you join GWTA?
You might be thinking ĎI can
enjoy riding alone, why do I
need GWTA?í The answer is
you donít. However, as our
many thousands of members
will tell you, riding is
much more enjoyable with
friends. We can introduce
you to a lot of touring
enthusiasts. Thatís our
function, to bring people
together who enjoy
We offer our members a wide variety of
activities both on and off the
motorcycle all year long.
While this is all great, the most
valuable thing our members receive
through their membership in GWTA is
stated proudly in our motto,
Destination Friendship. Ask any of
our active members the one thing they
enjoy most about GWTA and the response
is nearly unanimous, itís the people
theyíve met, the friends theyíve made.
If you examine your life to this point
to find the things that brought you the
most pleasure, it would be special
friendships youíve had or still enjoy.
In those friendships you will usually
find a common bond or interest that held
them together, something that kept you
close. In GWTA you will meet lots of
people who have one thing in common, a
passion for motorcycling. When you
decide to become actively involved,
special friendships will be a byproduct
of that involvement. The motorcycle
brings us together and the friendships
we make keep us together.
Why do we want you
to join GWTA?
We want more friends. Sounds simplistic
but itís true. In any business or
organization the primary focus is the
bottom line. We differ from most
organizations because our bottom line is
not preceded by a dollar sign. Our
bottom line is friendships, fun, and
freedom. Our success is measured by
the number of members who experience
growth in each category.
Who are we?
The Gold Wing Touring Association (GWTA)
is an international not-for-profit
organization of touring motorcyclists,
predominantly Gold Wings but not
exclusively. We identify ourselves with
the Gold Wing but are neither affiliated
with nor receive funding from the
manufacturer. GWTA is owned and operated
by its members.
What do we do?
Activities are planned at four levels,
local (chapter), state/province,
regional and national. Chapters have
monthly breakfast or dinner meetings
which are social and informational.
Activities are planned such as long and
short rides, camping or motel weekends,
poker runs, dances, holiday
get-togethers, dinner rides, neighboring
chapter visitations, and much more.
States, provinces and regions plan
gatherings as well. Each summer we bring
our members and friends together at a
national gathering called Gold Rush.
This events activities are planned to
bring you maximum fun at a minimum cost.
We offer a rider education program that
can prepare you for many years of safe
We also involve ourselves in civic and
charitable affairs, projecting a
positive motorcycling image to the
Do I have to own a
Gold Wing to belong to GWTA?
No! GWTA welcomes our friends who ride
touring motorcycles other than Gold
Wings. These members (affiliates) have
the same rights and privileges as Gold
with the exception that they not hold
office above state/provincial director.
Non-motorcycle owners are also eligible
under the affiliate program.
required to wear a helmet when riding?
We highly recommend everyone wear an
approved riding helmet but do not
require one be worn. Most
states/provinces have helmet laws.
How much are
What do I receive with my GWTA
4-inch GWTA logo patch
membership card, decal and pin
The Blue Line. (A
toll free phone number if you should
need assistance while touring.)
A family (household) membership receives
one additional 4-inch GWTA logo patch,
decal and pin. A membership card is
issued to each family member listed.
The Blue Line is a toll free number
(24/7) you may call if you need
assistance while touring. Tell the
operators where you are
and the kind
of assistance you need and they will
give you names and phone numbers of
fellow members nearby who may be able to
assist you. Members helping members. You
will also be able to access and print
portions, or the entire Blue Line
Directory, through the GWTA Web site.
This service to many of our members is
worth the cost of membership alone.
Touring News is a monthly publication
for GWTA members and its contents are
contributions from members. It is truly
the membersí magazine and has evolved
along with the associationís growth.
considered a family membership?
GWTA defines a family as a household of
two adults and their unmarried children
living at home, regardless of age.
family members have the same rights and
Yes! Any family member can hold any
office or position in GWTA as long as
the requirements for that position are
required to buy and wear a chapter
No! There are no mandatory dress codes
must I be to keep my membership?
Our members want you to know the more
involved you are, the more fun youíre
going to have. With that important
message out of the way, your involvement
is entirely up to you. We are aware of
the demands on everyoneís time with work
schedules and family activities. We know
itís not possible to do everything
offered. Itís a freedom issue and the
choice is yours.
How do I
find a chapter in my area?
The locator map on this Web site will
give you locations of our chapters in
your area or contact our GWTA office
listed at the bottom of this page.
How are GWTA
chapters operated and what do they do?
The most important elements of this
association are members and chapters.
The GWTA chapter director is elected by
the members to carry out their wishes.
Each chapter is molded to fit the needs
and desires of the members.
We appreciate having the opportunity
to explain the Gold Wing Touring
Association to you and sincerely hope
you will join our motorcycling family.
If you would like to have more detailed
information on the operations of our
association we are eager to answer any
questions. You will find contact
information below for our office. We
always encourage people to check us out
before joining. We know youíll like what
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PO Box 42403
Indianapolis IN 46242-0403