About Us
About Us
Black Rose Wings
Black Rose Wings

We are the Black Rose Wings,

Part of the *North East Region

*Pennsylvania District

*Local Chapter PA-V

of (GWRRA) *Gold Wing Road Riders Association

 

The Gold Wing Road Riders Association (GWRRA) is the world's largest single-marque social organization for owners and riders of Honda Gold Wing/Valkyrie motorcycles -- and some would say, the world's largest family. Dedicated to our motto, Friends for Fun, Safety and Knowledge, GWRRA members enjoy the freedom of belonging to a not-for-profit, non-religious and non-political organization.

Founded in 1977, GWRRA has grown to more than 70,000 U.S., Canadian and international members in 53 foreign countries in just 32 years. Over 800 active Chapters are managed by 4,000 volunteer leaders working with members to foster safe, enjoyable riding while also working to improve the public image of motorcycling

Why Black Rose Wings
Why Black Rose Wings

"The Black Rose Wings"

As told by George Marrero

        You say you would like to know something about our chapter.  Ok folks.  Gather around and let me tell you a few things about it.  But first let me tell you about our town.  It’s called Hanover and it’s named after a town in Germany.  It’s called the “Black Rose City”.  It’s known as the “snack capital” of the world.  If you’ve ever eaten Utz potato chips or Snyder’s pretzels, then you know of us.  We have always been known for the quality of the workmanship that goes on in Hanover.  During the Revolutionary war we were lay over for the P.O.W.’s’ on the way to Frederick Maryland. And during the “uncivil war,” we had a battle fought here by none other then General George Armstrong Custer. It was a prelude to a little place you may have heard of just west of us, a town called Gettysburg. We are also known the world over for Hanover Shoe and I don’t mean the ones on you feet.  We breed the best horses in the world and have for well over a hundred years.

     If you look, you’ll see that there are certain things that we like to do as a chapter.  Just check out all the dinner and ice cream places we like to ride.  Above all else we like rides that deal with children.  Like our annual bunny run.  Come rain, snow or sun, nothing stops us from delivering our bunnies.  There’s the Children’s Miracle Network ride that we do each year, which is always, fun.  And there’s the open house at Hanover Power Sports where all the proceeds from the food cooked and sold by our chapter goes to Ride for Kids.  Every year we go to a “bowl-a-thon” in Maryland and help raise money for kids down there.  Now I have to brag a little and say for the last several years we’ve walked away with top honors and feel the event should be moved to Hanover so we don’t have to drive that far.  And finally, in December when it’s just a little chilly out, we have the last ride of the year, the Santa Clause Ride for Kids living in the York County Access shelter.  If you ever want to see a bunch of kids grin ear to ear, look at them when they see Santa on a motorcycle leading a bunch of other motorcycles just for them.  Talk about smiling faces.

     But back to our chapter - about twelve years ago a group of people from the area found out that they had something in common.  They all were riding a unique motorcycle, a Honda Goldwing and they were all interested in forming a riding group.  Well that small band of ten people interested in riding together back in November of “96” has today grown to close to a hundred people.  But they are not just people; they are more like part of your family.  Since our beginning we have had six couples lead our chapter.  Each couple had the help and guidance of others to help them along the way, and each and every one of them has guided our chapter in the direction that has helped all of us grow for the better.  And yes as a family, we have felt the pain of losing some of our members.  But they are always with us, and are not forgotten for the contribution they gave to us.

     In September every year we all gather with our family and friends and have a picnic at Codorus State Park overlooking the picturesque lake Marburg.  Everyone brings a covered dish and the chapter provides the hotdogs and hamburgers.  We have bike games, and trike games, and even people games and card games.  People sit back and relax and enjoy the company of family and friends.  We think of the things that we’ve done so far and all that we still want to do this season and even start talking about next years riding season.  They say a picture is worth a thousand words.  Well our pictures say more, they say we are family.

     Well I hope I answered your questions about our chapter. All I can say is if you’re looking for a group you can just occasionally ride with, then my group wouldn’t suit you.  But if you wanted to become part of a family, let me introduce you to mine.

    The End

 

Membership in GWRRA
Membership in GWRRA

Who belongs to GWRRA?

GWRRA members are men and women from all walks of life with varied interests and backgrounds. We have riders in their teens, riders in their 90's and every age in between! Many ride solo; many ride with their children or grandchildren! Some ride Wings that are new; some ride Wings that are "classics." Some belong for the technical information we share; some just for the enjoyment of riding with friends.

As a family organization, typical GWRRA fun includes restaurant runs, picnic rides, campouts or CPR/first aid workshops conducted in a wholesome, fun-filled environment suitable for all family members. We also have dances, charity runs, parades, ice cream socials and riding clinics.

To be a member of GWRRA, there are only two requirements: own a Honda Gold Wing/Valkyrie and keep your membership fees current. We have individual or family memberships available. For non Gold Wing/Valkyrie owners there is now a classification of our membership titled Associate, which is also available as individual or family.

Some of our most dedicated members, though once apprehensive about riding as passengers, have discovered the joys of touring: the fresh air, the beautiful vistas, the close communication with their partners. Many even learn to ride their own machines.

