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Harley’s Heroes™ Program Overview Veterans are important members of the Harley-Davidson family.
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The mission of the Harley’s Heroes™ program is to reach out to millions of veterans of all generations to show the high honor the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and Harley-Davidson give them as a result of their service and sacrifice to our country. It’s a natural partnership since many veterans have a love affair with the iconoclastic Harley® motorcycle. The Harley’s Heroes™ program provides in-community services to veterans of all ages in communities where they live by supporting the programs of DAV.
BLACK HILLS HILLS HARLEY-DAVIDSON HARLEY-DAVIDSON BLACK Sat. May May 24, 24, 10am 10am -3pm -3pm Sat. Sun. May May 25, 25, Noon Noon –– 3pm 3pm Sun. Representatives will be available to assist Veteran’s with any questions they may have regarding their benefits and rights. Informing these veterans of their rights and benefits is one of the major tasks of the Harley’s HeroesTM program.
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Many veterans live daily with injuries and illnesses suffered during their service to our country. Many disabilities can take years to be noticed and diagnosed. These disabilities can become pronounced and limiting. Physical and emotional scars can go untreated because veterans may have difficulty navigating the sometimes complex application process of the Department of Veterans Affairs. For other veterans, they need more day-to-day assistance such as a ride to a medical appointment or benefits claims assistance. The programs of DAV are in place to assist in these everyday life needs.
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Many of the veterans who need our services fought in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. So far, 1.4 million service members have served in those wars and nearly 60,000 have been wounded or injured. Many are unaware of their benefits or even their eligibility to receive earned compensation and benefits.
H.O.G. Passport Updates Black Hills Harley Owners Group Passport Guidelines Update:
The 2008 H.O.G. Passport program is designed to recognize and reward all active members of our chapter, those that serve as officers, committee volunteers, participate in rides, or volunteer at any H.O.G. or dealer function.
H.O.G. Passport Days, ABC’s of Touring South Dakota, plus great prizes and incentives that will reward you for outstanding participation in H.O.G. and dealer events throughout the year.
Your participation & attendance helps our chapter continue to grow and be successful year after year. We want all our members to know that your participation, large or small, is vital to the strength of our chapter.
Now is the time to get in Gear! The Black Hills H.O.G. Chapter and Black Hills Harley-Davidson would like to recognize you for your involvement and dedication to making 2008 a huge success! We invite you to join us and have fun doing it!
Your passport book contains everything you need to participate in all H.O.G. activities during 2008. You have the opportunity to earn points for participation & attendance. Earn as many points as you like. The more points you earn the more successful our chapter will be.
social, dinner ride, weekend ride, Bike Show, etc... H.O.G. Passports are not available to H.O.G. members when they attend a Dealer sponsored event, such as an exclusive party, open house, ladies night, etc...
If you have any questions regarding our H.O.G. Passport please contact Tracy Manning Egge or Clay Trulson at 605-342-9362.
H.O.G. Passports are only available to current members when they attend a H.O.G. designated event, such as a
This year we’ve added exclusive H.O.G. events,
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News Dinner Rides The Thursday Night Dinner Rides begin May 1st. Our first ride goes to the Firehouse Brewing Company. Have you given any thought to participating? Are you prepared for the group riding experience? Many of us have already had our bikes out for a ride this spring. Did you inspect your bike before taking off? It is especially important to do a pre-ride inspection this time of year. Remember the acronym “T-CLOCK” for your inspection. You should inspect your bike every time before you ride.
T – Tires and Wheels C – Controls L – Lights O – Oil C – Chassis K – Kickstand Now that your bike is ready to go, are you ready for a group ride? Make sure you
are mentally and physically prepared before any ride. If you are feeling ill it would be wise to save your riding for another day. Always remember the following in a group riding setting.
Ride at a constant speed to eliminate the “rubber band” effect.
Group riding requires a high level of awareness and concentration.
Riding side by side is dangerous and illegal. Only pull up beside a bike when stopping at an intersection.
Know your limits and always ride within your abilities.
Never come up on the bike in front of you or beside you.
Come prepared: Full tank of gas, empty bladder, and appropriate riding gear.
If your group misses a turn, stick together and the leader will get you back on track.
Arrive at the starting location early so you can hear the pre-ride instructions. Ride in staggered formation, two (2) seconds to the bike directly ahead of you and four (4) seconds to the bike in front of that. Watch a few bikes further up the road and do not become
In the Community location. The house will begin moving to Sommerset at 8am on Saturday, May 24, 2008.
