On a glorious day, Dell Evans took a select group off again on another route around the back roads of Hampshire with a stop off at a Popham.
Vince Pyle organised this morning of riding around cones with the odd competition thrown in, along with the good weather.
Chris Doody led a contingent of Chapter Members to 22 Field Hospital Family Day at Keogh Barracks near Mytchett where we had been invited to show our Harleys.
Howard Pullen led a select band across the water from on the ferry from Portsmouth to Fishbourne; for lunch at the Wight Mouse and then a tour of the island before catching the ferry home.
Julian Bennett led 31 bikes from GH-D to the inaugral Great Fair of Shalford where we exhibited our bikes.
Laurence Tyrrell led this a ride down to Brighton for the famous and fantastic Brighton Burn-Up on a dry and sunny afternoon. Good ride down, stopped at Devil’s Dyke only to find it shut because of no water but a light refreshment of ice cream from the van invigorated those that had in readiness for the onslaught of traffic lights and one-way systems in brighton. No hold ups or breakdowns. Thanks to supporting Road Crew Alisdair Denton-Miller and Liz Getgood for looking after the rear.
Chris North led 24 Chapter members on 20 bikes on lovely country roads through the Surrey and Sussex countryside for brunch at the iconic Cease Fire Café at Yapton.
The second Club Night at the Princess Royal since the COVID restrictions were lifted was blessed with good weather which meant plenty of Chapter members turned up on their bikes.
Al Denton-Miller led 24 bikes from GH-D including 3 new members who were all briefed by Paul Cutler on Hogsback group riding technique prior to departure. A nice easy ride to Worthing, mainly on country back roads although we did encounter a couple of miles of roadworks and bad traffic between Littlehampton and Worthing.
Several members departed from Worthing after brunch and the rest of the group then went on to Cowdray Park for a coffee stop and a visit to the farm shop. From there, several members departed northwards and the remaining bikes went on to Slinfold to the Custom Motorcycle show there, which was well attended and rather good.
95 miles in total, no drama and all in all, a rather nice day out. Weather was sunny with cloudy patches but no rain.
Ken Hall led six Chapter members and one guest Harley rider for a fun, progressive, incident free ride down to Fittleworth café for a cheeky brunch then a few rode back to the dealership. A good time had by all…..
Steve Routh led this Weekend Away to Ironbridge in Shropshire.
Liz Getgood led the THOGsters on a mystery tour!
Peter Ostinelli and Steve Routh led this ride for lunch and ice cream.
Suzi Eves led 12 bikes and 1 trike on a bit of a wet ride down to Langham brewery, but there was a lovely warm welcome from Katie in the car park, to help us park. Great entertainment by Wavy Davy band and Jackie. Food and beer was excellent. Finished the ride off with a cuppa at GH-D. We all got kicked out by Beth so they could shut the shop!
Liz Getgood led this action-packed weekend to Tutbury Castle focused on women’s needs in motorcycle riding.
Howard Pullen led this ride to Arundel for a boat trip on the Arun.
Andy England led this ride to this very bike oriented café down at Bexhill on Sea.
On a cloudy morning, Julian Bennett led 3 members on this very early starting progressive ride, stopping at Reading Services for a quick coffee before arriving in time for breakfast at the Rally and the big Chapter Ride-Out.
The 4th edition of Hogsback Chapter’s now legendary Rally and what a fantastic Event it was with 10 Chapters from across the country attending.
There were over 260 people and well over 150 bikes. What a great weekend of music and fun with two bands, DJ Rob, and Wavy Davy & Jackie. Plus there was a giant Jenga contest and a massive ride out of bikes through the Cotswolds to a BBQ for lunch.
What a weekend!
NB: The Rally was organised by our Activities Officer Eileen Ostinelli with help from many others.
Paul Cutler led this morning ride to the Chapter’s own Rally at the Royal Agricultural University at Cirencester. Starting at Ryka’s, then onto GH-D and finally the Iron Bull (Basingstoke) before heading north towards the Cotswolds with just under 50 bikes.
Steve Routh led this ride on a very pleasant evening to Poole Bike Night.
