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Harley-Davidson of Atlanta, Inc.
501 Thornton Road
Lithia Springs, Georgia 30122
12 Noon to 5:00 PM
(Service Department Closed)
Tuesday - Wednesday
9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
9:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Friday - Saturday
9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Harley-Davidson of Atlanta's
Atlanta Chapter, Inc.
Chapter Number 0788
April 2008 Issue
Rides - Rides - Rides
Road Trip Recap
Tentative Event Schedule, 2008
Atlanta Chapter Blog
Atlanta Chapter, 2008
Assistant DirectorBobby Conway678-384-0313
Head Road CaptainDiana Bodden404-992-3548
Safety OfficerJim Byrd770-843-6700
Activity OfficerErik Grandowski404-580-6759
Membership OfficerLori Robey678-463-0005
Web MasterB.K. Ellis770-471-0306
Road CaptainAndy Andresen770-502-0847
Road CaptainTom Arnold770-313-3886
Road CaptainEd Chowning770-505-9404
Road CaptainJon Loewer770-652-8645
Road CaptainSteve Magel678-354-3560
Road CaptainSkeeter McDowell770-422-8557
Road CaptainJohn Provost404-535-3447
Road CaptainCharles Slomka770-301-3681
Road CaptainScott Vandiver770-425-8752
Road CaptainGene Williams404-805-8119
April 2008 Event Schedule
Atlanta Chapter events are considered "CLOSED" unless otherwise noted!See Event Statement.
April 1, 2008
Atlanta Chapter Business Meeting
Atlanta Chapter, Inc.
Chapter Number 0788
April 2008 Issue
April 1, 2008
April 5, 2008
HOGWASH Articles Due
April 5, 2008
Old Mill Motorcycle Museum
April 5, 2008
Road Captain's Meeting
April 5, 2008
April 10, 2008
Shane's Rib Shack Social
April 12, 2008
April 19, 2008
Atlanta Chapter Meeting
April 19, 2008
Top Gun Ride
April 23, 2008
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 H.O.G. member, contact
Rene' Durham, or call 770-944-1340
NEW RIDER'S REWARDS PROGRAM
General Manager Harley-Davidson of Atlanta
I want to take a moment to let you all know that Harley-Davidson of Atlanta has launched a Rider's Rewards Program. This program is designed to reward those customers who are most deserving. Consequently, customers who do more business with Harley-Davidson of Atlanta will
reap more benefits as a result of the program.
The Rider's Rewards Program will be available to our entire customer base, including our Chapter members. The Rider Rewards Program will be included FREE OF CHARGE as a part of active chapter membership. For non-chapter members there will be a cost to be a member of the
Rider Rewards Program. Non-chapter members will have to acquire their Loyalty card for $9.95
annually or $29.95 for a lifetime membership.
The program is a way for Harley-Davidson of Atlanta customers to earn credit toward future purchases. Each time you make a purchase in MotorClothes, Parts and Accessories and the Service department you will earn a percentage back of every dollar spent. Moreover, points will
be earned on qualifying merchandise only. Chapter members will also receive points for their
participation in Chapter or dealership sanctioned events and functions (e.g., chapter meetings,
chapter rides, socials, volunteer time, etc.).
Are you ready to ride? No matter what temperature you preferred to ride, the riding season is
officially upon us. Where would you like to go this year? What would you like to do when you
get there? These are the questions the Road Captains and Officers ask themselves when they are
planning a ride or event. April is looking great with a good variety of rides and events to keep
you busy. From our second Movie Night, our first Saturday meeting of the year, several Saturday
rides, to my first weekday ride for all of you who have to work weekends or decide to play hooky
and take in an extra ride. The Officers and Road Captains all know what their part is in the
chapter, but do you? What is your responsibility to the chapter? Participate, volunteer, and be
active in the chapter. I would like to see every member to get the most out of the chapter. As
officers, we can do only so much, the rest is up to you. The more you put in, the more you will
get out of your experience. That is said a lot, but it is really true. Come out for at least one ride or event a month. You will find yourself going too more and more. It's contagious. Contact me or one of the officers and become more involved. Don't spend all your time looking at someone
else's rear ends, get out front and take the lead.
