We had an over night ride booked in this weekend. Rowland's was coming down from Brisbane just to be on this ride. He rode through 2 days of torrential rain just to get to the starting line, now that's hardcore. He looks like a drown rat on Friday night when we had a couple of pre-ride drinks. Meeting up at Maccas on Saturday morning the bikes started slow rolling in. Luckily we had nice blue sky's all weekend from this point on but it had turned cold.
Stupid me turning up 20 minutes early when everyone else was about 20 minutes late. Dr Kwok was first to arrive on his immaculately cleaned Aprilla Tuono as per pic on the right. We also had a support vehicle on this trip as Stewies only road going bike was rat shit.
The 9:30 start time allowed us a quick catch up and coffee and get away in a timely fashion by 10:30. First up was a trip up the Bells Line over the Blue Mountains. First stop was in Lithgow where we found we were one rider short. Ah Ant didn't know we were going to Lithgow as did I but I was just following the others. Turns out Ant went over Mt Vic and was racing to catch up whilst we were waiting on the side of the road getting further behind.
Kicking along we headed out towards Oberon when we came along amongst some slow moving BMW loaded up with panniers negotiating a set of twisties. One of them was motogp styling the corners as we went passed bolt up right at near twice his speed on the bends. Lol. Turning onto Duckmaloi rd was the start of some more fun before we got into Oberon for a sausage roll & pie at the bakery for lunch. That hit the spot just right.
Leaving Oberon after our late lunch we pushed on out through the pine forests along Shooters Hill Road for a bit of fun before joining up with the Taralga road. We stopped to regroup again as we had become spread out, just as Stewie and Scotty roared up in there cars. Continuing on we got into Taralga at the hotel in time to have a beer and a few laughs.
|The scene of the famous tank slapping incident|
|Ant & Mark|
|It's official, 5 out of 6 bikers prefer red|
|Ant hooking in|
It was a bitterly cold night with heavy frost and fog greeting us. My head was pounding pretty hard and it felt like my throat had gravel rash. Time to seek out some breakfast. Just up the road from the pub was this swanky little cafe something like you'd find in hipsterville Newton. Make no mistake though the chef here was fantastic. The best bacon & eggs I've ever had. I'll be back here again that's for sure.
|The BEST bacon & Eggs I've ever had, EVER!|
Fueling up in Nowra we turned up towards Kangaroo Valley for some more tasty twisty bits. I think Ant had partied a little too hard the night before and went on straight up the freeway to home. Here Dr Kwok asked if I'd like to ride his Tuono. Would I? Sure I would although I wasn't sure about riding it up through the twisties. A beautiful bike, I had trouble initially trying to get it turned into the bends. You can't ride it like the R1 it handles a whole lot differently. It took me a while to get used to it. But after a bit I was loving it. Thanks Rick. Comfy, plenty of power, sounds good, handles well looks great.