Category Archives: Special Events

Black Dog Ride – 2016


Gold Coast Black Dog Ride 2016 was a huge success with over 370 bikes and 432 registered riders and pillions. Thank you to everyone who participated. The ride started at Shark Leathers with Check-Ins from 7:30am, Ash from Rebel FM was there for our entertainment, Breakfast from the Lions club and the Bean Green Coffee Machine for coffee!

The police turned up at departure time and guided us out of the Gold Coast and over Beechmont. Then continuing on through Canungra and then around to the Bearded Dragon, North Tamborine.

At the Bearded Dragon everyone arrived safely and we all had a beautiful lunch all ready for us to enjoy. Overall it was an amazing day and gorgeous weather and everyone had a fantastic time.


Now some big thank yous!

Firstly Lyn Maher for these beautiful photos, I’m sure you will enjoy them, just amazing.

The lovely Lifeline Volunteers, they work so hard doing the registrations and helping out on the day, I could not do it without them. Also, I am so proud of my amazing Son, Jackson for volunteering and helping Lifeline as well and to Jassy and her beautiful daughter Steph.

Thank you Kysa Girls and Guys who also volunteered selling raffle tickets and doing pre-registered check ins, setting up, organising, and helping me stay sane.

Special thanks to my hubby Matthew for putting up with me and to Mike & Sandy for doing so much on the day and then bringing beers over afterwards, you guys rock! Also Karyn and Elizabeth, couldn’t do it without you two.

Shark Leathers for a huge donation, raffle prizes and also bought a whole book of raffle tickets and didn’t win, next time John Kuhne 🙂 also for the Check-In Venue, marquee and help from their staff as well.

Ashley Palmero from Rebel FM The Rock Station – Ash is just amazing!

Big thanks to The Bearded Dragon who put an awesome lunch for us and to Monique & Mark and staff for their services.

Lions Club Helensvale for Breaky and very kind donation.

Green Bean Mobile Espresso for their dam good coffee and donation.

The QLD Police for guiding us and stopping the traffic.

QMBS as our back up/breakdown support and for a great raffle prize.

LocalSearch for a big donation also and the use of the gazeebo.

Stay Upright for amazing raffle prizes and support.

Harley-Davidson Nerang for their great raffle prizes and support.

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Thanks everyone! What an amazing day!

Spinal Injuries Association Charity Ride

Matthew Kuhne the owner of Shark Leathers used to be a professional motorbike racer, travelling the world doing the one thing thing he loved most. He is even titled the youngest Australian to compete in a World GP.

Almost 6 years ago he had a horrific adccident while training which left him a quadriplegic. The Spinal Injuries Association have been a great help to Matthew and many of his friends with spinal injuries. So this is why we would love to give back to the association and raise awareness for them.

The Spinal Injuries Association has been around since 1960, originally starting as a public meeting place for people with paraplegia and quadriplegia to advocate for their needs.

Their services have continued to grow which include support networks for members, employment assistance, peer support to assist people and their families with the transition from the hospital environment to their home and the community. They remain dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with a spinal cord injury by providing their members and clients the choice of a wide range of high quality, specialised services.

2014 Australian Superbikes Championships

A crew of 23 bikes met at Sharks Leathers at 7am, ready for a spirited ride to Round 1 of the Australian Superbike series on April 6th at Qld Raceway near Ipswich.



After the usual chit-chat to catch up …


… a quick Rider’s Brief …


… and the usual group photo shot …


… Jason Smith, Ride Leader for the day, lead us out.

Steve Chee on the silver Harley below was our “Tail-End Charlie” for this ride, bringing up the rear.


Making our way through Kopps Road and heading out past Canungra, we deviated from the beaten track onto Biddadabba Rd – they reckon that if you can’t say it properly, you shouldn’t be allowed to ride it!!



After stopping briefly at Beaudesert to regroup …



… We moved out to the long sweeping curves taking us to Boonah – And Breakfast!!


Once in Boonah, given the sheer numbers in our group and our need to be on our way, we opted to switch our Breakfast venue.

Cafe 17 did an excellent job of getting us all in, fed, and out again, in a relatively short period of time …


… So it wasn’t long before we were back out on the road again 🙂




Cutting through some back roads, we made our way toward Queensland Raceway at Willowbank.


However, a small oil leak in Joy Fisher’s old BMW, soon developed into a slightly larger oil leak, causing a significant amount of smoke and an unscheduled pit stop.


The guys, inspecting her bike after it had cooled down somewhat, gave the all clear to move on, with very clear instructions to take it easy from then on.

A short while later we arrived at the track, and after paying our way in, we joined the many other bikes that had gathered to watch the days proceedings.




A pretty hectic race schedule was planned …


… And lots of spectators gathered trackside to watch all the action from the sideline.








