Vale, Graeme Bradley

3 Jun

It gives me much sadness to announce the passing of another of our valuable members on Monday 3rd June at 5pm. Graeme has proved to be a considerate and knowledgeable member of our club and will be remembered as being the member who was most willing to lend a hand. Graeme attended our General Meetings regularly and his views were often sought in matters of club procedure. Most recently, along with his wife Dianne, he drew up the changes to our club’s constitution.

Our sincere condolences go to his wife Dianne and the family.

Funeral – Saturday 8th June @ 2.00pm, St. Oswalds Anglican Church,   5 St. Anne Place,  Parkside

Vale, Mike Brown

28 May

More sad news, I’m afraid, another one of our members, Mike Brown AKA. Whiskers, has passed away. Originally from England, Mike is remembered by many as the resident minstrel at our club functions. Although he hasn’t ridden for a few years, Mike made the effort to be at some of our recent club functions on four wheels. No details of funeral arrangements have been received.

Les Tapping, RIP

21 May

It gives me much sadness to report the passing of one of our life members and regular great bloke, Les Tapping, on Monday just after 8:00am. He will be sadly missed at the club and we offer our heartfelt condolences to his sister Mary and family.


The funeral will be held at 2pm on Friday 7th June at Harrison Funeral Chapel, 173 Port Rd, Queenstown.


Les Tapping (Member No. 135) joined our Club in 1974, and held continual membership for the next 45 years, during which time he was awarded Life Membership. He served on the Committee in various capacities, holding the positions of, Treasurer 1978/80,Club Captain 1991/97,Assistant Librarian 1988/2000, and Welcoming Officer 1983/87. Les could always be relied on to help the Club in any way he could, and it is fair to say that His efforts contributed to our Club prospering to enjoy the healthy position it finds itself in today. Les was noted for his input during the General Business part of our General Meetings, to pass on valued trivia comments, and his fertile mind ensured that the topics were of a general knowledge nature, and not always associated with motorcycles. During his active riding days Les was well recognised on his various Moto Guzzi models. He will be greatly missed around our Club. RIP old friend.

(Eulogy by Ken Hartland)

Rob Williams R.I.P.

6 Apr

Rob joined the Classic Owners Motorcycle Club in 1990, he was the classic clubman: he served as Secretary from 1993-2004, Membership Secretary 2002/3 and Welcoming Officer 2001/2.  In addition Rob was an assistant Registrar and Machine Examiner for our Southern … Read More »

Proposed new SA motorcycle learner restrictions

1 Feb

Have you heard of the proposed changes to motorcycling licences as put forward by Adelaide University’s Centre for Automotive Safety Research for the Transport Department? In brief here are the proposals:-

  • raising the minimum riding age from 16 to 18 years.
  • forcing 50cc scooter/moped riders to hold a full R licence. Currently they require a car licence.
  • riders on L plates for at least 6 months and increasing R-date licences (equivalent of P plates) from 1 to 2 years.
  • imposing a curfew on learners from midnight to 5am and a total ban on drugs/alcohol.
  • enforcing the wearing of high visibility clothing.
  • introducing ‘on road’ licence testing and a new ‘hazard perception’ test.

Other changes such as not using phones, not being allowed to tow trailers and not being allowed a pillion passenger have also been put forward.

The 36-page review, entitled Recommendations for a graduated Licencing System for Motorcyclists in South Australia, rules out mandatory protective clothing, but it urges other measures such as improved infrastructure spending, better vehicle technology as well as training and police enforcement. There seem to be no proposals for advanced training.

The report is on this website https://yoursay.sa.gov.au/decisions/mc-licensing/  while submissions can also be sent to DPTI.roadsafety@sa.gov.au The consultation closes on February 16.

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