1. What Happens at the General Meeting?
This meeting occurs on the first Thursday of each month at the dealership at 7pm. No ride is associated with the meeting Each of the primary officers, Activities Director, Safety Officer, and Raffle Chair give monthly updates. The dealership provides updates on their planned activities and there is usually one guest speaker. The meeting last for one hour and usually adjourns to a local restaurant for dinner for those interested.
2. What happens at the Planning Meeting?
The purpose of this meeting is to identify activities (including group rides) for the quarter. The results of the meeting are placed on the online chapter activities calendar which every member has access to. This meeting is scheduled quarterly (4 times per year). The location and time varies, so check the online calendar. All members are welcome at the planning meeting.
3. What is a breakfast/lunch ride?
The ride leader specifies whether a ride is for breakfast or lunch and the departure time. Lunch rides generally leave at 10am or later while breakfast rides generally leave before 10. The distance for breakfast and lunch rides range from a few miles to as much as 100.
4. What is a dinner ride?
The dinner ride occurs on the third Wednesday of each month from March through October. The ride usually leaves from the dealership at 6pm. Details of the ride, including departure time, will be on the Raleigh HOG Calendar. These rides are typically short in duration – usually less than an hour.
5. What happens after breakfast, lunch, or dinner?
Our rides generally officially end when we reach our restaurant destination. Occasionally, some in the group will continue riding following the meal but these rides are not official HOG rides and are not placed on the calendar.
6. Are there stops along the way on these rides?
Stopping is at the discretion of the ride leader. You will find most ride leaders will stop hourly for a break at a gas station. However, that’s not a firm requirement.
7. Will we stop for gas?
You should arrive at the dealership with a full tank of gas. The ride leader will plan the ride with the assumption that you have a full tank when we leave the dealership. The ride leader will generally schedule a rest/fuel stop for rides of 100 miles or more.
8. What does T&T full mean?
Some rides on the calendar will include “T&T full.” It stands for tanks and tummy full, which means you, should have eaten and have a full tank of gas when you arrive at the dealership for the ride.
9. Can I bring a friend on a breakfast, lunch, or dinner ride?
Sure, But due to HOG (Harley Owners Group) guidelines, your friend will need to sign a waiver before the ride leaves the dealership.
10. Cain I bring my kids on a breakfast, lunch, or dinner ride?
Yes, But again, non-members must sign a waiver. If the child is under 18, a parent or guardian must sign the waiver for the child. In addition, children, 12-17, will be required to sign their own waiver.
11. What’s with all this legal stuff?
Raleigh H.O.G. is bound to follow national H.O.G. guidelines. The waivers we sign are mandated by national H.O.G. for the protection of the Raleigh H.O.G. chapter and the officers. The waivers only apply to persons who are not Raleigh H.O.G. members.
12. Can I lead a ride?
Absolutely! All you have to do is pick your favorite restaurant and schedule the ride one of the quarterly planning meetings,. You should plan to pre-ride your route several days prior to the ride and make a reservation at the restaurant. You will learn a lot just by observing other ride leaders.
13. What’s the H.O.G.WASH?
The H.O.G.WASH is the name of the Raleigh H.O.G. Newsletter and is distributed electronically each month. A black and white hard copy of the newsletter is mailed to those unable to receive the newsletter electronically. . All members are welcome to submit information, comments, and articles not to exceed 700 words in length.
14. What is a poker run?
A poker fun is a motorcycle ride usually for a charity. It can be run a number of different ways, but the basics are the same. There are five stops and at each stop you draw from a standard deck of cards. Best hand wins. The first and last stops are often at the same location, while the other three will make up an interesting route for a motorcycle ride.
15. What is a Rally?
A rally is a planned gathering of motorcyclists for a weekend or a week at some pre-determined location. There are H.O.G. rallies, state rallies, national rallies, and regional dealership associations rallies. These rallies are designed to allow you to ride with a group of friends to an interesting destination where you will often find good roads, good food, interesting things to buy, and other motorcyclists who share your interest..
16. How far in advance do I have to plan if I want to attend a rally?
You should get hotel reservations -6 months in advance of most rallies. Very big rallies, like Daytona, Sturgis, or Harley’s anniversary, may require planning in advance of one year.
17. What is the Raleigh H.O.G. alcohol policy?
Just a policy that makes sense. There is to be no alcohol prior to or enroute to our destination. Once the ride is declared officially over, you may drink if you wish. Of course, you should always drink responsibly, and remember you are not in a car. Motorcycles and alcohol are a very dangerous mix.
18. What is Ladies of Harley?
Ladies of Harley (LOH) is a group of women within Raleigh H.O.G. who meet regularly and have rides. You do not have to ride your own motorcycle to participate in LOH. Women who ride as a passenger are welcome at any LOH event. Men are not excluded form LOH events.
19. How do I get to know people?
Just pick an event and show up. A breakfast, lunch, or dinner ride is a great opportunity to meet people. Ensure the ride leader knows this is your first event. Any number of people can show up for a ride, generally 10-30 people. Usually, we sit together as on big group so there is ample opportunity to meet fellow members.
20. I haven’t ridden with a group before, so what should I do
Don’t let your lack of group riding experience keep you at home. Pick a regularly scheduled event like a breakfast, lunch, or dinner ride and go. Let the ride leader know that this is your first event and you are not sure what to do. The ride leaders and road captains are there to help. We recommend that new members ride near the front of the group. The pace is generally more even at the front of the group, and you are less likely to experience anxiety if the group becomes separated.
21. Well, I really haven’t ridden much at all, so can I still ride with the group?
If you are a beginner, we suggest you team with one of our road captains or our safety officer to determine when and how to begin riding with the group. Our goal is to get you riding with the group as soon as you safely and comfortably can.
1/17/03 Kevin Mooney original
March 2012 Membership Team update