Gone, Again... ( Random Adventures in Oz )

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by GoneAgain, Dec 23, 2009.

  1. b0mb3r

    b0mb3r Old Git

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    i Know how you feel.
    Last year on my way to the OCR i lost a bag off the bike ... had all my cooking stuff in it ... jetboil and the like. had to spend a day at Cains to sort it all. On the way home lost my bum bag ... so it was phone and my Icom radio and other bits and bobs.
    Lucky for me someone found the bum bag and posted it about a month later :lol3
  2. GoneAgain

    GoneAgain Huh?

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    Midday.. sitting in the gutter in the main street of Monto eating a pie..

    Bike got a hundred km before starting to play up today..

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  3. GoneAgain

    GoneAgain Huh?

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    2pm.. sitting on side of highway, waiting for bike to cool enough to ride 10km back to last town and call in the towtruck again..

    Got 80 km out of Monto and bike started cutting out again..

    Luckily there was a fuel place about 1km after it started.. put in 3.4l and got going again..

    Got 25 km down the rd and its all over again..

    Can't get back to Biloelia till she cools down a bit..

    Will ride the 10km and call it in.. again...


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  4. GagsD2

    GagsD2 ...Are we there yet?

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    I'm feeling for you GA......I'm not going to say anything about Flux Capacitors or the like, I just hope you can get it sorted soon and enjoy the rest of your trip, trouble free!!
  5. bigredroosta

    bigredroosta Long timer

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    Gees GA that's a shocking run, no luck there at all.

    It is 911 today though, and in 2 days time it's Friday the 13th,
    but then who's superstitious?
  6. XRman

    XRman Long timer

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    You blokes are just too nice. Bloody BMW should offer you another bike while they sort yours out. Possibly something a little more reliable. A Suzuki perhaps?

    We have decided to reduce our offer for your 800 Greg. $4000 minus towing expenses back South.
  7. GoneAgain

    GoneAgain Huh?

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    Thanks lads..:freaky

    Bike gets picked up in the morning and towed 500km back to caloundra where the headstem bearings got done..

    Bought a map of south east qld / north east nsw tonight..

    Now sitting in a spa bath in a BMW supplied motel eating cheap chinesse, drinkin red wine and wondering where I can go in this 2wd rental car that apparently arrives in the morning.. :lol3

    Rather be riding but.....:deal

    Oh and suspect going north is now prob off the cards since I've lost so much time (and still loosing)...

    Oh well, the first few days were great.. hopefully I'll scratch out a decent ride home sometime:deal


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  8. GoneAgain

    GoneAgain Huh?

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    Except you XR.. :D


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  9. b0mb3r

    b0mb3r Old Git

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    if you need anything pm me or ring
  10. OceanMtnSea

    OceanMtnSea Pretty Dogged

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    Just catching up after been out riding, but it sounds like when shit happens you are getting more than your fair share. Don't say I didn't warn ya.

    Look on the bright side, at least your not on the hospital, Again, but ya it would be much better with a working, dependable bike under you.

    Cheers,
    J
  11. XRman

    XRman Long timer

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    Really feeling sorry for your plight Greg, but I couldn't resist sticking the knife into the ribs and giving it a little twist!!!!
  12. GoneAgain

    GoneAgain Huh?

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    Wtf? Why..?:ear

    And thanks for watchin :clap

    (Oh and an 'update'.... Soon. :deal)



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  13. XRman

    XRman Long timer

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    OK I fall off a lot, but I was only concerned for your well being. Why do bikes fart and die when you can't get your foot on the ground????

    Now I am goiong to have to hunt up that picture of Enookway looking dazed and confused after his KX/KDX hit a log on his first ride in the local forest. Pay back time Ian.
  14. Rodsbike

    Rodsbike Adventurer

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    Just spent the better part of the weekend reading this RR. It is really out the top drawer. Script and photos are outstanding. Sorry to hear about the bike problems and I hope it is all sorted out quickly and 100% OK. Riding sand is my absolute worst. Looking at those photos of you in the outback and following on Google Earth I really do admire your riding abilities. Keep the reports and photos coming ang go safely.
  15. b0mb3r

    b0mb3r Old Git

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    I see the spots still not moving ....... u still here sorting the bike Greg :cry
  16. TonyRDR

    TonyRDR Been here awhile

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    Great report as usual mate sorry to hear about all your troubles but is 20 13 after all:rofl, has not been a good year allot of us.
  17. GoneAgain

    GoneAgain Huh?

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    so, ummmm... yeah, left Brisvegas..

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    headstem bearings made the bike fairly skitish on the bitumen... stopped in at a servo to put a bit more air in for the highway..

    hooked up the air hose to the front, thought i had about 26psi in there, hose squirts a bit of air and the guage then says 16psi...huh? :ear

    have another go.. guage then says 4psi.... wtf? :huh

    stuff about a bit, conclude the air hose is rooted and ive now got 4psi in me front.. :cry

    nothing for it but unpack a pannier and pull out old faithfull...

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    up to Caloundra, book in bike for new headstem bearings in 5 days time... :eek1

    some interesting things in there.....

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    then on up to Noosa for a few nights at the backpackers...

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    Monday morning, first stop is Lachys place for a new jesse mount bracket.. :clap
    everyone need a shed like his.... thanks again Lachy...

    then on to the dealer..

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    left the bike there for the arvo and had a mosey around
    Caloundra..

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    then back onto the bike and back up to Noosa for the last night..
    next morning, one last coffee and off...

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    since i'd had a few days of sittin around, id worked out what i thought was a pretty good route...

    some twisty bitumen heading west, over the main highway..
    and into ??

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    they sell pineapples here :lol3

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    then its off north on the dirt...

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    until the GPS gives up the ghost....:cry

    I kinda know where i'm going thou..

    until I get to a 'no entry' gate, with a few 'gun club' signs around it...
    :huh

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    I continued thru a bit, but when I got to their shooting range, I decided to turn back...

    took a different road..

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    which eventually came to this..

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    :cry

    so I turned around and backtracked... and backtracked..

    until I came to a German bakery that sold coffee and pork pies... and the world was good again...:D

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  18. GoneAgain

    GoneAgain Huh?

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    :photog


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  19. GoneAgain

    GoneAgain Huh?

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    Yeah, I know, that wasn't quite the update you wanted..

    Plan was for it to be the full story w pictures upto now..

    Got foiled by 1) just about hitting the monthly bandwidth limit on Photobucket, so having to reduce the size of photos, and 2) the Noosa library having an internet limit of one hour per day..

    So, ya got what ya got..!:D

    So, update..

    I'm still in Noosa...

    BMW is still paying me accommodation bill :deal

    The bike hasn't been really looked at yet..
    (Seems BMW won't send a warranty fuel pump until the shop at least reproduces the problem.. they have one mechanic and are booked out for 3 weeks so can't afford to send him out on a 200km ride and then go rescue him...

    There is talk it may go back to Brisbane... Don't think I'm too keen on that given the, Ummmmm, 'odd' things that happened to bike last time I was there (eg filthy air filter that was mint 240 km earlier... Oh and there insistance that cleaning out the fuel lines would solve a fueling issue that only occurs after riding 100 plus kms..

    Anyway, we'll see,

    I'm poolside in Noosa till at least Saturday if anyone's lookin for me..:freaky

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  20. ozbikedude

    ozbikedude Long timer

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    Mmmh hope ya dont get a sunburn skull sittin by the pool,hope they sort the beemer out soon cob....