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Re: Club Newsletters - Moved to an "Announce Topic" process
« Reply #13 on: 19 Aug 2013, 09:49 AM »
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.......
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Re: Club Newsletters - Archived Copy 13/04/12
« Reply #12 on: 13 Apr 2012, 04:39 PM »
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

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Re: Club Newsletters - Archived Copy 1/12/11
« Reply #11 on: 02 Dec 2011, 12:02 AM »
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
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Re: Club Newsletters - Archived Copies 15/08/2011
« Reply #10 on: 17 Sep 2011, 10:22 AM »
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

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Re: Club Newsletters - Archived Copies 19/08/2011
« Reply #9 on: 19 Aug 2011, 11:51 AM »
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

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Re: Club Newsletters - Archived Copies 15/07/2011
« Reply #8 on: 15 Jul 2011, 06:10 PM »
(Whoops, forgot to say date, it is this Sun, ie 17/07/11 - but you knew that!!!)

HunterDOGs Ride to Chichester Dam 9am BP Bero Depart, "A Short One"


This is a quick reminder about Sunday’s club ride, it is a “short one” to Chichester Dam. The weather is “sunny periods, chance of shower in the arvo” so that should be good, the bikes will be back in the shed after a pleasant bit of cobweb cleaning!

Chichester Dam:  from Bero BP via Woodbury, Scotch Ck Rd, Duckenfield, Morpeth, Hinton, Paterson, East Gresford, Bendolba and some lovely sweeping well sealed roads to the dam, back to Dungog for morning tea. Return via Clarencetown & Seaham. 105km out, stop in Dungog for morning tea (22km back from Dam), 63km back to Bero BP. See map at http://www.hunterdog.org.au/images/Routes/BeroBP-ChichesterDam,105km.jpg

Nobody’s actually put their hand up to lead the ride and Frances & I will be at Mt Sugarloaf on the day to watch my son blitz ‘em with his newly reconditioned kart engine (we hope!), but shouldn’t be a drama as plenty of people are capable of doing the deed – or will soon sort it out on the day.

Meet 8:45am for 9am-ish departure (unless rain prevents).  Departure point is 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

Regards,
The HunterDOGs Discussion Forum Team.

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Re: Club Newsletters - Archived Copies 2011
« Reply #7 on: 06 Jul 2011, 04:27 PM »
we could never ask for more from Vince he is a great mate who like me has done a lot for the local riding community and we need your support too by just coming along to the rides organised or the breakfast that gets cooked to order by the club not by Vince, glen, Francis or me so your safe from food poisoning and its great to socialise with like minded ducatisti like me!!! :-)
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Re: Club Newsletters - Archived Copies 5/07/2011
« Reply #6 on: 06 Jul 2011, 12:19 AM »
Yay, we’re cooking with (98 Octane) gas again! An enthusiastic crowd rocked in to the AGM on Sunday, had a great breakkie and good chatting all round, and then we decided “stuff”. We now have the following eager beaver committee (see http://www.hunterdog.org.au/AboutUs.htm for pics & contact details):

President: Brett Roberts
Vice President: Scott Priestley
Secretary: Glenn Lewis
Treasurer, MCC Delegate, Public Officer & Webmaster: Vince Sunter
Events / Publicity / Social Coordinator: Cheryl Cairns

Yes, Scottie’s back! He has really been putting in the effort of late to get over the issues that have besieged him and is having a red hot go at making something of his life now. For the newcomers that don’t know Scott’s story is summarised here: http://www.hunterdog.org.au/FRIENDS.htm with a link near the bottom to the longer version. Anyway Scott has decided that he really does miss being involved in the club so he will take on whatever jobs he can do, and will do a tail-end Charlie job and carry gear on club rides / trips. He is pretty serious about “losing” the wheel chair, but not quite there yet – GOOOOO!!!!!!!!! Scottie! (you can see he is chuffed http://hunterdog.org.au/DiscussionBoard/index.php?topic=760)

Brett also is back, and loving it! As you may know Brett has recently taken to racing and has set up a Duke (see above committee link for pic) to live out his fantasy. He was actually at Eastern Ck waiting for the fog to lift while the rest of us were enjoying our toasty warm AGM breakfasts, but was very keen to get involved again. Brett of course thanked our departing prez Frances for her boundless enthusiasm and wished her well as she rides off on her new Honda cruiser to pursue other activities. I expect she will be along on any weekends away ‘though so you will get a chance to explain how, with just a little tweaking, a Ducati Diavel really would have made a cool cruiser!

