They said I wouldn't make it


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Breyno
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They said I wouldn't make it

Post by Breyno » Sat Apr 15, 2017 9:07 pm



Well I did.
I recently took 'Norma' my 1993 GL1500 on a 6800klm(4225mi) ride. I was amongst new Guzzi's, Harley's, M109's and the like (9 of us all up).

Everyone said Norma wouldn't make the trip due to her age. We rode from Central Queensland through New South Wales, into Victoria and onto South Australia, only to turn around and come back again.

We encountered searing heat in western New South Wales, torrential rain, bitter coldness, hail storms and flooding along the way...and I wouldn't have it any other way. On the way home we had to head straight for cyclone Debbie (Cat 4).

The old girl performed like a dream, only very small top up of oil and averaging 6.3litres/100k (1.6g/62mi..I think thats right...).

The only real issues was when I hit a large kangaroo head on. Splitting the front fender and throwing some of the smaller covers from the front wheel into the bushes (I was travelling at 120k (74mi)/hr around a corner). Old Norma just hit it square on and kept going like it was small insect. Any smaller bike and I reckon I would have been chewing bitumen. I later had a side fairing 'sucked' of the bike by a passing triple trailer semi, luckily one of the guys behind me was able to pick it up.

Anyway...don't let anyone say your old GL wont do a long distance ride.

Reyno.



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Re: They said I wouldn't make it

Post by Aussie81Interstate » Sat Apr 15, 2017 9:30 pm

Well done,

The weather has been absolute crap over the last few months - and running that distance - glad you had no major impacts - it must not have been a big roo - I know they damage they cause from having lived in far western NSW for quite a few years (Bourke). I think I would call that a bum pucker moment when I saw the roo and definitely a trouser changing event quickly following.

Glad you had a great trip - commiserate for the rain process - I hate that part of riding - gear on - gear off - stewing inside wet weather gear- totally uncomfortable.

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Re: They said I wouldn't make it

Post by dingdong » Sun Apr 16, 2017 7:37 am

Nice going. Personally I would rather be riding Norma than any of those other bikes you mentioned. I wouldn't hesitate to ride my 93 any where at any distance. In fact her age never enters my mind when we ride long distance.
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Re: They said I wouldn't make it

Post by Old Wing Man » Sun Apr 16, 2017 10:46 am

My bike is a bit newer (2000) but if my body would stand it, the bike surely would. These Goldwing engines just keep on and on. New tires every now and then and oil change and it is good to go for 6K more miles.

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Re: They said I wouldn't make it

Post by Breyno » Sun Apr 16, 2017 8:32 pm

I don't think I will ever doubt Norma's capability again, she will be around long after the Harleys, Boulies and the like are distant memories.

One thing is for sure, I am investing in another good quality tent. Mine I had for at least 10 years and when the rains came at Colingullie (NSW), the seams decided they didn't want to stay together anymore. So for the next five days everything, and I mean everything was saturated. Straight into the bin when I got home.

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Re: They said I wouldn't make it

Post by Aussie81Interstate » Sun Apr 16, 2017 9:34 pm

Do you tow a trailer or just load the bike up - I agree a good tent is very important - I got a bit sick of a smaller 2 person dome tent - and went for a larger 4 person model - which has plenty of room in it, plus a smaller separate entrance area. Went through a wild storm when in Tamworth for the VJMC in March and it survived quite well.

Worst thing in getting older - it is harder to get down or up off the ground every morning - even if you have a double air mattress and sleeping bag..

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Re: They said I wouldn't make it

Post by Old Wing Man » Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:06 am

Man you got that right about hard to get up from the ground. With my worn out knees and hips plus herniated disc in my back and arthritis everywhere, I think my tent days are well behind me. My idea of a long distance ride would be from hotel to hotel. :lol:

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Re: They said I wouldn't make it

Post by brettchallenger » Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:32 am

Having completed this mammoth journey, (a similar trip for me is more or less the equivalent of riding to Moscow and back) is there anything you would change on the 'wing or your riding gear to make things more comfortable or easier.
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Re: They said I wouldn't make it

Post by Breyno » Mon Apr 24, 2017 2:22 am

I wouldn't change a thing.

I got uncomfortable a few times, hit, cold, wet, dry, tired, drunk, drunk again and tired again as well as cold and hot, but thats what riding is all about.

Just did another run on the weekend, about 700k after a quick oil and filter change. Love Norma. I think she will be around well after I go in another 50 years or so.

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Re: They said I wouldn't make it

Post by WingAdmin » Sun Apr 30, 2017 9:35 pm

Breyno wrote:Well I did.
I recently took 'Norma' my 1993 GL1500 on a 6800klm(4225mi) ride. I was amongst new Guzzi's, Harley's, M109's and the like (9 of us all up).

Everyone said Norma wouldn't make the trip due to her age. We rode from Central Queensland through New South Wales, into Victoria and onto South Australia, only to turn around and come back again.

We encountered searing heat in western New South Wales, torrential rain, bitter coldness, hail storms and flooding along the way...and I wouldn't have it any other way. On the way home we had to head straight for cyclone Debbie (Cat 4).

The old girl performed like a dream, only very small top up of oil and averaging 6.3litres/100k (1.6g/62mi..I think thats right...).

The only real issues was when I hit a large kangaroo head on. Splitting the front fender and throwing some of the smaller covers from the front wheel into the bushes (I was travelling at 120k (74mi)/hr around a corner). Old Norma just hit it square on and kept going like it was small insect. Any smaller bike and I reckon I would have been chewing bitumen. I later had a side fairing 'sucked' of the bike by a passing triple trailer semi, luckily one of the guys behind me was able to pick it up.

Anyway...don't let anyone say your old GL wont do a long distance ride.

Reyno.
That's precisely the kind of riding that the GL1500 was designed for! :)

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Re: They said I wouldn't make it

Post by Rednaxs60 » Sun Apr 30, 2017 10:32 pm

Good for you and your trip, I imagine your friends have taken note of how your bike performed. You were probably the most comfortable of the lot as well. The GW regardless of age is a formidable touring machine and is very often underestimated, especially the older GWs. See more 1800s nowadays, followed by 1500s.

I have two trips scheduled for May/June coming up and both will be done on my 1200. The first will be about 2000 Kms and the second about 2500 Kms. The second trip is with my HD friends who are surprised I am taking the 1200. It is mechanically sound and all is working well. A tow will always be in the offing if the electrics/electronics falter, or some other mechanical issue crops up.

As I have been told, prepare for the trip by doing all the maintenance that is practical, then carry your plastic.

Again, good on you! These bikes work better if used. Sitting and not being used is not good for these bikes.

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