History

Honour Roll

Primary Officers
YEAR DIRECTOR ASSISTANT DIRECTOR SECRETARY TREASURER
2007 Peter Kelly / Fred Madderom Graham Wilshaw / Russell Brown Diane Fagan Diane Fagan
2008 Fred Madderom Russell Brown Diane Fagan / John Clifford Diane Fagan
2009 Fred Madderom Russell Brown John Clifford Diane Fagan
2010 Fred Madderom John Clifford / Michael Chesworth Bob Astill Diane Fagan
2011 Keith Hutcheson Fred Madderom Jean Brochut Diane Fagan
2012 Keith Hutcheson Fred Madderom Michael Chesworth Jean Brochut
2013 Keith Hutcheson Fred Madderom Michael Chesworth Jean Brochut
2014 Michael Chesworth Domenic Fedele Michael Dobrota Jean Brochut
2015 Domenic Fedele Jean Brochut Michael Dobrota John Murphy
2016 Domenic Fedele Fred Madderom Geoff Fitzsimmons John Murphy
2017 Adam Nance Keith Hutcheson Geoff Fitzsimmons Lindsay Stratton
2018 Adam Nance Keith Hutcheson Geoff Fitzsimmons Lindsay Stratton

 

Committee
YEAR ACTIVITIES OFFICER HEAD ROAD CAPTAIN LADIES OF HARLEY MEMBERSHIP OFFICER SAFETY OFFICER WEBMASTER
2007 Michael Chesworth   Paulette McIver   John Holsinger  
2008 Michael Chesworth   Paulette McIver Michael Chesworth John Holsinger  
2009 Michael Chesworth   Paulette McIver Michael Chesworth John Holsinger  
2010 Michael Chesworth   Paulette McIver Keith Hutcheson John Holsinger Phil Stenson
2011 Michael Chesworth John Holsinger Paulette McIver Paul Williams John Rinaldo Phil Stenson
2012 Domenic Fedele John Holsinger Rebecca Rinaldo Paul Williams John Rinaldo Phil Stenson
2013 Domenic Fedele John Holsinger Rebecca Rinaldo Mark Hurt John Rinaldo Phil Stenson
2014 John Murphy John Holsinger Rebecca Rinaldo Mark Hurt Colin Hutchinson Phil Stenson
2015 Fred Madderom John Holsinger Gordana Kostelac Mark Hurt Colin Hutchinson Phil Stenson
2016 Michael Dobrota John Holsinger Hana Grant Mark Hurt Colin Hutchinson Phil Stenson
2017 Brett Gorman Jean Brochut Hana Grant Mark Hurt Colin Hutchinson Dom Fedele
2018 Ron Bohm Paul Williams Hana Grant Mark Hurt Colin Hutchinson Dom Fedele

 

Other Officers
YEAR AWARDS OFFICER EDITOR HISTORIAN PHOTOGRAPHER
2007        
2008     Ivan Obreza  
2009   Andy Draper    
2010   Andy Draper    
2011   Andy Draper    
2012   Andy Draper   Cherie Stenson
2013   Brett Gorman   Cherie Stenson
2014   Dom Fedele   Cherie Stenson
2015   Dom Fedele Lance Raskall Cherie Stenson
2016   Dom Fedele Lance Raskall Cherie Stenson
2017 John Holsinger Diane Bohm Jenny Faulkner Anita Mayne / Garry Hamilton
2018 John Holsinger Diane Bohm Fred Madderom Garry Hamilton / Goran Tkalcec

 

Other Officers (continued)
YEAR QUARTERMASTER RALLY CO-ORDINATOR SHERIFF WELFARE OFFICER
2007 Diane Fagan Russell Brown / Michael Chesworth    
2008 Diane Fagan Russell Brown / Michael Chesworth    
2009 Diane Fagan Michael Chesworth    
2010 Jean Brochut Michael Chesworth    
2011 Jean Brochut Michael Chesworth    
2012 Jean Brochut Michael Chesworth   Diane Fagan
2013 Jean Brochut Michael Chesworth   Diane Fagan
2014 Jean Brochut Michael Chesworth Andrew Kelly Katrina Kelly
2015 Adam Nance Jon Cozens Andrew Kelly Katrina Kelly
2016 Adam Nance Jean Brochut Adam Nance Kim Williams
2017 John Briffa Stephen Pike Dave Turner Kim Williams
2018 Chris Johnson Stephen Pike Dave Turner Kim Williams

 

