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08-24-2011 04:43 AM
DLicious Nice RR Steve

Hope your better soon Chef
08-21-2011 09:06 AM
AstroBob Thanks Suzy for the RR and pics, glad everyone was OK in the end. Heal fast Chef

08-21-2011 04:14 AM
AceRider glad things are sort of on back on track, chef... best wishes with your full recovery.
08-21-2011 03:47 AM
Chef Gareth Hey guys thanks for the well wishs!! Well after a week in Hospital I returned home yesterday with 6 screws and a plate in my leg. Im going to be off my feet for up to 10 weeks.

A BIG THANKS TO STEVE FOR RIDING WITH ME TO CASINO!!!! Hurt like hell but there was no way I was leaving my bike that far from home (I know should of had NRMA).

The DL is a very capable off roader as long as your not trying to stop in a hurry, the accident was a combinaton of a few mistakes on my behalf.
Firstly I was carrying to much speed - Not long before we hit that track we were riding on fairly neat dirt road at 100+ and too much of that speed followed to the track.
Second - It had become fairly dusty at times and was not wearing my goggles and had slightly impared vision,
Thirdly - Hit a Tree root going across track that made me loose control.
And lastly the most important contributing factor was I looked at the ditch and thats where I ended up!!!

It was my fault not the bikes fault for the incident, next time I want to ride the dirt I will wear more protection. At the end of the day I love hitting the trails and as soon as i can I will be back on the strom looking for the road less traveled.

08-16-2011 06:06 PM
Originally Posted by ockerstrom View Post
... Have a look at this link [check all the different sections for pics and reports and whatnot]. This is an Australian Stromtrooper forum member by the way.
The Strom TravellingStrom
Nice link. I recognised the bike. Met Richard at the Horizons Unlimited meetup in Dayboro couple months ago.
08-16-2011 05:40 AM
Originally Posted by SuzyVStrom View Post
Ockerstrom might just be stirring.

I agree the VStrom is underrated.

The Strom can handle more than what most of us can do with it.

Have a look at this link [check all the different sections for pics and reports and whatnot].

This is an Australian Stromtrooper forum member by the way.
The Strom TravellingStrom
08-16-2011 02:08 AM
black widow Yeah Im just jealous you guys had a better weekend than me. Deep down Im still crying I couldnt go.
Maybe sometime soon a ride to Doon Doon might be in order to wish Chef a more speedy recovery. He is a good man.
08-15-2011 08:10 PM
SuzyVStrom 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.

08-15-2011 01:00 PM
Originally Posted by ockerstrom View Post
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."
08-15-2011 11:43 AM
saturn 5 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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