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  1. I managed 12,000Km out of the OEM Dunlop’s, considering we don’t have a lot of twistys around Townsville (and I weigh over 100kg) I thought that was pretty good (it was the rear that was flat spotted of course) 

    I seem to be the odd one out as I had no issues with them at all, I actually replaced them with same Dunlop D222 Sportsmax and got the same mileage again. Michelin pilot 5’s we’re getting rave reviews when I was due for my third set so I gave them a try. I am also very happy with them, the only place I really notice a difference is in the wet, where the pilot 5’s are excellent.

    I am not someone who gets their knee down, but I don’t potter around either. I currently am up to 12,000km on the pilot 5’s and  it looks l will get another 3 to 4K out of the rear, front looks good. I am hoping to head to the south east corner in a few weeks so I may get them replaced a little early just so I have a new set of tyres for the glorious twistys in that area. May be wasting $100 but figure it’s worth it as I don’t get down there very often.


  2. 4 hours ago, Careca said:

    I had to haggle very hard to get it, the main issue is I wanted RED. There are still some silver ones left but not so many red ones.  I think I will try and find a set of paniers for it but Im not paying full price for those . 



    With regards to getting another bike past the bike police ( Wife ........do you need another bike ? ) , I have never forgotten this advert that I saw many years ago .

    I think Steve got many phone calls.


    2006 Suzuki  GSXR1000. This bike is perfect! It has 1000 miles and has had its 500 mile dealer service. (Expensive) It's been adult ridden, all wheels have always been on the ground. I use it with love and affection . I'm selling it because it apparently "Do whatever the f**k you  want" doesn't mean what I thought it did. 
    Call me, Steve...(801)867-8292




    I know the OEM Panniers are ridiculously priced (just over $2000 here in Australia) but they are oh so convenient, and they look great. Congratulations on the new bike, I love all four available colours, but like you prefer the red.

  3. 4 hours ago, VifferJ said:


    Yep, get in line, I know I would be... 


    But until that happens, I picked up one of these new left overs this year and highly recommend it, 2018 CBR1000RR SP, red/wht/blu, gold wheels, Ohlins, Brembo, quick shifter up & down with auto-blip, TFT display, and yep she's got some power too.  

    Thank you Honda, heck of a bit a kit ya built with this one! :fing02::fing02:








    Would love one, unfortunately age has caught up with me and I am unable to tolerate the riding position on super sport bikes, my hands go numb very quickly, even the VFR fitted with risers can be a problem. Enjoy the new ride a new bike always puts a smile on your face. 😃

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  4. Two years sounds a bit extreme to me, I draw the line between 4 and 6 years, depends how much use the helmet has. Wearing the helmet is what compresses the EPS lining, maybe it should be rated in hours, but who keeps a track of hours. Kilometres (miles for some) might work better but then some people cover a 100 km much quicker than others.

  5. 8 hours ago, MaxSwell said:

    Guilty. I've had several "Close Encounters of the Obliteration Kind".


    This is the Schuberth C3 after a close encounter with a hooved forest rat at 65MPH on I74 near Urbana Ill.


    IMG 1325 helmet death blow MaxSwell


    Old and current helmet.


    Interested to here if you confirm Schubert’s claims that the C3 is significantly quieter than other helmets MaxSwell, I have to be honest and say I have never had or worn a helmet that I would consider quite. Earplugs are the only way I can get the noise levels down to a acceptable level at 100kmh or over. My current Shoei is still too noisy for me with the vents and visor all closed, and I wear my helmets very firm. I find most of the noise enters the helmet around the neck roll. I will be due for a new helmet very shortly I don’t want to fork out the extra $$$ if I still have to wear earplugs.

  6. I can’t help with this as I don’t have a VFR 1200 (unfortunately) however I just googled service manuals for this bike and currently there is a free one online at www.moto4ru I would copy this fairly quickly as they sometimes get taken down pretty quickly. The manual will answer your question no doubt. Congrats on the new bike.

