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100 bikes race at Historic Winton

One hundred motorcycle and sidecar racers will be on show at the annual Historic Winton event on 22-23 May, 2021, at Winton Motor Raceway in Victoria.

The event was canceled last year because of the pandemic and this year it has caused the organisers to cancel official vehicle displays.

However, organisers say spectators are welcome to arrive on their historic motorcycles and will be parked together.

“We’ve had about 10 weeks to organise the event instead of 10 months,” a spokesperson says.

“It’s amazing what a great team can do – all volunteers too.”

There will be a total of 300 competitors in 48 races, once again after the COVID-caused hiatus in 2020.

Ticket sales have opened with a bang, according to event secretary, Peta Lee.

“We had no idea what to expect but the event is so loved by its fans that plenty are keen for another dose of historic motorsport action,” she said.

“The support from spectators is amazing with people keen to get into the outdoors around the Winton racetrack to see the historic cars, motorcycles and sidecars tough it out,” Peta said.

“Surprisingly, we have quite a number of first-time or new competitors from around Victoria which we are thrilled about.”Historic Winton

Tickets are available online only to meet COVID contact tracing requirements in advance of getting to the gate.  They will be on sale until 4pm, Sunday 23 May.

Peta said that purchasing and registering in advance will mean that ticket holders will flow quite quickly into the grounds of Winton Motor Raceway.

Tickets are reduced this year as there are less displays, so a daily ticket is $30 per adult, children 17 and under are free but must be registered online to get entry.

Camping is also available at $50 for the weekend per person through the ticket link.

“There’ll be plenty of room for everyone to social distance and we ask attendees to be COVID safe at all time,” she said.

A limited number of programs will be available for purchase onsite.

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BMW offers off-road tests

It’s hard enough getting a road test from your local motorcycle dealer, but a test where you take an adventure bike off-road on to dirt is virtually impossible.

That is, unless you want to buy a BMW!

In the past couple of years, BMW Motorrad Australia has offered paid off-road tests for potential  buyers at various locations around the nation to experience their GS range.

It’s not the only innovative BMW also offers riders the chance to test your road bike against 

their fleet with special test-ride and track-day programs across the East Coast of Australia with riding tips from professional coaches.

The GS Experience for 2021 will be held in various locations in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria this year. Bookings are now open.

Riders will have the opportunity to ride the following models:

  • G 310 GS
  • F 750 GS
  • F 850 GS
  • F 850 GS Adventure
  • R 1250 GS
  • R 1250 GS Adventure

Participants will receive two test rides for their $49 entry fee with the ability to select the two models they wish to ride from the list of available bikes on the event booking form.

All participants in the event will receive a limited-edition GS Experience t-shirt and light refreshments throughout the day.

The 2021 GS Experience events will take place on the following dates:

QLD:
June 23-24
Traquil Park, Maleny
https://www.bmw-motorrad.com.au/en/experience/events/gsx-qld.html

NSW:
July 8-9
Wisemans Inn Hotel, Wisemans Ferry
https://www.bmw-motorrad.com.au/en/experience/events/gsx-nsw.html

VIC:
Aug 2-3
Matilda Bay Brewery, Healesville
https://www.bmw-motorrad.com.au/en/experience/events/gsx-vic.html

Bookings are now open. More details can be found at https://www.bmw-motorrad.com.au/en/experience/events.html

GS events

The recent 2016 BMW GS Safari was a huge success with 200 riders traversing the glorious off-roads of the Great Dividing Range around the NSW-Queensland border and hinterland. joins recall
GS Safari

Meanwhile, BMW also offers GS events for owners such as the GS Safari and the GS Safari Enduro for more competent off-road riders.

This year’s GS Safari heads to Far North Queensland for five days of adventure riding in the tropics between Townsville and Cairns from May 23-28.

The more off-road oriented GS Safari Enduro (August 22-28) heads to the Central West Queensland town of Longreach, also home of the Qantas Museum, to begin a six-day, 2500km-plus adventure into the Australian Outback, finishing in Toowoomba.

Both events are sold out within hours of being offered, says BMW Motorrad Australia General Manager Andreas Lundgren.

