Wanted : Project bike

15 Aug

Wanted : Project bike pre-1980s, 500cc or larger – not Harley-Davidson and not Japanese. Tel. Ed Lowrey 0413 304 979

Mopeds Plus : Williamstown Wander, 2nd August

8 Aug


  • Graham Riley 1956 Vespa 125cc
  • David Saint 1957 BMW 250cc
  • Alan Wallis 1950 Tilbrook 197cc
  • Warren Duncan 2002 Honda 250cc
  • Mick Hayes 2018 Suzuki 650cc
  • Rob Smyth 1970 Motobecane 50cc
  • Peter Arriola 1957 James 147cc
  • Tony Earnshaw 1972 Yamaha 125cc
  • G Christie 2003 Suzuki 600cc
  • Roger O’Loughlin 1988 Suzuki 650cc
  • Ian Voysey 1948 Malvern Star 98cc
  • John Groeschel 1994 BMW 1000cc
  • Pud Freeman 2013 Honda 125cc
  • Adrian How 2004 BMW 1200cc


Looking back at the ride report for this ride in 2019, the presence of two “retired riders” Robert Freeman and Alan Martin is noted. They had travelled to Williamstown by car to observe the Moped ride. One year later  the retired Robert (Pud) Freeman joined the rider list at Williamstown once more, this time on a Honda 125cc machine!

The ride departed about 10.30 am for Springton and on this leg of the journey Rob Smyth’s usually indestructable Motobecane broke down and had to be trailered through to the lunch break. Again, looking back at the ride report of 2019 for this event, this same machine seemed to be losing power toward the end of the day. This power loss was later identified when Rob discovered part of his left boot had been machined away by contact with the exposed flywheel.

 During a very pleasant lunch break at Angaston, a fouled spark plug was dealt with and the Motobecane and Rob resumed the rest of the ride. All the other bikes performed well on a fine day for riding in the Barossa Valley.

  We should acknowledge the assistance of the Marshalls, Roger O’ Loughlin, Mick Hayes and Tony Earnshaw, and our backup vehicle operator Wayne Williams.

NEXT RUN:  Mount Barker Burble   

Sunday 11th October 2020    

MEET:  9.30 for 10am start @Lions Club Car park – Mt.Barker,  RHS  Mt. Barker to Flaxley Rd.

RUN:   Morning – Mt. Barker/ Echunga/ Meadows Bakery/Macclesfield/Mt Barker lunch

             Afternoon – Mt.Barker/Littlehampton//Balhannah/Oakbank/Woodside/Nairne/

             ( 40kms a.m. – 40 kms  p.m.)


REMEMBER: These runs cater for the slower rider, backup trailer always provided.

Enquiries; Warren 8388 1770    Alan 8295 5097

General Meeting + AGM

24 Jul

After the General Meeting this Tuesday  28th July at 7:45pm, the Annual General Meeting will be held. This is your opportunity to elect officers or stand yourself for any of the Club’s Committee positions. There will be a light supper after the meeting.

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 »