Mopeds Plus – Mt Barker Burble 13th Oct 2019

24 Oct

Rider list:

Alan  Wallis         1950   Tilbrook                   197cc            M/C

Rob Smyth           1970   Motobecane             50cc            Moped

Peter Arriola         1957    James                     150cc            M/C

Roger O’Loughlin    1988    Suzuki                 650cc            M/C

Don Jennings         1977    BMW                    1000cc           M/C

Lyn Jennings         2005    Yamaha                 250cc            M/C                              

Joe  Betschart        1972   Kriedler                  49cc             M/C

Tony Earnshaw       1972   Honda                   125cc           M/C

Warren Duncan       2002   Honda                  250cc           M/C 

Alan Martin           2008   Honda                     125cc            M/C 

Graham Riley         1956   Vespa                      125cc          Scooter

Victor Poulton        2016   MotoGuzzi            900cc            M/C

David Saint           1966    Puch                        250cc           M/C

Ian Roddie            1951    NSU                       49cc            Moped

Ian Voysey            1948  Malvern Star           98cc           Autobyk

The Mount Barker Burble brings riders to the Adelaide Hills at the best time of the year. The countryside looked magnificent and although rain was forecast for later in the day it did not eventuate during the ride.

Fifteen starters lined up at the start and it was interesting to note a very good representation of small engine capacity machines. For example, smaller bike numbers were:-  3<50cc, plus 1 <100cc, plus 5 <200cc and  3@ 250cc.

Pud: ‘Sorry love, no hi-viz vest, no ride’

Following the same demonstration as in the 2018 Burble, Joe Betschart’s immaculately presented 50cc Kreidler repeated the performance this year, but Rob Smyth’s Motobecane was never far behind. It was good to note also that we have a return to Mopeds plus of a female rider. Lyn Jennings joined the group for the day doing well on her Yamaha 250.

The morning ride to Meadows and back went without any problems and after return to Mount Barker via Macclesfield, a one and a half hour lunch adjournment provided a good opportunity for the exchange of world- wide topics. Three riders retired prior to the start of the second leg of our journey.

The afternoon journey to Woodside started in heavy traffic at Mount Barker but soon settled down to comfortable touring through Littlehampton, Balhannah , and on to Melba’s Chocolate Factory at Woodside.  At Melba’s our leader was in receipt of a DWN (that’s a Domestic Withdrawal Notice)  and left the ride after handing over the leadership to Roger O’Loughlin who very capably guided the remaining bikes back to Mount Barker. Ian Voysey’s Autobyk had a fuel problem very late in the return to Mount Barker and was trailered back to the start. The forecast rain appeared to be closing in at that stage.

The dirty dozen
Ian Voysey and his misbehaving Malvern Star

Our thanks go to the three marshalls for the day, Messrs. R O’Loughlin, D Jennings, and Tony Earnshaw, and to Tail End Charlie Alan Wallis. Thanks also to Wayne Williams for running the backup trailer, and it was noted that retired rider Pud Freeman joined Wayne, in an advisory capacity.

 NEXT RUN: Adelaide Beach Run – 6th December 2019

MEET:  For a 9.30am Start. Birkenhead Tavern, Pt. Adelaide -Over the Birkenhead Bridge right turn at lights – Tavern on right

 RUN: Port Adelaide/ Outer Harbour/Largs /Semaphore/Grange/ Henley Beach/ Glenelg and return. Riders may elect to lunch together at the tavern after the run. Please let Alan or Warren know beforehand so that numbers can be confirmed. 

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

Enquiries; Warren 8388 1770    Alan 8295 5097

Recent midweek rides

3 Oct

There was a ride to Tailem Bend on Sept 17th, stopping at Nairne for morning tea. Many historic bikes were in attendance and we all got to have a ride on the Jervois ferry, which is always popular with our members.

Historic bikes in the Nairne cafe carpark
The Jervois ferry

There were over 20 bikes at the start of the 2nd October ride, historically speaking there was Ray Hill and his BMW R90, Owen Greenfield Norton Commando, Trevor Jones Moto-Guzzi 850 T5, Rob Smyth Triumph Tiger 100, David Byford Yamaha RD350, George Elovaris BMW, David Saint Suzuki GT750, Allan Vaisham CB500T and yours truly on a Triumph T120R. That’s all I can remember – apologies to any I have forgotten. We stopped at Meadows and then Milang for lunch. Fantastic weather.

