kiaora Auckland HOG whanau, welcome to the Midweek News
In your Midweek News
- Paihia Ride Debrief
- Cape Rerenga Ride Debrief
- Lets Ride - Chapter Ride Parua Bay
- Chapter Night
- Photo of the Week
- Bike of the Week
- Patch of the Week
- Dealership Links
- Social Media Links
- YouTube - Ghost Rides
- YouTube - 2 Reviews from Deano
- YouTube - HughBeRiding
- The Idea Factory
- NZ Blood
- The Sheriff
- Coming Soon
Paihia Ride Debrief from RCWM Huge
Despite the at times torrential rain on Friday night, Saturday dawned clear for our ride North. Z Silverdale worked well as a stand-in for BP North and works even better for our members living North of Albany. Delivered the riders' briefing noting we would not be corner marking as the route was pretty much a straight line apart from Kawakawa where we would turn left.
Pulled away soon after 9 am heading over the motorway briefly onto Dairy Flat Hway before turning right onto Pine Valley Rd, Kahikatea Flat Rd and SH16 regrouping at Wellsford. Resuming on SH1 again and crossing over the Brynderwyns without any holdups before pulling into GAS Bream Bay for coffee, doughnuts, pies and fuel and where we picked up two more riders. We watched some pretty severe rain system pass over on the coast while on the break but it never made it inland and that was the last taste of rain over the entire weekend.
Departing from Bream Bay we had another good-paced ride through Whangarei where I surprised a few riders by forgetting about the lane split at Kensington Ave and went on a mini tiki tour via the roundabout before rejoining the main track North. Maybe nobody noticed and for anyone that followed me - sorry about that! Another 50km upstream we turned left at Kawakawa through Moerewa and then right at Pakaraka onto SH10 and right again onto SH11 taking us into Paihia where we stopped on the lawn at Central Park in front of Zane Greys before heading off to our various accommodations. No incidents.
Many thanks to TEC Joe90 and special mention to Aaron who took it upon himself to mark the corner at Kawakawa and ended up waiting a very long time as the last few riders rolled past and then added salt to the wound by ignoring the mark and inexplicably turning right. You can’t win them all! Thanks to all who came and rode with me on my first outing as RC, looking forward to more rides ahead.
Cape Rerenga Debrief from RD Craig
Paihia to the Cape Ride 23rd October 2022.
Not often do I get to lead a ride and given our Sheriff’s booked off crook for the weekend I was happy to take on this one, albeit I was not that well prepared. With only one way to the Cape – what could go wrong?
During the ride briefing, I warned all riders of a treacherous corner on our route to the Cape which I had previously encountered some six years ago – a cunning plan on my behalf to ensure all remained alert during a reasonably long ride.
Given the corner in question had been remediated, I’m left wondering if this plan to keep all aware will work again in the future. That said, we all arrived safely.
With "stands up" around 8.30 am, we hauled out of Paihia heading towards Awanui and the Bakerman Café for a coffee stop, some 110 kms to run. With a couple of stops to re-group and upon arrival locating a freshly tar-sealed exclusive car park, what cones? we parked up, stretched the legs and sort caffeine.
A splash of gas was suggested, given we had a 170km round trip to the Cape, so off to the BP Awanui before we headed off to the top.
The road conditions were surprisingly good, given the reputation of Northland roads in more recent times, as we enjoyed spectacular riding conditions to the top of N.Z.
I’m sure I saw a ‘ghost’ in my mirrors as I rode north. We arrived as some wind Brothers and Sisters were departing leaving us a prime parking position amongst the tourist buses, with wardens on duty to look after our gear as we wandered down to the lighthouse.
This is a place of cultural significance and very poignant that upon our arrival we learnt of the passing a few hours earlier of a friend and fellow H.O.G. member – RIP Nigel.
All credit to Tony (TJ Pan) for a sterling effort to walk to the lighthouse on 1½ legs. The obligatory photos with the lighthouse and the signpost we taken – a great Auckland Chapter shot was captured by Gary (Photographer).