While generalization about a group of individuals as large as today's GWRRA is difficult, GWRRA members are likely to be independent thinkers, fun-loving, generous, adventuresome, cooperative and unfazed by the natural challenges of riding in the rain, temperature extremes or highway uncertainties. Many members have completed CPR and first aid training, making them the best-prepared riders on the worldÕs highways!

Why belong to GWRRA?

There are many benefits to GWRRA membership. Our members enjoy special camaraderie and fellowship and the comfort of belonging to the largest family of Gold Wing/Valkyrie owners. We like to share our pleasure in the freedom of riding motorcycles with others like ourselves. We strive for improvement by attending GWRRA safety workshops. We share technical expertise, news and tips about riding, maintenance and the best touring routes in the world. We also offer emergency towing and roadside assistance program. Rescue is a benefit that ensures peace of mind, day or night. Among our 80,000 skilled and dedicated members can be found the answer to just about any question about the Gold Wing/Valkyrie, whether new or old! Membership, signified by our special, plastic membership card, also results in benefits like discounts at many Honda dealerships, certain hotels, campgrounds and travel agencies. And, if you ever need help when traveling, our Gold Book Directory connects you with your nearest friends wherever you are.

Benefits? Yes, we have many benefits and we're adding more all the time. But our most important benefit is sharing how to safely enjoy motorcycles in more ways than you thought possible!

Wing Ding : Incomparable Gold Wing Memories at our annual convention.

Once a year, Gold Wing/Valkyrie owners and their friends meet for the largest, most prestigious Gold Wing/Valkyrie extravaganza in the world. Called Wing Ding, it's four days of fun-filled activities that keeps members coming back year after year. Imagine thousands of Gold wings all in one place at one time! Picture yourself in the miles-long parade of Wings, waving at admirers lining the streets! Browse the busy aisles of the largest Gold Wing trade show in the world, with hundreds of vendors offering more chrome, lights, accessories and riding gear than you'll ever find anywhere else! You'll see talented Wing Riders competing for trophies and honors in skill events and precision drill team maneuvers. From festive dances and parties, to quiet times and reunions with far-flung friends, Wing Ding is a spectacular event. It's thousands of Wing Riders, phenomenal scenery, good food, marvelous riding and special memories you'll treasure for a lifetime.

Wing World : For the Ultimate Touring Machine Rider

A unique member benefit is Wing World magazine. This beautiful, glossy monthly publication is packed with Gold Wing touring stories, Honda and aftermarket product announcements, technical advice from Honda technicians and Gold Wing accessory advertising for finding what you need at the best prices. You'll read stories about people you know and places you dream of discovering; youÕll identify with letters written by riders like yourself from all over the world. No other magazine comes close to Wing World for its beautiful Gold Wing photos, news, commentary, technical tips, maintenance hints and travelogues. Every issue includes reader classifieds, rider education and an up-to-date listing of all national, regional and local GWRRA events, as well as a directory of our officers you can contact for more information.

The Gold Book : A directory of Friends Worldwide

The Gold Book is the exclusive GWRRA service directory, which lists participating GWRRA members' names, phone numbers and what they can share with you: help, information, tools, lodging, trip assistance, camping space and, of course, fellowship. If you find yourself needing help on a lonely highway, youÕll find a GWRRA friend nearby. Many members think the Gold Book is the best highway insurance of all!

Rider Education : Another Important Benefit

Consistently honored by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, the GWRRA Rider Education Program works diligently to teach you how to ride better, safer and smarter: perhaps, even how to save your life! You can learn how to safely pull a trailer, how to cope with adverse riding conditions, how to keep your Gold Wing in top-notch shape and how your passenger can be a better Co-Rider. Your participation entitles you to the best insurance rates available for your Gold Wing and its accessories.

Is There More?
A cloisonné enamel membership pin; an embroidered patch for your jacket; reflective safety decals; an embossed plastic membership card for discounts at many Honda dealers; free courtesy cards; our own "Wearhouse" store; information on all GWRRA rallies and events; travel discounts; credit card programs; Rescue emergency towing and roadside assistance while riding on any motorcycle and several other benefits. See Rescue Plus for details on enhanced coverage.

How much is GWRRA?

You'll soon discover belonging to the Gold Wing Road Riders Association is an enormous value for a very small investment! Individual Membership is just $150 for three years, $105 for two years or $55 for one year. Family Membership is $180 for three years, $125 for two years, and $65 for one year.

The quickest way to join GWRRA is through our Online: membership registration. If you prefer, Call:  (800) 843-9460 or (623) 581-2500 during normal Phoenix business hours; or write GWRRA, P.O. Box 42450, Phoenix, AZ 85080-2450; or fax your application or request anytime to (623) 581-3844; or Email: memberservices@gwrra.org              We accept MastersterCard, VISA, American Express or Discover.

We are a proud and caring organization. Whether you ride in a group or alone, whether you're a "joiner" or a "loner," you will find GWRRA offers something special for you and yours. Many first-timers come for "just a look" and find something to last a lifetime!

Over 80,000 of your soon-to-be closest friends invite you to join GWRRA! Discover the pride and confidence of belonging to the largest, best and most caring Gold Wing organization in the world; dedicated to Friendship, Fun, Safety and Knowledge! Come home to GWRRA.

*Satisfaction guaranteed, or your money back!
*GWRRA will gladly refund you any of the remaining portion of your membership.

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