"I thought it was odd there was never an organized club," he said.
From there, Rogers and a handful of others in the Kanawha Valley got together and started planning the chapter. The group learned that there were 86 people in West Virginia who subscribed to "The Antique Motorcycle," and that number was a start for recruitment for the chapter.
The chapter obtained a business license in May and a 501(c )(3) designation.
"There's a lot to it," Rogers said. "We had to come up with $1,000 cash just to get started."
While part of the chapter's goal is to provide an outlet for vintage motorcycle fans, it also aims to raise money for charitable organizations, like the March of Dimes. Though the chapter is young, it's already participated in the "Bikers for Babies" event in Flatwoods in August. Rogers said the group is looking for other fundraising opportunities as well.
"We didn't raise a lot of money, but it's a start," Harlow said of the event.
Historically, Rogers and Harlow said West Virginia doesn't have as much of a vintage motorcycle presence as other states.
"You don't find that many bikes that often in West Virginia," Harlow said. "They're few and far between here."
Rogers said part of that has to do with history.
"You got to keep in mind that West Virginia was one of the last states to get modern roads," he said. "(Motorcycles) were here, but not in great numbers."
"But what you find out by having a club like ours is that...they're out there," he said. "There's definitely a big interest."
"That's the part I like about it," he said. "You meet new friends, new people."
Though Rogers's 1947 Indian is his current project -- he's just finishing a five-year restoration -- he owns several bikes, both antique and modern. His wife, Cathy, also owns a few bikes herself.
Harlow is in the same situation, also having several older bikes.
"If you get bit by that bug, you're going to have the virus for the rest of your life," Rogers joked. "We're fortunate to have spouses that put up with it, that's for sure."
To learn more about membership in the club, contact Ed Given at 304-765-5193.
Contact writer Matt Murphy at Matt.Mur...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4817.