N.Z.Adventures Yamaha South Island Safari 2008

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Dotbond, Jan 30, 2008.

  1. Dotbond

    Dotbond Africa, Africa

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    Well, we did the safari last year so we put our money down for the one this year! Similar date but a different place. This was based in Omarama, South Island, New Zealand. As Omarama is about 3 hours away from where we live we decided to trailer the bikes up.:lol3 Craig on the left and Malcolm on the other side.
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    Trailer Poofters we were called, can't argue with that, especially when the wit behind that comment lives 2 days solid riding from Omarama and rode down 2 up! The safari entails 3 days of riding using route sheets. Just like the Dakar, only easier. An average of 8hrs riding per day, covering 400km's is the norm with tarseal, gravel, farmland and gnarly trails to be ridden.
    We left Dunedin on Friday 25th Jan and Craig was feeling in a rather rare touristy mood, so we stoppped at the Elephant Rocks in Duntroon. Didn't see any elephants but we did see "zee german tourists". And the loverly lady on the left asked Craig to take their photo. So i captured that special moment.
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    We eventually got to our place of residence for the next 4 nights and were greeted by new Yamahas for us to ride.
    Then we woke up!!
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  2. GB

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    Thanks for the intro! Let the adventure begin! :thumb

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  3. Foot dragger

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    Still out in the rain,standing on one foot and then the other waiting for the adventure report. Lets keep it moving.(what sort of Yamahas are those? 450 dual sport or?.) And why are those shoes sitting by them?
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  5. Phreaky Phil

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    Those are the new steet legal , 6speed fuel injected WR250s that Yamaha got in for a bunch of journo's to ride
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  6. Dotbond

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    Sorry guys. Been busy. Will do more tomorrow nite.
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  7. Dotbond

    Dotbond Africa, Africa

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    Back again. Finally.:1drink
    Here are somemore pretty pictures of our digs for the next 4 nights and some of the bikes.
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    Noel, another trailer poofter!
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    And his cohort, Tim.
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    In the picture below on the first day of the ride are Tim - XTX 660, Noel - KTM 990, Craig - KTM 990, Dodzo - KTM 990, Ricky - SUper Tenere 750 and Malcolm - XR650
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    An old house in the Ida Valley.
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    Dodzo tending the beast with an old International truck looking forlorn in the background.
    We are heading down that road.
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    Me and Dodzo.
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    The way we came. Rather dry barren looking ground but great fun to ride.
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    Where are we heading to......?
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    And Tim a couple of hours before he became really famous!!!
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    ........we were heading to lunch at a picturesque place above Alexandra.
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  8. Dotbond

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    More lunch shots.
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    Dodzo and Noel letting lunch settle.
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    Bike parking spot in the shade
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    This is the afternnon part of the ride. On the way to Leaning Rock. View of Lake Dunstan with the Clyde Dam in the background.
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    An action shot. It's a long way up and some steep ways to get down if you get it a bit wrong.
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    Malcolm on the XR 650 behind the unknown KTM rider.
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    Thats along way down there...
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    Just to show the terrain we were riding. Steep drops off the side with rocks.
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    Craig going to supervise.
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  9. Dotbond

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    So this is the culprit. Lucky he hit a rock and went over the handle bars and landed on his head otherwise he may have had a bad accident!!:evil
    Tim Misdemeanour #1.
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    Walking and pulling the bike along to meet the track
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    Looking a bit sheepish. And assessing the damage. Still ridable.
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    Looking towards Cromwell
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    Thats all the photos from day one. Day two tomorrow.
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  10. Dotbond

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    Day 2. Sunny as usual in paradise. Riding around Tekapo, Hakataramea and Waitaki Valley. This is a shot of Benmore Dam in the Waitaki Valley.
    An earth dam commisioned in 1965 after a 7 year build time. We rode across the top of the dam left to right.
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    Down this road.....
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    Along this one.....and up the other side. This is Dodzo showing off his rear end.:huh
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    For a view down onto Lake Benmore and the dam.
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    The way we are going.
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  11. GB

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    Excellent adventure report!! Thanks for the pics and update!! :thumb
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  12. Dotbond

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    Then there was 60km of this sort of terrain
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    Dave - BMW and Rick - Super Tenere.
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    And a water crossing with slimey concrete underneath
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    We finally came to the end of that loverly headlight breaking terrain and ended up at a canal that forms part of the hydro electric scheme near Tekapo.

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    After gas at Tekapo it was up into the hills
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    Me!!
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  13. Dotbond

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    Then it was lunchtime at a place called Cave - i think- A full on meal with salads and meats. Excellent!.
    It was at Cave when we refuelled the bikes that Tim almost put diesel in the tank. Tim was about to pull the trigger and Jules Radich yelled out to Tim and woke him up.
    Tim Misdemeanour #2.
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    After lunch the fun started. :evil
    Steep uphill. Rocky. Loose. Falloffs for lots of people.
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    This chap gave his clutch such a hard time it decided not to work properly for a while till it cooled down.
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    After this it levelled out a bit so we could have a breather before the final snotty rocky uphill. You can just make out the bikes lining up before the final LH turn. It was a nasty part of the trail. Lots of people got help from a few willing pushers as well. Thank you guys.:freaky
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    1524mtrs high.
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  14. Sock Monkey

    Sock Monkey 99% bullshitter...the other 1% is just lies

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    Great pics, and great report! :thumb

    Please tell me that you, or someone in your group, got a chance to ride one of the little WR250R's and can report on how it held up in that terrain (power, traction, weight, etc.). Those bikes haven't hit our shores yet (I keep hearing they're due in "any day now"), and I'm interested in adding one to the stable to keep the GS company. :evil

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  15. clintnz

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    Lookin Good! Otago has some great riding, I've only scratched the surface down there by the look of this.

