I have been riding motorcycles since I was 16 and started on a RM250A Suzuki motocross bike and rode with the Reeves Dirt Bike club for many years. I sold the RM for a PE250 and quickly moved into big road bikes with a Z1000J Kawasaki which was my daily work and fun ride.
I gave up riding for a while due to family and work commitments and jumped on my first Harley-Davidson in 2011 – a 2008 Dyna Super Glide Custom. I had a ball on the bike and quickly signed up as a HOG member in 2012. 7 years a HOGGIE now and haven’t looked back.
I traded the Dyna for a 2013 Softail which I spent a motza on customising and having lots of bling and a stage IV kit installed. I since moved up and on to a 2014 Rushmore Street Glide, then a 2016 CVO Streetglide followed by my current Harley Davidson – 2018 Milwaukee 8 Streetglide S which I got a great trade in and deal naturally through Blair Freeth and Mark Laube at Adelaide Harley Davidson Bike Works.
What an awesome bike and a great dealer to look after all our Harley Davidson needs!
I put over 100,000 plus kilometres on the bikes touring Australia, attending state and national HOG rallies and recently returned from a half lap of Australia travelling via Western Australia, NT and back home with our road captain Steve Chapman, his wife Sue and my wife Michelle who is currently the Bayside HOG photographer.
When the Bayside HOG Chapter was formed in early 2016 I jumped at the chance to roll up my sleeves and get involved, initially as the inaugural safety officer, Assistant Director and now as the Director taking over the reins from Frip Freeth 2 years ago.
I am very proud to lead this great HOG chapter with an enthusiastic and hard working committee who all have one goal in common and that’s to ride and have a hell of a lot of fun.
I look forward to continuing to build this chapter into a club that provides great rides, good friends, camaraderie and plenty of fun for all.
Some may say it was a mid-life crisis... BUT it has always been a lifelong dream to own and ride a Harley-Davidson motorcycle but work, having twins and the negativity of some that said “I couldn’t / shouldn’t do it” delayed my dream...
I am forever thankful to a really great friend I met at work, and who was an active Chapter member that said...”of course you can do it - why the ‘hell’ don’t you get a Harley? (censored version of that conversion ☺).
So, 6 years ago, I got my learners and a Honda Shadow. I think I did about 1000km (if that) in the 12 months I had her – no fun riding alone but it was a means to an end because it enabled me to get my Sporty and join my first Chapter (Adelaide) – OMG – the wonderful H-D obsessed people I have met and the km’s we have traveled together – AWESOME memories and such great times!!!
As much as I enjoyed zipping around on my Sporty, I am now an EXTREMELY proud owner of a 2012 Super Glide Custom (black of course)...dreams do come true!!!
Within 3 months of joining the Adelaide Chapter I was offered the opportunity to step into the Treasurers role. I learnt so much from wonderful and supportive committee members in the 4 years I was their Treasurer and I was also lucky enough to be a part of the last 4 rally committees.
Now, what an opportunity, privilege and honour I have been given – to be a Charter Primary Officer for a new Chapter as their Treasurer.
Pinch me because I really must be dreaming!!!!
Head Road Captain
Growing up in Mildura county Victoria, riding motorbikes becomes second nature. I rode many bikes from a young age but the first bike I bought with my own money was a Honda XL250s for $400 at the age of 13. As the years went on there were so many different bikes such as a KX250, CR250 and a Yamaha YZ 250 mainly for riding down along the Murray River and motor cross events . When I finally got my bike licence I purchased a KLR 250 road trail bike that I rode for many years .
Upon moving to Adelaide I sold all the bikes and then didn’t ride for a very long time. All until one day a very good friend of mine come over from Mildura and rode up the driveway on his new Softail Standard and said what do you reckon, I looked at the smile on his face and knew I had to have one . As a happily married man to Serena and four wonderful kids a Harley really wasn’t on the radar as family always comes first but one day I walked into Adelaide Harley Davidson Bike Works in 2016 "just to have a look" and two hours later with Serena’s blessing I was a proud owner of a 2007 Softail Custom which is the bike I still ride today .
Its a privilege to take on the Head Road Captain position and to give back to this awesome club where I have met so many great people with the same passion. Hope to see you on the road soon, ride safe!
