“Look Twice, Save A Life” and “Wear Your Gear” are just a few of the mottos the Gold Wing Road Riders Association NY Chapter U uses to promote Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.
Chapter director Sally Jaquith said the association was founded in 1977 and was created to provide an atmosphere of fun and safety, as well as knowledge for people who wanted to ride together.
“It has become a huge organization” she says. “Our local is one of 10 across New York State. We have 26 active members, aged between 30 and 70.
Jaquith said the local chapter is for riders from Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties. She said they provide education in defensive techniques, first aid and CPR and co-rider education.
“We like to have fun and ride responsibly,” she says. “We offer dinner walks every Wednesday evening. We meet in a designated area together as a group, then drive about an hour to another restaurant for dinner.
The chapter also offers rides every second Saturday that last a few hours or all day.
“We stop for lunch or an ice cream,” she says. “Some members are planning out-of-state weekend outings to places of interest. Last year we want Noah’s Ark in Kentucky.
Jaquith said the Gold Wing Road Riders Association wants to emphasize road safety for vehicle operators and motorcyclists. She said the group wanted to remind vehicle drivers to leave space for motorcyclists behind, between and in front of their vehicles. She added that the chapter also wants to remind riders to do their part and not weave through traffic jams, ride defensively and not get into a driver’s blind spot.
Jaquith said the group meets the second Sunday of each month at the Bell-View East, 7 E. Main St., Falconer, for dinner at 2 p.m. and the chapter meeting at 3 p.m.
“We are not specific to Gold Wing (motorcycles). Anyone who rides is welcome to become a member,” she says. “GWRRA is currently offering a trial membership. This four-month trial subscription offers rescue motorcycle towing up to 35 miles and a four-month subscription to Wing World Magazine. Once you become a member of the GWRRA we offer insurance to cover bikes, vehicles and motorhomes and this includes a guest book, which if you have a breakdown or even a puncture help is a phone call. A guestbook offers numbers and the kinds of help they can offer. »
Jaquith said the GWRRA is holding a membership drive at Hector’s Motorsports, located at 1200 E. Second St., Jamestown, next month.
“We are a group that helps each other to become safer and more comfortable cyclists”, she says. “We remind motorists that there is no protection surrounding a motorcycle as a vehicle other than the gear they are wearing. That is why we insist on ‘All Gear, All The Time’. We want remind drivers and riders to do their part to keep everyone on the road safe.”