DALLAS, TEXAS CHAPTER 1869
Riding Season Now In
GET READY TO RIDE THE BLUEBONNET TRAILS — SEE RIDE CALENDAR ON PAGE 10
2 | CHIEF'S CORNER
by Ken Ballard
ood news, we’re back on daylight savings time, and the days are getting longer. By the end of the month, we’ll be enjoying almost 13 and a half hours of daylight, and we need to make sure we don’t waste one bit of it. The weather also gets really nice in April with lows in the 50’s and highs approaching 80. It’s great to live in Texas. Congratulations to Dr. KT’s Voo Doo Chili team of Kerry Turner and Mike Savage. They took second place at the Southwest Regional Chili Cook-Off in Bedford. Next year’s regional cook-off will be at Longhorn H-D. Last month, several of the Chapter Officers were able to attend Harley Officer Training, or HOT, which was in Dallas this year. There, we learned a little of what it takes to operate a H.O.G. Chapter with exciting topics like Risk Management (why we have waivers and insurance coverage) and Finances. It also provided the opportunity to glean information and ideas from other Chapters to improve our Chapter’s experiences. As we go through this year, we hope to bring some new rides and events to the Chapter. Remember the apprehension you felt on your first few group rides? In April we will have our first Take 10 Ride (see below). This ride will be limited to newer members who have not had the chance to do very much
Take 10 Ride New to the Chapter or group riding? Want to get a little more comfortable in a group? Want some personal one-on-one interaction with a Road Captain? Join me on April 7 at 9:00 a.m. for a short, leisurely ride out East. We’ll take about a 90-mile ride to Edgewood for lunch and check out the pickings at the local farmer’s market (see ride calendar on page 10). The ride will be limited to the first 10 riders that sign up. Contact me at email@example.com.
group riding and will be limited to the first ten that sign up. The ride will be of moderate length and pace with two or three Road Captains or LeadARides. Our goal is to help you get more comfortable in a group and get you motivated to ride that beautiful bike. On April 3, the Shop will be hosting a New Owners Garage Party. April 12 and 13 is the Spring Demo Event. Wanted to check out the 2013 H-Ds but found those 100 degree days last summer just a bit much? Come out and see if your perfect bike is waiting for you. May 16 – 18 is the Texas State H.O.G. Rally in San Antonio. You can still register on-site. Several members are planning to go and you can expect a good time hanging out together or exploring the city and countryside on your own. I’ll be leading a ride to San Antonio on Thursday, May 16. Planning is still in the early stages but I am planning to stop at Horny Toad H-D on the way down, lunch in Temple or Killeen, and dessert in Marble Falls. For more information about the rally, go to www.TXStateHOGRally.com. May 11 – July 7 marks the return of the annual Ice Cream Run (see page 15). Denise has 13 stops and two bonus stops. Ken Ballard Director
SMOKE SIGNALS | 3
by Mike Carter
Ride Safety is A Team Effort
t seems like I just sat down to write my article for March last week, and here it is time for April. I have discovered that the older you get, the quicker time goes by. So here is some advice from an old rascal: Make the best of every day, especially the time with those you care about; Make memories out of every minute, and take pictures for future reference because you will soon begin to forget everything. In case you missed it, I am beginning to feel old. Dangit. Our latest Road Captain meeting was last night, and I must congratulate the entire group, first for taking the time to attend, and making positive contributions for the Chapter. This group of people is really the officers who give their time and effort to make sure this Chapter has not only good and interesting rides, but SAFE rides. There was a lot of interaction to increase the safety of D.H.O.G. rides. Your Road Captains and LeadARides, really do care about your well-being on rides. We discussed numerous avenues in order to prevent problems and how best to handle things that come up. As a part of this group, I have to say that I was impressed and have to give a great, big Texas thank you to
each person there. I think you will begin to see a difference in some rides and the increased attention to you and keeping you safe. But, we need your help on the safety part, by your paying more attention to your riding, your habits, your speed, and your handling of the bike, so that we all can stay in one piece. It takes us all. This was the first meeting that Head Road Captain James Pate had lead for Road Captains, and he did a terrific job. Thanks, James. I asked you, D.H.O.G. members, last month to pay for an officers meal. How many of you did that? I bet there aren’t many hands up right now. I am going to keep preaching, because your D.H.O.G. Board Officers work hard for you and, like I said, the pay sucks. If you are too cheap to buy lunch, then at least, thank an officer. They all deserve the appreciation. But, we can’t do it without you guys. It is a joint effort. It takes us all to make D.H.O.G. good. Enjoy your spring rides, focus on the road ahead, and come back safe. Until next month, Mike “Smokey” Carter Assistant Director
FIT, FUNCTION & PERFORMANCE
STAFF SPOTLIGHT | 5
by Aaron Kelly
How to Get That John Perfect Ride Collins Sales Associate John Collins is no stranger to the motorcycling world. At age eight, Collins tore through his neighborhood streets on his first bike, a Honda Trail 50, and the rest is history. Before starting at Dallas HarleyDavidson in February 2012, Collins spent over four years selling production customs and handbuilding 12 to 15 custom bikes from the ground up annually at his own shop in Springdale, Arkansas. Aaron Kelly demonstrates different motorcycle Parts and Accessories at Guys Night Out October 2012.
