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CHRISTMAS PARTY – TICKET SALES ARE CLOSED

Ticket Sales for the Christmas Party have been closed. The count is in to the caterer and there will be 110 IVHOG Members attending. It is going to be a great party this year, cant wait to see you all there.

Ron Hawkins – Why I Ride

Why Do I Ride? - that’s a good question. I haven’t really thought about it too much until Mike had asked me to write this article for the newsletter. I guess it started back when I was about 19 years old. I had a friend of a friend who was selling a Yamaha 250. I’d never been on a bike before so I thought that would be a good bike to start on. Wow; what a thrill it was when I first started riding. I just couldn't believe the feeling of freedom that I felt. It was nothing I had ever felt before. None of any of my other friends had a motorcycle so I was the cool one with a motorcycle. The Yamaha 250 was nice for a while and was great to learn on, but as time went on I felt like I needed something with a little more power. So I bought a Yamaha 750 and that was just want I needed at the time. It was bigger with more power than my 250 and that difference made riding a little more fun. Continue reading

Earplug Earphones – Earphones that look like Earplugs

I just got the most amazing earphones and they are perfect for riding on a motorcycle. They look like Ear Plugs, and totally block out the wind noise and let you hear the music from any MP3 or iPhone music player. I can still hear cars around me (at a greatly reduced volume) and they stay in my ears even at high speeds. I drove around with them for a few days now on the highway, and back roads and absolutely love them. Next time you see me, ask me to check them out, I will be happy to show them to you. Below is the description from the web site. (http://www.plugfones.com/) Continue reading

Rich Lanning – Why I Ride

Growing up I had no real desire to own a motorcycle. I WAS a motor head though. I had a ‘57 Chevy, a ’46 Ford and a ’64 GTO to keep me content. Along came the year 1969 and the movie Easy Rider. After seeing it three or four times, I knew I had to have a Harley. In 1971 I purchased a new XLCH. Since all of my friends were on metric bikes, I was the bad boy on a Harley. Well, if riding a new Harley was cool, chop-ping it would make it super cool. So that winter I stripped it down, took a hacksaw to the fenders, ex-tended the front end 8 inches, swapped out the seat and painted it candy apple orange. Continue reading

Iron Elite Patch

Iron Elite showcases the rich history, inspiring stories and custom bikes of African American riders. African-American riders have been among the most influential in our 110 year history, blazing trails for not only other African-American riders, but for the motorcycle industry at large. Consider legends such as William B. Johnson, the first African-American Harley-Davidson dealer; Bessie Stringfield, the first known African-American woman to ride solo cross-country on a Harley in the 1930's; and Benny Hardy, the custom bike builder who helped create the iconic “Captain America” motorcycle for the movie Easy Rider. We pay tribute to these African-American Harley legends and others like them by creating a special, limited edition Iron Elite Patch. Continue reading

H.O.G. Magazine on iPad, Free to Members

HOG® MAGAZINE iPAD EDITION NOW AVAILABLE ON THE APP STORE! FREE to all full members of Harley Owners Group. Must be a full or life member to access HOG magazine. Associate members must upgrade membership to full or life to access HOG magazine. It’s everything you love about HOG magazine and more in a convenient, interactive, go-anywhere digital format.Visit the App Store to subscribe. There is no charge for current full and full life members. The tablet edition contains all the same content as the print edition, plus bonus, digital-only content such as expanded photo galleries and more. The app is included as part of your membership benefits. You can use your existing iTunes account credentials to install Newsstand and download the HOG magazine app. If you don’t have an iTunes account? You will need to open one to download the free Newsstand app and HOG magazine. Your members.hog.com account is not linked to iTunes. Continue reading

Harley to discontinue six models for 2014

HARLEY-DAVIDSON intends to drop half a dozen models from its line-up next year, according to a leaked memo sent out to the company's dealers ahead of its annual dealer convention. The curtain will fall on the XR1200X Sportster, the FXS Softail Blackline and the FLHTC Electra Glide Classic after this year, due to declining sales. The FLHRC Road King Classic will be dropped in North America, while the FLHR Road King gets the axe in other markets. The FLTRX Road Glide Custom and FLTRU Road Glide Ultra tourers will also not be available for 2014, though this will be a temporary affair, as both models are getting a redesign and their manufacturing processes and tooling are due for an update. Continue reading

My Son Matt by Ken Cook

Hello, My name is Ken Cook, I wanted to share a story with you all. My son Matt has been riding his own bike since he was 17. He started off on a Yamaha 535 Verago and quickly started saving for a Harley Sportster. He found a 2000 1200s which he quickly began to make his own by removing chrome, painting it flat black, hand painting his own pin striping, graphics and ghost flames. Continue reading

