Whether you ride a motorcycle or not, you’ll probably enjoy the bike show happening Aug. 17, when Maine’s Chapter “D” of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association will hold its free Honda Gold Wing Show. The event, at Friend & Friend in Ellsworth on Route 1A, will even come with free lunch and sodas.
“Friend & Friend supplies the hot dogs and hamburgers,” said Reggie Moors, the chapter’s membership enhancement coordinator. Music from the 1950s and 1960s will lend a fun sound to the event.
Visitors will enjoy a wide array of riders’ Gold Wings on display, as well as check out the latest Honda bikes at the dealership.
“The purpose of the Gold Wing chapter is to basically get more members to know about the Gold Wing Road Riders Association,” said Moors. “We have about 80,000 members throughout the United States and Canada — and internationally. There are 53 countries that are involved.”
Membership is mainly for people who own or ride Honda Gold Wings or Valkyries; for a few dollars more, any motorcyclists can join and gain membership benefits. Benefits include 24/7 roadside assistance and emergency towing, subscription to the monthly Wing World magazine, leadership training, a prescription savings card for family and pets, and a no-fee GWRRA Visa.
It also includes the Gold Book Service Directory, which features the names and contact numbers of businesses that offers discounted services for GWRRA members, and information for chapter contacts nationwide. Chapter contacts often can render assistance to riders abroad, such as providing transport for crippled Gold Wings, providing tools, acting as local tour guides, or even offering tent spaces, sheltered spaces, or lodging.
There’s a strong camaraderie among motorcyclists, but its extremely strong among GWRRA members — and is a great way to meet people, Moors says. Recently, he and his wife met a GWRRA couple from British Columbia who were in Bangor.
“He was on his Gold Wing, she was on her trike,” Moors said. “We showed them where to get a motel. We got their business card, and they said if we ever get out there, to look them up.”
Membership also exposes bikers to GWRRA Rider Education. Moors says that the all-volunteer GWRRA stresses education and motorcycle safety at the local, regional, and national levels.
“[Safety is] very important,” Moors said. “We encourage all members to ride with the proper gear all the time.”
The Maine District has chapters in Bangor, Lewiston, and Sanford, with the Bangor chapter covering northern Maine. The Bangor chapter meets at 6 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at Fresh Ginger Restaurant in Hampden. Members discuss past rides and schedule future activities.
For information about the Honda Gold Wing Show, contact Moors at 207-570-1428 or firstname.lastname@example.org.