Hoonatic Ty Rides Australia

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Hoonatic Ty, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. MymoJoe

    MymoJoe Ride Ride Ride

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    Hey Hoon,
    Happy to offer secure storage space and Workshop access when you are in the Brisbane area.

    Ride safe
    Joe
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  2. Hoonatic Ty

    Hoonatic Ty TEN660

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    G'day Davo,

    The spotties are the Halogen Touratech ones off their website, they were all that I could find at the time. Since then, there have been lot better LED types released by other manufacturers. They did come complete with all the mounting equipment, brackets, wiring loom etc and somewhat hazy directions (photocopy of a photocopy of a photocopy)

    I will admit to fitting the lights in their protected position as per the directions but got an Auto Sparkie to do the wiring as each spottie came with it's own complete wiring harness and I didn't trust my own abilities to prevent an "under the seat fire!"

    It was that situation when you buy something, a month later it gets superseded with a far cheaper and superior product... If I had my time again, go the LED products available.

    The bottles are a fuel rated "Pimus" brand. I got them off EBay in America and do the job well. These 1.5 litre bottles fit perfectly in the Andystraps Panniers.

    Sorry I don't have Links for them as I'm not totally computer savy! But a search should produce them easy enough, if I can find them anyone can!

    Regards,
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  3. Hoonatic Ty

    Hoonatic Ty TEN660

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    G'day,

    Yeah you got it regie308. The set up is a easy roll out or roll up and your done. Inside the my Swag is a Blackwolf self inflating mattress & pillow and sleeping bag.

    I was surprised on how comprehensive the swag was once set up! I didn't get to see it "in the flesh" before I bought it over the internet. You could do with a lot less features but I guess it comes down to personal preferences, how long you travel for, how often you camp, where you camp etc.

    I've found every day is different with it's demands and I'm learning all the time.

    I haven't forgot the photos promised. You'll see what I mean by a comprehensive swag. This is a "bike swag" too. I'll post ASAP.

    Regards,
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  4. Hoonatic Ty

    Hoonatic Ty TEN660

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    Just before I left my home town of Exmouth, a photo up on the tip of the North West Cape. Vlaming Head Lighthouse.
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    Set and ready to go...
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    Heading inland to the Iron Ore mining town of Pannawonica
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    I made a promise to my mate Doug that I would go into the old town of Wittenoom where he was brought up and put flowers on his mum and dads grave.
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    The town has been 99% demolished by the West Australian government due to the mining of the cancer causing Asbestos. There are still a couple of hardy locals that won't move. It once had a population of 2500, churches, pub, workers club, shops etc but not any more. It now isn't even a gazetted town due to the health risks. It was strange and eerie, riding around through over grown streets. Doug used to own/run this old cafe before they moved everyone on.
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    Karijini National Park, I rode through here in total awe, it is a natural wonder world.
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    Fortescue Falls.
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    Dales Gorge.
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    These photos don't do the experience justice, several times I felt so moved by the surrounding environment. Being alone, in your helmet, riding along, feeling quite insignificant!

    Unfortunately my GoPro camera footage to get a better view of these areas didn't turn out well, I will amend my amateur camera man ways!

    Just got into Broome.
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  5. turbobob

    turbobob Been here awhile

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    Keep em coming Ty. Good pictures mate. Where is christmas?
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  6. Hoonatic Ty

    Hoonatic Ty TEN660

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    G'day Bob,

    Mate after catching up with you lads I've been having the time of my life out on the road, on the bike. The country travelled has blown me away. I have never experienced anything like it and as previously mentioned very moving with special sites ridden through, some character building adversity and friendly people all the way.

    I guess when people see a lone rider roll in they are naturally inquisitive, encouraging and very helpful when needed. This country makes you quite proud with what we have out there to be discovered and enjoyed as I am sure you would agree with your own experiences travelling on the bike.

    I've made it to Darwin and joined my vessel the "OMS Endurance" for my five week swing at sea. I have scored the trifecta of Chrissy, New Years and Birthday at sea and will return to the road on the 29th of January. This time I will join up with my mate Hydro in Adelaide River with his DR650 and strike out for further adventure! I'm restless and itching for it after the awesome experiences so far...!

    Loving it.
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  7. Hoonatic Ty

    Hoonatic Ty TEN660

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    Here are a few shots of the bike swag that I carry rolled up on the back. I had ridden into a small place called Hayes Creek just short of Darwin on dark after a big day in the saddle and dealing with a breakdown earlier in the day at Timber Creek.

    Worn out I hopped off the bike, refueled both the bike and myself (Awesome dinosaur sized T-Bone Steak with cold, cold beer) and promptly crashed out asleep nearby. It was raining, hence the handy covered location. Before I shut down for the night I made very sure I followed the young guy at the servo/bar/shop/accommodation, payment counters advice in keeping the zips closed up as he stated "Be careful, this whole area is bloody infested with snakes, absolutely infested..."

