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Club Hall = Function Room at Tower Hotel, 686 Burwood Road Hawthorn. Melways Reference 45G11.

Whittlesea = Caltex Service Station, Yea Road, Whittlesea, Melways 246G8

Yarra Glen = Corner of Bell and King Streets, Yarra Glen, Melways 274K2 or: outside 'Original Cafe'

Berwick = Safeway Fuel+, (next to McDonalds) Clyde Road Berwick, Melways Reference 111 C10

West Gate Shell = West Gate Shell Service Station, Todd Road Exit, heading for Geelong, Melways Reference 42H12

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January 2009

Sunday 4th January
Lake Mountain
Peter Jones leading
10 am Yarra Glen
Proposed route: Myers and Chum Creek Roads, Black Spur, Lake Mountain, Reefton Spur, Warburton, Mt Donna Buang.
20 bikes, 20 people, 32 deg., 180 km

Thursday 8th January
Social Sip
7 pm Mark's Place, corner Grattan and Swanston Streets, Carlton

Sunday 11th January
Paul Southwell leading
10 am Berwick

First stop Loch for morning tea, then south towards Wonthaggi before making our way across to Korumburra for lunch. Then up the Korumburra - Warragul Road and on to Crossover, Neerim South and back to Jindivick. If the ride is going well, we may divert at the Old Sale Road and head through Hill End and back into Noojee with the option of heading home via Powelltown or back to the highway via Jindivick. Expect around 320 km for the day.

26 bikes (9! CBR1000s), 27 people, 330 km, 24 deg.
Incident #1: CBR600, 4th ride, minor cosmetic on Warragul Korumburra Rd
Incident #2: Pres's brand new CBR1000 minor cosmetic avoiding Incident #1.
Incident #3: Geoff (3rd ride) K1200RS clutch failure

Saturday 17th January
Gembrook Pub Counter lunch - Casual, Pillion, Short Ride
Ian Payne leading
10 am Yarra Glen

Route is Yarra Glen to Toolangi, Healesville and Woori Yallock. Then to Monbulk Johns Hill, Emerald, Cockatoo and lunch at the Ranges Hotel. After lunch we'll head for Pakenham Upper, Mt. Burnett, Beaconsfield Upper and Harkaway to finish at Narre Warren North. Approx 200km.

11 bikes, 14 people, 200 km, 23 deg.

Sunday 18th January
Trevor Harris leading
10 am Yarra Glen

Leaving Yarra Glen it's the direct route to Healesville and then up Mt Donna Buang and on down Don Valley (some dirt). At Yarra Junction we'll turn right to Powelltown to regroup at Noojee (fuel usually available). Then on to Moe for fuel and the lunch stop - bakeries, SubWay, etc. Next Tyers, turning left to head along some great sweeping roads to Walhalla. Depending on the weather conditions and fatigue levels, we'll head out to the Thompson Dam to check on the state of Melbourne's primary water storage. Either way, it's back to Moe for fuel, then via the Old Sale Road to Jindivick and Longwarry North where we'll break up near the Princes Freeway. Around 350 km.

19 bikes, 19 people, 26 deg., 465 km

Incidents: Leader inadvertently went to Whittlesea rather than Yarra Glen - recovered; CBR600 flat tyre (plugged and sent rider home with balding tyre); R6 mixture issues - reprogrammed form dash on the fly; new member John (CBR1000) lost at Walhalla (failed to leave with main group, never caught up).

Saturday 24th to Tuesday 27th
Australia Day Weekend, Jindabyne
Bookings essential, limited places
Ben Warden leading
9.00 am Berwick

The Committee has booked accommodation at the NSW Sport and Recreation Centre in Jindabyne. This is lodge style accommodation with 2 beds per room (6 rooms) with communal bathroom facilities, and a large kitchen/living area with a big screen TV. We stayed twice before and are so impressed with the cost, quality and food, we thought we had better come back!

The Australia Day holiday falls on Monday 26th of January. Given the distances involved (700 km on the first day and last days), a four day weekend allows us to take full advantage of the great location. The plan is to ride up on Saturday, ride around the Snowy Mountains Sunday and Monday, and return to Melbourne on Tuesday. This means three nights accommodation. You'll need to take annual leave for the Tuesday. Typically temperatures are in the 40's at this time of year, but at this altitude the temperatures will be at least 10 degrees cooler making for ideal riding conditions.

As usual, this special event is offered on a strictly first come, first served basis. Preference will be given to members. A $100 deposit is required. The deposit buys three nights accommodation. Meals are being offered foor the first night. The ub $10 steak night (self cook) should do one night.

All you need is your toothbrush, a change of clothes and near new tyres. Street legal, race replica tyres will not last much more than two days so regular road tyres are a more sensible option, unless you are prepared to change them.
Ride will not suit inexperienced riders; not recommended for first time Club riders.

16 bikes, 1 car, 18 people, 2400 km Berwick to Mansfield or 2650 home to home
No cops, crashes or mechanical failures except one puncture on the Treasurer's Blackbird. Brilliant weather except for 38 deg last day. Extreme tyre wear resulting in two 'Busas sitting out Day 3.

Sunday 25th January
Eildon via Torbreck River
Peter Jones leading
10 am Yarra Glen

Route will include Myers and Chum Creek Roads, the Black Spur, Marysville (morning tea), Taggerty, Torbreck, Eildon (lunch), Fraser National Park over Skyline Road to Alexandra and Molesworth to Yea. Finish at Kinglake West. Expect 330 km for the day.
Ride will not suit inexperienced riders; not recommended for first time Club riders.
7 bikes, 7 people, 280 km, 27 deg.
Rider crashed after ride finished on his way home. Non-member Toby Triumph 675, second ride, St Andrews Road, bike slid into oncoming car, rider bruises, walked away, bike writeoff. Police (TOG car, motorcycle), ambulance, firetruck in attendance.

February 2009

Sunday 1st February
Ben Warden leading
10 am Berwick
A million kilometres in the making, suit sports bike, is how I would describe this ride. First stop Loch if you are chasing the ride. Then on to Arawata (3 km of dirt) and Leongatha along endless twisty roads looking for the perfect sweeper, touching on the Grand Ridge Road with spectacular views of rugged mountains and glimpses of the sea. Mirboo North bakery for lunch. Then we'll do a loop down to Hallston and back to Mirboo North, if you're looking for a short interlude, before pressing on to the Thorpdale corner sequence and Trafalgar for fuel. Last hop back to either Powelltown on all the back roads or Longwarry North depending on the time, riding conditions and participants' desire. Expect around 410 km for the day. Good tyres essential!
Due to fire activity in Boolara and Mirboo North area and heavy police presence preventing sightseers, an alternative route has been devised. Expect to see more of the sea than otherwise planned. 330 km ride length
21 bikes, 22 people, 340 km Berwick to Powelltown, 34 deg.

