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Rides Events Clubs Groups York Motorcycle Festival 2017

Discussion in 'Rides and Events - Clubs and Groups' started by jazzhunt, Apr 23, 2017.

  1. jazzhunt

    jazzhunt Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    The annual York (WA) festival was on today and the turnout was spectacular. Police estimate 6500 motorcycles turned up and about 20 000 people. The main street was closed off and every street in the town had hundreds and hundreds of bikes parked in every scrap of space. Frankly, it was a bit overwhelming and everywhere I turned there was more amazing bikes to drool over so I didn't take anywhere near enough photos but these few shots might give you a bit of an idea. Traffic was a nightmare but I only saw one speedtrap and no coppers at all in the 350k round trip. Great selection of stalls and most of the major brands had 8 - 12 new bikes on display. CB900 cafe.jpg Desmo.jpg Guzzi in the street.jpg Honda Cafe.jpg YMF17 Street 1.jpg YMF17 Street 2.jpg YMF17 Street 3.jpg Z1B .jpg
     
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    Madhouse! .... would have been fun when leaving all at once :)
     
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    You're not wrong, Grey, and, for most people going back to Perth, you then have to deal with 50 k's of twisty, one lane road, with only three overtaking zones and 80% double white lines before you get back to the highway.
     
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    Thanks for posting Jazz. Sounds like a fantastic time. The bike scene in the West looks like it's firing on all cylinders.
     
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    In general, motorcycling is going okay here in the West but it's not running on all cylinders. The biggest issue we have, Frankster, is that there is no motorcycle racing in any form, including track days and advanced rider training, allowed at Barbagallo Raceway anymore. Given that is the only track in Perth, that is a big problem and a lot of riders are very angry and disappointed. Even the Perth round of the Superbikes had to be cancelled.
     
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    That's piss poor. I understand your frustration. I guess having one of the best drag strips in the country is pointless if you want to do laps. Seems an odd move by the local government not to have something for track days. Organise a protest ride to the steps of parliament. Get some media airtime and some social backing for your cause.
     
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    If anyone is interested in the whole, complex, disappointing saga there is an excellent FB group called 'We need our track back." But, be warned, it's no longer a simple issue.
     
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    Interesting, if not confusing, article. Why ban motorcycle track days while they investigate additional safety measures? Go for a ride at Broadford...both straights have horrendous runoff areas. I feel sorry for anyone who is injured or killed motorcycle riding and I'm not familiar with all the background regarding Barbagallo, so I'll just get back in my box.
     

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