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Forum: Trip Planning Today, 03:13 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,631
Posted By TassieMark
Thanks Solohobo and Cab591

Thanks Solohobo for the comprehensive advice on CA and SA, and thanks Cab591 on the rego tip about Vermont. I am a solo traveller, and like Medisingutten, I think I will look around for company south...
Forum: Americas 04-14-2014, 03:32 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 310
Posted By TassieMark
Last year I rode to the arctic circle on the...

Last year I rode to the arctic circle on the Dempster and the Dalton on these Dunlops, I forget the type, I think they are rated 90/10. I had no problems but the weather was good, I would not have...
Forum: Americas 04-13-2014, 04:39 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 328
Posted By TassieMark
Good advice

I love this Trip Planning forum for the gems of advice like this. I'm kicking around the idea of riding down to Ushuaia too and trying to figure out a rough schedule. I'm a solo traveller, but also...
Forum: Trip Planning 04-13-2014, 03:33 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,957
Posted By TassieMark
G'day JJ

G'day JJ.
Being a recipient of JJ and his lovely family's friendly welcome, hospitality and generosity, I was inspired to register my humble abode in Tent Space. I'm still waiting for our first...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 04-12-2014, 07:54 PM
Replies: 2,465
Views: 318,220
Posted By TassieMark
Flores

Sunrise viewed from Kelimutu volcanic lakes in Flores.
http://p1.bikepics.com/2014/04/12/bikepics-2659575-800.jpg
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 04-12-2014, 03:32 AM
Replies: 1,432
Views: 226,231
Posted By TassieMark
My 1st HDR

Thanks Dave. I'm trialling Photomatix. This is using the default setting. I like it, it's subtle. Brightens up the colours and lightens the dark areas, eg. my wife's pants.:rofl ...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 04-12-2014, 03:06 AM
Replies: 814
Views: 140,181
Posted By TassieMark
France

A little village in the south of France.
http://p1.bikepics.com/2014/04/12/bikepics-2659419-800.jpg
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 04-08-2014, 02:00 AM
Replies: 1,432
Views: 226,231
Posted By TassieMark
I'm impressed

I'm impressed with this thread. Being a minimalist sort of guy, I prefer the photos that have not been obviously doctored, like an attractive woman who appears not to be wearing makeup but is.
I...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 04-06-2014, 11:16 PM
Replies: 369
Views: 73,790
Posted By TassieMark
Timor Leste

Friendly people at the petrol station in Maliana, Timor Leste, where petrol is dispensed in 1 litre soft drink bottles.
http://p1.bikepics.com/2012/08/27/bikepics-2447274-800.jpg
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 04-06-2014, 05:06 AM
Replies: 612
Views: 91,972
Posted By TassieMark
Timor Leste

Parked outside a colourful church in Timor Leste. Moments later I was swamped by a horde of laughing children coming out of a nearby school. The Intruder was a jaw dropper for them, big bikes are few...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 04-06-2014, 03:21 AM
Replies: 384
Views: 93,804
Posted By TassieMark
End of the road

At John O'Groats the pavement ends at the end of the road.
http://p1.bikepics.com/2012/11/06/bikepics-2476321-800.jpg
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 04-06-2014, 03:06 AM
Replies: 369
Views: 73,790
Posted By TassieMark
Waiting for service

I stopped for petrol at this servo in Geary Oklahoma. It gradually dawned on me that it had closed down, .........years ago.
http://p1.bikepics.com/2014/03/18/bikepics-2652007-800.jpg
No confusion...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 04-05-2014, 09:53 PM
Replies: 384
Views: 93,804
Posted By TassieMark
Flores

Despite assurances from the locals, I was beginning to doubt that I was on the right road to Labuhanbajo. My doubts turned out to be justified, it was a back road. When you don't know what is ahead...
Forum: Trip Planning 04-02-2014, 02:30 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 630
Posted By TassieMark
Tyre size

1200GSA sidecar rig! Cool. What is the size of the rear tyre?
Thanks,
Mark
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 03-29-2014, 04:47 AM
Replies: 1,985
Views: 528,197
Posted By TassieMark
Waiting for service

I stopped for petrol at this servo in Geary Oklahoma. It gradually dawned on me that it had closed down, years ago.
http://p1.bikepics.com/2014/03/18/bikepics-2652007-800.jpg
Forum: Americas 03-28-2014, 10:22 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 6,752
Posted By TassieMark
Are we brothers?

Hey Steve, we could be brothers, except for your hotel/motel stays every 3 or 4 days for a wash. I never pay for accommodation, but I do have a wash every day. Get yourself a $2 plastic bucket you...
Forum: Alaska 03-27-2014, 10:48 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 25,872
Posted By TassieMark
Local tyre shop?

I need a new rear tyre, I'm thinking something like a 170/60R17 70/30 to 90/10 road/offroad. Where do you Alaskan guys buy your tyres, locally or shipped in from the lower 48? I can't find an...
Forum: Asia Pacific 03-24-2014, 05:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 460
Posted By TassieMark
onion boat?