Peter Ostinelli led 4 bikes (five Chapter members) for a back-roads ride to enjoy a Crab Sandwich at the Crab Shack by the coast at Worthing. Unfortunately this was not to be even though the Crab Shack website and telephone message said it was open … it most cetainly wasn’t!
Instead it was a trip to the Fish ‘n’ Chip shop near the Pier, and the beach to enjoy our grub.
The weather was horrendous up to 1/2 hour before we set off but it turned out a nice bright evening, if a little bit blustery. Great company and a great ride which might have been small but was hugely enjoyed by all.
Great to return to The Princess Royal after sixteen months of lockdown and COVID restrictions. There was a great turnout, the weather was favourable and there was even a jackpot winner for the Golden Key!
Vince Pyle, Caroline Shotton and Al Denton-Miller led the GH-D leg of the relay, taking over from Thames Valley Chapter at GH-D, and handing the baton on over at Sykes H-D and members of 1066 Chapter.
The rain stayed away for Suzi Eve and the 10 bikes (13 people) she led on this blast down, on a mixture of roads, to the cafe.
The views were amazing so it was a shame we didn’t get to sit outside.
Bit of a hiccup on the way back with one bike. However all road crew did their job to the letter. Thanks Peter Ostinelli and Hamish Rogers for your diligence. Also thanks to JB who accompanied Garry home safely. All in all a successful ride.
13 Hogsback riders joined Roger Bonnici’s scenic rumble through the spectacular South Downs National Park down to the famous giant swans at Southsea’s Canoe Lake for a bit of fun on the high seas and some lunch. Sincere thanks to road crew Julian Bennett and Andy Williams for keeping the pack together.
Al Denton-Miller led this super Weekend Away to Cornwall.
A lovely evening for a ride led by Chris Doody, saw 14 bikes head from GH-D via the back roads to the Iron Bull Roadhouse where a few other member met us. Nice food & cheap, plus lots of bikes to admire then a blat home. Thanks to Dell Evans and Suzi Eves who back marked.
Laurence Tyrrell led this ride through the New Forest to the Sammy Millers Museum for the Harley Davidson drive in day.
Peter Ostinelli led this ride to the home of the current European Champions and a private tour of Chelsea FC stadium.
Mike Noble led this dealership ride for those people who have purchased HS101 tickets from GH-D up to the Duke of London for a day of motorcycles, madness and mayhem.
Dell Evans led 20 bikes on this ride along parts of the Meon Valley in Hampshire ending up at the Iron Bull Roadhouse near Basingstoke. Back markers Czes Wicherek and JB Applegate.
Robin Seymour & Vince Pyle led this trip away to one of the best little villages in North Wales.
Dell Evans led 17 Harleys from GH-D for the shortest ride of the year to the Withies pub in Compton. The bikes were displayed for the local Parkinson’s charity group and we gave quite a few a ride which they loved. Thanks to everyone who turned up and big shout out to Fred and Chris for doing many trike passenger rides.
Steve Routh led the ride to this famous biker’s cafe.
21 participants in one of the last Rw30 rides before restrictions are reduced! Led by Paul Cutler with backmarkers Mark Halliday and Adrian Gowans.
The first leg, Guildford Harley-Davidson to Sykes Harley-Davidson, was covered in approximately 1 hour 40 minutes in beautiful weather and clear roads. We did a couple of regroups to ensure everyone was together and all arrived at SH-D.
A number of members decided to head home after SH-D so they waited until the main ride left to avoid any confusion.
The second leg to MH-D took just over an hour with only one major traffic jam which the bikes managed to filter pass. The trike rider had the MH-D postcode and caught us up just as we arrived at MH-D.
30 minute shopping shop and then M20/M26 and M25 where the ride ended.
Caroline Shotton led this leisurely brunch/lunch ride.
Chris Doody led this scenic ride through Hampshire and Wiltshire to Old Sarum airfield.
Chris North led this early morning ride crossing all the bridges of River Thames from Putney to Tower Bridge before a breakfast stop in a posh cafe!
Howard Pullen led the ride from GH-D to the White Hart at Stopham for pub supper and music from the Wavy Davy Band.
Dell led this visit to Thruxton race circuit ending up at the café on the circuit and watching cars tear around.
Chris North leads this Weekend away to Devon.
More madness and mayhem from Dell and the gang online as they keep everyone in the Chapter up to date with whats going on.
