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Dec 2006... Tassie Toy
Run... as reported by Andrew W...
The day was a scorcher by Tasmanian
standards with the mercury hitting 34deg. The crowd at the Derwent
Entertainment Centre car park built through the morning and as the
2.30 official start time approached there was a good crowd and a
The toy run is organised by the local
Motorcycle Riders Association with assistance from the Local
Councils ( Glenorchy and Hobart City ) and the Tasmania Police.
The run supports the Salvation Army. It's the best bike show
around as far as numbers are concerned and there is something for
everyone with all makes and models. Good people watching too (biking
takes all sorts).
The organisers announce the
official start and the place lights up with thousands of bikes
revving up. The police shut off the roads and 6000- 7000 bikes
and their pillion passengers, toys and tinsel, head down the
highway. People line the sides of the road and crowd onto
footbridges. Chocolates are thrown to the kids and they enjoy
a hand slap with the slower moving bikes. I witnessed people
giving gifts for the bikers to take into the receiving station.
The run into the city takes only about 15 minutes as the traffic
lights are all off and there are no cars so you can just cruise.
It takes about an hour for all the bikes to run through.
Honda by Honda...
Honda by owner...!
The streets around the Hobart
waterfront are shut down and the bikes line up down the streets.
The Salvation Army set up on the lawns of Parliament House with
volunteers collecting the toys and gifts. I saw three truck
loads of toys, gifts and food and thousands of dollars were raised.
There is an official toy run party at the Longley Pub and all number
of other parties. I caught up with Dave ( from Dubbo ) and Ian
who helped out with my chopper outside one of the local waterfront
pubs. I think takings might have been good as we were all
pretty hot and thirsty.
Sue and I wandered back to pick up the
bike and spotted a few good choppers but no owners. Nice to
know they're around though. I've included a selection of my
photos I thought captured the event and some chops and trikes.
My bike ran like a dog. It coughed and backfired but got us home.
Sue only had to jump off once so I could kick start again. Who
says its always cold in Tassie. Great day.
Despite most of the club riders having
family visits from interstate, work or bike or body trouble, Sunday
was a most enjoyable run for the couple of us who participated.
Jerry rolled up on his sparkling CB750
and parked it alongside my freshly cleaned and polished Shovel at
9.50 am. With everything locked and loaded, Jerry, Rilda and I
headed off to Aldinga Beach to meet up with any others who might
show. No more arrived, so Jerry headed off in the lead to
Sellicks. As we got in sight of Main South Road, it was
apparent that riders were out in force... and we would see at
least 50 other bikes and trikes over the next 5 hours.
Cruisin' over Myponga Dam wall...
The sun was out with scudding clouds
for the whole day making for very enjoyable riding conditions...
except for the wind which grew stronger as we rode further south.
Scenery in the Fleurieu is beautiful and rolling along, relaxed,
heads up, feet forward on a chopper is the best way to view it.
We rode over the Myponga Dam wall (twice, so Rilda could take
our picture!) and then down to Yankalilla and through to Normanville
where we made a toilet stop and Jerry adjusted his front brake.
After all eating, Jerry topped up his coffin tank and we took off to
Cape Jervois. Two banks of wind turbines turning lazily in the
distance near Cape Jervois sure made the scene!.
Road to Yankalilla...
Every time I go to the cape, things
have changed. This time, besides lots of new houses, the ferry
terminal now has an airport quality lounge and ticket office. Jerry
who is a bit of an antiques buff, suggested we call in to the
Trading Post" at Delamere. A brief chat with the owner and we
headed up along the top of the ranges to Victor. The wind was
strong and gusty from the sea side, but "going with the flow"
produced a gentle and relaxing bike ballet! Jerry was worried
about his fuel (7 useable litres) so we sat on a steady 85k.
Normanville... Andrew & Jerry...
Victor Harbor turned on the sun for us
and after a relaxing chat, and look in the Victor Book exchange, we
dropped into a servo for petrol for Jerry. Then it was back
via the new ring route and main road through to Mt Compass and home.
Traffic was surprisingly light, so once again it was very enjoyable
cruising, Honda and Harley pipes close together, creating that
symphony so dear to al motorcyclists' hearts.
We rolled back into our place at
3.30pm having enjoyed a couple of back roads around Willunga with
more great scenery.
A final chat with Jerry while checking
out Michael's Sportster project in my workshop before he and his
Honda departed with a good natured roar.
Sorry so many of you couldn't make it.
It was a perfect day and we are looking forward to the next run.
Paruna Oasis Rally...
Our journey to Paruna in our trusty
Bronco (Pack vehicle) started on Friday 29th
… that is for Bear, Pete, Shane, Jane, Kay and I. It took a bit
longer than expected due to trans cooler problems, but we got there
in the end! We had to set up camp in the dark, but did managed to
finely get to bed at 2ish.
The best of biking... camp fire and bike in the middle of nowhere...
Rumble, rumble.. When we got up in the
morning Shane and Bear decided to put the new battery in Shane’s
Shovel and then Shane took it for a ride around the oval. When he
got back we noticed smoke rising and thought it was oil, but no, the
battery had fallen out and was melting on the exhaust!
