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My 2010 'Awards'.

Discussion in 'Photos' started by danger_dave, Jan 1, 2011.

  1. danger_dave

    danger_dave @daves.place

    Jan 29, 2004
    Brisbane, Qld.
    Here's a bit I posted on the KiwiRider site.

    If you've got your January copy of the mag, you'll see that the Ed has posted the KR Bike of the Year Results.

    The Editorial Department's choices are in the print edition and the Reader's Poll Results are all here:
    <a href="http://kiwiridermagazine.blogspot.com/2010/09/bike-of-year-road.html">http://kiwiridermagazine.blogspot.com/2010/09/bike-of-year-road.html</a>

    Now welcome to 'BDs'. (I'm Big Dave in the Magazine) These 'awards' are somewhat different to the main KR events where reasoned debate and logic are the orders of the day.

    Not a lot of science is involved in the 'BD&#8217;s', the only criteria is; I line up all the bikes I've tested, ridden, begged or borrowed in the year and say 'I'm allowed to keep one - which one would it be?'

    Nothing to do with track performance, price or other typical magazine selection data, just which one did *I* like best and covet most?

    I'm now entering my tenth year as a contributor and have been on board a pretty big range of bikes and scooters with my KR helmet on. Some wonderful two and three wheelers have passed my way during this past set of 12. Some were only for a short run, some for 2000km. Vmaxs to Vespas and Teneres to two strokes.

    Here's a quick run down:

    <b>Harley-Davidson XR1200X</b>
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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kiwirider/5308394027/" title="xr1200x by KIWIRIDER, on Flickr"><img alt="xr1200x" height="375" src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5084/5308394027_6c2507544e.jpg" width="500" /></a></div>
    The year started with&nbsp;the&nbsp;one I rate this as the second best Harley - ever (behind the Street Rod). Peach of a road bike, Showa suspension, 95 ponies, looks a treat and I found it a real joy to ride.

    <b>Honda Fury</b>
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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kiwirider/5308390489/" title="fury by KIWIRIDER, on Flickr"><img alt="fury" height="332" src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5209/5308390489_c7c0f186bf.jpg" width="500" /></a></div>
    What I found most remarkable about the Fury is that it goes and handles like a 'normal' metric cruiser. A pre-fab head turner and another I found very enjoyable to ride. Quite a conversation piece.

    <b>Aprilia 50 Scooter</b>
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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kiwirider/5308388615/" title="aprilia50 by KIWIRIDER, on Flickr"><img alt="aprilia50" height="332" src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5044/5308388615_c61acb9b1c.jpg" width="500" /></a></div>
    I ended up on this wearing full touring kit as it fell my way during a swap over of bikes. &nbsp;I spent the afternoon flogging it and loved every minute of it. There's something to be said for going flat out everywhere.

    <b>Triumph Bonneville SE</b>
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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kiwirider/5308388849/" title="bonneville by KIWIRIDER, on Flickr"><img alt="bonneville" height="330" src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5046/5308388849_2c7866fdd8.jpg" width="500" /></a></div>
    What a neat bike the Bonne SE has evolved into. It turns crisply and is a great &#8216;essence de motorcycle' vehicle. No bull, nothing you don&#8217;t need and a ton of style at a pretty good price. Sounded pretty schmick with the Arrow pipe too. I'd love one. Works as a great step up from a 250 or step down from a hyperbike.

    <b>MVAgusta Brutale 990</b>
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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kiwirider/5308975364/" title="brutale by KIWIRIDER, on Flickr"><img alt="brutale" height="313" src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5201/5308975364_9dcee4f070.jpg" width="500" /></a></div>
    Can be refined and pleasant - particularly when&nbsp;compared&nbsp;to&nbsp;the&nbsp;earlier models - but it still has a raging pack of horses tucked inside. Quite droolable like most MVs and wickedly quick. Special brakes.

