Extended travelling

Submitted: Saturday, Feb 27, 2010 at 16:15
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Hello,

My wife and I are retiring in a few years and are planning to spend a couple of years exploring Aus.

I was thinking that it would be nice to have a offroad bike available for small trips, exploring, or for emergency transport should we get into trouble.

We are researching vans and looking at around 20' with offroad capabilities with a LandCruiser 70 as the pulling vehicle.

My question is:

Has anyone taken a offroad bike on an extended trip? Was it worth the hassle? Where did you mount it?

Regards,

Grant & Nikola
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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Saturday, Feb 27, 2010 at 17:58

Saturday, Feb 27, 2010 at 17:58
Firstly you are limited by weight restrictions in both vehicles and the GCVM for both of them.

Most vans have a load limit of 400kg for tandems and 300kg for single axles.

I would think you would be hard pushed to accomodate a motorbike within legal weights and have enough left for what you actually NEED for a trip of that length of time..

OF course there are those who dont care and just chuck everything in and dont worry.

However should an insurance claim come up and you have all the fruit the assessor will probably weigh it and then try to use the excessive weight as a contributing factor and deny the claim.

Adding weight to the ends of vans can cause a pendulum effect and snaking if balance is upset.

Lighter is better for economy and wearing the gear out.


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Reply By: equinox - Saturday, Feb 27, 2010 at 18:07

Saturday, Feb 27, 2010 at 18:07
A trailer is a good idea. It would solve a lot of packing issues:

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Having a bike though is so much fun out and about:

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Definitely worth the hassle.




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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Saturday, Feb 27, 2010 at 18:16

Saturday, Feb 27, 2010 at 18:16
As the poster said they are taking a 20ft van multiple trailers are illegal in that situation.

Also took it to mean a 2 wheel motorbike not a quad

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Follow Up By: equinox - Saturday, Feb 27, 2010 at 18:18

Saturday, Feb 27, 2010 at 18:18
Yeah I know Graham, I was trying to emphasize the "Fun" aspect...:)



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Reply By: brushmarx - Monday, Mar 01, 2010 at 10:03

Monday, Mar 01, 2010 at 10:03
There are a few battery powerd push bikes around. I have never used one, but I did read that some people use them in the bush getting from the base camp to gold finding ground carrying a detector around.
They apparently get to around 30kph, and have a few hours battery life.
Could be handy around towns, and in an emergancy without the weight of a motor cycle.
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Reply By: Grant147 - Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 14:40

Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 14:40
Thanks everyone,

Weight would be an issue in addition to a place to carry it. I'll will investigate further the electric bike option as both required space and weight will be minimised.

Thanks again.

Grant & Nikola
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