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

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

  1. ferals5

    ferals5 Team black bikes

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    @GodSilla just thought I should post that I do ride occasionally
    I did 600+ up around capertee,Sofala, sunny corner... chilly at Oberon Friday night. Home via range fire trail and wombeyan :D
    And a pic (unlike the manual Honda the tiger didn't need help) :kat
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  2. GodSilla

    GodSilla I did that.

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    Good stuff feral. It gets bloody cold around Oberon. I was gunna go for a spin to the coast today, but the weather is blowing a gale so I might rip the forks out of my KTM instead.
  3. havafati

    havafati Yassdafarian

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    Been to Innamincka and back. Good trip. Roads tip top. Did it in the Disco. 7 Days away outback is good for the soul. Bike has sat in the shed for the whole winter, needs a jump start. Just can't do it in winter anymore bones are not what they once were.

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  4. BergDonk

    BergDonk Old Enough to Know Better

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  5. ferals5

    ferals5 Team black bikes

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    yeah I hate wind, it blew a gale over the top of Abercrombie as darkness fell :vardy ...was pleased to see the pub and a warm fire.

    I nearly called in yesterday but ran out of time, that and the fact I don't want the flu :lol3
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  6. GodSilla

    GodSilla I did that.

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    Cold weather sucks on old bones eh. Glad to hear your desert trip went well, didja get many photos of the night sky?
  7. Ron50

    Ron50 Been here awhile

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    Pete did.
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  8. havafati

    havafati Yassdafarian

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    I did indeed. Looks best in full screen. I'm getting better every time.

  9. havafati

    havafati Yassdafarian

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    All clear of the lurgie now. Thank Dog. Been a crap year for it. I sent it up to Lentil.
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  10. GodSilla

    GodSilla I did that.

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    Nice vid there Dave.
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  11. havafati

    havafati Yassdafarian

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    Okey Dokey, Got a new helmet on the way as well as new chain and sprockets. Once they're done I'll be out and about again, first time in a long time. Gonna go down and check out the Deadmans Gulch Rally. First rally in yonks.
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  12. DougW

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    DSMRA had its annual Canberra-Tumut and return ride last weekend. There were 2 sections, an Enduro with a largish number of bikes and a more refined adventure ride with around 8 starters –one of the Bavarians spat a wheel bearing at the start but caught up at lunch, and of course our Honcho, Bergdonk was still in bed with a wog. A brisk wind kept the dust down and it was relaxed cruise as we pushed on to Yass. However the tranquillity was soon ruptured by the mighty roar of the DRZ400 – literally. “X” (not his real name) 2nd hand exhaust had fallen off – and it took a bit longer than usual to cobble it on as it didn’t have any solid mounting point(s) other than the manifold bolts. And even the header clamp was dodgy and the rear hanger was rooted. We didn’t know it at the time but the exhaust needed very regular attention and was about to move into bike mythology.

    Anyhow, we did a great 220km anticlockwise loop to Jugiong for lunch enjoying all the sights and smells of rural Australia. Thankfully for those who have seen Silence of the Lambs, the pigs were corralled as we traversed to Calderwood rd

    The cruise after lunch was along the bank of the Murrumbidgee with great views of the river. Doodling as sweep there was the slightest hint of smoke somewhere so I checked to see that it wasn’t coming from me. All seemed well and as I rode off it had disappeared. But not for long and it got stronger as I got closer to the pack. Then it got really strong and I could see smoke ahead. It became a dense billowing cloud as I got on the trail of the last rider. As I got faster so did he and so it went until balls of flaming material appeared dotted along the road. He seemed reluctant to stop even after I rode up and tapped him on the arm – I didn’t want to get too close as the back of his bike was engulfed in flame. The exhaust had ignited the side cover which in turn had lit up the giant loop style pannier which had set all his cloths afire and it was his burning socks and jocks that had dotted the road. Luckily little damage to the bike and having cut back the melted side panel and scraped away the melted material from the rear bake calliper and disk and transferred his (remaining) luggage, we were on our way again.

