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l l a b r e wint March 2018
Ed Quarters Welcome to March's issue of the magazine. Despite the weather at the start of March, it really feels like the season has finally began. By the time you read this, this year’s mileage program would have started. I’m hoping by the time the ride to Sammy Miller’s comes around that my gloves will be sufficient for the ride down there. FaceBook reminded me that Ann and I picked up our current rides two years ago on the 2nd March. The hailstorm we rode home in was not quite as bad as the “Beast from the East”, but nasty enough. We have already booked this year’s small but beautifully formed mini tour. This year we’re heading south-west and taking in the sites of Dartmoor, Exmoor and beyond. Really looking forward to it. By that time, the mods to my bike should have been well and truly bedded in, and the ride more familiar. Winter for me is trouble. It’s the time when I get to thinking about this year’s mod and it usually costs me a pretty penny. My homage to the 70’s chop that made me fall in love with Harleys is gradually coming together. It will however take any more years to nail it. This magazine has been made possible by the support and contributions from the members of this great Chapter. If you have anything that you would like to contribute, it is most welcome. If you would like to find out more about what goes into putting this magazine together, just ask. I am more than happy to answer any questions that you may have. Okay. Let’s get out there and ride.
Ride safe and have fun! Andy
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We would like to welcome, new member Adam Anderson to the Chapter.
Inside this issue
Birthdays 8 Ball (Mac)
March Don Wibberley 20th
Page 4 - 7
Page 8 - 9
Ladies of Harley
Janet Smith 21st Luke Shanks 21st Teresa Taylor 21st Deb West 23rd Andrew Wayte 25th
The Valley Rally
Page 16 -17
The Winter Ball
The Convergence Rally
Mark Stephens 30th
April Gordon Pike 2nd Lewis White 3rd Keith Edwards 4th Hazel Wibberley 5th Tony Ross 5th John Grist 6th Paul Major 11th Glenn Harger 11th
Biker Build Off
Page 20 - 23
Page 24 - 25
You Are Invited
Meet the Committee
Amey White 12th Mike Cozens 13th Andy Tunley 19th Eric Chipping 23rd Keith Moss 24th Lesley Skinner 25th Gopher 30th
Happy Birthday to you all. If I've missed you or got something wrong, drop the Editor a quick note.
Huge thanks to all who have sent copy in for this month's magazine: Mike J, Ann, Nick, Cilla, Mac, Linda, Robin, Mark & Jamie. :-)
Hi all, OK, so wishing for better weather is clearly not working … at the time of writing this article, we have experienced an extremely cold spell, with snow for most, icy mornings and the coldest of winds rolling in from Siberia. So … no more wishing… a few of you folks have been able to sneak out between the storms, well done if have been able to take advantage of these short windows of opportunity! Your committee is now working flat out to bring you some of the best fun in the riding scene. We have a number of weekends booked and underway, including the final plans for our 2018 Convergence Rally which is a really exciting one. I visited the site a few weeks ago and can confirm that this year is going to be a really good one for this rally. Not unlike the bigger rallies, the site has a lot of onsite accommodation as well as camping and caravan facilities. With meals included (breakfast and dinner on two days) the ticket price offers great value. Plans for the Valley Rally are moving along. The guys and gals in that subcommittee are trying to tie up final arrangements and we are now well over 100 tickets sold. We will be welcoming groups from near and far including a group from Oxford and a contingent from Belgium. Our deal on hotel rooms will expire at the end of March and after that, rooms will revert to normal pricing and availability. Right now, you can get room at a special price of £55 per night. To take advantage of the offer you must call the hotel direct on 01494 680929 and ask for Kishor. Let him know you are booking for the Rally on the special rate and he will book you in. If you get the auto-director answer system please choose the hotel reception option (usually option 3) because if you choose other options your call will go to a call centre and they will not be able to associate your booking with the offer.
HOG UK and Ireland are still working on the announcement about the winner of top male mileage for the 2017 Chapter Challenge. As soon as I have it I will let you know.
