The Journey Begins

20th February 2010

Well the big adventure got off to a late start. My alarm failed to go off at 3:15 am but luckily I woke at 3:30. It was a mad dash to jump into some clothes and throw the last of the luggage into the car. I picked up Peter from Diannella and swung across to Warwick to met up with Kieth and Cec. We were on our way just after 4:30 heading Meckering to met up with “The Legend”. Keith, Cec and John “The Legend” were all speedway riders in their day so I feel there maybe a few stories told over a lemonade or two.

Keith and Cec are in Keith’s car towing an enclosed trailer with Kieth’s BMW and sidecar. “The Legend” has a Ute with a canopy and is travelling with us to Adelaide before returning to WA. I am driving a friend’s Nissan Pathfinder towing my Honda on an open “Folding” trailer with Peter for company.

After leaving Meckering we traveled in convey with Keith in the lead, myself next followed by “The Legend”. About 50 Km from Merriden two pink and gray galahs swooped in front of our car. One flew off but I couldn’t see what happen to the other one. When we stopped for fuel in Merriden I heard a sound coming from the front of the car. It was to galah, it had lodged in the front grill but it appeared to be OK. After a bit of prodding with the handle of a window washer and a nip to Peter’s thumb it fell from the grill and promptly flew off without any ill effects except he was miles from home.

The rest of the day was uneventful and we made Cocklebiddy some time before dark. I say some time as there is a time zone 45 minutes later than Perth that is used in that part of WA and time gets very confusing.

21st February 2010

We left Cockebiddy just after day break and made it to Eucla for breakfast. We continued driving across the Nullabor and onto the top of the Eyre Peninsula to Wudinna just before dark.

Ready for the road.

So far we have traveled 2200 Km since leaving home. This is the first place we have been able to get onto the wireless internet and as yet unable to connect on the mobiles on the Optus or 3 network.

Tomorrow will be a short day with only 600 Km to Adelaide where we will spend a couple of days.

Cheers
Steve

Vintage Motorcycle Tour of Tassie

Well the time has come to get off my backside and get out into life’s highways and by-ways.
Early tomorrow morning I will be meeting up with 3 other guys to drive across to Melbourne to catch the ferry “Spirit of Australia” and begin a Vintage Motor Cycle Rally of Tasmania. There are approx 26 bikes and 40 odd people on the Rally and all bikes must be 25 years or older.
I will be taking my 1973 Honda CB500/Four

Hopefully as the journey unfolds I’ll be able to give you some updates.

Cheers Blackie

Steve’s New Toy

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Well I’ve gone and done it I have lashed out and purchased a new (well old) toy. I have purchased a BMW K100 LT motorbike 1989 model.

As most of you know I am currently living in Parkes NSW caring for my Mum as she undergoes chemotherapy for Non-Hoskins Lymphoma.

I have left several projects in Perth

1) 1973 Honda CB500 Four Dismantled 1980 and been in bits till 2006. Still basically in bits but some of them have been cleaned polished or painted and put together.

2) 1971 Honda CB500 Four purchased Feb 2007. On the road but needs attention to carbies an d is a test bed for part of the other CB500 as they are restored.

3) 1975 Leyland Mini currently won’t start. Not sure if I want to restore the body or just sell it once it is back on the road.

I bought the BMW so that I could go for the occasional ride. I always swore that my next bike would be a shaft drive. I started looking for R90S 1973.
BMW R90S 1973
I loved these when they came out and would love to own one then but they were well out of my price range in those days.
I saw a few K series bike on eBay and I was looking at one for sale in Geelong but it was withdrawn from auction then appeared again the following week on eBay at an address the other side of Melbourne. Contact with the seller’s didn’t inspire me with any confidence so that was dropped.
I then looked to see what was going in the dealers around NSW and found a few BMWs in my price range in Sydney. I started thinking I could go to Sydney one Saturday and check them out when I noticed an add for a private sale in Orange 100k from Parkes. I had to go to Sydney for a meeting so I arranged to see and ride the bike on my way through Orange. It seemed to be what I was looking for. It was in good nick really just showing the kilometers it had done 160K. Quite a few k’s but still went well. The price was below the Redbook price but considering the K’s was still reasonable.
On Sunday 14th Oct I took my mate Smithy to Orange to pick up the bike. We had quite a good chat to the seller then his wife came home and we discovered that she original came from a farm between Trundle and Tullamore and had worked in Trundle. Smithy and I grew up in Trundle.
I set off for the 100K ride to Parkes everything went fine and I was surprised I had no hand pain the entire journey. Normally get some pain after about 10 minutes so this was great.
I have had to move things between the 2 garden sheds at Mum’s and managed to get the bike in under cover.