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

Sunday ride to Tungkillo, 28th July 2019

30 Jul

Twelve members met at Hawthorn Crescent for our monthly weekend run. This time we were off to observe the observed trials being held near Tungkillo by the Gawler MCC. In no particular order were:-

Ray Chappell 1976 Kawasaki Z650, Kym Miller 1977 Yamaha TT500, Charles Oliver 1959 BSA A10 Super Rocket, Neville Gray 1974 Suzuki GT750, Louis Peilschmidt 2016 Honda Africa Twin, Graham Riley 2016 Indian Scout, Ed Lowrey 1978 Triumph Bonneville T140E, Ray Hill 1974 BMW R90/6, Campbell Blaney 2009 Harley Davidson XR1200, David Saint 2012 BMW RT1200, Wayne Williams 2008 Yamaha XVS650, Alan Kernich 1976 Triumph Bonneville T140V.

Seven club registered and five modern bikes.

A very enjoyable ride along roads with varying geometry including Deviation Road through Lenswood and Coldstore Road to Cudlee Creek and Gumeracha and the upper Gorge Road brought us to our morning coffee break at Lovell’s Bakery in Birdwood. Here we were outnumbered at least 2 to 1 by Ducatis!

A quick cuppa then off via the Mannum road to Tungkillo. Here we were met by another club member, Victor Poulton on his 2015 Moto Guzzi V9.

A few kilometers up the road towards Palmer a bit of over enthusiastic braking caused a spill for Campbell but luckily no injury, except to his pride maybe, and surprisingly little damage to the bike. It was not a goer however and Campbell and HD were recovered by the trusty RAA.

Meanwhile the rest of us had a very absorbing and interesting few hours watching the trials. For those of you have never seen this it is well worth a look and the skill and control of the riders is quite amazing. At times it was hard to believe what you had just seen. The weather although looking threatening and becoming colder and breezy remained dry for our trip home via Mount Torrens.

Club members at the Tungkillo site
Riding onto an over-hanging rock
A-graders with two wheels in the air
This rider ranks in the top half dozen or so in Australia
Young rider a study in concentration
Another outfit with young lady in the chair
Action from the first of 10 courses
Getting airborne
Some of the competitor’s hardware
Old school 1980s Honda TL125 (non-competitor)

Thanks to all once again for your company on another (mostly) great day.

Alan Kernich, Club Captain

Davo Johnson first TT podium

7 Jun

Well done to local rider, Davo Johnson, for his 3rd placing and his first podium finish at the 2019 Isle of Man TT Superstock class on a Honda CBR1000RR. His father Murray must be really proud – congratulations to you both.

Mopeds Plus at Strathalbyn, 2nd June 2019

5 Jun


David Saint            1973       BMW                  600cc           M/C

Rob Smyth            1970     Motobecane            50cc          Moped

Warren Duncan     2002      Honda                  250cc           M/C

Graham Riley        1960     Vespa                   125cc          Scooter

Peter Arriola          1957     James                   147cc            M/C

Ian Roddie             1947    Excelsior                98cc          Autobyk  

Tony Earnshaw      1972   Yamaha                  125cc           M/C

The day started badly with a message from Alan Wallis that he was unable to attend due to family sickness. The weather for the journey down to Strathalbyn was not too bad but there had been enough rain overnight to make some of the roads slippery and it was certainly a day that riders needed plenty of layers of riding apparel. At the start seven riders lined up with 2 mopeds, a scooter, and four bikes.

Messrs Roddie, Smyth & Duncan

The planned morning run was to the Clayton lunch stop via morning tea at the Finniss “General Store”. Our aim was to arrive at Finniss about the same time as the steam train, the Southern Encounter Service from Mount Barker to Victor Harbor. Our morning tea venue used to be the Railway Station at Finniss years ago, and is located adjacent to an open level crossing (without bells). It is on a long straight stretch of railway, and past experience has been that the locomotive driver likes to turn on a bit of a show both for the enjoyment of the patrons at the store, and to ensure that any motorists in the vicinity of the level crossing are aware that a 200 tonne locomotive No.621 The Duke of Edinburgh is about to thunder across their path. We were intending to include this spectacle in our itinerary.

Back to the ride, the bikes left Strath and rode toward Milang. More light rain and a strong southerly wind caused extreme difficulties for the smallest bikes, such that 40kmh was about the best that they could achieve. It soon became clear, that at this rate of progress, our rendezvous with the steam train would probably not occur.
Approaching Milang an executive decision, soon to be regretted, was made to send three faster bikes on ahead to make the deadline with the train. The remainder of the group continued on to Finniss arriving well after train time, and finding no sign of the three faster bikes. They arrived later, having experienced some navigational difficulties along the way. We all dismounted and went inside the store for a late morning tea by the wood fire – and nobody saw the steam train. There are some important lessons learnt from this experience which should ensure that different strategies will be applied next year!

As it happened both Ian Roddie and the 98cc Excelsior got tired of the travelling conditions and arrived at Finniss aboard the car and backup trailer.

Mr Happy (dog) in the official COMCC car with Excelsior autobyk in tow

The run over to Clayton for our lunch stop at the Sails Restaurant was uneventful. The stop lasted for a little over an hour and then the riders departed for Strathalbyn via Milang and Langhorne Creek. After passing through the village of Langhorne Creek the strong wind really increased and the smaller bikes struggled once more. Tony Earnshaw’s 125cc Yamaha then experienced engine failure. Rather than suffer in the cold on the last leg of our journey, Tony’s bike was loaded on the trailer, without further investigation, next to the Excelsior autobyk, and taken on to Strathalbyn.

Breakdowns are fun

Well it was not the best Strathalbyn outing we have had, but still a lot of fun for most of it. We certainly missed the presence of Tail End Charlie (Alan Wallis) and hope he will be with us on the next run. Our thanks go to Tony Earnshaw who handled all the marshalling duties throughout the day (not a bad effort on a small bike). We also should acknowledge the big day carried out by Wayne Williams with his car and trailer rescuing two bikes for the day. Wayne (and his dog) were joined for the day by regular Mopeds Rider/Marshall Don Jennings who lent a hand as required.

Report by Warren Duncan.

NEXT RUN: The Williamstown Wander – Sunday August 4th 2019
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 8388 1770 or Alan 8295 5097

Vale, Graeme Bradley

3 Jun

It gives me much sadness to announce the passing of another of our valuable members on Monday 3rd June at 5pm. Graeme has proved to be a considerate and knowledgeable member of our club and will be remembered as being the member who was most willing to lend a hand. Graeme attended our General Meetings regularly and his views were often sought in matters of club procedure. Most recently, along with his wife Dianne, he drew up the changes to our club’s constitution.

Our sincere condolences go to his wife Dianne and the family.

Funeral – Saturday 8th June @ 2.00pm, St. Oswalds Anglican Church,   5 St. Anne Place,  Parkside