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Old 05-01-2010, 08:22 PM   #316
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Trail riding in the Coffs region is always great and we have endeavoured to get down there and link a few tracks together in recent months .









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Old 05-01-2010, 08:26 PM   #317
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A scouting run for the Motorcycling Against Cancer - Northern Rivers relay stage. It had been a while since I used some of these tracks and unfortunately they are well on the way to being reclaimed by the rainforest.





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Motorcycling Against Cancer - Northern Rivers Relay Stage

Motorcycling Against Cancer - Northern Rivers Relay Stage


Moonlight filtered through the forest canopy above but it was no substitute for daylight. A trio of exhausts rumbled in the darkness as three strands of light struggled to light up the next obstacle. On a rocky descent, feeble dirt bike headlights shone out into the night sky as we crested a series of overgrown erosion mounds. Blind faith was required for those brief few seconds until the lights returned to terra firma and illuminated a path through the ruts and boulders. I glanced over at Matt and his newly acquired WR, wondering what he must be thinking. Due to our creative navigation and my distinct lack of time management skills on the trail, Damon and I are used to riding in the dark but Matt was new to the idea. The L plate taped to the plastic fuel container on the back of his bike confirmed that he was a recent convert to road riding and I suspect his prior dirt riding experience was mostly conducted during daylight hours. Concerned that we may be over stepping the boundaries on his maiden adventure ride, I stopped to check on his progress and was happily surprised to see a helmet full of bright eyes and silly grin. Looks like we have another convert!

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Old 05-01-2010, 08:34 PM   #319
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Laugh wow

this is what i juss bought the klr650 for to get out in the bush, get dirty, i know im gunna drop the mongrel a few times, but thats why i bought the old girl 88 model 1100 Bucks, this post is awesome, i am a virgin rider at the age of 43, these posts are juss huge, your pictures will take me to those places unitl i can ge tthere soon, 3 weeks and im onroad :)

cant wait till i can post up some of my own pics n posts :) everyone thus far i have met on this site have been legends :)

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Old 05-01-2010, 08:54 PM   #320
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Like anything new, an initiation into adventure riding can come with a steep learning curve. It started early in the morning as we caught him picking up his bike on a particularly tricky left hander on the crest of a dirt road. The skid marks told the tale as Matt looked up sheepishly. He had hit the anchors on the approach but once he run out of track, the slick wet grass took over and a slow speed low side quickly followed. As we straightened a misaligned hand guard, I offered that the run off wasn’t too bad if you stand it up and go straight on down over the bank. Damon looked up at me with a grin and I realised that with this simple statement I may have given away a previous misdemeanour .

Continuing on with the ‘expect the unexpected’ theme, his next slip up occurred when the track in front him disappeared into a four foot hole, full of trail shrapnel and debris. Matt took evasive action but it was all in vein as the 250 again flicked him to the ground.


Another lesson came at the hands of a wayward logging truck on a winding stretch of dirt road. I was following Matt as he disappeared around a blind corner and when I saw the whites of the drivers’ eyes a split second later as he barrelled past in the middle of the road it was clear that the left wheel rut was the place to be. Learning quickly he was later caught out by a slippery wheel rut but it was clear that his trail skills were rapidly on the improve .


It was obvious though throughout the day that the benefits far outweighed the couple of spills early in the piece. We started with the handover by the Queensland contingent of the Motorcycling Against Cancer baton in Tabulam. We had originally organised to lead a ride south through to Nymboida, before handing it over for the next leg of the relay. They seemed like a great bunch of riders and it was unfortunate that niggling mechanical issues and a lack of time prevented them from completing the Northern Rivers stage with us. The concept of this event is great with plenty of funds being raised for Cancer research and support services so it would be great to see it build momentum in years to come.

We pulled in for lunch beside the Clarence and seeing as though we were travelling light as a trio of dirt bikes, we opted for a big loop over the Washpool that I had scouted in the weeks before the relay.




Rain in recent years has really taken its toll on this area with ruts forming in the traditionally good quality 4WD track that would swallow an enduro bike, ans it's rider! We tip toed our way down through the greasy red mud and crossed the river at Lionsville.


With the rate of regrowth along the trail, it won’t be long before it is consumed by the forest, just like the remnants of the Malara Tops township that used to sit atop the ridge and be home for many thousands during the gold rush era.

While it was certainly an interesting trek down the mountain, surrounded by lush rainforest and the sound of a lone whip bird, it did consume some time and as a result the sun was drawing low by the time we reached Jackadgery for fuel.


Fuel and jacket liners went in at the servo as we set off in the dark for Nymboida via a weathered forest road. As luck would have it, we turned up in time to get a solid feed and a comfy bed at the Coaching Station. We have stayed here a couple of times in the past due to it’s proximity to some great riding and have always been impressed by the service and facilities.

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Old 05-01-2010, 09:06 PM   #321
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G'Day Ray,

That three weeks will seem like a lifetime if you are reading ride reports on Advrider . Good luck with KLR, I reckon you will have a great time out there exploring on it.

