Let’s hope not!

Not Indian but a good journey


No good news

Harley Tool

So virtually with the new restrictions being lifted, all being well by 26/11/20 the dates for all rallies are cancelled this year although we may be able to have a few ride days before Christmas hopefully. I have listed from the Age newspaper our current regulations for our interstate members and public interest as I can only assume Victoria members are up to date. At least there will be no excuses to repair the bike when we do start riding again as any repairs should be finished by early next year


Fingers are crossed

Ready to go?

So in Victoria we are all anxiously waiting for the easing of the Covid 19 restrictions to be lifted, hopefully on Sunday we will be told by our illustrious leader Dan what the new ground rules may be. So personally at this point I see little change as the State Emergency Powers were enacted last night for 6 months longer I can only assume that would not have been necessary if we were easing back, thats my opinion though. What’s your favourite Association doing at this time, plenty probably whenever the restrictions are off we will have a day ride planned that very weekend and possibly two ride days in a month to try and catch up on all the missing rides, when the restrictions drop to Stage 2 we will be having to major rallies fairly close together instead of quarterly possibly even bi-monthly because there will be no excuses to fix the bike you have done that over the last 3 months. Immediately the Association meeting nights will be back on with the AGM on that first night, meanwhile we wait patiently

Time to go back to the future

Our President has a word

Hi Everyone
In these uncertain times I want to take the opportunity to briefly update you on a couple of matters that the club has been working on in the background.

Rally In Yakandandah
With the lockdown in Melbourne and Victoria, the original rally dates set for late September have been changed to the weekend 23rd to 25th October. Given Melbourne is in stage 4 lockdown and the rest of Victoria in Stage 3, there is no practical way that the rally could be held in late September.Even the late October date is a “hopeful guess” as we are all really reliant on being at stage 1 level restrictions, which would allow us to be away overnight and in small groups. The actual date of the Yakandandah rally is therefore fluid. We are in constant contact with the motel in Yakandandah and the calendar in the “events” page of our website is up to date. When the opportunity arises the rally will most definitely be held.
We recognise that some people have already paid their fees for the rally. They will receive priority when the final date emerges, as it will. If you have already paid your fee and would like a refund, please call Peter Kime on 0409 798 641 and provide him with your banking bsb & account number so he can transfer funds back to you.
Please keep an eye on the Events page of the website and the Calendar which is up to date as changes are made.

Red Plates and Vicroads
Previously you were required to go to a Vicroads office in order to pay your permit, complete with paperwork signed off by one of our 3 club officials, Phil Pilgrim, Peter Kime or Mark Barthelmie. There are a series of changes to this process which some of you may not be aware of. Now you can download the form from the Vicroads website, complete your part of the form & scan it to one of the 3 club officials. They will certify the document and onforward it to Vicroads on your behalf. Vicroads will then process the application & post you your permit along with plates & payment method. You can then pay electronically to Vicroads.
If you would like more detail don’t hesitate to contact one of the 3 club officials.
There are other changes being proposed, but these have not been legislated as yet.
Whilst lockdown is restrictive, particularly in Melbourne where we are limited to a 5km radius and daylight hours, many members have taken to completing those long running projects. I heard of one chap who has been building a car for the past 15 years. Over the past 6 months the car has been completed and red plated. Even the shed has been tidied up.
Look after each other, and remember that this pandemic will pass. 
We look forward to resuming weekend rides and club meetings when we are able, but in the meantime stay safe.
Keep an eye of the club website for changes to events. These are updated regularly.

Cheers Alistar

Our last run to Alexandra

Fuel up at Yea

I have just been given this video link of our interview with Glen Ridge for the TV show Garage 41 on 7 Mate that appeared about a month ago click on the link below to download the video, this may not work on some Apple devices, enjoy.


Vale Murray Morell R.I.P

Murray Morell

Murray a great friend of mine & the IIRA passed away I believe with cancer last week, he was a small manufacturer of Indian parts in W.Aust and a “stickler” for the parts being made to correct specs. Many of our members will remember him when he came to Williamstown in 2016 and manned our stand at the Show & Shine exhibition (pictured above) he also did quite a number of overhauls on bottom ends, Noel Thornby, George Fitzpatrick, Chris Horner, and my own to name a few, Murray also started the IIRA in W.Aust before eventually forming their old club the Indian Motorcycle Club of W.A the man was a dynamo and although announced dead some years ago by a parts retailer in Ashwood much to Murray’s annoyance he said ” I’m still kicking” and selling parts to everybody except that retailer. (his words not mine) unfortunately its come to pass R.I.P my friend.

Franc Trento”s new Indian

1917 PowerPlus

Member Franc Trento just bought this gem and it’s soon to be here, of course Jon Munn has a 1916 unrestored version in our Association already to keep it company, this Army model has electric lights and is bike that spent all of its life in Sydney until it holiday for a short time in Europe, thankfully it’s come home now.

Indian 1917 NE-17 “PowerPlus” 998 cc side valve V-twin frame & engine # 80J133

1917 was the second year the PowerPlus was offered and the most important change for that model year was the fitting of more substantial front forks.
The earlier Indian forks were of the single-stem type, this was now changed to a triple stem system.
This meant that the handlebars now got a double anchorage and were adjustable: “The rider is permitted to adjust the handlebars to whatever angle or degree he may desire, a safety and convenience feature found only on this new type of fork” the 1917 catalogue explained.
Other new features were the two-compartment petrol tank that had a capacity of 3¾ gallons (14 litres) and the new direct-action gear shifter that worked in a vertical plane. 1917 would be the last year of the distinctive but complex and expensive control rod system with bell cranks and universal joints, from 1918 on wire control would be utilized.
In the fall of 1916 the factory had contracted to supply an initial order of 20,000 PowerPlus machines for the army.
These were finished in olive drab and that’s probably why this colour was listed, together with blue, as an option in the 1917 catalogue.
This remarkable survivor spend much of its life in Australia, hence the crossover kickstart position.
Electrically-equipped early PowerPlusses are not often encountered: the company charged an extra $40 for this above the $275 standard price.
This machine is fitted with a rare Splitdorf magneto-dynamo combination, front and rear lights with Indian head logo, tanktop mounted light switch and ammeter and electrical horn on the handlebars.
The carefully preserved patina gives this outstanding machine a very authentic charm. She in good technical condition and has a current registration.

At Last

VicRoads is launching new digital functionality that will enable Club Permits to be renewed online from 31 July 2020.

How to renew a Club permit online

You can renew a Club Permit online with a myVicRoads account. If you don’t have a myVicRoads account, go to www.vicroads.vic.gov.au to find out more.

Simply upload the signed renewal and make the payment. This new online service removes the need for Club Permit holders to visit a Customer Service Centre or to renew via mail.

Important information:

Requirements to renew a Club Permit remains the same

The renewal must be signed by an authorised officer of the club/association to declare that the permit holder is a current member of that particular club/association. The Club Permit renewal must also be signed by the Club Permit holder.

Proof of payment

When a Club Permit is renewed online, the receipt must be printed and kept with the log book they received with renewal. The receipt may need to be produced as proof of payment.

Changing period of use

If the Club Permit holder wishes to change the period of use from 45 days to 90 days or 90 days to 45 days, the renewal cannot be processed online.

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