Mark_S (KLR 650), Pampa (DR 350), EddieB & Nic (Pillion - brave on a DR 650) & I (R100GS) left Caltex Rimutaka's at 9.00am Sunday. Fine but cold for the crossing, damp roads & given the recent snow the possibility of pee gravel on some corners.
Coffee at Cornocopia in Featherston, then to Ocean Beach.
Whilst I'd ridden to Ocean Beach before I'd never followed the beach road to its conclusion - locked gates. Its now firmly on my list of 'must go again' rides. It's brilliant out there on a still fine day. Plenty to interest an Adventure rider. Gravel, hard packed, small stream crossings, a little soft sand (manageable), brilliant views. And a couple of dead seals in the stream at the end just for that 'you wouldn't find this anywhere else' appeal.
Backtracked, then over to the Lake Ferry Hotel for lunch (I could not recommend the Nachos or Wedges).
We decided to do the beach tracks to Whangimoana.
But not too far in the BMW stalled. Got it started again, but it soon shut down again. Symptoms were perplexing. Mark_S came back & helped me out, but eventually we decided that it wasn't fixable & he towed me out thru the soft sand & lumpy spinifex, back to the Lake Ferry Hotel, where the bike is currently residing.
Mark kindly offered a ride to Featherston (KLR - no pillion pegs), with an intent that I would get the train or bus from there. I politely declined the ride over the Rimutaka's - the ride to Featherston was adventerous enough for me). Unfortunately I'd already missed the train (& the buses only run around the train timetable), so I was somewhat stuck for the night.
EddieB & Nic gave me a text, just as I was about to find a motel for the night, & so I got a ride back home (in the car) after we had dinner at the Royal Hotel.
Really appreciate all the assistance guys.
Today I'll get the car fixed (cracked the radiator Saturday afternoon), then take a drive across to Lake Ferry to recover the bike.
Originally Posted by Mark_S
so have you fixed the beast yet?
Job for today if I can get out of being dragged around dress shops
Originally Posted by Padmei
Apart from looks do you reckon you'd notice the difference betweene the YZF & KTM forks?
Don't know. If I'd gone with the HPM Guy triple clamps & the KTM forks I would have retained stock geometry. The HPM Guy triples had 38mm offset, the YZ 25 mm. Each comes with its own set up issues. Acedemic now - the decision has ended up being an economic one.