After sorting out the battery problem, we sat
around watching every one else to rocking up… Rumbling big
bike motors with load exhausts in the middle of the bush is a great
(only about 100) were way down on
expectations. At one stage, we thought we recognized a bike on a
trailer coming in. It was Steve (Bacca) and Tiani whom we hadn’t yet
met , but knew all about from Choppers Australia forums. After we
introduced ourselves, we gave Steve a hand to unload the bike and
had been talking for a while when in came Henry, Sharon, Graham,
Cathy, Andrew, Rilda, Jethro and Sam.. While they were setting up
camp Joe and Lurch from the Cruiser club came over to welcome them
out the morning groups of bikes (our guys included) were regularly
starting up and riding around. It's pretty good having the
excuse to get on your bike to go the the toilet!
The first event was a tire toss… Jane and Kay
competed in the women’s event and Shane, Pete and I competed in the
men’s. Shane and I were equal first until they (Cruisers) let
people take three to four extra shots
to beat us!
Shane took out first in the men’s .triple tree
toss and Kay came second in the women’s event. In this event you
throw a tire and then try to throw a triple tree into it. Shane,
Henry and I narrowly lost the tire race to a couple carrying their
very light child and didn’t do too well in the water balloon toss
(thanks to me), but we had a good time and kept the crowd happy.
Jimmy showing his style...
bike events were initially really slow starters, until Andrew and
Henry decided to shame the rest by lining up their bikes at the
start line. They reckoned the worst they could do was make fools of
themselves! When the others saw how well they were doing, other
bikes started at last to roll up! Andrew on his chopped Shovel and
Henry (chopped Trumpy) competed in the slow race and Andrew managed
to come 2nd.
next event was the slalom event where Henry and Andrew again
competed and did pretty well considering the long wheel bases of
their bikes. Henry and Sharon on the Trumpy
did well in the water toss while did Andrew and Cathy (an expert
balloon thrower from way back) on the Shovel took out the honours. A
brief water balloon fight (frustrated cruiser club members we
think!) preceded the last event which with was a short drag race
(feet up start from neutral). Andrew and Henry competed in this and
once again Andrew's Shovel cleaned up all
opposition. Which just shows that choppers aren’t such bad handlers
Burnouts... About thirty bikes were judged
and then it was time for the burnout comp. People where a bit
reluctant to have a go until Lerch managed to twist a few arms.
Shane representing Choppers Australia started the event off with a
good 4th gear burn out on a new tire skillfully changing
gears with his hand and no clutching. Another guy on a Harley had
his shot and let it rip followed by a Japper with a missing second
Shovel Shane just beginning the destruction of a brand new tyre... A
bit later and it was all smoke...
it was now getting dark, we all headed off to our camps to have
dinner and wait for the night festivities. While some of the “more
mature (aged!) of our party listened “the Seekers and other similar
music of the seventies from next door, the rest of us headed down
to the hall at about 9:30 to watch the first set off the band.
In one of the breaks we got the results off
the bike show and the trophies were handed out. Once again Choppers
Australia shone and we took out four the trophies… Steve (Bacca)…
best rat bike, Shane … hard luck story, Graham (Tazipom)… best
tourer and Cathy… longest distance covered on a 250 or under with a
distance of 149k. We headed back to camp after the raffle
results, sitting around the camp fire ‘til all
hours gradually drifting off to bed. Sleep didn’t come so easily
because every hour from one am ‘til five am this guy would start his
bike and rev it for a few minutes.
Everyone was too bushed to get up and do anything about it (except
curse very loudly)… but in the morning Cathy got him back… with a
well aimed bucket of water!
Much of the crowd had left by Sunday, but most
off those remaining, including five of our
bikes cruised into Loxton. They tell me they had a good time, eating
lunch on the river front and picking up with Ian from the rally. In
the after noon the weather began turning
very threatening and the locals told us a bad storm was on its way,
so we all packed up our gear and moved into the gym for the night.
Our evening meal (mostly C/A members) was a really great social
event… good food, plenty to drink and plenty to talk about
At Karoonda on the way up...
Going home... In the morning we packed up our
gear and headed off home leaving Shane and his two girls behind to
finish a hearty bacon breakfast and clean up the grounds The bikes’
run home was almost uneventful. At Karoonda Henry’s
bike stalled (Very embarrassing in front of lots of tourists) and
had to be jump started due to a flat battery. Bear and I rolled up
just as they got going again and didn’t catch up until we all had a
drink and chat at Henry and Sharon’s place at Murray bridge.
Andrew, Rilda and Ian headed home via Strathalbyn, Graham
and Cathy rode back to Mannum and we continued on home in our trusty
Everyone says they had a good time and I think all
are looking forward to the next weekend away…
Wanted to get a few
parts for Chopper Shed, so decided to put up a club stall at the
same time. Headed out of Willunga with Dav (other shovel
in the photo) soon after 6am, and had a beautiful run to Birdwood.
During the morning, Bear and Jimmy, Henry and Sharon and Marty
rolled by. Graham came fairly early and manned the stall while
I went around the other stalls hunting bargains. I picked up a
couple of bits. I'll put up a pic of a CB750 on For sale forum, that
was for sale at swap meet.
Got pretty breezy at times...
We also got some very
strong interest in club. One bloke was so excited that there
was a group of old school and classic chopper builders and riders in
South Australia, he was just about speechless and kept standing
at the stall in a semi stunned state. He says he will
definitely be in touch. A couple of others are keen to look up
website and said they would join in on our runs in the near future.
Part of classic m/cycle display...
We dropped by Bill's
Bits and Bikes before we left Birdwood in the company of two other
mates we met at the swap meet. A good day, though most sellers
were too expensive. and a great ride home...
Five South Australian choppers, one cruiser,
their riders and a couple of pillions, plus two cars braved cold
weather and enjoyed a run more reminiscent of o seventies cruise
As you can see, we have
a ball at these events.
