Hello, I’m Gill Mogg, always known as Moggy and its my privilege to be Director of Bridgwater Chapter, which is the longest continuous H.O.G. Chapter in Europe.
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Just a bit about me.
Back in 1996, my partner Barry (a biker from way back) said we were off to the ‘Bulldog Bash’. So off we went, with me on the back of a bike for the very first time. After that I was hooked and decided to get a bike licence without telling him. I actually managed to keep a secret for once and passed my test without Barry even guessing what I was up to.
Eventually Barry bought a Harley and we joined the Chapter. We got involved and after a couple of years I joined the committee, eventually becoming the Ladies of Harley Rep. I then spent five years as Assistant Director before being elected Director in 2008 when Dave Holden stood down. Barry bought me my first Harley, an, 883 as a Xmas present in 2001 and I currently ride a 1200 Sportster Low. I love it!
I can’t begin to count all the fantastic times I have had and the amazing people I’ve met. You only get out of clubs what you put in but we really pride ourselves on being really welcoming to all new members and really do try to live up to our motto ‘Ride and Have Fun’!
I have a really good committee to help me run the Chapter and we are always really happy to listen to suggestions and ideas. So don’t be shy, if you have got ideas, let us hear them.
(See below for a fuller account of how I got into “Bikes”)
LATEST NEWS FROM MOGGY
March 2017 Hardley News Letter
Hopefully we now have an Editor and hopefully in next couple of months the mags will be up and running. So thank you for all your patience during the time we have not had one, as soon as its sorted we will let you know so you can start sending in your write ups again.
The Cider Rally will soon be upon us and there is still on site accommodation but only 3,4,6 berth – so if you still want to come you will just have to pay a supplement for a bigger room, just send off your form to Gina and she’ll sort you out. If you can’t make whole weekend then we will be selling day tickets, these can be purchased on the day form the security tent at £10 per person, there will be a different colour wrist band for each day to save confusion.
Once again all Ride Outs will be on the Saturday and the Grand Parade will be on the Sunday which will be going to Burnham on Sea. This will be following normal route then straight through Weston onto Burnham (about a 15 mile ride). We will then park up on the sea front in Burnham, we have had the road closed so we can take over both sides, the Bike show will also be held alongside the Parade, again on the sea Front outside the Bayview Café. There will be a sign as you ride up to the sea front to show you the Area, so if entering the bike show then you need to park up on the promenade not on the road, there will be someone there to show you where to park, you will need to register beforehand this year
As per usual we are looking for help over the weekend, so decorating, balloons, posters banners, bunting etc. Friday am, help with registration, dishing out T-Shirts, goodie bags etc and Friday afternoon, Saturday and Sunday then taking everything down Monday.
We will also need folk to help with the Grand Parade, even if you are not coming to the Rally and can still help that will be great, so Road Marshals for the ride, parking marshals at Burnham, we are also looking for 4-6 early risers as we have had the road closed from 7.30-8am. We need some folk there to man the barriers so the local residents can still get in and out, this will just until some of the rest of us can get there about 9, more hands make light work as they say. If you can help with any of the above if you contact me then I will put you in the direction of who’s doing each area. If it’s to do with the parade we are having a dry run, Sunday 22nd April meet at Sand Bay 11.30 so if you can help just turn up on the day or if you can’t make it then let Vince know.
If you have any queries regarding the Cider Rally then please give us a shout.
The new 2017 Ride calendar is now on the Website, so take a look and hope to see you on as many rides as you can, a few just need to be confirmed but all dates are in.
