Guzzioverland Update.

We have a bit of bad news to report I’m afraid.

As you all know we are a bit behind on the blogs, we were in fact coming to the end of our Australian leg just finishing Victoria and the ACT before heading back to Melbourne to prepare for shipping to South America.

After covering approx 30’000km around Australia were only 100km or so from Melbourne and journeys end when either our rear tyre lost pressure or the rear wheel locked up we are not sure which yet. It’s hard to say as it happened very quickly but the bike went into a horrible S weave/skid before the lights went out (figuratively speaking). The inevetible fall was sadly on tar seal which doesn’t give much.The reason for it might become clearer when we start to fix the bike.

Kev valiantly struggled to keep on our side of the road and avoid anything solid for a few seconds to minimise damage but then it was all over red rover, he got carted off to hospital by ambulance but has now been given the all clear. He has some nasty scrapes on his shoulder and elbows and bad bruising down his back and left side, he however was the luckier one.
I had a ride to hospital in a helicopter and have a broken collar bone, two cracked ribs and three fractures to my pelvis, this is the worst part as it means I am non weight bearing for a few months. So bed for now followed by wheelchair, then rehab.
There was a suspected neck injury at first and I had to wear a brace for three days but x ray results showed it was older damage from when I was 20 something. Phew !



It has been a blow as apart from the obvious physical pain etc we were all booked to ship the bike to south america whilst we explored South East Asia. This probably isn’t going to happen now (although you never know) so we will have to rearrange the bike shipment and extend our Australian visa’s while we recover and repair, still the silver lining is we may catch up on the blogs as I recover and if we can delay shipping winter will be over in South America.

The bike is a mess but it should be repairable (hopefully), especially gutting as apart from a mystery gearbox noise I was going to fix at Martin’s she was in good shape.


Bike and helmet carnage pics.



Our beloved Canon camera didn’t escape either.



When we recovered the bike the back wheel would not turn even in neutral or with the clutch in and there was a massive flatspot worn right through the bottom of the tyre so maybe something locked the back wheel ? We will see.

Our protective gear did it’s job but is now trashed, my crash helmet has a large split and Kevs has a big area ground flat and a crack. Strangely both of us could have sworn we didn’t hit our heads or black out but clearly we did. Both of us don’t remember anything until the ambo’s got there. They cut my NEDS off me, without them I dread to think what my legs would have been like. In fact neither of us has a mark on our legs. Both our jackets are scrap, my elbow suffered a deep graze despite armour, I guess my sleeve must have ridden up as I hit the deck. Kev has removed a big piece of skin from his left shoulder but it must have just been friction against the inside of his jacket as it’s clean and his jacket isn’t torn there.

Reasons to be grateful:

At least we are both going to be alright.

The bike should hopefully be repairable.

No one else was injured or involved.

We did it in the right place, i.e where there is very good reciprocal medical care, they speak the same language (just) and where we had already made many friends

The fractures are clean and everything lines up and is where it should be.

A big thank you to all of the Victoria Guzzi Club who have been brilliant but especially Neil and family for looking after Kev. Thanks also for the many offers of help with fixing up the bike. It will be a few days before Kev is mobile enough to think about this but he appreciates your kindness and assistance.

Thanks to Martin and Pete for finding us a replacement back wheel (ours is now a really funny shape)

Hapilly Karen is in good spirits and not in much pain.

She is probably being moved out of the trauma ward today and on a rehabilitation hospital so good progress in only a few days.

Pics of some of the visitors and Karen in Hospital.



The rear (sticky) side of Kevs ECG stick on pads. OWCH !!!!  It took 3 x eyes closed , count to three pulls to get the worst one off. Yes that is my chest hair !




Kevs skinned shoulder, more of Karen’s bruised shoulder and the bruises on Kev’s back starting to come out more owch !



Paul and Kier giving Karen their un divided attention. You can tell the latest Vic Guzzi club mag is out.




Kerry and Paul from Tasmania even came in to carry on the abuse.



Seriously though, thank you everyone for coming and keeping Karens spirits high.

We loved seeing all of you.

We will be carrying on our trip to South America but first we need to rest, repair and recuperate ourselves and the bike.

  1. #1 by John and Liz on June 13, 2012 - 12:30 am

    Really sorry to read about your incident if we can help do not hesitate to contact us. We all well in very wet england. Get well soon Thinking about you.

  2. #2 by Ruth and Pierre on May 25, 2012 - 10:19 am

    Dear Karen and Kev.
    That is some news.. We hope you will get better soon and be able to re-saddle without too much difficulties. As you say how ‘lucky’ it happen where friends are about. You are both resilient travellers, you will go through this one, this is just a time out, time to reflect and do your blog. Best greeting to you both. Ruth and Pierre.

  3. #3 by Max Fielding on May 25, 2012 - 5:50 am

    Hi Kev & Karen,
    Most upset to hear of your crash but trust everything is repairable including most importantly you. You could not do a thing with a lockup like that. May I suggest sewing sleeves to insert the new roof side rails which will shed the rain aft. Make and mend. Cheers, Max

  4. #4 by Jeff and Josie on May 22, 2012 - 3:28 am

    Hi Kev and Karen, so sorry to hear about your get off.Karen your back was iffy enough without that! Will be an interesting addition to the book of your adventures but i think you could afford to tone it down just a wee bit.wishing you both and the thunder bus a full and speedy recovery and safe continuation of your trip.All our love Jeff and Josie.

