October 2015

 

CHAPTER G NEWS – OCTOBER  2015

Chapter Social Date: Sunday October 25, 2015

Social Location:  WaterStone Bank, 6560 S. 27th St., Oak Creek

Time:  3:00 PM

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

Chapter Website: www.gwrra-wig.org

ACTIVITIES FOR THIS MONTH:

Wednesday October 14 ROMEO breakfast ride to Bristol 45 Diner, 8321 200th Av. Bristol,WI. Meet at the KwikTrip station on 51st and Rawson at 7:45 or just meet us at the restaurant about 8:45.

Wednesday October 21 5:30PM – 7:30 PM. Dinner “ride” to Water Street Brewery 7929 S. Howell (corner of Howell & Drexel) Oak Creek.

Sunday October 25 Chapter G Social – 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM. WaterStone Bank. 6560 S. 27th St. Oak Creek

FUTURE EVENTS:

Saturday November 7 The tribute stone for Diana Gorecki will be put in place at the Wisconsin Motorcycle Memorial park located at 4758 Mathey Rd. Sturgeon Bay. The installation is scheduled for 10:30 AM. If we have an early cold spell and the ground is frozen the installation will have to be put off until spring. Many of us will be staying at the Apple Creek Resort in Fish Creek to be closer to the park. Feel free to join us. When you reserve be sure to tell them you’re with Chapter G to get our discounted rate.

Wednesday November 11 ROMEO breakfast  ride. Meet at the KwikTrip station on 51st and Rawson at 7:45 or just meet us at the restaurant. Destination will be determined at the Oct. social.

Wednesday November 18th  Dinner “ride” to St. Francis Brewery; 3825 S. Kinnickinnic Av. (corner of Howard & KK.) – 5:30PM to 7:30PM.

From The Director:

We were really blessed with some great riding weather in September. Usually October brings some nice riding too, although the temps are bound to be going down some. It’s a great month for seeing beautiful colors in the many wooded areas of our great state.

Our annual Fall Fling at Konkapot Lodge near Bowler was a success again this year.

Of course we missed Diana and Bob, but it brought out many wonderful memories of fun times from the past. It was great to spend some time with Bob at breakfast on Saturday morning in Shawano. As always the fellowship was the high point of the weekend, and the food wasn’t bad either.

This month our dinner “ride” will be to the new Water Street Brewery on the corner of Drexel and Howell in Oak Creek. They don’t take reservations, but we’ve been assured that on a Wednesday night there will be no problem seating a group the size we normally bring.

The October social is when the answers for the 2015 circle tour are due and the drawing will take place to determine the winners. If you haven’t finished the tour now is the time to do so.

As was mentioned in the Sept. newsletter the chapter has purchased a tribute stone in memory of Diana. It is scheduled to be put in place at the Wisconsin Motorcycle Memorial park located at 4758 Mathey Rd. Sturgeon Bay on Saturday November 7. The time is still to be determined. Many of our chapter members plan to attend the ceremony. Some of us will be spending Friday night in Door county so we’re closer to the park. All the pertinent details will follow later.

There is one caveat concerning the date. If we get a severe cold snap and the ground freezes prior to Nov. 7, the placement will have to be put off until the spring of 2016.

We’re getting near the end or our riding season in Wisconsin so it’s probably time to at least start thinking about what we need to do to properly set up our bikes to sit through the winter (as much as we wish we didn’t have to do it.) So anyway, let’s ride while we can, and then start thinking of some great rides to go on in 2016. In the meantime enjoy the rides that remain and stay safe.

Rich & Sharon Winkler

Happy October Birthdays: Anna Werth – 8th, Rich Winkler – 16th

Happy October Anniversaries: Art & Pat Kuenstler – 14th

Educator’s Report:

Centrifugal Thoughts from your Chapter Educator

As I write this I’m in the Colorado Rockies.  I was planning on sending some pictures and doing an article on safety techniques when riding in the mountains. What a great destination, terrific roads, and great time of year (September).

Then . . . last night in my motel room, I read an article in Motorcycle Consumer News that deserves repeating.  So, stand back mountain roads.  The article is from the “Motorcycle Justice” section of the September 2015 issue, and is printed here in its entirety.  The attorney is Harry Deitzler, an attorney from West Virginia and a long time contributor to the magazine.  

Mr. Deitzler,

I just found out that my insurance policy requires me to let it retrieve information from the “black box” of my motorcycle if I am involved in a crash.  After some degree of research, I am concerned.  Can the company deny me coverage if I refuse to allow access to the event data recorder?  Will they have the right to review information about my riding history (speed, acceleration, lean angles, and so forth) to adjust my insurance rates or cancel my policy?  Is this data accessible to law enforcement?  (Signed)Concerned Rider

Dear Concerned,

The “black box” is rapidly becoming the “Pandora’s box.”  Because of the need to monitor airbag deployment, event data recorders (EDRs) have been in cars for decades. The information it records may include speed, change in velocity, throttle position, brake switch and lamp function, gear position, tire pressure, yaw rate, and other factors relevant to airbags, traction control, braking, land sensing, or other vehicle functions.  Motorcycle EDRs may add data unique only to motorcycles, such as the angle of lean or optimal distribution of braking forces between the front and rear wheel.  

Some states have enacted laws requiring that a manufacturer disclose the fact that a vehicle or motorcycle is equipped with an EDR, and some states have legislated that EDR data belongs to the owner or lessee of the vehicle.  Some may eventually allow the consumer to disconnect the EDR.

Subject to laws passed by Congress or a state legislature, an insurance company can pretty much write its policy language to include whatever it wants.  If it wants to make disclosure of EDR data mandatory in the event of a crash, your only option may be to switch to another company.  The insurer’s requirement of access to EDR data after a crash is not particularly troublesome by itself – the attorneys or law enforcement can likely subpoena and acquire the data with or without the policy provision in place. The bigger issue is whether or not the company or others can regularly access the data and make decisions that affect your daily life.  If the data becomes as accessible as your Facebook page, will that mean that eventually you lose insurance coverage if the EDR records speeds in excess of the fastest speed limit in your state?  Will law enforcement be able to find probable cause based on some erratic maneuver that you pull in traffic, then secure a search warrant for the EDR data and write you up for a speeding infraction of that moment or from your past?  There is a balance between the necessity for an EDR to allow your motorcycle (or car) to perform safely, versus the abuse of EDR data to curtail your freedom and enjoyment of life.  In the end, the lawmakers and courts will determine where the line will be. (End of article)

Editor’s Notes

From the most up to date research I can find only thirteen states have enacted legislation limiting how EDR data can be used.  There is no legislation I could find in Wisconsin limiting EDR use. What does your insurance policy mention about EDRs?