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OPEN ROAD MOTORCYCLE TOURING CLUB

April 2014 Club Objectives 1) 2)

To promote, encourage and co-operate with kindred bodies in fostering and maintaining motorcycling as a sport. To organize and conduct social outings, competitions and to encourage good fellowship amongst members. 3)

To maintain and keep up the prestige of the club and sport.

Committee President Vice President Secretary Treasurer Editor Tour Master

Fred M Russell D E-J Joanne P Ivan Z Mal F

Contact Details ORMTC Postal Address: Club Internet Home Page: Club e-mail address: Editor’s e-mail:

PO Box 714, Victoria Park W.A. 6979 http://ormtc.homestead.com ormtcwa@iinet.net.au stives73@bigpond.com Please use “ORMTC magazine” as subject

Cut off date for magazine articles is ONE (1) week prior to the meeting; if in doubt call the Editor! Disclaimer Comments and technical articles printed in this magazine are the results of member contributions and, as such, the views and opinions expressed DO NOT necessarily reflect those of ORMTC Inc. but are for general interest only. The ORMTC accepts no responsibility for accuracy of any comment, opinion or information contained in or omitted from this magazine.

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CONTENTS Page 01…………………………………..Club Objectives, Club Committee, Club Contact details Page 02…………………………………..Contents Page 03…………………………………..President’s Report Page 04…………………………………..Editor’s Report Page 05-07.……………………………...Minutes Page 08-09.……………………………...Photos from the March Club Run Page 10…………………………………..Club Finances Page 11....………………………………..Merchandise Page 12-15……………………………...ORATS photos by Nic Page 16-17…..………..…………………Member Contacts Page 18…………………………………..By-laws and Birthdays Page 19…………………………………..Riot Act Page 20-21..……………………………..MRA safety report Page 22-24..……………………………..Club Run ride report by Fred Page 25…………………………………..Ride Requirements Page 26…………………………………..Club Run details with Dennis Page 27…………………………………..Social Ride details with Rusty Page 28………………………..………....Club Ride Calendar

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PRESIDENTS REPORT APRIL 2014 April ushers in a new year for our Club and a new committee. We welcome back Secretary EJ, Treasurer Jo and Editor/Webmaster Ivan. These three stalwarts of our Club continue to make a very valuable contribution and I know their efforts are very much appreciated by all members. Whilst an unofficial role, special mention should be made of Nic W who is the principal organiser of the ORATS arm of our club and was the driving force behind our Grand Tour last year – great job Nic. We welcome three new comers to the Committee. They are Russell our New Vice President, Mal our new Tour-Master and yours truly as President. Most importantly I’d like to acknowledge the contributions of our outgoing Committee members Sindy and Peter. Sindy, a much loved member has been Tour-mistress for the last three years as well as President for the last year. She took on these roles when no-one else was putting their hand up and I know I speak for everyone in congratulating her for her tireless work and commitment. Well done Sindy and thank you. Peter has been our Vice President for the last couple of years and has stood down only for personal family reasons. We have all come to appreciate Peter’s flair with the written word, and his famous sense of humour. Many thanks Peter for your most valuable contribution. As President I’d like to commit this year to seeing us make some subtle changes to our rides and events to make sure we appeal to a broad cross-section of riders. More of that later, but I’m sure your Club continues to be in good hands and I, for one, am looking forward to the camaraderie and fun motorcycling will bring in the year ahead. Fred McMurray

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Editors Report

The start of another year and there has been a solid return of membership already. All accounts, including the story near the end of the mag, say that the March Club Run was fantastic. Too bad I couldn’t make it. The York Motorcycle Festival is on later this month, but I think a TEC and Leader is yet to be chosen. Coming up sooner though, Dennis is leading a two night trip down south, camping before the winter rains set in. Let him know you’re interested and any highlights down that way you would like to see, but don’t mention Kirup.

