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Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BcDano, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Seems to have been shit gas which seems unreal in NZ after buying gas from barrels in the STANs. Octane booster seems to have cured it! No issues since! Now in Oz and we have been waiting for the bikes to have quarantine inspection....they arrived 10 days ago...AGHHHHHH!!!!
  2. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Sarah and John have traveled a lot of Europe by bike 2 up and want some advice on crossing Asia to bring their BMW back from the UK where they bought it. They served up a huge steak BBQ for us and their kids Ben and Rebeca and we talked into the night.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Today the plan was to go to Castle Point (voted the best beach in NZ) and the weather looks clear for star tonight.

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    We headed back to the 52 and south 64 KM to Masterton for groceries and supplies. We then took the Castle point road to Langdale road and wound our way to the beach.

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  4. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The problem is it is a holiday weekend Saturday and as we expected when we arrived there are no spots and no where to free camp. We had a picnic lunch and retreated to Masterton in the 30 degree blazing sun.

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    We found a great motocamp just at the city limit and it has a nice grass field, amazing showers, and the best stocked camp kitchen we have ever seen. It was a 10 minute walk into town to get some cold [​IMG]. Then we had to hide in the shade a the sun was like a laser. Small world as Sarah's dad used to manage this park and she has even lived here.

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  5. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    What a comfy quiet night we had! It is only 70 km to Poriruia, but we made it into 263.

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    We set out from Masterton to Martinborough on the small roads thru the farms that gave way to vineyards on the NZ wine route.

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    From here we continued south to the lands end at Cape Palliser where we stopped for a snack and then had to back track as there is no exit here.

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  6. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    It was after 2 and we made for Greytown (voted prettiest town in NZ) for lunch. We cruised the quaint main road and parked where there were several restaurants. We went into a nice deli to order and not 5 minutes later Sarah and Rebeca who were here for some shopping and saw us ride by! SMALL world. Crazy to meet 2 of the few people we know in NZ. Now we rode over the famed (for the number of deadly motorcycle crashes) Rimutaka road. It is a nice windy mountain road that guys on donor cycles try to race across and crash all to often. We managed all right at normal people speed.


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  7. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Arriving to Mike’s home he had one side of the garage open for us, cold [​IMG]s ready, and he cooked us up a fantastic [​IMG] can chicken dinner. We went over the south island map with him as well and he added quite a few local aid bits! We also booked our ferry tickets today. We had to go with 3 days from now in order to not have to go at 9 am or 8 pm. We booked with Blue bridge as they allow 2 motorbikes to be booked on one reservation, they had a 130 pm opening for the 3.5 hour crossing as opposed to 9 am or 5 pm), and it was 50$ cheaper. They are north sea ferries and not as nice as the ones run by the competition Inter-island.

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    It is not very nice out today so for our tour in the city Mike took us in the car. We headed into Wellington city and visited the Te Papa national museum, lunched on the waterfront at Mac’s, then drove over to visit the NZ first world war memorial and museum. We headed back to Mike’s so Sara could cook us up dinner.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    It is supposed to be a much nicer day today and we set out on the bikes just after 9.

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    Leaving Porirua we did take the motorway until Johnsonville and then turned off onto the Ohairu Valley Road.. This is a very narrow and curvy road thru farm lands. We took a detour off to visit Makara beach.
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    Next we crossed over the west of the suburbs to climb the steep road to the “wind turbine” lookout. This has a panoramic view over the city from the west.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    From here we rode down to the sea on Happy Valley Road and to Owhiro bay. The road here skirts the seaside and ends at the airport. Here we had a great lunch on the deck of the Spruce Goose and watched the planes take off and land.


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    When you continue on the coast road you actually ride under the runways and along the coast with views of the harbor.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    There is a steep and narrow switch back road to the lookout at Mount Victoria.

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    When we came back from enjoying the view Lulu would not start! Now when we arrived back from Vietnam there was a starting issue, but since then the bike started but there was a delay of a second when the starter was pushed. For the last 2 days it did not seem to be running “normally” or at least seemed to lack power, but the voltage meter was 14.

