The H.O.G. members that volunteer to organize H.O.G. rallies have one objective that is always top of mind: to provide an exciting and memorable H.O.G. adventure for you. You’ll certainly find a variety of what each rally offers. For example, some are stationary rallies and some are riding rallies. Some rallies are 3 days and some are more. I could go on about how each is unique, but instead I’d like to use the allocated space for this article explaining the variety of options available when it comes to registering for a rally.
Pre-Registration On-line (www.XXstatehogrally.com—with XX as the two-letter state abbreviation)
Pre-registration is another way of saying Register Early! It’s easy to do….each rally website has a registration tab on the left. Click on it and follow the registration process—it’s fairly straightforward.
Pre-Registration by “Snail Mail”
For those who would rather not pre-register on-line, there is always the U.S. Postal Service. Some things for your consideration if you pre-register by mail:
- Mail early to ensure your registration is received prior to the deadline
- Most rallies accept check or money orders for pre-registration, but may not be able to accept credit card payment by mail (the registration form will indicate payment options)
Of course, registering on-line is the best way to go in my opinion, but the good news is you have options!
Some benefits to pre-registering for a rally…
There might be a cost savings
- There could be some sort of incentive tied with registering early, like being entered into drawings to win cool stuff
- A cool rally pin, patch or t-shirt might be included
- Your rally packet will be ready and waiting for you when you arrive at the rally making check-in a breeze
Recall how I said each rally is unique? Well, registration always includes all the rally activities. But like the benefits listed above, sometimes there is also merchandise to be had. Sometimes it is included in the pre-registration fee and sometimes it is sold separately and inventory is limited. What’s important to know is that when you are pre-registering make sure to read exactly what you are getting for your pre-registration rally fee. Below are two examples of what I mean:
For those of you who aren’t able to pre-register by the deadline, have no fear! There is always the option to register on-site at the rally. Remember the list above regarding the benefits of pre-registering? Well, you most likely won’t be on the receiving end of those benefits. Read on if you’re wondering if you can still get t-shirts, pins, etc. if you register on-site.
Some rallies may offer a t-shirt and a pin with your pre-registration fee, and then provide you the opportunity to order from a menu of additional rally merchandise. Why you ask? With a broader selection of rally specific merchandise, this allows you to purchase what you want.
Here is an example of what one rally is offering at the time of pre-registration:
Now for those who register on-site, you should know that the H.O.G. rally committees are limited on how much additional merchandise they sell at the rally (i.e. surplus inventory at the end of the rally=unrecoverable costs for the rally committee). Sometimes merchandise sells quickly, so inventory of rally product may not be available during the whole event. (Hint: if registering on-site at a H.O.G. Rally get there early on day 1!). Merchandise is sold on a first come, first served basis. The merchandise cannot be ordered after the rally.
The moral of the story here is to please read the registration form closely. Not only do registration fees vary from rally to rally, what is offered in terms of merchandise does as well. And with that in mind, be sure to weigh the benefits of registering early or registering on-site!
Look forward to seeing you at one of the 2015 H.O.G. Rallies. Travel well and thanks for being part of the Harley-Davidson family.
Author: JT Hasley