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Yes - I was given info or contacted about local chapter membership. 113 40.50%
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Old 20th August 2006
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New bikes being sold these days come with a one-year national HOG membership gratis. Joining the local dealer-sponsored local chapter is extra, though. From what I've read, most local chapters are BT-intensive and seem to only tolerate Sporties. Maybe that's just perception on our parts, I don't know.

Still, with all the marketing and followup that HD engages in, I'm surprised that there isn't a more concerted effort to recruit new Sporty buyers into the local chapter -- maybe that's intentional? I've never been approached by anyone from my local chapter, either at sales time or afterwards. How about you?
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New bikes being sold these days come with a one-year national HOG membership gratis. Joining the local dealer-sponsored local chapter is extra, though... I've never been approached by anyone from my local chapter, either at sales time or afterwards. How about you?
Got my free one-year with purchase... and no... no one from my local chapter has contacted me. I have checked their website, but haven't seen anything worth my time for me to attend.
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I got the free one year back in '98 but never participated in anything (I was overseas at the time). When I got back to the US in 2002, I went on a couple of rides with the local chapter, but decided not to join when almost every comment out of the members' mouths were derogatory about my Sportster. I started my own crew and rode with guys that had all kinds of bikes - Hondas, BMWs, Yamahas, etc.
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There was a small info packet about the local chapter in bundled literature recieved with purchase of new Sportster...
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Got my free one-year with purchase... and no... no one from my local chapter has contacted me. I have checked their website, but haven't seen anything worth my time for me to attend.

Same here.
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I got the Freeby National HOG stuff when I bought my scoot and not a thing about the Local Chapter!!!!!!


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Seem to recall that first year in the local was gratis because it was late in the year. I joined for the years afterwards because dealer gives a 10% discount to local members. Starting next year you have to volunteer hours to the club to get your membership discount

Club mostly has BT's but there are a number of Sportsters. Have not gone on any rides with the club but do attend meetings and help out as I can.

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Got the free local chapter membership with my bike but it was dealer local and 90 miles away so I never went. The real local one always meets at the dealer and isn't all that fun. They do some rides and poker runs now and then.
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Like everything, some local chapters are good; some bad. Most are, however, very BT oriented. My chapter doesn't solicit anyone to join and revolves around a small clique of people (all BT owners) who know each other well and ride together regularly. The local chapter meetings resemble a Halloween party, with everyone dressed up in Harley gear loaded with pins and ride patches—even if they didn't ride their bikes to the meeting. Bottom line: if part of your reason for buying your Sporty was to become part of the 'Harley family', you bought the wrong bike.
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