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Old 05-03-2015, 11:36 PM   #1
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Road surfaces for Donohue and Plenty highways.

Hello all.
Just wondering if anyone can tell me the road surfaces for the Donohue and Plenty highways from Boulia to the Stuart Highway.
Soft sand and bulldust or harder packed gravel and rocks?
Also William Creek road and Oodnadatta track from Coober Pedy to Lyndhurst via William Creek and Marree.
Got a bit of time off coming up and looking at going out that way but undecided what bike to take.
Don't really feel like wrestling a fully loaded DR650 through soft sand on my own but on the other hand I'll have to take spare fuel if I take the WR250R and that's a right P.I.T.A.
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Old 05-04-2015, 12:32 AM   #2
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Bit of everything really (Plenty Hwy) like a lot of outback roads. Sections of deeper soft stuff with ruts and corrugations, sections where you can cruise along at 110. The odd patch of bull dust, usually easy enough to see, mind you this was last August, don't know what the wet season has done to it if anything.
FWIW, I rode it on loaded a KLR, mates had similarly loaded Tenere, Husky and KLX, only frightened myself a couple of times.


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Old 05-04-2015, 12:33 AM   #3
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The Oonadata track was like a highway in places last year although a week earlier would have been muddier and much more challenging. I was on an over loaded DR and it was fine. If it hasnt rained you'll be fine for that part of your trip. My friends have just been through in a cruiser dragging a large caravan and said it was fine.

Just outside William Creek

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Old 05-04-2015, 02:00 AM   #4
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We went through on the way home from the OCR last year. QLD side was real good. Some sandy patches as you to through towards Jervios station. We were on a 950 & BMW F650gs single &didn't have too many moments. As always it changes from week to week & the weather will be the biggest hurdle if Huey decides to send it down
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Old 05-04-2015, 04:17 AM   #5
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Both of them easy for a DR overloaded or not. My wife and I rode a couple of DRs along both of those a few years ago. We caught up with a road crew along the plenty and that sucked as the grader was dragging all the sand and rocks from the edges back into the middle of the road. Once we got past them onto the old shitty road surface it was corrugated but get up.a bit of speed and it was fine. Oodnadatta track was a highway except a short section just west of lyndhunst which had got wet and had huge ruts left by the trucks that were then baked in.
Both of us were fat numpty riders and Boo was 20 weeks pregnant.
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Old 05-04-2015, 04:46 AM   #6
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Surprised they haven't tarred the oodnadatta, it's all but ready for it. In October it was on cruise at 120 in the 4wd with the odd slow down for an obvious and minor washout.
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Old 05-05-2015, 01:42 PM   #7
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Thanks for the replies fellas.
The DR it is!!!
Heading off mid August so might have to take the winter woollies.
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