  7. 4 hours ago, Dutchy said:

    Great shots!

    For a moment (at the 1st picture) i thought "when did that lass join your trip?" :goofy:



    Sorry to see the damage.  I was lucky at the time (7AM) when my brain farted :laugh: in Latvia...



    I feel your pain Dutchy. It’s great you thought to take a photo, I just wanted to stand her up again, like that was somehow miraculously going to lessen the damage. A photo is always good for the insurance company too.

  8. Well better late than never, sorry for the long delay. I have finally got a few days off so I will attempt to finish this ride report. Day 3 was spent riding around the Atherton tablelands. This area is fairly elevated and as a result is always a bit cooler than the coast, so it makes for a very pleasant days riding. Unfortunately I didn't take any photos this day, but to to give you an idea of the country I have attached a few photos from the net (yes I know that's cheating)

    This is Lake Eacham, one of two very picturesque lakes located very close together, the other being Lake Barrine. 

     Lake Eacham, Atherton Tablelands Tropical North Queensland


    Milla Milla Falls, one of the many waterfalls on The Atherton Tablelands. 

    Milla Milla Falls is on the Atherton Tablelands, south west of Cairns. It  is widely regarded as one of the most… | Cairns australia, Beautiful  waterfalls, Waterfall


    This is a good example of the terrain.

    Long and Winding roads - 2 Wheels North


    We also visited a friend who lives on the Atherton Tablelands and likes to find and restore old Kawasaki's, something he is very good at!!! These are his current examples.IMG_5758.thumb.JPG.df1d6b49845f7daccd20fdaad0955e48.JPGIMG_5757.thumb.JPG.a4888b49e2f918d5ce7649a714b56e9d.JPG


    Once again Day 3 was finished off with dinner in Malanda and a few drinks at the cabins.


    Day 4. 

    We had originally planned to travel to Cooktown and stay overnight before heading back the next day. unfortunately we had a great deal of trouble finding any reasonably priced accommodation so we decided to go up and back the same day, a distance of 317km each way, exploring Cooktown and surrounds would be saved for another day. Had a great ride up to Cooktown, the road is pretty boring with the exception of a couple of small ranges. The landscape is pretty spectacular though.


    The view at Bob's Lookout (the first of the above mentioned ranges)




    Self explanatory.





    This lookout was at The Annan River just short of Cooktown, looking north towards Cooktown.


    Annan River.




    Black Mountain. Much more impressive viewed in person.IMG_5726.thumb.JPG.44bc110441de68997397f96d76cb0d34.JPG


    And finally we arrived in Cooktown. It has a very spectacular setting with some great views. After a quick ride up and down the main street and some photo opportunities we had a light lunch.








    it was while refuelling for the return trip that things went a little south. While lifting the bike on to the centre stand my foot slipped off the centre stand peg and the bike fell over hitting the corner of one fuel bowser on the fuel tank and just hitting the corner of the adjacent fuel bowser on the headlight. Needless to say my language got a little colourful. My only excuse is that it had been raining  and the ground and my boots were wet. I also think I have become a little complacent putting the bike on the centre stand, it's a very easy operation but we should remember VFR's are fairly heavy bikes it only has to lean away from you a small amount and its impossible to get back. Anyway lesson learned (the hard way)

    The words of the couple at the Daintree Lookout were ringing in my ears.

    The result!!






    Some of the fairing panels on the right side of the bike had popped out of place but all pushed back in to position and didn't move during the ride home. Unfortunately when inspected for the insurance claim a few plastics had to be replaced as the brackets inside were cracked. Frame sliders, brake pedal, new headlight, new tank, new panels ect with labour came to a little over $6000!!! (labour was $800) I now park my bike far enough away from the fuel bowser so if the worst happens again it only hits the ground. This is the first time in over 40 years of riding that I have dropped my bike while moving it or putting it on the centre stand, hopefully it's the last. 

