Blog: February 19. Riding a sidecar is poo-your-pants scary

As forecast in last week’s blog I’ve been riding a sidecar, and it’s a very, very scary experience. I was lucky because Greg Jansen of Rocky Creek Designs is a sidecar enthusiast and when he heard I was to ride the Ural Sahara he got involved and organised a day’s training for me with uralofoz.com.au main man Jon Taylor. Thank Dog Greg did. I honestly believe trying to handle the Ural without the coaching would’ve…

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Blog: February 12. I’m getting lazy

Hey-up. I managed to get out on the Dominator for an hour or so this last week, thanks to Nigel Locke. I’ve been keen to ride with the Coffs Restorer’s Club, but haven’t made it to any meetings. Attending meetings is how you join the club, and I knew both Gav Gill and Nige were members. I had some bits and pieces for Nige, so I phoned when I thought the meeting was on, figuring…

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Blog: February 5. Good to see some rain

I hope everyone’s been out taking advantage of the rain to enjoy a little dust-free riding. The KLR is having its blubbering problem sorted. Dan Vaughan picked a partially blocked main jet as the cause. That would certainly cause the problem, and of course I didn’t think of it myself. Dan listened patiently while I explained the problem, complete with my impersonations of flubbing engine noises and body position to show I was on uphills….

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Blog: January 29. Bad news

A fatality is a sad thing no matter who’s involved, but when it’s a rider it seems a little close. In this case I expect everyone would be aware of Damon Stokie’s fatal accident competing in the Deep Well enduro near Alice Springs on Saturday. Stokie won Finke in 2017 and must’ve been a fast and determined rider. I didn’t know him, but it still leaves me feeling sad. I’ve used Yamaha Motor Australia’s pic…

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Ramdog’s overnighter to the Clarence River. Feb 24.

Overnight Camping Ride to http://www.clarenceriver.com/ Meet at CORAKI, out front of the Catholic Church in Adams Street, fueled and ready to roll at 7:30am on Saturday, February 24. Bring lunch for Saturday and don’t forget your noodle! Saturday’s exact route to Wilderness to be determined. We’re thinking Mount Marsh, Lionsville, Bulldog Trail, Ewingar to Paddy’s Flat. Get to camp mid-arvofor plenty of swimming and canoeing time. Sunday the Boorook loop and back to Lunatic Hotel…

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Blog: January 22. Dakar.

Dakar finished in the early hours of the morning our time. I was up just after 5.00am and at the computer, keen to see whether Toby Price had pulled off a miracle. In a way he had. Finishing third is probably a bit of a bummer for Toby. He’s proven he can win it. He won a stage again this year, so he’s as fast as the fastest riders. A navigation error cost him over…

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Blog: January 15. A desk week

‘Ay-oop, everyone. I spent most of this last week in Sydney, so I don’t have much to report. Sydney time is desk time, and usually it’s fairly demanding desk time. This week was a real bag of bricks but it’s done now and I’m looking forward to getting in a ride or two over the next couple of weeks. I have some interesting things coming up. The first is I’ve been given a Tomtom Rider…

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Cousin Matthew’s solo run

With Christmas Day over, the exchanging of Chinese-made gifts done and bellies full of Christmas cheer, it was time to head off on another solo adventure. Not a hard-core adventure ride, but more a get-out-and-about and away-from-the-lounge-chair trip with no maps or GPS. It would be a safe one to do solo, with more tar than I’d normally like. But the DR650 and I would be happy anyway. A common start point for me –…

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Blog: January 8. A good start

Evening all. It’s a scorching hot Sunday arvo and I’ve had a pretty good week, I have to say. First up I blew the dust off the Dominator and went for a quiet road ride with Dean Anthony and Secret-Squirrel Pottsy. It was an absolutely premium day – except Pottsy made us ride on some dirt I think there might’ve been a speck of dust on the Dominator. We dawdled up through Dorrigo, stopping for…

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Blog: December 25. Even on Christmas day!

Merry Christmas everyone. Even I’m a little amazed I can manage a blog on Christmas day. I’m writing this mid-afternoon on Christmas Eve, and of course we’re all looking forward to celebrating Santa’s birthday tomorrow. I hope your Chrissy stockings are chocka with the bike-riding gear you’ve been hanging out for. Longest Day in the form of a rip-shit-or-bust run into the desert didn’t happen this year, but Pottsy and I teamed up to wander…

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