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8 Aug 2016

July Newsletter 2016

July 2016 Edition
Hi everyone
Hope you are staying warm. It was good to see all that turned up at the mid-winter and
those who missed it , It was a good night. Our guests and prespective members had a good
night. Thank you to those who turned up early to help with the setting up and the clean up
on sunday. The planning of our rally is coming along nicely everything is falling into place.
And remember to ride safe.
You will all be pleased to know planning for our Rally is going extremely well, your
committee is on fire.
We have trimmed the unfinancial from our mailing lists and the club now has 48 members.
This raised some concerns about how many able bodied members do we need to run our
rally. With this in mind we are going to trial 3 hour shifts this year. It always amazes me
when members turn up for their shift 20 minutes late and sometimes not at all. How hard
can it be to write your duty times down on a pocket card and be on time or early for your
We will be having a club ride on the 24 th July leaving from the Empire Hotel 12.00 am
heading for the Albury Tavern.
Hi all,
As you probably all figured I hadn’t really prepared for what I was going to say at the
Mid-Winter Party but hey you guys got the gist of it, hahah!! I was hoping Ants was
going to be there and after he had said his bit I would have just followed on…. Anyway I had
a good first season, well end of really. After missing about 3 races at the start of the season,
then slowly learning to ride and having a month off due to injury, I have come quite a way.
Oh, and the new bike to come to grips with. Last club day was freezing and quite wet, along
with off camber corners (my fav… not) and a lot of hills (mountains!). I didn’t quite complete
a lap and my confidence was quite low so I pulled out and warmed up instead, leaving Dad
to fight the cold.As you all probably heard at the Mid-Winter Party, Dad has got yet
another new bike (3rd race bike), and had a pretty successful day and was nothing but smiles
all round. He had a few offs and I don’t think he could be bothered cleaning the demo bike
to give back so just bought it anyway…..We had the SCMCC prize giving on the 24 th (June)
and a good social gathering with everyone in the Club. I didn’t receive anything; neither did Dad,
but I have my sights set on a podium finish this season (2016/17) hopefully! I gained 30 points
over the season getting 15 in each points race I raced in. I plan to (hopefully) get points at every
club day this season as I am finally happy with the bike and have the key techniques under my belt.
  • Dad and I recently went for a ride out at the Backflips Dirtfarm (Pleasant Point) for a
    second time and we were both surprised at how well we rode on the track. The track
    was still in good shape from the weekend before when it had been prepped. I had one fall,
    but taught myself how to jump finally!! (Dads not too good with the moto advice just now!).
    There were a few others out riding too so we had a bit of competition, and a really good
    training day together.
    In September I have South Island Secondary Schools and also Club Champs sometime
    soon (August I think?) that I look forward to, but in the meantime its club days and long
    training sessions. Cheers for all your support, it is very much appreciated Kelly Penty, 111
    (You may notice the change of race number – I was 112 because 111 was not available
    last season, but I’ve got it now – For Keeps!)“I may not be winning but I do know how
    to stuff up your lines so you don’t either”
    Kelly gave her verbal report at the Mid Winter Party. “Well done Kelly”.
  • Last of the summer wine, wheres the other bloke
    .Obviously some good advice here – about as successful as any other I have heard.
    If you had purchased £1,000 of shares in Delta Airlines one year ago, you would have
    £49.00 today.
    If you had purchased £1,000 of shares in AIG insurance company one year ago, you
    would have £33.00 today.
    If you had purchased £1,000 of shares in Lehman Brothers five years ago, you would
    have nothing today.
    If you had purchased £1,000 of shares in Northern Rock three years ago, you would
    have nothing today.
    But, if you had purchased £1,000 worth of beer one year ago, drunk all the beer, then
    taken the aluminium cans to the scrap metal dealer, you would have received £214.00.
    Based on the above, the best current investment plan is to drink heavily & recycle.
    A recent study found that the average kiwi walks about 900 miles a year.
    Another study found that kiwidrink, on average, 22 gallons of alcohol a year. That
    means that, on average, kiwis get about 41 miles to the gallon!
    Makes you proud to be a kiwi!
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Another little yarn to start things off

Long To Live

This biker lady has a heart attack and is taken to the hospital. While on the operating table, she had a near death experience.

