Welcome to the Atlanta Chapter's Website. Harley-Davidson of Atlanta established the Atlanta Chapter on September 16, 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
March 2010 Issue
February 23, 2010
Advertising in the HOGWASH
Assistant Director's Article
Head Road Captain's Article
Safety Officer's Article
Activity Officer's Article
Volunteer Coordinator'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, 2010
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, 2010
Head Road Captain
February 23, 2010
February 27, 2010
Marietta Diner Ride
March 2, 2010
March 2, 2010
Bike Week Loop Road Ride
March 4, 2010
New Member Orientation
March 4, 2010
March 5, 2010
Ride to Dayton
March 10, 2010
HOGWASH Articles Due
March 15, 2010
Shane's Rib Shack Social
March 17, 2010
Irish Pub Ride
March 18, 2010
Atlanta Chapter Meeting
March 20, 2010
Covered Bridge Ride
March 23, 2010
March 27, 2010
Cherry Blossom Festival
March 27, 2010
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
|In Memory of Beth Barrett
January 26, 2010
Written by Kathy King
We lost a sister from our chapter today, a precious loving lady in her very unique way. You see I only got to know here for a very short while, but I will always remember her soft voice and her smile. She was always willing to help in any way, never complaining or nothing negative to say. I know she left us memories that will be a part of us each day and will make us a better person as we go along our way. So we may have lost a sister from our life down here below, but we will keep her in our hearts, wherever we may go.
God Bless the Atlanta Chapter, “Chief”
Assistant Director, Atlanta Chapter
A new year and new activities. I hope everyone is ready for Spring and warmer, dryer weather. For those of you that did not make the January Meeting, you missed a good one. One new thing we are doing this year is changing the attendance jackpot. Years ago when Jimmy, BK and I were younger, we drew names from the member list and if that person was at the meeting they won. At one time it was more than $1000. This year we started off with $50 (cash) and guess whose name was drawn? TOMMY COLLINS but Tommy was not there too win so at the February meeting the money goes up to $60. You must be there to win and a current national HOG member to receive the money. Please have your national card with you at the meetings. Hope to see all of you there.
I have John Morgan patches available for $7.00.
I have two more Covered Bridge books left so come and get it. $20 each.
I will have more made when these are gone.
Please ride safe and responsible,
Secretary/Treasurer, Atlanta Chapter
Group Riding Tips
Group riding requires an extreme level of awareness and concentration.
Clear your mind of distractions and strong emotions ( anger, frustration, etc.).
Know your limits and ride within them; never ride above your abilities.
– Experience level
Come to the ride prepared.
– Arrive with a full tank of gas and an empty bladder.
– Bring appropriate riding gear for the expected range of conditions.
Maintain a constant speed. This helps prevent the "rubber band effect." Always ride in a tight but courteous staggered formation or single-file line. Your eyes should be watching a few bikes up the road from you, not fixed on the bike directly in front of you. Always look at least 4 seconds ahead. Riding side by side can be dangerous. Usually the only time bikes are to be side by side is when the group is stopped at an intersection. Never come up on the motorcycle in front of or beside you. In a staggered or single-file formation, do not pass the bike in front of you. If an exit is missed, stick together as a group, proceed to the next exit, then return to the correct exit.
When in a curve, the rider on the outside of the curve is required to give room to the rider on the inside of the curve, in case the inside rider has to use the full width of the lane to safely negotiate the curve.
The Beacon Rider is every rider to make a turn with the group, they should check for the rider behind them and make sure they are there so they know where to turn. They should wait in a safe position at the turn for the rider that was riding behind them to catch up if they cannot be seen behind them and this goes all the way up the line of riders in a group. That no one will get lost or get anxious that they will be left behind.
Road Captains and Ride Leaders are always welcome, Please contact me if you have an interest.
Please note: If you are interested in an Advanced Riders Course, please contact me, we are accepting participants at this time. Date to be announced later.
Ride Safe and have fun,
Head Road Captain, Atlanta Chapter
Riding a Motorcycle in the Rain
Sooner or later you will be out for a ride when out of nowhere, it will start raining. We have allseen riders caught in the rain wearing regular street clothes.
There are safety things you should be aware of before you ride.
● Many will be caught with nowhere to get under cover. You need some good rain gear, and not just a cheap poncho. Everyone needs a rain suit designed for riders that keeps you dry when riding. Make sure also you purchase riding boots that are waterproof. It doesn't take long to find out that wet and cold feet are no fun.
● The next thing to remember when the road is wet is that you will have less traction to slow down. Other areas to be concerned with are painted lines on the road, manholes, railroad tracks, and the center of the lane. All of these will be very slick.
● Another thing to think about is your tires. Make sure your tires have a deep tread in case you hydroplane and crash.
● Furthermore, check your brakes to get an idea of what kind of traction you have.
● Ride with a full-face helmet because rain hurts at 60 mph.
● Ride close to home in the rain to gain the skills you need before you are 200 miles from home and having to ride all the way in the rain.
GOOD LUCK IN THE RAIN—STAY SAFE!
