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Old 09-26-2010, 07:47 PM   #196
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It was the caked on mud that really tipped the insurance guy over the edge. He could tell it was never looked after properly.
hey!... it would have been more damaged without that extra 'protection'


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.... Give us a buzz when you get back to town - Gatey and I want to take you to Semaphore and use you as MILF bait. We're gonna chain you out on the beer garden lawn and see what we can catch. Hopefully something female. Plus drink in some beer and blues music.
thats just WRONG! and probably illegal!!
(i'll be in touch in the next day or 2 to lock in a day/time )


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Have you seen the photo's of the new Triumph 800 yet? I'm liking it a lot.
it poped up in the g-spot/parrallel universe section... and to be honest, gotta agree with 'someone' in there... "stupid bloody triumph site"..

stuffed around in there a bit but couldnt get a good look at the bike... so it seems triuphs website has turned me off their new bike without me even seeing it (much like one chat to the sales guy at adelaide bmw talked me out of buying a bike off him... .. would still use their service thou)

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Don't want to put too much doom on you but get in and ask the serious questions on the leg if it still hurts like hell and doesn't look to be healing.
I thought that all the medics had it under control but after pushing HARD in phyiso and thinking "no pain , no gain". They finally sent me for a cat scan and , "hellooooooo" your leg hasn't healed and we have to do it again................
yeah, i did push a bit as to what else could be done... and to be honest, it doesnt really hurt.. havent had any painkillers in 6 weeks or so.. but yeah, pushed the doc a bit more and he asured me it there was anything else they could do they would do it.. plate is not an option yet... and it seems the middle third of fibula isnt that 'important' anyway... just the top and bottom bits are needed...hence why the screwed those 2 bits to my tibia...

i just wanted to be Gone, Again....




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Old 01-18-2011, 04:13 PM   #197
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I've read all this big adventure post these 2 days at work even my boss was buzzing around. Nice pics and nice comments.

Hope your leg is much better now, after X months.
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Old 01-27-2011, 05:57 PM   #198
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ok, so maybe update time.....

hmmm... where we at..

ok, went back to the surgeon for my 6 month checkup a week before christmas...

and the leg looked like this:




apparently thats all good!

so the surgeon has let me out of the boot and doesnt want to see me again (unless it starts playing up)

had a bit of a chat to him and he says they normally leave the rods in... unless i do "dangerous stuff like jump motorbikes etc"... i just giggled at him.. and when he looked at me questioningly, i just said...'you know i did this on a motorbike right?'..

seems he wont even consider taking it out for at least another 12 months (just to be sure its fully heald...)

so yep, thats the good news and a nice xmas present... still doing physio once a week, but the physio is happy with how its all going..even though i still have a limp..


so yep, then went down to my mums place to pick up the rest of my gear..




doesnt look too bad from this side, but the pannier is stuffed...

surprised how well the rjays helmet survived (but yes, its in the bin now)

Whitta managed to find my speedo at the crash site at kept it for me.. i like how its locked in time...




so what next? dunno.. about a week ago i 'found' this old girl down the side of my house and brushed of all the cobwebs... a change of plugs and a charge to the battery saw her splutter back to life...




the chain is as saggy as ummm...well something thats really saggy and she needs a new headlight globe... but other than that she goes fine... though nowhere near as much fun as the F800 , standing on the pegs doesnt feel real good just yet either so i recon dirt etc is still a few months off at least...

so there you have it...all seems to be going well.. (discounting a limp and piss weak right leg)


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Old 01-28-2011, 02:30 AM   #199
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cool . glad you healing well and that you at last have a "little" bike to ride around on till you get fully back in shape
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Old 01-28-2011, 03:10 AM   #200
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Good to see you getting better.
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Old 01-30-2011, 02:09 PM   #201
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GA, Fairly pissed off with you to be honest. sitting here since october 3rd. with a leg held together with what looks like meccano and screws and i was getting right into your ride, even felt the tail out at times and then your mate dropping it in the mud, felt the pain and then bugger me your off and it's over (really felt the pain then). i realised then you had been sitting at home recuperating while i thought you were still living my dream !
As for the write off situation of the bike i have bought 5 BMW gs cosmetic writeoff's and it always amazed me how so many had such little damage but then again i paid over $600 for a 1200gs h/light .
My leg is in about 6 bits, got crushed sliding back onto the road,6 inch lip of bitumen, the pillion peg hanger is now at right angles and the welds have been nearly torn out, my leg was in a similar spot with similar damage. As for the kangaroo, i ended up in hospital for 9 days, 5 years ago when i was hit by skippy while riding a mountain bike.Broke 4 ribs,punctured a lung and caused sundry other damage. skippy was 0k . So i can relate. all the best mate, norry.
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Old 06-30-2011, 11:23 AM   #202
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Was looking thru my old subscribed threads and found this one (one of my favs, admittedly!), and am just curious to see how you're doing roughly six months later.. Leg all better? Healed up nicely? Got a new bike?

