Wine coun­try wan­der­ing

30th An­niver­sary Barossa Val­ley Clas­sic Motorcycle Rally

Old Bike Australasia - - RALLY REPORTS - Re­port and Pho­tos Peter Strawbridg­e

18-19 Oc­to­ber, 2014 – Barossa Val­ley, SA

Bikes at the BVCMCC rally ap­pear to support the the­ory that the older we grow, the younger are the bikes we col­lect and ride. You would think the re­verse might be the case, but the phys­i­cal is­sues we de­velop with age seem to in­flu­ence what we will ride in re­tire­ment. We need to sit up­right, (pre­vent hel­met neck) bring the feet for­ward, (hip dys­pla­sia) have sus­pen­sion, (com­pres­sion of the spine) push a but­ton to start (pro­tect the knee or hip re­place­ment), and fi­nally to stop in time, (and avoid the back of that BMW with ABS). Just to dis­pute this the­ory, the old­est bike rid­den this year, by one of our older mem­bers, was an award win­ning 1953 Tri­umph 500cc T100, how­ever the vol­ume of eye candy that dom­i­nated the event was pro­duced by var­i­ous man­u­fac­tur­ers in the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s, in a va­ri­ety of stun­ning colours and de­signs.

This year’s rally, slightly down on pre­vi­ous num­bers, was a two day event, start­ing with a 116km ride in the south­ern ar­eas of the Barossa Val­ley, fol­lowed by a beau­ti­fully catered din­ner on Satur­day Night, thanks to the Company Kitchen An­gas­ton. Mid evening, Shane Diener made a “grand en­trance” to the din­ing room on his Dakar Yamaha, fol­lowed by a very in­for­ma­tive and in­ter­est­ing pre­sen­ta­tion on the nec­es­sary prepa­ra­tion and mod­i­fi­ca­tions to his bike, and the tri­als and tribu­la­tions of com­pet­ing in the event. There was a sec­ond ride north to Eudunda for a scrump­tious morn­ing tea on Sun­day pro­vided by the Eudunda Hall Cater­ing Com­mit­tee, re­turn­ing to An­gas­ton for bike judg­ing and a tasty bar­be­cue lunch pre­pared by the Wurst House Ta­nunda. Not count­ing my TX650, with a split di­aphragm in the left carby pre-event, there was only one mi­nor break­down which re­quired a short ride home on the backup trailer. Thanks must go firstly to all at­ten­dees, who will­ingly bring out and share their bikes. As most read­ers of Old Bike Aus­trala­sia would re­alise, hours of pa­tient restora­tion and many dol­lars go into th­ese ma­chines. To the spon­sors, who see the value in be­ing as­so­ci­ated with our event, we also say thank you and es­pe­cially to all the vol­un­teers who gave freely of their time to en­sure the week­end was once again safe, en­ter­tain­ing and suc­cess­ful.

Spe­cial guest Shane Diener with his Dakar Yamaha

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