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 10.am 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.

Procrastinators’ day out

The West Coast Procrastinators met for our annual first of January ride and AGM. Marty and I left Geelong in overcast conditions and arrived at Steve’s place (near Colac) to find Andy and Steve raring to go. This year Andy had brought his recently purchased 1973 GT 550 Suzuki along instead of his usual mount, a ’69 Norton Commando. Both Andy and I had owned 1972 models when we were in our teens. After New Year handshakes, a picture of the motorcycles and some banter we headed off to Timboon, Vic.

Steve’s Commando

Andy’s “new” Suzuki GT550.

Marty and my Kawasaki ZX14R’s

Unfortunately we were not that many kilometers down the road when Andy’s bike suffered a “failure to proceed”. Andy has not restored this bike and it illustrates the potential pitfalls of purchasing an already “restored” bike that has been restored by someone of unknown capability.

I took Andy back to Steve’s, where Andy had his car and trailer and he was able to load the stricken Suzuki and then continue on for lunch at the Timboon hotel.

After a few fleeting showers of rain in the morning the return trip was in sunny conditions. We stuck to a series of back roads and avoided the traffic associated with a public holiday and the general 12 Apostles area.

It was another grand ride to start 2015 with for three of the Procrastinators. However, it was still a great way to commence a new year for all four.

Post Christmas Otways run

Yesterday I took a ride through the Otways in beautiful weather conditions. I stopped in at Otway Estate, the home of Prickly Moses beer, saw the chainsaw carvings at Beech Forest, then backtracked down through the twisties to Colac where I visited my parents’ graves, and then dropped in on an old mate and had a ride on his nearly completed restoration of a 1938 Norton model 18 (pic is Steve who built this bike). What a thrill to ride a 76 yr old motorcycle!

Would you like to hear this machine running? Just click on the YouTube clip below

To view some high resolution pictures CLICK HERE

Speed Trials 2014 (Geelong Revival)

The weather conditions were perfect today for day 1 of the Geelong Revival – more commonly known as the Speed Trials. There were not many bikes competing today, but there were lots of interesting machines – both cars and motorcycles. A sample below

Paul Hallam, aboard the Hunwick Hallam.

Quite a few more high resolution pics HERE

I recommend that you click on ‘Slideshow’ once you get to the site.

A wet track day at the Island

I went to PI to catch up with fellow blogger Chillertek and his mates who were down from Sydney to do two consecutive track days. Unfortunately the Island’s notoriously fickle weather came to the fore and really made it difficult. Geoff at least got out for a couple of laps on a wet track with his road tyres, however, there was no way Steve was going to get out on the track on his R1 with (brand new) slicks fitted. It was still good to catch up with Steve, meet Geoff, Stuart and Rick and also to see how a track day works.

I was surprised at the number of people from NSW who’d come to this event. I really felt sorry for them that the weather had been so cruel. After beautiful, sunny weather on Sunday, a change came through overnight and Monday turned out to be wet and stormy. I spoke to the fella with the ZX10 pictured below as I was leaving the track and he’d just shelled out $660 to have a set of full wet race tyres fitted so that he could a least get some track time, rather than drive all the way back to Maitland (NSW) without having even been out.  He’d only booked for the Monday session.

As I drove home in the car and encountered a couple of storms of absolutely biblical proportions I was so glad that I hadn’t ridden there on the ZX14!

Some more pics HERE