Ivan

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Merchandise

Stickers

$3.00

Stubby Holders

New Stock ! 2006 Benger

$6.00 $3.00

Badges

(Black and Gold)

$9.00

Key Rings

White

$3.50

Iron-on Transfers

full sheet half sheet

$10.00 $5.00

Tee-Shirts—Short Sleeves Small Medium Large Extra Large 2xExtra Large

$23.00 $23.00 $23.00 $23.00 $23.00

Tee-Shirts—Long Sleeves Small Medium Large Extra Large 2xExtra Large

$27.00 $27.00 $27.00 $27.00 $27.00

Special!—2006 Benger Badge and Stubby Holder

Number plate surround April 2014

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March Club Run

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Thanks for the photos sent in by Fred, Peter and E-J.

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ORATS February 2014 Ride - Deep South Karri Adventure Ride Nature be my Valentine - or - Would you like flies with that? And so we were off on the first of another year of ORAT’s adventures . After a couple of false starts with run dates, a group of 3 regulars and 2 visitors (Con and Terry) finally assembled outside Maccas in Armadale on Valentine’s Day. Dinner stop was at the Waroona hotel where a scantily clad barmaid had attracted a refined and distinguished group of local gentlemen, together with some unsavoury types from Perth mounted on dirtbikes (hang on that was us!) The cuisine was not all that distinguished, but passable compared to some of the other Friday night fare we had encountered on Friday evenings. Dennis preferred takeways but reassembled with the rest of the crew (suitably armed with takeaway drinks and ice) before we continued on to our first night’s stop on the lower Collie River below Welly Dam. I had once again forgotten to adjust my bikes headlight so the crew were treated to some excellent views of possums in the treetops on the way into our campsite, which though not totally deserted had plenty of room for the Rats to settle in for the night. Unfortunately a momentary stop to rearrange some gear on his bike saw Terry separated from the rest of the group and lost for about half an hour while Craig and Con backtracked to look for him. Reunited shortly thereafter, we settled in to beers on the jetty next to the moonlit river where we exchanged updates on what had annoyed us or entranced us about our lives as mere mortals since the last ride, till about midnight.

Fueling up at Dardanup

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Daybreak saw us breakfasted by 8 and heading back up the rough river track towards Collie. But alas the charms of that lovely destination were not to be ours that day due to Terry’s bike running low on fuel. We backtracked slightly to Dardanup and then burnt the glue off my new tyres along the Ferguson Road and then south to Boyup Brook. With temps running at a pleasant 28C, it was a great day on the road and a relaxing ride to WA’s country music capital The country music festival was on there so the main street was closed off and since we lacked cowboy hats we zipped through the town and headed south across the Blackwood River and down the gravel south toward the blessed Karri country. Down the gravel to Tone Bridge we went for lunch (great spot to stop off on your way south) and then to Lake Muir for quick stop off to admire the massive bird hide structure (only its mother could love it). The weather was getting pretty hot though by now so we found Thompson Road and shot down this gravel highway ever southwards until the road snaked its way into the karri forest.

Entering the land of the giants

As we neared the south coast the gravel got somewhat gnarly round the bends (possibly due to a bit more tourist traffic) and we stopped a few times to rest our nerves. Then as the temperatures dropped down to the low twenties we sailed down the twisty bitumen ribbon into Walpole. April 2014

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After a quick refueling and resupply we headed to our evening lodgings kindly organised by Dennis, with some setting up swags or tents and others sleeping indoors in the luxurious cabin.

The view from our cabin

With the day’s riding out of the way we settled down for some lively chats with the exchange of ideas and experienced duly lubricated by amber fluid etc.

Swag time at Birra Burra

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headed back into the bush through Mt Frankland National Park and then north up the highway towards Manjimup where an interesting mini drama was to unfold. The Southwest highway in these parts is a magic blend of open straights and gentle sweepers interspersed occasionally with undulating twisty sections through the karri valleys. We were just starting to enjoy the road and spread ourselves out along the way when three stationary caravans swung into view (or perhaps we swung into their view). The interesting thing about this was not as some Honda Goldwing riders might think, the thrill of seeing acres of gleaming metal and plastic vanshapes, but that a considerable amount of smoke appeared to be emanating from one of them. When we pulled up we found a gaggle of bemused pensioners trying to do what they could about a bushfire that someone had started on the side of the road (possibly a cigarette butt) with buckets of water and towels etc. Enter the marvelous ORATS’ fire fighting team led by “Captain Craig”, “Smokey Nic” and “Terry the Terrific” who quickly put a firebreak around this massive (3 metre diameter) conflagration while “Daring Dennis” roared off into mobile phone range to call the authorities. After making sure the site was safe we headed on up the road to Manjimup where we were greeted by the heartwarming sight of blue flashing lights, with the police apparently having pulled up a motorcyclist for some indiscretion (but no names mentioned Dennis!). The rest of the trip was fairly uneventful, with a short stop for lunch in Bridgetown and then a fun fang up through the pine forests round the back of Greenbushes and Balingup and then Brookhampton and Fergie Valley. We said our farewells in Waroona and headed home to the hum drum and normality of life in the burbs, with our wings clipped and our heads and bodies shrunken back to normal size as we re-entered the metro area at Armadale. Cheers and see you on the next run. Nic

