Sydney to London on a105cc Honda callled Dot

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by nathanthepostman, May 4, 2009.

  1. Maverick75

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    Yeah Machdog, I think he's safe. However they will ping you if you're back in QLD with an expired sticker. Something to think about should he want to complete the circuit.

    I mean it's hardly fair on Dot; languishing in foreign lands with no other postie bikes to talk to...... :ear
  2. klous-1

    klous-1 Man on a bike

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    Ha ha! Nathan back on the road! Great to see and hope things are going well!

    Hopefully the book is selling well too, and the bottom end of the bike holds together...shoddy rebuild!!!

    Actually, not sure what looks more fun, the travel or the rebuild; looks excellent.

    And what's the deal with leaving now I've come home to Blighty? One day perhaps our paths will cross?!

    Have fun.

    PS - Maybe add your weblink to your ADV signature??
  3. nathanthepostman

    nathanthepostman Been here awhile

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    Hey Klous,

    Yeah it was a dodgy rebuild alright. I tightened it all down then realised I'd not lubed the barrel and didn't want to cheat by squirting some up the spark plug end so had to dismantle again. But all good practice.

    For clarity, I'm now back in England. The trip to Alaska was just a short lived one to complete the journey across America which I started last year. Initial plan was to drop south from there, maybe to Argentina, but a job came up here in England on one of the bike magazines and to be honest I'm that broke I didn't have much choice. And I kinda wanted to wait until I'm really psyched about doing another trip, rather than doing it for the sake of doing it.

    Dot by the way is on a boat somewhere around Panama. She should be here end of July hopefully. Over the winter I'll rebuild the bottom end and make some new panniers for her, get her ready should the time come to get riding again.

    Working on the second book about the America leg. Also got a chap making a documentary about the first trip, which should be interesting. It's just going to be free online and hopefully ready end of August.

    So yeah, all good really.

    Where are you in England anyway, I'm in Leamington Spa, in the midlands.
  4. vwnate1

    vwnate1 Old Idiot who still rides

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    Cary on then Nathan .

    BTW : I loaned my Son (also named Nathan) my signed copy of your book , he won't give it back

    I hope you enjoy the Moto Mag. Job .
  5. kwakbiker

    kwakbiker Been here awhile

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    Which mag you working on then Nate, seen you in RIDE a few times now so is that the full time job?
  6. nathanthepostman

    nathanthepostman Been here awhile

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    Hey Kwak, how's it going mate?

    The mag's called Adventure Bike Rider. So I guess it's up my street really. Riding the new CCM 450 Adventure on Monday, which I'm excited about.

    Do they have a four speed centrifugal clutch as well I wonder?
  7. becsta

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    Congrats on the job. I subscribe to ABR mag. I look forward to reading your articles.

    Sent from my GT-N5110 using Tapatalk 2
  8. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    Hey, good score there Nathan. Congrats! We just started getting Adventure Bike Rider UK here in the USA. I saw it at our Barnes & Noble a couple weeks ago.

    Unfortunately they charge about $10 US for it :D I buy a Coffee and read it in the shop. Haven't got a feel for it quite yet ... but I'm a magazine addict so read most.

    Hey, if your Testing new bikes you'll have to replace your Converse trainers
    with some actual Moto boots! :lol3 Who knows? Maybe even a real leather jacket? :D Having worked for the mags for years, I can tell you one UP side is the LOADS of swag you'll get. Most of it is crap ... and they'll want you to lie about it and say how great it is. :lol3

    I hope that mag can hang on and survive. It's very tough out there ... and once the advertisers figure out who RTW guys really are ... (cheapskates without a penny :D) they may pull up stakes. Lets hope not and hope more Ewan and Charlie types join the ranks to give ADV RTW riding proper Cred.

    All the best! :freaky
  9. kwakbiker

    kwakbiker Been here awhile

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    :rofl at the clutch. Yea I know about ABR, you on the site as well? Nice job which im sure you will enjoy........aka jealous:evil:D
  10. klous-1

    klous-1 Man on a bike

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    Hey Nathan,

    Oh man, you really need to pop south in the Americas! Very excellent! Not sure how Dot would feel about the thin air though, my bike struggled quite a bit.

    Nice one with the book, number two that is! And documentary, what madness! I hope it all goes really well!

    I always think shipping is a bit stoopid (well, I didn't always, I shipped my first bike foolishly), but Dot does have a rather a lot of followers now! I'll have to come see her if she returns promptly!

    I'm back, in Shropshire, to visit family and look for work. It probably means another stint teaching English in S.Korea, not my work of choice but it is fairly easy to get, pays well and means I can afford my own house...because it's free! After that, buy a bike in the UK and head out, prob north Africa and then Asia....at least that what I really want to do right now, but things might change.

    Hey, there is British motocross on at Hawkstone Park Aug 11th, about an hour and a half from you....I'm vehicle-less but I'll get there by hook or by crook, if you fancy coming let me know and I'll buy you a cup of hot dishwater (tea) and a bag of oily - and yummy -doughnuts!

    Nick
  11. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    That brings back memories! My family and I visited Lemmington Spa in the 90's and people there wondered what on earth I wanted to be there for. I told them, the Gaydon Historical Museum of course!:lol3
  12. TrevorHeath

    TrevorHeath Roaming the World

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    "Dot by the way is on a boat somewhere around Panama. She should be here end of July hopefully."

    Nathan,

    Assume this means you have shipped the bike from Seattle back to the UK in a container. Who did you go with and what did this cost?

