Airhead GS and G/S only ride?

Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by Kokopelli, Feb 28, 2012.

  1. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Yeah, right!

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    Would there be interest for an Airhead only ride? I've been toying with the idea for a while. We could limit it to gravel roads like the Motu or similar or do a full on assault on the 42nd :-). Seeing that there is no CCA, I need a replacement ride. During the school holidays would work best for me.

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    Kokopelli
    Steve B
    Box'a'bits
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    Oscar (waiting for confirmation)
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  2. Padmei

    Padmei enamoured

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    No absolutely not. bad idea. Terrible in fact.


    When were you thinking about?
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  3. advNZer?

    advNZer? Long timer

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    roady tyres freindly?
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  4. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Yeah, right!

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    road tyres are fine on gravel
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  5. advNZer?

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    10-4
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  6. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    wouldnt a ride like this only attract very boring people?
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  7. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Yeah, right!

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    Not at all. There will be a lot of smelling the roses, comparing tire pressures and fuel consumption and discussions on the merits of para lever vs mono lever. We'll be turning people away before you know it.
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  8. pampaX

    pampaX Been here awhile

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    Don't count with me, couldn't find anything that weighted over 120kg and could be attached to the bike :lol3
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  9. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Yeah, right!

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    :D
    How about a proper engine?:evil
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  10. pampaX

    pampaX Been here awhile

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    so those boxers weight, more thna 120kg then? no thanks I can only lift my bike and I drop it a lot :poser

    have a good ride and ride safe
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  11. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair

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    But they have these convenient lifting pivots (Jugs) to help right the bike..And CoG is low... 220kgs for a paralever

    Might be up for this...the dirtier the better. :wink:

    The KCAR is usually end of April, so maybe a conflict?
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  12. kiwipeet

    kiwipeet Uber Cyber Loafer

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    That's a little elitist is it? :scratch

    Why not organise a ride suitable for airhead/gs's, but allow others? :dunno

    Would someone attending on a Vstrom/KLR/Tenere/super motard cramp your style?

    vive la différence!

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  13. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Yeah, right!

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    It's not about that. Airheads can't compete with modern bikes, at best they will keep up. If I lend mine to Birchy, he would do better.

    Anyway, is the huge number of airhead only rides really starting to limit your riding options? :wink:
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  14. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Yeah, right!

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    Cool. I am posting off a phone, more when my modem is working again.
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  15. Padmei

    Padmei enamoured

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    Elitist - I like that. makes me feel pretty bloody cool for owning a 20 somethng year old bike:evil

    The idea behind it is to get a group of riders together that share a passion for the same type of bikes. It has been going on for a number of years.
    Many airheaders also own other bikes. If it wasn't an airhead only ride then it would be just another adv ride and you prob wouldn't get any airheads going as the tracks & pace would prob not be suited to them.

    If you really wanted to hear about valeo vs bosch starters, mono extensions & shock placements, which pipe tobacco breathes freelier etc etc you must be sadder than us.

    Yiou could organise an alternative ride the same weekend & we probably wouldn't be offended.:D
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  16. msmckeon

    msmckeon Just ahead of the sweeps

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    I sense a possible theme name for this proposed ride...........

    Michael
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  17. kiwipeet

    kiwipeet Uber Cyber Loafer

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    Well.. actually where I am there's bugger all adv'er types and even fewer rides. I guess I kinda like being more inclusive, to get numbers up, and I guess i subscribe to "the more the merrier" theory. I also think there's plenty of scope for beginner friendly rides. Not everything needs to be a hardcore marathon. But hey, it's your ride, you can make it whatever you like.

    Fair enough, I guess if it encourages a few shy ones out that's gotta be good.
    Like I said, organise the ride route so that it is suitable. Make it an hour of 100k open road, that'll discourage the MX brigade. :wink: On the East coast ride we had people on 250's and even a 125, you might be surprised at how many newbies would be really happy to go for a beginner friendly day ride.

    :lol3
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  18. Padmei

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    I agree with you re the type of bikes out on the rides. I've maintained for a while that I class a lot of our adv rides as trail rides.
    Organised rides like most events start by having one person decide that they want to do one & either post up their intentions to get the interest of other like minded suckers. The NADs rides & WAR are perfect examples of this. Sometimes there's a big group sometimes you're lone wolfing it.
    i'm sure if you posted on KB or even in your local rag if anyone was interested in a softer ride you'd be surprised who'd turn up but you'll never know till you put it out there.

    The other reason for an airhead only ride is highlited by PamapX's comments. Our bikes are dinosaurs- big heavy loveable dinosaurs. One way of not hearing how unlight & unmodern they are is to ride with others that are smitten by their hidden charms:D
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  19. kiwipeet

    kiwipeet Uber Cyber Loafer

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    New ride name: Organised denial.

    :lol3
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  20. msmckeon

    msmckeon Just ahead of the sweeps

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    Sounds like a great idea, an ideal opportunity to bring those with an attraction to these bikes together to share a ride which is designed to suit an "all roads touring bike" rather than trail bikes and, après ride, share our interests and perhaps hints and tips.

    Michael
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