March 25, 2017
I've Been Busy as a HOG
Since summer of 2014, I have belonged to a HOG (Harley Owners Group) and their subgroup LOH (Ladies of Harley). I haven't participated much in their activities, but do attend the monthly meetings. I also helped man the tables for selling tickets in a fundraising endeavor in the spring of 2015. And I also participated in 1/2 of a ride that fall. I was going to visit a friend in central NY at the same time they were having a ride to extreme eastern NY so I tagged along and peeled off when they stopped in NY. I've also participated in the Internationale Female Ride Day. But that has been the extent of my participation in activities.
Late last fall, the LOH Officer announced that she was going to be submitting her name for consideration as the Assistant Director of our HOG chapter and asked for ladies who were interested in the LOH Officer position to let her know. A week or so later she emailed me asking if I was interested. I responded that with working two jobs I didn't feel I had the time to put into it, but if she couldn't find anyone else, that I would do it. She had served as LOH Officer for 2 years, done an extremely good and effective job at it, so deserved to look for a higher seat.
She did find someone else, so at the elections held in November, the Officers were elected without fanfare and that was that. Or so I thought.
So how the heck did this happen?
Well, In mid January The lady who had accepted the nomination as the LOH Officer found that her work schedule would not allow her to effectively perform her duties as LOH Officer so resigned her position. A call went out for all interested parties to contact the Director and the Officers would chose the candidate from amongst that pool. A week or so later, keeping in mind the troubles of finding a candidate last fall, I contacted the Assistant Director letting her know that IF no one else put their name in, I could do it. I reminded her that I had two jobs and didn't have a lot of free time on my hands so I didn't want my name thrown in if there were other interested parties.
Apparently, no one else volunteered so at the February HOG meeting, our first meeting since the elections, I was tentatively affirmed as LOH Officer - tentative because they wanted to make sure that everyone who attended the HOG meeting was aware of the vacated position. Two weeks later it was official.
Since then I have organized two LOH meetings; the February meeting (which was delayed a week because of a blizzard) was as presumptive LOH Officer, and March meeting as the affirmed Officer. At the March HOG meeting I had to give the report on our meeitng and upcoming events. I have attended a Monarchs Hockey game with the HOG chapter (on the left is our chapter Secretary and on the right is our Membership Officer).
And the biggest, most time consuming event so far, was organizing and running the LOH bake sale and raffle of which the proceeds benefited two charities. (I'm way back behind the white haired lady).
The first weekend of April is the HOG meeting, for which I have to give my report. The second weekend of April I have to attend Officer training in Buffalo, NY with 5 other chapter Officers. That will consist of two days of travel and two days of training. Then the April LOH Meeting is 4 days after we return, then in May is the International Female Ride Day plus the regular HOG and LOH meetings.
It's all busy and good. But what the hell did I get myself into? :O
And last - at the raffle / bake sale, I had to have my picture taken for the HOG Chapter website.
March 04, 2017
Getting Ready to Roll
for bike season. Last Sunday I conditioned my leathers. My chaps are fairly new so conditioning them don't make them visually different. My vest, although only perhaps 7-8 years old is very weather worn, and has lots of cracking, especially on the back. However, it has held its black color well and with all the patches and pins no one notices anyway.
My Jacket however is somewhere between 16 and 20 years old. It has seen a lot of rain, a lot of heavy, driving rain, a lot of cold, a lot of brutal sun, and even some hail (on 3 occasions that immediately come to mind). Added to that is it gets stuffed into saddlebags when I've gotten warm enough, so it actually bakes in there. It is made of very heavy leather; I had to buy a man's jacket to get that heavy of leather, so it has worn pretty well thru the years. However, it does turn from black to a brown by the end of the season. So, when I condition it, the change is quite noticeable.
Ready to roll! Except, that the brutal cold that wasn't very evident in February has made a March appearance (high of 15* today - with full sun), so I won't be using it very soon. Still, nice to know it is ready at a moment's notice.
January 22, 2017
Winter Storage Party 2017
My dealer had its Winter Storage Party yesterday so I got to visit the bike. This year she was on the ground row just inside the door between Service and the storage area so she was easy to find.
At the end of the party they pull tickets for door prizes. I was the first winner and got a drag Specialty sweatshirt. That is cool, I had no sweatshirts related to bikes. Now I can wear it instead of Iditarod sweatshirts to HOG meetings.
