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BSA rally comes to Crows Nest

BSA motorcycle rally

The 16th BSA National Rally will be held in the officially declared Motorcycle Friendly Town of Crows Nest in South East Queensland this weekend (15-18 October 2020).

Despite the COVID border closures, the BSA Owners Club of Queensland still expects more than 60 members to show off their bikes.

There are four BSA branches Australia wide in South Australia, Western Australia, Victoria and Queensland with national rallies held in turn. The last rally was held in SA with about 100 attendees.

The Queensland branch has been going for 17 years.

They are inviting motorcyclists to ride up the scenic Hampton Range on Saturday to see the free display of rare and expensive machinery at the rally headquarters in Crows Nest Tourist Park Qld from 3.30pm to 4.30pm.

The oldest bike is likely from around 1915.

They are also hoping to see a 1953 Super flash BSA on display, likely to be one of the most valuable. The rarest BSA could well be the Speedway BSA.

Various rides are also planned, such as trips to The Oakey Army Museum, McCoys Café, Crows Nest Museum  and the Crows Nest Soft Drink Factory.

A big rally dinner is being held on the Saturday night.

Crows Nest was named Queensland’s second Motorcycle Friendly Town in 2017 and has become a motorcyclist Mecca with several motorbike events to be held in the town over the next two weeks and into next year.

The town has since a good social media presence, substantial motorcycle parking in the centre of town and handy brochures, videos and online resources to encourage more riders to the area.

Riders also have a helpful online tour guide resource for the region north of Toowoomba.

The town is only 90 minutes’ ride from Brisbane and about 2-3 hours from the Gold and Sunshine Coasts.

Highlights are fabulous roads, great scenery, bike friendly cafes, pubs, and accommodation.

For example, Crows Nest Tourist Park has 28 cabins and more than 150 powered and un-powered sites along with an onsite restaurant and café, The Curly Carrot.

The park is popular with motorcycle clubs as it has a club house catering for more than 150 people and a mini club house for 40.