Mopeds Plus : Strathalbyn run report 3/6/18

10 Jun

Alan Wallis 1950 Tilbrook 197cc M/C
David Saint 1957 BMW 250cc M/C
Roger O’Loughlin 1988 Suzuki 650cc 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 197cc M/C
Ian Roddie 1947 Excelsior 98cc Autobyk
Joe Betschart 1986 MZ 500cc M/C
Victor Poulton 2016 Moto Guzzi 650cc M/C
Paul David 1953 BSA 350cc M/C
Tony Earnshaw 1972 Honda 250cc M/C
Don & Lyn Jennings 1982 BMW 1000cc M/C

John Groeschel on a very attractive BMW R80 joined the ride for a good part of the day

Looking back through our records it seems that the Strathalbyn run has often given participants a wet ride and plenty of strong winds which have made the going a bit hard for the smaller bikes. This year was a welcome exception. There was plenty of sunshine and calm conditions throughout the day.

Riders departed about 10.30am and set out down the Langhorne Creek Rd to Belvedere and then on to Milang. Our usual morning tea stop at Milang Bakery was bypassed in favour of a trial visit at the Finniss Store a bit further down the track. The service and facilities at this new venue were excellent and we were treated to an added attraction when Steam Ranger’s Mount Barker to Goolwa weekend special made a very noisy transit of the village, as morning tea was consumed. The Finniss Store was originally the Railway Station.

The 45 min ride on to Clayton Bay for the lunch break at the Sails Restaurant completed the morning activities. Unfortunately, Ian Roddie’s autobyk ran out of noise at this stage and had to spend the rest of the day on the back up vehicle.

The hospitality and food at the Sails was as usual excellent and, after an hour or so break, the return journey commenced. This run tracked via Milang and Langhorne Creek to our start location in Rankine St. Strathalbyn. There were no further casualties.

Our thanks go to Roger O’Loughlin and Don Jennings for marshalling the corners, and to Alan Wallis for performing his important Tail End Charlie duties, to ensure nobody was abandoned after breakdown, and nobody got lost. Our back up service ably provided by Wayne Williams was also required to rescue the wounded autobyk, so many thanks Wayne for being available.

Overall a very pleasant winter motorcycling event.

Warren Duncan.

NEXT RUN: The Williamstown Wander –   Sunday August 5th 2018

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 8388 1770 –  Alan 8295 5097

One Reply to “Mopeds Plus : Strathalbyn run report 3/6/18”

  1. Hi all, I recently acquired an Excelsior Autobyk, and noticed one of your club members has one.
    I’m just trying to make contact with other owners, on the hope of finding parts and general information.
    I’m in Albury NSW, my phone number: 0425359655

    Any help would be gratefully appreciated.

    Thanks Mark.

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