Cheryl has a boatload (um Ducload) of enthusiasm to get some real rides and events happening, so we look forward to big things there. The first major event will be a trip to Phillip Island for the 16/10/11 MotoGP. Alan, Rob and myself have never actually been and Glenn is keen too – plus Cheryl and Vince2 so we’ve already got a group to go and you should put that one in your diaries to get away for a break from the hum drum. Cheryl is going to see what she can sort out by way of accommodation but it may be a bit late for this year and those present were OK if we do pubs each way and camp at the venue, stay tuned for a plan! I would be guessing we leave Thursday morning and get back Monday night, or add an extra day if we feel like it, there are some very cool roads down that way and it wouldn’t be hard to talk ourselves into trying a few extra ones out if the weather’s good.

The committee will meet regularly and see what we can cook up. Your job is to participate! Nice if you want to join the club too but we aren’t going to be in a rush to pressure anyone. If you are not a current member well it is only $20 for three years to renew so just do it, everyone at the AGM did. If you are renewing just put your name and any details that have changed on the form
(www.hunterdog.org.au/GeneralInfo/HunterDOGsMembershipForm.pdf) and give it to a committee member at a ride / breakfast or send it in.

We talked a fair bit about ride structure and social activities and concluded we are very happy with the 1st Sunday of the month breakfasts 9am at the 16 footers as they are usually well attended since it is an easy excuse for a pleasant morning out and you know exactly what you are in for. If the weather is a bit iffy and the numbers are down it doesn’t matter as anyone going still has a good time. However routinely we are dragging at least three tables together and using another as a gear stash so we think these events work just fine as they are, if you haven’t been joining in on this you should, so get there!

Re the monthly rides, attendance is all over the place and, apart from weather, there is no clear reasons for this. We think mixing up the starts to suit the direction has been a good thing and will continue doing that. But we figure something else has to change and mixing it up more for longer and shorter events we suspect is one of them. So we are going to re-arrange the schedule so that every second one is a “short” one and people can expect to be home for lunch – and we can spend the arvo doing other stuff. Check http://hunterdog.org.au/Calendar/month.php for the current schedule. Actually, I just did and we have Chichester Dam next (Sun week) which is a shortish one and I will change the August one to another short one to have morning tea at the Cockfighter Creek tavern in Bulga (http://hunterdog.org.au/DiscussionBoard/index.php?topic=189) since the September one is the Concourse in Sydney which is typically 2:30pm home and then Oct is Phillip Island which will either be “the big trip” or a lap of Pt Macquarie as per last year which was rather a good day out!

One thing we figured is it doesn’t work to expect one person to run them all so we are going to trial a volunteer ride leader roster, so please consider “taking on” a ride or two. Who’s up for Chichester Dam? Or Bulga? Etc? Or just let me know how many you want to do and we’ll slot you in, remembering that wet / iffy weather always knocks off typically two each year so who knows… Also, not to say that the person nominated to lead the ride actually has to lead it, just that they need to be there and know the route and be able to communicate it with others to hopefully head off any whoopsies. Waiting on turns does work really well, as long as people do it! Although we did find Short St at Teralba is a problem when we lost a couple of riders there one day….

As a for instance of how you can be “the leader” and not have to lead is the leg from Wollombi pub to Broke where we always stop at the General Store / servo in Broke. If people know that, once the Wollombi turn is made it is irrelevant who leads to the store, so there is no need to be bothered about it! I am just pointing this out as “leading” is a bit daunting for most people, and I am just trying to encourage you to volunteer to do exactly that without feeling you have to go outside your comfort zone.

