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, G'Day Mates,

    I'll pick up the saga where it was dropped, day twenty seven of the rideabout, Jock and I rode from Mackay to his home. It was a nice day sunny and pleasant temperature wise.

    Here the Ural is parked in Jocks car port, one of the dogs is inspecting it and giving it the smell test, by this time the rig was quite covered in dirt, dust, mud, and BUGS.
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    We took Barbs car to town, Jock needed something to work on one of his bikes I forget what it was so we went to the local bike shop to get it.
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    For such a small shop it was outfitted well for the usual needed supplies and gear.
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    On display was this impeccably restored old bike, very cool.
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    Here Jock is paying for his parts, this is the only photo I have of Barb, such a beautiful lady who was extremely camera shy, I had to sneak this photo.
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    Playing the part of being a tourist whilst in town.
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    The evening meal Barb prepared was great.
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    Day twenty eight of the rideabout, consisted of a guided tour of Jocks home area, what a wonderful place to live and ride, here we are getting ready to leave for the days ride.
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    One of the many river crossings made during the trip, this one is just a few miles from Jocks home. There is a strip of concrete about 10 feet-3 meters wide laid on the bottom surface of the river, this is what we are riding over.
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    Later in the day I came across this large snake soaking up the sun in the middle of the road. I got off the rig and walked toward it to get a better photo, the darned thing raised its head and start to slither toward me. :eek1
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    This photo gives you an idea of big that snake was, I don't know if it was poisonous but I wasn't going to take the chance of getting bite, I took my photos, jumped back on the rig and rode AWAY.
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    The next sires of photos are just random shots taken on our ride.
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    We come to a hand dug train tunnel.
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    A narrow bride across the river.
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    When I said narrow I meant NARROW.
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    Ural on the bridge.
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    Cob having a bit of fun with the Ural.
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    Back at Jocks home I get another dog fix.
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    We have tea.
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    Jock takes me to visit the Rum factory.
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    An Aussie and Yank, clowning for the camera.
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    After a great day of riding we are back at Jocks home, the evening will be spend packing for the trip south where we will spend the day riding to Brisbane where the rig will be turned back over to Jon and be sold to its new owner.
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    Before it gets dark, I take some photos of Jocks home, what a neat and beautiful place it is.
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    Stay tuned some nice photos of the trip south and a GREAT old school bike shop coming up.
  2. conchscooter

    conchscooter Long timer

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    Quite the adventure and quite the ad for Ural. 8,000 dusty miles trouble free.
    And, one has to wonder in the darker recesses of the mind, what your minder did to get
    banned from advrider. He seems so innocuous.
  3. gunnabuild1

    gunnabuild1 Been here awhile

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    Nice pic's once again Mr Cob,no expert but the snake looks like some variation on a python so not poisonous,however it's still a snake so retreat is the best option,for me anyway.
    My dog died a few months ago so I'm learning what you mean about the dog fix, recently house sitting for friends with a little lap dog a pleasant reminder of how a dog can enrich your days.
    Enjoying the perspective of a visitor to our shores,makes me take a second look at the things I take for granted.
  4. Mr. Cob

    Mr. Cob Howling "Mad", Adventurer

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    Howdy gunnabuild1,

    Whilst traveling with Jock, I was so pleased to see the different terrains of Oz, and often remarked to him how beautiful his country was. Later when Jock stayed in my home for a few days and it was my pleasure to guide him around my part of the planet for a few days he remarked on how after seeing the snow covered mountains in my backyard "When you live surrounded by such things, how could you find Oz beautiful?" I simply said, "Because its different and I had not seen such sights before." The more I travel the more I realize that its NOT the same everywhere, it allows me to see new things and enjoy them while still reminding me that some of the best parts of the world are in EACH of our own backyards. As to my need for dog fixes, I can only aspire to get along with people as well as I do with dogs, dogs have been a part of my life since before I could walk and will be till my time here is done.
  5. Mr. Cob