Since our last Clubnight we have had a few changes to committee which you will see represented on the back page. In anticipation of questions, it is important to know that priorities for our volunteers can change without warning and for some, these changes can make it difficult for individuals to meet their committee responsibilities. As always, all of our volunteers past work is very much appreciated. So..., onto our most recent events and those coming up. Another Saturday Social I was well attended in February. We are starting to need bigger venues! Sadly, I was committed elsewhere on that day and so I was not able to join you. It’s probably not a bad thing as I heard that you needed the space..., hehe. The Cricketers is always a popular venue and for this event, it was certainly cosy! Were you able to get along to the Reading HD Bike Build Off? If not, you missed a great day at the Dealership. The three Reading HD employee teams had obviously all taken the challenge very seriously and delivered three cracking custom Sportsters “ready for sale”. The three bikes were all excellent entries with some great thinking and nice execution to deliver a feast for the eyes. Team Sami and their bike “Warhawk” were selected by the onsite judges for special recognition as the winning bike on the day but all three bikes were worthy of recognition in their own way. The Dealership are also offering a prize to the bike which sells first ... and true to form, Sami closed a deal on her bike within the hour! A special “Well done” to Sami, Greg and Richard on the win and congratulations to Leiber, Jason and the parts team and engineers for their superb efforts. If you missed the chapter mileage challenge event at Reading HD on the 10th March, you can still register for the year. Either take your bike into the dealership to have the mileage recorded or send a photo of your odometer and VIN to our Head Road Captain on email@example.com.
Coming up over the coming months…. On Saturday 17th March, we have our final Saturday Social gathering for the season at the Lands End Pub in Twyford. Full details are available in the calendar. Our regular monthly gathering will be switching to the 2018 Poker Run from April. Poker runs are extremely popular, they are fun and with the added opportunity to scoop one of the ever-increasing cash prizes at the end of the year. Finally, after weeks of waiting, our first group ride will be the Pioneer Run on Sunday 18th March. Mike Connolly and a band of merry men and women will be heading out at 09:30 for Brighton. Be at Sportsable from 9am to be certain of getting the briefing ahead of the ride. Let’s hope for a fine day and good roads for our first ride out. Here is a final reminder for the ladies to get their tickets for Reading Harley Davidson Ladies Night on Friday 23rd March. This Ladies Only evening sounds to be a lot of fun. Tickets are only £2 and available from Jo Senn at the shop. Fellas, if you are transporting the ladies, The George Pub across the road will likely be full of lonely hubbys and partners looking to catch up while their ladies are being entertained across the road. Once again, the Chapter will be running two rides to the Guildford HD Birthday Bash on Saturday 24th March. One ride will be leaving Sportsable, the other departing from Reading HD and both rides meeting up about a mile from the Guildford Dealership for a unified arrival. We are expecting the usual HOG roast and entertainment package so there is every reason to get along and join in the fun. Sunday 24th March - Fancy a visit to Sammy Millers Motorcycle Museum? Join Don, Jamie and the supporting Roadcrew for a ride to this excellent biker venue. This ride is going from Chieveley Services @ M4 junction 13, meeting at 10am for 10:30 departure. We will be running a special ride to Arundel on April 1st as a qualifying ride for Mark Peck who will be fresh from Roadcrew training. I know that this is Easter Sunday
but if you fancy a run out to Whiteways Cafe, come along and support Mark.
For the first time in many years we will be putting on a ride on Easter Monday. A ride to the Crofton Beam Engine and Steam Rally has been arranged by Don Wibberley. It’s not a long ride but having visited the site before, it’s a fun day out if the weather holds. Our first Poker Run for 2018 is scheduled for Wednesday 4th April at The Dukes Head in Farnham Royal from 6:30pm and The Jake Spicer Toy Run will be on Sunday 8th April. We are still looking for volunteers to help block at junctions so if you are Roadcrew or an experienced rider and you think you could help please let Jamie, myself or John Green know. Details will be posted on the calendar as soon as we have them. The activities team have also put together a Beer and Skittles evening on Saturday 14th April at the Greyhound in Eton Wick. With hot and cold buffet at £15 per head, its great value. On Sunday 15th April, Ralph will be leading a ride to the Prescott Hill Climb Event near Cheltenham in Gloucestershire. Our next Club night will be on Thursday 19th April. Wow, what a start to the ride programme! See page 18 for details of the Convergence Rally. Tickets are available now and onsite rooms are limited. The venue is very good this year and both Oxford and Rolling Hills Chapters are joining the rally. All available ticket packages currently offer inclusive hot meals (breakfast and evening meals). Get in early to avoid disappointment.
