Micks 1st Adventure Ride

Discussion in 'Australia' started by oz_mick, Jul 25, 2009.

  1. oz_mick

    oz_mick Been here awhile

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    Two weeks ago I bought this, my first Adventure Bike, a KLR650 2007 Model. The bike came fully setup. Motech Crash Bars, Motech Pannier Bars, Trax Top Box, Wolfman Tank Bag, Garmin Zumo 550, Startrack 1 Comms, Andy Strapz Panniers + more. Basically add fuel and head off.

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    For my first trip I followed the suggestion of a work Colleague. Head from home to Kilcoy &#8211;onto <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:Street w:st="on"><st1:address w:st="on">Kilcoy-Murgon Rd</st1:address></st1:Street> then take Monsildale rd, back onto Kilcoy Murgon rd, turning left on Sunday Creek rd then camp at Charlie Moreland Campground.

    Thursday loaded up the bike with camping gear, I looked at the load and first thought was it looks like I am going away for a month. On reflection I guess there is not much difference between an overnighter and a month.
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    Friday morning wheeled it outside for a 10AM departure. LMAO I could not get on it, no matter how hard I tried my MX Boots did not give me the flexibility and also the way the load was positioned.
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    Anyway hit the road 40 mins later after ditching the MX boots and relocating some of the load to a less than ideal spot.
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    First Stop to check everything was still secured the <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeType w:st="on">Township</st1:placeType> of <st1:placeName w:st="on">Fernvale</st1:placeName></st1:place>.

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    Met this Guy from the Forum sorry forgot your name. We had a good chat about bikes n things.

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    On the Road, Splityard Creek Road Paused for a Photo Opportunity near the Mt Glorious Turn off. One of Queenslands famous biker roads.

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    Bike was going well I was starting to feel comfortable with it, stopped for a drink, snack and a photo at The Spit at Somerset Dam.
    On a weekend one can barely move here due to the number of powerboats cruising around on the dam. But being a Friday it was peaceful and serene.


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    Coming down from the hills Near <st1:City w:st="on">Somerset</st1:City> heading towards Kilcoy,,,, don&#8217;t you just hate winter in <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Queensland...:rofl </st1:place></st1:State>
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    <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placeType w:st="on">Township</st1:placeType> of <st1:placeName w:st="on">Kilcoy</st1:placeName></st1:place> home of the Yowie, I think I have met his brother at my work&#8230;.
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    Stopped here to fill up with fuel and lunch.

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    Took the <st1:Street w:st="on"><st1:address w:st="on">Kilcoy Murgon Rd</st1:address></st1:Street> heading North about 13 Kms or so turned left onto Monsildale Rd. Dirt begins soon.


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    Just puttered along slowly dodging cows enjoying the scenery


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    Then came across this my first creek crossing paused briefly looked at the crystal clear water,, ahh does not look deep just go for it.
    Was a bit deeper than expected. Lesson 1 depth of water can be deceptive. :eek1 Joe did not tell me there was creek crossings on this road :lol3

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    The Next Creek Crossing I neglected to take a picture because was just happy got over it without dropping the bike.
    It had a concrete base that was slippery as hell.
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    Anyway Progressing,,, starting to feel a bit fluey


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    Stopped at Old Jimna Firetower for a break after that awesome bit of road (thanks Joe),,
    made a decision sadly to head home as could feel the onset of a cold rather than spend a night out in the cold.

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    Nice Farmland near Kilcoy on the way back home..


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    Anyway despite the Flu I had a great day, some valuable things learned. Have to rethink how I load the bike. Might ditch the aluminium Trax box in favor of some soft bags.
    Need to get some more flexible boots and a different helmet..


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    Anyway here are some pics of my other bikes. Needless to say I am hooked on Adventure bike riding.


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  2. slowbike smallpenis

    slowbike smallpenis Tester of Tooheys Old

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    Thats great Mick, The KLR looks the goods - you may want to have the thread shifted over to ride reports.

