An old Yank wants to visit western OZ on the cheap

Discussion in 'Australia' started by Mr. Cob, Feb 19, 2014.

  1. GSnovice

    GSnovice Beer me up, Scotty!

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    Hey mods, he mentioned the J*^$ word AND drop-bears in the first page - is the ban hammer primed?
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  2. McCardigan

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    G/day Mr Cob,

    Have sent you a pm, look forward to having a beer with you again here in Oz. My Shout!

    Re packing clothing for a m/c tour, this is what I have worked out. You need the same amount of clothes wheather its a 3 day ride or a 3 mth ride any where in the world.

    The secret is an electrical heated full length jacket, gloves and socks.

    This a list of gear that took to North America(4 mths) and just returned from NZ (3 mths). Riding pants with separate liner, vented summer jacket with waterproof liner(BMW GS) helmet, with 3 sets of gloves, summer, normal gloves and winter gloves, all BMW) and riding boots, in my case my beloved custom made Medal boots.
    Clothing consisted of light weight shorts, worn under the riding pants, 3 sets of bamboo socks(most comfortable, light and easy to wash,) 3 jocks, 3 t shirts, 1 polo shirt, a few hankies, 1 pair of jeans, 1 good pair of shorts, pair of soft shoes and sandals. That's it.

    No jumper, no heavy shirts etc.

    What I wore every day while riding, was a pair of socks, jocks, shorts and t shirt, with the padded riding pants and jacket. If it was cool/cold in the morning I wore the heated jacket which in my case is made by Warm and Safe Heated Gear, and distributed here in Oz by Warm and Safe from Maffra Vic. I have several heated jackets, vests etc, but this jacket is by far the best made and designed. It covers your neck and lower back, kidneys. It is wireless except for the connectors to the gloves and socks, which mean it can be folded up, packed into a stuff bag, with no threat of breaking a wire.
    It has a Bluetooth variable temp box which I mount on the LHS handlebar and has separate variable controls for the jacket, gloves and socks. If it was raining, and it did often in NZ, I would have the inner waterproof liner fitted, and a lightweight Goretex jacket going over the riding jacket. I was always dry and warm no matter what the conditions, and I rode in some seriously wet. And the heated jacket can be worn at night time.

    My clothing would take up less then half a pannier, the rest of the space in the pannier took my sleeping bag, Exped mat and pump, shoes and wet weather gear.

    So you don't need to carry lots of clothes to travel for a long time.

    Cheers

    Chris
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  3. "A"

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    I'd say you would do well by flying into Perth the cheapest way that suits you some weeks before the OCR this year. Then get your bike and ride up the coast via Kalbarri and Shark Bay to the Kimberly and OCR. Check out that area then ride back south and take in the Pilbara region and Gascoyne attractions. By the time you get down to the goldfields regions it would likely be Spring and if the season is good then W.A's famous wildflowers should be on display. The south of W.A. looks its best during the spring time and it is warming up a bit.
    A loop down from Kalgoorlie to Esperance on the south coast and then west via Albany, Pemberton and back to Perth should be plenty!
    Google the names I've mentioned and you will be able to fill in the details your self.
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  4. Mr. Cob

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    G/Day GSnovice,

    Mate, lend a Yank a hand with the local lingo, what in tarnation is the "j8^$" word, I know you blokes speak the kings English and not merican but what the bloody el are you going on about eh. :lol3
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  5. Mr. Cob

    Mr. Cob Howling "Mad", Adventurer

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    Howdy DD,

    Sorry for the late reply, somehow I missed your post at first reading. I have been doing some more reading and am rethinking my travel plans as to the time of year that I should visit, your spring or fall and if ones goes north winter seems to be the best of times.

    I do hope you have fully recovered from your getoff, last I heard you were still limping about a bit. Sure enjoyed staying at your home whilst in Jock's care and hope to see you again someday. :deal
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  6. Mr. Cob

    Mr. Cob Howling "Mad", Adventurer

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    Howdy Chris, G/Day to ya mate,

    So good to see your post and to hear from you again, wished we could have rode together whilst you were in the Great Nor-Wet. Your advise is well written and the suggestions will be heeded. Thanks for the PM, I'll return one to you shortly.
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  7. Mr. Cob

    Mr. Cob Howling "Mad", Adventurer

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    [QUOTE="A";23510786]I'd say you would do well by flying into Perth the cheapest way that suits you some weeks before the OCR this year. Then get your bike and ride up the coast via Kalbarri and Shark Bay to the Kimberly and OCR. Check out that area then ride back south and take in the Pilbara region and Gascoyne attractions. By the time you get down to the goldfields regions it would likely be Spring and if the season is good then W.A's famous wildflowers should be on display. The south of W.A. looks its best during the spring time and it is warming up a bit.
    A loop down from Kalgoorlie to Esperance on the south coast and then west via Albany, Pemberton and back to Perth should be plenty!
    Google the names I've mentioned and you will be able to fill in the details your self.[/QUOTE]

    Howdy "A",

    An atlas of Oz is on its way to me, this and posts like yours will aid my trip planning greatly, thanks for the suggestions.
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  8. MIXR

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    On its way as of this morning.

    I did a three week ride around Aus a couple of years back (must do that again!) and took very little gear. McCardigan is right - Travel light.

    One set of 'do-all' bike gear, and two sets of 'unders'. I wear thermals all year round. They keep you warm in the cold and wick-away sweat in the heat. One set is worn, and the other is 'spare'. You wash them when you can and stick them in a mesh 'bra-and-nickers' bag and strap it to the gear on the bike so it dries next day's ride. Good gear doesn't stink-up. Merino wool or polytech hiking gear is good. I use both. Socks should be a wool and silk blend for warmth, dryness, and extended wearing if you are in-between towns and creeks.