    <b>Suzuki Boulevard C109RT</b>
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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kiwirider/5308975566/" title="c109r by KIWIRIDER, on Flickr"><img alt="c109r" height="332" src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5043/5308975566_aedd3a3156.jpg" width="500" /></a></div>
    Big, muscly and comfortable in a stylin&#8217; package, with all the good things that come with a Suzuki.
    Pile driver torque and stability. This one took us to&nbsp;the&nbsp;Boulevard Rally and&nbsp;I really did like riding it a lot.&nbsp;Kept it for a few days after the event too.

    <b>Suzuki Boulevard M109RZ</b>
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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kiwirider/5308977526/" title="m109r by KIWIRIDER, on Flickr"><img alt="m109r" height="332" src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5046/5308977526_54bab3558e.jpg" width="500" /></a></div>
    Ditto, with a bit more &#8216;tude.

    <b>Daelim Roadwin 250</b>
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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kiwirider/5308976006/" title="daelim by KIWIRIDER, on Flickr"><img alt="daelim" height="332" src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5001/5308976006_940c636bb6.jpg" width="500" /></a></div>
    I was pleasantly surprised by the Korean 250. For under $7k they get along fine and it has quite a nice cockpit. Weird graphics don't do it justice - viable commuter with a bit of weekend flogability.

    <b>Victory Cross Country</b>
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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kiwirider/5308389385/" title="crosscountry by KIWIRIDER, on Flickr"><img alt="crosscountry" height="268" src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5203/5308389385_1e1cc9267a.jpg" width="500" /></a></div>
    I spent a couple of days in Noosa at the regional launch of the Cross Roads and Cross Country Models. Simply beautiful bikes, anybody who owns one can colour me jealous. (Lou Martin) pic

    <b>Victory Cross Roads</b>
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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kiwirider/5308389571/" title="crossroads by KIWIRIDER, on Flickr"><img alt="crossroads" height="308" src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5042/5308389571_05bf16bc9a.jpg" width="500" /></a></div>
    Was my choice of the two new Vics &#8211; I took the screen off and rode it nekkid - as is my general preference. Another I could easily ride the wheels off and very good open road manners for one so large.

    <b>Victory Arlen Ness Vision</b>
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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kiwirider/5308977720/" title="Arlen Ness Vision by KIWIRIDER, on Flickr"><img alt="Arlen Ness Vision" height="332" src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5283/5308977720_35f9183b92.jpg" width="500" /></a></div>
    I had another burn on a 'Nessie while on the &#8216;Roads&#8217; launch. It's still a special bike.
    Rode a new Hammer too, but not far enough to really qualify for consideration.

    <b>Kawasaki ER-6N</b>
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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kiwirider/5308976232/" title="e6-nr by KIWIRIDER, on Flickr"><img alt="e6-nr" height="500" src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5161/5308976232_f32d174db4.jpg" width="396" /></a></div>
    What a surprise it turned out to be. Wheelie monster in disguise. Highly rated middleweight would be a great step up from a 250 restricted licence.

    <b>Earthling Electric Cruiser</b>
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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kiwirider/5308390051/" title="earthling by KIWIRIDER, on Flickr"><img alt="earthling" height="332" src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5089/5308390051_084d4dd30d.jpg" width="500" /></a></div>
    My first electric ride and I can&#8217;t wait for more. Torque lovers; charge your batteries &#8211; the future will pull like a locomotive.

    <b>Moto Guzzi Griso</b>
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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kiwirider/5308977178/" title="griso by KIWIRIDER, on Flickr"><img alt="griso" height="328" src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5046/5308977178_3a23682c0f.jpg" width="500" /></a></div>
    In his book 'The Joy of Cliches' Nigel Rees notes that an estate agent called a property 'deceptively&nbsp;spacious' and meant that it was small. I called the Griso 'a deceptively quick' motorcycle and meant that it &nbsp;goes quite fast very easily and quite effortlessly. Looking down at the speedo was wont to surprise with how fast I was actually going.

    <b>Moto Guzzi V7 and Bellagio</b>
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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kiwirider/5308390995/" title="guzzis by KIWIRIDER, on Flickr"><img alt="guzzis" height="332" src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5205/5308390995_aed5987e87.jpg" width="500" /></a></div>
    The Bellagio is a great concept, the performance handling cruiser released two years before the Ducati Diavel grabbed the headlines.&nbsp;The V7 is still my favourite Guzzi. I really enjoy giving it a workout. It&#8217;s only got 47 ponies &#8211; but they do like a rev, very cool bike and very easy to enjoy.

