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    • Thursday, June 21, 2018
    • 6:30 PM
    • Saturday, June 01, 2019
    • 10:30 PM
    • Commercial Hotel 344 Nicholson street Fitzroy


    CURRENT Z OWNERS CLUB MEETING VENUE TO BE DEMOLISHED !!

    "Yes that's correct" Z Owners have proven yet again if you want your business to close down, just have us attend for our monthly club meetings. We are now considering going into the demolition business as we seem to have no problem with wrecking things or having them close down. Unfortunately our current meeting place "Leinster Arms Hotel" lease has run out and will be be re-developed into a multi story unit block later this year. This is going to be done despite the business going successfully, and without a word of protest from East West Tunnel lobby group about the loss of a historic building in the area. As a conspiracy theory without any proof, could interested parties in the hotel re-development group, been part of the anti East West Tunnel group ?

     We are sorry to leave the Leinster Arms Hotel as the staff have been very accommodating and friendly providing a perfect venue for our club.

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    NEW VENUE AS OF 17th JULY 2018. COMMERCIAL HOTEL 344 NICHOLSON STREET FITZROY.

    After much consumption of alcohol at many venues, we have managed to find a great hotel that should fit our needs and only 2 minutes from our current location. The venue offers good parking facilities with plenty of room on footpath for sensible bike parking. We have warned the owner of our history in closing venues, but he as assured us that he has an 8 year license on the premises. Bar meals are very reasonably priced with a variety of tap beers available. The beer garden is big enough for an outdoor meeting in the summer. So please attend our first meeting at our new venue. 

    • Sunday, August 19, 2018
    • Thursday, September 19, 2019

    Z OWNERS AUGUST CLUBE RIDE.

    Yet again the enticement of a free lunch brought out some hungry buggers requiring some copious amount's of solid and liquid refreshment at a bargain price.

      The day started at our usual meeting place at Knoxfield and set off for our destination at Flowerdale Hotel for lunch. The weather look a bit overcast to start with but by the end of Springvale road Donvale the sun god had begun to shine upon us. As stated we set of to Flowedale via Warrandyte  - St Andrews - King Lake. At the smoko break in King Lake we found we were ahead of schedule, so a collective decision was made to extend the ride via Glenbiurn to take a bit of extra time. 

    "THIS OF COURSE FAILED MISERABLY"

     Note to self to take extra time you must average less than 160kmh.

    The day went off well with 14 members and one ring in attending. We did have Johnny and Amanda attend in the Corvette but we won't hold that against them. The Flowedale Hotel once again were very accommodating by holding inside tables for us, but with the sunshine finally blessing us we decided to slum it on the outside tables. "Good choice for sure" Great day had by all with no issues or fights.

    Next free lunch day looks like being in October ! 

     

    Smoko at Kinglake.


    I don't know what your up to "MAX" but I don't like it !


    Vagrant allert in background.


    Proof it wasn't just a sausage fest. Well done ladies.


    New Kawasaki 4 wheeler with roof for the older gentleman.


    Yep ! the sun did shine.


    Good to see you Steve and Hillbilly.

    • Wednesday, February 06, 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • Monday, April 06, 2020
    • 8:00 AM
    • South Australia

    The following news article has been put together by our Prez! Jeff. The poor tortured soul had to deal with many issues and constant whinging like "are we there yet" - "you never said it was closed" - "you promised it wouldn't rain" - "how come you get to sleep with Lorraine every night ?"

    Despite all the issues he managed to pull off another exceptional trip away for the "ZEDS" Well done Prez.

    So read his detailed diary with a few photos at bottom of page, and try and come next year on another adventure.

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    The Great ocean Ride 2019

    Attendees

    RussKawasaki Z 750 (The Sreening)

    SimmoKawasaki Z 1000 (The Freeway Master)

    BrozKawasaki Z 900 (The Overtaker)

    BushyKawasaki Z1B 900 (The Hipster)

    KrazaKawasaki Z1R 1000 (The Mountain road King)

    Twiggy Kawasaki Z1A 900 (Ol’ Smokey / for three days only)

    RedKawasaki Z 900 S (Lets Go!)

