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  • Bathy's WESS Megaloop

    Hi all,

    I'd taken a little break from riding and DBW due to a multitude of issues, too many to list.
    One that i will share was that i'm now a grandfather, 5 and 3 old yr old boys.

    Anyways, that old bug to ride has bitten me again.

    I picked up a '08 KLX450R a while ago, that helped stimulate the senses.
    and no, i haven't got rid of the BGP, in fact i now have 2 of them.

    Last weekend i run into Zimmo and Gillie and a few others at Imbil and it obviously reminded me of DBW and all the great people i met and rode with over the years,

    A quick scan of the ride report thread showed that ride reports seem to be lacking in QLD?

    I've also recently watched the WESS 2018 on youtube, all 8 events and thought the loop i'd been thinking about could possibly be worthy of such a grandiose title.

    So i went out yesterday to nail that loop i'd been working on, still needs more work i think........
    All i can say is the track called "the Gibber" and Connoongibber Creek are named appropriately.

    and if ya's are wondering why the loop stops in the middle of nowhere, it's cause my phone went flat, and i'd been on reserve for the last 9 odd kms.
    I did make it back to Imbil though, shortcut out through western crk rd, after passing the Old French Foreign Legion campsite.

    I'm pretty sure once i cut all the doublebacks out from the exploring, a similiar loop will be easily done on a tank.

    I don't plan on doing the lvl1000 singletrail "the Gibber" that drops down into the top of Coonoongibber crk again in a hurry, unless anyone wants some Erzberg training?

    https://www.relive.cc/view/rt10003536133
    John
    - '08 KLX450r
    - '96 KLX680R TM42, KX Forks, 280mm FRdisc, Ohlins Shock, BGP.
    - '96 KLX650R
    - '82 KX80
    - Sons bike '08 KLX450r


    Originally posted by wazza
    Go with the lesser seen Kwaka and stand out in the crowd.

  • #2
    Good one Bathy. I was up that way myself yesterday. Was on the BOP. Nearly lunched it when I lost most of my oil. Might try the WESS loop sometime.

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    • #3
      appropriate name

      If gibber track is the one I am thinking about (lot of creek crossings then straight up loose rubbly hills to the ridgeline track) then that was one of my training hills for Romaniacs 2018 (part of WESS series) First time I went up it was 65 minutes. By the end I was down to 12 minutes to get up from creek to top of last steep bit
      Full Throttle. It either solves your problem, or ends the suspense

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      • #4
        Originally posted by dog botherer View Post
        If gibber track is the one I am thinking about (lot of creek crossings then straight up loose rubbly hills to the ridgeline track) then that was one of my training hills for Romaniacs 2018 (part of WESS series) First time I went up it was 65 minutes. By the end I was down to 12 minutes to get up from creek to top of last steep bit
        Yeah, sounds like the same track, boy i was glad i was going down.
        I was even thinking on the way down, that'd it prolly take over an hour to get back up the steepest part.
        It was hard enough going down after already doing a big loop with forearms and hands starting to cramp.

        Pete, i did lunch the 680 a few years back,
        run it out of oil chasing my uncles on their ST sprint 1050's.
        they had me on the straights, but i'd gap them in the twisties

        and when i say lunch, it was still running and even sounded normal.
        but when i pulled the head and barrel, when i got home,
        little pieces of bigend were impregnated in the piston skirts,
        the bigend was toast with about 20 thou radial play.
        still haven't rebuilt it yet, did around 55,000kms i think.

        in fact, one night i was bored so i slapped an old piston and another old toasted alloy barrel on it and it still runs.
        John
        - '08 KLX450r
        - '96 KLX680R TM42, KX Forks, 280mm FRdisc, Ohlins Shock, BGP.
        - '96 KLX650R
        - '82 KX80
        - Sons bike '08 KLX450r


        Originally posted by wazza
        Go with the lesser seen Kwaka and stand out in the crowd.

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        • #5
          I got lucky

          Just drained the oil, pulled two magnetic plugs and three strainer filters and no sign of any metal. Oil is clean as (also brand new as I had to put over 3 litres in). Got lucky in that I shut her down pretty quickly.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Pete40 View Post
            Just drained the oil, pulled two magnetic plugs and three strainer filters and no sign of any metal. Oil is clean as (also brand new as I had to put over 3 litres in). Got lucky in that I shut her down pretty quickly.
            I sure hope you did get lucky, mine showed no signs of distress,
            just happened to completely run it out of oil, like down to a tablespoon or 2.

            filled her up (1.8 litres) with straight 30 mono grade, it was a saturday afternoon in some little town near gatton
            and aside from the pub all that was open was a mower shop,
            anyways, from there we rode up to toowoomba, down cunninghams gap,
            across to rathdowney, up over mt lindesay to casino,
            Stayed the night at my Uncles farm near Nimbin,
            then on the sunday we headed to murwillumbah,
            then back roads through chillingham
            round the back of hinze dam to canungra
            and up over Tamborine mountain before i headed home.

