Welcome to the Atlanta Chapter's Website. Harley-Davidson of Atlanta established the Atlanta Chapter on September 19, 1985. We are the oldest H.O.G. Chapter in Georgia. All of the officers hope you will take a look around and enjoy your stop here. Be sure to check out the Calendar. We try to keep a good variety of rides and events to fit into everyone's schedules. If you are a local or just passing through town and have any questions feel free to contact any of the Officers. If you are interested in joining the chapter, we have membership applications available here on the site. We are here to "Ride and Have Fun" and hope you will come out and join us soon.
Atlanta Chapter Officers
Atlanta Chapter, Inc.
Chapter Number 0788
February 2009 Issue
January 20, 2009
Advertising in the HOGWASH
Assistant Director's Article
Head Road Captain's Article
Safety Officer's Article
Activity Officer's Article
Membership Officer's Article
Head Photographer's Article
Web Master's Article
Road Trip Recap
Charities We Support
Harley-Davidson of Atlanta Web Page
GA State H.O.G. Rally Web Page
National H.O.G.Web Page
Tentative Event Schedule, 2009
H.O.G. Chapter Online Privacy Statement
Member Benefit Change
Join the Group
Meet the Officers
Atlanta Chapter Picture Gallery
HOGWASH Print as Mailed
Rides - Rides - Rides
Atlanta Chapter Blog
Atlanta Chapter, 2009
Head Road Captain
January 20, 2009
January 24, 2009
Great American Motorcycle Show
February 3, 2009
Atlanta Chapter Business Meeting
February 5, 2009
HOGWASH Articles Due
February 14, 2009
February 19, 2009
Atlanta Chapter Meeting
February 21, 2009
Mardi Gras Ride
February 22, 2009
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.).
First off, I want everyone to welcome Bret Graddy as your new Membership Officer. He is enthusiastic and ready to jump in with new thoughts and ideas. It is always great to have newer members step up and take a leading role in the chapter; it gives us all a fresh look at new things we can do to help all of you enjoy your experience with the Atlanta Chapter even more.
Looking over the calendar of upcoming events for 2009, I get a warm fuzzy feeling, NOT that kind of warm and fuzzy, the kind where you know that this is going to be a great year. There are going to be a good selection of overnight rides from Charleston, SC to the Saddle and Paddle, Lots and lots of day rides including me throwing in a weekday ride in here and there, and some great events like the Dual Chapter Picnic. I'm even trying to get Willie G. to come out and speak at one of our summer meetings at the Pavilion. Throughout the year we will be working with the dealership to help out during some of their events and possibly doing a few things at those events to raise money for the chapter. Jeff Eubanks (HDA's General Manager) is also going to be leading several "GM" rides this year to familiarize new riders with the dealership and chapter. 2009 is going to be very busy, and I hope that all of you will make time to come out, participate and volunteer as much as you can. Life is stressful especially with the way the economy is but everyone needs a break, and what better way than hanging out with your HOG family swapping lies, I mean stories, and taking some time off from the stress' of the day to day same old same old. After all what is better than taking off on your beloved Harley on some scenic back road in the middle of nowhere and stopping for lunch at some little hole in the wall that you never knew existed? Not much from where I'm sitting. Always remember the more you put into the chapter the more you will get out of your chapter experience. See you at the next event.
