Having always been fascinated by the illusiveness and beauty of the vast Australian landscape, Brett says that this trip of a lifetime was a long time coming.
“The Simpson Desert is a kind of Mecca for off-road, adventure style riding and I have always loved riding in the sand so it was hard to say ‘no’, when the idea was being thrown around with some mates I used to race with when I was younger,” Brett said.
Having owned and managed a successful Kawasaki dealership in Australia for a number of years and after managing the Australian Kawasaki factory motocross racing team from 2007 to 2009, it is needless to say that the blood in this 52 year olds veins runs green. Brett is also the father of KX250F rider and KX Junior Squad member, Max Whale, who is the current Australian Junior Dirt Track Champion.
Brett didn’t blink twice at the opportunity to the cross the Simpson Desert with his faithful KLX450R and a handful of long-time friends from all walks of life. He set off to make the crossing from Birdsville, a common launching point located directly east of the Simpson Dessert. Bought new in 2007, his KLX450R underwent a major service before the trip and in its lifetime it has only seen minor modifications including the fitment of an aftermarket muffler and a larger fuel tank. The small company of five riders enjoyed the luxury of having their luggage hauled by a support vehicle that also acted as a hindrance at times.
“We were governed by the support vehicle. We probably could have done the 500km crossing in a day but we took it as a blessing to really soak up the ride and scenery over the two days it took us to cross the Simpson,” Brett commented.
“It was hard work in the 35 degree heat. On the way to Mt Dare, we stopped at Dalhousie Springs for a dip in the 38 degree artesian water which was amazing and it is definitely a place to keep in mind for a trip with the family. Another highlight was to see wild camels and emus galloping almost alongside us in the beautiful Aussie desert. It truly was amazing.”
Two days after setting off from Birdsville, Brett Whale and the crew arrived at Mt Dare where they picked up supplies and spent a day reenergising before they made the trek back to Birdsville.
“The most challenging aspect of the trip would have to be the blisters on my hands. After the second day they made it a struggle with putting on and removing gloves. Also, it took time to get acclimatised to the heat, not to mention that decent trees are few and far between when you want some shade for a break.”
“We had a really great time catching up with guys we haven’t seen for years and what better way to do it than on a motorcycle, out in the desert. It’s a beautiful, challenging experience and I had to pinch myself at times. It doesn’t get much better than that. It was Gold,” said Brett.
Brett is eager to keep up the momentum and he says that plans for the next trip are already on the drawing board.
“We’re really keen to do the Gulf country. I’d love to take the KLX450R up that way but I don’t particularly like the big crocs that live up there. We like to do things a little more challenging and out-of-the-way,” said Brett.
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