The Grand Tour

Mo­to­giro Aus­tralia 2015

Old Bike Australasia - - RALLY REPORTS MOTOGIRO - Re­port Peter Mor­row Photos Greg Trost and Gaven Dall’Osto

12-16 Au­gust, 2015 – Boonah and Wood­ford, Qld

At 1,200kms, the 7th Giro was planned around a less pun­ish­ing itin­er­ary than pre­vi­ous years with more em­pha­sis on en­joy­ment along the way, at­tract­ing riders from as far afield as Perth and Ade­laide. De­spite this it still de­manded road­side re­pairs and late night pit work to keep things rolling, and that’s the beauty of this event. Five days rid­ing ev­ery worth­while moun­tain road through some truly spec­tac­u­lar coun­try­side around Boonah and Wood­ford was the per­fect way to en­joy the Queens­land win­ter sun­shine and pro­duced the best rid­ing yet. Many of the 35 en­trants brought mul­ti­ple bikes, from Aer­ma­c­chi, Benelli, Du­cati (in­clud­ing 7 yel­low Des­mos and 350 & 500 Par­al­lel Twins) to Laverda, Moto Guzzi and Moto Morini.

In a first for this event, scoot­ers were an in­vited class and were rep­re­sented by a 1951 Lam­bretta Model C 125cc long dis­tance com­pe­ti­tion (Bill Guthrie), a 1965 Lam­bretta LI 150 Se­ries 3 (Siob­han El­lis) and a Vespa Rally 180 (Ian Brill). The Scoot­ers...well, they’re crazy but love­able. One of their re­deem­ing at­tributes is they carry a full kit of tools plus spares and con­sum­ables, in­clud­ing oil, fuel and a spare wheel! What they lacked in speed they made up for in en­thu­si­asm – I guess you’ve got to be pas­sion­ate to ride those lit­tle wheels over tough roads. They even chal­lenged Gavin Dall ‘Osto in the spares depart­ment de­spite him pro­duc­ing, in no par­tic­u­lar or­der, a 6V Con­denser, Chain Master Link, and Clutch Ca­ble from his 18kg back pack to ap­plause and grat­i­tude from the thank­ful re­cip­i­ents. An un­sea­sonal storm front on the first day de­scended as we de­parted Queen Mary falls for a fuel stop at Kil­lar­ney. Luck­ily we dodged most of the light hail by shel­ter­ing at the servo, then rode on over bumpy wet roads to Wood­en­bong for a hearty lunch. It left the bikes with an au­then­tic patina that de­vel­oped its own baked on char­ac­ter over the re­main­ing sunny days. The Boonah legs were in­spir­ing with re­vised routes around the Scenic Rim bet­ter suit­ing the sin­gles, pro­vid­ing plenty of tight moun­tain curves.

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