It was a pretty warm day and it wasn’t too long before the girls swapped jeans for shorts & skirts and found some tables & chairs in the shade of a tree to escape the heat.



…… but it was so hot that it didn’t take long for the boys to follow them either 🙂






A short while later some bikes in the parking lot started to get themselves in formation for the Bike Parade – this is the fun bit where spectators get to mix it up with the racers and take their own bikes for a bit of a spin on the track 🙂


With Nathan Hollingworth in the lead, Michael Newey on the yellow bike, and David Williams & Shane Turnbull close behind them, these guys joined their peers and pretended to be racers in the Parade – Thanks for the commentary Crystal Varnam!



Later, the girls, still in their shorts & skirts, decided to join the guys that had moved to the other side of the track to catch a better view of the action.



Donning only their boots & helmets, they moved their bikes around to the other side, attracting many spectators themselves!!


Meanwhile, our resident photographer, Ryan Cusack, took some amazing shots of the racing with these two guys trading first place many times …





















While most of us faired quite well in the heat, when the clouds began to form on the horizon, we were all very happy to feel the cool breeze 🙂

However, several of our crew had been receiving messages from the Gold Coast all afternoon warning us that some pretty severe storms had passed through and were on their way toward us.

Given that most of us were just thankful for the cool change, we continued to watch the races, quite confident that the weather would subside or simply go around us.





But as time went on, it became pretty clear that it wasn’t just going to go around!!



Some left early, but others braved it out, taking their bikes back to the parking lot, trying to find some shelter in the storm that was quickly advancing.



After not being able to hide from the rain anymore, we made a run for it, most of us getting soaked to the skin in the process, but ending up in Phil Lovett’s garage, a lot of us looking like drowned rats!!



Phil was such a friendly and genuine guy, who really took a liking to our crew!


As predicted, the storm passed fairly quickly with lots of water in it, and shortly thereafter we were able to move back out of the Lovett garage to enjoy a little more sunshine and Race Day camaraderie …



Heading back to our bikes …




… We swam our bikes out of the parking lot …


… Made a quick fuel stop …


… Then made our way back toward the Gold Coast 🙂


We didn’t get photos of it, but those of us who were left played a little Traffic Tetris on the M1, with our core crew landing at The Boathouse Tavern for a quick drink before going our separate ways.

I’m pretty sure it’s safe to say that everyone had a great day – Sunburn, Rain n all!!


Babe Raid


The Babe Raid is a weekend event that celebrates women of all ages, all bikes who love to ride. They have show and shines, competitions, themed dinners, gymkhana events, day rides, bands, markets, tech talks, rider safety training, prizes, dancing, photo shoots, massages, yoga, Thai chi, spiritual readings… the list goes on and on and on. It is a jammed packed weekend of fun.

The core to the event is making a difference in the community, not only by supporting the local community in which the events are held, but by also supporting other charities. The profits from the events are donated to different charities each year. The charities  chosen are close to the hearts of the organisers of the Babe Raid.

Babe Raid support women from all back grounds, groups, lifestyles and cultures, it does not matter what you ride, who you ride with or even if you are a pillion, learner or an admirer, we celebrate all women who love motorcycles.

Currently it is the biggest (and only) all women’s motorcycle weekend event in Australia topping numbers over 200 attendees.

Learn More …

International Female Ride Day

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In Canada in 2007, Vicki Gray launched MOTORESS International, and the International Female Ride Day was born.

Based on an earlier idea of connecting women with motorcycling, this synchronised National event was so well received throughout the United States & Canada, that it quickly became an International campaign with many European locations embracing the underlying philosophy of celebrating women who enjoyed riding motorcycles.

To this day, the IFRD philosophy encourages women riders all around the world to JUST RIDE.

And so in true Kysa style, we do just that!!

Join us on the 1st Saturday of May each year – Keep an eye on our calendar for up-to-date details.

Click Here to learn more about the International Female Ride Day …

Black Dog Ride – 2014

Ooohh!! You can feel the excitement building!! 12 months of planning finally coming together today!!

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Riding down the road towards Shark Leathers on Siganto Drive at Helensvale, you can see the bikes starting to line up ready for this epic event to support Lifeline in it’s work to raise awareness of Depression and Suicide Prevention – a totally worthwhile cause because so many in today’s world are affected in one way or another by this insidious condition.

Bikes, Bikes & More Bikes!!


Our fearless leader, away for this special occasion at a special occasion of her own (an overseas family wedding, no less) has left the reigns in the capable hands of her devoted leadership group, headed up by Liz Molloy and Karyn Bretnall.


The car park filled quickly with hundreds of people gathering to support this amazing and very important cause.

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Lifeline volunteers, along with some of the Kysa Girls, had their work cut out for them as they skilfully took care of Pre-Registered Check-ins and On-the-Day Registrations.  Huge thanks go to those 240 bikes that Pre-Registered – it certainly made our job a lot easier!!

