Trip to Pt Pirie RSL 31st March 2019

11 Apr

Only 3 club registered bikes together with 9 others and a bus load of about 15 non bikers met at the Caltex Bolivar sevo at 8:15 am for the run to Port Pirie. This visit was organised by Bob Finnie and he was also the bus driver. Great effort Bob and it’s a huge pity that there weren’t more starters. At least one traveller preferred canine company on the bus than motorcycling. Sorry Wayne – probably not your preferred option.

The riders (and bikes from young to old) were:-

Graham Riley 2016 Indian Scout

Louis Peilschmidt 2016 Honda Africa Twin

Charles Oliver 2015 Triumph Street Triple

Kym Miller 2013 T100 Triumph Bonneville

Bob Cole 2013 Yamaha Star

Robert Smyth 2004 Kawasaki W650

Dick Olds 2002 Harley Davidson

Bernie Burton 1995 Suzuki Bandit 600

Ray Chappell 1992 Kawasaki ZR

Roger O’Loughlin 1988 Suzuki GR650

Rob Brumfield 1987 Honda CBR 1000F

Alan Kernich 1985 BMW R80

We started on time and apart from a few very light drops (not enough to get wet) the weather was mild and mostly cloudy during the morning. After a coffee stop at Port Wakefield it was on to Pirie via Bute and Port Broughton. Well – for most of us at least. The bus went via the main road through Snowtown as planned but a bit of a mix up near the Copper Coast Highway turn off meant we lost our tail end Charlie. A few more dropped off the end at Port Broughton, presumably for an ill planned fuel stop. However we eventually all arrived within a few minutes at the RSL Club.

Plenty of time on this occasion for a more leisurely look around the excellent RSL museum before sitting down to a lunch of once again outstanding quality.

About half the group elected to return to Adelaide via the main road but the rest preferred the slightly longer but much more interesting route back to town via Crystal Brook, Clare and Gawler. The return trip was very enjoyable in sunny but mild conditions. I clocked up 464 kilometres for the day and some would have done a bit more! No breakdowns either physical or mental. Well done all.

Alan Kernich, Club Captain

Lions Bike Show, Sunday 4th November

4 Nov

There were 14 starters gathered at Hazelwood Park ready to display their bikes at the Lions Bike Show, Macclesfield. Among our starters were : a Norton Dominator, BMW R100 outfit, Triumph T120, Triumph T140, Yamaha Virago, Indian Scout, Honda CB750, Harley-Davidson Electra Glide, Triumph T110, Honda CX500 & XBR500, another BMW and the oldest bike was a 1940 Matchless. A new member was even signed up before the start – welcome George. We took the road up to Mt Lofty and travelled via Sterling, Aldgate, Mylor to Echunga and on to Macclesfield.


All the above photos show the COMCC display

The first thing we noticed was there were a lot more bikes on the oval this time. We took a spot more or less where we were last year and were joined there by an influx of other members with their bikes : 450 Honda twin, 350 Honda twin and a couple of other Hondas, a Ducati Desmosomething, Norton Commando and an old Puch 250 two-stroke. These bikes bolstered our numbers to 20 plus. Wayne Williams brought the chairs and the club flags along, so we erected them at each end of the two rows of bikes.


The VJMC had an even bigger display this year, thanks to a few stray punters who turned up and parked their Jap bikes as part of their display, and the BMW Owners had a good turn out too. One of the best improvements over last year was that ALL bikes were on the oval and not parked on the surrounding gravel path, like last year. This led to a greater variety of machines on display. We didn’t get a goodie bag this time, probably due to costs, so we had to buy our own sausage from the BBQ. I still think that the $5 entrance fee is pretty good value. There were more food outlets and more swap meet stalls than last year too.

Behind our bikes on the oval perimeter there was a stage setup and a couple of bands were playing music from my era. Some of our members remarked that we could do with a gazebo, plans are underway to invest in something suitable. Numbers started to thin out a bit after midday, as we were packing up I heard a few awards given out – a BMW K100 chopper(?), a REAL Royal Enfield Made in UK and the BMW Owners won the best club display.

There were all sorts of everything on display – the now customary Black Shadow, a Scott, immaculately restored Japanese superbikes, you name it, it was probably there. This show is turning into a great social affair for SA’s motorcylists and I look forward to attending again next year. Well done to all our members who brought their bikes out for the show and it was nice to see Alan Wallis out and about on his Norton again.

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.

Club Ride Saturday 1st September

28 Aug

Please note that the Club ride scheduled for Saturday September 1st will now start from Hawthorn Crescent, Hazelwood Park (starting point for midweek rides), meet 9:30 for a 10am start. We initially intended to visit the Mark Mitchell Museum in Birdwood, but will now visit the motorcycle races at The Bend Motorsport Park at Tailem Bend. Spectator entry is FREE !