Mr. Cob, goes for a ride-about, down under.........

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by Mr. Cob, Oct 3, 2012.

  1. quint7

    quint7 "I drove a boat thru the desert"

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    Hell I'm only 42 and that kind of crap would piss me off for weeks. Etiquette is something that has gone the way of cursive handwriting and using the formal letter format in emails. While I doubt anyone misses my southpaw chicken scratch, I still try to compose emails as if they are a letter and I'd backtrack 100 miles before telling anyone to go 'find' my buddy. Unfortunately I know more than a few guys like those ones you dealt with.
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  2. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass The AntiHarley

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    You had every right to be annoyed from that. Looking forward to more of the RR.
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  3. Valleyam

    Valleyam South Australian Tiger resistance group

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    To ask for a favour and give you the run around is unaustralian. Most people you would meet would either go out of their way to be considerate and return a favour of some kind. Or they would just keep out of your way and not bother you in the first place. glad this was your only bad experience in your trip down under
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  4. gunnabuild1

    gunnabuild1 Been here awhile

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    Find that surprising as well especially if his so called mates didn't want to go back with you to help?That sounds ....odd.We tend not to be formal but what you describe breaks several unwritten rules.
    Enjoying your report Mr Cob,please continue.
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  5. Mr. Cob

    Mr. Cob Howling "Mad", Adventurer

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    Howdy All,

    Mates, PLEASE don't take it the wrong way, like I said this was the ONLY time in the month that I spent in your fair country that I felt up set. I am NOT a very easy person to get along with, I am not called Mr. Cob, without reason its just that I try to be honest in all my dealing with folks and honest in my ride reports to not have mentioned this incident would not be in keeping with my habit of telling the whole story and yes I did mention it to the folks involved when I got to the busted down bike. So please don't let this sour the rest of the story. :deal
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  6. n16ht5

    n16ht5 ride the night

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    There's always some people who have no respect and think they deserve help no matter where you go it seems.

    I would have turned around... that was nice of you

    Keep the pics coming Cobby.
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  7. pops

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    As they say Mr Cob, "It takes all kinds to make the world go around " :1drink.

    Great ride report . Thank you for posting :clap:clap.

    Cheers Ian
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  8. Mr. Cob

    Mr. Cob Howling "Mad", Adventurer

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    Howdy All,

    Sorry for the delay, I have been kinda busy in the garage building skid plates for Ural's to pay for diesel fuel for this winters "Escape from the Nor-Wet", click here to be taken to last years escape and the ride report.

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?p=18423755#post18423755

    And now back to the land of Oz. Day eighteen of the rideabout would take us from Bramwell Station the site of the OCR to the "tip", the northern most part of Australia and back to camp, a LONG, HARD ride indeed.

    Oh before I forget I want to thank this man, darn it I sure hope I remember his name correctly I think it is Dave, Dave was a great help to me as I setup camp in the dark and helped me repair my cott which had broken, we successfully repaired and it worked well for the rest of the trip.
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    As I had taken all my gear out of the hack to make room for the rescue and used most of it to setup camp, if I was going to ride at speed whilst going to the tip I had asked for a volunteer to ride as monkey in the hack this would allow for faster travel and much better handling then if the hack were empty. This fellow, if I remember correctly his name is Rosco said he would ride with me, Thanks Rosco I hope you had a good time I know I did.
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    Because of the many klicks to be covered we didn't stop or take any photos until we got to the ferry that would carry us across the river. Rosco took most of these photos, we got out tickets here.
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    Here we are taking the ferry across the river, we had to make good time as the ferry's last trip across the river was at 5:pM or maybe it was 7:pM so if we didn't want to spend the night in the bush we had to be there to catch the last crossing. In this photo, Jock and Zac are already on the ferry.
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    Rosco and I headed to Bamagan, where we were to meet up with Jock and Zac before heading to the tip. We arrived in Bamagan and went to a bakery that Rosco knew of for a snack.
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    We waited for quite a while and still Jock and Zac hadn't shown up. We went to the local gas station to see if they had gone there before going to the bakery, they weren't at the gas station either. I thought it best to stay at the gas station rather then ride around looking for Jock and Zac, they had to fuel up before going to the tip so in time we would see them if we just stayed in place. When Jock and Zac did show up at the station Jock told us about the flat tire he had causing them to be late. This put extra pressure on as it was now about 2:pm, we had a lot of ground to cover before getting back to the ferry in time to catch if before it stopped running for the day.

