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As we stated seven years in the past at one of many early instalments of ‘Sunday Slide’ (click on right here for a highlights video of that 2016 occasion), “Sunday Slide definitely isn’t a standard day on the racetrack; it’s a day the place a great yarn is valued simply as a lot as a great lap. It’s a spot the place households and associates of dirt-bike fanatics, grease monkeys, senior residents and hipsters all come collectively for amusing and, after all, to journey filth.”

And guess what? Nicely, in response to Yamaha Motor Australia’s Sean ‘Geeza’ Hawker-Goldhawk, we’re seven years down the monitor and nothing’s modified! Right here’s a basic piece that Geeza penned about his latest Sunday Slide expertise at Western Sydney’s notorious Nepean Raceway…

The Jerkyls, a gaggle of self-confessed retro filth bike misfits, epitomise all the pieces we love and typically miss about bikes and the accompanying life-style. The membership’s eclectic mixture of members serves as a refreshing reminder of the straightforward pleasures that attracted us to bikes within the first place.

Enjoyable, driving and mateship. Pure, no-frills driving with a stable retro flavour is the mantra of the Jerkyls, and its members don’t thoughts a great time and a beer when driving is finished for the day. To be a Jerkyl is to go the entire 9 yards. They reward all issues classic and keep away from the soul-less ‘moderns’, and that love extends to vehicles, trend, music. For the enjoyment of their members and visitors fortunate sufficient to obtain an invitation, the Jerks goal is to create easy-going occasions. A spot the place the pits are filled with banter whereas the soundtrack of the ’60s fills the air, together with the candy scent of Castrol R, and the place a variety of previous bike fanatics swap tales about how briskly they have been.

The Jerkyls lately held its fashionable and considerably notorious ‘Sunday Slide’ occasion on the flat monitor circuit of Nepean Raceway, positioned on the foot of the Blue Mountains in Sydney’s far west. Open to pre-1990 bikes of all makes and pedigree, piloted by riders of various classic and talent degree, Sunday Slide is a non-competitive two-day tenting, motorbike driving, and good occasions grassroots occasion – actually. In case you’re not within the filth at Sunday Slide, you’re not embracing the Jerkyls life-style. The annual gathering permits riders to wheel their delight and pleasure out of the shed for a gallop – adhering to the Jerkyls’ mantra of “Journey it, don’t disguise it!”

A survey of the pit space reveals the shared ardour – previous filth bikes, in addition to the model of alternative – Yamaha. The consensus being that, when you’re going to schlep your bike throughout to Western Sydney for a day within the filth, you don’t need to waste the day kicking it within the guts to get it going. Previous Yamahas are quick and dependable – a practice that continues.

Relating to the non-competitive on-track motion, all expertise ranges are catered for, with contributors cut up into two teams: inexperienced persons and skilled. Whereas the riders are simply separated into the talent teams by self-analysis, trying to classify the taking part bikes would solely be a process taken on by the foolhardiest. Whereas retro two-stroke off-road machines are the weapon of alternative – the older, noisier and smokier the higher – there’s a justifiable share of purpose-built flat monitor machines, speedway bikes and highway bikes with knobby tyres, all eager to have a go and have enjoyable.

For 2 days, legendary racers and could-have-beens from a bygone period squeeze into beaten-up leathers and climb aboard ageing bikes to share the monitor with internal metropolis hipsters shaking down their newest retro creation. It’s a enjoyable classic filth monitor day, and a celebration of previous bikes and riders that focuses on the social expertise fairly than the chequered flag. You would possibly end up discussing the color of the grommets on a DT1 mudguard. However you possibly can journey in as many circles as you need.


Sydney-based digital advertising specialist, Matt Huggett, owns a spread of bikes together with this 1980 YZ125G. Matt is a member of Sydney Desert Sliders – a gaggle who wish to have enjoyable within the bush with bikes that aren’t at all times essentially the most appropriate for the duty in hand – together with classic two-strokes.

“It’s extra in regards to the riders than the bikes,” says Matt, a philosophy that has led him to be a daily Sunday Slider. His classic MX bike has been upgraded with RaceTech suspension, gold-anodised Excel rims and runs a common trials rear tyre for quick and enjoyable laps of the Nepean filth monitor.