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

June 2004 Issue

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Atlanta Chapter, H.O.G. 2004

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June, 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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We have all heard a lot lately from President Bush about the situation in Iraq and how we must see things through, or in his words “stay the course” until we meet our ultimate objective there. While I do not want to stir a political debate here (what does that have to do with riding and having fun?), it serves to illustrate a point.

The same sort of philosophy applies to our chapter in its quest for a meeting facility. Perhaps some of you are feeling disillusioned or disappointed that “things haven’t happened” yet. While this is understandable, we have tried to communicate to you that sometimes in the business world, projects which compete for capital dollars have to be rearranged in accordance with the overall plan for the business. And while it is true that our facility may be not the priority it once was, nonetheless it is still a viable project and will ultimately be done. Right now however other aspects of our sponsoring dealer’s operations and growth demand more immediate solutions---and the money to implement those.

In the meanwhile, each of us needs to be vigilant and continue to visualize the end objective. Our facility will be built and we still need to do all we can to raise as much as we can toward the construction cost. We need to “stay the course” in our fund-raising efforts and show our commitment to the future of our chapter and to our sponsoring dealer. What we have set before us is challenging, but it is also attainable. So part of the answer of “When” is up to us; we do have a say in our future. All funds raised so far remain in our chapter account.

This will require an effort from all of us. We can’t sit back and “let the other fellow do it”. This apparently has already happened a good bit with respect to this latest bike raffle effort. Our efforts won’t end here and they can’t. Our dealer would like us to be a stakeholder in this process and rightfully so. In all fairness, however, we as your chapter officers have learned too that perhaps we need to set a date right off the bat to create a sense of urgency and to give everyone selling and buying the tickets a feeling that the drawing date is not indefinitely suspended in space somewhere.

So, please let’s get behind our overall objective and all take part in a very worthwhile effort the end objective of which is a facility that will serve us well in the having fun part of the “R&H” philosophy. With 1000 members in our chapter only every other member or so has to sell a single ticket. But don’t wait---be that member!

If not now, when, and if not me, who? Remember our drawing is set for July 31st.


Having fun on your Harley-Davidson is something that is very easy to cook up. It seems lately that I have been able to make up for lost time and find myself doing a lot of riding these past several weeks. I am always pleasantly reminded, every time I go out, how exhilarating riding my motorcycle is and especially at this time of year when things are beginning to bloom, temperatures are moderate and the humidity is low. But these things are short lived compared to what really makes for a good ride---good friends, your bike and a fun place to go. Here is my base recipe:

When you mix all that together, things just seem to blend themselves into a mix that is bound to generate good riding and great times. Sure, it’s nice to have a generous helping of good weather, but often times bad weather can be key to generating a particularly memorable ride or time spent together. Sometimes bike problems also work their way into the ingredient list, adding a special flavor of their own, provided they are not too strong and ruin the whole thing. Both of these conditions generate the “we can laugh about it now, we’re OK” feeling about these situations we’ve survived and would likely not want to do again, but they do add memories to that trip! Hey, remember that time you did the Dragon’s Tail at night, which was not the plan?

Riding and having fun is really about as easy as just planning a ride and deciding before you leave the garage that you are going to have a good time in spite of what conditions throw at you. After all, a bad day on your Harley is better than a good day at work, right? So take the base recipe and tweak it a bit as you make your way along, letting the other ingredients fall in as they may.

I hope all of you are riding a lot this season and having your best and most fun year ever! It doesn’t get any better than when you are riding your Harley.


On our recent trip to Charleston, a couple of us found ourselves needing immediate help from dealerships while out on the road. I had a flat front tire while running down I-20 about 45 miles west of Augusta and while I waited for Roadside Assistance to show up I called Augusta Harley Davidson and asked if they could help. They took me right in and had me on my way about 90 minutes after arriving, so we still made Charleston by around 7:00 P.M.. The Roadside Assistance experience could not have been better either---they showed up exactly in the one hour they quoted the dispatcher, and had exactly what they needed to get my bike into the dealer.

On Saturday while riding around Charleston, Rick Knowles had the shift rod linkage system of his Ultra fall apart on him. Low Country HD took him right in and had him on his way in about 15 minutes and he was only charged for the parts, no labor. How’s that for Southern hospitality?

We appreciate the assistance we received from both these dealerships and their concern and willingness to give priority to someone on the road.


