Clem hits 'roo; 9 dead!

Discussion in 'Australian Motorcycles' started by Knobdoodle, Oct 21, 2003.

  1. Knobdoodle

    Knobdoodle Guest

    Miserable, miserable, miserable was my morning at the GP.
    I got soaked looking (fruitlessly) for my hooded spray-jacket and then there didn't seem to be much point
    putting on my waterproof pants or switching my thongs for shoes so I went to the track and froze solid during
    the support races.
    I only had $5 in my wallet so I bought some chips and a spring-roll but immediately slipped over in the mud
    and threw the chips to the four winds. I was helped up by an old woman who pitied me....
    I was now miserable, soaked, freezing AND starving but I'd saved the spring roll so I had a little cheer.
    The 250 race was spent vainly searching the sky for some sun and then I started to feel good during the 500
    race (until the 3rd lap at least!).
    We trudged off to the carpark and I even had to take off my thongs to traverse the slop but we got to the bike
    and finally headed for Leo's. (After being bailled-up by another aus.motian. Hi Duncan).

    There didn't seem much point putting my muddy feet into my only pair of shoes but I suffered in my thongs as
    vehicles in the "blue" lane flicked up the rocks and debris that's normally out of the traffic's way.

    Made Warburton but only lasted until 8:30pm when hypothermic exhaustion got the better of me and I had to
    retire. (Plus mine host was doing the typical Victorian thing and cranking up all the heaters "for the poor
    cold Queenslanders" until the air was unbreathable and my head was spinning).

    Very late Monday start and we headed off at 8:30am for Healesville and the newly-resurfaced Black Spur.
    Heaven!
    If only the wankers in SS Commodores would've pulled over to let the bikes through it would've been perfect,
    but hell it was close!
    Stopped to help a BeeEm rider 10km short of Wodonga only to find that I didn't have a key for the Jerrycan I'd
    hauled 2500km but he had a Swiss-Army-Knife so he got some fuel.
    Met up with Leon at Albury and warmed up a bit before heading off via Wagga to West Wyalong and up to Dubbo at
    dusk.

    Then I got one-more-town-itis.

    I normally go via Mendouran but decided to go to Gilgandra on the only shitty bit of the Newell and it was
    fully dark when I saw the trio of 'roos on the other side of the road. I KNEW he was gonna' hop towards me
    but I stupidly waited a split-second to confirm the sighting before I hauled on the anchors.
    Lazily he hopped over while I held it dead straight with the lever almost to the 'bars (thanks for those
    braided lines, Boxer) and he just slipped past my front wheel as I clouted his tail with my left knee.

    I certainly would've stopped in time had I not had the trailer but I'd got it down to 15kph-or-so anyway so it
    wasn't gonna' be a real bad prang.... (but far better to have NO prang!).

    We pulled in to a nice Motel at Gilgandra to uncover the real tragedy though.
    NINE (count 'em!) beers had died during the trip (7 VB cans, 1 Carlton Draught stubbie and one Boag's
    stubbie).
    I was inconsolable.

    Nothing to report today.
    I even made it through Pittsworth without being harassed. (Luckily there was a major crash diverting my
    friend's attention but I still sat on 90 to make sure.)
     
    Knobdoodle, Oct 21, 2003
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  2. Knobdoodle

    Manning Guest

    Brilliant story Clem. I'll bring an extra $5 for you next year so you can
    afford to eat more than once.

    Manning

     
    Manning, Oct 21, 2003
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    atec77 Guest

    nah dont , the weight loss will make his mind sharper..
     
    atec77, Oct 21, 2003
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  4. Knobdoodle

    Duncan Guest

    traverse the slop but we got to the bike
    aus.motian. Hi Duncan).

    Hi Clem, you sounded very cheerful for someone who'd had such a shit of day.
    My pillion pointed out that you were wearing thongs, I told her I thought it
    was a queensland thing.
    I had the foresight to bring a spare pair of explorer socks as I well know
    the misery of soaking wet feet to start a ride. For some reason it's not so
    bad if they become wet along the way.
     
    Duncan, Oct 21, 2003
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  5. Knobdoodle

    Knobdoodle Guest

    Luckily I was wearing my helmet 'cause I did the full vertical to horizontal transition and whacked the back
    of my head on the ground.
    The fact that an old woman had to help me up (while I was desperately clutching my half-squeezed-out Spring
    Roll) just confirmed the misery.....
     
