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Off-topic: Climbers who ride MOTORbikes.

IdratherbeclimbingM9
13/01/2007
1:40:55 PM
(bump)

Am attending the Australian Climbing Festival 2007: Blue Mtns Easter April 7-8, as a ride.

Any other climber-riders interested in going as a group?

I will be travelling up from the Albury/Wodonga area.

Anyone coming from further Vic., (or between Border and Bluies), who want to link up ?
brutus
14/01/2007
7:59:04 PM
CLimbing and riding my duke is all i need!

IdratherbeclimbingM9
3/02/2007
11:30:43 PM
Link to Qrank thread where brat has updated his Malaysian adventures.

http://p223.ezboard.com/fqueenslandclimbingdiscussion.showPrevMessage?topicID=2047.topic

brat wrote
>Got sideswiped by a minibus while going up the mountain out of Luang Prabang

... but don't worry folks as they are OK.
Go to the thread to get full details.


IdratherbeclimbingM9
15/03/2007
3:37:38 PM
Bumpity, bump.

Have been away a while and have mega pages of Chockstone to catch up ...
~> suffering withdrawal ~ (twitch, twitch, twitch) ... symptoms! :~(

Only 3 weeks to go now till the Australian Climbing Festival 2007: Blue Mtns Easter April 7-8; so it is getting down to the 11th hour for those indecisive types who make up their minds at the last minute ...
I have friends riding down from Qld for it and find it hard to believe that there are no Vics considering similar from this end.

Am attending myself ... as much as a ride (the journey is always important ...), as a top place to be at Easter if one is a climber.

Any other climber-riders interested in going ?

I will be travelling up from the Albury/Wodonga area. Anyone coming from further Vic., or between Border and Bluies/Blueys ... (political correctness noted!), who want to link up ?
... am happy to go via dirt, or tar whatever the majority reckons is good.


brat
17/03/2007
5:51:48 PM
Sorry, am in the Northern Territory working that week, would be fantastic riding/week/climbing! :o(

BTW our motorcycle/climbing/diving trip to Asia is being posted here!
http://www.badweatherbikers.com/buell/messages/142838/261306.html?1173908289

IdratherbeclimbingM9
21/03/2007
10:49:35 AM
Fantastic adventure brat. Good photos and Nat writes it up extremely well*.
(*It is one of the best reads I have had in quite a while).
Thanks for posting the link.

IdratherbeclimbingM9
2/05/2007
1:38:51 PM
Brief trip report about the journey.

To those who did not attend (Blue Mtns Climbing Festival - Escalade '07); … you missed a good thing.

Left home later than I intended so skipped breaky.
The highway ride was OK for the 1st couple of hours then it settled in to being fairly boring, with bugger-all cop cars / radars out to keep the interest up, which was surprising for a double demerit public holiday period.
Once I turned off the highway at Gunning and found some dirt and tight corners it sparked up the interest considerably, and took my mind off the highway induced backside weariness.
I met a Bathurst rider and it then became sufficiently interesting that I continued to deviate from my original intended route and went an hour or more out of my way following the dirt back-roads through to Bathurst with him. Only concerned myself once by carrying too much speed into a cobbled corner while being blinded by his dust in the setting sun … Frantic stabbing down through the gears while matching revs and using engine compression avoided a wheel lockup and it turned out OK.
Stopped at a driver reviver; had a cuppa and biscuit for breaky on dark, and layered up with more clothing for the night ride ahead.
The ‘mizzle’ set in at Lithgow, and this combined with the constant stream of oncoming traffic headlights glaring in my fogged visor, by Sydney peoples making their exodus from same; made for ordinary riding on what would have been some good corners enroute to Glenbrook, my chosen destination for the night. The full moon looked great for a short time between clouds, but the break did not last long enough to see the much anticipated cliffs of the Blueys (or should I say Blackys), while at night?
The constant changing of speed limits (all unrealistically low), every few km was an annoyance but given the conditions did not matter too much.

