Having existed for just over 11 years now, the Vulcan Riders Association of Western Australia (VRAWA) currently holds 27 members. The VRAWA’s parent group is known as the Vulcan Riders Association International (VRAI), with more than 10,000 members overall. The VRAI overlooks subsidiaries in 26 countries across the world and hosts multiple international rallies each year.
VRAWA members long dreamed of participating in an international rally and over time the idea progressed further to the group itself hosting an international rally. It took 3 years for their dream to come into fruition but eventually, in November 2015, the group had the pleasure of hosting a Western Australia (Dwellingup), based rally for Vulcan riders the world over.
Registrations totalled 51 and the scale of the rally wasn't at European levels, however it certainly was international. A contingent of 10 participated from Sweden, with their own bikes, plus four from Malta and three from Germany. The rest of the participants were West Australians.
“The rally was a great success. The bushland setting of the campground and the scenic landscape in the vicinity provided a very Australian flavour. The ride program catered for all riders, with four separate rides available every day each taking in different routes and with distances ranging from 100 to 500 km. The rides gave participants considerable scope to sample the varied countryside of Western Australia. Some also included visits to the Cohuna Wildlife Park for a dose of koala and kangaroo petting, the Armadale Reptile Park where you could get up close with some of our most dangerous reptiles, coastal rides, the hills and farmlands,” commented Clyde Graham, secretary of the VRAWA.
“Saturday was the Show and Shine event, with twenty classes and trophies on offer. The attendance was fantastic and the judging very close. Local residents and visiting riders from Perth inspected the fine machinery on display. The day concluded with a traditional ride out, with fifty plus Kawasaki Vulcans thundering up the main street and off into the distance. It was quite a spectacle,” Clyde said.
The fun didn’t stop there for the Kawasaki Vulcan aficionados. Following the rally there was an eight day, 2,000 km ride, known as the ‘Southern Stars' ride. The ride took in the magnificent southwest of WA and its world class wineries, dairies, farm lands, lush forests and spectacular coastlines. “The group visited Augusta, Albany and Esperance, before heading into the goldfields and the rugged beauty of the ‘Golden Mile’ at Kalgoorlie. The return to Perth via the wheat belt included Merriden and Bruce Rock, with its golden fields of barley, and one last stop for a drink amongst friends at the famous Ardath Hotel,” Clyde commented.
“The Southern Stars long ride was well attended and generated many new friendships. It captured Western Australia at its best and was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone including our international guests who definitely had a good taste of our state.”
The hugely successful event concluded with participants trailing off in all directions before they bid farewell and returned to their respective homelands.
“The success of the rally was also due to the very generous sponsorship that was provided by a range of local and national businesses. These included - ALCOA Australia, Kawasaki Australia, Speno Rail, Shannons Insurance, Kazzmazz Leathergoods, Causeway Kawasaki, Embroidery Design, Mack 1 Kawasaki Wangara and Midland, Fifth Element Kawasaki, Toll-Ipec Logistics and Sprint Screen Printing.”
The VRAWA will now begin preparing for their first West Coast Rally for Vulcan riders in March 2016. “All Vulcan riders are encouraged to participate and it would be great to welcome people from other states and territories. Visit http://www.vulcanridersassociationwa.com for details.
Photos by Chris De Blank and Clyde Graham.