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
April 2009 Issue
March 28, 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
PhotoBucket Members ONLY
HOGWASH Print as Mailed
Rides - Rides - Rides
Atlanta Chapter Blog
Atlanta Chapter, 2009
Head Road Captain
Hawg Heaven BBQ Ride
March 28, 2009
April 4, 2009
April 5, 2009
HOGWASH Articles Due
April 7, 2009
Atlanta Chapter Business Meeting
April 11, 2009
Blind Dawg Poker Run
April 16, 2009
Atlanta Chapter Meeting
April 17-19, 2009
Angel City Rally
April 18, 2009
April 24-26, 2009
April 25, 2009
Police Memorial Ride
April 25, 2009
Top Gun Ride
April 26, 2009
Lil' Stirgus Street Warm Springs, GA
April 27, 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.).
With the warm weather finally here I'm thinking about all the upcoming rides and events. My favorite rides have always been the overnights. Riding through the day and hanging with my HOG family in the evening swapping stories are some of my best memories. The biggest problem with any overnight ride is what and how to pack the bike. I ran across some packing tips on HOG.com and thought you might find them helpful.
First things first: Packing for a motorcycle trip is an art. There are no rules, only guidelines. There is no "right" way to do things, only personal preference (though there are a few "wrong" ways). And experience is the best teacher. But with a little practice and the proper attitude, packing can become an exciting time of anticipation rather than a tedious chore. Be ready for anything. For example, always pack your cold weather riding gear on a long trip. Weather is unpredictable, and you never know when the temperature might drop drastically, whether it's due to an elevation change or a sudden cold front. Rain gear is also a must – even in the desert. With that said, many people feel packing a motorcycle is more about what you leave behind than what you take. One common technique is to put everything you would like to bring into a big pile on the floor. After trying (unsuccessfully) to fit it all onto your bike, eliminate items one by one until the pile becomes manageable – and packable. (And don't forget to check your owner's manual for the cargo weight limits of your bike.) The key, of course, is removing the least-essential items first. What those are depends on many factors, such as the time of year, the climate where you're headed, how long you'll be gone, how much you value clean clothes, your mechanical competency, and your willingness to spend money along the way, to name only a few.
What to Pack: Lightweight synthetic clothing – such as T-shirts and underwear – can be washed in a hotel sink and dried overnight on a shower rod or towel rack (cotton fabrics take too long to dry in this manner). Zipper-lock plastic bags of various sizes can be extremely useful for organizing items in saddlebags and duffle bags. They can make it easier to find and retrieve particular items without unpacking your entire motorcycle. Use the one-gallon size to pack one day's worth of clothes – jeans, undergarments, and shirt. This makes it easier to unpack just what you need. Don't fold your clothes – roll them. They take up less space that way. Pack items that have more than one use. For instance, don't pack just a pocketknife; pack a "Swiss-style" knife or multi-tool. When traveling with other riders, conserve space by comparing packing lists. You may be able to avoid packing some duplicate items. When traveling (two-up) with a spouse or "significant other,” ask yourself tough questions such as: "Can we share a tube of toothpaste?" and "Can I get by using her shampoo for a week?" On long trips, consider bringing your rattiest underwear (or other clothing) – then just throw it away when you're done with it! Few things are as easy to pack as money or credit cards. If you're struggling with whether to bring a particular item, consider whether it's worth buying on the road if you end up needing it. Don't forget to consider the weight of what you're packing, as well as the volume. Whenever possible, lighter is better. (And don't forget to check the cargo weight limits of your bike – as well as the bags and racks – and adjust the tire pressure and suspension accordingly.) When loading your bike, keep as much weight as possible close to the bike's center of gravity. That means low and toward the tank, distributed evenly from side to side. Remember to check your owner's manual for the cargo weight limits of your bike. A day or two before you leave, do a dry run. Pack the bike and go for a short ride, then adjust the load as needed. If you're camping, set up your tent once or twice before you leave (and don't forget to waterproof it) and practice setting it up in the dark. To save space, roll up some of your clothes in your sleeping bag. Pack all your cold weather and rain gear no matter what time of year it is. Plastic bags make great boot liners if you forgot your gaiters. If you forgot your rain gloves, rubber dishwashing gloves make great, inexpensive substitutes. A small towel can be wrapped around your neck during a rainstorm to keep water from running down your back – and doubles as a shop rag.Chris Robey
Well, I'm sitting here at my desk and my heart is aching! Yes, it's Bike Week in Daytona and yet again I'm not there. Oh, and it snowed yesterday and what's even funnier than that is that Michelle and I rode to the dealership the day before it snowed on the bikes. Isn't Georgia weather funny? Well, looking at the forecast it's going to be in the 70's this coming up weekend so that brings a smile to my face. Yes, it's upon us, RIDING SEASON! Oh and we just have some much coming up.