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Vigil for returned servicemen and women

The announcement this week of an Australia Royal Commission into veteran and serving defence member suicides has prompted organisers of a motorcycle rally to amend their plans.

The planned rally on Saturday, 24 April at 11am on the steps of Parliament House in Melbourne will now become a vigil to “show respect to those veterans who have taken their lives and the family and friends affected”.

Motorcycle riders have had a long association with the defence forces in many countries. In fact, it was returned servicemen fromWorld War II who sought adrenalin and started many motorcycle clubs which are still going strong today.

Many returned servicemen find the camaraderie, adrenalin and mindfulness of riding to be helpful in handling post traumatic stress disorder.

Hundreds of riders are expected to attend the Melbourne vigil organised by the Veterans MC Victoria Chapter.

Organisers say riders need to show the Federal Government that now that the Royal Commission is called they will be making sure “every stage is done properly including the follow-up of the terms of reference, recommendations followed up”.

It will begin with a free ride from the BP at the Southbound Service Centre in Scoresby from 9am on Saturday. All riders and supporters are invited to attend

Rider will head to the Shrine of Remembrance before leaving at 10.30am for Parliament House.

Veterans MC Victoria Chapter
(All images from Veterans MC Victoria Chapter Facebook page)

If you or anyone you know needs help:

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Psychs on Bikes Delivers Mental Health Support Across Australia

Below is a press release from Psychs on Bikes, a group of mental health professionals who raise awareness in rural and remote communities. These professionals also have a passion for motorcycles and have been able to combine their passion for motorcycles with their profession of helping people while travelling to remote areas in Australia.

The outback may be a strange place to see a cavalcade of leather-clad, motorcycle-riding mental health professionals, but there’s nothing ordinary about Psychs on Bikes. It’s a group of mental health professionals who hit the road on motorbike rides aimed at improving awareness about mental health in rural and remote communities across Australia.

In May, psychiatrists, psychologists, and mental health nurses ditch the couch, for their motorcycles. Leaving Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane they will ride over 16,000 km around Australia over six weeks.

The trip will visit cattle stations in central Queensland and the Northern Territory where the psychs will engage with hundreds of staff in conversations about their emotional wellbeing.

Founder and Sydney psychiatrist Dr. Joseph Dunn highlights “Unfortunately depression and suicide rates are much higher in rural areas than urban ones. Our motorcycles are great conversation starters because people can be quite apprehensive about talking to a psychologist or psychiatrist”.
As well as speaking about mental health, the group offers free health checks to target what he calls the four silent killers: hypertension, diabetes, depression, and alcohol.

Tokyo Motor Show Yamaha Display

Bernadette Burke, from the Consolidated Pastoral Company, emphasizes the real need for mental health support in rural and remote regions “The isolation of a cattle station can compound mental health issues. Having Psychs on Bikes visit starts a conversation that our staff may not otherwise have”.
Psychs on Bikes would like to acknowledge and thank its foundation sponsor Ramsay Health Care.

For further information visit their website or follow them on Facebook.

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Aussies feast on Brit bike auction

Aussies have a deep love affair with British bikes that stretches back almost 100 years and now they can express that love by buying a classic Brit bike in the Shannons Autumn Online Auction.

At one stage, Australia’s motorcycle industry boasted more than 30 brand names, most of which were powered by British engines.

Aussies also favoured British bikes right through until the Japanese superbikes of the 1970s.

Now Brit bike fans can again express their love of UK mechanical hostly at the annual Shannons auction highlighted by Manx Nortons and an 1949 AJS 350CC 7R from 48 years of same family ownership.

The auction kicks off on 13 April 2021 and closes on April 20. 

Three bikes come from the estate of the late Fred O’Farrell, who competed regularly at circuits like Amaroo Park and Oran Park.

The undisputed leader of the pack is a fabulous 1954 Norton Manx 500cc with a short-stroke Ray Petty conversion and a British and Bathurst race history.

Manx Norton

Built around a J11 M2 all-welded frame, this long-stroke Norton was originally sold in Oxford, UK, but underwent a short stroke conversion by Ray Petty (whose stamp appears on the crankcases and front brake ring) before coming to Australia.