Hazelwood Park start point
George Elovaris’ BMW cafe racer
Owen Greenfield’s Tangerine Dream Norton.

Many thanks to our ride leader Richard Knott for his efforts and leading us down many interesting roads in the Adelaide Hills.

Ride to Second Valley and Yankalilla Sun 29th September

1 Oct

The weather was perfect and competition from the Distinguished Gentlemen and the Bay to Birdwood was obviously a non event. We had the best turnout for a Sunday run since my records began in July 2017 with 19 bikes on the starting grid. Well done our club members! In the order that they were recorded in my diary:-

Alan Kernich 1985 BMW R80 800cc

Graham Riley and pillion Sharon Cooper 2016 Indian Scout 1200cc

Allan Vaisham 1972 Honda 450cc

Kevin Fear 2013 2013 Ducati Multi 1200cc

Bernie Burton 1981 Kawasaki Z650 650cc

Ray Chappel 1992 Kawasaki ZR1100 1100cc

Louis Peilschmidt 2002 Aprilia Pegaso 650cc

Tony Mitchell 1997 Honda NX650 650cc

Tony Earnshaw 1974 BMW R60 600cc

David Saint 1974 BMW R90S 900cc

Ray Hill 1974 BMW R90/6 900cc

Wayne Williams 2011 Kawasaki Versys 650cc

Ed Lowrey 1975 BMW R90S 900cc

Carole Fear 2017 Ducati Monster 821cc

Paul Harding 1978 Triumph Bonneville 750cc

Neil Wickham 2014 Triumph Thruxton 900cc

Bill Werner and pillion Karla Matovock 2009 Triumph Sprint 1050cc

Charles Oliver 1967 Triumph Bonneville T120R 650cc

Campbell Blaney 2001 Harley Davidson FXST 1450cc

A good mix of 9 club registered and 10 modern bikes and a total capacity of 16.271 litres!

Caltex servo Top of Taps

We all met at the Caltex servo at O’Halloran Hill ready for a 10am start but there were a couple of minor delays while your captain topped up the oil in his much neglected Beemer and while Ed discovered he was missing one of his nuts. This was on one of the rear shock absorber mounting bolts. Luckily this was noticed by a very observant club member before Ed suffered a nasty let down. Ed went off to Bunnings to find a replacement while the rest of us set off via Coxs Hill road and Piggot Range Road through Clarendon and then Bakers Gully Road and McLaren Flat Road to our morning refreshment stop at the Home Grain Bakery at McLaren Flat. Ed managed to rejoin the group here. Well done Ed.

Parked opposite the bakery in McLaren Flat

After a relaxing coffee and conversational break it was back on the bikes and up the exciting Wickhams Hill Road, along Range Road to the top of Willunga Hill and then down to Pages Flat Road and on towards Myponga. Reservoir Road must be one of the most scenic routes we have along a ridge with spectacular sea views to the west and the reservoir to the east. Down the hill and across the arched concrete dam wall itself before descending further down to Carrickalinga and Normanville. From here it should have been a pleasant cruise further south to Second Valley. However is was at this point that Bernie’s Kwaka decided to spark up with with an electrical short and blown fuses. Club members helped to locate the problem by discovering hot spots in the wiring loom and soon the machine was mobile again and we all arrived safely at the Second Valley cafe and store. Two riders took this opportunity to head elsewhere for pressing engagements. A few people had gone without food long enough but many opted to wait. After a smooth and rapid trip via Delamere and Torrens Vale we stopped at one of our favourite venues, the Yankalilla Bakery.

Kawasaki Z650
Ducati Monster 821
Triumph Bonneville T120R

Then as a matter of record, a largish group of at least half a dozen set off for Meadows where we regrouped prior to heading off in various directions depending on southern or northern suburban destinations. My opinion – a top day. Good weather, good companionship and a total of 280km, for me at least, very well spent. Thanks to all participants.

