Barkbusters 2 Day BLITZ - Wrap up

Updated: Nov 20, 2019

The second Barkbusters BLITZ Navigation ride left City Coast Motorcycles on Saturday the 1st June.

With a mix of navigation devices, printed route sheets in tank bags and one rider practicing with a roll chart holder, riders set off for 570kms of adventure riding over 2 days, finishing in Bathurst on Sunday afternoon.

Everyone successfully navigated their way to a total of 23 waypoints and 6 checkpoints, except for one rider that had to cut his ride short.

There were a few missed turns, overshot corners and navigation errors, but after some on route changes to devices and installing different apps, mistakes disappeared and confidence increased making the whole weekend a lot more enjoyable.

There wasn't much hope stopping Trent from overshooting corners though, he had the 690 chasing the Wings award all weekend! And he got it too.

We weren't concerned about him getting lost at any time, it'd be easy enough to find him by following the skids and slides.

Richard added another spot to his claimed trails, he previously created Richard's Rise and on the weekend he added, the RedRutRev.

Day 1: 319 kms

Wollongong to Oberon.

The start of Day1, City Coast Motorcycles

Trent sets off on his freshly rebuilt KTM690 on his way to collect the Wings award for the weekend.

Trent's rebuilt KTM, the bike was originally owned by Barkbusters' Matthew Phillpott

Married in a 'Rush' on the way to the Bridle track.

The 850 and 1200, one of them stayed upright all weekend.

Alan on the KTM1090, rounding up Jeff on his BMW 850 on his way to 1st place in the over 650's

Taking in the view from one of the many lookouts on the morning route.

Serge was only one minute off taking 1st in the over 650's

After a couple of changes to his BMW Navigator, Jeff had a ball on his BMW F850GS

Lunch stop at The Ploughman Cafe, Taralga

Derek picked up a couple of wooden spoons before switching to a different app.

With a wooden spoon added to his collection, Alan navigated to a class win on his 2nd BLITZ Ride.

Day 1 finished with dinner and awards at the Royal Hotel, Oberon.

Day 2: 252 kms

Oberon to Bathurst

Day 2 started off a little colder, 1 deg at breakfast but we had clear skies and sunshine for almost the entire day.

The morning had us straight into some forest trails, gravel and dirt roads leading all the way to Wattle Flat just after midday.

Then it was off to Historical Hill End and to ride the Bridle Track.


Anthony on the Grom navigated his way to 1st in class and outright winner.

Pictured above: (L to R) Alan - Over 650, Darryl - 450 to 650, Anthony - Under 250

Although not a race, there's always some great prizes and awards using our points system on the navigation rides.

Event prizes are randomly drawn, and custom Barkbusters Trophies awarded at completion of the series.


Rider: Anthony

Bike: Honda Grom


Prize: Rocky Creek Designs Cable lock.

Over 650.

Rider: Alan

Bike: KTM1090

Nav: Garmin Montana 650T

Prize: Blitz entry


Rider: Darryl

Bike: DR650

Nav: Garmin 396 / Road book

Prize: Barkbusters VPS Guards

Under 250.

Rider: Anthony

Bike: Honda Grom


Prize: Motopressor tyre guage.


Rider: Trent

Bike: KTM690

Nav: iPad/Hema

Prize: Barkbusters VPS Guards

Longest distance travelled to event.

Rider: Derek

Prize: Entry to the 7 day rally.

Wooden Spoons. (that we know of)

Derek: 2

Trent: 2

Richard: 1

Alan: 1


Serge: 1

Richard: 1

Pink Whistle.


During a small raffle we also raised another $70 towards the RideToStopSuicide.

We'd like to thank all the riders, Barkbusters and supporting sponsors for another great event.

Thanks to Ploughmans Cafe, The Royal Hotel Oberon and Wattle Flat Store for looking after our checkpoints and providing great service once again.

See you at the 3rd BLITZ Ride (date TBC), we're heading further south towards Batemans Bay.

Check the events blog for updates and registrations soon.

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