View Full Version : Adventure riding on an FJR??

17-01-2008, 10:12 PM
Waking up this morning, i felt the need for a ride with somthing different, so i decided to head off to a place i hadn't been to for a few yrs, the start of which is about 75km away from home, a nice leasurely ride from home. It's an area of plains,swampy areas and some small lakes, most of which have been dry for a few yrs, i can remember crossing this area in the 80's as a whippersnipper with the oldies heading from my grandparents place near yeppoon to the coast property on the northern side of the shoalwater bay military area. It's a shortcut instead of going from yeppoon to rocky and then up the highway before turning off again. It's always been a scrub track thru properties and the like, and only the local of the locals know about it being a thru road, and in the last 18mths the whole area has been taken over by the forestry dept., with all the rain we have been having i figured it would be worth going to and see what water was around, if i could get thru and out the other side!
I set off just on 8am and made the easy run to the first gate, which has no thru road and all the rest on it.
Allmost immediatly followed by the first puddle of water:
Looks friendly doesn't it? cept it's about a foot deep with lots of wheel ruts nearly 2 foot deep. No worries on a chookey or the like, but the road train? not a great deal of ground clearance. I got halfway thru that before the rear slipped into such a rut and thats where i almost stayed, the bike had bottomed out on the center stand and all the rest of that crap under there and it almost sat there by itself, it woulda made a good pic sitting there sitting slanted across the road. With a bit of rocking and gentle wheel spin, i managed to crawl out of that one. Pheew!!!!!!!!
After this it is into good hilly country with red gravel, so the going wasn't too bad, slow as the fjr doesn't make for a offroader!!
some of the lake area:
a few gates and a few grids
onto the plains properly:
lots of these crossings, all of which, due to the bike i'm on had to be walked and check to see if it were crossable, some were easy to pick approaching and made for good fun, anything that looked a little sus tho. The 2nd patch of water in the following pick was a little over knee deep, but had a good hard gravel base and were easy to cross, most of them had a gentle flow.
Back into the timberline again and then the real fun started
Black soil. lovely. I only had about 10km to go and i would then be back on tarmac. For 9 1/2km of this, the routine was walk a bit check things out and pick a spot to stop at survey the next bit or if needs be turn around and head back the way i came. Some sections were good and others not soo good and i basically paddled along on the bike, using my feet to keep things steady whilst slipping and sliding around, Creek crossings were walked, planned and crossed. No photos of this section, to busy keeping the rubber side down and figuring ways thru.
I made it to within 400m of the tarmac, before the last creek crossing stumped me, i only had to cross it and a grid and i was thru. But noooooo, that creek crossing had other ideas, it was flowing reasonably quick, but that wasn;t going to be a problem. I started walking across and after 6 steps it was only ankle deep, all good so far, 4 steps later knee deep, not soo god but still crossable, 2 steps later and my FarRiders Belt Buckle was getting decidedly wet and COLD, which is NOT GOOD. A few more steps and it was getting deeper. After 40km of this, i could see the tarmac. So close yet so far. Drag the thermos out of the tank bag, sat on my backside beside the bike drinkin a cuppa tea and pondering ways of getting around this. After 20 mins, i resigned myself to heading back they way i came. Such is life.
I made good time on the way out, and hit the tarmac again before making another turn and back road to see where it went, not far!. Where i stopped a bloke was washing his tojo, getting the mud and crap off it, after a yack, i borrowed his hose and gave the bike a bit of a clean before hitting the road again and heading back towards home. Stopped at a coffee shop for a snack and perve, nothing to perve at tho. arrived home just after 2pm after about 300km for the day.
A nice clean bike:


18-01-2008, 07:25 AM
I love the driving lights mate. I bet they vapourise roos at night.

18-01-2008, 07:26 AM

18-01-2008, 07:31 AM
Thommo....you've got balls like church-bells ! :so:so:so
THIS....is ADVENTURE riding !!! :glu:glu:glu

On a touring-couch....bowl me over :looney::looney:
Fantastic stuff...and many, many thanks for sharing.
Time to read it and gawk at the pics one more time.

Thanks for the post, LOVE IT !!!

18-01-2008, 07:52 AM
Yeh, love the flame throwers :glu
What's the milage like on Hi-beam?

18-01-2008, 09:21 AM
Awesome stuff mate !

18-01-2008, 10:45 AM
good one Thommo, I used to do similar things on my XJ650 after I sold my DR250. Sometimes you just get a need to get on the dirt.


18-01-2008, 11:18 AM
Good stuff buddy

18-01-2008, 11:29 AM
Most Rallys in the 80s had a good long bit of dirt raod to get into them. Thats one thing that made a Rally great. Raod bike and 20 to 40ks of dirt road.

18-01-2008, 03:15 PM
:doh: i think you need one of these little Yamaha enduros :so


18-01-2008, 06:00 PM
Cheers for the comments gents.
Farawayman, those lights don’t affect the milage at all, deys be those super flash HID lights, with the price tag to boot! (even at my price).
I find the big brute a tad difficult on loose gravel type tracks, the dam thing just skates wherever it wants to. anything slippery and it just wants to lose the front end all the time and a few times going in and back out i was questioning my sanity! I was hoping to have another crack at getting thru this weekend, but the amount of rain we have had this week again counts that idea out, getting thru there now will be requiring on of those hovercraft thingys that they use in the swamps....
I darsay knobbies would make handling much better, one day i'll find out if i can get tires to fit...
My 600 bandit is much nicer of road. If i can put some cash together i'm wanting to pick up a DR650, it doesnt have to be in brillant shape as long as the motor and box are ok, doing a bit of work to it to get it registered isnt a problem.

19-01-2008, 11:53 PM
taken this morning on another jaunt to see what floodwater is where:



21-01-2008, 04:00 PM
taken this morning on another jaunt to see what floodwater is where:

Let's hope it'll stop pouring soon....what a mess it is your way at the moment:wow::wow:

23-01-2008, 06:04 PM







only a little bit of water around here!!

24-01-2008, 11:32 AM
Bugger :wow: Someone's out of work for a little while.

Time to take up Jetsking :whistle:

24-01-2008, 12:05 PM
just noticed this

If I'm in here, I'm suffering from PMS
(Parked Motorcycle Syndrome)

i've had a similar malady for a couple o' months


post motorcycle storage syndrome

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