The Perfect Christmas present for you ..... or from you!
Every year at this time, the same old question gets asked: "Darling (substitute Father, Grandpa, Grandma, Buddy etc as appropriate), what would you like for Christmas?" but over time, we run out of small little ideas to tell our friends and families, and as a consequence have to try to look happy at the socks, scarfs or handkerchiefs we receive.
Well not anymore!
Wish for the “Gift of Freedom”: your very own 2018 Hogsback Chapter membership renewal. You or your friends and family can now buy this special gift voucher for £20 (cash only) from Katie at Guildford Harley-Davidson, or online by BACS and receive it by Royal Mail (+P&P £1.50). What a great surprise this will be! For details of how to pay online, contact
February 2018 - Inaugural 'Winter Ball'
Hogsback, Invicta and Thames Valley chapters have got together to host the inaugural 'Winter Ball'. Tickets (£35.00) are now on sale and will be available at December Club Night.
Full details on the Events page in the Members of the website.
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.
Officer Vacancy Elections
Axel was re-elected Head Photographer and Jim Cordell was announced as Chapter Trike Representative at the November Club Night.
Charity Race Night
Kick off 2018 in style with a Charity Race Night with a fish and chip supper at Bisley Village Hall. Tickets on sale from November Club Night onwards and available from Wendy Evans at a cost of £10.00 per person.
Full details on the Events page in the Members of the website.
It's that time of year again when Robin waits patiently to record your mileages for the year so if you have not already done so, why not pop into GH-D and hand in your mileage to one of the guys on the Service desk.
Miklos Salamon RIP
It is with great sadness I have to inform you that long standing Chapter member Miklos Salamon passed away at the weekend. Many of you will have ridden with Miklos over the years and a nicer, generous more dedicated biker would be hard to find. I have expressed the Chapter's heart felt condolences to Sally.
Dell Evans - Director
Road Crew Changes
Following the recent roadcrew meeting I have some changes to announce. First a big thank you to the following who are standing down from Road Crew: Andy Cripps, Gary Tew, Simon Risbridger and Andy Parker. The whole Chapter is indebted for your contributions to our enjoyment.
Welcome to the following new Road Marshals: Stephen Foster, Jane Robertson, John Holmes and Andy Williams. Once they have undergone re-chipping and some training, they will be patched up in a month or so.
Finally we have the following Road Marshals promoted to Road Captain: Paul Andrews, Pete Ostinelli, Chris Doody, Chris North, Trevor Rawlings and Cliff Michie. Well done guys.
Dell Evans - Director
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
Dealership New Bike Cake Launch - fundraising update!
A huge Thank you to all of you for supporting the Macmillan Event at the Dealership on Saturday 30th September.
Special thanks to:
- the hosts Toby and Katie
- those who manned the stall: Julie, Louise, Tracy, Flo, Delia, Lisa, Irene, not forgetting Chris
- to the many bakers, especially Lucy Godden whose wonderful cake we raffled
Total Raised was £720.26. What a great lot you are!!
Ruth Palmer - LoH Officer
Latest Chapter Newsletter Now Online!
A bumper issue including introductions from our new committee members Steve and Tatiana, loads of Ride Reports, a new (and hopefully ongoing) Hogsback History section and of course a jaunty poem from the resident Chapter Poet Gordon.
Download now from the Chapter Website or pick up a hard copy at the next Club Night or from GH-D.
If you would like a high resolution pdf version of the newsletter, please contact the editor at
Iron Horse Rally 2018 ( Fri 11th - Mon 14th May)
Booking for next year’s Iron Horse Rally is now open.
Rally tickets are booked through the chapter via the rally site booking page, we also have reduced price deluxe range statics available. Camping and touring pitches are booked directly with the venue, you will need to ring 01723 515155 and quote the code BDHARLEY17 to ensure that you will be located in the correct area. This venue requires that names of all attendees are provided so please fill out the individual names when booking your tickets not just the lead person of the group.
The rally website can be found at: http://www.ironhorserally.co.uk/
A flyer for the rally can be found at: http://www.ironhorserally.co.uk/2018flyer.jpg
A promotional video for our rally can be found at: https://youtu.be/ACyALWN-dc8
We hope you will consider attending our 2018 offering. Ride Safe
St Leger Chapter
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.
New Membership Secretary
Congratulations to Tatiana Kovaleva who was voted in at the last committee meeting to take on this important role. She will be taking over from Charlie who has retired to the hills of Lincolnshire. The Chapter is very appreciative of the way Charlie, supported by Bern, did a fabulous job of welcoming new members. Tatiana will likewise be supported by Walter.
Dell Evans - Director
Keeping the Website up to date!
If you spot any broken links or have any comments to make concerning the Chapter website, please email them to me at email@example.com.
Czes Wicherek - Webmaster
Chapter Charity for 2017
Before I announce the names of the charities we will be supporting in 2017, I'd like to tell you how we did in 2016.
We managed to to collect a grand total of £3,700 which will be presented at the March Club Night and distributed between the three charities as follows:
- Air Ambulance (40%) £1500.00
- Marie Currie (40%) £1500.00
- Prostate Cancer (20%) £750.00
I'd like to thank all those who sent in suggestions for charities for the Chapter to support for 2017. After a lot of discussion at the last Chapter Committee meeting, the following charities were chosen:
- Air Ambulance (40%)
- Cancer research (40%)
- Encephalitis (20%)
As we had so many nominations this year, we decided to donate £100.00 to the following charities:
- Woking Sam Beare
- Royal Surrey St Luke’s
- Guildford Challenger
- Motor Neuron Disease.
Thank you so much for all your efforts raising so much money last year, it really makes me feel very proud of you all.
Wendy Evans - Charities Officer
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."