Who are we ?
We are a couple of “older” bikers who have taken to long distance motorcycle touring. We started our touring “career” very tentatively back in 2007 and have been gradually working up to more serious adventures since then.
What do we ride?
We started our touring career of a 2000 model 800cc twin Triumph Bonneville. After a few longish trips on the dear old Bonnie and covering over 13,000 Kms (all two up) we agreed we both liked long distance touring. That decision made, the next step was to trade up to a more serious touring bike.
After looking at a number of possibilities we settled on our candy red 2008 model Honda ST1300A touring bike.
Where have we been so far?
Some of the bigger tours we have done (all from our home in Sydney and return except the Italy tour) are :
Bruthen/Batemans Bay 5 days and 1800 Kms
Goondiwindi/Gloucester 5 Days and 2000 Kms
Snowy Mountains 4 Days and 1800 Kms
Bairnsdale/Cooma 5 Days and 2075 Kms
Canberra/Mudgee 6 Days and 2,200 Kms
Tuscany/Elba – Italy 7 Days and 1,400 Kms (on a hired BMW GS650)
Yarra Valley Victoria 10 days and 3,000 Kms (getting longer)
Mclaren Vale South Australia 17 Days and 4,500 Kms (and longer)
Tasmania 21 Days and 5600 Kms (and longer)
Middleton (Near Victor Harbour SA) 8 Days and 3,400 Kms (To attend the OzSToc National Rally)
Full circuit around Australia 90 days and 20,030 Kms (see our Blog of this trip)
Ballarat Vic 6 days and 2,800kms (To attend the OzSToc National Rally)
Alice Springs and beyond a 30 day tour of the Red Centre 9000kms (see Blog)
Toowoomba 6 days and 2,300 kms (To attend the OzSToc National Rally)
Perth 21 days 10,010 Kms (To attend the OxSToc National Rally) (See Blog)
Victorian Ramble 11 days, 4,024Kms (see blog)
All up we have so far travelled around 95,000kms together on our bike tours 310 days.
Where do we stay?
We generally stay each night in local pubs or modest motels. We mostly eat in local Pubs or Clubs although we prepare our own food whenever possible (ie when there are cooking facilities available at our digs and provisions can be obtained locally).
What do we take?
We take only what we can fit into our panniers and top box. No trailers or extraneous tied on gear. We have a pannier inner bag each for our clothes and use the top box for our riding and general gear.
Our next challenge
Still thinking about it!