ALR 146 Meeting and Ride this Saturday – 1/22/14

The monthly ALR 146 meeting will take place at 0900 at the VANC Building.  Lot’s to discuss so try and join us.

The meeting will take 1 hour and then we will ride as a group to Post 281 in Dana Point.  They are having an Open House to celebrate their new facility.  They will have a motorcycle accessory Raffle and complimentary Hot Dogs, Hamburgers and Soft Drinks.  The bar will be open.

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2014 Motorcycle Law on Lane Splitting

The California Highway Patrol and other statewide traffic safety groups have created a set of written guidelines on motorcycle “lane-splitting”.

The guidelines set by the groups including the CHP, the Department of Motor Vehicles and Office of Traffic Safety, say motorcyclists can ride between two cars if there is room, but only at speeds no more than 10 miles-per-hour faster than the vehicles they’re passing. The rules also say that motorcyclists should not attempt the move at full freeway speeds, or in any traffic going faster than 30 mph.

So, to summarize, if traffic is going 30 mph or slower you are allowed to lane split if there is room to do so but you can’t be moving more than 10 mph faster than traffic.

BTW – California is the only state in the country that allows lane-splitting.

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Activities the week of February 10-16

Don’t forget to check the PGR web site for rides during the week.

Saturday is the American Legion Post Meeting at the VANC Building.  It’s starts at 9:00 am.  We are all members of Post 146 and we need to participate in post activities and meetings whenever possible.

Also on Saturday is the ALR Post 149 Valentines Day Ride and Dinner.  They have a great ride and program planned and all American Legion Riders are invited.  Check the Facebook page for details and the flyer.  https://www.facebook.com/events/1459523900927569/

Make sure you have our next monthly meeting on your calendar.  Saturday the 22nd at the VANC Building.  And after the meeting we will be riding to Post 281’s Open House in Dana Point.  Hopefully the weather will cooperate and we’ll have a great turnout for the ride.

Ride safe!

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It Was A Great Day To Ride!

The first monthly meeting and lunch ride produced a great ride for a few of our members. Kevin Johnstone was elected Road Captain for the Chapter and his first ride took the group up the coast to Ortega Highway and a twisty ride up to lunch at Hell’s Kitchen. The weather was perfect and concerns about traffic, construction and packs of rocket riders were unfounded. The group rode down the mountain to the east, stopped briefly at Legion Post #200 in Lake Elsinore and then back to Oceanside.

Hopefully we’ll have more riders join us on the next ride on February 22nd following the monthly meeting. Post 281 in Dana Point has a new facility and they’ve invited us to ride up for their Open House.

If you have any thoughts on where to ride in March, drop Kevin a line at kevinjohnstone@mac.com.

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ALR 146 Christmas Party Details Announced!

Holiday time is upon us and it’s time for the annual ALR 146 Christmas Party.  It’s a Pot Luck event at the VANC Building and we’re going to have a wonderful time!

When:  Saturday, December 14, 2013 – 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Where:  The VANC Building, 1617 Mission Ave., Oceanside, CA 92054

There will be music, dancing and frivolity.  Attire will be “casual festive dress”

RSVP by December 7 to Ken Derr – capndirt.1@netzero.com or (760) 272-5941

Please coordinate your Pot Luck dish with Brenda Gallo – bgallo@cox.net or (619) 322-5875

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NEXT SATURDAY IS A HUGE DAY FOR ALR 146

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Next Saturday is a huge day for the Chapter as we host our first Toys For Tots event at the VANC Building.  We need all hands on deck to support, assist and participate so that this is a tremendously successful event!  We need assistance moving tables and chairs from the Elks Lodge to the VANC Building.  The work party will meet at 1700 at the VANC Building and any help will be greatly appreciated.  We also need additional set-up assistance beginning at 0600 on Saturday.  If you haven’t registered for the event yet, please go to our site and do so today!  http://www.eventbrite.com/e/toys-for-tots-26th-annual-benefit-ride-registration-7676969021?aff=eorg

Brenda has done a tremendous job pulling this event together.  She has a number of vendors, many great raffle prizes and some incredible silent auction items.  The food will be great and the ride will be beautiful!  At this time we are expecting over 200 riders from all over Southern California to ride in support of Toys for Tots and ALR 146.

Come out and support your chapter!

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Several Great Rides Next Weekend

Another weekend is coming that is full of ride opportunities.  Friday is the San Diego HD Ride for Operation Wounded Warrior.  Saturday is the Defend Freedom Bus tour and we’ve been asked to escort the bus from the Veterans Museum by the Balboa Naval Hospital up to the VANC Building.  There is also a ride for Paws For Wounded Vets taking place Saturday in Temecula.  So, get out and ride!  Also, let others know which ride you’re attending so maybe we can get a few groups together.

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George Simons Is Looking For Riders For Harbor Days Parade

From George Simons:To all ALR chapters PGR riders and friends.  A chance for a good time and a great ride at the 2013 Oceanside Harbor Day’s parade on September 28.  This a motorcycle only parade that will be run non-stop at 15mph for about 30 min. after which a double decker bus will take us to Harbor Days. We’d like 50 bike’s to showup. Meet at the Jolly Roger parking lot at 0830. KSU 0900 sharp in Oceanside Harbor.  For more info call George A. Simons at 760-310-6461.
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Monthly Meeting This Thursday at VANC Building

The next monthly meeting will take place this Thursday, September 26th,  at 1830 in the VANC Building.  Next month we go back to the 4th Saturday of each month and the meeting will take no more than 1 hour and be followed by a lunch ride.  October meeting will take place on Saturday, October 26th.

Try your best to join us this Thursday.  We have lots to discuss and several rides to plan!

BTW – There’s something goofy on the Upcoming Events to the right of this.  It says the monthly meeting is on the 25th – but it’s not – it’s on Thursday the 26th.  It also says there is a monthly lunch ride on Saturday, but there isn’t.  Most of us will be going to the Bigg’s ride on Saturday or supporting George for the Harbor Days Motorcycle Parade.  I’m trying to fix the problem.  Sorry for the confusion.

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Show Off Your Bike on Tuesday Night at Pit Stop

From 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Legion Riders from all North County Chapters will be showing off their motorcycles. Stop by, check out the bikes, grab a bite and chat with the American Legion Riders.

Bring your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers! 15% of all food sales for the entire day will be donated to the Ride for Kids to support the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. 

If you can’t come in person, you can go to the website to make a donation: http//firstgiving.com/fundraiser/AmericanLegionRiders/2013-san-diego-ride-for-kids

See you there!

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