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Australia Mt Kosciuszko motorcycle tour

2017 notes: This ride actually predates the blog. I bought the Buell XB9S in 2004 and am not sure the exact date I did this ride. What I posted here when starting this blog was photos and text copied over from the Buell owners forum where I had posted the ride at the time. I forgot about this until recently and now too many years have passed to recall much. I am unable add photos since I lost my camera on the trip and only have these few from my mate's camera. 

I remember this ride was crazy long days each one a iron butt ride and I would never attempt anything like that and those long days exposed to wind roar for extended periods was what damaged my hearing and made me wear ear plugs religiously afterwards. 

My mate still has that same MT-01, What brilliant machine, I should have purchased the same as I wanted to but the price was high. I ended up wasting far more money on 5 other bikes while he had this which with push rod engine that you can service at home meant the extra money at purchase was recouped many times over compared to the high service costs I had on bikes like the MV Agusta after this Buell.  

Original post below:

My first big ride to the Snowy Mountains. This was a great trip but tiring due to the pace/time limit set of just 5 days! I would very much like to do the trip again with more time and variation of the route.

Day 1. From Brisbane to Ballina early meeting a mate on his MT01 then to Grafton to Armidale via Ebor and Thunderbolts way Walcha to Gloucester then Bucketts way to Raymond Tce first night Maitland.

The Buell brand tank bag has a small rear clipped on pouch - this detached itself on the Ebor road perhaps on some bumps and bounced off into the bush with my digital camera inside it - at about 150kph - never to be found again.

The Thunderbolts way was a superb ride and was still one of my favourites at the end of the trip. Bucketts was bumpy and so-so.

Day 2. Wollombi Rd, Cesnock Valley Sydney, The Old Road then M7 and Hume hwy until Moss Vale and then Kangaroo Valley then down the Princess Hwy to Bega and up Browns Mtn to Cooma.

Long day , Kangaroo valley was great - but the Old Rd was so much shorter than I imagined it would be having read about it so often, about 1/4 of Mt Glorious here in Brisbane but nice while it lasted, hit heavy low cloud at the top of Brown Mt but run out from Bega indeed is a top ride. The run down the Princess h-way was actually pretty fast flowing and very enjoyable too. (2017 note - I don't think you can ride the pace we did then anymore haha)

Day 3. Alpine way and the roads the other side of Mt Kosciuszko to Tumut. Jugiong to Young via Harden Olympic hwy to Cowra and boring Western Hwy to Bathurst. Laps of Bathurst raceway.

The Alpine way and roads around Mt K are fabulous.
Riding Bathurst was a real buzz - an unexpected extra highlight.

Day 4. Bells line of Roads, Putty Rd, Old road Bulahdelah and on to Wauhope.

Bells line of roads was nice, not spoken about as much as a specific bike road on the forums it was good riding mid week (but must be slow on weekends or more policed) Putty road was excellent but I ws expecting a Mt Glorious type of road but the curves are far less. 

Day 5. The Oxley hway , then back to Tenterfield were I bid farewell to my ride partner and home to Brisbane via Warwick etc.

The Oxley was a truly great road far above all the others but I was bit tired having stayed in the Star Hotel at Wauhope overnight which unfortunately had a noisy function that ran all night. 

Missed the rain that was threatening most days until nearly back in Brisbane when I had to get the rain gear on.

Learnt a few things about touring - surprised how well the Buell went, quite a versatile machine, looking forward to doing some more in the future, but definitely would like a throttle lock device and comfy seat. (2017 note - just don't be doing 800km days!)


  1. I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

    1. Thanks, I have only just found your comment all these years later as I revisit this post which I did some crazy distance days.


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