Passionate Aprilia Owners #DownUnder, launch the #ApriliaOwnersClubofAustralia!

#Motorraddicts tips their hats to the group of Aussies that decided to put the Aprilia Owners Club of Australia on the map! The club was officially launched earlier this year at the #LaverdaConcourse in #Queensland Australia, and it’s been a smash hit amongst Ape owners everywhere!

They took it from an idea to a reality in a very short amount of time, while securing permission from the #Aprilia italy and #Piaggio, and have built up a pretty decent amount of corporate sponsors. The membership is growing fast and we love how things are starting to look! They have plans for #rides #techSessions #TrackDays #TrackCoaching #Travel #Races and a lot more. The merchandise is looking great and membership perks so far are amazing!

AND….It turns out, its one of the very few larger Aprilia Owners Clubs in the world!

#kudos guys! Amazing! We Love your Passion! ūüôā

If you own an Aprilia and live in Australia, We suggest you check AOCA out! and join up!

website : www.apriliaowners.club
official FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/apriliaownersclubaustralia/
FB Social Page : https://www.facebook.com/groups/ApriliaOwnersClubAustralia/

2018 Portimao World Supersport Superpole Results: Cresson Misses Session

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World #Supersport #Superpole one had eighteen riders competing for two places, including Hector Barbara on Kenan #Sofuoglu’s old bike but Loris #Cresson was ruled unfit after an earlier crash.

Heading into the mid-session break of the first session, Hikari Okubo and Raffaele Dr Rosa were in the top spots and after the break, De Rosa took the top spot on the #MVAgusta, with Hector Barbera third quickest and trying for second place as the flags came out. De Rosa increased his lead at the top with a 1’45.938, and Okubo’s 1’46.272 was enough to hold off Barbera’s charge. Borja Quero Martinez and Thomas Gradinger rounded out the fifth row behind Barbera.

Superpole two had six Yamahas in the top six places with a seventh in tenth place. After a lap, Federico Caricasulo set a 1’45.299, with Lucas Mahias and Randy Krummenacher joining him in the 1’45s while Sandro Cortese was a second off Caricasulo’s top lap. A lap later, Jules Cluzel top the top spot only to be deposed by his countryman Lucas Mahias who set a 1’45.170 before everyone popped back to the pits for a break.

Randy Krummenacher was first out, almost a lap clear of everyone else. putting himself into fifth place as the field joined him on track. Federico Caricasulo was the first rider into the 1’44s with a 1’44.813 putting him at the top with over two minutes left. With twenty seconds left, Lucas Mahias moved the goalposts to 1’44.588, just missing the lap record, with nobody on track close to challenging him for pole position.

Lucas Mahias took pole position ahead of Federico Caricasulo and Sandro Cortese, with Jules Cluzel heading the second row with Raffaele De Rosa and Randy Krummenacher.

Qualifying Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 144 L. MAHIAS Yamaha YZF R6 1’44.588 271,6
2 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R6 1’44.813 0.225 270,9
3 11 S. CORTESE Yamaha YZF R6 1’44.899 0.311 274,3
4 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6 1’45.094 0.506 278,6
5 3 R. DE ROSA MV Agusta F3 675 1’45.295 0.707 267,6
6 21 R. KRUMMENACHER Yamaha YZF R6 1’45.578 0.990 269,6
7 111 K. SMITH Honda CBR600RR 1’45.884 1.296 270,9
8 86 A. BADOVINI MV Agusta F3 675 1’46.068 1.480 267,6
9 78 H. OKUBO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’46.311 1.723 268,9
10 38 H. SOOMER Honda CBR600RR 1’46.418 1.830 266,9
11 6 C. PEROLARI Yamaha YZF R6 1’46.540 1.952 266,2
12 81 L. STAPLEFORD Yamaha YZF R6 1’48.084 3.496 264,3
13 98 H. BARBERA Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’46.588 0.650 275,0
14 39 B. QUERO MARTINEZ Yamaha YZF R6 1’46.729 0.791 262,4
15 36 T. GRADINGER Yamaha YZF R6 1’47.185 1.247 277,1
16 74 J. VAN SIKKELERUS Honda CBR600RR 1’47.397 1.459 265,6
17 56 P. SEBESTYEN Honda CBR600RR 1’47.408 1.470 269,6
18 77 W. TESSELS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’47.435 1.497 269,6
19 47 R. HARTOG Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’47.712 1.774 270,2
20 49 S. HORNSEY Triumph Daytona 675 1’47.885 1.947 263,6
21 15 A. COPPOLA Yamaha YZF R6 1’47.987 2.049 270,2
22 70 M. PONS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’48.149 2.211 266,9
23 10 N. CALERO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’48.215 2.277 266,2
24 88 C. STANGE Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’48.499 2.561 268,9
25 34 J. ITURRIOZ Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’48.651 2.713 264,3
26 50 K. NAGAO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’48.710 2.772 265,6
27 75 I. LOPES Yamaha YZF R6 1’49.444 3.506 260,5
28 12 A. MURLEY Honda CBR600RR 1’51.529 5.591 255,6

