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H.O.G.® Chapter 6655

INSIDE Features 9 - Road Movies 11 - Back Chat 13 - Cotswold Cruise 14 - Gower Gander

Regulars 2 - Director’s Cut 3 - Between the Covers 3 - Committee Meeting 4 - Secretary’s Update 6 - Cockers Bits 7 -10th Anniversary Events 8 - From the Front 12 - Cangen Cymraeg 15 - Ladies of Harley 16 - Pete & Duncan’s Pump Stop 17 - Orchard Trust 19 - At a Glance

April 2013

Official Newsletter of the Great Western Chapter


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Director’s Cut

By Barry “Bazzzzer” Aggett

Hi All, April is the month when we ramp up our 10th Anniversary celebrations. The weather has turned glorious (I hope) in time for the boys’ only trip to the Isle of Wight and hopefully my bike is up and running as I’m part of the ride team. I don’t fancy being a pillion! Later in the month is the night ride for people who obviously struggle to sleep at night! For those that are not taking part please come and join us to welcome the sleep-walkers home on the Saturday morning at Riders, circa 9.00 am.

ter mileage challenge, as registration opened on the 30th March. If you hand your completed forms to any of the Committee members we’ll do the rest. Extra miles are on offer this year, if you submit an amusing group photo of at least 5 members displaying Chapter patches, at one of the eight designated H.O.G® events. I hope you like your free tee shirts and, for a few members, a great opportunity to display whilst taking part in the various Parade of Flags events. Of the eight in Europe GWC will be represented at atleast half of these and wait for it, Graham & Jenny Roach plan to attend the rally in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, so I think that’s a first to add to the ribbon collection in Riders! If you want to take part in any of these please contact me.

If your favourite pastime is sitting in the saddle for hour after hour perhaps you would like to join Steve Also in April we should now have five new Road Link to complete the Iron HOG Ride. Basically you Captains, fresh from their training course at Oxford. must visit the Maidstone, Plymouth, Edinburgh and A big thank you to all of them for giving up their time Norwich H-D Dealerships in 48 hours and you can to organise rides for us all. Actually with five they gain an extra 30 minutes for each additional dealercould have been a boy band, especially with Tom ship you visit. This is a “Go Your Own Way” event Jones look-[alike aka Greg Payne in the group, but so if you’re interested please contact Steve at then again……. sorry boys!! stevelink_84@hotmail.com or call on 07889 692047. Unfortunately, I do need to make you aware of some sad news. In late February Sian Fisher, Some of you may have noticed that Hoggin’ the Cangen Cymraeg member, was diagnosed with Bridge this year will end up at Chepstow Racebreast cancer, so our very best wishes go to Sian course instead of the centre of town. Who knows and her partner Richard Van Gemeren for a tough how this will work out and it puts our curry get totime ahead. Also Charlie Gray’s (Brenda's other gether at the Mughal Spice in doubt. half) health is not so good now so, unfortunately, they decided it was time to sell their bike and sideFinally, the Xmas Party has been booked at St car. Mary’s for the 7th December, so suggestions welcome for fancy dress themes. I can’t believe I’m Luckily, we have found a willing soul in Stephanie talking about Christmas in April! Evans to replace Bill MacDonald as Charity Coordinator. Stephanie has past experience of charity For full details of events please visit our website, as work and has many new ideas to raise money. this is being frequently updated as events firm up Listening to some, I think she belongs to an extreme and if you find anything missing please remind us, sports club! we’re only human! Charity will be a hot topic this year as we start our search for an organisation to support in 2014. Please share any ideas you have with Stephanie. The lucky winner in February for a free Hogs in the Hayfields ticket goes to Tony Yendle. I was gutted because I was in that draw! Well done Tony I’m not bitter! Tony James is ramping up the rally planning now and you are invited to either, take part in the planning, or lend your support over the weekend. Key contacts are Andy Kendall, gate duty; Jane Scott, hospitality tent; Mike Filder, games. If you’ve not got your tickets yet, COME ON, you will not want to miss three great bands, a fab rideout, the Gurzels, Stars in your Eyes, a risqué balloon dance and loads of other fun and games. Hopefully by now you have registered for the chap-

Take care and ride safe. Barry “Bazzzzer” Aggett Director

Email: baznjac11@o2.co.uk Home: 01291 620371 Mobile: 07907 351650


Page 3 from Christof (Mr Hardass to you) providing some pointers on how to make your very own road movie. However, for me, the highlight is the inclusion of our very first ‘Back Chat’ article from the Hi All and welcome to fair pillion Stephanie. the April edition of Now, if my recent pleas invites for articles has RoadHOG. inspired you to submit something, or perhaps you It’s been good to see just feel a little guilty (you know who you are), but some sun for a don’t know what you could write about then check change and the other out my RoadHOG page on our website. There day the thermometer you’ll find a list of ideas to get you thinking. registered a balmy 10°C. Now I don’t want to take the credit for this Mark improvement in the weather, what with Spring Editor normally being a given around this time of year, but I have just bought a pair of heated gloves. Email: macockwell@yahoo.com Sods Law it works every time. Mobile: 07900 496711

Between the Covers

Back to business, so what can you expect to find in this issue of RoadHOG? Well for starters we have reports from both of last month’s rideouts, “we missed you guys”, and an excellent piece

(Note: Views expressed in the articles are not necessarily the views of the Editor)

Secretary’s Round-up of March’s Committee Meeting, held on March 9th Baz welcomed Stephanie Evans, our new Charity of RoadHOG and on our website. Coordinator, to the meeting. Both Stephanie and Anita plan to meet with The minutes of our last meeting were agreed. Kathryn from the Orchard Trust to plan the details Peter had sent out his Treasurer’s Report for of the BBQ and camping after the Canoe event February in advance of our meeting and there on August 24th. were no matters arising. Other information which was discussed was deBig Al gave the main points on the feedback he tails of the Chapter Challenge and a proposed had received from other Committee members on refresher/new member ride, preceded by a group the proposed new Group Riding Rules. He inriding discussion at Riders. tends presenting the revised version of these at The date of our next GWC Committee meeting is our Club nights. April 27th at 10.30 am at Riders We spent some time on forward-planning for the rest of 2013, looking at the events we would promote as a Chapter. For those members who are planning on attending other events, the use of our Blog was suggested as a good way of communicating this information to other Chapter members.. Anita gave an update on the progress of our remaining events planned to mark the 10th Anniversary of GWC. The latest updates are in this issue


