Mopeds Plus, Strathalbyn Sunday 6th June

9 Jun


  • Roger O’Loughlin 1988 Suzuki 650cc
  • David Saint 1966 BMW 250cc 
  • Rob Smyth 1927 AJS 350cc 
  • Warren Duncan 2002 Honda 250cc
  • Graham Riley 1956 Vespa 125cc
  • Tony Earnshaw 1974 BMW 600cc
  • Trevor MacDonald 2017 Kawasaki 650 cc 
  • Ian Voysey 1947 Malvern Star 98cc  
  • Paul David 1950 Ambassador 197cc    
  • Simon David 1951 Ariel 350cc 
  • Adrian How 2004  BMW 1100cc  
  • Mick Hayes  2016 Suzuki 650cc
  • Allan Vaisham 1969 Honda 450cc   
  • Mark Beyer 2010 Honda 105cc 
  • Mika Beyer 2014  Honda 109cc       

     Apologies   Alan Wallis- usually Tail End Charlie for the day called to say he was unwell and would not be able to be with us for this event.

At the advertised start time, all riders were ready to go. The ride briefing explained the itinerary for the day and suggested that because we were departing Strathalbyn adjacent to the railway station members might like to view the usually spectacular arrival of the Southern Encounter, a vintage steam train which was due in Strathalbyn at 10.50 am and is always on time! Then there was a late explanation that, due to a shortage of coal, the train would be diesel hauled using a 1951 built 1000 hp locomotive. There was no sign of a consensus on this issue, so it was ruled that we would get under way with the day’s proceedings and pause passing the railway station in hope of a glimpse of the train. As we positioned the group adjacent to the tracks, the time was 10.50 am and from the railway platform, riders heard the far off sound of bagpipes, always an indication that the train is nearby.

When 11 O’clock came and no train appeared, as we were there to ride motor cycles, the ride commenced and the group departed for Milang via the Nine Mile Road. There then followed a pleasant morning tea break at the Milang Bakery. 

The next leg of our journey was the ride from Milang to Clayton Bay and included a scenic tour past the lookout over the bay and Lake Alexandrina to Goolwa channel. From this point onward to the lunch stop at Finniss the weather stayed fine but typically for this area, the wind picked up and this caused some of the smaller machines to work hard. The first casualty was the Malvern Star Auto Bike which ceased to produce smoke due to unknown problems, and was collected by Wayne to spend the rest of the day on the trailer. Simon David had some intermittent electrical problem with the 350cc Ariel, which was having its first outing for some time.

With help from Paul David, tail end Charlie for the day, they managed to get the noise going again, and got through to Finniss for lunch. Finniss general store provided a good service for lunch with a long table next to a wood stove, prebooked for our visit.

 After lunch Paul and Simon left for Strathalbyn direct with the Ariel and Mick Hayes took over Tail End Charlie duties for the main group. The main group travelled practically non- stop from Finniss to Milang via the direct route and then on to Langhorne Creek and Belvidere to Strathalbyn arriving at 3.05 pm.

It was good to see some first timers taking part on this outing and specially those mounted on Hondas. A lonely 250 Honda has led almost every Moped run for 14 years and would be pleased to have some new company. We hope to see them all on future outings.

 As usual we must recognise the helpers for the day:

                    Marshalls – Roger O’Loughlin, Mick Hayes &Tony Earnshaw

                    Tail end Charlie – Paul David

                     Rescue Vehicle – Wayne Williams

Many thanks to you all,

NEXT RUN: The Williamstown Wander –   Sunday August 1st          

MEET:   Williamstown Oval (Just outside Oval gates off Springton Rd.)

 START: 10.00am for 10.30am dep.

  RUN:  Williamstown/Springton/Eden Valley/Angaston (lunch)/Nuriootpa/Tanunda/ Lyndoch/Williamstown (80kms)       

 REMEMBER: These runs cater for the slower rider, backup trailer always provided.

Enquiries – Warren 0417882625 – Alan 8295 5097 or 0417897296

Report by Warren Duncan, Mopeds Plus Coordinator.

Ride to Bowhill, Sunday 30th May

3 Jun
Adelaide woke up to it’s coldest morning since last winter, and minimum temperature records were broken across the state.Sounds like a great day for a ride.Thirteen hardy souls fronted up at Hazelwood Park well wrapped up for the cold and ready to ride. The temperature may have been low but the sun was out and sky was clear.A nice run up Marble Hill and through Montecute before heading up Gorge road and on to Birdwood  for a break and a coffee.
Then we were off to Mannum and ride up beside the Murray to Caurnamont, take the ferry across and travel back down to Bowhill for lunch.A pleasant hour or so was spent looking out over the Murray and watching a couple of paddle steamers cruise by. Then a quick ride back to Mannum for fuel and the back to Birdwood.
A great way to spend a sunny Sunday.
Tony Mitchell, Club Captain.

Ride to Encounter Bay, Sunday 2nd May 2021

9 May
We had thirteen bikes for our ride from O’Halloran Hill to Encounter Bay. Bikes ranged from a very new Royal Enfield to a 52 year old Honda & a 54 year old Triumph. First we rode around the suburbs and then through Onkaparinga River Park and the back roads of McLaren Vale and into Meadows for coffee.
Then down everyone’s favourite road (Bull Creek) and around to Mt. Compass and after criss-crossing the Peninsula for 180 kms we made our way into Victor Harbor to refuel. Then over to Encounter Bay for lunch. Some of us sat in the sun on the waterfront and others enjoyed fish and chips looking out over the bay.
Enjoying the sunshine at Encounter Bay.
Fish and Chips for lunch.

The return ride was a spirited run back to Seaford again covering many of the back roads of the Fleurieu. I travelled about 300kms, so those riders from north of the city must have covered over 350kms. Maybe next time we do this ride, we do it in the warmer months and we can spend time stopping at the lookouts and enjoying the scenery.

Tony Mitchell, Club Captain.

Guest Speaker at the General Meeting, 25th May

4 May
Classic Owners May General Meeting Tuesday 25th @ 7:45 pm
Guest speaker: Robert McClelland

Talk and presentation on his Tour of Vietnam piloting a Vintage Scooter. All welcome
If you get there at 7 pm you can grab a drink before it starts.