Background for the guys I will be riding with on the high country ride 0n 4-8 Feb.
Have known Sir Ride a Lot for over a decade. I claim credit for getting him 'on the saddle' & for his first Tassie ride( my favourite palce to ride, which I like to visit regularly).
I've been riding for 45 years (on & off!). My longest distance rides have been on a BMW R1150GS, Put 100,000 K on that bike. (Had a Honda VF 1000 before that - did 80,000K's on that one).
I did a run across the Nullabor to Norseman/Kalgoorlie, turning inland & a 3 day hell ride to Uluru over the bulldust, then to Alice Springs, Coober Pedy & back to Melbourne . Followed that up with a ride to Cooktown via the Daintree.
Wasn't retired at that time & didn't have time to get up to the top of Cape York. May have to do that trip in my Fourbie as I sold the GS and bought a BMW R11500RT, which I still own. I've put 70,000 K's on this bike, and it has never missed a beat.
My distance riding partner from Coonabarrabran NSW has decide to steer clear of bikes for a while. He was a few hours ride out of Port Augusta heading to the Alice when he hit 2 emus at 100KPH on his BMW 100 series. He's just stopped getting around via wheechair after fractured ankle & shoulder and a number of skin grafts. His beemer was a right off.
Looking forward to a 5 day ride, which I haven't done this summer.