Honda CT110 Postie Ride.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Joe Watson, Jul 10, 2009.

  1. Joe Watson

    Joe Watson Long timer

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    Well, with the Hardcore Postie ride not lining up with my holidays, I thought the purchase of my Postie better not go to waste, so I continued my "adventurising" project and ended up with a nice little setup.

    The plan was to do a ride that another member on here (JNF68) had suggested for me a year or so ago. I have tried to get out there a number of times but different things have held me back.

    Here is the ride planned for the first day out to Taroom, Qld.

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    Close up for those who might know the area, ended up being a fantastic ride.

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    Woke early and geared up, didn't think it felt that cold, but had my winter liners in pants and jacket. Had to push the little beast out from the house before starting it to not wake the kids, BLOODY HELL!!! How can something so small weigh so much?? I did my best to pack as light as possible, oh well.

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    Well, it was about 2 minutes into the ride, I realised that my motocross gloves do not cut it in the winter time!!! My hands were in such pain I had to stop. This was after about 10mins of riding!

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    Another break to try and thaw the hands out a bit, heading out towards Kandanga.

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    The rig!! You can see my setup here, pannier racks, GPS, dirt tyres and heavy duty tubes, etc.

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    Rode on through the back roads of Gallangowan, which ended up being a logging truck road, oh well, I had it all planned on the GPS, no turning back now. Up and over the range where the trucks were likely to be coming. YUP TRUCK!!!! They didnt seem to mind me though, I got right off the road and they just waved.

    It was a rather steep range though and with a fully loaded, underpowered postie, it was slow going up, first gear mostly at about 15kph

    Through Murgon with a stop for fuel, check the maps.....hmmm......not sure if I have the range for fuel. Better buy a 5L container....About $30 later I walked out very unhappy but with 5L of extra fuel range.

    Stopped in a Hivesville for the last top up of fuel, the had the same bloody fuel containers there for sale and for friggin $12 each!!! Oh well.

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    Some nice rock formations on the way out towards Proston.

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    Finally hitting some more dirt and with 300 odd Ks of this to go, it had me a bit worried. It was fingers crossed that the little girl would handle the abuse of these washed out, sometimes sandy, sometimes muddy roads!

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    The postie now looking like a well worn adventure bike, getting closer to Taroom.

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    Very nice scenery around here.

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    Beautiful Grass Trees and surroundings, I love the country out this way.

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    A school, ponk smack bang in the middle of no-where. About 250 odd Ks of dirt road/track in any direction to get to a town.

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    The principals residence. Like the one I was living in during my stint in Murgon (I am a primary school teacher)

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    Some very rutted out roads from the recent rain, some of which was still very boggy.

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    Nearly there, shadows getting longer now.

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    I love these two pics, coming down the road, it just looked like a MASSIVE jump!!

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    Made it into Taroom with some daylight to spare. This is at the top of the town with a little lookout.

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    The Ks done for a day! But wait, you will see how huge that amount of Ks is when you see my average speed!!

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    Yup, you saw it here first folks, slow as a wet weak!!! But oh so much fun!

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    Stayed the night in the Taroom council caravan park (FREE!) which I have stayed in a few times, nice place. Went out and got some dinner and came back to the camp site to have a look at the maps.

    Today was a BIG day on the postie. I wanted to head out on the ride mentioned earlier to the Carnarvon area which would be awesome. After close inpection, about 600km loop would get me back to Taroom the next night. With 450 odd Ks today, 600 tomorrow would be just too much. So I weighed up my options and decided to just have a leasurly ride home and tackle the loop another time......again......(when I get my 640ADV, I will be out there in a snap and will finally get to see that ride).

    So up early to break camp and set off, homeward bound. It was a beautiful moring, no where near as cold as the morning before, so it was great riding.

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    Again, beautiful scenery around out this way.

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    Bike was running great too, getting her going at close to a true 80kph on the flats (yesterday on the flats it would be pushing a true 70kph)

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    A lot of Skippys about, the day before saw me almost take one out late in the afternoon.

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    Just love it out here!

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    What Choo Lookin At?????

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    Nice little break for some "breakfast" (musli bars)

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    Big wedge tail eagle, I am an avid bird enthusist, so it was great to see my favourite bird twice in the one ride, this guy wasn't huge, but still pretty big.

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    Deep deep deep water crossing........about 5cm deep :D

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    One of my favourite trees, bottle trees, they are very common out westish.

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    Through proston, hivesville and Murgon, getting closer to home now.

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    I thought I would take a different track on the way home through Gallangowan, to avoid the logging trucks (not supposed to drive/ride on the road with signs saying no public access) so after checking the maps and finding the public access road, I headed off in a different direction to find it only to get to the start of the track to find a dirty big sign saying NO ENTRY, Must have forestry permission!!

