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Old 07-18-2006, 01:46 AM   #31
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Mate spot on. Just needs a light sharpen and its good to go.
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Old 07-18-2006, 01:46 AM   #32
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Big UP guys, great report , now thats my sorta holiday

Front page material for sure

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Old 07-18-2006, 02:05 AM   #33
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Sorry Craig, my first attempt at posting a video. I'll try and figure out what's going on.
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Old 07-18-2006, 02:19 AM   #34
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Here is a link to short video (750K) of Speedzter on the Walkers Crossing track. Look carefully for Steering Damper working

http://s72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...t=Walkers1.flv
Link should be ok now (needed to make photobucket album public)
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Old 07-18-2006, 02:32 AM   #35
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I don't remember the bike moving around that much !
It's a shame we didn't have a helmet camera, could have gotten some
really good sideways action
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Old 07-18-2006, 04:18 AM   #36
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Great Pics and Report!!!

You've convinced me. Time to start saving $$$ for an outback trip .
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Old 07-18-2006, 04:19 AM   #37
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Great report. I love the remoteness in Oz, the long distances, the red dust, and of course the daytime warmth in Winter.
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Old 07-18-2006, 04:22 AM   #38
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Winter in Australia

Is this the time of year folks normally do trips into the Outback?

What temperature ranges did you encounter? (maybe you said and I missed it)

Great trip report by the way.
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Old 07-18-2006, 04:30 AM   #39
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Dont know what temps they got mate, but in can get down to below zero deg C outback in winter, but the days are glorious
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Old 07-18-2006, 04:49 AM   #40
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Friends who work in the mines in Western Australia tell me that in summer they can get temperatures of up tp 55C [around130F]. Thats way too hot for motorcycling. Gives me real respect for the old guys who explored Oz, by foot or horse and camel and later worked and drove in it in old single drive trucks with minimal suspension and of course no air conditioning.

My experience is that day time temps in Winter are usually 20 to 25 degrees C [approx 65 to 75 degrees F] but it can get dam cold at night, with ice on the bikes in the morning.

The other good reason for winter travelling is central and northern Australia get most of their rain over the summer months. When it rains in the north it rains properly. Rivers that are dry in winter become raging torrents, all dirt roads are almost unrideable because they are so slippery and are usually closed by the authorities.
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Old 07-18-2006, 05:04 AM   #41
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Old 07-18-2006, 04:25 PM   #42
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Is this the time of year folks normally do trips into the Outback?

What temperature ranges did you encounter? (maybe you said and I missed it)

Great trip report by the way.
The winter months are certainly the ideal time to head into the outback. Probably late August/Sept might be the pick of the times. We live right down south in Aus so the first few days and last few days of a ride north can have typical wintery conditions (10-14 degC days and chance of rain). But once you are further inland the weather is great. The days get up to mid 20s celcius, although we mainly had high teens. Evenings seem to cool slowly, we never had any plummeting of temps after the sun went down. It was very comfortable around the fire with the odd red or 2 until 10-11pm. By morning it might be around zero but as it was wind still and clear skies, the sun soon took the chill off.

Summer is a different story - ridiculously hot during the day and just hot at night. Probably best avoided unless you're young and stupid ( don't ask how I know )
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Old 07-18-2006, 05:24 PM   #43
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Either way...
It's time for a Fosters!
(Nice report BTW.)

Beer is good food!

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Old 07-18-2006, 05:26 PM   #44
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Either way...
It's time for a Fosters!
(Nice report BTW.)

Beer is good food!

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Old 07-18-2006, 08:26 PM   #45
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Eggsalent report!

I'd never heard the expression "bull dust hole" so looked it up..

"Bulldust is a fine talcum powder-like dust that is very common on outback Australian tracks. It often occurs in areas where the track gets wet then dries and breaks up into fine dust. It is particularly prevalent in areas in the far north where it is boggy in the wet season and bone dry in the dry when the majority of traffic breaks up the track.

Bulldust is very deceptive. Looking out your front windscreen it looks like smooth hard patches but in fact it usually is a fine covering of dust over a deep hole. Driving through bulldust at speed is very dangerous - try to avoid bulldust at all times. It can cause damage if sucked into engines too, so in very dusty areas you should have a filter on your air intake and check it regularly."


But tell this northern hemisphere person- why is it called "bull" dust?

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Ahhhhhh. But WHY is it called 'Bull' dust?
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