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trevor saxe-coburg-gotha
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PostPosted: 21:34 - 13 Apr 2022    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fat Angry Scotsman wrote:
mattsprattuk wrote:
The gatekeeping is a nice touch. Especially from people who've been here all of 5 minutes. Laughing Got to emphasise that it's not a Vlog. I'll be attempting to make something like LWD, LWR or LWU albeit on a much lower budget, shitter scale, and less exaggerated hype.


For the avoidance of doubt, my comment that you quoted is the opposite of gatekeeping. I was taking the piss out of the fact that everyone who dares link their YouTube in here gets karma bombed as if they committed a war crime.


that's what i was thinking
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PostPosted: 21:39 - 13 Apr 2022    Post subject: Re: I'm riding from Australia to England Reply with quote

mattsprattuk wrote:
As the title says. I'm doing it. Got the bike (2011 BMW R1200GS adventure) getting it together at the moment, and shipping myself off in the foreseeable future.

Sydney > Perth > Cape town > Egypt > Arse end of eastern europe > UK

https://i.postimg.cc/PrH09m0m/Untitled.png


I'm also an episode into doing a documentary on YouTube for it, but we all know how well received that stuff is around here.

That's all.

Discuss.


interesting!

brave choice of bike lol (bit heavy to pick up, alone - also not entirely convinced of reliability and ease of repair)

anyway, good luck!
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PostPosted: 01:42 - 14 Apr 2022    Post subject: Re: I'm riding from Australia to England Reply with quote

trevor saxe-coburg-gotha wrote:

brave choice of bike lol (bit heavy to pick up, alone - also not entirely convinced of reliability and ease of repair)

anyway, good luck!


The long way round guys seemed to need both of them to lift it, but I think they're each about 70kg soaking wet. Haven't dropped it just yet, but I think it's definitely manageable solo as I'm not a manlet.

Paddy. wrote:
I forgot about your yellow bike crash!

Best of luck again! Are you abandoning the Aus life or just fancy a big break?


I'll be back in Aus afterwards as I've built a company and my life is out here now. This is just something I've wanted to do for years.

struan80 wrote:
I can't seem to find the youtube link?

Never mind found it, should stick it on the first post. I'll follow you around.


Yeah not a bad suggestion. Edited now Thumbs Up
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Kickstart wrote: Hi I tend to agree with Matt. All the best Keith
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PostPosted: 17:14 - 14 Apr 2022    Post subject: Re: I'm riding from Australia to England Reply with quote

mattsprattuk wrote:
trevor saxe-coburg-gotha wrote:

brave choice of bike lol (bit heavy to pick up, alone - also not entirely convinced of reliability and ease of repair)

anyway, good luck!


The long way round guys seemed to need both of them to lift it, but I think they're each about 70kg soaking wet. Haven't dropped it just yet, but I think it's definitely manageable solo as I'm not a manlet.


They tend to land at a angle on the cylinder heads/crash bars/panniers, which make lifting with your back to the bike and pushing with your legs much easier. (plenty of examples online).

My 1992 R100GSPD which was a far superior GS in terms of simple reliability and off-road capability was easy to lift despite its weight.

l would take a newer BMW over KTM any day for 3rd world travels.

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PostPosted: 18:33 - 14 Apr 2022    Post subject: Reply with quote

All that mileage just to end up in Plymouth. If ever the phrase 'Its the journey not the destination that matters' was true. Laughing

Fair play tho dude, not many people get the chance to do a trip like that. have fun!
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PostPosted: 08:37 - 15 Apr 2022    Post subject: Re: I'm riding from Australia to England Reply with quote

mattsprattuk wrote:

I'll be back in Aus afterwards as I've built a company and my life is out here now. This is just something I've wanted to do for years.


Fair play dude, ended up watching through your troopy build video so I don't doubt you'll be setting off in A1 condition with the bike.
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PostPosted: 08:48 - 15 Apr 2022    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bon voyage!
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PostPosted: 13:59 - 15 Apr 2022    Post subject: Re: I'm riding from Australia to England Reply with quote

Paddy. wrote:
Fair play dude, ended up watching through your troopy build video so I don't doubt you'll be setting off in A1 condition with the bike.


