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Tony Kirby Annual Memorial Rides

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About Tony Kirby

Tony Kirby, or 'TK' as he was known, was the definitive adventure rider before the term became popular. With a career in publishing and motorcycle journalism, he had the ability to entertain, inform, and above all inspire us to go riding and explore. He did this by riding across and around Australia every which way himself and then reporting on his adventures.

Among his achievements he created the great SideTrack Magazine in 1995, and during that period of his life, was instrumental in the establishment of the DSMRA, or the Dual Sport Motorcycle Association.


Tony Kirby passed away too soon. The debilitating motor neurone disease brought about his death on 17 December 2010.

In 2011 a few of his friends and followers celebrated his life with a ride to one of his favourite places, South Australia’s Flinders Ranges, where a rock cairn was constructed and his ashes spread. This became the inaugural TK Memorial Ride.

Other rides have followed each year since:

  • 2011 – Flinders Ranges SA
  • 2012 – Walcha NSW
  • 2013 – Kenilworth Qld
  • 2014 – Bridge to Bridge – Sydney Harbour Bridge to Brisbane’s Story Bridge
  • 2015 - Cooma NSW
  • 2016 - Flinders Ranges SA

2017 Memorial Ride

The 2017 ride will be to and about Emmaville NSW on the weekend of 21/22 October. We’ll congregate at Emmaville’s Club Hotel;  Saturday night to commemorate TK’s contribution to our adventure riding lifestyle.

We have a block booking at the Club Hotel for those wishing to stay there. Please go online and make your own arrangements, making sure you mention you are a TK Ride participant. About 3-4 weeks prior, the Pub will take a booking from anyone, so make your plans early if wishing to stay at the Pub. Camping is also available nearby for those that prefer to do it harder.

There’ll be an ‘unorganised’ day ride out of Emmaville on Saturday for those who arrive in time. Getting  to Emmaville and return is up to the individual, however there will be a ride out of southern NSW leaving the previous weekend that riders could join in as they wished, and likewise for a return. There may also be rides loosely arranged from southern Queensland and south west NSW, to be confirmed.

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