Capital Coast Adventure feedback

Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by 4Skins, Apr 2, 2006.

  1. 4Skins

    4Skins Gnarly Adventurer

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    Guys

    I've been having a quiet day here, still buzzing from the most excellent day I had yesterday. Buzzing that is, till I checked my email this afternoon and received the following. I've removed the senders name (for now). I'm not sure how to reply to this, or even if a reply is warranted.

    Help me out here fellow adventurers. I dunno if this guy is an AdvRider or not, but I'll just send him a link to this thread in a few days.:evil

    4Skins
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    HI John.

    Just a quick note to thank you for a wonderful adventure ride yesterday.

    Did all the challenge loops none of which caused any problems.

    By the end of the day we all had had enough which means it was just the right length, for us anyway.

    I do have a comment for what its worth.

    I wasn’t at the prize giving last night but as in a lot of these events i heard prizes were given out to people that just fuck up.

    The type of people that drag their bike out at the last minute, don’t even check tyre pressures break down half way and have no tools. Then get lost get driven over while on a road they weren’t supposed to be on because they are to stupid to follow instruction and cause a whole lot of problems, and then they get a prize for it. Or ride a ct110. What’s with that? These people have contributed nothing.

    On the other hand people like myself that have spent good money on a decent bike, that prepared the bike, spent $400 bucks on a set of tyres, ride the ride two up, do all the loops and hells gate without a problem and make it back causing no problems dont get a mention.

    My bike retails at $29200.00. i put my money where my mouth is when it come to riding two up through places like hells gate. I saw a number of bmw riders drop there bikes there while stewart your man at the scene stood back and watched. Didnt even help them pick their bikes up. Did any of those guys get a mention? Some of their repairs would have been costly.

    Is it fair that the “losers”, (for want of a better description) get rewarded like this?.

    It happens all the time and i tell you it takes the shine off a great day.

    Anyway thanks to you for all the effort.
    (Name removed)
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  2. danger_dave

    danger_dave Home again

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    And I thought *I* was up myself!
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  3. clintnz

    clintnz Trans-Global Chook Chaser

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    :2cry I spent $29200.00 on my whale of a motorcycle & got passed by some peasant on a CT110. What's more, the bastard looked like he was having way more fun than me :waysad

    :lol3 :lol3 :lol3

    I thought the catchers & pushers at devils gate did a great job, I have been on adv rides where the organisers wouldn't have even considered having people on hand to help at a place where some riders are obviously going to need it.

    Cheers
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  4. Oaters

    Oaters Been here awhile

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    John - thanks for a great event - great value and very professioanlly organised. I was challenged in some of the route - Devils Gate or whatever - but hey that's why it's called 'adventure'.

    Appreciated the help I received at times like Devil's Gate (South Coast) thanks to Mike Dobson motivational guru. Also those who helped me in the stream with its 24 crossings - 3 guys on black 1150's (thanks guys) :wink:. Also in the same stream first gnarly steam exit. Thanks to all who helped me - big 1150GS on it's side several times. Among them were several women and Mike and Chris Harris.

    A great day. As I've refected on the day I've become conscious of how easy it is to judge others without seeing 'the log in our own eye'.

    Here's a shot of Kokopelli (aka Alex) on the Puketiro Loop. I think that like me Koko had a great day extending himself.

    Cheers Aslan - aka Stephen O :freaky

    Incidentally I enjoyed free unsolicited advice dispensed by Vege on how boxer twins should be riden and the best tyres for these events.
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  5. 4Skins

    4Skins Gnarly Adventurer

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    ... the guy was a late entry and snivelled so much about the late fee that I buckled and let him off it AND he took the 20% discount for BMW riders!!!:fyyff FYYFF:fyyff
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  6. Oscar

    Oscar Curmudgeon

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    You have to be joking.
    First of all, to turn up late and expect to get a discount -what a jerk. Having organised the odd ride myself I can't believe Johnny was so tolerant - I would have told the pompous pratt to piss off or pay the late entry fee. I mean he's put all this work in to organise an event that includes catering, and gone to the time and trouble to advertise the thing four months in advance. Why do some fuck-knuckles think they can turn up at the last minute and ride, AND THEN HAVE THE FUCKING TEMERITY TO COMPLAIN? Why do these arrogant tossers think the world revolves around them just because they have a bit of coin? I'll bet the first time he had to wee after buying his BMW he was really disappointed that his willy was the same minuscule size as before the purchase...

