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Southeast Area Leadership Team

We always have a need for additional Assistant Area Directors. If interested in helping out, please contact  Al Norcross - Southeast Area Director.

SEAD Al Norcross

Al Norcross Area Director

COG # 5516 AMA # 258692

I came over from the dark side of riding over 10 years ago when I bought this 1999 Concours.  Lucky to meet some other proper riders, I joined COG shortly after getting the bike.  Always having been involved in self propelled linear sports, my new found competition became long distance motorcycling and that led to a number of 1500 mile rides and one 1775 straight shot home.  I morphed into dual sport riding when I retired and rang up 62K miles in 16 months, basically riding from border to border and across the USA on my thumper.  Now I don't complain about the Concours buzz any more.

 Being a member of COG has provided me with lots of new friend, so I continue my service to the club by becoming the SE AD.  We will become the most active area in COG very soon....... with your help.  When there's time, I like to; boat & fish out of my 22' WAC, SCUBA, ride a bicycle for fitness, camp with a truck camper and continue my search for the best beers available.  Odd, I can remember that 1st motorcycle ride in 1961 like it was yesterday.  I thought it was a fire breathing magic carpet ride and I still get that feeling today.  Hope that feeling never goes away.


AAD Larry Buck

Larry Buck At-Large Assistant AD

 COG 3491, Southeast AAD

I joined the Concours Owners Group shortly after purchasing my 1995 ZG-1000 in 1998. In 2003, I attended my first National Rally in Asheville, NC, put on by Calvin Underwood. The then SE-AD, Bryan Moody, was instrumental in getting me into Long Distance riding. He suggested I stretch the ride to Asheville to be over the 1,000 miles (in less than 24 hours) required to earn membership in the Ironbutt Association.  The IBA has also provided me the opportunities  to complete other Long Distance rides including the Bunburner 1,500, Bunburner 1,500 Gold, Saddlesore 5000, 100 CCC Insanity, and numerous competitive LD rallies.

Later, I was appointed the Assistant Area Director for Florida, and continued in that position until being elected Area Director in late, 2003. During my 4 years as Southeast Area Director, several new COG events were started; the “Okeechobee, Grouper Wing - Ding”, the ”Last Blast Before……”, Paul Heydemann’s “ Escape to the Conch Republic”, Jo Poole’s “Tax Relief Ride”,  Al Norcross’ “Citrus County Concours Cruise” and John Carver’s Georgia Mafia starting the “Winding Rivers & Roads Rally”.

Sometime during 2003, I started manufacturing helmet lock brackets and Tailbrights for the C-10, which became Buck Sport Touring (www.bucksporttouring.com).  The business continues to provide  accessories for the C-10, C-14 and Honda ST-1300/NT-700 motorcycles. It is a COG, Industry Member.

In 2010, I became the Concourier ZG-1000 (C-10), Technical Editor. I am also a MSF-Rider Coach, which keeps my plate pretty full of motorcycle related activities.   

In January of 2012, Al Norcross, our SE-AD, asked me to return to an active role in the Southeast area, and appointed me to be his at-large, Assistant Area Director.  Our goal is to help the other Southeast AAD’s provide activities and leadership to the COG members in their respective areas; a task I am eager to undertake.

Allen Chew

Allen Chew SE AAD- Alabama

Welcome New Alabama AAD!

COG #10243

From Hilo, Hawaii originally but now I live in Leeds, Alabama.
9 years in the military as a crew-chief on Cobra's and Blackhawks, love to fly.
Station in Virginia, West Germany, Georgia, and Alabama.
15 Years as a retail manager with Service Merchandise, Big Lots, Friedman's Jewelry, and Office Depot.  In 2006 I open my own Jewelry store in Trussville, Alabama, that I sold a year later to my partner.  Now I work for AT&T/YP in print, Internet, and direct mail advertising with yearly account sales of 600,00+

Got my 2005 ZG1000 Concours in April 2012.
After just a few days reading the COG forum I became a member.
I had been out of motorcycling for 20 years until I bought my current bike.
What I lack at riding experience, I make up with passion to do and ride better.

No Wife, No Kids, and with the exception of work, I get to enjoy my Hobbies and Riding.


Thomas Mann, North Florida AAD

COG# 8321 I purchased my `99 from someone in the DC area, flew up and rode it home in Jan`07. It had 13k miles on it then, and now has well over 70k. I ride it as my sole means of transportation and use it everyday. I'm always up for a good ride be it a day trip or long distance. It is now known as the Warbird and has 17" wheels at each end, C14 rear shock, plus many, many other modifications.