Superpole One Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 3 R. DE ROSA MV Agusta F3 675 1’45.938 266,9
2 78 H. OKUBO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’46.272 0.334 274,3
3 98 H. BARBERA Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’46.588 0.650 275,0
4 39 B. QUERO MARTINEZ Yamaha YZF R6 1’46.729 0.791 262,4
5 36 T. GRADINGER Yamaha YZF R6 1’47.185 1.247 277,1
6 74 J. VAN SIKKELERUS Honda CBR600RR 1’47.397 1.459 265,6
7 56 P. SEBESTYEN Honda CBR600RR 1’47.408 1.470 269,6
8 77 W. TESSELS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’47.435 1.497 269,6
9 47 R. HARTOG Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’47.712 1.774 270,2
10 49 S. HORNSEY Triumph Daytona 675 1’47.885 1.947 263,6
11 15 A. COPPOLA Yamaha YZF R6 1’47.987 2.049 270,2
12 70 M. PONS Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’48.149 2.211 266,9
13 10 N. CALERO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’48.215 2.277 266,2
14 88 C. STANGE Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’48.499 2.561 268,9
15 34 J. ITURRIOZ Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’48.651 2.713 264,3
16 50 K. NAGAO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’48.710 2.772 265,6
17 75 I. LOPES Yamaha YZF R6 1’49.444 3.506 260,5
18 12 A. MURLEY Honda CBR600RR 1’51.529 5.591 255,6

Superpole Two Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 144 L. MAHIAS Yamaha YZF R6 1’44.588 271,6
2 64 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R6 1’44.813 0.225 270,9
3 11 S. CORTESE Yamaha YZF R6 1’44.899 0.311 274,3
4 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6 1’45.094 0.506 278,6
5 3 R. DE ROSA MV Agusta F3 675 1’45.295 0.707 267,6
6 21 R. KRUMMENACHER Yamaha YZF R6 1’45.578 0.990 269,6
7 111 K. SMITH Honda CBR600RR 1’45.884 1.296 270,9
8 86 A. BADOVINI MV Agusta F3 675 1’46.068 1.480 267,6
9 78 H. OKUBO Kawasaki ZX-6R 1’46.311 1.723 268,9
10 38 H. SOOMER Honda CBR600RR 1’46.418 1.830 266,9
11 6 C. PEROLARI Yamaha YZF R6 1’46.540 1.952 266,2
12 81 L. STAPLEFORD Yamaha YZF R6 1’48.084 3.496 264,3

Brembo-Gate Update… It’s official! Global Recall on the PR16 Master Cylinder

Hi, Motorraddicts.

So as promised we’ve been keeping a close eye on the Brembo faulty PR16 master cylinder issue. ¬† ¬†As stated in our last 2 posts (click here for the first¬†one, click here for the second one) even though some media outlets were speculating that the recall was only in the US, we had a strong feeling that it was a global one.

Our main reasoning was that it made no sense for Brembo to make the PR16 MC with a plastic piston for the US market but then ship it out with a better one for the rest of the world.  Manufacturing efficiencies, and cost saving measures usually mean they all come off one line and then get shipped out to the various manufacturers.

This week, #Brembo has made it official.  The recall is global, (click here to read their official position announcement on their website)  which says:

Brembo SpA, a leader in the production of disc brake systems for vehicles, following the recent publication of some articles by the international press, mentioning wrong information, points out that:

– Thanks to the constant quality monitoring over its production processes, it has uncovered the possibility of defects to the piston of the front radial master cylinder (diameters 15mm and 16mm), sold between 2015 and 2017 and mounted on some motorcycle models.