Mary Ellen McKay – Why I Ride

Ok, so technically I’m a passenger, but the thrill is still the same. I love the feel of the bike, the open road, the wind in my face, and the beautiful scenery that mesmerizes me. I have always loved motor-cycles. I almost got one for my high school graduation, but my mom talked my dad out of it. So instead I had to share a car with my brother. But the interest never left. Fast forward to 2005 of my previous life. I was an excited half owner of a Road King Classic and join IVHOG. It was a little intimidating standing in a room of “Bikers”, but soon came to realize I was among an awesome group of people. The rides were fun, and the people were even more fun. I met some really special people that I am proud to call friends. Continue reading

The Monterey Run

If you have been following along at home you’ll recall that last month I wrote about the pleasures of riding the country roads of rural West Virginia. That first article described riding on one of my favorite routes, the Highland Scenic Highway. The truth is there are so many great rides through the WV countryside that I find it very hard to pick a favorite. A ride I never tire of is one I call “The Monterey Run” because it does a 140 mile loop from Snowshoe through the town of Monterey, VA and eventually returns back to Snowshoe. What makes this ride special are the open farm vistas you encounter along the route through the roads connecting WV and VA. Continue reading

Liz Quigley – Why I Ride

An old song from the 1950’s goes like this…………’ I've been every-where, man, I've been every-where’ then the singer goes on to name famous cities all over the country. I can’t say I've been everywhere, man, but I've ridden many places, starting in upstate New York, riding a Honda while I was sup-posed to be attending classes at Oswego State Teachers College. Every day in the spring of my senior year, I would fire up my bike, then ride it across the street from the senior girls’ dorm and park it in the parking lot at the student union where all the male riders parked. I was the only girl rider! After class, I was too cool as I rode out with the boys. That’s why I started riding. Continue reading

IV HOG Ride Guidelines

Road Captains are in charge of the ride and are responsible for all ride planning and maintaining group integrity. There will be a "lead" road captain in front and a "sweep/drag" road captain in the rear of the group. Whenever possible, the road captains will use CB radios for communication. A pre-ride review will be held before each ride to review route of travel, hand signals, CB channels used, stopping plans, and safety rules. All riders should arrive with a full gas tank and an empty personal gas tank (empty bladder). The rides will be in a two column, staggered formation with each rider maintaining AT LEAST 2 seconds minimum spacing with the rider directly ahead of him and 1 second spacing behind the rider in the opposite column. Faster highway speeds require more space. Never ride along side or close behind the rider in the opposite column. Each rider has the right to expect he can maneuver the whole width of the lane to avoid obstacles, potholes, etc. Continue reading

Group Riding: 17 Tips To Ensure Everybody Has A Great Day

The engine purrs beneath you as a string of motorcycles snakes through the hills in front of you. With a quick look in the mirror, you see your buddy following close behind with a smile on his face that matches yours. The camaraderie forms because, at just this moment, you're all on the same page. That's what a group ride is all about. It's an opportunity to share the open road and wonderful scenery with other like-minded people. But like most motorcycle experiences, this one is best enjoyed by following a few simple guidelines that keep everyone safe. And that's the idea behind a new videotape put out by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation that focuses on group riding. You can get your own copy by visiting the MSF website at:www.msf-usa.org, but here are a few tips from the country's foremost motorcycle safety experts. Continue reading

2013 HD Heritage Softail Classic 110th Test

With Harley-Davidson proudly commemorating its 110th anniversary this year, it is only fitting to revisit one of The Motor Company’s most enduring models, a bike that is quietly celebrating its 25th year of production. One of the first of the FLs in the Softail family, the Heritage Softail Classic connects the dots between the 1940s, the 1980s, and the 2010s. Outfitted with a mid-height windshield, floorboards, and leather bags festooned with conchos, it is easy to peg the Heritage Softail Classic as strictly a touring mount. However, the bike lives outside of Harley’s Touring classification, as it utilizes a Softail chassis and a Twin Cam 103B motor; Harley’s Touring motorcycles have their own chassis and a rubber-mounted Twin Cam 103 motor, sans counterbalancing. Continue reading

Best Western & Harley-Davidson 2013

Best Western International and Harley-Davidson Motor Company® announced today that the two organizations have extended their partnership with one another for an additional three years. Best Western is also expanding its programs for motorcycle enthusiasts from North America to a global level. The agreement provides benefits for both brands and their respective customers. As part of the agreement, Best Western is serving as the Official Lodging Partner of Harley-Davidson’s 110th Anniversary in 2013. In addition, Best Western is now the Preferred Lodging Partner of Harley-Davidson’s Rentals and Tours Division, which will include the hotel chain’s properties on its multi-night itineraries and provide more revenue opportunities for Best Western hotels. Continue reading

Linda Joseph – Why I Ride

I was first introduced to motorcycles during the late 1970’s when some friend of ours had a motorcycle and my first husband bought a Honda 550 bike. At that time I was a passenger and during our rides, I looked around at other riders and wondered what it would be like to drive my own motorcycle. After a couple of years, we decided to sell this bike to buy a larger Honda 750. Shortly after that purchase, I got pregnant and that was the end of my riding days. Continue reading

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