    LeoBMW K1300 S (Gone)

    LorraineHarley Davidson Sportster Tourer 1200 (The Loudest) 

    SpeedHarley Davidson Ultra Glide 117ci (Hyunarley..The Oil Magician)

    HendoFord Fairmont with trailer (Jurassic)

    Harley JeffHarley Davidson Roadking Classic 103ci (Closed WTF!)


    Places we stayed

    Port Campbell Hostel 

    Nelson Hotel, Nelson

    Wellington Hotel, Wellington

    Moonta Bay-Caravan Park

    Victor Harbor-Beachfront Holiday Park

    Beachport-Caravan Park

    The Cally Hotel, Warrbambool

    Forrest-The Wonky Stables Holiday Park


    Day 1

    All met at the Maccas in Rosebud for fuel and breakfast.  Simmo’s and Russ’s bikes were on the trailer to save money on the ferry trip.  The ferry trip was smooth, checked out a few properties while sailing and departed without concern. Red spent most of the trip holding onto his bike as it threatened to fall over.  Unloaded the two bikes and away we went to Moriac general store to meet up with Kraza and a quick coffee.

    Headed off to Lorne to have lunch at the Swing Bridge Café……Alas, it was closed.  This was a mystery having only spoke to the owner the day earlier who assured me they were open every day.  Other locals also puzzled of its closure.

    Little did I know that this scenario would set the scene for the entire ride.

    Off for fuel and then to the majestic Grand Pacific Hotel for lunch.  This was the last sweltering day we would endure for the next 10 days.  Stopped at Mait’s rest to do the 800m rain forest walk.  Nice to stretch the legs.

    Got to Lavers Hill enduring the vast numbers of overseas tourists who were less of better words, completely incapable of steering a motor vehicle around The Great Ocean Road.  Frequently veering onto the wrong side of the road in a corner and travelling at 25 to 30km/h.  I now consider the GOR a very dangerous prospect indeed which is a real shame.  Stopped at the café instead of the Lavers Hill Tavern.  Checked the rain radar and all hell was about to break loose from above.  We decided to head for the tavern to wait it out, but……Alas, it was closed.  So we adorned the wet weathers and off we went.

    About 5 minutes into our last 45km leg, Armageddon unleashed.  I personally could barely see the mountainous roads that were twisting left and right on 30km corners. There was also concerns about the lightning directly overhead and we were in a forest.

    Arrived at Port Campbell like drowned rats, checked in to the Hostel and proceeded to shower and try to dry wet boots, gloves and pants.  The accommodation was new and comfortable.


    Day 2

    Adorned the wet weathers again as there was some light rain about.  Breakfast was at the Alcove Café.  Nice food too!

    Stopped at Warrnambool to see the George Taylor motorcycle collection.  The collection belongs to a 78yo customer which the store has taken on the responsibilities of holding the collection.  Mostly European and easily over 100 bikes.  Some very rare indeed.  Stopped in Warrnambool central for fuel, then off to Port Fairy for another walk, this time 2.5km round trip to the lighthouse.

    After this, a well-deserved cold beer and lunch at the Caledonian (The Stump) Hotel.  

    Off to Portland to check out the Cape Nelson lighthouse and to fuel up. Last stretch was 65km to Nelson, staying at the hotel.  Rooms were OK, some beds needed chocking, mozzies were prolific and one shower has cold water only.  Apart from that, the beer was cold and the food was great.


    Day 3

    Left Nelson, but fuel first at the BP which I was told for certain by the barman, it wold be open at 7.30 for sure…..Alas, it was closed, so headed for Port MacDonnell for breakfast at the Periwinkles Café………Alas, the kitchen was closed, but coffee was available.  Considering there were 12 of us wanting breakfast, they got the family to cook the meals.

