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Alan Jarumay

GWRRA#:  197996
Date of Birth: Jan 22, 1960
Place of birth: Somewhere in the Philippines
Raised in: San Francisco, CA
Formative years: Handfed by Hanna-Barbera in the sixties

 

I puttered around mopeds and scooters when I was a teenager. I rode a few 550s and 600s, but it wasn’t until I rode a friends Suzuki 1000 in the mid-70s that I got hooked on big bike “torque”.  In 1984 I bought a Honda Sabre (700cc). The first “real” bike I actually owned. Nice enough bike, but nothing that really tickled me to go riding much. I had that bike for a few years with not a whole lot of miles before finally unloading it while it still had value. I tried the “new thing” of the superbikes like the Ninja 900s (never owned any) and came to realize, I’m not an adrenaline junky. I did some dumb things on my own and other people’s bikes almost killing myself twice. But I lived through it and learned some valuable lessons. I waned from riding for a few years until it struck me how I missed the exhilaration, freedom of having the wind in my face and hair (before the helmet law), the open road and now and again a little adrenaline rush. But I didn’t want to do it with my belly resting on my gas tank. So I bought a cruiser, a Kawasaki Vulcan 1500. I finally got a bike with the low end torque I’ve always craved. I enjoyed that bike, but then I woke up to another problem; my wife. I never thought she enjoyed riding, certainly not after we went down once years go on the Sabre. But she started riding with me again on the Vulcan, but not very much. It was when I said I wanted to get a Harley did she finally tell me she really enjoyed riding, but not on a cruiser bike’s little padding they called a passenger seat. She said; do you remember about ten years ago we saw a couple of Goldwings? She didn’t have to say much more after that, I said let’s go to Milpitas Honda. One week before I was to buy a Harley, I bought our first “Wing”. Shirley and I never looked back. It’s not just about riding anymore; it’s about sharing the experience with my life partner.


Not long after getting the Wing did we start looking for Riding Groups. The web led us to the GWRRA website. We were impressed with the organization and started looking at the local Chapter sites. We picked out CA2Q to be the nearest and the pictures showed a nice enough looking group. We made contact with their Membership Coordinator (Bob Tobin) and came to our first Chapter meeting at Gianni’s Restaurant in Livermore May 2004. Four years later on January 2008, Shirley and I were installed as Chapter Directors.


The four and a half years that Shirley and I have had the “Wing” has been some of the most fun and exhilarating times of our lives. We’ve learned so much about ourselves, experienced and seen so much of our country that we both agree may not have happened otherwise. And we’re still learning and experiencing and hopefully, for many more years to come.

 


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Shirley and me on my 1984 Honda Sabre.