It began when I was ready and listening for the
sound AJ’s Sporty and Bear’s Ford only to get a phone call instead…
“Me bike won’t start!” A few minutes later with Bear’s arrival we
headed down to rescue AJ. Tell you what, in push starting that
Sportster a couple of us realised we are not 20 any more! How many
times did you stall it AJ? Anyway after a few dramas, we
headed off and aside from not seeing Bear behind us once, we had a
great run up through Meadows, Hahndorf and Mt Torrens etc to
Birdwood… Oh except that AJ narrowly (very narrowly) kept himself
from cleaning up a stobie pole on a sharp left hander!
The rest were waiting at Birdwood; Henry &
Sharon (Trumpy), Russ & Loraine (rigid Trumpy), Graham (XS650),
Cathy (Virago cruiser), so after a brief chat we headed off… to the
servo (Russ has a small tank), then took off again, with roar of
exhausts to wards Eden Valley. The line of bikes looked good, a few
of us bravely riding two abreast where the curving road allowed.
Henry led, and basically knew where he was going. We missed a few
turns, did a circle through a couple of intersections and thoroughly
enjoyed the scenery, including Kangaroos and a spectacular view
coming down Menglers Hill behind Tanunda. Henry & Sharon had
picked out a well set up picnic ground with a big stone building
with fireplace and gas BBQ’s.
For the next hour we proceeded to annoy other
users, as Henry tuned Russ’s Triumph which was sort of running!
Turns out they had only assembled the heads having put in new valves
and guides, the night before and not given it a good settling in
run. Well after lot’s of noise, resetting the tappets, cleaning out
the carby and plugs and fiddling with the mixture AND riding back
and forth, it finally sounded civil and we charged into Tanunda for
something to eat.
C/A business was discussed over a meal and for
sometime after it. Next it was back on the bikes and off
through Tanunda, a left hander in Lyndoch… no Russ not straight
ahead… come back Russ! Russ? Cruising speed was some what
lower than normal and Graham and I blasted off ahead for a while,
then waited for the others to catch up again.
A sharp surprise left hander by Graham suddenly
in the lead, took us up a very steep hill whose name escapes me. It
was also windy… and BUMPY. Riding close behind Russ and Lorraine, I
got to see bumps from a rigid’s point of view. Russ gunned it up the
Hill and took in a beaut bump. For a moment I thought I’d have
Lorraine on my lap as she bounced off her seat, sliding up the sissy
bar, her surprised feet completely off the foot pegs! Oh for a video
camera! But that girl is really something … just takes it all as
part of the game!
The six bikes roaring into the Rocking Horse
park (Gumeracha) got a lot of attention and quite a few waves and
smiles… and then in for some hot food and drink… man those scones
with jam and cream were heavenly.
Henry and Russ as you can see let down their
hair and everybody had a rollicking good time. Some photos and then
time to move. Final line up of bikes and we all headed our different
A mate (Dav) offered me
some space on his trading table, so I offered to help him set up and
decided to put up a club display as well. I can't say getting
up at 5am after two very late nights is the best idea for
remembering everything... hence no cover for table...
During the morning, a
number of people took information and a whole lot wanted to know how
much I wanted for the Harley! I met a couple of blokes who are
bobbing or chopping bikes, and will catch up with them and take a
few pics for the website. One bloke has who has just shifted
interstate, has a pile of spare springers of varying lengths and
will let me know details which I will post on for sale forums.
A local couple I met have taken a member application and will join
Not much bike stuff
there and only Dav's table had custom or Harley stuff... I did pick
up a few useful bits and pieces plus a couple of good value Harley
books... Birdwood meet should be good as it is same week as Bay to
Birdwood run... but means you'll be competing against lots of
After helping Dav pack
up, I came home and promptly went to sleep til Monday morning... but
was a worthwhile 6 hours...
Fees Protest Rally...
On Saturday 5th August
over one thousand motorcyclists rode from Oaklands park
training centre to Parliament House. There were a good mixture
of bikers, scooters, sports bikes, cruisers, old bikes and
new, a few choppers, Learners, women riders and the full age
range. The cavalcade was impressive and a lot of car drivers
and pedestrians waved as we followed our police escorts.
A couple of speeches
were made about the Government ripping Australians off at every turn
, having full coffers, but still trying to take more. It's
fairly obvious to most of us that high fees will reduce the number
of new riders AND result in more unlicensed and untrained riders.
Government won't bend in a hurry, so it remains for each of us
to keep up the pressure with letters to local representatives.
You don't need to be too flash, just tell them to pull their heads
in and put fees back to original and spend some of their excess on
roads not cameras!. One excellent observation was the brother
hood of bikers... we stick together no matter what kind of bike we
ride... something for other groups to learn from and for us as a
group to develop.
If you weren't there
don't complain when you are hit with price hikes and further
restrictive legislation. If you really were genuinely
unable to attend (ie your boss would have sacked you) make up
for it with some letters and phone calls. Your freedom is
not automatic and it is not someone else's responsibility.
Let's show some real
gumption and some action and keep Big Brother in check.
A small section of the riders and some MRA officials...
Willunga Almond Blossom Festival Parade...
This event actually
occurred on July 30th. the weather was supposed to be very
cold with showers in morning... but we were blessed
with sunshine and clear skies until we were
ready to leave at 3.30pm.
Brrrrr! Brrrr! 6am.
