Around the World and beyond.......Rad_venture

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by cejnys, Sep 26, 2014.

  1. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    awesome reporting. the breakdown makes it more exciting.

    for emergency trail side repair i carry this...http://www.rescuetape.com

    i even used it to fix a plumbing leak at my friend's house.
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  2. bbanker

    bbanker Been here awhile

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  3. cejnys

    cejnys Been here awhile

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    this looks like a very cool tape, it would definitely save the day; it is always challenge to pick the right tools and spare parts for a long ride like this, and you cannot carry everything “just in case"
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  4. cejnys

    cejnys Been here awhile

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    The next morning when I opened my eyes I could not believe what I saw. Blue sky was above me but also my sleeping bag was totally covered by white ash. It was everywhere. I jumped up and woke up Matthias who was sleeping I his tent.

    Shortly we started to realize that there were bush fires not far away from us. They were actually exactly in the direction we were planning to travel. The same direction that wind was blowing from.

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    It started to be obvious that we have to change our plan and go back to the main road because it was way to risky going into an area where bush fires are happening. First of all we could get poisoned by smoke and secondly there was a high chance that roots would be burning under the ground which could be very dangerous especially for us because the burning underground roots could create underground cavities where we could fall into when riding over them with a bike. We looked at a map and could see a track about 4 km away from us that was going up to the main road.

    Before we set off I had to do one more thing. We let all the glues to cure over the night and hoped that the repaired hose would be ok the next morning.

    Once again we had to strip my 990 down to change the radiator hose. 15 min later all was done and we we ready to test it. When I tried to start the bike, the engine turned around few times and then it stopped because the battery was dead.

    It was quite disappointing because I purchased a new battery not long time ago. When I got to a shop they were selling only brand MotoBatt, as per the KTM spec it said I have to have 11.2 A battery. A per motoBatt spec, they were selling for all big KTM bikes 9.something A battery. I’m not sure whether this was the real case but since I got this battery all cold starts were quite problematic. Anyone out there is using the same battery and having the same issue?

    Anyway we had to start my bike using Matt’s battery and one of the jump leads I had left in my bags. Matt’s battery is 20A so there was no problem to crank my 990 up.

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    Couple of minutes after I started the bike it become obvious that the repairs of the hose did not work. Water was pissing out like crazy. We both were disappointed because we put loads of effort and hope into this solution.

    We checked our canisters and found another suitable nozzle. At this time I knew how to fit it on my bike so it did not take long and the bike was filled up with water and we were on our way.

    Conditions from the previous evening changed quite a bit; it was not cool anymore and the return road turned to be very challenging. It was hard for me to keep momentum without reving the bike up because there was loads of bull dust on the road. At the beginning it was not very deep but enough to make the bike work hard.

    One moment the engine temperature reached its max so I had to stop. As soon as the wheels stopped turning the little nozzle hose burst open. I was like fuck, now we have a serious problem. Get to the main road we still had to cover about 60km. Air temperature started to rise and was getting close to 40 Celsius and we were slowly running out of water because I used quite a bit for the bike.

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    Because I used the last usable nozzle hose I had nothing to put on the bike. Matt suggested to try and tighten the original hose even more to prevent the leak. Well it was our last chance so I stripped the bike down again while he was working on the hose.

    30 min later we were on our way; while working on the bike we noticed a huge cloud raising from the area we were camping. It looked like the wind and hot weather was good for the bush fire. We looked at each other and without any words we started to ride, we knew we had to go.

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    Very shortly the road turned into deep bull dust pit. In many places there was 50 - 60 cm of dust. Because the wind was at our back the dust was everywhere. It was hard to see, hard to breath and nearly impossible to ride a bike in it.

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    The hose was holding just enough to keep little bit of water inside of the bike. I was trying to use low revs but it was impossible because the road was very hard. We managed to make to the point we were about 40 km from the main road and then I had to stop. The bike was overheating, I was extremely tired, the air temperature was close to 45 celsius and we did not have enough of water. When Matt arrived to the spot I stopped he was just swearing, he hated the road because he could not ride on it with his heavy GS.

    We sit down to rest and started to think about scenarios. We had about 2 liters of water left. My bike was nearly empty. We had 40 km to go on a road we could travel about 5-7 km per hour. The temperature was 45 celsius. I did not want to push my bike any further without water and we had to save the rest for us.

    Matt pulled out his satellite messenger and we texted for a help. We asked for confirmation message which was not coming for a while. At one moment when we were waiting suddenly the whole place was full of smoke. Both of us knew how fast a bush fire can travel. I’m not sure where we got this strength from but we knew we had to move, and we had to move very very fast!