Alan Kernich Club Captain

Sunday run to Kapunda – 8th September 2019

10 Sep

Participants (In approximate order of appearance – see later) At  Civic Park…Alan Morris – 2016 Triumph Speedmaster 865ccAlan Kernich – 1985 BMW R80 800ccCharles Oliver – 2015 Triumph Street Triple 675ccKym Miller – 2013 Triumph T100 865ccDavid Saint – 1974 … Read More »

Mopeds Plus – Williamstown Wander Aug 4th

19 Aug


Graham Riley         1972      Vespa                 150cc          Scooter

David Saint            1966       Puch                    250cc           M/C

Alan Wallis            1950      Tilbrook              197cc           M/C

Warren Duncan    2002      Honda                  250cc           M/C

Mick Hayes            2016      Suzuki                 650cc           M/C

Ian Roddie             1964   NSU Quickly          47cc        Autobyk

Rob Smyth             1970   Motobecane            50cc         Moped

Peter Arriola          1957     James                   147cc           M/C

Tony Earnshaw    1972    Yamaha                 125cc           M/C

G Christie              2003    Suzuki                   600cc           M/C

Rob Snell               2012 Harley Davidson    1690cc          M/C

Otto Muller            1969    Kriedler                  50cc           M/C 

Victor Poulton       2015 Moto Guzzi            850cc          M/C

Peter O’Neil           20010 Moto Guzzi            950cc          M/C

Ray Hill                 1974     BMW                   900cc          M/C  

Roger O’Loughlin 1986   Suzuki                    650cc          M/C

Setting out for the Williamstown Wander this year required different preparations. With the temperature at -3 degrees, out came the REMLAP mits with the woollen glove liners, and the leather gloves went into the bag for later in the day. These temperatures required a full set of thermals under the riding gear, and waterproof over pants to keep the icy breezes at bay.

At the start location, conditions were a little better, and 16 riders assembled ready for the journey. There were a few larger bikes not seen before on the “Wander” and one additional interesting moped with the introduction of Ian Roddie’s NSU Quickly autobyk out for its first run. Also welcomed at the start, was the presence of retired riders Robert(Pud) Freeman and Alan Martin who attended by car to observe the  bikes.

The ride up to Springton and on through Eden Valley to Angaston was achieved without any problems, and riders retired for the usual bakery lunch stop on arrival. After lunch the return journey through the busy Barossa towns of Nuriootpa and Tanunda gave good riding conditions all the way back to Williamstown. There were no breakdowns for the day. The Quickly did not go very” Quickly”, but was reliable throughout the day. The only other incident that occurred on the the return journey involved Rob Smyth’s Motobecane moped which appeared to be down on power. On dismounting at Williamstown Rob discovered he had managed to “machine”  a significant portion off the side and sole of his riding boot as it engaged with the Motobecane’s flywheel!

After a good days riding our thanks go to the Marshalls for the day, Roger O’ Loughlin, Mick Hayes, and Tony Earnshaw, and to Wayne Williams for attending and supplying the back-up vehicle. Thanks also to Alan Wallis for performing his usual duties as Tail End Charlie. 

NEXT RUN:  Mount Barker Burble

Sunday 13th October 2019    MEET:  9.30 for 10am start @Lions Club Car park – Mt.Barker,  RHS  Mt. Barker to Flaxley Rd.

Morning     – Mt. Barker/ Echunga/ Meadows Bakery/Macclesfield/Mt.Barker                                   Lunch at Mt. Barker

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

Mopeds Plus at Strathalbyn, 2nd June 2019

5 Jun

Riders: David Saint            1973       BMW                  600cc           M/C Rob Smyth            1970     Motobecane            50cc          Moped Warren Duncan     2002      Honda                  250cc           M/C Graham Riley        1960     Vespa                   125cc          Scooter Peter Arriola          1957     James                   147cc            M/C Ian Roddie             1947    Excelsior                98cc          Autobyk   Tony Earnshaw      1972   … Read More »

Weekend ride to Mannum, 26 May 2019

31 May

Inclement skies and a rather pessimistic weather forecast probably kept some away but seven hardy or perhaps foolhardy souls turned up at the Magill supermarket car park for the start of our ride to Mannum via Tailem Bend and two … Read More »

Ride to Angaston, 28th April 2019

2 May

Once again a delightful Adelaide autumn day for our ride to Birdwood and Angaston. A little disappointing that there were only 10 starters but of these 8 were club registered historic machines. Riders and their machines (in no particular order … Read More »