T HE G REAT N ORTHWEST H ARLEY O WNERS G ROUP
C HAPTER 5390 J ULY —A UGUST 2008
From the Dire ctor’s Chair S PECIAL POINTS OF INTEREST :
I hear it everywhere I go, this year, and we going to let little
• Harley really showed me
the noise is getting louder, the conversation things like rain, sincere appreciation for our
getting more animated: When the heck is floods, fog, sub- dedication and commitment to
RIDING SEASON gonna get here? freezing tempera- riding and having fun.
tures, moss, giant
Well, you’re not alone in the wilderness, • Finally, some news from our
leopard slugs, mist,
buddy. It may seem like the entire rest of the sponsor. Harley-Davidson of
25 degree temperature swings, bigfoot,
country is getting the weather we SHOULD Seattle is now open on Sun-
gravel roads or topless baristas stop us?
be having, at least for the first few months. days. The hours are 10AM to
There are some who have even suggested that Heck NO! (Well, maybe those baris- 4PM, and the coffee is on.
we might not even HAVE a ‘riding season’ tas……)
• It was not until 1969
and that it’s just going to be an extended rainy that Harley star ted to
There have been some great rides so far
season followed by another winter. manufacture fiberglass
this year, and the RC group has really thrown
What a bunch of whiners! Are we not down with new routes, new takes on old saddlebags and early
Washingtonians? Do we not have webbed routes, and just plain fun! If you have yet to
feet? Can we not ride in ANY kind of join us on one of the weekend rides, kick ‘er
weather……even the dreaded sunshine!? Are (Continued on page 7)
I NSIDE THIS ISSUE :
Skills Day 4-5
What is HOG POT? 3
Oregon Coast Ride 6
HOG History 7
Point Defiance Run 8
Howdy Buckaroo! 11
Dealer’s Corner 12
Nat’l Park Pass Info 11
Ride Schedule 9-10
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Are you receiving the Hog
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GNW Hog website, please contact Chapter 5390
For ride and activity news, personal C/O Harley Davidson of Seattle
firstname.lastname@example.org and let me
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Chat. This is exclusive to the members
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to: gnwhogchatsub- Director of Operations: Craig Southey
email@example.com. Be sure to Director: Brady Wright
include your name so your member- firstname.lastname@example.org
ship can be verified.
Assistant Director: Rick Claghorn
Secretary: Georgia Vasilatos
Membership: Pat & Walt “Rev” Fletcher
Activities: Valerie Johnson,
John Henry Williams, Marilyn Ware
Treasurer: Roger Clapper
Safety Officer: Mike Arvay
Ladies of Harley: Cathi Sears
Photographer: Mark McCollum
Historian: David Long
New Members, June Meeting email@example.com
Editor: Jackie Ochsner
from Webmaster: Dan Sprague
“The Biker’s Creed” firstname.lastname@example.org
It will be my task to mentor new
Head Road Captain: Linda Owens
riders, that so desire, into the life- email@example.com
style of the biker, so that the breed Mike Arvay, Brian Chubb,
shall continue. I shall instruct them, Bruce (Duck) Griffen, Dave Dzeima,
Dee Hudgins, Jeff Higgins,
as I have been instructed by those Patt Comstock, Rick Claghorn,
Susan Roberts, Tim Harvey
before me. I shall preserve and
honor traditions of bikers before
me, and I will pass them on unal-
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present questions to Harley Davidson
What in the world is HOG POT? Vice Presidents about various model is-
sues and what’s in the works for the fu-
No, you don’t smoke it. agement, Leadership Workgroup, Engag- ture models. Our regional representa-
ing Riders into the Chapter and Officer tive, J.T. Hasley was the Master of Cere-
POT is Primary Officer Training monies. I you every have the opportunity
Idea exchange. I found it an exceptional
sponsored by Harley Davidson’s National to
Harley Owners Group. Chapter Officers
(primary and otherwise) and Road Cap-
about HOG and
tains attend this event from all over the
to see what other chap- chat with him you won’t forget it – he’s
ters are like and to ex- quite a character.