    I would also point out that while the headlight did end up with a small crack in it, the damage would have been far worse if I had not fitted the headlight protector. If I did not have insurance I would have been able to continue using the headlight and save myself the cost of replacement, which for those who don't know is a little over $2000. 

    The trip was still very enjoyable despite this mishap and I am happy to report that the parts finally arrived from Japan last week. I gave them the bike on Thursday and picked it up about six hours ago. All's well that ends well I guess. 



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  9. Thanks everyone for clearing that up. I had heard it was like jam but couldn’t imagine putting it on bacon and eggs. It’s all down to what you grow up with I guess. I will have to give it a try.

    Sorry to disagree St Stephen but I like nothing better than lots of fried (red) tomatoes with my bacon and eggs, heaven!

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  10. Bit of a trivial question here for our American contributors, but I often here in movies or read in books people ordering a breakfast in America of say bacon, eggs, hash brown and Jelly? What is jelly in this context? Is there one type or several. 

    Here in Australia jelly is a sweet you eat with ice cream. Puzzled 😕 

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  11. 4 hours ago, Samedward said:

    Loved the bike @Philois1984 Can tell me which saddle bad are you using? The leather looks quit rough on the surface. I hope they're not from Viking Bags

    Not sure what you mean by rough on the surface, they are very smooth. They are Genuine Triumph saddlebags, they are not hard saddlebags so the shape is not totally even, but this is not a fault, just a characteristic of this type of saddlebags.EC1D818F-5ED6-47C6-8561-C5A617B5BF96.thumb.png.94bd37c9ccebbe99288e78c0c832f362.png

  12. DAY 2. Malanda to Cape Tribulation and Return.



    After a slow start to the day, we headed down the Gillies once again. Turned North at Gordonvale and rode through Cairns heading towards Port Douglas. We stopped at Ellis Beach just North of Palm Cove for brunch. Very nice bar and grill here with views out over the Coral Sea (not the greatest Photo sorry)



    Next stop was the Rex lookout about halfway between Cairns and Mossman. I came close to getting run over while taking this photo, what I thought was the exit lane from the parking was actually the highway, I know I'm getting old (that's my excuse anyway)IMG_5684-001.thumb.JPG.9581e4b0a8a2756f4a86e193bbf47e92.JPG


    We then rode through Mossman to the Daintree River ferry crossing. This is very cheap for Motorcycles only $11 return.1712825972_unnamed(6).thumb.jpg.76bead15d00951d27073238a8f0dddd9.jpg


    Despite the light rain the rid to cape Tribulation was very pleasant. The road is fairly narrow but sealed and in reasonable condition. There are lots of camper vans ect so it pays to stay tight in the corners. There are several good lookouts on the way.

    While parked at this lookout a couple approached me and commented how nice my bike was, they asked how old it was and I replied four and a half years, WOW they said there's not a scratch on it !!! (you know where this is going but more on that later)

    We continued on to Cape Tribulation for a light lunch and a cold beer before heading back. 



    Decided to take a photo of the VFR on the beach not far from Cape Tribulation. The sand was very hard, still needed a pebble under the side stand though. I wasn't worried about the sand or salt as I rode very slowly and it was raining lightly for the next 50km or so (still got a good wash when we got home)


    The Daintree River is not somewhere you take a refreshing dip in.IMG_5695.thumb.JPG.031938355cc295542e9801c4f340660d.JPG


    It was a then a quick ride back to Malanda via the Rex Range, another great motorbike road. Just be careful of the sugar cane haulers in season.661157100_unnamed(4).thumb.png.1b18e2c3d64db32910b1c7c033451233.png


    We rode approx 450km mostly on twisty roads. After a quick shower we again headed to the Malanda Hotel for dinner and a few drinks (not sure if I mentioned earlier but it is only a 5 min walk from the Caravan Park) It was a great day for all involved. :tour:

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