Thursday 5th February
General Meeting and Social Sip combined
6.30 pm Tower Hotel, 686 Burwood Road, Hawthorn East (corner of Burwood, Camberwell Road and Albert Street)

The Committee has booked the "free" private meeting room, conditional on us eating there. Special meal price, main plus pot $15. (Specifically: Parma & pot/soft drink; pasta plus drink, roast plus drink, fish plus drink - all $15 ea). Otherwise pizza $10 through to steaks at $29. So, save your Club money and come and have a meal followed by a quick formal meeting. Collect your magazine, see photos of highlights of the Xmas Camp, catch up with the gossip, see your mates.

22 people; motion passed to move the financial end of year date from April 30 to June 30. Hence AGM will occur in July.

Sunday 8th February
Lavers Hill via Great Ocean Road
Cliff Peters leading
10 am West Gate Shell Servo
10 bikes, 11 people, 455 km from West Gate Shell Servo to Lara, 32 deg., some rain! between start and Lara, otherwise dry roads all day (makes a change after 46.4 deg recorded on Sat., highest in 150 years.

Sunday 15th February
Dave Ward leading
10 am Berwick
16 bikes, 17 people, 290 km, Berwick to Drouin, 22 deg.

Sunday 22nd February
Geoff Jones leading
10 am West Gate Shell Servo
18 bikes, 18 people, 330 km WGSS to Gisborne, 25 deg.

March 2009

***********Note: from this point onwards, please be advised that the proposed ride routes are subject to change due to the fire situation. The start points are locked in.*****************

Sunday 1st March
Phillip Island World Superbikes Round 2
Ken Goederee leading
8.30 am Berwick
Proposed route: Nar Nar Goon, Bunyip, Drouin, Korumburra Warragul Rd, Ranceby, Poowong, Loch for break. Then Loch-Wonthaggi Rd, Archies Creek, Kilcunda, San Remo roundabout.

Wednesday 4th to Saturday 14th March
19 people, 14 bikes, 3 cars, 1 van, 3200-4000+ km
Incident: Ron (Bandit) - major cosmetic, writeoff, left in Tassy. Rider two broken ribs, bruising, walking fine.
Incidents: Kurn (CBR600) shattered hip, replacement 16/3 Hobart hospital; fractured L3, bike writeoff, gravel and dead animal mid-corner.
Incident x2: Treasurer GSXR750 minor cosmetic; second crash creased radiator - returned home in van;
Incident (x2): Renzo 916 Duc holed radiator and failed cush drive scoring rear wheel hub
Tyres: about 5 new ones purchased and fitted

Thursday 5th March
7 pm Mark's Place, corner Grattan and Swanston Streets, Carlton
6 people (most regulars in Tasmania)

Sunday 8th March
Lavers Hill via Great Ocean Road
Geoff Jones leading
9.30 am West Gate Shell Servo
Ride will not suit inexperienced riders; not recommended for first time Club riders.
10 bikes, 10 people, 500 km West Gate to Lara, 23 deg.
Incident: 2nd time rider KTM 990 minor cosmetic; rideable, rider bruising

Sunday 15th March
Mt Donna Buang
Ken Goederee leading
10 am Berwick
9 bikes, 9 people (including 3 off the Tassy boat), 140 km, 17 deg.
Fog, heavy rain and hail on Mt Donna Buang; 100% wet roads; early finish at Warburton.

Sunday 22nd March
Boolara (Gippsland)
Ben Warden leading
10 am Berwick

Proposed route: The classic Mirboo North ride with loops within loops. We may catch glimpses of the fire damaged areas around Boolara South and the Grand Ridge Road. First stop Korumburra if you are chasing the ride, then lunch at Mirboo North. The Hallston loop offers the chance to skip 60 km of twisties and have a breather for 35 minutes or so before rejoining the main group. Three kilometres of dirt around Arawata. Ride not for the inexperienced but manageable with breaks. Expect around 410 km for the day.

17 bikes, 18 people, 380 km Berwick to Longwarry North, 29 deg.
Bikes: Honda: CBR1000 x4, CBR954; Suzuki: GSXR1000 x3, BMW: K1200RS, R1150GS, F800ST; Yamaha FJR1300, R1, R6, MT01; Kawasaki ZX10, Ducati 1098.

Sunday 29th March
Cliff Peters leading
10 am Berwick

Proposed route: This will be our first venture into potentially fire ravaged areas north of the Princes Highway. The route will include nearly all back roads with first stop at Tyers for fuel. If you fill here you won't need to refill until returning to Tyers after 200 km or so. We'll continue straight through Licola and another further 16 km steep climb into the hills offering spectacular mountain views. Expect around 450 km of brilliant roads for the day. Not for the inexperienced rider as the roads are technically difficult and very unforgiving. Do not bring a friend or first time rider.

19 bikes, 19 people, 460 km, 26 deg.
Incident #1:Pina ran out of petrol twice; bike misbehaved most of the day. Smells like it is running rich.
Incident #2: Ivan (KTM 990, non-member) ran out of petrol - refused to fill at servo due to no Premium with obvious consequences

Email from Robert Langer:

It is with great sadness that I inform members of the untimely death of Kirsten Anderson .
Kirsten was the Social Secretary of the MSTCV during 2000-2003 as well as my best friend and soul mate for the last ten years . She had been suffering from an arterial venecular malformation in her brain which had been responsible for a number of strokes. Recently she had undergone radio therapy which resulted in severe side effects affecting her both mentally and physically.
As I reflect on our precious time spent together I realize Kirsten has instilled in me a newfound love of nature and the enviroment,as well as a strong respect for all other living creatures. She loved all animals and felt passionately about animal welfare. She had a great appreciation of period buildings and architecture and I look back fondly of our trips to Como, Rippon Lea, Labassa and others.

Kirsten , life will never be the same without you. Rest in Peace

Monday 30th March
Kirsten Anderson Funeral and Burial Service
Springvale Botanical Cemetery in the Renowden Chapel, Melways Reference 80E8
10.15 am
Wake to follow service

April 2009

Thursday 2nd April
7 pm Mark's Place, corner Grattan and Swanston Streets, Carlton
Collect your magazine, catch up with your mates and all the gossip. Hear the Tasmanian trip stories and check out the photographs. Share a cheap meal. Home by 10 pm.
16 people

Sunday 5th April
Spring Hill (Daylesford vicinity)
Ben Warden leading
10 am Whittlesea
14 bikes, 16 people (4 women!), 315 km, 20 deg. some mist, one shower

Saturday 11th April
Yea Pillion Ride
Dennis Lindemann leading
10 am Yarra Glen
5 people, 3 bikes, 280 km, 23 deg.

