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 Asill. 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 - Dominic 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).