The Newsletter of Sydney HOG Chapter HARBOUR HOG Issue 5, Sept/Oct 2009 Chapter 2102 Director’s Report Fanbloodytastic. p h o t o gr a p h s and articles for the website Weekends away. Full day and half day runs. and magazine. And Chapter meetings. Committee meetings. The we need ideas for runs National Rally. Moonie runs. First-Aid courses. and a zillion other Advanced riders and learn to ride courses. YOTS. good ideas. BBQ. Dealer discounts and ride days. Sydney HOG I came back from the weekend Run to Goulburn website. Harbour HOG magazine. It’s all via Canberra the next day. The weather was happening. Yippee! definitely cold and windy… but not unbearable. It So how does all this magically happen? Because will start to get warmer soon, but in the meantime people volunteer and we have a great bunch of don the warm thermal clothing, get those heated members who are prepared to do things to make hand-grips put on your bike and join in a ride us the largest and healthiest HOG Chapter. soon. No excuses. The reward for those who volunteer is your participation. Members do this work for the benefit of all Chap- ter members. Thank you to the Committee - Ride well… and often. Russell B, Little John, Dianne, John Holsinger, Fred Madderom, Director Michael Chesworth, Paulette, Peter Kelly, Bob Astil and Andy Draper. Sydney HOG Chapter Thank you to all the Road Captains who ‘give up their ride’ for the benefit of all. And thank you to all who volunteer to take YOTS on runs and do the BBQ with good grace and Inside this issue, clockwise from good humour. right: This has got to be the best • Managing a mid life crisis (P4) Ch a p t er in Au st r a l i a • HART Pre-learners’ Course (P9) because of those who • 18 Months of Sundays (P10) volunteer. If you feel you can make a contribution in • A Bird’s Eye any way please let me, or View ( (P8) any of the Committee • Michael’s Softail members know. Rocker (P6/7) We need experienced • Guilty by Asso- riders to step up and train in ciation (P5) Road Captain duties. We need help on the YOTS BBQ. W e n e e d Page 2 Harbour HOG Editor’s Report Hello Folks, Daniel has continued our bike review theme which we introduced last issue with Haven’t we had some great riding weather recently? Unfortu- the article on the Road Kings. He has nately I had the head gasket go on the sporty so have spent an inordinate amount of time in the garage over the last tested several of the Buell sportbike range, month or so, and less time than I’d like wearing the tyres out and his thoughts are on page 5. on the ‘King. Still, it is a reminder that actually working on our Following on from Paulette’s article last issue, we have some bikes, whilst no substitute for a good ride on a sunny day, can more great input from our female members. Sharalynne actually be a satisfying and fulfilling pastime on its own. recounts a trip of a lifetime for four of our members across the As I write this we are rushing towards the print deadline again USA, and Kim and Shelli fill us in on the recent HART pre-learners and finishing all the formatting and proof reading to try and course. Thanks loads guys. remove as many of the furfies as we can and try to include as much as possible in 12 short pages. Having a mid-life crisis? There’s a user guide on page 4, so don’t say we don’t help... Many thanks to our contributors this month, especially Michael who rode his custom Rocker straight out of the workshop and Please keep those funny, informative and interesting articles in front of my lens for the feature on pages 6+7. A fantastic coming. bike I’m sure you’ll agree. Remember, if you have an interest- ing custom ride please let me know so we can get it in a Andy Draper,, Editor, email@example.com / 0412 684 315 future issue. Activities Officer’s Report-2009 National Rally It’s just on 2 months until the National HOG Rally in Strait to Melbourne; and a 1 night stop Launceston, Tasmania, and we’ve got a number of options (TBC) between Melbourne & Sydney for those who can’t take the whole two weeks off for the full Contact: Gary Betts – email: chapter ride: firstname.lastname@example.org Option 1: The full trip Option 3: Tap into both ends of the ride Leaving Sydney on Friday, October 30 we’ll enjoy a couple of You’ll need to take a couple of days off work, but you’ll be well- days’ ride down to Melbourne, with Wagga Wagga our first rewarded. night stop. Ride a: A long weekend run. Join the chapter as we head After an overnight ferry trip on Saturday night, we’ll be ready down to Wagga Wagga on the morning of Friday October 30. 6 days of touring – Strahan, Hobart & Bicheno – on our way to Enjoy a great day’s riding followed by dinner with the whole the Rally. group. The rally itself will be the usual exciting blend of peaceful The following morning, bid bon voyage to the main group and scenery contrasted with the sound of several thousand head east for 1 night in Tathra, before heading back to Sydney Harleys and their leather and denim-clad HOG member via the scenic coastal route. owners. Ride b: Depart Sydney the morning of Tuesday November 10 A return night ferry on Monday 9 November and a great ride and head south to arrive in Khancoban late afternoon - in on the Snowy Mountains Highway for our last night’s stop, plenty of time to catch up with the rest of the chapter. Hear all lakeside at Khancoban. the stories over a few beers and resolve not to miss next year’s A full day scenic ride puts us back in Sydney late afternoon on rally!! Wednesday November 11, tired