change ideas and problem I want to thank GNW for the oppor-
solve together. There is tunity to attend POT this year. I encour-
much information age all Officers and Road Captains to at-
packed into these ses- tend; we’ll be a better chapter for it.
sions. Friday evening Want to experience POT? Get involved
activities included a – help out with an event, assist an officer,
great dinner, speakers become an officer or Road Captain. The
and some amazing live fun only gets bigger.
rock-n-roll music, Las
Vegas style. I did learn one very important thing at
POT I’ll share: So what do you say at the
Harley took very end of a long hard day of work? Screw it!
good care of us – we ate Let’s Ride!!
and drank well. All of
our meals, water, soft Dee Hudgins
drinks and adult bever-
United States. On May 16 & 17, 2008
ages at the evening
seven GNW Hog members gathered in
Las Vegas at the Red Rock Inn to partake
event were pro-
in the activities with several hundred
vided free of
other HOG leaders. Attending for GNW
were Rick Claghorn, Roger Clapper, Patt
really showed me
Comstock, Linda Owens, Dee Hudgins,
Cathi Sears and Marilyn Ware.
tion for our dedi-
The whole focus of POT is to teach us cation and com-
about making our chapter FUN and safe. mitment to riding
We all attended 9 individual classes/ and having fun.
forums with titles like Keys to Successful
We had an
Group Riding, Group riding Challenges,
Communicating with Impact, Risk Man-
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Improving Skills is a Cup of Tea! splashing hot whatever onto your wrist.
Hopefully, you don’t drop the cup alto-
Last months Skills Day course was the spilling any of it. gether.
best I have seen us have…and so was the In a slow-turn, you need to look Now…top off the cup again, too full,
turnout of members, both from GNW, where you want to go (in other words… and walk the house again without looking
and, this time we had a contingent from anywhere but down). Just like when you at the cup and saucer. Look where you
Sound Harley HOG join us. are riding any road, you are seeing every want to end up…at least, hall by hall.
I just loved the set-up by Joyce and thing in the road you are going to ride
Your body and mind naturally com-
Susan…it just plain rocked! There was over 25-50 feet ahead of you (and, should
pensates for the balance and direction. In
something or more for every skill level. also be watching 3-5 cars ahead at the
other words, your body is smarter and
The empty parking lot itself provides same time). If you train with Joyce and
more balanced than you give it credit for.
enough flat, curves, turns, hills and stops, Susan (& Linda) who are all State- You are just there to look out for ladders
to improve your skill, even if all you did certified Motorcycle Skills Training Offi-
and mattresses up ahead.
was figure 8 from the big store down and cers, you will always see them in the right
around the “Recycle Barn;” but, the place in the right time, saying, “Look at You’ve heard it…”You go where you
added cone set-ups gave you areas of spe- me! Look at me!...Raise your head!” look!” If you look down, you can go
cific focus. down. Especially, if you are in a slow
So let’s break it down. If you want to
turn (when the majority of personal bike
The slanted up-hill slalom course was learn this concept without scratching any
drops happen). Slow and fast turn (curve)
my favorite; and probably, everyone’s paint and chrome, then go make a pot of
drops happen whenever you use your
most challenging. But, it was the slow- coffee or tea. Pour yourself a cup, too
front brake (your BEST brake) without
turn figure 8 that prompted some type of full, and put it on a saucer.
straightening your bike completely, BE-
epiphany for me…or at least some con- Pick up the saucer with the cup on it. FORE you brake.