Since brought up to 1961 spec, the Norton spent many years in Mt Gambier from where it was raced to fourth place at Bathurst by Rob Assink. After changing hands locally several times, the Manx landed in Warrnambool (Victoria) where it was given a general tidy up.

The Norton’s 498cc single had never been apart until its conrod was sent to Summerfields for a new big-end bearing. Used sparingly since, it was run up and down the local road by the vendor around six years ago and comes with paperwork and notes on its history. Genuine Manx Nortons rarely come on the market and this fine example is expected to sell in the $50,000 – $60,000 range.

The Manx is one of four Classic Nortons in the auction. Others are a fully-restored 1968 Norton Commando 750cc Twin Fastback in immaculate condition (the 307th Commando built – $20,000 – $24,000), a 1954 Norton ES2 500cc restored to a high standard with the make’s famous chrome and black livery (‘no reserve’ $10,000-$12,000) and a 1950 Norton ES2-based special (‘no reserve’ $7,000-$10,000).

Another all-time classic British motorcycle is a 1949 AJS 350CC 7R with an Australian racing history that has been in the same family ownership for 48 years ($45,000 – $55,000).

An alternative for AJS enthusiasts from the family of the Late Fred O’Farrell is a classic 1948 AJS 7R race bike now running a Velocette single cylinder 350cc engine (‘no reserve’ $16,000-$22,000).

Rex Acme

Great British Pre-War motorbikes in the auction include a very rare c1933 Rudge 500 TT Replica motorcycle ($14,000 – $18,000) and an ultra-rare and beautifully-restored 1926 Rex Acme Sports motorcycle fitted with a 350cc Blackburn ohv engine (‘no reserve’ $18,000-$22,000).

Indian outfit

American bikes in the auction include a 1923 Indian Standard Power Plus Outfit with its original sidecar offered with ‘no reserve’ in major project condition for $10,000-$15,000, along with two much more recent Harley-Davidson FLH 1200 models – an original, but cosmetically refreshed 1967 Electra-Glide ($30,000-$36,000) and an unrestored 1978 ’75th Anniversary Edition’ AMF model  – one of just 2,120 made ($20,000 – $25,000).

Japanese motorcycles include three Hondas and a Suzuki GT750 triple, with the standouts being a stunning, orange 1974 Honda CB750/4 K4 and a ‘no reserve’ 1981 Honda CBX 1000 showing only 22,406km in the hands of three owners ­ – both Hondas in immaculate condition and expected to sell for $22,000-$28,000, with the CBX 1000 offered with ‘no reserve’.

Also in the auction for scooter fans there are three Classic Vespas – a restored 1962 Piaggio 150cc (‘no reserve’, $5,000-$8,000); a  c1974 Vespa Piaggio 150cc Sprint model (‘no reserve’ $6,000-$8,000) and a modern, but retro-styled 2009 Vespa GTV 250ie (‘no reserve’, $5,000-$7,000).

To view all auction lots, visit www.shannons.com.au

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Time for distinguished gents to register

It might seem early to be registering for the 10th annual Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, but the event has been moved forward from September to May from this year.

Click here to register.

The ninth annual event went virtual in 2020 because of the pandemic, resulting in the number of participants and fundraising for the Movember Foundation being halved.

Now the men’s health charity event is permanently moving to May from this year.

Organisers hope the shift to May for the northern hemisphere riding season will better suit riders and increase fund-raising opportunities.

“We know how important it is to physically connect with our community,” the organisers said.

I’ve been to DGRs in various cities both here in Australia and overseas, and of course, the weather can be unpredictable.

While you can ride any time of the year in my home state of Queensland, DGR participants might prefer the more tweed-oriented cooler temps.

Veterans MC Victoria Chapter

Since 2012, the event has connected hundreds-of-thousands of classic and vintage style motorcyclists from more than 100 countries and raised $US27.45m for men’s health. 

Organisers hope to crash through the $US30m barrier this year.

Ride founder Mark Hawwa of Sydney says the ride will vary according to pandemic restrictions in each country with some being virtual as they were last year.