Reid Yeargan

Reid Yeargan, South Georgia AAD

COG# 7384 After riding for about 20 yrs, I took a five year hiatus. Never could shake the longing to ride and I bought my 98 Concours last April and immediately joined the COG. I had already been looking at the COG website and was extremely impressed with the cooperation and camaraderie that I saw there. That is what I hope to bring to the SECOG. I love riding and I love getting together with people who also share this great passion. I look forward to meeting as many fellow COGers as possible. Let's head down the road!


Tom Sills

Tom Sills SE AAD- Georgia

COG #8892

 A newbie in almost every sense of the word, I began riding in 2005.  After starting with the MSF class, my first bike was a Kawasaki Vulcan 800 Classic.  Did 45,000 miles on it and began looking for one with better touring credentials.  Found a 1999 Connie nearby and it was love from the first test ride.  That led me to COG which ‘allowed’ me to practice my stand-up comedy routine at my first Rally. Thankfully, I have a day job.  Have since enjoyed hosting wrench sessions, RTEs and filled in as a Rallymeister.  Hope to meet someday!


Kurt Brown SE AAD- Georgia

Welcome New Georgia AAD!

COG #7115

I've been riding motorcycles since I turned 16 in 1978. My first vehicle was a motorcycle. I eventually got a 1978 KZ 650SR which I would terrorize the mountains of north Georgia with. Like most of us, life and family took a priority over motorcycles and my riding time diminished. Well fast forward to August 2005, I purchased a 2002 Concours with 5,200 miles on it and my journey began anew.

I joined COG but kept a pretty low profile. Having a family and children kept me busy with other activities. I slowly started to get more involved with COG activities as family life became less hectic. Now that the wife and I are empty nesters, I have the time to dedicate  to a life long passion of motorcycles and to get more involved in COG.

All this is made possible because I have the support of my wife, Kay, who is an associate COG member. She does not ride but rides pillion with me when ever possible. We have done everything from day trips to two week trips together and I could not ask for a better pillion and life partner.

The COG mantra of "Join for the bike, stay for the people" could not be more true. I've met and continue to meet some of the finest people in the country through COG. I'm hoping that my involvement as a COG AAD will continue to foster new friends and enable me to give back to COG.
TCARS


Phil Rockwell SE AAD- Georgia

Welcome New Georgia AAD!


Phil is an Air Force brat and an Air Force retiree. He spent his childhood moving from California to England, to the Philippines to Washington DC. He enlisted in the Air Force way back in 1971 and after years of active and reserve duty and world-wide travel, he retired in 1999 from the reserves.
 
He spent 21 years with the state of Georgia, ten years with the Dept. of Labor and then eleven years with University Career Services at Georgia State University, retiring in Oct 2013.
 
Phil started riding in 1982 with a Yamaha XJS650 shaft, great bike! He progressed to a Yamaha XS1100, then a 2000 Concours and now has a ‘99 Connie with 80K. His one big desire now is to ride the Four Corners of the US, maybe with a few other shorter rides!
 
Phil looks forward to bringing together more Connie riders in the Atlanta area for rides and Third Thursday Dinners at Rocco’s in Marietta.
 
Feel free to connect with Phil via his email: rock115@hotmail.com or 770-365-1316



Robert Elliot, NE Georgia AAD

 

 

 


Tyler Pigott

Tyler Pigott, Mississippi AAD

COG #7775

 I have been a member of COG since 2007. I first learned of COG from the testimony of a fellow C-10 owner and the value of being a COG member. I got the motorcycle bug at a very young age. I was hooked as a rider when I slipped off from a family gathering and rode my cousins Honda Scrambler at the age of 13. My first bike was a Honda 100 that was modified to a 125. I was away from motorcycles for several years as I did my College and graduate level education and raising two children and getting them through college with the help of Daphne my high school sweetheart and wife of 36 years. My first bike after my return to riding was an 86 C-10 which was 90k miles ago and counting. My present bike is a 99 C-10. It is both a commuter bike to the office as well as an occasional ride for ministry and leisure. I am a Southern Baptist pastor of some 30+ years and am presently serving Woodland Hills B.C. for the last 12 of those years. My desire in serving COG is to give back a small part of the many things it has done to make my ride to this point more enjoyable.


The Pope

John Darryl Pope SE AAD- North Carolina

COG #9994

 How do I start this? Hum ….. I was born at a very young age ... no... that’s not the way I should start.    O.k. … I’m a native of NC and I’ve lived here all but 2 years of my life (college). I’ve been married twice and have two sons (one of which, my youngest, is no longer with us) from my first marriage. I have an AAS in Electronics which I used in my first adult job with a computer manufacture. After that, I worked in a machine shop (mills, laths, break press, welding, etc…) for a few years. Since June of 1998 I’ve been employed by a global company that paints most of their product green. Some of you know this shade of green as John Deere Green. 

