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

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

  1. Mr. Cob

    Mr. Cob Howling "Mad", Adventurer

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    Howdy All,

    Please excuse my lack of attention to this ride report, things have been kinda busy around the Casa del Cob and building and shipping Ural skid plates has been occupying much of my time.

    Having arrived late in the evening at Cooktown we found and arranged lodging at a hostel. This is where we were to stay for a couple of days.
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    Day twenty one of the ride about, would be spent arranging recovery of Jock's busted Yamaha, touring Cooktown and catching a bit of a rest. As Jock was finding a tow truck and arranging to retrieve the Yamaha Zac and I set out to see what we could see in Historic Cooktown. The first thing we did was find and ride up to the top of hill on which was built a lighthouse to guide ships into the harbor of Cooktown.
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    From this hill top the views of the surrounding area were quite spectacular.
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    Zac and the lighthouse
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    Cob being a tourist
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    On the way back down the hill and into Cooktown we came across this little foot trail, I couldn't resist and took a short ride.
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    Over looking the river that flows from the mountains to the sea.
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    Me and a Roo.
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    The tide was out when we visited the harbor.
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    An interesting story behind the cannon.
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    Zac and I do a bit of shopping, I got a new hat, some polarized sunglasses and a dog fix.
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    We stop for lunch.
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    I had a cold Coke and a really good chiledog.
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    Zac and I our touristing finished head back to the hostel to see how Jocks recovery mission has progressed. Jock had found a guy to go out and bring the bike back to Cooktown, he then arranged for the bike to be picked up in Cooktown and transported to his home MANY miles to the south. We spent the rest of the day just doing laundry and kickin back. Had a good dinner, some beers and hit the sack.

    Day twenty two of the rideabout, started by rearranging the gear on the sidecar so Jock could sit comfortably, we gas up and head south toward Cairns.
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    Loaded with all of my gear, Jocks gear, Jock and myself the Ural was carrying quite a load, we pulled third gear going up a lot of the hills but we still averaged around 90-100kph. Jock snapped some photos from the tub as we rambled down the road.
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    We stop for gas, its getting late in the afternoon.
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    We ride along the coast for many miles.
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    Heres Jock.
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    Cob
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    That evening we stayed in Cairns, Zac and Jock talked and it was decided that Zac would leave us and continue on his own. Zac wanted to get away from us old coots and spend the last few days he had in Oz chasing girls and having fun in other ways. So this was the last evening the three of us would spent together, Zac would take the train south, Jock would ride the KLR and I would have the Ural to myself. Stay tuned, theres still more of the story to share.
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  2. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass The AntiHarley

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    I'm glad to see another chapter of your trip. You are a hell of an ambassador for the brand in spite of your crustiness.
    Keep 'em coming!
    Maybe Zac will chime in with some pics of his last day there? :wink:
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  3. gunnabuild1

    gunnabuild1 Been here awhile

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    Good it's still going on ,so a Ural can maintain 100k cruise?
    Depends on who you talk to I suppose but reading various reports there seemed to be some doubt.
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  4. Mr. Cob

    Mr. Cob Howling "Mad", Adventurer

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    Howdy gunnabuild1,

    On level ground and not bucking a strong headwind the Ural will easily maintain 90-100kph. Loaded as it was there were times when I climbed hills in third gear but the Ural will run at 75-85kph in third mile after mile if thats whats needed to maintain speed on hills. At other times when needing to pass I would ride in third gear up to speeds of 95-100kph before shifting into forth gear. A properly run in and setup Ural in the hands of a skilled rider is not as slow as some folks think they are.

    The Ural I rode on this trip had just over 3,000 klicks on it when I picked it up and a tad over 12,000 klicks when I turned it back over to Jon at the end of the trip. During the ride the Ural continued to run better, get better fuel mileage and gain in speed, in short the rig ran better after the trip then when I picked it up a month earlier. This is common for the Ural's, thats why it is so important to have a competent dealer set the rig up to begin with a competent rider to drive and maintain it until its fully run in, which usually takes about 10-12,000 klicks to accomplish.
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  5. Apple Jam

    Apple Jam Forest Flyer

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    Hey!! Nice to run across this RR!!!
    It was also nice to get an oportunity to meet Jock at WetFest :1drink

    Good Story :norton
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  6. Putts

    Putts Gettin' there.

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    Late, but in! Thanks for reminding me Cobby, you old geezer.

