Albany (WA) Hill Climb Nov 2008

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by 2volts, Nov 2, 2008.

  1. 2volts

    2volts Rocket Surgeon

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    Exactly ten months from date of ordering to date of delivery, the F800GS had arrived, just in time for a trip from Perth down to the Albany hillclimb weekend.

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    Friday, 7.30am start, headed down the freeway in morning peak hour, met Kevin and off we went to Boyup Brook to meet Richard and possibly also Paddy.

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    Richard and Kevin. No Paddy.
    We went through a cloud of bees, I ran over a 2 metre snake, there were bugs everywhere, but eventually we arrived in Albany at 3.30pm.

    There was a "parade" scheduled for 4pm up the main street around the roundabout and back to the start. These were some of the bikes waiting.

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    The AMAC is a one off homebuilt bike. Probably built in 1927, unlikely its 1927cc.

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    "Rusty" 1938 Panther. Appears to be unrestored.

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    Something more modern. Not original?

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    Even more modern.

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    Parade over, off to set up camp at the Albany Rifle Club.
    We drank beer, lit a campfire, ate food, talked jibber, retired for the night, ready for the bike show in Stirling Terrace on Saturday morning.
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  2. 2volts

    2volts Rocket Surgeon

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    There were many different bikes lined up the next morning.

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    Couldn't resist, a Valiant Charger, a classic Australian car from the 70's. Is the tow car for the Shannon's insurance promo trailer.

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    Adventure bike, Villiers power.

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    Horn!

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    Honda Four with HRD sidecar, which has nothing to do with the HRD above.

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    Tidy and original 750GT

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    Another wog bike.

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    BSA M20.

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    Another HRD, 1948, Brampton forks instead of Girdraulics on the one back up the page.
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    Neat BMW.

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    Another ADV bike.

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    And another.

    Plenty more to come.

    pete.
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  3. 2volts

    2volts Rocket Surgeon

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    Triumph Legend. I think handbuilt from spares stocks after the factory folded. Something like that. No doubt some Triumph pedant will correct me.

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    BYO oil leaks.

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    Proceeds from the weekend go to the Albany Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service. They came down and created a Toyota convertible, just because they could.

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    Special tools.

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    They should have practiced on this monstrosity instead.

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    Many years I went around to a blokes house trying to sell him a Honda 350/4 and ended up buying an RD350 like this off him. I knew then I was not going to become a salesman for a living.

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    I have no particular interest in sidecars, but I know there's more than a few inmates with an unhealthy fascination for them, hence the many outfit photos.

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    I suppose someone once fitted a sidecar to one of these too...

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    Nice BMW, I wonder whose bike that is.

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    Velocette something. I do know it's not a Thruxton.

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    This thing was a mobile Touratech, Wunderlich and Hepco & Becker catalogue. I'm surprised there was room for the rider.

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    Token KTM. I hung upside down from a lamp post to get the right angle.

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    Next year I had better bring the Laverda down, so people don't start to think wog bikes only have v twin motors.

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    In closing this segment of the report, I ask, "please explain?"

    pete
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  4. Drmalacarne

    Drmalacarne n00b

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    Great old bikes"!
    The rare Vincents....still outruns some modern bikes.
    Thanks for the pics.:clap
    Guilherme.
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  5. 2volts

    2volts Rocket Surgeon

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    Obligatory blues band. Quite capable, but when they accepted a booking to play from 9.30 to 12.30 they probably didn't realise it was am instead of pm. "BlueManna" from Denmark. Which is a town 40km away. But also a country. Far away.

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    Looking over toward the hill, site of tomorrows action.

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    Albany is a port town. A seafarer called Vancouver passed by here with Capt. Cook, took one look and said I'll go and discover a major city in Canada instead. True story.

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    Dave Ward and Loose Bruce.

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    About to depart on the Poker Run. 'A' Powell looks on enviously at the F800GS. Or is that a look of concern?

    At this point my luck changed. My camera stopped working and as for Poker, I had a hand like a foot.