Lousy alarm... Get out of bed; it's still dark and cold ,and head
for the kitchen and make breakfast. Go to computer while
things are cooking. Check forecast. Morning showers.
Looks like we'll cop it during the parade. Ask the Man
upstairs to be kind to us all and keep it dry 'til the parade is
over at least. Put literature in bag with other bits and pieces and
spend half an hour photocopying spare newsletters and hand out
Up to the shed to
get everything else ready for the stall. Bear and Jimmy are coming
early to to set up display and man the club tent while rest are
riding. Tent, poles, banner, pin up boards, hammer. Strike...!
Forgot the pegs. Off to another shed to get them. Have
to make a stand for the banner (made for the club as a gift by Dru
by the way). Hear a twin coming up the road. Not a
Trumpy. Must be Graham on his xs (chopping just completed)...
and it is, followed by Henry and Sharon towing a trailer with their
newly purchased triumph chop. Henry excuses him self that it's
too cold! What an excuse, Henry!
Get the chopper off the
trailer and the four of us check out the two bikes. After an
invigorating discussion, head in for a hot drink.
Getting late and still
no Bear. They had a party last night, so we guess what's
happened. Load gear into my old HG and get ready to go... and
Bear rocks up . They got to bed at five!
Harley , Yammie and
Triumph followed by HG (Sharon bravely driving) and Bear & Jimmy in
the Bronco head into Willunga. Get some instructions and are
directed through the bottom Oval Gates and find a spot. We
have five minutes to get up to parade, so with a flurry of activity
and a few mistakes (Henry has that got you warm?) the tent goes up.
Leave the rest to B & J, fire up the three choppers and ride up
street to find our buddies who have already phoned wondering where
the H... we are. Find AJ, Jeff and Russ & Lorraine, lined up
behind the CFS truck.
Russ reckons we should
be allowed to ride with out our helmets, so I go to find the nearest
friendly looking policeman. He directs me to the patrol car a
couple of hundred yards up the Hill... It's got the traffic sergeant
in it. He don't look so friendly and I have to wait for five
minutes while they get radio instructions. Pop the question.
After some thought, and discussion with his partner and some very
persuasive entreaty on my part the answer is, "Yes. But you
must stay under 25 km/h" Yes Sir! Thank you very much.
Race back to tell the
good news and arrange a truck behind us to carry our unwanted lids.
Gather helmets (except Henry... reckons his ears are cold!)
Someone else suggests they'll probably book us anyway, but what the
heck. In the mean time Graham has gotten some photos of
our intrepid band and Paul and Lisa have rolled up. We get
lots of attention and our photos taken by bystanders... which we
don't mind at all.
Parade starts to move.
We have a couple of thousand little kids in front of us (well there
seem to be) and the "Willunga volunteer Rifles behind us. Its
a good thing they don't have fixed bayonets. Hope their cap
and ball rifles aren't loaded either! Slow walking pace is an
interesting test of our skill with long front ends and rakes, but
with a bit of feet dragging here and there we all make it safely.
Coast most of the time with regular revving and horn blowing.
A couple of late pillions, AJ's Samantha and Rilda race out of the
crowd and hop on along the way. More photos, lots of happy
As we get to the turn
off into the side street that leads to the oval, three of the bikes
blast straight ahead kicking up a real racket. They hit
the skids when thy realise the cops are at the bottom of the street!
Twenty five kph? Not likely!
Once our bikes are
parked... in a nice line, all front ends canted on left lock we
spread around to enjoy our selves. Get less interest than we
would have liked as we are on the far side or the oval along with
the Holden guys, so Prof (that's me) takes off up to the Festival
coordinator and suggests Club could contribute further by riding
around the oval through the crowd occasionally. Get the go
ahead and that's what we do. Every so often one or two bikes
cruise around... very slowly in parts to avoid running people
over... which really gets me... even four feet behind a person my
straight out Harley pipes aren't heard!!!
As the day progresses,
Russ and I cart a few girls, fellas and kids around as well.
Club gets an invite to ride in a parade in April at Goolwa and are
now awaiting info. Graham takes of home early and then as clouds
began to gather at 3.30pm we figure we are ready to head off
ourselves. A quick take down and pack up and some of us ride
one final lap and head for our respective homes.
Everyone I spoke to had
a good time, wished our display was better located and agreed to
come back next year. How about twenty choppers next time?
I've already had some positive feedback on our participation, so see
you there in '07...
For information about the Willunga
Almond Blossom Festival...
Birdwood Motor Museum...
This event's location
was chosen because we figured it would probably be raining... and it
was... in patches. Here is Jethro's report ...
to form, the mid winter skies loomed dark and threatening.
Brief showers and wet roads - Ummmmm. Shall I? Shan’t I?
Will I? Won’t I? Excuses ran through my mind.
Bugger it, I’ll
Got about a ton
of riding gear on, hopped on my chopped 750/4 and headed off
through wet roads - but relatively fine skies - towards Birdwood.
Ahhh! – felt good to get going. Parked the bike out the front
of “Bill’s Bikes and Bits” in the main street of Birdwood, and met
up with Russ, Lorraine, and Martin.
southern contingent of Andrew, Paul and Lisa turned up, who weren’t
so lucky with the weather on the way. Graham rolled up from
Mannum, and as it must have been all of 8 degrees in the street, we
all decided it was time to retire to “The Mill”. We were able
to get in for a group discount, (or was it a large family?) and
proceeded to drool over about 200 plus bikes on display.
the lack of a chopper and suggested to the Mill about the Club
building and donating one. They said heaps of people ask about
choppers and were over the moon about our suggestion – proceeding to
bend over backwards in helping us out: providing us with the
‘conference room’ for our meeting; heating up meals for club
members; giving extra serves of chips, and suggested on having a
club run there one day and parking in the grounds for a display.
