A few helpful hints
NATIONAL PARK PASS INFO
If you are interested in obtaining a National Park Pass there are a few options depending on your age and disability status. For those under the age of 62 and do not have any disabilities the annual cost is $80 plus a $10 handling fee. The pass is valid for up to three additional adults in a non-commercial vehicle at per person fee areas. Children under 16 are admitted free. Passes can be purchased at the park, by calling 1-888-ASK-USGS, Ext. 1 or by visiting http://store.usgs.gov/pass For qualified Seniors can get an annual pass for $20 or a lifetime pass for $80 plus $10 handling fee and for those with permanent disabilities the pass is free. Both the Senior and Disability passes must be obtained at the park entrance or by mail along with proof of age or your disability. These cannot be ordered by phone or online. Further information and details can be found at https://pwrcms.nps.gov/pwr/fees_passes.htm
ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Many of you have asked about the Roadside Assistance program that has been brought up in our meetings. This program is available at additional cost to your Full or Associate membership through HOG. There are three different packages to choose from depending on your desired coverage. For additional details go to the HOG website and look at the Roadside Assistance Program.
ON AAA Towing
One thing to keep in mind with Triple-A coverage is that they will not tow Motorcycles unless you get the RV coverage.
Need your MOTORCYCLE ENDORSEMENT?
If you don't currently have your motorcycle endorsement on your license, then you are putting yourself and fellow HOG members at risk. You also risk having your bike impounded if you're stopped. If you're serious about riding, having fun, and being safe, get trained on YOUR motorcycle and get your endorsement. No excuses. If you still have questions contact [email protected]. All the info you need is available on the DOL site at Washingington State Dept of Licensing.
Riding in Cold Weather
No one likes to call it quits and wish their Harley-Davidson a farewell-til-spring this time of year (or ever!), but there are ways to prolong the inevitable goodbye and make the cold riding season last just a little longer. Here are some tips to make rolling the throttle more enjoyable this time of year by staying insulated and protected from the elements.
DRESS IN LAYERS
If you don't already own heated gear, each layer can be relatively thin (and the first layer snug), and between each layer is captured body heat. The amount of layers is up to you. Don't wear so many you lose mobility, but do wear enough to be warm standing still outside.
MAKE YOURSELF WINDPROOF
Make sure your outer layer is of windproof material. Ideally, wind and waterproof. Leather is an excellent choice here. Rain gear can be another good one. (or use both if it's raining).
• Use a windshield on your bike. If it didn't come with one, most can be fitted for one. (FHD has the parts you will need)
• Wear a full-face motorcycle helmet- with a hat, balaclava, or other means of keeping both your head and neck covered and warm. Remember, for safety reasons, never wear a long scarf that flows behind you as you ride!
• A strange tip, but well worth trying... put a few sheets of newspaper between your outside layer and the one under. It's both lightweight and wind-blocking. Also nice to have something to read while you're on your next stop, or if you have to use the bathroom on the side of the road, or ...
KEEP YOUR EXTREMITIES WARM
There are a lot of heated things out there to keep you warm. Heated grips, heated gloves, heated socks... Or you can go the old fashioned way of using wool socks, a good sturdy over the ankle cold weather, waterproof boot, long gloves with wind & water-resistant padding and outer layer. Again, just be sure to retain mobility in your hands and feet, as well as circulation. Too many socks make a too-tight boot, cutting off the blood supply. This will make you feel colder, and potentially, temporarily, make you lose feeling. Air activated hand/foot warmers can also be used and found in any hunting department.
• Remember these things:Don't wear too loose of clothing/gear that can get caught anywhere on your motorcycle.
• Don't wear anything too cumbersome or tight to inhibit mobility and circulation in your body..
• Cover exposed skin! You can get frostbite on anything exposed while riding, even at 55 degrees!
• Keep all of your running and indicator lights working properly (always), especially as daylight hours shorten.
• Do remember, FHD has all the riding gear you need, for any type of riding. Stop in and our ladies in MotorClothes® can help find the style, fit, and function you need! Our Parts & Accessories associates are capable of getting you the right lighting, windshield or faring accessory for your bike.
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