Guzzioverland RTW trip

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Guzzioverland, Dec 23, 2010.

  1. Guzzioverland

    Guzzioverland Guzzioverland

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    We are Kev and Karen and together we are Guzzioverland. We are travelling around the world for 2 to 3 years on our much modified and slightly nutty 1979 Moto Guzzi Spada.:thumb
    We left the UK in May 2010 and we have travelled through France, Belgium, Luxembourg,Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria,Turkey, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Russia (Altai), Mongolia,Russia (Siberia thru Vlad) Japan, and New Zealand where we are currently.
    We are a bit late starting on ADV rider but better late than never, we also have a website
    http://www.guzzioverland.co.uk
    Ride reports to follow.
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  2. DmsFab

    DmsFab Banned

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    Cool bike! Nice travels!:freaky Good luck on yout Journey!!!



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  3. fedro

    fedro Adventurer

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    Hi Kev and Karen!

    Thanks for sharing your adventure with us.
    Enyou your trip and take care


    May I ask you how much weight you have in all your panniers:hide

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  4. ADVMindset

    ADVMindset Americana Adventurer

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    Welcome To Adventure Rider...
    Your journey sounds very exciting, I'm looking forward to seeing more.:happay
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  5. jverster

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    That sounds amazing. Well, when you get to South Africa please make contact so that we can sort you guys out the African way.

    Laterz ....
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  6. kiwial

    kiwial Allweatherrider

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    Good to see there is still some inventive people left in the world...

    ...two extreme examples of touring on a motorcycle...

    Takaka, SI, New Zealand, 14.March 2011

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  7. Ze Red Baron

    Ze Red Baron Adventure seeker

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    Most excellent. Look forward to seeing more:evil

    Sooooo, which sidecase to you keep the motorized mountain bike in???:lol3
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  8. Guzzioverland

    Guzzioverland Guzzioverland

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    We caused a stir as we rode into the showgrounds at Dayboro and barely had time to climb off the bike before we were surrounded and the questions started. It was to be expected we were after all at a motorcycle travellers rally, Horizons Unlimited was set up by a Canadian couple Grant and Susan Johnson who travelled the world from 1987 to 1998 and shared their experiences via the net. http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/ It has grown and gone global and is the place to look if you are planning any big trip.
    It was our first HU rally as we have never been in the right place at the right time before. John and Alanna (two of the organisers) came over to welcome us, we have been in email contact already and they were really helpful.
    There was lots planned for the three days, loads of presentations including ours, rides out and dinner on Saturday night.
    Our tipi stood out in the camping field and got a few questions in it’s own right but it was the Guzz that stole the lime light, so much so we asked John if we could juggle the schedule and squeek us in early Saturday this saved us repeating ourselves too much. The cheeky bird on the roof was a butcher bird, so called because it wipes it’s beak like a butcher stropping his knives. Our roof straps were his favoured strop.
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    They organised a show and tell of all the useful gadets you can’t live without. This was an eye opener and we picked up a few good tips as well as sharing a few.

    The presentations were varied and interesting Dorothy set off to tackle most of route 66 in USA on a XV650 cruiser, she was a late starter to biking we were behind her on the Sunday morning ride out and we were both impressed with her confidence on a relativley new bike..
    Richard had sampled the delights of Central and southern America. This was useful to us being our next destination.
    We decide for our presentation to let the Guzz do the talking and just wheeled her into the hall for a show and tell of our own, we explained all the modifications with questions at the end. We also mentioned our experience with Neds and handed out some flyers.
    We had a very informative talk by a first aid officer although some of the slides brought the reality a little too close to home, most points he raised we had covered but we still gained some useful pointers.
    Luke was an interesting young kiwi with a great dry sense of humour he now lives in Australia and with two friends went down the west side of Africa from UK to Cape town.

