Home is a 1951 NH 350 Ariel

Old Bike Australasia - - CLASSIC COB -

At Lai­d­ley I had no­ticed a plunger model Ariel parked nearby which seemed to be well loaded with var­i­ous items and a sleep­ing swag at­tached. The owner Kevin Wheat­ley I had met at a pre­vi­ous swap that way. On the way back from the can­teen on the Satur­day evening I couldn’t help but no­tice a smell of cook­ing. I looked and Kevin was busy cook­ing lamb chops on a small gas stove at­tached to the rear of this ma­chine. Light­ing was pro­vided by a bat­tery-op­er­ated lamp fit­ted to a pole ex­tend­ing up­wards from just be­hind the seat. The mo­tor­cy­cle fra­ter­nity, what­ever cat­e­gory, has some unique and in­ter­est­ing char­ac­ters who live their re­spec­tive lives dif­fer­ently. With this bloke I was grin­ning from ear to ear. He con­tin­ued cook­ing his lamb chops and pro­ceeded to tell me about his ma­chine. He in­her­ited it in 1975 from an un­cle. The gear­box has never re­quired dis­man­tling and still runs the half grease/oil mix­ture. He has rid­den this ma­chine down to the Bairns­dale, Victoria area. Any­way he sat down to eat and low and be­hold out from the pan­niers came his ‘home brew’ beer. He in­sisted I have a drink, or two, un­til it was all gone. Then out came the Mer­lot. This bloke is a laugh a minute, friendly as all hell. I could not help but take a cou­ple of snap shots as he was leav­ing late Sun­day. Since then he has come down to the Walcha Chal­lenge con­ducted by the Taree Clas­sic and Vin­tage Mo­tor­cy­cle Club, again all loaded up and fin­ished fourth for the week­end.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.