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Hytram
25-09-2006, 09:05 PM
After 3 years of trying, I finally got to go to the Dargo Rally which is held in the sub Alpine region in Gippsland Victoria.

I really wanted to leave the Friday and take the long route over the top via Mt Hotham but work commitments got in the way. Lucky they did because the trip over the Dargo/Hotham road would have been a bloody slow a dangerous one.

It was decided to meet up at Launching Place at 9am, which Moike was 30 late for!!! (this is where we don’t tell him I was 20 min late :oops: )

(Moike filling the Superbike with the super high octane stuff)
http://www.martyh.com/2006-09-10_dargo_rally/images/IMG_2096.JPG

Then Came an SMS from Sharkey saying he was having a pie brekky in Noojee (50km further up the road) and it was raining, so we donned the wets and off we headed. Although the roads were wet, they were clean and grippy and we made good pace through the twisties to Noojee and then onto Icy Creek Road. Coming around one of the corners there was a 4WD parked in the middle of the road with a guy putting a dog in the back, followed by 2 guys dressing in full cammos carrying 303 riffles and wearing flouro Orange beanies....you can never be too safe :D I'm sure one of them said in an Elmer Fudd voice "we're hunting BMW riders, herherherher"

We made it to Willow Grove only to see Sharky pulled up talking to some other Rally goers that where going to Dargo via the Grand Ridge Road.
We waved goodbye to them and the 3 of us left for our lunch time stop at the pub Briagolong. $10 brought us a sensational steak sandwich and chips and after a drink and a bit of a bullshit with the locals off we headed.

(the lovely Gippsland weather meeted us as we left the pub)
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Off we headed and shortly got onto some dirt for the first time, even though it was wet it was extremely grippy and good for 100kmh in parts... hey, this dirt stuff is a piece of piss I thought :jump: ... oh how wrong was I to be.

Off the dirt and onto the Dargo Road for a nice blat into Dargo.

(a quick stop at the pub)
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(a quick stop to see if "all" made it )
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(I wish both of them would bloody stop smiling!!)
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Off to the rally we goooooooooo!! The first 15km were again, yes you guess it, wet asphalt...then came what should have been a nice 17Km ride along a dirt road into the old mining town of Talbotville which is nothing more than a camping area now.

HOLY SHIT :wow: :wow: :wow: :wow:

Was it slippery or what! I got in a whole 500mt before I pulled over to let the tyres down to 18psi. Speed was a slow 10-15km with even the slightest touch of the front brakes would cause the front wheel to lock causing you to go into a death slide.

(Moike with that "what the fuck am I doing here" look)
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(Moike with that "all puckered up" look )
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Though lots of slow slippery corners we came to the Helipad. It was traditional to stop for a nip of Scotch to calm down the nerves and the calm down the bloody fact we had been on the dirt for 35min of hell and we weren’t even half way in!!

(the view...or not so view at the Helipad)
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(the Strom ready to eat more dirt)
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(Sharky's beast "Upright")
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(a muddy Brembo)
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("Moike.... where were you, we were getting worried?" we Said)
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("playing in the dirt" Moike replied)
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I believed Moike dropped the Beemer, with such hard and fast speed all he did was dirty the rocker cover..... Any crash you walk away from is a good one, any crash you hose of the damage is a great one :thumbs:

Then came the down hill slog. I was even more slippery and some small wheel ruts were starting to form which caused the wheels of the bike to lock in and cause those "moments"

(Sharky in one of those "moments" )
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It was a bugger to pick up, it wasn’t that heavy, it was the fact both our boots and the bikes tyres just wouldn’t stop slipping. I hoped back on the bike and it took me 4 goes to get going on the downward slope....

(Moike and his Superbike overtaking maneuver)

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We made it!!! Probably the hardest 1hr of riding I have ever done. 1hr of pure concentration and having every muscle in your body completely tense. Next time, knobbie tyres... and it will be a dry weekend :angry:

To be continued………

vbstubby
25-09-2006, 10:02 PM
Great write up and pics Marty

Look forward to Part 2 :chug:

moike
02-10-2006, 08:16 AM
(Moike filling the Superbike with the super high octane stuff)
http://www.martyh.com/2006-09-10_dargo_rally/images/IMG_2096.JPG

Actually, it's Moike stashing the jumper leads he's just purchased, having had to jump-start the bike that morning. I've seen people try to push-start a big twin in the mud before. It's not pretty. Didn't need them as it turned out, so when I got back I stashed them in the 'truck' (Why would anyone in their right mind take a bike up there in the wet and leave a 4WD campervan parked at home?) They came in handy a couple of weeks later when a failing alternator left us with no lights, no motor in an isolated valley in Tassie.