or those whom I have not gotten a chance to meet yet, I am the Chrome Consultant here at Dallas Harley-Davidson. This coming May will mark my eighth year here at the shop, so I am sure I have helped a lot of you throughout the years. I am introducing myself because I will be writing articles for Pig Tales regularly. “Chrome Consultant” can sound like a fancy title — however — that means if you recently purchased a motorcycle from our shop and needed some fun things added to it, my role in the dealership makes me that first point of contact. Those changes to the bike can allow it to better fit you, give it that look and style you desire, give it that sound and performance
you crave, or even change that bike’s function. Being allowed and trusted to give you that assistance when needed makes my job very fun and rewarding. In each of my articles, I will be featuring a product or product line that we offer here at the shop, giving some insight into its purpose and benefits in order to better your riding experience. If you have a suggestion for or question about a product you want to learn more about, email Pig Tales editor Valerie Wong at firstname.lastname@example.org, and she just may bribe me to write about it. However, I am always available at the shop to answer any questions you might have. Aaron Kelly, Chrome Consultant Dallas Harley-Davidson
Buy now, and ride all summer! Collins has just finished customizing his own 2013 Wide Glide with a custom front fairing, chin spoiler, custom paint, and motor work. When he’s not riding the Ozarks and attending the Bikes, Blues, and BBQ Rally in Arkansas, John is working on his bike. His favorite part of the job? Working with a team of professionals and meeting other riders or potential riders. His advice during the start of the season is to buy now, and ride all summer!
6 | PARTY PICS
St. Patty's Day Run, March 17
PARTY PICS | 7
St. Patty's Day Run Contâ€™d, March 17
Lucky Dogs Shop Event, March 16
8 | MUSINGS FROM THE DUCK POND
by Ken “Papa Duck” Kennerly
Good Runs Make Great Memories
reetings and welcome to you from the Duck Pond. By the time this issue of Pig Tales is available for your perusal, we will have celebrated our Chapter’s 29th Annual St. Patty’s Day Run. Congratulations to Bobby Jones for placing first as the high-point winner in the run and Ed Crumley placing second with the second highest score. It was a great day of fun and getting to ride a really good route. This was the first time in over ten years that Angela and I have had the opportunity to come out and ride the route, and we had a blast. I have worked these events for all of those ten years, and I have a great appreciation for all the volunteers who gave their time to make our run such a success this year. Job well done, folks, and thanks so much for your service during this event. Because of how successful and enjoyable this day is for the Chapter, I thought you might be interested in some background about this event. As the result of great foresight and planning of some of the founding D.H.O.G. members, our annual St. Patty’s Day Run has become one of our signature activities. In the beginning, 1984, there were four members who decided that we needed a spring event to follow up the Lone Star Run that begun the year before. So they organized the first St. Patty’s Day Poker Run. These members were Bob Blackburn, Ken McClure, “Irish Ed” McCkernan, and Richard Cross. Many of you know Richard Cross, who manned our second stop this year. He has been most generous in bringing and sharing his entire collection of St. Patty’s and Lone Star Run pins with him as he continues to come out and support our runs each year. I attended my first St. Patty’s Run in 1998, and it has evolved in so many ways. Back then, there were few weekend motorcycle runs and events, so we would often have anywhere from 300 to 400 bikes show up for the run. Now, with so many other opportunities available for weekend runs, we have opted to refocus our two annual runs as primarily Chapter events. Although all bikes are
