Alan Hunt (left), of Taree, and Graham Burling, of Brisbane, compare bikes at Coutts Crossing.
Alan Hunt (left), of Taree, and Graham Burling, of Brisbane, compare bikes at Coutts Crossing. Terry Deefholts

Classics on show at rally

FANS of the 2007 film Wild Hogs would have turned green with envy when 77 riders participated in the Grafton Classic Motorcycle Rally at the weekend.

Organised by the Clarence Valley Historic and Enthusiasts Motorcycle Club, the inaugural rally is in gear to become a popular annual event, following great feedback and overwhelming enthusiasm from the riders.

Club secretary Terry Ryan said the rally featured a historic line-up of classic motorcycles from the late 1920s through to the mid 1990s. He said riders came from Cowra, Tamworth and Brisbane to participate.

"They (riders) rode from Grafton to Copmanhurst on Friday, from Grafton to Coutts Crossing on Saturday and from Grafton to Wooli on Sunday," he said.

"There was a lot of variety amongst the motorcycles, one was a 1927 Rudge EW 350 and another was a 1982 Moto Guzzi.

"There was one special bike which stood at the rally, a 1974 Ducati 750. The other riders were impressed by it and agreed it was the best bike in the rally."

The event finished with a lunch prepared by the Wooli Lions Club.

Mr Ryan said he hoped to take part in the event next year.

A passionate motorcyclist (he has 24 bikes at home), Mr Ryan hopes to have two of his beauties - a 1938 Levis and a 1971 Yamaha 650 - ready by next year.

"At the moment they are works in progress," he said.



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