    Incident free to Tumut, save for a partial amputation of a left hand pannier after a GS cross rutted in a boggy section. 440km for the day.

    Overnight in the Tumut Caravan Park (good spot and friendly) with the DSMRA providing plenty of beer, nibbles and then dinner at the Bowling Club. The Enduro boys were wrecked after a mere 150km a slippery, slimy, wet, boggy, steep, treacherous single trail. The local Highway Patrol randomly grabbed 3 Enduro riders for blinker, reflector and number plate offences with fines varying from $300 to $600 and further added to the twitchiness with a promise to return next day.

    Clubby (from ADB) switched from Enduro to Adventure for Day 2 which consistent of an absolutely spectacular loop south of Tumut through some of the prettiest forest and farmland around – hopefully he will have some good photos. Lunch back at Tumut and then up Argalong Stock route where we found that the fluid from the 640 clutch had escaped. Insert a slurp of engine oil and a quick bleed and then through the muddy Micalong Ck section, Pheasants Ck, Wee Jasper, Sawyers Gully and home. Around 750km for the weekend and a really good time it was to be an adventure rider.
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  13. GodSilla

    GodSilla I did that.

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    Sounds like a good time mostly. Thanks for the write-up. You'll wanna drop the oil out of that KTM pronto eh. The big end won't like being lubricated with mineral hydraulic oil.
  14. Ron50

    Ron50 Been here awhile

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    Good write-up, Doug. I mostly stayed out of the mud on the weekend.

    I found out about the Fat Bastards having an overnighter at Rylstone encompassing some of my favourite roads so I decided to join in with a couple of others – Pete (Explorar) and one of my sons. About 15 starters were at Sutton Bakery. The weather looked crook but it seemed we might escape to the north of it. Wrong.

    Miserable, cold and raining before Crookwell but clear by Tuena. We found a couple of enthusiastic R1200GSs to play with between Crookwell and Trunkey and saw them later near the Turon crossing on the Bridle Track.

    Lunch in Bathurst after a couple of laps of Mount Panorama was good value: $10 for T-bone, chips and salad – with the bonus that we didn’t have to wait long with the gang at the Knickerbocker, the planned lunch stop.

    Then Eglington, Duramana, Turondale and Hill End. As many of the group had to wait a long time for their lunch orders Pete and I thought we’d go down to the Turon River on the Bridle Track instead of just waiting around in Hill End. Now that the track is officially closed by a rock fall maintenance seems to have ceased and the track is unpleasantly rocky and eroded. On the way down we met the R1200GSs and the XT660. This time the Yamaha was in the lead, being a more suitable bike for that kind of track.

    On the way up we ran into (literally, although I was stopped) a convoy of 4WDs being let by a visually impaired South African. He knocked my R100GSPD over but didn’t do any real damage, most of the impact being on the right crash bar. You’ll never guess what he said: “Sorry, mate. I didn’t see you.” He was obviously taking a longer view of the spectacular road cut into the side of the near vertical cliff rather than looking at the road in front of him.

    The other Fat Bastards had assembled in Hill End by the time we got back into the village although a few had seen the sign to Mudgee on the outskirts and gone directly there. The road down to Hargraves was getting very entertaining when Pete’s R1100GS got a rear flat from something I’ve never seen before. Air was escaping from around where the rubber vale goes through the wheel and we stuck rubber cement around it hoping to seal it. But next day after using some Super Cheap sealer we saw that it was also coming out from a couple of places higher up the valve stem before the brass thread pokes out of the rubber.

    The tyre was a fairly worn Pirelli Scorpion and they must have remarkably strong and durable sidewalls as it did the 50 ks to Mudgee and then to Rylstone and Sofala just on the sidewall strength. Remarkable!