    <b>Triumph Rocket III Tourer</b>
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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kiwirider/5308391723/" title="r3t by KIWIRIDER, on Flickr"><img alt="r3t" height="332" src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5126/5308391723_439be55303.jpg" width="500" /></a></div>
    Done up with all the touring kit it certainly is a machine on a grande scale that is dressed to impress. If chrome is your thing this is amongst the chrome-est.

    <b>Harley-Davidson Road King.</b>
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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kiwirider/5308978266/" title="Road King by KIWIRIDER, on Flickr"><img alt="Road King" height="332" src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5130/5308978266_566ba44fdb.jpg" width="500" /></a></div>
    I could ride the wheels off it. Here's the vid:
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    <iframe class="youtube-player" frameborder="0" height="311" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/0WuKwuvcpPU?rel=0" title="YouTube video player" type="text/html" width="500"></iframe></div>

    <b>Harley-Davidson Fat Boy</b>
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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kiwirider/5308615963/" title="fatboy by KIWIRIDER, on Flickr"><img alt="fatboy" height="332" src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5287/5308615963_7a11aae1ba.jpg" width="500" /></a></div>
    It took a while to get used to the fatty after a few weeks on the Road King, but once I settled back in, I enjoyed it as much as ever. A yellow delight. Here's the vid:
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    <iframe class="youtube-player" frameborder="0" height="311" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/L0dy2GufH8k?rel=0" title="YouTube video player" type="text/html" width="500"></iframe></div>

    <b>Various Scooters x 6.</b>
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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kiwirider/5308978608/" title="scooters by KIWIRIDER, on Flickr"><img alt="scooters" height="399" src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5048/5308978608_215ce0768c.jpg" width="500" /></a></div>
    We had a ride day on a fleet of Italian and Asian machines and I was impressed by the current levels of performance from small capacity engines. I'd commute on any of them.

    <b>Aprilia Shiver</b>
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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kiwirider/5308392403/" title="shiver by KIWIRIDER, on Flickr"><img alt="shiver" height="332" src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5242/5308392403_bf9a17f2f4.jpg" width="500" /></a></div>
    Very competent middleweight full of latest tech. Fly by wire and ABS included. Another excellent step up from a restricted that also works as a main ride for an old hand.

    <b>Moto Guzzi Stelvio</b>
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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kiwirider/5308978964/" title="stelvio by KIWIRIDER, on Flickr"><img alt="stelvio" height="284" src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5042/5308978964_37d0cc627f.jpg" width="500" /></a></div>
    Lovely on the dirt roads. Spool it up and leave it in third and it hammers. Marketed as a comparatively low tech ADV machine.

    <b>Triumph Thunderbird SE</b>
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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kiwirider/5308979114/" title="tbird by KIWIRIDER, on Flickr"><img alt="tbird" height="283" src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5285/5308979114_12145305c6.jpg" width="500" /></a></div>
    Touring accruements now included on the 1600cc favourite. Solid, great looking bike. Should be on every cruiser buyers 'try me' list.&nbsp;Particularly&nbsp;if looking for something a bit different.

    <b>Yamaha Tenere 1200</b>
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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kiwirider/5308979338/" title="tenere by KIWIRIDER, on Flickr"><img alt="tenere" height="332" src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5164/5308979338_41f895dfbe.jpg" width="500" /></a></div>
    I look back at the Tenere you tube vid and am embarrassed by the amount of times I said &#8216;impressive&#8217; as I was shooting what I thought about the bike from the hip.
    This was before I bought my HD cameras:
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    <iframe class="youtube-player" frameborder="0" height="311" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/5X6pjuXG8Bc?rel=0" title="YouTube video player" type="text/html" width="500"></iframe></div>

    <b>Triumph Tiger 1050</b>
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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kiwirider/5308393203/" title="tiger by KIWIRIDER, on Flickr"><img alt="tiger" height="332" src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5087/5308393203_e792ef0ae9.jpg" width="500" /></a></div>
    I waited for that boat going past for 2 minutes. It&#8217;s a 30 second exposure of the bike I&#8217;d probably buy if I needed a new bike &#8216;tomorrow&#8217; - where price is part of&nbsp;the&nbsp;real world - unlike&nbsp;the&nbsp;BD's. I still rate the 1050 as the best mass produced road bike power plant so far. Now it has Showas all round and is a very&nbsp;desirable&nbsp;bike.

