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    3BeeJay3 ODSC Past President

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    Finally have a few moments to post a bit about what I've been up to in Oz for the past couple weeks. It's been tough to get time and decent internet access at the same time......

    Got here on Apr. 30th and spent a few days in and around Melbourne (pronounced 'Melbun') I flew over on the Qantas A380, which is the only way to cross the Pacific in economy IMO. I highly recommend it. ;

    Bells Beach, at the east end of the Great Ocean Road, gained fame in the Bruce Brown doc 'Endless Summer' and is now home to several international surfing competitions. It was pretty much deserted when I was there though.....except for a couple crazies out there kite surfing.....



    Sundial at Torquay, Vic.
    Made from over 120,000 individual 1/2" square tiles,



    Anyone have the time? (this thing is fairly accurate)

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    Thursday May 3rd I was picked up in Melbourne by Peter Drakeford who came up to Canada last November. We promptly drove to his house in the suburbs and loaded a fridge on his ute and proceeded to drive to his country house out near a little town called Blackwood:



    Dirtbike Garage/workshop/restoration facility under the house & home to quite a few vintage Euro and (1) Canadian dirtbikes;



    There is thousands and thousands of acres of forest surrounding Blackwood and Peter has access to miles and miles of trails almost right out of both his front and backyards. Not bad......

    Friday the 4th we did some work on bikes and went for a 'short' ride...... However, as I was to soon find out :lol: :lol: this is not the Ganny..... :lol:

    More to come, soon.

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    Waiting for more .......
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    1973 Rokon & me in full ATGATT:


    The true Automatic bike. Makes me wonder what a modern version of this would be like..........


    1980 CanAm


    Actually, I spent my time on the trails on Peters 2001 Husky WR250 w/Rekluse. The CanAm pic was for fun. Husky is well set up, with good suspension and a motor that will grunt its way thru anything all day long. Very easy bike to ride.
    The terrain around Blackwood is quite hilly with some spots having elevation changes of hundreds of feet in just a short distance. One of the interesting parts is that the local forests don't really develope any topsoil like they do in North America. Most of the trees are Eucalyptus & the leaves etc. from them don't rot. They just sit on the ground til there's a fire.., which there always eventually is, whether natural, accidental, or a controlled burn..... :shock:
    Essentially, what's there is the same as it was a 1000 years ago.
    The base soil is a hard heavy clay with oodles of jagged baseball sized rocks in it. However, sometimes the clay changes from one spot to the next even though it looks the same to the untrained eye. One patch will be slick as snot, & the next will be as grippy as dry pavement.....My eyes couldn't tell the difference much of the time, so I was kept on my toes. Luckily most of the sections were grippy.
    It had just rained not long before we rode & Peter said that conditions were about as good as they get. This type of clay is actually easier to ride after a rain.....go figure..
    Much of the trails were 2track, with some singletrack mixed in here and there. The single track has lots of switchbacks, given the elevation changes and can be quite steep in spots. Once a rut has formed, it's always there, cause the soil is so hard and doesn't really change with time. Definitely not like the sandy loam soils we sometimes take for granted...



    We did about 50 km or so on the Friday, which doesn't seem like much, except that we ran into a couple problems;
    First the CanAm developed a loose swingarm pivot bolt(which turned out to be only part of that problem). A crude trailside fix got us back moving again. I'll refrain from posting a pic of that, to protect the innocent.... :wink:

    The next problem was that we got caught in the bottom of a valley with only 2 very steep trails out. One was doulbletrack about a 1/4-1/2 mile long straight up the side with steep elevation change & ruts and loose bastard rocks all over the place. The other was steep, twisty, severely rutted singletrack. First we tried the 2 track several times with no luck. We just couldn't get more than a few hundred feet without getting kicked off by the loose rocks(having short legs does not help at all here.......)
    We eventually ended up getting up via the gnarly singletrack, one bike at a time, with a lot of manual labor & cursing.... :lol:
    After that we called it day, as we were a bit tired and headed home the easy way....

    Next, Kenda Rally.

