LATEST NEWS : All official club runs now cancelled

25 Mar

Obviously, we can’t stop anyone riding their bikes at this point, but as far as official club rides are concerned, they’ve all been cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns. If you really want to ride your bike, riders should be aware of the dangers, follow social distancing guidelines and self-cater.

COVID-19 virus and club activities

23 Mar

With continuing updates to Federal and State Government announcements regarding the COVID-19 virus changing from day to day, it’s worth giving our members an update as to the state of play regarding club activities:

  • ALL club meetings have been cancelled until further notice. This includes Committee meetings, General and FOM 2020 meetings. Recently, the West Croydon & Kilkenny RSL club have closed their doors, so NO activities are allowed on their premises.
  • The 2 Day Classic Burra weekend on the 18/19th April, although not yet cancelled, is in serious danger of being derailed. All enquiries should be directed to Martin Blindell on 0413 058 600 or email on the2ofus@adam.com.au.
  • Weekend and Midweek rides, although not yet cancelled, members should be aware of the situation. It’s now likely that coffee shops, bakeries and other food outlets will be closed. Members should be aware that government social-distancing guidelines apply and riders should be asking themselves whether they really should be attending these rides given the risks involved. Obviously, the club cannot stop groups of riders congregating and arranging to go out for a ride together, particularly as there is very little else on offer in the form of entertainment.

Please be aware that we are in an unprecedented situation and that the rules will change from day to day. We hope to keep you informed of any changes, as they occur.

Andrew ‘Macca’ McDonald AKA: Hagrid

19 Mar

News has filtered through, from the Levis MCC, that Andrew McDonald AKA Hagrid or Macca, has passed away. Details are very sketchy at the moment.

He was a member of Classic Owners, he has attended meetings and a couple of rides, but hasn’t been seen over the last few months. I’m unsure how he died and have no details of funeral arrangements.

He has been described as a gentle giant, anyone who met him or stood next to him can attest to this description. Over the past few years, he was active in the Sellicks Beach Races, riding his 1938 Harley Davidson W model at the event and at the Mill to Mill 2017. Many of the promotional posters for Sellicks featured a photo of him riding his Harley. I think this is what he’ll be remembered for, from those with a passing acquaintance with the man. Others may remember his Suzuki GT750, which he rode from his Yankalilla home to our club meetings.

Our sincere condolences go to his family and friends.

Two day Burra Classic, April 18/19th

18 Mar

I have been advised by Martin Blindell that the Two Day Burra Classic, scheduled for April 18/19th will indeed go ahead. Martin has assured me that there is still vacant accommodation available.

All details for the event can be provided my Martin on 0413 058 600 or by email:  the2ofus@adam.com.au

Weekend ride to Cape Jervis, Sunday 1st March

12 Mar

Once again there was only a fairly modest turnout for our run to Cape Jervis on Sunday 1st March, the first day of Autumn. Due to Murphy’s Law, the early start once again ensured mild and pleasant conditions. Historic machines were relatively very well represented with 6 of the 8 bikes in this category. In ascending order of machine age were:-

  • Charles Oliver 1959 BSA A10R 650cc
  • Darryl McWaters 1972 Kawasaki Z1 900cc
  • Allan Vaisham 1975 Honda CB500T
  • Campbell Blaney 1977 Triumph T140V 750cc
  • Simon Scutt 1984 Yamaha FJ1100
  • Alan Kernich 1985 BMW R80 800cc

Modern bikes were:-

  • Wayne Williams 2008 Yamaha XVS 650
  • Louis Peilschmidt 2019 Yamaha Tenere XT690

Graham Riley also attended the start at the Caltex servo at South Road, O’Halloran Hill on his 2016 Indian Scout 1200cc but due to other commitments was unable to ride with us.

