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Old 04-09-2012, 05:05 AM   #1
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Location: South Australia
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Adelaide to the Red Centre/Mt Isa/Broken Hill

Alright alright so I have my big BMW R1200GSA 2008, got her back in early December 2011 and been preparing her and taming the beast ever since. However the time has come to stop with the little trips and go for a epic ride! (Note: Epic for me that is) currently I am looking at the last 2 weeks of July 2012 or around that period

I figure the best way to determine if I can make the bigger trips is to plan a trip around the Central Australia however I have NO idea what I'm getting my self in besides plotting a course through roads/tracks Garmin Basecamp wont even show until zoomed in 100%!!!

So with that I would love to get some input from everyone on the route I've plotted so far (I've plotted upto Mount Isa) I have 14 days to complete the trip and hopefully fit in some rest and sight seeing in that ;) if anyone is willing to have a looksies attached is a link to the GPX file which should be able to open in most GPS software

My experience off road is still tame and I don't want to risk going down too many 4WD tracks when I am so far away from support! I will be carrying a Spot 2 and possibly a rented/borrowed sat phone/uhf radio just incase something happens... My parents will be following me on the Spot 2 and if I dont check in 3 times a day will try to contact me and failing so contact the local authorities if no check in for 24 hours or is this simply over kill?

If there is any other inmates on the intended route or located near the route wanting to join, up for a visit or simply just happy to offer assistance incase something happens, please let me know as I am planning this trip on my own but secretly hoping I will get some company on the trip :)

Now onto the equipment... I currently have;
  • BMW R1200 GSA 2008 - Fog Lights / Onboard Computer / ESA / ABS / ASC
  • BMW Navigator III
  • BMW Side Panniers
  • Micro Tyre Repair Kit
  • Potentiometer Guard
  • Oil Guard
  • Master Cylinder Guard
  • AdvDesign Engine Guard Extensions (Cant be too careful!)
  • Basic First Aid Kit (What should be in this!!!)
  • Survival Knife
  • Arai XD-3
  • HEMA Central Australia Map
  • Head Light Guard (Lexon Glass)
  • Rox Handle Bar Risers
  • GS911
  • RST Pro Series Adventure Jacket 1222
  • RST Pro Series Adventure Jean 1232
  • Alpine Stars Tech 3
  • BMW GS Small Tank Bag
  • Complete Toolkit for the R1200GSA
  • Heidenau K60 Scouts Rear Tyre
  • TKC80's Front Tyre

I plan on purchasing the following before I leave;
  • ContourRoam (Got to film the ride!)
  • Tyre Change Kit
  • AltRider Skid Guard
  • AltRider Side Stand Foot
  • Need some sort of water bag to carry 10L or so of water?
  • 2x 5L Fuel Cells (Strapped to front of panniers)

Is there anything I have missed or is simply overkill in my equipment list?

Now I am sure I have a million more questions, but really got to start somewhere and well here it is! I will defiantly be updating this thread with progress and eventually write up the ride report once ive done the damn thing and hopefully not killed my self doing it!!

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