|Ex Chief Ping Bosun||
Joined Jan 13 2010
Perth Hills area Western Australia
I Joined the Australian Navy as a young 16 year old and been riding bikes on and off (between cars) since 1971. I used to ride from my different ships based in Sydney NSW - to my home in Perth WA and back again - a long trip by one's self but I reckon I've done the crossing of Australia about 10 times now on a Bike - mostly by myself...I'm Currently riding a Yamaha XVS( Classic model) 1100cc and just love roaring through the Perth hills most days - now retired so have plenty of time for biking these days. I Retired from the RAN in 1993 as a Chief petty Officer (Anti Submarine Warfare Specialist) and the wife and I ran a hobby farm way down South in Western Australia for many years about 150 Kls North of Albany - check your Australian Atlas ha.... I worked on 2 different farms (at different times) and run a petrol servo for 18 months on weekends as the relief Manager Plus - drove trucks, Back Hoes, Front End Loaders and John Deere Graders for the local Shire when I worked for them for 7 years on a full time basis - before going back to playing farmer on my neighbours property for the last 5 years of my active working life.
Nowdays - I just loving being retired and living the quiet life between the house - going away on trips with the wife, and our female Golden Retriever called AMBA (currently 16 months old) with our 20 foot caravan and when I'm not doing those things - riding my beloved Yamaha 1100cc Classic around the highways and byways of Perth WA.
Next love would be to buy a Yamaha XVS 1300cc "Classic" - the local Yamaha dealership "loaned" me a bike whilst they done the 10,000Kls service on mine. The buggers gave me a XVS 1900cc Yamaha to ride around on - oh man - what a great machine......however - I'll have a battle up hill just thinking about getting the wife to let me upgrade to another machine ha ha