Page 3 of 3 FirstFirst ... 23
Results 71 to 93 of 93

Thread: Adventure Ride

  1. #71
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    South Australia and Tasmania
    Posts
    11,172

    Default Re: Adventure Ride

    Fuel stop, Siem Reap, Cambodia


  2. #72
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Livin' in Oz
    Posts
    52,284

    Default Re: Adventure Ride

    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Y View Post
    Fuel stop, Siem Reap, Cambodia

    Hey, don't complain... at least its in glass... and it's probably petrol. When you buy it in plastic... or out of an open drum... and you know there's a good chance that it's 'watered down' with home-made alcohol, it gets "interesting". Note that the level in the bottle is always below the full measure too

    Fueling up in Timor Leste - yeah, that's petrol in the open drum.


    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

    I'd rather look back at my life and say "I can't believe I did that" instead of being there saying "I wish I'd done that"

  3. #73
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Livin' in Oz
    Posts
    52,284

    Default Re: Adventure Ride

    The guys in Asia with fuel-injected bikes hate this sort of stuff.... although, funnily enough, the only guy I know who struck trouble with clogged injectors was an American, name of Noah, in Australia. He's a resourceful bloke and figured out how to blow it clean using the bike.

    This was on the Ho Chi Minh Trail, in the wet season. Fuel gets scarce in some places.... as they can't get it in to the villages.

    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

    I'd rather look back at my life and say "I can't believe I did that" instead of being there saying "I wish I'd done that"

  4. #74
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Do you have a warrant?
    Posts
    3,389

    Default Re: Adventure Ride

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    Can't say that I've ever seen a motorcyclist pulled over in Hell before.
    But if you did, I'm sure you'd loan'em twenty bills. And they would be grateful.
    When you can take the pebble from my hand, it will be time for you to leave.

  5. #75
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Livin' in Oz
    Posts
    52,284

    Default Re: Adventure Ride

    A couple of mates have just started an adventure ride in the Americas. Flew into Canada... first stop was Vancouver Island. Post just now says something about gold river. They are doing Alaska to Patagonia, or something like that. Six months. Budget is around $50k each.

    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

    I'd rather look back at my life and say "I can't believe I did that" instead of being there saying "I wish I'd done that"

  6. #76
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Sweden,Scilly Isles, Siberia
    Posts
    7,721

    Default Re: Adventure Ride

    50K.....is that US or Ozzy dollars?

  7. #77
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Livin' in Oz
    Posts
    52,284

    Default Re: Adventure Ride

    Quote Originally Posted by skaraborgcraft View Post
    50K.....is that US or Ozzy dollars?
    Don't recall now. Either way, it's not a cheap trip. I guess that includes the two-way airfreight of the bikes, etc.
    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

    I'd rather look back at my life and say "I can't believe I did that" instead of being there saying "I wish I'd done that"

  8. #78
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    central cal
    Posts
    8,498

    Default Re: Adventure Ride

    Quote Originally Posted by The Bigfella View Post
    A couple of mates have just started an adventure ride in the Americas. Flew into Canada... first stop was Vancouver Island. Post just now says something about gold river. They are doing Alaska to Patagonia, or something like that. Six months. Budget is around $50k each.

    Wait. Are they riding across America, or are they rising across Canada. Hehe.
    That sounds a thrilling trip.

    One of the rabbit holes those KLR videos lead me down was a kid who did the Alaska-Patagonia ride on a KLR. Some of the footage of the riding in SA is amazing!

    Me? Shoot, I'll be excited to just get across plain old US of America again.

    Peace,
    Robert

  9. #79
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    central cal
    Posts
    8,498

    Default Re: Adventure Ride

    Quote Originally Posted by skaraborgcraft View Post
    50K.....is that US or Ozzy dollars?
    Shoot, it could be 50,000 Monopoly, and I'd still need a loan.

    What a great trip, though, eh?

    Peace,
    Robert

  10. #80
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Sweden,Scilly Isles, Siberia
    Posts
    7,721

    Default Re: Adventure Ride

    All the time expense comes up, i keep thinking of Ed March. Beware langauge......


  11. #81
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    central cal
    Posts
    8,498

    Default Re: Adventure Ride

    Quote Originally Posted by skaraborgcraft View Post
    All the time expense comes up, i keep thinking of Ed March. Beware langauge......