Four H's Build Project will kick off Sunday, May 18 at Black Hills Harley-Davidson starting at 10am. Join us as we begin building a Habitat for Humanity House in our parking lot. Construction will take place all week culminating with the house being moved to its permanent
focused only on the bike in front of you.
Black Hills Harley-Davidson, Highmark Federal Credit Union, and the Black Hills Home Builders, have teamed up with the Black Hills Area Habitat for Humanity to sponsor this special project.
The rider on the outside of a turn must give room to the rider on the inside of the turn. The dinner rides will be leaving on time this year based on your feed back in the fall survey. We will begin registering riders at 5:30 PM on the west side of the
parking lot at the dealership. Please arrive as early as possible to assist us in departing on time. The Road Captain and first line of bikes will depart at 6:00 PM sharp. The sweeper on the last line will be calling the food order in. If you are running a few minutes late, please ride safely to the dealership and we should still be able to get your order in. I think we are ready to ride!! We look forward to seeing you each week at the dinner ride. Remember that we never cancel a dinner ride. Four wheel vehicles are perfectly acceptable in poor weather. See you Thursday night! Neal Schlottman Safety Officer Ahrlin Engel Head Road Captain
Black Hills Area Bikers 17th Annual Awareness Ride & Blessing of the Bikes Saturday, May 17, 2008 (Rain or Shine) Starts at Black Hills Power Sports Line up 9am, Leave 10am 70 mile ride ends at Black Hills Harley-Davidson. Free pizza and pop for participants Donation - Two cans of food for the BH Food Bank 50/50 Drawing & Prizes Sponsored by: Black Hills Harley-Davidson, Black Hills Power Sports, Rice Honda Suzuki, Little Caesars, BH Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors, A&L Trikes, Movin’ Music, Black Hills Harley Owners Group, First Gold Hotel, BH Christian Motorcycle Assoc, and Soldiers for Jesus Motorcycle Club
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Calendar of Events May
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H.O.G. Dinner Ride Firehouse Brewing Co. leave BHHD 6.00pm
Rushmore ABATE Membership Meeting, Noon, Peidmont Legion
HOG Board Meeting, 5:30pm at BHHD
H.O.G. Dinner Ride Joe’s Place leave BHHD 6.00pm
Hill City Harley-Davidson Opens
H.O.G. Dinner Ride Gaslight leave BHHD 6.00pm
Habitat for Humanity house build begins BHHD Lot Open 10am - 4pm
Men’s Night 5:30pm
Harley’s Heros Military Appreciation Weekend Open 10am - 4pm
Memorial Day BHHD, SHD closed
BH Awareness Ride ends at BHHD
H.O.G. Dinner Ride Eno’s Pizzaleave BHHD 6.00pm
Harley’s Heros Military Appreciation Weekend
H.O.G. Dinner Ride Loud American Roadhouse leave BHHD 6.00pm
MAY IS SAFETY AWARENESS MONTH
Rushmore ABATE Membership Meeting, Noon, Peidmont Legion
Lions Roar for More Poker Run 9.00am at BHHD
H.O.G. Dinner Ride Lintz Bro Pizza, Hermosa leave BHHD 6.00pm
SD State H.O.G. Rally Pierre,SD Rushmore ABATE Membership Meeting, Noon, Peidmont Legion
SD State H.O.G. Rally Pierre,SD Rushmore ABATE Membership Meeting, Noon, Peidmont Legion
H.O.G. Dinner Ride Silverado, Deadwood leave BHHD 6.00pm
26 H.O.G. Dinner Ride Branding Iron, Belle Fourche leave BHHD 6.00pm
H.O.G. Dinner Ride Continental Cafe, Hill City leave BHHD 6.00pm
Father’s Day Rushmore ABATE Membership Meeting, Noon, Peidmont Legion
AGC Poker Run - 9:00am
Rushmore Rollerz Exhibition Game Noon - 2:00am
March of Dimes Poker Run starts at BHHD 10:00am
Ladies Only Badlands Ride H.O.G. Million Mile Monday leave BHHD 10:00am
BHHD is is NOW NOW Open Open Sundays Sundays 10am 10am -- 4pm 4pm BHHD 4
Pig Tails 2008 Board of Directors
We can f i n a l l y discuss motorcycle riding since we are now into May and June is just around the corner, thank God! If you are wondering why this newsletter looks little short in length, it’s because as I write this newsletter I am helping my wife get her bike ready for the bike show. (God love her…) Okay, just settle down we all know that my wife is doing all the work and I am like a government worker doing a great job of supervising. I am sure all the women are saying, “What else is new,” but like most men I have a problem with multi-tasking. I will start my developmental training in that area to hopefully solve that problem soon. Progress reports to follow….. As you may know May has been designated as Safety Awareness Month and is the time we focus on safety. With that we have the Motorcycle Awareness Ride that will be held on May 17th. This citywide ride will start at Power Sports leaving at 10:00 a.m. and will end at Black Hills Harley Davidson after the ride for pizza and pop. Be sure to participate in this ride. There will be a sign-up sheet at the dealership for volunteers that are needed to help park bikes at Power Sports before the ride begins. They need to be there at 8:00 that morning. Thanks in advance for all of the help you can give this important city-wide ride.
