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

August 2004 Issue

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Atlanta Chapter, H.O.G. 2004

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August, 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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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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“Life Behind Bars”

To most folks the phrase “life behind bars” brings up a connotation of criminal activity punishable by imprisonment and a total loss of freedom. To the Harley rider however, behind bars is how we choose to live our lives—handlebars, that is. It is the essence of freedom, with our choice of roads unlimited, the wind in our face, and the melodious drone of our pipes keeping us company along the way.

Tommye and I along with Scott and Corolla Vandiver and John and Sonya Riggs just spent two weeks behind bars in Northern Arizona and Southern Utah. What a sentence that was! We began our trip by picking up our bikes from Hacienda Harley-Davidson in Scottsdale, AZ where it was a mere 107 that day and proceeded on to red rock country in Sedona. This is one gorgeous place and the sunset “up” at the airport was fantastic. Next day we moved onto the Grand Canyon via Oak Creek Canyon which is the first 30 miles from Sedona to Flagstaff. The weather did not cooperate and we had two days of mostly rain and overcast skies at the Canyon (our only bad weather of the entire trip) but we did also get two periods of an hour or two where we were able to get in some better photography.

Next it was on to Kingman, AZ via Route 66. Believe it or not this section of the “Mother Road” is in good shape, preserved I guess by the Route 66 Society or perhaps even the state. It was a nice reprieve from I-40 with all of its truck traffic and we had the road to ourselves. Unfortunately we got a late start due to bike problems and had spent most of the day in Flagstaff, so we did most of this facing the setting sun. Seligman, the neatest town on the road was closed by the time we got there, so we settled for photos of closed shops and stores but I think the charm of yesteryear was still captured. From Kingman, we toured Hoover Dam making our way to Zion National Park where we spent three days. Here we hiked Angel’s Landing and the Virgin Narrows, with Scott being the only one to go the entire way to the Landing. This point is some 1488 feet above the Park floor and at points the path is only 3” wide, dropping 1100-1400 feet straight down the rock face.

From Zion we went through Monument Valley and stopped to take photos at several places including where they shot the jogging scene from “Forest Gump”. In between, just outside of Page, AZ, we got what I think are the most unusual photos of the entire trip in a place called Antelope Canyon. A Navajo guide takes you through what starts as a crack in the ground which you descend initially by ladder about 6 feet and over a quarter mile it drops to 100 feet. The swirled sandstone formations change color with the overhead sun and the photography is fantastic. We stayed the night in Kayenta, AZ which upon loading our bikes found had treated us to a dust storm during the night, claiming one of my gloves which I had left on the seat of my bike. Our bikes were quite a mess as well to go with all the rain from the Grand Canyon.

Now it was on to Arches National Park for three days where again we hiked out to some wonderful scenery, including Landscape Arch and the famous Delicate Arch, the one which looks like a pair of chaps. En route, we rode a 3-mile unpaved section of UT 261 known as the Moki Dugway, which climbs 1100 feet in those 3 miles and has several switchbacks and it was one of the highlights of the trip! The remainder of our journey took us down the eastern side of UT and AZ through the Navajo and Apache reservations which is some very rough desert country with not so good roads and through a section of hell known as the Petrified Forest National Park. I don’t know what I really expected, but this was not it---26 miles of more inhospitable desert at a whopping 35-45 mph. Finally we arrive in Show Low, AZ, a beautiful mountain community where the next day we hoped to ride the Coronado Trail, a.k.a. US 191 from Springerville to Clifton. I’m really pumped as I’d been waiting seven years to do this ride, and upon asking for some specific info on gas and food along the way, I learned it was closed for construction! We did get to ride a section of it though and our reward was surprise treat rerouting us along US 180 through western New Mexico and the Gila National Forest. The road cutting back over to Arizona was NM 78 and provided a nice series of switchbacks to ride, similar to, but smaller than those on the Beartooth Highway, for those of you familiar with that road.

We finished up next day with a ride to Tortilla Flat for lunch, an old stagecoach stop about 40 miles from Phoenix before regretfully having to turn back our bikes and ending our trip.

For Tommye and me it was yet another wonderful adventure. For the others I think they felt a real sense of achievement having lived on only their bikes for two weeks. The first time one does this, the thought can be pretty intimidating---whatever comes my way, I have only my bike and what is in those bags for the next 14 days. But as you make your way, you gain confidence and then the realization hits you as to how sweet it is to spend time behind bars!

Thanks to the Dealers!

Along with my cover article on our recent trip I would like to acknowledge the wonderful service rendered by two Harley Davidson dealers which made this trip the joy it was.

First, hats off to Bob Weddell and his staff in the service department at Hacienda Harley-Davidson in Scottsdale for the great job they did receiving our bikes and taking them back in for shipment on either end of our trip. Our bikes were ready for us when we arrived including adjustment to tires and air suspensions when we got there, and Bob also provided us a limo to take us to our three different hotels at the end of our journey.