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    I forgot to mention:
    Friday, we went to the local pub for dinner:


    This was posted on the front door:



    Saturday the 5th we did a bunch of bike prep for the Kenda rally on Sunday, including a new tire or two...

    Took a few pics of some of the local inhabitants:

    Peter filling up his CanAm. Bike in foreground is a 1979 SWM 250. This bike competed in the ISDE in Germany that year:




    Mid 70's Jawa that was originally purchased & rode in Michigan:




    Anyone care to guess what this is?
    Hint- it's a 1998 250 2t, European made & kinda rare:





    This little one kept watching us work:




    We took the SWM, the Husky and the CanAm to the Kenda Rally. The plan was for Peter to ride the SWM, me to ride the CanAm for a bit at the start(Canuck on a Canuck bike) and then switch to the Husky for the rest of the day. That was the plan.......

    Bike lineup at start of Rally. Could only get about 1/2 of them in this pic:

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    To sign in, everyone gets in line & receives a numbered sticker for the front plate:



    You then proceed to this tent:



    Hand them your drivers licence & they stick it in a slot beside your name on the list.
    After you're done riding the first loop, you checkin & they put a check beside your name. After you're done for the day, you retrieve your licence from the slot & then they know your not still out there somewhere. Easy way to handle checkin & there's a good incentive for riders to make sure they check-in post-ride:



    Prize Table:
    About $6,000(IIRC) worth of goodies up for grabs via raffle after the ride is done(ticket included with entry fee of $75). This includes 3 grand prize packages of $300? $500 & $750 worth of goodies. Also teams could enter & the biggest team entered gets $500 cash.



    About a minute before the riders meeting, Peter casually mentions to me "Umm, you're going to speak to the crowd" "tell em a bit about Ontario, the clubs & the riding etc."
    Uhhh, OK....... :lol:

    I really can't explain the hat....... :D A little Aussie humor I think.......
    I did win a prize for travelling the farthest. I think some bloke from Perth, WA thought he had it won, but......



    Just before the ride starts, anyone who wants to lines up for the 'Kenda Challenge' (IIRC on the name)
    It's a foot race in all your gear to try and win a brand new helmet. There were two races & 2 helmets up for grabs:

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    Great report! That ISDT Jawa sure brings back memories. How about a better photo of the guessing game bike?
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    Neil- Sorry, that's the best pic I have & a google search only brings up a couple of short, lower quality videos.

    When I first saw this bike it sure made me scratch my head.....I'd never heard of it.

    Tim- right colour, wrong country of origin......
    The sharp eyed will have noticed that the engine is missing..........the engine was actually a very old design & didn't even have a power valve.

    Hint; They also made/make these:


    and they also built a ~600cc 4t using a more famous motor.

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    'that sounds like a very fun event....how many entries? Take it easy on those old bikes....we know you like the odd dirt nap!
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    Some Trail signs they use:


    The local club that staged the event
    Alexandra & District Motorcycle Club http://www.admcc.com.au/


    This might make a few folks jealous-

    This fella works for the Victorian Dept of Sustainability and Environment & his job is to ride a dirtbike pretty much most of the time;




    They manage several million acres of forest (among other things) in the State of Victoria and are out and about all the time. They usually attend the trail rides as well.

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    They cap the entries at 500. I was # 440.

    All innocent old bikes were kept safe........sort of :lol:
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    Praga makes the bike. Czech Republic. I would have not gotten it without your truck clue (and the Internet).
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    Good work Tim. Rare is the right word for that bike. Interesting history re the UK importers.
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    that admcc logo is SWEEEEET!
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    I did a little searching on that Czech Praga 6x6, model V3S. Built from 1952 to 1989. Also found some better pictures of the motorcycle. It used a newer Jawa engine. Peter certainly has a varied collection of bikes.

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    You da man, Tim!
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    As I had mentioned, the plan was for me to ride the CanAm for a bit at the start.......

    The bike was parked up by the prize display during the riders meeting. When I went to get it later, there was a fella checking it out. We started chatting and I mentioned that I was going to take the bike for a short spin......

