August 24, 2015 by Dirt Action Editor
In an effort to find a part of Australia he’s never seen, Damo points the V-Strom west and heads to the NSW outback.
STORY & PHOTOS DAMIEN ASHENHURST
I live in a small town on Lake Macquarie in NSW. Twenty minutes from my house is the city of Newcastle and my backyard is the Hunter Valley.
I can see a mine from my house. My sister lives in a house owned by a mining company. The upper Hunter Valley is full of mines that a lot of my mates have worked in. You’re no doubt getting the idea that, where I live, mining is a big deal.
But it’s also the number-one culprit fingered in the downturn of local economies as the price of coal and iron ore suffers and jobs are cut. It’s no coincidence that the mining downturn came before the drop in dirtbike sales and the effect on the bike industry has been deep.
I wanted to get an idea just how things are across other towns and decided the best way to do that was to pack our project Suzuki V-Strom 1000 and head to other mining areas and see what’s going on.
And with more than 2500km piled on the Suzuki in five days I was going to give it the bath it deserves. The bike was flawless and I’m keen to find some more adventure on it. A coastal run is calling.