    Stopped at the Blue Lake in Mt Gambier for a look then onto the famous Engelbrecht Cave….Alas, it was closed.

    In disbelief, we left for Millicent to fuel up.  Stopped at Kingston for lunch and to fuel up.  Got a group photo in front of the BIG LOBSTER.

    Was going to stop a Salt Creek for a coffee….Alas, it was closed, Shut down actually.  Leo decided to open up the mighty BMW 1300 and off he went…Gone.  There was talk about the 220km/h mark being reached.  In 2 minutes he was no longer in sight.

    At Salt creek, Speed noticed his brand new bike overheating and lost 1 litre of oil.  So we stopped to put some oil in and headed for the Coorong Hotel just up the road.  Told the publican that we would be back, gave him the dates and time for lunch and beer.  OK he exclaimed, I’ll be here…………

    Off to Meningie for fuel then onto Wellington via a ferry for the night at the hotel.

    The Wellington Hotel was a good hotel.  The accommodation was great in the cabins and even better in the economy huts complete with their own ensuite.  Broz decided to lock himself out of his room, but luckily Harley Jeff knew how to open it with a screwdriver.  Speeds bike used a further 500ml.  But it wasn’t burning it or dropping it.  So where has it gone????  Was it in the gearbox, no, was it in the primary chain case, no,

    Apparently the motor was sumped, meaning the oil was not returning from the crankshaft, so a litre and a half of oil was sitting on the crankshaft.   Not good!

    It was decided that Harley Assist would retrieve the bike and Speed would continue the ride…./ drive in a hire car.  So we took off to Hahndorf while Speed went with Hendo to pick up a hire car at Mount Barker which closed at 12 noon…….Alas, they decided to close early at 11.30am, just because, and knew Speed was on his way.  A taxi was then organised to take Speed into Adelaide airport to hire a car.  By 4 pm Speed was on his way.  Meanwhile, we got to Hahndorf in the rain again. Had breakfast and took in some of the shops including a very overpriced leather shop.

    Went to Gawler via Gumeracha and Kersbrook taking a pass called Checker Hill Rd which was very steep.  At Gawler we stopped at the Southern Hotel, only to find that it must have been welfare pension day.  The place was filled with bogans, so we continued to Rhynie to have lunch at the Rhynie hotel.  A great little and very old hotel.

    Got to Port Wakefield where Simmo said he will take us to the pub he visited last time…..Alas, it was closed down.  Found another pub, had a beer, fuelled up at the servo and headed off.

    I checked my mirror, yep everyone is there, continued on only to see Red behind me.  Instantly I figured they turned right at the Y junction, so I sent Red to chase after them while I make a phone call to Hendo to get them to turn around.  But they were not ahead of us, but behind me attaching Lorraine’s gearshift lever that fell off.  I was mighty pissed off having sent Red 120km out of his way.

    They stopped for Red and I up the road, as I waited for 45min for Red.  As we approached the waiting group, as Red pulled in, I took off, not in the mood to discuss it.  Luckily I got a call from Moonta Bay Caravan Park to conduct a late check in.  The guys caught up to me in Paskeville, then off to Moonta Bay.  This was the best place on the trip.  Accommodation was comfortable and the view was spectacular.  We spent 2 nights here.  Red Kraza and I fished.  I caught fuck-all the only thing that bit was the bloody sand flies (BASTARD THINGS), people did their own thing. We looked at a huge second hand store (found a book), beer at a pub and visited the Moonta Museum, very interesting to say the least.  We ate at two places, the Capella Café and Pier 22. Both were bloody excellent.

    Day 4

    Free day at Moonta Bay


    Day 5

    Breakfast at the Café, fuel at Moonta, then off to Port Wakefield for fuel and a coffee.  Headed to Balaklava stopped in front of the cop shop for a leak on the side of the road, then off to Birdwood auto museum via Owen, Gawler and Williamstown.  The museum was fantastic as always.  I noticed 3 bikes on display that related to me, 1950 BSA Bantam, 1949 BSA A7 and a Kawasaki Z1A, of course. (um that would be a round tank).

    Lunch at the café across the road then off to Crafers for fuel.  But first we tackled the infamous B31 and the unbelievable Corkscrew Rd.  I have seen tight corners before, but not like this, plus the weather was shit.  The faster riders took off ahead of us and I suspected they would get lost in the Adelaide hills………and they did…….easy to do mind you!

    We got to Uraidla via Ashton and Basket Range and adorned the wet weathers again. The poor lost souls had to tackle the Corkscrew in the wet……fuck that!

    Headed down Mt Lofty Summit Rd, the road should have been a warning for me I guess, but its summer right……….wrong! Foggy, cold and wet, Oh and winding tight corners.  I came into a corner and the Roadking was just too heavy for the wet roads and slid sideways missing an oncoming car by a foot.

    Stopped at Crafers for fuel, said goodbye to Twiggy as he was heading home nonstop, (Legend, and ol’Smokey did not stop) I told everyone in 600m down the freeway, we are getting off onto the B33 to Sterling.  Well we all nearly made it.  Simmo got caught in the traffic and could not exit.  Sounds very much like what happened to me in Tassie going up to Mt Wellington a few years back!!!!!!

    Stopped at Macclesfield Hotel where Simmo caught up, had a beer (charming lot in there) and headed off to Victor Harbor.  The accommodation was very nice.  We were allowed to park directly outside our rooms on the grass.  We spent 2 night here.  Dinner was great at a local pub, but dinner and breakfast was even better on the second evening and morning having shopped for 11 people getting bacon, eggs, chops, sausages, Haloumi, avocado, OJ, salads, etc.


    Day 6

    Free day in victor Harbor


    Day 7

    Headed for Wellington to get the ferry via Clayton Bay and Milang.  Did not have lunch at the Courthouse Café in wellington because we were having lunch at the Coorong Hotel further on.  Fuelled up in Meningie then headed for Coorong Hotel for lunch………Alas, it was closed of course.  Hungry and thirsty (and wanting to burn the joint down), we ate some left-overs from our breakfast feast using the trailer towed by Hendo as a buffet.

    Got to Kingston for fuel then headed with haste to Beachport.  The accommodation was great for those in the cottage, but very average for us in the cabin.  I was just thankful it was not a hot day, our cabin wold have been a sweatbox.  

    Dinner was plentiful at the pub and breakfast was hearty at the waterfront café which was for sale for $250,000.  Good luck with that!


    Day 8

    Decided not to do Penola, Casterton Merino and Digby, but head straight for Warrnambool via Mt Gambia, Heywood and Port Fairy.  Got to Warrnambool, fuelled up, got separated, regrouped and Red said follow me, I know where it is.  We got to The Cally Hotel, but no Red, apparently he was looking for the Kelly.

    Dinner was good and the accommodation comfortable.  This was a great pub, owned and run by a family.


    Day 9

    The plan was to leave Warrnambool, head for Terang to visit Brissell then ride to Cobden, visit Princetown’s 12 Apostle Inn and have lunch at Lavers Hill.  Then head for Apollo Bay then to Beech forest, Colac and finishing in Forrest, but everyone was exhausted, so we went to visit Brissell, had a coffee made some presentations. We decided to visit Twiggies workplace and have lunch at Mac’s Hotel. This Hotel was a real charm.  Lunch was great and coffee fantastic.  Twiggies workplace is cavernous.  We parked all the bikes in there along with the two cars and trailer no problem, and the place was also full of cars.

    Left Mortlake to take the third exit of the round-a-bout………where did the RAB go.  Wrong end of town Jeff.  U turn then off we go to Colac.  Lost Red somewhere along the line, but we all caught up in Colac.  Got to Forrest where the accommodation was OK at best, however it served its purpose.  We had dinner at the Terminus Hotel just next door. 

