Old bikes in Elizabeth St Melbourne

I took a stroll around the Elizabeth St motorcycle precinct Saturday morning. Travelled by car as it was a cold, wet winter’s morning. There were lots of shiny things to look at as always, but what caught my eye was that one of the biggest dealerships had some old motorcycles on display and some were actually for sale. Well, really only for sale if you are prepared to suspend reality and take their prices seriously!

This Z1R caught my eye first as we used to have one the same as this. Its condition was actually not as good as the pic makes it appear. The tank was well rubbed and much of the metal was pitted. $20K price tag.

How I’d love a Z900. This is a Z1A – 1973 model. $25K price tag. For comparison, a  brand new MV Agusta is $22K ride away.

Now I’ve heard about automatic Hondas in the past, but never seen one. This wasn’t for sale.

A registered RC30 Honda

A couple of Triumph Rickman desert racers

And some real oldies!

Not surprisingly, I didn’t make a purchase!

It wasn’t like they said….

Fog then fine and sunny was the forecast. Well, not where we went, though we started in sunshine. It lasted about 10 mins then we rode in fog for 20 min. After that it was overcast, then drizzly, then foggy and drizzly, then sunny, then raining! The whole time it remained a sunny winter’s day in Geelong – just as forecast!

We had a great ride nevertheless.375 kms is pretty good for a winter’s day in these parts. Our route – Geelong to Timboon via Colac. Timboon to Apollo Bay via Port Campbell, the 12 Apostles and Lavers Hill – some of that GOR leg was in fog and drizzle.

Timboon – they make stuff in this

But Mitch bought this …. Actually it was only 11.00am, so we all had hot chocolates to drink

Some fans. Marty’s relieved to have some respite! “She could talk under wet cement” is the phrase that comes to mind!

She’s still talking! …..get those earplugs in Mitch!

Apollo Bay for lunch

A ’57 I think. It sounded so sweet. A sensational V8 rumble as they took off.

Mitch headed home via the GOR, Marty and I went visiting, then headed home via Forrest with a stop at the brewery, though nothing but hot chocolates passed our lips. Despite some wet roads and less than ideal conditions, we had a sensational day of riding.

 

Winter sun

My neigbour Mitch joined Marty and I for a run through the Otways in glorious winter sunshine. It was 2C at our first stop at Gellibrand when these shots were taken.

The Helibar riser blocks were a great success. I was really comfortable with the bars being just that little higher and certainly I wouldn’t want to be any more upright. I suspect that a taller person might have an issue with wind blast from the fairing, but for me it was fine.