This month we have the "Blind Dawg Poker Run" it's here already and next year I will realize how fast it creeps up on me. I will have an article on it later in this issue and will be asking for volunteers so don't be surprised to hear it. But you know what volunteers is just not a problem for this chapter. And I want to thank each and every one of you for that.
State Rally! As I type this article, online pre-registration is open. New this year you can register online with your credit card. Please, please, please preregister, I've probably said it before, but I'll say it again the more people that preregister the more we can do with the rally because that's where the money comes from to put on a bigger, better rally. Also, from what I'm hearing the rooms are going fast up there so please get a room as soon as possible. I believe that the three host hotels are already booked. We are having a planning meeting this weekend, so I should have more information at the March meeting, which will happen before you read this. I will be sure to keep you posted.
We have many rides coming up, and I can't wait. Furthermore, just mark your calendars for Saturday, July 18 that is the date for the "Saddle & Paddle" I will have more information to come.
Assistant Director, Atlanta Chapter
February 19, Chapter Meeting
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
Group Riding Tips Part 3 of 3
Communicating with the group during the ride is vital. To do this motorcyclists have devised ways to communicate while riding. It is important to understand these procedures and how to do them effectively and safely. Diagrams are available.
Hand Signals: At all times, standard hand signals will be used for: changing the formation to a single row and back to double staggered, all turns, lane changes, slowing, and stopping. Turn signal lights will also be used at all times. All signals will be relayed to the rear of the group to allow all riders to take appropriate precautionary measures, and be aware of changes in speed and direction. Hand signals will be used at all times, to point out road hazards to following riders by pointing.
✷ Left arm held high, one finger extended over head indicates single file, and extended following distance (ref. Section 5).
✷ Left arm held high with two fingers extended over head indicates the standard staggered formation (ref. Section 5).
✷ Left arm held high, moving in a circle indicates a U-turn.
✷ Left arm held high, one finger extended over head, followed by the Road Captain signaling and changing lanes indicates:
✷ The Lead Road Captain will move as an individual, to whatever maneuver or position is required.
✷ The group will follow as individuals, in a "follow the leader" approach, signaling and following the Road Captain as appropriate and safe.
✷ Other signals may be developed and added as required.
Advanced Riders Course
Saturday, May 9 at 9:00 A.M.
This is a Riders Edge Course for Advanced Riders. Class will be held at HDA
Class will be $100 and will be taken using your privately owned motorcycle.
Specific riding gear will be necessary. We will need to know who is interested in this course ASAP. Please contact Diana for interest and to be updated as more information becomes available. This is a great course and everyone who have taken the course learned something from it and has become a better rider! Sign up has started, please email me as soon as possible.
Ride Safe and have fun,
Head Road Captain, Atlanta Chapter
State and County Roads
Have you noticed that the same road within different counties is not the same? They are made of different materials, and the quality of their surfaces varies considerably. They might be pristine and immaculate in one place only to become portholes a few miles farther along.
The curves in one section of the road can be perfectly banked and of a consistent radius; while only a mile away a similar curve can be decreasing radius, covered with "tar snakes," and have roadside weeds higher than your head.
The answer to the road problem on county roads is county highway funding and each county's maintenance personnel.
The interstates are consistent in quality and design. The various state and county roads are not.
As you cross a county line, be sure to be ready for changes in road surfaces and quality. Slow down and experience the workmanship and care of the roads in a new county for a few miles before believing that you can take that next blind curve as fast as you are used to driving.
Safety Officer, Atlanta Chapter
Activity Officer, Atlanta Chapter
Head Photographer, Atlanta Chapter
I want to start out this month's article by saying how thrilled I was for the February monthly meeting. I personally had a great time, and it was enjoyable to see everyone with a smile and interacting with each other. I must also give two thumbs up for the February and March HOGWASH. It was filled with great articles and personal testimony for why we ride. In February, Rose wrote about what she finds special riding her HOG. I was moved by her connection between riding and the special friendships she has made with her HOG family. Bravo Rose!
In two separate articles, Mark and Tripp each wrote a personal story that touched me. Mark shared his first ride and the fulfilment of a dream for many of us owning a HOG. This was a special article because Mark shared with all of us that owning a H-D is more than the motorcycle; it is the HOG family that makes it special. You can't put a price on that. Finally, Tripp's article allowed my mind to wonder about the open road and the feeling of being "Alive." He wonderfully described the smells of the road, the feel of cool air that pools under trees and the warm sun. After reading his article, I closed my eyes and pictured the perfect ride. Tripp made it easy for me to take the mental journey to another place. Thank you Tripp.