Bob Blackburn, originator of D.H.O.G. and Lone Star Run; Ken McClure and “Irish Ed” McCkernan, charter members and originators of St. Patty’s Day Run; and Richard Cross, another old guy that claims to have made all the runs! welcome, we have a great time partying with our D.H.O.G. family at these events. We have never canceled a run, which has made for some interesting events being held in some different weather conditions. We have conducted the run in rain, unseasonable heat, and one year, around 2000, I don’t think it got above freezing the whole day. The sky was a beautiful blue, without a cloud, but man it made for a cold ride. When there’s been too much rain, we’ve even had the run on foot inside the pavilion! We have had our share of lost riders too. One year we began the run in Highland Village and, with Jerry Patterson leading us, we missed a turn and ended up in the Fort Worth Stockyards. It was a great ride anyway and not Jerry’s fault, but it gave us something to remember for sure. And that is what it is all about, memories. I hope everyone enjoyed the day and made some memories to carry them until the next year when we celebrate the 30th Annual St. Patty’s Day Run. And please remember to thank Richard, Ken, Irish Ed, and Bob the next time they come by for taking the time to start this great event for us. Till next time remember, It’s not the destination, it’s the journey! Papa Duck Communications Officer
PAW PAW'S PAGE | 9
by Steve “Paw Paw” Scott
Practices in Full Swing
itting here, mid-March, looking out my window, it is a beautiful day. April looks to be an exciting month with great riding days and lots of things to do. Demo Rides are coming up in April so you can ride one of those bikes you have been eyeing. Heck, ride them all if you like. Our Road Captains and Officers have some great rides on the calendar. I know I am really looking forward to the Bluebonnet Trails and the Picnic. Safety is everyone’s responsibility. Ken Rideout
is in full swing with his Monday Evening Skills Practice. Drop by and have some fun. Yes, you can become a better and safer rider. Don’t worry they won’t laugh at you; they are too busy laughing at me. See you next Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the old Target parking lot next to the shop. You bought that bike to ride. So Let’s Ride!
RIDE TO BABE'S, MARCH 14
I hope to see you all soon, Paw Paw Activities Officer
10 | RIDE CALENDAR
2013 WEDNESDAY 3
THURSDAY 4 7:00 p.m. Steak Angus Steve S
SATURDAY 6 11:00 a.m. New Members Mtg 12:00 p.m. Chapter Mtg 1:00 p.m. Lunch Ride TBD
11 7:00 p.m. Fish Camp Mark
13 12 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Demo Event Demo Event & 11th Anniversary Party
14 12:00 p.m. Charlie’s Old Fashioned Burgers Cindy
18 7:00 p.m. El Chico Kerry/Cindy
19 6:30 p.m. Keno @ Cindy’s
20 10:00 a.m. Bluebonnet Trails Steve Y
21 9:00 a.m. Quitman Picnic Mike C
25 7:00 p.m. TBD Bruce
27 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Stacked Deck Poker Run N Texas H-D Carrollton Steve S/Mark
28 9:00 a.m. Caddo St Grill Barry/James
7 8:00 a.m. Sodolak’s James/ Barry 9:00 a.m. Take 10 Ride Lumber Yard Café Ken B/ Papa Duck
All rides leave Dallas Harley-Davidson, 1334 Centerville Rd, Garland, at time listed. Changes will be posted on the D.H.O.G. hotline 972-354-0538. Per the National Annual Charter for H.O.G. Chapters: (1) Closed events are those chapter events which are open to chapter members and one guest per member. (2) Member events are events that are open only to H.O.G. members. (3) Open events are those chapter events which are open to chapter members, National H.O.G. members and other guests as desired.
RIDE CALENDAR | 11
APRIL 2013 — RIDE TO EAT! THURSDAY, APRIL 4 — 7:00 p.m. STEAK ANGUS 717 N. Bryan Beltline Rd. Mesquite, TX 972-289-2501 SUNDAY, APRIL 7 — 8:00 a.m. SODOLAK’S 9711 FM 60 E Snook, TX 979-272-6002 SUNDAY, APRIL 7 — 9:00 a.m. TAKE 10 RIDE LUMBER YARD CAFÉ 809 E. Pine St. Edgewood, TX 903-896-7766 THURSDAY, APRIL 11 — 7:00 p.m. FISH CAMP 7508 CR 2584 Royse City, TX 972-635-6700 SUNDAY, APRIL 14 — 12:00 p.m. CHARLIE’S OLD FASHIONED BURGERS 602 SH 78 N Farmersville, TX 972-782-7900 THURSDAY, APRIL 18 — 7:00 p.m. EL CHICO 503 E I-30 Rockwall, TX 972-771-8814
SATURDAY, APRIL 20 — 10:00 a.m. BLUEBONNET TRAILS Ennis, TX SUNDAY, APRIL 21 — 9:00 a.m. PICNIC Quitman, TX THURSDAY, APRIL 25 — 7:00 p.m. FAT DADDY’S SEAFOOD GRILL 430 E I-30 Garland, TX 972-203-8686 SATURDAY, APRIL 27 — 9:00 a.m. POKER RUN North Texas Harley-Davidson Carrollton, TX SUNDAY, APRIL 28 — 9:00 a.m. CADDO ST GRILL 211 S. Caddo St. Cleburne, TX 817-648-7793
Per the National Annual Charter for H.O.G. Chapters 1. Closed events are those chapter events which are open to chapter members and one guest per member. 2. Member events are events that are open only to H.O.G. members. 3. Open events are those chapter events which are open to chapter members, National H. O. G. members and other guests as desired. All rides end at the destination listed on the calendar. The ride leaders and local/national HOG assume no responsibility for the ride beyond the destination listed.
