Shed's MANcave's and Precious Things - Ian 'Shank' Payne
Shank Payne, Toolmaker by trade and at the time when this photograph was taken was working FIFO as a mechanical fitter in Darwin while based at Diddillibah on the Sunshine Coast Queensland.
Shank had recently built his 14 x 10 shed and has had no trouble filling it with the things that make him tick. Seen here on the far left is his 2010 Husaberg 570 with sought after 70-degree slant engine by all accounts a ‘rocket ship’ and a 2001 Beta trials bike.
Third from the left is a 2004 KTM 950 Adventure which is Shanks primary ride with 80,000 km’s on the clock. He confessed that he’d like to replace it, simply because he’d like something new but he’s not certain he can find anything worthy to replace it with so it remains part of his fleet.
The little 2006 110cc Honda Postie Bike has a story to tell. Shank bought it in Karratha WA in 2011 and rode it back on his own via the Gun Barrel highway to Mulgowie in SE Queensland where he was living at the time.
11 months later he and 17 others on Posties rode from the most easterly point of Australia Byron Bay to the most western point at Steep Point in WA in order to raise money for the Royal Flying Doctor Service. This trip included a stop at Cameron’s Corner, traversing the Strzelecki Track, Coober Pedy, Docker River, Warburton, Wiluna, Meekatharra and then across to the coast. All this done off the bitumen as much as possible.
Some modifications to facilitate fuel requirements and some satellite tracking and safety systems were part of the fit out to ensure a safe and successful journey, but apart from that it remained as stock as it could be.
Shank has 11 bikes in total some in various stages of repair and restoration along with his 1968 XT Falcon Station Wagon.
Shanks precious item is a 1953 ES2 500 Norton owned by his late father Tom.
As early as about 8 years old Shank he can remember riding on the back of this machine around the Edenhope district in Victoria where he grew up.
When Toms health began to fail he gave Shank the bike and his brother Shorty a 1947 version. This was Toms way of ensuring that both Shank and Shorty could get the use and enjoyment of these treasured family heirlooms and being able to enjoy watching them doing so prior to his recent passing.
Shanks Norton is meticulously maintained and looked after, it runs perfectly and sounds fantastic. It’s the pride Shanks collection.