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Old 03-16-2008, 11:32 PM   #46
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i see.

still, it was a light jap bike. could have been worse, like an r12gs (been there, done that! )
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Old 03-17-2008, 12:25 AM   #47
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i see.

still, it was a light jap bike. could have been worse, like an r12gs (been there, done that! )
it sure as hell didnt feel light

I would have left an r12gs to die in peace.
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Old 03-17-2008, 12:50 AM   #48
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it sure as hell didnt feel light

I would have left an r12gs to die in peace.


down hill 6 ks, on an olympic standard single rocky trail, crossed a few knee high water drenched holes (2 drops), crossed a river, but just couldn't get the bitch up that last embankment (2 more drops), and night was falling. unsaddled the bike, carried shit 200 mtrs, pitched up camp and collapsed in tent till midnight.
mate, i was rooted, but good. to use or not to use the epirb ...
midnight some nits in 4wd's roll up (middle of nowhere) and help me push r12gs up.
let my bike die, yer joking, right? never!!
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down hill 6 ks, on an olympic standard single rocky trail, crossed a few knee high water drenched holes (2 drops), crossed a river, but just couldn't get the bitch up that last embankment (2 more drops), and night was falling. unsaddled the bike, carried shit 200 mtrs, pitched up camp and collapsed in tent till midnight.
mate, i was rooted, but good. to use or not to use the epirb ...
midnight some nits in 4wd's roll up (middle of nowhere) and help me push r12gs up.
let my bike die, yer joking, right? never!!
if youd had a couple of 4mtr ratcheting tie downs would you have been able to 'winch' the bike out?

1 x wr450 plus 1 x kdx 200 plus ???kg = 1 x r12gs

rather you than me....
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Old 03-17-2008, 03:39 AM   #50
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if youd had a couple of 4mtr ratcheting tie downs would you have been able to 'winch' the bike out?

1 x wr450 plus 1 x kdx 200 plus ???kg = 1 x r12gs

rather you than me....
and precisely for that reason i'm now hunting down a light, torquey and reliable 250/400 dirt machine as a 2nd bike.
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Old 05-19-2008, 02:29 AM   #51
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Glen and I went for a ride on Sunday 18th with Tim Michael and Eli (all on trials bikes). Started riding about 10.30 and finished about 4pm - we were totally rooted (the girls on trials bike left at about 1.30 as they ran out of gas....)

Got to try my new camera out...































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Old 05-19-2008, 03:04 AM   #52
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So what are we looking at across the water here?
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So what are we looking at across the water here?
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There are some truly awesome photos in this thread.
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There are some truly awesome photos in this thread.
Thanks for the kind words.

I am very lucky to live in such a stuningly beautiful country
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Old 06-01-2008, 05:20 AM   #56
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This Monkey has no balls...

Well I left Wellington on Monday 22nd May with the in intention of taking all week to get to the Brass Monkey but I didnt quite get there....

Only had about 10 minutes of rain during the 50K trip to Wellington but the weather was still pretty foul...



I arrived in Picton at 5pm and grabed a cabin for the night.

Next morning I met my tour guide (Nordieboy) at Pelorus after a nice cruise along Queen Charlotte Drive.



After refreshments we headed to Nelson via the Maungatapu Track.



As usual I had my poor little DT230 way overloaded..











We arrived in Nelson about 2pm and I dropped my bags at Nordieboys and we headed off for a quick tour of Nelson's gravel.

Our route included...
Coastal Highway to Apple Valley Road, Old Coach Road, Riverside, Chings, Waiwhero, Rosedale, Orinoco, Mt Arthur, West Bank, Sunday Creek, Dovedale Hill, Church Valley, Pig Valley, Wairoa Gorge and back home via the Port Hills




Mt Arthur - what a blast the road going up the hill is and the views...





We headed back to Neslon via more awesome gravel



The sun set making the hills above Nelson glow..



We arrived back at Nordieboys house well after dark. What a brilliant days riding. Nordieboy is a brilliant route planner and tour guide.

