The High Road
Monthly Newsletter of the Syracuse H.O.G.® Chapter
Volume XXIX, Issue 4 April 2012
Biker at Heart
W hen it comes to
are not many
things to which Bud
“Scratcher” Moore can’t
The Panhead, pic-
tured to the left, is a 1953
that Scratcher purchased
in either 1965 or ‘66. He
found it in a chicken coop
say, “Been there, done and took it home for $150.
that.” It was originally a police
Scratcher began his department bike. The dif-
life-long passion for two ference being the police
wheels in rural Cayuga bikes had foot shifters and
County with a Cushman the machines sold to the
motor scooter. He was 15 general public were still
years old at the time and using a hand shift-lever.
rode everywhere. As far as The police bike also had a
a license, “At 15 you can’t larger capacity electrical
get a license to drive any- generator.
thing.” The issue of regis- Gleaming paint was
tration was also taken care only a dream at the time.
of with a bit of creative Provided Photo The bike’s restoration fin-
ingenuity. “We made Scratcher aboard his “slightly modified” 1953 Panhead Harley. Photo ish was Allis-Chalmers
license plates out of card- was taken about three years ago in front of Ithaca Harley-Davidson when orange tractor paint.
board to look like real he had it in for its annual DMV inspection. In earlier years, there
ones.” was a category for
No helmets, no licenses, no wor- Scratcher’s first Harley was what Panheads in the annual chapter
ries, the police never bothered them. was called a 45 by 45. It was a 1945 mileage contest. Scratcher won more
When motorcycle operator licens- Army bike, model WLA, with a 45 than once with between 1500 and
es began in New York State, you could degree, 45 cubic inch engine. The bike 2000 miles.
receive a waiver on any testing by previously belonged to a neighbor. Scratcher is one of the senior
proving that you had owned and oper- He also had a Yamaha bike for a members of HOG, relative to time in
ated a registered motorcycle for three while. This was an all-weather, ride-it- the organization. He is a Life Member
years. A motor vehicle operator year ‘round, machine. Snowmobile having joined in June 1988. In addition
license was not required. It was some trails were a favorite in the winter, to membership in the Syracuse
time later that the system of adding a however after a lot of grief from snow- Chapter, he belongs to the Finger
motorcycle endorsement to your oper- mobilers, he traded the Yamaha for a Lakes Chapter where he previously
ator’s license was put into effect. sled. Biker, page - 3
Blessing of the Bikes at PHD. As we
John Muldoon did last year, we will be helping with Chapter
Director traffic and parking of the bikes. I hope
that Jeff and Kathy remembered what
we learned last year!
Director’s Chatter Please watch our website for John Muldoon, Director
details. As you read Jeff’s article this firstname.lastname@example.org
What a start to the month explaining the Annual HOT in 315-243-7832
riding season so far! Pa., think about how you can support
After an incredibly warm your officers efforts to make our Jeff Crouse, Assistant Director
March, we kicked off our Chapter the best it can be so we all can email@example.com
riding season with some fun at the St. RIDE and HAVE FUN together! 315-729-7075
Patrick’s Parade and the Chili Cook-off Hope to see you soon on a ride.
at PHD. Ron Blakley, Treasurer
This month we will have the JFM firstname.lastname@example.org
Meeting Minutes 24). Need to set up chili by 11:30;
Kathy Crouse, Secretary
February 19, 2012 cook-off 12-4 p.m. Tim Fox and Tim
Barr to judge chili for the competition.
Kathy Crouse, Secretary Safety Officer (Ken Yackel) - Guest Peggy Neary & Marie Tubolino
speaker today Trooper Greg Eberl from Activities Officers
Troop D Lysander on Motorcycle email@example.com
Call to order 10:00 awareness and safety checks as con- 315-436-6806
a.m.– (John Muldoon) ducted by himself and others in his
Pledge of division. Trooper Eberl cannot speak Bill Becker, Head Road Captain
Allegiance for all divisions or other law enforce- firstname.lastname@example.org
Housekeeping ment agencies. 315-415-3416
issues- Health and Welfare, welcome LOH (Marcella Becker) - Has a list
members of women who signed up last year for Ken Yackel, Safety Officer
Motorcycle night at Syracuse impromptu rides. If you are not on the email@example.com
Crunch Hockey game 3-24, tickets list, let Marcella know and she will add
Steve Moretti, Membership
$12.00, see John Muldoon for further your name.