templation while doing this. The mind Walk throughout your house looking at
connection: In my late teens, I worked in See you at the next Skills Day -- Patt
the cup, so you won’t spill it. Upstairs,
a very swanky restaurant. I did not gradu- downstairs; inside and outside, etc. You
ate from bus boy to waiter until I could will probably walk very slow and shake a
carry 3-5 coffees or teas, from the station lot trying not to spill anything, while
to the customers, in one hand without
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S KILLS D AY AT THE MOTHER
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I would like to start off by thanking Shasta, Mt Hood, etc. etc.. I took my keyville. The ever-winding HWY 299 in
Dave (Double D) for an excellent ride. I leather Coat off in Seaside OR. and it California was awesome! The Hotel des-
believe that every one had a great time. stayed bun-geed to the back of my bike tinations were nice; in Newport. Agate
He had it planned so well that the only for the next four days due to awesome beach was beautiful and in Redding
problems that came up (where the temps reached a
were lousy Garmin direc- record 110 degrees that
tions. We went around day) the outdoor patio can-
in a circle before giving tina had a bongo style band
up the Service station we two feet from our evening
were looking for. Never table which had very
trust them totally. I look cold steelhead beer!
forward to the next ride Overall, this trip will
be a memory I'll never
want to forget along with
Bravo! I second my friends that shared
Chuck's thanks to Dave it. Although it
(Dbl-D) and would in- was occasionally hot, it
clude his co-pilot Robi, was also a bit damm cold
etc. for planning/leading for a couple of miles on
such a scenic enjoyable hwy 26, where we rode
ride down the pacific right up next to Mt.
coast and backup through Hood's shadow where we
central Oregon. Dave's got caught wearing light
leadership, common clothing, in a pass that just
sense and cool headed had snow only a week be-
patience as our Road- fore!
Captain kept us all safe, Dave Long
which was no easy task
trying to avoid occasional
dangerous motorists, emergency vehicles,
and pot holes, etc..! weather! We all
quently along the
5 bikes and 9 way to view the
people. which included lots
of ice-cream for
Nearly 1500 me (some of it
free) a tour of the
miles Tillamook Cheeze
factory, seeing gi-
ant Paul Bunyan
Brief synopsis of this biking jour- and his cow in
ney: There was a little fog during Klamath California,
our tour of the Cape Meares Light the Coos Bay HD,
House on the first day; however, the not to mention
BLUE scenic HWY 101 ocean views from the numerous novel
Cannon Beach all the way down to Coos towns like Weaver-
Bay were quite spectacular, as was Mt. ville, Weed/Hemp
and good old Whis-
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H O G H I S TO RY H I G H L I G H T S !
5 yrs – In 2003 our chapter mem- convert the fiberglass boat op- ership) of Chicago, Illinois.
bership went up from a low dip eration into the manufacturing The color was the most popular
253 to 511 strong! Also, the of golf cart bodies as well as and only color of choice "Piano
Cycle Barn held weekly Saturday Sevi-car bodies. At one time Black." Also, in that same year,
morning Seminars! Some popu- Harley accounted for 1/3 of all the Wright brother's flew their
lar topics included "Basic Main- golf cart sales in this country. It first airplane and the first Ford
tenance," "Suspension Mods," was not until 1969 that Harley model "A" was sold.
"Detailing," "All about Tires," started to manufacture fiberglass
and reviews of the Cycle Barn's saddlebags and early tour paks;
Remanufacturing Program, etc. however the fit and finish of Evel Knievel once said!
these initial units left much to "Riding a motorcycle on
20 yrs –In 1988, the first
be desired. It wasn't until the today's highways, you
ever NW Regional HOG
early 1980’s before the process have to ride in a very
Officers meeting was held
was perfected resulting in the defensive manner. You
in Lynnwood and included
product we enjoy currently. have to be a good rider
local reps as well as, Ore-
gon, Spokane and British 80 yrs –Finally, in 1928, and you have to have
Columbia. Actions taken by HD introduced Front wheel both hands and both
the then Regional rep, Joy brakes. Believe it or not, feet on the controls at
Farmer, was to go back to this dramatically improved all times!
Milwaukee to gain factory the safety and handling of Historian – Dave Long
support for annual Regional all such blessed Harley-
HOG meetings, and Rallys. Davidson's cycles!
45 yrs –In 1963 Harley Davidson 105 yrs –In 1903, the 1st HD
purchased the Tomahawk Boat MC sold to a Mr. Henry Meyer
Company in Tomahawk, WI. The of Milwaukee, Wisconsin by the
purpose of the purchase was to C. H. Lang (1st ever HD Deal-
From the Director’s Chair gest, baddest, most fun event that Great see you there.