Watch for next month’s article on rain gear!
Safety Officer, Atlanta Chapter
Activity Officer, Atlanta Chapter
Vounteer Coordinator, Atlanta Chapter
Who’s Riding Next To Ya?
This month features two more chapter members as a way to help us get to know each other better. We've got lots of interesting members in our group, and it's fun to learn a little about who's riding next to ya.
Name: Paula Sparks
Road Name: No Road name at this time
What Do You Ride & Why? Paula rides a sweet ’07 Softail Deluxe. The color is Black Pearl. Even though Paula doesn’t have a road name her bike’s called “Pearl”.
Most Memorable Ride? The 2009 Signal Mountain ride with Steve Magel has been Paula's most memorable ride. It starts off with the weather being good, the roads and twisties were great, the scenery glorious and the fellowship with all the other riders topped it off.
Name: Matt Langley
Road Name: Several riding friends call him “McGyver” because they say Matt is always tinkering, wrenching and fixing something.
What Do You Ride & Why? Matt's been riding since 2006 and grew up on dirt bikes/ mini bikes as a kid. Matt rides a '07 Heritage Softail. He likes the classic nostalgic look. Originally, when he was looking to buy a bike his wife, Amanda, was a passenger so Matt purchased his bike with that in mind. 3 months later Amanda decided to move to the front seat and got her own bike (which is sweet too). If Matt had been riding single, he would have liked a VRod. The things you guys do for us girls.
Most Memorable Ride? Matt’s most memorable ride was to Milwaukee in ’08 to the 105th Harley-Davidson anniversary party. This trip was approx. 2000 miles and he and Amanda did it together on their bikes. He enjoyed the sightseeing, museums, concerts and people watching!
Melissa Fuller, LOH Fill In
See you on the next ride,
Head Photographer, Atlanta Chapter
Hello from the Welcome Wagon
Welcome to your other family. We're not like the family that you dread seeing at the holiday's but the cool family you can't wait to hang out with. We are proud of our "Red Headed Step Child" image. HOG offers lots of benefits but the one that you will not find anywhere else, is our membership. The Atlanta Chapter HOG is a tight nit group of people that all have one thing in common, THE RIDE. No matter what you do, where you have been or where you plan on going, there is no better group of people to share your time with than the Atlanta HOG members. If you haven't been to one of our events you need to fire up the Harley and make plans to put it in the wind this week, I promise you that you will not be disappointed. Be it a meeting, a ride or one of our other great events I am sure at the end of the day you will arrive safe at home with at least one new friend or possibly more.
Ok so you're still wondering what it is really all about. I can help, come out to Fred's BBQ house next to Harley-Davidson of Atlanta on Thursday, March 4th at 7pm, and I will do my best to help you understand Atlanta Chapter HOG. As much as I can in an hour and a half. This will be our first new members' orientation of 2010. If you're new or even a long time member you won't want to miss this. We will cover what it all means to be a member of the Atlanta Chapter and National HOG. If you have questions you want answered or just looking for a place to start, you will not want to miss this.
The membership is growing and I'm looking for members ready to show our new brothers and sisters what it means to be a member of the Atlanta HOG family. It doesn't matter how long you have been with us, it only matters that you are ready to welcome our new members and show them the ropes. Remember when you first joined? Learning about HOG? Meeting the family for the first time? Contact me at email@example.com or call me at 770-367-1386 and let's make sure everyone knows what it means to have Atlanta HOG on the back of your vest.Chris Robey
I have uploaded the first months of the Atlanta Chapter's newsletters. You can find them in the link, HOGWASH as Printed for Mail on our web page (www.atlantahog.com). You will notice a considerable difference in the quality of the newsletter we have now in comparison to them back then, when we said "cut and paste" I mean laterally "cut and paste" with scissors and paste. I hope you take time to check out these historic newsletters. I will continue to upload our history as I have time, so check back often. Since this is our 25th Anniversary Year, I wanted to get the first newsletters loaded. You can check out the rides we had, and they are not too different to the rides we have today. Georgia has not added too many new roads and the terrain is the same. There are more restaurants and we still live up to the motto, “Live to Ride and Ride to Eat.”
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
Marietta Diner Lunch Ride
The Marietta Diner has been featured on the show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives on the Food Network and written about in the Atlanta Journal. Family owned and operated, this diner features a large and varied menu, and a unique atmosphere. Join us, Saturday, February 27, 2010, for what promises to be a good time and good food. There is something for everyone at the Marietta Diner.
Meet at Harley-Davidson of Atlanta at 11:00 a.m. kick stands up at 11:30 a.m.
Glenn and Melissa Folds, Road Captains
UPDATE: Covered Bridges (overnighter to Athens) 4/2-4/3
A block of 10 rooms has been reserved at Best Western in Athens at the great rate of $57 per night. To reserve your room for the night of 4/2/2010 in your name, please call the hotel @ (706) 546-7311. The rooms are currently reserved in my name (Melissa Folds) for the Harley Covered Bridges Ride (Harley Ride). There are five king NS rooms, four NS doubles and one smoking double. These can be altered as needed. Just let them know what you need when you call to make your reservation.
