After a short break previously talked about I am back on the road.
While off the bike I took it to a exhaust and polish shop and got some work done. I ordered a custom made exhaust system in the CBX style. 4 into 4 chrome plated header pipes and four stainless steel mufflers. At the same time since a metal polish shop is attached I decided to get some items polished. Here is the result.
The exhaust was made by Pipemasters and it is still a work in progress needing more baffles as it is insanely loud at the moment and then a final polish of the mufflers.
Polishing was done by Matt who shares the Pipemasters office and this included the rim edges, engine covers and rocker cover outers. The finish is a superb mirror shine. With the chrome side covers the whole thing comes together nicely.
The weather looked a bit wet on the Tweed Coast so I took the safe option to ride west today. I had a new idea for a loop west and south that popped into my head last night. Riding out of town via the Western freeway, Ipswich motorway and Cunningham highway really works well on a Sunday morning, before I knew it I was at Yamanto exit and the deserted petrol station where I stopped for the above shot but the sun had already risen more then I had hoped lighting wise.
Over to Moogerah Dam via the back roads. A quick fuel stop seemed to indicate that unlike the MV Agusta, freeing up the exhaust was not going to deliver any huge boost to mileage on the Honda. There was a big organised ride happening on a similar route to mine so I stopped at the dam to take a couple photos to let the group get in front a bit.
Another look at the exhaust system.
I rode over Mt Alford and turned onto Dwyers Ridge road then along the Rathdowney Boonah road and bumped into the big group ride again a couple of times and was going to turn off and go via Mt Barney view road for a change but the group ride were (surprisingly) all turning up there and not to be unsocial but I had been dawdling along and was ready to put some miles down and not wishing to pass slower bikes those narrow roads I decided to ride straight on to Mt Lindsey highway.
They have put down some new hotmix on some of the previously damaged sections of the Mt Lindsey highway (mountain section) and it is back to half decent. Looks like more to be done there too so considering all the flood and rain damaged roads I am happy this country road has seen prompt attention. The NSW side has some new surface on the Summerland Way also.
Stopped at Grevillia for fuel and an early lunch, sorry forgot to take a photo but it’s a good mid ride spot when playing in this area to rest up and they make a decent coffee as well. Having fueled up there also means you can ride back via the Lions road rather than try push on further and this then completes the loop I had in my mind but previously never tried.
The Lions Road is an oddity in that it is sort of famous or at least very well known amongst riders yet is not a particularly good riding road. However it is scenic and I did want to take more time today to try capture some of that but rain blown over from coast literally chased me out of the hills and indeed then the valley when I tried to stop.
Todays ride is really such an easy outing that I don’t think anyone would find it too long and it offers a great alternative to the usual loop via Kyogle and the Hinterland. My hands are not mended but those PK glove liners seemed to help a lot.