TAP INTO THE CRUISER CULTURE

H.O.G.® takes you deep inside the world of Harley-Davidson, to custom shops and shows, factory floors, exciting events, once-in-a-lifetime rides, and more.

TAP INTO THE CRUISER CULTURE

H.O.G.® takes you deep inside the world of Harley-Davidson, to custom shops and shows, factory floors, exciting events, once-in-a-lifetime rides, and more.

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Couldn’t have been a better way to begin the ride than with a send-off from old friends in Long Beach. We met for breakfast and laughed about the old school days. They walked me out to the Wide Glide® parked and loaded with gear. “How cool is this?” they said. “You really get to ride this bike all the way to Canada?”

Well, someone’s got to do it.

Harley says, “The Wide Glide combines old-school attitude with 103 cubic inches of V-twin engine to rattle minivan windows.” I think I rattled a few so far. Actually, it got my heart thumping nicely.

After clearing L.A. traffic, the white noise in my head began to disappear, mile by mile. By afternoon, I was in the zone. Wind on my back, rolling on the throttle, feeling one with the road.

Kickstand down in Boron, CA. 133 miles.

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Slept hard and woke ready to go. Checked the weather. Forecast was for rain, sleet, and snow for the next two days. It was cloudy but dry, so I took off while it looked good. Out on the highway, Mount Whitney had broken out of the clouds for another fantastic photo opp.

Took a break at Manzanar National Historic Site, established to preserve the stories of the internment of nearly 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II. From there, a short detour on Highway 168 to a grove of bristlecone pines, the oldest of which are more than 4,000 years old.

Stopped for the night at Tom’s Place Resort. The original Tom’s Place was built in 1917 by Hans Lof as a gas stop for traffic moving up from Southern California. Hans added a cookhouse, a store, and corrals after he started packing people into the mountains for a wilderness getaway. In 1923, Thomas Jefferson Yerby and his wife, Hazel (stage actress Jane Grey), bought it. Tom built the original Tom’s Place Lodge in 1924. It hasn’t changed much since then.

Hung up my gear to dry. Met some great folks/bikers in the bar. Good food, great conversation. A good day.

Kickstand down in Tom’s Place, CA. 87 miles.

H.O.G.® INSIDER AND HOG.COM

H.O.G.® offers many ways to stay on top of H.O.G.® news. The members-only hog.com brings you great rides, member stories, and the latest event information, while the H.O.G. INSIDER email makes sure you’re the first to know when new information is available.

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Woke up to sun and blue sky. Packed up the long underwear and rain gear, and got on the road. Good breakfast and conversation with the locals at the Tall Town Café.

North of Lakeview, Highway 395 became straight and narrow, extending to the horizon as far as the eye can see. Passed fewer than a dozen cars. Sun warmed my bones. I arrived at Lake Abert, still, peaceful. I continued on, enjoying the day. Cliffs and ridges gave way to fresh sage-covered hills. Each curve in the road carried with it a new view of the landscape.

There are good days, and then there are really good days.

Kickstand down in John Day, OR. 209 miles.

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Ritzville isn’t Ritzville anymore. At one time, around two million bushels of wheat filled warehouses. Rolling hills of wheat are still grown in eastern Washington but nothing like in the past.

Left Ritzville toward Spokane. Ten miles down the road ran into heavy rain, stopped at a rest area to suit up. Hot coffee was provided by the Combat Vet Riders motorcycle club, which holds fundraisers to provide services for veterans – like 200 pairs of socks for vets whose feet were cold. Real honor to meet those guys. They are the real deal.

North of Spokane, Highway 395 opened up reaching into the forests. It was a day of rain, sun, rain, sun. North of Kettle Falls, crossed the Kettle River. Rested along the river to see it, smell it, and feel it.

More than 1,500 miles from L.A., I stopped on the line separating the U.S. from Canada. The end of Highway 395. How lines drawn on maps can create such boundaries: between individuals, states, countries, nations; breaking us apart when it would be so easy to be one.

