Gold Wing Road Riders Association 
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  Chapter AL-J  -  Tuscaloosa, AL     Alabama District  -  Region-A  -  Gold Wing Road Riders Association  
Chapter  Fun Day-Brunch and Poker Run
Updated: 5/12/2017 9:55:24 PM
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Next Monthly Gathering
Friday, June 2, 2017
Bama Wings gathering -- The Front Porch Restaurant, Hwy 43 north, Northport. Eat 6pm / Meet 7pm
May - 2017
25,  Thu--T-O-D-A-Y-
26,  Fri-Chapter Meal -- Cicis Pizza, 929 McFarland Blvd, Northport, AL  35476-6:00
31,  Wed-Chapter Ride -- Lunch Ride-Hardee's HWY 82 W, Northport-10:00am
June - 2017
2,  Fri-Bama Wings gathering -- The Front Porch Restaurant, Hwy 43 north, Northport. Eat 6pm / Meet 7pm
3,  Sat-District Event -- Motorcycle Awareness Day, State Line Rest Stop, leave PNC Bank @10:30am. Meet Chapter T at Diamond Jims for dinner afterward (5:00pm)
4,  Sun-Local Event -- Circlewood Baptist Church, 2201 Loop Rd, Tuscaloosa, AL  meet at the church 9:00 a.m., Services start 9:30 a.m. Lunch provided.
7,  Wed-Chapter Ride -- Lunch Ride-Hardee's HWY 82 W, Northport-10:00am
9,  Fri-Chapter Meal -- Walton's Chicken, Inverness Parkway 6:00pm
10,  Sat-Chapter Event -- Chapter Fun Day-Brunch and Poker Run-Roy & Diane Beall's house-9:00am for Chapter J Participants
 -Chapter-J Funday -- 10am to 2pm (13819 Wesley Chapel Dr, Ralph, AL 35480)
14,  Wed-Chapter Ride -- Lunch Ride-Hardee's HWY 82 W, Northport-10:00am
May - 2017
12,  Fri-Lisa Bagwell's Birthday
17,  Wed-James & Jeri Dunkin's Anniversary
18,  Thu-Paul Rhinehart's Birthday
23,  Tue-Roy & Diane Beall's Anniversary
27,  Sat-Dewey Williams' Birthday

Calendar Updated: 5/12/2017 10:11:46 PM

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Turn Lane Terror
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--Motorcycle Consumer News

by Ken Codon

Commuting home requires you to share the road with all types of drivers. You understand that motorcycles can be difficult to see in traffic, so you give surrounding drivers plenty of space to change lanes. You are particularly cautious about riding in drivers' blind spots.

Your turn is coming up at the next intersection, which features a dedicated right-hand turning lane with a traffic light at a four-way crossroad. You are following a blue SUV who is approaching a line of cars that are stopped for the light. The SUV slows while remaining in the travel lane as he approaches the intersection. You assume he is going to stop in line with the other cars, so you signal, roll off the throttle and move right into the turning lane. You plan to maintain your current speed as you proceed past the stopped cars on your left to the stop line.

When you are just about to the SUV's rear bumper, the driver swerves directly in front of you, only inches away from your front tire! You grab the front brake and swerve to the right, but the combination of brake force and side force from swerving causes your front tire to skid and you crash hard onto the road surface. The SUV driver never notices your fall and continues on. You manage to get up and raise your bike. Damage includes a bent shifter, clutch lever and handlebar. It's clear that your ride is over. You were smart to allow extra space for unexpected maneuvers from careless drivers. But, you did not anticipate the probability that the SUV would make a lane change and rode into the SUV driver's blind spot as the precise moment when he was most likely to change lanes.

It is difficult to anticipate when a driver is going to make a last second maneuver, but it's important to know that it is a possibility. To reduce the risk of a collision, you should have delayed passing the SUV until you were sure it was going to stop in the travel lane behind the other cars. Also, it's smart to ride as far to the right as possible to allow a buffer of space in case the driver makes the lane change. The best riders know that precise timing and lane placement can mean the difference between a collision and a near miss.




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