April Midweek Rides

16 Apr

Both rides were led by Richard Knott: the first on 3rd April when we stopped at Wistow and Milang. 195 kms, see the GPS map below.

Today’s ride (16th April) in unseasonably hot weather saw 30 bikes turn up and everyone agreed that this was a record turn-out for a midweek ride(?). We stopped at McLaren Flat bakery and at Yankalilla. Approximately 250 kms round trip for me.

Rob Smyth’s 1957 T110
Recently restored 1975 Honda GL1000
Mike Ryan did a good job restoring this Honda CB400F

26th Moped Marathon – 7th April 2019

15 Apr

Departure:    The Totness Inn, Mount Pleasant


Alan Wallis        1950       Tilbrook              197cc           M/C

Graham Riley      1960       Vespa                125cc           Scooter

G Hastie           2003       Suzuki                600cc           M/C

David Saint        1966       Puch                  250cc           M/C

Mick Hayes        2016      Suzuki                 650cc           M/C  

Warren Duncan    2002      Honda                  250cc           M/C

Roger O’Loughlin 1988       Suzuki                 650cc           M/C  

Tony Earnshaw   1972       Yamaha                 125cc           M/C

Chris Harris       1967      Yamaha                75cc            M/C

Louis Peilschmidt  1985      Suzuki                 600cc           M/C

Rob Smyth        1924        AJS                  350cc           M/C

P Arriola          1974       James                 147cc           M/C

Apologies from Don Jennings who could not attend due to a prior commitment.

The day’s journey began with the short ride down to Williamstown where the riders stopped for morning tea at Jack Rabbits, now located at a new spot at No.9 Main St. Toni provided the usual good service as we gathered around the big table.

 Continuing on to Springton all went well until we entered the Barossa Valley and the wind really picked up to the extent that the smaller bikes wobbled their way up the road. Angaston was a welcome sight because of this and all had a good lunch at various venues.

The return back to Mount Pleasant via Kyneton produced similar conditions with the wind easing as the destination came into view. There were no breakdowns for the day.

On arrival at the Totness Inn, we adjourned to the dining room for the usual refreshments of coffee and cake. Disaster struck right then as Sandi (our host) announced that our usual freshly cooked banana cake tragically crashed as it left the oven, however the backup supply of cherry and apple slice filled in so well that it was hard to notice the change of menu.

Thanks go to all the usual helpers who make our Moped Plus event successful, on this trip:- Marshalls – Roger O’Loughlin, Mick Hayes & Tony Earnshaw, tail-end Charlie –  Alan Wallis, Back-up service – Wayne Williams (and dog!).

Report by Warren Duncan.

NEXT RUN:  Strathalbyn run -Sunday June 2nd 2019.

MEET:  10.00 for 10.30a.m. Start @Goodyear Tyre Depot Rankine St. Strathalbyn

RUN:  Strathalbyn/Milang/ Finniss/Clayton Bay ( lunch @ Sails) then after lunch, Milang/Langhorne Creek/Strathalbyn.           

REMEMBER: These runs cater for the slower rider, backup trailer always provided. Hi-viz vest recommended.

Enquiries;  Warren 8388 1770    Alan 8295 5097

Trip to Pt Pirie RSL 31st March 2019

11 Apr

Only 3 club registered bikes together with 9 others and a bus load of about 15 non bikers met at the Caltex Bolivar sevo at 8:15 am for the run to Port Pirie. This visit was organised by Bob Finnie and he was also the bus driver. Great effort Bob and it’s a huge pity that there weren’t more starters. At least one traveller preferred canine company on the bus than motorcycling. Sorry Wayne – probably not your preferred option.

The riders (and bikes from young to old) were:-

Graham Riley 2016 Indian Scout

Louis Peilschmidt 2016 Honda Africa Twin

Charles Oliver 2015 Triumph Street Triple

Kym Miller 2013 T100 Triumph Bonneville

Bob Cole 2013 Yamaha Star

Robert Smyth 2004 Kawasaki W650

Dick Olds 2002 Harley Davidson

Bernie Burton 1995 Suzuki Bandit 600

Ray Chappell 1992 Kawasaki ZR

Roger O’Loughlin 1988 Suzuki GR650

Rob Brumfield 1987 Honda CBR 1000F

Alan Kernich 1985 BMW R80

We started on time and apart from a few very light drops (not enough to get wet) the weather was mild and mostly cloudy during the morning. After a coffee stop at Port Wakefield it was on to Pirie via Bute and Port Broughton. Well – for most of us at least. The bus went via the main road through Snowtown as planned but a bit of a mix up near the Copper Coast Highway turn off meant we lost our tail end Charlie. A few more dropped off the end at Port Broughton, presumably for an ill planned fuel stop. However we eventually all arrived within a few minutes at the RSL Club.