Tentative Schedule Explained
I just wanted to explain the Tentative Schedule listed in the HOGWASH and at the bottom of the chapter website. This calendar is just as it says Tentative. As we put the chapter ride calendar together we list these rides for a reference so the members can start looking ahead in the year at some of the possible upcoming events. Always refer to the latest information in the HOGWASH calendar or the current Event Schedule at the website. The current information is always the one you want to go by. If changes are made after the HOGWASH comes out, we will send an e-mail to all the members letting you know about the changes, or if you do not have e-mail, we will call you with the update. If you have any questions about an event please feel free to contact the Officer or Road Captain responsible for the event.Chris Robey
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR’S ARTICLE
As I rode on the Tommy Tyner/Good Luck Ride on New Years Day, I reflected on what it meant to me to not only be a HOG Member, but what it meant to me to be a member of this chapter. First, to be a HOG Member I thought of how all my life I wanted to own a Harley. I have worked a tax paying job since I was 16 years old, cut grass and raked yards prior to that for some money as a pre and early teenager. I was 37 years old before I could afford to buy my first Harley. When I bought it, I was introduced to National HOG because I got the membership free for the first year. It was also explained to me that I could join a local chapter. At that point I had no idea what HOG was or what it would mean to join a chapter. Also, at that time Michelle and I rode two up. I had only one friend from high school who even owned a bike and him and I are caught up in our lives and hardly see each other. Therefore, I expected that Michelle and I would take some short trips on the bike and maybe ride in two or three charity rides a year. So we might put a couple thousand miles on the bike a year. Then we decided to join the Atlanta HOG Chapter. After being a member for almost three years now I understand that owning a Harley and, more so, being a member of HOG is a lifestyle not just the ownership of a bike. I have made what will be lifelong friends and even have a friend I met in the chapter that is like a big brother to me. Now to most folks that might not mean as much, but I have no brothers or sisters. I also want you to know those 2000 miles a year that I thought Michelle and I would put on my bike as turned into more than 26,000 on my bike and Michelle has more than 6,000 on hers. Yes that's right she rode as a passenger with me for not quite a year and decided that she was tired of being an associate member. As I finished up the ride, I just thought how each and every member make up the fabric of this chapter and how much all of you mean to me. I may not get to tell you and the way I am with names I may only remember your face, but please don't think that takes away from what you mean to me. I'm excited about this year and riding with all of you and - if not all -as many of you as I can.
New Member Ride - March 7
I wanted to advertise this ride early and often, especially since I neglected to do this ride last year. This ride is for those of you who have just joined the chapter either this year or last year, or if you are just unsure of riding in a group. I think back on my first ride with our chapter; I had not ridden in several years and had never ridden in a group. My first ride was in a group of about 20 bikes, and we went to Mt. Cheaha which is a twisty ride with gravel in some of the twisties, I was a nervous wreck. So, this ride will be an attempt to try and help with some of those issues you may have. This will be a short two pig, at the most, ride to eat lunch somewhere probably in the Douglasville area. I plan on having at least a couple more road captains scattered throughout the pack to assist if needed. This ride will be on March 7, we will meet at 10:30 A.M. and leave at 11:00 A.M., please try to be there early because I will plan on having an extended safety meeting.
I want everyone to come out and ride with us and feel comfortable while doing so.
Assistant Director, Atlanta Chapter
February 19, Chapter Meeting
It is 2009, can you believe it is February already here. Riding will be in full swing soon. Consequently, get on your bikes and come to the February monthly meeting. This month the meeting will be at Williamson Bros. Bar-B-Q in Douglasville. The address is 7040 Concourse Parkway, Douglasville, GA 30134, between Hooters and Cracker Barrel. We will be having BBQ Pork and Chicken, beans, stew, cookies, bread, tea, water or lemonade. The dinner will be $10 per person. Please don't forget to RSVP, so I can get a head count for dinner.
2009 Georgia State HOG Rally
Mark your calendars for the 2009 Georgia State HOG Rally which will be in Helen, GA, August 27, 28 & 29. This year we have three Atlanta Chapter members on the rally committee, Bobby Conway (Security Coordinator), Erik Grandowski (Media/PR) and me, Rene' Durham (Treasurer). We are always looking for new ideas and events. If you have any suggestions, please contact us, we are here for you. Let's make this rally better than the last.
Please ride safe and responsible,
Secretary/Treasurer, Atlanta Chapter
WANTED WANTED WANTED – Road Captains and Ride Idea's!
Do you have a great idea for a ride? Share this with the members and take us on an adventure! We will help you find a way and how to lead group rides. Let us know if you have any interest, and we will hook you up! New Leaders and ride ideas are good for the group. No potential road captain or ride idea is shunned. Even if you don't want to lead, give us your idea, and we will find a leader and the way.
A Road Captain Class will be scheduled in April, to be advised!
Riding Formation and Individual Positions
Recently, some of our members showed interest in learning more on Group Riding Rules. We will be offering a full course during April. Learning the basics keeps us all safe and riding together comfortably. Contact me for more information. These skills have helped our Road Captains keep our members safe and aware on rides.
Group Riding Tips Part 1 of 3
The standard formation, under good conditions of road, traffic, and weather, will be a double row, staggered, in one traffic lane. The interval will be no less than one second between staggered riders.