(Continued from page 1) Northwest HOG puts on all year. The
Finally, some news from our sponsor.
location is the town of Winthrop, just
Harley-Davidson of Seattle is now open
into gear and come on along! I’ve seen over the North Cascades Highway…a
on Sundays. The hours are 10AM to
lots of new members and guests on the mere 175 miles form the Barn. It’s the
4PM, and the coffee is on. The goal is to
rides I’ve taken, and that’s a good thing. best western-themed getaway you ever
give customers the chance to stop in any
saw and folks have registered from all
HOG folks RIDE. And we ride just day of the weekend, if they need parts or
over the area to bring their cowboy duds
about anywhere. And now we’ll ride a accessories for their scoot. You can also
and take part in the Poker Run, Friday
bit more safely, since we have a new rent a bike or just stop by the Kickstart
Night Follies, Barn Dance on Saturday
Safety Officer in the ranks. I want to take Café and grab a sandwich, a cold drink or
and a whole weekend of fun in the sun,
this opportunity to welcome Michael a hot coffee. The baristas are fully
with games and other good times! The
Arvay to the Board! Mike will have a clothed, by the way.
live music, good food and general friend-
spot in the Hog Call to share safe riding
ship are the main reasons people return, Just wanted that to be clear.
tips and he’ll be taking part in the meet-
year after year, but we also get the chance Thanks for listening, now get out
ings, as well. Nice to have you on board,
to ride some of the most scenic parts of there and ride!
the north central part of the state. Check
By the time you read this, we’ll be out the website
gearing up for Tumbleweed 6, the big- [www.tumbleweedrun.com] and we’ll Brady
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Point Defiance Run
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CHAPTER RIDES JULY – SEPTEMBER 2008
Jul 20 - Sun - Chapter Ride - Paradise/Mt. Rainier Ride - 9:00 am HDofS Departure
This will be a long days ride with Rick aka Doc (Primary) & Tim (Sweep) but the ride to Paradise after getting off the
freeway is one of the most beautiful rides in the area with lots of twists and turns and spectacular views of Mt. Rainier
along the way. It’s a good idea to bring warm clothes even this time of year due to the high elevation and maybe some
snacks & water but there will be a stop at the top at Paradise Lodge which is a real treat.
Jul 25 - 27 - Tumbleweed Run 6
Winthrop, WA. Open to all bikes. Come spend the weekend at this western style resort town and have some fun
with friends and fellow chapter members. Poker run, observation run, poker walk, scavenger hunt, live music/
dancing (Saturday night), bbq. For more information, go to www.tumbleweedrun.com
Aug 2 - Sat - Chapter Ride - Mt. Baker Ride - 9:00 am HDofS Departure
If you haven’t been to Mt. Baker recently, this is your chance. Patt (Primary), Rick (RCIT) & Dave (Sweep) have a
scenic day planned and even in August, you might find a bit of snow at the top so dress in layers. There will be a lunch
stop behind here & there.
Aug 17 - Sun - Chapter Ride - Depot Cafe/Museum in Cle Elum - 9:00 am HDofS Departure
Linda (Primary), Mike (RCIT) and Brian (Sweep) will be taking a ride over Snoqualmie Pass to Cle Elum to visit the
local museum and have lunch at the Depot Café. There might even be a couple of places to look around and shop but I
haven’t been there before so I’m looking forward to it. This will definitely be over the river and through the woods
but mostly all on the I-90 freeway.
Sep 6 - Sat - Chapter Ride - Whidbey Island - 9:00 am HDofS Departure
Brian (Primary), Rick (RCIT) and Susan (Sweep) – Regardless of whether the route is by land or by ferry, this is a
pretty ride and a yearly trip for Brian so come on along and see which way this ride goes.
