Sunday, June 28, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
The road from Bombala to Orbost is one of the best rides in the country in my opinion.
Sweeping grand high plains road, a little bit of gravel then 105km of non stop corners down to Orbost. Bombala is a destination in itself, great history and affordable pubs and of course the major bike show of the country held there every year. Then to the ride itself, the gravel is easy and then you have a mixed bag of road surface. If you have your suspension set compliant for aussie roads not the race track then you should not be bothered. I never even noticed it myself but have read sports bike riders saying it was bumpy. A must ride road.
Monday, June 08, 2009
I didn't think today's ride would be such a big one - however that's what it turned out to be when I decided to ride to a new destination.
I left a little late at 8.00am after not being able to decide what to wear for this mornings chilly temperature. The textile jacket with it's zip in quilt liner and zip in nylon water and wind liner you would think would work better than my quilt lined leather jacket however despite bulked up to look like the Michelin man I was still cold at more than one stage last two outings. I decided then to go with the leather and use some technical layers underneath namely a coolmax moisture wicking base layer shirt and a additional base layer windblocker type shirt. Both are close to body snug fitting long sleeve shirts which given I have put on a few kilo's since last winter were almost too snug. I still felt some cold drafts and really need a full winter jacket.
Riding North is not something I do often these days which is a shame of sorts as everything is quite close to me from the CBD. I was going to ride out via Mt Glorious but the thought of the wannabe racers and overzealous police ruled that out so despite not really liking Mt Mee either these days it won.
I didn't fuel up leaving town and thought I would do so at Dayboro or D'agular however I made it to Kilcoy as my first stop which surprised me, but its really not that far away. I guess that's why the sports bike riders like the North so much as I know when I used to ride sportsbikes I had a much smaller range before comfort and fatigue became a issue.
The Kilcoy bakery forgot my coffee order then gave me incorrect order - I am going to start a series on my misadventures in coffee, this is two for two. I rode on to Blackbutt and visited where my parents had a property at one time and then on to Yarraman and took a look over the old railway station and had an early lunch at the Timbertown Cafe. The food was average and the coffee was poor however I was glad I did eat then and there as it was a long ride over the Bunya Mountain.
The road up top is narrow in places before widening for a section along the ridge before becoming very narrow at the western descent - its so narrow dark and twisty that it is not very good to ride and try to share with cars. The road is heavily shrouded by trees making it seem like semi darkness with a tinted visor. I returned down the south eastern descent which is quite good. Some tight corners and switchbacks but the surface is wide enough not to be dangerous and visibility is ok. At the bottom you have a section of newish road with a number of sweepers that reminded me of lower northbrook parkway.
Saturday, June 06, 2009
This is an excellent route which really can be separated into two defined riding roads, the Bylong valley way north of Bathurst I will write about elsewhere. From Oberon to Goulburn the road that used to have some gravel has became a popular riding road and the government came up with the name Tablelands way.
Very scenic with terrific views riding along the ridges. The town of Taralga has a nice historic pub and Oberon has many good cafes.
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
After my recent experiences I started to seek a new pair of gloves. These may look simple however are anything but. Made from Deer skin and with a cotton lining they are incredibly comfortable, like no other glove I have ever worn.
The makers say Deer skin is more abrasion resistant than cow hide and also can be washed unlike leather gloves. The washing now and again is a probably a good idea in these days of pandemics however I would buy these again just for how they feel. They delivered a new level of comfort on that 800km ride I did recently.
They will be too warm to wear in our summer however now that I have experienced Deer skin I am going to look at the rest of the gloves on offer.
I think this is the turning point for me with how I shop for motorcycle rider apparel, I really need to take in to account my special needs for ultra comfortable gloves that do not irritate my skin - harder to get right than I realised.
These gloves cost me $29.95 US (+ shipping) and are really great values regardless of the exchange rate. Good service, good communication. For more info have a look at Chilhowee Motorcycle Leather
Despite some home renovation work I need to work on if we get a fine Winters day this weekend I am going to head out for a ride. I think the Tweed Valley might still be recovering from the recent floods so I may take another ride around the south west area and try capture some of the mountain views in the early morning. Should be clear air if this rain stops.
On my last trip south of Beaudesert I saw the skid marks where a Motorcycle Paradise reader was nearly wiped out by a drunk in a car. Keep alert and stay safe this long weekend. Regards IC.