Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: North Ipswich, QLD, Australia
David1300 posted this on the Oz forum:
The history of the FJR SoO ride is briefly - it started in 2003 around State of Origin time, and I coined the phrase FJR State of Origin. Phil Button (then from NSW, and currently not on a FJR but will be back on one sometime) and I (from Qld) arranged the first one, held at Urunga in Sept 2003. Since then we have held one every year (occassionally 2 rides). Last year we had the 5th anniversary ride based around Casino.
As Moose says - we arrive Friday at the venue and maybe have a quick afternoon ride (remember the ride from Casino to Tenterfield and back - did I say quick). Friday night tends to be a casual get-together, where we all tell li.., whoops, we all share truthful anecdotes.
Saturday is 'the ride' and it varies from 300 to 500 k's depending on who is there. When we have pillions along it's usually closer to 300 or 350k's, and not quite so spirited. But ask Bernie what happens when it's boys only (he joined us a couple of years ago when he was on the East coast for the Ulysses AGM, and left with a big smile on his face).
We pride ourselves with never having bent or broken plastic or aluminium on a ride, and also no performance awards from officer friendly . But we have compared GPS top speeds that if they were achieved on a public road would send the perp to clink. Fortunately we achieved these on our 'private roads' Evryone is told where the next stop is, so there is no pressure to ride with a group.
Saturday night is the dinner. The idea is to have fun, and everyone rides, eats and drinks at their own pace. There is no shame in taking a shorter (and more measured) ride on Saturday.
Sunday we all head home.
Partners are welcome in all forms - as a pillion, or on their own bike (not necessarily a FJR). All bikes MUST be FJR's, with 2 exceptions - partners on their own bike (any make, any model), and previous FJR Owners who are now on another bike (they are welcome to come along and be reminded of their folly in no longer riding a FJR). There are other rides for FJR Owners AND Friends, but SoO is not one of them.
BTW Moose, booking made and confirmed, and I'll post up shirt details soon.
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