Sunday run to Kapunda – 8th September 2019

10 Sep

Participants (In approximate order of appearance – see later)

At  Civic Park…
Alan Morris – 2016 Triumph Speedmaster 865cc
Alan Kernich – 1985 BMW R80 800cc
Charles Oliver – 2015 Triumph Street Triple 675cc
Kym Miller – 2013 Triumph T100 865cc
David Saint – 1974 BMW R90S 900cc

At Mount Pleasant…
Graham Riley – 2016 Indian Scout 1200cc

At Kapunda…
Wayne Williams – 2010 Kawasaki Versys 650cc

The forecast for Sunday 8 September was not promising with showers and gusty winds predicted. Never the less, five brave souls met at Civic Park, Modbury. At first it looked like a big turnout but another club had coincidentally arranged to meet at the same place and time for a run, at least initially on the same route as ours, to Mount Pleasant for morning coffee! We received plaintive call from one member who had gone to the wrong starting point. An  arrangement to meet further up the track was successful with one more rider added to the complement at Mount Pleasant.

Morning tea at Mt Pleasant

Another member, contacted by phone, seemed reluctant to brave the rainy conditions at his locale. We set out in sunny conditions and evidently, he too had decided to give it a go and after chasing the main group to Mount Pleasant and Angaston, finally caught up with us in time for lunch at Kapunda. Along the way he spent some time exploring some famous past 24 hour trials locations such as Moculta, Truro and Koonunga. Well done Wayne.

Meanwhile the main group, consisting of two club registered BMWs and three modern Triumphs had a challenging ride from Mengler’s Hill Lookout through Light Pass to Kapunda via the Truro Road. Why challenging? Well it was the windiest conditions I had ever experienced whilst riding! From Light Pass to the Kapunda turnoff along the Sturt Highway at 100 kph, conditions were strangely calm. In other words we had a tail wind averaging around 100kph!

Menglers Hill Lookout

Needless to say, on the almost reciprocal heading after the turnoff, it felt a lot different with a massive head and crosswind. And then it started to rain as well. Thankfully we only had to endure 10 or 15 minutes of this before arriving at our lunch stop at the Kapunda Bakery.

A leisurely break provided sufficient time for the weather to settle and we enjoyed a pleasant ride back home via Greenock, Seppeltsfield, Tanunda, Lyndoch and Williamstown. Some went their own way along the trip home until it was just Charles and yours truly on the final stretch down the Gorge Road.

About 210km all up and in spite of the weather and some geographical gaffes I think most people enjoyed themselves.

Alan Kernich, Club Captain.

XT500 drawing

8 Sep

At the recent Coffee n’ Chrome event at Morphettville, I reported that an artist had chosen to draw Kym Miller’s XT500. This is the finished drawing which is now hanging in Kym’s shed/man cave.

Davo Johnson in the winner’s circle

31 Aug

South Australian road racing rider, Davo Johnson, claimed his first-ever Classic TT victory Monday at the RST Superbike Classic TT.

Riding an Alistair Cowan Racing Kawasaki 750 he remained second for most of the race, until on the fourth and final lap, two miles away from the finish line, leader Michael Dunlop retired with bike problems at Hilberry.

Coffee n’ Chrome at Morphettville Racecourse, 25th August 2019

25 Aug

We announced at our last General Meeting that we would use use this event as a ‘warm up’ for our own Mill to Mill later in October and to promote our club. Yes, it was an early start 7:30am, but despite a cold start it turned out to be a glorious morning.

Over a dozen of our members took the hint and turned up with their bikes – entry was free of charge. Lew had plenty of advertising blurb aboard his BMW outfit including a Mill to Mill banner, which was hung from the betting ring canopy. A small table was erected and posters and pamphlets were put on display.

Club banner advertising Mill to Mill 2019
COMCC bikes
Club member Darren Routley’s Ducati
Mike Ryan’s Honda CB450

A posse of modern Harleys turned up making a hell of a din, loud pipes save lives apparently. There was some stiff competition from a 2.3 litre Rocket 3 whose owner treated us all to the benefit of his open exhaust system. All these bikes seemed to be against the spirit of the event which stipulated that bikes should be manufactured before 1980. Never mind, we were all motorcyclists and were clearly bonded by the common love of our two wheeled machines.