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Secretary’s Update

By Yvonne Roberts

Hi Everyone! I’ve just about recovered from bagging and labelling over 260 10th Anniversary t-shirts! I’m pleased to report that we’ve already managed to give out quite a large number of them at our Club nights and at Riders. Thanks to Jackie, (Queenie), for braving the throng and helping to distribute them. I must say it was a more orderly affair at our meeting at the Ship than at St Mary’s, where there was almost a “scrum” caused by individuals trying to grab their t-shirt! Anyway, we hope we can deliver all of them to members as soon as possible. If you can’t collect yours at our April Club nights, I’ll let you know when I’m next in Riders, so that I can arrange to give them out there. It was good to see so many of you at our March Club nights. It was our last meeting at the Ship as we’ll be back at the Cross Hands, our usual venue, for our meeting in April. A total of £157 was raised in our raffles at both of our Club nights, for the Orchard Trust, thank you.

fly the Chapter flag, and also gave the details of the 2013 Chapter Challenge. He looked further ahead to December 7th, the date set for our Christmas Party at St. Mary’s! Big Al announced details of the forthcoming rideouts, including a re-run of the famous White Horses Ride! Thinking of Ian Johnson, who did the planning for that ride, Big Al presented Ian with his Road Captain’s certificate.

Tony Yendle was the lucky winner of the monthly draw for a free Rally ticket. Mike Sage won first prize of £60 and Peter Roberts won second prize of £30 in our quarterly 100 Club draw. Baz announced that, sadly, Charlie and Brenda Gray had decided to put their motorbike and side car up for sale due to ill health. Only 4 days later I was pleased to learn that it had been bought by Paul and Leona Chivers! Or should I say Arthur and Olive? Our best wishes to Brenda and Charlie. Baz introduced Stephanie Evans, our new Charity Coordinator, who invited members to start thinking about which charity we could support for next year. She even mentioned extreme fund raising, such as parachute jumping! Baz outlined some of the events which were happening in the UK and Europe, with opportunities to

Anita gave a thorough update on our 10th Anniversary events, details of which are to be found on the 10th Anniversary Update page in this issue of RoadHOG, and on our website. New Merchandise is now available: men’s Regatta thermal balance plus, full-zip micro fleece, @ £25. It is the same quality as the very popular men’s ¼ zip micro fleece. (Continued on page 5)

P.S. For the latest information on our GWC Merchandise, please look at the Merchandise page on our Chapter website, where you will find the details of prices and how to order our range of t-shirts, sweatshirts, and fleeces, which all have our GWC logo embroidered on the front, as well as all of our patches and pins.


Page 5 For information on all our GWC Merchandise, please look at the Merchandise page on our Chapter website, for the details of prices and how to order our range of t-shirts, sweatshirts, and fleeces, as well as all of our patches and pins. Welcome to our new members: Paul Varney from Bristol, Danny Arnold from Bristol, Justin Moreman from Swansea, Philip Nugent from Monmouth

Beverley Mcilvar

Michael and Julia Snelling

Jenny Jeary

Nicky Dodd and Pete Arnold Now you know who they are, if you see them around, please make them welcome. I am available at Club nights, and you can also contact me by phone on: 01225 751017 or by e-mail: yvonne.s.roberts@gmail.com Ride safe and keep warm, Yvonne Secretary Andy and Sandra Preston


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Cockers Bits I can’t believe that I’m writing an article for the April edition of the mag; where has the year gone? I haven’t even sat on the back of Mark’s bike let alone gone out with him for a ride. Still maybe the gods will smile on us for the rideout on the 24th March like they did for the Welsh ride out to the Gower earlier in the month (missed that one too).

By Anita Cockwell sary health and safety procedures to discuss with you beforehand and we don’t want you to be disappointed.

Now, we can’t just let the guys ride off literally into the night without a proper send off. So if you want to see them off, come along on the Friday night before 9.00pm as we’ll need photos taking (but please please, please make sure the event is happening unless you were going for a McDonalds anyway). However, what’s more important is that we have a ‘Welcoming Committee’ early on Saturday (20th) morning to see the group safely back in and yes take photos, but more to the point to hand out hot tea and coffee (hopefully we won’t have to prise their hands off the handle bars to drink it). So, if you’re interested, So, it’s been a quiet month on the old activities side of get to Riders early (before 9.00am) Saturday morning things, but that’s only if you don’t count all the planand join us. ning meetings between the planning team and the Committee, but from now on it’s going to pick up a So that’s what’s going on in April. Make sure you pace so make sure you read the events page in the keep an eye on the dedicated 10th Anniversary page mag and/or look at the website. A lot of the events are in our RoadHOG mag and the dedicated web page as now ‘closed’ as we needed to place firm bookings to what’s coming up next and what you can still join in with hotels etc. But there are still more events you with. can attend, so just remember “if you snooze you lose”! Dinner/Dance 26th October As mentioned at Club nights the majority of events So what do we have going on in April…….. where hotels etc. are involved need us to pay upfront, so it’s vital that we need to know numbers by a certh The second of our 10 Anniversary events is the tain date. With this in mind we are now taking bookth Gentlemen’s Weekend Away to IOW from the 12 - ings for the 10th Anniversary dinner/dance on the 26th th 14 , recently renamed from the “Boys Only WeekOctober at The Hilton, Bradley Stoke. This will be our end”. Why the name change? Have they all suddenly only ‘formal’ event, so a great reason for the ladies to matured I ask myself??? Knowing the guys on the get those fantastic dresses out of the wardrobe and tour I’m sure they will thoroughly enjoy themselves put on a show! And not forgetting that this is an opand still behave like gentlemen (If not then can we portunity for the men to don their DJ’s (or smart have photos!!). With 34 of you going I’m sure our Edi- lounge suits). tor will be demanding a write up of this weekend so remember to make notes guys. Ride safe and have This will be the penultimate 10th anniversary event of fun. the year and therefore we hope to see and celebrate The week after sees the Night Ride starting on Friday 19th April at around 9.00 - 9.30pm from McDonalds in Brislington, but this is dependent on the weather. Yours and the rest of the groups’ safety and enjoyment are paramount so the ride will be deferred to the following weekend if the weather is not good. It’s a challenging ride as its not only through the night (ooo! scary dark) but its going to take in some 300 miles through 10 counties (with a little bit on motorways out of necessity) so not for the inexperienced rider. You’ll obviously have plenty of ‘pit stops’ to fuel up both the bike and yourself but then when you’re close to Knightsbridge (if there’s somewhere safe and legal to park up) you’ll take a longer break. If you are still thinking of joining (the now 19 strong group) and haven’t made contact with Tony (tonyyendle@aol.com) please make sure that you do by the latest 11th April. Please do not assume that you can just turn up on the night as there are neces-

