III Rivers UK Chapter
No. 9979

Committee

Martin

Martyn Coote
Director
Rides: Roadglide CVO , Pan America & Lowrider S 131
Email: director@iiirivershogchapter.co.uk

I joined the III Rivers on the first day the chapter was formed and have been a member of the committee almost as long. I have held several positions on the committee over the years, Historian, Editor, Head Road Captain, Assistant Director and Director often holding two posts at the same time but throughout I have been a Road Captain. I became Chapter Director in 2004 and I have to say I have not always loved it but I have always enjoyed it and now in my 19th year I look forward to building stronger connections and meeting new friends.

I have been riding bikes for 48 years both on and off the road, and bikes have been the one pastime that I have never stopped loving. If I get the chance I like to go fishing and play Golf. But My CVO Ultra was my 7th Harley-Davidson, I only brought my first Sportster after a fall from a motocross bike left me with a broken collar bone and I decided I best look for a more sedate pastime. I nave just added a new Pan America S to my list of bikes owned and to be honest I am enjoying this bike even more that I thought I would.

My first road bike after having a moped was a Honda K4 I have owned some great bikes over the years one of my favourites being a Triumph Bonnie T140V USA spec. My favourite saying is “If I have to explain it to you, you wouldn’t understand” Owning a Harley-Davidson is like having a never-ending extended family where ever you go in the world and being the Director of III Rivers is an honour. We are a great bunch of people who just love to ride and have a lot of fun why not join in ?

 

Doug

Doug Armstrong – Moose
Assistant Director/Safety Officer
Rides: Ultra Limited CVO 
Email: assistantdirector@iiirivershogchapter.co.uk

I am one of the original chapter members from day one 20 years under my belt.

I have been a hog member for 27 years and life member for 25 years.

My positions within the club have included Assistant Director ( 17 years) safety officer ( 20 years ).

Other positions held were head road captain.

At present I am Assistant Director, Safety officer and road captain.

I have been riding bikes for 56 years my first proper legal bike was a 250cc royal enfield eventually progressing over the years to various Harley Davidson’s.

Hobbies include lots of bike riding golf and fishing.

I enjoy most types of food and drink.

I was born in Newfoundland Canada hence the nick name Moose.

 

Pete La Porte

Pete La-Porte – Greywolf
Treasurer
Rides: Freewheeler
Email: treasurer@iiirivershogchapter.co.uk

A ‘’born again’’ biker that’s me. I have been riding bikes, on and off, for 50+ years having started riding on my Dad’s ‘Raleigh Supermatic Moped’ at 16yrs. By 17, I’d bought a cheap 1950s BSA Bantam 125. Then having been given a 1960s Bantam (minus engine), a quick engine transplant resulted in a newer bike to ride and pass my test. At 18, I P/Xd the Bantam for a late 1960s Triumph Speed Twin 3TA which I rode for about 3 years before progressing to the 500 & 650 Triumph models until giving up 2 wheels for 4, to transport a family.I my late teens I used to visit Santa Pod’s Drag Raceway where I drooled over the sound and size of American engines. It was also where I first fell in love with the distinctive sound of the Harley Davidson motorcycle.After 2 families and some 30+ years later, having returned to singleton status, I felt it was time to return to 2 wheels. I purchased my 1st Harley Davison in May 2008 from Oxford HD, it was a 1584cc 2007 Street Glide upon which I rode some 40K miles until I wrecked it in a RTA in 2014. Luckily, I had previously seen a couple of Road Glides at Newmarket HD, and with a quick call from my hospital bed I reserved a 1804cc 2013 CVO Road Glide.I joined III Rivers in January 2011 following the demise of the Essex Chapter. In 2014 I took the reins of Membership Secretary for 2 years and in 2016 I stepped in as Treasurer, after the existing Treasurer stepped down. I also volunteered for a role as a Road Captain in the 2017 season and have led a few rides.My longest ride to date is when I completed Route 66 in 2013 covering 2627.5 miles from Chicago to Santa Monica, which culminated in me paddling in Santa Monica Bay on my 67th birthday. I returned the following year for the Sturgis Rally.My best ride to date has to be last year’s ride (2017) when 7 of us from III Rivers started in Rapid City, South Dakota taking in all the sights of Sturgis (Badlands, Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, Spearfish Canyon & Devils Tower), before riding west and over the Beartooth Highway (US 212) into Yellowstone for 3 days exploration, then returning to Rapid City via Jackson Hole, Riverton, Casper & Custer (2235 miles). The never ending vistas on this road trip just blew my mind, not forgetting the company

 

Graham Cross

Graham Cross
Head Road Captain
Rides: Road King Classic FLHRC. & Pan America 
Email: roadcaptain@iiirivershogchapter.co.uk

