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NickFletch 08-26-2014 01:11 PM

Melbourne to Alice Springs via the Simpson
Heading off Friday

I am heading off on Friday with my mate Rupert to the Simpson Desert. I'm riding a DRZ 400, Rupert has chosen the awesome power of his TTT 250 (now 340). We are intending to cross on the French Line. Has anyone been up there in the last few weeks?

Anyway a ride report will follow. You can expect a hard fought crash of the day competition, a sedate pace from the TTR (aka The Japanese Ladies Bike) and very little chance of actually reaching Alice.

NickFletch 08-27-2014 11:17 PM

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Attachment 324881An inauspicious start to the trip with the bloody dog eating my goggles!

NickFletch 08-28-2014 07:41 PM

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Attachment 324925The beast leaves the man cave and adventure begins.

NickFletch 08-29-2014 02:48 AM

Bogan chic

We had planned to meet at Southbank BMW at 2pm. True to form Rupert turned up late with no fuel or oil in his bike. Furthermore, he appeared to have raided an op shop to secure his riding gear - think bogan chic and you will get the picture. He abandoned his filthy TTR on the pavement (leaking the last of its oil) and dived into the very upmarket BMW dealership to get oil. They could not get the biker tramp out of there fast enough.

Having filled up with oil and fuel we were finally on our way. After a short drag on the highway to get out of the city we were off the main roads and onto some interesting riding. The good news was that since converting his TTR 250 to 320cc it can now almost reach three figure speeds ( and only seems to leak 1 or 2 litres of oil every 100 km or so). The riding through Weribee Gorge was fabulous and by accident I seemed to have found some outstanding grass farming tracks. We called it a day at 5.45 in Lake Baloc. Dinner in the hotel and a romantic night for two in the motel.

NickFletch 08-29-2014 02:48 AM

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Bogan chic.

NickFletch 08-29-2014 02:50 AM

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Attachment 324935 Nice track ruined by a buffoon in army surplus gear.

Richo76 09-15-2014 02:37 AM

look forward the more of the trip.
the bogan chic is seriously not wearing a open face helmet for all of the adventure..????

Theflyingwelshmen 09-19-2014 02:32 AM

Look forward to your trip reports mate, good luck:D

werewasi 10-27-2014 12:27 AM

I met a Traveller from a far off land,
Who said, "Two broken bikes and bits of gear
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its followers well those passions read,
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed:
And on the plaque these words appear:
"We rode from Melbourne, full of hope but little else.
Look on this, others, and despair!
Nothing beside remains. Around the decay
Of those pitiful wrecks, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.


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