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1Back to top Go down    Off Centre Run 2016 on Sat Aug 06, 2016 8:17 pm

AL-58

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I'm leaving tomorrow for Mungerannie. I haven't been to an OCR since '92 at Stonehenge(QLD).

Whats an OCR? Back when the Stuart Highway up the middle of Australia finally got sealed in bitumen, some of the more hardcore (mostly BMW) riders decided that the Centre Rally in Alice Springs was now too easy to get to. So they invented the Off-Centre: somewhere away from the centre, at least 200kms of unsealed roads in any direction, must have beer, food and fuel. This was in the era when BMW riders were the first motorcyclists to traverse the Gunbarrell Hwy unassisted, at that time it was a fairly unmaintained, forgotten road. The first 'OCR' was in Innaminka It's been happening every even year since. The event raises funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service and unfortunately many of the riders sometimes need their assistance.

This year at Mungerannie, there has been lots of planning for how to get there and how to come home, but its all gone to shit as many of the roads are closed due to rain. I was hoping to ride the Birdsville Track on the return but it looks like its just too wet.

The sidecar was fully stripped, intention was to replace the motor but that didn't go to plan. So after being stripped and reassembled twice it now has a new clutch, induction system now fully sealed so its idling properly at last. Fresh air filter, replaced clogged radiator, cooling fan running reliably off a switch, new oil sight glass, rear main seal, O-ring and timing case seal replaced, no oil leaks now.

It hasnt had a lot of road time so I am crossing my fingers and hoping a little, theres always some niggling doubt when everything is completed at the last minute.

So packing for me and the dog today. Lets see what I forget Smile

Photos will be posted when I return, there will be more than a few K sidecars out there.

Oh, if your'e wondering where the OCR will be held in 2018, that will be decided next Saturday night. Getting harder every year as more and more outback roads get sealed. It is open to riders of any bikes, not only BMWs, if you know about it that is your invitation. Bikes to be ridden there and home NOT trailered.

You can follow the event here if interested, find out who made it, who didn't etc:
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Al


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2Back to top Go down    Re: Off Centre Run 2016 on Sat Aug 06, 2016 11:01 pm

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Enjoy the ride Al and admire all those wildflowers. Smile

Cheers,


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3Back to top Go down    Re: Off Centre Run 2016 on Sun Aug 07, 2016 7:22 am

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Enjoy Al.


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4Back to top Go down    Re: Off Centre Run 2016 on Mon Aug 15, 2016 5:29 am

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220 bikes, maybe 30 sidecars. Got pics of all the K sidecars. For some they all look straight from a Mad Max movie, no show pieces. All tough as nails though.

2018 OCR will be at Forrest in WA.

Al, feeling tired in Quilpie.


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'87 K100RS/HRD sidecar (1100 motor)sc25
'92 K100RS-16v (Paint it Black)

'87 K100RT with Paralever backend

"When I'm too old and too foolish to handle a sidecar I'll buy a Sportsbike"

    

5Back to top Go down    Re: Off Centre Run 2016 on Thu Aug 18, 2016 12:48 am

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Yesterday I got home after leaving Cunnamulla, 960kms about.

I wandered about with the camera and got these amongst others:

A K sidecar


A K sidecar (PJs)


A K sidecar


My sidecar on the Birdsville track heading North


The view to the South:


My Passenger:

A test to see if a link works:

A 'not' K sidecar! (At this stage he'd ridden 2500kms on this trip) Although if you allow AfriKa Korps it sort of is a K bike
I have pics of some more K sidecars that were there, but my internet connection is a bit flaky atm, I'll upload them slowly and post more later. There was a nice K75GS conversion there too, didnt get a photo unfortunately.

Around 220 bikes, maybe 30 with sidecars, 22 DR650s (an in joke). Many funds raised for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Other than using using much more fuel than usual my bike ran faultlessly. The one thing I didn't check before leaving that nagged at my brain happened, back brake pads wore out, leaving metal to metal for the last 2000kms (no there are no spares out there).

Heard of one K problem only, a well known traveller that always carries an enormous amount of spares broke down with an electrical fault and needed towing to Roxby Downs. Simply a broken wire, but out in the boonies its serious.

Al


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'87 K100RS/HRD sidecar (1100 motor)sc25
'92 K100RS-16v (Paint it Black)

'87 K100RT with Paralever backend

"When I'm too old and too foolish to handle a sidecar I'll buy a Sportsbike"

    

6Back to top Go down    Re: Off Centre Run 2016 on Fri Aug 19, 2016 6:07 am

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Good to see you get home in one piece Al. I have been following the ADV thread and sawa coupleof familiar names/faces.


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7Back to top Go down    Re: Off Centre Run 2016 on Fri Aug 19, 2016 7:01 am

AL-58

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All the stripping down and prepping was worth it. Other than being a bit thirsty the only thing that went wrong was the rear pads wore out and went metal to metal for the last 1500kms.

New pads fitted and rego inspection passed today. Dust and insects still in place Laughing

Al


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'87 K100RS/HRD sidecar (1100 motor)sc25
'92 K100RS-16v (Paint it Black)

'87 K100RT with Paralever backend

"When I'm too old and too foolish to handle a sidecar I'll buy a Sportsbike"

    

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