IF YOU are the owner of a motorbike and you weren’t out riding on it last weekend, you might as well sell the bike because it doesn’t get a whole lot better than that when you’re looking for a weekend cruise.
And the bike clubs and free-wheeling couples or solo riders certainly took advantage of the superb weather especially on Sunday with the sun shining and absolutely not a breath of wind.
Korumburra’s Kelly’s Bakery was a popular stopping off point with the winding roads between Warragul and Wonthaggi or Inverloch the drawcard.
Those who went further afield on Sunday, taking the picturesque ride over the Foster hills, were not disappointed with the view across Corner Inlet to Wilsons Promontory at its spectacular best.
Without a zephyr of breeze, Corner Inlet was a complete millpond, perfectly reflecting the hills of the Prom as if it was a mirror. You don’t often see that.
The Koonwarra Store, Meeniyan, Fish Creek, Mirboo North and all refreshment stops along the coast; they were all doing a roaring Sunday lunch trade with plenty of people lingering on into the afternoon.
And everywhere you looked it was bikes, bikes and more motorbikes of every description.
A BMW owners group passed by in convoy, swooping across the turnoff into Foster and up into the hills, laying their machines over as far as the foot pegs while they gave the accelerator an extra handful in a spirited ascent.
One by one they blasted past, a dozen or more, as if connected in a string of garish pearls.
The Ulysses Motorcycle Club members, preferring comfort over speed, sat quite a bit longer over their coffees and cakes at Kelly’s.
And a couple of former dirt bike riders, Tim and Maryanne Nuske of Bittern on the Mornington Peninsula, had a pair of brand-spanking new Triumph Tiger 800XCs loaded up for a trip away in South Gippsland, as their first test run for an adventure expedition across the Nullarbor next March.
“We looked at the BMW F800 GS but frankly there’s no comparison between the two. We went for the Tigers.
“They weigh a bit more but they’ve got the Beamers covered in most other areas,” said Tim.
The couple also stopped for a break in Korumburra on Saturday morning before heading off on a loop through the hills and back along the cost.
There are those that say South Gippsland and Bass Coast has a lot more to offer motorbike cruisers than the busy Surf Coast area and, when you consider the numbers involved, we should certainly be promoting this region more heavily to motorbike riders, especially on the back of the notoriety of the World GP round and Superbikes races at the Island.
Two wheels to adventure in beautiful South Gippsland