I want to share with you another benefit your National HOG membership provides. The HOG Roadside Assistance Program provides a standard package for full and full life memberships at no extra charge. The standard package includes a onetime use with a maximum of $100 coverage for that occurrence. In addition, the program provides telephone support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Here's how it works: If you (an active full or full life HOG member) are stranded due to a covered problem, contact the toll-free number on the back of your HOG National card. The program will arrange for a tow to the nearest authorized H-D dealership. There is no out of pocket expense to HOG members for covered services received up to $100. You can upgrade to a premium package for minimal dollars. This is one benefit, I hope you don't have to use.
See you on the road,
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 email@example.com. Thanks!!
Web Master, Atlanta Chapter
What are your goals? Most of us have aspirations of some kind - maybe a bigger house, a better job, more time with family, a vacation somewhere far away. But as riders, what are your motorcycle goals; what are your motorcycle riding goals?
The first goal of course is to own a Harley-Davidson. Once that is achieved; what next? For me, the first objective was just to learn to ride since it had been 25 years since I had been on a motorcycle. After that was accomplished and I felt comfortable, it was a bigger bike. Then came the first big riding goal – I decided I would put at least 10,000 miles on the new bike in the first year. For some that doesn’t sound like much, to others it’s too much, for me - I thought it was a lot but something I could pull off. So I set my sites on 10,000 miles August 2, 2002 when I rode my 2003 Dyna home. The next time I really thought about it was July 1, 2003 when I looked at my odometer only to realize I had 2,500 miles left to ride in one month if I was to reach my target. For a few minutes I considered abandoning my ambition; after all, I was the only one who knew about it. That thought didn’t last long – I set out to do something and I was going to do it. The plan then for the month of July was to participate in every Chapter ride and take the long way home. Good plan but still not enough miles. Two weekends left and 1,600 miles to go. By this time I was consumed in finding ways to ride and while looking at a map one evening thought about riding through every State that borders Georgia over the weekend. The plan was hatched – start in Atlanta, head north to Tennessee, east to North Carolina, southeast to South Carolina, west back across Georgia, into Alabama, south to Florida, east for just a bit and finally north to Atlanta again. When I finished this 1,100 mile loop after two days of solid riding I was exhausted but had a full 10 days to go and only 400 miles to hit that magical 10,000 miles. August 2, 2003 the odometer rolled to 10,128 miles – I parked the bike for two weeks!
I still set and have goals - some not as demanding like visiting every State Park in Georgia; some insane like riding to San Diego and back in four days; some just fun like riding a road I never was on before, going to some small, out-of-the-way town. Having these riding goals gives me reasons to get out on that odd weekend there is no Chapter ride – call my best buddy and let’s go hit a few state parks, explore that road we passed the last three rides. Goals or not, however you do it – get out and ride.
Rose Cardinal, Chapter Member
Blind Dawg Poker Run - April 11
For the first time in many years Atlanta HOG is sponsoring a poker run. This is to raise money to sponsor a Guide Dog through Southeastern Guide Dogs. For those of you who weren't there for the chapter meeting last year where Deidre Crumbie spoke, it was very powerful. It's awe-inspiring the independence that these dogs give folks that are blind or unable to see well enough to function. A large portion of the money raised will go to sponsor the dog and a small portion will go for the day to day operation of the chapter. Therefore, please volunteer or just ride. Registration will begin at 10:30AM with the first bike out at noon and the last bike out at 1:30PM then the last bike will be back in at 4:00PM where the chapter will be sponsoring a 50/50 drawing and hamburgers/hotdogs and drinks to raise money. I will need grillers, registration folks, and folks to man stations to draw cards. Also, anyone who would like to make Rice Krispy treats, brownies, cookies we can have a bake sale also.
Bobby Conway, Assistant Director
Angel City Rally Ride - April 17-19
Let's go camping, bring your camper or you can ruff it like me, in a tent (with an air mattress & chair). For the ones that don't know, it's built like an old western town in Unadilla GA, just below Macon. I've not been but have heard good things about it. Thunder Roads Magazine will be holding their 10-year anniversary party during the rally. There will be several bands, bike games & who knows what else. It's $20 a day & $5 to camp in a tent. You can Goggle Angel City to check it out. We will meet at HDA Friday, April 17 at 8:30 A.M. and leave at 9:00 A.M. If you have any questions or comment my e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org call 770-836-0906.
P.S. YOU HAVE TO BE 21 TO GET IN!
Gary Easterwood, Road Captain
Ride to the Rallies - April 24 - 26
The Cherokee Survivors Rally is held at the Fair ground in Cherokee. The weekend pass is $35.00 a head for Friday, Saturday and Sunday with lots of vendors and concerts at night, or you can wait until Sunday and it is only $10.00 a head.
Maggie Valley Rally is $15.00 per head for the weekend pass. This includes concerts and gate admission throughout the weekend. This year they are going to have a motorcycle drive-in with movie starting at dusk on Friday night in addition to the concerts.
