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Old 10-17-2011, 04:58 AM   #1
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Hello,

My wife and I are around 40, from Germany but we are living for a long time now in different countries - we lived and worked in Greece, Africa, and now for the last 6 years in Prague, Czech Republic. We are travelling 2up and so far we did some „shot“ bike trips, e.g. last year we made the full circle of Greece, 4.700km. Our bike is a Africa Twin RD07 from 93, 80k km, somehow modified with what is needed for some good travelling (suspense, electric (rectifier),gasoline pump, seat, tires, AluCases, screen ...).

We thought a long time about a RTW trip on a bike but we never did the final step… And now we did it, we quit our jobs and off we go. The rough plan till now (and that’s what we have actually), is going to New Zealand and from there we go to Bangkok up to North of Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, to East Timor from there to Australia and around Australia (this order because of the rain seasons). After this part we will have to see if we drive back to Europe or ship the bike and fly...

If you like you can visit our blog at http://www.RTWbyBIKE.com.

We are grateful for all contacts, tips and advices, routes, places to stay, camp and having fun, a beer, good stories and everything what is fun!

We will do couchsurfing, watchmyhouse, housesharing and will visit friends on the way as well...

Kerstin and Sascha


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Old 10-18-2011, 01:21 PM   #2
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Welcome to the NZ forum!
It looks like an awesome trip you guys are doing. Let us know if you are in the Rotorua area - Clintnz and I are always keen to meet travelling motorcyclists. Clint is also a member of couchsurfing.
Have a look in the local ride reports thread to get some ideas of good places to ride.
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Old 10-18-2011, 01:52 PM   #3
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Groovy groovy.

Well cool trip you guys have planned, if you are in Wanaka New Zealand before mid April 2012 you guys have a bed and access to full workshop for any running repairs maintenance etc.

Will follow your site.
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Old 10-22-2011, 11:36 AM   #4
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Groovy groovy.

Well cool trip you guys have planned, if you are in Wanaka New Zealand before mid April 2012 you guys have a bed and access to full workshop for any running repairs maintenance etc.

Will follow your site.
Same to you guys! Great plan! Subscribet to your newsletter.

Its a bit chaotic here at the moment, counting the hours and still fighting with my bank (not for money but for access, transfers, safety, tools, etc...).(<--- -cheap excuse for not updating the blog so frequently at the moment )


Be warned, if we are around we will get in contact with all of you who told us to do so ...... Its FUNtastic, we have to make an excel table to collect all the invitations we got so far.... A BIG THANK YOU GUYS!!!!!!

Our biggest fear at the moment is to get the bike out of the customs and the MAF Auckland... Nobody has a friend working there?

Maybe there will be a HU meeting in AUK mid October ... ll c
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Old 10-18-2011, 05:28 PM   #5
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Old 10-23-2011, 03:57 PM   #6
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Look me up when yr near Te Anau down lower south Island , beds and workshop
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Old 10-24-2011, 08:27 PM   #7
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hey there, saw your posts on HU - sing out when in Auckland if you need a place to stay, on the North Shore.

There could well be a HU Auckland meet up while you're here, there's an email out seeing if anyones interested.
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Old 11-07-2011, 08:47 PM   #8
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Hi guys, around in Auckland now for a week, did a bit of exploring because our bike was 10 days late but tomorrow we start up North before heading down to the South island, unfortunately we can not make it to the bike meeting end of the month at the end of the South island, would be to fast traveling for us ...


c u on the road....


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Old 11-08-2011, 02:00 AM   #9
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Hi
Just seen your post. I've a couple of great route suggestions for you for the middle of the North Island. Drop me a PM. I'm in Auckland tomorrow morning too.
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Old 11-08-2011, 02:43 AM   #10
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Just seen your post. I've a couple of great route suggestions for you for the middle of the North Island. Drop me a PM. I'm in Auckland tomorrow morning too.
Tomorrow morning we do the maf and the wof etc... and then heading north, on the way way i will contact you when we are back in auckland


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Old 11-08-2011, 01:13 PM   #11
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NZ route planning

My personal tips for those coming from the Northern Hemisphere to here:

Spend more time in the South Island. Drive DOWN the West Coast and up the EAST. The Scenery is ahead of you on the way down the West coast.

Remember to keep the receipts from the big supermarket chains as they have a $4c per litre discount barcode to handover at gas stations.

Remember the further South you go the COLDER it gets. Not Northern EU cold - we can have four seasons in one day - so wear lots of thin layers you can add or take off.

The World's weather flows from the West to the East and we have 3,000kms of ocean between NZ and AU. The clouds pick up a lot of precipitation and dump it when they hit high land. This makes the West Coast wet, and the East coast dry. I've seen quite a few folk on bikes half way down the West Coast of the South Island having a poor time because they have been wet for days on end. And falling off while crossing wet railway lines (shared by bikes, cars and trains all on a single a bridge). So be prepared to go East if it looks like a week of wet weather sets in ahead of you.

The drive to New PLymouth on the West Coast of the North Island is a magic road that follows the coast. Some of my fav roads for my Africa Twin or anyone on a big ADV bike are here (sorry about typos):

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Old 11-08-2011, 01:57 PM   #12
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My personal tips for those coming from the Northern Hemisphere to here:
Good advice, except for leg 6 on your map, hwy 1 through Northland? No way, take the western route up through Dargaville (Matakohe Kauri Museum is worth a look) then Waipoua Forest, Rawene ferry etc. On the eastern side stick to the small roads close to the coast where possible. Have fun!

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