Awards
YEAR ANGEL AWARD EASY RIDER QUEEN OF K'S LONG WAY ROUND
  Lady Rider with the highest attendance by percentage on SYD HOG Rides. Male Rider with the highest attendance by percentage on SYD HOG Rides. Lady Rider with the most mileage on SYD HOG Rides. Male Rider with the most mileage on SYD HOG Rides.
2010 Rebecca Rinaldo - 23% Alan Spencer - 48%   Alan Spencer - 4,340km
2011 Rebecca Rinaldo - 26% Ian Rickwood - 45% Linda Beale - 6,200km Ian Rickwood - 10,830km
2012 Nadine Brochut - 55% Alan Spencer - 76% Nadine Brochut - 11,401km Alan Spencer - 13,027km
2013 Nadine Brochut - 43% Mark Hurt - 51% Nadine Brochut - 14,926km Eric Stano - 11,681km
2014 Nadine Brochut - 42% Adam Nance - 44% Joanne Zammit - 14,192km Adam Nance - 14,542km
2015 Hana Grant - 40% Dave Turner - 51% Pip Joy - 10,914km Eric Stano - 15,710km
2016 Sharon Brogan - 25% Dave Turner - 67% Sharon Brogan - 11,937km Dave Turner - 17,775km
2017 Joanne Zammit - 23% Ron Bohm - 59% Judy Kiddle - 8,200km Ron Bohm - 13,610km

 

Awards (continued)
YEAR MAD MAX TERMINATOR PLUS ONE THE GREAT ESCAPE
  Male Rider with the second best mileage on SYD HOG Rides. Road Captain with the highest attendance by percentage on SYD HOG Rides. Pillion with the highest attendance by percentage on SYD HOG Rides. Rider who has dropped their bike “the best” and has walked away with the least damage  to bike or being.
2010 Anthony Jonsson - 2,125km Jean  Brochut  - 78%   Michael Moschner
2011 Alan Spencer - 8,200km Jean  Brochut  - 81% Cherie Stenson - 67% Andrew Kelly
2012 Jin Ono - 10,846km Michael Dobrota - 78% Cherie Stenson - 51% Peter Thornborough
2013 Ian Rickwood - 11,263km Phil Stenson - 55% Cherie Stenson - 34% Brett Gorman
2014 Eric Stano - 13,199km Jean  Brochut  - 62% Lorraine Masling - 32% Mauro Tullio
2015 Tomba Ivanovski - 10,194km Jean  Brochut  - 70% Samantha Davison - 23% Peter Thronborough
2016 Claudio Porley - 14,047km Fred Madderom - 61% Sigrid Van Oort - 32% Neil Newton
2017 Eric Stano - 10,975km Dave Turner - 79% Sharna Turner - 64% Barry Mining

 

Member's Choice
YEAR ROAD CAPTAIN OF THE YEAR MEMBER OF THE YEAR
  Road Captain, as voted by the Membership, who best exemplifies the qualities desired by the Chapter. Awarded to the Member as voted by the Membership, who has shown the greatest enthusiasm, volunteer and helpfulness commitments to the Chapter.
2015 Jean Brochut Rebecca Rinaldo
2016 Jean Brochut Rebecca Rinaldo
2017 Domenic Fedele Domenic Fedele

 

Chapter Records
YEAR LADY RIDERS AVG BIKES PER RIDE AVG MEMBERS PER RIDE AVG KM'S PER RIDE  
2010     19 248.5  
2011 10 22.8 19 508.2  
2012 15 25.6 29.6 382.1  
2013 17 22.4 26.7 547.9  
2014 20 22.8 25.6 454.5  
2015 24 24.4 26.6 422.8  
2016 24 24.3 26.9 446.8  
2017 23 22.2 25.3 363.8  

 

Chapter Records (continued)
YEAR TOTAL KM'S TOTAL ATTENDEES MORE THAN 2 RIDES PER YEAR MORE THAN 12 RIDES PER YEAR AVG ROAD CAPTAINS PER RIDE
2010 10,685 184 64   6.5
2011 21,345 184 81   6
2012 18,341 223 108   6.8
2013 25,752 235 114   5
2014 24,999 282 140 34 7.4
2015 24,098 267 139 37 6
2016 25,468 248 137 41 6.4
2017 20,372 239 126 40 6.2

 

 

 

Chapter History

2006

  • Toward the end of 2006 Trivett HD got their store up and running in Young Street Waterloo
  • The Inaugural Chapter run went to the Yarramalong Valley in November 2006 with 25 bikes from various HOG Chapters in attendance
  • The second Chapter run went to the George IV Hotel in Picton on December 10 - 37 bikes and 50 members attended
  • Chapter membership at year end was 73

