Peak Charles Western Australia KTm1190R, Tiger 800XCX, DR650

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Baz131, Nov 18, 2015.

  1. Baz131

    Baz131 Been here awhile

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    Peak Charles 2015


    After completing the Holland Track last year for my first “Adventure Ride” the seed was sown to do more of the same. I met Rod, Rob and Bob via the forum for that trip and we seemed to hit it off well. Well enough to plan another trip for this year. Some mates from work had done a supported trip to Peak Charles and it sounded like an interesting trip.

    I downloaded some GPS tracks from 59DEN and contacted him for some invaluable local knowledge and the plan was set in motion. Drew would be joining us on a new 1190 as well, Rod on his new Triumph 800 and Bob on the underrated DR 650.
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    My new steed. 2015 1190R. Running Excel Rims 2.5” Rear 1.85” Front with Pirelli Scorpion Rally tyres at 26 PSI. Brand new set-up and there was some issues. It did handle brilliantly compared to what I had been running (road tyres) but it did have some surprises as well. On the road it would feel like I was running on a knife edge and it felt like it was caused from the front. I would get a slight weave. It would only be a concern when up around 100 kph but it felt the same on gravel roads at those speeds as well. It never develped into a tank slapper and I presumed that the others were having similar issues. It wasn't until later into the trip that I discussed it with Drew on his 1190 that I found out it was just me. Drew was running the standard rims with TKC 80’s at around
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    I had plenty to keep me occupied. Home-made iphone mounts running Memory Maps and Galileo.

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    I need to work on my packing skills. It handled the trip OK but discussing with Drew during the trip made me realize I need to shed more weight. Drew carried a top bag for a portion of the trip and said it upset the handling massively. I was running 10.4 kg in the top bag and approx. 7 kg in each pannier bag. I still needed to add 8kg of fuel and water for two legs of the trip later on.

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    Airing down our tyres for the start of the trip. 2000km and predominately dirt for the next 6 days. First leg was from Bunbury to Denmark to stay at the Pub. 415 km for day 1. Some nice single tracks on Day 1.

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    Crossroads

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    Day 2.

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    Day 2 morning and typical Albany/Denmark drizzle greeted us.

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    Home-made racks copied from Wolfmans. I made them closer to the bike from my experience on the Holland Track with wide Bags was a nightmare. They worked a treat.

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    Bob had been checking out the 1190’s for the past two days and I was a little concerned when I found this next morning.

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    Fantastic tracks from Denmark to Redmond. Little bit of water lying around but for the most part it was hard sand. Rainfall would have to be a consideration if doing another trip on these roads as its looks like it would flood easily.

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    It’s through here that Drew nearly had a Wallaby take out his front wheel.

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    Bob also had an Emu mother try and attack (or mate) with him!

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    Mt Barker for breakfast.


    Out of Mt Barker we headed to the Stirling Ranges. It would have looked amazing but we spent most of this part of the trip riding through a cloud.

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    From the Stirling Ranges we did a 70km stretch of bitumen to Bremer Bay.

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    Bremer Bay. Topped up with fuel and went out to this strip of hard compact sand which separates the Wellstead Estuary from the ocean. Lots of fun. From here we headed into the Fitzgerald National Park on our way to Hopetoun. 561 km for Day 2.

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    Bremer Bay Estuary/Ocean crossing.

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    Heading into the Fitzgerald National Park.

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    Fitzgerald National Park

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    View heading into Hopetoun.

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    Day 3 was from Hopetoun to Peak Charles. We headed out of Hopetoun back into the Fitzgerald National Park. We could easily spend a few days exploring through here. While we stopped to take this photo, the Farmer whose crops are on the side of the road pulled up and had a chat. Top bloke who suggested a few tracks for us and even unlocked one of his gates for us to ride through.

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    Tracks through the Fitzgerald National Park. Very rocky in places.

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    Rod finding the big hole in the middle.

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    Rod having some fun.

    Next, onto Ravensthorpe for supplies.

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    The 1190 fully fueled and watered in Ravensthorpe for the run to Peak Charles. 2 lires of port, 8 litres of fuel and 8 of water

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    Now to head out to Peak Charles.

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    About to turn and go through the Vermin Proof Fence

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    Contrails. I love going bush and watching the jet Contrails, much to the annoyance of the others!

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    The tracks leading to Peak Charles reminded me of the Holland Track at times, but for the most part they were great. The Temperature was starting to pick up and getting closer to 30 Deg C.

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    Shade was starting to become a priority when stopping

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    Soon the tracks opened up into these tracks.

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    Our first glimpse of Peak Charles in the distance on the horizon

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    Drew’s fuel bladder opened and I lost the cap from my water bladder, so it was lucky Rod was carrying enough of both to keep us all going. That extra weight made it hard going in the small sections of boggy sand. We all got caught out on a deep mud puddle as well, with Drew the only one to go down, but quick enough to get it back up before the camera arrived!

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    The Katoms about to eat up that straight into Peak Charles

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    Getting closer now.

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    Rod taming the Tiger with Cable Ties. There’s a side stand and Centre stand spring out there somewhere

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    Sideways action.

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    Peak Charles in my visor.

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    Nearly there.

