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.