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    Bron and Mark travelled from the UK to Nepal via Iran and Pakistan. What was interesting about their trip is they started the same time May 2011 only they did the whole trip in three months.They did feel the escort in Pakistan was restrictive partly why we chose not to do this route.
    I regret to say the only presentation we missed was the talk on the sidecar trip as we were bringing the Guzz back down to the campsite before it got dark. It was a shame as would have been interesting to find the challenges facing a sidecar sometimes it’s hard enough to get through somewhere on two wheels let alone three.
    Via skype we hooked up live to Danielle a young sounding lass currently on her travels. She called from Pakistan and painted a colourful picture of her trip so far.
    HU has a featured charity each meet and this year it’s Angel Flight, this we discovered is a worthy cause. Australia is a massive country and if not life threatening travel to hospitals can take days and cost hundreds, think of someone on dialysis. Step in Angel Flight who work by finding volunteer pilots who just love flying and ground Angels who will collect from the airport and deliver them to the hospital or home etc they are able to take thousands of people for treatment. Please take some time to check out their website. http://www.angelflight.org.au/
    The meal on Saturday was a real social affair and a great chance to talk to someone new and the food was great too. We opted for the road ride Sunday morning and were soon taking in the delights of the twisty roads up Mt Mee, lake Somerset and Mt Glorious our only regret is that we could not stop for the thousand photo opportunities we passed, one reason why we travel alone.The riding was great fun though and the Guzz surprised a few people with it’s handling on the twistys.


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    The rally was huge fun and worth the hours of pouring over the laptop earlier in the week.The presentation was a little nerve wracking standing up in front of all those people but we were pleased with how it went and it seemed to be well received. Meeting other travellers gave us a chance to feel human again and know the problems we faced are the same for most long term travellers hopefully we also inspired some others to take the plunge and go for it. We are living proof that you don’t have to be rich or have a fancy bike.
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  9. ciedema

    ciedema мотоциклист

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    I got meet Kevin and Karen at Dayboro - their Guzzi is an impressive bike. Much more than I would like to travel with. But they have ridden it in some out of the way places and down some snotty roads.

    The mods that Kev has made to the bike are bloody impressive and included lengthening the swingarm and building a leading link front suspension.
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  10. GB

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    Thanks for the intro and pics.. Looks to be a fantastic adventure which I'll be following :thumb

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  11. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    I just read some of your blog.
    Very intresting, I hope you'll post here regularlly, we need an eccentric English couple to follow !

    Five years of mods on the bike ? Any chance you could pull out some pics of the process and do a Build Report here ?

    Enjoy the world !
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  12. Guzzioverland

    Guzzioverland Guzzioverland

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  13. mirantesMT

    mirantesMT Adventurer

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    Subscribed & looking forward to the rest of the trip... Pay me a visit when you're in Brazil, ok?

    Cheers
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  14. mirantesMT

    mirantesMT Adventurer

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    How did you guys like Belgium by the way? I lived there for 46 years before moving to Brazil :D
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  15. Guzzioverland

    Guzzioverland Guzzioverland

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    We transited through Europe fairly quickly as we had toured there before and we had visa's ticking for Asia.
    I am ashamed to admit we only passed through Belgium briefly and have never really explored it properly, its always the way you ride halfway around the world and explore that but dont look around what's on your doostep.
    We want to tour around Scandanavia sometime so maybe we can do it then.
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  16. Guzzioverland

    Guzzioverland Guzzioverland

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    In response to a request earlier here is a link to a flickr set about building the bike. There are also some pictures of some of our disasters and some of the things we broke and finally some pictures of some of our great moments on the bike.
    Broken things: we sheared the drive cog off the cush drive plate in Siberia oops, there is a picture of the arc weld that was done on a brick in someones back garden which kept us going. The neat tig welded one is the replacement we got shipped to Japan. Tig weld by P&D Customs, Slinfold, Horsham, UK
    (Thanks Dave):D
    The stripped down bike is the result of burning out the clutch getting stuck in six mile creek, rainbow station, NZ . We couldnt reach anything to pull it out with the winch until it was too late. It was going really well up until this point and this was the last obstacle. Ho hum:eek1
    Enjoy http://www.flickr.com/photos/guzzioverland/sets/72157626856619891/
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  17. mirantesMT

    mirantesMT Adventurer

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    Nothing to be ashamed of... Belgium is so small that you could ride through it and never know :lol3

    there are a few cute historical cities though: Bruges - Ghent - Antwerp... Yeah, maybe next time.
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  18. Guzzioverland