A thought for riding safe: the key to riding safely after a long
break, whether it be a couple of weeks or getting going after a long winter, is to take it easy the first couple of times you are back on your motorcycle. Just remember you are the key to preventing a motorcycle accident and personal injury to yourself and/or your passenger.
Another H.O.G. event is the annual Neck Yoke Road cleanup. This is planned for Saturday, May 10th. We will meet at the coffee shop on top of Hwy 16 at 8:00 a.m. for breakfast. Our cleanup duties should only take an hour or so to complete. Come join us for breakfast and a little harassment. If you can come there might be a slim possibility that I will perform my traditional spring snake dance (it depends on how many dollar bills I collect) and believe me you don’t want to miss the performance. I have passed on this talent to Lindsey, so ask her about it when you’re in the store next time. Another thing that comes with May is the marking of our calendars for upcoming riding events. The first one is the annual Motorcycle/Golf Tournament. My thanks to Dan and Dennis for their effort in putting this together. This event has been scheduled for September 6th and will be held at the Southern Hills Golf Course in Hot Springs. The cost will be $42 for golf and a cart. Rooms are available at the Holiday Inn Express for $94.99 per room. There will be a sign-up sheet starting in June at the front desk at the dealership. As always the ride will be warm and delightful… yeah, right! We are doing a local golf course so you people
Clay & Cheryl Trulson •Dealer Reps 381-0476 firstname.lastname@example.org
Marty Beasley •Director 343-8857
who don’t want to ride when it is cold and raining can join us for a cold, rainy golf outing. The next ride to mark down is the Downtown Lion’s Club poker run on June 7th. This ride will start at the dealership with registration from 10:00 to 11:00 am and the ride will be a Southern Hills route. There will be prizes and a silent auction with the proceeds going to support the Lion’s Club organization. Last, but not least, is the Overnight Ride and a Weekend Ride that Wayne Lewis is putting together. These will take us to parts of Wyoming unknown to many, but well known to Wayne and Arliss, and of course, my bride. Maybe we can get Kelly to show us some of her favorite watering holes and stomping grounds! Just keep a lookout for information and times for these rides. Now, please put this newsletter down, go outside, get on the motorcycle, and go for a ride. Just remember to keep your mouth shut so you won’t have bugs in your teeth, even though they are a good source of protein… (if that’s the case, pack a toothbrush and maybe some mouthwash).
Matt McCormick •Asst. Director 399-1898 email@example.com
Loren Stanley •Treasurer 786-1330 firstname.lastname@example.org
Alex Kulesza •Secretary 343-9097 email@example.com
Lyn Carby Nick Davis Bobby Cramer Jim Boulter •Members at Large Ahrlin Engel •Road Captain Matt McCormick •Bike Show Chair Neal Schlottman •Safety Officer Shellie Carby •Photographer Nick Davis •Web Site Coordinator Dave Davis •Historian BH Area Biker Reps Dan Staeffler Ron Colerick
Remember to be safe and of course, have fun!!! Until next time— Marty The Harley Den
Sturgis Rumbles Spring Fever!!! What a great spring season we are having! The weather has been pretty favorable for riding and definitely takes the edge off of spring fever! Stop into Sturgis Harley-Davidson for all of your cleaning supplies and other par ts and accessories you may need for your first maiden voyage this year. Mother’s Day is May 11. Treat your mom to something that she has always wanted at Sturgis Harley-Davidson. We have a new spring line of motorclothes or we have different styles of pillows and throws. Whatever the
case, we can help find exactly what she needs. The new 2008 Genuine Rally tees are here! We have a variety of colors and sizes, from tees to longsleeves. There are new and really great choices this year. We also have Genuine 2008 shotglasses, shooters, magnets and many more collectibles to choose from. Stop in for all of your springtime needs and as always the coffee is on!