I have been a member of III Rivers since 2014 and I can say with all my Heart that it was one of my life’s good choices .Its up there with some other good choices such as joining the British Army , Meeting and Marrying my wife Debbie and later on joining the Police Service. 33 Years of Uniformed service has given me a positive perspective on life which has only been enhanced by being a club member and riding my Motorcycles . I have been riding since the age of 15 when I would borrow my mums Puch maxi and ride it around the woods near my home .Many other bikes followed and I passed my test in 1992 on an Army Armstrong 500 .I currently ride a 2012 Road King classic which was a retirement gift to myself in 2015 and I am also lucky enough to own a Pan American which has allowed me to continue riding throughout the winter months . Taking over the role of Head Road Captain from Big Al Fether is an Honour and I hope I can be as effective and inspiring as he was. I am always open to new ideas and rides for the benefit of the Chapter.
I look forward to riding with you all in the future
“Non ducor duco”

 

Steve West

Steve West
Head Road Captain
Rides: Street Glide CVO & Pan America 
Email: roadcaptain@iiirivershogchapter.co.uk

Hi, I’m Steve, AKA Streetglidesteve

Married to Yvonne 42 years, 2 sons 3 grandsons. All ride motorcycles. !!! its in the blood First bike 1975, Yamaha DT175. Bought 2nd hand in 76. Then a 250 RD Yamaha. Etc.
Bought my first Harley from Taggers in 2002. Been Hooked ever since,
Its not just the ride, Its who you ride with and the friends you make along the road.!!
No other club brings riders together like the HD Family.
Been in and around hog chapters for all this time and hooked up with III Rivers 2 years ago. Owned several Harleys, Currently ride CVO Streetglide & Pan America.
Ridden all over Europe , Arizona old “route 66” & Florida and met some great people along the way.

 

Paul Davies

Paul Davies
Membership Officer & Photographer
Rides: Road King 2003 Anniversary, 2016 Street Glide CVO & Pan America 
Email: membershipofficer@iiirivershogchapter.co.uk

I had my old faithful 250 BSA C15 in 1978, then after a 34 year gap without a bike, in 2012 I decided it was time to realise my dream of owning a Harley Davidson and bought myself a 2003 Anniversary Road King. The bike frightened the life out of me due to its size, and I thought that If I didn’t join a group I knew it would stay in the garage gathering dust so I joined the Three Rivers HOG, along with my wife, in 2013 and haven’t looked back. I am also an avid collector of all things Harley (much to my wife’s annoyance) and have now added a CVO Street Glide to my collection, hopefully allowing me the time to work on my dream of doing up my Road King.

 

Ian Clayton

Ian Clayton
Web Master
Rides: Custom 2019 Lowrider 
Email: webmaster@iiirivershogchapter.co.uk
 

David Hamilton

David Hamilton
Magazine Editor
2023 Roadglide
Email: editor@iiirivershogchapter.co.uk

Growing up, I always thought it would be cool to ride a motorbike, but for one reason or another it took me till I was 47 to finally get round to doing it. I had never been on a bike before, and boy did I wish I had done it earlier. After passing my test I got onto a sports bike, but the heavy metal, hard rock DNA had me craving a Harley. In came a 2019 Lowrider, which I quickly upgraded to a 2020 Ultra Limited and in March 2023 I took delivery of my Gunship Grey Road Glide – best bike ever!!  I joined III Rivers in 2019 and enjoy everything that comes with it, from being out on the road to the social events.

Victoria Hamilton

Vicky Hamilton
Social Media Officer
Rides: 2023 Sportglide
Email: socialmedia@iiirivershogchapter.co.uk

After being a pillion for a year, I took the bull by the horns and started riding myself in 2019. My first bike was a Honda Rebel, which gave me more confidence as a first-time rider. David at this point was already cruising around on his Lowrider and I soon came to my senses and got my lovely sportster!  The Sportster was the perfect first Harley to learn with and gain my confidence.  I started riding more and heading out on longer rides, so it was time to change bikes and I am now riding my beautiful Sport Glide.  Joining III Rivers has been one of the best things we have done, and I love meeting up on ride outs, going to places I never would have done before and having the support of a bigger family. If I’d had been told 5 years ago, I would be riding a motorbike, let alone a Harley and being part of an amazing community, I would never have believed it. It’s awesome!!

Big Al

Allen Fether – Big Al
Ride Auditor
Rides: Road King Classic.

