Ride Report #238 Sunday 25 Aug 2013

Ride Report #238 - Sunday 25 August 2013


You could be forgiven for thinking you’d arrived at a BMW Club Ride when reaching the start point for Sunday’s ride on 25 August – Georg BERK on his 1200RT and Scott McLean, Ian Marr, Brian Rix, Phil Griffin and the newest prospective club member Bill Middleditch, all on GS’.  Dale Hendy, joined by his young fella Thomas, arrived on his Aprilia and Greg Nixon, on his GSX-1000, showed his support by seeing us off, but unfortunately couldn’t join us for the ride due to work commitments. 


With threatening sky’s and dry roads, we headed down the Princes Hwy towards Berwick and then took the Beaconsfield-Emerald Road to Dewhurst before making our way to Pakenham via Paternoster and Army Roads.  After a short blast up the Princes Fwy towards Warragul, we turned off at Longwarry and took Jacksons Track through Jindivick and onto Neerim Sth for morning tea where we farewelled Ian. 


After a calorie injection, we headed down the Main Neerim Rd to the Nilma turn-off and took the Old Sale Rd to Morwell where we crossed to the south side of the Princes Hwy and headed down the Strezlecki Hwy to the Morwell-Thorpdale Rd and connected with the Mirboo Nth-Trafalgar Rd at Thorpdale. 


A short but perfect piece of asphalt took us to our lunch destination at the Commercial Hotel, Mirboo Nth where Dale and Thomas headed home early. 


After a bite to eat, we took the Strezlecki Hwy to Korumburra where Phil and Brian parted company with the remainder of the group.  Scott, Georg, Bill and myself then took the uninterrupted passage along the scenic Warragul Rd and arrived at our finish point on the outskirts of Warragul at 3.30 PM with an extra 280 clicks on the clock.  


Great company, roads and dry roads made for a great day out.  Look forward to seeing you on the next ride on Friday 6 September.

Ride Report #236 Reefton

Ride #236 Friday 2 August 2013

You couldn't expect to go the back way to Healesville from Bayswater, do the Black Spur and then the Reefton Spur with dry roads and clear skies. But that's exactly what we got with the Friday ride of 2 August.  The roads were completely dry to lunch with little traffic and four riders and Ian as ride leader enjoying it all in a mid-winter run.  Lunch at the McMahon's Creek pub was great as usual, and that was where the rain eventually found us. But by then it was too late to take away the sensational riding that the President, the most recent Ex-President, Griff, Eric and I enjoyed.  Wet gear on the way home is far more palatable when it comes after the ride we had - thanks Ian, a great ride.  Hope to see more riders on the next run.



Ballart Overnighter

Ride Report Ballarat Overnighter

The trip to Ballarat went off without any dramas. We headed off from Bayswater without any delay. Berky called in sick with a lergy, Calks with a sore hand, Steve having a sleep in...

The rest of us,  Jodie, Nathan , Laurie and Mal headed through Yarra Glen then up to Toolangi and down to Healesville before a fairly clear run up the Black Spur.  The Skyline Road was great and when I stopped to get a photo of Lake Eildon the guys said they'd never noticed it before.  It wasn’t long and we were in Yea for lunch meeting Steve.

After lunch we headed across to Broadford via Strath Creek, down some secondary roads to Wandong then over to Romsey.  The temperature started to drop dramatically as we gained altitude at Mt Macedon so we stopped at Woodend to thaw out with a cuppa.

While we were there, we looked at the most resplendent and at the same time useless Hyabusa,.  It was gold plated and obviously never taken out in anything other than perfect conditions.

From Woodend, we headed out through Tylden to a place called Yandoit, missing Hepburn Springs and Daylesford.   Most of us made it round the best hidden corner in the state as we went further west before our southern approach through Cresswick and into Ballarat.   We had a final fuel stop in Ballart to make sure all tanks were full for the morning before arriving rain free and on time at the resort at 4.32pm.

