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Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by Box'a'bits, Aug 22, 2010.
BTW, did you see that 'points in a can'? Did you get one yet?
Where? Trademe? I have one now, but its not hooked up yet.
Hmm OK maybe i'll make a new sidestand & lose my crashbars. The bikes look better without them.
Great start to the day. Riding along the motorway, & got hit by something. Just caught it from the corner of my eye, as something black went off the side of the bike. I thought it was a bird until I realised my fuel cap was missing. Damn. Pulled over (only took me ½ a km to realise what it was…, walked back, found two pieces, but not the seals. And those two pieces were never going back together again. I hadn’t taken the cap off since the prior ride with EddieB, it wasn’t that I hadn’t put it on properly this morning. Shit…
Ride to Rimutex to catch up with Mark_S, and then we backtracked to Upper Hutt Supercheap to see if we could find a replacement. Gus is now sporting a ‘nice’ chrome locking cap. Oh well, guess the gas is safe from thieves now (yeah right, they just need to pull the gas lines).
A word of warning to unwary punters. Upper Hutt is expensive for coffee & cake. Or maybe it was just special pricing for Mark.
Mark’s bent pinky had been giving him grief coming over the hill, but he decided he could man up & ride one handed (sorry for that mental picture)... No gravel, out of consideration for Mark – and the fact that we were already late.
Given the delays (it was now 11.00 – start was supposed to be 9.00) we slabbed it to Masterton, and then followed SH52 to Pongoroa for lunch. I always like it there. Peaceful.
Left Mark at the Weber turnoff – He headed for Dannevirke, I headed for Porangahau
I wanted to hit Blackhead beach before high tide, due at 5.00pm. Bart had taken us thru here for the RRRR, & I really liked it. Its very scenic, & good riding. At it happens I made it at 4.10, & just squeaked past the tide line through one portion (rode through some moderate waves).
Back from Pourerere Beach to River Rd, then Middle Rd to Havelock North (amazing sweeping road – I’ve always enjoyed that).
Across to Taradale for the night with friends Paul & Judith. Rolled into his garage right on time at 5.30. Couldn’t convince Paul that night to drag the R100GSPD out for a run, but good to catch up. He may also a prove a source of helicoils for me.
East Cape Airhead Ride. Day Two
Left Taradale early, Puketapu Rd, Puketitiri Rd, & Seafield Rd to Eskvale, but had to backtrack to Bayview to get fuel. Then Napier Taupo Rd.
Stopped for a coffee, & caught up with a couple on a café’d Guzzi Spada. I’d seen them going the other way at Bayview. They’d also toured Europe on a ’79 R100RS at about the same time as Mandy & me. They still have it – it did 60k kms before they realized it has points, & they didn’t need any resetting. The Guzzi was low, black, & loud.
Pohokura Rd, & duck off into the Forestry with some misgivings. Whilst I had a map & a good sense of direction I was concerned at getting lost. Some of the road is suffering from lack of maintenance, with some erosion ruts forming.
As Clint indicated in one of his posts, the access via the washed out stream has been improved.
The actual crossing was a little anti-climatic...
I did get somewhat turned around once, but made my way back to the main tracks with no major issues. Once you border Whirinaki Forest Park, things become easier. I saw that the Army was in there for a play too. Finally made my way to Minganui in time for lunch at 1.00pm.
Saw the normal complement of loose stock on the road to Lake Waikaremoana. No issues, scenic, but a long way through there.
I was about over gravel by the time I came past the hydro station, & the sporadic gravel / seal interchanges were just annoying.
Into Wairoa to pick up some cash, then responded to Alex's text - they had made Mahia.
The 3 other guys that attemded were all on Paralevers (Kokopelli - R80GS basic, Steve in NZ - Purple gravel rash R100GSPDRT, & Richard K - Tourquoise R100GSPD). The G/S guys appeared to want to stay closer to home. Steve had organised to room with the other two at the Mahia Holiday Park & Motel, in a ‘renovated’ Motel room. I bludged space. Thanks guys. We all went to the pub for dinner. Have to say the pub & motel didn’t impress, given their pricing policies. If they were cheaper, maybe, but just because you have a monopoly in a town?
It’s no fun looking at my bike on a stand.
Wasn’t the best sleep I’d ever had. Couldn’t say why. Had issues dropping off.
The other three guys left early. I was in no particular hurry. Steve had booked the room, but only for three, so I was left to sort the lady out – but got no response when I went to the office, & also phoned the no noted – at 8.30 & 8.45. So left.
Took the back road out of Mahia – Tunanui Rd. Come out at Morere. Magic.
Unfortunately I should have fueled at Wairoa, so had to slab it to Gisborne. Made it into the gas station just as it cut across to reserve. In hindsight, I should have taken the more interesting back roads anyway. The tank has two reasonable reserves…
SH2 out towards Opotiki, turned right into Whakarau Rd. Very nice, narrow road, multiple little fords. Grass growing in the middle of the track in some places.
Stopped to have a chat with a farmer here, clearing a tree from the road. Think he was glad to take a break. He’d seen the others go through a couple of days ago. As an ex flat tracker, he wondered why the guys slowed for the corners so much...
That road links to the Motu Rd. On the Gisborne side it’s well maintained. On the Opotiki side less so. Loads of sign from cyclist through there. Had another chat with a bloke towards the summit. He indicated limited traffic though today…He’d live up there if he could…
Passed a little city car (Daihatsu or similar) shortly after. I’m surprised it still had its front skirt on. It was just about touching as it bounced around. Guess it was a rental.
The fords only had limited flow thru them.
Late lunch at Opotiki. Then attacked the East Coast Rd.
Made it to Hicks Bay before the light started to go, so took a Motel room. Had a chicken roll for dinner, was in bed by 9.00.
East Coast Airhead’s Ride Day Four.
Took the 21 km ride from Te Araroa out to East Cape. Funny, I thought there might be a bit more there for the tourists than a toilet. It’s on the other side of the hill from the cape, & I think access might be across private land.
I’d said to Mandy I’d make it home that night, so didn’t stop for photos as much as I should have.
Stopped at Tolaga Bay for a coffee, & a quick photo of the wharf. Got caught up with a very chatty guy that was supposed to be working on the car park beautification. Hope he’s not being paid by the hour.
I’ll let the residual photos do the talking.
Back at Wellington by 8.00. Big day.
Nice report & photos Box'a'b.
Looks like you got around a bit more, than we did. Great report and pics. I've spent the last night in Mahia, the locals can have their 6 mussels for $30 bucks all to themselves.
feck - Hicks Bay to Welly is a big ride
bet you were stuffed when you got home
great pics and RR
Google maps says 696kms, & 8 hrs 46 mins. But I did some side trips. . Yes, I was a tad tired
Great RR Nutso.
I'm a bit disappointed you had to stop for gas tho:huh Is that tank just for looks?
Any probs with the bike?
he can't fill it up cause its to heavy to pull on the centre stand
The bike was running a tad rich in the needle jet, causing it to run a bit fluffy just throttling on. I had jetted up when I replaced the filter (should have left it as is). I'd misdiagnosed that on EddieB's Ocean Beach ride - but the jet was dirty.
The left hand head weep is now officially an oil leak. I'll fix that tomorrow.
I put 30 litres in a couple of times. Could have filled it. The handling issues I had down in the South Island have been resolved, so I am confident I could use the full capacity if I wanted to (& had the proper fuel cap).
The front MT21 is looking pretty stuffed. The rear E09 just seemed to shrug it off, albeit it has worn.
Overall I was very happy with the way it went.
You talking personal experience here? With all that weight hanging off the front of your bike?
Excellent report and pics Steve - I'm living vicariously and enviously through RR like yours - onya S
Good stuff Steve. Big ride.
Talking to EddieB while working on the bike > limited concentration > to scope creep > grumpy wife.
Padmei, need any lessons on barrel / piston removal?
I was supposed to be just replacing the leaky head gasket, but the base moved, & then it became apparent that the last person there had used a bit of silicon gasket in the o rings, barrel base & pushrod seals. The pushrod seals are fairly old looking in any event.
Looks like time for another parts order.
Can you see my mirthful face Nutso? (My wife just asked concernedly why I'm smiling into the laptop)
Ah I know the feeling so well. It's like reading a Wilber Smith in front of the fire with a pipe glowing & saying to oneself "I'll just read one more page... after this chapter..."
I too will be gracing the doorstep of Motobins online store later to order some head gaskets, o rings & gasket sealer.
I haven't yet been educated upon the source or product of 'silicon grease' that is so popular overseas. I struck a similar problem asking all my electrician friendies & wholesalers what "di-electric grease' was. All I got was raised eyebrows (from them - they didn't actually reach over & push mine up with their fingers - it's a figurative thing- kind of.
Been a long day
I'd like to note that Padmei doesn't actually have a fire, it's a DVD of one playing on loop on the old 21" tv, the armchair is a My Little Pony beanbag and the pipe is off an R1...
if he filled it up it would prolly be 60 bucks....can def feel the weight difference when the pd is full
$94 to fill the tank from dead empty. I did a couple of $67 fills on the way round..