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Queensland Christmas Bash... as reported by
December was the QLD Choppers Australia Xmas ride and dine!!
strange reason I decided roughly 4 hours before I was meant to set
off that I would put a pin in the rather annoying blister on my tank
that had been bugging me for ages.
And didn’t I
regret it when petrol started dripping out of it!! So I had to
decide, attempt to repair it, or take my ZRX1100 or the Ute??? Well
there’s no way I’d turn up in a car, never done it before, not going
to start now, ZRX is fine but this is a Chopper run. So drain the
tank remove offending paint and there it is, a pin hole in my tank
about 20mm up from the seam, with small lines of rust coming out
from the hole (this is a very modified 1970’s tank after all).
So I checked
that there’s not too much of a hole, and cleaned it, then plugged it
with chemical metal, and stuck a sticker over it once dried.
Re-fitting the tank and connecting up the fuel line is simple,
filling with fuel is an art……
So all seems
ok, no leaks. Load up, bid farewell to the wife and off I go. Met up
with Spokes at the BP servo near Morayfield, now Spokes rides his
bike hard, really hard, now I don’t have a problem with that if I’m
riding something like my ZRX, but I wasn’t, I was on a 1979 Z650
Hardtail Chop, so I sat on the Bruce Highway watching Spokes
disappear into the distance, after several KM’s he must have
realised that I was not on for racing, so he slowed to my speed and
we cruised down the Highway in the sun looking at the poor sod’s in
their cars looking at us like we were mad!!! We met up with my mate
Si in Brizzy then Spokes’ wife a bit further on. So the four of us
made our way down to Goodna servo, to fill up before the ride that
Midnight had sorted. Filling up at the servo I noticed that my cheap
and nasty Taiwanese indicators had snapped from their mounts and now
hung down each side of my Bates like deputy Dawgs ears!!
Meeting up with
the rest at Macca’s in Goodna was cool, everyone in the air
conditioned luxury with us lot getting stared at was funny. So me,
Si, Spokes, Mrs. Spokes, SGT, Skip and Mrs. Skip, Neil and Mrs. Neil
and Midnight ventured from the cool of Macca’s to the car park to
check out the bikes, mine standing out like a sore thumb (if your
sore thumb goes green) in a mass of Black bikes. Compliments were
paid to one and all and stick was given as required!!
After about ten
minutes of that we set off, the ride was great, a fantastic route,
some great scenery and some awful roads that may have been better
negotiated by dirt bike. Mainly out in the countryside and into
Boonahshire we rode, we saw Pullmyfinga hiding under a bridge
looking like a copper with a radar gun with his Fluro’s on and white
4x4, we acknowledged him whilst hanging on over the bumps and
pot-holes as best we could.
over to let Midnight have a smoke we set off on the final leg to
Jimboomba servo, I followed SGT most of the second leg, he has given
his bike the coolest look with those bars and lower seat, I took
some stick from him as he rode effortlessly over the pot-holes
whilst I was smashing my spine, picking up Tex on the way we made
our way to Jimboomba, we were a real site and what a noise…..Lovely.
It was the
first time I’ve met Tex and what a pleasure, a true gent. Meeting up
with Wayne, 74Chopper and Chucky we heard Robs tale of woe with his
breakdown, but he soldiered on riding his now 750/3 and we followed
Wayne to the middle of nowhere-shire to his house, all sticking
together whilst riding down Wayne’s road so his wife could get some
For about an
hour we stood around drinking and chatting about bikes, and then a
bit more about bikes. Wayne and his wife then started cooking for us
and a huge plate of spicy prawns nearly got consumed by Skip, but we
managed to have one each (I think), the rest of the night was mainly
drinking, eating and chatting.
Most of the
lads left at about 10 (I think) so me Si and Chucky slept at Wayne’s
and had a hearty breakfast before setting off home Sunday Morning
after a great 24hours.
I’d like to
thank everyone who turned up, and especially Wayne and family for
their hospitality. Til the next time...
