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Old 05-21-2007, 12:46 AM   #1
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SA ADV Riders Melrose



The inaugural SA ADV Riders Melrose day arrived, pissing with rain we headed for the Bolivar initial meeting place at sunrise.

With no other definate route suggestions contributed, they all said....."you can do it masterbrewer".....................Oh sh*t.......... I thought, I've opened my big mouth and now I have to deliver.

15 minutes up the bitumen amongst the semis & cages mist plastered on the visor, first stop on dirt was to clean the lens as I couldn't see the MPS in front of me.

The next 50kms through Long Plains was spent racing those big f**kin' "bucket dropp'n" rain clouds coming in from the west.

First "group hug" was atop of the Hummock Ranges north of Port Wakefield where the sun came out to greet us (stop those thoughts, I meant photo shoot: SA ADV Riders aren't loike that)

Mmmmmm...............That's a fine bit of Aussie craftsmanship in them there exhausts if I do say so myself



Yum!.............it's the famous Old Stone Hut Bakery at last



Delicious tucker, but I can't say the same for the price ($10 for a pastie & muguccino)

Melrose Caravan Park bunk house car......................errrr bike park



OK lads.....Orange to the right..."the others" to the left.......blue & orange in the middle please



After the meet & greet it was straight off for a site seeing tour of the area........note for diary: gotta come back soon to ride at a pace I can actually take my eyes off the track in front of me to look up & around occasionally

Fabulous Fethers doing his "Flinders Ranges Motorcycle Adventures" guide thingo thing (http://www.flindersrangesmotorcyclea...com.au/?p=3163) He's still looking for numbers.........so put your hand up & you too can feel on top of the world



View from the top of the Bridle Track



Trails to the north



Trails to the south



Looking west



Here comes the rain again



What tha? .............................. We've gunna f**kin' go where?



Oh my god! ...........................they're mad



"Baby Adventurers" well suited for this terrain waiting to show how it's done



OK!............... who's first?



Down they go



Not to be out done



The first to re-appear



Look!................. there's more



The steep climb out



another appears to the cheers of the crowd



Oopps! .......I think I'll just turn right here, so it looks like I'm still in control



Phew !.....................Victory at last!.........another one has conquered the mountain........cheers all round!!!



Look.......................... on the horizon..............it's a bird..............it's a plane...................no it's a 990 KTM Adventurer thundering into view!



Wow! Toby..........you & Goldfinger are "Legends"..........no one has ever conquered the Bridle Track on a 950+ KTM before..............................can I have an autograph?



Regrouped & off for some more "site seeing"



Back at the Stone Hut Bakery for those that didn't believe our experiences



With the days riding over it was time to start the B*ll Sh*t



It all started to stink, so we moved outside



By 1.30am some of us were just managing to hold ourselves together



Damn!.....Damn!..... The other "Bridle Track Legend" must have got the big "Legends" mug, now I have to make all these to help quell those schooners of port I had last night



Sure improved my riding speed though!



Goldfinger.........ringing the neck of the KTM



Andrew enjoying a "gem" of a ride



Wayne640..................or his dust that is!



CharlieW getting his breath back



Masterbrewer peggin' it



The Magnificent 7 ride again







I know the maths is bad, but the story line was good... hey?



The infamous "ruts".......................the lads reckon CharlieW rated a 8/10 for poise, effort, style and most important of all, an injury free landing & recovery......we actually found his glove 10 metres away from the bike after he cartwheeled



The ruts stopped everyone



Repairing CharlieW's Dominator............(I think the rut dominated this time actually)







Hey CharlieW, let me see if it starts OK! Ya just spin this on a Honda don't ya?



With his now off-set handle bars and broken indicators & I would think feeling a bit sorry for himself, CharlieW's speed & composure was soon regained.

We were able to again set a cracking brisk pace, covering the remaining 200 odd kms of absolutely fantastic varieties of roads, tracks & creek crossings which seem to just blend from corner to corner.

I think everyone was amazed by how everything was just flowing so sweet & gelling so well, that they couldn't believe it or for that matter keep the smiles off their faces (including myself)

One of those rare moments of sheer magic

Thanks guys for an absolute fantastic time

Till we ride again

Cheers



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Old 05-21-2007, 01:20 AM   #2
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Excellent

.. you guys got some great scenery and inviting looking country for riding.. reminds me i gotta get back out that way, Cheers

thanks for sharing
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Old 05-21-2007, 01:45 AM   #3
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Good work fellas

Never knew about the SA bridle track - looks like fun.
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Old 05-21-2007, 02:10 AM   #4
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Had a great ride and thank to all that came, master brewer you would have the best navagation skills i have ever seen.

Had a hoot of a time and road some really good tracks, i think we even convinced a few small bike owners to come over to the ADV ranks.

Good to see that Charlie pulled up OK after his get off.

Till the next adventure
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Old 05-21-2007, 02:24 AM   #5
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Thanks!

Beautiful photos and great write up.
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Old 05-21-2007, 02:58 AM   #6
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Good to see that you all made it home (but not without incident). Hope the damage to CharlieW and the Dominator is minimal.

It was fun to show you around some of my riding area and catchup with friends and meet new ones.
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Old 05-21-2007, 04:04 AM   #7
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Looks brilliant, just empasisaes (shit speeeling) the fact I wasnt there.

Looks like everyone had a ball, glad someone had a nice non-destructive off, its a good ice breaker :)

or in this case dominator breaker - im brilliant!
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Old 05-21-2007, 04:50 AM   #8
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.......note for diary: gotta come back soon to ride at a pace I can actually take my eyes off the track in front of me to look up & around occasionally
Would gladly repeat the loop at a more leisurely speed for you. It did go at a quicker pace than I intended but we had a few who tried to push us along.

Maybe we will have to find a date for a Melrose revisited.... cruise (re; sightsee / stop and take photos) version.
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You're on Fethers!

Thanks again for your efforts

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Old 05-21-2007, 08:41 AM   #10
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Cool bikes, huh?
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Old 05-21-2007, 03:36 PM   #11
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Thanks to everyone specially Fethers and Rick for a great ride.
Will have to do it again soon

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Old 05-21-2007, 03:45 PM   #12
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Yes, that is a very cool looking XR
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Old 05-21-2007, 07:50 PM   #13
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Next time

Hi Guys, I know what I missed. Bike just arrived Sunday and am setting it up. Will make it for the next ride.

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Old 05-21-2007, 08:13 PM   #14
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Good photos & looked like a great trip, i'm still dissapointed I couldnt make it along

I have recently fitted an 18 litre tank to my bike & look forward to testing it out on a longer ride.

Next time for sure.

Cheers, Sol..




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Would gladly repeat the loop at a more leisurely speed for you. It did go at a quicker pace than I intended but we had a few who tried to push us along.

Maybe we will have to find a date for a Melrose revisited.... cruise (re; sightsee / stop and take photos) version.


G'day Fethers count me in for 'Melrose revisited'.

Cheers, Sol..
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Old 05-21-2007, 11:20 PM   #15
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Excellent ride report masterbrewer. You do realise that you did such a good job navigating that you will be expected to do it all the time now.

The Dominator only seems to have superficial damage, but I will have a closer look this weekend. I only have a slightly sore arm and some dented pride. It will teach me to pay more attention to the road.

Many thanks to all concerned, especially Fethers. I haven't ridden like that for a long time and would also be keen to do it again.

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