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05-25-2020 02:15 AM
Bernie I gave my new bike it's first 1000 Km service and wash yesterday, and today, we took it for a ride. Although it was a stunningly beautiful morning, it was freezing cold, as can be seen by the ice in the shadowed areas of the concrete pad. Lynn nearly saw her ass when she walked over it.

We both got well rugged up, Lynn with her new electric gloves, and me with heated grips, and were toasty warm when we arrived at our first stop, the Elizabeth Town Bakery, for coffee and a snack.

Then we rolled down highway 1 to Latrobe, and I was able to use the bike's cruise control for the first time. You can see on my speed graph between the 30 Km and 60 Km marks, how the cruise kept the speed very close to 110 Kph, except for 2 occasions when I had to disconnect for slow traffic. It's really impressive how well it works.

I kept well away from the high mountains today, for fear of black ice on the road in the shadowed areas.

05-09-2020 08:14 AM
RaYzerman Congrats, Bernie!! That new bike is looking mighty nice!
05-09-2020 07:09 AM
passx Bernie, Thanks for the updates and congrats on the new ride. I enjoy your updates particularly with the lockdowns and the weather here has just been Shiite here this spring, 24f with a heavy frost this morning, anyway enjoy that new bike !
05-09-2020 06:11 AM
rbentnail Well it was bound to happen. 3 yrs is a long time in Bernie-bike years. Congrats!

I've been wondering how your weather's been. We're beginning to get warmer days tho it's still near freezing some nights.
05-09-2020 12:37 AM
Bernie After some 8 weeks in Corona lockdown, I needed something to cheer me up, so I decided a new bike might do the trick. My nearest Yamaha dealer is the "City Bike Centre" in Devonport, they have recently re-built their showroom, which I hadn't seen yet, so we dropped in there. I was very impressed, they also sell Honda's, and they had a very good display of both types, plus plenty of accessories. To my surprise, they had a new Super Tenere XT1200ZE on the floor, and a very good salesman, I was hooked, and we agreed that I would pick up the new bike the next morning.

We rushed home, and I spent the afternoon and evening stripping all my accessories off my old bike, and getting it ready for sale. The next day, I trailered the old bike into the dealer, and picked up the new one, and paid the agreed $17,000 change over price. Then it was back home, and another afternoon re-fitting my accessories, I finished it off this morning. These included the top box and rack, tank bag, GPS and wiring, and the crash bars,

This bike is the top of the range model with electronic suspension adjustment, whereas my last bike was the base model. The electronics and wiring on this thing is beyond belief, every square inch of space is jammed full of electronic boxes. I'm afraid I kept the old bike too long, when the salesman heard that I had done 60,000 Km in 3 years, his eyes nearly fell out of his head, and the trade in value dropped by 3 grand. He is used to getting trade in bikes with only 5,000 Km on the clock.

Well, the bike is ready to go, except for a fender extender and hugger, which I couldn't take off the old bike, I will have to order them in from over seas. But the weather is ratshit, so we will ride tomorrow, after I have studied the owners manual and figured out how to operate all the new features.

05-05-2020 01:46 AM
Bernie The North West coast of Tasmania was released from severe lockdown on Sunday, so we took the opportunity to ride down to Devenport to get some spares from Supercheap to service my Bike. This is the closest place where the correct parts are available.

It was a beautiful day, so we decided to take a longer route home, and enjoy the ride. Here are a few pictures, and a 10 minute video of the route from Upper Castra to Wilmot, through the Wilmot River Gorge. Road gradients here are too steep for big trucks and caravans, but great on a motorbike. We stopped at the Wilmot general store for a coffee, it was the only place open.

It was a very enjoyable 174 Km shopping trip. The video camera struggles a bit with the transition from deep shadow to bright sunlight, as do my eyes.

04-21-2020 03:03 AM
Bernie If you have half an hour to waste, here is a video of an exercise "Restore Sanity Ride", or alternatively "End of the World Ride", which we did to relieve the stress of lockdown. There's nobody out there, except for a couple of huge trucks, one of which tried to kill us. It was a gloomy day, but the ride brightened up our spirits. We rode from Mole Creek to nowhere, and back to Mole Creek, which was the bit I video recorded. There was a little drizzle at the end of the ride, making blurred spots on the lens, and the music is by Pete Cornelius.
04-06-2020 11:58 PM
Bernie It was a cold, frosty morning, but calm, clear, and sunny, so it soon warmed up enough to go for a stress relieving, exercise ride, from home to home around Mount Roland. Hardly anything is open for business at the moment, even the National Parks are closed, so we took a flask of tea and some cake to have along the way.

What a glorious ride, hardly any traffic, just a few logging trucks and tradesmen or farmers buzzing around in their utes. The views were fantastic, with some of the big mountains, including Cradle Mountain, still covered with snow. But, no one to talk to, it felt like we were the only people left on Earth.

03-26-2020 07:10 AM
RaYzerman Nice, Bernie! Gotta have some therapy, be safe! As I read your reports, many place names are familiar, some shared in the Commonwealth, many taken from Britain, but others unique to Taz and the Big Island. Enjoying the cultural education and the scenery!!
03-26-2020 06:16 AM
Bernie I fitted a new pair of Pirelli Scorpion Trail 2 tyres to the bike yesterday, the old pair had done 10K Km, and could have gone a bit further, but with the possibility of a complete Covid 19 lockdown looming, I decided to get the new tyres fitted ASAP. The bike shop charged me $118 to fit and balance the tyres, even though I removed and refitted the wheels myself, bastards.

So, today we naturally had to go for a ride to scrub in the new tyres. Now, I know all you Corona experts are going to jump all over me, but we are not in lockdown yet, and we took precautions to avoid any public contact. We took our own tea in a flask, and went to a very remote place. Even our local fuel station is a self service place with a credit card machine.

The ride was to the Leven Canyon, a place we have been to several times, but the ride is awesome, especially with an almost total absence of tourists, they have all been banned and sent back to the big island. The only glitch was new road works over the Gog Mountain range, we hit a couple of Kilometers of fresh, wet, tar, overlaid with heaps of loose gravel. Anyway, the new tyres are now well scrubbed in.

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