First Big Trip since surgery in 2018..... we call it the Zig Zag run

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First Big Trip since surgery in 2018..... we call it the Zig Zag run

Post by Aussie Dave » Wed Jun 26, 2019 7:49 am

Cheers all still onboard here,

Got back from 2700kms of bliss and 7 days of great food/coffee/beer and fun last Friday.

My 17 SDGT has the 2019 ECU upgrade and new PR5 tyres and I am very happy to report that the software upgrade is fantastic (unless for some weird reason you really love the old stuff). I believe there is also some engine map upgrades included....... my GT ran perfect, so i've no idea if the upgraded software's were responsible or if it was throttle body balancing at the 15k km service before I left on the trip.

We had 6 bikes and 7 people..... 2x MS1200s touring Ducati's, a pristine 750 super sport and a 2010 659, a HD 1800 Heritage and my 17 SDGT. The Harley was amazing..... it had as much grunt as my SD, and more ground clearance than previous HD's...... but not as much as the KTM :lol: .

Usually we Zig Zag all the major highways in the northern half of NewSouthWales..... like the Oxley, Gwydr, Bruxner, Waterfall Way, Buckets Way, Thunderbolts Way and many nice bike roads in between...... stopping at the best coffee shops and motels/pubs/restaurants ....... so we have a great time without any hospital visits or licence penalties.

This time I was much recovered from my horror 2018 post surgery struggle, and I was comfortably able to match my ex-MX racer mate on his MS1200S in the tight stuff - with all credit to the new damping rates on my SDGT :D
Lookout above Coffs Harbour .jpg
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What a hoot the Oxley Hwy was on this thing...... yes it has the 2019 software update.... brilliant.jpg
What a hoot the Oxley Hwy was on this thing...... yes it has the 2019 software update.... brilliant.jpg (66.92 KiB) Viewed 1524 times
Luxo digs at Port Macquarie...... discovered chocolate lava cake desert at the RSL.jpg
Luxo digs at Port Macquarie...... discovered chocolate lava cake desert at the RSL.jpg (61.29 KiB) Viewed 1524 times
Wollombi Falls 40km east of Armidale.jpg
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Uralla has covered bike parking outside the Alt Root Cafe .jpg
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Scenery at Apsley Falls 20km east of Walcha.jpg
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Powerhouse museum Tamworth..... small but all in concourse show condition.jpg
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Peel Inn at Nundle...... 4 degC at 9am.jpg
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Lunch at Glenn Innes 20 June 019 .jpg
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Lookout on Gwydr Hwy Gibralta Range above Grafton 20 june 2019.jpg
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2017 1290GT 27,484km, 05 CBR1100XX 130k kms

Prev loves...Capo1200TP-014, CBR11xx-002, 2xFZR1000genisis-94, FJ1200-89, FJ1100-84, XS1100P, VF1000F-83, CX500, VF750S, KZ1000J1-81, KZ1000ST-79, CB750F2-77, CB360T-74, CB175.. started it all in 1974 ;)

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Re: First Big Trip since surgery in 2018..... we call it the Zig Zag run

Post by Aussie Dave » Wed Jun 26, 2019 7:55 am

Ice warnings means get them under cover..... Bushranger motel at Uralla 19 June 2019.jpg
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Ice on cars at Uralla's Bushranger Motel.... 0degC at 7am.jpg
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Greg and Helen's immaculate little 750ss and 659 .jpg
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Historic Uralla main street.jpg
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Gloscester Tops from in town.jpg
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He and she rode the 114cu inch HD...... we only got away from him on the tightest of corners.jpg
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Damit, I was hanging ten on the oxley but still couldn't touch the sides of the tyre........jpg
Damit, I was hanging ten on the oxley but still couldn't touch the sides of the tyre........jpg (48.76 KiB) Viewed 1523 times
Beauty and the Beast at Tamworth bike museum.jpg
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Cafe Graze at Walcha...... best soup ever....... out favorite posh cafe on the Oxley Hwy.jpg
Cafe Graze at Walcha...... best soup ever....... out favorite posh cafe on the Oxley Hwy.jpg (56.7 KiB) Viewed 1523 times
3pm Fri 21 June 2019 after 2700kms of great riding.jpg
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So we injected some money into the struggling drought affected towns and had a great time over 7 days. We were thinking about an extra night up on the Tablelands (Warwick) so we might drop in on the Ducati Club's track day at Morgan Park....... but we got wind of the overnight temps forecast to be -4C and sooked our way home via the Summerland Way........ we'd had enough fun anyway :lol: .
2017 1290GT 27,484km, 05 CBR1100XX 130k kms

Prev loves...Capo1200TP-014, CBR11xx-002, 2xFZR1000genisis-94, FJ1200-89, FJ1100-84, XS1100P, VF1000F-83, CX500, VF750S, KZ1000J1-81, KZ1000ST-79, CB750F2-77, CB360T-74, CB175.. started it all in 1974 ;)

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