    It was not the best feeling to sit on my sick bike and ride it on one of the hardest roads we traveled on together, on the other side there was not another option.
  5. DunkingBird

    DunkingBird Been here awhile

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    What an action movie :yikes
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  6. cejnys

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    Yeah, the only difference was that there were not any crew members
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  7. JMforPres

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    :yikes:yikes
    You left us in a real Cliff-Hanger!
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    Wow Rad, what a crazy story!!!!
  9. BillUA

    BillUA Las Vegas, NV

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    Just, damn!
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  10. Jimmy the Heater

    Jimmy the Heater Dirt Farmer

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    :eekers:eekers:eekers:eekers Australia....Where EVERYTHING tries to kill you!
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  11. gperkins

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    Welcome to the "lucky country" Rad. Never fear there will be a cold beer awaiting you in Victoria, see you soon.
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    Wow
  13. cejnys

    cejnys Been here awhile

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    I love it here, it tests you and your gear to it’s limits.

    Btw I hope you have a reliable supply of beer, I’m very thirsty. See you soon mate.
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  14. cejnys

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    Few times before our last stop I noticed very weird noise coming from the engine. It seriously made me worried, like i needed some other trouble. Also few times the engine just stopped without any reason.

    Unfortunately there was a reason; further I was riding more of this noise was coming out. One moment I had to stop to find out what was going on. It was really crazy stressful riding, this stupid bull dust road on a loaded big bike without cooling while having a bush fire at my back. And to make it more interesting I found that my chain was jumping a teeth because the bull dust packed in it and therefore become extremely tight and sometimes just stopped the engine. I was not sure whether it was a good idea but i quickly pulled out my tools and made the chain little bit more lose.

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    I think it helped little bit but the klacking noise was still there.

    It was really hard for me to ride the bike like this but there was not an another option. We could press the sos button on our trackers but it would probably take a day or two to reach us and that would be a day or two days too late.

    I was totally exhausted but still very focused to slowly move my 990 through this hell. I was quite a bit faster and had to wait for Matt regularly so we would not lose contact. Also I used these breaks to cool the bike down a bit.

    We were both dehydrated because we had very little water left and were drinking just sips to keep us going.

    Eventually we made it about 34km from the main road; the whole time I was remembering Greg’s words that the Australian tracks change a lot and that there would be always better road coming if I struggle somewhere. Unfortunately this road was not the case but i was always hoping that good change comes after each corner.

    It was really hard to read the road as it all looked the same; sometimes there was 20cm of dust and sometimes 60cm. If I remember correctly I just picked the wrong line and got dug into deep hole and my bike stopped. When I looked forward I could not believe my eyes.

    There were two land cruisers standing there and bunch of guys welding a trailer.

    As soon as they saw me they came close and I could see that they were laughing like crazy and the first question was: wtf are you doing here?

    I could not even talk how happy I felt when I saw them.

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    Then Matthias arrived and they told us to park the bikes next to their cars. Then they brought us 1.5 liters of water each and I just downed it. I was sooooo thirsty it was not even funny. Then they gave us a yogurt and grey water for the bike cooling system.

    Apparently we were very lucky because they were returning back to this place to pick up their trailer which broke down a day before when they were evacuating from the area. They were extremely nice and told us that the road gets little bit better soon and that there was a shortcut which bypass end of the dusty road and saves 14km.

    At that point I felt extremely live; when their trailer was fixed (30 min after we arrived) they packed all their stuff and together we started riding towards the main road. My bike was full of water but it was losing it fast so after about 15 min the engine temperature hit the red line again and I had to stop. One of the guys came to me, looked at the hose and noted that they should have one of these. He climbed on his land cruiser and just cut a pice of a water hose from their water pump they had on their car.

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    To make it even more interesting it started raining as soon as we stopped. The guys started to joke: “do you know what is worse than a bull dust.......wet bull dust!!” Yeah it was really really funny :D

    While they were getting the hose I stripped the bike down again and removed the old hose.

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    About 15 min later we were ready to leave the place; new hose was fitted to my bike and was holding water very well. The only small problem was that the hose must be bent 90 degrees on a very small distance so the straight hose I put on the bike was choking most of the water going into the radiator. Nevertheless it was enough to keep bike temperature two lines below the red level which was great.

    It took us another 40 minutes before we made it back to the main road. Rest of the road was much better (the short cut).

    When we got to the road we said good bye to our savers and went to find a camping spot. At that moment it was pissing down like crazy but I did not care. I was happy to be out into civilization and felt extremely tired but very happy.
  15. elron

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    Whoopeee! ^
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    Man, imagine all this shit goin' down on the Canning Stock Route, bad enough where you were.
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  17. Kyler

    Kyler Confused Hack Nut

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    awesome story!
  18. bbanker

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    Holy crap!
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    Thanks Rad!!
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    Wow, you are blessed with Good Luck!