Hello, my name is Scott Grabowski. I have been asked, and accepted, to take the position of the MWRC Safety Officer, by Chairman Tom Luellen and the MWRC Board as Rick McCrea has stepped down from this position.
Rick has brought a tremendous amount of information and insight to our members thru the quarterly newsletters and conference safety seminars. I have some very large shoes to fill and hope that I will be able to fill them. I hope Rick continues to answer my calls and emails and doesn’t block me.
Missouri X hosted the fall MWRC Conference, which was well organized by MO X. At this conference a large parking lot was provided by the Frederick Boulevard Baptist Church for a safety course. Rick set up training for two and three-wheel motorcycles. I assisted with the two-wheel course which consisted of a straight weave, offset weave, slow lane and a right/left turn from a stop. After a few reps and using the correct techniques, everyone got the hang of it and improved their riding skills. Brushing up on these basic skills, in a controlled atmosphere, provides the rider, with critical ways to approach issues out on the open road. Though a few were apprehensive to start, once the first rider went through the course the others tried and they realized quickly how easy it was to improve. I did not see much of the three-wheel session but heard that someone put their Cam Am up on just one front tire, which I’m told is almost impossible.
Me? I am a member of the MN IV (Twin Cities) chapter. I retired from the Minneapolis PD after 32 years of service. During that time, I was part of the motor unit, until it was disbanded and was also assigned to the Traffic Investigations Unit where I did accident reconstruction investigations. I am also a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) RiderCoach and currently coach for the Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Center (MMSC) at various colleges.
Quick safety reminder. Fall is here which means leaves will be changing color then falling off the trees. When you are out riding and enjoying the fall colors remember to take it easy when riding over the leaves especially when they are wet, creating a slippery road condition.
The next conference, Spring 2023, will be in Coralville, IA and hosted by IA VI. I hope to see you there.
If you have any questions or topics you would like covered, please feel free to email me.
Until next time, RWP, ride safe and practice often.