The Lead Road Captain will be at the head of the group, and typically will ride just to the left of lane center. Other Road Captains may be assigned positions within the group, which will be followed by the Rear Road Captain or "Sweep". H.O.G. Atlanta Chapter Road Captain Handbook - Page 25
New members, guests, and any riders with little experience in group riding should be positioned at the front of the group, just behind the Lead Road Captain.
Each rider should maintain his or her starting line up position in the group until arrival at the destination. This allows each rider to become more familiar with the riding style and habits of those nearest him or her in the group, and is particularly important for the new or inexperienced riders.
Under certain conditions the Lead Road Captain will signal the group to form a single file formation. The signal is the left arm held overhead with one finger extended. Drop back to a safe following distance from the rider in front of you, and move into a single file.
It may be necessary to form smaller groups for safety due to surrounding conditions of local ordinances. The Middle Road Captains are authorized to slow down their part of the group, take the Lead position of the new group, and proceed as the Lead Road Captain of that group.
This may mean that the last rider of each group would become the Rear Road Captain for that group. If possible, this rider should be another recognized Road Captain. If another Road Captain is not available, this rider should be briefed prior to the run as to his or her responsibilities in the event this situation should occur. The new Rear Road Captain is NOT to take on the responsibilities of Sweep, unless authorized by the Lead Road Captain to do so.
Head Road Captain, Atlanta Chapter
Protecting those Numb Fingers Or Finding a Surprise in Your First-aid Kit
We have all ridden in cold weather and despite having heavy gloves, those fingers get cold and begin to be numb.
Here is a tip that came up. When it is so cold that your fingers begin to get numb. Pull to the side of the road, get off the bike, and dig into your first-aid kit. Pull out a pair of latex gloves and put them on; then put on your regular gloves over the latex ones. It's amazing how effective that this simple idea is.
Safety Officer, Atlanta Chapter
If you skipped the 2008 Holiday Party – you missed one GREAT time!
Well, if you missed the holiday party in ‘08, make sure to be there in ‘09! Everyone enjoyed laughs, great food and drinks and honored all of the HOGgie recipients. To kick off the day, a few of us arrived early to set up the stage, food areas, check-in area and bar. Jim Byrd helped Fiona and me with the stage setup, while his wife, Nan and BK were busy stuffing Merit award plaques, all the while Lori and Chris Robey were busily preparing the evening's feast.
As seven o'clock approached, arriving guests were greeted with smiles at the check out desk by Michelle Conway, Beth Barrett and Melissa Fuller. Thank you to all of those who brought in toys for SHARE House. They made a lot of children happy!
In the early evening, people mingled, chatted, and participated in the "Walking Trivia" game, trying to answer the 15 different trivia questions placed around the dealership. Everyone had a chance to submit their answers to win great prizes (if you think you were wronged in the tabulations of the trivia, see Fiona!)
As the night progressed, we all talked and laughed at stories as our bartenders René Durham and Gina (the receptionist at Atlanta H-D) greeted everyone with a pleasant smile and a stiff drink! As the beverages flowed, we were entertained with images of the 2008 Chapter events scrolling along the large screen in pace with the music.
When suppertime arrived, everyone was delighted with the culinary delights from Lori Robey's kitchen (and on-site camping trailer). There were all sorts of delicious hot foods, and breads to fill our bellies, as well as yummy desserts to top it all off. Almost everything was hand made and detailed perfectly, right down to the tiny pink hog sprinkles on the chocolate-dipped pretzels!
After everyone was well fed, tongue tired, and feeling very good, we started the HOGgie awards presentation. Since I was the emcee for the evening, I purposefully stalled to make sure everyone had a few drinks, so my jokes would only have to be slightly funny. Diana Bodden honored all of the Road Captains with a HOGgie statue (mine sits prominently on my desk at work), and Bobby Conway presented Merit Certificates to the top 25 chapter members based on volunteerism and participation. From there, each officer presented their personal choice for favorite volunteers or chapter member with a HOGgie statue of their very own.
Various chapter members such as Andy Andresen, Michelle and Chuck Fuller, Bill Berry, Andrea Oparnica and Pete, Mark and Cathy Redmon presented the "People's Choice" awards based on YOUR input from the on-line survey.
