I'll start a bit earlier in the week, I got a call from Gringo on Tuesday, "can you come around give Spokes and I a hand, to put my 750 4 motor in my bike" Gringo asked.
I said "sure mate I'll grab Bucket too, but lets keep tooling until your motor is in and started, see you soon mate."
4hrs later the motor was in and bike started, just a few minor things for Gringo to tidy up, but he was now sorted.
Thanks Gringo for having us over for bikes, tools, beers and lots of fun, I know we were there to help you but it's always fun to get together, cheers mate.
My turn on Thursday night, Bucket and I run some tools over my bike and got all the little things sorted out, new bracket for my cracking number plate, checking oil and any lose bolts and make sure all wiring was conected, just general stuff for a Triumph.
Bucket and I left at 7am 10/10/09, we were both looking forward to this ride even if we were only going as far as Moree. It's always good to ride and catch up with other mates.
We stopped just down the road to meet Spokes and Gringo once we saw them we just tagged on, no stopping till Aratula, that's the plan.
Plans are good but when you ride a Triumph, it's always good to keep an open mind. Ten minutes into our ride, my bike stopped, DOH, we pulled over and found a loose screw, no it wasn't the rider this time, tightened it up and off we went, easy fix.
Break Down Record: Triumph 1, thanks Gringo for keeping score.
Onto the Ipswich Hwy and SGT tagged on to us, near the off ramp, that's all of us now so straight to Aratula, to meet the others.
By the way, my speedo does not work, so I was relying on Bucket to keep me on the speed limit, cause the Triumph just goes so fast.
Now cause my bum was already sore from riding a rigid, we thought we would pull over and have a rest before Aratula, no just kidding, it was a forced stop, yes it was my Triumph again. This time a loose wire, no not the rider again, we fixed it and took off again. Thanks to mates helping you out on the side of the road and mobile phones to inform the others of whats happening.
Break Down Record: Triumph 2.
We rolled into Aratula to a patiently waiting mob of friendly faces and some cool bikes.
Spokes new Chop
Gringos 750 4
Robs 750 4
Thanks also to Pullmyfinger and his crew, for meeting us at Aratula, stay cool mate and see you soon for the Xmas do.
We waited for an extra 40mins as Bobba, JJ and Tex were running late, JJ lost his rear brake and licence plate and Tex had some engine issues, unsure of these details, maybe Tex will fill us in.
Bobba and JJ arrived with out Tex and said Tex may catch up with the pack later in the day or the next.
Break Down Record: Triumph 2, Harley 2.
So we headed off to Warrick for a beer as we were a bit parched.
Well my ride was good the motor was going well I was having fun and looking forward to more fun with mates and the road. Then the Triumph made other plans, DOH, the motor stopped again, loose screw again, no not me, different screw, it started and off we went, back on the road.
Break Down Record: Triumph 3, Harley 2.
I made it another 200m then nothing, we played around with it for about 1/2hr and found that the battery had discharged and was dead.
No go for me, end of the road.
But JJ and SGT stayed with me until the trailer arrived, luckily two out of three phones had some coverage, 3hrs later we had my bike on the trailer.
Thanks JJ and SGT for hanging around and keeping me company.
These guys also ended their ride here with me and went home from there as it was about 3pm Queensland time, to late to make it to Moree.
Thanks again I owe you both a ride and a big thanks to my lovely wife, Liz, for organising a trailer and coming so far out to pick me up
Break Down Record: Triumph 4, Harley 2.
So that's my journey, I didn't make if very far but I still had a great time on my bike, with mates and the road.
Good luck to you all, may the god of machines be kind to you all.
Trees and bikes are alike...
You can CHOP EM!!