The holiday break was barely over and before I knew it Trail Zone Issue #16 copy deadline was upon me. Trail Zone magazine is a small publisher but one thing for sure is that they run a tight ship. Now you might be picturing a publishing office with the deafening sound of clattering keyboards and phones ring off the hook with incoming scoops from the dirt bike world. Well no. Picture the sweaty bowels of an ancient wooden boat with Clubby, Popgun and I rowing like our life depends on it because if we stop rowing, out comes the whip.
So now that the wounds have healed we can look forward to Trail Zone Issue #16 due out February 20. So what’s there to look forward to? Well for Sydney riders our travel feature is the missing link Sydney to the Vic high country. Travelling from Nowra, we follow a route well known by experienced adventure riders down to Braidwood and on to Nimmitabel the gateway to the Monaro Plains. However, on the return trip I hook up with Neil, Steve and Dave, all on BMW’s and venture down the Wadbilliga Track for a bit of a detour. There’s a ton of trails through the mountains west of the south coast so hopefully it won’t be too long before we go back to map out something that has more dirt than tar.
The best part for Issue 16 is our new Kawasaki KLR650 Project Bike. I mentioned in my last Blog Santa had delivered all the bits including larger screen, new KLR luggage, TAG handlebars and grips, Barkbusters, IMS footpegs and Cheng Shin C-755 front and rear knobbies. In the engine department we’ve started with clearing the airways by fitting a Unifilter air cleaner and a Staintune pipe. Got to admit that Staintune pipe is a beautiful piece of work. Such a shame to get it dirty.
Tenere Ray and I headed for Yerranderie west of Sydney for a quick test. Mind you I only had fitted the screen, IMS pegs and the Cheng Shin C-755 knobbies. Excellent forsight on my part I must admit because when we pulled out of Oberon on the second day, the heavens opened and it rained solid all day. The knobbies were a bit nervous on the black top but in the dirt and mud the combination of the IMS pegs and knobbies completely transformed the big green KLR into something a lot more aggressive on the trail.
Last weekend I hooked up with Drussdog and a few other guys on the ORE Forum at Mt Keira near Wollongong. By then the KLR had the pipe and Unifilter fitted and it was loving the tighter roads. It was a great morning ride so if you’d like to join them on future ride keep an eye out for posts in the New South Wales section. Everybody is welcome especially those venturing onto the dirt for the first time.
That’s it for now. Planing a couple of promotions, competitions and perhaps a new video. All will be revealed in the next Blog. Stay tuned.