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A few words from our Membership Officer A very warm welcome to new members and a thank you and welcome back to members renewing their membership Birmingham Harley Owners Group was formed in 2005 and in the last 7 years the chapter has gone through several stages in its path to where we are now with sustainable chapter growth. As a new member after being accepted into the chapter, you will receive an email inviting you to join the chapter WEB site, click on the link and follow the instructions on how to set up your personnel profile and password giving

you access to what’s going on i.e. ride outs, events, discussions etc.

every first and third Sunday of the month and a club meeting every second Friday of the month. We as a chapter, This year 2013 we will be into our make all newcomers welcome and fourth Big Brum Bash which has been a explain that there is no obligation to massive success and has the potential of attend ride outs or meetings, but if you being one of the best bike weekenders do, you will always be made welcome. in the UK.You can get involved with the events and especially with the Big Brum One thing we try and get across to Bash as we need volunteers to get members is that we are here to have involved with organisation, new ideas fun and you can and get out of the and to participate in running the event chapter as much or as little as you on the day. want. Our overall philosophy for the chapter is to bring likeminded people together to ride their bikes, have fun and meet new friends. We have planned ride outs

Thanks Terry Rowley


Directors Musings Spring  is  in  the  air!  Okay  so  it  is  s2ll   cold  and  wet  for  the  most  part,  but   hey,  the  days  are  ge<ng  longer  and   the  ride-­‐out  diary  is  looking  good. March  has  been  pre@y  busy.   We  had  our  first  AGM.  It  was  a  good   turnout  for  what  is  a  bit  of  a  dry   subject.  The  main  purpose  of  the   AGM  was  to  ensure  that  people  had   a  chance  to  have  a  say  in  the  future   direc2on  of  the  Chapter,  and  top  let   people  know  a  bit  more  about  the   finances. I  was  very  pleased  to  find  that  many   people  were  interested  in  what  we   are  trying  to  do,  and  that  the   ques2ons  and  chats  aKer  the   mee2ng  were  posi2ve  and   suppor2ve.  Thank  you.

more  safely.  I  believe  that  there  are   s2ll  places  available  on  the  June   date.  If  you  are  interested  give  Sam   a  shout.

captain,  Dave  Haydon  is  leading  this   one.  This  is  a  good  ride  for  our  new   members  as  it  is  a  reasonable   distance  and  is  sure  to  be  a  good   turnout.  This  will  enable  you  to   At  the  end  of  February  Trish  and   meet  some  more  of  us  as  well  as   Mandy  arranged  our  1st  Ladies  of   ge<ng  used  to  group  riding.  There   Harley  event.    It  was  a  great  day   will  be  plenty  of  folk  around  to  give   with  a  healthy  turn  out,  and  we  got   you  guidance  should  you  need  it.   to  eat  cake!  Bliss.  The  Ladies  are   Besides  you  can  get  a  good   keen  to  put  on  more  events  as  you   breakfast  at  the  Raven  –  what  more   will  see  as  you  read  on  in  this   could  you  want! newsle@er. April  and  May  will  also  see  the  final   On  Saturday  the  16th  the  team  from   plans  for  the  Big  Brum  Bash  fall  into   Stratstone  put  a  season  kick-­‐off   place.  You  will  have  seen  that  Jason   event  on.  The  weather  played  its   has  booked  most  of  the  bands,  and   part,  which  was  a  shame  because  it   that  the  event  is  being  publicised  by   reduced  the  amount  of  bikes   HOG  through  their  magazine  and   considerably.  Gunrunner  played  and   through  Mandy’s  efforts  using  social   have  a  great  new  front  man,  and   media  and  the  web.  Ticket  sales  are   the  BBQ  helped  keep  the  cold  at   about  where  we  expect  them  to  be,   bay.  Thanks  to  the  staff  and  to  the   but  we  really  want  to  push  things   Chapter  members  who  took  a  turn   along.  Our  members  are  our  best   on  the  BBQ.  We  look  forward  to   sales  force.  Have  a  word  with   suppor2ng  the  shop  in  similar   friends  you  have  in  the  Biker   events  throughout  the  year. community  and  let  them  know   what  a  great  event  it  will  be. On  casualty  of  the  poor  weather  