We got off to a good start and had a very pleasant ride to our coffee stop at McLaren Flat via Clarendon. After a leisurely break we headed west through McLaren Vale and down to the coast at Aldinga. Along the esplanade down to Sellicks Beach and then back to the Main South Road towards Myponga. Across the reservoir wall then up and over the ridge before descending into Carrickalinga. Here we had a regrouping stop but it soon became apparent that the misfire earlier reported by Campbell had worsened to cause a complete breakdown. Louis generously volunteered to back-track and offer support which was later provided by the RAA.

Meanwhile the rest of us pushed on through Normanville and Delamere and on to Cape Jervis. From the lookout we could see quite a large number of vehicles in the ferry car park. The owners were taking advantage of subsidised fares to travel to the Island to support local businesses in the wake of the recent bushfires.

Messrs Kernich, Mitchell, Williams, McWaters & Vaisham (1959 BSA A10SR in foreground)
Allan Vaisham and his Honda CB500T

After a short break it was back on the bikes to fortuitously meet up with Louis at Delamere after his ride back from assisting Campbell. Then off via Parawa and Torrens Vale to Yankalilla Bakery for a well earned lunch. Here we noticed another delay in getting the whole group together there. After a bit of a wait we learned that Allan Vaisham had had a low speed fall at one of the T junctions. He was OK but the bike suffered a bit of damage to lights, mirrors and indicators etc.

Report by Alan Kernich, Club Captain

Servo stations – helmet ban

5 Mar

I’m sure, like me, many of you have been apprehended at a service station and told to remove your helmet when you go to pay for your fuel. This ruling has mystified me and I’m wondering WHY?

I’ve had several instances of this ruling, my experiences have been as follows:

  • I’ve been reminded countless times to remove my helmet before paying, usually I refuse.
  • Ordered over the tannoy, as I’ve reached for the petrol pump and the pump has been disabled until I acquiesced to the demand.
  • The shop doors have been locked, as I attempted to pay. Eventually, the night window was opened and I managed to pay.
  • After 15 years at the local servo, the staff member, who has also been serving for those 15 years and knows me, told me to remove my helmet. When I refused, he told me ‘it’s the law’ and that he’d been instructed by the boss to order motorcyclists to remove their helmets.
  • Told that it was ‘a security issue’ and when challenged, the staff informed me ‘it was for her safety’.

Each time, I have parked my bike on the forecourt, with my registration plate clearly visible to their cameras and have been brandishing a $20 note, fully intent on paying for my fuel.

What exactly is the problem that the service stations are afraid of? Why do they need to see my face, when I pay for my petrol? If I filled a car up with fuel and then went to pay wearing sunglasses and a baseball cap, they wouldn’t bat an eyelid and they certainly wouldn’t ask me to take my hat and sunglasses off before I paid.

I can only assume that they think motorcyclists are a sub-human species who need to be kept in check before they inevitably commit an assault against the service station staff.

This is the kind of behaviour which I was frequently subjected to when I was living in the UK. Over there, I only had to walk into a pub with a leather jacket and helmet and then, told to leave, as motorcyclists were not welcome. These miserable people were unable to differentiate between chain wielding Hells Angels and normal blokes who rode motorbikes. Yes, I know, I wouldn’t wear my helmet into a bank either, that’s hardly a valid reason for service stations to impose a similar ruling.

I am heartily sick of this treatment and will continue to challenge service station staff concerning their ‘no helmets’ rule until I get told a sane and logical reason as to why this ruling is in effect.

 

Mopeds Plus, Targa Hindmarsh Run, Sunday 9th February

24 Feb

Participants:

  • Alan Wallis 1995 Kawasaki 250cc M/C
  • Warren Duncan 2002 Honda 250cc M/C
  • Ian Voysey 1947 Malvern Star 98cc Autobyk
  • Mick Hayes 2005 Suzuki 400cc M/C
  • Roger O”Loughlin 1988 Suzuki 650cc M/C
  • Paul David 1953 BSA 350cc M/C
  • Tony Earnshaw 1972 Yamaha 125cc M/C
  • Don Jennings 1977 BMW 1000cc M/C
  • Lyn Jennings 2005 Yamaha 250cc M/C

 

Lyn Jennings and her Yamaha 250.