Plenty of time on this occasion for a more leisurely look around the excellent RSL museum before sitting down to a lunch of once again outstanding quality.

About half the group elected to return to Adelaide via the main road but the rest preferred the slightly longer but much more interesting route back to town via Crystal Brook, Clare and Gawler. The return trip was very enjoyable in sunny but mild conditions. I clocked up 464 kilometres for the day and some would have done a bit more! No breakdowns either physical or mental. Well done all.

Alan Kernich, Club Captain

Rob Williams R.I.P.

6 Apr

Rob joined the Classic Owners Motorcycle Club in 1990, he was the classic clubman: he served as Secretary from 1993-2004, Membership Secretary 2002/3 and Welcoming Officer 2001/2.  In addition Rob was an assistant Registrar and Machine Examiner for our Southern members from 2004-2018.

Rob was a well respected member who always showed concern for the welfare of others. He would go far above and beyond the call of duty by visiting member’s homes to inspect their bikes for Historic Registration purposes. He organised the club raffles and was always available when needed.

Rob won multiple Clubman of the Year awards and was made a life-member of the club. He will be sadly missed by all. Our sincere condolences go to his wife Tina and the family. The club is a lot poorer for his passing.

(This short eulogy was read at Rob’s funeral at Centennial Pk, Pasadena on Friday 12th April).

March Midweek Runs

30 Mar

A run to Victor Harbor with a visit to Rebrand Ltd. a restoration shop and exhaust pipe manufacturer. Great day good weather. Tuesday run to Lyndoch via Birdwood. Dominic gave his Velocette Venom an airing in anticipation of the National … Read More »

Wanted : 1956 VB Ariel side stand

30 Mar

WANTED: 1956 VB Ariel side stand and spring. Also advance/retard cable for same. Rudy                         0438 843 006

For Sale : heated gloves

29 Mar

A pair of ALPENHEAT  Heated gloves for sale  (quality European)…men’s size medium…. blackNEW  never used  complete with 240v charger and re-chargeable battery packs in zip carry bag  with tags …. NOS .have  3 heat settings with easy to control push … Read More »

Sellicks Beach Races 2019

14 Mar

Glorious weather and calm conditions were ideal for beach racing and very welcome after the wintery conditions which were experienced in 2017.

Looking towards the south end of the course at Sellicks Beach
#72 Hein Otten 350 AJS 1924
Start of Group J Period 3 (1946 – 1962 ) scratch race

109 solo entries were divided into 2 age classes, period 2 from 1/1/1920 to 31/12/1945, and period 3 from 1/1/46  to 31/12 1962: and 6 different engine capacity classes from 125cc up to 1300cc. The 12 sidecar outfit entries were in two groups single cylinder and twin cylinder. Each group battled their way through 4 scratch races and 2 handicap races over 2 days making a total of 56 races on the program.

#9 David Johnson 750 Triumph 1961
#35 David Rocklyn 595 BSA 1935, #913 Murray Johnson H-D WLA

The course was a one mile lap up and down the beach around a 44 gallon (200L) drum at each end.  Except for the 125’s races were over 4 laps i.e. 4 miles.

Here are my two favourite video clips (but I must admit some bias here)

A complete list of winners has been published on the Levis MCC Facebook page along with dozens of photos and video clips. The winner of “Fastest man on the beach” went to David Johnson riding the 1961 Kernich Triumph 750cc. As well as winning all 4 of his scratch races by massive margins, he also set a new flying lap record of 1 minute and 2 seconds. Not bad for someone who claimed to not ever having raced off the bitumen before. The “Fastest woman on the beach” was Bianca Bonner who was riding a 1942 Harley Davidson 750. The single cylinder outfit trophy went to father and daughter team Mark and Kelly Schuppan on their 1962 ESO  540cc while the twin cylinder prize went to Paul Dempsey/Carey Deschamps on their 1950 Triumph 650cc.

All in all a great weekend.

Alan Kernich

Club Captain