The Adirondack Victory Riders are people from different walks of life, who enjoy riding Motorcycles, meeting new people and visiting new places. Unlike some other riding clubs, we do not limit our membership and/or activities to owners of a Victory motorcycles.
In the past we have had day trips through parts of Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts and our own New York. The riding schedule for the year is developed by our Ride Committee during the winter months. The committee always approaches the riding season with flexibility in mind.
The club also participates in charity events. The official club charity is the Double H Ranch, for children with life-threatening conditions. Club members work hard each year to raise money to contribute so they may continue to meet the needs of those children. We have also been involved with other charity rides that, most often, benefits children. “Remember we are riding and raising money for kids” is the common phrase used when discussing and planning for these rides.
While not on the club’s “official riding schedule” our members often join members of other clubs as well as independent riders, in impromptu Thursday night “Mystery Rides”. Riders who show on a particular night decided the ride destination. These impromptu rides often end at a location allowing us to enjoy some food and each other’s company.
National Meet Activity
Adirondack Victory Riders had a presence at six recent VMC National Meets. These rallies saw our members in Colorado, Idaho, Michigan, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Tennessee, and our own State, New York.
Our club hosted the very successful 2014 National Rally in Hunter, NY. We had over 300 riders from 26 States and 2 Canadian Provinces. There were 28 local VMC Chapters represented. Most importantly, we raised over $8,000 for the Double H Ranch, a place for children with life-threatening conditions.
The club was once again honored to host the National VMC Rally in 2019. The rally took place from September 15th – 17th in the Queensbury / Lake George area of the Adirondacks. We had 230 participants from across the United State and Canada. Mr. Max Yurenda, CEO of the Double H Ranch was our guest speaker at the banquet. Thanks to the many participants at the rally $9,100 was raised to help the Double H children. We presented the check in December.
Like most riding clubs we have business to conduct. We meet on a monthly basis. Most meetings occur Wednesday evenings, at The Mill on Route 9 in Round Lake. However, we do have a few Saturday ride/dinner meetings. These Saturday ride/dinner meetings are announced well in advance to assure people know of the change to the normal meeting and often involves members brings various “treats” to be enjoyed by all. Of course, all of our meetings have an element of openness which allow members time to talk about their riding experiences, motorcycles and anything they want to share with our club.
The Winter and Early Spring
The Winter and early Spring, for motorcycle enthusiasts in northeastern New York, can be very long indeed. To help combat this riding hibernation, the club will get together for some fun. These have included dinners, bowling, indoor Go-Karts, and museums. New suggestions seems to pop-up every year.
Chapter Purpose and Mission:
- Enhance the Victory Motorcycle experience.
- Recruit new members to share in the VMC activities.
- Promote fun, friendships and share experiences.
- Encourage safe motorcycling.
- Support charities.
- Develop a strong relationship with local dealers.
Most riding clubs have Officers and we are no different. Our officers are elected to two year terms, to help conduct the business of the club. Even numbered years see the election of the President and Treasurer, while odd number years see the election of the Vice President and Secretary. We also have an unelected position of Registrar, appointed by the President and Secretary, to assist with membership renewals and new members.
The Ride Committee is responsible for organizing club rides. The committee is formed each Winter from members who have a willingness to plan and lead a club rides. Working with other committee members the calendar for the riding season is developed and distributed to the membership. The Ride Leaders will lead discussions of the planned ride, including estimated time allotment, reminders of the local motor vehicle laws, and of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s “Rules for Group Riding”. Safety is a major concern so Ride Leaders keep in mind riding to stay within everyone’s “comfort zone”.
The Technical Committee is a newly formed committee with the goal of advising the members on proposals regarding the web pages, Facebook pages, and any other issues of a technical nature.
Additional Committees can also be established to work on goals and objectives to be decided by the officers or membership.