I read an interesting article this morning on what some of the younger generation are looking for with regards to choice of motorcycle styles.  

          The article was on the Revzilla site (the link to the article is at the bottom of this e-mail), and says that the Scramblers and retro style bikes are gaining a significant amount of popularity with the younger generation of bikers.  They use the term hipster millenials, but I think this really reaches further than that particular demographic.

Scrambler

          I know that my 22 year old son (who is in the SAL, and is definitely not a hipster millennial) has no interest in the bigger cruisers, and is looking at the retro style bike as his first ride.  About a month ago I went with him to a dealer who sold all types and brands of bikes, and the place was packed with young people looking at sport and retro bikes.  And just recently I went with a friend to a HD dealer to get his bike serviced, and the place was a ghost town.   That by itself tells me there might be something to what this author is saying.  

          This is something to definitely consider while you and your Chapter are working on recruiting new members.   How open and accepting is your Chapter to different style of bikes and riders?  If these riders don't feel welcome, you could be missing out on a whole new generation of riders (Vets, Auxiliary and Sons).  

          Now that better riding weather is coming, you will see more and more "Bike Nights" taking place.  I would recommend visiting a couple to get a feel for what the younger generation of riders want, and what they are looking for in a ride organization.  

          While what we do as the nation's largest veterans service organization will not change ... we as an organization must be constantly evolving with how we recruit, and looking at how we can make these younger riders welcome.  They must understand that they are just as important to helping us meet our mission, regardless of the type of bike they ride.  

Read the article here: How younger riders, Scramblers and Retro style bikes can save motorcycling in the U.S.

 

Respectfully,

Randy Brenneman

Vice President

American Legion Riders

Department of California

(559) 285-8513


03/04/2017
8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Chapter 365’s 4th annual poker run named in honor of our late chapter president, Darryl Malone.

All proceeds go to veterans and veteran charities.

 

A handcrafted route along roads you didn’t know exist!

Your entrance fee includes a delicious lunch.

Live Music*

Vendors*

High/low hands, extra card, extra hand available*

50/50 and raffles*

 

More information to follow, save the date!

 

*All the usual biker stuff, only better…

03/18/2017
7:30 am to 4:30 pm

ALR Chapter 26 - Bakersfield invites all ALR Chapters to join us on a social ride to the China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station, Ridgecrest, CA fo the China Lake Air Show featuring the U.S. Navy Blue Angels on Saturday, March 18, 2017

Meet at the Shell Station, Highway 58 and Comanche Road (approximately 10 miles east of Bakersfield) starting at 7:30 AM. KSU at 8:00 AM to Mojave for a gas / restroom stop. Any Chapter wishing to join us in Mojave at the Chevron station meet there at approximately 9:00 AM. Distance from Shell to Ridgecrest is approximately 110 miles. Be prepared for desert sun. Flying is scheduled to start at noon.

Please review ChinaLakeAirShow.com/Entry-Restrictions regarding prohibited items including, but not limited to  any weapons, food and drinks (on sale at the show) and bags. All persons and vehicles are subject to search. Currently, ALR vests are okay. General admission and parking are free. Reserved seating tickets are available at ChinaLakeAirShow.com or bring a folding chair or blanket. For Chapters traveling an extended distance there are 10 motels in Ridgecrest or stay in Bakersfield. Refer to your favorite travel website.

Please RSVP or send questions to:

Ralph Wenzinger, Chapter 26 President: Rwenzing@hotmail.com

Norm Van Pelt, Chapter 26 Sr. Road Captain: Norman8791@aol.com

03/18/2017
11:00 am to 2:00 pm

I  WILL HAVE OR FLYER UP JUST AS SOON AS POSSIBLE .POST 311 WILL BE HOSTING THIS EVENT ALONG WITH POST 348 THE EVENT WILL BE AT 311´S POST AS THERE IS A PLACE OUTBACK TO CATER A MEETING THE REST WILL BE COMING ASAP.JUST WANTED TO GET THE DATE OUT THERE FOR RIDERS TO SAVE THE DATE.

 

ALAN MILO BARCLAY VP ALR 348

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8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Chapter 365’s 4th annual poker run named in honor of our late chapter president, Darryl Malone.

All proceeds go to veterans and veteran charities.

 

A handcrafted route along roads you didn’t know exist!

Your entrance fee includes a delicious lunch.

Live Music*

Vendors*

High/low hands, extra card, extra hand available*

50/50 and raffles*

 

More information to follow, save the date!

 

*All the usual biker stuff, only better…


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03/18/2017
7:30 am to 4:30 pm

ALR Chapter 26 - Bakersfield invites all ALR Chapters to join us on a social ride to the China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station, Ridgecrest, CA fo the China Lake Air Show featuring the U.S. Navy Blue Angels on Saturday, March 18, 2017

Meet at the Shell Station, Highway 58 and Comanche Road (approximately 10 miles east of Bakersfield) starting at 7:30 AM. KSU at 8:00 AM to Mojave for a gas / restroom stop. Any Chapter wishing to join us in Mojave at the Chevron station meet there at approximately 9:00 AM. Distance from Shell to Ridgecrest is approximately 110 miles. Be prepared for desert sun. Flying is scheduled to start at noon.

Please review ChinaLakeAirShow.com/Entry-Restrictions regarding prohibited items including, but not limited to  any weapons, food and drinks (on sale at the show) and bags. All persons and vehicles are subject to search.
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03/18/2017
11:00 am to 2:00 pm

I  WILL HAVE OR FLYER UP JUST AS SOON AS POSSIBLE .POST 311 WILL BE HOSTING THIS EVENT ALONG WITH POST 348 THE EVENT WILL BE AT 311´S POST AS THERE IS A PLACE OUTBACK TO CATER A MEETING THE REST WILL BE COMING ASAP.JUST WANTED TO GET THE DATE OUT THERE FOR RIDERS TO SAVE THE DATE.

 

ALAN MILO BARCLAY VP ALR 348


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