RamRod Sword of Baal
2008-12-01 21:46:35 UTC
A long time ago now, 1964, on a motor cycle many of you will not have heard
of, a 1951 AJS 350 cc, 1951 model with jam pot rear springing, I did some
I was born in Adelaide and did quite a bit of riding my motor cycle around
the Murray area (Renmark etc) plus a trip to Melbourne I also rode it to
Woomera as well as in and around Adelaide.
I then took my AJS over in NZ with me. I lived in Wellington for a year and
toured both the North and South Islands on it. I can tell you that the
desert road between Wellington and Auckland can get very cold.
Spent some time in Rotorua visiting the volcanic wonderland in the North
Island, and enjoyed the scenery in the South Island
I left there and took the bike to England with me, and spent 18 months in
England. Did a few trips in the South of England on it, and one up to the
midlands in the middle of winter and found the dangers of black ice on the
I rode it over the Simplon pass in Switzerland to Rome and back, getting my
fingers a bit frostbitten in the process, never the less a great trip.
Finally I rode it to Calcutta in India, via France, Spain, Italy, Yugoslavia
Greece, Turkey, Iran, Pakistan and India, before returning home.
I had to leave my trusty steed in India and I could not get a boat home and
had to fly.
It was a eye opening trip for me, and I am very glad I did it.
I have ridden a bit in the USA as a friend had a couple of motor cycles and
was kind enough to lend me one. He lives in San Diego and we rod up to LA
and also did a trip to Palm Springs. I rode both his BMW (75.6) and his 1000
I now have a Kawasaki 1200 cc Ninja, and ride around Cairns and adjacent
I have not done any real long trips on that, the longest was down to
Townsville (About 340 Km away) for the Ulysses Annual General meeting
earlier this year.
I am very impressed with the pick up speed of the Kawasaki, and quite happy