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Old 04-04-2014, 02:29 PM   #4291
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Is that JC with a hardcore beard, you've got the whole Grizzly Adams look going there .

Looked like fun times there JC .
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Old 04-04-2014, 03:01 PM   #4292
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Is that JC with a hardcore beard, you've got the whole Grizzly Adams look going there .

Looked like fun times there JC .
.....and a dirty stinking cigarette in his hand too me thinks.....
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Old 04-04-2014, 03:36 PM   #4293
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Thanks Sam,

The 23" front wheel XL.. My first new bike. Brings back happy memories.
Good days for me to.


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Is that JC with a hardcore beard, you've got the whole Grizzly Adams look going there .

Looked like fun times there JC .
Funny you should say that,he was an American,nice guy.(the one with the beard)



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.....and a dirty stinking cigarette in his hand too me thinks.....
I have thought about this Gags.

The three best things in life for me.Mostly history though.

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Old 04-05-2014, 02:45 AM   #4294
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Uppy's DR is back together and gone to the auto elec's shed for wiring of various farkles. It took about 4.5 hours , including a trip to the local bike shop. We could not get the lower linkage apart with heat, rattle guns or large bars and good sockets! Luckily the bearings were not sloppy so we just reinstalled it and hope for the best for the big trip. Once the bearings show signs of wear the bolts will have to be cut off I suspect. I have no idea what they put on the threads but it is bloody strong.

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I started fiddling with the DL650. I put some different bars and 2 inch risers. It needed re-routing of all cables and brake lines behind the triple clamps. I fitted a bigger side stand foot and a switch platform for cigarette lighter socket, USB socket, and ABS off switch. Next are pivot pegs to replace the skinny slippery standard ones. Once I am home after Brazil I will remove the tank and fairing so I can add the steering damper and hook up the electrics. I have a fuse box thingo that will make things neat . It seems the DL has a habit of melting the switch blocks, so I have a headlight circuit with relays to fit. It will be a challenge to get it right I think.

On another note, have we any firmer plans on what is planned for the August trip?
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Old 04-05-2014, 03:45 AM   #4295
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Uppy's DR is back together and gone to the auto elec's shed for wiring of various farkles. It took about 4.5 hours , including a trip to the local bike shop. We could not get the lower linkage apart with heat, rattle guns or large bars and good sockets! Luckily the bearings were not sloppy so we just reinstalled it and hope for the best for the big trip. Once the bearings show signs of wear the bolts will have to be cut off I suspect. I have no idea what they put on the threads but it is bloody strong.

Photos to follow.

I started fiddling with the DL650. I put some different bars and 2 inch risers. It needed re-routing of all cables and brake lines behind the triple clamps. I fitted a bigger side stand foot and a switch platform for cigarette lighter socket, USB socket, and ABS off switch. Next are pivot pegs to replace the skinny slippery standard ones. Once I am home after Brazil I will remove the tank and fairing so I can add the steering damper and hook up the electrics. I have a fuse box thingo that will make things neat . It seems the DL has a habit of melting the switch blocks, so I have a headlight circuit with relays to fit. It will be a challenge to get it right I think.

On another note, have we any firmer plans on what is planned for the August trip?
Good to know Dave's DR is coming back to normal....I don't know why you are having so many problems with the rear suspension, Hopefully he will make the trials trip and be able to test it out on the way home....................I knew it would only be a short time till you farkled the DL and I suspect you will strip out the DRZ for local rides soon....


Talked to Slow about the August trip today......couple of things, who is in and how hardcore do we ant it to be? What dates suit and what doesn't? Looking at Flinders, Lake Eyre, Birdsville, Haddons, Camerons, and other.............thoughts????
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Old 04-05-2014, 04:03 AM   #4296
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Good to know Dave's DR is coming back to normal....I don't know why you are having so many problems with the rear suspension, Hopefully he will make the trials trip and be able to test it out on the way home....................I knew it would only be a short time till you farkled the DL and I suspect you will strip out the DRZ for local rides soon....


Talked to Slow about the August trip today......couple of things, who is in and how hardcore do we ant it to be? What dates suit and what doesn't? Looking at Flinders, Lake Eyre, Birdsville, Haddons, Camerons, and other.............thoughts????
Can we add Inaminka? I don't know why but I have always wanted to go there.
I am pretty sure my mate Geoff will want to tag along. Hard core? Taking heavy loaded bikes into desert terrain ( Simpson crossings) is risky, but the main tracks like we did last time are fine by me. Do we ned a planning meeting? August suits me.
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Old 04-05-2014, 05:18 PM   #4297
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Good to know Dave's DR is coming back to normal....I don't know why you are having so many problems with the rear suspension, Hopefully he will make the trials trip and be able to test it out on the way home....................I knew it would only be a short time till you farkled the DL and I suspect you will strip out the DRZ for local rides soon....


