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Ride to the Snowy Ride

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Our Ride To The Snowy Ride

Clubby and I are inviting riders to join us for the 2014 Ride To The Snowy Ride. While the ride with us is free, the condition of entry is that you must be an official entrant in the 2014 Snowy Ride. We have a new route this year that will run over two days.

What is The Snowy Ride?

The Snowy Ride raises money for the Steve Walter Foundation for research into childhood cancer. This years event takes place on 1st November 2014. The ride attracts up to 3000 bikes each year and the route includes off road sections for adventure riders. When you enter the event as an adventure rider you are supplied with a different map that include the dirt road maps.

The route takes in existing checkpoints and there’s plenty of time to take in the sights.

The Ride To The Snowy Ride Route

This year will be a two day ride with an overnight stay in Tumut. The ride will start from McDonalds Mittagong, Bowral Road, Mittagong. For those travelling from further a field than Sydney there is plenty of accommodation to choose from in the Southern Highlands. All riders must attend the pre-ride briefing in the carpark at 8.30am. A route sheet will be handed out at the riders meeting.

Riders will ride at their own pace, via the optional route instruction trip notes to the end of the first day at Tumut. From there you’ll be free to ride to your own accommodation in Tumut. Day two will be a shorter ride giving you plenty of time to get to your accommodation in the Snowy and then join us for post ride drinks in Thredbo.

A safe fuel range of 250km is required and all riders must be fully self-sufficient with tools, tubes, spares etc. You must ensure your bike is prepared for an overnight ride through remote terrain.

 Tumut Accomodation

You are responsible for your own accommodation and should have your Friday night accomodation already organised and for your participation in The Snowy Ride on Saturday 1st November. In Tumut on the 30th October the crew will be staying at the Best Western Motel Farrington, 71/73 Capper St, Tumut NSW 2720, (02) 6947 1088. Twin rooms are available for $120 and single rooms for $115 per night. Please let them know you are on the Trail Zone Magazine Ride to the Snowy Ride. Accommodation is also available at the Amaroo Motel (02) 6947 7200

The Riding

The ride via the optional route instruction trip notes will include a wide range of highways, tar roads, gravel roads, back roads and fire-trails. This route will be adventure bike-friendly and is an especially good one for riders getting into adventure riding but given the variables of weather, you must be prepared for a range of surface conditions and it is appropriate you select your tyres and tyre pressures accordingly. There will be no support vehicle on this ride so please ensure that you carry adequate puncture repair tools and tubes and spares.

We strong advise that you have a Spot Tracker or similar on you for this ride. If possible please ensure that you have a contingency plan in case of a breakdown to get picked up. We will have our two sweep riders, Clive and Heath, on the ride to help you with any difficulties.

Trip Notes

Trip notes will be supplied in hard copy paper format, thus it is suggested you use a tank bag with clear top map reader pocket so as to easily view the trip notes.

A word from the ride co-ordinators: We love mapping out great riding and turning on good times for our fellow riders, but we don’t want to lose our shirts doing it. So please digest the legal ramifications of participating in this ride as detailed on the Registration Form, discuss these with your loved ones and your legal team, and then make your own informed decision over your participation.

The Snowy Ride

The Snowy Ride is a motorcycle event run annually in the Alpine Region of NSW with the aim of involving motorcycle riders from all over Australia to raise money for Childhood Cancer Research.

It is also an opportunity for riders to enjoy a weekend away with their friends and family and to ride some of Australia’s best and most picturesque roads.

Event Background

The first Snowy Ride was launched in 2001 as a request from Steven Walter, a young man who lost his fight against cancer. Steve loved motorcycle riding and asked that a charity motorcycle ride be organised to raise funds for cancer research and cancer care, “So that one day no other kid will have to go through what I’ve been through”.

Supporting The Snowy Ride

The ORE ‘Ride To The Snowy’ is our way of supporting the Steve Walter Foundation by encouraging adventure riders to participate in the event by conducting an off-road ride to the Snowy Mountains. In 2009 offroadexplorer.com surveyed the Snowy Mountains and set out the official Snowy Ride off-road course that includes check points in the event. These routes are marked in your Snowy Ride map if you registered as an adventure bike rider.

We’ll be rapt to see a full ride and plenty of adventure riders out there enjoying their machines. So gear up, get ready and we look forward to seeing you there!

– Russ and Clubby

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Garmin Zumo 590

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

The new Zumo 590 is Garmins new premium GPS Motorcycle Navigator. It features a 5 inch dual-orientation, sunlight-readable, glove-friendly touchscreen display. The GPS handles hands-free phone control and spoken directions from your in-helmet microphone via its Bluetooth® technology. If you’re into your tunes it has an MP3 player, iPod control and Pandora on the display.


2015 BMW S1000XR Spy Shots

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Cycle World published what they say are spy photos of what they think is a new BMW Adventure Touring machine.


Cool Tube for QUICK-LOCK EVO Side Racks by SW-Motech

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

This great tool and spare parts tube offers safe storage space while you are on the road. It’s made from robust plastic and is fitted with a rubber sealing inside the cap and mounts to the inner side of the side carriers. Side Cases do not need to be taken off frames when removing tool tube. It’s dimensions are 30 cm wide x 8.5 cm high and includes a tube with screw-on lid, all mounting parts and mounting instructions for only $69.Molt5H_LkXDDeXu7nmBIWjiCn4bAF29MvfwNjQTe4CA,eNm7oJ77wWlHKaKCVhCDaFwDhMA5v0SRBfh_cQ9eXmY

Barrett Yamaha WR250R Luggage Racks

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

You might not think so but there are plenty of luggage options out there for lightweight adventure bikes.