Information Guide

Some Useful Information

We’ve updated our notes on setting up a SPOT tracker. If you are joining us on the ADV-X ride then please get this setup before you go – we need to know where you are.

Please download this document and follow the instructions: How to create a SPOT tracker for the APC – May 2015.

Some useful tips:

GPS Instructions

Garmin 62 s and 60csx instructions


1. Open mapsource on computer with rally track open

2. Attach gps to computer using cable.

3.go to top of mapsource page and hit “transfer” icon at top of page

4. It should then find the gps and list it if not hit “find GPS” icon

5. Select “routes” and “waypoints” boxes then hit send

6. Once a message saying the info has been sent is displayed waite 20 seconds then disconnect gps from computer

7. Turn gps on and go to “main menu” and select “routes”

8. Scroll down to the route where you are starting from and hit enter

9. Select “navigate” then wait till you see the purple line and then follow it.

10. When you run out of purple line hit the “page ” button and go to “main Menu”

11 select routes and hit enter then select the next route and hit enter then select “navigate once more and follow the purple line once again.

The only difference between the 62 s and the 60csx is the 62 s  will select the next route automatically and you just need to hit enter where the 60 csx you simply need to find the next route manually and this would simply be the next letter in the alphabet. 

Some set up tricks

1. When hard wiring these units to the bikes make it so they have continual power. When first using the unit hold the power button in and you will see a brightness icon come on push the arrow keys to get maximum brightness.

2. A small piece of rag at the bottom of the mount will help hold the unit steady so it is easier to read.

3. “Tracks” when setting up the unit set it to “auto wrap” tracks. Otherwise you need to remember to clear the track log each day.

4. When in the coastal country set the scale to 300 meters and when at Yunta set the scale at about 1 km.

5. Half the problems i have seen with these units is when people connect and disconnect the power supply on the bike . Just do it carefully and without gloves. I would also recommend a zip tie around the unit and the bracket on the 60csx so you don’t lose it.

 Zumo 550 and 660 loading instructions.

  1. Turn gps on
  2. Hit where to
  3. Hit “favourites”
  4. If there are favourites in the gps we need to delete them. Hit just one favourite
  5. Go to edit , scroll down page and hit delete then hit back
  6. Scroll to top of favourites and Select all
  7. Then hit delete
  8. Return to starting page and hit “where to “ then hit routes
  9. If you have routes in the gps you will need to delete these. Select the route then hit “edit” then scroll down page to hit delete. If you have multiple routes hit select all and delete all the routes.
  10. Go to opening page of gps and hit the spanner at bottom of page. Next page you need to scroll down and hit the”navigation”
  11. You need to select route preference and select “off road” then hit the “avoidances” and deselect all avoidances then hit the the “recalculation mode” and turn recalculation off.
  12. Go back a page and hit the map button and then hit map info button at bottom of page and deselect cn aus and n.z. have only tracks4 aust selected.
  13. Plug gps unit into computer and open hit the “open file” icon
  14. Now hit the gpx file icon and go to the tempory folder and hit delete
  15. Now open the mapsource file in the email i sent you and then hit transfer icon at top of page
  16. Hit” send to device”
  17. It will then find the device once this is done select waypoints and route icons then hit send
  18. Once the route has been sent leave the cable attached for 20 seconds to make sure all the info gets transferred to your gps.
  19. Now disconnect your gps and turn it on and get the opening page up. You then will need to waite one minute bfore an icon saying that it has found new data and do you want to manage it now “yes”
  20. Waite till it has stopped processing then hit the spanner at bottom of page and hit” user data” then hit” import data” then hit “favourites” then hit” select all” then” hit import”
  21. Once this process has finished go back and select” routes”. When doing this next process you should mount it on the bike so it has power.  Now hit “select all” then hit “import” you will then see the unit process each route. It is not uncommon to get error messages saying that it can’t find start or finish of route you just hit “okay “ and then hit the” import” button again. You need to make sure that all 35 routes get imported. You do this by going back to the opening screen and hit the “whereto” button then select “routes” and check that you have the following routes loaded “a,b,c,d,e,f,g,h,i,j,k,l,m,n,o,p,q,r,s,t,u,v,w,x,z,y,z,za,zb,zc,zd,ze,zf,zg,zh,zi” The routes have been loaded with these names because the gps units store the routes alphabetically so it is easy to find the next route when you are on the go.
  22. When you load the correct route at your start point you simply hit “where to” then “routes” then select the” route” at your start point. “you then hit “edit at bottom of page then scroll down and hit “calculate”

You then hit “off road” and then “okay” then hit “back” then hit “go” and a purple line should come up on the gps now you just follow it. Scroll in and out all the time to help navigate better.