with as many members as possible to round off our very special year. The finer details of the evening’s theme/entertainment will be advertised as soon as possible.

Now down to monies. It’s £30 per person for the dinner/dance, so we will need at least 50% deposits by the end of June. Monies can be paid by BACS, cheques or cash so please contact me or my lovely right-hand lady Lynne Avery for more details. Don’t forget that the hotel is also offering discounted room rates for party goers so look at the 10th Anniversary Events page/website for more details but don’t leave it too late to book! “Cockers” Activities Officer Email: accockwell@yahoo.com Mobile: 07702 073361


Page 7 inform Yvonne Roberts if you intend joining us: yvonne.s.roberts@gmail.com as we need to know numbers for planning the rides and the entertainment. The numbers are growing! Event 7 – Treasure Hunt, June 30th, a day of mystery, mischief and mayhem! Meet for 10am at a suitable meeting place (to be confirmed but there will be coffee and facilities!). After registration there will be a vague woolly explanation as to how the hunt works. We will then issue people with their clue packs (top secret!), and send them on their way! It’s more fun if people are in teams. We aim to send the first teams out at between 10.45-11.00am at timed intervals. We take great care to plan a safe riding route and avoid anything that could be hazardous...it’s about having fun and following the clues, not dodging traffic! We give fairly Our Remaining 9 Anniversary Events precise directions...we figure it’s more fun to take part than th th get lost! The clues aren't hugely challenging. Cameras will Event 2 – Night Ride, April 19 & 20 Tony Yendle and Andy Kendall have devised a ride of ap- be needed. We are aiming for it to take about 4 hours including time for tea/beer breaks and the finish will be at a proximately 300 miles, covering 10 counties: Glos, Wilts, suitable eatery, (we take orders for food before the off so Oxon, Bucks, Greater London, Surrey, West Sussex, that we can let the eatery know the numbers). Allowing for Hants, Dorset, and Somerset, starting in Bristol around 8.30pm on the Friday and ending at Riders for breakfast on any bribes etc, the winner(s) will be announced and prethe Saturday morning. This is a challenging ride, definitely sented with "The Trophy", currently on display in Riders not for the inexperienced rider. The date may change, de- showcase! pending on the weather! 17 people have signed up alEvent 8 – Charity Canoe Trip on the River Wye, and ready! Please contact Tony Yendle if you are interested BBQ/camping at the Orchard Trust, Saturday August a.s.a.p. tonyyendle@aol.com All participants will be re24th quired to read the night ride guidelines and sign and return 33 x 2 person canoes have been booked, so we cannot the disclaimer by April 12th. take anymore bookings. We also plan to run a competition Event 3 – Boys Only Weekend Away, April 12th - 14th 34 likely lads have booked to go on this trip! The deadline for booking is now closed. Event 4 – 12th Benelux Rally, Silverlake Beach, Mol, Belgium – Flemish Kempen H.O.G. Chapter, 20th Anniversary, June 7th - 9th Details are on our Chapter website or contact Chris Harding for full details. Event 5 – 10th Anniversary Rally at the Hayfields, June 21st - June 23rd This will be held at Cleve Rugby Club, with loads of great entertainment, and a special rideout encompassing our bridges. Tickets are £25 for the weekend, £18 for Saturday, now on sale from Tony James, See the special Rally page on our website for a booking form. Buy early and you have a chance of winning a free rally ticket in our monthly draw! Tony is also looking for volunteers to help. Event 6 - Rhayader Riding Weekend, July 11th to 14th Bazzer will lead a ride to Rhayader on Thursday July 11 th, and Nige will lead a ride there on Friday July 12 th. There will be a planned ride for both Friday and Saturday, in the spectacular scenery through the Elan Valley, as well as evening entertainment centred round the many pubs in Rhayader. Details for booking accommodation can be found on our website on our 10th Anniversary page. Please

to raise money for the Orchard Trust, and end up at the Trust for a BBQ & camping. Stu Scott is also planning a rideout for this event. Event 9 – UK Tour Go East, the Road Less Travelled, September 5th - 8th We have 49 people participating in this tour, and booking has now closed. Event 10 – GWC 10th Anniversary Dinner at the Hilton Hotel, Aztec West, October 26th This will be a black tie/smart dress key event. The cost of a ticket for 3 or 4 course dinner and disco will be £30 per person, with hotel accommodation at £50 per room for B&B, including use of all the hotel facilities. Afterwards, there is an all-night bar for residents. Rooms can be booked now by calling Lucy Robinson on 01454 893436. Tickets are available from Anita Cockwell, Activities Officer, 07702 073361 accockwell@yahoo.com and at Club nights. The deadline for Anita to receive at least 50% of the payment for tickets is June 30th. See our website for details. Ladies Only Weekend Away in London, November 23 rd Bookings are now closed. Bazzer, Anita, Nige Garnett, Dave Norton, Chris, Tony Yendle, Martin Rich, Peter and Yvonne Roberts, the Planning Group


