now about those cane field runs.....:huh had a good time on the Clohesy/Tinaroo run today - I clocked about 175k with perhaps 100 in dirt. The limitation of current KLR tires was VERY apparent with a couple of slides outs trying to climb one rather muddy hill. The creeks I was concerned about turned to be no problem tho better traction would never hurt - good fun but the muddy hill was beyond rider and bike to negotiate... First slide out not so bad hit a branch with the front tire which slid on it - I stayed sort of up, bike laid down....huffing and puffing and managed to get a going with help but then traction just disappeared further up the hill and aging rider found himself nicely pinned by 500 lb of KLR on a marginally armoured ankle.- Fortunately a combination of mud, thick socks and the Nike shin guard protected me enough Moto boots on the bring from Canada list. More muscle getting boot out from under - no damage to rider beyond frustration but busted clutch lever made for a rather interesting ride out of the area to Mareeba for a $20 fix. I could sort of hold it in place to get going. Annoyed at myself as I had the stock KLR hand guards and forgot to put them on the bike before I left. Been so long since I've taken a tumble .......handle bars were out of position as well so the guards might not have helped. Did manage to stay upright after that 'cept for a good face plant at the lunch stop which brought some well deserved snarks about Canadian co-ordination. Fiddling with camera and missed a step. An almost front wheel washout coming into Tinaroo really made the message on knobbie need hit home - down from the dam on pavement - some loose sand sitting on the smooth concrete of the small bridge made the rear slide out as well on the way back up tho that was not an issue - the front wheel near wash out tho....not good. That sort of did it for "NEED APPROPRIATE TIRES!!" decision. The front was getting there anyway and the roads are way too much fun to have to squirm through them on quasi- road tires.....50/50 something coming up. While the armoured jacket and gloves did their job - lack of moto- boots and pants - even tho not an issue this time....will need to be addressed next season.....and a set of goggles - too much dust. See what kid has at home and make do with getting decent tires this round. KNobbies should get me through with more confidence in direction and traction especially at my tourist pace. Will be going tomorrow I hope to discuss. Anyways much thanks to the guys who all patient and helpful and good chit chat around lunch solving world problems Minor pics soon. Gonna go back to a couple of the areas for a more leisurely sight seeing.....when it's dry. Had fun, got home in one piece after a couple of spills.....not a bad day. Thanks guys.