Saturday 11th April
Noojee Tool Shed for lunch
Suit pillions, riders returning to motorcyclng after a long break, etc
Ron Johnston leading
10 am Yarra Glen

Sunday 12th April
Thompsons Dam
Trevor Harris leading
10 am Yarra Glen
Expect Noojee for morning tea and fuel, though no Premium. On through Hill End and left directly to Thompson's Dam. Back to Rawson for lunch, or maybe press on to Tyers and Moe for a late lunch and fuel. The return trip will likely include the Old Sale Road and Jindivick to break-up at Longwarry North near the freeway. An alternative is to work our way back through the Neerims and Nayook to finish at Powelltown. The leader could run this ride in the reverse direction, another option. Around 290 km of brilliant roads for the day.
8 bikes, 8 people, 325 km, 22 deg.
Incident: 1 flat tyre on CB1300 - plugged and continued home

Saturday 18th April
Sandown Ride Day
$120 HRCA member, $140 non-member
Contact Dave Ward for booking details on mobile 0413-624-598
6 bikes, 8 people

Sunday 19th April
Ern Reeders leading
10 am Whittlesea
According to Ern, "This ride will take in some back roads in the Victorian highlands and give your suspension a workout. Likely route will be Whittlesea, Yea, Merton, Strathbogie, Euroa, Violet Town, Strathbogie, Merton, Gobur, Highlands and finish at Kinglake West." Around 360 km for the day.
14 bikes, 14 people, 360 km, 23 deg.,
Incident #1: CBR1000 puncture - repaired, retired home
Incident #2: no corner markers - ride ended up on dirt; figured out and regrouped

Sunday 26th April
Reefton Spur - short ride, MotoGP, BBQ
Tim Emons leading
9 am Berwick, then Ashburton
This is a short ride planned to finish in time to get back and watch the Japanese MotoGP live on TV at 4 pm. Note the early start time.
Route: Berwick, Gembrook, Warburton, Reefton, Alexandra, Yea, Junction Hill, Toolangi, Chum Creek, Yarra Glen, Christmas Hills, Warrandyte and Ashburton. Expect 340Km Berwick to Ashburton.
To assist with catering, please call Rob Langer on 0425-799-279
on the ride: 6 bikes, 7 people, 340 km, 14 deg., rain late in day
At the BBQ: 17 members/ex members

May 2009

Saturday 2nd May
Lancefield Pub Lunch
Ron Johnston leading
10 am Whittlesea
Short ride to Flowerdale and Broadford for a break, then on to Pyalong and Lancefield for counter lunch. Expect to arrive around 1 pm for any people meeting us. Ride length 160 km
5 bikes, 11 people, 125 km, fine 17 deg.

Sunday 3rd May
Dave Ward leading
10 am Berwick
Usual Drouin, Loch for morning tea followed by scenic loop around to Korumburra for lunch and then up to Warragul and around through Jindivick to break up ay Longwarry North. Expect 270 km for the day.
20 bikes, 20 people, 280 km, glorious fine 17 deg.
Incident #1: Cameron puncture; retired home.
Incident #2: Red/Green ZX6 (Darryl Lyon third rider minor cosmetic, rideable. Rider 3 ribs and clavicle. We wish him a speedy recovery.

Thursday 7th May
7 pm Mark's Place, corner Grattan and Swanston Streets, Carlton
19 people

Sunday 10th May
Tarra Bulga National Park
Ben Warden leading
10 am Berwick

Simple route if you say it fast: Tyers, Yarram, Tyers, Longwarry North. No highway and lots of rarely travelled roads around Traralgon South and Balook. The return route will be exactly the same as the outgoing route, so will be 30% quicker! A challenging ride but worth it for the views alone. Expect around 355 km for the day.

14 bikes, 14 people, 370 km, 17 deg.

Sunday 17th May
Snake Valley
Geoff Jones leading
10 am Whittlesea

Interrupting Geoff's prime viewing time of the MotoGP replay on Foxtel, he rapidly spurts out a string of place names. Luckily I can write fast and recognise them all. The plan is to head out through Eden Park (8 consecutive corners in a continuous ess) to Wallan, Romsey, Woodend and around the back way to Trentham for morning tea. Then on to Spring Hill, Glenlyon, Daylesford, Blampied, Creswick and Ballarat servo and Subway for lunch and fuel. Expect it to be very cold. Wear your full wet weathers just to keep the wind chill at bay. Then on to Snake Valley and Linton through the gold rush diggings before turning east and heading for home picking up Mt Mercer, Meredith and the Brisbane Ranges to break up on the outskirts of Werribee. Great, hand picked roads. Expect an easy 370 km for the day. No sun glare today as we'll have the sun at our backs for most of the day.
11 bikes, 11 people, 375 km, 14-17 deg.

Sunday 24th May
Paul Southwell leading
10 am Whittlesea

A well worn Club route will see us work our way through the fire ravaged Kinglake and Flowerdale, then across to Strath Creek and Broadford before hitting kangaroo country around Pyalong and Lancefield for late morning tea, early lunch. Then we'll head north up the Burke and Wills Track, across to Emu Flat and back to Pyalong repeating the good road to Seymour for lunch. Then up into the eerie foglands around Highlands and back to Yea to finish at Kinglake West after 280 km. Great roads. Be there.
20 bikes, 20 people,310 km, 21 deg.