("playing in the dirt" Moike replied)
http://www.martyh.com/2006-09-10_dargo_rally/images/IMG_2132.JPG

I believed Moike dropped the Beemer, with such hard and fast speed all he did was dirty the rocker cover..... Any crash you walk away from is a good one, any crash you hose of the damage is a great one :thumbs:
No, the drop came later, and on the other side. That dirt is a result of the bike deciding that the rubble in the bottom of the roadside ditch looked nicer than the slippery slush over which I was trying to direct it.

To be continued……… tap tap tap tap.......

Leon
02-10-2006, 08:22 AM
Classic times, crazy days! :chug:

More please......... :puter:

glitch
02-10-2006, 04:26 PM
Yeeha.... GREAT stuff, ya mudpigs :lol:
And the usual Marty-quality pics prop it up another notch!
MORE !! :clap: :clap: :thumbs:

Hytram
02-10-2006, 08:58 PM
Oh...a captive audience.... and a half pissed writer :chug: he we go then.

We found a spot to set up camp... in the bloody rain and went to sign in. I was up for youngest rider/bike at 37 years. So was some other goose. So a arm wrestle was decided to decided the outcome :box: ...decided it was. I lost :bkeye: bugger.farkken bugger poo.

we sat around the campfire..cooked dinner, drank stuff and went to bed, sorry no photos. cant remember why.

Up and atom! the morning has come and morning it was. Coffee, I need coffee and coffee it was

(coffee..... and a BMW)
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(camp..)
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(packing up camp)

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(being camp)
http://www.mightymiddle.com/uploads/richard-simmons.jpg

(now, I just don't get this, if you have to trailer you bike to and from the rally you should just give up and take up tiddlie winks)
http://www.martyh.com/2006-09-10_dargo_rally/images/IMG_2145.JPG


(I like the new BMW bike cover, it doubles as a jacket)
http://www.martyh.com/2006-09-10_dargo_rally/images/IMG_2147.JPG

(Moikes Camp)
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(this coffee tastes like shit...or was that the shit tastes like coffee??)
http://www.martyh.com/2006-09-10_dargo_rally/images/IMG_2155.JPG

Hytram
02-10-2006, 09:27 PM
oh shit...I cant drive this thing.... time for another drink :scull:

It was time.. time to take on that road. Help, Im scared. Who's idea was this anyhow?

Well up was easier, not without its moments, but up was good for an extra 10kmh, to 25kmh was the speed.. and all was good and good it was

Still...bloody slippery it was.

(a stop at the end of the dirt...... oh shit, its over, I survived)
http://www.martyh.com/2006-09-10_dargo_rally/images/IMG_2156.JPG

(ok.... who needs air flow into the oil cooler??)
http://www.martyh.com/2006-09-10_dargo_rally/images/IMG_2158.JPG

(Gravel my arse!)
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(Moike coming into Dargo, I don't know why I worry, he always turns up :) )

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back at Dargo a Ural sidecar turned up from the rally and as the rider got off he pulled a point and shoot temp meter out of his pocket and pointed it at both cylinder heads..."shit running a bit rich" he said. Out comes the tool kit and the right carby comes off

(oh...the good ol days of roadside maintenance)
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http://www.martyh.com/2006-09-10_dargo_rally/images/IMG_2164.JPG

(almost a photo from yesteryear)
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(rough as guts, but it seemed to go alright)
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(a couple of outfits. the pick of the transport for this weekend methinks)
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(the Duc outfit with the long range tank)
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(farcan BMWs everywhere)
http://www.martyh.com/2006-09-10_dargo_rally/images/IMG_2176.JPG

(and a BMW recovery vehicle.....just in case)
http://www.martyh.com/2006-09-10_dargo_rally/images/IMG_2177.JPG

(and who said Stroms where for pussies???? :evil: :evil: )
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we made it home... I cant remember how... maybe later


Marty

Leon
03-10-2006, 06:30 AM
:wave:

hahahahahaha! Nice report - I'm getting a mix of emotions out of this one. One the one hand it looks like a cold wet turnout and I'm glad it's you and not me, on the other hand it look like a TON of fun, and I wish I was there! :rofl: :lollol:

can't wait for the last chapter from Marty, the grand poobah of arty photography! Some goreat shots in there mate, given me a few ideas for next time I have a camera and a bike handy...........

Bring it on! :woot:

glitch
03-10-2006, 03:54 PM
Love it....what a superb story !! :clap: :clap:

What a BOIKE !!
http://www.martyh.com/2006-09-10_dargo_rally/images/IMG_2172.JPG

Thanks for putting it up.
[small voice]: any more ? :ommpa:

stromboner
05-10-2006, 02:42 PM
Thanks Marty,
Brought back memories of "The Good Old Days"
Go to a rally, get soaked, get frozen, camp in a cow paddock, get pissed and have a horrible hangover then tell everyone what a great time was had by all!
Ha Ha.
Thanks for the great write up.
Regards, Nigel