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From The Front

By Alan “Big Al” Stokes Hi All

This month I would like to touch on the importance of having your Harley serviced and maintained prior to the riding season getting into full swing. Personally I do not think you can put a price on the peace of mind knowing the bike is ready to cover those long miles. I find it just gives me a high level of confidence when out on the road. Something for you all to think about. During February this year I took the decision to have my M.O.T. and 40,000 mile service completed prior to the start of the riding season. In addition, I also took the plunge and decided to change the Cam Chain Tensioners. It’s this subject I would like to touch on. Now this is a job that I would recommend anyone with a Heritage Softail between 2004 and 2007 to consider doing or having done. Failure to have the tensioners in good working order could end up costing you a lot of money. Over the years it has been a topic that regularly cropped up in conversation. Namely, at what mileage should I get them checked out? My advice is simple as there does not seem to be any rationale as to when. Keep your ears open and listen to see if they start to get noisy. If so, get them replaced. Even if there is no noise, then at 40,000 consider replacement. I personally have seen the tensioners in a bad state at 18,000 miles and equally know individuals that have changed theirs at 57,000 miles. As I say, there appears to be no rationale and it is down to how you ride and maintain your Harley. Certainly regular oil changes at the designated service mileage will help.

This ride will be a re-run from last year. Exceptionally bad weather resulted in only 3 hardy souls turning out. Consequently the team has decided to run this great ride again, so please turnout and support it. The ride will take in some of the excellent roads Wiltshire has to offer and will also focus on the remaining White Horses of Wiltshire. There will be a mid-morning comfort break followed by lunch in Marlborough where there is a good selection of pubs, cafes and shops. The ride will be led by Ian Johnson. The plan is to meet at the Little Chef, Chippenham (A350 Roundabout) for 10.00 a.m. and be ready to depart at 10.30 a.m. The ride will finish back at the start point for those that need fuel for the onward journey. This is classed as a Level B ride of approx 100 miles on A & B roads (no motorways). Sunday 12th May 2013 – Greg Payne, Ian Mead, Si Griffiths & Ian Johnson “Coastal and Valley Meanderings” Why not join the team on a ride that will take in the coast before lunch and head into the valleys for the afternoon. This one will be led by Greg Payne who has used his local knowledge to come up with a route which should have something for everyone. The ride will basically be confined to A and B roads for the duration. The plan is to meet at 10.00 a.m. at McDonald’s, The Coldra (Newport) A48 by the Premier Lodge Hotel. Please be fuelled up ready to depart at 10.30 a.m.

We will ride to the Coldra roundabout and take the 2nd exit along the Southern Distributor road past the transporter bridge, then turn left on B4239 Lighthouse Road and through Dyffryn, Peterstone, Wentloog, Rover Way and on towards Penarth. On completion of my replacement job, I inspected Then it’s along the esplanade and on to Barry Island my old tensioners for wear. I was pleasantly surfor a tea and a comfort break at Marcos cafe. Afterprised with the amount of wear, although they cerwards, we head towards Llanwit Major on the A4226 tainly needed replacement. To be honest, it is one of those jobs that if you carry out the work to inspect through Southern Down and to Hillsborough Place car park Porthcawl for a lunch stop at about 12.30 them, you should then replace them. Most of the p.m. Leave there after an hour and head to Margam effort is stripping down to look at them in the first via A48, then Afan Valley road on to the B4282 toplace. Also consider replacing the bearings in the Cam plate at the same time whilst you have every- wards Maesteg. Then it’s the A4063 towards Bridthing apart. I also took the decision to replace the oil gend and finally finishing at McDonald’s, Pencoed M4/J35. with Harley Synthetic 3 which appears to aid in the amount of wear. All things to consider and if you This is classed as a Level A ride of circa 90 miles. want to see the wear on my old tensioners to conSunday 19th May 2013 – Stu Scott & Team vince you, then I will happily show you. And now onto the forthcoming rides …… th

Sunday 28 April 2013 – Steph Pocock & Team “White Horses of Wiltshire”

“EVO’s to Evesham” This will be a re-run of the cancelled ride last November when Evesham was basically under flood (Continued on page 9)


Page 9 water. The ride will be led by Martin James. The town of Evesham is a great destination and hopefully the ride will bring pleasant Spring weather. The plan is to meet at Severn View (Aust) Services (M48/J1) for 09.30 a.m. and be fuelled up ready to depart at 10.00 a.m.

For last minute updates please call the “Hotline” on 08444 994508 and please keep a check on the website for changes. Please see below some guidance details of the rides:

We’ll be heading over the Severn Bridge to Chepstow and winding our way up through the Forest of Dean passing through Tutshill, Coleford, Mitcheldean and Ashton Ingham. We will then head on to Newent where we will have a comfort break. Then we will make our way to Evesham via Upton on Severn, crossing the River Severn towards Pershore and into Evesham for lunch.

Level A - Short and easy below 100 miles round trip.

Departing Evesham will be via the A46 to Ashton Underhill and Ashchurch. From there it’s on to the A38 to Tewkesbury, Longford and then the A40 to Hingham. Here we pick up the A48 down the West bank of the Severn, finishing the ride in Chepstow.

Until the next time, have fun and ride hard.

Level B - Fine for average riders but may be a bit longer. Level C – Can include some complex sections but mainly a longer duration.

Alan “Big Al” Stokes Assistant Director & Head Road Captain

This is classed as a Level B ride, mainly on A and B roads and circa 130 miles.

‘Road Movies – the making of’ by Chris Harding The Chapter’s trips to the USA have become the stuff of legend. Arizona in 2010, Colorado & Utah in 2011 and culminating in California last year.

