Ride to Jervois & Mannum, Sunday 28th June

1 Jul

What a glorious mid-winter day! Blue skies and no wind. Seventeen club members took advantage of the conditions and met at Hawthorn Crescent for the run. There were six historic and eleven modern bikes on the starting line.

The historics in order of descending (machine) age were:-

  • Phil Allen 1966 Norton Commando 750cc
  • Charles Oliver 1967 Triumph T120R 650cc
  • David Saint 1973 BMW R60/5 600cc
  • Ray Hill 1974 BMW R90 900cc
  • Ed Lowrey 1975 BMW R90S 900cc
  • Alan Kernich 1985 BMW R80 800cc

And the moderns in no particular order:-

  • Graeme Bartlett 2002 Kawasaki W650 650cc
  • Wayne Williams 2010 Kawasaki Versys 650cc
  • Bernie Burton 1995 Suzuki Bandit 600cc
  • Graham Riley 2016 Indian Scout 1200cc
  • Louis Peilschmidt 2000 Moto Guzzi California 1100cc
  • Tony Mitchell 2020 KTM ADV 390cc
  • Kym Miller 2013 Triumph T100 865cc
  • Garry Varney 2009 Kawasaki 900 Custom 900cc
  • Martin Blindell 2016 Royal Enfield 500cc
  • Trevor McDonald 2015 Yamaha MT09 850cc
  • Campbell Blaney 2001 Yamaha FZ 1000cc

Louis and his Moto Guzzi Californian

Phil Allen’s Norton Commando

We set off on time for a very pleasant amble to Littlehampton via Summertown, Verdun and Hahndorf (where there was a cue at the bakery and an Ariel Square 4 parked in the Main Street)!

Coffee and cake in the sunshine at the Littlehampton Bakery and plenty of bike oriented conversation – what could be nicer? Here we were joined by Phillipe Reeves in what must be the flashest club run support vehicle that I am aware of – an Alpha Romeo. (2010 10 ALFA ROMEO 159 1.7L TBI TI 4d 200 BHP – unless I’m mistaken).

After a relaxed break it was off once again along the Old Princes Highway past Callington and a right turn just west of Murray Bridge along Old Swanport Road which bypasses the Bridge and leads on to the Jervois road and the Tailem Bend ferry.

Waiting for the Jervois ferry

On the other side of the river we headed north through the Mallee country. Boy, this looks a picture now compared to when we last saw it. Green as far as the eye could see.

Turning left on Bowhill Road and then sharp right on to Burdett Road, we made our way to the ferry at Mannum only to find that the bakery in the main street is closed on Sundays. More the fool them as there were literally hundreds of people in town. We made do with fish and chips and enjoyed a pleasant repast in the park down by the river. Many of the world’s problems were discussed but I’m pretty sure none were solved.

The homeward run degenerated as usual into an every man for himself affair but a slightly more dedicated group managed the wonderful ascent of Angus Valley road via Apamurra and Millendella to Mount Pleasant.

Many riders found their own way home from there with, in the end only two BMWs on the final few kilometres back to the city via Chain Of Ponds and North East Road. 245kms for me and one of the best days ever. Thanks to all those who made it such a successful and sociable outing.


Alan Kernich

Club Captain


Photos from Log Book Day

29 Jun
Registrar Bob Finnie checking log books
Assistant Registrar Paul David hard at work
President Bob Cole pointing out the finer points of his FZX 750

* NEW* Updated Library List

23 Jun

The Club’s Librarian, Alan Kernich, has done a great job producing a new and up-to-date Library List. There are books, manuals, DVDs and, as a financial member, you can borrow these at any time.  To help members find their way … Read More »

Weekend ride to Mannum, Sunday 31st May

11 Jun

Our first official post COVID-19 Sunday run was a modest, but never-the-less successful and enjoyable day for the faithful few. Only five members braved the formidable obstacles of a pandemic and the weather. As it turned out, neither of these … Read More »

Log Book Day

4 Jun

Now that the COVID-19 restrictions have eased, the club is planning to hold a Log Book Day on Saturday 27th June from 9 am – 1 pm at the West Croydon & Kilkenny RSL Club.

Obviously, we are still restricted as to the numbers gathered in the club. Therefore, we will ensure that everybody is socially distanced correctly and hand sanatiser will be available. As well as updating log books, we will be issuing members with new membership cards and receipts.

It would be appreciated if members don’t all turn up en masse at 9am and hope that attendance is evenly spread throughout the day. If lots of people do turn up together, a committee member will be on the door to ensure that the restrictions are adhered to.

Merchandise can be purchased on log book day

Barry Young, our Social Secretary, will be running a sausage sizzle, as per normal.

Malcolm Gray

31 May

It is my sad duty to report that COMCC member, Malcolm Gray, has passed away. Malcolm has been a member since 2005. Malcolm was an enthusiastic member and participant in many of our events, he will be sadly missed. Our sincere condolences go to his family and friends.