To close the evening, Chris Robey presented the "Director's Choice" award to BK Ellis. This award is equal to the Lifetime Achievement award at the "lesser-known" program called the Oscars. BK was a natural choice for this honor, since he was the originator of the Atlanta Chapter HOG more than twenty years ago and has been involved ever since. Much to everyone's surprise, BK is also a CHARTER member of National HOG, with a membership number in the low 2,000's.
Evening events such as this are too large for just a few people to produce, so I would like to give special thanks to everyone who volunteered on the spot to make the party a great event, and those who were great sports in presenting the various awards without notice or rehearsal. I am always grateful to be involved in a great chapter where everyone pitches in to help so if I excluded anyone from this story, I deeply apologize. As it turns out, I too had a bit too much to drink.
Finally, If you attended the party, be sure to drop into the dealership and give a special thanks to Chris or Eddie Houghton, who not only opened and staffed the dealership especially for us, but offered great shopping discounts and assisted with the costs of the bar and refreshments.
Holiday parties are always brimming with cheer gleaming from everyone, but as I stood in front of those glistening HOGgie awards, announcing the achievements of our members, I felt something deeper. Was is it the camaraderie we all share due to our love affair with finely crafted metal, rubber, chrome and leather, or could it be the bonds of friendship formed due to the motorcycles we ride? Either way, I am very excited about what 2009 will bring to our chapter, and the additional friendships that I will find throughout the year.
P.S. – If you really want the answers to the trivia questions – send me an e-mail!
Activity Officer, Atlanta Chapter
Head Photographer, Atlanta Chapter
Meet Bret Graddy, New Membership Officer
I am very excited to be serving the chapter as Membership Officer for 2009. I want to take a moment and introduce myself to you. My wife, Charlene, and I have two children ages six and seven. We live in Powder Springs and have called this community home for the last five years. We enjoy spending time with neighbors and friends while cooking on our Big Green Egg. I've spent my entire professional life in retail. I am currently the Store Manager at the SuperTarget in Roswell. I've been doing this for the last sever years and thoroughly enjoy the fast pace and people I meet on a daily basis.
My riding career is short, but my dream of owning a Harley has been decades in the making. I was looking for a way to meet people who share a common interest. I found the perfect way after watching the movie Wild Hog earlier this year. It was the ideal way of matching my dream of owning a Harley and meeting those who share a common interest. After completing the Rider's Edge program in April 2008, I purchased a 2008 Sportster. It was a great bike, but I quickly learned after spending time at the dealership that I wanted a Street Glide. I purchased my 2008 Street Glide this past summer and have thoroughly enjoyed every mile.
My learning curve is steep, but I hope to bring passion, energy, and enthusiasm for riding to others. I will do my best to build on the success of the chapter by working with the officer team and each of you. I look forward to meeting you over the coming weeks and months.
Membership Officer, Atlanta Chapter
Historian, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!!
Web Master, Atlanta Chapter
WOW! What an incredible honor! How very special and such as complete and total surprise. How wonderful to have these friends, this ‘family' that think enough of me to award me the People's Choice HOGgie. And Chris – you could not have stunned me more. Pretty cool for a girl who just happens to like riding her Harleys and who enjoys the company of others who ride. And the timing could not have been better – November was a rough month. My job had become overwhelming which put riding on the back burner so I missed many group rides and had to cancel a much anticipated trip the week of Thanksgiving; my truck, in obvious jealousy of the bikes, decided it was time for me to spend my hard earned money on it for a change; and finally a decision to do something less than intelligent got me seriously laid up for a week. That rough month was erased instantly by friends who put life back in perspective and reminded me of the things that are really important.
However, this isn't about me. This isn't about the awards that I and several others received. This is about all of us, our group, our Chapter, the HOG family. This is about men and women who share an enthusiasm for riding and because of that passion have become friends, people we can count on, people who will be there, people who care, people who make you feel special - sometimes when you need it the most. And whether it's just a passing wave, sharing the road on a ride, conversations and stories over lunch, laughing and letting loose after a long day on an overnight ride, having someone help fix your bike on the road, or that hug from your best buddy at the last gas stop - we are friends and friends like this is what life is about. And it isn't just here and the people we know. From an extraordinary trip this past April, this is something that is shared and experienced across the world - anywhere there is a Harley Chapter or even just a Harley owner, you have a friend. How awesome to have all of you out there.
