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WCWR and the Big Lie

Becoming a three pieced patch club was not something I ever really wanted but a vote was taken and all for one you know.

We contacted the powers that be and set up a meeting to get sanctioned. We met with the President of the sanctioning body at a local restaurant.

We were asked if any of our members were in law enforcement and we said no. To be honest it really didn’t even occur to me or several others. And that was the first BIG LIE. After a couple of hours of discussion we were sanctioned to be a three piece motorcycle club and a member of the
Illinois Confederation of Clubs.

After attending an ILCOC meeting we realized we had a problem. Our current President Sheri was actually a volunteer with the Itasca Police department and according to her had the ability to arrest and detain anyone breaking the law in the city. This of course can be verified by simply visiting the Itasca police dept website. So here we are in the middle of a bunch of 1% and our President is a volunteer cop. No one appreciated my joke about no wonder they were always getting infiltrated and arrested.

The plan to repair the problem was Sheri would step down citing work issues and Julie would be made President. We would keep Sheri out of sight as much as possible just in case an ILCOC member happened to see her in Itasca.

I’m not sure how the sanctioning body will feel about this, maybe they won’t care. And just to be clear I was involved just as much as everyone else.

Coming Soon

The Biggest Lie Part 2
The reason the club splits apart
The Big Lie part 3
How we kept another club from getting sanctioned.

Founder and past Sgt at Arms of Windy City Women Riders


May 28th 2013

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By Vicki Sanfelipo

Vicki Sanfelipo, RN – Director of ASMI (Accident Scene Management, Inc.)

Vicki Sanfelipo

I have been coordinating group rides for 15 years. As the Head Road Captain for a group of 25 female Road Guardians called Women In Motion, I hope that this article can give you some good advice whether you are the person who is coordinating or participating.

Group riding can be great fun when done safely. This topic has several different facets, including planning, executing and participating in a group ride. I will address each facet separately.

Planning a Group Ride:

Whether you’re planning a short or a long ride, there are a number of things that you, as the coordinator, should consider.

  1. Plan a ride that will address the skill level of your riders. While choosing a route with curves and hills is good, choosing a route with hairpin curves and significant uphill right-hand turns can challenge even experienced riders.
  2. Try to plan your route so that it maximizes right turns and minimizes the number of intersections you need to go through.
  3. Plan to stop every hour or so in order to give riders a chance to eat, drink, stretch their legs and use restroom facilities.
  4. Be sure to plan a gas stop every 90-100 miles.
  5. Try to keep your groups small enough that they can get through intersections with minimal problems. This will require you to have enough experienced riders to help at both the front and the back of each group.

Executing a Group Ride:

Communication is the key.

  1. Communicate with your riders by giving them maps of the planned route, times you will be at each location, planned gas stops and your phone number.
  2. Ask your riders to arrive with a full tank of gas and an empty bladder.
  3. Instruct your group on group riding hand signals and staggered riding. For an excellent group riding instructional paper (complete with hand signals) that can be handed out to riders and/or sent to them ahead of time, see the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s Guide to Group Riding. Also check out The Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s 10-minute video on group riding, available here.
  4. Designate someone as the group leader. Your group leader should be the person who gives pre-ride instructions. You should also have at least one person, but preferably two, assigned at the rear of the group, often called the “sweep.”

    Those at the rear should be familiar with the route and should carry tools for minor breakdown assistance, a cell phone to call for help if needed, and Accident Scene Management (ASMI) training and supplies in the event someone needs medical assistance.

    The reason that having two people at the back is better than one is so one person can help while the other continues with the group or, if something more serious is happening, one person can help while the other goes for help.

  5. If you have a “chase vehicle,” be sure to stock it with water, medical supplies and tools. Instruct the rider of the chase vehicle to maintain a safe distance from the back of the riders. This person may need to stop for more traffic signals than the rest of the group but will come upon anyone who has pulled over needing assistance.
  6. Inform riders that if they have a medical condition, they should let the sweep know. The sweep should be prepared to record the person’s name, emergency contact, bike model, license plate number and medical condition. This can be done at registration to save time at the rendezvous site.
  7. CB communication can be very helpful between the front and back of the pack. Test your communication devices before you get out on the road.
  8. New riders often want to ride in the back and maintain an excessive distance between themselves and the person in front of them. While this creates an issue with traffic wanting to cut through or into the pack, pushing the new rider to ride beyond their comfort zone is not typically a good idea either, so be patient! Make sure the sweep is behind everyone and help this person have a good and a safe experience.

Participating in a Group Ride

Hand signals and staggered riding are crucial.

Make sure everyone in the group is using the same information and hand signals, and you will enjoy a wonderful experience. For more information, see the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s Guide to Group Riding.

