Barts Adventure Photos

Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by bart-nz, Jan 15, 2010.

  1. Padmei

    Padmei enamoured

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    Great pics Bart - pity about the job.
    It'll be the start of another chapter.







    (grab us some soda before you pack it in)
  2. Night Falcon

    Night Falcon Adventure NZL

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    This was supposed to be an adventure ride not a hare scramble :rofl


    Great work again Bart! :clap
  3. GPS MAN

    GPS MAN Lost!

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    Great pics as always...

    You would make a great wedding photographer:rofl
  4. bart-nz

    bart-nz Been here awhile

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    The other weekend Mark said he was going to do some girly ride around highway 52 and wanted to meet up for lunch or something. I'm not big on details, but Wade was pretty keen on a ride, so we met up in Pahiatua. We hit the road and smoked over what must be the best sealed road in the north westish Wairarapa, with twisty turns and bumpy berms.

    Not many photo oppertunities on the black stuff, but here's the ugly bunch...Mark checking his nail polish and Wade the firmness of his seat...or perhaps he's taking a...no, there's no puddle.

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    Here they are on some more boring hard surfaced black stuff :bore

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    We consumed some fairly average burgers at Porongahau and talked plenty of BS...then found some real roads...

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    Crappy track at Blackhead...now we're talking...

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    Along the beach...

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    Then we split for home. I maximised the gravel on the way home, and discovered that the rear tyre was slightly beyond it's best. It started getting real squirmy. I don't mind it getting a little loose on the gravel, but this was so bad I almost had to slow down...

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    Oh, the pine tree branches on the back were for my sons school project. I hooked them off a small tree on the side of the road.

    Pic of the day...Fred Flintstones spare wheel. If one of the KLR's got a flat we could just bolt this up.

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    Good ride guys. I've got to say that Highway 52 has to be one of the best roady rides around. Cheers.
  5. bart-nz

    bart-nz Been here awhile

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    I decided to give the bike a birthday

    New tyre (cheap shit, you wouldn't believe how cheap)

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    flash chain

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    I did a quick comparison of the chains for sideways flex. Top is the new DID X-ring (VX). Middle is the stock DID O-ring (V8) with about 20k on it. Bottom is a DID nothing ring (NZ) with about 5k on it. Don't buy a nothing ring...

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    sprocket will hang in for a while longer...

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    Back brake pads won't...

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    I seem to blow through back brakes heaps quicker than the fronts. I can't understand it. I never have tyres with any grip back there, so the back brakes are next to useless anyway. :scratch

    Always good for a laugh, greese on the rim of your gumboot. How the hell did I do that?

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  6. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    that rooted $30 front sprocket will shag your shiny $200 chain right quick
  7. bart-nz

    bart-nz Been here awhile

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    Nah, it’s still round with spikey bits on it :D

    I’ll pick up a new one next week.
  8. GPS MAN

    GPS MAN Lost!

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    You can only be so Dutch:rofl
  9. Night Falcon

    Night Falcon Adventure NZL

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    that sprocket looks new compared to some I've seen....cant remember where though :dunno
  10. theMISSIONARY

    theMISSIONARY hunting and riding!!

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    a bit like this one :D

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  11. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    Thats not a sprocket thats a new form of CVT
  12. theMISSIONARY

    theMISSIONARY hunting and riding!!

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    think i should send it to Rosie and Co for a Spare :rofl

    Love the Pics Bart :clap
  13. bart-nz

    bart-nz Been here awhile

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    Ross (Waipukbiker) sorted out a ride out the back of Wairoa. This was to be more of an offroad ride, so dirt bikes were the go. I started out at about 6am. Conditions were very foggy so it was visor up, eyes stinging, most of the way.

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    Got to Wades house. Dropped off the DR650. He already had the dirt bikes loaded (he was kindly loaning me the DR350 :clap) and hit the road.

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    We met the rest of the Hawkes Bay crew in Napier then headed north for Wairoa. Bloody long drive.

    At the start point

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    Ross grew up here, so was showing off his first set of wheels...

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    And the house he grew up in... could use a lick of paint...

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    Ed on the old trials bike

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    Wade, bringing the 'laser guided missile' to the pillow fight...

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    At least I had the equivalent to a sling shot...

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    The crew

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    some pretty rugged terrain...suck in your tummies boys...

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    Robyn found a bog and buried the poor little 2 hundy...

