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Motorcycle Touring… And Planning… And Such…

G’day.

Wouldn’t it be great if there were free motorcycle specific touring guides complete with maps and places of interest dedicated to each region in Australia?

There are of course several websites around that identify great riding roads, but these don’t seem to mention other attractions that may be of interest to motorcyclists visiting the area.

Many touring guides are geared to auto-mo-cage drivers and don’t seem to list the great riding roads we as riders tend to seek out, or motorcycle friendly towns/ regions too for that matter.

Additionally, any motorcycle specific guides you do find are thin on the ground, or are difficult to find.

In the last 12 months, in Australia at least, more and more towns and regions are declaring themselves “Motorcycle Friendly”. But how would you know if you couldn’t look them up someplace… like the internet for instance?

Planning is all part of the fun. Right?

So without further ado, and in an attempt at making the looking part a little easier, I’ve created a new link at the top of the page entitled “Australian Touring Guides”.

The page will by no means have a complete list of all Australian motorcycle friendly towns, regions or guides, but it’s hoped that in time it will grow to become something worth while.

I take no credit for the publications. Many are written in conjunction with local motorcyclists their representative organisations or local councils. I have credited the authors where known.

If you know of an Australian town, region or guide, and can provide a website or PDF file for same, drop me a note by clicking the “Got Sumik Ta Say?” link at the top right of this page.

I’d appreciate your input.

Cheers


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HIghland Lakes Road, Tasmania.

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22 responses

  1. What a great idea. I’ll be fun to see how this grows. Hopefully one day I can use it too; should I ever go on a 14000km ride/swimabout.

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    May 3, 2017 at 9:30 PM

  2. Hey there EG. Good ideas. In my part of Canada a couple of guys got together and published a guide on motorcycle roads. Great resource! It’s a bit on the pricey side but well worth every penny! Each motorcycle road is rated on a TIRES system. This rates road engineering, scenery, remoteness, twistees etc. Put out by destination highways it’s a wonderful guide for any motorcyclist. http://www.destinationhighways.com/default.htm. It also lists sights, motorcycle businesses, and other insights along each road. Maybe someone down there should publish something like this.
    By the way good hearing from you. Hope all is well.

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    May 3, 2017 at 10:12 PM

    • Hi Marg, always good to hear from you.

      There a book out called the “Australia Motorcycle Atlas 200 Top Ride” (Volume 1 and Volume 2) and is produced by Hema Maps in conjunction with Peter ‘The Bear’ Thoeming, a well know magazine editor here in Australia. I haven’t read it, but have seen reviews on it and it looks like it would be a good addition for moto-tourists and weekend blasters alike. It’s not too expensive coming in at under $40 for both volumes.

      That destination highways site is new to me. I’ll have to take a look.

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      May 4, 2017 at 9:06 AM

  3. Excellent idea. I hope I can get down under and use it someday.

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    May 3, 2017 at 10:50 PM

    • I Hope you can too.

      There’s a 165 mile long road over here, just west of Port Macquarie NSW, that’s been calling you for some time now. 😉

      Thanks for stopping by.

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      May 4, 2017 at 9:12 AM

  4. Such a good ambassador to the sport you are. You can always create a website like this but it would take more work. You know, in your spare time. 🙂
    ………http://www.motorcycleroads.com/Routes/Oregon_113.html

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    May 4, 2017 at 5:18 AM

    • I could never do a website as salubrious as that one… unless of course I went and did a college course first… In my spare time 😉

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      May 4, 2017 at 9:15 AM

  5. Just might be in Australia before the end of the year and if I get there I hope to get a bit of down under biking under my belt…

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    May 5, 2017 at 6:16 AM

  6. If you copy the link and then the highlight relevant text, select the link option on the app (or right click in the desktop version) you can put a link directly in your post. I like this feature.
    Great post too 🙂

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    May 5, 2017 at 7:38 PM

  7. Hey the EG. Remember u told me your dream was to ride the Rockies?? Hint hint. July and aug are the best months. Why? Because you avoid the snow storms and avalanches. http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/edmonton/avalanche-closes-icefields-parkway-lake-louise-1.4100869

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    May 6, 2017 at 1:08 PM

    • Its still on the cards. Just not sure when… but it will be on July or August some year so I miss the avalanches 😉

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      May 6, 2017 at 5:40 PM

  8. What a great service Ghost! I hope one day to be able to come down and take advantage of your hard work! 🏍

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    May 10, 2017 at 1:31 AM

    • You will be made most welcome wherever you go, of this I’m sure.

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      May 10, 2017 at 6:40 AM

      • You are too kind, Ghost! But I’m sure you are right, as all Aussies I’ve virtually met have been as nice as you.

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        May 10, 2017 at 8:49 AM

  9. There is a bunch of info out there for riding in Australia but as you say not in one place. Blogs and even professional magazines tend to have good info about places within their easy riding reach but they may only ride beyond a certain distance from home occasionally. Used to be these ‘blog circles’ on net long ago linking info that was broken up like that, have not seen them recently.

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    May 12, 2017 at 3:06 AM

    • They do (magazines).

      There is one publication over here called Australian Motorcyclist that has an article each month highlighting some part of Australia.

      It comes complete with ride maps, and even a rating for pubs and accommodation.

      The problem with links is they often break. Having them all in one place would be better… Until the whole site goes down anyway

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      May 14, 2017 at 10:31 AM

  10. Great effort!

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    May 15, 2017 at 2:05 PM

  11. Pingback: Interesting Australian Motorcycle Website…Take A Look – SeniorsOnScooters.com

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