Just got back from my first long distance ride on the Scout!
My friend and I decided as we both had this week off we would do a ride from Sydney to Mildura and back (look it up on Google maps).
We left Sydney on Monday morning at 9am and got back at 10am Thursday....2044 kilometres.
First day we went to a place called Wagga Wagga, the temperature hit 38 Celsius and we were melting!
Second day drove across a flat plain for 3-400 k's(560 k's all up) and the temperature hit 45 Celsius(113 Fahrenheit), my mate was on a Roadmaster and was nearly passing out with the combined heat from his engine and the sun. Made it to Mildura and had to quench our thirsts over and over again with copious amounts of amber nectar!!
We decided to leave Mildura at 5am the next morning to miss the heat the only problem with that is you have to be very wary of kangaroos, wallabies, emu's etc at that time of the morning as they have a tendency to leap out in front of you in some sort of insane death wish.
Tucked in behind a pick up till it got light and all was well, well sort of as the temperature started climbing again and by 10am was 42 C!
We had a big day in front of us as we were heading back to Sydney and wanted to do a lot of kilometres, ended up doing 707 K's.
The temperature kept rising and topped out at 46(115F) felt like my hands were burning off!! We had to keep stopping for water to pour all over my mate so he could keep going as he wasn't used to the extreme heat (being a Kiwi,wont hold that against him!!!)
Finally arrived at Cowra and once again headed straight for the Pub for life saving liquids and the Pub had no beer!!!!!! only joking, they had no beer left after we had been there for a few hours!!!!!we were ever so slightly thirsty.
Got up early again for the final run back to Sydney and you wouldn't believe it but it was cold. We had to go over the Blue Mountains and the temperature dropped to 11C.This is where my friend got payback as I only had a thin pair of gloves and my fingers froze off, they are still on the highway east off Cowra some where! He turned his heated grips and heated seat on as was toasty with the lovely glow coming from the Roadmaster"s engine.
The Scout never missed a beat, I must admit the stock seat was a little uncomfortable but all in all ok. Ibuprofen helped!!!
I was testing out my new Memphis shades wind shield and Viking saddlebags. I don't think I would have been able to do the trip without the windshield and love it.
The Viking bags had a modified spacer which I had my friend make so you could slip them into the original spools and just use 95mm bolts to go into the fender.....worked really well and stayed tight the whole trip, will get him to make me another 2 about 5mm longer as I have just slightly scuffed the belt guard nothing major. You can see them in the photos.
Will do another trip soon and try out the new Corbin Touring seat.
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