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Old 03-06-2009, 05:38 PM   #1
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Goddam Dirtbikers Ride Across Tasmania

this site is wicked...
thought I'd make my first post as good as i can

Our group has an annual ride call the St Helens To Strahan ride, across Tasmania in 3 days. Its annual cause we have done it twice and looks like going again this year.

27 bikes, loaded onto a semi, riders into a bus to the start and 3 days of fun, very wet. Only 835 kays, so not a lot by the standards here, but mostly off road, a lot of single track and some of the best tar sections around.

I'll post some of the main pics here, the main report is here ( have to register,but only takes a minute)

Have a couple of tunnel pics and videos, have to put the tunnel ones in the tunnel section here, which by the way is one of the most interesting threads Ive seen...30 pages, looked at em all..

Heres some pics

Our bike trailer

If you look close, you can see the bus we are in, in the reflection


and a short dodgy video of the tunnel, done on a phone

all bikes made it, one being towed, no real injuries.
Happening again in mid to late Seprtember again this year.

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Old 03-06-2009, 05:44 PM   #2
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Thanks for the pictures!

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Old 03-06-2009, 11:29 PM   #3
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more info

after reading more reports here it looks like i should add some more info.

As stated above, this ride is now an annual job and is growing in popularity. The first year we went, 11 of us headed off, this last one 27.

Our riding group is based around the website and we try to get to each others areas as often as possible, so by doing this ride, we get to cover everyones home tracks, and everyones favouritre tracks. The north East and Inland North west are incredible places to ride, not only for scenery, but both posses a rich history of mining and 'early settlers', if you're into that sort of thing. The history just seems to add to the value of the experience. Some of the old mining towns we visit make you wonder just how they did it.. some having lived the bulk of their lives in a little green valley in the middle of nowhere, workin and doing it hard.

We all met up on the thursday and loaded our bikes onto the best truck around, jumped aboard a bus with a part time comedian bus driver, and began a trip, quite similar to an under 12 footy trip, but with beer and wrinkles...average age 42

Loading and unloading was quite a task, but one unique enough to enjoy. we all loved seeing the shiny truck, full of shiny bikes, all ready for 3 days blasting...

tea on the first night, great to all meet up for a yarn and some drinks

Our ride starts at the beach at St Helens on the East coast of Tasmania and make our way, mostly off road across the state via some of the most mind blowing trails.
Silver grey grippy sand, awesome rocky uphills and downhills, wide fast tracks, just about the lot in the space of 4-5 hours.

absolutely awesome trails that sometimes offered grip

Staying in pubs and having lunches catered for us along the way, a support vehicle and spare bike (which we needed) and loads of parts and fuel following us as we go, a good crew makes the world of difference.

The first day was perfect weather in the morning, but in Tassie the weather can change in a heartbeat, and often did. by mid morning the sky was grey, by that evening, we were riding through pissing down rain.

Day Two greeted us with very heavy rain.. so heavy that within the first 7 kilometres, i was completely drenched...and even considering abandoning the first stage, but as we went to leave our first fuel up point.. the rain stopped, so on with the show.

We traversed through bush, plantation, farms and forestry land to arrive at cradle Mountain having ridden through the most evil wind on the cradle mountain link road

We cleaned up for our meals and and had our awards night too, awards for crashes, speed, jumps and general silly stuff. Despite the large energy requirement during the day, most partied until 2 am each night, fairly tame , but good fun.

Day three was the leg from cradle mountain, down the west coast and to Strahan. Again, we got wet, had a bag of fun on some gravel and tar sections, did miles of solid granite, miles of beach, miles of tracks.

It was a huge relief to arrive in Strahan 27 bikes and riders, safe, having come over all sorts of terrain, all extremes of weather except snow..

The ride was featured in a national motorcycling magazine, Motorcycle Trader ran a 4 page article on the ride and as a result, a network of guides, covering the whole of the North has evolved, and we now have bookings for groups coming from all over Australia and 1 overseas booking.

it truly is an adventure, but as you can see its more trail bike based. Some of the members that came have 'big bikes' and have talked about a similar route for 650's and up, with just that little bit of a lean to dirt, cant wait to see what they come up with....

an xtx660 has never looked so good as what it does now...

heres a video of the bikes coming through the tunnel, better than the other up above, make sure you turn the sound up and 'feel' the bikes coming through....

only a few of the riders knew we were going through the tunnel, so when we popped onto the tracks ( you cant see the tunnel where you first mount the track) there was a few who were shitting slightly, and when they saw the tunnel, many said later that they ran through what they would do if they saw a light....

We do rides (little rides) almost every weekend and post up our pics and stories, so if you ever find yourself heading very south, come and have a look with us.

p.s. wife has been on here all day...says she clicks on a link, gets engrossed, then finds there is only another 28 pages to read... unreal.
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Old 03-06-2009, 11:43 PM   #4
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"p.s. wife has been on here all day...says she clicks on a link, gets engrossed, then finds there is only another 28 pages to read... unreal."

Yeah, it can get very addictive. Lots of good reports from around the world.

Nice pics by the way, I love Tassie.

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Old 03-07-2009, 01:21 AM   #5
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Great Stuff

Cool pics, thanks for sharing
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Old 03-07-2009, 01:50 AM   #6
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Wow what a ride
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Old 03-07-2009, 03:20 AM   #7
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Great stuff mate!

Any hire bike available for the next ride?
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Old 03-07-2009, 04:26 AM   #8
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do you know that there is an ADV meeting this weekend at Welborough pub?
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Old 03-07-2009, 04:38 AM   #9
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What Model/Make Bike had to be towed?

..........and what went wrong with it?

Just curious as it's always the dark sides of things that I wonder about most.

Looks like Beautiful Countryside!
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Old 03-07-2009, 04:39 AM   #10
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yes to both

by this years St2St we will have a few hire bikes, and yes, but i couldnt make it this weekend. We stayed where they are staying tonight, a couple of weeks ago, great area , both on and off road

and bike that had to be towed KTM (Keepthe Towropehandy Mate) 525 stator it turned out, could have happened to anyone, but the bloke it happened to was one of our main guides and he also took 1170 pictures plus video on the trip. We were 14 kays from our destination and we met one of the blokes wives on her way to pick up her man with a ute and trailer, but he wouldnt put the bike on the trailer, insisted on riding into town...he laughed his way through what would be heartbreaking to most....
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Old 03-07-2009, 04:42 AM   #11
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Wonderful ride and amazing pictures Andrew!!



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Old 03-10-2009, 05:44 AM   #12
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Awesome ride locations you have down there!
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Old 03-10-2009, 06:34 AM   #13
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It's certainly the "hard way around" Tasmania! Looks like a good time, thanks for the report and pics
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Old 03-10-2009, 08:22 AM   #14
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You guys are tough for sure.
More pics would only add to pleasure
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Old 03-10-2009, 02:29 PM   #15
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Looked bloody awesome.........and bloody hard work on some stretches.....could of done with a block and tackle for some of that bike moving
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