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Old 06-27-2011, 05:56 AM   #16
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Build pictures

In response to a request earlier here is a link to a flickr set about building the bike. There are also some pictures of some of our disasters and some of the things we broke and finally some pictures of some of our great moments on the bike.
Broken things: we sheared the drive cog off the cush drive plate in Siberia oops, there is a picture of the arc weld that was done on a brick in someones back garden which kept us going. The neat tig welded one is the replacement we got shipped to Japan. Tig weld by P&D Customs, Slinfold, Horsham, UK
(Thanks Dave)
The stripped down bike is the result of burning out the clutch getting stuck in six mile creek, rainbow station, NZ . We couldnt reach anything to pull it out with the winch until it was too late. It was going really well up until this point and this was the last obstacle. Ho hum
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Old 06-28-2011, 02:38 PM   #17
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We transited through Europe fairly quickly as we had toured there before and we had visa's ticking for Asia.
I am ashamed to admit we only passed through Belgium briefly and have never really explored it properly, its always the way you ride halfway around the world and explore that but dont look around what's on your doostep.
We want to tour around Scandanavia sometime so maybe we can do it then.
Nothing to be ashamed of... Belgium is so small that you could ride through it and never know

there are a few cute historical cities though: Bruges - Ghent - Antwerp... Yeah, maybe next time.
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Old 07-04-2011, 02:19 AM   #18
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Blog 173 A productive time at Peters 20th June – 5th July

We back track to Brisbane we had intended to spend some time here fettling the bike as we have a long way to ride in Australia and we are going to be in some really remote places at one stage or another. Brisbane being the last city in which to source parts fairly easily and cheaply.
As we previously mentioned the bike is running really nicely but the clutch has been dragging for some time and it seems to be getting progressively worse. We met loads of great people at the HU meet many of whom invited us to stay on our journey around Australia, a fair few of these lived in the Brisbane area one of these contacts was Peter who lived close by. We rang to see if it was convenient to stay for a few days to sort it out. Luckily for us he said fine and was a great host with a great workshop as well.
We managed a good mix of pleasure and work during our stay.
We had a ride up Tambourine Mountain, I borrowed a dirt bike as the Guzz was in bits (more about that later), we stopped off at a cafe for coffee in Canungra. Here is us on the ride with Peter and Rod his mate who was visiting for a few days.

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We helped out a bit to earn our keep as well here is us trimming Peter’s palm trees, we all pitched in together and gave them a good prune.

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Turning our attention to the clutch. We tried changing all the wearing parts that we could from the outside; the pushrod, thrust bearings and associated parts but it made absolutely no difference whatsoever DRAT !!!
There seemed no choice but to tear it apart again, unfortunately. We could have soldiered on but it was a pain to ride in traffic and it wasn’t doing the bike any good. Given what we are going to be up against in the coming months we thought it was better to sort it out now while we had a good place to do it.

We got stuck in and after stripping the bike down discovered the problem was caused by badly worn splines in the flywheel. The clutch moves up and down these splines and the teeth were so stepped that they were stopping the plates from moving freely hence the dragging.
The fywheel has done nearly 90’000 miles or 180’000 km and it’s just plain worn out, we made a couple of phone calls to see if we could get another one. We had a great welcome from the Guzzi club here and also Keir from the Moto Guzzi club of Melbourne and Mark from Canberra both were really helpful and rang around for us to try to locate one. It wasn’t looking too promising at first and Karen spent ages one afternoon with a Dremel smoothing out all the steps in the splines, we figured it would buy us some time. Then of course a mint secondhand one turned up thanks to Keir’s searching and Eurobrit spares who stripped down a low mileage breaker specially.
This came about on a Friday afternoon and they couldn’t get it shipped until Monday so it left us a few days to do some other things, we had the chance to make and modify things on the bike largely thanks to Peter, .
There are a few pictures of our handy work below; we made an external oil pump and fittings to circulate oil to our cooler and some armrests for Karen.

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The armrests are part finished here they still need painting and padding. The lids open to give Karen some storage space as well as somewhere to mount her heated clothing controller and charging plugs.