    Knobdoodle, Oct 21, 2003
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  6. Knobdoodle

    Knobdoodle Guest

    Heh heh, I wasn't cheerful Duncan; you may have noticed that I was totally covered in Phillip-Island mud too!
    gNatalie was very impressed with the total stranger pulling alongside and yelling "Is your name Clem?" though.
     
    Knobdoodle, Oct 21, 2003
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  7. Knobdoodle

    smack Guest

    covered in Phillip-Island mud too!
    yelling "Is your name Clem?" though.
    poor gNat how totally embarressing


    --
    smack

    "Then I'll be insignificant no more!...Conehead"
    "Thats right... I aren't sure"... kiwipete

     
    smack, Oct 21, 2003
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  8. Waddaya mean 9? I count 2 beers there. 1.5 for the Boag's and 0.5 for the
    Carlton thing. That other shit ain't beer.

    Glad you had a nice time.

    Aaron
    ZX6R
     
    Aaron & Kylie, Oct 21, 2003
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  9. Thinking about how you can fit brakes to the trailer yet clem? [1]


    Geoff and Jodie

    [1] Glad you and Gnat are fine, sorry about the beer!
     
    Geoff and Jodie, Oct 21, 2003
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  10. Knobdoodle

    BT Humble Guest

    Good to hear you got home relatively unscathed! How's the knee?

    (Just remembering the time I clipped the end of a wallaby's tail at
    about 50 - bending my gear shifter into a neat little question mark
    and tearing the sole half off my boot.)


    BTH
     
    BT Humble, Oct 21, 2003
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  11. Knobdoodle

    Doug Cox Guest

    horizontal transition and whacked the back
    clutching my half-squeezed-out Spring
    Could've been worse, the woose might've been there with a camera...

    Tell me more about the 500s... : )

    Doug Cox.
    Work to ride, Ride to work...
     
    Doug Cox, Oct 21, 2003
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  12. Knobdoodle

    Goaty Guest

    Supermarket shopping bags rule! Put on socks, bags, boots in that order.
    Boots get soaked, feet stay dry and warm!

    Cheers
    Goaty
     
    Goaty, Oct 21, 2003
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  13. Knobdoodle

    Knobdoodle Guest

    I had drum brakes on the original hubs and I thought about using the handbrake and a wire-pull arrangement but
    I ended up saving the weight instead......

    I put in new pads before the trip and I only did a perfunctory bleed so the lever wasn't quite as solid as it
    could have been either..
     
    Knobdoodle, Oct 21, 2003
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  14. Knobdoodle

    Knobdoodle Guest

    Ackk; I just can't get my mouth around "MotoGP".
    We need a shorter, less wanky name.... (how about GP1?)
     
    Knobdoodle, Oct 21, 2003
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    Boxer Guest

    Glad you made it in one piece, clipped a Roo recently with the outfit just
    south of Dubbo in the pissing down rain, a really scary moment.

    Boxer
     
    Boxer, Oct 22, 2003
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    sharkey Guest

    Gawd Duncan, like you had to ask!

    Thanks Clem for your tale of misery, I'd been feeling really bad
    that I missed it but I'm not so sorry now!

    -----sharks
     
    sharkey, Oct 22, 2003
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  17. Shall I insert the obligatory sarcastic remark about feeling offended and
    left out just because you didn't visit us, or call us and have coffee with
    us, or at least let us know you'd be through this way so we could spike the
    road?

    No, I'll just let the look of disappointment on VB's and Hammo's faces tell
    the sad, sad story of loss and heartache.


    Maybe we'll see you later in the year.

    Kathy
     
    Kathy Vickers, Oct 22, 2003
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  18. Knobdoodle

    Tony tony Guest

    hmm, that's brilliant.

    but where was this tip before Sunday?


    tm
    :)
     
    Tony tony, Oct 22, 2003
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  19. Knobdoodle

    sharkey Guest

    Hey, how about Clem and I both don't turn up, and you can
    not feed either of us scones!
    I'm working on excuses to pop up sometime soon!

    -----sharko
     
    sharkey, Oct 22, 2003
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  20. Knobdoodle

    Knobdoodle Guest

    [really guilty face]
    Sorry Kathy, Hammo and Victoria.
    I was running late (90mins) to pick up gNat at Tullamarine on the way down and then I was cold, miserable and
    trying to find Leon on the way back up and I snuck through both times.
    I am scum.
     
    Knobdoodle, Oct 22, 2003
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