The idea. Tom, our son, was finishing year 11 in 2011. One more year of high school to go. In April 2011 we offered him an adventure at the end of year 11. I figured we could do a fun camping trip in our much used and trusted Land Rover. Perhaps to the beaches of northern New South Wales? A surfie holiday. Perhaps elsewhere? Nope – he was not interested in that. What about a motorcycle trip. I already had a Kawasaki KLX250. We could buy another 250 and use those. Nope. Then came the bombshell – what about a trip on postie bikes. Postie bikes are used in Australia to deliver the mail. The proper name of a postie bike is the Honda CT110. That name is a bit of trick. They are not a 110. They are a 105 – in that they have a whopping 105 cubic centimetre engine that puts out around 8 hp. I weigh around 95 kg and with extra fuel and camping gear, a trip on postie bikes had the potential to be the slowest circumnavigation of southeast Australia in living memory. The first postie. Despite my protests he persisted with the idea. I relented and decided to buy a postie bike to prove to him that this was a bad idea. Australia Post sell their used postie bikes through public auctions. They are usually around 3 years old with around 25,000-30,000 km on the clock. The auctioneer was up front and told the bidders that the first bid at $1000 would get a bike. They had 12 bikes at the auction I attended. I got one for $1000 just like he said. Got it home and went over it. It needed nothing done as far as I could work out so we got it inspected. Instant success – it passed the inspection and we got it registered and insured. Step one – I could now prove why this was a very bad idea and move towards my vision of doing a trip on 250 cc motorcycles. Here it is: We did a few rides in the local forests around Canberra (in Ozstrayla) with Tom on the postie while I rode my 2001 KLX250. ‘Lot 297’ turned out to be surprisingly comfortable to ride. That makes sense when you think about it - the postie has to sit on the thing all day! Here they are in their natural habitat. More soon.