Daryl Beattie to head outback bike tours
Dazzling outback Australian scenery and terrain, a hot shower each day, fully catered meals, and comfortable swags are among the rare luxuries guaranteed on all of a series of spectacular motorcycle tours hand-picked, organised and led by former 500cc grand prix ace Daryl Beattie.
The highly respected winner of three 500cc world motorcycle grands prix and runner-up to Mick Doohan in the 1995 world championship has formed a new business called Daryl Beattie Adventures.
Beattie is planning a hectic 2014 that will include no fewer than seven adventure motorcycle tours into the Australian outback. This is in addition to his ongoing MotoGP television commitments for Network Ten.
The guy who owns the business will be leading the way into stunning wilderness areas every day.
The first Beattie tour – a six-days/five nights Birdsville-to-Alice Springs ride including a spectacular Simpson Desert crossing – starts on March 27.
Other fully supported, handsomely catered tours include Alice to Birdsville and three Cape York rides starting in Cairns and finishing at the tip of North-Eastern Queensland.
A second, longer, Birdsville-to-Alice adventure will shadow the legendary Finke Desert Race, with the Beattie tourists camping among the competitors, soaking up the atmosphere and listening to war stories.
Another highly anticipated longer journey is Beattie’s Uluru-to-Broome ride which incorporates the famous Canning Stock route to Halls Creek, and then to the Indian Ocean.
Beattie will head every tour, leading small groups of riders through some breathtaking scenery and terrain. For safety reasons, a sweep rider will follow the paying customers. A fully equipped, go-anywhere Unimog will be at every stopover with personal luggage, kitchen facilities, mattresses and bedding, and fuel and spares.
The outback adventures are a far cry from Beattie’s competitive days and role as a network television sports commentator, but he says there’s a simple reason why, “I have spent many years in the outback. This is a personal passion and something I want to share with others.”
“I’ve spent a lot of time travelling to spectacular and remote parts of Australia,” said Charleville-born Beattie. “I reckon I’ve picked out some awesome routes for our bike tours.”
He says the adventure programmes have been tailored to cater for competent riders with dirt-bike experience. Beattie has rated the routes in difficulty from one (the easiest) to five (the most difficult).
The rides to the Cape have been handed a three toughness rating; the Canning Stock Route a five. “We’ve got tours that should suit the skill levels and budgets of most riders,” Beattie said.
Each tour has limited capacity. “A small group is easier to manage and I will be able to get to know the group better. We feel six-to-eight riders is ideal,” Beattie said. Six brand spanking new Honda CRF 450X four-stroke off-road bikes have been fettled with special 21-litre endurance fuel tanks, Michelin all-terrain tyres and other small mods.
Beattie, a serious dirt-bike rider before and after his GP career, has left nothing to chance. Sleeping swags with extra ground sheeting and mattresses will ensure comfortable nights under the stars. A keen chef, Beattie promises fine tucker at the end of every day’s riding – casseroles, BBQs, fish and other tasty fare. Wines and beers are available on tabs. “Every evening, our guests will be relaxing with a cold one, reminiscing about the day’s riding, and chatting about all things on two wheels,” said Beattie.
All tour riders will leave with a tangible record of their unique experiences. “I love my photography and we’ll be encouraging people to stop and record what we will be doing and seeing. Go Pros are welcome and I’ll be blazing away at every opportunity with a new Canon video/still camera.”
For more details of the tours, dates, prices, inclusions and bookings, please visit our Adventures page.
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