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OHV Conversions

Quite a range everybody is aware of the Apache top-end conversion done by Lindsey Urquart over ten years ago (pictured above) and it wasn’t a straight fit as the strengthening bar has to be cut-out and welded a bit higher up similar to the Vindian a great conversion though. The other variant spotted on Facebook recently has a pair of early BMW top-ends fitted a bit of a”lash-up” but quite a bit of work in the conversion, so the reason this is a talking point is that 99% of these conversions are on Chief’s not on Scouts, unbelievably though I believe member Sam Vella is attempting such a modification on his 1939 Sports Scout quite a amazing feat but he recently converted it to Bently-Draper rear suspension as on a Brough Superior I’m hoping he can pull this off as it will be a very rare conversion.

The 25th Great-Race 2017. Merrijig Victoria. 27th, 28th, 29th January 2017.

The 2017 Great-Race will be held in the Mansfield area and surrounds. The roads in this area show off some of Victoria’s most picturesque scenery. Great for riding our classic motorcycles.

The Merrijig area has several accommodation options and we have chosen two our host hotel the Sebel Pinnacle and 5 kilometres down the road the Merrijig Motor Inn.

Registrations will be from 3.00pm on Thursday 26th afternoon with our barbecue starting at 6.30 pm. Race will start at 8.00am on Friday 27th. A Shuttle bus will run between the two accommodation venues on the Friday and Saturday evenings.
The final presentations will be at brunch on Sunday 29th.
As advised previously first round of entries will close on September 17th so we suggest prompt return of your entry form and also book your accommodation.

Our feature bikes for the event are Bobbers and Choppers. We ask that a photo is included with your entry if you are entering one of these bikes.

Accommodation details.

The Sebel Pinnacle Valley Resort.

1 Mimosa Drive,

Merrijig 3723.         Phone 03 57775788

Merrijig Motor Inn.

1915 Mount Buller Road,

Merrijig 3723          Phone 03 57775702

Mention The Great-Race to receive special rates.

See you in Merrijig, The Great-Race Organizers.

Hi-Viz Vests


Your new committee is starting to put into place “Ride Etiquette ” rules based on feedback in the recent rider survey which you should soon have a copy of in the latest Smouldering Embers next week. So what’s with the vest above, well some people already wear hi-viz vests and are easily confused with the lead rider or tail end Charlie positions, a compromise was needed so a multi-colour hi-viz vest was thought to suit (good idea Mark)our situation, the first time you will see these in action will be at the Crazy Horse rally in a couple of weeks, which reminds me enteries close next Friday so better do that I believe all the rooms are booked at the motel so sharing maybe a option or sometimes there is a cancellation please check, and don’t forget to fill out and pay your entry which is on the websitetrueheader17gr

The 2017 Great-Race goes back to Victoria for its 25TH Anniversary.

The Mansfield High Country and surrounds will be the region.

Period Style Bobbers and Choppers will be the featured bikes. Bikes in this category are expected to have pre 1958 Indian or Harley engines and frames.

Event registrations will be on the afternoon of Thursday 26th January the event will start at 8.00am on Friday 27th and the race will conclude at a special brunch from 11.00am at a unique destination immediately after the Rolling Race on Sunday 29th January.

Invitations along with additional information will be sent on 1st September and entries will initially close on 15thSeptember. . Every effort will be made to accept all entries received in this period. After this date if space permits we will accept additional entries.

Co-efficients will be x 1.25 for up to 1920 machines, x 1.15 for 1921 to 1933 machines,

 x 1.075 for 1934 to 1939. The featured Bobbers and Choppers will receive x 1.075.

Best Regards,

The Great-Race Organisers.

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Zorros have a developed a reversible solution to address the legislative requirement for a brake lamp on older Motorcycles used on the road.

In particular Indians Harley-Davdisons Hendersons Ace and  many other US manufactured motorcycles used a small Chicago supply round tail lamp between the 20s and 30’s.

Th solution provides for the existing single pole bulb holder to be removed from the tail lamp assembly and replaced with a new body and insulator with a 6 or 12v LED board with 16 dual intensity LEDs for running and stop lamp function with an additional 2 LED to provide light to the registration plate thru the clear window.

Due to the small size of the tail lamp these lights prove difficlut to convert to a dual pole bulb holder notwithstanding that they need to be irreconcilably modified to provide a brake light to enable legal use on the road.

The conversion cn be carried out in around 40 mins with no permanent modifications required, no drill or cutting is needed and the whole assembly can be put back to original condition in a similar time.

As well as providing the brake light function the LED has additional benefits in terms of reduce power draw brighter light and improved durability.

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Selling price is expected to be $249.95 and is only available from Zorro’s tel Mark on 0433 106669 or email




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