    That was as well written as the original was well acted. Brilliant and super funny.


    Peace,
    Robert

  12. #82
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    central cal
    Posts
    8,498

    Default Re: Adventure Ride


    Found the video I saw. I'm sure this didn't cost 50g. Well, I'm pretty sure.

    Right around 1:45 there is a cool riverside trail/walk that looks super fun.

    Peace,
    Robert

  13. #83
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    central cal
    Posts
    8,498

    Default Re: Adventure Ride

    Me?

    I am going up to the trees, dang it. Thursday, it will have to be. Hopefully my new, longer shifter will be here by then. I had to order it from the shop. Meh.

    I'm going to take a different route, this time, one I know, for sure. Really. Hehe. A more pedestrian way to go, but I won't miss the trees.

    I'm already planning to go back to the road I just rode. Ahem. I'm gonna take my buddy, who has a real dirt bike, and we're gonna follow that road to the end. I believe it will run into Yosemite. We shall see.
    I'll take more pictures, next time, of the actual trail the road becomes. It was quite fun, if non technical.

    800 plus miles and I'm starting to come to terms. There are some changes I want to make to personalize the fit, and improve the off road protection (real case guard, bark busters) and function (metal pegs, higher bars/risers). The bike is very functional, I think, and the service access has been great. These screws are some such like IJS or something, so frearson and Phillips bits slip. As I remove the screws and bolts, one by one, to loctite them, I'm replacing the cross head screws with hex head.

    Some of these jobs will need some safety wire, too. Really, the whole thing needs gone over. Dealer prep my butt. Don't even get me started on the bar clamps...

    Peace,
    Robert

  14. #84
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Livin' in Oz
    Posts
    52,284

    Default Re: Adventure Ride

    Quote Originally Posted by amish rob View Post
    Me?

    I am going up to the trees, dang it. Thursday, it will have to be. Hopefully my new, longer shifter will be here by then. I had to order it from the shop. Meh.

    I'm going to take a different route, this time, one I know, for sure. Really. Hehe. A more pedestrian way to go, but I won't miss the trees.

    I'm already planning to go back to the road I just rode. Ahem. I'm gonna take my buddy, who has a real dirt bike, and we're gonna follow that road to the end. I believe it will run into Yosemite. We shall see.
    I'll take more pictures, next time, of the actual trail the road becomes. It was quite fun, if non technical.

    800 plus miles and I'm starting to come to terms. There are some changes I want to make to personalize the fit, and improve the off road protection (real case guard, bark busters) and function (metal pegs, higher bars/risers). The bike is very functional, I think, and the service access has been great. These screws are some such like IJS or something, so frearson and Phillips bits slip. As I remove the screws and bolts, one by one, to loctite them, I'm replacing the cross head screws with hex head.

    Some of these jobs will need some safety wire, too. Really, the whole thing needs gone over. Dealer prep my butt. Don't even get me started on the bar clamps...

    Peace,
    Robert
    Maaaate..... I've got but one word for you.....

    KTM

    There, I've gone and said it.
    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

    I'd rather look back at my life and say "I can't believe I did that" instead of being there saying "I wish I'd done that"

  15. #85
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Livin' in Oz
    Posts
    52,284

    Default Re: Adventure Ride

    I'll quiz the guys afterwards... see how much they come home with.

    Cash is a funny topic for some people. I've been criticised for not riding with enough in the pocket... but, are you safe if you have cash on you? I've got down to my last 10 cents in cash a couple of times... couldn't get my debit card to work on one trip (I won't ever use Mastercard again)..... saved when I found a Western Express in a tourist town on the coast of Cambodia and got a cash advance against my credit card.

    One guy I've ridden with carries a USD 5000 emergency fund with him..... the price of a chopper ride out.

    I've never budgeted a trip.... but I don't have any interest in staying 5 star, or even 2, 3 or 4 star. I spent my working life staying in the higher end places. They're antiseptic. The staff smile because it's their job to smile. I prefer staying in cheap guesthouses - and the staff interact with you if they like you. The most I've paid for a room, once I left Oz, was IIRC, $70 a night... here:



    But what I remember of there had nothing to do with the room... it was the birdwatching and seeing Gibbons in the wild (again).