    Again not many photos taken as we were short of time. One section of the road really brought back some old memories, it was very narrow with "jungle" growing right up to its edge. The red dirt roads made me think of Hwy 13 as it neared Loc Ninh in Vietnam, but this stretch of road to the tip made me think of of area known as the "Iron Triangle" one of the deadliest area my Army unit operated in, we were ambushed many times in roads like this one with dense jungle growing right up to its edge. This was a wide are of the road with building in the back ground, I was told that this was once a very popular resort that folks stayed whilst vacationing in the this area.
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    The road got narrower beyond the resort, even in early afternoon it was dark because the trees formed a canopy blocking out the sun , not easy to see much further then a few meters into the heavy vegetation on either side of the road, yeah this place was kinda spooky for me.

    We reach the parking area at the end of the road, this is as far north as a person can drive in Australia. Jock and Zac after parking their bikes went for a walk to a point with a sing saying this is the most northern tip of the Australian continent.
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    Me not being much of a hiker decided to again resort to my old ways as I rode the Ural out onto the beach.
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    Talking to the Ural dealers I had been told that no one had yet ridden a Ural to the tip, we arrived at the OCR a day early as I wanted to be the first person to ride a Ural to the most northern part of Australia. I was to find out the next day that an Australian Ural rider again if I remember correctly his name is Lee had arrived at the OCR a day before we got there and had beat me to the tip by a day. Congratulations Lee :clap:clap:clap

    The ride back to camp was a lot of FUN, toward the end Rosco got into shifting his weight so I could ride the corners faster, by the time we got back it was dark, we were tired, a few beers and off to bed. Stay tuned.
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  9. TouringDave

    TouringDave Tri Moto Veritas

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    Hey, that pic looks familiar.

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    Great RR Mr. Cob. :clap
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  10. peter13

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    What a great read that was.
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  11. gsd4me

    gsd4me 90% bluff

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    That was extremely bad form from those blokes that you helped; pity you didn`t have some better photos to put up so we could see who they were.
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  12. TouringDave

    TouringDave Tri Moto Veritas

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    +1 Yup, gotta agree. To promise ONE beer when it should be a dozen for what you did, THEN renege on it, bad karma.
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  13. Mr. Cob

    Mr. Cob Howling "Mad", Adventurer

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    Howdy All,

    Day nineteen of the rideabout, was spent just wondering around the camp ground at the ORC. We pulled maintenance on the bikes, I did an all around bolt tightening on the Ural, also checked the valves had to adjust the right side exhaust it was a tad tight.
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    The air filter was packed with dirt.
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    The air filter on the Ural draws air from the INSIDE of the filter NOT from the outside. This is why many folks who are not knowledgeable of their new Ural will complain of poor engine performance and when they are told to check the air filter they mistakenly think its clean. This photo shows the outside of the dirty air filter, it looks clean.
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    Its the INSIDE that filled with crud.
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    The air filter cleaned, the valves set, bolts tightened, I do a walkabout of the camp site and check out the many different sidecar rigs, meet and talk to their owners. Oh and this pig just wandered free through out the campground quite a sight.
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    This is the pub at Bramwell Station, the center of social activity a place to get a beer, a meal and just sit around and swap lies.
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    Some shots of the campground.
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    I stop to visit with Lee, he is the Ural rider that was the first to pilot a Ural to the tip. Lee may have beat me to the tip but I think I actually rode further north as I rode a longways out onto the beach, still I congratulate him on his accomplishment. :clap:clap:clap
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    There were three Ural's at the OCR, from left to right, Tony and his Ural, Cob riding the loaner Ural and Lee with his Ural.
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    Tony and Lee are both long time Ural riders in Australia, both had come up with interesting ways of copping with the heavy dust on the roads. Here Tony has used a snorkel with a replaceable cloth pre-filter to feed air to the air box from above the opening in the bottom of the stock air box.
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    Lee has done much the same thing to his rig.
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    I walked around the camp looking at and taking photos of the many sidecars rigs in attendance. I was amazed at how well thought out these rigs were, how many had complete kitchens built into them, one even had a 12 volt powered refrigerator. Here in no special order where rigs that I thought were really cool.
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    And so I wandered the camp ground talking to folks, taking photos and just enjoying the sunshine. That evening had another good meal, some beers and went to bed kinda early, when I am on the road I really don't sleep very well I am usually so wound up I snooze rather then sleep, tomorrow would be another long hard day will many klicks to cover as we started to ride south. Stay tuned for the next installment of the Oz sojourn.
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  14. leethal

    leethal 3 wheel Monarch #37

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    I stop to visit with John, he is the Ural rider that was the first to pilot a Ural to the tip. John may have beat me to the tip but I think I actually rode further north as I rode a longways out onto the beach, still I congratulate him on his accomplishment. :clap:clap:clap
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    Hi Dave, Super report. Sorry I got to the tip before you.....but an aussie had to be first.....by the way, It is Lee not John.

