2012 GS Safari

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  1. itsgunnahurt

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    Bookings for GS Safari 2012 will open on the Tuesday 1st May

    It looks like it's on again, hopefully without the issues encountered last year.

    Let's all look after ourselves this time, ok?

    Who's in?


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  2. Billy Pilgrim

    Billy Pilgrim Been here awhile

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    I'd like to but I'm taking off for a 2 month coastal lap from May 19 to mid July.
    I'll probably book the safari on May 1, do the lap and then see what is happening on all the relevant fronts (bike, job, domestic, physical, motivation) when I get back.

    Despite and probably because of all the 'adventures' last year I'm keen to do the safari again this year.
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  3. gswadd

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    I'll be there. Already had the conversation with the missus. Looking forward to some hillclimbs and creek crossings... :eek1
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  4. itsgunnahurt

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    http://www.bmwsafari.com/index/gs-safari

    2012 GS SAFARI

    16 - 21 September 2012

    Ballina - Bathurst

    Registration Now Open

    The 2012 BMW GS Safari will set out from Ballina in the Northern Rivers region of NSW on Sunday September 16 and head off into The Great Dividing Range for an off-road GS odyssey that will conclude in Bathurst on Friday September 21.
    From the coast at Ballina, the BMW GS Safari will zig and zag the Great Dividing Range. Riders will receive daily route sheets, GPS details and even route marking arrows to show the way. There will be full technical support along the way in case of mechanical or other problems.
    The scenery will be ever changing, as will the tracks. Towering eucalypt and rain forests with lush vegetation through to open farmland with many iconic and historic towns and locations along the way. For BMW GS riders it will be heaven on a stick.
    We are once again planning a 2 day pre-Safari off road rider training course, so this will run in the 2 days just prior to the event. Further details on rider training will be released in due course.
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  5. troy safari carpente

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    Now THERE's a brilliant pre-emptive initiative... :clap

    A tad reminiscent of the first aid course's they held on the boats for the lad's headed of to the Gallipoli picnic races... back in the day. :huh
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  6. itsgunnahurt

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    I wonder if the course will provide advice on erection problems caused by all the BMW's in the near vicinity!
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  7. tvan

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    Great, Now to book in, leave already arranged.
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  8. TimbobSA

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    Booked and paid - any South Aussies going over - normally I go solo- Something about not playing well with others but the potential route has me hooked. Bit worried though Lamb Chop was a bit too quick to say yes!!!!

    :freaky
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  9. CJL00

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  11. CJL00

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  12. CJL00

    CJL00 Who said top boxes are useless?

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    In the details of the event it advises that no hard panniers are allowed on the bikes, only a soft tank and/or tail bag. I understand the reasoning behind this is they want individual riders to be carrying the least amount of weight on the bikes for ease of handling, which is understandable.

    My concern is the top box on my bike normally holds a full first aid kit, extra bandages (in case), spare visor and goggles, baby wipes (best visor cleaner there is apart form more obvious uses) and a jumper/jacket liner in winter. On the outside are fitted two tool tubes, one with tool kt, the other with tyre pump. No real weight and I ride with this at all times as I feel it is the minimum you should have with you when off the beaten track. It is only if on a long trip and there is no back up vehicle to carry some gear that more is fitted into that box.

    Now if they enforce the no hard pannier rule I will fit a mates Ventura rear bag and carry all this stuff anyway. My main question I suppose does anyone know if is there common sense used in the scrutineering or is it a, "that's it" mentality?

    Not trying to cause problems of rifts, this is my first BMW organised rallyso trying to get a feel for their mindset. Some organisers are more flexible than others and it is best to know before getting to the start line.

    Cheers
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  13. itsgunnahurt

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    Last year they organised a truck to carry your get each day, hopefully they will do this again this year.
    At the first day lunch stop, there was a lot of bit of broken panniers, top boxes, pannier frames. If guys had put their stuff on the truck, instead of carrying everything, there would have been a lot less broken bits.

    The "scrutineering" was done a couple of weeks before the start, at your local stealership. Basically they checked on various bits of your bike (brakes, tyres, suspension etc).

    Most of what you just listed you carry would fit into a soft bag. Infact I carried something similar last year, I had a tank bag and a small tail bag on the rear. All my other junk (hard panniers, tent, sleeping gear) was in the truck.
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  14. Beefhooked

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    I`m in, just paid the entry. I`m number 125, how many usually show for this doo?
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  15. lout

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    I'll be there just to keep an eye on Aquaman
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  16. CJL00

    CJL00 Who said top boxes are useless?

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    I am getting a little concerned about some aspects of this trip, mainly that there are bugger all details about it available as yet. My "local" dealer is a boring 2 hour ride in either direction, something I don't like doing at service time let alone for something like this.

    Normally it would not worry me but if I decide it is all too hard and regimented (the organisation, not the actual riding) and want to pull out, you do not get all of your $500 (odd) back unless you cancel more than 90 days from the event. At the going rate we will know nothing about the details until well inside that. My quick calculation means after June 18, no full refund so if there are not a lot more details out by then I will skip this one.

    I can always find out the roads taken and I can easily do the same trip another time as luckily they are all close enough to be called local. Pity, sounded like fun.
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  17. Looking Around

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    You are pretty spot on Chris and from recent experiences the details are marked by a lot of promises. Don't forget to add the accommodation costs to your $500 as it is now mandatory to use the organisers' expensive accommodation arrangements. All together, too dear for me this year.
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  18. tvan

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    G'day Everyone,

    I'm booked, lovely wife paid the registration.
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  19. CJL00

    CJL00 Who said top boxes are useless?

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    I have spoken to the organisers regarding accommodation, they will have a range of options each night from camping sites to the best available in the town so there will be some choice. I was also led to believe you could organise your own accommodation, if you could find something that is
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  20. Looking Around

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    Last year, a lot of the local accommodation in small towns was booked up and therefore the price goes up. We stayed in Dongas last year that normally go for two people $80 per night and paid $230 per night. Price included evening meal and breakfast. Had to ride 30k in the dark for the evening meal - not much chop, but brekky was excellent but wasnÂ’t worth anywhere near $150 for two people per day. Wonder who benefited? Not the rider.

    Considering all of the above, had a ball with excellent riding for 3 days of dirt - you will too - hope you get 5 days in.

    Also, the printed info I read on this years GS safari states that booking accommodation through the organisation is mandatory.
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