Riders and welcome to our resurrected newsletter. This is being brought to you
through the efforts of our Membership Director, Marcel Svizzero along with Tom
Cooke. The next time you see them, be sure
to give them a big “Thank You” for this and all their other efforts that make
this such a wonderful club.
club continues to grow. Every week I am
notified that we have someone new signed up on our Meet-Up site. Every month Marcel announces we have new full
time members. We must be doing something
right! But we don’t intend to stop
working to make the club better, and that is where you come in. This is YOUR club, and the directors and I
want to know what you feel we could do to make the club better. You have a voice, don’t be afraid to use
it. The club can only continue to thrive
if its members are enjoying the experience.
We have already got the message about more rides, and Mike, our
Tours & Events Director is busy recruiting more Road Captains and
Wednesday and Saturday rides.
you are thinking of what can be done to make the club better, consider becoming
an officer in the club. Nominations for
officers are due in November with the election in December. If you think you might like being an officer
in the club, talk to people who currently hold an office. They will be happy to tell you what goes on
within the board of directors. If you
would like to see your club officers in action, come to a board meeting. All members are welcome. Now you can talk to the new “member at large”
director. His purpose is to represent you, the members in determining the
direction of the club.
Submitted by Ben Johnstone
July 19 General membership meeting minutes.
Meeting Opening Statement: President Ben Johnstone opened the meeting
with the announcement of Tony Albini becoming our new Safety Officer.
At the last Board
meeting it was decided that the Vice President will be selling the 50/50 charity
raffle at the meetings each month. This
gives Shirleen Perry a break as she has been handling this task for a number of
Ben said that he
will be putting on our next overnight ride which will be to Hearst Castle. The dates will be Oct 21, 22, 23. We will be staying at the Sea Breeze Motel
which is where we stayed a couple of years ago.
(More detailed information will be sent out to the membership)
Minutes were read by Sharon McMillan
Treasurers Report: Terry Perry was not at the meeting but the
treasurer’s report was given to Sharon McMillan to present to the members.
Membership: Newer member John Bischak was introduced
along with new member Silvia Schagerer and guest Samantha Albini with new
member Alex Pulley.
were not available at tonight’s meeting due to Terry’s absence. He makes up the cards for our club.
Tours & Events: Mike Holden recapped the Wednesday, July 6th
ride to Sausalito which was led by Wade Roberts. There were a total of 11 riders. Mike said the Wednesday rides seem popular as
there are at least 6 into the teens that make the ride.
Our ride on
Saturday, July 6th to the Athena Grille in Suisun was led by
Gretchen Tomm which had 12 riders.
Gold Beach ride on
July 14, 15 & 16 was jointly put together by Gretchen Tomm and Sharon
McMillan. There were 15 riders when we
left on Friday. Saturday was a jet boat
ride on the Rogue River which included an excellent family style lunch.
Cache Creek ride coming up on August 6th. This
ride will be led by George Homenko. (If
you’ve never made this ride before, it is all back roads to and from.
August 10th (Wednesday) is a ride going to Old Sacramento which will be led by Wade Roberts via back roads.
August 21 (Sunday) Ben will lead the group which will end up at River Rock Casino for lunch.
Bob Gonzales told
the club members about the upcoming event put on by the San Francisco
Motorcycle Club at their club house. The
club is the oldest m/c club in existence.
Jay Leno has filmed there. Lot of
history – one of the prior members is Dudley Perkins of the Perkins Harley
Safety Officer: Tony Albini gave his first safety presentation. First and foremost, BE SEEN. Be sure you can see
the eyes of the driver in front you in their mirror. Avoid riding in a driver’s
blind area. Ride like you are
invisible. Never ride above your comfort
zone. General discussion continued with
Old Business: Ben
talked about the search for a new meeting place. Checked out Round Table Pizza in Rohnert Park
but felt it was too small. He checked
out the Washoe House which has an upstairs room. Our new member, Silvia Schagerer, will look
into requirements that may need to be negotiated.
New Business: Question was presented regarding publishing the
membership roster. Discussion was
held. It will be discussed at the board
meeting and bring it back to the general membership.
Club hats, visors
and shirts was brought up to see about ordering more. Wade Roberts said the shirts would need a 20
shirt minimum order. Club hats would
require a 10 hat minimum at a cost of $15 plus tax. The visors would be a minimum order of 5.
that we support other clubs local activities and wearing our colors as a good
recruiting tool. The Chili Billie ride
is coming up on Oct 1st.
(This ends up at the Petaluma Fairgrounds)
wanted everyone to know how much he enjoyed the Gold
Beach ride. It was his first overnight
ride. And he liked George’s video that
was made available to the membership.
50/50 Raffle: Not held this month with Terry and Shirleen
not being at the meeting due to family commitment.
Next general meeting 7: PM Tuesday August 16 at Olive Garden Rohnert Park.
