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Alright, alright. We will stay off the dirt.
I know you're not soft @AusPete , just ocd when it comes to Keeping a clean bike. (Can't blame a man for that)

We should take the crew over mt Lindsay hwy south bound from killarney to Woodenbong.
That will determine who's soft or not.
Though the most disadvantaged will be @Sungod Racing and his bread board Rc8 seat.
Ouch, I feel the pain thinking about it!

S'ok @AusPete we can be "soft" and keep our bikes pristine

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As we have touched on the fires, thought I would share this here.

A kookaburra perches on a burnt tree in the aftermath of a bushfire in Wallabi Point New South Wales Australia. Nov 12 2019.
Credit: Courtesy of Adam Stevenson/Social Media via Reuters.


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As we have touched on the fires, thought I would share this here.

A kookaburra perches on a burnt tree in the aftermath of a bushfire in Wallabi Point New South Wales Australia. Nov 12 2019.
Credit: Courtesy of Adam Stevenson/Social Media via Reuters.


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Yes, very stunning scene..... and they say very silent after a bad fire..... no wildlife, no sounds, Kooka is probably scanning for a nice BBQ'd snake......
 

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:LOL:...... I've ridden an RC8....... rattled my cage so bad over bumpy roads that I almost had blurred vision :LOL:. SDGT is a Gold Wing by comparison....... and really quite good on a dirt road...... not that I seek the dust and stone chips and extra cleaning (unless you make sure you are in the lead when the road is dirt ;)).
 

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A smoky old morning in Brisvegas.....
Mate..... time to quit smoking eh :ROFLMAO:...... getting hard to breath way over here at Manly...... and put that back yard wood fired BBQ away :giggle:.

I didn't go for a ride in the hills today (Sunday) due to the fires..... then I see on the news that most are under control ...... :(..... I should have gone out when it was still cool:rolleyes:........ oh well....... next time.
 

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So got a call last night, "we have a critically unwell neonate and need you to get in ASAP" so I reminded the nurse manager that I'm a 45min drive away and as I'd just gotten up would jump in the shower quickly and leave (all recorded on a call recording app) mind you she called just as I was getting up to get ready for work anyway.

Was speeding down the Bruce Hwy when all of a sudden the red and blues start flashing on the other side of the road and he turns around to pull me over. Lo and behold it's my local copper. Told him why I was speeding and the reply "you can imagine I hear all sorts of excuses", "well would you like to hear the phone call as my phone records every call", played the call for him then was questioned as to why I showered first if it was so critical "Uh I had to wake up and was only in for 30secs".

Got a lecture on speeding and let go without a ticket. Perhaps I should buy a lotto ticket now!?!

Made me think though, if I had been on 2 wheels instead of 4, I know I would of been going a lot faster!

As to the baby, retrieved out to RBWH 5hrs after I arrived by RFDS in a critical condition and not stable despite our best efforts

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Wow. Poor little bugger. Hope the baby pulls through.
What an eventful night/morning you had.
As for the filth, you are lucky. Might need to share a bit of that luck on our run down south....my demerit point count is not so good.
I was going to use @AusPete as a decoy, bit I think he's lost a couple too.
 

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Wow. Poor little bugger. Hope the baby pulls through.
What an eventful night/morning you had.
As for the filth, you are lucky. Might need to share a bit of that luck on our run down south....my demerit point count is not so good.
I was going to use @AusPete as a decoy, bit I think he's lost a couple too.
I'm currently at 5 points left and Jim is at 3. My last ticket scored me 4 + $444 fine (128 in a 100 zone)! Though I do get 3 back in January. Jim has to wait 2-3yrs to get any back we are taking bets on who will lose their licence first.

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I never ride on Sunday....too many numpties and cops.
:giggle:..... You calling me a numptie or a cop?.......;).......

Not sure which I want to be......:ROFLMAO:

I prefer Sunday's as there are less blustering workers or school mum's speeding to get to the next appointment...... I find Sunday drivers/riders to be more alert than mid-weeker's, and there are less of them. I do go early though... that prob helps, before all the lunch crowd gets out of bed........

I think it depends on where you start from...... I have to haul my butt from the eastern bayside suburb's when on a mid week ride, through thick aggressive worker traffic and the Springwood/Gateway log jam, just to rendezvous with mates - then we defend against tossers in cars and maniac's in trucks and speed camera's until we get away from populated area's. Life in a big city eh?

Though I have seen the MotoGP repli-racers you are talking about, cutting corners because they have no idea how to ride (n). The local's who live on the mountain must be sick of them treating the road like a private race track...... and when they crash again, and again, the speed limit gets revised down and down.... duh?. :(.

