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Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by Ian Robinson, Oct 28, 2012.
Some guys have all the funs
Sorted. Cheers Ian. Happy trails mate!
Luvin' it! Oz is on my bucket list.
Great adventure, thanks for sharing
Tks for your comments...
Sunday. This was our 6th day on the road. Yesterday, the heat was a killer. we were hoping for an easier more comfortable day. Our goal today was Innamincka. we decided to ride the Old Strzelecki Track. The track surface was good and only once did we stop to consider if we were 'heading in the right direction' ( we did not carry a GPS)
You can never get enough water out here
A few oil 'Donkeys' along the way.
I just couldn't believe how my 'Andy Strapz' bags just kept growing and growing. High praise for this product.
Before leaving on this adventure. I had fitted a Mitas 07 front tyre to match the rear. I found on the bitumen around the city that it felt very light and had a mind of its own when it encountering expansion cracks or joints. On the sand it was even worse. I was getting out of shape very quickly and on a couple of occassions getting desperate. Compared to the original fitment Dunlops, they ran a poor second place. ( pressures were adjusted) The KLR was heavily loaded. Mick had the same issues when ridding it. the bike was packed the same way as on my previous trip into the same area. However, the Mitas will wear well, the Dunlop was done at 10k, the Mitas is 1/2 worn at the same milage. .
I know we have to compare apples with apples. So no comparison will be made with the Pirellis mounted to the XR. This was the first time I had ridden a XR., I only have high praise for this model. Solid as a rock in non expert hands.
Rear Mitas 07. at 10k ( cracks in the case just starting to appear)
We arrived at Innamincka around lunch time. Enjoyed a great meal & beer.
The only fuel stop / shop in "town'...unleaded $2.05 a ltre.
We set up camp on the banks of the creek. nice spot.
Quite a bit of mining activity in this area. Heavy Semi Doubles loaded with all sorts of equipment. They send out massive dust trails and over taking must be done with great care.
We had now completed about 2/3 of our trip. ( 2300km) I had really enjoyed riding with my son. I usually ride solo in these areas. But this time together was special. It was his first visit to the sand hill country and what an introduction for him... . though don't think he will be making any realestate purchases in the area he appreciated the vastness. . It's a BIG country. More and more of the same. You either love it or hate it. I love it.
After lunch, we headed out to Wills Grave. ( for O/s inmates. Burke & Wills Expedition. first South to North crossing of Australia. 1861. All perished except King)
Got this great shot of a Dingo .
This is the site where King was found. Kept alive by local aboriginals.
There was only one major sand hill to cross. Sand up to 200mm ( 8" ) No problems as long as you kept moving. We found it best while crossing the deeper sand to try & follow a 4x4 track. but sometimes you would get carried off line & end up fighting to stay upright.
On the higher speed tracks the deep red colour was "hardpack" the lighter colour was "loose" sand. we both became better at sand by the end of the trip.
The famous Coopers Creek.
Mick enjoying a swim.
On the way out we decided to get a couple of 'action' shots.
92kph on the " Mothership".
Plenty of chain lube. XR ( con link holding up well)
The aftermarket blinkers on the XR 'gave up' long ago.
Monday. Today we head east & the start of our return to Brisbane. We topped up with fuel & meet a BM rider that unfortunately had come off in the sand. He was travelling solo & wasn't feeling too well, thought he may have cracked a rib. He was a long way from home.
We saw Burkes grave site.
and the famed "Dig Tree"
Coopers ck again, always inviting.
It was then on to the bitumen and straight through to Thargomindah. We stayed at the caravan park & had a barney with the manager regarding a tent site on some grass. A great way to finish the day.
Tuesday / Wednesday. We had to cover about 1200km on bitumen before arriving home. This was the boring part of the trip. Bikes not really designed for bitumen work. We had to just sit back and grind away.
Apart from a m/cycle cop giving Mick the once over about an hour from home, there was no excitment encountered.
time for a wash
Pirelli rear with about 4000k
Mitas 07 with 10000k ( case cracks getting larger)
A new way to dry socks ( not much left)
Anyway, after 9 days this adventure was over.
We had experienced and survived all types of road conditions. Bitumen, gravel, high speed hard pack and loose sand. ( with some big tank slappers to remind us )
We had seen a wide variety of wild life. Roos, emu, wild pig ( road kill up to about 250kg,) feral goats, huge wedge tail eagles with snakes in their talons. goannas, rabbits, and the deadly outback brown snake.
No major mechanical problems were encountered. I have a new respect for older Honda XRs. A fabulous bike for these conditions.
Neither of us had a fall.
We meet some great people with similar interests... To explore this huge area of land they call the AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK.
We survived the heat. ( not easy with out camelbaks)
Total milage: Mick, ex Melbourne 3700km. Me 5400km ex Brisbane.
Mick even advertised his XR before arriving home, and sold it to a guy who made a 16hr round trip to pick it up. This money going toward a Kawasaki XR10 to be used as a track bike only.
And of course the BEST part..... spending 9 fabulous days riding some great country with my son. Michael. This trip will be remembered by both of us for a life time.
Take care and thanks for reading. Ian R.
Thanks Dad for taking the time to do the write up. I really enjoyed it and brought back some really good memories.
Andrea reckons you missed your calling and should be some sort of travel journo or writer.
I really enjoyed the trip. Never having done any adventure riding it really was a great 9 days that I will never forget.
So much land out there I still cant get my head around it. Red dirt, road kill, heat, snakes, birds, emus, goats, roos and more red dirt is something that will stay with me forever.
I was super happy with the way my bike went and didnt mind riding your KLR either, though that front Midas tyre was
Really got to thank you for making the trip a reality. I still cant believe you rode from Brisbane to Melboune without sleep. Crazy times!
I will remember this trip forever as well. Who knows, might not be the lasty one
Thanks for this great RR!