    <b>Harley-Davidson Tri Glide.</b>
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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kiwirider/5308393347/" title="triglide by KIWIRIDER, on Flickr"><img alt="triglide" height="332" src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5288/5308393347_7b8c5c9aae.jpg" width="500" /></a></div>
    Yeah yeah, it&#8217;s not a motorcycle, doesn&#8217;t mean it&#8217;s not fun. It is &#8211; it takes a while to suss out how to get the best from it, then I had a really good time riding it. If I was looking for an advertising vehicle...

    <b>Vespa GT300 Super</b>
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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kiwirider/5308393491/" title="vespsa by KIWIRIDER, on Flickr"><img alt="vespsa" height="332" src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5006/5308393491_93fc4787a2.jpg" width="500" /></a></div>
    The turbo roller skate. This thing is good for the fast lane on the freeway. Another that was a heap of fun &nbsp;and one I'd really use a lot if it was in&nbsp;the&nbsp;collection.
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    <iframe class="youtube-player" frameborder="0" height="311" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/fr8wzrR9fRY?rel=0" title="YouTube video player" type="text/html" width="500"></iframe></div>

    <b>Honda VFR1200</b>
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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kiwirider/5308980114/" title="vfr by KIWIRIDER, on Flickr"><img alt="vfr" height="310" src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5043/5308980114_8280f66f61.jpg" width="500" /></a></div>
    This is a potent Honda weapon. I like its futuristic look and the way it goes is very&#8230;rapid. Quick bike for someone looking for a 2-up demon.

    <b>Yamaha Vmax</b>
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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kiwirider/5308980262/" title="vmax by KIWIRIDER, on Flickr"><img alt="vmax" height="332" src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5081/5308980262_c2e525b84d.jpg" width="500" /></a></div>
    Wow. Just wow.
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    <iframe class="youtube-player" frameborder="0" height="311" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/cPGj6Hx6ahE?rel=0" title="YouTube video player" type="text/html" width="500"></iframe></div>

    <b>Kawasaki Z1000</b>
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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kiwirider/5308980676/" title="z1000 by KIWIRIDER, on Flickr"><img alt="z1000" height="332" src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5003/5308980676_78495eeb70.jpg" width="500" /></a></div>
    There&#8217;s much to like about the new Zed. Made the short list.
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    <iframe class="youtube-player" frameborder="0" height="311" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/aGNtraak1WU?rel=0" title="YouTube video player" type="text/html" width="500"></iframe></div>

    <b>Kawasaki ZX14</b>
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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kiwirider/5308980846/" title="zx14 by KIWIRIDER, on Flickr"><img alt="zx14" height="332" src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5126/5308980846_245c16658f.jpg" width="500" /></a></div>
    What a remarkable bike. It will pootle along at 50kph quite happily and turn to light speed in an instant. King Missile.

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    <b>Triumph Rocket III Roadster</b></div>
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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kiwirider/5308392029/" title="rocketIII by KIWIRIDER, on Flickr"><img alt="rocketIII" height="332" src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5049/5308392029_abf0737fd1.jpg" style="cursor: move;" width="500" /></a></div>
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    Call it third step of&nbsp;the&nbsp;podium. I rode it from Ragirirri to Glen Murray and scraped the pegs once - on a Rocket! Wasn&#8217;t hanging about, as Moroney puts it, either. The bike is my size and just the right amount of phatness.</div>