That evening in Colville over a delicious halibut dinner, I thought about the ride: one hot bike, spectacular scenery, new friends, and challenging weather conditions. I can’t say it was one of the easiest rides, but as a longtime rider it taught me the importance of being in the moment every minute, every mile.

Kickstand down in Colville, WA. 200 miles.

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Rode back down to Spokane to the Lone Wolf H-D® dealership. Dave met me and looked at the mud-splattered bike. “Bless you,” he said, “you really did ride through all that weather.” I parted company with the Wide Glide, my companion this past week. Together we made it to the border, and what a ride it was.

Waiting for my flight at the Spokane airport, I called my wife and asked her what I should call the story. “Wet and Wicked,” she said. She’s from Boston, and when she’s says something is “wicked” it means “awesome.”

And that’s exactly what this ride was.

Story and Photography by Carlan Tapp

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H.O.G.® MAKES RALLIES ROAR

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When it comes to custom bikes, it doesn’t get any hotter than Sturgis, South Dakota and Daytona, Florida. H.O.G.® and H-D® are there to help you make the most of your time, with ride-in bike shows, exclusive member hospitality areas, free demo rides, H-D product demonstrations, musical events, and more.

H.O.G.® RECOMMENDS: MT. WASHINGTON-KANCAMAGUS LOOP

Here’s just one example of the great roads and rides H.O.G. and your fellow members will show you, a challenging and unforgettable ride to the top of a mountain in New Hampshire.

LOCATION:
New England, U.S.

DISTANCE:
133 miles

BEST TIME TO RIDE:
Spring, Summer, Fall

POINTS OF INTEREST:
Mount Washington Auto Road Kancamagus Highway

VIEW THE ROUTE WITH RIDE PLANNER

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ANY QUESTIONS?

Here are a few of the most commonly asked questions about H.O.G.®:

What are my benefits?

H.O.G.® gives you HOG® magazine, a Touring Handbook, a monthly e-newsletter, Roadside Assistance, and the opportunity to take part in the ABCs of Touring contest, local H.O.G. chapters, and H.O.G. Mileage Recognition.

  • HOG® magazine
  • Roadside Assistance program
  • Touring Handbook
  • E-newsletter and hog.com
  • Patch and pin
  • ABCs of Touring contest
  • Chapter membership
  • Mileage Recognition
  • Exclusive rallies and events
  • Harley-Davidson® Insurance
  • Visa Signature Card
  • Best Western Ride Rewards®

These are just the tangible benefits of membership. The adventures and friendships you’ll gain are what last a lifetime.

What’s Mileage Recognition?

The miles you log are part of who you are, and H.O.G. understands that. As a H.O.G. member, we’ll send you pins and patches to recognize the key milestone achievements you make as a rider. To get started, take your bike to an authorized H-D® dealership to have it validated for the program. After the dealership endorses your enrollment form, you’ll send it to H.O.G. Then, just get on your ride and go. Yet another way H.O.G. fuels your ride.

How do I create a profile on hog.com?

Visit hog.com, click on the “Create a Profile” button, and enter the required information. However, you’ll need your H.O.G.® member number, so have it ready.

How do I learn more about H.O.G. chapter membership?

Local chapters allow members to share their passion for Harley-Davidson® motorcycles. Currently there are more than 1,400 official chapters around the world, each chapter sponsored by an authorized H-D dealership. Use our Chapter Locator to find one for you and make new friends for the road (and life).

H.O.G.® CHAPTER LOCATOR

What’s the Roadside Assistance program?

Any time you take to the road, H.O.G.® has your back with Roadside Assistance, and your membership includes one service per calendar year, up to $100* – enough to safely get you and your bike from the side of the road to the nearest dealership.

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ANY MORE QUESTIONS?

Don’t hesitate to contact the H.O.G.®Member Services Center. They’ll be happy to provide any information you need – or just listen as you tell them how excited you are about your Harley‑Davidson®motorcycle.

Phone:1-800-CLUBHOG
(1-800-258-2464)

8AM-6PM CT, Monday-Friday