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Discussion in 'Australia' started by Scottyx, Jun 1, 2018.
Walked around Mutawintji gorge and took a photo of a rock.
The 200km's of dirt from Mutawintji to Packsaddle through private properties sucked arse and had me on edge more than I needed during the 4 joyful fucken hours it took.
2 of us got our bikes bogged up to the chains in sand and I nearly came off 4 or so times at least.
Definitely wasn't waiting until Tibooburra for a beer so we pulled into Milparinka for a well learnt break and all seemed almost OK.
Cruised up to Tibooburra on a mix of bitumen and dirt and started to forget how hard the morning was.
We pulled in to grab some fuel and accommodation and listened while the sheila in the servo told us how bad the road was out to Cameron Corner and how hard it was for people to get through and to think twice.
Over a mother's meeting and a 6 pack of Coops we decided we were pussy fags ( can't remember the PC term) and might give Cameron Corner a miss.
In the morning we headed out to Olive Downs to camp after being told by the people in the corner shop that yes the road was in very bad condition to Cameron Corner
and we made a good decision.
Is it racist to suggest the Pommy dude was the only one with flies on him
Bad road? Sounds like a good ride...
The boys having a feed
This might help me ride a bit better.
Every tool has 2 uses and who woulda thought of cutting toe nails with them
The ride from the Siver City highway to White Cliffs was 130km's of fun.
I finally got to sit on about 80 and even hit 90 briefly. May not seem fast to heaps of dudes but it was right on my limit so I bought it back to 80
Man I'm not sure if it was just the road or a bit of confidence but as the bike moved around it hardly ever un nerves me that day.
I hit one cause way that bottomed out front and rear suspension which made for an interesting exit but I couldn't believe I was sad to see the end of the dirt.
What is your other use?
Why drink and drive when you can smoke and fly.
I'll have a mid strength schooner and jump back on the bike.
I left the smoking until I reached camp.
Last bit of the trip as it turned out.
We were leaving Tibooburra for White Cliffs and stopped to take one last photo of the big metal sign.
Started the bikes back up and one mate said "I'm just going to go have a look" pointing his bike up the road to Cameron Corner. No worries see you soon we'll wait at the tool tree or see you in White Cliffs.
My other mate fucked off back to Sydney and I booked into the pub at White Cliffs and left my bike out front so he would see it.
Next morning with no way of contacting my mate (he had my phone on his bike) I decided to head to Sydney thinking he may have gone to Qld or Broken Hill or maybe broken down but no idea really.
14 and a half painful hours to Sydney in the drizzle dodging roos goats and one emu I still couldn't ring any one cause all my numbers are stored in my phone.
The next morning I found an old phone with a mates number and after about 6 hours of contacting different people I got onto my mates wife to tell her we haven't seen him for a couple of days, but she was on her way to meet him at Trangie and bring him home.
Not exactly how I thought the trip was going to end, but it could have been worse.
Sounds like you weren't a fan of the adventure?
I'm kinda confused a bit by the whole experience too.
Maybe there's a tinge of pui in a few posts, maybe I was thinking Scotty had more experience.
Live and learn, Scotty. Carry your own comms... Plan your contingencies, if you split up be clear of the outcomes ie "I'm going to ride that way and I'll see you guys back home"
And when people describe roads as good, bad etc you need to qualify their advice/viewpoint. The only times out there the roads are truly bad is when they are wet, beyond that they are varying levels of fun.
Now you've done that ride and gotten some bum time in maybe consider getting to a suspension tuner and setting up your suspension - will be the best and probably cheapest bang for buck performance mod you can do and it will make a considerable difference in the dirt.
Good on you for getting out and having a go.
The adventure thing doesn't cause me a concern. It's my ability to ride a dirt bike. I've been riding road bikes a bit over 30 years and dirt bikes since around Xmas. I've even done an off road riding course that gave me a few tips and have only been on a road bike once since Xmas down to Phillip Island for the Classic in Jan.
I even took the Tenere up Wheel Barrow Ridge track in the rain to get a feel for it and bugger me I didn't pick the clay patch and nearly came down. I have never had so many close close close calls in over 30 years as what I have had in the last 6 months. I've been riding it on the dirt nearly every weekend since I got it and still can't get my head around it.
My mate who decided to "have a look" made it to Cameron Corner and said the sand sections were a bit longer but not as deep as what we had ridden through a few days earlier.
It was a bit of a bummer the trip got cut short for a couple of reasons out of my control, but I can take time off pretty much when ever I want (with in reason) so coming home early wasn't a hassle.
I would have to be one of the most inexperienced dudes out there.
I agree with live a learn. Two of us that have Optus phones will get Telstra pre paid next time. I've done 4 big trips with the family and 4wd in years gone by and should have remembered this.
We have already talked about this just going for a look shit.
My mate came back on the Central Rd from Cameron Corner and said it was absolutely no problem so seeing for myself when someone says "no go" is also a point to remember.
In my defense besides being soft, it did start to rain a little and that is why one mate and myself headed to White Cliffs and we thought our other mate would have caught us by the turn off.
Now you have picked it exactly with the suspension. I have ordered a rear shock assembly from Teknik Motorsport and when it arrives I think I will ask them to fit it and see what they can do with the front end.
The camping gear is packed back in the pannier bags even with a bit of left over tucker so all I need to do is add water and I'm on my way again. Not sure how long it will be until I get a chance, but I reckon I'm not giving up on it yet.
I love camping, I love getting out and looking at shit even if it is a 4 hour walk, I love talking shit and having a beer and I even loved the last 130km dirt road. So I think if I can get a little bit more confidence on the dirt. There no bloody stopping me.
Good to see all back and safe ready for the next one...