Ride to Lyndoch, Saturday 8th December

14 Dec
The Foodland car park on Magill Rd

It started out wet, soon got dry and we didn’t go to Lyndoch. There were only 5 starters for the ride, probably put off by the early morning showers, but it turned out to be quite a good day. Martin Blindell put his hand up to lead and off we went up Norton Summit Rd crossing over to Greenhill Rd onto Balhannah and Birdwood before stopping at the Mt Pleasant bakery.

We then turned right on Angas Valley Rd and headed to Sedan and Keyneton before turning back onto Eden Valley Rd and Springton Rd to Williamstown where we took another break.

GPS map of our route

After a quick refill at Kersbrook for the two Triumphs, we headed back home, some turning off at Cudlee Creek and others headed through the Gorge. Well done to the 5 riders who turned up, we had a great day.


Midweek ride 20th November 2018

12 Dec

The day started off with a check of the weather, showers to 10 am then clearing, good oh,  I thought , got out the nice clean bike ,and down it came. Arrived at Hazelwood Pk, it was getting heavier,  a few more riders turned up , there were 5 of us now, ”it will be gone by 10am I stated”.

It was now bucketing down, 10am arrived, and we decided the weather report was” Fake News”. For my sins I was picked to lead the 4 other drowning riders, on the straightest roads to Lobethal Bakery(?),  which there are few. We headed for the hills via Greenhill Rd, but we could see very little , then it got worse.

“The BOM forecast says it’s raining”

As we entered cloud cover, the road became a torrent, with mud streaming across the road. Still we weren’t wimps, like some, { see note below }. We battled on to Balhanna, where one of the riders said he was losing road traction, and wanted to see his 64th birthday, he headed off in the direction of home. We were now 4 riders.

The trip to Lobethal went quickly and the rain got even harder. On arriving at the bakery we proceeded to flood the insides of the facility with the amount of water draining from our clothing , the prize for the most amount of water deposited on the floor, was won clearly by Rob, as people had to wade past him to get to the counter.

At 12.30 the sun came out, and we decided we would head home , no challenge riding in the sun, all the rest missed out , look at the memories we will have of the BIG WET OF 2018 .

Note: I’m not sure who Martin is referring to, but maybe that person had more sense than to venture out on such a foul day. Ed.

Martin Blindell.

Mopeds Plus – Adelaide Beach Run, 2/12/18

7 Dec


Mick Hayes Suzuki 2017 650cc M/C
Ian Roddie Excelsior 1947 98cc Autobyk
Warren Duncan Honda 2002 250cc M/C
Paul David Matchless 1940 350cc M/C
Charles Oliver BSA 1959 650cc M/C
Trevor & Susan Jones Matchless 1952 500cc M/C
Graham Riley Vespa 1960 125cc Scooter
Pascal Nigon Solex3800 1966 49cc Moped
John Kempton Solex5000 1976 49cc Moped
Bob Finnie & Evangeline Harley- Davidson 2007 1750cc M/C
Ken Hartland BMW 1986 650cc M/C
Ray Chappel Kawasaki 1976 650cc M/C
Rob Smyth Motobecane 1970 50cc Moped
Roger O’Loughlin Suzuki 1988 650cc M/C
Kym Miller Yamaha 1978 500cc M/C
Louis Peilschmidt Suzuki 1985 600cc M/C
Campbell Blaney Harley- Davidson 2001 1450cc M/C
Neville Gray Bridgestone 1967 175cc M/C
Chris Harris Yamaha 1967 70cc M/C
Joe Betschart Kriedler 1972 50cc M/C
Lew Hylton BMW 1980 1000cc Outfit
David Saint BMW 1957 250cc M/C
Peter Arriola James 1957 150cc M/C

There was some confusion at the start with a number of entrants believing the start time was 10.00am when the majority were ready to go at 9.30 am. The group finally departed about 9.45 am. Peter Arriola arrived soon after and left quickly on seeing no bikes left, and managed to catch up with the main group at Semaphore.

Every man and his dog at the start
Warren leading from the front

The weather was fine for the ride but a strong and quite cold South  Westerly persisted throughout the ride. The attendance of 23 starters exactly equalled a previous (2014) Beach Run. Numbers like these make control of the group over a fairly complex route a challenge, but the ride to and from Glenelg proceeded without any real problem thanks to those who helped with marshalling.

Parked up in Glenelg

Two first time entrants on 50 cc Solex Mopeds found the speed of the run a bit of a challenge and the wind did not help their efforts. They retired at Glenelg. We all hope they will come back for another try on a better day.

To celebrate the end of the moped year 18 persons stayed on for lunch at the BIG table in the Birkenhead Tavern.  Considering the numbers the service from the Tavern was very good, and the staff quickly organised extension of the table to ensure the extra number of diners were accommodated. The efforts of the tavern staff have been acknowledged.

Many fluoro vests and bikes in Glenelg

It was good to see Club secretary Charles Oliver attending to have his first exposure to Moped operations and his assistance as a marshall in this event was also appreciated. Thanks go also to marshalls  Nick Hayes and Paul David, and probably a few others who jumped in to avoid the development of chaos in the mob during our journey. Thanks also of course go to Wayne Williams who was on station as usual at the end of the line -up with backup vehicle and trailer.

