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Ron Johnston (rear)

Honda CBF1000

Rick Van

Yamaha YZF600

Ern Reeders (lead)

Honda CBR954

Raman Biaroza

Kawasaki GPx250

John Lirossi (1st ride)

Honda VFR800

Andrew Stansbury

Suzuki GSXR600


Some management guru once said that on their deathbed very few people wish that they'd spent more time in the office. This kind of day confirmed that observation.

We welcomed two new riders, John and Andrew, who quickly got the gist of our ride routine and demonstrated some spirited fanging.

Raman did a fine job of punting the pint-size Kwacka to match the pace.

From Yarra Glen, under lowering clouds and a little Scotch mist, we crossed to Chum Creek Road which was a tippy-toe affair with plenty of damp patches.The Fireblade stepped out on one and I had to rein in the pace.We continued through Toolangi back to the Melba Highway, then up through Glenburn to a detour via the Murrindindi Road.Back on the Melba to Yea, the sun broke through the clouds and we continued to Molesworth for the back road to Alexandra.An opportunity for some dynamic decoking.

Morning tea was in downtown Alexandra as the cafe by the creek is now closed.

Then sedately up the Maroondah Highway to Merton and finally we could let her rip through the Merton twisties. Clean roads, bright sun, and a chance to use some bike body language.Turn off to Strathbogie via the particular road surfaces the 'bogie shire specialises in and then down off the central highlands to Euroa for lunch.

Change of route then decided on because of the cold and damp in the forests; up to Violet Town and Harrys Creek Road, which continued the 'bogie speciality with some short stretches of fresh bitumen under plenty of loose gravel.Back through Strathbogie and a second shot at the Merton twisties going the other way.Tootle down the highway, one thirsty bike topped up in Yea and a final spirited thrust up and off Junction Hill.Kinglake West was the finish point; darn cold but that didn't prevent some discussion of Andrew's problem with his front end.Light and twitchy exiting the bends.Plenty of advice tendered.

I got home with two aching hands and a grin on my face, resolved again to spend less time in the office!

Many thanks to Ronnie for rear riding.


Ern Reeders