Log for 2018
Sunday 18th - LoH Lunch - Photos
Sunday 18th - Motorcycle Live at the NEC ride - Photos
Sunday 11th - Remembrance Day ride - Photos
Saturday 10th - Event Programme Planning Meeting - Photos
Saturday 3rd - Maidstone H-D Birthday Bash ride - Photos
Saturday 3rd - Mileage collection day (1 of 2) - Photos
Thursday 1st - Club Night - Photos
Sunday 28th - 'After the clocks go back' ride - Photos
Saturday 27th - Liphook Carnival ride - Photos
Saturday 27th - Ladies of the Chapter get together - Photos
Sunday 21st - ABC 2 ride - Photos
Robin Seymour led a superb ride today capturing fourteen ABC points for: Jacobs Well, Normandy, Fox Corner, Pirbright, Deepcut, Camberley, Surrey Heath, Yateley, Eversley, Wokingham District, St Nicholas Hurst, Oxford Harley, West Berkshire and Oxfordshire.
Big thanks to Axel for all the photo work and to Liz and Richard Francis for bringing up the rear. A good lunch at Wallingford bike cafe and great sunshine for the whole ride along roads that I am sure some would not have seen before. No mishaps or route changes.
Saturday 20th - Max's Diner ride - Photos
Ride leader Stephen Foster led thirty three Chapter members on twenty four bikes on a dry and sunny to the Diner returning early afternoon. Thanks to Chris Doody and Peter Ostinelli for performing the old back marker duties.
Sunday 14th - Brightona ride
This ride was called off due to adverse weather conditions.
Saturday 13th - Maritime Meander ride - Photos
Ride leader Andy Williams led twenty four bikes, though two had to turn back with faults on their bikes, on a two hour ride to Port Solent. Back markers on the way out were Liz Getgood and Stephen Foster with Vince Pyle taking over from Stephen on the return leg. Weather was warm and sunny roads were good.
Thursday 11th - Committee meeting
Saturday 6th - LoH 'Macmillian coffee morning - Photos
Saturday 6th - RTTW - Photos
Thursday 4th - Club Night - Photos
New Dealer Principal Aaron Presley picked up the baton from Toby and hosted a special Club Night at the dealership providing refreshments and even riding in the new FXDR 114 bike for everyone to admire.
Sunday 30th - Horsham AmeriCARna ride - Photos
Cliff Michie, with support from Paul, Trevor and Andy, led thirty seven bikes and four trikes on a twenty mile ride to Horsham. A great event celebrating American 50s & 60s culture with loads of bikes, cars and custom vehicles of the time, food and entertainment. Even Elvis stopped by to perform a show in the town centre bandstand.
Fri 28th-Mon 1st - Blazing Big Top - Photos
Peter Ostinelli led seven Hogsback members (on five bikes) from GH-D to the Rally at Hayling Island meeting up there with others who had travelled independently so that there totalled over twenty two Hogsback Chapter members at the Rally.
The Friday night saw Hogsback members adopt a Hawaiian theme as they partied away. The next day many who were riiding adopted onesies and helmet covers for the parade ride to the Bike Show on the Seafront. Dress code for the Saturday night was circus inspried.
The Sunday was a relaxing day with some choosing to leave the rally early, others chill out in the nearest pub whilst Peter Ostinelli led a small contingent on an impromptu ride to the Horsham AmeriCARna event and meet up with other members of the Hogsback Chapter there.
Once again the traditional end of season knees up at Hayling Island didn't disappoint.
Fri 28th-Mon 1st - Bruges - Photos
Henning Roesch led a party comprising of five bikes and ten members in good weather and to enjoy all the delights Bruges has to offer. Great company and safe riding by all made the trip most enjoyable. Thanks you to Graham and Gina as RC.
Fri 28th-Sun 30th - Iron Hog by Robin - Photos
Sunday 23rd - Not so Secret Bunker ride - Photos
On a very wet rainy day, ride leader Gary Morss turned up but unfortunately no one else did. Gary contented himself with a walk around the park and feeding the ducks before going home.
Saturday 22nd - Gatwick Aviation Day ride - Photos
Peter Ostinelli led eleven riders on a nice gentle ride from GH-D to the Gatwick Aviation Museum where they were treated to an excellent guided tour of the museum. The 'pièce de résistance' of the tour was the Shackleton aircraft and the tales told by retired Squadron Leader Mike Rankin. The day out was thoroughly enjoyed by all so much so that another visit could well be planned for next year. Thanks to the back markers Dell Evans and Jane Robertson.
Sat 22nd-Sun 23rd - Naughty Norfolk - Photos
Sunday 16th - Bodium Castle ride - Photos
Saturday 15th - Backwoods Breakfast ride - Photos
Ride leader Chris Doody scheduled an earlyish start for his ride (9:00am) from GH-D to the Old School cafe at Longcross near Chobham .... via a circuitous route. Approximately twenty riders and one trike rode down roads that most people just look at and think "where does that go?" and in the process Chris managed to fool most of the group on what the final destination actually was!
Many thanks to Liz Getgood and Gary Tew for back marking and to all who joined in on some of his favorite roads .....and tracks! After a speedily served breakfast, a more direct route was taken back to the dealership arriving there for about 1:00 pm.
Friday 14th - Sparkle Tour - Photos
Fri 14th-Sun 16th - Opale Shore - Photos
Henning Roesch led a party comprising of four bikes, one trike and seven members to Hardelot to enjoy a sunny weekend. Thanks to Graham and Gina for back marking the ride.
Sunday 9th - Brighton Burn Up ride - Photos
Saturday 8th - Reigate Caves ride - Photos
Saturday 8th - Guildford H-D Boot Sale & LoH Cake Sale - Photos
Thank you to all those who attended and supported the event and in particular those who manned the stalls and the Ladies of Harley with their cake sales. We are very pleased to say that we raised £288 for our charities from parts sales and around £140 from cake/coffee/tea sales (exact figure yet to be finalised). An excellent result.
