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Re: Cape to Cape..(to Cape..!)
« Reply #30 on: February 24, 2021, 08:08:30 AM »
Bit of a slip of the pen there NCdan?

What an adventure! "I love you" go with you!
Post every night with pictures.
Are you going alone?
 
If someone can ride one of those things from Sydney to London, I'm sure it will make the Cape to Cape. Happy Trails.
Lmbo Stubbie I just caught that and yes it was definitely the reason one should proofread read what they type prior to hitting the SEND button! Well I must admin ole Pete is  a lovable guy, (meant in the proper way)👍

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Re: Cape to Cape..(and back..)
« Reply #31 on: February 24, 2021, 08:17:15 AM »
The theory that says I have a screw loose is gaining momentum, but if I may apply the hand brake to that speeding train for just a moment.
What are the REAL barriers to this venture ?
The only differences that I see in doing this on a CT110 versus a KTM1190 are these..
#1
On the big bike you can carry more gear to offset some of the difficulties that motorcycle touring brings, but the size of the bike begins to attract issues of itís own.
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If you start off on the KTM 1190 and do 7 seat hours, youíll stop and get off on a patch of dirt.
If you start off on the CT110 and do the 7 seat hours, youíll stop and get off on a patch of dirt.
The eagle eyed among you will notice a subtle similarity. The difference is, on the little bike, youíll do it for an extra 3 days.
Now, Iím no Professor Brian Cox but if my math is correct, that equates to an extra 3 days in paradise each way...
Can someone point out where the bad bit is ? :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:
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Hereís a video of my partner Ann, riding the unregistered beast home from my storage shed to start the prep.
https://youtu.be/14CfdjyXIFU
I almost spit my coffee out in horror when she met those cars while riding on the wrong side of the road! Then it dawned on me you guys do it that way. If I ever get to visit with you and ride, please donít let me lead😂

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Re: Cape to Cape..(and back..)
« Reply #32 on: February 24, 2021, 12:32:58 PM »
 Begging everyone's pardon - not totally askew, but.

I'd enjoy knowing the 'Hammer' and drive line in your rig? Fuel mileage - how many gallons carried? Average speed? How often you stop, for a break.
Given the 'hazards by wildlife', might you care to comment. 

I've pulled some doubles, (tandem tanks w/dolly converters), but mostly 6 axles . Your set-up has got to be a bitch in a cross wind.

     Safe Travels,  R3~ 

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Re: Cape to Cape..(and back..)
« Reply #33 on: February 24, 2021, 01:23:10 PM »
Begging everyone's pardon - not totally askew, but.

I'd enjoy knowing the 'Hammer' and drive line in your rig? Fuel mileage - how many gallons carried? Average speed? How often you stop, for a break.
Given the 'hazards by wildlife', might you care to comment. 

I've pulled some doubles, (tandem tanks w/dolly converters), but mostly 6 axles . Your set-up has got to be a bitch in a cross wind.

     Safe Travels,  R3~
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B Doubles are better than semiís in cross winds. The swaying of one the trailer in cross wind, is damped out to some degree by the other...(some ďcountersteeringĒ involved... :evil:)
Wildlife...? Unavoidable...(hit them.. :sad:)
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Re: Cape to Cape..(and back..)
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« Reply #34 on: February 24, 2021, 01:35:53 PM »
It sounds like a marvelous trip Peter.  I look forward to following it.  Take care my friend.
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« Reply #35 on: February 24, 2021, 01:44:09 PM »
It sounds like a marvelous trip Peter.  I look forward to following it.  Take care my friend.
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Re: Cape to Cape..(and back..)
« Reply #36 on: February 27, 2021, 04:15:11 AM »
Tank has been fitted properly, but I find I need a new tap. The main and reserve on the under seat tank have been spliced into one and fed into the tap.
The top tank will go into the other input on the tap.
One will have to be careful when filling up, because if the tap on the under seat tank is left on, the main tank will siphon into it and overflow...!
But anyway here is the progress so far..






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« Reply #37 on: February 27, 2021, 05:53:39 AM »
Huzo,
Nice powerful looking truck you drove. I started in the 60's driving a Mack with two sticks, 5 and 2, hauling cattle. I think I made a nickel a mile and it took all day and part of the night to get 500 miles. Then hauled rock with a Mack with 5 X4 trans with a 211hp.
The old joke was going up hill we'd walk in front of the Mack with a can of Alpo enticing the bulldog to make it up the hill.

Good luck on your Cape to Cape. I know you'll do it unlike so many that I call "goona do". All talk and no miles!.

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Re: Cape to Cape..(and back..)
« Reply #38 on: February 27, 2021, 06:46:03 AM »
Huzo,
Nice powerful looking truck you drove. I started in the 60's driving a Mack with two sticks, 5 and 2, hauling cattle. I think I made a nickel a mile and it took all day and part of the night to get 500 miles. Then hauled rock with a Mack with 5 X4 trans with a 211hp.
The old joke was going up hill we'd walk in front of the Mack with a can of Alpo enticing the bulldog to make it up the hill.

