Off to Streaky Bay

So after some nice guy from Facebook helped me out with a heap of new parts, I managed to rebuild Mabel last night under the headlight of my Tenere. These little bikes are so easy to work on! Simple to fix and cheap! Mabel currently runs a Lifan 125 which is brand new, but after a massive smash like that I am unsure of how the motor may fair up. Time will tell I am sure! So this little adventure is a quick trip from Adelaide in South Australia to a place called Streaky Bay.

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So after her little crash, I fixed Mabel’s bent bits up and headed off for Streaky Bay. Some 700kms away. I have some time to fill in while I wait for Chantelle to finish work. What better way to do that than a road trip on a postie right? I still cant believe Mabel got hit by a car! Even harder to believe that just the next day here we are on the road. I am crossing my fingers that Mabel hasn’t sustained any damage that I cant see, She seems to be running well, as per usual! Mabel and I hit the road around 1100 am. I have to head into the city of Adelaide first to pick up my riding jacket which has had some repairs, and some new badges sewn on. Please please no one hit us today!

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Once I have my jacket I jump back on Mabel. I set the GPS for Streaky Bay and set it to avoid highways, interstates and toll roads. So it puts me straight onto the A1. Australia’s main highway that goes interstate and I’m sure has tolls in places on it! I quickly ignore the GPS and dodging trucks and crazy drivers zip across 3 lanes of traffic and take the first exit. Ahh the serenity of the back roads. Just me, Mabel, an army tank, and the farmers out here now.

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We ride and ride and ride. I keep the throttle open and hold a constant 65 km/hr. I’m really trying to see how this Lifan holds up. After 200kms I check the engine over. She is blowing oil out of her breather hose like mad and has used 3/4 of her oil. Uh oh.

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After taking every back road possible I rock up at Kimba.. My stop for the night. Thanks Wikicamps for the free stopover. With toilets and a $1 hot shower mind you! I chuck the tent up as the sun drops away over the horizon. Then I cook an amazing feast. Camp tuna mornay! Mmmm mm! Then its time for a quick episode of Topgear and lights out. I rode just shy of 600 kms today. My ass hurts….

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