Just curious
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Old 08-07-2011, 02:02 AM   #203
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Was looking thru my old subscribed threads and found this one (one of my favs, admittedly!), and am just curious to see how you're doing roughly six months later.. Leg all better? Healed up nicely? Got a new bike?

Just curious



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hey good idea... an update is in order....... let me get onto that....

just got home internet sorted so will get an update together over the next few days or so....


should be....fun

(oh and TLR_Mart,.......thanks for wonderin)


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Old 08-07-2011, 06:05 PM   #204
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hey good idea... an update is in order....... let me get onto that....

just got home internet sorted so will get an update together over the next few days or so....


should be....fun

(oh and TLR_Mart,.......thanks for wonderin)
Awesome! Glad to see you're still alive ;) Can't wait to read the update!

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Old 08-08-2011, 09:18 AM   #205
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I'm sorry to read about the wreck......and all the things associated with recovery are a total pain.

The rest of the entire thread is great! What a wonderful read that I had totally missed in the past.
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Old 08-10-2011, 09:08 AM   #206
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Wow..

GA, MAN

sorry to hear thats crap i went up the gammon and flinders recentally and did some of the same travels... not as many as you yet tho.... but you have motivated me to get out there more often on my klr.. i wish you all the best with your leg.. mate you're an adventure rider i know your not going to take not adv riding again as an option, you will be drawn to getting out there again by peers and internal motivation.. remeber.... what does not kill you makes you stronger!!!!! (mentally and physically) you will be ready to challenge anything soon.. anyway enough of me telling you what you allready know...

can you give me a tip on you packing methods on your (late) 800... i have a KLR 650 and pack so much more than you... where do you put it all tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, clothes, food, tool kit, maps, air compressor, spare tubes, tyre levers, msr cooker and billy etc, etc you seem to have so little on the bike during your travels HOW?...

thanks

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Old 08-10-2011, 12:04 PM   #207
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great report,what kind of tent are you using.
(nvm, just got to page 6)

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Old 09-07-2011, 06:05 AM   #208
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Wow, cant believe its been over 6 months since the last update... and over 14 months since the stack....

was gonna say ' not much has happened'... but i guess a bit probably has... lets see..


so 6 months ago i'd just dragged the old CB-250 out of the garden and tidied her up a bit.. inc a new headlight...

she's more more affectionately known as "2-Fiddy"

you might remember her from way back at ther start,,,thats her in the background...






i got her going again and after a month or so of some little rides around town, i decided it was time to take her out of town for a short trip, just to see how i felt about it all...


so i packed, (and found the old road helmet with the worn lining that leaves me with a lobotomy scar)..




and headed off for an overnighter down towards Mount Gambier... 400 odd kms there, and, oddly enough, about the same back.......

first stop was up the top of the Adelaide Hills, its a fair old climb and i figured i should pull over and give the bike a bit of a check since its been a few years since she's done 90 km/hr non stop for 30 or so kms......




all good

out about 100kms of freeway to Tailem Bend... and fill er up... thought the 800 got good milage...




then down to the river for a cold drink...




onto the ferry and over the river....




past some dairy cows...




to another ferry...




a bit of a wait for this one..





but finally on and over the Murray River again..



then out onto the highway again and down into the Coorong...

The leg was going ok, but i guess it just really had to sit there, not doing too much on a highway... i'd get the odd cramp, hence a few stops along the way...

maybe an hour on i was feeling a bit bored with highways, and getting a little confident (yeah i can 'sit' real good!) so went for a little detour..



wasnt far, but a little bit of standin on the pegs seemed like a fair thing to try... all seemed ok, nice n slow but i was happy with that...

a bit more highway, and another leg stretch at Salt Creek...




and then another 1 or 2 hunder kms of bitumen....

the ride was good, fair bit of cramping, and a sore back by the end of it...

oh and i learnt that:

- heated grips are good,
- the 800 chews up hills much better than the 250,
- the 800's stock seat aint that bad,
- pig trucks smell just as bad on a 250 or an 800

i slept real good that night

the next day i woke up crook as, and knew i wasnt upto the 400km ride back today... a few days later i was good to go.. so headed off, got to Robe, had a coffee and decided to try out one of my regular detours...





the road tyres sure were interesting over 20kms of beach... oh and also on the sandy exit at the end....






but got thru the sand ok..





a bit of a wait to see 'what the hell that is' coming down the highway......





and then i was.....



