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STOOKIE
20-07-2008, 01:55 PM
Hey guys, rather than waiting for for better weather, I thought I would take a run up to woods point road to Jamison.

I went today and it was bloody freezing. Left from Narbethong around lunch time. The fog had lifted by then.
I headed up to Marysville, passed a group of BMW adventurer riders , nobodys bike had seen dirt ( and I dont think they ever will)

Headed up to Camberville and stopped for a pic at the lookout.
http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a61/STOOKIE/Cambervillelookout.jpg

Then I carried on to camberville and ignored the turn off for Reefton.



The road turned to gravel pretty quickly, So I hit it at quite a rate of knots, The Conti TKC80.......bloody amazing tire for any surface.

The potholes are worth avoiding, especially when the surface looks like polished clay. When the surface loosened up a bit further on it was easier to make headway.
http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a61/STOOKIE/DSC_0056.jpg
Getting up the hill was a bit harder than I expected, fair amount of snow and slush all over the road, pretty bloody slippy. Makes it a bit more challenging though, which is fun.


In the clouds on woods point road.....bloody freezing.
http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a61/STOOKIE/DSC_0062.jpg



I eventually got to woods point after going down the ice rink of a road. The surface was wet and breaking up with the log trucks and the snow didnt help. Slowing down put the bike into locking mode and started to pick up speed, front end had a mind of its own.
So I took it easy and used the engine breaking and just coasted down.
http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a61/STOOKIE/DSC_0059.jpg
Woods point is a town that time forgot. Like Brigadoon, just pops up out the fog, then disappears as you head up the slippy tracks that cars allegedly drive on......god help them.
I dont know how people get in and out that town without killing themselves at this time of year.

I continued up the hill to the top, the surface was the issue slippy muddy corners going up was hard on the concentration. I was getting a bit aware of the time. It was taking me ages to get to a decent surface.
I got into gaffney, I was now out the hills and in the valley, the temp went up, the surface was loose and dry which now made for excellent powersliding corners. Much more fun.:woot:
http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a61/STOOKIE/DSC_0065.jpg

The strange thing about the road was the sudden change without notice. When I got into Gaffney, I got tarmac for 1km then back t gravel, that happened at every little town Except Matlock.

Kinda put me off my pace a bit.

Outside gaffney was great, long open sweepers with some tight 35km corners whch where dry and a little loose. You can up the pace a bit and have some great fun. Im not talking fast, 80km was fast enough for me on that stuff.

Finally got into Jamison, back to the tarmac and some great winding roads. Brilliant fun.
Headed to Mansfield, was going to go down the Eildon turnoff to Snobs creek but time was not on my side.

From there on it was Booooooring Straight boring roads back to Narby.
Bloody amazing day by myself.

Anyone want to do the same run in a few weeks......?

Let me know and I will organise a run Leaving from Healseville :thumbs:

I would say it was a challenging ride due to the conditions, but an adventure id do again in a heartbeat. Im still a P-plater (no Im not 19). Late starter.. and i found it challenging but within my ability.

So who doesnt mind getting their bike filthy ?:moon:

Stookie

jo
20-07-2008, 03:51 PM
That's just fantastic! It looks like 'adventure' is your thing.

STOOKIE
20-07-2008, 04:15 PM
Thanks jo, Ive done the VFR touring thing, Ive done the knee scraping speed demon stage. Going from an R6 to a KLR is a bit of a seachange.
Im looking into getting lil something to tag along with, she will probably inherit the KLR as soon as i can find another bike like the KLR but NOT a KLR.

The Dr650SE looks promising but there is not much choice.
DRZ400 will be a pain on the touring side but great in the dirt, my biggest thing is the fuel range. The KLR will do 400k before reserve, and another 100 on reserve. Cant find anything with the same range in the same style.
Might have to be another KLR ?

Im also sick of the bolts falling off :doh:

I looked at V-stroms and F650 and KLE500, TT660 isnt released yet. but those seem more road focused and not to great in a dirty mud scenario.

