The Millthorpe Bike Show will feature vintage motorcycles. | western avocado


On Saturday 11th December, the quiet streets of Millthorpe will vibrate with the throaty sounds of motorcycles as lovers of all things vintage converge for the inaugural Millthorpe Bike Show. Organized to celebrate the love of motorcycle art, a collector looks forward to showing their pride and joy. Like all collectors, Chris Moloney has had fleeting adventures with bikes from around the world, but his irresistible love is for an old Italian brand that left his first love, a British BSA B50, relegated to the history books. “I always had English bikes, but I always fixed them,” he said. ALSO MAKE NEWS: ‘My BSA would break my heart every week,’ he said. “In the 70s I would go for a ride every week and as soon as I got home it would break down.” “I would then have to get it home somehow where it would sulk in the shed for a few weeks while I tinkered with it before it miraculously started up again and the whole process repeated itself.” “I was frustrated with it because when everyone else was riding I was in the garage fixing it.” It was during this period of constant repairs that Mr Moloney discovered the Laverda range of high performance Italian motorcycles and his love affair with Italian styling and engineering began. “They just have this magic,” he said, “They’re sensual.” Designed by two brothers and an engineer from a family that designed tractors, Mr. Moloney’s Laverda motorcycle is a gruff but refined motorcycle whose engine sound has a heavy, reassuring confidence. “As manufacturers of agricultural machinery, they had this genius for design and a mentality where you can’t break down, he said. Like all collectors once you own something disease, as Mr. Moloney describes it, sets in. ” he said. “It’s just three people working together to share an idea and take it as high as they can.” Mr. Moloney drives his Laverda whenever the opportunity arises and explains the lure of jumping on his cafe racer and spinning it. “When you’re riding a motorcycle, it’s all about balance,” he said. “It’s the only time in your life when you’re balanced and there are a lot of things going on that throw you off balance.” “It’s a whole body experience where your butt talks to you, your back and your legs talk to you. It’s all about synchronicity on an intuitive level.” The Millthorpe Bike Show will take place in Station Square outside Millthorpe Railway Station from 9am to 2pm on Saturday 11th December. All bikes and riders are welcome. Our journalists are working hard to provide up-to-date, local news to the community. Here’s how you can access our trusted content:



Maria R. Newman