The Chaiway Riders are delighted to welcome John F. as the Ride Coordinator newest member of the Board of Directors. John has taken an active role in planning a number ride events and demonstrated creativity in his planned events. We look forward to seeing John on his Honda CTX 700 or Yamaha FJR leading on rides to new and exciting locations.
The Ride Coordinator has the responsibility of putting a season long Ride plan in place. In addition, the ability to plan and lead rides is an asset. Often the Ride Coordinator works with other club members to develop ad-hoc Sunday Morning rides. The Ride Coordinator will also work with club members that are interested in developing longer term over night trips to less traveled locations. Have you thought about riding to Alaska and would like to share that experience, then contact John for help in building your trip into the Club calendar.
Important Notice for Sunday Riders
When participating on a Sunday ride, please have a full tank of gas and make sure you have signed the waiver. ( we are developing an online waiver process) Be prepared for kick stands up (KSU) at 9:45am. See below for details on meeting on Sunday mornings for breakfast. Typically the group will stop at mid-ride for a short rest before heading to the final location for lunch.
Prospective new members are cordially invited to attend our Sunday Breakfast meeting and join us in our traditional ride as part of learning about the club experience and joining . See Below Weekly Meeting for details on meeting time and location.
The Chaiway Riders meet on a regular basis throughout the entire year, with or without a ride. The weekly Sunday meetings begin at 8:30 am, although some get there earlier to hold cou
rt. In order to accommodate the waitstaff and kitchen we have orders placed by 8:45am. If you keep Kosher or would just like sleep in, plan on joining the group around 9:45am for any rides that may be offered.
The meetings are held at:
1913 Waukegan Road
Rain or shine, good weather or not, we usually do not pass up the opportunity to meet and eat year around at our “clubhouse.”
If you’ve been burned by eating with a group, i.e. ordering a piece of toast and then having to split the bill with someone ordering a egg white omelet, two side dishes, etc., then fear not!
Our server has perfected the separate check routine in addition to the ability to pour coffee from both hands.
The Standard Ride
Our breakfast meeting and subsequent rides, weather permitting, are open to all. We encourage those who are interested to attend several of these events prior to joining. If you plan to ride remember to:
- Have a full tank of gas in your motorcycle if you are going to ride with the group,
- Arrive 8:30am and enjoy a fine breakfast and conversation with the group, get to know the other members, and discuss the issues of the day,
- At 9:45 am — not JST –it’s kickstands up for the ride,
- Every ride has a Captain and Sweep,
- Trikes and Sidecar rigs are at the rear of the group just before the sweep.
- CB radios (channel 27) are used to communicate between riders, Bluetooth intercom systems are gaining favor, the Sena brand has been used extensively by many club members.
- Group riding protocols are observed, We use the Goldwing Road Riders Protocol.
- The destination may or may not be on the schedule, but usually head north and west from Glenview,
- There are periodic stops along the way,
- Lunch is usually a treat and often a destination for the ad hoc rides.
- The afternoon portion begins the trip home,
- Bring your IPass as often the last portion may involve the Toll Road, and
- Don’t leave your sense of humor at home.
Special Events (Local)
All member are open to planning an event or a ride. If you have an idea for a ride, use the Meetup.com site to post your itinerary and garner interest.
Throughout the season there are often organized motorcycle rides sponsored by various charitable groups. They may be listed on the Meetup schedule if members have shown an interest in the past. Some may occur during the week or on Saturday, and have a remote starting location.
If they are on a Sunday, more often than not there will still be a “standard” ride by those members of the club who have “been there, done that.”
One of the truly great benefits of belonging to the Chaiway Riders are overnight trips planned and executed in a professional manner by some of our members. Some are simple two- or three-day overnights, while others may involve a week or longer, depending on the destination. The organizers of these trips take great pleasure in getting suggestions for possible adventures from club members.
The Board of Directors of the Club has established a policy that these special trips are for members only. Our Sunday Ride is open to everyone interested in joining.