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  1. A few guys on the ride were locals and kept saying we were riding past amazing S.T . I'll just have to plan another trip but with the right crew....
  2. At first I looking forward to this five day tour of the high country with Klaus Mueller from Australian Trail Tours. But then I read all the negative feedback on this DBW thread and also on this forum: - Injured riders forced to continue riding. - No EPIRB or support vehicle to rescue hurt riders - Broken down bikes left behind for owners to rescue later - Riders being yelled at or having things thrown at them. It was shaping up to be pretty different to other tours I've been on! Just watch this vid or read the text below..... THE GOOD SIDE Fortunately there are a few good points though with Australian Trail Tours. The lack of support vehicles and fewer support staff means these tours are cheaper. The accommodation was good quality, so was the food. Also Klaus Mueller did not yell or throw food at anyone on this trip. A few guys said at 76 years old Klaus he's more chilled now. And the fact remains there are guys who go back again. About half the guys in our group rated it as a positive experience and a few of those guys had even done multiple trips with him. THE NOT SO GOOD SIDE The negative parts of the high country trip with Klaus Mueller? The lack of support is still true. There was a car that took our luggage to the next stop but no backup four wheel drive. Klaus said hurt riders would be doubled out of the forest by another rider. We assumed a badly injured rider would just become the responsibility of the SES. No EPIRB or any communication devices so we figured it could take a while if needing to ride far enough to get phone reception to contact emergency services. Many of us were expecting a dirt ride with Australian Trail Tours, but we mostly stayed on easy fire trails and never did any of the reportedly amazing single track throughout the high country. And some days featured a lot of road too. One day we did 140km of highway with a lot of disgruntled dirt riders wearing their knobbies out. Probably the most interesting part of Australian Trail Tours was having our bikes dragged down the road by Klaus! Each night in the high country we locked our bikes to Klaus' trailer, but on the fourth day he forgot and dragged them an unknown distance when driving to the petrol station. Total damage came to $2900 in replacement parts but Klaus Mueller said it wasn't his responsibility. After a few, er, discussions, he did give the other rider a $200 goodwill gesture at the end of the trip. The other rider was not happy with this and after several months of correspondence and legal pressure Klaus finally gave him a further $470 toward the repairs. I had to give my loan bike back damaged and the owner absolutely refused to accept any money from me for repairs. It certainly livened up the trip but it remains to be seen if this bike dragging will become a regular feature of the high country tours. To read the full story and other complications it's all on the Dirtriderz forum here. CONCLUSION If you are looking for a budget tour of the high country then Klaus Mueller's Australian Trail Tours do provide this option and the accommodation is excellent. Just don't get injured, and make sure your bike doesn't break down as you'll have to rescue it yourself! Personally I expect more than that when you are paying out a lot of cash... and if there's no support I want to be told earlier than in the rider briefing just before you head off. Otherwise find one of the excellent fully supported tours which also do the excellent single tracks that Klaus avoids. And of course there are plenty of maps and GPS files for the high country, it's quite easy to tee up your own ride and do it far cheaper. If you are thinking of doing any tour, I'd suggest going through this checklist first!
  3. Still seems amazing you would have to convince a tour operator to at least pay for parts if he's dragged your bike down the road. I chatted with a guy overseas who does regular tours and told us about it, he was astounded at this story. He said if he ever has an unhappy customer and it's even remotely his fault then it's immediately do whatever it takes to get them smiling again.
  4. Interesting update... on the same tour Klaus dragged our bikes down the road but refused to admit any responsibility, there were also cancelled lift tickets to see the views from one of the resorts due to bad weather. Klaus said he would refund the money so we could spend it on lunch but no one ever received a single cent. One of the guys has been emailing him repeatedly asking whatever ever happened to the 400 or so odd dollars he kept, and finally SIX WEEKS AFTER THE TOUR Klaus Mueller has finally emailed everyone and said he will refund the money. I try to see both sides to every story and tried to be objective in this review video we've done. There are definitely guys who enjoy the trips and even go back, but I know on our trip at least half the guys were very unhappy with the tour and the piles of negative comments suggest it's a hit or miss affair.
  5. Maybe on the next high country tour Klaus Mueller will drag bikes down the bitumen while the riders are still on them? The guy is so dodgy... he promised a refund to everyone for lift tickets that weren't used at Thredbo to check out the views. Nobody ever saw any money but one of the guys emailed to say he's been constantly emailing Klaus to push the issue. If he keeps that money and makes another $400+ from us poor suckers then that would be the icing on the cake.
  6. Yep I remember meeting Tone out there. Our group was feeling pretty down after Klaus dragged the bikes down the road AND made us ride 140km of bitumen the day before. It sounds like your crew are much better with not insisting injured riders simply ride themselves out to help. Or just expect the SES or someone else to rescue them because Klaus provides no support or backup. We didn't realise that if your bike breaks down then Klaus just abandons it... it is completely up to us to get it going again or organise our own rescue of the bike. Quite frustrated after the trip, we posted a Klaus Mueller review.
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    ENDURO TRAINING VIDS - basic to advanced