Chris RobeyDirector, Atlanta Chapter
I hope everyone is enjoying good health and has been able to enjoy some of this wonderful riding weather. I want to start my article with a storey of something that I watched on television a while back. I was watching the show "20/20" the title of the show was, "What would you do?" They
staged some incidents with actors to see what people who had no idea what was going on would
do. One of which were some vandals in broad daylight spray painting a car, and the one I would
like to reference was inside a restaurant and the actor that they had hired lifted the other actor's handbag and walked out with it. The scenario was this, this male actor would casually stroll through this restaurant/bar and pick up the female actor's handbag and just walk right out the door with it. There was a man and his wife sitting behind the female actor, I noticed that this rather large man was wearing a "Harley" T-shirt. His wife noticed what happened and pointed it out loudly. Another man along with the "Harley" T-shirt man leapt into action and followed the
guy outside to confront him. The first man got to the actor first and started questioning him about the handbag. The "Harley" man took his right fist and popped the actor twice in the face before the producer and camera crew ran in and pointed out what was really going on. I point out this incident to say, that "Harley" people step up, that's just the way they are. With that said, I would like to ask some of our members to step up. Step up to do what you might ask, well-let me tell you. Right now I have noticed a need for Road Captains, there is a need for them in our chapter. I know Diana is planning a road captain's meeting for April 5 at 7:00 PM Please contact her or any of the officers if you are interested or just come to the meeting. I know when I was
approached, I had no idea what was expected of me and was concerned, but it has been great and
very fulfilling. Please talk to some of the road captains, believe me it's not that difficult.
Moving onto the State Rally, I was recently in Savannah working on a case and decided to ride
out to Tybee Island to get the lay of the land. I went by the host hotel "Ocean Plaza" and noticed
that a couple of hotels were very close to it. I know Rene said in the last meeting the Ocean Plaza was sold out. If any of you are having trouble getting rooms at Ocean Plaza, please contact me, and I will give you the name and number of one of the hotels and can give you the name of the
other. I also have pictures that I can email you so you can get an idea how close these hotels are
to the host hotel. Please be safe riding and look forward to seeing you.
Bobby ConwayAssistant Director, Atlanta Chapter
Please ride safe and responsible,
Rene' DurhamSecretary/Treasurer, Atlanta Chapter
Road Captains Planning Meeting April 5, 7:00 PM at HDA - All Road Captains are asked
Members that are interested in being a Road Captain, please attend this meeting.
Please respond if you are unable to attend to email@example.com.
Diana BoddenHead Road Captain, Atlanta Chapter
As the outside air temperature goes down, so does the air in your tires. This applies to all tires.
Under normal conditions your motorcycle tires will lose approximately one psi (pressure per
inch) a month. Now add cold temperatures, and you lose more tire pressure. The loss of how
much tire pressure depends on the surrounding air temperature.
I conducted a test last month on our Ultra-classic. I checked the tire pressure on the first day of the month and had 36 psi on the front tire. At the end of the month, the tire pressure was 32 psi. The air temperature in my garage averaged 50 degrees during the month. Therefore, I lost 3 psi of tire pressure as a result of the cold and 1 psi from just sitting.
What can we conclude from this experiment? One must check his tire pressure before cranking
Remember—jumping on a motorcycle without doing a pre ride examination can be costly!
Safety Officer, Atlanta Chapter
ACTIVITY OFFICER'S REPORT
You + Technology + Harley Davidson = Have More Fun!
If someone says they have a blog, do you suggest they see a doctor? Are you embarrassed
because your drive goes floppy, when your friends brag about their big hard drives? Does a
thumb drive really fit on your thumb? If so, is a thumbnail photo really a snapshot of your
If you feel like a speed bump on the information super highway, I would like to help get you up
and running again with the first ever "Atlanta HOG Technology 101" meeting.
Feel free to e-mail what irritates you the most about technology, whether its' the Internet, digital cameras, e-mail, blogs, GPS, etc. From there, I will assemble a presentation with topics to address your problems (as best as I can). We can also cover some great Internet resources such as the interactive ride planning tools available on the National HOG site.
If you have a technological question, or are interested in attending this meeting (when
announced), send an e- mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call me at 404-580-6758, or let any of the chapter officers know at the next chapter meeting. Messages sent via a carrier pigeon are allowed, but I am not feeding them.
If the response is favorable, I will schedule the meeting coupled with a ride afterwards.
Activity Officer, Atlanta Chapter
A Word from the Other Side of the Camera
Hello guys and gals. Just wanted to remind all about the online photo album for Atlanta Chapter, HOG. All members can access our PhotoBucket albums (http://photobucket.com/).Use the
UserID and Password listed at the bottom of the calendar page of your HOGWASH.
Please, know that you are all welcome to take pictures during our gatherings. Also, it is always great to see photos taken of the bikes and bikers on the road. All you passengers get your camera fingers and shutterbug eyes busy. You may just discover a new FUN pastime.
If you have photos of Atlanta Chapter rides or gatherings that you would like to have uploaded into the PhotoBucket please e-mail them to me email@example.com. Please be sure to flag the subject line so I will know the email is from/for Atlanta members. (You know we are all trying to avoid/block mail that may be virus infested.)
