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

For Sale : Ducati 250

2 Jun

Ducati 250 Mark 3 1967 (narrow case/valve spring) in fabulous condition.

I restored this iconic machine in 1998 with no expense spared mainly using the original parts.   All restoration documentation goes with this sale. 

It has been regularly ridden on SA Historic Registration since that time.  (This registration is not transferrable to the new owner).  Tyres are great, a new piston was installed a few years ago and it has been fettled by The Bike Factory in Adelaide. 

Comes with a well-used Clymer Manual.  It has been converted to a Mikuni 30mm Carburettor but the original SSD-29D Del-Orto with attachments, is included with the sale.  It is in good working condition but the Mikuni allows for two kick starting. 

A fairly rare white faced Veglia tachometer comes with the bike.

This is one of just 114 imported into Australia in 1967 and is therefore rare and highly collectable.

Engine Number is DM250M3100594 and Vin Chassis Number is 25095173.

Remarkably, it is still registered with its original 1967 South Australian number, TH-125.

Additional photos are available on demand.  Asking around $15,500.

Contact Neville Gray 0416 050 189 or grayhigh@bigpond.com

Weekend ride to Mannum, 26 May 2019

31 May

Inclement skies and a rather pessimistic weather forecast probably kept some away but seven hardy or perhaps foolhardy souls turned up at the Magill supermarket car park for the start of our ride to Mannum via Tailem Bend and two ferry trips.

Riders and their machines were:- Graham Riley 2017 Indian Scout, Wayne Williams 2008 Yamaha XVS650, George Elovaris 1981 BMW R65, Kym Miller 1978 Suzuki SP370, David Saint 2012 BMW RT900, Allan Morris 2016 Triumph Speedmaster 865cc & Alan Kernich 1985 BMW R80.

The beginning of the ride up Old Norton Summit Road was dry (for the first kilometre or so) but further up into the hills the weather was gloomy, cold and rainy. Most had trouble with visors misting up and let’s face it, we are not used to this sort of weather! We arrived safely at Cafe Littlehampton – warm with good food and coffee and with off street parking. Thankfully the rain had stopped at Balhannah and now we even saw glimpses of blue sky.

After refreshment we headed off through Nairne (where we noted very cheap fuel prices at the United servo) and on to the outskirts of Murray Bridge. A right turn on the Old Swanport Road bypassed the town and led on to the Jervois road southward along the river and our first ferry crossing. Into Tailem Bend and a fuel stop for the Suzuki which can just about make it from one pump to the next! Then a new route for us north through the Mallee – still pretty dry out there – across the Karoonda Highway and then back towards the river and our second ferry crossing into Mannum and the Pretoria Hotel for lunch. The Sunday special, roast lamb, was excellent value!

Alan Morris (Triumph Speedmaster) – Graham Riley standing.
Waiting for the Jervois ferry
Riders aboard the Mannum ferry.
Kym Miller (Suzuki SP370) probably asking Alan (BMW)
where the next fuel stop is.

The ride broke up into several small groups for the trip home. My own route through Birdwood and Houghton was uneventful although the cold and intermittently drizzly weather made it rather unpleasant.

This route covered about 200km and was somewhat shorter than those of previous years which included Milang or Walkers Flat or both. The variety of available river crossings will allow a variety of rides in future years.

Alan Kernich, Club Captain

Vale, Mike Brown

28 May

More sad news, I’m afraid, another one of our members, Mike Brown AKA. Whiskers, has passed away. Originally from England, Mike is remembered by many as the resident minstrel at our club functions. Although he hasn’t ridden for a few years, Mike made the effort to be at some of our recent club functions on four wheels. No details of funeral arrangements have been received.

The May General Meeting

22 May

Tonight was a special night, we listened to Rob Smyth talk about his 1927 AJS H6 bitza which he showed at the meeting. He did a fantastic job on the bike and enthralled us all. Thanks Rob.

Les Tapping, RIP

21 May

It gives me much sadness to report the passing of one of our life members and regular great bloke, Les Tapping, on Monday just after 8:00am. He will be sadly missed at the club and we offer our heartfelt condolences to his sister Mary and family.

The funeral will be held at 2pm on Friday 7th June at Harrison Funeral Chapel, 173 Port Rd, Queenstown.

Les Tapping (Member No. 135) joined our Club in 1974, and held continual membership for the next 45 years, during which time he was awarded Life Membership. He served on the Committee in various capacities, holding the positions of, Treasurer 1978/80,Club Captain 1991/97,Assistant Librarian 1988/2000, and Welcoming Officer 1983/87. Les could always be relied on to help the Club in any way he could, and it is fair to say that His efforts contributed to our Club prospering to enjoy the healthy position it finds itself in today. Les was noted for his input during the General Business part of our General Meetings, to pass on valued trivia comments, and his fertile mind ensured that the topics were of a general knowledge nature, and not always associated with motorcycles. During his active riding days Les was well recognised on his various Moto Guzzi models. He will be greatly missed around our Club. RIP old friend.

(Eulogy by Ken Hartland)

Electric motorcycles

3 May

It had to come eventually: the first article on electric bikes on this site prompted by a recent announcement by Vmoto, a China-based electric scooter and motorcycle manufacturer. They have revealed that Ducati has signed a licensing agreement with the … Read More »