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VinceS:
Note that newsletter issuing as such has largely been discontinued, ever since I discovered the "Announce Topics" feature! So the tendency now is to "Announce Topics" to either Full or Partial forum member lists as appropriate. The first post of any Announced topic will always say it was Announced, and this has taken the place of any pretense that issuing a regular newsletter is gunna happen any time soon!

There may come a time in future when we do newsletters again, but right now it is more convenient for me to issue info to all when it comes to hand if it is relevant and of probable interest to a wide audience. So far I have had no complaints and several notes of thanks, so I must be getting the balance somewhere close to OK!

Obviously this has been the case for some time, but I just noticed the sticky topic of old newsletters and felt an explanation was in order.......

VinceS:
HunterDOGs Club Ride Sunday 15th - Bulahdelah Old Rd, BP Bero 9am departure

Sent: Friday, 13 April, 2012 4:29 PM

People might guess that I got a bit disillusioned about the extremely variable attendance rates on club rides and, on top of a couple of miscellaneous life circumstances, kinda dropped the ball. Nobody picked it up!

I’m not sure if that means it is a bit pointless in today’s society trying to keep a social motorcycle club alive or not? I guess it is only 3 months to the next AGM and we will either see a bunch of people interested in having an active club boot out the spectacularly non-performing current lot, or something else….

Anyway, whinging is pointless. This Sunday is a scheduled ride, the weather looks good and I am inclined to go on it, particularly since it is short and sweet – or a bit longer if we want to go back for “doubles” (which we rarely do!). So how about anybody that is interested in reactivating this social riding club rocks along to BP Bero for the ride and maybe a nag over morning tea about what the club should / could be? Assuming the rain stays away of course! Details from the calendar (http://hunterdog.org.au/Calendar/month.php) are as below.

Wipe the dust off that Duke and rock on down, see you there! ……….Vince Sunter

Bulahdelah: It is always nice to have a doddle up the old highway just north of Bulahdelah, and this is the best time of the year to do it. It is not too hot and the likelihood of moss is low. Typically the road is pretty clean AND dry, both important to enjoy this wonderful, free flowing but hardly used piece of the National Road system. Go via East Gresford, Dungog, Stroud and Booral, have a break at the servo at the beginning then a sighting run to Wootton first, and a repeat run for many before lunch in Bulahdelah.

Meet 8:45am for 9am-ish departure (unless rain prevents). Departure points vary depending which direction we are going.

North: BP Beresfield - at the top end of the F3, coming from south turn right at the roundabout and it is 100m up on the left.

You will be going somewhere nice and in the company of friendly like minded people who love to ride their Ducatis, or they want to one day.

GENERAL INFO APPLICABLE TO ALL RIDES:
All are welcome and there is no club charge, you don't have to be a member (until you want to be). We mostly adopt a ride practice of waiting at turns - this gives the faster riders a bit of a rest, and allows others to catch up at their own pace with no worries. We may sometimes use corner markers and / or tail riders depending on group size / destination / whatever, but the main thing is to ensure that everybody has a good time riding and in the company of others.

Please also note that the club accepts no liability whatsoever for your actions / losses, regardless of the cause - see disclaimer here: http://www.hunterdog.org.au/RidesAndEvents.htm#Disclaimer

http://hunterdog.org.au/DiscussionBoard/index.php

VinceS:
HunterDOG’s Club Ride: Toy Run 9:30am Sun 4th Dec Griffith Park Stockton

Sent: Thursday, 01 December, 2011 11:57 PM

This Sunday is the Newcastle Toy Run and we are scheduling this as the Dec club ride for an easy morning out and a bit of fun. We will go to that instead of a social breakfast. It is Bigger and Better this year, which is saying something considering how big and good it has been in years gone by! And who could miss the opportunity to be on the inaugural ride for the new (25km) route??? Rock on down - 10am sharp departure from the new departure point at Griffith Park Stockton (east of ferry terminal), see http://hunterdog.org.au/DiscussionBoard/index.php?topic=758 or http://www.toyrun.org.au/index.php?page=newcastle  for details.

There will be no Belmont 16Ft Sailing Club breakky on and the 3rd Sun club ride date is too close to Christmas so this is it. You better grab a kid and come to the toy run. Or grab a friend. Or just grab yourself. But don't forget to bring a toy! Try to get a toy a kid would like to play with, not a soft toy as they get too many of these. It is a real feel good event for those that have gone before, and for those coming for the first time too. Decorate your bike (and yourself) if you wish, many will.

The plan is for me to get there around 9:00am ish and tie the club banner to a tree, pole, wall, elf / whatever to give a target to accumulate around. It does get pretty crowded so the reality may be that you will just park where you can and go with the flow, but do of course wander over to say hello. The banner is a rectangular black and white rectangle approx 2m x 0.5m and depicts a desmo valve, as well as mentioning Ducati in a couple of places of course.

If you haven't got a kid available yourself get one of the neighbours (I have), or someone from work. Whoever you pick will have an experience of a lifetime that they will remember and impress their friends with for weeks to come. It's good "cool factor" stuff for them, plus of course another kid gets to play with your toy.

Please don't let a fear of crowds / close riding put you off. Some people of course are not comfortable with this, so what happens in practice is many elect to hold back a little until all the "gotta be firsts" have gone in the main wave and then everyone else can just come along in relatively normal traffic, which is where we’ll be. Then you can enjoy waving to the throngs of spectators without having to worry about anything you are not comfortable with. The run is set up professionally with full green lights and escort for about a thousand bikers!

When it comes to parking at the other end there is no real prospect of gathering together - just park and enjoy the ambience.

