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Old 05-26-2014, 07:50 AM   #1
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"R"adventure Down Under - A motorbike trip around Australia

Hi guys my name is Hannes, friends call me Hansie and this is my first ride report ever!
I am a 30 year old german guy who is travelling around Australia on a trusty Honda Transalp 650 and new to pretty much everything around motorcycles or riding and also that forum.



I got my license 3 years ago with the idea to travel the world on a motorbike. I travelled different countries on different types of transport but have never ridden a motorbike around a country.

Australia is the first stage of an epic journey that could take a lifetime...!

I bought my motorbike in Melbourne and rode it through South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania.
I worked a fair bit in the Barossa Valley in South Australia to find myself a new industry, new challenge, new jobs to work in and got kind of stuck in the fantastic life with wine, cheese and good company, but now it is time to actually live the dream I had - Riding my bike around that huge continent, which is so much bigger than what I imagined it would be.











The Flinders Ranges had some of the best rides of all to offer and I would love to go back there one day.
Riding in Tasmania was amazing too and now I am doing the trip from South Australia across the Nullarbor to Perth and from there along the west coast via Broome, the Kimberlys all the way up to Darwin and down the east coast to finish my trip in the Barossa Valley where it all started.

I have already met a few lovely people from ADVRider and what a good time we had. It’s always nice to talk to like minded people, to share experiences and to hear their stories.
My trip started in Tanunda, South Australia and I explored the Eyre Penisula, met Matty and Billy who are advriders too and from there I hit the road across the Nullarbor plain.



I camped along the way in the bush, using the app Wikicamps, which is pretty helpful to find remote and nice campspots.
That is for example how i got to stay in the sand dunes of Fowlers Bay, got stuck in mud while looking for the spot just out of Eucla which i actually never found since darkness set in a bit too quick, and i met John and Steph who are also riding in Esperance.
And that is where i am sitting right now, writing that ride report!













The dunes at Fowlers Bay
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Old 05-26-2014, 08:13 AM   #2
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Along the Balladonia Track from Balladonia to Esperance



Mt Ridley just north of Esperance

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Old 05-26-2014, 03:17 PM   #3
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Have to subscribe in here!
See you again somewhere one the Road.

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Old 05-26-2014, 03:43 PM   #4
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well done mate, great start..................


all we need now is to get billy to post up that video.............

have a good time heading north and into the warm weather.........

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Old 05-26-2014, 06:34 PM   #5
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Oz has amazing scenery. Good luck and keep posting
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Old 05-26-2014, 10:15 PM   #6
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Hi mate
Met you in Devonport waiting to board to ferry coming back, bout time we seen a trip report.
See you up NSW some time
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Old 05-27-2014, 12:57 AM   #7
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Hey, i remember you. Big Supertenere :) i will make my way there slowly but surely. Would be good to catch up!
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Old 05-27-2014, 02:11 AM   #8
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Hey, i remember you. Big Supertenere :) i will make my way there slowly but surely. Would be good to catch up!
Give me a yell when you get over east, spare bed here if needed.
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Old 05-27-2014, 02:12 AM   #9
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i am still in Esperance and i was planning to go for a ride on the beach already yesterday. But it rained the whole day so i kind of had a lazy one and worked on that ride report.

Today was a different story. Beautiful sunshine, blue sky and off i went down to Bandy Creek Harbour to ride along the beach all the way to the Cape Le Grand National Park.
We did it the other day in a 4WD and since i need a lot more experience in riding in sand i thought i'd give it a go.

It was high tide and there was not much beach left to ride on :) I think i did fairly well for the first km or so but then i got to a pretty narrow section, where the waves almost hit the top end of the beach and i did, what i shouldnt have done - I stopped.

Getting out of the sand again and away from the waves, which got all the way up to the bike once or twice is pretty hard work.
I started sweating in my helmet while putting the bike on the side, dragging it around to go back where its safe.

I managed to get out (no pics though, i was too busy) :) and rode off.
it went pretty well, what i thought. I fell off a couple of times but no pain - no gain!

Will try again at low tide - challenge accepted!

After a nice drive along the coast i gave my bike a good clean and now i am enjoying a nice and cold beer!





you can tell she had one or two rests on the side




what a stunning day
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Old 05-27-2014, 02:18 AM   #10
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great stuff! will do!
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Old 05-27-2014, 02:58 PM   #11
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Great RR, photos, text and of course on a great bike.

keep it coming..subscribed.

Ride safe and enjoy.

Cheers
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Old 05-27-2014, 11:16 PM   #12
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Amazing pics, great RR already also on the subscribers list, looking forward to catching up
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good stuff mate..............................

sand is much more gentle on the rear brake lever.................

cheers matty
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good stuff mate..............................

sand is much more gentle on the rear brake lever.................

cheers matty
also on the rider
rear brake lever fixed, off to the next dirt track. i gotta make sure there is someone behind me filming though!
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Old 05-28-2014, 08:00 AM   #15
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Laugh tappy hraveller

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also on the rider
rear brake lever fixed, off to the next dirt track. i gotta make sure there is someone behind me filming though!
looking forward to the next chapter................

enjoy the next dirt track....................

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