Bikersnote – Automotive enthusiasts do different ways for their hobby, including those who love Harley-Davidson Police motorcycles in Indonesia: Police Owners Group (POG). Founded in 2017, the group has completed its annual event, POG National Rally 2022, which was held from September 21 to 25, 2022. Under the theme “Hail to the Wave”, POG finds tourism and culinary tourism along its 1,200 Km from Cirebon – Yogyakarta – Malang – Padang Bai – Lombok roads, which offers many views of Indonesia’s coastline and sea.
Beautiful Indonesia tourism to remote areas
The POG National Rally is an annual group activity of this group led by Chief Soni Wibisono. Since its establishment in 2017, POG has completed five national rally trips, all of which took the Jakarta – Bali route, except in 2019 when POG visited Sumatra for the third POG National Rally, and in 2021 when the 4th POG National Rally routed Jakarta – Pangandaran. This year, POG took an exotic one: Cirebon – Yogyakarta – Malang – Padang Bai – Lombok. Along this route, POGers or POG members, explore various Indonesian tourist sites.
For example, on the first day, the journey starts on September 21, 2022, taking the starting point from Kampung Moge, Cirebon. Kampung Moge is one of Cirebon’s automotive hubs that provides one-stop service for bikers such as buying and selling motorbikes, servicing by reliable mechanics and not forgetting, Cirebon culinary tours. Kampung Moge is home to EB Batik Panembahan, a traditional Cirebon batik where Indonesian people and national figures have been painted probably since the 1970s. POG enjoyed an afternoon on a POG Culinary Tour in Purbalingga, Omah Glugu, a restaurant with Central Javanese dishes and a beautiful interior. POG also traveled to cities along the south coast of Java, stopping in Yogyakarta.
The second day, POGers (POG members) enjoyed the unique location of the Southern Cross Road or JJLS Rongkop which divides hills and forests so that it offers beautiful views. Next, POGers enjoy the view of the waves on Soge beach to continue circling the highest mountain in Java and spend the night in the city of Malang. The culinary experience on the second day was at Tiga Dapoer Batavia, Tulungagung, East Java, which carried a blend of three culinary cultures, namely Javanese, Dutch, and Chinese, both in terms of culinary and restaurant design.
On the third day, the chiefs – as POG members call each other – traveled eastwards along the northern coast of Java, passing through the Bali Strait to the port of Ketapang, Banyuwangi, to Gilimanuk, Bali. Indeed, Baluran National Park is one of the unmissable attractions that Banyuwangi has to offer. POGers also spend the night at Padang Bai with views of Bali’s east coast.
Entering the fourth day, the POG proceeded to Lombok via Bali’s Padang Bai port. Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit in Kuta Mandalka, Lombok, the pride of Indonesia’s circuit that saw international riders Miguel Oliviera, Fabio Quartararo and Johann Zarco win the first Indonesian MotoGP in early 2022, is must-see. POGers from various POG chapters in Indonesia then enjoyed lunch with the beautiful silhouette view of Mount Rinjani in the Nusantara Sembalun. After enjoying the ride and enjoying the panoramic view of Lombok beach, the POGers ended the tour by connecting together at Senggigi Beach Hotel in Lombok.
“We are grateful that the Indonesian people can return to being active, although they still have to pay attention to the applicable health protocols, as POGers also do,” said Chief Soni. “In this trip, we hope to be able to participate in increasing the wheel of regional tourism by implementing the 4 pillars of POG, namely touring, charity, gathering and parade,” explained Chief Soni.
Spread discipline and share
In addition to the spirit of tourism in Indonesia, POG also reminds about discipline. One of the unique features of POG is the parade activity. “This is POG’s way of communicating that Harley-Davidson big motorcycle users can also be organized and tidy,” explained Chief Soni. This parade with neat uniforms is not only to look dashing, but also illustrates POGers’ commitment to traffic discipline. “Besides, it turns out to be able to provide entertainment to the surrounding community when we parade,” POG Commander, Dedy Tiyoso, also known as Chief DT, shared the story.
Another passion is about sharing. It is no longer a secret that charity activities are one of the pillars of POG activities. However, the commitment of this group of more than 300 people to charity activities is quite impressive. For example, in this POG National Rally, POG held four charity activities at once, which were carried out in several places where the POG National Rally 2022 passed, namely at Al Muhajirin Mosque, Cirebon, Riyadul Awamil Islamic Boarding School, Kuningan, Darul Ashom Islamic Boarding School, Sleman and Raudatul Husna Islamic Boarding School, Tombok Praya, Central Lombok.
Chief Mochamad Subagia or Chief Gia as the Chairman of the POG National Rally Committee expressed gratitude for the support of all POG members for the charity. “Spontaneously and without much ado, POGers immediately raised funds from their pockets to channel through POG National Rally 2022 activities. We hope it will be beneficial to those who receive it,” concluded Chief Gia. (LND/Image: POG)