Travel Diary

Online Journal for the 'Right Around Australia' project.

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Some facts about the distance involved...

- The International Cometary Explorer (ICE), made the first ever direct cometary measurements on September 11, 1985 as it flew through the tail of Comet Giacobini-Zinner. The spacecraft encountered a comet ion tail about 25,000 km wide.

- The non-interstate portions of the Strategic Highway Corridor Network in the US total 25,000km.

- Apparently a lot of scooters in Japan have an engine life of 25,000km and are simply abandoned after this.

- The length of the Great Red Spot on Jupiter is about 25,000km.

- It would take about 25,000km of driving to recoup the cost of a $1,400 factory LPG installation. -

- Australian vineyards require the construction of about 25,000km of trellis per year.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

These boots were made for ...


Ulls: Dragged myself out of bed early for a Saturday to get on the shopping train. Choo-Choo. Torsten and I headed out to Retro Scooters to talk to Paul about sorting out our final servicing and special parts fitting. Unfortunately he wasn't there. It's always a good idea to call in advance when travelling half way across town. We wanted to go to the new Anaconda store nearby anyway so all was not lost. Spent too much money there on a few odds and ends for the trip, containers, dry bags, compression sacks and a couple of micro-fleece type tops.
Off to Tyres For Bikes, where we grabbed a couple of tyres for the sandy sections up north, and after giving the whole spiel about the trip, they were generous enough to swing 6 ROK Straps our way for nothing. Back across town to Team Moto in Moorooka, where after much testing, trying and sizing, I decided on a pair of Oxtar boots. Very nice, not to garish or motorcrossy. Torsten has read a lot of great reviews about them, so fingers crossed. They gave us a nice discount after finding out about the trip and we promised to put a couple of stickers on the bikes. All in all, a productive day.
It's probably not the most exciting news, but hey, there's 3 months of that ahead.

Torsten: Turns out I have tiny feet. Buying boots sucks when you have tiny feet...

Friday, April 28, 2006

Media Page Is Up!

Ulls: Well it's been full throttle from our new PR agent, Sam. She's really gone above and beyond this week putting together the Media Release http://www.rightaroundaustralia.com/pdf/Media_Release_260406.pdf for distribution. There's now a MEDIA page on the site. Having Sam has definately taken a weight off my shoulders in that I can focus on finalising our shopping lists, working out where everythings going to fit and just general planning. 'General planning' seems to have become my way of describing what I'm doing for the trip at the moment. So, I'd better get back to general planning.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

What a week!

Ulls: It's been a pretty interesting week so far, with articles going to print in the Quest Westside News front page and the City News also. Unfortunately, our website details were missing from one, although it's still great exposure to start with. We even had a potential sponsor read the article and manage to find us without the website. Just shows you how small Brisbane really is. It's less than two months before we go so I expect things will be go, go, go from here on in. With a friend taking over the PR side of things, Torsten and I can focus on the final planning and preparation before June 13th.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Luggage

Torsten: The mounting system is almost complete. All the parts are made up but just need to be cleaned up and attached. We managed to get one completed today. The rest will have to wait 'til the paint dries.


The bags have metal channels bolted to them which hang over both the top and bottom of the rack loops. To stop them lifting off, a staple latch has been welded to the top channel which hooks under the bar and over a tab, through which a padlock will keep it snug.



The width of the bikes with both bags attached is abut the same as a Goldwing, so no more lane filtering for us.


Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Hope for filming


Ulls: Information about our trip was posted in the latest edition of 'Two Wheels Scooter Magazine', and within hours of receiving it we had our first responses with well wishes. One in particular, Dion. He's already managed to enlighten me with an alternative to the now absent helmet camera. I had a nice chat with him and his wife over the phone, and they have given me some great ideas for preparations and planning. The image to the right is a mounting arm for our camera, and will give us more options and camera angles than we ever dreamed of. Now, just to find the suppliers.

Monday, April 10, 2006

We Lost One

Ulls: I'm sad to say we've lost a sponsor. Unfortunately, there will be no helmet camera for the trip. I am sure I'll find an alternative.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Racks Cont...

Torsten: The racks are done! Made of solid 11mm mild steel bar and 5mm plate, they should do the trick. I was initially concerned about the weight of solid bar vs tube, but Paul Keys assured me they would not be as heavy as I imagined, and he was right.


The total weight for the rack comes to around 10 kilograms. The rack also incorporates the mount for the 7.5 litre Nomad fuel tank. Far better than having a Jerry-Can occy strapped to the bikes.

One of the problems with having a rack on the sides is maintaining access to the side panels. The side panels cover the engine on the right, and the spare tyre and battery on the left. Each side removes completely by undoing 4 bolts. A 3 minute job.


Paul also whipped up some 'crash' bars for the front. While they won't be providing any real protection in a crash, they will hold the bike up when we tip over in sand in North Queensland.
It will also allow us to lie the bike down for repairs.


Now we just need to finalise the mounting system on the bags themselves and that's the luggage sorted.