Flinders Classic IV ..... the departure

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  1. masterbrewer

    masterbrewer TDMster

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    "Flinders Classic IV" ...... Adv Riders' ...... The Long Way Up




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    Unfortunately I was unable to partake in this years 4th annual 'Flinders Classic' dirt bike get together in South Australia's world renown Flinders Ranges due to my wife's current 'pink ribbon' health treatments so a day ride was all I could manage.

    Mind you my track record hasn't been all that good with the previous classics really, trailering the TDM home 2 out of the previous 3 events (first "Flinders Classic 1" a broken rear shocker & then last year "Flinders Classic III", writing off the TDM after hitting a kangaroo)

    About 75 riders were planning to converge on Angorichina Village as base camp

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    Hitting trails by day & the bull shit tales [​IMG] by the camp fire nights.

    Anyway I hope you enjoy some of the fun;

    27rich & myself rode with the Adv riders on their way to the "Flinders Classic IV" as far as Peterborough, over some fabulous station country & found it more difficult than initially planned not to just keep going :cry

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    The power of the recent floods

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    On the way home we took a few interesting tracks up through the Tothill Ranges ourselves :webers

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    before long we couldn't get any further & had a challenging back track with the big bikes from the bottom of this gully (you can just see the bikes)

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    You can see them better from rich's photo

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    But we eventually escaped :clap & chalked up close to 12hrs/500 dusty kms for the day :ricky

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    Thanks for the company Rich & to Kev for showing us the way up.:clap

    Anyone else on the ride, feel free to add your photos.
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  2. senfiddy

    senfiddy Been here awhile

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    Kym, what a great surprise to see you on the ride. I had hoped to join in to Burra but alas....

    I was following progress on Spot and it looked like it went like clockwork.

    How great are the trails from Burra to PBorough? I was concerned that the water crossing may have been too deep but obviously not. Any pics of that? :wink:

    And I'm very interested to get some intel on the Tothills. :evil

    Cheers,
    Graeme
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  3. masterbrewer

    masterbrewer TDMster

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    Thanks Graeme, I'm feeling better everyday lately & being back on the TDM is fabulous therapy/motivation to push myself even harder. I was surprised how well I felt after 12hrs/500kms in the saddle. :wings

    The more I hear about your PI accident the more I'm shocked. Glad you're on the mend though ..... all be it far too slowly for your liking I would think.

    It was amazing how the countryside was so green & the roads so bloody dusty :huh .... cough!cough! All clockwork from Kev as you would expect from him though. Mind you when he gets out front he sure knows how to scoot along, especially when he has an Esberg up his date on one wheel most of the time :D .................. hi emuooz :wave

    The water crossing was just sloppy mud and everyone zipped through it before a camera could be got out, just in case you know :lol3

    The Tothill Ranges are definately on my agenda for the future.

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  4. 27rich

    27rich Been here awhile

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    Thanks also for MB coming along and keeping me company. It was a fantastic day by all, its just a pity that MB and I had to turn around at <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Peterborough</st1:place></st1:City>. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    Here are a few photos to go with this RR.

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    Rich





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  5. Gateshutter

    Gateshutter Long timer

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    I should have got out of bed and tagged along for the day, How do you like the 990 27rich ??
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  6. 27rich

    27rich Been here awhile

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    The Adventure is fantastic:evil. You don’t know what you are missing till you have one. lookforward to getting some decent rubber on it though.
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  7. MikeF

    MikeF Adventure Rider

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    Sadly, my classic ended basically as soon as I got there. Too much noise coming from the engine, not normal.

    This is all I have to offer unfortunately.

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    After leaving the bike to sit quietly on saturday, I ventured into the oil filter on Sunday morning and found LOTS of metal filings in it. So the hunt was on to find a ride home. Brett was very kind to bring me and the bike home. Saved any more damage. Thanks Brett.

    The ultimate "bad look" for the KLR...

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    So, I registered the TDM and am currently charging the battery up to ride it to work tomorrow morning.