Good luck on your Cape to Cape. I know you'll do it unlike so many that I call "goona do". All talk and no miles!.

Tex
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Re: Cape to Cape..(and back..)
« Reply #39 on: February 27, 2021, 05:29:15 PM »
Have a safe and fun trip!  I would love to be able to that.  I keep thinking that one day I would love to drive through Australia; I would have to drive since my lovely wife will not get on a motorcycle...
Keep us posted and send pics!
Good on you!
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Re: Cape to Cape..(and back..)
« Reply #40 on: February 27, 2021, 06:06:29 PM »
Have a safe and fun trip!  I would love to be able to that.  I keep thinking that one day I would love to drive through Australia; I would have to drive since my lovely wife will not get on a motorcycle...
Keep us posted and send pics!
Good on you!
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Thereíll be photoís, blogs and Go Pro.
Not to mention the odd humorous anecdote...

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Re: Cape to Cape..(and back..)
« Reply #41 on: February 27, 2021, 06:17:26 PM »
Huzo

If you make good time on the way up you could consider coming home via Cape Byron. That way you will have three of the four points done. Then when you have a free couple of weeks you can duck across to the north west cape and complete the set  :laugh:.

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« Reply #42 on: February 27, 2021, 06:33:49 PM »
Huzo

If you make good time on the way up you could consider coming home via Cape Byron. That way you will have three of the four points done. Then when you have a free couple of weeks you can duck across to the north west cape and complete the set  :laugh:.

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Re: Cape to Cape..(and back..)
« Reply #43 on: February 27, 2021, 06:51:58 PM »
If you start off on the KTM 1190 and do 7 seat hours, youíll stop and get off on a patch of dirt.
If you start off on the CT110 and do the 7 seat hours, youíll stop and get off on a patch of dirt.

The above quote shows that you have discovered something about life that so many of us, including me, struggle with.
That is to live in the moment. Why should we rush through life trying to finish it by smoko.

Do you reckon I could...?

By the map it will add an extra 600 clicks or so. For me I try not to do the same road if I can. It gives me more variety. If you want to and it is something you would enjoy there is no reason why you could not do it. If you find the run up the hill is not doing it for you just ship the bike home.

If you get any critics you will find that they only normally ride to the local coffee shop. This is your journey and I am envious. It is easy to come up with a list of excuses why I could not do it.

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Re: Cape to Cape..(and back..)
« Reply #44 on: February 27, 2021, 07:06:05 PM »
Well, this should be a good read coming up Peter.

Safe travels.  I suspect many will be following your trip with interest. :thumb:
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« Reply #45 on: February 27, 2021, 07:25:59 PM »
One day I'll do a long solo trip--when my working days are over, in a few (3-ish) years. I am fascinated with those panniers though, did you make them or buy  them?
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« Reply #46 on: February 27, 2021, 10:57:51 PM »
I almost spit my coffee out in horror when she met those cars while riding on the wrong side of the road! Then it dawned on me you guys do it that way. If I ever get to visit with you and ride, please donít let me lead😂
Same here. Every time a car came around a corner.
That looks like a nice place to live, with all that greenery.

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« Reply #47 on: February 27, 2021, 11:41:24 PM »
One day I'll do a long solo trip--when my working days are over, in a few (3-ish) years. I am fascinated with those panniers though, did you make them or buy  them?
They were a legitimate purchase from the same manufacturer that makes them for Australia Post.

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« Reply #48 on: February 28, 2021, 05:27:57 AM »
I had planned to leave on or about April 21.
This would have given me 5 weeks to do the trip, given that I have to be back by June 1 to go in for my shoulder surgery. Travelling in the latter part of April and into June is less than ideal from the point of view of the wet season.
It may be a better idea to take longer with the prep, and leave after the shoulder surgery.
Iím not looking forward to the shoulder job..(now if it had been on my head... :wink:).
Anyway....
Convalescing for 4 weeks in June and departing July 1, would mean Iíd be travelling in the ideal part of the year and the rivers would be at their lowest, also I would not be operating up against a return deadline... :clock:
It irks me a bit  to set the departure back and have the start further away, but I think it will pay dividends.
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The sprockets and chain have gone in the bin and new ones are going on. I notice that the little bike is pulling a 15 tooth front sprocket whereas standard is 14. Iíll go with that as a replacement but no bigger.
Front tyre is ok but itíll be getting a new rear, both will be coming off in Cairns to be replaced by semi knobby types.
The existing front tyre will be ok to get to Cairns, itís only 3,000 k.

