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Forum: Australia 01-19-2013, 03:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,881
Posted By BruceC
Be aware that the DR has a lowering kit already...

Be aware that the DR has a lowering kit already installed on the bike as standard. You can get the dealer to lower it BEFORE taking delivery. You can also do it yourself afterwards. The only expense...
Forum: Australia 01-01-2013, 03:49 PM
Replies: 812
Views: 92,571
Posted By BruceC
Davo gave me a short ride on his new weapon at...

Davo gave me a short ride on his new weapon at Micalong. Thanks Dave. My impression is that it has been designed by a few people who understand dirt bikes and not designed by a committee. Its...
Forum: Australia 12-22-2012, 10:33 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,215
Posted By BruceC
Capt'n, You don't need really strong racks...

Capt'n,

You don't need really strong racks with Andy'z panniers. The weight is taken by the seat. All you need is something to stop them flapping about and getting in the chain. You don't need a...
Forum: Australia 12-20-2012, 04:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,215
Posted By BruceC
Something else to think about...

Hard boxes need to be full or whatever is in them rattles around and destroys itself. Not a huge problem on good roads, but a real issue on dirt.

Soft luggage usually has some means of compression...
Forum: Australia 12-20-2012, 03:54 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,345
Posted By BruceC
Herman, Australian riders generally do not...

Herman,

Australian riders generally do not commute. Cultural thing. We have been taught since nappies that a car is the only choice for commuting. So, what you are seeing on the road probably...
Forum: Australia 12-03-2012, 06:12 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,312
Posted By BruceC
He was still serving fuel in September after OCR....

He was still serving fuel in September after OCR. Doesn't do any more mechaniking though. His missus is not happy!! She now has to do that work.

BruceC
Forum: Australia 10-30-2012, 03:48 AM
Replies: 211
Views: 20,833
Posted By BruceC
Max, DR650 is going great. It had its maiden...

Max,

DR650 is going great. It had its maiden voyage last week to Qld and back. Spent a few days in Girraween NP (near Stanthorpe) and then some time riding some of the roads up in that area.
...
Forum: Australia 10-29-2012, 03:32 PM
Replies: 211
Views: 20,833
Posted By BruceC
You just look after that bike! I suspect you...

You just look after that bike! I suspect you bought it from Hills Motorcycles and if you did then I did many enjoyable miles on it.

The side pannier frames were designed to take Andy Strapz bags...
Forum: Australia 10-16-2012, 10:23 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,474
Posted By BruceC
Lots of research about that indicates drivers...

Lots of research about that indicates drivers look at motorcycles but don't "see" them. That is, they ignore what they are looking at. Introduction of hi-viz clothing may have a short term impact but...
Forum: Thumpers 09-18-2012, 03:30 PM
Replies: 2,713
Views: 301,955
Posted By BruceC
I suffer from duck's disease, so seat is cut down...

I suffer from duck's disease, so seat is cut down by about 20mm (1 inch). This immediately makes it wider. Then I fitted an airhawk cushion. It's now bearable. It would be better if I could lower...
Forum: Thumpers 09-18-2012, 05:53 AM
Replies: 2,713
Views: 301,955
Posted By BruceC
Went for a ride the other day ...

... and ended up doing just on 10,000km. Went from Sydney to Cape York (northern most part of Australia) to attend a rally, then criss-crossed western Queensland on the way home. Most of the ride was...
Forum: Australia 09-18-2012, 05:23 AM
Replies: 211
Views: 20,833
Posted By BruceC
Big tank

Been a while since I looked in here. Just got back from the OCR. All up, just on 10,000km in 9 weeks. The little DRZ now has 52,000km on it. The engine is still going great.

Once you start fitting...
Forum: Australia 07-11-2012, 08:36 PM
Replies: 1,077
Views: 120,305
Posted By BruceC
What's this "hope" bit. We will BOTH be there....

What's this "hope" bit. We will BOTH be there. You're not intending to f)(*^k Paris on the way are you??? That will slow you down!

