Raisin’ Cain (Marty HC’s story)

I don’t like riding in the dark, but most of the epic adventure rides start that way. There’s something satisfying about not wasting any of the precious daylight and the gentle burble of the DR with only the lights from surrounding dairies for company as I headed through the cool crisp air for Bellingen. Cain was a bit surprised at my early arrival, but 15 minutes later Candy, his beloved 990, was outside barking an…

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Blog: April 30. An interesting week

Hi everyone. I’ve had a bikeless week, except for Dan Vaughan doing some work on the KLR, and now it’s better than ever. He sure has an incredible touch with a bike. I thought it needed new clutch springs. Dan reckoned I should try a new cable first. Sure enough, that clutch is as smooth as butter now, and more progressive than a Steiner school. I’ve had some new lights turn up for it as…

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Blog: April 23. A week off

It’s Saturday morning early, and I won’t be able to get to a computer for the next few days, so rather than leave you all guessing I’ll just say, “Hi!” and catch up next week. Karen and Dave Ramsay, along with Meg Lees, look to be having a ball in Nepal. Despite the difficulty of internet access in the Himalayas, and the hopeless unreliability of that internet when they found it, Karen still managed to…

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Blog: April 16. Plenty happening

It’s been a great week. I’ve been down to Kosciusko and had a great time with a few great blokes. But first, news from around the place, and first up is Secret Squirrel reducing his bike stable. Here’s the e-mail with the news… “Squirrel is sad, there wasn’t enough room in the toy shed and one of the fleet had to go. “Unfortunately the DR drew the shortest straw, so there is now a happy…

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Blog: April 9. Cousin Matthew checks in

Evenin’ all. It’s late Sunday arvo and although I haven’t done much myself this week, it seems I’m the only one. I took BMW’s Rallye X GSA down to Rock Motorcycles for a service and new rear tyre, so I rode my cherished Dominator to Craig Murcott’s and rode back on the Beemer. Now THAT’s what I call a contrast. The difference between $30,000 worth of current BMW and a few thou’s worth of 1995…

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Blog: April 2. Nigel Locke’s ride

Yaaaaaawn. Today is the last day of 10 holidays for me. Genuine holidays. Not a trip away where I covered a bike event and had a day or two to spare, but 10 days with no camera, no bikes, and, for a lot of it, no computer. It was great, too. I don’t know that I’ve ever had 10 full days like that in my working life. I’ve always seemed to at least spend time…

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