Fund-raising incentive prices are:

  • Four new Triumph motorcycles, one of which will be a unique DGR-branded custom for the winner of the 2021 Gentlefolk Competition;
  • Custom top-50 fundraiser Hedon helmets with a 10th year anniversary design;
  • Up 10 Hedonist helmets custom-painted by 10 renowned artists and auctioned off during the campaign;
  • Belstaff classic motorcycle outfits for top fundraiser and sprint prizes for event fundraisers; and
  • ELF lubricants prizes. 

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Course helps crashed riders survive

After cancellations last year during the COVID pandemic, Australia’s innovative First Aid For Motorcyclists program is making a welcome comeback in 2021.

Booking for 2021 courses are now available by clicking here with conditional discounts on some courses by entering the discount code signup21.

It comes as motorcycle injuries and deaths haven’t record levels in some states this year as more and more people are attracted to motorcycling.

Let’s face it; crashes are inevitable and what you do in the minutes after a crash can be vital to the victims recovery and survival.

But most riders are not familiar with emergency first aid procedures and are confronted with questions such as whether to remove the victim’s helmet, how do you secure the scene, how do you stem bleeding, how do you revive an unconscious rider, etc.

These and many more questions are provided in the various courses provided by the FAFM Motorcycle Accident Management which was founded by Roger Fance and Tracy Hughes in 2003.

In 2018, the program was bought by former nurse Debb Geerts and husband Bryan.

First Aid for Motorcyclists FAFM expanding Debb and Bryan Geerts 2WheelBabes babe
Debb and Bryan

Debb is one of the founders of 2WheelBabes which has been running Babe Raid rallies across the country since 2009.

The says she moved on from organising Babe Raids to concentrate on the FAFM program.

“We are here to give you the opportunities to upskill your riding life, to share that knowledge with your friends and riding groups and to bring rider safety to the front of everyone’s minds,” she says.

“Now is a great time to refresh your skills, gain new skills and just be confident that if you did come across a rider down, you know that you could assist during that vital first hour or two.”

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Ride for adventure and to aid children

Variety the Children’s Charity will start its 2021 motorcycle ride calendar with the Adventure Ride leaving from Goulburn NSW this Sunday (14 March 2021).

Future events include the Postie Bike Dash in October 2021 and the 2022 Adventure Ride to be held again in March. For more details on Variety’s motorcycle rides visit the website.

This weekend adventure bike riders will roll through the Snowy Mountains, NSW South Coast and Central NSW to help kids in need and support regional communities.

The Variety Adventure Ride is a six-day motorcycle event departing from Goulburn on Sunday.

Participants in the Variety Adventure Ride commit to raising at least $2000 to take part in the road trip with funds raised to help Variety – the Children’s Charity supporting children who are sick, disadvantaged or living with special needs across NSW and the ACT.

If you can raise $2000 in the next couple of days you can join by registering here.

The ride is a celebration of the group’s completed fundraising efforts and also brings business into regional towns through accommodation, meals, fuel and more for the riders.

Variety NSW/ACT Acting General Manager David Small says the trip not only explores regions but also builds new friendships.

Veterans MC Victoria Chapter

“The Adventure Ride is not a race or a contest of any kind – it’s an adventure exploring the countryside by motorbike,” he says.

“Riders do all their fundraising before hitting the road – helping kids and their families who are doing it tough and providing much needed support to regional communities.

“The Variety Adventure Ride also benefits the towns it passes through, with more than $5,000 generally spent on local services and facilities in each town the group stops at.

“It’s a terrific way to help two groups of people at once – kids and businesses who all deserve a fair go.”

Variety Adventure Ride

  • Sunday: Goulburn – Araluen – Narooma
  • Monday: Narooma – Bega – Cooma
  • Tuesday: Cooma – Tumut
  • Wednesday: Tumut – Molonglo Valley – Yass
  • Thursday: Yass – Cowra – Bathurst
  • Friday: Bathurst – Goulburn

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Tamworth Thunder Rally rescheduled

Australia’s country music capital, Tamworth, will host the inaugural National Thunder Motorcycle Rally in October 2021 based on the successful 2015 National HOG Rally, but open to all “breeds” of motorcycle.