but excited, and full of stories The following morning, head north on the Snowy Mountains sure to inspire envy in fellow members who missed out. Highway as part of the full chapter ride home. Option 2: A race down to Launceston! Contact: Keith Hutcheson (“Hutch”) – email: This option misses out on the Tassie touring, but still lets you get email@example.com to the Rally. This group leaves Sydney on Wednesday November 4 and Come on! Be involved. Isn’t this why you own a Harley? returns Tuesday November 10. Michael Chesworth, Activities Officer 1 night Wagga; 4 nights Launceston; 1 night crossing Bass A word from our Dealer Representative... How do know if you’re a biker or you just own a bike? • Would you rather a cold beer in a country pub far from home or cocktails at the Hilton? • Are the stories you tell about the places you’ve been and the trouble you had getting there and back or how you got this part • When it rains do you think of your brothers and sisters on E-bay at half the price? out there doing it tough? • Do you see someone stranded on the side of the road and stop to • Does the weather radar stop you when you really want help and if you can’t wish them well anyway? to ride? • Do you laugh when your mate drops his bike in the car park in front • Do you know “Thunderbolt’s Way”? of everybody and then you help him pick it up? • If you’re thinking of your next ride right now then you’re a biker and • Would you rather be bone tired from a long day’s ride or from always will be. working 18 hours straight to get that big contract? Peter Kelly | Sales Consultant • Does the sound of any motorcycle make you think of the road? Trivett Harley-Davidson Sydney Don’t forget—The Peter Kelly Band plays every Thursday night from 6.30pm at Wheels and Cupcakes, behind Trivett HD. Come down for some great music and good food! Issue 5, Sept/Oct 2009 Page 3 Posse rides in America (Part One) In 2004 Phil Williams talked me into registering for the next before the start of the ride. A lot of riders wanted to talk to you Posse Ride that HOG was organizing. A Posse Ride is a ride – especially if they were from the States in the middle of the US. run by the “sheriff” chasing an imaginary person that we They were amazed we had travelled so far to get to the ride. never catch. The ride was in two parts ridden over two We tried to tell them we swam over with the bikes. years. The idea of the ride is that we In 2004 the ride started in do not ride in one mass of 650 Colorado Springs CO and bikes one behind the other. travelled west (see map Everyone is booked into a one right) then north and back of several hotels for the next along the states bordering night. It is your job to leave Canada. We travelled as far when you want and choose east as Minnesota then either the route that HOG give turned south and crossed you or make up your own. the Mississippi before riding Some people would leave at all the way to Baton Rouge 5am others 11am. The social in Louisiana. We had the aspect is that wherever you pleasure to get to Sturgis on stop there are Harleys there the day after it finished and and each bike had a sticker on “made a killing” buying T the headlight to indicate you shirts and stuff at half price. were not a “Maverick”. There There Phil threw his leg over was a “Dealer Party” held at a “Boss Hoss” (see photo the Harley Dealer in the over- below) night stop and they put on a Bar-b-que and a band for the Posse Riders. It was Phil and I rented two Road very well organised by Glide Harleys through the HOG. There were “Fly and Ride” program Police to stop traffic if run through HOG. By con- the entrance to the tacting HOG in Milwaukee dealer was a difficult you can rent bikes from left hand turn about 12 different dealers (remember they drive in the US. For US$120 a on the other side of the day you rent the bike. For road). this you get breakdown service insurance and Along the ride there tyres. All you need to supply is the fuel. The insurance excess were special places to was US$1,000. But if you take out travel insurance (you visit and they were would be crazy not having medical insurance at the top noted down in your level) there is a $4,000 allowance for rental vehicles. “Passport”. At each I dropped the bike and scratched the fairing and was stop you collected charged the excess. I made a claim when I got home and there was $180 excess on the travel insurance and I got the balance of the money dealer stamps to prove back. Fly and Ride is a good way to rent bikes you completed the ride. without the hassle of shipping your own bike over One was given a medal and back again without the quarantine problems for completing the ride. returning from Australia. The other way is to check We rode 14,000KM in 24 out the web for “Authorized Rental Dealers” but days. bikes are dearer. At the end of the ride in The bikes were picked up in Phoenix AZ. We rode Baton Rouge Phil and I the first day to Las Vegas then through Utah to had to ride back to Montrose in Colorado (500 mile day). The last day Phoenix (some 1,500 was a short day to the start of the “Western Cam- miles) to return the bikes. paign”. There we met up with 648 other riders. Phil This is one of the condi- and I were two tions of rental- the bike of the four Aus- must go back to where tralians on the you rented it. All it means is, if you are planning a trip – plan a ride. There was circle!!!! a couple from The Posse Rides aren’t on every year but are enjoyed by those Queensland. We who like big miles(400 