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Forum: Australia 02-18-2015, 09:32 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 696
Posted By The Bigfella
I took mine up ... but I rode it up. Used...

I took mine up ... but I rode it up. Used Perkins Shipping from Darwin to Timor-Leste. Perkins is now part of Toll - and the ship that took my bike also goes on to Singapore, I believe. Might be...
Forum: Australia 02-15-2015, 10:39 AM
Replies: 19,742
Views: 2,389,098
Posted By The Bigfella
How goes it guys? I've been missing in...

How goes it guys?

I've been missing in action. Working, ugh. I've buggered off to the UAE for an indeterminate time. Maybe 3 months, maybe 12, maybe permanent.... with the latter being likely....
Forum: Thumpers 02-14-2015, 05:29 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,376
Posted By The Bigfella
I don't understand why you'd add weight to an...

I don't understand why you'd add weight to an enduro bike? Take off as much weight as you can... and travel light. If you want to do 900 mile road rides - have you got the right bike?

:wink:
Forum: Ride reports 02-11-2015, 11:19 AM
Replies: 2,418
Views: 632,272
Posted By The Bigfella
No need for words... just point at it and they'll...

No need for words... just point at it and they'll figure it out.
Forum: Ride reports 02-11-2015, 11:17 AM
Replies: 2,418
Views: 632,272
Posted By The Bigfella
Ed!!!! What can I say? Maaate... you've...

Ed!!!!

What can I say?

Maaate... you've gotta shed some pounds... out of your gear.

Hey... you mentioned the US sign in the refugee camp. I spent a week in one of those camps (Nu Pho......
Forum: Ride reports 02-05-2015, 07:11 AM
Replies: 2,418
Views: 632,272
Posted By The Bigfella
We were travelling fairly lightly loaded through...

We were travelling fairly lightly loaded through there. We did it from the south. Second day was 40km in eight hours of riding.

This is Burma (Myanmar) on the right, Thailand on the left.
...
Forum: Ride reports 02-03-2015, 06:29 AM
Replies: 2,418
Views: 632,272
Posted By The Bigfella
Its a special part of the world down there, Ed. ...

Its a special part of the world down there, Ed. I went through the tracks you are describing, 14 months ago and also spent a week in the Nu Pho refugee camp in 2012.

Dare I say that the KTM...
Forum: Ride reports 01-19-2015, 12:54 AM
Replies: 794
Views: 198,897
Posted By The Bigfella
Sent you a PM on that one. Let's just say...

Sent you a PM on that one.

Let's just say its interesting. :evil

I suspect that I'm going to be busy for a few months, but we'll see.
Forum: Australia 01-13-2015, 04:37 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,524
Posted By The Bigfella
Give 'em a rinse in the sink, creek, whatever... ...

Give 'em a rinse in the sink, creek, whatever...

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff112/igatenby/Beer%20Lao/186-1.jpg (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/igatenby/media/Beer%20Lao/186-1.jpg.html)...
Forum: Australia 01-06-2015, 11:06 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,587
Posted By The Bigfella
I carry a MSR filter in Asia. Never used it. ...

I carry a MSR filter in Asia. Never used it. Have used my SteriPen on quite a few occasions when there's been supposedly boiled water available - but I haven't seen it being boiled.

If you are...
Forum: Ride reports 01-06-2015, 04:23 AM
Replies: 794
Views: 198,897
Posted By The Bigfella
OK. Plans in some areas have firmed up.... and...

OK. Plans in some areas have firmed up.... and are up in the air in others.

I mentioned a possible role in the Middle East. They flew me over in December and put me through the ringer and then...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-31-2014, 12:49 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,354
Posted By The Bigfella
Handlebar bracket or top of the tank bag. I slow...

Handlebar bracket or top of the tank bag. I slow down a bit when riding in remote areas by myself. Its a toss up between risking extra injury to oneself or damage to the unit to the marginal...
Forum: Australia 12-28-2014, 06:40 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 20,902
Posted By The Bigfella
I know what you mean.... but I've bought it more...

