Colin Leaker

Colin Leaker 85 Years Young
Colin Leaker was born on the 2nd July, 1933 and shortly after his 16th birthday he was off to sit the written test that would give him his licence to drive firstly, the family car, then his first motorcycle, a 1949 BSA C11 250cc overhead valve. It was his transport to work in the city but was soon replaced by a 1951 Vincent Comet 500cc. So began his long association with motorcycles.
Colin married, three children followed and priorities changed. The Comet was sold and a break from motorcycling followed.
When the circumstances were again favourable a Honda 100 was purchased then a Suzuki 125cc two stroke and a series of upgrades followed with a Honda CB 250 twin and then a Suzuki GS650GT 4, rare in Australia, with the instruction book in German.
Colin’s interest in motorcycling incorporated the racing aspect. It was a small step from spectating to marshalling, which put him on the other side of the fence and gave him access to places denied to spectators. That led to officiating at the Moto GP at Phillip Island and Formula One when it came to Adelaide. The highlight though, was being chief marshal at the US Motorcycle GP in the early 1990s.
Colin retired in 1993 from his last job as lecturer in Business Studies at SA TAFE. Six years later he joined Ulysses to ride on Wednesdays. The bike upgrades continued. A Yamaha XJ900 Diversion shaft drive, a Honda Deville NT650cc V twin shaft drive, A Honda Deauville NT 700cc and, his current bike, the Honda NC700S parallel twin. The bike he would love to own if he could afford it is any BMW. Colin attests to the reliability of today’s bikes. In the almost 20 years of Wednesday rides at about 45 rides a year, averaging 200 kilometres a ride, with on average 15 riders a ride tallies to about 2.565 million kilometres. Excluding punctures, Colin can recall only three or four breakdowns requiring a tow home. He was one of them.
He’s ridden the Great Ocean Road and the Alpine Way and has some regrets about not touring more. His favourite local ride is from Strathalbyn through Ashbourne to Meadows.
Colin feels that he has benefited from his almost twenty years of Wednesday rides with Ulysses members, valuing their company and advice on motorcycling and other matters. He is very grateful to those who have given their time to lead rides. At first Mick Sandley, then Bryan Cutt and Kevin Brenton, then those that currently share the role and the countless TECs.
Colin will not go on Ulysses rides after July 4, following his 85th birthday. However, he will keep in close contact with those Ulysses members whenever he can. His biggest regret is not becoming a member of Ulysses many years earlier. A regret shared by many.