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Atlanta Chapter, H.O.G. Inc.
Chapter Number 0788

May 2004 Issue

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Atlanta Chapter, H.O.G. 2004

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May, 2004 Event Schedule

Atlanta Chapter, H.O.G. events are considered "CLOSED" unless otherwise noted!

See Event Statement.

Experience the Atlanta Chapter, H.O.G.
in 2004
Ride and Have Fun!

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Chapter activities are conducted primarily for the benefit of H.O.G. chapter members. There are three categories of activities, all activities are identified as follows:

If you are interested in becoming a Atlanta Chapter, H.O.G. Member, email Rene' Durham, or call 770-944-1340

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Atlanta Chapter, H.O.G. provides members with exciting, safe, organized riding activities and social events to expand horizons, fulfill dreams, and create lifelong memories through personal relationships forged in iron and steel.

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Member Benefit Change

Membership benefits will be changing with the New Year. Beginning January 1, 2003, all members will have to participate in a minimum number of two (2) Atlanta Chapter, H.O.G. sanctioned events every sixty (60) days. Atlanta Chapter, H.O.G. sanctioned events include chapter meetings, business meeting, rides, LOH meetings, volunteer efforts, and other special events as noted on the Chapter Calender.

Member participation is required to maintain your in-store discount at Harley-Davidson of Atlanta.

All other Atlanta Chapter, H.O.G. privileges will remain the same.

Ronnie Godwin
General Manager, Harley-Davidson of Atlanta, Inc.

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Several of us were attending P.O.T. this past weekend, April 2-3 in Hot Springs, VA (which was anything but..) and several recurring themes concerning our riding of Harley-Davidson motorcycles were presented to us.

One of these themes was “Livin’ The Life” which has to do with being active in H.O.G. and passing on the legacy of Harley riding to the upcoming generation of riders. They talked about the common thread among Harley riders being twofold: first, obviously, is the brand of motorcycle we ride, the world’s best and most sought after, the Harley Davidson. The other has to do with the sense of family that comes with each one, new or used, and what the rider has available to him or her for the taking.

Participating in motorcycling through an organized approach such as H.O.G. is what they call “Livin’ The Life”----sharing rides and road stories, creating memories and friendships that last a lifetime. The sense of family is what gives life and a legacy of brotherhood/sisterhood to these bikes. It is interesting how in 20 years, H.O.G. has also created its own legacy and identity along with that of these wonderful machines which have weaved theirs over the last 100 years. Think about this---Harley Davidson has a separate organization under a vice-presidential title which is entirely devoted to its customers, the riders and whose focus is on events, riding and the use of those motorcycles. I think that says a lot about how important the Motor Company believes our having fun as a family is. Sure it is good business, but what other company has such an organization?

This uniqueness is indeed our legacy. It is through H.O.G. and our participation in the national and chapter events that we form this bond with one another and keep this heritage alive. Each time we ride and share good times with each other and perhaps encounter someone new on that ride, we help to “add a little cement” to this uniqueness that is ours.

Next time you are on a ride or at one of our meetings or events, take just a moment to welcome those who are guests or new to our chapter family. You just never know where that might lead, and many an interesting friendship has sprung from just such a chance meeting.

Are you livin’ the life? The last 50,000 miles I’ve ridden have been great, but it is the next 50,000 that really get me excited!!


The 4th annual Southern Highroads Trail Ride is set for the weekend of August 20-22. We will run the same route we did last year which proved out to be the way to run this ride for maximal viewing of the waterfalls along the way.

Accommodations will be set up for our first night in Franklin, NC, and this year I will try something other than the Microtel Inn, which has proven itself to be problematic. For our second night, we will again stay at the Nantahala Village Inn, which will also host our dinner. This will likely be a somewhat restricted choice menu at a fixed price which will make things easiest on us and them. They did a great job last year and were very glad to have us.

While the exact number of rooms is being worked on, I am going to limit the size of the ride this year. Last year’s ride (about 35 bikes) is as big as this ride safely needs to be and is also about as big as local logistics (the number of rooms we’re given and restaurant availability) can handle.

So…I will be posting a sign up sheet down at the shop for this ride; the date of posting will be sometime Friday, June 11th, so start thinking now about your plans. Once the sign up sheet is full I will contact you with hotel information so you can make your reservations. Reservations will have to be made by July 20th; on July 21st, any unreserved rooms will be released. Please note that when the sheet gets posted, several spaces will have already been reserved for the Road Captains assisting with the ride.

Finally please note that this is a “5 pig” ride. The ride is long, totaling about 700 miles and packed with curves. This area of NC, TN, and GA is mountainous and was selected to provide a beautiful, exhilarating ride. You should be an accomplished curve rider to go on this ride.


