MSR  Itinerary                      September 2009


Sunday 6th      Trentham                                                                                             Ben Warden leading

                        10 am Whittlesea

From Whittlesea it's north to Kinglake West, Flowerdale, Strath Creek, and Broadford before swinging south to the first break at the Wallan bakery. Then on to Romsey and Kyneton for lunch. After lunch we’ll head west to Tylden, around the Coliban and Lauriston reservoirs and then down to Spring Hill regrouping at Trentham. After a brief stop it's on to Greendale and the Pentland Hills to finish at Diggers Rest. Around 280 km for the day.


Sat. 12th          Tahbilk Winery lunch, Nagambie area                                   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 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.


Sunday 13th   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.


Sat. 19th          Free Club BBQ in Black Rock 1pm                                                            Ha Du 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.


Sunday 20th    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.


Sunday 27th    Maldon                                                                                                   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, 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.  


October 2009


Thurs. 1st        General Meeting – Guest Speaker

7 pm Tower Hotel for meal, 8 pm presentation

The Tower Hotel address is 686 Burwood Road, Hawthorn East (corner of Burwood Road, Camberwell Road and Albert Street.) 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. Naïve 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.


Sunday 4th     Mt Pinninger, Eildon                                                                         Ben Warden  leading

                        10 am Yarra Glen