    Mr. Cob Howling "Mad", Adventurer

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    Howdy All,

    Day twenty nine of the rideabout, would take us from Jock home to his friend Gene's home which is in or very near Brisbane. Whilst on this last real day of riding we would pass through some very beautiful country, rolling hills, old worn down mountain ranges, with some incredible vistas along the way.
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    Jock on the KLR.
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    We stop for fuel..........
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    And food.
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    After our short stop we travel on.
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    We stop at this over look, below and before us the remains of a long ago eroded away volcanic mountain range the only thing still standing is their hard cores.
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    We stopped at a National Park to get some better views of old volcanic cores.
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    Later that early evening we made it to Gene's home, Gene is an interesting fellow, he races a sidecar powered by a Harley-Davidson Sportster, his wife Vickie is the monkey. Heres Gene.
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    Vickie sitting on the riders seat of the rig.
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    The "grandparents in action" If I remember correctly Gene and Vickie are in their early 60's and still running hard.
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    The evening spent at Genes home was passed in good cheer, food and beer in plenty a good time was had by all. The next day would be my last day in Oz, Jock would leave his KLR at Genes home, Gene would drive us to the air port after I had turned the Ural over to Jon and meet its new owner. Stay tuned for the last chapter in this saga.
  6. dammitdave

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    Great write up, Dave! This would make a great slideshow evening at one of the dealership bike nights for non-adv inmates. +1 on the dog fixes-there's no such thing as too much dog lovin' dd
  7. Mr. Cob

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    Howdy dammitdave,

    When South Sound BMW, first started to sell Ural's they asked me to give a slide show to introduce folks to the Ural, one of the most fun things I have done, it paid very well too.
  8. Mr. Cob

    Mr. Cob Howling "Mad", Adventurer

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    Howdy All,

    This is it, the last and final chapter in the Cob rides in Oz saga. I have sent some emails to the folks at the last shop I stopped at in an effort to get some names of the folks I met there but after waiting and getting no response I have decided to just finish this ride report without that information.

    The last day of the rideabout, was when I turned the rig over to Jon and he in turn turned it over to its new owner. Not knowing where we were going we were led to "BJ's Bikes and Bits", by a very nice fellow named John and his lovely lady Anthea. John met us at a gas station outside of Brisbane and led us to the shop. John had told us that he had just gotten the rig that they named "Stella" and wasn't comfortable riding at high speeds on the motorway, I told him not to worry to ride at a speed he was comfortable with and we would follow. Heres some photos of John and his rig. John is the good looking guy on the right, his rig was spotless, clean and shiny the rig I had been riding was covered with almost 9,000 klicks of assorted Australian terrain.
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    Stella, sure is a beauty, I love the pinstripeing on the black base layer.
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    We arrive at the shop where I'll turn the rig over to Jon.
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    John looks on as I shake hands with Jon, turn the rig over to him and THANK HIM for having let me ride the rig for a month covering the eastern third of Australia, in the upper left of the photo, Jock is talking to the man who will be buying the rig from John later in the day. I met the man who would be buying the rig but have forgotten his name.
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    THANK YOU JON.
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    In this photo, Anthea is in front of John along side of their rig.
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    I have for over 50 years been a lover and rider of British Iron, being at this shop was a great experience, kinda like taking a trip in a time machine.
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    Lots of parts for the old bikes.
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    BJ's, also sold Royal Enfield motorcycles.
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    This mans name is Preston, ( thank you john for letting me know his name ) we shared many stories as we ate lucnh and talked Brit bikes.
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    This man rode his rig to the shop, we enjoyed talking for a while, sorry I don't know the name.
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    Also met and talked to these fellow, it was nice of folks to ride to the shop just to met and talk to me wish I had not lost my notes.
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    The final odometer reading when I turned the rig over, just a few klicks short of having put 9,000 klicks on it in less then a month.
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    The new owner with his rig.
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    A map showing my trip.
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    And so my wonderful sojourn down under came to a close. After saying goodbye to everyone we rode in Genes car back to his home where we would pack for our flight to the USA the next morning.

    I want to THANK from the bottom of my heart my mate Jock for his generosity and incredible tour guide duties. THANK you Jon Taylor for your allowing me to use the Ural whilst on this trip. Thanks to ALL the Aussie Riders who hosted me whilst in your country, thanks to ALL the dealers who helped us and kept the rig rolling with tires and other needs. This truly was a trip of a life time and without the generosity of all involved I would never have had this incredible trip and horizon boarding adventure.

    Jock and I would share the flight to the USA where would loose each other whilst going through customs in the LA air port, we would see each other later as he traveled the USA, it was my pleasure to host and guide him for a few days while in my home area. So its done, done, done.