    Maybe during the week i'll get the KLR in the shed and start pulling it to bits to see what went wrong. It's to do with the Balance Shaft chain/tensioner, that much i'm sure of. Exactly what, no idea. Time will tell. Money will fix it!

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    MikeF
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  8. masterbrewer

    masterbrewer TDMster

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    Sorry to hear about your bad news Mike.

    Obviously it's time to start looking for some knobbies for the TDM, I say :evil

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    PS Brett's thinking about starting a new business I hear, after bringing me home last year too :D

    Thanks again Brett :wave
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  9. 27rich

    27rich Been here awhile

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    bad luck Mike, never a nice thing to happen. how many kms on the bike?
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  10. Sundowner

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    Those are some great looking tracks, guys. I hope you've kept the trail locked into the GPS for next time.
    That's a bugger about the KLR, Mike. I hope you have an easy time with fixing it. I'm a bit surprised it went to lunch on you, considering you treat it well.
    Wootwoo :evil, Rich...flash new wheels. No more love for the S10 mate? Nice colour. :clap
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  11. MikeF

    MikeF Adventure Rider

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    Hi 27Rich. Only 36000kms. Not anywhere near it's use by date. I think I may have messed up somewhere with the Doohickey replacement. Can't see how, but it's balance chain related, of that much i'm sure. It took 15,000 kms to show up so it's related to what I did, but not directly, well, that's my theory at the moment.

    Hi Sundowner. That's the bit that really upsets me the most. I baby the thing and this is what I get!. Very disappointing. Still, i'm sure it's something that can be fixed; it's only money.

    Sorry Kim, No knobbies on the TDM. Too heavy. There may be a DR650 in my future for the ADV Riding, and keep the KLR for commuting, or just share the duties between the 2. Don't know yet.

    Thanks again Brett. Much appreciated.

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    Mike
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  12. masterbrewer

    masterbrewer TDMster

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    GPS! ..................... what's that? :D ................I use my MPS :cromag

    I would have liked to slow down a bit, take a few more photos & enjoy the tracks more, but we were on a tightish schedule.

    Good excuse for another ride :ricky I say ? :evil

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  13. Dances With Roos

    Dances With Roos Bikenomad

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    No worries Mike.:D

    I always take the trailer set for three bikes even if on my own. Helped Master B out the previous year after his close examination of the kangaroo species.:eek1

    I had a great time again thanks to all the organisrs and helpers who know how they are.

    It was great to have the company from yourself and Rusty on the trip, just sorry it ended for you a little soon. But best to save the engine and none of us have any injuries, it's all good.:clap

    Look forward to catching up on a local ride soon.

    Cheers Brett.
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  14. 27rich

    27rich Been here awhile

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    Wootwoo :evil, Rich...flash new wheels. No more love for the S10 mate? Nice colour. :clap[/QUOTE]

    Thanks mate, well you wouldn’t believe it, but since having 4 months off with a bad back the wife had some flash idea that the suspension on the S10 was bad for my back. She had been wanting me to sell the S10 for a while but I wouldn’t have any of that nonsense. It wasn’t till she came out with a figure of 20 k for a new bike and was actually going to get me an 800GS. I looked into that, then the 990 and took them for a ride and figured that for a bit extra I could get fully adjustable legs on the 990A (better selling point for the extra cash for the wife) and some extras for just a little more.
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    Such a fantastic bike, even after 500+ kms the other day I could have turned around and done the trip all over again if there had have been enough light:D.
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  15. KevS69

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    Hi Kym was really good to see you out & riding & great that you decided to ride with us to Peterborough, glad you enjoyed the ride.

    Oh & you would be scooting along too if this beast was up your clacker
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    What a machine, Emu let me have a good ride of it for probably 50km's & what a blast it is just incredible, So thanks again EMU
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  16. drblue

    drblue Been here awhile

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    (quote:) Sadly, my classic ended basically as soon as I got there. Too much noise coming from the engine, not normal.

    Sorry to here Mike . hope it's not to much damage . I was good to catch up on the weekend

    Michael
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