OK, I promised an update on the RTA meeting I went to the day before, it was really encouraging. Lots of very collaborative “give a stuff” approach and a real preparedness to take on motorcyclists’ views. We looked at what needed to happen under three basic headings, “Safer People”, “Safer Vehicles”, and “Safer Roads” and the RTA insist on taking an “evidence based” view of the various elements, which is fair enough with the qualification that a lot of the evidence has issues – which they were aware of. These were very robust and useful discussions which were aimed at determining real actions that could AND WOULD be funded. Nothing happens quickly but there is a real sense that useful stuff will happen and that there will be a good quality consultative dialogue in working out the details. As many will know there is a long history of atrocious attitudes and behaviour towards motorcyclists within the RTA so it will be no mean feat to turn this around, but the prospects are good. Streuth the RTA were even suggesting different speed limits for motorcyclists were a possibility, yeah I didn’t believe my ears either and don’t see how that could happen anyway.

One thing I expect will flow from the RTA work, over time, is to separate motorcycle licences from car licences and require people to put in a bit more effort to keep them. This is because they see the 0.5M licences with only 1/3 actually owning bikes means there is a fair bit of latent skill deficiency “out there”. The “extra effort” is likely to come in the form of refresher training courses, and the broad view of motorcyclists in the room is that this would be generally accepted by most, and was a good thing. However we know scooter riders don’t particularly like the idea. From my perspective I would rather be sorting out stuff like this than say GPS tracking of motorcycles for speed enforcement, which I know is another idea being toyed with by bureaucrats around the world. If we are shown to be proactive and actually do get the road trauma rates down (their only true goal) then draconian measures such as this are less likely to be foisted on us.

Kind regards,
Vince Sunter
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Re: Club Newsletters - Archived Copy - 29th June 2011
« Reply #5 on: 30 Jun 2011, 05:30 PM »
As well as the below newsletter I am also recording that the following topic (ie the first post) went out on 18/06/11 to all as an "announcement": http://hunterdog.org.au/DiscussionBoard/index.php?topic=754.0

This is the club AGM, whether you come to meetings or not normally doesn't matter, Please come to this one!!! Not so's you wind up with a job, that will only happen if you want one. But so you can see what's going on, make some suggestions, or just to enjoy a nice start to the day. The BIG Ride (British, Italian, German) to Brooklyn Hotel organised by the Norton Owners Club is on afterward, and a group ride is often in order after these events! Check www.nocnsw.org.au/diary.html for details.

It is important to say we really need to have a strong core club committee team, not just for the regular get togethers to talk about Ducati stuff, but also to really get the club rocking. All positions are available and anyone putting their hand up will be rewarded! Please do think about participating, we have proven that lack of experience is no obstacle to a good time so don’t let that stop you!

As a bonus I will be going to an RTA Motorcycle Strategy Meeting in Sydney the day before, so will be able to give a report on what really went on there, including all those juicy bits that never get put into writing! I sent out a club email asking for input but didn’t get much – if there is a message you would like the RTA to hear, please reply to this email. The MCC NSW is also hard at work for our interests, it is worth reading the draft strategy that has been developed, see:
http://hunterdog.org.au/DiscussionBoard/index.php?topic=713.msg2097#msg2097

Do you want to be a better, more confident rider? I have compiled a few motorcycle riding tips and techniques that you might find something useful in for you. I have just re-done this after my initial crack at writing down a lot of those hard learned lessons from over the years so, if you have already seen it, check out the revamped version here:
http://hunterdog.org.au/DiscussionBoard/index.php?topic=756.msg2101#msg2101

Until you use the safety aspects of motorcycle clothing you don’t really appreciate what it can (and can’t!) do. There has been some high quality world leading research into the topic done right here in Oz. Basic conclusion is that body armour makes a big difference, then its about protection of hands, feet and knees. Check the details here:
http://hunterdog.org.au/DiscussionBoard/index.php?topic=755.msg2100#msg2100

I would like to report some news about progress with the Raymond Terrace race track but sadly there is none. It is still at the “bureaucracy” stage I was told last weekend by someone helping out with the details.

By way of “other news” the protests in France about what is coming down the pipeline at them (day glo jackets, bigger plates, new infantile “do as you’re told” revenue raising initiatives) are a bit impressive, and don’t think it couldn’t happen here too – check out the links in:
http://hunterdog.org.au/DiscussionBoard/index.php?topic=754.msg2098#msg2098

Or just rock on down to Belmont 16Ft Sailing Club on Sunday morning for breakky, we would love to have you along. This is a lovely lazy start to a Sunday as the club opens at 9am - The Parade, Belmont. Bring the family, friends or kids too and take in the spectacular water views that are Lake Macquarie - and go for the ride after if you want. The venue has good covered areas with spectacular views so it is suitable in any kind of weather. Being winter we will be in the corner under the glass in front of the food servery.

