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Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by Adventure Moto, Sep 1, 2019.
Thanks to everyone who helped the ill prepared Johnny come lately in the sand. Much appreciated
It was great to meet you all on Sunday, and thanks again @MOTOXNUT
Great weekend out with a healthy dose of shenanigans and comradery. Thank you for organizing this @MOTOXNUT.
Kaipara 600 A quick Ride Report.
Saturday morning dawned fine and clear. There were 18 keen souls who headed off in single file in a north westerly direction from Mobil Wellsford on a variety of bikes ranging from 250 to 1000cc. With the weather being clear for the previous week the roads were dry and dusty. By the time we reached the first fuel stop at Dargaville we had picked up a few more riders to bring the numbers up to 22.
Because of the earlier tides I had decided to run the beach section in the opposite direction from Baylys Beach down to Pouto point. So, after a quick regroup at Baylys beach we headed south.
One or two riders quickly found out how the sand can change from hard to soft in the blink of an eye. These was 1 local ( seal ) who wasn’t all that happy to see us in his neighbourhood.
We finally reached the lighthouse at the southern end and it was time to try for the top. This year the tally of successful riders reaching the top was 4 Suzuki’s and 1 Husqvarna and a KLR. The `Crusty Demons Award` goes to Mitch on the BMW F800 who nearly made it before launching about 10-12 feet out and into the air off an 8 foot sand bank. Lucky it was a soft landing and his top box was the only casualty ( see previous picture by Toymotor ).
By the time we had extracted this and the others that had not made it to the top it was time to get off the beach real quick as the pathway was getting smaller by the minute. We made it to the Pouto point carpark with about 30 minutes to spare before the tide would have made things `interesting`.
After the regroup at Pouto it was time to head north via Kelly’s bay back to the Dargaville lunch stop. I heard a rumour that there may have been a certain Africa Twin that decided to try and make the Kelly’s bay road a bit wider by Bulldozing the R/H/S bank away, but we all arrived at the lunch stop in 1 piece ( complete with scars of honour ).
After a leisurely lunch and a refuel we headed off in a southeast direction to a series of great gravel roads with 1 leading onto to another. Apparently, it was super dusty towards the back of the group on these sections. After a couple of regroups it looked like some of the Dusty group really needed a beer so a decision was made to miss out the last 40 km`s. We said goodbye to some of our northland and Auckland riders and slabbed it back to the pub for a well-earned beer or three. We arrived back just before 6.00pm after clocking up 440 km`s for day 1.
After a latish night watching some other team win the `WORLD CUP` it was a leisurely 9.00 am start to head back to Muriwai. We were down to 14 riders this morning as we cruised off to Port Albert for some northland history. We picked up another two riders at Tahora on our way to Hellensville.
A quick refuel and then it was up to south head and onto the beach. We lost another couple of riders at the sand track entrance to the beach as they headed home. The track through the dunes and up onto the beach caught out most of the riders on the bigger bikes ( and a few smaller ones as well ) and a team effort was required to get everyone onto the beach. Proceedings here had taken longer than anticipated so once again we were fighting the tide so there wasn’t much time to play on the beach. We reached Muriwai without further indecent and after a bit of a push to help two of the twins off the beach it was time to say farewell. A short 160 km day on Sunday allowed us time to get home at a reasonable hour and wash the sand and salt from our `Trusty Steeds`.
Lots of new faces on this ride ( and a few familiar ones ), so a big thanks to all for coming along.
The `Dedication Award` goes to Hans on his KTM 690 who rode all the way up from Nelson just for this ride. Well done.
A few pictures `borrowed` from FaceBook
excellent report an pics Mark (and co) wish I could have made it but not physically up to a big ride like that yet
On my bucket list to explore beyond Auckwood someday, hoping next year if the stars align
Well done Mark. Congrats to you for organising. It was obviously a very good trip and no doubt took a lot of time and effort on your part. Having so many people turn up is a pretty good result. The weather couldn't have been much better. Pity about the rugby.
So the glory days are still here then??
Hi Oldbeer, it was great to get a good turnout and see some new faces.
But the other thread was also about people getting involved and organizing some rides in their area`s, so the Jury is still out on that one.
And for those wondering, it really does not take that much time and effort to organize something like this.
Just have a go, what is the worst that can go wrong - It could turn into an Adventure.
Thank you so much Mark for organizing this ride. And the rest of you who made it into a success. We all know that if no one turns up it is just a ride by ourselves. I had a blast, beautiful weather and awesome company. Thanks all for helping each other through the tougher parts especially up to the lighthouse and getting onto Muriwai beach over the dunes. And yes this ride was definitely an excuse to have a trip on the North Island. Seen a few new roads and farms and have a few new contact numbers for next time. Cancelled Fishers track and the 42nd. Had to turn around on Hikumutu road due to closed road for logging. Got into Owhango and realised that it might be better to bypass due to tiredness after a week of riding. If there is a next time please count me in. Very well organized. Again thank you Mark.