info. Community Service (Lori
Assistant Director (Jeff Crouse)- Robbins)- given by Jeff Crouse
State HOG Rally Alex Bay July 12-14 Photographers (Kevin & Kathy Dick Davidson, Historian
update, can register online. Gave Baker) – will take officers pics if need- firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Service report for D ed for website 315-439-3016
Robbins (vacation); Tel Auc scheduled Web Master (Chris Blakely) - rides
4/19-22 and 4/26-29; contact Lori via will be on website with updates three Chris Blakley, Webmaster
email or on website. Highway Cleanup days prior to ride date; Big rides will be email@example.com
4-29, need ride leader as Lori will have on the website consistently.
cleanup supplies and cannot do both Historian (Dick Davidson) - no Kathy & Kevin Baker,
roles. report Photographers
Treasurer (Ron Blakley)-Feb. Editor (Mike Waters)- Newsletter firstname.lastname@example.org
report given, tax documents filed and on website and tables. Marcella Becker
accepted by IRS Old Business: Rolling Thunder Ladies of Harley
Membership (Steve Moretti)- 165 information given for Memorial Day email@example.com
members at this time; New Members: weekend leaving 7 a.m., not 10 a.m. as 315-415-3416
Robert Bishop, Susanne Firkins, per website, route to be completed by
Kathleen Kilgore, James French, Jim Poole by April meeting. Need to Mike Waters, Editor
Christopher Croad, Mari Lynn book hotel rooms by 4-24 or the blocks firstname.lastname@example.org
Mocyk, and Tim Rowland. for rooms will be lost. Jim will provide 315-446-1455
Ride Report (Bill Becker)- Chris his email for those interested.
Blakely will update rides on the web; Pig Pot Payout: $83.00 to a lucky Lori Robbins, Community Service
updates on upcoming rides noted. Ride member, T Shirt Bingo: NC winner. email@example.com
today to Madison after meeting. Adjourn 10:45 a.m.
Activities Officers-(Peggy Neary & Dave Sedlack, Sponsoring Dealer
Marie Tubolino)-Provided updates on Respectfully submitted, David@performancehd.com
St. Pat’s Parade & chili cook-off (March Kathy Crouse, Secretary 315-471-1157
Biker, from Page - 1 seen many changes
served as road captain. in the Chapter and
The only current members ahead motorcycling in gen-
of Scratcher on the Chapter seniority eral. He remembers
list are: Carol and Bob Anguish, Linda meetings being held
and George Fields, Bob Hurwitz, and upstairs at the
Debbie and Dave Sedlack. Western Ranch motel
When he joined HOG, his primary and then the Bridge
ride was a 1986 Liberty Edition Harley. Street Tavern in
It was produced with and 80 cubic inch Solvay, prior to mov-
engine. After getting his doors blown ing to the new
off by those he rode with, he increased Performance H-D
the stroke to where the engine had 92 building.
cubes. At the beginning,
He put more than 100,000 miles on members elected all 2011 File Photo
that bike. the officers. Meetings Pat Christensen, the regional road captain for the Patriot
With all these miles comes some did not begin with the Guard Riders, and a member of the Syracuse HOG chapter,
stands for a photo with “Scratcher” following a PGR ride through
practical techniques you won’t read Pledge of Allegiance.
Wayne County to support Blue Star Mothers. PGR is one of the
about in company literature. When rid- There were far fewer many motorcycle organizations that “Scratcher” supports.
ing his chopper, he wore spurs. If he Chapter rides.
leaned over too far, the spurs would Among the “senior” members he significant change in the local motorcy-
drag and he would know that was the has had the pleasure of knowing, cle world. “There has been a transition
limit. Scratcher fondly notes Ron and Rose from “bikers” to many more motorcycle
While this worked fine on his bike, DePeyster, Peg and Walt Nowakowski, enthusiasts.