I positioned myself at the rear of the group on each trip so as I’ve been lucky enough to have travelled on each of to get the most the trips and took it upon myself to produce a DVD shots of the ridfor my fellow travellers on each of them. ers; this was Originally, in 2010, I never intended to produce any- after the very thing much from the footage; I merely intended to first day which record a few sights, people doing silly things (plenty basically turned into a ‘Peter & Yvonne do America’ of scope there) and some of the scenery as we movie. At the back it was interesting to see the dipassed by. On my return I realised that I actually vas all jockeying for position in front of me so they had 4 hours of video recordings to play with and so could be caught on film. the idea of a DVD was planted. That first video was After 2010 & 2011, some forward planning started to an hour long and had some great tracks, all chosen come into play. We were going to California and the for their relevance to where we were: ‘Get your music choice was huge: Beach Boys, Eagles, Be Kicks on Route 66’; ‘Death Valley’; ‘Viva Las VeBop Deluxe (?)… The key track was obviously gas’; ‘Standin on the Corner’ (Winslow) – you get ‘Hotel California’ and this is where the plan was the drift. born: to have people acting out or saying I was using a fairly small camera that could be at(sometimes singing) the lines. tached to the handlebars as well as carried around; I obtained the lyrics and started assigning lines to a Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD2000 if you’re into that sort of people on the trip – some I told, others I didn’t. thing. It’s full HD, very light and has a good powerful Some I just filmed without telling them why. Hilarizoom. That same camera accompanied me on the 2 ous and often suspicious looks ensued. later trips, plus the addition of a GoPro Hero for (Continued on page 10) 2012, helmet mounted.


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You remember I said that in 2010 I had 4 hours of footage, well in 2011 this had grown to 9 hours which took a lot of time to cut, edit & produce a 90 minute video. For 2012 I told myself I’d be more careful so as to save time editing. Best laid plans and all that, I ended up with 16 hours… Admittedly a lot of that was from the GoPro which was on my crash helmet and had to be turned on at the start of a ride and off when the bikes stopped. But it still needed to be sorted out back home. Anyway, the final video in 2012 is 85 minutes long but has multiple shots – a bit like on the series ‘24’ where lots of scenes are happening at once. It was the only way to get all the good footage included. I think it worked. Was it worth the effort? Well when folk come up to you and tell you that they still watch their DVD regularly even now, 2 years on, and can they have a replacement ‘cos they’ve worn it out, I think ‘Yep, it was worth the effort’. Christof


Page 11 the world go by and I see so much more than when I am in the car. My first really big trip was the European Rally last June and although I was a bit concerned about coping with the amount of riding I was keen to give it a go – and how wonderful it was! From the ferry from Plymouth to the thunderstorm just after arriving in Santander where we all tried to get into our waterproofs under the shelter of what can only be described as saplings! On the route to Cascais I just held on and enjoyed the ride and the spectacular views in my own little world sat behind Paul – we have agreed not to have an intercom as I am the worst car passenger in the world and I don’t want to distract Paul on the bike and put us in an early grave! But, on the route back I had built up my confidence and let go and snapped away with my digital camera. It was exhilarating, fun, but above all, I was sharing his passion and enjoying it almost as much as he does.

Before Paul and I got together I had never been on a motorbike – I’d had a boyfriend with a sports bike (Suzuki I think???) but there was no way I was going anywhere near that – to start with, call that a seat! It certainly wasn’t designed for a peachy ladies bottom such as mine!!! So, apart from watching the racing at Donnington (having driven there in a car) and on the telly supporting the Norton team, I had no experience with bikes. Then Paul bought his Harley….. When he said he wanted to buy one I said I’d give it a go and I hired him one for his birthday a couple of years before we bought our own. I enjoyed the riding although didn’t find it all that comfortable but I wasn’t relaxed and it didn’t have a back rest. When we bought ours I made sure the seat was ample and a back rest was in place and I haven’t looked back since! I love the freedom of the road; the ability to completely switch off and just watch

So ladies, if you don’t ride with your guy at the moment I would say give it a go! You may be as pleasantly surprised as I was at how much I enjoy it. And guys… remember if you want your lady to join you make sure the bike is comfortable for her and makes her feel secure – that way she’ll enjoy it and won’t be back seat riding!!! Stephanie Evans


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Cangen Cymraeg

Well here I go again penning my thoughts which are loosely associated with Cangen Cymraeg and thinking bloody hell another month has gone by. According to my diary Spring is here but him upstairs can’t read the small print as he is giving us a dose of Winter weather but some of us have taken advantage of breaks in the weather to do what we do best (no not holidays) riding our Harleys. The other Saturday a small band of Welsh riders rode with the Green Hornet to the H-D dealership in Cheltenham, which has moved to new premises 100 yards up the road from the old one. We had a warm welcome and bribes of free donuts and coffee. I also met Gareth the Director of Rolling Hills Chapter and talked about our forthcoming anniversary events and was assured that Rolling Hills will be attending our rally.

By Greg Payne On a sombre note Baz informed the meeting that Sian Fisher had recently been diagnosed with breast cancer and is to receive treatment very soon. I know you will all send Sian and Richard our best wishes for the future and a successful conclusion, as the little boy on the Welsh rugby advert said “WE CAN DO THIS”. Stalwart members Brenda and Charlie Gray (a previous photographer and road captain) have announced that they will be selling their beloved motorcycle combination because of ill health but will remain Chapter members. As I write I see on Facebook that Paul Chivers has given it a good home to add to his stable of Harleys.

At present we have several members away on holiday. Barrie and Lynne Avery were transported to the Antipodean penal colony for the offences of over indulgence in the imbibing of vino collapso. I understand their sentence was to ride a Harley on an organised tour. I wonder if Lynne would write a report of their experiences in mitigation of any further sentence. Also Kay and Ian Mead are in Florida taking in the delights of Daytona. I have seen some photographs on FaceOur March meeting was well attended with sever- book but I am sure Ian is keeping a few better al new members present and enthusiastically ones back for idle bar gossip at St Marys. looking forward to attending Chapter events. As a wiser person than me said “you only get out if you Lastly well done to Simon Griffiths for leading his put in”. I understand that new member Ian may fly first rideout around the Gower and big thanks for the Chapter flag at Killarney in the Summer. Road Captains Ian Johnson and Andy Kendall (RKK) for attending. Our director Bazzer outlined various 10th Anniversary events which, from the chatter at the tables, Sorry if I have missed anything out but, at the will be well attended with Rhayader and Go East time of writing, I still have a sore head due to the tours well subscribed. Bazzer also introduced our greatest Welsh defeat of our old enemy (sorry new Charity Coordinator, Stephanie Evans, wife folks you know who you are, had to get that in). of Paul (Barney) Evans, who has previous charity See you at the next meeting or rideout whichever work experience and is putting together a programme of events, some of which could be chal- comes soonest. lenging but great fun; watch out for future emails about this. On this note, can all members think Greg about a new charity deserving of the Chapter’s support and contact myself or any Committee Cangen Cymraeg Rep. member for onward discussion (a Welsh charity this time?).