Photographer, Atlanta Chapter
Atlanta Chapter, H.O.G. Members Only
Hello, I have been a member of Atlanta Chapter H.O.G. for two years riding in the recliner of
Chris Robey's bike. We have been many places and have met many wonderful people.
As the membership officer, I plan on welcoming our new members and keeping in touch with our
other members, those we see regularly as well as those whom we haven't. If you haven't seen
someone in a while and have been wondering why? Let me know, and I'll do what I can to find
out and hopefully get them back on the rides with us. You can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I am very excited about being in this position and can't wait to see you on some of our "New"
Membership Officer, Atlanta Chapter
Atlanta Chapter Web Page
Due to a review of our web page by national H.O.G., I have had to do some changing. I will no longer list chapter members’ birthdays on the web page. They will still be in the HOGWASH and on the web page in the HOGWASH Print as Mailed. I had to move the HOGWASH Archives and the HOGWASH Print as Mailed to a password-protected page. You will need a UserId and password to access these pages. I will print the UserId and password in the HOGWASH each month so you will have access to these pages. This is security protection for our members who names and email addresses appear in past and/or current publications. This does not apply to chapter officer/road captains per national H.O.G. This information is for Atlanta Chapter members ONLY and is not to be disseminated to NON-Chapter Members. These changes only apply to the web site. The HOGWASH publication will remain the same.
Keep Email Address Updated!
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 members on up coming or changed events. Please, keep you e-mail address up to date and stay informed! E-mail me at email@example.com. Thanks!!
Web Master, Atlanta Chapter
How much do you Ride?
While talking to one of my co-workers recently, I made a remark that I never seem to have
enough time to get things done. The reply to this comment was "if you didn't ride your
motorcycle so much, you would have time to do other things." Of course my response was that I
did not ride that much and not nearly as much as I would like. This then leads to evaluating
exactly how much I have ridden in the last five years.
Based on 55,000 miles at an average of 50 miles per hour, we concluded I have ridden 1,100
hours. When broke down to an eight-hour day that came to 137.5 days. Even at that, I found it
wasn't much time in those five years. My co-worker is highly analytical and wanted to too win
the argument, so we had to take it one step further. The 137.5 days came out to 27.5 workweeks
or slightly more than a half-year of riding eight hours per day, five days a week. This was riding
time only and did not include stops for fuel, food, photos and friendship. The end result from my
co-worker's point of view was that I practically live on my bike. From my perspective, I only
rode 1,100 hours out of the 43,800 hours in those five years and have a lot of riding to do this
year to even those numbers out.
The weather is getting nice; the days are getting longer. I'll be out there putting miles and hours into what I love the most and hope to see all of you on a ride soon.
Rose Cardinal, Atlanta Chapter Member
Old Mill Motorcycle Museum Ride
On Saturday, April 5, 2008, I will be leading a ride to "The Old Mill Motorcycle Museum." They
are having their 1ST Annual Spring Fling, I want to make sure everyone knows that there is a $10
admission to the museum unless your bike is more than 35 years old then it's free. There will be
live music, a bike show and a swap meet. As most of you might know this is in the town of
Juliette, GA the location where the movie "Fried Green Tomatoes" was filmed, and it has a good
little restaurant near the museum which we will eat lunch at when we arrive. We will meet at
8:00 AM and leave at 8:30 AM for a nice scenic ride to Juliette. I anticipate a couple of stops on
Bobby Conway, Road Captain
All Harley Drags and Rally April 12, 2008
We will meet at the pavilion and travel to Reynolds, Georgia for the ALL HARLEY DRAG
RACES. The races are conducted at the SILVER DOLLAR RACE TRACK and there will also be food, vendors and music. Tickets will be available at the gate, or you might purchase them in
Atlanta for a discount at one or more of the local bike shops. There will also be free camping on
the race track grounds.
This will be a moderate to difficult ride due to duration, it will take about three hours, and there will be a fair amount of interstate travel. We will make at least one stop on the way, and we will decide as a group prior to departure whether or not we want to stop for a meal. This is a good ride and a fun time so come on out and join us.
John Provost, Road Captain
Top Gun Ride, April 19, 2008
Meet at the pavilion after the Saturday Atlanta Chapter meeting and ride with us to Hooters in
Kennesaw for the TOP GUN RIDE FOR CHILDREN. Please, know that you might be asked to
present your driver's license, proof of insurance and bike registration; at the ride since we will be ending the ride at McCollum Air Field. The ride from Hooters to McCollum will be escorted by
Cobb County and is always a good ride.
You can register on line at www.TopGunRideAtlanta.com and get more information about the
ride as well. Once at the Air Field there will be music and food provided by a local restaurants.