Finally we must acknowledge that this event was run without the participation of our usual Tail-end Charlie operator Alan Wallis. Alan has in recent times had various problems which have kept him off the bike for a while, but it is hoped he will resume in 2019. For this run we were lucky to have the services of Roger O’Loughlin, who normally acts as a marshall, to replace Alan as Tail End Charlie.

Merry Christmas to you all  – Look forward to riding with you in 2019

Warren Duncan.


Next Run : Targa Hindmarsh 3rd Feb 2019

Meet: 10.00 am for a 10.30 start

Where: At the old Goolwa Caravan Park by the river on Liverpool Rd. Goolwa

Run: a.m. Goolwa/ Hindmarsh Island/Goolwa approx. 30kms

p.m. Goolwa North / airport/Goolwa barrage/ Goolwa approx.. 30kms.

Remember: These runs cater for slower riders and smaller machines, backup

trailer always provided.  

Enquiries: Warren 0417882625  Alan 82955097


2 Dec

1984 BMW R100RT Been stripped and renovated. 2 Pack Paint, frame, Bolts replated, Black with gold wheels Immaculate. New motobatt battery,etc.etc. Original motor done approx. 120 k, Runs great.

On Historic Reg. YYG-007    $8500 ono

Phone Rod mob 0487497613 for any info

All Steamed Up, Mannum

22 Nov

Three club members took their bikes to the All Steamed Up festival in Mannum on Saturday 17th November and, because I deem that as an unofficial club ride and the fact that we met up with a fourth member on our arrival, who also travelled by bike, I’ve included this report on our website.

We were promised 27 degrees and sunshine and that’s what we got. Down the main street of Mannum the traffic was diverted just before the carpark which is adjacent to the ferry crossing. This whole area was  full of small to medium sized steam  engines, some with  belt driven water pumps and air pumps from the dawn of the machine age. Machines which helped lighten the load for yesterday’s South Australian farmers. There were a number of locally manufactured machines, and I mean Made in Mannum, as well as others from England and Germany. Around the perimeter of the carpark, tents were set up and several blacksmiths were firing up and hammering steel. It was all fascinating stuff. Fellow COMCC member, Clayton Penley, was there sweating in the forge. He was part of a group of blacksmiths who were constructing fence panels. Another group of young farriers were present, but they weren’t making horse shoes or shoeing horses. They created items of a more practical use like pokers and gate  hinges, other smithies were producing works of art.


Half of the small engine display

As we worked our way along the banks of the river, we inspected the once mobile dry dock which had previously been towed and relocated from Milang, and then visited a museum next door with exhibits from the early industrial era on the Murray. There was a fascinating bolt fastened boiler made locally by some German engineer. Hundreds of bolts fastening the ends and sides of the boiler and when it was initially fired up, there was some concern as it expanded alarmingly fast. We exited out onto the main street and walked across the lawns at the back of the Pretoria Hotel and onto a kind of boardwalk by the river.

Some finely restored river craft

Along here were moored small and medium sized wooden boats, one was powered by old sump oil from trucks. The owner invited us aboard to look around while he fired up the boiler. The boat had no sides, it incorporated the owner’s living quarters, it had a stove, wooden decking and the whole outfit looked like an awful lot of fun. He proudly pointed out his gear reducers to us which helped drive the paddles either side of the craft.

Running on old sump oil – note the old carriage seat behind the ship’s wheel and the glow in the boiler.

Further up the river bank on the lawns were: classic and vintage car displays, a couple of performing bands, food outlets and on the river the larger paddle steamers were moored. We had a chat with one bloke, who displayed his Morris Oxford and small, small caravan. It was basically very snug sleeping quarters only, but he had storage for some further gear which offered him and his wife a comfortable outdoor life. It looked a good setup – vintage car and towing a small ‘vintage look’ trailer.  The crowds on the banks by the river seemed to be enjoying themselves in the very pleasant surroundings. We bought some sausage and bread – with the onion on TOP! The onion problem is not prevalent in Mannum.

Three likely looking lads sprawled on the Murray banks

As we sprawled on the lush lawn banks in the shade of the trees, a very loud fast wooden hulled speed boat fired up and did a few laps in front of the crowds. It had a fantastic sounding engine and I think I’ve seen this previously at the wooden boat festival in Goolwa. Then there was the Grand Parade of all the craft on the river. This was quite a spectacle with the larger paddle boats gliding past and some smaller steam engined craft chuffing around in front of the crowds. Behind on the roads, was a steam powered road vehicle going up and down the main street.

A fleet of large paddle steamers

I looked for the vintage motorcycles, but apparently they don’t arrive until Sunday, I believe they are courtesy of the V&VMCC. This was a great event and incredibly, the entrance fee for all the aforementioned activities was only $5 – yes, there is still value in this world. Among our small discerning group and their instinctive noses for a bargain, this was a great show and goes down as bargain of the year, ladies and gentlemen.