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Goulburn Rally - January 2019

The annual Indian Motocycle Club of Australia Goulburn rally was held over the weekend of the 18th to 20th January 2019 to coincide with the Goulburn Classic Riders Club Swap Meet. This year, an invitation was extended to the NSW Indian & Harley Vintage Club which resulted in a total of 19 motorcycles participating in the event.

The rally was planned to commence with a Friday afternoon ride departing at midday from our accommodation. With temperatures nudging 40 degrees at midday and expected to climb, the consensus was it would not have been good for either rider or machine to venture out in that extreme heat.  

We remained at the Motel and waited as a steady stream of participants started to arrive. Some in fact rode a considerable distance, including Jonathan Rolfe who rode his 1944 Indian Chief outfit all the way from Molong in the Central West of NSW. He later advised me that he left at 4.30am in an effort to avoid the forecast heat. A few others commenced arriving, also riding from Sydney and Mudgee.

Friday afternoon we made our way down to the Goulburn Workers club for a meal and a few drinks. A good roll up of members and invited guests with some new members attending this year.

What a difference a day makes, waking Saturday morning to some fine drizzle and much cooler temperatures. We assembled at the Mobil Service Station opposite our accommodation and were met by some of our ACT and Queanbeyan enthusiasts. Following the riders briefing we headed out towards Windellama with Mick Bostock leading the group of some 20 riders. This year we changed our normal route over the Great Dividing Range and instead did a loop north of Goulburn through the Southern Highlands.

Our first stop was the Marulan Bakehouse where we lined our bikes up for a photo shoot and some running repairs on one of the HD’s that ran out of electricity during this first leg of the ride. Following morning tea we headed out of Marulan and towards the Southern Highlands village of Bundanoon. A beautiful ride through some very scenic and winding countryside.

On the back of the fire incident at the Central West rally last year, we trialled a fire marshal system this event whereby club member Jeff Barr who was riding a modern HD was nominated to stand ready with a fire extinguisher as participants filled and started their bikes. Fortunately, no incidents but we were well prepared.   On this note I would like to thank the Elliott family for donating a commercial fire extinguisher to the NSW Branch of the IMCA to be used on rallies and to Jeff Barr who recommended the idea of a Fire Marshall.

Leaving Bundanoon we continued our trek over the Southern Highlands where we encountered light misty rain and fog. The temperature had dropped considerably and visibility was limited. We slowly progressed through the villages of Exeter and Sutton Forest on our way to our Lunch Stop at Berrima. Here, we gathered at the Surveyor General Inn, the oldest continuously licenced Hotel in Australia, (or so they claim).   A nice meal and some further running repairs to bikes.  

Garth Popple was on his 1938 Indian Chief Bobber for its inaugural ride after restoration and on the second leg of the ride it started running rough. Garth was ready to load the bike on the trailer however after some kerbside diagnosis it was discovered that the front exhaust tappet had worked its way loose and wound itself down , no longer opening the valve. 15 minutes later the tappet was adjusted and Garth managed to enjoy the remainder of the afternoon riding his new toy.

Following lunch we were again led by Mick Bostock from Berrima to Moss Vale before backtracking to Marulan for a fuel stop. Whilst well laid marshalling plans were put in place following each stop, they seemed to fall apart on the return to Marulan with a break down requiring the loading of a bike on a trailer. Following this, a few riders and the back-up vehicle separated from the group and ended up back in Goulburn. Nevertheless, we continued our ride out to Bungonia and onto Tarago where we stopped at the Loaded Dog Hotel for rehydration as the fog had burnt off and it had started to warm up again. At this stage our back-up driver found us just in time for us to leave!

Leaving the Loaded Dog we rode back to Goulburn via lake Bathurst and a few of us dropped into the Swap Meet with vendors setting up for trading.

After returning to the Motel we met with Peter and Toni Birthisel who turned up for dinner and the Sunday swap. Shortly afterwards the courtesy bus arrived and we were ferried up to the Workers Club where a private function room was set aside for us to enjoy a nice dinner and a few drinks whilst reliving the events of the days ride. I estimate we had 30 people for dinner.

This year, the Goulburn Classic Riders Club invited the Indian Motocycle Club of Australia to set up a display of our bikes within the Swap grounds with free entry afforded to rally participants. A good turn up of bikes for Sundays display including Peter and Toni Birthisels 1914 TT Racer which has been linked to campaigning in the Inaugural Australian Tourist Trophy Race held in the Goulburn District in 1914. This bike was the centre point of the display and I thank Peter and Toni for bringing this historically significant machine to the event to represent our club.

So, despite the vast difference in weather conditions, extreme heat, misty rain and fog, we all managed to avoid any mishaps and enjoy the comradery and friendly banter that goes with Indians and Harleys coming together.

Special thanks must go to the following; Bert & Michael Heath, who mapped out the route for us in preparedness for the event and secured the services of the Goulburn Workers club.   Mick Bostock who took the lead and guided us through the Southern Highlands. Jeff Barr who acted as tail-gunner, sweep and fire marshal. Phil Fordham who kindly offered his services as back-up vehicle for the event.

Also, a warm welcome to the Indian Club for some new members/riders who participated in the event.

