|06-09-2008, 06:03 AM||#1|
Confused & Disorientated
Joined: May 2002
Queen's Birthday Long Weekend Ride
A small group of friends out for a ride to Nundle NSW Australia. We hoped to travel on dirt a large percentage of the way. A lot of rain had fallen in the past week but the morning was fine and a great day for riding.
Al (CRM250 Supertourer), Craig (R1200GS Family Truckster), Steve Superdoc HP2, Doylo (FNG transalp), Shano (Flatbat DR) + Lone Wolf on Brand New DR650
My KTM950 Mudtruck
Doylo came off on a creek crossing before we found any dirt. A quick straighten of the gear lever and off again.
We took backroads and had a ball with no dust problems. The decision was made to have a look at a forestry road we had been thru on previous trips even though it may prove a little damp. Lone wolf had an interesting moment in one creek on the way to the start of the track.
When we got to the forestry a decision was made by some of the group (without knobbies tyres) to head via an easier way.
Apparently Al telling us the track had 3 inches of cat shit on it wasn't enough to put us off. Of course carnage followed with one bike lying on it's side for 52 minutes (video was running) while the KTM was turned around. (thanks Rod, Al and Shano). The KTM got the furthest except for the CRM thanks to some new rubber. The HP2 made a big effort but was let down by traction even though Steve was as keen as mustard not to give up. The KTM was so badly gummed up at both ends it woudn't even fall over and had to be pushed down hill to clear the mud from the front forks and rear swingarm. Removal of the caliper (smart me in my daze removed the wrong caliper of course...doh) and front guard and some excellent stick work got the big girl mobile again and after 2 hours we were on our way again in a hasty reteat....the hill won this day.
Of course Shano dropped the Dr in a creek and we had to strip it down to dewater it.....and of course the battery was a little weak so we had 2 stripped down Dr's on the track doing the battery swap tango to get him going again.
We eventually arrived at 7.30pm in Nundle after meeting up with the other group along the way who had stayed at the pub for a few hours. A night ride on some new gravel roads sapped the energy and it was a great relief to be in the pub with a great meal and company. We met up with some friends who had travelled up the highway and started our Bourbon appreciation session. Doylo loved everybody even my wife who wasn't with us? Something to do with promite versus vegimite..
Next morning was interesting...Steve may have picked up a borbon bug but nothing that panadol won't fix.
A beautiful sunny morning in Nundle with a great Breakfast at the Pub.
We tried a untested back road and had to come back to town to refuel and then headed down thru Glenrock and Barry stations. This is one of the nicest rides in the area with lots of creek crossings
With a beer and burger at Moonan to finish off we rode into rain as we made our way back home...top weekend all round.
atgreg screwed with this post 06-09-2008 at 06:19 AM
|06-09-2008, 06:18 AM||#2|
Joined: Mar 2003
Location: Sydney Australia
ooohhhh thats looks like fun harry !!!! fixed a piccie link for ya too
1990 RD04 Africa twin 750
350,000km and still going strong
|06-09-2008, 07:23 PM||#4|
Joined: Dec 2003
Location: Hawkesbury NSW Australia
I love Lone Wolf's "When in doubt power out!" theory at work in the creek crossing
Looks like a great time was had by all. Thanks for taking the time to post up!
If you always do what you always did, you always get what you always got!
|06-09-2008, 08:51 PM||#6|
Always a n00b
Joined: Oct 2007
Location: Bangkok, Thailand at the moment
What a great ride!
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