On a freezing morning of January (2017) I flew from Nice (France) to Perth (Australia AKA straya) I was 22, broke, and dumb, nothing as change as of today, except that i'm a lil more wise and I can understand the Aussie slang now! The plan was to work, buy a 4x4 and explore the country. But plans are made to be change isn't it...? I quickly realized that I wouldn't be able to afford a proper 4X4, and bought a cheap 1989 Ford Capri instead. At that time I was working lots of hours in Bunbury, saving precious $$$ for the rest of my trip. One morning I found a 2007 250 Ninja ( called GPX in OZ ) for $1500 with only 7000kms, sounds like an absolute bargain!! Rang the seller and offer him 1200$ (800€) he said "Yes" I replied "Cool mate see you on sunday morning" Banzai Next Sunday by 8am I was in the bus, going to pick the bike in Perth. Rode it down to my town for 3hrs under the pouring rain, but it doesn't matter I was happy. Moreless 5 months after I bought the bike, the bank account was full enough, I had explore enough the region, and it start to get too cold. It was time to move on... I sold the car and make the decision to keep the bike, after all, I had been riding my 600XT back home to several countries in Europe and even Morocco. The 250 ninja was in very good condition, I had time ahead and I wanted to ride. I then jumped on Ebay, buy the cheapest saddle bag / tang bag and topbox I could find. Then went to a yamaha dealership and asked them if they got any rear rack to fit a topbox, He replied; - "yup, brand new that's 400 bucks mate" - "Wow, any cheapest or second hand solution ??" - "Well, we got a wrecked Triumph 1050, you could probably pick the rack from it.." I asked the manager if I could have it in exchange of a carton of beer, he laugh at me and said "only if it's Corona" Indeed, to make my bike adventure ready, it cost me 90$ for bags / top box & a carton of beer. Not bad ! Then I proceed of a general check over the bike, change coolant, oil, air filter, tighten everything up, new front tyre, fuel her up and Gaz!! The plan was to make a " trial loop " for a week, See how the bike was handling and running on long distance. Remember it's a small 250cc that makes barely 30hp I headed from Bunbury towards Collie, Hyden for Wave Rock and then Kalgoorlie, very famous for the gold rush. After Kalgoorlie I rode down to Esperance, Albany, Margaret River and back to Bunbury. Catch up with some friends on the way, but unfortunately, lots of rain on the way. Fully loaded! got too much crap with me, computer, winter jacket, hiking shoes... Notice the 10$ tent under the topbox! After that 10 days / 3500kms loop, I got back to Bunbury, check again the bike to make sure everything was still alright, and get rid of all the stuff that was taking to much space in my luggage. I was now ready for the "real" trip. Head North. Find the Sun, and the Heat... I'll try to write more later in the evening.