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  3. oz_mick

    oz_mick Been here awhile

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    How do I move it over to the ride reports ?
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  4. vOOdsy

    vOOdsy Been here awhile

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    Great stuff Mick...loving the panos :thumb
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  5. oz_mick

    oz_mick Been here awhile

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    My el-cheapo Kodak point n shoot does the panos by itself. :clap
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  6. slowbike smallpenis

    slowbike smallpenis Tester of Tooheys Old

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    Drop Touring Dave a pm or Chris Mac - cheers
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  7. Gidyup

    Gidyup Lookin' round

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    Hey Mick,Sounds like a good day out,That Monsildale Rd is a great little run,That slimey crossing has caught afew out including yours truly,:eek1 ha ha.
    The KLR650.net forum has a strong Brisbane presence if you want to go that way.
    Enjoy the adventures,,Ray
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  8. Goosefeather

    Goosefeather Captain Slow

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    Nice shots . . .

    (but us old farts can read white font a lot easier)
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  9. oz_mick

    oz_mick Been here awhile

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    Fixed for the old farts :thumb
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  10. TouringDave

    TouringDave Tri Moto Veritas

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    Mick, great pics and great bike!

    Welcome to the asylum as well. Now, fill out your profile.

    We'll leave the thread here for a couple of days for people to see.

    TDave.
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  11. xtz_dude

    xtz_dude Been here awhile

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    Hey TDave, you comin on the marysville recovery ride too ?
    there are a few of us meeting up at the carpark, of the northside of plenty road and ring road intersection, this saturday, the 1st, at 7.30am, then we're heading over to Mansfield to catch up with the Riverina Riders, and from there going on a bit of a tour via Jamieson, Woods Point just to name a few of the places we'll be going via, and then finally ending up at Marysville, for a bbq tea and a few drinks. Most of us have booked a room at the tower motel, it is booked out for the adv riders group, so not sure if ther are any rooms left but some of us might have spare beds as some of the rooms are multiple rooms.
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  12. petemoss

    petemoss Having a look around

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    Good stuff Mick.

    I'm still pretty new to here and advriding as well. I've just started exploring around that same area myself. There's a few locals with heaps of tips and directions. I'm gunna get out and follow a local around on Wednesday. Thanks "woopwoop" :D

    Enjoy the new bike
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  13. TouringDave

    TouringDave Tri Moto Veritas

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    G'day K.D.

    Might try and get up there in the arvo to say howdy otherwise no go on the whole weekend due to work committements.

    Looks like it is going to be a top weekend.
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  14. Morgo

    Morgo 18 till i die

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    Welcome Mick, nice photos mate, and you want to keep an eye on that Joe, he's known to be a bit of a shit stirrer:evil

    Cheers Morgo
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  15. Gadget-Ian

    Gadget-Ian Not lost, exploring!

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    welcome Mick, thanks for posting story.

    Wise move to go on fully loaded short ride. Hope the plans go well for the next one.

    Nice to see the KLR added to your stable of bikes. I think there may be a thread dedicated to klr in both the aussie and international sections of the ADV forum (if you didn't know that already)

    Ian
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  16. oz_mick

    oz_mick Been here awhile

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    Shit Stirrer,,,, Joe a SHIT STIRRER,,, really :rofl are we talking about the same person :huh

    ABSOLUTELY!!! :trp
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  17. oz_mick

    oz_mick Been here awhile

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    Was a bit shorter than expected due to flu, was hoping to camp out one night,,, but there is always next time.

    I learnt alot from just a short trip, gotta get some more gear. I think a Andy Strapz Stuff Sack so will not need the Trax Box, will make getting on and off easier. Some more flexible boots will help too thinking about Setup Boots. A smaller stove (coleman duel fuel), a different helmet, tried some Zeus helmets on Saturday.

    Hopefully someone to ride with too would be good this weekend coming got my kids,,, but the weekend after will have another go somewhere.
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  18. MymoJoe

    MymoJoe Ride Ride Ride

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    Mick - come on now - me a shit stirrer.. I resemble that remark!!!!

    As I said Mick, one little Adventure ride and you will be hooked!!! :freaky

    Keen to know who looks like the brother of the kilcoy yowie? I am guessing Dot?:lol3
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  19. oz_mick

    oz_mick Been here awhile

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    LMAO Dot,,, errr I think she is the Yowie tribes mother....:yikes

    Yeah hooked solidly on adventure riding and its all your fault

    That second creek crossing I thought it was going to be all over red rover,,, lucky I had my brown underwear on OMG I slipped all over the place,,, had to put out the outriggers and ended up with a boot full of water.

    Seriously though that is a great road, as you said very non technical so perfect for me.
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  20. jj55

    jj55 slow but sure

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    Great photos Mick, I have done some of those roads myself, thanks for the chat in Fernvale/now back in Canberra.
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