"The Flinders Classiv V' 2012

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  1. masterbrewer

    masterbrewer TDMster

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    It grows bigger & bigger each year, the "Flinders Classic" that is :D and near on 100 participants (including some partners) raised approx $2000 for The Childhood Cancer Assoc, with the help of Dave and Caroline Scicluna(Angorichina Village managers), DR/AussieTrev, Kipo, The Doc & Dave (Sol) & others. Well done guys :clap

    After missing "Flinders Classic IV" through family illness, I was super keen to get back to the shrine where the mighty TDM assisted a roo depart this earth in 2010 & pay hommage :bow or just plain piss on it's grave :splat bastard !

    One thing after another looked like derailing my plans & after a last minuite back injury I decided to take the easy way

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    Being a day earlier than usual, gave me & "Classic" virgin KymW, a chance to hit the PAR before it was carved up by fire breathing, rock throwing, snarlin' smaller bikes.

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    Back to camp and after a refresher or two :evil a few adventurous "Nuccal heads" headed out to inspect "The Mine"

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    Acting like kids in a lolly shop we went exploring

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    But it wasn't long before age reared its lack of sustained energy levels & we took the macho (easy walk along the river bed) track back to the bikes :lol3

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    That night the traditional bumby, rattlin', slidin' "party bus" ride to the pizza cookin' Blinman Hotel did not dissapoint :wings

    Past years has seen many attempts to eat their pizza politically correct, from

    ............. "butter wouldn't melt in their mouths"

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    to ................. "Ahh! it's Saturday night, I feel like a pizza, let's see, it's only a 490km / 6 hour ride"

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    to ....................... " the pendulum attempt at getting it into the mouth"

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    and finally this year ................... well! ................ I'm just plain speechless with this attempt :huh

    ........................... captions anyone :lurk

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    ... to be continued :wink:
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  2. Aussie Trev

    Aussie Trev aka DRTrev

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    How can you post this on ADV rider and your first photo is of two ADV bikes on a trailer?????:huh

    Setting yourself up here MB.:lol3
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  3. masterbrewer

    masterbrewer TDMster

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    Well ! .....................it was a new adventure for me, being on a trailer. :D

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  4. Aussie Trev

    Aussie Trev aka DRTrev

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    That's not entirely true! I can recall two ocasions when the mighty TDM has had assisted passage back to the big smoke from a 'Classic'....:evil
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  5. fethers

    fethers Adventurer

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    Nice introduction post MB, looks like Kipo might be about to add more topping to that pizza!
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  6. masterbrewer

    masterbrewer TDMster

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    This was early days :evil

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  7. kipo

    kipo South Australian Tiger Resistance Group

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    At least I didn't have cheese hanging out of my gob :lol3
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  8. bikerbilly

    bikerbilly throwing a leg over

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    he might look like a rough nut but he's got class...notice the little pinky?
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  9. Sol Erzenberg

    Sol Erzenberg Lost somewhere

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    Once again this years Classic was fantastic, big thanks to Trev, The Doc, Kipo, Subby, Kev & anyone else Ive missed out on..:D

    Fiona had a top weekend, it was her 1st ever time in The Flinders & she does a good job of hanging on the back of the 690, I really enjoyed our 2-up day rides but also enjoyed the fast paced blast solo around Mt. Samuel..:clap

    The weather couldnt have been kinder to us & I'm sure everyone had a great time with both the trail riding & also the night time festivities..:freaky

    A great bunch of people & a fantastic location, I cant wait for next year !

    Cheers, Sol..:thumb
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  10. Aussie Trev

    Aussie Trev aka DRTrev

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    Do a lap of the PAR with Fiona on the back next year Sol, and we'll see what we can do about an award for her.:wink:
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  11. Sol Erzenberg

    Sol Erzenberg Lost somewhere

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    No problems..:thumb
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  12. Sol Erzenberg

    Sol Erzenberg Lost somewhere

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    Just to let you all know, profit from the sale of the Stubby Holders this year was $260 & I have today donated that to the Childhood Cancer Association S.A.

    I advised them that it would be good if the funds can be directed to Bradleys Place.

    My employer has a Matching Gifts Program & there is a fair chance that they will match the donation I have made as well..[​IMG]

    Well done to everyone who bought a stubby holder from me at the event..[​IMG]

    Cheers, Sol..:thumb
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  13. LC4nicator

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    We took the two young lads Todd & Nick under our wing and had them tag along.
    Firstly, the PAR, where young Nick learned how to fix a puncture and roll start the bike in 2nd.
    Then it was on to Mt. Samuel where they learned how to ride jutting slate & boulders in river beds
    & finally the big test of no holds barred 20 odd kms of rocky river bed the following day.
    Talk about throwing 'em in the deep end...the lads came up fine.
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  14. Aussie Trev

    Aussie Trev aka DRTrev

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    Hey Con,

    Mate the two young lads were very appreciative of Adrian's, Stu's and your assistance to them for the entire weekend. Young Nick had only a few hours on dirt bikes under his belt before arriving at the Classic and you've got him doing Mr Samuel - just goes to demonstrate the quality of the instructors!!

