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Competition / Re: Vinduro ride report.
« on: October 07, 2007, 09:57:52 PM »
Some pics can be found here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/94704762@N00/sets/72157602094531162/

Not many pics, and mostly static shots as I forgot to put batteries in the camera!

Tex

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Competition / Re: Vinduro ride report.
« on: October 02, 2007, 09:00:19 AM »
Here's some poor quality clips I took with my mobile phone:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zq8gwp3EgaY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBkHobQ3vVo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGnqoXYJlm8

I should have some (better quality) photos up in the next day or so.

Tex

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Competition / Re: Vinduro ride report.
« on: October 01, 2007, 05:49:51 PM »
I don't know how many kms were involved, but we were told that it would take about 30 minutes to complete a loop. I managed to complete all but one loop in well under 30 mins, (and I'm not a particularly fast rider). I stopped to take a few pics and watch other riders during one loop, so that one took a bit longer.

It was great to see so many trail and enduro bikes in the Parc Ferme. My IT250 looked right at home for once! After the rider's briefing, the first bikes were away at 10am.

Setting off from the starting gate, there was a short blast through a paddock and then into some gently undulating single track. A hard right turn and into the first of several hills. This was followed by some fairly technical single track and into an open paddock with the course marked out before it snaked it's way back into the bush.

Back in the bush and for tight single track, and plenty of it. A few logs to get over, and some sharp corners to keep you on your toes. Man, some of those trees were close together too. No barkbusters for me but I still counted ten fingers at the end of the day. The country was quite hilly, but I didn't find any of the hills too hard, though none of the climbs seemed to have any run-up at all! For me some of the hardest parts were riding along the sides of these slopes.

The course broke back into open country for some time with a series of corners set on the side of the hill which made them pretty slippery (I went down here once).

Back into the bush and a long downhill that had me certain the first time round that I was going to see some water. The ground was a little moist, but no real mud or slop to be seen. Didn't stop me falling off here once as well though!

Some more single track, a little more paddock time, then a short ride through the bush to get to the finish gate.

Everyone was free to do as many or as few laps as they wanted. An awards ceremony was called in the early afternoon, with some random merchadise prizes given out, before rider's time cards were drawn out of a bucket. I even scored a litre of two stroke oil, so the day just kept getting better.

A few diehards (myself included) begged to be allowed back out. The organisers relented, and so I found myself chasing Nathan S, who'd borrowed a DR250.

When's the next one?  ;D

Tex




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Competition / Re: Vinduro ride report.
« on: October 01, 2007, 10:18:23 AM »
In a word - awesome. This was the most fun I've had on a dirt bike in years; I'm still smilin'. The course and the atmosphere were just great.

I cannot thank the organisers enough for putting on a well organised and tremendously fun event. Top job.

It was good to meet some people face to face, and then head out for a lap with them too. I did six loops in total, fell off twice, had a very close call with some trees, checked out some cool old trail and enduro bikes, then before I knew it, it was time to go home.

I really hope that there are more of these Vinduros.

Tex

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Yamaha / Re: DT175 engines/conrods...
« on: September 28, 2007, 03:56:25 PM »
Based on the fact that the RT180 shares the same styling as the later DTs, I'd think that the motors are the same. I don't think the RT180 was ever sold here though.

Tex

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Competition / Re: Vinduro - who is going?
« on: September 28, 2007, 09:26:28 AM »
I'll be there with my IT250K.

Tex

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Competition / Re: VIPER Barrabool Round 30th September
« on: September 25, 2007, 11:24:04 AM »
Have a great day Hoony (and everyone else who is going).

I won't be there, as I'll be at the Vinduro event on that day.

regards
Tex

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Foto Forum / Re: photo storing sites
« on: September 17, 2007, 02:04:50 PM »
There's also www.flickr.com

Tex

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General Discussion / Re: Banning kids from riding
« on: September 12, 2007, 09:44:30 AM »
Yamaha does not endorse the use of training wheels on the PW50. In fact, doing so voids the warranty (if there is one). They believe that a child should be able to hold a bike up if they're going to ride it.

I tend to agree. I would never tell anyone else what to do, but three years old is too young for my children to ride a motorbike. I'll let them master a pushie first. What's the hurry anyway?

Tex

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Suzuki / Re: TM125 Race Debut
« on: September 10, 2007, 03:01:36 PM »
Yeah, photos are always good. Who cares if your bike's a show bike or not?!

What's the story with the TS185ER racer?

Tex

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Kawasaki / Re: KLX's - a shared disease
« on: August 06, 2007, 02:00:43 PM »
They are a nice looking machine, hmmm maybe one day... Thanks for the article, it'll make good reading when I should be working!

Tex

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General Discussion / Interstate Bike Freight
« on: August 02, 2007, 03:23:00 PM »
Seeing as all the previous discussion from the old forum has vanished into the ether, does anyone have any recommendations for interstate bike transport, specifically between Brisbane and Melbourne? Who have you used, what would I expect to pay?

Thanks
Tex

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Competition / VIPER Rd4 at Traralgon postponed
« on: August 02, 2007, 03:19:30 PM »
I've just learned that the VIPER round scheduled for this Sunday (Aug 5) has been postponed due to wet weather. Check out the VIPER web site for more details.

Tex

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Competition / Re: Round 4 of the 2007 VIPER Series
« on: July 31, 2007, 12:53:17 PM »


Here's a pic from Round 3 at Ravenswood. Pre 90 race about to start...

Tex

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