And, if you've got ideas or there is anything you want to bring up about club stuff, what a great opportunity to chip in to help make a great club better. You don’t have to put your hand up for anything to do that, just come on down. See you there.

Kind regards,
Vince Sunter
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Re: Club Newsletters - Archived Copy - 11th May 2011
« Reply #4 on: 11 May 2011, 09:19 PM »
Say I get two copies of this (as an "it worked" check for non-members too) and they turned up 20 mins apart, like they are supposed to!!!! Here's the newsletter:

Well this is the first attempt at a newsletter since the upgraded discussion forum to hopefully solve the mail-out issues with the last version. This one is supposed to leak out emails in dribs and drabs to avoid anti-spam issues we kept encountering with the old one - I'm sending it at 8:50pm Wed, let's see when you get it....

Anyway, before getting into the ride notice, this Saturday is also the main day of the Gloucester Motorcycle Muster, for details see: http://hunterdog.org.au/DiscussionBoard/index.php?topic=749.0

OK, this is the ride notice (from http://hunterdog.org.au/Calendar/view_entry.php?id=303&date=20110515&user=__public__):

   Putty Rd Half Way House: via Broke, Milbrodale, Howes Valley & Putty Rd Half Way House. A nice relatively short day out in the sunshine to do that magic top ten miles, and after the sighting run is done and a short break at the top bbq turnaround area the keen ones will go back for another loop! Singleton pub for lunch and the back way to Lochinvar home. 188km out (+30km if keen) to Singleton, 81km back to Newc. Alternately, lunch via Wollombi Tavern, then Laguna, Freemans Waterhole and home, to be finalised by those present.

The Half Way House is open again after it burnt down, but may not get fuel until later in the year. Therefore we will turn right at Milbrodale when we hit the Putty so anybody with a concern will be able to fuel up at Bulga which is 4km up the road. Unless of course everybody is OK with making the 188km on a tank, which is a fair possibility.

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

West / South West: Freemans Waterhole Oaks - this is the Shell servo on the left when coming from Toronto or Kurri, or right from Sydney.

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
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From an initial discussion forum topic (http://hunterdog.org.au/DiscussionBoard/index.php?topic=747) here are some more details:

Here is the story of the half way house re-build http://www.thurstontables.com/about.php

And here is a story from BA Jan 2011 about the other cafe:

There is a brand spankers new Cafe / Diner on the Putty Road now. It is called the Grey Gum Cafe and their first day of business was on New Years Day! It is located exactly halfway along Putty Road, 86kms from Windsor and 86kms to Singleton.

They are open 7 days, with a full menu including pizza, pasta, cakes, sandwiches, coffee, softdrinks and even a souvenir shelf. They are also fully licensed!! It has modern decor including air-conditioning, a disabled access ramp, verandah dining, covered lawn dining, male/female toilets and showers, and most importantly, a purpose built concrete parking strip for motorcycles, (the cagers have to park on the sand heehee!!)

It is not built on the site that the Halfway House used to be, it is actually a few kilometres down the road. As I said, brand new! The staff and owners are very friendly and nice, and I can personally vouch for their hot chocolates and thick raisin toast!
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After my whoopsie on the Patonga ride in Feb I have barely turned a wheel, but a lot of house building finishing off stuff is happening so that is good for the house! I will probably "get back on the horse" next summer but, if I am entirely candid, I am waiting to see what happens at the AGM in two months time to see if people really want to keep this club going as the format around which social motorcycling activities can be arranged - and will chip in to do so - or some other outcome plonks itself on the table. Feel free to compose your thoughts on the subject and drop me a line, total confidentiality is available to anyone that wants it. However, my issues are no kind of excuse for you not to get the Duke out of the shed for a ride with friends this weekend, you have the details now - just do it!