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We also made a good start on refridgerating the front box (our larder) by attaching external heatsinks, heat transfer blocks and insulating foam. We plan to pick up some other internal heatsinks and peltier elements to finish them off. I also would love to get hold of a large 60 or 80 watt solar panel to put on the roof to run the “fridge” when we aren’t riding but they are expensive. It’s not just a gimmick, if we can keep food chilled below ambient temperature it lasts longer and we can stay in remote areas longer.


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There was plenty of time for fun stuff too, one of Peter’s many hobbies is building model steam engines. We were itching to see one running so he got out the meths and “steamed one up” for our benefit. We also got his TLR 200 trail bike out from it’s usual spot and we all had a hoon around on it.

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We had said goodbye to Rod who was off home again and now we were joined by Nathan, he has just finished a six month ride around Australia on a DR650. Peter has been following his ride reports on ADV rider and invited him to come and stay for a few days as he was nearby. He was good company and it was great to pick his brains about what’s coming up.The group shot was from a ‘pot luck’ dinner arranged by his riding buddies and their wives (we met some on the coffee ride).


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The last couple of days was spent testing and fitting our new stuff. We went for a ride out with Peter and Nathan but unfortunately a hose popped off on our first test ride so we let the guys go ahead while we sorted it. Once that was sorted we went out on another test ride on our own and it seems to be working okay. The clutch is now working like new
These pictures were taken from Mount Tambourine on that ride

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I love your trip and the way you are doing things. How true it is that you don't need mega equipment to still have fun and see the world
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hello me old mateys - good to see you giving it some on the trail bike

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The rally was huge fun and worth the hours of pouring over the laptop earlier in the week.The presentation was a little nerve wracking standing up in front of all those people but we were pleased with how it went and it seemed to be well received. Meeting other travellers gave us a chance to feel human again and know the problems we faced are the same for most long term travellers hopefully we also inspired some others to take the plunge and go for it. We are living proof that you don’t have to be rich or have a fancy bike.
I was at that meet, your talk was easily the best one of the weekend. Thanks!
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Old 07-10-2011, 10:47 PM   #22
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I love your trip and the way you are doing things. How true it is that you don't need mega equipment to still have fun and see the world
Yes, We have worked out the magic ingredient is time the more you have the more things can flow and happen.
Glad you like the trip so far.
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hello me old mateys - good to see you giving it some on the trail bike

Rhondda xox

G'day Shelia (getting the swing of this Aussie talk now) - Saw your recent piccies nice bit of offroad trails yourself, love to everyone
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I was at that meet, your talk was easily the best one of the weekend. Thanks!
Thanks for the kind words, it was the first talk we have done in front of an audience so we were relieved it went as well as it did. Hopefully we will get to attend a few more Horizons meets in the future.
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Strewth cobber,

No-ones been called sheila here since 1945, unless of course their name is actually Sheila.

Very much enjoyed your company for the last couple of weeks at my place, and I'm already looking forward to seeing you again after your trip around the edge.

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Blog 174 Brisbane to Hervey Bay

Blog 174 Brisbane to Hervey Bay 8th – 14th July 2011


Leaving Peters we headed into Brisbane on route to John and Alanas, we had a few things to do on the way through. While riding around Brisbane we saw this. (they are obviously talented blind people out here).




First job was new Lexan for the screen and after fitting it was lovely to be looking through such a clear screen again.
Next stop was an electronics store to pick up some small heatsinks, peltier elements and heat conductive paste to finish off making the front box into a fridge (or esky) as they would call it here. It was only $65 for 2x heatsinks,2 x peltier elements and the heat paste bargain or wot ?
After that we went to Tom Newel’s the local Guzzi dealer. We popped in to say hello mostly, the guys in the British bike shop next door were intrigued and popped in for a look and a photograph as well. Tom was just moving premises so there wasn’t much to photograph sorry !

Then it was on to buy a personal locator beacon (plb). The vastness of Australia is not to be underestimated, at the moment we are travelling on the busy East coast but as we get further north toward the cape it will get more remote and even more so when we head west and into the outback. The plb is only activated in case of an accident or imminent loss of life buts good to know that someone knows if you need help and where you are via GPS technology. There is very little phone coverage in the outback. Here is something to boggle your mind we have done nearly 50’000km on our journey so far. Nathan managed to rack up 40’000km in six months riding around just Australia and reading other peoples trip reports of rides around Australia regularly reports distances of 20’000km +
Last stop was “Tyres for Bikes” picture below. Our rear tyre was down to the wear bars and these guys got a pair of Metzeler ME88 Marathons in for us specially. I have wanted to try these tyres for a while but we couldn’t get them in NZ or Asia. They are high mileage touring tyres and have a high load rating so hopefully they will live up to expectations. The guys at tyres for bikes were great and even reduced the bill for us in return for some stickers on the bike and posing for pictures which we were happy to do. They were great guys to deal with and they really know their stuff. They also showed us the best way out of town as by the time we had finished rush hour was looming.