With a blast back to Awanui and a stop to re-group, most took the opportunity to top up again, before heading to Mangonui Hotel for lunch. It was intended to stop for a coastal picture with the bikes however the day was passing and some members were getting ‘hangery’, so we decided to twist the throttle and grab some lunch.
It was after 2.30 pm when we arrived in Mangonui and unfortunately, kitchens were closing with the food options limited. With the food available and beverages on board, the riders made their own way back to Paihia.
This longer-than-usual ride heightened my awareness of the need to split the group so as those members that wish to ‘ride it like they stole it’ can do so, with other riders not feeling uncomfortable as the ‘spring’ effect resulted in those near the back of the ride experiencing high speeds.
This is something that I have discussed at RD meetings and in hindsight, this ride would have been a great opportunity to try such a format – next time. Some 400 km’s were travelled upon our return to Paihia, all returning safe but jaded.
A memorable Chapter ride in awesome conditions which I was pleased to be a part of – let’s do it again!
Thanks to Ray and Auckland H-D for providing us with a bike so we could enjoy this weekend with our H.O.G. friends.
Big ups to all that arranged a fantastic weekend away! United We Ride.
Harley Owners Group
Auckland H.O.G. Chapter Ride - Parua Bay - Whangarei
Depart Location: BP North <Click here for Map>
Date: Sunday 30/10/2022
Time: 09.30 am - 5.00 pm.
Road Captain: Hotrocks 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.
Patches and rockers are optional.
Ride safe and have fun.
Auckland H.O.G. Chapter Night
kiaora Auckland H.O.G. whanau.
Members, new members, family and friends are invited to the Akarana Golf Club for our monthly Chapter night. Bar and Menu are available. Enjoy a drink or two and a meal with members before the evening commences at 7.30 pm. Remember to bring along a few extra dollars so you can take part in the door raffles with several draws throughout the evening giving you chances to win some great prizes.
Time: from 6.30 pm - 9.00 pm.
Location: Akarana Golf Club, 1388 Dominion Rd, Mt Roskill. <Click here for Map>
Photo of the Week
Bike of the Week
Patch of the Week
Ghost Rides Channel Presents - Paihia Labour Weekend
Deanos Motorcycle Rides - Audio test from helmet
Harley Davidson Road Glide ST Review
HughbeRiding - Scenic Drive Waitakere Ranges
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, 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 email@example.com
“Never let any truth or facts get in the way of a good story”
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12/11/22 CRIB(Chapter Riding Information Briefing) Session
12/11/22 Kaiaua Ride
12/11/22 Southern Roar
19/11/22 Chapter Ride to the Waihi Wahoo
19/11/22 Waihi Wahoo Weekend Away
19/11/22 MDN Camp Ride Ngaruawahia
20/11/22 Northern Riders
21/11/22 Committee Conclave Online
26/11/22 Chapter Ride Beach Hop Whangamata
28/11/22 Chapter Night
03/12/22 Matakana Ride
05/12/22 Committee Conclave
10/12/22 Mercer Ride Muddy Waters
12/12/22 Chapter Quiz Night
14/12/22 Midweek Ride Pauanui Christmas Cheer Ride
17/12/22 Dealer Event Family Day
17/12/22 Mystery Christmas Ride
18/12/22 Northern Riders
24/12/22 Make Your Own Ride Christmas Eve
31/12/22 Make Your Own Ride New Years Eve
02/01/23 Kaiaua Fish n Chip Ride
07/01/23 Kaiwaka Ride
14/01/23 Pine Harbour Ride
22/01/23 Chapter Ride Paparoa
23/01/23 Chapter Night
28/01/23 Southern Destination Te Kauwhata
27-29/01/23 Hibiscus Rodders Beach Festival - Orewa
03/03/23 The Gathering Gisborne
Shayne Lipsham (LUPPO)