make sure the tank is full when you store the
• The Region I Rally is being combined with the Oregon
bike. Even though most tanks are treated or lined, air in
District Rally in Roseburg, Oregon on June 7-10, 2007.
the tank will cause rust to develop inside the tank. Stabi-
With the warmest regards and wishes for a bright and boun- lizer has a shelf life of about two years. So, don’t expect
tiful year. old stabilizer to do its job. Buy a small container of sta-
bilizer and use it for your lawn mower gas and other
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year summer toys, and then toss it out (following appropriate
⇒ Warning for those of you with shiny, chrome pipes.
Mike & Beth Messinger Running a stationary bike for an extended period of
WA-L CD time may slightly discolor your shiny pipes due to a
lack of cooling airflow. Keep this in mind if you
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think that you can avoid stale gas by running your without tearing down the motor.) I used to wait until
bike at predetermined intervals during the winter. spring to change my bike’s oil. Since I do my own
⇒ Stabilizing the gas is probably the most important work, I had a container of drained oil. It was in the
thing to do when storing your bike. Gasoline is a garage for several months before I had enough to recy-
blend of dozens of different compounds. Over time, cle. In the spring when I went to recycle the oil, the
the more volatile compounds will evaporate, leav- bottom of that bucket was covered with sludge. Well?
ing a hard sludge that will gunk up your carburetors That bucket was sitting in the garage about six feet from
and prevent them from working. Gasoline stabi- my motorcycle in basically the same environment for
lizer, for the most part, prevents this from happen- the same amount of time. Now, I always change the oil
ing. See the photo below. just before storage in late fall/early winter. Hopefully
⇒ This is largely a personal choice, but I do NOT this will avoid a build-up of sludge.
drain the fuel from the carburetors. Why? Well,
for one because I can hardly wait to ride my bike 4. Wash, dry, and wax the bike
again—and now I have a GL1800 without carbs. • This could take hours but it’s worth it if you like shinny
So, I’m lucky (or is it unlucky?) if my bike is chrome and bright paint. Do a really good job of drying
stored much longer than a month. If the stabilizer the bike. Taking the bike for a ride to air-dry is proba-
does its job, the fuel should not solidify. Several bly not a good option.
years ago my buddy told me to disconnect the fuel
line from the bottom of the tank, plug it, and run 5. Move the bike to the storage area and put on center
the engine until the carbs were out of gas. Works stand
great if you have a mechanical fuel pump, but un- • If you have a center stand, you're all set. If you don’t
fortunately I had a GL1200 Gold Wing with an have a center stand use a swing-arm stand and fork
electric fuel pump. Electric pumps use gas as a stand to hold the bike off the suspension and tires. If
cooling lubricant. It cost me a couple hundred dol- you don’t have all this stuff don’t worry. You can sim-
lars to replace a burned-out fuel pump. ply check your tire pressure and/or roll the bike a foot
forward or back every couple of weeks during storage.
6. Spray fogging oil into the cylinders
• After clearing out dirt and grit from around the spark
plug holes (compressed air is great for this), remove the
spark plugs and spray some "fogging oil" into the cylin-
ders. If you can't get or don’t have fogging oil, a little
motor oil (or, failing that, some WD40) to lubricate the
cylinder walls will work. Don’t use more than a tea-
spoon per cylinder!
• Assuming the bike is on a centerstand, rotate the motor
by spinning the rear wheel. If you can’t spin the rear
wheel, I prefer to let the oil stand as opposed to crank-
ing the motor with the starter. Be sure to reinstall the
7. Final Steps
• Cover the intake and exhaust. Spray a little WD40 into
each exhaust pipe and cover the tip with a ballon or
plastic bag to prevent moisture from getting to the en-
gine. Remember one or more cylinders will have an
open exhaust valve.
• Connect a battery maintainer to the battery. Just put
your battery on the smart charger and, with the excep-
tion of periodic fluid level checks, you can pretty much
forget about it all winter. I still check the battery occa-
3. Change the oil • Protect the exposed metal with either WD40 or with
• Change the oil and filter before you store the bike. Old wax chain lube. Don’t spray this on the tires or brake
oil contains combustion by-products and other nasty parts though.
stuff. This is probably the second-most important step • Lock your bike and cover it with a breathable fiber fab-
of storage, and possibly the only one that will cause ric. You don't want to trap moisture under the cover, as
permanent damage if skipped. (Yes, the carbs can get it'll cause rust. Likewise, you want to keep water out,
gummed up if you skip step #2, but they can be cleaned particularly if you're storing the bike outside, where it'll
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be subjected to precipitation. Purpose-made bike covers
work well, as does anything made of Gore-Tex. Last minute ideas for Christmas, birthdays, or
anytime for the Wing lover in your life!