Finally, we have found our new Safety Officer. In our search we were very fortunate to find a person who is very well qualified for this post. Doug Claycomb came to our chapter from the Dallas/Ft. Worth area where he filled this position in his old chapter.

Please see Doug’s biography elsewhere in this month’s HOGWASH, and take the time to meet Doug and his wife Carole, and welcome them to our chapter. I’ve been on several rides with them and they are lots of fun to be with!


For what, you say?

For the Southern Highroads Trail ride set for August 20-22---hotel reservations have to be made by July 10th.

Lunch at Mary Bobo’s Boarding House on Oct 9th---I have to turn in a $7.50 deposit for each person who wants to eat at Mary Bobo’s on Oct 9th following the Jack Daniels Distillery Tour that morning. This deposit is due on July 9th. Give your $7.50 cash deposit to Rene Durham when you sign up.


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


I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Windy Hawkins, Chris Kurts, John Riggs and Chris Robey for completing all requirements for becoming an official Atlanta Chapter, H.O.G. Road Captain. They have definitely earned their patches, and have done an excellent job in assisting in sweeping and leading rides, as well as leading their own rides. They bring to the chapter new, refreshing and scenic rides, and have excellent ideas for future rides. I know they will be a great asset to our Road Captain team. Give these folks a pat on the back when you see them as they donated a lot of their time making sure you all have a safe and enjoyable rides to go on.

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

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Safety Officer

Safety First

I take great pleasure in introducing myself to everyone as your new safety officer for the Atlanta Chapter, H.O.G. I feel it’s an honor and a privilege to hold that position with all of you. My wife, Carole and I have been members with the Atlanta Chapter for just a few short months but, have made some really good friends in a very short time. I am active duty Navy of 17 years and have recently been transferred to NAS Atlanta from NAS Fort Worth. We were members of the Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter for a few years where I served as a safety officer/road captain for them.

On that note I would like to take this opportunity to tell you a little about myself. I’ve been a licenses’ motorcyclist for about 27 years. One of my collateral duties for the Navy as an MSF Instructor is to teach motorcycle safety. I’ve been teaching motorcycle safety for all the branches of the military, their dependents, retired military and Department of Defense employees for now going on five years.

Like all of us, I have made mistakes on two wheels. Believe me, after 27 years I have made my share and then some. We continue to ride on and hopefully learn from them while trying to think of how we could have done it better or differently. One thing the Navy has taught me from day one is, “SAFETY IS EVERYONE’S RESPONSIBILITY”. As an MSF Instructor I have learned that all of us can learn something from fellow riders that will make us safer on two wheels.

My objective as your safety officer is to try and help everyone ride safely and have FUN doing it. So, COME OUT and let’s ride! Don’t forget your sun screen and make sure you stay hydrated. We lose a lot more fluids then we think while cruising down the road.

Until next time, ride safely, have fun and keep the shiny side up!

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


I want to thank all of my Road Captains who helped with this year’s Charleston ride. Special thanks to Bud Hathcox who became our personal tour guide (since he was previously stationed there for several years). I hope that everyone had as much fun as I did. I really enjoy the overnight trips because they give us the opportunity to meet and spend time with new people, creating new friendships and making memories that last a lifetime.


July 31, 2004 is rapidly approaching. We still have close to 200 tickets left to sell. I created some flyers with a picture of the Custom Fat Boy that will be raffled. If you would like a flyer, see me at the next Chapter Meeting or send me a request via email and I will forward one to you.

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


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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With the nice weather and a lot of riding (especially at the beaches), your motorcycle will most likely become a little weathered and dirty. Some folks think you just wash the motorcycle like a car, but not exactly. Not so much the paint as the general cleaning of the chrome and aluminum parts regularly to ensure that they retain their original shine and luster.

A few Harley-Davidson products for cleaning are the following:

Make sure you check the warnings and cautions on the labels. This is especially important for V-ROD OWNERS DUE TO THE RAW ALUMINUM WHEELS AND THE ANODIZED ALUMINUM BODY PANELS. Please refer to YOUR OWNER'S MANUAL for this unique information.