Have any of you caught the “Made in America” series on the Travel Channel on Tuesday nights? Yeah it’s the one hosted by our old buddy from Cheers, Cliff Claven, the mailman. It is pretty interesting stuff and I thought, wow, this would make for some great riding to see some neat things.

So why are we talking about this now??? Well certain things take advance reservations and I mean way in advance. When John Ratzenberger (Cliff) visited the Jack Daniel’s distillery, he had lunch following that at the famous Mary Bobo’s Boarding House. In checking this out, their website says it is about six months out for reservations.

On October 8-9th we will have an overnight chapter ride to tour the Jack Daniel’s Distillery in Lynchburg, TN. Following the tour on Oct 9th, Mary Bobo’s Boarding House has room for 12 of us (that was the best I could do today, April 7th---see what I mean?) for the 1:00 P.M. sitting for lunch. Lunch is $15.00 per head and a 50% deposit will be due 90 days in advance or by July 9th, so those who are interested need to start thinking now about their plans. There are other places to eat right there in town but I will go ahead with a sign up sheet for this ride also on June 11th. THE SIGN UP SHEET IS ONLY FOR THE MARY BOBO BOARDING HOUSE MEAL. Hotel details will follow in later issues of the HOGWASH so look for those. Lynchburg is a neatsmall town and everyone will enjoy this ride and looking at the HD factory custom Jack Daniel’s Heritage Softail which is on display at Lynchburg Hardware in addition to a fun tour of the distillery.

Other stops for my “Made in America” tours are planned for 2005 and include a long, multi day ride that will incorporate visits to the Chevrolet Corvette assembly plant in Bowling Green, KY and then on to the Louisville Slugger baseball bat plant in Louisville, KY as part of that same ride. Other ideas include a long ride to Memphis and a tour of the Gibson guitar factory, along with a night on Beale Street to hear some great blues music.

Ride Safe, Ride Often
Tom Sigerfoos, Director
Director, Atlanta Chapter, H.O.G.

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Assistant Director

See you on the road.

Tom Arnold
Assistant Director, Atlanta Chapter, H.O.G.

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Tickets are on sale for our next raffle, a 2004 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy with custom paint. If you are willing to sell tickets, come by shop and check some out. We will be selling 400 tickets for $100 each. The drawing date is July 31, 2004.

Rene' Durham
Treasurer, Atlanta Chapter, H.O.G.

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Ride Director

Gary Langmaid
Head Road Captain, Atlanta Chapter, H.O.G.

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Safety Officer

Doug Claycomb
Safety Officer, Atlanta Cha[ter, H.O.G.

Please Don't Drink and Ride!
Friends Don't Let Friends ride Drunk!

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Activities Officer


Thanks to everyone who stepped up to ensure that the 30 children at SHARE HOUSE had Easter Baskets on Easter morning. Many brought in items, others made monetary donations, as a Chapter WE made it happen. Special thanks to Nancy and John Bjerre, for doing all of the shopping. Also to those of you who volunteered Saturday morning putting the baskets together - THANK YOU!


May 23, 2004

This year the MDA ride is being held on Sunday, May 23, 2004. I will be leading a ride from the dealership to Lakewood. We will meet at 8:00 and leave at 8:30. We have invited other local chapters to join us.

The official ride will leave and return to Lakewood. The cost is $40.00 per rider and includes lunch (catered by Moe’s) and a ticket into Country Fair (performances by Wynonna, Charlie Daniel’s Band and Buddy Jewell).

MDA is the charity that is sponsored nationally by Harley-Davidson. Last year the Atlanta Harley Owners Group had six bikes representing our Chapter for this ride. How embarrassing!

I am issuing a challenge to all of our members to join me on this ride. I will have registration packets available at the meeting. I am asking for you to donate $40.00 (which is tax deductible) and show up for the ride. If you can collect sponsorship money that is a bonus.

In October of last year I issued a similar challenge for the March of Dimes ride. You did it. We had close to 100 bikes representing our Chapter. I remember pulling in the parking lot at Lakewood and the volunteer asking what Chapter we were from. I PROUDLY said ATLANTA HARLEY OWNERS GROUP.

Let’s do it again!

Saturday, July 31, 2004 at 7:30 P.M.

Now that we have set the date we have to get busy selling tickets. We still have over 200 left to sell. Check with your friends, neighbors and co-workers. A $100 ticket gets you a one in 400 chances too win a 2004 Custom Fat Boy, dinner for two, give a ways, and a silent auction.


On Saturday, May 15, 2004 the Chapter will be providing a catered Breakfast for the Employee’s of Harley-Davidson of Atlanta. We would like to show our appreciation for their hard work and continued support of our Chapter. We will need several volunteers to assist us that morning, let me know if you are available to help.

Terri Varnum
Activities Officer, Atlanta Chapter, H.O.G.