Seeing god she asked “Is my time up?” God said “No you have 43 years 2 months and 8 days to live.”

Upon recovery, the women decided to stay in hospital and have a facelift, liposuction and a tummy tuck. Since she had so much more time to live, new roads to ride, she figured she might as well look even nicer.

After her last operation, she was released from hospital. While riding her motorcycle home, she was run into by a delivery truck and killed. Arriving at the pearly gates in front of God, she demanded, “I thought you said I had another 40+ years? How come you didn’t pull me out of the path of that fricken truck?”

God replied, “I didn’t recognise you.”

Hi Everyone

We had a good turnout for the wood chop but couldn’t do much as there was a horse event on and they didn’t want chain saws going, so we did the usual thing, had a BBQ lunch and a couple of drinks. The Meeting on the Sunday at Forks Hotel was well attended, was a nice ride down there first time my bike been out since May. Our rally is getting closer and everything is under control for it. It was good to see Maxine at the meeting and  we all hope your leg is getting better and you are back on your bike soon.

Ride safe and have fun

Shayne S.    TTAG


Shayne and Vickie`s USA Trip.

Finally after 20 odd hours of traveling we finally made it to DC at 4.15 in the morning. So hot, even at that time of the day!! After a few hours of sleep we had a wee walk around and found a nice Irish pub to have a cold beer and some much needed food! Just chilled for the rest of the day. Sunday we did a bus tour of DC. Super-hot once again. Monday arrived and time to get the bike. Slight problem with the GPS…kept turning off!  Not ideal on those roads. Back to Eagle Rider and they fitted a new one and then we were off!!! First day was just a short ride. Took a while to get used to the roads and bike. GPS took us a few wrong turns but we finally got it sorted on the 3rd day. First ride we did was The Skyline Drive. Amazing views. Met some fellow bikers while on a drink break. All very friendly. 4th day we did the Dragons Tail. Took a while to find our way there. Met a real live hillbilly while stopping for directions. He said he had trouble understanding us!!!  Right back at ya we thought!  Dragon’s tail was pretty awesome. Passed some guys who had gone over the edge. Good luck getting their bikes back. On the eighth day we headed for New Orleans. Tried to avoid the freeways. Found a road with bumps just about the whole way. Awesome views though so made up for the crappy roads. We had 2 nights in New

Orleans. We did a cruise down the Mississippi on a paddle boat. Went to Bourbon Street. There was a street called Frenchmen Street just 5 minutes from our hotel which is supposed to be better than Bourbon Street so we went there. Lots of jazz and bars. After New Orleans we made our way to Memphis.

Just had to do Graceland. Not as big as we thought and very 70s of course!!

But can now cross that off the bucket list. Very hot down south. And so muggy.

Did lots of swimming along the way. Slowly made our way back to DC on the 2nd of July. Was very lucky with the weather. Only got caught in one thunderstorm but it was a good one. Poured down. And a few showers on our last day but apart from that it was the high 30s for the whole 2 1/2 weeks we were on the bike. Would totally recommend it. Everyone we met was super friendly and loved our accents!!!!  Now to save for the next one!

6 Oct 2015

August Newsletter 2015

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Just for you Harley owners.

God & Arthur Davidson

The inventor Arthur Davidson, of the Harley Davidson Motorcycle Corporation, died and went to heaven.
At the gates, St. Peter told Arthur,”Since you’ve been such a good man and your Motorcycles have changed the world,your reward is, you can hang out with anyone you want in Heaven.”
Arthur thought about it for a minute and then said, “I want to hang out with God.”
St. Peter took Arthur to the Throne Room, and introduced him to God.
Arthur then asked God, “Hey, aren’t you the inventor of women?
“God said, “Ah, yes. ”
“Well, ” said Arthur, “professional to professional, you have some major design flaws in your invention.”
God was somewhat taken back, and when He asked what the flaws might be, Arthur Davidson produced a list for Him to read.

1. There’s too much inconsistency in the front-end protrusions
2. It chatters constantly at high speeds.
3. Most of the rear ends are too soft and wobble too much.
4. The intake is placed way to close to the exhaust and finally,
5. The maintenance costs are outrageous.

