September Club Rides

21 Sep
Rod Bailey’s Shed

For this month’s ride we tried something a little different. Thanks to Lew Hylton, we were invited to view a private mini museum of magnificent motorcycles. After a quick ride through the hills we are welcomed by the owners Rod and Allison with a fantastic spread of coffee and cakes before we viewed the collection of great bikes. Rod gave us a run down on each of the bikes and then after a little cajoling he started the Ariel square four and what a magnificent sound that was. (Look for Peter Perry’s post on “Classics at Hart” Facebook site to hear it running.) After a well spent two hours checking out the bikes some of us headed off to Mt. Pleasant for lunch then home.

Collingrove Hill Climb
Part two of our monthly ride was two weeks later and a visit to the Collingrove Hill Climb, where we watched competitors blasting up the track on everything from an electric bike, a Honda Grom to 70 year old Manx Norton’s. Some of us made the trek to the top of the hill to view the track from there while others stayed around the start line to watch the bikes launch off the line, some of them quite spectacularly with the front wheel pointing to the sky.
Although it was rather cool the sun was out and it was a most enjoyable way to spend the day with fellow enthusiasts.
Tony Mitchell, Club Captain.


Ride to Milang -Take 2

9 Aug

After last month’s ride to Milang railway museum being aborted because of the rain this month’s ride wasn’t looking good with mist and rain in the hills. We only had only six riders for this months ride but once we cleared the hills the sun was shining and we were on our way. After a short break for coffee at Meadows Alan decided to head home. The remaining five of us then set off and criss-crossed the Peninsula until we were forced to retrace our route at Currency Creek with the road flooded and an expensive Mercedes stranded in the flooded road.

When we finally made it to the museum we were treated with tea and scones in the diner then a guided tour of all the exhibits.This museum is well worth a visit if you are looking for somewhere to go for a Sunday ride.

Tony Mitchell, Club Captain.

Mopeds Plus, Strathalbyn Sunday 6th June

9 Jun


  • Roger O’Loughlin 1988 Suzuki 650cc
  • David Saint 1966 BMW 250cc 
  • Rob Smyth 1927 AJS 350cc 
  • Warren Duncan 2002 Honda 250cc
  • Graham Riley 1956 Vespa 125cc
  • Tony Earnshaw 1974 BMW 600cc
  • Trevor MacDonald 2017 Kawasaki 650 cc 
  • Ian Voysey 1947 Malvern Star 98cc  
  • Paul David 1950 Ambassador 197cc    
  • Simon David 1951 Ariel 350cc 
  • Adrian How 2004  BMW 1100cc  
  • Mick Hayes  2016 Suzuki 650cc
  • Allan Vaisham 1969 Honda 450cc   
  • Mark Beyer 2010 Honda 105cc 
  • Mika Beyer 2014  Honda 109cc       

     Apologies   Alan Wallis- usually Tail End Charlie for the day called to say he was unwell and would not be able to be with us for this event.

At the advertised start time, all riders were ready to go. The ride briefing explained the itinerary for the day and suggested that because we were departing Strathalbyn adjacent to the railway station members might like to view the usually spectacular arrival of the Southern Encounter, a vintage steam train which was due in Strathalbyn at 10.50 am and is always on time! Then there was a late explanation that, due to a shortage of coal, the train would be diesel hauled using a 1951 built 1000 hp locomotive. There was no sign of a consensus on this issue, so it was ruled that we would get under way with the day’s proceedings and pause passing the railway station in hope of a glimpse of the train. As we positioned the group adjacent to the tracks, the time was 10.50 am and from the railway platform, riders heard the far off sound of bagpipes, always an indication that the train is nearby.

When 11 O’clock came and no train appeared, as we were there to ride motor cycles, the ride commenced and the group departed for Milang via the Nine Mile Road. There then followed a pleasant morning tea break at the Milang Bakery. 

The next leg of our journey was the ride from Milang to Clayton Bay and included a scenic tour past the lookout over the bay and Lake Alexandrina to Goolwa channel. From this point onward to the lunch stop at Finniss the weather stayed fine but typically for this area, the wind picked up and this caused some of the smaller machines to work hard. The first casualty was the Malvern Star Auto Bike which ceased to produce smoke due to unknown problems, and was collected by Wayne to spend the rest of the day on the trailer. Simon David had some intermittent electrical problem with the 350cc Ariel, which was having its first outing for some time.

With help from Paul David, tail end Charlie for the day, they managed to get the noise going again, and got through to Finniss for lunch. Finniss general store provided a good service for lunch with a long table next to a wood stove, prebooked for our visit.

 After lunch Paul and Simon left for Strathalbyn direct with the Ariel and Mick Hayes took over Tail End Charlie duties for the main group. The main group travelled practically non- stop from Finniss to Milang via the direct route and then on to Langhorne Creek and Belvidere to Strathalbyn arriving at 3.05 pm.

It was good to see some first timers taking part on this outing and specially those mounted on Hondas. A lonely 250 Honda has led almost every Moped run for 14 years and would be pleased to have some new company. We hope to see them all on future outings.

 As usual we must recognise the helpers for the day:

                    Marshalls – Roger O’Loughlin, Mick Hayes &Tony Earnshaw

                    Tail end Charlie – Paul David

                     Rescue Vehicle – Wayne Williams

Many thanks to you all,

NEXT RUN: The Williamstown Wander –   Sunday August 1st          

MEET:   Williamstown Oval (Just outside Oval gates off Springton Rd.)

 START: 10.00am for 10.30am dep.

  RUN:  Williamstown/Springton/Eden Valley/Angaston (lunch)/Nuriootpa/Tanunda/ Lyndoch/Williamstown (80kms)       

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

Enquiries – Warren 0417882625 – Alan 8295 5097 or 0417897296

Report by Warren Duncan, Mopeds Plus Coordinator.

Ride to Bowhill, Sunday 30th May

3 Jun

Adelaide woke up to it’s coldest morning since last winter, and minimum temperature records were broken across the state.Sounds like a great day for a ride.Thirteen hardy souls fronted up at Hazelwood Park well wrapped up for the cold and … Read More »

Ride to Mannum, 28th February

19 Mar
Another perfect day for a ride.
Today we had 2 classic and 15 modern bikes, one with pillion, ready for the ride to Mannum. First stop was the Throttle Shed at One Tree Hill ,but unfortunately the Triumph Riders beat us there so the place was packed.No problem,some of us went to the shop down the road for our morning coffee and we were ready to go.
Next problem was as we were leaving Roger headed for home, and some riders followed him instead of looking for corner markers, then one of our riders decided to ride off the road and down a bank.No injuries, well maybe his pride, so while we waited for everyone to catch up and regroup we decided to shorten the route to make up some time. Finally we were on our way to Mannum.
After lunch and chat on the banks of the mighty Murray it’s time to refuel the bikes and back on the road to Adelaide. An uneventful ride except for being stuck behind a truck and trailer filled with cattle. Don’t you just love that smell. Still it’s always a good day to be out riding with friends. I made it home after 323kms of very enjoyable riding.
Tony Mitchell, Club Captain.

Motorcycle Ride Week report

16 Dec

This report from Motorcycle Ride Week was published in Old Bike Issue No. 90 and was made by Robert Elliot of the Veteran & Vintage MCCSA. Click on the cover photo to read the article.