Bruce.
Forum: Australia 07-11-2012, 03:48 AM
Replies: 1,077
Views: 120,305
Posted By BruceC
Rainfall

Check out the link below for forecast and actual rainfall (see choices on left of the page).

http://www.bom.gov.au/jsp/watl/rainfall/pme.jsp

I'm just hoping the roads around Bourke/Tibooburra...
Forum: Australia 06-28-2012, 06:45 AM
Replies: 1,077
Views: 120,305
Posted By BruceC
Bernadette, This could work for me. I will...

Bernadette,

This could work for me. I will be in Cairns area early August with a mate arriving abt 4 August. I will definitely be cruising and enjoying the scenery with lotsa stops along the way...
Forum: Australia 06-28-2012, 01:34 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 951
Posted By BruceC
Type into Google search the name of the...

Type into Google search the name of the town/locality/etc followed by "petrol station". You often get the info you need. Slow, but it usually works.

BruceC
Forum: Australia 06-28-2012, 12:42 AM
Replies: 1,077
Views: 120,305
Posted By BruceC
That's almost exactly the route I have mapped...

That's almost exactly the route I have mapped out, except Sydney, Hillston, Ivanhoe, Menindee, Whitecliffs, Tibooburra, Noccundra, Eromanga, Windorah. Then as per the route above.

Plan is to leave...
Forum: Australia 06-04-2012, 09:54 PM
Replies: 211
Views: 20,833
Posted By BruceC
Long Range Tank

I have fitted an XR400 tank to my DRZ250, as has a mate of mine. Instructions are here:-

http://www.adventureguide.co.nz/articles/12/44/drz-250-large-tank.php

Tank is 22 litre and is good for...
Forum: Australia 06-04-2012, 09:18 PM
Replies: 387
Views: 31,632
Posted By BruceC
Welcome back Bala

If the dreams you had were like those I had when taking anti-malaria medication then I want to hear them.

What percentage have to be censored???

BruceC
Forum: Australia 05-23-2012, 04:30 AM
Replies: 387
Views: 31,632
Posted By BruceC
Myself and a coupla other members of the BMWTCNSW...

Myself and a coupla other members of the BMWTCNSW were having a laugh about this the other day. Can you imagine Bala not being allowed to talk or text or communicate in any way? He must be going nuts...
Forum: Australia 05-22-2012, 10:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,430
Posted By BruceC
Alan, I have done this with the standard...

Alan,

I have done this with the standard tank on a DRZ250.

You are right about the low pressure required. I used a push bike pump through the breather vent on the tank cap. You can see the tank...
Forum: Australia 04-30-2012, 03:58 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,140
Posted By BruceC
Accommodation sorted

Tent site booked for Fri, Sat and Sun nights at the Junior Motocross club site.

They are discussing the idea of a spit roast for one of the nights (I assume Saturday), so could be a good time. ...
Forum: Australia 04-28-2012, 07:20 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,140
Posted By BruceC
I'm in

Ordered tickets last night. Planning to camp at the motocross club assuming there is still space left. Will find out tonight.

Will be on my roadie (Kwaka ER6n) rather than the 250 - its a bit slow...
Forum: Australia 04-28-2012, 01:42 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 9,467
Posted By BruceC
Ummmmm...

Given the claimed weight is with a full fuel tank I think it is actually close to the weight of my DRZ250. But, the DRZ has a 12.5 litre tank (Suzuki claims 10.5 but I measured it at 12.5).

So,...
Forum: Australia 03-20-2012, 09:11 PM
Replies: 1,077
Views: 120,305
Posted By BruceC
Eat ya heart out!! Bruce.

Eat ya heart out!!

Bruce.
Forum: Australia 03-20-2012, 05:03 AM
Replies: 1,077
Views: 120,305
Posted By BruceC
Another one...

I will be leaving Sydney about mid July and meandering my way up to Bramwell on the DRZ250. Unlike some others here, planning will be extensive and exhaustive. I will put my camping equpt on the bike...
Forum: Australia 02-02-2012, 11:58 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,544
Posted By BruceC
Yes, I have SPOT 1. According to my manual if...

Yes, I have SPOT 1. According to my manual if both lights are flashing in unison then it has found satellites and is attempting to transmit. It will attempt to transmit for 20 minutes. However, AFAIK...
Forum: Australia 02-02-2012, 06:28 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,544
Posted By BruceC
As far as I can see there is no one fix that will...

