The Second SydRide

[ There is now a SydRide Mailing List and Web Page. ]
From: Cameron Simpson <>
Organization: Computing Facility, CS&E, Uni Of NSW, Oz
Subject: update on SydRide2: 30oct94: Bell's Line of Road ...
To: SydRide

This is the current state of affairs for the 30oct94 run up Bell's Line of Road.

Latest change: The "Richmond" RDV (see below) will actually be at McQuade Park in Windsor at 10:15am.

If you don't get the final details by email/news in time and are planning to come, give me a ring (385-4041(W) or 662-8336(H)).

Well, the SydRide went off fairly well. We had 21 bikes and somewhat-in-excess-of-that people. The weather was good, the roads unpoliced, the food @ Wiseman's fairly prompt, the music @ Wiseman's awful as usual. A Ride Report may follow if I get inspired.

Upon leaving the Ferry, some thought was given to another ride. A run up Bell's Line Of Road seemed to be in order, and after some net-discussion the plans are:

For those nearer to Kensington:
9am at my place: (85 Dowling Street, Kensington; access via Dowling Lane. Directions below since some street directories seem not to show it, or only name the adjoining street.)

Currently guess:

Cameron Simpson (GPX600) <> Thomas Cohen (Ducati) <> Patrick Jordan (MotoGuzzi850GT) <> Simon and Helen Fleming <> Mike Wolff <> Colin Panisset (RZ350) <> Rob Mitchell <>
For those nearer Windsor:
10:15am in Windsor: Eva Zsigri has suggested outside the St Matthews Anglican Church near the corner of Claremont Crescent and Moses Street, opposite McQuade Park. Not to be confused with St Matthews Roman Catholic Church on the other side of the park.
Facing west along Richmond Road (which runs past the RAAF base) from Windsor, Moses Street is the second street on the right, just past the park.

map of Windsor

Current guess:

Eva Zsigri <> Graham Trigge <> Anthony Bevern (CBR600) <> Jonathon Tidswell <> Anthony Ng <>
Mt Victoria:
Leigh Purdie <>
Kensington to Windsor:
Thos <> suggests: Freeway to the Silverwater Rd exit, up Silverwater Rd, right onto Victoria Rd, up into Carlingford, Rogans Hill, Glenhaven Rd, Windsor Rd. Some of the roads are a little rougher, but there are a couple of curves here and there as well.
Windsor to the mountains:
Up Bell's line of Road to Mt Victoria for lunch.


How to get to my place:


[...] look at yourself and, while you're at it, drag your eyes over some of your mates who also ride bikes. They are doers, are they not, and what of the rest of the population, that tragic ants nest of ever so busy bodies who scurry from nest to work and back to the nest again at night, to recharge themselves for another day of spirit-crushing toil? They are the watchers.
- Sanford, REVS, 23dec93
From: pjordan@rp.CSIRO.AU (Patrick Jordan)
Subject: Ride Report: SydRide2
Message-ID: <1994Nov1.050123.4234@rp.CSIRO.AU>
Summary: Ride Report of Second Sydney Ride
Organization: CSIRO Division of Radiophysics
Date: Tue, 1 Nov 1994 05:01:23 GMT

Sunday dawned bright and early - in fact a full hour earlier than it should have, which was pretty disappointing to those of us who stayed up late the night before. Nevertheless, Christine and I managed to drag ourselves out of bed to face the day, and head off on SydRide2.

The Guzzi hadn't been going well lately, and I had in fact put some effort into finding other bikes to borrow, but I could only turn up Thomas's GB400 (used to be mine :-( ), which has only one seat, and my friend Jon's BMW K100, which being an ex-police bike also had only one seat. Christine wasn't too keen on that idea, so we decided to give the Guzzi a go anyway.

At 8:45 we rsuhed out the door, to rendevous at Cameron's place at 9. The Guzzi seemed to be in good form today, and we made it! This is quite a feat actually, since the previous three rides Cameron has organised (actually, I think I organised one of them), I didn't make it for one reason or another. So, it was a new experience. There were six other bikes there: Cameron on his GPX600, Thomas on a borrowed Hailwood replica Duke (his 900SS was undergoing repair - unusual for a Ducati :-), a 500 Pantah, an FJ1200, a GF250 (Tom's old bike) and a CBR1000. There were of course people riding these bikes, but I'm better with bikes than peoples names...

We all got going (quietly, so as not to disturb Cam's neighbours), about 9:20, and rode out along Parramatta Rd, the tollway (off at Silverwater Rd to avoid the toll), and out to Windsor, where we were 20 minutes late, only to find one bike. We figured maybe some people had failed to observe daylight savings time. So we waited, and in time two more bikes turned up.

Then it was up Bell's line of road, where some of us tended to get stuck behind slow moving buses etc, and some others (who shall remain nameless to protect their licenses) did some smart overtaking manoeuvres to get ahead. The Guzzi started to play up going up this road, and at one point lost power completely. But, we were going down hill at the time, and I just kept rolling til it started again.

Christine and I stopped to let the traffic get ahead, so we would have a clear road, and had a bite of a sandwich at one point. The guy on the GF250 (Peter?) stopped to see what we were doing, and then took off again shortly afterwards. A bit further down the road we came upon him on the side of the road. Apparently a car had come onto the wrong side of the road (on a long straight bit what's more), and he had run off the road onto the shoulder, which fortunately was quite wide there. On hitting the sand he had come off, but fortunately both he and the bike survived without serious injury, and he rode on. Apparently (ask Thomas) you're _supposed_ to fall off GF250s.

Speaking of Thomas, he was the first to get everywhere, due to the fact that he was very reluctant to stop. His borrowed Ducati had a non-functioning kick starter, so he preferred to just keep riding. I was half expecting to see him riding around in circles at the Mt Victoria pub, with a steak sandwich in one hand, but I guess he figured he was high enough up the hill to roll start it.

Lunch at Mt Vic pub was delicious. They make really good steak sandwiches there, and despite the fact that it had got cooler coming up the mountain, and the clouds were starting to build up to the big soak on Sunday night, the weather was very pleasant.

After lunch we split into two groups: those who wanted to go back down Bell's line of road, and those of us who didn't. Cameron, Jon (ZZR250) and Christine and I headed down the Great Western Highway to Springwood, where we took the road to Windsor. This is a great road, with some terrific views of Sydney and some good curvy bits. Then the last tedious 50k's or so, back into Sydney, where i managed to run out of petrol just outside Christine's place (who turned that reserve tap on??? Well, it's a long story...).

Anyway, I had quite a good day. Thank's Cameron for doing such a fine job of organising and for risking the wrath of your neighbours by having seven bikes over.

I must say though that there's something just slightly weird about a group of a dozen or so bikie computer nerds...


Patrick Jordan             |     _                       |  1973 Guzzi 850GT
CSIRO Divn of Radiophysics |   // \   I am not a number, |
NSW, Australia             |  /( 6 )  I am a free man.   |        | () \_/                      |  DoD #0765