More than 2,000 Harley-Davidson riders rode into Goa to participate in the 6th annual India H.O.G. Rally in Goa from February 1-3, 2018. The Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) members from across 30 chapters rode into Goa, to also mark 115 years of the brand, which was celebrated as part of the H.O.G. Rally. Spread over three days, the event saw live performances by popular local bands, as well as performances by Valentine Shipley and Lucky Ali to the commemorative spirit of the brand's milestone 115th year.
"Popularly known as H.O.G., the Harley Owners Group is the world's original social network with over a million members worldwide. H.O.G. plays a pivotal role in fuelling Harley-Davidson's lifestyle and culture in India. The enthusiastic participation is a testimony to the brand's influence in the motorcycle community in India. The camaraderie among the riders celebrating their passion for motorcycling and love for Harley-Davidson is inspiring for us to continue hosting bigger and better rallies," said Peter Mackenzie, Managing Director, Harley-Davidson India and China.
H.O.G. members also displayed customised motorcycles stamped with their individual style at the Custom Bike Contest. The 6th India H.O.G. rally also welcomed the Dragon Chapter Bhutan whose members rode into Goa to be a part of their first India H.O.G. Rally. The India H.O.G. Rally also honours members and their achievements on the road. The Big 5 is given to members who have attended all the five H.O.G. rallies held in the year. The Triple 5 is a medal felicitated to riders who have done three consecutive Big 5s, and the 21/365 pin and patch are given to riders who have traversed the length and breadth of 21 states across the country within a span of 365 days. For the first time, a new recognition called Club 100 was awarded to members who have completed over 1,00,000 km on their Harley-Davidson motorcycles.
The Harley Owners Group is the official riding club of Harley-Davidson that offers a wide range of member benefits, membership options and events. The H.O.G. has one million members around the world. Despite falling sales in the US, Harley-Davidson India is the leading big bike brand in India, and the brand continues to generate a lot of interest among motorcycle lovers. For 2018, Harley-Davidson has updated its Softail range with all-new four-valve per cylinder Milwaukee-Eight engines, new suspension and updated styling, In India, the Harley-Davidson Street 750 is the largest selling Harley-Davidson model.