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General Discussion / Better than Tattslotto
« on: October 09, 2017, 11:59:15 PM »
The Whitsundays raffle for a trip to Diamond Dons is once again happening and raffle No 8 is underway and will finish soon.
I still have some tickets to unload.
Tickets sales will cease in a few weeks
Only $25.00 per ticket this year

Get your tickets here;

General Discussion / Ross Campbell RIP
« on: July 09, 2017, 11:54:35 AM »
With great sadness I found out today that Rossco has passed away, we had spoken quite a few times about failing bodies of late but didn’t realize his end was so close and way too soon.
He was always up for a good old fashioned shit stir and was a lot of fun, his banter will be sorely missed.

Roost on mate

Vinduro / Pre 90 for VERi
« on: July 03, 2017, 10:24:36 PM »
Open letter to VERi members
Harrow is looming up quickly and so too is our Annual General Meeting and no doubt the Pre 90 debate will once again surface.
I have heard all manner of reasons as to why or why not we should or shouldn’t have Pre 90.
Reasons for often mention bringing in more members, easier bikes to ride, etc.
Reasons against often mention they will cut the track up more, they might go too fast, they’re too much like a modern etc.

But I believe the real reason we should bring in Pre 90 is that the main aim of our club is to celebrate old bikes and old times from days long gone.

People choose the models they own/ride for various reasons;
Some choose the model they always wanted
Some choose the model they used to own
Some like exotic models
Some like low maintenance type models
And while some will just choose the cheapest bike available at the time I believe for the most part people choose a brand/model because it means something to them

I was racing Enduro’s in the late 80’s while I was in my late 20’s so anyone riding in the late 80’s while in their teens would now be in their late 40’s, not exactly your ‘young gun’ that is going to shred their way around the loop.
Pre 90 models aren’t exactly your modern bike either, while it’s true that some 89 models did reach a technological point where they didn’t change for quite a few years but this era also includes models like the last of the Maico’s, a now defunct brand, the last of the Swedish built Husqvarna, the last of the aircooled KDX etc
Even the more advanced pre 90 models don’t have any real place in a modern event and without a pre 90 Vinduro class are just lost souls.
True a top rider can go quite fast on one but no one would seriously race one in a serious modern event and hope to do well all day long. And they would probably go just as fast on an 84 model

What will it change, not a lot I believe. There will be a greater diversity of models but not everyone will suddenly go out and buy an 89 model, just like not everybody has bought an 84 model as people are attached to the model that means something to them.
It will bring in a few more members that just want to enjoy some old school fun, most likely on trailbikes like XR’s & TT’s but also some cool old KTM’s and the like.

Pre 90 is mostly accepted everywhere else in the vintage world, CD, Bonanza, National titles etc. I believe it’s time we accepted it too.
Vote for what you believe in but please think it through.

Geoff Morris #30

Vinduro / "We're going to Bonnie Doon, we're going to Bonnie Doon"
« on: April 30, 2017, 09:54:56 PM »
VERi vinduro - June 4th

Bonnie Doon area.

More details to come after Beaufort vinduro

General Discussion / Licence fees
« on: January 07, 2017, 11:51:17 PM »
At risk of opening a hornets nest I have to say that the news that a one day license is now going to cost $90 is surely going to restrict entries at some meetings.

I see that MA has a restricted senior license that can be used for fast fifties etc.
A Senior Restricted Licence entitles you to compete in any Moto Trials, Mini Moto and Fast 50s event permitted by Motorcycling Australia or an SCB.

Fast fifties look ergonomically restrictive to me yet they still scoot around the tracks plenty fast so I don't see why this license can't be used for classic MX as well

Post classic would be debatable as they stretch into post 90 models but maybe a push needs to be made to MA to accept classic MX bikes (Pre 78) into the senior restricted licence?

Suzuki / TS 400 centere port
« on: December 07, 2016, 09:40:21 PM »
What years were the centre port TS 400's produced?
I'm getting conflicting info from the web

Youtube Videos / Woo Hoo, I can do Youtube
« on: October 15, 2016, 04:55:47 PM »
I have many films from mid 70's to CD12 for 'show and tell', just need to find time to edit them.

