Category: Events

Australia’s Best 2-Banger Weekend is Back

Preparations are underway for the Mt Kembla 2 Stroke Cup. Australia’s one and only two-banger race weekend will be held on October 27 and 28 at Wollongong Motorcycle Club. City Coast Motorcycles has been supporting the event since it began in 2016 and has partnered with Yamaha Motor Australia to sponsor two classes. Here’s our Q&A with Organiser Shannon Ninness.

Shannon Ninness 2 Stroke Cup
Mt Kembla 2 Stroke Cup Organiser Shannon Ninness

Now in its third year, the Mt Kembla 2 Stroke Cup has gone from strength to strength to become a national fixture on the MX Calendar. Why do people love it so much?

People love it because it’s not like any other MX race event. Nowhere else has a full weekend of only two-strokes. It’s open to everyone: pros, vets, vintage, women and juniors. People get so excited to see the old two-strokes rule out on the track and hear that sound; its sometimes like a secret society because four-strokes are so much more prominent on the gates today.

How much time goes into planning this event behind the scenes?

This year the Wollongong Motorcycle Club Race Committee started discussing how we wanted to tackle the event in March. By the end of April, we had a bit of a plan. During May I put out a letter announcing the event and to seek sponsorship to our previous supporters and it has spread to a lot of new supporters, too. I had all classes fully sponsored and locked in during July. We all have our tasks that we are working on for different parts of the 2 Stroke Cup, but I do a spend time working on it every night after dinner has been made for my boys. Lately I have been concentrating on submitting the supplementary regulations to MNSW for approval and getting the race order finalised, so competitors are aware of what they can enter when entries open. Things take a lot of time when working with my team, sponsors, suppliers, then rechecking with sponsors and my team, replying to suppliers, making changes, and it all goes around again. It’s all good though, I do enjoy this. I am just a little more under pressure this year as I will be away a few weeks right before the 2 Stroke Cup for a MX event in Tasmania.

MX Team City Coast Motorcycles
Image by Noel Downey

We know first-hand events like this don’t happen without the hard work of volunteers; how big is your crew?

It’s hard to put a number to it. There is only a small number of us that are really hands-on at the moment, but the crew grows immensely in the lead up with track prep, getting signage displayed, getting the trophies built, and of course paying the bills!

What is the secret to the Mt Kembla 2 Stroke Cup’s success?

Passion! The team are all moto enthusiasts and love riding. I think that with the team we have and the different strengths we all have, it all works in the end. We have been blessed the last two years with the weather so that is also a big help!

Spill the beans: do you have any big names coming this year?

Well so far I have heard we will see Kirk Gibbs, Jay and Ryan Marmont, Olly Malone, Dylan Long and Josh Brookes. I also expect riders from the YJR team to enter as well. We will see what happens once entries open.

Ryan Marmont 2 Stroke Cup
2017 Mt Kembla 2 Stroke Cup Winner Ryan Marmont is expected to return to defend his crown

What new things do you have in store for 2018?

We have added an additional 250cc class to the program. This class was in high demand last year and sold out early. It extends the day’s riding a bit but hopefully means the participants are happy and don’t miss out on being a part of the Cup. The Crew are discussing a few little extra fun things to do after racing on Day 1, but I cannot release any info yet. This year will see the event captured with live timing and track video footage thanks to Motowerx Live and I have also gained a videographer to record racing. We have our VIPs in Trade Alley and the fun in the pits over the weekend. Maxima Racing Oils will be in the pits with a lube station where riders can visit with their bikes. I’d particularly love to see some of the vets get out on the track for a display ride – think Anthony Gunter, Trevor Jordan, Paul Grant, Dean Burt, Lyndon Heffernan, Timothy Sim, Michel Constantinou – you know, all those who used to kill it in their day; the ones who rode before I was on training wheels! Surely there’s more guys I’ve never heard of!

Apart from some great 2-banger action, what else will be happening over the weekend? 

