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  1. NEERIM ride RCH GFA 2018 report

    Great ride, thanks Mick for leading the way. Riding at the back did have it's advantages in that no-one got to see me fall off, except for Marko early on! A great group of riders that saw the ride flow well all day. Thanks also to Marko and Ripperz for providing the pics and video.
  2. Perfect ride/conditions at Springhill

    Ditto!!! Thanks Marko for leading a great day out and to Chris and Riles for sweeping.
  3. Lets Talk Body Armours!

    I have been using the Leatte 5.5 Pro HD for the last 2 years (almost!). I use a Leatte neck brace with it and separate elbow guards and kidney belt. I can confirm that the shoulder cups have detached themselves as the plastic "T" straps pull out of the main body section. I have used small cable ties to re-attach them, this seems to be working OK for the last few months. I can also confirm that the protector is rather warm to wear. I preffer to wear a t-shirt then the body armour with my riding jersey over the top, this of course will add to the heat retention issue so in warmer weather I wear just the riding jersey with the body armour on the outside. The armour does provide a great deal of protection particularly in the rib area as well as this the Leatte neck brace fits perfectly with it. I must admit that I am a little dissapointed that the shoulder cups ended up detaching themselves, a design issue that could have been better resolved! Having good body protection has come at the cost of increased heat retention but at the end of the day you have to decide if that is a trade off that you are prepared to accept. Personally, I preffer the better protection paticularly as I get older. A friend of mine uses the Leatte body protector suit and he also comments on the warmth factor! I hope that this gives you some help in comming to a decission but my advice would be to try on as many options as you can and if possible borrow different options from friends to try out.
  4. BigPete`s Wombat

    I'm glad that everyone enjoyed the ride. Leading puts a different perspective on things as you miss out seeing all the action back in the group unless you create your own by falling off on a hill and body slamming the bike behind you! I had a great day out, enjoyed the tracks and the company. Thanks to twin cam for sweeping.
  5. Cobaw is back...12/12/15... L 3

    I too would like to add my thanks to Jase for the organising and hospitality and to whoever it was (Cujo I think?) that helped stop my bike from performing a backflip on one hill! A very enjoyable ride with a great bunch of guys & gal. Wishing everyone a merry Christmas and a happy New Year. If you are keen/crazy enough to be out riding in the heat and dust of summer (I used to be once!!), stay safe. Cheers, Pete.
  6. Fab, you might want to check the steering head bearings (if you haven't already?) as my new WR250 was very light on for grease there too! I greased all the linkage, swingarm, lower shock and steering head bearings on mine before I even rode it!!
  7. The Wicked Wombat Exclusive..

    Another great ride, thanks to Marko for leading , Bandicoot and Dakota for sweeping. Fortunately the ride for me today went more to script than last weeks acrobatics at Enfield. Cujo I hope the shoulder heals quickly and we see you back on the trails soon. I had such a good time out there today that I'm going back out tomorrow just to double check on the amazing grip I got from the new Battlecross 20!!
  8. Enfield .... Wat A Bloody Cracker Of A Ride

    Thanks Daz for leading a great ride with a top bunch of blokes and special thanks to those who helped get my bike rubber side down again on a few occasions. The body isn't as sore as I thought it would be this morning, so I think that I was rather lucky on the times that I did some "crash testing" of my riding gear!
  9. Markos Greendale Friday 6Th March Brilliant

    As usual another enjoyable RDO (Riding Day Out), thanks Marko for leading and to Darren and Riles for sweeping. A great group of riders that enabled a well paced ride, thanks to whoever it was that helped get me get unstuck on a large pile of wet logs near the end of the ride! A good ride for me with no falls but a couple of very close calls early on!
  10. Lerderderg - Best Ride Ever

    Well done guys! Marko, I have some unfinished business on that loop!!
  11. Anyhow............getting back to this "ride report", I also would like to thank the guys for a great day out, in particular Fab and Honest Tom for leading and Cujo/ Gypsy501 for sweeping. I was impressed with Honest Toms "old school" (GPS free!) navigation skills, I'd love to do more of those ST's!. Memorizing trails is a great way of keeping the mind active as I get older, that's one excuse I can use to go riding on a regular basis!! The ride for me went reasonably smoothly except for one off camber greasy log crossing in Jurasic Park where I managed to do a backward roll with a half twist slamming my leg into the tree on the way down, luckily I've only got a few bruises to show for it.
  12. Mirboo Monday

    Thanks for leading the way guys, it was a good ride and nice to meet fellow Dirtriderz. Enjoyed the st and "play hills" in the pines a pitty we couldn't complete the larger loop due the enormous tree across one of the tracks, hopefully next time "she'll be apples"!!
  13. Two Loonies Do Greendale And Loved It

    Great effort guys! Just as well your bike has some blue and yellow on it Marko, otherwise you might loose sight of it in those conditions!!
  14. Central Goldfields Ride

    Thanks to the guys who organised / lead &swept a great day of riding. This was my first ride in the area and originally put myself on ride 1 but at the last minute opted for ride 2 given the slippery conditions and my lack of bike fitness at the moment! I really enjoyed the variety of tracks, mainly single track with lots of rocks and logs. I ended up with group 2A during the ride which kept getting smaller as we went on until we had 6 left for the last sections at which point I took the sweeps vest. The group flowed really well although the GPS had other ideas!! Great to catch up with a few of the guys I met on my previous (first ride) with Dirtriderz, Marko & CujoCRF250R. I look forward to another ride in this area.
  15. Best Of Greendale

    Thanks Marko for a great day out. I just want to know which button you were pushing on that piece of technology on your handlebars to deliver such good weather?!!