The beautiful thundering of dozens of cruiser motorcycles vibrated through the hills and fields as the inaugural
Clare Valley Cruise kicked off today. Cruiser Central was the heritage village of Mintaro and the bikes were able to travel around a 32km circuit of public roads, most of it closed off from all other traffic. This first year is a trial of the concept and the next proposed event in 2017 will have a longer circuit on entirely closed off roads.
Here are some photos from the morning session.
The main street of Mintaro was cordoned off for the event. The Lions Club of Clare managed the traffic and there was medical help available.
Riding cruisers is good fun, and so is talking about them.
Before the ride, the hard working organiser of the event, Greg Butler, explained some of the things the riders needed to know about the ride.
The bikes headed out of Mintaro towards Leasingham, a clockwise circuit in the morning, an anticlockwise circuit in the afternoon. Looks like an Indian in the front and a Victory behind.
A Harley Davidson riding out of town.
Test riding a Victory Hammer 8 Ball (I think)
Of course, good coffee was essential and that was provided by local cafe owner Judy Searley in her brand new coffee van made by Nick Bell. Judy uses a locally roasted coffee, Horrocks Bounty.
One of the cruisers returning from the first lap of the circuit, riding past a very nice Harley Davidson (I was told it was a Willy Nelson special).
Man its hard to give a bike like this back to the dealers after a test ride.
Supporters of the event, Adelaide Motorcycle Centre, provided a mouth-watering selection of bikes for test rides – the latest Victory, Indian and Ducati models.
Its best not to sit on a bike like this unless you’ve got enough money to buy one.
This beautiful chopped Honda is the pride and joy of local rider, Charles Cooper, librarian in Clare.