Tyre Plug

About a year ago I got a piece of glass through a near new Michelin Pilot Road 2. At AUD$300 for a PR2 fitted, I was reluctant to ditch the tyre because of a puncture, despite having a long trip planned. After some advice on various forums I had it professionally plugged.

The plugged tyre performed flawlessly for over 8,000 kms, including a trip through the Snowy Mountains in summer, fully loaded with gear, with temps nudging the 40C mark some days.

Exterior view


Interior view

Tragedy in the Iron Butt Rally 2009

Devastating news this morning regarding Davo Jones, an Aussie competitor in the 2009 IBR held in the USA. Davo hit a deer less than 3 hours from completing this 11 day event. His family report that he has sustained a serious head injury and that his condition is grave. Davo is the founder of FarRiders, a long distance motorcycling group in Oz.

For those who are unfamiliar with the IBR here is what it’s all about click here

Davo video

Sad news from the FarRider’s website this afternoon from Davo’s family that he has died as a result of his injuries.

RIP Davo Jones.

Great Ocean Road run

We had an unexpectedly good day for winter, so Marty & I made the most of the opportunity to go for a run.

In Apollo Bay we talked to some folk from Colac, proud Ulysses club members . The woman who rides this Can Am Spyder took up motorcycling later in life when she & her husband retired from farming. She’s done 10,000 ks on the Spyder since last Christmas she said. It turned out that we had met him previously – in Straun Tasmania back in Feb 2008 when we were touring there with the guys.

We had a great run from Apollo Bay around to Lorne, hardly any traffic going our way. However, I’m developing a case of Toyota Yaris Phobia (TYP) – fear of the (rental) Yaris (with OS driver) cutting across the white line onto my side of the road head on around the corners! There were many people stopped just out of Lorne at Cathedral Rock looking at the whales.

We pulled up in front of the Arab for a hot drink. The street scape in Lorne is a mess at present – some major changes happening, but a hell of a mess at present!

Talked to a guy with a 50th anniversary VFR800.
We had a fantastic run from Lorne inland back to Geelong via Deans Marsh and the Cape Otway Road. I couldn’t believe that I was actually too hot when I pulled up at home – incredible for the middle of winter.

A grand day out, 318 Ks and no performance awards!

Andy’s Commando on YouTube

The first bit of video I ever shot – complete with finger obscuring the lens at one stage! Now it’s heading for 30K views, how is that possible? Listen to the audio as the Norton goes up the hill and you will know why.

Here’s Steve’s Commando on You Tube

Mid winter on the Great Ocean Road

Marty & I took our usual circuit ride from Geelong to Colac on backroads, Colac to Gellibrand for a hot drink, Laver’s Hill & then back to Geelong via Apollo Bay & Lorne on the Great Ocean Road.
Marty was cosy in his appropriately named Dririder “Arctic”.

We were well prepared in full winter gear – it was only 9C when we left and was colder up in the Otways – though nudged up around 13C at one stage! I’m not sure that it’s a great idea to be watching the ambient temp guage so much on these winter rides. We were probably pretty lucky to get as much sunshine as we did, though the roads were quite greasy in some places . I’m just about up for a new front tyre and as I cranked into some of the wet hairpins I was thinking that sooner may be better than later!
Dirty bikes in main Street Apollo Bay

The weather looked a bit grim for the run home through the twisties & sure enough it was raining between Apollo Bay & Lorne. Being the first day of the School holidays there were cops in unmarked cars & speed cameras everywhere. We were actually followed part of the way from Lorne to Fairhaven by a marked police SUV.

First winter ride for 2009


Took my first ride for winter. The roads were dry, the traffic moderate (long weekend) and I
was desperate for some “motorcycle therapy”.I left early and it was pretty chilly – there was still some frost about inland.

Breakfast here, but no Prickly Moses when I’m riding!

Saw a fly!
Saw way too much of this unfortunately.

One of my favorite places. The Aire River on the Great Ocean Road inland section. First looking North of the bridge.
Then looking South of the bridge.

There were even a few spots of rain on the way home, but I managed to stay warm & dry. The new textile riding pants were excellent.

Princetown & Turton’s Track

Marty & I took a ride today down towards the 12 Apostles. It got quite gusty down there so we turned around at Princetown (literally a 2 store town)then headed back inland along Turton’s track. The weather was perfect as was the riding.


Marty’s ZX9R

Easter Classics

Mrs Tarsnakes & I took a trip to the inaugural Easter historic bike bonanza at Broadford (Vic). Here is a small selection of shots that I took today.



I used to have a Kawasaki Z1R exactly like this one.



I’ve also owned two Honda CB750’s like the one on the left.

Again, my interests lean towards the Japanese superbikes of the 1970’s rather than the really classic older bikes. I’d love to have one of these – Honda 6 CBX 1000.

This 6 cylinder Honda CBX motor is a thing of beauty!

What’s an event without an MV Agusta?



Manx Norton up close.



Ex Mike Hailwood Ducati

Mandy Beales, the current Australian champion, period 3 (1946-1962) historic.

One of her beautifully presented ’62 Honda CB72/77 racers.



All tracks at the complex were in use. Here’s a shot from the Speedway.