Articles required for the next edition of the Chapter newsletter
Copy date for the next edition is the 25th May so if you have anything you wish to share with the rest of the Chapter (in print) please contact the editor asap at:
The latest Chapter Newsletter has been published and is available online in the Members area. Hard copies are available at the dealership.
Helpful advice for those travelling with Brittany Ferries to Santander
Dear Chapter Director
In thinking of those travelling to the rally in Cascais, one of your peers has made me aware of the following message he received from Brittany Ferries regarding his booking on a ferry from Portsmouth to Santander.
“We're sorry to inform you that due to a technical reason, Pont-Aven is currently unable to operate at its full cruising speed. As a consequence, the ship's sailings originally scheduled to operate between Portsmouth and Santander this season will now be departing from and arriving into our UK port of PLYMOUTH.”
With this in mind, members booked on this route with Brittany Ferries and on this ship, may want to check with them prior to travelling to confirm details of their crossing to Santander if they have not already been contacted and advised of any changes.
Regional H.O.G. & Customer Experience Manager
UK & Ireland
Chapter Photographers update
Following confirmation at the last Committee Meeting, I am very happy to welcome Karen Rawlings in the line-up of Chapter Photographers. Eric Miller retired and moved to the West County, my thanks to him for his excellent photographic contributions over the last years.
Axel Thill - Head Photographer
Officer Nomination Notices - Editor and Webmaster
The applications for the above posts were reviewed by the Committee and the successful applicants are Brett Speed (Editor) and Czes Wicherek (Webmaster).
Ride Programme Change - ride cancelled
Thursday 23rd May - Devils Dyke ride
This ride has been cancelled but may be rescheduled for later in the Ride Season.
Ride Programme Change - date changes
The dates for the following rides are now:
Saturday 18th May - New Members Ride 2
Saturday 1st June - Observed Ride 1
Chapter membership for 2019
Chapter Membership is now £25. Click on the graphic above for more details.
GH-D Birthday Party raised how much for Charity .... !
Massive charity fund raising from the GH-D Birthday Party. First thank you again to all those who worked so hard on the event. You raised ......wait ........(its like an X factor result) ...... wait ......£2,469 WOW !
Dell Evans - Director
GH-D Tenth Anniversary
A big thank you to Aaron and his team Aaron and we celebrated GH-D's tenth Birthday in some style with a very busy party at the Dealership that featured live entertainment, hog roast, and trade stands.
A big thank you as well to all those from the Chapter who got involved with helping out with traffic control, manning the Chapter stall dealing with membership renewals and queries, selling tickets for the charity raffle and LoH Tombola, and with the LoH refreshments.
Burgers @ GH-D
It must be nearly Summer .... the burger van is back on Saturday mornings at GH-D!
Mileage Challenge is now known as RIDE365
For full details of RIDE365, click on the graphic above.
It's different to the Mileage Challenge but in many ways remains the same. After all, Robin is still in charge and doughnuts are involved. You still have to do it TWICE a year but now you have more time to do it.
You can still ride your bike in if you want or if the weather is bad, bring in a picture of your speedo and VIN number. All we need is your name, H.O.G. number, VIN number and current mileage. You will be able to track your record on hog.com and see how the Chapter is doing.
You can also update your mileage throughout the year. There will still be registration slips upstairs and in the Service dept. Any questions email
Convergence Cirencester 2019 : 9th-11th August
Full details of this rally can be found in the Weekends Away page in the Members area of the Chapter website.
ULEZ (Ultra Low Emission Zone) - includes Motorcycles
The ULEZ will replace the T-Charge from 8 April 2019 and will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year, within the same area as the current Congestion Charging Zone (CCZ).
The ULEZ will be enforced based on the declared emissions of the vehicle (which includes motorcycles) rather than the age, and all vehicles will need to meet Euro 3 emissions standards. Generally speaking Euro 3 engines are those registered with the DVLA after July 2007.
This tool helps you to work out whether your vehicle meets the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) standards. Any vehicle that meets the ULEZ standard will be able to travel in the zone without paying the ULEZ charge.
Chapter Charities for 2019
Following a review of all the charities nominated at the recent Chapter Committee meeting, the chosen charities for the Chapter to support this year are:
Four other charities were nominated by Chapter Members (Queen Mary Sailability, Parenting Children with Special Needs, RSPCA and Surrey Wildlife Trust) and each will receive a donation of £100.
John Fluker - Charities Officer
Keeping the Website up to date in 2019!
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
Tickets for Blazin Fifties now on sale!
This event is not run by Hogsback Chapter but is well supported by many of our Chapter members! For more information, and details of how to get tickets, go direct to the Rally information page on the New Forest Chapter website.
Details of the ride to this rally will appear on the Events page in the Members area of the website when they become available.
Hogsback Chapter Bylaws
Version 2.0 of the Chapter Bylaws is now available on the Membership page of the website under Membership Information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. 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.
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."