    Next episode, the hill climb.

    pete
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  6. 2volts

    2volts Rocket Surgeon

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    After some beer and a demonstration of cannon firing at the Rifle Club, by a gentleman dressed in a confederate uniform, it was sleep time again.

    Hill climb time. But first a little more sightseeing.

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    Another exotic vehicle.

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    Gratuitous photo of an F800GS.

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    Some of the 100 bikes entered in the hill climb. That's a 57 Gold Star BSA in front. I wouldn't have known that except for the number plate.

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    About the only criteria for entry is the bike must be pre 1981.

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    The bikes go two at a time. They have a run to set a time, and then have to match it as close as possible for their next runs. I think.

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    This Gilera was entered but didn't run. At last, a wog bike that isn't a v twin.

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    Look closely, that's an old Kawasaki ADV bike on the start line.

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    Minimalist tool kit.

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    Kawasaki W650 vs Z900

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    Another Z bike. Looked promising, burnout while "staging", then bogged it with way too much throttle and pulled away coughing and spluttering at about 10kmh. Still, he was out there doing it and I was just watching.

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    After I saw this, it was all too much and I jumped on the F800GS and rode back to Perth.

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    and ticked over my very first 1000km just south of Kojonup.

    Anyway, that's all folks.

    pete
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  7. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    Nice ride! Thanks for the pics of all those vintage bikes... some bring back memories of rides past :thumb
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  8. zadok

    zadok Long timer

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    Nice one. I must get down to that event sometime.:D
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  9. Eaglebeak

    Eaglebeak All roads rider, West Oz.

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    Nice pics Pete.
    I think I met Loose Bruce at Clarky's "Mortlock River Run" last weekend.
    Might try and bring the family down next year.

    Andrew Linton.
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  10. Marcbar

    Marcbar Been here awhile

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    Well done and thanks for sharing your RR with us. I must venture over to the West one day. Perhaps the 2012 OCR could be held in the West.
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  11. rhino_343

    rhino_343 Southern Explorer

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    Thanks Pete, almost as good as being there!
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  12. bing44

    bing44 n00b

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    Great report.

    One question: why are there so many places in Aus. that have names ending in up?
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  13. ashstudly

    ashstudly Road Runner

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    No report on how the bike ran?
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  14. 2volts

    2volts Rocket Surgeon

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    <TABLE class=tborder cellSpacing=1 cellPadding=6 width="100%" align=center border=0><TBODY><TR title="Post 8273065" vAlign=top><TD class=alt1 align=middle width=125>bing44</TD><TD class=alt2>Great report.

    One question: why are there so many places in Aus. that have names ending in up?</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>The suffix "..up" means "place of" in the indigenous language(s)

    <TABLE class=tborder cellSpacing=1 cellPadding=6 width="100%" align=center border=0><TBODY><TR title="Post 8273333" vAlign=top><TD class=alt1 align=middle width=125>ashstudly</TD><TD class=alt2>No report on how the bike ran?</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>
    Bike ran fine. Was running it in so gently, gently on the throttle. Took it to the dealers today for its first service.

    pete
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  15. Dave Ward

    Dave Ward Long timer

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    I'll add a few pics I took. These from Saturday morning in town.

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    Then there was this odd looking bike that was of no interest to my dog.
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    A real variety of bikes.
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    Grey beards & cloth caps abounded.
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    This was the weirdest thing I saw all weekend, how can this be comfortable or even legal?
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  16. davorallyfan

    davorallyfan Commonist

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    Nice pix

    Any more info on this bike?
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  17. Dave Ward

    Dave Ward Long timer

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    Then a few from Sunday at the Hillclimb. Only bikes made up to 1980 could participate.

    This guy(& his attire) with his JAP were one of my favourites.
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    This Matchless was beautiful (as was the vincent).
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    Some contrasting machinery
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    A Grimley Coventry (I think)
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    The old Kawasaki adventure bike (with a Z1000 ducktail?)
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  18. oziexplorer

    oziexplorer fugarewe tribe member

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    great report as always Pete
    How's the new beat coming along ?
    It looks very nice, mate
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