    No idea how you remember half of the people you met......

    Lee
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  15. TouringDave

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    Hey "John" :lol3, coming to the Fish Holes rally next weekend?
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  16. leethal

    leethal 3 wheel Monarch #37

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    TD. (prick) Perth this weekend, but should be back in time for Coldflame Rally 17 th nov.

    John"....aaaah no. Lee. :lol3
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  17. Mr. Cob

    Mr. Cob Howling "Mad", Adventurer

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    Howdy Lee,

    Sorry mate, I lost my notes where I had written down the names of riders and their machines so I was going on memory which in my case is next to nonexistent. :cry However, I did go back and edit in the proper names. :deal
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  18. Mr. Cob

    Mr. Cob Howling "Mad", Adventurer

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    Howdy All,

    Day twenty of the rideabout, would take us from Bramwell Station the site of the OCR to Cooktown. The days ride was to prove to be one filled with a couple of minor inconveniences and one major disaster, the first hold up of the day, just a few miles from the OCR Zac has a flat tire.
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    This fellow stopped to see if we were OK or needed any assistance.
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    Take note of the "outback jack".
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    Another rider stops to see if we are OK.
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    A new tube in place, the tire and wheel being reinstalled.
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    Checking the tire pressure before we roll on to our next stop.
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    We stop for a quick snack and gas.
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    Whilst at this gas station, our second stop of the day, I look over the rig and can see that the rear tire on the rig is badly worn, I am hoping to make it to Cooktown before having to change it.
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    I didn't make it more then 20 clicks from where we stopped for gas and the rear tire literally blew out :eek1 I was hauling arse down a good stretch of gravel road doing about 105-110 kph when the rear of the rig started to violently move from side to side. It was a very good thing there was on other traffic on the road as I was from one side of the road to the other a couple of times before being able to get the rig under control and safely off to the side of the road. I have had many flat tires while riding on a Ural but never one that blew out at speed on such a loose surface, this is an experience I do NOT wish onto others.
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    The tire had worn completely through and the tube had blown, we put the spare tire on and continued the journey.
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    Many miles later we stop at this ranger station to plan the next leg of our route.
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    AND THIS, is why I wanted Jock to be able to participate in this ride report, the photo I took while at the ranger station is the last photo I was able to take on this day of the ride. My camera battery went dead and I had no way of recharging it. :puke1 Later that day we were to ride through a large national park that held THOUSANDS of very large ant or termite mounds that went on for as far as the eye could see, we traveled over dry river beds some covered in rock making passage very difficult, we did three water crossing one quite deep, and to top it off the timing chain broke on Jock's Yamaha which had to be left along side of the road to be recovered the next day.

    I don't have any photos of these events and the ride report is much poorer because of it. When the Yamaha broke down we took all of Jock's gear from it and loaded it into and onto the Ural, it was getting dark, the road was nasty. We started out with Jock riding behind me on the bike, this was causing handling problems so we rearranged stuff in the sidecar so that he could sit on top of the loaded gear in the sidecar and so we made it into Cooktown when it was quite dark.

    Oh I might add there was a stretch of road covered during the day that was absolutely the WORST I was to ride on during my entire trip in the land of Oz. This road was southeast of the national park, I honestly couldn't tell if the surface was badly broken pavement or super hard packed dark gray clay that was eroded into ruts and bumps that left one feeling like they were driving over sharp edged drop offs more like driving over a curb along side of the road.

    The suspension on a Ural heavily loaded as was the one I was riding doesn't have enough travel to soak up such sharp drops by the time we had endured this lenght of road my lower back was killing me. I tried to stand on the pegs for the worst bumps but every now and then I'd miss one and the resulting slam to my tail bone made it feel like someone had hit me in the spine with a sledge hammer. YES, by the time we made it to Cooktown, I was beat, I had had just about all the fun my old body could stand in one day. To be continued..................
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  19. SmellyGoatBoy

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    Mr. Cob,

    I'm loving this ride report. I have an old friend who just moved to Oz a few weeks ago for work. Now I know what I'm gonna do when I go visit.

    And you are the first and only American Ural rider to ride to the northern most part of Oz
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  20. Berger

    Berger Been here awhile

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    Dave, you didn't need to go to Oz experience the knife and fork bit, just travel a few miles North into Canada!! :D

    Great report, as usual! Some of those roads and definitely the dust, remind me of the Trans Lab. Thankfully I didn't have the stock airbox installed.
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