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The Hard n Sharp ‘Cotswold Cruise’

Rideout Report

It was time to saddle back up again, plug in our heated gloves and ride along the side of the stream through the pretty village of Bourton, heading through Stow-onthe-Wold and pick up some great riding roads before passing through the most picturesque village of Broadway - I couldn't help but notice a little bit more revving of the motors than normal, just to attract the attention of the country folk. Well, the morning arrived for the Cotswold Cruise (to be sure it was rather chilly around the bits!). Off I trundled down the M5 thinking along the way could anybody else be mad enough to turn up? On arrival at Michael Wood Services my thoughts were correct, looked like I was going to be a lone wolf - but, after a few minutes, through the mist, like a knight in shining armour, arrived my first riding buddy - Graham Jones flying the flag for Wales. To my surprise a further 17 riders turned up, including 3 new prospective members (which is always great to see) and a couple of brave lady pillions, one of whom was Jane Johnson - those Gurzels are made of sturdy stuff! So, after a jovial briefing and the odd bit of mickeytaking, we set off on our way to the Cotswolds with me at the front, Christof marshalling and Andy ‘RKK’ Kendall coming up the rear. Our first destination was to pass through Andoversford village, followed by an unscheduled stop at Bourton-on-the-Water thanks to the local running club. The only good thing about this was it gave us all time to compare our heated clothing and try to defrost whilst watching pretty young ladies in Lycra, running past. Andy ‘Safety Officer’ Kendall performed a thorough visual risk assessment (note: purely for health & safety reasons and had absolutely nothing to do with ogling the female form). He became very concerned as the young, perky ladies were displaying obvious signs that they too were feeling the cold – it should have called for a more hands-on approach but he couldn’t catch one!

We then arrived at our lunch stop at the old Toddington historic railway station. I'm sure there were a couple of members who tried the local horse, sorry beef pie and chips, but that was neigh problem as they all seemed to enjoy it! After a stroll round the shops and a walk down the platform the ride set off again picking up pace travelling through pretty Prestbury, beautiful Birdlip, picture perfect Painswick and stunning Stroud before picking up the M5 Southbound. We finished off at Michael Wood Services, to compare notes about the ride and have a good old laugh, after a lot of handshaking, the odd kiss (why does Mark Chinnick always go in with the tongue?) and some great comments from the lads we all said our goodbyes. As I headed off on my lone return to Gloucester my final thoughts were “What an enjoyable ride, with a great group of members! Now where exactly did my nether regions disappear to?”

Darren Sharp


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‘The Gower Gander’

Rideout Report from a Bristolian backwoodsman. Anyway off we went westwards on the M4 and into the land of the Jacks (Swansea) passing the naughty boys hotel on the right and along Swansea Bay. Then it was into the hood of Popeye Lewis who had previously warned us about stopping and also engaging the local females in polite conversation. Then it was up the hill to Kittle and on to the Gower proper, managing to avoid stray horses and sheep.

After sweeping country lane bends we arrived at our Sunday 10 March 2013: remember it well as it was lunch destination the Worms Head Hotel, Rhossili. This hotel was voted one of the 50 best views to Simon Griffiths’ first rideout as lead Road Captain enjoy a glass of wine, though TripAdvisor didn’t rate and it was one of the coldest days I have ridden. the actual hotel very good for accommodation or food. The view is of a promontory which locals We met at McDonalds J35 on M4 and, well before thought resembled a dragon (or Wyrme in Welsh the chosen start time, other hardy souls appeared i.e. Popeye Lewis, Dizzy Dave, Brummie Boy Martin, Phil, Johnno, Chin the Fag, RKK and Swarby all trying to thaw out round Chinnies fag. One may say a motley crew but I really couldn’t comment. th

Simon did his briefing introducing myself as sweeper, Ian Johnson as marshal and Andy Kendall (RKK) as breakdown and went through what delights we could expect and the general route we would take. Also on the ride was my trusty companion Andrea whom Mark the Fag chris- apologies if misspelled) hence Worms Head (cheers tened a “tough old bird” which she didn’t know how Neil). The bay is a mecca for surfing and bass fishto take but thought it was a backhanded compliment ing and is extremely popular in the Summer. After lunch and thawed out it was off to the north of the Gower, along the estuary, through Penclawdd and towards Gorseinon and to our final stop at M & P motorcycles which is shortly to become Wales’s only H-D dealership. Another hot drink and then it was time to say our goodbyes. Mucho thanks to our Road Captains Ian Johnson and Andy Kendall (RKK) and for Simon who compiled an excellent rideout. Greg Payne


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Ladies of Harley

By Jane Scott Hi Ladies,

Well one of my New Year resolutions was to be a little bit more organised in 2013, but I’m not quite sure when it’s going to start as, every month, it seems a rush to get my article completed, Mr Cockers has given me the Cinderella warning of 12 o’clock but the time is going by too quickly lol. I hope you all enjoyed the March edition of the RoadHOG and the faces on the photos of the Anniversary Party say it all, what a great night amongst friends.

planning on doing one of these events then let me know; we could perhaps arrange to meet up. Gloucester is the nearest for me but it’s the Sunday after the rally and I’m not sure I could be up and fit for a run at 10am, if you know what I mean Ladies. There is still time to buy your Rally ticket with a chance to win the money back in our monthly draw. I must get ours. Of course tickets are also on sale for the October Anniversary Dinner. It’s an evening with a chance to get the posh frock out, more details to be found on the Count Down Events for 2013. Well that’s about it for now Ladies. As I have completed my task for tonight I must start my packing, as we are going to Cornwall for a week’s break. Hopefully the sun will come out to play.

