CHAPTER Q NEWS – April, 2015

Chapter Social Date: April 4, 2015

Social Location:   Angelo’s Family Pizzeria

Time:  4pm

Contact: April Johnsted 715-559-5758 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




Social – Saturday April 4 at Angelo’s Pizzeria, 1206 6th St, Wausau at 4pm

Ch-Q Fundraiser – Saturday April 25 at Econo lodge, 1510 Cty Hwy XX, Rothschild 1-4p

Ch-K Fundraiser – Sunday April 26 at Rapids Mall, Wisconsin Rapids 11-2



Social – Saturday May 9 at Road Lake Restaurant Tomahawk, 6:30p

District Dust-Off – May 15-16 Champion’s Riverside Resort, Galesville WI

Memorial Ride – Sunday May 24 to Soldier’s Walk Memorial Park in Arcadia. Depart 8am



From The Director:

Our favorite time of year is so close we can almost taste it…Ride Season!!! And it kind of tastes like spaghetti! That’s right folks; we can’t start out the ride season without a Spaghetti Dinner Fun-Raiser right here in the Wausau area. The event will take place on Saturday April 25 from 1 to 4pm at the Econo Lodge in Rothschild. We will have lots of great raffle items, some interesting games and of course a fantastic meal. Please return your pre-registration forms as soon as possible to get the discounted rate. (Please click on the events tab at to download your registration form)

Then on Sunday April 26 we will be riding over to Wisconsin Rapids for Chapter K’s Mall Show.  We will leave from the Kwik Trip just off Hwy 51exit 194 next to Mills Fleet

Farm 1440 W. Campus Dr. Wausau at 10am.  For those coming down from the north, the group will leave at 9am from the Park & Ride at exit 225 in Tomahawk and stop at exit 208 in Merrill to pick up more riders before meeting at the Kwik Trip in Wausau. If you have any questions about this, please feel free to contact Marie Haring at 715-453-8718.

But before either of those things can happen, we have to attend our pre-fundraiser Social on Saturday April 4 at Angelo’s Pizzeria starting at 4pm.  Please feel free to bring any raffle items you have with you to the social.  This way you won’t have to worry about it on the day of the event.

We had fantastic attendance at our March Social.  It is wonderful to have more new faces join our group.  I know it can be overwhelming at first but please don’t hesitate to ask questions.  There are a lot of great things to learn.

And speaking of learning, we had a seminar on the Rider Education program at our social.  I believe the members that attended learned the basics and are eager to learn more. Please look below in the Chapter Educator section of this newsletter for a list of other seminars that are available.  If there is something on that list that you are interested in, please let me know and I will set it up.

Our May Social will be on Saturday May 9 at Road Lake Restaurant in Tomahawk starting at 6:30 pm. We will be discussing more of our summer ride schedule and hopefully plan more events. I hope to see you there.



From the Chapter Educator

Here is a list of all Rider Education Seminars that are available to you at no charge. (primary source - the GWRRA University [GWU] Handbook):

1.    Co Rider – a seminar geared for the Co-Rider but equally informative for the Rider. Subjects covered include preparation for the ride, communication, riding skills, and what to do in case of an emergency. Successful completion of this seminar is a component of the Levels Program for Co-Riders, thus UTs certified in Rider Ed need to be current at their highest level in the Levels Program.

2.    Co-Rider 2 – This seminar expands on the Co-Rider seminar covering topics like the Co-rider’s job for braking, cornering, swerving, and communicating; emergency information, equipment, communication in an emergency; navigator duties, highways and interstates, routes, roads, streets and avenues 101; and packing and loading. (This seminar does not apply to the Levels Program.)

3.    Level Up – This seminar includes a discussion of the Levels Program and its benefits, how it works, what is required for each level, the safe and high mileage programs, the master tour rider program, the Rider Education Database and how to promote the program to the Members.

