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Old 09-20-2013, 06:09 AM   #46
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Friday 20 September.

Service day.
Got my oils/filters changed and screens cleaned, also plugged in to check any faults.
Went ok, till they found some aluminium (aluminum) in the screens, checked further and traced what I thought to be valve ticking was actually coming from the bottom end

Suspecting the primary nut could be loose.
Think this is what they mean?


Great service at Wayne Leonards here in Cairns,although it cost a bloody heap.
Must say, this duke has cost more in servicing than both my previous Ducati Hypermotard and my GS1200... but I still love it
So, i just have to stay here in sunny,hot,tropical North Queensland another week while they get warranty preapproval to open her up and hopefully only find a loose nut....

Meanhile, seems smoother with fresh oils.

Fault codes registered some history but no repitition, so no real problem there, I'd say it may have been dirty or water in the fuel(washing too vigorously?)

So, i'll check out more of those sights in town, oh there's some pretty things in flimsy tops....mmm....
Visit more tourist things, might consider a Cooktown visit or a trailbike tour to the Cape but think I might be a little too lazy for that..

Oh Ben2go, on dangerous animals, we have hundreds of poisonous snakes, one of which has the most potent venom in the world.we also have the most venomous spider, we're surrounded by many types of shark particularly the white pointer, the sunny northern beaches have very deadly box jellyfish...and although not deadly, if you drive/ride at night you probably have a very large %chance of being wiped out by one of thousands of nocturnal animals on the roads, kangaroo,wombat,emu,ferral cat,pigs... on the section of road up, about 700km I would say there was a roadkill every 10foot, thats a lot of death...

But its a beautiful country despite what could eat you in the night
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Old 09-23-2013, 07:02 AM   #47
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23 September....

Still hanging around Cairns, eagerly awaiting KTM to give the local shop warranty authority to go into my Duke and check its nuts

Shop tells me this could take a week or more...not bad hey..I'm hoping they might react a little sooner...

Meanwhile I'll just have to put up with this every morning....



And, as I'm still riding the rattlebox through shocking roads like these today...



And...



I think I'll put up with the 28degree (c) heat for another week or two...

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Old 09-25-2013, 08:58 PM   #48
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This my current view from my chauffeur'd Harley



26 September...
Duke stuck in the shop with the rocker arms removed and stuffed!
New ones on order, always a mystery if they're covered by warranty but a preapproval claim is underway, we'll soon find out.

I did think the noise was in the valve area, but primary nut checked ok, dug a bit deeper and found the rollers on the end of the rocker arms are flopping around, they'd soon be letting go... hopeful for a fix tomorrow.

Well, at least I'm not outback and snapped..

next pic should be on a Duke.
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Old 09-29-2013, 03:59 AM   #49
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Duke fixed, collected and feels great, a lot quieter, can actually hear the exhaust note over the engine noise now.
but, I expected a longer delay so booked into various touristy things to fill in the time, so here's a few happy snaps of some scenic areas around Cairns.

Saturday 28 Sept. Cairns Motor Show, a lot of seriously restored mustangs, cadillacs and a great showing of a lot of Kawasaki Z models, from Z900 onwards.. pix came out sh#t, maybe heatstroke got to me Lol
This one of a bunch of freestyle motocrossers, quite entertaining...


then did the camera around the neck, shorts, long sox and hat....(no, didnt have the long sox really...)
Took a restored train through the world heritage forests into a little town in the hills, very nice.


Old tracks first built around the 1890's, all hand cut, about 60 cuttings, 15 tunnels and some steep climbs crossing waterfalls along the way, all done by hand...not bad. About 38 workers died, some were buried under the tracks, so we rode the dead as well..

here's some hilights..




saw a lovely R65 cafe in the town, quite nicely finished..


And the rainforest station..


tomorrow back on the bike, do a few local miles to re instill some confidence in the reliability then I'll start the return 2500km+km journey during this week, back inland in the comfy dry heat...

expecting a nice hit and dry route, temps in the towns I'm staying at are hitting 36-39c (96-102 F)...but only around 12%humidity, nice!

More on the way.
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Old 09-30-2013, 12:40 AM   #50
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30 Sept. Last day in tropical (hot) paradise..

Took the Duke on a lovely ride around the mountains, went like a dream as expected...
Went up Kuranda, on thru Mareeba onto Mossman right in the thick of the heritage forests.


ending up coming along the winding coast road from near Port Douglas, enjoying the sea view for the last time in a while...



well, take off home tomorrow via various inland towns...
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Old 09-30-2013, 08:31 PM   #51
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Thanks for the Ride!

Hey Pete, just wanted to say "Thank You"....love your country, especially the outback, hinterland...my 90 year old mom visited your land down under on several occasions, and always told me, "If I had life to live over, I would go there and never come back"

Thanks Again....
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Old 10-01-2013, 12:01 AM   #52
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It's my pleasure Hoot, glad to share, it is an amazing country this land of Oz !!

Today I took off on the return ride home, back into the hot and dry outback area leaving the humidity on the coast, I don't function well in that climate although the places there are very nice!

Taking off around sunrise in the cool I encountered thick fog, slowed everything down to a crawl, but the pace soon picked up as I got closer to the dry heat, arriving here in Charters Towers, an old gold mining town, 35c and about 10%humidity, very nice!

Here's a nice morning shot


Then following the beaches along at Cardwell, nice spot.




and past Townsville with its enormous suburbian spread with traffic, lights, getting out into the Bush was fun..

