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Husqvarna / The final countdown
« on: November 03, 2019, 10:39:01 PM »
After a 20-year absence, Husqvarna introduced their 4-stroke big-bore beast. In 1983, it tried establishing the brand as a top player on the bike market. Not only was a new engine presented, but the Swedes also gave up the red/chrome tanks in favour of new all-white machines. However, MX competition from Japan was fierce and Husqvarna did not have the financial resources to keep up with their opponents. Instead, the company looked towards enduro.

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For Sale / Edenhope Swap Meet - 10 November 2019
« on: October 24, 2019, 01:58:18 PM »
Edenhope (Victoria) Swap Meet
Sunday 10 November 2019
Edenhope Racecourse
Cars, bikes, tools, antiques, etc
$10 per site
Gold coin donation entry fee
Gates open 6am (and 2.30pm on Saturday) for sellers, 7am for everyone else.


Competition / 2019 Dakar Rally
« on: January 08, 2019, 11:07:24 PM »
Anyone else following the Dakar Rally this year?

Aussie legend Toby Price secured a credible 6th place on Day 1 (after being in 3rd place for a while). All of the other three Australian riders completed the first day too.

Some of you may be familiar with the name Steve Riley from the Australian Safari. He's driving a Holden ute in the cars division, and also successfully completed Day 1.

There's a very long way to go for everyone.


For Sale / Kids motocross gear - free [sold]
« on: December 12, 2018, 12:49:54 PM »
Free motocross gear for smaller kids/grand kids.

Thor body armour, grey, size: youth 60-100 lbs
O'Neal long sleeved jersey, white/blue, size: MD Kids, has oil stain on back about size of 50c piece
O'Neal nylons pants, black, size: US youth 5/6

Items could use a wash, but all usable.

Pick up only, Ballarat.


Tex 0457 844 512


For Sale / XT250 x 2, plus spares [sold]
« on: November 19, 2018, 10:43:33 AM »
Selling two Yamaha XT250s:

1. 1981 model. Runs but has rattly motor and intermittent poor running (jetting/carb issue?). Aftermarket carb, TT250 airbox, reasonable tyres, rear shock needs attention. No battery, headlight works, tail light & brake light wiring is missing. Has compliance plate. Quite rough, but has been a reliable vinduro & trailriding mount for several years.

2. 1984 model. Not running. Keystar carb kit installed, fired it up but oil pissing out from base gasket, so turned it off & put it back in shed. Has some rare original parts such as tail light, battery holder, and chain guard. Missing speedo/tacho and muffler, rear shock probably needs attention. Ugly aftermarket front guard. Rear guard very rotten. This was a commuter bike before being parked in shed years ago, even has blinkers and mirrors. Tyres are rubbish.

Spares: TT250 frame (with compliance plate), swingarm, rear shock (would need rebuild), seat, 2 rear wheels, 1 front wheel, 2 orig carbs, manual, other bits and pieces.

All being sold as one lot (i.e. two complete, rolling bikes, plus spares), won’t separate.

$1000 $900

Phone: 0457 844 512 or email

Located near Ballarat.


For Sale / 1979 Suzuki PE175 [sold]
« on: October 17, 2018, 09:35:40 PM »
1979 Suzuki PE175N, sold as non-runner, though shouldn't need much to get going again.

Missing kick start pedal, and shaft has been damaged when removing the previous one that was welded on. Another kick start lever from TS185ER is included.

No electrics fitted, and no speedo.

Build date as per compliance plate: 3/79.
Frame No. PE175-111172
Engine No. PE175-111061

Comes with some spares, including cylinder head, new sprockets, and a lot of other bits & pieces. Bashplate and mounting hardware not shown, but are included.

Michelin front tyre isn't too bad. Rear tyre is a bit perished, but some grip still left!

This bike is heaps of fun when running, especially in tight, gnarly conditions! Make a perfect vinduro mount with a little work.


Phone: 0457844 512 or email

Located near Ballarat.


Foto Forum / Identity crisis?
« on: August 27, 2018, 10:16:59 PM »
I found this on Instagram. Honda CRF230F dressed up as a certain Spanish marque...