Bushy from City Coast Motorcycles is rounding up some sponsors to support the FMX show, plus we will have heaps of giveaways in the pits all weekend. Not just for riders, but spectators can get amongst it, too. A band will play tunes for the campers and the Willows Canteen will be open late for dinner. We unfortunately clash with the Moto GP this year, so we are working on getting a screen up to stream the racing for the GP lovers as well.

Justin Bush from City Coast Motorcycles is MC
2-Banger freak Bushy is back on the mic at the 2018 Mt Kembla 2 Stroke Cup.

The event’s open to the general public. What’s the best time for spectators to get to the track?

Ha ha if you want a park arrive early! On Saturday the 27th we will start with practice at 12pm followed with Round 1 of racing. FMX will finish the day (as well as another little project we are working on) followed by music, food and beers around the fire pits. On Day 2 racing will begin at 8am and will finish at approximately at 4pm for the presentation.

Who’s your tip to take the win?

Preferably my husband in the Vets class on his 5-hunny ha ha. But for the 2 Stroke Cup, it’s a 20 minute + 2 lap moto with $1000 up for grabs. Last year saw Ryan Marmont take the win, with young gun John Bova close behind. I am a big fan of John and I’d love to see him take it home this year!  It is a very exciting race. 20 minutes is a long time and anything can happen!

2 Stroke Cup Shannon Ninness
Motomum: Mt Kembla 2 Stroke Cup Organiser Shannon Ninness with sons Brock and Kurt who will race in the 125cc and 85cc categories. Husband Alan is also competing in the Vets class.

When do registrations open?

Saturday the 8th September is the plan, or somewhere around that date. We will put a link to our event on our social media pages and HERE on the City Coast Motorcycles website.

Follow:
https://www.facebook.com/TwoStrokeCup/
and
https://www.instagram.com/mtkemblamx_2strokecup/

Join the Gentry with City Coast Motorcycles

The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride - Wollongong hosted by City Coast Motorcycles
Image by Adam McLean courtesy of The Illawarra Mercury

The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride – Wollongong hosted by City Coast Motorcycles will return on Sunday the 30th of September. Scores of dapper ladies and gents will don their finest attire and pack their manners aboard classic and vintage motorcycles.

The annual event is part of a global sensation, shining the spotlight on men’s health in over 650 cities across 95 countries on the same day. With close to one million men losing their lives annually from suicide and prostate cancer, riders raise funds and awareness on behalf of the official charity partner, The Movember Foundation.

The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride was founded in Sydney by Mark Hawwa. It was inspired by a photo of Mad Men’s Don Draper astride a classic bike and wearing his finest suit. Mark decided a themed ride would be a great way to combat the often-negative stereotype of men on motorcycles, whilst connecting niche motorcycle communities together. His brainchild has already raised over $13M USD for men’s health.

The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride - Wollongong

Wollongong is preparing for its second year. In 2017 there were 172 registrations and $20,568 was raised. Ride organiser Jane Sim from City Coast Motorcycles is confident participants will be able to double that amount on September 30.

“I could not have been prouder of our inaugural event last year. The riding community embraced the event whole-heartedly. The smiles were broad, the bikes were brilliant and I was really affected by the comradery.

“It was wonderful to see new friendships formed in the name of charity. We had under-estimated the numbers and ended up having to cap the registrations!

“I have worked closely with Wollongong City Council and the Wollongong LAC and secured larger venues to accommodate more dapper riders and their steeds,” Jane said.

SPONSOR DGR WOLLONGONG RIDE ORGANISER JANE & TIM

The DGR Style

In keeping with the classic lines of Don Draper’s 1957 Matchless G3LS, The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride is a niche charity event with gentlefolk riding their Cafe’ Racer, Bobber, Classic, Tracker, Scrambler, Old School Chopper, Modern Classic, Sidecar, Classic Scooter and Brat styled motorcycles. Participants spend months perfecting the look of both their bikes and their costumes.

