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Grey Gentry
08-09-2007, 08:44 PM
Davo has taken a the new Kawasaki 1400GTR from Byron Bay to Denham WA and return.
The 1400GTR is Truely a Transcontinental SuperTourer

I have just confirmed with Peter "the bear" Thoeming that I am finally able to tell you all what we have just achieved.

I will write more later when I get home (at work now)

In the first week of April (yes it's been hard to keep quiet on this) Peter emailed me and asked if something could be done. He asked if I could and would ride a 1400GTR from Byron Bay to Denham WA and back. This being the most easterly point and the most westerly point (by regular vehicle) of Australia. Kawasaki marketing have been calling the 1400GTR a Transcontinental SuperSport worldwide in their adverts so why not just do it and prove it really is.

I said yes (duh) and he approached Kawasaki Australia, Bruce Peters National Sales and Marketing Manager. They were very keen, so planning started.

As I said, much more later both in Kawasaki marketing and Australian Road Rider magazine. But for now.

1am Friday the 24th August 2007 I left Byron Bay NSW.
9.30pm Sunday 26th August 2007 I arrived at Denham WA.
10.17pm Wednesday 29th August 2007 I arrived back at Byron Bay.

Distance completed:

Total distance - 10,274 klms ( GPS ) 10,367 klms ( odo )
Total time - 5 days 21 hrs 17 mins

One hell of a ride.

08-09-2007, 09:05 PM
wow thats a few klicks in a few days, did ya have time to take some happy snaps for us?

08-09-2007, 09:22 PM
A bit over half the distance of the Iron Butt Rally. Great effort!

Grey Gentry
09-09-2007, 05:23 PM
Wasn't me. Pics....don't think too many, averaging 1700km/day pics would be the last thing on his mind.

13-09-2007, 08:54 PM
Wasn't me. Pics....don't think too many, averaging 1700km/day pics would be the last thing on his mind.

He took a couple....


12-11-2007, 04:37 PM
I took about 500, thanks Ron for putting this here. Story is in next issue of ARR and there is another on me in next AMCN.

Its been a good couple of years for me.

ps the IBR comment, thats the goal I am working on for 2009.

12-11-2007, 06:13 PM
come here and give me a kiss sweetie:cdle

12-11-2007, 06:55 PM
You say that to all the guys so I heard :glu

14-11-2007, 07:52 AM
Sensational, Dave ... can hardly wait to read about it.

14-11-2007, 08:13 AM
Thanks, first two days are here and I will put the rest up with more pics about the same time the story hits in ARR December issue.

14-11-2007, 10:14 AM
:chug: Cheers, Dave. I knew there was a good reason why I subscribe to ARR ...

28-12-2007, 11:32 AM
Full story is on my site now, although I do have pics to add. The magazine article is still better but for those who don't buy bike mags here it is.

Davo & Roku - 1400GTR across Australia and back (http://www.davojones.com/roku.htm)

28-12-2007, 12:15 PM
mmm i remember seeing that pass through here about that time too.. Uralla/Armidale etc.. or a gtr very similar with stickers down the side like that.

28-12-2007, 12:24 PM
If it was it was me, I have done two double crossings of Australia on that bike so far, this August ride and just now in December Cooroy Sunshine coast to Perth and back in 7 days.

This was taken a few minutes before 6am on the 24th August 2007


These are some of the pictures Lou Martin took for the article.