miles or 650 km) in a day for multiple days became a bit of in a row and going a lot harder than one can in Australia. I a novelty and it found when on the interstates if you were not doing 80 miles took me a long per hour (that’s about 140 KPH!) you were overtaken by Ma & time to get to Pa Kettle in their Winnebago towing a Jeep Cherokee on an A the toilet at the frame with the semi driver right up their clacker blowing the sit down dinner horn trying to overtake!!!!!!! Graeme Fisk, Road Captain Page 4 Harbour HOG How I managed my mid-life crisis and lived to tell the tale I could feel my fiftieth birthday creeping up on me from over bike for pregnant my shoulder, counting down the days, hours, minutes – tick women and old tock – as if some sad old Padre was walking the line towards men – or so we my prison cell to collect me, the guard beside him paused thought back then. ready to call out, “Dead Man Walking,” as they lead me I guess in the end slowly to my fate. my opinion was right, for although Too dramatic? Maybe just a tad. But hey, it’s my midlife crisis I’ve never been and I’ll tell it like I see it… pregnant, the ripe A year and a half ago, feeling like the best years of my life age of 50 certainly were mostly behind me, a friend and I were talking over a places me in the beer about our old motorcycle riding days more than 25 years latter category. ago. We sat there diligently trying to recapture the feeling The difference be- through the traditional beer-induced tall tales and true of the tween then and legendary past, while all around were things reminding us of now, is that as a our current place in life. Our wives, our kids and our respective youth I used to mortgages. choose the bikes I Some weeks later he called me on the phone, discussing how purchased. Now, however, it was like the bike chose me. badly he had taken his own fiftieth birthday, leaving him I walked into my local Harley Davidson dealership, nearly wanting to rekindle just a little of that youthful magic some- blinded by the chrome and my head giddy from the smell of how. It was then I had my epiphany – the closest thing to a all that leather, facing a plethora of models. But then I saw religious experience I’ve ever had. I told him I felt the same her, a jet-black Road King Classic. Our eyes met from across about my approaching milestone and said I had just two the room, as I glided towards her in slow motion to a chorus of words to rectify the problem… angels (or so it seemed). If I didn’t believe in love at first sight before, I certainly did at that defining moment. I found her… “Harley – Davidson,” I said succinctly and slowly, like some Or rather, she found me. prophet from the mount. So, just a few precious months before my birthday, I trium- I naturally thought he’d jump at the idea, but was immedi- phantly rode my Road King home, a stupid grin on my face ately taken back with the long list of reasons he had not to that proved difficult to remove for some time. Let me tell you, purchase a Harley or any other motorcycle for that matter. there’s something transforming about slipping on a leather It certainly knocked me out of that beer-induced excited idiot jacket and hitting the highways at my age. An element of phase I’d recently plunged into. Needless to say I was a little restored youth, of profound anonymity, the shackles of mar- disheartened, naturally preferring to embark on this great riage, parenthood, career and mortgage released if only for a adventure with a likeminded sidekick, but it didn’t appear to little while. The bike and I seemed to get on just fine, even be working out that way. Disappointed, but undeterred, though it’s been more than a quarter-century since I last rode I considered my next crucial hurdle… The Misses. on a regular basis. It was the beginning of what I hoped will How would she handle my new-found wish to rekindle a little become a long love affair. of my youth in what was beginning to appear like a reckless Well, that’s how it all began, but months down the trail of and selfish endeavour? I knew I couldn’t just throw the notion Harley ownership, the Road King is now a part of the family, out there, because chances are she’d just throw it back – both my wife and kids loving nothing more than a Sunday ride hard. When the subject of my midlife crisis came up one night around home in the beautiful Southern Highlands. In fact the I suggested that I had two popular options for a man of my bike has affectionately become known as “The Mistress”, delicate age. “Well,” I said puffing up my chest, “I either get based on my wife’s original comment and the fact that I often myself a Harley, or I get myself a mistress, the choice is yours.” steal away to spend time with her down in the barn. It has Like the gunslingers of yore, without so mush as blinking, she become a lifestyle for us, having met many a likeminded rider replied, “For your children’s sake, get the mistress.” around town and out on the highways. So, in her own way, our Harley has not only successfully scratched my mid-life itch, but “Why?” I asked somewhat dumfound at the way she called has even brought us closer as a family. my bluff. “Because,” she said, “no one has ever killed them selves fal- ling off a mistress.” Fifty years old? Bah! Not when I’m on my Harley… Well, no doubt she couldn’t actually prove such a statistic, but by the same token, I couldn’t disprove it either. Needless So what ever happened to my friend, I hear you ask? The guy to say however, my