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Old 12-09-2012, 09:13 PM
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Default Ride Report - Melbourne to Townsville (return) 9

Day Nine (23 / 11 / 2012) Gilgandra – Werribee

Friday 23 November

I woke at 0600 and tried to sleep until 0630 when I got up, had a cup of tea, a fruit box and a glass of water. I packed most up, then packed SUZI except for clothing and then showered and dressed. I finished packing SUZI, warmed her up and was off at 0755.
It was a good run to Dubbo, where I filled up at Shell (had to wait to turn right at the roundabout) and cleaned the windscreen (but not as well as the servo attendant at Forbes). Then it was Hungry Jacks for breakfast (Whopper value meal) and to load up on Fanta (no Coke).
As I was leaving, I chatted to two brothers from Forbes who were in Dubbo to take their mother out for her 80th birthday. Then I was off, through Parkes and Forbes and into West Wyalong. Before there, I pulled over in a rest area to go to the toilet and oil the chain. On the way out I heard a motorcycle horn toot. As I pulled into the servo I saw another bike there, so after filling and paying, I chatted to Paul. He had a nearly new BMW 1200 GS, tricked up (farkled) with metal panniers, a heavy-duty duffle, a small cover pack, tank bag, SatNav and driving lights. He was from Brisbane and off to Broome for six months for work. It was his rundown/shakedown trip, to determine what was really necessary (different for every individual). After discussing items and routes (he was going through Melbourne), we parted with him going first. Within ten minutes he was out of my sight, but I caught up to him while he was stopped, eating fruit before a checkpoint. I continued on and into Jerilderie. Here I bought a paper. Then I was into Findley and Tocumwal, where a huge roundabout was being constructed. Once over the border, a police car had pulled a vehicle over and a dog handler was bringing a dog up to the car. Then just north of the junction with the Murray Valley Highway, police had pulled over a number of cars, which were in various stages of unpacking/packing. I got into Shepparton and had a meal at Hungry Jacks again (small this time). Then it was fill up at Shell and off on the ride home. This was familiar territory, so I tried to take special care. The ride home was routine – except that just near Beveridge, a girl in a black hatchback (ZDZ 140) waved at me but didn’t realise I would see her. I waved back and she looked amazed and gave me a “thumbs up”, which I reciprocated. The driver was on green Ps. Then it was onto the Ring Road and the Princes Freeway. The final drive home was marred by a driver and passenger both texting at the Palmers Road roadworks (it’s easy to see from higher and closer on a bike). At just before 2000 I pulled into the drive, turned SUZI around and parked her, gave her a pat and switched her off. I rang Fran to relieve her mind and Mike to tell him I was safely home.

My trip was over.
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Old 12-09-2012, 09:16 PM
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Default Well, that was it!

Finished - "did it in each day" parts due to photos - but still managed to get some onto the wrong pages.
Hope some of you enjoy it. Next time I'll take a photo of me gasping by the roadside and a passerby pouring water down my parched throat - and blank out the cars, trucks, bikes and camera crew around me.

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Excellent RR Douggie. Great trip. I am envious. Good to read of the RACQ total support when troubled by punctures. Rod
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Excellent RR Douggie. Great trip. I am envious. Good to read of the RACQ total support when troubled by punctures. Rod
Thanks Rod Took me nearly as long to write as do. Next time - better notes, more photo, more time (less punctures, as I'll now carry a repair in a bottle = no punctures until I forget it).

Complete set of photos at Townsville Trip November 2012 - a set on Flickr
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Great report. If I'd known you were up here I could have taken you up into the cool rainforest for a ride (dirt). The road from T/ville to Clermont is a killer in the heat. I did it a while back and only saw two cars in 370kms between Charters Towers and Clermont. Thank goodness the Wee has a good touring range. I hate the Brce Hwy but even it is better IMHO than the road through Belyando Crossing.

I stopped at the pub in Capella for lunch, I ordered the special of the day "Crumber Steak" and that is the only thing that was served on the plate. With out a doubt the worst pub lunch in Australia.

A couple of years ago I posted the idea of forum members who could help out fellow members if they ran into trouble whilst on tour and was more or less informed that everybody belongs to some sort of roadside assistance deal RACQ etc. However if any of you are planning a trip up here in the future drop me a line and I'll give you my mobile number JUST IN CASE you find youself in the poo and need some help that isn't available from the auto clubs etc.
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Great report. If I'd known you were up here I could have taken you up into the cool rainforest for a ride (dirt). The road from T/ville to Clermont is a killer in the heat. I did it a while back and only saw two cars in 370kms between Charters Towers and Clermont. Thank goodness the Wee has a good touring range. I hate the Brce Hwy but even it is better IMHO than the road through Belyando Crossing.

I stopped at the pub in Capella for lunch, I ordered the special of the day "Crumber Steak" and that is the only thing that was served on the plate. With out a doubt the worst pub lunch in Australia.

A couple of years ago I posted the idea of forum members who could help out fellow members if they ran into trouble whilst on tour and was more or less informed that everybody belongs to some sort of roadside assistance deal RACQ etc. However if any of you are planning a trip up here in the future drop me a line and I'll give you my mobile number JUST IN CASE you find youself in the poo and need some help that isn't available from the auto clubs etc.
Thanks Justdrew.