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CHAPTER RIDES SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2008
Sep 7 - Sun - Ride For Kids (Not a chapter ride)
This picture was drawn for us by Nick and his mom who came to a chapter meeting
to talk about the ride and encourage riders to participate. Nick is beneficiary of the support donated to
the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, and is an honorary member of the chapter.
Sep 21 - Sun - Chapter Ride - Destination to Follow - 9:00 am HDofS Departure
Rick aka Doc (Primary), Rick (RCIT) and Linda (Sweep) – information to follow.
Oct 1st - Rides return to 10:00 am Departure time from HDofS
Oct 4 - Sat - Chapter Ride - Park, WA - 10:00 am HDofS Departure
Mike (Primary) and Dee (Sweep) will be taking you on the scenic route to Park, WA……does anyone but these two
know where Park, WA is? Come on along and find out.
Oct 19 - Sun - Chapter Ride - Sue's CRAZY HELMET ride - 10:00 am HDofS Departure
Tim (Primary) & Patt (Sweep)….. This is the annual Sue Ames Memorial Crazy Helmet Ride and it departs rain or
shine. This ride gives everyone a chance to exhibit their creative and silly side while remembering our lost sister. Be
prepared to get stared at, laughed at and pointed at by passing motorists and pedestrians. It will bring smiles to your
face and theirs. It’s always a lot of fun but last year there were quite a few coffee stops needed due to inclement
weather but no worries - it's just a ton of fun.
MONTHLY MEETING REMINDER
2nd Thursday of the month
7:00PM @ Alfy's Pizza in Lynnwood
4820 196th SW, Lynnwood (425-775-5459)
Come early and get dinner before the meeting.
Alfy's offers half price pizza for GNW-HOG members.
LADIES OF HARLEY
4th Wednesday of the month
7:00 PM @ Denny's at Canyon Park
22833 Bothell-Everett Highway, Bothell (425-486-8651)
Come early and get dinner before the meeting.
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Now that we have your attention. We are having Christmas, no not how that works. Something to make
The Chapter meeting in July is this month, but we are announcing for you go Hummm in the night.
wear your best Cowboy or Cow- your planning purposes the following
Ever had an idea you thought might
girl shirt to the meeting night. In information. We are having a party,
be fun but were afraid or to shy to bring
honor of Tumbleweed we want to start that’s it! Ok OK OK so maybe more
up? Well not any longer, that very idea
getting everyone fired up and in the information is needed. The party this
could win you a really valuable gift cer-
mood early. From the terrific participa- year is Saturday, December 13th at the
tificate from the Mother Barn. Here’s
tion at the June meeting for T-shirt Holiday Inn in Everett (same as last
how it works. Write down your idea.
night we are looking forward to seeing year). Hell, even the rooms are the
We repeat in cases you missed it the
some great outerwear. The contests are same price as last year $69.00. There
first time, WRITE IT DOWN and then
more fun if you participate. Participa- will be much more information coming
give it to either Val, Marilyn or myself
tion is what make events and contests between now and the 12th of Decem-
and at the end of the year you to could
fun so drop on in and show of some of ber, we promise. If you come to the
be shopping for some cool stuff at the
your duds. meeting you will one of the first to
Barn. One more time. Write it down
know when it comes hot of the presses.
On the more serious side, like we otherwise we don’t have a record of
OOOOPS! THIS JUST IN. The dead-
have one. The activities committee whose idea it was and some of us being
line for ticket sales is December 1. Plan
would like to solicit some help for the of an advanced age might think (we or
early book a room and stay late, it’s a
Chapter picnic, mainly in the games I) thought it up. You are really going to
department. Do you have something like this prize. It won’t buy you a bike
fun that the group can participate in or a Anyone out there HUINTING but it could make you look much cooler
suggestion which we could twist into HOGS? Have you heard of our contest? while you ride.
something fun. Please drop us a note or No you say. Sounds like you might be
Lastly, the contests at our Chapter
stop by the meeting with a brief de- missing out on the fun. Basically there is
meeting are intended as a fun activity.