The first Gurzels rehearsals went well. Thanks Jane x Arleen and yes, girls, practice makes purr-fect; also, thanks to Bev Horsman for supplying tea and coffee Ladies of Harley to go with the Chocolate Birthday Cake made for Email: janescott61@hotmail.co.uk Gareth Jones by Laura. It was yummy. Talking about cakes, we plan, as normal, to run the Hospitality Tent at our rally. So, there will be cakes to be made and a rota to be completed for this weekend. If you’re interested, then let me know. I will be at club nights to arrange the rota, all donations for the cakes will go to Breast Cancer, a well worthy charity. We attended the Cheltenham Harley opening day. It was great to see some Great Western members, and some old Rolling Hills faces, but they still can’t compete with Riders in the clothes department, so well done Holly. I’ve just taxed and insured my bike (ill whisper) ready for the riding season. I hope it’s better this year as we have our team ride on 19th May and Martin is taking us across to Evesham the longer way around. This is the one we had to cancel last year so we’re hoping for better weather this time round. There’s been some interest in us Ladies doing a “Race for Life” to show support to some of our Chapter members, but nothing as yet has been organised. It’s an event where you have to register yourself online for a 5k or 10 k walk or run. If you are interested, then log onto Race for Life, entry fee is £14.99. If you’re already


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Pete & Duncan’s Pump Stop more of these to say that GWC members are thinking about you. Alas, the “Biker Bears” are no more – Gund, an American Company that has made bears since 1898, has “retired” the bear from its collection. If you have received one of these, you have an investment - they have already jumped in value and have been changing hands on ebay for £36! Defeat is not an option (nor are “official” Harley-Davidson bears, which look Another month into 2013 and, aside from that freakcheap, but of course aren’t). Fortunately, Gund sell ish Tuesday (March 5th) when the temperature hit a nude lookalike, so Yvonne has been off buying 16ºC, it doesn’t feel much like Spring. Maybe by the black leatherette and fabric with small red skulls, time you are reading this, everything will have ready to dress the bears. These will be truly unique, changed and April will have heralded the arrival of but please don’t be in a hurry to qualify for one! Summer. If that’s what happens, it’s best to recall April will see the second of our special 10th Anniverthe scenarios of 2011 and 2012 – early sun and warmth, plus drought last year, followed by rain and sary Events – what has become known as the “Gentlemen’s Club” Tour to the Isle of Wight. Many more rain and the long wait for Summer that didn’t thanks to Rog “the Dodge” Line who came up with materialise. the concept but, sadly, appears to have jumped ship So it was, on March 5th, I decided it was the time to from the Chapter, since he and Carol moved to an get all the ACF-50 off of the bikes and spruce them apartment in Eton with views of Windsor Castle! up with Harley-Glaze. Good job I didn’t rush, beApril 12th, come rain or shine – but hopefully the cause within a couple of days, we were avoiding latter – 34 of us will be sailing the high seas to Yarcascades of grit and salt from a lorry on the A36. mouth (well, 3½ miles across the Solent) and tourThe bad Winter weather (or maybe good, if you ing the island. Is the Island going to be ready for the went skiing) has also claimed some GWC victims. invasion, I wonder? No doubt you’ll hear the lowMost notably, LBD with his multiple arm fractures down, or at least some of it, next month! after falling over on the ice. It was good to see him As this month’s Pump Stop began on a zoological at the March Club night – almost fit enough to hold theme, I’ll finish on one: the bars on his bike. Those of you with e-mail addresses (and look at Some of you will recogtheir messages!) will nise this little feller, who know that our main way is a Gund “Biker Bear” of communicating with complete with leather members is by “Mail vest. Pretty much every- Chimp” – a bulk e-mail one in the Chapter that system that operates out of Atlanta, GA. If for we heard about having any reason you aren’t an accident and getting injured, or being sick and receiving e-mails from us, please let me know requiring hospital treatment has received a bear!

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All in all, we reckon on having sent out a dozen or


Page 17 and I can check what’s happening. If you have been receiving them, but aren’t now, again please let me know. There are a number of reasons for this – if your inbox is full, MailChimp will attempt to deliver on a couple of occasions and then stop trying. Members still do manage to click on the tiny “unsubscribe” at the bottom of the page. Maybe I should never have mentioned it – it’s as if a few of you have gone looking for it! Finally, and this happens all too often: when you see a message that you would like to reply to, or has amused you and you want to share your thoughts with everybody, please don’t click on “reply” or “reply all” – the only place that your thoughts or witticisms will go, is directly into my Spam box! In place of the regular Tip of the Month, some exciting information: Keep the evening of Thursday 2nd May clear in your diaries for the launch of the New Softail Breakout. We will be opening up on Thursday evening for a VIP event where you will get to see the new bike up

Orchard Trust

Hi Everyone, Well, we’ve started lambing up at the Smallholding and our first lambs were born over a week earlier than expected. We’ve had seven lambs so far and mums and babies all seem to be doing well. Some of the older lambs ventured outside for the first time this morning and had a fantastic time racing around the field! Here’s Tony with one of our new born lambs. Sevenoaks has had a very busy month! Lorraine had a buffet to celebrate her birthday, along with birthday cake, of course! It was also Max’s birthday during March, so it was fish and chips all round to celebrate! Jacob and Max are attending Music Appreciation at College and their group had a ‘Karaoke and Hot Dog’ night last week, which they really enjoyed and both joined in enthusiastically with the dancing. Christina has started going horse riding in Hereford each week, which she loves and from the beginning of April,

close and personal for the first time. More details about the launch will be available on our website closer to the time but it's going to be a great evening. Following on from the VIP evening event we will be holding a Harley-Davidson test ride weekend on 4th May in Bristol and 5th May in our Bridgwater store (to coincide with the Bridgwater Rally). This will be your chance to ride either the new Street Bob Special Edition or the new Breakout for the very first time. Book your test ride now to avoid disappointment. The Street Bob Special Edition will be available in strictly limited numbers; the interest in the new bike has already been high. If you are considering one, I suggest you get down to Riders quickly so you don't miss out! Once again, Ride Safe

Peter & Duncan@riders By Kathryn


Page 18 Simon, Jacob and Christina are going sailing each week at Frampton on Severn. Staff at Sevenoaks have been busy out and about getting sponsorship from local companies to get more Orchard Trust t-shirts printed, ready to wear at events, including our Summer Fayre, the Canoe Paddle and Hogs in the Hayfields.

