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Old 12-25-2010, 01:31 AM   #1
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It's a dangerous thing to step out your door.... Step 1 New Zealand

The problem is that this story is starting out half way through, It is now Christmas Day and we have been in New Zealand for a week but I suppose that's OK as beginnings are always a bit tedious and as I'm no writer the beginning might be best left till last. So that's how we'll do it eh..... well sort of... I need to tell you a bit of what we are about.

Last Easter, Good Friday to be exact we took delivery of two F650GS twins, having spent the previous six months trying to figure out which bike would best suit our purpose of being a reasonably capable dirt travel bike while still having good road going capabilities, we'll leave the details for the beginning at the end shall we.

So after spending six months turning them into travel machines with a list of mods that is to say the least quite extensive in Late November we put them on a ship bound for Christchurch in the South Island of New Zealand for our 1st taste of bike travel.

We chose New Zealand because for a couple of Aussies with no experience of travel by any means NZ is a "soft target". We were told nearly everyone would understand us and that they would all take our money, so we would feel right at home.

Anyway enough of the intro that isn't an intro let's get to the pics.

We picked up the bikes, and after a bit of work rode them out to VTNZ to get them registered with a temporary registration.

The Race Mechanic prepping the bikes for delivery.

And after a bit of mucking around
1st Blood - Mike's bike having a snooze

Rode through some nice scenery out to Akaroa for the day.
Sally  just looked on and laughed!

And then after some more mucking around.
Well what more can we say....... one all me thinks!

We headed for Mount Sunday AKA "Edoras" from Lord of The Rings, home of King Theodan of Rohan.

First sight of Mountains... not bad.

After a while they became a bit common (mountains that is)

Until we came round a bend and there it was.. Mount Sunday in the middle of the valley.

The road was river gravel that gave some greif for two dirt nOObs but I am happy to report that neither of us had an off.

More Later
Cheers, Mike
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Old 12-25-2010, 05:02 AM   #2
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Looking forward to more! Bikes do look like you have spent a bit of time prepping them.....spoked wheels?
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Old 12-25-2010, 09:12 AM   #3
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Great report. Looking forward to more.
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Old 12-25-2010, 12:30 PM   #4
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This should be good, don't stop now
So many roads . . .
So little time!

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Old 12-25-2010, 01:28 PM   #5
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Looking good so far guys .... keep it up please as im thinking of doing the same thing so cant wait for the end bit

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Old 12-25-2010, 01:29 PM   #6
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Shit man you just sucked me right in thinking how good it would be to do the same when the kids are bigger and then nothing

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Old 12-25-2010, 03:28 PM   #7
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Great scenery and roads.
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Old 12-25-2010, 05:40 PM   #8
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So far so good. I rented a KLR 650 last year in NZ and rode several days around the South Island. My sister lives in Christchurch.

Gorgeous country, can't wait to go back and ride more of it.
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Old 12-26-2010, 02:03 AM   #9
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Originally Posted by Mike.C View Post
... they would all take our money ...
Hooked me with that line right there!
So many bikes, so little time (and money)
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Old 12-26-2010, 03:02 AM   #10
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Yeah the weather sure looks interesting

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