Might have to just keep looking ....... the Dominator was another option but looks like not many around with low km's. Dont know how they go in the dirt when you need them too.

Great roads around here for trail riding, best fun you can have under 60kmph.

:)

Punisher
20-07-2008, 05:23 PM
i read it do my 1 year old daughter and she enjoyed it, while showing her the pictures, she seemed interested in them. after all she loves her bikes too.

Hytram
20-07-2008, 07:18 PM
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The Dr650SE looks promising but there is not much choice.
DRZ400 will be a pain on the touring side but great in the dirt, my biggest thing is the fuel range. The KLR will do 400k before reserve, and another 100 on reserve. Cant find anything with the same range in the same style.
Might have to be another KLR ?



DR650 with a aftermark tank

http://www.rvaqualine.com.au/home.php

30l "can" get upto 650km if you believe some (hey, I just dont know)

Marty

K1W1
20-07-2008, 09:35 PM
Everybody I have talked to about DR's says the 20 litre tank is a far better option unless you actually need the 30 litres 'cos you are crossing a desert or something. The 30 litre tank puts a huge extra weight on the front end of the bike.

Hytram
20-07-2008, 10:11 PM
or you just fill it upto 20 litres?

K1W1
21-07-2008, 07:36 AM
True but there is also the physical size. The 30 litre tank is huge and it's always huge whether it's full or empty.

tim
21-07-2008, 10:23 AM
Hey Stookie,

I'd be interested in a ride up that way in a few weeks. Please PM me when you're doing it next and if I'm available I'll join you. I'm on a DR with one of "those" 36lt tanks (which I've put in 38lt, at $68 a fill), so you could check it out then if you want.

tim....

STOOKIE
22-07-2008, 10:23 PM
hey Tim,
Im heading up the same route on Sunday the 27th. Only less than a week away but another klr rider is coming too.
Going to come back through snobs creek to cut out the boring stuff.
More than welcome to come, meeting at the beechworth bakery in healsville at 9am.....should be back by 3pm.

Rain hail snow or shine ........im going.
Ripper ride.

Cheers

Stookie

glitch
23-07-2008, 07:26 AM
hey Tim,
Im heading up the same route on Sunday the 27th. Only less than a week away but another klr rider is coming too.
Going to come back through snobs creek to cut out the boring stuff.
More than welcome to come, meeting at the beechworth bakery in healsville at 9am.....should be back by 3pm.

Rain hail snow or shine ........im going.
Ripper ride.

Cheers

Stookie

Hi mate

Thanks for the write-up and pics, an enjoyable read for sure.
There just is something special about bikes-in-snow and your shots pulled that trigger perfectly :thumbs:

There4 are a few "shortcuts"....well...more interesting stuff anyway, for the 2.half of that loop.
All up, it'd be pretty much the same time-requirement....just a lot less boring than the highway-drone.

Turn left about 1km out of Jamieson (off the Jamieson-Mansfield Rd.) and cut around the bottom of Lake Eildon via the Eildon-Jamieson Rd., which also has 14k's dirt in the guts of it....the rest is one sweet corner-waltz up and down the hills.

If you don't take that, go to Mansfield, Hwy to Bonnie Doon....just before Bonnie and immediately after crossing the bridge, turn left to Peppin Point, follow the twisties for about 10-12k's till you hit a 4-way intersection at the bottom of a small hill, the tar runs straight ahead, take a right up Maintongoon Rd. The dirt climbs the hillside, then turns to tar again up on the ridge (total dirt ~15k's). The road becomes Skyline Rd.
Either turn off towards Alex or keep going into Eildon, then across to Thornton, then up the Hwy back to Narby.

Both choices beat the hwy hands down

nev
23-07-2008, 05:13 PM
hey Tim,
Im heading up the same route on Sunday the 27th. Only less than a week away but another klr rider is coming too.
Going to come back through snobs creek to cut out the boring stuff.
More than welcome to come, meeting at the beechworth bakery in healsville at 9am.....should be back by 3pm.