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Old 05-01-2010, 09:19 PM   #322
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Great set of reports... Best pictures ever

Burren Rider,

Those were good reports and even better photos. Keep up the nice rides... it keeps us all on our toes, trying to do as well.

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Old 05-01-2010, 09:45 PM   #323
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Full size version? I would nominate this one for front page material if you do!
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Old 05-01-2010, 11:09 PM   #324
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G'Day Ray,
That three weeks will seem like a lifetime if you are reading ride reports on Advrider . Good luck with KLR, I reckon you will have a great time out there exploring on it. Cheers,
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Indeed they will Danny, i get most of the parts this coming friday, so should be all on the bike by Mon-Tuesday the next week, cannot wait, i am juss looking at GPS's right now, and a few things i wanna finish but hell yeah 3 weeks sounds like an eternity lol here is ma baby!!!!! Nice big tank, get me going along way ! and a solid old girl 88 model!!! thanks for the pics n posts :)
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Old 05-02-2010, 07:38 PM   #326
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Our return trip started with beautiful blue skies and the crisp mountain air that fills your lungs and makes you happy to be alive. We headed via the forest to Glenreagh and then branched off onto a string of trails that were just awesome.




We ducked and weaved through a series of forestry trials and well worn single track after that before stumbling upon the old Timbertop railway station, lying dormant in the forest.


We paddled our way through a water logged link up trail and all had a laugh at our near, and not so near, misses in the mud filled bogs.




Fuel in Glenreagh was followed by Sherwood Forest Road as it climbed up the sandstone escarpment and crossed a couple of crystal clear, sand filtered creeks reminding me of the ones on Fraser Island.




The GPS pointed us in the general direction of the coast but we followed our instincts via a tangled web of single trail to get there.




We stopped at a clearing in the forest and wondered about the silence behind us when Matt arrived sporting a slightly used radiator guard. Being the compassionate characters we are, Damon and I made a few disparaging remarks about depreciation on the WR after it's latest altercation with an errant tree stump. Radiator guards are well worth the money in case you are wondering.


Coming out of the forest on top of a Banana plantation gave us our first glimpse of the ocean as we descended off the range and headed for the Barcoongerie Way.


We called in to show Matt the Jonas Zillinskas monument, constructed from bottles and render, as it really is worth a look if you are in the area. Local legend has it that a Lithuanian tightrope walker, Jonas Zillinskas, constructed the statue while working in the forest in the 1960's. The story also mentions his limited work attire, which consisted soley of a pair of gum boots, and his trapeze antics during spare time. While it all sounds a little strange, the statue is certainly impressive and peering up into the forest canopy reveals steel cable attachments where wires once spanned? Naturally, being free thinkers, we devised our own explanations. Damon thought it was inspired by aliens due to the four fingers on the hand pointing to the sky, I figured it was captured from a really early episode of the 'Simpsons' and Matt sat back quitely hoping we would get home before dark. Our ideas may have been out there but Matt's was definately wrong .


From there it is a good run north with only a couple of kilometres of bitumen required to make it all the way to Tyndale north of Grafton. We transferred a bit of fuel into Matt’s WR after getting sidetracked in a coastal swamp and pulled up for a late lunch of two minute noodles on a ridge overlooking the ocean and Brooms Head.


By the time we reached the highway, daylight was once again drawing dim and we still had an hour and a half till home. We followed the reassuring glow of the GPS into the forest once more for a short cut that turned a bit hairy as we ploughed though a continuos chain of water logged bog holes in the dark. Not game to stop for fear of a Matt Mutiny, Damon and I leap frogged the intersections through the forest until we were once again on bitumen and the lights of Casino were soon before us.

Parting company with Matt and his battle worn WR it was great to see that he was buggered but still in good spirits. I have fond memories of my first adventure rides and I reckon one day he might too, although it might be a week or two and a solid application of paw paw cream away!
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Amazing photo. I put in on the front page.

I know this is almost 4 years old, but I'm trying to imagine you doing this with the DRZ400 and the Safari 30 litre tank, emptyish.

I think you might have a flotation problem....
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The mighty DRZ rode over it like it wasn't even there .

The XR stopped just after that photo and had to be resucitated on the other side.


The previous owner of the XR had even less success at that crossing, I think it was jinxed

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The mighty DRZ rode over it like it wasn't even there .
Perhaps I should have said "bouyancy" rather than flotation. I guess the tank acts a bit like a pair of floaties (water wings to the Americans)! Still 30 litres of empty tank isn't really going to float a 130kg bike.
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Old 07-05-2010, 12:56 AM   #330
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Danny,
One day when I get a bike I might give you a hoy and get you to show me this spot... I've got a thing for old railway stations and that is very different! probably has something to do with my old man being a Station Master with NSW Railways for all those years.

I've missed so much of what you have been doing that I'm subscribing to this to keep up with your latest!

Love your work!
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