Kym Miller’s Yamaha XT500 came in for some serious attention by a local artist, who was making an excellent pencil drawing of his bike, which Kym planned to purchase to display in his pool room/man cave. It really was a terrific drawing and the finished result will look great framed and hung on his wall.

A very tidy Ariel Square Four

Other bikes included a selection of old school choppers, cafe racers, a handful of BSAs, BMWs and a number of Kawasaki Z900s courtesy of the Z Owners Club. I reckon that COMCC had the best representation at the event though.

We shared the parking lot with many cars including American muscle cars, Minis and many, many more which were away from the bikes parked in the car park next to Anzac Highway.

A parade of Minis

Well done to all our members who got up early and brought their bikes to the racecourse for the display. Let’s hope that we can also attract even more bikes for our major event in October – Mill to Mill 2019.

Mopeds Plus – Williamstown Wander Aug 4th

19 Aug


Graham Riley         1972      Vespa                 150cc          Scooter

David Saint            1966       Puch                    250cc           M/C

Alan Wallis            1950      Tilbrook              197cc           M/C

Warren Duncan    2002      Honda                  250cc           M/C

Mick Hayes            2016      Suzuki                 650cc           M/C

Ian Roddie             1964   NSU Quickly          47cc        Autobyk

Rob Smyth             1970   Motobecane            50cc         Moped

Peter Arriola          1957     James                   147cc           M/C

Tony Earnshaw    1972    Yamaha                 125cc           M/C

G Christie              2003    Suzuki                   600cc           M/C

Rob Snell               2012 Harley Davidson    1690cc          M/C

Otto Muller            1969    Kriedler                  50cc           M/C 

Victor Poulton       2015 Moto Guzzi            850cc          M/C

Peter O’Neil           20010 Moto Guzzi            950cc          M/C

Ray Hill                 1974     BMW                   900cc          M/C  

Roger O’Loughlin 1986   Suzuki                    650cc          M/C

Setting out for the Williamstown Wander this year required different preparations. With the temperature at -3 degrees, out came the REMLAP mits with the woollen glove liners, and the leather gloves went into the bag for later in the day. These temperatures required a full set of thermals under the riding gear, and waterproof over pants to keep the icy breezes at bay.

At the start location, conditions were a little better, and 16 riders assembled ready for the journey. There were a few larger bikes not seen before on the “Wander” and one additional interesting moped with the introduction of Ian Roddie’s NSU Quickly autobyk out for its first run. Also welcomed at the start, was the presence of retired riders Robert(Pud) Freeman and Alan Martin who attended by car to observe the  bikes.

The ride up to Springton and on through Eden Valley to Angaston was achieved without any problems, and riders retired for the usual bakery lunch stop on arrival. After lunch the return journey through the busy Barossa towns of Nuriootpa and Tanunda gave good riding conditions all the way back to Williamstown. There were no breakdowns for the day. The Quickly did not go very” Quickly”, but was reliable throughout the day. The only other incident that occurred on the the return journey involved Rob Smyth’s Motobecane moped which appeared to be down on power. On dismounting at Williamstown Rob discovered he had managed to “machine”  a significant portion off the side and sole of his riding boot as it engaged with the Motobecane’s flywheel!

After a good days riding our thanks go to the Marshalls for the day, Roger O’ Loughlin, Mick Hayes, and Tony Earnshaw, and to Wayne Williams for attending and supplying the back-up vehicle. Thanks also to Alan Wallis for performing his usual duties as Tail End Charlie. 

NEXT RUN:  Mount Barker Burble

Sunday 13th October 2019    MEET:  9.30 for 10am start @Lions Club Car park – Mt.Barker,  RHS  Mt. Barker to Flaxley Rd.

Morning     – Mt. Barker/ Echunga/ Meadows Bakery/Macclesfield/Mt.Barker                                   Lunch at Mt. Barker

 Afternoon     –Mt.Barker/Littlehampton//Balhannah/Oakbank/Woodside/Nairne/                              Mt.Barker       ( 40kms a.m.) —   (40 kms  p.m.)

REMEMBER: These runs cater for the slower rider, backup trailer always provided. Enquiries; Warren 8388 1770    Alan 8295 5097