Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Visions of Melbourne

I stumbled over an excellent Video Page on the Visit Victoria web site the other day.

It contains four magnificent Video Clips that showcase magnificent Melbourne.

Group Rides - Incentive Rewards

We frequently get asked top take large groups for a Harley Ride and as can be seen from this photograph, these can involve quite a few bikes.

On this occassion we picked the group up from the Crown Promenade Hotel in downtown Melbourne and transported them out to the Calder Thunderdome, where they were scheduled to spend the afternoon driving Nascars at high speed around the dome.

This group was part of an Incentive/Reward activity organized by their parent company, and one similar to which we are often called to be part of.

What better way to get your staff excited. It is always a surprise and it is always a hit!

Monday, September 04, 2006

Fathers' Day

The weather in Melbourne has been perfect over the last week and the demand for Harley Rides on Father's Day for this year, 3rd September 2006, as a consequence was high. But, then as Sunday dawned the weather deteriorated and it looked like it was going to be a wet day.

Our first customers took it all in their stride as we kitted them out in "head to toe" protective gear that included the obligatory windproof/waterproof jacket and waterproof trousers. We did strike a couple of showers along the way, but at the end of the hour they were dry and had hardly noticed the rain.

The next booking saw Melbourne's weather change for the better - the sun came out! Good old Melbourne - four seasons in one day. It stayed like this for much of the rest of the day. Quite enjoyable really.

But, as fate would have it Melbourne's weather had a sting in its tail. The last booking fort the day, pick up at 5.15pm - weather still looking OK. As we headed towards the Westgate Bridge I could see a band of dark clouds off to the southwest. Then as we rode up onto the bridge, the rain set in. Thankfully, I had remembered to fit a screen to my bike as I left home at 8am, as now it was providing excellent protection from the rain - which is something like having someone throw gravel at you as you ride into it.

I turned to mention the weather to my passenger, and to my surprise he exclaimed that he couldn't care less and was enjoying the experience. Anyway, I was dropping him back home and he could change clothes there.... Hmm, I think to myself, before the ride they panic about the rain, but when we get hit by the rain in the middle of the ride it just doesn't bother them.

Rain can cost a lost booking when it threatens, but strangely when it hits without warning the customer doesn't notice it. People - its why I love what I do....