I didn't get my membership free, as I bought used. Joined in '95, Life member now. I belong to both national and local although not active in either, spending way too much time remodeling my house and working. Enjoy the mags., and other benifits,like roadside assist. I'm not really into a lot of the loooong rides that they are into, but like attending the events. I've belonged to other MC clubs that required attending meetings and minimums of runs, events etc.. I just don't have time and am not interested in the politics of that! So. HOG fits my lifestyle and works for me. If it doesn't work for you, so be it, I won't try to push it on you. Just keep ridin' and enjoy!