it wasn’t as effective if he was on his and Carm and Shar Rinaldo. The Swap Meet, now held at the
brother’s Low Rider. An aggressive Scratcher was also was very fairgrounds was started by Bob
ride resulted in dragging parts of the instrumental in the formation of Stonecypher and held in the basement
bike on the pavement. In particular, it A.B.A.T.E. chapters in New York State. of the Onondaga County War
was tough on the two exhaust pipes on For 11 eleven years he was state coor- Memorial. Stonecypher was a full
the ride side; reshaping them from dinator. In that role he oversaw the patch holder of the local motorcycle
round to oval. Scratcher developed a growth from one chapter on the east club, “The Eliminators.”
technique of using a broomstick handle coast - Syracuse - where they first met Among other local clubs of that era
to work the metal back into its original in member’s homes before moving were: Stalkers, Road Runners and
shape. meetings to Jumpin’ Jacks Tavern in Klansmen. Scratcher was president of
In more than 25 years as a mem- East Syracuse; to an organization of the Roadrunners.
ber of Syracuse HOG, Scratcher has more than 2,000 members in 23 chap- “Brotherhood was the most impor-
ters. tant thing if you belonged to a club,” he
“I was out on the remarked. If the president called and
Panhead every night needed six members for something,
organizing and I can that was what you did. It wasn’t a mat-
remember riding to ter that you might have other plans.
Albany, in the snow, “Friday nights were for bar hopping
for the annual helmet and stopping to shoot a round of pool.
ride. On a Sunday ride you didn’t stop at any
About every five bars.
years, I’d have to ”Fights between members of differ-
rebuild the engine. ent clubs were to be assumed. “I came
Probably put 200,000 home more than once, pretty beat up.
miles on the bike,” he You could only fall through a window
said. so many times, so a visit to a hospital
Scratcher has wasn’t always an option. You learned
more than 200,000 to do what you had to do. I became
“official HOG miles” pretty good and sewing up my wounds;
and many thousand the ones I could reach.”
Photo by Mike Waters more on various Bud “Scratcher” Moore is a fasci-
Bud “Scratcher” Moore, at home with his ‘06 ultra Classic. He machines. nating guy with a million great stories.
is wearing what he refers to as his “War Vest.” It was made for During the more He’s the real thing and has ridden
him by a “Guy in the joint” in exchange for two cartoons of cig- than 50 years more miles than most of us can only
arettes. This treasure is handcrafted from elk hide and carries Scratcher has been dream about. Above all, he’s a Biker at
a number of momentos from days gone by. riding, he has seen a Heart.
As a patriotic refresher, the United
States has a code about our national
anthem - United States Code, 36
U.S.C. § 301, states that during a ren-
dition of the national anthem, when the
flag is displayed, all present except
those in uniform should stand at atten-
Marcella Becker tion facing the flag with the right hand
over the heart; members of the Armed
Happy April every- Forces and veterans who are present
one. and not in uniform may render the mil-
Since Memorial Day itary salute…..
is approaching next Thank you to all our military men
month, I decided to and women past and current and their
cruise the Internet and families at home for their sacrifice.
look for the connection of Military, Land of the brave home of the free.
Motorcycle and Women. I expected to
find a connection to the “Rosie the Activities
Riveter” campaign from the World War
II era. Instead I stumbled across a site Peggy Neary & Photo by Kevin Baker
about our sisters across the big pond in Marie Tubolino Dick Davidson can always be counted on
when the task involves food. Although not
an official judge, he managed to savor a
Come to find out there were sufficient amount of each entry to ensure all
women working in the military and rid- T h e were suitable for human consumption.
ing motorcycles beginning in World Syracuse St.
War I and World War II. They were Patty’s Day spicy and special chilies.
Britain’s WOMENS ROYAL NAVAL Parade was held When the tasting and judging were
SERVICE (WRNS); they rode motorcy- on March 17. It complete, Dave Sedlack announced
cles as dispatch riders. was a beautiful day. Thanks to all who the three winners and awarded them
Dispatch riders would sometime helped us decorate and participated in PHD gift cards.
have to deliver documents to areas the parade. First place went to Rick Yaroski for
hidden on unmarked roads. The also The large crowds seemed thrilled “Rick’s Heavy Breather Chili,” second
delivered live ammunition between mil- to see Harleys back in the parade. place to Barb Snyder for her “Clean
itary naval bases on very dark and We all had a great day. Your Chrome Chili,” and third place to
treacherous “roads” and on occasion The Second Annual Chili Cook-off Erin Kish for “Erin’s V-Rod® Vegetarian
with bombs dropping. was held at Performance Harley- Chili.”
