Some pics from this morning’s ride (actually Fri 25th Jan).
The Arab in Lorne has a new Cafe beside it named Indian 201 mph.
I’m just experimenting with embedding video into the blog. Here is some footage taken last year.
Three of the West Coast Procrastinators got together to begin 2008 with a celebratory ride. That meant they needed to behave on New Year’s Eve, however, a good night’s sleep was not enjoyed by all as we experienced the hottest New Year’s Eve ever recorded in Geelong.
Yesterday it was 43C (yes, that’s 109F) during the day and incredibly was still 38C at midnight.
I rode solo from Geelong to just near Colac where Steve’s property is.
Despite being a total fireban day again, Jan 1st 2008 was, however, a good day to head to the hills as a cool change was on its way.
I headed from Geelong to Colac. When I left at 9.00am it was already 30C, but I felt OK once I got moving. Andy trailered his bike down from Ballarat. After a brief chat we fired up the bikes and headed off towards Laver’s Hill. Here’s the route we took (click on map to enlarge), travelling the loop in a clockwise direction.
Two Norton Commandos
As we hit the Great Ocean Road there was a bank of frontal cloud which dropped the temp about 10C and made for really pleasant riding conditions.
We pulled up at the 12 Apostles helicopters helipad – just a paddock with a portable office really. You can get quite close to the choppers though.
As many holiday makers are heading for the coast, we decided to head inland for a change. It was a magnificent mild summer’s day in the mid 20’s. We had lunch in the historic goldfields town of Maldon, having travelled via Blackwood, Trentham, Daylesford & Castlemaine. We left reasonably early & were home by mid afternoon. Approx 330 kms under blue skies. I will add a map when I get a chance later.
On Thursday 20 Dec Marty & I went to the Tiger Angel factory showroom for him to collect the jacket built to his specifications. Whilst the ‘shopfront” is not that impressive, the critical thing about Tiger Angel is the excellent quality leathers that they manufacture and the personalised service from Steve Howden (the owner) and his assistant Julie. Oh, and the smell of new leather is brilliant! They have an excellent web site (see my links) where you can design your own colour scheme and custom features for your gear. Julie also mentioned that our VFR800 riding mate Terry had been in on Monday to collect his new pants.
Here are some pics of the world’s 2nd best motorcycle leathers – it’s just a bloody long way from Aust to pick up though!