THE HARLEY OWNERS GROUP – ABC’s OF TOURING AND THE HOG MILEAGE PROGRAM.

Any Harley Davidson motor cyclist will tell you there is more to owning the bike than just possessing it.

One of those reasons is membership of the Harley Owners Group to which every owner is invited to join.

H.O.G., as it is know has ‘Chapters’ all over the world and Australia is no exception with ‘Chapters’ in every State and Territory.

H.O.G., is not a 1%er club. It is in reality a social club on two wheels where the HOG family gathers to have fun.

Just take the ABC’s of Touring and the HOG Mileage Programs for example. By signing up for these two programs, every ride takes on an extra dimension.

The H.O.G ., Membership Guide describes the Mileage Program this way,’ As if riding your Harley isn’t reward enough, H.O.G., gives you more reasons: point and patches that show off your mileage achievements, a.k.a,  Bragging Rights.’

ABC’s of Touring is described in the guide as follows,’An alphabetical “scavenger hunt’ for you and your Harley-Davidson motorcycle! Earn points and win prizes by collecting photos of yourself, your motor cycle and “Official Signs” from A to Z.

Like many H.O.G. members, I combine the two and it adds that little bit of extra interest , particularly as photography then becomes another part of the ride.

H.O.G. members enjoy adorning their riding vests with patches and I’m no exception.

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The ABC’s of Touring patch.

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Back in the Dream Time I was awarded this patch and a plaque for attaining 50 points in that year’s competition.

Here are some images of places I’ve recorded for the ABC’s. They are not in strict alphabetical order as HOG rules require.

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Close to home.
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Western New South Wales
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Almost in far north Queensland.
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Nearly  home.
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Back in the Northern Territory.
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Matong combines with Grong Grong to field a successful Australian Rules footy team.  
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Another Northern Territory small  town.
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Close to home.
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The signs speak for themselves.
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A lovely Sydney area waterside suburb.
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The sign says it all.
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Back in the Northern Territory.
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Wide open spaces.

 

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Almost back in Queensland .
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Seems just like yesterday.
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One of my favourite Queensland cities.
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A quaint little place in South Australia.
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A great Queensland outback pub. Clocking up points on an Ulysses Club ride.

Now visiting all these towns and many more helps with the HOG mileage program. It has a patch of course and at specific intervals, as your rack up the miles, they are recognised by the award of an appropriate rocker. As you can see, over time, space becomes an issue, a new vest has been  commissioned and the sewing begins anew..blog-b5abcs_20jan2017_0007-copy-2

Hoo roo for now.

7 thoughts on “THE HARLEY OWNERS GROUP – ABC’s OF TOURING AND THE HOG MILEAGE PROGRAM.

  1. Nice one Bones. Impressive mileage.
    One of these years I’ll get around to doing the ABC thing, I keep meaning to but for some reason it always falls by the wayside. I once worked out that I could do every letter of the alphabet except ‘Q’ without leaving Cornwall!
    Ride safe.
    Dookes

    1. Thanks Dookes. There are only a few accessible places in Australia with the letter Z. Zetland, a tiny Sydney suburb is one of them. Some, such as Zanado Tank are listed in the gazetteer as ‘position doubtful’. No way could it be attempted on the Harley.

      1. Ah, so I’m lucky with Zelah then!
        The nearest ‘Q’ to Dookes H.Q. Is Queens Camel in Somerset, exactly 100 miles from my front door, so quite do-able if I get my finger out!👍
        You’ve sort of given me a kick up the backside to get on with it this year!!!!!

  2. I’ve never been on a motorbike, and it’s probably not likely to ever happen (it’s a small contribution on my part to ensure the safety of other road users…)… 🙂 Reading this article though, I find pleasure in your pleasure of riding one. The stories, and adventures you have experienced are most interesting. Thank you. 🙂

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