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Club by-laws as at August 2008 1. All motions need to have 2 months notice before they are voted on unless the 2 months notice is deemed unnecessary by the membership present at the meeting. 2. People on committees do not have to pay for an event that they are organizing except for their own accommodation. 3. Only financial members of the club can vote. 4. No person is to spend any monies unless prior approval has been granted by 2 or more committee members. 5. Any money spent and claimable from the club must have a receipt. 6. Members wishing to attend a club event must pay for that event before it occurs. 7. If a member is unable to attend a Club event, refunds are to be decided by the committee organizing the event. 8. If the club organises any event which requires financial commitment, members who have committed to attending will be financially liable for their share of the costs unless they can find someone to replace them.

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O.R.M.T.C. RIOT ACT This is to be read out at the start of each run 1. All riders are to be introduced to the Leader and Tail End Charlie before the start of the run. 2. Do not overtake on the left – EVER!! 3. For rider safety a staggered formation is strongly recommended. 4. Do not pass the leader unless they say it is okay. 5. When turning you MUST wait on the corner where you can be seen until the person behind catches up. 6. When you see someone on a corner you will become the corner marker unless they wave you through. 7. Ride within your own personal limits and be mindful of the road rules. 8. The tail end Charlie will always be behind the last bike, no matter what. Please complete the sign in sheet with rider/pillion details including an emergency contact name and number. This riot act must be read out before the start of each run. If you are attending the run and the organisers fail to read it out, please remind them to do so.

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As forwarded by MRA

WA Safety Report February 2014 Hi Guys I hope and your loved ones had a safe Christmas and New Year. We have had a bad finish to 2013 and start to 2014 with a spate of motorcycle rider fatalities. Their always seems to be a spike in crashes at this time of year, so I just ask that you take extra care and try to anticipate the actions of everyone on the road and ride defensively. After a break of 6 months due to W.A. Government funding cuts we held our Motorcycle and Scooter Safety Advisory Group (MSSAG) meeting on February 5th. This very important group was in danger of oblivion but has been saved by the RAC WA agreeing to host and pay for the full time position of Vulnerable Road User Officer. We have continued with meetings during the MSSAG break with the Office of Road Safety, Main Roads Dept. WA, WA Police and WA Department of Transport in an attempt to keep the work progressing during the break. From last week’s meeting the work being progressed is – The addition of a specific motorcycle safety addendum to the WA Towards Zero Road Safety Strategy 2012 -2020 (first draft completed by WA Office of Road Safety). The investigation of a specific motorcycle Black Spot and Black length criteria to give access to black spot funding for areas of roads that would not necessarily have qualified for funding under the existing criteria. The trail of a Motorcycle Safety Manager within WA Main Roads Dept. has been completed and that position is now permanent. As part of our bi monthly meetings we are given the WA Main Roads crash investigation results of all motorcycle fatalities during the past two months. This has been the case for the last year and the results in the majority of cases points to rider error. Motorcycle helmets must now be worn by conditional licence holders on quad bike while on public roads. I have covered this issue before but I am still asked if lane splitting and filtering is permitted in WA. One of the issues raised during discussions with the Minister for Transport was allowing motorcycle lane filtering. This has been taken off the list because lane filtering is allowed in Western Australia within certain limitations (surrounding traffic must be stationary, signalling is still required and must be done safely. Here is the related regulation for overtaking. You will note that reg 122(1) stipulates a moving vehicle so when the vehicles are stationary that reg doesn’t apply.

