Club Ride Sunday 24th February 2019

A Beautiful sunny morning, with a top of 32C greeted the club members for the last Ride of summer, as members arrived at the designated rendezvous location. Looking like a mixed BMW and Ducati clubs, as the very desirable models, with a mix of classic and modern all lined up waiting for the ride to start.

Reg gave the ride brief, then after a bit of debate between TEC candidates, Graeme won out and was to do the TEC role. Ride buddies were allocated, this allows riders track other riders, but, when Reg asked about the Ride report, nothing, nothing but Crickets, Crickets I tell you, so I put my hand up for the job.

We were to loop thought Whittlesea, Eden Park, Wandong, then Broadford for Morning tea and to Kyneton for Lunch, dropping down to Oakland Junctions to disperse, covering a distance of approx. 260km’s.

15 Keen riders and a pillion passenger on a mix of bikes of all ages and sizes headed off along Yan Yean road to Yan Yean reservoir, turning to Whittlesea and then turning off through Eden Park, (a surprising good road and just off the main route), tuning north we made our way via the back blocks of Heathcote and on to Broadford and morning tea.

As we were parking Martyn’s Vincent decided to relive itself, embarrassingly of oil, leaving a little stream on the road. Martyn decided not to push his luck, and after morning tea was over headed home.

We headed of towards, Benloch, Pastoria and Cobaw before turning to Kyneton, the long open and sweeping roads allowing us to spread out and set a pace that suited both bike and rider.

At Kyneton Graeme reported that at Broadford a bike had refused to start, after a brief discussion, the buddy pair decided to drop out and arrange transport home, so the system worked, no one left behind.

A leisurely lunch at the bakery that has become Reg’s favourite haunt, a good chance to go over the ride so far, many commenting on different parts of the ride.

After lunch we topped up fuel for the run home, a lazy 60km’s around hanging rock, no time for a picnic, so we headed to Hesket, Kerrie and the back road of Bulla (love that old road to Wildwood) and on to Oakland junction dispersing at the Hume and Hovell memorial.

With a few photos of the group at the memorial, we bid all farewell and headed off home. What a day, with riders doing up to 260km’s fantastic weather, new and exciting roads, good conversation, what more is there do you want on a club ride.

Club Members attending;

Name Bike Year
Martyn Goodwin Vincent Comet 1951
Ian Monk BMW R75/5 1970
Franc Trento Ducati 750 GT 1973
Neil Videan Ducati 750 GT 1974
Peter Andrews Honda CB750 1974
John Leary Ducati 900SS 1982
Graeme Wilson BMW K75S 1985 (TEC)
Bill Washington BMW K75S 1986
Sam Panettieri Suzuki VX800 1990
Anna Panettieri Suzuki Burgman 2011
Richard Haughton Kawasaki W800 2012
Rob King Honda VFR 800 2012
Reg Hammond Triumph Bonneville 2016          (Ride leader)
David McLennan Triumph Thruxton 2016
Meg McLennan Pillion
Colin Borthwick Triumph Bonneville 2017