Liz Getgood led 5 bikes and 1 Trike from GH-D on a ride to Three Trees Farm on the Ridgeway near Swindon. After a coffee break at the Dome cafe in Basingstoke the group set off once again enjoying a couple of hiccups in Basingstoke before following a leisurely and interesting route that involved some gravel and lanes to the Three Trees farm cafe.
After a good lunch and a quick look around the farm shop it was time to start for home, the trike left to go straight home, so the 5 bikes set out on the return trip after some technical difficulties with a sat nav and a sudden deluge it was decided to take the more direct route home and get there before the rain did! t within sight of each other it worked well.
Laurence Tyrrell led this ride to the Sea Lane cafe.
Graham Woods led this ride round the streets of London.
Czes Wicherek organised and led this weekend for the hardy adventurers within the Chapter.
With a rare tornado event taking place in the Czech Republic, the predicted weather for this Weekend Away wasn’t looking a lot better. Still, the small but perfectly formed group of nine plus one in a support vehicle were undeterred as they set of from Cobham Services under grey skies for the campsite; stopping off at Newmarket H-D for a comfort break and the Harley statue at Littleport for a photo opportunity along the way. The weather stayed dry until about thirty minutes from the campsite, but fortunately stopped once we reached our destination. We were able to put up our tents up, and relax briefly before being taken by taxi to a lovely local pub for dinner. Then it was a short taxi ride back to the campsite and the chance to sit around a campfire, chat and have a few drinks under the night sky.
The camp awoke gradually the next day and soon we were off to a local cafe for breakfast. Back at basecamp, we had time to have a look around the Bubble car museum, sometimes referred to as one of the seven wonders of Boston, before embarking on an epic ride to Skegness for a really good fish and chips lunch. The weather was starting to improve as we got back on our bikes and made our way to a local micro-brewery (The Fuddy Duck) for some refreshment (riding is thirsty work after all) before returning to the campsite.
Soon it was time to be whisked off by taxi to another local pub which offered extraoadinary value for money! Once satisfied, we all returned to the campsite for another evening around the campfire telling jokes, tall stories and a few beers.
We woke up on the Sunday to the sound of rain falling on our tents and pretty much feared that we were going to be riding back in the heavy rain that was predicted. However, the rain stopped whilst we packed up camp and started again as we set off, but did not last long. The dry ride home went smoothly. Thanks to all who came along and made it such a fun weekend with special thanks to Alasdair Denton Millar and Liz Getgood for back marking for me.
Peter Ostinelli led this ride down to the South Coast fpr some chips.
Howard Pullen led this brunch ride.
A wet and misty morning for the Rw30 ride from Ryka’s to Loomies. Nine hardy souls joined the ride led by Paul Cutler and back marked by Mark Halliday. The group stayed together all the way without the need for drop-offs. The roads dried out the further South we got. After a hearty (think attack) breakfast, return was via A272/A3 where the ride ended.
Axel Thill led this ride from GH-D to Goodwood.
Howard Pullen led this ride to somewhere cool & dry for Brunch.
On a bright sunny summers morning, Graham Woods led a Hogsback group of 9 from Newlands Corner through the leafy Surrey Sussex lanes for a full American breakfast at Max’s diner.
Mark Halliday led this ride to the Devil’s Dyke, just five miles north of Brighton, which offers stunning panoramas and a curious history.
A day of guided test rides on the new Pan America,
Howard Pullen led this short ride down to the Sea Lane Café at Goring
Following on from the IAM presentation a couple of weekws ago, this was a chance for Chapter members to see how the other main operator in this field does things.
A cruise, led by Graham Woods, through the Surrey and Sussex lanes for Toast on the Coast.
Stephen Foster led this ride to The Podium Café in Newbury, a trendy café with exotic cars and bikes.
Hopefully the last Virtual Club Night!
The weather was perfect for the 17 riders (including a trike) that joined ride leader Andy Williams for the 110 mile round trip.
Hamish led a scenic Bank Holiday Monday ride through West and East Sussex to the Route 1066 Café for lunch.
Ken Hall led this lovely ride along some awesome roads you have probably never ridden, with some great views of Sussex along the way, finishing at a delightful village shop and café.