Over the winter read through your owner's manual, and per-
form any service that gets done once a year, even if it isn't www.roadtripessentials.com offers beautifully color
quite time yet. At the very least: matched accessories for your GL1800.
• lubricate control cables and periodically operate all con- www.streetglo.net for reflective decals and safety prod-
• check (and, if necessary, adjust) chain/belt tension www.reflectivedecals.com for high visibility graphics
• lubricate chain, or lube driveshaft and reflective decals.
• check brake pads and rotors www.wingstuff.com for Gold Wing parts and accesso-
• change fluids (brake, clutch, etc) ries.
• inspect/replace/clean air filter www.hdlparts.com for Honda Direct Line Parts for
• check all bolts to make sure nothing is loosening OEM parts.
• inspect tires (for cuts, uneven wear, dry-rot, tread depth, www.gwrra.org/wearhouse/index.html for the official
online GWRRA store where you can buy patches, pins
• inspect swingarm and steering head bearings
• lube suspension, pivot points, grease fittings, etc
• Extra credit assignments:
• Change fork oil
• Change coolant (except for you air-cooled types)
• Valve adjustment (except for you two-stroke types)
• Disassemble/clean/reassemble carburetors (except for
Having done all this you ensure the longevity of your motor- Your Gold Book contains in-
cycle and you’ll have a more reliable bike during the ride
season. formation that will help you
LIVE FOR THE RIDE
ride like a seasoned member of
BUT RIDE TO LIVE! the group, trailer your bike
with safety, and know who to
call in an emergency.
Read your Gold Book and keep
• Renew your membership online.
• Update your address, phone and email
• Designate your Gold Book preferences
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Checkin’ out Cousins
On Saturday the 25th of November some us decided to
give Cousins Restaurant a try. The food was good and
the waitresses were trying hard. They just opened and
almost everyone working there was new. We had a good
time though. One thing about it, our recipe is simple and it
always comes out right: "Gold Wingers + Food = Good
We had our newest members show up and I think there are
going to like us. If you get a chance say high to Don and
Kay McClure. Hope to see EVERYONE there at Cousins
on Road 68 just off I-182 in Pasco, WA. on the 9th. Happy
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YOU’RE INVITED TO A CHRISTMAS PARTY
WHAT: GWRRA Chapter L Annual Christmas Party
WHEN: Saturday, December 9, 2006
WHERE: The Eagles in Pasco
2829 W. Sylvester Street, Pasco, WA
TIME: 5-6 Social Hour
TICKETS: $5.00 per person available from Mike Messinger or Gary Oldright.
RSVP: Cheryl McKnight at email@example.com
WHAT TO BRING: Alternate non-alcoholic beverage of choice, table service & potluck dish
GIFT EXCHANGE and GAMES!!!
Ladies bring a gift suitable for women or a generic gift. Men bring a gift suitable for men or a generic gift. (Please do not spend
any more than $10 for the gift you bring and please mark on the outside if the gift is for a man/woman/or ”generic.” If your
child is coming, bring a child gift.
Meat entrée and coffee will be provided by the Chapter. Bring your own alternate non-alcoholic beverage of choice, table service
& potluck dish. The types of dishes you may choose to bring are: Salad, Entrée, or Dessert. If you attended the November club
meeting, you will probably have already signed up for a dish. For those of you who did not attend the November club meeting,
you are encouraged to email Cheryl McKnight with your choice of dish so that we know how things are “stacking up”. Along
with your choice of dish, please include how many family members will be attending.
The Eagles has invited whoever wants to, to stay later. Since they do serve liquor, there are age restrictions. Anyone under 18 is
not allowed after 10 p.m. Age 18 & over can stay until closing. Starting at 8:30 they will have music – possibly a live band.
You are encouraged to purchase your tickets in advance as it gives us a better picture of how many people are planning to attend.
We have plenty of room at the Eagles, so we hope that everyone will come! If you want to know if we need more of any of the
three choices, you can call Cheryl McKnight at 582-3863 and leave a message. She will call you in the evening between 5-8.
R.S.V.P. to Cheryl McKnight at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Motorcycle Lesson Learned - The Hard Way Just for Fun
Greetings: A Biker was riding along a California beach when sud-
I was in a fairly nasty motorcycle accident over the Labor denly the sky clouded above his head and, in a booming
Day holiday and I wanted to take a minute to jot the circum- voice, the Lord said, "Because you have tried to be faithful
stances down in hopes that you could pass it on to your list to me in all ways, I will grant you one wish."
of folks who ride as a kind of Lesson Learned or forewarn-
ing. The biker pulled over and said, "Build a bridge to Hawaii
so I can ride over anytime I want."