    When I got back home I was after seeing all that old British Iron in Oz inspired to get my old Brit bike running again, two days after dragging it out from under a tarp and cleaning nearly a decade of neglect from the carb it kicked to life, here it is a 1968 BSA Thunderbolt.
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    My final words to this ride report are much like that with which I end all my Ural reports. "IF" reading this ride report will in the future positively influence your decision to buy a Ural, please send me a PM or email stating this. The PM's and emails will help me to maintain the back door sponsorship that IMWA gives me which in turn allows me to continue to keep my rig running as I "ABUSE" it testing factory and personally built parts. THANKS.
  9. theMISSIONARY

    theMISSIONARY hunting and riding!!

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    :clap thanks Mr Cob nice write up :clap

    i must pester a bloke "down south" with one to see what the New Urals are like :D
  10. Mr. Cob

    Mr. Cob Howling "Mad", Adventurer

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    Howdy the MISSIONARY,

    WARNING, "IF" you like the Ural, chances are you'll end up buying one, they kinda grow on ya and before ya know it your other bikes will spend a lot of time sitting in the garage. :wink:
  11. CaveDave

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    They say everyone has a twin, but it takes a true Adventure Rider to go to the other side of the globe to find his.:lol3

    Excellent ride report, Mr. Cob!! Thanks for sharing!:clap
  12. Mr. Cob

    Mr. Cob Howling "Mad", Adventurer

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    Howdy CaveDave,

    Yup, me and Gene do kinda look like brothers, I feel sorry for Gene, I have been told by many that "I" have the perfect face for radio. :(:
  13. John Boy

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    Hi there Mr Cob,<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
    good to see you have finished your write up (Anthea and I have been waiting to see Stella “up in lights”).<o:p></o:p>
    I can help with a couple of names here, the fellow you thought was Chris is actually Preston (balding a bit), while Chris can be seen standing behind the counter scratching his face in the second of the “Lots of parts for old bikes” photos. Preston and Chris seem to be the two “main guys” to deal with at BJ’s .<o:p></o:p>
    I did meet a couple of the other fellows who turned up that day but do not recall their names either.<o:p></o:p>
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    I have to say I felt a bit sad for the fellow who was buying the bike, in that he had seen it for sale on Jon’s site and I believe he contacted Jon about it the same day you left with the bike to start your trip. (I think he may have been the first person to approach you when we road into BJ’s, he had been waiting to meet his new bike.)<o:p></o:p>
    What made me sad was that he had seen a lovely cleaned up shiny bike in the advert, but by the time he got to see it, as you say, it “was covered with almost 9,000 klicks of assorted Australian terrain”.<o:p></o:p>
    Also for those who don’t know, that bike you rode was used in a Kentucky fried chicken add here in Aus; around my parts we jokingly refer to it as the “world famous KFC bike”.<o:p></o:p>
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    It was quite a “proud” day for myself and Anthea, we had only had the Ural a month or so and already we were rubbing shoulders with a Ural ambassador from the other side of the world.<o:p></o:p>
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    On another note, we had arranged with Mr Cob to do a ride around us on the highway so Anthea could get some photo/video clips, Mr Cob positioned himself beautifully, rode round us, holding ground for a moment then moving off ahead; unfortunately Anthea had a camera failure (new camera) and, sadly, the opportunity was missed.<o:p></o:p>
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    John & Anthea.<o:p></o:p>
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    PS. tragically, Stella is the bike now being discussed over at Soviet Steeds under the heading “Another FD Self-destructs”.:cry<o:p></o:p>
  14. Mr. Cob

    Mr. Cob Howling "Mad", Adventurer

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    Howdy John Boy,

    Welcome to ADV-Rider, and THANKS for your input to the ride report, I have edited my last chapter and correctly identified Preston, thanks for the help.

    I am sure that your troubles with Stella will be taken care of Jon and those who work with and for him are top notch blokes. :deal
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    Nice write up. Sorry about your negative experiences with the blokes you helped out up north, must have been Queenslander's. :hide

    It's always good to read ride reports from 'outsiders' and view our great country through their eyes. :D

    Thanks for taking the time to post your experiences :clap
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    Mr. Cob,


    Thank you for your service and thanks for sharing. I enjoyed every post. Australia is one place I would love to travel some day! :clap