NEW YORK — The NYC Ladies of Harley (LOH) zoomed out to the beach September 6 for chowder on what started out as a cloudy and hot day, but turned into a perfect seaside afternoon.
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Three members of LOH rode along Ocean Parkway and Robert Moses Causeway to The Chowder Bar renown for its soup. As they say, “Once you’ve nibbled, we’ll have you hooked.”
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NORTHPORT, NY — The Leathernecks Motorcycle Club ride to support US veterans is one with special meaning, according to NYC HOG Director, Joe S. It is one that NYC HOG members happily give their time and donations each year. “The veterans stood for us and now we ride for them,” said NYC HOG Assistant Director, Carlos V.
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Another perfect day for riding as the sun lit the sky but temperatures stayed below normal. A dozen NYC HOG bikes rode out from the diner September 7 to rally with other clubs assembled at the Leathernecks MC clubhouse in Massapequa.
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From there the stream of bikes road northeast to the Northport VA Medical Center to deliver socks, T-shirts and other needed items to the vets.
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Some 14,000 veterans visit the Northport VAMC emergency room each year, according to the most recent survey data available. More than 3,800 of them are admitted for treatment. Vets from all the military branches who live in the area seek help for problems ranging from surgery and psychiatry to rehabilitation and nursing care.
 
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The Long Island Chapter of the Leathernecks MC held registration for the ride at their clubhouse which is filled with US Marines memorabilia. The club’s members are current or former Marines, but as a sign says inside the clubhouse door, “Once a Marine, Always a Marine.”
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This was the Leatherneck’s 13th annual VA Hospital Run. Each year the club lays out breakfast pastries and coffee for the riders. The registration fee of $20 for riders and $10 for passengers also includes chow after the visit to Northport VAMC.
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The ride to Northport VAMC was ‘semi-escorted’ according to Joe S.. After visiting the vets, the riders were on their own to get back to the Leatherneck MC clubhouse.
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Chow time gave riders a chance to catch up with familiar faces and check out the new ones. Joe S. said, “Camaraderie is what riding is all about.”
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By CARMEN ROBERTS   |  JUNE 8, 2014
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NEW YORK — Hundreds of motorcycles roared through the streets of New York City June 8 to raise money for NYC Harley Owners Group (HOG) Bikers Against Breast Cancer.  The weather was perfect: warm and sunny. The streets the best: no traffic.  “It was great to ride through New York City with a police escort,” said NYC HOG’s Jaime F. originally from Madrid.
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Eighteen New York City police officers led the way from Long Island City through Brooklyn to the Forest Park in Queens. New York’s Finest on their white Harleys held back traffic giving the 220 riders a perfect view of iconic sights, including the Manhattan skyline, the World Trade Center, and the Statue of Liberty. Riders were able to glide past the Verrazano–Narrows Bridge, feel the ocean breeze, and enjoy the tree-lined parkways without dodging the normal chaotic NYC traffic.
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Autumn S. just bought a Harley and was happy to join the ride. “It’s awesome. My first group ride is more than 200 bikers. That’s really cool.”
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Riders of all types of bikes came for many reasons. Special Assistant to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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NYC HOG’s 21st annual Bikers Against Breast Cancer (BABC) raised $18,252 dollars on Sunday for the nonprofit group,
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Vallone said that it also means a great deal to the group. “SHAREing & CAREing is a small group and needs this money. This group doesn’t survive without the money that you guys give to them, and because they survive, they help others survive.”
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BABC has been going strong since 1994. Former NYC HOG Director, Joe “T” started it to honor women riders in the club. “We were the first motorcycle group to do a breast cancer run. Before NYC HOG you never heard of anyone doing it.”  The loss of his wife and daughter to breast cancer inspired him to dedicate the ride to fight the disease. His wife Edina died in 1979; his daughter Sue Filice died in 1995. ”It happened to my family. It shouldn’t happen to anyone else,” he said.

