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Old 09-11-2015, 06:51 PM   #1
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Default Looking back - 2005 Tassie Gems.

This week is 10 years since the first Tassie Gems Ride - Nov 2005. I have a feeling that ride was only a few weeks before Austouring.com was started.

There is a thread in the archives for it, but none of the image links work
http://austouring.com/forum/showthread.php?t=795

So I'll delved into my photo archive from that trip just to relive a few of the memories and the people.

A rollcall (after analysing photos)

Glitch - Vstrom
Goodie - Pegaso
Garry - Pegaso
Tim - GSXR1000
Marty - Vstrom
Sashs - Hyundai (under doctors instructions not to ride her Guzzi because of her back)
Deano (pnut) VTR1000
Matt - CBR1000RR
Loz - CB900
Jason - VFR800
Karel - Vstrom
Gunner - VStrom
Andy - SV650
Jo - F650CS
Me - ZX12R

Sarah - flew in for a few days to be pillion on the VFR

Tassie Dave - 955 Tiger
Tassie Tim - Caponard
Dave and Tim met Met us for Day 1 and 2 then went home. Tim Joined us again out to Strathgordon and back.

Smack - Duc 600SS and
Conehead - (was he in his car or riding his F1150GS ?) met us in Richmond for the run up the hills out of Hobart

We met at station pier on a Friday evening.

Saturday - Devonport to Wynyard via cradle mountain

Sunday - Wynyard to Zeehan (the dirties went down the western explorer and the rest went via Hellyer Gorge and Lake Pieman

Monday - Zeehan to Queenstown (a short day because we spent a few hours in the Henty dunes on quadbikes in a couple of shifts)

Tuesday - Queenstown to Richmond

Wednesday - Richmond to Strathgordon and return

Thursday - Hobart to Bicheno

Friday - Bicheno to Launceston

Saturday - Launceston to Devonport
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Old 09-11-2015, 07:18 PM   #2
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This week is 10 years since the first Tassie Gems Ride - Nov 2005. I have a feeling that ride was only a few weeks before Austouring.com was started.

There is a thread in the archives for it, but none of the image links work
http://austouring.com/forum/showthread.php?t=795

So I'll delved into my photo archive from that trip just to relive a few of the memories and the people.

A rollcall (after analysing photos)

Glitch - Vstrom
Goodie - Pegaso
Garry - Pegaso
Tim - GSXR1000
Marty - Vstrom
Sashs - Hyundai (under doctors instructions not to ride her Guzzi because of her back)
Deano (pnut) VTR1000
Matt - CBR1000RR
Loz - CB900
Jason - VFR800
Karel - Vstrom
Gunner - VStrom
Andy - SV650
Jo - F650CS
Me - ZX12R

Sarah - flew in for a few days to be pillion on the VFR

Tassie Dave - 955 Tiger
Tassie Tim - Caponard
Dave and Tim met Met us for Day 1 and 2 then went home. Tim Joined us again out to Strathgordon and back.

Smack - Duc 600SS and
Conehead - (was he in his car or riding his F1150GS ?) met us in Richmond for the run up the hills out of Hobart
Conehead....was on a Cagiva Raptor, I think....could be wrong though, but I've still got a mental pic of the bike and him at the carpark of the Richmond Bridge.

Loz had just come out of his prang on the little Honda V25 cruiser on the GOR, where he nearly went under a tourist-bus...and was wobbling around on that Hornet like a limp ^%$# in a tornado.

Gunner blew the intake throat rubber off the rear cylinder on the only grey-metallic Strom in Oz...on the Blessington Rd. across from Mathinna to Ben Lomond...and there were some timber trucks out on that road to scare the living shyte out of us.
Some ZX12 "lost its cool" on the return leg from Strathgordon...there was a chairlift ride in the Launceston Gorge...we scratched some pegs on the Grasstree Hill twisties when it still was a 100 zone (slobber)...we saw Matt (rip, mate) at the wotitsname biker-hangout in Hobart!!

Met up with the roadies somewhere north of Launnie at some CP-cabins that night....Deanno with his gaffer-taped crotch and all.
Man, it was a cracker!!
And the "bowling"-shirts!!!
Still got yours??




And yeah...AT was born a few months later during a BBQ in Frankston and a few beers on a stinking hot Sat afternoon in February....
Jeezaz, what a fortnight it was!!


And the pics will work again when my server is back online again.,...give it a day or 2.

Here are some of them from another server....and check the first post for a "Conehead" reference.
http://www.austouring.com/forum/showthread.php?t=796
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Old 09-11-2015, 07:42 PM   #3
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Hmmmm...






Matt 232 and....Loz?



...and Goodie's busted accelerator cable on the last day, running tight for the ferry....somewhere in the backblocks of Mole Creek....I think someone called Nev did a few extra miles there.... :-)


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Where did the years go....




















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Default Re: Looking back - 2005 Tassie Gems.

http://www.austouring.com/forum/showthread.php?t=796

I think that post has so many good photos I don't really need to go through my own collection.

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Conehead....was on a Cagiva Raptor, I think....could be wrong though, but I've still got a mental pic of the bike and him at the carpark of the Richmond Bridge.
Yep that's right. He branged the 1150GS and hurt his back and his doctor told him he'd never ride again so he sold the GS, and was pretty pissed off not long after when his back came good again and then he bought the Cagiva. He was in the grip of cancer when he rode out to meet us on the Tassie Gems. He had it up for sale 2 months later when Jo and I visited his house on our next tassie (for Cat's funeral in Jan '06) and Conehead passed away in March '06.

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Some ZX12 "lost its cool" on the return leg from Strathgordon...there was a chairlift ride in the Launceston Gorge...we scratched some pegs on the Grasstree Hill twisties when it still was a 100 zone (slobber)...we saw Matt (rip, mate) at the wotitsname biker-hangout in Hobart!!
Matt was at Joe's Garage. My ZX12R also busted a Ventura rack on the way from Queenstown to Richmond, and someone rode into a bike shop in Queenstown to collect a new one for me.

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And the "bowling"-shirts!!!
Still got yours??

Yeah, but you need a new supplier. That has really shrunk just hanging up in the wardrobe
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