Things are moving along for us, we sent out our press release out our press release today (see attached below, please forward it on to anyone anyone who would be interested) and have already received a reply from our local ABC radio station who will be getting in contact with us shortly.
James went home to Newcastle over the weekend to work on his bike and made a lot of progress fitting the new fuel tank and moving the ignition giving the bike a total capacity of 15L and a range of over 350km. He has also fitted a heavy duty chain and a 16 tooth front sprocket to the bike to increase the top speed of his bike, however he is keeping the standard 45 tooth rear sprocket to reduce the strain on the engine. New heavy duty tires and tubes are also being fitted to reduce all those nasty punctures that we get out these outback roads.
While James has has done a considerable of work to his Postie he still has a little bit left to go including fitting the toolbox, wiring in the 12 volt charging point, fitting the panniers and building the frame for them to sit on.
After we’ve finished the modifications on James’ Postie we’ll be starting on mine.
In some earlier letters and promotions we stated that we were leaving on the 18th of June, as it turns out we mixed up our dates and we’ll now be leaving two days earlier on the 16th of June.
The website is finally up and running with only a few little things that still need tweaking. I spoke to Nerida Egan (co-founder of Aussie Helpers) on the phone today, she thinks we’re mad but loves the idea and thinks it’ll be a great trip. James’ bike is currently in Newcastle were it is being modified for trip, at the moment it is having the long range tank fitted and new tires put on. While some canvas panniers are being made to go on back, my bike will be modified as soon as James is complete. -Martin