    Guzzioverland Guzzioverland

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    We back track to Brisbane we had intended to spend some time here fettling the bike as we have a long way to ride in Australia and we are going to be in some really remote places at one stage or another. Brisbane being the last city in which to source parts fairly easily and cheaply.
    As we previously mentioned the bike is running really nicely but the clutch has been dragging for some time and it seems to be getting progressively worse. We met loads of great people at the HU meet many of whom invited us to stay on our journey around Australia, a fair few of these lived in the Brisbane area one of these contacts was Peter who lived close by. We rang to see if it was convenient to stay for a few days to sort it out. Luckily for us he said fine and was a great host with a great workshop as well.
    We managed a good mix of pleasure and work during our stay.
    We had a ride up Tambourine Mountain, I borrowed a dirt bike as the Guzz was in bits (more about that later), we stopped off at a cafe for coffee in Canungra.:*sip* Here is us on the ride with Peter and Rod his mate who was visiting for a few days.

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    We helped out a bit to earn our keep as well here is us trimming Peter’s palm trees, we all pitched in together and gave them a good prune.

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    Turning our attention to the clutch. We tried changing all the wearing parts that we could from the outside; the pushrod, thrust bearings and associated parts but it made absolutely no difference whatsoever DRAT !!!
    There seemed no choice but to tear it apart again, unfortunately. We could have soldiered on but it was a pain to ride in traffic and it wasn’t doing the bike any good. Given what we are going to be up against in the coming months we thought it was better to sort it out now while we had a good place to do it.

    We got stuck in and after stripping the bike down discovered the problem was caused by badly worn splines in the flywheel. The clutch moves up and down these splines and the teeth were so stepped that they were stopping the plates from moving freely hence the dragging.
    The fywheel has done nearly 90’000 miles or 180’000 km and it’s just plain worn out, we made a couple of phone calls to see if we could get another one. We had a great welcome from the Guzzi club here and also Keir from the Moto Guzzi club of Melbourne and Mark from Canberra both were really helpful and rang around for us to try to locate one. It wasn’t looking too promising at first and Karen spent ages one afternoon with a Dremel smoothing out all the steps in the splines, we figured it would buy us some time. Then of course a mint secondhand one turned up thanks to Keir’s searching and Eurobrit spares who stripped down a low mileage breaker specially.
    This came about on a Friday afternoon and they couldn’t get it shipped until Monday so it left us a few days to do some other things, we had the chance to make and modify things on the bike largely thanks to Peter, .
    There are a few pictures of our handy work below; we made an external oil pump and fittings to circulate oil to our cooler and some armrests for Karen.

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    The armrests are part finished here they still need painting and padding. The lids open to give Karen some storage space as well as somewhere to mount her heated clothing controller and charging plugs.

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    We also made a good start on refridgerating the front box (our larder) by attaching external heatsinks, heat transfer blocks and insulating foam. We plan to pick up some other internal heatsinks and peltier elements to finish them off. I also would love to get hold of a large 60 or 80 watt solar panel to put on the roof to run the “fridge” when we aren’t riding but they are expensive. It’s not just a gimmick, if we can keep food chilled below ambient temperature it lasts longer and we can stay in remote areas longer.


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    There was plenty of time for fun stuff too, one of Peter’s many hobbies is building model steam engines. We were itching to see one running so he got out the meths and “steamed one up” for our benefit. We also got his TLR 200 trail bike out from it’s usual spot and we all had a hoon around on it.

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    We had said goodbye to Rod who was off home again and now we were joined by Nathan, he has just finished a six month ride around Australia on a DR650. Peter has been following his ride reports on ADV rider and invited him to come and stay for a few days as he was nearby. He was good company and it was great to pick his brains about what’s coming up.The group shot was from a ‘pot luck’ dinner arranged by his riding buddies and their wives (we met some on the coffee ride).


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    The last couple of days was spent testing and fitting our new stuff. We went for a ride out with Peter and Nathan but unfortunately a hose popped off on our first test ride so we let the guys go ahead while we sorted it. Once that was sorted we went out on another test ride on our own and it seems to be working okay. The clutch is now working like new
    These pictures were taken from Mount Tambourine on that ride

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  19. AfricaWim

    AfricaWim Been here awhile

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    I love your trip and the way you are doing things. How true it is that you don't need mega equipment to still have fun and see the world :thumb
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  20. Shewolfnz

    Shewolfnz Heels on wheels

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    hello me old mateys - good to see you giving it some on the trail bike :freaky

    Rhondda xox
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