The rally was planned for last year, but was postponed because of the pandemic lockdown.

Now, the rally is back on and registrations are open for the event held across the October long weekend from Friday 1 to Monday 4 October.

The rally will include bikes, music, food and entertainment and is open to individual riders, club members and organised groups representing all motorcycle manufacturer brands, says Barry Harley, National Thunder Event Manager.

“We’re really excited for Tamworth to provide the opportunity for riders to get back on their bikes and onto the road after a difficult year,” he says.

The event will feature live music on the Thunder Stage reliving the sights and sounds of the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s, a National Thunder Horse Spectacular, trade sites, food stalls and licensed bars.

National HOG rally to return in 2019
2015 Tamworth HOG rally horse spectacular

A motorbike parade through the streets and surrounds called the National Thunder Rally Run will close out the event.

“Regardless of what club or brand you’re aligned with, National Thunder is about getting back out there with mates, sharing the passion of the motorcycle community and putting on a great show,” Barry says.

“To add to the excitement of our inaugural event, we’re thrilled to announce that the New South Wales Harley Davidson Owners Group (HOG) have indicated that they intend to hold their State Rally in conjunction with the National Thunder Rally.”

HOG Regional Director (NSW/ACT) Ken McDonald says the merger had been considered for some time.

“Harley Davidson enthusiasts and HOG Chapters are set to flock to Tamworth from all corners of the State to take part in one of the most anticipated events of our riding calendar. Riders will enjoy a phenomenal line-up of entertainment, Chapter challenges and guided rides,” Ken says.

Riders will again take over the Australian Equestrian and Livestock Events Centre (AELEC) which was the successful venue for the 2015 national HOG rally.

HOG members enjoying Tamworth's tourist facilities
2015 HOG Rally in Tamworth

“Its sheer size means it’s the perfect space to offer up unforgettable entertainment whilst ensuring there’s plenty of room for patrons on-site as they move between scheduled offerings,” Ken says.

“Our HOG members had a blast in 2015 and we can’t wait to come back to AELEC for another memorable rally.” 

There will also be guided rides throughout the Tamworth region including Nundle, Bendemeer, Barraba and Manilla.

Registration is now open at $149, and includes rally merchandise, access to all rides and entertainment across the weekend, and an entry into the Rally Raffle supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern NSW. 

Glamping and BYO camping options are available on-site.

Event organisers are planning for a COVID Safe event, and will continue to monitor State and Federal Government recommendations and regulations.

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Historic Winton races return

The 44th Historic Winton race event for classic motorcycles and cars returns in May 2021 after being cancelled last year because of the COVID-19 endemic.

Sadly, it’s a scaled-back event with no spectators allowed at the Winton Motor Raceway near Benalla in Victoria.

That’s a shame as Australia’s longest running, all-historic motor race meeting not only attracts some great historic motorcycles to race, but also for displays and trade stalls.

The 43rd Historic Winton in 2019 attracted more than 400 historic racing motorbikes, sidecars and cars from the 1920s to the 1980s.

The 44th Historic Winton for historic car and motorbike competitors will be held on 2223 May 2021 under a Tier Three COVID Permit, says organiser Len Kerwood.

Attendance will be restricted to competitors, pit crews and officials.

At this stage, no public tickets will be available, and invitations to clubs for displays will not be possible.

“We are saddened that our event will not take its usual shape, and have not made this decision lightly,” Len says. 

“However, the costs involved in the strict COVID Safe compliance and the continually changing Government requirements, has led us to this decision.

Veterans MC Victoria Chapter

“Our loyal supporters; the spectators, car and motorcycle clubs, sponsors, advertisers and trade vendors will be greatly missed, however the running of the scaled back event will continue to support historic motorsport and keep Historic Winton alive for future years.”

But keep your fingers crossed because, if COVID restrictions are eased, there may be a light at the end of the tunnel for spectators.

“If eased restrictions are in place, it may be possible to have spectators, but this will be determined in coming weeks,” Len says.  

Stay tuned for announcements on the Historic Winton website.

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