The ABC’s of Doors

As I was going through photos from the Biker Chick days, I found fodder for Norm’s dining pleasure.

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A door at the Juneau H-D Plant, Milwaukee

The former husband and I were (and still are) lifetime members of Harley Owner’s Group. Even though I don’t ride, I continue to receive the HOG Tale magazine and yearly envelope with a road atlas (designating where all of the Harley-Davidson stores are located), pins, patch, and membership information. As part of the membership, H-D offers its members an opportunity to complete the ABC’s of touring each year.

I considered the ABC’s of Touring much like a treasure hunt. In order to receive cool stuff from the folks at Harley-Davidson, the former husband and I would go in search of signs and events that would garner points from the beginning to end of the biking season. The more points accumulated, the bigger the “swag bag” of free items…such as hats, T-shirts, scarves, coffee mugs, photo albums, gift certificates, etc.

Of course, the items delivered in the mail never quite paid for the time and money spent driving here and there, paying for motels and rally registrations, and stopping for restaurant meals. But this was an exercise in discovering new places and the joy of the ride. We looked forward to the ABC’s every year. It was a reason to plan a vacation or a weekend away.

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H-D Plant in York, Pennsylvania

So, how do I earn points? Every photo is worth something:

  • One point for each city, village, town, township, or municipality sign from A-Z. Only one point per letter. (26 points maximum)
  • One point for each county, parish, or district sign from A-Z.
  • One point for each U.S. state.
  • One point for each country.
  • One point for each Canadian province and territory.
  • One point for each U.S. National Forest sign.
  • One point for each individual Harley-Davidson dealership
  • One point for each U.S. National Park Service (NPS) managed site and for each National Park or Provincial Park in Canada.
  • Canadian Provincial/Regional and U.S. H.O.G. Rallies or H.O.G. Pin Stops as listed on hog.com/events.
  • Two points for each 2015 International Rally (outside the country you reside) that is listed as the National Rally for that country.
  • One point for each 2015 U.S. H.O.G. Rally or Canadian Provincial/ Regional H.O.G. Rally.
  • One point for each 2015 U.S. or Canadian H.O.G. Pin Stop.
  • Points for each of the Harley-Davidson Motor Company facilities.

The photo itself had to include the Harley motorcycle and a current issue of HOG Tales, along with the designated sign. I had to be in at least five photos, but ended up in most of them.

At some point in September or October, depending on Wisconsin weather, the riding came to an end. We filled out a form provided by the H-D company, had pictures developed at Walgreen’s and both went into an envelope, addressed to the U.S. motorcycle company. Then we waited for our package of goodies to arrive during the winter months. Once received, the contents of that package gave impetus to get on the bike in April and do it all over again.

Little did I know that years later, those same photos would be used in a blog post about doors. Who knew?

If you have a “thang” about doors of every kind and color, click your way over to Norm 2.0 and the Door People. You can also join in with Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge this week, with the topic of Doors and Drawers.

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34 responses to The ABC’s of Doors

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Franconia was one of the rallies that we never made as Harley people. I always thought it would be nice to spend a week in New Hampshire. I hope if you get photos that you’ll share in a blog post.

      • Growing up in New England, I used to see all the riders and their motorcycles all over New Hampshire when we vacationed there, especially this time of the year. I always remembered how nice and cool the people were. I will definitely post photos if I make it out there! Thanks.

  1. Dan Antion says:

    Excellent doors. What a fun way to keep your customers thinking about HD and riding. I’m glad you had these photos and joined the challenge(s) today. I only ever went on one long motorcycle ride, but it was fun. These look like some fun adventures (and you had the right bike).

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks Dan! I didn’t get in on the challenge that last two weeks, so thought I’d better show my face again.

      We went on many, many rides and trips to complete our ABC’s. I have a large photo album of ABC photos from all over Wisconsin, the U.S. and Canada. I have to say that was a part of the former married life that I truly enjoyed.

  2. We often go by Sturgis, SD the first week of August when the huge bike event is on. There are an incredible number of bikers who go there, many every year, from old Hell’s Angel’s to Grandpa and Grandma with Grandma in the sidecar. 🙂

    janet

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I was at Sturgis in 1994. I tell you, it gave me goosebumps to see and hear so many bikes in one place. And I saw things I never saw before in people and their dress. It was exciting and fun!