wife finally came around, although my with a million reasons not to buy a motorcycle? Well, no quest for approval became a work-in-progress for nearly a sooner had he laid eyes on my beautiful Road King parked in year or so. I guess in the end, I painted an adequate enough the barn, that he too was seduced by her gleaming chrome picture to reassure her that riding a slow old muscle bike like a and leather. Two weeks later, he was the proud owner of a Harley Davidson will be vastly different to the way I used to $44,000 top of the range Honda Gold-Wing. Not my cup of throw my Jap sports bikes around the highways of this vast tea, but hey, he may be forty-grand poorer, but judging by country back in my youth. So with permission granted, what to that familiar stupid grin on his face, he’s certainly forty-grand buy? After all, there are Harleys, and there are Harleys. happier. It’s a funny thing, but in my youth I progressively owned three Barry Radburn, Chapter Member Japanese sports bikes, and wouldn’t be caught dead on a big twin Harley. They were large, chunky and slow, the perfect Issue 5, Sept/Oct 2009 Page 5 Guilty by Association We all love our Harleys with a passion, weather you are a green had enough grunt to rider or a seasoned veteran, there is nothing like jumping on bring a smile to your that solid V-Twin piece of Muscle bike and riding off into the face, even the power sunset. I also like spending time at the dealer, dreaming or plan- came on like a moto- ning my next modification. I must say though I have found walk- cross bike with a ing into Trivett and seeing a sports bike on the floor a bit ‘wrong’, power band. The seat but is it? is more suited for a 6 ft man, not a 5 foot What am I talking about? Well it is the Buell range of bikes. nothing midget, so I struggled a bit thanks to my Italian DNA. Although they have different brand names Buell shares some I left the best to last, and from the moment I jumped on the important and lasting bloodlines with our treasured Harley CVR I knew I was in for the ride of my life It twitched like a Davidsons. Its namesake and founder is an engineer that had a cantankerous teenager doped up on steroids. This is not a hand in creating some iconic bike I would like to ride around in traffic, Harley models (including the but its the one I would definitely put in my superb FXR), Erik Buell, who in the garage out of the three. The sound from mid ‘80s left Harley Davidson to the CVR when you rattle through the gears continue his dream of creating a is an absolute oral delight, and the CVR race bike. Eventually his fledgling sounded like it belonged on the track. company, which sourced Harley Going down through the gears before a parts in their designs, was bought corner particularly sounded awesome. I by HD and now operates as a was having so much fun I didn’t want to ‘company within a company’ take it back, but unfortunately in life some good things do come to an end, so back So is there any resemblance to to the dealership it went and I handed Harley? The answer is definitely back the keys feeling like an idiot with a ‘yes’ on 2 of the models I tested, smile I couldn’t contain. the Ulysees and Lightning. Both these bikes run a similar engine My conclusion is that the Buell deserves its design as the Sportster models. place in a Harley Dealership, it is a rebel Both engines are modified produc- of a motorcycle, sounds fantastic and the ing a keen 100Hp. The CVR that I CVR with its massive air intakes, looking also test rode has less of an obvi- like it belongs in the Transformer movie ous HD pedigree with a Rotax was just a delight to ride. If you ever want engine producing 140Hp. to add a sports bike this is the way to go, I know there are other motorbikes out there From the moment I donned my full that could get the better of the Buell, but I face helmet (which I haven’t used haven’t had as much fun on a sports bike since buying my Harley) I knew I as I did on the lightning and CVR. wasn’t in Kansas anymore. I climbed aboard the Lightning first So Guilty By Association – and gingerly pulled out of the driveway. The seating position on Abso-bloody-lutley. the lighting, although having my feet tucked under my armpits, was surprisingly comfortable in traffic, and you can’t mistake the P.S Many thanks to Trivett HD for letting me vibration of the V-Twin (although it is slightly smoother than my test ride their bikes for this article Sportster). I found a bit of road that was clear and wound on the throttle, and as the front wheel raised ever so slightly in defiance Daniel Romaine, Chapter Member of the grandma driver my dreams were answered (if only my 1200 Sportster Daniel writes a blog on his experiences could go this with Harleys, and you con read more at: quick!) http://harleyreviews.wordpress.com/ Next I climbed onto the In case you think Buell’s theme of putting a hot-rodded Ulysees, which Harley engine in a sportbike chassis is a fairly new thing, felt more like a consider that Erik Buell created his RR1000 Battletwin in the motocross bike mid-‘80s, a Harley with the high XR1000-powered guards and its sportbike with upright seating modern-day Buell position. It did- innovations such n’t seem to as an under- have the same engine muffler and power as the shock absorber. Lighting, but still (Right) Page 6 Issue 5, Sept/Oct 2009 Member’s Bikes-Proudly sponsored by Shannons Insurance Michael’s Softail Rocker This started out as a stock Rocker—not the chromed have no trouble with it on up rocker