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NYC HOG’s “Little Al” has been participating in BABC since 1999. “In the first 17 years we raised a little more than $1.2 million for the American Cancer Society. Now we work with SHAREing & CAREing, where every single dime goes to direct patient care, rehabilitation and counseling. Everything the cancer patient needs.”
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SHAREing & CAREing provides those services and more for free. “We know this money will touch others’ lives. People who are struggling, be it with transportation or getting hair pieces or even access to another opinion, we are there to help them and this goes to help them,” said Anna Kril, SHAREing & CAREing co-founder and breast cancer survivor.
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Some riders had personal reasons for supporting BABC.“ I feel great being here. My mother passed away from breast cancer eight years ago,“ said NYC HOG’s Calvin B.
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Every rider donated at least $25 and one rider collected thousands. NYC HOG’s Jeff G. contributed a whopping $9,193. “My company, my employees, my vendors, my clients — they also support the group and the work it’s doing.”
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After a 52-mile ride, bikers chowed down on delicious Italian food catered by Cascarino’s of College Point, New York and rocked out to live music by the Steve Marshall Band with Simon Kirke from Bad Company sitting in on the drums.
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NYC HOG awarded three trophies for motorcycle skill games: slow ride and cone weave. First place went to Lou M. with Star Touring and Riding Association on his Yamaha. Only riding for six years, he said, “If you practice riding the right way, you can relax and enjoy the ride.” Second place was earned by NYC HOG’s Richie “Blue Eyes”; third went to Gotham Disciples’ “Rev.Sal” on his Harley Road King Custom.
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After months of planning and one long day of making riders welcome — NYC HOG Director Joe S.  congratulated the chapter for its hard work. My HOG chapter is the best. They all pulled together with everybody jumping in where they can. It’s just a great group of people”

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A couple of riders captured the mood. “It was great to meet all the people,” said Harley rider Tommy C. “I came to support breast cancer, be with good people, ride with my buddies, and enjoy the beautiful weather,” said C. Johnson of Westchester County, NY.
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No matter how great the ride the bottom line is fighting breast cancer said Joe S., who has also lost family to the disease. “That’s why I do this every year, and as long as we have this run, I’ll continue to do it.”  He says NYC HOG’s Bikers Against Breast Cancer will be back for its 22nd annual event in June 2015.

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Oyster Bay beckoned as thunderstorms threatened to drench the metro area Sunday. Forecasters, however gave the all-clear until at least late afternoon, so eight NYC HOG members squeezed in a shorter ride than normal. They slipped easily out of the city to Long Island’s north shore and the idyllic Oyster Bay area.
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Postman Richie led the small group east to the shady roads through Bayville, Mill Neck, Oyster Bay Cove and beyond. The roads with rich canopies of green invited the riders to let go their worries and the bay waters sent summer breezes to cool the spirits and bodies on the hot August day.
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NEW YORK | August 26, 2014
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Connecticut Dreaming. It was a perfect day for a Dream Ride from our dealer, Harley-Davidson of NYC, to Connecticut to support the Special Olympics through the 14th annual Dream Ride.
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About 20 NYC HOG members and six guests left Harley-Davidson of NYC at 9 a.m. to ride up to Danbury Harley-Davidson in Connecticut. We had to ride 70 miles in 90 minutes, so it was a little bit of a race to be there on time. It was a beautiful day for a ride with sunshine and temperatures in the 70s when we arrived in Danbury, the midpoint for our ride.
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About 300 bikes were there already. After we signed in and a few of our road captains were recruited to help out on the ride, we left on a 60-mile, police-escorted ride to Farmington, Connecticut and all the festivities.
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It was a nice ride, even if a bit long, about 2 and 1/4 hours and at times a bit too slow. Still the ride was scenic and and with some nice roads.
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Once we arrived and parked in a very dusty dirt and gravel lot, the Dream Ride organization treated us to one of the best lunches we’ve had on a ride in quite awhile: hot roast beef, hot chicken, potatoes, carrots, salad, watermelon and ice cream pops.
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  • Posted on 26. August 2014
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Are you ready for this weekend’s Dream Ride?
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This weekend is the Dream Ride 2014. I hope you have registered. If not, you can still participate either Saturday or Sunday or both.

