2012 GS Safari

Discussion in 'Australia' started by itsgunnahurt, Apr 17, 2012.

  1. itsgunnahurt

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    My navigation technique was either:
    a) look for a GS who looked like they knew where they were going. The guys where knew where they were going must have all got up early... I never saw one!

    b) team up with someone that had one of them fancy BMW navigator things. The trick here was find someone who had one and KNEW how to use it! I used this method once and we got lost within 100mtrs of the town. Did you know that Port Macquarie has 3 airports? Strange thing is they all look pretty much the same to me!

    c) follow the orange arrow stickers! It paid to keep an eye out for them.

    There were route sheets, but I've thrown them out. Seeing the 1150 ODO is only vaguely accurate (as I've been told "they're all like that sir"), the route sheets were only vaguely useful.
    However, the itinerary was:
    Ballina -> Glen Innes
    Glen Innes -> Armidale
    Armidale -> Port Macquarie
    Port Macquarie -> Port Macquarie (big loop)
    Port Macquarie -> Forster

    Trying to extract and share my spot track, but it's not playing at the moment. Stay tuned
  2. itsgunnahurt

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    Try This on Spotwalla

    Should give you an idea of where we went. I missed Monday and Tuesday, so no tracks for those days.
  3. CJL00

    CJL00 Who said top boxes are useless?

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    I have had a good look over the roads taken and I must say you went on a lot less roads than I thought you would. I suppose with that many riders participating it would have been hard to organise if the days were bigger.


    If any of you who participated (or anyone else) want to further explore this area let me know and I can help guide you to some of the many other roads of similar surfaces in the area that go through some spectacular countrysides.
  4. Russ

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    I'm glad I did not hand over my hard earned for that route. Ballina - Armadale all on highway:eek1
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    CJL00 Who said top boxes are useless?

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    I have been given other directions from another participant, from Ballina they went across to Coraki, back road across to the Clarence Way North of Baryulgil, down to Grafton via Copmanhurst then up the Old Glen Innes to Grafton road (via Dalmorton and Newton Boyd) to Glen Innes.

    Day 2 went from Glen Innes through Wards Mistake, Ebor, Point Lookout, Styx River Area and then back into Armidale via Rockvale area.

    Some interesting areas but I feel they missed some much better country. Still, it is all there for us to play in any time we feel like it.
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    Maybe they had 2 routes for differing levels of experience :dunno
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    Nope, due to bike issues I had to travel direct from Ballina to Armidale.. this was NOT the Safari route. As such I missed the first two days of the actual ride, hence my comment that i missed those days (being the Monday and Tuesday).. sheesh don't you guys read??? :deal
    If I didn't put the track from Ballina, you'd be all confused and then say something like "Geeze I'm glad I didnt hand over my hard earned, it didn't even start in Ballina!" :D

    Even so, that part of ride was not uneventful... got caught in the hail at Tenterfield, then stuck at a servo for hours with no power and I was almost out of fuel... getting passed by another guy when I tried to flag him down, but he was on a mission!

    Shedmarket is right... there probably was a lot we didn't do, but then it just gives a reason to go back. A week is really not a long enough time.
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    I read it as your spot had no tracks for two of the days.
  9. CJL00

    CJL00 Who said top boxes are useless?

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    I too misread that post and thought that the track did not work but was confused why it showed the different route.

    If you want to come back to the area let me know, with enough notice I could even get away to show you some of the areas personally. Any excuse is good enough for me. :freaky
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    I was too embarrassed to say the 1150 was feeling a bit sick for those days! To say I was a little disappointed is an understatement!
    Anyways, even though I missed those days, I still got just over two weeks on the road, so it's all good! It just means I'll have to get myself back there and have another look around.. probably when it's NOT -2C at Armidale!

    Thanks for the offer... I don't need an excuse... I need more time! hehe it's good when you put the work roster together!

    What did someone say the other day?
    Unemployment is wasted on the unemployed!
    I need a job where they pay me not to go to work.
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    CJL00 Who said top boxes are useless?

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    The whole tablelands are like that, you can leave the coast and it is calm, clear, fine and a pleasant 20+C and get to Ebor and it is blowing 20+ knots, horizontal rain and 1 or 2 degrees, that is less than 80 kilometres as the crow flies! Mind you you are going from sea level to up to over 1400 metres in elevation, that's the difference.