Laughing Laughing that electronic table bed thing was an absolute chore of a thing to build.

tatters wrote:

They tend to land at a angle on the cylinder heads/crash bars/panniers, which make lifting with your back to the bike and pushing with your legs much easier. (plenty of examples online).

My 1992 R100GSPD which was a far superior GS in terms of simple reliability and off-road capability was easy to lift despite its weight.

l would take a newer BMW over KTM any day for 3rd world travels.



Advantages and disadvantages for both I guess. I purposely chose this one as it's the last of the oil cooled models, so saves a load of weight, and avoids faffing. Also has the more efficient fuel injection system, and is new enough to have the non-shit braking system and shocks found on the 1150's and earlier 1200's.
Weight though... Not sure what your R100 is, but this thing is 250kg on a diet.
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Kickstart wrote: Hi I tend to agree with Matt. All the best Keith
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PostPosted: 14:40 - 15 Apr 2022    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mibby u no already, UKGSR have some useful info on the forum.

Lots of owners who have hoowured and toowured on GSRs on there.

Tip and Tricks GSR-ish too.many to mention here.
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PostPosted: 16:53 - 15 Apr 2022    Post subject: Reply with quote

MCN wrote:
Mibby u no already, UKGSR have some useful info on the forum.

Lots of owners who have hoowured and toowured on GSRs on there.

Tip and Tricks GSR-ish too.many to mention here.



https://i.postimg.cc/Znp2YywT/Screenshot-2022-04-16-015232.png

I found UKGSER, but this is close enough, right?
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Kickstart wrote: Hi I tend to agree with Matt. All the best Keith
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PostPosted: 18:40 - 15 Apr 2022    Post subject: Reply with quote

mattsprattuk wrote:
MCN wrote:
Mibby u no already, UKGSR have some useful info on the forum.

Lots of owners who have hoowured and toowured on GSRs on there.

Tip and Tricks GSR-ish too.many to mention here.



https://i.postimg.cc/Znp2YywT/Screenshot-2022-04-16-015232.png

I found UKGSER, but this is close enough, right?


https://www.ukgser.com/forums/

Arsewhole.. I hope you crash.. Mad

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PostPosted: 19:39 - 15 Apr 2022    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: 09:30 - 22 Apr 2022    Post subject: Reply with quote

So Matt what's the story? You near Perth yet??
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PostPosted: 15:55 - 22 Apr 2022    Post subject: Reply with quote

A100man wrote:
So Matt what's the story? You near Perth yet??


Not just yet. I'm not planning on leaving for around 12 months.

Bike prep
Getting gear
Visas
CDP
Flights
Transport

Stuff I need to get sorted before I even think about leaving, amongst other stuff.

I did manage to land a sponsorship of sorts with Sena though, which is quite nice of them.
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PostPosted: 19:32 - 22 Apr 2022    Post subject: Reply with quote

mattsprattuk wrote:
A100man wrote:
So Matt what's the story? You near Perth yet??


Not just yet. I'm not planning on leaving for around 12 months.

Bike prep
Getting gear
Visas
CDP
Flights
Transport

Stuff I need to get sorted before I even think about leaving, amongst other stuff.

I did manage to land a sponsorship of sorts with Sena though, which is quite nice of them.


Ah right - figured departure was imminent.. Still enjoying the build up anyway. Thumbs Up
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PostPosted: 21:27 - 22 Apr 2022    Post subject: Reply with quote

12 months ffs I thought you were leaving imminently. You could grab yourself a wife and have a kid before 12 months. Buy an NC750 for the commute that you'll need for travelling to your job, needed to provide for your new family.

Bloody bugger it to that, jump on your bike and do it now. 12 months for bike prep, meh. Pull of it's horns and clean it's arse.

On a normal note good luck.
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PostPosted: 01:39 - 28 Apr 2022    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's less time than you'd think, considering I'm running a business, sorting out all of the above, doing all the work on the bike myself, waiting for parts orders etc.