Be safe peeps …. and have fun,
Hi Ladies, As I write this, we are in the middle of a visit from the ‘Beast from the East’ – lots of ice, snow and subzero temperatures. So, like me, my bike is tucked up cosily at home waiting for more sensible riding weather. But we HOG members never miss the opportunity for a gathering come rain or shine, so by the time you read this we will have all visited the dealership to register our mileage for the Chapter Challenge and indulged in some sweet treats on the Ladies of Harley charity bake sale. I look forward to writing about this event for next month’s magazine. So what have we got planned for March? I know that many of you have excitedly bought tickets for the "15 Shades of Grey" ladies night at Reading Dealership being held on Friday 23rd. Bubbly, nibbles, discount and rumour has it, one or two hunky waiters – I can’t wait! This year’s LoH Weekend Away has now been confirmed! We will be going to a 70s and 80s party weekend in Camber Sands where we will see many acts and tribute acts such as Jason Donovan, Abba, Bucks Fizz and Tina
Turner. The chatter about themes for fancy dress has already started and I’m sure we’re all looking forward to letting our hair down and dancing to some cheesy tunes. I have a couple of key dates that I’d like to plan something for and would love to have your input; Firstly, International Female Ride Day is on 5th May and it’d be great if we could plan an event to mark the occasion, so if you have any ideas or would like to help plan a ride, please drop me a line. Secondly, the Boy’s Weekend Away is scheduled for 6th to 9th July and the phrase ‘When the cat's away, the mice will play’ comes to mind. I’m looking to arrange a day out for the Saturday or Sunday so if you’re not looking forward to peace and quiet and having control of the TV remote for the weekend, keep an eye out for an update. If you’ve come across a gem of a venue that you think us ladies will love, do let me know! ‘Til we meet again,
Cilla P Thames Valley Ladies of Harley Officer firstname.lastname@example.org 07525 462186
Saturday Socialising. My goodness the Thames Valley Chapter do like their Saturday Socials. Over thirty five Chapter members arrived at the Shire Horse Pub, by bike and by car. The food as ever was enjoyed by all. The penultimate meeting was very good. Afterwards they headed off to the Dealership.
Take Two. A few our intrepid members helped out a project that students from Reading University were working on. The subject: Harley Davidson. They wanted find out about our relationships with out bikes. A cold and rather rainy day, but the camera kept rolling. We hope to see the end result in due course.
Thursday, 15 March Club Night (closed event) Saturday, 17 March Saturday Social Sunday, 18 March Pioneer Run (open event)
Sunday, 15 April Prescott Hill Bike Festival (open event) Thursday, 19 April Club Night (closed event) The Valley Rally
Friday, 23 March Ladies night (open event)
Beaconsfield Town FC 29th June - 1st July 2018
Saturday, 24 March Guildford H D Birthday Bash
The Convergence Rally
Sunday, 25 March Sammy Millers Museum (closed event) Thursday, 29 March Ace cafe Harley Night (open event) Sunday, 1 April April fools ride (closed event) Monday, 2 April Crofton Steam (closed event) Tuesday, 3 April Committee Night (closed event) Wednesday, 4 April Poker Night Sunday, 8 April Jake Spicer toy run (open event) Saturday, 14 April Beer and Skittles eve (closed event)
Royal Agricultural University Cirencester 10th August - 12th August 2018
Please check the website for the latest on all rides.
