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December 2004 Club News

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A Windy Ride & BBQ

Thumping up Muttonbird Road on the C10LEven though it was a wild windy day for our run around the outer Albany area around 24 bikes were assembled at the carpark. After introducing a couple of future members it was time to start the bikes up and head out to Muttonbird for a look at the lookout.

A sedate ride for most, on a bumpy in parts road. My sidecar outfit (1982 R100CS) was riding nicely after a bit of a top-end rebuild with new exhaust valves and valve guides, gaskets etc.

Even though it has hardened seats I think the fuel these days is responsible for my rooted exhaust valves. I’m now putting in a drop of Flashlube in the tank every now and again.

Bob adjusts Zac's helmetMy passenger, Zac, my 2 and a half year old grandson, was having a great time in the chair. I bought a seat belt set-up for it so he’s firmly held in place.

After admiring the sights of Muttonbird and the girl in the bikini on the top of the hill on the way out, we rode onto Elleker Store (now open on Sundays - the bloke there has an MV Agusta apparently) for coffee.

Where were the Bonds? Away we rode once more (with the wind picking up - it must have been as Matt reckoned he saw 60mph on the clock of the 250cc BSA C10L) towards lunch, a BBQ on the King River.

On the way we saw the Bonds heading past us in the opposite direction! Before this, Des overtook us on the 350cc Yamaha at a reasonable pace which left us in a cloud of 2-stroke smoke. As we parked the bikes in the gravel carpark a large dust storm appeared, yep definitely windy. Now let me see 2-stroke smoke, dust, should have worn some breathing apparatus.

One BBQ working, one not. Last weekend we had a family breakfast at Frenchman’s Bay - bacon, eggs etc - at least that was the plan, not one BBQ working, we ended up coming into Middleton Beach. I think the council needs to pull its finger out! While we were having lunch Colin and Sue Butler arrived on the Panther outfit to say hello. Oh, and John and Jan Bond had joined us as well. Now John was at the front of the rider’s briefing, he forgot to go to Elleker and then went to Nanarup instead of Lower King for the BBQ. He shaved his beard off recently - if that’s what happens mine is definitely stuck on!

After lunch a ride out to Two People’s Bay and then to the Albany Hotel in town for a coffee or beer. Great ride, pity about the wind and thanks to Phil and Lurline for going back-up.

Captions: Tony parking his BMW R65 at Elleker Store. A variety of bikes at Muttonbird.

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