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John Metcalf
Photographer, Atlanta Chapter, H.O.G.

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Scott Vandiver
Membership Officer, Atlanta Chapter, H.O.G.

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Atlanta Chapter, H.O.G. is accepting business and personal advertisements for the HOGWASH! What a great way to promote your business, organization, service or personal information to all Atlanta Chapter, H.O.G. members each month!

Please contact Rene' Durham at 770-944-1340 for more information or to place your ad today!

Advertising Officer, Atlanta Chapter, H.O.G.

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Dealer Liaison


All sorts of things are going on at Harley-Davidson Atlanta. A swap meet was held the first weekend of April. What a turn out! There must have been 1500 people here during the day. Lots of vendors selling lots of “stuff”, a blessing of the bikes, a stunt team on Buell Firebolts the day was quite a success. The shop promises to make this a twice a year event, so the next one will be sometime in the fall. Watch for announcements.

The Raffle. July 31st is the day. This is a Saturday, so we will be having a dinner party, lots of activities, and a drawing for the 2004 Fat Boy. If you have been waiting for a date to be announced to get your ticket, it is time to step up and get one for yourself, and sell some to your friends. Let’s get all 400 sold by the first of July so we can really start planning for the party.

May 15th we are sponsoring an employee appreciation day by serving everyone at the dealership breakfast. We will be getting the food delivered here, but we need volunteers to serve. Breakfast will start at 7:30 A.M., and should be finished by 9:00 A.M.. Let’s get lots of people here to help, and show how much we as a chapter appreciate everything the dealership does to make our Harley experience a pleasant one.

I know of a couple members that have relatives serving on active duty in the military. We would like to get a better idea of whom these people are, where they are and what they are doing. Our plan is to make a presentation at an upcoming meeting with pictures. I would like anyone with a close relative serving on active duty to send me a picture. A close relative does not include your ex brother – in – law’s 4th cousin twice removed. Sons’ daughter’s nieces, nephews, brothers, sisters etc. are the people we are looking for. Please include your name, your relationship to the soldier, his/her rank, unit, and where they are stationed. A digital picture emailed to me is ideal, but you can just send a photo and I will get it scanned into a computer. Email to, or send to me at 3491 Yarmouth Hill, Lawrenceville, GA 30044, or drop it off here at the shop.

Don’t forget the MDA ride coming up May 23rd. Look for information from Terri Varnum. This is the charity Harley-Davidson supports, so lets all pitch in and show what we can do.

Ride Safe and Have Fun
David Devlin
Secretary/Dealer Liaison, Atlanta Chapter, H.O.G.

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Assistant Director

If you have updated your e-mail address, PLEASE send me your new address. I get several undeliverable e-mail messages each time I send a message updating our members on up coming or changed events. Please, keep you e-mail address up to date and stay informed! E-mail me at Thanks!!

Atlanta Chapter, H.O.G. on Yahoo!

Atlanta Chapter, H.O.G. has a "Club Address" on Yahoo at the following URL:

Please, check it out! You will be able to chat with other Atlanta Chapter Members. You will have to register to sign on to chat, load pictures and post messages. When you register, please give us you "Real Name". That way other members will recognize your name and be able to e-mail you as a member of the Atlanta Chapter and not someone in Kalamazoo. You will also be able to check out other Harley related clubs around the world. If you have problems, e-mail me and I will try and help.

Gary Langmaid will keep the calendar up to date, so there is no need to miss an important event date. Terri Varnum is now in charge of the Hot Line. If you have concerns about the status of a ride, PLEASE, call 770-908-3435.

This does not replace our HOGWASH Web Page, or the HOGWASH Newsletter, just another e-service of the Atlanta Chapter.

B.K. Ellis
Web Master, Atlanta Chapter, H.O.G.

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Hello again from Harley-Davidson of Atlanta, Inc. service department. Many of you are getting spring fever, or a pollen headache, for the riding season here in the south. Some of you are removing your motorcycle from storage to ride in the breeze once again. This is not as simple as cranking and riding, unless you have maintained a charge on your battery and fresh fuel and spark plugs in your motorcycle.

First off, check your battery to ensure that it is in a 100% fully charged condition. Check the surface charge of the battery for a reading of at least 12.6V with the use of a voltmeter. If the reading is below 12.6V, charge the battery and recheck the voltage after one to two hours. Never charge a battery without first reviewing the instructions for the charger being used.

Next, remove and inspect your spark plugs. Replace them if necessary. They should be a tan to golden brown in color. Check your air cleaner element. If you have a stock air cleaner element, you may need to replace it if it appears dirty. If you have a K&N high flow air cleaner element, clean it with K&N air cleaner and re-oil with K&N air cleaner oil.

