SNAIL TRAILS Novice adventure rides Queensland, Australia

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Strummer, Oct 21, 2010.

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    not much in the way of photos or videos due to all the rain. but click the photo below for the slideshow, or click here to download any pics.

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    and here's the video. excuse the weird soundtrack, its just something i recorded with a few mates a while back, and you avoid the youtube ads if you use your own muzak!

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    RIDE REPORT BY STRUMMER
    Well, far out... What a day!It was looking pretty good when I woke up at 5am this morning. There had been no rain overnight, so it looked like the bureau may have just been covering their arses!Woohoo, I said. Then we had a bit of a downpour around 6. Ah well, so not a perfect day out....

    I got to the meet point 20 minutes early, only to find that I just about snapped up the last parking space!! I didn't do a head count at the start (maybe TK did?), but I reckon we must have had close to 40 starters. A good turnout considering the forecast for the day.
    After the usual ride briefing, we headed off on some medium easy trails, with a mostly experienced crew.

    A few obstacles and a creek crossing took us to our first practice area for the day. A gully with moderately steep sides.Mickd did a bit of a skills demo, and then a few new riders tried their hand, to great success.
    Up to this point, no rain. But it was coming, slowly but surely.

    By the time we reached the Beerwah area, it was bucketing down, and after tackling the ST101 clay hills, we all decided to return to the rest area for a bbq. Too much carnage, and a few broken bits on more than one bike. And the weather looked to be getting worse by the minute. We had actually only done 10% of the planned tracks, but the slippery conditions and diversity of experience levels meant that we had to play it safe, so the more technical sections were avoided. Apologies for any disappointment!!! :cry (Sandy Lane)

    On the way back I turned around to see who was following me.... no one. Ooops, better stop and wait. So I pulled over and suddenly 20 bikes appeared out of the mist. They had been there all along! Man, was the visibility bad! :eek1

    But at least the crummy weather gave us all a chance to bask in the warmth of a bbq snag, and some excellent company. I felt a bit sorry for the backpackers who had had the shelter area to themselves before we turned up. But hey, I offered them the last sausage!!

    So cheers to all the brave souls who ventured out on this rain soaked ride, you all earned the snag, the birthday cake and the Snail Trails sticker.It was excellent to meet some new faces from two different forums, and to catch up with those we haven't seen for a while.

    THANKS TO:

    Peter GG for bringing the esky, bbq, birthday cake and beers (very welcome indeed)
    Lupine128 for patiently sweeping all day long
    Mickd for the excellent tips you shared with us
    Derek, Rod, Mick and all the other mid pack helpers
    Barry for taking the photos and video
    Boo for turning the snags (and saving the burntest one for me)
    Husaberg for making bikes that bounce really well :evil

    Lets do it all again soon, hopefully with less of the liquid sunshine.
    :thumb
    PS Happy birthday for tomorrow Mick :D
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  2. B1

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    a few of us are seriously thinking of diversifying a bit into trials bikes so popped down today to watch the Logan River Trials mob doing their thang near Beaudesert. Will we call it Snial Trials if it actually happens? Who knows... Click on the pic below for the slideshow.

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    is anyone interested in leading a snail trails ride? the usual organisers are taking a break so hopefully it can be spread around a bit! it's pretty easy to do, especially if you limit the group size (e.g. 5 to 10 riders).

    if you find the organisational side of it on the forum a hassle, i'm happy to do that side of it for you. all you need to do then is show up on the day and have a reasonable idea of where you want to go. it doesn't matter if you don't know the state forests all that well, with the cornering system you can just go exploring. if interested just PM me.

    if you want to organise the whole thing, just go to this thread:
    Snail Trail rides in SE Queensland for 2011

    you can just cut and paste the text from one of the rides there and edit it for your ride. then start a new thread in the "australia" section here and link to it. all questions, discussions etc take place there.
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    there are two new speed cameras on the bruce highway if heading to glasshouse mountains from brisbane. at some point they'll start timing as well, so even if you slow down at the cameras the elapsed time will ping you. cant seem to get precise info on the location, in fact they might even be north of the glasshouse mountains but figured it was worth mentioning. more info here.

    probably not an issue as most of us trundle up there at the speed limit but worth keeping in mind if you are running late to meet up and hit the pedal a bit harder...
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    great three day ride organised by mcfear... it took 8 hours riding from bris through dayboro, bellthorpe, jimna, conondale, imbil then cooloola way. z had his intro to slippery mud riding in jimna, i think he had fun... :D

    the beach was fun, and especially some of the inland tracks in the national park. surprised at the DR650's ability is soft sand... as long as you kept a fair bit of stick in second gear it was easy to handle. but a pig once you slow down and the wheels dig in!

    we were pretty buggered by the third day so just road down the beach to the ferry at tewantin, then mainly slabbed back on the highway. four days would be ideal i reckon, as we'd have the energy to do the long ride back via the state forests again.
    click on the pic below for a slideshow of the pics:

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  6. xronly

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    howdy everyone,new to this site but been ridin a while,looking for people to ride with,snail trails looks like fun to me,just wanna find out how to hook up ?live in the caboolture area,jay,,xr 650 r
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    hi xronly
    welcome! snail trails rides have slowed down a bit but there'll definitely be more this year. i'd find the following threads and subscribe to them so you can get an email the moment a new ride is posted:

    Strumm's dirty rides for 2012

    Snail trail rides in southeast qld for 2012

    the dirty rides are dirt rides, not adventure rides.they are usually in glasshouse mountains and no prob on an XR650 if you are an experienced rider.
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    cheers mate,all sounds good,thanks for the reply
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    Hi Guys

    I thought I'd introduce myself. I'm Wasca (I'll let you know my real name if we meet in person :D ) I live on the north side of Brisbane Queensland. I'm very, very new to adventure biking and just today I obtained my Open RE Queensland Motorcycle License.

    I'm planning on purchasing a new Yamaha WR450F very soon and I'd love to get involved with the Snail Trails group in order to build up my riding skills and meet fellow adventure riders.

    I've watched the video that Strummer put up on YouTube

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOcvqR2WR3w

    It was a great confidence boost watching it, and I'd love to get involved in a ride similar to that in the upcoming months.

    I also wanted to let any other potential new riders know about the great riding school I attended to get my license. The company is called Ride Smart. (http://www.ridesmart.com.au). Elliot was my trainer, he's a top-notch bloke that knows his bikes and how to get the most out of a rider. He's interested in making all his students safe confident riders. I can highly recommend them.

    So any way, I've subscribed to this thread, just hoping that there will be an upcoming ride within the next month or so.

    God Bless and ride safe all :-)

    Wasca
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    hey wasca
    welcome to the asylum! as mentioned above, been a bit quiet lately as the main guys who organise rides are doing other stuff now.

    could be worth linking up with the new guys in this thread who are starting to do some adventure riding around brissie...

    Beginners offroad ride - Brissy Northside - Sat 13 Oct

    here's no reason you couldn't just post the idea for a ride like these guys did, there's always a few guys at a loose end for the weekend who'll be happy to link up and show you around a particular area.

    if you get a gps, we've put a fair few of our routes here for download, a mix of one, two and three day rides.
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    Thanks B1

    I've posted up in that forum thread so hopefully someone can steer me in the right direction.

    Thanks again

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    Hey everyone, the name is zacass or (Zac-O) as some of use called me when i meet use at Maidenwell last weekend and found out im Sean-O's young fella. It was great to meet some of use who could make it :) It was a great two days and everyone was super friendly.
    Im keen to do as many rides as possible so i can get my skill level up a bit haha. Hopping to see more of everyone on some new rides.
    Just trying to find out how to use the site still :p hope I dont miss out on too many good rides haha

    Cheers, Zac-O
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    G'day Zac

    Was great meeting you on the Maidenwell ride.

    As you can probably see from the post just previous to yours, made by me, back when I was just starting out, this thread is seldom looked at or updated.

    I'll be looking to do some more rides soon also so will send you a PM if you're interested. In the mean time keep watching the Australian ADV forum thread daily for any new upcoming rides that may be advertised.
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    Howdy folks, just thought I would introduce myself...

    Been watching the forum and checking out the vids for a while and thought I would finally sign up and say hi.

    Hopefully see ya'll out there some time real soon! :D
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    hey phil, welcome, plenty of like minded inmates here in the asylum. :D . there's an intro ride posted now on the Snail trail rides southeast QLD for 2013 thread. hopefully catch you out there soon....
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    Thanks B1, definitely see ya out there soon! :D
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    <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--> Hi Guys
    Not sure whether this is the right thread to post on but I thought I would introduce myself. I’m John and I have just brought myself a nice looking 2009 DRZ400e and just in the process of getting it registered etc etc.


    It has probably been 8 years since the last time I was on a bike and I was not that great of a rider back then :) so I would class myself a noob but definitely keen to get back into it.

    Anyway I look forward to joining you guys on the upcoming rides and have a Happy New year’s. O currently I am living on the south side of brissy.


    Cheers
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  19. Wasca

    Wasca Adventurized!

    Joined:
    Oct 3, 2012
    Oddometer:
    668
    Location:
    Brisbane North Side, Australia
    Welcome John

    I was in your position about 14 months ago. I too ride a DR-Z400E nice choice. Make sure you subscribe to this thread for updates. You may also want to subscribe to this thread http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=859344 although I'm pretty sure B1 will make a new thread for all things SnailTrail in 2014.
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  20. B1

    B1 Carbon-based bipedal

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2009
    Oddometer:
    3,988
    Location:
    Arse-trailer
    welcome john, subscribe to the new 2014 ride thread here. you've picked an excellent beast for the task, i've had three of them to date. hope to meet up soon!
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