January 6, 2010
On the subject of bikes for the trip, Colin says –
“We have decided on Triumph 1050 Tigers, as they are very reliable and a great all-round machine, both fast and comfortable with a great load capacity. Geoff rode one from Chile to Alaska on his last adventure as recounted in his best-selling book, The Road to Gobblers Knob, and it proved virtually indestructible, despite his best efforts, including flinging it along a road in Columbia. Triumph have been fantastic and are supplying the bikes in Oz, and have also provided all our riding gear, bar helmets which Schuberth have kindly donated. We’re trying to keep other kit to a minimum and will only carry vital spares, water and fuel where necessary. We plan to pretty much live in our riding gear, with just shorts and t-shirts for relaxing in. The weather should be warm most of the way around so clothes are not that important. The toughest section is going to be the Northern Territory, with hundreds of miles between stops, heat, dust and flies, never mind no garages if something breaks.
We will also have a two-man camera crew, who will travel in a campervan, and the bikes and helmets will also have cameras aboard. We want to avoid the ‘cast of thousands’ syndrome and keep it simple and fun, for both bikers and non-bikers and of interest to everyone with a sense of adventure and curiosity about the ‘Great Southern Land’ and it’s cultures and peoples.
October 16, 2016