    Oh, and they liked Wayne's beer too.

    Well done.:clap
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  15. masterbrewer

    masterbrewer TDMster

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    Next morning, Trev's supposedly not feeling well :puke1 (the reason to be revealed later :D ) & delegates me as ride leader to Arkaroola, although some expected 50+ riders had already broken in smaller groups ahead of us.

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    Pushing for time we didn't stay long at the Ark, keen to get to the Copley Bakery & their famous pasties :dg

    After Kipo's recommendation & having travelled this track some 6 years ago on a not well set up TDM and an inexperienced rider, we headed north towards the Umberatana Track & past the Wheele Turner Mine thinking nothing of it. :ricky

    However within metres I couldn't recognise the track :huh it just got rougher & rougher .............. long, loose rocky creek beds, deep ruts, steep climbs, steep descents & big boulders made for a very warming experience. :knary

    Now I can believe ............................"trauma does erase the memory" :eek1

    I couldn't take pictures of the rough bits coz I was hangin' on for dear life for fear of :p3rry

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    After struggling to survive for some 12kms we catch up to the group in front for a chat

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    Only we couldn't believe our eyes WTF :huh

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    Apparantly Michelle had been hanging on tight to Kym's belt, but he hadn't told her he had unfastened the buckle some ways back when he got hot :lol3

    How the hell had they ridden that track, respect ... respect :bow

    Kym & Michelle casually mount the Vstrom & leisurely ride off.

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    Followed closely by their personal cameraman Claude on his Tenere :D

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    Wasn't long before the track opened up into the countryside I recall :pynd ........................ let the fun begin :rayof

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    Loving these tracks & being the gentleman I am :augie I was pushing the TDM out front to get far enough ahead to keep my dust to a minimum for the guys behind :evil

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    After the first few caught up there was a lengthy wait & we heard from passing riders that Stooy on his Motard had, after amazingly surviving the steep rocky bits, come to grief on a fast smooth section.

    Luckily no damage to bike or rider. :clap

    Typical amazing Flinders Ranges scenery ...................................................... behind us, you fool :lol2


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    Boredum was setting in as we waited ................................ so play time began :D

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    DakarDan was the first to make his splash

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    followed by Stooy

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    and Kizz

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    Despite the difficulty riding in the fine dust of a 4x4 on the fast smooth Arkaroola to Copley Rd, excitement was building to sample the fabulous Copley Bakery menu :deal

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    WTF???

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    :cry :cry :(: :(:

    I now know why Trev didn't come :lol3

    to be continued

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  16. kipo

    kipo South Australian Tiger Resistance Group

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    I've ridden the Umberatanna track 4 or 5 times but from the other direction on a Postie and the DRZ. I don't remember it being that rough at the Arkaroola end but it was good fun. Here's me telling Kym and Michelle who are 2 up on a VStrom "you'll be fine, it's easy". I thought of them when I hit the track but knew a man of Kym's skills would be OK.

    Sorry if I lead anyone up the 'garden path', or should I say the 'rutted, rocky, shitty path' :lol3

    And guess what? I get to ride it again in 2 weeks on the Postie pre run on the DR.
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  17. Arek Kontrol

    Arek Kontrol Been here awhile

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    Check out the action from 'garden path' at 2.19

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  18. masterbrewer

    masterbrewer TDMster

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    Don't take it to heart kipo, we all allow for the real estate salesman in you :D

    Not sure about the laughing smilie though :hmmmmm

    Great effort Arek, but I think you need to get a better camera, that footage doesn't do kipo's property descripton justice :lol3

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  19. crackin

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    Devastating to see the "parties" at Copley did not eventuate.
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  20. kipo

    kipo South Australian Tiger Resistance Group

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    I somehow got ahead of Claude's group when they took a wrong turn on the Umberatanna track. So I was 'nigel no friends' riding along on my own having a ball. I got to Copley at about 3pm and didn't even go to the bakery. I figured if I kept moving I'd make Ango by beer o'clock and I wanted a beer more that I wanted a pie.

    I know I am a disgrace to the MB / DRTrev bakery brigade and have broken the golden rule, my first 'adventure' type ride and I rode straight past a bakery. I will understand if I am kicked out of the gang.
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