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HooDoo Hippies Chapter
PO Box 912
Spirit Lake, Idaho 83869-0912


Jack Clark

Born, raised and lived in the Denver area until I moved to Coeur d'Alene in 1998. Retired from a career in printing in 2013. Started riding when I was 15 – a Vespa. I have owned more than 40 motorcycles and currently own a 1967 Triumph TR6C and ride a 2003 Road King. I competed, on an amateur level, in enduros and motorcycle drag racing. I first went to Sturgis in 1977 and have been every year since 1985. I am life member of the AMA and HOG. I also belong to the MRF and ICMS. Motorcycles, and the people who ride them, have always been an important part of my life.




Deputy Coordinator

Roy Fisher

I grew up on Vashon Island, Washington. Did four years in the Navy, worked 11 years in the shipyards, the 22 years at Boeing. My first street bike was a 750 triumph chopper I got in 1976, then a Norton, and bought my first Harley in 78, which I still have. I have owned 14 Harleys. Motorcycle rights are important to me. I am still a member of Washington ABATE, the A.M.A. and the M.R.F.



Rick Menzel

Born 6/17/1946 in Madison,Wisconsin.After getting out of the USAF,I started a mining carrer at the Climax mine in Leadville,CO.It was here that I came across bikers. We had campouts,rides,kegers and just basically enjoyed each other. 3 yrs. later the mine closed and we all went our separate ways. I moved to Sandpoint,ID and was again hooked up thru the biker culture thru my long time good buddy...Jeffro Kirk. I went to a couple of meetings and events that the Hoodoo Hippies put on and joined them in 1998.

In the years that followed I saw ABATE and Hoodoo go through changes both good and bad. Now that we are only three chapters, I would hope that all our members continue to put effort and time into this VOLUNTEER organization to make motorcycling safe,enjoyable and better understood by the public and government. Freedom of the Road brothers and sisters!



Tim Closson

I got hooked on motorcycles in High School when someone gave me a ride on the back of a BSA. I have never forgotten the adrenalin rush and the thrill of that first ride. The first motorcycle I ever owned was in 1964 when I was sixteen years old. It was a 1952 Panhead that had been pretty brutally chopped previous to my owning it, but I didn’t care. It was very loud, and very fast. I was the fastest kid in High School and that and drinking beer was all I cared about. I have owned several motorcycles since; a Triumph Bonneville, an AJS with a Harley KR engine in it, a 1974 Superglide with 14” over forks, a couple of Yamahas, and a newer FX Springer. Now I ride a ‘04 Road King but my baby is a ‘79 FXE. I was one of the very first original ABATE coordinators in North Idaho, in 1974 or 1975. Married to Crystal, my wife of almost twelve years, we live in Kootenai, ID.


Membership Secretary

Sharon Preston

Began riding on the back of Jack’s bike in 1992.  Although I earned my own motorcycle license in 1998 I only belong on the back of Jack’s bike.  Been to Sturgis many times and all over the western U.S. on the back of Jack’s bike.  Retired from working in 2011.  Have supported HooDoo thru donations and time for several years and became Membership Secretary of HooDoo January 2013.



Rick Harper

Rick was born and raised in Oregon, and found his home in Rathdrum where he works managing a machine shop. He joined the Hoodoo Hippies back in 02.

"I started riding when I was twelve, and I ride a softtail deluxe"

Rick is a dedicated ABATE member, and a good friend. Although he keeps somewhat a low profile, he has many interests, and is a handy guy to have around. His collection of fine vintage autos and harleys is proof of that, happy to be his friend, a "fellow hippy".

Hoodoo Hippies are Always Having fun



Julia Merkel

Hey! My name is Julia Merkel, member of the Hoodoo Hippy chapter out of Spirit Lake Idaho. Been riding for thirty some years now and was fortunate enough to ride while there were no helmet laws, free range riding for all colors, and Harleys were all kick start! The world has changed much! But I still love to ride, and now see where everyone's needed to KEEP our FREEDOM of the roads in tact!! A.B.A.T.E. is full of all kinds, it can be FUN at times, while we all work together maintaining our freedom, which is the POINT! Let's all try vounteering to help, it will give you wings!! :)



Award Winners 2009


Debbie Harper toungeshot

Debbie Harper, Bob, Julia

Debbie Harper At Hoodoo Vendor


Debbie, Kitty, Cat


The HooDoo Hippies meet every 1st Saturday, noon, Linger Longer, Spirit Lake

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