New Members are given an opportunity to practice the drop off system within a larger ride and meet some other members.
Hamish Rogers led this ride through Midhurst, East Harting, Goodwood, Petworth and Bury Hill before ending at the Brewhouse Project just outside side Arundle. Thanks to my back markers Andy Williams and Al Denton-Miller.
A virtual meeting with a member of the local Harley friendly IAM branch who many of the chapter have already used to gain their advanced qualification.
Dell Evans led a dozen Chapter members for a nice, sunny, and actually hot day’s ride to Lulworth Cove. Fish and chips, then a wiggle of the toe paddling followed by ice cream – lovely. We even got to practice drop offs and had a good blat on the roads.
Alistair Denton-Miller led the group on a scenic ride through some of the most beautiful parts of Surrey and Sussex ending up at Cowdray Park for an excellent breakfast.
A training ride led by four our new Road Crew (Adrian Gowans, Czes Wicherek, Hamish Rogers and Julian Bennett) to put into practice what they had been told via theory and knowledge gained on their recent Rw6 training ride.
The participants were established members of the HBC Road Crew; new Road Crew practiced leading and drop-offs on the way to the Chalet Café where there was a debrief session …. accompanied by tea / coffee and the obligatory bacon sarnie. Once refreshed, the second half of the ride was a return to GH-D via a different route followed by a final debrief at the end of the ride.
Despite the weather forecast 7 hardy members led by Dell Evans braved the ride to Newmarket H-D. A nice dry ride up there and once past the tunnel it was pretty country roads all the way. At Newmarket they had the Pan America for us to oodle over then a bite in Burger King and home. The ride home was a challenge with gales (thanks to Windy being on the ride) and those with no fairing or screen had a real work out. The day ended with a monsoon of rain. Never mind its an adventure to remember.
Head Photographer Axel Thill ran this ‘photography essentials’ session aimed at everyone taking photos, from keen enthusiasts with their SLR to the beginner shooting on his iPhone not in landscape.
Suzi Eves led this slightly damp ride to the Pilots Hub today. She writes
“…. we zig zagged our way there through the Surrey Countyside. Can highly recommend a visit, the food was yummy. Especially the healthy homemade granola. Good company, great to meet some new people. Thanks all for coming.”
Caroline Shotton led this gentle ride through some lovely Surrey and Sussex roads.
Howard Pullen led this scenic tour east from GH-D.
Andy England led this ride to the seaside and the Bluebird café down at Ferring through the Surrey and Sussex countryside.
Graham Woods led this leisurely ride through the Surrey and Sussex lanes arriving at Max’s for a blowout ‘Al fresco’ American breakfast enjoyed by all in the brilliant spring sunshine!
Andy Williams led this ride to the Dorset coast and the Cliff-hanger cafe for fish and chips. Ride went well had a trike, he rode well and kept up with pace. Two lots of road works and detours, ride down took 2.5hrs ride back two hours. Again Pete Woolfson made his own way to cafe to take pictures of us arriving at car park, he was not on the ride.
Dell Evans led us to Thruxton circuit without getting lost this time though he did get us wet. They would not let us in the cafe due to an event so we rode the short distance to Popham where we were welcomed with a late brunch. A few then rode up to the famous Abo Joes bar in Fleet before home in the dry.
Howard Pullen led a second ride to Thruxton airfield and racing circuit.
Gary Morss led this non-motorway ride to Fort Amherst Chatham. Weather stayed good.
Suzi Eves led this ride to Jenner’s café in Maidenhead. She writes:
“After all the uncertainty about the weather we had a nice dry day. Started our ride at Walton bridge cafe. Wound our way on A and B roads to Jenners cafe in Maidenhead. Were we had a fun game of crazy golf. Which the sore loser blamed me of cheating as was the winner🤣.
4 bikes 5 people.”
Chris Brandham led this scenic ride through the Surrey, Kent and Sussex country side down to Rottingdean beach front.
Adrian Gowans led this nice sunny ride along A and B roads to a Farm Shop in Windsor for a cup of tea and a slice of cake / cheeky bacon roll. Great ride with good company.
JB Applegate led this ride to along a country route taking in Odiham, Alton and the Meon valley. Weather good. No problems and all got back safely.