    As for Devils Gate - I fucked up and stalled (it was Dave's fault, he parked that goddamn Trumpy in the way). I just restarted, jumped off and walked it over, but I had to to wave the helpers away. There was a cue when Dave and I arrived, so we got to watch a dozen other people go over and any that cocked up were helped.

    Notwithstanding this, (and I'm talking to our whiny friend in the spirit of ADVRider comradeship, here) if you can't get an 1150GS over Devils Gate by your own stupid self, you probably shouldn't have left your local high street. Either get a bike you can ride (and I realise that without the BMW you wouldn't be able to indulge in your Charlie Boorman fantasies), get some lessons or stick to sealed roads - give Steve a shout and form a club: Owners of BMW GS's that are too Goddamn Gurley to ride off road .
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  7. danger_dave

    danger_dave Home again

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    Hey! That was stretch - every time we came to something difficult he kicked me off it - I took the sxc625 over it quite stylishly and unassisted thank you :wink:

    (thank goodness on the challenge loops - he's a maestro what!)
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  8. Oscar

    Oscar Curmudgeon

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    Right you are, it was Stretch.
    I loved that Trumpet....:rabia
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  9. motu

    motu Loose Pre Unit

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    I'd of loved to be in a position to write you a nasty letter of complaint 4Skins,but alas...I spent saturday trying to start my lawnmower,then took out my frustration on a 2x2 metre slab of concrete,smashing it to bits with a sledge hammer.The same level of exertion and frustration I'm sure.....but nowhere as near rewarding.

    Damn,that looked like a good ride - one day,when I get a real job,I hope to be there....
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  10. vege

    vege Been here awhile

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    Firstly, well done that man. A capital event.again. Great views,great trails and great company. Worry not about the complainer, he obviously has no idea what prizegivings are about. Yes we celebrated the weird and perverse, the two on CT110's were happy riders.. all who saw them in action will never forget them. What about MD on his Ural, old school at its grugiest best, it just keeps going.. not fast but capable. Tom on his original TT500,cool. Kylie on the TW200 , first time off road,first adventure ride. She was struggling at times but never gave up. The complainer will not understand. I will give him points for riding two up if he did, however it will not change his being a pratt.:clap :clap FYYFF

    The ride was in the original adventure ride spirit, some challenges ,some real fast bits, some history,and great company.

    Also thanks to your crew and sponsors.:clap :clap

    Also a big thank you to Jan for the use of the kitchen, stretch was in his element.. the samaosas could have been a bit more cooked.

    After seeing a few guys struggling in places ,how about a training day in the 24 creek crossings area.??? Any interested should post here... i know a guy who will sponsor it...:deal :deal
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  11. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Yeah, right!

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    I have a complaint as well. Some of the photographs appearing don't seem to do the callenges justice. I could have sworn Devil Gate was a hell of a lot steeper and the river crossings were a lot nastier than they appear on the photos. So stop photoshopping thoses images and show us the real thing.

    OH, and while I am complaining, those catchers at Devil's Gate were way too enthusiastic. I could have sworn that I had made it, when they must have grabbed my bike and made it stall, infact I am sure they pulled it back a bit.

    Oh, and another one. As a BMW rider who also paid a lot, I resent being passed by women on postie bikes. They should show proper respect and wait until no one is looking, and not make me look like I have been doing this for the first time.

