Goldwing clubs....what do they do?


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Goldwing clubs....what do they do?

Postby zamboni920 » Thu May 31, 2012 4:17 pm



A few years ago I wanted to check out the local chapter of a national Goldwing club. I took a half hour trip to their announced meeting place....only to find out no one was there....no one showed up. Since, I have not even checked into any clubs, local or national.
I would almost assume many people on this forum are members of some club?! Are some better than others? Can certain ones be recommended over others? What do they do for you as a member? Does these clubs typically have many active members, or more passive (armchair) members? I have seen some literature about some national club, but not sure if it really is worth it.
Back in the 1980's I was a member of the local chapter of a national Norwegian Goldwing club. We were a small chapter (by members) , and almost all members were active. We all enjoyed our regular meetings, and often went on rides as a group. We even took on hosting a major international rally, wich drew over 200 Goldwing riders from worldwide ....Yes, worldwide....we had Goldwings from Africa, the Middle East, every country in Europe, and even 2 Goldwings shipped from USA (his and hers, Aspencade and Standard) .
That is the kind of club I would want to find here. What experience does you , guys and gals, have with a club environment?



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Re: Goldwing clubs....what do they do?

Postby trike lady » Thu May 31, 2012 11:36 pm

Well, there's GWRRA and they have chapters through out the USA, Canada and overseas.
The big Goldwing convention Wing Ding.
You may want to visit the website http://www.gwrra.org and search for a chapter close by and attend a meeting. Each chapter is different and so the events will vary between groups.
There is also www.gwta.org. for Goldwings.
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Re: Goldwing clubs....what do they do?

Postby Bogator » Fri Jun 01, 2012 6:29 am

ALL the clubs that I have been a member of, do --nothing--but ride for 30 min. and eat--then ride 30 min. and eat--then talk for 30 min. then ride for 30 min. and eat---then go home.--- :roll: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Goldwing clubs....what do they do?

Postby Steve F » Fri Jun 01, 2012 6:47 am

I looked into a local "club" a few years ago, and have come to the realization that I do NOT enjoy riding in groups. You're too preoccupied with maintaining distance, riding in your half of the lane, worrying about the guy behind you that's not paying attention, and the cb chatter will drive you nuts. I prefer to just ride at my own pace and THEN, I can enjoy the ride like it's supposed to be.
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Re: Goldwing clubs....what do they do?

Postby Ghostman » Fri Jun 01, 2012 7:39 am

Each organization is different just like their individual chapters. I belong to one right now only because of the magazine for the Missus. The Missus and I have belonged to 3 different ones over the years and they're just not our cup of tea. We like to ride, not talk and eat. But try out the different chapters and organizations. Each are different and you might possibly find one that suits you.

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Re: Goldwing clubs....what do they do?

Postby GreenDragon » Fri Jun 01, 2012 8:17 am

My wife and I belonged to GWRRA, but we called it GWFFA, short for Gold Wing Food Finders Assoc. We dropped our membership for several reasons. The only reason i can come up with to belong is their "Gold Book" which is a great reference for when you are on the road traveling or planning a trip. Members are listed by what the can provide, tools, transport trailers, camping, or just companionship. All the Gold Wing dealers are listed with contact info and location. But it was not enough to keep us involved.
We have had the best luck with riding in small groups of riders that meed for breakfast, ride till lunch, ride ti mid late afternoon and head for home. The two we ride with meet under the names of "Retired and Riding" and "Over the Hill Gang". One meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays, the other on Wednesdays. Many are retired but not all. There are other models of bikes that ride with us, we are not exclusive to Gold Wings and many of the members join both groups. There are no dues! Some of the members get together for planned long distance trips, one of which was this Memorial day weekend.
We also belong to a Masonic riding group. They are nationwide, state run with chapters through out each state. They pay dues and you have to be a Lodge member. The Widows Sons is the National organization and each chapter has it's own name, is is the Journeymen. If you know anything about Masonry, all the chapter names relate to something in the lodge ritual.
Best of luck in your search, the local groups that are "free range" so to speak, have worked the best for us.
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Re: Goldwing clubs....what do they do?

