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Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by Kokopelli, Feb 28, 2012.
it seems he ussually does
i am quite keen on this ride.
has anyone found it odd that the house painterer hasn't piped up yet?
If my GS was complete, would it qualify for this ride?
Are you an elitist bastid?
You talking about me? Im sooo out of the loop at the moment... Sounds good from what Ive managed to glean so far.
It really depends on whether I get my shock back on time. I expect I will, but then itll be sprung all wrong unless I get the lovely pillion and all our gear on-board also.
Pencil me in. Ill make it work!
Come do a cashie over at my place on the way. Sparky, right?
Don't forget the most essential airhead accessory
a tow rope
funny you mention that, I had one up the spine of my frame for 13 years, never used it but I have taken my tank off quitea few times to help those out who have run out of gas.
Hmmmm tempting... maybe if you throw in a spare mono rear end as well...
OK - I'll bite
"Is a KLR coming?"
The jibe is a reference to my breakdown on the Lake Ferry beach (ICU). Mark's KLR made a great tow vehicle, partially becuase of the recluse clutch. Fortunately Marks KLR has been evening the stakes. ..albeit it hasn't needed a tow yet.
What did you use as a tow rope, strapping, or an actual rope, or something else. Good idea re storage. I may follow your example
You could also wire in my range hood...bugger crawling around in the roof space trying to find an appropriate power source
Talking of sparkies, Phreaky Phil hasn't raised his hand yet either...
I've only had 2 breadowns in 3 years on the klr - both caused by incompetent mechanics - 1 being me and 1 the PO. And I was able to ride the bike home (slowly) both times. I suspect a cetain dakar can't boast a similar level of reliability. actually that thing sounded like such a nightmare I'd I'm reluctant to give you much shit about it....
In 94 or 95 I brought a new model runout commodore wagon and it would randomly turn off whenever it felt like it - overtaking or just idling or once as I was going on to the paramata bridge in rush hour... Holden couldnt find anything wrong so all they would do was make soothing noises and look at me as though I was imagining things. In the end I got so sick of it I told them I didnt care how much they gave me I just wanted them to buy it back so I could be rid of it so they gave a brand new one (new vtec model too). That was fine until about 10000 km when it started tapping - a gudgeon pin circlip was missing.... A new engine had to be sent from aussie which took ages. The new engine didnt tap but used 1liter of oil every 1000km which holden said was acceptable and I said wasnt. And then some mongrel hit the wagon while it was parked and the insurers repair company didnt fix it properly so I had to make a fuss to get it fixed again. By that stage I'd had a complete gutsfull and sold my 12 month old wagon for about a $9000 loss. So I suspect I know how you felt.
it wasnt specifically aimed at you (although if the cap fits....) - more along the lines of if you get half a dozen 20 year old beemers together for a decent ride the odds of one shitting the bed are reasonably high. 20yr old klr's never shit the bed - do they Shane...
4m cheapy tie downs make great tow straps
so the final name for the ride is: the elitist bastards unreliability trial
Think hes too busy with his DR.
Padmei - how many power points to a mono rear end? Im seriously considering this!
If we can adjust it so it reads UBAR it will work for me!
We have an Unreliable, Bastard and Ride there, I guess A could be Arrogant, as a synonym for Elitist. There is just a problem with the order of the letters.
Real problem with the Dakar is it left us stranded at three of those big multi day Adventure rides. Participating in these two up used to be a highlight of our year but January 2008 (Dakar was 4 months old) was the last one we got to participate in. We paid for and took a week's leave for three subsequent rides but got left behind. LIke your car, I never wanted to see it again after the final January 2011 fiasco.
My parts will be arriving any day now so hopefully I will be mobile soon. Maybe even in time for the EBUT/UBAR.
PS - one thing you can say about KLR's is their clutch must be something. I cannot believe you managed to get Steve off that deep sand beach without something letting go!
what every elite rider needs on der GS http://www.trademe.co.nz/link.aspx?i=12121&id=454965940.
Tartan would be nicer i think.
so we 3 weeks out from this. We better send out a reminder
More particlarly, we need to sort out routes to get there, where north & south will meet, & where we are staying...Koko?
We'll be staying here
and we'll be dining here
It's probably best if we meet there. I am thinking of heading towards Mahia on Friday and take in the Motu on the way there. We'll see how far we'll get on the day. The next day we can explore Mahia and and Sunday we can explore some of the back country gravel roads in the area. On Monday it's back to the rat-race via Waikaremoana.
Let's hope for some fine weather. Shitty weather seems to be the norm this year.