    Now let me backtrack a bit to where I mentioned the loose swingarm. On the way home from that ride, Peter had noticed a bit of a vibration in the bike. Later we had fixed up the loose swingarm in the garage and thought all was well.....

    So....,The bloke I was chatting with at the Rally pointed to the frame below the right footpeg and said "did you see this"?
    Here, the frame was broke clean thru(Of course I forgot to take a pic....). Hmm, that might explain the extra vibration.....

    So much for the 'plan'.

    More to come in the next few days....
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    So, anyways, the CanAm was parked and I got back on the WR. The Rally is set up as 2 loops; each one ending back at the start, where you checkin after each loop. The first loop was about 60-70k and the second one was about 80k or so, bringing the total to about ~150k. The entire ride consisted of connecting forest access roads of varying types and condition. The best comparison I can do locally would be the Soggy Boot Ride, but without all the water and singletrack options(I think there was only 3 or 4 water crossings on this ride & they were all pretty minor) and 'a bit' more elevation.

    The Kenda Rally tends to be a bit higher speed, but with a lot of elevation change (& I mean A Lot!)

    Basically, the forest access roads zigzag up and down the sides of the local hills.

    Google map of Area:
    http://g.co/maps/ra62m

    The local hills probably rise about 300-500 meters vertical from the valley floors.
    The trails consisted of rocky, somewhat gnarly sections, sections with clay that is slick when wet (&it was in a lot of spots :eek: ) with a ton of switchbacks and long steep dropoffs from the trail edge.(the penalty for error & stupidity can be severe) Luckily the trails usually were wide enough for trucks, so you had room to make some mistakes and corrections.
    Around each switchback you never knew what you'd get; loose rock, slippery clay, gravel, rutted-rocky mess, steep hill climb (or descent), or a mix of all of then in just a few hundred feet. In some spots you'd start at the bottom of a valley, start riding a ton of unpredictable switchbacks working your way up to the top, ears popping every so often & the temperature dropping a good 10c by the time you get to the top. Then go all the way down the other side. A few times we went thru low lying morning clouds on the way up & down.

    In a couple places, they used active service roads for connections; these were narrow gravel roads with lots of curves and elevation changes (read- Fun!)


    On long downhills/uphills, these gravel roads had 2-3ft tall humps built into them to divert rainwater off to the side & reduce erosion. Going downhill, if you timed them right, you could jump them.........if you didn't time them right, the back could get kicked up, causing a 'puckered' situation.........
    see pages 27-28 for some pics:
    http://www.holeshotimages.com.au/image- ... nggpage=28

    On other sections you'd be heading down a long slope at a good pace, only to find yourself on wet clay when it came time to slow for a switchback...shite!
    More than once did I get passed going downhill by a 'pro', only to see him down in the ferns(ozzie rhubarb) off the side when I got to the bottom :lol:

    On the 2nd loop there was a long section of uphill greasy clay that was badly rutted. I'd estimate it was probably over 1/2 a km long. It wouldn't have been too much of an issue if I had the trail to myself,(the Rekluse was awesome here) as I could have maintained a steady pace thru the entire section. However, by the time I got there, there was a huge mess of throttle happy yahoos stuck and sliding all over the place.
    By the time I finally picked my way thru there, I was pretty much pooched & I still had 60km to go......

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    At the end of the ride there is a meal (of course :D );

    This meal was fully catered and consisted of veggies, fresh baked rolls(literally), roast beef & pork, roasted potatoes & pumpkin. Did I mention it was tasty?! :D


    Can't forget one of these-



    On the way home, we stopped by a place in the country called Geoff Morris Concepts
    http://www.geoffmorrisconcepts.com/

    Geoff does all kinds of fab work for vintage bikes including expansion chambers, frames, parts etc. etc. He sells all over the world. It's also a place I think Peter may or may not spend a bunch of $$ his wife doesn't know about...shhhh :-$ :-$

    Pipe on a fixture-


    Late 70's RM 250(customer bike there for some parts) that is literally been restored back to showroom cond.-

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