2018 Christmas Toy Run

All Bikes Welcome
Join the Alice Springs HOG Club with the enthusiastic Motorcylce Riders of Central Australia to raise money for the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal. All motorcycle Marques, Makes, Models of a Road Registered nature are welcome.
Dress up your Bike in Christmas Spirit or Dress yourself in anything crazy to stand out in the crowd.
$10 donation or a non battery operated NEW Toy.

Monthly Meeting Date & Venue Change

VENUE CHANGE – DATE CHANGE

The October meeting is moved to the Golf Club due to cars being vandalised at the Plaza Carpark.

The new date is also changed to Wednesday October 3rd due to room bookings at the golf club. This will remain the venue unless the new committee want to test other venues.

Meeting at 7:30pm or come early for dinner.

Meeting room is around the bar to the right.

THIS DOES NOT AFFECT THE AGM. The AGM is at the Todd Tavern this Sunday at 2pm.

Meet at Liberty for a Pre Ride around the Honeymoon Loop finishing with lunch at the Tavern.

Alice Springs Chapter AGM

The Time and Date have been set after books were completed and handed to the director on wednesday Aug 22nd, 2018.

The current Committee will once again Vacate all Positions after the September monthly meeting and Vote in your new 2019 Committee.

Please consider having a Go at being on the Committee as new ideas keep the club strong. Absentee nominations may be presented to the Current Director or Secretary.

Date: Sunday September 16th, 2018

Time: 2pm to 4pm

Available Positions: Director  /  Assistant Director  /  Secretary  /  Treasurer  /  Ladies of Harley  /  Activities Officer  /  Web Master  /  Editor  /  Safety Officer  /  Photographer  /  Head Road Captain 

The Tilmouth Tango

Tales from the Dukside:- The Tilmouth Tango.
 
Tilmouth Roadhouse is just a short 188k ride on the Tanami Hwy and doesn’t usually attract many riders to come out. Thus was the case when Crackers lobbed at Liberty Servo and sat with nobody on the curb waiting for the multitude that is I to turn up. 9am start but wait, is that the sound of Neverready’s Road King? Yep, 3’s a good number so on the road we go.
 
Now this is not the most exciting piece of tar but alertness is a good thing with Grey Nomads and Road Trains taking up most of the single lane sections. The road is more straight than a Jacks on the rocks but the ranges are painted in colours of pale dried grass, purple and browns, with grassy plains in front creating a 3k corridor of open views from the saddle, awesome. A couple of burnt wrecks along the way shows the bush mechanics had some frustrations as we sat behind 4 followers of the Leyland Brothers with camp trailers and no lane to overtake them. A roadside stop at the 140k mark put some distance between us.
 
Once gloves were warmed on the cylinder heads it was time to move again. Just 10k down the road a Cement Haulin’ son of the steering wheel was stopped in the middle of the single strip of imitation highway changing out a dolly. Stainsy’s Transport doin’ the right thing, the verges are soft an Likely to cause difficulties in the exchange. Kick down into off-road gear and passed off the left bank.
 
40k’s out the gates of throttle open to 2 lanes of bitumen in prestine condition. With the tail wind on full tap it was a chance to put in a faster final approach. A familiar Fat Boy stood alone at the front of the Roadhouse, and no sooner did one step off the leather and chrome the eyes came upon Perfect Peter and Jeanette. A naughty night out apparently! They’d ridden out yesterday and spent the night, “Say No More!”.
 
Analysis:- The big breakfast is a BIG breakfast and at just $19.50 a plate it was worth the ride out. Next time come out to play wowsers! Just coz it was a old 17 degrees doesn’t mean it isn’t a good day to ride.
 
The way home was mostly the same as going out but with one extra bike. I should put in a good word for the many oncoming cars that slowed down as we crossed paths but likewise “Stay home you arseholes who kept up the 100kph throwing up red dust and rocks in your wake”. A black feral cat rushed across from left to right. Peter at the front swerved across to see if he could hit it dodged back at the last minute wondering if it is worth the claws dug into his calves as the front wheel flicked the savage feline up. Another great day out.
 
Til next ride, punks. Duktape.

Wheels North Lads

Water don’t taste like beer, best not to drink it.

Fatboy Slim and Crackers

One buck ninety five or push the bike?

Or you could buy a bike with a 22litre tank.

FOBbed Off

Tales from the Dukside:-
FOBbed Off:
 
Big Kev put out a call for an unscheduled ride gratefully received by many but today was that day when keen as you are and ready sat down on the Heritage seat I turned the ignition on and Beep Beep Beep goes the alarm. Flat battery in the FOB. Go to the cloak room for the other FOB, Beep Beep Beep! @#%$ @#%$ @#%$…… Right, I had a battery for the Townsville Rally. Nope, can’t locate it. Ahh, battery kit in the car for work. Nope AA’s and AAA’s only. Text Kev and Marty, I may not make it – Marty offers his Road King, tempted but figured I’d go to the servo for a battery. Woke the missus who say’s she may have on. Good To Go.
 
