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Post  Maxwell on Tue 30 Sep 2014, 1:54 pm

Has any one rode to Townsville then across to Darwin. Am looking at this to find work and try find a new life.

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Post  2wheelsagain on Tue 30 Sep 2014, 2:06 pm

Looks like a lonely ride on the map.
Just make sure you can make it 280/300km between fuel stops.
You should get further but you'll probably have the wick would up in places and these mills can be made to drink if playing.
And I wouldnt try it at night if you're only relying on the standard candle. Its pathetic.

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Post  Maxwell on Tue 30 Sep 2014, 4:54 pm

Yes I know I average 280 to 300 klms per tank.. am going to do a few mods before I leave hoping to get more out of it. Already have an R77 Yoshikawa on it going to take the secondary butterflies out and the air box mod k&n air filter.

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Post  Kiwisteve on Tue 30 Sep 2014, 6:54 pm

lonelyshyone wrote:Yes I know I average 280 to 300 klms per tank.. am going to do a few mods before I leave hoping to get more out of it. Already have an R77 Yoshikawa on it going to take the secondary butterflies out and the air box mod k&n air filter.

& add an extra 50% to the size of the tank! Razz

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Post  Bosco15 on Tue 30 Sep 2014, 7:43 pm

lonelyshyone wrote:Has any one rode to Townsville then across to Darwin. Am looking at this to find work and try find a new life.

Join the Navy. 

Seriously. 

If you want to start a new life, you can't beat it. 

I was in for seven years and had a blast. 
You're not always at sea. Plenty of time for riding. Great food, comraderie, Hot chicks.

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Post  Maxwell on Tue 30 Sep 2014, 8:54 pm

Too old to do that mate but thanks

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Post  Bosco15 on Wed 01 Oct 2014, 5:43 am

lonelyshyone wrote:Too old to do that mate but thanks

Max recruitment age is 59. 
Six years before compulsory retirement age.  
Now, get down and give me twenty!

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Post  Maxwell on Thu 02 Oct 2014, 5:29 pm

I'm already 54 so too old

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Post  barry_mcki on Thu 02 Oct 2014, 7:07 pm

@Bosco15 wrote:Six years before compulsory retirement age.

This week, but if you hold on a wee bit we'll stretch retirement to 67 and higher, unless you're a politician, then you only need to do two terms.  

"Sorry mister, you lost the election, good news is that you've done your 8 years, so you've reached retirement age":


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Post  BanditDave on Sat 04 Oct 2014, 8:19 am

lonelyshyone wrote:Has any one rode to Townsville then across to Darwin. Am looking at this to find work and try find a new life.

If it helps, I have done the trip in the opposite direction in 2007

The roads are all good but there is not a lot to see.

The longest distance between fuel stops is Camooweal to Barkly Homestead about 260Km. That should be achievable on the Bandit.

I recall at one stop (Larrimah) there was no fuel and I was saved by another rider who had a 5 litre fuel container.

I would definitely carry one if I was doing the trip again.

I wouldn't begin the day before 8.00am as the wildlife (kangaroos, emus, pigs and dingoes) are plentiful and unpredictable

Travelling between 8.00am and 5.00pm is probably the safest, unfortunately this is also the hottest part of the day

I would also carry 2 litres of water

For accommodation I found pubs were cheaper than most other options although there are not a lot around. If you are camping, there are lots of places.

It's a great trip which I recommend

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