It’s all about safety. We all plan to ride safe, and make it home safe after each ride. That is part of our GWRRA motto, Fun, Friends, Safety, and Knowledge. Our association offers a lot of training with multiple Rider Courses, presented by certified GWRRA Rider Coach Instructors: ARC, Trike, Trailering, etc... Also, within our Riders Ed Levels program we offer many graduated rider skills advancement levels resulting from this training. There are also many rider Education seminars presented at chapter socials, District Rallies, and our GWRRA National Wing Ding Rally.
Two of the most common Rider skills courses offered in the levels program are the Advanced Riders Course (ARC) and the Trike Riders Course (TRC). These courses are really great for showing you how we can handle these big machines. To ride a Wing down the road is relatively easy, hit the throttle and the bike will balance itself, but what happens when you have to stop fast or swerve to avoid an object. Do you know what you and the bike are really capable of handling? I am proud to announce that as of August this year (2016) we have Chapter C Rider Educator Bob VonRotz, who has been certified to teach the TRC. Earlier this year, Bob and his wife Judy, had taken trips to Indiana to become certified GWRRA instructors. Bob was trained as an instructor and Judy as his main support team. After completion Bob & Judy went to Minnesota in August, to teach their first two Tike Classes while GWRRA master trainers observed Bob for his final certification. He did an awesome job and will now be offering TRC courses for Wisconsin next year. I know over the years many of you have taken the course at least once. Some feel that “I did that, I don’t need it anymore”, but within the Rider Ed levels program GWRRA encourages you to retake either one of these courses every three years. For re-certification, and also to enhance all those riding skills that we may have taken for granted since the last time you took the course.
Why you ask? I have taken the ARC course many times, with many members. I see the improvements during the class on how people handle their bike better, and they are pretty confident afterward on how they handle their bike/ trike at the end of the day. Then months later, I may ride with some of the same members from the course and observe they are back to their old habits. If you do not continue to practice what you learned in these riding courses, you will soon lose that self-confidence in the agility of handling our bikes. Beginning next year, (2017) Bob will be teaching the TRC here in Wisconsin. I hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to hone up on your riding skills and continue to ride safely.
As I mentioned before, GWRRA is all about safety with Rider Education. One couple who has been very passionate about Rider Education, Bill & Mervi Bannasch. They have been rider’s education riders for many years. They joined GWRRA in 2006 and soon became Chapter Educators in 2007, and worked hard to spread the word on safety. Three years later they became District Educators and Motorist Awareness Division (MAD). They also have done an awesome job at getting the ARC and TRC courses running again in Wisconsin. They have done a lot for the members of Wisconsin, but as they say, all good things must come to an end. Bill & Mervi will be stepping down after our rally this year. They held their position for many years now and have decided it’s time to take a step back and offer the reigns of opportunity for newer visions and ideas for our Rider Education Program to someone else. When you see them at the Rally, or anytime in the future, please take time out to thank them for all the work they have done over the years for our Rider Ed program. They have truly done a great and commendable job.
We want all of our members to ride safely, and get home safe after every ride.
Can you help make this happen?