Please feel free to contact Vicki Sanfelipo with more questions at:

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There’s nothing like being out on the open road with the throttle in your hand and the wind at your back. But the most experienced motorcycle riders know that an accident can happen in the blink of an eye.

May is motorcycle safety month and GEICO is raising awareness among riders and non-riders alike with a multitude of safety tips, educational resources, and a safety video from AMA Daytona Sportbike Champion Martin Cardenas to ensure that everyone has a safe time this motorcycle season.

Always wear a helmet – In many states, wearing a helmet is now the law. A motorcycle rider not wearing a helmet is five times more likely to sustain a critical head injury. Make sure your helmet includes a face shield or protective eyewear.
Wear protective clothing – Leather clothes, gloves and boots with nonskid soles can protect you and minimize severe injuries in case of an accident. Reflective clothing will also make it easier for other drivers to see you.
Take a safety course – There is no such thing as too much training when it comes to riding a motorcycle. Play it safe and take a motorcycle safety course. Safety courses such as the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s (MSF), will sharpen your riding skills. Experienced riders can also benefit from refresher training. Some insurance companies offer participants and instructors a discount in most states for completion of a course.
Follow the rules – Know the rules of the road, obey the speed limit and local traffic laws. Remember to always pass vehicles and other bikes on the passing lane and give yourself enough time to break.
Ride defensively – Nearly two-thirds of all motorcycle accidents are caused by a driver violating a rider’s right of way. Ride with your headlights on and signal well in advance of any change in direction. Always watch for turning vehicles and be extra careful in inclement weather.
Don’t drink and ride – It’s illegal to operate a motorcycle while under the influence of alcohol. Alcohol affects judgment, vision and decreases your ability to ride and react defensively.
Check your bike – Make sure your motorcycle is ready for the road by inspecting the tires for proper air and making sure the lights are in good working condition. In addition, test the clutch and throttle, adjust the mirrors and check the brake controls

The GEICO military bike tour will roll into the Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon in Fredericksburg, Va., May 18 – 19; Charlotte Speed Street Festival, Charlotte, N.C., May 23 – 26 and the Patriot Festival and Air Show, Virginia Beach, Va., May 31 – June 2.

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© 2013, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. From a press release issued by Harley-Davidson

MILWAUKEE – As Harley-Davidson’s year-long, global 110th Anniversary Celebration rolls on, the company continues to highlight the independent spirits that have fueled the brand for more than a century. In May, Harley-Davidson will shine its headlight on women riders as part of the fifth annual Women Riders Month.

There’s never been a glass ceiling for women when it comes to Harley-Davidson, as female riders have been an integral part of the family since the company’s early days. In fact, dozens of female Harley riders have blazed historic trails, including the mother and daughter team of Avis and Effie Hotchkiss who in 1915 crossed America – twice – on a three-speed V-Twin Harley-Davidson with a sidecar.

Next month, Harley-Davidson is engaging its fans around the world to uncover modern day stories of independent women like Avis and Effie Hotchkiss, who embody freedom, self-expression and rebellion. From May 1 to May 15, 2013, fans are encouraged to share stories of incredible women riders through a crowd-sourcing application called “Fan Machine” on Harley-Davidson’s Facebook page ( ). Submitted stories should highlight how these women riders have unleashed their inner rebel as well as inspired other women to do the same.

“Our brand unites independents from all walks of life,” said Claudia Garber, Director of Women’s Outreach Marketing for Harley-Davidson. “There are thousands of women who have taken to life on two wheels…and they all have a story to tell. These stories are not only the lifeblood of the Harley-Davidson experience, but are instrumental in inspiring other women to live out their own dreams.”

The top 10 fan submissions will be featured on Harley-Davidson’s Facebook page and other social media channels, as well as the official Web site ( ). Each winner will also receive a $200 Harley-Davidson gift card and Harley-Davidson merchandise.

Women interested in riding are encouraged to visit the updated Women Riders section of the Harley-Davidson Web site at . The site features tools designed to help women in their journey toward riding, including information on local Women Riders Month events planned throughout May across the country.

About Harley-Davidson Motor Company Harley-Davidson Motor Company produces heavyweight custom, cruiser and touring motorcycles and offers a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, riding gear and apparel, and general merchandise. For more information, visit Harley-Davidson’s website at .

Please support our Boy Scout Troop 469 by participating in our Motorcycle Show & Swap Meet fundraiser!!

Saturday, June 8, 2013   9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Saratoga School

4040 N. Division, Morris

(1/2 mile north of I-80 on Route 47)

Rain or Shine!

Show Cycles: $10

Swap Vendors: $25 for first space; $15 each additional space

Both Show Cycles and Swap Vendors should register online at:

Spectators free!

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