This site and drunken Ebaying got me to the point of writing my first ride report. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comfficeffice" /><o></o> Those with a thirst for extreme riding and a lot of dirt are probably in the wrong place, for those that want to ride along with the ultimate n00b as he tries to pilot his drunken eBay purchase home from Newcastle to Andamooka in the middle of the Australian desert without dying may want to hang around <o></o> I suppose a little background wont hurt. My background is 4x4ing, and I have always loved getting out and enjoying the bush and the back roads so I suppose I am predisposed to the adventure lifestyle. It was through one of the 4x4 sites that I frequent that I found this site. It was a ride report about some crazy bastards who were driving and riding bikes and 4x4s across Burma or some crazy place. That was a fair few years ago now. I read a few reports while I was here but the fact that I could not come up with a feasible way to attach my 12volt beer fridge to a bike pushed me back into the arms of my beloved land cruiser for a few more years. <o></o> Fast forward to 2011 and I again get directed back here from the 4x4 site when a few of the blokes from that forum ran into one of the inmates from here on a trip to the cape. <o></o> I read that RR and then a few more, and then a few more and then I was basically spending about ½ of my work day reading RRs it got so bad that I had a sickie when I was half way through Colebatchs Russian trip because I was up all night reading the damn thing. <o></o> It was about then that I decided that this particular itch was not going to be scratched by just reading about other peoples rides. <o></o> I had had two road bikes when I was a young fella and rode them for a year or two until they shit themselves and I just couldnt be fucked fixing them, so bikes went by the wayside. Fast forward 20 odd years and here I am with a burning desire to ride again. <o></o> I was back home in Newcastle for the Christmas break and was doing what I do every Christmas. Get blind rotten drunk. Combine drunkenness with a desire to ride a bike and access to eBay and you have a recipe for a drunk man bidding too much for a bike in the middle of the night. <o></o> So after I woke up and realised what I had done I thought I should probably let the cook know that I had probably bought a bike. This was met with the sort of response I expected. We were on our way down to the Murray River for a couple of weeks of camping when I broke the news and I have to say that it was a fairly quite trip. I fucking hate the silent treatment. <o></o> Well I won the bike. A 2000 dr650 in stock condition. I was stoked but also a bit worried about how I was going to get my cruiser back to the middle of South Australia from Victoria while at the same time getting a bike back to SA from Newcastle. God damned you alcohol. <o></o> So the plan was that I would back track 900ks to Newcastle and pick up the bike leave it at my parents place then drive home to Andamooka and come back and pick up the bike a bit later. After I got a license that is. <o></o> Living in the middle of the desert has its advantages I live too far away from a training ground to have to complete the ride it right or whatever the course is called nowadays. So to get my license I just had to front up at the council offices show them that I had a car license and they hand me back a learners permit. Not even a written exam. <o></o> Ive been rambling so I better throw in a photo. <o></o> Heres my new ride. <o></o> The trip to follow.