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Old 02-07-2008, 09:20 PM   #16
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NoVector.

Don't know anyone personally who rode one but from observations the bikes handled everything fine. Compact, handling and enough power to cope with the hills. And they crash well! A journalist hit a hole at high speed on the first morning and went over the handlebars. Broke a collarbone and tore off the rear subframe of the bike.

clintnz.

The Zeta guards work well. Had 2 low speed off's onto rocks and no broken levers. Money well spent.
Wouldn't mind some graphics for the tank but that will have to wait a year or two. Or a 690!
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Old 02-07-2008, 09:40 PM   #17
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Once we got over the big hill it was a long way down the otherside. Talk about thigh burn!! We had to get way down there.


Looking back up from about quarter of the way down


A closer look.


We had to go to the valley floor somewhere to the left.


After about 15min we got to the bottom. Heading for the Y shape part of road to the left.


At cloud line in the middle of the picture is where we came from. Would have been great photo material from there if the
cloud wasn't around.


Me!!


Someones got a flatty!! Dodzo to the left and the chap on the WR without the ATGATT clothing is Mike Britton, the event manager for this
long weekend of organised fun. Thank you!!


Rocks are useful!! Tim trying to reverse his misdemeanours by helping out. It ain't gonna work boyo!!


Tim trying to figure out what the thing is that he is holding. And he pulled it out of his own bag!






When we got into Omarama at the end of the day we gassed up the bikes ready for the following day. Tim took off his backpack with wallet and other gear in it and left it at the petrol station when he had finished.
It was closed when he realised what he had done. Luckily the petrol station staff saw it and kept it safe overnite
for tim to collect the next morning.
Tim Misdemeanour #3
Back at base. 10.30pm and some people doing late nite mechanicing.


An Africa Twin with it's guts exposed. Don't know if it did it any good


And the world famous Australian Geoff Ballard and his wife.
Geoff was helping people all weekend fix their bikes. A top bloke!!


In the hotel conference room doing route sheets for the next day. And bike storage area! The staff even put out their old towels for us to clean bikes and gear with.


Third and final day. 470km to go. Left the hotel at 7.15am.
Wasn't much going on the nite before.


It was back over Benmore Dam then a left to follow the road down beside the lake and up into the hills overlooking Aviemore. Knarly ride up to the top
over rock and tussock strewn tracks. But a excellent view at the top.




I need a bigger camera sometimes! Looking towards Kurow.


Malcolm, Craig, someone else, Noel. And my bike!


Then it was a steep rocky trip to the bottom. Once you started there weren't many places to stop. Another thigh burner! But fun.


Next it was lots of gravel road and back roads between Duntroon and Maheno where we had lunch at the school put on by the locals.
Aren't locals a wonderful thing to have in towns!




Craig in his leathers trying to chat up Dodzo!


And me trying not to fall off the wall while i was taking a photo of............


.................this church!
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Old 02-08-2008, 12:28 AM   #18
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After lunch the riders split up into the trail and non trail group. Both ending up near Kyeburn. The non trail group ended up going over the Pig Route.
We carried on from there over the Danseys Pass. A great road and pub as well.




An old water cannon for sluicing that gold outta them hills! Wheres the wenches after a hard days work...........?


.................. oh well, suppose Tim will have to do for a chat.


My bike and Tims bike! What a loverly couple they make. Notice the red box attached to Tims handlebar! That blew off on the final leg back to base. Tim saw it fly off and thought, "oh well, I know where the pub is from here".
Tim Misdemeanour #4



Heading over Danseys Pass towards the Duntroon - Waitaki Valley area-ish! I think. Great dirt road for sliding, i mean riding sensibly. Aye Craig and Noel.


Just a scenic shot.
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Old 02-08-2008, 01:11 AM   #19
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Back at base. Malcolm on the left did the optional hard trail section led by Joe Forsyth. He said some crazy fool riding a Yamaha fell off when he was told not too and broke his collarbone. Luckily Joe had a Sat Phone as a helicopter - made by Kawasaki - was needed to get Mr Crash out of the boondocks.



Alister Gilmores special BMW with Husky front end and 43ltr tank to name just a couple of the mods. very trick!







Our final dinner together and prize giving. Watchout Tim.
A close up of Dodzo. We are all lucky he didn't get his tongue out! Its huge!! He says his wife has first dibs on it, what ever that means.


Some of the participants.


John Nicholson giving the wrapup speech. He was the main man behind this ride. Along with Robbie Cricket, Dave Britten and Greg Wylie who found the tracks and farmers land to use.




The staff at the hotel gave out their prizes for the cleanest and dirtiest rooms. The chap on the right was the dirty recipient for him and his roommate. According to the staff, the room looked like they had opened their bags and toosed everthing on the floor and dirty gear and dirty magazines were left laying everywhere.Nothing like having your dirty laundry aired in public!


And this is Tim after we dobbed him in and his 4 Misdemeanours were read aloud for all to hear.


Tim got a packet of Minties because he had a lot of moments!


And this basically ends the ride report.
A big thank you to everyone involved and if you were on this ride feel free to add photos and comments/stories/correct lies as you see fit.

Link to the organisers website http://www.nzadventures.co.nz/
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Old 02-13-2008, 11:03 AM   #20
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cool report

thanks for posting it

is Tims XT an X with a 21" front wheel fitted or an R model?
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Old 02-13-2008, 08:39 PM   #21
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cool report

thanks for posting it

is Tims XT an X with a 21" front wheel fitted or an R model?
Yes it is the X with a 21" front end fitted.
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Tims 21 "

HiYa,

I think Tim should of had a wingspan of 21 " fitted to each end


The photo's don't really show steep it was and how lucky he
was to ride for the rest of the trip .

PS . Trev : Another great report . Cheers
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HiYa,

I think Tim should of had a wingspan of 21 " fitted to each end


The photo's don't really show steep it was and how lucky he
was to ride for the rest of the trip .

PS . Trev : Another great report . Cheers
Hi Noel. I don't know about Tim having wings fitted to his bike. You know what he's like when he starts flying, always lands pissed to the eyeballs!
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Sorry been a bit slack in organising getting signed up and posting pics
Heres some of the ones I managed to take.

Arriving the day before


More bikes start to turn up


Getting ready to leave on the 1st day
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Lining up for inspection





Our lunch stop of the day
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That was a lot deeper than I was expecting.


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Its fair to say I was a tad nervous going down here on the beemer
More lack of pilot skill than bike limitation




Loved riding through this stuff, beats rocks for crashing into as well
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