As far as I can see there is no one fix that will cover all situations. Both SPOT and Sat Phones assume that you are conscious and able to make a call. If you have suffered an off, your brain may not...
Forum: Australia 02-02-2012, 06:14 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,544
Posted By BruceC
I didn't, but others were calling other members...

I didn't, but others were calling other members of the group (when we got separated) or the guide (for same reason). Separation occurred either when we were riding, or just wandering around a town...
Forum: Australia 02-02-2012, 04:27 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,544
Posted By BruceC
I recently did a 16 day trip through Nth Vietnam....

I recently did a 16 day trip through Nth Vietnam. Two of us had SPOT. Ken had newer version that actually indicates when the msge had been sent successfully. I have the older version where I am kept...
Forum: Australia 11-15-2011, 01:58 AM
Replies: 181
Views: 34,910
Posted By BruceC
I had the same problem about 3 years ago....

I had the same problem about 3 years ago. Replaced it with another Salewa and I can vouch that the quality is no longer there.

Am now looking for another alternative. Sigh....

BruceC
Forum: Australia 09-26-2011, 02:51 AM
Replies: 154
Views: 8,467
Posted By BruceC
In a word, No. Soon as you lift a phone or...

In a word, No.

Soon as you lift a phone or put something in writing (eg on this forum) you are the "organiser".

The bicycle groups, in their "critical mass" protest rides of a few years ago...
Forum: Australia 09-26-2011, 12:30 AM
Replies: 154
Views: 8,467
Posted By BruceC
Sundowner, I like your attitude to...

Sundowner,

I like your attitude to organising the ride. But, if you don't have insurance there is the possibility that you could be sued. Its highly unlikely, but the possibility is there. Your...
Forum: Australia 09-26-2011, 12:11 AM
Replies: 154
Views: 8,467
Posted By BruceC
Professionally organised rides

The first post on this thread was for comments on professionally organised rides. Most of the comments relate to social rides.

Any professionally organised ride MUST have insurance. People who...
Forum: Thumpers 08-23-2011, 07:31 PM
Replies: 2,713
Views: 301,955
Posted By BruceC
Firstly, changes in elevation are not an issue in...

Firstly, changes in elevation are not an issue in Australia. Our highest "mountain" is just over 7,000ft. It's a large, flat land! I've never noticed any loss of power on the DRZ, so just ignore the...
Forum: Thumpers 08-23-2011, 04:31 PM
Replies: 2,713
Views: 301,955
Posted By BruceC
Cape York trip is in conjunction with next year's...

Cape York trip is in conjunction with next year's Off Centre Rally. I plan to take 2 weeks to get there and another 3-4 weeks, or longer, to get home. I'm now retired :clap so time is no longer an...
Forum: Thumpers 08-23-2011, 04:23 PM
Replies: 2,713
Views: 301,955
Posted By BruceC
I think the engines are the same in both...

I think the engines are the same in both countries, although I think the tank is different.

Anyway, my bike has only ever been used for touring so doesn't get the real hard life of a genuine dirt...
Forum: Thumpers 08-23-2011, 04:11 PM
Replies: 2,713
Views: 301,955
Posted By BruceC
Yes. Fits perfectly and gives me about a 400km...

Yes. Fits perfectly and gives me about a 400km range depending on conditions.

And, yes, the DRZ is pretty much bullet proof. I also liked the lack of complexity, although fuel injection would be...
Forum: Thumpers 08-23-2011, 06:18 AM
Replies: 2,713
Views: 301,955
Posted By BruceC
A little trip

Here's a link to a ride I did on my DRZ250 in July, posted by the guy I went with (KTM990). Given the roads, I didn't have too many problems keeping up with Graham.
...
Forum: Australia 08-20-2011, 06:27 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,819
Posted By BruceC
Paul Ham, "Vietnam: The Australian War", 2007,...

Paul Ham, "Vietnam: The Australian War", 2007, HarperCollins Publishers. Its very detailed and gives a pretty good account of Long Tan including maps showing the development of the battle.

I was...
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