Issue Number 7

May 2003

When you need to know the news, read the Nulla-Noos

It seems so long ago since I sat here at the computer and typed the edition of Nulla-Noos 6, and it feels like so much has happened since then, I just don’t know where to start.

I suppose I could tell you about the great ride that some of us had going to Sydney and back, and all of the strange things that happened on the ride.

Or maybe I could tell you that we had great weather nearly all the way, but that would probably just make you envious of the ride wouldn't it.

Or what about the new bikes that some of the people bought in Adelaide, or the fun that we had at the ORT Show in Sydney watching Angry and Rose Tattoo, INXS, Killing Heidi, Yothu Yindi & Jimmy Barnes.

Or maybe the time we just spent wandering around inside the stadium looking at 100 years of the history of Harley Davidson, " The best damn motorcycle in the world ", so we were informed countless times by the people from the USA.

But if I told you all of that now, I'd have nothing to tell you later in the Noos, so I'll tell you all the boring stuff first.

Attached to this copy of the Noos, you will find your membership renewal slip, and I know that, as Nulla's, "we aren't very bright, but we can lift heavy things", so I've made it real easy for you to renew.

You don't even have to fill it in, unless something has changed, so just attach $20.00 to it, and post it back to me. How simple is that ??

Some of you will have new membership forms enclosed for your partners too.

Memberships expire at the end of April, which is now, so return your renewal and your money a.s.a.p. please.

We are looking at a few minor changes to the club this year, and I hope these changes are enjoyed by all of the members.

We hope to arrange some shorter rides during the year, maybe a few overnight rides as well.

Doing one huge ride per year is great fun, but not seeing everyone for months at a time is not the right way to operate, so this change should be good for all of us.

Obviously, we will try to ensure that these runs do not clash with other club rides where possible, but we can't guarantee it all the time.

Also, a run to the SA State Rally in late September could be on too, so if you've got 2weeks to spare and you're interested in doing that one, please let me know and we'll see response we get to it.

The next big ride could be to Tassie in September 2004. If you've never been there, here's your chance. I did it in 1997, and it's a beautiful place to tour around on a bike, so I'm going again.

Now, on to the ride to Sydney for Harley's 100th Birthday Celebrations, and for those of you first-timers that came for the ride, I hope you enjoyed it as much as us old fellas did.

It's a great ride, and I'm surprised, no amazed, that people don't do the ride over and back at least once in their riding lifetime.

This trip was just under 4 weeks on the road and I reckon we had it all this time, rain, clouds, sunshine, dust storms, heat, traffic jams, animals, slippery roads. Shit, you name it and we had it.

And if you weren't sure how to handle your bike before you left, you sure as hell did by the time we came back home.

But it was fun, as always. Nobody fell off, no divorces, no punch-ups, everything was nearly perfect this time.

Just one flat tyre [ Thanks Aud ] but even that could ruin this trip.

I don't know about you, but I reckon it was the best ride I've had in years, and I would like to thank everybody for coming along and making it a memorable one too.

The full story will be on the Nullaboys Web site as it's way too big to fit into Nulla-Noos 7.

Speaking of web site, we have finally got our own Web site address now, so if you're looking for us, you will find us at WWW.NULLABOYS.COM

And if you have any photos that you would like to place on the site, feel free to do so. That's what it's there for.

Post them to me, and put a little bit of info with them, I'll get them to Steve and have them added to the site. Then I'll get them back to you.

Alternatively, e-mail them straight to Spider [ Steve ] at

The idea of the web site is to advertise us, and what we are all about. There will be a few changes to it as time goes on, some things will come off and some will be changed and replaced with new bits.

I was actually approached by a couple of people from the eastern states clubs wanting to know if we had a web site, as they wanted to be kept up-to-date on things in the Nullaboys camp.

If you have any suggestions as to what you would like to see on it, please tell me or Spider direct.

We can also have links to other sites of interest, links to your own web sites, especially if you have one for your business.

We might even get a buy & sell section going, but we need your input to make the whole thing work.

Check it out and tell me what you think

Easter Saturday was the HOG Easter Egg Hunt at Stefan & Regina's property near York.

Luigi & I arrived at the Caltex in Midvale at about 8.30am to find Carl & his wife waiting already. As 9.00am was the allotted departure time, we had some time to kill before we left.

A few more people turned up, but it was nowhere as well attended as I thought it would be.

In the end there was 14 people ready to roll, and out of those, 9 of them were members of this frowned upon and near banished fringe dwelling group of riders.

