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by BillWest
Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: Ride Information and Feedback
Topic: Lunch on Wednesdays at Noon
Replies: 2
Views: 2704

Re: Lunch on Wednesdays at Noon

Wed 18 July.

Bay 33,
33 W Coast Dr, Watermans Bay
(cnr with Elsie St).

(Just south of Beach Road).
by BillWest
Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: Bikes, Riding & Club related
Topic: The Breakfast Club
Replies: 9
Views: 1197

Re: The Breakfast Club

Joondalup's turn:
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by BillWest
Sun Jul 08, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: Bikes, Riding & Club related
Topic: 2018 Odyssey - Mount Barker
Replies: 5
Views: 366

Re: 2018 Odyssey - Mount Barker

Registration form available here.
by BillWest
Tue Jul 03, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: Technical Stuff
Topic: Brakes upgrade
Replies: 8
Views: 484

Re: Brakes upgrade

I had two separate issues to deal with with this upgrade. 1. There was extra drag that I noticed when spinning the front wheel. That was solved by adding spacers behind the discs. These spacers were originally only for the C3 (later) model ZZR1200s. Mine is a C1. However, I think that aftermarket di...
by BillWest
Fri Jun 29, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Technical Stuff
Topic: Stick Coils
Replies: 3
Views: 254

Re: Stick Coils

The ZZR1200 Kawasaki now has had a coil transplant. Out came the standard coils and leads. . IMG_3394.JPG . In went the stick coils. . IMG_3395.JPG . Tidied up: . IMG_3396.JPG . They are 2008 Kawasaki Ninja ZX10R stick coils, US $53.77 with postage, delivered to Oz. With the relevant wiring harness,...
by BillWest
Wed Jun 27, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: Other Stuff
Topic: The desert trip
Replies: 28
Views: 638

Re: The desert trip

On the road by 6:00am the next morning, we headed west, aiming for Fraser Range Station. . Early lunch. Nularbor.JPG . Rain at last, at the border. A chance to get the car looking cleaner. . Rain.JPG . Boxer's Pass. . BoxerPass.JPG . The Straight ....... . Straight.JPG . Fraser Range turnoff. This i...
by BillWest
Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: Other Stuff
Topic: The desert trip
Replies: 28
Views: 638

Re: The desert trip

Looking at more geological features along that coast.
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We overnighted in Ceduna, in some dump of a "cabin park". The manager lied to us about the quality of the accommodation. Never again at that spot.
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by BillWest
Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:32 am
Forum: Other Stuff
Topic: The desert trip
Replies: 28
Views: 638

Re: The desert trip

Travelling south, we followed a magnificent bit of bitumen through the South Flinders Ranges. This area boasts nice scenery and we were glad we decided to take this detour. That road would be an excellent motorcycling road, with many fast curves, were it not for the multitude of unpredictable kangar...
by BillWest
Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:20 am
Forum: Other Stuff
Topic: The desert trip
Replies: 28
Views: 638

Re: The desert trip

Next we headed east, to find the start of the bitumen that goes south through the Southern Flinders Ranges. . On the gravel again, you find all sorts. . ToBlinman1.JPG . A very scenic pass into the South Flinders. . ToBlinman2.JPG ToBlinman3.JPG . We headed for a town called Blinman, another one of ...
by BillWest
Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: Other Stuff
Topic: The desert trip
Replies: 28
Views: 638

Re: The desert trip

Heading further south, we pass Leigh Creek, a town moved from its original dry and dusty location, to become the hub for workers at the nearby coal mine. This coal mine was extensive, but has now been shut down, due to the closure of the Port Augusta coal fired powerstation, along with the loss of m...
by BillWest
Mon Jun 25, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: Other Stuff
Topic: The desert trip
Replies: 28
Views: 638

Re: The desert trip

Leaving Marree, we headed south on the Outback Highway, and hoping to get some breakfast. . LeaveMarree.JPG . We were headed for a place known as Farina. . Farina.JPG . The ghost town of Farina in outback South Australia is the last place you would expect to be met with the aroma of freshly baked br...
by BillWest
Mon Jun 25, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: Other Stuff
Topic: The desert trip
Replies: 28
Views: 638

Re: The desert trip

Marree is a small town at one end of the Oodnadatta track, and also at the start of the Birdsville Track. It has long been associated with the Ghan Railway. Some old locomotives are still kept there. . GhanStuff10.JPG . People also like to partake in water sports there, hence the following.... . Yac...
by BillWest
Sun Jun 24, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: Other Stuff
Topic: The desert trip
Replies: 28
Views: 638

Re: The desert trip

Onwards to our final destination for the day.
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Along the way, we came across some odd shapes in the desert, a set of sculptures, out in the middle of nowhere.
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More Ghan stuff.
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Finally, Marree.
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by BillWest
Sun Jun 24, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: Other Stuff
Topic: The desert trip
Replies: 28
Views: 638

