Join the club display at Lions Classic Bike Show, Macclesfield.

17 Oct

The club is intending to hold a display at the Lions Classic Bike Show at Macclesfield on Sunday 4th November. Bring your classic bike to Hawthorn Crescent, Hazelwood Park at 8:30 for a 9:00am start, all makes and years of bikes welcome. It costs only $5 to enter and there will be heaps of room at Macclesfield Oval. We’ll park the bikes between our ‘Classics at Hart’ flags like last year.


Mopeds Plus Report

14 Oct

Mt Barker Burble 7th October 2018

Alan  Wallis              1950   Tilbrook                 197cc            M/C

Rob Smyth                1970   Motobecane         50cc            Moped

Peter Arriola             1957    James                     150cc          M/C

Roger O’Loughlin    1988    Suzuki                   650cc          M/C

Don Jennings            1982    BMW                   1000cc         M/C

Warren Duncan       2002   Honda                   250cc         M/C

Rob Snell                  2012   Harley                   1690cc         M/C

Joe  Betschart           1972   Kriedler                    49cc         M/C

Tony Earnshaw        1972   Honda                     250cc        M/C

Alan Wallis turned up at Apex Park for duty in his usual role as “Tail-end Charlie” having carefully manoeuvred two extended stays in hospital so as to just fit in between successive Moped Plus events. A few drops of rain fell prior to departure, so Rob Smyth donned his wet weather gear and that did the job nicely – and we had fine weather for rest of the day! There was a good variety of machines with engine capacities from 49cc to a 1690cc Harley. Joe Betschart’s absolutely immaculate Kriedler created a lot of comment.

The morning run to Meadows and back went without incident and, as usual there was plenty of motorcycle activity to entertain us at the Meadows bakery during our coffee stop. In accordance with traditional practices, most Burblers enjoyed lunch at Millies’ Bakery in Gawler St. Mount Barker. Joe Betschart opted out of the afternoon proceedings and the Kriedler left for Adelaide during the break.

The trip out to Woodside went without incident also and we enjoyed a long social break at Melbas Chocolate Factory.  Several riders left at this stage, some of  them were keen to view the TV coverage of the final laps of the V8 Supercars at Bathurst. The remaining five machines returned to Mt.Barker Apex Park from Woodside via Nairne, Bald Hills Road, and Mount Barker East.

The Marshalls: Roger O’Loughlin and Don Jennings made the leader’s job easy for the day. Wayne Williams followed us around with the rescue vehicle, and Alan Wallis maintained station at the rear of the troop as “Tail end Charlie”.  On behalf of all the riders we offer our thanks to all these helpers.

NEXT RUN: Adelaide Beach Run -2nd December 2018.

MEET: For a 9.30am Start. Birkenhead Tavern, Pt. Adelaide. Over the Birkenhead Bridge,  right turn at lights – Tavern on right.

RUN: Port Adelaide/ Outer Harbour/Largs /Semaphore/Grange/ Henley Beach/ Glenelg and return. Riders may elect to lunch together at the tavern after the run. Please let Alan or Warren know beforehand so that numbers can be confirmed.

Enquiries: Warren 8388 1770    Alan 8295 5097

Run to Milang, Sunday 30 September 2018

3 Oct

In spite of competition from the Bay to Birdwood and the Distinguished Gentlemen’s’ (sexist surely!)  Run, a wonderful spring day had them coming out of the woodwork! Eight historically registered machines and only four modern classics. This is easily some sort of record and is very encouraging to me personally and to other historic machine owners who would love to see a much improved attendance of these older machines at our regular runs.

In order of descending age ( bikes that is ) …

Charles Oliver 1959 BSA A10 Super Rocket 650cc, John Williams 1961 Triumph TR6R 650cc, Darryl McWaters 1971 Honda CB750, Wayne Lawson 1973 Triumph T140 750cc, John Suggate 1974 Honda CB750, Alan Kernich 1976 Triumph T140V 750cc, Ed Lowrey 1978 Triumph T140E 750cc & Kim Miller 1978 Suzuki SP370.

Then the newer machines…

Clayton Penley and Nanette Bamton 1994 HRD Heritage Softail Outfit 1340cc Evo (this ride’s capacity winner!), Wayne Williams 2008 Yamaha XVS 650, Shane Cooper 2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 900cc & Bruce Dowell 2017 Kawasaki Z900RS.

1978 Suzuki SP370

From our usual start at Hazelwood Park, we set off through Piccadilly and several speed cameras to Aldgate , Mylor and on to Echunga, Flaxley and Macclesfield to our morning tea break at Meadows. Not the most direct route but in my opinion one of the most pleasant rides.

