Rider Education

The Pre-Ride Motorcycle Inpspection
T-CLOCK

 

Motorcycles have become so reliable that it's easy to take them for granted. Years ago you were cautioned about carefully examining your clutch cable and avoiding holding the clutch lever in while you waited at a light, lest the cable break and propel you into crossing traffic. These days the recommendation is to keep your bike in gear with clutch in to permit an immediate escape if a car veers toward you.

 

In the bad old days, fasteners routinely vibrated off bikes, spokes broke, steering head bearing needed regular attention, drum brakes required cleaning, ignition point timing and gap had to be monitored closely, and you needed to check your oil frequently to see how much had leaked or burned.

 

Tremendous strides in the quality of materials, the design of components, and manufacturing tolerances have given us much more reliable machines, especially the Honda Gold Wing. It is tempting to simply assume that everything is right and nothing hangs on the brink of failure. But as the service tech at a shop said recently after double-checking something and finding that a near disaster would have occurred otherwise, "You know what they say about assume."

 

It's therefore prudent to pay attention to the mechanics of your motorcycle. Check those things that you can see or get a wrench on. Feel or measure for proper adjustment. And, most of all, be sure that your last ride didn't do some damage that will spoil your next one. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation has developed a simple checklist summarized with the acronym T-CLOCK, for the headings of each section. Variations of this checklish have also been created by the GWRRA for Tikes, Trailers, and Motorcycles with Sidecars.

 

Please download the approprate form from below and check over your ride to ensure that you will have a safe and drama free trip.

 

 

 

 

 

GWRRA Rider Education Levels Program

 

 

The GWRRA Rider Education Levels Program (REP) is intended to make the motorcycle environment safer by reducing injuries and fatalities and increasing motorcyclist skills and awareness. The REP does not propose to have all the answers. However, our close working relationship with the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, as well as additional GWRRA programs and studies, has provided a wealth of information for use in establishing a comprehensive Rider Education Program. Through Commitment, Education and Application, we can reduce our accident rate significantly. Listed below are several benefits of a fully implemented GWRRA Rider Education Program:

 

The annual renewal period is January 1st. Education levels II, III, IV are renewed annually. Level I does not expire. You renew only at your highest level each year. Cost for renewal is:

                          • Initial Level I $6.00
                          • Level II $5.00
                          • Level III $4.00
                          • Level IV $35.00
                          • Life membership renewal fees are waved providing
                            rider education course completion paperwork is sent
                            in with renewal forms.

 

All documents and forms are to be turned over to the Chapter Educator or Chapter Operations Officer. The application form can be obtained from the Chapter Educator (Form N.7 or N.10). Because a Co-Rider contributes to the Rider’s safety, the Co-Rider is also eligible to participate at all levels. Both Rider and Co-Rider can be entered at the same time on the same form.

 

 

LEVEL I - SAFETY BY COMMITMENT

Level I riders are encouraged to display and wear patches as an outward sign of the safe driver commitment. There is no renewal for Level I. Once a member becomes a participant they remain active as a Level I rider as long as they are GWRRA members or progress to Level II. Updated Safe Miles pins and rockers are available by submitting the application form along with $2.00. After the initial application is processed you will receive a SAFE MILES Pin for each 5,000 safe miles driven. For each additional 5,000 Safe Miles, you can receive MILEAGE PINS by filling out another request form. Rockers are available for 100,000 safe miles. Submit form for validation along with a check $6.00 for application and $2.00 for pins for safe miles or mileage pins to the Chapter Educator.

 

The Requirement for Level I certification:

                    • A promise between you and your fellow members to ride safe

 

 

LEVEL II - SAFETY BY EDUCATION

The Level II represents the continuing commitment to be a safer motorcyclist by completing approved motorcycle training at regular intervals in order to build and maintain optimum riding skills and awareness. The Chapter Educator or an Operations Officer must validate the following requirements. Submit the form along with a check for $5.00 for each participant. You will receive either a Rider or Co-Rider education patch. Renewal date continues from your original Level II enrollment date. By submitting a renewal validation form along with a check for $2.00, you will receive an additional year pin.

 

Requirements for Level II certification are:

                  • Must be a current GWRRA member
                  • Currently enrolled in the Safe Rider Program at Level I
                  • Current motorcycle license endorsement in member’s home state
                  • Within the last three years, attend an approved rider
                    Education course either from a Motor Cycle Foundation (MSF), Evergreen Safety Council (ESC),
                    Canadian Safety Council (CSC), or GWRRA riding
                    courses and Parking Lot Program (PLP)
                  • Accumulate an additional 5,000 safe miles

 

 

LEVEL III - SAFETY BY PREPAREDNESS

 

Level III represents a further commitment of the Rider and/or Co-Rider to be prepared to render aid in the event of an accident. This participation is achieved by becoming knowledgeable in First Aid or CPR through training and by carrying a first aid kit on the motorcycle at all times. The Chapter Educator or an Operations Officer must validate the following requirements. Submit the form along with a check for $4.00 for each participant. You will receive either a TOUR RIDER or CO-RIDER PATCH. Submit a renewal validation form along with a check for $2.00 and you will receive an additional year pin.

 

Requirements for Level III certification are:

                • Must be a current GWRRA member
                • Enrolled and current as a Level II
                • Maintain current CPR or FIRST AID certification
                • Completed Motorist Awareness training
                • Carry a First Aid Kit on the motorcycle

 

LEVEL IV - MASTER TOUR RIDER

Level IV represents the highest and most prestigious level within the Rider Education Program through commitment towards safe riding and preparedness. This commitment is shown through demonstrated history of safe driving miles, continued education, current certification in both first aid and CPR. The Chapter Educator or an Operations Officer must validate the following requirements. You will receive two special triangle patches with dark blue borders and Master Level IV embroidered sequence number. Submit the application form (Form N.9) with a written recommendation from the Chapter Educator or Operations along with $35.00 to be sent to GWRRA International Headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona.

 

Requirements for Level IV certification are:

                • Must be a current GWRRA member
                • Enrolled and current as a Level III
                • Enrolled as a Level III for one year
                • Must have driven a minimum of 25,000 safe miles
                • Provide proof of currency in CPR and FIRST AID
                • Completed Motorist Awareness training
                • Wear proper riding apparel at all times while riding

 

 

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