Kind regards,
Vince Sunter
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Re: Club Newsletters - Archived Copies - 17th March 2011
« Reply #3 on: 18 Mar 2011, 12:25 AM »
Something different this month, everybody's coming for a free BBQ lunch, rain or shine at Scott's place in Barnsley, this is on the main road (Northville Drive) corner Codrington St (Freemans side, ie SW corner). Before I get into details I just want you to hear how excited our host is about it:

"I'm so happy its happening regardless of the weather so I'm getting up early to come meet ALL of you who are joining me after the ride. I hope you trust my cooking on the BBQ I've not killed anybody yet and don't plan on starting this Sunday so 3 cheers for Vince & our crew for making this happen for all of US!!! ;D"

Obviously this coming Sunday we don?t know if it will rain or not, the forecast is for cloudy with "possible showers". If the weather looks OK Scott will turn up at the BP Bero by 8:45am and see how many turn up to go for the fairly shortish ride and then be dropping in to his place after the ride etc - and he will ask if there are any special requests (um, food or drink, not strippers!). Then ring me and let me know numbers and any requests, and I'll turn up at Scott's place in Barnsley with the goodies! I will be car bound for a while as the ortho has given strict instructions that I am inclined to follow for the long term benefits, probably?
 
If it is looking like rain or people don't want to risk it we are going to have the BBQ at Scott's at midday anyway so you should rock up by bike or car is just fine and help us all eat the free snags and drink the free beer! (and soft drinks). In this case I will duck down to the local supermarket about 12:15pm so we are cooking by half past. If anybody is going to be late they will need to text or ring me (0414 706 875), or wait while we duck down for a second load!
 
I think Brett has volunteered to lead the ride if its not raining, or was that the burn-out and wet T-Shirt competitions he was going to lead? Maybe a few others should study the route details to save any unwanted delays arriving for the beer! The ride route is detailed at http://hunterdog.org.au/DiscussionBoard/index.php?topic=729.msg2010#msg2010, it is a lap of the wineries and finish with a run back over to Sugarloaf to Scotties place. A grand total of 162km my GPS software assures me. That is a 103km loop to arrive at Pokolbin and stop in the tourist village for a rest and a bit of a gawk around at all "the stuff", then obviously 59km back to Scotty's going via Sandy Ck Rd, Mulbring and over Mt Sugarloaf. Should arrive at a bit after midday ready for a barbie and not too far from home for anybody after so they can stay for a bit.

In essence the route leaves Bero BP down to Taro then the Duckenfield meander, Morpeth, Largs, Maitland Vale, Stanhope, Elderslie, Glendon, Lower Belford, 4km back up New England Hwy to Belford then Hermitage Rd round to Pokolbin. From there it is past the Village and Cessnock airport then straight through Cessnock (OK, so there is a short left-right), past Kitchener to Sandy Ck Rd, Mt Vincent (yay!), Mulbring, the mid corner right turn to Richmond Vale then Mt Sugarloaf to Seahampton and R at the roundabout at top of Edgeworth, down to Codrington St Barnsley. Got it? Well hopefully someone else does then?

While I have your attention I would just like to mention that the MCC of NSW has been getting a fair bit of traction and doing excellent work on behalf of motorcyclists of late, including finding the Smoking Gun causing CTP pricing to be so high, and it seems to be "fixable" given enough effort to get the bureaucratic wheels turning. Read about it here www.hunterdog.org.au/DiscussionBoard/index.php?topic=713.

See you Sunday then.
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Re: Club Newsletter - 18th Feb 2011
« Reply #2 on: 18 Feb 2011, 01:39 PM »
Say if you are reading this and you DIDN'T get an emailed copy that will mean you have changed your email address and not told us!!! All that happens then is I just delete you from the members list as there is no point having phantom members listed. Please either contact me to fix this or, better yet, go here http://hunterdog.org.au/DiscussionBoard/index.php?action=regcenter;sa=register and put it in yourself! Thank you.

G'day Ducati Fans,

This newsletter is to provide a reminder for Sunday's ride, plus cover some "other important news". First the ride details:

Club Ride - Bulahdelah Old Rd, BP Bero 9am departure
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. Going 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, this one is North:
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.

I can't make it to this one on account of still wearing the plaster for a hairline crack I picked up in my wrist from the last one. For anyone that doesn't know go have an O.F. moment looking at this lot, I know I did!
http://hunterdog.org.au/DiscussionBoard/index.php?topic=704.msg1941#msg1941

I have been busily updating our ride details page here http://www.hunterdog.org.au/RidesAndEvents.htm, not quite finished yet but stopped to get this note out. Why does it matter? Because I won't be doing them any more! Somebody else will have to take over running rides, or it just gets sorted on the day or, well, you can figure it out....!