“Hmmmm, you may have some good points there and it may be true that My invention is flawed… ” God said to Arthur.
“But the last time that I checked, more men are riding My invention than yours.”

Just for you Dale



Hope you all had a good winter, Hope it wasn’t too cold for everyone sadly Vickie and I missed most of it but we did suffer in the heat anywhere between 26 and 42 degrees. It looks like Swords run was a great success sadly we missed it. Would like to thank Phil and Michele for having the mid-winter at their place. Rally season is coming up fast so everyone will have to start checking their stuff is ready and replace it if needed. Looks like Kerry is having a great time over in the USA. He should have some good stories to tell when he gets back. Hope to catch up with everyone in next couple of months.

Thanks Shayne

Dates to remember

Wood Chop 22nd August 2015 At Winchester Show Grounds Start  12.30

Club Run 23rd August 2015 Leaving The Empire Hotel 12.00pm Heading to The Waihao Forks Hotel, Waimate.

Mt Cook Rally 17th and 18th October 2015

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July Newsletter 2015

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Only nine at committee meeting this week. Flu is keeping a few at home. Friendly banter was going on while we were sorting out the jobs for Sword`s Memorial Run on Saturday. The meeting was closed sharp at 9pm

Wishing Max & Turtle a speedy recovery

Welcome home Shayne and Vickie

Thank you to everyone who Helped out on Sword`s Memorial Run and the people that attended, also to those who Contributed to the News Letter especially Terence WMC.

Sword 2 Sword

Sword`s Memorial Poker Run

Wow, what an event. It was great from beginning to end! I believe there must have been plenty of input into the ideas for the event as everything was in place. Our females towed the caravans out to the holiday park, whilst our male counterparts took to erecting the gazebo, putting up the trestles and sorting the BBQ at the Empire Hotel, Temuka.  Food was prepared by many prior to Sat and by 11.30 we were very busy taking money and writing names in the poker run book. Nearly 100 motorbikes assembled and shortly after 1 pm we rumbled along the main street of Temuka, led by Rowdy, and cruised along to Alister at the Winch where we drew the 2nd card and refreshed with the odd ale or two. Keeping formation we pulled into Geraldine and took our time chatting and drew the 3rd card. No winners at this stage. Smarter pace winding our way to Pleasant Point where we relaxed, enjoyed a chat, and some of us were lucky enough to win spot prizes, yahoo! Back down the road to Temuka where we were welcomed with fabulous hot soup and choices of meat dishes. The wind chill factor was rising but it didn’t matter as we had been riding in fabulous weather with the sun on our backs! Finally the 5th card was drawn and lo and behold our very own Ants was first, an outsider 2nd and the lovely Jenny was 3rd. The rugby drew in a few more clients and the Southern boys, Highlanders made the day, winning a fantastic game. The band were amazing, Top Shelf form Waimate, each of them was a great musician and the pub rocked. Great singing and we danced the night away! The publican, Ian, was in fine form and also enjoyed our crowd. Thank you to each of you who came, all in all, a jolly awesome night. What a way to remember Sword and other TTAG members who had passed prior to Sword.

Cheers, Lizzie

Mid-Winter Do

Well the 20th of June was looming again which means that it was party for me again, which is always fun. I was both lucky and unlucky that weekend, lucky because I was able to attend the mid-winter party and unlucky because I was meant to be on a fishing trip which was cancelled so it was always going to be a win.

This year Phil and Michelle had offered their place as a venue which we were pleased to accept. The conditions were certainly appropriate for the occasion with snow on the ground which sort of mucked up the idea of a hangi which was the original idea. Phil however had an above ground hangi and hired a roaster which certainly solved that problem. With that and the large garage with heaters in it we were certainly comfortable. The conditions made it hard to tell that we were at a motorbike club event, with everybody except Keith turning up in a tin top, some with a caravan attached. It’s just as well one of us is a hardy soul. We had between 20 and 30 of us there which kind of filled up the available parking as no one was too keen to get far from the shingle.

