Golden gat­ing

Old Bike Australasia - - MARCUS HOLT COLLECTION -

JON MUNN, pro­lific pur­veyor of all sorts of won­der­ful mo­tor­cy­cles from his business Clas­sic Style Aus­tralia in Seaford, Vic­to­ria, makes an an­nual pil­grim­age to USA, and al­ways dresses in style – we like his choice of shirt! “The Moto Melee is an an­nual rally that I at­tend in Cal­i­for­nia that is re­stricted to about 100 rid­ers and a pre-1970 age limit on the bikes. The rally is al­ways the week­end after Fa­ther’s Day in the USA. We meet on the Fri­day evening at the San Francisco Motorcycle Club for a ‘meet and greet’ and pick up our rally bags and then have pizza and drinks. On the Satur­day morn­ing we meet at the Pre­sidio in San Francisco, which looks across at the Golden Gate Bridge. We reg­is­ter and show our bike rego and in­surance and re­ceive our route in­struc­tions and map for the next three days. We then head off across the bridge and head north on Hwy 1 for about 30 miles and then turn right and start a di­ag­o­nal route to the north east across Cal­i­for­nia, end­ing up at Red Bluff in the NE cor­ner of Cal­i­for­nia, just be­low the Ore­gon bor­der and sit­u­ated on the Sacra­mento River. This is our first night spot after about 350 miles. The next day, we head due west across the moun­tains for about 150 miles un­til we reach the Red­woods. The moun­tain cross­ing is amaz­ing, ful­lon moun­tain wind­ing roads, an amaz­ing chal­lenge. We then con­tinue via var­i­ous routes, end­ing in Fort Bragg on the Pa­cific for our sec­ond night stop. On the Mon­day, we re­turn to San Francisco by var­i­ous routes end­ing up at Chen­ery Park in San Francisco for our farewell din­ner and prize giv­ing at the Chen­ery Park Restau­rant. We cover any­where from 850 to 1,000 miles over three days, which is hard work on both bikes and rid­ers. I have done the ride for the last six years now and keep my 1969 Tri­umph TR6C over there for this rally. The whole ride is a chal­lenge and we spend a lot of time on the road help­ing oth­ers who break down, and help­ing them to com­plete the ride each day. With old bikes and rough ter­rain, it takes a heavy toll on some ma­chines. The photo of me in the road with my bot­tle of wa­ter was taken after we had re­paired one of the girls’ bikes that had stopped dead. Great fun!”

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