Hogsback Charities for 2018 announced
Following nominations from members, the Chapter Committee have chosen the following three charities for the Chapter to support this year:
The committee thanks everyone who sent in a nomination and the following that were not selected will each receive a donation of £100 each from our funds: - Ellenor, Sam Beare Hospice, Stepping Stones DS and British Biker Relief Foundation.
New Chapter Officers
Congratulations to the following who were elected by the Chapter Committee and will take up their posts immediately:
- Activities Officer - Eileen Ostinelli
Eileen is enthusiastic about taking on the role and has already started working on events for us all to enjoy.
- Charity Officer - John Fluker
Many of you will know John in his role as a Chapter photographer. He has had a running start with the funds raised at the recent Charity Race Night!
- Safety Officer - Vince Pyle
Vince has a lifetime of experience as a biker and is an advanced rider with a raft of qualifications including as an instructor and examiner - we are very fortunate to have him.
Battle of the Kings 2018
'Battle of the Kings' is a worldwide, custom, bike building competition for all Harley-Davidson dealers. The entry from our dealership has now been been revealed and voting has started!
After placing in the top 5 of the national finals for 'Battle of the Kings' last year, Michael Noble and the team at Guildford knew that this year their entry had to wow the crowd even more. The Petrali Racer is homage to Joe “Smokin’ Joe” Petrali, a Harley-Davidson motorcycle racing great from the mid-twenties to late 1930s. He won 49 AMA national championship races, a record that stood for 55 years.
Michael Noble set to work with Master Tech Neil Blandford, Guildford to nail the modern-take on a 1935 dirt/flat track racer and did just that. Be it from the fabricated 2-1 stainless exhaust or the matt finish Art Deco Harley paint scheme infused with modern touches such as micro LED indicators, the package draws attention.
Chapter Membership renewal for 2018
It's that time of year again folks where we all have to renew our Chapter membership. For those not lucky enough to receive the 'Gift of Freedom' for Christmas, membership renewal costs £20.00 until the end of March when it increases to £25.00.
Those familiar with online banking can pay via BACS. Details on how to do this can be found at the bottom of the 2018 membership form.
Inaugural 'Winter Ball' - Saturday 10th February
Flyer >>> Normally February is a month where not a lot of activity (bike or otherwise) is happening, but not this year. Hogsback, Invicta and Thames Valley chapters have got together to host the inaugural 'Winter Ball' at the Reigate Manor Hotel, and what a great bash it’s going to be.
So get out the old DJ, put on a posh frock and layer on the war paint because we are going to party all night to Robbie Paston and a live band. The theme is Toffs and Scruffs which means if dressing up ain’t your thing come as you want, we just want your company.
"How much is this going to cost?" I hear you say. A mere £35.00 per person which includes a two course meal ... "what a bargain" I hear you cry. If you want to stay the night it will cost £79 for a single and £89 for a double for bed and breakfast, alternatively 10 minutes down the road is the Premier Inn Burgh Heath at £37.50 if you book in advance.
This is a first for the three chapters and your support will be really appreciated. So see you in February to blow those winter blues away with friends old and new.
Tickets (£35.00) are now on sale from Katie at GH-D, from Andy England and will be available at January Club Night.
The latest edition of the Chapter Newsletter is now available in the Members area of the website. Hardcopies will be available at Club Night or can be picked up from GH-D.
Keeping the Website up to date in 2018!
If you spot any broken links or have any comments to make concerning the Chapter website, please email them to me at:
Czes Wicherek - Webmaster
Weekends Away for 2018 announced at December Club Night
A very busy December Club Night at GH-D featuring a fashion show and the launch of the Weekends Away for 2018 amongst all the activity! For more details of what fabulous trips have been organised, check out the Events and Weekends Away pages in the Members area of the Chapter website or click on Trevor below to see the promotional flyers for each Weekend Away.