The  main  thing  we  were  trying  to   get  across  is  that  whilst  Chapter   funds  are  looking  good  at  the   moment  we  need  to  keep  a  close   eye  on  our  out-­‐goings,  whilst  at  the   same  2me  trying  to  develop  that   Chapter.  Membership  is  growing   were  the  registra2ons  for  the   and  with  that  comes  the   Chapter  Challenge.  All  is  not  lost!     opportunity  to  do  more.   You  have  un2l  the  end  of  March  to   register.  We  would  like  as  many   An  example  of  this  is  the  Bike  Safe   people  as  possible  to  take  part  in   events  that  Sam  has  put  together.   this.  All  you  need  to  do  is  go  into   By  going  into  this  as  a  Chapter  Sam   was  able  to  nego2ate  a  great  deal  at   the  shop  pick  up  a  form  and  get  one   of  the  staff  to  register  your  mileage.   £35  a  head.  However,  due  to  the   great  response  he  has  been  able  to   You  then  ride  your  bike  all  summer,   and  then  get  the  staff  at  the  shop  to   get  that  further  reduced  to  £10  a   head.  Many  people,  having  paid  the   record  your  mileage  at  the  end  of   £35  were  more  than  happy  to  leave   October.  Full  details  are  on  the  web   the  excess  with  the  Chapter  for  use   site,  we  have  lots  of  riding  planned   on  other  training  projects.  A  classic   for  the  summer  so  why  not  try  and   win  a  prize  as  well? win-­‐win  situa2on.  We  get  a  great   days  training  at  a  reduced  cost.  The   Our  1st  official  ride  out  is  on  the  7th   Chapter  gets  a  boost  in  funds  and   April.  Our  esteemed  Head  road   we  all  get  to  ride  our  bikes  a  li@le  

Jason  and  Sam  have  visited  Stoke  to   get  them  involved  and  we  are  due   to  engage  with  Wolverhampton  and   Rolling  Hills  in  the  coming  weeks.   Having  said  that,  it  looks  like   members  of  Rolling  Hills  have   bought  more  2ckets  than   Birmingham  members  so  far!  So   please  get  your  2ckets  now. I  personally  cannot  wait  un2l  the   riding  season  gets  into  full  swing.   Let’s  hope  it  is  a  good  one! Ride  safe Ian


OMG - My first ride out of the year and all I can say was.....BBBBrrrrrr A  few  weeks  ago  Iain  and  I  were  at  the   shop  and  we  heard  Paul  men2on  a  ride   out  on  the  Sunday  and  my  eyes  lit  up.  It   sounds  great  I  thought  and  I  became   very  excited.    I  tried  to  talk  Trish  and   John  into  it  but  they  were  adamant  that   it  was  s2ll  too  cold!!! Regardless  of  this  I  nagged  and  nagged   Iain  and  eventually  he  agreed  to  get  his   bag  out  of  his  plas2c  vac  bag  and  to  hit   the  road. We  met  at  the  BP  services  in  Coventry   and  there  was  Iain  and  I,  Sam,  Mandy   and  Paul,  all  excited  on  his  new  bike!!! We  set  off  to  Banbury  and  pulled  over   in  Banbury  and  it  was  bloody  freezing   so  we  all  agreed  to  go  somewhere   nearby  and  Paul  suggested  we  go  to   hook  Norton  Brewery  –  just  the   thought  of  a  hot  toddy  was  enough  to   agree  to  this  so  off  we  set.    Joining  us  

WE HAD A WONDERFUL LUNCH, COMPANY GREAT CONVERSATION SCINTILLATING

on  this  trip  was  Rich  and  his  lovely  son   and  they  were  great  fun  and  very  good   company. We  arrived  at  the  pub  and  sat  very  near   the  fire.    Iain  was  complaining  that  he   had  lost  his  balls  on  the  road   somewhere  and  I  have  no  idea  what  he   meant. We  had  a  wonderful  lunch,  the   company  was  great,  conversa2on   scin2lla2ng  and  all  in  all  it  was  a  lovely   day. The  ride  back  was  let’s  just  say   ‘freezing’  but  in  a  way  I  was  glad  that   we  went  as  it  was  great  to  be  out  on   the  bike  again  and  to  be  reminded  of   the  great  camaraderie  when  we  all  get   together. I  now  look  forward  to  the  next  one   when  the  weather  improves  –  or  should   I  say  IF??!!!!!! Sending  you  all  lovely  warm  thoughts   as  we  look  forward  to  our  summer  ride   outs, Regards

CHAPTER MEMBERS


A FTE R N O O N T EA

Ladies of Harley Hello, just a short note from your L.O.H Firstly, we would like to extend a big thank you for all your support during our afternoon tea, the day was a huge success, we even managed to raise some much needed funds for the chapter. We will be doing it again soon so please look out for it. We are also going to be holding a monthly raffle at each chapter meeting so any donations would be gratefully received. All proceeds will be donated to the chapter. If you have any ideas or suggestions of activities we could help to organise for the chapter, please let us know. Hopefully the sun will be shinning soon so we can get out and about. Love Trish


PHOTOS FROM 2013

Our Chapter Photographers hope to capture the Chapter at play during 2013, alternatively send in your pictures to: webmaster@birminghamhog.co.uk


RIDE OUT’S 2013

PLANNED RIDE OUTS 1. 7TH APRIL - RAVENS CAFE 2. 21ST APRIL - HOOK NORTON 3. 19TH MAY - BARMOUTH MES 4. 2ND JUNE - HENLEY ON THA 5. 16TH JUNE - STONEHENGE S 6. 7TH JULY - HORSE SHOE PAS 7. 21ST JULY - CAT & FIDDLE ON 8. 4TH AUG - LOH - BOURTON WATER 9. 25TH AUG - ACE CAFE

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