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Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by Box'a'bits, Dec 31, 2011.
Thanks. Appreciate that.
So now for the rest of the story Pablo the trip out again.
Hum lets see, when we were on the hutt I had mentioned the Cnut hill but nobody seemed interested. Then once we jumped on the bikes Simon suggested to check it out. First mistake not telling the rest and I must apologise again for that.
We then got going over the first third which is gnarly but doable till the flat area were the picture showing the track was taken. It seemed not quite doable from there :eek1.
Anyway once there we discussed whether to come back or keep going, since we have only taken a short time to get there it seemed possible to go and check further. I told Simon then that I had only made to the beginning of the last much-stepper-without-a-rest section. Once agreed to check it further Simon went ahead.
A few minutes later I could see him close to the top, thus I went for it. I was going well and soon arrived to were he was at which point he indicated to keep going and since he was on the bad line I could take the good line on his side and carry on. About a hundred meters further up till it got easy again.
It was reaaaally bad but with 10psi front and rear and second gear and clutch, I made it and despite forgetting my fitness on the base, heart pumping 180 I was happy , parked the bike and come down to help Simon. Then we re-acommodated his bike to have a better start and he found his clutch wasn't going ... at all. He suggested we should wait to allow time for it to cool down and maybe it was going to work afterwards. It seemed reasonable and I was knackered anyway so resting there seemed ok . It turned out the Ktm had had enough and then all of the sudden things got complicated ... we had split from the group, on a section not commonly used, with a broken bike, none of us knew much about repairing anything and it was really hard to move
What type of KTM, running how high gearing? Breakdown report for both bikes?
bet you are glad they didn't tell you where they were off to so you didn't have to hang around and get involved in the nightmare sounding rescue....
Yeah, though the text I got later didn't sound good and i thought I was going to have to go back for a while.
There's a hell of a story to be told here and there may be pictures too, come on Pablo
Quite a 'swansong' for your departure eh Eddie? Go well as you journey North :)
yes a lot of people showed to make sure it happened
Ktm 690R 2012 standard gearing, pipe etc very nice bike couldn't ride it
You can be sure nobody would have been happy to be there, although in hindsight it was a very nice adventure and nice achievement for us ...
We were almost at the top, one bike running fine another one running but not going. Diagnostic was burn clutch, I had no idea nothing like it ever happened to me but it made sense. The bike would start no problem, but wouldn't move, its like the clutch was all the way in.
Finally after waiting a while and the bike still not going we decided that instead of keep waiting to start rolling down maybe by the time we get to bottom it would cool and go again. The first wasn't an issue till the first "rest area" if you will. It was there we realised that the rest area wasn't quite flat it was up-and-down sort of think and pushing it wasn't possible. Even a small slope was very hard for us to push the bike through.
I remembered that for first time (ever) I had taken a strap with me, so I proposed to two the bike through that part till the last steep bit. As it turned out is not that easy to tow a bike. Keeping balance, proper line, avoid tangling the line with wheels, chain etc for the first time is not easy ... at all :huh. At one point the track had two levels, I was on the wrong one and felt the strap caught something, when tried to put my foot on the ground I couldn't reach and off I went over the border of the ridgeline, with only my lower leg on the track and all my body down. All the gear and bit of luck meant I was ok, once managed to get back on the track, Simon asked whether it was fine then he had a bit of laugh as it was funny.
Next I realised the chain came off, when trying to put it back on, realised it was off the front sprocket too, and when trying to put it back there, realised it was stuck on my new-ish case saver (recommended http://www.bashplates.de/BMW-G-650-...procket-cover-case-saver-BMW-G-650-X::43.html). It meant one thing, get tools and remove case put the chain. It took a few minutes and we were off again. After what seemed an eternity some extra pushing we made it to the last steep section. I was at that point , but it seemed we were going to get to the easy-ish part soon. I was by then too knackered and couldn't ride properly and come down 3 or for times left and right, sideways and a few other times I almost did but managed to stay on. Going down tried on the bike with engine running, with engine stopped, walking at one point very close to the end had another off and this time the front wheel went off the track and rear wheel was on the middle of it. It was ward to straighten as tired as I was, had to rest like 5' minutes after getting back on the track. Since it was the last bit, I though I'll get on the bike and use the engine to brake but :eek1 it didn't want to start I couldn't believe it, last thing we needed was two broken bikes
please please please tell me there are photos of all of this......
I told them to take pics of the next bit, but I'm not sure there are pics of any of that
Regrettably not, we were too wasted to take any and my helmet cam had broken down the day before
Keep going Pablo, there's more to come yet.
With the two broken bikes we decided I was going to check for half an hour and see if I could fix mine. It looked like broken wire. In the meantime Simon would try to get to the car park or a place where we could make a call.
I checked the usual suspects around the ignition were I had trouble before and is also well known place for my bike but no luck . It was 5:50PM and figured that it would take a while to walk out. I then decided to take my tool bag, what an idiot it weights a ton.
.. aafter what seemed an eternity I (barely) made it out to the carpark and Simon wasn't there, sure enough no cell cover. It was ~7:30pm by then but not other option but to keep walking. I walked another 2-3K when Simon showed on a Quadbike
Once on the farm we made a few phone calls, the farmer had lent us the quad and allowed to use the phone. The farmer was getting on the car just when Simon walked down the driveway (they live on another house), in other words a minute later and we would have been in bigger trouble. He also offered the Quad to retreive bike next day . Simon wife took about two hours to get there, it was great to get on a car on the way home.
Retrieval part 1.
On Monday I asked a friend to help us out as I was essentially exhausted and retrieving 2 bikes seemed a very difficult tasks. We rented a trailer from the Gas station and headed over the Deer farm. We all had little experience with a quad bike. We took turns riding to collect the bikes, luckily managed to go through the gate with it and that meant putting both bikes on it was a closer possibility (if they fitted). It took a short time to get to the bikes and we were looking very positive.
Retrieval part 2.
We then loaded the bikes on the trailer, which just barely fitted.
Heading back was hard work. Had to put the bikes on and off the trailer more than five times even on water, doing a lot of pushing, moving the quad to the sides (as the trailer was not movable), town bikes with quad. After a while we managed to get to the locked gate. This time it was trickier as it wasn't as easy as to move the trailer. but then figured we could move the quad.
First accident. We moved the quad on top of Simon's foot. Not enough to stop us although it looked painful
a few tries relocating the quad saw us through the gate and now we were almost there
Second accident. Heading to the last rutted bit meters before the carpark I asked Simon to stop so we could walk, but he thought I was saying go hard as result Daniel fell off the quad and was partially ran over by the trailer. Luckily it was only a nasty bruise ...
celebration time we were out
The bikes had a real bad time on the trailer, more damage was done there than on the Cnut hill.
When I got home next day I recharged the battery and sure enough it was just drained :eek1:dog
Wow, that sounds like a real adventure. Not the type I want to be involved in though.
Do your mates still want to go riding with you????
Hi Guys, Simon & Lisa Thomas - http://www.2ridetheworld.com/ are going to be giving a talk in Petone next Monday, 8 April:
Give the guys at Motomart a call & see if you can get a spot. Simon & Lisa have been staying with us for a couple of nights & they have some great stories backed up with awesome pics & video.