The site I found is www. Sea Your Davidson on Saturday, March 24. Special thanks to our three celebri-
History.org.uk. There was a great variety among the ty judges: Tim Fox from Channel 9
Also, for you Monty Python fans 11 competitors who submitted their News, Tim Barr from Glen Loch
remember the scene where the British Restaurant and Catering, and Josh
dispatch rider delivers the world’s fun- Brittain. Josh is a left winger on this
niest joke? It was being used as a mil- year’s Syracuse Crunch hockey team.
itary weapon against the Germans We couldn’t have put together
because those who read it or heard it such a great day without the help of our
would die laughing. In the skit, the generous club members: Don Peck,
British read it out loud in German but Barb and John Snyder, Dick Davidson.
did not understand it so they would not Dave Tubolino, and Jeff and Kathy
Harley has some info on their site We would also like to thank
about military history of the Harley- Performance Harley-Davidson for their
Davidson motorcycle. By broadening help with setup and Brian Sedlack for
the scope to all brands of motorcycles supplying all the paper products, uten-
in the military; there is a lot of history. sils and beverages.
Looking online, there are some Thank you very much to those who
great photos of our military men and Photo by Kevin Baker patriciated in the cook-off.
those of other countries on motorcy- Tim Fox, Josh Brittain and Tim Barr, With beautiful weather beginning, it
cles, mounted with machine guns and celebrity judges, sample chili made by each is time for us to ride and have fun.
soldiers with their motorcycles of the contestants, as Karen Peck picks up Everyone stay safe.
designed to carry their rifles and their rating sheets. See you all on the rides.
2, Troop D commander and a
Safety Officer 26 year veteran of New York’s
Ken Yackel finest. He has had several
commands over his career
including Watertown (which
Hopefully everyone encompasses 3 counties) and
enjoyed the safety por- now the zone that covers
tion of our March meet- Onondaga County.
ing with Trooper Greg Debbie and I spent sever-
Eberl and his presenta- al hours with Captain Raub,
tion. All of the informa- who is no stranger to motorcy-
tion presented was invaluable. cles or motorcycle safety. He
Many of the statistics that were is a rider and owns a 2009
explained were mind-boggling. Did Road Glide CVO.
you know that in the past five years, Many people do not real-
motorcycle fatalities have increased 47 ize that there are only 17
percent in the United States? Last motorcycle troopers in New
Photo by Mike Waters
year alone they increased more than York State (approximately two
Trooper Greg Eberl with his “official” ride at the
18 percent in New York State. per troop; and they are used
Lysander barracks. The bike had just been serviced at
Even as I write this article the news primarily for traffic control at Performance H-D. Trooper Eberl will be taking it to
has announced the death of two more large events and dignitary Albany this month for his annual recertification.
bikers on New York Route 49 in West escorts).
Monroe. (When will this end?) The We are lucky to have Troopers having the troopers visit us again next
number of deaths on motorcycles Eberl and Jay Strait assigned to Zone year with another presentation.
exceeds that of any other vehicles by 2. Trooper Eberl will have 20 years of Ride Safe.
three percent, per miles traveled. service on March 30, 2012, with the
Trooper Eberl also stated that the num- New York State Police as a road patrol
ber of deaths and injuries involving trooper and has been a motorcycle offi-
motorcycles are rising, while other cer since 2001. His personal ride is a Community Service
vehicle related injuries are declining. Dyna Wide Glide. Trooper Eberl’s
Trooper Eberl passed around cut- brother is also a New York State Lori Robbins
away versions of a DOT helmet and a Trooper.
novelty helmet. What a major differ- New York State Police motorcy- Our spring highway
ence between the two. He went on to clists must be specially trained before cleanup is scheduled
explain that during their road checks, being assigned to motorcycle duty. for April 29. I am look-
they are looking for expired New York Troopers who have been trained by ing for a volunteer to
State inspections and straight pipes. Harley Davidson conduct this training. lead a ride of your
Each motorcycle choice after the
trooper must attend, cleanup. This is always
and successfully a great way to start out the season and
complete, recertifica- promises to be a great time! We meet
tion training every at Tabitha’s Restaurant on state Route
two years. 370 at 10 a.m.
