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					March                                                                                       2009
                                      Newsletter

         The Gold Wing Road Riders Association (GWRRA) motto is, Friends for Fun,
        Safety and Knowledge. Members enjoy the freedom of belonging to a not-for-
                     profit, non-religious and non-political organization.

           The Delta Wings Chapter pride ourselves as being the “ridingest”
                            GWRRA group in the state.

                                      Come join us!




                                                                     *Editor’s Note: Please feel free to send any
                                                                     questions, comments or concerns regarding
                                                                     this newsletter, to the newsletter editor. All
                                                                             comments will be considered!

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                                         Table of Contents

        GWRRA – Chapter CA2J - 3 -                        A word from the newsletter Editor - 20 -
                                                                    Caitlin E. de Werk - 20 -
        Meeting time and location - 3 -                           CA2J Newsletter Editor - 20 -

      Wing Nut award for February - 3 -                            Special thanks - 20 -
                  Barry Bullock - 3 -
                                                               Chapter Officers / Staff - 21 -
              Ride Calendar - 5 -                            Birthdays and Anniversaries - 21 -
Flyers for up coming GWRRA Chapter Events -                       Worthwhile Links - 22 -
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                                                                    Chapter Store - 23 -
         Words from the District - 7 -
                                                                      Tom Hendrey - 23 -
             Anita and JR Alkire - 7 -
                                                                   Comedy Relief - 24 -
      From the desk of the Director - 8 -
                 D. Pat Riley - 8 -                                  Supporters - 25 -

        Assistant Director Notes - 9 -                   GWRRA – California Chapters and Meeting
                 Alex Ageev - 9 -                                   Locations - 27 -

           Admiral’s wisdom - 10 -
               Barry Bullock - 10 -

            Rider Education - 11 -
             Patrick A. de Werk - 11 -

  Chapter Member Monthly Spotlight - 14 -

           Random Pictures - 15 -

Recent Rides (Articles from the ride(rs)) - 19 -

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                                                        GWRRA – Chapter CA2J
                                                        Meeting time and location
                 We have a monthly gathering celebrating our desire to ride, eat, socialize, learn, joke, win prizes, get information etc.

                                               We meet the 2nd Saturday of each month (Rain or Shine),
                                                     motorcycle need not be present to attend.

                                                             Our current meeting location is:
                                                                   Hometown Buffet
                                                               2050 Diamond Boulevard
                                                              Concord, CA 945520-5702

                                                     You may eat with us, we get there at 0800.
                                             Or you may join us just for the meeting, which starts at 0830.

                                           It would be a shame to miss out on the social before the meeting,
                                                              please come eat with us.




Wing Nut award for February
                                Most people know what a Wing Nut award is. Some chapters have Binky’s, Bones, etc.
          Most chapters follow the same process. CA2J has always awarded the Wing Nut for either a good dead or some bone-head move.


                                Okay, so let’s be honest, most people don’t get it for doing something good….


The February Wing Nut award went to:




                                                      Barry Bullock
AGAIN!
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The story goes like this:

  Our Admiral nominated the Chapter Director for being at the wrong Starbucks, a very weak assertion, indeed. Then Aylesa shocked the room by
wanting to "make a confession."

   It seems that Aylesa and Barry trade vehicles every day to accommodate chauffeuring kids. Aylesa takes Barry’s bike in the morning to start meals at
her school. He takes the kids to school in the van and picks up the bike on the way home.

   Recently, Barry bought a "new" (previously-owned) vehicle, which he now garages in the spot previously occupied by Aylesa's van, which she now
has to park in the street!

   One evening Aylesa just didn't want to leave her van in the street, so she parked it on the driveway. All was well until early the next morning before
sunrise. As she backed Barry's bike out of the garage to execute a Y-turn, she forgot about the van parked in the usually empty space. The Gold Wing
clipped the front panel of the van and dropped to the downhill side like a rock, causing mirror damage. She was mortified.

 After Aylesa's confession, Alex jumped up and asserted Barry should have moved the van the night before. The crowded room roared. Knowing Barry
oh so well, the participants overwhelmingly approved Alex's nomination.

Poor guy; never saw it coming.

See Morris, you aren’t the only fall-guy!




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                    Ride Calendar                                                                                            July
                                                                                         2, 3, 4 & 5 - Wing Ding Tulsa, Oklahoma
Every effort will be made to keep the calendar up to date. At the                        11 - Chapter Meeting 8:00 -10:00 - ride to be announced
                                                                                         July 31, Aug 1, 2 - Testostrogen Ride (Magalia)
time of this newsletter creation, the following dates were available.

