AN IMPULSE idea from two good mates has set the ball rolling for what is expected to be a blokes' trip of a lifetime.
Friends Ian Brooke and Ian McWha found themselves wanting to embark on an adventure, and it was there the BBB trip was born – Bundaberg to Birdsville and Back.
“We were sitting on Ian's veranda having a cup of coffee and we were saying, ‘we need a bit of a challenge and do something different',” Mr Brooke said.
So the two bike enthusiasts decided to set themselves the challenge of riding from Bundaberg to Birdsville and back on a small bike with a maximum 125cc engine.
“This is a reason it's going to be a challenge for us – we're used to bigger speeds,” Mr Brooke said.
“We hope to get out there and back with minimal fuss.”
Mr Brooke said three of the riders went out and bought the same bike, a Kymco 125cc, especially for the upcoming trip, during which it is expected the bikes will cover between 4000km to 5000km of ground.
The group of four riders are in no rush to complete the journey, after giving themselves a month to finish the trip so they can ride to the conditions of the road and capacity of the bike.
“It might not take a month,” he said.
“The bikes are slow – they are comfortable at 80kmh but any faster and they're working too hard.”
Mr Brooke said the ride would not be raising money for charity but would be a way of encouraging and growing friendship.
“When you get to our age, you look for something different to do,” he said.
“We don't want to get locked in to raising funds – we are just doing it for adventure and mateship.”
He said the trip was the first of its kind and he hoped to make the ride an annual event.
The group will hit the road on Monday, August 1, and will travel through places including Chinchilla, St George, Cunnamulla, Birdsville, Big Red, Charleville, Theodore, Eidsvold and Mt Perry.
Hot on their heels will be a support vehicle and trailer, driven by the trip's chef and “tent erector”, Col Olsen.
Mr Brooke said other interested riders were welcome to ride all or part of the trip, but would be entirely responsible for their own bikes, equipment and food.
“The challenge is limited to bikes of 125cc capacity, but other bikes will be accepted to tag along,” he said.
He said coming along would be a good opportunity to see how a 125cc challenge works, and interested riders may choose to join in the next challenge, which is expected to be in August 2012.