Gold Wing Road Riders Association 
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  Chapter AL-J  -  Tuscaloosa, AL     Alabama District  -  Region-A  -  Gold Wing Road Riders Association  
Couple of the Year
Congratulations Roy & Kathy Giles   More...
Updated: 3/12/2014 5:49:00 PM
Murphy/Andrews, North Carolina Week Ride
Week Ride October 5-11   More...
Updated: 8/20/2014 5:13:46 PM
09/06/2014    more...
Updated: Sep 6, 2014 12:00:00 UTC
October 4th and 5th    more...
Updated: Oct 4, 2014 12:00:00 UTC
Congratulations to Chapter T --- District and Region Chapter of the Year    more...
Updated: May 16, 2015 12:00:00 UTC
Next Monthly Gathering
Friday, September 5, 2014
Bama Wings gathering -- The Front Porch Restaurant, Hwy 43 north, Northport. Eat 6pm / Meet 7pm
September - 2014
2,  Tue--T-O-D-A-Y-
5,  Fri-Bama Wings gathering -- The Front Porch Restaurant, Hwy 43 north, Northport. Eat 6pm / Meet 7pm
6,  Sat-Chapter Ride --   District Picnic at Confederate Memorial Park at Clanton, AL, Leave PNC Bank, Skyland Blvd-9:00am
11,  Thu-Region Activity -- Region A Rally, Lake Point Lodge, Eufaula, AL
12,  Fri-Region Activity -- Region A Rally, Lake Point Lodge, Eufaula, AL
13,  Sat-Chapter Ride -- Down Yonder Pickensville Leave NPCC at 3:00 pm
 -Region Activity -- Region A Rally, Lake Point Lodge, Eufaula, AL
20,  Sat-Chapter Ride -- Peach Park with ride back through back roads Leave PNC Bank 10:00 am
September - 2014
4,  Thu-Helen Lucas' Birthday
5,  Fri-Cindy Walker's Birthday
8,  Mon-Larry Lewis' Birthday
 -Brenda Jones' Birthday
10,  Wed-Ron Hendrix's Birthday
13,  Sat-Marvin Henry's Birthday
17,  Wed-Bonnie Harkey's Birthday
30,  Tue-Jan Barton-Jones' Birthday

Calendar Updated: 8/31/2014 7:05:15 PM

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AL-T Hueytown (Tri-County Wings) Meeting
-- Home Plate Diner, 2780 Allison Bonnett Memorial Drive, Hueytown - Eat 6:00pm / Meet 7:00pm
[Next Meeting: Friday, September 19, 2014]
AL-Y Birmingham (Liberty Wings) Meeting
-- Sherry's Cafe, 5800 Valley Rd, Trussville - Eat 6:00pm / Meet 7:00pm
[Next Meeting: Tuesday, September 9, 2014]

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Fri Scattered ThunderstormsScattered Thunderstorms 93° 71°
Sat Scattered ThunderstormsScattered Thunderstorms 95° 72°
Updated: Tue, 02 Sep 2014 9:52 am CDT
Location: Tuscaloosa, AL

Strange but True

The Chevrolet Insignia.

In 1913, Billy Durant, founder of General Motors, liked the wallpaper pattern in a Paris hotel so much that he ripped off a piece & brought it back to Detroit to copy as a symbol for his new Chevrolet car.

Copied from "The Best of Uncle John's Bathroom Reader"

Safety Tips

Myth: If You Are Going to Crash, Lay It Down

I suspect this line was developed by riders to explain why they ended up flat-side-down while trying to avoid a crash. They over-braked or otherwise lost control, then tried to explain the crash away as intentional and tried to make it sound like it wasn't a crash at all. Maybe motorcycle brakes once were so bad that you could stop better off your bike while sliding or tumbling. If so, that hasn't been true for decades. You can scrub off much more speed before and there be going slower at impact with effective braking than you will sliding down the road on your butt. And if you are still on the bike, you might get thrown over the car you collide with, avoiding an impact with your body. If you slide into a car while you are on the ground, you either have a hard stop against it or end up wedged under it. Remember that the phrase "I laid 'er down to avoid a crash" is an oxymoron, often repeated by some other kind of moron. If you are going to ride a motorcycle in the near future, no beer is enough beer.

The only events where being on the ground might leave you better off are: 1) on an elevated roadway where going over the guardrail will cause you to fall a long way, or 2) in that situation you see occasionally in movies, where the motorcyclist slides under a semi trailer without touching it. That's a good trick if the truck is moving.

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