Customizing a XL600R into a Cafe Racer/Street tracker to ride South

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by MagneticSouth, May 15, 2012.

  1. MagneticSouth

    MagneticSouth Been here awhile

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    Mundi Mundi is where MAD MAX was filmed, and was suposed to be filming MAD MAX 4, at the time i was there but shooting had been postponed until further noticed coz of all the floods which has changed the once red desolate landscape greeen....

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    I head into the old mining town or silver ton

    Its the type of town that inspired all those fantastically scary pscycho outback flicks of the 80s and 90s.
    you can scream, but nobodys gonna hear.........

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    MAD MAX CAR

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  2. GSequoia

    GSequoia Where are my tools?

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    I have no idea what that contraption is but I think I want one.
  3. WeazyBuddha

    WeazyBuddha Carbon-Based Humanoid

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    Great pics. the colors on some of the pictures are really vibrant, what software--if any--are you running them through? Camera model?
  4. MagneticSouth

    MagneticSouth Been here awhile

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    I had one of those point and shoot Panasonic Lumix's with a supper long zoom's on that trip, they're great as a travel pocket camera..
    I view the pics through LightRoom and usually do a levels adjustment with a lil desaturation.
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    Ms2uared Adventurer

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    That is a quote for all time :clap
  6. Ford_Prefect

    Ford_Prefect Been here awhile

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    Hello!

    I sure hope you get back stateside soon!

    What is the story with that, when can you come back in? If you can not get back in, perhaps fly into TJ and just have someone bring the bike down to you?

    Looking forward to the rest of the story.

    Regards,

    Brian
  7. MagneticSouth

    MagneticSouth Been here awhile

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    Thanks I'm working on that, still haven't sold my bikes yet but I'm hoping i can get out of here in the next 3wks..
    Fingers crossed.


    The original idea was to ride to Broken Hill then head south east towards Mildura and Mungo National Park
    Buut i mentioned before the area was experiencing some of the worst floods in the last century...
    I found out most all the unsealed roads heading into the national parks had been washed away by the floods....

    I reluctantly made the decision to backtrack a few hundred kms and change directions and head north to the border.

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    This is supposed to be the desert.

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    Outback camels

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    Outback road trains

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    When you pass these things on the roads at 120km p/h on a bike you gotta make sure you embrace yourself as the wall of wind hits you like a punch in the guts

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    Wilcannia..... didnt want to run outta petrol again so i had to stop there again, first time i wanted to take a photo of one of the houses, obviously occupied by the aboriginal locals, but didnt have the nerve to stop the bike the first time.... the second time round i went back to try again and got chased out by a huge angry dog.... coupla aboriginal boys gave me the filthiest looks so after fuelling up, another dog ran me outta town..... no pics of Wilcannia, just take it from me, you wouldnt wanna have a family holiday there...
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    First site of a wild emu, these beautifully akward birds are preeeety amazing to see as you travel inland, was the closest animal that i came close to hitting on the roads as they just bolt in any direction to avoid any human contact...

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    the road from cobar to bourke....

    probably saw most wildlife on this stretch, roos, wallabies, wild goats, and emus.... i was happy to finally find somewhere to stop and pitch my tent before something ran in my way...

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  8. MagneticSouth

    MagneticSouth Been here awhile

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    I stopped late afternoon near the back of bourke, i couldnt find my camera, and had to unpack everything to find it,... i had dropped it somewhere in the field the night before..

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    Another friendly mostly aboriginal town

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    Roads closed...

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    Wasn't too upset to see the 'back of bourke'

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    strangely named towns out this way...

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    I headed toward the infamous lightning ridge - black opal mining town

    black opal is the most precious of opals
    ppl take it preeety seriously out there.

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    they say they have no idea of how many ppl live out that way...
    ppl come from all over the world to buy a piece of land to try and find their fortune...
    by the look of the place and the ppl walking the streets, that can take forever...
    riding around the outskirts, i could see ppl live in ramshackle makeshift camps and caravans.
    Black opal mining is not that complicated, most of the precious stone is found just a few metres from the surface..

