AFL grand final day turned out to be a great Spring day for riding. Marty and I headed off around 9.30am for our first decent ride in months. We did the Geelong, backroads to Colac, then GOR from Laver’s Hill, Apollo Bay to Lorne, then inland back to Geelong. Approx 320ks with lots of good curves.

Marty’s mint ZX9R


First stop at Gellibrand store.

His and her bikes at Lorne (Vic) in front of the famous Arab restaurant. These belong to a couple who I’ve previously met whilst riding in the Otways. Friendly and only too happy to have a chat – typical of motorcyclists really.

Just had a short Sunday morning run along the Ocean Road to Lorne to scrub the new tyre in. Went home via Dean’s Marsh. Saw a nice example of a R90S parked at Martians cafe. Despite the sunshine it was as windy as hell and not really a great day for riding. I’m hoping for better weather next Saturday as I usually like to take a nice long road trip on AFL grand final day! Gale force wind forecast for the next day or so.

I got a new rear tyre on the VFR this week. It’s another Michelin Pilot Road 2, which is dual compound; softer on the edges and harder in the centre. The last one had did just under 9K kilometers and still had a few more ks in it, but as I’m off to Phillip Island for the MotoGP in a couple of weeks time I wanted new rubber.

The Road 2 is a sport-touring tyre, and in combination with a Pilot Power front has proved to be a excellent combination on the VFR. It offers great durability with excellent grip and still reasonably fast turn in. Unfortunately the PR 2’s have been in short supply in Oz, I guess because of the Northern hemisphere summer. Thanks again to Peter Whelan at Road & River Motorcycles for excellent, personalised service.