DGR Style Guide -Cafe Racer
DGR Style Guide - Classic
DGR Style Guide - Modern Classic
DGR Style Guide - Bobber
DGR Style Guide - brat styled
DGR Style Guide - Chopper
DGR Style Guide - Scooter
DGR Style Guide - Scrambler
DGR Style Guide - Side Car
DGR Style Guide - Tracker

If you ride a vintage or classic styled motorcycle and wish to participate or would like to make a donation to the Wollongong Ride please register via this link:

REGISTER HERE

Fundraising rewards include motorcycles and luxury watches from major partners Triumph Motorcycles and Zenith Watches. Wollongong’s top fundraisers will receive prizes thanks to Towradgi Beach Hotel and Coal Coast Emporium.

Wayne Gardner Doco Gets Thumbs Up From Home Crowd

City Coast Motorcycles co-hosted a WAYNE Special Event Q&A Screening in conjunction with Transmission Films and Greater Union Wollongong.
Guest Wayne Gardner was overwhelmed by the 500+ full house who watched the movie alongside him and the intimate Q&A with ex-wife Donna and Director Jeremy Sims.  While there had been an advance screening in Melbourne and Sydney, Wayne stated he felt the Wollongong occasion was the true premiereHe spent more than an hour after the event chatting with the enthusiastic crowd and posing for selfies.
Wayne Gardner at the special advance screening of WAYNE held in Wollongong on August 7.
Wayne Gardner at the special advance screening of WAYNE held in Wollongong on August 7.
WAYNE is the near improbable true story of the ‘larrikin kid’ from Wollongong, Wayne Gardner. With girlfriend Donna Forbes never far from his side, Wayne’s remarkable journey takes him from a $5 dirt bike to the pinnacle of his sport. In 1987 Wayne becomes the first Australian to win the World Motorcycle Grand Prix, and with it, the hearts of all Australians.
During the Q&A session lead by ABC Illawarra’s Nick Rheinberger, Wayne revealed Valentino Rossi is his favourite rider of the modern era. He also shared that in the mountains in Europe remind him of Macquarie Pass.
Thank you to everyone who attended. If you missed our event don’t miss the national release on September 6.
Wayne Gardner Special Event
Wayne Gardner Special Event
Wayne Gardner Special Event
Wayne Gardner Special Event
Wayne Gardner Special Event
Wayne Gardner Special Event
Wayne Gardner Special Event
Wayne Gardner Special Event
Wayne Gardner Special Event
Wayne Gardner Special Event

 

Join us at our WAYNE Special Event Q&A Screening

Wayne Special Event Q&A Screening
City Coast Motorcycles is proud to host the “WAYNE” Special Event Q&A Screening at 6.30pm on Tuesday August 7 at Event Cinemas, Wollongong

WAYNE is the near improbable true story of the ‘larrikin kid’ from Wollongong, Wayne Gardner. With girlfriend Donna Forbes never far from his side, Wayne’s remarkable journey takes him from a 5-dollar dirt bike to the pinnacle of his sport. In 1987 Wayne becomes the first Australian to win the World Motorcycle Grand Prix, and with it, the hearts of all Australians.

This thrilling documentary has been directed by Jeremy Sims and was inspired by Nick Hartgerink’s biography, The Wayne Gardner Story. Featuring interviews with legends from the sport’s ‘golden age’ including Eddie Lawson, Wayne Rainey, Mick Doohan and Kevin Schwantz, WAYNE is an amusing, inspiring and, at times, wild cinematic ride through the life of a true Aussie legend.

WAYNE will release in cinemas nationally on 6th September 2018. See #WayneFilm early at our Wollongong Q&A special event screening with the legend himself, Wayne Gardner in attendance. Book your tickets now!

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Test a Tiger at City Coast Motorcycles

Test a Tiger at City Coast Motorcycles

We tested the all new Triumph Tiger 1200 and 800 and loved them so much we’re bringing 12 to Wollongong for YOU to try!

Join City Coast Motorcycles on Saturday July the 21st for our TIGER Demo Day. Choose from the Triumph Tiger 800 XCa, Tiger 800 XRt, Tiger 1200 XCa or Tiger XRt and ride with our group on a road and off-road combo.

Bookings are essential – please register your interest below.