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Re: Cape to Cape..(and back..)
« Reply #49 on: February 28, 2021, 06:41:56 AM »
Option 2 sounds like a sound plan Huzo.   I am certainly looking forward to the recount of the trip! 
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Re: Cape to Cape..(and back..)
« Reply #50 on: February 28, 2021, 08:26:44 AM »
Dang, that sounds fun! :bow: I'm jealous of your ability to go off and ride wherever your heart desires. If I were Ann, I'd be asking where my little zip-zip was. How long was the ride home in for her in that video you posted? The area looked lovely with all the trees and twisties, and I could almost smell the eucalyptus.
 
We have two friends (not a couple, much to his chagrin) who went on a month long national and state park tour of Arizona and Utah, this last summer, on their Vespas. Her bike preformed superbly, whilst his was a turd (still is), and both were fresh off the showroom floor. When looking through the beautiful photo album he made for her, how I wish my Hubs and I could have gone when they suggested it. Alas, we have three kids still at home. :tongue:
 
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« Reply #51 on: February 28, 2021, 09:55:35 AM »
 Gotta say I'm impressed with your adventure and agree option 2 has merits. You must have some serious miles or these bikes with your mail route, it's good to be so familiar with your ride. Your comment " stopped to close to night " resonates with me. Camping after dark can have you waking to surprises. 40+years ago me and my girlfriend took a trip to California far to late in the season so we trucked the bike as far as Nebraska where a young guy let us leave the truck. While still in the truck in the Black Hills of South Dakota we pulled into a campground in the dark but it was closed for the season. The washrooms were open and had power so we decided we would camp and if the owners showed up we could pay whatever the fee was. There were several "mounds" scattered thru the main camping area and we agreed on a spot. I started the truck to drive to the spot and my girlfriend said "That mound is a sleeping buffalo". Needless to say we sprung for a motel that night.
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« Reply #52 on: February 28, 2021, 12:28:48 PM »
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Gotta say I'm impressed with your adventure and agree option 2 has merits. You must have some serious miles or these bikes with your mail route, it's good to be so familiar with your ride. Your comment " stopped to close to night " resonates with me. Camping after dark can have you waking to surprises. 40+years ago me and my girlfriend took a trip to California far to late in the season so we trucked the bike as far as Nebraska where a young guy let us leave the truck. While still in the truck in the Black Hills of South Dakota we pulled into a campground in the dark but it was closed for the season. The washrooms were open and had power so we decided we would camp and if the owners showed up we could pay whatever the fee was. There were several "mounds" scattered thru the main camping area and we agreed on a spot. I started the truck to drive to the spot and my girlfriend said "That mound is a sleeping buffalo". Needless to say we sprung for a motel that night.
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« Reply #53 on: February 28, 2021, 12:52:22 PM »
Dang, that sounds fun! :bow: I'm jealous of your ability to go off and ride wherever your heart desires. If I were Ann, I'd be asking where my little zip-zip was. How long was the ride home in for her in that video you posted? The area looked lovely with all the trees and twisties, and I could almost smell the eucalyptus.
 
We have two friends (not a couple, much to his chagrin) who went on a month long national and state park tour of Arizona and Utah, this last summer, on their Vespas. Her bike preformed superbly, whilst his was a turd (still is), and both were fresh off the showroom floor. When looking through the beautiful photo album he made for her, how I wish my Hubs and I could have gone when they suggested it. Alas, we have three kids still at home. :tongue:
 
