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

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.

Club Rides

21 May

Weekend, mid-week and Mopeds Plus rides are NOW BACK ON – subject to the state’s COVID-19 regulations. Ride leaders should ensure that if more than 10 riders congregate at the start, then the ride will have to be split up into groups of no more than 10. See the calendar for the next event.

Although committee meetings  have started back, we are unable to conduct General Meetings until the regulations change.


Membership renewal 2020/21

29 Apr

Shortly, members will be receiving an automated email from The Classic Owners, inviting them to renew their membership via a provided link. In that email will be instructions on how to renew your membership and how you can access your … Read More »

Two day Burra Classic, April 18/19th

18 Mar

I have been advised by Martin Blindell that the Two Day Burra Classic, scheduled for April 18/19th will indeed go ahead. Martin has assured me that there is still vacant accommodation available.

All details for the event can be provided my Martin on 0413 058 600 or by email:  the2ofus@adam.com.au

Lions Bike Show, Sunday 3rd November

4 Nov

The club decided to stage a display at the 3rd Lions Bike Show on Sunday. We met at the usual spot in Hazelwood Park and attracted about a dozen riders. I decided the quickest route would be up Mt Lofty and onto the Freeway exiting at Stirling, through Mylor, Echunga and then onto Macclesfield Oval.

There we met up with Wayne Williams who transported the club gazebo and some chairs. We set up in the same spot where we have for the past 3 years at the southern end of the oval.

Several other club members joined us as the morning progressed until we had about 20 bikes in total. I’m guessing these numbers, as I didn’t make an effort to count them. I also didn’t take many photos of our own display, as I was too busy inspecting the hundreds of bikes which turned up for the show.

The weather was warm and sunny and we didn’t see any of the expected showers which the forecast had promised. Other clubs present included the BSA Owners, The Vintage & Veteran, Triumph Riders, Vintage Japanese and the BMW Owners. The show has gone from strength to strength since it’s inception and the organisers did another great job. Well done to Fred Horvath and his crew for putting on an excellent show and well done to all our members for making the effort to bring their bikes out for the day.