The airhead: Porwit-20130405-1143-Orig.jpg by Marcin Porwit, on Flickr The Blonde: Porwit-20130403-1027-Orig.jpg by Marcin Porwit, on Flickr When hewby took off for her long trip, we had agreed to make an effort to see each other at least every three months for a couple of weeks. With her trip now done, hewby is in Australia for the next couple of months, working on replenishing her bank account a little. This seemed like the perfect opportunity to come to the Land Down Under, as I’ve never been. I have two weeks, one of which will be spent hanging out with hewby’s family in NE Victoria. The other week involves us taking a couple of bikes from hewby’s dad James and heading down to Tasmania. James has three bikes – a 1995 BMW R80, a 1995 Suzuki GN250, and a 1937 BSA Empire Star. James and his BSA Porwit-20130403-1048-Orig.jpg by Marcin Porwit, on Flickr I’ll take the R80 and hewby will be on the little ‘zuke. As cool as it would have been to take the BSA, it’s probably a little more temperamental than a V-Strom owner like me is able to deal with. The R80 is in mint shape, but it comes with very narrow bars so it feels a little weird initiating turns. As such, hewby, James and I went out for a little country cruise to give me the chance to get a feel for the bike (and for riding on the wrong side of the road). Hewby’s folks live near Wodonga, so the mountains of the Great Dividing Range are nearby. Makes for pretty riding terrain – valleys, hills, and twisty country roads. Fun stuf. James rode with us on his BSA, treating this as a shakedown trip after he redid the wiring harness on it. 130km – not bad for the old gal. The BSA gets some exercise Porwit-20130404-1068-Orig.jpg by Marcin Porwit, on Flickr Stopping for food Porwit-20130404-1070-Orig.jpg by Marcin Porwit, on Flickr Bike porn Porwit-20130404-1106-Orig.jpg by Marcin Porwit, on Flickr In a couple of days, hewby and I ride down to the Mornington Peninsula via some back roads, hang out at the beach for two days, and then we catch the ferry to Tasmania.