Mods and Rockers still at it
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.