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    I didnt really stick around for that long even though it was a bit of a ride in the middle of nowhere kinda town, i really just wanted to get outta the place.. it was stinking hot and had a really strange seedy vibe.
    There were mounds of dirt and rocks all over the place...

    Lightning ridge has some strange stories behind it...
    People came from far and wide hoping to strike it rich, opals made people a bit crazy, and attracted some unsavoury characters, a place where people wouldn't ask too many questions about where your from or dig into your past...
    People would come and go, thats another reason why the population was unknown,
    It was a lawless place, wild and untamed, a final frontier...
    It was simple, you bought your lot and with some simple tools you could just start digging for opals.
    Apparently a good place to bury a corpse...If you found a body, the best thing to do is to cover it back up and dig somewhere else.

    :hide :2guns :shoot

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    the unsealed roads around lighning ridge is just littered with discarded rusting machinery and car parts

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    this is australias largest, deepest and wealthiest open cut mining site... Not that impressive huh
    The place is called lunatic hill... cos the ppl that first found the site, had to be lunatics to go out there to dig....has the history of the most opals taken outta the ground..

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    boarded up church, by the looks of the place, i dont think god helped enough in finding the next millionaire....

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  9. EmilianoXR650L

    EmilianoXR650L Been here awhile

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    nice Mad Max Car pics !!!!!!!!!!! :freaky
  10. turnenem

    turnenem TBD

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    Mag South,
    I gotta admit when I saw the first post and title I was like :huh

    Now I am like :ear:lol3:eek1

    You rock! Keep it coming!

    Turnenem
  11. MagneticSouth

    MagneticSouth Been here awhile

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    The trip to Lightning ridge made me feel like i had enough of the desert and the desert needed to get back to the east ... I'm finally on the straight back to the ocean.

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    The last night of camping before i hit the coast.... I was tired, it was raining and i was running outta light, with nowhere to stop i pulled into a property and hid in between a ridge and bushes for the night.....

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    A full days ride with very very windy roads and a massive storm ahead i thought i should try n get some new tyres... it wasnt that easy to find.

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    Fresh rubber

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    Glen Innes

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  12. Motojon76

    Motojon76 Dirty side down

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    Awesome. Can't wait till you get south of the (U.S.) border.
  13. conchscooter

    conchscooter Long timer

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    I loved this road report. The countryside was so so but the ride! I miss my SR500 and I loved touring with that single, which was so easy to ride. When I was a kid I toured on caff racers with clip ons and aftermarket saddlebags so I was snickering at naysayers who told you it was impossible. Very well done. Great pictures.
  14. MagneticSouth

    MagneticSouth Been here awhile

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    So its been 3 months and im finally going back to Cali to finish off what i started a year ago...

    (Thats If i can get my bike to start!?)
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    WeazyBuddha Carbon-Based Humanoid

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    :thumb Looking forward to the continuation of the story.
  16. beechum1

    beechum1 Grimace Soup

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    i'm in reno until end of Sept. What's your timeline to hit TJ?
  17. MagneticSouth

    MagneticSouth Been here awhile

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    Hey Jeremy!

    TJ ETA end of September probably.

    Im still in Australia things didnt quite go to plan as usual, i didnt end up flying to Vancouver and i wasn't able to sell my bikes here either.. Sydneysiders are just plain SOft - fair-weather riders. Trying to sell in the winter was a disappointing FAIL :(

    Even though my budget has been cut, i just cant postpone this trip any longer, my whole life has been put on hold the past year for this... i'll just have to make do with the money I've got and regretfully limit my tequila shots :cry.

    I managed to scrape up enough work and savings to at least guarantee a central american new year and some..
    I fly on the 3rd September to LA. :1drink
  18. beechum1

    beechum1 Grimace Soup

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    cool, when you get a date let me know. Make it a weekend and I'll fly home and ride with you for a bit.

  19. Knute Dunrvnyet

    Knute Dunrvnyet marooned in realtime

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    Who, what or wherever that XL660 build ends up:
    DO NOT refinish that old headlight shell!
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  20. MagneticSouth

    MagneticSouth Been here awhile

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    Nice...Dont worry that headlight is perfect.