Carl Baubrhuit on his 1946 Indian Chief

Chris Mullins on his 1947 Indian Chief

It should be mentioned that each rider contributed $20 to the event with funds raised going towards the cost of running the rally, fuel, water, ice, etc. The remaining funds are traditionally donated to a charity. This year $250 has been donated to the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

Thanks to all those that participated, particularly those who made the considerable journey from Victoria, Central West NSW and the North Coast of NSW.

Ian Pryde


Club Cabtains Report - February 2019

As always there has been a good selection of rides in our club.

The clubs Christmas party was again hosted this year by Peter and Toni Birthisel in Bundelong, the weather was hot with a few cooling off in the pool after dinner.

This years first rally for me was the Goulburn rally which was an excellent weekend as always, it was too hot to ride on Friday so the afternoon was spent socialising. Riding resumed on Saturday with fog and drizzle and the Goulburn Swap meet on Sunday. The Goulburn Classic Riders Club invited the Indian Motocycle Club to display our bikes at the swap and Peter and Toni Birthisel bought up their 1914 TT Racer to display which has been linked to the Inaugural Australian Tourist Trophy Race held in the Goulburn District in 1914. The Peter McAliece Breakfast ride was also held the same weekend with a great turn out of bikes.

Due to the Great Race being postponed we decided at short notice to have a rally to Omeo on the Australia Day long weekend. Two groups, one destination – Omeo, the first group left from Wodonga in North East Victoria and the second group leaving from Tyeres in Gippsland, Victoria where we both meet up for an overnight stay in Omeo.

The next ride coming up is the Rubicon Rally on the Labour Day long weekend (Vic) in March, book with myself or Mai-lei asap for a great weekends riding around the Eildon, Jamison, Alexandra and Euroa countryside.

Make sure you register your interest for the upcoming Tasmania Rally in Feb/Mar 2020 if you are interested in going, further details will be released in coming months.

The International Rally will be held again in Beechworth at the George Kerford Hotel in November, if you haven’t already booked make sure you do asap as rooms are booking up fast.

Keep your eyes on the club calendar for all upcoming monthly events, which can be found in the magazine or on our website.

Have them ridden, not hidden, come along to our rides and see what it’s about with likeminded people.

Maurice Dunston

Club Captain

Breakfast Run January 2018

As the alarm went off at 5.30am on a Sunday morning it was time to get out of bed and attend the first club run of the year.

Trying not to wake the neighbors I pushed the Chief all the way to the top of my driveway.  Fuel on and choke down, two prime kicks to get some fuel into it.  Lift up the choke, ignition on and one big kick and the 80" chief fired first kick.

It was straight into gear and off down the road as quiet as can be.  The temperature was quite nice as it was a balmy morning.  On the way I stopped for fuel so the tanks were full for the mornings ride.

When I arrived at Lilydale Station bikes had started to line up.  We waited around for about 40 minutes for any other arrivals as numbers were slighly down on previous years.  Although it was still a reasonable amount of bikes.

We rounded all the riders up and gave some riding instructions and then fired up the bikes.  We left Lilydate and headed up the Maroondah Highway towards Coldstream.  We turned right up Killara Road towards Gruyere.  This is a really nice road to ride on and some nice big propertys to look at.

We then turned on to the Warburton Highway heading to Seville.  From there we turned right and headed through Wandin East and headed around the back to the Silvan Reservoir.

We pulled in through the gates which had been opened by Lindsay and Trevor James who had arrived earlier in the morning.  They had the urn boiling and the fire BBQ going as the gas one was out of order.  A nice hot coffee went down well with the bacon and eggs.

We all sat around for an hour or so chatting and then it was time to head home.  Its always a popular run and you're home by lunch time and still have the remainder of the day

Daniel McAliece

Club Tech Night

On a very wintery Thursday night about 20 club member took advantage of the opportunity to visit the premises of Vintage Wiring Harness to get a first hand look at the manufacture of wiring looms.

Proprietor Paul Vermont gave a very interesting demonstration of the varous steps involved in producing exact reproduction looms for a variety of vehicles.

The demonstration included calculating the correct lengths of the various cables, ensuring the correct end connectors for each, and the operation of the machinery used to braid the various cables and looms.

Many thanks to Paul and Sue Vermont for opening up their business for our visit.

Club Captains Report - February 2017

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a Happy new Year.  The club has had a few busy months and more to come this year, which is great to see.  It shows how our club is so enthusiastic.

First we had the Technical night at Richmond TAFE, it was a good turn out of people that came to see how an engine is overhauled.  A lot of questions were asked, a big thank you has to go out to Bruce from Richmond TAFE for having us and setting up the machines so we can see them working as they are supposed to.

The club Christmas party was held this year at Conor Murphy's place, Santa made an appearance in an Indian sidecare of course to hand out gifts to the kids including the big ones as well. It was a geat way to end the year.

To start this exciting year off the club had the Peter McAliece Memorial Breakfast Run.  It was good to see so many members turn out for this run, there were also members from the Vintage motorcycle club of Victoria who attended. Thank you to Dave Booth for organising the run, if it wasnt for people like Dave helping run club rides and rallies the club wouldnt be what it is today and into the future.

A few Melbourne members went up to the Goulburn Rally held by our NSW chapter.  The Great Race was held with the club being well represented.  It was good to see new faces and also second generations of families entered, it show's the vintage motorcycle movement is in good hands.  Also INDIAN won the Great Race, a great effort by everyone.

In the months to come we have the Cherokee and Brgiht Rallies.

Until next time ride safely.

Bianca Bonner