I started riding bikes at the tender age of 15, (yes it was illegal then too). In those days, my bikes were either reclaimed write-offs, or built from ‘obtained’ spare parts. Consequently I cannot remember anything that was even shiny let alone new but, I had many enjoyable years riding, and perhaps is why I now have a fondness for ‘Rat-bikes’. All things must come to an end; and after noticing that girls have some,’ interesting features’, riding bikes almost completely disappeared and around 30 years went by in the ‘blink-of-an-eye’. And now I have adult children that are all older than me and far cleverer…… and a lovely lady that clings to me on the pillion seat……

In the summer of 2004 I found myself looking at ‘Taggers’ HD in Watford, and stepped inside, the first time in my life that I had ever been inside a Harley dealership. And it wasn’t long before the sales reps were introducing me to the world of Harley Davison……

Realising my riding was more than a little rusty, and before parting with any of my ‘hard-earned’ for one of these half ton monsters, I signed-up for some training with a local bike school, mostly to see if I still liked riding —- ‘it was like coming back home’, excited and getting the ‘thumbs-up’ from the head instructor, I signed up on a 3 day course at Riders Edge in mid Wales. Probably one of my better ideas, as I can only describe it as, fantastic! By this time it was November and the roads in Wales were covered in snow and ice but, the ex-Police instructors were ‘business as usual’, and with a choice of almost any Harley, they put me thru their paces, both out on the road and around the private estate. I had an absolutely brilliant time and learnt ‘shed-loads’. Terrible shame, HD discontinued it a couple of years later.

After several more visits to ‘Taggers’, and an endless stream of questions, the sales reps energetic enthusiasm had noticeably waned, so to avoid any suicides, I finally decided on the bike for me, and after parting up with what seemed like my entire pension fund, I rode home on a brand spanking new Road King Classic. It was a good choice and served me well, so well in fact, I am now on my third Road King Classic.

 

 

Andrea Casey 
Events Coordinator 
Rides:

 

Brandon Hall

 

Brandon Hall
Dealership Rep
Rides:

 

 
Wayne Casey

 

Wayne Casey
Charity Officer
Rides: – Softail Delux 
Email: charityofficer@iiirivershogchapter.co.uk

 

 
Steve Gallagher

 

Steve Gallagher
Member Rep
Rides: Softail custom and Street Glide Special

I have been riding motor bikes since I was sixteen years old, both on the track and the road.
Over the years I have owned some great bikes but have always aspired to own a Harley Davidson at some point.
I made a promise to myself that before I was fifty that I would, but sadly had to wait another year. Now at fifty-one and having the funds I have been able to go and fulfil my promise. My first Harley-Davidson ended up being a Softail custom. Now I needed to find a club to join…. a friend of mine had mentioned about joining my local H.O.G. chapter, this sounded like a great idea!!!!
So, I joined III Rivers and I have been a member for four years now and have not looked back.
It has been a blast and great fun, meeting new friends, going out on club ride outs, and helping at club events.
The Chapter is a very welcoming and friendly and does a lot of charity fund raising. So, after a trip to France with the Chapter in 2019 thinking of how much I enjoyed it I thought I would start looking for another Harley Davidson to go touring on, so now I am proud owner of a Street Glide Special. To be asked to join the committee at the end of 2020 to be the members representative is great honour for me.
So, if there is anything that you would like put forward to the Committee just let me know and I will try to help in any way I can.

 
Tony Jones

 

Tony Jones
Member Rep
Rides: 2003 Fatboy Anniversary
Nickname: Tombstone

Joined the chapter in 2004 when I bought a Road King from Taggers  dealership in Watford,  

It went well with the American cars I have had, 28 in Total.

Sign writer by trade but expanded into producing all kinds of graphics and having a Ltd company for 33 years, closed that in 2017, but as I have a vinyl cutter and design station at home I’m still doing the odd bit.

Love being part of the III River Chapter.

 

 

Philip Angel 
Member Rep
Rides:

 

 

Jo

Jo Allen
Sectary
Rides: On the back of Martyn’s Roadglide.
Email: secretary@iiirivershogchapter.co.uk

Hi my name is Jo Allen and until 8 years ago I had never been on a bike let alone a Harley-Davidson.

When Martyn said that we were going out on his bike I dreaded it but 5 years later 3 trips around the USA and 20,000 miles around the uk and Europe I guess I am a Biker.

I became the Chapter Secretary to try and shorten the committee meetings 5 years ago, I guess that’s a work in Progress…

 

Tracy Common
Ladies of Harley
Rides:
Email: loh@iiirivershogchapter.co.uk
 
 
I joined III rivers 2 years ago and  straight away was made so welcome by an amazing group of people.
I only started riding motorcycles 5 years ago after being a pillion for a year. My motorcycle choice was always going to be a Harley Davidson.
After passing my test in the December the following September I took part in the sparkle tour which saw a group of ladies Harley riders toured parts of the uk. After that weekend I was smitten.
 

You can also contact the committee on the following email address. committee@iiirivershogchapter.co.uk