scription of your idea at the July meet- a list of pigs things your need to photo-
The participation is growing and we
ing and we will gladly discuss it with graph in your riding adventures, fill out
hope everyone is having as much fun
you. Remember it could be just throw- the appropriate space on our form and
joining in as we have presenting them to
ing rocks in the river without some turn the form and photos in later this
you. We want to give a huge Thank you
suggestions. Did you know sharing ideas year. Contest rules and forms are avail-
to everyone for taking part. This year is
does not hurt or draw blood and in able at the Chapter meeting. Is anyone
very much a learning year, seeing what
many cases leads to uncontrollable fun noticing that much of our stuff revolves
works and what might need to be
and laughter? Sometimes the ones that being at the Chapter meeting to get the
tweaked or totally scraped as an idea.
don’t work are the best. latest information and updates. Funny
Your feedback is important. We hope
you understand that some of the events
might not be perfect but is it fun? Can
N ATIO N AL P AR K P ASS I N F O R M AT I O N we improve? Yes! Are we looking to
improve? Maybe, we mean yes of
If you are interested in obtaining a For qualified Seniors the cost is $10 course. We will get better over time
National Park Pass there are a few op- and for those with permanent disabili- and in three or four years it might even
tions depending on your age and dis- ties the pass is free. Both the Senior smooth out a little. So be patient, par-
ability status. For those under the age and Disability passes must be obtained ticipate and remember these are de-
of 62 and do not have any disabilities at the park entrance along with proof signed to be fun. We love you all and
the annual cost is $80. The pass is valid of age or your disability. These cannot wouldn’t be doing this if we didn’t
for up to three additional adults in a be ordered by phone or online. want to bring some laughter to our
non-commercial vehicle at per person Further information and details can be meeting. The new slogan for the Activi-
fee areas. Children under 16 are ad- found at https://pwrcms.nps.gov/ ties Committee is “We are fun”. We are
mitted free. Passes can be purchased at pwr/fees_passes.htm going to make some boo boos, but as
the park, by calling 1-888-ASK-USGS, Mom and Dad always said, get up and
Ext. 1 or by visiting http:// try again.
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Harley Owners Group
Great Northwest Chapter #5390 Inc.
at Harley Davidson of Seattle
5711 188th St SW
Lynnwood, WA 98037
And now, a word from our sponsor
Harley Davidson of Seattle
NOW OPEN SUNDAY!
GET TOGETHER. HAVE A MEAL. GO FOR A RIDE.
Dealer’s Corner—Rumors, Myths, and Realities
As you may have heard, or not, months and have done a good job of re- Many of our staff, including me, have
Lynnwood Cycle Barn is coming back ducing costs and increasing efficiency, but missed the interactions between all of our
to the "Mother Barn" in September! at the end of the day - we have too many customers and product lines, and we are
Along with that you may, or may not, wagons! eager to be all under the same roof again,
have heard various rumors, myths, and Why not move everything to the new or at least the same two roofs!
concepts - some of them pretty wild. The building? That might make economic
reality is that the motorcycle market is sense, actually, but Mr. and Mrs. Boltz Dave Preston
this country began to shrink dramatically have too much personal energy invested
- right about the time the "new Barn" site in the original location. They want to
Dave is the public relations guy
was opened. There are many reasons for stay there. Several companies have ex-
for all of the Cycle Barn Mo-
this - none of which could have been pre- pressed interest in buying the new loca-
torSports dealerships and mo-
dicted. tion, so this should all work out seam-
torsports facilities. He’s one of
In the current reality, sales do not lessly.
our GNW HOG dealer repre-
support the existing infrastructure, so we The exact details are being developed, sentatives, along with Sales
have chosen to go "back to the future" by but in general - the lower "original" Manager Frank Kai. Dave and
returning the Honda, Kawasaki, and Tri- building will be gutted and remodeled, Frank also assist GNW HOG
umph marques to the original location. and will house most if not all of the Treasurer Roger Clapper.
Another way of looking at it is that we "metric" lines. The upper building will
have been circling the wagons for 18 remain Harley-Davidson of Seattle.