For Sale : 2001 Yamaha TRX 850

18 Jan

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Mopeds Plus Coast Run, 1st December 2019

19 Dec

Due to an unfortunate clash of dates within our club there were two events on the same day.  Normally this would not unduly affect the Mopeds Plus, but on this occasion our normal back-up trailer driver Wayne Williams wished to participate in the larger machine run to the Murray Mouth. Wayne offered his trailer to anyone prepared to tow it but by the time the problem was known it was too late to make other arrangements, so the decision was made deal with any emergencies as they arose.  Fortunately, no such emergency occurred.

Birkenhead start
The Briefing (no trailer)

To add to the problem of forecast inclement weather, our normal leader Warren Duncan was under another D.W.N (Domestic Withdrawal Notice) but had arranged for Roger O’Loughlin to take his place and, with the aid of previously prepared direction instructions on file,  the run to Glenelg and return  was completed, unprecedentedly,  without anyone getting lost.

Just as riders were forming up to commence the run Victor Poulton arrived in his car and offered to tow the trailer used to carry the tail-end Charlie’s Tilbrook  but it was too late to unhitch it and fit a tow ball on the other vehicle.   Victor followed all the way and was prepared to carry any luckless rider back to the Birkenhead car park while someone stood guard over the stationary machine.

Apart from a strong wind on the way to Glenelg and a slight drizzle for a short time the riding conditions were reasonably pleasant.  The usual cycling event coincided with the run to Outer Harbour and it was amusing to see Ian Roddie attempting to “draught” a cyclist as he was passed on his 50cc NSU.  Trevor and Susan Jones did an excellent job of shielding Ian on their 500cc solo Matchless when the wind was doing its best to stop him.

Alan and David at Glenelg
Line up at Glenelg

Surprisingly Ian Voysey on his 98cc Malvern Star Auto Cycle had a trouble-free ride regardless of the strong wind on the way to Glenelg.  His previous troubles at mount Barker were due to the needle jet gumming up due to ancient petrol oil mix being regularly left in the tank.

Ten participants remained at the Birkenhead Tavern for lunch at a table set aside for the club.  This was arranged by Warren previously due to the venue being very popular with Sunday diners.

The following riders participated: 

  • Roger O’Loughlin 1988 650Suzuki
  • Alan Wallis 1950 197 cc Tilbrook
  • Graham Riley 1960 125cc Vespa
  • Ian Roddie 1951 50cc NSU
  • Paul David 1940 350cc Matchless
  • Ian Voysey 1947 98cc Malvern Star Auto Cycle
  • Kym Miller 1977 500cc Yamaha
  • Bob and Evangeline Finnie 2001 1750cc Harley Davidson
  • Peter Arriola 1979 150cc James
  • Rob Smythe 1971 50cc Motobecane
  • Trevor and Susan Jones 1952 500cc Matchless
  • Victor Poulton 2015 2400cc GV Suzuki car

Our first Mopeds Plus event for 2020 will be on 9th February, meeting at Goolwa to travel across Hindmarsh Island to the Murray Mouth in the morning and to the Goolwa Airport then the barrage in the afternoon.

Alan Wallis.

Ride to Strathalbyn & Milang, 1st December 2019

10 Dec

Rather inclement weather was predicted for our ride on the first day of Summer and the last weekend ride of the year. And the forecasters were right. Standing under the big gum tree at Hawthorn Crescent watching the rain come down and the hills enveloped in cloud, it didn’t seem like such a good idea to go riding. Nevertheless, six of our members braved the elements.

  • Darryl McWaters, 1972 Kawasaki Z1 900
  • David Saint, Yamaha FZ6R
  • Wayne Williams, 2016 Kawasaki Versys 650
  • Charles Oliver, 2015 Triumph Street Triple 675
  • Louis Peilschmidt 2002 Aprillia Pegaso 650
  • Alan Kernich 1985 BMW R80

A rather miserable trip up the hill in drizzly rain was soon rewarded by fine although windy conditions for the rest of the day. We made our way to our first stop at Collectable Cars in Strathalbyn via Mt George, Bridgewater, Mylor, Echunga and Macclesfield.

Ben Finnie’s Collectable cars (and bikes) was interesting, but we were a little disappointed that the bike stocks were currently a bit low. Among the items there was a nice Moto Guzzi V7 of early 70’s vintage and a couple of shiny Vespa scooters for those who like those sort of things. A hot cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit were very welcome and then it was off to the Milang Bakery via Finnis for lunch.

A pleasant repast in the al fresco dining area was followed by a tour of the lakefront park which we all agreed would be a pleasant spot for a future lunch break.

Back on the bikes for a brisk run home via Strathalbyn, Callington, Nairne, Woodside and Uraidla. A few spots of rain on the hills but not enough to make the road wet.

All in all a pleasant enough day, in spite of the weather. Thanks to those few who made the effort.

Alan Kernich

Club Captain

Joe (Graeme Murray) Frost RIP

21 Nov

It is with great sadness I advise that ex COMCC member Joe (Graeme Murray) Frost passed away yesterday the 18th November at Lyell McEwin Hospital aged 88yrs. Joe was a close colleague of mine for many years,

A keen motorcyclist and for a considerable period he was club photographer . That was back in the days where every club event was recorded in pictures which built up in piles of albums over the years. Initially Joe used his own camera and later on he was provided with both camera and film by the club. Joe was a true bushy, grew up on a property near Yongala, worked on KI, and returned to Adelaide to educate his  children.  He will be missed.

Warren Duncan.

Books for sale

11 Nov
  • The Big Book of Harley Davidson – Hard cover  300 pages
  • The World of Harley Davidson  –  Hard cover  64 pages
  • Harley Davidson  “The Legend”  Hard cover

$30 for the three.

  • The BMW Story  –  Soft cover  63 pages
  • BMW Service Repair Handbook – 500-750cc  1955-1973

$10 for the pair

Phone Jim and Maxine Haines on 0427 972417

Lions Bike Show, Sunday 3rd November

4 Nov

The club decided to stage a display at the 3rd Lions Bike Show on Sunday. We met at the usual spot in Hazelwood Park and attracted about a dozen riders. I decided the quickest route would be up Mt Lofty and onto the Freeway exiting at Stirling, through Mylor, Echunga and then onto Macclesfield Oval.

There we met up with Wayne Williams who transported the club gazebo and some chairs. We set up in the same spot where we have for the past 3 years at the southern end of the oval.

Several other club members joined us as the morning progressed until we had about 20 bikes in total. I’m guessing these numbers, as I didn’t make an effort to count them. I also didn’t take many photos of our own display, as I was too busy inspecting the hundreds of bikes which turned up for the show.

The weather was warm and sunny and we didn’t see any of the expected showers which the forecast had promised. Other clubs present included the BSA Owners, The Vintage & Veteran, Triumph Riders, Vintage Japanese and the BMW Owners. The show has gone from strength to strength since it’s inception and the organisers did another great job. Well done to Fred Horvath and his crew for putting on an excellent show and well done to all our members for making the effort to bring their bikes out for the day.