23.  The highlighted section is the process you need to do every time you load a new route. You will know that you are getting to the end of your current route because you will see a finish flag and no purple line. When this occurs just pull over and go to the opening screen and hit the “where to” button. Then hit routes and select the next letter in the alphabet to your old route and do the steps in point 22.that are highlighted.

APC Rally Motorbike Preparation

John Huson explains the importance and preparation for your bike prior to commencing the Rally

Click the following link for your preparation information:  Explanation



Rally track marking

  1. Yellow tape will be put on all gates that are on the rally course .
  2. There will be white arrows with” APC” on them where the track is hard to find. There will only be about twenty on the entire course.
  3. 5 meters of pink surveyors tape shall be issued to all riders. When a rider sees a dangerous obstacle they are asked to go back 50 meters before the obstacle and put about one  meters of tape on a tree or post that will warn other riders. In theory after day 2 most of the course will be marked because we have 7 starting points around the course. Riders will need to ride within their limits because they still must expect dangers on the course. If a rider comes to a dangerous washout they are asked to go back 50 meters and do a burn out across the course if there are no trees or scrub to put the tape on.

On May 15th the Apc rally team attended the Australian rally championships at Imbil in Queensland. This event was really well run and a  lot was learnt. This year they invited bikes to compete which allowed John Hudson to get real insight into the safety net that they use. There were only a few bikes but those who attended had a real blast. It is unlike the safari because you are unable to navigate in the special tests because you are simply going too fast to look down.  You do need navigation  gear to find your way on the liaison stages. The time controls are very similar to an enduro. The 400 to 690 cc bikes are the best option because you need to stop in a big hurry and accelerate out of corners in a quick and clean manner. Corner speed is where the rally is won and lost. John won the event and had top speeds of 155 kph. The damage in the cars was amazing in one 8 km section there were 6 cars crashed and very badly damaged.

Ryan Smart and ex enduro rider from Queensland won the event and he had top speeds of 210 kph. Ryan is currently leading the Australian rally championships and is showing great promise in his new sport. “SMART RACING” is on his car so keep an eye out for it on speed channel soon. After riding the course on a bike and have times in that were in the last 40 % of the field all the bike riders came away with a great deal of respect for the rally drivers.

Marcel from workshop 2000 came to the event after preparing  Johns bike and worked all weekend to keep the bike running at 100%. Marcel is now very busy preparing bikes for the APC Rally if you require his services please call him on 0438 012190. He is the mechanic who will be at the Simpson desert camp during the rally.

Spot Tracker Set Up Hints

I got my new spot tracker this week from GPS oz . When purchasing your unit you need to advise them who your primary and secondary contact is. You will need their name and phone numbers. Whoever you make for these contacts I would recommend that you have at least one non bike related person because it won’t make sense to nominate one of your mates who is sitting in the desert with you. They need to have a mobile numbers because a text message is sent. You should pick someone who is always near their mobile phone.
In your need assistance message I would recommend the following: i have broken down and need assistance. I am not injured but do need a ute with tie downs to come from the closest town. Please go to my spot tracker url to see my location http;hfhadhsjssssajsaas
In your sos message i would recommend the following info to be in your message. Example only I am an adventure bike rider. I have probably been involved in a motorcycle accident and need immediate medical assistance to this location . My wifes number and mobile phone number are as follows. I am a Qld resident and have MBF health insurance.DOB 7-11-67 Male and no known allergies have had morphine before.

When you receive your spot tracker you should go onto the website and log into your account. The gps oz guys have been instructed to set up accounts for all our riders .

