Around Australia with a KTM sidecar.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by WoutenAnnie, Aug 17, 2019.

  1. WoutenAnnie

    WoutenAnnie Adventurer

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    Our great journey is getting closer and closer.

    Our hack is shipped to Fremantle, the port of Perth Western Australia, and on September 4 we will follow.

    After unpacking, mounting the front wheel, handel bar and screen, we want to cross Australia in 6 months time. As much as possible following unpaved roads.

    We will post regular updates of our travels, with of course pictures and film. I have no experience with this yet, so especially in the beginning it may be a bit of a challange, but we'll do our best.

    Greetings, Wout and Annie IMGP0045 2.JPG
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  2. WoutenAnnie

    WoutenAnnie Adventurer

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    This what it looked like in 2016 when we drove through the Baltic States. About 70% of the inland roads there are unpaved.
    A good test for us (we're not 60 anymore) and for the off-road qualities of the hack (you get bogged pretty fast with a one-wheel-drive). So now for the bigger adventure.
    In the meantime an extra steel jerry can has been added, just between the flash light and the entrance. We now can go 650km without having to refuel. KTM-lbs zijspan.jpg
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  3. makad

    makad P/T Shed Dwelling Hermit

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    You sure have picked an excellent time of year to start your trip in the sunny west - its beautiful right now and spring has sprung.
    Its nice down south - wont be long before its starting to get hot & nasty up north.
    The hack looks robust and well sorted.
    What sort of a route have you in mind for this trip? How long are you planning on being down here?
    Have a great time in Australia!
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  4. Bonnie & Clyde

    Bonnie & Clyde Wishing I was riding RTW

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    IN! and ready to go:lurk
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  5. WoutenAnnie

    WoutenAnnie Adventurer

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    We have 6 months in Australia, and the plan is to go around clockwise. That's it actually. A lot of places to visit are on our list, but there's no "must".
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  6. mrsdnf

    mrsdnf Been here awhile

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    Looking forward to your trip. :clap
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  7. RobBD

    RobBD Been here awhile

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    It’ll be interesting to see our part of the world from your perspective- let me know when you arrive in Perth and am happy to help you get your ride started
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  8. TouringDave

    TouringDave Tri Moto Veritas

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    This sound good.
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  9. OzCRU

    OzCRU Been here awhile

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    :lurk In - Sounds Awesome.
    Great Looking Hack!
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  10. pops

    pops Long timer

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    Safe travels .
    Beautiful outfit.
    Looking forward to the ride reports.
    Cheers Ian.
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  11. XSive

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    Some inspiration for you
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  12. WoutenAnnie

    WoutenAnnie Adventurer

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    Looks good. I hope we don't need that truck.....
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  13. Steppy

    Steppy Been here awhile Supporter

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    Eagerly awaiting your arrival and the start of your adventure.
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  14. Eaglebeak

    Eaglebeak All roads rider, West Oz.

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    Having owned a hack here in Aus, just be careful when you pull out from behind vehicles to overtake, especially from behind trucks which may block your view ahead.

    Because we drive on the left hand side, your passenger will be out and exposed to oncoming vehicles before you, the driver, may see them.

    It is the reason Australians cannot buy the 2WD Ural, the placement of the driveshaft to the chair wheel means they all have the chair on the right hand side.

    Pic of my outfit
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  15. Steppy

    Steppy Been here awhile Supporter

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    And yet it's ok to have a left hand drive car....go figure!
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  16. sages

    sages Been here awhile

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    Bike passengers are more important than cage passengers
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  17. WoutenAnnie

    WoutenAnnie Adventurer

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    No Problem.

    We've been riding in England (highways and roudabouts) and Scotland (single track), so we have some experience with lefthand traffic. Be it some 15 years ago with a Kawasaki ZZR1100 EML-speed hack.
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  18. yokesman

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    setting up the pass from a distance is the answer to this problem, simple but it doesnt seem to be very common with todays drivers.
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  19. Eaglebeak

    Eaglebeak All roads rider, West Oz.

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    Too true yokesman.
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  20. WoutenAnnie

    WoutenAnnie Adventurer

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    Finally driving today?
    After unpacking and assembling there appeared to be a few problems, caused by the vibrations of the ship's engine.
    The Hack wandered 6 weeks in the box in a container over the seas and because of that a connector behind the headlight came loose (was probably never right connected).

    On the sidecar I have a petrol tank with a KTM level sensor and a piece of electronics that switches to the engine tank with electric valves when the sidecar tank is empty. It got no power because of the loose plug so the engine didn't get any gasoline.

    When that was repaired and I wanted to start the engine, gasoline came out of the overflow hose of the air filter box. It turned out that the brass connection on the rear carburettor was leaking. Tanks off, carburettors out. In short, a day of tinkering. The o-rings (3 in row) turned out to be worn so much that the petrol could pass them. Now assembled with gasket and so far it stays right.
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    Starting 3 days later than expected? That's what you bet...

    Arranging insurance: comprehensive seems wise to me. At the insurance company they think differently. They think that a sidecar is the same as an accessory of €4000,00 and that the engine is insured for catalogue value (not possible here because the 950 was never sold here). The catalogue value + €4000 is the value of the bike + conversions, "so you do not insure the sidecar!" Getting angry doesn't make much sense, and the price they ask for it doesn't make sense too AUD700,-. Then only "third party insurance" costing AUD14.60 per month and can be cancelled each month.
    Then there's the inspection for the certificate of roadworthiness at Motorcycle Masters. A regular motorcycle garage with accreditation for these inspections. Reporting to the department of transportation caused problems. At first the website didn't work and when that was circumvented a sidecar combination trip turned out to be so exciting that it took them 2 days to confirm.
    So for the time being we haven't gotten any further than from the cargo company to our shelter address (a childhood friend of a sister-in-law of Annie (my wife).

    Stay calm, stay calm, stay calm, stay calm, stay calm, stay calm......I'M VERY VERY CALM.....

    Wout and Annie

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