Well it sounded like a good idea at the time!

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Happy Snapper, Jan 22, 2011.

  1. Happy Snapper

    Happy Snapper GOMOB.

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    My old mate of nearly 40 years and fellow professional photographer Ozphoto (Ian) decided to get back into dirt bikes after a 25 year break. Found himself a good Dr600 and so today Gregor, Clement and I took an unsuspecting Ian down to the Lions Road, Border Ranges National Park, Nimbin (for some culture) and then Kyogle.


    Here's Ian with his bike at Maccas Beaudesert.. our start point.

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    Of course... Gregor (DR650) our resident navigator.. here showing the route.

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    Up the Lions Road we go and first stop is the railway loop where the trains gain altitude to cross the range.

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    Of course.. we had to teach Ian the ADV salute.

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    From here we went into and out of the border ranges national park... but dark things were happening to the Suzuki 600 much to Ian's surprise. When we stopped at the bottom of the range.. she started dropping fuel out the carby overflow tube... in fact it was dropping fuel faster than it could burn it.

    A bit of a meeting here.. eventually the bike started!

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    From here it was off to Nimbin. You can buy some weed from any one of about a dozen people in the street here.Clement was amazed by the place. everybody just stared at his BMW F800GS so we decided to have lunch next to the bikes.

    Ian with his pie.. note the surroundings.

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    Gregor with his pie....

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    This place is certainly colourful.. perhaps it was modelled on the Haight Ashbury area of San Francisco?

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    Don't our bikes give the place some class?

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    From here Clement decided to head to the coast and up the motorway to home. (And frankly a F800GS is the bike to do this) Ian, Gregor and I headed to Kyogle with the intent to go via the Lions road home. But fate raised its head. At Kyogle the DR600 started to drop fuel out of the carby again and wouldn't start. I ended up towing Ian along behind the KLR (makes a good tug) and it fired. So.. away we go and just 500 metres short of the QLD border, the bloody thing stopped again.

    Ian rang the RACQ.. who took about ... well Ian turned a year older waiting and eventually he got the thing started again and headed to Beaudesert where his brother collected him with a car and trailer.

    A good day out despite the dodgy carby on the DR600.

    Any Suzuki carby experts out there?

    Poor old Ian needs help.
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  2. Wolfgang55

    Wolfgang55 Long timer

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    Would suggest a careful carb removal & a bit of cleaning.
    Look into the float bowl area.

    Or just run some Sea Foam through it before you do anything but don't go far from home.

    Did the fuel leak pick up again during the second interruption?

    How long was the bike sitting around before it was taken on this ride.
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  3. dunc

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    we dont get seafoam down here
    its a northern thing
    from what ive heard its the best
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  4. Goosefeather

    Goosefeather Captain Slow

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    The day's route, for those not familiar with SE Queensland / NE New South Wales:


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    The "view" from the run down the Border Range, as borrowed from Google Earth. (2 x vertical exaggeration). The feature that looks like Mt Doom is Mt Warning, the remains of a volcano that crafted the area. The Border Range is part of its caldera, and the run through the National park involves about 700m of elevation/de-elevation:

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    The Border Loop, as borrowed from Google Earth - the blue was our track, solid red is the rail line in open air, and the dashed red line is the tunnels:


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    Ian getting in what must have been the first few of a thousand kicks of the day, while Mark tries channeling Uri Geller:


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    One of the luckier points of the day - chappie on a passing Honda (600?) happens to be a small motor mechanic who gives some good advice that helped re-start the beast. Maybe some better advice would have been "take her home and sort her out", although to be fair, at this point the only manifest problem was not starting after a hot stop. The petrol haemorrhaging hadn't started yet . . .


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    The tow start preparation . . . must admit I was a little concerned at the possible outcomes, but it worked:


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    Nimbin was an eye-opener - offered dope within five minutes of pulling up. A huge number of ferals and backpackers. Then the many dogs including the "town dog" (one-eyed and three-legged), and a brown chook wandering along the main drag as if it owned the place . . . perhaps it did, by the respect it got from the locals and the dogs :lol3.

    [for the foreigners, chook = chicken]

    Another great ride guys . . . thanks for the company!

    (although I think we're all in the dog-house for being grossly optimistic about our expected ETA home :D )
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  5. boy60

    boy60 Been here awhile

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    Great RR. Sounds like a good day. Old suzukis never die. Shouldn't be to much wrong with her.
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  6. ozphotog

    ozphotog OZPHOTOG

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    Pulled the carby on the DR today. Needle and seat look a little worn and gummed up. Float level looks to be too high.

    Will get a new N&S and set float level and that will fix it hopefully.

    Got home 10.30pm last night, not popular at home!

    I recommend the Driver Reviver at Beaudesert, friendly people, I had about 3 cups of tea while I was waiting to be rescued.

    After filling up at Kyogle, I think the tank has about 5 litres left from a 21ltr tank...boy is that running rich! I don't think I would of had enough to get home from Beaudesert if I had kept going.

    An eventful first ride for me and the old DR.

    Apart from the bike problerm, I had a ball!
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  7. Hardhead

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    Nice ride and report. I need to get down and explore the South side this year. I saw a lot of whats on offer on the northside was last year.

    Rob
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  8. Goosefeather

    Goosefeather Captain Slow

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    I wonder how much of the consumption was going into the cylinder, and how much was going into dust supression via the overflow? I've never seen that much petrol from an overflow before.

    You looked like you were enjoying the ride . . hard to believe it was your first run in many years.
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  9. ozphotog

    ozphotog OZPHOTOG

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    Judging by the small amount of petrol left in the tank when I got it home, I think most of it was left on the road!
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  10. Phil_Fong

    Phil_Fong Over Regulated

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    Great RR, love the pics :thumb
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  11. Steve_C

    Steve_C Been here awhile

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    Tx for the RR.

    So, Border Ranges Rd closed? I'm heading that way Saturday.

    EDIT: Fri 28/1 I hear the road is all open and ok again.
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  12. Goosefeather

    Goosefeather Captain Slow

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    Should be open - it was open on the day of our trip - we found the "Closed" signs on the way out :)
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  13. ozphotog

    ozphotog OZPHOTOG

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    Fitted the new needle and seat to the carbie, checked float level, so far so godd, Got her started, will give her a run tommorrow arvo and if the problem is fixed.
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