HU Travellers Meeting Perth 2014
Horizons Unlimited 2nd Western Australia Travellers Meeting -
Fairbridge Village (near Pinjarra), WA
Friday Oct 10 - Sunday Oct 12, 2014
It's All About Overland Adventure
Whether you're a seasoned veteran with wisdom to share or a complete novice hungry for ideas and guidance, it doesn't matter if you ride a motorcycle, a bicycle, or drive an expedition vehicle...
Horizons Unlimited meetings are for everyone who dreams of adventure along the road less travelled.
The event is taking place from Friday 10th October to Sunday 12th October 2014 at Fairbridge Village. The Village is a nationally heritage-listed town site operated by a major youth charity, and has convenient proximity to Perth.
We are organising an exciting range of inspirational speakers and educational workshops.
Arrive early on the Friday (after 12 pm) and make it a great weekend! There will be presentations and workshops starting Friday afternoon, all day Saturday and Sunday morning.
As well as hearing inspiring stories of overlanding adventures from around the world, you'll get the low-down on preparing for your journey, navigation, first-aid, photography, filming and a host of other essential topics. Whatever your past experience or future plans may be, there's something for everyone.
More detailed schedule will be posted here 1 week before the event, and will be posted at the event, but is subject to change.
Presenters at HU Perth 2013 included...
India - two wheels or three?
India East to West North to South - Royal Enfield v Rickshaw v public transport. Shillong to Jaisalmer, Delhi to Kochi, by rickshaw, by motorcycle, travelling with small children.
35 years old environmental scientist and Perth father of two has crossed the Indian subcontinent numerous times over the past few years by various modes of transport, sometimes solo, sometimes accompanied by the extended family. Author of The Rickshaw Run diaries - Three blokes on the run in India and founder on Nevermind Leather, Everlong Handmade Towels and Bad Company Adventure motorcycle tours.
The 555 - Across USA on old small capacity shit box motorcycles
This is a cross country trip that has been running for 3 consecutive years. The presentation is on the 4th annual event of motorcycle masochism, on route to Portland Maine
1) 1975 or older
2) 500cc engine or less
3) $500 or less -- buying and restoring (minus tires and papers)
Goal: to build, and then to ride.
History: In a dark basement in Tennessee cluttered with old bikes, scattered tools, gas fumes, beer cans and wise-cracks, Mike and his brother Cody mused over Cody's new purchase of a $100 CB350. Mike, having just returned from a trip to Panama on an old BMW/5, was ready for another trip. Cody, never having crossed west over the Mississippi River, was also ready. The idea was born to visit their other brother. Wanting an even playing field, Mike decided not to take the BMW and roll with a shitbox of his own. Then, they invited the guys. They presented the rules, 7 in all showed up, and then they rode... to Portland, Oregon.
Trans Africa at 23 Years old... 36,000 km from Sark to Cape Town via East Africa
"A description of my overland trip from Europe to Cape Town. From leaving terrified on my own to having the greatest adventures and making the strongest friendships to arriving in Cape Town looking very different. How I have found myself and grown from a young man into a man by setting off in to the world with only my faith that it will be right."
Kimberley on a postie bike!
"I am a police officer first and foremost, however, I have interests in health and wellbeing and presently undertaking doctoral research into offender management. I have a passion for all things with two-wheels, including my modern sports touring motorcycle, some post-vintage bikes (Triumph, Ariel and Sunbeam), my carbon-fibre BMC bicycle, a classic Colnago Master and, my personal favourite, a 55" penny farthing. I've ridden motorcycles across Australia, Africa and Europe.
In June 2013 I joined 22 other people to ride decommissioned postie-bikes, the ubiquitous little red CT 110 Hondas Australia Post utilise to deliver our mail, from Derby in the West Kimberley 700 kms to Kununurra along the Gibb River Road. My presentation will include tales and photos from the ride, along with tips for people intending on travelling the Gibb River Road or undertaking an adventure on a postie-bike."
Desert Touring in Western Australia
Desert Riding through the Canning Stock Route and Little Sandy Desert
"Will be presenting on the trips I have done into the Little Sandy Desert, Great Sandy Desert and down the Canning Stock Route. Will cover gear and bike selection, safety, route planning, and reporting on experiences on the trail.
I have been a motorcyclist for 24 years since learning at age 21 whilst living in Alice Springs, where I got an introduction to Desert Riding. Since then I have always loved touring off-road, and into remote areas. In recent years I have explored most of Western Australia's remote outback including the Kimberley, Great Sandy Desert, Canning Stock Route, Goldfields and South West."
Grant and Susan Johnson, Horizons Unlimited
How it all began. The story of Grant and Susan's 11-year trip around the world, without a plan or a clue!
