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Old 10-05-2009, 02:38 AM   #1
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An Aussie Day Trip - This is how we roll...

Down here in paradise (sorry everyone, you know it's true), we don't have other countries we can just ride to, or Alps with "96 switch back corner" roads. What we do have is easily accessible, mildly challenging fire trails that crisscross our lone stretch of mountains. Or, at least they were mildly challenging...

We live in this glorious country's Capital city, which is conveniently perched a stones throw from the Brindabella Mountains. The road from Canberra to the first fire trail is popular with the local WSBK wannabes trying to get a knee down on the weekends...

Anyway, onto the ride!

We were to meet up at Cambambalam's place, so headed over early so i could steal one of his kids pancakes and work out where we were going. Maybe I should cover off on who took part in this tale:

Scotocon, rider of the magnificent blue Cagiva Navigator and all round great guy! People say he once ordered a McMuffin at lunch time... and got it!
Cam - The usual motivation for our rides, with a green Triumph Tiger.
JT - aka "Slayer of Bugs", and our team mascot. Has the black Tiger 955i.
Tom - Recently bought a Varadero, and a suspected albino...
Gordon - Rocked up on a shiny new black Varadero... it didn't stay shiny!
Grozzer (sp?) - Riding a DRZ Motard, Grozzer acts as our tumbling clown.

Here is a picture of all the bikes lined up (minus the Motard).



After waiting a bit (read: ages ) for everyone to arrive, we were still one down... a quick phone call found Grozzer waiting for as at Toms house. After asking him to uppercut himself, we decided to meet up at the Cotter turn off. A quick detour past the servo to check tire pressures, and we took off towards the twisties. We mucked around on the grass for a bit, just to get out dirt legs....


Gozzer arrived, and we zoomed off with mountains in our sight... and rain clouds... uh oh!

The ride over the mountains to Tumut is one we have done before, and is a great ride: smooth gravel roads, great scenery, fun switch back corners... at least it was until today.

These were no normal rain clouds - instead of water, it poured a mixture of dishwashing detergent and hate all over the road, turning our path into a sea of brown death. After defying gravity and sliding up the mountain, we stopped for a breather...



After some inspirational words from Cam, mainly concerning our sexual orientation and our lingerie, we butted chests like MEN and charged forward. A few minutes later, Tom found that the road down the mountain was actually a slippery slide of death - the local wildlife were taunting us from the trees, daring us forward. After skating down the particularly nasty bit, we jumped off the bikes to wait for the others.... and waited... Cam went back for a look, and came back in camo paint!



Jamies Tiger also took a nap in the mud...

Tom went off to laugh at them by himself for a bit. Polite man, that Tom fella...


More to follow...
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Old 10-05-2009, 03:05 AM   #2
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..continued...

Finally past the mountain of clay, I raced ahead for a photo op on the bridge...
Tom on his Varadero

Jamie - he's so gansta!

Plus a nice shot of the river - yay rain!


Now on the black top again, our spirits rose and we tore off towards Tumut. The local shire decided it would be a hilarious prank to switch back to gravel on an off camber corner, over a crest, and I almost headbutted a tree. Thankfully no one saw that, so my prowess on a bike is unscathed!

The rest of the tricky stuff was uneventful; long sweeping gravel roads and great scenery. The pine forest abruptly ended, and the tarmac returned. There was much rejoicing.



We pulled into Tumut and parked next to some tractors Beemers, and settled in for a beer and a counter meal at the pub.





Refuelled and keen to ride again, we decided to head back through Wee Jasper. Just out of Tumut there is this awesome road. Tight, twisty, through a beautiful valley... I would have gotten a picture for you, but i was too busy laughing maniacally and throwing the bike around.

When we did stop before the forest again, I snapped another shot of the bikes together.


Man that Cagiva can pose...

Anyway, fast forward some of the best roads imaginable, a few more stacks from Gozzer, and warm sunshine to dry out the rest of our clothes, we came to this bridge... MORE PHOTO OPS!


A bit further on, the valley opened up and I could see the fellas riding up the road - the picture looked more awesome in real life...


A quick breather (read: another smoke for Tom) and we headed back to CBR.


Add a few kamikaze cockatoos, some random hail, and a last second course change from Tom and we were back home.


A swung past the car wash on the way home to give the Navigator a clean, and the kind fella hosed it off for me! Legend!


All in all, a great afternoon! A poor effort from the Tiger boys, both biting the dust... maybe listening to that on your iPod before heading off was a bad idea mate!

Did I miss anything guys?
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Old 10-05-2009, 03:16 AM   #3
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A good day trip on 2 wheels with your mates! Thanks for sharing it
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Old 10-05-2009, 04:01 AM   #4
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Bites the dust??

I call nix on biting the dust. All my tiger ate was mud...
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Old 10-05-2009, 04:06 AM   #5
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Tom - Recently bought a Varadero, and a suspected albino...
Why did Tom buy an albino???
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Old 10-05-2009, 04:15 AM   #6
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Tiger down...

So here we were, having a blast up on Brindabella Mt... Rain was falling, road was slippery, tyres had no grip, everything was in the skills... Usually my favourite environment ...

With all the slip-sliding around, I decided to stop regularly to ensure we had the full complement of riders. At one of the stops, JT and Gordon were taking too long, and I suspected they may have had a fall. So I took-off back up the road to see what had happened.

Coming back, I started down a short downhill stretch, it was as slippery as the proverbial greasy pole... The front started squirming round, so I applied a little more gas, shifted some weight back and tried to push through...

Unfortunately, it all ended badly.

From Tumut ride Oct 09


The front end of the bike slipped out on one of the wash-outs and I was down in a flash.

From Tumut ride Oct 09


It's a bit of a shame, I've never dropped her before... Now has a little damage to fix up

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Old 10-05-2009, 04:18 AM   #7
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Black Tiger

JT's bike had a very slow fall, hardly even moving.... So nothing more then just a little mud...

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Old 10-05-2009, 04:21 AM   #8
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Tom's Dero...

A lot of bike for $5k...

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Old 10-05-2009, 04:22 AM   #9
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here you go Scotty

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here is the brand spanking new 'Dero

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I can't believe Pencel kept up all day on this... hard work

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Laugh Tom and his albino

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Why did Tom buy an albino???
They smell less than a monkey on your back...
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Old 10-05-2009, 04:57 AM   #13
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Talking And aussie day trip

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A good day trip on 2 wheels with your mates! Thanks for sharing it
Thanks mate - this is my first write up, so i hope it was entertaining!
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Old 10-05-2009, 05:28 PM   #14
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You forgot to mention riding through the hail.... We had stopped 3 minutes earlier, and Cambambalam mentioned possibly removing his jacket liner, as it was warm and sunny. 3 minutes later we were riding through a hail storm.

Crazy weather!
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Old 10-06-2009, 04:54 PM   #15
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Looks like you boys are having fun out/down/over there.

Good to see Varaderos keeping it real!!!

The red one is a carb version, circa '99?
The black the newer fuel injected model?

If they are the original Bridgestone tyres on the red Vara, toss them in the bin and throw something else (recommend Michelin Anakee 2), you will be amazed at the difference.
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