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