Back on the bike after a long break

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by GSDisciple, Jan 29, 2011.

  1. GSDisciple

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    After a 25 year break from riding, and never bought that BM I had always promised myself as soon as finished uni, it was time to get back on a bike.



    I joined the BMW Club of WA and had gone on a few short rides and couldn’t wait to go on some longer rides to build up my experience.

    So it was off ‘down south’ for a couple of days. Living in the Perth hills meant it was only 5 minutes before I was in the countryside.


    The Bickley Valley is a mix of horse properties, orchards and vineyards.

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  2. GSDisciple

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    While we have experienced an extremely dry winter, the canola crops were looking good.
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    This is a great way to start a RR. I'm on the same track. The last time I rode a bike was 16 years ago! And in a few months I hope to have my old BMW R90S back, and start riding again, just in time for Spring here in the North Hemisphere!

    Did you do any riding courses to brush up your skills? I read here somewhere that lots of accidents happen with"resurrected" drivers (like me): we still know the more "mechanical" part of riding (clutch, gear, brakes), but we forgot the other part, like how to do curves, how to break, assume the others don't see us, etc.

    Keep posting your trips!
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  4. GSDisciple

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    How are you Paulotex.

    Here in Western Australia a lot of blokes have been getting back into riding after long breaks and the statistics certainly back up what you have said - lots of men in their late 40's and early 50's presenting at hospital emergency departments.

    Two things have struck me since getting back on the bike. I decided to join the local BM club and it is the best thing I did. They are only too happy to share advice ad it is much safer to ride in a group.

    The second thing is that age has taught me to be a lot more careful on the bike and I certainly take fewer risks than 30 years ago.

    I have not quite worked out how to post all of the photos so hope to get them organised soon.

    Looking forward to seeing photos of your bike on the site soon.:clap
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  5. paulotex

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    I will do that too, as sson as I get the bike ready.
    I hope it won't take long, the engine already runs :ear

    I expect my first report to be the 300km trip from the mechanic shop to home!
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    Boyagin Rock was the next stop. I get the impression this is on the list of ‘have to’s’ at the club..

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  7. GSDisciple

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    Like most places around the world, we have our fair share of quirky place names.

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  8. GB

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    Let's see the bike :thumb

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  9. wanderboy

    wanderboy I just wanna ride,ride

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    When I celebrated my 50th b'day I realized I was "past the half way point". I decided that if I wanted to ride I'd better get with it! Plus my ADD/ADHD daughter was 10 and It might be a good bondin experience for both of us.:deal It worked:clapWe have ridden over 20k mi. and on top of that my wife who was not crazy about M/C's also started riding "cause you can't ride three on that thing" I must say, she's found out how much fun this is and is more of a rider than I am. :ricky:ricky:muuttenjoy and be careful ! :norton
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    Like most places around the world, we have our fair share of quirky place names.

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    While the local farm land appears lush, salinity is a real issue for many farmers.

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    The further south you go, the more temperate the climate and it wasn’t long before I was enjoying the magnificent scenery of our Karri forests.

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    Stayed over night at a friend’s property in Nannup, about 280 k’s from Perth. Their boundary backs onto the Blackwoord River.
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    A little bit of rain overnight but nothing too much to get concerned about. More beautiful forest country.

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    The Blackwoord River again, about 100 k’s from Nannaup. When the River mouth is open, the Blackwood joins the Indian Ocean at Augusta.

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    The remainder of the trip incuded dropping into some of the beautiful coastal towns and beaches along Caves Road in the heart of the Margaret River wine region.

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    I have recently fitted a Hepco and Becker system (with a soft luggage set up) which should shift the centre of gravity way down and make the bike more user friendly when off road.

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    My first experience with the GS on tracks a little more difficult than the gravel roads of the Peth hills.

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    Just north of Augusta is Hamelin Bay, named after French explorer Jacques Félix Emmanuel Hamelin who sailed here in 1801. It was established to service timber mills of the area and is now a popular holiday spot.

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  20. GSDisciple

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    More tracks to explore including a visit to Boranup Forest.

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