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Old 01-21-2013, 11:13 PM   #76
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Sounds like you had a great adventure & yes I am sorry I didn't catch up with you & see how many quirks Basil & Schmidt share.

I didn't end up going as I began watching the weather forecasts from about a week out. It looked like it was going to be dodgy on Friday,showers clearing on Sat & fine but cold on Sunday when I made the call not to go.
I have to admit I am a big pussy when it comes to cold wet weather - well biologically my body doesn't handle it that well. I did it last year & the warmest I felt during the whole weekend was when I had to do a bit of manhandling thru the snow. I can't honestly say I enjoyed the weekend as much as I thought I would and after riding out from the bach last Tuesday thru the heavy rain & cooler temp I was close to getting hypothermic, my body was rigid which affected my riding & my ring finger stayed white & numb for a bout 4 hours.

OK not meant to be a sob story but that's how it is with my body & cooler weather. Judging from the pics I've seen the weather was excellent for you all which is great. I spent my weekend squashing one of my knackers against the seat on Nordie & my trip over the Maunga on Sat then helping it swell during my long riding day over to Farewell Spit on the Sunday.

I will go down at some stage & do a few parts as well as try to get to the Nevis as it is sposed to be quite cool.

What is happening with your clutch ?
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Old 01-21-2013, 11:58 PM   #77
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Koko, did you see the thread in water crossings? All good until you cover the carb float bowl breathers, by which time the cylinders are under anyway. Try not to pull in the clutch during crossings (easier said than done) - once the clutch gets wet, it can slip.
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Old 01-22-2013, 12:08 AM   #78
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Padmei, I have never been so cold for so long. Every morning of every day I was cold for hours. The second day of the ride down to Tekapo was the worst. I got wet before getting into my rain suit at Amberley and it was cold. The clutch is really hard to pull in. My wife can't even make it move. It has been like this for years. So feathering the clutch was out.

I am off to bed, I am completely stuffed.
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Old 01-22-2013, 12:19 AM   #79
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Koko - sounds as though you and your trusty steed Basil had a great time and survived - really pleased for you! I look forward to seeing your ongoing escapades with Basil. I'm hoping to make it to the BMWOR Rag Rally so hopefully we'll catch up there - Cheers S aka Aslan (now an OAP)
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Koko, did you see the thread in water crossings? All good until you cover the carb float bowl breathers, by which time the cylinders are under anyway. Try not to pull in the clutch during crossings (easier said than done) - once the clutch gets wet, it can slip.
Unfortunately, the carbs were under water several times. It barely made it through the first part of the Fairlie River and then stalled. I needed a push to get out.

I then managed to drop the bike on the crossing with the broken bridge. Nothing to do with the depth, I guess I stepped into a deeper part and just lost it.

Later, on the little Omarama, there was a short, deep, rocky crossing. I think the water went up to the top of the front wheel, everything else was under. It kept going for a surprisingly long time. Pulling the clutch didn't hurt it. But then it dug itself a hole and that was it. It took three of us to drag it out.

Finally, still on the Omarama, I went too fast trough a relatively shallow but wide crossing, was going well until I hit a a largish stone, this time I got wet as well. Luckily, by then it was nice and warm.

It should be easy to improve on this performance, as it was quite pitiful.


I just found this, looks like he took a photo, too.

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Old 01-22-2013, 10:11 AM   #81
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Koko - sounds as though you and your trusty steed Basil had a great time and survived - really pleased for you! I look forward to seeing your ongoing escapades with Basil. I'm hoping to make it to the BMWOR Rag Rally so hopefully we'll catch up there - Cheers S aka Aslan (now an OAP)
I am looking forward to seeing you there, Aslan.
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Old 01-22-2013, 10:31 AM   #82
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Here are some of the photos I took, not just from the ride.

I met this guy from Kansas on the ferry. He's been travelling Australia and NZ on his Harley. What you see here is all the gear he has. He's assured me that he washes every few days. That's travelling light.



