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NetRider-Rides go International

Discussion in 'General Motorcycling Discussion' started by FormerUser1, Feb 16, 2005.

  1. Sitting there on the last day of the BananaRama-ride in Nov '03...
    The longest group-ride we'd done, 2 weeks of camping-tour, over 5000km :D :D with only 800km of transit-sections, the rest twisties and sweepers.
    Trucking the bikes to Brisbane, flying after them a few days later...
    Lots of previous rides through the Alpine areas of Vic/NSW as well as
    multiple Tassie trips....but how the hell could we top the BananaRama??

    Ideas flared at a "reunion"-BBQ a few weeks later.
    A quick shake of the map-cupboard showed a collection of 30 years, covering about 2/3 of the globe.
    To get the biggest kick per $$, it had to be at least 4 weeks, the longer the better. :) :)
    NZ offered itself as a BIG version of Tassie and the Fire'n Ice '05 ride was born. 12 months later and we're only days away now...our bikes in the container should nearly see the NZ coast by now.

    That fateful BBQ also somehow changed things profoundly for most of those there. It showed that people of all sorts of backgrounds/ age-brackets were willing to make long-term sacrifices for the sake of a BIIIG-ride.
    Bosses were "bribed" and coerced into crediting overtime to annual leave, bigger purchases re-assessed and postponed or simply scrapped.

    While at it, the Euro-Alps 2007 tour was also born, requiring even more time/ planning/ scheming and organizing.6-weeks for that one and a fleet of Hire-bikes in Europe...

    And there's the first faint glimmers of the Springbok-Rumble 2010, another BIIIG one, riding the best roads of South Africa.
    The time in between used to go for breath, financially and otherwise.

    Looks like a lifestyle now... :D :D :D

    Already had the first "casualty"of the NZ-run... Jimbo, the Yank-contingent (newsgroups are wonderful places to meet, eh?) had an altercation with an "archetypal Blonde" in a 4WD on the last day before leaving and trowelled his bike solidly near his home in Hawaii.

    X-rays showed no damage to his left ankle, so he's just about to touch-down in Sydney now on his way to NZ and pick-up of a hire- DL650 (the Wee-Strom).

    Those last few days are REALLY getting unbearable :) :)

    Keep it upright everyone...

    Cop ya after
  2. I don't think you need anyone to tell you to enjoy yourself, Pete.

    Turning a faint shade of green now. I fear this will get deeper on me and others over the next few days.

    Congrats on the trip.
  3. Keep us updated while you're over there :)
  4. Um, that may require some interpretation by the time it gets here. If Pete uses an internet cafe, he may find the keyboards have the 'i' key replaced with a 'u', and everytime he hits 'enter', it will put an ", ay." on the end of the sentence.

    Jason, can we impliment a bablefish filter...?

  5. Wot? Riding the Strom into an internet-cafe? :D :D
  6. :D :D :D :D
  7. =P~ =P~ =P~ =P~ =P~ =P~ =P~ =P~ =P~ =P~ =P~ =P~ =P~