(Originally posted on Instagram by @crf230brasil)


From the ABC News website:

Former Dakar champion Toby Price has been crowned king of the desert, after winning a record-breaking sixth Finke Desert Race motorbikes title.

More than 100 cars and 500 motorbikes raced from Alice Springs, along a rough dirt track to the small community of Apatula — formerly known as Finke — and back again over two days.

The champion rider finished the gruelling 460-kilometre course in 03:55:25.1.

It was a precision ride for Price, who recorded a time difference of only six seconds between his two days riding the course.

He said the record-breaking title was sweeter than his previous wins.

"Fingers crossed the sixth stays there for a while, if I don't come back and do it on the bikes again, I don't want anyone beating that anytime soon," Price said.

However, the victory was bittersweet.

Price was attempting a double-win, in both the car and motorbike divisions, but was forced to forfeit the former when his trophy truck had a mechanical failure.

"It's a bummer, it would have been nice to try and go one-one with the thing," he said.

"It is what it is. Nothing really should be made to go at speeds like that across that terrain.

"It's understandable that things break and things happen."

Hospital staff in Alice Springs were kept busy, with almost forty people presenting to the hospital with injuries.

Thirty-two competitors were injured and 14 spectators suffered minor injuries.

There were no life-threatening injuries, with the majority of the patients requiring treatment for joint dislocations and fractured arms or legs.


For Sale / [Not VMX] 2003 Honda XR70 ** Sold**
« on: March 19, 2018, 09:42:36 PM »
2003 Honda XR70

3 speed, auto clutch.

# JH2DE02033K612533

Surface rust in places on rims and other spots. Usual scratches you'd expect on a kids' bike. Has spent long periods of time not being used (could even be original tyres).
Leaky fork seals. Throttle twist grip bit sticky after falling over in deep sand. Slow leak in rear tyre. One side panel has been repaired. Snapped off sidepanel mounting bolt (cable tie does the job).

After sitting for months I turned fuel on and noticed a slight fuel weep around float bowl, possibly a gasket has dried out due to lack of use. Should also mention, that it also fired up after 4 kicks and ran happily despite the hiatus and stale fuel!

Owners manual and other documents that came with it when new included.

Comes with size L kids M2R helmet in fair condition.

Located near Ballarat.


Contact me on 0457 844 512


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For Sale / 2018 swap meets
« on: March 13, 2018, 08:55:53 PM »
I can't guarantee that all (any) of these are good for motorbike stuff. Feel free to add other similar events to this thread.

Castlemaine Lions Club Swap Meet
April 8
Camp Reserve, Castlemaine

Echuca & District Historic Vehicle Club Inc Swap Meet
April 14
Rotary Park, Rose Street, Echuca

Bendigo Swap Meet
November 17-18
Prince of Wales showground, Holmes Road, Bendigo

Entertaining read about a guy riding a BSA Hornet in the 2017 LA to Barstow to Vegas Rally.


For Sale / Back issues of OBA - free
« on: December 04, 2017, 12:22:49 AM »

21 copies of Old Bike Australasia magazine, free to good home! Package deal, not interested in moving individual issues.

Issues: 37, 39, 41, 42, 43, 45, 48, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65 & 68.

PM me if interested.


Yamaha / Yamaha DT360 with XS650 motor?
« on: August 14, 2017, 01:40:46 PM »
I swear this morning on a trailer in middle of Ballarat I saw what looked to be a DT360 with a twin cylinder 4T motor like an XS650 or similar.

Anyone know of such a beast, or if it's even possible?


Competition / Casterton Hill Climb - Saturday 1 April 2017
« on: March 12, 2017, 11:03:12 PM »
Dirt bike riders from Western Victoria and SE South Australia might remember the Casterton Hill Climb which ran in the 1980s and 90s, and briefly returned in the early 2000s. 'Blueberry Hill' situated at the end of the main street provided plenty of challenges for riders, and entertainment for spectators.

Now the event is returning after more than a decade! Riders will be timed. There are two classes, of competition - 250cc and under, and 251cc and above. There's prize money on offer. It will take place on Saturday 1 April 2017. Pre-entry is recommended as the event will be capped at 90 riders.

For more details, find Casterton Sporting Motorcycle Club on Facebook or email


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