Submitted by Sharon McMillan, Club Secretary
Tours & Events Director's
month with excellent participation for all of our rides. We had two day
and one “overnighter” with a total participation of 38. Our Wednesday
continue to gain popularity with the people who are retired or just
skip work for a day. The ride to Sausalito on Wednesday July 6th had a
11 riders. Saturday the 9th ride to Suisun City
riders. The high
point of July was the
ride to Gold Beach Oregon on the 15th, 16th
The ride up provided us with some of California’s and Oregon's most
Saturday the 13 riders and two passengers took a 32 mile jet boat ride
Rogue River and had a wonderful family style meal at a 6th
generation farmhouse on the river before heading back. The ride home
went through "The Avenues of the Giants" and was uneventful except
for a little fog. All
in all, a great
trip. Try to make the next one if you can.
members requested that we add an occasional overnighter that working
might be able to attend. So, we will look into a couple of rides that
depart on Saturday morning and return Sunday afternoon. If that is an
attractive proposition for you, please drop me an e-mail include, if
you will, a suggested destination.
Rides in August
George Homenco leads ride to Cache
Wade Roberts or Mike Holden leads ride
to Old Sacramento
Ben Johnstone leads ride to River Rock
to September 1
Mike leads ride to
Canada (this ride is booked)
21, 22, 23
Ben Johnstone Leads to Hearst Castle
By Mike Holden
Membership Director's Report
members in July|
Number of riders 67
Number of co-riders 12
Total Club members 79
Harley: 30 Honda:14
Yamaha: 11 Suzuki: 6
Can-Am: 5 Victory:
4 BMW: 5 Kawasaki:
2 Triumph: 2
1 Ducati: 1
Aprila: 1 CSC Rx3 Cyclone: 1
RRMC Membership Cards
you don't have your membership card yet, check with Marcel or Terry.
You need these to get the discounts offered by our sponsors.
Two new Board members announced in July.
Tony Albini is taking on the duties of Safety Officer.
Wade Roberts has accepted the new directorship, Member at Large.
The Member at Large shall be a goodwill ambassador for the members of the club. He/she, shall help greet new members, understand and convey to the Board of Directors, members' concerns, and help maintain continuity of club policies and operations.
Thank you both for serving.
New Road Captain appointed in July
George Homenko, (Kudos for the great pictures he took at Gold Beach, Oregon.)
Road Captain Returns
Terry Perry returns as a road captain after recovery from injury. Welcome back Terry.
We now have six road captains.
Membership Awards for two Outstanding Members - Thank you Ben and Terry
Awarded at the 20th Anniversary Party
Membership report Submitted By Marcel Svizzero
Safety Officer's Tip of the Month
let's remember to make ourselves seen while riding. If you can see the
driver's eyes in the mirrors you are not in the blind spot. If you
realize you are in a blind spot, get out. Move forward or back. Ride as
though you are invisible and be can't be seen.
Submitted By Tony Albini
Wisdom of the monthWhat’s the most dangerous part of a motorcycle?
The nut that connects the seat to the handlebar.
Paul's Tech Corner ~ by Paul Albert, Newsletter staff writer
Most of us only have two. With that said, at least once a week
give them a thorough check. Look at the tread. Are they
worn uneven, cupped, bald on the center or edges? Could it be a
suspension problem or just worn out tires. Are the balance
weights still there? Look at the valve stem, are they solid
looking or splitting at the rim? I have seen them break at the
rim clean off. Always replace them at a tire change. Bottom
line buy a tire gauge, bend at the knees and check the tire
pressures. If you have a center stand there is no excuse not to
look for nails. Just spin the rims. If you find a nail,
mark the tire with tire marker. Helps you or the tech find the
road hazard. Plus you will know where the hole is after removal
of the foreign object.
When on long trips, I
suggest, you carry a mini air pump like the one Harley offers, or
Walmart has a nice one under the Slime Brand for around $25. A
tire plug/repair kit could get you home, (If you don't know how to fix
a tire, youtube offers some great videos on how to do it.) You
can practice with an old tire you plan to replace, drill a hole into
the tire, ream it with the reemer, lube up the plug, and
insert the plug or cord add air, pop open a beer and sit back. You
did it all by yourself. With this knowledge you could do a
fix on the open road in the middle of nowhere. Though
not the greatest, a can of tire sealant could be tried with a 50/50
success rate with tubeless tires (what a mess it is to clean the
sealant on the rim during a tire change). If you have tube
type tires, sealant will never work. Only a patch or a
new tube will fix the flat.
A nice but expensive
safety option sold aftermarket is electronic tire pressure
indicators, about $150 just screw them on in place of the valve stem
caps. Included is a mounted digital readout that will show you
your tire pressure at the push of a button. Some even have a
warning chime. Last is the option of pressure sensitive
valve stem caps with a color indicator level indicator, sold by
whatever the psi you need, they are not perfect but if the green
band is not visible check your tires. Most important, never
ever go on a club ride with bald tires unless you like to be humiliated
by the group should you get a flat or worse! Keep the shiny side
Members' views, stories and helpful tips
to Marcel and Arleen for hosting a terrific 20th Anniversary party for
the Redwood Riders at their lovely home in Novato. The vibe was warm
and friendly. The food was fine, the weather cooperated perfectly. In
all it was an excellent gathering and an opportunity to acknowledge and
thank Ben and Terry as mainstays of the club!
ride to Gold Beach was fantastic. We rode the Oregon Coast which I have
not done before. The huge rock formations jutting out from the
sandy beach were unique and made beautiful scenery.
