Every November in the little town of Ross the islands bikers, visitors from the mainland and a few from further afield, gather for the Tasmanian Motorcycle Show. Its a smallish event held just off route one. I`ve put this here because VT has no Ross page yet.
Here`s an extract from my journal;
`We turn off at Ross, like most places it`s small and tidy, it has a large town square with the usual artillery piece and monument and no discernable road markings. We follow the bikes to a field just the other side of town. It`s $3 each to get in ( £1.29 ) and there isn`t a lot to see or do, there is one stall selling Australian Motorcycle Week merchandise and a small brick building dispensing tea and coffee.
The bikes are in a large circle in the middle of the field and the visitors bikes are parked around the outside, it`s like a little fete, a fete worse than death, there can`t be more than 200 people here. The show badges sold out and due to high demand some more will be made, we paid for two and left our hosts address for fowarding then go to see the bikes. It`s all vintage and classic machinery, mostly standard fare with several machines of real interest. The vintage stuff is mostly British with a few older Indians and Harleys and the classics are split between the Brits and the Italians, there are faults but the standard is generally quite high. Paul and i shoot the breeze, take picture and talk bikes, Becky is looking for something `for when the kids have left home` The public bikes are equally interesting, BMW`s are prevalent and there is no surprise in the number of Harleys present and there are one or two nice surprises, an MV Brutale, a Hyabusa (useless on the island) and some nice Aprillias but there are more tourers and factory customs than sports bikes, again no surprise.`
It`s about this time that we are introduced to Liam and Marion, more of them later.
This classic Yamaha actually competed in the Isle of Man TT races. The owner started it up and rode it around the field and it was era splittigly loud, great stuff. Being a racing bike it had to come on a trailer, fair enough, but from what i could see almost all the show bikes came on trailers and talking to some of the old boys in the ring revealed that some of the vintage bikes were never run - shame.
I`ve never seen one of these before, don`t even know how old it is but it so closely resembles the WR650 that Kawasaki are making now that it must surely have been their template.
Anyone know what it is?