These troopers Thank you in advance to Jim Allen,
have the same pas- Karen Whedon and Mike Waters for
sion for riding and offering their time to answer phones at
safety as we do. the WCNY Tel Auc on April 28 from 8
In conclusion, I p.m. to 12 a.m.
would like to thank Next “save-the-date” is August 25
Captain Raub and for the MDA Ride. We will be looking
Troopers Eberl and for 10 - 15 volunteers to help out in var-
Strait (who could not ious ways the day of the ride. This will
Photo by Kevin Baker be with us for this take place in downtown Liverpool and
Trooper Greg Eberl shows the differences between a novelty
meeting) and pray we usually help out from registration to
helmet and one that meets DOT safety standards. It was quite
that every night they parking. If you are not interested in
clear from the construction; the novelty helmet offers no protec-
tion for the rider. make it home safely helping out, please plan to support this
to their families, and worthy cause and participate in the
The presentation would not have to my wife Debbie, for being my extra ride. There will be food by Limp Lizard,
been possible without the help and ears at these meetings and taking music and many vendors.
assistance of Captain Jeff Raub, Zone notes for me and we look forward to Ride safe!
As Simple as ABC
By Arasmus B. Draggin
t’s never too early to get a head Hoover Dam, a Nevada state welcome then Henderson H-D (remember, deal-
start on the riding season. I had to center and Arizona’s Mohave County. erships count for towns as well).
be in Las Vegas (poor, poor, pitiful Along the way I got off the beaten The day ended with a trip to the
me) the beginning of March for a cou- path (the cattle guard should have parking lot at Las Vegas H-D.
ple of trade shows, and lo and behold I been a clue) and found a neat old town Day one: 19 points.
had a weekend free in between. called Chloride. Go figure. First real Sunday morning was a little
stop was in Kingman, where I spent warmer than Saturday, and it was a
some time with the fine folks at Mother great ride west over to the border town
Road H-D before heading down to of Pahrump, Nevada, which is located
Yucca and Lake Havasu City. There in Nye County.
are two great things about Lake After a visit to the Terrible’s Casino
Havasu City—it’s the home of the real, for their spectacular (and cheap)
actual, in-the-flesh London Bridge. It breakfast buffet, I headed over to
was not falling down. There were no California and Death Valley. After turn-
fair ladies. But... located across the ing onto California state Route 127 in
parking lot from this transplanted Shoshone, I was in Inyo County, and
assemblage of brick and mortar, was then it was up to Death Valley Junction
Photos by Arasmus B. Draggin the shining light of my first day out. Of
Arasmus parks his bike along side the course, I refer to the world-famous In-
roadway to make a documentary photo n’-Out Burger. Damn, that’s good eats.
indicating he ;and his bike were in After a couple of double cheese-
Pahrump, Nev. in 2012. burgers (when I am ever going to be
back there?) I headed out for Parker
Having several choices (1. Lose all Dam, which is not only a town but the
my money playing video poker; 2. O.D. name of a dam (duh). Crossing the
at the buffet; 3. Ride a motorcycle) I dam put me into San Bernardino
thought long and hard about what to do County, California. Death Valley National Park counts as
with my spare time. If you haven’t Parker Dam Road was a real nice one point out of possible five in this cat-
guessed yet, I’m too cheap for gam- ride along the Colorado River, and egory.
bling, too fat for the buffet already and after saying “hello” (actually, I said
love to ride so it was an easy decision. “Holy Sh#t”) to a couple of burros in the and then into the park.
I was able to procure a 2011 Street road, it took me all the way to Earp Death Valley is spectacular and
Glide for the two days and made my (post offices say “United States”, so much more colorful and scenic than
arrangements. I packed up my helmet, that counts for a country) and then on one would think. In the miles I rode I
jacket and riding boots and headed to Vinal Junction. From there is was a went from below sea level to more than
west. My plan was to see how many right turn and up to Needles. 2,500 feet of elevation. It’s a wild ride.
