T.A.T Testing, NZ Style

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Phreaky Phil, Jan 3, 2011.

  1. Phreaky Phil

    Phreaky Phil Long timer

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    Having just got our 2UP TAT DR650 mobile, it needed some testing.
    I wanted to try it out on the old Whanga Rd. (Whanamomona Rd) As it turned out a friend of ours who owns Taranaki Motorcycle Adventures was going to take a client out so we would have some company. The Old whanga Rd was abandoned by the local council in the 1940's but provides access to local farmers and recreational users, most importantly, MOTORCYCLISTS :clap.
    At the far end of the of the Whanga Rd is the Bridge To SomeWhere (yes there is a Bridge To NoWhere, about 15km away). From there our route took us through two Stations, on station tracks and some "paper roads" then on some private land up to a little known tunnel that used to provide access to a now abandoned settlement.
    The local council's commitment to the road !
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    Entry to the first tunnel
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    The exits always been a bog hole but compared to early days when you could just about loose a bike in the hole created by 4wd's its "premo".
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    A lot of work has been done, laying pongas on the track
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    Soon after a second tunnel
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    Soon after the tunnels you come to the first of the new bridges. This one replaced the old wooden bridge that "apparently" was in danger of collapse. They got the Army in to blow up the old bridge and it took a bit of "persuasion" to collapse it. They blew the piles out and after the smoke cleared the bridge was still there, just sitting a bit lower :rofl:rofl

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    Some of the little mud hole on the way
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    Last spring the Rd was closed for a time by a couple of slips until a track was cut over them[​IMG]
    This little mud hole caused me a moment of grief. I chose the center but the pic doesnt show the exit has a steepish face and the rear end spun sideways on it. A bit of pushing was needed:doh
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    At the last gate Andrew and his customer caught us up
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    Onto Aotuhia Stn. This is more open in parts than the Whanga Rd.


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    The old homestead

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    This one hasn't moved in a while

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    Track conditions were great. Dry and plenty of grip
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    The boundary of Okara stn. A chance to catch the WR'S

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    And have a break
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    Then on through Okara Stn

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    Some of the track had seen a digger through recently
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    Another old bridge on the way to the tunnel

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    The tunnel sits just below the top of a ridge, obviously the last bit was too steep to get vehicles through

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    Big enough for a reasonable sized vehicle
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    View from the tunnel. Not bad eh !
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    From there we took a different way down, following the ridge line, with some steep decents. I had done this track before but on a WR450 and not 2UP but we made it with no worries. Well I had none, Dawn was a bit worried !

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    If you look closely you can see one of the WR's way below us

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    Then it was back onto the gravel rds to SH43 then to Whanga pub for a well earned lunch

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=617031
    Link to our DR build
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  2. Craig McCurdy

    Craig McCurdy BIGMAC

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    Nice photos and it looks like a great ride! :clap
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  3. NordieBoy

    NordieBoy Armature speller

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    I love bike "testing" :D
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  4. Dino3310

    Dino3310 Been here awhile

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    totally wicked:clap

    gotta get down there in those conditions:wink:
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  5. Phreaky Phil

    Phreaky Phil Long timer

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    You picked a bad time of year to bugger your leg mate !!
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  6. XC Rider

    XC Rider Motorcycle Vagabond

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    Your country is gorgeous, I hope it's in the cards for me to visit there someday.

    Good luck with the TAT, you'll love it! I ran it solo last year and will be doing it again this year but with my dad following on his bike. I plan on mid to late august start, when are you going?
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  7. GB

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    Nice test!! Keep those pics flowing :thumb
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  8. Phreaky Phil

    Phreaky Phil Long timer

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    It will be next year before we have saved enough for the trip. It will be at least 6-8 weeks by the time travel to and from etc. Plenty of time for more mods and testing :D
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