Dinner at the hotel was grand, followed by a few drinks and some relaxing watching the Moto GP in the resort common room in front of the open fire.

Day two saw most head off home, while Clayton and I weathered the storm heading down to the GOR for a nice (but wet) ride into Lorne for a cuppa before heading home.

A fantastic time was had by all. 

Hope to see you all on the next ride.

Ian Marr



Annual General Meeting

Annual General Meeting

The club's Annual General Meeting is to be held at the Victoria Police Academy lecture theatre (the same place as the last few years) at 7.30 on Monday the 8th of July, 2013.
All committee positions will be vacated and the 2013/2014 committee elected.  Members are reminded that whilst proxy votes aren't allowed (per the club's Statement of Purposes - if you aren't there you can't vote) nominations can be received and voted on without the nominated member being present.  In other words, if you want to be on the committee but can't make it to the meeting then you can.
After the meeting, you are invited to attend the Village Green where we'll get together for catch-up and some dinner.
Looking forward to seeing members supporting the your club.
Scott McLean
Secretary / membership Officer / Treasurer / Vice-President

Ride report 234 - Licola

FLT RIDE 234 – Licking LICOLA
Scotty (BMW 1150GS) Rixy (BMW 1200GSA) Phil (BMW 1200GS) Clayton (Triumph 1050) Laurie (Triumph 1050- sport thingy) gathered at Mc D’s Fountain Gate on a beautiful Friday morning for a run into Gippsland. 
It’s been a while since we have been up to Licola and we were all looking forward to getting out of town and experiencing the freedom of riding the back roads into the high country.
Scotty did not disappoint us.
After a short run out the Princes freeway we departed the brain dead zombies in tin cans we turned off near Longwarry and made our way through Jindivick and the lovely tight twisty roads leading into Neerim South for coffee.  Laurie on his sports thingy went off looking for fuel – he reckons he can only do 200 kays!  My fuel read out was showing I had 700 kays of fuel left in the tank!  It was suggested I sell him some at say $3.50 a litre   I thought about it but couldn’t do it to the poor bugger!
Marrie on his BMW 1200GS rocked up after his court case was adjourned.  
Scotty set a good pace as we made our way east to Yallourn North, Tyers, Glengarry, Toongabbie Cowwarr and Heyfield where Laurie fuelled up his sports thingy and the others topped up their fuel too.  I didn’t have to bother.  One of the local lovelies took a shine to us and engaged in a conversation (sort of through missing teeth) – she reckons she could ‘sleep’ on some of these bikes!!!   And she particularly liked the look of Laurie in his racing leathers!!!   Her comment being “ooh a like a man in leather!”   I don’t think Laure was too interested.  I think the very thick and dark Mo put him off a bit!   We got out of there as quick as we could.
We had a nice play of the 60 odd kilometres up to Licola, the hills green after recent rains and even the bush fire affected areas were showing signs of recovery.  We encountered a few tin tops on the way up but each one waved us past which was nice.
While the boys raided the local store and brought it out of pastry encrusted sustenance – I fixed a tuna roll (health kick) – and looked on with envy.
The ride back down from Licola was just as good.  Back in Heyfield Laurie topped up his sports thing again – I didn’t bother. 
Scotty then led us back through the way we came but then up to Tanjil South above blue rock dam before taking the lovely road through toe Hill end and on to Noojee, Powell town and the run into Yarra junction.  Clayton turned off to head home with a quick wave.  He had just about run in his new Triumph 1050.   Don’t know why Triumph didn’t make it a 1080 – then we could have called it a ‘rabbit killer’ or “poison bait.”  After all the Poms did import bloody rabbits here – the least they could’ve done is made a 1080 Triumph!
Seriously, a great ride – thanks yet again Scotty.

Official FLT Ride Reporter - Brian Rix 

Our Ride Captain to Licola- Scotty Way too Hotty

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