Not a bad idea when the weather gets better!
meeting, I thought I’d shoot through while the weather Gods were
kind, while the others took in some more sights.
wet on the way home, but all in all it was a great day, and I’m glad
I made the effort in the end.
Graham, Marty, Jethro, Russ, Lorraine, Paul & Lisa... Prof took
photo... Bikes... Cruiser, CB 500/4, Shovel, CB750/4
About 25 folks rock up
to AJs house warming Barbecue. Because of the cold and
threatening weather, those coming from a distance have left their
choppers at home (sob). Murray Bridge, Mannum, Smithfield,
Elizabeth and the southern suburbs are all represented. Four
chopper riders and their pillions do roll up and rather than the
planned hour and half run to Normanville, the four of us decide to
have a bit of fun locally. Paul and Lisa ride on their CB500
with Jerry on his CB750. Jeff's lad Jarred, climbs up
behind Andrew on the Shovel and Jeff takes his other lad Mat on his
Sportster... and we all head for the Aldinga Beach ramp.
A quick check that all
are happy to get some sand on their bikes and we hit the beach...
perrrrrfect... Hard sand from water to sand hills and only one or
two other souls braving the cold... bikers delight... We blast
up and down the beach for a couple of miles having an absolute
ball. Gotto get some photos of this... Sun's low in the sky
behind heavy scudding clouds, deep grey choppy water, rain squalls
all round... a few hurried directions from the intrepid
photographer... the video camera would have been great... next time
It is raining over
Sellicks but what the heck, we head up along the esplanade and are
soon wet from the knees down as the water sprays up from our front
wheels. Choppers are not noted for effective front guards, but
at least no muddy stripes up the face!!!! Have a ball swapping
positions, alternatively blasting up the tarmac then slowing down to
let others pass. Sellicks looks wet and two bikes turn back,
Jeff hasn't bothered with his jacket and is freezing. The
Shovel and 500 keep on and the rain clears, so down the Sellicks
ramp and back home a long the beach... the 500 hundred looks great,
silhouetted against the setting sun as Paul and Lisa intermittently
disappear behind sheets of spray as they charge through a couple of
inches of water. (A wash and alloy polish will definitely be
on the cards!)
Back at AJ's street and
a quick conference... play a bit of follow the leader around Pt
Willunga or go back to the party? Follow the leader has it,
and off we go. We check out some picturesque "no through
streets" and take a few more photos. After half an hour of
thoroughly enjoyable mucking around (just ask Jarred), we head back
to AJ's. Pull into his carport announcing our most enjoyable
time with revving motors. Fellows are in the shed discussing
the choppers there and their own projects. Andrew offers Matt
a ride on the Shovel and we go for a quick cruise, negotiating a
road "closed for earthworks". Go through mud, dodge ruts and
barriers, push our way roadside bushes and head through the rest of
the unmade road till we hit the main bitumen and open her up to ...k's
(Ssh) then amble back to AJ's.
Meanwhile back at the
house things are warming up... lots of merriment, food cooking, all
round discussions with backs and fronts alternatively facing the
fires and heaters etc.
More folks roll up from
the north. A quick meeting where T shirt designs are finalised,
future run details discussed and two more folks take out club
membership. And then food and socialising and Oh and Raffles.
$84 is raised for club and three people walk way with four prizes.
AJ gets to light sparklers on his apple and cinnamon cake and around
11pm a couple of us head up to Andrew's to check out the latest
progress on Bazza's bike. A set of handle bars changes hands
too... because earlier a rigid Honda roller passes from AJ to Bear.
This club is definitely achieving its goals!
The party rolls on into
the early hours and and people gradually reluctantly set off for
home. A few stay the night. That's all I know. I
assume the rest left sometime today. Great time, some grand
riding, good friendships made stronger... If you missed this time,
let's see you next month...
Our special run to cheer up our
chopper builders... and to meet those who haven't been able to join
us yet... was greatly enjoyed by all... and it very nearly didn't
Sunday 7th looked like
being a beast of a day (and it was), so it was postponed until the
following Saturday. It meant a few couldn't be involved... but
such is life and the rest of us forged ahead.
Rilda and I (on the red
shovel) and Paul and Lisa (CB500) actually are ready to leave on
time... but the 500 will only run on two cylinders. Perhaps
plugs are fouled... Oh well, a quick blast down the road should sort
it out... Bad idea. It conks out at the bottom of our
street 3/4 mile away. After much kicking I finally manage to
get it going and limp back home. After some testing and
checking of condensers etc...Lo and behold... one measly little wire
to a coil is adrift.
So now 1 hour late, we
finally blast down the road (and I mean blast) to pick up Jerry
(rigid CB750). A phone call to notify the others meeting us at
Glen Osmond and off we go (Jerry had already gone for a couple of
short jaunts while waiting for us... cheeky fellow).
Traffic is hellishly thick for a Saturday morning, so we dodge our
way around side streets I know to miss as much as possible and
arrive at the meeting spot. Are they going to throw rocks at
us or be kind? They are kind. Thanks folks. I
don't get a photo... Not game! Not a lot of bikes this time.
