Wet and dry in WA

In­dian-Har­ley Club 2 Day Rally

Old Bike Australasia - - RALLY RE­PORTS - Re­port and pho­tos Des Lewis (www.mon­dopho­tog­ra­phy.com.au)

Upon ar­rival for the start in Bun­bury, it was ev­i­dent the weather wasn’t as forecast. Rather than a few “light show­ers”, con­di­tions were rapidly de­te­ri­o­rat­ing with a dark­en­ing sky sig­nalling that rain was clos­ing in. By the time bikes were as­sem­bling for the start, the rain was steady and it didn’t look like clear­ing. But that didn’t dampen the en­thu­si­asm of most of the 180 par­tic­i­pants, many who’d trav­elled from far afield, in­clud­ing Al­bany and Perth, to par­tic­i­pate in WA’s premier rally for old bikes. Many were heard to com­ment later that the con­di­tions made for an “in­ter­est­ing” ride that was quite dif­fer­ent to pre­vi­ous years and which they re­ally en­joyed. By af­ter­noon, the rain was eas­ing, al­low­ing rid­ers to make the most of sweeping roads through­out the course. The Club went to a lot of trou­ble to make sure that the cour­ses were in­ter­est­ing and sat­is­fy­ing to ride. On Satur­day, two cour­ses were run. A long course took par­tic­i­pants through some of the best coun­try for rid­ing in the south­west, head­ing out through the Fer­gu­son Val­ley, across to Nan­nup for lunch, and then along the Nan­nup to Balin­gup road; cer­tainly one of the nicest rides in the south­west. The short course also trav­elled some beau­ti­ful coun­try, me­an­der­ing through both the Fer­gu­son and Welling­ton Val­leys.

Once again, the In­dian Har­ley Club’s hos­pi­tal­ity was ap­pre­ci­ated by all the vis­i­tors and par­tic­i­pants en­joyed the com­pany of other old bike en­thu­si­asts over a bbq and a few beers on the Satur­day night. By Sun­day, the weather had cleared, with sunny skies and beau­ti­ful rid­ing con­di­tions. While the num­ber of vet­eran bikes was down on pre­vi­ous years, due to many at­tend­ing the Na­tional Vet­eran Mo­tor­cy­cle Rally in Tas­ma­nia, or­gan­iser Bert Sykes said it was pleas­ing they still achieved their cut­off of 180 bikes and that there were around 25 first timers, in­clud­ing younger rid­ers, which augers well for the fu­ture of the event. Club Pres­i­dent, Bill Pike, ex­pressed his grat­i­tude to all the volunteers who worked tire­lessly be­hind the scenes to make the event so suc­cess­ful. This in­cluded all the ladies who did such a great job with the cater­ing.

Neil Thorpe on his ’69 “Gus Kuhn” Nor­ton Com­mando in the Fer­gu­son Val­ley. John Nai­smith on his 1924 In­dian Chief Bob­ber.

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