Replying to Vince's post in the "What did you do with your Laverda ..." thread. I thought this might be a better place to have that kind of discussion.
Vince, maybe you'll be able to convince them to do the Mt Barrow road. It's a gravel road up to the top of Mt Barrow. Not quite as steep, twisty and adventurous as Jacob's Ladder but still pretty spectacular. It's only about 13km from Nunamara (on the Tasman Highway between Launceston and Scottsdale). Not so far off the beaten track as Ben Lomond.
If you like the tops of mountains, have you guys done the road out of Hobart up Mt Wellington? You can see a gazillion miles from the summit. The East Coast is visible on a clear day. Allow a couple of hours up and back from the city. It's sealed all the way and quite safe to ride on any kind of bike, even after dark if you have good lights and take it slow enough to dodge the nocturnal wildlife. Nice spot to watch the sunset on a warm summer evening.
Great tips Cam but I might get some reluctance after the Savage River Fery Rease Dam Rd incident last time. That's Appox 50ks of very unpleasant Pea gravel. It was pretty sketchy but the Rease Dam road made it ok, apparently that road was voted the best bike road in Tassie by the NSW Ducati Club.
Oil change at Cam's place eh? That's a bit presumptuous.
It's a few months away, so that should just be enough time to tidy the shed up if I start now.
BTW Marty, I still have a 4-litre container of Penrite Enduro that you bought for a trip that didn't happen (because of Covid), so don't buy any more oil.
I also have an unopened 4-litre container of Penrite MC4ST mineral oil. I think I bought it for someone on that same trip that got cancelled but didn't ask them to pay for it because I'd use it myself eventually (which I haven't yet because I already had heaps of the stuff). So I think it's mine, but I'm not 100% sure. If my memory of events is incorrect and one of you guys did pay for it, please say so.
I checked with Penrite. Their engine oils have a shelf life of 5 years. The only thing that's likely to render them out of date is if a better oil has been developed in the meantime. I don't think Penrite has changed their motorcycle mineral oil specifications since they came out with Enduro.
There's so many options.
Even with your Southport destination there's a bunch of alternative routes.
I may be able to join you on a day ride out of Hobart, but I dunno whether I'd take the Jota. My back and knees aren't so keen on the clip-ons and rear-sets these days. I would probably choose something more comfortable like the Benelli Tre-K or the Multistrada. Depends on the destination, and how I feel on the day I suppose.
St Marks? I assume that's a typo and you mean St Marys. I'm not aware of a St Marks in Tasmania.
A nice ride and the best route if the weather is looking at all dodgy from the west.
If any of you aren't feeling like doing the extra miles of the detour into Campbell Town, the route straight up the coast is pretty nice and you can meet up with the iron butt guys at the destination.
The detour into Campbell Town and back to the coast via Fingal is nice enough and the roads are good, but it doesn't really have a lot going for it compared to what you've already seen of Tassie. If it was my choice, I wouldn't bother.
Another option for those who like the twisties but don't wanna do the mileage of the Campbell Town detour, stay on the coast road at the Lake Leake turnoff, then do a detour to St Marys via Elephant Pass, then back down to meet the coast road again near Falmouth.
This is what I mean:
It can get cold and miserable up on the plateau in bad weather. Even just in low cloud cover. But it's a brilliant route on a nice day. Excellent sealed road over the plateau, but almost devoid of traffic for some reason. Might be best to decide on the day which way to go, depending on weather.
I've added a side trip from Nunamara in case Vince wants to do the Mt. Barrow road.
I've heard that the Weldborough pub has changed hands and aint what it used to be. I'll do a bit more asking around on this and get back to you.
Pub in the Paddock at Pyengana might be a better option. Decent but reasonably priced accommodation (including camping). Excellent restaurant and Priscilla the pig who'll guzzle a stubby of beer in seconds.
Don't forget that if anything goes wrong, I'm available with a bike trailer to retrieve a busted bike and rider from anywhere, although it could take most of the day to get there if you're at the other end of the state from me. A few of you have my phone number.
Another option if you're in the Northern part of Tassie is Carolynn at Tasmanian Motorcycle Transport, 0401 160 144. She's based in Devonport and will do crash or breakdown recovery. She specialises in getting bikes across Bass Strait. Handy if you want to get a dead bike back to the North Island and you can't do what we did on the ferry last time with Chris's bike.
That last point is well worth knowing, it was painful for everyone especially Chris getting that bike into the ferry. We had to lift him on and off the bike TWICE, on Tassie and getting off in Melbourne.
We did go over the Lake Highway Chris. That's my usual route to Devonport. I'd have gone home that way too.
The Midland and Bass Highways are the main arterial routes between Hobart, Launceston and Devonport, and are supposedly faster because they're mostly freeway-style dual carriageway with no tight bends and 110kph speed limit. But at present, that "main road" route is quite a bit slower because of miles of roadworks (mostly on the Midland Hwy section between Hobart and Launceston) with reduced speed limits of mostly 80kph but sometimes down to 40kph in places. It also carries a lot of traffic.
It should be about 3½ hours from Hobart to Devonport via either route, even though it's actually 16 km shorter "over the top" as the Lake Highway is known in local speak. It's the lower 100kph speed limit and the twisty bits up over the mountains that slow you down on the lake highway, negating the shorter distance.
