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Hi guys

We plan on going on a two week ride around Tasmania (Australia :)) in March 2011.
There will be be some tar roads, some gravel, some dirt and some off road stuff happening. I'm a wee bit excited.

Anyhoo, just wondering if you can give me some suggestion as to what gear I should be taking with me. As in repair kit stuff, fuses, etc. This will be my first long trek and want to make sure I have some items handy that should be able to get me out of trouble if need be.

I am going with a much more experienced rider (the boyfriend). He will be riding a BMW GS 09, so he will be doing all the repairs. He is pretty handy like that, amongst other things.

It will be a battle royal.. BMW vs The Versys :) He does have the advantage with some odd 15 years of riding under his belt and me with only 1, but hey, I am determined to do all, see all and have fun. Oh and make him get off his bike and ride mine if the going gets too tuff.

Any suggestions, tips and well wishes would be greatly appreciated. I have even designed a tour logo that I will be putting on some caps and shirts. I so amuse myself.
 

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With some of those roads you will encounter it may pay to have a more off road tyre on the Versys, and don't try to compete with the GS off road as the BMW is better in the the dirt than the V ( not everyone here will agree, but had a GS before the V) but on the sealed roads your 650 will hold its own against the 800cc GS and is probably a lot more nimble on good road conditions.

All the best with your trip.
 

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Many thanks for that.
The tyres are one thing we are currently researching. They are a definate to be changed. Also thinking about a bigger windscreen.
I think you are right Kiwi41, it will be more like he will haveto slow down to keep up with me. I will ride at my own pace, i think that is the best thing to do.
He loves the Versys. He took it for a ride yesterday and came back saying how mcuh fun it is, great round corners, light and just way more responsive that his "heavy" BMW which i belive is a 1200. with me bringing my bike into the family, he now has two to ride, well three if u count his Husky. He thinks its great :)

What about a bash plate?
 

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A radiator guard would be a good thing to put on the V (done on mine)


Good thing to ride at your own pace, my wife rides a cruiser and we ride around south island NZ and there are some tricky roads at times but she always for safety reasons rides at her own pace. Some of the more tight twisty roads my versys just takes off on its own and i will wait for her down the road.

If boyfriend has the 1200cc then it is quite a bit different than the V but like i said before you can't beat the nimbleness of the Versys. When my wife rides my v she calls it idiot proof as it just rides twisties on auto pilot as is very forgiving on mistakes unlike her cruiser!
 

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Woohoo.. love the radiator guard. think i need o get myself one of them :)

I am hoping the v is idiot proof. I need all the help I can get. And he loves it cause of the nimbleness of it. He keeps saying its so mcuh fun and loves taking it out for a spin.

We are now looking at Pirelli tyres and a Givi larger screen for him. ( of course my bike is a he) it would seem wrong for me to sit on a girl :p I think I shall call him Benji... or Loti ... hmmmmm he is that nice shade or orange with a bit of black.

Looking at Pirelli MT60 front and Scorpoion trail for the rear.

now just have to source where to buy.
 

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I am running pirelli angel on rear (it is mainly a road tyre) but you may be better with a pirelli MT 60
 

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Even though you probably won't be riding after dark I'd recommend upgrading your headlamps: Originally Posted by invader
Osram's Hyper H7 clear 65 watt bulb (bigger H9 burner on H7 base) from their high-wattage rally and professional offroad bulb

I've been to Oz but never Tassie. Have a great ride and post pics.
 

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I had a great trip in Tassie. Check out the mountain viewpoint above Hobart. Hobart's fun to walk around in and shop. I got to put my hand in a tame wallaby pouch at Cradle Mountain. :-0 The town of Strahan is touristy and strange. Take the harbor tour there. Fraser National Park is one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. The beaches and ocean look very alluring, until you realize the ocean is Alaska temperature!
 

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All the best and keep us posted .

Wish you a safe journey and enjoy your ride at your own pace. Keep you eyes on the road and you should be good.

:goodluck:

:cheers:
 

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Hi there Elgin.... if I can sugest something for your Versys... is too fit some "sliders" on your bike... my dear son Dion rode my Versys when I first bought the bike a year ago and unfortunately dropped it (in the drizzle at low speed)and it cost him some $350.oo to replace the scratched bits BUT - we got them at trade price via my daughter Sian working for Peter Stevens motorcycles in Adelaide... (counter price was nearly 660.oo) the cost of frame sliders (front wheel - mid frame and rear wheel ones) cost me about $120 all up (brand new off eBay easy to fit too!) - would've paid for them selves the first time the bike (unfortunately) was dropped... also re: tyres I've just fitted a 150/70/17 Bridgestone BATTLEWING BW502 rear tyre and have been told that they are an EXCELLENT touring tyre... (I paided $260) they're well treaded and I feel a lot safer than the orginal Dunlop Sportmax that was on it even though the Sportmax still has some life after 12,000ks.. the radial Battlewing just feels 1000% better.... good luck with the ride.... catchya Andreas
 

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Hey ya all

You are correct miguelito, I wont be riding at night, its way too dangerous.. the animals in Tassie are feral!! lol A lot of animals come out at night and I just couldn't bear the thought of hitting one of them .. or them hitting me. We shall be off the roads by dusk. Just safer all round.

Saw a post on advrider about a guy riding round tassie and he did a skinny dip in the ocean at the top end of Tassie... I laughed and thought man he was keen and then thought.. hmmm.. what a great thing to do.. so that is on our agenda... no photos necessary of that bit I think. My b/f might get embarrassed esp if its too cold hahaha

Hi Andreas...Sliders are already fitted. I made sure they came with the bike before it got trailered out of the shop. This is my first bike ever and I didn't want to scratch it too badly, as i just knew i would drop it at some stage. and guess what? second day i layed it down on a corner and it saved so much damage on the bike. They got scratch and the barkbuster hand guards but nothing else. Money well spent. I have given up worrying about dents and scratches, as I am sure by the time I get back from Tassie, there will be a few more to add to the collection. Nothing of course dine by me, just just by stone chips etc. I dont plan on laying the bike down again... well that's the plan.

I have just recently added to my V a perspex headlight protector.. nice fit and moulded to the light which is great. looks good..
A Givi windscreen. no more wind noise and head buffeting.. which is also great
Next month, or possibly this month, will see a radiator guard, skid plate, fender extender and rear mud slinger..
I think I am good to go!!!
62 more sleeps :thumb:
 

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Took the Hobart - Cradle Mountain - Launceston trip four years ago and love it. My suggestion would be with all the gears in place, try a one day test ride. One of my mates got his trip partly ruined not knowing his GOPRO cam was pointed too low. The cam has no screen so he only found that out at home back from the trip.
 
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