Sunday 31st May
Inverloch via Wonthaggi
John Rousseaux leading
10 am Berwick

Standard route parallel to the highway to Drouin, then down the Warragul - Korumburra Road and around to Loch for morning tea. Then we'll continue south to Wonthaggi and around the Cape Patterson spectacular coast road to Inverloch for fish and chips. After a leisurely lunch we'll head north to Kongwak and Korumburra, back up the brilliant, but statistically very dangerous Korumburra-Warragul road and around to Drouin for a regroup and possible farewells. Highway or back home via Noojee and Powelltown are the options, depending on time, weather and inclination of the participants. Expect around 340 km for the day.
19 bikes, 19 people, 15 deg., 280 km

June 2009

Thursday 4th June
7 pm Mark's Place, corner Grattan and Swanston Streets, Carlton

Collect your magazine and save the Club postage charges. Catch up with your mates and all the gossip. No issues with parking. Share a cheap meal and still be home by 10 pm. Expect 16-20 happy faces.
21 people

Sunday 7th June
Ben Warden leading
10 am Yarra Glen

Black Spur, Marysville, Buxton, Thornton, Eildon for early lunch. Then explore all the nearby tourist sights such as Mt Pinninger (major photo opportunity), Jerusalem Creek (check out the distance between the end of the boat ramp and the water), cross the Dam Wall (is the old wall visible?), out to the boat harbour (and see how the recession is biting the millionaire houseboat owners), up Skyline Road to the lookout (another photo shoot), down into Fraser National Park and around to the picnic area, then back on to Skyline and into Alexandra for food and fuel. Next the brilliant Molesworth Road to Yea and finish at Kinglake West (through the sombre fire ravaged areas). A lazy 290 km of every conceivable road type, from tight twisties to fast sweepers. Camera a must.
11 bikes, 11 people, 275 km, 14 deg. 100% wet roads, frequent showers, 100% overcast. Licence check at Kinglake by local (walking) cops.

Monday 8th June
Queen's Birthday Public Holiday
Archies Creek Pub Lunch
Paul Southwell leading
10 am Berwick

This ride will suit pillion passengers and is focussed on the destination with a bit of beautiful scenery along the route thrown in.

The ride will take a direct route from Drouin down the Main South Road to Loch for morning tea, though I know Paul wants to press on directly to the pub but with pillions, cold weather and nature, it will be very unkind not to stop at the 110 km mark at Loch. Next, up the hill continuing south on the Loch Wonthaggi Road, admire the views and then into the pub for warmth, good cheer and good tucker.

A slightly different way back to Drouin picking up the Korumburra Warragul Road is planned. Expect around 220 leisurely kilometres for the day.
7 bikes, 8 people, 12 deg., some rain, 220 km

Sunday 14th June
Dave Ward leading
10 am Berwick

Lots of good roads around Beaconsfield Upper, Cockatoo, Pakenham Upper and Belgrave en-route to Launching Place, Powelltown and Noojee morning tea. Then on through Hill End and down to Moe for lunch and fuel. After topping up the energy levels, we'll continue south in to Gippsland and on to Mirboo North, making our way around to Leongatha to pick up the Warragul road to break up at Drouin. 3 km of good, uphill, hard packed (80 km/h) dirt around Arawata. 310 km for the day.
20 bikes, 20 people, 14 deg., 310 km
Incident #1: Paul (CBRR1000) major cosmetic. Bike gone to graveyard in sky (or Fowles), Paul walked away, minor graze to left knee. Dinked home.
Incident #2: Misho lost footing while corner marking and toppled over, bike slight scratch, rider possible collar bone and/or ligament damage.

Sunday 21st June
Ern Reeders leading
10 am Whittlesea

Marvel at the rapid tree regrowth post bushfires as we head through Flowerdale and Yea en-route to Molesworth and Alexandra for the first break. Ater morning tea we'll continue north chasing the sun, up to Gobur, Caveat and Highlands, now working our way west to Seymour for lunch. The ride will finish at Wallan picking up Lancefield, Romsey and the Darraweit Guim deep valleys along the way. An easy 300 km for the day with a great variety of off-the-beaten-track roads, exactly what the Club is famous for.
13 bikes, 13 people, 285 km, 16 deg., 100% overcast and about 95% wet/drying roads. Slight drizzle.

Sunday 28th June
Tim Emons leading
10 am Berwick

From Berwick we'll make our way through Gembrook and Powelltown to Noojee for morning tea, then on to Moe for fuel before heading up to Thompson Dam to check Melbourne's water stocks before heading back across to Walhalla for lunch. Then down through Tyres, along the Old Sale Road, through Crossover and Jindivick to break up at Longwarry North.

Depending on time, weather and inclination of the group, we might work our way back through the Neerims and Yallook to finish at Powelltown instead. Approx 350 km of hard riding for the day. Hence:
The ride will not suit inexperienced riders; not recommended for first time Club riders.

It is a very challenging ride - the distance, technical difficulty, and the chance of meeting the unexpected combined with certain cold and probable wet condtions increase the risks dramatically.
14 bikes, 14 people, 15 deg., 365 km. Some fog, difficult light with sun so low (near shortest day of year), roads mainly wet and slippery first leg.
Incident: Ha Du's bike stopped (battery failure - no(!) acid/water) in Noojee. RACV transported back to Melbourne (98 km); near two hour wait.

July 2009

Thursday 2nd July
Annual General Meeting and Social Sip combined
6.30 pm Tower Hotel, 686 Burwood Road, Hawthorn East (corner of Burwood Road, Camberwell Road and Albert Street)

The Committee has booked the "free" private meeting room, conditional on us eating there. So, save your Club money and come and have a meal followed by a quick formal meeting including the election of office bearers for another year. Collect your magazine, catch up with the gossip, see your mates.
22 people, new Committee elected - check out Contact details for new Committee email addresses and phone numbers.
In a nut shell, no changes except Barb to Treasurer (was Peter Feistl), Dennis L. to Captain (Dave Ward retired), Chris Pointon to Vice Captain (was Trevor Harris), Ha Du to Assistant Secretary (was Barb), Trevor Harris to Committee Member (new position), Ron Johnston to Committee Member (new position).

Sunday 5th July
Hill End
Paul Southwell leading
10 am Yarra Glen
9 bikes, 9 people, 180 km, mainly wet roads, cold 13 deg.
Incident: Henry (Triumph 675) parked it into fence coming in to Jindivick, 10 km from finish. Minor cosmetic, rideable. Henry fine.

Sunday 12th July
Loch - Mt Worth National Park
Ben Warden leading (was Henry but no bike - see ride above)
10 am Berwick
According to Henry: "Leaving from Berwick, we'll head to Lang Lang and then Loch for an early morning tea. Then a loop through Glen Forbes before coming back past Almurta and Glen Alvie to Wonthaggi.
We'll either have lunch at Wonthaggi or continue on to Leongatha, depending on the time. Then we will ride up Wild Dog Valley Road (3km of excellent, uphill, hard packed dirt around Arawata) picking up the Warragul Korumburra Road.
Just after Strezelecki we'll take a detour to the spectacular lookout near Mt Worth (includes 6 km section of dirt) overlooking the Moe Valley. Breakup at Drouin after about 320km.
It will be challenging in the wet so good tyres essential."
11 bikes, 11 people, 360 km, 16 deg.
Incident: Dennis L. CBR600 minor cosmetic (mud is soft if somewhat "muddy"). Rideable, continued. Click here to see photos

Sunday 19th July
Steiglitz and Brisbane Ranges
Geoff Jones leading
10 am Whittlesea
16 bikes, 17 people, windy, 15 deg., 410 km
Ben holed radiator. Ignored till Werribee, then bottle of Nulon Rad Repair and 800 ml water.

