Melton riders expo

More of a forum than an expo. The best part was stunt rider Lukey Luke’s performance.

I had a chat to the owner of the coolest bike around at present – the supercharged Kawasaki H2 .

Victorian helmet standards amended

From 6 Aug 2015 the helmet standard for Victoria has been amended to include European standard ECE 22.05 (or any later version of that standard). Here is a link to the Vic Roads web site with the details CLICK HERE It’s backdated to June 2000 according to the Gov.t Gazette.

There has been some intense lobbying behind the scenes and Qld and Vic have moved with the times and with safety data. My understanding is that the Aus / NZ 1698 standard results in heavier, more rigid helmets due to our requirement for resistance to puncture with a sharp object for the top of the helmet. This outdated requirement is not required in other countries. So common sense and safety have prevailed. What will the implications of this be for private importing and pricing?

Some of the legal argy bargy that has been going on regarding motorcyclists being booked for having tinted visors or GoPro cameras attached to helmets. The cases have all been withdrawn as I understand it.

An article from Motorbike Writer well worth reading is at the link HELMET CAMERA CASE


A new low ….

… temp for me to start a ride in this morning!

I wound up doing around 365 kms for the day, all in sub 7 C temps.

Lunch at the Moto-Bean cafe Malmsbury, (see prior post) then later that day at Mt Alexander with the Ulysses Club members. Fellow Ulyssian from Melbourne (and former prolific blogger) Raymond Herd met us at Ballan for morning tea and then rode to the cafe with us. Just as we were leaving when another friend and Ulyssian from Bendigo, Rob H, showed up. Sorry we didn’t really get a chance to have much of a chat Rob!

Rob’s Victory has a heated seat as well as grips. A luxury touring machine.

Grassy’s new Honda CTX 1300

Unfortunately it was a boring run home from Newstead onwards, however, I wanted to get us back as quickly as possible as the temperature had remained under 8C for virtually all of the trip and there were a couple of new riders who were feeling the pinch with the combination of the distance and cool temps.


Freezing but fine

I took a solo run today to scout out a ride that I’m leading in a couple of weeks time. The average temp for the day was around 5C, and was hovering around 3C for quite a while in the early am. All up it was around 415 kms, which was about 50 kms too much in those low temps! Just a few pic for now but some more words to follow.

The Moto Bean cafe

Big barn doors for running cars into the building.

A juicy burger. Not cheap at $17.50 though.

A view from Mt Alexander, near Harcourt Vic. A chilly 3C – 4C up there. Great views of orchards on the ride in and of vineyards on the ride out.

Broadford Bike Bonanza 2015

I took my annual trip to the Broadford Bike Bonanza on Easter Sunday. It was a perfect autumn day for the event with no wind, plenty of sunshine and the temp around 22C. A friend of mine, Tim K, has come back to classic racing after a 20 plus year break and is in the process of shaking down a T500 Suzuki that he has recently rebuilt. So this was the first time for me to see his Suzuki in action, which was great and it always adds interest when someone you know is on the circuit. His Dad is an old hero of mine (see A Familiar Voice) and I was expecting to see him as well, however, he had some bike trouble on Saturday and didn’t stick around for Sunday. I arrived around and things were in full swing. The theme for this year was former Bathurst racers.

Below is a selection of some bikes that took my fancy.

Tim K aboard the T500 Suzuki

TK 09 (2)

‘Beak’ on the former John Woodley Suzuki.

A well-used, road going Norvin, with South Australian rego. I wonder if it was ridden here?

I still love the style of the beautiful Honda CB750 Four engine, shown to advantage below

Speaking of old Honda 750’s, Paul Kerlin in the pic below had traveled all the way from Emerald in Qld to show his wares. He makes cast pistons for the Honda 750cc motors and was very generous with his time talking to me. His business is Kerly’s Custom Connection, however, I don’t think he has a website.

How’s this for stepping back in time. I didn’t hear it running but I’m told it started first kick.

I saw this lady being photographed and wondered who she was. Tim knew that she is Peggy Hyde, a 1970’s road racer with considerable ability. It’s really well worth reading about her in this AMCN article HERE. Better still, listen to her at THIS LINK

I’ve posted a gallery of pics HERE. I advise clicking on ‘Slideshow’ when you get to the page.

Those who know me, know of my love of the mighty Vespa, so I will finish with a pic of two of them!


Not much riding lately . . .

…and then a small window of opportunity presented itself!

OK, first time posting via the iPad, so let’s see how it goes. I might just compress recent events into one post.

On Sunday 15 March I had the pleasure of meeting up with Raymond from the famous sandgropher blog. He’s another motorcycle blogger friend who I’ve finally met. He’s an absolute gentleman with a wealth of life and motorcycling experience. We had a great chat over coffee before he departed on the first leg of another around Australia motorcycle trip. I’d encourage you to get over to his site and follow the journey.

Sandgropher’s well tested touring setup.

Actually, I’m getting ahead of myself as I’ve been on a couple of rides with the Geelong branch of the Ulysses Club. Late February we ventured to Ararat for a tour of the old asylum for the criminally insane, known as J-Ward. It was quite a hot day to cover over 470kms all up, but a really enjoyable ride and such an interesting, though tragic place to visit. And yes, there were straight jackets, shackles and vintage ECT machines on display there.

Thanks ‘Gentle‘ for leading a brilliant run.

Fast forward to Wednesday 15th March and I went on another mid-week Club run down to Timboon for lunch. It’s a great day ride destination from Geelong, although we didn’t return via the GOR as I would do if riding solo.

Below is a pic of Jimbo, who also enjoys a bit of motorcycle camping and touring and has over 100,000 kms on the odometer of his 6 yr old Harley.

OK, last Friday I went on a solo run to the Malmsbury Moto-Bean cafe to scout out a route to lead a mid week club ride next month. I switched the GPS to twisty roads mode and it led me on a brilliant route via some back roads that I’ve never been along before. Now, I’m hoping I’ve saved the route because I may not remember all the twists and turns. I visited here for the first time in August last year and you can read about that trip HERE. I departed from my usual choice of a burger and opted for a tasty steak sanger instead.

I came across this lovely old sign on a tin shed at Dean and couldn’t resist a pic of the ZX14 in front of it.

Also passed by the Mt Mercer wind farm on my convoluted route home.

Some more high res pics from my Malmsbury run, CLICK HERE

Just about up to date now. Last Sunday was another Ulysses run to the Williamstown “Bikes by the Bay” show, which Mrs Tarsnakes accompanied me on. It was a pretty small turn out of Ulyssians as many of the club members were heading of to the Ulysses AGM at Wodonga the next morning. A few pics from the event below and a bunch of high res pics HERE.

That’s not so bad for a fella who hasn’t been riding much lately! The ZX14 has just has its 24K kms service and is 18 months old.

Beezas at Ballan

Despite a few rides with the Geelong Ulysses Club, it’s been an age since I last posted. Mrs T and I attended an event at the Ballan (Vic) horse racetrack today which involved historic trucks & cars, traction engines, a tractor pull, model aircraft, and motorcycles. More specifically it was the President’s Day of the BSA Owners Assoc of Vic. Below is a smattering of vehicles of interest. An aspect that I liked was that many of the BSA’s were ridden to the event rather than trailered and consequently looked appropriately ‘used’.

Lots more high resolution pictures CLICK HERE

Actually the turn out of BSA’s wasn’t that great, but there were plenty of other interesting motorcycles to look at.

And below is a completely unrelated pic of me in Clunes (Vic) a few weeks ago. Unfortunately it’s very low res.

Pic courtesy of John Cook.