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


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Thru: 06/04/2017 12:00 pm

 

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Thursday 

1400 hrs.      Registration Opens

                        Bar Opens

                        Raffle and 50/50 ticket sales begin

                        No organized rides planned.  Maps available for individual rides.

1700 hrs.      Dinner hosted by Auxiliary/SAL. Price and menu to be announced

                       (1700-1930 hrs.)

Friday

0800 hrs.      Greeters and Registration Opens

                        Raffle and 50/50 ticket sales

0900 hrs.      Opening Ceremony

                        Bar Opens

1100 hrs.      Organized Ride:  71-mile round-trip; beautiful ride through North County to historic Pozo Saloon (1800’s), then back to Post 66.

1300 hrs.      Organized Ride:  45-mile round trip; visit Avila Beach, then take back roads to beautiful Morro Bay; back to Post 66.

1700 hrs.      Dinner hosted by Auxiliary/SAL. (Price and menu to be announced) (1700-1930 hrs.)

SATURDAY

0700 hrs.      Post 66 Pancake Breakfast ($5.00) (0700-1200 hrs.)

0800 hrs.      Greeters and Registration Opens

                        Raffle and 50/50 Ticket Sales

1000 hrs.      Organized Ride:  DON’T MISS THIS ONE!  171 miles/6 hrs. North to Fort Hunter-Legget (Ferguson Road) to Coastal Highway 1 (most beautiful view you’ve ever seen) to Cambria for break/fuel/lunch, then back to Post 66.

1300 hrs.      Organized Ride:  100 miles/2 hrs.  Highway 1, north to Cambria then to San Simeon.  Visit elephant seals, relax, then back to Post 66.

1630 hrs.      Romp Meeting:  Discuss next year’s Western Romp location and possible patch change.

1700 hrs.      Western Romp Tri-Tip Dinner (tickets in your package or purchase individually)

1830 hrs.      Raffle and 50/50 drawings

1900 hrs.      “The Back Pages Band”.  No, it’s not a Juke Box you’re listening to, and yes, they’re that good! (1900-2100 hrs.)

SUNDAY

0700 hrs.      Post 66 Pancake Breakfast ($5.00) (0700-1200 hrs.)

0900 hrs.      Romp Meeting and LEAD Training.

1100 hrs.      Closing Ceremony

1200 hrs.      Farewells until next year at Western Romp 2018!

 

 

The American Legion Riders of Post 83 Merced, held a Motorcycle Safety Training Day to allow riders to enjoy the day riding several motorcycle training courses at no cost to the riders.

The next training is Sat May 27, 2017....no flyer, we post on our FB Page.  American Legion Riders Post 83 Merced. It is pin to the top. We invited Area 3 Vice President Ralph M. To attend if he wanted. This training is for Post 83 only at this time. I think it is something other ALRs could do.  We have lots of small videos posted on FB if you scroll down to last Saturday showing the courses.  Eventually I would like to help others set this up if interested. 

Rob Carrier
rchevy1500@yahoo.com
Area 3 - Chapter 83

   


05/27/2017
5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Military Tribute Night at Madera Speedway 1850 W. Cleveland Ave Madera, 93637. All Active & Retired Military get in the grandstands for free! Race #3 will be televised on the MAVTV station. Various other Class Races; Pro Model Series 100 laps, 51FIFTY Jr late Model Series 75 laps, Toyota Sedans, Mini Cup & F4´s. Military Tribute Starts at 5pm (approx) with fly over by AirGuard, Color Guard presentation & Flag line by American Legion Riders Chapter 11 Madera.  

 

 Services for Bob Too Tall are as follows:

Address: Miller Jones mortuary
1501 W. Florida  Hemet 92546

Viewing: Monday May 8th 4 - 8pm
all are welcomed​.

Funeral:. Tuesday. May 9th at 9:30 am with escort to RNC immediately following funeral.  

Graveside service:    RNC at noon

I, Mama Dee, would like to request to my brothers and sisters of ALR, to ride with me in escorting Bob's thunder ride to rest. 

Thank you for all your condolences, thoughts, and prayers.


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