Dec 2007 SA MRA Toy
We didn't make this a club event this
year, but there were a number of choppers and classic bikes there
which I thought you'd all like to see. Steve a club member from
north of Adelaide and I met at the Hahndorf Oval, the run's final
destination in time to see the riders coming in...
The event had a massive turn out this
year... at least three times as many bikes as I've seen in the last
A nice Honda that also came last year...
Another Honda I'd not seen before...
This nice guy let me take his photo... see our links webpage for
more details of "silly helmet covers"...
Remember the front number plate days... also just two letters not
This bloke apparently has two matching trikes that he uses for
This bike gets ridden long distances... don't knock the old 80ci
Most of you have seen Jethro's chopped CB750 before. The front
end has been rechromed, it has new low handlebars a repaint and set
recovering... He makes leather goods for bikers and had a stall here
Steve and I had a good chat with Brian... he is progressively
redoing his xs 650...
It was a great day. Steve (on his chopped CB750) teamed up
with a couple of other chopper riders on his way back north and I
took a leisurely ride back south though back gravel roads and some
great scenery around Mt Bold...
Run... as reported by Prof...
The long awaited Northern SA run
finally came to pass on Sunday Dec 2nd
None of the Southern guys were able to
make the run which disappointed the northern blokes as they were
looking forward to meeting some of the other SA Choppers Australia
members... only Prof on his trusty shovel made the trip from down
Meeting place was the Gepps Cross
Hotel car park and by 10.15 the first six had arrived...Myself on my
chopped shovel, Ken on his 83 DOHC Honda, Mal, Steve and Jim on
their chopped CB750's, Jim's brother Peter on his VT 750 cruiser and
Mal's son Dallas on his Sporty, soon to be chopped. We were to
collect more along the way. After some discussion and some
posed pics of proud riders and their choppers we headed out towards
Mal and his CB 750...
Steve and his CB 750...
Jim and his CB750...
The lights took along time to change so why
not make use of it...
Despite my best efforts to get some
riding shots I only got one of Steve. Nice tail light and
slash cut drag pipes...
At Smithfield Plains, we joined up
with Cookie (blue Vulcan above) on his 1500 (It has a great pair of
upswept pipes to complement the 4" extensions and a lovely paint
job) and also TBear (below) on his soon to be chopped bike... It has
a very trick pair of 4 into twos and definitely sounds quite wicked.
Rear end for solo work has struts, which handled the Tarlee Road
bumps without too much drama.
TBear on his DOHC Honda...
Steve and Jim take off from Smith field Plains
with Cookie behind...
Tarlee was our next stop. Once
out of the suburbs, we had a gusty side wind which kept us awake.
Jut before Tarlee, a Harley flew past our spread out group at
a very high speed. A couple of the guys swear the bird on the
back lifted off her perch over the bumps and they thought she might
end up in their laps! We guessed at the choice words she would
choose at their next stop!
Ken's DOHC Honda has just gotten on the road
(his third ride on it). 4" Slugs being machined at the moment.
It was the only quiet bike on the run Shame!!!!
Mal's chop's throttle cable got snared...
quick tank removal and rerouting solved the problem...
Cookie turned back on the way to
Auburn as his back can't handle too much rough stuff. I for
one missed riding alongside his lovely upsweeps! The run
across to Balaklava was really tops... some nice curvy stuff and
nice straight sections with no traffic.
Ken, Dallas, Steve, T Bear, Peter, Jim, Mal,
(Prof taking pic)...
The deli at Balaklava was doing great
business and the food was good. Lunch on the lawn was a
relaxed affair and included some discussion on Choppers Australia,
our newsletter, website etc. After posing for a couple of nice group
shots, four guys headed home to Hamley Bridge and Wasleys. The
remaining five of us had a quick run down to Mal's at Two Wells for
a quick cuppa before heading to our respective homes.
Got a couple of riding shots of Mal outside
his house; this being one of them...
My final ride (1¼ hours) back to
Willunga was done in moderate traffic, giving me the excuse to slip
to the head of the column at traffic lights. I dropped it on
an old mate, Tim, in Reynella who took the opportunity to join CA.