I’ve only been on 2 wheels for a comparatively short term compared to some of you fellow HOG’s but certainly had the clichéd “always wanted a Harley” from a young age. I ran a pub in the hills for a few years in the late 90’s which defiantly reaffirmed my desire to get on a bike, being known as the local drop in across the road from the great Johnny Graham Leathersmith shop in Hahndorf I saw all types of bikes but the Harley was the one I wanted!!!
Eventually in 2013 I got my L’s and purchased a 250 Suzuki to start my “apprenticeship” after only a couple of months I needed something a bit bigger so purchased a Ninja 650. Eventually after a few years saving I was ready to upgrade to the real deal. I’d been in a few shops to look at Harley’s but it wasn’t till Oct 16 when I walked into Bikeworks and was welcomed by the team and shown around that I knew the time was here. I spoke to Mark and said “I’m after a 2ndhand softie”, his reply was “yeah we can help you out BUT have you seen these Breakout’s”. Half an hour later I was the very proud owner of my first Harley Davidson, my beautiful 2017 Hard Candy Breakout, Lucille, yes she has a name .
2 weeks later I showed up for my first HOG ride, Slug was the first to hold out his hand and say “G’day’” and the rest is history. I’ve met some great people, had some good laughs and look forward to many more. I also love getting out on charity rides and repping the Bayside banner.
I’m already looking at growing the stable and getting a bagger to do some touring but may have to wait till my 2 girls have finished school but that’s not far away now and also want to get over to the US to tour.
I feel very honoured to be given an opportunity to put back into a club that has given me so much in such a short time and definitely think BAYSIDE ROCKS !
Stay safe and may the roads treat you well
Started riding and racing mini bikes at 9 and got my first road bike at 17, a Honda 350/4. I then bought a new 1981 Honda 750/4 Super Sport before having a hiatus from bikes due house and kids.
As the kids grew up moto x bikes entered the scene, then the road bike returned with a CBR1000.
2013 arrived and my dream was fulfilled when Di bought me my first Harley, a 2013 Fatboy. I now ride a 2017 CVO Street Glide which we upgraded to due to the miles and the great friendships we have formed by riding Harley's.
Di and I completed our dream of riding a Harley across America on Route 66 in 2016 with some great friends.
I was honoured to be asked to step up and take over the position of Safety Officer to fill the shoes of our now Director, I hope I have done the position justice by keeping everybody safe out on the road.
I had enjoyed my time as Safety Officer and now it time to take on another challenge as being the Membership Officer.
So come along get involved in this great HOG chapter and enjoy friendship and the passion of riding a Harley around our great country.
Road Captain / Historian
Have been a motorcycle enthusiast for many years but the passion started as a young lad looking through all of my Dad’s old motorcycle racing photo’s, those days it was a road bike stripped down for the weekends racing, mostly on dirt of course. My best mate Bruce (RIP buddy) would be out on his parents farm just waiting for them to bugga off then straight into the old barn to crank up the old 1956 Triumph Thunderbird.
We would grab two five gallon tins to balance the Trumpy on….(we were both 10 years old by the way)… crank the bike over and we would be off and running, riding that Triumph until our kidneys couldn’t handle it anymore. To stop the old bike was even more interesting with me jumping off to balance Bruce and the bike……… the riding being great fun, but the getting off not so much fun!
From those very early days as a young lad I was never too far away from motorcycles, all mainly pretty fast ones of course, but as you get a bit older you look for style, class and comfort and Harley Davidson has that and more. My first Harley was a Heritage Softail, bloody great bike. We joined up to ride with the Harley Owners group in Adelaide and when Blair Freeth started up his dealership Adelaide Harley Davidson Bike Works we (Rach – ‘Rocket’ and I – ‘Grumpy’ – the nick name has just stuck) jumped at the chance to sign up for the new Bayside HOG Chapter and haven’t looked back since.
Our current Harley is a 2017 M8 Streetglide which we purchased from Blair and the Bikeworks team (best dealership in Australia – Hope you read that last bit Blair??) and have ridden it all over the state. Being asked to become a road Captain with Bayside HOG was special, I will not lead you astray, much!! Trust me, famous last words! Rachel and myself look forward to many more years riding with fantastic like-minded folks making lots more HOG friends in our travels.
Hog Shop Merchandiser
I have had a love of Harley’s and the lifestyle associated with being part of a Harley Club for the last 6 years as a pillion riding with my partner Jeff Brooks (Grumpy).