Sunday 26th July
Dennis Lindemann leading
10 am Whittlesea
Route: Kinglake, Chum Creek, Powelltown, Icy Creek, Moe, Erica, Tyres, Old Sale Rd, Longwarry North
Estimated ride length: 314 km
Ride will not suit inexperienced riders; not recommended for first time Club riders.

12 bikes, 14 people, 330 km, 16 deg. sunny, fine, no wind!

August 2009

Sunday 2nd August
Mt Macedon
Ian Payne leading
10 am West Gate Shell Servo
16 bikes, 19 people, 300 km, cold 16 degrees and strong north west wind all day

Thursday 6th August
Social Sip
7 pm Mark's Place, corner Grattan and Swanston Streets, Carlton
23 people

Sunday 9th August
Euroa via Strathbogie
Rob Langer leading
10 am Yarra Glen

From Yarra Glen we'll head directly to Healesville and across the Black Spur to Marysville pressing on to Buxton and Taggerty taking the back way in to Eildon for morning tea after 105 km. After a break we'll pass through Alexandra, Yarck, Gobur, Merton, and Strathbogie to reach Euroa for lunch at the main street bakery. Then we'll head south through Creighton's Creek to Caveat and Highlands, breaking up at Kinglake West. Expect around 340 km of very varied and seldom ridden roads for the day.
27 bikes, 27 people, 365 km, 13 deg., fine, sunny, very cold early.
Incident #1: Damien D., Hornet 600, second ride, minor cosmetic, rode home.
Incident #2: Damien J., second ride, R1, retired running on three cylinders
Incident #3: Marty T., ZRX1200 retired at Euroa with no front pads

Sunday 16th August
Mt Donna Buang and Lake Mountain [snow ride (?)]
Dennis Lindemann leading
10 am Berwick

According to Dennis, "This is going to be a proper workout for rider and tyres with hardly any straight bits. First stop is Warburton via Gembrook to prepare for the mountains. Mount Donna Buang next - up and down - then on to the Reefton Spur for more twisties. Before stopping for lunch in Marysville, we'll head up to Lake Mountain for a possible group photo and more twisties! Last bit will be through the Black Spur and heading up to Toolangi and down Chum Creek Road before breaking up in Healesville. A leisurely 250km for the day." Fair chance there will be snow, tourists and tolls. Cross that bridge ...

12 bikes, 13 people, 220 km, cold, 100% wet roads, rain, fog, very windy, 17 deg in Melb., much less up Donna or across Reefton
Incident; Paul S.'s new CBR1000 blew over at the servo - 5 touch points including snapped brake lever; retired home

Sunday 23rd August
Lake Eppalock
Ben Warden leading
10 am Whittlesea

Birds migrate north in the winter, heading for warmer climes; so shall we. Hopefully the windy season will have abated.

First stop Lancefield General Store after 135 km via Flowerdale, Strath Creek, Trawool, Tallarook and Pyalong. Then up the Burke and Wills Track to Mia Mia: twisties followed by a long straight bumpy section. Maybe we'll stop at the memorial propeller. On to Redesdale and Lake Eppalock which almost does not exist anymore, now just used as a holding reservoir for Bendigo, water pumped from elsewhere.

We'll pass through strange place names such as Axedale and Knowsley heading along back roads to Mia Mia again and on to Heathcote after a further 125 km for late lunch.

Then a fairly direct route home through Tooborak, Pyalong, Broadford and Wandong to finish at Whitlesea coffee shop in the main street. Expect an easy 340 km for the day.

22 bikes, 22 people, 370 km, 19 deg., strong north wind
Incident: third time rider (R1) holed radiator - retired

Sunday 30th August
Kongwak (South Gippsland)
Tim Emons
10 am Yarra Glen From Yarra Glen we'll head across to Healesville, up Chum Creek Road into the fog and rain, down Myers Creek Road into Healesville and across to Yarra Junction via Don Road (sticky wet slippery mud). Then on to Powelltown, Nayook, Neerim East and Neerim South for late morning tea. After a leisurely break we'll head south down through Crossover, Old Sale Road and south again to Yarragon and Trafalgar where we'll cross the princess Highway and head for Thorpdale (famous esses) and on to Mirboo North for lunch and fuel at the 200 km mark. After lunch we'll work our way through Leongatha and around through Kongwak to Loch before picking up the fun but treacherous Korumburra Warragul road to Darnum, crossover, Jindivick to break up at Longwarry North. Home in the dark, two days to recover.
Ride will not suit inexperienced riders; not recommended for first time Club riders.

13 bikes, 13 people, 406 km, cold and very windy 14 deg., mainly dry roads

Incident: Cliff's battery on GSXR1000 failed after six years; left bike and pillioned with Ron

Incident #2: Dave Ward (Z1000) ran out of petrol (no fuel at Loch); siphoned fuel and caught ride at breakup point

September 2009

Thursday 3rd September
Social Sip
7 pm Mark's Place, corner Grattan and Swanston Streets, Carlton
15 people

Sunday 6th September
Fathers' Day
Trentham Poker Run
Ben Warden and Ian Payne leading
10 am Whittlesea

According to Trevor, "From Whittlesea it's north to Kinglake West, Flowerdale, Strath Creek and almost into Broadford before swinging south to Wallan. Our first break will be at the bakery at the northern end of town.
Leg Two sees the ride head to Romsey and onto Woodend for lunch. The route may take in Gisborne.
Leg Three sees us heading west to Tylden, around the Coliban and Lauriston reservoirs and then down to Spring Hill, followed by a regroup at Trentham.
After a brief stop it's on to Greendale, Pentland Hills road and Bacchus Marsh via the freeway, finishing at Melton in the glorious west.
Around 260 km for the ride."
18 bikes, 19 people, 14 deg., strong north wind
Ha won a set of heated grips as Poker run prize donated by Henry Wright

Saturday 12th September
Tahbilk Winery lunch, Nagambie area
Suit pillion riders, first time riders, P-platers.
Dennis Lindemann leading
10 am Whittlesea

This is an easy ride suitable for pillion passengers, first time riders, and P-platers. It might be a bit far for Learners. Having said that, it is most likely that only regular MSR members will attend, with the odd partner or two. The ride is intended to be gentle and tolerable for our better halves. The route is Whittlesea, Flowerdale, Broadford first stop after 70 km through the fire ravaged countryside. Then Glenaroua, Seymour, Mitchellstown and Chateau Tahbilk for lunch. Keep your eye out for kangaroos. Home via a more direct route early afternoon.