I am intending to get the full 2011 calendar info in which you can see any time here http://hunterdog.org.au/Calendar/month.php or just go to the main website page www.hunterdog.org.au which I have finally managed to get a 9 month look ahead list happening in the Upcoming Events box. This will show all Hunter DOGs events, WSBK and MotoGP rounds (date & place only, check the time yourself), plus the NSWDOC Championship dates and a couple of other things I figured were important like Snowie Ride. 2011 will be a great model for future reference, when I finish it!

By way of explanation, right now I am quite disappointed at the sequence of issues I have had lately while out riding, ALWAYS when I'm traveling fairly slow. We don't need to analyse it, but I think life is trying to tell me something! So I'm not rushing out to buy another bike any time soon. When I do it is likely to be a cruiser. However I DO like to push the go fast button so am going to turn that broken 996 in the shed into a track bike, obviously in "pet project" mode so don't know how long it will take, particularly given there are still outstanding owner builder tasks on the house to fit in.

Frances was also somewhat rattled by recent events, and she has long regarded the Monster as too powerful - so she has decided its going to get downsized soon, when we get around to it anyway. After her strong start to the President role she doesn?t have much appetite to continue, which I figure is worth mentioning now as the AGM is in just over 4 months and we may be moving towards the crisis situation that confronts social clubs from time to time. Either a few people are interested and pick up the reigns or well, we get what we get. Not that I?m about to run away, but I am going to limit myself to racing oriented activities with a bit of general DOG?s body admin stuff thrown in the mix! How about you, are you up for it?

Re the Calendar, one thing I'm uncertain of is what to do about weekends away? We talked about having a weekend away to Kiama next month (March 19 & 20) plus the intent was to find a suitable event in October and make that a focus for a weekend away. The reasoning is that these things have been so fabulous to go on, and that is unlikely to change. However Frances & I have a commitment for the March dates and nobody has organised anything for either to my knowledge. So I am going to just schedule regular club rides for the year, which can always be changed - right up until the reminder email goes out! If anyone wants to do anything about it that should happen in the next week, and then we can get advice out in a timely fashion to allow people to decide and slot it in as appropriate. Call / email me and I will help with the logistics.

So that's a bit of what has been happening here. Despite the "misery guts" aspects to a couple of pieces its all good, and certainly you should go for a ride this Sunday anyway! I do have a whole pile of other useful info to pass along, maybe later - particularly want to let you know what the MCC of NSW has been doing to get better outcomes for motorcyclists. There were two Strategy Planning days held recently (1 week and 4 weeks ago), I attended both and Brett Roberts also came along ? I feel we made a "useful" impact on what is happening there. Its good stuff, but takes a while to deliver results, we will get there and you should keep an eye out for what you too can do to help this fully voluntary group of people along to get a better result for the motorcycling community.

Kind regards,
Vince Sunter
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Club Newsletters - Archived Copies 2011 - 2012
« Reply #1 on: 14 Jan 2011, 04:52 PM »
Continuing the theme to file a copy of any general emails that go out, here's the first one for 2011. We have found that the SPAM limit is 100 per 10 mins, therefore the first batch has gone of the below and, in a few minutes, the second batch will go - if you were wondering...

Sent: Friday, 14 January, 2011 4:45 PM
Subject: HunterDOGs Monthly Ride on Sunday 16/01/11 to Patonga, 9am depart Belmont South Shell

G?day ***********,

Do come along for a Happy New Year ride to Patonga - an easy paced ride and a beautiful day out. Meet 8:45am at Belmont South Shell for 9am departure (unless rain prevents). Up the highway to Doyalson then the scenic back roads through Yarramalong and Bumble Hill to Mangrove Creek Dam (82km). After a rest at the dam to check out the water level we head down Peats Ridge to the top of the old road and work our way through Brisbane Waters National Park to the little beach at Patonga (74km) for lunch, and the trip home which is less than 100km going up the coast.

Sorry about the late reminder, but don?t let that be an excuse to not turn up for a nice day out on your Duke! See you Sunday .......Vince Sunter
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