Do not wash your brake discs with any chlorine or silicon; chlorine will cause rust while silicon will make the brake discs slick and impair brake function. When washing your motorcycle, be careful not to soak the brake pads, electrical areas, engine and air cleaner area with water. This may result in poor braking or a badly running engine until the water dries out. Also avoid using high pressure or spray nozzles to wash your motorcycle, as this can force water into connections and other areas not designed for water or condensation.

I hope this information will aid you in keeping your motorcycle clean and shiny for those wonderful summer days and warm nights. Thanks for your business from Harley-Davidson of Atlanta, Inc., Atlanta's original Harley-Davidson dealer.

Keep the shiny side up.

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

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The family of George Zill and I wish to express our sincere appreciation and gratitude for you love, encouragement, support and the many acts of kindness during the loss of George. Thanks for your prayers, flowers, cards and especially to those that show up on their Harleys. George wanted a Harley funeral and you gave him one. Thank you!

Polly Zill

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Saturday, June 5, 2004

I am leading a ride on Sat. June 5th to the TN state rally in Chattanooga. Rally information can be found at:

The rally is June 3-5 at the Chattanooga Choo-Choo Holiday Inn. Last day for pre-registration was April 15, 2004. Some of the festivities include a poker run, a ride-in-bike show, bands in the evenings, vendors, etc. Since Chattanooga isn't very far, our ride will depart early enough on Saturday for folks to enjoy most of their day at the rally with enough time to get back home at a reasonable time. If anyone would like to stay the night, it's up to the individual to make their own reservations. The website link above lists several of the preferred hotels in the area. Official ride ends at the Choo-Choo. On your own after that.

John F. Riggs, Road Captain

Sunday, June 6, 2004

I will lead a fun ride through scenic northwest Georgia ending at Red Top Mountain State Park in the middle of Lake Allatoona. We will meet at the Harley-Davidson of Atlanta at 9:30 a.m. and leave at 10:00 a.m.. The roughly ninety minute ride will cover about sixty miles. We will bypass Rockmart, Georgia and pass through part of historic downtown Cartersville, Georgia. The lodge, in the park, serves a good Sunday brunch and the cost for the all-you-can-eat meal is about $12.00. The ride will be easy and with only a few curves near the park rates only two pigs. I hope you come and join us on Sunday.

John Provost, Road Captain

June 19-20, 2004

We'll meet around 10:30 A.M. and leave at 11:00 A.M.. Then ride to Rome, stopping along the way as necessary for fuel, lunch, or whatever. We have reserved a block of 25 rooms (there are nine king size bed rooms (six nonsmoking and three smoking) the rest are two double beds nonsmoking) at the Holiday Inn Skytop, Located on Hwy. 411 East, in Rome. Their phone number is 1-706-295-0732. They will hold these rooms at $66.00 until June 5th. I know this is short notice but to be honest with you, I forgot to get this in for the May HOGWASH. I don't think there will be a problem if you call past the 5th, because they have 152 rooms. They also have a free hot breakfast buffet bar from 6:30 A.M. - 10:00 A.M. There's a restaurant and a bar in the hotel! The hotel is about 5-10 minutes away from the baseball field, which is why we are going in the first place. This is the date that the Blues Brothers are scheduled to be at the game and they are a real hoot! The Braves moved this team from Macon to Rome. I think it was last year, but we've been several times to Macon to see them and now we'll go to Rome! Hope ya'll will come and go to the game with us!

Ride today like you want to ride tomorrow.

Steve Johnson, Road Captain

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Personal privacy and security of information are mutual concerns of H.O.G., its members, and visitors to Atlanta Chapter, H.O.G. web site. This Statement explains H.O.G.'s Internet policies and security measures relating to personal privacy and information security. The Atlanta Chapter, H.O.G. collects and stores the following information about you when you visit the Atlanta Chapter web site: the name of the domain from which you access the Internet (for example,, if you are connecting from an America Online account); the date and time you access the site; and the Internet address of the web site from which you linked directly to our site. The chapter uses this information to measure the number of visitors to the different sections of its site. This helps H.O.G. to make its site more responsive to its members and prospective members.

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:

At your request, which may be oral, in writing, by telephone, electronic or other means we recognize;

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

When disclosure is required by law, such as pursuant to court order, subpoena, legal process or government agency examination or investigation, or to protect or enforce our rights;

To companies that perform services for H.O.G. in connection with your membership, such as data processing and financial transaction processing companies and agencies;

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

In connection with Harley-Davidson corporate due diligence and audits.

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