This sounds interesting. Is this from Sumatra to Malaysia? What are the ports and I wonder if you can travel on the boat?
And have a great trip, I'm excited for you, and I bet you are too?
Cheers,...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 03-22-2014, 08:23 PM
Replies: 507
Views: 127,114
Posted By TassieMark
Always liked them

I got my 1st bike, a new 1969 Suzuki 250 2 stroke road bike, when I was 16. I haven't got any photos of it, at the time I didn't realise that photos were important. The thing I liked best was when...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 03-18-2014, 12:07 AM
Replies: 1,306
Views: 286,883
Posted By TassieMark
Nice light

I like the light in this photo. Looking at photos like this has just prompted me to buy a new camera, a Sony DSC RX100. Still a compact camera which is a must for motorbike travel, but a bit more...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 03-17-2014, 04:29 PM
Replies: 7,121
Views: 6,307,807
Posted By TassieMark
The sacrifices we make

My wife Mina (short for Wilhelmina, named after the queen of Holland, and fair enough too I think) is definitely not into bikes, so she deserves top marks for coming with me on a trip from Venice to...
Forum: Asia Pacific 03-16-2014, 05:35 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 460
Posted By TassieMark
I concur with Pecha. Toll charge a flat fee for a...

I concur with Pecha. Toll charge a flat fee for a motorbike, last time I checked it was around $360 from Darwin to Dili, and another $50 fee in Dili to retrieve the bike. I can recommend the trip...
Forum: Americas 03-14-2014, 10:17 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,023
Posted By TassieMark
At least a week

The mind boggles just looking at http://www.tailofthedragon.com/pdf/Brochure.pdf
This coming summer I am travelling from Alaska to Florida. I had better set aside at least a week for this area....
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 03-14-2014, 12:58 AM
Replies: 747
Views: 194,412
Posted By TassieMark
Cafes in Indonesia

There are lots of road side cafes throughout Indonesia. I can never have too much nasi goreng.
http://p1.bikepics.com/2012/09/09/bikepics-2453415-800.jpg...
Forum: Ride reports 03-12-2014, 05:03 PM
Replies: 700
Views: 134,733
Posted By TassieMark
Light at the end of the tunnel

Like this. Right click on the photo and select 'Copy image URL'.
Great photos. The 'old light at the end of the tunnel' cliche....
Forum: Asia 03-12-2014, 01:00 AM
Replies: 250
Views: 51,790
Posted By TassieMark
Sarawak RORO update

I just received an email from Trinergy Worldwide Shipping confirming that they operate a RORO service between Port Klang and Kuching.
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 03-09-2014, 06:22 PM
Replies: 176
Views: 87,449
Posted By TassieMark
Restorer's delight

I spotted this opportunity down in Seldovia.
http://p1.bikepics.com/2013/10/01/bikepics-2602280-800.jpg
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-05-2014, 06:38 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,798
Posted By TassieMark
It certainly is cheap, but I don't think it's...

It certainly is cheap, but I don't think it's lazy, quite the reverse really. It takes experience, nerve and skill. As for keeping clean, no problem. You can have a good wash in a bucket of water. If...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-05-2014, 06:22 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,798
Posted By TassieMark
Good fun

Stealth camping is such a rich experience we should pay extra for it.
I was camping behind a church in Mississippi when I was awoken by footsteps. 'Hark, who goes there?' I thought, but didn't utter...
Forum: Americas 03-05-2014, 02:51 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,205
Posted By TassieMark
Direction on the Denali

Hi Lappeman
What direction did you ride the Denali, it looks west to east on your video, is that right? I remember reading somewhere that the scenery is better when riding east to west. That's the...
Forum: Americas 03-05-2014, 01:20 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,276
Posted By TassieMark
Dates?

Hi Dude,
do you know when you start? Perhaps we might meet if we are in the vicinity.
Last year I rode from Florida to Alaska via southern states and west coast. This June/July/August I ride from...
Forum: Asia 03-04-2014, 09:56 PM
Replies: 250
Views: 51,790
Posted By TassieMark
Hi Watchman64 Thanks for your post, I certainly...

Hi Watchman64
Thanks for your post, I certainly will visit Sabah and Labuan if I can find convenient sea freight to Borneo. Looking at your photos, they remind me of Sumbawa, Flores and Timor,...
Forum: Asia 03-01-2014, 02:51 AM
Replies: 250
Views: 51,790
Posted By TassieMark
Sarawak - Kalimantan

I'm researching my return trip from Europe to Australia and I'm looking at avoiding sea border crossings as much as possible, ideally only Timor Leste to Australia.
Is it possible to catch a ferry...
Forum: EMEA 02-26-2014, 10:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 737
Posted By TassieMark
Ride the A272

Hi Osmund,
I recommend riding the A272 across southern England. It gives you a feel for the genteel English country side and iconic villages....
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 02-26-2014, 12:54 AM
Replies: 967
Views: 292,930
Posted By TassieMark
Seen better days

Yep, QANTAS is doing it tough at the moment
Forum: Americas 02-24-2014, 05:52 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,379
Posted By TassieMark
Great advice

Great advice.
You don't need a carnet, but do yourself a favour and buy a local bike, they are cheap in the USA. If you fall in love with it you can always freight it home when you are finished in...
Forum: Americas 02-24-2014, 05:06 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,205
Posted By TassieMark
Another pearl of info

It's marvellous the little pearls of info one can pick up from these forums, especially this 'Trip Planning' section, it's my favourite, more so than the RR section.
Thanks,
Mark.
Forum: Americas 02-24-2014, 04:18 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 694
Posted By TassieMark
Man, that's cold

Hi Mastery,
while we wait for more info on the Ft Laird camp site I checked out your blog. I admire your planning and attention to detail, totally alien to me. Not living in a cold climate,...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 02-23-2014, 01:10 AM
Replies: 3,871
Views: 903,563
Posted By TassieMark
Similar but different

This photo reminds me of my trip through Tennessee.
http://p1.bikepics.com/2013/03/24/bikepics-2533352-800.jpg
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 02-23-2014, 01:00 AM
Replies: 3,871
Views: 903,563
Posted By TassieMark
I like this

I really like this photo, it's tells a story. I will be in Montana this July, where exactly is it?
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