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Variety V2 Motorcycle Run

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Variety V2 Motorcycle Run

The Variety V2 is back, bigger and better than ever! The 2015 route winds through the beautiful Clare and Barossa Valleys, Adelaide Hills and the Fleurieu Peninsula. It commences on Thursday 15th October from the Abbey on King William Road. Motorcycling experts, Ray Stevens and Jan Whitington have mapped out the event route. They have years of experience in organising bike events both in Australia and overseas and specialise in finding scenic routes that no one knew existed.

Variety V2 Motorcycle Run

All proceeds raised from the event enable Variety to assist South Australian children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs.

The inaugural event was held in March 2008 and the event is now in its 8th year. Variety V2 Motorcycle Runs have raised over of $1.4 million to directly benefit South Australian children in need. Each year the riders travel a different route. Over the past 5 years this has included: the Flinders Ranges, the Grampians, Daylesford, Riverland, South Western NSW, the Great Ocean Road, the wine regions of South Australia and the Victorian Alps.

Variety V2 Motorcycle Run

Lots of interesting territory will be covered in the four day ride with surprise entertainment thrown in along the way. The emphasis is on interesting roads, fabulous scenery, great food and wine, sunset parties, fun and entertainment with the satisfaction of riding to make a difference to children's lives.

Experienced and inexperienced riders are all welcome. Partners have a choice of transport; on the back of the bike, on the Hospitality Bus, or up in the Helistar helicopter.

Variety V2 Motorcycle Run

Variety provide a team of medical officials, a mobile workshop, motorbike trailer, a catering team, helicopter, a bus and the latest communications equipment.

The entry fee is $550, and Variety will assist you with ideas for fundraising the rest! This provisions fee covers quality accommodation, gourmet meals, event merchandise and food and wine at the nightly sunset parties.

The cost is made up of two parts. The entry fee of $550 and a minimum payment of $4500 per bike, that can be raised via sponsorship or fundraising. Newcomers to the event pay a reduced fee of $3500 per bike that can be raised via sponsorship or fundraising. Fundraising above the minimum amount is encouraged.

For partner teams riding on two separate bikes the cost is made up of $1100 entry fee along with a minimum fundraising component of $7000. Entry to the V2 Motorcycle Run is limited. Please apply early to secure your spot.

Fundraising Ideas

Gala dinners

Golf Days


Quiz nights

Community fundraising events (such as City-Bay Fun Run)

School/workplace casual or theme days

Wine-tasting events

Coin collection at events or shopping centres

Planning for next year? Book a table of ten at the 2016 Theme Ball and $800 will be contributed to your bike's account. This year's Theme Ball was the biggest yet raising $290000 and attended by 2017 guests. Katy Perry attended with a host of brides, grooms, bridesmaids, Elvises, priests and even wedding toast, who all enjoyed the Wedding Themed Ball.

The Wedding Theme Ball, Variety, V2 Variety Motorcycle Run

Important Dates

Wednesday 7 October 6.00pm at the Variety Office - Entrant and Official Briefing Night

Thursday 15 Sunday 18 October 2015 - V2 Motorcycle Run

Friday 6 November 2015 Event Reunion - Venue to be advised


A fantastic event from go to whoa! Great riding, great people, great fun. Highly recommended,' Doc Robinson, Heavy Duty Magazine.

Variety's Outreach Programs

Variety's Freedom Program assists children with mobility and communication. Through improving these skills they gain their freedom, independence and the chance to join in with peers in their community.

Variety Future Kids Program enhances children's learning through the provision of musical and sporting equipment, technology, therapy and scholarships.

Variety Caring for Kids Program provides medical equipment to individuals, hospitals and organisations to support children's health.

History of Variety
Variety first came to Australia in 1975, when Lord Mountbatten asked Paul Hogan to be the first 'Chief Barker' or Chairperson. Variety had it's beginnings in Pittsburgh, USA, where a group of theatre owners and showmen met to play cards in the 'Variety Club'. They heard an abandoned baby whimpering in the theatre and took on her care. Raising funds for Catherine Variety Sheridan, became the inspiration to raise money to help other children in need. Variety now has 80 branches in 14 countries. The Charity has kept its thespian tradition alive with the use of theatrical terminology. Their branches are called Tents and Chairmen are known as Chief Barkers.

Help Variety celebrate 40 years of helping kids be kids! Sign up for the V2 Motorcycle Run and make a difference in a child's life today.

All images by Variety.

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When: 15 - 18 October 2015
Phone: Variety SA 8293 8744 (Carl)
Where: Adelaide to Clare
Cost: $550 entry fee plus fundraising requirements
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