Once in the site hit the Tab

  1. MY GPS Locations

In this page you will see: Looking to configure your device settings. Please click on this and you will see your primary and secondary contact details. If you go the  edit section on the right hand side of the page you will be able to write the message you want. Once this has been completed you need to tackle the next job and that is creating a shared page.

On the first page of your spot tracker website you will see a tab with “Share “on it. You click on this and then go to “public shared page” you then ask it to create this page. You should now go outside and put your spot tracker on and turn on the tracking function. Give this about twenty minutes.

You then go to the public shared page and you will see your location come up. The url which is the internet address for the page you are on is the one you should send to all your mates and to APC rally headquarters which is me  at this address. Advise your friends to use the satellite function as well as the map function when you are in the rally so people can see the terrain you are going through

Your url address look like this:

Safety techniques for Adventure Riding

In the last year I have been building a 7500 km Rally course and have been doing a lot of riding. I thought I might try and put into words some of the things I have learnt which hopefully might save some others loosing some bark and stop adventure bike insurance from getting more expensive.
Just for the record most of this info has been passed onto me by riders who have a lot more skill than myself.

Rule No 1.
Ride with as little weight as possible. More weight means the faster you lose balance and the slower you can pull up.
Rule No 2.
When approaching a wooden bridge lower your speed if possible then do not try to do any breaking ,steering or gear changes when you are on it. Constant throttle and look up and foward. Try to pick a line where there are no edges.
Rule No 3.
When crossing a concrete causeway with water over it try to lower speed so you dont loose your feet of the pegs. Always pick a line where you think the car tyres have been because this is where the moss will not be.
Rule No 4.
When pulling up on a track to turn around because you have missed a turn always pull up on the left side and never start turning around till all riders in your group have stopped where you are . Always pull up away from a corner so riders have plenty of warning to stop. Big bikes and speed means that riders cannot stop or change direction quickly. Dont trust your mirrors.
Rule No 5.
When coming around a corner and being faced with a car or any other obstacle always focus on the gap on the left hand side of whatever you can see and then ride through that gap. Make a decision and stick with it. There is no time for two decisions. Do some breaking but do not try to pull up before you get to the obstacle in most occasions this severe breaking will mean you will loose control.
Rule no 6.
Do your stopping before the corner and this usually means dropping a gear and using the gearbox. With practice as you do this you can weight your body so the back steps out to the outside of the corner and you are then set up for the corner early rather than later. Always look through the corner to see if you can see any movement.
Rule no 7.
When crossing creeks or any other obstacles always be positive . In most cases it is always better to enter the obstacle in a smooth motion so if this means turning around and going back 100 meters it is good to do so. The reason is that the first ten meters when you start is when you have the least balance and your body is not settled in a relaxed riding position. Momentum is the name of the game. Constant throttle and dont look at your mates look at where you want to be.
Rule no 8.
There is no right way to ride around kangaroos or anything else that has a mind of its own. The only cure is to drop your cruising speed as soon as you see anything. Kangaroos will often move from the scrub out onto open pastures in the evening and then be returning to the scrub in the mornings. If you are going to hit a kangaroo do all your breaking that you can before the impact and then let off the breaks just before you hit it. The reason is your suspension will come back up and you will have more control of the bike when you hit the roo. Once you know you are hitting the roo dont try and change the direction just grip the bike with your knees as hard as possible and look up.
Rule no 9.
If you hit a jump or grid wrong and your bike gets sideways in the air just worry about your front wheel hitting the ground straight and at the right angle. The rear wheel can do horrible things and you will still be okay. Once again dont try and brake as you are hitting the ground ,grip your bike hard with your legs. Your legs are the largest muscles on your body and should be doing most of the work. Riders who try to ride a motorcycle with their hands will never enjoy knowing what there bike is capable of.
Rule no 10.
Looking up gives a rider balance . When approaching truck ruts grip the bike with your legs and look where you want to be .Again no breaking can be done as you are trying to smoothly angle yourself out of a rut. No two ruts are the same but if the rut only goes for ten meters most riders should be able to ride in the rut and exit them without a drama.
Rule no 11.
Deep sand riding takes momentum and courage. The more weight you have on board the more courage you will require. Worry about your speed and momentum more than the ruts when turning corners in the sand. Stand up and be smooth with the throttle.
Rule no12.
On adventure bikes if you fail to get up the hill 99 % of the time you need to turn around and start again ,to do anything else will be wasting energy. Momentum is the name of the game always look ahead as far as you can. Grip the bike with your legs and don’t consider not making it. Speed and parts of the track that have good traction are the key to your success. If you are leading and you make it always ride out of site from the riders below, always pull up and make sure everyone makes it just do it down the track a little. A rider who sees you waiting at the top has 50 % chance of not making it because you have affected their confidence.