2007

  • Directors Peter Kelly to Fred Madderom. Assistant Directors Graham Wilshaw to Russell Brown. Secretary/Treasurer Diane Fagen
  • The third Chapter run went to the Zig Zag Railway at Bell on January 14 - 35 bikes and 48 members
  • Fred Madderom, Russell Brown and Diane Fagen presented to Greg Duncan, owner of Trivett HD in February and gained approval to start Sydney HOG Chapter
  • The first Chapter meeting was held at the Graphics Art Club in Bourke Street, Surry Hills on Tuesday April 3 - 18 people attended. We were able to park IN the premises and the first four Chapter meetings were preceded by an afternoon run from 2pm
  • A ride calendar was created - Full day runs on the second Sunday of each month, half day runs on the forth Sunday, Introductory runs bi-monthly on the third Saturday started in April
  • The ride calendar included themed runs - Zig Zag, Full Moonie, Heritage Pub (Craft Brewery), Midnight Special, Eagle Eye Observation (May 20) Soldiers Bold, Surf n Turf and Ironside
  • Moonie runs were on each full moon from the first ‘Blue Moon’ run in June
  • Mid week runs bi-monthly on the last Wednesday started in September
  • Bi-monthly Committee meetings began in September
  • Trivett HD moved from Waterloo to O’Riordan Street Alexandria
  • Advance riding courses commenced on September 16
  • We provided 15 bikes for a CANTEEN fundraiser in September
  • Eagle Eye 2007 winners - TOUGH RIDERS IN TRIVETT TRACTORS John & Rebecca Rinaldo, Andy Draper Kazuki Aizawa, Fumiko Lourensz, Jennifer Mamo and Monty Thompson
  • Weekends away included the NSW State Rally in Albury at Easter - 4 bikes and 4 members Hunter Valley in June, Jenolan Caves in October
  • National Rally in Barossa Valley (South Australia) 16 bikes and 21 members - October 11 days Princes Highway to Cann River, Torquay, the spectacular Great Ocean Road to Mount Gambier, Nuriootpa (Rally), Broken Hill and back to Sydney via Mildura and Griffith
  • Chapter membership at year end was 126

2008

  • Director Fred Madderom. Assistant Director Russell Brown. Secretary Diane Fagen to John Clifford. Treasurer Diane Fagen
  • Father Chris Riley’s - Youth Off The Streets (YOTS) rides began in January and have run bi-monthly ever since
  • Chapter meetings moved to Wheels and Cupcake' behind Trivett HD in O'Riordan Street, Alexandria The service is superb, the food is five-star, and the bar is, well... open! The café's balcony overlooks the parking area and with all those bikes to look at, conversation is never dull
  • First Aid course commenced in February
  • Chapter meetings are well attended and in excess of 60 members attended each month
  • Five Chapter members attend POT (Primary Officer Training) on the Gold Coast
  • Learn to Ride courses began at HART
  • Chapter website went live in June
  • Eagle Eye 2008 winners - COLD HOGS Bryan Radcliffe, Suzie Elliot, John Clifford, Tim McKay, Kevin Farrell, John & Rebecca Rinaldo, Michael Moschner and Bob Steenkamer
  • Weekends away included the, Tamora Aviation Museum in June and ‘snowed in’ in Orange in August
  • National Rally at Lennox Head (New South Wales) 42 Bikes and 65 members - October 8 days Thunderbolt’s Way, west from Coffs Harbour through Dorrigo National Park fantastic tight bends and scenic. Overnight stop at Goondiwindi and then some Harley Davidson off roading - a lot of fun!
  • Chapter membership at year end was 263

2009

  • Director Fred Madderom. Assistant Director Russell Brown. Treasurer Diane Fagen. Secretary John Clifford
  • Sydney HOG Chapter became the biggest Chapter in New South Wales
  • First issue of ‘Harbour HOG’ Chapter magazine was in January 2009 thanks to Andy Draper’s efforts
  • First annual Australia Day run to Canberra
  • October meeting Detective Inspector Paul Willingham speaks about Outlaw Motor Cycle Clubs
  • Comedian Vince Sorrenti entertains us at our Christmas Party
  • Eagle Eye 2009 winners - FAMOUS FIVE + 2 – 1 Jo Burge, Rod Burge, Tim McKay, John Clifford, Michael Dobrota and John Wolserei
  • Weekends away included Port Macquarie with other chapters in June, Goulburn in August
  • National Rally in Launceston (Tasmania) 40 Bikes and 52 members - November 13 days Motorbike heaven, made our way down to Melbourne via Wagga Wagga to sail away on the Spirit of Tasmania. From Devonport to Strahan riding the best roads Tasmania has got to offer. On to Hobart then up the East Coast to Bicheno, then on to Launceston for the Rally. From Devonport overnight on the Spirit of Tasmania to Melbourne, then home to Sydney via Khancoban and the Alpine Way
  • Chapter membership at year end was 328

