FOMSA Day 2 – COMCC Murray Lands ride

3 Oct

It was beautiful warm, sunny day, a perfect day for a ride. At 10 o’clock we set off, for Mount Pleasant, with Tony Mitchell, our Club Captain leading, followed closely by the preselected corner marshals, all wearing purple Hi Vis vests, followed by a goodly number of riders from other clubs, as well as COMCC members. I counted 35 bikes, at the start, ranging from the most modern to old veterans.

            Monday being a public holiday the traffic was light, and the column made good time straight up North East Road to Inglewood, where a stop to gather stranglers was planned. The police got there before us and had set up a breathalyzer station at our planed stop! Our first two riders were tested and thankfully the rest were waved through. We proceeded up N.E Road, through Gumeracha and Birdwood, to Mount Pleasant. A small hitch here turned out a blessing, both bakery’s were open and the riders split their patronage making service quicker.


We set off for Murray Bridge, a little before Midday. Turning right onto the Angas Valley Rd. Once down the hill our speed picked up and those able to maintained a steady 110 kph, a right turn onto Ridley Rd. and then onto Mannum Rd, turning left at Caloote Rd, which took us through the old and picturesque settlement area of Mypolonga. Tony’s planed ride was upended by a series of road works which forced us onto roads few have travelled before.  With masterful navigation Tony, lead us back onto the main Murray Bridge Rd. and to the Stuart Reserve on the river front where the Murray Bridge Lyons Club served a BBQ lunch. It had gradually warmed up during the ride and all were happy to get out of their riding gear and cool off.

            During the lunch break several of our company headed off to find their own way home, while some of us walked round examining the bikes and discussing the advantages and drawbacks of the parked machines, and swapping stories of our experiences with other bikes.

            It was close to 2pm when we headed up the Old Murray Bridge Rd through Kanmantoo and Nairne to Littlehampton our final stop.

            It was a very enjoyable ride well planned and flawlessly organised, with our leaders smoothly recovering from the unavoidable minor setbacks. The Classic Owners MCC has every right to be pleased with their organisation of the day.


Allan Vaisham

Honda CB500T

Vale : Rob Smyth

3 Oct

It was with great sadness that we have heard of the passing of Rob Smyth. Rob was a member of COMCC for the past 21 years and, with his knowledge of all things motorcycle related and his skills in casting and manufacturing of parts, will be sadly missed. He was one of the more active members of the club: regularly attending mid-week and moped rides. He was always approachable at our meetings and social events and had time for all members who he came into contact with.

Rob loved pre 1930 AJS motorcycles and he even owned and restored a rare AJS car, which he showed at the All British Day event and drove in the 2016 Bay to Birdwood. His other passion was making steam trains – a memorable club meeting saw him show one of his trains, which was 35 years in the making. 

Our condolences are offered to Rob’s wife and family – he will be sorely missed by the club.

FOMSA – The Classic Owners Ride to the Murray Lands

28 Sep

IMPORTANT – change of start time


There is a change of start time for The Classic Owners Ride to the Murray Lands on Monday 2nd October 2023. We now meet at 9:30 am for a 10 am start at Civic Park, Modbury.

There is also a change of start time for The Gilman Speedway Tour on Thursday October 5th – it now starts at 10 am.

Wanted : 1969 Yamaha DS6 parts

25 Sep

1969 Yamaha DS6 Parts Seat – Any condition RH Engine Cover Fuel Tap LH Side cover retaining screw. Engine bash plate Stuart               0497 035 013

For Sale : 1977 BMW R100 Classic

25 Sep

A very reliable classic tourer on club rego. Motor, gearbox, clutch all
rebuilt. Much money spent! Ring for more information. Rego: TER 302


Don 0434893119





Midweek Ride 6th September

11 Sep

            Wednesday 6th was bright and sunny for our bi-weekly ride, it even tried to be warm! 15 machines including two sidecars were ready to set off at 10am. I was appointed leader for the day’s ride and suggested Wistow, for morning break and Milang for lunch, a few riders felt Milan was longer than they wished to sit in the saddle, but were happy to ride to Wistow.

            It was my intention not to go on very twisty roads to keep the sidecars contented. I failed!

We went straight up Greenhill Rd to Uraidla, where we turned left heading for Lobethal at the Cold Store, we turned right onto Tiers Rd and onto Woodside. I had not realised how twisty the roads were. On a solo you just lean into the corner and enjoy it with out thinking, the sidecar “drivers?” have to wrestle there machines through the corners. Sorry guys!

            At Woodside, we turned onto the Nairn Rd and followed it into Nairn where we turned right onto Summit Rd over the Freeway, right to Spriggs Rd, left on Bald Hill Rd, left on Hartmann Rd onto Peach Rd and Wistow.

            With the warm weather and relaxing sunshine we spend a little longer talking over our coffee and it was a little after midday that I suggested we continue our ride, there was a distinct “Do we have to?” from the riders.

