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Old 07-25-2009, 03:05 PM   #1
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Micks 1st Adventure Ride

Two weeks ago I bought this, my first Adventure Bike, a KLR650 2007 Model. The bike came fully setup. Motech Crash Bars, Motech Pannier Bars, Trax Top Box, Wolfman Tank Bag, Garmin Zumo 550, Startrack 1 Comms, Andy Strapz Panniers + more. Basically add fuel and head off.



For my first trip I followed the suggestion of a work Colleague. Head from home to Kilcoy –onto Kilcoy-Murgon Rd then take Monsildale rd, back onto Kilcoy Murgon rd, turning left on Sunday Creek rd then camp at Charlie Moreland Campground.

Thursday loaded up the bike with camping gear, I looked at the load and first thought was it looks like I am going away for a month. On reflection I guess there is not much difference between an overnighter and a month.

Friday morning wheeled it outside for a 10AM departure. LMAO I could not get on it, no matter how hard I tried my MX Boots did not give me the flexibility and also the way the load was positioned.

Anyway hit the road 40 mins later after ditching the MX boots and relocating some of the load to a less than ideal spot.

First Stop to check everything was still secured the Township of Fernvale.






Met this Guy from the Forum sorry forgot your name. We had a good chat about bikes n things.




On the Road, Splityard Creek Road Paused for a Photo Opportunity near the Mt Glorious Turn off. One of Queenslands famous biker roads.





Bike was going well I was starting to feel comfortable with it, stopped for a drink, snack and a photo at The Spit at Somerset Dam.
On a weekend one can barely move here due to the number of powerboats cruising around on the dam. But being a Friday it was peaceful and serene.






Coming down from the hills Near Somerset heading towards Kilcoy,,,, don’t you just hate winter in Queensland...



Township of Kilcoy home of the Yowie, I think I have met his brother at my work….

Stopped here to fill up with fuel and lunch.




Monsildale Rd.

Took the Kilcoy Murgon Rd heading North about 13 Kms or so turned left onto Monsildale Rd. Dirt begins soon.






Just puttered along slowly dodging cows enjoying the scenery














Then came across this my first creek crossing paused briefly looked at the crystal clear water,, ahh does not look deep just go for it.
Was a bit deeper than expected. Lesson 1 depth of water can be deceptive. Joe did not tell me there was creek crossings on this road



The Next Creek Crossing I neglected to take a picture because was just happy got over it without dropping the bike.
It had a concrete base that was slippery as hell.

Anyway Progressing,,, starting to feel a bit fluey











Stopped at Old Jimna Firetower for a break after that awesome bit of road (thanks Joe),,
made a decision sadly to head home as could feel the onset of a cold rather than spend a night out in the cold.







Nice Farmland near Kilcoy on the way back home..





Anyway despite the Flu I had a great day, some valuable things learned. Have to rethink how I load the bike. Might ditch the aluminium Trax box in favor of some soft bags.
Need to get some more flexible boots and a different helmet..




Anyway here are some pics of my other bikes. Needless to say I am hooked on Adventure bike riding.









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Old 07-25-2009, 03:15 PM   #2
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Thats great Mick, The KLR looks the goods - you may want to have the thread shifted over to ride reports.

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Old 07-25-2009, 03:25 PM   #3
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Thats great Mick, The KLR looks the goods - you may want to have the thread shifted over to ride reports.

How do I move it over to the ride reports ?
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Old 07-25-2009, 03:27 PM   #4
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Great stuff Mick...loving the panos
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Old 07-25-2009, 03:35 PM   #5
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Great stuff Mick...loving the panos
My el-cheapo Kodak point n shoot does the panos by itself.
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Old 07-25-2009, 04:35 PM   #6
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How do I move it over to the ride reports ?
Drop Touring Dave a pm or Chris Mac - cheers
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Old 07-25-2009, 04:50 PM   #7
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Hey Mick,Sounds like a good day out,That Monsildale Rd is a great little run,That slimey crossing has caught afew out including yours truly, ha ha.
The KLR650.net forum has a strong Brisbane presence if you want to go that way.
Enjoy the adventures,,Ray
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Old 07-25-2009, 05:37 PM   #8
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Nice shots . . .

(but us old farts can read white font a lot easier)
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Old 07-25-2009, 06:50 PM   #9
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Nice shots . . .

(but us old farts can read white font a lot easier)
Fixed for the old farts
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Old 07-25-2009, 07:30 PM   #10
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Mick, great pics and great bike!

Welcome to the asylum as well. Now, fill out your profile.

We'll leave the thread here for a couple of days for people to see.

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Old 07-25-2009, 09:39 PM   #11
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Mick, great pics and great bike!

Welcome to the asylum as well. Now, fill out your profile.

We'll leave the thread here for a couple of days for people to see.

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Hey TDave, you comin on the marysville recovery ride too ?
there are a few of us meeting up at the carpark, of the northside of plenty road and ring road intersection, this saturday, the 1st, at 7.30am, then we're heading over to Mansfield to catch up with the Riverina Riders, and from there going on a bit of a tour via Jamieson, Woods Point just to name a few of the places we'll be going via, and then finally ending up at Marysville, for a bbq tea and a few drinks. Most of us have booked a room at the tower motel, it is booked out for the adv riders group, so not sure if ther are any rooms left but some of us might have spare beds as some of the rooms are multiple rooms.
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Old 07-26-2009, 01:43 AM   #12
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Good stuff Mick.

I'm still pretty new to here and advriding as well. I've just started exploring around that same area myself. There's a few locals with heaps of tips and directions. I'm gunna get out and follow a local around on Wednesday. Thanks "woopwoop"

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Hey TDave, you comin on the marysville recovery ride too ?
there are a few of us meeting up at the carpark, of the northside of plenty road and ring road intersection, this saturday, the 1st, at 7.30am, then we're heading over to Mansfield to catch up with the Riverina Riders, and from there going on a bit of a tour via Jamieson, Woods Point just to name a few of the places we'll be going via, and then finally ending up at Marysville, for a bbq tea and a few drinks. Most of us have booked a room at the tower motel, it is booked out for the adv riders group, so not sure if ther are any rooms left but some of us might have spare beds as some of the rooms are multiple rooms.
G'day K.D.

Might try and get up there in the arvo to say howdy otherwise no go on the whole weekend due to work committements.

Looks like it is going to be a top weekend.
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Old 07-26-2009, 03:26 AM   #14
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Stay away from that Joe

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Joe did not tell me there was creek crossings on this road
Welcome Mick, nice photos mate, and you want to keep an eye on that Joe, he's known to be a bit of a shit stirrer

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Old 07-26-2009, 03:41 AM   #15
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Welcome

welcome Mick, thanks for posting story.

Wise move to go on fully loaded short ride. Hope the plans go well for the next one.

Nice to see the KLR added to your stable of bikes. I think there may be a thread dedicated to klr in both the aussie and international sections of the ADV forum (if you didn't know that already)

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