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 2016
Congratulations Charles & Margaret Rains   More...
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Next Monthly Gathering
Friday, July 8, 2016
Bama Wings Gathering -- Front Porch Restaurant, Hwy 43 N, Northport, AL. Eat 6pm / Meet 7pm
June - 2016
28,  Tue--T-O-D-A-Y-
29,  Wed-Chapter Ride -- Lunch Ride-Hardee's Northport-10:00am
July - 2016
1,  Fri-Chapter Ride -- Maggie Vally Trip-Thru July 8th
4,  Mon-Independence Holiday
6,  Wed-Chapter Ride -- Lunch Ride-Hardee's Northport-10:00am
8,  Fri-Bama Wings Gathering -- Front Porch Restaurant, Hwy 43 N, Northport, AL. Eat 6pm / Meet 7pm
9,  Sat-Chapter Ride -- Sawmill Restaurant, Brent-Leave PNC Bank, Skyland Blvd-4:00pm
13,  Wed-Chapter Ride -- Lunch Ride-Hardee's Northport-10:00am
15,  Fri-Chapter Meal -- HWY 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries, 3615 McFarland Blvd E-6:00pm
16,  Sat-Chapter Ride -- Orr Park, Montevallo/Jim' Bar B Que, Hwy 82-PNC Bank, Skyland Blvd 9:00am
17,  Sun-Local Event -- Biker Day-Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church, Hueytown-PNC Bank-8:30am
June - 2016
4,  Sat-Charles Rains' Birthday
15,  Wed-Wayne Coats' Birthday
 -Stanley Martin's Birthday
24,  Fri-Margie Shirley's Birthday
30,  Thu-A G & Sara Terrell's Anniversary

Calendar Updated: 6/28/2016 8:48:39 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, July 15, 2016]
AL-Y Birmingham (Liberty Wings) Meeting
-- Sherry's Cafe, 5800 Valley Rd, Trussville - Eat 6:00pm / Meet 7:00pm
[Next Meeting: Tuesday, July 12, 2016]

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-- Theodore Roosevelt

Safety Tips

Tarmac Transitions
Tour Tip
--Motorcycle Consumer News

by Ken Codon

The intersection you ride through on the way to work is under construction. Up until now, the extent of the work did not involve tearing up the pavement. But today was the day the intersection's tarmac was removed.

It rained earlier in the day, so the surface is a bit wet. You decide to keep your wheels in the drying area located in the center of your lane. You roll off the throttle and downshift well before reaching the spot where the pavement ends and prepare yourself for the drop-off where the asphalt ends by weighting your foot pegs and gripping the handlebars a bit more firmly.

Just before your front tire rolls over the edge, you notice that the dirt in the center of the lane has a different look to it than the area on either side where the car tracks have packed down the dirt in the center where you are about to place your front wheel is soft. As soon as your tire rolls onto the dirt your front wheel turns unexpectedly. The next thing you know you're on the ground with your bike laying on top of your left leg.

A few passersby help lift the bike and ask if you are okay. Your left leg aches, but you are able to stand. Your bike looks scratched and dirty, but other than a broken mirror and clutch lever it looks to be okay. You look back at the surface transition to see a trough in the soft, sandy dirt where your front tire dug in a washed out.

It was smart to approach the construction area with caution, slowing early and downshifting before reaching the surface change. You decided to ride in the portion of the lane where the pavement was dry to maximize traction, which is usually a good tactic.

What you failed to do was predict that the dirt in the center portion of the lane could be hazardous without the benefit of hundreds of car tires compressing the ground and clearing the dir surface.

When riding in constructions zones, it's important to prioritize the surrounding hazards. Even though the drier pavement might have offered a bit better traction. It would have been smart to recognize the advantages of shifting your lane position to where the cars had compressed the ground before dropping off onto the dirt section.

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