    <b>Honda GL1800 Goldwing</b>
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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kiwirider/5308390651/" title="goldwing by KIWIRIDER, on Flickr"><img alt="goldwing" height="332" src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5163/5308390651_0f5e626966.jpg" width="500" /></a></div>
    'Wing is my runner up. If you want to go and live on a motorcycle for a week, here&#8217;s the machine. I really enjoyed the wing, and don&#8217;t buy any of that &#8216;it&#8217;s an old man&#8217;s bike&#8217; malarkey. With the two of us and cameras and kit for a week it must have weighed over 600kg. Just dealing to it while the passenger gets on board required most of my attention. That said, once underway it&#8217;s a delightful way to watch NZ roll past. Hell yeah I'd have one. They go great - 1800cc of hi-tech Honda mumbo with a low COM and one finger ABS. Don't knock one till you've tried one.

    Which means that my bike of the year is a&#8230;BMW.
    <b>BMW R 1200 GS</b>
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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kiwirider/5308391529/" title="r1200gs by KIWIRIDER, on Flickr"><img alt="r1200gs" height="332" src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5003/5308391529_4352fc6ea6.jpg" width="500" /></a></div>
    &#8216;You&#8217;ve come a long way, Cohen&#8217; ribbed Dave P when I was bouncing ideas of him.&nbsp;&#8216;Once you wouldn&#8217;t look at Beemers&#8217;.
    &#8216;Yeah but so have they (come a long way) from their &#8216;global repositioning&#8217; of a few years ago.&#8217; I said in self-defence.
    I got in two decent rides on two different examples. It took one corner to acclimatise to the machine&#8217;s manners and from there I liked pretty much everything about it (except&nbsp;that&nbsp;windscreen&nbsp;would go). The blinkers are still weird, but they are just blinkers. The rest of it is all comfort, performance and that thing I do prize most in a bike &#8211; versatility. It sports, it tours, it does a fire trail and if I could only work out how to turn off the traction control and switchable ABS it would be quite stuntable too.
    It has a beautiful torquey engine and impeccable everything else.
    I&#8217;d go for the plain white one thanks. Have BMW send it round. :-)


    <b>The Other Awards.</b>
    Co Pilot's Bike of the Year:
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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kiwirider/5308979522/" title="the road by KIWIRIDER, on Flickr"><img alt="the road" height="375" src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5008/5308979522_c8bec5c335.jpg" width="500" /></a></div>
    The Goldwing and its throne.

    <b>Events of&nbsp;the&nbsp;year.</b>
    <b>3. The Boulevard Rally</b>
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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kiwirider/4431605786/" title="DSC_2874 by KIWIRIDER, on Flickr"><img alt="DSC_2874" height="332" src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2737/4431605786_cda108a350.jpg" width="500" /></a></div>
    Run with Suzuki efficiency, it's really well done.

    <b>2. The Classics Festival</b>
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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kiwirider/4890470618/" title="Chris Hyland by KIWIRIDER, on Flickr"><img alt="Chris Hyland" height="303" src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4082/4890470618_4f7ac9b417.jpg" width="500" /></a></div>
    It's just such a treat to walk down memory lane.

    <b>1. The Burt Munro Challenge</b>
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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kiwirider/5235401989/" title="_DSC2965 by KIWIRIDER, on Flickr"><img alt="_DSC2965" height="350" src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5043/5235401989_f9e7860091.jpg" width="500" /></a></div>
    One hell of a weekend.
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    Roll on 2011!
  2. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

    Aug 16, 2002
    Thanks Dave, that's a tough job having to test ride all these bikes and find something positive to say about them :lol3 If you ever need a hand, I'd love to fly to NZ and help you out!! The 1200GS is really a fantastic roadster, cruiser, tourer and supremely capable when the roads turn rough.. :thumb
  3. danger_dave

    danger_dave @daves.place

    Jan 29, 2004
    Brisbane, Qld.
    'Pack of horses', :norton
    I was thinking 'packed in' - honest.

    You'd be welcome GB.
  4. hankgs

    hankgs Long timer

    Dec 2, 2005
    Near Santa Babylon, CA
    Beautiful photos once again Dave... Thanks for your contributions :clap