Simpson Desert Crossing by Motorcycle

Discussion in 'Ride Planning' started by Tray, Jan 8, 2019.

  1. Tray

    Tray New Member

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    Is there anyone here who has crossed the Simpson Desert by motorcycle? I'm not sure if I should get the tank on my KLR650 enlarged or carry a plastic fuel can instead. What sort of fuel range do you need by motorcycle? I understand that motorbikes use a bit more fuel than normal on sand but hopefully you don't need more than 40 Litres of fuel or I will have to get a tank and bring a fuel can!
     
  2. Tom

    Tom New Member

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    I've seen a video of a Simpson desert crossing by motorcycle online, but they had backup vehicles with fuel. If anyone has done the crossing solo without a back up vehicle I would be interested in which way they went and how much fuel I took also.
     
  3. Mark

    Mark New Member

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    • Make sure you plan rest days or reserve days. It's good to stop for a day every week or so to wash cloths, restock, put your feet up, write home, etc
    • Don't travel across the Simpson alone if you can avoid it. Try to get a support vehicle or another rider to go with you.
    • Remember to purchase the desert parks pass and the maps are worth it too as you can plan ahead with them.
    • You can refuel in Oodnadatta if you like. It's a small place but the road house has spare tyres at really high prices...
    • Don't rush yourself, remember this is a holiday!
     

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