Talked to Slow about the August trip today......couple of things, who is in and how hardcore do we ant it to be? What dates suit and what doesn't? Looking at Flinders, Lake Eyre, Birdsville, Haddons, Camerons, and other.............thoughts????
I'm taking XR650, with maps (as budget hasn't got too GPS yet) but will be trying to keep weight to minimum, loop bag, might take bivi bag vs tent etc.
Don't care how hard core,the ride is, as long as rendezvous certain each evening.
Will need to source rack/ build bashplate/extra fuel carrier..
whats expected max range required?
Will look at PTT UHF.
August cool by me but willing to go ASAP if necessary...
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Old 04-05-2014, 05:23 PM   #4298
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Can we add Inaminka? I don't know why but I have always wanted to go there.
I am pretty sure my mate Geoff will want to tag along. Hard core? Taking heavy loaded bikes into desert terrain ( Simpson crossings) is risky, but the main tracks like we did last time are fine by me. Do we ned a planning meeting? August suits me.
Yes, we will be passing through Innamincka on the way home . If time premits I'd like to visit the Burke & Wills dig tree on my trip.

I'll be sticking to main tracks again, with the exception of riding out to see Big Red when staying at Birdsville .

Mid-August is still the plan for leaving and as Gags remindered me its not that far away . So a meeting for the route I've planned & a head count of person's who'd like to tag along is probably a good idea XR.
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Old 04-05-2014, 05:30 PM   #4299
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I'm taking XR650, with maps (as budget hasn't got too GPS yet) but will be trying to keep weight to minimum, loop bag, might take bivi bag vs tent etc.
Don't care how hard core,the ride is, as long as rendezvous certain each evening.
Will need to source rack/ build bashplate/extra fuel carrier..
whats expected max range required?
Will look at PTT UHF.
August cool by me but willing to go ASAP if necessary...
That's no problem Nuttz, as several of us will have GPS routes so you can ride in the middle of the pack but we all carry maps as a back-up anyway.

As for range, I've once again planned for 400km fuel stops but the longest being Birdsville to Innamincka via Haddons corner which will probably be 600km plus range, so a fuel bladder will be needed as a back-up .
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Old 04-05-2014, 06:56 PM   #4300
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Question Forecasting rain.

Just checked the long range forecast for next weekend and it looks like its going to rain ! Me thinks this will change the plans of riding to Maldon ?
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Old 04-05-2014, 09:01 PM   #4301
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That's no problem Nuttz, as several of us will have GPS routes so you can ride in the middle of the pack but we all carry maps as a back-up anyway.

As for range, I've once again planned for 400km fuel stops but the longest being Birdsville to Innamincka via Haddons corner which will probably be 600km plus range, so a fuel bladder will be needed as a back-up .
Will be running the XR dry to test max range..
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Old 04-06-2014, 07:01 AM   #4302
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Just checked the long range forecast for next weekend and it looks like its going to rain ! Me thinks this will change the plans of riding to Maldon ?
I just had a look at the BOM weather, looks like rain is easing off late Thursday, possibly a shower or 2 fri morn, then clear after that.
We might be up for 25 mm thursday here which would be considered "the break" of the season, and the end of adv riding for a while for me soon after though the WTC is a goer for sure
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Old 04-06-2014, 01:39 PM   #4303
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Well unless it is going to dump down all weekend, I still plan on scootering up. What say you, Slow?
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Old 04-06-2014, 02:25 PM   #4304
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Thanks Sam,

The 23" front wheel XL.. My first new bike. Brings back happy memories.
Ooh yeah, I had my XL500 S with 23" front in the early 80s....lotsa grunt. Got me to/from late night parties out in dry creek beds, the nurses quarters, yep, happy memories.
It's still here in the shed, guarantee 3kicks and it'll start.
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Old 04-06-2014, 02:57 PM   #4305
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Home last night, we had a terrific 3 days on the bike..fri down to Adelaide via gold escort route, to see Rocky Horror show. Saturday around the Fleurieu peninsula then shot down via the Coorong to Robe, yesterday home via mostly dirt roads . Top riding weekend, loving this bike!
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