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post #11 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-Aug-2016, 07:32 PM (022)
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I took a R1200 GS Adventure for a test ride and knew it was the bike I wanted; the GTL will be traded in tomorrow morning and I will ride my new bike home. Thanks for all the advice, I will certainly have some questions over the next while.

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I have had the bike for a couple of weeks now, and you were all right; it is amazing. Not at all like the K1600, it is so light and nimble and an absolute joy to ride. Thrilled beyond words, I once again find reasons or excuses to go for a ride.

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You Canadians....

Reading the comments about off-roading and camping.
Ok I know we have pretty much every venomous creature in the top 20 world's deadliest here,
But you guys have.......BEARS.
Freakin great big hairy mountains of teeth and claws.
You're all mad...
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Reading the comments about off-roading and camping.
Ok I know we have pretty much every venomous creature in the top 20 world's deadliest here,
But you guys have.......BEARS.
Freakin great big hairy mountains of teeth and claws.
You're all mad...
I've developed what I hope will be an effective solution in an encounter with an angry bear. I carry bear mace. Don't get me wrong though, it's useless against a bear. My plan is to spray one of my riding buddies in the face with it and then run away. The joke is that you cal tell that an aggressive bear is in the area by examining it's poop. If the bear pile has a little bell in it and smells like pepper spray, it's probably from a dangerous bear.

On a more serious note, on the east coast of the US, we only have black bears. They get big and could absolutely be lethal if provoked but it's very hard to get them that motivated to hurt you. I stood one down once up on Old Rag Mountain in VA when it surprised me and my kids. Literally 6' from the big bear, I started yelling and growling at it while waving my arms high in the air and it just turned around and wandered away.

Now, brown and grizzly bears are a whole 'nuther thing. When camping in the western US, we never have any food or cooking in camp and we never wear or bring anything in our tents that we've had around food or cooking (like our clothes). And if available, we lock up anything with an aroma in a bear locker or hang it far from our camp. Around Yellowstone or the Tetons, it's also the wolves that are the apex predator but the precautions are the same.
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Dangerous fauna

We have a native dog, the dingo, but probably the biggest problem which presents danger for the unwary is this guy below. Th government tries to suppress information because it potentially destroys our tourism industry, but the danger is present and real.
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Stay aware stay alive

Lots of people confuse them with the koala. They are a relative, but definitely not the same cute little guy you see on the brochures.
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Never heard on those before.....Dayum, looks like trouble in a small package!

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Damn. Vicious. Another reason to wear a fullface helmet. Are those real?

Never mind. Hoax alert.
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Hoax?? Okay, now I can feel better about traveling to Australia after they build all the bridges across the Pacific.
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