Tiger 800 XC and XR Range
One of Triumph’s best-loved motorcycles, the new Tiger 800 family takes this celebrated range to a whole new level.  Incorporating around 200 upgrades per model, including the highest ever level of technology, more capability, enhanced ergonomics, and a lower ratio 1st gear and more responsive power delivery from the latest generation engine, these adventure motorcycles are better in every way, off road and on.

Tiger 1200 XC and XR Range
Triumph’s top Adventure motorcycle family has evolved. It’s significantly lighter, by up to 11kg, with 100 improvements including a major engine update giving more immediate power, enhanced technology to include; adaptive cornering lighting within a full LED set-up, full colour TFT display, 6 riding modes, back-lit switchgear, Triumph Shift Assist, keyless ignition, new ergonomics and more distinctive styling. They’re built for epic adventures.

City Coast Motorcycles Tiger Demo Day

Fill out the form below to register your interest and we will be in contact to confirm your booking time.

City Coast Motorcycles Top Ten 2017

Counting down our Top Ten favourite moments of 2017. City Coast Motorcycles has had an exciting year, keeping active at the heart of the motorcycling community. We’ve staged events – large and small – many for charity – and we’re proud of them all! Follow us in 2018 – the best is yet to come…

Our First Santa Charity Ride!

City Coast Motorcycles presents The Litas Wollongong Santa Ride
Xmas Ride by Paul Jones

City Coast Motorcycles wrapped up its busy year of events presenting The Litas Wollongong Santa Ride. The occasion, held on Saturday December 9th, was a mixed social event supporting Wollongong’s famous Santa Charity Pub Crawl. Participants were encouraged to dress festive and to tinsel up their bikes. A total of 20 merry riders were in attendance.

Organiser Jane from City Coast Motorcycles said she was excited about building the ride in 2018:

“We’ve been proud to help establish the Litas Wollongong and help grow their membership. The Santa Ride was the perfect opportunity to do something fun in the public eye for a good cause. I am certain we’ll be able to double our numbers next year,” Jane said.

The Litas are a world-wide, all female motorcycle collective of 3500+ women, from over 150 cities and 19 countries. You can read more about them here.

Our thanks to the PCYC Wollongong, Paul Jones and the North Gong Hotel.

City Coast Motorcycles Ladies Torque

Ladies Torque at City Coast Motorcyccles

City Coast Motorcycles recently presented its first ever Ladies Torque Night. Interested customers were treated to bike maintenance advice from Beau, a preview of Merlin Riderwear, a rider safety talk, an introduction to our ladies riding group – the Litas Wollongong, as well as fantastic lucky door prizes from Motul Australia. Importantly, this was an opportunity for new riders to ask questions in a non-confronting environment, as well as get to know other riders in their home town.

Thanks to everyone one who attended; we appreciate all the great feedback and look forward to the next one!

DOING FMX FOR THE KIDS!

City Coast Motorcycles Yatcon Civil FMX Jam


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The City Coast Motorcycles Yatcon Civil FMX Jam was back for its third year at i98fm Illawarra Convoy on November 19. Thousands massed to watch many of Australia’s biggest names in FMX throw down at the region’s biggest charity gig.

Just a day before the world class fmx stage was under rainwater, but Peter Yates and the Yatcon Civil crew pulled out all the stops to make sure the event went ahead for the kids.

Our resident FMX fanatic Justin “Bushy” Bush mastered the mic while the riders owned the arena. The talent list was on point with Robbie Maddison, Chucky Norris, Luke McNeill, Tom Robinson, Cory Bozzola, Alex Bucholtz, James Martin, Jake Bowen, Dylon Mcdonald, Scott Perry, Ben Richards, Tom Richards, Codie Rooney, Will Schwarz and Oliver Hutchinson.

Fans lined up to receive a personally signed copy of Maddo’s children’s book. There were Skullcandy giveaways, mini-bike races, a best whip comp and monster FMX moves. The energy in the crowd was electric, photographers took position and the riders delivered.

