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The First VTXOA Run

For those that don't know, the VTXOA is the VTX Owners Association which is an American website with a very helpful message board. Check it out here. There is also an Australian Chapter on this site and some of the guys around Brisbane who post on it decided to get together and do a ride together for the first time. This is how it went....

Well Saturday was not looking too good - the forecast was for showers all day but the good thing was everyone wanted to at least meet at the BP on the Bruce Hwy. I left home about 6:30 with my wets on - didn't look too good at first but as I got closer to the Gateway and fueled up, the sun was starting to break through. Once I reached the top of the bridge I could see that there were a couple of small rain patches to the north but otherwise the weather looked good. Headed up to the BP - very little traffic and no rain so it was a good run. Got to the BP in full sun, immediately bagged the wet weather gear and went in and grabbed a coffee.

The other guys rolled in on time and we went about introducing ourselves. There were five bikes - Tukster and his wife on an orange 1800, Python on a black 1800, Angry on an orange 1300, Snappa on a black 1300 and of course me on my orange 1300. After a brief discussion we decided to head up the coast to Tin Can Bay. Gear on and out on to the highway but wasn't long before we struck our first bit of rain - only light so it wasn't too bad and we were dry within 20 minutes of it stopping. We took turns at leading with all checking each of the bikes out. The guys all rode at a decent pace too so it was enjoyable. Got to the Matilda servo just before Gympie and pulled in to fuel up and have a break.

Back on the road and into Gympie - Angry decided that he would fuel up here after not doing so at the Matilda, so we stopped again (bloody hell mate!!). A couple of the others also joined him. Back onto the road and the run out to Tin Can Bay was good. Long straights and nice sweeping corners - just right for the VTX's. Rode into Tin Can Bay about 10:30 and headed down to the boat ramp where the dolphins are fed. As we rolled up there were a couple of dolphins having a feed. Stayed there for a while grabbing a drink and some tucker at the shop and talking VTX.

After a while we decided to head to the pub for a meal so we rode the short distance and headed into the Sleepy Lagoon Hotel. Had a couple of drinks out on the balcony and continued the VTX discussion. Then went into the lounge and got a feed. It was good chatting with the guys about the bikes and life in general.

The bikes outside the pub at Tin Can Bay

After lunch we re-mounted and headed back inland to Gympie to get onto the highway. The weather was full on sun and it was a warm dry ride until near Gympie where we copped a bit more rain. Back onto the highway and heading home - bit of traffic but we got around most of it. Pulled into a servo near Yandina so those thirsty 1800's could have a drink and said our goodbyes there. Back onto the highway and the next exit both Angry and Tukster departed.

Continued down the highway until the Redcliff turn off where Snappa left us and then the Gateway where I left Python. Got home around 4pm after about 495km of riding. Was a great day out and we will be doing it again soon.

2 Comments:

Anonymous angry said...

Yeh its angry i only stopped so that the thirsty bikes{1800s}could refill as they didn't fill up at the matilda either mmmmmm Dont make me smile or i'll have to change my name

10:00 AM  
Blogger grizzpanda said...

Hey Beaker that would've been a good day let me know when the VTX's are out again ok Cheers Panda

6:09 PM  

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