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Old 01-02-2010, 02:23 AM   #1
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Goodbye 2009

About 2 weeks ago Rob (Hardhead) and me decided to go for a ride on 31st Dec. What better way to see out the year than to spend the day on the bikes checking out the great South East of Qld. The rough plan was to leave from Dayboro, over Mt. Mee via the dirt, fuel at D’Aguilar then through Sandy Ck., up Monsildale Rd. (or a parallel track through the Ponderosa if I could find the turn-off) to Kilcoy-Murgon Rd., left on Kandanga Ck. Rd. to find the Western Branch Rd., south through Linville, fuel at Colinton and home through Kilcoy and back over Mt. Mee to Dayboro. Rob rounded up a few others in the lead-up to make it a group of six but early rain saw our group trimmed back to just me and Rob and some slight changes to our route.

We ended up meeting at Deception Bay and went through Caboolture then on the dirt to Woodforde. The rain hit us within the first ten minutes but it wasn’t heavy and being summer it wasn’t cold so no dramas. We held up at Woodforde for ten minutes while a heavy patch of rain went over. We gave Sandy Ck. a miss, as that was where most of the rain looked like it was falling, and took off straight to Kilcoy on the bitumen. Fuel at Kilcoy then north to Monsildale Rd. (missed the turn for the Ponderosa ) and the rest of the day worked out as per the planned route. We didn’t get rained on again after the first few k’s of Monsildale Rd and the rain also meant there was bugger all dust so we weren’t complaining at all. Kandanga Ck. Rd., Western Branch Rd. and Mt. Mee via the dirt were all new to me so thanks to Rob for the planning (even if we did go around in circles trying to find Kandanga Ck. Rd. it was still heaps good )


Enough talk here’s the pics

Woodforde. Believe it or not there's a mountain range you would normally see through the gap in the trees. That was where we were heading but it was pissing down so we hid out at the butcher's for a little while.






We chased the rain to Kilcoy and headed north to Monsildale Rd. The sky looked alittle ominous but we weren't turning back now


The farther we went the more it cleared up


I held off on the photos for the ride up Kilcoy-Murgon Rd. We went past Kandanga Ck. Rd. and hit Manumbar Rd. afollowed the bitumen for about 5 k's to Porter Rd. which we were pretty sure sure would take us back to hook up with Kandanga Ck. Rd. It did eventually after a few wrong turns and retreats to check out other tracks. Good riding and good scenery though so we weren't too worried










Another dead end




Looks like a Kandanga Ck. Rd. to us. Let's go












Western Branch Rd.








Mt. Mee






The Gantry at Mt. Mee.












From here it was bitumen into Dayboro and a couple of beers at Rob's brother's place. About 400k's all up!

I even downloaded a program to make panoramas and came up with these. The lettering in the middle is either because it is a 30 day trial or I wasn't holding my tongue right. I hope these work.







Bring on 2010
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Old 01-02-2010, 03:28 AM   #2
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Thumb Great Photos!

The area you were riding through looks almost identical to the northern Arkansas area in the spring. Terrific.

Great Gantry, I never seen one on wood beams.

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Old 01-02-2010, 03:43 AM   #3
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Nice pics!
And thanks for the ideas!
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Old 01-02-2010, 03:49 AM   #4
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Nice report, what a great ride!
Good to see Brisbane Valley looking green.
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Old 01-02-2010, 04:11 AM   #5
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Great photos Pete,
Shame someone stuck their ugly mug in the middle of a couple....

Thanks for the company. Shame we got a little wet in the beginning but it was still a good day out.

Looking forward to the next one.

cheers
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Old 01-02-2010, 04:25 AM   #6
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Cheers to all.

It's amazing how green this place gets after some rain. I went down Monsildale Rd. about 6 weeks ago and was thinking how dry and brown it was.

I even got those panoramas to work Rob . The second one goes nearly
360°. I just gotta finetune the sizing.
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Old 01-02-2010, 05:58 AM   #7
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Rob, pity I missed this one. As I said, soft and wet.

Looks like you need a harder spring on the rear of the new bike.
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Old 01-02-2010, 06:32 AM   #8
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Great pics guys, thanks for taking the time to stop and shoot!

I especially love this one.....



It looks like the perfect track to be having a blat down

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Old 01-02-2010, 01:41 PM   #9
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Rob, pity I missed this one. As I said, soft and wet.

Looks like you need a harder spring on the rear of the new bike.
No worries Bruce... next time...

Its going into MPE as soon as I go back to work. Can't cut into the available riding time....
I think Suzuki are interchanging their rear springs with BIC pens.... either that or I ate too much over Christmas...
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Old 01-02-2010, 03:23 PM   #10
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nice ride report

how does the bm go

does it handle the rough road well
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Old 01-02-2010, 03:37 PM   #11
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it was a good year. I just hope 2010 is even better!
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Old 01-03-2010, 01:29 AM   #12
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nice ride report

how does the bm go

does it handle the rough road well
I like the BM. The big attraction was the proven Rotax engine with 10000klm service intervals. I'm actually riding more dirt than I intended when I bought it. The Xcountry is meant more for bitumen than dirt so the suspension is pretty basic (no adjustment on the front). I don't ride real hard so I live with it for now but will get to an expert to see what can be improved. A little bit of air over erosion mounds is OK but it seems to struggle with the potholes at speed. It doesn't use the full travel at the front but the initial compression is harsh so maybe some better springs (progressive?) can improve it. I'm thinking about an ohlins for the rear. A few Xchallenge riders are giving them a thumbs up. As a dirtbike it's no match for KTM's etc. but 130-140 klm/hr on the bitumen is quite comfortable and my riding seems to be 50-50 so it does me well
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Old 01-04-2010, 03:24 AM   #13
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Looks like a bit of fun Pete Pity you missed the turn off to Mike's. Next time I'm up that way I'll take a note of the K's and let you know.

Cheers Dusty.
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Looks like a bit of wet fun was had.

Rob has the Green beast been forced to retirement ?
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Old 01-05-2010, 12:15 AM   #15
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Looks like a bit of wet fun was had.

Rob has the Green beast been forced to retirement ?
G'day Hodgo,

Yeah Shrek went to a good home. He was sold the day after I advertised it. I found a really nice 650 and everything fell into place from there. I thought it was time to step up in size to something that was more capable of carrying my fat arse....

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