    The red bits have been added by Broz regarding the rides presentation day at "Brissells" thanks Broz.

    No matter how much planning goes into an event like this (and in this case it would have been humongous, thanks Jeff) the elements, human nature or other sources always combine to stuff things up. But without those disasters things would have been a little less interesting and so here are this years winners:-

     

    Armageddon Award. The weather which chose to dump 50ml of rain and huge electrical storm on us one hour out of Port Campbell, fortunately all riders made it to camp safely and a little damp.

    Not quite Lost Award.  Simo and Bushy who managed to find the more scenic routes. Red and Leo could get a mention here as runners up.

    Oops Award. According to the Duke of Edenborough, Hendo had the sun in his eyes when he reversed into a fence.

    Your Not Listening Award. Red for bringing back squid bait instead of squid lure.

    Greenie Award. Kraza who felt sorry for a large wasp fluttering in the breeze so he tucked it up in his jacket and gave it a 40km lift, the wasp was not eternally grateful and stung numerous times.

    Wonder Woman. Lorraine for most improved rider and putting up with a bunch old farts for 10 days.

    Bandaid Award.  Speeds Harley that couldn’t handle the pace and Bos’s fairing that almost Sailed off into the breeze.

    Dangerous Curves. Leo apparently riding through the corkscrew.

    Phantom Rider. Twiggy who couldn’t do the whole trip but was there in spirit.

     

    Till next year Broz..

    Day 10

    In the morning, Kraza, Red and Speed were the first to leave, followed by Simmo, Russ, Bushy, Broz and Hendo about an hour later.  Leo, Lorraine and I were the last to leave.  We headed for the Great Ocean Road which we had to ourselves.  We had breakfast at the Kafe Koala, (yes Café is spelt with a K) fuelled up in Lorne, and got onto the A1 via Deans Marsh……..Home!

    Things that where closed or fucked up

    • Swing Bridge Café closed (knew we were coming)
    • Lavers Hill Tavern closed (unknown why, staff were actually inside?????)
    • Heaviest rain I have ever ridden in
    • Overseas tourists driving dangerously all over the road and stopping anywhere along the Great Ocean Road
    • Uniting Church Camp Rd (still listed as such on google Maps) changed to Huxley Rd (as seen on google street view) WTF!!!
    • Cape Nelson Lighthouse closed
    • Nelson BP closed even though all the locals turning up 
    • Engelbrecht Cave Mt Gambier closed
    • Salt Creek closed down
    • Mt Barker Europe Car rentals closed half hour early even though they knew Speed was coming (pricks)
    • Southern Hotel (Bogansville)
    • Port Wakefield Hotel closed down
    • Corkscrew Road
    • Range rd in Basket Range and Basket Range Rd in Basket Range??????
    • Rain every time we hit a mountain road
    • Victor Harbor weather
    • Coorong Hotel closed even though they know we were coming
    • Last Caltex in Millicent closed
    • SA

    Things that were fantastic

    • The trip itself
    • Great company
    • Ferry ride from Sorrento to Queenscliff
    • Weather in Victoria day 1
    • Lunch at the Grand Pacific Hotel
    • Alcove Café Port Campbell
    • Road from Apollo Bay to Lavers Hill
    • George Taylors Motorcycle collection
    • Cold beer at the Stump Hotel after our walk
    • Tantanoola Caves
    • Lunch at the Royal Mail Hotel Kingston
    • Cold beer at the Coorong Hotel after a long straight ride
    • Rhynie Pub
    • Moonta Bay Accommodation, region, food, view from cabins, locals were friendly 
    • Birdwood National Auto Museum
    • Visit to Brissell’s
    • Visit to Twiggies
    • Lunch at the Mac’s Hotel Mortlake

    Thanks everyone for a great ride

    One dummy spit….me

    Two bits falling off…….Russ’s Fairing and Lorraine’s Gearshift lever

    One total breakdown…… Speeds Brand new Harley

    No downs, no punctures, no anger, lots of laughs……lots!