Postby gompa » Fri Jun 01, 2012 1:26 pm

as for motercylce clubs, a club is only as good as the memember are, i have seen a few that think that when they ride, they think they are on a race track, rush rush and rush, to see nothing, then on the other side i have seen groups that enjoy long and short ride, having dinner get together, ice cream meeting, as well as reg. meeting,.. it all what you want to put into your group..

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Re: Goldwing clubs....what do they do?

Postby Ghostman » Fri Jun 01, 2012 4:17 pm

But then on the flip side. You join a chapter that has been around awhile and you're either welcomed by the clique or forever held in that part of the chapter as a follower and not having much choice in what goes on. And it doesnt take long to figure that out and when you see that you just walk away. Some of those chapters have been around forever and this is the way they've done things,do things and will do things and if you dont like it leave is their atitude. My atitude is if I have to put something in I would like to get something out of it besides from my wallet. Unfortunately chapters like that have forgot why they were started and are basically a ride to eat chapter. Thats why you check out the various chapters and see which one might work for you.

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Re: Goldwing clubs....what do they do?

Postby zamboni920 » Fri Jun 01, 2012 8:52 pm

Seems like there are quite a few mixed feelings about the major club :GWRRA . I kind of already had those same impressions myself....no experience, just a hunch.
I do like the idea of a generic motorcycle club, but haven't found anyone that doesn't "cater" exclusively to sports bikes and such "fast and furious" types.
I can definitely imagine the "30 minutes driving, 30 minutes eating, 30 minutes driving....." thing. Absolutely not my thing.
I was a member of a "generic" club many years ago, a large club, and a good club. It was somewhat "cliquey".....the trick was to just dive in and talk as loud as them :twisted: , to get accepted as an equal.
Maybe I'll hold of on joining anything.....just ride into the sunset :) .

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Re: Goldwing clubs....what do they do?

Postby Mag » Fri Jun 01, 2012 10:36 pm

Here is a mess for ya...
- I wrode with GWTA a long time ago....the rides were the same every year, the meetings good for the most part but then went political, and then feelings got in the way.
- I wrode by myself at the beginning...got lonely.
- Now, I find a group of bikes flying up the freeway and hitch to the back, they do not mind as long as they know that I can ride in a group. I then split off if I want to. I think the "like kind bike" groups are all about "we are king of the road on our bikes" (Honda, Harley, all of them).

So, I like riding on my own, and then joining a board that has enough membership across where I live so I can match up with them virtually and in person. That is actually a kick, we are different than when you picture us in person when you read our posts. Just go on the road, you will find people....and really a good group to drive in is 3-8. Any more than that is overkill.

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Re: Goldwing clubs....what do they do?

Postby zamboni920 » Sat Jun 02, 2012 9:22 am

Mag.....I see what you are saying, and I think I agree with you. It is fun to ride with a small group without beeing committed to them. Most riders, regardless of what brand bike they ride, will almost always accept someone else tagging along, as long as they do not interfere/hinder their riding style.
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Funny though, of about 40 or so adults living on my small street, only 4 have bikes. My 2 neighbors on each side of my house, and the guy across the street. We are good neighbors, and do socialise a bit, but never ride together. We all do our own thing when on the road, and that is just the way it is.
Is there an easy way to find members on this forum who lives in any particular neigborhood/region?

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Re: Goldwing clubs....what do they do?

Postby Mag » Sat Jun 02, 2012 10:26 am

Unfortunately for me, I live up in the hills, so the neighborhoods are spread out. I do not have a lot of cycle riders up here. Everyone knows me though (must be the tye dye hoodie that I wear under my leather vest).

Finding riders near, I pay attention to the locations of all the posters, one down south of me by about 60 miles, one north in Seattle. I figure I like the active posters here because I am learning so much. Can't learn if I do not participate.




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