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Triumph’s Are Back In Force..
Lead Rider Reg Hammond alias “Mother Hen.”
The gathering at the petrol station saw not less than 7 Triumphs turn up out of an initial 14 riders, actually 8, the Norton is counted in the team. At in front of the ride was Reg on his new 2016 Triumph Bonnie T100, a very proud man, what a machine he continually said. We all agreed. There were no photos taken on the day but I thought this one of Reg picking up is new Triumph was most appropriate.
There were some first-time mid-week riders, Terry Linton on a rumbling, grunting 2001 Bonnie and Terry Hoare on a new Thruxton 2017 with 60kl registered, a great looking machine.
The alarm goes off, I listen intently,you beauty no sound of rain falling.(That's a good start). The weather forecast for today's club run
to Baw Baw wasn't that great with rain tipped but not till the afternoon. Suppose I should mention the forecast of snow in the alps. But let's not let that deter us. So out of bed I hop, flannel shirt, windcheater, liner in the jacket and winter gloves all ready to go. A quick cup of coffee, get the bike from the shed, helmet on and off I go.
Yes it's still summer for those that are wondering. It sounds like I am heading off for a brass monkey rally. But the alarm went off at 5.00am and it's now 5.45am and a very cold 7degrees in Seymour. Typical of me, I choose to ride my newly acquired CX 650 Honda. Which from the 10 motorcycles I own is the only one WITHOUT heated hand grips.
Eight riders met at the start for our shorter run under cloudy and cool conditions. With our usual ride leader Steve Miller taking part in a local triathlon. Noel Wills took lead rider duties. After a short stop at Bernie Hollanders place in Ceres so some riders could get the wet weather gear on.
After hearing the weather report for Sunday consisting of thunderstorms and rain it was with great trepidation that I headed my little bike in the direction of Geelong and whiled away a pleasant hour and a bit travelling from Smythesdale. Pleasant because not only didn’t I see any rain but not even any wet roads. Turnout exceeded my wildest expectations, and it was 14 bikes which left Waurn Ponds headed for the Corindhap pub.