A bit of an early start, as Chris Doody led this gentle ride to Henley-on-Thames to make sure that the ride didn’t hit too much traffic in Henley it’s self,
The route took us from Sainsbury’s at Brookwood, past Virginia Water, along lots of backroads around Ascot to drop down into Henley to find a great parking space right by the river for a coffee break.
Return back via Twyford, Sunningdale and Pirbright to the dealership for a well deserved buttie and meet …Socially distanced of course…with other chapter members. A great ride…thanks.
Howard Pullen led this ride to Portsmouth on a scenic route
Gary Morss led this non-motorway ride to Fort Amherst Chatham.
ADM led this ride from Cranleigh Leisure Centre along a twisty and roundabout route to Cowdray Park for a coffee stop (and to buy sausages in the farm shop). Then it was on to the White Hart at Witley via another roundabout route for an excellent BBQ. Great lunch had by all. Lovely weather.
Lovely ride out to the the Lakes Cafe Reigate led by Adrian Gowans. The ride was approximately 30 miles consisting of twisty A and B roads ending up at a great cafe serving hot food next to a boating lake. Swan food was available to purchase and feed the ducks!
Julian Bennett’s ride to The Boat House Café for brunch left GH-D on a route via Haslemere and Midhurst into Chichester; returning back to GH-D via Goodwood Motor Circuit and Race Course, and Petworth. Great views across the South Downs and the weather.
Ride was going very well until about a mile outside Petworth, ride leader Andy Williams was hit by a kamikaze bird of prey; the bird colliding with his helmet. Andy, being the rider he is, simply brushed off the incident without a second thought …. but the bird must have had a blinkin’ big headache! Weather perfect, roll on the summer!
Five (led by Dell Evans) braved the chilly morning to met at Ryka’s for coffee before riding via the backroads to Headcorn airfield. A nice lunch watching idiots jump of of aeroplanes and then off to Maidstone H-D for a brief visit. A blast back n the motorway and a quick driny poo at the ride’s end.
Very pleasant riding conditions as Czes Wicherek led this ride to Windsor taking in the delights of Puttenham, Normandy, Pirbright, Chobham, Sunninghill and WIndsor Great Park en route to lunch at The Windsor Castle (just by the long walk). Refreshed, the group returned via a different back to GH-D.
Andy Williams led this ride to Brighton for chips, ice cream and a stick of rock departing GH-D at 10.00am. ‘Got lost twice; hit pot hole once; swore many times and had the p*ss taken out of me all day! Reminded me of Harley life before lock down. I was nearly knocked off in Brighton but managed a two finger salute at the driver!’
Laurence Tyrrell led this group who braved the sunny but chilly conditions to ride down to Billy’s on the beach at Bracklesham arriving safely and were greeted by Paparazzi Peter, camera in hand, who escorted them to their very own private parking spot! After food and drinks the group made their way back home all arriving safely with no breakdowns.
Andy Williams led this group of six from GH-D arriving at Bognor around 11.15am where Peter Woolfson was waiting to take pictures. After coffee led ride to Littlehampton for lunch and we were invited by Peter to have tea and biscuits at his house.
On a cold but sunny morning the group, led by Malcolm Bradly, met at Blackbushe airport. To get to the Chilterns they passed through Bramshill, Mortimer Common and on Pangbourne; crossed the Thames on the Whitchurch Toll bridge which is free to motorbikes; then passed through such villages as Cray’s Pond, Nettlebed, before stopping for coffee, pastries, bacon butties and burger and Chips, etc. The trip back was via Beaconsfield, Marlow, Henley-on-Thames, Twyford and Arborfield to get back to Blackbushe where we said our good-byes and went our separate ways.
Safety Officer (Vince Pyle) and Head Road Captain (Peter Ostinelli) gave some new members a presentation plus some practice doing drop offs and riding using the buddy system.
Ride leader Mark Halliday reports .… we headed out via Cranleigh, Billingshurst and Pulborough and after spending time in Arundel having a coffee and relaxing by the castle and the river, came back via an equally scenic route via Slindon and Upwaltham before joining the A285 and A283 via Petworth back to GH-D. Great company and the weather incredibly stayed dry all day. Caroline lost the bolt that held her seat on in Arundel but managed to stay on it all the way back – much fun had by all !
