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Motorcycling has been a life changing experience. I hope sharing the info and pictures on the Blog gives you some idea how impressed I am with the experience, travel and the people I have met. Made new friends especially among Riders here in Orange County. Special recognition to Johney (Wrench)-helps with all the maintenance stuff+rides, plus other great riding friends: Ken Y., Luis V. & Minita, Chuck & Patty, John R., Joe, Carolyn, Gregg, Charlie & Carol, Rick, Stan P., Ed & Susan P., Barry, plus Terry, Bob B., Brian H., Glenn, William & Daveta Jo, Bob (Concho) and others. ************* DISCLAIMER: This is my personal write-up (Blog) of motorcycling news, rides and events that I am involved with in some way and not affiliated with any group, organization or club that might be mentioned herein. There should be no confusion regarding the fact these are my personal comments and not those of any other entity.

Amazing scenery, great ride, wonderful time.

Amazing scenery, great ride, wonderful time.
Monument Valley, Utah-9/2011 photo by Johney Harper!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Bike Night invite-a good one.

This is one of my best write-ups for bike night and thought I would save it on the blog.
The one place you can get your advance degree in Motorcycle Competence is to attend our weekly Chapter 230 Bike Nights. Intense discussions can include understanding the effect of gravity when using the front brake in the wrong place: Hypothermia vs Hyperthermia and what you can do to protect yourself in either situation. Other topics that might come up: Repair and maintenance tips and getting help from other members; strategies to fine tune your counter steering techniques including where to look when negotiating curves, and my personal favorite what and where to look for your next motorcycle. There is also information on how to look really good when a photographer is taking your photo while you go around a curve and the one thing you should never do in that scenario. How is all this valuable information made available at no additional cost when you attend a friendly and fun social Bike Night gathering you might ask? The fact that many of the members in attendance at our Weekly Chapter 230 Thursday Bike Nights are accomplished motorcycle riders that are eager to share their knowledge, have paid their dues toward becoming proficient in handling all manner of problems and challenges while on two wheels is the answer. Think of a question or problem you are looking to solve and likely there will be someone available to fill in the blanks. Every meeting and social event is a rare opportunity for everyone regardless of experience level to gather the insights and feedback needed to become better riders and devotees of motorcycling, you just have to show up.
Here is a partial list of topics Carolyn found interesting and educational: Cooling vest, heated hand-grips; shade cover for my GPS; cup holder; how much air in my tires and how often to check them; luggage for my bike; type of helmet and how it should fit; awesome places to travel to; new friends with like interests; a smile and a hug go a long way; where to get your bike repaired or new tires; where to get your boots resoled; or get a new zipper put into your jacket; new places to eat and enjoy the company of friends; new roads to try out. I am sure you have already mentioned all of this, but this is some of what I have taken away from our meetings.
One more thing, everyone has such a good time we all hate to leave. Be sure to show up Thursday February 21, 5:30 PM at 5 Guy’s Hamburgers in Costa Mesa on Harbor 3 blocks south of the 405 Freeway in the Target center. Ordering is easy, the peanuts are free and everyone has a great time. Early birds might get there after 5:00 pm and some arrive by 6:00 pm but the fun starts when you arrive. 5 GUY'S HAMBURGERS 3030 Harbor Blvd. Costa Mesa, CA 92626
 
Ken I. left this comment: 
Richard,
This is the BEST invitation you have EVER written! I think Ed should have you copyright this missive ( kinda joking, but….. ) and place most of it on our Chapter 230 website.

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