Our portion of this ride is very easy and short so plan to attend the Saturday Chapter meeting and
then the ride.
Catfish Cabin Ride
On Wednesday, April 23, I will be leading our first full fledged weekday ride (well since I've
been a member). We will be heading over to the Catfish Cabin in Albertville, AL. This is a
wonderful restaurant with great food. Bobby and I have had several members' comment that they
would love to ride with the chapter, but they have to work on the weekends. Therefore, if you
work weekends, have lots of free time or are always looking for a reason to play hooky from
work, this is your ride. We will meet at the dealership at 10:00 AM and leave at 10:30 AM
The ride will take about three hours with at least one rest/gas stop along the way. This will be a
3-pig ride. I hope to see a good turn out for our inaugural weekday ride.
Chris Robey, Road Captain
Save the Date
May 10, will be the RIDE TO LIVE which is staged by the American Diabetes Association. This
ride will originate in Gwinnett County at the Hooters of Gwinnett and Gwinnett County Police
will lead a ride through the county which is now planned to cross over the Buford Dam which
creates Lake Lanier. This ride is always extremely well run and benefits one of the biggest health
problems we face today. There will be many vendors, live music, auctions, drawings, food and
oh yeah-Hooters' Girls. During our March or April meeting a representative of the American
Diabetes Association will be at our meeting to let us know more about this special event. We will
also have sign-up forms for this event available for everyone in the very near future.
July 27, will be the annual Biker’s for Boobs Ride. This ride is a major contributor to the Susan Komen Breast Cancer Awareness activities. This ride originates in Villa Rica at noon and ends up in Austell. There can't be a more relevant cause to any of us than the war against breast
cancer, we all have mothers, wives, daughters, girl friends and oh yeah-breast cancer strikes men
as well. The percentage of women affected by this disease is staggering so let's do our part and
ride to Villa Rica in July for a great time and a great cause. More specific details and information will be forthcoming, for now just save the day and plan to attend.
The final event on the charity calendar for now is the Shelby Ride staged by the Iron Pigs
Motorcycle Ride Club and the ride is for the benefit of the children of a fallen officer. Each year the recipient is chosen and the ride is conducted in late summer or early fall. Times, dates and registration information will be forthcoming. Start thinking now about attending so we can
represent Atlanta Chapter Hog at this event which honors all of our law enforcement men and
The length of these rides will vary from short to medium length and the degree of difficulty will require some previous group riding experience since the rides will be conducted in Metro Atlanta traffic during some busy weekend traffic times. The causes are all very worthwhile and the events are all very entertaining. Live music, good food, bike shows, vendors, raffles, escorted rides, good people and good times, what more could you ask for and at the same time be helping
someone who really needs your help - please plan to join us for some or all of these rides.
Gumbeaux's Ride Recap
The morning started off cloudy and cool, around 51 degrees when I left my home. The weather
people said it would be close to 60 with the sun peaking though here and there, as usual they
were wrong. The plan was to take a leisurely, winding ride to Carrollton for some great Mexican
food. There were four bikes and six people who decided to trust the forecast and enjoy a nice
Saturday ride. When the time came to leave the dealership the temp had dropped to 41, and it
was still dropping. We all decided to shorten the ride and headed to our favorite cold weather
lunch spot, Gumbeaux's in Douglasville. The Cajon spices warmed us from the inside out and
almost helped us to forget about the cold ride home. I want to thank Lori, Gary Easterwood, Mac
Hall, Erik and Fiona Grandowski (who also rode sweep) for braving the cold weather and making
it another ride to remember.
Chris Robey, Director
Sweetheart Ride Recap
It was a beautiful day, and we had 16 bikes and 20 people who joined us for a scenic ride through Douglas County. As Noel said, "we will cover the rest of Douglas County the next time." We had a wonderful lunch at Quaker Steak & Lube, I'm not sure if anyone in our group actually went to "Build a Bear" or not. I would like to give a special thanks to Andy Andreson for assisting me as the middle Road Captain and Diana Bodden for riding sweep. We also had five guests on this ride. I thank everyone for showing up and look forward to riding with everyone again.
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H.O.G. CHAPTER ONLINE PRIVACY STATEMENT
Personal privacy and security of information are mutual concerns of H.O.G., its members, and visitors to Atlanta Chapter web site. This Statement explains H.O.G.'s Internet policies and security measures relating to personal privacy and information security.
The Atlanta Chapter 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, aol.com, 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 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 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.
By your use of and connection to our web site, you understand and consent to this privacy statement. If for any reason you are concerned that the personal or member information maintained by H.O.G. is not correct or if for some reason you believe H.O.G. has not adhered to these privacy principles, please notify us by calling 1-800-CLUB-HOG.