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Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Tue Dec 15, 2020 11:25 pm quote
Normally in October/November we do the Mille, 1000km's over 2 days. But Covid happened and it was cancelled. Craig said let's do our own. So we did.

Plenty of help from the Vespa Club of Melbourne but was still plenty of work. Easing of lockdown happened at just about the right time, but a number of people had to drop out and in the end there were only 9 starters. Was actually a good number. We rode in 2's and 3's over these courses -

https://www.plotaroute.com/route/1239811?units=km
https://www.plotaroute.com/route/1226724?units=km

My favourite photo, taken by Craig -



Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Tue Dec 15, 2020 11:28 pm quote
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Part of the alpine area burnt earlier this year

Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Tue Dec 15, 2020 11:30 pm quote
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Molto Verboso
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Tue Dec 15, 2020 11:58 pm quote
Amazing landscapes in Oz. I would love to go for a really long, scenic ride to blow the lockdown cobwebs away. Glad to see that you guys are using a proper Italian stovetop coffee pot !! Nice touch
Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Wed Dec 16, 2020 12:01 am quote
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Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Wed Dec 16, 2020 12:09 am quote
swa45 wrote:
Amazing landscapes in Oz. I would love to go for a really long, scenic ride to blow the lockdown cobwebs away. Glad to see that you guys are using a proper Italian stovetop coffee pot !! Nice touch
I was a bit surprised to see the coffee maker I have to say. But the alpine areas are very pretty.
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Wed Dec 16, 2020 5:47 am quote
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Ahem!

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Wed Dec 16, 2020 9:21 am quote
Looks like a grand time, Ginch. And those are some spiffy scoot-ridiní duds you boys wear on your outings. Feeling a bit under-dressed in my jeans and long sleeve T shirt.
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Wed Dec 16, 2020 10:21 am quote
It looks like you guys had a fabulous ride. I'd love to ride through that countryside.

Back in the day (right out of High School), my sister and I went to Australia for 2 1/2 months backpacking. From Sydney to New Townsend and back, and spend some time in the Blue Mountains. All the eucalyptus trees in your pics brought back some of those excellent memories.

So - were there any breakdowns? any wipeouts? any mishaps? If there were any, hopefully they were minor and everyone had a grand time!

Thanks for posting the pictures and taking us along!
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Wed Dec 16, 2020 11:50 am quote
It seems that you have a great adventure. I am planning a trip of 700 miles in the upcoming Spring Season.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Wed Dec 16, 2020 1:40 pm quote
Gt6MK3 wrote:
...Ahem!
That's not the turn... we got that one. It was further back, plotaroute didn't pick it up and neither did I! It's this one at the bottom.
SoCalGuy wrote:
Looks like a grand time, Ginch. And those are some spiffy scoot-ridiní duds you boys wear on your outings. Feeling a bit under-dressed in my jeans and long sleeve T shirt.
Thanks SCG! I can't relax if I'm not wearing proper gear, and if I can't relax I can't push myself. And mostly the fun is in pushing your limits... imo. See guys riding in summer in shorts and singlets, no gloves and I think, even if all you do is lay down on the road a bit at 1km/h, you're going to at least burn your skin. I've come off a couple of times, nothing too drastic thanks to the gear. Hell, I was walking one day and tripped over, took skin off my palms that took a couple of weeks to stop hurting. At 100km/h.... well!!
qascooter wrote:
It looks like you guys had a fabulous ride. I'd love to ride through that countryside.

Back in the day (right out of High School), my sister and I went to Australia for 2 1/2 months backpacking. From Sydney to New Townsend and back, and spend some time in the Blue Mountains. All the eucalyptus trees in your pics brought back some of those excellent memories.

So - were there any breakdowns? any wipeouts? any mishaps? If there were any, hopefully they were minor and everyone had a grand time!

Thanks for posting the pictures and taking us along!
We are further south than the Blue Mountains of course. Our countryside is probably a tiny bit less spectacular than there. But yes, riding conditions can be fantastic in Eastern Victoria. It's the same range of mountains that go up into NSW and our tallest mountain.
If you ever head back, we'll find you a scooter to ride!



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Wed Dec 16, 2020 4:25 pm quote
epic and amazing. makes me insanely jealous.

*looks outside longingly at the foothills*

*turns around and goes back in to fix some shitbox*

-g
Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Wed Dec 16, 2020 5:40 pm quote
greasy125 wrote:
epic and amazing. makes me insanely jealous.

*looks outside longingly at the foothills*

*turns around and goes back in to fix some shitbox*

-g
Cheers. It's hard work getting it all to happen. It's hard work covering that last 150km at the end of the day. But most of us find it hugely rewarding.
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Wed Dec 16, 2020 7:25 pm quote
Ginch wrote:
If you ever head back, we'll find you a scooter to ride!
Most Excellent! You never know what life brings....