The new Service User Group met again this month and individuals have now voted to elect eight Service Users to form their board, which will include members from each home. There were celebrations at Kimberley Drive recently for Lindsay’s 60th birthday, when the tenants went out for a lovely meal in Chepstow. Everyone was surprised and thrilled when their taxi arrived, as it was a stretch limo, enabling them to travel there in style! Last week, Lindsay dressed up as a ‘super cool dude’ for a day out with the local Fairtide Centre, to raise money for Comic Relief.

There was a fantastic response here from people wanting to join in the Canoe Paddle on 24th AuThree residents from Hilltop had a day out recentgust and I’m meeting with Stephanie and Anita ly, for what was hoped to be a sunny day at the soon so that we can plan for the day re: camping, seaside. Unfortunately, the rain and wind came BBQ, etc. People all keep telling me that the rather than the sun at Clevedon, but a good time weather on August Bank Holiday weekend is usuwas still had by all! Our maintenance men are ally more settled, with plenty of sunshine, so let’s busy at Hilltop at the moment, constructing a new hope that this year is no exception! modern shower room, painting one of the bedrooms and hopefully, weather permitting, erecting Thanking you all for your continued support and a wheelchair swing that the staff fundraised to with very best wishes from everyone at The Orpurchase. chard Trust. Truly Scrumptious Cafe at The Learning Centre had another of their ‘Sandwiches and Muffins’ days last week, where customers were invited to Kathryn place their orders earlier in the week and then on The Orchard Trust Friday, the group baked muffins and made sandwiches and delivered them to their customers within Orchard Trust. They’re now hoping to develop ‘their round’ by marketing it to other organisations in the area.


At a Glance - 2013 GWC Activities Calendar Contact Anita Cockwell if you have any other events you would like to see listed. Tel: 01761 471385 or mobile: 07702 073361 or e-mail: accockwell@yahoo.com For further details on any event listed visit “What’s On” on the GWC website. Date

Chapter Events

Organiser

Director Barry Aggett 07907 351650 Asst Director/Treasurer Peter Roberts 07540 164157 Asst Director/ Head Road Captain Alan Stokes 07766 237242

9th

Club Night

Bazz Aggett

Cross Hands Hotel, Old Sodbury

10th

Club Night

Bazz Aggett

St Mary’s Hotel, Pencoed

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Nige Garnett

Gentlemen’s Club IOW Weekend

th

10 Anniversary

Sponsoring Dealer Duncan White 0117 9588777

Details

April

12th - 14th

Committee Contacts

Secretary Yvonne Roberts 01225 751017

19th

10 Anniversary

Tony Yendle

10 Counties Night Ride

23rd

Natter Night

Bazz Aggett

Ferry Inn, Beachley

28th

Ride Out

Steph Pocock

White Horses of Wiltshire

Activities Officer Anita Cockwell 01761 471385

8th

Club Night

Bazz Aggett

St Mary’s Hotel, Pencoed

Safety Officer Andy Kendall 07905 397474

12th

Ride Out

‘Big Al’ Stokes

‘Coastal and Valley Meanderings’

14th

Club Night

Bazz Aggett

Cross Hands Hotel, Old Sodbury

19

Ride Out

Stu Scott

Evos to Evesham

28th

Natter Night

Bazz Aggett

Ferry Inn, Beachley

7/8/9/10th

10th Anniversary

Chris Harding

12th Benelux Rally, Belgium

11th

Club Night

Bazz Aggett

Cross Hands Hotel, Old Sodbury

12th

Club Night

Bazz Aggett

St Mary’s Hotel, Pencoed

21/22/23rd

10th Anniversary

Tony James

Hogs in the Hayfields Rally

22nd

Ride Out

‘Big Al’ Stokes

The 4 Bridges Rally Ride

25th

Natter Night

Bazz Aggett

Ferry Inn, Beachley

10 Anniversary

Jeff & Julie

Treasure Hunt

4th

Activity/Ride Out

‘Big Al’ Stokes

Weston Bike Night, “American Power”

9th

Club Night

Bazz Aggett

Cross Hands Hotel, Old Sodbury

10th

Club Night

Bazz Aggett

St Mary’s Hotel, Pencoed

May

th

June

30th

th

July

th

11/12/13/14th

10 Anniversary

Yvonne Roberts

Rhayader Riding Weekend

21st

Ride Out

‘Big Al’ Stokes

TBA

28th

Ride Out

‘Big Al’ Stokes

‘Roving around Resolven’

August 11th

Ride Out

‘Big Al’ Stokes

Ice Cream Sundae

13th

Club Night

Bazz Aggett

Cross Hands Hotel, Old Sodbury

14th

Club Night

Bazz Aggett

St Mary’s Hotel, Pencoed

18th

Ride Out

Steph Pocock

‘Meandering to Sammy Millers’

10 Anniversary

Nige Garnett

Canoe Trip/BBQ @ Orchard Trust

5/6/7/8th

10th Anniversary

Peter Roberts

Go East Tour

8th

Ride Out

‘Big Al’ Stokes

TBA

10th

Club Night

Bazz Aggett

Cross Hands Hotel, Old Sodbury

11th

Club Night

Bazz Aggett

St Mary’s Hotel, Pencoed

29th

Ride Out

‘Big Al’ Stokes

TBA

24th

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Webmaster Chris Harding 07801 562011

Editor Mark Cockwell 07900 496711 Photographer/Historian Tony Yendle 07787 551612 Ladies of Harley Jane Scott 07894 086626 Charity Co-ordinator Stephanie Evans 07983 259752 Cangen Cymraeg Rep Greg Payne 07976 913004 Rally Co-ordinator Tony James 07940 895921

Road Captains Barry Aggett, Paul Bromhead, Nigel Garnett, Paul Groom, Chris Harding, Martin James, Ian Johnson, Andy Kendall, Andy Kendall, (RKK), Dave Pocock, Stephanie Pocock, Dave Roberts, Darren Sharp, Jane & Stuart Scott, Alan Stokes, Tony Yendle.

Road Marshals Mike Brake, Tony Cole, Steve Crook, Simon Griffiths, Ian Mead, Greg Payne, Mike Sage.

September All details on GWC web site www.greatwesternhog.co.uk

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