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Coffee was served by Kev from Coffee Now, and breakfast provided courtesy of the Lions Club of Helensvale.

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“Winston” Black Dog plush toys were a huge hit, being available for sale both at the start and finish of the event so that riders could mount them on their bikes as a symbol of their support in raising awareness of Depression and Suicide Prevention.

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Raffle Tickets were actively promoted by our lovely Kysa Girls throughout the Registration process too.

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We also had some very fun, colourful characters turn up, and we thank them for adding their vibrant personalities to our festivities 🙂

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And we are eternally grateful for the full support and co-operation of the Queensland Police Service – it made our day function so much easier.

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Many thanks goes out to Ash and Rebel FM for their utmost support during the preparations throughout the year, as well as their outstanding presentation and entertainment during the Registration process on the day.

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We would also like to thank Gasoline Alley (Springwood), for the loan of the Harley Davidson that Ash rode on the day – your support is greatly appreciated.

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After the Pre-Ride Brief for safety & organisation, the procession filed out onto Siganto Drive with Police escort vehicles leading the way, ready to help us get hundreds of bikes through the traffic with careful concern for the other vehicles on the road.  To our best count, we had over 300 bikes on the day – many with pillions of all ages 🙂

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Our Ride Leader (in Orange), followed by the Corner-Markers (in Yellow), lead the pack out …

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… departing from Helensvale, heading out through Maudsland,  slowly making our way up and over the twisties of Beechmont, coming into Canungra, before we finally hit the straights that took us to The Bearded Dragon at Tamborine.

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Liz Molloy, Ride Leader on the day, brought the Mob in safely to The Bearded Dragon …

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… and they came,

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… and they came,

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… and still they came!!

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… while our Safety Officer, Ash from Rebel FM in Flouro Pink, and our “Tail End Charlie” in Orange brought up the rear, ensuring no-one got left behind.

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Once all safely parked, we made our way to the outdoor area of The Bearded Dragon.

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Many groups were represented in this epic ride – it was great to see so much support!

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After we’d quenched out thirst, and with some food in our bellies, the Raffles were prepared and drawn ….

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… with congratulations to all of our winners! We hope you enjoy your prizes 🙂

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And to finish off the day, we were entertained by James Anson & his band throughout the afternoon – we thank them for their talent and support.

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We would also like to thank Ryan Cusack for his photography – please take the time to check out Ryan’s Flickr Page – see if you can find you & your bike!!

Thanks for coming … and we’ll see you all for next year’s “Black Dog Ride”!!



Black Dog Ride – Gold Coast 2014

The ride leaving Shark Leathers this morning on the Black Dog ride 2014. There were so many, they just kept coming ….

Be sure to check out Ryan’s Facebook page for more great photos!

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Moto Expo 2014


The future of Motorcycle Exhibitions is coming to Brisbane

Troy Bayliss Events is pleased to announce MOTO EXPO presented by Insure My Ride.

Spread over 30,000 sqm MOTO EXPO will be the largest Motorcycle Exhibition ever held in Queensland.

MOTO EXPO showcases the latest Motorcycles, Scooters, ATV’s, Jet Ski’s, Side by Sides (UTV’s) plus hundreds of Industry products and related services, so no matter what your into your sure to find a product to suit your needs.

MOTO EXPO is a three day public exhibition, with close to 100 exhibitors MOTO EXPO displaying the latest products and services.  MOTO EXPO is also a interactive exhibition featuring live motorcycle demonstrations including World & Australian Champions. Visitors can expect see see Australia’s best Street bike Stunt Riders, Trials, Freestyle Motocross along with ATV, UTV riders, Special guests such as Jason Crump, Chris Vermeulen and host Troy Bayliss will also be in action on the track.

Dedicated Kids come and try areas along with larger motorcycles Motorcycles for adults to ride. Special autograph session, information seminars and a unique hall of fame will also be on display featuring some special bikes and gear.

If thats not enough, the Motul Pirelli BAYLISSTIC SCRAMBLE Teams Challenge flat track main event (Sat 6-8pm)  is sure to have you on the edge of your seat, see the legends and all stars of Australian Motorcycle racing go head to head on a purpose Flat Dirt Track within the 20,000 seat stadium. This is going to be Queensland biggest Motorcycle RACE don’t miss out!

Other show features include a Vintage and Classic display, Gasoline Alley Show n Shine, Huge clearance sale area, safety and educational seminars and so much more.

Learn More …

Black Dog Ride – 2014

Kysa is proud to support the annual “Black Dog Ride” 1 Dayer – a National 1 day motorcycling event to support Lifeline and to raise awareness of Depression and Suicide Prevention.

Register Here for the 2014 Black Dog Ride

(Choose your State in the middle of the page!)


Test n Tune at Willowbank

15 Riders joined us at Willowbank Drags – such a load of fun even though it was wet!!

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