The start one was always going to be fairly flexible, but more so than usual as I understand it actually started on Friday someone with some folk taking their caravans up and Mary having a birthday what more excuse do you need? I got there early afternoon and was probably about the middle of the arrivals so we got straight down to the job at hand, i.e. shifting the refreshments from where they were into ourselves in an appropriate fashion. The food got prepared by some willing individuals fairly early on in the piece so it was all ready to cook when needed. As usual the food was up to its usual high standard and far too much of it so if anybody went hungry it was their own fault.

Malc Penty brought up his cannons with him and so since, we were in the country, we had to make a hell of a noise to let the neighbours know we were there which we did very successfully and I am sure they knew something was going on although we had no complaints and didn’t put Phil’s animals over the fence so that was all good. I went over to the house with Jock to watch the Highlanders have another win which felt quite good for us Otago boys sitting in Canterbury as there seems to be a sometimes prominent team out of the competition. I enjoyed the rugby banter between Jock and Phil’s daughters which I think if points were awarded the girls would have clearly won. It was then back to the party till bed time.

Come morning we had a leisurely start followed by a good brekky which certainly saved time at lunch time. That was followed by a meeting where Mokai told us of some happenings within the club and we cleaned up the mess and went home. It was once again a very good weekend     with very good company which is of course why we do it. Thank you again Phil and Michelle it was a great place to party and you made us most welcome.


Mid Winter

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TTAG News Letter June 2015

Report from The Back Room

There was a good turnout for the committee meet. A range of topics were discussed. From Swords Memorial Run to the Rally, getting quite lively at times. Michael let us know that Max was in Christchurch Hospital we wish her well with her recovery.

Next Club Ride/ Get Together is the Mid-Winter Do 20th June at Phil and Michele`s Methvan.

A Big Thanks to Barry for sourcing the wood.

Also Thanks to everyone that turned up with Vehicles, Chainsaws.  You’re Time and effort has been appreciated


“Sometimes it takes a whole Fuel Tank Before your Think Straight”

Presidents Post

Hi everyone

Hope all that went to the staging post and had a good one and the wood chop went well. Vickie and I will sadly miss the mid-winter at Phil`s and Swords memorial run, as will be in the USA on holiday at the time. So will be leaving Bill Hessall in charge while I am away. Don’t be too hard on him. Look forward to seeing everyone when we get back. I will try and send pics of our trip as we travel around. But I’m not too good at this so will see what happens. So everybody have a good time.

That’s all for now

Shayne S

4 Jun 2015

David (Sword) Niles

A Run For A Legend


3 Jun 2015

May Newsletter 2015

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Past presidents report


The AGM has come and gone not without a bit of excitement. Shane Sargent is your new pressie now and I am sure we will all stand by him.

Some things that were discussed were the possibility of more poker runs with other invited clubs and what ever other event we can come up with. The future looks bright, get in behind your club. See you at the staging post.


New Presidents Report

Well another AGM has come and gone. It’s good to see some new faces taking on the roles within the club. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Kerry for his time as President.

The AGM went well with some lively discussions, we have some very passionate members within the club which is fantastic.

We have a few TTAG club functions over the next couple of months with the Staging post first off the rank.

I’m really looking forward to leading the club with your support.

Ride safe.

Shayne S


Pres Tres Sec


3 Jun 2015

April Newsletter 2015

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Vice President’s Report

Hi All

Another March Hare has been and gone. All those that went had a good time even though it was a bit wet on Saturday night. We tried out the new blue club marquee which was commented on. Sounds like it was a good night at Phil’s 50

There was a small turn out on Sundays meeting at Cave the rain might have had something to do with it as there was only 5 or 6 bikes and rest in the 4 wheel club. If you can’t make the next club meeting make sure you get to the AGM on the 3rd of May. And be good out there if not be careful.

