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PostPosted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 12:24 am 
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Just home from a two week camping trip on the 'Doctor' The route took me through NSW, Queensland and South Australia, from Coffs Harbour I went: Dorrigo, Ebor, Inverell, Mungindi, Dirranbandi, Bollon, Cunnamulla, Eulo, Quilpie, Windorah, Birdsville, Mungerannie, Marree, Lyndhurst, Leigh Creek, Lyndhurst, Merty Merty, Camerons Corner, Tibooburra, Wanaaring, Bourke, Brewarrina, Walgett, Wee Waa, Narrabri, Gunnedah, Tamworth, Armidale, Ebor, Dorrigo and home to Coffs Harbour. Helen was home manning 'Base Camp' and did a great job of tracking my progress, l called in morning and night either on the mobile or satalite phone. She had an emergency plan in case she did not hear from me. The whole trip was a great adventure.

So I was on the road for 14 days and travelled a total of 4545k. Approximately half the trip was on sealed roads and half on dirt.

When l was planning this trip l looked at numerous blogs and trip reports written by other motorcycle travelers, including thos great site. My gear list was a composite list made up based on other people's experiences. I am very grateful to those people. Perhaps my list and experience will help others planning a similar trip.

TOOLS & SPARES.
I replaced the OEM tool kit with good quality tools and added a small adjustable spanner and vise grips.
2 x tyre leavers and home made bead breaker tool.
2 x Tubes (1 x front and 1 x rear).
Puncture repair kit & talk powder.
Electric tyre pump and small bicycle hand pump.
Tyre pressure gauge and home made valve puller.
Telescopic home made prop, for lifting front or rear wheel off the ground for maintenance and repairs.
Small tarp for doing tyre repairs on & work gloves.
Chain lubricant and WD40.
Repair tape, (Electrical and Gaffer tape).
Fuses & fuel hose & clamps, assorted cable ties.
2 x spark plugs.
Blue Locktite and J-B Weld.
Apart from tightening a few bolts when I checked the bike over each day, l hardly used the tools. I know you can stuff a front tube in a rear tyre to get out of trouble however because of the remoteness and distance and the fact l was traveling alone, l decided it was worth carrying one for each. (I had no punctures during the trip).

SAFETY GEAR.
PLB (EPIRB).
Satalite Phone and charging lead.
Hand held 5w UHF Radio.
Battery jump starter.
First Aid Kit including Snake bite bandages.

CAMPING GEAR.
Tent, Sleeping bag & a very small pillow (made by my wife).
Sleeping Pad, (self inflating 3 season 'Ascent 38' from Kathmandu store).
2 LED torches.

THE KITCHEN.
Knife, fork, spoon, small home made wooden pot stirrer.
Stainless steel mug, plate & bowl.
Cooking pot with folding handle, bowl was used as a lid.
Small backpacker stove and 3 x Butane gas cans.
2 x gas lighters & small windbreak for stove.
Swiss multitool pocket knife with bottle & can opener.
Small bottle of dish washing liquid.
A folding funnel and coffee filter papers (to make decent drip filter coffee).
Over the 14 days l only used one and a half Butane cans, so carried one that l didn't need to.

FOOD.
My plan was to buy either lunch or dinner each day when l was somewhere that l could do that, of course there were places where this was not possible.
Breakfast each day was coffee and porridge with a spoon of honey on it, l often ate it straight out of the cooking pot!
All of the food l carried was chosen to keep without refrigeration or ice:
Coffee (both ground and instant).
Rolled Oats.
Condensed milk (tube).
Vegemite (tube).
Cracker biscuits ('Vita Wheat' brand).
Peanut butter.
Processed cheese ('Laughing Cow' brand).
Small tins of: Sardines, Tuna, Chicken.
Instant Mashed Potato ('Deb' brand).
Energy drink powder ('Gaterade').
2 x small tins of Baked Beans.
Apples when l could buy them.

CLOTHING.
Motorcycle Helmet, Jacket, Pants, Boots and Gloves.
Waterproof Jacket & Pants to wear over other other Jacket and Pants.
A hydration back pack, so l could drink and keep hydrated while l was riding,
In addition to the clothes l had on at the start of the trip which included a jumper,
l took:
1 x pair of shorts.
1 x Tshirt.
1 x pair underduds.
1 x pair socks.
1 x singlet.
1 long sleeved shirt.
A cap, sunhat & beanie.
1 x pair of swimming shorts.

