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  • Birthday 08/29/1946

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    Willunga, South Australia.
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    Bikes, self sufficiency, canoe touring, gardening, computers, travel.
    Bikes & travel, looking at doing some more seriously slow, long distance international touring on our Ural Sidecar.
    Self sufficency, trying to live 100% out of a country back yard for fruit, vegetables, water and electricity. It's starting to come together at the moment.
    Canoe touring, the ability to totally get away from the smelly majority.

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    Currently a Ural tourist, had BM's and Harleys, a range of Jap & British Bikes.
  • My Story
    Lived on yachts and travelled for a number of years. Spent most of my working life in various businesses Now retired - traveled to US in April 2007, rode a Ural through US & Canada April 2007 - October 2007. Rode through Kyrgyzstan July 2011, wildest adventure ever... Basic history at www.thesunshineteam.com.au

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  1. The Kangaroo Island Russian Sidecar Tour (Yippee) is on again this year from the 8th to the 13th of September. It was a great ride last year, will be even better this year. If you would like to be kept up to date with emails please get on our mailing list by emailing me on gmjm@internode.on.net We have a facebook page at http://www.facebook....TY/344943442080 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ulp3K1FM4x4&feature=share&list=UUJHq_VmEsV3Bi9QplGp76rA
  2. The Kangaroo Island Russian Sidecar Tour is on again this year from the 8th to the 13th of September. It was a great ride last year, will be even better this year. If you would like to be kept up to date with emails please get on our mailing list by emailing me on gmjm@internode.on.net We have a facebook page at http://www.facebook....TY/344943442080
  3. K.I.R.S.T.Y. (Kangaroo Island Russian Sidecar Tour Yippee) Just had a 5 day tour of Kangaroo island (off the coast of South Australia). 8 riders, brilliant ride, lots of mud and dirt on mostly unsealed roads. One incident on the day of the rally dampened the spirits a bit, Ural over a bank and rolled, Ural virtually undamaged but a broken leg (rider) and collarbone (passenger). A full album and video of the ride will be posted later but in the short term the video trailer will have to suffice.
  4. The planning for the National Rally Day Ride to Kangaroo Island is well under way. Anyone in Australia (or anywhere) is welcome to join us. All the details are on our facebook page at Link to KIRSTY/ National Rally Day on Facebook The National Rally Day is part of our K.I.R.S.T.Y. (Kangaroo Island Russian Sidecar Tour) Ride.
  5. Did the Kyrgyzstan ride last year. It was an adventure but a total disaster as far as organization was concerned. The bikes were almost unrideable and we had breakdowns all day every day. I think the best description was continuous frustration. Front axle coming out didn't help my wife's faith in our bike. (The axle stripped the thread in the fork, no locking clamp so axle started to come out) If you go you will get ill from the food, but that's quite normal for 3rd world countries. Latest we got into camp was after midnight, major breakdowns on all 4 bikes, roads that were dangerous during the day, but impossible at night with virtually no lights. That was the day of the BIGGEST DUMMY SPIT ever. Throughout the entire trip we had no idea where we were, there must have been so much we could have been told about the place but with very limited English by our "guides" we were kept in the dark. I'm glad we did it, we have pushed ourselves over the years in some fairly wild adventures but the Kyrgyzstan trip took us right to the edge. I would love to go back there on a good bike with a guide that spoke English. The Australian Govt. posts it as place not to go, but we felt safe enough, I think the people are quite friendly. The tour could be really magnificent but crappy bikes and language barriers made it an endurance event rather than a holiday...AND the tour will cost you 50% more than the advertised figure, you only find that out when you get there There's some images here... https://picasaweb.google.com/100886008633499458302/Kyrgyzstan# https://picasaweb.google.com/100886008633499458302/Yurt https://picasaweb.google.com/100886008633499458302/TashRabat Look at the 'alignment' on our bike, on hills I virtually couldn't control it and the "mechanic" didn't seem to think there was anything wrong. GMBM New Member Posts: 3 Joined: Sat May 12, 2012 7:31 am Location: South Australia Top
  6. For the National Rally Day I've mapped out a ride of approx., 300km, with over half of it on some really great dirt roads. Idea is to catch the ferry to Penneshaw on Friday afternoon, stay in cabins overnight and head off the following morning on the "BIG NATIONAL RALLY DAY" ride. Overnight Saturday at Western KI Caravan Park (cabins or camping), wander around Flinders Chase on Sunday then back to Western KI Caravan Park Sunday Night. Ride along the South Coast on Monday checking out all the sights, be back in Kingscote at the caravan Park Monday Night. Have a look around Kingscote, Tuesday morning slowly (with lots to see) wander back to Penneshaw to catch the afternoon ferry. THIS IS A DRAFT PLAN - WHAT DO YOU THINK, ANY INPUT WOULD BE GREAT ? Click on the link for the map http://youtu.be/fmvkh7_-tyM
  7. The K.I.R.S.T.Y. (Kangaroo Island Russian Sidecar Tour (Yippee)) will incorporate the National Rally Day, looking at making it a ride all the way around Kangaroo island. We currently have 5 interested riders for the 3 to 4 day tour and there's room for plenty more. We'll even accept international riders. Email me if your thinking of joining us, I'll keep you informed of our plans. Kangaroo Island gallery here
  8. The structure is Tash Rabat, a location I really wanted to visit as it is on the Silk Road. Once inside it's quite massive and goes a long way underground. Info Here This was also the location where we had a Banya. It's a hot wet sauna where one gets beaten with birch leaves and twigs. Another first time experience, which also involved jumping naked (sorry, no pics) into an ice cold river in the middle of the night..... Our sauna was not quite "up-market" as I'm sure some are... Banya info is here That's an interesting building. Did you go inside? Do you have any pictures of the interior? Peter Have a look at this album for some inside pics..... Tash Rabat Interior
  9. The structure is Tash Rabat, a location I really wanted to visit as it is on the Silk Road. Once inside it's quite massive and goes a long way underground. Info Here This was also the location where we had a Banya. It's a hot wet sauna where one gets beaten with birch leaves and twigs. Another first time experience, which also involved jumping naked (sorry, no pics) into an ice cold river in the middle of the night..... Our sauna was not quite "up-market" as I'm sure some are... Banya info is here
  10. One picture that Rob put up does tell the story of our ride more than any other. It is the last pic in the second link but I've put it here just for the interest of the technically minded. The alignment was far worse than it looked. As well the outfit crabbed sideways down the road. It was hell to ride for 1,800km The photo with the 'mechanic' working is from when the bowl fell off the carby. I haven't got a pic of when the front wheel nearly fell off...
  11. happy birthday from a victorian dnepr rider