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  8. Hoonatic Ty

    Hoonatic Ty TEN660

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    I set off from Broome early to check out Derby further north and then see if the Gibb River Road was still open to get through to Wyndham.
    First stop along the way was a giant hollow Boab tree with a entry point in it like a window/small door. It was called Boab Prison Tree. Although as its name suggests, you could fit quite a few people inside it was more a staging/rest point for police and escorted Aboriginal prisoners, back in white settler days on the way to Derby.

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    Derby Jetty at low tide
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    Warning signs of the local wildlife to be taken heed of. Beware of the man eating critters...
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    Out on the jetty, it was so hot and humid there that morning.
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    Whilst in Derby I couldn't get reliable information on the status of the Gibb River Roads pass ability. No one had been through since the recent rains and all admitted that "it's usually closed by now..." As I had limited days to get to Darwin on time for my next swing at sea, I unfortunately had to make the safe call of going the long way round via the Great Northern Highway.

    It was very disappointing for me as I had heard and read about the Gibb River Road for most of my life and personally considered it as a "Rite Of Passage" into the Kimberly. I just couldn't risk the chance of having to turn around so far into the road with flooded river crossings and back track. I fully intend on returning and doing it someday as the area it full of amazing gorges, scenic country and remoteness of its own special kind.
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  9. traindriver

    traindriver Adventurer

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    I think this is gonna be a good one. Ride safe
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  10. Hoonatic Ty

    Hoonatic Ty TEN660

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    It was on to Wyndham from Derby via Fitzroy Crossing, Halls Creek and Warmun. This country had its own amazing terrain and I welcomed some brief rain showers to momentarily break the heat and humidity. It was strange being rained on whilst riding and still being stinking hot, it was met with relief and laughter from within my helmet.

    Something that isn't portrayed well in my photos is the results of massive fires that had been throughout the countryside once I got north of Port Hedland and through this area. They must have been burning for weeks or even months to blacken such an expansive area. The first rains of the Wet Season had given everything a green tinge but the evidence of fire was still there for thousands of kilometres.
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    I pushed through a solid 1000km day to arrive in Wyndham on dark. I hadn't even got off the bike as I pulled up out the front of the Wyndham Pub and was offered a free beer by the friendly publican. I decided to lash out and get a room, to clean myself up and fully charge camera and phone batteries etc. I was without doubt on the nose after sitting in my own sweat for days so a shower was going to be a welcome luxury.

    After an immense "old time pub feed" of marinated lamb chops, chips and salad washed down with cold ciders and great conversation with the locals had me feeling like the luckiest man alive. Of course I already knew that, but to punctuate a awesome days riding through unfamiliar, amazingly beautiful landscapes as I had, left me grinning from ear to ear.
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    My plans of a sleep in were shattered by my parents and my first phone call in nearly a week. On updating them of my "still alive status" they shared a cool coincidental happening that a dear family friend I have known since childhood "Winnie" had been born 59 years previous to the day, on the flat bed tray of an old Bedford truck in the shade of a tree out the front of the Wyndham Pub! Apparently the little Irish nurse who delivered her had to be lifted up by a couple of the locals as she was so small and couldn't climb up!

    Main street Wyndham. Signs of yesteryear, Lee Tong, tailor, outfitter, general storekeeper
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    Wyndham Public Jetty, local boat ramp in the back ground
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    Five Rivers Lookout
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    The Wyndham Croc
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    The day before I got to Wyndham, the locals said a dog had been taken by a croc right at the local boat ramp as its owner was winching on his boat... This boat ramp was pretty much just across the road from the Pub!
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  11. Hoonatic Ty

    Hoonatic Ty TEN660

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    This is up above Wyndham at the Five Rivers Lookout. It was steamy hot and the wet season was kicking in with full force. Again I was alone in my travels, I could see where a fleet of tour buses and many cars could park, mobs of people could BBQ whilst enjoying the views but I had the place to myself. Click to watch the video.
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  12. Hoonatic Ty

    Hoonatic Ty TEN660

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    After leaving Wyndham I ventured out to see this tree that was on my map. After nearly losing my way, having a bit of a spill off the bike in the mud, I found it. The off in the mud and close calls in the river crossings made me think a bit more carefully of my situation, alone, start of the Wet Season and a good chance of not seeing anyone for a while. Still when you come across things like this tree by yourself it tends to make it all worth while. Adventure and discovery is a cool thing
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  13. Hoonatic Ty

    Hoonatic Ty TEN660

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    I travelled further on from the tree through El Questro Station bushland for miles to complete a loop back onto the road. Not far from the Gibb River Road I was met with a locked gate... Respecting the sign on it, I doubled backed on the 50km I had just rode . My frustration evaporated in no time, just like my sweat in the steaming conditions as I rode through the magnificent country with its water crossings, ridge lines, unfamiliar tree types and palms. I saw things that I had missed the first time through and the tough sections were familiar but make-able tests of skill. I like how difficulties take a different light when you are having fun!

