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Old 12-10-2012, 04:41 AM   #16
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Nice bike! I've always like the Tenere, too bad we can't get them here in NA.

What is that huge roll on the back?


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Old 12-10-2012, 06:50 AM   #17
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Nice bike! I've always like the Tenere, too bad we can't get them here in NA.

What is that huge roll on the back?
G'day juames,

The roll on the back of the bike is my stately residence whilst adventuring.

In Australia we call them a "Swag". They are essentially a canvas cover in which contains all your bedding, mattress, pillow, linen, sleeping bag etc. On unclipping the plastic fasteners, they roll out and "Ta Daaa" instant accommodation.

They come in a range of sizes and designs depending on personal preference and applications. Most these days are of a triangular 'tent' design with guide ropes to fix to trees and or bike, car at each end. Although you can not stand inside them (Unless you are quite vertically challenged!) they provide basic comfortable protection from the elements for sleeping.

I must admit that at looking at the photos after taking them, I was surprised how large it looked. It is some what deceiving though as the rolled up 'footprint' is within the B&B tail rack. Weight is approximately 4 kilos.

I will post some photos later to give you a better idea.
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Old 12-10-2012, 07:07 AM   #18
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Well then, it's high time you get to it !
Hard to beleive you've put back the plan throughout your teens,20's and are finally making it happen.
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Old 12-10-2012, 07:35 AM   #19
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G'day Ty,

Looking forward to the RR!

Just wondering what sort of spotties you're using and how have you mounted them?

Also, what brand and size stainless bottles are you using? They look like a perfect fit for the Expedition panniers.

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Old 12-10-2012, 01:20 PM   #20
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What is the advantage of a 'swag' over a tent and therma-rest that takes up 1/3 the space?
main advantage...... ease of set-up, as hoon said.. you undo 2 clips, roll it out and your bed is ready.... as your sleeping bag and pillow are already in there rolled with the swag (a 30 second job) and same packing it up.

The disadvantage is yes they take up a bit more space but (i assume hoon) this one is the special "bike swag" therefore lighter in weight than a standard swag.
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Old 12-12-2012, 06:21 PM   #21
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Hey Hoon,
Happy to offer secure storage space and Workshop access when you are in the Brisbane area.

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Old 12-14-2012, 12:26 AM   #22
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Spotties and Fuel Bottles

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G'day Ty,

Looking forward to the RR!

Just wondering what sort of spotties you're using and how have you mounted them?

Also, what brand and size stainless bottles are you using? They look like a perfect fit for the Expedition panniers.

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G'day Davo,

The spotties are the Halogen Touratech ones off their website, they were all that I could find at the time. Since then, there have been lot better LED types released by other manufacturers. They did come complete with all the mounting equipment, brackets, wiring loom etc and somewhat hazy directions (photocopy of a photocopy of a photocopy)

I will admit to fitting the lights in their protected position as per the directions but got an Auto Sparkie to do the wiring as each spottie came with it's own complete wiring harness and I didn't trust my own abilities to prevent an "under the seat fire!"

It was that situation when you buy something, a month later it gets superseded with a far cheaper and superior product... If I had my time again, go the LED products available.

The bottles are a fuel rated "Pimus" brand. I got them off EBay in America and do the job well. These 1.5 litre bottles fit perfectly in the Andystraps Panniers.

Sorry I don't have Links for them as I'm not totally computer savy! But a search should produce them easy enough, if I can find them anyone can!

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Old 12-14-2012, 12:46 AM   #23
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main advantage...... ease of set-up, as hoon said.. you undo 2 clips, roll it out and your bed is ready.... as your sleeping bag and pillow are already in there rolled with the swag (a 30 second job) and same packing it up.

The disadvantage is yes they take up a bit more space but (i assume hoon) this one is the special "bike swag" therefore lighter in weight than a standard swag.
G'day,

Yeah you got it regie308. The set up is a easy roll out or roll up and your done. Inside the my Swag is a Blackwolf self inflating mattress & pillow and sleeping bag.

I was surprised on how comprehensive the swag was once set up! I didn't get to see it "in the flesh" before I bought it over the internet. You could do with a lot less features but I guess it comes down to personal preferences, how long you travel for, how often you camp, where you camp etc.

I've found every day is different with it's demands and I'm learning all the time.

I haven't forgot the photos promised. You'll see what I mean by a comprehensive swag. This is a "bike swag" too. I'll post ASAP.

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Old 12-14-2012, 01:46 AM   #24
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Photos from the road...

Just before I left my home town of Exmouth, a photo up on the tip of the North West Cape. Vlaming Head Lighthouse.

Set and ready to go...

Heading inland to the Iron Ore mining town of Pannawonica

I made a promise to my mate Doug that I would go into the old town of Wittenoom where he was brought up and put flowers on his mum and dads grave.

The town has been 99% demolished by the West Australian government due to the mining of the cancer causing Asbestos. There are still a couple of hardy locals that won't move. It once had a population of 2500, churches, pub, workers club, shops etc but not any more. It now isn't even a gazetted town due to the health risks. It was strange and eerie, riding around through over grown streets. Doug used to own/run this old cafe before they moved everyone on.

Karijini National Park, I rode through here in total awe, it is a natural wonder world.

Fortescue Falls.

Dales Gorge.

These photos don't do the experience justice, several times I felt so moved by the surrounding environment. Being alone, in your helmet, riding along, feeling quite insignificant!