Just where you get to the sealed section of the Jamieson-snobs creek Road there's a turnoff to the right which is the Big River Road, 50km of dirt which takes you back to Cumberland junction. the middle section is a bit challenging on a bike like the Ulysses with a relatively inexperienced rider, but on something like a KLR with a rider with a few KM under the belt probably a nice alternative to the bitumen back to Narbethong.. although, having said that, it's a relatively slow 50km so you probably wouldn't want to head down there unless you had a good couple of hours of daylight left.

STOOKIE
24-07-2008, 12:49 PM
Thanks Glitch and Nev, I would certainly be interested in attacking those roads for sure.
One of my biggest worries after doing it alone was; in the case of an emergency....flat tire ( I carry spare tubes and tools) . The time and effort to change it on your own without stands to prop the bike on, coming off and damaging something you simply cant fix by the road, and getting lost.
I enjoy the adventure, but the reality of problems became apparent after the last trip.
I guess you can always take it easy, but some things are unavoidable no matter the speed.
Im a bit more confident with another rider tagging along, but often people dont have the same amount of riding time available as me, or the road doesnt suit, or the bike doesnt suit.
Im lucky the wife rides and she knows how much I look forward to these rides on the weekend.
It be better once we organise her another bike, but it aint gonna be soon unfortunatley. Shame really.

Anyway thanks for the directions, Im sure I wont get lost but Im in upside down land and my bearings are often all over the shop.

Cheers:cool:

glitch
24-07-2008, 04:09 PM
Thanks Glitch and Nev, I would certainly be interested in attacking those roads for sure.
One of my biggest worries after doing it alone was; in the case of an emergency....flat tire ( I carry spare tubes and tools) . The time and effort to change it on your own without stands to prop the bike on, coming off and damaging something you simply cant fix by the road, and getting lost.
I enjoy the adventure, but the reality of problems became apparent after the last trip.
I guess you can always take it easy, but some things are unavoidable no matter the speed.
Im a bit more confident with another rider tagging along, but often people dont have the same amount of riding time available as me, or the road doesnt suit, or the bike doesnt suit.


.....Im sure I wont get lost but Im in upside down land and my bearings are often all over the shop.

Cheers:cool:

Your bearings are just fine mate :so

Hear what you say...but using tubed tyres, you can also use the standard car-goo stuff as it won't mess up your rim and tyre-carcass.
The stuff's pretty good for tubes, at worst the tube needs to be replacved later at ~15-20 bux....but for the time being you're mobile again, QUICKLY.
(at least in most cases).

I've only ever peeled off the rear hoop of the Peg by hand....and what a prick of a job that was....the bike had a ctr. stand and it still took over an hour to be mobile again.
Apart from being soaked in sweat and filthy top-to-bottom.

You're right... it's better, safer and more fun, if someone else comes along.

Still....the roads/ tracks I mentioned are regular connecting roads for the locals, there's more than a good chance that someone comes along to lent a hand or help otherwise.

Different to the track Nev mentioned, which is mainly used by weekend-4WD's/ Rangers, as it's not a connecting backroad with settlements along the way.

nev
24-07-2008, 09:02 PM
Different to the track Nev mentioned, which is mainly used by weekend-4WD's/ Rangers, as it's not a connecting backroad with settlements along the way.

Yeah I wouldn't be doing that road again by myself. I went about 40km through the rural end of it without seeing anyone at the end of the day, but on the other hand, it was a day before a long weekend, and I had all my camping gear, and some food.

STOOKIE
26-07-2008, 07:33 PM
Thanks guys,
Tim is going to be joining me tomorrow for the woods point rod ride.
not liking the forecast too much at the moment.
Will head up and see how it goes......fingers crossed. i been looking forward to this all week.

Cheers