August 1, 1997
Dinner Ride with the Charleston H.O.G. Chapter
LOOKING THROUGH THE TURNS
WOW! What a month of riding we've had We have been to Bostwick, Macon, Woodstock, Warm Springs and Newnan ON SEPARATE RIDES!! Now that's exciting.
Thanks to all of you who have turned out to make these rides exciting and fun. It is always heart-warming to see so many people turn out for a ride. A tip of the helmet to Allan Farmer, Mike Volk and Charlie Lindsey for taking the time to step forward and be the ride leaders for these rides. Anyone who has an idea for a ride and/or would like to lead one, call one of the officers and we will try to set it up. The weather has been hot but clear this past month and that adds up to some of the best conditions in which to ride.
If you are a new Atlanta H.O.G. Chapter member and have not received your New Member Packet, see Rene' at the shop. This packet contains valuable information of what our Chapter is all about. If you have any questions, call me. Be sure to mark your calendar for Friday, August 1st. We will have a dinner ride with the Charleston H.O.G. Chapter who will be coming to town to visit us. The next day is the sneak preview of the 1998 Harleys at Jim R. Miller Park. We have a ride going there which will leave the shop on Saturday morning. This is for H.O.G. Members ONLY!
NEW DEADLINE FOR HOGWASH ARTICLES!
The new deadline is the monthly Atlanta Chapter Meeting. All articles, photos, notices need to be in by that time. A number of you have asked if we can get the Hogwash out a little sooner, so we are trying to accomplish that. We are also going to spice up the monthly meetings by having a dinner ride or cookout afterwards. After the 7PM August 21st meeting we will ride to the old Johnny's B.B.Q. for dinner. Mark your calendars now and join us.
GEORGIA STATE HOG RALLY NEWS
Mike and Karen Volk are leading a ride to the Rally in Jekyll Island Thursday morning, September, 11th, meeting at the shop at 8:30AM and leaving at 9:OO AM. They will pick up a group on the south side in the Texaco parking lot at Hudson Bridge Rd. and I-75 at 9:45AM. This promises to be a real "barn-burner" of a rally and one which you should not miss.
SLOW, LOOK, LEAN AND ROLLPaul Gardner, Director
Atlanta H.O.G. SafetyA Few Pointer
I have been asked from time to time for a few pointers on safety. First let me say that these may or may not agree with your point of view or with any official training that you may have attended. These are more MY point of view with my own personal experiences and observations.
1. Always, always ride with one primary mission. Get home safely. In law enforcement your duty is to serve and uphold (enforce) the law. However, if you ask any law enforcement officer, their primary mission is to go home after their shift. In performing their duty the mission is always in their mind. As a motorcycle rider (or passenger) your duty is to ride safely and have fun, your mission is to get home safely after your ride.
2. Front brakes! Your best friend in medium to high speeds. Your worst enemy at very low speed. Low speed to me is in a drive way or parking lot or making a "U" turn. How many of you have dumped your bike while making a turn at low speeds? Come on ... raise your hand!!! I would say about 99% of us have dumped our bike. A safe bet for me is, if you look back at it, the incident happened when you pulled the front break at a low speed. LAY OFF the front brake at low speeds. Use your back break ONLY, if you need to totally stop while maneuvering at very low speed. You can better control your motorcycle with the clutch and throttle, with a very light touch on the back brake, (if necessary to totally stop) by keeping the RPMS up and slipping the clutch to control speed, you have more control of the bike and your turning. Try it, it works. Next time you see a motorcycle drill team perform. they very rarely use (if at all) the back break while performing at low speeds.
3. When riding in a group small or large, enjoy yourself but keep focused on your driving. Keep a constant speed. I have a friend who drives me crazy when I ride in his car. Up to 65 down to 55, up to 65 down to 55 ... I want to yell, KEEP your D...m foot on the gas. Keep your eye on the speed odometer and keep a constant speed. Your ride captain will tell you what speed she/he will travel. If they do not, ask! Then keep that constant speed. All the folks behind you will think you are a great rider.
Thanks for the calls after the Summer Celebration Ride. I really had a great time meeting new friends and renewing old friendships. Attached is a letter from Mike and Linda. Thought you would enjoy it.
Remember, if you are not safe...No One Is!!!
June 24, 1997
We'd like to thank the Atlanta Chapter, first of all, for being the impetus for the first Roadside Ride-In; and secondly, for the wonderful turn-out from your chapter. It was great to see so many of our old friends again, as well as meet some new ones.
Although we couldn't spend as much time as we wanted to visiting with everyone, we hope you all had a good time. We certainly did!
Thanks, again, for helping to make our first official event so much fun!
/s/Mike and Linda Peavy
Please remember that you MUST HAVE your valid National H.O.G. Card with you if you win money or gift certificates to claim..
Rene' Durham, Secretary/Treasurer