Rule no 13
Always look after your mates there is nothing more important than getting everyone home safe. Never leave a rider behind and never leave a corner until the sweep or lead rider shows up.

Rule no 14

Set your levers so you CAN REST ONE FIGURE ON THEM WHEN YOU ARE RIDING .On adventure bikes you will spend a lot more time sitting down so your levers should suit this position as well as standing. Big bulky gloves can limit finger movement that can greatly affect you reaction time.  

I expect a lot of people will have there own opinions on doing things I just hope this post helps someone.

Radio Comms Set Up

Please follow this link to view a cost effective push to talk radio set up which goes with the GME TX6100 which in our opinion is a good low budget set up for comms.  You need a five watt radio in the bush and the GME has a good 12 volt charging system. As a package I would recommend the following with a 12 volt charger and a high gain antenna.

With this set up you put the radio in the side pocket of your tank bag and then have one wire that goes to your helmet that you can unplug.

GME Bike-to-Bike Kit

GME TX6100 477MHz UHF Handheld CB Radio – 80ch



Gear Guide Part 1 (The Basics)

Follow the link for more information on Gear Guide Part 1 (The Basics)
Gear Guide Part 1

Basic Navigation

On the rally, riders will be using three navigational devices to help them navigate the course. This way if one system fails they will have the ability to continue.The devices are as follows

 1. GPS unit with route pre loaded 

2. Accommodation is located but does not give turning instructions.

Miniature route sheet scroll which gives distance to next town

(This is not the same as the safari route sheets, it is used to help calculate fuel distances and know where accommodation is located but does not give turning instructions.

“Vince Strang Motorcycles in Inverell ” have these in stock. mount to the bars.

The format for route sheet notes will be as follows.


These units are only about 7 cm. They are plastic and are easy to mount to the bars






Town leg dist fuel accom



 Woodenbong* 67 km 7 dys 026635 1275 026664 5102
 Mallanganee 81 km 5 dys
Baryulgil 52 km nil nil


Jackadgery * 77 km 7 dys

026644 9324

Where a * is seen after a town name, this is where the organizer wants all riders to “fill up their tanks and stop at the fuel stop. There are multiple reasons for this.

A. There could be No fuel for another 300 km

B. Receive track information if diversions are required due to weather.

C. The organizer could need to communicate with a rider.

D. There could be complicated navigation ahead and a full tank could be well advised if the rider got lost


Map with route marked on it. (Basic detail to be used just as a backup . All riders shall be required to buy a copy of Hem Australia Map book. Approximately one week before the event the organizer will email all riders a copy of scanned pages of this book with the route marked on it. The riders will then be able to mark up their own books using a highlighter pen . This task is a very important part of a rider getting an understanding of

the event.This book is a great tool for all adventure riders to have. It fits in most tank bags. Having a hard copy map is essential if the GPS fails. A rider would not be able to complete the course using a map only but they could get themselves out of trouble.

In the rally all riders should seize the opportunity to learn how to navigate using a GPS. The map and route sheet roller are extra tools to help.

then the small picture of the next turn you are looking for. This way road signs or features such as lakes can help you confirm that you are on the right track.

The rally route has all been pre ridden and the main reason was to give riders the most accurate route detail possible which will minimize mistakes. In other words the pink line on the GPS is where the organizer has ridden and this is accurate to 20 meters which could be different to the road marked on the map of the GPS. The reason is simple and that is a lot of maps were made thirty years ago and the GPS units are very accurate and the maps are not.

A GPS performs two tasks and that, is it tells you where you have been and can tell you where to go. What a lot of people don’t understand is that you must “maintain” a GPS as you are navigating.

Before you start using the GPS you need to make sure it is on the highest screen resolution

which means it is as bright as possible. The mapping detail needs to set to highest. Tracks 4 Australia needs to be loaded onto the GPS as this is the set map that you are using on the GPS.

When using a GPS always give it a minute to find satellites. In other words don’t start playing with it till the screen is showing a map of where you are. It needs to be out in the open for this to occur.

Another tip is that once you stop moving on the bike the map on the GPS will often turn around making it difficult to navigate sometimes even the best navigators will need to ride down a track for 300 meters before they can see that the track they are leaving does not correlate with the route.(pink line).

It is always best to look at a GPS when you are on the move and before you get to the corner. If the map starts to turn around on your GPS the only way to correct it is to ride down the track you think is right and then when your track that you are leaving is clearly different to the route pink line then you know to turn around and take another track.

TRACKS (Leaving black dots where you have been)



Let’s start with track points as you ride the GPS units usually have 500 points that they can lay down so you can see where you have been.

Track points settings

1. Track point log needs to be “on”

2. Frequency of track points -Normal

3. Colour- Black

4. Wrap when full needs to be “on”


This is the term for when you a following a course made up of waypoints. In the APC Rally this is the method of navigation that is used. Most GPS units can only store 200 waypoints per route and most GPS units can store up to 60 routes. This means that in the rally a rider will need to activate up to 40 new routes as they are completing the course . When they see an end to the pink line on the GPS which is the line going to the last waypoint in the current route they will simply go to “routes” in the main menu and activate the next route in the list.

Approximately 7 days before the rally all competitors will receive the routes by email in either Mapsource (Grarmin) or Ozi explorer. They can then download them onto their GPS. If a rider is unable to do this we will orgainise it to be done the night before the start. This same email will contain route sheet scroll notes and the map images.Some

experinced GPS users may ask why we are not using track files ? The answer is that when a route is marked on a GPS it is twice as easy to see on the GPS and therefor makes it safer for ridersA rider will be greatly advantaged if they can load GPS units and do all this work before they arrive at the event. Hopefully in each state we can orgnanise computer and GPS savy riders to help other riders with this task.

In the rally all the routes will be named as follows.

In the rally all the routes will be named as follows.

a Wood- mall

aa mall-jack

b jack- dorr

ba dorr- glouc

Because the GPS units store the routes alphabetically the routes will all be named with an initial in front of them and then the abbreviated version of the towns you are riding from and too. This way a rider can easily find the the next route they are to activate on the GPS.

To activate a route

1. You click routes in the main menu.

2. You will see a menu of routes available and if you have a route currently activated it will be high lighted.

3. Locate the town you are starting in then hit “activate”

4. Hit the page button and return to your map. You should now see a pink line

Some “route “settings you need to apply to your GPS are as follows.

1. OFF road should be selected

2. Deactivate turning instructions to come up on screen( these can block out the map you need to see)

3. Deactivate auto navigate to next waywpoint. This causes problems because the GPS draws straight lines from one waypoint to another and often the road could have many twists and turns but because the rally course does not leave the road all these twists and turns were not needed to be marked. If auto navigate is left on it could cause the GPS to freeze.

4. Remember that the route is to guide people over the rally course . Waypoints are used when there is a real change of direction of your current course often the road on the GPS map will be off the route pink line. Don’t stress, this is the turn off, the road that your needing to look for.


exits the town. Look at its general direction and sometimes you may see a name.

3. Zoom your GPS into 200 meters when in town and follow the pink line.

(Remember that when a GPS is stationary, for some reason turns the map around this is what makes navigating in towns difficult because you are always stopping)

If you see that the rally route enters a town but then doubles back onto itself you should always enter the town, in most cases it will be going to a compulsory fuel stop.

When you stop for the night don’t be concerned with turning the GPS off, it will turn on and function as it was left from the prevous session

Please remember that once we have all learnt how to do this we can go to any country in the world and navigate a course. All riders should bring the manual for their GPS with them on the rally and try to learn as much as possible.

They should also bring the cable that connects there GPS to a computer