    I guess if you want to budget... it's say $25 for a room, $30 food and drink, $20 fuel, $6 - 10 for a massage, $10 spares and maintenance..... and we're at $95 a day there. Throw a big night in with some mates and the food and drink might easily hit $60 on it's own... over $125. Sure.... some days are cheaper, but others have entrance fees to pay, or a guide.... and it adds up.

    I can see $6,000 to $10,000 of my friend's budget being in airfares and freight. Add in bikes and their prep at another $10,000. There's $20k off the top.... leaving $200 a day.
    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

    I'd rather look back at my life and say "I can't believe I did that" instead of being there saying "I wish I'd done that"

  16. #86
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    central cal
    Posts
    8,498

    Default Re: Adventure Ride

    Quote Originally Posted by The Bigfella View Post
    Maaaate..... I've got but one word for you.....

    KTM

    There, I've gone and said it.
    Oh, yeah, sure. I'm with you.

    But I got four words, Mate. Bought and paid for.

    At the very least I'd need risers or new bars on a KTM, too, because I'm tall, and standing up with short bars sucks. Also, I'd probably want wider pegs, at least, on account of my size 49s (14, y'all).

    The case guard and bark busters? Shoot, I could buy them, and every other farkle made for the Kwak, and still be able to cover gas and insurance for a year for the price of a KTM.

    Plus, this dumb thing is bone simple. I've already been pretty deep in its guts. It's pretty much a lawnmower with electronic ignition. Simple.

    As to the dealer prep. Same dealer. And I'd be even more irate if I paid double for my bike and had the bars clamped in wrong, the rear brake light switch adjusted wrong... I don't even want to start.

    Peace,
    Robert

    If your buddies pass through central California, I can point out some good roads on the map, and treat them to a real meal, eh. They probably don't want to miss Yosemite.

    Peace,
    Robert

  17. #87
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Livin' in Oz
    Posts
    52,284

    Default Re: Adventure Ride

    Quote Originally Posted by amish rob View Post
    Oh, yeah, sure. I'm with you.

    But I got four words, Mate. Bought and paid for.

    At the very least I'd need risers or new bars on a KTM, too, because I'm tall, and standing up with short bars sucks. Also, I'd probably want wider pegs, at least, on account of my size 49s (14, y'all).

    The case guard and bark busters? Shoot, I could buy them, and every other farkle made for the Kwak, and still be able to cover gas and insurance for a year for the price of a KTM.

    Plus, this dumb thing is bone simple. I've already been pretty deep in its guts. It's pretty much a lawnmower with electronic ignition. Simple.

    As to the dealer prep. Same dealer. And I'd be even more irate if I paid double for my bike and had the bars clamped in wrong, the rear brake light switch adjusted wrong... I don't even want to start.

    Peace,
    Robert

    If your buddies pass through central California, I can point out some good roads on the map, and treat them to a real meal, eh. They probably don't want to miss Yosemite.

    Peace,
    Robert
    Brake lights? What are they?

    Yeah, seriously, the only light on my KTM in Asia is the LED headlight. The only other electrics are the radiator fan (an optional extra) and the horn.... which is essential.

    As for boots. Yep, I'm a size 49 too. I just pulled out my new Forma boots for today's ride. It's all bitumen today, unfortunately, as one of Ian's Harem won't ride in the dirt.

    Here's what I did to my first pair of boots in Asia. The Ho Chi Minh Trail in the wet season is no place for leather



    I rode for several more months with those boots - taped together with duck tape
    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

    I'd rather look back at my life and say "I can't believe I did that" instead of being there saying "I wish I'd done that"

  18. #88
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Sweden,Scilly Isles, Siberia
    Posts
    7,721

    Default Re: Adventure Ride

    I wore the same pair of leak proof Derri boots for some years.....



    Only replaced them because of the smell.........

  19. #89
    Join Date
    Apr 2000
    Location
    Southampton Ont. Canada
    Posts
    5,627

    Default Re: Adventure Ride

    Quote Originally Posted by The Bigfella View Post
    A couple of mates have just started an adventure ride in the Americas. Flew into Canada... first stop was Vancouver Island. Post just now says something about gold river. They are doing Alaska to Patagonia, or something like that. Six months. Budget is around $50k each.

