1450 Karen Way Fairbanks, AK 99709
Outpost Web Page http://www.harleyoutpost.com
Fairbanks HOG Web Page http://www.fairbankshog.org
Fairbanks HOG e-mail - firstname.lastname@example.org
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|Head Road Captain||488-0172||Road Captain||452-1903|
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|Ladies of Harley||Road Captain|
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I was riding up to Fox the other day and it all of a sudden struck me there's leaves on the trees! This spring metamorphosis happens so fast up here you can have naked trees in the yard one day and the next they have on their green attire. The animals are all out in force doing their best spring love dance (including the two legged ones!) This is just the beginning of a great riding season we have ahead of us. Of course, my favorite time of the year in Alaska is any time I can ride the old Road King. I have never seen so many new scooters on the road as I have in the last few weeks. It seems that Harley Davidson fits in quite well with the Fairbanks community. Although I've put on a few miles, I haven't been able to make too many of the Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday rides we have scheduled for one reason or another. If you're a typical Alaskan, you have more than a couple vehicles in your yard, a boat or two, some ATVs and snow machines, and they all need attention! Not to mention the house needs paint, a new deck needs built, and the yard and garden work needs done. When do we ever have time to ride? Well, I for one am going to make a concerted effort to make at least one of those rides a week. The season's not that long you know. We have a schedule of events and rides on the web site and if anyone has suggestions or comments, please feel free to contact me. If you see some of those new Harleys out and about, ask them if they are members of the Fairbanks Chapter and if not, bring them to the next meeting. Ride safe and ride free!
Yahoo, it's May and the sun is bright and warm. This evening the wind got a little crazy with the trees bending over, leaves flying everywhere and my wind chimes going crazy. It was a nice surprise to see Hoyle and Linda Cook today at the Knotty shop eating ice cream. All I need to do is hang out there everyday if I want to see everyone who rides and loves ice cream. Well, we haven't flooded so far this year "Thank God!" Yesterday was the HOG anniversary BBQ at the Harley shop with Cajun Joe grilling up hotdogs and hamburgers. We went through 2½ cases (100) of hamburgers and 1 case (80) of hotdogs in the first half-hour so Arleen B, Mary D and myself went and bought more. LOH brought desserts and salads. Thanks so much ladies. The music was great and it looked like John was getting a lot of business inside too. John gave away two gift certificates for $150 each and they went to Greg Lucas and Tia King. Congratulations you two! Thank you John and Cindy for all your support! But I'll be back for more later! Ha Ha. The last meeting turn out was real nice with lots of members and a couple of new ones. Always glad to see new members. The raffle ticket sales on May 1-2 at the Carlson center was very cold and windy on Saturday and warmer on Sunday. We sold about a thousand tickets and received a plaque for participation for selling tickets outside during the car show. Thank you to those members who helped me, selling raffle tickets at the Carlson center. The HOG bingo was so much fun and my mom cooked up some good grub. Especially the peanut butter pie. Everyone can honestly say, "You got a lot to eat for $5". Almost everyone received one or more gifts and there were a lot of laughs and good times had by all. They even helped clean up afterwards. My mom is always supporting me by helping one way or another and says she loves being around all my biker friends. She says you are all down to earth and always friendly. She has that on the nose. Oh yea, we helped raise $3,000 for the senior center during the bingo game, dinner and afghan raffle. A big Thank you to my Mom and all the people who attended and made this a special day for the seniors. Now they can buy new tables and chairs!
Please help us to update the chapter's membership roster. All local members must be a member of national H.O.G. before joining the local H.O.G. chapter. If you joined the local H.O.G chapter by completing an application at the Shop, but did not become a national H.O.G member first you need to do that. You can become a National member by going to the Shop or on-line at http://www.hog.com. If you have questions please contact Lori Price or Aleshia Purcell at the Outpost. If you have different information please let us know.
If any ladies are interested in heading up the Ladies of Harley or in being a LOH road captain please contact the director. Thanks to Maria Dunham for putting together the Tuesday night ride schedule that is included in this edition of the Swineline. The schedule is also posted here.
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available. The deadline for submissions to be included in the Swineline
is the 15th of the month.
Now that we're all out and about, we need to be paying
a little closer to our rides. Everybody needs to be checking their bike
closely for loose and missing hardware every time that you wash your bike.
As a matter of fact, a check of the bike for loose hardware is a good reason
to for cleaning it. As you wash the bike, be looking for holes that look
out of place. Nuts and bolts that have started to back out. If you're not
sure about what should be or what shouldn't be, check your service manual
or with the guys in the shop, they'll be happy to help you out.
While we're at it, when was the last time you checked the air in your tires? There are a lot of people running around with under inflated tires and that is dangerous. A motorcycle is dependant on it's tires to handle corners and brake effectively. If your running around on under inflated tires, you have made the springs softer and that is going to throw the handling off. Under inflated tires will build up more heat and that heat will cause the tires to wear faster. I don't want to be waiting in line for a new tire when it's time to head off for the rally. You'll find the recommended tire pressure in your owner's manual. Don't just inflate the tire to the max pressure on the sidewall of the tire. An over inflated tire is just as bad as an under inflated one.
Keep on top of the recommended service intervals. Your bike will last longer and ride better if you keep up on the factory service intervals. I make one exception to that rule. The 2500 mile service is a good overall check for the motorcycle. Lights, horn, belt tension, oil-level, and the like. I do this check on a weekly basis for bikes I'm riding a lot, and every time I take out a bike I'm not riding regularly. While we're at it, might as well break out the soap and water, but isn't that where we started with this?
Well, May's almost over, but we have the Chatinika Run coming up on the 23rd. The cost is $13.00 per person for dinner. Then the Meet in the Middle run on Memorial Day weekend. On May 29th, meet at the shop at 9 am to head to the Meet in the Middle ride, make your reservations now at the Grizzly Bear campground at Denaligrizzlybear.com-(866)583-2696. We will be having our June meeting at the Howling Dog Saloon, at 7pm. We are going to try to put together a PJ party at Chena Hot Springs June 12, and more to come , plus ticket sales at Sam's on the 19th , and a bike wash at the Outpost on the 20th, plus the Rally 25-27 June. If anyone has any ticket sale location ideas let me know , the deadline is approaching. There is a printable schedule on the web page and included in this issue of the Swineline.
If you have any questions, you can contact me at # firstname.lastname@example.org or 372-2791
May is our Chapter anniversary month. For those who may
not know the chapter was established in May 1990. The first director was
Mike Gill. Mike served as director from May 1990 to December 1995. Al Woodward
became Director in January 1996 and served in that post until December 1997.
Our membership base has grown from the original 20 members to over 200.
The Fairbanks, Alaska Chapter is the Harley Owners Group's farthest north
chapter. It was originally established by our resident dealer, Bill Fenderson
of Harley's Farthest North Outpost. After Bill's passing the chapter was
sponsored by Bill's son, Pat, and now the current Outpost owners sponsor
our Chapter. The Chapter is committed to serving our local community through
fund raisers such as bike raffles, the chapter has been able to donate to
charities in the Fairbanks area. The Chapter has also "adopted"
the Fairbank's office of the Big Brother, Big Sisters.
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