Cranbourne Motor Bike GP run 2010
Sh... If you listen you will hear it ..... The gentle burble of a motor bike . In the distance stirring!
The leathers are coming out from their winter hideouts, some getting a nice polish up , some will be worn as they are and have been for many years.
Bikes are getting their work-overs, some thorough, some hmm, well maybe not so thorough. lol
The makes and shapes of the bikes ? It may be the ubiquitous Harley Davidson maybe a Suzuki even a Ducati! Well for this event it does not matter one iota what make of Bike you ride. As long as you RIDE !!!!
What event you may ask am I talking about?
Silly! Its the Annual Cranbourne Motor Bike Run
Cranbourne GP Run 2010
Oliversmum who is not only my life partner but is also a Hubber (feel free to check out her profile) and myself decided that we would go together to view and photograph the Motor Bike 'send off' which was leaving Cranbourne at 10 am.
So , both of us, rugged up against the cold and armed with our cameras took off on this not so lovely day.
All through the night the storms had ... um...stormed as storms do! As it turned out , apart from rain tempered with some hail and accompanied by a lot of wind , the weather was not too bad :-)
Cathy Freeman who you may remember won the Gold Medal for the 2000 Olympic Games held in Sydney flagged off the riders from high up in a cherry picker.
Looking up at Cathy and the Mayor of Casey Cr.Lorraine Wreford you could see they were not all that comfortable in the inclement weather.
After all the town had experienced wild storms during the night and the wind, rain and hail did not seem to dampen the crowds enthusiasm.
With a very brave "Riders start your Engines" and a beautiful cheerful grin Kathy started waving the checkered flag to send the thousands of riders on their way to Phillip Island to see the Grand Prix!
Have you ever heard thousands of motor bike engines roar into life simultaneously?
The earth moved for me :-)
Picking out our Favorite Rigs
Before Oliversmum and myself set out on our trip we decided that each of us would pick out our own favorite Motor Cycle Rig.
There were so many beautifully prepared Bikes and Trikes that choosing one was very hard but here are our final choices with images to give you an idea what each one looked like.
Oliversmum picked out this wicked looking Dragon Trike and I must agree it was a very striking looking tri-wheeler complete with matching helmet.
Check out the huge dragon eye art work on the rear luggage compartment!
Oliversmum had her heart set on this machine but I explained to her that Green would not go with any of her scarves ;-)
My own choice was a Motor Bike with side car. Very Art Deco period. I am not sure which brand of Bike it is, if any one has an idea please let me know in the comments below, it would be great to know?
I am leaning towards it being a 'Puch' or an Italian job !
Whichever it is, this bike and sidecar was one ot the prettiest units on display.
High Street, Cranbourne where thousands of motor cyclists assembled for the 2010 Grand Prix Run to Phillip Island to see the Australian Grand Prix!
Feast your eyes on these great Motor Bikes
For anyone who enjoys looking at fine machine I have included below more images of some of the beautifully prepared bikes and rigs so proudly put on display for the Cranbourne GP Run of 2010.
So feast your eyes and please enjoy: