Apc 2013

Discussion in 'Australia' started by xrxtz, Aug 18, 2012.

  1. Oz-Strom

    Oz-Strom Still trying

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    Similar to Andy, but a bit different, I ran a Bridgestone ED11(?) Gritty Enduro on the front for the first half and that was changed at Wodonga for a Michy MH3. Both are good tyres, but I prefer the MH3. I also planned to change rear and front at Wodonga, but the Motoz Desert HT rear was gone at Hawker, so I fitted a Dunlop 606 that they happened to have there, and that made it home to Brisbane, but was totally toasted by then.

    Would recommend the Motoz and MH3 combo for bikes like the 690, etc
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  2. richo360

    richo360 Long timer

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    Heading out Tues/Wed 16/17 to pre-ride Wodonga-Dargo-Jindy sections of easy and hard tracks with JH. Woodsie couldnt make it nor could Beefa or Huffy (who I believe helped with a lot of the route through this section).

    Beats working! :D

    Will report back later next week.

    Cant do the complete rally this year due to other committments but may do the first few days with local mates who are doing the full course.
  3. fatbloke49

    fatbloke49 Adventurer

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    The question is........

    Heated grips or not?

    Get better waterproof gloves and suck it up or get heated grips?? :ear
  4. johnno950

    johnno950 Long timer

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    A set of those rhino feet/covers etc should be ok,i ran a set on that ride in 11 and found to work a treat,if you want can send a set for you to use on apc,if you want send pm
  5. fatbloke49

    fatbloke49 Adventurer

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    Thanks for the offer Johnno:clap, but It's just a general question because there will be a couple of us.
  6. Sundowner

    Sundowner Bort

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    Running heated grips is like warming your hands next to a gentle campfire - just magic when the rest of you is frozen solid and tired. Perfect for long distance rides during inclement weather. Bit of music in the helmet and life doesn't get much better. :kumbaya
  7. El Ponkin

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    +1 heated grips, even used them to dry out my gloves after rain.
    Andy
  8. Gimme 2

    Gimme 2 wheels , with nobs

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    Gday fellas, i have just come back from condo 750 (My first and not the last). I had the sheer pleasure of meeting John Hudson , who you probably all know , what a hard nut. He rode that standard 990 with a mt 21 :huhon the front and a tractionator on the rear and finished the condo in 23rd. Just thoght id say that its great to see an event like the APC be organised by a bloke that loves riding hard and doing it tuff!! If ya ha'vnt done the Condo, get yr arse out there next year, it's a HOOT.

    Cheers.
  9. damo2010

    damo2010 damo

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    On some days I found I could wear my single layer gloves with the heated grips meaning better feel on controls, but nothing helps when you do early morning start out of Crookwell, just too freekin cold, makes for fond memories thou
  10. El Ponkin

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    That morning I was glad I invested in a pinloc visor for the shoei as I was riding visor down blowing inside my helmet to stop my face freezing whilst Tony was having to ride with his visor up to stop the fogging.

    Also remember Tony going off to buy us two thermal balaclavas whilst I did my tyre change at Wodonga, faaark it was cold.
    Andy
  11. excTC

    excTC Carbon Ktm lifeform

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    I had heated grips but they weren't great. I am not sure if it was the brand the set up or the wrong grips. I used klim gloves which were good but didn't keep the cold out. On leaving tumult even with liners every thing was fine except my hands. On another ride in Europe in the middle of winter I rode with ski gloves and they worked well. Good gloves for the cold or heated grips are a must but mainly for an hour in the morning and at night IMHO.
  12. Danos

    Danos n00b

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    Hey guys,
    Any solo starters planning on leavin from Wodonga? I did the NSW 4 day APC, and loved it! Tossing up whether to do the 14 dayer. I'd love to, but the problem is I can't seem to rustle up anyone to come with me, and I'm a little apprehensive about hitting it solo. Especially on the big 990.

    Cheers
    Dan
  13. XRman

    XRman Long timer

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    Hi Dan,

    You ride well enough to do it. Long term events like this take mental toughness. It is a battle of wits; something like dealing with Quanta flight attendants. You will find somone to ride with just like happened on the 4 day. Just let them do the navigation!

    I was planning to have a go but my ageing body has let me down. I simply am just not bike fit. My foot has recovered from the 4 day APC crash, but my shoulder is still not 100%. Wal and I did 320Km on Saturday, but I am sure I would not last more than 4 days.

    We have decided to do the Vic APC ride in October.
  14. rutsthematter

    rutsthematter Been here awhile

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    Yep thats me I'm old (sort of) and slow and solo.
  15. richo360

    richo360 Long timer

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    Three mates are starting from Wodonga, Pete (DR650) Pexxy (XR650) and Nick (BMW800).

    Also met a nice bloke at dargo last week, Adam, who is doing the ride with his dad Colin, both on 990's.

    Meet at O'Malleys in Wodonga friday night for drinks and feed (and drinks :D) and introduce yourself.

    Last year a group of 4 of us hooked up with another 3-4 all solo riders, we ended up doing the entire rally basically as a group. Good to have support and a few laughs along the way.


    BTW, had a great ride last week with John mapping some of the high country route.

    You will have a blast.

    On other point raised above, I'd view heated grips as a 100% necessity. Early morning starts in high country or outback, with wind chill will see your fingers and hands freeze without them. I also used a set of waterproof road bike gloves on these mornings, proved to be a blessing.
  16. Danos

    Danos n00b

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    Alright, thanks for the replies guys. It's good to know that there's plenty of people starting at Wodonga, and hopefully I'd be able to team up with someone! Now just gotta wait until the end of the week for my new work schedule, and see if I scored the time off, and then in goes the entry. Fingers crossed!
    Dan
  17. booked609

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    Dan,
    Youll meet others at the start and find youll drift into similar skilled groups. I did the rally last year, rolled up to the start not knowing anybody and ended up riding with a great group of guys.
    Not doing it this year due to injury.. already paid for next years though.... you are going to have the best time....:clap
  18. El Ponkin

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    Latest update from Rally HQ:

    QLD NEWS<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
    We have moved one of the Queensland Start points from Dayboro to Marburg.<o:p></o:p>
    "Woodlands" Seminary road Marburg (about 40 km west of Brisbane just off the Warrego Hwy. Here is a link Click here<o:p></o:p>
    Unfortunately Dayboro had no accommodation so we have now worked out a deal with the owners of Woodlands at Marburg. This means that riders, friends and spectators can arrive on the Friday afternoon and then all have a meal together and discuss plans on how to approach the rally. <o:p></o:p>
    We have sorted out a package deal of $100 per head which includes accom, dinner and cooked breakfast. Couples are $80 per head .This place is very nice and it would be great if rider's partners could come out and be part of things.<o:p></o:p>
    Please email them to book a room this week. Friday 17th May 2013 mention APC rally manager@woodlandsofmarburg.com.au<o:p></o:p>
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  19. chriso

    chriso Been here awhile

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    I wish APC came closer to us in the top end and had a start point up here too
  20. fatbloke49

    fatbloke49 Adventurer

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    Now I have to work out how to get to Marburg from Noosa on trails.

    I don't want to go straight down the bruce hwy then out to marburg, I would rather make it a half day pre ride before getting to stay the night at Marburg.

    Any ideas?:ear:ear:ear