    I still have my list somewhere, so I'll dig it out. I had more bike tools and spares than anything else, and didn't use any of that! Camping was a light 'biker swag'. You cannot always rely on getting roadhouse accommodation in remote areas. If a road or mining crew is working in the area, it may be all booked out, so you have to rough it.

    It will come together, but scaling down the room of the Ural back to a small bike might present a challenge!
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  9. Mr. Cob

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    Howdy MIXR,

    I have been using wicking type gear for years so am well supplied in that regard, have good textile riding gear, and can when needed travel light but will admit to having been spoiled by the cargo capacity of the Ural. In truth, I was shocked at the cost of everything while in Australia, food, fuel and lodging are two to three times what I am used to paying here in the US.

    One of my Aussie mates has informed me by PM of the up coming plans he has, had I not made firm plans to spend most of this coming July and August traveling the western and middle parts of the US with my wife visiting family and friends we have not seen in years, I would be spending that time in Oz and that you could take to the bank. Oh well, such is life...................

    THANKS for sending the atlas. :clap:clap:clap
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  10. GSnovice

    GSnovice Beer me up, Scotty!

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    I think I like the cut of your jib, Mr Cob, pity you're only in the west this trip and we can't meet for a beer. McCardigan is the man you need to ask the above question! :evil
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  11. Mr. Cob

    Mr. Cob Howling "Mad", Adventurer

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    Howdy GSnovice,

    OK, now I know what your going on about. McCardigan and I have had discussions involving "Jock". In fact I started a thread on this your local forum in support of a man I call friend as you folks say mate, Jock is one the best blokes I have ever met and I'll stand by him even if sometimes he may be a bit of a arse and hard to understand when he's talking into his beard. :lol3

    As to Chris and Jock, this photo taken at the last OCR pretty wells sums it up.
    [​IMG]
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  12. GSnovice

    GSnovice Beer me up, Scotty!

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    Yeah, I followed your thread with interest and thought you mounted a sterling defence, to no avail. I was just doing a bit of low-level mod-baiting, but none were biting - this is probably why I don't own a fishing rod!
    Enjoy WA and watch out for Dumbleyung Dave - I'm sure he'll be along shortly to extol the virtues of the west.
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  13. MIXR

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    Mr Cob (Dave) now has in his possession a full set of Hema maps, so we are ripe for invasion. He's got the A3 Road and 4WD atlas so most of the 'sights' are covered, as are the more remote towns and localities.

    Once he has a chance to study the best way to invade the west (or east, or south, or whatever), I'm sure some good options will be presented for comment.

    Whatever comes up, any recommendations from this end should take into account that Dave now has hard maps to check the fine detail often missing on Google Maps and other electronic mapping programs. You will be able to get down and dirty with where to go and what to see.

    I figured that might help. Cheers guys. Mick.
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  14. McCardigan

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    You are a good man Mick,

    Dave has transport here in Oz, although his military mates might be a bit aghast that he would be riding a sidecar called Rommel:D:D:D

    Such is life.

    Chris
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  15. Dave Ward

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    Mr Cob will be welcome to travel through WA, as long as he's aware of our state border restrictions.

    We have some strict rules about what is allowed to cross from the corrupted "other states" into WA, and the one he has to most aware of is that he may not bring McCardigan with him....

    :wink:
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  16. MODNROD

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    Nice driveway mate! You can tell it's in Queensland, it's got green shit either side, and it's sealed. They're all rich over there, our driveways have neither.
    :D

    Don't listen to all the nay-sayers Dave, it's God's own country out here, and you need years just to scratch the surface.
    Bloody lovely!
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  17. McCardigan

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    Rommel never worried about border crossings, he usually got his way:lol3:lol3:lol3

    Up yours sweet heart:clap

    30 love

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  18. Eaglebeak

    Eaglebeak All roads rider, West Oz.

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    Dave, I am writing this while sitting on a drill rig on the ocean off the WA coast.
    I work 28 days on and then have 28 days off, if your travel times fit in with my time off the rig I'll do some riding with you.
    When I am not on the rig I live near the port of Fremantle, which is the port for Perth, the capital city of Western Australia.
    You are more than welcome to stay at my place, I have plenty of space and you can borrow my outfit when we ride (Suzuki GSX 1400). I'd post a pic but our sat internet connection on the rig is too slow.

    I have a BMW R1150R I can ride while you come to grips with the power of the 1400 !
    I have ridden a fair bit of WA and I am sure there are many other West Oz riders we can annoy on our travels.
    BTW, the far south coast of WA is a delight. Esperance, etc

    I'll keep an eye on this thread or you can PM me for my private e-mail address.

    Andrew Linton

    ps Below are links to some trip reports I have written, to give you some ideas.


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  19. Mr. Cob

    Mr. Cob Howling "Mad", Adventurer

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    G/day Mick,

    Mate I can't thank you enough for this atlas, I received it yesterday, spent three hours looking it over before I sent a THANK YOU PM. Today I plan to wear a few more pages out. :clap
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  20. Mr. Cob

    Mr. Cob Howling "Mad", Adventurer

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    G/day Chris,

    Ja, mine family vas vonce from Germany, Ich feel at home on das machine ja. :lol3 Don't laugh to hard I can't speak English either.:cry

    If this all works out I would be honored to take you up on your offer of transport and would hope to enlist your services as tour guide as well. The last thing you blokes need is some crazy Yank wandering around your country unattended.
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