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Old 07-14-2013, 10:13 PM   #496
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Absolutely epic mate a great report.
Thanks for all the brilliant pics

Cheers Tony
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Old 07-15-2013, 09:43 AM   #497
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The maps sure helped me follow your .......um route!
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Old 07-19-2013, 05:45 PM   #498
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Mmmh yep a year older as predicted.....worth the wait though.
good stuff .....
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Old 07-25-2013, 10:53 PM   #499
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The maps sure helped me follow your .......um route!


yeah, i tried after your earlier request

and ive got 30 days till my next trip to sort out how to do it a bit more often and with more detail....

oh and sortin out a few other 'issues' so i can hopefully post more from 'on the road', as i go

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Old 07-25-2013, 10:54 PM   #500
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Mmmh yep a year older as predicted.....




yeah , well,, ummmmm... better late than never


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Old 08-02-2013, 05:23 AM   #501
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So a few of the local lads have gotten together and put together a bit of a group ride...

i'm lucky enough to be joining them for a bit...

(after catching up for a bit of a day ride with em to make sure they were decent blokes.. )



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so the plan is we head off in about 3 weeks, heading north, not really getting more than
about 50km or so away from the SA/Vic and then SA/NSW borders untill we hit Cameron Corner..

then across to Merty Merty...

from there, they are looping back home via the Gammon and Flinders ranges..

from there, i'm heading North...

so this ride has been planned for a while... maybe 2 months or more.. so its given me plenty of time to 'sort a few things out'..

i kinda like, each time i'm about to head off, sort out the 'worst' thing from the last trip... just so
i'm always making progress in getting my kit sorted and makin each trip better/easier than the last...

after the last trip, there were also a few things that just 'had' to be done...

boots were stuffed/leaking, most of the stiching was gone..after around 60,000kms..



plus i kinda wanted something with a bit more protection...

a bit of diggin around and these arrived in the post...






my helmet was shagged also..




i'd always wanted to upgrade... 7 weeks on the bike really points out the shortfalls of the Rjays Dakar... dont get me wrong... great for the price..
and i should know.. i've been thru 2 of them...

anyway this one had seen better days, was stinkin again, lost screws from the peak, blah blah blah..

i looked at the arai and shoei... but i just couldnt justify the price...

then i stumbled upon the AGV AX-8 Evo Duel...

a trip to Adelaide and $400 bucks and i had this bad boy...




seriously... under $200 bucks more than the Dakar... and everywhere you look...its just visibly better quality... and about a tonne lighter..

so boots and helmet sorted, i'm back to square-one..


i got the 30,000km service done when i got home from the last ride, and they replaced the notched headstem bearings under warranty..

i put some new rubber on, and that highlighted rough rear wheel bearings.. back to the dealer and replaced under warranty..

chain and to a lesser extent sprockets were shagged so replaced those...

The Garmin Zumo mount had shaken apart on the last trip, the 'quick release mechanism' is somewhere out in Western Australia...
the only thing thats been holding in the GPS for the last 10,000kms has been the little security screw..




a bit of on-line digging and a new one arrived in the post...



i think i'd mentioned here that i wasnt a fan of the colour of this GS (was the only color available the year i got it )

given she was now a bit scratched up, it was time to get a bit personal...

off came all the plastics...



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sanded and patched...





also got a few things sent out from Humvee Graphics in the UK.. an ADV sticker and some new badges..






gave the frame a bit of a touch up while i was at it..




the foot on the sidestand has always been a bit small for parking in the sort stuff...






off she came..





not massive but should go better..





a few corroded nuts n bolts replaced..




and the base of the tent given a good spray of waterproofer..




the slime compressor i been carrying around has always been a bit overweight...



it went on a diet too..



now i'm currently waiting on some new fork springs...

the sleeping bag has gone back to One Planet for a propper wash and down top-up


also gotta:

- replace the screen in the Zumo (it came in the post from Hong Kong and is sitting here waiting to go in..)



