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  1. Navy 2XL please Geoffro.
  2. Yes, Bear would have been the most recognisable. There was quite a few groups out that day. More riders that I have seen for a while. We came across another group led by Riles about half an hour after we crossed paths.
  3. Great review Bruce. If this was done on Sunday we crossed paths just around the 2:00 mark in the video. You guys were on a mission! None of the usual indications of how many in the group or when the final rider was going by. Was that Geoff leading? it looked like him from the back when you were heading towards the main road in the video. The riders butt is only a few centimeters off the seat when standing!
  4. That's right Geoffro. He tried to take it upmarket. He even had a sign saying no motorcyclists at one stage allowed. I think he lasted about 18 months. Been a few since then as well. The current one seems to be headed in the right direction.
  5. This will be interesting to hear from a few other Sherco riderz. My 2017 300 SER is just over 300 hours and I am in the process of changing the piston etc the third time. I change them every 100 hours. Each time I have changed, there is still life left in the rings, and the pistons look reasonable. I also have a 2015 factory 450, which was the first of the current style larger 4 stroke motors. It has 230 hours and is virtually untouched, save for normal checking and servicing. Along the journey there has been normal parts wearing out, and only a few minor issues.
  6. So, I finally got around to doing a ride report. Most has been covered very well by others. It was a top weekend with many thanks going to Rossco and Wendy. It was good to catch up with some familiar Riderz and meet some new ones. Highlights: · The fantastic group of people who attended. · The ride. · The weather on Friday and Saturday. (Sunday was a bit ordinary) · The venue. · Wendy preparing the lolly bags for everyone before the ride, and the platter with dips, cheese etc after the ride. · Rider who provided firewood on Saturday night. It put our efforts of the night before to shame. · The chocolate coated pineapples that were no good. (you had to be there to appreciate this). Shame on you Daggers for inflicting them on us. · Wendy for providing a crayfish dinner for Harry??? · Harry for the one-man band entertainment on Saturday night. · Macca for overcoming the pain of his injury enough to ride out of where we were. That was a top effort. I knew we would have struggled to get help in there, at the actual spot it happened. I binned it on the pre-ride the fortnight before, at the same spot, and I believe there was at least one other set of handlebars hit the ground in the same spot. · Riders outdoor restaurant. · The banter. · The smiles on faces after the ride, even when there were some very tired bodies. · Eagle for finishing the ride as well as he did, even when having multiple cramps. He has a few years on me, so provides inspiration that I can keep riding longer. · Wendy for looking after the dogs while we were on the ride. My four legged buddy Max (see the group pic) and Kullers Lexxie (Whip it by Devo? 2 points for me Mr Daggers!) · No Badger holes. Only wombat holes were found. · Rider attempting to ride UP the Sandy Creek hill. I think a few others might have had a go, while the rest were struggling to get DOWN that section. · Maybe not a highlight, but an interesting indication of where we are at these days. Macca struggling to even breathe, and the police starting by trying to breath test him before the ambos started work on him. He could barely splutter “I can’t” and you could see he wanted to say more! All was OK and the police were fine and efficient in doing their job. Ambos were great as usual. · Being able to spend time with the guys to get to know some better. Often we just ride and there is little time before and after to socialise. Weekends such as these are fantastic. It is not all about the riding!
  7. I think I am thawed out enough to reply to this now. It did get a little uncomfortable later in the ride, which was a shame. The morning was remarkably good. Better than the day before. Thanks to Andy for putting this on, leading the ride, and the BBQ. Thanks Dale for providing the bread and Badger for the sweep duties and beers. Everyone had a go at everything today. There were a few challenges provided by the conditions. That shiny red clay is treacherous when Wombat is wet. I do need to report that there are probably only a couple of extra Badger holes in the tracks from today. I heard that Yamaha on the limiter climbing (trenching?) up one hill. On the whole a much more restrained Badger today. Well done sir!
  8. Not a whole lot of changes for 2020, as compared to 2019. But I think it might be time to upgrade from the 2017 300 SER, which is approaching the 300 hour mark.
  9. IanM


    Welcome Chippa. Was good to meet you. There are plenty of rides on.
  10. Thank Pepperjack for putting this on. It was a ride the just grew and grew. 22 riderz! Far more than I am normally Ok with. Usually with numbers like that there are breakdowns, injuries and any number of hold ups. I am happy to say there was none of those worth noting. We won't talk about Andy350's little drop BEFORE the ride started. Hope the thumb is OK! I didn't do the afternoon loop, even though it was in the general area I prefer to ride in. I had to save a bit of energy to do it today. Andy, as usual the bbq was top notch and very welcome. Thanks to Stinky and Bad Badger for sweeping. In the position I was, I did not get to see any of the action in the pack. As sweep you get to see some of it. Loved hearing about one of the sweeps bikes doing 360's on the ground. Is that a new technique for digging badger holes? Sorry to hear about the headlight on the mighty Sherco Frank. And Trails, that was bad luck with the helmet. I had heard of that before, but never actually been there when it has happened.
  11. Off topic, but I remember that fire. Kuller and I were there that weekend. Up till then I didn't think it could happen
  12. Thanks to Ross for putting this ride on. I know a lot of planning went into it. Thanks also to the Shepparton crew for helping, and especially Geoff for doing the BBQ lunch. The video is up to the usual standard Andy. Part 4 was interesting. I wondered how the hell you got in there? It had all happened by the time I got there, so I only saw the bike getting dragged back out. So, I now know where Bad Badger got his user name from! This ride seemed to be received well by everyone. Whenever I caught up with the group, there was plenty of banter and happy faces. There were parts of the ride that suited everyone. And parts that tested a few out, which is generally not a bad thing, as long as it is not too hard. The tracks were varied and no one got hurt. For such a large group, I didn't have much to do as sweep. Good luck to Michael, Jaydon and Geoff on their epic ride up Cape York, to the Tip. It is one ride that probably has to be ticked off everyone's list. Till next time.
  13. Matt, I replied while I was there but it seems it didn't get through. Comms are very sketchy at best. Anyhow I am home now. I was at the Toro Gold mine in eastern Senegal, in the Kedougou region. It was an Aussie project (Aussies are world renowned for making big holes) so it is possibly the same mine. There are a few gold mines in the area though.
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