G’Day my name is Marty. I’m closer to 0 than 100 years old. I’ve been riding for close to 20 years now and have always wanted to ride around Australia. Now I’ve got a good excuse. It’s taken a few saddle swaps to end up with the Blackbird. My first bike was a Suzuki GSX250S, I then stepped up to a Honda CX500S (what a weapon). The CX made way for a Honda CBR1000FK, when it broke down in front of Maverick Motorcycles one afternoon. Since that time I’ve also had a Kawasaki ZX10, an XR600, another CBR1000F, an FZR1000 and a VTR1000 SP1 (damn I miss that bike). Now I have the Bird. This is probably the most powerful, smoothest and fastest point to point thing I’ve owned. I know it seems I’m a Honda fanatic, but the truth is I’m into anything shiny, fast, reliable and great value, ie Japanese.
Now let me introduce you to the other half of this story, my son Aaron. Aaron is 12 years old and, probably because of his mother, he also like bikes and things that go fast. He has had some experience riding, he has had an XR70 and an XR100. His appearance on this adventure is because like most kids his age, he is spoiled rotten. No just kidding. Aaron is coming on this journey for a number of reasons. Let me explain;
From the second I heard about this trip being organised I knew I was going. I have made rumblings about this very thing to mates before and for whatever reason we never went.
I do believe that our kids are the most valuable and precious things we can have in our lives and I’m fortunate to have two very healthy kids to date.
I want Aaron to gain an appreciation of how lucky he is and what a wonderful country we live in. Also because he is going to be out of school for a while, we are going to try to turn this into an excursion where he learns something about every place we visit.
My most treasured memories of my childhood are from trips away with my family, especially with my dad. This is a journey I would love for my boy to look back on in years to come with fond memories.
Although selfish, another reason, is to spend as much quality time with my kids as I can before either something happens to one of us, or they reach that age where it is no longer 'cool' to hang out with your parents. My only regret with this trip is that my wife and daughter can't come too.
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While I'm thinking of it, if anyone has some 'must see' locations or if you are on the route, drop us an email and we will do our best to fit in or drop in for a quick chat.
So thats the story so far. Keep checking in to see where we are and what we're up to. Please dont forget to donate to this most important of causes. Remember, were not trying to clear the national debt. Even a small donation is a good one and every donation over $2 is tax deductable