Wellington Adventure Rideouts

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  1. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair

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    I'm wondering if Yamaha will accept a late warranty claim on GT's TT250. I suspect that this wasn't the greatest end to the Dusty Butt shakedown...:deal

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  2. bart-nz

    bart-nz Been here awhile

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    Ouch :eek1
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  3. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    I hope it wasnt the result of an impact?
    Arent they on the ferry earlyish this week?

    better here than on the DB I suppose...
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  4. andy mac

    andy mac Adventurer

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    Unfortunately GT collided with a car on a blind corner at low speed on a gravel road. As he went over the handlebars, the barkbuster clamps ripped chunks from his thighs and cracked his tibia. They operated last night and put 4 pins into his lower knee bone. This morning he reports no pain or is that great painkillers?
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  5. Night Falcon

    Night Falcon TRIUMPH TIGER 800XC

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    In my experience it will be the Pain killers for sure! Glad hes ok...ish! Broken metal is easily fixed in comparison to broken riders but ironicaly both are fixed with more metal :norton
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  6. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair

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    Wind was an issue for the entire ride, though it was mostly fine. I anticipated that the Rimutakas would be interesting. I latched on behind a group of cruisers, on the basis that it was better they were guinea pigs than I. They had 'interesting' riding styles. Strange to say the worst moment on the trip over the Rimutakas & back was at the new portions at Muldoon's corner, where the wind was hitting the new cuttings. On the way back I got blown across to the road. Nothing oncoming, & I knew I had the gravel to ride onto if I needed any avoiding action, but still...

    The ride was to be a shakedown ride to assist Andy Mac & GT ensure that there were no niggly issues on the bikes for the trip down to the Dusty Butt. We were in Martinborough at 10.00am, at 'the Bach' (formerly Toppy's). GT was carrying extra fuel 'just in case' - not actually needed as I had over fuelled the tanker to cover that contingency. But first, coffee...

    After that slight delay, we rode down to Glendhu station, to Pahaoa River mouth - the road there was full of pee gravel & dust with the consistency of talcum powder - no real traction. Photos by Andy Mac

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    No beach access, except via the River Mouth. We came, we saw, we didn't investigate too much further.

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    Given that was a dead end we rode back to ride back out to Moeraki Rd, to ride Summerhill Rd & Admirals Rd. Before the first gate the road was blocked with a treefall. Fortunately the boys were already there with their chainsaws, dealing to it. Andy & GT chipped in to give a hand, & the way was soon clear. No foldaway pruning saws required.

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    Across to grab the road out to Flat Point. Awesome sealed road, with a tail wind assist. The usual suspects on the road though. Photo by Andy Mac

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    Once it turned to gravel, things went downhill. It had only recently been graded, & the wheel tracks had not yet been re-established, so it was quite skatey. Andy claimed to be enjoying the drifts. On the BMW - not so much.

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    We crested the last hill with views down to the coast, and Andy stopped for a photo opportunity. GT & I continued on, GT leading the way. Regrettably only a couple of corners later he cut a blind right hander too far out into the right side, & met a 4WD full of commercial fishermen coming the other way. He reacted to the 4WD too late, hit the brakes & swerved to the left. He'd likely have dropped the bike, but hit the right front of the 4WD. It was like a bomb going off - the bike, GT, & the gear he had strapped on the bike going in all directions. He was lucky I didn't run him or the bike over - I wasn't far behind..

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    He apparently went over the handlebars, but caught his thighs on the bark busters & took a couple of divots out of the muscle. Surprisingly, that injury seemed to self cauterize. It also turns out he also cracked his tibia (though that didn't become apparent until the hospital), & he is now sporting some pins in his kneecap. He was calm, conscious & coherent, but not in a hurry to get up.

    The guys in the 4WD took charge of the site - I zipped off to find a landline to call an ambulance at a station, 5 or so kms down the road. There was no cellphone coverage where we were.. Unfortunately there was no one home; the place as locked up & there was a very worrisome dog making it clear I wasn't welcome.

    So I had to backtrack 4 or so kms, & rode to Flat Point, were I was finally able to locate someone with a landline. I later found out that Steve is an Alaskan salmon fisherman, who has semi retired here. He was able to call for an Ambulance. I am sure we clearly described the circumstance, but obviously they only heard 4WD vs. bike, so sent the Westpac Rescue Helicopter. So GT got a chopper ride.

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    The pick up was interesting, given the windy conditions, and a certain lack of suitable landing sites. They kept the helicopter spooling, given the wind gusts. So, guys, better donate, you never know if you'll need their services. Photo by Andy Mac.

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    Andy rode GT's bike back to Steve's place - an interesting exercise with a split triple clamp, buckled wheel, and modified controls.

    That sort of took a chunk of time out of the day. We had a cup of coffee with Steve, then talked to the nice policeman who came along to chat to us. Then we toddled off to the Gladstone pub for a cold one, & I braved the Rimutakas on the way back home.

    Guess GT will miss the Dusty Butt then.
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  7. bart-nz

    bart-nz Been here awhile

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    Shit. What a bugger. Heal up quick GT.
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  8. andy mac

    andy mac Adventurer

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    Nice report Nutso :eek1
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  9. Rosie!