I know what you mean.... but I've bought it more as an emergency tent. Most of my riding these days is in Asia and you can normally get a roof over your head, even if its by knocking on a door and...
Forum: Australia 12-27-2014, 12:50 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 20,902
Posted By The Bigfella
I got one of these for Christmas. ...

I got one of these for Christmas.

http://www.kathmandu.com.au/media/catalog/product/cache/2/image/2000x/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/5/0/50157_bivy_xt_bag_302.jpg

Kathmandu are running them...
Forum: Australia 12-25-2014, 04:48 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,382
Posted By The Bigfella
Excellent. I was there for the '77/'78 Marlboro...

Excellent. I was there for the '77/'78 Marlboro Series. Loved it. Some guy in a Vincent sidecar took his sump plug off on that railway line.

Hansford rode his 250 rather than the 750 in the...
Forum: Ride reports 12-23-2014, 01:41 PM
Replies: 2,418
Views: 632,272
Posted By The Bigfella
Ed, I bought a carbon fibre helmet in Chiang Mai...

Ed, I bought a carbon fibre helmet in Chiang Mai a couple of years ago. Chinese made, but fantastic finish, etc. Wouldn't know about test results (they say DOT... but....???). Its light (1.2kg)...
Forum: Equipment 12-22-2014, 01:30 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,843
Posted By The Bigfella
Pfft.... if you want some street cred... go...

Pfft.... if you want some street cred... go innovate. Use some quart containers, cut in half and zip tied on.
Forum: Australia 12-21-2014, 05:22 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,436
Posted By The Bigfella
If I hadn't had braces on when I did Cape York,...

If I hadn't had braces on when I did Cape York, I've got no doubt I'd have done to my left knee what I subsequently did to my right knee... that's a tibial plateau fracture (whilst not wearing the...
Forum: Ride reports 12-17-2014, 10:20 PM
Replies: 2,418
Views: 632,272
Posted By The Bigfella
Hey Ed, have you flown out yet? I'm just heading...

Hey Ed, have you flown out yet? I'm just heading down to Dubai Creek for lunch. Fly out myself in the morning.
Forum: Australia 12-15-2014, 12:36 AM
Replies: 19,742
Views: 2,389,098
Posted By The Bigfella
One good thing about Sydney today.... I went...

One good thing about Sydney today.... I went shopping for a quick business trip... including a new suitcase. Didn't have to worry about plod pulling me over for riding with a suitcase balanced on...
Forum: Thumpers 12-10-2014, 08:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 661
Posted By The Bigfella
Take a look at this review by Team ftb. I rode...

Take a look at this review by Team ftb. I rode around Cambodia with him this time last year (I bought his old 525 a few years back, he's now on a 500).

He struck problems with the Kriega gear. ...
Forum: Australia 12-08-2014, 05:05 PM
Replies: 205
Views: 18,973
Posted By The Bigfella
I have heard otherwise - I was in Westmead...

I have heard otherwise - I was in Westmead emergency once (anaphylaxis) and inquired of a nurse as to the fate of the guy who'd been getting a lot of work done on him in the bed beside me... she had...
Forum: Asia 12-06-2014, 05:48 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 661
Posted By The Bigfella
rideasia.net has all the latest border crossing...

rideasia.net has all the latest border crossing info. Its down for an upgrade today... should be back tomorrow.

I've ridden in all those countries (haven't got a Myanmar stamp in the book... have...
Forum: Australia 12-05-2014, 11:44 PM
Replies: 205
Views: 18,973
Posted By The Bigfella
jdeks may strike some other problems. He points...

jdeks may strike some other problems. He points out that he sold up and left Australia. If "they" judge that he's not an Australian resident when he turns up back here and asks them to fix his...
Forum: Old's Cool 12-02-2014, 05:38 PM
Replies: 16,726
Views: 10,267,091
Posted By The Bigfella
Nekole Kemelle

Nekole Kemelle
Forum: Ride reports 12-01-2014, 12:58 AM
Replies: 2,418
Views: 632,272
Posted By The Bigfella
How long are you in Dubai, Ed? I just got an...