- waterproof the tent fly

- weld a crack in the aluminium pannier

- spoon on some new rubber (Mitas E-09 Dakars on order)

- get me 40,000km service (oh and do about 3,000kms to get me close to that number)

- replace the scratched up lens in me goggles

- clean out the old water bladder

- clean out the camera and lens...

- wouldnt mind finding a 'small' and 'waterproof' tank bag.. really just for the camera..

- sort out a few issues with the little old Asus EEE computer so i can update on the road (rather than waiting a year when i get home... )

oh and put the bike back together

in a tad over 3 weeks...



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Old 08-02-2013, 05:52 AM   #502
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Old 08-08-2013, 01:55 AM   #503
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so its been kinda a busy week...


I'v painted the bike plastics and put em back on...

welded , repainted and put the 'bigger footed' sidestand back on..





ordered a new front tyre... importer didnt have an E-09 rear, and wouldnt have one for a couple of weeks...

a few phone calls and i found a shop with one in stock... this arrived today..



updated the firmware on the camera to solve a 'loosing photos' issue!



reloaded linux onto the littel old Asus eee pc and got its usb ports working again..


decided i could get the seized pannier/muffler mount bolt out.... and snapped it off in the subframe!





and started picking up some supplies (new Spot batteries, cooking gas, cous-cous etc...)


new springs are still in transit but should be here in the next couple of days...

gettin a tad excited...!
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Old 08-08-2013, 02:49 PM   #504
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That's a fair bit of work you're doing there, but a well sorted bike is truly worth it - essential in fact considering where you go!!

Love your pictures and ride reports - maybe I'll have the time and guts to go bush as well some day, I can always hope and dream.....

Stay safe and keep the reports coming!
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Old 08-12-2013, 03:44 AM   #505
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so that snapped off muffler (and pannier) mount bolt caused a bit of grief...

drilled a hole in it and wacked in an 'ezy-out'.... nope....





in fact i was getting worried id snap the 'easy out' in the bolt.. and that wouldnt be nice...


tried a bigger drill... and a bigger 'ezy-out'.... nope..

bigger drill..

nope..

figured a tap might help me out.... but only had imperial ones... so rode around to a mates place, and after hitting it with a 7.5mm drill bit,
got the M8 tap in there and cracked out the remaining bits of stainless steel..




and still enough meat in there to hold the new bolt nice n tight...

havent done much else...

waterproofed the tent fly..



and thats about it...


did i mention i'm really diggin the new bike color...


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Old 08-12-2013, 06:38 PM   #506
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An eccentric update on the trials and tribulations of cantankerous stud removals......cool thanks

You definitely have a eclectic personality type!


Did you try heat(red hot) plus candle wax to aid in the removal process - it works pretty good. Try it next time.
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Old 08-12-2013, 08:19 PM   #507
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What a great adventure. Thank you for sharing
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Old 08-12-2013, 09:17 PM   #508
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An eccentric update on the trials and tribulations of cantankerous stud removals......cool thanks

You definitely have a eclectic personality type!


Did you try heat(red hot) plus candle wax to aid in the removal process - it works pretty good. Try it next time.

well i'm here for ya mate...


thought about the oxy torch... but given that that big dark thing with the arch in it, about an inch above the broken bolt (ref picture above with tap in bolt hole) is me plastic fuel tank.... i thought the better of it ..

now 'that' would have made for an interesting update....!

In other news, got a call today, washed, dried and topped up (and zipper replaced) sleeping bag is in the post today..

and another call... me front tyre has arrived...

heading to the post office after i have finished undercoating this ceiling, and hopefully some springs are there.......

stay tuned!


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Old 08-13-2013, 03:35 AM   #509
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Did you just stick to the original paint colour? Thanks for nice ride report with cool pics
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Old 08-13-2013, 04:46 AM   #510
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With the rain pounding down outside your waterproofing of tent seems prudent. Did you paint it yellow to blend in with the DRifters?

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