Russ & Lorraine's rigid trumpy is still headless, so they are once
again in their car. Cathy's not too good, so only Graham has
come, and Henry and Sharon on their Shovel (big effort cos
he's got a full day servicing his truck tomorrow)... plus Bear and
Jimmy on their first run with us in Bear's Bronco. Bear's
picking up a chopped CB750 in pieces this arvo so it won't be long
before he's on two wheels. But I'll say one thing for dark
grey Broncos; when they are tail end Charlie it's easy to
check if everyone's made it through the last traffic light!!!!
Half hour later, again
through thick traffic our expanded group rolls into Simon's back
yard (see photo below)...
Heather, Simon, Podgy, Bear, Martin, Graham & Russ, Andrew's
Shovel and Jerry's CB750 in the foreground.
The next hour and a
half is spent meeting new people, checking out their bikes, lunch
and having our monthly business meeting. Some good discussion
ensues at the meeting including a decision to set up a chat room
(Bear, Ozmarty, Tazipom and Simon) and to have our July run to
Birdwood Motor Museum. Russ & Lorraine & Henry & Sharon to be
our SA event organisers...
Next stop Mick's...
Well almost. Graham accompanies Henry and Sharon home to Murray
Bridge and we get separated by traffic lights and road works. A
number of phone calls and running around get us regrouped only to
find out that Mick's street has weird numbering which results in him
running down the street after us. Jerry is not used to city
traffic and night riding , so he takes off for home. Any way
we make it to Mick's and look at his posters and his rigid xs650...
actually it has the same mini swing arm frame as Bear's.
Then it's off to catch
up with Podgy... and we don't get lost! His yellow Amen Saviour
framed Honda is coming together and the fellas have a good natter,
learn a bit about his different welders.
Podgy's wife, Gill, Lorraine & Russ, Bear, Podgy and Martin... and the
Amen frame... nice set of pullbacks donated by Martin.
It's now home time.
Russ and Lorraine head for AJ's at Aldinga. Rilda, Paul, Lisa and I
follow bear to pick up his new project... It's getting late and
cold, but I ain't missing out on this little adventure. Find
the place and load up the (literally) pile of bits... Jason's a seat
maker, trimmer and an interesting chat follows.
On the road again as
darkness settles in. Have a great time, the two choppers and
the Bronco boring along down the Salisbury Highway and up South
Road, taking turns leading, grins and waves... this is riding...
Coffee stop and round table discussion and then away we go again.
Wave Bear off at Morphett Vale and just the two bikes left to ride
home side by side... finished off by our traditional race up our
street (country) and in the two separate driveways... the Harley
gets to the shed first this time.
The ladies dismount
stiff with the cold and head inside (Rilda's actually slept much of
the way home). Paul and I put our bikes to bed, lock up and go
inside... another great day's adventure... If everyone enjoyed
themselves as much as us... the day was highly successful... Thanks
Sunday 2nd... SA Hills Run...
April's chopper run
was through the Southern Hills... Mt Compass,
Strathalbyn, lunch at Ashbourne pub and on through Meadows and
Echunga to Mt Barker...
and here is
we go, fly out of bed & get
ready to go. I get the bikes ready.
Cathy makes the caffeine
are supposed to be in the Bridge at 9am &
it’s 8.45. Hate
being late! We arrive at 9.20 to the greeting
from Henry, " You
two are early". Damn!
Forgot daylight saving...
but on the upside, we weren’t late!
After a cuppa we all set of with Henry & Sharon in the lead on the
HD, Cathy on her Virago, myself on the VN
and Russ & Lorraine in the support vehicle due to a sick chopper.
The day was looking good with clear blue skies and a soft breeze.
hit the highway cruising down to the Strathalbyn turn off; the next
part of the run takes in some great bike
riding country through plains with long
sweepers, hills with tight bends and
scenery that can only be found in Australia ...
to meet up with the rest of the riders at Mt.
we meet up with some other members.
and have time to chat & catch up with the
gossip before setting off to
Strathalbyn. Wish Paul a Happy 21st..
Say a sad fare well to those that can’t
come for the whole ride.
next stop is to check out Dru’s XS Yam
Chopper in Strath. What a nice bit of gear it is. After a short
drooling session the ride went on.
Taking in some more of the unbelievable S.A. hills roads (biker
heaven), we set of for lunch at Ashbourne.
What a feast!
We recommend this
After a lovely meal, we
have a CA meeting to discuss up coming rides and events, as well as
T shirts and stickers (more of that on Forum) followed by a general
chat and good yarns.
then set off for the home run. At
Meadows we part with Andrew & Rilda for their trip south.
The rest of us ride on
through the twists and
turns of the hills to Nairne, where we stop for coffee & dessert.
is where Jethro lives, so we say
our farewells and set of up the old Bridge road for home.
one last stop at Henry & Sharon’s place for a pit stop & coffee.
Cathy's & my last 30 k take
in the start of a lovely sun set against the Adelaide Hills & Murray
River... a great end for a very enjoyable
April 2006 Mannum Hot Rod Show Cruise...
was run on the second weekend to coincide with the Bear Rock Rodders'
Hot Rod Show at Mary Anne Reserve in Mannum on the Sunday.
Andrew & Rilda on their
Shovel, Paul & Lisa on their CB500 (both bikes loaded to the
hilt) and AJ and Jeff on Sportsters headed up the Freeway to meet
the Murray Bridge/Mannum contingent at Monarto. At 37 C, the
day was pleasant as long as one was in the wind. The CB500
started trailing smoke from the #1 pipe while blasting through the
tunnel, but settled down again after a worrying hour waiting for
something to go bang!
