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Online Off Road Tours Go Ahead With 2009 Schedule Despite Fires

April 7, 2009 - Despite significant fire activity in Victoria’s northeast recently, Honda Riders Club of Australia’s (HRCA) Online Off Road Tours has confirmed that its 2009 ride schedule will go ahead as planned.

“There were reports that we had been burnt out, and would have to cancel tours. I’m very glad to say that this isn’t the case!” said Rod Lay, the owner of Online Off Road Tours.

“While it did look quite bad for a while there, the fire crews performed near miracles and saved most of the awesome state forests and national parks in the areas that we run our adventures,” said Mr Lay.

“The DSE have been clearing affected tracks with their dozers and we’ve been out with our chainsaws, ensuring access for our forthcoming rides.”

“We’ve just returned from a successful three day tour to Tom Groggin and are now putting the finishing touches to our new tour from Yackandandah to Harrietville at the start of May, which is looking awesome.”

“The tour will take in a few very short sections of fire damaged terrain and give customers an insight into the devastation that occurred in the Mudgegonga area.”

“99% of the tour was untouched by fire; however that short burnt section will be a real eye opener for customers and adds another dimension to what is already a ripper ride.   We utilise plenty of private property to cross from mountain to mountain and take in an extremely diverse range of tracks.”

“We’ll be running four guides for this trip and will include some optional advanced sections that will keep even the most advanced riders entertained.”

On Line Off Road tours are conducted in the safest and most environmentally responsible way possible, limiting each outing to 20 riders to minimise impact on the landscape. The tours are eco accredited with Eco Tourism Australia as well as licensed with Parks Victoria.

2009 Tour Dates

Ride Details

May 2-3

Harrietville - New Tour

June 20-21


July 4

Trail Coaching Day - Yackandandah

July 5

Single day ride - Yackandandah

August 1

Yackandandah Charity Bash

September 12-13


October 10-12

Tom Groggin: Three day adventure

November 7-8

Mount Buller (SOLD OUT)



For more tour information visit: or phone 0407 271 548.

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