Rose Cardinal, Chapter Member
Gumbeaux’s After Lunch Ride - January 20
If you like Cajun food you’ll want to join us for this lunch, Tuesday, January 20. We will meet at Gumbeaux’s Cajun Café in down town Douglasville at 11:30 AM for a great lunch then we will head out for a nice after lunch ride. Gumbeaux’s is at 6712 W Broad St in Douglasville,770-947-8288. If you have to work that day and work in the Douglasville area take a long lunch and join us.
Chris Robey, Road Captain
Valentines Day – A Day filled with Romance, Fun, and TRUST! - February 14
In celebration of Valentines Day falling on a Saturday this year, why not take that special someone, or your Harley for a ride! And to fill the day with extra ROMANCE, I have spent hours creating my patented “Fuzzy G’s Love Test” for everyone to try. The test will compare your answers to selected famous people (and possibly each other). The top matches will walk away with whatever prizes I can fit in my saddlebags. Don’t worry if you’re single, or if your significant other is a fair weather rider, everyone will play for FUN, and we should all get a good laugh.
Now the TRUST portion is more difficult. Since I have no idea as to where to ride yet, so you will have to trust me! I will have two afternoon lunch locations selected, a close one for bad weather, and a far one for better weather. If it’s too cold, cars are always welcome.
So if you are curious to see who my love test will connect you with, meet at the H-D of Atlanta Pavilion at 12:00 P.M.. on Saturday, February 14. We will leave at 12:30 P.M..
Erik Grandowski – Road Captain and Freelance Cupid.
Mardi Gras Ride - February 21
Laissez les bon temps rouler!
(That’s Let the Good Times Roll to us Georgia folks)
Come join me on Saturday, February 21 at 11:00 A.M. at the pavilion behind the dealership for the first annual Mardi Gras Ride. We will take a short or long ride (according to the weather) for some good old Louisiana Cajun food to celebrate the last Saturday before Fat Tuesday. We will be going to Gumbeaux's in Douglasville. AAIIYEEE!!!! Come out for some Mardi Gras surprises too, and no I won't be raising my shirt for beads. But if you have them bring them, because you never know what I might do. Be sure and come out it will be a blast. (Michelle might even sing her Cajun chicken song for us!) Oh, we will meet at 11:00 A.M. and leave at 11:30 A.M.
Bobby Conway, Road Captain
Fat Cats Ride - February 22
Some of you may or may not be familiar with "Fat Cats" in Austell. It is a very biker friendly bar and grill. The owner, Greg Estes or as a dear friend of Michelle and mine told him one time, "I guess you are The Fat Cat." Well Greg has been diagnosed with cancer. They are having a benefit for him from 1:00 until 6:00 P.M., which our dealership is one of the sponsors. I hope some of you can join me for a ride over there to show support. I don't believe there is any cost at this point; keep an eye on the weekly emails and if there is any cost associated with it I will let you know. Also, there is an article in Full Throttle Magazine in reference to this. It should have more details. I'm sure he and his family would appreciate it and it would show our support for the dealership. This ride will meet on Sunday, February 22 at 12:30 P.M. at the pavilion behind the dealership and leave at 1:00 P.M. for the short ride to "Fat Cats."
Bobby Conway, Road Captain
New Years Day Recap
It was cold, really cold. Not much more you can say about New Years Day. The sun was out but it didn't help that much. In the end we had around 36 people on 34 bikes (I think) I was running late so I didn't get to do much counting. The ride over to Buckner's was great, after the cold set in and most parts of the body went numb you started noticing the clear sky and the big bright sun. We arrived at Buckner's to the usual line out the front door but as usual the line moved fast, and we were at the warm table shoveling as much food as we could into our mouths. I don't know what it was but the chicken was especially good, I had four or five pieces before I remembered I still had to ride home. After lunch everyone said their Happy New Years and good byes and most of the group headed their own way home. The ride home was just as cold and scenic as the ride over. Even with the cold the Good Luck ride is still one of my favorites. We always have a great turn out, and it reminds me just how great our chapter is.
Chris Robey, Road Captain
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Please contact Rene' Durham at 770-944-1340 for more information or to place your ad today!
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:
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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
In connection with Harley-Davidson corporate due diligence and audits.
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