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Old 06-25-2006, 06:43 PM   #1
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Brindabella exploring

After completing the NSW Offorad training course last weekend I thought I should get out there and practice a few of the skills we learnt, ie. skids and wheelies. I moved to Canberra a little over 3 years ago and ever since, the Brindabellas have beckoned for riding trips, but being new to bikes I've been quite cautious in my forays so far.

So with the confidence of my new MT21s underneath me I picked a point off in the hills and set out yesterday afternoon. My intended destination was McIntyres Hut (S35 15.949 E148 44.275) and reports on the net indicated that the tracks are steep. It seems like a pretty popular 4wd destination but being so cold at the moment I didn't expect there to be much traffic. Wrong. Bikes and Nissan Patrols everywhere. At least there'd be someone to pick up the pieces if I come to grief!




I rode up to Picadilly Circus and headed off towards Brindabella.




I wasn't sure what the name of the track I needed to turn off on was but this one was a likely candidate.






The track started getting steeper and steeper and soon I was hanging way back and trying not to lauch off the huge water bars. At the bottom I came to Flea Creek and crossed a couple of water crossings and found an awesome little area by the Goodradigbee river. I'll definately be back here for a swim and fish next summer.








I spoke to a couple of guys on trail bikes and they said it was still a fair way to the Hut and it was starting to get late so I thought I'd ride on for another half hour and see how far I got.





I decided that I'd come back another day with a bit more time up my sleeve and maybe some extra fuel in case my estimations were wrong. So I turned around and headed back down the ridge to Flea Creek then back to Picadilly Circus.



There are a couple of Power line trails leading off form this area so I took a look and found a seriously rutted and muddy uphill around the corner.



There's no way I would have attempted this a month before but I made it to the top without dropping it and was so excited I had to take another picture looking down the slop.



Should I keep going...why not.






The track wound down and around the other side of the hill and provides access to the power lines strung across the valley. I knew this track would eventually come out on the main road so I kept on going.






I decided to leave while I was still alive and headed back down the hill towards home...where to next weekend.

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Old 06-25-2006, 07:07 PM   #2
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I think when it warms up I might have to go for a ride out that way.

Nice report
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Old 06-25-2006, 07:08 PM   #3
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Another neat looking bike we can't get in the U.S. What is it? Honda 650 with dual pipes? Is the high front fender standard? How much fuel does it hold?
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Old 06-25-2006, 07:18 PM   #4
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2whlrcr - the bike (Honda NX650 Dominator) is available in the US but I'm not sure which years they where produced, mine's a 95. The high guard isn't standard and I had to make some spacers so it didn't interfere with the faring. I thought it might create some problems at speed but at 100kmph it feels solid. The tank is only 16 litres and aftermarket tanks are pretty scarce.
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Old 06-25-2006, 07:29 PM   #5
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LC8Lewy - let me know when you're in town and we can hook up for a ride. Hopefully I should have a few more trails reccie'd by then as well.
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Old 06-25-2006, 08:01 PM   #6
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Capital report Kapitaal !

Always liked the Dominators, yours looks in nice condition.

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Old 06-25-2006, 08:18 PM   #7
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Old 06-25-2006, 08:30 PM   #8
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Kapitaal

Great pics and the Domi looks nice . . . almost a stealth Domi

Well done. You can post other reports . . . . .

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Old 06-25-2006, 09:05 PM   #9
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LC8Lewy - let me know when you're in town and we can hook up for a ride. Hopefully I should have a few more trails reccie'd by then as well.
Will do.
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Old 06-25-2006, 10:12 PM   #10
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Ditto on the nice report comment.
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Old 06-26-2006, 01:15 AM   #11
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Nice looking bike. I really like that high fender, they should all look like that.
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Old 06-26-2006, 04:16 AM   #12
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Onyah top first report

Top of Mt Corees pretty nice too!
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Old 06-26-2006, 04:19 AM   #13
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Noice!

Nice report and great photos Kapitaal. No wonder the Brindabellas were beckoning you to explore them. Looks like a nice place to ride!

Good Skills!

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Old 06-26-2006, 07:55 AM   #14
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Good one.

I think I need to do one of those courses (might teach me not to fall over every ride )
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Old 09-11-2006, 02:42 AM   #15
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Great photos Kapitol.

I have heard of the Brindabellas but not ridden that area...I shall do so this summer.
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