Way back in 1987, before the Internet, two young and naive Canadians set out from Vancouver to ride around the world on a motorcycle. The plan (and budget) was for 3 years, but it didn't quite work out that way!
Chasing as much dirt as possible across central Australia
"MWM - 'married white male' - suffering the usual ailments mid life including suspected, but undiagnosed, mid-life crisis. Revisiting motorcycles after a long hiatus and learning, repeatedly, how to pick one up. Supported by a way too patient wife and three very bemused and slightly alarmed daughters. Adventure rider status - enthusiastic amateur grabbing time for the odd trip into the Australian outback between family and work responsibilities.
Most recent trip and subject of my talk, a 4 week dash across central Australia chasing as much dirt as possible and learning that 200 kg and 100 bhp and sand make for some very interesting riding experiences. Also enjoyed the beautiful expanse and solitude of the Australian outback, fabulous scenery, interesting characters, 1000 kms of dirt roads and tracks and discovered that 0.002 kg saved by not carrying that extra set of underwear probably wasn't worth it."
Morocco via Spain and the Picos Mountains
Ewen is a passionate advocate of adventure motorcycling and a key driver in making the fist Perth HU meeting happen. His first overland (motorcycle) adventure was to Morocco over the high, middle and low Atlas Mountains via Spain. Since then trips across Europe and more local within Western Australia have been the foci.
Morocco via Picos Mountains - Trans Morocco via Spain and the Picos Mountains - 'how to' and 'lessons learnt' the hard way.
Short & local bike adventures in WA - Ewen believes that short local trips can be as much an adventure as the big round the world and will present some local trips.
Steven Kirk, Perth to Perth
This trip started in Perth Scotland through 19 countries and 28,600 km across Europe, Asia and into Australia, finishing in Perth WA.
"I'm now at an age where I don't care too much about work as its only there to pay for my adventures and beer... or preferably wine. It was on such a wine tasting excursion to my fridge one night that got to thinking about such things as... how difficult was it for the pioneers who first came to Australia. How hard would it be to go overland and other such nonsense. My third glass of Sauvignon blanc produced a great idea. Why not take a trip from Perth to Perth on a Triumph Tiger of course.
Then I woke up next day and realised it was a plan and everyone knew..."
Xander and Tam Kabat, Two Up on a Twin
Two-up on a Twin: African & Asian Antics Tales from life on the road travelling two-up through Europe, Africa & SE Asia
Xander began riding motorbikes as a 5-year-old, and they have remained a life-long passion. Starting with short trips in the USA, Australia and Europe, in 2009 he finally achieved his dream of long bike travel and journeyed with his wife from England to Australia via Africa and SE Asia. Xander began riding motorbikes as a 5-year-old, and they have remained a life-long passion. Starting with short trips in the USA, Australia and Europe, in 2009 he finally achieved his dream of long bike travel and journeyed with his wife from England to Australia via Africa and SE Asia.
...because Horizons Unlimited meetings are about information, not just inspiration!
First Aid for Motorcyclists - What to take and how to use it. Some tips on the best preparation for the worst case scenario.
"I'll give a little chat on prepping a first aid kit for medium to long trips, but also touch on the weekend bag too. I'll discuss some ideas and tricks that help to maximise the use of certain everyday items that we carry already as well as going over some basic first aid principles that can be used in all types of situations. I'll highlight some products that exist already as well as ways of making your very own kits. If the worst should happen to the solo traveller, I'll highlight some tips that will make their chances of being treated properly and early as high as possible.
I'm a remote area paramedic with metro, industrial and remote experience spanning the last 7 years. Before that I was a bit of a world traveler, some of it by motorcycle. My longest trip was a solo venture from Northern Alaska to Southern Argentina. I currently live in Perth and still have a bike in my garage!
Grant Johnson, Horizons Unlimited
Fix that flat! How to change a tyre anytime, anywhere!
Grant's tyre changing seminars are always well attended and appreciated. This seminar covers: how to prevent flats in the first place, and fix them when you get one; the best tools and how to use them for tube and tubeless tires; hands-on practical for beginners to experts, optional tyre changing contest.
Nicholas Heidl, TwoNavAU
GPS - What you need to know
Knowing what is out there and what suits you. I will be presenting information on the direction GPS are going, what GPS are designed to do, what GPS can do what and provide some assistance to those who may have issues with their own units. I suggest people bring their own GPS along.
Grant and Susan Johnson, Horizons Unlimited
4 Easy Steps to Overland Travel! You can do it - we can help! Finding your way around Horizons Unlimited, other resources. Lots of great pics and video clips.
"Grant and Susan Johnson are icons in the round-the-world (RTW) motorcycling community. The Johnsons host - or more appropriately write, edit, produce, manage and coordinate Horizons Unlimited - a global network of motorcycle travelers... and a bona fide adventure motorcycling phenomenon." Dan Hilton, Rider Magazine
This seminar will cover - how to navigate the site since the redesign - mega-menus, search, the HUBB. Includes 'How to' content from the Achievable Dream series and great pics from HU Photo Contest winners!