Speaking of HOG, only a couple of members were there this year and only one other LOH member attended. A lot of HOG members don't store their bike at the dealer, but I was surprised that several that are at the party every year chose another activity. After all, the big door prize is for a $400 gift certificate, so that is much coveted. However, there was also an outing scheduled for the Ice Castles up in Lincoln, NH so they all probably went to that event. Unfortunately the original date for that activity was scheduled for last weekend, the same evening as the Patriot's play-off game, so they moved the Ice Castle outing to yesterday.
It was good to see the bike and sit on her for a minute or two, plus get out and do something other than regular trips to the grocery store or Big Box Home Improvement stores (which I did do before the 2 hours I was at the WSP). Next month HOG & LOH meetings start back up after a 2 month hiatus so I have those to look forward to to pull me out of the house for a couple of hours a month.
December 17, 2016
Good Bye Until Spring
No, I'm not going to hibernate - although that doesn't sound like a bad idea as we have already had a morning low of -4, with the high at 13 (Friday). We've also had several snow storms, after which, it hasn't gotten warm enough to melt off. It is good bye to the bike; Friday my favored dealer came and picked up the bike to put it into nice warm storage. I needed the room as with pellets, car, snow blower and bike, the garage was pretty much as full as it could get. In the second picture, you can get an idea of how close to the wall I had to park the car in order to have room to open the door without hitting the bike.
I had arranged to have the bike picked up on Friday, but was not given a time. I needed to burn a vacation day anyway (use or lose), so that was no big deal. Bryan, a service tech, called me at 9 on Friday to see if he could pick it up that morning. By 9:43 he was ready to start loading it into the van (sorry for the picture hue - it was snowy, overcast and that side is in whatever shade there was so everything turned a bluish hue)
After he got it all secured and strapped in, he pulled out of the driveway at 9:46
This is the first time I've had this service, usually dropping it off myself. However, I needed some of the work done offered by the top tier storage package. That work is done at a discount and the package includes their picking it up and dropping it off in the spring.
At least I got some room in the garage.
Later that day I took the car into town to run some errands and charge up the battery and lube up all the moving parts - I hadn't driven it in a couple of weeks. I was able to park the car in the garage in the middle instead of to the side - you'll just have to imagine how that looks since I haven't taken a picture.
December 04, 2016
Of Bike and Snow
I have not ridden the bike since 10/16/16. Yesterday I was going to take it out for a quick spin to Henniker and back. That would accomplish a couple of things; fill the gas tank, get oil circulating thru the engine and clutch, and charge up the battery.
Naturally it started snowing as I pulled it out of the garage into the driveway. I decided that Mother Nature did not intend for me to ride so let the bike warm up and charge in the driveway then shut it down and backed it back into the garage.
If you look closely there are a couple of snow flakes on the seat. It was hard getting a picture since the engine had already warmed the seat up somewhat before I thought to get pictures.
Guess it is time to arrange for the dealer to come pick it up for winter storage :(
November 25, 2016
My H-D dealer of choice gives points for purchases. Normall those purchases are for merchandise/parts - services are no included. I also get points for attending HOG meetings (as a courtesy from our sponsoring dealer). A couple of months ago, my Extended Service Plan (ESP) for the bike came up for renewal. I was debating not only if to renew, but also if I renewed, for how long. The decision became easier when the dealer had a special that included earning points for buying/renewing an ESP (limited time offer).
So I had a whole bunch of points to spend. The catch? The points expired on 11/23/16. Upon realizing this a couple of weeks ago, I mulled over what to get (I had nearly $200 to spend). Oh, I could get things for the bike, but then I would have to have them installed. And really, the bike pretty much has everything I could want - except more lighting is always good. Then I thought of what I could use for myself - and I realized I have been lusting after a helmet that has a clear face shield with an integrated sun shield that is retractable. Fortunately, Harley has just come out with the women's version (men's are too big for my small head).
So I went into Heritage H-D and they only had sizes M & L - way too big for me. The sales associate offered to order one for me. I told the gal that I needed to use my points and if the helmet wouldn't be in by 11/23, then I wouldn't buy it. She assured me that since they knew it was my plan, they could extend the points if needed.
I was getting antsy about that, so Wednesday after my day job, I headed to Concord to renew that promise (and see how that would work). I walked in the door and Kristie said, "I see you got my message!". Um, no, did you call? Turns out she had left me a message as I was driving to the dealership. The helmets had come in (they got both S & XS since I was unsure of the size I needed). XS was perfect. And since the helmet did not take up all my points, I got a long sleeved shirt with a customized NH scene and the dealer logo.
