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Old 04-19-2013, 12:13 AM   #5
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Going through all those hoops plus the commitment and possible risk ...for a 2-week usage period??
By the time all wear and tear/ insurance/ tyres/ servicing etc etc are taken into account, I can't see much sense in a buy-back.

Possibly for long periods of a few months or more. In which case shipping or purchasing/ re-selling is a more viable and practical alternative.

Shipped our bikes from Oz for a 5 week stint in 2005 and did a proper accountant-style comparo ( the non-sentimental type, hard figures only) afterwards...the minimal difference compared to all-inclusive longterm hire rates of a roughly equivalent bike were quite revealing.

Been hiring ever since.

Like with our latest NZ trip, just a few weeks ago.

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And the place didn't let us down....NOT ONE BIT!!

Found some exceptional accomodation

Found our way across the Haka, the Mackenzie's and Meyers Pass

Admired the endless turquoise rivers and lakes

Enjoyed some great tucker

and the generous amount of river-pebbles to add some extra-kick to the riding

Crossed the Dansey's Pass

...and had lunch on the warm rocks of the Macreas Rd., then shook our heads at the hidden wonders of the Horse Range on the way to some giant soccer balls someone had forgotten on Moeraki Beach.

Creeping out of the fog on the Ramrock Rd.

...while floating above a sea of cottonwool in the valleys.

The Old Dunstan Trail across the High Plains,

the gobsmacking Thompson Gorge Track, the brutal corrugations of the Treble Cone and Remarkables roads, but the views, maaan...the VIEWS!!

No way I'll forget the heartstopping chase up the Crown Range Rd....and then Skippers WHOOHOO!!

Aliens over Cromwell ?

...the Thrills 'n Spills of the Nevis Pass....oh yeah!! better love your river crossings!

Some fine drops of local brew

The jawdropping vistas from the Hawksburn Track with it's steep, rocky drop into Clyde....

and the Lake Onslow track across the top into Linburn Runs
under low-flying blackbellies threatening an real bad soaking.

It didn't stop there, oh noooo....Takaka Hill in the north, Cape Farewell, Cape Foulwind and the weird coal-mine on top of the coastal ranges at Deniston

the awesome twisties of Hwy 6 towards Murchison, the hidden valley at Pepin Bay

Buller Gorge, Maruia Saddle and the Braeburn Track, it's hard to go for air, the thrills just never stopped.

Who can forget the rubble-avalanches of the Rainbow Rd.

Goodie's birthday celebrations at Lake Tennyson, cake and all

Yet more stumping country up the Molesworth Rd.

The little Taylors Pass out of Blenheim, the Old Culverden Stock Route, the scraping twisties of the Inland Kaikoura Rd., the seals on the beach at Hwy1, Gore Bay and the shonky old pubs, the laughs, the guffaws, the bloopers, the much more could one possibly cram into a fortnight?


Go and find out!!
A Dozen Years Of Adventures

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