                                    March                                                                                  August
                                                                                         July 31, Aug 1, 2 - Testostrogen Ride (Magalia)
7 - 1A Bake Sale (see flyer) Lancaster
                                                                                         1 - CA2K s Synchronizer soaking (see flyer) Fairfield
14- Chapter Meeting 8:00 - 10:00 - ride to be announced
                                                                                         8 - Chapter Meeting 8:00-10:00 - ride to be announced
15 - CA1M Bake Sale (see flyer) San Bernardino
                                                                                         15 & 16 - 2 day trip through and around Yosemite/ Mono Lake
21 - Hakone Gardens - $5.00 general admission, $3.50 for seniors
21 - CA1S St. Patrick s Day Ride (see Flyer) Ventura
27, 28 & 29 Rally in the Valley CA1R (see flyer) Irvine                                                                 September
                                     April                                               3 through 6 - District Rally Bakersfield
                                                                                         12 - Chapter Meeting on the road
11 - Chapter Meeting 8:00 -10:00 - PLP - ride to be announced                            12 - CA2N Frog Hop (see flyer) Angels Camp
18 - CA1L event (see flyer) San Luis Obispo                                              18, 19 & 20 - Jack Ass Ride NV-A Primm, Nevada
19 - CA1Y event (see flyer) Lompoc                                                       26 -CA2A event (see flyer) Tulare
17, 18 & 19 Region Rally Las Vegas (see flyer)
25 - Beach Picnic Ride (Glass Beach & Point Cabrillo lighthouse)                                                          October
25 - Monty and Lucy Carpenters dinner for ride for kids (see flyer)
26 - CA1Q event (see flyer) Buena Park                                                   3 - CAC - Harvest Run
                                                                                         10 - Chapter Meeting - ride to see Blue Angels
                                      May                                                10 - CA1V (see flyer) Victorville
                                                                                         17 - Carmel/ Carmel Valley Ride
2 - CA2W event (see flyer) Clovis                                                        24 - CA1Z
9 - Chapter meeting 8:00 -10:00- ride to be announced                                    25 - CA1F
9 - CA1K event (see flyer) Van Nuys
16 - Yosemite Picnic Ride                                                                                               November
23 - Academy of Science SF Info at http://www.calacademy.org/visit/plan_a_visit/
                                                                                         14 - Chapter Meeting - ride to be announced
                                     June
                                                                                                                        December
6 - Marin Headlands Nike Missile Ride
13 - Chapter Meeting - ride to be announced                                              12 - Chapter Meeting 8:00 - 10:00 Christmas Party 6:00 pm
20 - Breakfast Ride to Nevada                                                            19 - Light Ride
27 - Zip trek Moaning Cavern / Columbia State Park (bring a Picnic Lunch)                26 - Bake Sale (see flyer) San Bernardino
                                                                                         21 - Hakone Gardens - $5.00 general admission, $3.50 for seniors
                                                                                         21 - CA1S St. Patrick_ s Day Ride (see Flyer) Ventura


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            You can access the CA2J Chapter Ride Calendar via the following link:
                       http://www.gwrradeltawings.com/Calendar.htm



                                     Flyers for up coming GWRRA Chapter Events

                                      http://www.gwrracalif.bizland.com/id8.html



                The following rides, outside of the GWRRA organization or this chapter, as provided by the Breakfast Riders.
                                                       http://www.breakfastriders.org

                                          Breakfast Riders is sponsored by Fairfield Cycle Center
                                                    http://www.fairfieldcyclecenter.com/


May 15-17   Super Bikes at Infineon http://www.infineonraceway.com/
Jun. 6      Sierra Hope Ride http://www.sierrahope.org
July 3-5    U.S Grand Prix at Laguna Seca http://laguna-seca.com
Sep 23-27   Reno Street Vibes http://www.road-shows.com
Oct. 4      Ride-4-kids, Fairfield http://www.ride4kids.org




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                                                                                                                                                    Anita and JR Alkire
Words from the District                                                                                                                     California District Directors

     What a wonderful start to 2009 with the Valentine’s Run put on by Chapter 1I! Everyone in the chapter did a great job making
the event such fun and the participation of so many chapters made it a successful event. It is so awesome to be a part of such a
great organization, a family. It felt like a big family reunion, JR and I had to split our time with our GWRRA family and our “other”
family as we had to leave early (before food, that was a mistake!) to celebrate the birthdays of our 20 year old nephew and 14 year
old niece in Santa Monica. We can hardly wait for 1A’s Bake and Craft sale on March 7th, 1M’s Bake Sale on March 15th and then
1S’s Leprechaun run on March 21st. Then we finish March with Rally in the Valley, and event that 1R puts so much effort into and
it is always so much fun! We are definitely up and running in the District!

    So as we start heading off on our beautiful Wings it’s time for us to pull out the T-CLOCS (yes it used to be T-CLOCK) and take
a look at our bikes. Co-riders should do this right along with their riders to they know what this is all about as we are partners in
this bike not pretty cargo J. So what is a TCLOCS? Good question and one that your Chapter Educator should be able to answer for you. Where do you find out
about T-CLOCS? It’s the N.17 form from rider education. So what does this all stand for?

   T is for tires and wheels.
   C is for controls, the levers, cables and hoses.
   L is for lights, battery, lenses, reflectors, wiring and of course your headlamp.
   O is for oil, checking levels and looking for leaks (what, GoldWings don’t leak!).
   C is for chassis, the frame, suspension (adjust for 2 riders if you’re usually 1 up).
   S is for side stand and center stand, what is their condition.

   This is an important check before you head out and GWRRA has it in an actual checklist so you can go right down the sheet and check things off so you’ll have
confidence when you take off that all should be good and ready to go without any mishaps. What is cool is that Rider Education has a check sheet for trikes, side
cars and trailers now as well so Educators download those forms and pass them out at your next Chapter Gathering, what a great way to assist your members!