    Wonderful area, from Coffs you can fish for marlin or trout all in less than an hours travel. Anyone wants a tour please do not hesitate to ask, anything to get out of the office. There is so much to see that is not shown in the tourist brochures and you cannot beat local knowledge.
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    CJL00 Who said top boxes are useless?

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    Be very glad you were not in Armidale or Glen Innes overnight, both got a dusting of light snow. And I would bet it came down almost horizontilly.....
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  15. TimbobSA

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    Hey guys I didn't make the Safari - was on my way up to Ballina riding along the Darling towards Burke. Unfortunately the old girl decided to buck me off and then land on top of me. So that was the end of my Safari but only the beginning of a bit of a struggle. Luckily I was travelling with fellow inmate Bruce who sorted me. Problem for him was I lost consciousness he then had a nerve racking hour while he waited for the ambo.
    The Burke hospital told my wife I had a couple broken shoulders but as I was crashing badly they decided to fly me to RPA in Sydney turned out t o be right shoulder broken in 2 places left wrist, 11 ribs with two being broken twice including number 1 rib which was left 1.5 mm from an artery, split kidney, brused liver and spleen and internal bleeding.
    I was placed in an induced coma for the next 12 days were my wife and family were put through hell with things like brain damage and just surviving the injuries.
    Anyway I am back home now and have been given the all clear by specialists and back working 3 hours a day as I continue to recover.
    So many people to thank Bruce my riding mate ( we had only met the day before) the RFDS the bloody brilliant medicos at RPA a client who drove from Whyalla to Burke to pick up the bike. My staff who kept my business running. My wife and family who went through hell.
    I was ATGATT and believe that it saved my arse. It's good to still be here.
    Still waiting for my T shirt.......
  16. itsgunnahurt

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    Fark! Sorry to hear about your incident, but glad you were able to survive it... makes all our problems and setback insignificant. Maybe we'll see you on the next one?
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    Thanks mate I think your profile name (it's gonna hurt) was pretty much my thoughts as I went down:rofl
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    Gawd, TimbobSA! Wishing you a speedy recovery and to be fighting fit for the next one.
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    Not good to hear about any offs on the way to the event ! Timbob now you have recovered what was the final analysis for the cause of the off? From your wording it sounds like your alluding to something - bucking you off? ATGATT is the go. Was the bike OK? Welcome to the major incident club.

    No T-shirt you say - mate they were diy 1970 cotton shirts full of plastic decals - not very 2012 tech and not even dri-fit material to wear under an ATGATT jacket. grey with yellow text - dont think these got approved by the BMW fashionistas dept in DE.

    Did anybody ever get their promised 2012 video - ? I never saw the new video guy out on the track so I am pretty damn sure I wont be in it anyway ( I was on my Sertao? a teaster/promo preview seemed to totally ignore the 70 or so F800 and 650 GS singles - and played out like an all-out air cooled 1200 advert (on the eve of 6 months of bmw having to move them before the water cooled) - 1200 this and 1200 that. Lots of footage of bmw staff riders, popping wheelies, doing invitation only photoshoot runs in the river bed and on the beach which had nothing to do with the safari. I thought is was inappropriate spin. camera guy was calling the 1200 a rhino - seemed like a ktm rider thing to say. rhinos are really big, really stupid (I worked with them in Africa) and on the verge of extinction. is that polite to all the 1200 owners ?
  20. itsgunnahurt

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    Have to admit, I'm with you on this... seems if you weren't on the GSA, you didn't exist! Not sure WFT was meant by the "rhino", I thought that was a clique group of mates, not the ordinary people on the safari who happened to ride 1200's :D I hope this isn’t going to be one long video of stuff I didn’t ride with bikes I didn’t see (except at the end of the day). lol maybe I'll cancel my order and buy Orange...
    At least I'm in the preview vid... stuffing my face at a lunch stop.
    And you have totally ignored the 2, yes count them, 2 1150's... along with the 3 airheads.:rofl
    I guess if the video is only concentrating on the 1200GSA's then we should all make comment to the organisers and let them know we want to see more of the other GS models and riders.

    Having said all that, I enjoyed the trip anyway and I am looking forward to next year already!

    If last year is anything to go by, the dvd came out a long time after that was well worth the waiting. I was in that one.