    So it was back on the other road to tackle the logging trucks again.

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    Just out of Kandanga, only 20mins or so to go now!

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    Made it home late in the afternoon with the same amount of Ks as the day before (because I just back tracked)

    To sum up the ride, good fun, you see a lot more when you are riding slower and not so focused on riding hard on the big bikes. Having said that, I can't wait to get my new bike to head out there to finally do the ride that was intended.
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  2. jtb

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    Top report and pictures! Thanks :thumb :thumb :thumb
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  3. Mileater

    Mileater Been here awhile

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    Well done Joe and good to see your Postie out and about and preserving their good name :D Speaking of names... does yours have one yet?? Certainly appears to be a near relative of Dot, for sure. :lol3

    Don't wait for that 640.... the Postie will get you there with a little more time and camping :deal

    Take care,

    Allan
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  4. Joe Watson

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    Alan: I haven't got a name for the girl yet, I have been trying to think of something suitable, but I am struggling.
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  5. DRjoe

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    Well done Joe it looks like you had fun.
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  6. evildingo

    evildingo On a road to no-where

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    And I thought I was insane Joe........
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  7. GB

    GB . Administrator

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    How do you get your hands on these postie bikes? Does the Aussie post office sell them off when they're done with them?
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  8. Dr AT

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    the traditional way is to wander up to a farmer and offer him a slab (beer) for the old wreck in his shed. If you prefer you could walk into a country honda dealer and buy a new or second hand one , or if you really want an official postie bike they get sold at auction when oz post has finished thrashing them around the pavements. There are other options , in fact there are places that specialise in selling the second hand ones. http://www.postiebikes.com/links.htm

    Alternatively, you could do the "postie bike challenge" - an annual charity ride where you buy the bike new, do an organised / supported trip then you "donate" the bike to charity afterwards. http://www.postiebikechallenge.org/
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  9. grizzzly

    grizzzly The Pre-Banned Version

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    I had a Honda 90 when I was in school and I think it is the same bike as your postie, I think they stopped selling them in the late eighties over here. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
    can you buy them new over there?<o:p></o:p>
    BTW I never thought of putting a tank on the front like that:thumb
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  10. evildingo

    evildingo On a road to no-where

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  11. angryad

    angryad Don't drop the soap.

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    Great report mate! I'm still in the process of orting mine out properly. Howd you mangae 80km/h out of yours?

    I never thought to name mine either. I was going to suggest "Red Death", but I think thats gunna be the name for mine!!!:clap

    Maybe a name like "Nanna" or "Ethyl" or "The bike formerly used by posties"!:freaky

    Good luck!
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  12. Matt

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    Great report Joe.

    Takes me back to my postie days - wouldn't make the weight limit these days.:evil
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  13. rhino_343

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    Hey mate I reckon good ol' Joe Jnr. sounds alright for a Postie bike name! Thanks for the report, good stuff!

    And Ads I reckon the "Red Death" is a great name for yours as long as you call the 640 the "Orange Pumpkin of Near Death"... I am sure you know why I suggest this.... hahahahah:photog
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    Great ride report. Love the photos.:clap :clap Thank you for posting.
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  15. Hardhead

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    Great report Joe,
    Takes some guts to take one of those things too far from home.... (without support) :evil

    Perhaps there should be a new thread to name the postie!!!!

    "Matches" sounds good to me.
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  16. RockerC

    RockerC Fuck Piece & Quiet

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    Sweet ride Joe, and great pics as well.

    Thanks for sharing. :clap




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  17. tracyprier

    tracyprier Adventurer

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    Question for you... or other postie riders.

    How are they for blokes 6'2" tall? comfy? or are they better suited for folk with shorter inseams??

    New Zealand post uses them also and they can be picked up second hand... gotta be a more fun runabout than some bland, characterless chinese clone I reckon :)

    cheers
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  18. loxsmith

    loxsmith Good ol days my arse

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    I am 6' 2" and rode a Postie from Cairns to the Cape return last year. After the first couple of days I was looking at the frame and if I had a hack saw I would have cut it and added 100mm to the down tube. Next time! We did 3300km in 3 weeks and thanks to the wide arse seat my bum survived just fine.
    Extend the mirror stalks 50mm and you can see around your arms for the ever present vehicles stalking you.
    I am organising an Outback Postie Pub crawl early next year if anyone is interested! Should be about 1500 or so K's in 1 week.

    Glen
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  19. carmima

    carmima All Orange :-)

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    Honda have just announced they are finally (after 30 years) releasing a fully road registered version for the OZ market.
    So now we dont have to wait for them to come up at auctions :thumb

    Price is expected at $3,450 AUD plus on-road costs
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  20. FJRthommo

    FJRthommo Anti social ranga

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    top report mate, loved it!
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