   Now that we are ready to go and we know where we are going to be going, what is next? Before you take off, do a personal check, are you ready for the ride?
Do you have the right clothes for the ride, the right gloves, do your electrics work? There is nothing worse that getting all excited for a trip to be on the road and
miserable because you’re too cold or too hot! Be certain that you have invested in the proper riding apparel. That includes your over the ankle footwear and a
great helmet. So look out for your personal safety and comfort so that your trip will feel as wonderful as riding the roads on a GoldWing truly is, there is nothing
better than that!

    A big trip that some of us will be taking will be to WingDing this year. A reminder that if you send in 10 registrations at the same time, same envelope each
registration can take $5.00 off. Appoint someone at your chapter to collect the registrations so they can bundle them up and send them 10 at a time so you’ll get
the discount (that’s $5.00 more to spend on safely chrome J). Be sure to get those registrations in well before the May 18th deadline so you can get the classes
or tours that you want to sign up for as they are first come first serve.

   Start saving your pennies and dollars now for all those wonderful vendors and just a suggestion…make a priority list of what you really want to buy at WingDing
and then get that done first, then you’ll know how much you have to spend on the “impulse” items. If you have never been to WingDing talk with someone who
has gone before and let them guide you as the first time can be overwhelming!

   So off we go on another great year full of exciting rides, great times and wonderful friends. So be safe, be happy, have fun and may the luck of the Irish be with
you in this green month of March! Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all and a pinch from me to you.
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                                                                                                                                  D. Pat Riley
From the desk of the Director                                                                                             CA2J Chapter Director

    Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.
Langston Hughes

     And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow.
Gilbert K. Chesterton

                    The good news is that we’re getting a lot of badly needed rain.

                    The bad news is Contra Costa needs another forty inches of rain through March before we’re “officially” out of a
                    drought.

                    The good news is that more rain is on its way (as I write this).

                    The bad news is that rain curtails riding time for most of us.

                    The good news is that we can still stay in touch with our “wings” in a variety of ways.

       2J hasn’t much opportunity to get out on the road lately, but it’s not like we haven’t been trying. Taking advantage of a rare dry
Saturday, The Admiral led a small group on a quickly planned “show and go” a couple of weeks ago. They took a nice little jaunt swinging
west to Tilden Park, south through Castro Valley and Sunol, heading back east through Livermore and Brentwood.

        Many members could not make that ride, but did show support by attending the Valentines Day “Gathering.” It was a sight to
behold. There were chapters from all over Northern California, including a couple of guys from Tulare, Chapter W! It looked like a gathering
of the future charter members of GWRRA, District of Jefferson. Alex and Marce passed out yellow roses to all there of the female
persuasion. I guess the headliner was Bill Johnson, soon-to-be District Director, there to honor our COY, Barry and Aylesa Bullock, and
our IOY, Maritha de Werk. John Garrett, District Educator, did a free-association standup routine based around the theme “always kick
your tires.” But the best, as usual, was saved for last. The wing nut nominations had more twists and turns than The Viper at Magic
Mountain. It was something to behold.

      Directly after the “Gathering,” folks assembled at my house for a two-hour class in “Team Riding.” Members from 2K, 2Q and 2S
were there for this BYOC (bring your own chair) event. 2J was well represented with 15 (secret word: coaxial) of their own in attendance.
Thanks to Barry and Aylesa for bringing coffee and cookies. Taught by rookie educators, 2Q’s Steve and Jacque Foster, the subject was an
examination of group riding. GWRRA calls it “team riding” to emphasize that all participants in the group have responsibilities. The two-
hour course moved along briskly and we all came away with a better understanding of how to stay safe as a group on the road.

       Just because the weather is a little inclement, doesn’t mean one can’t find other ways to commune with your motorcycle. Now is a
good time to tackle some of those “garage projects” you’ve been delaying. Maybe you would like to add more lights, or change out a fork
spring; now is a good time. Or perhaps your Wing just needs a little routine TLC, like an oil change. Why wait until it’s sunny?
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       Another way to keep in the rider groove is to read. Of course you get “Wing World,” chock full of articles revolving around the issues
of Gold Wing ownership. Personally, I also read two other magazines. The most useful is “Motorcycle Consumer News.” They are strictly
subscriber supported, so the editorial staff is not beholden to any one for advertising dollars. You always get the straight skinny in MCN
pages. They have some excellent monthly features besides the usual “look at this latest new model” stuff. Medical, Mental, and Proficient
Motorcycling are “must reads” in my house. The other mag I like is “Rider.” They consistently have interesting features. Eric Trow’s monthly
“Riding Well” is deserving of perusal, and Clement Salvadori always has interesting “Road Tales.”

       Of course, the best way to be ready to ride when Spring arrives is to get on your bike whenever you can. Maybe you can squeeze in a
couple of hours on a Saturday or Sunday. You may even get a chance to improve you “wet riding” skills. It’s all good, just get out and go.
DPR
Set your pace for space

     Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad
weather, only different kinds of good weather.
John Ruskin

         Editor’s note: You may have noticed that the picture of our figurehead, I mean leader, is peeling. I need a new picture….
                     Does anyone have one suitable for print? Apparently Pat is too shy to take another photo!