Got to Glenbrook late and drove around for an extended time ‘finding’ my mates place to chin-wag even later into the night. I skipped dinner out of courtesy to the hosts who had finished theirs.
Next morning had a cuppa and so as not to impose on my friends agenda left at the crack of late!; ... thinking I will go to a dreaded Maccas a little up the road, that I noticed last night.
Seems the Sydney crowd has not finished departing Sydney, and they all zeroed in on that destination for breakfast. Clumping around in wet weather gear in the extended queue I thought that bolting a simple bigmac would be the go; as I am not keen on crowds … The girl who served me reckons they don’t serve those for breakfast. So I decided to leave, as it was against my better judgement to go there anyway. Getting on the bike again I checked my watch and noticed if I had been 5 minutes later I would have got the dreaded item; … talk about a close shave!

Headed off to Katoomba instead. It is only about 25 km away but even with riding up the inside ‘lane’ and avoiding most traffic, still took two hours in the gridlock due a motorcycle accident somewhere ahead. Felt guilty riding my m/bike past a fallen comrade, but the situation was well in hand with appropriate medical attention present, so I continued on as there was little else I could do.

At Katoomba in solid rain I decided I had had enough of dodging traffic in slippery conditions, and stopped for ‘lunch a day late’.
I knew I was in a magical place when two blokes carrying m/cycle helmets wandered past and I said,
“A good day for it eh?”
To which one replied “You speak English?”
“Yeah mate, don’t you?”
Don’t know what Euro language he did speak as native, but after a while I got the gist he wanted to know where good things to see in the Blueys were (or should I say Foggys in these conditions?).
Being on a hybrid bike myself and seeing where he was pointing on my map I directed him to some ‘good’ dirt roads leading to obscure destinations.
Later as I was scoffing lunch I saw him ride past with his pillion on a strictly street machine, … Heh, heh, heh. Who said sandbagging was restricted to climbing?

Got a pleasant surprise when an old climbing mate who I thought was fighting in Irian Jaya with the Free West Papua Movement, tapped me on the shoulder and said; “I thought I recognised you when I went past”.
I should have known it was him as I had noticed the ‘cage’ he was using was parked half on the footpath / half in a no parking zone … Yep that’s typical of his style …

More coffee.

Mate directs me to the school campground (not yet signposted by Festival organisers), and I reminisced how the PP (major sponsor), shop gave me the run-around for directions …
Me standing at counter dripping wet in bike gear ~ “Can you tell me where the school campground is please?”
Helpful young lass behind counter “You will have to look on the website”.
Thanks … I will just whip a magical waterproof one out of my topbox and plug it into the nearest lamp-post I think to myself, as I depart without further knowledge.

Rendezvous with friends from Qld and set up camp.
It was good to have ‘camp’ established, though socialising in the mizzle conditions was not easy.
Scoffed my out of date cold tinned ‘wall food’ for breaky meals for the remainder of the weekend.

The Climbing Festival was excellent.

Returned home via Jenolan Caves road for the look-see. Good stuff except the 4xs wanting my half of the road as well as theirs.
Did not see any shooters at Shooters Hill; … probably because I was going too fast.
It was good to strip off the wwgear down on the lower altitude roads.
Got to chat with a drought stricken farmer grazing his cattle on the long-paddock while checking my map at an unmarked cross road. He reckons that winter will knock the farmers with nil grass due frosts soon. I wonder if his surname was Hanrahan?
Very few police-persons about on the return journey; ~ queer sort of a blitz I reckon, when they rely upon stand-alone flashing signage to keep motorists in check, which mostly says 'police about'; ... but none to back it up!

Re the climbing … I didn’t don the harness or rock-shoes (though I took them), over the entire weekend; as I was too busy enjoying the journey, the Festival, and the company.

