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ACT SR CLUB 57 - The KVR

The 2010 KVR is over…beautiful weather at the event ensured that everyone who attended had a great time.

 

The ACT contingent gathered at 1000 on Friday at the Epic servo car park for the annual trip to the KVR…

 

 

Wayne and John brought their SR’s along while Catherine and Dennis bought their V-Twins. Catherine’s SR is temporarily off the road due to a cracked barrel and is waiting for a well earned top end overhaul.

 

 

Bill and Wayne's machine at the ready!

 

 

Bill turned up on his Triumph America as usual, and Denis also came along for the ride on his white SR500. Denis had to get back again and so only rode part of the way with us.

 

 

 

Denis's SR500 ready to roll... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The masked Dennis...hides his true identity...while Denis looks on...

 

Stew decided not to bring a ride bike this year and instead brought the Saltie out for all to see plus the DCM got out of the garage for the first time for ages.

 

 

Do you reckon he'll get them out of the van this time?...

 

 

 

After a hectic few days Mark was unable to make the start and instead came along on Saturday…a spot of bad luck with his favourite red Falcon ute, a small matter of an altercation with another road user the day before meant that he was going to be looking for a new one real soon. Bad luck mate…

 

At about 1030 the contingent headed off for a sunny ride along the highway. Catherine led the charge with the van in tow.

 

Catherine ready in the lead...

 

 

 

 

 

 ...Into Bungendore...

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stop lights in the middle of nowhere...

 

 

 

 John at Tarago......

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A quiet cruise along the highway to Goulburn saw an inadvertent splitting up of the crew until we stopped for fuel at Marulan. Quick phone call from John sorted the issue out and we were again together for the trip along the country roads to Kangaroo Valley

 

Witing for the rest to catch up...

 

 

The road to Bundanoon... 

 

A stop at the Bicycle Caf at Bundanoon saw the group scoffing food and coffee.

 

Catherine and Dennis had recently fitted heated hand grips to their bikes and much discussion was centred around their use during the rest stop.

 

On start up once again however a slight hiccup was encountered as Catherine tried to fire the Suzy into life…the heated grips were wired directly to the battery and as they had been accidentally left on the battery was a little the ‘worse for wear’ heh, heh…nothing a good pushing wouldn’t sure of course and with Dennis riding and Catherine pushing (…err, hang on…) the bike fired up again.

 

After the rest stop Denis and his SR left for the ACT once again…thanks for coming along that far mate!

 

Once underway again another inadvertent directional problem saw the van depart the rear for the shorter way to the event…with poor Dennis waiting for the van to appear, the ride was once again split up and we re-grouped again at Kangaroo Valley…well Dennis got there eventually…heh, heh, sorry mate…hope the map didn’t cost too much.

 

Once at the venue things settled down again for a while and once ‘checked in’ we all adjourned to the pub for a well earned beer…shortly after our ‘Camberwarra connection’, Lee, turned up on his BMW to say hello and we settled in for the night and a nice meal at the pub.

 

Friday night discussions at the rear or the Ross Racing van...

 

Hmm, what would be the favourite colour here...

 

The next dawned foggy for a little while, but that soon cleared to give us a beautiful day.

 

The DCM...out from under the covers...

 

 

John's SR500 headlight globe was problematic...

 

People began to turn up for the days activities including Pete on his white Z750...and at about one PM Lee led the rally goers on a brisk ride to the Robertson pie shop.

 

She'll be right!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Ross machines stay put...

 

 

On the way they ran into Mark as he was heading into the rally and he turned around and joined in.

 

Stew stayed behind and looked after the rally site and to greet any stragglers who turned up.

 

A new Sydney SR rider Tim, arrived just before the ride started off shortly after so did Geoff and Col on their SR’s.

 

Tim's new SR400...well to him anyway...

 

Lee...leads off...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Geoff’s long swing-armed machine had demonstrated it’s slower-than-normal steering on the way down Barrengary, by running slightly wide on a switchback turn and glancing the peg and brake lever off the door of a car…oops! Some fast talking by Geoff and some ‘crossing of the palms with money’ left the car driver and Geoff happy and he continued on in.

 

 

 

 

Tim gives the Saltie a try...

 

Hmm, not much padding here...

 

Tim has only had his, red, drum-braked, SR400 for a couple of weeks and armed with a notebook he was anxious to get some SR questions answered. He also demonstrated his quick mastery of the SR’s kickstart by one kick starts each time…well done mate!

