Midweek Ride Jan 2018
The weather forecast for the day was for a light shower or two in the early morning. There was some early morning rain at my place then brilliant sunshine. I therefore decided to take a punt and take my new Triumph Thruxton on the ride. Big mistake! By the time I arrived at our start point I had been through 2 or 3 showers, the road was wet and it was still raining. As they say, shit happens.
Bikes and riders and pillions kept arriving and when the ride commenced some 27 bikes were behind our ride leader, Reg Hammond. (2 bikes met us at Lancefield). It was interesting to note that there was father and pillion daughter, 2 fathers and their sons on individual bikes and pillion partner and passenger son on the Harley outfit of Dave Kimpton.
We travelled through Whittlesea, Kinglake West, Flowerdale and stopped at Murchison Lookout to admire “the view of a thousand hills”. Whilst taking in the view I observed that the countryside was unusually green for this time of the year, no doubt due to all the rain we had last month. Next we went to Broadford, (where Peter Cullen joined us), High Camp and Lancefield for lunch at the bakery where we met up with ex presidents Ray Isles and Burger with pillion Pauline.
Stomachs refuelled and following a good chin wag we headed across to Hesket and Kerrie (horse stud country) and then turned off at Clarkefield to go through the Wildwood area. The road through here is now sealed from end to end and the old wooden bridge, which was a hazard in the wet, has been replaced as well. The ride finished in Oakland Rd at the Hume and Hovell historic marker.
I have to say I was impressed by the large turnout of riders and the diversity of bikes this day and hope that this continues for 2018. It was also pleasing to see Andy and Aaron from Geelong make the effort to be on the ride. Thanks to Reg for organising and leading a great ride and to Ed for TEC duties.
Martyn Goodwin Vincent Comet 1951
Alan Kelly Velocette MSS 1955
Greg Costello BMW R75/5 1971
Ian Snadden BMW R90S 1974
Wally Walsh Kawasaki 900 1974
Andy Symons Kawasaki Z 900 1976
Burger and Pauline BMW R100 1976
Michael Thompson Honda CB 750 E 1979
Kim Coillet Ducati 900 1979
Aaron Symons Yamaha XJ 750 1981
Richard Fanning BMW R80 GS 1981
Bill Washington BMW K 75 1986
Glenn Maddigan Honda VFR 750 1990
David Kimpton & Anne & Stephen Harley outfit 1992
Keith McCracken Kawasaki 1100 1994
Richard Sommerville Honda VFR 750 1995
Ray Isles BMW F650 2004
Mark Hine BMW R1200 RT 2006
John Best Suzuki Bandit 2008
Paul Woods & Melati Suzuki DL 650 2010
Trevor Coswell Triumph Sprint 2010
John Killingsworth BMW R1200 RS 2011
Richard Haughton Kawasaki W 800 2012
Bert Ricardo Triumph Tiger 2015
Reg Hammond (leader) Triumph T100 2016
Paul White Triumph T 100 2016
Graham Boulter Triumph Thruxton 2016
David Hine Yamaha MT 07 2017
Colin Borthwick Triumph T120 2017
Ed Sleightholm (TEC) Triumph Street Twin 2017
Peter Cullen Tin top