VCM's Stony Creek (Boagys) is coming up in a few weeks and it has long been on my bucket list to ride, so far have only spectated on a few occasions.
So first cab off the rank is some footage I took in 09

General Discussion / Nabiac
« on: June 25, 2016, 09:20:52 PM »
Had the chance to visit the Nabiac museum on the way home from (not so) sunny Qld.
The good wife alloyed me an hour but I managed to stretch it out a bit longer once I got talking to owner Brian.

It's definitely worth the look if you ever get the chance to get there

An aftermarket frame on display

Main hall

Side hall

They had all manner of brands on display

I think Roger used this bike to learn his sketching style

The 'work in progress' section

Way too much to take in during a short visit

Bike Talk / Kidney belts
« on: June 16, 2016, 08:38:47 PM »
Haven't bothered with a kidney belt for a while now since my old one self destructed but since I had the 'cases split open' I think I should invest in a new one to help keep things together.
What do you guys use and recommend?

General Discussion / GMC Take’s a break
« on: May 16, 2016, 09:58:02 PM »
I haven’t been running on all cylinders for a while now as my Crohns disease is once again making my bowel self destruct internally.
It has got to the point that I need another “cut & shut’ (my hat trick!) which was planned for next week alas I fell in a heap late last week (exhaust contents coming out of the carby will do that :o) and have been in hospital for the last few days and surgery has now been bumped up to tomorrow.

I had planned on finishing several jobs the that are now all half finished on my workbench so I will be letting quite a few people down and I don’t have access to my emails or phone No’s to let them know so this is a public call out and apology for those that I have dissappointed.
Also have a heap of emails to reply to that I pushed to one side as I was trying to finish jobs and sort out when the procedure might be (been doing countless tests for months), I will be onto them in a couple of weeks. Suspect I will be in here another week at least.
Technically recovery is around 6 weeks but we will see how it all goes

My "comeback" takes another setback.

For Sale / Kawasaki Wreckers R us
« on: April 18, 2016, 09:48:17 PM »
KDX 175
Coil and black box sold
Air box and rubber plugs
Battery carrier  sold
R/H side cover
Muffler  sold
Exhaust with crushed rusty and holed bottom section
Original air filter
Tool bag  sold
$150 for whats left
Will sep.

Thats all I have, what you see is what you get

Wanted / 89 YZ 250 fuel tank
« on: April 17, 2016, 10:58:53 PM »
Have a customer chasing one as his has cracked
Any leads for another or info on what else may fit I will pass onto him

General Discussion / So the missus says to me...
« on: December 28, 2015, 11:37:17 PM »
Geoffrey, you need to do something about all that grass in the front garden.
Yes luv, I'm right on it.

Suzuki / 82 RM 125 Z
« on: November 13, 2015, 04:52:43 PM »
How do you guys go about removing or fitting the exhausts on this model?
The pipe hits on the radiator and the airbox when trying to remove it, a lot of this is because the engine spigot is so deep in the frame.

The stock pipe on this bike is a really tight fit and will only squeeze off if the radiator mounts are loosened but the stock pipe has a non standard header section so I don’t know if this has changed anything.

Trying to jig this model is nearly consuming my career so my question is is it normal to have to undo other parts to remove the exhaust on this model?

General Discussion / DD6 Grudge Match, Aust. V USA
« on: July 17, 2015, 09:14:22 PM »
It's on again, the Whitsundays Diamond Dons raffle No 6
This year an Aussie will have the chance to win a trip to the 2016 Diamond Dons Riverport National or an American could win the trip to Classic Dirt 12 in Qld Australia.

Tickets on sale now through the Whitsunday club
For your gambling convenience tickets are now available from my website...

I will also have tickets available at the Harrow Vinduro 25-26 July

2 options in this raffle but there will only be one winner
Still only 800 tickets available, that's a, err, uhm, arrh, oh yeah, a one in 800 chance!

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