 

Paul another member on the way!

 

 

 

The riders returned from Robertson and the bikes lined-up for the judging. 

 

 

Mark arrives...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were about 14 bikes there this year…a little down on the previous events, however a late date change and the fact that it was also the Mother’s Day weekend I’m sure contributed to that.

 

Never mind, next year will be earlier in the year once again and more efficiently planned…we also have a few other ideas up our sleeve so come along.

 

 

Buill puts his vote in... 

 

 

 

Dennis and Catherine disagree on the voting... 

 

Lee's shiny alloy SR500... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you look closely you can just make out the car paint flecks on the end of the brake lever...heh, heh... 

 

At this point I want to thanks our generous sponsors for the great prizes that were provided for the event. They were Deusexmachina and the SR500 Club. Without these prizes the event would not be what it is and we hope that you realise that we appreciate your continuing support. Thanks guys!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The prize winners were as follows:

 

Best standard SR, John Broad’s SR500G…

 

 

Runner up was Tim and his newly acquired 400…you’ll definitely have to join the Club now mate!

 

Best modified was won by the Saltie…thanks guys…it was started up during the event as well…the Tingate megga well and truly advertising it’s presence! Ahem…

 

Runner up was Lee’s very shiny alloy café SR…flash machine! Well done mate.

 

 

SR most deserving of TLC…was won by Tim again! Mate, fill out that form ASAP! Heh, heh…err, well deserved mate…

 

Runner up was Col’s 588cc machine…mate time to get going on it…get that engine sorted then maybe a nice seat…heh, heh…well done…

 

 

Best other single was taken out by Lee’s nice orange XT500 machine…quick machine around the bends as well…well done.

 

 

Runner up was a tie between the Shelton café racer and the Ross DCM…thanks people. Polished alloy looks good.

 

 

Best non SR was taken out by Dennis’s Ducati Testastretta Monster. Well done Dennis and a nice bike! World’s shortest muffler as well…hmm, maybe we could have an award for the ‘shortest muffler’ next time?

 

 

 

Runner up was the Ross DCM again…an embarrassed thankyou is in order…

 

 

Once again thanks to our sponsors for the great prizes and to the members of the ACT contingent, especially Catherine and Mark, but also to everyone who assisted in setting it up and making it a great event.

 

Hmmm, what is it do you think?

 

The festivities over, we all adjourned to the pub for the evening meal and for a well earned beer in front of the open fire, SR Club and Deus T shirts in evidence everywhere…some entered into the drinking with a little more gusto than others, so I was told…eh Bill…heh, heh…

 

Next day dawned foggy once again and we headed off for a breakfast at the bakery in town. No-one seemed the worse for wear following the night’s festivites and a hearty meal was had. Well mostly anyway…heh, heh…

 

Bill takes in the early morning haze...and the fog as well...

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark then set off alone to ride the long way home through his old ‘stamping grounds’ on his nice SRX600 and Bill, Wayne, john and Stew set off for Barrengary. Dennis and Catherine took the relaxed approach to the trip and set off a little later on…

 

As we climbed the mountain the fog lifted showing a beautiful day and the great scenery along the way made for a nice relaxing trip. Once in the sun it was nice and warm and pleasant.

 

 

 

A cruise through Bundanoon and onto the freeway then on to Goulburn saw the riders stop for a quick meal and a coffee at the Paragon before again heading off toward Canberra.

 

 

 

 

Wayne cruising... 

 

John... 

 

 

Alongside Lake George...well there used to be water there anyway...a long time ago... 

 

As we reached the outskirts of Canberra, the only dark spot on the whole weekend occurred when a pair of lunatics in a van, similar to the Ross Racing machine, decided to nearly take out first John then Bill before cutting off a car and disappearing off again into whatever sewer they had emerged from! We can only hope that they eventually do it to an unmarked Police car or similar so they get what they deserve. Strange what people dwell among us!

 

Despite the last moment van issue, we had a really great weekend. I hope all who came along enjoyed themselves as much as we did and we hope to see more of you again next year.

 

On another note, Deus are having an SR Day at their Camperdown headquarters on Saturday 19 June 2010. So we hope to see you there! I’ll take the Saltie down for one last outing before the engine comes out for some more work…and maybe some other stuff.

 

See you all there!

 

SR