Returning from the Labor Day weekend in Bend, Oregon, I
had taken Prineville Highway 26 from Prineville, Oregon to
The Lord said, "Your request is materialistic, think of the
John Day and turned north on Highway 395 just west of
enormous challenges for that kind of undertaking. The
supports required to reach the bottom of the Pacific! The
Between Ukiah and Pilot Rock is a large hill called Battle concrete and steel it would take! It will nearly exhaust sev-
Mountain. This is beautiful motorcycle country but the road eral natural resources. I can do it, but it is hard for me to
here has a lot of switchbacks - some of them blind, mean- justify your desire for worldly things. Take a little more
ing, you can't see around the corner. Coming out of a right time and think of something that would honor and glorify
hand turn and leaning into a 180 degree blind left hand turn me."
I came around the corner to find my lane filled with small
rocks and gravel - as if a truck had gone off the road and The biker thought about it for a long time. Finally he said,
sprayed the road as it went back onto the road. "Lord, I wish that I could understand my wife. I want to
know how she feels inside, what she's thinking when she
The rear of the bike broke loose in the gravel and by the gives me the silent treatment, why she cries, what she
time I got it straight again the road had continued to turn in means when she says nothing's wrong, and how I can make
front of me. I went off the road (downshifting and on the a woman truly happy."
breaks) at about 30 mph. The bike did well for 10 feet or so,
when the front tire dug into the loose gravel up to the axle. The Lord replied, "You want two lanes or four on that
The sudden stop launched me through the windshield. I hit bridge?"
the ground shortly before my passenger landed on top of me
hitting me in the left shoulder with her helmet. Both of us
were wearing leather vests, chaps, boots, gloves and hel- Eighteen Happy Snowmen!
But which one is different?
mets. Fortunately, she came away with only scratches on
here arm where the vest didn't cover. Can you find it!
After several days in the hospital and short term disability at (Remember this as a child?)
home I was recently out talking to a friend at Full Throttle
motorcycle shop. He said two friends of his had ridden
through the same area earlier in the summer and both had
gone down on the same day - one twice. He also com-
mented that his father and five other bikes all went down in
the same area on the same day.
His father had spoken to an investigating Oregon State Po-
lice office who said that bikes go down there "all the time."
His father is working with the American Motorcycle Asso-
ciation to get the state of Oregon to put up signs warning
bikers of the hazards.
It was a beautiful trip and I highly recommend the route to
others. But I recommend that they be extremely alert in the
Battle Mountain area.
Please feel free to share this note with any of our rider
Cheers . . .
Randy R. LaBarge
Environmental Technology Directorate
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
[Thanks for sharing—edited for newsletter reprint.]
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Farmer Joe's Accident Birthdays & Anniversaries
Farmer Joe decided his injuries from a road accident were Gregory Dorwick December 2
serious enough to take the trucking company (responsible for Majorie Gardner December 5
the accident) to court. In court the trucking company's fancy Mike Piper December 5
lawyer was questioning farmer Joe. Lloyd & Georgia Finley December 6
Revecca Carpenter December 6
Didn't you say, at the scene of the accident, "I'm fine," said
Kelly Humble December 7
the lawyer. farmer Joe responded, "Well I'll tell you what
happened. I had just loaded my favorite mule 'Bessie' into Timothy Denny December 10
the......." "I didn't ask for any details," the lawyer interrupted, David Messinger December 17
"just answer the question." "Did you not say, at the scene of Kay Hass December 18
the accident, 'I'm fine!'" Brenda Kessie December 21
Clint & Cheri Ellingsworth December 30
Farmer Joe said, "Well I had just got 'Bessie' into the trailer David Downing December 31
and I was driving down the road...". The lawyer interrupted
again and said, "Judge, I am trying to establish the fact that, at If we don’t have your birth date or anniversary date, we
the scene of the accident, this man told the Highway Patrol- can’t help celebrate! Be sure you’ve filled out a member
man on the scene that he was just fine. Now several weeks profile with the Chapter secretary so we can keep our lists
after the accident he is trying to sue my client. I believe he is current!
a fraud. Please tell him to simply answer the question."