Graham (Tazipom) on his
cruiser (His raked XS650 frame is on the way), Henry and Sharon on
their Shovel (custom, not chopped, but he's looking for a project
bike) and Russ and Lorraine on their rigid Bonneville were waiting
for us at Monarto as planned. After a general greeting period
we cruised off in pairs along a beaut secondary road to Mannum...
chopper country at its best. About half way, some of the rear
bikes dropped behind and after waiting a while we thought we'd
better head back and see what was amiss. Lorraine and Jeff had
seen something fall off Andrew's Shovel and had hunted along
the verge looking for it, not found anything and moved on. A
search of the Shovel and it's baggage showed nothing, so off we
We got to Graham's
place, slaked out thirst and then a number headed off to the super
market and pub for necessary supplies. When Andrew grabbed for
his belt mounted wallet to pay the cashier, the mystery of the
object shed by the shovel was suddenly cleared up. Mild
panic was followed by seven of us heading back to wards Monarto.
Lorraine was certain she could pick the spot. Half hour of
searching for "the spot" and then the wallet brought great
jubilation. Back to Graham's to slake our new thirst!
A barbie and salads was
waiting. This was followed by a very profitable 'members
meeting' and celebrations and shenanigans (including a late night
blast around the streets) lasting into the early morning.
Sunday saw us
heading down to the reserve behind Graham's trike and little camper
which was to serve as our club booth.
A little later, Martin
& Katie on their cruisers, Jethro on his chopped CB750 and and
Rodney on his "very fast" shovel joined us. They had met each
other along the way coming up through Chain of Ponds and Birdwood; a
ride they assured us they thoroughly enjoyed.
Our display with tables
of literature looked quite impressive. At least 100 vehicles
display. It was like stepping back into the fifties.
Probably 30 bikes rolled up for the day as well, ours being the only
choppers. We received some good interest and a number of our
chopper buddies took the opportunity to become paid up members.
Russ delighted in
taking a young lad for a ride around the park on his Bonnie, but
confirmed an earlier suspicion that he had a blown head gasket.
'Twas a rather sick trumpy that chuffed back up to Graham's later
that day to be trailered into a workshop... but it'll be ready for
the next run...!
AJ, Jeff and Jethro
took off early... and got drenched at Mt Barker! Andrew,
Rilda, Paul and Lisa had a leisurely run down to Murray Bridge to
catch up with Mark who built choppers in his native England and is
working on doing the same here. With things looking pretty
black we decided to play safe and stayed the night with Henry and
Monday, after a lazy
lunch in a Murray Bridge park (Paul & Lisa had to check out the
Bunyip) we set off up the Freeway. What a great time... two
choppers cruising side by side. Got home and were tempted to
just keep going... but (sob) responsibility prevailed.
If you are a chopper
jocky and could do with some Easy Ridin' experiences, how about
joining us on our next run...
Look for some more
photos on 'On the road pics...' forum soon...
2006 Club Cruise...
Weather on Sunday, February 5th turned out to
be perfect. A number of members who expected to make the run
were unable to - Jeff having coil problems just before leaving to
Never the less, three bikes headed up the
Freeway to Murray Bridge... Andrew and Rilda on their chopped
Harley, AJ on his mildly done Sportster (He reckons his new
personalised forward controls are just the bee's knees) and Paul and
Lisa on a just completed (well almost) CB 500/4.
We actually first started the Honda at 2.30am
that morning and after taking it for a half hour run, then
finishing off various pieces, hit the hay at 4.30am! We were
reasonably satisfied it would make it and despite some oil leaks
and a badly out of tune motor, it did.
We arrived at Murray Bridge an hour late
(understandably not appreciated by a very hungry Russ and co. Sorry
folks!) and then headed for a glorious little run up to a nice spot
on the River just east of Mannum, to eat.
Over lunch, we acquainted ourselves with new
folks and talked about our bikes, chopping and ways to get the
word out that Choppers are Kool. Then off to Graham and Cathy's
place for coffee and a look at CA website (for those without
computers). Our next run was pretty well decided on... another
run to and overnight stay at Mannum, followed by a chopper display
at the Mannum Hot Rod Show on the weekend of March 11th and 12th.
Graham and Cathy have plenty of bunking down and bike parking
The 'party' broke up at 4.30pm and guided by a
number of the locals bikes we, the southern contingent headed back
to Murray Bridge, said goodbye and had a great cruise home.
Paul and Lisa left us at Mount Barker for a
visit to Glenelg. Just out of McLaren Flat, AJ's rear exhaust
announced very loudly that it had come adrift. It took him
three miles of flashing his lights and finally slowing right down to
get our attention. We pulled up in the street and out with the
tools and into action. If a problem on the road is fixable I
don't mind, in fact I reckon it adds to the fun of biking...
so, AJ you made my day!
We rolled up our driveway at 9.30pm. We had a
great time... super neat riding, and great people.
We also got some neat photos
and some good action video...
2006 SA Chopper Muster...
General Comment... A great day.. good showing of bikes for a
first run... looking forward to the next.
Ten bikes (all but one were chopped) one
trike and one convertible cruised. A couple of folks who
couldn't bring their bikes joined in at lunch in the park. Lunch
combined with everyone getting to know each other, look at various
photo albums, and check out the bikes took a couple of very
enjoyable hours. During this time, the boys in blue set up a
speed camera opposite us and a couple of us were fortunately warned
in time not to be pinged as it was a luv'ly little piece of road!!!!
