The organization, now known as the Southern Arizona Harley Riders, MC (SAHR)
goes back to 1984. Formerly, the group was known as Southern Arizona
Chapter #078, of the Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.).
Red and Florence Hartman, long-time business owners
in Cochise County formed this group after the Harley-Davidson Motorcycle
Company decided, in 1983, to organize all Harley enthusiasts into the
Harley Owners Group. Later that same year, Harley-Davidson authorized
their dealerships (Hartman's Harley-Davidson at the time), to organize
local chapters within their areas to afford Harley rider camaraderie and a
safe, social outlet for motorcycling. Thus the birth of the Sierra Vista
based HOG Chapter.
The Southern Arizona HOG flourished until 1992 when,
because of the loss of the supporting dealership, the organization was
terminated as a chapter of the national HOG organization. Even with this
blow, the group functioned successfully and was eventually rewarded by the
acceptance as a chapter of the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA),
thus a resurrection as the Southern Arizona Harley Riders.
From the beginning, SAHR has continued to grow, even
with its military members filtering in and out due to station changes, to
its present membership. SAHR continues to strive for positive community
awareness through its many philanthropic activities. It has always been
the goal of SAHR, Harley-Davidson, and the AMA to promote safe, fun,
family oriented motorcycling, and community service-minded clubs.
Respect, Courtesy, and Responsibility are the keys
and the purpose behind SAHR and will always be principal to ensure and
promote those ideals in ourselves, fellow riders.... and the kids that
will one day be us!