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  7. n16ht5

    n16ht5 ride the night

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    keep em coming
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  8. 502MAD

    502MAD 502MAD

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    Fashionably late.....:lurk
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  9. Mr. Cob

    Mr. Cob Howling "Mad", Adventurer

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    Howdy All,

    Sorry for neglecting this ride report, I just finished up the last of the skid plates that I have been building and selling to help support my Ural addiction. The last one will be shipped to a bloke from Oz, this will be the first one I have sold to used on a rig with the sidecar on the wrong side. :rofl I'll post more of the down under sage soon. :deal
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  10. enduro0125

    enduro0125 Sticks and Stones™..

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    Late for the show.

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  11. Mr. Cob

    Mr. Cob Howling "Mad", Adventurer

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    Howdy All,

    Sorry for the delay lets pick up the saga on day twenty four of the rideabout, we again head south on our way to Townsville where would stop the following day at a bike shop called "TVS Sidecars" Bruce the owner of the shop was waiting for us to show up as I was in desperate need of tires and a service on the rig. Heres the contact info for Bruce's shop,

    TVS Sidecars, 9/29 Casey St.
    Aitkenvale, Townsville
    QLD 4814

    tvsidecars@hotmail.com

    On the way to Townsville, we passed through some beautiful country heres some photos along the way.
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    A sugar cane mill.
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    As we are riding south, we pass another Ural that is traveling north, we exchange waves, the next thing I know Jock has stopped and turned around riding fast north bound. Not knowing what was going on, I turned around and followed after Jock. A few miles later I see Jock has gotten the other Ural and its riders to stop in a parking lot on the west side of the road, I pull in and meet Ural riders Julie and Mick., we shake hands and spend a few minutes talking Urals and about our travels.
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    It was a real treat to meet and talk to Julie and Mick., little thing like this add so much to a trip.
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    We ride along the coast, some great photo opportunity's here.
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    We stop at another small bakery for some pie and a drink. Check out some of the goodies for sale at this little shop.
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    Later in the day we stop again for a break where Jock calls his friend who lives a few miles from the shop we will be stopping at tomorrow. Jock arranges for our lodging at this friends home whilst I strike up a conversation with a local hack rider, his tug is a Harley Sportster, his name is John, the sidecar is a 1973 DJP.
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    Jock talks to John while I take one more photo.
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    Later that same day we arrive at Jock's friends home, I meet Jock's friend and his son, sadly again I have forgotten names, but I did manage to get another dog fix.
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    We park the bikes in the yard and do some laundry.
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    I had learned my lesson well and did NOT wash my cotton jeans as I knew they would not be dry the next morning, all of my easy care cloths were clean and dry. For those who don't have it, the easy wash and dry cloths that are now being made are the best darn traveling cloths you can buy, they may get kinda funky smelling if you don't keep them washed but if you rinse them out and hang them up over night unless its extremely humid they will be ready to wear the next morning.
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    As there is only one spare bed I set my cot and sleeping bag up in the tool shed, I got a great nights sleep.
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    We had another good meal, some beers and told lies well into the evening, off to bed what a great day. Stay tuned, more to come.
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  12. 502MAD

    502MAD 502MAD

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    Dave,

    What kind of cot do you use..... that sucker looks great!
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  13. Mr. Cob

    Mr. Cob Howling "Mad", Adventurer

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    Howdy 502MAD,

    I can't remember the brand, I have been using it for over 20 years. When I first got it the legs were to long the cot sat about 8 maybe 9 inches above the ground, I cut the legs so that it now sits about 5 inches off the ground this makes it nice inside a tent and still keeps you up and off the cold, uneven ground. The whole thing packs down into its won carrying case about 24 inches long by 5 inches wide by an inch and a half thick, weighs about 4 pounds. This little cot is one of the best camping items I have ever bought.
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  14. leethal

    leethal 3 wheel Monarch #37

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    Hi Dave,
    Just for the record, the couple heading North on the green Ural were Julie and Mick. You met John and Rhonda (also Ural owners) at TVS in Townsville. John and Rhonda kindly put me up for a couple of nights while I replaced a front crankshaft bearing with the help of Bruce at TVS.

    I am still reliving my trip through your great report.

    Cheers, lee
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  15. Mr. Cob

    Mr. Cob Howling "Mad", Adventurer

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    Howdy Lee, G'Day mate,

    Thanks for helping me out with names, I some how managed to loose most of the notes I took whilst in Oz. I'll be adding another chapter later today if time allows. :D
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  16. leethal

    leethal 3 wheel Monarch #37

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    Howdy Dave,
    I see you were quick on the edit mate. :deal.
    I did a 3 day ride with Julie and mick and 20 other uralists a few weeks after you met them. John (the importer) organized a ride from Kentucky to the coast and back. Of course, we had a ball. :clap

    Keep writing Dave, or as the nun said to the bishop "keep it up as long as you can" :clap

    Lee
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  17. Mr. Cob

    Mr. Cob Howling "Mad", Adventurer

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    Howdy All,

    I am back again, when last writing this report, Jock and I had spent the night with his friends, day 25 of the rideabout, started with finding and then spending the better part of half a day at Bruce's bike shop where a full service was performed on the Ural and some new tires installed to replace the badly worn ones that we limped in on. Here the shop information.