2010

  • Director Fred Madderom. Assistant Director John Clifford to Michael Chesworth. Secretary Bob Astill. Treasurer Diane Fagen
  • NSW State Rally in Richmond 36 bikes and 43 members in the hottest January in 40 years
  • Nine Chapter members attended HOT training in Sydney
  • The first ‘formal’ Chapter photo shoot, Stanwell Tops and Lawrence Hargrave Drive
  • First attendance at a Chapter Challenge in Canberra in October, even though it was our first Challenge we managed second place overall Chapter meetings are well attended and in excess of 100 members attend each month
  • First Bowling, non riding, social night in August
  • Weekends away included Canberra in June and October, Hunter Valley in August
  • National Rally at Mount Buller (Victoria) 59 Bikes and 76 members - December 6 days First stop Goulburn riding through the heaviest rain ever, accommodation at the Jindabyne Station Resort. Spectacular scenery through to Mansfield and Mount Buller Rally site with temperatures around 3°C. Home via Myrtleford, Omeo, Whitefield along the Great Alpine Road to Cann River then Cooma and back to Sydney with summer temperatures
  • Chapter membership at year end was 418

2011

  • Director - Keith Hutcheson (Hutch), Assistant Director - Fred Madderom, Secretary - Jean Marie Brochut (Jumbo), Treasurer - Diane Fagen
  • An Australia Day run was organised, as usual going to Canberra
  • In May the Eagle Eye trophy was won by the ‘French Kissing Legions’ - Jean and Nadine, John and Sandy, Olaf Moon and Itmar with 84 points
  • Weekends away included the Temora Air Show in March, Walcha/Uralla in April, Port Macquarie in June and Mudgee in October
  • Margaret River National HOG Rally (Western Australia) 65+ Bikes and 70+ members attended in November with 31 bikes crossing the Nullarbor Plains on a 6 day journey there
  • 31 bikes and 2 support vehicles travelled the 6,000k south through Wagga Wagga, Mildura and Port Augusta. Then to Ceduna and across the Nullarbor. Once in WA, we took our time to enjoy the beauty of South-Eastern WA with extra overnight stops in Esperance and Albany before heading to the rally site in Margaret River
  • 5 Sydney HOG Members attended HOT (Harley Officer Training) in September in Melbourne. Fred was one of the instructors
  • Typical rides in 2011 were Full Day rides, Half Day rides, Charity rides, Introductory rides, Moonie rides, Mid-Week rides, Long Weekend rides, Ladies of HOG rides and the National Rally ride
  • A 5th Anniversary Chapter Pin was made available in late 2011
  • An anniversary run to Yarramalong Valley (mirroring the first Sydney Chapter run in 2006)
  • Chapter membership ended the year at 326

2012

  • Director - Keith Hutcheson (Hutch), Assistant Director - Fred Madderom, Secretary - Michael Chesworth (Chez), Treasurer - Jean Marie Brochut (Jumbo)
  • Rides in 2012 included: South Coast, Kiama, Berowra Waters, Canberra (Australia Day), Wollombi, Caves Beach, Geroa and Berry, Terrigal, Zig Zag railway, Rally games practice, Dungog (Rodeo), Back roads to Leura, Eagle Eye Trophy ride, Garage Party (5th May), Inaugural Anzac Day ride (service in Mittagong), Queens Birthday Long Weekend to Bateman’s Bay, Family Picnic Day (9th September), Dam Busters, Putty Road, Maitland Gaol tour of the facilities, Jenolan Caves, Corrimal, Anniversary ride to Yarramalong, Blaxland Ridge, Five Ferries, Redfern Motorcycle Spares with YOTS, a Half Day Archery event in July and a Jenolan Caves Ghost Tour weekend away at the end of the year.
  • Sydney Chapter donated a prize for 4 people, riding pillion on a Sydney HOG ride (snapped up at Auction for $1,500)
  • Starlight Wish – Harley escort, organised by Mark Hurt, for a beautiful young girl named Casey and her family on 22nd September
  • 2012 Member survey - Highlighted that members are extremely happy with balance of rides, social activities, etc
  • We joined the inaugural combined Chapters get together at the Hard Rock Café in Darling Harbour
  • Harley Davidson ‘World Ride’ June 24 – 25 as part of the global phenomenon that brings Chapter members together from all over the world
  • 30 bikes took the Easter break ride to Dubbo and Parkes
  • A Ladies of Harley ‘Girls day out’ at Rosehill Races. Gorgeous members… and out of their ‘leathers’ as well
  • Our founding Director Fred Madderom took on the role as NSW/ACT Regional Director
  • The Eagle Eye Trophy was won by Michael Moschner and Dave and Yvonne Marston from the ‘Demystifiers’
  • State Rally: Bathurst, 23rd – 25th March. 40 bikes on the long ride, 67 Sydney HOG members lined up for the Thunder Run. Kim Williams won the Tyre Toss event. We started the Thunder Run with a lap of the Mt Panorama circuit… fabulous
  • National Rally: Canberra – 13th – 21st October. Route through Victoria and The Great Ocean Road, the Queenscliff/Sorrento Ferry crossing, Great Alpine Road and the Snowy Mountains.
  • 40 bikes on the ‘long way round’. 98 Sydney Chapter bikes in the Thunder Run with an additional 40 pillions
  • The Chapter Christmas Party was held at the St George Rowing Club on December 8
  • The average ride participation was up in 2012 - 223 different riders attended a ride with 30 riders on average per ride
  • Nadine Brouchet was the highest attending female and Alan Spencer the highest attending male rider.
  • Membership remained stable at 356