A cold but dry day. Ride leader Dell Evans led the group down some strange roads, at one time they thought they were going down the Alps, then he tried to take them through a ford before coming to his senses! After a circular route the group ended up at Popham airfield for lunch which is a very welcoming cafe for bikers as well as pilots. On the way back Dell insisted that roads with grass in the centre of the road was the way to go – what an adventure!
As it was particularly cold, and there were only three, ride leader Howard Pullen abandoned the 65 mile trip to the chopper cafe and chose to ride out through Godalming, Haslemere to Midhurst for a coffee stop (where the sun came out); procceeded along to Petworth then on to Arundel, for a takeaway lunch by the river; then rode back up to Petworth where the ride finished at about 2.00pm.
Only four participants on this ride led by Gary Morss who surprised that he got as many as did as it was bloody freezing all day – definitely not a ride for the faint hearted.
JB Applegate led another bimble along country roads to Hayling Island on a dry but blinkin’ cold day; cold enough to freeze your eyeballs! No problems and all arrived back safely.
The famous 5 joined Dell Evans for this bimble along the back roads with a few fast ones thrown in. Stopping for coffee we meet another member out for a similar ride. Nice brisk but sunny day
Five members of the Chapter were enrolled into Road Crew after the training ride this morning which included the usual mishaps: One has to ask about the maintenance schedule of the Safety Officer’s bike which was forever breaking down or getting a puncture!
JB Applegate led this bimble through the country roads to Hayling Island on a warm and dry day with no problems, and all got home safely.
Paul Cutler led this pleasant but cool ride to the Chalet Cowfold from GH-D and back. Roads were clear and in good condition although the stop/go at Bramley Village caused delays.
Ride leader Stephen Foster reports that a participant in his ride had a collision with a deer: he and the bike are ok but unfortunately the deer did not survive. A little shaken but not stirred, Mr Bond was able to continue with the ride. Weather was dry and bright and we rode about 110 miles.
Ride leader Howard Pullen led the ensemble from GH-D through Hascombe, Dunsfold, Plaistow, Petworth and then on to Midhurst for a Coffee stop and pictures. Then it was on to Harting Hill for more pictures; down to Chichester and the Pagham Beach Cafe for lunch followed by a ride back up through the South Downs to Petworth where the ride finished.
The heat wave ride turning into brrrr its freezing ride when we hit the Coast. Short stop for pics care of Peter Woolfson, our roving photo guru, and a cuppa then off inland where it was much warmer. Scenic ride both ways through some of the Souths best countryside. Nice ride good company.
On the day he officially became a pensioner, ride leader Steve Routh led this ride to Oxford.
Andy Williams led a second ride today to Lancing and reports that the weather was perfect and the Fish ‘n’ Chips excellent..
Gary Morss led this ride through the Surrey / Sussex countryside, taking in the Devils Dyke and on to the Coast.
Third Zoom presentation this year by Safety Officer Vince Pyle and Head Road Captain Peter Ostinelli where they explained how we ride as a group in the Chapter and your role in the ride outs
The Chapter supported the last journey of member Steve Harris with an escort orgainsed by our Safety Officer & AD Vince Pyle. Steve’s partner Sally expressed her thanks to all involved.
World-wide online launch event for the new H-D Pan America™ Adventure Touring Motorcycle.
Second Zoom presentation this year by Safety Officer Vince Pyle and Head Road Captain Peter Ostinelli where they explained how we ride as a group in the Chapter and your role in the ride outs
Despite horrendous rain 6 riders (the maximum allowed under the current restrictions) escorted Len Walker on his final journey today. Our condolences are with Paula and her family.
A Zoom presentation by Safety Officer Vince Pyle and Head Road Captain Peter Ostinelli where they explained how we ride as a group in the Chapter and your role in the ride outs.
Online event announcing new models, parts & accessories, riding gear and apparel for Harley-Davidson in 2021.
The origins of the current website date can be traced back as far as 2007 when it was created by former Chapter Webmaster (and Director) Dik Gregory. Czes Wicherek took over as Webmaster in 2012 and followed a strategy of evolution rather than revolution, but now the time has come for the Chapter website to have a complete makeover.