After some confusion about the scheduled start time,9 riders departed the start location under the pine trees at the site of the old Goolwa Camping Park. The journey out across the bridge over the Goolwa channel and via the north coast of  Hindmarsh Island and eventually to the Murray River Mouth went without incident. It was of interest to note the changes in holiday homes on this part of the ride. For many years now we have seen the self- built holiday shacks being gradually replaced with million dollar plus homes.

 The Murray Mouth was also interesting and is attracting a deal of interest with three Dredges working hard to keep the channel clear. In previous years our ride has not experienced any problem in parking at this location. However on this occasion we were just able to fit the bikes in the small space available.

  On the ride back to Goolwa our traditional visit to the Marina area took place before we adjourned for lunch. It was noticed that the housing area for residences in this area has doubled and that there is now two Marina areas. Perhaps we could consider visiting the alternative Marina on a future outing.

Alan Wallis on his 250cc Kawasaki.

The afternoon ride took the group to the North Goolwa area, then North towards Currency Creek and then onto the Middleton Road for our usual visit to Goolwa Airport. By this time the typical Goolwa afternoon weather had set in and a strong south westerly wind prevailed. At the airport we were surprised to see that a sky diving activity was still taking place regardless of the conditions. We watched as a turbine powered Fletcher aircraft departed for a climb to 15000 ft to enable a tandem parachute jump back to a nominated target on the aerodrome. Our departure was delayed to observe the arrival, and we observed a brilliant display of flying techniques to achieve safe touchdown of two people right on the spot, in difficult conditions. Because of this delay, it was necessary to shorten our planned afternoon route and to return to Goolwa via Middleton.

Paul David experiences a problem with his BSA B31.

Throughout the day all machines produced reliable performance. There was a few moments of concern when Paul David’s neat B31 BSA shed its footchange lever whilst Paul was making good progress along the main Goolwa to Victor Harbour Rd. Paul exhibited considerable skill by returning to the abandoned lever which remained on the white line in the middle of the road until collected.

 A pleasant surprise for the day was the reliable performance of Ian Voysey’s Malvern Star Autobike which ran well throughout the day.

  Alan Wallis surprised us all by arriving on his 250 Kawasaki which he rode all the way from home. Alan normally brings his much admired Tilbrook by trailer to Moped events to officiate as Tail End Charlie. Many thanks Alan and we are sure you enjoyed the convenience of electric start for the whole day. We are assured that the Tilbrook had only a minor electrical fault just before departure.

Our thanks go also to Roger O’Loughlin, Don Jennings, and others who assisted with marshalling throughout the day and to Wayne Williams for providing his back up service with car and trailer.

We offer a warm welcome to any enthusiastic motorcyclist to share our participation in the 27th Annual Moped Marathon on Sunday April 5th in the Barossa Valley. Meet 9:00 for a 9:30 start at the rear car park, Totness Inn, Mt Pleasant.

Report by Warren Duncan, photos by Wayne Williams.

Midweek ride to Swan Reach & Mannum, Wednesday 5th February.

8 Feb

There were 16 bikes at the start, Richard Knott led the way and our first stop was Lovell’s Bakery at Birdwood. From there, the ride was whittled down to 10 as we hit the long straight road to Swan Reach, via Sedan. We crossed the Murray by ferry and followed the river down to Nildottie, where we stopped for lunch.

We continued, following the river south through the scenic settlement of Younghusband and along East Front Rd, which hugs the river bank, and eventually crossed the Murray again at Mannum. Then it was a return trip home along Randell Rd, through Palmer & Tungkillo. Riders peeling off towards their homes at various points. It was quite a long ride – 310 kilometres for me, but the weather and scenery were glorious. Thanks to Richard and all who attended for a great day out.

Excited to be on the Mannum ferry. From L to R – Tony Mitchell, Bernie Burton & Martin Blindell.
Our leader, Richard (left) with tail-end Charlie, Wayne Williams.