(Frequently Asked Questions)
Q. How do I become a member of
the Panther Creek Chapter?
you must be a member of the National Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.)
then you need to fill out an application for
membership with the Panther Creek Chapter.
Q. Do I have to have attended
the New Rider's Orientation to go on a Panther Creek HOG dinner or group
A. No, but
we encourage you to make a New Rider's Orientation meeting at your earliest
convenience. We learn as much from you, your riding experiences and your
questions as you do from us. Whether you are already an experienced rider
or just starting out, YOU have thoughts and ideas to share that will
help us and help fellow riders.
is a "Dinner ride"?
every Friday evening of the year, Panther Creek HOG members meet at
the Allen Harley-Davidson Shop for a group ride to an area restaurant.
The rides leave at 7:00 PM (but please plan to be there by no later
than 6:30 PM for the pre-ride briefing). The rides are usually 30 to
45 minutes. We go to a different restaurant on each ride.
is a "pre-ride briefing"?
every ride, the Road Captains bring the group together to remind
everyone of the safety policies, the hand signals that we will use
to communicate during the ride, and discuss the route. We want everyone
to be comfortable and safe on every ride. At the briefing (or privately
to a Road Captain before the briefing), if you are a new rider or
are riding a new motorcycle that shouldn't be ridden over 50 MPH
because of break-in procedure, you can tell a Road Captain and we
will try to put a group together of similar riders.
is a "Road Captain" and
how big are the "groups"?
Captains are a group of people that have been selected for their knowledge,
experience, and riding skills and then trained to lead a group safely.
As you can imagine, there are big differences between riding solo,
riding in a group, and leading a group. The Groups or "Pods" as
we call them are usually six to eight riders with a Road Captain leading
and a Road Captain in the rear in case anyone has problems. Road Captains
wear an orange armband and many wear orange do-rags that say "Panther Creek Road Captain"
on the front, to make them easy to spot.
I have to own a Harley-Davidson motorcycle to go on a dinner ride?
We have several spouses and friends who ride on "other" bikes in our
Q. What speeds do you ride on
these dinner rides?
lead the rides at legal speeds. Our goal is to get everyone there safely
and comfortably. We obey all traffic laws on all chapter rides.
Q. When I am riding by myself
(not on a group ride) what do I do if I have a flat or other mechanical
if possible always ride with a cell phone, and then if you have problems,
you can call for help. You should have the phone number of your bike
shop. They often have either roadside recovery service or can call
a tow service for you. You should also have the number of a tow service
known for transporting motorcycles. One such service in the Plano area
that in equipped to carry bikes is Jon's Tow Service (972.248.4649).
That is not meant as an endorsement; just a number if you need it.
You should also carry, if possible, a tire plugging kit and a can of "canned
air" (available at most auto parts stores for about $10 total).
That may get you home. If you are traveling over 100 miles from home,
you may want to look into the HOG road assistance insurance. This is
like AAA insurance and costs $20 annually. The $30 plan includes the
cost of overnight lodging while your bike is being repaired. HOG members
also have a program where you can be reimbursed for some towing costs
if you are over 100 miles from home.
Safety Foundation. This is a national foundation sponsored by all the
motorcycle manufacturers. In conjunction with each state's Department
of Public Safety, they license motorcycle safety instructors who in
turn offer courses. We highly encourage you to take the beginning MSF
or the Experienced Rider MSF - or both. HOG will give a $50 in store
credit (limited to one per year) to persons completing either course.
Most insurance companies will give a 10% discount for having passed
the course, and of course, if you are getting a license, if you pass
the beginner's course, you only have to take the written portion of
the state test.
is the HOG "Mileage
encourages you to get out and ride. One of the ways that they do this
is with the Mileage Program. You need to get your bike registered at
the dealership as soon as possible. When you send (or FAX) the registration
to HOG, they will send you a Mileage patch. When you have put on 10,000
miles (those come quicker than you think) on the bike from the mileage
at registration, you will receive a 10,000 mile rocker to go under
the Mileage patch. Then at 25,000 you will receive another, etc. You
are going to be riding those miles anyway so go register. It costs
is the "ABC's of
another fun program that you should get involved in. The complete details
are available from the WWW.HOG.COM WEB page. In a nutshell, you get
points for every town where you take a picture of your bike in front
of an "official" sign (maximum of 26 points). You get a point
for each county as well (26 maximum here also). You also get points
for states, HOG rallies, etc. HOG gives prizes to everyone reaching
26, 36, 46, 56, and 66 point levels in a calendar year. (You can get
46 points without getting over 50 miles from D-FW.) The ten top point
winners receive plaques and other prizes, but those people usually
have 150 plus points. There is no cost to register.
Q. How do I get Panther Creek
Patches, T-Shirts, name tag and other merchandise?
A. This year, Kevin Bethke
is handling our merchandise. He does his best to be at most of the
Dinner Rides and Panther Creek Events. An assortment of chapter patches are aslo available at Harley Davidson of Dallas in Allen, at the front counter.
is the Panther Creek "Mileage
A. Like HOG, our chapter
encourages you to get out and ride. That's the fun of owning a Harley, riding it.
Find a Road Captain, if one doesn't find you first and get your odometer reading recorded. You will receive a Mileage card with your begining mileage recorded on it.
At the end of the year, at the Frosty HOG Run, we will record your ending mileage and we will give you a Panther Creek Mileage patch, if you
don't have one already. Once we tally up all of your miles, we will award mileage rockers at the first Quarterly meeting of the year, to the
nearest 2500 mile mark. Miles add up quicker than you think, in 2006 our chapter collectively rode over 1.2 million miles, becoming one of three HOG chapters that have done so. We also recognize the Male and Female member of the chapter that have ridden the most miles on their bike for the year.
Q. What is the password to gain
access to the Chapter Newsletters and Chat Board on the website?
A. The current password
can be found in the monthly newsletter or by emailing our Membership