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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2016 1:02 am 
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Good story, the moral of which is that thinking your problems through usually pays bigger dividends than acting impulsively. I go where I want when I want, which seldom affords me the safety net of company, so preparedness and common sense is vital.

Last weekend I found a gravel wash I'd not been on before and had no information about. After quite a few miles of it without knowing what I was in for, I decided that returning the same way would be about enough pig wrestling for one day.

Of course it wasn't. Up the road a ways I came to a route I'd traversed before in the eastbound direction. I figured 22 miles of 4x4 trail westbound would be a fine shortcut with a few hours of daylight left. Only I didn't have my GPS, thus no tracks, only backwards memories and dead reckoning. There's a mark against my preparedness score. But tally ho. Turns out I had enough to go on, but the uncertainty made it feel a little more adventurous. I didn't take a break until I could see the way out, and stopped when I found a smooth, level spot. The DR never complained, just reminded me she's not a real dirt bike.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2016 2:22 am 
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Nice write up
And as they say, alls well that ends well.

Like you i ride alone a lot.
I hear ya about safety and options for an adventure.
Phone, back up phone, sat phone and plb.
Water and food.
And i'm Good to go.

Sometimes you either end up on your own or you dont ride as much.
If i had of waited for my mates to do a lap of aus on my DR, i'd still be waiting.
Had plenty of those moments travelling solo.
But as they also say, what doesnt kill you makes you stronger..

I did learn by the end of my trip to ride at a speed i would be happy to hit a skippy at.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2016 7:22 am 
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The pull on the clutch is certainly heavier, but I'm using a shorty lever and don't thinking it's to bad.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2016 9:03 am 
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Clint wrote:
The pull on the clutch is certainly heavier, but I'm using a shorty lever and don't thinking it's to bad.

:good: You probably have strong forearms..... :s_laughat


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2016 2:02 am 
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Great ride report. I might add that riding solo adds a whole new element to "adventure". Be prepared!

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2016 4:27 am 
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mxrob wrote:
Clint wrote:
The pull on the clutch is certainly heavier, but I'm using a shorty lever and don't thinking it's to bad.

:good: You probably have strong forearms..... :s_laughat


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Previous bike a VTR1000 and current bike an MT-01 bikes with notoriously heavy clutches (my VFR1200F wasn'y exactly light either), so it is a possibility that my "not to bad" is another mans (and I use the term loosely) too heavy.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2016 5:01 pm 
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Nogoodnamesleft wrote:
I did learn by the end of my trip to ride at a speed i would be happy to hit a skippy at.

?? "hit a skippy" ? can you help us north americans with a translation... :scratch:


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2016 7:04 pm 
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fratercula wrote:
Nogoodnamesleft wrote:
I did learn by the end of my trip to ride at a speed i would be happy to hit a skippy at.

?? "hit a skippy" ? can you help us north americans with a translation... :scratch:


Hit a skippy - slang for hit a kangaroo.
Comes from the show "Skippy the bush kangaroo."
Was made in Aus in the late sixties.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skippy_ ... h_Kangaroo

I hit / brushed 3 of them on my trip, luckily i was travelling a low speeds everytime and had no major dramas. In dense bush they run around during the day.

A lot of people arent so lucky on bikes if travelling at speed with them.
But we also have wild goats, camels, horses, wombats and free roaming farm cows to keep an eye out for.
In Queensland the stupid cane toads are also a problem if you hit one - just like hitting a big rock or a turtle.

Skippys generally come out at dusk to the side of the road looking for water and thats why not a lot of Aussies ride bikes at that time of day.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2016 8:12 pm 
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:s_biggrin thank you for that 'hit a skippy' write up-- all the context and your personal touch is gold ("hit / brushed"... I'm picturing what it is like to 'brush' by a skippy on a DR at speed in the dusk :OMG: )

here in the PNW we have deer, elk, and the occasional black bear etc. to be concerned about, but no giant jumping marsupials. You guys down in Australia put the 'wild' into wildlife

anyway didn't mean to derail this thread. Australian riding slang is probably worthy of its own thread!


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2017 3:45 am 
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That's a great ride story Clint. Glad you were able to get the big DR turned around and back home safely.


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