Makes me think of a quote Casey Stoner made after Rossi brought them both down....... "Ambition exceeded ability" - ouch :LOL:......

PS Visited a new M/C accessory shop last Thursday..... 'Road & Race' over at Granard and Beaudesert Rds. It has only just opened it's doors, and isn't fully set up....... but it sells Ricondo race leathers etc and Airoh helmets (plus others - kabuto etc)...... he has airbag race suits for the crashers.... ;).
 

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So got a call last night, "we have a critically unwell neonate and need you to get in ASAP" so I reminded the nurse manager that I'm a 45min drive away and as I'd just gotten up would jump in the shower quickly and leave (all recorded on a call recording app) mind you she called just as I was getting up to get ready for work anyway.

Was speeding down the Bruce Hwy when all of a sudden the red and blues start flashing on the other side of the road and he turns around to pull me over. Lo and behold it's my local copper. Told him why I was speeding and the reply "you can imagine I hear all sorts of excuses", "well would you like to hear the phone call as my phone records every call", played the call for him then was questioned as to why I showered first if it was so critical "Uh I had to wake up and was only in for 30secs".

Got a lecture on speeding and let go without a ticket. Perhaps I should buy a lotto ticket now!?!

Made me think though, if I had been on 2 wheels instead of 4, I know I would of been going a lot faster!

As to the baby, retrieved out to RBWH 5hrs after I arrived by RFDS in a critical condition and not stable despite our best efforts

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Hope your efforts gave the bub a good chance (y)....... shame the local copper didn't recognize your circumstances and cost you vital time.
 

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Well @AusPete @DW @Sungod Racing count me and the old boy in. We will head down on the 1st to meet up with you guys as have to put the spawn on a plane to Japan and the furkid into the kennels.
I've ordered all the service parts for Betsy last night so she will be running in top form for the ride. I'm thinking Jim will be on the 1150RS but he may go with the KLE. And NO dirt @DW, Miss Betsy is staying clean.

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Well @AusPete @DW @Sungod Racing count me and the old boy in. We will head down on the 1st to meet up with you guys as have to put the spawn on a plane to Japan and the furkid into the kennels.
I've ordered all the service parts for Betsy last night so she will be running in top form for the ride. I'm thinking Jim will be on the 1150RS but he may go with the KLE. And NO dirt @DW, Miss Betsy is staying clean.

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Woot woot. Geat news. I still have your mobile # from when you went to pick up Betsy so I will keep in touch and work out somewhere to meet up. Given your starting point I am rough guessing that it will probably be on the 2nd after we wave @Sungod Racing off to the perils of the southern roads and are heading back north. Hope he doesn't get snowed in again at Bathurst like last time.

I'll add you to the group txts regarding road closures due to fires and alternate routes to help with planning your run south.

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Not much chance of snow with yesterday's 35C temps........ but NSW weather may be more recalcitrant than ours :whistle:.

Funny ...... just realized as I typed that....... it hailed so bad on Saturday on the northern suburbs that you could think it was snow........ cricket ball sized stuff that punched holes in roofs! ........ hope all here are ok/not seriously damaged. I got 5 mins of pea sized hail with virtually no rain over Manly way (Brisbane bayside area)....... :(
 

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Not much chance of snow with yesterday's 35C temps........ but NSW weather may be more recalcitrant than ours :whistle:.

Funny ...... just realized as I typed that....... it hailed so bad on Saturday on the northern suburbs that you could think it was snow........ cricket ball sized stuff that punched holes in roofs! ........ hope all here are ok/not seriously damaged. I got 5 mins of pea sized hail with virtually no rain over Manly way (Brisbane bayside area)....... :(
I was helping a mate move house Sunday just round the corner in Wynnum luckily a little bit of rain landed with those pea sized bits of hail while we were driving between houses only and lasted 5 min if that. Just enough to make it stinking hot instead of just hot 🥵
 

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Guyra Lamb and Potato Festival: Jan 25th 2020. Lamb and Potato? Nothing Irish here.....

So I got an invite to join @JoshKTM and his regular riding mates, mentors and fellow KTM tragics, Viviana and Michael, on a long weekend ride. Viviana wrings the neck of a 390 Duke and Michael has a well sorted 1290 SAR. Ride mate Nick also joined us in Guyra and stayed with us till Narrabri. If we needed an excuse it was to visit the Lamb and Potato Festival, running in Guyra since 1987, visit the Warrambungles and burn some fuel and tyres. Good enough for me.

