DOCV Mini Turismo

Three-day Ducati club ride around Gippsland

In March I joined the annual Mini Turismo overnight ride organised by the Ducati Owners Club Victoria. I particularly enjoy the overnight rides because it’s a great way to get to know people better, the rides are always very well organised, and I’m finding that riding several days in a row with more experienced riders really improves my riding skills.

We based ourselves in Orbost for two nights. On the first day I joined a couple of others who also live on the Bellarine Peninsula and we took the ferry from Queenscliff early in the morning. We then joined the rest of the group – who had left from east of Melbourne – shortly before the first fuel stop in Moe later that morning.

The second day we did a long loop starting with the Bonang Highway and returning to Orbost for the night. That evening, I noticed excessive oil consumption on my Hyperstrada, and others who rode behind me reported noticing a smell of burnt oil. The oil level had dropped below minimum. Fortunately there was a car mechanic not far from our accomodation, and I was able to obtain some bike oil through my RACV roadside assistance membership.

Unfortunately, on the third day the bike lost power after only a few kilometres – it was like riding in limp mode with only limited engine power available. With oil burning and engine power loss, it all looked like a mechanical issue, so I limped the bike back to Orbost and left it with the RACV mechanic who organised a tow truck to bring it to Melbourne.

I then had to find a way to get from Orbost back home, with all my bike gear and luggage. I took the bus from Orbost to Bairnsdale where there is a train station. To add to my terrible day, no trains were actually operating, due to some technical issues or track works. Therefore I had to board a replacement coach along with a large unhappy crowd of other confused passengers.

After a total of about ten hours or so on public transport I got home eventually – it was a day to forget.

The only positive was that RACV was super helpful and brought the bike to Ducati in Melbourne the following day. It was all hassle-free and didn’t cost me anything. I would never go on any trip, no matter if by car or bike, without having roadside assistance.

Queenscliff Sorrento ferry at sunrise
Queenscliff Sorrento ferry at sunrise
Petrol stop in Moe
Petrol stop in Moe
Cann River coffee break
Cann River coffee break

More photos in the album DOCV Mini Turismo.