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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


General Discussion / 2017 Broadford Bike Bonanza
« on: February 25, 2017, 11:30:32 PM »
The 2017 Shannons Insurance Broadford Bike Bonanza presented by Motorcycling Australia

Gates open to the public 8am on Good Friday, event concludes at 6pm on Easter Sunday. General event riding takes place from 9am – 4pm, Saturday and Sunday.

Ducati motorcycle owners are invited to participate in a riding demo afternoon on Good Friday from 1pm – 4pm. Cost to ride Friday only is $55, or if you’ve entered to ride Saturday/Sunday, it’s an extra $25. More details will soon be available, keep checking the MA website.

Key pricing info

* Online entry (closes 29 March 2017): $110 per person
* Entry at the event: $140 per person.
* Additional bike: $10 per bike (first bike included in entry)
* One event licence (if required): $30
* Sidecar passengers (non riding): $60 (regardless of entry date)
* Spectators: $35 per person for one day, $55 for two days. Free entry for bike fans under 16 years old.
* Camping: $10 per person per night (under 16 years old free)
* Trade space:  3 x 3 m area $150 (includes two day entry, two nights camping for two people)
* Swap meet powered site: $80 (includes two day entry, two nights camping for one person)
* Please note: Spaces in road race garage are sold out.
* Saturday night dinner tickets: $40 per person

BBB Saturday Night Dinner

Due to popular demand, the now famous BBB Saturday night dinner with the stars returns to the Broadford complex in 2017.

Hosting the evening, will be race legends and industry stalwarts Kevin Magee and Jim Scaysbrook. The dinner is one of the highlights of the Bonanza for those keen to meet and listen to guests with fascinating anecdotes about motorcycling. 

This year up to 300 people will be able to enjoy a sumptuous two course meal, with entertainment on stage.

The evening’s format will include a silent auction, and interviews with guest stars, current and past racers and industry notables. An open forum panel discussion and hilarious ‘roasting’ of the guests will take place. Topics of discussion will include the rise to fame, thrills, spills and maybe a few paddock secrets.

More details

Keep checking the MA website for updates, You can also contact the Event Coordinator Rachelle Wilkinson for more info:
03 9684 0525 (Mon/Tue/Fri)

For Sale / 1977 Yamaha DT125
« on: January 27, 2017, 11:40:59 PM »
4/77 twin shock Yamaha DT125. Engine & frame no# 578-100603.

* Oil pump disconnected, no idea if it works as I just ran it on premix.
* Odometer says 3898 kms, which might even be true. 
* Rear tyre is Cheng Shin knobby with plenty of life left. Front tyre is Yokohama Trail Sport (trials universal pattern) that is probably original!
* Fork seals need replacing, dent in petrol tank, seat cover is ripped, plus other wear and tear you'd expect.
* Missing air filter and cage, I made one up out of filter foam and wire
* Starts and runs but needs plenty of choke and blows white smoke, probable crank case seal issue. No idea of piston, rings, etc condition.
* New set of JBS rear shocks fitted in last 12 months or so.
* Bike has compliance plate and was on club rego for a couple of years (not registered now).
* Spare tail light, oil tank and chain guide.
* Also included is genuine Yamaha Parts List for 1974 DT125 (487-28198-06)
* Gold medal winning bike at Harrow Vinduro!
* Bike is located about 20 mins from Ballarat, can possibly deliver to Ballarat (incl Ballarat Swap Meet) by negotiation.

I'll try and add pics soon. Can send some via SMS to anyone interested in meantime.



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Two old dirt bike mags found near Raglan Reserve last Saturday. If they're yours send me a PM.


Husqvarna Motorcycle’s Good Old Times Blog takes a close look at the past and present Novemberkåsan, the notorious “November Trophy”. This is a gruelling 24-hour enduro race that has been won more times by Husqvarna riders than any other brand. The Novemberkåsan is a true expression of the grit, determination and passion of Nordic enduro enthusiasts.


General Discussion / Lemmy passes away
« on: December 29, 2015, 12:29:57 PM »
I just learned that singer/bassist/founder of Motorhead Kenny (Ian Kilmister) has passed away from cancer, aged 70.

Obviously Motorhead aren't everyone's cup of tea, but I'm sure for some like me, the band and Lemmy were icons of the 80s (and beyond).


Husqvarna / Husqvarna Good Old Times: Not just any Jonsson
« on: December 24, 2015, 03:57:14 PM »
The latest Good Old Times blog on the Husqvarna website is a bio of legendary racer Ake Jonsson.


eBay Finds / Acerbis Elba headlight, green, Ballarat
« on: December 13, 2015, 10:13:21 AM »

Competition / Deep water slows bikes at scramble (1963)
« on: November 25, 2015, 08:57:36 PM »
I found this event report event in the December 1963 edition of Australian Motor Sports & Automobiles, and have reproduced some bits, including results, below. It's interesting to get some insight into the kind of tracks being used back then, and to see that issues such as poor rider turn-out have been around since the beginning.

Far too much water in the creek crossings almost ruined the Dandenong club’s open scramble at Beaconsfield on Sunday, October 27, and practically every rider was in trouble with water problems at one stage or another.

Of the original 20 starters, only four were still mobile just before halfway through the 10-lap main event…

The sidecars were unable to handle the extremely wet sections, and a smaller circuit which completely bypassed the deep water was later used…

A and B Grade Scratch…the two events were combined to make a reasonable sort of race, which was altered slightly to include an artificial jump in the starting straight. Again Wales led the field away, but fell in the esses through the trees…

Dandy Derby… Geoff Taylor was well established in front, but the water crossing took its toll and he dropped out altogether. Consistency paid off for Mark Green, who came from midfield and took over the lead when several others fell by the wayside. By the eighth lap Green had built up his wining lead over Lindsay Bull, who finished second, and N. Watts, who was over a lap in arrears.


250cc SCRATCH RACE – 5 Laps
1. J. Bell (Triumph), Hartwell.
2. R. Bradley (Jawa), Preston.
Time 9 mins. 25 secs

350cc SCRATCH RACE – 6 Laps
1. M. Burrows (BSA), Hartwell
2. C. Medwin (BSA), Franskston
3. K. Glen (AJS), Swan Hill.
Time 10 mins. 21 secs.

1. G. Taylor (BSA), Dandenong.
2. J. Armstrong (BSA), East Malvern.
3. M. Burrows (BSA), Hartwell.
Time 9 mins. 27 secs

1. J. Mapperson (BSA), Preston.
2. L. Bull (AJS), Dandenong.
3. D. Cann (BSA), East Malvern.
Time 9 mins. 30 secs.

1. K. Glen (AJS), Swan Hill.
2. J. Brown (AJS), Maffra-Sale.
3. M Green (Ariel), Hartwell.
Time 9 mins. 30 secs

1. K. Rutter (Ariel), Korumburra.
2. K. Garrett (Norton), Dandenong.
3. J. Verdon (Ariel), Korumburra.
Time 8 mins. 55 secs.

1. M. Green (Ariel), Hartwell
2. L. Bull (AJS), Dandenong.
3. N. Watts (Velocette), Maffra-Sale.
Time 23 mins. 40 secs.


Vinduro / 2016 ISDE in Spain to include "vintage class"
« on: September 08, 2015, 09:50:14 PM »
No idea what exactly this "vintage class" will include, but definitely sounds intriguing.

And just to prove I haven't had too many beers, and dreamed the whole thing up:

(Ok, I may have had too many beers regardless...  ;))


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