In Flagstaff, we had to stop for electrical difficulties involving the brake light on one bike and it turned out to be one of those “find me if you can” sort of deals that took most of the day. We also had to replace the handlebar bushings on one of the bikes as well, so many thanks to Joe Juric and to his service staff at Grand Canyon Harley-Davidson for taking us right in when we got there.

Both of you guys run a first class operation and we appreciate the contribution you made to us having a successful trip!

And I also need to put in a plug for Federal Companies/Allied Van Lines who did a great job shipping our bikes for us. Everything was ahead of schedule and our bikes were well cared for, arriving in perfect order.

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

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Dealer Liaison

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

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Ride Director

Congrats - New Road Captain!

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate John Provost for completing all requirements for becoming an official Atlanta Chapter, H.O.G. Road Captain. He has definitely earned his patch, and has done an excellent job in assisting, sweeping and leading his own rides. He brings to the chapter new, refreshing and scenic rides. John has exciting ideas for future rides. I know he will be a great asset to our Road Captain team. Please give him a pat on the back when you see him. John spends a lot of time making sure you have safe and enjoyable ride.

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

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Safety Officer

Motorcycles and Noise

Everyone rags on motorcycles being noisy, but those of us who love that H-D sound know that most of the noise is left behind when we’re riding, right? Well, I’ve done some research because several years ago I started having a significant loss in my own hearing. Although a lot of my hearing loss was due to shooting firearms, running heavy equipment and working around big power saws in the 70’s and 80’s without hearing protection. At that time most people and businesses didn’t take loud, hazardous noise seriously.

Just so we all have the same reference points, OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) says immediate hearing loss can begin with noise more than 90 db. The military says anything more than 84 db is bad for you, and over time can cause permanent damage. A normal conversation between two people in an office is about 65 db, a noisy restaurant about 80 db, a subway around 90 db, a rock band generates about 110 db, and a gunshot is about 140 db.

According to David Marr in his article, “Sound Advice” (Road Rider, Jan. 1987), a motorcycle at idle is 74 db; at 35 mph mixed city traffic, between 110-140 db; and at average highway speeds for a 10 mile run, 116 db. These measurements were taken with and without a helmet, and the helmet was found to reduce the sound by only 3db.

“Based on several research studies, the major contributor to hearing loss in the motorcycle industry remains the “silent killer” known as “wind noise”. Generically termed as the amount of noise turbulence produced around the head while the rider is in motion. Its inherited consequences result in irreversible hearing loss damage over a period of time when adequate hearing protection is not worn. Similar to the shooting and aviation industries, if this issue is not addressed correctly from the beginning the amount of exposure to the inner ear is compounded every time the rider ventures out on his/her bike for hours at a time.

Fortunately, we usually have a warning called “tinnitus”, or ringing in the ear, before we have hearing loss. Tinnitus is noise that only you can hear.

So what can you do to prevent hearing loss? It’s simple, “first” of all when you are out riding at highway speeds for an extended period of time wear earplugs. You can get ear plugs in a variety of styles but, statistically the cheap foam ear plugs are some of the best if worn properly and they can be purchased at most hardware stores. They are used extensively in industry because they allow the frequencies of normal speech to be heard. “Second”, evaluate your riding and windshield positions.

Fact is if you wear hearing protection so, your ears don’t take a beating. You’ll be a lot less fatigue at the end of the day. Then we can all hang out like we did in Charleston, around the pool, while Big John entertains us all.

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

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!

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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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Harley-Davidson of Atlanta Update

Well ladies and gentlemen, we have had Mother Nature put a cramp in some of our riding time. As a matter of fact, Noah just called and asked for a 2000 year service so he can use the ark again. Harley-Davidson of Atlanta, Inc. service department has a few of new additions at our facility to talk to you fine folks about.

First we have a change in command in our service department. Mr. John Carroll has joined our team as our new service manager. John has been riding motorcycles for 40 years. He is the proud owner of five (count ‘em) various motorcycles. Johns fleet consists of a 1954 K model, a 1964 Panhead, a 1939 Indian, a 1955 BMW, and also a 2000 model Ultra-Classic. Not only does John own this fine fleet, he wrenches on them himself.

John is an Atlanta native and has lived here all of his life. He has also been a lifetime customer with HDA since before we even opened. John recalls a time in the early 1980’s when the Suzuki sign was removed from the old HDA building, because it fell into the bed of his truck. John was a flight instructor in the corporate aviation industry and with the same major airline for 30 years. He also has in depth aviation maintenance experience and his main goal with HDA is 100% customer satisfaction.

Our other addition is Mr. Jon Abarr. Jon has come aboard as our High Performance Dynamometer Specialist. Harley-Davidson of Atlanta was lucky enough to find someone as professional and experienced as Jon. He has 15 years experience in the performance motor sports industry. He currently races a 158 c.i. v-twin Pro-gas drag bike. Jon has two national championships (2001 & 2002) with the AMRA, and is a record holder for fastest E.T. and speed with the AMRA in the 1/8 mile and also an active member of the AHDRA. Jon has 30 plus years experience in corporate aviation maintenance and as a pilot. For the past 11 years he has worked as a high performance specialist full-time. His main goal is to make you go fast with the maximum efficiency possible.

