Kobbers open to more cruiser models

Kobbers Kruiser Klub now fr all cruisers except Harleys

In its 20th anniversary year, Kobbers Kruiser Klub is inviting riders from all types of cruiser – except Harleys – to join their social motorcycle club.

It started as a social club for riders of metric cruisers from Japan and Europe, says national president Alison “Alleycat” Johnson.

“At a time when the cruiser market was starting to explode, it gave riders of these metric cruisers a forum to share information and enjoy riding similar style of bikes,” she says.

“There was the HOG club for Harleys and Ulysses club for over 50s, but there was nothing around for riders who were proud enthusiasts for their Shadows, DragStars, Intruders and the like.”

However, the introduction of Korean Hyosung cruisers to the market as well as American Indian and Victory motorcycles has caused the club to expand its membership criteria.

Alleycat says they voted at their 2015 AGM to make some changes to their constitution.

“We’ve now moved forward from this and pleased to stay that we have broadened our cruisers from Japanese and European only, to all metric cruisers,” she says.

Kobbers Kruiser Klub now fr all cruisers except Harleys

(“Metric cruisers” can mean they quote the engine capacity in CCs rather than cubic inches, or that they use metric fasteners like the Victory and Indian instead of SAE, or simply anything non-American.)

“By opening the club up to a broader range of metric cruisers, we are hoping to attract new riders to enjoy what our club has to offer – riding and enjoying a few laughs,” Alleycat says.

“I’ve been riding for about 25 years (there weren’t as many female riders around then either) and I can remember a time when the non-Harley cruisers were fobbed off as “Yama-harleys” and really I feel that clubs like ours have helped these Jap, Euro and other cruisers gain more respect in the riding community.”

The Kawasaki Mean Streak rider says the club is “fantastic” at embracing newer riders and helping them gain experience and knowledge about bikes and riding techniques. 

Kobbers Kruiser Klub now fr all cruisers except Harleys

“I was still a novice rider when I joined Kobbers 15 years ago and used to have ‘Tail End Charlie’ babysit me at the back of the group helping me to improve my cornering.  I was hopeless.  Now I’m national president of the club, lead rides and ride like a demon.”

The club was established in 1996 in Sydney by founder “Glove” and a Brisbane Division followed shortly after. In 2013, a third Coffs Coast Division was formed when “Spokes” and Alleycat relocated to the region and established the biker-friendly Idle In café in Nana Glen.

Kobbers Kruiser Klub now fr all cruisers except Harleys
Kobbers at Idle In

Kobbers now has about 90 members in the three divisions.

When I caught up with the Brisbane division on a social ride, there was already one Victory among the pack, but they expect more brands to join now the club has opened up.

Brisbane Division president “H-Bomb”welcomes the new club constitution – or should that be Klub Konstitution? – saying it will help to keep the club alive.

She used to ride a Triumph Speed Triple, but has moved to a metric cruiser “for the lifestyle”.

“Cruisers are more comfortable and it hurts your wrists riding around on a sports bike all day,” she says.

Divisions hold rides once a week, attend many charity rides, organise weekends away and attend the three-day AGM in Sawmill on the NSW central coast in October.

Kobbers Kruiser Klub now fr all cruisers except Harleys
2015 Sawtell AGM

Alleycat says Kobbers is a very active charity fundraiser and participates in events such as the Black Dog Ride, Pink and Blue Ribbon Rides, etc.

In October 2013 Kobbers Kruiser Klub was awarded Bronze Partnership at a “Champions for Children” event held by the Randwick Children’s Hospital for raising more than $25,000 through their annual Easter Charity Ride which attracts about 200 bikes. This year the ride will be held on March 13.

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  1. Why discriminate? Just because there are hog clubs you don’t need to go tit for tat on that. I have many friends who ride harley but dont want to be in just and exclusive club but do want to be in a diverse club. There are also boulevard exclusive clubs, do you exclude those? If you want more members it would be logical to invite all cruiser riders of any make including Harleys. Seems to me basing your membership on the type of spanner they weild is just restricting your membership.
    Just a thought.

    1. Kobbers has always been a club for riders of metric cruisers since it was formed 20 years ago. The recent changes were made to accommodate new manufactures as the previous definition of acceptable bikes was limited to Japanese and European crusiers (and thus Victory, Hyosung, Indian etc weren’t technically allowed). There are many other clubs open to single manufactures (eg HOG or Honda Shadow Riders) or those open to any riders that meet a specific criteria (eg Ulysses). Kobbers was formed to provide an alternative for cruiser riders that didn’t ride Harleys. While opening membership up to riders of Harleys (or any bikes) would increase potential membership it would change the nature of the club.

  2. Is there a decibel limit in the constitution? Or is there no need without Harley’s?
    Just joking kind of.
    What I’d really like to know, is there a similar tourers club?
    If not would kobbers start a sister club Kobbers tourers?
    Tourers are a bit harder to define than cruisers, if you look at a bike side on you can easily see that it’s a sports or a cruiser but not if its a sport or a tourer as there is the classification sports tourer. The definition of tourer would have to be the Honda Goldwing but there is no definition of sports tourer as that label can be put on almost any bike with an upright riding position, even a Honda vfr750 was classified as a sports tourer. So I’ll define it as any bike with an upright riding position with more than 650 cc and is comfortable enough to travel more than six hundred kilometres in a day without needing spinal surgery afterwards.

    1. Hi Al,

      There is no definition per se, but the official FCAI sales figures include these types of bikes in the Touring category: Harley Touring family, BMW R1200RT and F800GT, Triumph T’bird LT and Yamaha FJR1300 (would have thought that would be sports touring).

      Not sure that clears things up at all! I would have thought a touring bike would be something fitted with standard bags and a comfortable riding position.

      FCAI also has categories for adventure touring and sports touring!

      Clear as mud, eh?



      1. That’s why I defined them the way I did.
        Some sales people call a tourer or rather sports tourer anything that doesn’t have your chin on the tank as the standard riding position but isn’t a cruiser or dirt bike. I had a vfr750 I considered it a sport bike but I’ve seen them advertised as sport tourer.
        An xj900 diversion is also listed as a sport tourer but it’s a lot closer to a Goldwing than the vfr

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