It was 1982, and Harley-Davidson® had recently completed it's buy back from AMF. It was decided that the management team would organize a series of rides across the country. "We saw it as a way to get out on the road, reconnect with customers, and have some fun," wrote Willie G. Davidson in the book titled 100 Years of Harley-Davidson®. Thus, the idea for the Harley Owners Group® - otherwise known as H.O.G.® - was born.
Skip to 1985 when the first H.O.G.® Chapters were formed as a way to increase the connection between those of us with a passion for two wheels and the open road. The friends you make, along with the memories, are second to none!! Then there are also the perks - with your national H.O.G.® membership you'll receive discounts with AT&T, Best Western Hotels, Emergency Roadside Towing and more. You do need to be a H.O.G.® at the National Level before you are eligible to join any local chapter. To find out more or to join H.O.G. nationally, please go to www.Members.HOG.com
Northern New York H.O.G.®
NNY Harley Owners Group® was established in 1988, one of the first H.O.G.® Chapters in the state! Originally started under Iron Block Harley-Davidson®, the chapter continued on when the ownership changed hands to F.X. Caprara Car Companies. F.X. Caprara Harley-Davidson® is a family run business - we may not be related by blood, but we do share the passion of having our
KNEES IN THE BREEZE
NNY H.O.G.® Primary Officers for 2016-2017 are (see below for their pictures):
Director - John Randall
Assistant Director - Stephen Carpenter
Treasurer - Linda Glidden
Secretary & H.O.G.® Manager - Dawn Fontaine
Our chapter meetings are usually held the first Saturday of each month. This can change however due to holidays, so keep posted to our Facebook Page or FXCHD's Event Calendar for a listing of meetings. Meetings start at 10:00am inside the FX Caprara Harley-Davidson® dealership. We've got lots planned for 2017 - rides, cookouts and more plans in the works. Plus there will be the H.O.G.® Revolution Rally in Utica, NY, July 13-15, 2017!! We'd love you to be part of it!! If you're wanting to give us a 'test ride' and check us out, you're more than welcome to come attend a meeting - all are welcome!!
If you'd like to get general NNY H.O.G. information, along with what's going on at FX Caprara Harley-Davidson®, you can subscribe to that E-Newsletter by clicking here. Once you're a member of NNY H.O.G.® you'll receive chapter meeting notes and news on a monthly basis.
There are also a few of us that enjoy some of the 'older' things in life
- specifically antique motorcycles. To see what's 'new' with the 'old', check
out The Antique Motorcycle Club of America (just click on their logo ->)
John Randall - Director
Stephen Carpenter - Assistant Director
Linda Glidden - Treasurer
Dawn Fontaine - Secretary & NNY H.O.G.® Manager:
Dawn also writes a blog for FXCHD® - Life Behind Bars