custom—and has been developed by the twisty roads, keeping it Michael over the last year or so. This is what he had stock height and with the to say about his bike…. longer rake on the front Why the Rocker model? means I rarely scrape the I was looking for a Softail and wanted something pegs where the others with that had the Chopper style that I could personalise. I footboards or lowered like to play around with my bikes and after having a shocks do. With the way V Rod that virtually had no aftermarket bits available the seat is set up now and the pullback on the bars it the Rocker standard fitted the bill perfectly and has gives a nice laid back riding position. What are the advantages/ disadvantages for this model over others you have tried? I guess the main advantage for me is that it looks different to most other Harleys and with the single seat and chopper look turns heads. The disadvantages would be little to no storage space and if you want to carry a pillion the two options available are either a small fold out seat or a setup on struts that looks a little out of place. What sort of trips are most suited to this model? This is really suited to cruising around town, short day trips. It is easy to manoeuvre in traffic and the low seat height has you sitting well down in the frame. Although I did take it on last year’s Rally but had it set up with saddlebags and the rack, it really didn’t win any beauty contests set up like that but it got me there and back with all my gear. Full days in the saddle were not a problem but not ideal either... That’s what I bought the Road King for. the Fat 240 rear end on What gave you the idea for the paint job? it. It was the bare I was looking for something a bit subtle and different bones model that to the regular Skulls and Flame design. I decided to go appealed as a blank canvas to play around with and being a softail nearly everything in the HD accessories cata- logue goes on it. How does it ride? It rides very well for a bike with a Fat rear tyre and a skinny front. It does not handle as well as other models with fatter front ends but I Harbour HOG Page 7 with Silver shadow flames and the Willie G Skull design. I liked the idea of shadowing the Skulls into the flames so it gives a sort of two dimensional effect and you have to look into the flames to see them. What is your favourite modification? I think the Wimmer Spike, (the air cleaner), it really suits the Rocker. What’s the best value customisation you have done on your bike? Removing the pillion set up when I split up with my Michael’s Modifications: Fiancé..... lol ok then ... The LED accent lights that cost Custom paint job including wheels me nothing , my friend Neung installed them for me ... Vance and Hines Big Radius with Dobec I would have liked to get a set of Contrast Cut wheels EFI Controller but after the amount of dollars I have sunk into this so Wimmer Spike Air Cleaner far, the appeal of another $5k for wheels, rotors and Danny Gray Solo Seat pulley is not that great. Skull Grips, foot controls, derby and timer Any future plans for more work? covers I think this one is complete... but you never know. Burleigh 1.5 Inch Roller bars HD Braided cables Words: Michael/Andy, Pics: Andy HD Chrome hand controls and switch covers Bullet Chrome headlight Chrome Triple trees and lower fork covers Chrome Belt covers Chrome engine kit and primary cover LED Blue accent lights Removable Saddle bags Rack and pillion seat set up Leather Fork Bag Flush mount fuel cap and gauge Skull tank console insert Page 8 Harbour HOG A Bird’s Eye View I have enjoyed reading the new Harbour Hog newsletter, but and wet weathers have noticed a lack of female perspective. I understand that only to get on the this is a man’s realm, but now, thanks to our recent trip, I think I bike and see another should share……so here is a bird’s eye view. great photo opportu- nity …then quickly A very long time ago Mike Williams added to his ‘bucket list’ a shed the gloves journey most people only dream about. When this was men- “don’t lose them – tioned to his lifelong friend, Peter Courtney, he had only one you’re not getting question – when do we leave? another pair”, unzip Fortunately for Magali and myself, there was just enough jacket, find camera, room for us on the chosen mode of transport – if we could be dislodge earphone - trusted to pack sparingly. After many discussions regarding damn!, then miss that the permissible luggage size, then countless nights packing, photo anyway, it did- discarding, condensing and re-packing, it was finally time for n’t really matter us girls to relax and enjoy a champers on our flight to the though, plenty more States. where that came from. Having inadvertently chosen a motel in a ‘dry county’ at the end of a particularly long day – I now ap- preciate the value of a cleansing ale after riding a few hundred miles. We ‘snuck’ into the outside lane after getting caught in a typical US freeway pile-up, which determined where we would spend another night – so much for the itinerary. We admired the pretty clouds and white- capped distant mountains until the cute little flakes caught up with us. We crossed 3 states in one day and still couldn’t find a decent coffee – let’s not even go there. We sampled (and agreed) that Missouri Hick BBQ has the best cherry pie in the US of A. We passed through 3 different Springfield’s and still couldn’t find Homer. We walked down into the Grand Canyon where Mike and Magali soldiered on to the 3 mile point – and