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Old 09-28-2006, 02:44 AM   #1
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Talking Golden Quest Trail

I have the opportunity to join some guys (my brother-in-law) on a scoot through the WA desert on this: http://www.goldenquesttrail.com/

My question is this: Has anyone here done it before (yes, I did a search - need a new search engine I reckon), and what lessons/experiences did you have ?


There will be three of us - anticipated degree of difficulty - about 3/10; mostly touristy stuff (could be a great trip on an R12GS/KTM950adv....)


Any help/guidance/hindsight greatly appreciated.
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Old 09-28-2006, 10:04 PM   #2
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Pete,
That's exactly what it is - an excuse to get out for a desert ride.

Will hopefully take lots of pics this time.
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Old 10-16-2006, 07:50 AM   #3
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Talking The Golden Quest Trail Trip Report

Here are some pics from the trip.
Left Perth Sunday October 08 - Trailered the bikes to Coolgardie:

close-up of the modified Gearsack Rack for my brother-in-law's WR400(great job IMHO)


Bikes unloaded at Coolgardie nd ready to go:


1st Tourist Stop - The sign:


1st (real) tourist Stop - Some ruins - I'll get the official name later:


1st night on the road was at the infamous (Notorious??!!!) Ora Banda Hotel.
We met up with a tour group who had just done a tour with Bike works out of Kalgoorlie - sounded like a great trip - maybe next time ?

My brother-in-law opted for the bivvy option (hadn't read the instructions prior to set-up - D'Oh !!! ). We received about 5mm of rain in Ora Banda that night - cold and wet - surprising for this time of year.
The lads' bikes:

Day Two saw a cold start to the day; we were our way to Menzies to refuel and then head on towards Kookynie
Typical outback road from Ora Banda heading east to Menzies

We rode alongide the railway from Menzies to Niagra Dam - A great way to break up a fairly long-winded ride with some very nice undulating 4WD tracks; illustring the benefits of trvaelling light, and minimising the amount carried on the bike (sorry - no pics - was too much fun!)
Great Campsite around the back (overflow) of Niagra Dam:
A few grey nomads were camped here - nice and quiet until we rocked up..

The Spillway:

The bro-in-law on the Dam Wall:

Other view of the dam Wall:

An Adventure WR400 ?? Yamaha would have been proud of how the bike went:

..and of course the XR400 kitted simply with a stuff bag; some Andy Strapz (performed excellently!), and I wore a Modan Kinetic Backpack

Both bikes went very well - no problems at all were encountered - testament to the preparation efforts of the particpants
After seeing the Dam, we pulled into Historic Kookynie Pub for a drink - no food here after the humungous burger we ate at Menzies Roadhouse

After some calculations, we decided to press onto Laverton as aour end-of-day-2 camp spot - here's an old section of the rail line North of Kookynie:

Another more appropriate pic:

Day 3 saw us leave Laverton, back-track Westwards towards Leonora, for a refuel, some lunch and a photo-stop at Historic Gawalia; including the Sons-of-Gwalia mine:

Colour shot:

Pretty good hole in the Ground (granted not the Super pit, or as big as Cadia:

Some Local Fauna - A nice perentie[??]/goanna:

Another portrait shot of the beasts:

A stop-off at Lake Ballard - some nice undulating sections of road getting to this spot:

We visited Ularring Soak (awaiting pictures), and then visited Rowles Lagoon.
Enjoying the riding too much, we decided to press on to Coolgardie and get a fresh start back to Perth on Wednesday. We did 550kms on the last day on the bikes.


So - that's the end of my first big bike journey in a long time - We clocked about 1040kms in two-and-a-half days.
Both bikes went flawlessly. Some lessons were learnt about taking what gear, etc; and the good thing was we got along well, and are now planning our next trip.

I am thinking a "wedgie" trip like Mike Cramb's may be in order next time; or a trip from Perth down to Albany....

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Old 10-16-2006, 05:49 PM   #4
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Nice pics Dave, weather okay, apart from the rain ?
Not too hot ?

I'm planning a little two day ride with Mrs Beak in two weeks, probably only inland a few hundred k's, hoping it's not going to be too hot (or too many flies). Taking the 1150R though, so doing a lot less dirt. Back roads around Nungarin, Westonia, etc.

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Great report Dave.We're lucky in Oz with the amount of riding we can do.
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Old 10-17-2006, 02:36 AM   #6
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Nice pics Dave, weather okay, apart from the rain ?
Not too hot ?

I'm planning a little two day ride with Mrs Beak in two weeks, probably only inland a few hundred k's, hoping it's not going to be too hot (or too many flies). Taking the 1150R though, so doing a lot less dirt. Back roads around Nungarin, Westonia, etc.

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The weather varied dramatically. On day two leaving Ora Banda, I was wearing a thermal, a riding jersey, under a Dainese Rallye Jacket, and spray jacket over it to make things bearable through the rain we faced upon our departure.
My brother in law packed lightly, assuming (wrongly) that the desert would be a lot warmer.
That warmth didn't kick in until Day Three, leaving Laverton.
I believe the max temp quoted by the Met Bureau was for 36 degC; so that's more like it I think (and getting hotter henceforth)

Enjoy your upcoming trip
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Old 10-17-2006, 02:42 AM   #7
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You look really happy sitting in your tent!

I'm glad you had a good run, there's heaps to see out that way and I know what you mean about having too much of a good time to worry about taking photos.

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G'day Pete,
Hope all is going well for you matey.
I kept thinking how great the big Bimmer would have been on the trip
(actually - that could definitely be another thread....another what bike...)
It was the second time I had erected the tent.
Erecting a new tent in blustery, cold conditions into ground harder than Concrete ain't exactly fun; but hey - it's all part of it; and it was the first real outing of the new, "does-everything-and-weighes-stuff-all" tent ex-eBay.
I'm Very happy with it. A great purchase, and all my gear stuffed well in the Stuff bag I bought; saved me having to fab up racks, etc
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Pete,
That sounds like a great trip.

I'm back to work this coming Sunday, so no riding for a while afterwards (doing a short stint due to imminent baby arrival in December !!)

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