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06-27-2020 03:29 AM
Bernie I had been planning a longish ride on my new Super Tenere for some time, but the weather went bad and I kept putting it off. Then, I saw a big high pressure weather cell coming across the Great Australian Bight, and this normally means good weather, so we committed to a ride and booked a hotel room at the Derwent Bridge Hotel.

But winter is upon us, and on the appointed morning, we woke to snow on the Western Tiers, and the weather forecast promised more on the following day. As our route was across the Tiers, I chickened out and decided to go in the mighty Ford. Good choice, there was snow and black ice all the way to the Great Lakes Hotel, and from there to Bronte Park was dirt road which was wet, muddy, and partly frozen. Four wheel drive, off road tires, and cabin heater was most welcome.

We arrived at the Derwent Bridge Hotel a bit early, so we went up to the Lake St Clair visitor center, closed, and the posh Pump House Hotel, also closed, before booking in at the Derwent Bridge Hotel. This is a lovely old wooden building, but poorly designed. It has a massively high roof with no internal ceiling, so all the heat from the fire places disappears up into the rafters, and the patrons freeze down below. But the food, booze, and rooms were nice, though a bit expensive.

The next morning, the forecast snow had not eventuated, but it was certainly cold, the Ford was covered in ice. The weather was calm and clear, but the valleys were filled with mist, and the big mountain peaks were most impressive with a covering of frost and snow. We completed our planned route with plenty of stops for photos, and coffee at Tullah. The roads were wet and frosty most of the way, but the scenery was awesome.

06-21-2020 06:29 AM
rbentnail Good for yoose guys. I can't stand the cold. When it gets to where there may be ice I just put the bike up for a couple months.

Today's summer solstice sprang warm and dry this morning. After 2+ weeks of daily rain it's a delight sitting outside with a muffin and coffee without the weight of the humidity bearing down. I too am off to the mountains today, North Carolina and Virginia. Some of it is familiar roads to get to new ones but I'm also betting I'll see, smell and/or taste something new.
06-21-2020 12:22 AM
Bernie After a few miserable rainy days, this winter solstice morning dawned cold, with a clear sky, but all the valleys filled with mist. We donned our warmest riding gear and rode up to the Earthwater Cafe for our usual delicious breakfast.

That done, we continued on around our usual race track through the mountains, but with the speed moderated a bit for fear of wet and icy roads. We have ridden and photographed this route many times, but there is always something different to see. This time, it was the mountains emerging from the mist, and a fantastic view across the Forth River Gorge, which was filled with mist, to the mountains of the Cradle Mountain National Park. These included Cradle Mountain, Barn Bluff, and Mount Pelion, around 20 Km away.
Surprisingly, there was no snow on any of the mountains.

Then it was onwards to the Round Mountain lookout and a good view of Mount Roland, and then home to Mole Creek via the Promised Land and Paradise, really.

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.
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