      • Ha! We’ve seen a few things we never saw before, too, like a woman riding on behind her boyfriend and wearing nothing but boots! Thankfully I was driving, not my husband, but the guys in front of us almost drove off the highway! Can’t imagine that would be in any way comfortable.

      • bikerchick57 says:

        I’m pretty sure it was only done for shock value (or the woman was drunk and/or stoned). Do you remember Flip Wilson? He was there that year with his wife, as was the guy with the buffalo head on his bike. Too funny!

  3. Norm 2.0 says:

    Nice doors and some interesting inside info for us non-biker types. I wasn’t aware of how serious this “club” culture was.
    As a marketer I drool at the thought of one day being able to develop such deep brand loyalty.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      The Harley and motorcycle culture runs very deep. There are Harley rallies (and local ones) all over the world. The Harley brand itself has expanded exponentially – you wouldn’t believe what you can now buy with the H-D brand. It’s no longer motorcycles and leather jackets…adult and childrens’ clothes, dart boards, jewelry, bar tables, etc. and every piece of extra chrome for the bike you can imagine. Yeah, a marketer’s dream.

  4. Loved your post, it brought back memories of a time when we were members of a motorcycle club, it was such fun participating in rallies around Ireland and meeting up with other clubs. I must dig out my old photos and reminisce. 🙂

    • bikerchick57 says:

      The rallies and the ABC’s really got us out traveling and I loved that. We also met some very interesting people along the way.

  5. What cool memories, and doors! Have you made it out to Cali? There are several towns that have become biker hangouts. Volcano is one destination where I’ve run into several biker while having lunch in the pub. We had a lovely conversation about touring. San Juan Bautisa is another popular biker week-end spot. I’ve seen some cool parked there.

    I’ve been on the back of an Indian, and Yamaha not a speedster more like a hog. Loved it, but He-Man won’t let me get one, 1 of 5 times he’s said no to me about doing something. The only bikes he’s into are his road bikes (bicycles).
    My son had the Yamaha. As his Mom…I was so happy it was LOUD, and even happier when he sold it. 🙂

    When I was pregnant with Big Baby Boy ( a long time ago) I worked as a temp at the HD plant/warehouse in San Jose, CA. I was doing clerical work. Geez, you brought back memories! I hadn’t thought of that in decades!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Glad I could bring back happy memories of motorcycle days to you. The ex and I never made it out to Cali on the Harley. We would have had to take a three week vacation or trailer the bikes…and he never wanted to trailer, always wanted to ride to the destination. I was totally cool with that. He-Man and I have something in common. Since I don’t have a Harley, I’ve fallen in love with my mountain bike and look for any opportunity to go for a ride. Unfortunately, it doesn’t make a noise. Maybe if I attached a playing card with a clothespin to the spokes…LOL!

  6. One day I’ll ride a bike, but probably a dirt bike… in a nice soft field of clouds. I’m afraid I’ll hurt myself lol.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Yeah, that’s why I probably won’t go back to driving a Harley (I’d hurt myself), but I would definitely ride on the back of one again, given the right circumstances.

  7. joannesisco says:

    As Norm said, this is brilliant marketing by H-D. What a great idea to give the riding season some structure and purpose while keeping it fun. Great post 🙂

  8. Ooh. Who could resist a treasure hunt? But you only get ONE point for a different country? That seems a bit rough. Unless you live somewhere like Germany, I guess.

    Love all the early pics of Biker Chick you. 🙂

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Yeah, we could only manage to get points for Canada, since it’s close. There were plenty of opportunities, though, to get points in the U.S., if one worked hard at it. We figured the top winners were either retired or had lots of vacation (and money to go places). Some days I really miss the early Biker Chick (because I was younger and skinnier) and the places I visited on a bike. Those were good days.

  9. kirizar says:

    What a colorful story. I will now imagine all bikers (on Harleys) to be on a giant treasure hunt.

  10. Tony McGurk says:

    I would love a Harley but unfortunately my finances won’t allow for it so I just be satisfied with my ol’ $4000 2nd hand Suzuki. I still love my bike even though it ain’t the bike of my dreams.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I know, Harley’s are far too rich for my blood these days. I would have to win the lottery to have one again.

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