PETROL & WATER.
The bike is fitted with an 18 litre Petrol tank, in addition to this l carried 2 x 5 litre cans and 2 x 2.5 litre bottles, so total capacity was 33 litres, however there was only one section of the trip where all of this fuel was needed so the majority of the trip l only carried one spare 5 litre can.
The most water l carried was 9 litres, this was in the hydration backpack and 1.5 & 2 litre plastic bottles but like the petrol most of the time it was much less than this.

ODDS & ENDS.
Dry bags, these were used to pack clothing and bedding etc.
Paracord clothes line and 5 pegs.
Insect repellent and sunscreen.
Toilet trowel & toilet paper.
Net fly veil.
A few plastic bags.
Toiletries and microfiber towel.
Note book and pen.
Mobile phone and charging lead.
Spare torch batteries.
Maps.
Cash & Visa card.
Plywood pad to put under the stand on soft ground.

NOTES.
As it turned out, one of the most important things l carried was probably the plywood pad for under the bike stand on soft ground. I always carry this in my jacket pocket. It is a disk of plywood with a length of para cord attached to it so that particularly when parking a heavily loaded bike on a soft surface, it can be dropped to the ground and slid under the stand. I then loop the cord around the mirror so l don't ride off and leave it behind.
While on the Birdsville Track l stopped for lunch, this was one of the few times on the dirt, that I didn't put the plywood under the stand. l got off the bike and as l turned around the stand broke through the hard top crust and sank into the soft ground below. The bike fell over. Instead of jumping out of the way, l tried to save it and yes l finished up with my legs under it. The result was a badly gashed and bruised leg! Considering on that stretch of dirt, 310k from Birdsville to Mungerannie l only saw 2 x 4WD. & 1 x motorbike and also some road workers l was lucky l didn't break my leg. A lesson to be learned.

Looking through my list are a number of things that l did not use, Interestingly they are all under the headings: 'TOOLS & SPARES' and 'SAFETY GEAR' and when you think about it, these are the items of gear you carry that you don't want to use so l would take it all again. Everything else l carried l used during the trip so l feel that my list was right for the trip l did. Perhaps if l was not going to such a remote area there would be things l would not take. At the moment I can think of nothing l would add to the list if l was setting off again.

I spent several months preparing the bike and getting gear ready. It was not until l was actually loading the bike that l had everything together and in one place, l can say l was quite surprised just how much volume there was.

I have to say the trip was a fantastic adventure, l hope someone finds this useful information.
Ray.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 12:56 am 
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sounds like a good trip.
there's some good country side on your ride
safe and sound home is always a win.
my solo travel list is much like yours as well.

i'm gonna borrow your rope on the bike stand pad trick.
i made an alloy one with a U shape on top, so i could drop it on the ground and the stand would slide out with the peg.
it's somewhere in the bush in nsw.
started raining one day and i left in a hurry

don't know why i didn't rope it, my disc lock has rope.
idea stolen - much appreciated - Cheers.

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pic of the one i made
(i made 2 at the time for different bikes)
this one will get an attachment cord tomorrow
cheers for the idea suzukirider
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 5:06 am 
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Did similar trip last November out to Innaminka,Dig Tree, back to Nocundra and down to Camerons Corner that way. Across to Tibooburra, Wandeering to Hungerford to Eulo. Great trip, camped out most of the time. I also have a piece of alloy checkerplate with hole drilled in it with like a tent fly rope on it with a small loop in it I put on my clutch lever, Rolls up and goes in my pocket, had it for years goes with me on my roadbike as well.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 16, 2017 4:03 pm 
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I think l will be adding a larger base to the stand very soon.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 17, 2017 5:06 am 
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Mate a great ride report, I am interested on your ride between Cameron corner and Tibaburra, I remember it as fairly sandy many years ago. Did you have to deflate your tyres at all on that stretch?.


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Hey Suzukirider,
Great write up, how bout some pics of what sounds like a epic adventure?

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 17, 2017 6:32 pm 
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Some photographs from my trip, this is my first attempt at posting photographs on this site.......


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 17, 2017 6:41 pm 
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Well that worked so l will add one more. They seem to be clearer if you tap on them to enlarge....


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Looks like a great trip.

Cheers for the pics.


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suzukirider wrote:
Well that worked so l will add one more. They seem to be clearer if you tap on them to enlarge....
Thanks for taking the time to give us such a detailed post, and we love the photos! :s_cool

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