Summer Hours May 1st - July 31, 2008
Monday 8am-6pm Tuesday 8am-6pm Wednesday 8am-8pm Thursday 8am-8pm Friday 8am-8pm Saturday 8am-6pm Sunday 10am - 4pm
Coat and Helmet Rack
Bar & Shield Outdoor Thermometer
This rack is made from wood and iron. The helmet mold is specifically designed to support all Harley-Davidson helmet styles. It has a large hook for your coat. This rack will attach to the wall and the hardware is included. It has a Bar & Shield logo in the middle of the rack. This rack measures at 121/2” X 24”.
This is a durable weather-resistant clock that is designed for the indoor or outdoor display. It has a Bar & Shield logo with flames on the face of the clock. This clock measures at 12” diameter.
This thermometer is a copper-colored metal. It is weather resistant for the outdoor use. It has a Bar & Shield logo at the top of the thermometer. The hardware is included. This thermometer measures at 13” in length.
The summer line is arriving and these items are Hot Hot Hot!!! From your Motorclothes team 6
Department News Service News
Well, May is upon us and spring is springing all around. Your service department would like to offer a few reminders for the new riding season. If your bike has a low batter y when you first get it out, please call your ser vice pros before replacing it or thinking it’s a bad batter y. Harley’s new AGM batteries are extremely long lasting batteries, but they do require dif ferent charging methods than our old lead acid batteries. We have encountered many AGM batteries that require 72
hours of charging to come up to full charge. Below, we have a 10-point checklist for getting your bike ready to ride. This is also a good checklist to use all year long as a pre ride check. Tire pressure, tire pressure, tire pressure. We can’t stress enough the importance of checking your tire pressure bi-monthly. Tires can loose as much as 10% pressure per month. Handling and tire life is highly affected by tire pressure. Please refer to your owner’s manual for proper tire inflation. The
pressure stated on the side of the tire is for max load only. Feel free to stop by and our ser vice pros will be happy to check and set your tire pressures at no charge. An often-overlooked thing is to check your license plate expiration tag. (The voice of experience speaking) enough said. Now for the ride, most of the roads in the Black Hills have not yet been cleaned of winter road mix so please be extremely cautious of all back roads and cur ves. Also, as we know, deer prefer the new little green
shoots of grass alongside the roadways over all the grass in any meadow in the hills. We are starting to get pretty busy in the ser vice department this time of year, so please call ahead for any ser vice needs or concerns so that we can offer you the outstanding customer ser vice you deser ve.
At your service, Your service team
Parts News SPRING
HERE! From the 18th to the 24th,
But, you sure wouldn’t have known it by some of those days we had in April! Oh, well, the important thing is that the weather is warming up… and it… is… TIME. We have quite a few happenings at BHHD this month. On the 17th, we will host the annual Awareness Ride. That’s always an excellent way to kick of f the riding season, and when the ride is over, we’ll be of fering 20% of f all Dyna and V-ROD accessories, so be sure to mark that on your calendar and get ready to do some serious accessorizing! As always, should you need any assistance, or just want to bounce some ideas around, you can sure depend on us! It’s what we do.
a Habitat House will be built right here on the premises, and then moved to its foundation. It should be real interesting to watch the progress of a home being built in one week’s time! And it’s for a very noble cause.
PRE-RIDE INSPECTION 1) CHECK ENGINE OIL LEVEL-COLD READS LOW, DO NOT ADD OIL HOT-BETWEEN ADD AND FULL 2) CHECK TIRE PRESSURES AND TIRE CONDITION (BEND DOWN AND PHYSICALLY CHECK REAR)
Then, on the 20th, we’ll have another Men’s Night Derby Party. These parties always turn out to be really fun – you never really know what’s going to happen next!
3) CHECK HEADLAMP HI-LO BEAM OPERATION AND TAILLAMP OPERATION
Then on the 24th & 25th, its Military Appreciation, when we’ll be paying special respect to Harley’s Heroes for Disabled Vets, as well as all military folks past and present.
6) CHECK THROTTLE FOR SMOOTH OPERATION AND SNAP BACK
Ride safe & have fun, Murph & the Parts Crew
4) CHECK FRONT AND REAR BRAKE LIGHTS, TURN SIGNALS AND HORN OPERATION 5) CHECK FRONT AND REAR BRAKE LEVERS FOR PROPER OPERATION
7) CHECK CLUTCH LEVER FEEL 8) CHECK FUEL LEVEL (LOOK IN THE TANK) 9) CHECK AXLE NUTS 10) CHECK WINDSHIELD, LUGGAGE RACK AND SEAT FOR PROPER ATTACHMENT
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