Mid Week News - 15/03/2023
15th March 2023
By The Membership Officer
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- Paeroa Midweek Ride Review
- Patumahoe Ride Review
- Lets Ride - Beachlands
- Photo of the Week
- Bike of the Week
- Patch of the Week
- T-shirt of the Week
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Paeroa Midweek Ride Review by RC LUPPO
We would arise to the news that a ChemCouries truck had exploded in a ball of fire on the southern motorway at 3 am between Takanini and Papakura throwing the morning commute into chaos. A phone call to RC Kev would have me lead the midweek ride for those that were still keen on a ride. A further phone call to ask about traffic movements would reveal that traffic heading south was flowing freely so at 10.30 myself and 1 hearty rider very keen for a long-awaited ride who hadn't ridden for a couple of months headed off down the southern motorway passing the burnt out shell of the truck.
Our ride increased by 1 as we picked up a member coming on his 1st HOG ride at Drury Mobil. We took a left at the roundabout and headed down Fitzgerald Rd only to discover that the road was closed. Taking a series of lefts and a right we found ourselves back at the roundabout, at least we agreed we had never been on those roads before, lol. Taking the Great South Rd to Ramarama we cruised the very normal route of Ararimu, Totara Rd, Paparata Rd, Lyons Rd through to Mangatawhiri, Mangatangi, Monument Rd exiting at the Red Fox and onto SH2, where we lost our new rider as his lens popped out of his glasses frame.
Our TEC made a uturn and went back to look for our other TEC (yes TEC was somehow in the middle of us). A short time later we were back together and away again making a right turn at Okaeria Rd and riding through the Maramarua forest, along Cozens Rd, Taniwha Rd, Storey Rd and turning left onto Tahuna Rd. We blatted along the Tahuna - Paeroa Rd (Swamp Rd, might have got a ticket here, cop at the end of the straight, nothing in the mail yet). We arrived in Paeroa at about 1 pm where we 1st stopped at Revs Motorcycle Centre to check out the merchandise, there is some awesome stock in there and well worth the stop.
We then cruised off to our destination of the Refinery on Willoughby St, a fantastic old building once the National Bank Gold refinery 1914, converted into a retro cafe with a very tantalising menu (yes there is a bar). If you haven't been here before I recommend the refinery as a good place to stop for refreshments and has accommodation.
We left Paeroa at 2.30 pm for home travelling together until just before Kerepehi where I blasted off along SH2 as the winds were starting to pick up arriving home at 4.15 pm. No incidents to report, only misfortune, Bretto, had stopped to look for his lost lens on the way home to no avail and JB missed his 4.30 pm appointment in the city but at least we had an awesome ride.
Living to ride, riding to live
Patumahoe Ride Review from RC Joe90
To steal and abuse the overused sporting saying - It was a ride of two halves. 13 bikes and a trike left Mount Wellington in beautiful sunshine and all managed to get onto the motorway without too much drama. That came between the Manukau City and Hill road exits. A crash had closed the motorway south near Takanini and this created the usual response from Auckland drivers - chaos.
After a hot and slow crawl up the Hill road exit the ride went from traffic queue to traffic queue until it finally reached the Alfriston School roundabout and freedom. Twilight road was a pleasant relief winding through the shade of the native bush. Clevedon to Hunua showed that no part of Auckland was unaffected by Gabrielle with one-lane sections where parts of Mountain road were making their own way into the valleys.
South of Hunua the ride crossed with the Patriots Annual Run going the other way, with the flashing red/blue tax collectors focused on their ride. The back roads through to Island Block were empty of traffic, but the same couldn't be said about the motorway back to Mercer. It was a pleasure to take the off-ramp and cruise the farmland through the edge of Tuakau and on to the Village Bar at Patumahoe.
Images c/o Bugsy, thank you
Auckland Chapter Beachlands Ride - The Franklin
All HOG members and friends are welcome.
Depart Location: Auckland Harley-Davidson, Mt Wellington. <Click here for Map>
Date: Saturday 18/03/2023
Time: 1:00 pm - 5.00 pm.
Road Captain: Deano to Lead
Note: Event end time is a guide only.
The RCs brief takes place 10 minutes before the ride begins.
Please ensure your bike has a current WoF and Registration.
Pillions are welcome to join the ride.
Back patches and rockers are optional.
Ride safe and have fun.
Photo of the Week
Winners - we had a group of HOG members participate in the defence forces Patriots Annual Run last Saturday with a few Patriots being HOG members as well, congratulations to those that won spot prizes.
Bike of the Week
Patch of the Week
T-Shirt of the Week
HughbeRiding - The Art of stopping traffic
Deanos Motorcycle Rides - Hard Arse Recon
Bazrocks - Chapter Ride to Whangamata
Do you have any great ideas for your Chapter in regard to ride route locations and ride events?
These can be Saturday Open rides, Chapter rides, Midweek rides, Night rides, Dinner Rides, Hard Arse rides, Novelty rides hell any kind of ride route and event you think of.
This is your Chapter and you can be part of the decision-making, does this sound like you, then contact your Director, Head Road Captain, or Activities Officer or contact them all to discuss the possibilities, we are always up to fresh ideas to share with your HOG family.
Reminder – Don’t forget to drop your mates in it for those little incidents, accidents and infractions. The money obtained/extorted goes to the Chapter Welfare Fund and is used to assist Chapter Members who have had the not so little incidents and accidents.
Email the sheriff firstname.lastname@example.org
“Never let any truth or facts get in the way of a good story”
26/03/23 Waipu Ride
27/03/23 Special General Meeting and Chapter Night
01/04/23 Mercer Ride
08/04/23 Make Your Own Ride - Easter Weekend
15/04/23 Road Captains Meeting
15/04/23 Huapai Ride
16/04/23 Hard Arse Ride
19/04/23 Midweek Ride - Cambridge
22/04/23 Gulf Harbour Ride
24/04/23 Chapter Night
30/04/23 Chapter Ride - Te Aroha