Friday, April 12
Saturday, April 13 9AM - 4PM
The Harley-Davidson® factory demo truck will be onsite, fully-loaded with 2013 H-D® models for you to test ride FREE!* Ride the all-new Softail® Breakout®!
™ Don’t have a motorcycle license? Try the JUMPSTART™ experience. You will be riding a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle without leaving our parking lot!
Saturday, April 13 9AM - 4PM BIKINI BIKE WASH
1334 W. Centerville Road Garland, TX 75041 www.DallasHD.com (972) 270-3962 *All test riders must have a valid driver’s license with motorcycle endorsement (no permits), eye protection, shirt, long pants, and closed toe shoes. Each rider must be 18 years or older, read and fill out waiver form, be present 10 minutes before ride, and attend the rider’s orientation. D.O.T. approved helmet will be provided if rider does not have one. See store for details.
SAVE THE DATE | 13
by Kerry and Alisha Turner
A History Lesson for Memorial Day Memorial Weekend Ride: Saturday, May 25 — Monday, May 27
n 1863, The United States was in the middle of the great Civil War. Vicksburg was a fortified Confederate garrison of 30,000 men, nine major forts, 172 heavy guns, and a maze of trenches. Confederate President Jefferson Davis called it “the nail that held the South’s two halves together.” Mississippi had a 2,350-mile highway, along which the nation’s agricultural products flowed, and Vicksburg represented a strategic prize for both the North and the South. With the Confederacy in control of Vicksburg and the Mississippi River, Northern states were being choked off economically. President Lincoln knew that Vicksburg was the key ... and that the war could never be brought to a close without that key in his pocket. Lincoln assigned the capture of Vicksburg to Major General Ulysses S. Grant, a West Point graduate who had left the Army after the Mexican War to pursue an unsuccessful career as a leather goods salesman. One hundred-fifty years after the July 4, 1863
surrender of Vicksburg by the Confederate army, Kerry and Alisha Turner will lead an overnight Memorial Ride to Vicksburg, Mississippi. Plans include a visit to the Vicksburg Civil War Museum and a guided tour of the famous battlefield.
Quality Inn & Suites 3332 Clay St. Vicksburg, MS 39183
Leaves Dallas H-D Saturday, May 25 at 7:00 a.m. Return to Dallas Monday, May 27
RIDE CONTACT Room Block: Dallas Harley Group Special room rate of $62.00 - king or double beds
Room Block Released: Monday night, May 6 Standard rate: $70.00 per night Reservations: 601-636-0804
Kerry Turner Road Captain email@example.com 469-487-6092 Please RSVP if you are going on this ride
14 | LADIES OF HARLEY
by Darla Webster
L.O.H. bake sale goodies from the Mother’s Day Brunch shop event May 12, 2012
he Ladies of Harley are off on a new adventure, and we need the good cooks of the Chapter to help us. We are putting together a cookbook to sell to benefit the chapter. We are asking for five recipes from each participant. Your name will be listed under your recipe. In order to keep things even in our cookbook, we are asking that if you only have dessert recipes (for example), that you number them in the order that you like best. This way we will have an even blend of all categories. If you can’t come up with five recipes, but you have one outstanding recipe you want to share, bring it on! We want it!