    The road into Gold River is lovely.
    Well maintained,smoothish,nice sweepers, S bends and fantastic scenery.
    The gravel roads beyond there are more of an adventure.
    R
    Sleep with one eye open.

  20. #90
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Livin' in Oz
    Posts
    52,284

    Default Re: Adventure Ride

    The problem with leak-proof boots is, there's no leaks for the water to drain out of them.... My boots were wet the whole 10 days / 3000 km of our Cape York trip because the water kept coming in from the top.



    Meanwhile, yesterday's adventure ride also entailed some hiking, up the remnants of the Great North Road... a convict-built road, constructed nearly 200 years ago, and, four ferry rides. Here we are on the Hawkesbury River



    Me, being called into action at The Settlers Arms, built in 1836, where we stopped for lunch (and, truth be told, a couple of real ales)



    There was even a Madonna moment



    Wharf Street..... no river traffic any more, but I'll post a photo later showing that the big boats used to get up this way

    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

    I'd rather look back at my life and say "I can't believe I did that" instead of being there saying "I wish I'd done that"

  21. #91
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Livin' in Oz
    Posts
    52,284

    Default Re: Adventure Ride

    Paula broke a nail, checking her tyre pressures before the ride. Would you believe we actually finished the ride at the local shops.... so she could get her nails done



    Sheesh. See what riding with a harem does for you?



    We rode alongside the Macdonald River. The wattle is starting to flower in the background. I love the sandstone hills around Sydney



    Speaking of sandstone... these sandstone blocks form the convict road. All cut by hand, nearly 200 years ago. Over 700 convicts worked for years to build the 264km road connecting Sydney to the Hunter Valley. Only about 40km of it survives... and pushbikes and feet are all that are allowed on it now

    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

    I'd rather look back at my life and say "I can't believe I did that" instead of being there saying "I wish I'd done that"

  22. #92
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Livin' in Oz
    Posts
    52,284

    Default Re: Adventure Ride

    Hopefully, Rob's out riding.... taking some photos.

    Here's the boat photo I promised.... gotta be a very, very old shot




    Now - some adventure. The clown on the left in this photo caused some adventure yesterday



    He was in a group of four bikes. The first one pulled out from a side road in front of me.... and he blindly followed. I had to slam the brakes on to avoid T-boning him. I'm guessing from his accent, listening to them at the first ferry, that he's a visiting German on a borrowed bike. Two of the four were Aussies, two were heavily accented. Bloody nong. Just after this photo, he overtook the tanker, over unbroken double lines, with a car coming the other way. He didn't even use the bike's performance.... and the result was almost the end of him.

    A bit of a blurry shot.. but this was the first of four ferry rides we did on Monday



    It's winter here and some of the corners still had moisture on the road, even in the afternoon. This particular set of nice climbing corners was a bit spoilt by a spill from a tanker... just water, but enough to take the enthusiasm out of us




    Speaking of enthusiasm... the Princess complained of boredom on a recent ride... not enough cornering. She loved it yesterday, and with two very generous chardonnays in her, was an enthusiastic contributor to the cornering. Her timing on the leans was about a half second ahead of mine though... but I didn't scold her

    It's definitely good to ride on a Monday though.... this pub gets crowded on the weekends



    The pocket rockets reminded me yesterday.... I'm 20% heavier than the two of them put together. How very ungracious of them, eh?
    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

    I'd rather look back at my life and say "I can't believe I did that" instead of being there saying "I wish I'd done that"

  23. #93
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    central cal
    Posts
    8,498

    Default Re: Adventure Ride

    No real rides. Just scootering for transportation. Incidentally, if you have some heavier than stock rollers and a fancy belt, a Zuma will just destroy a 250 Ninja. Light after light. What? I can only handle so much revving.

    The KLR has gotten a new shift lever (which, what a freaking racket. I'm in the wrong business) and a phone case and mount. The phone case is a pouch with a waterproof phone sleeve attached to a little compartment. Phone in top, showing, with papers and snacks in the little pouch.
    It mounts on the crossbar just to the left of center, so I can access the phone with my left while riding, if need.

    Yes, I've downloaded a map of the area I was in into my phone. Now I can navigate, there...

    This week is work and bike cleaning so I can take her back up to the dirt again. This time to some of the big trees, dang it.

    Peace,
    Robert

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •