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Ride Report Friday 10 August 2018

Just Cruising.

Well it’s winter time, there’s a ride on and we’re starting at Bayswater Maccas. There were pictures of cruiser bikes, stories of Eric having gone to the dark side, and something about moving into the slow lane. What was going on?

Well if nothing else, the curiosity factor must have brought a few riders out. Thirteen riders turned up for a winter’s day ride. Not a bad effort. Mind you, every day lately had been cold, wet and windy, then for one day we get sunshine and 18+ degrees. Can’t complain about that.

Before we even got to start, some quick repairs were needed on Billsy’s bike. Always nice to have plenty of advisors on hand. Eric’s bike turned out to be a nice new triumph. He looked quite comfortable on it and had to take it easy ‘cos it was new.

Finally, we were off. Was a bit blowy at times but the sun was out and that was good. Through a bit of traffic to Lilydale, then the back way to Healesville, via Launching Place. Considering the traffic, the group kept together well. Through Healesville and the Black Spur. Good run as not too much traffic, then morning break at Marysville. Was great sitting out in the sun and catching up with everyone and the latest gossip.

Onwards to Eildon for the first refuel for some, and then over Skyline. I hadn’t been over that way for quite a while, but as conditions were good, it was good ride over. Got to Alexandra and now it was time for lunch. Strangely, everyone was asking about the bakery, but somehow mostly we all ended up at the Shamrock Hotel. Good feed, good yak and good time had by all. Time to move on.

Final run across to Yea where we said our good-byes and then it was homeward bound. Turned out to be a great day for a ride, the roads were all dry, not too much traffic and great companionship to go with it. We had new riders, riders that hadn’t been on a ride for a while and a few of the usual crew. All went smooth with no incidents.

Thanks again Eric for leading another good ride and Dave for being tail end Charlie for the day.

Georg Berk
Aug 10

2018 Birthday Report

The annual Birthday Bash on Friday 27 July was moved at the last minute to the Firehouse in Ringwood. This was a blessing in disguise as we had our own private room and it turned out to be a fantastic evening.  We had truck seafood, truck Asian food, and truck waffles for desert, what a trucking great night.

2018 Birthday Bash

Please Note new location and starting time - The 2018 Birthday bash will be held at the Firehouse Ringwood 253-257 Maaroondah highway Ringwood.  Starting time now 7:00 PM on Friday 27 July.  Full details on the next ride section of the website.  Come along and support our club and make this a great night.

Ride Report - All British Rally Maldon

The ride to the All British bike rally in Maldon on Saturday 21 April was held in perfect conditions.  Seven riders including Dave and Rhys on their Triumphs, set out from Diamond Creek in the cool and fog.  We made our way to Whittlesea and on to Lancefield, where we dropped in to for a visit to Lars’ brother’s place to see his impressive car and bike collection. By this time the fog and mist had cleared and the temperature was rising.

From Lancefield we traveled along the Burke and Wills Track to Redesdale, then on to Harcourt arriving at Maldon for lunch. The main street of Maldon was blocked and completely filled with people and British bikes from all eras. Many of the older bikes left an oil spot to mark where they were parked.  We grabbed a drink and local pie for lunch as we wandered through the maze of people and bikes, it was fantastic.

Dave anguished over the purchase of a retro jacket from the local Triumph shop, but in the end the lack of luggage space on his Triumph ended his dream purchase.

It was a great day and the All British rally ride should be on next year’s calendar, hope to see you there.

Ride Report #299 Marysville

The first ride of 2018 to Marysville, on Friday 2 February, was held in perfect motorcycling conditions, a clear blue sky, no wind and about 24 degrees.

12 Frontline tourers enjoyed the conditions and the ride led by our Ride Captain Laurie Martin.  The ride was almost without incident, however, Phil Griffith suffered the indignity of a puncture on top of Lake Mountain.

After a very slow ride down the mountain to Marysville on a very flat tyre, Phil called the RACV for assistance.  RACV plus, don't leave home without it.

Hope to see you all on the next ride.

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