We will be taking your recipes starting April 1 and the cutoff date will be April 30. There will be a “Bring an Appetizer, Pre-Order a Cookbook” Party on April 13 during the Demo Event and Anniversary Party at the shop. You can bring in your recipes, a tasty appetizer to share, and pre-order your very own cookbook. The cookbook will be $12.00 for pre-order on that day only. After that, the cookbook will be $15.00. If you have any questions, let me know. I am very excited about this and I’m looking forward to putting this together for us all to enjoy. Happy eating, folks. Darla Webster L.O.H. Officer
ICE CREAM RUN | 15
by Denise Hefner
Ice Cream Run to Cool Summer Months
2012 Ice Cream Run Finale and Picnic at Hella Shrine Temple
he Ice Cream Run is up and running strong. The run will begin Saturday, May 11 and end on Sunday, July 7 in the Pavillion at Hella Shrine. The first- and second-place prizes and door prizes will be awarded at 6:00 p.m. Books will be on sale mid-April at $10.00 each. The Road Captains and I will have the books to sell. All proceeds from the run will benefit MotorCops
for Kids. Visit www.MotorCopsForKids.org for more information about this charity. This year, following the Ice Cream Run prizes, we will be having a Chapter Hot Dog Supper. Please come and join us for food and fellowship. Participation in the Ice Cream Run is not required to join us. The Hot Dog Supper is open to ALL members of the Dallas Texas Chapter. Denise 214-629-9326
16 | NEW MEMBERS
Welcome D.H.O.G. Family to the
Thanks for buying a new bike or becoming a new member! The Dallas H.O.G. Chapter is looking forward to meeting you! Please plan on joining us for a new members meeting on the first Saturday of the month. Immediately following, we would be happy to have you join us for the chapter meeting. One of our Road Captains will also have a ride in the afternoon following both meetings. We would love to have you there! Come meet us and find out how we got our motto: Ride to Eat!
Michael Greenup Jennifer Allen Bill Proctor Rosa Machado Barry Miller Eddie Reeves Harold Lagrassa Polly Bromley Phillip Greenup Juan Trevino Alister Alcala Mark Layne Scotty Siddle Jason Klapper Salvatore Ambriati III Roger Carlile Wayne Johns Joshua Connally Derick Russell Gary Brown Cenith Lane Kevin Chennault Nathan Carroll Kevin Edwards Tyrone Williams
Kevin Simmons Scott Harn Jiju Abraham Steven Jameson Raymond Lopez Daren Phillips Stephen Sturdivant Shahn Mack Michael Gwin Robert Cates Darrel Howard Billy Simmons Andy Jones Roberto Aguilera Brandon Turner Daniel Deleon Stephen Bass Nima Nazem Richard Jones Jerry Whitaker Brian Oakley Randall Thompson Ruben Small Charles Hughey Steve Whitehead
Robert Dellinger Jose Reveron John Crocker Christopher Bullard Anthony Jenkins Deiter Lundquist Jeffery Chambers John Hollon Troy Messick David Holland Jaime Voris Paul Reed Terry Dawson Amanda Minick David Hamby Christy Sellers Paul Kennemer Jonathan Rollins Todd Shockley Douglas Colwell David Richardson Rickey Calmes Chuck Simmons Loren Long
CHAPTER BOARD | 17
2013 Board Members Director Ken Ballard................................(214) 794-5634 ................................... firstname.lastname@example.org Assistant Director Mike Carter .........(214) 707-9976 ............................. email@example.com Treasurer Wendy Yeater ......................(214) 288-6840 ...................... firstname.lastname@example.org Secretary Paula Lowrie ........................(972) 977-3268 .......................email@example.com Activities Officer Steve Scott ...........(214) 536-3525 ................firstname.lastname@example.org L.O.H. Officer Darla Webster................(972) 978-0231.............email@example.com Editor Valerie Wong .................................(972) 270-3962 ........... firstname.lastname@example.org Web Master Bruce Robison ...............(972) 489-2479 ......................... email@example.com Communications Ken Kennerly .........(214) 384-6400 ............... firstname.lastname@example.org Safety Officer Lynn Lowrie ...................(972) 743-5489 ......................................email@example.com Head Road Captain James Pate ........(903) 292-9428 ..............firstname.lastname@example.org Road Captain Kerry Turner .................(469) 487-6092 .......................email@example.com Road Captain Steve Yeater ................(214) 288-3502 .................................firstname.lastname@example.org Road Captain Barry Miller ....................(214) 793-7675............................... email@example.com Road Captain Mark Holloway .............(469) 688-2139 ............... firstname.lastname@example.org Dealer Rep. Sean Steimel ....................(972) 270-3962 .........................email@example.com Dallas Harley-Davidson Ltd. ...............(972) 270-3962
Website: www.dallashog.com User ID: dallashog Password: ride2eat Hotline number: (972) 354-0538 Your Board Members are here to assist. They work hard to make your Chapter the best it can be. Please remember to thank them and if you should have any questions or suggestions, please let them know. Newsletter design donated by Amy Curry, Blue Cedar Design
Dallas, Texas Chapter 1869
1334 W. Centerville Rd. Garland, TX 75040 Sponsor: Dallas Harley-Davidson