And if you ever make it over this way and this far up north, I'll set you up for sure!
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Wed Dec 16, 2020 9:09 pm quote
SoCalGuy wrote:
Looks like a grand time, Ginch. And those are some spiffy scoot-ridiní duds you boys wear on your outings. Feeling a bit under-dressed in my jeans and long sleeve T shirt.
Hahaha. I guess the long sleeve linen Iím fond of is not much better.

Gents - Tho u opted not to use my more than brilliant Mille Lite (using Miller lite logo) T shirt graphics - the ride looked phenomenal none the less. Excellent effort. Loved every pic. What an awesome ride.

Officially on my bucket list.
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Wed Dec 16, 2020 9:44 pm quote
charlieman22 wrote:
Officially on my bucket list.
1000%

my treat when i finish paying off the house is barnstorming.

this ride is number one with a bullet

then i'm gonna loop back around on the indo boys and tear it up there

cruise it back around to greece

then jump over to new york and bother some people there, maine, boston, make my way east and then south and then back out west.

the only question is... do i buy a bike there or do i ship one of mine?

(also i have a hot minute to build up a touring machine if i so desire)

but bombing a 2 lane in OZ on the tuna barge would be levels of epic.

-g
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Wed Dec 16, 2020 9:52 pm quote
greasy125 wrote:
but bombing a 2 lane in OZ on the tuna barge would be levels of epic.
I was just thinking how awesome it would be to ride around Australia on a Vespa. That'd bring Epic to a whole new level!
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Wed Dec 16, 2020 9:58 pm quote
qascooter wrote:
greasy125 wrote:
but bombing a 2 lane in OZ on the tuna barge would be levels of epic.
I was just thinking how awesome it would be to ride around Australia on a Vespa. That'd bring Epic to a whole new level!
wash your mouth out you disgusting philistine!

the tuna barge is part and parcel of the finest motorscooters ever made.

Lambretta

doubly epic, in modern parlance.

-g
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Wed Dec 16, 2020 10:20 pm quote
Well - not that Iíve thought about it but...

Figure I can fit a motor in my carry on. If u try and ship it there are too many things that can go wrong. But a combo of charm/beg/plead/noise at customs would probably get it in.

Indo is the land of custom sidecars - so I might need to make that one of my first stops. 🙂

Pop my motor in so Iíve got reliability and ready to roll.

Of course - if down under - then we know some guys who know some guys. So thatís gotta be good for something!

Yíall have us thinking of reasons.
-CM
bodgemaster
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Wed Dec 16, 2020 11:04 pm quote
hey g, thereís an opening in the socal paint patio and Iíve more or less recovered from the fumes. Let me know when you want the tuna barge resprayed.
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Thu Dec 17, 2020 5:36 am quote
charlieman22 wrote:
Figure I can fit a motor in my carry on.
This is a brilliant idea. Of course, from what I can tell, they don't let you just stuff a random motor in a bike and roll down there like they do here, so maybe not a solid play in this case, but I love it in principle!
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Thu Dec 17, 2020 3:59 pm quote
SoCalGuy wrote:
hey g, thereís an opening in the socal paint patio and Iíve more or less recovered from the fumes. Let me know when you want the tuna barge resprayed.
OHHH..... you tease!

PM or text me. i'm not in any rush, but let's talk for sure... there are a few ideas floating around in my head...

-g
Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Thu Dec 17, 2020 5:37 pm quote
qascooter wrote:
Ginch wrote:
If you ever head back, we'll find you a scooter to ride!
Most Excellent! You never know what life brings....

And if you ever make it over this way and this far up north, I'll set you up for sure!
Cheers!
Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Thu Dec 17, 2020 6:02 pm quote
Anyone wants to come visit, we can try to organise a ride for you. Bringing or sending a motor could work but would be easier if you just turned up, more notice the better.

We (Craig and I) picked out the best roads we could string together in a 1000km stretch, there are some roads that are a little less... exciting.





Sergeant at Arms
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Thu Dec 17, 2020 6:13 pm quote
gah. now i have to bring a gas can too!??

jeeze louise...

-g
Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Thu Dec 17, 2020 9:01 pm quote
greasy125 wrote:
gah. now i have to bring a gas can too!??

jeeze louise...

-g
Yep. Just tell those guys at the airport it's beer. You'll be right.
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Fri Dec 18, 2020 4:58 am quote
Ginch wrote:
greasy125 wrote:
gah. now i have to bring a gas can too!??

jeeze louise...

-g
Yep. Just tell those guys at the airport it's beer. You'll be right.
Sir, you have two gas cans.

Correct.

One is premix and the other is standard.

I understand sir.

Well the standard is VB and that other is yellow fizzy beer.