    Plenty of other bikes staying in Rylstone on the Saturday night at both hotels. We stayed at the Globe, the second time I’ve stayed there. No complaints about food, accommodation, entertainment, bike security or tariff.

    Sunday morning was pretty frosty but sunny. We wasted a bit more time hoping the rubber glue -applied in the wrong place - would fix Pete’s tyre and then headed back to Bathurst. The sealant we put in at Sofala didn’t get the tyre fully inflated but that might have been a good thing as normal pressure might have overcome the sealing of the foam as the leak was not on the outer part of the tyre where a puncture would normally be. So centrifugal force wouldn’t be helping to push the sealant into the gap.

    Having assembled at Kelso, now it was time for the highlight of the trip. If you haven’t done the road from Bathurst to Lithgow via Gemalla, Tarana, Sodwalls and Lake Lyell you’ve really missed out on a delight. There was still a little dirt around Gemalla last time I did it but now it’s all sealed. From Tarana we headed to Oberon instead of going on to Sodwalls but we were a bit early for lunch so pushed on to Taralga via Shooters Hill.

    Taralga was very busy, partly because the Camp Quality Bash had stopped there, and we were warned of an hour wait for orders at the pub. Most of the Fat Bastards went down to the café for lunch but Pete and I made do with pies and headed down the highway nursing the low back tyre.

    By Collector the tyre had held up well enough for us to risk Marked Tree Road and the great view from the hang gliding point. As soon as we turned off to Marked Tree Road Pete’s electrics started playing up with the headlight going off and on and the parking light turning on when the ignition was turned off. But it still started and ran fine so we risked it.

    Back home safely after a great trip with a good bunch of blokes. What more can you ask for? Thanks, Eddie.
  15. GodSilla

    GodSilla I did that.

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    Top ride report there. Good man. Sadly I'm babysitting a dog that's had surgery while WifeSilla is interstate this week, so no joy for me.:(
  16. hunter_greyghost

    hunter_greyghost XS650 Allroads Traveller

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    Must get back up there one day again - good riding around those parts
    Cheers
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  17. mriderking

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    Question about Marked Tree Road when coming from collector towards Canberra is there a way to get through to Shingle Hill Road withought going through Gundaroo? Just trying to figure it out from Google Maps.

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  18. colyrider

    colyrider n00b

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    Only through private property as far as I know. Pretty sure Dairy Creek road had a private property/no through road sign up last time I went down it. If you do find a way that would be great.
  19. enookway

    enookway Are we having fun yet?

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    More "is that road open" questions:

    Heading Canberra to Wee Jasper:
    1. Kaveneys Road, Dog Trap Road, Cavans Road that follows the west bank of the Bidgee through to Wee Jasper Road. Good ride?
    2. Also Walleroo Rd, McCarthy, Hawthorn, Mountain Creek, Sawyers Road.

    Either/Or better or worse?

    Any must see's at Wee Jasper?
    Can you ride to the top of Mt Wee Jasper, or is it a waste of time with trees blocking the view?
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  20. GodSilla

    GodSilla I did that.

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    So it was a lovely mild day down here, and only a light breeze, so I took the opportunity to fire up my little TTR250 ("Sparky") and ride to town and back to get some Loctite 243 (I also own KTM's...:shog).
    I deliberately took gravel to get there, glorious scenery and great smooth slippery roads, got the "stuff", then wound my way out of town to the tar coast road (oops!) before winding back onto a long dirt soiree home. Apart from having to wring it's neck on the highway for 3 or 4 k's I rode most of it cruising anywhere from 60 to 75, but mostly 65 - 70 and I gotta say that life in the slow lane is just fine. I had the most relaxing, scenic and satisfying ride today, lots of just chugging along the windy dirt roads in the lower gears, and it was just bliss. :raabia These little bikes are just so good to ride. A few bits of throttle-jockey getting the rear spinning is fun too, it is too easy on the local surfaces so a TTR is much easier to ride than a 625 on the local gravel.

    Any plans for the weekend? :*sip*
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