Tasmania's west coast beach tracks

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by El Toad Man, Jun 20, 2011.

  1. El Toad Man

    El Toad Man Offroad adventurer

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    Tasmania's west coast is a rugged place. Relatively unpopulated, it's a landscape shaped by wild winds and frequent rainfall. It's one of few places here where you can ride or drive on the beaches. Plenty of soft sand and river crossings.
    I thought it was about time I organised a ride to go there on my DR350. I suggested it to a friend who has been there many times.
    He rides a postie bike. His friends ride postie bikes and quads. Soon there were 4 postie bikes and 2 quads going.
    Now I was the odd one out. :huh

    After the long transport section to Granville Harbour, the real ride begins, straight away into the beachside tracks:

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    The weather was cold, wet and very windy. I got wet feet on the first waterhole and soon forgot about the weather, I was having too much fun!

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    How to make a DR350 seem like a huge power monster - go riding with Honda CT110's.

    It wasn't long before the first river crossing:
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    Some of the CT110's ignitions didn't like water.

    Out the other side.

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  2. El Toad Man

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    The next river crossing. So much white water and foam it's difficult to tell where the river begins.

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    Another crossing

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    ....and another. Make sure your bike is waterproof! Most of the CT110's were suffering with wet ignitions, typically stalling as they exit the river crossing.
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    I found a crater in one of the crossings, nearly up to seat depth on the DR. It kept running perfectly. Sweet!:clap

    Heading further north to the Pieman Heads, the track turns inland.
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    More water holes. The quads are doing it easy, and having a good laugh at the postie bikes racing each other at modest speeds and sliding around on the greasy mud with their road tyres.

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    A fearless rider will win or crash trying. I'm not too proud to admit that I was overtaken a few times by the little CT110's. Being more cautious, my crash ratio was far better.
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  3. El Toad Man

    El Toad Man Offroad adventurer

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    At the top of this hill, we see the Pieman Heads. Checkout how rough that ocean is!
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    More waterholes and wet ignitions.
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    Fortunately, most of the waterholes have solid bases to them, just dont get crossed up in the 4wd ruts like I did. :rofl



    One last waterhole before the Pieman Heads
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    I think the DR350 is a lightweight and easy to throw around. But the CT110's take it further. It's so funny seeing a bike being manhandled like this. Need to turn around? Just pull on the bars and pivot turn on the back wheel!

    We had lunch at the Heads (no pics unfortunately) then set off for the return journey, taking alternate inland tracks where possible.

    That meant less sand more mud.
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    and some deep water holes

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    After watching the quads drive through this one, we decided to try.....
    Score: Quads = 2
    Posties = 0
    This hole fully drowned one postie.

    Off with the carb, sparkplug, etc. a full dewatering:
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    At least the CT110 is light to stand it up and drain the exhaust.
    After maybe 30 minutes we were on our way again.
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  4. El Toad Man

    El Toad Man Offroad adventurer

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    Back on the beach and heading south. This beach has many soft patches, it's easy to see why people get bogged here. The sand is hard to predict, sometimes the wet sand is the firmest place to ride, other times it's really soft and it's better to be up in the dry sand.
    The soft sections can be long, if you lose all momentum before you get to the firmer sand, it can be an exhausting push!

    I stopped to take some pics next to a river crossing. The waves crashing on the beach seem predictable, but once every few minutes there can be a surge, where the water level rises two feet for about 30 seconds. When I parked here, I was 20 metres from the waters edge, until the surge came:
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    One of the CT110's stalled in the river crossing behind us when the next surge came, just to make sure it was drowned good and proper!

    Moving on we were back on the formed roads all too soon. Onwards to the small town of Zeehan for a refuel and a very welcome hot meal at the pub, followed by a long and rainy road trip home.
    I think this ride broke my personal record for the longest motoring time in one day, starting at 5am and finishing at midnight. needless to say, sleep came easy that night!
    Despite that, the offroad section took 6 hours all up and covered a mere 61km. Slow going indeed.
    But what a fantastic ride!

    Cheers
    Rob
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  5. Joe Watson

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    Some of those water crossings looked like salt water.....???
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    theMISSIONARY hunting and riding!!

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    :clap Nice one Toad man........tell he who must not be named.......




    Posties Sux :pot:ksteve:poser
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  7. TwilightZone

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    >"Some of those water crossings looked like salt water.....??? "

    IMHO: Better plan on selling the bikes...
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  8. Indie-tas

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    Other than the salt top looking ride, those posties look like hard work.:clap
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  9. Crofty

    Crofty Life's a Garden, DIG IT!

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    Good stuff Mr Toad man. Gonna try and get over to the West coast later in the year.
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  10. philth

    philth www.motorbikin.com.au

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    looks cold
    good stuff!
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  11. El Toad Man

    El Toad Man Offroad adventurer

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    Indeed it was salt water, and yes it is harsh on the bikes. That's probably the biggest con to going down there.

    Since then Ive had to give it a thorough washing, stripping much of the bike, lubing everything that can be lubed.
    Replace all the wheel bearings (I don't know if they were all that good to start with)
    Clean the air filter and carby. Air box had plenty of sand in it, but at least the inside of the carby was clean, so the filter works).

    I changed the engine oil. I had a little bit of water in the oil, nothing major. One of the posties had an engine full of milky sludge, so I'm not thrilled about their fording depth.

    A day of fun corresponds to at least a day of maintenance afterwards. Still it was a great ride and well worth the effort.
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  12. El Toad Man

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    Yes they did lots of feet down and paddling (but then so did I). The lack of waterproofing was the biggest issue with them. But they're so small, they're easy to recover when they get stuck. The centrifugal clutch makes it even easier.
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  13. WILL_S

    WILL_S OUTLAW POSTIE 001

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    Nice pics.
    Go the mighty postie
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