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Touratech Travel Event 2014

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

The Touratech Family

The Touratech brand is the most recognised among adventure riders around the planet and the Australian event was like a family get together.

With the adventure riding market still growing there are always new punters looking for information on all aspects of our favourite pastime. Online forums are a dime a dozen and provide a wealth advice which can be unqualified to say the least. The annual Touratech Australia event is an excellent starting point when you have the bike but youíre wondering whatís next.

The Touratech event is just about all things to all riders. The format of the weekend starts with registrations on the Friday afternoon featuring test rides with Triumph and BMW motorcycles that are both huge supporters of the event. Touratech boss Robin Box knows that thereís more to a successful event than just riding around the Victorian high country. When it comes to a high country base it doesnít get any better than Bright in the Victorian High Country. Part of the Touratech formula is that entry is limited to ensure that all riders stay at the same venue at the Bright Chalet. So at the end of each day every rider returns to plenty of food, drink and a warm comfortable bed.

After dinner each night the event has a guest speaker in different areas of adventure travel. Friday night was Mick McDonald from Compass Tours who had lots of great advice from his travels around the world. Miles Davis and Craig Bennett from BMW followed this with some great tips on tubeless tyre repair.

Saturday morning covered rider training on a local property, a ride to the top of Mt Porepunkah with lunch back at the chalet with a ride to the top of Mount Buffalo which featured a coffee stop with a Touratech biscuit. Very cool.

The Sunday was a full day ride and riders had the choice of a GPS route loaded the night before or a simple route sheet for old school adventurers. The route headed into the mountains from Bright to Omeo where the entire group met for a group photo. Riders then had the option of a tarmac route or off road route and ultimate end up in Dargo for lunch. After that it was a quick hop back across the mountains back to Bright. For the off road riders the day wasnít without its challenges. The roads had been freshly graded which would have been ok except for the overnight heavy rain which turned some sections into slippery slushy clay which was quite a challenge on some of the bigger adventure bikes. Skills learned on the Saturday came in handy.

Nevertheless problems were minimal and Sunday finished with dinner followed by a presentation from Sherri Jo Wilkins who travelled around the world on a KTM 690 just because she wanted to.

While there were plenty of Touratech products on display at the seminars it was far from a hard sell even though they had a captured audience. It was more about providing the best advice that you would expect from your best mates. At the Tourtech event itís just like being with family.

Arrows Of Fire DVD

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Arrows of Fire is a story about four blokes who head off for two weeks into the Australian outback. A father, his adult son, and two mates discover the grittiest, most beautiful bush the country has to offer. Yet what they find is something they were not prepared for, confronting their own mortality.

Itís not your typical motorcycle video with any riding action overshadowed by riders reflections of the ride. Itís beautifully shot and a very professional production and like all adventure travel motorcycle film will motivate you to get up off your backside and plan an adventure of your own. If this film offers you anything itís ride something other than a postie bike.

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Triumph’s 2014 RAT RALLY Ramps Up

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Triumph’s annual RAT RALLY is on again, the 2014 rally will take place this year at popular coastal destination of ‘Coff’s Harbour’ on August 22nd Ė 24th. “Coff’s Harbour has always been a popular location amongst motorcyclists and we’ve hosted a few events in the area over the years.” Commented event organiser Darren Kersey. (more…)

Dual Sport Australia DVD

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Letís face it. The currency of dual sports riding is routes. There are a few individuals out there that have done the work but sharing routes takes even more work.

Well now some of the best routes are available and Martyn Blake has published his first DVD on his New South Wales Great Divide routes. From Moonan Flats north of the Hunter district all the way to Woodenbong just south of the Queensland border Martyn has mapped out 2000 kilometres of roads.

The DVD includes maps and GPS data plus nav box compatible, turn-by-turn route sheets for those who arenít that technically inclined. Google map links, food, fuel and accommodation information plus some of the data is smartphone compatible. In addition to that Martyn gives you an idea of what to expect by including stories and images to get you motivated to take on the ride.

Vince Strang Motorcycles has been a big supporter of compiling these routes so you know that these routes will be pretty good. The disk is PC compatible but a reasonable tech savvy individual with a Mac will be able to find the data they need. Needless to say Martyn provides contact details for technical support. For only $29.95 itís an absolute bargain.

Web: dualsportaustralia.com.au

Contact: dualsportaustralia@gmail.com

Dual Sports Australia DVD