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Old 11-23-2008, 03:00 PM   #1
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Laugh Two N(.)(.)bs go bush - Reporoa New Zealand

Introducing our two heroines -
Rosie! on the Super Sherpa


And Nicola on the borrowed TTR125

I've been riding on gravel a bit over the last year, but haven't done much trail riding. Nicola has done lots of road riding, but hasn't done any trail riding.

Clintnz has some trails in his family forest which have been tidied for an upcoming trail ride. Clint's mate Paul had a TTR125 we could borrow, so we decided to go on a little ride to check out the track.

Clint managed to borrow his brothers KTM 300 EXC for the day, ensuring that I was the only one on a road legal bike. This was to make things interesting later on.

The first exciting section was a long uphill through the forest. The track had been bulldozed, so it was nicely rut-free, but at one point the loose surface got the better of the sherpa's road-and-gravel oriented tyres. Luckily we had the boys on hand to ferry the bikes past that section, and we were underway again. 24 hours later, it occurred to Clint that we probably should have let my tyres down a bit. Maybe next time.



Near the top of this section, there was a short steep step/lump to get over, which had a loose pumice section near the top. The sherpa and I managed to slither up, despite marginal traction. The TTR had traction to spare, so Nicola decided to show off her stunting skillz



The landing could have been a bit tidier though


The track was a bit undulating and rocky at the top of the hill. The sherpa had a little lie down on one of the downhill sections. I was determined to get going again before anyone saw me, but my handguard had squashed itself against the throttle, and part way through my searching for the tools to fix it, Clint came round the corner and I was sprung. We fixed it, and had a bit of a rest in the sun.

The track smoothed off after that, and it was very pleasant riding, popping in and out of the trees.


At the top of the downhill section, there were a few glimpses of Reporoa and the surrounding countryside.



On the downhill the road gearing on the sherpa proved to be a disadvantage, first gear being quite a bit faster than I wanted to go. Operating the brakes and balancing on my way down the hill was a bit of a challenge. Nicola was getting into the swing of things by now, and left the sherpa in her dust. Half way down, we stopped to take in some more of the view, and to get some good off road riding advice from the guys.


There is a small gravel car track at the end of the trail, so we took the opportunity to do a bit of bike swapping.


From there it was back to Paul's place for a well-earned beer, and to discuss what dual purpose bike Nicola should buy to keep her SV650 company.
All in all it was an excellent day.

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Old 11-23-2008, 03:16 PM   #2
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you should get some barkbusters tif you're gona be doing hill climbs and ghosties in the forest

cool RR though, NZ looks nice
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Old 11-23-2008, 03:53 PM   #3
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awesome stuff Rosie

great photos - makes me want to dust off the trail bike and get out there...

a mate has just brought a sherpa as his dedicated trail bike - he's just put a dr350 carb on it and it made a big difference to the ooomph dept. He has a sleeve/piston on order (for a klx300 I think) that will made the 250 into a 340 - it will either be really grunty or explode.

You could do the same to yours and suprise the crap out of everyone - that would be great to see.
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Old 11-23-2008, 04:06 PM   #4
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You could do the same to yours and suprise the crap out of everyone
Myself included

I would be interested to know how his übersherpa conversion turns out.
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Old 11-23-2008, 04:16 PM   #5
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Those bigass fern trees are pretty neat looking,I took a holiday around the north Island in 01 and it was a blast! 3 weeks of checking out local brews and food. The Coopers 5 malt was tasty. South Island next time I go there,rent a dual purpose pig and check things out. Unless one of you girls is single and wants to entertain an energetic Yank for a week or two.Just Checking.
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Old 11-23-2008, 05:29 PM   #6
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Very nice noob action and riding you have there, thanks for the report and pics
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Old 11-23-2008, 05:53 PM   #7
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awesome Rosie, good to see you and Nicola out there doing it.
Great photos.
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Old 11-23-2008, 06:09 PM   #8
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Nice one! What a top way to spend a day
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Old 11-23-2008, 06:11 PM   #9
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[quote=RosieAll in all it was an excellent day. [/quote]


Great stuff Rosie and Nicola!

More please!

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Old 11-23-2008, 07:07 PM   #10
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The TTR had traction to spare, so Nicola decided to show off her stunting skillz
That was a great effort, all the more impressive for being done right in front of the camera Nicola was intially quite shocked that she'd sent someone else's bike cartwheeling off into the scrub until she realised that the owner was standing there laughing his arse off

Fortunately when I did a similar thing on the 300 later on, nobody was watching.

Well done ladies.

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Old 11-23-2008, 07:44 PM   #11
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Old 11-24-2008, 01:02 AM   #12
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Awesome ride! Thanks for taking us along.
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