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Old 01-29-2012, 05:49 PM   #1
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What happens when a Tiger 800XC meets 3,000 lycra loonies....

Having successfully completed my duties as the official freeloader at last year’s Bright Audax Cycling Challenge (Alpine Classic), I was promoted this year to that of shameless freeloader.

From last year:


Leaving Gully, a dirt road led me into the Dandenongs.

Taking the dirt back road to the summit of Mt Donna Buang.

At the summit, I climbed to the top of the look-out platform and took a picture of my finger.

I stopped at the intersection and walked down some steps.

I think I can now understand all this talk every year about Australia being a racist country in the lead up to Australia Day. Every where I looks, I see a biga tree.

Approx. half of the Ackeron Way is now sealed. Dirt or pavement, today it is all smiles for me.

It was too early for lunch, but with burgers this big it was tempting.

Traditional summer view.

A precautionary fuel top up at Alexandra before another short cut delivered me to the Maroondah Highway.

I jumped across the highway and headed into the Strathbogies.

The track narrowed. Just after this gate, the track into a gully had been resurfaced with tennis ball sized rocked. Bouncy!

Lunch in the park at Mansfield. On a ride, this is never a good sign.

I waved to GlitchOz and his buddies who were kicking back at the Tolmie Hotel but was having too much fun on the Tiger to stop. I explored my way to Powers Lookout.

As always, the ride down the hill to Whitfield was a hoot.

I discovered that the Occupy Melbourne protesters have gone rural. Just out of Chestnut, they’d organised a sit-in.

Lake Buffalo was looking good.

The view from the motorcycle marshal’s lodge at the Riverview Tourist park central Bright.

Off to the Star Hotel for the annual Friday dinner.

Famous Rog created a bit of a stir by wearing his helmet inside at the bar. Even nuttier because he had left his bike at home and walked to the pub.


Whilst the other marshals pre-rode the various cycle circuits, Famous Rog led the way.

First to a fire look-out in the hills surrounding Bright.

Famous Rog making the descent.

We then mucked around up and down the hills until it got too hot.

A lazy afternoon kicking back at the lodge.

It was a shame that it started raining just as dinner was being served. The Aduax group had done a great effort building a French village in the central park.

A fairly quiet night as the first group of marshals kicked-off at 3.30am with the big loop ride (Bright-Hotham-Omeo-Falls Creek-Bright) departing at 4.00am. Yikes!


I wandered down at 6.30am to watch the 200km ride depart.

I was on the road by 7.30am.

The low cloud made it a little creepy on the short cut through the forest near Lake Buffalo. The is a forest there somewhere….

I stopped for a nature break, when suddenly we were surrounded by a pair of wild crocs.

Whitfield again but this time half way into the climb, I jumped off the hill and took to the bush. I eventually arrived at Swanpool.

Question: What did the chicken say to the turtle that wanted to cross the road?

Answer: Don’t do it man, you’ll never hear the end of it.

By luck some different tracks through the Strathbogie ranges led me to Merton.

In the interests of tradition I stopped at the Giddy Goat in Yarck for morning tea. Cookies n cream cake. YUM!

Could my day get any better? Of course, just before my final dirt section of the trip through the Toolangi State Forest I got the chance to have a chat with and pat this little fellow.

Trip distance: 821 km
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Old 01-29-2012, 07:39 PM   #2
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Great RR

Thanks for sharing that.
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Old 01-29-2012, 07:49 PM   #3
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I'm always impressed by one who will go the extra miles (and a few steps) to get just one, really good shot of his finger. nice photo.
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Good RR, good to see a Tiger out & about

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Old 02-02-2012, 04:42 AM   #5
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Great RR. I am interested on your views of the Tiger as it is on the shortlist.
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Old 02-02-2012, 10:48 PM   #6
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Great RR. I am interested on your views of the Tiger as it is on the shortlist.

As an all round fun bike the Tiger is excellent. What is very surpring with it is how nicely it rides as a road bike - handling allows you to carry high corner speeds if you are smooth, the engine revs out sports bike style and it is comfy to boot.

I class myself as a dirt riding gumby but the Tiger encourages me to try more difficult terrain.

Grab a test ride if you can and I can see a Tiger in your future.....
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