did GWRRA get started?
Based on the premise of Fun, Safety and Knowledge,
GWRRA, an international association for Gold Wing
and Valkyrie motorcycle Riders, Co-riders, and
Associate Members, was started June 4, 1977, by
seven people with a common interest in riding
their motorcycles. They wanted to establish
an association that would allow freedom from
regulatory membership, yet provide benefits
superior to those available from other, more
ordinary, motorcycle groups.
30 years later, the Association continues to grow
and flourish. Today there are 80,000 Members
spread across the United States and 52 other
countries! There are over 800 Chapters where
Members gather to have fun and live the motto of
"Friends for Fun, Safety and Knowledge."
Association is built on four simple ideals.
First is to "promote safety and skill
enhancement," so we can continue to enjoy our
hobby of riding. The second is to
"promote friendship" among the entire
biking public. The third is to "promote
the positive image of the motorcycle rider"
to continue striving to overcome the negative
image many non-motorcyclists attach to folks like
us. The fourth ideal is to "promote
fun." After all, life is too short not
to enjoy, and the one common thread that runs
through this Association is the FUN factor!
there different types of Membership?
Individual Membership: For individual Members
only, this membership is for the person who owns a
Gold Wing or Valkyrie motorcycle and pays the
annual membership fee of $45 for one year, $85 for
two years and $120 for three years.
Membership: For families with two or more people
in the same household, who own a Gold Wing or
Valkyrie motorcycle and pay the annual membership
fee of $55 for one year, $105 for two years and
$150 for three years.
Individual Membership: For those individuals who
wish to take advantage of GWRRA and its benefits,
do not own a Gold Wing or Valkyrie and pay the
annual membership fee of $50 for one year, $95 for
two years and $135 for three years.
Family Membership: For families with two or more
people in the household who wish to take advantage
of GWRRA and its benefits, do not own a Gold Wing
or Valkyrie and pay the annual membership fees of
$60 for one year, $115 for two years and $165 for
Membership: For those individuals who have been a
Member of GWRRA for twenty consecutive years and
pay a nominal annual membership fee of $20 per
Only: The subscriber receives 12 issues of Wing
World magazine for $40 per year.
Membership: Available with three levels of
Membership options. Level 1 provides your
business name and website link in black for only
$500 a year; Level 2 provides your business name,
logo and website link in black for just $700 a
year and Level 3 provides your business name,
logo, website link and a full-color ad for only
$1,000 a year. As a Business Member, you
also receive the GWRRA Business Logo for use in
your advertising and marketing; biannual listing
in Wing World magazine; signage at Wing Ding;
certificate to exhibit in your place of business;
a listing in the Gold Book; 12-month subscription
to Wing World magazine.
are some of my benefits as a Member of GWRRA?
The benefits of membership are many. Member
benefits include a twelve-month subscription to
Wing World, one of the finest Gold Wing/Valkyrie
magazines in the world! A second benefit,
the annual "Gold Book" Service
Directory, has thousands of names of fellow
Members offering services that range from roadside
assistance to lodging. Members also receive
Free Rescue Emergency Roadside Assistance, an
attractive gold-plated GWRRA pin, membership card,
logo patch, and distinctive logo decals.
Other benefits that many of our Members take
advantage of are:
Amenities / Chapter Life / Interactive Website
with Message Boards
Rider Education & Training / Leadership
Rescue Plus Emergency Roadside Assistance for as
low as $25 per year
GWRRA Official Products / Honda Dealer Discounts
at many locations
Credit Union Services
Access to a Member-approved listing of motorcycle
of the above are material benefits; however, many
of our Members feel the greatest benefit of
belonging to GWRRA is the camaraderie and
friendship enjoyed within the GWRRA family.
is the benefit of belonging to a
Many Members feel the Chapter is the single most
important benefit of belonging to GWRRA and for
many reasons, some of which are stated below.
Friends: Countless new friends with a common
interest are made. It provides an
opportunity to ride our Gold Wings with our
Riding: Safe riding is promoted to make our riding
experience even more enjoyable. Skills and
safety techniques are learned.
for Fun, Safety and Knowledge: You really get an
opportunity to live the motto of "Friends for
Fun, Safety and Knowledge."
best advice that can be offered is to attend a
Chapter meeting (sometimes referred to as a
"get-together"). These meetings
(normally held monthly) are social events that try
to offer something for everyone. New ideas
are always welcome!
do not "join" a Chapter; you are a
Member of GWRRA and a “participant” of a
Chapter or Chapters. You can participate in
as many or as few activities and meetings as you
wish! There are no applications or fees
needed to participate in a GWRRA Chapter.
With over 800 Chapters, when you travel you’re
never far from "home."
Chapters publish a newsletter, usually on a
monthly basis. When you attend your first
meeting, you will be asked to sign in, and then
you will be on the distribution list for that
Chapter’s newsletter. In it, you will find
everything from upcoming rides, to recipes, to
motorcycle items for sale, to information about
other Chapters’ meetings and events.