Out of 200 members of the Perth HOG Chapter, only 5 fronted for their own Easter Egg hunt event.

It's no wonder that people have the opinion that the chapter is not being run well by the current committee when not one committee member can even front up for their own event.

But I haven't started writing this to have a whinge about them, I'm sure the membership will work it out soon enough.

The run to the property was good, and the traffic was light and the group stayed well bunched most of the time.

We arrived at "The Shed" and parked our bikes. Then we walked up the dirt driveway to "The House". For those of you that haven't seen what this man can do, you should've come for the ride.

The "House" is a work of art, designed, engineered, plan drawn, built and nearly constructed all by Stefan.

It's nearly all constructed of glass and steel and it looks like a bloody big shed, until you start to listen to Stefan and visualise what's going where.

It should be finished around Christmas time, depending on his travel plans to Switzerland again in September, and the finished product will be something to see.

If you get an invite, go and have a look at this mans thoughts and what he can come up with for a design.

I, for one, am very impressed, and I can't wait for it's total completion.

Anyway, I digress. The Easter Eggs had been hidden everywhere outside, so it made for an interesting challenge to find them. Some were in the trees, others hiding in pipes and under building materials.

So while we looked for them, Stefan ate our, sorry, cooked our breakfast.

The coffee pot was hot when we arrived, so that got a bashing first up, and then we proceeded to eat everything Stefan could find to cook.

And you should all know the Nullaboys rules, we'd ridden the mandatory 100kms, we hadn't eaten and it was 10.30 when we arrived with empty stomachs. Sorry Stefan, but we were hungry !!

And the best part was riding the 5kms on the gravel 'drive' to get to the shed from the main road. I don't think I'd like to do that little trip in the rain.

Around 12.30, the weather started to look a bit shitty, so Luigi, Benny Bev and myself took the chance to get going before the heavens opened up.

A good idea, but it didn't work according to plan and we got wet just after we got back onto the bitumen.

The roads all the way back to Sawyers Valley were wet, but there was not a hint of rain from there on. But we were warned, it was forecast to rain today, so it serves us right.

Doesn't matter though, it's a good excuse to wash the bike because now it's all dirty.

Thanks Stefan, it was a good ride for a good breakfast and we'll to do it again one day.

Who knows, maybe we'll score another invite for breaky when the house is finished.

I received some mail from the MRAWA a couple of weeks back, so, for the local members, I've included it in this issue for you to consider doing.

If you're a Perth-based member, you'll find a flyer from the MRAWA inviting us to join them in the 2003 Ride for a Mission on the 18th of May.

See if you can find time in your busy schedule to fit this in, as it is a worthwhile cause to help out some very needy families.

You'd have to admit that we've got nearly everything we need, but there are people out there that have very little, and Father Brian does a lot to help out these needy people in Perth.

Enough said, maybe we'll see you there.

Stefan & Regina have sent some photo's in of the ride to Sydney, so these have been put on the web site for you to view.

If you have some you would like to contribute, please forward them along. You'll get them back, eventually.

There also a section for each of you to write a little bit of blurb on yourself, so please, please, please, send the info to Spider and he will add it to your site.

If you can't find time to do it, maybe I'll have to do it for you. But be warned that you may not like what I write about you, so you should do it yourself.

It doesn't need to be a lot, but something would be nice.

ANZAC day has been and gone again, and the number of people that gave their time up to attend the dawn service at the Kings Park War Memorial this year was huge.

I've been going to this service for many, many years and this would have to have been the most people I had ever encountered.

They claimed to have had 15,000 people attend the 75th Anniversary back in 1989, but this year's gathering easily eclipsed that.

I didn't count the heads, but I would guess at least 35,000 - 40,000 people attended this year. The crowd was at least similar in size to that leaving the footy at Subiaco Oval, so I reckon 35,000 minimum.

The media claim that recent events like the Bali bombings, and the Iraqi conflict have brought the ANZAC's back to the front of people's minds.

Why is it that people have to be hammered with these events to remember our history and to remember what these hero's of yesterday did for this nation and it's people.

Everybody celebrates and remembers ANZAC day in their own way so I hope you made it a memorable time.

To Snoopy, Luigi and Godfather, thanks for making mine memorable by taking the time to join me this morning in Kings Park for the service, and afterwards for breakfast.

The next BBQ will be at Luigi's place, but he has to finish building the BBQ first, so I can't tell you when it'll be. I'll be in touch on that one soon.

Well, that's it for another edition of Nulla-Noos.

Memberships are due now, so please send your renewals, or applications back to me as soon as possible.

Ride safe, and long………..

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