Unfortunately my punctures (well, the time lost) and my lack of faith in string repairs (now firmly held) meant I only ended up with the one day in Townsville. But I have friends all the way along the coast (Gold Coast, Brisbane, TinCan Bay, Hervey Bay, Mackay and Townsville, so I'm sure SUZI and "I'll be back" (written with an Austrian Arnold accent).

I really appreciate the offer of assistance and would probably list it as Plan 3A - plus of course, a lot of people just don't have membership of an auto club. I'd hate to annoy anyone just to find I could get out by myself (other emergency plans include bartering with empty trucks as a paid backload -often very quick). I did quite a bit of dirt riding on the way up - roadworks!

I'll check out the food in Capella when I go through - but I can definitely recommend the pub food in Coonamble.

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Thanks for the detailed RR,

You are not the first rider to knock the kill switch to "off" & then scratch your head as to what’s wrong, I’ve also done it at 100kmph hour and got that sinking feeling as the bike "just died" ... after rolling to a stop I noticed the kill switch, much to the amusement of my pillion passenger.

Here is a cheap puncture repair kit that gets you going in under 10 minutes; I have put many miles on these plugs before finally getting a workshop repair (unlimited puncture repairs are covered with Swann Tyre & Rim insurance)

https://www.tomcatdistribution.com.a...t-tire-plugger
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Nice RR, bugger about the flats, but thats life I guess. Personally I would steer clear of the repair in a can type and stick with the sticky string type. I know the squirmy feel very well. I also have done the kill switch thing somewhere in the north of Vic was coming down a mountain and somehow managed to bump the kill switch enough to kill the engine ( on my SV650 ) but not enough to fully rock the switch over, ended up coasting for several ks in neutral till I hit the bottom where my riding partner was waiting and wondering WTF was going on it wasnt till she said have you tried the kill switch that I got the bike going again. I had completely forgotten about this till I read your report.
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Nice RR, bugger about the flats, but thats life I guess. Personally I would steer clear of the repair in a can type and stick with the sticky string type. I know the squirmy feel very well. I also have done the kill switch thing somewhere in the north of Vic was coming down a mountain and somehow managed to bump the kill switch enough to kill the engine ( on my SV650 ) but not enough to fully rock the switch over, ended up coasting for several ks in neutral till I hit the bottom where my riding partner was waiting and wondering WTF was going on it wasnt till she said have you tried the kill switch that I got the bike going again. I had completely forgotten about this till I read your report.
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The repair is in a bottle, not a pressure can. I didn't want a pressure can because where I intend to do some riding, the pressure can would get too hot. Even if it doesn't seal the tyre, I'm working on two presumptions: 1) the colour oozing out will show me where the hole is (so I can repair it with a string) without using up water (I'm paranoid about having sufficient water with me to drink); 2) If I have every possibility covered, I'll probably never get another puncture!

I'm glad I'm not the only forgetful one. I was starting to think dementia was hitting me early - fancy forgetting my "cockpit drill"!

I'm wondering why only non-bikers have made comment about sleeping on concrete in full gear - do all bikers do it at some stage and accept it as normal?
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Great report. If I'd known you were up here I could have taken you up into the cool rainforest for a ride (dirt). The road from T/ville to Clermont is a killer in the heat. I did it a while back and only saw two cars in 370kms between Charters Towers and Clermont. Thank goodness the Wee has a good touring range. I hate the Brce Hwy but even it is better IMHO than the road through Belyando Crossing.

I stopped at the pub in Capella for lunch, I ordered the special of the day "Crumber Steak" and that is the only thing that was served on the plate. With out a doubt the worst pub lunch in Australia.

A couple of years ago I posted the idea of forum members who could help out fellow members if they ran into trouble whilst on tour and was more or less informed that everybody belongs to some sort of roadside assistance deal RACQ etc. However if any of you are planning a trip up here in the future drop me a line and I'll give you my mobile number JUST IN CASE you find youself in the poo and need some help that isn't available from the auto clubs etc.
Justdrew

I chose to go via Belyando Crossing as a few months before, roadworks on the Bruce Highway shot my schedule to pieces, taking up to two hours a day from my car travel times. The car was air-conditioned - on SUZI I was like an egg (three stationary minutes and I was cooked!).

The road was quite busy. When I was waiting for the RACQ, there was a vehicle about every five minutes. Most were good and slowed down, but while I was working I didn't need assistance, and once I had found out I couldn't finish the job myself, the first car took the message. After that, there wasn't really anything anyone else could do, although when I ran out of cool water I was ready to stop someone to swap hot water for cool.

The funniest thing though, which I didn't mention, was dealing with the RACV TotalCare for accommodation. The operator confused Clermont with Claremont (in WA) and was telling me there were plenty of places to stay. It took a few minutes to convince her I was in central Queensland. I should have known because, helping someone out on the Nullabour, an operator in Adelaide wanted to know where the suburbs of Nundroo and Nullabour were, and why the driver couldn't ring up on his own mobile! Opening a road map, or even an atlas, seems beyond some people's ability.

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