Blog: July 9. Just been workin’.

I’ve been in Sydney for most of the week for work, and that means I haven’t done any riding. I did manage to pick up the Dominator, so I was able to change the rear wheels over yesterday (Saturday) and do a short, quiet run into town. It was glorious. The weather was fantastic and the bike was, too. I actually started the day on the knobby and the difference on the road when I…

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Blog: July 2. A good weekend

Very quickly because I’m way behind with work and I have to get a lot done over the next couple of days, I spent the weekend riding the Motorrad Garage Africa Twin around Cessnock. It was a great couple of days, I didn’t fall off or do any damage, and bike was nice. That’s not me in the pic. I was on the camera. I’ll tell you more about it if I get some kind…

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Blog: June 24. Cold

I went for a ride in Lithgow and Orange on the weekend, and it was chilly. In fact, under clear, blue skies and with the sun shining yesterday morning it was just a whisker below zero when I left Orange yesterday morning. The fog surrounding Bathurst was murderous, and the ice on the road kept the heart rate up, but I got through it in one piece and made it home last night, so all…

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Blog: June 17. Still got the wog

After a week of Butter Menthols, bags and bags of snotty tissues, and coughing like single-cylinder diesel I still feel like crap. I thought I felt better today (Sunday). I had to go to Woolgoolga, and it was such a nice day I thought I’d enjoy myself. I fell in a heap something terrible when I got back. I think I’ll have to start a support group for sufferers of Man Flu. We can get…

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Blog: June 10. Got the wog

It’s Monday morning and a glorious day outside, but I’m at my desk sniffling and coughing and being as pathetic as I can in the hope of some sympathy. At this stage it’s just a cold, but the dreaded Man Flu could be just around the corner. You never can tell. Those germs are frigging sneaky. Finke is the big news this weekend, and Toby Price is having another crack at his self-styled ‘Ironman’. He’s…

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Pottsy’s mid-week ride

I got a day off work out of the blue. So as you do, I went for a wobble, working out ways to link up the old highway south of Coffs to Kempsey in preparation for a ride Tom and I are planning. It was a tough job wobbling about in the sunshine on back roads and lanes, but l managed to link up some nice stuff all the way to Kempsey without backtracking too…

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Blog: June 3. Coff City Moto shop ride

I’ve been at my desk trying to catch up all week, but this morning I dragged the Yamaha out of the shed and headed in to Coffs City Moto, just off Englands Road, for a road ride. I’m keen to support dealerships who run rides. It’s a big service to riders, plenty of whom probably aren’t even customers. I especially applaud Coffs City Moto for there being no charge or marketing spiel. It was just…

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Blog: May 28. New Triumphs and Suzuki V-Strom

It’s still Monday morning so I’m not late. I’ve been riding the 2018 Triumphs – the XRT800 and XRT1200, and the XCA1200 and XCA800 – and spent a couple of days on a Suzuki adventure ride in Lithgow and Bathurst. The Tigers are even better this year. They’re slimmer, lighter, loaded with electronics and completely awesome. The media release was a blast with a great batch of riders and Triumph staff. Suzuki booked an AirB&B…

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Blog: May 21. Tyre dilemmas

This week I dashed up to Inverell to meet the boss and ride for a day. I had to put some new tyres on the KLR for work, so I set to it. I was relieved when the Continental TKC70 came off without too much drama. I had to use the Tyre Pliers bead breaker, but that’s what it’s there for. And it wasn’t too tough. If I’d been out on a ride somewhere I…

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Blog: May 14. Stupid flat tyre!

I’ve been battling a little with tyres lately. The dilemma for me is the choice between a durable tyre that will truly cope with 50/50 on-road/off-road use, but won’t be impossible to change when I get a flat. A knobby is unpleasant on the road and tends wear fast. A road tyre is near-useless off-road. These days the dualsport tyres all seem to be impossible to get off the rim. A lot of them are…

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