Pan­head Rally

Har­ley-David­son Pan­head 70th An­niver­sary 9-11 Novem­ber, 2018 – Moruya, NSW

Old Bike Australasia - - CONTENTS - Re­port Ken­dal Maroney

Moruya was the place to be in early Novem­ber 2018 with over 70 Har­ley-David­son Pan­heads mak­ing their way there to cel­e­brate 70 years of this clas­sic model. The first Pan­head was in­tro­duced in 1948 with a springer front end. The “Hy­dra- Glide” was in­tro­duced in 1949 with hy­draulic front forks fol­lowed by the “Duo-Glide” in 1958 with its rear shocks. The next ma­jor change in this iconic Pan­head model came in 1965 with the elec­tric start and now fa­mous line of “Elec­tra-Glides”. Group rides left from Mel­bourne on Thurs­day and Wol­lon­gong on Fri­day morn­ing with other rid­ers mak­ing their way to Moruya by Fri­day af­ter­noon. Rid­ers reg­is­tered on the Fri­day night at the Ade­laide Ho­tel. The Rider’s Brief­ing was held at 8.00 pm with de­tails of the Satur­day’s ac­tiv­i­ties and ride. Satur­day break­fast was pro­vided by lo­cal car club at Mar­shalls Bus and Coach’s, our lo­cal event spon­sor premises at Moruya. Peter Mar­shall and fam­ily are Har­ley and mo­tor­ing en­thu­si­asts with their bikes and cars on dis­play. Peter and his mum, He­len both have Pan­heads and thanks go to the fam­ily for their sup­port. It was quite a sight with all the Pan­heads lined up at the bus de­pot. Num­bers then swelled to over 70 Pan­heads when we headed down­town to the Moruya Mar­kets for the dis­play, which in­cluded lin­ing up one mo­tor­cy­cle from each of the 18 years of pro­duc­tion. Mid-morn­ing the ride headed south to­wards Ber­magui be­fore head­ing back to­wards Co­bargo Ho­tel where lunch had been ar­ranged. The day also in­cluded a Poker Run with cards handed out at var­i­ous stops along the way. Af­ter lunch it was back up the High­way to Moruya be­fore tak­ing the coast road to Bate­mans Bay, then a small de­tour up to Nel­li­gen and the Steam­packet Ho­tel for a fi­nal stop and col­lec­tion of that last card in the Poker Run. A leisurely ride then back to Moruya to get ready for the night’s evening Din­ner and awards at the Moruya Golf Club, with MC du­ties shared by David Rei­die and Ken­dal Maroney. David Rei­die spoke about his mem­o­ries of Pan­heads through his early years in the In­dus­try along with a ses­sion on his re­cent ride across the USA in Septem­ber on the 2018 Can­non­ball En­durance Run. Sun­day morn­ing saw rid­ers mak­ing their way home in all direc­tions. The Mel­bourne Group de­parted at 9.00 am up the Kings High­way via Braid­wood to the Hume High­way be­fore head­ing south to Al­bury for the night – a big rid­ing day of 500 km. The fi­nal run home to Mel­bourne saw rid­ers back at North­side HD by lunch time Mon­day. Not a bad ef­fort with 1,800 kms cov­ered over the 5 days on 50-60 year old mo­tor­cy­cles.

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