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ACT SR CLUB 54...The Slapper

Another VVCMCC ride is over…several SRs turned up for the event on a cold and foggy Canberra morning…frozen finger tips and cold noses were the ‘go’…

 

John turned up on his G model SR, Wayne came on his SR400, Stew rode the E model and Mark came along on his E model with Manfred riding Mark’s SRX600 due to the 660 being down for maintenance…Bill also turned up on the Triumph cruiser.

 

Mark's collection arrived...

 

 

Stew's SR...and one of those Triumph things...

 

 

 

John's G model...

 

 

Mark's nice E model...

 

 

John and Mark compare bikes...and Mark's steep clip-ons...

 

 

Wayne arrives on the 400...

 

 

 

 

 

There were also a number of other bikes along for the ride including a few other older Japanese bikes comprising a Yam XS650, GS400 Suzy, Honda 350 four and a CB250RS single…plus the usual Triumphs, BSAs, Ariels, AJs, HDs etc. All in all a fine turnout for a cool and damp morning.

 

CB250RS single...

 

 

 

AJS 500 dirt bike...

 

 

 

350 four Honda...

 

 

Blue Star...

 

 

 

Triumph complete with TT pipes...

 

 

400 Suzy...

 

 

"Hey Wayne do you want to swap this for my 500"...

 

 

XS650 Yam...

 

 

Bill's cruiser engine exposed...

 

 

Mark had also come along to purchase a superfluous set of Tingate clip-ons that I had ‘lying around’ from the Saltie as they were a little less angled downward than his current set (…an omen for later?).

 

There were short and long route rides organised with the SR brigade all setting off on the long run…once you finger tips froze sufficiently there was no more pain and the ride settled into a nice around Canberra tour…Manfred in his usual style headed toward the front…well as he wasn’t on his bike if he was done for speeding it would have involved the Police heading out to Mark’s place…heh, heh…good thinking Manfred!

 

As it turned out a short while later Mark was to meet up with the Police and few other sundry ACT Government workers in any case…but I digress…

 

The ride twisted and turned it’s way through Southern Canberra and as the bikes headed toward the final destination disaster struck in the form of the fabled and occasionally vicious (and sometimes disputed) ‘SR Tankslapper’!

 

Mark and Manfred had been riding in relatively close proximity when the alloy- tanked SR hit a few harsh ripples in the otherwise smooth road surface sending the SR ‘beresque’…the front and rear were fighting each other until the now passenger Mark surrendered and was flung, ‘semi-mercilessly’ and definitely unceremoniously, onto the cold and hard tarmac! As all this was going on Manfred was struggling to dodge Mark’s sliding carcass and the errant SR as it headed on down the road, avoiding a double Cumberland catastrophe by keeping the SRX in an upright and undamaged condition. “Hmmm, so you somehow crashed both of you bikes at the same time Mr Cumberland…?”

 

Well done Manfred! Although you could have ridden over him just a little bit…that wouldn’t have been that bad…perhaps a finger or two…ah well maybe next time.

 

The Government officials duly arrived and saw to Mark’s injuries and examined the skid marks…Mark was pronounced injured by the ambo’s but still capable of continuing to the luncheon…albeit in a ute with the SR on behind and in his Explorer socks and bandages…nice limp by the way mate…starting to feel it yet?

 

"What are you laughing at"...Mark removes his boot to relax in the sun...on the median strip...

 

 

 

The E model a little the worse for the experience...Bernie should be able to assist mate...

 

 

Police officer with his hand on his gun surveys the downed rider..."Bikies...mate, you go in and see and I'll be ready just in case"...'perhaps we should just put him down, whadda you reckon?"...

 

 

"Nah it's OK...he's an SR rider..."...

 

 

Mark getting checked over by the cute red-head...

 

 

SR scratch marks on the road surface...

 

 

Everyone else gets one ambo and one Police car...not Mark!

 

 

The E model stands guard.

 

 

Anyone got a spare Tingate rearset brake lever...???

 

 

 

 

Despite this rude interruption the other bikes managed to continue to the destination unscathed and Marks spent some rest time at the venue while others waited on his every wish (hand and foot …heh, heh).

 

Mark 'hamming it up ' in the ute...'can you put my sock on mate'...

 

 

Trying to get pity at the pub...

 

 

It worked!...heh, heh...

 

 

After such an eventful ride the rest was fairly pedestrian. Mark examined the damage his SR with a tear in his eye and a hand on his wallet…never mind mate Bernie will be here in a week or so and hopefully all will be right again with the alloy tank…lucky you bought the clip-ons too, eh mate…Mark's are very steeply angled downward now...

 

After a sumptuous meal at the Old English Pub and waving adieu to Mark as he and his SR were passengered away in the ute the rest of the riders headed off home again. Alltogether an interesting ride considering.

 

Remember the annual Rally is approaching so time to start getting things sorted for that…the Salt Racer continues.

 

‘till next time.

 

SR