Lisa is doing a competition where the pillion who attends the most Rides will receive the “Rear of the Year” title so come on Ladies as most of the pillions are, come along to as many rides as you can to take the title, Lisa is also doing a prize for the rider who attends the most rides they will also receive a prize at the end of the year, any queries give us a shout
So what’s going on in March
Sat 4th March- HOG Mileage registration morning, if you took part last year we already have your start date but if you did not join in last year then we will need your mileage, so come along to riders to have your mileage verified, or if you cannot make it then as soon as you have your mileage verified from Riders then let Debbie know so she can add you to the list
Chapter mileage challenge 2016 presentation will also take place. Furthest ridden male and female, plus 2nd and 3rd place to be awarded. Who will it be? Riders of Bridgwater will be sponsoring and presenting a Shield to the ‘furthest ridden overall’, this will be kept at Riders, Bridgwater for all to admire. A personal shield, combined with a Riders backpack and starter kit will be presented to the furthest ridden male and female. Along with a shield for 2nd & 3rd place. Challenge for all you budding riders, who love to clock their mileage. Who will have their name engraved for 2017?
Let’s get ready to Ride and have a fabulous season.
10th-12th Pre Cider Rally Sand Bay- Comedy weekend down at Sand Bay, if you have not already booked and want to go it’s now £75 per person half board for 3 nights just ring sand Bay and say you are with the Harley lot, around 110 going so should be a good weekend
Sat 18th LOH meet and LOH crew ride to Banwell Castle- Come along and meet your LOH officer then for everyone to join in the ride to Banwell Castle, times to be confirmed so keep an eye on the website calendar
Fri 24th Weekday Ride- Lunch ride to The Three little Pigs Inn, Crediton, Meet Taunton Mcds 11am to leave 11.30, we will take the pretty route to the pub, all welcomeRiders of Bridgwater will be sponsoring and presenting a Shield to the ‘furthest ridden overall’, this will be kept at Riders, Bridgwater for all to admire.
A personal shield, combined with a Riders backpack and starter kit will be presented to the furthest ridden male and female. Along with a shield for 2nd & 3rd place.
Challenge for all you budding riders, who love to clock their mileage. Who will have their name engraved for 2017?
Hope to see many of you Saturday.
Let’s get ready to Ride and have a fabulous season.
ebrate 2016’s achievements and register for 2017. The challenge is on. Riders of Bridgwater will be sponsoring and presenting a Shield to the ‘furthest ridden overall’, this will be kept at Riders, Bridgwater for all to admire. A personal shield, combined with a Riders backpack and starter kit will be presented to the furthest ridden male and female. Along with a shield for 2nd & 3rd place. Challenge for all you budding riders, who love to clock their mileage. Who will have their name engraved for 2017? Hope to see many of you Saturday. Let’s get ready to Ride and have a fabulous season.So ride safe and hope to see you all soon
Lots of luv
How I got into “Bikes”, how it all began
Back along I said I would let all the newer members know how I got into bikes, Harley’s, I’m sorry to all the older members that have already seen this.
It all started back in 1996, Barry has had bikes all his life, but even when we met I did not really have anything to do with them, Barry use to go out on his own, and could not think of anything worse, but then in May 96 Barry said we were off to the Bulldog Bash with some friends, the what I said, after looking up about the Bulldog Bash there was no way I was going, hanging out with thousands of greasy bikers, sharing skanky, smelly toilets, no way, eventually Barry talked me into it, so what was I going to wear I had no biker stuff, then I had an idea, my mum ran a catalogue so I looked through and I found some dress leather trousers and jacket, that will do I thought, didn’t have a clue really, it came and was as thin as could be but it had to do, the nearer the time came I was so anxious, the day finally arrived and I found out that Barry’s friends girlfriend was driving her car with all the stuff in, yey I thought I could go with her, but no they had left before us so I had to go on the back of Barry’s Triumph TR6, I hated every minute of it, we finally arrived with my arse and back killing me.