By 6.30pm we had arrived at John & Alana’s. You might remember we met them at the Horizons Unlimited meeting. They were part of the team running the event and did a big trans Asia and trans Europe trip themselves. We got on really effortlessly at the HU meet and we really enjoyed our stay with them as well. It was nice for all of us to talk to someone who really understands what it’s like to undertake this kind of journey and it was good therapy in a way to realise that we all make similar mistakes and face similar problems.
We only intended to stay for a night but ended up staying three, apart from enjoying their company we needed to explore the area. The sunshine coast is beautiful, we headed inland to an area the locals call the Hinterland. It’s a mountainous area covered in thick bush and the riding was superb. Here are some views from some of the roads we were riding, the mountains are the glasshouse mountains. The picture of us having breakfast on the deck perfectly captures the Aussie lifestyle, it’s winter here now but still a nice temperature. This region is famous for growing pineapples hence the giant fruit.


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John and Alana spoilt us rotten and we certainly ate well Alana is a great cook. The weather was fantastic the whole time we were there and we could easily have stayed longer but we needed to keep working our way north. The summer in Northern Australia is incredibly hot and we need to cover this leg in the “cooler” winter. It’s still in the mid 30′s degree range up there in the winter.

Our next stop was a few hours up the coast at Hervey Bay. Mick got in touch via the website and invited us to stay when we got up this way. We expected this is to be just for a night too but Mick turned out to be a dark horse. He was originally from Serbia but has lived in Australia most of his life. He was incredibly helpful and hospitable.Here are some pictures from our first welcoming comitee the local historic motorcycle club. Later we lined some of the bikes up for pictures and got Mick’s Falcone and Harley Davidson Servicar out and took them for a spin around the garden.

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Mick was also very well connected and he rustled up not only a load of members of the local historic bike club but also a reception from the Mayor and Councillors as well. The Mayors assistants also arranged for the local TV crew to come out and film it as well so we were on prime time tv news that evening. The council did us proud, not only did the Mayor pause a meeting to fit us in but they put on morning tea for everyone as well. Thank you to everyone involved, what a welcome !

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In amongst all this exitement we managed to find time to fit the peltier elements and heatsinks and get the fridge working and it worked well on a quick test run. The pictures below are of Kev wiring it up and an impromptu haircut when one of the guys visiting let slip he was a barber. We also visited the local beach and the pier and had time to look around Hervey Bay which is a great place.

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One day was spent on Fraser Island, it is the biggest sand island in the world and is a very special place. It has an amazing diversity of landscapes and huge freshwater lakes and creeks running out into the sea. It has several distinct ecosystems: rainforest, sand dunes, sandblows and dune lakes, banksia woodlands, swampy fens and mangrove areas. The sand has been proven to extend 100meters below sea level in places but it has an impermeable layer in places allowing fresh water lakes to form. Fraser’s creeks are fed from a vast underground Aquifer which is estimated to hold 30 times more fresh water than Sydney Harbour.
The pictures below show (in order) : The ferry across, a fisherman on the way there, us at Lake Mckenzie the islands biggest freshwater lake), a sea eagle we spotted on the beach, humpback whales that eagle eyed Karen spotted out at sea (now is the start of their migration season), us paddling in Eli freshwater creek (this has 4.2 million litres an hour flowing down it straight into the sea) Maheno shipwreck, coloured sand cliffs (caused by the oxide leaching out from the sand), dingoes we spotted on the beach, view from the air of the beach (Kev took a flight), sandblows seen from the air, and finally a beautiful sunset to round the day off. What a day !