Check your lubricant levels according to your factory owner or service manual. Also, check your controls for proper operation. Operate the front and rear brakes, throttle, clutch and shifter. Make sure your steering is smooth by turning the handlebars through the full operating range.

Make sure your air pressure is correct according to your factory service manual. Incorrect pressure will result in poor riding characteristics and can affect handling and stability or abnormal tread wear. Check the electrical equipment and switches including the stop lamp, turn signals, and horn for proper operation. Also, check for any fuel, oil or brake fluid leaks.

Finally, turn the engine over a few times to be sure there is no oil in the crankcase and that all oil has been pumped back into the oil tank. Stop the engine and recheck the oil level. Failure to do so may result in equipment damage.

Now that you have all of these technical inspections out of the way, get out there and enjoy the nice weather once again. Please contact an authorized dealer for any and all concerns you may have with your motorcycle and let the experts get you back on the road safely and quickly. Remember, you are only as safe as you make your motorcycle while out on the road riding. Until next month's tech tip in ‘Full Throttle”, thank you from your Harley-Davidson of Atlanta, Inc. service department.

Keep the shiny side up.

Glenn Mitchell, Service Advisor
Atlanta's original Harley-Davidson Dealer.

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East Meets West Ride

April 25, 2004

We will leave Harley-Davidson of Atlanta at 10:45 A.M. and proceed to ESPNZone via a police escorted ride. The event will be for both bikes and cool cars, with a bike show, car show and fashion show to be held at the ESPNZone. The Talladega NASCAR race will be on the big screen. There will be a band playing. There will be a preview of the Dream Weaver Chopper, which is a new line coming to the Atlanta Area for its debut. A complete day of fun, with Harley-Davidson of Atlanta as one of the sponsors.

Ed Compton, Harley-Davidson of Atlanta

May 1, 2004

My name is Windy Hawkins. I have been riding with H.O.G. Group for two years. This year I am working toward becoming a road captain. I am leading a ride to Watson Mill Covered Bridge. This is a long ride from the dealership, but, it will be a pleasant and easy ride, once we get out of cities, a lot back roads. Lunch will be at Silver Screen Grill. At the park, there is a $2 parking fee. It might be wise to bring cash on this trip. We will be in small towns and for lunch and for gas. This will be a 3 pig ride.

Windy Hawkins, Road Captain

May 22, 2004

Cars and motorcycles in a new 141,000 sq. ft building with a 72 seat multimedia theater. The collection contains 61 Harleys and 450 other motorcycles. The entrance fee is $10, if you need more information check them out at We will meet at 9:00 a.m. and leave at 9:30 a.m. for the ride down back roads to the museum. This will be a 4 Pig ride due to the length (280miles). If you return by the interstate, it would be a 5 Pig ride. Looking forward to this all day ride.

Scott Vandiver, Road Captain

JUNE 26-27, 2004

We will meet at HDA at 8:30 a.m. and leave at 9:00 a.m.. Lunch stop will be at Hans in Helen around 12:30 -1:00 p.m.. The hotel will be the Hampton Inn. Twenty rooms have been blocked. Rates will be $75.00 for a standard room and $90.00 will get you a room with a view. Cut off date for a room is May 26. Call the hotel, 1-706-878-3310 and tell them that you are with HDA H.O.G. Chapter to get these rates. Dinner will be at Paul's Steak House, I was told that if we want to get in together as a group that we need to be there at 5:00 p.m. as they DO NOT take reservations. This will be a great ride, hope to see you there, until then ride safe!

Chris Kurts, Road Captain

May 30, 2004

This is about 265 miles round trip. We'll meet at 9:00 a.m. at HDA and leave at 9:30 a.m. We should get there about 12:30 p.m. (our time) with two or three rest stops on the way. We'll eat at the park lodge restaurant (?), which has a buffet which is very good? They serve four different meats and I think six different vegetables plus the salad bar and two desserts. The cost for two is $20.90 (plus drinks). After lunch one of the attractions is the Little River Canyon, which is very picturesque, with several twisties for those who might be interested. It's not the Dragon's Tail by any means but the turns are there and tight with some having loose beware! This is a very nice easy ride but, it takes the best part of a day, and with the Little River Canyon twisties, I'll give it 4 piggies.

Ride today, like you want to ride tomorrow.
Steve Johnson, Road Captain

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H.O.G. will not obtain personally identifying information about you when you visit our site unless you choose to provide such information. If you choose to send e-mail, registration, or other personal information over the Internet, you do so voluntarily.

The Atlanta Chapter, H.O.G. will not disclose personal information provided to it except as follows:

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To assist H.O.G. in evaluating its programs and to continue to improve the quality of your on-line and membership experience;

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To Harley-Davidson affiliated companies and carefully selected third parties for their own use to provide products and services, or other opportunities to you, unless you have instructed us in writing not to do so; and

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