I ride with a group of old (mostly,) strange (all) men called MC944. We share a strong belief in motorcycles, coffee and pinot noir.

The Loud Blue Bike

Back to Triumph after a dally with the Austrians, I needed a bike that was manageable, fuel efficient, and good for on and off-road touring. The Tiger 800XCX fit the bill.

Savage River - Corinna Rd

The Quiet Blue Bike

This is my current attempt at a means of keeping fit and without getting bored/giving up within a few months. It’s got a carbon frame, which I’m told is nice on bumpy country roads, and it weighs not much. I’m learning a new language in order to be able to converse with cycling people. I’m not sure I’m comfortable travelling at 40km/hr without leathers and with my feet attached to  my bike.

Stu ATB 2007

Farewell, Old Girls

The Orange Bike

A big orange bike that can’t decide if it’s a sports tourer or a dirt bike. Either way, it’s a lot of fun sitting on it when it’s trying to work it out. The first 12 months of ownership were plagued with mechanical gremlins, but it worked after that.

I eventually realised that it was a hell of a lot of bike for intermittent riding, and its lack of mileage made touring difficult, so it was time to move on. 

The Yellow Bike

I said goobye to the Triumph in 2010. Triumph ceased production on the Sprint RS in 2004. The 2002 RS was the first Sprint RS to have the upgraded, fuel injected Daytona engine. It’s got a comfy chair and heated hand-grips, with a special safety-pipe. It had a longer-than-I-would-have-preferred slide down the Deans Marsh-Lorne Road in November 2002, but Mr QBE took care of that for me.

One of the things you notice on a Triumph is how many old curmudgeons there are who used to ride a Triumph in the 50s, 60s or 70s. No matter where I stop, no matter how small or large the town, there is always a bloke who looks like the gentleman to your right, who is willing to tell me about all the classic bikes he owned and raced in his heyday. By my reckoning there were more Triumphs, BSAs, Nortons and Indians than people in Australia in the late 60s. That or there’s an old bloke stalking me...

Stu in Action Cropped

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