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Blog 175 Tipi living again 15th – 19th July 2011

We said a final farewell to Hervey bay in the same way we greeted it by having coffee with all the bike riders, they meet up every Friday at Burram Heads and we were able to join them and their varied ensemble of lovely machines for a great send off thanks everyone.
Our journey up the East coast so far had been more like a holiday with so many people who have given us support but we are back to camping for a few days now. Due to our cheap air bed keep on developing leaks from the valve we decided to replace it, after long deliberation in the shop I was persuaded to go for the twin rather than double. The main arguments being less bulk and weight the downside will we both fit!
We are also back to our usual odd lunch stops i.e shop car parks but as we got chatting to some grey nomads (retired motor home travellers) they told us of a good free camp for tonight so that’s sorted.


The campsite proved a little gem, middle of nowhere just two other campers Kev was able to have a fire. I made the Tipi a home shook out the air bed and did a sharp intake of breath it looked even smaller in our large tent, I didn’t hold much hope for a good nights sleep.
We woke refreshed the next morning, yes I had to eat humble pie and admit it was big enough. We made a good start and were away by 8am. Doris (our friendly GPS) decided to spice things up we could cut a corner back to the highway. It all started well but the track became smaller and after a corner it went sharply downhill towards a muddy bottom. (It had rained up here a few days ago) Kev vainly attempted to stop but being downhill we just slithered gracefully to end up on our side, it was at this point he noticed that one of our panniers was missing the padlock. This was a big deal they are all keyed alike and they lock the pannier retaining bar in. There was nothing for we would have to retrace our route back to the campsite to look for it.



First we have to right the guzz this is tricky in the sticky red mud next we have to turn her around then Kev has to somehow gun her uphill from a standing start in the sticky goo. (sorry no photos I was too busy helping) As we are attempting the third time trying not to burn out the clutch some locals come down the hill in their ute and jumping out help me push whilst Kev gives it some, he makes to the top. I thank the locals and can’t help noticing that they were barefoot and are now sporting a new red gooey sock look – nice.
We arrived back at the campsite and I retraced our steps, by some miracle I find the padlock. Funny how things turn out if we hadn’t taken the short cut and fallen we would have gone too far to turn round and come back.
We ended up that night at Byfield national park via a trip round Rockhampton, interview with the press and a swift trip up mount Archer for a stunning view over the town. A cruise down to Emu park to view the sculpture named the singing ship which is a ships sculpture with holes in the mast to allow it to sing in the wind.


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We camped in the middle of no where and a reassuring sign (not) informed us we have crocodiles in the creek and not to stray near. Yeah as if I want too. We were welcomed by our very merry neighbours to join them which resulted in a really late night and we all slept in next day which we took as a day off and went for a stroll avoiding the creek and sticking to main paths for safety, we also set to constructing our shower and enjoyed the fruits of our labour.




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We had our first taste of long uneventful travelling next day on route to Bowen with a few scenic detours we ended up camping at Carmilla beach a lovely spot right on the sea front. The sand was deep in places so we opted for a second row viewpoint camping pitch.

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Our ride towards Bowen was much the same as yesterday but the old girl was struggling today knocking badly on any inclines and running really hot as we couldn’t get anything except E10 fuel this morning.
Although it is getting hotter the further north we head it is still winter and will get much hotter than this but she survived 40deg heat in Kazakhstan running on 91 octane and even 80 at times.
The fuel out here is s–t as we have been informed on numerous occasions very low in octane full of ethanol and this last fill was 91 not 95. There is a bewildering mixture of petrol out here, we have mostly been running on the cheapest (E10) which is 91 octane with 20% ethanol added but this was a bad mistake I think. We tried it on more expensive 95 octane yesterday and it ran so much better, quieter and cooler but we cannot get it everywhere as it is regarded as “super” out here it seems.
Any road up we approached the outskirts of Mackay and hisssss, clatter, clatter, the engine is steaming and she sounded like a traction engine. Kev quickly pulled off the highway and it was easy to see what was wrong we had blown a head gasket. *@$* !!
We had no choice we needed to repair her and soon, we limped to the first caravan park we could and pulled in.
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Blog 175 Postscript 20th – 27th July 2011


This is just a quick postscript to our last blog.
We are still stuck in Mackay, my initial thought was just that the bike had got too hot and blown a head gasket. We rang Mario at Thunderbikes in Perth and got some replacement gaskets on their way.
Mario being the star he is got them on their way that afternoon on an overnight service so we waited to pull the bike apart until they got here (that was our second mistake our first running the bike on E10 unleaded petrol with added ethanol).
E10 is common here and is the standard unleaded fuel. 95 octane is regarded as super unleaded in most stations and is considerably more expensive.

