WESTERN Australia’s oldest settlement seems a fitting location for perhaps the State’s most impressive gathering of classic and vintage bikes for 2016.
More than 350 bikes, ranging from a replica of the oldest motorcycle in the world to several brand new Harleys and Hondas, lined the historic Stirling Terrace, overlooking Princess Royal Harbour.
Many bikes and their owners made the trek south from Perth, but a whole bunch rolled out of their hidey holes in Albany and surrounds.
It’s easy to forget what a mecca the south coast is for riders. While Albany Highway is boring as bat poo on a bike, if you’re prepared to take a few extra hours and go the long way, you’ll be rewarded with a ride to write home about.
I rode Perth to Pemberton via Donnybrook and Manjimup after work Friday and stayed the night, then took the last stretch from Pemberton to Albany via Northcliffe at sparrow o’clock on Saturday.
That last leg was absolutely glorious. Bitingly cold at times in the shadow of the huge karri trees, and occasionally spooky with corners that tighten unexpectedly and giant suicidal kangaroos (ok, just one) keeping your mind alert and your sphincter taut, it’s hard to imagine why some of us travel the globe looking for great rides. Just wonderful.
And then there was the bike show.
There was a huge turnout, as I said, boosted of course by coincidental attendance for tomorrow’s Albany hill climb up Mount Clarence, the regional city’s dominant physical feature.
And a diversity of machinery reminiscent of the rooftop retro show in Fremantle earlier this year.
The trusty Nikon got a workout. Here are some of our favourite shots.
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