CLUB NIGHTS April 19th May 17th June 21th July 19th
August 16th MAGAZINE CONTRIBUTION DEADLINES April 5th May 3rd June 7th July 5th August 2nd
Winter Ball Saturday 10th Feb saw a generous handful of TV HOG members toddling off down to Surrey to enjoy the tri-Chapter (Thames Valley, Invicta and Hogsback) Winter Ball, a bit like the tri-wizard tournament, but with less jeopardy! (Nope , I don't know why the Harry Potter reference eitherâ€Ś) The venue was the Reigate Manor Hotel, a pleasant hostelry, with a nice large dining area and dance floor. Andy and I arrived mid afternoon and spent a lazy hour or so watching the rugby before meeting up with everyone else in the lounge area for a drink and chat prior to the main event. Suitably togged up, we then proceeded through to the dining area for a meal of a chickeny something, with roast potatoes and vegetables, and an aubergine and pepper spicy thingy for the hippies. (read vegetarians), followed by a lemon meringue pie. After coffee, the partition wall went back to reveal the band (The Audio Allstars), and with very little encouragement people took to the floor for a boogie. Robbie The DJ took the helm with some real crowd pleasers whenever the band took a breather/ drink break. I have to say this is one of my favourite things about being a Chapter member (apart from great company, and big motor bikes) is people getting up and dancing is a given. The evening wrapped up at between half midnight and 1 a.m. Breakfast in the morning and a sunny drive the long way home rounded of a very pleasant event.
2018 Convergence Rally The Royal Agricultural University, Cheltenham. Friday 10th August to Sunday 12th August 2018 On Saturday 17th Feb, whilst some of you were sunning yourself at the Saturday Social in Littlewick Green, I was at a meeting in Cheltenham with the other Rally leaders looking at the new venue for the Convergence Rally. And what a Bobby Dazzler that turned out to be. The Royal Agricultural University in Cheltenham has huge charisma as a venue, a stunning presence and backed up by some great facilities. The site is dominated by the 19th Century Manor Building and complemented by more modern accommodation blocks on the site. The number of rooms available onsite has been divided equally among the supporting chapters and Thames Valley have 16 ensuite twin rooms and 20 ensuite single rooms available until early April. After this, all unallocated rooms will be pooled for use by any chapter on a first come first served basis. Rally tickets are available now from the activities team and the ticket price includes an evening meal on Friday and Saturday, and hot breakfast on Saturday and Sunday. There will be a mix of disco and live music over the weekend and camping is available onsite. There is a special area for campers and caravans. Tickets start at ÂŁ60 per person, ensuite single rooms are ÂŁ160 and ensuite twins are ÂŁ260. All prices include the rally ticket, rally pack and pin and the meal package mentioned above. Get this one in your calendar!
Biker Build Off.
Loire Catch Up Ex Founder TV member mate Stevie Pyke bought new CVO Breakout from Reading HD, Belgium friend not seen for 3yrs who moved to France soo… last minute trip to France suggested ‘Bond Bike’, Re-unite, Loire Valley chosen. Left after work Saturday ride Shaftesbury to overnight Stevies. Just polished bike, Bums rain…Typical… 06.00 early start Sunday to catch ferry Poole to Cherbourg. Took lotta persuading to get him to Ferry as “Don’t do Ferries” Got him some Nausea wrist bands from chemist which seem to work. Ride to first stop “Ducey”. Looked good on map distance and place not too far, coupla hours after early start etc. great ride on French minor roads, no traffic and could ride at a pace + no lorries on Sundays… rode via ValognesCoutances-Avranchess-Ducey. Arrive at Great Western in sunshine. Receptionist gave us secure parking, Great room with river/bridge view with a weir. Village very quiet had a walk through in search food found suggested Pizza place (most places shut Sunday) Prob had best Pizza ever. Very picturesque bridge lit up at night. Next to “Saumur” on The Loire about 3hrs + so not an early start. Sun up bit of a blatt route non-toll roads, dual carriage way Fougeres-Laval-Angers. Opened the bikes up most of the way. From Angers lovely ride to the edge of the Loire river. A very peaceful and calm ride. Stopped for photo shoot. French Harley rider stopped asked if ok and ended up having chat in the sun. Bliss great start. Arrive Saumur after three circuits around the town found Kyad Hotel