Day 1: Home to Armidale:
A quick (just) pre dawn exodus from Casa Bella got me to Sphinx Rock Cafe, between Murwillimbah and Kyogle, in time to meet the other rebrobates and ingest a tasty breakfast. Onwards to Kyogle and Casino. Westward from Casino towards Tenterfield saw the weather gods having a stromp. Lightning, thunder, torrential rain and cattle knee deep in water in roadside paddocks. This was deep in drought and it was never going to rain again, according to the media in late November when I was through last time with @JoshKTM @DW and @Sungod Racing The bushfire ravaged sections are in full regrowth and the area around Tenterfield looks like I think Ireland would look - the full Emerald Green experience. Tenterfield to Guyra was dry .... but we had barely turned off engines when the storm we rode through an hour earlier hit us again. Shelter was the order of the day before the famed Lamb and Potato could be consumed. Several of us went back for seconds. We stayed overnight at Armidale and mostly dried out ride gear. The 40 kms between Guyra and Armidale reminded me of the Highlands Highway between Lae and Mount Hagen in the PNG highlands there was so much water crossing the highway.


Day 2: Armidale to Narrabri via Warrambungles.
No rain today, but quite a few closed roads from the storms of yesterday. A car and caravan washed off a causeway highlighted the impact of flowing water. After breakfast at the Golden Guitar cafe in Tamworth and a somewhat messy hour sorting what roads were open and would connect we headed to Coonabarabran and the Warrambungles National Park. The very informative Visitors Information Center was open, the Observatory wasn't. The scenery is amazing and a very short 35 km diversion from the snoozefest Newell Highway. Well worth the visit for both the scenery and the ride to the Info Center.

Viviana, Michael, Nick and Josh had a diversion in The Pilliga between Coonabarabran and Narrabri and walked to The Sandstone Cave, an Indiginous site of cultural significance. I baled due to 35 degreeC temps and leather ride gear.... and because I am a sook. I headed staright to the Crossroads Hotel for shower and beer.


Day 3: Narrabri to home via Copeton Dam, Roadkill Road, Heifer Creek #1 - 4, Gregors Creek Road.
For those who think, or would like to make a wager, that there is no interesting way to get from Narrabri to Stanthorpe you better cough up right now. I had an enlightening morning in many ways. The Killarney Gap Road between Narrabri and Bingara, which connects to the Copeton Dam Road from Bingara to Inverell is a gem. Technical in places (tight and twisty with bumps), fast and open in others it is a ride worth the pain of getting to Narrabri. Save the small kangaroo which jumped into the path of Michael's 1290SAR and was summarily dispatched by the "might has right" rule of physics, the only issue was me being stung in the nack by a bee. The bee died, I didn't - short story really.

I also had a squirt on the 1290 SAR and think I was more impressed with it than Michael was with the GT. Man it sucks up bumps .. the difference between @Sungod Racing RC8 and my SDGT is about the same gap between the GT and the SAR in terms of compliance and all day comfort. It's hard to envisage a better bike for give and take country goat tracks we use to avoid the constabulary on a double demerit licence shredder weekend. I spent the 30 minutes or so constantly amazed that I was going 20 or 30 km/h faster than I estimated.

I arrived home in time for a swim and an adult beverage in the pool. All is good with the world.... other than one question. Why does the entire population of SE Queensland get on the roads for a single extra day? Do yourselves a favour and stay home next time. You will be way less stressed and cause me way less aggravation.

A big thanks to @JoshKTM and Viviana for use of their photos.


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Wet afternoon in Guyra:

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The Golden Guitar Cafe Tamworth

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The Observatory road Warrumbungles near Coonabarabran

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Copeton Dam.

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Post bushfire regrowth Stanthorpe.
 

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Fark me, that's a long way on a 390.😯
Poor little thing. Probably valve bouncing all the way.
What a ride report. Far out, almost makes one feel jealous they wasn't there.....apart from the torrential rain bit, that would've sucked balls.
Good to see you got on an adventure bike @AusPete . Might trade the Gt on one??
Hope you said g'day to Josh for me, hang on I can do that here.
G'day @JoshKTM.
Good on you blokes. When I get some points back, hall your a-rses up here.
 

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Nice ride report @AusPete ... thanx for the ride along. Really liked the orderly way you do this with the maps and all ... I love a good map. I drilled down on the first map to find out where you live. Is it the place with blue metal roof above the others on a hillock? After all the fire, the land has a way to rebound with calm while people remain in hysteria.
Oh and another thing, leather on a 35C day ... what happened to the Power ranger suit?
And you DW ... oh you have such a way with words!
 
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