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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Mototrans, Oct 15, 2006.
Awesome report & true adventure riding,,, thankyou
Awsome report Seriously, write a book about it - an amazing trip and a true sense of adventure!
Darwin to Sydney? On THAT bike?
You sir, have absolutely enormous brass testicles.
Well done bloke. Top ride report.
What more can be said???
That is why any Adventure is worth pursuing.
What may seem a dream to some, can become a reallity
to those of us that just Do it "cos we think we can"
Excellent report !
Take care of your XT , or don't care at all ... she's either will even survive you and be good for your sons or nephew ...
Mine and then my wife's XT500 ( as always , wimmins will rob you of your toys... ) here in Kootenay range , Canada .
Just before the Advrider European rally , I started she after a two or three years stop ... it drove me crazy until I changed the plug , evidently long died by age , poverty and starvation found a "new" plug in a '84 dated bag that brought her to life at FIRST KICK.
Seriously , the seat is awful, lights non-existant even if working (6V....) and a big tank is necessary , legs are cramped ... but the sense of safety and reliability on the XT500 have a broad margin over other vehicles.
great report, my sides are aching from laughing
Damn, man. I'd been lusting after some fancy new Garmin GPS this morning, but after reading your story I'm feeling kind of silly about it. Could it be that reading advrider today saved me money?? That would be a first!
AWESOME RIDE REPORT!
Great report really enjoyed reading it.
Looks like this place has changed since we first rolled in June 1967 with 5 kids in the back of the van, I vividly remember a porch in front of the pub with a middle aged lady her dress pulled up and having a piss off the side of the veranda. Our first night in the Territory
Your report is a timely reminder of first world consumption rates.
With our relatively wealthy lifestyles we tend to want the "latest" bike, GPS, equipment, etc when really, nearly anybike will go nearly anywhere if we ride to the conditions and equipment.
Any rider with more than 20 years riding experience would be able to look back fondly on some "epic" trips they've had on some pretty average, crappy equipment.
Sometimes I reckon I had more fun on my old bikes, with less mechanical ability (actually it's not much better) basic maps and the shittiest of camping gear.
People like you and Claude on his old Matchless, still crossing Oz
symbolise Adventure riding to me.
See you out there someday.
P.S. "I vividly remember a porch in front of the pub with a middle aged lady her dress pulled up and having a piss off the side of the veranda. Our first night in the Territory"
Bloody classic Ed
A great read! Maybe I don't need that 950 Adventure after all.
Great trip and superb report - you are a latter day Henry Lawson
You have the courage of a lion and the wit of a poet. Well done, I am in awe of your effort. Being a resident of Bathurst I went up to Mount Panorama to try and find your number plate, but no luck. Sorry but with the thousands of visitors to that sacred site, you would expect that if it was there someone would have picked it up. Check with the RTA, it might have been handed in. Send me a PM if your up this way again, I would love to meet you and say G'Day to a very brave man.
Great in all ways! One of the best reports posted! Thanks for letting us in on the ride!
An amazing adventure. Looks like you had a experience of a lifetime. Thanks for the bedtime story.
To everyone... Thanks or your support and best wishes, its been an overwhelming response to what i thought would not be that interesting with all the mod BM's amd KTM's.
To answer a few q's - it was 4300klms approx from Darwin to Sydney. I still don't really know what started the fire except to say that the pics of Alice Springs reveal a "strategic lean" on the swag. I was constantly checking it along the way. I fixed this problem at Coober Pedy and got her straightened up and it was after this the fire started.
Some things must just meant to be bent!!!
Again Cheers for the support, and to the riders sending invites to rides, i'll be along for sure. I just need to do a lil patch work first.
how about that Matchless!!!! Hope Claude and i cross paths someday.
top story & pics
it brought back good memories.
Love that fire stuff.
Met a bloke on a Dakar who had that same hot arse syndrome.