The Ball and Chain Riding Club was the brainchild of our founder and President, Ed Konzen. He and his wife, Cindy, had been members of the local Harley Owners Group (HOG) for many years but thought it was time to branch out and form their own riding club.
During their years with the HOG Club, they put together and led a “Prince and Princess Ride” every Friday and invited couples to go for a short ride ending with dinner at a nice restaurant. What a great way to kick off the weekend after a week of work! The rides were a huge success with the HOG couples and got Ed thinking…why not form a couples riding club! Not just one that rides on Friday nights – rather one that rides whenever the weather permits! The rest is history!
On September 27, 2017 Ed created a Ball and Chain Riding Club Facebook page and invited several of his motorcycle-riding friends to become members - seventy to be exact. He immediately started researching restaurants and less traveled roads to the restaurants and posted the Friday night dinner rides. There were also Saturday and Sunday rides. Ed tried to accommodate all members in different phases of their lives so there was something for everyone. Short rides and longer rides – Friday evening rides, early morning Saturday rides and Sunday midday rides. We became an AMA Charter Club on May 29, 2018.
As participation increased, we needed to feel unified and look like a riding club, so Ed engaged a graphic artist to design a logo that would be synonymous with our Ball and Chain Riding Club, capitalizing on the couples theme. Thus, the skeleton bride and groom riding club logo was born! Since then, the club has had short and long sleeve tee shirts, hoodies, patches, pins, magnets and stickers designed to visually promote our club and mission. The amount of attention and comments we receive about the logo is staggering…everyone loves it!
This past summer, Ed planned an epic trip to the Black Hills Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota, including stops in Mitchell, Murdo, Wall, Scenic, Interior, Rapid City, Keystone, Hill City, Deadwood, Lead, Custer City, Belle Fourche and of course Sturgis (probably the most famous of cities associated with the rally due to all the activities showcased there). We visited the Corn Palace, the famous Wall Drug Store, Mount Rushmore, Spearfish Canyon, Black Hills National Forest, Crazy Horse Memorial, Custer State Park (where we saw a herd of buffalo) and the Geographic Center of the Nation. And what would a trip to Sturgis be without a stop at Full Throttle Saloon and Buffalo Chip! We also ventured out to Wyoming and managed to find a city on Route 24 called Alladin with a population of 15! The trip was an adventure of a lifetime…not one we will soon forget!
In September Ed also planned a three-day weekend ride to Rutland, Vermont including a trek to Mount Equinox and many back roads taking in the fall foliage and scenery. We made a quick stop at Vermont Teddy Bear and may have even enjoyed ice cream at Ben & Jerry’s in Burlington!
This year the club has experienced many wonderful rides in and around the Hudson Valley in New York, and also New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Massachusetts. We have visited numerous Harley Davidson Dealerships (too many to count), dined at 30+ restaurants including the famous 50’s style Chatterbox Drive-In Restaurant in Augusta, NJ, which closed over the Labor Day weekend. Not to mention the 50+ Dunkin Donuts!
All in all we are a tight knit group, with one goal – to ride! We all love the biking lifestyle and culture. We’re just a bunch of people looking to have a great time and can’t wait to see what 2019 brings!