Maungakotukutuku Diary

Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by Mark_S, Feb 28, 2008.

  1. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    Vast amounts of water have gone through the area
    Spent a fair bit of time watching Andy and Glen do track repair/maintenance
    Was a great ride anyway

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  2. andy mac

    andy mac Adventurer

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    I know Mark thinks there is no need for ride reports recently because they cover the same territory however I feel last week's ride deserves comment.

    There had been heavy rain earlier in the week and it was immediately visible as the tracks were scoured out by water ruts running downhill. 20 minutes into the 24 hour track we met a trials rider on his 2012 Gasgas 250 and he was amazed at where we were on trail bikes. On the 10 hour track I picked a few wrong lines and had to have 2nd attempts. Then we were into the Lost Valley which had been underwater. Silt was everywhere which made normally boulder sections easier to ride as the moss and slime had been stripped clean. There is a 4 metre high timber debris dam across the river at the bottom of the Devil's Staircase. We backtracked to Titi Rd having taken 6+ hours to cover 20km of technical trials.

    I was a very tired boy and didn't recover until midday the next day, riding with these guys definitely pushes my boundaries.
  3. NordieBoy

    NordieBoy Armature speller

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    Muuuusssssttttt go for ride in Akatarawasssss...
  4. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    pah

    I've given up on you Southerners ever actually getting up this way

    before the end of March is the time to do it
    not that you will
  5. innathyzit

    innathyzit AKA Woodman

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    Having trouble with the concept of trials tyres being betterer than knobblies.
  6. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    and have you ever ridden off road with trials tires?

    their grip on roots and rocks is awesome and they easily last twice as long as a knobby (on the back)
    Glen got 44hrs out of the vee rubber on the back of his 300 before it became a waste of space.

    I can't see us ever going back to knobbies on the rear of our trail bikes
  7. NordieBoy

    NordieBoy Armature speller

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    Why? Even 705's are better :evil
  8. NordieBoy

    NordieBoy Armature speller

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    I'm trying, but have just finished paying off the IRD :puke1
  9. NordieBoy

    NordieBoy Armature speller

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    NordieBro and his mates used trials rears to go into the Leatham on Sunday.
    They were nicely surprised at the comfort of the ride over the rocks.
    NordieBro went in with 12psi and took it down to 8psi for the trip back out.
  10. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    I don't think that there is any real advantage until the pressure gets to under 10psi
    I run 7-8psi on the back of the WR and 4-5psi on the back of the beta
  11. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    Well seeing as my back is still not good enough to go for a trail ride today with my ex-friends Andy and Andrew and my ex-son Glen I am going to go for a pootle on the klr

    so for the sake of Stay-at-home-Steve and any others who are interested I'll be spotting my way around

    I'm even going to take the camera with me
  12. NordieBoy

    NordieBoy Armature speller

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    Tubeless on the Beta?
  13. Padmei

    Padmei enamoured

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    I checked your spot out - I felt kinda creepy doing it.

    I'm not a stalker.....

    usually....
  14. bart-nz

    bart-nz Been here awhile

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    That's a big day ride.

    By the way, the RRRR's on March 23/24, if you want to do it all again. :wink:
  15. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    tubeless on the rear tube on the front - seems to be normal for trials bikes

    your activities have been recorded by your ISP and forwarded to the appropriate authorities

    Yep was a big days ride - 3 tanks of gas so must be 750k ish (dead speedo - speedo drive ate the front hub $$$) ) lots of indirect routes although 95% sealed back roads - awesome magic twisties between kimbolton and mangaweka - except for the blind tightening radius left hand corner I didn't make... (now has big skid mark next to a large fresh bowel movement on the wrong side of the road)

    12hrs door to door.

    Was too hot in the Hawkes Bay - I hate riding in the heat almost as much as I hate riding in the rain....
    The wind came up after Waipukarau and cooled things down a lot - simply stunning area to the east and south of Dannieverke - love that area

    While I enjoyed the day I'd rather have been up in the hills (except not yesterday as Andy's chain jammed between his sprocket and swingarm and they had to manhandle his bike about 1km along a really tight rutty shitty track and then tow it another 10? km back to the car - took them all afternoon and they were all pretty stuffed when they got back....)

    if my back is still not right (bloody trials bike) you might just see me on the RRRR
  16. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair

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    Good, you aren't dead then. :D The spot 'I'm Okay' tracker ended at Palmerston North. I know how dangerous that area can be - I used to live there.
  17. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    spot was doing some weird stuff yesterday - turning off by itself and then flashing funny combinations of lights - I think spot might found the handlebars of the klr a bit much

    I don't think I will replace it - I may get an epirb instead.
  18. Padmei

    Padmei enamoured

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    As well or instead?
  19. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    we'll see

    Seeing as Glen and Andrew are heading off to do hard core trials stuff which my back won't handle and my confidence isn't up to I'm going to dust off the klr again and go for a ride to give spot another test
  20. NordieBoy

    NordieBoy Armature speller

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    I took the Spot out today and turned on tracking.
    It pinged 3 track points. All when I was resting up in the hills at 3rd house.

    Don't think it'd got a satellite fix before we started off and it was in my bumbag, not facing anything remotely like north...

    With the cloud cover, even the Garmin had a problem getting a fix.