Any Esperance WA rides this weekend?

Discussion in 'Australia' started by Squily, Jan 5, 2009.

  1. Squily

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    A ride to: who cares?!?!?

    As long as it contains plenty of dirt and is at least 6 hours.

    Will be going riding this weekend. Maybe Mount Ridley and up to salt lakes on telegrah track and down via homesteads.

    Suffering from PMS (parked motorbike syndrome) and got to wear it off quick
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  2. Squily

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    Just got back last night from the Flinders Classic in South Australia. What a great event and organisation (AGAIN). Can't really thank people by name (because of the risk of leaving someone important out and a lot of actions went on "behind the scenes ingocnito", but...

    thanks Trev- for everything- the arrangement, the patience, the help, the friendship, etc. etc. :freaky
    thank Masterbrewer, BeerBelly Wayne's and Kevs69's for the brews. As the name says- MASTERBREWERS!!! :wink:
    thanks Dave for making the venue available to reprobates :clap

    It was great to cath up with long-not-seen buddies, like Back-on-the-bike and Pete. It was great ridin' over with S10. It was even greater gettin' into my own bed last night after 1400km and the last three hours in the dark on the dirt.

    So when's the next one?!?!?!? :evil


    Short trip report:

    Started with picking S10 up in Perth (arriving from Denmark). He had a few days to get all his stuff together and for us to prepare a bike for him. Originally, he was going to grab Scorpion777's DL, but has his a tall fellow and S777's a short shit, the bike would have needed too many mods for his around Aus trip to Darwin and the northern areas. Plan B: take a Honda mate- she'll never let you down... :deal

    I contemplated fitting a new rear tire on the AT, but Steph stepped in: "No way- everytime you fit a new tire and we've got all these half-worn tires at home. Take one along and fit it there!!" Boss has spoken, so it will be...

    Best laid plans of mice and men... Torrental rains two days before we left left lots of the "good" local roads closed for business, including Parmango rd, which was our planned route. After a leisurely breakfast easter-Friday with Steph, Romy and Layton, we headed north to Norseman. Nam says: "We're wastin' ridin' time. Stop you're smootchin' and lets go!"

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    Little detour to Redlake. Muddy? Maybe not going up Parmango and telegraph track wasn't such a bad idea afterall
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    S10's 1st night campin in the Aussie bush. "Now how did that salesman say this goes together again?" Dundas rocks
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    S10 came to experience Australia's nature. I think he's enjoying himself
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    S10: "the Nullarbor is a very special place. You can see the horison in every direction. Wow" Nam agrees:
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    Cavin' the Nullarbor. Even ran into some cave divers at Cocklebiddy. Cool!!
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    SW Motech. Looks cool, but if you ever buy it, keep it on the bitumen. 3rd pannier frame in a year. Rod spent an hour trying to get it sorted for us to get us back on the road again in Eucla.
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    You haven't experienced the South Coast until you've tried the sand. S10: "They don't have this in my part of Denmark" Too right! On the way to Eyre telegraph station
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    Riding on the end of the world: another 1st for S10
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    End of the world (or a world- literally). Nam likes the view
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    Streaky bay. Nam says "Cool view"
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    Well I'll never... A submarine in the desert? S10: "But why?" I don't know. Maybe it was a Chinese GPS satnav that went wrong. Maybe because people like me 'n you can find these things and go "COOOOL!!"
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    S10: "I reckon I can get that bird if she comes around next time"
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    Plenty good riding in the National Park and surrounds. Public access routes and private 4x4 trails
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    A Ural on the PAR?!?!?! Well just look at what you can do if you have sidecar to carry stuff
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    For S10- who gets confused as to all the talk of roo's:

    This is a roo:
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    This is a wallabee:
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    Can't remember no water here this morning. You sure you took the right road? Can't buy this sort of adventure!!! Heavy downpoors turned a dry creek into 2m+ raging water in no-time. Reckon we'd sit tight for awhile and see if she goes down
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    I've seen roos go through walls of flame in bushfires with no worry whatsoever. They struggle a bit more with water though. Was worried there for this little fella, but he made it out of the river eventually.
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    I reckon she's good to go mate. Steady on and keep the revs up and she'd be all-right. It's only 3/4 of a meter- don't be a woos
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    Nam says: "I like ruins" Plenty of those around the Flinders with mixed history of success and failure.
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    Rock, what rock. ooohhh, THAT rock. Quick thinking S10 dropped the bike on the side to preserve the oil in the bike so we can plug it, only thing, it was to the wrong side. Nevermind,we'll find some oil somewhere. We're only an hour or so from civilisation on a 4x4 track with no coverage... :D
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    I don't think I've got enough putty to plug that... Crotch to sternum... Better go find some help
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    I stand corrected about everythjin' I've ever said about Harley riders and Sydney people... :cry This bloke from Sydney came to our help in getting the stricken Honda "home" for the price of a beer. That's the Aussie spirit mate. Thanks a mill. May it come to you ten-fold :clap
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    Monday morning saw me parting ways with S10. Trev organised for him and the Varadero to go to Gawler for repairs, organised a place for him to stay and (so I hear later) gave him a bottle of red. Thanks again Trev. Legend!!

    Got sidetracked on the way back and only managed 680km or so.

    I like ruins too
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    Death rock hole. Cool name don't ya think? Even cooler place :evil
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    Great riding and ambience, whether on the bitumen or off. On the way back south of Hawker
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    Thanks for the trophy Trev- still think there are probably more deserving members, but this is a prize posession now and much appreciated. But I would've been back for the next one anyway- no need to bribe me... :D
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    The plan was to take it easy and do around 600-800km a day. But when I got to Eucla, I was "in my backyard" and I could smell home. Last three hours through Parmango rd in the dark. One dodgy thing about the AT-rally- crappy lights. The good thing is, by the time you realise there is some stuff that'll scare the crap out of you, you're already going through it at 80km/h. And Layton- those holes you warned me against and said to "drive around 'em", well I can safely say I didn't miss one of them. I especially liked the 3m potholes with a lip- gauranteed to give you some air every time :evil

    Nice extended weekend trip. Two rear tires (half-worn to begin with) and around 5kkm. Thanks again to all


    And A Youtube addition
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  3. farcall

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    Good stuff Squilly :clap

    If I can get the leave pass, I might do that run next year.

    About the SW Motechs... I had the same break after only 300kms off-road!

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    When I fitted it the racks for the first time I had to 'force' the arm inwards to get it touching the tab (left side of pic) before I could do the 1/4 turn catch. The cockey who helped me out when it broke mid-ride said "no good, any stress like that will break under load, eg corrugations, every time". He re-welded the arm at a better angle to ensure a 'no force' fit. Did another 7000kms thru Kimberly and Pilbara stony corrugated tracks with no probs at all. I reckon he was right.
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  4. Squily

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    I think it's a quality control problem. It's always around their welds that it breaks. And the previous ones we rewelded, never break again. Maybe they cool them down too fast in the factory, making them brittle. Don;t know, but I'm not happy
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  5. farcall

    farcall Bike-a-holic

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    Oh... my mistake. I thought yours kept breaking at the same point.

    And now I'm concerned too... cos I bought the SW racks for my AT!
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    The Ride
    Date: 14th of November 2013

    Venue: Civic Centre


    "The Ride"
    Who would have thought the outback was wheelchair accessible?
    The Ride is an award winning documentary that chronicles the journey of four men, as they journey 5000km across the Austrailan outback on quad bikes.
    But this is no ordinary road movie. Three of the men are paraplegics, and one a quadriplegic.
    Their encounters with mud, deserts, floods and exhaustion test thier resilience and endurance to breaking point.