  5. #5 by Kev & Karen on May 18, 2012 - 3:06 am

    Hi Guys,
    Really good to hear from you, you can give us pointers on where to travel in Alaska when we finally make it there. Maybe we can meet again on the road which would be awesome.
    Anyway enjoy your travels and keep safe.
    Love Karen and Kev

  6. #6 by Kev & Karen on May 18, 2012 - 3:05 am

    Hi Andi and Ellen
    Great to hear you guys are on the road and starting your adventure. You never know it’s possible we could meet in South America somewhere.
    The Aussies are looking after us really well and we are all on the road to recovery. Karens collarbone is starting to knit together and the bike is on the downhill slope now. Have a great time in Alaska and drop us a line now and again to let us know where you are.
    All the best, ride safe
    Kev and Karen

  7. #7 by Andi & Ellen Delis on May 18, 2012 - 12:16 am

    Heya Kevin and Karen, very sorry to read of the news, girl you took a hard hit… looking at the bike it is amazing you are not worse off.

    Not much we can do from in Alaska guys but best wishes from us, the best for your recovery and rebuild and I am sure the Ozzie bike community will be right be behind you, they are good bastids over there.

    Karen I hope you haven’t buggered that switch wiring on the left switch!!!, Kevin at least you know the rings are still good mate.

    Will catch up again soon when the dust settles a little for you guys, Ellen and I have started our 2 year trip and are in Homer Alaska.

    Best wishes guys, luv Andi and Ellen (ex NZ)

  8. #8 by tony davies on May 15, 2012 - 10:34 am

    hi guys, sorry to hear of your off. hope the recovery goes as good as it possibly can. one of the shift fork fingers in my g//box broke off locking it in gear. Fortunately for us was only between 2nd-3rd so relatively slow speed and we skidded to the side of the road upright it makes you think. we met at Rocky’s party. all the best Tony and bron

  9. #9 by Kev & Karen on May 15, 2012 - 8:39 am

    Hi Chris and Pam
    Thank you for your kind thoughts. Karen tried to reply to your email but for some reason it bounced back, hope you see this !
    We are on the mend and the Guzzi will ride again ! I have been fettling it for the past few days with the help of the Victoria Guzzi Club and she will be back on the road soonish
    Sorry we didn’t get chance to catch up with you before we left Tassie. We intended to drop by again but time got away from us.
    All the best to everyone at the station.
    Love Kev and Karen

  10. #10 by Dean on May 14, 2012 - 5:42 am

    Eh up,

    Well, there’s now’t that can be said that hasn’t already been said before, although i was geniuenly saddened when i saw this post but great to see your on the mend.
    I was going through my tassie trip photos and came across the guzzioverland ones, immediately thinking to jump on the net again and see how your doing.
    I was the Yorkshireman in the party of Aussies on bikes from Adelaide, chatting with you fokes at the top of Mt Wellington, in Tassie back in March as the mist decended around the Mt, on an otherwise clear blue sky day.
    Everyone had a good chat and we got some great pics together with you foke and the bike.
    Hope all goes well and a speedy recovery is wished for you both.
    Great to see your both looking on the bright side but then again, i wouldnt expect anything else from such people with the gumption, nouse and energy to do such a trip in the first place.
    I sincerely wish you both the best for the immediate future and on the rest of your travels.
    A good way to look at things :- Some days you step in it, some days you don’t.

    All the best,
    Dean & the SRT.

  11. #11 by chris & Pam on May 11, 2012 - 7:09 am

    So sorry to see & read about your accident Karen & Kevin, Ironically I replayed your int last Tues on air But couldnt check your website as the Internet was all down for the day at Huonfm.
    We wish you all the best & if there is anything we can do please dont hesitate to contact us. Also I guess sadly you wont be able to complete the trip now by your’Guzzi’.
    I’ve got one you could use, I mean it,
    Also if you wanted somwhere to recoperate you are welcome to stay with me & pam anytime.
    Everyone at HuonFms sends thier regards & best wishes. Love Chris & Pam Rawlings

  12. #12 by Renee Mouritz on May 10, 2012 - 12:54 pm

    Hi Kevin and Karen, We are so sorry to hear about your accident and this untimely, albeit temporary, stop to your travels. May you heal well and quickly. We are both thinking of you and sending you lots of love and good wishes. Take care, Renee and Adrian (Barry and Tina’s daughter) xx

  13. #13 by Kev & Karen on May 9, 2012 - 10:32 pm

    Awh, I feel all warm and fuzzy now.
    Kev will begin the process of stripping the bike down and we will find what went wrong. You’re right doing what I’m told is hard but I have the nurses running around after me. We have made good friends here and that has helped heaps.

  14. #14 by Kev & Karen on May 9, 2012 - 10:27 pm

    Kev is finally healed enough to begin the strip down to see what’s what.

