Feb 20 2009

Trip Meeting

tim

We’re having a meeting for all interested parties, to discuss the route, logistics, dates and other aspects of the Arnhem Land trip.

The meeting will be for anyone who is interested in coming along by motorbike or 4WD, for all or part of the trip, or for anyone who would like to contribute to to fund-raising for the work of our friends in the top end. If you’d like to be involved in any way at all, we’d love to see you at that night.

The meeting will be at 8:30pm, Monday 2 March. If you’d like to come, add a comment to this post, and I’ll email you the address.

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Aug 31 2008

How’s this for a return route?

tim

I’ve been looking at this trip report on ADVrider by atgreg, who rode his Africa Twin from Sydney to Lorella Springs for the OCR (Off Centre Rally). The route he’s taken could be adapted take us from Lake Evella back to Melbourne… though it might just be crazy. I’ve roughed up a map of the route, though it’s in reverse.

Something to think about, anyway. Support-Driver-Andy has been saying he’d like to look at an alternative route home, so we’re not just riding on blacktop for thousands of kays, and I think that would be a great idea.

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Jun 9 2008

Why the KLR650?

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Found this on Adrian Scott’s site (though it’s from someone else). It’s interesting to read his reasoning for the KLR650 (which seems to be similar to my own), and also the list of things that broke down on the three bikes on the trip.

One thing I’m impressed with is his plan to buy new, identical bikes. This is a great idea, and one I would take on board if I had any idea who was coming! Still, most people I’ve chatted to about the trip (who might be interested in being a part of it) have shown an interest in the current KLR (or an older model), and most would need to buy a suitable bike for the trip anyway. I guess it would be more important to take identical bikes if we weren’t taking a support vehicle.

Then again, if we were all taking new KLRs we probably wouldn’t need a support vehicle

Spoke to a guy a few weeks a go who is toying with the idea of riding around Australia with his mates on Honda Dominators. Although the Dominator is no longer in production, it shares a lot of parts with the XR650. To his thinking (and his expertise as a motorbike mechanic) the Domi’s are cheap, reliable and easy to fix, and if everyone on the trip has the same cheap, reliable bike, it simplifies everything. Hard to argue with that.

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Jun 9 2008

Hard way round

tim

Gotta love this guy. Adrian Scott rode a 2004 KL650 (stock!) from Magadan in Siberia, along the Road of Bones to Istanbul…. SOLO! He was recently featured on ABC Radio (which I missed, but which I’m downloading right now), and he’s published a book, which I think I’m going to have to buy.

Anyone familiar with Long Way Round would know about the Road of Bones and what a mess it is. And this guy did it on his own, on a KLR. What a class act. It certainly adds weight to the argument that the BMW 1200 Adventure is just ridiculously large and heavy. It takes 2 people to lift one if you drop it, and that’s without gear. A 650 makes so much more sense to me.

Adrian’s site has a lot of detailed information about the route, the gear he took and all the preparations. Great info!

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