Threatening skies and similar forecasts did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of twelve riders who met at Hazelwood Park for our Sunday run. On this occasion however, modern classics outnumbered the historic machines, 6 to 4 – from youngest to oldest (machines that is 🙂
Graham Riley 2016 Indian Scout 1200 cc
Allan Morris 2016 Triumph Speedmaster 865 cc
David Saint 2010 Yamaha FZ6 600 cc
Wayne Williams 2008 Yamaha XVS 650 cc
Leon Salt 2006 Honda VTX 1800 cc
Garry Varney 2000 Honda 1000 cc + sidecar
and the historics.
Alan Kernich 1985 BMW R80 800 cc
Kym Miller 1977 Yamaha TT-D 500 cc
Darryl McWaters 1972 Kawasaki Z1 900 cc
Charles Oliver 1959 BSA A10SR 650 cc
Once again Wayne shouldered the Tail-End-Charlie role. Thanks Wayne.
We set off on time to our morning tea break at Lovell’s Bakery at Birdwood via Summertown, Uraidla and Carey Gully. Then via Deviation Road to Lenswood, Cudlee Creek and the Gorge Road to Gumeracha. Riding conditions were excellent with no wind, mild temperatures and none of that sunlight glare!
After coffee we continued on to Mount Pleasant and then down the eastern side of the ranges via Angus Valley Road, north to Sedan and then back up the range to our Angaston Sunrise Bakery Lunch stop via Kyneton. These two roads up and down to the Mallee plains provide some of the best motorcycling routes to be found anywhere. Our sidecar driver (who didn’t have a swinger and wasn’t really enjoying the left hand turns) asked me, “Are you choosing all these winding roads on purpose?”. Well, you can guess my reply!
The return ride via the Barossa Sculpture Park at Menglers Hill, Lyndoch and Williamston became gradually damper as we went and wet weather gear was required. Some riders split off here to head home via Birdwood and Woodside, while others proceeded to the city via Chain-of-Ponds. Needless to say the rain cleared soon after arriving home!
All in all another very pleasant day with thankfully no misadventures.
Alan Kernich, Club Captain