Shayne VP


It was march hare time again so I packed up my bike and got ready to go. Before I left Mike Sullivan rang me to tell me it was raining like hell and the club tents etc were not going to appear so I put on wets and got under way. Just got over Mt. Cargill and rain stopped and didn’t start again so I was quite overdressed as it became a very nice day for the job in hand. Got to the site and found that it was a nice relaxed time as I only had to worry about my own tent and not all the club tents. There were certainly varying opinions about that subject as the weather forecast wasn’t too good but never mind. We were a fairly select group of T.T.A.G members on the Friday but we had good night anyway and weather was not an issue. On the Saturday morning I took advantage of the courtesy van to go into town and get a folding chair to sit on as that was one thing I did miss. Also on Saturday a bit of ingenuity and slack time meant that we came up with a quite passable shelter and central meeting place, thanks for the tarp Bernie. Dale was obviously a bit lacking in the licence department so turned up on the farm four wheeler – he was just going to work on the farm of course. He must have a bloody big farm as it was 130 km each way. But it shows dedication to attend. For a variety of reasons the T.T.A.G. membership attendance was smaller than we normally have, but we still had a very good catch up and general chewing of the fat.


I think the general attendance of the whole rally was back on what they would normally expect and I don’t know why because it was still a good show they put on. Good bands and all the usual entertainment. The constabulary were in attendance on Sunday morning as usual so I took advantage of the breath testing service run by the local fire brigade before starting my bike up and heading back home. All in all it was in my opinion another lovely weekend away with good mates and lots of fun for all.

Ivan T

March hare

TTAG’s Ant P’s Racing Update

To all club Members

Last weekend I was at Ruapuna for the Last Round of King of Ruapuna, the day was looking not to bad as we woke up at 5.30 in the morning to a bright clear day but it was not going to last. I drove to the track looking forward to doing well and as per Normal I was the 1st one there, but got in to the pits parked up and started to unload the bike looked down on the ground and there was pools of oil on the ground which was Quite fresh, I was thinking there must of been car racing either the day before or 2 or 3 days ago, I will explain why it’s not a good thing when that happens with you all at some time. But anyway I moved away from the oil and got my pit set up then I took my Front wet rim off the bike and then put my Dry rim on cause it looked like it was going to be a good day, but no Murphy’s law came in to play, as you put your dry tyres on it decided to bloody piss down. So I decided to wait to see if the weather would break while I was waiting the call went out for my class to be ready to go out on the track in 5 minutes……. I still had dry tyres on, I would of got a half lap in and would of come off with tyres I had on, and by the way at the riders briefing we were told that the Drift cars were out there the day before, that’s where the oil come from wonder much oil was on the track? Anyway I waited to lunch time before I made the Decision whether to race or not it had stopped raining by then but there was standing water on the track, I had gut feeling not to race as there was to many things not working out and also about 9 to 10 bikes had gone down and 3 people had gone to Hospital with broken bones, so I made my Decision not to race that day I came home in 1 piece and my bike was in 1 piece.

I was really Disappointed that I didn’t race but real happy that my bike is already for the next race meeting. I keep you all informed of when that will be, I think it will be in July sometime but will let all of you know of dates.

I want to thank Morry and his Friend for coming along to the track and supporting me, sorry wasn’t racing mate but there will be other times to come.

Thank you to you all for your support and Encouragement for making a grown man’s Dream come true.

Ants # 19

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March Sunday Ride.

There was a bit of a dash Sunday morning to make it midday at the Empire, to be met by three bikes and a car, then another car, then another bike – not bad considering the drizzle was getting heavier. I jumped in the puddles, ah, the novelty was still there! Moki was most positive stating that others would already be at Cave. Ants set us off at a mild pace, for a start, then as we caught him up he cut off for extra corners, rather than following the straight path. Moki was right, there were two dozen of us at Cave Arms for lunch. Food done, Shane chaired the meeting, we all got to speak if we wanted, then off we set on dry roads for home. For me it was over the Gorge then Brassels Bridge. What a great afternoon! Malx.


Dates To Remember

April 19th TTAG monthly ride & meeting, Village Inn Geraldine, Depart EmpireHotel 12pm

May 3rd – Sunday TTAG AGM Empire Hotel Temuka 1pm Aftenoon Tea Supplied

May 2nd – Jokers wheels week run 11am leaving from Devon Tavern Victoria St

Ph Bill Hessell 03 684 9443 if you are interested

May 7th – TTAG Club Meeting Winchester Hotel 7.30pm

May 15th 16th – TTAG Staging Post

May 30th 31st – Brass Monkey 

June 20th – TTAG Mid Winter Xmas Party

2 Jun 2015

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Presidents report

Hi TTAG Members

It has been a great summer for riding and rallies, hope you’ve been getting your share and riding as well.           I hear Grant Palmer has had a nasty experience with a tin top doing a u turn in front of him. Hope your bruises are healing well and your anger has subsided Grant. We also hear that Dale has had a brush with the revenue collectors and is without his bike for 28 days and without a licence for even longer.