2013

  • Director - Keith Hutcheson (Hutch), Assistant Director - Fred Madderom, Secretary - Michael Chesworth (Chez), Treasurer - Jean Marie Brochut (Jumbo)
  • Rides included:  ‘Hard arse 500’, Northern Beaches, Nelson Bay, LOH to Bowral, Australia Day ride to Canberra, Springwood, 5 Lookouts which were completely fogged in, Hanging Rock YOTS, LOH - Moruya weekend, Poker Run, Brunch in Brooklyn, Easter Alpine Run (4 days with 25 bikes), Williamstown 110th H-D Celebrations, Anzac Day ride to Mittagong (this is now a tradition), Chapter Photo Shoot, Warragamba, Eagle Eye ride - Northern Beaches, Flying Fox Café, Nerriga, 3 waterfalls, Pittown, Mount Wilson, Nobby’s Head, Cessnock, Palm Beach, Spencer, Oberon, Dam Busters, Kurrajong, LOH Calendar photo shoot in July, Museum of Fire and the Lithgow Small Arms factory
  • Ladies of Harley March Weekend away was a joint event with Canberra HOG Chapter LOH
  • Sydney Chapter’s first Poker Run - St Patrick’s Day raised $525 from $1K of donated prizes
  • Ladies of HOG International Female Ride Day in May to Kurnell. 16 Female riders with 30 Chapter members all up
  • June long weekend to Potters Brewery in the Hunter Valley
  • 59 bikes rode to Killcare on a Half Day run - Getting bigger
  • Sydney HOG Members visited the USA. 19 adventurers on 13 hired Harleys. A total of 45 members from Sydney Chapter attended the 110th H-D Anniversary Celebrations in Milwaukee
  • HOG Corner was built into the Trivett H-D Dealership
  • YOTS (Youth Off The Streets) continues to be our Charity of choice
  • NSW State Rally was held in Coffs Harbour in October. Chapter Challenge - Go Karting. Won by the ‘Lattedoes’. This was the biggest State Rally ever – 2211 people attended with just on 70 from Sydney Chapter
  • The National Rally this year was substituted with the 110 Year Celebration in Williamstown. 30 bikes rode down together from Wednesday onwards taking 2 days to get there plus 3 days at the event and back home by Tuesday
  • The Chapter Christmas Party was a Black and White theme at St George Rowing Club. Over 150 members danced the night away
  • Combined Christmas Party – Sydney Chapter, NSW, Central Coast, Blacktown, South West Sydney Chapters all attended at the Torque Bar at Frasers Concord
  • Average bikes per ride - 22, Average kilometres per ride - 548, Total number of ride participants -235, LOH riders - 17
  • Most attending woman in 2013 - Nadine Brouchet, Most attending male - Mark ‘Mo’ Hurt, Most millage - Eric Stano, Most rides with the Chapter overall - Fred Madderom,