Sheep on holiday, sailing on the Interislander..



Mount John









Beside the lake









Somewhere on the Dusty





Some of the photos are a bit out of focus, as you can tell. Maybe I need to give the camera more time to do its thing.

I spent some time up here, reattaching the carbs.





Photos appear to be out of sequence, but I guess it doesn't matter.



A few pictures of Oli.





He gets through crossings all right.



Near one of those reservoirs on the Dunstan



Just a few random shots, I have no idea where we were.





The Carrick Town track. Doing that at the end of the day was a challenge for me. Thankfully, no drops. That's one track that keeps getting worse.











Dansey's







That's all I have. Oli has some more. I post them when I get hold of them. The Black Forest station was uneventful. I also thought that it had deteriorated since last time I went through. The we did it int he rain with cloud cover. It made it easier to ride, cause I couldn't see where I might have ended up.

Looking forward to seeing other peoples' pics.
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Old 01-22-2013, 10:51 AM   #83
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Absolutely awesome pics koko. Great views from the tops aye?
thanks for sharing
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Old 01-22-2013, 12:38 PM   #84
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Thanks for the posts Koko. I NEED to do the Dusty next year....
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Old 01-22-2013, 02:14 PM   #85
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Great pics Koko, pleased to meet you and sorry if I kept you awake. The dustys great aye, but like we were talking about 3 or 4 days would be nice to get a look at some scenery, smell the roses etc.

That guy on the Harley you met on the ferry has a write up on a harley forum here:
http://xlforum.net/vbportal/forums/s....php?t=1346643

I got home ok, but had issues with my front brake sticking on again. The brand new pads now look like small pieces of burnt toast. Didn't touch the front brake from Ashburton to home. Will look at it when I can be bothered with motorbikes again.
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That looks so cool, great pics. Is there a route map somewhere that I can see where y'all went?
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That looks so cool, great pics. Is there a route map somewhere that I can see where y'all went?

Here...................
http://www.db1k.com/2013/route.php

Gives a rough idea
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Great pics Koko, pleased to meet you and sorry if I kept you awake. The dustys great aye, but like we were talking about 3 or 4 days would be nice to get a look at some scenery, smell the roses etc.

That guy on the Harley you met on the ferry has a write up on a harley forum here:
http://xlforum.net/vbportal/forums/s....php?t=1346643

I got home ok, but had issues with my front brake sticking on again. The brand new pads now look like small pieces of burnt toast. Didn't touch the front brake from Ashburton to home. Will look at it when I can be bothered with motorbikes again.
Thanks for the link, I am just catching up with it.

I just found this, looks like he took a photo, too.



The snoring was no problem. I came for the adventure. If a good night's sleep had been this important, I would have stayed at home.

I know we went over a bit of private land, but I am guessing that a lot of those roads can be accessed legally. That Lammermoor area was neat and the Old Dunstan road was fun to ride. Is it possible to ride the little Omarama at other times as well? I could spend a day in that valley, just lazing around and enjoying the scenery.
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Old 01-23-2013, 11:00 AM   #89
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. Is it possible to ride the little Omarama at other times as well? I could spend a day in that valley, just lazing around and enjoying the scenery.
Yep, both the Omarama Saddle tracks are open all summer. There are a couple of nice basic huts on the big side, we stayed in one on a previous trip, cool spot. Later in the year all the stream crossings in there should be much cruisier.

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One more thing I've noticed, I wish people would tie down their plastic bottles and other rubbish a lot better. The amount of plastic on the Omarama track and other places was embarrassing. A lot of people don't seem to understand the concept of "unspoiled", there are very few place left of the planet that are like that. Let's not ruin our little corner of the world.

Also, while I am complaining :-), when there are cyclists, pedestrians or animals on the road, I make an effort not to dust them in or scare them, because these are the reasons that will see us locked out of these places in the near future.
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