nullabor in late march

Submitted: Friday, Jun 24, 2011 at 16:12
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Is there anyone who travells the Nullabor reguarly in March? I want to know what kind of weather to expect.
Hot and windy is not what I want to hear.
Im thinking of doing it by m/bike,probably on my own and not sure wether I should stick it on the back of landcruiser ute or ride the damned thing.

Im planning on meeting up with others from various states in SA
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Reply By: Rudds - Friday, Jun 24, 2011 at 20:38

Friday, Jun 24, 2011 at 20:38
Hay Ross, This brings back memories, I road from Perth to Victoria in Dec. '79 on a Kawasaki z1000 and a female friend rode a Yamaha sr500. It was cool in the mornings and warm in the afternoons. Google "Nullarbor, SA - Daily Weather Observations", the weather looks great in March. The breeze does come off the Southern Ocean, but if your into bikes you'll have the right gear, including a woollen seat cover, it's a long way on a bike, but worth it.
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Follow Up By: ross - Saturday, Jun 25, 2011 at 07:04

Saturday, Jun 25, 2011 at 07:04
Thanks Rudds. That doesnt sound too bad as I will do most of the riding in the morning with an early start.
Im taking a Triumph Rocket 2300cc and I have an Airhawk seat cushion.
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Reply By: GimmeeIsolation - Saturday, Jun 25, 2011 at 14:20

Saturday, Jun 25, 2011 at 14:20
Hi Ross, I regularly cross the Nullabor and ride bikes. You may think its warm if your from Tassie and there can be strong winds but it's only for a few day's from the more civilised areas in S.A. or W.A. and it won't kill you, what may kill you is the crappy food along the way. Just pull over regular to have water/stay hydrated or wear a camel back.
Leathers will be hot but you may have the synthetic type with air flow areas ?
Maybe stop for a couple of hours in the middle of the day at a roadhouse to rehydrate. Just don't do what is seen regularly and ride with just a t-shirt on getting wind and sun burnt.
If you do plan to leave early, check the road before you pull up the night previously for how much roo is spread all over the bitumen and in some areas leave a coffee or so after sunrise so you have less chance of one in the side of the bike in the hours before sunrise, has happened to me but I stayed upright, that wakes you up.
If you plan the trip into smaller sections instead of trying to do 1200-1500 in a day you can get into the accommodation around two each day if you push through midday giving you a good rest and rehydration for the next day.
Enjoy it, it's not that bad and you are a bike rider aren't you ?.
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Follow Up By: ross - Sunday, Jun 26, 2011 at 09:42

Sunday, Jun 26, 2011 at 09:42
I got the leather jacket with 6 zip vents,much better to wear all year round than my old synth jacket. I also wear Draggin jeans.
I never ride in t shirt n shorts,Ill leave that for the idiots
I have big panniers ,so there is always plenty of room for water.
Im well versed in not eating the crappy food,I try and stuff the panniers full of fruit and breakfast cereal and live on sandwiches during the day.
I had planned on doing around a 900-1000klms a day,its not too bad if you space it at 150klm intervals with a 10 min break and the bike needs refuelling every 300klms anyway
I was away from bikes for 25 years but got back into them about 2 years ago and have done about 30000klms since inc a couple of 2000 klm rides around WA,so I feel more than confident about riding east.
I was worried it would be as hot as hell on the nullabor that time of year.

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Reply By: GimmeeIsolation - Monday, Jun 27, 2011 at 13:36

Monday, Jun 27, 2011 at 13:36
Hi Ross, sounds all good with your gear, glad your not one of the t-shirt idiots. Have done a climate data search on BOM for ya, wind and temps at Nullarbor, Eucla did not have the detail but you can check out different areas along the way from this page.
Looks like the worst bit will be going there into the wind but I have found if you watch the weather coming across from the West, and you can leave when you want, you can ride with some wind from behind you when a low is coming, helps a bit.

As they don't seem to make the fuel tanks big enough for West Ozzies, you may want to take a 5 or 10 litre fuel container in case your punching into strong winds all day, either that or you may have to sit on a lower speed which can induce fatigue and then have caravaners and road trains trying to go around you.
Watch for the birds feeding on carcasses, they hurt a bit when they hit you in the chest. Have a good trip catching up with your mates.
Ride to Live, Live to Ride.
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