    Thursday 14 November at 6:30pm
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    you'll love it Squilly, make sure you have a beer and a chat with Jim afterwards, tell him I reckon he's a dick.:lol3
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  11. Squily

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    Catching up with Dominik at Derilinya tonight. Visiting the homesteads tomorrow. Sleeping on the treeless plain tomorrow night. Back on Sunday.
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  12. Squily

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    Did a quick stint up to homesteads and surround the weekend. Got going around 17h30 Friday arvo: was to catch up with Dominik at Derilinya homestead. With some clouds threatening and a few spots of rain, she was all go. The LED spotties on the AT decided to crap themselves this week, so only had the really crap headlights. Hmmm... won;t be doing a 100 on the unsealed stuff then. Still managed to knock a bird. Took off my one remaining mirror, smeared my face, clothes and helmet with entrails and blood and didn't even say sorry :huh

    Made the homestead to discover we were not alone. Rog and Tim was leading a 20 year reunion for all the volunteers whom have put in time restoring the old homestead over the years. Rob is not a bad cook either and wouldn't take no for an answer and stuffed some mutton rig stew in my hands. We were lucky enough to 'get a room', and good thin to, cause it rained half the night.

    Next morning we headed north-west to Mount Coobaninya for a quick look. Vie was great over the great western woodlands and we could see Mount Raggid on the distant horizon.
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    A quick 'steak brekky', back to Parmango road and further North. Yes, this is classed as a road, not a track. And yes, it's in good condition at the moment.
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    One of the two 'happy gates' on the road. Somebody even left some beer. Or maybe something resembling beer... Anybody brave enough to try? :freaky
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    The end in sight- survived another Parmango... :clap
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    West along the telegraph track to the salt lakes. Dominik has never seen wild camels and they're always there. Hmmm... well always have been... But ride is good and scenery great
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    All be it Dominik didn't appreciate some of the sandy patches too much :deal
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    Then up to Fraser ranges and time to refuel the 800GS- 400km since refuel already? :eek1
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    East again to Balladonia roadhouse. Can't ever get used to the ripoff: $2.10/litre for fuel. They're the most expensive on the WA side and the closest to civilisation. But the ice-cream was good, although not very wide range to choose from (3 I think). Not so good for other people- two separate backpacker cars (Pajero & Jeep) were busted with young 'uns standing around under open bonnets looking lost. If it had two wheels, we might've been able to help :shog

    Further east, then south from the Baxter tower onto the Nullarbor. Good grass-growth made the track a bit difficult to follow, but view was great. We pitched camp somewhere- all places seem to loo alike and were in time for a stunning sunset (as usual)
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    Next morning, I joined Dominik as far as the camel tanks. With some quick final pointers for his 'solo' over the Nullarbor exploring, I watched him head off on the wrong track in the wrong direction (after a promise to see each other at the Flinder's classic in April). He's definately going to have a scenic route :lol3

    I headed west over the plains and back over Balladonia station. At the rockhole, there was over 50 camels. Hmmm... Not Dominik's day I guess
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    10km before Condy, and I had to switch over to reserve. Good thing I didn't go 'exploring' myself :wink: Made it home by 13h20.


    A quick squiz and about 940km for the weekend. Good company. Great country. And a warm welcome home from lovey...
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  13. Chuffa

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    Great work Squily and nice pic's. Absolutely love that area.
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    59DEN Been here awhile

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    Great pictures Squily, it is a top bit of country and coast line.
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  15. neilaction

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    Nice Squily. :clap
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    Nice one big fella...:clap

    Will see D soon - no probs, all taken care of...:wink:

    CU in April at the Classic...
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    der-Seppel Dominik

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    I have successfully made it through the Nullarbor.
    I saw camels by myself just 20 minutes after I left you, John :)
    It took me 5 hours to geht to the next roadhouse form where we split up.

    Dominik
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  18. Squily

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    Scenic route indeed!!! What you think of Toolina cove? Managed to stop in time? :evil
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    der-Seppel Dominik

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    No I am hitchhiking now :p
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  20. Squily

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    Reminder for the toy ruin this weekend. As usual, start at the Esperance race course. Ending at Bay of Isle Motors.

    RSVP at Bay of Isle Motors for the free sausage sizzle afterwards.


    And if you're on a scooter, remember they do a special route for scoots, so come out anyway

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