.stooped for a break and a leg stretch at Kingston..




then an uneventfull ride 300km back to Adelaide...


so the ride went ok... the bike shitted me a bit, cramped and underpower...but i guess that is to be expected...other than that she coes well... although a new front tyre was in order...especially if i'm gonna take her to the beach again

Physio continued on, dropping from twice to once a week, lots of electro therapy and untrasonic stuff...

April came aroung, and it was time to finish movin house...

I had pretty much moved the week before going on 'that' grampians ride 14 months ago... when, 4 months later i finally got home, i pretty much just had a campin chair and a matress on the floor....
6 months or so of that and it was time to start 'gettin my shit together'...

figured a quick run down to my 'new' house to tidy up a bit was in order before moving properly down...

front tyre got changed from this...




to this.....



and then it was off on the 400km ride down towards Mount Gambier again...


since its a fairly boring ride, and you've seen enough Coorong pics by now, i wont bore you with any...

I got the house a bit more sorted... well it didnt take much to get 'more' sorted since it had been 8 or so months since i just moved all my stuff, boxes etc in here and buggered off...

anyway, while i was down here and the weather was good, a little sightseeing was in order...


off to the beach...






up to the Coonawarra wine region....



harvest was late this year so there were still grapes on the vines..





thru some pine forests (i like pine forests )




and back to the beach again....





the back road tyre didnt make getting up dunes easy... although, even with a knobby, i suspect i would only stall, rather than get any further...




i came to the quick realisation that not only was my leg piss-weak, but my cardio was shot too





(how cool is this... )




fwaaar, this is taking a while... (ha, and i said at the start of this update...not much has been happening....)

hang on a second while i go get a fresh beer...


ha, how quick was that!... bet you didnt even notice i was gone...!

alright, enough dribble, on with the show...


then it was that dull old bitumen ride back to Adelaide again... no pics...you've seen em all before..

then it was chuck my matress and last few things in the back of the car and ...move... finally i had everything in one place and after nearly a year i could start to build a 'home' again

(oh, when i say 'everything'...i mean...except...2-fiddy...she was left in Adelaide...)

i found a new Pysio, and after a visit to her, she wanted me back 3 days a week in the gym with another physio.....for 3 months!

the paperwork got sent off for approval, then returned, then sent, then returned, then resent...took forever to get the ok to start..

in the meantime, i scored a ride to Adelaide to pick up 2-fiddy...

since the back tyre was fairly useless down here, i got her changed to this...



(got some 'odd' looks when i rocked in to a bike shop and asked for "a 16 inch knobby for the back of my cb-250 please".... )

so back out that bloody highway again..... into some drizzle so a stop to put on the rubber pants...




and on down thru the Coorong...again..

boredom got the better of me... so a trip out to the coast sounded like a plan...and a good way to warm up a bit... and a chance to test the new rear tyre...



made it to the ocean..




the guy with the fishing rods had to do a double take when he saw what i was ridin....

then back out to the highway..



after a bit of paddling




and then on to 'home'.....


so a few weeks later and i was coming up to the 12 month mark... a pretty non eventful day..

i woke up the next morning and switched on by phone...

8 missed calls!

mostly from Phil (Philmeup), all hang-ups, and a couple from Paul... wtf?

so i gave Phil a call... he sounded sleepy...

he wasnt actually sleepy, he was half druged up... and in hospital....

turns out, last nigh, a year to the day, he was ridding home from his uncles place in eastern melbourne on a busy road, thru some traffic lights, and a car comin the other way turned in front of him....

broken scapula (shoulder blade) 2 or 3 vertabrae and an ankle........

a few days late i drove over to see him in hospital... he was gonna be ok, 2 screws in the bottom of his fractured tibia, and in a back and neck brace for 3 months....

the bike was a write-off....



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i stayed in Melbourne for a few days, the second day i was just looking for a park near the hospital when i get a phonecall from Phil..

'hey where are you?" he asks me,..

