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

6 thoughts on “Post Christmas Otways run

  1. Hi Jules, Great post as usual and thanks for the images. Your friend has certainly created a work of art with his restored Norton. I am very envious! Ride Safely and all the Best for the New Year. Cheers, Raymond

    • Thanks Raymond. Steve has a number of old motorcycles and has an affection for Nortons, of which he has three. He and Andy are both very skillful in manufacturing components on their lathes and Steve actually manufactured the pushrods for that motor himself!

      My next ride is our traditional New Years Day ride, which will include two Norton Commandos – actually probably only one this year as I’m hoping Andy will ride his recently purchased GT550 Suzuki.

      Best wishes for the New Year Raymond and ride safe in 2015. Enjoy that new motorcycle!

      Cheers Jules.

  2. love that carving
    the way you speak there is more than one at that place
    will have to get there and look at those
    great work on the resto of the bike
    bet he has much pride when they start and he can ride them
    great stuff

    • A couple of big old Cyprus trees were lopped and the chainsaw artist created two big sculptures. They have only been there for a short while. I’m envious of the mechanical and machine shop skills that my mates have to get these old bikes restored and keep them running.

  3. Nice pic of the prickly moses bus.
    How did the ride on the norton go Jules. I bet you were a bit tentative riding it seeing its vintage, I hate to break something that had just been restored.

    Happy new year mate and safe riding in 2015.

    • Steve, I hope that your Christmas went well. The bus is actually a double decker, so it’s quite a big machine.I think that Otway Estate must really depend on the beer production financially as their wine doesn’t get much of a mention now.

      The old Norton was a treat to ride, but you’d have to be a better mechanic than I am to own one!

      Best wishes and ride safe in 2015!

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