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michaeltharme 31 May 2006 02:25

Round the block!
Hi all.
I'm riding up to Broken Hill from Canberra in late June/early July for a business meeting for a few days.
I'm thinking about taking a couple of weeks off and heading north to Darwin then take the long way home via Broome, Perth, Adealide, Melbourne . . .
Riding a 2005 Blackbird.
Anyone interested in catching up somewhere along the route - or coming with me?


loxsmith 1 Jun 2006 03:11

Mick I can't join you but that sounds like a lot of fun. I also ride a Blackbird and those open speed limits in NT sounds like the perfect place where the Blackbird can be let loose.
I know that sustained periods of high speed eats those rear tyres much more than normal. Last year we did a quick lap of Queensland "5000km" and I trashed a rear tyre and chain. Watch out for the Roo's
Travelling by yourself is just as much fun if you stay in country pubs and mix with the locals.
Go get 'em

michaeltharme 4 Jun 2006 00:56

Thanks Glen
The trip is now planned.
Anyone in those areas around the same time want to hook up for a cold one, let me know

7 July Canberra-Mildura 800
8-9 July Mildura-Broken Hill 300
10 July Broken Hill-Port Pirie 395
Port Pirie-Port Augusta 93
Port Augusta-Whyalla 76
11 July Whyalla-Port Lincoln 267
Port Lincoln-Ceduna 403
12 July Ceduna-Cocklebiddy 763
13. July Cocklebiddy-Norseman 437
14 July Kalgoorlie-Perth593
15. July Perth-Geraldton 425
Geraldton-Overlander Roadhouse 280
16 July Overlander Roadhouse-Carnarvon 200
Carnarvon-Karratha 624
17 July Karratha-Port Hedland 241
Port Hedland-Sandfire Roadhouse 290
18 July Sandfire Roadhouse-Broome 323
Broome -Fitzroy Crossing 395
19 July Fitzroy Crossing-Halls Creek 291
Halls Creek-Kununurra 360
20 July Kununurra-Katherine 515
Katherine-Pine Creek 91
21 July Pine Creek-Darwin 226
Darwin-Jabiru 255
22 July Jabiru-Katherine 302
Katherine-Elliott 418
23 July Elliott-Tennant Creek 255
Tennant Creek-Alice Springs 508
24 July Alice Springs-Cooper Pedy 689
25 July Cooper Pedy-Woomera 374
Woomera-Port Augusta 180
Port Augusta-Adelaide 306
26 July Adelaide-Mildura 393
27 July Mildura-Canberra 800
- Total 13,054 km

michaeltharme 6 Jul 2006 00:27

Had to leave early and cut the trip short because of work.

Left home on Saturday 24 June and cruised through Sydney - Scone – Condamine – Blackall – Mt Isa – Tennant Creek – Alice Springs – Cooper Pedy – Port August – Broken Hill – home.
10 days riding – 6,778km – 401.45lt of petrol cost $617.38.

Just to prove I was there - The Three Ways


loxsmith 6 Jul 2006 00:53

NT Roads
Notice the difference in the roads in NT, they certainly know how to build a decent road out there. Good to hear all went well have you planned the next one yet?

michaeltharme 7 Jul 2006 08:04

NT roads were the best, but no corners :(
I've got a square back tyre.

Thinking of trading in the Blackbird for something more appropriate late next year to do the Oodnadatta track or similar.


loxsmith 8 Jul 2006 06:20

New bike
After I get back in September from our Canada US trip I will be trading the Blackbird in. Yet to work out the exact replacement but I have a few short listed to try out.
What replacement have you got in mind Mick?

michaeltharme 9 Jul 2006 04:47

BMW R1200GS Adventurer - maybe :thumbup1:

loxsmith 9 Jul 2006 12:29

Next bike short list
R12GSA or Suzuki DL1000 or CB1300 with knobbies. Ok so the knobbies are bullshit but they are all possible contenders. It will be hard to give up the HP of the Blackbird but it will make me slow down and take in the scenery. Under 2 weeks 'til I leave for my trip!

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