Rigid CB 750 with 8" over
springer and no front mud guard (from Melbourne), Rigid CB 750,
mildly chopped CB 750, Mildly chopped Kawasaki 4, Rigid trumpy, two
mildly chopped Sportsters, chopped Shovel, mildly chopped Harley
Sprint and a nice shiny cruiser. The Sprint (our official
video bike) carked it on the way down and ended up on a trailer
(fortunately with us) so the Graham's volksi trike took its place.
Three guys are looking for 650 XS Yammies to chop. Any one got
one for sale?
Lunch over, we cruised down Port Road to
Semaphore, which was packed and turned a few heads as we went along
the esplanade. Our intrepid movie makers took a couple of
hours of video and moved back and forth through the bikes to get
some nice footage. We kept on through Outer Harbour and a
petrol stop (1 gal tanks!) just before Port Adelaide. Various ones
then headed off while the rest off us headed back to pick up the
trailered sprint and then cruise back south to Willunga.
Tea around a big long table was preceded by
oohs and aahs, looking though a pile of 70's chopper mags.
Then followed some video viewing until the party finally and
reluctantly split up.
Riding with a bunch of genuine old school,
classic and mild choppers is a real blast especially when the owners
and their partners are as nice as these guys are. Thanks
everyone. See ya all next time ...
If you are into choppers how about joining us
on the next run .
Run was to Victor Harbor via Yankalilla... just nice easy cruising... We also met up with a fellow chopper
dudes (Russ & Lorraine) who have a nice rigid, chopped Triumph. They've just become members and joined us on our Chopper Muster on
the 15th. Prof forgot to fill up with petrol and ran out on the way
home, but draining some from another bike into a canteen did the
trick. Ah what fun. A great day enjoyed by us all.
2005 Adelaide Toy Run...
Sunday Dec 11th was HOT!!!! An estimated
20,000 bikes steadily streamed out of Glenelg from 11am and were still
rolling into Hahndorf an hour and a half later. The run up
Anzac Highway and Cross Road was not kind to my Harley clutch as all
the Jappo first gears seem to be quite a bit lower, even though mine
is geared down from stock. There was some definite clutch slip
when we finally accelerated up the freeway. My wife on pillion
wore her arms out from waving at what must have been at least 2000
spectators. Kids and adults were standing out on the road way
to slap palms with the riders and catch the sweets that quite a few
of the riders threw into the groups. Our batteries all must
have suffered from our enthusiastic horn blowing. We rode in
particular company with a couple of one club member's mates.
One of them was on a rigid (custom) framed 80 ci Harley flat head on
which he regularly rides long distances at very respectable speeds.
Just through the tunnel, we passed two pranged
cars. A mate who was present said one driver was so busy
gawking at the bikes he rear-ended the car in front!
Unfortunately only four club members made the
run. There were a couple of other choppers at the event and I
was able to chat with one interested owner (mildly chopped Honda 4)
and left info about the club tucked under the speedo of the other
bike, a fairly radical Honda 750/4.
Three St Vinnies trucks were filled with toys
brought up on the bikes.
After an hour of looking around and talking, we
fired up and had a very relaxed back roads cruise home. A very
enjoyable day and well worth the sunburn!
Oct 2005 Super Show
We put on a club display on the 29th & 30th of
October at the Adelaide "Extreme Horsepower Supershow".
Seventy five percent of space was taken by custom cars, some of them
pretty wild. Bikes on display were mostly Harleys with a few
Japanese sports bikes. Three bike shops displayed bikes and
accessories and two $100,000 plus "Long bikes" were unveiled with
lots of fanfare. Our Harley chopper and one other newly built Evo were the only
old school and classic choppers represented.
Our Choppers Australia display consisted of
only one bike (sob)... Andrew's chopped Harley. We had a table
display of 70's chopper magazines and books and three display stands
of A4 coloured chopper photos taken from those mags.
A lot of people stopped to look. Quite a
few were 'nostalgic' and chatted about their 70's biking and chopper
experiences. We also enjoyed talking with a number of
fellows who have or are building old school choppers and we will be
getting together with them pretty soon.
A couple of chopper enthusiasts offered us
photos and mags and one has donated two trophies won by his brother
in chopper shows in the 70's!
Three of us spent time manning the stall,
Andrew, Rilda and Dave. It was good fun and next year
our display will be bigger and better. I reckon 10 choppers
would be a good goal. How about it folks.
PS... The Harley chopper looked rather plain
alongside all the expensive, glistening and beautifully painted
stuff, but it still got lots of positive comments.
PPS... I put a sign on the Harley seat... "I
may not be the prettiest girl in town, but my owner loves me and
takes me out every day"...
and that is what I think old
school choppers are mainly about. You build your bike to suit
you and you build it to ride.
2005 Birdwood Swap
At 6am on a chilly Sunday morning a few weeks
ago, Henry and Andrew took off on their choppers for Birdwood. Riding
into the sunrise was delightful, Harley and Yamaha exhausts blending
as we rode side by side where ever possible or took turns to roar
past each other and lead. But crikey was it ever cold once we swung
off the Freeway and both were amused by the other's hand warming
The line up at the oval gates was loooong, so
in true biker fashion we idled innocently to the front of the line
and got in quickly. Our simple club display consisting of a sissy
bar friendly foldup table, two folding chairs and a big bag of
display goodies was soon put up.
The swap meet was much smaller than we
expected, but we did have some good chats with interested bikers and
have had follow up contact with some potential new members. We each
came away with bargain Sportster tanks and one or two other bits and