Vintage motorbike run keeps to NSW side of the border
TWEED'S Motorcyclist Enthusiast Club gathered for its annual Kirra to Crams Farm ride on Sunday.
The 150-strong contingent of riders took to the road to celebrate the club's 30th year.
They began their trip at the Kirra Sports Club, journeying via Mooball to Crams Farm and passing through a car accident on Tweed Valley Way to finish at the Chinderah Hotel.
No club colours were displayed on this ride according ride organiser Rod Hall, who said the event was about appreciating vintage bike designs and raising money for charities.
"Any motorcycle was welcome to come, so we have attracted wide a cross-section of individuals, from the Tweed, Gold Coast, Ballina and Brisbane," Mr Hall said.
Vintage Harley Davidson, Ducati and Hondas from the 70s were some of the bikes on show.
"We have guys with multiple bikes that have been pulled apart in their garage - they just can't help themselves," Mr Hall said.
The club is based at Kirra and has monthly meetings at the Tweed Heads Bowls Club.
They have monthly group rides, yearly overnight rides and are open to everyone to join.
However, new Queensland anti-biker laws have affected the club operations.
"We used to ride to Mount Tamborine; it used to be a very popular spot for bikers to visit.
"All the shops are doing it really tough there now because they depended on the business that the motorcyclists brought.
"You don't go out to places on the weekend that you used to, I don't think people realise how many business were related to the motorcyclists," Mr Hall said.
Mr Hall rides for recreation, in the absence of good surf.
"I used to go surfing and fishing and now the weather is that bad all the time - we haven't had any good surf since August.
"So now I just hop on my bike and go for a ride. It's freedom to explore our region, you just don't go to Queensland anymore,"
The Tweed Motorcyclist Enthusiasts Club can be contacted on their web page thmcec.com and will hold its next group ride on February 8.
Last year the club raised $3000 for the Children in Need charity, $1000 for disabled children and several hundred for women's cancer through sponsorship of the Dragons Boat Race.