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    I didn't know belt drives were becoming popular for offroad :hmmmmm

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    plenty of bush tracks

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    A lovely stream

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    Ed admiring his beast

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    Lunch under the trees. It was nice of Ross to be thoughtfull enough to leave this chair here for me many decades ago. It only had 3 legs, but served it's purpose well.

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    1974

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    Not much younger

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    a little whoopsy

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    another one

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    the laser guided missile making it look easy

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    poor little 200 getting a hammering

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    dead things

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    steap country

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    overgrowen tracks

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    views

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    Mum, Dad, and the Kid

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    more bush

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    Ross, cleaning his war wounds

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    photo ops

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    then the long haul home

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    Pics of the day: The old TY250 had a real 1974 aura about it. I can't quite understand it. :huh

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    Cheers Ross for an awesome ride. Another chunk of countryside that most people never get to experience. That's why I do this stuff. Thanks also to Wade for lending me the 350. I finally got the hang of kick starting it at the end of the day (and remember why I traded the one I had on a DRZ400 all those years ago). It went well and was ideal for that terrain, but I guess my legs are just too short.

    Top people. Top ride.:clap
  14. Russ

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    Thanks of sharing.

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  15. Night Falcon

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    thanks for posting the pics Bart. Looks like you guys had a lot of fun. Maybe we will get to ride it together some time soon. How did you find the 350 handling wise on the tight trails? Its and awesome bike but still looks a tad heavy? what was the power and suspension like?
  16. bart-nz

    bart-nz Been here awhile

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    It's good to see you haven't been put off after your little mishap.

    I owned a DR350 many years ago, so it was like putting on an old pair of slippers. I quickly remembered why I traded it on the DRZ400. No magic button. Being a short arse, I had problems kick starting. This bike had a few fueling issues also. It would miss and occasionaly stall on steep uphills, but Wade's aware of this and should be easy to sort.

    In real terms they are the perfect 'trail' bike. Most modern bikes have gone down the MX track with ultra hard suspension and even harder seats, and agressive ergos. The 350 gives a very plush ride and the seat's like a puffy feather pillow. Power is ample for offroad. It's no feather weight, but seems well balanced. Unlike a lot of more modern bikes (DRZ400 included), you could ride this thing all day without getting remotely tired. If you don't want to be a Crusty Demon, but want to see some serious countryside, I don't think you could beat it. :evil

    Now, if it had that magic button...
  17. Phreaky Phil

    Phreaky Phil Long timer

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    Nice pics Bart. Trail riding with a bunch of mates in new country :D doesn't get much better than that.
    + 1 on the thoughts on the DR 350. Great bike. 6 speed box too.
  18. bart-nz

    bart-nz Been here awhile

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    Here's some shots from the Woodville MX. I took Wade and my little fella along. Managed to scab some VIP tickets, so free beer and food. It was the best day I've had in ages.

    Carnage at the start of one race

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    My little fella had a ride in a helicopter. Waving out the back seat.

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    Above the start line

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    River race

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    Whibley, the master

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  19. Night Falcon

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    nooice action shots there Bart :thumb
  20. bart-nz

    bart-nz Been here awhile

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    Oaters (Aslan) organised a ride up Takapari road on Saturday. We had a good turn out and a weird array of bikes. I don't think I've ever been on a ride with such variety.

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    Some pansy even turned up on a road bike.

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    He must've been a bit confused, but at least he had the decency to go and open the first gate for us hard core adventure guys. I was surprised he wasn't too scared to get a little dust on his nice shiny riding gear.

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    Cool old house on the road side. It's got some history apparently.

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    Riding up the hill

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    There was a little traffic, but everyone was well behaved

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    Check out the variety of bikes

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    We ran into cloud near the top. I was concerned we wouldn't get a view, but it lifted slightly as we arrived.

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    Most stopped at the A-Frame hut, but a few of us carried on to the end of the road. My poor DR was getting smashed on the rocks and ruts, and bottomed out more than once. I now have a few more dings in the bash plate. It did it's job nicely.

    On the way back from the road end.

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    You can see the hut in the middle left

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    On the way back out

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    Nice work to the guys on big bikes. Some sections were challenging.

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    It was good to see there were absolutely NO spills. The ride out was TOTALLY uneventful. No one riding like an IDIOT managed to loose his front end and go down in a screaming heap on a steep down hill right hander.

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