ACT ADV Riders Thread...Discover the ACT and surrounds

Discussion in 'Australia' started by Oz Nutter, Sep 25, 2010.

  1. GodSilla

    GodSilla I did that.

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    Guess what? The email address on the MRA ACT website is invalid, my email bounced. FFS! :fpalm

    We live in a world where mediocrity is the new norm.
  2. Benz-in-Oz

    Benz-in-Oz Been here awhile

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    This talk of the media, reminds me of a time in the early 80's when I was President of the Southern Tablelands MRA based in Goulburn. We were doing various activities and felt we needed a little bit of media coverage from our local paper, the paper wasn't at all interested in covering a positive story about motorcycling, so we would write the story for them and even supply the photographs. They usually didn't print it or if they did they re-wrote it so that it wasn't the message that we had intended, which made us more than a little disappointed and angry.


    Then one Saturday morning in Early December (1982 from memory) we were assembling for our annual Toy Run, a rather thin fellow with a big professional looking camera turned up, he came over to us and asked if he could get a ride on a bike and film the event, after a couple of minutes conversation we found out his name, Chis Jones “The Jones” and he's a freelance photojournalist, and was hoping to get some footage to sell to TV stations. A couple of minutes later and he's mounted backward, helmetless, leaning on the Gearsack rack of a GSX1100 whos owner he had know for about 30 seconds, scooting down between two rows of moving bikes filming it. We all watched the news that night for a change, to say we were blown away is an understatement, “The Jones” had presented it how we had thought it was all along, motorcycling is FUN FUN FUN. I could imagine an average punter watching it in his lounge and thinking “gee, I might buy a motorbike” . Jones from then on turned up and filmed what we were doing, he got his footage to sell and we got good PR. There was also lot of footage we did for fun that never made to TV as well.


    Sadly Chris passed away two weeks ago today, RIP Jones, whether you end up in Heaven or Hell the party there is about to turn wild.
  3. stuser

    stuser Putt putt putt

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    ... while all this talk about other social media on this social media website is very interesting... :rofl ....

    can anyone tell me where I can find a good value place to get a throttle cable around canberra?

    one on the KLR is hanging on a single thread, so I guess I have got the value from that one, but buggered if I want to go to CMC Kawasaki for their "special" prices....

    YES I finally got the KLR running, up and around the block a few times today. Feels great, can't wait to take it for a real spin....

    Having two bikes properly functional for the first time in three months is awesome :freaky
  4. Benz-in-Oz

    Benz-in-Oz Been here awhile

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    can anyone tell me where I can find a good value place to get a throttle cable around canberra?

    Try Joe's, met a fellow travelling through a while back on a KLR, he was needing a clutch cable and could'nt get on at CMC, Joe's had one in stock even though they arn't Kawasaki dealers, lent him tools etc.
  5. JD

    JD Been here awhile

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    You're a KLR owner, can't you make one out of dental floss or sumfin? :lol3



    Or there's ebay.......
  6. stuser

    stuser Putt putt putt

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    Yeah I'll try them.... was there already today getting a refund for the last incorrect parts they sold me.... :cry
  7. hunter_greyghost

    hunter_greyghost XS650 Allroads Traveller

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    Know a bloke in Yass how can make them up, uses your old outer :deal
    I've got some gear for doing it but haven't got any new inner cable
    Cheers
    Baza
  8. stuser

    stuser Putt putt putt

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    that sounds good.... anything I can do to make it happen?

    A friend was telling me today that Joes used to make them up for you when they were just a wrecker.... shame they don't any more...
  9. JD

    JD Been here awhile

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    They are push/pull aren't they?

    If you're not in any great hurry you can get a full set for around $50 or so from ebay US.

    Or if you were desperate to ride it you can usually buy inner cable from a pushbike shop and solder on some nipples.....
  10. Hoots

    Hoots Long timer

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    Mate, stuffing around with nipples is all very well but I'd just go and buy a throttle cable from CMC and be done with it ...

    The difference shopping around is going to be less than fuel / postage / decent cup of coffee etc ...
  11. stuser

    stuser Putt putt putt

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    forget CMC... don't have it in stock.... want payment up front and will get it next week....

    Mototech.... based in Geelong... $62.70 for both push and pull throttle cables, delivered to my door :)

    .... and they sell KTM parts, too....

    http://www.mototech.com.au
  12. hunter_greyghost

    hunter_greyghost XS650 Allroads Traveller

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    Call in home next time you get a chance, I might be able to sort out something for you :deal
    I'll check out what's available in Goulburn tomorrow too!
    Cheers
    Baza
  13. wiz.au

    wiz.au Been here awhile

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    I can't believe no one touched this.....

    Personally, I like stuffing around with nipples, as long as they are attached to the fairer sex. :rofl
  14. Hoots

    Hoots Long timer

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    Possibly a bit of a dumb question ...

    Have many people here wrapped their header pipes (i.e. right back to the muffler) ... ?

    Does this reduce the extent to which the pipe heats up the motor bay and its various sensitive bits and pieces ... ?

    Are there any downsides to exhaust wrapping ... ?

    I guess I'm wondering where the heat goes ... and if it doesn't go anywhere, what that might do to the exhaust system ... in terms of damage and performance ... ?

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  15. JAKE91

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    I've seen it on a few older trucks and 4x4s before where the exhausts run under the cab but it does tend to cause it to rust out after a while due to trapping the moisture in, that's if its getting wet frequently. I guess this wouldn't be such a problem on a shiny stainless ktm pipe
  16. Hoots

    Hoots Long timer

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    Thanks Jake - I don't think the wrap would stay wet long, with the bike's movement and engine warmth - I was wondering more about trapped heat and destroyed pipe ... but just speculation ... I rode it yesterday, and even at 20C you can really feel the heat coming off the pipe - seems to set off the oil sensor, and can't be good for other bits and pieces ...
  17. GodSilla

    GodSilla I did that.

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    Solution : Ride faster.:nod
  18. Ron50

    Ron50 Been here awhile

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    A low kilometre Feroza I had lost about 6 inches of its exhaust near the front after a Simpson Desert crossing. It corresponded to an area that had a little impact shield attached to the leading edge of the pipe where it started travelling parallel with the floor.

    The exhaust expert who repaired the damage said that the low speed and high revs overheated the metal so much that it crystalised and became brittle. So he recommended against replacing the impact guard.

    On that basis I'd say wrapping pipes should be avoided if possible.
  19. Hoots

    Hoots Long timer

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    That was exactly my concern ...
  20. Hoots

    Hoots Long timer

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    Ride this Thursday (24th)
    Meet at the Gundaroo shop a bit before 8:30 ...<?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
    We'll head to Taralga via Swallowtail Pass - and note that Taralga CRT now has premium fuel!<o:p></o:p>
    We'll top up there and get an early feed, then do a loop through some of the trails north of Taralga (heading off Range FT) ...<o:p></o:p>
    Back to Taralga, then home via gravel if time / fuel are OK - otherwise the road more travelled to Goulburn ...
    Let me know if keen ...

    EDIT: I see there's a fire up north of Taralga - we'll keep an eye on that, and go in a different direction if it's still an issue