It’s always good to have a reminder of upcoming events. It’s even more important to know when events are cancelled for various reasons. We had used this text messaging service in the past up until they started to charge for their service. We cancelled the service and started to explore other services that may still be free.
There weren’t any. And, as we found out, RainedOut is the least cost service that is available that meets our needs. So, based on input from our members we are reinstating the use of text messaging.
Our plans are to send reminder messages for Chapter events as well as when rides are cancelled due to bad weather or other factors. Members have full control over whether they should receive messages. This service works the same as most other text messaging services. You can “opt out” at any time.
To sign up for text messages simply send DHDMEMBERS to 84483 and you’ll start to get messages.
The 2021 Photo Challenge has been announced, and this one should be easy for everyone to participate in. For this year we will have members take photographs of their bikes in front of any United States Postal Service office. Just about every town has a post office, and some towns such as Omaha have multiple.
- One Entry per post office & Bike photo [Yes, you can have one entry for each bike!]
- Contest end date is 12/1/2021. Winners announced at following year’s Holiday Party.
- By submitting, you give DHDHOG permission to include your photo in our Holiday Party slideshow and newsletter.
- We will be awarding prizes similar to our 2020 contest.
How to Submit:
Email to Photographer@DHDHOG.com or print & bring to a Chapter Gathering
What to Submit:
- Photo of the post office with the name visible AND your Bike.
- Your Name.
Have fun and good luck!
Note that the Chapter will no longer be sending text message reminders of Chapter events and cancellations. Our current (soon to be former) text message provider has decided to start charging all subscribers to our text messages $7 per year per subscriber. That is $7 to each and every one of us, every year.
Assuming that most of the members are not interested in paying that amount for a few text messages per year the Chapter has decided to start looking for alternative text messaging services. For now, please check your email on the day of any event that you have signed up for to see if there are any last minute changes in plans. We’ll keep searching for a no-cost alternative in the mean time.
I was just reading a Facebook post where someone had reminded other riders to change the batteries in their key fobs at least once a year. I’ve never changed mine, so it was a good reminder for me.
That got me thinking about other checks that riders should do before they take their first ride of the season. Do you remember the T-CLOCK pre-ride checklist? Now is the time to do a thorough check of your bike to ensure it’s ready to ride when you are. My insurance company also published a good reminder of what to check as you are getting ready for the riding season. Check out this Spring Checklist article. (No, I’m not endorsing this insurance company. But, a good idea is a good idea regardless of the source.)
Who else has some good tips for getting ready for the new riding season? Leave your comments here, or share them at our next Chapter meeting.
An “old” feature from the OCBHOG website is now a “new” feature for the DHDHOG website.
The mileage tracking database is now available for members to track their mileage for each of their bikes (Harley’s only!) for the current riding season. By recording your mileage throughout the riding season you can contribute to the Chapter’s annual mileage goal. The mileage tracker will allow you to see the mileage rankings of each Chapter member so you can see where you stand in comparison.
To use this feature you must provide a Chapter officer with your odometer reading for each of your bikes at the start of the riding season. Once a Chapter officer has recorded this in the database you can access the feature by clicking on the Chapter Mileage Challenge link under the MEMBERS ONLY menu on the website. Enter your HOG number and then simply enter your latest odometer reading and then click on the SAVE button.
The website is ready, now let’s hope for warmer weather to start putting some miles in the database!
Great rides are not like great fishing spots. People normally love to share their favorite rides with their friends. So, what are your favorite rides? The Chapter would like to hear your suggestions for rides of any length. One or two hour rides. All day rides. Overnight rides. All ride suggestions are welcome. Share your suggestion by either responding to this post below, emailing one of the Chapter officers, or just bring it up at the next Chapter meeting.
It doesn’t matter how long you have been riding. There is always something new to learn when it comes to safely riding your motorcycle.
Check out the new safety question on the Safety Information page to see if you can answer the question at the next Chapter meeting. Also, if you have safety tips or questions to raise with your fellow Chapter members feel free to leave a comment on this post. Or, email your tip to email@example.com.