HOG CHAPTER #3183
EMPIRE HARLEY DAVIDSON
8 Industrial Lane
New Rochelle, NY 10805
The Harley Owners Group (HOG®) is a sponsored community marketing club, operated by Harley-Davidson for enthusiasts of that brand's motorcycles. The HOG® is "the grandaddy of all community-building efforts," serving to promote not just a consumer product, but a lifestyle. The HOG® has also served to open new revenue streams for the company, with the production of tie-in merchandise offered to club members, numbering over one million strong, making it the largest factory-sponsored riding club in the world. The Harley-Davidson community was the prototype for the ethnographic term subculture of consumption, defined as "a distinctive subgroup of society that self-selects on the basis of a shared commitment to a particular product class, brand, or consumption activity."
The Harley Owners Group was created in 1983 as a way to build longer-lasting and stronger relationships with Harley-Davidson's customers, by making ties between the company, its employees, and consumers. HOG® members typically spend 30% more than other Harley owners, on such items as clothing and Harley-Davidson-sponsored events. Much of the intent of this branding effort is presenting Harley-Davidson as an American icon, with the focus on authenticity and pride in being American-made. All of this is credited with turning flagging sales around, and allowing the Harley-Davidson company to grow again.
Ladies of Harley® (LOH®) is a program sponsored by the Harley Owners Group® (HOG®) to support women motorcycle enthusiasts - both riders and passengers! It is not a separate organization within HOG®, but was established to encourage women to become more active in HOG® and our
Dealership, Empire Harley Davidson.
Ladies of Harley is an auxiliary group of women who run their own meetings and forums designed to promote and sponsor activities / adventures from within the local H.O.G.® Chapter that both the men and ladies can participate in.