In roaring praise of the all-weather hog

MARY-JO TOHILL
Last updated 05:00 15/10/2012
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Mary-Jo Tohill/Fairfax NZ
Deep South Kiwi Chapter of the Harley Owners' Group director Doug Wisely, of Invercargill, suits up to continue celebrating his group's 20th anniversary rally which co-incided with the 13th Ghost & Gold Run to Clyde, Central Otago, at the weekend.

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Central Otago towns Clyde and Ophir vibrated as 130 Harley-Davidson motorcycles roared in on Saturday.

Members of the Deep South Kiwi Chapter were there for an annual rally - the 13th Ghost and Gold Run to Clyde - which also marked its 20th anniversary.

The Otago-Southland chapter is one of six Harley-Davidson Owners' Group, or Hog, organisations in New Zealand and is sponsored by McIver and Veitch dealers in Dunedin.

Established in 1983, Hog now has more than 800,000 members internatioanlly, making it the largest factory-sponsored motorcycle organisation in the world.

Deep South chapter director Doug Wisely, of Invercargill, said the region's freezing, southerly rain did not faze members one bit. Hog-enthusiasts fuelled up on bacon burgers, chips and salad at Blacks Hotel in Ophir, where a special lunch had been put on to mark the occasion.

"When you ride motorbikes, you have to take the weather as it comes, and we've had a very good run," Mr Wisely said.

The group rode to Clyde where they gave rides as a fund-raiser.

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