We all got together Friday night before diner for a small libation and story telling.
we took "Jerry's Jet Mail Boat" ride up the Rogue River. The views were
spectacular as was the wildlife. We saw seals, heron, cormorants, Bald
Eagles, river otters, osprey, duck, geese, hawks and all sorts of other
We stopped for
lunch at an old farmhouse about 200 yards off the river. We ate
outside under the trees and had an incredible home cooked meal.
we returned back to home port. During the jet boat ride, (in both directions) we were
treated to Jerry's famous "spin around." A few of us got a bit sprayed
but it was welcomed on this warm afternoon.
third day, we returned home by way of the Avenues of the Giants redwood
Great job Gretchen and Sharon planning and organizing a fantastic ride!
Shell T6 full synthetic oil. If you change your own oil, you might want to give this one a try. It is heavy duty JASO motorcycle approved.
Viscosity is 5 to 40 weight, which means it is good for winter or
summer up to 120+ degrees outside temperature. I have used it for
three oil changes. My engine
runs quieter and shifting is easier than stock oil. Hitting neutral is
also much easier. The bonus is the cost. It is available at Walmart
Rhonert Park for $24.00 for a 4 quart container.
Know what you are paying for. If
you have your oil changed at your local dealer or garage, make sure you
ask for FULL synthetic oil. Otherwise, you might get a synthetic mix,
which means you are only getting a percentage of synthetic oil,
(regular oil mixed with synthetic oil and percentages will vary among brands.) This is better than regular oil, but not as good as full synthetic.
Pack your coffee!
After putting your coffee in your coffee maker, pack it down tight. (We
use a small jar) It takes longer for the water to go through and you
will get more flavor.
Tom's Corner ~ by Tom Cooke, Newsletter staff writer
The Biker Next Door
‘motorcyclist enthusiast’? Does
language you choose reveal your perception of folks who ride? Are they reckless,
are they friends and
neighbors who have chosen an exhilarating, if admittedly, dangerous
doing all they can to remain safe on the road?
Shopworn stereotypes of motorcycle riders persist, and
help place the
riders in some peril. Undeniably,
motorcycle riding is far more dangerous than driving a car or truck. Statistically, its risks
are more akin to
horseback riding or bicycling. Local
groups like the “Redwood Riders” and national organizations like the
Motorcycle Association have been working hard to educate both motorists
riders about shared safety issues, and thus, lower the alarmingly high
motorcycle accidents, injuries and fatalities.
emerging. In recent
fatalities have been trending down nationally and in California, as
motorists) heed the important messages about never riding under the
drugs or alcohol. Safety
have been embraced by many, including protective clothing and footwear
built in “armor,” along with better, stronger, often “full-face”
riders and passengers. Jackets,
suits and helmets splashed with “high visibility” colors like neon
riders easier to see.
Riders are fully aware
of the basic laws of physics that predict the outcomes of collisions
motorcycles and motor vehicles. At
fear of understatement, suffice it to say these outcomes do not favor
rider. So the
overwhelming majority of
motorcyclists ride in compliance with traffic laws, and as safely as
to avoid becoming a tragic statistic.
asked, what responsibility do automobile drivers incur?
The most frightening and most consistent
finding of numerous national studies of motorcycle/motor vehicle
that the involved
motorists report not
having seen the motorcycle with
they collided. The
car or truck that turns
left at an intersection into the path of an oncoming “invisible”
a nightmare that haunts the dreams of most experienced riders. Perhaps if drivers were
more attenuated to,
and respectful of, the presence of motorcycles and expected them on
and byways, their perceptions would improve and accidents would
question remains: do some drivers’ negative stereotypes of riders play
part? Are riders
thrill-seekers who knowingly put themselves at risk, and thus deserve
get? As an
experienced rider, I will
posit a reply—it is only a tiny minority, (similar to the small
drivers) who are dangerous and reckless behind the wheel. If riders are not a
Bunch,” who are they, in fact? They
our neighbors, doctors, teachers, police, fire fighters, DMV workers,
pharmacists, students and current and retired members of our military. They are, in short,
everyone in the
community, people of all walks of life, of all ages, and whose lives
deserve to be respected and protected.
What they have in common is a deep love of the
exhilaration and freedom
of touring our beautiful area on two wheels, in the open air, without
insulation or protection. While
sensation is not for everyone, those of us who have embraced and come
it would never trade it for any other activity.
So our plea to our friends and neighbors in cars and
trucks is simple
and profound. We
exist. We love
riding and we love life. Please
be hyper-vigilant to our possible
presence at any time. Please
keep us in
mind as you drive.
article by Tom Cooke - Professor Emeritus of
State University and Redwood Rider
A special Thanks to everyone who contributed to our first edition of the Redwood Riders Monthly Review.
Officers and Road Captains
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