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    Quote Originally Posted by flossy View Post
    look out for the hitchhiker in the fishnet stockings, if you see that you know its time for a rest,
    Or the nullabor nymph, especially around eucla

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    We crossed the Nullabor in Xmas 76 as a family holiday traveling from Sydney to Perth in the V8 HQ Kingswood towing the 15ft Millard Caravan. 500 Kilometeres of often corrugated dirt road and frequented by road trains that would stir up red dust for as far as you could see. I remember we stopped in Eucla and the water was so hard you couldn’t get a lather up.

    Dad as he always did and as an Auto Electrician by trade, packed a bunch of spares including a replacement distributor and alternator, plugs and leads, fan belts and radiator hoses, fuel and air filters etc. The only mishap was that one of the exhaust pipes broke at a weld prior to the first muffler on the dirt section and the fix was a beer can with the ends cut off and up through the middle and some fencing wire to secure in place either side of the break, both found on the side of the road where we had stopped. He of course had good quality tin snips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OZSLR View Post
    We crossed the Nullabor in Xmas 76 as a family holiday traveling from Sydney to Perth in the V8 HQ Kingswood towing the 15ft Millard Caravan. 500 Kilometeres of often corrugated dirt road and frequented by road trains that would stir up red dust for as far as you could see. I remember we stopped in Eucla and the water was so hard you couldn’t get a lather up.

    Dad as he always did and as an Auto Electrician by trade, packed a bunch of spares including a replacement distributor and alternator, plugs and leads, fan belts and radiator hoses, fuel and air filters etc. The only mishap was that one of the exhaust pipes broke at a weld prior to the first muffler on the dirt section and the fix was a beer can with the ends cut off and up through the middle and some fencing wire to secure in place either side of the break, both found on the side of the road where we had stopped. He of course had good quality tin snips.

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    Its one of my bucket list things I'm going to do, is drive into part of the Australian desert, its a long time thing I've wanted to do.
    It used to be "Rock around the clock" now its "limp around the block".................................In the shed...... Multistrada 1200, Termi full system with matching ECU, and ohlins SCU. KTM 640 supermotard, with full titanium system and a shit load of spares. (track bike) and a Bran spanking new 1290 GT. Torque monster.

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    A little like this Dave ,up early not a soul in sight all day Flinders Ranges and shot around South OZ Perth well I'm too Old now .
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    Quote Originally Posted by maddad View Post
    A little like this Dave ,up early not a soul in sight all day Flinders Ranges and shot around South OZ Perth well I'm too Old now .
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    Yip maddad, but id take (like) a 4WD type camper ute, I've just got back from a bit of a 2 week test trip from the Brisbane area, just wanted to make sure cooped up with the misses would be doable, and it was, and she's keen to do a big trip, so arse up, knuckle down and do some work, say at least 3 or more days a week, and save, it will be a winter trip for us. The desert really appeals to me, i have a mate that keeps a ktm 990, over in Aus, and does many rides through the centre of Aus, he's asked me many of times to go with him, but i want to do it with the wife, sort of share the adventure together.
    It used to be "Rock around the clock" now its "limp around the block".................................In the shed...... Multistrada 1200, Termi full system with matching ECU, and ohlins SCU. KTM 640 supermotard, with full titanium system and a shit load of spares. (track bike) and a Bran spanking new 1290 GT. Torque monster.

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    PS Maddad, don't you dare think your too old. Today I'm heading over to Rotorua with a few other friends to catch up with a mate, the same guy who keeps a 990ktm in Aus, he's nearly 70, this guy has ridden and push biked so many countries around the world, and the most radical of places, he recently did Russia, on his 690ktm, with all his camping gear and a push bike mounted on his 690 (for part of the journey) he's inspirational, looking forward to seeing him tonight, and staying, having a few beers amongst other things, and catching up with his latest adventures.
    It used to be "Rock around the clock" now its "limp around the block".................................In the shed...... Multistrada 1200, Termi full system with matching ECU, and ohlins SCU. KTM 640 supermotard, with full titanium system and a shit load of spares. (track bike) and a Bran spanking new 1290 GT. Torque monster.

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    Was looking at a thread on RSV4 section and plenty of riders there are over 70.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pete roper View Post
    It's only a couple of highways that are unlimited and you have to be super-alert as you don't want to embed yourself in the side of a camel or steer at 220kph!

    All very straight roads and boring as batshit. Me and a mate are doing a 'Lap' of Oz next year. Upon the north west 1,000 Km days are expected. There's a whole lot of nuthin' up there apart from scrub, mines, crocs and roadkill.......

    When I did the lap back in 2011, i went anti clockwise, and as the roads straighten out towards the west of QLD, the scenery gets amazing.

    Same into NT and WA, amazing scenery makes up for the straight roads.

    I don't use music when riding normally but i did in those areas , as it helps to keep you alert up there.

    Even though the roads are not twisty , unless you're on a super tourer, higher speed = more fatigue, so doing thousand km in a day is not always practical.

    also , HEAT , the heat up north is intense and should not be underestimated, more frequent stops for fluid are needed..

    DONT forget Wet season...November until april (ish) so best to travel outside of those timess, I went in July - september.


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    I saw this guy on the road near esperance in WA

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    Nice pic I think we got him wound up nowYes saw a Kiwi girl pushing a pram across South Aus and into the desert i don't know whether she got out but the Locals are sick of trying to find people .

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    Lots of crazy people think they can ride a pushbike thru the simpson desert in mid summer without comunications or backup. Normally asians and europeans and they hope there is water in the billabongs along the way.

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    Got to my bros place today. Took 5 days to do about 4000 ks. The T was flawless and didn't use a drop of oil or coolant and didn't have to adjust the chain. Unfortunately I had a meeting with SA's finest which will cost me $431 dollars for doing 129 in a 110k zone. He did actually clock me first at over 130 but I spotted him and started to slow down so he was generous. Most of the Nullabor I sat on between 130 and 150 but that is a bit of a neck breaker after an hour or so. Got a bit more than 200ks from a tank a few times but found when I could only buy 91 octane the mileage was not as good even though I didn't notice any performance difference. Gonna need a new back tire to get home but I knew that. Roos are a bit of a worry but that is usually at dusk night time and around sunrise. Saw a smelt heaps of dead ones but only a few live ones. Between the SA, NSW border there are thousands of feral goats grazing in the long paddock but they are intelligent enough to move away from the road and I didn't see any dead ones so assume they are not such a worry. But I saw 2 dead wild pigs that had been hit by trucks judging by the state of their carcasses and 2 dead cats, neither of which I have seen before. I would not like to hit a pig or a goat. It's a fantastic trip so far and I don't find any of it boring.
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    yeaow, that's quite a large fine. I haven't had a speeding ticket in around 8-9 years so don't know the current prices here in CA, but IIRC that last one was around $200usd.

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    great. enjoy.
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    Ouch thats an expensive fine for 19 K over the speed limit. here its $80 for 10K and under, over the limit, $120 for under 20K over the limit, and i got a speeding ticket recently for 127K 27k over the limit and that was $180........ouch i hate giving those bastards my hard earned money. Glad you had a great trip Bloodnut, bummer about the ticket.
    It used to be "Rock around the clock" now its "limp around the block".................................In the shed...... Multistrada 1200, Termi full system with matching ECU, and ohlins SCU. KTM 640 supermotard, with full titanium system and a shit load of spares. (track bike) and a Bran spanking new 1290 GT. Torque monster.

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    Glad you had a safe one bloodnutt and the T ran as expected. Yeh our fines are the worst in the nation, government here uses us as a cash cow. Luckily you had a decent cop who realises people are travelling and didn't ping you for the higher speed, which by the way
    20 to 30kmh over the limit is $756+$60 victim of crime levy of which they pay fuck all to victims of crime. 30 to 40kmh over is $900+$60... Dont worry to much about the animals, most are hit at night by road trains.

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