Wet Wednesday in the Otways

John’s Otway’s ride was really a ride of two parts. The first was an enjoyable run up to Lavers Hill for lunch (after a bit of early mayhem). The second part was more challenging – namely riding the Great Ocean Road to Apollo Bay and the Forrest Road (or more GOR depending on which choice individuals made) in the wet.

Morning tea at Deans Marsh.

Wet in Apollo Bay

Above: New member Nick did a great job of riding the challenging conditions, even though he’s only on L’s.


What is a ‘new’ tyre?

Over the past few weeks I’ve had some new tyres fitted to the ZX14R. First a front a couple of weeks ago and then a ‘new’ rear today. But just how ‘new’ is new?

As I was re-installing the rear wheel I caught sight of the manufacturing date stamp on the side wall of the tyre which has the numbers 4014. My understanding is that what this means is that this tyre was manufactured in the 40th week of 2014. Therefore  it’s about a year old. So is a one year old tyre really a ‘new’ tyre? I don’t know what the industry standard is. Any suggestions?


Another Michelin PR4

I had another Michelin Pilot Road 4 fitted to the front of the big Kwaka as I have a few multi-day rides coming up. Check out the aerodynamic shape of the fairing with the front wheel removed.

Wednesday we took a club ride to the Mill Market at Daylesford via Steglitz and Ballarat. It was a great run in perfect riding conditions. Well led and well done Jim.

A pic from the post ride ‘defrag’.


Pink Ribbon Ride 2015

Peter Stevens motorcycles, the Geelong Branch of the Ulysses Club and quite a few other local rider groups got together for the annual Pink Ribbon cancer fund raising ride. It was a perfect day for a spin around the Bellarine Peninsula for a good cause. A few shots below to give a flavor of the day.

Above: Pic of me in corner marker’s pink vest

Ulysses Club -combined branches Yea ride

A good turn out of the Geelong branch met up with the Melbourne, Whittlesea and Echuca branches in Lancefield for a group ride to Yea. Gentle did a brilliant job of navigating down scenic back roads that most of us had never been on before. After some early fog in Geelong, it became a perfect Spring day with the temp hovering around 18C – 20C for much of the ride and not a cloud in the sky.

Below: Pic of me leaving Lancefield, courtesy of John Cook

Victorian Breakfast Club – September

This months meeting was at the Tread Cafe in Harcourt. Around 26 people attended and at last Spring is here. Nine Geelong riders attended, with four going on to Echuca for the weekend and the rest of us taking the scenic route home via Malmsbury, Trentham and Greendale. Thanks to ‘Gentle’ for leading the way.

The scenery around Harcourt is stunning, with lots of orchards and vineyards and great views from the nearby Mt Alexander.

Victorian Breakfast Club – August

The destination for the August VBC was meant to be the quirky pub at Corindhap, but had to be changed to Rokewood at the 11th hour. Despite be a pretty ordinary winter’s day weather-wise, around  27 Ulyssians turned up. There were riders from Echuca, Stawell, Ballarat. Melbourne and Geelong present.

Below: Sorting out the winner of the bottle of red wine

Below: One of the chainsaw carvings along the Avenue of Honour in Corindhap