2014

  • Director - Michael Chesworth (Chez), Assistant Director - Dom Fedele (Gizmo), Secretary - Michael Dobrota (Oz Bear), Treasurer - Jean Marie Brochut (Jumbo)
  • Typical rides were Full Day rides, Half Day rides, Charity rides, Introductory rides, Moonie rides, Mid-Week rides, Long Weekend rides, State Rally ride, National Rally ride, Ladies of HOG rides, Social events, Anzac Day ride and the Annual Photo Shoot.
  • Rides went to Kurnell, Newcastle Fort, Poker Run (Stone the Movie theme), Long Distance ride (1,000k plus), North Head, Springwood, Jamberoo, Huskisson, Wollombi, Broke, Putty, Glenorie, Stanwell Tops, Saddleback Mountain, Jenolan Caves, Bylong Valley, Mudgee, Kurrajong, Avoca Beach, Dural - River Road, Shellharbour, Bundeena, Norah Head, Wilberforce, Hunter Valley, Bathurst, Patonga, Surf ‘n turf - Bulli to Picton, 1924 First Australian Motorcycle GP ride Goulburn course - Bungonia, Cordeux Heights, Yarramalong (Anniversary ride), Sasha’s ride (Royal National Park), Kiama to Picton and Leura
  • Rides included a LOH Ride with Canberra HOG Chapter in February, A LOH Calendar was produced… nice job I thought
  • Many Chapter members attended the HART Courses - Available and recommended
  • Safety Officer – Colin Hutchison (Fatman) hit a Kangaroo on the way to the Cairns National Rally. He was hospitalised in Rockhampton for many months. He is now ‘up and about’.
  • Segway adventure in October at Sydney Olympic Park
  • LOH Pasta Class - ‘Salt, Meat, Cheese’ in Alexandria
  • Sasha’s Ride - One of our members, Frank Smart, was seriously ill and wanted to capture footage of a Chapter ride as a memory for his daughter, Sasha. Almost 80 riders participated and the footage was amazing. Dom (Gizmo) put together an amazing video for Sasha to view for years to come. Sadly Frank lost his battle with cancer early in 2015. 50 + Members attended his funeral in Rookwood
  • Harley Officer Training in Homebush in late October, early November
  • Average number of bikes per ride – 22, Average Kilometres per ride – 454, Total Chapter kilometres for the year - 24,999
  • The National Rally in April/May was in Cairns, North Queensland. 6,819 klms in 16 days, Yabbie racing in Charleville, Longreach (Qantas Museum and dinner), Mount Isa, Charters Towers, Townsville and Cairns

2015

  • Director - Domenic Fedele (Gizmo/Dom), Assistant Director - Jean Marie Brochut (Jumbo), Secretary - Michael Dobrota (Oz Bear), Treasurer - John Murphy (Murf)
  • Typical rides were Full Day rides, Half Day rides, Charity rides, Introductory rides, Moonie rides, Mid-Week rides, Long Weekend rides, State Rally ride to Queanbeyan, National Rally ride to Tamworth, Ladies of HOG rides, Social events, Garage Party, Anzac Day ride
  • Rides went to West Head, Putty/Wollombi loop, Megalong Valley, Peppercorn Café, Australia Day weekend away - Snowy Mountains (Jindabyne), Avoca Beach, Kurnell, Catherine Hill, Como Hotel, Kurrajong Heights, Lost in the ‘50’s Museum, LOH Weekend Away in Huskisson, Sydney Beaches, Oberon via Jenolan, Killcare, Tarana, Mittagong, Hanging Rock YOTS ride, Jamberoo, Shoalhaven, Great Dividing Range, Mt Kembla and still more to come
  • New Road Captains – Stephen and Judy Kiddle, Paul Zammit
  • Carlos Pintos ‘Piglet’ was featured in the latest Australian HOG magazine circulated throughout Australia and New Zealand
  • February 12 - Frank Smart lost his battle with cancer and a funeral service was held with 35 bikes and about 50 Members from Sydney Chapter attending. RIP Frank
  • Lane filtering made legal in NSW. This is when a motorcycle rider moves between vehicles that have either stopped or are moving slowly (Less than 30kph).
  • The NSW/ACT State Rally is to be held on October 23 to 25 in Queanbeyan (Canberra). 25 Sydney Chapter Members are riding to the Rally via Broken Hill
  • The National Rally was held in Tamworth in February/March. This was held at AELEC Tamworth and included a Professional Rodeo and an Outback Spectacular as well as the usual Rally activities like Guided Rides, Gymkhana and the Thunder Run. 2400 people attended making it the most attended Rally ever
  • In the last quarter of 2015, our Sponsoring Dealer Trivett H-D was sold to Harley-Heaven. Sydney HOG Chapter’s Sponsoring Dealer is now Harley-Heaven.
  • 2015 finished with a Sydney HOG Chapter Christmas Party at Wheel and Cupcake and a combined Chapters Christmas ‘get together’ hosted by South West Sydney Chapter (on January 2).

