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Old 09-28-2013, 01:58 AM   #16
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At the southern end of the park we approached this sign. It wasnít exactly what David wanted to see at this point in the day but it was sand either way so rather than taking the detour we opted for the dunes. He was now well and truly amidst a personal battle of mind over body. Only David could express how he was feeling right now.

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Old 09-28-2013, 01:59 AM   #17
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First gear and some steady throttle and both DR's tractored up. As a 4x4 struggled to get up the hill I chatted with some of their convoy while David almost blew a gasket. Fortunately the track got a little easier after the two big dunes and we rode on until eventually pulling into camp at 5pm.





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Old 09-28-2013, 02:02 AM   #18
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With our priorities in order I went straight to the Wolfman bag to grab a couple of cold beers.


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Old 09-28-2013, 02:08 AM   #19
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Aaarrkk!!

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Out of a total of 26 cans only 10 survived. We decided to look on the positive side and focus on the 10 that made it rather than the 16 that smashed apart in the bag.

We pitched the tents and set up camp before cooking up the steaks, sausages and potatoes on the fire. After tea David turned in early. I wandered around the campground for a while, then sat down and drank the rest of the beers while watching the full moon come up over the horizon. I tried to take photos but none of them turned out. After a mediocre sleep I woke up at 6.20 and David got up soon after. David had some color back in his face this morning and mentioned he was feeling considerably better today. I was relieved to hear this as I was worried about him yesterday and a medical emergency is far from ideal out here. We had a big day ahead of us.






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Old 09-28-2013, 02:16 AM   #21
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Late yesterday I was rethinking the route for today and decided to head west to Tintinara instead of looping around and heading north through the park. Regardless of our chosen route we had no option but to ride out another 40km of sand.



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The sand was nice and damp on top from the moisture overnight. The DR just eats this stuff up. I found second gear and standing on the pegs the easiest way to ride this, occasionally dropping it down to first for the steeper sandier hills or flicking it into third for the more open sections. The tracks were sandy and rutted but easier than the northern end of the Border Track. It wasn't long before David blew another gasket and was needing to stop regularly to catch his breath.



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We continued on and were both happy to see the hard packed soil on the opposite side of the gate leading out of Ngarkat Conservation Park. At Tintinara we fueled up and David bought oil for his bike. His DR had burnt a litre of oil in the sandy conditions. Mine hadnít used any at all. Iím certainly going to miss this bike, itís been bullet proof.

I off loaded all the rubbish from the previous nights camp in the bin, we grabbed something to eat and took some time out to rest.

Then it was easy dirt roads onwards towards Tailem Bend.







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About 20km from Tailem Bend I opened up the throttle in fifth and the DR lost power and died. I drained the float bowl which fixed the problem until I opened it up in top gear again and the same thing happened. I drained the float a second time and this time the bike ran ok. As we rolled into Tailem Bend I noticed my front tyre was flat. After closer inspection it appeared to be a leaky valve so I replaced it with a spare valve and pumped the tyre back up to 26psi. We left Tailem Bend and merged onto the Freeway when suddenly my bike lost power again. I pulled over convinced there must be some shit in the float bowl. I stripped the luggage off the bike and removed the safari tank to gain access to the float bowl screws. With the float off I could clearly see there was some scum sitting in the bottom of the bowl. I can only assume that under heavy load the engine was sucking this scum into the main jet causing it to run lean.

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After putting everything back on the bike we got moving again for the final run into Adelaide along the South Eastern Freeway. Apart from strong gusty winds the remainder of the trip was an uneventful cruise along the black top.

The track log downloaded into Basecamp.


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For those with DR’s who may be interested in our fuel consumption on the trip here it is. I’ll firstly outline our bike setups.

- Open airboxes
- DJ needle 4th clip position
- DJ 155 main (David) DJ 160 main (mine)
- Drilled slide
- Backfire screen removed
- GSXR 1000 mufflers
- Gearing 14/41

My bike:
Average for the entire trip (692km) 12.9 km per Litre

David’s bike:
Murray Bridge - Pinnaroo (178km) 13.7 km per Litre
Pinnaroo - Tintanara (179km) 12.8 km per Litre
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Old 09-28-2013, 03:37 PM   #27
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I really HATE the powder-sand...
That looks like "damn extreme sand". I have to ride in quite a bit of it living in AZ. I keep thinking experience will make me a better sand rider! ...and I just keep thinking that way...
Great ride report, thanks for taking us along.
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Old 09-28-2013, 05:01 PM   #28
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Holy crap that was a lot of deep sand! Thanks for letting me know where not to go riding if I ever get over there!
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Old 09-29-2013, 02:48 AM   #29
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I hope David is all right
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Old 09-29-2013, 02:50 AM   #30
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Awesome stuff well done to both of you the border section can be a killer of a track for a loaded bike. Dave said you did not have a single off. That was not the case for me on that track.
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