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Tragics tackle Tassie – Tenere’s take on the Apple Isle

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Tragics tackle Tassie – Tenere’s take on the Apple Isle
A total of 75 Yamaha Tenere riders took part in the recent Tasmanian Devil Run which covered a lap of the apple isle on dirt roads and byways.

Around 1830km was covered by the Tragics during the course of the five day run on a range of machines from the first 1983 XT600ZL Teå«neå«reå« to the latest 1200 twins.

The Tasmanian Devil Run was unanimously received as the best Tragics Run in the event‰Ûªs seven year history. The combination of fabulous riding on both tar and gravel roads, eye-popping scenery, superb hospitality and Tasmania‰Ûªs enthusiasm for the tourism industry made this Tragics Run a ride to remember.

‰ÛÏI stated at the welcome dinner that this year‰Ûªs Tragics Run would be hard to top, and that‰Ûªs just the way it played out,‰Û
Tragics tackle Tassie – Tenere’s take on the Apple Isle
A total of 75 Yamaha Teå«neå«reå« riders took part in the recent Tasmanian Devil Run which covered a lap of the apple isle on dirt roads and byways. Photo: iKapture
Yamaha Yamalube Factory Racing team Dakar Rally racer Rodney Faggotter took time out from managing his Centretune MCs Yamaha dealership at Longreach in central Queensland for a surprise visit to the event on the afternoon of day three. Rod arrived at Lake Pedder Wilderness Resort in south-west Tasmania to take part in a special Q&A session with MX legend Stephen Gall. The Dakar Factory team member then rode with the Tragics for the final two days of the Run aboard an XT660Z Teå«neå«reå«.

‰ÛÏYMA has supported the Teå«neå«reå« Tragics from the first ride seven years ago and the event has become a pillar of our bLU cRU acitivities and a must-do event for anyone who owns a Dakar-inspired Yamaha.

"The camaraderie shown by this group of riders has to be experienced to really appreciate the fun to be Teå«neå«reå« Tragic and Yamaha Factory Dakar rider Rodney Faggotter (left) and MX legend Stephen Gall enjoy the Tassie scenery had on these rides. Add in spectacular Tassie scenery and five days of sunshine and you have a recipe for motorcycling nirvana,‰Û
Tragics tackle Tassie – Tenere’s take on the Apple Isle
Feel the serenity!


Tragic awards Respect is due to these Tenere riders

Truly Tragic Award (awarded to the Tragic who displays the true Tenere Spirit during the course of the Run): Jointly awarded to two recipients for 2017:

1). Matt Parker-Charlton, from Melbourne, Victoria. Matt lined up for his first-ever Tragics Run aboard a 1983 XT600ZL Tenere and his challenges started with a leaking head gasket and continued through the Run with fuel, electrical and sidestand issues. But through it all, Matt kept giving his legendary old beast the TLC it deserves and he completed every day and you could not wipe the smile off his dial

2). Colin Hayden, from Dubbo, NSW. Col is a 100% Tragic and has ridden all seven Tragics Runs. Riding an XT1200Z Super Tenere, Col and his posse of fellow Tragics from central NSW maximised their time in Tassie on the Run, by working in brewery tours, stops at oyster farms, bakeries, cafes, pubs and museums, and even the Ghost Tour at Port Arthur historic village, on their lap of the island

  • Rod Faggotter Recognition Award: Rocket Rod was asked to determine an award for the Tragic who caught his attention and it was little surprise he selected Chris Kirk from Mudgee, NSW, who rides an immaculately prepared Sonauto-replica XTZ750 Super Tenere. The thundering blue beast moved Rod to comment: ‰ÛÏIf only I was born 20 years earlier, I could have raced Dakar on a bike like this!‰Û

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