How long are you in Dubai, Ed? I just got an email asking me to pop over there for a couple of days. I could collect those fine Aussie wines from you, eh?
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 11-28-2014, 07:29 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,410
Posted By The Bigfella
No way? Go on... The LC8 with its...

No way?

Go on...

The LC8 with its high airbox is definitely a better setup than the EXCs. Their airbox is designed to shed mud, etc... but that makes it vulnerable to deep water. My SE...
Forum: Australia 11-28-2014, 01:12 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,924
Posted By The Bigfella
Do your mates a favour on those cold morning...

Do your mates a favour on those cold morning starts.... move downwind.

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff112/igatenby/Thai%202013/smoker_zpsbdc4d51d.jpg...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 11-27-2014, 06:43 PM
Replies: 859
Views: 144,009
Posted By The Bigfella
Thailand ...

Thailand

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff112/igatenby/Malaysia%20and%20Thailand%20by%20Super%20Enduro/DSCN1756-1.jpg...
Forum: Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carpet baggers. 11-27-2014, 05:25 PM
Replies: 308
Views: 41,277
Posted By The Bigfella
Best wishes for those left behind. So sorry.

Best wishes for those left behind. So sorry.
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 11-27-2014, 04:24 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,410
Posted By The Bigfella
Didn't ride this one (Nolans Creek) because Peter...

Didn't ride this one (Nolans Creek) because Peter had already gotten a gutful of water in his Tenere and used up all our oil... but the water had no impact on the 950... bike started straight up
...
Forum: Australia 11-25-2014, 04:28 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,888
Posted By The Bigfella
The 300 is an interesting machine. Not a lot of...

The 300 is an interesting machine. Not a lot of engine braking, eh? A real bonus though is being able to just tip the water out and keep riding.

Here's Phil Gibbins of Riders Corner, Chiang Mai...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 11-24-2014, 04:28 AM
Replies: 1,187
Views: 205,898
Posted By The Bigfella
One from my wife's phone today ...

One from my wife's phone today

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff112/igatenby/Fourth/stormcastlehill_zps3a3164b8.jpg...
Forum: Australia 11-23-2014, 07:43 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,852
Posted By The Bigfella
Hell yeah... what a hoot. My little EXC...

Hell yeah... what a hoot.

My little EXC problem is that my bike is in Laos and my motard setup for it is in Oz.

I'd sort of been hoping that the motard setup might fit my Super Enduro.... but...
Forum: Old's Cool 11-20-2014, 04:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,891
Posted By The Bigfella
I'd send that info off to your Dept Transport. ...

I'd send that info off to your Dept Transport. That should be recall material.
Forum: Australia 11-20-2014, 02:47 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,888
Posted By The Bigfella
It is a bit quiet, eh? Mine seized on my...

It is a bit quiet, eh?

Mine seized on my last ride... 4 kilometers south of the China border. I've got all the bits, just need to get back to it. I'll do a thread on the bearing replacements...
Forum: Australia 11-20-2014, 02:08 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 507
Posted By The Bigfella
I don't know those companies, but on my last ride...

I don't know those companies, but on my last ride there, ran into Aki Pich, a Cambodian guy who runs a company called Cambodia Trails (search for that on Facebook or here...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 11-19-2014, 10:07 PM
Replies: 983
Views: 181,059
Posted By The Bigfella
One in Baucau, Timor-Leste ...

One in Baucau, Timor-Leste

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff112/igatenby/Cape%20and%20Asia/Extras/DSCN6938.jpg...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 11-19-2014, 10:03 PM
Replies: 220
Views: 63,204
Posted By The Bigfella
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff112/igatenby/...

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff112/igatenby/Cape%20and%20Asia/dilihelmet_zps6cb5109d.jpg (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/igatenby/media/Cape%20and%20Asia/dilihelmet_zps6cb5109d.jpg.html)
Forum: Australia 11-19-2014, 05:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,075
Posted By The Bigfella
Yeah, just spotted that on their website. Yeah,...

Yeah, just spotted that on their website. Yeah, I seem to recall that they were being supplied by Touratech.
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