Marvellous setting over looking the river, excellent food, reasonably priced. Long hard packed dirt driveway meanders through the vineyard to the Chateau.

9 bikes, 3 cars, 20 people, 250 km, 30 deg humid

Sunday 13th September
Mirboo North
Ben Warden leading
10 am Berwick

All the usual sensational high risk roads through Gippsland. Continuous brilliant scenery, endless corners, top notch company, regular stops with excellent food and service. Route suits Japanese sports bikes - just what your bike was designed for. Use it while you still can. Home exhilarated and exhausted after epic 380 km, two days to recover, can't wait till next time. First stop Korumburra if you are chasing the ride. Three km of dirt through Arawata.
Ride will not suit inexperienced riders; not recommended for first time Club riders.

13 bikes, 13 people, 385 km, 17 deg.

Saturday 19th September
Reefton Spur followed by BBQ at Black Rock, 1 pm
Paul Southwell leading
10 am Yarra Glen

Short ride through the Black Spur, Marysville, Reefton Spur, Gembrook, and Cockatoo to finish in Packenham. Then head for Black Rock BBQ. RSVP Ha by emailing to [email protected] or ringing 0411-113-172 by 16 September for catering purposes and to advise of any special dietary requirements. Invitation is limited to Club members only. Please do not ask new riders along to the BBQ.

Ride: 8 bikes, 10 people, 225 km, 19 deg.
BBQ: 22 people

Sunday 20th September
Lake Mountain
Paul Southwell leading
10 am Berwick

Harkaway, Upper Beaconsfield, Cockatoo, Upper Packenham, Gembrook, Warburton for first break. Brilliant sounding names, exceptional riding roads with more to follow. Then across Reefton and up Lake Mountain, though if this weather keeps up and the snow keeps falling, we might miss out on Lake Mountain as the gate will be tolled. Maybe a squirt up Donna Buang instead. Marysville for lunch and then back across the Black Spur to break up at Healesville after 230 km.
Ride will not suit inexperienced riders; not recommended for first time Club riders.

24 bikes, 24 people, 195 km (route modified), 19 deg.
Incident #1: Ha CBR600 Lake Mountain, minor cosmetic, rideable
Incidnet #2: Brien VTR1000 post ride St Andrews Road, major cosmetic (tow truck), rider fine

Sunday 27th September
Geoff Jones leading
10 am Whittlesea

Lancefield for morning tea via Broadford and Pyalong. Then up the Burke and Wills Track to Redesdale and across to Sutton Grange working our way west to the heritage town of Maldon. Fuel up at the Y junction and then wander the town in search of bakeries and pastries. Home via the gold digging country towns including Castlemaine, Chewton, Fryerstown, Mt Franklin (of the mineral water fame), Hepburn Springs, Spring Hill, Tylden, Trentham East, Woodend, Cameron's Corner, Bolinda, and Wild Dog Road to finish under Tullarmarine flight path at Bulla, 15 minutes from the city. Huge variety of interesting roads and scenery. Around 320 easy km.

9 bikes, 9 people, 405 km, 12 deg., strong west, south west wind all day (av 40-50 km/h peaking at 55km/h according to BOM); occassional light shower, roads 75% dry

Incident: police road block - power lines down. Phew!

October 2009

Thursday 1st October
General Meeting - Guest Speaker
6.30 pm Tower Hotel, 686 Burwood Road, Hawthorn East (corner of Burwood, Camberwell Road and Albert Street)
8 pm presentation

Collect your magazine and save the Club some postage charges. Catch up with your fanatical motorcycling enthusiast mates, share a cheap meal and still be home by 10.30 pm. Guest speaker for tonight is Geoff Taylor who recently travelled around India with his son on motorcycles. Geoff is a Professor in Physics at the University of Melbourne. Here is the synopsis in his words:

Getting High in Kashmir on an Enfield Bullet, presented by Geoffrey Taylor

A year or so ago my son and I thought we would like to buy a couple of Royal Enfields and ride through India, Pakistan, China, through the "-stans" and onto Europe. Na´ve about the difficulties of such a trip and unable to carry out that precise itinerary we decided to hire a couple of bikes anyway and go up into the high mountains of Kashmir and Ladack. Second choice turned out to be a winner. This presentation will give a little of the flavour of our ride which was, for me, one of the highlights of my life.

24 people
Heated grips door prize. Won by Chris Pointon.

Sunday 4th October
Torbreck River and Mt Pinninger, Eildon
Ben Warden leading
10 am Yarra Glen - 1st day Daylight Savings - put clock forward 1 hour - get up earlier!

The route will include Healesville, Black Spur, and Marysville for morning tea. Then on to Taggerty and the very exciting Jamieson Road stopping at the Torbreck River bridge, just before the dirt begins. Thirty seven kilometres of twisty roads in and another 37 back out.

Eildon for lunch. Then up to Mt Pinninger for a sensational views of the dam and Fraser National Park before heading across Skyline to Alexandra, followed by the brilliant high speed sweepers on the Molesworth Road to regroup at Yea. We may head around through Murrindindi and take the back way to break up at Kinglake. Expect around 270 km for the day. Ride will not suit inexperienced riders; not recommended for first time Club riders.

19 bikes, 20 people, 360 km, 14 deg., mainly wet roads, occassional drizzle.
Incident: Craig M. (VTR1000SP) - non-starter - rear axle came out on Christmas Hills Road - missing nut and chain adjuster block.
Incident 2: Tim Emons, puncture in new rear tyre; plugged and went home
Incident #3: Pina's R6 missing badly (again); left bike at Yarra Glen and pillioned with Dave Ward on Z1000.
Incident #4: Leader Ben Warden's battery failed completely at Kinglake (end of ride). Later diagnosed as stator failure, again. Pillioned with Cliff. Bike retrieved with second battery - half way home - and then trailer. Home 11.50 pm. Ordered new stator: $505.

Sunday 11th October
Ron Johnston leading
10 am Yarra Glen

East West ride, first stop Broadford after 100 km. Look out for some unusual roads on this leg. Then across to Lancefield, up to Redesdale and around to Castlemaine for lunch. Another option is through Metcalfe. Homeward bound we'll head down through Vaughan, Drummond and Spring Hill to Woodend, our afternoon tea break. Then Mt Macedon, Straws Lane, and Bolinda to finish at Bulla under the Tullarmarine Airport flight path. Expect around 310 km for the day through all manner of rarely travelled roads and countryside. Be there.

