Roads We Ride - The Old Pacific Highway

Here's the second instalment of the ROADS WE RIDE series, a great collaboration between Pipeburn, Stories of Bike and Transport for NSW. In this episode we meet Rodney ‘Champo’ Champness, founder of the Newcastle Café Racers, safety instructor and self-confessed petrol head. Champo's a long-term rider and auto enthusiast who has a soft spot for riding the Old Pacific Highway down to Sydney. This is the story of his love affair with bikes and his favourite stretch of Australian asphalt.

"It's given me an appreciation for doing things more gracefully. It keeps me learning and keeps me coming back," says Champo.

As a safety instructor, his approach to riding the Old Pacific Highway is a sensible one, but it doesn't detract from the experience. Rather than tackling the twisty stretch of Sydney highway on a sportsbike, Champo's favourite motorcycle for the journey is his cafe'd Deus ex Machina Harley Davidson Sportster. He compares riding his Harley to a longboard. Slow, heavy, and smooth and that’s exactly how he rides it.

Enjoy the video folks and please, ride safe.


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