Maybe next time …

mousey
2/05/2007
1:40:30 PM
nice.

Phil S
7/12/2007
9:48:42 PM
I'm new to motorcycles - everything about bikes and riding is awesome except...
Does anyone have any experience riding (even short distances to local crags) with a bouldering mat? I'm thinking a small mat might work at low speeds but I havn't tryed - maybe just too scared of having to explain to the ambos why the hell I thought it might be a good idea.

Any suggestions?

Phil S
7/12/2007
10:55:49 PM
Hey Ti

What size mat was it?
Mine is on the larger size so using the harness straps seems unlikely. The shoulder strap might work but
I'm worried about it catching in the breeze and lifting off to the side. Also concerned about it shifting
forward and contacting the left 'bar.


dalai
9/12/2007
8:57:19 PM
On 7/12/2007 Phil S wrote:
>I'm new to motorcycles - everything about bikes and riding is awesome except...
>Does anyone have any experience riding (even short distances to local
>crags) with a bouldering mat? I'm thinking a small mat might work at low
>speeds but I havn't tryed - maybe just too scared of having to explain
>to the ambos why the hell I thought it might be a good idea.
>
>Any suggestions?

I have carried my smaller mat on the back of the motorbike quite a bit if out on solo missions.

It is a Frankin Satellite mat I lay flat lengthwise directly on the seat behind me with my daypack lying lengthwise on top of this and held down with a couple of octapus straps. This has gone on longer day jaunts including to Mt Alexander fine (1 1/2 hours each way) and handles highway cruising speeds just fine.

Not sure how legal it is as the mat does overhang the back of the bike by a bit...

alrob
9/12/2007
9:16:43 PM
fingers crossed, if all goes to plan, i should be cruising around town on one of these next year sometime.....


latheboy
10/12/2007
7:46:12 AM
If it's it inside the mirrors or bars it's fine ..
dalai
10/12/2007
8:50:14 AM
Thanks Latheboy. It does sit narrower than the mirrors...

latheboy
11/12/2007
7:16:37 AM
alrob ... get it now dont wait for next year thats a whole 3 weeks away ... But still you'd be better off on a Suzuki Or Kawka
This is my Toy that im about to pull to bits

jkane
11/12/2007
6:15:06 PM
Ok, while we're on the subject of motorbikes what's the deal with you know who and his Honda XR250? I really do ride a honda XR250 - here it is in my garage...


Hopefully when my license restriction finishes, I'll be upgrading to something like a BMW 650GS or similar adventure tourer style bike that can take a fair bit of gear and a comfortable ride.

alrob
11/12/2007
7:42:22 PM
i dunno, something like this might be nice


Phil S
13/12/2007
9:09:22 PM
I dunno how the hell people choose bikes. It's easy if you're restricted but my "next years bike" changes from from week to week - Z1000 for this week.

Thanks Dali - my mat is the big 'Tools jobby but still worth a bit more experimentation.

Like to see you tie your pad to your new R6 alrob... Actually, light-speed might be the best option - maybe the mat could get to the crag ahead of me.

alrob
13/12/2007
11:28:24 PM
On 13/12/2007 Phil S wrote:
>Like to see you tie your pad to your new R6 alrob... Actually, light-speed
>might be the best option - maybe the mat could get to the crag ahead of
>me.

if i had the money and the luxury to buy an R6 Phil, i'd be paying someone to drive the pad to the crag and carry it in. preferably in something quickish, like a Bugatti Veyron perhaps?



8.0L quad turbo charged W12.
736kw
0-100: 2.5 seconds
top speed 407km/h

home to gramps in 45 minutes....ok maybe and hour with the 3 fuel stops needed.....

latheboy
14/12/2007
7:53:03 AM
Id get a 1988 Chevrolet Callaway Sledgehammer Corvette
Twin turbo V8 .. 898.0 bhp 409.9kph ,i might beat you there by a couple of minutes ..




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