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    Camping at the base of Peak Charles

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    Calm before the storm. 2 and a bit litres of port, 6 beers, bottle of bourbon and 2 litres of wine storm

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    It was bloody hot now. 32 Deg C now. Nice view of Peak Charles from the Carpark

    Day 4 and we were off to Norseman and then a lap around Lake Cowan.

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    Peak Charles to Dundas was OK. Dundas to Norseman on the east side of the Highway was a great track. In Norseman we again fueled water and fuel bladders for the trip around Lake Cowan. The original plan was to Camp at Cave Hill but a puncture put a stop to that and we had to Camp Overnight where I stopped

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    Camouflaged KTM. The Lake Cowan Track was 150km of S bends and switch backs – awesome. Again, we might have been luck with the weather. Heavy rain in preceding weeks made these tracks firm and all the mud puddles were dry.

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    Lake Cowan conditions.

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    Met some more Adventures on Cowasakis.

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    Tiger on the prowl

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    View from the top/North of Lake Cowan

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    Again, shade was at a premium.

    So not long after this shot was taken I got a puncture after jumping a few cattle grids.

    We hastily did a tube patch repair late in the Day so we could still make Cave Hill. Unfortunately the patch failed and we pondered our options. We decided to make Camp and try another patch repair in the cool of the night. This time we took our time to make sure the patch took to the HD Tube.

    Next morning we made tracks to Widiemooltha for Breakfast. The patch held the pressure fine so we made tracks to Cave Hill. Unfortunately, another 20km down the track the tube patch failed. The tyre was getting very hot (had upped pressure to 30 PSI at Widgie) and I was making sure not to spin the tyre on the roads.

    Rod decided to slab it to Kalgoorlie for a spare tube (Thanks Rod!) and the 3 of us changed the tyre for the 3rd time by putting a 21” tube in the rear. We rode on to Cave hill and waited for Rod to return.

    Day 5 was now to get to the Breakaways.

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    Woodlines track to Cave Hill

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    Cave Hill in the background. Temperature was up to 36 Deg C today. Had a great cool off in the Cave Hill Dam.

    When Rod return we did the 4th Tyre change for a new tube. We continued along the Woodlines Track and stopped to take a photo at the Southern End of the Track.

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    Then it was a fast trip down the Norseman Hyden gravel Road to the Breakaways, a fantastic picturesque camping spot. The next morning we rode into Hyden together and then I went on to Bunbury via the highway. Drew, Bob and Rod went back to Perth off-road most of the way.

    My total distance was just over 2000km.

    [​IMG]Complete Trip

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  2. Dubl-A

    Dubl-A SuckerDucker

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    Sweet :clap
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  3. darren70

    darren70 Loud pipes matter

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    Nice looking trip and great picks
    Thanks for sharing
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  4. blackness

    blackness more riding

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    Good photos, thanks for the report
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  5. Tenerrod

    Tenerrod Make it shiny

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    Thanks for the write up Baz. Was a great week.
    I found this photo of Bob and l believe Drew has another great one of him refuelling.

    Attached Files:

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  6. 1coolbanana

    1coolbanana Long timer

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    Awesome stuff :thumbup
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  7. Dave Ward

    Dave Ward I don't even know where the box is.

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    Great ride & report.

    So, the Suzuki rider wears a skirt?
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  8. Tenerrod

    Tenerrod Make it shiny

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    Yes.
    He's not on the forum but rest assured l will show him the pic and post.
    It was bloody chilli that day.
    I had a tarp stuffed up the front of my jacket. Best use for one yet.
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  9. Muddler

    Muddler Long timer

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    :clapGreat RR , you picked a good route
    The 1190 makes for great bike porn too!
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  10. Baz131

    Baz131 Been here awhile

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    I was in a bit of a rush to post the RR. Somehow I forgot to post the pics of the skirt, the DR running out of fuel and a pair of socks...pink socks.

    They might make the video...
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  11. Tenerrod

    Tenerrod Make it shiny

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    Bob wears PINK SOCKS?
    Arrhhhhhhgggggg!

    Ride report was fine, we don't need a video.
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  12. dunc

    dunc Coddiwompler Supporter

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    nice r/r
    thanks for posting and the pics
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  13. Reklaw59

    Reklaw59 Faster than your Nan.

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    ...says he of the pink camo pants.
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  14. Tenerrod

    Tenerrod Make it shiny

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    I represent that comment!
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  15. Not the Messiah

    Not the Messiah Old enough to know better, but slow learnin'

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    Nice work you blokes, thanks for the RR and piccies
    Cheers
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  16. Tomdog

    Tomdog Mapaholic

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    Good to see that part of the country. Thanks for the RR.
    Q; Did you convert to tubes before you left or as a puncture back up? What about the other 1190?
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  17. bikeroz

    bikeroz Long timer

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    nice pics.
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  18. Tenerrod

    Tenerrod Make it shiny

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    Baz built up some wheels on different hubs so already had tubes before the ride.
    Other 1190 is stock l believe.
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  19. #3

    #3 Wannabe Adv Rider

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    Nice RR. I wish I could have joined you. Maybe next year. We definitely need a video, you did a great job on the Holland Track one. Maybe we can catch up for a brew and chat about the trip in the near future.
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  20. OffRoadDave

    OffRoadDave Adventurer

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    Inspirational for us mere mortals!
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