August 2015

 

Chapter Social Date: August social scheduled for Sunday 8/30 has been cancelled.

Social Location:  N/A

Time:  N/A

Contact: Rich & Sharon Winkler – 414-477-2138 or chapter-g@gwrra-wi.org

Chapter Website: www.gwrra-wig.org

ACTIVITIES FOR THIS MONTH:

Sat.& Sun. August 1 & 2: MS 150 Best Dam Bike Ride. Our participation begins on Saturday morning at 7:30 AM at WCTC campus on Main St. in Pewaukee. We’ll be safety riders, corner workers, and whatever else comes up. Sat. ride ends in Whitewater and continues Sun. from Whitewater to Madison.

Region E Rally – August 6-8 in Green Bay WI.  Radisson Hotel & Conference Center 2040 Airport Drive Green Bay, WI

ROMEO Breakfast Ride: Wed. Aug. 12 – Meet @ the Kwik Trip gas station at 51st & Rawson at 7:45 or just meet us at Genesis, 3740 S.108th(corner of Hwy 100 & Beloit Rd. at 8:15.

Annual Chapter G Corn Roast/Picnic: Saturday August 15 10AM – 4PM. Jackson Park – site #10 in Milwaukee. Our annual picnic is always a great time. We eat well, socialize, play games, and just generally have fun. Come join us for the day and have some fun!

Dinner Ride: Wed. August 19, 5:30 to 7:30. Meet at Graingers Pub & Grill at 3400 W. Loomis Rd Milwaukee.

Memorial for Diana Gorecki: Bob Gorecki will have a memorial for Diana and a celebration of her life from noon to 4 PM at Zablocki park at 3717 W. Howard Av. Greenfield.

Social – The social originally scheduled for Sunday August 30 at 3:00 PM has been cancelled so that members who wish to do so may attend the memorial for Diana Gorecki.

 FUTURE EVENTS:

Wed. September 8 – Romeo Breakfast ride. Meet at the KwikTrip station at 51st and Rawson at 7:45. Leave at 8:00 or meet us at Fuzzy’s Sports Pub & Grill, 627 E. Main St in Waukesha at about 8:30.

Fri. Sept.18 – Sun. Sept. 20. Annual Chapter G Fall Fling at Konkapot Lodge,  W12635 Cty. Rd A, Bowler WI. It’s not too late to reserve a room for what is always a great time.

Sunday September 27 Chapter G social – Water Stone Bank, 6560 S. 27th St., Oak Creek . 3PM.

From The Director:

It is with a heavy heart that I am writing this month’s newsletter.

On July 8 Diana Gorecki left us after an 11 year battle against cancer. She gave it everything she had, as she did with all things, but in the end it was too much for her.

Of course Bob, Dan, Steve, Candy, Casey, Mason, and the rest of her family feel the loss most severely. All of us in chapter G have sent our thoughts of love and support to them. They still need our prayers for their comfort as well.

All of us in the chapter also feel the loss of our beloved “Empress of the Embers”. Diana was far more than just a member of chapter G. She and Bob were officers, including chapter directors, for many years. They were couple of the year more than once and did many things for the chapter.

Even when she wasn’t an officer Diana was the shining light of our group. She always had a smile and a positive word for everyone and was loved by all of us. Diana did so many things for our members that it’s impossible to even name them all. Everyone in the chapter counted Diana as a true and beloved friend. About all that can be said is that she is missed more than words can express.

Because Diana asked that her body be donated to science, in the hope that she could somehow help in the fight against cancer, there was no funeral. Instead Bob has arranged to hold a memorial and celebration of the life of his darling bride on Sunday August 30 at Zablocki Park at 3717 W. Howard Av. from noon to 4PM. As noted above because of the memorial, our social originally scheduled for this date has been cancelled.

If there is any chapter business that must be discussed in August we’ll try to take care of it at the annual corn roast/picnic on Saturday the 15th. That event will again be held at Jackson Park (picnic area #10) in Milwaukee from 10 AM to 4PM. Anyone who wants to join us is cordially invite to attend. The chapter will provide brats, hotdogs, sweet corn and soda. We ask that you bring a dish to pass. We’ll need salads, relishes, desserts, etc. so please bring what you can.

Coming in September is one of the most anticipated events on the chapter G calendar every year. September 18 – 20 are the dates for our annual Fall Fling at Konkapot lodge. It’s a weekend that everyone who has attended has found extremely enjoyable. If you’ve never attended just ask members who have, and you’ll hear about how much fun we always have there. It’s definitely not too late to reserve a room to join us.

Because the Fall Fling occurs in the middle of the month there will not be a dinner ride in September. The next dinner ride will be in October.

For anyone who is interested, the Wisconsin District rally is the same weekend as our Fall Fling. It will be at the Wintergreen resort in Lake Delton.

Rich & Sharon Winkler

 EDUCATOR’S ARTICLE:

Centrifugal Thoughts From Your Chapter Educator

“When in doubt, gas it!”  Or so the saying goes.

In his book, Total Control, Lee Parks has an interesting chapter on making low speed turns.  It’s worth visiting as a number of touring bike riders are apprehensive when making U-turns and other slow speed maneuvers.

Unlike in high speed turns when you want to be conservative in your lean angle so you have some reserve, in tight low speed turns you need to use more of the bike’s lean.  The art of using centrifugal force, knowing what to do with your head and eyes, and proper weight shift, are all important at low speeds.  And remember, weight shift at low speeds is opposite of what you learned about taking curves at high speed.

Try these tips:

  1. Be sure to keep the clutch engaged (feathered) and centrifugal forces working for you. (I know cuz I tipped mine over by going from feathering the clutch to accidental disengaged at full steering lock).
  2. Depending on the tightness of the curve, you may have to look over your inside shoulder and behind you. We all know the bike goes where our eyes go.
  3. If you move your weight to the opposite side of the bike as is the turn, the majority of your weight will be on the outside footpeg. (Don’t forget this is different than in higher speed cornering).

For some of us, the overwhelming fear in tighter turns is the fear of falling over.  Stay calm, and remember, the force (centrifugal)  is with you.  Lee suggests when you get to that point, “dial in some throttle”. That will make the bike tend to stand up.  Or, as some would say, “When in doubt, gas it.”

Happy motoring.

Dick Choyke – Chapter G educator

Happy August Birthdays: Kathy Hickman – 3rd, Willy Maybone  – 5th,

Happy August Anniversaries: Dave & Nancy Stormer – 15th