    The ride was so tough that I broke a clutch lever (mind you it was on someone else's bike), they should have known better to than to park right in my approch lane, BMW have a built in right of way in this event.(does anyone know how you can get out of a rut in order to ride around obstacles?)


    Have I mentioned the weather yet? I was promised views of the South Island, but the top of the hill had a layer of cloud. Even worse, on the ride home it pissed down with rain from Taihape onwards.

    In other words, I had a bloody good time. Never have I learned so much in such a short time. The event was extremely well organized, thanks again John. The scenery was/is absolutely stunning. People insisted on picking up my bike, dusting me off and sending me on my way again.

    I was with a great group, thanks guys for the encouragement. I am very happy with my bike, I am sure that I could have done better with a smaller bike, but the 1150 cost so much that there wasn't enough money left over for a trailer, so I had to ride to and from the event.

    I know that some people laugh at the guys at on the big bikes, but they are quite capable. I could swear that several times I had been ready to fall off when the big beast kept on standing up again and chugging along, with me still hanging on for dear life. The bike wasn't the limiting factor, I was.

    I will certainly try to be at the next event and might even have a go at a real challenge section.

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  12. Oaters

    Oaters Been here awhile

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    In response to Vege

    After seeing a few guys struggling in places ,how about a training day in the 24 creek crossings area.??? Any interested should post here... i know a guy who will sponsor it...:deal :deal


    I'd be interested - cheers Aslan
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  13. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Yeah, right!

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    Before I forget, I was very impressed with the ride instructions for which I had made my Indian Take-Away Navigator Box When I finally got around to looking at them at home I found that the box performed flawlessly. Thanks to IanS who took the time to pick up the instructions and assemble them for me the night before the event, because had I seen them and read them I would have left under the cover of darkness. Thank god I had no time during the ride to consult these wonderful pictograms, sometimes ignorance is bliss, it certainly was in this case. There were a couple of omissions, though. I did wave to the pedestrian and went slow around the mountain biker and avoided all 4x4s. However, when I checked later, there was no mention of the three cows standing next to a bend in the bush track section. No friendly wave for them then.
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  14. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Yeah, right!

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    You had no trouble in that area. Thanks again for the great company and for inviting me to stay at your place.
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  15. Steve in NZ

    Steve in NZ scared/cheap

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    u forget to mention that i sit down when I have a piss and u seem to ride roads about 2 months after i have done them.

    and i hope the ya next door neighbours from maori point rd pinch ya house:norton

    wht costs $29200 and doesthat iclude on road costs and any xtras
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  16. Oaters

    Oaters Been here awhile

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    Hi another pic
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  17. Steve in NZ

    Steve in NZ scared/cheap

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    nice write up on the sth island trip. makes ya wanna head dstraight down that way and do a ride.

    and i see Garry W did the 42nd traverse a while back. ( a good keen man) no helicopters needed
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  18. warewolf

    warewolf Tyre critic

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    Obviously doesn't include $400 bucks worth of tyres. :lol3
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  19. msmckeon

    msmckeon Just ahead of the sweeps

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    Help me out here fellow adventurers. I dunno if this guy is an AdvRider or not, but I'll just send him a link to this thread in a few days. I don't think I'll need to reply.:evil

    4Skins

    I guess there is "nowt as queer as folk".

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  20. warewolf

    warewolf Tyre critic

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    [My earlier post seems to have gone AWOL...]

    Top event John! 'Twas all good. As has been said before, a fantastic mix of riding, and sounds like plenty of folks pushed a few personal boundaries, helped along by the comraderie in the true adventure riding spirit.

    AFAIK the awards are for encouragement and entertainment. Stupidity shouldn't be rewarded, but f*ck-ups can be challenging and entertaining. "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger" an' all that. I was there on the night; we all enjoyed it. Maybe (name removed) should've been there, too.

    CT110 vs. $29200.00 bike: postie bike wins my vote, every time, no matter the event. If I have to explain, you wouldn't understand.
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