    Great company

    Harley Jeff Prez

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    Yep! its a Lobster.

     

    Russell, AKA "BOS"

     

    We were expecting Mt Gambier to closed.

     

    Hendo relaxing a bit too much.

     

    Photo shoot with "Bristle"

     

    Another perfect sunny day, "NOT"

     

    O' the shame of it all. Great effort to hire a car to finish the ride. Dedication !  

     

    Nothing to see here.

    Race 6 number 4 and hurry it up.

    • Sunday, February 24, 2019
    • Tuesday, March 24, 2020

    The following article and has been stolen straight from "Zoner's" Facebook page.

    Thanks ZONER :) from web editor.

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    Great club ride today thanks to Tug guiding us into some awesome uncharted territory around the back blocks of Warburton and eventually ending up at the Spiritual home of Sunday motorcycling, The Reefton Hotel. 

    I met up with Hillbilly Neal and Tug at Emerald and waited for the rest of the crew to arrive.
    It was a good smattering of bikes with the majority of bikes being the classic Z series (including 3 Platinum grade Z1R's!)
    Unlike most Z Owners runs the others arrived on time, no one needed to fuel up and corner marker system worked beautifully so we didn't lose anybody on the way although Phill tried his best to get lost by sailing past me when I was marking a corner then he went right past the pub.

    Other than that a great day, no one got lost, no one broke down, no one had any interaction from Mr Plod (and there was plenty of them) although Mr Plod's presence did put a bit of a damper on the run up the Reefton Spur but that was it. And many thanks to the committee for the subsidized lunch for the members, just made an already great day just a bit better.



    • Sunday, March 24, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 PM
    • C.R.A.B Meander Down The Bay

    Sundays Z Owners Club Ride

     24th March.


    It has been decided at our last Tuesday club meeting that we participate in this event as part of our Sunday club ride 24/03/19. To participate please be at our normal meeting place, Shell Service Station, corner of Ferntree Gully and Stud roads Knoxfield by 9:30am as we need to register for event. Any entry costs to participate will be covered by the club as part of our subsidised summer ride days.

    Best of luck Simmo.



    • Saturday, March 30, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 11:30 PM
    • Paddy's Tavern Ferntree Gully

    THE Z OWNERS AWARDS NIGHT IS BACK FOR 2019.

    SATURDAY MARCH 30th 2019 @ PADDY'S TAVERN 34 FOREST ROAD FERNTREE GULLY (6:30pm till late).



    Thats right folks, we will be forcing ourselves to have a social night and a laugh with friends at a very reasonable price $$$$$$$$$$

    This night will be open to all members/family and friends. Night will include 1 x main meal per person and first drink (beer-wine-soft drink) heavily subsidised by the club. All other costs (drinks) are at individuals expense.

    The tavern will be exclusive for our use so we are looking at getting a few there.

    Now the fine print: All you have to do to participate is deposit $10 per person attending into the below account. This will enable us to have an idea who's coming and prevent us from paying for some uninvited persons meal. As stated above the club will cover the main meal and first drink of all members, their immediate family and 1 x friend. Others friends can attend but at their own cost and must be notified to club committee.

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    YOU MUST BE A FINANCIAL MEMBER TO DEPOSIT INTO CLUB ACCOUNT.

    Z OWNERS: BSB = 063595 ACC = 10775886

    Make sure you put your member name and total coming in payment details.

    EG: Simmo x 2

    • Friday, April 05, 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • Sunday, April 07, 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • Dutson Downs

    See Dirtdaze website for full details.


    • Sunday, April 21, 2019
    • 9:45 AM
    • Monday, April 22, 2019
    • 11:30 PM
    • TO BE DECIDED

    Sundays Z Owners Club Ride

     21st April.

    Details to follow.

    Be at Shell Servo Crn Stud and Fertree Gully roads Knoxfield for a 10am departure.

     

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