Getting yourself organised for the Big ride 01.10.2016

Discussion in 'Straight up the middle Adelaide to Darwin Oct 2016' started by Ulaa, Oct 12, 2013.

  1. Ulaa
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    I will update these as people suggest any more and as I find them.

    The way that these rides are usually set up is as follows:

    Accommodation
    The trip organisers will organize accommodation at each stop.
    The trip organisers will post the accommodation and leave it up to you to book.
    The trip organisers will try to organize dinner in each stop spot.

    Planning for distance
    Plan on 500km+ days, a lot of them. If you haven't done this kind of long distance riding before, start practicing.
    For those who did Cobar to Broken Hill, Adelaide to Darwin will be 10 days of that.

    At the end of each day, get off your bike, grab a beer and do an inspection, look for leaks, cracks or anything that is out of the ordinary.

    Getting your bike ready
    Have your bike freshly serviced before you leave home. Double check everything for tightness.

    Servicing and Tyres
    Buy new tyres before you leave home.
    Plan on buying another set when you get to Darwin and when you get home.

    Costs
    Plan on 100$/day for food (breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
    Accommodation is Motels, Pubs and road houses. This can vary from a pub at 30-50$/night to 130$/night as there is no where else to go.

    From Adelaide its 3000km to Darwin and 3000km if you go straight back.
    That should give you an idea for petrol consumption, basically plan on 500km days ($50/day for Fuel)
    Really isolated parts of Australia can have really expensive fuel. For example some parts of the Nullabor we saw fuel hit $2.12/liter when it was only $1.45/liter in towns.

    Returning from Darwin and NOT riding
    If you don't want to Ride back from Darwin talk to these guys:
    http://www.bikelogistics.com.au/Home.aspx

    These guys will CRATE your bike up and ship door to door.

    Safety
    Although its a lot safer than it used to be riding up the middle can still be a dangerous place.
    Some tips I have picked up from blogs and talking to various people:

    Stock up on extra water every day - We carried an extra litre each on the Nullabor
    Bring cash - cards may not work, always have a couple of hundred on you.
    Bring a tool kit and any spares you think you may need (For the 9 a spare clutch cable is a good idea)
    Stop for fuel everywhere you can - you don't know if the guy at the next gas station is open today.

    Road Trains
    How to pass a road train on a motorcycle.
    http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?doc_id=5775

    Be prepared to have a hell of a lot of fun!
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  2. Gromit
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    Gromit

    So are we riding to Perth or Darwin, I'm confused????
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    Gromit

    According to Ulaa's post above it may be???? Or is there another Perth in the NT i'm not aware of ?
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    updated to remove perth references
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    I see you have posted a link on road trains, but to give you a better image of what to expect, I found this youtube video.


    And if they are decelerating downhill, that end trailer has a habit of fishtailing.
    An interesting sensation when your beside one.
    If you encounter one coming the other way, expect to feel some wash as it passes.
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    Hi ElephantMan,
    Are the triples common up there?. Doubles are common in central/west NSW, SA, country Vic etc and they are all you see in WA. We did pass a couple of triples but maybe 10% of all trucks, so not a lot.
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    Shit
    When I worked out wa a few years back ( driving roadtrains) it was all triples and quads. Barely any doubles.


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    When I road it was trucks passing you , they don't seem to be speed limited on the "open road" but the C50 was comfortable on 105-110kmh also fuel economy.