Any rooms not reserved by 3/26/2010 will be dropped from the block of reserved rooms. However, if all rooms are reserved before that time, they will add five additional rooms if there are any available. So go ahead and make your reservation! You can cancel as late as 4:00 p.m., the day of the reservation.
Melissa Folds, Member of the Covered Bridge Stalkers!
The "Covered Bridge Tour" will be revisited this year. The plans have been made to have enough qualifying rides to earn a Covered Bridge patch in 2010.
Please join us on March 20 for our second covered bridge. This will be a 20 minute ride to the Concord Covered Bridge. Another easy ride for the sought after "Covered Bridge" patch!
We will meet at HDA at 11:00 a.m. and leave 11:30 a.m.
Chuck Fuller, Karen Mathiasen, Jim Byrd, Melissa Folds, Covered Bridge Stalking Road Captains
Daytona Bike Week
If you are going to Daytona for Bike Week (2/27 through 3/7) plan to meet at Julian's, 88 S. Atlantic Ave. (A1A) Ormond Beach on Tuesday 3/2 at 10:30 a.m. and leave at 10:45 a.m. We will ride "The Loop" and stop for lunch @ Alfie's afterwards.
There will also be a dinner social at Julian's - meet Thursday 3/4 at 5:00 for a great meal.
Chuck Fuller, Road Captain
St. Patrick’s Day Ride
Are you ready to go green? Not the green that you hear about in the nightly news, but the hot fiery green you get when you mix a fine Harley with an unbelievable Irish meal. Come out and join me for a great Irish adventure on Wednesday, March 17th. We will meet at HDA at 10:30am and leave out at 11:00am. We will chase the legendary pot of gold to the Irish Pub (weather will determine which one) for a great lunch. Make sure to wear your green and come ready to celebrate with all your Irish biker friends. Even if we don’t speak the language, you will know you’re in the right place when you hear the sound of the HOG. I look forward to seeing everyone on my maiden weekday ride of 2010. So go green and make everyone proud.
Chris Robey, Road Captain
Leprechauns, castles, good luck and laughter
Lullabies, dreams, and love ever after.
Poems and songs with pipes and drums
A thousand welcomes when anyone comes.
Iron Butt Ride – Baton Rouge, LA – May 15-16, 2010
Want to experience the ultimate in lunch rides? Luc Vermeer and Melissa Folds are co-captaining an Iron Butt ride from the dealership to Baton Rouge, LA and back in less than 24 hours. The Iron Butt Association (www.ironbutt.com) is a worldwide organization of long distance riders. One of the types of rides that they recognize (yeah, you get cool stuff if you finish one of their rides) is 1000 miles in 24 hours. And since we all "Love to Ride and Ride to Eat" what's better than riding for authentic Cajun Food! The ride will be happening on Saturday, May 15th. Tentative plan is to leave the dealership at about 2:00 a.m., arrive in Baton Rouge at around noon, and be home by 9:00 p.m.. Please note: This ride is a timed, interstate the whole way, an endurance event. It is not a lazy sightseeing ride. Please do not sign up for this event if you do not feel you can handle the distance or the stress of riding almost constantly for 18-20 hours. There will be a mandatory pre-ride meeting in March. If you are even considering going on this ride, you should really really come to the meeting. Please email Luc (email@example.com) if you are interested in going or have any questions.
Luc Vermeer, Melissa Folds, Road Captains
Great American Motorcycle Show Recap
It was a cold day, but we braved the temperatures as nine bikes in all made the ride to the GAMS at the North Atlanta Trade Center in Norcross. The show was as big as or bigger than last year and was very well attended. There were great deals on gear and accessories with a large presence by Earl Small's H-D and a large variety of vendors. My thanks to Luc Vermeer for sweeping and to Fashion for all of her support. This is a show not to be missed, and I'm looking forward to leading the ride next year.
Robert Sexton, Road CaptainBirthday Ride Recap
I just wanted to send out a big thanks to Holly Martin, Mark and Nancy Redmon, Erik and Fiona Grandowski for joining me on our monthly birthday ride to ( of course) the Bone Garden Cantina.
This day was filled with extreme sadness, and it was comforting to be with my fellow Hog friends. Side note to Chuck and Melissa I missed you two--but you were close in my heart. For those who missed this night, you should really try and join us next time... What happens at the Bone Garden Stays at the Bone Garden. Do I need to say more?
Karen Mathiasen, Road Captain
Jim-n-Nicks BBQ Recap
WOW what can I say. I had such a great turn out on Sunday for my really long ride to Jim-n-Nicks BBQ! The weather was in the thirties, and we had 13 brave souls riding their Harley's. We also had three vehicles. The total lunch crowd was 20! Special thanks goes to Sherry and Scott for getting to the restaurant and holding three tables for all of us. Duster as usual, you did a fine job riding sweep.
Thanks again to all, Ride-on,
Karen Mathiasen, Road Captain
Atlanta Chapter 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 members each month!
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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:
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.
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