    We tried to jump the bike-no, we swapped out the battery from the 800-no, we jumped it with the new battery and started. So either the regulators or the stator! We luckily were less than 5 km and mostly downhill to get to Mikes shop Boyle Kawasaki. Glad it did not die on the hill like it did in Quito when I broke my toe!

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    What nice guys. They immediately offered help, tested the battery (all good), offered to fix the bike, offered us a trailer….and [​IMG]. In the end Dan and Mike rode back home and picked up Mikes car and trailer and then came back for Lulu and Sara.

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  12. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Arriving home Dan got to work. First he swapped out the regulator and no luck.

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    Next we open the engine and the stator is burnt totally and the wiring burned thru. Inside the case there was a 4 mm glob of what looked like solder freely floating (forgot to take a picture unfortunately). Poor job on the manufacture! It has only been in use since Kazakhstan (22,000 km ago!!). Not much we can do so we installed the new one and it is working well we think. The voltage reads 13.8 when riding, but 14.0 when in neutral. This is a new regulator and is Dan’s battery. The 650 was always 14.1! We shall have to see.

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    Thanks so much to Mike for saving us in a bad situation! This bourbon is well deserved .

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Today we are heading to the ferry across the Cook (as in Captain) Strait to the South island, but the sailing is not until 1330.

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    We headed out just after 7 and made for Mike’s favorite coffee and scone spot for breakfast. We then rode out to the Eastbourne Bays and then back and over the hills to the Wainuiomata Coast.

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    It was still pretty early, but we went to the dock to check in and hang out on this glorious sunny day.

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    They load the trucks first and then the bikes. There are some sketchy dirty ropes to tie the bikes with as we had been warned and we were glad we had some the the BMW tie downs from the shipping with us.

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    The crossing is 3.5 hours and the first 2 1/2 are a bit rocky in the strait.

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    The last hour you are behind the shelter of the coastal islands and travel down a narrow passage to the port at Picton.


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    The unloading was pretty quick and we headed 28 km south west to Blenheim and the Top 10 Holiday Park that is right on the riverside.


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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We had a river front spot for the tent and duck viewing. The walk into town was about 20 min and we found a locals only watering hole for a drink and a steak sandwich. There were some very colorful characters here tonight. Once the sun went down it was very cool and we showered and hopped into the sleeping bags. Despite being near the highway and the bridge it was pretty quiet all night.

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    Today’s ride 208 km to Hanmer Springs via the Molesworth Station road. The Molesworth is said to be the largest station in the southern hemisphere.


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    First you ride 23 km south to just north of Seddon to the access road to the Awatere Valley.

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    The first 30 km of the Molesworth road are paved and then it is a good gravel road until 2 km from Hanmer Springs. The Awatere Valley road passes thru the Molesworth station itself.


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    There is very little traffic since the coast road SH1 has opened again this week after being closed in 2016 after the Kaikōura earthquake. We had 3-4 oncoming large trucks, which hurl towards you at 80 km/h in a massive dust cloud and can be a bit scary. We did not come up on any vehicles and thus did not have to eat anyone's dust. The road is in good condition and we can travel at speed except on the tight corners for fear of oncoming traffic and the poor performance of the Shinkos in loose gravel.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    It was a pretty hot day. We left about 1030 when it was 24, but by Moleswoth Station 100 km later it was 29. We stopped here for a snack in the shade at a picnic table.

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Arriving near the town we chose the maintained Jack’s pass road and arrived to the camp spot at 3 when it was 31 degrees!

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    We did a bit of a walk about this cute village and bought some supplies. We noted that the forecast has changed and now they call for rain starting at 5 am and so we packed up as much as possible and went to bad after a beautiful cloudless evening.

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    It was indeed raining briskly at 630, but there was a break just after 830 long enough to get the tent down and the gear stowed. We only have 125 km to Christchurch today and the rain stopped about 30 km from Hanmer, but we did have a few heavy showers on the way.

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    It was sunny arriving to the city and to Budget Motorcycles Spares where we had arranged for tires. Very nice guys here and professional work. They even charged us less than the quote and all said this was about 400$ cheaper than the tires in Wellington. Everything is expensive in NZ. A pint is 9$!!!

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    We had been invited to the home of Neil and Lorraine a UK couple living here. Neil met us in town and guided us to a spot for lunch and then set us up in their air B&B suite=sweet.

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