  15. #15 by Andy Rose on May 9, 2012 - 6:57 pm

    Hi Guys,
    Sorry to hear the bad news, Hope you get better soon… Ouch no bumpy roads for a while Karen.. Sounds like you have plenty of friends out there to look after you. Hope the bike repairs ok so you can continue your fantastic adventure.
    Best wishes to you both and a speedy recovery.


  16. #16 by Julie on May 9, 2012 - 6:46 pm

    hello children,what HAVE ya been doing I m supposed to be the self damaging idiot,now you two have joined in. Good to hear you are both repairable,I know its rough but you can always build another bike.You two however are irreplaceable. You will have to push each other through the phisio and do as your tol d(that will come hard) Keep your spirits up and take care xxxxx love sprout & julie

  17. #17 by mark on May 9, 2012 - 1:21 pm

    3 cheers for neds ! how is the repairs going ?

  18. #18 by Kev & Karen on May 9, 2012 - 6:24 am

    Thanks “NEDS” we will certainly need new trousers along with crash helmets and jackets etc and we will sing the praises of our NEDS as both Kev and I don’t have a scratch on our legs (I haven’t seen my trousers yet so can’t say what state the NEDS are in but I know they cut them off me) I doubt any protective gear would have stopped my pelvis breaking.
    Kenn we will email you an address to send them to.
    Can we give a big thank you to you and Andrea at NEDS.

  19. #19 by Kenn Lowis on May 9, 2012 - 4:51 am

    Hi Guys,
    Hope both of you, and the Guzzi, are recovering well.
    We have some new NEDS cargoes to replace your old ones. Just need to have an address to send them to. Email me and I’ll send them on.

  20. #20 by Clive n chris on May 8, 2012 - 11:02 am

    Big shock to read your update guys,wishing you a speedy recovery
    Clive n chris

  21. #21 by Jim on May 6, 2012 - 11:31 am

    All the best.

    Get well soon.

    If you are in the Hunter area I am happy to assist in any way I can.


  22. #22 by Chook & Phil on May 4, 2012 - 4:14 am

    Shit guys, what bad luck.
    We are more than happy to put something into the kitty for the bike repairs, jackets, gear etc – just let us know.
    We wish you both a speedy recovery.
    Love from us both

  23. #23 by John & Colleen on May 4, 2012 - 2:31 am

    Sorry missed you passing through…
    Dropped off following for a bit…then news of your accident!! :-0
    Speedy recovery,all the best

    John & Colleen Mackay Qld

  24. #24 by Rod Curran on May 3, 2012 - 11:34 pm

    Bloody hell Gang! Without stating the obvious, “What a Bummer!” So sorry to hear about this, but glad to see that you’ll get over it and make a full recovery. The pair of you are truly great adventurers. I’ll be glad to hear & read about you when your trekking starts up again.
    Rod Curran (who met you up at Pete’s near Brisbane), yep I’m the one who had the tussle with the semi trailer on my V-Strom just out of Grafton NSW

  25. #25 by Regina Hayes on May 3, 2012 - 3:49 pm

    Dear Kevin and Karen,
    It’s amazing you are both (relatively) unscathed compared to the damage on your bike. Fully loaded, your bike always reminded me of a double-decker tour bus! Wishing you a speedy recovery, and hope to see you in California soon! Pat and Regina Hayes

  26. #26 by Nick and Mary Jane on May 3, 2012 - 6:39 am

    Hi Kev and Karen
    Been following your adventures since we met at the HU meeting in Qld
    So Sorry to hear about the accident
    Wish you a speedy recovery and future safe travels
    Nick and Mary Jane

  27. #27 by Steve C on May 2, 2012 - 2:02 pm

    Oh man! Got an email from Peter with the bad news. Very sorry to hear about your accident.
    I hear a rumour already that you might be able to come to Horizons Unlimited in Dayboro again. :-)
    Steve C

  28. #28 by Kenn Lowis on May 1, 2012 - 10:34 pm

    Hi Kevin and Karen.
    I have been following your fantastic adventure, being ever so slightly jealous, since you left us last year.
    I am sad to see your latest adventure!!!!!
    I do hope you are both recovering well and that the bike is not too long of the road.
    Strangely enough I came on to your site this morning to ask something, and then saw what has happenned.
    While recovering if it is possible to do a short video that we can use as a promo for NEDS, about your travels in NEDS, how they saved you etc, I’m sure that we will be able to sort something out for you.
    Let me know what you think.
    Good luck with the recovery.
    Kenn and Andrea

  29. #29 by Jane on May 1, 2012 - 6:45 pm

    Hi Guys
    What dreadful news and a horrid way to finish your trip in Aus but as you say it could have been much worse! Typical of Karen to have to go one better and get the helicopter ride! Seriously though your injuries look pretty painful but as you said at least it happened where you could get the best help. I hope you manage to sort everything out OK and the bike will live again soon. It’s great you’ve got such good support from your new friends. Our thoughts are with you both and we wish you a speedy recovery, love and big hugs Jane & James xxx

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