Re: The desert trip

Next place was William Creek, some 200km from our destination of the day, Marree. . William1.JPG . William Creek may have some history, but it didn't look inviting enough for us to stop and explore. . William2..JPG . From there on to Lake Eyre South. To get to Lake Eyre itself, required a permit, an...
by BillWest
Sun Jun 24, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: Other Stuff
Topic: The desert trip
Replies: 28
Views: 638

Re: The desert trip

Leaving Ooodnadatta, we passed through more desert country. . Open.JPG WhereTo.JPG Oodna8.JPG Oodna9.JPG . Along the way, there was evidence of the Old Ghan Railway, its bridges, buildings and service areas. A lot of history along this track. . GhanStuff1.JPG GhanStuff2.JPG . We didn't take the time...
by BillWest
Sun Jun 24, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: Other Stuff
Topic: The desert trip
Replies: 28
Views: 638

Re: The desert trip

Oodnadatta1.JPG . Oodnadatta and its Pink Roadhouse were featured on the ABC program "Country Roads" not too long ago, and it looked real interesting, depicting friendly people and a lively environment. We didn't really find it all that great, it was simply a roadhouse, where no-one said much to an...
by BillWest
Sun Jun 24, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: Other Stuff
Topic: The desert trip
Replies: 28
Views: 638

Re: The desert trip

Saturday morning, we were on the Oodnadatta Track, heading for the other side, some 600km away. The track passes through Ooodnadatta and its Pink Roadhouse, William Creek, historic old Ghan Railway sites, past Lake Eyre South, and wide open desert country. . Oodna2.JPG . The Oddnadatta Track is adve...
by BillWest
Sun Jun 24, 2018 8:48 am
Forum: Other Stuff
Topic: The desert trip
Replies: 28
Views: 638

Re: The desert trip

SABorder.JPG StuartHwy2.JPG . Next stop was Marla Bore, a roadhouse near the start of the Oodnadatta Track. Marla has petrol, a modest clean motel, supermarket, restaurant and a lively bar frequented by local station people and travellers alike. This meant meeting more travellers and swapping tall ...
by BillWest
Sun Jun 24, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: Other Stuff
Topic: The desert trip
Replies: 28
Views: 638

Re: The desert trip

Leaving the Ayres Rock area on Friday morning, we headed back to the Stuart Highway, which stretches from Darwin to Port Augusta. Turning right, we headed south. . StuartHwy.JPG . We stopped for lunch at Kulgera, a roadhouse, where we met travellers heading for the Red Centre, Darwin, Adelaide, and ...
by BillWest
Sun Jun 24, 2018 8:25 am
Forum: Other Stuff
Topic: The desert trip
Replies: 28
Views: 638

Re: The desert trip

What has impressed us so far on this trip is the vast countryside we have travelled through. It depicts the real Outback, harsh yet interesting. This time of year the weather is obviously not hot. Even standing on top of that great Australian icon, Ayres Rock, the landscape stretches far and wide, s...
by BillWest
Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: Other Stuff
Topic: The desert trip
Replies: 28
Views: 638

Re: The desert trip

Sunset.JPG We climbed the Rock, along with around 500 other people from all over the world. This time however, it took us a bit longer than it did in 2005. . Climb1.JPG Climb2.JPG Climb3.JPG . Notice Olga and her sisters in the background. It closes for climbing in October 2019. Rumour has it that ...
by BillWest
Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: Other Stuff
Topic: The desert trip
Replies: 28
Views: 638

Re: The desert trip

We headed for Ayres Rock the next day, Wednesday, and stayed there for two nights, camped at the Ayres Rock Resort camping ground. . Resort.JPG Camping.JPG . Daytime was pleasant, at night it came down to 2 degrees! Longjohns, socks, T-short, shirt, jumper and beanie pulled down over the nose, as we...
by BillWest
Fri Jun 22, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: Ride Information and Feedback
Topic: Mid West Ride, August
Replies: 13
Views: 446

Re: Mid West Ride, August

Interested parties, Kalbarri accommodation has been updated to the Kalbarri Motor Hotel. (Link is in the first post above). Book your own for this one, singly or in pairs. Dongara Seaspray: I have booked a 3 bedroom unit, sharing with Glenn and Chips. Initial itinerary (ie via Mnt Magnet) remains as...
by BillWest
Thu Jun 21, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: Other Stuff
Topic: The desert trip
Replies: 28
Views: 638

Re: The desert trip

EndTrack1.JPG EndTrack2.JPG EndTrack3.JPG . Alice was full. The Finke desert race had just finished. Big waiting times to get tyres done. We were booked in at a caravan park, in a reasonable, almost clean unit. Alice seemed like a laid-back town, full of people sitting around doing nothing, backpac...
by BillWest
Thu Jun 21, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: Other Stuff
Topic: The desert trip
Replies: 28
Views: 638

Re: The desert trip

AnotherTruck.JPG . After a couple of flat tyres we arrived at Tilmouth Well roadhouse, 180km from Alice. I copped a flat just 20km before the road changed to bitumen - rock puncture at the shoulder of the tyre. We stopped to have a chat to a caravaner, and I took a leak on the tyre. Too late I noti...