Updated 10th January 2011
After the successful meetup at WSBK Philip Island in February-March 2010
the members of the GPz900
UK Forum decided to host another get together in 2011!
This year we have a small group coming from the UK to experience the
ride, they are starting in WA and heading across we some fellow
The ride details are pretty much final. We have a group keen to leave
from WA, others from Nth Queensland, Brisbane and Sydney. Last year we
had a mix of other bikes and all were welcome and keen to come back.
Last year we had Rudi come out from Germany with his GPz900R and amazed
everyone with its performance and engineering.
We are happy for friends and supports to travel with us so any
enthusiasts are more than welcome, you dont have to be on a
GPz900R to attend!.
We have a number of people indicating that they will come for the ride,
but if you cannot make the full trip due to other commitments then feel
join us mid route and travel along.
To assist in planning, input from people is being gathered now so that
a plan can take shape. As I
am based in Brisbane and proposed the initial meetup I
started my planning based on my
trip in 2008 to the GP and the success of the meetup held early this
year. If you are coming from any other city then email me your proposed
travel plans so I can post it here and maybe others will be able to use
Leaving the Island
Leaving from Western Australia
A small group have said they are DEFINATELY going this time
and are riding from WA, over the Nullabour over a 5 day period to meet
the rest of us at Bathurst on the evening of the 21st February.
|WA (Provisional Route):
|Day 1: February 16th Leave
Bunbury -249klm- Walpole -119klm- Albany -418klm- Esperance Total Distance 848 klm
|Day 2 (17th): Esperance
-203klm- Norseman -437klm- Cocklebiddy Total
Distance 640 klm
|Day 3 (18th): Cocklebiddy (WA)
-270klm- Eucla -494klm- Ceduna (SA)Total
Distance 763 klm
|Day 4 (19th): Ceduna - Port
Augusta (SA) Total Distance
|Day 5 (20th): Port Augusta -
Mildura Total Distance
|Day 6 (21st): Mildura -688klm-
Parkes -153klm- Bathurst Total
Distance 841 klm
|Day 7 (22nd): Bathurst - Wagga
WaggaTotal Distance 448
klm (Note: Bathurst - Initial meeting
point with riders on the East Coast).
|Day 8 (23rd): Wagga Wagga -
OrbostTotal Distance 622
|Day 9 (24th): Orbost - Phillip
Distance 403 klm
Leaving from North QLD
A number of north queensland GPz owners have confirmed attendance and
will meet us at the main Caltex servo in Kyogle on Sunday morning
February 20th around 10am or so.
Leaving from Sydney
A couple of people from Sydney have indicated that they will attend
this year and some might catch up with us along the route. Please email
us what you are planning so we might be able to let others know.
If you are joining us in Wagga Wagga then you need to leave Sydney on
Tuesday 22nd and arrive Wagga Wagga that afternoon.
Total Distance 458klm
Leaving from Brisbane
Route now final!
- Leave Sunday 20th 8am
Leave from The Gap, Brisbane, 4061 and head to Beenleigh to collect
riders, then head to Rathdowny for a quick pit stop, then onto Kyogle
(Fuel Stop and collect riders), then onto Grafton (Fuel Stop), last
year we went via the Gilbralta Range (stopping in the middle for a
then onto Glenn Innes for a Fuel Stop), this time we will head to
Dorrigo, stopping for fuel and a late lunch at the motorcycle cafe
final leg to Armidale via the "Waterfall Way", Staying at the "St Kilda
Hotel" for the night. Bookings have been made but can be
increased if we call ahead in time.
Total Distance 560klm
Google Map - Brisbane to Armidale
2 - Leave Monday 21th 8am
Leave from Armidale, turn off the highway at Uralla and via
"Thunderbolts way" to Gloucester, head towards Stroud and follow the
signs to Singleton,
then over the Putty Road, this time lets try to remember to stop
at Colo Heights for fuel and coffee, perhaps lunch then to
Lithgow, ending at Bathurst and overnight at "Jack Duggans Irish" Pub.
This spot was very popular last year and we will do it again. Accomodation
Distance 671 klm
Google Route map
Midway on the Putty Road, first straight after the twisties.
|Day 3 - Leave Tuesday 22nd
Leave bathurst and head to Oberon stop for fuel and a coffee, then onto
Taralga and turn off at Crookwell, Boorowa, Harden, left at
Wallendbeen, and onto the Olympic Highway and a bumpy ride down to
Wagga Wagga. Big Dave will meet us enroute and we stay at Big Dave
& Dimmi's House. Its a nice short ride so we can arrive at
Wagga Wagga with plenty of time to socialize with some beers and pizza
(we are all chipping in again).
Route from last year
Middle of know where (between Oberon and Taralga)!
|Day 4 - Leave Wednesday 23rd
Leave Wagga Wagga and ultimaletly stopping at Either Bairnsdale or
Orbost for the night. The exact route is not yet final but we will head
to the Snowy Mountains! Last year our route took us to Tumbarumba,
Tintaldra, Mt beauty, Bright, Omeo, then Bairsndale for the night.
The most likely candidate route may be Alternate Route from last year
Distance will most likely be around 600klm
Top of Mt Hotham, The road ranks as one of the best motorcycling roads.
- Leave Thursday 24th 8am
Leave Orbost and head to Phillip Island via Sale, Yarram, Leongatha,
wonthaggi, San Remo and finally arriving at the track side camp grounds.
Total Distance 304klm
We camp at the top above the cart track next to the officials camp
ground which has a great view.
On the Monday most people packup and leave, last year Big Dave offered
to take a group back to Wagga Wagga via Healsville and over the
mountains. It was an excellent day to ride despite me breaking a clutch
lever at Black Spur before stopping at Bonnie Doon to fix it!
Some members are heading back to WA, other are interested in heading to
broadford for a track day.
Other than those two route, no other set route has been planned back to
your home town so you are on your own. I will be heading back over the
same route as last year with my partner and taking a leisurly trip back
will need to prebook and pay for your Trackside Campground
Pass and 3 Day Entry Pass.
Get it before
December and get a bonus Pit entry on Friday :)
- Gates open Thursday morning to the trackside camp
gounds, we camp above the cutting at the top of the Cart Track near the
- Tickets - Visit the Phillip
Island Web Site.
- Study the routes proposed above - if you would like
to join in, email a contact (list below) and we will try to work out a
time to stop and collect people.
- Ensure your bike is mechanically sound, make sure you
have plenty of tread for the trip down and back.
- Everything on this page is subject to change. Please
check it every two weeks for updates.
- There is usually a Facebook page with other riders
who are heading down to WSBK11 http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=294854915739
for a starting point.
- As the time approaches, a rider handbook will go out
to all confirmed people and accomodation numbers can be sorted and
What to pack????
Last years event
showed that we needed to co-ordinate cooking and food so we didn't make
seperate trips to get supplies all the time. This year we will try to
organize a small portable kitchen facility and a fee for all members in
the group that will be used to buy groceries, ice and fire wood at
It should enable us to cover breakfast, lunch and dinner.
To make it fair for everyone, everyone needs to help cover the basic
cooking and food prep which was not a problem last year as everyone was
willing to help.
(read it out loud ;):
|sid DOT young AT
gmail DOT com
|info AT gpz900r
DOT org DOT au
Trackside camp ground - February 2010