back whilst Peter and I nursed sore knees from the measly 1 ½ mile track. We collectively cheered when the sun Peter and Mike, having arrived 2 weeks before us, had finally stayed out and we could discard the wet weathers, motored west from LA, after a brief stopover in Vegas, they even though that meant unpacking, re-fitting, rolling etc. We chased snow storms, rain, freezing temperatures, and the odd have incredible memories ranging from the amazing sights on blizzard, through Nevada, Utah, Colorado, and on to Illinois, Route 66, to encountering snow in Albuquerque, from Cirque but I digress, that’s their story to tell. de Soleil in Vegas to Cowboy Kevin in Flagstaff and Mike’s We caught up with the boys in Chicago and after 3 days of homecoming to Williams in Arizona. touristy sight-seeing, particularly fine dining, a toast or two, After approximately 2,600 miles, across 8 states, over nearly 2 some amazing jazz and blues, we farewelled the windy city weeks it was almost a sad moment when the Santa Monica and headed off on famous Route 66. Pier loomed ahead of us, as this marked the end of a truly Day 1, a bit chilly and overcast, but we were on the road. remarkable journey. I can honestly say I will never again un- Route 66 historically, connected east to west of America, derestimate the beauty of the road ahead stretching off into these days however, the original Mother Road can take a bit the distance. I did wonder before I left whether spending that of detective work to uncover. Long unbroken stretches of the long on the back of a bike would be a good holiday, now I real Route 66 are still there if you have the patience to look, and plenty of time to criss-cross the new road in search of the just wonder where the next ride will take us. old. Mike had put a lot of effort into mapping what he could from the trusty internet, but that didn’t stop us from turning Sharalynne down many an undisclosed dead end. Not that we minded, we were on holidays, on Harleys, on the other side of the world! We covered a lot of miles most days, though in distance we didn’t get very far. When we encountered slightly warmer weather it was usually because of the rain, hooray for Harley wet weather gear, we all looked like Michelin men, but we were dry. I had no idea it was possible to wear that many clothes at once and still be able to bend. Each day new personal records were set gearing up, eventually getting the hang of beanies, iPod earphones, helmets, sunnies, scarf(s), sleeves tucked inside gloves with thermal liners, then jackets Issue 5, Sept/Oct 2009 Page 9 HART Pre-learners Course Well it had finally arrived! On Satur- So all 6 of us Rhys day 11 July 2009 4 members from mounted our Sydney HOG chapter attended at bikes (using the HART to attempt their pre learning course. Present were Kim, standard “head Sandi, Shelli and Rhys. Another girl Lisa or “LJ” joined our check”), started group. it up and sat in the ready posi- Our very patient instructor Richard asked our level of experi- tion. Several ence (none for all 4 of warm up laps us apart from pillion) and then the and what we wished Sandy to gain from this next lot of tasks began. We course. LJ suggested managed to do she and her brothers emergency had some experience stops, changing up and down gears (which we had briefly growing up riding dirt touched on the day before), corners and much more. We were bikes, or as she put it all enjoying ourselves immensely now and thought that we were “chook chasers” and real bike riders. had also toured around Thailand on a The last task of the day was a simulated track asking us to obey bike. Well, we were road rules. These included stop and give way signs, changing all very impressed by up and down gears, increasing our speed, cornering, using the that. buffering zone and general road craft. Making things more complex was the light rain which had started to fall and the fact The first exercise that we now had to use indicators. As the indicator switch sat taught us how to very close to the horn you can imagine the noise that went on. mount the bike using the required “head check” every time. We then progressed to pushing At the end of the second day we were all each other around the course which awarded our certificate of competency allowed us to eventually take both Shellie but we all know that we have a long way feet of the ground onto the foot to go. pegs. We were flying!!! We would like to thank Paulette for going to Richard was very patient and ex- so much trouble in organising this for plained to us each of the tasks we us. She came and visited us on both days were about to undertake and the to see how we were going and that was reasons for doing what he was dem- over and above the call of duty. onstrating. A lot of nervous chatter Everyone who was there would like to en- and giggling went on. It became courage other non riders to enrol in this more nerve racking and frustrating as course. Once you get over the nerves you some of us managed to make mis- do have a great day. takes like knocking down the cones stalling or the bike falling to the We are all hoping to continue with HART’s ground. Richard assured us that it other courses prior to gaining our P plates. was OK but our egos were beginning to suffer a little. Cheers It then came time Kim and Shelli that we were al- Kim lowed to start the engine. This sent waves of panic over several of us including the feel- ing of nausea, dry mouth and even wanting to spend more time in the bathroom. By the end