Fri 7th-Sun 9th - Rumble in the Mumbles - Photos
Thursday 6th - Club Night - Photos
Plenty of patches, pins, pints, pals and patter plus tickets for the End of Season party went on sale; Katie Francis was patched up as the new Membership Officer and the new appointments at GH-D were introduced to everyone present.
Sunday 2nd - Kenley Classic Show ride - Photos
Cliff, with support from Trevor, Paul and Pete led twenty-six bikes and one trike on a scenic faultless ride to Kenley Aerodrome for their Annual Car & Bike Show. It was a great show with loads of nostalgic cars & bikes plus 50s rock’n’roll music .... A really enjoyable day.
Fourteen Chapter members went off to the Middle Mosel Winefest and it was the first time that we had stayed in this brand new hotel right in the heart of town. The underground parking was superb and we had use of a terrace which overlooked the Mosel and was a great place to view the fireworks from. The rooms were great and a good standard but must take a kettle with me next time.
There is no restaurant but there are loads within walking distance. The first night was the Bahnhof (train station) which was also a brewery and it was a great meal and evening. Second night we went to the Pizzeria opposite the hotel and had an ok meal but nothing to write home about. We went back to the Bahnhof on Saturday night but it was a limited menu and I think as apprentice chef as it wasn’t up to mustard but at least we got free dinks when I whinged.
The ride outs were great and in good weather but I think we will have to shorten the Saturday one as it was awkward to get back to the hotel and I got a telling off from the German police for leading the ride and filtering past a line of stationary traffic, I explained that I was sorry but its ok to do that in England and he let me off. Cue jeers from stationary Germans in cars. Also, the Dealerships were again pleased to see us and if you check out the website you will see the pictures from what was a great weekend.
I wasn’t going to run the weekend next year but those on the ride asked me to do it again, so I have booked twelve rooms, 9 double and 3 single. The hotel has held this year’s price for us, so I am looking forward to seeing you there.
No mishaps other than Steve Summers leaning his bike onto Beverly’s in the tunnel as he forgot to put his sidestand down and Beverly not being able to start on Monday morning due to the Softail battery problem. My thanks to Steve Foster, Axel and Vince for backmarking and Charlie and all for helping with Beverly’s bike.
Robin Seymour, Ride Leader
Sunday 26th - Salisbury Planes ride - Photos
Saturday 25th - County Hall Bike Display ride - Photos
Saturday 25th - New Members ride - Photos
Six solos and one trike rider attended the presentation followed by the group ride. We had enough Road Crew for two separate rides on different routes to Whiteways cafe where we had a de-brief then a group ride back to the dealership passing Dunsfold aerodrome where the Lancaster, Spitfire & Hurricane made two low crossings overhead. The presentation was given by Vince & Graham with Graham then leading the ride out.
Fri 24th-Tue 28th - Hogs to the Clogs - Photos
Thursday 23rd - Reading H-D Bike Night ride - Photos
Chris Doody led twelve bikes and one trike from Sainsbury's at Brookwood braving the early evening traffic to go to Reading H-D for their bike night. Although a slow run we all managed to stay together. Many thanks to all who turned up at such short notice and thanks to Gary Tew for back marking.
Sunday 19th - Teapot Island ride - Photos
Ride Leader Malcolm Bradly led six bikes through the Surrey and Kent Countryside via a true mix of roads, from single track to wide dual-carriageways. Drop offs were very few as the group managed to stay close together and hence were not needed. We managed to park right outside the Teapot Museum and Café. We all went in to Cafe with tea and the full English breakfast proving very popular! Some looked around the grounds and some looked around the teapots before we set off for home with people peeling off as it became convenient for them. Thanks to all who turned up and thanks to Chis Brandham for watching our backs.
Saturday 18th - Hovercraft ride - Photos
Ride Leader Malcolm Bradly led ten bikes from GH-D via minor country roads and small villages to the South Coast. Due to a minor mishap, the group got split up but managed to regroup at Loomies Moto Café on the A32 before continuing down to Lee-on-Solent and the Hovercraft Museum. A good look round the extremely diverse exhibits, a drink and a snack in the Café, and we were ready to leave. Thanks to all who turned up and thanks to Jez Bevan for watching out backs.
Friday 10th - The Road to Cirencester ride
A very ominous start to the ride as the hailstones came down during Paul Andrews' ride leader briefing. However, the weather was okay as we left Guildford and made our way to our first stop for lunch near Andover. A drop of rain whilst we were having lunch didn't dampen our spirits and soon we were back on the road to Cirencester for the start of a great weekend.
A blistering hot day for Dell's ride to Selsey Lifeboat day. Forty-six Harleys from Hogsback met a load from Invicta, Thames Valley and 1066 making a total of ninety machines parading through the event which was a magnificent sight and sound.
Saturday 4th - Perch Cafe ride - Photos
Sat 4th-Sun 5th - Cheddar Gorgeous - Photos
Thursday 2nd - Club Night - Photos
Sunday 29th - Boathouse ride
Ride cancelled due to bad weather, high winds and rain pouring down at start and very windy in Littlehampton. Bring back the sun!
Saturday 28th - Chapter BBQ - Photos
Saturday 28th - Chapter BBQ ride - Photos
Peter Ostinelli led eighteen bikles on a scenic ride from GH-D to The Tree Public House on Box Hill for the Hogsback Chapter Summer BBQ. Total ride distance of 18 miles with no incidents to report. Thanks also to back marker Howard Pullen.
