Mopeds Plus – Adelaide Beach Run, 2/12/18

7 Dec


Mick Hayes Suzuki 2017 650cc M/C
Ian Roddie Excelsior 1947 98cc Autobyk
Warren Duncan Honda 2002 250cc M/C
Paul David Matchless 1940 350cc M/C
Charles Oliver BSA 1959 650cc M/C
Trevor & Susan Jones Matchless 1952 500cc M/C
Graham Riley Vespa 1960 125cc Scooter
Pascal Nigon Solex3800 1966 49cc Moped
John Kempton Solex5000 1976 49cc Moped
Bob Finnie & Evangeline Harley- Davidson 2007 1750cc M/C
Ken Hartland BMW 1986 650cc M/C
Ray Chappel Kawasaki 1976 650cc M/C
Rob Smyth Motobecane 1970 50cc Moped
Roger O’Loughlin Suzuki 1988 650cc M/C
Kym Miller Yamaha 1978 500cc M/C
Louis Peilschmidt Suzuki 1985 600cc M/C
Campbell Blaney Harley- Davidson 2001 1450cc M/C
Neville Gray Bridgestone 1967 175cc M/C
Chris Harris Yamaha 1967 70cc M/C
Joe Betschart Kriedler 1972 50cc M/C
Lew Hylton BMW 1980 1000cc Outfit
David Saint BMW 1957 250cc M/C
Peter Arriola James 1957 150cc M/C

There was some confusion at the start with a number of entrants believing the start time was 10.00am when the majority were ready to go at 9.30 am. The group finally departed about 9.45 am. Peter Arriola arrived soon after and left quickly on seeing no bikes left, and managed to catch up with the main group at Semaphore.

Every man and his dog at the start
Warren leading from the front

The weather was fine for the ride but a strong and quite cold South  Westerly persisted throughout the ride. The attendance of 23 starters exactly equalled a previous (2014) Beach Run. Numbers like these make control of the group over a fairly complex route a challenge, but the ride to and from Glenelg proceeded without any real problem thanks to those who helped with marshalling.

Parked up in Glenelg

Two first time entrants on 50 cc Solex Mopeds found the speed of the run a bit of a challenge and the wind did not help their efforts. They retired at Glenelg. We all hope they will come back for another try on a better day.

To celebrate the end of the moped year 18 persons stayed on for lunch at the BIG table in the Birkenhead Tavern.  Considering the numbers the service from the Tavern was very good, and the staff quickly organised extension of the table to ensure the extra number of diners were accommodated. The efforts of the tavern staff have been acknowledged.

Many fluoro vests and bikes in Glenelg

It was good to see Club secretary Charles Oliver attending to have his first exposure to Moped operations and his assistance as a marshall in this event was also appreciated. Thanks go also to marshalls  Nick Hayes and Paul David, and probably a few others who jumped in to avoid the development of chaos in the mob during our journey. Thanks also of course go to Wayne Williams who was on station as usual at the end of the line -up with backup vehicle and trailer.

Finally we must acknowledge that this event was run without the participation of our usual Tail-end Charlie operator Alan Wallis. Alan has in recent times had various problems which have kept him off the bike for a while, but it is hoped he will resume in 2019. For this run we were lucky to have the services of Roger O’Loughlin, who normally acts as a marshall, to replace Alan as Tail End Charlie.

Merry Christmas to you all  – Look forward to riding with you in 2019

Warren Duncan.


Next Run : Targa Hindmarsh 3rd Feb 2019

Meet: 10.00 am for a 10.30 start

Where: At the old Goolwa Caravan Park by the river on Liverpool Rd. Goolwa

Run: a.m. Goolwa/ Hindmarsh Island/Goolwa approx. 30kms

p.m. Goolwa North / airport/Goolwa barrage/ Goolwa approx.. 30kms.

Remember: These runs cater for slower riders and smaller machines, backup

trailer always provided.  

Enquiries: Warren 0417882625  Alan 82955097