Alan on a Christini AWD 450DS across Australia

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by waterlogged, Mar 21, 2017.

  1. waterlogged

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    Fassifern campsite.

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    Oil in the airbox.

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    mmm, what's wrong here??

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    Oh look, it's this!!!

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  2. waterlogged

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    Looking smickity boo in my 20 buck jacket off Gum Tree. Leaving form Anthony's.

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  3. SOLOKLR

    SOLOKLR Back to work

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    This was a brand new bike right? I would be beyond pissed off.
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  4. waterlogged

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    Soloklr, mate you're spot on. I'm a pretty easy going guy that doesn't tend to lose it under pressure, but the cracks are getting wider........

    Anyway, today Joe and his son of Higgins motors here in Gundy (I've been here a couple of days so I'm allowed to use local terminology) welded up the frame. Taking it apart was a doddle, welding it was a doddle, making 2 stiffener brackets was a doddle, putting it all back together was an absolute pain in the arse, still I got it and it's now all sweet! Thanks guys. I bought a couple of litres of oil, a couple of joiner links, one for Sparrow, and a length of fuel pipe + the welding all for $150. Bit of a bargain in my humble opinion!!! I mailed off 16Kg of camera and electronic gear, given my luck so far, that crap will beat me home!!!
    I bought 8 days worth of food, consisting of baked beans, tinned corn,tinned tuna and pizza mix to zoom it up a bit. If all goes well, I'll only have to top it up with a couple of days worth in Birdsville.

    In the morning I'm thinking of shifting my tools and spares to the front as they weigh about 10 Kg and remain constant, I'll shift the food to the rear as I'll eat the weight and therefore keep the strain off the rack brackets. There again, I may just jump on the bucket of puss, ride it like I stole it, and see if I can make Alice Springs before the rack shits itself!!!!! Opinions please!
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  5. waterlogged

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    Changing back to the 48 from the 52.

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    I keep finding small shit like this screw missing, it pisses me off!!

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    Before, the lugs only just missed the chain.

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    After I hacked them off with a 5 buck saw Anthony gave me!!

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  6. ferals5

    ferals5 Team black bikes

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    Your breaking under the load... and the rack looks like its designed for 5kg, you did the right thing ditching weight. Start eating that tinned food...
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  7. waterlogged

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    Been doing a bit of machining en-route......

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    Fuel supply to the carby where the AWD chain rubs on it!

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    The gussets the boys made up for me.

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  8. Oldfatbeerman

    Oldfatbeerman Enroute to a PUB

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    The rack didn't break , the bloody subframe broke where the rack mounts !

    The original setup is made for light loads only IMHO !
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  9. waterlogged

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    Mate, TBH, you're spot on. My terminology has been incorrect. When I get home and if I decide to keep it, I'll get a good boiler maker to fab up a subframe in CroMo.
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  10. waterlogged

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    I'm eatin' man...... I'm eatin'..... :)
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  11. everready

    everready Stuck in Ohio....Ugh!!!

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    You should send your findings directly to Christina!
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  12. waterlogged

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    TBH mate, I intend to do just that. Not in a mean spirited manner but one that will allow Steve to make improvements. I intend to wait until I finish the trip prior to doing so.
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  13. Oldfatbeerman

    Oldfatbeerman Enroute to a PUB

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    To stop that breakage from happening again the rack needs a brace running from the rear underside of the rack to a point down near the riders foot pegs in as straight a line as possible to triangulate the structure , which will transfer stresses to stronger areas of the frame , thereby reducing the possibility of further damage . I dare say though that this bike was not really designed to do what you are doing with it . Good on you for getting out there and beta testing the shit out of it though :photog.
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  14. waterlogged

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    Oldfatbeerman, don't I know it! Sadly I don't have the gear to do it with now.

    So this morning (last Wednesday) I did a repack of my gear, swapping out the suit case for the milk crate, automatically shedding 5 Kg. The milk crate, when full came to 10 Kg. Tools are still the heavy item. Left Gundy about 9am and headed towards Innamincka. While I was in Gundy I Drilled out the fuel cap breather hole and it worked an absolute charm, no fuel issues at all today, turns out it was way too small. Tool pannier nearly caught alight when it and the plastic guard came into contact with the exhaust when I pulled over to get a picture. It was the straw that broke the camels back. I’ve decided to take the shortest easiest possible route home, so I heading down to Tibooburra, Broken Hill, Port Augusta and across the Nullarbor to home. The whole exercise of the Simpson looks like its just not meant to be!!!

    There was about 300 k's of dirt road on that route and I'm glad I didn't push on to Alice Springs via my intended route. I snapped another bolt on the rear rack and lost a second bolt, I'm carrying spares so it only cost me an hours work. Because I know the rear rack can't take the weight, I'm carrying 10 litres of fuel just dumped on the top of the front rack and that broke two of its staunions..... however, a ratchet strap fixed that. The other more important issue is the fact that the tensioning spring for the front wheel drive chain keeps falling out. I had a spare that I boggied up but needless to say, it went AWOL as well! I ended up, after the third one went, running without it. Also needless to say, I've now had to remove the chain because it's absolutely knackered. Jeff gave me a spare but with no way of keeping the spring in place, I can hardly see the point of putting it on, particularly now there'll be no dirt. I've just done 3 big days, for me, 400 k's (300 of that on dirt, have to say the AWD worked really well in bulldust and knarly fist sized rocks at 80kph) 461 k's and today 504 k's. Gotta say, long hours on that bike aren't really comfy! Put a new tyre on the front today as the original was knackered and cornering was getting interesting, Picked up a take off, more adventure style, for 50 bucks in Broken Hill, it handles the tar much better. Can tell you that having to change the oil every 1000 k's is a PITA.

    Pics to follow.
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  16. waterlogged

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    Flies at 6 am in the morning!

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    This was a great section, one of the best on the dirt.

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    Spring has gone AWOL..... AGAIN and I'm running out of expletives!

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    So, last post was in Port Augusta on Friday . Left there Saturday afternoon at 2pm after buying a new full face helmet some new springs for the all wheel drive chain and some more 5 millimetre bolts for the ones that needed replacing that had fallen out. Sadly I left both my little battery packs that charge my phone and tablet there, but seeing as the charging Circuit has inexplicably started working I now charge the tablet off the bike whilst I'm moving so it's not a deal breaker, just a bummer as a they both had a 240 v charger plugged into them.

    After leaving Port Augusta I did 333 kilometres in the afternoon. I was pushing the bike along at 100 to 110, drafting behind the road trains but I think it was too much for the bike.

    When I camped I did an oil change in both the motor and gearbox.

    Today, Sunday I did 606 kilometres and made it to 15 kilometres of the West Australian border, this means I still have about 1300 kilometres to go.
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