Saturday 28th - Calne Bike Meet ride - Photos
Peter Ostinelli led eleven bikes on a nice 75 mile ride, stopping on route at Little Nellies Diner for tea, coffee, bacon & Sausage sandwiches. Once at Calne the group split into several other groups and enjoyed the sights and activities there was on offer. Weather was good with one brief spell of rain on the 2nd leg on the way to Calne. There was a led ride back to GH-D where riders peeled off as when they neared their home destination. Thanks to back markers Chris Doody, Stephen Foster & John Holmes for their assistance.
Sunday 22nd - Woody's Toast on the Coast ride - Photos
Another bright sunny morning when fourteen Harley’s arrived in time for the 8.00am meet at Ryka’s café leaving early to enjoy a traffic free early morning ride, led by Woody and supported by Henning, down to the Sea Lane Café on the Worthing Seafront. After a ‘full English’ with coffee overlooking a flat calm sea, it was time to go. Some stayed to enjoy a coastal cruise, while the rest of us returned in time for Sunday lunch.
Saturday 21st - Whitstable Oyster Run ride - Photos
Twelve bikes left Ryka's behind Dik, supported by Gary and Carl, bound for Whitstable on the search for oysters and the sea. It was a great summer’s day for it as we headed through Surrey and through the byways and lanes of Kent, stopping on the way for refreshments before arriving smack in the middle of the annual Oyster Festival. Nothing they could do could stop us - certainly not the unadvertised Road Closure, nor the two miles of freshly-gravelled road, nor the crowds and clamour, and nor the fact that Special Parking Place No. One was filled with stick-beating, bell-jangling Morris Dancers. Fortunately Special Parking Place No. Two was still available and there we stopped to enjoy the sights and sounds of the local mollusc enthusiasts. While many of us succumbed to Jones' excellent fish and chips, at least one of us celebrated his birthday with his first oyster, before we all sped home the fast way. A very nice and a very full day.
Fri 20th-Sun 22nd - Ypres - Photos
Cliff Mitchie with support from Vince & Debbie, Andy & Jules and Stephen & Lisa took fourteen bikes and five trikes (29 people) on a leisurely weekend ride to the Battle fields of Ypres. The ride was targeted at new members and those new to riding on the continent. The highlights of the ride included the:-
- Hooge Crater Museum
- Site of the famous 1914 Christmas truce
- Tyne Cott allied and Langemark cemeteries
- Birth place of famous war poem In Flanders Fields
- Dunkirk Dynamo Museum
No visit to Ypres would be complete without attending the Menin Gate Ceremony, which Hogsback did in style by partaking in the ceremony and laying a wreath to the fallen.
To ensure we got the right mix of riding, sightseeing and socialising Hogsback stayed in the centre of Ypres close to the Menin Gate, the local Wipers Times brewery where we had a lively sampling tour, a large street market and the famous Flanders Fields Museum.
In addition to the sightseeing we had two good group dinners in local restaurants, with no riding until late the following morning! In total we covered about 380 miles, door to door. The ride, which aimed to achieve a good mix of riding, sightseeing and socialising was a big success.
Thursday 19th - Committee meeting
Thursday 19th - St. Barnabas Hospice ride - Photos
Wednesday 18th - Evening ride - Photos
Sunday 15th - Port Solent ride - Photos
Trevor Rawlings led twenty-two riders from Burger king in Guildford along to Loomies where we met up with another six Chapter members before continuing on to Port Solent Marina where we were joined just prior to arrival by a trike ridden by Titch. A fabulous selection of eateries to choose from at lunchtime to accompany the lovely sunny weather.
Only mishap was when one rider (don't worry Martin, we won't name you!) decided to turn off the A3 onto the Hogsback even though the turning wasn't marked and in the process took several other riders with him. Fortunately the back markers chased them down, retraced the route, picked up drop offs and re-joined the ride at Milford. Special thanks to Cliff Michie and Paul Andrews who unertook the back marking duties!
Saturday 14th - New Members ride - Photos
Six new members attended the presentation at GH-D. We were joined later by thirty plus bikes and four trikes so we split into three groups with four Road Crew per group. Each group took a scenic route via Petworth to Whiteways near Arundel. Following a coffee/sarnie break the groups combined for the return ride to GH-D led by Woody. A great ride with only one issue of a drop off leaving their point when they saw a Highviz, unfortunately it was another biker not from Hogsback!
Sunday 8th - Morning Madness ride - Photos
Fantastic Morning Madness Ride led by Chris North. Bridges crossed Putney, Wandsworth, Battersea, Albert, Chelsea, Vauxhall, Lambeth, Westminster, Waterloo (twice), Tower Bridge and Putney again. Thanks also to back markers Cliff and Graham and for all the riders & pillions turning up with fourteen bikes and one trike. Fab food at Le Pain Quotiden, Parsons Green. Bring it on for next year.
Saturday 7th - Bosham ride - Photos
Friday 6th - Prom Ride - Photos
Cliff with support from Jane & Chris led fifteen bikes from GH-D to Windsor, through the rush hour traffic, to pick up Club member Lee’s son Lewis and escort him to his school prom in Ascot. On arrival in Windsor, Lewis’s mum Lou provided some light refreshments. Apparently Lewis’s arrival was the best and loudest prom entrance! After dropping of Lewis we then retreated to a local pub for a well earned drink. As a thank you Lee donated £50 to the Hogsback charity fund.
Thursday 5th - Club Night - Photos
As predicted, the great weather meant that a lot of members turned up on their bikes! A busy Club Night with Robin valiantly holding things together in Dell's absence.
Jane Robertson led thirty-one bikes and one trike for a great day out with gorgeous sunny weather to Brooklands Motorcycle Day. After meeting at Newlands Corner, Jane took a very scenic route through the Surrey Hills to the second pickup point at Ryka’s.