                                                                                                                                                         Alex Ageev
Assistant Director Notes                                                                                                              CA2J Assistant Chapter Director

  Apparently, this month, Marce had too many “honey-do” list items for Alex and he was unable to write his newsletter article. And when he wasn’t
working on the list he was running errands to pick up parts or something so he could get out and ride.

                                                                                       *Editor’s note: Of course this may or may not be true. Pat said I could make up stuff.




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                                                                                                                                               Barry Bullock
Admiral’s wisdom                                                                                                                          CA2J Tour Director

Hey All,

   We didn't do much riding in February. We did have a fantastic turnout for our meeting on
Valentine's Day. We had visitors from our neighboring chapters, CA2K, CAC, CA2Q, CA2S, CA2W
and also one from So. Cal. I think from 1Z Temecula it was a full house. I must say that you all stole
Aylesa's glory. She nominated herself for the wingnut and she was looking forward to carrying it for
the month. For some reason you all decided that I was more worthy, go figure.

   After the meeting we also had a great turnout at the group riding Class at Pat's house, must of been
30 or so. Thanks to Pat for hosting the class at his home.

    We did squeeze in a ride on the last day of February. We went on a picnic ride to Jack London
State Historic Park in Glen Ellen. First time there for myself and many others. The ride to the park
via back roads was fantastic. If you didn't get to come, you missed a great ride. We are still working
on getting rides put to dates. We have the Hakone Gardens scheduled for March 21st, $5.00 general admission $3.50 for seniors to visit the gardens. I will
try to finish up the calendar as soon as possible. This time of year is hard due to the changing weather.

   Contact Barry or Pat if you have questions about any rides.

                                                                                                          Remember ! "Ride Smart, Be Safe" Admiral Barry




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                                                                                                                                          Patrick A. de Werk
Rider Education                                                                                                                  CA2J Chapter Rider Educator


                                                         This would be a good simile of how other drivers “see” us! We are not that obvious to
                                                      larger vehicles and are often in the “blind spot” of fellow road “sharing” cages.

                                                         Of course the blind spot is often times lazy, careless or otherwise inattentive
                                                      behaviour made excusable, since we are small.

                                                          As motorcyclists we do not have the excuse of a blind spot, since virtually every angle
                                                      is visible to us as long as we practice turning our heads.

                                                         Some people claim that wearing a helmet obstructs their field of vision, especially with
                                                      Full Face helmets. I can find no research that would substantiate this claim, other that the
                                                      IIHS (Insurance Institute of Highway Safety) stating “studies show full-coverage helmets
                                                      provide only minor restrictions in horizontal peripheral vision” and goes on further to say
                                                      “wearing helmets restricts neither the ability to hear horn signals nor the likelihood of seeing a
                                                      vehicle in an adjacent lane prior to initiating a lane change.”

    Note that there is a mention of the ability to hear horns. That is yet another complaint that other people have about helmets. That they can
not hear enough. However, many studies show that wearing a helmet can increase the ability to hear such things as Sirens, and your radio
while moving. This is because the helmet filters out much of the “white noise”. Additionally, wearing helmets that do not protect the ears can
cause permanent hearing loss. The wind noise generated by not wearing a helmet, or one without adequate hearing protection is the
equivalent of having a shotgun blast next to your head. Think about that for hours on end. I personally can attest to being able to hear better
while I have my visor down on my ¾ helmet versus when I had a shorty. I hear the CB and intercom better, I can hear the radio better (I
usually play only on external speakers) and I definitely hear emergency vehicles better when I am moving. When I am stopped, that is a little
different. But how often are motorcyclists stopped, with their helmets on. Usually only at lights, even then we should be scanning our
surroundings and mirrors.

   Since most of us are GoldWingers, you might get a kick out of this article excerpt, also from the IIHS. “The noise typically generated by a
motorcycle is so loud that any reduction in hearing capability that may result from wearing a helmet is inconsequential. Sound loud enough to be heard
above the engine can be heard when wearing a helmet.” I bring this to your attention for one simply reason. As your educator, I recognize that I do
not know everything, so I often refer to research and sift through various good and bad documentation, so that you do not have to sort it out.
The IIHS web page is very good information, but I never use a single source, and neither should you. You always hear jokes, comments in
movies and practical advice, when a doctor tells you something you don’t like. “Go get a second opinion!” The same is to be said when you
are reading motorcycle ads, articles and information. And especially when it comes to safety … Get a second, third and forth opinion.


I always read through multiple sources, and here is one of the best examples why. Again from the IIHS (a source I think is valuable):
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Are rider safety training and education effective
in reducing crashes?

    Although rider education courses can teach novice
motorcyclists basic operating skills and help experienced
motorcyclists refresh their skills, they don't appear to
reduce the risk of crashes. Most states offer rider education
programs based on courses created by the Motorcycle
                     6
Safety Foundation. Participation is voluntary, but some
states, like California, require new riders younger than 21 to
attend. Riders in some states are offered the incentive of
automatic licensure in lieu of a written knowledge test or
road test once they complete a rider education course.

