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On the Road 

"After more than 6000km in 89 hours we have averaged 67.4km/hr sleeping, riding, eating and climbing Uluru. Both BMWs were very comfortable, easy to ride and we only got a hint of a sore bum at Orange on the return trip."

We provide freelance material (articles) to a range of travel and motoring magazines, almost any audience is ours where the sense of adventure triggers interest. Geoff Hall was Route Director of the 1994, 1995 and 1996 BMW Safari. 

Our team has planned and conducted safaris throughout Australia for major manufacturers and adventurers. We probably know the town and the road where you want to go.

You can source advice on motorcycle luggage and load strategies, good rides and adventure routes.

Road riding gear – what to wear depending on the riding conditions. Motorcycles – what to ride and where. Long distance touring strategies and road tests.

If you have a question, use the contact form and fire it throughdon’t expect an instant response – but you will be answered.

In more than 1.2 million kilometres on all types of machinery, I have encountered many conditions – sand, bull dust, huge corrugations, high winds, ‘rolly polly’ deep water, diesel spills, black ice, snow, locust plagues, fog and dust storms. All have provided some heart stopping moments and a real appreciation of what the elements (and others) can throw at you. On the flip side, there have been spectacular sunrises and sunsets.

Winding road, moonlight blasts along coastal highways and highly illegal and dangerous thrashes through city suburbs and thoroughfare in the dead of night (’When I was young … The Animals’).
Of course, there have been incidents, accidents and encounters with those who try and keep some order on the highways and byways. It is part of life. Hopefully one learns from the oops moments and occasional discussions with law enforcement officers.

From time to time, there has been an amazing menu of motorcycles, the good, not so good and plain ugly. Obviously, I have machine preferences, mostly borne out of experience, something earned from road kilometres and being bashed by the riding conditions. 

On The Road will provide opinions on most topics, some you won’t like, others will be acceptable. On occasions, the positives will outweigh the negatives. The reasons will be stated – I don’t like it because … Promotional material will be considered (to get the name of the product and specifications right), however, all too often the copywriter write about the product, but rarely have actually used it. Damn – now I have to find the key and do something. Stay tuned for regular missives – see ‘On the road’.

On the Road Articles:-

Good Rides

Road Riding Gear


Motorcycles

What to buy when you start to ride - (LAM - Learner Approved Motorcycles)




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On Your Bike (LAM - Learner Approved Motorcycles)

Now this is a minefield! What to buy? Let’s be upfront, forget which brand and stick to the objective!

The selection of a product which is shrouded by appearance, reputation and street cred is good if you want to be noticed and do not necessarily care about whether the machine is correct for the intended use – purchase a freshly new something and hang the practicality.

Learners largely have the choice made for them, however, there are significant considerations. Do you intend to keep the machine past the licensing period or is this a stepping stone to the big bore sports and touring iron? There is a range of 500cm3, 600cm3 and 800cm3 machines which will serve you well.

Whatever you choose, consider:

             Whether you can get it on and off the stands easily.

             Whether the seat height is suitable for you (tiptoe control is not sufficient when you suddenly need support to stop a machine falling over).

             Can you pick the machine up? It may sound silly, however, it is almost inevitable that a slow U-turn or road conditions or lack of experience will bring you undone.

             In the same vein, how crash-proof is the body work and blinkers. Fairings are expensive to repair. If you want a bike with a fairing, consider what parts you can remove while you are in the learning period. I am a very positive person but accidents and incidents do happen.

Do some work on how much you will lose in resale value if you are only going to keep the machine for a short time – a second-hand may be a better option if you intend to flick on the steed once you have a licence.

Of course, service records, evidence of crash damage and general condition of wheel and steering head bearings need to be considered when you are purchasing a bike.

For LAM purchases, function should win over style. You can go for the sexy looking stuff later. Personally, I would avoid bikes with small wheels (they react badly on rough surfaces and potholes) and scooters often have lots of body work.

LAM can be fun. I have done 4000 kilometres in less than four days on a compliant bike through rain, hail, sunshine, mud, sand and gravel. It was a hoot!

It is great to see riders embracing the motorcycle lifestyle, however, do so with your eyes open. Early decisions may well shape whether you enjoy the experience or find it all too hard and end up giving up. 

12/6/12

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