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

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

  1. YediKnight

    YediKnight Been here awhile

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    Well I called geoscience in Symonston and while they do still sell maps, only 1:100,000 and above. They put me onto this site: https://maps.six.nsw.gov.au/etopo.html for 1:25,000 topo maps. Can buy hard copies for $10.40 each or download the layered PDF versions for nothing and use them with a mobile app like Avenza for tracking ability etc... Will need to find a similar resource for the other states ;)

    So for the time being I'll use an old Android phone with Avenza installed as a GPS until I have the cash to replace it with something more specialised with a better screen for the bike etc... (bike GPS units are well overpriced IMHO) Google maps works fine for navigating through towns (I'll be in Melbourne next week for a few days) so don't need to worry about something that'll do route planning.
  2. Russ

    Russ Let's ride Super Moderator

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  3. wiz.au

    wiz.au Long timer

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    I used to use NSW 'SixViewer' a few years ago, when I was provided a login to use it by a NSW Government agency, and it required downloading 'helper' extensions for browsers, was a bit buggy but the maps and imagery were really good. Now I don't know why I stopped using it and started using Google. Probably because I couldn't load the helper extensions on everything and it became a bit of a PITA. Wow!, they have opened it up to free access to anyone, and it's better too!

    For those that haven't used it before, I think one of it's best features is being able to slide the transparency of Aerial Photographs (better resolution that Google Satellite!) with the mapping. Saves switching between two displays and you can go 50/50 and overlay the map over the aerial photography to see if the road on the map really exists.
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  4. ferals5

    ferals5 Team black bikes

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    I use 6maps a fair bit at work but it's a not mobile friendly platform :doh
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  5. GodSilla

    GodSilla I did that.

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    Another vote for Six maps. I haven't tried them on a mobile, but on the PC they are just dandy.
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  6. hunter_greyghost

    hunter_greyghost XS650 Allroads Traveller

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    Definately good stuff - need more time to play with the settings
    Hoping to get down your way soon Tom !

    Cheers
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  7. GodSilla

    GodSilla I did that.

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    I was in Fyshwick today to go to Capital Bearing only to discover they don't open on weekends. WTF? :dunno Saturday morning? :scratch Seriously?

    Anyway, I went to Joe's and moaned at Corey who told me to try Specialty Fasteners 'cos apparently they bought a bearing and seal business and absorbed it, so off I went and I found what I was after.

    And I got an inverter welder at Aldi just for good measure.:-)

    The weather is becoming amenable Baz. Dunno about up on the hinterland but down here there's been some nice riding days lately.
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  8. wiz.au

    wiz.au Long timer

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    I like my Aldi welder. :-) Haven't done a lot with it, but with the sticks I got in blue plastic hexagonal shaped boxes on sale at Sydney Tools, it welds as good as I can manage.
    Yeah, I think Specialty bought out CBC (Conbear)? that used to be on Kembla Street. I have bought probably half a dozen bearings and seals from them, and they seem as good as any of the others still around, but online is much cheaper if you can do it.

    On a bike related front, got my RHS panel repaired and back on the bike. Now the left to do, wire up the LED driving lights again having butchered the wiring to get home from Tilpa, and I've installed new resettable circuit breakers for all the accessories and the TT dual HID headlight. Oh, also gotta mount the Anderson jump start connector. It's just 'hangin in tha breeze' at the moment on the new Heed crash bars.

    I might nearly be ready for a ride when I come back from Currango! I've decided to go via Adaminaby and Port Phillip Trail, but while we're there for the week, scout around back to Yaouk(?) and see what I can find. There are certainly trails on the imagery that match the maps, but there could be gates and I've seen some deep water crossings that could pull me up.

    Started a little project of downloading all the PDF SiX maps from NSW LPI and importing them into Ozi Explorer on the tablet. I think it's going to take me some time to do them all...., I stopped counting at 200 and I was still in the "B"s! Eventually I'll stitch them together into maybe 4 maps, don't think I could do it with just 1. Now seeing that $99-$230 for a set of digital maps is not too bad. :D But most of them are 1:100,000 or even 1:250,000. Oh well, I'll just keep doing a few every week, and in a year, I might be half done? :scratch :loco It's not just for me. My mate has a 700HDs VMS GPS and the maps on it are absolute crap in 1:250,000 scale. Useless in the State Forests and Nat parks we go into. It came loaded with Ozi Explorer too as well as the VMS navigation, so I'll be doing it for both of us, then posting to the net for others.
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  9. GodSilla

    GodSilla I did that.

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    So I went for a leisurely dirt cruise on little Sparky today to get the newspapers from Candelo, I took back roads and rode through Tantawangalo, which I hadn't done before, it is quite lovely there. Had a gander at the speedway on the way back, there's cars on there tonight and they are also grooming the MX track so I'm wondering if there's some Moto action on there soon? It was dirt track racing a couple of weeks ago eh.

    Geez, I just love my 250.:raabia
  10. wiz.au

    wiz.au Long timer

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    Postmans(?) in Tanta is a nice track...through the campsite and water crossing. Walking through the forest is a biatch but! Thick as shite.
  11. GodSilla

    GodSilla I did that.

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    That water crossing has a very sandy bottom, and you end up a foot deeper than what it looks to be.

    The Bega River is currently very low and you can ride over it in town, but again the bottom is very sandy and you sink a lot, full throttle first gear and standing still kind of sandy deep.

    That track you speak of, Postman's, do you mean the one with all those lovely erosion mounds in it? :ricky
  12. wiz.au

    wiz.au Long timer

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    Any recommendations for Breakfast / Brunch / Lunch in Adaminaby on a Tuesday?
    • Big Fish Cafe
    • Bake House
    • LickyAllSorts(??)
    • Snowy Cafe
    • Snow Goose
  13. Ron50

    Ron50 Been here awhile

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    Mint lamb pie at the Bake House. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.
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  14. GodSilla

    GodSilla I did that.

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    So another week has passed and the ACT and surrounds is a dead zone, apparently.

    Personally, I just fixed the sprague clutch in my KTM a few minutes ago, after an extended struggle to buy an appropriate oil seal.

    I also just unloaded a new-to-me spare TTR250 into my shed, courtesy of Colonial Mick. Nuthin' like a spare bike eh.

    I might go for a ride tomorrow.
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