We have been members of the Bayside Chapter since its inception and in that time have enjoyed many great rides, fun filled overnighters and functions held within the Club. The family feel, friendliness and camaraderie within the Bayside Chapter is second to none. Jeff is currently a Road Captain and the Chapter Historian.
Therefore, I accepted the position of Hog Shop Lady so that I can contribute back to this great club as such I look forward to assisting all members of the Bayside Chapter with their merchandise needs. I will also endeavor to promptly answer any queries you may have in relation to any of the products you can order through the Hog Shop.
I have been involved with Harley Davidson for over 5 years, apparently a mid life crisis according to the wife. Bit of a petrol head in my youth, rode and built motor cycles and cars..
Love the fact I ride with like minded people who have an appreciation for a classic brand, riding around Australia is a privilege.
I have been involved in IT for most of my life, looking back not something I would have imagined however a job I love, helping make life a little easier for people.
Since joining Bayside when we moved to Adelaide from Sydney has given Sandi and I a group of friends and we always look forward to meeting up and exploring this great state.
My first experience of riding a motorcycle was at age 13 on a Honda 90 postie bike which dad bought for rounding up sheep on our farm at Puntabie near Ceduna. My twin brother (Grant Zippel) and I were at boarding school in Adelaide and when we went home for school holidays we hooned around on that bike all the holidays. My next experience with bikes was when I met my husband Stuart in 1987, he had a Katana 1100 and no car, then a Yamaha FJ1100 and a Kawasaki GPZ1000RX, which I loved going for rides with him as pillion. In 1997 Stuart bought his first Harley, a Heritage Softail and soon after I just had to get my own licence. I bought a Kawasaki GPX250 to learn on and just loved riding.
After getting my full licence I took the Heritage out for a few rides and 3 months later, January 2000 at age 37, I got my first Harley, a 1994 Dyna Low Rider. That was it, totally hooked and addicted to riding my Harley. After 9 1/2 years and 100,000k's, I upgraded to a new 2009 Road King, which up to January 2017 I have clocked up another 170,000k's. You can't stop this addiction, you just got to go with it.
I have been riding with the Adelaide HOG Chapter since getting my Low Rider in 2000, was Membership Officer for 4 years, LOH Officer, Registration Officer for 3 SA Rally's, and the last 6 years have been one of the Club's Road Captains. I have led many rides and have helped out on most rides as a Corner Marshall and to assist with the safety and welfare of everyone on the rides.
I am an inaugural member with Bayside Chapter and feel honoured to be asked to take on the role as Assistant Director Captain in it's 3rd year.
Some say I ride too much. That's what happens when you become a Harleyholic, I just love getting out there and sharing my passion with like minded friends. It doesn't get much better than that. I've had so many adventures, whether it be a Sunday ride or a road trip interstate and met so many nice people along the way.
I Live to Ride & Ride to Live
My name is Di and my love for bikes started at 21 when I first me my hubby (Wayne). He was riding a Honda 750 Supersport and I have been a pillion ever since. We gave up riding to build our first home & to start our family. As our family grew up, we got involved in racing Superkarts...again Wayne as driver and me as pit crew! We loved being part of the club and I served as Race Secretary & Wayne as Treasurer.
Time went on and the want to ride bikes again was very evident. We bought a CBR1000 just before moving to SA but it wasn't a comfortable ride for a pillion. Wayne always dreamed of owning a Harley & when my Mum passed away, I decided to buy him one as a thank you for all he endured in the 12mths prior. He has the patience of a saint when it comes to family. That was the best thing we ever did. We knew Blair through one of our son's friends and have been a member of Bayside since it first started.
We have met so many wonderful people since we joined the Bayside Club, have travelled so many klms since and can see a lot more being clocked up over the years. I have been honoured to be the Activities Officer for the past few years and now am looking forward to stepping up to do the role of Secretary. I hope all of you enjoy your time with our wonderful club and if given the opportunity to be a Committee Member, take up the challenge as it is so rewarding with all the support you will receive.
Andrew and Di Towers
I have been riding bikes since I was 17, I started with a DT 250 Yamaha and spent many hours ripping through any sand dunes I could find, that was back in the days before we started to think about the irreparable damage that was being done. When I was 20 I moved to WA and worked at an iron ore mine and lived in the single men’s quarters,( great life back then)I bought myself a TS 250 Suzuki, most weekends were spent riding through the scrub and salt flats. I had other bikes through my working life a Suzuki GT 380 but not for fun just cheap transport.