Someone told me the other day that it took him 6 hours via the so-called fast route of the main highways because of the roadworks. I reckon he was exaggerating. It's not that bad, so I suspect his time included a lunch break and a couple of coffee stops. I reckon maybe an extra half hour for the main routes. It'll speed up once all the road works are done, if that ever happens.
Even if there were no road works on the main highways, I'd still avoid them because they're relatively boring. 110kph limit, top gear, constant bum-numbing speed for hours on end, lots of traffic, lots of semi-trailers. It's also more heavily policed than the secondary roads. It's Tasmania's version of the Hume Highway between Sydney and Melbourne.
Day 1, Friday 10th November
Meet at Heathcote Ampol southbound servo
8.15am for 8.30 departure.
Old Princes Hwy, Macquarie Pass, Kangaroo Valley
nowra 168 km coffee
Braidwood 120 km lunch
Fuel stop Queanbeyan 74km
Cooma 140 km
Kookaburra Ski Lodge
10 Clyde St Jindabyne.
Booked 12 beds with Brenda. Pay when we get there.
Total day 1. 486km
Day 2, Saturday 11th November
Mount Beauty 182km
Bright, Myrtleford, Milawa, left at Oxley, Moyhu, Tolmie
Tatong Tavern bed and breakfast.
The Tatong Tavern
(03) 5767 2210
Mansfield, Bonnie Doon, Merton, Yea 125 km
Strath Creek, Broadford, Killmore, Lancefield, Newham 97km
Mount Macedon, Gisbourne, Bacchus Marsh, Geelong 118 km
Geelong for the ferry.
Mount Roland 47km
Mole Creek 39 km
Scottsdale 113km. Lunch
Pub in the Paddock. 75km
Total 297 km
St Marys. 64km
Campbell Town 84km
Golden Valley 103km
Shipwright Arms Battery Point
Wednesday 15th November
Margate, Woodbridge, Verona Sands to Cygnet, Huonville.
BBQ lunch with Paul and Kerry Dickson
Back to Battery Point
Turn right onto B28
Left into Roseberry, fuel.
Back out to Tullah
Left onto C252 to Reece Dam
Right to Corrina C249 Lunch
Back south to Zeehan
Day 9 18/11 Saturday
Right onto C132 to Cradle Mountain
Day 10, 19/11 Sunday
Geelong to Tumbarumba up the doom, 522km, or,
Ferry to Kinglake 132km brekky
Merton 87km fuel
Rutherglen 170 lunch
Albury, Granya, Walwa
Tumbarumba 182 km
Union Hotel Tumbarumba
Day 11 20/11 monday
Cabramurra 70 km
Tumut 109 km
When did you guys want to schedule your oil change? It would probably fit in OK on Day 5 as it's only about a 3-4 hour trip from St Helens to Hobart (day 6, Strathgordon and back is a pretty long day to be fitting in maintenance as well). If you leave St Helens early enough in the morning, it'll give you plenty of time in the arvo for maintenance. We might be able to organise something a bit different like last time. Possibly Paul & Kerry's place? I'd have to ask them. Maybe we should continue such logistics discussions off the forum.
If you're staying at the Pub in the Paddock, it's 2.6 km (about 5 mins) off the Tasman Highway on the St. Columba Falls Rd. Before you get to the pub on that road, you'll go past the Pyengana Dairy. The dairy is well worth a visit if you like cheese. They do cheese tastings, lunch, coffee, etc. Depending what time you arrive at the pub, you might want to pop next door to the dairy for afternoon tea with scones, jam and cream, and do a bit of cheese tasting or say hello to the cows. It's a 10min walk from the pup, or 2 mins ride.
PYENGANA FARMGATE CAFÉ Visit the home of the Pyengana story at Pyengana Farmgate Café, just 25 minutes from St Helens on Tasmania’s beautiful north-east coast. The farmers of Pyengana have been handcrafting traditional cloth-matured farmhouse cheddar for over 130 years, and their legacy lives on...
The food is generally brilliant down there, but the search for the best Sausage Roll continues. Keen to try that Cheese. BTW the Ferry requires your number plate and that happened yesterday, so that's now resulted in my 3c going. That's a known well-sorted bike and attempting a 12-day trip on the Atlas was just a bit premature. Better get to sorting out the Nitron Shocks preload and setting up for full shock travel, fitting the LED instrument backlights and aiming the Headlight.
I'm pretty sure you can change the rego number on your booking at a later time if you want to. I used to work with a bloke who made a booking way in advance. In the meantime, he sold his car and bought a different one. He checked with the ferry booking and they updated his details without a problem. Apparently it would only have been a problem if he'd bought a substantially larger vehicle that wouldn't fit within his original booking space allocation.
Re oil changes: Those of you who wanna change your oil in Hobart, let me know what type of oil you use and I'll organise for it to be here when you arrive. Best to let me know sooner rather than later in case I have to order it in. For example, Penrite Enduro is a bit of a rarity on the shelves here. Repco supposedly stocks it, but I've never seen it in their shop. It's usually cheaper to order from Automotive Superstore anyway.
We can sort costs out later.