March Hare will have come and gone by the time you receive this new letter, hope those who attended had a good time.

Phil has invited all club members to his 50th birthday party on Saturday the 14th of March, 518 Methven Road, Ashburton. Plenty of tent or caravan spots. He doesn’t mind if you arrive Friday or Saturday, looks like an all weekender.

Thanks Phil.

The club will be having a monthly ride and meeting on the 22nd of March, leaving the Empire Hotel 12.00 am. Going all the way to Cave.

Our AGM will be held on the 3rd of May at the Empire Hotel at 1.00 pm. I hope you can all attend. Subs to be paid on the day.

The Staging Post run will be the weekend of the 16th and 17th March.

Our Xmas party will be on the 20th of June.

The Brass Monkey This year is the 30th of May -1st of June.



 Woodstock Rally 2015

Fabulous weather encouraged us to ride on the Friday over the Alps. Rowdy and I waited for Kerry O out at Geraldine, non stop to Springfield where we refuelled both the bikes and ourselves. Lots of bikes on the road and surprisingly Jackson’s pub was reopened at some point and well attended by fellow bikers. Quick stop at Arthurs Pass then welcomed the sea breeze as we hit the west coast. Grabbed a bag of ice and on out to the rally site where we were welcomed by friends from TTAG. Thanks guys for keeping us a good area to pitch our tents – Hilton, Keith, Gumboots, Footsie and Diane. When Bernie arrived the air bed appeared to need a bung to stay up! That’s what a good mate will do – give you his mattress! Warm weather, cool beer, good music and such delightful company _ what more could you want? Well…….. a fabulous couple asked us out to Ross for a champagne break-fast on Saturday morning and say no more. Such an amazing time was had by all. The food was superb and I think we drank Brian and Sandra out of champers and gallons of water. We stayed there for many hours. Lots of delightful babble along with the bubbly, and the men displayed bare bellies which were captured in the camera. Thank you Brian and Sandra, you are wonderful hosts. Back to camp and met up with Jim from Blenheim minus Colin who had a story of his own to tell! Another great day and night and with reluctance we rode home uneventfully on the Sunday.

Magic weekend with great memories

Cheers Lizzie


TTAG’s Ant P’s Racing Update

To all club Members.

First of all i would like to thank the club for backing and supporting me again in my Racing this year, I’m sorry for the long delay in keeping you all Informed of my Racing.                                                                                       This year I Entered the New Zealand National Super Bike Championships that were held at Levels in Janu-ary, as this was my Goal right through of last year, I put my entry in about the middle of December and new it was going to be a Huge event with the best Riders in the Country riding in all Classes, I had my Doubts about racing in this event but I was out there to learn and if you can’t Gauge yourself against the best how are you to learn? So I was looking forward to riding with the best, then just before Xmas I injured my knee helping a mate shift a freezer and putting on to trailer, I was not happy as I had paid $300 to enter the Nationals.

But anyway got up to the lakes had great time and trying not to think too much about the big event, but then a real bomb hit when we found out that Huia had passed away, my world had crashed down on me and wondered if I could race anymore and asked myself as I was still dealing with losing Swordie

With racing you can’t have any Distractions and full of focus because when things go bad they go bad quick. Viv and I had a real good talk and also talked to a few mates and decided to still race in Nationals and do it for T.T.A.G and do it for Sword and Huia.

So on the Thursday of the big weekend went out and set up camp at levels as wanted to soak up the whole weekend I got 2 bits of tape and put them on each side of the bike and put Swords name on 1 side and Huia’s name on the other side and that’s where they will stay so I can take them racing with me when ever I go racing.

So anyway I got up Friday morning ready for Practise as racing didn’t start until Saturday, we had our 1st Practise but found out that these guys are quick real quick and half my size, the day was real hot 35 degrees and I’m in my leathers melting but real happy with my Practise session and looking forward to my 1st race in the National Champs.