    It was on to the town of Kununurra, known for it prolific growing of fruit and vegetables and as I also found out Sandalwood. Acres of mangoes have made way for this exotic smelling wood all growing on the very fertile delta land below the Ord River Dam. Coupled with the favourable warm temperature and irrigation system from Lake Argyle everthing grows in quick times!

    Ivanhoe Crossing, as inviting as it looks, crocodiles lurk in the waters waiting...
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    Native Fig Tree Kununurra Lookout, against all odds a seed, grew from a crack in a rock...
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  14. Hoonatic Ty

    Hoonatic Ty TEN660

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    I had heard a lot about this place but nothing could prepare me for such isolated beauty. Fresh water, amazing fresh water... As you will hear me say in some of the following videos, riding in alone and experiencing it without a soul around really was a treat. I will let the footage and still shots speak for themselves.

    My first view of the mighty Lake Argyle
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    Video from the lookout. Click to watch.
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    Top of the dam wall
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    On top of the wall looking towards the lake
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    On top of the wall looking down the Ord River
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    Video from on top of the wall. Click to watch.
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    Video of riding from the bottom of the dam, over the top of it and into the lake. Click to watch.
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  15. Hoonatic Ty

    Hoonatic Ty TEN660

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    I left the Ord River Dam and its Lake Argyle for the Western Australian and Northern Territory Border. Although I had flown over with commercial airlines and sailed my vessels and semi submersible oil & gas drill rigs over all Australian state and territory borders several times, never had I ridden or driven across one.

    My first of many....
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    Video of the border crossing. Click to watch.
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    Video of just across the border, seeing a sign like that, this kid was happy! Click to watch.
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  16. farcall

    farcall Long timer

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    :huh Raindrop in the middle of your helcam lens totally evaps in 25s! Hats off to ya Ty. Its tough weather up there at this time of the year.

    And watchu doin riding in lake argyle? You'd get a ticket for that... if someone was there to write it out :lol3 :lol3
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  17. Hoonatic Ty

    Hoonatic Ty TEN660

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    Not long after I got across the Western Australian ~ Northern Territory border a engine warning light came on my dash. Not the best scenario to present it's self in the middle of nowhere...

    The bike shut down about 20 kilometres later. Shit. It was pretty much the middle of the day, middle of the wet season with the humidity off the scale and 40 degrees in the shade, if you could find it...

    I checked the battery terminals as I had a sneaking suspicion due to the recent battery change and little power to the digital dash. Terminals all good. Mmm. Why? I told myself there in the middle of nowhere "these things are sent to test us" not that I had any want or need for a particular lesson at that time there...

    The next car that came along in good ol' Aussie bush fashion pulled up, offered assistance and towed me 30 kilometres into an Aboriginal community near Timber Creek, N.T..

    A top, helpful bloke and local mechanic Tim confirmed the battery was stuffed, it wouldn't take a charge even from the brand new state of the art charger we had to our disposal. (This battery was all of 12 days old!) Luckily Tim had a spare 12 volt car battery to sell. We promptly robbed an old car wreck of its battery terminals, connected it with a set of - & + leads from a battery charger that had died a week earlier, connected it all to the bikes battery and "tricked" the bike into thinking it had power to start and run. Bush Mechanics at its best. I was on my way again.

    This was a lesson that taught me that like most new cars, bikes etc these days, once your battery dies, nothing else will work with out the computer telling it too. No longer can you jump start, roll start your bike/vehicle and it will run "as long as you don't turn it off!" Computers need power...

    Another thing I discovered is that it is amazing how when your luck is down things can turn around for the better. Being positive pays.


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  18. turbobob

    turbobob Been here awhile

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    Ty, good to hear all is well and that you have "charged" on. Would have been "revolting" in the heat stuck in a "shocking" situation, but you "amped" it up and made it "positive" and not "negative". Bad jokes sorry.

    Yesterday I left work and rode to the servo on my way home. Jumped back on the bike after paying for fuel and my battery had crapped itself. Batteries have a mind of their own I reckon. Got a jump start and made it home but need to buy a new battery today.

    Where to next for you? Pictures of the Tenere look awesome with red mud and dirt on it. Where ever you head in the next few months will be wet won't it? Keep em coming.
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  19. TOTim

    TOTim Been here awhile

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    Looking forward to your adventure.
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  20. Hoonatic Ty

    Hoonatic Ty TEN660

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    I got to Darwin just in time to start my 5 week "swing" at sea on my offshore oil & gas rig tender vessel. It was nice to pull up on the Darwin Harbour wharf and have nice breakfast and reflect on my travels over the last few weeks.

    Then it was time for work and a much needed shower!
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