Yeah, i rather drive slowly from place A to place B than lose my driver's license.
First class of MSF was tonight. Had a good amount of fun but also can't wait for the range tomorrow and Sunday.
After my Mustang is done, and I get a reliable DD, Im getting a bike.. Not sure of what yet, but.. I'll have something, someday.
Managed to drop my bike in the garage just 15 minutes ago :(
Was looking for the stand/whatever it is with my foot, whilst still sitting on the bike, and accidentally put it in first gear, bike jumped forward and fell on it's side. Got this nasty looking scratch. Thankfully i'm going to paint it like next week or so.
just bought this
On halloween night I'm going to ride on my sidecar bike with a big pumpkin instead of helmet. This is going to be scary!
In 9 hours from now, me and a mate will be setting off on a 1000km trip to do the Holland track.
I'll be on my TT250, my mate will be on his DRz400e and we'll have two 'support vehicles' (my parents and my dad's mate wanted to do the track for a second time).
Another mate of mine was going to come, but he recently had to get his own bike after his dad sold the one he was going to use, but his 'new' bike ('85 XL350) isn't up to scratch because he's been busy with study :/
I'll hopefully get plenty of pictures and maybe even some video, but the forecast for the track is lots of mud, so I may not have time to stop
Lucky you; My parents won't even let me take my car to the track, let alone participate in it with me. Granted they both have trucks but still.
is it your car? are you paying for it?
haha def come back with flix!
u bringing another set of knobs for the track with you or what?
My XTC, which is a 2001 model, was assembled in Germany, but most of the parts are from Italy anyway
ew 4 stroke
Holy shit bros, we're fixing to leave to get the GL1000. I'll post up some pictures when we get back, in about seven or eight hours.
125cc 4-strokes are
Completely unrelated to anything:
I want one!
My new scoot. The guys could have easily sold it for $4000, but he wanted only half that. It still has the original "Service after 600 miles break in period" sticker, as well as the Owner's Manual, original tool kit, a neat little CB radio, and some other crap. The thing is freaking awesome, and in amazingly good shape for a 32 year old bike.
Both trips were done on the same set of MT21s (and both times my nuts nearly rattled loose).
We got back this afternoon, after trailer-ing the bikes back because my mate drowned his DRz400 in the last big puddle, 8km from the end of the track :/
The charging system on my bike died ~150km from home, so I had no lights for most of the trip up. That, combined with the mud coating on my chain, the need to stop every 150km to get fuel, exhaustion and the boredom and pain of riding so far on the road is why I ended up putting my bike on the trailer too.
The plan is to head back next year and finish the bastard, with our other mate who couldn't make it.
Anyway, time for some pictures. More photos need to be scavenged from other camera's, along with some video, but these are some I took with my phone (when I had it) along with one of me my mate took (before he drowned his bike )
The bikes all horribly clean, about 50km from home. Only dirt we saw was the gravel track into camp.
~400km for the day.
A bit of mud after the second day, plus a couple injuries. I some how managed to bend the corner of the brand new license plate I'd only just replaced early last week and my mate hit a tree going around a corner, squished an indicator and gained some minor bruises and grazes. Not too bad, really.
~150km from camp to the start of the track. ~50km on the track for the cars, ~110km for the bikes because we got lost and had an extra 60km spurt in the wrong direction. We got to camp only 20 minutes after the cars did B)
Me early afternoon of the third day (I started to enjoy the mud puddles)
My bike at camp after the third day (photo taken morning of the 4th day)
My mate and his bike at camp after the third day and an unexpected swim :/
The last 'puddle' was a big one. I was following behind and slowed down as I was coming up to it to make sure he got through. As I'd just about stopped I looked up to see my mate's feet 2' above his handle bars. The water was a bit deeper than he'd expected, but the problem was the step at the end of the rut (probably caused by a bogged 4WD that eventually got towed out) that stopped his bike instantly.
He went over, twisted and fell with his feet to the left. "Oh shit..." I thought, then I saw his feet slide across to the right when he sunk into the knee-deep rut. "OH SHIT!" I kill my bike, kick down the stand and run to help. He'd ended up with his head completely under, managed to find which way was up, jumped up and out of the water, threw off his bag and helmet and jumped back in to try pick up the bike. I had just got to him and stepped in up to my knee and helped him get the bike up. He took off the airbox cover and water poured out. We pushed it out of the water and he started draining the carb while we waited for the rest of the convoy to arrive.
Got all the water out but the bike still wouldn't start, it was getting late so we loaded it up and slowly made our way to camp :/
~110km for the day (photo taken in the morning)
Bikes loaded up and looking sad on the 4th day (today) :(
We just packed up and headed home, ~350km.
It was definitely an adventure and great fun, despite the dead bike. But we will be back and we will all make it to the end, all on our bikes.
She almost looks like a new bike now!
Well...except for all the broken parts
I just took my girlfriend out on my GL. It was her first time ever on a bike and she did awesome.
The first time I took my girlfriend out on my CBR she held me so tight I could barely breath. All I was doing was hastily accelerating onto a busy road.
Which made me upset because I could have just easily taken it slowly and have us get killed. I don't know what she's complaining about.
That trail is one of the reasons I want to be australian
The John Holland Track is amazing. 300km with so much diversity.
Within the space of a kilometre you can go from hard-packed dirt, to gravel, to mud, a bit of sand and back to mud. There's the long straight, fast sections and there's the slower, tight and twisty sections.
As you can see in the photos too, the vegetation can go from short shrubs to tall sclerophyll forests.
I think we averaged about 70kph and up to about 100kph in the open sections.
The section in the first picture in my last post was just a case of lean back and pin it.
Went to the local bike show today.
Parked up next to this old R80(?). There's no doubt it's done the Dakar and been everywhere else:
Went in and had a look at all the shiny new bikes. Even sat on a few, like a KTM 990 ADV, BMW S1000RR, R1200GS, Yamaha 1200 Super Tenere, 660 Tenere, Triumph Daytona and this Scrambler:
There was a display from the vinduro club (vintage enduros - TT500s, CR500s, etc.) and this TDR nearby:
There was also this custom bike (an old 350 Honda IIRC) that was a cheap accidental winning Ebay bid. The owner posted on the local street bike forum about what he should do with it and basically ended up taking all suggestions and criticisms posted and worked them into the bike.
I love the street track-ish look and how tidy the bars are.