Saturday Morning got up early cause I didn’t Bloody sleep thinking about the race, got the bike ready and didn’t take time before it my time to head out, my lap times were between 10 to 14 seconds slower than the rest and new it was going to be a fast race, it was like playing rugby then the next weekend sitting in the changing sheds with the All Blacks waiting to go out to the field to play with them.So went out for my 1st race and by the 3rd corner the rest were gone it was a 8 lap race and I was starting to get lapped in the 6th lap but then a rider cut under me and sent me off the track but was still able to stay on the bike which was good.


I then knew that I was way in to deep to be racing with these guys and that was my weekend over as we had our riders briefing on the Sunday and was told i wasn’t allowed to race as it was a Safety issue, to cut it short, I was to slow. So went back to my pit to pack up and felt real bad as Nevin had come out to see me race so thanks anyway Nevin for coming out mate.

We packed up and the amount of people that came over and gave me a pat on the back for just being out there was amazing, but in the back of my mind whether i was going to carry on with this dream being shot down in a ball of flames.But i said to myself it’s my F……G Dream and no one is going to take it away from me, so I Entered the 4th round of King of Ruapuna in CHCH at the beginning of February and what a great day the bike went well, everything just clicked, I dropped 3 seconds off my last time in practise then dropped another 2 seconds off that time then 1 second off that time and ended up shaving a total of 7 seconds off the last time I was out at Ruapuna which was about 12 months ago so i was real happy. Had some real good battles and learnt so much by doing the Nationals, so I’m looking forward to the racing this year and learning a heap more. I will be more Determined than ever to race harder and go faster. Thank you to all for the support and encouragement, Thank you to the club for your backing and your on going support. I will let you all Know when I’m racing again and pass on the info, I will be racing at Ruapuna on the 29th of this month hope to see some of you there.

Ants # 19

Pounawea Poker Run c/o Liz Watson


Our neighbours enjoyed hearing the bikes roaring down Guinness Street lunchtime Friday. We were accompanied by a very welcome support vehicle with club members Jim, Mary and Max. Bill had left earlier in the day as he wanted plenty of breaks in the travel south and Judy followed in the car. Weather reports somewhat conflicting, however that didn’t deter anyone nor dampen any enthusi-asm. Footsie was filling in time waiting on Rowdy to finish work and with Footsie having a coffee, I decided to clean my bike. I found a hole in the exhaust system caused through friction! Footsie took the offending pipe off, however, time didn’t allow to replace or sort out. Michael offered to take my panniers, thanks mate.

Keith, Michael, Footsie, Dippie, Colin, Bernie, Malx, Rowdy and I took off and first stop was to stop oil leaking onto the rear tyre of Colin’s bike. A very quick soloution to the problem was sorted and we weaved in and out of the traffic to meet up with Jock who was hoping it wasn’t Bernie’s bike that had gone past earlier, as Jock waited about an hour on us at the Maheno Tavern. Janet would have en-joyed the company there as the purple and red hat ladies were celebrating with lovely fruitcake cov-ered in rich, decadent purple icing! Platters of food, a drink and on the road again, heading south to dark clouds. Met up in Balclutha with Bill and Judy and we weaved our way around the corners to the Convention Centre at Pounawea. ….yahoo! Didn’t take us long to sort out our rooms and have a drink with Ivan and Freddie. 3kms to Owaka pub, too far to walk, thanks Judy for the ride. Warmly welcomed by staff who turned on the outside heater for us. Some had a go on the ponies, some on pokies, some ate, some drank. Back to camp, cards on the table, much merriment.

Pounawea 1 Pounawea 2Fabulous sunrise and a two second walk to the beach, tide out, miles out and very few people around. Great photography of the beach happened. Jock flounded around for some cockals & Pippies as a pre dinner appetizer. We eventually made the move to rattle our dags and headed out on the reason why we came, the Poker run. Wow, fantastic ride and scenery to Kaka Point, Balclutha, Clydevale, where we lunched, Clinton and last card was drawn at Rosebank Hotel back in Balclutha.                                                                                    Winner Keith, 2nd Rowdy & 3rd Judy. Congratulations guys!! Team decision to buy food and cook out at the camp. Jock with the bucket holder Footsie, went around the bay and proceeded to be the gatherers for the club. Meanwhile Mary, Max and Judy headed back to the supermarket for a great choice of foods for all. Jock had some seafood for us but alas, no paua this time! Another night of tall tales, laughter and drinks, time to sleep, awaking to damp bikes and pack-ing up. Good memories of a great weekend.

Thanks to all for yet another awesome Poker Run

Cheers Lizzie

Poker Run Pounawea c/o Malc P

Jock had this idea – everyone else thought it was good too. A two night poker run is a new idea and most of us couldn’t even pronounce the place name

Adventure time eight bikes with support left early afternoon, we knew we had the kilometres to cover, but after waving to Dunlop at Oamaru , lunch at Maheno , some motorcycle servicing and getting lost all by myself, it was seven before I got to a lightheaded welcome meeting Ivan and Freddie on site.

The event planning was quite open, so we made it up as we went. Judy ran us to the Owaka pub for tea and meet the locals – both quite palatable: then back to camp to fortify ourselves for the next day.

The next day started with a fine breakfast and Ivan new enough from previous employment to design and lead us around a rural block with stops and cards. First stop was Tunnel Hill where a railway logging track went thru nearly a kilometre of bricked tunnel. Walking done it was back on bikes and over the twisty Clutha roads till we each had five cards, Keith with three aces, Rowdy with three Jacks and Judy with three fours.

Mary and Jim got us to agreement on the dinner menu a supermarket smorgasbord back at camp, so we didn’t have to go anywhere, except for Jock and Footsie to get into the sea for some marine life. Eating was excellent as was the relaxed company, though Saturday night wasn’t a late one. Sunday saw us packed up earlish and well fed again. We all left camp at the same time but seemed to fall into small groups till we ended up at Palmerston for lunch.

Awesome riding, idiot free roads and good company all made this into top quality time away.


Dates To Remember

22nd March Club ride to Cave Leaving Empire Temuka Midday 

29th March Ant Racing at Ruapuna 

April 2nd TTAG Committee meeting Winchester Hotel 7.30 

3rd May Sunday TTAG AGM Empire Hotel Temuka 1pm Afternoon Tea Supplied 

2nd May Jokers Wheels Week Run 11am Leaving from Devon Tavern Victoria St Ashburton Ph Bill Hessell 03 684 9443 if you are interested 

15th 16th May TTAG Staging Post 

30th 31st May Brass Monkey 

20th June TTAG Mid Winter Xmas Party

4 Feb 2015

January Newsletter 2015

magpie mail

You can download the full January newsletter as a PDF

TTAG Newsletter January Final

Presidents Report


As some of you will know Maxine is still recovering slowly from her accident and unable to do our newsletter, bugger! So I am knocking one up.

It’s a little early but there is such a lot happening I want the snail mail folks to know of upcoming events.

Firstly we have the Hororata and Vincent County rallies both coming up this coming weekend. No doubt we will have delegations going in both directions and I know Rowdy is not going to either of them so I am happy to coordinate whose going and when. So if you are let me know and I will pass it on and you can ride with your mates.

The big one coming up is our Poker Run

Some details below of the TTAG Poker Run from Jock who is organizing this one

Accommodation is Keswick Camp in Pounawea, 10 minutes from Owaka.
Poker run will be sorted before we get there will discuss details with you at a later date.
Keswick Accommodation Details.
Accommodation Twin Rooms $20 per person per night
20 Rooms Total Booked from Friday 13th February check out 15th. (can book more if need be)
Communal facilities – We have the use of both the smaller kitchen and also the large commercial kitchen & BBQ
Communal Bathroom – We have private use of these shared bathrooms, females & males.
We will be leaving Liz & Rowdy’s place 1.00 pm Friday the 13th February,
Estimated Travel Based on no stops
Timaru – Mosgiel 2 Hours 20 Minutes
Mosgiel – Balclutha 50 Minutes
Balclutha – Owaka 20 Minutes
Owaka – Pouawea 10 Minutes
Total – 3 Hours 40 Minutes non stop

So if you can’t go on the Friday rip down Saturday morning

There will be some prizes also.
If you need more information contact Jock 027 652 4664

Jock needs to know numbers please let him know if you are going.