to find friend Freddy also just arrived ditto circuits as Kyad tucked away. Signed in got secure garage parking time for a catch-up beer!!! & food at the square in the town… Next day “Tourist Day ..Freddy into armaments (crack shot French Champion) so Tank and Military Museum for him, Cavalry for me + Chateaux, Stevie just tagged along for Company … Walked across bridge The Loire for a view point then back up steep hill to Chateaux. Tank Museum ended up being miles away and after chatting directions local he gave up & gave us a lift. Very interesting, Freddy in his element, every conceivable Tank etc. there. Jumped a cab to Cavalry museum where Horsemanship displays done certain times of year, again fascinating & informative. Walked back hotel change, then beer in square in the sun. Chose a restaurant sadly picked the “House” wine on table. Wrong move. 45 Euro a bottle (didn’t check) two drunk, large bill. Always one mistake on hols. Stevie:- “Let’s get an early start 2moro for valley ride and two chateaux’s”
Sssooo out by 09.00. A haunting but bloody chilly ride with a mist across the river. Low sun (time of year) as we headed towards “Tours” along the banks of The Loire. Great road but 10.00 start would have been better!!! I nearly ran out of Gas, fuel stops France hard to find!!! Freddy found & then chatted up local lady, two Chateaux’s recommended. First “Langeais” sun had burnt through and was great ride. Coffee/ lunch stop looking at Chateuax. Stevies bike admired so gave him pleasure (boring) Looked around again fascinating. The Aristocracy// Nobles in the past 14th-17th Century’s moved out from Paris to escape & to this beautiful area with a good climate. Then next to “Azay Le Rideau” Across bridge other side Loire nice ride. Saw “Chateau-de-l’islette” parked up paid to go in, wrong one.!!! Hit lucky, chatting to a lady on bridge at entrance turns out she is the owner & offered us a personal tour of all the Chateaux. Explained all and how they had restored at great expense & now open to the public for few months a year for all to enjoy, a beautiful home. At the end said would she join us for a drink,
so we sat on an Island in the river chatting in the Sun after a fascinating time. Said our good byes and thanked Benedicta, Great ride back slowing down past the Gendarme booking someone. Went to our favourite bar for
final drink in the sun before back to 1st Restaurant. Chattered with some Australians next to us wine (not 45 Euros) & good food, company for last meal. Decided to blatt back toll roads still 5+hrs. One point just two of us side by side for miles. ‘No’ traffic … bliss in the sun. Typically, last 10k skies
opened got soaked. Ferry guys packed bikes in and not happy with their care strapping but seems no damage done. Dark cold ride back 11.00 to Stevies. Ride back Friday from freedom of roads France, ok until hit Salisbury jams and full motorways M3 M4 + filter…. Great catch up, bonding, chill out trip. Will def go back to Loire area but will plan a bit more before going as plenty to see and do plus of course the vineyards to explore ;-) Thanks to all & our travelling companions for helping plan routes Cheers Mike J ………
#Hashtag Hello all! Something of a busy month as I've started reviewing our social media footprint and worked with Robin (Chapter webmaster) to tighten-up some of the day-to-day administration of our social media channels. This is to align us better with industry norms and best practices. Many of the changes are behind-the-scenes so are not immediately visible. I'm pleased to say that good progress has been made and by the time the magazine goes to print the main body of work should be completed. Notable Facebook (FB) Changes: We now have a new Ladies of Harley FaceBook group with many members successfully signed-up up already. If you're on FaceBook, a lady member of the Chapter and want to get in on the conversation then head on over to (and click the Join group button): Group Name: Thames Valley Chapter 9746 LoH Group Link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TVLOH9746/ I've also started to update the main Chapter FaceBook group that is intended for all Thames Valley members on FaceBook. If you're not already a member of the group and want to join-in, then head on over to (and click the Join group button): Grp Name: THAMES VALLEY UK CHAPTER HARLEY OWNERS GROUP 9746 Grp Link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thamesvalleyhog/ The main Chapter FaceBook page has had a couple of small tweaks. But, the larger changes are yet to come. The plan is that the page will be given over to publish the larger chapter activity and events - especially to encourage nonmembers and members alike. To facilitate this, we will be reducing the list of people that can post directly on the page. This will mean a notable change for some of our longer-term FaceBook users as day-to-day discussion is no longer held via the page. Instead these discussions will be directed to and conducted within the appropriate groups (as noted above). As this is quite a departure we won't be doing this immediately. I'll be posting updates and notifications via the page and other channels leading-up to the change-over so that all members have a chance to join the groups. And, a special mention goes out to Paul Major. We have a 3rd group on FaceBook that was originally created for members to discuss trips and travel to Wales. With Paulâ€™s help the admin function has now been transferred. Watch this space as we develop how best to leverage this group going forward.
