What's On, What's New from H.O.G. Africa
Since taking over this region from Sue Nagel in April, I have had the fortunate experience of meeting most of our region’s Chapter Directors and many of our H.O.G.® Members at several events across the region.
H.O.G. Africa is an exciting region! Our chapter rides, events, socials and rallies are regular and well-organised. Our members and customers are passionate about the Harley-Davidson® and H.O.G. brands. I’m impressed with the volume of fun and educational activities being presented by our chapters on a weekly basis.
Free Skilled Rider Training
My initial focus is to fulfil one of Sue Nagel’s departing wishes - to present skilled rider training free of charge to ten dealerships and chapters in South Africa, reaching about 300 members in 2018. This is sponsored by H-D® and H.O.G. Africa.
- Chapters Completed: Tyger Valley, Cape Town and Pretoria.
- Number of Trainees: 80 members
- Trainers: two supporting chapter trainers were accredited, one in the Western Cape and another in Gauteng.
Africa Bike Week™ 2018
I enjoyed five days at 2018 Africa Bike Week™, meetingmany of our local Harley-Davidson dealership staff, H.O.G. members and H-D customers. What a great experience - a well presented event that celebrated our favourite brands. It was a good opportunity to meet up with old friends, and make many new friends who share our common passion for great motorcycles.
Africa Region Chapter Directors' Workshop
The Africa Region Chapter Directors’ workshop in June was a very interactive and participative event. I was able to share my vision for the region with these capable chapter officers and to guide and assist them in the daunting task of leading their respective chapters.
This workshop also presented a unique opportunity for all Chapter Directors to meet and share their experiences and identify best practice ideas that will lead this region’s chapters into 2019. We were honoured by the presence of representatives from the Island chapters of Mauritius and Reunion. I’m very fortunate to be working with a great regional team. I salute you all.
The Road Ahead
I look forward to an interesting action-packed second half of 2018 with many more chapter rides, socials, events and rallies. I will also continue with my quest to deliver skilled rider training to another seven chapters and some 210 members.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many chapter volunteers who give up their personal time on a daily basis to deliver top class planning and execution of their Chapter’s events Without these volunteers, the success of our chapters and H.O.G. Africa could not be achieved. Well done and thank you all - your efforts are appreciated.
See you all soon, ride safe and don’t forget to have fun!
Luis Da Silva
H.O.G. Johannesburg's Hippo Rally
Get ready to ride together, visit together, party together, eat together, and lets not forget – Harley® Games together. This is an awesome tour of the Chapter’s favourite roads, vistas, rest stops, people and places with a new venue at Pine Lake Inn, White River. Book at www.hogjhb.co.za.
H.O.G. Breede River's Winter Rally
The H.O.G. Breede River Chapter will once again host the annual Breede River Rally from 23-26 August 2018. They invite all Harley-Davidson® Riders to join them to “Experience Winter” in the Klein Karoo. Book at www.breede-river-rally.co.za
H.O.G. Pretoria's Spring Rally 2018
The Karoo will be rumbling with the distinctive sound of V-Twin® engines from Friday, 31 August 2018 to Sunday, 02 September 2018. Pretoria Chapter invite Harley owners throughout Southern Africa, to come and rekindle some old friendships and make new ones at H.O.G. Pretoria’s flagship rally at Gariep Forever Resort. Enjoy scenic outrides around the dam, participate in the Harley games and Concourse then party up a storm in the celebration tent rocking to some of South Africa’s best local bands. Book at www.springrally.co.za.
H.O.G. Tyger Valley's West Coast Rally 2018
The West Coast Rally is held in the beautiful seaside town of Lambert’s Bay! Win a trip for 2 to Sturgis 2019! Held from Thursday, 25 October 2018 to Sunday, 28 October 2018. Book at www.westcoastrally.co.za.