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2014 Border Run

29 Jul 2014 11:45 | Anonymous member (Administrator)
The Border Run is coming up this weekend Saturday the 2nd of August at Border Village just the other side of the WA border with SA.

This is a well attended though pretty informal rally of sorts that has been running since 1974 when it was initiated by some founding members of the BMW Motorcycle club of WA. Tradition has it that members of the WA and SA BMW Motorcycle clubs meet at Border Village for beverage or 2 on ths first Saturday evening in August.  Since initiation attendance has grown to include riders from other clubs and other riders who just hear about it or get invited along. Even the Far Riders have added this to their calendar, though why anyone would ride across the country stopping at the venue only for fuel and a photo before turning around and heading home is beyond me? Having gone all that way you think they would stay for the evenings celebrations? well I suppose that's not their thing.

This year some of our long term members will be celebrating their 60th at the border, "Die Alt Border Fahrts?" someone one with better German can correct that for me ;-)  (Nb. German for Ride = Fahrt)

If you are riding down for the meet, it is usual for riders to leave on the Thursday or Friday. Some take the black top via Coolgardie while others (if the road is open and is not wet (read Slippery!) take the unsealed Hyden Norseman road to cut the corner. Many WA riders aim to camp Friday night just after Balladonia and before the 90 Mile straight. There is a rest bay area to left of the road and a camp site is set up a short distance off the bitumen. It's good point to stop before the final run to the border on Saturday morning. Just remember the wildlife favors this stretch of road from early evening on, so be careful if you plan to arrive there late.

Those wanting to ride out from Perth in the company of others I suggest you get onto the clubs public forum and start organizing. Perhaps I'll see you out there!


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