For both of these items I shelled out a mere $10.
Yep, I'm a happy camper - I know I'll love the retractable sun-shield when I get to use the hemet!
September 17, 2016
Biker Chick and her Parents
While Cop Car and her HH were here, they actually got to see one of my motorcycles - they never saw, in person, my previous bikes. Since that Sunday was the monthly HOG meeting, and their hotel was just a couple miles down the same road, I rode over when the meeting was over. After performing some errands, using HH's car, and just prior to heading towards my place, CC told Dad she wanted a pic of him on the bike. And here he is.
Of course, they had never seen me ride before, so CC went a little crazy with the pics as they followed me home. She literally took more pictures of me than had previously been taken in total. These are just a sampling of the pics; The first is as I was getting prepared to leave the hotel parking lot, then various places thru the ride home, and finally as I am backing into the driveway.
Once home, I had Mom get on the bike for a pic together.
I appreciate that CC shared the pics with me as I have a hard time rotating my FB profile pic since I have so few photos of myself (which I only do a couple times a year) - usually I resort to just pics of my bike.
May 07, 2016
International Female Ride Day 2016
The first Saturday in May is IFRD. Last year I didn't get to participate, but this year I did and joined the local LOH chapter in their ride. As per usual, when I plan a ride, it was in the low 40's and rainy. I'm so used to that turn of events that I don't even blink or question whether I am going or not.
We met at the local Harley dealer ("local" being relative - it is 30 miles from where I live). I got there early so had my pick of parking spots (mine is the one facing the building)
We took a group photo before leaving. There were a lot more ladies scheduled to join us, but the weather must have kept them away. Several guys from the HOG chapter volunteered to ride with us to road guard.
The guy in back isn't super tall - rather super short. He was holding onto the shoulders of me and the gal on his other side and jumping up and down - LOL.
And for Cop Car, who I'm sure is having kittens because she can't see my face
There I am in the center, back, to the left of the "tall" guy. The lady center front was the leader of the ride. She created and scouted the route. The two women to her left are the one's I normally hang with at LOH and HOG meetings because they talk enough that I don't have to try to fill silences with small talk (which I suck at). The shorter of the two is the one I usually hitch a ride with to drop off or pick up my bike for/from winter storage - she drives right by my place when going to Concord. I return the favor; last year I took her to pick up her bike. This year she picked up her bike this morning (just before the ride), then after we got home I drove her back to the dealer to pick up her car. She stores her bike in my town so it is convenient for both of us.
This is the first time I have joined an LOH group ride, and only the 2nd HOG chapter ride (the one other time was last summer when I was headed to NY anyway and joined them for 1/2 their trip. It was a good time and I certainly hope to join again next year.
April 03, 2016
Birthday Party 2016
Because Cop Car was complaining that I didn't post the picture on my blog - all the people that attended my birthday part (otherwise known as the April HOG meeting that happened to fall on my BD)
April 02, 2016
Just in Time for Snow
After cleaning out the garage to make room to bring the bike home from storage, I arranged a ride for Sunday (4/3). What is magic about Sunday? The monthly HOG meeting is held on the first Sunday of the month and one of the gals goes pretty much right by my house to attend the meeting. The plan was that she would pick me up to go to the meeting and I would ride the bike home.
Monday night the weather guessers started talking snow for the weekend. Tuesday, they sang the same tune - ARRGGHH!. Wednesday they were predicting inches of snow for Sunday. Meanwhile it was in the high 60's with thunderstorms coming on Friday.I didn't want to wait another month to pick up the bike (the next HOG meeting).
So, I called the dealer and arranged to pick up the bike Thursday after work. I left the car there and rode home in 60* - a bit on the windy side, but plenty warm so it was a good ride.
I drove the truck to work yesterday even though it was plenty warm. I was glad I had as there were torrential rains on my way home.
This morning I texted the gal to make sure she didn't forget to pick me up tomorrow morning so I could pick up the car, and added that if she was going to Concord today, that would work for me also. Ack, she was sick and going to the minor emergency center because she thought she had pneumonia. If she had pneumonia, she wouldn't be going to the HOG meeting. I offered her a ride to the ME if she wasn't up to driving but she said she would pick me up instead . Turns out she went to the ME in Concord instead of the one closer to her; evidently, she doesn't like that place closer to her home.
Anyway, I got the car picked up, so all vehicles are now home. The gal texted me a while ago that she doesn't have pneumonia (Yay!), just a terrible cold. It was a juggle, but everything worked out.