Well, the Melbourne Motorcycle Show was a great success! Clubby, Tania, Popgun and I were kept busy chatting to tons of off-road riders, both enduro and adventure bike, signing up subscribers both keen to get a chance to win Trailzones 'Choose Your Ride' subscription offer and the new offroadexplorer adventure bike features.
Adventure bikes were well represented at the show particularly from BMW but also KTM, Kawasaki, Honda, Aprilia and Triumph. Suzuki with their ever reliable DR650 had a low profile as did the Yamaha XT660R. The bike that got a lot of attention was new KTM 690 Rally that was raced at the Australian Safari. Unfortunately, word from KTM is that we won't see a production version till the second half of 2008 and it's more likely that there'll be an update of the 640 Adventurer before the 690 makes an appearance.
No sign of the Tenere on the Yamaha stand but we've still got our fingers crossed that one will surface at the Sydney Show. I have to admit that a highlight for me was a restored XR75. It was no surprise that the only thing missing was the standard exhaust. Gally and I cut the pipes off our XR's and fitted aftermarket straight through mufflers. It was louder so it had to be faster, right? Such is the thinking of 13 years olds.
This week we are planning our next adventure ride down to the Victorian high country. Starting the ride proper from Dalgety, across to the Barry Way aand down into Victoria, the MacFarlane Track and eventually make our way over to Anglers Rest. From there south to Buchan then north along the Deddick Track to McKillops Bridge and across to Delegate and finally north to Dalgety. That way Victorian riders can start the loop from Buchan or Omeo and NSW riders can start from Dalgety or Jindabyne. Clubby and I will be doing the ride on a Yamaha XT660R and the Kawasaki KLR650. The KLR650 will be our first project bike so over the next 3 issues of Trailzone we'll be transforming it into a serious adventure tourer. Gee I hope it doesn't snow...