17 bikes, 19 people, 310 km, 17 degrees and windy
Incident #1: Adam (675) speeding ticket, Kinglake West (talked his way out of it we later learnt)
Incident #2: Misho (Pina pillion), and a first time rider separated from group (ie lost) in Broadford when getting fuel and ride departed without them
Incident #3: (R6) same first time rider, major cosmetic, rider okay (bruised, broken rib), bike trailered home from Broadford.)

Sunday 18th October
Jindivick via Noojee short ride followed by Moto GP BBQ in Ferntree Gully
Paul Southwell leading
10 am Yarra Glen

John Rousseaux has kindly come to the rescue by offering his home as the place to finish the short ride and watch the Phillip Island MotoGP on TV while enjoying a home cooked BBQ.

If intending to participate, then please advise John on mobile number 0412-880-537 for catering purposes.

Paul will lead the short ride along his favourite well worn route: up Chum Creek Road, down Myers Creek Road, across to Yarra Junction, out to Powelltown, across the twisties to Noojee and up to Neerim South for first stop after 120 km. Then around through Jindivick and back along the Freeway to Melbourne. Around 140 km of good roads.

Route nothing like described.

14 bikes, 15 people, 150 km, 19 deg. Another 5 people at BBQ.

Saturday 24th October
Serendipity Lavendar Farm, Nar Nar Goon
Ha Du leading
10 am Whittlesea

"Serendipity Lavender Farm in Nar Nar Goon North is known for its lavender scones, ice cream, and anything else lavender.

Serendipity Lavender Farm ain't gonna happen I'm afraid. I attempted to do the second half of the ride yesterday and encountered 12, rather than 1 km of dirt road, and coming from the other direction is just boring highway. So, if anyone's still interested, the new destination is Domaine Chandone winery in Yarra Glen. Really, who wants to ride 150 km to see acres of lavender when it's probably growing in your own backyard anyway. I guarantee the winery will be much more breathtaking - check it out:


and the ride's not too shabby either.

Still leaving from Whittlesea at 10am. The route is only slightly different, better, in fact with more road variations: we'll bypass the Warburton Highway and tight twist our little hearts out along 10 km of back road to Warburton. After a break at the bakery, we'll head down to Pakenham Upper, back up through Yellingbo to end at Domaine Chandon on the Maroondah Highway.

Depending on which direction you live, the ride home should provide just enough to keep you going until Sunday's ride :) Can't wait!

Feel free to call if you have any questions: 0411 1131 72.

2 bikes, 3 people, 170km?, fine, dry 20 deg.

Sunday 25th October
Twelve Apostles via Great Ocean Road
Cliff Peters leading
9 am West Gate Shell Servo

Note early start for this long 550 km ride. Initial usual route via Lara to Moriac for morning tea and second pickup point. Then on to Forrest taking the Mt Sabine Road to Lavers Hill (unreliable fuel). On to Port Campbell (170 km) for fuel and lunch. It is another 18 km to Peterborough and the Bay of Islands, the most spectacular sight along the coast.

The return trip picks up the Twelve Apostles, Lavers Hill, Apollo Bay and Lorne (168 km) for fuel and afternoon tea. Back through Deans Marsh to regroup at Moriac (90 km) and then finish at Lara.

Cliff home in 5 minutes. The rest of us will drone up the highway to Melbourne.
Ride will not suit inexperienced riders; not recommended for first time Club riders.

13 bikes, 14 people, 555km to Lara, 15 deg., cold 25-35 km/h southerly all day

Saturday 31st October to Tuesday 3rd November
Melbourne Cup Long Weekend Ride
Orbost, Adaminaby, Mt Beauty
Motel Accommodation. Ring Paul Southwell to confirm place on 0437 844 126
10 am Berwick

Day 1: Licola, Dargo, Orbost Cliff Peters leading
Day 2: Orbost, Bonang, Eden, Bombala, Adaminaby - short option - Ben Warden leading
Day 2 extra loop: Jindabyne, Thredbo, Khanacoban, Cabramurra, Adaminaby
Day 3: Adaminaby, Cabramurra, Elliot Way, Tumbarumba, Jingellic, Walwa, Granya Gap, Tallangatta, Tamgambalanga Road to Mt Beauty - Dave Ward leading
Day 3 extra loop: up and down Falls Creek
Day 4:Mt Beauty, Falls Creek, Anglers Rest, Omeo, Bruthen, Briagolong, Tyers, Longwarry North - Paul Southwell leading

16 bikes, 16 people, 2310 km to finish at Longwarry North

Weather: about 4 heavy downpours across Day 1 and Day 2 with one hail storm; mainly hot and very humid near coast or lower areas, perfect conditions elsewhere. Some cool conditions and wet roads across from Falls Creek to Omeo. Gail force winds Bruthen to Tyers including dust storm coming in to Cowarr.

Incidents: Bronwyn (Z1000) punture on Dargo Road - plugged and continued to Bruthen for air; Misho (CBR1000) puncture at Adaminaby - plugged and continued; Ha (CBR600) snapped throttle cable at Sue City on the Elliot Way - replaced with equivalent sourced form mower shop in Tumbarumba.

Massive bug swarming around coastal areas - flying ants or termites; police breathalyser near Lake Glenmaggie (back back-road) at time of Melbourne Cup running

No crashes, running out of petrol, police, accommodation or other issues. Brilliant weekend.

November 2009

Sunday 1st November
Reefton via Jindivick
Tony Stegmar leading
10 am Yarra Glen

From Yarra Glen we'll head across to Healesville and down to Launching Place, Gembrook, Cockatoo, and Upper Beaconsfield to have morning tea at Garfield. Then we'll run parrallel to the Highway to Longwarry North and work our way around through Jindivick, Neerim South, Nayook, Powelltown and Yarra Junction to lunch at Warburton. Then around the Reefton Spur and maybe up and down Lake Mountian, depending on the weather, to regroup at Marysville. Then across the Black Spur to breakup in Healesville at the Beechworth Bakery. Expect around 280 of tight, twisty roads for the day.

5 bikes, 5 people, 30 deg.280 km

Leader passed unmarked K1200 on Black Spur (while it was passing a car). Walking for a month.

Thursday 5th November
Social Sip
7 pm Mark's Place, corner Grattan and Swanston Streets, Carlton
14 people

Sunday 8th November
Ben Warden leading
10 am Berwick

After 2300 km the previous long weekend followed by a few days of work, the survivors will be looking for another serious challenge and an adrenalin fix. Where better than lost in the Gippsland; never far from home, but never quite knowing where you are or what is around the next corner.

