From Kangaroo's to Hobbiton

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Super Tenere, Oct 15, 2017.

  1. Super Tenere

    Super Tenere Voyager

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    It's been a while since my last trip Ottawa - Inuvik - Tierra Del Fuego so time to hit the road again
    and explore Australia and New Zealand this time for the next 6 months. Anyone looking for some personnel info on me just go and check out the above trip.

    For the last 3 years I have mostly been busy working on building my house (that is now almost done) and have done a few side trips to do the Tale of the dragon and a 3 week Canada East Coast and Trans Labrador Highway adventure.


    I'll be leaving October 17, 2017, and coming back April 10, 2018, with no set plans other than try to see as much as I can and visit some family along the way.

    If there are any of you that know some crazy must see places out there please let me know and I'll see what I can do.

    For this trip I have decided to buy a motorcycle for two reasons but mostly because there's no way my Super Tenere would be able to pass customs, there's still mud from doing the Dempster and other back roads from Utah to Argentina that won't be easy or next to impossible to remove plus secondly the cost of transport back and forth to OZ is crazy expensive

    Hope to do this RR in real time again and provide some info for those of you looking to do the same trip.

    Very excited to get going again and so let's get this adventure started by finding a bike that will carry me across this huge expanse that isn't to expensive of coarse. Most likely it won't be a S10 because they are super pricey in OZ. And if any of you know a good bike that will do the job and is for sale around the Sydney area let me know.
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  2. Super Tenere

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    Day 1, 2 October 17, 18, 2017


    Things have started with a bang so to speak or what I prefer is: got goosed on day 1.


    This day that seems to be without an end all started good but soon became clear that not all was well when the Air Canada ticketing agent told me that the plane was late and if all did go well I would have to make a mad dash in Vancouver to make my connecting flight, so all right I thought no problem.

    Then things went downhill while waiting at the boarding gate the 1 hour delay was now going to be two because the late plane also got struck by a bird and needed to be checked first, needless to say is that my connecting flight would be gone so goosed it is.

    The two hours went by and that's when were told that sorry a new plane has been called in and that boarding will be another two hours away. At this point it really didn't matter anymore because the agonizing waiting game began and really how much worse can it get from there right.


    Finally arrived in Vancouver at 2:00am local time and was told not to worry because the people with missed connecting flights would get a hotel voucher and that we were all booked on the next departing flight and could relax. Picked up my voucher and made my way with a bunch of fellow travellers that all were in the same boat to the Hotel and that's when a bunch of was told that sorry there are no more rooms available and we would have to go back to the airport and have Air Canada give us new vouchers for another Hotel. That only meant of coarse that I would be again dragging all my luggage back into the shuttle and back into the airport, did I say goosed. Well it gets better because now it's 3:00am and guess what, there is absolutely no body around anymore and we would have to wait till 4:30 when the first agent would be around to help us. Needles to say 4:30 became 5:30 and this time we got vouchers to the Hilton but could not be checked in till 9:30, anyway I'm in a room now and at the Hilton so life is good right.
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  3. Peter640

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    Bugger there is cold beer and food awaiting your arrival!

    Travel safe!

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  4. soberjoe

    soberjoe Been here awhile

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    Wow, and so the adventure begins!


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  5. Portly

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    Due to summer temps a sensible approach would be to get a map of Australia, draw a line from Brisbane west to the great divide, then south along the divide to the Murray river, then west down the Murray to the entrance near Adelaide.
    I would recommend staying mostly east and south of that line and doing Tasmania last before going to New Zealand.
    If you do want to go further west than it would be smart to do it first before the summer really kicks in with regular 40 degree C plus temps (104 F).
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  6. NKOrange

    NKOrange Puny homer

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    Hey mate. I brought my Tenere to Oz after a south America trip, it was a pain to clean it properly but it can be done. Also, I was not in a hurry so I shipped by sea cargo. It took 2.5 months but it was cheap.

    Anyhow, if you pass by Sydney, send me a PM. I'll take you for a beer!

    Have a good trip and enjoy the land of Oz.
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  7. neppi

    neppi Been here awhile

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    Once in NZ, drop me a line, ok? You'll need a shower and a washing machine by then...
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  8. Peter640

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    G'Day soberjoe! nice to see you here! When are you coming this way?

