The Gluhwein Rally – the Cubs first outing.
About a month ago I had heard of this rally coming up. Its an annual gathering organised by the Veteran, Vintage, and Classic Motorcycle Club of Canberra (VVCMCC). Its a simple breakfast out at Casuarina Sands, then a run up to Corin Dam and back for lunch.
So bright and early this morning I loaded the Cub onto the trailer and headed out (via the local shops, mind you, for a coffee). Before I left however I made sure the Cub started and ran ok (which it did). I was early, but on arrival there was already a few people there and water boiled for more coffee. The cub was unloaded and proudly sat in the car park. Ignition on and….. nothing. Dead as a dodo.
Checked the battery terminals. All good. Horn worked so at least there was power somewhere. So off came the headlight to filter through the rats nest of wiring that lives back there. Found a wire that had unplugged itself and the bike started like a champ. I put everything back together and rolled on over to where everyone else was parked.
The next couple of hours was spent making chit-chat with people. The Cub seem to get pretty positive comments, so I was in a good mood. Not knowing anyone there I mingled as best I could (not my forte) and spent time checking out all the other wonderful bikes there.
At 11am, attention was called and the ride started. Ive never really taken the Cub for a long run, so this was going to be interesting. The run out to Corin dam takes you along Paddys River Road (ie, “The Cotter”) which is pretty rough in places and quite up and down. I motored along ok. The Cub accelerates fairly well in first and 2nd gear, however 3rd is a very long gear and in my opinion is too far removed from 2nd, so 3rd is really only used on the flat and down hill. Needless to say I got much practise in changing from 3rd back to 2nd for anything that resembled an incline.
Once I got past Tidbinbilla however the road opens up, which normally is the best bit, but for the Cub its just way too fast and by the time I reached the nature reserve the Cub was well out of its depth and I turned around.
On getting back to the meet point however I was greeted with a sad sight. One bolt from the left hand rear indicator had dropped out and the light had swung down scratching all the paint. The right hand rear indicator had completely lost its lens and snapped the bulb mount, so the bulb was hanging out at the end of its wire.
Seeing as I didnt really know anyone, and most hadn’t returned yet, I really didnt feel like hanging around. So I trailered up the Cub and headed home.
I’ve mostly repaired the indicators already. Both wires needed reconnecting and I fashioned a new bulb mount for the right hand side out of an old random indicator I had. However the lost lens had to be replaced with a non-matching one. So a matching pair will be ordered this week.
All up it was a great day. The weather was stunning and the people great. It was wonderful to get out on the little beast and Im looking forward to the next opportunity I have to do so.
Here is the Cub on the trailer ready to go:
And a selection of the wonderful bikes there: