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Back getting dirty - An ongoing report from down under

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Well, 10 days ago I bought 2 new DRZ400Es. One for my son and one for myself. For the last 20 months I have only had road bikes and couldn't take it any longer. :) I was always looking of into the bush wondering where this or that road went off to. Anyway , long story short we are having a ball. As you may know the E is DOT approved over here in Australia.
 
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Re: Back getting dirty.:rider:

Riding pavement is fun, but seeing where that dirt road goes is the best!!! And even more special if you are doing it with your son. :thumb:
 
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Re: Back getting dirty.:rider:

I grew up riding dirt, well the part about growing up might be a bit of a stretch. When I got back into riding, went street but wasn't happy until I got back into dirt. Now I enjoy both.

Congrats on the new rides and you new ridding buddy. :rider:

Oh, it is customary to post pics of fore mentioned machines here at TWTex. :deal:
 

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Ok, Pics as promised. We went to Bulburin National Forest on Saturday.

These are just phone shots. I haven't had time to check the shots I took with the good camera.

Ready to go.
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Just off the trailer.
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About 10 ks in.
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Snack break.
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These are everywhere.
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At the creek.
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Part of the track.
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Re: Back getting dirty.:rider:

I would LOVE it if you kept this thread updated with pics from your explorations!! Just kind of a never ending ride report of sorts ;-)
 
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I would LOVE it if you kept this thread updated with pics from your explorations!! Just kind of a never ending ride report of sorts ;-)
+1 on Tourmeister's post. Our very own Australian tour guide. I like it. Vicariously riding Australia brought to us by saikhan.:clap:
 

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Hello all. On Sunday I rode to Kroombit Tops National Park. A friend of mine has an XR250 ( dont know what year ' just old ) and has never ridden in the dirt, ever. So I had to think up an easy ride (mainly forestry roads and very little technical ). In the park there are a lot of tracks to choose from (some very hard) but the main route is easy.

We didn't leave until 1300 so we decided to only go as far as the forestry barracks.

The trip from Gladstone starts with about 30ks of bitumen, taking you through the township of Calliope, we then turned right on the road to Monto. About 1k down that road you turn left and it's 68 ks to the lookout in the park.

A popular destination in the park is the crash site ( and war grave ) of The Beautiful Betsy, a B24D Liberator bomber that crashed into the mountainside on the 26 February 1945. I am going to the bomber site in the next couple of weeks and I will get photo's if anyones interested.

It is amazing what has survived all this time. They must have made chrome a lot better in those days as there is a lot of it on that bomber that looks brand new. The USAF symbol is still plainly visible on one of the wings. Any way thats next time.

Waiting at the servo for Maurice, only 30 mins late.:giveup:
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2nd Photo- Nearly at the top.
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3rd - Forestry Barracks.
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4th - Forestry Barracks again.
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House built around 1870, when there was a small township here.
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Another old house on the side of the road.
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This bike is growing on me, more and more.:rider:
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I didn't have time to take many photos this time, this is just a teaser. I will go up again soon.
 
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I think I will try photo bucket. 640 X 480 sucks.:argh:

Oh,, these are all just with my phone. Good Camera next time.

The latter (newly added) photos are with my better camera however.
 
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Re: Back getting dirty.:rider:

I think I will try photo bucket. 640 X 480 sucks.:argh:

Oh,, these are all just with my phone. Good Camera next time.
:tab The 640 X 480 limitations is for attached images only. I know it is limiting for doing reports, but our server hard drives would soon be swamped with big images getting uploaded by everyone.

:tab Please do continue with the reports! Looking at the Google maps for that area it looks like there is almost no end to the exploring you can do on a good DS bike!
 
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I look forward to seeing the next ride pictures (hopefully with some bomber pics mixed in!!). Thanks for posting these, I have never been to Australia, so its great to see the pics and get a little idea what it is like out there.

Gary
 

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This is a good thread. I like the pics also. I need to convert the K`s to miles because I have no idea how far you are talking about :doh::rider:
 

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I went for a short trip by myself the other day , just to do a recce to find a road that goes through the Eurimbula national park from Turkey Beach to Agnes Waters. About 40ks south of Gladstone is the turnoff to Turkey beach (all bitumen).

Road to Turkey.
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Turkey Beach.
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Grassy area near beach.
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Anyway, I found the road I needed to find. I had no intention of riding it today, just finding it, that's for next time. I decided to head down a road called Foreshores Rd.


Foreshores Road
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Further down from that shot with the open gate.
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Not fair. It looks like you could get across at low tide though. It is called Hummock Hill Island.
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The general area.
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Friday morning we are going to the bomber site. I am taking the nikon and I have mounted the video camera that was on the Bandit onto the DRZ, so should be fun.
 
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Friday morning we are going to the bomber site. I am taking the nikon and I have mounted the video camera that was on the Bandit onto the DRZ, so should be fun.
Can't wait to see the pics and video's.. I always thought Australia would be an amazing place to visit and your posts just confirm this.. One day I will get to see Australia in person, until then I will have to see it through your posts..

Gary
 

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Moving this to the After the Ride section since it has become more of an ongoing ride report (at least I hope it is ongoing :trust:)
 
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Thanks for sharing this. Love seeing pics of far away places that I'll most likely never have the chance to ride.

Thanks!!!
 

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So.... Friday morning we loaded the bikes on the trailer and headed off to the start of the Kroombit road. A friend of mine has a property 14 ks down the road, so we decided to park there. Got all our gear on and headed off down the dirt road.



Only to find this about 30 ks in.

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So that ended that little adventure. No bomber today.

The 2 bikes deciding if it would be wrong to use the key that was so "cleverly" hidden under a rock next to the gate.
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Up in the hills on the way back.
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Lucas going faster than his Mother would like. So if we keep it between ourselves, then it's ok.
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Saturday morning I woke up and decided I was going to the bomber. Lucas was unable to go due to prior plans. This time I rode straight from home and Saturday being the 26th and the park closed sign "saying" it was only closed until the 25th. So I took them at their word and headed off.

I had the video camera off the Bandit mounted to the Drz and because of this, on the way I didn't take any photos of the road to the bomber as I was getting excellent video. Well this wasn't the case as it turned out. Mounting the camera on road bike on relatively smooth roads is one thing, on the Drz is another, way too shaky. 2 hours of video wasted. Oh well, will mount it to my helmet next time I think.

Anyway here are some pics.

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Tail section.
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View through the tail gunner's target reticle hole into the body.
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Tail again.
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The tail gunners section. Seat was stolen by some thieving *******, as was a lot of stuff. There is now a 380,000 fine for removal of parts, however there is no way of enforcing it, so stuff slowly goes missing over time.
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Wing.
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Unknown (to me) part. The stainless cog is still, well, stainless and the chain isn't locked up with rust.
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Part of undercarriage.
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Engines. Phone for scale.
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Airscrew.
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Signs.

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Well, that is the lot for this run. On the way there I hit a log with my right leg and it was a bit hard to put weight on it. The walk to the bomber was enough for me, I didn't want to brave walking down the cliffside to get pics of the main fuselage, and I was by myself. So better safe than sorry.

Anyway, until the next mini adventure. I might try to salvage a little bit of video, but it's very shaky, we'll see.
 
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That's amazing. And kind of heartbreaking all at the same time. Thank you for the photos.

I hope your leg feels better soon!
 
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Its a cool story on the find and an interesting piece of History and I like the fact that the plane remained as crashed not carried off to a museum somewhere.One of our guys on the ZRX board sent almost the exact same pictures a couple of years ago when he visited the site he live somewhere in Australia
 
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Thanks.
Riding vicariously through your post. Oh I swear I am reading with an Aussie accent, :rofl:just sitting here reading along when it struck me. Is that an Aussie accent I heard in my head. yep, it sure was.
 

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That's amazing. And kind of heartbreaking all at the same time. Thank you for the photos.

I hope your leg feels better soon!

Thnx . My own fault though, when I left I said to myself now take it easy your by yourself. Then first chance I got, I went ballistic and hit a section of deep bulldust. Something was under the bulldust and it sent me off line. So to quote one of your fictional countrymen. Stupid is as stupid does, I guess.
 

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Hey Guys. Just a quick hello and Merry Christmas. Been quiet on here as I have been laying on my back (injured for over 3 weeks). Still can't ride, can't even get on the bike, lol, ( though I have tried ). Anyway have a good one.


Ps Not a bike related injury.
 

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Bummer. I hope you heal quickly so you can get back to riding :thumb:

Hope you had a good Christmas weekend as well, and a have a good New Years!
 

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Haven't heard from you in a while. Has the injury gotten any better?
Yes. Much better now, thanks for asking. I actually went for a ride through part of Eurimbula National forest on Tuesday. Excellent day about 80% sand roads ( few hairy moments but no falls). I didn't take many pics but will post the one's I have soon.

I actually attempted to ride through there a week earlier and at the first water crossing my bike died. With all the research of mods etc for the DRZ I never once picked up on the need to reroute the carby hoses.:giveup: Any way I fixed all that and now it's almost amphibious.:rider:

I'll post some pics later. Have a good one.
 

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Cool! Glad to hear you are doing better!

The carb vent thing is a common mod on DS bikes. It makes the water crossing easier ;-)
 

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Deleted due to photobucket having a complete meltdown. Will try again another time. All the pics were corrupted or something. Took ages, sigh.
 
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