    A 1996 review of the effects of motorcycle rider training
in the United States, Canada, and Europe on crash risk
concluded that there is "no compelling evidence that rider
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training is associated with reductions in collisions." The
New York Department of Motor Vehicles conducted a large-
scale analysis of motorcycle rider training between 1981
and 1985. In the NHTSA-sponsored study, motorcycle
operator's license applicants were randomly assigned to
one of four groups. One group took the state's existing
knowledge and driving test and another took a Motorcycle
Operator Skill Test developed by NHTSA. The two
remaining groups were assigned to rider training courses,
plus the operator skills test. Riders who took the state's
standard knowledge and driving test had fewer motorcycle
crashes in the subsequent two years than riders in the
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three experimental training program groups.

   Now all of you might say that was absurd. It may actually be a correct statement (I don’t think so, but statistics is tricky). It is presented in
such a way that it would lead you to believe it is better to not take a training course. Where as there are many studies that show that riders
having taken a course are less likely to have an accident. In speaking to an MSF instructor, I was told that 93% of those people who crash,
are self taught. I personally like this statement from www.motorcycle-accidents.com “32. Motorcycles equipped with fairings and windshields are
under represented in accidents, most likely because of the contribution to conspicuity and the association with more experienced and trained riders.”
From another motorcycle column “The best defense is a good offense. In motorcycle terms, that means you need to keep your skills polished by
practicing, keep your eyes focused on the road and play nice with other vehicles.” Jack Frost of (MSF Certified) T.E.A.M. Arizona Motorcyclist
Training Centers (http://www.motorcycletraining.com/) states “…properly trained and licensed drivers are 98 percent less likely to be involved in a
crash.” I believe in an old joke myself, “There are two kinds of motorcycle riders, those that have crashed, and those that will!” All in all,
everywhere I look, everything basically pints out that riders with experience are less likely to crash, either from experience on how to perceive
a possible problem or knowing how to handle one that arises (without panic).

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   Okay, so back to the point. You can look it all up yourself. Most motorcycle accidents result in an impact to the head (the exact numbers I
could not find), but the distribution of impact to the helmet is outlined in the next. Note that primary impact is on the right chin area, then left
chin area and the least amount of impact occurs where those novelty helmets cover, on the top of the head.




Since I have done so much research and there is so much more to say about purchasing a new helmet, I think I will refer you to another
brilliant article from Art Friedman, Motorcycle Cruiser's Senior Editor, “How to Buy a Motorcycle Helmet”:
http://www.motorcyclecruiser.com/streetsurvival/motorcycle_helmet_guide/index.html

And in the interest of giving you the second opinion, here it is from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation:
http://www.msf-usa.org/index_new.cfm?pagename=Search&content=12D63D09-A0CC-53D5-
64764948F882EC77&spl=1&Criteria=helmet&content=93BF4828-A0CC-53D5-640B65E824640A09&spl=0
And they also refer you to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) at http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov.

And for your third opinion, please refer to further information here as well: http://www.flamesonmytank.co.za/helmets.htm

PdW
Some additional quotes:

NHTSA estimates that motorcycle helmets reduce the likelihood of a fatality by 29% in a crash.
In 1998, 46% of fatally injured motorcycle drivers were not wearing helmets at the time of the crash.
Head injury is a leading cause of death in motorcycle crashes.


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                                                    Chapter Member Monthly Spotlight
The chapter member monthly spotlight for this month will actually just give warm thanks for all you do for us, to both:


               The Couple of the Year: Barry and Aylesa Bullock




                                                                                                  And the Individual of the Year: Maritha de Werk




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Random Pictures




This is the Arc de Triomphe at the Paris hotel in Las Vegas. You will need to recognize this for the video in member
submission section below. Note in the video the announcer states it is ten stories high. It is 2/3 the size of the real
    deal, which is 162 feet high, making this one almost 107 feet tall. Remember that when you view the video.




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Shall I go 50 or stop?




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              Ah! Those were the good old days?
     (Since most of us are using computers these days, like sending this
newsletter, I thought I’d share this. Can you believe a 2Gb Flash drive now is
 .5% of what a 10MB Hard drive was once (That’s 204 of he hard drives you
         see at the right for $15, what’s wrong with the economy?))
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Seriously?
   (below)




                      I believe above was one of Barry’s more well known rides?




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    Okay, one more for the computer geeks!




Recent Rides (Articles from the ride(rs))
I guess no one went on any rides that they wanted to share this time around.

Funny, I know I heard people talk about some cool rides they went on, so why not share with everyone else? It takes very little effort to write a
quick synopsis.




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                                                                                                                                   Caitlin E. de Werk
A word from the newsletter Editor                                                                                              CA2J Newsletter Editor



   Keep on riding, I know I am enjoying the riding weather. I ride with my father every
day when I get the chance. Even in the rain, that’s what the saddlebags are for, so my
dad can keep my extra rain gear.

   Sometimes when he picks me up from school, he turns left out of the parking lot and
goes the “wrong way home”.

   Keep the rubber side down!