    Your bike is almost the splitting image of mine! - I've also got the ADV sticker on the front guard, Zeta handguards & a plain black 18L tank.

    Cheers
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  16. Dotbond

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    NoVector.

    Don't know anyone personally who rode one but from observations the bikes handled everything fine. Compact, handling and enough power to cope with the hills. And they crash well! A journalist hit a hole at high speed on the first morning and went over the handlebars. Broke a collarbone and tore off the rear subframe of the bike.

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    The Zeta guards work well. Had 2 low speed off's onto rocks and no broken levers. Money well spent.
    Wouldn't mind some graphics for the tank but that will have to wait a year or two. Or a 690!
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  17. Dotbond

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    Once we got over the big hill it was a long way down the otherside. Talk about thigh burn!! We had to get way down there.
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    Looking back up from about quarter of the way down
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    A closer look.
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    We had to go to the valley floor somewhere to the left.
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    After about 15min we got to the bottom. Heading for the Y shape part of road to the left.
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    At cloud line in the middle of the picture is where we came from. Would have been great photo material from there if the
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    Me!!
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    Someones got a flatty!! Dodzo to the left and the chap on the WR without the ATGATT clothing is Mike Britton, the event manager for this
    long weekend of organised fun. Thank you!!
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    Rocks are useful!! Tim trying to reverse his misdemeanours by helping out. It ain't gonna work boyo!!:evil
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    Tim trying to figure out what the thing is that he is holding.:huh And he pulled it out of his own bag!:rofl
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    When we got into Omarama at the end of the day we gassed up the bikes ready for the following day. Tim took off his backpack with wallet and other gear in it and left it at the petrol station when he had finished.
    It was closed when he realised what he had done. Luckily the petrol station staff saw it and kept it safe overnite
    for tim to collect the next morning.
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    Back at base. 10.30pm and some people doing late nite mechanicing.
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    An Africa Twin with it's guts exposed. Don't know if it did it any good
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    And the world famous Australian Geoff Ballard and his wife.
    Geoff was helping people all weekend fix their bikes. A top bloke!!:clap
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    In the hotel conference room doing route sheets for the next day. And bike storage area! The staff even put out their old towels for us to clean bikes and gear with.:clap
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    Third and final day. 470km to go. Left the hotel at 7.15am.
    Wasn't much :freakygoing on the nite before.:lol3
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    It was back over Benmore Dam then a left to follow the road down beside the lake and up into the hills overlooking Aviemore. Knarly ride up to the top
    over rock and tussock strewn tracks. But a excellent view at the top.
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    I need a bigger camera sometimes! Looking towards Kurow.
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    Malcolm, Craig, someone else, Noel. And my bike!:D
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    Then it was a steep rocky trip to the bottom. Once you started there weren't many places to stop. Another thigh burner! But fun.:lol3
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    Next it was lots of gravel road and back roads between Duntroon and Maheno where we had lunch at the school put on by the locals.
    Aren't locals a wonderful thing to have in towns!
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    Craig in his leathers trying to chat up Dodzo! :huh:lol3
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    And me trying not to fall off the wall while i was taking a photo of............
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    .................this church!
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  18. Dotbond

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    After lunch the riders split up into the trail and non trail group. Both ending up near Kyeburn. The non trail group ended up going over the Pig Route.
    We carried on from there over the Danseys Pass. A great road and pub as well.
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    An old water cannon for sluicing that gold outta them hills! Wheres the wenches after a hard days work...........?
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    .................. oh well, suppose Tim will have to do for a chat.:lol3
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    My bike and Tims bike! What a loverly couple they make. Notice the red box attached to Tims handlebar! That blew off on the final leg back to base. Tim saw it fly off and thought, "oh well, I know where the pub is from here".
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    Heading over Danseys Pass towards the Duntroon - Waitaki Valley area-ish! I think. Great dirt road for sliding, i mean riding sensibly. Aye Craig and Noel.
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  19. Dotbond

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    Back at base. Malcolm on the left did the optional hard trail section led by Joe Forsyth. He said some crazy fool riding a Yamaha fell off when he was told not too and broke his collarbone. Luckily Joe had a Sat Phone as a helicopter - made by Kawasaki - was needed to get Mr Crash out of the boondocks.
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    Alister Gilmores special BMW with Husky front end and 43ltr tank to name just a couple of the mods. very trick!
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    Our final dinner together and prize giving. Watchout Tim. :D
    A close up of Dodzo. We are all lucky he didn't get his tongue out! Its huge!! He says his wife has first dibs on it, what ever that means.:evil
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    Some of the participants.
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    John Nicholson giving the wrapup speech. He was the main man behind this ride. Along with Robbie Cricket, Dave Britten and Greg Wylie who found the tracks and farmers land to use.:clap
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    The staff at the hotel gave out their prizes for the cleanest and dirtiest rooms. The chap on the right was the dirty recipient for him and his roommate. According to the staff, the room looked like they had opened their bags and toosed everthing on the floor and dirty gear and dirty magazines were left laying everywhere.:roflNothing like having your dirty laundry aired in public!
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    And this is Tim after we dobbed him in and his 4 Misdemeanours were read aloud for all to hear.
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    Tim got a packet of Minties because he had a lot of moments!:lol3
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    And this basically ends the ride report.
    A big thank you to everyone involved and if you were on this ride feel free to add photos and comments/stories/correct lies as you see fit.

    Link to the organisers website http://www.nzadventures.co.nz/
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  20. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    cool report

    thanks for posting it

    is Tims XT an X with a 21" front wheel fitted or an R model?
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