By this time the Judge was fairly interested in Farmer Joe's
answer and said to the lawyer, "I'd like to hear what he has to
say about his favorite mule 'Bessie' ". Joe thanked the Judge
and proceeded, "Well as I was saying, I had just loaded
'Bessie', my favorite mule, into the trailer and was driving her
down the highway when this huge semi-truck and trailer ran
the stop sign and smacked my truck right in the side. Washington Chapter “L”
Mike & Beth Messinger Chapter Directors
I was thrown into one ditch and 'Bessie' was thrown into the email@example.com 509-582-4560
other. I was hurting real bad and didn't want to move. How-
Gary & Diana Domas Assistant CD
ever, I could hear 'ole 'Bessie' moaning and groaning. I knew firstname.lastname@example.org 509-582-7214
she was in terrible shape just by her groans.
Mike & Cheryl McKnight Assistant CD
Shortly after the accident a Highway Patrolman came on the Gary Oldright Rider Educator
scene. He could hear 'Bessie' moaning and groaning so he email@example.com 509-375-1353
went over to her. After he looked at her, he took out his gun Tom & Santana Denny Couple of the Year
and shot her between the eyes. Then the Patrolman came firstname.lastname@example.org 509-582-8779
across the road with his gun in his hand and looked at me. Gary Oldright Individual of the Year
He said, "Your mule was in such bad shape I had to shoot her. Cathy Stephens Treasurer
How are you feeling?" Bikerbelle2000@hotmail.com 509-967-7213
Donna Whiteside Chapter Store
Joyce LoParco Phone Tree
Della Heideman Newsletter Editor
Your Gold Book contains in- email@example.com 541-422-7166
formation that will help you TBA Activity Coordinator
ride like a seasoned member of Tom Didway
Ride & Tech Coordinator
the group, trailer your bike Lloyd Finley Membership Coordinator
with safety, and know who to
Georgia Finley Historian
call in an emergency. firstname.lastname@example.org 509-783-9789
Dona Edman Sunshine Coordinator
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FOR SALE: 2001 Haulmark Low Hauler Trailer, Interior
FOR SALE Length 12’ 4”; Width 96”; Height 65” White sidewalls and
ceiling, checkerboard floor, payload 4585 lbs. $3600
FOR SALE: Small HJC Burgundy Full Face Helmet. Call (360) 482-4172 in Elma, WA (DEC)
w/ intercom installed. Never worn: $300 call Patricia
(8:00am and 8:00pm) at 586-7739 or leave message.
FOR SALE: 2000 HONDA Valkyrie Interstate Trike -
24,000 miles- $17,900 Blue and Silver, one owner,
Ultimate Conversion Kit by The Trike Shop with 4 de-
gree easy steering kit. Conversion completed winter
2004. Loaded with accessories: CB AM/FM Intercom;
Electronic Cruise Control; Kuryakyn highway pegs.;
Chrome wide levers for clutch and break; Kuryakyn
grips; trunk luggage rack; Ultimate 3 piece seat; front
fender tip extension; engine chrome panels; Hondaline
running lights; Wind Wings with chrome covers; cus-
tom pin striping by John Hunnicane; garage kept. Call
(360) 482-4172 in Elma, WA (DEC)
CLASSIFIED items run for three months unless re-
newed by the owner via email or phone.
Gold Wing Road Riders Association
Friends for Fun, Safety and Knowledge
Melissa Nordeoff Executive Director
Region “I” Staff
FOR SALE: The motorcycle is a 2003 VTX Retro - Gray http://www.bigskyregioni.org/
in color with windshield, removable custom bags, new Roy & Pearl McKenzie Region “I” Directors
mustang seat, custom exhaust, grips with throttle lock, Steve & Sandra Henicksman Assistant Region Directors
new tires with 500 miles on them, 11,000 miles on Marlene & Don Weikart Region Treasurers
bike. All maintenance done by dealer. Trade in on Gold Mike & Bijou White Region Membership (MED)
Steve & Lori Fretts Region Rider Educators
Wing or $9,400.00 Larry at (509) 961-8563. (Jan) Della & Loren Heideman Region Membership Coordinators
Donna and Doug Deskin Newsletter Editor/Webmaster
Terry & Cheri Huffman Region Couple of the Year
Sam & Marjoe White Region COY/IOY Coordinators
Mike & Lynn Briggs Region Leadership Trainers
Washington District Staff
Bob & Becky Minor WA District Directors
L Murkowski & N. Busick Asst. WA District Directors
Lloyd & Georgia Finley Asst. WA District Directors
June Dutton District Treasurer
Jim Dutton Membership Retention—West
Charlene Miller Membership Retention—East
Bruce & Sandra McMahill District Educators
Ric Bailey District Stores
John Zwosta District Webmaster
Mike & Suzanne Kasko District Couple of the Year
Bob & Thess Thurgood District COY/IOY Coordinators
Bill & Barb Ellis District Ambassador Coordinators
Rick & Jan Sparks District Newsletter Editor
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