A new Chapter "social media" user has been created on FaceBook, so it can be passed from one Social Media Officer to another. You are welcome to connect/ friend: https://www.facebook.com/socialmedia.thamesvalley.7 Twitter: This is currently under review. However, you can connect and follow: @ThamesValleyHOG Non-FaceBook: We're aware that many Chapter members are not fond of the FaceBook platform for a variety of reasons. So, I am working with Robin and looking at the possibility of providing an alternate platform for our diverse membership to come together on a common system of online communication. Watch this space for updates as we hope to bring you some info in the coming weeks and months. Lastly, to wish you all the very best as we move through March and on into the riding season. Regards, Mark Peck Social Media & Comms Officer E-mail: email@example.com Tel: 07809 731348
OH NO !!!! THE BIG 70. You are all invited to Mick Friends 70th Birthday party. On Sunday 6th May, we will be celebrating Mick's 70th Birthday, at our home in Burchetts Green, Maidenhead, SL6 6QS. There will be a barbecue and food for all. Please let me know if you are coming... Linda
February's Clubnight Clubnight saw a presentation by Hardian V-Twin Tours about touring America. After their presentation, Colin and Jean Wilkins received gifts marking Colin's retirement from many years as Chapter Treasurer
Jamie McLaughlin What Year and model? Road Glide Special 2015 Have You Named your Bike? No - Just called the Harley How Long have you had it? Bought it new from RHD – traded in two bikes. My HD Rocker C and my Yamaha XJR1300. What made you buy it? My Rocker C was a stunner to look with all the chrome and extra bolt on bits, but for me I used to call it my 100 mile each way bike. I could travel 100 miles before I needed to stop for an hour or so due to aching back 'n' bones. Also, passenger seat not very comfortable. So, I wanted to do more away trips with the club and a bigger bike was the way forward. As soon as I rode the Road Glide that was it – Gotta Have it! What Mods has it Got? Full Stage 1 – Air filter – Vance and Hines slip on oval exhausts – Leg protectors –Highway pegs -Tallboy seat –I have a back rest which I don’t use – Docking station - Top pannier from a black Ultra and custom wired in by RHD, Brake light and red indicators. Custom Number plate holder and Number plate & Willie G Timing cover. What Mods do you plan for in the Future? Ape Hangers – Mirrors - Black exhausts down pipes, Extra lights – Front L.E.D indicators black housing – Extra rear L.E.D lights, L.E.D front running lights, better speakers to name a few parts wanted What do you especially like about it? The bike is lovely to ride and the shark nose really like this over the batwing design. Having music while you ride can’t do without it now. Panniers and top box perfect for bunging my junk in –Call it the caravan box. Favourite ride out you’ve had on bike? Hmmm, Hmmmm, Lesley and I went down to Devon one sunny Friday after work. On the A303 we got within one mile of Stonehenge and traffic everywhere (typical Friday night) and the heavens opened up we were drenched. I pulled over by the strawberry seller and hide the best we could under a tree for 20 mins. Only had my water proofs leggings in bike so I stuck them on and off we went. Sun came back out Lesley dried off and I was still damp for rest of the journey. On the way back, a few days later we rode to Weymouth via the Jurassic coastal road, Awesome road. I will plan a ride with this road in the future will be a long ride but worth it- watch this space.
2018 Officers & Committee
Nick West Director
Andy Tunley Assistant Director
Sue Moyler Secretary
COMMITTEE & SUPPORTING OFFICERS CLUB VENUE Grenadier Guards Club Maidenhead Rd, Windsor, Berks, SL4 5EY
Prescilla Peck Ladies of Harley
Andy Tunley Editor
Mike Wilson Jason Compagno Dealer Principal Dealer Rep
Lesley Lederer Treasurer
John Green Safety Officer
Jamie McLaughlin Head Road Captain
Chris Smith Membership
Robin Sasson Webmaster
Third Thursday of every month 7:30pm
Malcolm Poulter Activities
Fred Cotsford Activities
Nick Ekendahl Activities
Sue Knight Historian
Hayley West Charities Officer
Mark Peck Linda Friend Social Media Officer Photographer
Alex MacDonald Jamie McLaughlin Photographer Photographer
Email any committee member at (position held)@thamesvalleyhog.org.uk
The March 2018 edition of the monthly magazine of Thames Valley HOG Chapter