There was no shortage of things to do and see at Brooklands including: bikes dating back to the early 1900’s right up to the modern day; a brand new aircraft hanger with the newly refurbished Wellington Bomber on display and the famous Hill Climb! A dealership staff member took on the challenge charging up the hill like a Bat out of Hell and struggling to stop at the top (Name withheld as innocent until proven guilty!!)
For those looking for something a little different, there was the Car & Bus Museums displaying vehicles through the ages and for some, a sit down on the grass with an ice cream topped the day. A highly recommended venue and a day that was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Thanks to Steve foster and John Holmes for doing a sterling job keeping us all together.
Sunday 24th - Hanworth Picnic ride - Photos
On a pleasant Sunday morning ride leader Paul Andrews led a total of twenty-five Harley Davidsons on a leisurely bimble through the Surrey Countryside to Bushy Park. After a parade ride circuit of the lake and fountain for photographs the bikes were parked up for display to the general public along with many classic cars, motorcycles and 50’s themed dance arena.
Our ‘Support vehicle’ arrived at lunchtime to dispense sustenance in the form of thirty-five packed lunches for Chapter members and the odd waif and stray, courtesy of Susan Andrews. After a short siesta in the shade riders gradually made their way home or stayed to sample further the delights of the dance floor. We raised £100 for one of our nominated charities. Finally, thanks to sweepers Cliff Mitchie, Chris North and Trevor Rawlings.
A bright midsummer evening attracted fourty-eight Harleys and pillions on the return of Midnight Madness. Woody, supported by a brilliant team of road crew (which included Dell Evans, Paul Andrews, Henning Roesch, Peter Ostinelli, Chris North, Andy England, Roger Bonnici, Chris Doody, Cliff Michie, Steve Routh, Andy Williams, Steve Foster and John Holmes), managed to guide the group through the chaos of central London negotiating three sets of road work diversions then arriving safely at every landmark.
Special mention to Charlie and Bernice Gordon who rode all the way from Lincolnshire to join us; the friendly Police officers on the Mall; the welcoming group of security guard’s for parting the waves through the crowds in Covent Garden to cheers and applause from the tourists; all the screaming girls on hen nights for adding a little glamour; the staff at Troia for their excellent service and all our members involved for contributing to a memorable evening while enjoying their fifteen minutes of fame. Madness is back in style!
Fri 22nd-Sun 24th - Montacap - Photos
On a slightly overcast Friday morning, a small but perfectly formed group of Hogsback members assembled to ride to Stratford-Upon-Avon for a comfortable and relaxed weekend. After some lovely country roads, we stopped for morning coffee just north of Henley before taking some more scenic country roads to a particularly picturesque public house for lunch.
Following lunch, some ‘A’ roads were taken for the last few miles to the hotel in the centre of Stratford. After some rest and recuperation, the group assembled for an early evening meal before attending a modern production of Romeo and Juliet at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre on the banks of the River Avon.
On Saturday everyone was free to amuse themselves and absorb the many attractions and experiences in Stratford. Following a hearty breakfast, the bikes were packed and a different route was taken home with a coffee stop in a biker café close to Oxford. Due to medical reasons, the group leader was unable to ride, but lead the ride in a car driven by his wife. No incidents were experienced by any member of the group and nobody was lost or left behind.
Sunday 17th - Along the 272 ride - Photos
Saturday 16th - Southern Comfort ride - Photos
Five go to Eastbourne (aka Corkies Southern comfort ride)
Have you ever considered the optimum number of bikes for a ride-out: ten? twenty? fifty? hundred? Well, the answer according to ride leader Steve Cork is five! So it was that five lucky bikers, led by Steve, with Richard bringing up the rear, set off along the A281, leaving the clouds behind them and soon were enjoying the gentle curves and twisties along the A272 in bright sunshine before heading south again over the South Downs to pick up the coast at Newhaven and along to the Seven Sisters and the Birling Gap for a well deserved pit stop and coffee.
Just time for a photo opportunity at Beachy Head, with cliff edge views of the lighthouse, before riding on to experience the delights of Eastbourne's seafront and a stop for lunch at the Redoubt Fortress, built 200 years ago to keep Napoleon and the pesky French out. Returning home via the A27 to Brighton and up the A23 gave the group time to reflect on the elements of history, geography, geology, geomorphology, palaeontology and the benefits of small group riding they had experienced throughout the day.
Sat 16th-Sun 24th - Ring of Kerry - Photos
Chapter members enjoyed a fantastic week together exploring Southern Ireland. Open roads, stunning scenery, gorgeous weather (bit misty the first day but we were up a mountain!). Loads of laughs with the iconic local experiences, to be sure!! Ride Leader Carl Christensen had included some adventurous and challenging mountain roads (single track) giving everyone a magic moment of achievement and something to discuss over a well-earned dinner. Many thanks to Gary (the puncture) (thanks to Ron & Simon for the on the road repair) & Dik for taking it in turns to sweep at the back.
Fri 15th-Mon 18th - Normandy/Brittany - Photos
The group of fourteen led by Graham Woods and supported by Henning Roesch and Andy Williams as Road Crew departed from Newhaven - Dieppe early on Friday morning, followed by a leisurely ride to Honfleur where some of us cooled off in the pool while others walked down to the port, and an evening meal in the hotel. An early start to Le-Mont-Saint-Michel on Saturday morning where we spent a long day exploring the site, and restaurants, during another sunny day, returning to a free evening for everyone to enjoy their gastronomic preferences.
Sunday morning on to Arromanches-le-bain via Pegusus Bridge where we were treated to a celebratory marching display across the bridge by the Jersey Military Band and Vet’s marching past Madame Gondolais & the Mayor to the tunes of ‘Pack up your troubles’ & ‘Hitler has only got one…’. The weekend finished with a group meal in the Port. A great weekend!
