Northern Region midweek ride report, 17 March


With the Coronavirus causing havoc across the world it will therefore as time goes on make life more difficult for us all. To get this ride in is a blessing in the current climate, so we will take it and dream of this day for a while (who knows when the next classic club ride will be ! ).

As I approach our starting point I think to myself “I hope we get good numbers today”, then as I round the corner I see many bikes lined up with more flowing in (great).  Sixteen riders attend for a great, enjoyable, wind in your face day travelling on the breeze and marveling at our beautiful countryside.

We hit the road soon after travelling through Whittlesea, Upper Plenty, Wallan and Darraweit Guim where our fearless ride leader STUFFS UP (oops) U turn needed. Heading back we turn at the correct road (bad luck there was no sign post to Romsey Road or Monegeetta). We are now back on track and soon we are entering the township of Riddells Creek for our morning tea stop. With many stories and yarns swapped within our group and an occasional burst of laughter, all shared over a hot cuppa, cold drink, hot pie or cake this is what a group ride is all about (Companionship). With extra fluid inside us we have to empty the other tank so our riding position has better comfort (that’s better). A quick head count, bodies on all bikes, no one left in the loo, we are off.

With the freight train of bikes rumbling behind me we leave Riddells Creek then travel through Kerrie, Hesket, Hanging Rock, Newham, Cobaw and Lancefield. There is a great feeling one has flowing along great country roads on a bike that you don’t get driving a car. The car drivers are missing out on the MAGIC we share through motorbike riding. It’s hard to explain what that feeling is, FOR US RIDING IS NOT AN ACTIVITY, IT’S A LIFESTYLE !

With Kilmore insight there has been no breakdowns with all bikes sounding and mechanically well as we prepare for our lunchtime stop at the bakery. I keep an eye on Keith McCraken as he lines up at the counter, he is looking for “the nectar of the gods in sweets” apple turnovers! He gets all excited and bounces on his heels when he spots one (just ask him) good onya Keithy.

With good times shared around and smiles on our faces our day is complete, it’s not long before we head home  and bikes turn of in their different directions.

Thank you all for a great, enjoyable day and to my TEC Keith.


A great journey of approx. 195kms

Until next time stay upright Wally Walsh




Rider Bike Year
John Mannu Matchless G80 1950
Wally Walsh (Ride Leader) Kawasaki Z1A 900 1974
Brian Marleback BMW R65 1986
John Bes BMW R80 1986
Kevin Bombardier Kawasaki ZXR750 1989
Richard Sommerville Honda CB750 1992
Keith McCraken (TEC) Honda ST1300 2002
Richard Bulla Harley 1600 2009
John Killingsworth BMW R1200  GS 2011
Richard Haughton Kawasaki W800 2012
Len Barry CF Moto 650 TR 2015
David & Meg McLennan Triumph Thruxton 2016
Reg Hammond Triumph Bonneville 100 2016
Peter Hansen Triumph Street Twin 2017
Colin Borthwick Triumph T120 2017
Rob King Triumph T100 2018