Touring Rules

Discussion in 'Australia' started by S2W, Nov 29, 2007.

  1. Woody2627

    Woody2627 Grey Wobbler

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    What did you do, drop yer duds? Always made the girls laugh when I did it.
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  2. GSbyname

    GSbyname Been here awhile

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    At my age, I'm a bit slow to get up, get going in the morning. I like my own company. I travel mostly solo & meet my wife at some destinations once in a while, if she's in the neighborhood. I dislike riding in convoy, but do not 'shun' groups per se.
    My 'rules':
    1. Chat to all who'll chat when you get to camp/accom. Find out what's good, where's good, what everyone's doing next few days (in case you meet up with them again).
    2. Be nice, but not intrusive.
    3. Plan/expect to be left alone or ignored, but respond with grace & good manners if invited to join others for food/drinks/chat.
    4. Slip away quietly or with gusto (as appropriate) when the mood (or your body) tells you to. You ride better the next day if you've had proper sleep.
    5. Shop for & eat/drink what you want/need to, not necessarily what 'everyone else' chooses. Your body will thank you.
    6. Get up, get ready & get going at your own pace. Others may like to lead, to organise, to herd. I politely suggest that I might see them at the next coffee/lunch/tourist stop. I usually catch up with & dare to pass groups riding in convoy.
    7. If a group catches up with you & wants to 'ride with you', fake getting a phone call, pull over, let them ride on, look for an alternative route/road/destination. Ride your own ride, become one with your own bike & the road under you. Tell the others how nice it was if/when you next see them. When riding in a group or in convoy, I find I spend too much time concentrating on other riders/bikes, rather than me/my bike/my road.
    8. Smile, laugh, be nice - to everyone (even when very challenging). Life is too short for the alternatives.
    9. Try to be humble, helpful, respectful, kind.
    10. If/when you make a dick of yourself, learn to say sorry.
    11. Look in a mirror at least once a day & like who you see. "There's a reflection - not a vampire! Yay!" (also: "Eyes aren't red - not a werewolf!" & "Still don't like eating brains - not a zombie!").

    As others before me have said: Ride more, worry less.
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  3. dirty dennis

    dirty dennis are we there yet

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    Sort of " You want to do what?; When?; With that little thing?!!" laugh out loud ?




    Heard that before today:shog
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  4. Precis

    Precis Maladroit malcontent

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    Nah - after decades of Marriage, she's no longer impressed by that...
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  5. wi11iamson

    wi11iamson Been here awhile

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    Sound like some good rules for life, and ahem forum etiquette, probably a pity some members (me included) can't always behave so.
  6. GSbyname

    GSbyname Been here awhile

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    ^That's why you learn to say 'sorry'.
  7. wozzamatta

    wozzamatta Is it new bike time yet

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    Yep, I dislike riding in groups, I find it forces me to ride either too fast or too slow, they will stop at places I would rather pass, get petrol at some cheap dodgy servo and there is always a smoker who just has to stop.

    Ride by myself, stop where I want to, travel at my comfortable speed and because I'm by myself people will talk to me because I'm not a threat.
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  8. Hay Ewe

    Hay Ewe Just a Wannabe

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    Some great tips and ideas in this thread.
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  9. Hay Ewe

    Hay Ewe Just a Wannabe

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    I enjoyed reading this thread and wondered what I could add, many things were covered.
    Over the weekend I was rummaging in my moto jacket and finding stuff (no unexpected $50 notes)
    but string.

    I always carry some good lengths of quality cord in my jacket pocket.
    I have two length each of about 4Meters.
    This is quality stuff from the local chandlery / boat supplies.
    I get the type that small boats use for halyards, Sheets, Guys.
    This has a core and protective outer that doesn't usually slip - unlike the cheap stuff from Bunnings.

    Always useful for all sorts of things, keep in jacket pocket and its there in a hurry if needed.
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  10. Gone Troppo

    Gone Troppo Somewhat bemused observer Supporter

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    Exactly….or with a very select group of long term riding mates.
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  11. Woody2627

    Woody2627 Grey Wobbler

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    I mainly ride with 2 other blokes, and I have been riding with them since 1974. I think it's safe to head out on a ride with them.
  12. a2zworks

    a2zworks Trust me, I'm Pablo

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    :clap That is exactly how I roll, I’m going to send it to my wife, she thinks I’m unique.
    (I do have to work on being a bit more tolerant of others company)
  13. Blakduk

    Blakduk Don’t be too practical.

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    Post of the year. Wise and gentlemanly words.
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  14. Hay Ewe

    Hay Ewe Just a Wannabe

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    Following my post about carrying string / cord / thin rope, I am often surprised at the knots that people tie - as in they just tie rope to make it look done.
    Maybe I am only seeing the bad.
    My recommendation for knots people should know is:-

    Bowline
    Clove Hitch
    Round turn and two half hitches
    reef knot
    figure of eight
    figure of Eight on a bight (to make a loop - more secure than a bowline)
    tieing off on a cleat
    Truckers hitch is kinda useful, but I dont think I have used when out on the moto

    I also came across this recently, that I didnt know


    There are likely more, but I cant think of any others that I use
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  15. ktmgeoff

    ktmgeoff Remember it's not a race!

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    She could get a job as a diplomat.... describing you as unique....:lol3
  16. a2zworks

    a2zworks Trust me, I'm Pablo

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    She says that they broke the mould after I was born, didn’t want to risk making the same mistake again :nah :lol3
  17. david61

    david61 Queue, a word with 4 silent letters....

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    I think I wrote this before, but anyways...

    We're all going on a ride to the Motogp, from Perth to Phillip Island. We meet up at a servo east of Perth, quite early in the morning, quite a bunch of bikes there. Someone stands up and starts explaining the "rules".

    "Right, we're going to ride to here and stop for a coffee at this time, and stop here for fuel at this time, and we ride at this speed, and we only overtake on these bits and blah blah blah."

    Quietly made my way back to my bike and just launched out of there. I arrived early Thursday, they rolled in late Friday....
  18. ktmgeoff

    ktmgeoff Remember it's not a race!

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    You're just one of those bloody rebels who doesn't want to fit in with normal society.....:lol3
  19. vagueout

    vagueout Long timer

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    But you missed out on all that fun and camaraderie.:imaposer:photog
  20. sidetrack one

    sidetrack one Chief Tiddler Supporter

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    There's rules?:scratch.....
    Thats disappointing,lucky I missed the memo!:D