Back in the old days I always dreamt of motorcycling across the Nullarbor (but never on a Harley). In November 2009 I took my 2009 Harley-Davidson® Road King® on the trip with my son on the back. A workmate, Heffy (formerly known as JP), who upgraded his custom dyna for a new Road King also jumped at the chance to come.
Planning the Nullarbor part of the trip was made easier by referring to the very informative Doin the Nulla guide by the Nullarboys.
The Australian HOG® Rally was in Launceston on 6 - 8 November 2009 so we decided to drop in on the way, opting to leave our HOGs in Melbourne and fly across Bass Strait just to save some time and some bucks for the trip to Perth. We took the winding route, deciding it'd be pretty stupid heading west from Melbourne and not using the Great Ocean Road. It was our intention to hug the coast as much as we could the whole way with a detour through Kalgoorlie (because it'd also be pretty whacky not to visit there too). We didn't make it to Kalgoorlie, we did make it to Perth. The odometer reading for the trip was almost exactly 6,200k's.
The costs, well for my son and I one one bike, fuel was around $600, everything else including food, accommodation, the flights to Launceston cost about $6000.00. We didn't skimp on food and stayed in 4+ Star accommodation where available.
The summary, it was quite simply one of the best times of my life despite the fact that for 6 days of it we rode through the longest and hottest heatwave since they started recording temperatures in 1887.
I had the GPS Logger going madly the whole way. Unfortunately a technical glitch resulted in the loss of all but the last three days of the trip. Never mind, I might just have to do it again.
The links below go to each of the legs of the trip. The google time wasn't too far off the mark, we didn't push it and the distances are between destinations. We did a bit of riding around as well, e.g. taking the Great Ocean Drive and other bits and pieces that weren't counted here.