We will meet at HDA at 8:30 A.M. and leave at 9:00 A.M.. We will take back roads too around Ellijay and then have lunch around Murphy or Andrews, North Carolina.
The Comfort Inn in Silva is about 15 miles from each of the Rally's. I have 10 rooms blocked out in my name, Ed Chowning with Atlanta HOG. As of 3/3/09, there were six rooms left at $98.99 per night plus tax. I'll hold the rooms until April 10, so call 1-828-586-3315 and put one in your name.
Saturday morning will have a loop ride to include some of the Blue Ridge Parkway and end up at the Maggie Rally. Noel and Nancy have a house only 2 miles from the hotel and we will have a party there on Saturday night.
Ride Hard and Long,
Ed Chowning. Road Captain
Police Memorial Ride - April 25
Join me on April 25 at 8:30 A.M. at the HDA pavilion. We will be traveling down I-20 to Turner Field (The TED) parking lot and meeting up with what I anticipate a lot of bikes. Just so everyone knows there will be two chapter rides leaving the dealership this same day. This ride is actually a PAY charity ride once we get to Turner Field. Karen will be leading a ride after this one at 9:30 A.M.. Once we arrive, we will have to register the cost is: $35 for a rider and $15 for a passenger. From there the ride will leave The TED going south on the interstate to Falcon Field in Peachtree City for a big ceremony, it's Police escorted and from what I've been told we will have the interstate to ourselves. I believe they block the whole interstate for just us. The money goes to honor and assist the families of seven officers who have fallen in the line of duty over the last year.
Bobby Conway, Road Captain
Top Gun Ride - April 25
We will ride from the dealership to Hooters in Kennesaw and join this ride escorted by Cobb County's Finest. The ride will end at the Naval Air Station facility on Dobbins Air Force Base. This ride benefits disadvantaged children of Cobb County and is always a great event with vendors, food, music and several hundred motorcycles. Go on-line to www.topgunrideatlanta.com to register for this event so when we get to Hooters all you have to do is pick up your packet and socialize until the escorted ride departs for Dobbins Air Force Base. Come on out to support and help the children and have a great day.
John C. Provost, Road Captain
Weekday Breakfast Ride - April 27
Join me on Monday, April 27 (Confederate Memorial Day) while I celebrate one of my wonderful holidays that we state employees probably shouldn't get off, but we do. Well, I want to celebrate it with my HOG family at one of my favorite breakfast nooks (Doug's Place) in Emerson, Georgia. This ride is going to have a different meeting place. We will meet at 8:00 A.M. at the QT at the corner of Hwy. 61 and Hwy. 278 in Dallas (491 Nathan Dean Blvd., Dallas, GA). From there we will go north on 61 toward Cartersville and then over to Emerson to enjoy a good country breakfast and some really nice people who come in there. Look forward to seeing you there.
Bobby Conway, Road Captain
Charleston SC Ride - May 15-17
Yes time is getting closer and the weather's changing so let's ride. We'll be leaving out on Friday, May 15 and staying at the Sleep-Inn in Mt. Pleasant SC phone # 843-856-5000 the rooms are listed under Atlanta HOG. They are $99.00 + tax the rate is locked in until April 15, after that they will drop the block and the rates will go back up. So call soon and lock in the rate. I am planning on going to Myrtle Beach sometime on Saturday the 16th to get a Hog Pin and maybe a Tee shirt (It could be the last bike week there). I will have more information later. If there are any questions or commit, please email me at email@example.com or call 770-836-0906.
Gary Easterwood, Road Captain
Mardi Gras Ride Recap
Beads, Beads, Beads! We had 15 people and a blast most of all. We got to watch Rose pick the hottest thing on Gumbeaux's menu and sweat while she ate it. We also got to ride with a new member Luc Vemeer and watch him eat his first Cajun food and sweat also. We had beads, Mardi gras masks as we took another one of my scenic rides through Douglas County. I'd like to give a special thanks to Ed Chowning for riding sweep for me. Oh, and everyone will have to wait for next year for Michelle to sing "The Chicken Song" she was sneaky and didn't sing it.
Bobby Conway, Road Captain
Fat Cats Ride Recap
It was a little cooler and breezier this day, but we had 12 people show up for the ride. Then I realized that there was a discrepancy in the time of the ride in the Hogwash and what was posted on the Internet and weekly blast, so we visited at the pavilion a little longer than normal. Then we took a short ride over to Fat Cats and shortly thereafter I rode back to the dealership to make sure no riders showed up at the later time. I'd like to apologize to my riders because when no riders showed up, I just went ahead and met with Michelle to go pick up my bike which I had to leave at my dads on the Friday before. I didn't mean to bail on you guys I just knew I had to get that bike home before the sun went down, and I froze my, well you guys know what freezes when you ride in cold weather.
Bobby Conway, Road Captain
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