Battunga Bikers

October 16th, 2019
Battunga Bikers
You can ride a Harley at this year’s Battunga Lions Bike show and you won’t even need a licence.

An iconic US Harley Davidson motorcycle will be bolted to a rolling road so that show goers can become a biker, even if only temporarily.

“It really gives people the unique experience of being on a Harley without actually posing any danger to themselves,” bike show creator Fred Keal said.

The Bike Show has been going on since 2017 and welcomes fans of any two-wheeled motorised vehicle, from the classics to brand new models.

Battunga Lions Club member Fred said the show first came about after chatting with fellow motorbike enthusiasts while looking for a new fundraiser for the local Lions Club.

“We first started talking about it in June of 2017, so it was a pretty quick turnaround to get the first one ready for November,” Fred said.

“We were expecting an initial turnout of about 500 people, but we ended up with around 1,250 showing up, which was a real surprise.”

Fred said he wanted to make the bike show different by getting other local clubs involved in the organisation of the event.

“The Lions Club does the sausages, the local Men’s Shed take care of the coffee and the cricket club work on the bar,” he said.

“After the first year, we also realised we needed to expand the catering, so the local footy club began running the canteen.”

In addition to food and drink, the general swap-meet and some local amateur bands providing entertainment, show goers are also encouraged to put their bikes on display.

Graeme Roberts has been attending and volunteering for the bike show since its inception and helps look after the parked bikes on the field.

Graeme said he is always impressed with the wide range of bikes that turn up, as well as the social interactions he has every year.

“It’s a real social gathering – it’s amazing how many people turn up that you haven’t seen for quite some time, and you also meet new people with similar interests,” Graeme said.

“It’s also looking to be a great family event this year – I just think people should come along and check it out because I’m 99.9 per cent sure they’ll enjoy themselves.”

This year’s event is also set apart with the introduction of the ‘Best Classic Bike’ contest to accompany the returning competition for the best motorbike club display.

“We have several bike clubs from the city come up the freeway to get to the show – it’s a really enjoyable ride,” Fred said.

“But there’s a little bit for everybody this year, so we’re really hoping attendance will cross that magic 2,000 mark.”

The event is the Battunga Lions Club major fundraiser for the year, with proceeds going towards other charitable organisations, including the Williams Syndrome Association, which supports individuals with the genetic disorder and their families.

The 2019 Lions Bike Show will be held at the Macclesfield Oval in Macclesfield on Sunday, November 3 from 9am-3pm. Entry is free for children under 14 and $5 for everyone else.

For additional information, visit, the Lions Bike Show Facebook page, or contact Fred at 0449 664 370.

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