We'll require you to use WG as your pre-ride and ride diary. Once you're on the road, if you skip a day and there will be hell to pay! :thewife: When you're all done, post a highlight video for our enjoyment.
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Considering the bike is currently unregistered, it seemed like a long way... :copcar:
In reality, about 30 km. That section is about 3 minutes from home and yes, the smell of eucalyptus is very strong. The place is called Koala Park and is aptly named.
The time when you can leave your kids home alone is speeding towards you, keep the desire and be ready when the time comes. I reckon itís a bit like looking at something a long way ahead like a mountain, it seems to just sit there and never get any closer and just when you feel like youíre not getting anywhere...?
BANG...!
Itís at your doorstep.
Time is like distance, the rate at which it approaches feels exponential, the closer it gets the faster it appears. Before you know it the kidsíll be saying to you and Hubs...ĒGet on your bikes and get to buggery, weíre sick of you both under our feet....Ē
Stay happy, healthy and keen... :thumb:
BTW..
Last night I was talking to Serena Powis in London and she was saying that they were visiting a certain Nathan Millward, who just happens to be the bloke who decided..
 ON FOUR DAYS NOTICE...!
To ride his CT110 exactly the same as mine, home to London from Sydney. To me that beggars belief, but itís an indisputable documented fact.. he now runs organised CT 110 postie bike tours and rides the same bike around in North Devon where he lives.
The beaut thing about his epic is that he was nervous, unsure, unprepared, underprepared and clueless as to what he was about to do, but just got on the bike wearing an open face helmet, old coat, welders gloves ,rubber boots and just said **** it..!
Iím going.
The lovely thing is too, that he didnít claim it gave him any insight into the meaning of life or anything so hedonistic, he just said that it was a bloody long way and riding into London at the end of it all, you realise that you still get abused for not giving way...
Youíre nothing special.. Sort of puts it all back into perspective..
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« Reply #54 on: March 01, 2021, 02:30:37 PM »
Peter,
Get yourself a portable battery bank, 15000mah for charging phones,tablets etc, charge it while you are riding.
Mobil phone, who are you with? I found on my trip to NT via nth QLD that optus has snuck into a lot of smaller communities, Telstra isnt always available, neither work well 30 mins out of town, get a phone  that can handle 2 sims, one of each.
Pick up an epirb or other gps beacon just in case, because mobils are a paperweight out of town.
Fit a throttle lock, its nice to be able to get feeling back into your throttle hand every now and then.
Carry at least 6 litres of water.
Get off the road by 4 pm (roo oclock).
Enjoy, sounds like an epic trip.
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« Reply #55 on: March 01, 2021, 02:58:01 PM »
Peter,
Get yourself a portable battery bank, 15000mah for charging phones,tablets etc, charge it while you are riding.
Mobil phone, who are you with? I found on my trip to NT via nth QLD that optus has snuck into a lot of smaller communities, Telstra isnt always available, neither work well 30 mins out of town, get a phone  that can handle 2 sims, one of each.
Pick up an epirb or other gps beacon just in case, because mobils are a paperweight out of town.
Fit a throttle lock, its nice to be able to get feeling back into your throttle hand every now and then.
Carry at least 6 litres of water.
Get off the road by 4 pm (roo oclock).
Enjoy, sounds like an epic trip.
Hereís a funny thing about all this Pete..
When Iím in Europe on my Norge, I tend to carry everything I can to forestall the possibility of being stuck or inconvenienced and that philosophy has served me well over the years.
This one ďfeelsĒ different though..
I admit that I donít relish the thought of being stuck somewhere, but being on a relatively minuscule bike with comparatively small amount of gear, I am not gripped with the gnawing gut feeling that if something goes wrong, I am in a world of trouble..
Also, I have to be mindful of the carrying capacity from a weight and space perspective. I can fully envisage that at some point, the bike will be in a trailer being ferried into town, or secreted behind someoneís shop while I wait for some part to be delivered.
As for the charge thing..
The small voltage converter allows me access to full time 12V supply, so I can have the i pad at 100% continually.
On this trip I donít really need a GPS, you simply cannot get lost. The route to Cairns is very straightforward and there  are only two ways to get to Cape York from there.
I have done it in my 4WD Hilux.
The GPS is primarily to give distance information to overnight stops. Right now I am with Optus, but I like the idea of a Telstra sim as you suggest. As I mentioned earlier, I want this trip to be stripped back to basics as much as possible.

Update..
Yesterday I fitted a new o ring chain and sprockets and a rear tyre, $47 for a new Michelin was a nice change..
It will be coming off along with the front one in Cairns which is ďonlyĒ 3,000 kís. The dirt tyres are going on from there. I pulled the brakes out, wire brushed the shoes and roughed up the drum a bit, also greased the pivot spindles.
The front sprocket options for the CT are 14 or 15, trying to adapt taller gearing for lower revís is BS...
Oh BTW.
I had a long phone conversation with another old WG member who is gearing up to rendezvous somewhere along the track for the trip..
Whoops..I almost forgot to mention his name..Oh sorry no I didnít forget but Iíll bet yíall canít guess, Iíll leave my PR department to field the calls, his mechanical skills will be invaluable... :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:
Canít say too much, details are sketchy as we go to press...(you know what paparazzi can be like... :wink:)
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« Reply #56 on: March 02, 2021, 02:43:10 AM »
I can't believe no-one commented on the song playing on your video, The Orange and the Green!!! I haven't heard that for about 40 years!

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« Reply #57 on: March 02, 2021, 04:09:48 AM »
I can't believe no-one commented on the song playing on your video, The Orange and the Green!!! I haven't heard that for about 40 years!
That is on a CD I burned for Ann, the girl on the Honda.
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Re: Cape to Cape..(and back..)
« Reply #58 on: March 02, 2021, 12:46:51 PM »
'Alone' [never realley alone is good] totally dig it ,but have to admit for me Alone with my BEST Sozia of all ,is very prime aswell.
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Re: Cape to Cape..(and back..)
« Reply #59 on: March 02, 2021, 01:42:20 PM »
'Alone' [never realley alone is good] totally dig it ,but have to admit for me Alone with my BEST Sozia of all ,is very prime aswell.
Some people live in the city and are still alone.


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