Australia’s biggest inappropriate dirt days rolled out to North Brisbane for Ellaspede’s Dust Hustle 7 on Saturday 1 September 2018. The seventh instalment once again broke records for being the biggest and best yet with a sold out field of 140 riders and a bumper crowd of just under 2,500 people rolling through the gates.
Riders rolled in to setup early and with a pretty swift sign on session we were on time for the riders briefing. With general rules laid out and a gentle reminder to ‘try and not crash’ it was 9am and time to hit the track.
The ‘Enduro & MX’ class were the first cabs off the rank, followed closely by the ‘Small Bike Burners’, ‘Old Mates’ class for bikes older than 1990 and rounded up by the ‘Risky Road Bikes’. The classes ran through a continuous rotation during the morning session to maximise ride time and it wasn’t long before riders were getting into the groove of the morning track layout.
Morning highlights included seeing Australia’s most awarded off road racer Geoff Ballard rolling out for MXstore to have some fun on the flat track on his Mighty Maico. World Champion enduro winner Jemma Wilson was also sliding around on a Yamaha TTR150 in the small bikes class too!
It wasn’t long before some of the ‘race prepped’ bikes suffered some mechanical gremlins and luckily SP Tools were on hand with their Pit Bay setup to support all the riders fixing requests. With a full range of SP Tools on hand it wasn’t long before most of the slippery steeds were back on the start line.
The trade show alley was in full swing and with a stack of spectators rolling in they were smashed with on track action and off track brand features. Gasoline Alley Harley Davidson and BMW Motorrad Australia had the best product demos going, rolling their rides straight off the track from riding and into their display stands so the spectators could really see how capable these bikes are!
Shannons Insurance, Triumph Australia, Uppercut Deluxe, Traction Community, AGV Helmets, Merlin Jackets, Fonzie Abbott Espresso and the Food Truck Roundup had an epic spread of stands, product demos and tasty treats to ensure the off track action was as interesting as on the on track antics.
Lunchtime hit and the hustlers had earned a well deserved rest! The local pros from North Brisbane Junior Motorcycle Club geared up and after a quick practice sessions were ready to rip for the first of 2 gate drop races. Even though there wasn’t a title on the line these locals weren’t holding back, keen to impress a bumper crowd at their home track.
In-between the local pros showing us how to really rip on a dirt track with appropriate machines was the demos from BMW Motorrad who rolled out some RnineT Scramblers and a GS1200 Rally for some impressive laps on bikes that you can ride home right after DH! Gasoline Alley Harley Davidson also got in on the action with a few new Harleys out for a slide, proving you can have a capable cruiser and a dirt track weapon all in one bike!
Traction Community had an epic program running where 5 lucky entrants got to ride a DH prepped Honda Postie CT110 too and for ultimate bragging rights we cut them loose for a Traction rider only race during the lunchtime demos. Smiles for miles as these 5 battled it out around the track!
With the pros having done their thing in a damn fast display it was back to the inappropriate action for the afternoon session. The track layout was slightly changed as we opened up the long front straight so the riders could really wind out their risky rides to the crowds delight.
The action stepped up after lunch as the riders got comfortable with the surface and many were obviously trying to ‘leave it all out on the track’. There were a few cheeky dirt naps during the day without major injury until the crowd favourite Ninja Turtle went down late in the day. It was a big off but luckily his hard shell prevented it from being any worse then a few broken bones (Get well soon Michelangelo!). Not wanting to be outdone by the ‘biggest off of the day’ the Risky Road bikes turned it up to 11 for their last session, sending a Harley into the wall to make a decent sized hole! Luckily no one was injured but the rider now has a decent story to tell.
4pm rolled around and it was a wrap on riding for the day. As the dust settled a crowd formed around the Young Henrys and Sailor Jerry trackside bar to was down the days dust and prepare for the all important riders awards and spectator raffle. Tough decisions were made and the Best in Class awards were handed out to some well deserving winners in all classes.
After a couple of trackside coldies, bikes were loaded and spectators rolled out to ready themselves for the official afterparty at Crowbar Brisbane from 8pm. Fresh faces free of dust gathered at Crowbar and the days stories got bigger and better as the rad crowd kicked on after the dirt flirt day that was.
Each year we’re continually stoked with how many people are keen to come and support this little laid back fun focused event. It’s epic to see so many smiles at an event that celebrates the diversity of motorcycle riding and ‘run what you brung’ attitude that’s sometimes lost today. Basically, if you’re keen for a good time and you’ve got a bike (whatever it is) then you’ll fit right in at Dust Hustle. We’re for making less rules about having a good time on bikes and we’re glad you’re all on board for the ride!
As always, this inappropriate dirt flirt event wouldn’t be possible without the support of our epic sponsors. Please thank Ellaspede | Gasoline Alley Harley Davidson | Sailor Jerry | Young Henrys | Shannons Insurance | Electric | SP Tools | Fonzie Abbott Espresso | Bell Helmets | BMW Motorrad | FIST Handwear | Triumph Australia | MX Store | Ballard’s Off Road | Transcale | Iron & Resin Garage | Miss Moto | Motul | AGV Helmets | Merlin Jackets | Uppercut Deluxe | Death Collective | Shinko Tyres | Brisbane Motorcycle Towing | AF Clothing | Team Moto | Food Truck Roundup | Traction
Photos by the legend Karlos Neale of Motorcycle Pics.