On Saturday registration starts at 8:30 a.m. at Harley-Davidson of NYC, 42-11 Northern Blvd. Long Island City.  Departure is set for 10am.

On Sunday registration starts at 8:00 a.m. with a 9:00 a.m. departure. 

The ride both days is to Farmington, Connecticut.  For all the rest of the info go to Dreamride.org.

This is a multi-dealer participation event it should be big and fun. Please show up wear your colors and support HD-NYC in its first year of participation. This run benefits the Special Olympics.

Remember Registration is at the Dealership both days. The donation is $30. The concert Saturday night is extra. Ride safe.

With Respect,
Joe

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NEW YORK | August 20, 2014

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NYC Ladies of Harley are on the road again. On August 9 a group of women NYC HOG members and a guest headed out to Bear Mountain. The re-emergence of Ladies of Harley in NYC was welcomed by Autumn, Rose, Cheryl and Kim.
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Cruising up the scenic Palisades Parkway to a favorite destination the women enjoyed a great ride and a picnic at the top of Perkins Drive on Bear Mountain.
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The women Harley owners are also full members of NYC HOG, but ride separately on occasion to encourage women riders, increase their skill levels and build confidence, as well as bonds of friendship. They also join NYC HOG on regular club rides.

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BY CARMEN ROBERTS
NEW YORK | August 13, 2014
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A cool Connecticut river ride. Head Road Captain Hans led 18 bikes for a great ride through scenic Connecticut on Sunday.

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NYC HOG members and their guests rode out from their regular Sunday morning breakfast location, The Buccaneer Diner, celebrating the perfect weather for a long, leisurely day.

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Dipping down into the cool tree-covered roads that wind around the lumbering Housatonic River on U.S. Route 7, the group logged 250 miles.

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Midway was the a great time for a delicious lunch break at The Cookhouse in New Milford, Connecticut for some lip-smacking barbecue.

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Everyone expressed the same sentiment. “Thanks for the great ride! See you next Sunday.”

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NYC HOG rides to Connecticut August 24
to participate in Dream Ride 2014.

Harley-Davidson of NYC is one of the rendezvous points for the international Dream Ride.
There’s still time to registered.

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NYC HOG is riding up Sunday morning, August 24. However, you are welcome to go up Saturday and enjoy the concert that night. Either way, you must register. This is going to be a great ride for a great cause. Don’t miss it.

Sunday’s NYC HOG ride: the donation to register is $30. You’ll get a T-shirt and a ride around the area. We start gathering at Harley-Davidson of NYC at 8:00 am and leave at 9:00 am.

Saturday’s ride without the chapter: You can meet at the dealer and ride as a group or ride up alone. KSU 9am. Again, Saturday is not a club ride. The two-day price is a donation of $50. If you want to see Lone Star that night, general admission tickets are $30.

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DirectorsDeskAugust 10 Ride to Connecticut

Hello NYC HOG,

Sunday, August 10, the club is going to Connecticut. Head Road Captain Hans has a ride all set to go. Connecticut has some great roads inland, along the shore and rivers. This should be a really nice one.

So, come to the Buccaneer Diner at 8am with a full tank of gas and your E-ZPass. Have breakfast; then go for a good ride. Sorry to say I have to work.

Ride safe.
With Respect,
Joe

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FROM THE DIRECTOR’S DESK
NEW YORK | July 23, 2014
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Sunday was a day for ‘Men in Their Fearless Flying Machines’ in the air and on the ground. Ten Harleys pulled out from the Buccaneer Diner parking lot greeted by cool to warm temperatures with just enough clouds to block the normally hot summer sun. The NYC HOG members headed north to Rhinebeck to the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, a nice leisurely ride up the Taconic State Parkway with a rest stop each way for gasoline and beverages.
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  • Posted on 23. July 2014
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