I always dreamt about having a Harley Davidson in my young adult life but it always was just a dream. When DIanne and I lived in Sydney we lived at Ashfield just around the corner was the Victory / Indian dealer and just down the road was Frazers. We started to look and decided the time was right. We used to hire them on weekends and decided to buy one on our return to Adelaide, little did I think then that I would own 2 of them a 2017 Heritage Softail and a 2019 CVO Street Glide.
I look forward to being part of the committee of this exceptional club, it is has great team spirit and can only get better.
My husband Andrew and I always spoke about riding a Harley off into the sunset with only a toothbrush in our bag. If I was to be completely honest, I never really thought that in my lifetime this would come to fruition, as I hadn’t been on the back of a bike since I was a teenager.
Whilst living in Sydney we would a hire a Harley and trip around on weekends. We then looked at buying a Harley Davidson, however we decided to wait until we returned to Adelaide to live and what a great decision that turned out to be.
On one of my morning walks I spotted the Adelaide Harley Davidson Bikeworks van, the planets finally aligned and Andrew was home so he agreed to go and ‘look only’. After kicking Andrew under the table and mouthing, “just do it”, we bought our first Harley, a 2017 Heritage Softail. I happened to mention, that this was a once in a lifetime experience, to which Mark Laube laughed and said, “this is contagious - there is never just one”!!!
We have met a bunch of amazing people and have made some wonderful friends. We have been and seen places (including many bakeries) I never knew existed and we thoroughly enjoy the weekend rides, especially the overnighters.
Oh, and yes, it is contagious, there is now a second - a 2019 CVO Street Glide - because I worked out I need a little more than a toothbrush!
I got my bike license when I was 16 – went to the police station in Gawler and the local cop followed me around the block. The bike – well it was a 125cc two stroke Puch motor scooter – no lights, no indicators, no speedo, 32mph flat out.
Since then I have had a number of bikes, Yamahas, Ducati’s but finally caught the Harley Bug in 2010, thanks to constant nagging by my good mate Hungry Stevens. I bought a 2011 Road King and since then my wife Suzi Q and I have had countless km of great riding with our Harley mates. This includes some great National and Interstate rallies where we have made many friends and enjoyed rides to Tamworth, Cairns and Alice Springs and many places in-between.
Just recently I upgraded to a 2018 Road King and of course Blair, Mark and the team at Bikeworks really looked after me.
I was thrilled when asked to be a Road Captain by Nola the Head Road Captain and I look forward to seeing all the Bayside HOGS out and Rockin’ – we always have a lot of laughs, that’s what makes it a great Club.
Cheers Chappy, Chappysan, Flo, Oui Chef and many other Nicknames!
I started riding motorcycles when I was 12 years old, using a single 500 rigid frame BSA as a dirt bike. My mate had the same bike, it took both of us standing on the kick starter to start them. I then moved up to a BSA bantam which I used to go to high school.
Over the years I had numerous British bikes and then moved to Ducati. Always had a dirt bike handy for riding in the scrub around Whyalla and trips through the Flinders Ranges.
On my return to Australia in 1994 I purchased a Suzuki Intruder and rode that for many years before moving up to a Harley.
Now enjoying my Street Glide Special and have clocked up 30,000 kms in just under 2 years. Hope to enjoy many more years riding, provided the old body can cope. Have made some great friends since joining Bayside and look forward to making many more.
I have been married to Winky for 35 years now and have 2 boys who are both married. My first love of bikes was when I got on the back of our Z1000j Kawasaki at the age of 21, that bike flew. We sold the bike bought a house and had our family which sort of slowed the bike riding for a few years.
Then in 2011 we got our first Harley Oh !!!! the comfort and a sissy bar. I was hooked into the whole Harley thing. Shortly after we signed up as HOG members and what a great journey we have had, all over Australia and meeting some wonderful HOG members at state and national events and locally as well.
One of my favourite club events is our overnighters and long weekend rides where we get to spend more time riding and socialising. Lots of fun and photo’s taken at these events!
I love our Bayside HOG chapter with a passion and the people in it. I'm not a professional photographer just someone who likes taking photos of people having a great time at our chapter events. I get a lot of pleasure seeing people enjoying my photos and pressing that ‘like’ button when I post the photos on the chapter facebook page. Oh and I never take photos of ladies eating and I do have a love for skulls. Bayside Rocks love Michelle ❤️💀❤️