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December 2015

 

CHAPTER G NEWS – December, 2015

Chapter Social Date:  NO SOCIAL THIS MONTH (Everyone is too busy with the holidays)

Social Location:   N/A

Time:  N/A

Contact: Rich & Sharon Winkler, chapter-g@gwrra-wi.org

Chapter Website:  www.gwrra-wig.org

ACTIVITIES FOR DECEMBER:

  1. Chapter G Christmas Party – Saturday December 5 – 5:30 PM to ??

Terry & Anna’s house – W154S7052 Sandalwood Cir., Muskego WI

Chapter will provide meat and buns. Bring a dish to pass, the adult beverages you

want to drink, and a White Elephant gift to exchange.

  1. ROMEO Breakfast Ride. This month we’re going to Café Hollander, 7677 W. State St. Wauwatosa. Meet at the Kwik Trip on 51st and Rawson at 7:45, or just           meet at the restaurant.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

  1. January ROMEO breakfast ride. Wed. January 13, 2016 – 7:45AM to 9:30 AM. This month we’re going to the Original Pancake House 16460 W Bluemound Rd.     Brookfield. Meet at the Kwik Trip on 51st and Rawson or just meet us at the restaurant.
  2. January Dinner ride. Wed. January 20, 2016. 5:30 to 7:30 PM.

Azteca Restaurant, 901 Milwaukee Avenue, South Milwaukee

  1. January Social. Sunday Jan. 31, 2016 – 3:00 to 5:00PM

WaterStone Bank, 6560 S. 27th St. Oak Creek WI

Please check the calendar for up-to-date information.

From The Director:

First of all, Sharon and I want to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and happy New Year. It is our sincere hope that everyone has a joyful holiday season and a healthy and happy 2016.

Now that we’re truly into winter, about all we can do is look back on our 2015 riding season with happy memories and look forward to the 2016 riding season with hopes for  safe and fun riding all spring, summer and fall.

2015 was an eventful year. We had some really fun times, but we also were faced with some very sorrowful times too. The loss of our dear friend Diana Gorecki definitely put a sad tinge on our year. We miss her greatly. Many of our members made the trip to Door County on November 7 to support Bob and his family at the placement of the memorial stone the chapter purchased to be added to the Wisconsin Motorcycle Memorial park in Sturgeon Bay. (Pictures of the event are posted on the chapter website.)

We want to thank Art and Pat Kuenstler for their two years of service to the chapter as Assistant Directors, and Dick Choyke for his year as chapter educator. They all did a great job making things work well for the chapter and Sharon and I both really appreciate the work they put in.

We’d really like to get 2016 started off well and continue to build on it throughout the year. We’re hoping to have some interesting and informative seminars during our “down time” this winter. We’ve already had a couple members tell us of rides they want to lead this summer and there are some others who are looking into the logistics of leading other rides. Since we’re a biking organization it would really be nice of more members came up with rides for us to take. Let’s all make an effort to add to the enjoyment next year. If anyone is considering leading a ride but is unsure how to set it up or prepare for it feel free to talk to  Terry Werth. He’s the chapter ride coordinator and has led many rides. He can give you many pointers and helpful hints that will take the stress out of the process. A ride doesn’t need to be long. A ride for ice cream after a social, or to some local attraction can be just as much fun as an all day ride across the state. The chapter is only as fun and interesting as our members are willing to make it. Let’s all determine to add something the our chapter this coming year. For the chapter to be a success everyone has to become involved and active.

We hope to see you all at the chapter Christmas party. It should be a great time.

Rich and Sharon Winkler – Chapter G directors.

 Happy Birthday:

None

Happy Anniversaries:

Gene & Pam Lingford – 13th

November 2015

 

Chapter Social Date: Sunday November 29, 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:

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 at 10:30 AM.

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. This month’s destination is Cranky Al’s, located at 6901 W, North Av. in Milwaukee.

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

Sunday November 29 Chapter G Social:  3:00 PM – 4:30 PM. WaterStone Bank. 6560 S. 27th St. Oak Creek.

 FUTURE EVENTS:

Saturday December 5 – Chapter G Christmas party. The party will be at Terry and Anna’s house, W124S7052 Sandalwood Cir., Muskego. It will start about 5:30. The chapter will supply the meat and buns. You are asked to bring a dish to pass and whatever adult beverage you wish to consume. Also we’ll be exchanging “White Elephant” gifts.

Wednesday December 9th : 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 November social.

NO DINNER RIDE OR SOCIAL IN THE MONTH OF DECEMBER. EVERYONE’S JUST TOO BUSY.

