By TANIA PHILLIPS
JUST how loud can a bike go? That is one of the many questions that will be answered at the 2016 Border Bike Fest on Sunday 25 October at Gateway Lakes, Wodonga.
The 2016 Border Bike Fest will include the Wodonga Lions Club “Motorbike Show and Shine”, and bikes only Swap Meet.
The charity event was founded by a small group of motorcycle enthusiasts who wanted to share their passion for motorcycles while raising money for Kidney Health Australia, and was first held in 2008.
The inaugural “Motorbike Show and Shine” proved to be a great success, displaying over 150 motorcycles; it attracted in excess of 1000 people and raised $6000 for Kidney Health Australia.
Held in conjunction with the Ulysses Club – and now in it’s eighth year – all funds raised this year will be shared to support Lions and local community charities. Beneficiaries include the Kidney Foundation, Carer Accommodation Centre, Lions Children Cancer Research Centre, Eden Camp for Youth, Wodonga Hospital, Country Hope and various Lions affiliated charities.
And while the crowd mostly turns up to see many of the bikes on display – for bike owners one of their favourite events is the “loudest bike” competition.
The event is run by sound engineer Ray Walsh and started as something fun and has morphed into one of the most hotly contested events of the day and a good fund-raiser.
Participants compete under a strictly managed process and have the volume of the bike exhaust measured and recorded on a certificate for a small donation of $5.
The readings are kept a close secret until trophies are presented at the end of the show.
“We started this idea at the first one – it was just a fun thing but then we decided use it to raise some extra money for the cause,” Ray said.
“We ran a couple of heats.”
He said the bikes are broken up in to two divisions – two stroke and four stroke and each bike is tested three times with the average taken.
Ray said it was fun for the owners who get a chance to make their bikes as “loud as possible”.
“It’s a bit of fun and quite a unique event,” he admitted, adding however that it was growing in popularity each year.
“Last year we had a lot of interest and more than 30 entries.”
So is any model more dominant?
“As a rule a Harley usually wins the four stroke,” he laughed.