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Old 03-31-2014, 04:44 AM   #1
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Around Australia on a Tenere 660

I have recently bought a new XTZ660 Tenere and am planning to ride around Australia. I'll be heading south from Brisbane to Melbourne and Tasmania, across to Adelaide and then up the red centre to Darwin. Then over to Perth and back up to the north coast of Queensland...ideally... Any tips for such a tour would be very welcome. i.e. necessities, especially for driving up the centre of Australia? How much water, fuel etc...types of tools I should have with me? Driving techniques...any information is welcome. I am installing two Yamaha side panniers for storage and will probably get a tank bag to balance weight distribution...
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Old 04-02-2014, 01:51 PM   #2
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I´m not an expert on Oz... but I once rode through the country years ago. Doing the outback routes is a whole different ballgame than just following the main highways, especially on the desert areas, and even more so, if you´ll travel solo. It is a challenge, that one should not underestimate. And I never went to the far north, but it is my understanding, that rainy season really does affect things in those parts, even main roads can be cut off sometimes, and trails are likely impassable, if you get heavy rains.
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Old 04-04-2014, 10:36 PM   #3
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When you say up the red centre to Darwin are you talking about off road or on the main highway? And what time of the year do you intend to do it? If the Teneres seat is anything like a lot of other bike seats you should start sitting on a house brick 6 hours a day to toughen up your arse for the torture ahead.
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Old 04-07-2014, 05:27 AM   #4
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If you are planning on riding in TAS, then give the Western Explorer Road a look (http://www.transport.tas.gov.au/__da...ochure_web.pdf). The Western Explorer Road was closed due to several landslides for quite a while, however, today; 07-Apr-2014 I received the following email from Graeme Nibbs from the Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources (TAS) and was advised of the following:

"I am pleased to advise that the Western Explorer has been repaired and was re-opened for traffic this afternoon."


Thank God, because I'll be on it in a weeks time.


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Old 04-07-2014, 05:40 AM   #5
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I think posting this in the Aus forum would get a lot more advice
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Old 04-07-2014, 06:58 AM   #6
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I think posting this in the Aus forum would get a lot more advice
Agreed... still finding my feet here. Thanks for the notification.

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Old 04-08-2014, 12:52 AM   #7
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Hey DT, I was really just trying to let the OP know

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Agreed... still finding my feet here. Thanks for the notification.

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Old 04-11-2014, 07:32 PM   #8
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Take more fuel, and some extra fuel, and fuel filters inline clear jobs to see what mess you get in some servos( standard fare even in city), and some extra fuel.
Find a sheep along the way and skin it... It'll save your a..
I have a horse saddle single seat, good for 8hrs, but some extra plushness is always welcome.
Don't ride at night in the centre.
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