Its spring time down here in Oz, and a great time for an extended ride.
My brother, an old mate and my self had been planning a decent ride for a while, as it's been many many years since we all spent more than a day riding together.
A small detail was that we respectively live 600kms and then a further 400kms apart, but that can be sorted. Concurrent 'leave passes' was probably the bigger issue!
And so it was that with 8 days to play, we headed south from Sydney, with full tanks and a loose plan. We had some old friends to catch up with along the way, and we had some specific roads to enjoy (once again), but that was about it.
'Its all about the journey'... rolled off the tongue pretty easily.
The fleet comprised a Harley (since my bother moved to the dark side and sold his Ducati), an 1100 RS BMW (with the 'girlie' heated grips), and of course my Tenni 1200 SE. The Harley and the BMW could each get about 375kms out of a tank. The GRiSO's reserve light comes on around 210kms.
And as we were taking some of the more remote roads, I had '5 litres of 95 octane problem solver' strapped on the back. It never got used.[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
We traveled through the coastal forests to the south, and then headed west up over the ranges to the high plains of southern NSW.
And then SE down through the Victorian forests of the East Gippsland.[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
From there it was up into the Victorian Alps, where there is still some snow around (6 degrees C at midday - Oh for heated grips!!) but the roads are nice and dry.
And what roads they are! [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
And then we headed north into the NSW alpine country. All the while watching out for critters (kangaroos, wombats and cattle) that lack much road sense, and hurt a lot if you connect at 110kph! We even startled a mob of wild horses - I blame the noisy Harley![You must be registered and logged in to see this image.][You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
The Snowy Mountains Highway is an old favorite of ours, with near zero traffic mid week and, wide open valleys, and clear vision way ahead.
With good weather, it makes for a great playground on big road bikes. I challenge anyone to be a 'responsible adult' on this road![You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
Australia has a penchant for constructing 'big' things as tourist attractions.
Dotted around our countryside are 'big' sheep, lobsters, bananas etc etc etc.
Well I guess the 'tourist attraction' thing works ... as it's pretty hard to go past a freshly painted giant concrete trout, and not see it as a Kodak moment![You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
And then a short detour into Canberra, to catch up with some relatives and mooch a few beers and a bed, and then back to Sydney.
We all agreed it was the best bike trip we had been on for a very long time - and so a repeat in 2015 has a 99% probability.
A few comments on SE and the way I've set it up...
> Ran like a charm for the duration - just the perfect 'tool for the job'
> Probably not my favorite bike for dirt roads, but not bad.
> The MRA screen I fitted is great, although I fabricated a further brace for the bottom of the screen that fixes to the headlight bolts, and stops vibration.
> Handled like it was on rails (with luggage) since I lowered the top fork yoke to the 4th ring groove on the upper fork legs.
Finally - how come every bug I hit has just drunk 1 litre of custard???