I looked around and thought OMG what have I let myself in for, everyone looked so mean and bad, we then had to find somewhere to camp, it was so busy that once we got our tent up if we came out of our tent the same time as the one opposite we would have bumped heads, it just seemed to be getting worse, at last we were ready for the nights entertainment, as we walked through the site I saw so many different sights, my anxiety was just getting worse, we finally made it to the entertainment area, the bands came on and the cider started to flow, I gradually started to relax and started to chat to folk around us, i thought to myself these folk aren’t too bad, quite normal really, and I even started to enjoy myself by the end of the night, well early hours I had had a fantastic time. The next day I was surprised how many lady riders they were, and even had a minutes thought of how great it would be to be able to ride a bike, but like I said it was a minutes thought. By the end of the weekend I had the best time ever, I enjoyed it so much that I said to Barry that’s it when I get back I’m gonna learn to ride, Barry’s reply was Yea yea Gill of course you will, but I showed him.
I decided that was it I was going to do it, I booked all my lessons in secret, I took my 1st test which I failed, I was gutted, but I got myself up and carried on then in Nov 96 I passed, OMG I could not believe that I had done this and without Barry knowing, when I told him I had passed he was not so shocked about the fact I had passed but the fact that I managed to keep it all a secret as I am crap and keeping secrets. I couldn’t wait to get my own bike then I finally got a Honda 400 Four, it was lovely, it was mine, I was so chuffed, but in 97 my dear little bike was stolen from my garage as you can imagine I was gutted, I did not get another bike, after this and just happily went on the back of Barry.
Barry bought his first Harley in 97 and we decided to join the Chapter we went along to a meeting at the Toby Jug, which I must say was very daunting, as we walked in everyone looked at us as if we were in the wrong place, The director at that time was a man called John hart and Dave Holden was the assistant director, we did stay to the end but when we got home Barry said not going back there, too “clicky” for me, I said well it’s going to be at first no one knows us, let’s give it another chance and see what happens next time, Barry agreed to this and we went along to the next meeting, as we walked in folk began to say hello, then Barry saw someone he knew and we went and sat with them, this meeting was a lot more relaxed so in Aug 97 we decided to join, In 1998 we went to our first Cider Rally down at St Audries, which I absolutely loved but due to not drinking much back then I was in bed every night by 10pm, not much change there then I can her some of you say Lol.
After been in the club for a year I nominated myself to be on the committee, I was voted in and was so excited to get more involved, after another year I became the LOH rep kept this position for 2 years then in 2001 became Assistant director under Dave.
As I have already said I did not have another bike after my 400 four, then at the end of 2001 Barry and myself were down at Riders and I was looking and sitting on all the bikes, out of the blue Barry said why don’t I take one out, I took out a 883 which I absolutely loved, when I got back Barry said what would I change if I could, I replied nothing it was great as it was, I then had the shock of my life when he said ok it’s your xmas present, I had to get him to repeat this as thought I was hearing things but no it was going to be mine, I remember running around Riders like a headless chicken telling everyone I could on the way, then in Nov I got to Riders and there were loads of folk there including my Mum and Dad, something was up, a bit later while outside a bike came round the corner all done up with balloons and wrapping paper, it was my bike, my Xmas Pressie from Bazzer, as you can imagine I had a few tears, I was so excited that I now had my very own Harley, I cannot describe the feeling it was amazing, I could not stop smiling, I cannot thank Barry enough for doing this for me, he may think different now as don’t think he thought it would be so much of my life now, lol.
In 2008 Dave stood down after 11 years and I was voted in as director, this was so daunting and not even sure if I could do it, how could I follow the massive shoes of Dave Holden, he had done such a superb job of running the club and was known by hundreds, how was I going to follow that, but I was voted in so just had to get on with it, with all the help from Dave and the fantastic committee I hope we have managed to do this. Not sure if I will make 11 years but you never know, don’t think I will ever get bored of what I do and the Harley scene, I have visited so many places, Countries that I would never have been too, made so many life time friends and of course the fantastic memories that will stay with me for ever if I had not been in the club, so huge thanks to everyone one of you that has made it happen, i just love it so much and really hope that you all enjoy it as much as I do, remember you only get out of something what you are prepared to put in.
So that’s how it all began for me, why not tell us how you got into Bikes/Harley’s.
Well you can take life seriously if you want to, I’ll just enjoy it!!