More to come...
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Old 06-01-2008, 05:34 AM   #57
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Wednesday

I left Chateau Nordieboy (Nelson) at around 10am and headed down to St Arnaud via 88 Valley Rd - Stock Rd - Kerrs Hill Rd and Tophouse Rd. This is a must do for any road bike (only 3km of very tame gravel) - the corners are brilliant and great views..



A hot chocolate and gas in St Arnaud and a quick peek at Lake Rotoiti



And its off down HW63 to Howard Valley Rd



It was a bit cold in the shade..



Which leads to a track I have wanted to do ever since I first heard about it - The Porika track





Stopped for lunch at the summit. The pictures dont do it justice - it was one of the most beautiful places I have ever been and the weather was absolutley perfect - it was one of 'Those' moments.







There is a pylon access track off to the side of the summit that leads here..





And then its on down the hill to Lake Rotoroa





It was a bit slippery in places..



Lake Rotoroa was beautiful



A quick drink and snack and I headed off down the Braeburn Tack





And into Tutaki Rd



I even got arty



Then it was of to Murchison via Mangles Valley Rd.

From Murchison I head down Matakitaki Rd (awesome gravel)



This leads into the Maruia Saddle Rd - simply mind blowing





I joined HW65 and cruised into Springs Junction for gas. It was about 5pm (almost dark) when I got there and I was tired and the temperature was plumeting. I headed of on the last 100km stretch to Hamner springs via Lewis pass. It got so cold I could only travel at about 70km/hr as it hurt too much to go any faster. I had 3 jackets and 2 pairs of gloves on and I was still colder than I have ever been in my life. After a while my fingers started really hurting and I was worried I would hit ice. I finally got to Hamner Springs at 7pm and jumped straight into a hot shower to try and thaw out.

One of the best riding days I have ever had riding through scenery that was stunningly beautiful.
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Thursday

I had to decide whether I should continue on to Ashburton where I was to meet a couple of guys on Friday and ride to 'The Monkey'.

My left wrist was playing up with a recurring RSI problem and a nagging cold wasnt getting any better so I decided to 'soft cock' it and spend 2 nights in Hamner Springs and then head home.

I was in a nice unit with electic bankets an 'all.



Nice view from the door.



After a major lay in I grabbed my camera and wandered into the township for a hot choclate and look around.





Lifes tough...



trees still got some leaves...



Had a nice lunch, read my book, went for a bush walk, finished my book, ate too much for dinner - a nice lazy non motorcycling day.
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Friday

Twas a hard hard frost - even the path to the camp office was frozen and lethal with smooth soled mx boots...



I was quite nervous about ice on the Lewis Pass but fortunatley some high cloud had come in over the area and kept the roads free from ice. It was a pleasant ride back to Springs Junction.



After a hot chocolate in Springs Juntion I took the 'Westbank Rd' part way along HW65.

This dirt was made for speed...







Then back onto HW65 for 30K and onto Maruia Saddle Rd again.

As I came to the turn off the clouds cleared and I had lovely sunshine again - someone was looking after me.









The back along Maitakitaki Rd to Murchison



After a quick pie and gas at Murchison it was back to the Braeburn track





Another snack stop at Lake Rotoroa



And back up the Porika Track





Explored some more side tracks along the way..





got a bit knarly considering the (over)load I had on..





And then on back towards Howard Valley Rd.
You know puddles are cold when you can ride over the top and they dont even crack...



Not good traction



Then back out onto HW63 to St Arnaud



On back via 88 Valley Rd etc to Nelson - even on the little 230 that road is great fun.

Got to Nelson at about 5pm and grabbed a cabin at Taihuna?

Another awesome days ride. I love this country..
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Saturday

Another stunningly beautiful morning - so I went for a walk along the tidal flats near the motor camp I was staying at.











Went to load up the bike but had to scape the ice off the seat first.



Then off to Charteau Nordieboy so he could keep me company on the Maungatapu.

Couldnt pass this up...



Off in towards the Maungatapu - worst ice on the road I ecountered on the trip.

Was fine once we hit dirt though



Then back over the hill...



Left Nordieboy in Pelorus and made haste to catch the 1.45 ferry back to Wellington.



I might not have achieved what I set out to do but a had a great time anyway...
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