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122. (1)

(2)

Overtaking When overtaking a moving vehicle, a driver of a vehicle (other than a bicycle) shall, except as provided in subregulations (2) and (3), pass to the right of that vehicle, at a safe distance. Points: 2 Modified penalties: 2 PU Where a carriageway is a one‑way carriageway, or has 2 or more marked lanes for vehicles travelling in the same direction, a driver may overtake and pass in another marked lane to the left of a vehicle, if conditions permit him or her to do so with safety.

Lane splitting - travelling between two lanes of moving traffic is illegal in WA I intend to run a few more Ride Right Motorcycle Skills Enhancement courses during the coming year and will advertise them on the MRA website and in the WA newspapers. For a look at some of the skills covered at the course check out the video called Rider Risk Video you will find this at www.mccofnsw.org.au with the link on the left side of the home page. This video has chapters on Risk Management, Braking, Counter steering, Protective Clothing, Crash Scene First Aid, Pillion Passengers, Cornering, Crash Scenarios, Reading Road Users and Group Riding. The video was produced by the NSW Motorcycle Council with funds from the NSW government and I believe is an excellent training tool for all riders, new and experienced. That is about it from me, as always please feel free to contact me on these or any other issue you feel needs looking at. Dave Wright Email- davmar08@bigpond.com Phone 0418 954 424

RIDE LIKE YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT.

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MARCH 2014 CLUB RUN REPORT One of the disadvantages of not doing a pre-run is you don’t really know for sure what you’re going to get. So it was that I chose The Lakes Roadhouse as our meet point at 8.00am, and whilst it was good to get out of town and not have to deal with traffic, speed limits and lights for the first half hour or so of the run, had I known what a filthy state that Roadhouse was in, it would never have been our start point. I remember the days when you could get a very nice breakfast at The Lakes, but alas it was a choice of chicko rolls, deep fried gunk, and dry but soft bacon and egg sangers, and on-the -nose toilets. We had six bikes turn up – EJ, Nic with Trahane, Peter, Rusty, my son Beau and I. The weather put on a corker for us though and it was sensational to actually feel cold on the way up Greenmount. The temp maxxed out at 29 for the day and that was only for a short period on the way back, most of the day was about 24 to 26 with brilliant sunshine and little wind – perfect! We set off towards York then turned south into Yarra Road before heading east again along West Talbot Rd through to Beverley. What a great piece of road this is, nice sweepers and great scenery. We stopped in town for a quick break and cake – Vanilla Slice what else. This is where we had our first (planned) drop out in Nic, who with young Trahane broke off for other commitments. Five sturdy soldiers then headed off for Quairading via Mawson and another stretch of lovely relaxed country riding. At the Servo in town EJ met up with an old club member (was it Norm) who was driving a Country Service passenger coach for the State Transport Authority. We all now know the new EJ but surprisingly Norm also had no probs recognising her and they had a good ole chin wag. Beau on his newish Multistrada Pike’s Peak, left us here and headed home – down to four. Page 16

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Next we headed further East towards Bruce Rock and a scheduled visit to Kokerbin Rock, Australia’s third largest Monolith. This was a worthwhile sight see. The four of us, all intrepid rock climbers of course, clambered on hands and knees (well, in parts) and reached the mighty peak where we caught some amazing agricultural area views. There’s good picnic and camping facilities out here, so this is one we can keep in mind for another time. Only took us an hour or so to take in the sights and then it was back on the bikes to head into Bruce Rock about 30 kms away for a prearranged lunch at the Roadhouse. We thought Russell was going to leave us at Kokerbin Rock turn off and head back to Perth for his mother’s Birthday celebration, but the lure of a nice lunch, saw him follow us into town.

We passed by Shackleton which looked an interesting place and I noticed the Pub was open and also what looked like a Café. I was sorely tempted to change plan and stop there for lunch but of course we soldiered on to Bruce Rock – the promised land of good Sunday Lunches.