Got home before dark after a good day and riding with some of our
guys for the first time...
SA... as reported by Prof...
Wayne (the Queensland stroker Pan man)
was in SA this week for work. His choice was sitting in front
of the TV each night or meeting up with some of his fellow members
in SA. No real choice... who wouldn't choose getting together
with fellow chopper enthusiasts? A flurry of phone calls last
week rounded up likely suspects and two meeting places; one at my
place in Willunga on Monday night and one at Gulfview Heights on
I picked Wayne up Monday just
after he rolled into town and we took off on the shovel to drop by
Jerry on the way to Willunga, so Wayne could check out his Honda...
Jerry wouldn't be riding it to Willunga as he is part way through
making new forward controls....
While I got the meat cooking on the
Barbie, the guys checked out my workshop and Dave's Trumpy with it's
new springer... and smoking rear brake... chain adjustment shifted
on the way up, and as he had no tools on board, he had to keep
riding! Travis and his partner rolled up after this picture
was taken.. from left to right Shannon's mate (?), Jerry, Shannon,
Dave, Rick, Wayne... Rick's xs650 bobber and Shannon's xs400 bobber
are in the middle of their transformations... I got Wayne back to
his hotel around midnight... he reckons its the most comfortable
pillion riding he's ever done... see I told you sissy bars are cool!
I picked up Wayne again on Tuesday
night and we headed off through peak hour traffic this time to the
north side of Adelaide... city riding is not the best kind of
riding, but it's riding and that's cool, made all the better by
frequent blasts past traffic to get clear of cars... any excuse to
open the shovel up!
We had a small gathering at Ken's...
and he and Karen had laid on a real feast, despite us bringing our
own food... so we ate well. The discussions were long and
concentrated with much discussion on how how to chop Dave's CX500.
Craig will soon be doing more work on his shovel and Ken has just
started on his budget 83 DOHC Honda. After seeing some of his
decorative knives, we reckon his Honda is likely to have some
interesting finishing touches. In the pic below, from left to
right are Wayne, Craig, Ken and Dave... Karen was also taking
We all reluctantly left a bit after
10pm. It was perfect riding weather, of the sort where in
younger days we probably would have taken off for a quick run to
Murray Bridge or Port Wakefield, but responsibility prevailed and
after dropping Wayne off again at his hotel, I headed for home...
letting the shovel have her head wherever the traffic was thin... it
was also the kind of evening where a helmet is a real dampener on
the experience so...
Wayne will be back in SA next March,
so you blokes who missed him this time, now have plenty of warning
to be ready for our next round of get togethers...
1st, Impromptu Myponga Cruise... as reported by Prof...
As a result of a phone
call a few days before, Dave rocked up at Prof's on his Trumpy chop
for quick hour's run to Myponga Dam and back. The reason? Well
for starters it was great weather, secondly who needs an excuse to
fire up your chop and go for a ride... but particularly, because
Dave had just rebuilt and installed a nice springer on his Bonnie.
Prof reckoned he should get a look at it and thought Dave needed to
put some miles on it to get the feel of the new riding
Prof led the way on his 81 Shovel,
taking it easy, aware that Dave was on a rigid and getting used to
his new forks. Then Dave came past and cranked things along a
bit more... no pussyfooting either. Prof pulled across into
the right lane and got this pic and a bit over 110, dropped back in
the face of oncoming cars and let Dave set the pace.
We cruised close together on the
straight just past Sellicks and then Prof stayed back as Dave swung
the Trumpy through the curves, before Prof took the lead again and
turned off to the Dam. More road racing on Dave's part (told
me he scraped the pegs a few times) until we pulled up at the Dam
As usual, the choppers attracted
others and we had a lively discussion with a couple, the male of
course having had bikes when young. They wished us safe riding
and we took off across the Dam wall and back through Myponga.
A right turn just out of town took us along a very rough 10ks of
asphalt (sorry mate) onto the Adelaide-Victor Harbor Road.
