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As alliterations go the title is pretty poor, but the 3 days spend in Northern NSW with @DW, @Sungod Racing and our non forum mate Jason were anything but. The "Border Bubble" is a number of northern nsw shires opened to travel by the Queensland government with residents not needing to hotel or self isolate on return. NSW residents from south of the bubble are still unable to enter Qld without 14 days hotel isolation @$3000 per person. @DW and I could go south a little bit, but Shane and Jason couldn't come into Qld. I won't get caught up in the politics.

For SGR and Jason the trip is ongoing. Theirs started on Saturday in Queanbeyan with overnight stops in Canowindra and on Sunday in Uralla. They have a tale to tell of a guy who came along for a day ride, a guy who came for two days, two ktms that caused trouble and a triumph that didn't. Starting issues, a water pump gasket that leaked and a carpark repair manufactured with the deft skill of an ex pastry cook that didn't. A trip across kangaroo country at night and a wood duck who didn't know where hi beam was... all worthy stories in their own right and I will let @Sungod Racing tell it in his own inimitable style. He and Jason are still mooching somewhere around Glen Innes tonight on a leisurely trek back to Queanbeyan. They found the best gelato in the Northern NSW highlands in Glen Innes, apparently.

So, starting on Monday @DW and I had a dull and boring trip by comparison to meet up with Shane and Jason at Urbenville. Aside from every caravan, camper trailer and 4WD full of kids, dogs, and short tempers pulling out in front of us from side roads, tracks, camp sites and watering holes it was uneventful. A handful of panic stops, getting stone shot and dust covered is normal on a bitumen road right? Apparently so on a Queensland long weekend Monday. When will I ever learn??

The highlights? Finding Rain Mode on the GT made rough road riding much more manageable and the huge rough road improvement made by the suspension software update about 12 months ago. No bike or gear issues, no chats with the constabulary. Loving the Continental tyres: Sport Attack 4 on front, Road Attack 3 on rear. My new Dianese goretex pants and Alpinestar Goretex jacket were comfortable, and well vented in the 30C mid afternoon. If I sound a bit negative about the day I really am not. We knocked over 500 km without issue, in good time on a long weekend Monday. Nothing shabby about that. Urbenville Hotel is... local. I would have a field day with my OCD and a skip in the back yard, but the food was good and the hospitality excellent. The renovated rooms are a staircase better than the non renovated rooms. Clearly better things to come for Urbenville. I would go back, but I wouldn't take the bride.


Tuesday morning started with a gentle ride into Kyogle for breakfast, an off the highway ride to Casino and a strop along the Bruxner Highway to Tenterfield. All the highlights from yesterday shone again today, so the benefit is real. After a quick tank top we retraced our steps to Kyogle, then had a run around Nimbin settling in Evans Head for the evening. Illawong Hotel has a great bistro, pretty good wine list and the rooms are basic but clean. I could bring the bride here, using the bistro as a lure. Shanes RC8 needs to stop for fuel a lot. I was "1 for 2"ing all day. Planning becomes important as I have gotten lazy with the 23 liter / 350 plus km range of the GT.

Highlight of the day was the clearly chemically affected young gent worshipping the thunder as three ktms and a triumph triple eased through the shopping precinct of Nimbin.


Wednesday was a parting of the ways. @DW and I headed for home, Shane and Jason spent some time looking for The Channon after we parted company at Uki .. pronounced You ky.. as in sky without the S, and then sent pictures of ice creams and beers beside the river in Murwillumbah. Temperatures were up but traffic volume was down compared to Monday. @DW had to do battle with kangaroos for an hour or so after dark, getting home at 1900. I was home, drinking beer in the pool at 1700. After dinner with friends, more beer and a bottle of red wine I was happy to be in bed by 12.30.

We spent some time trying to find a non highway route from Evans Head to Murwillimbah, that in retrospect would have been better spent getting @DW closer to home. Lesson learned.


@DW day finished at 850 kms to get home to Bundaberg. A very impressive feat ending in the dark with the ever present threat of a kangaroo strike. A marathon effort mate and I applaud the positive mindset when it became clear, 5 hours out, that you weren't getting home in daylight. The highlight of the day was getting the "I am home" text.
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Check out the "Ute" in the background ... for our 'Merican friends. Not a pickup, a ute.
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Boys and their Toys.
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The Big Bike at Moo Moo Cafe near Murwillumbah.
 

