Log for 2018
Sunday 20th - New Forest ride - Photos
Fri 18th-Mon 21st - Up the Camel - Photos
Fri 18th-Sun 20th - Ladies and Ghents - Photos
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).
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
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!