Thursday 14th - Fish 'n' Chips ride - Photos
Thirty three Harley riders picked the right evening to ride with Dell Evans to the coast for fish and chips. The opening event for the World Cup was on and there was no one but us on the roads! A great ride there and back on a warm summer evening.
Sunday 10th - D-Day Revival at Southwick ride - Photos
Cliff Michie, with support from Liz Getgood and Steve Routh, led twenty three bikes and a trike on a leisurely ride to the Southwick Village Revival. Once there we stepped back in time to the 1940’s to celebrate Southwick's role in Operation Overlord. A great day with lots of authentic atmosphere. Cliff then led a ride back to Guildford.
Saturday 9th - Shepperton Fair ride - Photos
Trevor Rawlings led fourteen bikes and three trikes ( plus 3 extra members/bikes who joined us on part of the ride on Saturday) on this Saturday-Sunday overnighter with help from back markers Paul Andrews & Chris North for 2 wheel section with Del Evans & Stephen Foster alternating at the rear of the trikes. Busy weekend taking in Loomies, the New Forest, Beaulieu motor museum, Corfe Castle, Tyneham village, Lulworth Castle and Cove. Huge success with all attendees putting hands up for his next adventure.
Thursday 7th - Club Night - Photos
Busy Club Night with plenty of members turning up on a variety of bike including some mighty V8s; lots of new members introduced to the Chapter; Liz Getgood was patched up as the new Ladies of Harley Officer and Paul Cutler as additional photographer for the Chapter; and finally, Howard only went and won the Golden Key jackpot!
Set off from GH-D with twenty-three bikes and three trikes going through Milford, Haslemere, Midhurst and arriving Singleton and hour later. Led remaining ten bikes mid pm past Goodwood racecourse, Petworth finishing ride at Milford. Back markers Paul Andrews and Cliff Michie. No mishaps and much merriment had by all enjoying wealth of period buildings, re-inactors playing people of yesteryear, military games, horse display and jousting.
Saturday 2nd - Littlehampton ride - Photos
Catherine Cork led eighteen bikes and two trikes on a scenic and relaxed ride to the East Beach Cafe in Littlehampton which was designed by Royal Academian Thomas Heatherwick who used driftwood as his inspiration. The sun shone on us as we had coffee, cake or fish and chips on the outside benches and some even indulged in a full lunch with desert inside the cafe. It was good to be able to welcome several new members. The ride back was also leisurely. Special thanks to back markers Steve and John for their assistance.
Sunday 27th - Members Choice ride - Photos
Cliff Michie led twelve bikes on an amazing scenic ride, with not a single drop off or wrong turn, to “The Overlord Show” near Portsmouth (the destination being chosen by the membership). Despite threatening weather forecasts, it was an absolute scorcher of a day and a great event. Cliff led a more direct return ride back to Guildford. Support at the back was provided by Trevor & Imogen and Andy & Jules.
Ride leader Dell Evans led ten bikes (sixteen members) on a scorching hot long weekend in France. Visiting points of interest on each day, the highlights were the night out hosted by the owner of Troyes H-D, some lovely riding stopping off at the source of the river Seine and of course the Chateau visit in Beaune. Best of all was the people we travelled with making every moment such fun.
Thursday 24th - Devils Dyke ride - Photos
Sunday 20th - New Forest ride - Photos
Fri 18th-Mon 21st - Up the Camel - Photos
Chris North led and was ably assisted by backmarkers Cliff and Trevor and Stephen as Trike shotgun over 750 miles without a hitch. The gods were certainly with us: fab weather for the Dartmouth Cruise and for visiting St Michael's Mount; a delicious meal from Rick Steins in Falmouth plus of course, the wonderful Molesworth Arms Hotel in Wadebridge who looked after us. The final destination on our way home, was lunch at the American Diner Route 303. Special thanks to the Hogs and Hogets riding the five trikes and ten bikes which made the whole trip such a laugh.
Eleven lucky members riding eight resilient Harleys spent a glorious extended weekend travelling through France and Belgium staying in the wonderful city of Ghent. Dining and imbibing the finest that Belgium had to offer and topped off with Champagne breakfasts to boot. Ride leader Roger Bonnici was ably supported at the rear by 'Road Capitan' Andy England and his on-board navigator Carrol. It was a weekend to cherish forever.
Sunday 13th - Coast ride - Photos
Ride leader Robin Seymour changed the destination from the Coast to the Mayfly pub near Stockton taking thirteen bikes and one trike to the pu via a very circuitous route (2 hours) lots of back roads and twisties and in glorious sunshine! Robin briefed the temporary road crew and put the trike behind telling the crew to keep it in their view. He also explained how it would work to the trike and they were all happy. The ride was non eventful except for Robin going around a roundabout twice which did cause some confusion but no break up of ride. All in all a very enjoyable ride. Back markers were John Woodhouse and Mick (& Carol).
A great weekend with only one downpour and the sun came out to finish the ride off nicely. A big thank you to you all our fabulous singers and now our very own professional dancers which added to a memorable evening. The riding especially the Ventnor hill climb in the rain with a slippery surface was impressive and ride leader Andy England claims that he would never have gone down there if he'd thought it was going to rain!
Thanks to Dik, Paul and Carl for their excellent road crewing and advice, and Del, Trevor, Karen and Becca for their camera work. Looking forward to doing it again next year!
Monday 7th - Hastings Bike Meet ride - Photos
Sunday 6th - Goodwood ride - Photos
Henning Roesch led a delightful ride comprising thirty-seven bikes and two trikes along the beautiful countryside to glorious Goodwood for breakfast at the Pavilion. Good riding by all the members made for an effortless and enjoyable ride. Many thanks to Graham Woods as back marker, with Chris North and Dik Gregory as RC support to the trikes. Thank you to everyone for making it a great ride!
