Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Bunbury, Western Australia
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Goodwood Road, Western Australia
Took the 9er out for a poodle around the Goodwood Road 30km from my doorstep. Average sealed country road, fast sweepers 130kph+, some technical decreasing radius sections which are sign posted between 60-80kph.
The weather was inclement so I packed the wets into the backpack and set off not knowing what to expect. On entering the Goodwood Rd from Donnybrook there is a deceiving right 60kph sweeper which can catch you out; its entry is tight but it opens up quickly so it's really a 90kph+ corner. Next there is a 300mt or so straight to blast down, gentle smooth squeeze on the brakes and tip into a left 60kph posted sweeper (mind the gravel just off line) drag your toe, knee or pegs through the turn while looking ahead to the next right. 150mt straight to next right turn which is almost a hairpin and posted at 60kph; this is a lovely long sweeper which you can use the 9er's midrange and progressively open her up from apex to exit.
Unfortunately for me the road was wet and I am still getting to grips with the handling characteristics of the bike so I took this section more meekly than in the past. The next section is open fast flowing 130kph+ or however big your bollocks are or well sorted your 9er's suspenders are. There are some sign posts which indicate 75-80kph corners but once ridden a few times are 120kph or more is the reality. After 15km you reach (Gibson Road, a side road on left) and there is another slow section of four sweepers, 80kph posted but this is conservative again but deserves respect. Nice and smooth through here, off the seat if you please, or just grind down your feelers.
"I'm yet to find mine" 10mm of chicken strip left and I'm a light weight.
And so this is the trend for this particular ride which finishes at Capel. Take notice of the sign posts of course, they are conservative for a reason but once you have ridden the entire section which is 30km you want to turn around and ride it again.....which I did, only quicker this time! Only got a sprinkle of rain and past a few cars which I quickly dispatched. Need to dial in or upgrade suspension!
"it's easier to ask forgiveness
than it is to get permission"