    TVS Sidecars, 9/29 Casey St.
    Aitkenvale, Townsville
    QLD 4814

    tvsidecars@hotmail.com

    We find the shop,
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    and are greeted by Bruce who will be taking care of the Ural's needs.
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    Before Bruce can work on the Ural he has to make room by moving this wrecked rig out of the shop. This was a BRAND NEW rig that was crashed by a new inexperienced hack rider.
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    The wreck moved outside, the Ural is rolled into the work bay to be serviced.
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    As Bruce is working on the Ural, I wander around the shop, its setup to do just about any type of repair and or custom work on any brand of motorcycle, with a large stock of common parts and accessories.
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    This is one of the worn out tires that will be replaced on the Ural, I got as many klicks out of them as was possible.
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    Work being done to the hack wheel and brake check.
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    The new tires have arrived, they will be sent out with the wheels to be mounted at another shop, as all of Bruce's employees were busy with other tasks.
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    A fellow stopped by this rig, looks fast.
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    Bruce is hard at work.
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    John and Rhonda, stop by to meet and visit with me.
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    Jock wanted to stand next to Rhonda.
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    Here we are the rig serviced and ready to hit the road. I owe a special THANKS to Spanner, the lady sitting on the rig, she is one of Bruce's employees who was very instrumental in getting the tires back so we could get moving again as we had a lot of ground to cover before the sun went down.
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    Jock says farewell to Spanner, for an old coot he has a way with the ladies.
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    And so the rig serviced, new tires where needed, we are off to continue the sojourn. I want to thank Bruce and his crew for the excellent work they did on the Ural, for caring for our needs by providing lunch and drinks while at the shop. I ask that folks who live in the Townsville area or those who are traveling and passing through to stop at Bruce's shop if they need parts or service, he will do a great job of taking care of your bike. THANKS Bruce.

    Oh before I continue, my mate Lee who I met at the OCR had a front crank bearing go bad on his Ural, he stopped at Bruce's shop, the shop fixed his rig the day before Jock and I arrived, this gave Lee and I a chance to visit whilst the Ural was being worked on, I am sure that Lee will join in my recommendation of Bruce's shop.

    I can't remember where we ended up that night or if we camped or found a cheap place to sleep, again I have lost photos.

    The next morning, day twenty six of the rideabout, starts out sunny, we are off, headed south, we stop for gas along the way.
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    We have some breakfast.
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    While eating breakfast I notice a man riding a BMW who has on his jacket, a Vietnam Service Medal, I don't know this man but I walk up to him, and invite him to share our table, when he sits down I offer my hand and speak these words "Welcome Home".

    In the USA when we who had served in Vietnam came home for the most part we were NOT welcomed we were treated quite badly by many of our countrymen, it became a custom among Vietnam Vets when they met to shake each others hands and say the words "Welcome Home" as in most cases our countrymen had never done so. I could see that my greeting was a surprise to my new mate and so I explained it to him.

    After brecky and before continuing our journey I took a photo my my Brother in Arms, I am so sorry I have again forgotten a name. Ride free and long my Brother, may our trails again someday cross.
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    On our way south we hit a lot of road work and had to stop many times, look behind the Ural, on the hill side is a large sculpture of a big black lizard.
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    A better view of the lizard.
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    We wait, and then wait some more. this would be a pattern for the rest of the day.
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    That night we made it as far south as Mackey. We were tired, we got a cabin in a travel court, ate a good meal and went to bed, both of us tired from the long day on the road. Stay tuned, there is more to this tale.
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  18. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric

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    Am sure enjoyin this RR. And hopin for more! :D
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  19. Pokey66C23

    Pokey66C23 Been here awhile

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    Mr Cob,

    Thanks for taking the time to post this up and let us share in your adventure. I've been to Aus while flying with the AF, I never had the opportunity to travel the country side Ural style so to speak. You've made me want to go back and really see Aus from ground level. Happy trails. Pokey
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  20. Mr. Cob

    Mr. Cob Howling "Mad", Adventurer

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    Howdy Mates,

    I have to get off me arse and finish this ride report, I only have a few more days of riding to cover but I have been distracted by domestic duties and playing with my Ural here at home, I will make a concentrated effort to finish this report within the next few days. :deal