Saturday 5th - International Ladies Ride Day ride - Photos
Liz Getgood led a select group of ladies to Hayling Island to celebrate the ladies we know and those we don't know yet who ride. With clear windy roads four bikes and two trikes had a sunny ride to the Ferryboat Inn to enjoy lunch overlooking the sea before moving on to enjoy ice cream and a chance meeting with an unusually yellow Harley (from Guildford) but now lives on Hayling. Many thanks to Jane who rose from her sickbed to backmark and encourage a trike rider who has now managed to survive two of Liz's rides!
Fri 4th-Mon 7th - Yorkshire Aire - Photos
On a bright and sunny Friiday morning ride leader Paul Andrews left Cobham Services heading northwards to Yorkshire with five bikes and two Trikes and Ian Newton as temporary sweeper covering the rear. After lunching at Peterborough Services, the group travelled on to Newark where we met with Charlie & Bernie Gordon (Hogsback Chapter members. Charlie is also a Road Captain and Webmaster for Lindun Colonia H.O.G.) Charlie then led us a scenic route via the Humber Bridge to our North York destination with PA sweeping the tail.
Saturday. A non riding day and a fine tour of historic York courtesy of Andy Waller (Hogsback Chapter Member. Andy is also a Road Captain and the Safety Officer for Aire Valley H.O.G.)
Sunday. Met up with Aire Valley Chapter (35 bikes in total) for a days ride across the Moors to Whitby led by Andy Waller and marshalled by the Aire Valley Road Captains.
Monday. Return South via a second scenic route again led by Charlie Gordon to Gainsborough with PA as sweeper. PA then led the final motorway leg via Peterborough with Ian Newton as temporary sweeper. Broke ride at M25/A3 junction. Excellent weather each day. Very positive feedback. Everyone happy.
Thursday 3rd - Club Night - Photos
A beautiful sunny evening made for a busy Club Night with over seventy bikes on show! Amongst all the goings on, Pete Hillier begrudingly gave Invicta Chapter the Inter-chapter Bowling Trophy.
Sunday 29th - BikeSafe with the Met - Photos
On a rather chilly, overcast but dry Sunday morning on April 29 th 2018, an eager group of seventeen Chapter members assembled at Cobham Services in readiness to ride to the sports centre of the Met Police in Hayes near Bromley.
Following some group photos upon arrival at The Warren, the group had a ‘classroom’ session for most of the morning. The attendees were then allocated in pairs to a police rider and proceeded to enjoy the rest of the day being assessed by the officer. Each person was given personal feedback by their police mentor before the group rode back to Cobham Services. All participants felt motivated to research further advanced riding courses with either IAM or RoSPA.
Before leaving Cobham Services in the morning, the group had a whip-round and donated one hundred and forty pounds to the Police Benevolent Society which was warmly and gratefully accepted.
Saturday 28th - Hamble ride - Photos
On a grey and overcast day but crucually one with no rain, Stephen Foster led a total of fourteen Chapter members on eleven bikes down to the coast for a cup of tea and a chat with help back marking from Paul Andrews and Roger Bonnici.
Fri 27th-Mon 30th - Cider Rally - Photos
John Holmes led a small contingent from the Dealership down to Weston-Super-Mare picking up members en route stopping at Thruxton race track for a cup of tea (and to give us all a chance to prepare for a heavy downpour) and Cheddar Gorge for a drink to revive us before reaching Pontins at Sand Bay, the venue for this year's Cider Rally. Other Chapter members had wisely checked the weather forecast and decided not to brave the conditions and opted to go by car instead!
The usual mayhem and madness that is the Cider Rally followed!
Sunday 22nd - Coast ride - Photos
Saturday 21st - 40th birthday Celebration Road Trip - Photos
As part of her attempt to visit all 32 UK & Ireland Harley dealerships, Jo Hadwin from the lll Rivers chapter dropped by GH-D late on this Saturday afternoon and was given a warm Hogsback welcome.
If all goes to plan Jo will ride 2500 miles in 17 days and visit 4 countries!
Saturday 21st - Billy's Café ride - Photos
Liz Getgood led twenty-three bikes and three trikes for a loop ride with a break in the middle at Billy's Cafe. We also had with us on the road a prize winner pillion on Trevor's bike. The Sun shone on us for the entire trip and at Billy's we were met by Ken, Ian and Hamish. Thanks to Cliff Michie for back marking and special thanks to John Holmes for being rear marker behind the trikes.
Saturday 21st - “Motorcycles Matter” Awareness ride - Photos
Five intrepid bikers including ride leader Chris North, assisted by Head Road Captain Graham Woods pitched up at Ryka's for the ride to Parliament Square in glorious sunshine. The going was tough riding into London, sharing the road with hundreds of bikers who didn’t have the discipline of formation riding! This really confirms the Chapter instructions in how to ride safely in formation. Vic, the Chapter’s oldest riding biker at 84, was also present at Parliament Square. We then rode back to GH-D
Thursday 19th - Amble to Amberley ride - Photos
Liz Getgood led a ride comprising of eleven bikes and one trike on a scenic route to the Riverside Tearooms in Amberley, and if the saying "the sun shines on the righteous" is correct, then the twelve of them were truly righteous! They sat by the river where they were joined by Kate and Dave and enjoyed a lazy lunch before taking the A283 (the old A3) back to the dealership. Thanks to Paul for riding behind the trike, Jez and Richard for being tail end sweepers.
Sunday 15th - Ride to Rye ride - Photos
Chris Brandham led sixteen bikes on a nice ride to Camber Sands.
