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post #11 of 27 Old 08-14-2011, 10:08 PM
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what hot barmaid ????





The only person I seen working the bar on Saturday night needed a shave.
Unless you blokes went somewhere else after we parted on Sunday.


Excellent ride, a little faster average then my comfort zone and I found myself concentrating solely on the 50 metres on the gravel in front of me and not having a look around as I like to do. I am keen do do some of these roads again soon, but on my own and at my pace. I have been known to piss-off grannies in Winnabagos when I decide to go slow.

After the main team shot through, Dominator rider (Warwick?) and I had lunch at the Drake pub, $4.00 for a BLT . we went home via Paddys Flat and through Beaudesert. There was a fatal accident (bike) outside of Beauy and the highway was closed, so we detoured around Sandy Creek.

A great weekend, feeling very old and tired today. You know you've had a big time when you don't feel like taking the bike to work on Monday and opt for the car.

Thanks to Gold Coast Suzuki for putting on the ride, Mal really goes the extra mile for the local riding community and all he asks in return is that we shop locally. Fair enough. We need to get behind local bike shops like his or in a short time there just won't be one down the road anymore.

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I meant that reception lady who helped serve dinners .... The one that interrupted Howard's chain of thought every time she went past.

Warning: thread hijack ahead

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I meant that reception lady who helped serve dinners .... The one that interrupted Howard's chain of thought every time she went past.
Ahh.... yes. Lovely lass she was.
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Lordy lordy Hi all, when we last spoke to Steve & Pete before the start I was so sad we werent going :cry:: Reading this lot Im sure the Widow would have spat us off for sure when it saw its Brothers behaving like rodeo bulls!!!!
Gees Chef and all the other wounded, my thoughts are with you, took me ages to get over my shoulder injury after our oopsy.
We wish you a speedy recovery see yas soon.
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But.......

When too much adventure is barely enough!
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What a read

I am enjoying the read, thanks for posting and starting it off Steve. I was missing not going when out for dinner on Sat night with my mate Rob (still no Ducati delivery - not happy), but now... I am with Garry and Hiew, maybe it was a blessing - although it still sounded like fun. Sorry to hear you are injured Gareth, when you get well enough we should come down for a brekkie with you.

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G'day Gary, how was Byron?

Before we get carried away with this being the ride from hell I think I should explain a couple of things.

We had about twenty riders and from the start there was the choice to join either group A, or group B.
Group A occasionally departed the more formed gravel roads to do the technical 4x4 trail sort of stuff, this group included most of the DR's and Steve and Gareth on their Stroms, and the guys on the Aprillas. It was in these sections that most of the unfortunate things happened. And it must be said, they were all just that, unfortunate incidents. Where Gareth broke his leg, he was negotiating around a tree root on the trail at slow speed, just bad luck. Steve's off was a basic fall-over, again at low speed, due more to road tyres more than anything else. Both were well within their skill level at the time.
Group B were doing the kind of roads we Strommers are all used to, well formed gravel and back-road tar.
I went with this group, as did Howard and Graham, and at no time was I out of my depth, except as I mentioned earlier I generally like to ride a little slower, I like to smell the roses.
Had you been with us Trevor and Gary, you would not have had a problem, but you would have come home dirty, dog-tired and satisfied, like the rest of us. Except for Gareth, who is understandably pissed off right now.

all in all, a good weekend, I'd have no hesitation to do it again,

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Well explained, Pete. Amen to all that.

I had a ton of fun.

In a cotton wool world, I love these weekends out. Good for the soul. Gary & Hiew, and Trev would have had a great time.

I'm thinking of slowing down and maybe smelling a few roses, too ... in a tuff manly way of course.

*makes Tim-the-Toolman ape noises*

Anyone else got some photos to post?

PS Still waiting for those bloody boots to arrive.

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Thanks for good post and pics. Heal well Gareth.
AS FOR DL650 OFF ROAD? Don't know to properly direct you but: Go to main Stromtrooper (international) page. Look up:... 650 Specific and scroll down 3rd last post; "DL650 OFF ROAD CAPABLE"
As i have always maintained the 650 is not an endureo but it is underated. I've seen U-TUBE posts showing much more of this. One post cuppla years ago showed 3 or 4 DL650s completing the Canning Stock Route and others. Not bad work I say. Wish I could do it. Don't want to scratch the paint is my excuse..Aaahem!!

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So does this prove the V-Stroms are an Adventure/Tourer not a Dual Sport bike
Ugh. More "...DL not really a dual-sport bike" nonsense.

When a very young me crashed my KZ400, does that make it not a street bike?
When I buried that poor old Yammer MX360 into the sand about a hundred times, did that make it not a dirt bike?
I could go on and on about all the times my many motorcycles have ended up otherwise tipsy. And feel free to doubt my riding skill.

THE TRUTH IS, some people are willing to ride their bikes to the limits of either their own skill or the hardwares capability.
Other people prefer to ride within those limits and not risk injury or damage.

I dress my four-year-old son in $500 worth of pro MX gear, prop him up on a tired old JR50 and off he goes. Crash? Of course he does. After an hour or so, he falls off the bike one last time laughing and says "Oh, I'm too tired to go on! Can we do this again tomorrow?"

His much older brother is military. Been to war four times. He has so many medals and ribbons, it aint even funny. He drives a Corvette and takes corners at 150 mph.

My best advice I ever gave him was "The life you live now, will be the stories you tell your grandchildren."

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Ockerstrom might just be stirring.

I agree the VStrom is underrated. Thanks for the pointer, saturn 5. Did you see my thread HERE about what it can do in the right hands (Scott Daly riding it round the APC Rally)?.

Pretty good section in Two Wheels (2011 #7) about Adv Touring / Dual-sports, comparing strong/poor points of various bikes. Encouraging people to just get out there, don't be too hung up on the bike.

Jeez, MoDaddy. Lucky kid starting at 4. Sounds like you have a lot of fun together.

Tx for reading the RR and posting comments. Been a bit quiet in here lately.

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