РThe only manufacturers affected are: 
Aprilia 
Ducati 
KTM 
MV Agusta 
TM Racing 
Moto Morini
Horex

РThe recall does not affect other manufacturers nor other master cylinders, or master cylinders sold as Aftermarket kits through the Brembo distribution network. 

Brembo promptly informed the manufacturers of the problem so that the owners of the aforementioned bikes could be informed and invited to have the part replaced at the nearest dealership. ‚Äč

SO! if you own a late model #Triumph, #KTM, #Aprilia, #Ducati or other brand produced from 2015 onwards, that has the M50 Calipers on it, then its likely you also have the suspect PR16 MC mated with it.    So even if your dealer network does not know about the recall, they will soon.   Brembo has also said that only OEM PR16s are at issue and aftermarket MC kits are not affected.

Owners in the US have already known about the recall but now European owners are starting to get their letters, like this one from one bike owner that posted a pic of it on Facebook.

Since the MC failure can cause a very dangerous situation while riding (read our last post with a good explanation here),¬†We highly recommend you contact your dealer and advise them to get updated on the matter. ¬†If you haven’t had the unit replaced under a recall and are going out on a spirited ride, then be wary and take it easy on those brakes!

Until next time, stay upright and keep that throttle hand strong!
Cheers

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#Brembo #PR16 Master Cylinder #Brake #Recall Update

#BREMBO MC RECALL UPDATE 
Brembo PR16

Hello, Fellow Addicts!

As promised, we’ve been keeping an eye on developments related to the #Brembo Master Cylinder #recall

As we mentioned earlier in the week, the reported fault seems to indicate that under heavy braking pressure, such as heavy braking during mountain carving, or track days, the plastic internal piston Brembo decided to use in the PR16 Model, may crack.  The PR16 MC is usually mated with the M50 Caliper.

Brembo has admitted that they used a ‘polyphenylene sulphide’ plastic piston and for now they are agreeing to replace the US recalled units with an aluminium version. ¬†There is no word from Brembo on recalls in other countries.

As mentioned in our last post on the issue, should the piston crack, front brake pressure will be lost and brake fluid can also leak out of the unit and spill onto the bike.  We all know what brake fluid can do to a nice paint scheme!

Here is a crude schematic of a motorcycle master cylinder.  They vary in design slightly from one bike to another, however this should give you an idea of what this piston (circled in red) looks like.

Those of you watching know that so far the recall is only in the US.    However, due to the potential danger, affected owners in the UK, Canada and Australia are understandably worried.

Some other media outlets have speculated that perhaps Brembo only used the plastic piston in the PR16 MC’s destined for the US market and sent aluminium piston equipped PR16 units out to the rest of the world. ¬† ¬†That could be possible. ¬† However relaying on this speculation could be quite costly for potentially affected owners. ¬† After all, failure of the PR16 could spell serious injury or worse.

The fact is, these things are mass produced on an assembly line.  Efficiencies and cost usually dictate that the same internal parts are used in the same unit regardless of where it is going.  Brembo likely used the plastic part to save costs, since moulding plastic is far cheaper than using aluminum.

Unless there is a law within the country it is being shipped to which dictates that part must be of a certain quality or material design, manufacturing efficiencies dictate keeping the units identical.  So our more conservative guess is that its likely that all the PR16 MCs are made the same way.

So it is a global problem, why only a US recall right now?  Well, when it comes to recalls, how they are done depends on the country.  The US has a centralized National Highway Transportation Safety Authority (NHTSA) and they have a centralized their recall system, and that system works very quickly, and mandates that all manufacturers, distributors, and vendors of the part in question immediately address the issue.  In other words they have a strong legal mechanism to sort the issue out fast.

Other jurisdictions often don’t have that and rely on the manufacturer and distributors to make their own announcement about the product and deal with remedies as they see fit. ¬† So in Australia for example, owners would have to wait until the distributors for #Ducati #KTM #Aprilia and #Triumph to consult with the manufacturers in England, Austria, and Italy, and wait until they are given the word that a recall is in play. ¬†Then they would have to send word to the dealers or issue letters to affected owners to get the bikes in.

 

When you have different companies with different internal protocols at play, and a recall system is not centralized, then news may come at different times.

Further, until the distributors are officially told about a recall, they will simply say there isn’t one in play. ¬†Why? ¬†Well, they can’t speak for Brembo, or the manufacturer. ¬†They don’t have that authority. ¬†They are limited to passing on information from their upstream and not contradicting it.