Saturday 14th - Surrey Oakey Cokey ride - Photos
The heavens looked down kindly on the thirty-three bikes and two trikes ride leader Roger Bonnici led on a very pleasant rumble through some of the most scenic roads in Surrey and Sussex to arrive at the final destination, the 'Surrey Oaks' in Newdigate where some excellent grub was consumed. Warm sunshine together with the best temperatures so far this year were soaked up by all forty-one happy Chapter members during the ride there, through lunch and the return ride back to the dealership. Big thanks to assisting Road Crew, Cliff Michie and Robin Seymour for keeping the ride tidily together at the rear and the Surrey Oaks for catering so well for us all. If only every riding day's weather was this good!
Thursday 12th - Committee Meeting
Wednesday 11th - Bentley Priory ride - Photos
Ride leader Paul Andrews led eleven bikes from GH-D (with assistance from Liz Getgood, Jez Bevan and Stephen Foster who tailed our new member Trike) for a trip to Bentley Priory, Stanmore with its impressive building and grounds. There was a modern museum and pleasant cafe. 105 dry miles with positive responses all round.
Sunday 8th - Port Solent ride - Photos
Ride Leader Cliff Michie, with support from Andy and Liz, ventured out with five rufty tuffty bikers on a dampish morning to ride to a Yankee Car meet at Port Solent. By the time we arrived it was raining and I guess American Chrome doesn’t wear well in the rain. But all was not lost as back marker Andy did manage to see the car of his dreams in the form of an Austin Allegro Panda Car. Each to their own! We then had a great breakfast at the Marina Harvester to prepare us for the wet ride back to Surrey.
Saturday 7th - Chichester Harbour ride - Photos
Stephen Foster led twenty three bikes on a dry if somewhat overcast 110 mile ride with support from back markers Andy (no pants) & John Holmes.
Thursday 5th - Club Night - Photos
Another busy Club Night at The Princess Royal.
Monday 2nd - Crofton Beaming ride - Photos
Due to the inclement weather only three people from the Hogsback Chapter and four from Thames Valley Chapter joined ride leader Malcolm Bradly on a wet amble through the country side of Hampshire and Wiltshire to arrive at the Crofton steam Beam Engines.
We started off with a warm drink and a bite to eat before exploring the two Engines. We left Crofton for a damp ride home but stopped off at Blackbushe Airfield again for another warm drink and the chance to say our goodbyes. Thanks to everyone who turned up and to thanks to Liz and Don for watching our backs.
Sunday 1st - Charity Easter Egg Run - Photos
Great turnout for the Charity Easter Egg Run to Shooting Star Chase Christopher's Hospice, the kids loved it. (Short) Ride by Axel with backmarkers Peter and Pete.
Saturday 31st - New Members ride - Photos
New Safety officer Vince Pyle and Head Road Captain Graham Woods prepared a new presentation for the first new members ride of 2018 and what a turnout. With fourteen new members in it, the conference room resembled a carriage on the Piccadilly Line and boy was it hot!
The new members, which included four trikes were joined by fourteen road crew and various existing members on two big rides to Whiteways near Arundel. Sweepers were followed by the trikes who then had a further two road crew behind them on each ride, which was a great success.
The return ride saw the two groups combine into one large group with three of our new marshals gaining valuable experience of sweeping a big ride back to the dealership, and dealing with one breakdown which was quickly resolved. Altogether a very successful five hour event!
Sunday 25th - History on Wheels ride - Photos
The clocks went forward but still twenty six bikes & one trike turned up early at The Princess Royal. A pretty 30 mile hop along the back roads to Eton Wick and the History on Wheels Museum where we were warmly welcomed. An hour and a half roaming around this quirky place then it was off to lunch at the Hen & Chicken Bisley. Dell the ride led with help at the back from Cliff, Chris D & Trevor.
Sunday 25th - Interchapter Tenpin Bowling Event - Photos
Pete Hillier led the fifteen valiant Hogbackers who responded to the Chapter call for ten pin bowlers! In the Tri-Chapter Challenge, held at Crawley bowling alley, we met fellow ‘Hoggers’ from 1066 and Invicta Chapters. In a match consisting of two games, the Chapters were split evenly over the lanes and battle commenced. In a very closely bowled contest, unfortunately Hogsback came third with a total of 2883 pins, 1066 were second with 2956 pins and Invicta emerged the winners with 3166.
Clive Butler from 1066 claimed the highest game with a very splendid 193. Invicta were presented with a ‘Challenge Winners’ trophy and 1066 ’s Clive Butler received a ‘High Game’ trophy. The emphasis was on having fun and everyone from all Chapters enjoyed themselves and is ready for a rematch next year.
Saturday 24th - GH-D Birthday - Photos
A dreary wet start to the day couldn't dampen the enthusiasm of Chapter members and other Harley afficianados as they made their way to the dealership to celebrate it's ninth birthday. A band, a hog roast, plenty of bikes and good company made it another succesful event at GH-D.
The Ladies of Harley cake stall excelled (as it usually does) and LoH Officer Ruth Palmer confirmed that they raised £727.27 for Chapter Charities with the odd amount due to someone finding coins in the car park!!
So BIG thanks to The Tea Ladies - Julie, Louise, Irene, Gina, Tracy, Margaret, Lisa, and to the bakers - Sue, Hillary, Catherine, Caroline, Malcolm, David, Rebecca and many others who made the stall go so successfully.
Saturday 17th - H-D Satnav workshop - Photos
On a cold snowy morning, about twenty-five Hogsbackers congregated in the Hall at Bramley Infants School for a brief overview from Pete Hillier on the Infotainment headunit fitted into H-D Touring model bikes and the use of the Harley-Davidson Rideplanner for route planning and compilation.
It all started with coffee and doughnuts (of course!) .... and a charity donation box for good measure. Attendees were given electronic copies of the presentations (if they brought a clean memory stick with them), which also included the processes required to update unit software and stored maps.