            Eight of us went on towards Milang, the others turned for home. We went straight down the hill on the Wellington Rd through Woodchester, turning left on the Meechi Rd to Langhorne Creek. Everywhere you looked the paddocks were golden with Canola blossoms. We followed the Langhorne Creek Rd to Lake Plains Rd and on to Milang Bakery for lunch.

            We had an enjoyable lunch swapping stories of rides and motorcycles. When it was time to head for home we all voted for taking in Bull Creek Road on our way to Meadows. We set out for Strathalbyn via Nine Mile Rd, through Strathalbyn took the Ashbourne Rd, over the hill to Ashbourne and Bull Creek Rd and on to Meadows, where we split up, with some of us heading to Mylor, and some to Clarendon.

A great ride aided friendly weather. I clocked up a moderate 124 miles, or 200km.


Allan (CB450) Vaisham


Next weekday ride on Tuesday 19th September.

Monthly Sunday Ride 27th August 23

11 Sep

Sunday morning was overcast and cool at Hawthorn Crescent, by 10 o’clock we had 14 diverse motorcycles ready for the ride. 

          Most impressive to my eye was an enormous 1890cc Indian, which the rider said “took concentration to keep the front wheel on the ground!” At the smaller end we had a Honda VTR250, along with a range of various sized vintage and modern bikes. We even had Mark Howson’s Royal Enfield, RAF outfit.

          With the sidecar outfit as rear end and Tony leading we headed up Green Hill Road to Balhanna, we turned onto the Woodside Rd for as short distance then turning right on Mappinga Rd, which took us onto the Nairn Rd, turning left on Military Rd and following that through Brukunga to Nairn, where we stopped at The Little Bird Bakery for our morning coffee break.

          I think half the fun of our Rides are the stops, the conversations are wide and varied …. but with a distinct lean towards motorcycles and rides and always interesting!

          It was getting on for midday when we mounted up again, four of the group split of for other destinations, the rest of us proceed through Nairn to turn right on Bartley St and Summit Rd then right on Spriggs Rd. Tony surprised us by turning left and taking us through some of the new developments of Mt Barker, coming out onto Peach Rd at Wistow. Proceeding down the Wellington Rd to Woodchester where we turned left over the freeway past Callington and left on the Old Princes Highway, through Kanmantoo, towards Nairn. Right at the Harrogate turn off rode through Harrogate and headed towards Woodside, shortly after Harrogate, Tony lead us on some great roads, that I did not recognise, we came out on Quarry Rd at the Woodside, Lobethal roundabout. From there through Lobethal and down the Cudlee Creek road to the Cudlee Creek Café and stopped for lunch, a little after one o’clock.

          We had a pleasant lunch and since several of us had over an hour ride to get home from there, it was decided to split up and head home.

          A very enjoyable ride with the sun appearing after our morning break and Tony   leading us on interesting roads. Is there a better way to spend a Sunday?

          More photo’s of the ride on our Classic Owner’s Facebook page:

Next Ride: Tuesday 6th September

Midweek Ride Report, 15th August

21 Aug
Club Ride Tuesday 15th August

10 o’clock saw 11 riders gathered at Hawthorn Crescent ready for our bi-
monthly week day ride, the weather was perfect, blue sky’s, no wind and reasonable
temperature. Bikes ranged from almost new to 1970’s vintage and a surprising near
new Honda CB125 that Mark Howson turned up on. I am sure I was not the only one
to think “Who is he kidding?” but I was to be surprised!
Another surprise was when Tony, our Club Captain, told us we were not going
up Greenhill Road but turning right at the Glynburn Rd roundabout…. Shock! We
then wound our way over Mt Osmond, getting some panoramic views of the City on
our way to Crafers, where we crossed the Freeway and via Auckland Hill Rd to
Clarendon, then via Baker’s Gully Rd to McLaren Flat Bakery for our first stop. I
was not a little surprised that Mark on the CB125 was still with us and we did not
have to wait for him.
If you have not been to McLaren Flat Bakery, recently you will be surprised, it
has been completely redecorated. The talk at the tables was motorbikes, recent rides,
breakdowns, repairs and the strengths and weaknesses of various makes. No surprises
After our stop we headed up Penny’s Hill Rd, after which I got a little
confused, fortunately Tony has amazing knowledge of our roads and he lead us, on
roads that I did not recognise, till we eventually came out on Enterprise Rd, and
Nangkita Rd to Mt Compass were we turned right towards Adelaide for a few miles,
then turned left on Lanacoona Rd, right on Munetta Rd which brought us to Pages
Flat Rd. I rode behind Mark on the CB125 and clocked him at 100kpm on Page’s Flat

Turning right and left onto Reservoir Rd we went over Myponga Dam.
Stopping briefly to admire the view at the Carrickalinga Lookout. Never have I seen
the Gulf look so blue!
It was Normanville Bakery for lunch, which included tails of bikes and rides
and some banter. We all decided they had had enough for the day and at about 2pm
we headed home via Myponga and Aldgate.
It was perfect weather and a most enjoyable ride.

Allan Vaisham

NEXT RIDE: Sunday 27th August, hope to see you then.