4.    Road Captain – the seminar provides the basic information that should be covered before every group ride. Attendees are certified as Road Captains after completing the classroom portion a written test, and an observed ride. The objective of the Road Captain Course is to provide Members with education and information that will enable them to be better prepared and equipped to lead safe Team Rides. Although very similar, if not identical, in content and structure, this course is designed more as a leadership curriculum rather than a source for participating in Team Riding. Topics include: what is a Road Captain, team riding review, planning the ride, day of the ride, the ride, and GWRRA Hand-and-Arm Signals. Rider Ed certified University Trainers presenting this seminar are cautioned that there is NO TEACHING allowed during the riding portion of the course. Any feedback will be offered once the group has stopped for this purpose

5.    Team Riding - The purpose of this seminar is to educate and inform Members about the benefits of team riding and the suggested planning and conduct of a team ride. This should result in: a reduction in riding risk, an increase in riding enjoyment, and a greater sense of togetherness and pride.

6.    Trailering – adding a trailer to the motorcycle creates new challenges for the rider. The Trailering Seminar should provide: a better understanding of potential problems, a reduction in risk associated with trailers, and an increase in riding safety. Points covered include: types of trailers, suspensions and hitches, set-up of the bike and trailer, weights and packing, braking practice, backing up, curves, turns and obstacle avoidance, and on the road.

7.    Motorcycling for the Mature Rider – As an individual ages, things like reaction times, strength, and endurance also change. This seminar will focus on physical change resulting from age, identifying adjustments we can make, identifying potential problem areas, enhancing the Co-Rider’s involvement in the riding experience, providing a refresher for riding skills, and techniques for riding after 50.

8.    Motorcycle Crash Scene Response – This discussion takes a basic look at what Riders and Co-Riders need to do when coming upon an accident scene or being involved in an accident. Seminar topics include: planning and preparation for motorcycle crashes, how to secure and control the crash scene, how to provide rapid and appropriate emergency medical services response, and how to deal with the aftermath.

9.    High Siding Scenarios – A look at the causes of high siding and what you can do to prevent or lessen the effects of this type of accident. 

10.  Riding with New or Inexperienced Riders – Investigate some of the issues involved with new or inexperienced riders. Discussion topics include: recognition of the signs, who decides what new or inexperienced is, what are we/they getting into, impact of the new rider or vehicle on the group, risk management, placement in the group, Team Riding/Road Captain seminar applicability, determining a comfortable speed, and trip/ride planning with the new and/or inexperienced rider.

11.  Seasoned Rider - The MSF (Motorcycle Safety Foundation) Seasoned Rider Supplement for GWRRA is designed to condense and organize the MSF Seasoned Rider Seminar for presentation within a one hour time frame. This is an interactive seminar with group exercises and participation.

12.  Dealing with Different Elements - Understanding how elements impact risk management. Learn how to: deal with thermal considerations, cope with the four letter word "RAIN", compensate for limited visibility due to weather, expect the unexpected - Black Ice!, manage the wind in your sails.

13.  Going, Going, Gone – Preparing for a trip. What you need to do to prepare. Topics include reading a map, trip planning, and packing a trailer.

14.  Night Riding – once the sun goes down riders need to take special precautions. Why are you out for the night? Are you as alert as you should be? How’s your eyesight? As darkness falls things that are obvious in the daylight are harder to see. Animals, road conditions, other vehicles, and truck blind spots are also covered. How can the Co-Rider help? What can you do to be more visible?

15.  Riding in the Heat – Summer riding presents new challenges for the rider who is less than prepared. This seminar will educate and inform riders about hot weather riding, provide tips for Riders, Co-Riders and Machines to safely ride in the heat. Do you know how to recognize the signs of heat trauma?

16.  Helmet Myths - Educate yourselves about helmet exaggerations, half-truths and nonsense. Be knowledgeable about riding safely and enjoying our sport. Learn about all aspects of helmets and motorcycling.

17.  How to Use the Rider Ed Database – a tutorial for Educators as potential users. The Rider Education Program (REP) Database is a tool designed to assist and help the GWRRA Rider Educators, at all levels of the organization, manage and record the Member’s Rider Education accomplishments and achievements. It is intended to provide: Tracking of personal accomplishments and individual achievements for the GWRRA REP Levels Program, Rapid access to REP Education and Training records and individual certification program status.

18. You’re an Educator – Now What? – What are the duties and responsibilities of an Educator? Someone asked you to "Step Up" and serve as your Chapter’s Educator but you don’t really know what’s expected of you, or how to accomplish it. This seminar will provide the answers.