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Old 01-19-2009, 10:41 PM   #256
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Takapari Road 20/1/2009

I had promised no2 spawn (Tim) that I would take him somewhere special during the school holidays and I had wanted to explore Takapari Rd since Merv posted one of his excellent ride reports back in early 2007.

So today we loaded bikes (Tim has little road riding experience) and headed off to Shannon to do what I always do in Shannon.



After caffienation we headed up past Ashurst (via Pohangna East Valley Rd to Takapari Rd where we unloaded and geared up.



Some neighboring properties needed a lick of paint.



You ride about 1km up a nice gravel road and then climb about 3km through a farm track (paper road?) till you get to the entrance of the forest park.



Then you continue to climb through some spectacular bush.





Tim had a little 'oops'



Views part way up were stunning.





We climbed above the tree line and into the clouds. Tim was going faster and faster. A significant gap developed between his enthusiasm and his skill.

He went over a rise way to fast and went into a nasty tank slapper on the other side and ended up under the bike and very unhappy.

you can see his skid marks heading towards were he is recovering.



As I came over the rise I saw him under the bike to the side of the track. I had to drop my bike and run and lift the DT off him. He sat very still for a long long time.



While he recovered I repaired the bent bits and pieces and got the DT rideable again. We then decided to have lunch to give him a decent chance to recover.

The weather was a bit dubious - the wind was strong and there was lots of rain on surrounding hills (but only a few spits on ours) - we umm'd and arr'd for a while about whether to continue or turn back. We decided to push on and a few km further on got to a summit overlooking the Wairarapa. The wind was really howling - certainly gale force and very cold.



We headed on and eventually arrived at the A-Frame hut were the sun was out and the wind was moderate.



I went exploring...



The tracks go on for miles and miles



The WR is ideal for this open stuff



I love this riding this thing - its a major adrenalin rush



After stooging around we headed back down - the weather improved as we got lower





Then back out through the farm to the car



What a ride. We had an awesome time. Tim lost some skin and will walk funny for a while but hey - thats adventure riding.

And of course we stopped in Shannon again on the way home
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Old 01-19-2009, 10:52 PM   #257
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Good to see you can consol a young'in and take photos at the same time
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Old 01-19-2009, 11:31 PM   #258
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Good to see you can consol a young'in and take photos at the same time
whats this 'consol' thing you are refering to?

as I ran up to him the ride report devil suggested I get one quick photo before dragging the bike off him - the angel of guilt told me not to be an asshole - so the camera stayed hidden untill the worst of it was over
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Old 01-20-2009, 12:20 AM   #259
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Awesome Mark. I'm still pissed about the weather being so crappy when I went up there the other week.

If the weathers fine, I may have a go at walking up to the A-Frame from the east side this weekend. It would be quicker for me to walk up from this side than ride right around the range and ride up the other side.
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Old 01-20-2009, 01:00 AM   #260
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Awesome Mark. I'm still pissed about the weather being so crappy when I went up there the other week.

If the weathers fine, I may have a go at walking up to the A-Frame from the east side this weekend. It would be quicker for me to walk up from this side than ride right around the range and ride up the other side.
I presume that there is no way of getting a bike in from the east side? (the track went past the A-Frame and way way off to the south)
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Old 01-20-2009, 11:50 PM   #261
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Mark!

What about the hot waitress????????


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Old 01-21-2009, 01:03 AM   #262
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I presume that there is no way of getting a bike in from the east side? (the track went past the A-Frame and way way off to the south)
Too steep this side. Not a shit show.

Nah, bugger walking. I might go right around and do some exploring on the bike. Now, how am I going to tell the missus I want another ride. How do you do it Mark?
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Old 01-22-2009, 12:27 AM   #263
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You make sure those boys of yours realise they're bloody lucky to have an old man like you Mark. Take them riding and pick up bikes off them
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Old 01-23-2009, 08:39 PM   #264
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What about the hot waitress????????
some places you go for the boobs and some places you go for the coffee. The Horsemans Cafe in Shannon is definitely in the latter category....
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Too steep this side. Not a shit show.

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Now, how am I going to tell the missus I want another ride. How do you do it Mark?
Lots and lots of greasing......
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You make sure those boys of yours realise they're bloody lucky to have an old man like you Mark. Take them riding and pick up bikes off them
you mean these two fine upstanding young citizens who are discussing ways of smothering me in my sleep to stop me from spending all their inheritance????
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Old 01-23-2009, 10:16 PM   #265
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Do Da Motu

I've been super happy with my 08 KLR650 since I brought it used with 17000KM 4 months ago. I intended it to be a long term keeper. Yes I needed to fix the oil consumption problem and wanted a few other extras like a top box and a big bore kit etc etc...