At Liberty was Mouthguard, Kev, Russ, Michelle plus friend and Rolf who said he had bike problems too, hmm might be the FOB. Yep, so he goes to Supercheap to get a battery. Erin came in the car ignoring the opportunity to go ride while Dobbie is out of town. Anyone else?? Marty Neverready is late but we all left together. A perfect day for a ride (as is everyday) and it was nice to see Michelle atop her own wheels, she’d “borrowed” Dave Batic’s bike for Elly’s Ride last weekend and liked it so asked for another. A nibble HD 1200 she felt comfortable riding as the Road King she’d bought for Townsville was too heavy for her.
 
Kev and Mouthguard were in a hurry to get a feed so took off from 8HA, the rest of us sat below 120 clicks for a cruise. Upon destination Mouthguard’s left spotlight had come adrift (not the first time it’s don this) and at breakfast he says “hey Duktape? Got some Duct Tape?”. As if he needed to ask. Does dog shit stink?? I’ll give him the tip, he wrapped that light like he was gonna do 100 miles per hour home. On ya Mate!.
 
Ol Mate was a bit pissed off at breakfast though, see Mouthguard likes to get there first so he can order first. Nothing gets him riled up like getting his meal last, “I ordered breakfast and got lunch” he goes. You happy now Sharon? Off-Road? (The two candidates most likely to not get their meals at all when there’s a crowd.
 
Marty was a bit keen today so went on the Erldunda, Kev and Mouthguard blasted home with Rolf in tow. Upgrade was in a hurry coz Di’s arriving at the airport at 1pm. Michelle put on a good pace at 125kph but couldn’t catch the boys and Russ and I stayed with her.
 
Looking forward to another ride next weekend.
 
Regards Duktape.

Hey Duktape, how do you unroll the Ducking Duct-tape?

S’ok, Russ knows how

It’s all in the application

And nothing to do with the look

Michelle showing off Will’s 1200 “I’m not giving it a beating – honest!”

The Major Mitchell Pose

Marty’s CVO Road King

Kev’s Street Glide

Kerry’s Big Day

NT Chamber of Commerce – Customer Service Awards:-

Well done to our very own “Whistler” Kerry on her award at the Chamber of Commerce Customer Awards July 13, 2018!!!!!!!

Kerry works at Outbush Stockman’s Outfitters where you can buy top shelf thermo lined jeans and all sorts of shirts including RM Williams. Mention your a Hoggie and congratulate her for a top performance year in and year out.

Elly’s Ride for Cancer

Elly’s Ride for Cancer:- 29th July 2018
Long time HOG Member and Committee Member before submitting to cancer herself Elly Derksen was very passionate about getting Cancer Fighters and Survivors to enjoy her favourite past time – riding on Harley Davidsons.

Annual Event – Ride to Standley Chasm. Open to All Riders on any Roadworthy and Registered Motorcycle.

If you have a space on the back of your bike please let us know through the Alice Springs HOG Facebook page. Bring a spare helmet.

Gather at Liberty Service Station at 10am – we encourage a Silly in Pink dress code.

Queensland Bound

When all is done and dusted, the can, maybe, woulda, shoulda all come out in the wash and we are left with the Hoggie faithful that definitely will be attending.

This is a big event for Alice, Darwin and Mt Isa Chapters as we annually hold our Tri-chapter Challenge on the first weekend in May. Thus it will be run in conjunction with the Queensland State Rally in Townsville. For all those coming, thanks for coming and making up numbers to gain the Tri-Trophy. And for thus unable to come – sucks to be you.

3 Groups will be leaving Alice Springs and you are welcome to join them for part of the way and come home crying that you shoulda, woulda, coulda………

 

Group 1:     Marty & Jigga departing from Liberty at Possibly 8am on Thursday 26th April. Contact Marty for details. 0417 897 108

Group2:     Duktape, Froggie and Crackers departing from Liberty at 8am on Saturday 28th April. Contact the Duk for details. 0499 870 529

Group 3:     Big Kev & Sharon, Russell & Michelle, Peter & Jeanette, Dobbie & Erin and possible solo’s departing from Liberty at Possibly 8am on Monday 30th April. Contact Big Kev for details. 0413 354 919

Safe Travels to All.

Standley Chasm Ride

Standley Chasm Ride          11th March, 2018
With just a handfull of happy chappies making it out for the absolutely fabulous weather, Neverready, Kerry, Ron, Kingsley, Crackers, Batic and me set off at 9am sharp. Sky – Overcast, Temp at 26degr. all bikes start “First TIme”! Big Al fronted up but had to pick up the missus so missed the rest of the ride.
A decent desert down pour on Thursday followed by light drizzle all day Friday then cool and overcast Saturday makes riding this country brilliant. Steady at 110 was not hard going and it was incident free. Mr Harmer fresh off the South Pacific pulled into the Chasm Carpark just after our arrival in time to give us the lowdown on the Cruise (no – not the one with the riotus batchelor party).
Over a hot coffee and scones etc we sat and watched a couple of Crows fly in to the buffet area to steal the coffee and Sugar satchets.
The day was too good to waste so I figured I’d head to the Ellery Big Hole lookout so as to hunt for my camera which I’d manage to loose out of my pocket on the Tylers Pass loop 4 weeks ago. I saw a bit of odd blue in the mirror on the ride but didn’t realize it was my camera til later. The search was futile as the long grass would have swollowed it whole but the ride was terrific.