Loch for morning tea after 110 km via Drouin and the Korumburra Warragul road. Then we'll continue south 16 km before peeling off towards Anderson, Almurta and loops within loops, the risk of the ride lead intersecting with the group ever present, chaos the likely result. Glimpses of the sea will appear occasionally and totally in the wrong place. Woolamai, the triple K, (Kernot, Kilcunda, Kongwak) and finally (K4) Korumburra Bakery for lunch.

After a leisurely break and a few reminisces, its back up the Korumburra - Warragul Road to Lardner, bypassing Warragul town and its lights, to Nilma and the Crossover twisties to the Neerims, Nayook and the Powelltown sweepers to finish. Expect around 330 km for the day - plus start and finish commutes. Sun should be awkwardly low as we head back to Melbourne via Healesville. Hard ride, but enough to get you through the next week taking two days to recover.
15 bikes, 16 people, 350 km, 34 deg. hot

Friday 13th November
Phillip Island Honda Ride Day
Contact Paul Southwell for more details

Sunday 15th November
Tim Emons leading
10 am Yarra Glen

According to Tim, the route is: "First, check tread depth after Friday's track day... From Yarra Glen, we'll take the standard route via Chum Creek, Myers Creek, Don Road (approx 3 km dry, hard packed dirt, or possibly sticky wet slippery mud...), through Powelltown and into Noojee for morning tea. After the break we'll continue on to Moe for fuel before heading up to Thompson Dam to see if any recent rains have fallen in the catchment area. Then back down the road and across to Walhalla for a late lunch. Down through Tyres, along the Old Sale Road, through Crossover and Jindivick to break up at Longwarry North. Around 370km of great roads."

17 bikes, 17 people, 365 km, 28 deg.
Incident: Pina, R6, Walhalla tight right hander, minor cosmetic (Oggy knob did a good job)

Saturday 21st November
Chandon Winery
Ha Du leading
10 am Whittlesea

The route will include Kinglake, Toolangi, Myers Creek Road down to Launching Place, then taking the back road to Warburton for a coffee break. From there, we'll head down to Packenham Upper via Hoddles Creek and Gembrook, then back up near Healesville via Woori Yallock to Domain Chandon Winery. An easy 200kms.

6 bikes, 6 people, 195 km, 23 deg.
Another 5 people at the winery

Sunday 22nd November
Lavers Hill via Turton's Track and The Great Ocean Road
Ron Johnston leading
9.30 am West Gate Shell Servo

Note early start. The route will encompass the normal MSR back road to reach Moriac after 100 km travelling through Little River, Lara and Batesford, bypassing Geelong. After morning tea we'll head for Deans Marsh, Beech Forest and Turtons Track (narrow, very windy, always wet road through rain forest) to Lavers Hill for lunch, a further 120 km.

With the temperature hovering around 14 degrees, a cup of hot pumpkin soup will go down well. Petrol costs $1.42 a litre or 20 cents above Melbourne prices - the tourist tax you pay for having fun.

Homeward bound: Apollo Bay, Forest, Dean's Marsh, Moriac (regroup), then breakup at Lara after 400 km. Be there.
Ride will not suit inexperienced riders; not recommended for first time Club riders.

7 bikes, 8 people, 426 km West Gate Bridge to Lara, 16 degrees and heavy rain; fine in afternoon

Sunday 29th November
Rob Langer leading
10 am Whittlesea

The route will follow the familiar good roads through Kinglake West, Flowerdale, Strath Creek, Broadford, Pyalong and down to Lancefield for morning tea after 115 km. Then up the Burke and Wills track to Redesdale and on to Sutton Grange and Castlemaine.
After a leisurely lunch we'll start heading south through the historical gold digging towns of Fryerstown, Vaughan and Guildford to Hepburn Springs bypassing Daylesford. Then across to Spring Hill, Trentham South and Woodend Bakery for refreshments.
Finish at Bulla under the flyover, picking up Bolinda and Wild Dog Road en-route. Expect ~320 km of interesting and varied roads for the day.

16 bikes, 16 people, 405 km, 22 degrees, some wet roads around Kinglake West - Flowerdale; small shower Lancefield, otherwise dry

December 2009

Thursday 3rd December
Social Sip
7 pm Mark's Place, corner Grattan and Swanston Streets, Carlton

Saturday 5th December
Free (for members) Club Xmas Party, BYO drink
12-4 pm Fairfield Park, Melway's Reference 30 J 12

32 people, 22 members, 2 bikes and 2 dogs

Sunday 6th December
Mt Baw Baw
Ron Johnston leading
10 am Berwick

From Berwick we'll head around through Harkaway and across to Upper Beaconsfield, Cockatoo, Pakenham Upper, Gembrook, Hoddles Creek, Powelltown and Noojee for first break after 115 km. You'll need to get fuel here as the next stop, Neerim South, is just out of range for most bikes.

After the break we'll head up Mt Baw Baw for the first time this season, then back down to Icy Creek turning left for Hill End and Willow Grove to regroup after 113 km. Not sure if there are lunch facilities here but certainly brilliant roads to this point.

After the Old Sale Road its on to the Crossover sweepers to Neerim South and around to Jindivick to finish at the Longwarry North servo after another 56 km. Roughly 285 hard km for the day, but worth every corner. Good tyres essential.
Ride will not suit inexperienced riders; not recommended for first time Club riders.

26 bikes, 26 people, 26 degrees, 330 km
Incident: major cosmetic, Ben F. Hayabusa crash on Mt Baw Baw; rider walked away, bike gone to that great racetrack in the sky (Fowles)

Saturday 12th December
Phillip Island Honda Ride Day
Contact Dave Ward for more details

8 members

Sunday 13th December
Geoff Jones leading
10 am Yarra Glen

14 bikes, 15 people, 290 km, 22 deg.

Sunday 20th December
Tarra Bulga National Park, Yarram
Dennis Lindemann leading
10 am Berwick

15 bikes, 15 people, 410 km, 24 deg. fine and dry.

Saturday 26th December to Saturday 2nd January 2010
Xmsa Club Camp, Porepunkah

22 bikes, 39 people, (26 members), 1750+ km, 32-38 deg. fine and dry during days; 2 night severe electrical and rain storms (200 mm, flooding in Bright).
Incident: Ern Reeders (Honda CBR954) crashed on new Falls Creek to Omeo Highway Road (oncoming vehicle involved, details unclear). Bike minor cosmetic (more damage done in recovery than crash; rideable). Ern concussion, broken radius and ulna in rhs wrist, transferred by ambulance from Omeo to Bairnesdale Hospital and operated on (twice under local) in Traralgon Hospital. Home now.

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