'just got a park on bridge rd outside the hospital' i reply..

'cool' he says... and ' can you come down towards church st?'

'sure, why?' i ask..

turns out he has pinched a wheelchair, and in a back brace, a neck brace, a rocker boot and a sling was got himself out of the hospital and nearly a kilometer down the street to get some fags... and the discovered it was fairly easy....because it was all downhill...! and now couldnt get back up

i wheel him back into the hospital where the nurse in charge of him gives him a bit of a mouthfull for disapearing

anyway, i'll leave Phil upto Phil... except to say that he is still in the bace, is able to hobble aroud a bit now and i think see's the surgeon again in about 4 weeks any is fairly confident he will get out of the brace then (12 weeks)...

we have all decided 29th of June is 'dont ride a bike day'


so now, neither of these bikes exist anymore....



sigh... so what else has happened...? hmmm

yeah not much...

i have finally (about 5 weeks ago) started going to Physio in a gym 3 days a week... that goes for 3 months...... with the aim of building up the strength in the leg... and also get some cardio fitness back... its a fairly painfull process...more muscluar pain though i think, although they have sent me off to get some x-rays next week with the aim of getting me refered back to the orthopaedic surgeons to see it a couple of screws need to come out to releive some preasure... oh and i get some 'gold plated' orthotics (shoe inserts) next week from a podiatrist to help straighted a pronated (colapsed/rolled in) ankle.. so yeah, with 3 150km round trips a week to se a physio, trips to see podiatrists,GP's and get x-rays.... there is not much time for anything else... starting to get a bit over it to be honest... but hey, its better than it could be, and its getting better....


and hey...... i have started making a few phone calls to a few bike dealers in a few different places....but dont tell 2-Fiddy.......







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Old 09-07-2011, 06:44 AM   #209
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can you give me a tip on you packing methods on your (late) 800... i have a KLR 650 and pack so much more than you... where do you put it all tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, clothes, food, tool kit, maps, air compressor, spare tubes, tyre levers, msr cooker and billy etc, etc you seem to have so little on the bike during your travels HOW?...

thanks

Rob

Hi Rob...

gee, i dunno... i dont really think of myself as a 'packin guru'... but hey, more than happy to tell you what 'i' do...

dunno..

i think over time you just work out what works for you and the stuff you have... i tie my tent and therm-a-rest (in a waterproof bag) to the pillion seat/back rack.... that takes care of 2 bulky things... if i take a stool or a jerry can, that goes on there too...

everthing else goes in the panniers..
sleeping bag fits nice standing up at the back of one,
gas canister fits nice inside aluminium cookin/eatin bowl (i dont bring a plate or cup),
minimal clothes fit in the lid of the panniers...
only take the tools i need (i.e check what sockets/spanners/alan keys you need and just bring those few, not the whole set of allan keys..) i keep em in a pencil case laying flat at the bottom of a pannier,
a 2 litre juice bottle (kinda rectangular fits nice in my panniers to, not wastin much space),
i started with bringing a pair of runners, now i just bring a pair of low cut canvas converse all-stars..you can crush the sides/heel down flat...)or just a pair of thongs-depend where im going. runners used to be my bigest space waster due to the heel issue.......
food...keep it simple... i bring a bag of museli and some mcdonalds sugar sachels...and just put water on it...its not as bad as it sounds...and it means i dont have to carry milk.. lunches i generally bring some cans of tuna and a packet of 'vita-weet' biscuits... they are a lot stronger than cracker type biscuits so dont brake up on rough rides too much. but i kinda work out where i'm going so i know how many cans to carry... i dont want to bring any home with me again...if its a long ride, i might just bring say 3 cans, and 2 days in pick up some more somewhere...
Clothes is an interesting one too... roll em not fold em seems to use less space..and keeps em a bit less wrinkled..(kind of ) oh and when you have packed you clothes, take them all out again... and leave half of them behind..you wont need them!
oh and one of those freaky microfibre high tech super absorbent camp towels are weird..but use maybe 1 fifth of the space of a normal towel...

I think the panniers maybe are a bit misleading...there is a fair bit of room in there... although there is never enough... next task was to find a new smaller compressor... the old one was fairly big (kinda the size or a car compressor)

pakin is really just a 3-D jigsaw puzzle....

I think if each ride you sort out one issue from the last ride, your doing well, and each ride then is in some way better than the last...

think i'm rambling...

hope that helps a bit...



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Good to hear you are back on the road mate. keep smilin'
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