The District Team wishes you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Hanukah. Although our bikes are put away for the Winter, let us take the time to enjoy the holidays with family and friends. So let the Jingle Bells ring and the Fun and laughter begin!
Have you been naughty or nice? Think you deserve something more than coal this Christmas? Maybe you’ll get a new helmet. Have you checked the date code of your current lid? According to Shoei, its helmets should be replaced five years after the purchase date, or seven years after the production date. The production date is on a sticker inside the helmet under the padding near the ear. The date is shown in the YY/MM/DD format, so for example yours would say 08/XX/XX if it was made in the same year you bought it. (Motorcyclist Magazine)
Tires are something else you may be looking into, especially if you are planning on doing a bit of riding in 2019. Check the date codes on these also when purchasing. HOW OLD IS OLD? All tires manufactured after 1999 have a four digit manufacture date code stamped on the sidewall. It may appear inside an oval-shaped depression and be preceded by letters which have no meaning to the buyer. Of the four numbers, the first two indicate the week of manufacture (1 to 52), and the last two indicate the year. Previous to the year 2000, the date code was three numbers. It identified the week of manufacture, but the decade could still be in question. Example – 322. Is that the 32nd week of 1992, 1982 or even 1972? The various manufacturers tell us not to install or ride on tires more than six years after their manufacturing date. Those tires will have hardened to the point that they may not seat or adjust properly on the rim, and they could lose traction in situations that wouldn’t affect a fresh tire. (Wing World Magazine)
Speaking of rides, check the information that Joe and Pam (District Membership Enhancement) have set up via the “Wing Riding Wisconsin” game. Participating in the game will help you meeting Members in other Chapters and have FUN while doing what we all love, riding our bikes! Should be a great season if we all get out there and participate.
Not sure of where to ride to or need some help in planning a ride? Check out Don’s (District Ride Coordinator) article about Winter Projects. He outlines some tools you can use to plan rides and events in 2019. Check it out. Looks helpful.
Looking to take that Medic First Aid class needed for the Rider education Levels program? Wingo this year will be a little different, the flyer is attached. We will be combining MFA (Medical First Aid) with WINGO on the same day. We are offering two classes on Saturday Jan. 26th. One class will be at 8:00am to 12:00pm the second from 1:00 to 5:00. Wingo will be that evening starting at 6:30. If we need to have more MFA classes we may open one up the next day on Sunday morning Jan. 27th. Want to know more about the Levels Program? Reach out to John Sweeney Jr (District Educator And Motorist Awareness Officer) for information this program.
Looking for things to do or places to go? Perhaps another Chapter is having an event that sounds like Fun. Check the District Calendar. There may be something that you would be interested in participating in. Check it out!!
Frank and Sharon Jackson
GWRRA WI District Directors