From The Director:

October came through with some nice riding weather. I think most of us consider riding in October to be a bonus.  It sure was a great month for seeing beautiful colors in the many woods around SE Wisconsin. If there should be some mild days in November so we can ride a little, it will be icing on the gravy!

At our October social we made plans for our Christmas party on Saturday December 5. Anna and Terry graciously agreed to have the party at their house.(W154S7052 Sandalwood Cir. Muskego). We’ll start around 5:30. The chapter will provide meat and buns. Everyone is asked to bring a dish to pass and your own “adult refreshments”.

We also got the information on the 2016 Winter Get-away. We decided we need a change from the Dells so this year it will be in Baraboo at the Best Western Baraboo Inn, located at 725 W. Pine St. The motel seems to have everything we need and is in the final stages of a total renovation so it’s clean and shiny.

The most important event for the chapter this month will be the installation of the memorial stone we purchased to honor Diana Gorecki. It is scheduled for Saturday November 7, at 10:30 AM at the Wisconsin Motorcycle Memorial Park located at 4758 Mathey Rd. Sturgeon Bay. Many of us have reserved rooms at the Apple Creek resort in Fish Creek for that weekend so we’re closer to the park. Feel free to join us if you want to. Everyone is certainly welcome.

As usual, we’ll have a ROMEO breakfast “ride” and a dinner “ride” in November. The information is located above.

At our November social we’ll draw tickets for the mileage contest winners. Be sure to get your mileage numbers to any of the chapter officers. E-mail or phone calls will work if you can’t do it in person. Your final 2014 mileage will be the starting number for 2015 so if we don’t get your final 2015 numbers, we can’t put your tickets into the drawing and you can’t win. If you can’t be there for the drawing, you can designate someone else to get your tickets. We’ll again be giving away both a front and rear bike tire as prizes. You’ll get 1 ticket for each 1,000 miles (or part thereof) you rode since last year.

Other than the ROMEO ride and our chapter Christmas party there won’t be any chapter activities in December. For the past several years it’s been the consensus of the members that with the holidays and all the family events that always happen in December, there just isn’t enough time.

We’ll start going strong again in January.

Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. All you deer hunters shoot straight and all you ladies SHOP TILL YOU DROP.

Rich & Sharon Winkler

Happy November Birthdays: Ginny Schattschneider – 20th, Candy Gorecki – 26th

Happy November Anniversaries: NONE

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?  

September – 2015

 

 

Chapter Social Date: Sunday September 27, 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:

Sept. 3-6: Wing Ding in Huntsville AL.

Wed. September 9 – 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.

Please note that, due to our Fall Fling, there will be no “Dinner Ride” in September.

Sept. 17th – 19th: Wisconsin District Rally at Winter Green Resort in Wisconsin Dells.

Sunday September 27 Chapter G social – Water Stone Bank, 6560 S. 27th St., Oak Creek . 3PM. The social will be followed by a ride to PANTHER PUB & EATERY – 5651 Broad St, Greendale for supper.

 FUTURE EVENTS:

Wednesday October 14 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 Sept. social.\

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

 From The Director:

WOW!! Where did the summer go?

It’s hard to believe it’s September already, and there are so many places we’d still like to ride to. School is back in session, the days are getting noticeably shorter, and the nights are getting cooler. The good news is there’s still plenty of good riding weather left, so we can still get to some of those great destinations we want to.

For Chapter G members one of our most anticipated events is just around the corner. Our annual Fall Fling this year at Konkapot Lodge located on Hwy A just east of Bowler WI is Fri. the 18th – Sun. the 20th, although many of us arrive before Friday. We’re going to continue the Friday night shrimp boil and Saturday night turkey fry and ham bake, which have become sort of traditions for this weekend. There is still plenty of time to make a reservation if you’d like to join us. We can guarantee it’s a fun time.

Also in September, over Labor Day weekend Wing Ding will be held in Huntsville AL, and the Wisconsin District Rally will take place at the Winter Green resort in Wisconsin Dells. The rally is the same weekend as our Fall Fling.

As noted above there will be no dinner “ride” in September due to the Fall Fling ending just a couple days before it would have been scheduled. We’ll have a dinner ride in October again. It will be to the new Water Street Brewery on Howell Av. in Oak Creek.

We are also working on plans for a gathering at the Wisconsin Motorcycle Memorial park to see the installation of the memorial stone the chapter has purchased in memory of Diana Gorecki. It will probably be on the first weekend in November. More information on this event will follow later.

Enjoy the rest of the time we have this year before old man Winter makes his inevitable appearance and the bikes have to go into hibernation.

Rich & Sharon Winkler

Happy September Birthdays: Pat Olson – 3rd, Nancy Stormer  – 27th,

Happy September Anniversaries: Dan & Candy Gorecki – 3rd

 

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