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July 12th, 2011, 03:41 AM   #11
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Thanks for the responses folks. Whilst on the ride I often thought of you guys and was thinking that I couldn't wait to share the adventure.



Perhaps in the next couple of years the Powerslide meet up could be PI and us Aussies could organise a week long adventure ride to the Island. We could start at Alice Springs and do the Simpson Desert the Victorian High Country and on to PI. 2500 - 3000 km.
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When I got the shot with the monster girls I was thinking...this one is for Jumkie!
You know me well brotha!
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Thanks for the responses folks. Whilst on the ride I often thought of you guys and was thinking that I couldn't wait to share the adventure.



Perhaps in the next couple of years the Powerslide meet up could be PI and us Aussies could organise a week long adventure ride to the Island. We could start at Alice Springs and do the Simpson Desert the Victorian High Country and on to PI. 2500 - 3000 km.
I'm in, but I need a bike.



Maybe we can meet up with BM & Talpa.
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July 12th, 2011, 03:32 PM   #15
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We could organise a hire bike pretty easy.



I reckon it would be great to have Talpa and BM along.



Good thing about riding is the BS stops when you swing your leg over!
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July 12th, 2011, 09:04 PM   #16
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I'm in, but I need a bike.



Maybe we can meet up with BM & Talpa.


Just finishing setting up a mates Super Tenere and I'm so keeen!! Can't go this time but I will be down for it some day.







Mental: I followed you a bit on Spot, but either I got too busy or you took too many breaks , seemed like a busy trip! . I do remember thinking at one stage" WTF are they doing there!?"





I think you are right about the 690, I am of the growing opinion that the Super Tenere will be more of a hinderance than a help, but meh we will see. I have tried to talk him into taking the Berg but nup ....... he's worried about the long stretches.

Also on the Tenere, we had to fit a switch that basically pulls the fuse on the ABS and TC !! ....... as I said to my mate ....... you have been riding offroad for over 40 years if you don't know how to work without them now ..... you'd better not go Basically when you get to a steep hill ..... you can't stop!! thats how good the ABS is ....... it really works! Which is crap



Currenty slowly setting up my old EXC520 as a kind of "Abridged Adventure bike", I may do some relatively close to home trips.
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July 13th, 2011, 12:04 AM   #17
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Just finishing setting up a mates Super Tenere and I'm so keeen!! Can't go this time but I will be down for it some day.







Mental: I followed you a bit on Spot, but either I got too busy or you took too many breaks , seemed like a busy trip! . I do remember thinking at one stage" WTF are they doing there!?"





I think you are right about the 690, I am of the growing opinion that the Super Tenere will be more of a hinderance than a help, but meh we will see. I have tried to talk him into taking the Berg but nup ....... he's worried about the long stretches.

Also on the Tenere, we had to fit a switch that basically pulls the fuse on the ABS and TC !! ....... as I said to my mate ....... you have been riding offroad for over 40 years if you don't know how to work without them now ..... you'd better not go Basically when you get to a steep hill ..... you can't stop!! thats how good the ABS is ....... it really works! Which is crap



Currenty slowly setting up my old EXC520 as a kind of "Abridged Adventure bike", I may do some relatively close to home trips.


We were held up in Darwin much longer than expected and apart from the 2 days at Uluru we were on the go pretty much the whole time. One day when we had the film crew with us we only had scheduled to do 265km and it seemed like such a pissy little amount. Funny how your perception changes.



What I have learned is that very few long distance 'Adventure Riders' ever go off road. The GS1200 is the bike of choice for these riders and they never get dirty. I assume the Super Tenere was designed with the same use in mind. Doesn't mean they are not capable of it but the manufacturers know that 99.9% of their life will be on the black top.



Mate, I couldn't have been more impressed with the 690. It will sit on 130 all day long and I was able to get it up to 160 with all the gear on. Once you go over 110 though the fuel consumption goes up considerably but then so did the GS800. At 130km/h the GS's fuel range dropped from 300k to just over 200k.



I am going to take the 690 on a trail ride soon and see how it goes in the single trail. Considering I am not capable of using even 50% of the capability of a 450 enduro I doubt the limitations of the 690's extra 20kg and extra 15hp will slow me down too much.



Do some research and you will find that a lot of guys (especially the Americans) set their 520's up for Adventuring. Key is a bigger oil tank and cooler which allows you to extend out the service intervals.



If we get some interest then maybe 2013 will be the year of the PS adventure ride to PI. I will be happy to take the lead on organisation. I have already had a brief look at a route that would show off our great land and provide a good ride to go with it. A support 4wd so we don't have to carry too much gear and it was be easy as.
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Sounds like a blast. Get thee some Clearwater Krista's (HPLED's) and your headlight woes will be over!




They aren't bad for tight bush stuff because they don't focus a real beam . But for outback riding they are a bit scary ,,,,, ie. You get to see what it is you hit just before you do





If you want true long range visibility try the Hello Micro DE lights ( not the spot and the fog sett but the two Spotlight set ) they are expensive but seriously unsurpassed on a bike. You can see a roo at sat 1km with those and fry him at 0.5km

We went for a ride up the road the other night ( dirt track in bush ) I had my old 520 and mate was on the S Tenere I lost my front lights ( I'm running a superbright Xenon thing that is ok ...... when its on but it heats the bulb holder and warps it so it goes off occasionally )



Mate rode his Tenere with the Hello Micro's jus behind and to the side of me and ....... they were the best lights I've never had Amazing visibility ..... still doesn't cure the shear mass of the S Tenere as we spotted a wombat and I stopped but the Tenere sailed past me and nearly collected Mr Wombat .............. silly bike really He should have got a 690 like yours Mental.
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Dead-set awesome write up mate, the wife & i wanted to do NT few years back( in our 4by), but a mortgage, starting a family came 1st etc so its on the to-do list. . . .
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Dead-set awesome write up mate, the wife & i wanted to do NT few years back( in our 4by), but a mortgage, starting a family came 1st etc so its on the to-do list. . . .


Thanks. NT is a wonderful place. You will feel like you are stepping back in time. The landscape just can't be explained as it has to be seen to get a feel for the vastness and then the impact of the features that break it up. A 4WD is the perfect way to see it. The bike is good but you can become engrossed in the riding and miss some of the landscape.
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