Australia - The four amigos

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  1. Benji13

    Benji13 Been here awhile

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    Day 34 - 753km

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    Over the years, we stayed in Delatite on many rides to the Phillip Island, the Great Alpine, and the Black Spur. We were recognised there as the best a Capella men group from northwest Sydney. That was another long and funny story.

    This time round in Delatite, the feeling was different, almost exhausting suddenly. We were relieved that we had successfully finished the lap, and we would be seeing our family and going into our own bed tonight. At the same time we were wondering how's it returning to our daily life, seeing the same colleagues and friends. How intriguing our smile would be with the nice memory of the trip.
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    Your memories have made an amazing story. Thanks.
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    Day 34 continued

    We crossed from Victoria to NSW at Wodonga. At Gundagai, we paid a half-hearted visit to the dog on the tucker box.
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    The next familiar stop was Goulburn. Next to the big merino, another buddy Andrew was already there to meet us at the Trapper Bakery. After a fond farewell to each other, the four amigos completed the epic trip and headed home to their loved ones and beds.
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    The trip took us and our wonderful adventure bikes to many corners of Oz and saw the places we planned to visit and some more. There are many highlights. The Ayers Rock, Monkey Mia, Cape Leeuwin, Longreach Qantas, Kings Canyon, Super Pit, Cable Beach... ... Oh if you have clinical depression, please do not go to Elliott.

    We want to thank our wives and families for their support and appreciation to the trip. We did 20,000km in 34 days. The time was per schedule and the cost was kind of in budget. One amigo did ask me if we can go slower next time. We had plenty of stories and laughters during the X'mas parties later that month.

    We dropped the bikes for a total of 5.5 times (thank you Sir D). I killed a total of 3 birds, the poor last one came home with me, tugged behind the telelevel front shock, just above the wishbone! AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH! As Jeremy Clarkson would say "and on that bombshell, good night!"
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  4. 9w6vx

    9w6vx Pergo et Perago

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    Thanks for sharing the RR.
    Thoroughly enjoyed reading it!
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  5. Tsotsie

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    Nice!
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  6. yokesman

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    thanks for the great report, keep us until we can do it in person. With a wee longer time frame.
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  7. Geezerguy

    Geezerguy In the shadows Supporter

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    Thanks for taking the time to post your trip and photos. It was an enjoyable read.
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  8. bikerpaul68

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    Thanks again for the great trip report. Last year I changed my 8-year-old GSA for a brand new GS with all the bells and whistles. I miss the 500 km+ range but it's so good to be able to put both feet flat on the ground when I stop (and I'm 1m90 tall). I do very little off-road riding but I don't think either bike is suitable for true off-road conditions (although they are great on sealed roads in bad condition). I once had a day off-road in the Carnarvon National Park with a mate from Charleville, and I found it hard going on the loose sand on my GSA with street tyres. My mate (a very experienced off-roader) was on his 650 GS, which seemed ideal for the conditions.
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  9. RedDogAlberta

    RedDogAlberta High Plains Drifter

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    Outstanding! I loved every km.
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  10. Benji13

    Benji13 Been here awhile

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    Thanks Paul! I totally agree with you and that’s why my GS has TKC80 now in case I want to do the dirt anytime. The only trade off is that when it’s wet on the twisty Putty Road, the traction control light would be flashing a lot on the dash
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    Great trip story and photos. The Sandfire Roadhouse stop has not changed much since my friends and I were stuck there in 1993 waiting on the Greyhound to shuttle parts from Broome. We spent a week with the barmaids at the 80 mile beach campground. The middle of nowhere but my kids adopted grandparents, Loraine & Baz, were managing the Pub and campground at Sandfire during parts of 2017. Over nearly 30 years and four major trips I have covered most of the lap except the Nullarbor, starting back in the days when the paved highway stopped outside Mt Isa. Thanks for the updated photos to kindle the memory cells.
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  12. GuyM76

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    Great Ride Report. Really enjoyed all of that.

    I have a loose plan to buy a bike in Perth one day and ride across...
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  13. Benji13

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    Thanks mate! Depending on the month, it can be much warmer here than London.
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    Thanks for all of you reading this RR. I shall get ready soon the next amigo RR. Guess where we were riding to...
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    Tassie trip ~ 5,000km in 10 days

    12 months after the lap, the amigos were going to Tasmania for the first time. Enriched with the experience from a year ago, this time I was thoroughly enjoying the route planning with a good cuppa on my vast dinning table and under the nice aircon breeze during the summer months. Life was great, like an accountant gifted with a shoebox of tax receipts.

    The amigos agreed that taking a long riding trip at late Nov/early Dec is the best timing wise for work and family, as long as you are not going to the oven-like Northern Territory. You either would have a lot of funny stories during the X'mas party. Or you would be nursing a broken ankle during the festival seasons. Sir Dropalot told me from his first hand experience. So the trip would start on 23 Nov 2018, Friday.

    If you are from overseas, you may have not heard of this apple isle. It was for a long time one of the major apple producers in the world, thus the nickname. I thought its shape looks like an apple. No? Try harder with your imagination.
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    Sorry for the political debt worm in the picture above, which is not my idea.

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    When you thought that Tassie is not a big place (about the size of Ireland or West Virginia), you would believe easily that it is a simple task to plan for this trip. No not really.
    1. Many ulu places we wanted to see were in remote corners of Tassie. That means that we had to come back out the same road as we went in. Tricky planning to see a few places in one day. OK amigos lets ride fast.
    2. A lot of roads were not sealed. You hear that Sir?!
    3. Accommodation options could be limited. Some didn't even have a bar or dining!! Could we bring some fishing rods?
    4. I booked and paid $2K for the return ferry cabins for 4 of us and the bikes. Then at the last moment one amigos dropped out due to family matters.
    5. More importantly, one amigo threw me a curve ball: he's now a vegan (not for religion), OMG.
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    :fpalm
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  17. Kim F

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    What a great report. Currently in negotiations with the local BMW dealer re a R 1250 GS
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  18. Benji13

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    Thanks mate! Good luck with the negotiation! Are you going to Rolfe in Canberra? Let us know if the Motorrad provides good customer services please!
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    Bought the C650GT from Rolfe - not overly good bargainers but I've been happy with the Service Dept, free loan bikes on Service days.
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    ooh, pictures from Tassie, please
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