The event takes about 2 hours all up. Afterwards it will be "free rides" (as organised on the day), or just lolling about on the foreshore with an icecream / whatever.
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Other news: The Ringwood Park Raceway has moved another solid step closer to reality. The public submission stage is over so there is a good chance it will get approval soon and construction can start in earnest next year. Check out the newspaper article here: http://hunterdog.org.au/DiscussionBoard/index.php?topic=275

There is a new bike shop in town, see http://hunterdog.org.au/DiscussionBoard/index.php?topic=791

There is some brilliant training info put out by the MCC NSW, I didn’t think video training could be this good, check it out: http://hunterdog.org.au/DiscussionBoard/index.php?topic=756.msg2213

Is it time to plan another weekend away? These are always brilliant for those that go but hey, hit reply and let us know what you think and the committee will get right into organising one if the planets align…
 
See you soon (Sunday, OK?) ………………Vince

VinceS:
HunterDOG's Club Ride - Concourse D'Elegance; 9am Sun 18/9/11 Belmont South Shell Depart

Sent: Thursday, 15 September, 2011 2:08 PM (and I forgot to immediately post it in archives, whoops!)

This note is a reminder for the ride on Sunday. Meet 8:45am at Belmont South Shell for 09:00am departure (unless rain prevents). Come and drool over Sydney’s finest collection of Ducati Motorcycles in one place at the Ducati Owners Club of NSW Annual Concours d’ Elegance. This is the best Ducati Concourse in the country, has a smattering of those "other marques" just to help show off how good the Ducatis are. Held in the grounds of the Moorong Spinal Unit, Victoria Road, Ryde. Food and drinks will be available, plus trade stalls and other planned events. Bring out your bike and show people what owning a Ducati is all about. See flyer at http://hunterdog.org.au/DiscussionBoard/index.php?topic=778 for more info.

We will be leaving 9am from Belmont South Shell and basically go down the old road with the idea of arriving just before midday. We will register to enter the concourse, this is so we get to park in the grounds with all the cool bikes rather than out in the car park with the non-believers! And, if you're really keen, bring a polishing rag and have a crack at a trophy. We have had winners in our midst before. Usually we hang around for an hour or so to take in the bikes and a bite to eat before shuffling off home and still have enough time to mow the grass if you need to, so rock on down for a sticky beak at all the cool machinery (maybe stay for the trophies and stuff the grass!).

A quick note re the Ringwood Raceway, there is a track plan and virtual lap here http://www.ringwoodraceway.com.au/index.php?module=circuit to whet your appetite while we wait for the real thing to turn up. You can sign up on their home page to get direct notifications of progress if you like.

There is a fair bit of other motorcycling news and interest items on the forum, check it out on the link below and join in the discussion if you like. If you have forgotten your password just reply to this note with a reset request and I will sort it. Catch you on Sunday ………...Vince

http://hunterdog.org.au/DiscussionBoard/index.php

VinceS:
Hunter DOG’s Club Ride Sunday 9am BP Beresfield – Bulga, CockFighter Ck Tavern

Weather permitting we have a short club ride planned for Sunday 21/08/11, being the third Sunday of the month. Unfortunately it looks like the weather won’t permit, AGAIN, as they are promising heavy rain for Saturday with showers Sunday! If they get it totally wrong (could happen, not like it hasn’t before…) and it rains itself out on Saturday with Sunday dawning the sunny day motorcyclists require it to be Frances and I will be there, she will be on her new VF750 *^!%@*#Honda^(@%#!!! Do join us for what will then be a pleasant half day out on the bikes.

By way of news the DA for Ringwood Motor Sports Complex is finally "IN", Hooray!!! So the clock has started to get this facility constructed. See http://hunterdog.org.au/DiscussionBoard/index.php?topic=275

Ride details from the calendar (http://hunterdog.org.au/Calendar/view_entry.php?id=306&date=20110821) are as follows:
CockFighter Ck Tavern, Bulga at the top of the Putty Rd, see http://hunterdog.org.au/DiscussionBoard/index.php?topic=189. via Sandy Ck Rd, through Cessnock up Oakey Ck Rd then McDonalds Rd and turn left on Thompsons Rd at Cypress Lakes Golf Club to Broke Rd then Milbrodale Rd and right at the Putty Rd to Bulga. 85km total. Note that the tavern doesn't open until 11am so we might just have to pop down for a run through the top twisties if we get to the Milbrodale turn-off too early! Although they will open early if we ask nicely and give a bit of notice. Return via Wallaby Scrub Rd & Lovedale Rd which is 86km back to Edgeworth, then scatter for home.

Meet 8:45am for 9am-ish departure (unless rain prevents). Departure points vary depending which direction we are going.

North: BP Beresfield - at the top end of the F3, coming from south turn right at the roundabout and it is 100m up on the left.

You will be going somewhere nice and in the company of friendly like minded people who love to ride their Ducatis, or they want to one day.

GENERAL INFO APPLICABLE TO ALL RIDES:
All are welcome and there is no club charge, you don't have to be a member (until you want to be). We mostly adopt a ride practice of waiting at turns - this gives the faster riders a bit of a rest, and allows others to catch up at their own pace with no worries. We may sometimes use corner markers and / or tail riders depending on group size / destination / whatever, but the main thing is to ensure that everybody has a good time riding and in the company of others.

Please also note that the club accepts no liability whatsoever for your actions / losses, regardless of the cause - see disclaimer here: http://www.hunterdog.org.au/RidesAndEvents.htm#Disclaimer

Kind regards,
Vince Sunter

http://hunterdog.org.au/DiscussionBoard/index.php

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