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Out for a quick spin 7500km
5 lt red fuel container ( some fuel stops 320km to 400km )
3 man dome tent ( Camping )
2 weeks of clothing
self inflating matt
camel back
food ( long time between pubs )
sleeping gear
saddle bags ( had to ditch these TOO fuel draining )
wet weather gear
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2 weeks clothing...........I carry 5 days clothing and wash them on the trip. I know a biker who wears his underware 1 day, throws them in the trash and buys some more as needed. Obviously you don't ride on any curves.
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I ll post a pic of the roads later
long flat straigt!!
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Hi,

What trips have you done or are doing on the bike?
Seems you have covered some big distances.
Its a wonder your "stuff" doesn't end up on the road!
Cheers
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Get some quick dry clothing and wash in hotel sink with hotel shampoo. Hang up and it will be dry in morning.
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That's traveling light? Yikes.
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That's traveling light? Yikes.
yeah its lite , cause no kitchen sink.
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I think the OP would be a prime candidate for a pull trailer.Sure would help with that towering pile of cargo.

Interesting......
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I think the OP would be a prime candidate for a pull trailer.Sure would help with that towering pile of cargo.

Interesting......
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Road warrior meets Yardsale. Some of you will get this. Laughing emoticon
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old as dirt wrote:
Sidecutter wrote:
That's traveling light? Yikes.
yeah its lite , cause no kitchen sink.
beat me to it!
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Road warrior meets Yardsale. Some of you will get this. Laughing emoticon
He needs to add a folding chair.
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mpfrank wrote:
stickyfrog wrote:
Road warrior meets Yardsale. Some of you will get this. Laughing emoticon
He needs to add a folding chair.
I knew someone would get it.

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MarkII

If you're coming through Sydney, let me know. I'll buy you a beer.

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mpfrank wrote:
stickyfrog wrote:
Road warrior meets Yardsale. Some of you will get this. Laughing emoticon
He needs to add a folding chair.
ANd Flag!
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mpfrank wrote:
stickyfrog wrote:
Road warrior meets Yardsale. Some of you will get this. Laughing emoticon
He needs to add a folding chair.
ANd Flag!
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sarcasm
why drag a trailer when you have a mate to do it for you?
why drag a trailer when you have a mate to do it for you?
travel light camp site
travel light camp site
these bikes do have personalitys
these bikes do have personalitys
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part 2
long way from home
long way from home
from deserts to mountains in one day.what to wear what to wear?
from deserts to mountains in one day.what to wear what to wear?
happy hour
happy hour
as the sign says HALFWAY
as the sign says HALFWAY
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part 3

this was the last trip
if you didnt take it with you you didnt have it
camping in deserts , on top of mountains , under ground in caves,
had to be self sufficient 90% of the time.
no fancy hotel rooms to wash your socks and jocks
heat one day freezing the next hence 2 weeks of clothes
yes we had chairs and a kitchen sink!
flat roads some times
flat roads some times
salt flats south australia
salt flats south australia
dirt roads too
dirt roads too
bitumen
bitumen
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part 4

starts on April 15 2012
leave Sale victoria
go to Perth western Austalia
and return

look it up in your atlas
this time we are traveling light.

no trailer!
drinks are on me
drinks are on me
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Two people setting off for four weeks, London UK to Paros, Greece, return trip >4,000 miles

Clothes for 5 days+, riding gear for *all* weathers. The latter took up most of the storage room.
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Two people setting off for four weeks, London UK to Paros, Greece, return trip >4,000 miles

Clothes for 5 days+, riding gear for *all* weathers. The latter took up most of the storage room.
Where did you pack the clothes for 5 days? In the Van?
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Mark II wrote:
part 3

this was the last trip
if you didnt take it with you you didnt have it
camping in deserts , on top of mountains , under ground in caves,
had to be self sufficient 90% of the time.
no fancy hotel rooms to wash your socks and jocks
heat one day freezing the next hence 2 weeks of clothes
yes we had chairs and a kitchen sink!
Did you guys camp in camp grounds or wild land? Did you see or hear any coyotes/wolves, wild cats/lynxes, snakes?
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see thats what i'm talkin about

good on you

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Summersmorning wrote:
Mark II wrote:
part 3

this was the last trip
if you didnt take it with you you didnt have it
camping in deserts , on top of mountains , under ground in caves,
had to be self sufficient 90% of the time.
no fancy hotel rooms to wash your socks and jocks
heat one day freezing the next hence 2 weeks of clothes
yes we had chairs and a kitchen sink!
Did you guys camp in camp grounds or wild land? Did you see or hear any coyotes/wolves, wild cats/lynxes, snakes?
Kangaroos emus camels cattle wedge tail eagles rabbits goannas sheep natives snakes ants

side of the road most of the time
camp parks when we needed a shower

Mark
pull of the road
set up camp 
explore for a few days
pull of the road set up camp explore for a few days
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The van is the next-door neighbour's. No backup on this or subsequent trips.

