Arthur Barrot has sent in this story and photos from the early 1970’s:
"The photos were taken during a year off cruising around in the
first of our camper vans.
It was 1974 and I had fitted out the van; including the surfboard on the roof and a Honda TL 125 trials bike on the back.
The TL was one of the first in the state, I think, and came
without any lights. There was a blank core for another coil in
the motor so I had an Albany auto electrician wind enough wire
to run head, tail and stop lights (so long as the engine was
I temporarily fitted a total-loss battery under the left hand
side cover, threw on a switch block, some turn signals, a horn
and got the bike licenced – licencing requirements were not so
tough then. The validity of the licence was never questioned and
I managed with hand signals for the whole year. In those days
other road users knew what hand signals meant.
One photo was taken in the Victorian Alps and shows a group I met on the way to Gable End and Lake Tarli Karng. It was published in an article on trail riding in Trail and Track (aka Snail and Truck) magazine in August 1974.
It was taken over the Easter break and I was working in the
mountains degreasing, priming and painting a logging camp up
from Licola. Fantastic country; well suited to a trials bike.
None of it was National Park then.
The van and bike are somewhere near Yeppoon. The headlight isn’t on the bike because I had competed in a trial out from Rockhampton and had won the 125 class – mainly because I was the only rider on a 125!
Deirdre and I spent the second half of the year in the van and
with a pillion pad over the rear mudguard and foot pegs screwed
to the lower rear shock mounts the TL took us all over the
That TL is long gone (replaced by a 350 Bultaco Sherpa) but there’s another (licensable) TL in the shed waiting its turn."