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Old 07-24-2011, 03:19 AM   #31
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1 ltr fuel-1ltr water?
well except the simpson desert 3 ltrs in a camel back should be enough/day+ emergency in your safari bash plate tank?. hydrate before the ride and keep hydrating wherver you stop.should be able to hit civilization before and after a few 100 kms.
how many days are you planning for the crossing?is this a record attempt or a jolly adventure?

i wouldd suggest keep wt to a minimum and plan so as to not carry heavy stuff like swags etc.fatigue managemnent is the most important factor .i suppose i am preaching to a convert (an ex safari rider).
anyway my 2 c.
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Old 07-24-2011, 03:27 AM   #32
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1 ltr fuel-1ltr water?
well except the simpson desert 3 ltrs in a camel back should be enough/day+ emergency in your safari bash plate tank?. hydrate before the ride and keep hydrating wherver you stop.should be able to hit civilization before and after a few 100 kms.
how many days are you planning for the crossing?is this a record attempt or a jolly adventure?

i wouldd suggest keep wt to a minimum and plan so as to not carry heavy stuff like swags etc.fatigue managemnent is the most important factor .i suppose i am preaching to a convert (an ex safari rider).
anyway my 2 c.
The Simpson is the main concern for water. Jolly adventure, but haven't discussed a time frame yet. ??? 2-3 days for the Simpson.
Carrying bugger all else that's not essential.

Being relatively local, what are your thoughts about the Canning from Wiluna to Well 9, down to Carnegie, then the Gunbarrel to Warburton???
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Old 07-24-2011, 04:06 AM   #33
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The Simpson is the main concern for water. Jolly adventure, but haven't discussed a time frame yet. ??? 2-3 days for the Simpson.
Carrying bugger all else that's not essential.

Being relatively local, what are your thoughts about the Canning from Wiluna to Well 9, down to Carnegie, then the Gunbarrel to Warburton???
havent ridden the canning yet. next week might ride well 23-well 33.dirt doctor visited me day before. canning apparently overgrown which makes it a pain as you cant get momentum .it becomesa a start stop ride. wonder how philth and co are doing right now.
gunbarrel-corrugations/washouts.nothing to seriously challenge you.

if you are not trying to break any records it will be a piece of cake for you, unless the gods decide they dont like you and want to practice throwing curve balls at you.


your options are many and exciting albeit a bit longer if you ride a bit off the beaten track and make your way up to steep point but then you can ride back along a different route?
anyway all the best and i am sure you will have a blast one way or the other.
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Old 07-24-2011, 05:23 AM   #34
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just throwing it out there, i like your choice of bike, im planing on doing wilsons prom to cape york next year on my drz400
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Old 07-24-2011, 05:26 AM   #35
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Costs.
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Old 07-24-2011, 05:38 AM   #36
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what are your thoughts about the Canning from Wiluna to Well 9, down to Carnegie, then the Gunbarrel to Warburton???

I've done that run on my 1150. would be a doddle on the DRZ and a lot more interesting than going up the GCR.

I would be a little concerned about prolonged running a high comp DRZ on shit fuel, and I suspect there will be a lot of places where you will only be able to get ULP or Opal.
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Old 07-24-2011, 05:50 AM   #37
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need to dig up that link from your trip to the first Desert Raid Howard, had some great info for anyone travelling up that way.
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Piston kit was about $150 with gaskets.
Staintune system http://www.staintune.com.au/prices.htm
Suspension tune, motor works & engine tune was approx $700-800 (can't remember exactly, but I'm sure it was under a grand all up.)
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Thanks for the info, sounds like it should make a lot of difference to the bike.
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I've done that run on my 1150. would be a doddle on the DRZ and a lot more interesting than going up the GCR.

I would be a little concerned about prolonged running a high comp DRZ on shit fuel, and I suspect there will be a lot of places where you will only be able to get ULP or Opal.
What rating is Opal?
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Old 07-24-2011, 06:09 AM   #41
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Hey Gadget, did you ride the 24 HR with a big tank? I was talking to a bloke at the Kapunda start a few years ago I'm sure he was from interstate on a DRZ with a 17 lt tank. Wondering if that was you.

I live at Port Augusta and if you need somewhere to crash and or service your bike on the way to start this epic adventure, you're welcome here.
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Old 07-24-2011, 06:13 AM   #42
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91 I think.
I guess you could use an octane booster.
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Old 07-24-2011, 06:15 AM   #43
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need to dig up that link from your trip to the first Desert Raid Howard, had some great info for anyone travelling up that way.
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What rating is Opal?
i have used copious amounts of opal in the wrr.FI with min ron 95 suggested. 29,000 kms later has never skipped a beat. i use injector cleaner now and then.
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Hey Gadget, did you ride the 24 HR with a big tank? I was talking to a bloke at the Kapunda start a few years ago I'm sure he was from interstate on a DRZ with a 17 lt tank. Wondering if that was you.

I live at Port Augusta and if you need somewhere to crash and or service your bike on the way to start this epic adventure, you're welcome here.
Thanks for the offer. I might just take you up on that.
As for the 24, do these look familiar?



I mucked up on that one though. I'd previously ridden the clubman, so loosly based my (rushed) prep on what I'd done with the TTR250. Due to work I didn't have the time on the bike to test the effectiveness and durability of what I'd set-up. I ended up with gearing that was way too tall for the tight stuff, and a driving light that kept turning left. As I hadn't had the electrics tweaked, the driving light was my high beam, while the standard light was my low beam.
Lesson one: there's no substitute to time on the bike, riding.
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