Manawatu Adventures

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  1. EVLED

    EVLED Bike riding nutter!

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  2. Night Falcon

    Night Falcon Broke Engine Supporter

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    Great day in the Manawatu...and or Tararua district, possibly Northern Wairarapa, Hawkes Bay, mid to lower North Island New Zealand.
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  3. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair Supporter

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    Those photos seem to indicate it was a better day in the Wairarapa...
  4. bart-nz

    bart-nz Been here awhile

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    Tararua District to be precise. Often gets mistaken for Northern Wairarapa or Southern Hawkes Bay.
  5. Manakau.KTM

    Manakau.KTM Been here awhile

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    Weather not so good today. Found myself tucked in the valleys around Apiti to avoid the strong northerlies.
    If you're in the hood then this is the start of a short gravel loop from here, Tunipo Rd to Umutoi. It's not long but a bit of a change of scenery.
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    A small patch of podocarp forest
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    And a waterfall
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  6. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair Supporter

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    How are you finding that Motz rear? Actually, how are you finding the new bike period. And what has happened to the Kubota...
  7. Manakau.KTM

    Manakau.KTM Been here awhile

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    I'm still getting used to the bike so I'm not too tuned in about the tyres. I haven't pushed them on tight asphalt roads, as lately they have been damp and slippery. They do seem fine on higher speed main roads and don't howl as far as I can tell. This road today was papa based with just a whiff of gravel and they gripped fine. I went on to reserve today at 270k which is about 16litres. The bike has a rade tank under the seat so now I will fill that up and see how far I get with all 3 tanks. I don't think I'll get as far as the Kubota with its 30l. I don't think the 990 is quite as smooth as the 950 through the lower rev range but they are close. There doesn't seem to be any of the surging that I've heard about with these things. The bike is heavier of course than the 640 but actually feels on the move to be quite similar (and just as tall). Shedding speed in hurry may be a different matter-haven't tried that yet. I'm pottering about the countryside at my own geriatric rate so that I get a good feel for it before heading south this summer (wishful thinking).

    As for the Kubota, a set of MT60rs when the tkcs wear out will bring it back into line as a road bike that will still cope with a bit of gravel. It is also the bike of choice to throw in the truck when I want to leave the truck at a venue.
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  8. EVLED

    EVLED Bike riding nutter!

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    I found a motor bike on Tunipo Road once...

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  9. dazzadm

    dazzadm Long timer

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    That is a nice little loop. Been a while since I went through there.

    I ended up in Wellington last night to pick up Miss Bemaha. Lots of cops out on the prowl, even on the Paekakariki hill rd, mind you long lines of traffic on the hiway too down there. Was a bit windy out on the Foxton Straights. Certainly tested the neck muscles trying to look forwards. Was more than happy with the new lighting set up. Watched the voltage with high beam and LED spot light on and it seemed to stay around 13V, so OK with that.
  10. Night Falcon

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    Out and about with my Bride on the first day of spring. Great day for it although maybe a little windy. Loads of bikes out!

    Sue reckoned she counted 250 ozone depleters crossing the road.
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    Is that a Tiger roaming wild in nem bushes :yikes
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    Coffee over...heading home. Fortunately parking next to a Harley didn't cause the Tiger to breakdown :knary
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    Are you sure the Tiger in the bushes wasn't hunting that pig?:lol2
    Nice day for a ride. I wonder how many of those riders were hung over from too much fun at the Cold Kiwi....
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  12. EVLED

    EVLED Bike riding nutter!

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    Great day for it alright!

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    wairau get in behind!

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    suggestion for the bloke on that ktm that if he chops off the reflex off the top of his screen (the top 30mm or so) he wont need that mra spoiler and the airflow will be a lot smoother.

    in my experience anyway.
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    EVLED Bike riding nutter!

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    That's not a flash MRA jobbie, it's one of those cheap Chinese ones. I've got one too and they are the cat's jammies!
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    Night Falcon Broke Engine Supporter

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    I've got one of those to and whilst our cat doesn't own any pajamas, it still works pretty good :D
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  16. EVLED

    EVLED Bike riding nutter!

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    I haven't even got a cat!

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    Bride went to the Norsewood Spring flower show so I went Ridin :D South looked damp so headed off to Taihape... the long way round

    Pics not very clear but there was quite a bit of snow on the ranges
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    Ya ride around a corner and this view appears
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    The road before the Mangawheka bridge was a little rough in places...lots of small slips had loads of rocks all over the road
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    Came back via Apiti on a road I'd never been on. Awesome bike road.
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    Nice