    Rosie! Little MissAdventure

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    I'm currently stuck in the Hutt with no motorbike - in lieu of an actual adventure ride, I will be riding my bicycle to the pub tomorrow (Tuesday). :slurp
    You are all welcome to join me (even if you drive a car there :deal) - 7ish at the Parrot and Jigger (Hutt Rd).
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  10. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair

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    Mandy & I will toddle down. :D
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  11. msmckeon

    msmckeon Just ahead of the sweeps

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    Was about to post selected photos of my successful solo trip in the Clarence reserve this just past Saturday (21st) to KiwiBiker. Edited the selected dozen pictures to the allowed size, one at a time and uploaded them, the small number at a time allowed, ready to post. Went back tonight to do this and spotted a small print notice advising any pictures not used within an hour would be deleted. And, yes, after all that work, every picture had gone.

    I can see why KB is losing its appeal.

    After all that all I can say is the trip was a great success, with great views and I/we need to go back. I don't have any way of posting pictures here "You may not post attachments" is my profile for some reason. Unfortunately I will not be able to share the picture I took for Mark S of me brewing up an espresso (long black with milk) at 3000 feet on Blind Saddle.


    Michael
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  12. advNZer?

    advNZer? Long timer

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    what time will you be there?.I work up the valley a bit could come straight from work if you could make it a bit earlier,could pick you up (prolly in car) we could have a meal there. Paul 0276742270
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  13. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair

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    Michael, email them across & I'll put them up for you. I've sent a PM with my email address. .
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  14. msmckeon

    msmckeon Just ahead of the sweeps

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  15. Short Shins

    Short Shins Adventurer

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    Is there a Capital Coast Adventure this year?
    The friendly folks of Team DS (vintage trail bike division) want to know

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  16. Night Falcon

    Night Falcon TRIUMPH TIGER 800XC

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    you can still post pictures on ADV just not as attachments. You need to upload your pics to an online photo host (photo bucket is free, google it) then just click on the insert image tab and paste in the URL. There is no restriction on size.

    cheers:D
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  17. igormortis

    igormortis Cafe Reise

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    I hear tell not, unfortunately. :cry But don’t take my word for it, in case I jinx something...
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  18. clintnz

    clintnz Trans-Global Chook Chaser

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    Nooo! You Welly guys should all go occupy 4Skins driveway until he relents & gets cracking on this years edition.

    Cheers
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  19. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair

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    Andy called me last night to ask if I wanted to go for a ride today. I had been doing some maintenance to Gus, but wasn't quite ready to boogie. We agreed to meet at Upper Hutt Rimutex at a gentlemanly 11.00am this morning to allow for that. At the time I thought 11.00am might mean that we'd be riding in the hottest time of the day.

    This morning proved that this wouldn't be an issue - unforecast drizzle & low cloud.

    Got a text from Andy just as I was heading out the door to say he was running 20 mins late. Cool, just enough time for Mandy to make me a real coffee. No cafes at Odlins Rd.

    Arrived at Rimutex at 11.20am, & got another text from GuzziTony to ask if I was riding this weekend. Funny you should ask. Tony asked for 10 mins grace to change wheels & he'd be there.

    We utilized the time to allow Andy to give me a fork seal fix lesson (business card to clean the seal, or in this case my drivers license), which seems to have remedied the leak on Gus, at least today. .

    Neither Tony nor I had ridden Odlins Rd previously, so we weren't sure exactly what we were getting into. It's at the summit of the Akatarawera Rd, with the entrance opposite the carpark. Just across the road from this photo.

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    Andy had mentioned the challenging entry, but when I saw it - soaking wet, (because the drizzle had returned), & a very steep & technical rock wall climb, I nearly turned around & went home. Surprisingly, it turned out it was quite grippy, & after Tony scooted up (shaking his thang), I felt obligated to follow. Better traction on the left.

    Andy mentioned that that was the worst of it. He was economical with the truth. I should've taken photos of the initial climb & some of the more challenging sections - but I was too busy. Most of the photos were taken when we stopped for a breather.

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    The road follows a ridgeline, with some bush sections, but mainly consisting of broken or fractured rock. Rain persisted for the entire ride. There was a heap of branches, toitoi, & other foliage draped across the track, which guaranteed a wet slap in the face. Wet branches also made standing on the pegs problematic in some area. I struggled with vision (glasses were fogging in the slow going, rain made faster progress difficult.).

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    Sorry Tony - while you can get cell coverage in here, you can't get choppered out. You're just going to have to ride it...:lol3

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    The ride was a challenge that I'd like to do again in the dry. It certainly reinforced that I need to get fitter. We got within 4 miles of the hut, but decided to turnaround at that point (Andy mentioned some more challenging sections).

    The ride back was interesting - I'm not sure if I have a short, or my tendonitis is / was flaring up, but after nearly drowning Gus in a deep puddle I was getting what felt like shocks off the bars.

    Thanks Andy for a good day out. Just next time, no rain m'kay?

    Home after 5.00, soaked, & faarked.
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  20. guzzitony

    guzzitony Guzton

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    Hey, when i got home i found a dry piece of clothing!



    the back of my undies.......:lol3





    Sorry if thats made anyone sick haha.
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