Maldon

As many holiday makers are heading for the coast, we decided to head inland for a change. It was a magnificent mild summer’s day in the mid 20’s. We had lunch in the historic goldfields town of Maldon, having travelled via Blackwood, Trentham, Daylesford & Castlemaine. We left reasonably early & were home by mid afternoon. Approx 330 kms under blue skies. I will add a map when I get a chance later.


Stopped under some nice shady trees.

Drink, defrag & admire the motorcycles in Highton.

Visit to Tiger Angel

On Thursday 20 Dec Marty & I went to the Tiger Angel factory showroom for him to collect the jacket built to his specifications. Whilst the ‘shopfront” is not that impressive, the critical thing about Tiger Angel is the excellent quality leathers that they manufacture and the personalised service from Steve Howden (the owner) and his assistant Julie. Oh, and the smell of new leather is brilliant! They have an excellent web site (see my links) where you can design your own colour scheme and custom features for your gear. Julie also mentioned that our VFR800 riding mate Terry had been in on Monday to collect his new pants.

Race leathers after 275 kph get off. Nothing beats the abrasion resistance of leather.
Nice jacket Marty.

Here are some pics of the world’s 2nd best motorcycle leathers – it’s just a bloody long way from Aust to pick up though!

On the 8th day of summer …..

Some grumpy old men went riding – except they weren’t actually grumpy at all! They were very happy as they had all the ingredients for a grand day of motorcycling – perfect weather, twisty roads, mates and each had their motorcycle of choice!

Andy from Ballarat, Jules, and Marty (who was just back from China) left from Geelong to hook up at Steve’s near Colac. The 4 of us travelled to Lavers Hill for an early lunch. We then went along the GOR to Apollo Bay, then on to Lorne. Pulled up at the Grand Pacific Hotel with its million dollar views. Didn’t have any booze, just Cokes. We then headed inland to Deans Marsh, where we split up & headed home. It was a great mixture of riding and socializing amongst old and valued friends.

Some motorcycles.
Steve’s Commando
Andy & Commando


Relaxing in Lorne on the veranda of the Pacific Hotel – believe it or not, but not a single drop of oil was left in the car park!.

This is the Manx replica I was telling you about Steve.

From Bernie Allen

Hot notherly



Day 2 (date stamp is wrong) of summer turned out to be pretty damned hot! It always seems worse when a hot day comes out of the blue after quite a cool week. I just went for a quick spin to Gellibrand via Deans Marsh. It was quite a contrast to last weekend’s riding. I took a few pics on the way there – here is a few of them.

There were lots of bikes out today.

Now that I’m home it’s 33C here by the coast. It felt hotter inland around Colac, especially in full leathers!
It struck me that the VFR is quite a narrow bike when viewed from behind.

Had a chat with a couple in Gellibrand – him on the ZZR1200 & her on the Sprint. Nice folks who invited me to ride back to Colac with them.