By Gary Klinker
Happy Riding Season! It seems like once winter
left spring really came fast. With the BMW Owners
mileage contest starting April 8 I have been
working on a good year. I also picked up some
extra miles by scouting some boni (plural for
bonus) for the Bonzai Road Rally that will be
based again this year from La Crosse over Memorial
Day weekend. Check it out at: glmc.org (Glacial
Lakes Motorcycle Club) It will be great fun on
some of the best roads in the Midwest. You still
have time to join the fun.
The Safe Rider schedule is filling at a very good
pace. As of today's writing we have five BRC
classes full and three more 1/2 filled. The new
registration system is working well but there is
still a learning curve for us. I would appreciate
any feedback from students who have registered for
a class and have experience from that end of the
In March I had the pleasure of attending the 2E
Bike Show and seeing a lot of friends, both old
and new. It was like getting a jump on summer
activity and travel. I want to thank the entire
region for their generous donation to the Safe
Rider program. It is very much appreciated.
Speaking of Bike Shows, I hope you all made it to
the Region 7D show in Tomah.
I'd also like to send out a thank you to the USA
Pride Swap Meet in Wausau for their generous
donation to the Safe Rider Program from this
We may have just entered the riding season, but
there are three motorcycle fatalities that I have
heard about. We are the people who can do
something about this. Yes, we can educate the
public and new drivers. Yes, we can train as many
riders as possible, both new and experienced. But
it is still up to each and every one of us as
riders to keep our skills sharp, pay attention
when we ride, stay sober, and wear protective
gear. We can lead by example.
I said I would have a product review, but there
was a problem with the new electronic unit. I
worked with the tech people and ended up returning
it for a different unit. I'll have to keep
you in suspense until next month. How's that
for making you want to read this column? Until
then, ride safe, stay sober when you ride, and be
a good example.
Ride Safe ...
Klinker, Gary. "Safety Report." ABATE of Wisconsin Newsletter May. 2017.