Mid Week News - 13/09/2023
13th September 2023
By The Membership Officer
It looks like the weather has started to play ball with us finally, some nice rides with only a sprinkling of rain, such a pleasant change.
Our first Sunday casual coffee ride was a great success, with a large contingent of riders, pillions as well as an L-plater out for a short ride to Percys cafe at the Airport, thanks very much Bugsy, well worth the effort.
We have a busy month coming up, with our usual Saturday rides, our Chapter ride to Ruakaka is on the 24th then Chapter Night 25th followed by Race 4 Life on the 26th, and then we have two days off before the MDN Roll 1 KM for MDN at Hampton Downs, on Friday 29th, and then a special ACC Funded event at Auckland Harley, and our Saturday ride to Kaiaua, a quiet Saturday Night then up at sparrows fart for another epic Hard Arse ride led by our own Dora the Explorer, Greg Joynt, heading to the Chateau, via the long way. Looks like a fabulous ride is planned.
We get a few days off, then on Sunday 8th October the Chapter will be once again leading the Pink Ribbon ride, come along to this as it is a very worthwhile event to be involved in.
Thank you for all the support you all give the Chapter especially when we have so many things we are involved in, and a huge thanks to your committee for the efforts they go to make this Chapter so good.
Ride and Have Fun
21 For September
ACC in collaboration with Auckland Harley-Davidson will be hosting an event during the month of September to celebrate motorcycle awareness month.
This event will include spot prizes, guest speakers / Free doughnuts, hot-dogs and coffee, plenty of give-aways. A trained mechanic will be on-site to conduct free safety and tyre pressure checks, and we will have a representative from Pro Rider to speak to us about the Ride Forever courses and monthly deals. Open to all riders and their whanau.
Date – Saturday 30th of September 2023
Time – 9 am – 1 pm
Location – 521 Mount Wellington Highway, Auckland
In your Midweek News
Muscular Dystrophy New Zealand are having their annual fundraising appeal this September and HOG Auckland Chapter is happy to support this worthy cause to help Kiwi’s living with muscular dystrophy. Riders from HOG Auckland Chapter will be riding around Hampton Downs Raceway on 29 September between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm as part of our “roll 1km” pledge in support of Muscular Dystrophy Northern (MDN).
It would be greatly appreciated If you are able to pledge a little (or a lot !) to help our HOG Auckland Chapter fundraising effort to support the wonderful work done by the teams at Muscular Dystrophy. Our secure fundraising page is linked below, and all proceeds will go to MDN for the benefit of our local communities. The appeal runs from now through to 1st October.
Thanks for taking the time to read this rather wordy post and if you have been able to help out our fundraising effort as well then I am humbled and grateful. Cheers !
As a registered charity, we rely almost entirely on voluntary donations from the general public, trusts and other businesses/organisations to provide specialist information and practical support to individuals and whanau with lived experience of rare neuromuscular conditions. The Auckland Harley Owners’ group have been a huge support to the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDN) for many years.
We have three regional branches based throughout the country that are supported by the National Office based in Auckland, one of those branches been MDN and we cover the area from Kaitaia to Taupo.
Our logo is a person shown in the form of DNA. This double helix represents the genetic component to many of our conditions and reflects our strong commitment to families and the acknowledgement of whakapapa or family histories, which are woven through the stories of our members. We believe in strengthening and supporting both individuals with neuromuscular conditions, their whanau and their communities of support.
A lot of our support we give to members is based on an outreach service via our Fieldworkers, information on the rare conditions we cover and also events that members can attend and network with others travelling the same journey as themselves.
The Auckland Harley Owners Group have been long-time supporters of MDN and attend many of our events and get involved with our branch.
National Executive Chairperson, Northern Branch Chairperson &
Calls 4 Charity Ltd Director
Muscular Dystrophy Association of New Zealand
419 Church Street East, Penrose, Auckland
Unlike the RC of the previous Saturday ride, I will keep this relatively 'short and sweet'
... Another fine spring Saturday dawned, giving us near-perfect weather for our ride to Tuakau.
Our muster at HD Mt Wellington turned up 22 bikes, 1 trike and 3 pillion passengers all set for the afternoon adventure.
Once onto State Highway 1, we managed a good pace as the traffic was relatively light and friendly.
We then turned off at Hampton Downs where we regrouped on the 'exit ramp', stopping behind a sneaky police officer with a radar gun. Hopefully, we saved a few people getting some tickets!
From here we took the back roads through Rangiriri before crossing the mighty Waikato.
Through to state Highway 22 via Glen Murray before re-crossing the river and onto the Tuakau Hotel.
No incidents to report, and a very pleasant ride had by all.
Thank you to Joe for doing another sterling job as our TEC
Also, a big thank you to the management and staff of the hotel for looking after all of us so well.
No fines to report!
With thanks, images c/o HughBePhotographer
Laid Back Coffee Cruise - Sun 10 Sep 2023
Despite being a bit overcast, it was dry, and we had a fantastic turnout for the inaugural Laid Back Coffee Cruise with 18 bikes and 2 pillions including 7 ladies riding.
This number far exceeded my expectations and was a little daunting for some of the newer riders, but I want to thank all for their support and assistance.
We met at the BP Ellerslie Wild Bean Cafe and found that we were competing with the Ellerslie Fairy Fantasy & Pirate Day which required some to detour to get to the start point.
Not to mention trying to stop Shayne from stealing the fairy wings and pirate hats off the kids as they went past .
Onto the motorway at Ellerslie, off at Papakura with a regroup at the Z Station just through the lights. Then basically around the block, down through Kingseat and around in a loop to the Drury on ramp before heading north on SH1, off along SH20 the 20A and right into Landing Drive heading to Percy Cafe & Eatery near Auckland Airport approximately 85 km later. Where we had a well-earned coffee or beverage of choice and some lovely food before breaking up to make our own way home.
There was a wonderful supportive and relaxed attitude to the ride. Thanks to Hugh for wearing his rain pants and preventing any rain for the rest of us.
Thanks also to Pete & Linda as Tail End Charlie, Joe for keeping me informed from the middle of the pack, the corner markers and everyone for an enjoyable ride, Nev for looking after the small splinter group, and the corner markers, so we all made it to the end and everyone who came for an enjoyable ride.
All HOG members and friends are welcome.
Depart Location: North Auckland Harley, 64 Barrys Point Rd, Takapuna. <Click here for Map>
Date: Saturday 16/09/2023
Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm.
Road Captain: Murray 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.
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