So when a friend (Struan) sent me a trade-me aution link last week for an 09 klr I looked with only mild interest untill I read the options list.....

the bike was a 4 month old totally unmarked black 09 klr with 11000km (never been off the seal) with the following extras....
685 big bore kit
flash windscreen thingy
Givi top box
braided brake lines
sw motech centerstand
heated grips
doohickey
thermobob
pcv valve
bmw power outlet
clock
supertrapp muffler

plus the owner was a regular poster on Kiwibiker (shards) so what could I do but grovel to my wife about modest change over cost and then fire off an email asking how I should pay him.

Once the sale was agreed the owner(Steve) kindly offered to meet me at Tauranga airport so on Thursday morning I hoped on a flight to Tauranga and met Steve and over a coffee at the airport swapped bank cheque for keys etc. I then shifted the bike around to a shady side of the airport terminal building and fitted my pannier racks and panniers and loded all the bits and bobs up.



I headed off at midday and rode around to Opotiki where I stopped for a late lunch.



The intention was to head around the east cape and stay at Gisbourne but as I rode past the turn off to Motu Rd I couldnt resist and headed in for a look.

Aw feck - how could I resist this



So carefully laid plans abandoned - off I went...



only on the East Cape can you find still burning cars with no one around (no bodies)



Love this road - its got a special feel about it.





I started out at pottering speed as I was unsure about the Pirelli Scorpions and the lack of crash bars but the road seduces you and it wasnt long before the Supertrapp was echoing off the hills and a stupid grin was plastered on my face.









Motu Rd joins Whakarau Rd which is much more open and a great smooth dirt road. Awesome fun - at least an 8/10 on the woot woot scale



The odd beastie to keep me awake - some suffering from a death wish



Quite different than around the Motu but still lovely countryside



Then it was back on to SH2 and on to Gisbourne where I grabbed a cabin at Waikanae Beach for the night.



Great sunset on the beach



more to come....
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Friday - Gisbourne to Hastings

Friday morning I got up early and had left Gisbourne by 7.30. I headed off up Tinroto Rd



About 30km in I hung a left into Parikanapa Rd - a lovely swept dirt road



with awesome views.



the new toy was running brilliantly - great fun on the easy road



mind you - how could you not have fun on a road like this....



Eventually Parikanapa Rd rejoins Tinroto Rd and I headed on to Frasertown where I had a roll and coke for breakfast before heading east on SH38 to Wairoa for gas and snacks.

Its was then south on SH2 untill Lake Tutira where I stopped for a snack



I then headed back to Tutira for more snacks and then off onto Waikoau Rd

Waikoau Rd is ok but it leads on to Darkys Spur Rd which is a 9 on the woot woot scale







Darkys Spur Rd joins to Waipunga Rd where I stopped for lunch. I pulled in to the right after the little bridge and climbed over a fence



and found a nice shady bit beside the stream to eat and snooze



Waipunga Rd joins onto SH5 at Eskdale and I headed on to Hastings. After much farting about get hotter and hotter and grumpier and grumpier I found a nice cabin at a motor camp in Havelock North.

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Saturday - Hastings - Taihape - Home

Woke eary again and was all loaded and gone by 7.30.

Lovely to see this on a clear still morning



off west to the Taihape Napier Rd







The middle section was wide and smooth and empty - my own personal Pikes Peak

I hung a left into Matawhero Rd



bread and water - the breakfast of champions....





on and on....





I'm going to bed - I'll finish this tomorrow
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Old 01-24-2009, 01:52 AM   #269
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Good on ya Mark. Nice report too.
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Old 01-24-2009, 12:00 PM   #270
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Saturday - Hastings - Taihape - Home continued

From Matawhero Rd I went on Otuarei Rd (great twisty bit of tar) and Pungatawa Rd into Taihape for a much needed (excellent) latte and gas at the BP. They had some 'smokers' seats in the shade in front of the BP looking out onto the main road - so I parked myself there with my coffee and relaxed for 20 minutes watching the world go bye.

From there I headed briefly down SH1 to Ohutu where I hung a left up Gorge Rd and zig zagged my way down through a mixture of awesome gravel and seal to Apiti.







I have photos of 4 different bikes I have owned here.....







And a much needed breather at the Apiti Tavern



The Tavern would make a great day trip destination from Wellington



Back on the gravel on Makoura Rd





And onto the mind blowing twisty tar of Pohangina Valley East Rd (a big 10 on the woot woot scale) and into Ashhurst for a leg stretch and a pee in the bushes of the park.



Then on down down SH57 to Shannon



Arriving home safely at 4pm. What a great trip - just under 1000km - and the bike ran perfectly (and used no oil ). I am a very happy camper.
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