Also… In the crazy world of litigation, if a company knows about an issue (for example an employee of a dealer or distributor) and admit to it, but don’t do anything about it and a loss is suffered (money, injury, death) then that company would be held liable, since they ‘knew’ of the issue and the courts may rule they had a duty to resolve it. ¬† So for this reason as well, the official word has to be kept. ¬†Even if there are murmurs behind closed doors in the mechanics bay.

In short, while we cannot be sure that the PR16 on worldwide bikes is at issue, we at Motorraddicts think that potentially affected owners should be wary of the problem and keep themselves updated.

So if your bike lands in this list, or you upgraded your MC, or your bike is equipped with the M50 Caliper, then keep an eye out, inquire with your dealers, and if you are really interested have a licensed mechanic open the MC up at your next service and see if the piston is made of plastic.

The USA recall (NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V812000) says that the following models are affected.  (This recall is yet to be updated with the Triumph or KTM data)

  • 2016 and 2017 Aprilia RSV4s fitted with Brembo brakes;
  • 2017 Aprilia Tuono 1100s fitted with Brembo brakes;
  • 2015-2018 Ducati 1299 STD / 1299 S / 1299 FE / 1299 SL produced from March 16, 2015 to September 22, 2017;
  • 2015-2018 Ducati Monster 1200 S / Monster 1200 R produced from March 04, 2015 to October 23, 2017;
  • 2015 Ducati Monster 1200R
  • 2015-2018 Ducati Multistrada S / Multistrada PP produced from March 16, 2015 to October 31, 2017;
  • 2015-2018 Ducati Panigale R produced from March 16, 2015 to June 20, 2017;
  • 2017-2018 Ducati Scrambler 800 Cafe Racer produced from March 01, 2017 to November 20, 2017;
  • 2015-2018 Ducati XDiavel S produced from January 12, 2016 to September 08, 2017.

For Aprilia Owners it seems that the Noale factory is indeed issuing a recall for their European bikes.   If you want to check if yours is affected, visit this link and enter your VIN number for confirmation.

http://static.piaggio.com/recall/form-aprilia_en.html

We will try and keep you updated on the issue as things progress.  Until then stay upright, and keep your throttle hand strong!

Cheers

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#Brembo Master Cylinder #Recall #Woes. Starting 2018 with some scary news!

When we think of motorcycle brakes, one of the best names out there is #Brembo,  the Italian manufacturer of automotive brake systems, especially for high-performance cars and motorcycles.  Based in Bergamo, near Milan, Brembo is considered the amongst the pinnacle of braking component manufacturers.  In essence, the Brembo name is synonymous with performance and build quality.

Riders with Nissin kit stare longingly at bikes outfitted with Brembo master cylinders and callipers. ¬†Motorcycle owners often opt for upgrading their brakes to install Brembo’s Master Cylinders and mighty M50 Calipers. ¬†Higher end motorcycle manufactures ¬†such as #Ducati, #KTM, #Aprilia, and #BMW, opt for OEM equipped Brembo brakes on their upper echelon supersport bikes. ¬† ¬†Racers, including #WSBK and #MotoGP teams, as well as weekend track junkies also swear by Brembo kit to ensure they slow down quickly while mixing it up on the track.

However, this week news broke about mighty #Brembo’s ¬†massive recall¬†that affects a number of sport bikes with Brembo #PR16 radial master cylinder units. The first wave of that recall included #Aprilia‚Äôs two steeds, the¬†Aprilia RSV4 superbike¬†and the¬†Aprilia Tuono 1100 street fighter. ¬†#Aprilia focused #Facebook groups and forums globally all had members posting the recall, to warn each other about the potential danger of failing master cylinders. ¬† ¬†Rival Italian enthusiast groups were also discussing the issue while poking a bit of fun at Aprilia.

Then on the eve of 2017, the official word from Brembo came down, and the factory expanded the recall to Ducati, and possibly others.

With six affected models, spanning four model years, Ducati is globally recalling roughly 8,000 units because the piston in their master cylinder may crack.  It seems that Brembo chose to use a plastic piston in their higher end master cylinder rather than the aluminum one that was used before.  This plastic one can apparently crack after hard use. If this happens, the master cylinder can stop operating, which can lead to front brake failure.  #WTF?  #WOW!!! :S   I guess plastic parts are cheaper to use.  But using that in your upper end kit?  Really?  Not what I expected out of the well renowned Bergamo factory. Tsk Tsk.

Imagine if you are on the track, rocketing down the straight into a hairpin, and squeeze that life saving lever to shave off speed as you set up for the corner, and there is no pressure!  Imagine having to suddenly slow because traffic has come to a dead stop on the motorway, and you squeeze and nothing!  That would certainly be an ass puckering moment, never mind the potential for serious injury or a loss of life!   Worth swapping in a plastic part to save a few cents per unit?  Hmmm..

To put it simply…¬†This is an obvious safety concern!!

For Ducati, this issue touches the 2015-2018 models from the following lines: 1299 Panigale (including the Superleggera and Final Edition), #Panigale R, Monster 1200, Multistrada 1200/1260, XDiavel S, and Scrambler 800 Café Racer (2017-2018).

To remedy the situation, like Aprilia, Ducati has begun notifying affected owners, and dealers are to replace the front brake master cylinder piston, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin February 15, 2018 for Ducati owners.

Concerned Ducati and Aprilia owners should contact their local dealer or the inquire with the national distributor.

Now this is not the end of it. ¬†This particular Brembo Master Cylinder is the one that is normally mated with the M50 Caliper, so it is likely that more recalls will be issued. ¬†Manufacturers such as #Triumph, and #KTM are also expected to issue recalls. ¬† Furthermore, some customers have fitted these MC’s as aftermarket kit on their bikes, and there may be word coming down about those.

If you have a late model (2016 onwards) bike with the M50 Caliper, or you upgraded your brakes with a late model Brembo MC, you should definitely look into whether or not your bike is also kitted out with the PR16 MC, and if it is, then it would be a very good idea to:

  • ¬†take it easy riding for a while, and
  • Start hounding your dealer for a fix!

We’ll keep you updated, but in the meantime, stay upright and ride safe!

Cheers

Ronno.

P.S.

Here is some technical details on the US Recall for Ducati.

Report Receipt Date: December 15, 2017
NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V812000
Component(s): Brake System
Potential Number of Units Affected: 8,000
Manufacturer: Ducati North America

2017 trip to PI (return) – we’re back jack

Back at work. Miss my bike and the road.

Last time I wrote we were somewhere north of the snowy mountains after a long day of carving. The following run is always a bit of a relaxing long cruise. When you spend the previous day going up and down the mountains in tight twisty tarmac, the fast flowing roads that connect the alps to the blue mountains feel like a long boring slog.

We arrived at our motel in Katoomba late in the afternoon and managed to find the perfect greasy Chinese bbq spot on the main street. We obviously proceeded to destroy a duck with a side of pork and tea. We then raced to the toilet. I won.

A very early start to the next day was greeted with thick fog and wet roads. The plan was to get to Bilpin for apple pie part two but since they only opened at eight (bastards) we kept going down the bells and into the putty. At the bottom the fog was gone and the sun was forcing its way through the clouds. A race for brekkie at the gum cafe ensued. Ron had a meat fest.

With improved traction (weight) we destroyed the twisty section of this legendary piece of bitumen and headed to Singleton to refuel and find our way through the range towards Dungog and finally Gloucester. Another quick pitstop and east through the Bucketts. Ron asked to make a detour to Nabiac to drool over the bikes at the museum. I had lunch instead as I had been there twice and I like eating. With the threat of a storm looming, we endured the final stretch to Wauchope on the highway and Ron got lost.

A group of friends from the Queensland Italian Bike Addicts group came down from the sunshine state to meet us here and spend the next two days carving the lovely roads that cross the great dividing range between here and home. Not before some enormous meals at the local tavern (that apparently does not own a cork opener).

Everyone (except Andrew obviously) was up early with the excitement of the Oxley run. It didn’t disappoint. It never does. That first climb from Long Flat to the cafe is one of the best roads in this country and that is why we keep coming back for it. We spent a few hours based on the cafe with everyone going for some random runs. On one of these Andrew managed to get a stick shoved on his rear tire and even though it was patched it required a replacement. Our friend Rosenthal happens to be based in Port and kindly offered to open up his shop and give him a used tire.