  12. There's plenty of room, just stand on the frame between bike and sidecar and kick as normal. It fairly easy as you are at the same height as the kickstart. A bigger worry is changing from riding a RHS to a LHS chair, but we'll teach you how in the first 1,000km.
  13. Hi Rob, Did the Ural you saw look like the one below. If it did it was me, we live at Willunga so often go through Morphett Vale. If you're ever looking to go for a ride please call me, just need a excuse to head out for a day/week/month. We are heading back to KI in a couple of weeks for a ride, then a bit later heading up the Oodnadatta Track to William Creek, across to Coober Pedy, then back via the highway.
  14. To those riders with a RHS chair (that's most of the world), if you look at Dave's rear light it's a sidecar assembly from a RHS chair. This means a sidecar light from a LHS chair could replace your existing rear light and you can get rid of the existing indicator light on a stalk that's always in the way. Great idea, don't you reckon ?
  15. Hi Bill, The part that made me put in the filters was the fact that in two days I had 3 carbs do the same thing, and other bikes had big fuel problems as well. Until then I though the petcock filter would do the job, now I'll have to do further investigation. The fact that it happened just before turning to reserve made me think whatever the contaminant was it wasn't water because I assumed it was on top of the fuel ???? I suspect now the problem may have been water because of the muck around the float needle and seat, and the traces of brown liquid in the bottom of the bowl. I'm draining the tank today so I'll see what comes out and post the results.
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