We still hadn’t received the gaskets three days later, the courier company delivered them to the wrong place and weren’t exactly helpful about rectifying the situation. After many phonecalls we eventually got our hands on them and removed the head only to find that was damaged too. Ever feel like things are ganging up on you?

The bike had been making a weird almost rattly noise (not pinking) under heavy load for some time although it ran sweetly the rest of the time. This was partly why I changed the rings in New Zealand. I was convinced they were going to be in a load of bits when I took the barrels off. As it turned out they were fine and although worn would have lasted a while longer. Then I blamed the camchain for the noise but pulling off the left hand head two days ago revealed what was really wrong.
The strange noise was detonation which is the fuel mixture exploding rather than burning. It is very destructive and in this case it had eroded away under the head gasket which is why it blew. It was pointless just to replace the gasket, it will only do the same thing again so I had to ring Mario once more and organise a secondhand cylinder head which should be here soon.
Follow the finger to spot the hole in the gasket. I pulled off the right head just to check and that was okay, partly I think as it has better airflow. The bike runs a lot hotter on E10.


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There were some signs of mild detonation when I changed the rings in NZ but there was no damage to the head. The E10 was the final straw I think, it took me a while to realise but just recently the bike seemed gutless and noisy so I tried running a tankful of 95 octane and the difference was immediate. The noise under load all but stopped and it ran much better and cooler.
Unfortunately I realised a little too late but at least we know now to avoid E10 where ever possible.Talking to local bikers afterwards they all seem to avoid it like the plague. We also received an email from Karens parents (a little too late) saying that there were rumblings about Ethanol being introduced into unleaded petrol in the UK and the problems it might cause. Ethanol is just a cheap filler and the net result will be that everyone will have to pay more for 98 octane super unleaded..

At least it happened now and not in the middle of the desert somewhere remote, we have also taken steps to improve the airflow to the cylinders in preparation for when it gets hotter. To do this I moved the oil cooler over further and temporarily removed the rubber spray flaps on the side of the mudguards to improve airflow, along with adding airscoops to the front water jerry cans. I also got a plastic fan from a breakers yard and bolted it to the front pulley to pull air over the cylinders. I rigged this up in the UK but left it at home as the bike ran cool enough not to need it, we will see how it goes over the next leg. The fan cost $5 from a breakers yard so it’s not a big deal if it doesn’t work and we junk it.


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We are still waiting for the replacement head and it has been extremely frustrating as we are on the edge of town and couldn’t get anywhere due to no public transport from the campsite.
Luckily we met and got chatting to a fellow camper Rhondda, she very kindly loaned us her XT225 (Serow in the UK) which has stopped us both going stir crazy and allowed me to nip out and get parts etc. It made such a difference and we are really grateful to her, we have also been invited over to their bus this evening for dinner as her husband Gary has finished his weeks shift in the mines. While we were in town we had a look around some of Mackays old art deco buildings and did a tour of the op shops looking for a glass photo frame or mirror to use to grind the gasket surfaces flat. We found one for 50 cents and a few other useful things as well. Unfortunately we also picked up a parking ticket for parking in the wrong place, we went and explained it was us not Rhondda and that we didn’t realise we were in the wrong place. We are really hoping they let us off because we really don’t need an $80 fine on top of the expense of being stuck in a $25 a night campsite for over a week.

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The idea with the photo frame is that you stick a sheet of wet and dry paper to the glass which is flat and then rub the head and cylinder on it in a figure of eight motion to get it flat again. Because it’s only wet and dry it’s only removing thou and it was worth doing as it definitely improved it. Here is a picture of me in mid grind and our temporary “garage”

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Hopefully we will receive the head tomorrow and then we can be on our way again.
Just for a laugh have a look at this V8 barbeque we spotted for sale (and the price of it !) V8 racing is really big over here.

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Originally Posted by Guzzioverland View Post
Thanks for the kind words, it was the first talk we have done in front of an audience so we were relieved it went as well as it did. Hopefully we will get to attend a few more Horizons meets in the future.
Ride safe.
We are in the process of putting one together here in Ontario, Canada for Mid Sept 2012. Love to have you if your heading this way.

Cheers
Love the web site& your blog here so far.
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