While they we’re going through this process the rest of us headed towards Walcha for refuelling. Most of us made it. Except Dan’s duke that got thirsty and drank all its fluid 15 kms out of town. Nothing that a rescue mission with a fuel can couldn’t solve. We also required fuel and the top pub at Uralla never disappoints.

The next run is pretty relaxing as we make our way through Armidale and along the first part of Waterfall Way until the turn off for the Grafton – Armidale road. Then there was a race. There is always a race on this road. Apparently old fat BMW baggers are quick. Honda engines are durable. Sticky tires like throwing rocks. I guess we knew all that.

Night was spent at the Grafton pub. It was a warm night, so it clearly required liquids and the boys made sure they would not be dehydrated. Some of them were in no condition for early morning runs, so the rest of us headed up the river valley to the Lawrence ferry crossing and into MacLean for an awesome hipster breakfast at the local coffee roastery. From here another stretch of highway was endured until we could turn into the hills towards Alstonville and then through the back of Byron Bay and to Mooball where we would wait for Ron to catch up, having come up the Summerland Way and over the mountain from Kyogle with two local legends.

The last run was over Tweed Valley raceway where mister redmist met mister redline while the orange puta laughed to tears at the sights. The road had ended for me but the boys would still enjoy a run over Tomewin as a good sendoff before the highway home.

All in, five and a half thousand kays, two weeks on the road, rain and sun, cold and heat. Kangaroos, brumbies, wombats and a bloody guana. Mountains, valleys, plains and forests. Lots of pubs. Lots of cofee. All bikes came home with battle scars as did most riders. But all well worth it. Can’t wait to go again.

PS: Thanks to all that shared the ride. Wouldn’t be the same without you gents.

2017 trip to PI (return) – Day 2 – Rutherglen to Tumut

Disclaimer: I am writing this on my phone and half drunk so give me a break…

Was cold in Rutherglen this morning. Dan was up since 4 am cause his old and weird. I meet him up just after 7 for coffee and off course the entire town just lost power and i can’t have one. At least I had a hot shower before I left the room. How was your shower Ron?

Next stop Wadonga for a hipster brekkie in the sun. And coffee. Did I mention coffee? Ben shows us boobies picks. He’s good like that.

From there back to Murray Valley road in glorious sunshine. Fast flowing sweepers with the river on the left and the hills on right. Bliss returns.

We fuel up (us and the bikes) at Walwa before heading up to the mountains. Can’t wait for twisties galore. Temperature drops drastically as we climb and the scenery is breathtaking. Somewhere mid-climb Ben runs wide and his front rim hits a concrete gutter slashing his tire and bending the rim. Me and Dan don’t see it and keep going for another 20 kms before stopping and finally heading back. We find him and Ron banging on the wheel trying to get it half straight. Not gonna happen.

I head out with Dan to Cabramurra so we can get phone reception and ask for a tow truck. We have a coffee while we wait gor the phone. We’re good like that. After organising the rescue we head back the 30 odd kms of twisties to the stranded boys. We give the goid news. Tow truck shall be arriving in another half an hour. And it does.

With Ben headed backnto Corryong on the truck, we have to get a move on as the sun is coming down and nobody likes the alpine way in the dark with kangaroos ans brumbies playing chicken. A few kays up the road Ron stops and thinks he lost his headset again. I go back once more to try and find it. Dan arrives a few minutes later and says Ron found his headset. I have a tantrum.

So (for the 7th time) we smash the twisties to Cabramurra, fill up and finallly go down hill to the turn off to the highway to Tumut. The rest is a blur of beautiful scenery, stopping for wild horses on the road and Ron missing the turn to the motel. We have dinner and drink a lot. We deserved it tonight.

A Random little town on #thelongwayhome! #day10 of our #motogp #misadventures

Its 9:13PM in a little town called Rutherglen in Victoria. Yesterday was the GP Race, and it was a damn good one! We had spent the weekend with access to the #Aprilia Garage courtesy of Aprilia Italy because of a few strings I pulled. We watched as the front 7 riders play musical chairs with the positioning nearly every lap. Miller, Zarco, Rossi, Marquez and others took turns leading the race for a lap here and there, but the final results were (1) Marquez, (2) Rossi and (3) Finales. ¬† Being a big Aprilia fan, I was rooting for Aleix but he crashed out of the race, and walked off understandably pissed off. ¬†There is so much more to say about Saturday and Sunday, but there are lots of posts on our Facebook page about what we got up to ūüôā Check that stuff out, while we take the time to do write up about that amazing experience!

