Here’s where you’ll find our Frequently Asked Questions section, plus general information on the Chapter and other bits of useful information.
If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please email the Chapter Secretary and we’ll do our best to get you the answers you need.
Chapter Secretary, Dave Hardcastle, co-ordinates the Notices page
No, the Chapter is inclusive to all members and so places no restrictions apart from membership and riding a Harley-Davidson on rides in line with HOG’s policy which is copied below –
‘While H.O.G. promotes and co-ordinates registration for the Sparkle and Twinkle tours, there is also a full understanding that all activities should be inclusive of as many members as possible.
It is recognised that members desire differing events but we must ensure that when planning events we offer a fully inclusive menu of events, not specifically catering for or alienating any one group of members.
Catering for as many members as possible at each event is essential to creating a great Chapter network.‘
Yes. Hogsback is not interested in telling you what you do with your valuable leisure time, nor who you spend it with. But if you accept an appointment as a Hogsback Officer (which includes Road Crew) you will need to declare any other memberships to the Directors so that they can bring it to the attention of the whole Committee for consideration.
Yes, of course. Belonging to Hogsback does not mean you have to do any of our rides (though we think you will want to!). Likewise, you are free to ride with your own friends wherever, whenever and on whatever you want. Hogsback is full of friends who have found each other through the Chapter and ride with each other informally as much as they do on Chapter rides. However, please note that our Chapter communications channels (website, e-shot or facebook page) cannot be used to promote unofficial rides or events.
No. Hogsback is a H.O.G. Chapter. The clue is in the name. Chapter rides are for Harleys only. There are four reasons for this.
First, the Chapter owes its existence to a sponsoring dealership whose business is ‘er’ Harleys.
Second, Chapter rides are designed for the way people ride Harleys – other bikes are ridden differently and we avoid mutual frustration if we keep the two apart.
Third, our Chapter Public Liability Insurance covers claims against us on the assumption that we are H.O.G. members. We avoid potential insurance complications if we are riding Harleys when we ride as a Chapter. In the case of chops, if it says Harley-Davidson on your V5C, you’re good. If it says something else, it’s not a Harley!
Fourth, H.O.G requires it – and ignoring H.O.G. puts our Chapter’s charter in danger. In case you’re interested, we’ve checked the policies of our neighbouring chapters and they align closely with Hogsback.
No. The ‘other make bikes’ rule only applies to organised Chapter rides. Individually, you can ride whatever you want to a Chapter meet – you can even come in your car! However you get there, we?ll be glad to see you.
Yes – once. Hogsback is always delighted in such interest. Our guest policy allows guest riders to join us just the once to check us out. However, they must be on a Harley-Davidson. GH-D will be glad to rent them one. Once should be enough to convince them to delay no longer, buy one and join us!
Everyone who is a rider in Hogsback Chapter is required to join as a full member. Membership also means that they may bring along one guest to any and all Chapter rides and events. If pillions wish to join the Chapter as full members themselves, they pay a reduced subscription of £15.00, although they must first also be a member of H.O.G. in their own right (annual cost for a H.O.G. Associate is £30.00).
So is there any benefit in pillions joining the Chapter? Well, yes, if they value the following: free Chapter pin (worth £5.00), entitlement to wear Chapter rockers and LOH patches, eligibility for entry into the ‘Golden Key’ and to stand for Committee positions. It’s your choice – but either way we are always pleased to see you!
Our Hogsback name is sought after! We are getting increasing numbers of requests for Hogsback rockers from collectors and others who live well outside our area. For this reason our Chapter rules now only permit large Hogsback rockers to be purchased by members who have attended at least 6 Chapter events (Proof of attendance needs to be recorded on this form ). Please help us to keep our name a real benefit of belonging to the Chapter. When qualified to buy our patch, please buy it strictly for your own jacket – thanks!
For many years, the Chapter has operated a system of safety for group rides that has proved very successful. This system is well developed and understood by all Road Crew, and depends in part on the wearing of hi-vis vests by Road Crew only. This allows the duty Road Crew to see and respond to each other, and facilitates the smooth, safe pick up of markers who have been dropped by the Ride Leader.
Recently, we have tried to accommodate hi-vis wearing by Chapter members who are not Road Crew. This has not worked well and has produced reports from some members of confusion and (therefore) reduced safety. The Road Crew is clear that their use of hi-vis vests is for identification only and that the only real protection derives from the way you ride – through observation, road positioning and speed. While we will never tell anyone to remove their hi-vis, we would like to continue with the tried and tested system of safety we use on Hogsback rides.
This means asking for your continued agreement that only Road Crew wear hi-vis vests on official group rides. We would ask you to note that cooperating with this request is strictly your decision and it is a signed condition of Chapter membership that you understand and agree that all H.O.G. members and their guests participate voluntarily and at their own risk in all H.O.G. activities and that you assume all risks arising out of the conduct of such activities.
Hogsback rides use the second-man drop-off system to keep the ride together. This involves the ride leader indicating to the rider immediately behind – the ‘second man’ – to pull over to a position of safety on the exit to a roundabout or at a junction. By doing so, the dropped-off bike indicates to the rest of the ride which way the leader has gone. After safety and visibility, the most important thing is that the drop-off REMAINS IN PLACE – however long it takes – until the tail-end road crew appear.
How do you know who is the tail-end? Because they are in hi-vis vests and will have been identified to you at the ride briefing. The drop-off bike should then be ready to rejoin the ride immediately in front of the tail-ender(s). What happens if the drop-off leaves before the tail-enders appear? The ride breaks and some – possibly many – will not make it to the planned destination.
If the system is new to you, it pays to start off towards the back of the group so you can see it working before it’s your turn. You can watch a short video of the system in action by clicking here – thanks to Golly for the footage. There is also an excellent ride guide available for download in the Chapter Ride Guide section above.
Ever wondered how Hogsback Committee members get elected? Or how the Road Crew get appointed? Or, more generally, by what principles the Chapter is run? You can find the answers in the Hogsback Chapter Bylaws, available from the Downloads page of this website. Bylaws are not required by H.O.G., and many Chapters don’t bother, but at Hogsback we are particularly keen that the Chapter organisation is as transparent as possible. Happy reading!
As many of you know, back patches and rockers are taken very seriously by the Clubs that own them. Trouble can be avoided by following this advice from H.O.G.: “Does H.O.G. make a chevron or authorise a chevron to go below the large H.O.G. patch?? The answer is, ‘NO!’ Here’s why…
From the very beginning of the Harley Owners Group, the design and display of the H.O.G. logo and chapter chevron have been given careful consideration, with special attention to motorcycling organisations that may have a structure other than the family-oriented social structure of H.O.G.. Regardless of a member’s intent in displaying a lower chevron, it can put a member in conflict with other, three-patch organisations.
The Harley Owners Group strongly discourages members from altering the look of the H.O.G. patch and chapter chevron combination by adding lower chevrons and patches. Wear your H.O.G. patch and chapter rocker proudly. But please don’t wear a lower chevron. Additionally, and for the same reasons, H.O.G. advises caution in associating country names (eg ‘England’ or ‘Scotland’) with H.O.G. chapter names. With your assistance, the integrity of the H.O.G. organisation will be maintained.