A splendid total of £112.00 was collected, allowing Hogsback to donate £50.00 to the school’s PTA and £62.00 to Chapter Charities.
Sunday 11th - ABC 1 ride - Photos
Eight riders braved the weather forecast and joined Robin 'Rain Man' Seymour as he decided to do the West Country version of his ABC ride as it looked the driest. How right he was as there was no rain, some sunshine and it wasn't too cold either. 150 odd miles covered with the ride finishing at Buck services on the A303.
The following places were visited: Bentley, New Alresford, Itchen Abbas, Stockbridge, Grately, Quarley, Thruxton Down, Wiltshire, Zeals, Dorset, Mere, Kingston Deverill, Hill Deverill, Longbridge Deverill, Hampshire, Andover and Test Valley which is 17 points for the ABC. No Mishaps and all got back safely. Thanks to Trevor and Axel for the photos and safety.
Saturday 10th - Mileage day registration - Photos
Saturday 10th - Road Crew Training - Photos
Thanks to the twenty one Road Crew who turned out on a wet Saturday morning to join Head Road Captain Graham Woods for an early season Road Crew meeting to discuss new safety measures for route marking. Special thanks to Jim Cordell for his research on how trikes are integrated within other chapters and suggestions for making trike owners feel welcome. During the New Road Crew training rides we experimented with an additional solo marshal following the trikes and lending support to the trike participants.
The meeting was followed by a full group training ride out to Goodwood in support of our four new Road Marshals. New marking techniques were successfully demonstrated and we finished late afternoon at GH-D. Finally, a big thank you to Karen Rawlings for organising refreshments and seating at Bramley school.
Thursday 8th - Club Night SoS @ GH-D - Photos
A busy Club Night down at the dealership where, along with the usual pals, patter and ride promotion, GH-D provided pints and platters! So a big thank you to Toby and his team for their hospitality.
Sunday 4th - LoH Lunch - Photos
LoH Officer Ruth Palmer organised a successful LoH Lunch for twenty-four ladies and their guests at The Red Lion Shamley Green. They beat the weather for some great food, fun and laughter!
Saturday 3rd - Mileage day registration - Photos
Thursday 1st - Club Night SoS @ GH-D
Cancelled due to the 'Beast from the East'.
Sunday 18th - Bisley Shoot - Photos
The Chapter Annual Shoot at Bisley was attended by fourteen members organised by Dell Evans and Bill Morris. They had a surprisingly sunny February day and fired a number of different types of firearms. The best shot and Chapter Cup winner was Genevieve Ryan. Yet another lady wins - this is getting strangely repetitive. A couple of member's liked it so much that they have joined the shooting club.
Saturday 17th - Trike Meeting @ GH-D - Photos
Saturday 3rd - New Road Marshal Inauguration - Photos
Thursday 1st - Club Night - Photos
Busy old Club Night with a few members braving the elements and turning up on their bikes! In addition to the usual business of Club Night, there was the introduction of the new Activities, Charity and Safety Officers; awards to the ten Chapter members who won the UK & Ireland Chapter Challenge highest mileages; the handing over of cheques to the various charities that the Chapter had supported in 2017 and the launch of the 2018 Chapter t-shirt and sweat shirt.
Sunday 28th - Short Notice ride - Photos
An enjoyable little ride from GH-D to Ryka’s with 3 members of our Chapter in attendance. A warm cuppa and a compulsory bacon bap was a pleasant distraction whilst we chatted about this coming year’s Official Chapter rides, life, the Universe and Everything!
Saturday 27th - Garage Day 2 @ GH-D - Photos
Saturday 20th - Charity Race Night - Photos
In the words of those that came along .... "Lots of fun", "Brilliant Fun great evening", "Hogsback Chapter knows how to create a great evening", "Fab time had by everyone", "Laughed so much", "Big Success".
Thank you every one that helped make this evening by coming along, to those that helped out during the evening, and of course a special mention for the man with the microphone, Master of Ceremonies, Howard Pullen.
The total raised for Chapter charities during the evening was a whopping £735.00. Maybe the new Charity Officer will do another one next year!
Saturday 20th - Puncture Day @ GH-D - Photos
Thursday 18th - Committee Meeting
Saturday 13th - Garage Day 1 @ GH-D - Photos
A dry if somewhat cold day meant that there were lots of bikes at GH-D today which was busy with Membership Officer Tatiana Kovaleva collecting membership subs; the reveal of GH-D's entry, The Petrali Racer by Michael Noble & Neil Blandford, into the 'Battle of the Kings' and a session with Aaron and Neil in the Workshop talking about pre-ride checks, levels and technical trivia Garage Day.
Sunday 7th - Snowball Run ride - Photos
Carl led the first ride out of 2018 which was a delightful ‘cool’ and ‘chilled’ affair in every sense of the word! Only the brave including two Ladies blew away those winter cob webs to enjoy a group ride out (16 bikes or there abouts) for a hearty late morning brunch at Brighton City Airport’s Art Deco terminal building! Thank you Axel & Jez for sweeping.
Thursday 4th - Club Night Quiz - Photos
A busy Club Night with some even turning up on bikes! Stephen Foster compered the Quiz with support from Larry and Nigel who were the official adjudicators and Charlie, Joanna, Nigel and Larry who provided questions.
The winning team with a score of 40 out of a possible 68 was '6 of the Best' headed up by Malcolm Bradly. They did very well but in the final round to decide who would host next year's quiz, they only managed to score 13 out of 15. The team that has the honour of compiling next year's quiz is 'Top Dog' headed up by Dell Evans. They won the final round by one point with a score of 14 out of a possible 15. They also did very well overall with a score of 36 out of 68.
Incidentally, Axel has photographic evidence of all members in the said teams!