2016                                                                                                                 

  • Director - Domenic Fedele (Gizmo/Dom), Assistant Director - Fred Madderom, Secretary - Geoff Fitzsimmons, Treasurer - John Murphy (Murf)
  • There were plenty rides and they were well attended. Our highest male attendee was Dave Turner on 67% of rides doing 17,775km. Claudio Porley was second with 14,047km. Highest female attendance on rides was Sharon Brogan 25% riding 11,937km and Fred Madderom was the highest attending Road Captain.
  • Average total bikes per ride was 22, average kilometres per ride 454k, Total Chapter kilometres for the year was 24,999.
  • Road Captain of the year was Jean Brochut and member of the year was Rebecca Rinaldo.
  • 120 members attended the February Chapter meeting to listen to Marie Stavropoulos the new Regional Director for H.O.G. speak about ‘inclusiveness’. The first 2016 copy of Harbour HOG was issued and a lot of members stayed on afterwards.
  • Full Day rides went to Megalong Valley, Australia Day Canberra run, Paterson, 52 members attended the ANZAC Flyover in Mittagong. Other rides went to Nerriga, Taralga/Oberon, Huskisson Poker Run, Kurri Kurri, Shoalhaven, Bomaderry, Braidwood/Bungonia, Morpeth. On November 13 we had our 10th ANNIVERSARY RUN to Yarramalong... 10 YEARS IN THE MAKING. Full Day rides on both Saturdays and Sundays continued to be our most popular rides.
  • Fred Madderom and Tania Waitokia published a Sydney H.O.G. Chapter 10 Year Anniversary book with contributions from many past and present Chapter members.
  • Half Day Rides went to Saddleback Mountain, Barefoot Bowls at Hunters Hill against against NSW and Blacktown Chapters… ‘Team Captain’ Scott Seymour received the trophy on behalf of Sydney Chapter, 2 ferries run, Springwood, Bulli, Warragamba, The Entrance and Cattai/Berowra. Half day ride attendances were down on the previous year.
  • The Chapter photo shoot was well attended with 100 members attending at Mrs Macquarie’s Chair.
  • YOTS (Youth Off The Streets) rides were even more highly attended and great rides went at Hanging Rock, Weston/Hunter Valley, Merrylands, Cordeaux Heights and Glenfields where we had a great BBQ in someone’s front yard.
  • The New Members Half Day rides went to Kurnell 6 times.
  • Mid week rides went to Rylstone - 26 riders on a very hot day, Sussex Inlet, Hawkes Nest, Wollombi/Singleton/Putty.
  • Moonie rides (full moon nights) went to Palm Beach, Pitt Town, South Coast Sea Cliff Bridge and Windsor.
  • The first of Harley Days was held in Wollongong and Sydney Chapter volunteered for parking duties as well as attending in large numbers. A total of 2,200 registered H.O.G. Members attended the first time 3-day Harley Days event.
  • Weekends away were LOH to Batemans Bay, Eden to Cooma and Canberra and a Road Captains weekend away to Yass. A weekend in Coffs Harbour and the Easter long weekend went to Jindabyne. There was a World Record attempt for lady riders (mixed bikes) ‘2WheelBabes Ballina Babe Raid’ in Dubbo. In October there was ‘Meeting of the Clans’ in Merimbula to meet up with OZHOG
  • The biggest highlight of the year by far was our 50 members riding to Uluru via Mildura, Port Augusta and Coober Pedy in September. Then home via Kings Canyon, Alice Springs, Broken Hill and Nyngan. Simply the best 2 weeks away on a bike with the best group of members ever. Total distance covered 7,000k over 15 days.
  • Our ‘Outback themed’ Chapter Christmas Party was held at Wheel and Cupcake with Pro getting all the girls to sit on his lap… he was our Santa. There was a Combined Christmas Party with all Sydney Chapters held in Blacktown on January 2.
  • Dom stepped down as Director after 2 years and as Editor of our great Harbour HOG magazine after 4 years. There were others leaving their positions on the committee as well… so we all need to acknowledge the time and effort all of our volunteers put in, to keep this Chapter in a healthy position for the future.

