3 days on the new to me Tiger.

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by panhead_pete, Sep 16, 2013.

  1. panhead_pete

    panhead_pete Gone riding

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    Day One
    Well it was an early start at 520am to make it to Beenleigh for the 7am kick off for an ADVrider ride with several of the crew. Was a fun ride.

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    I wont bore you with the details but can share the vid that Strummer put together which is awesome.

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    I was with the guys through to Killarney and had a great time, thanks so much everyone. As the rest of the guys headed towards home after lunch I headed south with no real plan. Some really nice countryside went by.

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    By 1pm I had found my way to Urbanville and it was time for a beer, especially when the pub looks like this.

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    After a beer and a chat with Darryl the Publican I made a plan to drop my bag and he very kindly layed out a nice loop for an afternoon ride. There was a huge variety of terrain and a great dirt road weaving through hills and across numerous rivers and creeks.

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    At about 330pm in the afternoon, any afternoon, there are only so many pubs that any of my bikes will ride past, and that number is 0. Stopped for a beer here and met some odd locals – all good though.

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    Got back to the Pub about beer o’clock and settled in meeting a few locals and others staying at the pub whilst working in the area. Scored as there was a 4 course Mexican dinner for $25 and also got invited back for a trail ride on the weekend. Stoked!

    Well woke with a country pub hang over after a few Turkeys fairly late with Darryl. The damn cockatoos were a very early alarm. So being up I went for walk around Urbanville prior to breakfast. It’s a lovely place and I had to look twice as a dog looked like a pig which was actually a pig out for a morning walk.

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    After a breakfast the only plan I had was to be in Ballina that night to catch up with a lovely mate and her son who I haven’t seen in ages. Riding was nice and I cruised through a couple small towns including Grevillia where it looked like a shop or pub had burnt to the ground not so long ago.

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    Stopped in to Kyogle to fuel up the bike and myself before heading towards Nimbin.

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    I HATE Nimbin. Im the last person to judge anyone for doing what they want but seeing drug deals so openly happen and all the scummy smack heads in the street is a clear demonstration that once was an ideological shift from the mainstream has failed measurably. I was there 5 mins to get a map and couldn’t leave quick enough. Just outside of there was a lovely view on my way to Nightcap National Park and Minyon falls, the road into which was dirt and LOTS of fun.

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    After an awesome lunch with a very close friend in Lismore I headed down to Ballina. Stopped by the river then out at the point on the way to my mate’s place where it was dinner and vodka time. One of the key reasons I bought an ADV bike was to go visit mates and to take interesting ways of getting there, the Tiger is ticking all those boxes.

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    Well after a great night and breakfast in Ballina I headed north. Pulled up at Lennox and it was pumping. Spewing I didn’t have a surfboard with me.

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    Heading further north I stopped in at Bryron Bay and went up to the lighthouse which is Australia’s most easterly point (for the non-Aus readers). It was a glorious morning and a lovely place.

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    After Byron a short detour into Murwillumbah for a coffee with an old uni mate who races old Ducatis and is a great guy. After that it was all just Pacific Highway/Gateway/Bruce Highway home.

    Loving the Tiger. It still needs a few farkles and a couple more serious mods but its quite capable and as I get used to it the better it will be Im sure.

    Thanks for taking the time to go through such a LONG post.
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  2. numbaphive

    numbaphive not quite rite

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    "there are only so many pubs that any of my bikes will ride past, and that number is 0"

    Alcoholic motorbikes.....think I need me one of them :)

    Thx for posting,
    Cheers.
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  3. DragonNester

    DragonNester Been here awhile

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    Wow...what a ride. Thanks for taking us along.:beer
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  4. Oldone

    Oldone One day at a time!

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  5. davey1212

    davey1212 Been here awhile

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    Thanks for sharing. You chose the right bike so enjoy it and MANY more miles !!
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  6. wimj

    wimj Wannabee adventurer

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    A report that reinforced my desire to 'do ' Australia one time. Thanks for taking the time to write it!:clap
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  7. panhead_pete

    panhead_pete Gone riding

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    Thanks for the kind words :)
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  8. philth

    philth philth

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    good stuff!
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  9. TonyRDR

    TonyRDR Been here awhile

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    Great report, amazing video edit. Well done guys. :clap:clap:clap
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  10. Neonasty

    Neonasty Been here awhile

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    Great report.

    I also felt the same way about Nimbin. I hated the place and couldnt get away from there soon enough. Scummy, junkie fleabags. Not for me.
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  11. Haggs

    Haggs Tigre Verde

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    Top report there Pete, and in my backyard too. Might go for a ride me thinks! :D


    Ps +1 on Nimbin
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  12. dirt_bloke

    dirt_bloke No idea

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    Lived in Byron a couple of life times ago, mates who visited always wanted to go to Nimbin, FFS.
    Great ride out there, you don't even get the helmet off before the junkies are trying to sell you whatever they can :huh.

    Top report, noice video by Strummer.
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  13. Beachfinn

    Beachfinn Adventurer

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    looks like awesome ride, thanks for sharing :D
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  14. gmanski

    gmanski =)

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    Awesome :norton
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  15. RatPatrol

    RatPatrol Adventurer

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    For most of us over here on this side of the pond we realize we'll never get to see your country in person. Thanks to you and your mates we have seen some beautiful places and one "amazing" video. Very well done guys!. Again thank you for sharing this with us.
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  16. Comrade Art

    Comrade Art Working stiff

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    Strummer did a good job with the video :thumb
    Oz is on the bucket list!
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  17. MOJO

    MOJO Adventurer

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    Great report! I have myself a Tiger also. Love it! Safe travels, mate! :beer
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