Grant Johnson, Horizons Unlimited
Bike mods and ergonomics!
Grant will host a bike 'Show and Tell' - bring your bike and show us your favorite travel mods. Critique and discussion.
When you picked up your new bike, did they take the time to make it fit you? You'll learn the amazing difference a properly setup bike makes to your riding fun.
Panel discussions at most HU events include...
Border crossings - How to get through borders with minimal stress and cost!
Packing light - Tips and techniques from experienced travellers to reduce weight and bulk.
Regional discussions - e.g. travelling in South America or Asia.
For Women Only - A must for the ladies, so be sure to plan on being there! A chance to talk to experienced travelling women without the men around!
Experienced Travellers Panel - ask the experts anything you want!
Walk arounds / Show and tell!
Tents and Bedding discussion (in the camping area) - What works, cheap vs dear and which ones keep you dry, warm and comfy!
Bike mods - Show off your best bike mods - homemade saddle bags, toolbox mounts, GPS mounts, seats, side stands, tank panniers, cup holders, etc.
The event is taking place at Fairbridge Village, near Pinjarra, 1 hour south of Perth in Western Australia. Fairbridge Village is owned and operated by Fairbridge, a major youth charity in Western Australia. Fairbridge Village is self-contained and surrounded by bushland.
Facilities on the grounds: Art gallery; Museum; Tennis, basketball and beach volleyball courts; Children's playground (wheelchair accessible); 30m swimming pool (for village guests only); Full sized sporting oval with football, soccer and cricket facilities; Free gas barbecues; Scenic walk trails; Picnic sites; Onsite cafe.
We have booked the Ruby Fairbridge Centre as our main presentation room and dining room. We have also booked the Lady Kyle room as a second presentation room, so we can run two streams of presentations / workshops concurrently.
Camping (Pre-book when you register)
Camping is on the Oval, and there are lots of showers and toilets. Campers will also have the use of kitchen facilities and communal areas of the Lodge (see below).
Weekend (Friday + Saturday night) Camping: $35.00 per tent. (Not included in registration fee).
Scratton Lodge (Pre-book when you register)
For 2014, we have booked the entire Scratton Lodge. This offers a choice of 3 levels of accommodation:
- Shared rooms - $30 per person per night. Max. 3 persons sharing a room, communal bathroom facilities (boys in one room, girls in another).
- Private rooms (single bed, communal bathroom facilities) are $140 per person for weekend (cannot be booked for 1 night only). Limited numbers are available, so book early!
- "Suite" (suitable for family or 2 friendly couples) - 2 rooms with 2 single beds per room, shared bathroom within the suite. $300 for the weekend (cannot be booked for 1 night only). Only one of these is available, first in best dressed!
Pillows and blankets are supplied. Bring your own sleeping bag, pillowcase and towel.
The Lodge is equipped with oven and gas hotplate, fridge, kettle, cutlery and crockery. There are also several communal areas and verandahs.
For those who were at Yanchep, Xander has personally checked the facilities and they are in very good condition!
Food (Pre-book when you register)
We have arranged to have fully catered dinners for Friday ($25) and Saturday ($25) nights, so you don't have to wander around finding food! Quantities will be limited, and we must give the caterers final numbers 14 days before the event, so don't wait to book!
There will also be breakfasts and lunches available, catered by local community groups, pay on the day.
There is a cafe on site for fast food - meat pies, cold drinks, etc.
I've already registered - I just want to pay!
ONLINE REGISTRATION PRICING
Includes admission to all presentations and tech sessions.
Register & Pay before March 31:
Register & Pay between Apr 1 and October 3:
At the Event Pricing (applies after October 3):
Pre-order only - please order when you register so you don't go hungry!
Friday Dinner - Buffet style, including dessert. Menu to be advised.
Saturday Dinner - Buffet style, including dessert. Menu to be advised.
Camping or lodge accommodation is available. See descriptions above.
Camping - per tent for weekend
days to go!
What happens at HU events?
HUBBUK 2013 - Donington Park
From welcoming travellers at the gate, to taking care of the campsite and making sure all the presentations run smoothly, the success of every HU event relies on the enthusiasm of its volunteer crew.
"What a wonderful bunch of people. I had no idea how much fun I'd have by helping out!"
"It was my absolute pleasure to be able to give something back to the HU community and working with such great folks really made the event special."
Volunteering is a great way to make new friends, get more involved with Horizons Unlimited and have loads of fun! You can sign up to volunteer when you register for the meeting, OR click here if you have already registered and want to add volunteering.