2017

  • Director - Adam Nance (Pro), Assistant Director - Keith Hutcheson (Hutch), Secretary - Geoff Fitzsimmons, Treasurer - Lindsay Stratton.
  • Highest female attendance on rides was Joanne Zammit with 23%. Highest male attendance was Ron Bohm with 59% attendance and travelling 13,610km. Highest female millage was Judy Kiddle at 8,200km. Eric Stano was the highest male rider with 10,975km. Dave Turner highest male attendances with 79% and Sharna Turner 64% of attendances.
  • Road Captain and Member of the year was Dom Fedele.
  • Big Ride numbers attended for the Photo Shoot on April 30, Memorial Day ride, Overnighters, Saddleback, ANZAC Day ride to Mittagong, Eagle Eye and the second Harley Days event in Wollongong in October – Harley made a great effort so it was a much better get together than the previous year, but not as well attended and as it’s turned out, it was also the last.
  • Full Day rides went to Megalong Valley, Australia Day BBQ, 4 Ferries, Crookwell, Saddleback Mountain, St Albans, Eagle Eye Run, Mittagong was well attended again for our ANZAC Day Run and flyover (If you only do one run a year don’t miss this run), the Poker Run went to 5 lookouts and a lunch and presentation at Palm Beach, our first ‘Free Spirit Run’ – “See you when we meet at Stockton”. The year ended with runs to Nerriga and the Yarramalong Anniversary run. Saturday and Sunday attendances were consistent with past years.
  • Half Day rides went to Stanwell Park Beach for our Memorial Ride, Gosford Car Museum, Back roads to Leura, Central Coast and Springwood. Half-day ride attendances were back up with averages from past years.
  • Twilight rides went north and south to the Newport Arms and Windsor and New member rides every second month continued to go to Kurnell.
  • There were 2 HART courses in April with 12 members attending.
  • Mid week rides went to Rylstone and Tea Gardens, Midweeks are back to 2014 average although lower than 2015/2016
  • Overnighters went to Gulgong, Jindabyne over the Easter weekend, Queens Birthday weekend away to Nundle, Christmas in July in Gloucester. LOH to Batemans Bay and an overnight Road Captains ride on the October long weekend to Dubbo.
  • YOTS rides continued again every second month to the pick up at the same locations. It was heartening that YOTS participation continued with high attendances.
  • Another highlight in 2017 was a week away to the NSW State Rally – ‘Rally on the Plains’ in Moree via Port Macquarie, Nambucca Heads, Brunswick Head and Warwick on the way to the rally in Moree. Some members rode home directly while others took the extra day and came back via Tamworth.
  • There was a ride with Bill Davidson along the East Coast from Brisbane to Melbourne and a few members attended the ride day through Sydney – Brett and Hutch rode all the way to Melbourne with pillions for Cure Brain Cancer cause.
  • The Chapter Christmas Party was held at the Pullman Hotel and there was a ride to the combined Chapter Christmas function at Central Coast Harley-Davidson to end another big year of riding.

2018

  • Director - Adam Nanace (Pro), Assistant Director - Keith Hutcheson (Hutch), Secretary - Geoff Fitzsimmons, Treasurer - Lindsay Stratton.
  • Leaving on January 27 we had a great ride to Tasmania via Tallangatta, then onto the Spirit of Tasmania Ferry on a very hot day. From there we visited Launceston, Bicheno x 2 nights, Orford x 4 (where we joined in the Tassie State H.O.G.  Rally), Strahan x 2, Cradle Mountain and back on the Ferry to Melbourne and on to Foster and Eden on the way home.
  • Full Day Rides included Wisemans Ferry, Brooklyn on Australia Day, Fisherman’s Paradise where CJ had 40+ for a BBQ lunch in his holiday house backyard, Burragorang Lookout, Lake Macquarie, Oberon/Tarana and Caves Beach.
  • Never to be taken for granted, we had our 6th annual ANZAC Day and air show in Mittagong… we achieved a great turnout to go with the excellent weather and Remembrance Services. 71 bikes with 79 total riders from Sydney and Northern Sydney Chapters, then we collected another 27 South West Sydney riders on the way at Campbelltown making a total of 101 bikes attending the ‘private air show’ presented by Dom’s Qantas pilot mates at Mittagong Aerodrome.
  • Half Day rides included the Chapter Memorial Run to Stanwell Park, Warragamba, Appin (followed by a Road Captain meeting)
  • Weekends away included another traditional 4 day Easter run to Jindabyne with daily rides organised by the RC group
  • New Members rides continued every second month to Kurnell
  • The first YOTS run of the year went to Cordeaux Heights with 10 youth joining in, unfortunately the second run to Merrylands had to be cancelled by YOTS, so we made the most of it by heading off on a mystery ride to Kilcare instead
  • Mid week runs to Wollombi,
  • The first twilight/Full Moon Run for 2018 went to the Archibald Hotel in Kurrajong Heights
  • 3 major accidents of Chapter members in the first 3 months of 2018 made us all think SAFETY FIRST and don’t trust any of the drivers out there. Mark Weiser got hit on his way to the Memorial Run briefing on January 21st. Tracey Jackson was hit by a car in Wyong while travelling with her husband Todd on March 11 and Ian (Tricky) Rickwood, returning from a ride with a few mates, was hit on his way home on March 31st. 3 major accidents in 3 months… this has to stop!!
  • Join in as many rides as you can and help shape the history of this great Chapter in 2018