of the first day we had managed to mount, start and even travel in a straight line with the engine running and both feet off the ground. We were now on our way. On the second day another girl Sha joined us for the second part of the course. She was very happy to see 4 girls as she Sydney HOG will be running another Pre-Learners had done the course originally with all young guys who had passed and she was left feeling inadequate. A little stiff from course soon. If you know someone who would be in- the day before we were all looking eager despite the threat terested contact Paulette McGiver, our LOH officer of rain. and Road Captain at: firstname.lastname@example.org Page 10 Harbour HOG 18 Months of Sundays (or how to build a cheapo chopper)) Part 3—It all comes together (eventually) master cylinder would not work with the ‘77 disc calliper, but not why, so we figured it would. It does, but getting a line The story so far - My friend Andrew bought a ‘74 Ironhead made up to fit was not so easy. Sportster cheap sight unseen on EBay as his first bike. We stripped it to the frame and had set about updating and repair- Eventually one Sunday we realised as we entered the ing it on our spare Sunday afternoons. workshop that we were nearly done. Funny how it creeps up on you, the end seems a long way away and then you are Andrew makes friends easily, and I mean really good friends. talking about filling the lubricants and fitting the battery. So we The kind of friends that would paint his motorcycle for free. I’m pushed it out, removed the oil filter and plugs and turned the not talking a rattle can job, or just the tank and fenders, but a engine over to prime the oil pump and lines. Then it was time. full professional paintjob and the frame, oil tank, the whole Andrew got on it, turned on the fuel, gave the throttle a thing in a gorgeous Mazda metallic red. Lucky him I say. couple of blips and hit the starter—it fired and ran immediately! So now we were well on our way, the engine was OK, the It was almost an anticlimax after almost 18 months of Sunday transmission cases had been welded and we put the transmis- afternoons… sion back in and lifted the engine into the frame. By ‘we’ I Andrew grabbed his helmet and jumped on for a test ride, and really mean ‘Andrew’ as I scurried around under it sliding in I followed him on my sporty. The bike went fantastically and engine mounts and bolts as he went purple. Those ironhead sounded superb! There were a few little glitches, the indicators engines are really heavy, and Andrew has one strong back! kept turning themselves on and off of their own volition, the With the engine in the frame it suddenly looked a little more rear shocks were too short and gave a harsh ride, the bars like a bike. The frontend and swingarm added to the ‘nearly were too long and set back, and the only really big issue was done’ effect, but it is a lie, as the worst part of the job is without the rear swingarm bearings. We hadn’t got the torque setting a doubt the wiring. Now, we added 1996-up controls, elec- on them right so they had too much play which caused he tronic ignition, modern solenoid and voltage regulator as well as halogen headlight and modern self-cancelling turn signals to make matters more complex. Suddenly Sunday afternoons We used an aftermarket were not fun anymore as I was left with a huge tangle of wires chrome tube coil which can be seen in this shot under the tank. The elec- tronic ignition and this new coil has made kick starting the bike a (reasonably) easy proposition! rear wheel to move a little under acceleration and foul the inside of the fender on the RH side. There was no problem with the front brakes or the braded oil lines, or the many other modifi- cations we had made despite ‘those who know’ telling us it could not be done. The gas tank is an aftermarket and a wiring loom which I mustang 4 gallon. I really like Over the next few months all of these little ‘glitches’ were was creating as I went! slowly ironed out, and now Andrew has a unique and reliable the shape on the Sportster The real problem with classic bike, for a tiny fraction of the cost of a new 1200 wiring is also that you can frame - it leaves a nice gap Sportster! test the line but you really above the engine and is not don’t know if it all works too bulky Andy D, Editor until you turn that key and hit the starter button, and we were a long way from that point. Whilst that was going on, Andrew was plumbing in the oil cooler and modern spin-on oil filter mount. He was told by a very talented professional Harley mechanic that you can’t use braided lines to do this—they are too thick and won’t fit, but this just made him more stubborn. The whole bike is plumbed in braided, and it’s a testament to a lot of hours problem solving and a few cut fingers (the ends of cut braided lines are like razor wire). The wheels were relaced with stainless spokes and new chrome rims, and fitted with new tyres, and the rebuilt brakes mounted to the fork legs. We were also told that the modern Andrew’s Neighbour is a fan of the finished product... Issue 5, Sept/Oct 2009 Page 11 Ride Reports A cold August ride to Nelson Bay Goulburn Craft Brewery Run. Why did you miss it? Neil Diamond may well have sung on a Hot August Weekends away only happen three times a year at Sydney Night, but Sydney Chapter departed Trivett H-D for Nel- HOG. son Bay on a very cold August morning! It’s a great way to really get to know your fellow HOG members. Especially when Diane