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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.
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..#1On 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 it’s own.#2If you start off on the KTM 1190 and do 7 seat hours, you’ll stop and get off on a patch of dirt.If you start off on the CT110 and do the 7 seat hours, you’ll 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, you’ll do it for an extra 3 days.Now, I’m 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 ? BTWHere’s a video of my partner Ann, riding the unregistered beast home from my storage shed to start the prep. https://youtu.be/14CfdjyXIFU
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~
It sounds like a marvelous trip Peter. I look forward to following it. Take care my friend.Derek
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
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!Tony
HuzoIf 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 .Steve
If you start off on the KTM 1190 and do 7 seat hours, you’ll stop and get off on a patch of dirt.If you start off on the CT110 and do the 7 seat hours, you’ll stop and get off on a patch of dirt.
Do you reckon I could...?
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 don’t let me lead😂
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?
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.
Dang, that sounds fun! 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. 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! When you're all done, post a highlight video for our enjoyment.
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.
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!
'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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