Lions Bike Show, Sunday November 7th

8 Nov

On a glorious Adelaide spring morning we attracted possibly a dozen riders for the trip to the Lions Bike Show at Macclesfield Oval departing from the usual spot ie. Hazelwood Park at 9 am. One of the more noticeable bikes was a Suzuki GS750 cafe racer, which sported some fairly chunky Hayabusa forks and a nice paint job, including the lovely retro ‘S’ Suzuki tank badge.

GS750 special joined us for the ride and won the show’s Best Japanese Bike award.

We took the most direct route – Mt Lofty , down to the Freeway, turned off at Stirling, through Echunga to Macclesfield. After an incident free journey we arrived at the oval, found Wayne Williams (gazebo transporter) and erected said gazebo along with a couple of club flags just behind the bikes. Quite a few of our members, who weren’t part of the ride, added their bikes to our display and there would have been possibly 15-20 bikes there at one point. 

This years Lions Show attracted many more bikes than in previous years. It was a perfect day to get out on the bike and mix with fellow enthusiasts in a spacious outdoor setting in the Adelaide Hills. A handful of local bands entertained the punters with a good mix of rock favourites. The coffee stand and the BBQ were very popular throughout the morning. Even the swap meet stall holders managed to attract my custom, for a change. 

The Norton Owners won the  Best Club Display with a fine row of mainly Commandos.  The British Triple enthusiasts had a good selection of Tridents, Rocket 3s and a couple of Hurricanes. Other displays from : Ulysses, VJMC, Harley, Choppers, V&V, Adventure Riders, Triumph Riders and COMCC lined the oval. 

Most members left early leaving our display looking a bit sad
1953 Ariel VB600 part of our club display

I stuck around for the prize giving: V&V President Brian Forth won the Best American bike award with his Harley Davidson outfit  for the second year running and a splendidly restored 1927 Rex Acme TT took out Best Bike. The Lions Bike Show is going from strength to strength and the organisers would be delighted by this year’s turnout, which was reportedly just under 3,000 – a great effort!

Servo stations – helmet ban

5 Mar

I’m sure, like me, many of you have been apprehended at a service station and told to remove your helmet when you go to pay for your fuel. This ruling has mystified me and I’m wondering WHY?

I’ve had several instances of this ruling, my experiences have been as follows:

  • I’ve been reminded countless times to remove my helmet before paying, usually I refuse.
  • Ordered over the tannoy, as I’ve reached for the petrol pump and the pump has been disabled until I acquiesced to the demand.
  • The shop doors have been locked, as I attempted to pay. Eventually, the night window was opened and I managed to pay.
  • After 15 years at the local servo, the staff member, who has also been serving for those 15 years and knows me, told me to remove my helmet. When I refused, he told me ‘it’s the law’ and that he’d been instructed by the boss to order motorcyclists to remove their helmets.
  • Told that it was ‘a security issue’ and when challenged, the staff informed me ‘it was for her safety’.

Each time, I have parked my bike on the forecourt, with my registration plate clearly visible to their cameras and have been brandishing a $20 note, fully intent on paying for my fuel.

What exactly is the problem that the service stations are afraid of? Why do they need to see my face, when I pay for my petrol? If I filled a car up with fuel and then went to pay wearing sunglasses and a baseball cap, they wouldn’t bat an eyelid and they certainly wouldn’t ask me to take my hat and sunglasses off before I paid.

I can only assume that they think motorcyclists are a sub-human species who need to be kept in check before they inevitably commit an assault against the service station staff.

This is the kind of behaviour which I was frequently subjected to when I was living in the UK. Over there, I only had to walk into a pub with a leather jacket and helmet and then, told to leave, as motorcyclists were not welcome. These miserable people were unable to differentiate between chain wielding Hells Angels and normal blokes who rode motorbikes. Yes, I know, I wouldn’t wear my helmet into a bank either, that’s hardly a valid reason for service stations to impose a similar ruling.

I am heartily sick of this treatment and will continue to challenge service station staff concerning their ‘no helmets’ rule until I get told a sane and logical reason as to why this ruling is in effect.

 

XT500 drawing

8 Sep

At the recent Coffee n’ Chrome event at Morphettville, I reported that an artist had chosen to draw Kym Miller’s XT500. This is the finished drawing which is now hanging in Kym’s shed/man cave.

Davo Johnson in the winner’s circle

31 Aug

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Davo Johnson first TT podium

7 Jun

Well done to local rider, Davo Johnson, for his 3rd placing and his first podium finish at the 2019 Isle of Man TT Superstock class on a Honda CBR1000RR. His father Murray must be really proud – congratulations to you … Read More »