            It was still running fine, no noises etc, just burning a bit of oil now,
            like 50-100ml/100km depending on how hard i pushed it.
            I was expecting to just hone the bore and and re-ring it.

            It wasn't till a few months later that i pulled it down as it was still running fine,
            just burning a bit oil from the bore/rings being a bit sad,
            that i discovered the damage to the bigend from the low/no oil.
            The bore actually did end up Honing up really well, btw.
            The camcaps had picked up on the cams too,
            but only just, everything polished up good with a bit of wet 'n dry.
            I was running that engine on penrite hpr15 diesel oil too,
            15w50 and attribute that to saving the cams and bore,
            even after not running an engine for 9 months you can lift the cam cover and there's still oil stuck to the vitals, really good oil adhesion.

            i really do hope you got lucky,
            maybe it was time for my bigend to fail anyways,
            i estimated about 55,000kms on that bottomend,
            and i never took it easy on the old girl.

            i also reckon 1000km in the bush is prolly equall to about 4000-5000 road kms.
            John
            - '08 KLX450r
            - '96 KLX680R TM42, KX Forks, 280mm FRdisc, Ohlins Shock, BGP.
            - '96 KLX650R
            - '82 KX80
            - Sons bike '08 KLX450r


            Originally posted by wazza
            Go with the lesser seen Kwaka and stand out in the crowd.

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            • #7
              Bathy,
              I'll never forget riding the BGP at Ammamore on the Sunday that weekend of the Christmas Party, **** that...never again. I looked on Bike Sales last night and the KLX650's are pretty rare. Put my thoughts of buying a pig to bed.


              Maybe that's a good thing

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Le Squid View Post
                Bathy,
                I'll never forget riding the BGP at Ammamore on the Sunday that weekend of the Christmas Party, **** that...never again. I looked on Bike Sales last night and the KLX650's are pretty rare. Put my thoughts of buying a pig to bed.


                Maybe that's a good thing
                Lol, yeah deep end, you jumped in with both feet that day,
                but i still love the torquey, tractor like engine delivery,
                i still think occasionally the 650's are better on hills than the 450's.

                But, yeah i haven't ridden the 680 or 650 for about 4 years.
                I occasionally think about taking 2nd one out, the stock rebuilt 650,
                for a squirt......

                then i look at it's lighter cousin
                with probably more power,
                a push button electric start
                and take the 450 every time
                John
                - '08 KLX450r
                - '96 KLX680R TM42, KX Forks, 280mm FRdisc, Ohlins Shock, BGP.
                - '96 KLX650R
                - '82 KX80
                - Sons bike '08 KLX450r


                Originally posted by wazza
                Go with the lesser seen Kwaka and stand out in the crowd.

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                • #9
                  Great times and awesome people.

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                  • #10
                    if squiddy comes back then so am i.....
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                    I'LL BE THE LAST PERSON TO DIE IN MY LIFETIME.....

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by dog botherer View Post
                      If gibber track is the one I am thinking about (lot of creek crossings then straight up loose rubbly hills to the ridgeline track) then that was one of my training hills for Romaniacs 2018 (part of WESS series) First time I went up it was 65 minutes. By the end I was down to 12 minutes to get up from creek to top of last steep bit
                      jesus 12 mins thats good going....howd you go in romania??
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                      • #12
                        Unfortunately timed out on day 3. It was the wettest it had ever been in the history of the race, and the depth of the mud and slime just slowed me down more than was allowable. I really enjoyed myself, but hell it was hard. I ended up 218th out of 260
                        Last edited by dog botherer; 23-02-2019, 08:10 AM.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by dog botherer View Post
                          Unfortunately timed out on day 3. It was the wettest it had ever been in the history of the race, and the depth of the mud and slime just slowed me down more than was allowable. I really enjoyed myself, but hell it was hard. I ended up 218th out of 260
                          looked crazy over there.....im doing iron this year see how i go. Gibber Training starts soon haha
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                          • #14
                            great to see a another ride report bathy looks like a great loop

                            enjoy having the itch back and the LGP^roost

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by burns208 View Post
                              looked crazy over there.....im doing iron this year see how i go. Gibber Training starts soon haha
                              jealous, have a ball mate

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