As for right now, Hugo has departed the world of the conscious with yet another smart ass comment about something or another, and is once again snoring like some guttural thing that Dr. Seuss may have dreamed up, and mumbling in Portuguese about god knows what. It’s a nice change. At least he isn’t randomly saying ‘fuck you, Ron!’ while he sleeps. I think he may actually have a mild case of Tourettes.

We’ve checked into a little motel called Poachers Paradise. It’s beautiful wine country but it’s Monday so the town is quiet. Some cold schooners of beer and Chinese food from the Pub across the street has satisfied us for the night.

We got here after almost 7 hours of seat time. Mine was spent on the #TuonoV4 riding through fast flowing sections and tight twisty roads spanning the Yarra Valley and Yarra Mountain Ranges, The King Valley, Wangaratta, past Mt Buffalo National Park, and more. We traversed landscape that must have been conjured by the Motorcycle Gods. AND!!, we were blessed with amazing blue skies, and pristine winding roads most of the way after we got out of the moody Melbourne weather. ¬†It was definitely soul food for me! ¬†LOL and I did it on 3.5 hours of sleep. :S ¬†Fuckin Hardcore.. Or at least thats what I tell myself…. we all have our delusions ūüėČ

Anyway, the Motorcycle Gods must have offered us this day in apology for the insane day that was Thursday when we went over Mt. Hotham which is 1800 meters above sea level, in sub 10deg weather with fog and rain. This day was truly glorious! During our travels we came across a lot of riders on bikes heading back home. Some of them riding at a brisk pace, some meandering along. We hunted down and passed the slow ones, and kept pace with the quicker ones. We had a good play with one particular pack of bikes including 2 Tuono Factories, a BMW S1000RR, a Ducati Diavel and a Kawasaki Ninja.  At one point I went flying past an police cruiser sitting in the bushes as i passed a slower bike!  I know!  Things were puckering and I was watching my mirrors to see the red and blues chasing me down but all I got was a finger wag by the occupier of the car!  Hahah Awesome!   We also ran into an Aprilia Rider Forum member Nick Cardillo on his Tuono V4  along our way.

Our lunch stop reminded me of my travels in Europe.  We hit a grocery store, bought some cold cuts, bread, chips, some mustard and this really nice butter which happened to be in a sealed can that I had to open with my hunting knife.  Hugo of course found this amusing and in true smart ass fashion produced a quip or 2 about it.    We sat at a picnic table, ate, chatted, laughed and then packed up and left to carve some more roads.

We also had some funny moments, like Ben’s piss breaks on the side of roads 5kms out of various towns with perfectly good working toilets. ¬† I need to remind myself to speak to Ben about being an opportunity pisser. ¬†Pee when everyone stops even if you don’t think you have to. ¬† It avoids having to speed to the front of the pack, wave everyone down to stop and then running off behind a tree while everyone shakes their heads.

Life on the road affects everyone in different ways, both physically and mentally. I’ve done a minimum of 4 hours of riding on 9 out of the 10 days we’ve been on the road. The only day I didn’t get on the bike and smash out some serious mileage was yesterday when we were at the MotoGP in Phillip Island (we took a 645AM bus that took us to the track in 2 hours). Needless to say my body is a bit tired, and my joints are reminding me of old rugby and skiing injuries I collected in my 20’s. Dangerous Dan is also feeling some aches and pains. We’ve also been a bit more quiet, but coffee and some good pain meds sorted us for most of the day. ¬†I have found riding in the morning a bit painful but by midday things are flowing nicely and carving the roads becomes fast and joyful. ¬†Guess its part of getting old. ūüôā

This trip has been amazing and full of some awesome experiences but after an extended time on the road, some can start to show some curious ticks. The old saying goes, if you want to get to know someone, travel with them for some time. I’m starting to worry about the Orange Puta’s mental health and his various obsessions, like his penchant for trying to wind everyone up around him. Perhaps he forgot his lithium tablets, or maybe its a KTM rider thing. ¬†LOL who the hell knows.

