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glitch 24-09-2008 05:43 PM

Charge Of The Midgets pt.2_Cape York on 110cc
Think I better start a new thread, the other one's blown out a bit :whistle:

glitch 24-09-2008 05:53 PM

Re: Charge Of The Midgets pt.2_Cape York on 110cc
Following this:

we just couldn’t let sleeping dogs lay, aye??

Sooo…here’s part2 of the yarns. :chug:

Much dreaded, much anticipated, some half-arsed planning…and a whoozy feeling in the gut.:eek::looney:

All of the previously enthusiastic bunch had pulled the pin for one reason or another.
After the Fraser Island stint of the previous ride (links above) and knowing what’s in store at the Cape, even “Ironbutt”-Goodie had quit “no way, it’s just too much…physically at least, it’s murder!”.

….and, as always, groaaan, she was right on the money!!

That just left yours-truly for the 2770km Cairns-Cape York- Cairns on the
110cc Postie-rocket… no escort, no backup, no help, no fallback but a $25 pre-paid mobile phone which wouldn’t work 95% of the time up there…

Humphhhh…bloody crazy, the whole thing.

I’m also getting too old for this shit…:(

Carry EVERYTHING!, tools, spares, camping-gear, pots/pans and God-knows-what…

Bugger it, it’s been whizzing around my head for years, and this thing is ON!!!!... even if I only make it 50k’s up the road before the little donk falls to pieces….

2 months before the date, some emails right out of the blue….and there are 2 other fruitloops who’ve heard of the “plans”:bs….Glen from Brisbane and Rohan from Hobart.

They both shoot off to the local auctions buying bikes and get knee-deep into the prepping… repair-manuals and pics fly back and forth via a storm of emails to help with the details.

The meet is set for Sat. 23 August in Cairns, I’m flying up a day earlier, getting one of our 2 posties out of storage to get the bike ready, replace the broken spoke from the last day of the previous trip 5 months earlier, stick new rubber on the back and if there’s enough time, cut the knobs of the front-hoop down with the Leatherman to stop the rubbing on the front mudguard-stays :eek::eek:

…Rohan comes in the afternoon, Glen the next day.

The last night at home…and Mum’s way of saying” Farewell”….
LOVE YA, mum!!:so

Enough time for Rohan and I to get the bikes out of the warehouse after their transport from respective home-bases.

The previously posted 17kg-box with spares, tools, tyres and other gear had arrived on time, many thanks go to the Coconut Holiday Village for storing it (also through the 3 weeks we spent at the Cape):thumbs::thumbs:

Servicing went smoothly, only the fresh rear Vee-Rubber hoop seemed to be the 16.5” racing version… the sucker just didn’t want to slip on despite lots of sweat and swearing and wet soap. :bs

It’ll be a bitch to get off/on having a flat “out there!!”

“G’day” then to Glen’s FNFAST

Rohan’s “Honda Factory Racing XR”

and my own “Plain Jane” with the whining gearbox after the emergency engine swap a few months ago…..and a bastard of a 16.5” rear tyre!:doh:

NOW WE’RE COOKING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

From a freezing cold 4.30am start in Melbourne and single digit temps to 33C around noon in Cairns….welcome to FNQ (Far North Queensland).

Day 1 closes with black fingernails after the servicing, the seafood-buffet at the Coconut Café and a sixpack of coldies :so:so

Why doing a Cape Run on Posties?

Cause anything else is for SOFTCOX :upyrs::bs

To be continued...

stewy 24-09-2008 07:44 PM

Re: Charge Of The Midgets pt.2_Cape York on 110cc
wheres the rest of the report :whistle:

glitch 24-09-2008 07:59 PM

Re: Charge Of The Midgets pt.2_Cape York on 110cc
Let's have a quick walk around the "contestants"....

The FNFAST comes with a hatchet, spare front sprocket and spare brake-lever cabletied to the crashbars...

Who the feck needs a spare brakelever on a Postie? :looney::looney:

The bloody thing HASN'T GOT ANY brakes, the only way to get to a stop decently quick is looking for some sandberm and getting off mid-flight before the family jewels dangle off the handlebars, eh? :eek:
Spare spokes taped to the rear bar of the rack...good, that's quick access.
The bags are copies of the original Aussie Post bags with some micro-rack underneath to stop them getting caught in the rear wheel...hey, that'd be ONE decent brake :bs

The folding chair sits underneath the elevated plywood platform, which will carry another bag....
Then there are 2 PVC-pipe "launcher-tubes" bolted to the crashbars, extra storage for food and other stuff...they make great pivot points for the whole bike when going DOWN as the bottoms hit before anything else does!! :so:so

The "Factory Racing" model then....

Way more elaborate than the FNFAST, this one flies in style !!!

A set of Honda (Hepco Becker Junior 40) panniers, bought for next-to-nix from some Tassie wreckers....with a couple of metal-hooks riveted to the inside...both panniers flapping about like a pelican-with-gastro at the sight of the first pothole.

Launcher tubes everywhere, across the back for the fishing rod, across the front for the “POWERWORX”, chargers for everything in a waterproof enclosure, powered by the double-joke- sized battery of the bike…:rolleyes:

The rack on the back holds a 40l gearsack, with another bag strapped on top... tent and mattress.

No weight in the front here, which makes for truly adventures handling, as the 7.5hp donk below ain’t exactly “snappy” :whistle:
Sure carves some beautiful, totally involuntary and random curves into ANY straight bit of road or track!!
Like on “Plain Jane”, the death-rattle of the front knobbie caressing the mudguard-stays looks after the audio-segment of the ride.

“Plain Jane” then….you know the details from the previous trip, only a set of Glen’s crashbar-mounted launcher-tubes were added….as said, GREAT food-storage, especially with a pair of forgotten last-weeks-socks, "and shit, they were wet when I threw them in there” in the bottom….even the carrots come out peeled and ready to use after a days worth of bone-crunching corrugation…

There ya go….no power, no brakes, no suspension….BUT LOTS of gear in the wrong places.

ONE HELL OF A LOT OF FUN!!!!! :rofl::rofl:

glitch 24-09-2008 08:07 PM

Re: Charge Of The Midgets pt.2_Cape York on 110cc
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Originally Posted by stewy (Post 12676)
wheres the rest of the report :whistle:


You mean this sorta stuff?

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