had to walk through my room to walk On what was probably the coldest morning so far this through John and Rebecca’s room to use the very share bath- winter (9o C for our English & US members – read it and room. weep!), 21 bikes left the dealership for an eventful day’s This made it the bonding session to end all bonding sessions. ride to a particularly scenic part of the state. After we What a great place the Goulburn Craft Brewery is. picked up a bunch of bikes along the way the group “Quaint, rustic, original.” All fine adjectives used to describe swelled to 26 bikes all up. what is a beautiful 1836 Francis Greenway designed set of build- Fairly early in the ride, an incident highlighted the value ings. http://goulburnbrewery.servebeer.com/ of corner marking. The group split at a set of lights on They still brew a Fine Sparkling Ale, Goulburn Gold, and my fa- the way out of Sydney and didn’t meet up again until vourite on the day (and night) Goulburn Stout. the first stop at Wyong! The most important feature of these Real Ales is that they are not filtered. The yeast remains in the brew, maintaining its traditional The day warmed a little through the morning, becoming function of keeping the liver healthy and preventing liver dis- more agreeable as we approached our lunch stop at ease, and helping the liver to digest the alcohol so that there is Nelson Bay. less likelihood of getting intoxicated and much less likelihood of After a pleasant lunch, we were back on the road, on headaches and hangovers. Here’s a tip for you... drink only our way back to Sydney. The group hung together well cloudy beers and avoid the consequences of inferior preserva- all the way to our final stop at the Twin Service stations tive saturated beers. It’s all true... trust me. on the freeway heading south. Hang on... this is a HOG magazine. The ride down was great. Not as cold as last years run that snowed us in at Orange. In all, another good roll-up for quite an enjoyable day’s Russell took us down the long and scenic way through Picton, ride. Bowral, Bundernoon, Wingello, Marulan and on to Goulburn. We arrived about 3.30pm ‘as one’. Oh yea, Hutch had to stop Michael Chesworth, Road Captain/Activities Officer for fuel up the road so I waited on a corner until he caught up again. At 4pm we got stuck into the healthy elixir (mentioned previously) and had a brewery tour. Oops, I ran out of space. It was fun, make sure you come on a weekend away next time. Fred. Craft Brewery Run New Members I have been riding for around 18 years now and this is my second Harley Davidson. I was living in Get your face known as a new member— Germany and had a Sportster 1200 but it was taken away from me by a drunk driver. I have been back in Australia with my wife and two sons for around a year and a half. My new bike is a send a picture and a few words about 2009 Street Bob, number 199 of a 200 limited edition. My dream ride is across route 66 from yourself to the editor... Chicago to LA and maybe one day will become a reality. I am looking forward to the rides that I will be doing in the future now that I am a member, the friends I will make and the joy of sharing the passion for the ride. Take Care and see you all out there, Craig Henry Used to ride a dirt bike with a mate in the Snowies thousands of years ago, and hadn’t ridden for some years after my bike was Craig flogged near Bondi while I was at Uni. I found however, that the sound of a passing Harley always caught my attention, and even more so after I had reached my half century. Listen- ing to clips of Harleys on You Tube sealed the deal, and my Custom Softail now has pride of place in the hallway – it won’t fit in the bed- room. I’m still not sure if it’s a mid-life crisis, but who cares? Henry The Newsletter of Sydney HOG Chapter September to October 2009 Rides and Events All Chapter rides start at Trivett HD - 75/85 O’Riordan Street, Alexandria September 1 Tues 7pm Chapter Meeting Trivett HD September 4 Fri 6pm Full ‘Harvest Moon’ Run Springwood September 13 Sun 9am Sydney Beaches Cronulla/Palm Beach September 19 Sat 9am Introductory Ride YOTS BBQ Brooklyn September 27 Sun 1pm Half Day Run - back by 6pm Wiseman’s/Peats Ridge ‘The inaugural father and son run’ September 30 Wed 9am Mid Week Run Destination TBA October 4 Sun 6pm Full ‘Hunter’s Moon’ Run Bundeena/Nat Park October 6 Tues 7pm Chapter Meeting Trivett HD October 11 Sun 8am Ironside Run Jenolan Caves October 25 Sun 8am Half Day Run - back by 1pm Hardey’s Bay/Terrigal Followed by a BBQ at Centennial Park from 1pm- bring the family! October 30 Fri 9am National Rally - 12 days Launceston Tasmania th st st Fri 30 Trivett HD – Wagga; Sat 31 Ferry to Devonport; 1 Strahan Full Moon Dinner; 2nd Strahan; Tue 3rd Hobart - Chapter Meeting Dinner; 4th Hobart; 5th Bicheno; Fri 6th - Sun 8th Launceston/Rally; Mon 9th Devon- port/Ferry; Tue 10th Khancoban; Wed 11th pm - Return to Sydney Nov 14 Sat 9am Introductory Ride YOTS BBQ Cronulla to Bondi Nov 22 Sun 1pm Half Day Run - back by 6 Kiama Dec 1 Tue 7pm CHRISTMAS PARTY/AGM Trivett HD Dec 13 Sun 9pm Third Anniversary Run Yarramalong Valley Dec 27 Sun 8am Half Day Run back by 1pm Picton Dec 31 Thu 6pm Once in a ‘Cold Blue Moon’ - New Years Run - Manly Fact: A Blue Moon only falls on New Years Eve, on average, once every 19 years. Please arrive 15 minutes before the ride for the ride briefing. Don’t forget we are on the web at: sydneyhog.com.au Check for ride updates and confirmation of rides up to 2 hours before the scheduled run.