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  1. Spot on mate, get this...(from Wikipedia) ..."The inchman is the most venomous of the bulldog ants...Their venom is some of the most powerful in the insect world. The reputation for being the most venomous ant is possibly due to the tendency of the toxin to induce anaphylaxis. It is this which kills the victim." Cheers!
  2. I only had leave for one day, so it was an early start Saturday, but well worth the drive up, Cruisers Level 2+ was plenty entertaining, lots of tight overgrown tracks and a great group that kept moving with minimal hold-ups. I managed to stay upright most of the time, biggest mistake was sitting down at a break on a log full of bullants, one got a good nip..the ride leader declined to suck the poison out, very poor leadership...! I had it at 62km over about 5 hours so that probably tells part of the story, we were all a bit toasted by the time we got back to Frenchmans, the heat was picking u
  3. Have a look at my profile photo - taken at the servo! First visit was Easter 1976, with my mate Peter Hartmann, both of us on Bultaco Matadors. The police drove past while we were filling up, luckily they weren't doing licence checks 'cause I didn't have one...(was only 16yo). We'd started at Jamieson, up Polites Track, over Mt Terrible, down to Woods Point to fill up and then up Lazarini Spur track to Mt. Skene, then back to Jamieson. Woods Point seemed like some sort of wild west town... Cheers, Simon J.
  4. Mid-week riding, it's the best! No one around at all, we had the whole forest to ourselves except for a few wallabies. It was raining heavily on the way up, especially as I passed Marginal Rd, would have been miserable in there today, Dindi's a better destination on a wet day... But by the time I arrived at the unloading area the rain was almost gone, just a bit of low cloud remained, and we stayed dry for the rest of the day. The tracks were plenty slick though which adds at least a half a level, and as we all found out even the most innocent looking branch or tree root can put you on the gro
  5. May be just "bold new graphics" this year!?!
  6. Model info and CRM250 forum at !
  7. Couldn't imagine it will go ahead - the main problem I see is the risk of injured riders and over-full hospitals... but hope DMCC can re-schedule so all the work isn't wasted. The event has been cursed the last few years with Mansfield delayed and Toowoomba and Moruya cancelled...At worst Cluffie I'm planning on WA next year, hopefully a few going over from Victoria...Cheers, Simon J.
  8. Thanks for the pro bono advice Bruce! I would expect their role would be 'educational', giving warnings etc, rather than handing out fines, but who knows...I hope their role also includes catching rubbish dumpers, illegal shooters, tree fern thieves etc... Cheers,
  9. Not sure what their powers are - power to stop, detain, demand ID etc, does anyone know? Hope they don't bump into VicPol trail bike squad, first offence as below! (... never mind impersonating police...!) "The vehicle registration number must be clearly visible and readable from a distance of 20 metres at any point within the space produced by a horizontal arc of 90 degrees and a vertical arc of 45 degrees. The following offences apply: Obscured number plate – On the spot infringement @ $110 fine plus 3 points. (No guilty mind or intent required to be proven). Fraudulent
  10. Hope you can do it Cluffie, would expect to see you do well for sure. I've entered, will be my third 4-day - wish there was an over-60 class, might have a show of a trophy! For anyone considering, entries are still open. It's a bit of a commitment in terms of cost and preparation but in return you get 3 1/2 big days of riding prime trails, plus a motocross to finish off! Was down there a couple of weeks ago with Dandenong club doing some trail prep, the tracks are going to be a lot of fun...Time-keeping is easy and there's various rules you need to understand, work periods and the like,
  11. Thanks everyone for the responses, really enjoyed reading all of them! Having endured so many burglaries on my business that the insurance agent warned me, "...make this claim your last otherwise no insurance company will touch you..." and (years ago..) having had a trail bike stolen out of the back of my ute while I was in the bakery buying lunch, I guess I've just had a gut full of thieves. While even the death penalty won't stop some people from committing murder, I think the lack of consequences is a big factor in our high crime rate. Anyway my reason for posting was really to remind
  12. After reading IllusionTPI's post about a stolen 2020 500 EXC I did a quick search on the stats for bike thefts. Turns out more than 2000 (2000!) motorcycles are stolen in Victoria every year and more than 15,000 cars. Fifteen thousand! That's not a crime-wave, that's a disease! How much longer will the courts and our elected representatives keep calling car and bike theft "joy-riding" and when will we see serious penalties handed out? FFS. Go and sit in the Melbourne Magistrates' Court for a day, it's pathetic. Troubled background, community based orders, no conviction recorded etc etc et