What's a HOG membership good for anyway?

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What's a HOG membership good for anyway?

Postby enforcer » Wed Jun 15, 2016 6:23 pm

Got a free year when I bought my bike and it's about to expire. Am I missing out on some huge benefit other than meeting all the weekend warriors, bike night enthusiasts and pedestal polishers? Because I won't miss them.

Hot dogs and tests rides are still free (and usually net me another T shirt) and I found the magazine to elitist anyhow.
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Re: What's a HOG membership good for anyway?

Postby Joe A » Wed Jun 15, 2016 6:44 pm

Roadside assistance? If it doesn't have it, AMA membership does for $35 a year.

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Re: What's a HOG membership good for anyway?

Postby enforcer » Wed Jun 15, 2016 7:56 pm

Joe A wrote:Roadside assistance? If it doesn't have it, AMA membership does for $35 a year.

Have it built into my insurance policy.
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Re: What's a HOG membership good for anyway?

Postby Elsie rider » Fri Jun 17, 2016 4:57 am

They will tow your bike to the nearest HD dealer. If you are in your local area, dealer of your choice. They will send a HD mechanic if just roadside assistance as needed. Frieze sends their truck out many times just for flat tires, can replace tire if needed. They have a truck that is a garage on wheels.

Broke down away from home, they will pay for Hotel while you wait.
Not a big deal to many...but many events will have a HOG tent...must have that HOG card to get in . AC, free drinks ( non alcoholic ) Does not sound like much, but one time in Myrtle Beach , it was a nice break to sit back and cool off while bikes were being washed .

Now my favorite reason for remaining in HOG. I stay at many hotels while traveling. I have my Best Western HOG card. I have had many upgrades, free nights when traveling. I have enough points for free nights and enough to pay for a 5 year HOG membership with out spending a penny out of pocket . When my wife travels, she uses the card as well.

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Re: What's a HOG membership good for anyway?

Postby old time rider » Fri Jun 24, 2016 5:51 pm

I had three of the six Harley new and got the pin,patch,and member ship for a year.Went on a few rides and while nice people just a bit too much for me.I do not enjoy big numbers ride much to start with.They sure did not do too many miles [emoji2] and way too many stops but guess more like that kind of lots of stops and look at me than my kind of miles.Never used the motel stuff but do not stay in them if any way not to.Still have some new pins and patches stashed away.

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Re: What's a HOG membership good for anyway?

Postby Elsie rider » Sat Jul 30, 2016 7:45 am

I guess what area you're in might make a difference in how far they ride....I'm a HOG member, not a member to any chapter . You can maintain hog membership and never join a chapter.
@ chapters near me, one is big on fundraisers, the other likes doing long lunch runs, sometimes 250 miles away . I prefer not be be with a chapter , or any organization that wants my time ....and for working people everything is done on weekends. When I was working everything on Saturdays, I worked Saturdays. Now I prefer to ride during the week.

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Re: What's a HOG membership good for anyway?

Postby Suzuki Johnny » Fri Nov 04, 2016 11:53 am

If you're not into associating with larger bike groups then joining a HOG Chapter is not for you....

But as Elsie has mentioned there are a few perks that come with the National membership

Your insurance does cover roadside assistance but just make sure that they will send a reputable rescue team in case you are broke down..
Friend of mine rode a Honda for years...He had a break down and used his insurance carrier for assistance...they sent some jerk with a too small of a trailer and no tie downs......driver that they sent wanted to lay the bike down in the trailer....... I ended up traveling the 80 some odd miles and get my bike trailer to bring him home...bad experience
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Re: What's a HOG membership good for anyway?

Postby wally w » Sat Nov 05, 2016 3:44 pm

Over the years I owned 10-11 Harleys 11 if you count Buells. The first new Harley I bought there wasn't any HOG that was 1982 The next new Harley I bought was 1992 and came with HOG but since I rode sickles to get away from people I never used the membership.

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Re: What's a HOG membership good for anyway?

Postby Elsie rider » Tue Nov 08, 2016 6:42 am

wally w wrote:Over the years I owned 10-11 Harleys 11 if you count Buells. The first new Harley I bought there wasn't any HOG that was 1982 The next new Harley I bought was 1992 and came with HOG but since I rode sickles to get away from people I never used the membership.


I have not had to use my HOG yet. A friend did need to and HOG will send someone from the nearest HD dealer as they tow to the dealer. They also pay when over certain miles. I was going to follow to the dealer, driver said he was taking the long way to the shop as HOG will then pay 100% of the tow.

Better to have it and not use it , then to need it and not have it .

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Re: What's a HOG membership good for anyway?

Postby scootermcq » Tue Nov 08, 2016 10:57 am

8 out of 10 HD sold are still on the road.........

(The other 2 made it home)

[emoji56] [emoji56] :lmao: :lmao:
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Re: What's a HOG membership good for anyway?

Postby Elsie rider » Tue Nov 29, 2016 8:52 am

scootermcq wrote:8 out of 10 HD sold are still on the road.........

(The other 2 made it home)

[emoji56] [emoji56] :lmao: :lmao:




old joke, wasn't that funny years ago , now just pathetic....never had an HD break down on me...Suzuki is the only bike that stranded me...

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Re: What's a HOG membership good for anyway?

Postby old time rider » Tue Nov 29, 2016 10:07 am

Rode a lot of miles and had break downs on all brands.Best and worse bikes ever owned were new suzuki fours and that one bad suzuki was only bad one of many.Harleys three new and three used were in the middle and cost less than any due to resale.Harleys were best to fix and go on side of road but all are getting above shade tree wrenchs if the makers have anything to do with it. :bonk:

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Re: What's a HOG membership good for anyway?

Postby dwd58 » Mon May 29, 2017 6:24 am

You have to hand it to Harley as they made one heck of a comeback from their shoddy AMF days . They took over a segment of the market that the other manufacturers only gave an afterthought to . Harley made it their focus and now not only they cornered the market, the clothing market, and the dealership network is a brilliant idea. I do think they are way over saturated and some of the dealerships will thrive while most will end up starving, but you have to hand it to them, they had a long string of successes the last few years.


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