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The work horses of the working Bee

Jeez, looks serious, you've even got earth moving equipment there. You guys building a supercross track to catch everyone by surprise?  ;)


Competition / Re: 2019 Australian 3 Day Vintage Enduro
« on: February 28, 2019, 11:17:22 PM »
just noticed this in the regs.." no gap between the rear sprocket and the chain guide, " How does a std 84 husky chain guide go in this regard??

Same rule for classic MX. You must not be able to get your fingers between the chain & sprocket at the bottom (coz that's what happens while you're riding, wtf!). Your Husky is not compliant (most vintage bikes are not). Easy fix, about 1/2 hour's work & $10 for some alloy plate & a couple of bolts if you want to do it properly, or 3 minutes if you use an ice cream container lid & a couple of zip ties (got just about every bike through scrutineering at the 2017 Classic MX titles after MA put the rule back in the MoMS). Finding an ice cream container lid in the parc ferme may not be so easy though. I have plenty of photos of bikes which have been done but don't know how to load them on here.

bigk's explanation is right, and hopefully the illustrations below help too:

This is the correct arrangement. The guide covers the space where the chain meets the sprocket on the underside of the swingarm.

There's no chain on this bike, but you get the idea... This is a non-compliant arrangement. This gap needs to be covered.


Competition / Re: 2019 Australian 3 Day Vintage Enduro
« on: February 19, 2019, 09:48:57 PM »
Overseas riders who hold a current FIM competition licence can compete in the A3VE. To this end, Motorcycling Australia has created an INM – 490/41. Such riders would need to notify their own governing body before competing. Further questions about international riders competing at the A3VE should be directed to the Club Secretary via email –


Competition / Re: 2019 calender
« on: January 20, 2019, 10:40:35 AM »
May 23 - 26: Australian Three Day Vintage Enduro (A3VE)

Competition / Re: 2019 Dakar Rally
« on: January 20, 2019, 10:27:59 AM »
Toby Price's victory is a terrific sporting achievement by any measure, even if you have no interest in motor sport at all.

It was also great to see two other Australians finish in the bikes: Ben Young in 55th place, and James Ferguson in 67th. James also managed to come in 12th in the unassisted Originals by Motul (a.k.a. malle moto) division. These guys were both doing the event for the first time.

There were so many other impressive efforts too, and just finishing the rally is an individual victory for the unknown privateers who make up the majority of the entrants.


For Sale / Re: xt 500's Demand
« on: January 08, 2019, 11:24:10 PM »
Plenty of demand for them down at the docks & Station Pier. Required for the end of a chain (where they belong).

"Docks & Station Pier" - Is that a trendy inner city bar serving vegan food? "End of a chain" - Do you mean a wallet chain?

XT500s are trés desirable for hipsters! 80-85 Husky, tell your mate to start butchering those XTs, they'll soon be worth thousands as "café racers"!  8)


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


Competition / Re: 2019 Australian 3 Day Vintage Enduro
« on: December 03, 2018, 12:37:40 PM »
It’s been pointed out that there are no vinduro rules in the MoMS, and as far as I know all clubs running vinduros in Australia at the moment are doing them on a non-competitive basis, so individual clubs can make whatever call they like regarding eligibility for those. Even if vinduro regulations are added to the MoMS this will probably have no impact on non-competitive vinduros.

With no Australian vinduro competition regulations in place the FIM rules that have been used previously at the ISDE and A4DE for vintage purposes seem a logical place to start.  As previously mentioned, VERi has chosen to run with slightly modified version of these.

BTW, flow on models that are currently accepted at VERi events, will be ok for the A3VE.


Competition / Re: 2019 Australian 3 Day Vintage Enduro
« on: December 02, 2018, 03:17:15 PM »
As far as I know the classes for the FIM ISDE Vintage Trophy were used as a starting point, and adjusted slightly. I believe these same FIM rules were used for the vintage bikes at the A4DE this year as well, and there wasn’t a pre 95 class there either.


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.


Tech Talk / Re: XS1100
« on: October 23, 2018, 12:14:44 PM »
Yes, as dont says they are something of an icon, and I would say that a complete and running one would definitely be desirable to a few people.

Trivia: Roger Heyes and Jim Budd won the Castrol 6 Hour on an XS1100 in 1978. XS1100s were also ridden to podium positions in the same race in 1979 & 1981.


Tech Talk / Re: Bassani exhaust shield
« on: October 22, 2018, 10:18:55 AM »
a lot of holes that you are going to throw in the bin

Hmmm, what happens when you throw a lot of holes in the bin? Do they fall out the bottom and just keep on going?

I was wondering a similar thing to Canam370. A hole by definition is a space or absence of matter. So are you saying GMC that you would in fact be throwing nothing in the bin?  :o 


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.


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