    Just sorted the bike out in LA Heading over April next year. Fancy the Translab in August?

    Peter
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  9. soberjoe

    soberjoe Been here awhile

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    Hey Peter,
    I’m sure that I could be convinced to ride the Trans Lab, providing I’m in the area
    I am planning on heading back to Keno and Dawson City in June, with a side trip all the way up to Tuk.


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  10. freetobeme777

    freetobeme777 Riddler

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    And the Adventure begins. :-)
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  11. Super Tenere

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    Thanks Portly for your suggestion and I will definitely keep this in mind while planning my trip.
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  12. Super Tenere

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    Good to know NKOrange but I think mine is past the point of no return in the cleaning department.

    If you don't mind could you tell us how much it did cost by boat and which company you used.

    Currently in Sydney and will PM you.

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  13. Super Tenere

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    Day 3, 4, October 20, 21, 2017

    Lost one day during the flight from Canada to Australia and when you hear people say that it's a long one, well they are absolutely right because after sitting 15 hours in tourist class seats your fairly well done and ready to be served. In one way now I was kinda glad that the flight from Montreal to Vancouver was delayed and that I had the opportunity to get a good break before that last leg of the trip. And like I always say things happen for a reason and even if you don't know right away what that was, you will find out at some point in time.

    Once I finally arrived in Sydney and was a bit little cooled down from being over cooked in those spacious seats I fond out that my rental car that I had rented for 4 days, and paid for was no longer there because it was rented out to some other geezer and that they had nothing available because I hadn't picked it up the previous day, needles to say that the conversation got very lively and ended with me having to rent another car from another agency of coarse. This isn't the end of that and hopefully my complaint will be answered.

    Did finally get to my host family and an adv inmate here in Sydney for the next couple of days while I get a motorcycle sorted out and all I can say is that they are absolutely fantastic people and the best you can meet anywhere in this world.

    Did go to a few shops this Saturday and had a look at some for sale bikes, but nothing yet so tomorrow will continue with more shopping around , so wish me luck.

    Hooroo mate, see ya later.

    Jeff
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  14. ninja97

    ninja97 Been here awhile

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    Have to agree with Portly, gets real damn hot out west and damn hot and wet up north.

    Australia is not the best place to visit in summer if you plan to ride a bike, Victoria and Tasmania are probably the coolest states, New South Wales is OK if you stick to the coastal areas, down through the great dividing range, great riding and scenery.

    Just keep an eye on the weather, out west can get hot but can also the dirt can turn to some serious mud when wet, bush fires also become an issue in summer.

    Have a great trip and if you are around Melbourne give me a shout and I can show you around the worlds most liveable city.
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  15. NKOrange

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    Welcome to the land down under! I am out of town at the moment, back Tuesday. I hope you will still be around.

    For shipping I used Schumacher Cargo. LA to Sydney $600something in a shared vehicle container. As I said, it took a while (2.5 months), but I did not have to crate it, or even disconnect or drain anything. Only almost empty gas tank (<1 gal).
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  16. Portly

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    Post 135 on the Aussie adv page flea market has a 2010 super 10 for sale for $7500 in Launceston Tasmania that might interest you.
    Post 152 is a 2012 Triumph tiger for $8250 in Brisbane.
    I would also suggest you link your ride thread to the local ride reports thread on the Aussie page, you will find offers of support and meet ups once you do as many follow the thread.
    Something else you might be interested in is the Snowy ride in two weeks time held in the NSW snowy mountains.
    There is also a motorcycle rally in the area, the Trout rally I think it is. These rallies are basically an overnight catch up and drinking session for like minded riders.
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  17. Peter640

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    He lives and rides!!

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  18. Wotevr.eh!

    Wotevr.eh! n00b

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    Hey Jeff i was late to the party the last adventure you had , but not this one. looking forward to following your adventure. thanks for sharing.

    John.
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  19. Super Tenere

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    Thanks neppi will do once I get there
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  20. Super Tenere

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    Thanks ninja and when I get in Melbourne I'll give you a shout
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