|Posted by Red Ned on March 18, 2014 at 6:40 AM||comments (0)|
So this weekend was the Bunya Run 14 with the guys from Easyriders Social Motorcycle Club from Ipswich. To start off with, we meet up at the Shell servo at Nudgee and after introductions and some food and coffee we got going.
To start with it was a simple 7 minute ride down the road to the Indian Motorcycle Museum of Australia. But with the cutting edge technology from Harley Davidson, it took us almost half an hour due to some serious wrong directions from the GPS.
Once we arrived at the museum we had a look around inside and out. With so many bikes to look at and more pulling up all the time we could have stayed there all day. In the street out the front they had a range of new and old Indians as well as some other bikes such as the 5000CC Y2K bike with its Rolls helicopter engine. I strongly recommend anyone who likes motorcycles and especially Indians has a look next time they are in the area. https://www.facebook.com/IndianMotorcycleMuseumAustralia?fref=ts
We then hit the road and headed to Kilcoy for a drink and fuel stop. The BP in Kilcoy is on the corner of the highway on the western side and has a good range of treats, drinks and food for all as well as all the fuels (regular, 95 and 98).
We also had a quick drink stop at the Stanley Hotel where the staff are always happy to see motorcycle enthusiasts come in.
Next was the trip to Cooyar and with some very good roads and a few good twisties it was a great ride. The Blackbutt range is now completed so the corners are almost perfect. The only road works we encountered were between Yarraman and the top of the Cooyar range. Good road, just been resealed just no markings so the speed limit has been reduced over I think about 5 kilometers.
Once we reached the top of the Cooyar range I was surprised that there was not one vehicle on the entire downhill run so was able to give the bottom of the pegs a bit of a grinding. By time everyone caught up we were in Cooyar.
The Cooyar Hotel put on a sausage sizzle for us at $2 per sausage and was cooked by time we arrived. I did give them a ring from Kilcoy so they were expecting us. You can see my public review in the tab marked “public review”.
Next was the run up the Bunya Mountains. Besides the road being a little rough between Cooyar and the turn off to the top (3 km’s short of the Bun Pub) it was a great run. Most of the guys (and girl) had a great time negotiating the twisties. Up the top we stopped at the lookout for some quick pics and then onto the Bunyas Bistro. Again see my review in the “Public Reviews” tab.
The final legs of the day where fast approaching as were the twisties on the Kingaroy side of the Mountains. This section would have to be close to my favorite piece of road in the South Burnett.
We headed into Kingaroy and stopped at the peanut van so the guys could grab some nuts and then headed to the Cecil Hotel in Wonai which is where we stayed the night. Beers where drank into the night and the hospitality was great.You can also see my public review in the same place as the others.
Sunday morning and a few took off early and missed breakfast. Once on the road we headed to Murgon and then on to Nanango. The road was so much better than the last time I traveled it with the exception of some road works in the middle.
From Nanango, the guys headed back to Ipswich and I headed home. A great weekend and a great ride.
|Posted by Red Ned on March 12, 2014 at 10:40 AM||comments (0)|
Went for a recky run over the Bunyas today. To start of with I went to Cooyar and pulled up at the servo for fuel (only regular and 95) and an iced coffee. I then went down the pub and had a chat. One of the owners was behind the bar and was all for bikes and rides and event has an event herself in August every year.
Next I headed to Macglagan then turned at the shop to head up the Bunyas..... Not a good idea unless you have a dirt bike. Almost 11k's of pretty good road and the 20k's of dirt. I turned the red bitch around and headed back.
After reassessing my options I headed towards Dalby and 3k's short of the Bun pub I turned onto the Bunya road I knew. It was a good run and the first time I have gone up this side (I usually go down) and must say after this weekend, I will definitely only go down the Dalby side. Great roads with plenty of twisties, but you can't get the speed up to properly appreciate the ride going up.
Anyways, I got to the top and took a panoramic photo of the Darling Downs and beyond from Fishers Look out. Then off to the township. A great cafe/restaurant to the top of the hill (Poppies) or around the bend to the store and licenced restaurant. Well I didn't feel like coffee or beer so I headed to the store.
Had a chat with the new owners and by the sounds of it things are going great for the restaurant. Has had a facelift and the new owners are trying to get an off premise licence (Take away grog).
By now the shadows had gotten that long that the valley was almost in darkness so I decided to head. BTW, if ever up the Bunyas, watch out for the skippies, they are everywhere and are not scared of vehicles.
Now once I got to the t intersection I turned right towards Kingaroy. I so do love that road when there is no traffic...... Lovely curves, beautiful bends and the road was pretty good too.
Anyhow, I have posted some pics in the gallery and will see yous after the weekend ride....... BUNYA RUN 14, here we come.