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Old Bike AustralasiaOld Bike Australasia

Old Bike Australasia Issue 76

Old Bike magazine is a must for those who ride as well as the dedicated enthusiast and rebuilder, covering everything from Vintage to early 1980s bikes - marvel at the restoration of machines that could still sit proudly on the showroom floor. Each issue brings you the latest news and results from recent events, race reports and Rally Roundup, along with new and old bike news and reviews, readers letters, Club Directory, What’s On and much, much more.

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2 min.
editor’s letter

A good one gone At 7pm on October 16, my great mate Ian Kiernan OA breathed his last, just four months after being diagnosed with cancer. Every Australian knew Ian as the champion of the environment who had brought a new awareness of the destruction we are wreaking upon the planet, through his Clean Up campaigns that began in Sydney Harbour and spread throughout the world. An intrepid solo around-the-world yachtsman, annual Sydney-Hobart race sailor, 1994 Australian of the Year, and a rabid motorcycle enthusiast, ‘IBK’ was a thorough larrikin who revelled in being known as a ratbag and ‘a bit of a mongrel’. Ian owned lots of bikes, mainly Hondas, including an SL100, an SL175 that disappeared into a watery grave when it fell off the deck of his yacht…

11 min.
letters to the editor

Mount Ginn memories I would like to know if any readers remember the two Triumph outfits that were racing at the Mount Ginn circuit in ACT. One of the passengers must have had some bars down low, because he would stand on his head with his whole body on the inside of the bike on the right hand corner. His legs would be tucked up about level with the rider’s waist and his head only about 9 inches above the ground. They would be given 20-25 yards handicap and could make up enough ground for a good tight finish on this right hander. The enclosed photo was taken at Morris Park, Dubbo in the ‘sixties of me on my B33 BSA engine in a Featherbed frame. My passenger used a kapok…

1 min.
best letter

Junior racer Having read the story in the last issue of OBA 74 about the restoration of a Ducati Monza Junior, I thought you might be interested on my take on the same machine. When I bought my 1965 Series 2 in 2007, it had been (legally) converted to a monoposto (single seat) and besides being painted yellow, it was a mishmash of correct Monza Junior components, some from the “round look” Series 1, some from Series 2, Japanese front end and 18” Japanese rims, Ace bars and a dodgy Keihin carby. The saving grace was that the engine had been professionally rebuilt and electrics redone. It also came with all the original and correct components, so I contemplated returning it to the stock form as per the one featured in OBA.…

3 min.
classic cob

An odd one The story I did in the last issue about John Horan’s Bitsa prompted Ken Butler to give me a rundown on his unusual machine which is best described as being Feet Forward. Ken started to build this in 1987 and took some 18 months to complete. The chassis was made using 25mm x 38mm steel tube. The centre-stand lifting handle is similar to a Vincent. As a Vincent owner since 1954, Ken was familiar with that mechanism, but he claims that they in turn had taken the idea from Rudge who used it in the 1930s. As he was building his own frame he decided on a 500cc engine with an electric start. With the engine sitting between his knees legroom was going to be short. The cheapest machine…

8 min.
buzz box

BATHURST EASTER TOUR 2019 Organiser of the annual VMCC Bathurst Easter Tour, Lee Wright, has confirmed that the 2019 event will take place as normal, despite disruptions at the headquarters, the NRMA Panorama Holiday Park in Kelso. “The Caravan Park changed hands last year,” says Lee, “and there is an ongoing program of work being done to the cabins and the general facilities. However the owners have told us there are no problems for next Easter and a number of bookings have already been made. As always, the Tour will commence on the Sunday before the Easter weekend and run until Easter Sunday (April 14th to 21st). All enquires contact Lee Wright 0438 536 223. Accommodation bookings: (02) 6331 8286. Around The Bend Members of the South Australian Historic Road Racing Register recently…

5 min.
under the chequered flag

George Huse The inimitable GEORGE FRANCIS WANLISS HUSE passed away on 17th June, 2018, three weeks after his 90th birthday. George joined Hartwell club in May 1945, by which time he was already a plumber, building his business “Herbie’s Plumbing”. Riding the Hunter brothers’ creations, including the famous OHC Hunter Piccaninny 125, George became a successful rider while managing his own highly successful plumbing business, as well as hiring equipment to the trade. He was the club’s most consistent placegetter throughout the 1950s. In the next decade, George bought a dairy farm at Emerald in the Dandenong Ranges, and later a property at Nar Nar Goon near Pakenham. It was around this time he traded his Mercedes for a Bathurst-spec Holden Monaro, amidst much shaking of heads. Only recently have we seen the…