Special thanks                                                                                                                                  Staff

  We would like to thank John Garrett, District Educator for giving a safety talk during the last meeting Basically, he said, "Kick your tires."
There were five bikes in attendance (it was rainy). Fifteen members of 2J attended the "Team Rider" class.




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           Chapter                                         Birthdays and Anniversaries
        Officers / Staff
          Chapter Director                         Birthdays                  Anniversaries
              Pat Riley
           (925) 685-2111
                                                          5th
        Assistant Director(s)
        Alex & Marce Ageev                      Richard McMillan            No Anniversaries in March
             Treasurer                            Christine White
           Aylesa Bullock

       Chapter Rider Educator                            15th
         Patrick A. de Werk
                                                       Pat Riley
            Tour Director
            Barry Bullock

          Newsletter Editor                             21st
          Caitlin E. de Werk
                                              Robert “Ditto” Picard
       Phone Tree Coordinator
           Debbie Gregory

       Chapter Store Manager
            Tom Hendry

        Chapter Web Master
            Bob Prater

Birthdays and Anniversaries Concierge
             Jac de Werk

         Chapter Historian              Birthdays and anniversaries are
           Earl McNeeley                published in the newsletter on a
                                         monthly basis. If you do NOT
       Chapter Photographer             want this published, please see
          Debbie Gregory                the Birthdays and Anniversaries
                                                   Concierge
       Chapter Host / Greeter
         Everyone! – Hello!

     Chapter Orientation Leader
        To be Voluntold later

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                                                                       Worthwhile Links
           GWRRA Pages of interest and information                                                             Safety Related Information

             GWRRA Home Page - http:/www.gwrra.org/                                                  If this deer could do this much damage to a truck …
                                                                                                              think what it could do to your bike
    GWRRA Region F Home Page - http://www.gwrra-regionf.org/                                 http://www.swapmeetdave.com/Humor/Insurance/DeerDodge.htm

                                                                                             Above is a lesson about scanning the road ahead of you… everywhere!
  GWRRA California District Home Page - http://www.gwrra-ca.org/
                                                                              The following link are to the IIHS (Insurance Institute of Highway Safety). Very interesting
      Wing World Magazine - http://www.wingworldmag.com/
                                                                               reading about Helmet Use Laws: http://www.iihs.org/laws/HelmetUseOverview.aspx

         http://www.gwrra.org/regional/ridered/index.html                    In case you missed it in the rider education article, here is another brilliant article from
                                                                                              Art Friedman, Motorcycle Cruiser's Senior Editor
                                                                              http://www.motorcyclecruiser.com/streetsurvival/motorcycle_helmet_guide/index.html


         Flyers for up coming GWRRA Chapter Events                                                                      Sight Gags!

             http://www.gwrracalif.bizland.com/id8.html                           Some of the random pictures were Sight Gags. These are sent to me from an e-mail
                                                                             distribution list from Al Lowe. If you know who he is, then you know Leisure Suit Larry! If you
                                                                             don’t, then just trust that Al Lowe was a formidable game programmer and is a great resource
                                                                                                       of daily jokes, computer tips and other fun stuff.

                        Member Submission
                                                                                You to can get his daily jokes by logging on to http://www.allowe.com and sign up for his
                                                                                  CyberJokes3000 by selecting that menu option under laughs. Or simply click here:
                                                                                               http://www.allowe.com/Humor/cj-main.htm for instructions.

                                                                                                          Other sight gags I liked can be found here:
                             Nucking_Futs.wmv
                                                                                                                Three stages of Marriage:
                                                                                                http://www.allowe.com/Humor/sightgagbrowser.php?j=1262

                                                                                                         I guess we finally answered that question!
 If you didn’t get this in your e-mail, please watch the nut jump onto the                      http://www.allowe.com/Humor/sightgagbrowser.php?j=1263
Arc de Triomphe at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas. (Remember the picture
                 from the random pictures section earlier?)                                             Not all road signs are meant to be followed!!!
                                                                                                http://www.allowe.com/Humor/sightgagbrowser.php?j=1385


    If you have any worthwhile links, safety related videos, etc,                       ** Not all video links may be suitable for children or may have graphic
         please let us know and it can be in the newsletter.                            accident or related content. Please view wisely!
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                                                                                                                                   Tom Hendrey
Chapter Store                                                                                                             Chapter Store Manager

The chapter store inventory is currently un-available.

The following items are for sale through Dutch Embroidery Corner:

                                 Denim Shirt Short Sleeve / Long Sleeve        $40
                                                  Baseball Cap w/Logo          $20
                                         Baseball Cap w/only lettering         $15
                                                 Chapter antennae flag         $13
                                                            Coffee Mug         $10
                                                   Refrigerator Magnet         $10
                                                            Travel Mug         $15
                                                  Chapter Logo Patch           $10




    For other Dutch Embroidery products or special order items, please contact them. Please see CA2J Supporters further in the newsletter.


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Member – Wanted / For Sale / Trade / Purchase:
Tulsa Windshield (GL1500), Tall, clear. Minor scuff mark where the handbrake lever touched the wind shield at full-lock   $50 O.B.O.

Tulsa windshield (GL1500), standard height, light smoke with vent.                                                        $50 O.B.O.