I joined the Concours Owners Group in January 2012, but I have been a lurker since 2007 when the discussion of what the new Connie (C14) would be. Like Tom Sills, I consider myself as a newbie as well, as I also began riding in 2005 after taking the MSF class with my oldest son. My first bike was a used 2005 Suzuki M50 which I felt was/is a great “starter” bike. But I soon learned that a cruiser wasn’t the bike for me as scraping hard parts is not a good thing. Due to a personal economic downturn, I had to give up the M50 and was without a bike for a few years. During this time there was a void in my life, an absence of the freedom that I and so many others get from riding a motorcycle.

Fast forward to early 2012 ….. After shedding something that had been holding me back (ex-wife #2), I was able to get my new to me 2011 C14! Life is good again! My Atomic Silver 2011 C14 was delivered February 4th 2012. It had 100 miles on the odometer and as of October 1st 2012 it has over 8800 miles on it and I look forward to putting many more miles on it over the years to come. 

Now let’s go ride!!!! 


Dave Scott SE AAD- North Carolina

Welcome New North Carolina AAD!

COG #????
Hi everyone!  I’ve been riding motorcycles since purchasing my first Suzuki GS450T back in 1985.  I’ve owned a variety of bikes in different styles over my 25+ years of riding, and there’s always been at least one in my garage.   I purchased my first Concours, a 2005 model, in January of 2008 and it’s been a love affair since then.  That bike immediately fit my style of riding and it’s accumulated a lot of miles over the years between serving as my commuter vehicle and various trips and day rides.  As many of us are, I’m a tinkerer.  I now have my 05 model just the way I want it.  In December of 2013 an opportunity came along to purchase a 2011 C14 that was just too good to pass up.  I now have both of them in the garage and spend my time riding both, comparing and contrasting the differences.
 
I’ve been in the IT industry my whole career, primarily in the banking industry.  My current position is with a retirement planning company.  After graduation, I started working in Ohio, then moved to Texas, and now living in North Carolina and loving it.  The weather is great here and access to the mountains and twisties is a big plus.
 
I have two grown boys whom I got to teach how to ride on a used Suzuki VX800.  I also have two grandsons now.  The older one is in love with baseball as I am, so I get to spend a lot of time with him at the ballpark.  I also have a camper on a semi-permanent lot at a local lake.  When not riding, that’s my favorite place to be whether putting around on the boat, or taking a nap on the porch.  Of course there’s also my Superhawk that I occasionally take to racetracks around the Southeast enjoying track days and seeing different areas.
 
I first joined COG back in 2009, not too long after purchasing my C10.  I did not get very involved back then due to not plugging into things here in NC.  I re-ignited my interest in COG a few years ago and have been attending and conducting various wrench sessions here in the north part of the SE region.  Everyone I have met with COG have been really great as are the new friendships formed!


Jim Culp

Jim Culp, South Carolina AAD

Retired military. Married with two grown children (one boy, one girl) and 3 grandchildren (2 boys & 1 girl) Enjoy hunting (Hunter Safety Instructor), scuba diving (Scuba Diving Instructor), flying (Private Pilot) and motorcycling (MSF RiderCoach). Currently ride a 2000 ZG1000 and a 2002 GoldWing (my wife's choice for riding 2 up).


Jack McVickers

Jack McVickers, Tennessee AAD

I have been a member of cog for many years and served as the south Alabama AAD.I retired from work and my wife, Gwynn, and I moved to middle Tennessee. We live right next to the Natchez Trace in a small town called Hohenwald in Lewis county.  Being retired has given me much more time to ride, and I am enjoying that.


Ron Denney, Co-Webmaster

COG # 9317  AMA # 2808158

I bought my first motorcycle in 1966. My bikes have been 1966 Bridgestone 175cc, 1971 Suzuki 250cc, 1972 Suzuki 750cc (Water Buffalo), 1980 Kawasaki KZ750E, 2000 Kawasaki Concours.  I currently have a 2004 Honda Shadow Sabre 1100 and a 2011 Kawasaki Concours.

I had been out of motorcycling for quite a few years until I bought my 2000 Concours in September 2010.

 I am retired from the Electric Utility Industry. I worked in Commercial Nuclear Power part of the industry primarily as a Health Physicist (Radiation Safety)  for 35 years and retired to Alabama in 2010. My wife and I have lived in the southeast, northeast, west, and midwest.

   


Tom Snavely, Co-Webmaster

 Having ridden a motorcycle exclusively for years in as a teen - 24/7/365 without any of the great gear we have today, the fever had pretty much cooled for years. Until running into an Adventure Touring couple on their way from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego slowly infected me again. That started the search, which led me to the COG Users group. Convinced that Connie was the bike, I found a 2006 with 1100 miles on it, a virtual virgin. “Low altitude flying” is now a huge thrill again, and I’m working on stamina and peg scraping.

Contributing to the group and helping out with a bit of web maintenance is my way of saying thanks.



 

 

 

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