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Honda Gold Wing show slated for Friend & Friend

During their recent Lobster Ride to Deer Isle, New Brunswick, members of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association take a break at a rest area on Route 9 in Washington County. The GWRRA’s Bangor chapter will sponsor the Honda Gold Wing Show slated to take place Saturday, Aug. 18 at Friend & Friend in Ellsworth.
Reggie Moors Sr.
During their recent Lobster Ride to Deer Isle, New Brunswick, members of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association take a break at a rest area on Route 9 in Washington County. The GWRRA’s Bangor chapter will sponsor the Honda Gold Wing Show slated to take place Saturday, Aug. 18 at Friend & Friend in Ellsworth.
Posted Aug. 08, 2012, at 3:14 p.m.

Motorcyclists are invited to learn about Honda bikes and the Gold Wing Road Riders Association at the Honda Gold Wing Show slated to take place 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 18 at Friend & Friend in Ellsworth. Admission is free.

The show will feature music from the 1950s and 1960s, GWRRA members displaying their motorcycles, and free food (hamburgers, hot dogs, and soda) provided by Friend & Friend. Dealership representatives will display the latest Honda motorcycles. Friend & Friend is located at 227 State St., beside the Fork in the Road traffic light.

According to Reggie Moors Sr. of Carmel, the show’s purpose “is to get the word out about the Gold Wing Road Riders Association and hopefully attract new members” to the 72,000-plus-member GWRRA, which was founded in 1977 in Phoenix, Ariz. Moors is the membership enhancement coordinator for the Bangor-based Chapter D, Maine District, GWRRA.

Association membership is open to people who own or ride Honda Gold Wing or Valkyrie motorcycles; motorcyclists who ride other bikes can join the GWRRA as associate members. Headquartered in the United States, the association also has chapters in Canada and 53 other countries.

Membership benefits include:

• 24/7 roadside assistance and emergency towing;

• The Gold Book Service Directory, which features “the names and [contact] numbers of businesses that offers discounted services for GWRRA members,” Moors said;

• Leadership training;

• A prescription savings card that provides coverage for family members and for pets;

• A no-fee GWRRA Visa credit card;

• GWRRA Rider Education. According to Moors, “we stress education,” with the GWRRA scheduling motorcycle-safety seminars at the local, regional, and national levels. The all-volunteer association emphasizes safety; “we stress proper riding gear: gloves, helmet, coat, everything,” said Moors, who rides a Honda GL1200.

The Maine District has chapters in Bangor, Lewiston, and Sanford, with the Bangor chapter covering northern Maine. The Bangor chapter, which has some 40 active members, meets the first Thursday of each month at Fresh Ginger Restaurant in the Hannibal Hamlin Mall at the intersection of Main Road North and Western Avenue in Hampden. Supper begins at 6 p.m.; the meeting starts at 7 p.m. Members discuss past rides and schedule future activities, such as chapter picnics, bowling, and scenic rides.

Moors and his wife, Mary, joined the GWRRA 14 years ago “for the camaraderie,” he said. “We meet some really nice people.” He indicated that GWRRA members are known as “Goldwingers”; he and Mary often meet other association members during out-of-state road trips.

For more information about the Honda Gold Wing Show, contact Moors at (207) 570-1428 or rmoorssr@roadrunner.com.

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