Stopped for break... Miles from nowhere. ?


Then into Charters Towers where I took a motel room, a lazy day although I did only about 520kms, I got a bit tired along the way (old fart you know )

Not much of a pic but There's the town view...



relaxing now, do it all again tomorrow... The good life
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Old 10-02-2013, 05:45 AM   #53
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2nd October...
Left Charters Towers around 7.30, nice and cool as I ambled along the road..
This was 210km between fuels, I've rarely gone over a 200 so I kept it smooth and hoped..even though I had a spare 4 liters, didn't want to use it just a few km from the end..
Expecting 36c (96.8F), it was quite nice on the bike...

Stopping halfway, had a mild headache when I left, it soon became more annoying..needed to stop more often, drinking heaps and a good fix for the pain, peanut m&m's
Here's the bike at a rest stop..


As I approached the sign, 20km to go I upped the revs a little, haven't cruised on 90/100kmh before for that long..
rolled up at Beylando Crossing, just a fuel stop, motel and eatery, nice chat with some travellers, seems most of the grey nomads I've met along this ride have ridden at one time in their lives, sad to end it all towing a caravan hey
here's the first fuel stop...


By now it was quite warm, my head was pounding, but the ride continued to be fun, endless trees, vast flat plains, passing signs to other towns showing hundreds of kilometers... it's a big country!!

Not long before I found myself in Clermont, nice place, a few interesting sights..

a nice mural painted on four train carraiges...


The Commercial Hotel and the main street (?)


then went to the riverbank in the shade of the trees...a nice relax..



and check out this flood memorial marker, the white strip on the pole, when it floods here it's bigger than Texas



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Old 10-02-2013, 02:01 PM   #54
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2nd October,

somehow I cant edit these entries, but...

after leaving Clermont I made the short ride to Emerald, stopping again under some nice shade in Copella.


The day was warm as I arrived, taking a Motel in the middle of town for 2 nights allowing plenty of time to relax.

I did find that my rotopax 3.8L fuel container had swollen and stunk, so after cooling it off thru the night I tossed that fuel in the bike and washed the container, glad I want smoking too close to those fumes along the way

Well, relax day, check out the local sights, oil the chain and enjoy...

so far in one month on the road I've encountered no rain, that's a first

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Old 10-03-2013, 12:39 AM   #55
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Emerald, Qld.
3 October, lazy day

restored old railway station...


The BIG Van Gough..just an artform, they could've had a Big Wheat which is grown locally but a giant copy of the famous pic seemed a better idea..




this one place for Malloo Utes and hot sounding V8's, they're everywhere and sound so nice, I've not seen such a concentration of hotties in any other place I've seen. Nice

That's about it from Emerald, tomorrow its Viva Roma..well, the Aussie version...
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Old 10-04-2013, 02:25 AM   #56
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October 4.

A short day, just around 400kms from Emerald to Roma.

Leaving in a cool breeze, I actually put on a jumper and warmer gloves,but the blue skies continued as the day warmed up.

Stopping in Springsure, had a relax near some old town buildings,
this one from about 1890, love the old cottages!


Another view


Continuing along toward Injune, the traffic increased, we have a long weekend coming up and school holidays ending as well, so lots of folk on the road to somewhere.

Despite the short ride I got stuck at various roadworks, dull and boring, escort vehicles leading the long convoy thru bloody muddied gravel roads and detours...the bike soon looked like it had been off road!


Lots of rivers and no water, this a dry country at present..


This would be a water view any other time..

Hit the motel in Roma and relaxed, not a mega trip day but fun just be out in the countryside!
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Old 10-04-2013, 02:58 AM   #57
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Final leg.
Leaving Roma on a cool 6.5c sunny morning, was good to ride the long quiet roads with a few layers on.
After only about 70km I came into a little township Glenmorgan, where these nice old cars were all gathered as if they were lined up at an old fuel stop. Was a little museum with motoring artifacts from fun times past..

Onward thru sparsely vegitated long flats,memories of the ride up on those never ending straights!
I soon came onto The Gums Store, a corner store and fuel miles from nowhere.

Took few pics, but as it got warmer it got quite hot,stopping about 80km from Goondiwindi I stripped out of my layers and continued with open vents into Goondi...

Part 2

Passing by this large city,fuelled and stopped a little way further for a break,checking maps and confirming the distance home, I was in the mood to get back to my comforts and a nice home cooked meal, its been 5 or so weeks since I cooked anything,made my bed or hosed the garden..sounds lame but I enjoy the simple things between my rides away..life's good in my town, Walcha!

The trip back from Cairns was not as captivating as the one going north,it might have been because I was finishing the trip, I do think I got too hot in the tropics, not my favorite climate.

Got home that afternoon, after about 6500km,overall I think it was a great time,I could've continued riding the outback forever, the dry heat, vast countryside, friendliest folk!

First trip without a sore butt, no rain the entire time and the longest journey on the smallest bike I ever had, only issue was aching wrists at times, otherwise remarkably comfy for such a small bike!



that's the Duke near home, back on a different holiday.

Thanks for enjoying :)
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Old 10-11-2013, 12:57 AM   #58
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the end...



That's Duke at Glenmorgan, stepping back in time..

I doubled a post and edited it with the final leg but it wouldn't post for some reason, but it does now.

Well, that's it for now. Funny thing, after all those miles I thought I'd trade the Duke but despite the rocker arm issue I still like it..

ciao for now
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