Please contact the Newsletter Editor for information regarding either of the above mentioned items.

                                                                                 request,
    Willing to sell or trade, looking for something, need something. Place your request, ad, information here.
                                                  Co-                         purchase,
Please limit items to Motorcycle related items. Co-Riders are not for sale or purchase, but if you need someone or
a riding partner for an upcoming trip, let’s say Wing Ding? You can ask here as well. Any Submissions made
                                                            choose. Since
   may be filtered through the Newsletter Editor if you so choose. Since this newsletter is distributed to a wide
                                    audience and we respect our member privacy!



Comedy Relief
                            Let’s go have another chapter movie night! Hmm what shall we see?




                     For great motorcycle comics, go to http://www.harrymartincartoons.com/roadrash.htm

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Supporters
The staff of CA2J would like to express that the supporters listed in this section were chosen by recommendation of the staff and active members of CA2J.
They did not pay to advertise and have in no means obligated themselves to supply us with and goods or services either at a reduced rate or for any rally or
other function. So what you find in this section are the people and companies that have shown you and your fellow members exceptional service, personal
care and professionalism we feel is worthy of mention in our newsletter.

CA2J has always been able to succeed, through all the ups and down to take care of operating costs and not make it feel like we are in everyone’s pockets.
Now, especially in the current state of the economy, we are just saying thanks to those that have been there for us.




                     636 Alfred Nobel Drive, Hercules, CA 94547        New orders Tel. (888)799-5445    Follow-ups/Inquiries (510)741-3700
                                                                  http://www.casporttouring.com/
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                                                                               Throttle Worx LLC is located at:
                                                                               271 Opportunity Street, Ste A
                                                                               Sacramento, CA 95838

                                                                               Our telephone numbers are:
                                                                               Tel: (916) 564-6864
                                                                               Fax: (916) 564-6868
                           http://www.throttleworx.com/
                                                                               You can always email us at sales@throttleworx.com.


Elk Grove Signs & Grafix

10519 E Stockton Blvd, Suite 185
Elk Grove, CA 95624
Phone: 916-714-4110
Fax: 916-714-4119
Web page: ElkGroveSigns.com
Email: Sales@ElkGroveSigns.com

Vehicle graphics/wraps, custom apparel/hats, banners, signs signs signs




                                MDK Motorsports
                               1651 Concord Ave                                                            http://www.cyclegear.com/
                               Concord, CA 94520
                    Phone: 925.687.7742 Fax: 925.677.0270                                            Look online for the dealer nearest you!
                       Toll Free Phone: 877.MDK.MOTO



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GWRRA – California Chapters and Meeting Locations
The listed Chapters and meeting locations will be kept as current as possible. All details were selected from the internet as of the printing of the March newsletter. The
latest and most up-to-date information can be found on the district website: http://www.gwrracalif.bizland.com/id1.html or click on the website of each individual chapter.

For the purpose of privacy, any information not readily found on the chapter internet pages have been removed since this newsletter is distributed outside the GWRRA
organization as well as provided for chapter members. If there is any information found here not to be distributed, please contact the Newsletter editor.

                   Times:
 Meeting         Breakfast /                                    Contact
 Day              Meeting          Chapter   Chapter Director   Phone            E-Mail                        Meeting Location              Web Page

                                                                                                               Denny's Restaurant.
                                                                                                               7900 College Town Drive
                                                                                                               Sacramento, CA 95826.
                                             Rodney & Anita                                                    Just off Hwy 50 and Howe
 3rd Sunday     8:00 / 8:45 a.m.    CAC      Brooks                              carpet@softcom.net            Avenue (916) 383-7071         www.capitalcitywings.org

                                                                                                               Greenhouse Café
                                             Eugene & Evelyn                                                   1168 Commerce Center Dr.      http://mysite.verizon.net/resvkj7l/gw
 1st Saturday   8:30 / 9:15 a.m.    CA1A     Tiede              (861) 946-3409   eltiede@aol.com               Lancaster                     rra-ca1a/index.html
                                                                                                               Elks Lodge
                                                                                                               8108 E. Alondra Blvd,
 3rd Sunday     8:00 / 8:30 a.m.    CA1D     Tim McShane        (562) 920-6564   timmcshane90706@verizon.net   Paramount                     www.gwrra-ca1-d.com
                                                                                                               The Broken Yolk Café
 2nd Saturday   8:00 / 8:30 a.m.    CA1F     Ed & Kay Carroll   (858) 695-8445   edandkayc@aol.com             1851 Garnet Ave, San Diego    www.gwrra-ca1f.org

                                                                                                               Covina Bowl
                                                                                                               1060 W. San Bernardino
                                             Don & Lorine                                                      Road
 1st Sunday     8:00 / 8:30 a.m.    CA1I     Nunnally                                                          Covina                        http://ca1i.bizland.com

