There are two different H.O.G.® (Harley Owners Group) entities National H.O.G.® & Dealer Affiliated Chapters.
This is the parent organization and it is controlled by Harley-Davidson®.
Nationally, H.O.G.® provides structure, leadership, support for chapters, coordination, rallies, travel information, roadside assistance, and member newsletters, etc. An important objective is to provide Harley owners with the opportunity for the fun and fellowship provided by riding and meeting other Harley lovers.
The motto is RIDE AND HAVE FUN.
Some of the features of H.O.G.® that will interest riders are:
Every year H.O.G.® helps to organize motorcycle rallies across Canada and the US.
Roadside Assistance – beside the basic coverage with the H.O.G.® membership, riders can choose to purchase more coverage
Ladies of H.O.G.® – This is available at no cost to female Full or Associate H.O.G.® members. It is applied for at the time of applying for H.O.G.® membership or renewal (see the H.O.G.® membership application form)
Various recognition programs such as the ABC’s of Touring and Mileage Recognition Program
A detailed web based Travel Planner
Rules for H.O.G.® membership:
Full – You must be the registered owner of a Harley-Davidson® bike to be a Full Member. A Full Member can sponsor one Associate membership.
Associate – A non-owner can be an Associate member if they are sponsored by a Full member with a current H.O.G.® membership.
H.O.G.® membership is the pre-requisite for membership in a chapter – but chapter membership is not included with H.O.G.® membership.
Harley-Davidson® provides the purchaser of a new and previously untitled motorcycle with a complimentary one year H.O.G.® membership.
A H.O.G.® member does not have to become a chapter member.
Old Strathcona H.O.G.® Chapter
Chapters such as ours are the local affiliates of H.O.G.® National and are sponsored by a Harley dealership.
Chapters provide H.O.G.® members with local riding experience and the opportunity to meet new friends, and is the primary vehicle for H.O.G.® participation at the local level. If you are curious, contact the OSHOG Membership Director, attend a meeting or come on a Sunday ride.
Rules to be an Old Strathcona H.O.G.® Chapter member
You must first be a member of H.O.G.® Canada to join our (any) chapter.
Our chapter will accept new members who are not yet H.O.G.® Canada members provided they have applied for their membership. If they do not obtain H.O.G.® Canada membership within a reasonable period of time, their name will be stricken from the chapter membership list.
Chapter membership can be applied for at the same time as the H.O.G.® membership, or at a later date. The chapter membership must be applied for separately from the H.O.G.® membership and it is not included with the H.O.G.® membership.
The key activity any chapter does is to provide the local face of H.O.G.® to members.
H.O.G.® organizes major events – mostly national and regional rallies, but it does not have a means of bringing local members together.
The chapters are the local organization where you can build community, meet other Harley riders and find local chapter events that are close to where you live – it is the real face of H.O.G.®.
The most active riders find that the local chapter helps members find riding companions who share the same desire to put miles on. Some are hard-core riders, some are committed to charity rides, others are into attending every rally they can get to.
Whether you want to find new places to ride, improve your riding skills or participate in social events, local H.O.G.® chapters will help you find what you are looking for.
At Old Strathcona, we are mostly about riding and making sure as many members as possible can find something of interest to them in our activities.
During riding season, our chapter has regular rides every Sunday that start at 9:30 am, run for about 350 to 450 km and return to town around 5:00 pm. Longer rides are planned every year, about 4 to 5 multi-day rides each summer. These extended rides allow us to get into different territory and really get to know the folks we ride with.
We have two socials each year – one in the spring and one in the fall.
Regular monthly meetings at the dealership on the second Thursday of each month.