ABC points I could rustle up around Sin A little later that day I was able to If you go, make sure you take the trip
City. pass through Searchlight, Nevada and up to Scotty’s Castle. Talk about plop-
After picking up the bike on Friday ping something down in the middle of
evening (most rentals are based on 24 nowhere. I picked up the sign for
hours, not on a calendar day, so try to Death Valley National Park on the way
get them the night before so you can out toward Beatty, Nevada.
head out early) and taking a short ride After gassing up, it was time to
to work out some cobwebs, I headed head back to Sin City, via Indian
back to the hotel for a good night’s Springs and then a visit to Red Rock H-
sleep. D before returning the bike.
Saturday morning I was up early Day two: 9 points.
and headed out south on Las Vegas Two days, 28 ABC’s points, 806
Blvd. to get my first points. After stop- miles, priceless views. I didn’t even
ping at the Clark County Fire house Needles, Calif., where temperatures run mind losing at the video poker that
well into three digits during the summer
and the Las Vegas city sign, I hopped night.
on the highway and headed toward the
ty and more. HOT training is designed
Assistant Director to give officers the knowledge they
Kathy & Kevin Baker Jeff Crouse need to achieve these goals from pro-
fessional trainers and fellow HOG offi-
It’s More Than a cers.
It is a good idea Party The cost of attending HOT training
to take a second to is split among the officers, the sponsor-
check for distrac- What used to be ing dealer and the chapter. The Motor
tions when compos- called POT is now Company covers the cost of the train-
ing photographs. called HOT. And nei- ing and the last-night’s dinner. The
Bright objects, dis- ther has to do with remaining costs are divided as men-
tracting lines, or too much contrast in drugs or pretty people. What it has to tioned. The sponsoring Dealer has
the backgrounds can detract from the do with is training – Harley Officers’ agreed to cover 50% of the room cost
main subjects. Training to be exact. Every year with the remaining 50% split between
Usually a change in position Harley Davidson Motor Company the chapter and the participating offi-
left/right or raising/lowering the camera sponsors a number of three-day train- cers. The officers are also responsible
angle can help. You can also use your ing sessions throughout the United for all transportation costs and any inci-
zoom lens to control backgrounds by States for the training of those individ- dentals including time off from work to
changing the perspective. uals who have volunteered to be offi- drive down and attend.
For a portrait type image step back cers for local HOG chapters. Upon returning from HOT, an offi-
and zoom in to show less background HOT Training for our area will be cers meeting will be held and informa-
and bring more attention to subject. held during the third weekend in April in tion gained by each officer will be
If you are on the Bob Davidson Pittsburgh, Pa. and the Syracuse shared with fellow officers.
New York City Ride and are photo- Chapter will be well represented. All So it’s much more than a party –
graphing the group and bikes in Times four of our primary officers will be HOT is an essential part of making
Square, get closer to the group and attending as well as a number of other sure our chapter remains strong and
zoom out to show more of the scene officers. provides all members with the opportu-
while still keeping the main subjects Training sessions are held all day nity to ride and have fun.
large enough in the image. Friday and Saturday with a final ban-
If you are photographing the
Xenia, Ohio sign with your bike for
quet Saturday evening. There are
approximately 25 unique courses avail-
HOG’s ABC of Touring Contest, take able and each officer is asked to attend Steve Moretti
some time to compose the image to the courses which best meet the
highlight your motorcycle and the sign responsibilities he or she has as an Syracuse HOG
by choosing the best angle, distance officer. welcomes the following
and zoom. One of the biggest advantages of members who have
Technology makes it easy to take a attending HOT is the opportunity for recently joined the
photo, try to get into the habit of creat- our officers to connect with fellow offi- chapter:
ing an image. cers from other HOG chapters. Our
primary objective as a HOG chapter is Mary and Ronald Amyot, Henry
to ride and have fun but it doesn’t hap- Capella, Jeff and Susan Gordon,
pen automatically. Our officers need to Charles and Kelly Koagel, Chet
Who are the Newlyweds? understand how a successful chapter Kotwas, Christine McCullough, Ronald
is organized and operated. They need Pennock, Richard Raab, Tim Rowland,
to have clear goals and the tools nec- Joseph Swierk, and James Togni.