What a wonderful spring day! Fantastic!

Parked outside Meadows Bakery

Back on the road to Milang via Paris Creek Road and Strathalbyn. Here we were joined by Bruce on his new Kwaka. Next we took a detour down Dry Plains Road which started out as a beautifully smooth track, but was ominously signposted as a Commonwealth “Roads to Recovery” project. This almost invariably leads to a unsealed section as it did in this case. Oops! So we back tracked to Strath and then took the main Milang Road to our lunchtime break at the Milang Bakery. A few very excited brown snakes feeling the vibes here.  Next time we will try Parker Avenue, which turns into Nine Mile Road. This is all sealed on Google Earth plan view, but not in street view!

Bruce’s new Kwaka Z900RS

After a pleasant hour or so we headed off around the Lake Alexandrina shore through Clayton Bay, and via Winery Road and its several interesting creek crossings back to Alexandrina Road (the Strath. to Goolwa main road). Clayton and Nanette chose to head off to Middleton to visit relations while the rest of the group took a left turn on to the seemingly obligatory Bull Creek Road through Ashbourne and back to Meadows.

From here the party split into several small groups to head back to different parts of the city suburbs. All in all, another extremely enjoyable club outing.

Alan Kernich, Club Captain.

FOR SALE – Posties bike

2 Oct

Genuine unmolested Australia Post Postie Bike   7/83  V-90T Yamaha with Aust. Compliance Plate. Australia Post No.251.  Last registered in SA in 2009 as THC-734 (Plate is on the bike).     Starts runs and rides well. Will require battery (6V) & some minor electrical work and two mirrors for reg. Both the front and rear tyres are brand new (zero kilometres). Riders seat reupholstered. Speedometer reads 16595km.

Price $750 or reasonable offer Phone Warren Duncan      Tel. 83881770  Mob 0417882625


In memory of Paul Knapp

27 Sep

Sadly, fellow COMCC member Paul Knapp passed away on Wednesday 26th September. Paul will be missed around the club by his friends and all members who knew him. Paul was a real gentleman and our sympathies go to his wife Edna and son Peter.

The Mods & Rockers show on Saturday 13th October at Marcellinas, Semaphore will now be held in his honour.

Trip to Peterborough/Jamestown, Oct 20th-21st

16 Sep


A trip to Peterborough via Pt Pirie and then Jamestown the next day for the air show.

Weekend includes:

There’s a bus available or ride your bike. Meet at the Caltex, Bolivar Gardens on Saturday morning at 8:30 for a 9am start. Ring Bob Finnie (08) 8248 2220 or 0411 687 666 to book your spot or for further details.

Coast to Coast Motorcycle Showcase at the Published Arthouse, Adelaide, Sat 15th Sept

15 Sep

I wasn’t that sure what to expect from this show, which I talked about at our last general meeting. This was a Saturday afternoon/evening affair in town and was billed as a precursor to the Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride, a world-wide charity fundraiser for Men’s Health, scheduled for the 30th September.

The event reminded me of our own Classics at Hart show from 2016, but on a smaller scale. There were perhaps 50-60 bikes on display and there was a good range of machines: a 1920s Indian Scout, a BSA sloper, the now customary Vincent Black Shadow, a 1940s Triumph Speed Twin, an Ariel Square Four, early AJS singles, a Velocette and a good smattering of Triumphs, BSAs and Nortons. There were also Ducatis, monkey bikes, racers, various Triumph bobbers, Harley choppers and a few Yamaha XS650 custom bikes, all sporting those dreadful Firestone tyres. I noticed a couple of bikes sporting Classic Owners regalia – there was a COMCC sticker on a 1950 Bantam, the other bike (maybe an AJS or BSA) had an attractive metal COMCC badge attached to the headlamp. Japanese bikes in evidence included a nice looking Suzuki GT750, a slab sided GSX-R, a couple of Honda 750s and a very nice coffin tank Yamaha RD400. Some bikes were restored and others wore their original patina.

Older bikes – Indian Scout, BSA sloper etc.

Aside from the bikes, the bar looked popular and there was a crowd gathered at the items for sale in the silent auction – all proceeds of which went to charity. When darkness descended, the coloured spotlights came on. The clientele ranged from real bike riders, the custom crowd, and those who just like looking at motorcycles. Fellow COMCC member, Owen Greenfield even managed to sneak his Norton Commando into the line up and just as sneakily pushed it outside to go home. I met up with a another COMCC member, who also seemed to be enjoying himself. All in all this event very well and was certainly well worth the $5 entry fee.

Ducati racers

The bad news is that the Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride clashes with both the club run to Milang and the Bay to Birdwood, all to be held on the 30th September.

Charles Oliver.