                                                                                                               Lulu's Restaurant, near the
                                                                                                               corner of Roscoe and
 LAST                                                                                                          Balboa in Van Nuys
 Saturday       8:30 / 9:00 a.m.    CA1K     Dave Gilman        (818) 266-0238   JDGilman@aol.com              (818) 988-0707)               www.ca-1k.org
                                             Kevin & Cindy                                                     IHOP in San Luis Obispo
 2nd Saturday   8:00 / 8:30 a.m.    CA1L     Herrera            (805) 543-5456   hexnut8@msn.com               212 Madonna Road              www.gwrra-ca1l.org

                                                                                                               San Bernardino Elks Lodge,
                                             Larry & Sheree                                                    2055 Elks Drive, San
 2nd Sunday     8:00 / 9:00 a.m.   CA1M      Tegel              (951) 443-2891                                 ernardino                     www.ca1m.org

                                                                                                               Gramma's Hilltop Hide-a-
                                                                                                               Way Café
                                                                                                               539 Vista Bella (Oceana)
                                             Garry & Kathleen                                                  Oceanside
 3rd Saturday   8:00 / 8:45 a.m.    CA1N     Andrews            (760) 742-8230   ca1-n@cox.net                 (760) 757-8777                www.gwrra-ca1n.net

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                                                                                                            Hof’s Hut
                                                                                                            Orangethorpe and Knott
                                          Roberta & Dave                                                    Avenues
2d Sunday      7:30 / 8:30 a.m.    CA1Q   Lawrence             (562) 430-8244   toothfaerie@socal.rr.com    Buena Park                     http://gwrra-ca1q.org

                                                                                                              Knowlwood restaurant
                                                                                                            14952 Sand Canyon Ave in
                                                                                                            Irvine. (Sand Canyon exit of
                                                                                                            I-5, next to Denny's)
1st Sunday     7:30 / 8:30 a.m.    CA1R   Tom & Vicki Lorenz   (714) 968-4393   webetv@socal.rr.com         (949) 857-8927                 www.gwrra-ca1r.org

                                                                                                            Carrow's
                                                                                                            2401 Harbor Blvd.
                                                                                                            Ventura
3rd Saturday   7:00 / 8:00 a.m.    CA1S   Joel Joltz                                                        805-642-3780                   www.ca1s.org
                                                                                                            Coco's Restaurant              http://mysite.verizon.net/res0sc4f/in
3rd Sunday     7:30 / 8:30 a.m.    CA1V   John & Lynda Baker   (760) 949-2186                               15570 Park Ave, Victorville    dex.html
                                          Pennye &Jeff
1st Sunday     8:30 / 8:30 a.m.    CA1Y   Benda                                 gogogoldwing@yahoo.com      Baker's Square in Lompoc       www.ca1y.org
                                                                                                            Hometown Buffett
                                          Vincent & Pamela                                                  40390 Margarita Road,
1st Saturday   8:00 / 8:45 a.m.    CA1Z   Puterbaugh           (951) 453-6000                               Temecula                       www.gwrra-ca1z.org
                                          Sherry Rhoten and                                                 Nielson’s Restaurant
1st Saturday   8:00 / 9:00 a.m.    CA2A   Danny                                 Webmaster@gwrraca2a.org     137 South M Street, Tulare     www.gwrraca2a.org
                                                                                                            Hometown Buffet
                                                                                                            2050 Diamond Blvd.
2nd Sunday     8:00 / 8:30 a.m.    CA2J   Pat Riley            (925) 685-2111   w5blt@w5blt.com             Concord                        www.gwrradeltawings.com
                                                                                                            Jack & Linda's Country Café
                                                                                                            2390 N Texas St
4th Sunday     8:00 / 9:00 a.m.    CA2K   Nick & Kim Odell     (510) 715-7692   nicklodell@comcast.net      Fairfield (707) 425-1442       www.gwrraca2k.org

                                                                                                            Pine Tree Restaurant and
                                                                                                            Lodge
                                                                                                            19601 Hess Ave. (Off Hwy.
                                          Mike and Ruth                                                     108)
2nd Sturday    8:00 / 9:00 a.m.    CA2N   Burke                (209) 536-1318   mburke24@sbcglobal.net      Sonora                         www.goldcountrywings.org
                                          Alan & Shirley                                                    Carrows Restaurant
3rd Saturday   8:00 / 8:30 a.m.    CA2Q   Jarumay                               shirleyalan@sbcglobal.net   7505 Dublin Blvd., Dublin      http://ca2q-gwrra.org
                                                                                                            "SANG's" Restaurant
                                          Pat & Wendy                                                       131 Main Street, Salinas
1st Saturday   9:00 / 10:00 a.m.   CA2R   O'Keefe              (831) 646-9815   pmokeefe@sbcglobal.net      (831) 424-6012                 www.ca2r-gwrra.com
                                                                                                            Marie Callenders
                                                                                                            333 Abbott Ave. Milpitas
3rd Saturday   8:00 / 8:45 a.m.    CA2S   Bob & Irene Neitro   (408) 934-0408   truhubby814@sbcglobal.net   (408) 263-7437                 www.ca2s.org
                                                                                                            Brooks Ranch Restaurant
                                          Ross Clyborne &                                                   4131 S. Chestnut Ave.
1st Saturday   8:30 / 9:30 a.m.    CA2W   Paty Clyborne                         mrvalky@sbcglobal.net       Fresno                         www.ca2w-gwrra.org

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