Adventure Ride – Australia for Dec 2012 – Jan 2013 is READY, yeay!!!

Thank you to those who helped me with the survey to prepare the Australian Adventure Ride in Dec 2012 – Jan 2013. Here is a summary of the findings:

1)  In terms of timing for December or January – almost 70% did not care about the timing as long as there was sufficient time to prepare. Well over 6 months of prepping should be enough for a 10 day ride…

2)  About 63% wanted 10 days to 2 weeks. I will make this a 10 day ride, but you will be able to hire the bikes for additional time. Its also worth noting that almost 25% wanted more than 2 weeks. I will look into this for the future…perhaps a ride up to the tropics, Cairns, Port Douglas, Great Barrier Reef…hmmm sounds tempting! Let me know your thoughts…

3)  For the length of daily rides, about 70% wanted either more than 350 kms or a mixture of short and long riding days. We will tackle this by staying in some places more than one night. The Great Ocean Road and The Victorian Alpine country are the perfect candidates for this. This way you can just chill, explore on foot, go the the beach, cafes, etc. Or come for a ride with us or go on your own / with your partner.

4) Whilst we are on the topic of riding with partners…only about 16% of you will bring a partner. Over 80% are either coming alone or just maybe bring a partner…maybe? I guess those partners need to accumulate some more points with you then hey! 🙂 Naturally, partners are welcome!

5) In terms of which bike you’d like to ride, about 70% chose either the Monster or the Multistrada…Hmmm ok, but I thought the Hypermotard would be more popular. The Multistrada has proven to be the most popular (42%) and over 25% of you will be riding your own bikes…Cool!

6)  Doing a bit of cost benefit analysis, over 75% of you told me that you do not want to pay for luxury accommodation. We will stay in 3-4 star places and I have to agree with you, its just a place to sleep at. That said, if some of you want to stay in luxury, contact me and I will make sure you will be accommodated, but that will cost extra of course.

7)  I am relieved that almost 80% of you do not want to pay for carrying your luggage. Hiring of a car, driver, fuel etc would have been way to expensive…Luckily though this is not as much of an issue for the Transylvanian Tour. We will make sure that our bikes have ample luggage carrying capacity.

Again, thank you to those who helped with the survey.  If you have registered your email address, and most of you have, you will get a further 5% off the tour price. This could result in up to 15% or almost $600 off the full price.  If you have any questions, issues, contact me.

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Running in the Ducati Multistrada

One of the many pleasures that come from owning a brand new Ducati Multistrada is the process of running her in…

Naturally the 1,200+kms from Sydney, through the NSW and Victoria Alpine country see The New Found Love entry was not enough…

This time my good mate Dan Burmas joined the process on his Aprilia Dorsoduro…

You may remember the Dorso from my previous ride when I took it down to the Great Ocean Road with my hot friend Susan (aka GSXR Girl…)

I must confess, it was the agility and corner speed of the Aprilia Dorsoduro that inspired me to  move away from sports bikes for public road fun and get a multipurpose toy…with more power!

The ride was quick up and down on the Reefton and Black Spurs, just long enough to get me comfortable enough to scrape my toe sliders…nice!

Notice the road sign in the background…the beginning of fun overload!

BTW I will be using the Multistrada as the weapon of choice for the Australia ride scheduled for December 20012 and January 2013. I am in the process of finalising the details, so if you’d like to attend, please help me complete a quick survey under this link.

This would help me tremendously with putting together the best ride possible.

Till next time!

New found love – Ducati Multistrada

Running out of patience whilst waiting for the Gixer to arrive form Europe (it takes over 40 days on the water…), Nady and I test rode a few new models. Just “to see” of course, not going to get a new bike, don’t need one….yeah right!

