A week into Spring and it was a perfect day to do a loop of the Otways. My route was from Geelong to Deans Marsh and then on to Gellibrand for a drink and a chat with Paul who had just returned from 6 weeks of riding in Europe on his brand new KTM 690. From Gellibrand I headed up to Lavers Hill then along the Great Ocean Road. I went to the pier to eat my lunch and watched a commercial fishing boat being pulled out of the water. From Apollo Bay I headed to Skenes Creek and then turned inland to return home via Forrest. A great ride in near perfect conditions – sunshine, dry roads and virtually no traffic.
The Antique Motorcycle Club of Australia is a club for owners of pre-1930 motorcycles. Their AGM and associated ride out was held today and I was able to ride to the Wallace Hotel (Vic) to catch up with Tom K (1927 Scott Flying Squirrel) and Tim K aboard his Dad’s 1930 Scott. It was a terrific opportunity photograph some beautiful old machines in motion. These bikes are ridden and enjoyed.
Lots more pics in my gallery. Click HERE to view them.
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After coffee at Winchelsea with a group of 11 riders, 5 opted to follow Geoff to a little cafe at Lake Purrumbete, at an out of the way spot near Camperdown (Vic). Geoff led us on a scenic route around the lakes out of Colac and then it was a short run up the highway to Lake Purrumbete. We came home via Cressy, Shelford and Inverleigh. A great run of around 300kms in sunny conditions with temps between 9C and 12C.
Geoff’s new T120 (1200) Bonneville
Halls Gap was the destination for the Geelong Ulysses Club branch Sunday long ride. A couple of days prior the weather forecast looked pretty bad with showers and cold winds forecast. However, after showers on Saturday it appeared that it wouldn’t rain again until Sunday night, although it would be quite a cold day. Eight of us gathered at Waurn Ponds Maccas for the ride led by Rob V and we then met up with another three at Bannockburn. The temp was hovering around 7-8C, until we hit some fog which made things difficult for quite a few kilometres, and the temp halved to around 4C in the fog. I cranked up my heated grips to keep my hands nice and toasty. The plan was for morning tea at Skipton, where we would be joined by the Ballarat Branch and the Grampians Branch – having ridden down (from Stawell) to meet us. Phil and Tanya met us at Skipton, boosting the Geelong Branch representation to 13, pretty good for a long ride (500kms) just a few days before the winter solstice.
It was a lovely day in Halls Gap and we all headed off to various eating spots, although the bakery proved to be the firm favourite – so good were the pasties that some went back for seconds! We socialised a bit and then said our farewells to the Ballarat and Stawell folk and saddled up for the ride home.
By this time the temp was around 13C and we rode quite a scenic route out. I noticed a mob of ‘roos and some emus in a paddock just as we left town and fortunately they were the only ones I spotted. Rob led us down the Yarram Gap Rd to Derrinallum via Vite Vite. At Derrinallum Foles was waiting for us, having ridden down from Wannon on his new BMW F800GS.
From here we made a good pace down the Hamilton Hwy to Inverleigh, where the ride finished. I had a really enjoyable day of riding. It was 515 kms all up which is a long day in low temperatures, made a little more challenging in the morning by icy fog. However, everyone had suitable gear for the conditions and we had an enjoyable, incident free ride with great comraderie within our groups and with the two other branches who joined us for some of the ride. Again, well done to Rob for planning and leading the ride and to Phil as TEC.
We were invited to a four day ride, staying in Mirboo North for three nights. The weather forecast was for excellent riding conditions for Friday and Saturday, a wet change with significant rain for Sunday and possible showers on Monday.
Well we made the best of the first two days completing 385kms (from our home) on Friday and about 370 kms on Saturday. Mrs T did really well riding pillion over these distances on a bike that is not very well suited for a pillion. Sunday dawned with drizzle that turned to showers and set in for the day. So Sunday was spent with some walking in the morning, including a visit to the famous ‘Inline-Four Café’, and an afternoon and evening by the open fire at the Mirboo North Golf Club – which they kindly opened for our use. Monday we headed for home on greasy roads and the threat of rain. When we pulled up for morning tea and consulted the rain radar the decision was made to cancel the ride home via the hills and take the highway home. As we hit the Monash it started to rain a little and just prior to the tunnel we were pummelled by a cold change, with pelting rain, gusty winds and generally treacherous conditions out over the Westgate Bridge and on the freeway back to Geelong.
All up it was a brilliant long weekend of just on 1000 kms door to door for us. Thanks to Ron (AKA Gentle) for all his work in planning the ride routes, organising the accommodation and generally ‘herding cats’ with good humor.
A diverse range of motorcycles
A great bunch of people – pictured here at Port Albert
Attack of the seagulls – aided by a handful of chips lofted into the air!
Coal Creek at Korumburra http://www.coalcreekvillage.com.au/
Mural at Mirboo North servo
Dodging the rain on Sunday at the Golf Club, which was kindly opened for our exclusive use
For quite a few years now we’ve headed to the Bike Bonanza at Broadford, and this year was going to be ‘make or break’ having left a bit disappointed last year. It was actually an excellent event which we thoroughly enjoyed, so I dare say that we will be back again next Easter. The road bike themes for this year were Moto Guzzi and Aussie Superbikes. Dorothy just loves 1970’s Le Mans Guzzi’s and has always lusted after one. The feature Guzzi was the 500CC V8 racer, which proved pretty temperamental to get running and we didn’t see it on the track at all. There were, however, two other V8 motorcycles present, the Drysdale 750 (see video at the end) and a PGM 2 litre. John Kaiser who has been the mechanic I go to for many years was there with his Kawasaki Z900 and friend Tim Kingston brought his T500 Suzuki along for a run. There were lots of old Pommie bikes in addition to the Guzzi’s, however, I most relate to 1970’s Japanese superbikes. A selection of pics below, but hundreds at this link BBB
JK getting a knee down
Highly desirable Norton 650 SS
The V8 Moto Guzzi being difficult
Quite by chance I was invited to the opening of the Torquay shopfront for Nevermind Adventure. They specialise in guided motorcycle tours of Rajasthan, the Himalayas and Nepal. The business is run by Matt Natonewski, formerly operating out of Perth WA. You can check out their website HERE
Matt – proprietor of Nevermind Adventure
Some of the guests at the opening of the Pearl St store, Torquay
Below is a picture of Hamish, who was the lucky winner of a trip for two, valued at $10,000
I was quite surprised at how much the Royal Enfields have progressed since I last looked at one. The bike pictured had Brembo brakes, good suspension and left side gear change.
It was a really interesting evening hearing about their tours, meeting the owners of some other motorcycle businesses based in Torquay and just meeting other local motorcycle travel enthusiasts – and the free beers were great as well. Thanks Matt!
Lots of pics from my recent trip to the Ikara Flinders Ranges HERE
Some text to follow when the spirit moves me. In the meantime, below are some sample pics.