Unfortunately my GoPro camera footage to get a better view of these areas didn't turn out well, I will amend my amateur camera man ways!

Just got into Broome.
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Old 12-23-2012, 06:02 AM   #25
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Keep em coming Ty. Good pictures mate. Where is christmas?
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Old 12-25-2012, 04:28 AM   #26
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Keep em coming Ty. Good pictures mate. Where is christmas?
G'day Bob,

Mate after catching up with you lads I've been having the time of my life out on the road, on the bike. The country travelled has blown me away. I have never experienced anything like it and as previously mentioned very moving with special sites ridden through, some character building adversity and friendly people all the way.

I guess when people see a lone rider roll in they are naturally inquisitive, encouraging and very helpful when needed. This country makes you quite proud with what we have out there to be discovered and enjoyed as I am sure you would agree with your own experiences travelling on the bike.

I've made it to Darwin and joined my vessel the "OMS Endurance" for my five week swing at sea. I have scored the trifecta of Chrissy, New Years and Birthday at sea and will return to the road on the 29th of January. This time I will join up with my mate Hydro in Adelaide River with his DR650 and strike out for further adventure! I'm restless and itching for it after the awesome experiences so far...!

Loving it.
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Old 12-26-2012, 02:59 AM   #27
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The Swag

Here are a few shots of the bike swag that I carry rolled up on the back. I had ridden into a small place called Hayes Creek just short of Darwin on dark after a big day in the saddle and dealing with a breakdown earlier in the day at Timber Creek.

Worn out I hopped off the bike, refueled both the bike and myself (Awesome dinosaur sized T-Bone Steak with cold, cold beer) and promptly crashed out asleep nearby. It was raining, hence the handy covered location. Before I shut down for the night I made very sure I followed the young guy at the servo/bar/shop/accommodation, payment counters advice in keeping the zips closed up as he stated "Be careful, this whole area is bloody infested with snakes, absolutely infested..."





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Old 12-26-2012, 04:45 AM   #28
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Derby, Prison Boab Tree

I set off from Broome early to check out Derby further north and then see if the Gibb River Road was still open to get through to Wyndham.
First stop along the way was a giant hollow Boab tree with a entry point in it like a window/small door. It was called Boab Prison Tree. Although as its name suggests, you could fit quite a few people inside it was more a staging/rest point for police and escorted Aboriginal prisoners, back in white settler days on the way to Derby.



Derby Jetty at low tide


Warning signs of the local wildlife to be taken heed of. Beware of the man eating critters...


Out on the jetty, it was so hot and humid there that morning.


Whilst in Derby I couldn't get reliable information on the status of the Gibb River Roads pass ability. No one had been through since the recent rains and all admitted that "it's usually closed by now..." As I had limited days to get to Darwin on time for my next swing at sea, I unfortunately had to make the safe call of going the long way round via the Great Northern Highway.

It was very disappointing for me as I had heard and read about the Gibb River Road for most of my life and personally considered it as a "Rite Of Passage" into the Kimberly. I just couldn't risk the chance of having to turn around so far into the road with flooded river crossings and back track. I fully intend on returning and doing it someday as the area it full of amazing gorges, scenic country and remoteness of its own special kind.
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Old 12-26-2012, 06:18 AM   #29
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Old 12-26-2012, 06:25 AM   #30
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Wyndham

It was on to Wyndham from Derby via Fitzroy Crossing, Halls Creek and Warmun. This country had its own amazing terrain and I welcomed some brief rain showers to momentarily break the heat and humidity. It was strange being rained on whilst riding and still being stinking hot, it was met with relief and laughter from within my helmet.

Something that isn't portrayed well in my photos is the results of massive fires that had been throughout the countryside once I got north of Port Hedland and through this area. They must have been burning for weeks or even months to blacken such an expansive area. The first rains of the Wet Season had given everything a green tinge but the evidence of fire was still there for thousands of kilometres.


I pushed through a solid 1000km day to arrive in Wyndham on dark. I hadn't even got off the bike as I pulled up out the front of the Wyndham Pub and was offered a free beer by the friendly publican. I decided to lash out and get a room, to clean myself up and fully charge camera and phone batteries etc. I was without doubt on the nose after sitting in my own sweat for days so a shower was going to be a welcome luxury.

After an immense "old time pub feed" of marinated lamb chops, chips and salad washed down with cold ciders and great conversation with the locals had me feeling like the luckiest man alive. Of course I already knew that, but to punctuate a awesome days riding through unfamiliar, amazingly beautiful landscapes as I had, left me grinning from ear to ear.


My plans of a sleep in were shattered by my parents and my first phone call in nearly a week. On updating them of my "still alive status" they shared a cool coincidental happening that a dear family friend I have known since childhood "Winnie" had been born 59 years previous to the day, on the flat bed tray of an old Bedford truck in the shade of a tree out the front of the Wyndham Pub! Apparently the little Irish nurse who delivered her had to be lifted up by a couple of the locals as she was so small and couldn't climb up!

Main street Wyndham. Signs of yesteryear, Lee Tong, tailor, outfitter, general storekeeper


Wyndham Public Jetty, local boat ramp in the back ground




Five Rivers Lookout






The Wyndham Croc

The day before I got to Wyndham, the locals said a dog had been taken by a croc right at the local boat ramp as its owner was winching on his boat... This boat ramp was pretty much just across the road from the Pub!
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