The premix is the turbo juice!

Giggles delightedly while unpacking a bike...

Promptly arrested

-g
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Fri Dec 18, 2020 5:31 am quote
It might be cheaper to buy a scooter there, compared to shipping costs. In another life when I was in the Navy living in Japan, we would buy old crap cars and scooters. Ride them for a few years and pass them on to the next person relieving you on the ship.
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Fri Dec 18, 2020 5:43 am quote
If I do it, itís gotta be on mine.

The utter ridiculousness of it is that kinda makes the entire endeavor.

Hello. Hi. I am a nonsense person from halfway around the world and this is my shit box shopping trolley.

Letís fucking party.

Yíall wanna swap shirts?

~shot guns a beer~

Ssssss GO!
Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Fri Dec 18, 2020 1:08 pm quote
It'd be pretty damn cool.

Maybe I could even get to understand your language! Google translate can't handle it...


Sadly it reminds me of Vader. He and his wife had made the decision to come and visit. It was really exciting. A month later he was gone... Geez I miss him.
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Fri Dec 18, 2020 3:44 pm quote
Some more photo's








Goat track


The long paddock


Ginch on the twisty bits


Mission central

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Fri Dec 18, 2020 7:50 pm quote
Craig - it seams ur Speedo must be stuck...

Great shots.

Have a little windscreen envy.
Looks just the right height.
Gives something - but avoids full on ugly.
Somehow I shoulda known Iíd have sorted such a solution.

Howíd the minnow run and what did u decide for jetting ?
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Fri Dec 18, 2020 7:53 pm quote
kindle mount is awesome! Especially at 120kph!
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Fri Dec 18, 2020 7:54 pm quote
*uíd
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Sat Dec 19, 2020 12:52 am quote
If the minnow Speedo was pointing there all trip, the jetting is not so bad.
Thanks for sharing.
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Mon Feb 22, 2021 3:25 am quote
charlieman22 wrote:
SoCalGuy wrote:
Looks like a grand time, Ginch. And those are some spiffy scoot-ridiní duds you boys wear on your outings. Feeling a bit under-dressed in my jeans and long sleeve T shirt.
Hahaha. I guess the long sleeve linen Iím fond of is not much better.

Gents - Tho u opted not to use my more than brilliant Mille Lite (using Miller lite logo) T shirt graphics - the ride looked phenomenal none the less. Excellent effort. Loved every pic. What an awesome ride.

Officially on my bucket list.
I guess Miller Lite is a lite beer?
Lite beer is for pussies! Real bros drink real beer!

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Mon Feb 22, 2021 3:44 am quote
Some of my pics...
I was as prepared as normal... ie. still trying to get Speedy ready the day before, but had "issues" with the lighting circuit (ohh, an no rear shock!), so luckily (with a mighty push from Ginchi) I took up a friends offer of borrowing his (exceptionally tidy, low km) PX200 for NTM...


About 2am on the morning of NTM


Some time at about stoopid-o-clock on the same morning!


Map preparation


Day 1 map, almost ready!


Later that morningThe Startlineup... pre-7am (& about 45min from home)


One of the stops along the way


Stunning lookout


Time for a pic


Leaving my mark on the finish line.

NOTE: for some reason the rear Mitas/Sava MC18 only lasted 1001km!


Lookout on the ride back to Melbourne (pretty much it took another full day of riding to get back!)
Noone else was game (or dumb) enough to get to the very top of the terrible track)


But ohh what a view!


My absolute favourite picture.
Love the colour of the sky in the mirrors

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Mon Feb 22, 2021 3:29 pm quote
SubEtherBASS wrote:
charlieman22 wrote:
SoCalGuy wrote:
Looks like a grand time, Ginch. And those are some spiffy scoot-ridiní duds you boys wear on your outings. Feeling a bit under-dressed in my jeans and long sleeve T shirt.
Hahaha. I guess the long sleeve linen Iím fond of is not much better.

Gents - Tho u opted not to use my more than brilliant Mille Lite (using Miller lite logo) T shirt graphics - the ride looked phenomenal none the less. Excellent effort. Loved every pic. What an awesome ride.

Officially on my bucket list.
I guess Miller Lite is a lite beer?
Lite beer is for pussies! Real bros drink real beer!

Beer and coffee should both be dark enough you can't see through them.
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Mon Feb 22, 2021 7:39 pm quote
Some spectacular pictures there.
- Not sure which is my favorite.
- There is Speedy in the living room
- There are the maps - and a hammer? - also laid out in the living room.
- And then there is Craig preparing to attack the Death Star.
Tough call.
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Mon Feb 22, 2021 9:03 pm quote
With all that paper mapping, you would benefit from a F2R rally roadbook and a Tripmaster thumb switch!
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