Ben grew up with his 10 brothers and sisters on a Gold Coast property and has been riding dirt bikes for years. Ben has now carved out a supercross track on his property and his eldest of five, Kye, 8, is becoming a pretty good rider, he reckons.
But there’s no dirt today; it’s tarmac all the way to the top of Mt Glorious for lunch. From there the riders splinter off to do their own thing.
It’s a great way for riders with a particular brand passion and riding style to meet others with similar interests.
I’ve been on several shop rides and the best are those for one brand which doesn’t have a wide variety of motorcycle style. In this case, it’s two brands, but they are all either cruisers or tourers.
The pace is brisk up front, gradually getting cruisier down the back. It’s only a short ride and the pack doesn’t get too broken up.
Lunch and a chat at Maialla Cafe is a great chance to get to know the other riders and pillions. There’s Peter and Susan Surgenor and John Young and his daughter, Aimee, on their Cross Country tourers, Julie McCormack on her modified Highball cruiser, and Marty Whyte and his dad, Glen, who can no longer ride, but enjoys the pillion perch on the Indian Chief Classic.
Mrs MotorbikeWriter and I had a blast. Great to meet you all and we hope to join you on another shop ride soon. Thanks to Ron Grant, Rob Salbatecu and all the shop crew for the loan of the Cross Country Classic.
The next scheduled rides from the Brisbane Victory/Indian dealership are another short Saturday ride on November 9 and a long Sunday ride on November 23. Visit the store for more details.