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Sounds like an epic trip Pete, thanx for the great write up and maps. Many miles covered, makes me wonder how the "mangina" fared? DW managed to both stay alive and finish on two wheels, not bad mate! The after dark kangaroo threat is pretty exotic for the rest of us. Roo bars on a bike ... there's another great business idea DW which has me wondering how the roadkill meat business is doing without me?
 
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Good write-up! Sounds like quite the trip fellas. (y)
 

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Good to read someone's out and about before it gets 'toobloodyhot' (y)........ I'm still waiting for my 'appointment' to get the 30k km major service done (only 9 more days to go...... geeze, never ever had to wait this long for a service slot).

Today's morning news makes it sound like maybe your timing was perfect..... the increase in community spread in NSW might trigger another 'Border Bubble Bust-up' :ROFLMAO:.......

I've been filling in time by servicing my CBR1100XX and treating and sealing a bit of rust I discovered inside it's steel tank. Job done...:).... bike looks perfect, brakes-coolant-oil-filters-plugs all done..... tank will never go rusty ever again....... ummmm, what should I do now :unsure:......... oh I know, a ride!

Poor Kato must sit quietly and rest for a few more days, but I haven't ridden the 'Bird' since Feb 2018, so I'm sure the big cat won't mind....... (y)
 

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That offer was made very early in the day, but @DW decided to roll the dice. Glad he didn't roll snake eyes. Roo lotto is a scary thing. Hope he got rewarded when he got home... 😁😁
 
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Twas a great trip. First one that I didn't have to make a donation to the filths donut fund, (even though I made up good time from woolooga to Tiaro)
Didn't see one roo either, but judging by how horses and cows scattered in the paddocks in nsw as sungods rc8 and my smutt passed by, I think the roos probably did the same up near me.
The word of the day was "tolerable" and that summed up my trip home after crossing into qld.
@AusPete was so kind to offer a beer by or in the pool and stay for another night, but my inner thigh was giving me hell and I just wanted to get back.
I thoroughly enjoyed the trip and always fun to have a ride with the other 3.
Do it all again soon. Thanks Fellas.
 

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That offer was made very early in the day, but @DW decided to roll the dice. Glad he didn't roll snake eyes. Roo lotto is a scary thing. Hope he got rewarded when he got home... 😁😁
Side note... when did you get an MV Agusta??? Got some pics ;) I don't think i saw any posts, just your siggy change.
 

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Side note... when did you get an MV Agusta??? Got some pics ;) I don't think i saw any posts, just your siggy change.
Whoa @AusPete has come to the MV dark side? Maybe once mine and the old man's are back on the road we can arrange a track day to really test them out

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Hahaha you two. I sold both my K1300S and my 1078RR Brutale to fund the SDGT. Got the best bits of the two bikes I reckon. I'm not sure whether I was frightened by the MV or excited by it. I loved how it pointed and stopped. Wasn't so keen on how quickly the front wheel came up, particularly when still tipped over exiting corners. But I sort of loved that too, even when I was scared.. Like jumping out of a dive boat at night on a 40 meter deep reef with lots of current. The reward was huge, the risk enormous.

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The two bikes that became the SDGT. I get a bit of a hankerin' for another MV. The Turismo Veloce 800 RC makes me dribble just a bit, the little Brutale Dragster RR makes me dribble a lot. I would have to buy two of them. One to ride and polish .. one to just.... polish myself over.. Yeah sick puppy for sure. 🤒🤒
 
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Side note... when did you get an MV Agusta??? Got some pics ;) I don't think i saw any posts, just your siggy change.
Siggy block not changed Trav. Click on it and it opens up for the full story.
 
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Ahhh didn't even see that yeeesh.
 

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The after dark kangaroo threat is pretty exotic for the rest of us.
I think you can equate our roo problem with your forest rats. About 90% of the roo problem is dusk and dawn, when they are moving to and from their feeding grounds. But that is not to be trusted - you can strike them any time.
 
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