So, where in the world have YOU been? ... on your Harley, I mean

Discussion in 'Photos' started by Round-I-Go, Oct 1, 2009.

  1. RockerC

    RockerC Fuck Piece & Quiet

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    ........... a mate and I recently took a quick lap around the block travelling up through outback North Western NSW (Australia) to the OPAL mining community of Lightning Ridge, and then on up through South West Queensland before swinging east and heading back for the coast.

    Started at my mate Micks place

    His is the 07 Fatboy, and mine the 09 Rocker Custom

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    3 cups of coffee later, we're finally on our way travelling up through the small country town of Gloucester before hitting "Thunderbolts Way", a piece of road you'd swear was designed and purposed built for motor cycles.

    Half way a long there's a rest stop and lookout - magic !

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    Next stop is the small country village of Walcha for fuel. The Big Fella's a bit dissapointed the New England Hotel is not opened - it is only 9.15am Mick:rofl

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    Leaving Walcha, we head up through Bendimeer before crossing the Moonbi Ranges heading into Tamworth, Australia's Country Music Capital.

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    Continuing on, we make it into Gunnedah for lunch - yes we have the "Greasy Colonel" here too

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    Travelled on through miles and miles of farming land before reaching Moree, a very high Aboriginal population to go along with the very high price of fuel.

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    Made it into Lighting Ridge around 7.00pm that night, and a sigh of relief it was after having a couple of close encounters with wildlife on the way in, in particular one very large Kangaroo.

    Next day it was up for breakfast before setting out to do the tourist thing,

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    Knocked the official tour over before jumping back on the bikes to pickup the rest. The Bore Baths is a natural spring that pumps water into this pond at 50 dec C. You could put a couple of tea spoons of coffee into and drink it it was that hot and people were swimming in it. Apparently its good for athritas and the likes.

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    Leaving the Ridge behind, we head north in search of the Queensland border.

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    Stumbled across it about an hour later, nowhere near the blue water shot the sign depicts - we're still a good day and a half from the coast.

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    Alright we'll stop at this one, truth be known for a mechanical check. Rolling into this little town, we've come to a "T" intersetion after having travelled some 200kms in top gear and I've gone to shift down, and I've got nothing - stuck in 6th gear. Turns out I've picked up a rock and it's wedged down behind the gear linkage preventing it moving and selecting gears. Plucked it out and we're away again.

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    More than likely the rock has come from this bugger when we over took him a hundred kms ago - had to come from one of those 46 wheels. Good excuse for a beer though !

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    Vast distances between civilisation out this way, still good roads and plenty of time for fun and frovolity.

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    Ahhhhhhh,another outback pub ! ! !

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    The end of this days ride would see us spend the night in Dalby - civilised but still 250kms from the coast

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    Travelled on through to Kingaroy along some magic roads - Big Fella drops in to get a shirt from another Harley Dealer.

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    Moved on then through to Beerwah, the home of the late Steve Irwins "Australia Zoo"

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    Finally after days and days of dry desolate outback land and roads we hit the coast.

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    Travelled on down to Lennox Head where we spent the night with friends of Micks - you guessed it, another night on the drink. Great people though.

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    Over looking the bay the following morning - through blood shot eyes.

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    That then only left us the couple of hundred kms left to run home back to our start point.

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    All up - just over 2400km's for the round trip.

    Great idea for a thread "Round - I - Go" Hope I haven't over done it but at the same time I hope you enjoy a little piece of my road. Look forward to reading others tales as this thread grows.
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  2. V-Twin-Maniac

    V-Twin-Maniac Been here awhile

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    i visited a lot of places around my hometown schwetzingen, germany.

    i ride a 2008 dyna streetbob and i love this bike and the travels ive done and the travels i planned for the comin years!!

    i was in switzerland (alps), austria (alps), italy, france, belgium.......

    found some pics:

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    i have a lot more pics but i didnt found them yet!! i will post some of them a little later!

    last jear i had 20000kms on the road with the bob!
    this jear i had an accident so that i have till now only 8000kms on da road!!!
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  3. XC Rider

    XC Rider Motorcycle Vagabond

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    Ask and ye shall receive. :D

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    And here is the link if needed.
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  4. rockjohn

    rockjohn Been here awhile

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    XC Rider, what part of VA are you in.
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  5. upweekis

    upweekis Long timer

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    Friend in Batesville, IN just rode to Prudoe and back on his 'glide. He said no problems.
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  6. Round-I-Go

    Round-I-Go I won the Pullet Surprise

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    Winterbiker, can you post a few pics here along with a condensed report? ...
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  7. Round-I-Go

    Round-I-Go I won the Pullet Surprise

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    RockerC ... 2400k ... is that what you Aussies call "a quick lap around the block"? .. HA!

    GREAT report, that's what it's all about! :thumb

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  8. Disco Stu

    Disco Stu I'm Barry F'n Gibb!!

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    Since 1) this website is called ADVRider and 2) is geared a little more towards dual-sport and off-road bikes and 3) Harleys by and large are neither dual-sport nor offroad bikes, it's safe to assume that the ride reports on this site on a Harley are very small percentage of all epic rides on Harleys reported on the internet.