Set off in the cold/wet weather gear at silly o'clock. The stuffer sacks on the back seats expanded at times...
London to MVGISR and back - t'was ~4,000 miles
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The van is the next-door neighbour's. No backup on this or subsequent trips.

Set off in the cold/wet weather gear at silly o'clock. The stuffer sacks on the back seats expanded at times...
London to MVGISR and back - t'was ~4,000 miles
Wow, you guys really traveled light for 4000 miles! Hope you guys had a good time, no troubles with scooters during this trip.
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Mark II wrote:
Summersmorning wrote:
Mark II wrote:
part 3

this was the last trip
if you didnt take it with you you didnt have it
camping in deserts , on top of mountains , under ground in caves,
had to be self sufficient 90% of the time.
no fancy hotel rooms to wash your socks and jocks
heat one day freezing the next hence 2 weeks of clothes
yes we had chairs and a kitchen sink!
Did you guys camp in camp grounds or wild land? Did you see or hear any coyotes/wolves, wild cats/lynxes, snakes?
Kangaroos emus camels cattle wedge tail eagles rabbits goannas sheep natives snakes ants

side of the road most of the time
camp parks when we needed a shower

Mark
I hope it's all safe over there camping side of the roads. I don't think it's safe here for doing that. We had to lock up our scooters at camp site all the time while they were not in use...Nice travel photos! Thanks for sharing!
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Quote:
coyotes/wolves, wild cats/lynxes,
What are they?
We don't have those in Australiaia, only deadly snakes, deadly spiders and crocodiles (plus native animals).
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johndunoon wrote:
Quote:
coyotes/wolves, wild cats/lynxes,
What are they?
We don't have those in Australiaia, only deadly snakes, deadly spiders and crocodiles (plus native animals).
Don't forget baby eating dingoes. Razz emoticon
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Yes, your are right!
Word does get around!
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The wedge-tailed eagles are stubborn bastards. They won't move off the road until the very last second. They're huge.

I guess you won't be coming near Sydney!

Gonzo.
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not this time
but when we do
you will be the first to know
and it will be my shout!

2013?
warm day
warm day
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Ceduna SA
Sydney only 2018klm
Sydney only 2018klm
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Hey Mark, you'r a long way from Sale or at least were.
What mileage has your bike done?
How does it handle the long harsh distances?
Has it given you any trouble at all?
Just wondering in general how you regard the bike and how it's treated you.
Cheers.
PS: And if you ever come to Orange NSW - we should meet.
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Hey Mark!

I can not understand how you can go that far without your bottom will become an inferno of pain. Bleh emoticon

(7500Km is 750 Swedish and Norwegian mil.)
It is the same as going from the north of Sweden down to southern Italy. Maybe even longer
This is an achievement!
I'm very impressed!Wha? emoticon

37 degrees C, as a Viking, I would not survive the heat.
I have experienced it once in Calico Ghost Town California.

Thank you for sharing this journey!


Kjell

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Mark,
Great trip and thanks for sharing photos and a few details. I am jealous I couldn't join you. I would love to read a more detailed narrative of the journey and the more pictures the better. In my Navy days I visited Sydney and Perth, but have seen nothing of the area between. You might want to post in Ride Reports forum as other MV members don't often visit here unless they have an MP3.
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My husband wants to thank you - I have looooong said when the kiddos leave some summer I'm shipping my bike to Europe to ride. I've always said New Zealand, because - well, long story that doesn't matter. Now I can add Australia . . . . . Like I said, my husband thanks you.
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mpfrank wrote:
stickyfrog wrote:
Road warrior meets Yardsale. Some of you will get this. Laughing emoticon
He needs to add a folding chair.
Folding chairs only work on 250s, under the seat.
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mpfrank wrote:
stickyfrog wrote:
Road warrior meets Yardsale. Some of you will get this. Laughing emoticon
He needs to add a folding chair.
Folding chairs only work on 250s, under the seat.
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