At the top of Willunga Hill, Prof led
Dave along the Range Road and down into Willunga the back way....
great riding, great day. Well Dave you proved springers aren't
too bad handling.
7th, Balhannah Swap Meet... as reported by Prof...
The Veteran & Vintage
motorcycle only swap meet this year was held at Balhannah. Dave was
happy to join me to do a CA stand, so rolled up at our place at 6.15
We had a cool run through to Balhannah
(great riding by the way) and got our stall set up in double quick
time. It's fun to feel the eyes of surrounding stall holders
on us as we unfold a table, roll out a metre square banner on a pole
etc etc... all carried on the shovel!
Looking around I saw a familiar bike, a
CB750/4 chopper with 45º rake on the other side of the oval... Jethro was selling his biker leather goods. Dave and I both
got to do a quick look around the stalls, but the whole morning was
extremely busy with enquiries about Choppers Australia, chopping in
general and questions about the bikes... what are they like to
ride... how much to build... where to get parts and so on...
Dave reckoned he talked more during the 4½ hours he was there than
in the whole of the previous month!
This swap meet generated the most
interest by far of any of the previous swap meets and I'm
confident we will soon have some new members to share the joy of
riding the coolest bikes on the planet.
Dave's next job... a bolt on Trumpy hardtail...
I picked up a couple of items which
when added made for quite a bulky load. Dave picked up a bolt
on hard tail which he is keen to get onto the Trumpy, but I think he
has to do a few jobs for his missus first.
New front guards imported from UK... $90 for steel,
$70 for alloy...
We had a beaut ride home... beautiful
weather, good conversations, chopper riding fellowship... doesn't
get much better than this.
7&8 ... as reported by Prof...
Saturday... Despite the
inclement weather on Saturday 6th, Dave and I took a run down to
Strathalbyn to catch up with John. It rained almost the entire
trip, but fortunately didn't bucket down. But, we were
enclosed from head to toe in waterproofs and thoroughly enjoyed the
run. John is building a DOHC Honda chop. The frame was built
by his dad back in WA in early 80's with his own design of spring
heel, which John says works very well. The frame is all he has
left from his previous chopper so this is a modern resurrection.
Dave and I also dropped in very
briefly to Dru's so Dave could check out his XS650 chopper.
Dave and John...
Sunday... More excitement on
Sunday the 7th, with a bunch coming down to Prof's for the
afternoon. Bacca and his family were over form Boort in
Victoria, so we notified others at short notice who might be able to
meet up. Paul come up and left early, bringing his 750/4 for
us to check out. Dave was back again on his Trumpy (soon to
get a springer) and John rolled up a little later...
Bacca and Paul with Paul's CB750...
Bacca, Prof, Dave, Paul. and Dave's Trumpy... & 82 Sporty in
Dave tries out Paul's CB500 for fit... Bacca in Picture taking mode
Prof's red 81 shovel with WLA bobber in foreground
Lunch around the extendable table... all the 70's chopper mags put
aside for the moment...
After much discussion, magazine
reading and looking at pics on the computer, the various ones went
their ways enthused to keep on choppin'... Great way to spend a
Easter gathering in SA ... as reported by Prof...
Last week Norm (Tbear) rang to see if
he and a mate could drop in his membership on his way back from
Victor Harbor on Easter Sunday. Of course the answer was
yes... As I'd just caught up with Dave (Stoand) a few days
earlier and he is only 15 mins away, it seemed a good idea to get
him down as well and I also invited Jerry who lives close by for
Jerry unfortunately had an old mate
from way back drop in just before leaving, so missed out on the
christening of the new barby as well as some good chopper fun...
Norm brought down his son Byron and was accompanied by his mate
Shane. Both were riding sports bikes, but chopper material has been
purchased and choppers are on the way.
The three had cruised up to Pirie the
day before (plus 5 hours in hospital with a bee sting and
swollen throat) and then this morning they did a run from Elizabeth
down to Victor Harbor. Shane at this moment Sun evening) is
well on his way back home to Mt Gambier... is that enthusiasm or
Was a great afternoon, capped off with
some picture taking of Dave on his Bonny Bobber... so thought you'd
all like a report and a couple of pics...
