Mods and Rock­ers still at it

Old Bike Australasia - - QUASARS -

DEREK PICKARD re­ports on a very bright clas­sic day in Melbourne’s dull spring weather. Nearly 200 en­thu­si­asts at­tended the Novem­ber an­nual Mods & Rock­ers run by Melbourne 59 Club. Though the turn-out for the early morn­ing meet­ing place was thin­ner than pre­vi­ous years be­cause of the very dull weather, when the ride ar­rived at the des­ti­na­tion for lunch, the crowds in cars and bikes were there wait­ing. The 59 Club ob­vi­ously has a strong fol­low­ing and many will­ing work­ers as the re­cep­tion was very well re­ceived. An­tique Mo­tor­cy­cles next to Moorab­bin air­port had been con­verted to an ex­cel­lent re­cep­tion for the event. This nor­mally fas­ci­nat­ing clas­sic bike ware­house and eatery had a rock band, ready snacks, bar and many dis­plays of both bikes and trade sell­ers. Although barely more than 50 peo­ple on clas­sic bikes and scoot­ers braved the wind and rain for the de­par­ture at Brighton Baths, that num­ber was swelled by well over 100 who went straight to An­tique Mo­tor­cy­cles. And the bike ware­house’s dis­play of new In­di­ans and as­sorted clas­sics was sud­denly joined by late Tri­umphs, Ja­panese and Ital­ian ma­chin­ery, much of which had re­ceived the café-racer treat­ment. Most of the rid­ers had not been to An­tique Mo­tor­cy­cles be­fore and so found the in­cred­i­ble show­ing of clas­sic bikes and mo­tor­cy­cling mem­o­ra­bilia tak­ing up at least an hour just to look around. Bet­ter still, this is a clas­sic bike busi­ness that in­cludes a res­tau­rant and bar so no one went hun­gry or thirsty. Also, on the week­end the streets around this venue are empty which in­evitably saw many demon­strate just how their bike sounded when given throt­tle. The day cer­tainly proved a big hit for the 59 Club and its abil­ity to stage a top event for its niche in mo­tor­cy­cling. Rid­ers of all ages at­tended on their own ver­sion of mod­i­fied bikes. Ev­ery­thing from lit­tle 125s and 250s came along to rub han­dle­bars with high price ex­ot­ica; all sport­ing dif­fer­ent types of up­grades. The days of the orig­i­nal 59 Club in UK may be half a cen­tury be­hind now, but the af­fec­tion for cus­tom­ized café-racer style bikes is as strong as ever. A great day out.

TOP LEFT Eclec­tic bunch pre­pare to de­part Brighton Baths. LEFT A CB750 gets the Rocker treat­ment.

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