The worst part is the parts delivery actually. Seeing as Australia isn't real, and I've got a euro bike, parts take weeks/months to get here.

Anyway, planned departure date is the anniversary of the first video, so 11 months 2 weeks to go I guess.
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Kickstart wrote: Hi I tend to agree with Matt. All the best Keith
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PostPosted: 02:08 - 28 Apr 2022    Post subject: Reply with quote

The time will fly in.
I'm on the last few days of 7 wks of leave.
I don't want to go to my work on Monday.

As to how far Oz is from UK.

A boat built in Scotland holds the record fornthebfastest trips between Oz and UK.
A clipper.
Not particularly fast for its time.
It had the unique quality of being designed with a copper clad hull.
Weeds and other marine life couldn't stick tonthe hull.
So it spent no time in dry-dock for cleaning. More time sailing (full of Marino wool).
The fastest clipper was due to the ship's aggregate sailings.
The Cutty Sark

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cutty_Sark

Moral of that story is good design and proper planning only helps with the tasks.

And the person she named after was an interesting character too
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PostPosted: 02:36 - 13 May 2022    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, my partner is dreaming to have such journey by our BMW R1150R. Thanks for sharing your video, it will be useful!
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PostPosted: 04:23 - 23 Jun 2022    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got around to testing the gear I've picked up recently.
As usual, last minute stuff, setting up when it was already dark... forgot a lighter... luckily had one of those dodgy gimmick knives with a flint in the handle.

https://i.ibb.co/3FxJn2J/20220621-193449.jpg

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https://i.ibb.co/Hxb0N1d/20220621-190529.jpg


Anyway. The petrol stoves are awesome, even though they're a bit dangerous, but you'd have to be a special kind of retarded to do any damage with them.

That's about it... Bike serviced and ready to go. Gear got and tested. The only thing that's left is politics and logitstics before I go.

https://i.ibb.co/TR1wNLY/20220621-230515.jpg

That's it all attached to the bike.
> Tent
> Inflatable 120mm mattress
> Camp chair
> Axes and choppy stuff
> Cooker and cooky stuff + food
> Clothes and sleeping stuff

To be honest. I think I've got more room for carrying stuff than I need. I'm considering chopping and re-welding the panniers to make them half the width.
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Blue_SV650S wrote: it was a sh1te wheelie, but it proves that he can get it up in 3rd and can do angles. In summery, mattsprattuk is a gobby little sh1tebag, dopehead tw4t, but sadly for all of us, he probably isn't THAT full of sh1te!! Mr. Green
Kickstart wrote: Hi I tend to agree with Matt. All the best Keith


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PostPosted: 09:19 - 25 Jun 2022    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good luck with the trip, very jealous.

Don't chop up the panniers, you will be glad for the extra space for things you pick up along the way or extra food/water/fuel.

Which way are you starting off in Oz, nullabor or through the middle?

Prob best to avoid Ukraine for the moment, don't think you can get visa's for Russia as it stands either. Lot's of people altering continental tours (cycling mostly).
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PostPosted: 13:24 - 26 Jun 2022    Post subject: Reply with quote

Irezumi wrote:
Good luck with the trip, very jealous.

Don't chop up the panniers, you will be glad for the extra space for things you pick up along the way or extra food/water/fuel.

Which way are you starting off in Oz, nullabor or through the middle?

Prob best to avoid Ukraine for the moment, don't think you can get visa's for Russia as it stands either. Lot's of people altering continental tours (cycling mostly).


I'm planning on the south coast/nullarbor through Aus. I went through a basic version of the route in the video, but things change all the time. Nothing is set.

As for ukraine and russia, not particularly worried about that sort of thing to be honest. I'll probably end up in Ukraine briefly, but I'm not going to be one of these morbid dickheads who goes "war tourisming".

Worst worry is getting from egypt to turkey without "politics" messing it all up, but apparently there's a direct ferry so I can avoid it.

Anyway, I'm off to canberra soon to visit the embassys so they can give me an official idea of what I need in terms of papers.
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