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Old 01-03-2011, 11:35 PM   #1
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T.A.T Testing, NZ Style

Having just got our 2UP TAT DR650 mobile, it needed some testing.
I wanted to try it out on the old Whanga Rd. (Whanamomona Rd) As it turned out a friend of ours who owns Taranaki Motorcycle Adventures was going to take a client out so we would have some company. The Old whanga Rd was abandoned by the local council in the 1940's but provides access to local farmers and recreational users, most importantly, MOTORCYCLISTS .
At the far end of the of the Whanga Rd is the Bridge To SomeWhere (yes there is a Bridge To NoWhere, about 15km away). From there our route took us through two Stations, on station tracks and some "paper roads" then on some private land up to a little known tunnel that used to provide access to a now abandoned settlement.
The local council's commitment to the road !

On the road
Entry to the first tunnel

The exits always been a bog hole but compared to early days when you could just about loose a bike in the hole created by 4wd's its "premo".

A lot of work has been done, laying pongas on the track

Soon after a second tunnel

Soon after the tunnels you come to the first of the new bridges. This one replaced the old wooden bridge that "apparently" was in danger of collapse. They got the Army in to blow up the old bridge and it took a bit of "persuasion" to collapse it. They blew the piles out and after the smoke cleared the bridge was still there, just sitting a bit lower


Some of the little mud hole on the way

Last spring the Rd was closed for a time by a couple of slips until a track was cut over them
This little mud hole caused me a moment of grief. I chose the center but the pic doesnt show the exit has a steepish face and the rear end spun sideways on it. A bit of pushing was needed

At the last gate Andrew and his customer caught us up

Onto Aotuhia Stn. This is more open in parts than the Whanga Rd.



The old homestead


This one hasn't moved in a while


Track conditions were great. Dry and plenty of grip

The boundary of Okara stn. A chance to catch the WR'S


And have a break

Then on through Okara Stn


Some of the track had seen a digger through recently

Another old bridge on the way to the tunnel


The tunnel sits just below the top of a ridge, obviously the last bit was too steep to get vehicles through


Big enough for a reasonable sized vehicle

View from the tunnel. Not bad eh !

From there we took a different way down, following the ridge line, with some steep decents. I had done this track before but on a WR450 and not 2UP but we made it with no worries. Well I had none, Dawn was a bit worried !






If you look closely you can see one of the WR's way below us


Then it was back onto the gravel rds to SH43 then to Whanga pub for a well earned lunch

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=617031
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Old 01-03-2011, 11:46 PM   #2
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Nice photos and it looks like a great ride!
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Old 01-04-2011, 12:22 AM   #3
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Old 01-04-2011, 12:37 AM   #4
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totally wicked

gotta get down there in those conditions
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Old 01-04-2011, 01:03 AM   #5
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totally wicked

gotta get down there in those conditions
You picked a bad time of year to bugger your leg mate !!
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Old 01-04-2011, 05:52 PM   #6
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Your country is gorgeous, I hope it's in the cards for me to visit there someday.

Good luck with the TAT, you'll love it! I ran it solo last year and will be doing it again this year but with my dad following on his bike. I plan on mid to late august start, when are you going?
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Old 01-04-2011, 06:34 PM   #7
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Nice test!! Keep those pics flowing
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Old 01-04-2011, 10:42 PM   #8
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Your country is gorgeous, I hope it's in the cards for me to visit there someday.

Good luck with the TAT, you'll love it! I ran it solo last year and will be doing it again this year but with my dad following on his bike. I plan on mid to late august start, when are you going?
It will be next year before we have saved enough for the trip. It will be at least 6-8 weeks by the time travel to and from etc. Plenty of time for more mods and testing
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