    If you're looking for Harley-specific ride reports, maybe you should search other websites where those ride reports would be more likely to be found.

    Or are you just stirring the pot to inflame some members?
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  9. Disco Stu

    Disco Stu I'm Barry F'n Gibb!!

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    I'm not sure what sort of dope you're smoking but it damn seems to be making you happy. You miss my point entirely. This site was not intended to attract mostly Harley riders. Therefore you're looking in the wrong place if your goal is to find lots of Harley-ridden ride reports.
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  10. Waldo308

    Waldo308 Grouchy Olde Pharte

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    Uuuuhhh. I once rode my 95 FXDL about five miles on a very sandy dirt road in Anza Borrego. Does that count? :confused Of course, when the sand got really soft and deep, I had to make a 20 point turn on the side of the hill and ride back out the way I came.

    Stu:
    The point is not to turn this into a Harley site nor is it to inflame anyone. It is simply to provide a niche for those of us who frequent this site and ride Harleys, or as in my case, a Harley, a Suzuki dualsport and a Honda dualsport.

    I don't understand the antagonism nor the constant disparagement of those of us who enjoy the staccato sound of the Harley V-twin or the relaxed pace of a long ride on a so-called "cruiser" or touring bike.

    It is not our intent to be offensive or to "horn in" on what someone else considers "their territory".

    I have ridden a large variety of motorized two wheeled conveyances since I started riding in 1967. I have NEVER ridden a motorcycle of any brand or type that I didn't have an ear-to-ear grin at some point during the ride.

    As far as I'm concerned, it's ALL GOOD.

    Relax and enjoy the adventure, no matter what flavor you like!
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  11. GB

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    Good to see those lovely bikes are used for traveling and touring :thumb
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  12. Disco Stu

    Disco Stu I'm Barry F'n Gibb!!

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    I am not disparaging Harleys by any means, I was intending to stand up for those that ride Harleys. I took the OP as a Harley-disparaging shit-disturber post. I guess I took it wrong. I was trying to say if he was bitching about no Harley ride reports, then he's looking in a place where he probably wouldn't find many to begin with.
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  13. Fast Ferris

    Fast Ferris Shift Shaper

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    Paul, I'd like to play, but I can only post a pic or two or three here and there, as time permits, instead of an entire "mini" RR - do you mind this approach in your thread?

    While I await your reply, the shot above is of my '06 Road King, looking down over Isabella Lake and the Kern River Valley from the legendary "Lion's Trail" in south-central California. The photo was taken the day after I bought the bike brandy-new and minty fresh.

    It now has 38k+ showing on the clock, has been around the country a bit, and presently resides in southwest Virginia.

    In the photo, just behind the saddlebag is the town of Bodfish, California, home of legendary adventure rider Dave Barr. We're looking due north in the shot. Kernville is at the far end of the lake, and is considered the gateway to the southern Sierras. The road visible running diagonally thru the photo is Highway 178. Ride it eastbound for a few hours and Death Valley is your reward.

    Best regards,
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  14. Round-I-Go

    Round-I-Go I won the Pullet Surprise

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    Ferris, I was thinkin' "it's about time for a new desktop photo" ... and viola! ... here it is! Really sweet!

    Post as you can, my friend. We'd love to hear some of your stories. :thumb

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  15. Fast Ferris

    Fast Ferris Shift Shaper

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    Thank you.

    Thank you again.
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  16. HeyDoc

    HeyDoc Been here awhile

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    Great thread, it makes me happy.
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  17. Round-I-Go

    Round-I-Go I won the Pullet Surprise

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    Hey you, Maniac! I am soooo jealous! Awesome photos! Keep us posted on your travels ... :thumb

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  18. hewhohesit8s

    hewhohesit8s Been here awhile

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    My buddy on a V Strom and me on my EGC toured the US and Canada - over 17000 km in 30 days. the RR is here
    Some of the pics really enjoyed are below:
    The start of the trip
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    Oregon
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    Bikes at Lava fields Or.
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    So the adventure is what you make it. Matters less what you ride or how far you go.

    Now back to our regularly scheduled programming.
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  19. GB

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    Ride Reports has zero tolerance for asshat comments such as the ones posted by Savoir Faire and Disco Stu. Both are on vacation for 10 days :ban and the posts have been punted to Head Explody.

    Read the rules and abide by them. Use the BlameMaddbrit to report offending posts.
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  20. RockerC

    RockerC Fuck Piece & Quiet

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    Round-I-Go, I like to look at our two great lands like this : you guys have got 50 states - we've got 6 and a territory. Obviously not to scale but our lap around the block looked something like this. A lot of the guys over here refer to a lap around the block as doing the continent - around 17,000k.

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    Sure would love the opportunity to also ride your roads (and for Disco Stu "trails") one day !

    I also ride a KTM. I think GB made a good call, stick to the rules guys:freaky Some other great bike shots here too,keep them coming gents.
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