    Thanks,

    Trevor
  13. nathanthepostman

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    Evening chaps,

    Thanks for the messages. I still haven't registered for updates on this thread so don't get them straight away.

    Trevor; I went with James Cargo, it costing £900 or thereabouts, on a boat!

    I know, expensive, but needing to be back for this job I just had to abandon the bike with some very good friends in Seattle, with the cargo company's agency picking the bike up in a truck, driving it down to LA, crating it, then boating it back.

    Had I ridden it down to LA and took care of all that myself it would have been ar cheaper. And to be fair, there are cheaper companies. But I trust James Cargo as they were the ones that flew the bike out to NY and they did a grand job. And I'm good friends with the guy there (Giles) so trusted them to get her back safe.

    Vtwin... yeah Leamington's a funny old place. Lots of grand houses, like you get in London, but it's in the Midlands, with lots of students living here. A real mix of people. But I do like walking in to town and through the parks. It's got a good atmosphere.

    Klous-1, mate it didn't click with your first message (I had brain fade) that you were the Klous, motorcycle adventurer extraordinaire. Would be a pleasure to catch up mate, and tea would be on me. If you need somewhere to crash head over. And if I can get to motocross then I will. How long do you think you're back for? And where's Shropshire? (just checked and it's just to the west of me, far side of Birmingham. We're not far away at all)

    Forgot to say, I cheated on Dorothy last week...

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    More here; http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=857243&page=24
  14. sion

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    Nate, yer gonna spoil yerself ridin a bike with real suspension and real acceleration.

    :lol3
  15. kwakbiker

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    Now looks dam fine, even smaller than other pics ive seen, me likey:clap

    Well if your passing through brum on the way to Shropshire ill see if I can get out and about:D
  16. woodly1069

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    HOLY CRAP DUDE! Profound stuff there! :super

    Like so many others, I have been following along and although this adventure was started some years ago now, I feel I must add my thanks for taking us along. There are MANY fantastic reads here in the ADV community and we enjoy them all for different reasons but the way you write some of this stuff sends my mind into a spin and I find myself really "feeling" your journey! THIS IS FREAKIN' EPIC dude! Right on! :freaky

  17. klous-1

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    Not sure....doesn't sound like me....Anyway, that's okay, we've only written once, maybe twice before, I think. Anyway, if I ever get a job, and hence a set of wheels I'll be over in a jiffy and take you up on the cuppa. Whilst we're at it, we can pull out a map of the UK and I'll show you where Shropshire is...blinkin heck, how did you find your way home from Australia?! Just kidding! Still, we do seem to be the county that Britain forgot...actually when you cross over into Shropshire it's a war zone, there's no fuel, no tv, internet, corruption is rife if you're lucky you might find some food, we still eat people.

    I very sadly won't be at the moto-x, :cry but if you can get there I really recommend it, the track is a beaut called "The Hill". However, it is in Shropshire, so pack some sandwiches and plenty of fuel....and a gun....and a gps!

    Anyways, maybe see you down the road, all the best with all, I'll keep an eye on your progress.
    Nick
  18. flyingdutchman177

    flyingdutchman177 Adventurer

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    After spending the last 13 months on my Adventure Ride RTW, I think I can say better than most here that I know how you are feeling. I like your path.......make it your own and don't look back over your shoulder.

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=801516&page=5

    Maybe I will see you along the way

    Lalo
  19. vwnate1

    vwnate1 Old Idiot who still rides

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    And I know you'll ignore the tossers in their armchairs throwing stones because they haven't got the balls you do Nathan .

    Go , ride like the wind and hopefully share more stories with us :deal .
  20. nathanthepostman

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    Geez, they're blasts from the past, those quotes.

    I wrote those at the time, a few years ago, and to read them back is a little disturbing in a way, just to see what place I was in back then. I did take a few nose dives during the trip, especially after it, a big nose dive. I'm quite relieved to say that after this Alaska trip - when I really feel I'd reached a natural conclusion to the trip - things started to relax and I finally have some perspective on it all. Feels good. I was thinking only last night that the challenge of getting on the road is at some point along the way replaced by the challenge of trying to find a way off it. Knowing how to stop. When to stop. How to stop. Otherwise you could end up chasing your tail around the world forever. I guess it takes a while to reach a point where you're not afraid of stopping. Maybe that happens when you're a little more comfortable about who you are, you know, happier with yourself.

    Alas, I've turned to the darkside. Mods, I hope you don't mind me putting the next few pics up. I thought you might find them interesting. To go from one extreme to the other. I had it just for the weekend. I thought it was a good bike. Very quick on the road, and agile, but it did hint at just how much marketing bollockery is going on right now; branding a bike like this as 'Adventure', and necessary for 'Adventure', when, as I discovered, you have to be careful how you park it, so it's not off-camber, it's not downhill because you can't pull the thing back out, how the panniers are wider than your shoulders and the general intimidation of a bike as big as this. Great touring bike. But I wouldn't like to get lost in the wild on one. It would eat you alive...

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    ... photos from Scotland. Lovely place.

    Business will resume next week when old Dorothy finally returns back from the States having travelled across the Atlantic by boat. The plan is to retire her for a while. Work on the bottom end in my own good time. Continue to work. Continue to settle some debt. Continue to do other things, while at the same time, perhaps subconsciously, laying plans for when the time comes to take off again and see something new. I look at the map and see Sydney to Alaska. But there's a lot I haven't seen. And somehow I don't think I'll be taking the GS.
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