CSR 14th July 2012

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  1. 59DEN

    59DEN Long timer

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    Going to give it a go this year, a reduction in leave time allowed has ruled out a planned ride to Queensland, the set off date is to be confirmed in the next week, but planning on leaving Wiluna on the 14th July.
    Going to head North, the only reason being is that, when I get to Billiluna, depending on time available might head Alice Springs way.
    I will still have a little over 4 weeks and I have been toying with the idea of doing one of the Simpson crossings, but the CSR is top of the list for me.
    If at a loose end and this is on your list of things to do, join me, will welcome company, but if you are not keen on sand riding, this might not be for you, thanks to the fellow inmates I PM'd for opinions and advice.
    This will be a steady but not fast ride, with a couple of half days for a rest and bike checks, will try to arrive at the end of it without too many dramas.
    Dennis
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  2. neilaction

    neilaction Slightly Less Adventurous

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    Good luck with it all Dennis. :clap
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  3. Muddler

    Muddler Been here awhile

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    Hi Dennis. Sorry to hear Cape York has fallen through. At least you'll get more of your beloved sand on the CSR
    Enjoy!
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  4. farcall

    farcall Bike-a-holic

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    Good luck Dennis.

    I spose it goes without saying, but I'll say it anyway :D, take plenty of pics and please do a nice fat RR (at least of the CSR leg). :deal
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  5. 59DEN

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    Thanks for the comments, will be taking plenty of pic's and notes on the CSR, leaving from Wiluna, 14th July, attached is a link to aprox. route

    http://ridewithgps.com/routes/937083
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  6. Croney

    Croney Been here awhile

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    Hey good luck with the trip.
    I will be interested to see how you go. Been thinking of doing it also, just have not had the self-discipline (nuts?) to have a crack myself...

    Enjoy.

    :lurk
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  7. Croney

    Croney Been here awhile

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    Hey, what bike are you planning on taking...?

    Just out of curiosity.
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  8. 59DEN

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    HI Croney, a DRZ 400, loaded it up at Xmas and gave it a test run around Israelite Bay, no worries with the extra load. One more test run to Neil Junction at Easter, with some fellow inmates from Perth (neilaction and crew).
    Cheers

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  9. Maggno

    Maggno Ride hard...

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    Great choice of bike and nice setup. We'll be following your CSR ride.
    I've done it a few times if you need any info.:beer
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  10. Gadget678

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    Hi Dennis:
    Did you have a build thread for the bike?

    After my ride last weekend I'm interested in the size of the Pelican cases you use & how they're mounted; why those ones etc... plus the mounting for the cans up front (Wild0 is keen on seeing that one as well)

    What's your fuel burn like on the highway & in the sand? Will & I seem to be getting figures that are inconsistent with other DRZ's, but similar to each other........ call it a benchmarking exercise.:D

    Hope all goes well.

    Cheers,
    Mark
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  11. Dirt Doctor

    Dirt Doctor Geographicallyembarrassed

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    Good luck

    My advice would be to get fit, reduce as much weight off the bike as you possibly can, & carry a bit more fuel and a bit less water. We carried more than enough water and didn't really need to carry that much. Also took a bit too much food. Took one set of clothes and two paits of socks which was fine

    I wouldn't even contemplate doing on my own but that's your call.

    Looking at going back when the northen section isn't as overgrown

    Rob
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  12. philth

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    The canning will always be overgrown with woody acacia
    its what its famous for
    bikerooter coined the term "slappy sticks" in his 7 deserts RR
    sorry i aint got the link to it but it was a ripper
    they are demoralizing, painful and dangerous, as they lean out over the track and whip you silly
    the track is also demoralizing as it often takes a right angle at the bottom of each dune, washing off all your speed and stability
    the 2 suzukis are the best bikes for the job
    i love the 650 but the 400 uses around 3 quarters of the fuel
    the trade off is, it doesnt hump a load as well
    at the risk of shameless self promotion, heres a promo for our canning vid
    id recommend it if your considering this ride
    it shows the northern section unsupported as a group
    and the southern section solo


    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/YMANSh0cMCE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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  13. 59DEN

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    I will PM you after Easter for a bit of that info, thanks for that
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  14. bend27

    bend27 by hook or by crook

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    :*sip*
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  15. Dirt Doctor

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    amen to that Philth

    be interested how your hard cases hold up. We all had soft cases and they were all well and truly fukked by the sticks. I clipped a termite mound and totally destroyed my left one. it was held together with zip ties and gaffa tape for two weeks after that
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  16. 59DEN

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    Thank's for the feedback Rob, I was fit and under 90kg in 1984 :lol3, doing a bit of push bike riding now in preparation, carried 65l fuel and 25l water and camping gear at Xmas to Israelite Bay, all went well.
    I have been running the Tubliss setup for 2 years now, brilliant, able to run very low pressure and get great flotation in sand without having to travel at high speed.

    As for the shameless self promotion Philth, cheer's for that, I will order a copy, I think I have read every RR, watched every piece of video on You Tube, that,s not including map's and books.
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  17. Maggno

    Maggno Ride hard...

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    I'll second those f'in 'slappy sticks'. They are relentless. They are especially deadly in the sections of desert that have had a bushfire through as they get sharpened to a point by the fire. I had one go through my boot.
    After a while you need to change wheel ruts so you can take punishment on the other arm... Keep your load as narrow as you can as you can't ride the hump very often. It's either one wheel rut or the other. All that said. I can't wait to do it again next year.
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  18. Gadget678

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    The Pelican cases are supposed to be crush-proof, water proof & dust proof... with a lifetime warranty. Which is the exact reason that I'm looking at using them on my bike - I just need to figure out which ones I want. (My paniers came apart on the trail last weekend.... as with yours, they did have a little persuasion.)
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  19. 59DEN

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    They are tough (20,000 km +), we get a fair collection of slappy sticks on the less travelled tracks around the coast of WA, and a few of the other riders on these trips have ended up with holes or torn pannier bags.
    Keeps your gear dry, whether from rain or river crossings, each to their own, but I am happy with my Pelican cases, I bought these from (35L) http://cariboucases.com/store/?name=Home
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  20. J_B

    J_B Mid-life Crisis

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    Hey Den
    The DRZ looks great. Just wondering what suspension mods you have made to carry the weight?
    Also just a tip from the Anne Beadell trip , at the end of the day the bike wouldn't steer as the 28l tank emptied and all the weight was on the rear, made a big difference with a small adjustment in weight. That first 400k will be pretty tough.
    Good luck
    Jb
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