Shane... "I love that Trumpy..."
First or second kick start every time note the magneto...
Round we go for another pic...
Come on... get all of me in!
Now that's biking for you....
If a couple of you get together on
your choppers, how about taking some pics and sending them in with a
description of the occasion...
February 11th... as reported by Tex...
Wayne & I fronted up at the Bearded
Dragon Pub at Tamborine Village. Great spot. Nice atmosphere, good
people, good music.
The two rigids drew lots of
We talked to many people about old
choppers, etc etc.
Wayne had a slow leak (in the rear
tyre that is!!) so we had a quick trip to the nearby servo to fix
that. Good day. Nice to meet up with another chopper rider.
Run... as reported by Prof...
Phone calls roundabout indicated no
takers for this months run, (bikes off the road, forecast heat etc).
However just in case someone was expecting it to be still on, I
figured I'd enjoy a nice run down to the kickoff point at Moana.
Jerry had already been out for a short ride at 8am, so his bike was
out the front of his garage, so yes he'd be in a short stint.
We cruised the length of the
Moana car park and stopped in the shade, having a bit of a gasbag
and watching hoards of people getting excessive sun on the beach.
No one else rolled up so on to plan B... a short run along the
esplanade to Christies. On the way I grabbed half a dozen pics
of Jerry... nice having a bike one can ride no hands... and then up
to see Crowie in Morphett Vale. We looked at pics of his
previous two bikes in old Heavy duty magazines and a few cold drinks
later went out to his shed... as this was the first time he and
Jerry had met.
After the usual chopper enthusiasts'
discussion when around bikes, Jerry and I lit up our choppers and
headed back to Moana where I got to photograph a nice large photo of
his Honda in a previous version. Check it out on "Your chopper
pics..." forum. Then I trundled of home on the Harley and was
home by lunch time.
All in all a pleasant Sunday morning
and what chopper riding is all about... impromptu rides, visiting
mates, checking out bikes and just having a relaxin' good time...
Brissy Run... as reported by
It was a hot muggy day for the
11 adults [& 1 youngin' ] who turned up at Yatala...
Nine bikes sat ready to go for
the ride to Brunswick Heads.
Chopper 74 [Rob ] along with his
lovely partner Monique were in the 4 wheels with their daughter.
Rob's Honda 4 Chop just needs electrics & a bit of finishing off &
he'll be road bound very shortly.. the photo's of his biker look
Softail & Wayne's Pan
Tex sent an apology through & was
spewin' that something came up & he couldn't make it... always next
Pommychopper recently from good
old England is another who will soon be on the road as he finally
picked up his bike & now only has to negotiate the red tape for
Those on the ride were...Spokes..Yamaha
1700 Warrior [ 2 into 1-beast' ]
Rob [another Rob ]..as above ..
another 'full of grunt'
Justin.... 800 Vulcan [ nice ride ]
Tony..'94 S'Tail [luv's apehangers
Sgt...'07 Dyna Bobbe [looks good ]
'G'...on a VMAX [mean headlight ]
Gerry...'05 N'Train [nice mods ]
Skip...'96 Dyna [chain is on..belt to
be nailed to the wall!! ]
Wayne.. a true 'ole classic '48 'ole
Everyone either has a project in the
shed or is about to have a go at putting something together, so for
the future things look good for a few more oldies to be back on the
road.. mind you some of the newer bikes with some alterations looked
good as well.
Now Brunswick Heads is only 115km from
Yatala.. we never made it! Suspense... Drama! what happened you
say, well while all the newer bikes zipped away we forgot about
Wayne who had a fresh motor & overheating problems. We stopped
over the border & Rob [S'Tail ] rang & told us Wayne's bike got too
hot when the traffic thickened up so they retreated to the
Greenmount surf lifesaving club & were sitting on the veranda having
a coldie & admiring the local bikini clad talent.. well who were we
to go to Brunswick so a unanimous decision was made to go back &
make sure they were ok.!!!!!
