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Discussion in 'Australia' started by eldavo, Mar 8, 2007.
I think we need a few pic's of these overloaded bikes.
A quick report on the HT.
Firstly, thanks to others who have posted RR's on the HT, gave me the confidence to give it a go.
Headed to Hyden from Perth saturday morning. There were 2 riders there on a 990 and a Tenerife fueling about to head out on the HT as well. I fueled up and headed off about 1:30 happy that there would be someone else out there behind me. Got to the turn off from the Norseman road and let the tyres down to about 18, took a pic and headed in. I've done the bit to MT Holland last year in my jeep but didn't remember it being so sandy. I'm not that experienced in the sand so I was pretty hesitant and was going too slow early on but I managed to stay upright. After about 15 minutes I did a quick stop and let the tyres down to 12 which made things better and headed off again. This pressure seemed right, plus as I felt more confident I was going faster and steering was better, sitting on around 30-35km/hr. Another stop after an hour and the other 2 guys caught up and we had a break and chat together. On their heavier bikes they were finding it tough. There were also other bike tracks and footsteps in the sand where someone in front had had a few "offs". I would meet them the next day. Another stop an hour or so later and the other two said they were going to start looking for a campspot, they were going to stop at 5. I kept on, got to the Banker-Mount Day Rd crossing about 5:45 and had a break. Headed off again and rode till it was dark. Not many spots to pull over in this section but I found something and setup camp. Packed up and riding just after 7. Of course I get 500m and there is a nice rocky outcrop with open area around it, I think it was Krakouer Rocks that would've been a better place to camp. Another 10 minutes and it was back into the salmon gum woodlands again and happened across another 2 riders packing up their camp. If only I'd ridden another 15 minutes. These guys were on a training ride for a Cape Leewin to Cape York ride in May. They were on a KLR650 and 800GS. The guy on the 800 had had a few offs. They were running on/off road tyres and finding the sandy sections tough. We rode together to Victoria Rocks road (the end of the track) and up to Coolgardie arriving at 11am. At Coolgardie they were meeting a mate who was riding a 1200 GS. A big heavy beast for the sandy stuff, he had only lasted 500m the previous day then headed back to the Norseman Rd and rode via Norseman - Widgie to get to Coolgardie. Had a break, refuelled and slabbed it back to Perth with a deviation to do a bit of the high voltage line and pipeline. I'm riding a stock DR650 with a safari tank and the refill at Coolgardie took 17 litres. I'm pretty confident with normal riding to get 600km out of a tank.
Well, my sand riding skills are 1000% better than they were. The salmon gum and gimlet woodland sections on that firm orange dirt are brilliant. The ride is worth it just to do those sections. Conditions out there are good at the moment, no significant rain for weeks and all the ruts are dry. It's a great ride and confidence builder for big trips, anybody that hasn't done it... DO IT!
Remember, if there's no pictures it didn't happen.
Well done Paul. And done with the top heavy packing. Thanks for the update.
G'day Koos. How goes it?
Great little write-up Paul. It's a good ride to boost confidence or help a rider sort out exactly what they need and want. You have probably, IMHO, one of the best choices of bike for a trip like that! I've done the HT a few times now, in 4x4 and on motorbike, and enjoyed every time. Good on ya for sharing.
Going well, thanks Neil........except for the work - too busy. Too few rides, only been on the dirt twice this year and this weekend sucks too.
unless you want to ride on 16 / 17th I will not ride with you before your NJ trip. I'm not taking much leave this year so it's precious, therfore the cop out of NJ.
It looks top heavy but the bag only has my hiking tent, sleeping bag, mat and a few clothes and snacks in it.
The throwover bags are good for a weekender but I need to choose some racks and saddle bags yet before I do longer trips and need to carry more water and food.
I like farcall's DR setup that he has pics of in his RR's.
Mmmmm, could wedge in another half dayer.
Watch this space.
Hi, I have recently bought a 640 and would like to know if there are some good trails around Perth to try out bike.
I ride my mtb in the hills, but am not sure about riding motorbikes in the Perth hills.
Head for Brookton Hwy and take any tracks on the left after Ashendon road, take the pages from the street directory that show the major gravel roads such as Smiths, Runningbrook, Darkin. Or a GPS.
Keep a look out for rides , may be one on the 17th March.
As Kev said, plenty of riding North and South of Brookton Hwy etc etc.
Keep an eye on this thread.
A 640 heh.
Only 4 weeks to go . NJ.
I ordered some heavier front springs today. 0.75s.
I have the 0.8s with oil at 145mm from top 15wht. With my fat arse, 35lts fuel in tank and about 40kg on the back I am yet to bottom it out. Its a bit harsh on the corragation if they are deep ( 150mm +). but great if going quick and hitting deep ruts and holes.
If I was only going to do gravel roads I was going to look at a set of .7s
How do you go fully loaded in super deep sand? :eek1
It went great, Deep sand doesn't worry it even in the very soft deep stuff at Nangara, .. Its just like riding the Harley .
Jay would not say the same.
Just curious as i've got a few 100 kays to get through thats all.
Gunna need all the help you can get mate!