I’m also starting to think he’s got a school boy crush on me, since he seems to be keenly watching me and cataloguing everything I say and do and then trying to make a joke out of it, all while insisting on wearing his pants below his ass like some gangster rapper and bending over regularly to show me (as well as Ben and Dan) his woolly ass crack. I don’t quite know what to make of it. Dangerous Dan and Ben are starting to raise eyebrows as well. Now, I should put it out there that I don’t take offence at body hair, but if you wanna keep a hairy ass, please keep it under wraps for the sake of all others! LOL We’ve also named Hugo Little Chorizo (Poquito Chorizito in Spanish) as an homage to his Portuguese background and rapper style pants past his unshorn ass.

Based on this crush worry, I’ve surveyed the room to ensure he hasn’t hidden any bottles of chloroform around and am reticent to accept drinks he offers to buy. ¬†Last thing I want to do is wake up feeling sore in strange places!

Fuck! I’ve got to spend another few days in motel rooms with this guy!? Well at least he can ride well and his humour, though strange and somewhat obsessive, is entertaining. But seriously dude! PULL UP YOUR FUCKING PANTS!!

LOL anyhow, my day started as a cold overcast morning in St. Kilda, Melbourne at 0600, after I got 3.5 hours of sleep. Why you ask? Since it was time to leave the apartment we rented for 3 nights, I had to get myself reorganized. We had gotten back into to the hotel at about 930PM. Hugo and Amara (his wife.. yes he’s married) went straight into their room, and weren’t seen again till morning.

I on the other hand decided to sort a few things before the morning departure. I always find it better to get all my kit sorted, accounted for and waiting by the door, the night before, because I can admittedly be a bit dull and groggy in first thing in the morning and then shit gets forgotten, or misplaced.

I was running out of clean clothes, so laundry had to be done. Ben did Dan and I a solid and had gotten us change and soap from the local late night grocer and we took over the laundry room of the hotel complex to refresh our threads for the ride back home. 2 washers and 2 dryers meant we had to take turns. That took a couple of hours, and then I rearranged my clothes and other kit in the #Kriega Bags. I also built a few #spotify playlists and stored the music on the phone so that I could hear tunes in areas with no cell signal. I hadn’t spoken to my wife for a couple of days so a call to Canada was made while the laundry was being done (yep she’s there right now, and it’s a 14 hour time difference), and speak to her for a bit.

Next thing I knew it was 0300 and I was to be up at 0630 and today happened. So yeah! I’m really fucking tired and need some sleep so I can hit that REM cycle, repair myself and do it all again tomorrow!! The Tuono Awaits! Yeeehaaaaa!

Another amazing day on the road! But man I’m bloody tired, and tomorrow is another early rise for 6 more hours of wondrous roads over the Great Alpine Way, as we make our way into New South Wales. ¬†So with that said, I must now sleep!

Nighty Night Addicts!
Ronno

 

 

2017 trip to PI (return) – Day 1 – Melbourne to Rutherglen

Time to kiss wife goodbye. See ya in a week honey. It’s cold in Melbourne. It’s always cold in Melbourne. Except when it’s hot. Then it’s really hot in Melbourne.

Ron is up early this morning. I’m worried. Ben’s still sleeping. Less worried. We finally head out of the city towards the eastern suburbs. Ron needs to replace his jacket because its torn. ¬†The distributor is a cool guy and arranges to have it swapped at a shop on the way out of town.

After an hour of shopping we finally get on our way towards the Yarra ranges. C511 is our initial playground for the day. The delay has the beneficial effect of allowing the clouds to start clearing. The climb still has some wet patches but we have a blast. There are a lot of bikes on the road. PI travellers like us avoiding the cold, wet roads around the alps this morning. There were news of ice on the roads around the area.

We loop around Lake Eildon, through Alexandra to Mansfield were we stop for lunch. We decide to get something from the supermarket and Ron buys butter in a can. He then proceeds to pry it open with his hunting knife. Life in the woods with our teddy bear.

From here we take the pass to King Valley. Last time I’ve done this it was pissing down and it was great. In the dry it’s fabulous. We ride around a lot of moving chicanes and get a wiggly finger from the local constabulary. They were kind enough to be parked in the bush facing us and just being scary. Not all of them are pricks. We stop at the bottom and all have smiles across our face. Except Ben. Ben is probably peeing. He likes peeing in the bush.

From here it’s straights galore. Boys drag race. Ben decides to pee again 2 kms out of Wangaratta. He doesn’t understand the concept of toilets apparently. Arrow straight to Rutherglen. Sun is shinning. twenty degrees celsius. Cold beer at the pub. Mystery chinese food. Life is good.