Thankfully my mate at Fraser Ducati (Sydney) had a new Multistrada 1200 available. He could have it shipped down…or I could fly up and ride her back from Sydney to Melbourne. Just to make sure she runs ok, of course…

When I arrived, the hot Italian was already waiting for me…

she had some of her family members there as well, who were equally attractive…

I love this family! Slightly dysfunctional but full of gorgeousness, which makes up for it…

After one hour of introduction (Yes, I was shown how to start the bike…) I was on my way…

Getting from Sydney to Melbourne there are a number of ways to go…the most obvious is the Hume Hwy/Fwy, which is a 100-110km/hr speed limited, multi-lane road that trucks and most of the public use. Imagine riding an airplane landing strip at 100km/hr…exciting stuff. So the REAL choice was the scenic route via the NSW/Vic Alpine country…

Since the brochure said she can be used off-road, I had to give that a go…

The multi-purpose tyres handled the terrain beautifully! Since I took the long route (over 1,000 kms lay ahead) I had to go fast as I only had a day registration and no rego. plates, officer…I also had to test the range of the 20lt fuel tank…over 300kms with less than a litre left…

along the way passed some amazing scenery…

However, soon it got dark and the fun turned into an endurance event…

After some 1,200kms of Ducati lovin’ I arrived home about 4:00 o’clock in the morning. I can easily say it was the toughest one-day ride ever but it was worth every minute!

Motorbike Adventure – Australia 2012/2013

You may be aware that I am planning a few Australian rides scheduled for the end of 2012 / early 2013. Details about the ride is here

To make this the best possible event, I have created a short and anonymous survey to get your thoughts on the preferred format, such as number of days, kms, accommodation etc.

If you could help me with this survey, it would be much appreciated…Please click here to participate: Australian Ride Survey

Transylvania: The Bicaz Gorge

We took off early in the morning towards Bicaz Gorge. It was still foggy in the mountains…

but no-one complained despite the previous night’s foolish behaviour in the beer garden…this ride had my adrenalin pumping so I could not sleep past 6am anyway…

Once we left the town of Udvarhely,

we rode through a few villages,

where storks nests such as this were common. It was amazing to see wildlife and civilisation entwined…

The stork is a migratory bird and every year they travel to Africa during winter but they return to their nests year after year.

As we left the villages behind, the surroundings turned green…

As we passed the peasants horses and carts it was like going back in time. That’s unless we saw them use their mobile phones which was a strange sight…This visual’s just not getting old…

As we got closer to the Gorge, and we got higher into the mountains, the landscape became more dramatic…and beautiful

before we got to the Bicaz Gorge we stopped by for a break at the Red Lake (Translated from Romanian, in Hungarian its the Killer Lake, it must be a Transylvanian thing…)

That lake and rowing boats looked too inviting for us not to try them out…

but all fun must come to an end and our gruelling task of riding to the Bicaz Gorge had to continue…it wasn’t too far…

And this is what greeted us:

This is what it looks like from the top:

Nice!

Which bike for me on the Tour of Transylvania?

Wow! The number of enquiries that I have received on the Summer 2012 Transylvanian tour has been overwhelming! I have tried answering each individually but one of the most asked questions is: Which bike is best for me on the tour?

So I will try to put my 2 cents’ worth here and hope to confuse you even more, since this is really a subjective topic…After all it also depends on the type of rider you are, size, weight, are you the cruiser type or sport bike nut, etc etc…

Personally, I found the:

a bit of an overkill…yes, there is such thing…especially when smaller bikes are going quicker in tighter corners… Whilst she hauls arse like no other (220km+ in 3rd gear), I rarely had the opportunity to open the throttle to the stops.

What’s more, in certain places, such as 1st or 2nd gear corners she did not have the agility of the:

Kawasaki Z750

as their wide bars allow for quicker and easier flicking into the tight corners…

And course if you are approaching this…

a super-moto, like this KTM here…

is a motorcycling wet dream come true…

That said, when I rode this bike, at certain revs it vibrated so much I could not read the sign on the back of a truck I caught up to…(true story!)

So, instead I’d recommend small upright bike, such as:

Yamaha MT03

But if you are a cruizy kind of person with the occasional “gimme some more speed now!” kind of person…then select one of these babies…

That said, if you really must have a sports bike…

I say go for it man!!! Since the fun factor is still maaaaasive! and of course you can also pull out some tree stumps along the way with them just for fun…However in my opinion its like cracking a nut with a sledge hammer…not that it’s necessarily  a bad thing…

That said if you are 200cm or taller on a small bike you’d just look wrong…

So there, I hope I confused you a bit more and helped you towards more sleepless nights thinking about this crucial topic…

Bottom line, pick the bike that is most suited for you and when you book let me know which bike you want so I can make sure it is available for you!