So when the rain breaks and you get out for a ride, come by and say hello to the new guys and for your service and high performance needs, give us a call. Until next months, thanks from and stay safe with your Harley-Davidson of Atlanta, Inc. service department.

Glenn Mitchell, Service Advisor
Harley-Davidson of Atlanta

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Chapter Sympathies Extended

The Atlanta Chapter extends its sympathies to Jim and Rene’ Durham upon the death of Jim’s brother, Howard Durham on June 21, 2004.

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Southern Highroads Ride Details

This 5-pig ride is coming up the August 20-22 and should be another great one. In addition to curves and waterfalls, it offers a nice break from the heat and humidity further south. As you will see below, this is an experienced rider’s ride! If you are not good at curves, you might find yourself in over your head. Adding to our comfort level this year, we will have truck and trailer support.

Routes by Day and What to Expect:

Day one: Our easiest day, curve-wise, today will take us up I-575 and then over some back roads into Ellijay, Blue Ridge and then via Old US 76 into Blairsville. Then we’ll take US 129 to Murphy, NC and head north on US 19/74. When we get to Wayah Road, we’ll take that along the Nantahala River and Nantahala Lake into Franklin, NC, our destination for tonight. We’ll stay at the Comfort Inn and dinner tonight will be at The Chef and His Wife. Today’s ride is about a 3-pig rating. Total mileage today is about 215.

Day two: Today is about 210 miles of mostly curves and is definitely a five on our pig scale. We will take US 64 over to Highlands, Cashiers and Sapphire Valley, passing a several waterfalls on the way, some of which are spectacular. We’ll go slowly for you to enjoy them, since stopping a group this size is not possible for picture taking on these narrow, curving roads. We will proceed over to Rosman, NC where we’ll head south on US 178 into SC and go along SC 11 until we get to US 276 which takes us into Brevard, NC where we’ll stop for lunch. Continuing on US 276, we will pick up the Blue Ridge Parkway taking us into Cherokee, NC and on through Bryson City to Wesser where we will stop at the Nantahala Village Inn. Today’s mileage is about 210.

Day three: Today, probably my favorite of the three is another long day of more curves, perhaps gentler than those of yesterday, but the ride is nonetheless a good 4 to 5 pig-rated ride. Leaving the Nantahala Village Inn, we’ll back track a bit to NC 28, taking us around Lake Santeelah, past the “entry” to the famed Dragon’s Tail and past Cheoah Dam. Eventually we will make our way into Robbinsville, NC and just past there pick up the wonderful Cherohala Skyway taking us the 55 miles into Tennessee. The Skyway is similar to the Blue Ridge Parkway, but I prefer this road to that. I think the views are a bit better, but as they say, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”, so judge for yourselves. We’ll stop for lunch just prior to exiting the Cherohala Skyway at Cardin’s Landing on the Tellico River. We then proceed south on TN Hwy. 68 through Ducktown and Copperhill, picking up GA Hwy. 5 into Blue Ridge. From here I imagine most of you will proceed home via I-575. Total mileage today is about 275, but 100 of that is from Blue Ridge back to Atlanta.

Tom Sigerfoos, Road Captain

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Rome Braves Recap

This was a darn good ride and a fun event. Despite reports of possible late rain, the weather was clear. The camaraderie was exceptional, which is a given. We had good roads, and there were no mishaps. We had a very good lite lunch (soup & salad) at "Johnny Corino's". I even had time for a short nap at the hotel, while the others watched the golf game on t.v. before going to the ball park, which is very nice itself. We got to park our bikes right in the front of the stadium, in "pole position" you might say! We sat on the Budweiser Beach Club area, down the 3rd base side. We had our own picnic table with an umbrella! The tickets were only $4.00! The Blues Brothers were as always entertaining and the Rome Braves even won the game! We had four bikes with six members on this ride. There were Sharon and I, Frank Regan, Rob Rreinsel, and Nancy Hardman and Noel Dillard. A good time was had by all...try to join us next year.

Ride today like you want to be able to ride tomorrow.

Steve Johnson, Road Captain

Dale Moorefield Memorial Ride Recap

We had a good turnout for the Eighth Annual Dale Moorefield Memorial Ride on July 4. The count of motorcycles varied but a count of 100 seemed the norm. A “BIG THANKS” to Allan Farmer for setting up and leading the ride for another great job “Well Done!” A special thanks to McDonough Police that help us get out of town, Henry and Newton County Deputies, and others that escorted us all the way to Bostwick, and don’t forget the wonderful people of Bostwick for making us welcome. It was a great ride and great food. I’m sure Dale appreciated the thought and love from everyone. Dale was a special person, loved his motorcycle, riding with his friends and eating. This was one of Dale’s favorite rides.

B.K. Ellis

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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:

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;

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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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