essary to achieve those goals. The
Syracuse Chapter primary officers The following National HOG mem-
meet on a regular basis to ensure we berships expire in April:
are in compliance with the National
Charter as well as state and local laws Timothy C. Alexander
pertaining to the operation of a not-for- Robert F. Bugnaski
profit membership organization. Victoria A. Cole
The primary officers are also Timothy H. Duerr
charged with the maintaining financial Renee M. Sager
records and keeping the chapter finan- Michael D. Standen
Many of the courses are designed You must be a member of the
to cover promoting and maintaining national organization to remain a mem-
membership, how to run successful ber of the Syracuse chapter.
Photo by Mike Waters events, dealership relations, rider safe-
Happy St. Patrick’s Day
By Barb O’Snyder
aturday, March 17, was a perfect
day for a parade. Luckily for
about 20 HOG members, there
happened to be one in Syracuse that
day! There were a dozen or so motor-
cycles ridden by our members and a
few friends, a big red truck and a ginor-
mous Harley- Davidson balloon.
We gathered at PHD to decorate
our bikes, the truck, and balloon and
then headed over to our staging area
to wait for the cannon to go off signal-
ing the start of the 30th Annual St.
Patrick’s Day Parade.
The ‘biggest crowd ever’ greeted
us as we rolled along Salina Street.
Folks cheered and roared almost as
loud as our Harleys. It was so warm Photo by Mike Waters
and sunny that some got their first sun- Dick Davidson holds the tether for the Performance H-D balloon as
burn of the season; everyone certainly members on bikes pass between the Gridley Building and Clinton
had a good time. Square.
After the parade most of us head-
ed back to PHD for some food and
laughs, which is pretty ‘standard oper-
ating procedure’ for Syracuse HOG.
The Parade was a great way to
kick off the 2012-riding season. Let’s
hope all our events are as fun and col-
orful as this one.
Photo by Kevin Baker Photo by Kevin Baker
Syracuse HOG members who were participating, gather Peggy Neary make adjustments to decorations as Dick
for a group photo prior to the beginning of the parade. Davidson and Barb Snyder look on.
It’s gotta be the chili ! Historian
A Blast from the Past
Today we are
blessed with an ice
storm that cut power to
several areas of Central
York. It seems hard to remember
riding at Daytona Bike Week just a few
Even the recent temps of 60-70’s
seem like a distant memory. But, when
spring arrives, it will come in a rush
with warm temps and dry, sunny skies.
Be ready to take advantage of this long
awaited weather by having your bike
together, serviced and road ready.
April is the traditional month of
motorcycle registrations being
renewed, so make sure to contribute to
the DMV for the privilege (?) of riding
on the highways of New York. Put the
Photo by Mike Waters new registration sticker on your bike
#17 Josh Brittain, Syracuse Crunch, “drops the gloves” against #29 Derek Mathers of license plate, as it will do no good at
the Adirondack Phantoms. Less than a week prior, Brittain was one of the celebrity home on the kitchen table when you
judges for the PHD Chili Cook-off. Josh also doubled his season goal production in get stopped.
games played after the Cook-off. He purchased a new Sportster from PHD as a gift It is a good time to check the insur-
for his mother. Josh is from Milton, Ontario. ance cards you are carrying to make
sure they are current and readable.
Ready? – Now let’s go riding!
Mardi Gras or St. Pat’s? NEXT MEETING – The next
SYRACUSE HOG Chapter meeting
will be held
SUNDAY, APRIL 27 @ 10AM at
the BRIDGE STREET TAVERN. The
meeting date was changed to allow for
the Easter holiday. Damn The Snow
Chapter guided ride will follow, so bring
See you there!
Reprinted from April 2003
Our Fearless Leader
Jeff Crouse, assis-
tant director, Kathy
and Mike Waters,
Photo by Kevin Baker served as parade
marshals for many
Mike Williams, followed by Mike and Toby Casler pass through crowds along W.
Genesee St., between Clinton Square and the Syracuse Newspaper building.
Syracuse, NY 13204-1215
807 North Geddes Street
Syracuse, NY Harley Owners Group
Mark Down These Dates
Monthly Meeting 4/15/12 - PHD 10:00 a.m.
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