An enjoyable day as it gave everyone
the opportunity to put faces to names, talk about bikes... bikes &
more bikes. Some would have rode 250 - 300km for the day with an
average of 200 so for the others , what more can you ask for...
riding, mixing with new friends over a drink [ & a good meal ], plus
'interesting 'Gold Coast scenery.
Greenmount S.L.S.C...Monique, Tony,
Wayne, Rob [Warrior ], SGT, Gerry, Spokes, & 'G's back
So any Queenslander or anyone for
that matter if you're interested in a ride, look up the website
"Next event...' each month & see what's on. Everyone's
welcome... I'd say short rides with get togethers, bbq's etc will be
the main theme. Thanks to Monique who clicked some great photo's of
Rob & Wayne when riding & along with others taken will be put up
Monthly rides are 2nd Sunday each
month with a different person each time to organise the details of
where to or what etc.
Catch 'ya on a ride.. Cheers Skip...
Chopper Muster... as reported by Prof...
Sunday produced perfect weather for
our 2nd Annual Chopper Muster. Once again Merv and Karen from
CDUA Victoria came over. A couple of other Victorians were
unable to make it due to unfinished choppers or their choppers
deciding to play up. Andrew & Rilda (chopped shovel), Merv &
Karen (chopped CB750) and Crowie (chopped shovel) came up together
from the south. Paul came up on his cruiser (Honda in early
stages of being chopped) separately as did Rosco and son Floyd (Oz
Trike... shovel about to be chopped) along with friends on their Oz
trike, also all from the south.
Everyone met at the Glen Osmond servo
(the one with the cement pine trees) and quite a sizeable crew it
was. The northern contingent, Steve & Mal on chopped CB750's
(typical 70's Aussie style) and Jim on his restored CB 750 came rode
down together. Drew on his chopped XS650 and Jethro on his
chopped CB750 joined us from other points of the compass.
Numbers were further enhanced by a large bunch of folks from BACA on
a variety of Harleys and cruisers (Thanks for coming fellas).
Rosco and Floyd volunteered to be our
video crew and did a really fine job, driving in front, dropping
back and passing as well as going ahead to catch the pack head on.
Our first stop for 20 mins was Mt
Lofty as a special visual treat for the Victorians. Part way
up the road a sport bike rider was on laying on the road will some
pretty painful injuries as a result of hitting the guard rail a few
minutes before we came through. A couple of our group stopped
by to help (A dozen others were already present) while the rest of
us went on.
Woodside & two m/cycle cops...
The run from Mt Lofty to Woodside
(where Merv could fill his 5 litre diamond tank) was uneventful.
However, pulling up in the main street, we managed to attract the
attention of two highway patrol cars and a couple of motorcycle
cops. Prof figured he would head them off at the pass so as to
speak and went up to tell the lead copper what a fine law abiding
bunch we were and how we were on the way to Birdwood to put on a
display for the motor Museum (all true by the way!). They
reckoned they were checking out Patch clubs and also wondered why
some of our trike riders were not wearing helmets. That sorted
out and petrol taken on, we proceeded to Birdwood.
The Motor Museum staff insisted we
line up our choppers at their doorway and couldn't have been more
helpful, giving attendees entry for only $4 per bike. If you
have not been to the Motor Museum at Birdwood for a while, it is an
international standard venue with a massive display of cars and
bikes as well as conference facilities... and the staff are amazing.
After an hour for lunch and judging by
Bob & Martha, trophies were presented, thanks to all given and every
one settled down to checking out the choppers, talking or going
through the museum.
A trophy & certificate... and winners...
Around 2.30, the northern guys took
off (and report a hot, but great ride home), and others gradually
followed suit. Last to leave were some of the the southerners,
various ones parting at Hahndorf and Kangarilla.
Getting ready to take off...
The folks I've spoken to so far say
they had a great time, enjoyed the acceptance of the group and loved
A final thanks to each of you who
attended. Together you made it a pleasurable and memorable