Simpson desert unsupported - June 2021

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  1. el mono

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    Hey,

    Will be doing the Simpson start of this June/mid June from Birdswille on DR650, still deciding on the line, but French is the most likely.

    (After the Simpson of to the Great Central road, and possibly the Canning Stock route, if it opens up this year.)

    Anybody interested please send a private message, 1 or 2 guys/gals would be ideal to help each other and have more fun.

    Cheers
    m.
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  2. Dingus

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    Hey, can't join you this year but if I can help with any info, please PM me. We did it east to west on DRs a few years ago.
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  3. el mono

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    Hey mate, thanks for the reply, but no idea how to send a PM.
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  4. richo360

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    click on his name, then click on 'start a conversation'

    When he replies, scroll to the top of the page, click 'Inbox' which should show a '1' notification that you have a message back.
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  5. farqhuar

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    I think you used to need a minimum number of posts before you could start a conversation (5 or 10?), not sure if that is still the case.
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  6. el mono

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    Seems you are right, there is no option to start a conversation atm.

    Dingus, my email is monodr650[at]gmail.com

    Please send me an email, I have a few questions regarding your simpson crossing. Cheers!
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  7. farqhuar

    farqhuar Human guinea pig

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    Just post a few more general comments in other threads to get your post count up, and see if that works.
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  8. bigborett

    bigborett Hipster Supporter

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    Quite a few Simpson threads. Start searching and good luck.
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  9. simmy

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    Where are you leaving from?
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  10. el mono

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    From Agnes Water
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  11. el mono

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    we did Birdswille to Mt. Dare unsupported in 3 nights, 4 days, 510 km total across French line.
    End of June days were pretty cool and nights freezing, frost on bikes in the morning


    Fuel taken 41 l, used 36 (28 l acerbis tank, 8 l bladder and 5 l jerry)

    Water taken 12 l, used 9-10 (x amount of plastic bottles 1.25 l)

    Gearing 13 and 45

    Tyres Motoz Desert HT, 90/100 21 and 130/80 17

    PSI front 10 and rear 12

    Stock carb and exhaust

    Suspension 8 kg back and 0.52 front wo revalve, its still shit but better then stock


    Ma mate had an opened air box and rejetted carb with aftermarket exh, used more fuel but still made it with 41, he had 14 and 44 gearing and felt it too high.
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  12. Nerb

    Nerb Been here awhile

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    Good work!
    Carried 4kg too much of fuel for nothing! Haha. Good info.
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  13. Dee Cee

    Dee Cee Been here awhile

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    Ahem!!

    We need pickies and stories of daring do :wave.
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  14. Beet

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    Didn’t happen - no photos!!!!
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  15. Dingus

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  16. el mono

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    To make a short story even shorter here we go


    All preparation took a couple of weeks, was mainly changing stock springs to Vince Strang springs front and rear (thanks a lot to Dingus for all the info and tips, with stock DR suspension would have been a nightmare, im sure).


    Had new tyres posted to Windorah PO in order not to use them on tarmac, its round 1500 km from Agnes Water to Birdswille.


    We met with R. in Windorah, and had to camp there a couple of days cause the road to Birdswille was closed due to rain. They have a nice camp based on donations at the back of the pub.


    In Birdswille R. installed a new clutch set, the old clutch was slipping badly. Then we had some new problems surging up, R. had to repair his rear pannier racks – bolts holding them broke off, luckily the roadhouse mechanics done an awesome job and after putting new tyres, buying some pasta and tuna, filling the water bottles up, we hit the sand. (Yes, we filled the fuel tanks as well.)


    To start with, we are not the best sand riders and we learned mainly on the Simpson while crossing it. I didn’t even know how to ride standing up, but those dunes quickly taught me there is no other way.


    We had a few spills and crashes, especially R. on test ride day when the trip could have been over without even starting. For those who don’t know him, R. is an Estonian bloke who loves his ice cream and rides a bush pig as well. Getting ice cream to the desert was our biggest logistical problem which we failed to solve.


    met a few other blokes on bikes, one of them on a 250 (?) doing a double crossing who lost his sleeping bag and was becoming an icicle, it's fu**ing freezing at night. The guys and galz at Mt. Dare roadhouse were going to give him a blanket, but they were busy at the time and he left without one.


    Another lad, A., from Germany, was about to start his crossing from the west, and crashed on his way from Mt. Dare to Dalhousie on that terrible rocky section hitting a washout at sunset when the sun was blinding him. Now he is licking his wounds working at Mt. Dare, fixing his XR650R and preparing for take #2; we might storm the Canning together when it opens up. All the luck to him kick starting the beast after falling over in the sand.


    A few photos hopefully will give you a taste of the desert whose fine red sand was filling my teeth cavities one evening when it got into my noodles. No videos, cause I managed to break my gopro mount on the first run up the Big Red. The left mirror also RIP. IMG_20210706_025732.jpg IMG_20210706_030025.jpg IMG_20210706_030232.jpg IMG_20210706_031355.jpg IMG_20210706_031618.jpg IMG_20210706_193729.jpg IMG_20210708_045318.jpg IMG_20210708_050007.jpg IMG_20210708_052920.jpg IMG_20210718_145616.jpg
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  17. el mono

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    PS those old cars are on the old Andado station. You didn’t think somebody tried crossing the Simpson in those, did you?


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  18. a2zworks

    a2zworks Trust me, I'm Pablo

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    Well done monkey boy, nice pics too.
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  19. Dee Cee

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    Good stuff :clap
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