HARLEY OWNERS GROUP
H.O.G.® CHAPTER ALCOHOL GUIDELINES
Safe and responsible motorcycling activity is a major H.O.G.® goal. In this regard:
• The consumption and use of alcohol is a serious personal responsibility involving the
safety and welfare of family, riding friends and the individual H.O.G.® member.
• Alcohol consumption before or during motorcycling activity is not safe responsible
• National H.O.G. has no direct operational control over Chapter operations. Consumption
of alcohol after riding activity or at non-riding events is a matter to be decided by the
sponsoring dealership and H.O.G.® Chapter leadership. All such decisions are subject to
final review and approval by the sponsoring dealership.
• If the sponsoring dealer and Chapter decide that alcohol may be consumed at a Chapter
activity, then the recommended approach is either to “Bring Your Own” or to “Buy Your
Own” from a vendor licensed and insured to sell alcohol.
BASICLY, IN OUR CHAPTER - IF ANY ONE IN A GROUP RIDE HAS A DRINK WITH
ALCOHOL, THE RIDE IS OVER AND EVERYONE FINDS THEIR OWN WAY HOME.
The other day, I received a call from a Chapter officer who had observed one of the local Chapter members drinking to excess
during a stop on a Chapter ride. An awkward situation, to say the least, and a potentially lethal one. His question to me was,
“What am I required to do as a Chapter officer?” And, he added, “You should warn us about these things!” He’s right, and he
brings up a good question.
First, consider an ounce of prevention; don’t make bars a stopping place for meetings or rides. Harley® dealerships, parks or
restaurants are all good options. Always make sure an alternative to beer or booze is available whenever you stop – there are
some pretty good non-alcoholic beers out there today!
Second, discuss the issue with your sponsoring dealer, Chapter officers and members before problems occur, at a monthly
meeting or prior to the ride. Emphasize that each one of us is responsible for our own behavior, and we also have a
responsibility to those with whom we ride. If you think through what you would do if ever confronted with a member who isn’t
fit to ride, you’ll have a better chance of achieving a positive outcome.
Third, as a Chapter officer, set an example. At the Primary Officer Training, a Chapter Director told us his tactic. If they have a
member who has partied too hard, several Chapter officers approach the individual, calmly point out the danger the person is
posing both to him or herself and to other Chapter members, ask for the keys, and arrange for alternative transportation by
taxi or private vehicle. They’ve reported that this technique works well.
Beyond this, there’s not much you can – or should – do. As H.O.G.® members and riders, we tend to want to “take care of our
own” without involving outside authorities – a philosophy I myself hold to. However, if there’s ever a time when, using your best
judgment, you feel someone’s life could be in danger if they throw a leg over the bike and try to ride, calling the police may be
your only alternative.
H.O.G.® is about getting together to ride and have fun. Personally, I like to party and I love to ride, so when I’m on my bike I
don’t party until the scoot is safely bedded down for the night; and judging from the good times I’ve had, it’s a system that
seems to work.
By Heidi Zogg
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