Well talk about about a Sunday Ghost town! –not only was the Roadhouse closed, nothing was open save for a coin- operated petrol bowser. Not even the Pub was open. What a let down, and by this time we’re pretty hungry – especially so Rusty! After a quick ride by all the likely, but closed, eating houses we decided to head for our next stop – Kellerberrin. April 2014

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Must say the road out of Bruce Rock north to Doodlakine on the Great Eastern Highway, was one of the nicest riding stretches you’ll find. Another one for the memory bank! Peter recommended the Pub in Kellerberrin so with tummies grumbling we made immediate tracks for there after refuelling, and whilst not the most glamorous venue, the meals were indeed very nice and very welcome given it was now 2pm. After lunch another relaxed ride down the highway to Tammin and then down the Goldfields Highway to York. We arrived in York just in time to see a heavy smoke plume from what appeared a very aggressive fire along the banks of the Avon. Peter and EJ headed off on foot to camera shoot what they could, but fortunately all seemed under control. We had a leg stretch and drink at the riverside park in York before heading back along the York Road to our starting point, the magnificent Lakes Roadhouse! Rusty was continually on the phone trying to explain his absence from Mum’s birthday lunch, but managed to arrange a meet up at the Casino later in the afternoon, so we can only guess all is forgiven. Peter and EJ had short runs home, but I still had over an hour to go – home by six, but well satisfied by a great day’s riding. Fred M

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Ride Requirements Volunteer for a ride, be Ride Leader or Tail End Charlie. Plan the route, maps, fuel and food stops, toilet stops, make track notes. Go on a pre-ride, edit track notes, record travel time, check your stops/shops are open, get pub/cafÊ phone number to make a future booking, take some pictures, alter the ride route if necessary. Make a flier for the ride, forward it to the Editor stives73@bigpond.com and to the Tour Master optimalfibre@bigpong.com forward your ride route to the Tour Master too. At the meeting, receive running sheet from the Secretary, receive TEC bag from previous rides TEC, tell the members about your ride, encourage participation, get numbers if necessary for bookings. On the day, be on time for your own ride, bring TEC bag, record participants, contact and emergency details, read the Riot Act aloud, phone a brunch booking if required. Delays TEC bag contains mechanical and first aid supplies, notify riders ahead if delay is long, separate the ride if necessary, don’t leave anybody stranded alone. Following the ride post the running sheet in the envelope provided, forward photos to the Editor for the web site, forward an article to the Editor for the magazine. Enjoy

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Ride Information When

April Friday Pm 4th Sat 5th & 6th Leaving. Friday Maccas Armadale 5pm Departure . Regardless of weather Unless it is the perfect storm.

If your hungry Arrive Half hour or more before finalised leaving time. Where? First night Camping First night at Brunswick Junction Saturday

Augusta

Via a meandering route.

Camping at Flinders Bay…Back up Turners Caravan/Camping Park Depends on Numbers Attending.

Camping fees between @$10 and $20 Dollars Mileage, ………who cares! Sunday Home What Time…..A wild guess around 3pm. The choice is yours Let me know if……. your a goin

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May ‘14

June ‘14

Monthly Run Sunday 6th

Wednesday 2nd 8pm The Balmoral Hotel 901 Albany Highway East Victoria Park

July ‘14

OPEN ROAD MOTORCYCLE TOURING CLUB RIDE CALENDAR 2014 April ‘14

Wednesday 4th 8pm The Balmoral Hotel 901 Albany Highway East Victoria Park

Volunteers wanted

Club Meeting

Monthly Run Sunday 8th

Club Meeting

Wednesday 7th 8pm The Balmoral Hotel 901 Albany Highway East Victoria Park

Volunteers wanted

Nic

ORATS 11th – 13th

Club Meeting

Wednesday 2nd 8pm The Balmoral Hotel 901 Albany Highway East Victoria Park

Volunteers wanted

Monthly Run Sunday 11th

Nic

ORATS 13th – 15th

Friday 5pm

Club Meeting

Monthly Run Two nights 4th-6th Dennis

Nic

ORATS 16th – 18th

Volunteers wanted

Social Ride Sunday 20th

Nic

Volunteers wanted

Other Events

Social Ride Sunday 22nd Other Events

Volunteers wanted

Other Events

4th May Toodyay Moondyne Festival

Social Ride Sunday 25th

ORATS 24th – 27th Social Ride Sunday 13th Russell York Motorcycle Festival

Other Events Easter 18th – 21st

If you wish to put any info in these boxes, contact the Tour Mistress or Editor

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