    a huge thanks to ruben chadwick for this vid on how to do berms, our motley crew essentially have no idea how to rail a berm (among many other things) and ruben has offered to help out with some more advanced techniques in the coming months, woohoo.
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    Ktm electric start won't engage

    chances are it will be the bendix, here's a diagnostics vid i made a few years back after pulling mine apart for the 10th time trying to figure out what was wrong with it. the redesigned 2T starter motor for 2017 has been long long overdue!
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    ENDURO TRAINING VIDS - basic to advanced

    thanks scottie, always good to hear the vids are useful! can you change gears without using the clutch? sure! should you? well that depends... once you get the hang of it then it places very little extra stress on the gearbox. and there are plenty of guys who do clutchless gear changes for years without any gearbox issues.
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    EOI Airoh Helmets

    the suomy mr jump is the same weight as the airoh and worth looking at if you have trouble accessing one. mine was $400 18 months back but with the fall our dollar they are around $490 now.
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    Gripping the bars too tight

    being an old coot i love my steg pegz, they take all the pressure off the upper body including the hands. but top riders usually discourage their use (except for desert racing). in his coaching, birchy recommends gripping with your lower legs, or even your ankles... try pointing your toes inward to see if this helps. some bikes are easier than others, i was just riding a 400EXC this weekend without steg pegz and there was nowhere for the legs to lock into the bike which makes it harder.... other bikes your lower legs might lock against the frame or side panels. deliberately ride bumpy sections and focus on holding the bars as loosely as possible. eventually it becomes second nature. and even if steg pegz are so 'wrong' they certainly make you focus on gripping the bike with your legs which is great for the long term.
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    ENDURO TRAINING VIDS - basic to advanced

    the vids seem to have backfired on me 5EXC-F, originally they were my evil plan to make myself look better by lowering everyone else's riding skills with misinformation and feeding them bad techniques... but the opposite seems to have happened lol! glad you enjoy the vids, i have a ball putting them together.
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    ENDURO TRAINING VIDS - basic to advanced

    a new vid.... you can't legally ride a motocross bike in the state forests in most states, but thought this info could be useful the lucky ones who get recreational registration.
  14. Doesn't look that way, at least not for 2017. I just confirmed with the owner whose bike i got a test ride on, it's the TX300 that gets the air forks this year and hopefully they'll wind up on the TE300 and 300EXC next year... i thought i was riding a TE300 with a number plate slapped on for racing. out of interest the owner has just won enduro series in the over 40s class in BC canada on the husky. his long term comments are the suspension was perfect out of the box for him and he didn't even adjust the clickers. loved the air forks and not a hint of a problem so far other than just check the air pressure every fortnight and top them up if needed. and the stock jetting on the new mikuni carb didn't cope with the extreme elevation changes of BC's mountain ranges so he put a JD kit in and all good since then.
  15. if they were around the same price that could well be true lol! must admit i'd like this husky but at around $4500 more than a beta xtrainer i suspect i'll stay italian unless i rob a bank.