The Chapter Shop in the Members area has been updated to include all the Chapter merchandise that is available.
H.O.G. Safer Rider Scheme
Have you done some advanced training or a Bifesafe assessment this year? We would like to know because if twelve or more Chapter members have done so this year, the Chapter will get an award from H.O.G. So if you have, it would be appreciated if you would send a scanned copy of your certificate to Head Road Captain Graham Woods and we will do the rest.
2017 Hogsback Chapter Survey published
As announced at the November Club Night, the results of the 2017 Hogsback Chapter Survey are now available on the Members Area page of the website.
How to get your face on Faces
We have only five faces for the last new 75 members that have joined! So please do send us your details now! Simply email email@example.com with:
- a recent photo taken from one of the Club Night or Ride galleries (copy & paste or URL)
- your Hogsback membership ID (eg 578)
- your full name
Had a great time and want to let the HOG World know?
Stories that you want shared in H.O.G. national communications should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may or may not be aware that member stories can also now be shared on-line on HOG.com. Once a member has signed into their on-line profile they can read articles submitted by other members or submit their own. Options are available in the drop down menu that appears under “Live to Ride” on the page that appears once a member has signed in. It looks like this:
H.O.G. UK and Ireland Facebook page
Since the launch of the HOG UK and Ireland Facebook page, word is getting out and H.O.G. are seeing good growth in the numbers of likes and shares. Engagement is also good with members submitting pictures and making positive comments on posts.
You can connect to the page via the blue link at the top of this page or via the url https://www.facebook.com/HOGukandireland/.
Please send any suggestions or feedback on the page and its contents to Marjorie Rae who is the H.O.G. Consumer Experience Manager, UK & Ireland.
It’s still early days but hopefully you can help H.O.G. in developing it and getting the word out to others that it’s there.
Remember - if you want your posts to get picked up when sharing – use #HOGukandireland. To send pictures – message the page or e-mail: HOGukandireland@harley-davidson.com or tag us on #HOGukandireland.
Hogsback Chapter Bylaws
Version 1.3 of the Chapter Bylaws is now available on the Membership page of the website under Membership Information. The new version contains several clarifications in the light of current practice, has been approved by the Dealership and was ratified at the full Committee meeting in January.
Hogsback policy clarification - 29/05/2015
At a meeting last night we reviewed our existing membership and riding policies. This review took place in the context of our Charter from H.O.G.®, the expectations of the Dealership, and what we believe to be at the heart of issues that have arisen over the past few months within the membership.
It was concluded an extract of the forthcoming Chapter FAQ should be published (in the Chapter Standing Notices section of the website and via a special e-Shot) without delay. It re-emphasises what we expect of ourselves in Hogsback with respect to recent issues, and why.
Toby Sleeman, Dealer Principal
Dik Gregory, Director
Dell Evans, Assistant Director
Robin Seymour, Assistant Director
Pillions: to join or not to join ...?
Ever asked yourself this question? Well check out the answer in the Chapter Standing Notices now in the Membership!
Continuing to avoid back patch troubles
You may already be aware that H.O.G. are promoting a series of new logos. As well as the traditional 'Classic' H.O.G. patch, an alternative new look eagle patch, which now incorporates the bar and shield, will shortly be available through the Chapter. You will be welcome to choose either design.
However, we would like to bring to your attention a further logo which is featured on page 43 of Issue 4 2013 H.O.G. magazine. This shows a patch with a skull, wings and a top and bottom rocker. After consultation with a worldwide MCC with local connections, we advise that H.O.G. members should not wear any item of clothing bearing this logo. Accordingly, these patches will not be available from our Merchandise Officer.
If you are unclear about this advice please contact either the Director, a senior member of the Committee or the Dealer Principal.
UPDATE - We have just received this communication from Harley-Davidson Europe Ltd:
"Following consumer feedback on the new skull with wings patch, please be advised that the option is currently withdrawn and will not be available until further notice."