We're inviting submissions for presentations, so whether you're attending the event or exploring a distant continent, if you've got a story to tell or expertise to share we'd like to hear from you.
We love to hear stories about your travel adventures, especially if you have great pics! Also, practical how-to sessions such as roadside cooking, navigation/GPS, trip prep and planning, adventure motorcycling medicine, packing light, setting your bike up, communications/blogging from the road, self-publishing your story, yoga for bikers, bodging/bike maintenance, self-defense, photography, videography, tire repair, safe riding techniques, how to pick up your bike, off-road riding, all are of interest.
There are 40 and 90 minute sessions available for talks, workshops, demos and live web chats, plus a new Pecha Kucha option (20 slides x 20 seconds each).
Comments about HU Perth
"It was the best thing since sliced bread. I want to go again I will go again even if I have to go to another country to do it. See you there."
"The meet was well organised, exciting to see so many enthusiastic riders and to listen to the experiences of those that have done some amazing journeys."
"Has been a really great meeting! I have met many lovely people. My thanks goes to the team. Great start for my trip around Australia."
"We had awesome talks and great discussion sessions and workshops. Everyone chipped in to keep the place amazingly clean and the event running smoothly, and as I've come to expect of motorbike travellers, were very well behaved :-)"
"Loved the meeting - one of the best rallies I have been to in years."
"I found it very enlightening. The weekend could go longer as I was busy and never bored at any time. A big thank you to all the committee who made the weekend so enjoyable for me."
If you have a few minutes, please download the poster (Adobe pdf format) and print off a few and hand them round your club or your local bike shop or anywhere seems like a good place.
Poster in pdf format (300kb) full colour Event poster:
Really Large Hi-Res Poster in pdf format (1.3 MB) Event poster
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Departing or Returning?
If you're planning an expedition, why not make the Horizons Unlimited meeting your official start point? Or maybe you're nearing the completion of a journey and would like a very public welcome home? Of course you might just be passing through and fancy marking a key stage of your travels?
We'd love to make you a big part of the meeting, so feel free to get in touch and tell us your plans.
South West Highway
Pinjarra WA 6208
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Perth - 82 km
Margaret River - 204 km
Darwin - 4,099 km
We have booked Scratton Lodge for this event (shared or private rooms), and campers will be in the Oval. See here for details and prices.
Contact Fairbridge Village reception for any other accommodation bookings.
Phone: 08 9531 1177
Mandurah Caravan and Tourist Park
522 Pinjarra Road, 6210 Mandurah
Comfort Inn Mandurah
110 Mandurah Terrace, 6210 Mandurah
"Fairbridge is a major youth charity in Western Australia and the only charity in Australia that owns a whole nationally heritage-listed town site.
Fairbridge runs a myriad of programs and services for young people. Fairbridge works with young people at risk from throughout Western Australia, including young people with a disability, those with drug problems, those with mental health issues, refugee children, Aboriginal young people, children with cancer, those struggling with depression.
Basically we work with any young person in need to support them to bring about positive sustainable change in their lives, their families and their community.
Fairbridge uses a holistic approach to working with young people and their families. Services provided range from mentoring, leadership development, life skills, interest free loans, accommodation, education, accredited training, employment opportunities and adventure camps. All income goes back into creating more opportunities for young people."
Xander and Tam Kabat are co-ordinating a number of volunteers for this event - we're VERY grateful to them for stepping up and really making it happen with a lot of legwork and effort.
Contact Xander at 2upo...@gmail.com with any vendor, venue and presenters questions.
We can always use help on the day - please volunteer to help out for a couple of hours when you register (above)!
New to Horizons Unlimited?
Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle. The website, HUBB forum and regular events across the globe have inspired thousands of people to follow their dreams and take the road less travelled.
Membership - Show you're proud to be a Horizons Unlimited Traveller!
Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love overland adventure travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events such as this one (18 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.
You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.
You can join at a reduced rate as part of your meeting registration. Note that new Memberships with your Meeting Registration are applied as of the Meeting date or as soon as possible thereafter, not earlier, unless you make a special request in the Comments box when you register.
We know 'stuff happens', and you know we have financial commitments to venues and caterers!
If you're unable to attend an event, please let us know (by e-mail reply to your confirmation e-mail from us) so we don't worry that something has happened to you...
Up to 30 days prior to event start, we will refund all fees in full less a $10 (or €9 or £8) fee for handling and PayPal charges.
Up to 15 days prior to event start, we will refund camping/accommodation and food packages in full less a $10 (or €9 or £8) handling fee. We will apply your registration fee to any subsequent HU event in the year or following year. If you have purchased a t-shirt, let us know your mailing address and we'll send it out.
Within 15 days of the event start, there will be no refunds, but we will apply your registration fee to any subsequent HU event in the year or following year. If you have purchased a t-shirt, let us know your mailing address and we'll send it out.
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