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Green Fields

Well I could not really be bothered writing much about this ride - it's been a week since I did it and I feel I have lost the urge to ramble on too much - all I can say is that it was a great couple of days on the road. My baby Cass & I rode with Steveo & Dennita up to Noosa on the Saturday and spent the night at their unit on the Noosa Rver, deviating to a couple of great little pubs along the way. On the Sunday we decided to take the long way back to Brissy via Nanango and so Steveo rang a mate of his whom I had not met, urging him to join us which he and his wife did.

I had only ridden this route via Gympie & Kilkiven once before and believe me, it really is worth the effort. Not a lot of tight, slow stuff - just long straights and sweepers with very little traffic, which allowed me to let the GSX off the leash! The roads have really improved since my last journey out this way and there were a number of slower patches where the local councils were continuing their work, but that wasn't too bad - it's good for all road users in the end.

And you know what made it even better?? Seeing how green the country was - it has been a very long time since I have ridden anywhere this far away from the coast and seen so much green. That's good for the farmers and also for us bike riders, just in a different kind of way!!

I highly recommend this route if you don't like too much of the twist & turn - with all those straights and sweepers it really is a cruisers paradise, allowing for you to test your bike in many different ways. And as with all country runs, the pubs along the way are great as well!'s Wee Gal on her Nightster!!

Speedmaster Steve "climbing the hill"

This is what we woke up to on Sunday...tough, hey?

Scenery - green & wet at last

Gympie, very early Sunday morning

They kinda look related - Speedster & Nightmaster??

The Suzi Sisters - Bandit and jacket clad GSX


Dragline bucket near Nanango - tis very, very big!

The loop we took on Sunday


Great Ocean Road - A Teaser

Well unfortunately it looks like my participation in the Tassie Ride that a few of us had planned for next February will not eventuate. I have been given the opportunity to spend some time with work in Kazakhstan....yes, that is correct, Kazakhstan. My assignment was confirmed this afternoon.

Anyway, I just finished reading the Chef's write up on his ride of the Great Ocean Road earlier this year - we had planned to cover this as well. For you lucky bastards still goin in Feb, have a read of it and check out what you have to look forward to.

The Great Ocean Road


Goldwing Retriever

I saw these pix on a forum that I regularly visit and initially thought that this was of Japanese origin, but after searching I found that this bike-with-appendage actually originated in Sweden.

The company that manufactures the rear trailer and then fits it to a Honda Goldwing is called Coming Through. Further details including a movie of how it works can be found on their website here.

It really is a great idea and good on them for coming up with it - I'm also happy that someone has finally found a use for the Goldwing!!!!


HSV R8 - wow!

I had a little bit of a run yesterday arvo with one of these R8's and faaark, they go!!

I was on my way home from a mates place and came to a set of lights, so I lane split to get to the front. I pulled up right in front of this silver 6.0litre HSV R8 and didn't think anything more of it, with a Yamaha R1 pulling up just after me. Now I thought this guy on the R1 would take off and leave me for dead so I there was no way I was gonna play with him. Then the lights turned green. The R1 did take off but then took a right hand turn into a carpark just after the lights - no probs. I looked in my mirrors and all I could see was the bonnet of this huge, silver R8 right up my ass, so I thought bugger you mate, and opened her up....still looking big in my mirrors....into third and bloody hell he's still there and still as big. Into fourth and now was the time to go...I gave her a fistful....the R8 was still there but very, very slowly getting smaller.

I then realised that I was being a bloody idiot and so backed right off to the speed limit just before hitting fifth gear, and for the next couple of minutes this guy was all over my ass end wanting to play some more, until he turned onto the motorway. I don't know if it had been further modified since leaving HSV (supercharged?) but the acceleration of it was awesome and a lot better than I had ever thought they were capable of.

I have never had a four wheeler be able to stay so close to me in a straight line, especially one of this size. Gees they have some get up and go. And yes, I realise what I did was stupid, especially along Wynnum Road on a Saturday afternoon, but......well....