Ride to Palmer, Sunday 30th August

6 Sep

Participants:

  • Wayne Williams on 2000 Kawasawi Versys 650
  • Bernie Burton on1995 Suziki Bandit
  • Graham Riley on 2016 Indian Scout
  • Alan Kernich on 1976 Triumph T160 Trident
  • John Banks on 1981 Triumph T140E
  • Charles Oliver on 1967 Triumph T120R
  • David Saint on 1974 BMW R90S
  • Matt Randell on 1973 BMW R90/6
  • Louis Peilschmidt 1992 BMW R100GS
  • Mark ? Yamaha XFZ 1000

It was an overcast and moist start to this abbreviated ride. Welcome to 2 new club members who attended. Alan’s “new” Trident required a push start in the morning to become mobile. Slow and nervous headway was made, due to the slippery roads covered in moss and debris and my dicey front tyre proved to be an impairment in the drizzling conditions of the day.

 It was soon after our short coffee stop in Lobethal when I realised at Gumeracha that nobody was behind me. I waited, then I retraced my path to find my companions had stopped to support a malfunctioning unit, yep the Trident again (not Alan). Repairs were made to the electrics and we set off. Time disappeared due to this interruption so wisely I amended portion of the scenic journey so it wouldn’t interfere with lunch time.

Have you tried hitting it with a stick?

No more than 2 kms of progress, I found I was no longer leading a group. Back tracking again to a small assembly, I called tail end Charlie, yes it was the dreaded Trident again! Signifying Alan could retreat home, as it was relatively nearby for him, I was assured all was well and will be travelling again shortly. The repair pit crew decided to overtake the second patiently waiting group, so now the ride leader was demoted mid pack. The two groups met up in Palmer for a well-earned lunch.

After lunch, some members wanted to proceed the direct route home, including tail end Wayne. I proposed that Alan resume duties as the ride Leader and I become tail end Charlie. I assumed that more breakdowns were looming, so nobody would have to backtrack. I gave him route instructions to Mount Pleasant, which was pointless as another stoppage was encountered at Palmer before we could set off. During repairs the Trident stater was engaged, the bike was in gear and sprang forward almost falling onto Charles’ Triumph.

I kept the stick, it’s under the seat for these emergencies

It became vital for a fuel stop at Mount Pleasant for the Trident. I followed the group, but we became disjointed around Mount Pleasant. Rain was now falling, I made an executive deduction to terminate the ride, I was glad to get home out of the cold! I heard later the petrol station was closed at the time in Mount Pleasant, of course it was. I’m convinced that Trident translates to 3 breakdowns! I hope you all enjoyed your ride to Palmer

I’m keen for recommendations for upcoming monthly ride destinations and formats, bearing in mind that rides are 2 to 3 months scheduled in advance and advertised in our club calendar. Ride duration of about 200 kms seems standard, personally I’m happy to do longer rides or shorter when it’s scorching. Also I think it’s practical in the summer months for southern ride destinations. To utilise normally cooler conditions encountered, but avoided in winter for similar reasons. I know and love riding in the Southern regions, but central and Northern is sketchy. Can someone assist me with Northern ride destinations that’s familiar with the region? Perhaps even lead a ride one month and  give me a break?

As the newly appointed club captain I’m still trying to find my “mojo” so bear with me for a while. Aside from leading club rides there’s no other apparent “job description”. I don’t expect to keep every Tom, Dick, and Harry satisfied all the time with destinations and format nominated. But I would like to mix things up a little, so I’m am not just leading another a predictable café outing. What I hope to bring to this position is variety, after all variety is the spice of life! If you want predictability (Groundhog Day) I’m certainly the wrong person for this position, I am content to vacate anytime for a “café junkie” ride leader.

Next weekend ride will be to Angaston on Sunday September 27th, we will be meeting at Civic Park Nth East Rd, Modbury – opposite the Tea Tree Plaza – at 9:30am for a 10am start. All makes and models of bikes are welcome. This is the last of the predetermined ride destinations from the outgoing club captain.   

Louis Peilschmidt, Club Captain

 louispeilschmidt@gmail.com                                                                           

Ride to Rapid Bay / Second Valley, 9th August

16 Aug

13 starters met at Caltex at O’Halloran Hill which started as a lovely winter morning! Blue skies and no wind. There were six historic and seven modern bikes on the starting line. Strangely 2 Harleys, must be a record.

The historic machines were;

  • Charles Oliver 1959 BSA A10SR
  • Ray Hill 1974 BMW R90 900cc
  • Ed Lowrey 1975 BMW R90S 900cc
  • Alan Kernich 1985 BMW R80 800cc
  • Allan Vaisham 1971 Honda 450T
  • John France 1970 Harley Electra Glide

And the moderns in no particular order,

  • Wayne Williams 2010 Kawasaki Versys 650cc
  • Graham Riley 2016 Indian Scout 1200cc
  • Louis Peilschmidt 2000 Moto Guzzi California 1100cc
  • Tony Mitchell 2020 KTM ADV 390cc
  • Trevor McDonald 2015 Yamaha MT09 850cc
  • Campbell Blaney 2009 Harley XR1200
  • David Saint 2012 BMW R1200RT

This is my first official club run as Captain and if getting riders dislodged from the official route, then I was a resounding success!  We set off towards Clarendon where along the way riders thought better of route and turned left up Chambers Hill Road which to my recollection I didn’t post a corner marker. Fortunately in the morning briefing I mentioned that we were stopping at Myponga for Brunch. We met up along the way with most the dissidents.

The usual suspects at Myponga Bakery (NICE HARLEY)

After refreshments, we set of towards Rapid Bay via Yankalilla, Parawa and Delamere. We encountered misty conditions with heavy low lying clouds, just enough to be annoying to dampen ones spirit. We arrived at Rapid Bay for a tourist / toilet stop minus Charles, who took an unscheduled pit stop, but never re-joined the pack.

We departed to Second Valley just up the road for a second refreshment stop. Then we returned via Myponga dam for a quick tourist stop. The temperature had dropped since the morning, so rather than the scenic route home, it was the quickest way! That was my executive decision.

Another Dam stop

I’m looking for all members’ help, to make these club rides memorable and interesting. So if you know of an interesting destination or an event that could be of the focus for a ride please email me louispeilschmidt@gmail.com I don’t want to be governed to the confines of “Café Racer Mentality”, where the group is riding from food stop to food stop. I personally feel that this is restrictive. I am of the opinion that bringing your own refreshments will allow stops to be made centred around scenery or POI (point of interest), rather than the next McDonalds. My intention is, typically to stop once for Brunch then aim for a POI(?). I am happy to receive comments positive or other. Stay sunny side up.

Louis Peilschmidt, Club Captain.

Mopeds Plus : Williamstown Wander, 2nd August

8 Aug

Riders:

  • 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

Weekend ride to Mannum, Sunday 31st May

11 Jun

Our first official post COVID-19 Sunday run was a modest, but never-the-less successful and enjoyable day for the faithful few. Only five members braved the formidable obstacles of a pandemic and the weather. As it turned out, neither of these … Read More »