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Old 11-21-2013, 12:30 AM   #1
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Long Shot - Helena and Aurora Ranges (WA)?

G'day guys,

Wondering if anyone has been for a ride up to the Aurora Ranges, about 50km north of Koolyanobbing. I'm going camping with a few mates (who will be on a 4WD) and I want to take my bike but I'm unsure what the roads are like north of Koolyanobbing, let alone around the ranges themselves (see pic). Currently I ride a VFR800x with street tyres.

I'm just wondering if anyone knows what the roads around there are like as I can't find much info - if it's compacted gravel I reckon the bike should be fine but debating if I need to use this as an excuse to whack knobbies and crash bars on there.

I've only done minimal offroad riding abroad in NZ so bit of a noob to it, but just hoping I can make the last 50kms or so north of Koolyanobbing so I don't have to sit in the back of a 4WD listening to my mates for 7 hours :)

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Old 11-21-2013, 12:43 AM   #2
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Kevin (Fatgut) was there a couple of weeks ago, worth giving him a PM
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Old 11-21-2013, 12:49 AM   #3
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2 drops of rain and you'd be in trouble on a VFR with road tyres.

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Old 11-21-2013, 03:29 AM   #4
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The road to the ranges from the Mine is good for a normal commodore ute. The track around the ranges to the south side is just as good. The track to the north side is fair but a lot of red bull dust holes due to the mine survey vehicles. The track to the top of the ranges is easy from the north side but very very hard from the south side. I would class the road in a good hard gravel road. I would say my Harley would make it. I it rains well forget it. But I dout it will rain now.
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Old 11-21-2013, 04:13 AM   #5
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Thanks fellas!! Sounds like it's worth the risk but Kev I might shoot you a PM closer to the day when we know a bit more about our campsite and what angle of approach my mates will be taking in the 4WD
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