Robbie Madison returned for his second year to the City Coast Motorcycles Yatcon Civil FMX Jam.
City Coast Motorcycles Yatcon Civil FMX Jam
City Coast Motorcycles Yatcon Civil FMX Jam
City Coast Motorcycles Yatcon Civil FMX Jam
City Coast Motorcycles Yatcon Civil FMX Jam
City Coast Motorcycles Yatcon Civil FMX Jam
City Coast Motorcycles Yatcon Civil FMX Jam
City Coast Motorcycles Yatcon Civil FMX Jam
City Coast Motorcycles Yatcon Civil FMX Jam
City Coast Motorcycles Yatcon Civil FMX Jam
City Coast Motorcycles Yatcon Civil FMX Jam
City Coast Motorcycles Yatcon Civil FMX Jam
City Coast Motorcycles Yatcon Civil FMX Jam

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A day like this cannot happen without a huge team effort. City Coast Motorcycles would like to thank the performers, Pete and Shez Yates of Yatcon Civil, M J Rowles, Zach Hofer, Norm Rees, Brown’s Graffix, Skullcandy Australia, Yamaha Motor Australia, Fish Fingered, CMG Audio, Headstrong Films, Freerider MX Magazine, i98fm and the Illawarra Community Foundation.

City Coast Motorcycles also had its first Illawarra Convoy lead bike team and truck, raising a combined total of $18,842. Read our windup and view images HERE.

Spreading that Convoy Spirit

For three years City Coast Motorcycles has supported the region’s favourite community charity – i98fm Illawarra Convoy – through our world class FMX Show with Yatcon Civil.

In 2017 we took a step up, additionally fundraising as a lead bike team with David Drain of Kembla Heights Bowlo. Fun events held throughout the year, such as the Convoy Fall Ball, Convoy Demo & Classic Show ‘N Shine and Convoy Bowls Off as well as corporate donations took our total to $17,242.

On Sunday November 19, we rode for baby Emerson, who sadly passed away at the tender age of six months and 27 days from Type A SMA, a terminal spinal condition.

City Coast Motorcycles Illawarra Convoy
City Coast Motorcycles Illawarra Convoy
City Coast Motorcycles Illawarra Convoy
City Coast Motorcycles Illawarra Convoy
City Coast Motorcycles Illawarra Convoy
City Coast Motorcycles Illawarra Convoy
City Coast Motorcycles Illawarra Convoy
City Coast Motorcycles Illawarra Convoy
City Coast Motorcycles Illawarra Convoy

Also for the first time, City Coast Motorcycles had a dedicated Convoy truck, captained by Adam and Amy Woodward with thanks to Taylor’s Heavy Haulage. Our truck raised an additional $1,630 with huge thanks to Longwall Hydraulics.

City Coast Motorcycles Illawarra Convoy. Image by Grahame Logg
Image by Grahame Logg
City Coast Motorcycles Illawarra Convoy
City Coast Motorcycles Illawarra Convoy
City Coast Motorcycles Illawarra Convoy

Heartfelt thanks to our 2017 supporters:

Kembla Heights Bowling and Recreation Club
Jarrod and Kylie at Park Engineering
Wollongong Motorcycle Club
Adam and Amy Woodward
Taylor’s Heavy Haulage
Longwall Hydraulics
Brookes Engraving
Val Tools
Bairds Boar Bags
The Hired Guns
Point2point Shuttle
Hello World Wollongong
The Back Doctor Shellharbour
MX Experience
Hairhouse Warehouse Wollongong Figtree & Shellharbour
Triumph Motorcycles
Bailey Roberts Group
Charlies Liquor Barn Unanderra
James Berriman from Bowls Australia
Greg Oshea
WC Livestock Transport
Swan Transport
Sarah’s Coffee Van
City Beach Function Centre
Balance Point Yoga
Dagwood
Naked Tan
Artique Hair and Beauty
Street Beatz
WC Livestock Transport
Kurtosh Wollongong
Motul Australia
Humber
Belinda Clarke Neves
Nail Candy
Mark Rigby
Marty Haynes and the crew at i98fm

Keep an eye out for our story on the City Coast Motorcycles Yatcon Civil FMX Jam COMING SOON!