New Zealand RTW and back on a KTM500exc.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Aaron.S, Oct 21, 2016.

  1. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity Super Supporter

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    And you could have come over to visit me! You missed a very big chunk of North America.
  2. forgorin

    forgorin Stuck in Japan

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    Wow. What an adventure. Arron, you have a great outlook on life. Amazing photos and stories. I am sure there were lots that you had to hold back! If you ever make it to Japan you have a fan who has bikes and a place to stay while you are here.

    Enjoy the last bit of riding until you get home.
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  3. liv2day

    liv2day Life is about how you handle Plan B Supporter

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    Can you be speechless in a forum? I’d say that about sums it up.

    I remember digging into this thread shortly after I joined up, had my interest piqued as my home state was in the title (way back then). Have truly enjoyed all 125 pages, sincere inspiration for those of us armchair quarterbacks who haven’t taken life in the same direction as you. It’ll bittersweet when this report wraps, though my guess is it’ll live on for quite some time.

    I commend you @Aaron.S, this achievement is amazing. Look forward to following through and then checking into whatever comes next :thumb
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  4. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Long timer Supporter

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    Thanks mate!
  5. DC950

    DC950 Microadventurer

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    really, truly one of the best ride reports ever put here. It's about the only reason I ever come to Advrider anymore. You are one hell of an inspiration and I look forward to hearing if the same man made it home who left.
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  6. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity Super Supporter

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    Remind us how long it's been since you spent any real time at home? Have you thought about what you will do now to amuse yourself?
  7. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Long timer Supporter

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    It's been three and a half years since I shipped the bike to Santiago.
  8. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Long timer Supporter

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    Thanks for the positive feedback!
    I don't think anyone can be the same person after doing a journey like this.
    I've found the small stuff certainly doesn't get to me as much for sure.
    If something happens to my bike or me now for instance the first thing that comes to mind is well at least they speak english here.
    I would like to think even without been on the road we should be constantly working on some personal growth so hopefully everyone is a little bit different from the 3 years previous.
  9. Dualsport4ever

    Dualsport4ever Been here awhile

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    Perhaps a similar reflection:

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    Except you just took the express route.:nod

    Thanks for taking us along, and I believe you have had more of an impact on those of us following your travels than you may expect.
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  10. brucemuzik

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    I echo everyone's sentiments, Aaron. Such an entertaining report. Thanks to you, I now ride a 2016 KTM 500 and wonder how I ever survived on my KLR650! Cheers.

    I hope whatever is next for you fills your heart with as much joy.
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  11. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Long timer Supporter

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    Thanks for the kind words but she's not over yet lets get this bike cleared by customs asap so we can all do a tour of NZ before summer ends.
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    I don't think anyone can be the same person after doing a journey like this. So true- any thoughts on life when you get back- how does anyone change back to semi normal life
  13. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity Super Supporter

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    define "normal life":lol3
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  14. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Long timer Supporter

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    Well the country I thought would be the easiest to get my bike back into turned out to be one of the biggest pains.
    NZ customs need to get their act together.
    They couldn't get their head rapped around a bike returning after so long and why the Carnet was only issued 8 months ago.
    Proof of purchase was required by calling up the bike shop along with my registration docs etc.
    The stupid thing was technically it never left on a Carnet and shouldn't need one coming in as it is a NZ registered bike and had I not done Aussie I would never of had one.
    The fact that I did and it was issued by AA in NZ proved it was a bike from NZ.
    Two trips into the office and 6 days after it actually arrived they finally released it.
    It passed bio security no worries and then got delivered to the KTM shop.
    Funny thing was I called the KTM workshop asking if they physically had it but they couldn't tell me until they got time to go walk around and look for it.
    The power of social media strikes again as about half a hour later I got a photo via Instagram from someone saying they saw my bike at the KTM workshop.
    I then called them to let them know they have it and not bother going to look for it.
    Ha.
    MotoZ sent me some tyres from Aussie so that was bloody great of them and tomorrow I'll head in to get them fitted and get a new chain and sprockets.
    Bummer is I have to make my bike road legal so I'm going to have to get a horn, fix the brake light and do a couple other things to pass a Warrant of fitness required here.
    I guess there won't be any more not stopping for cops when they wave me over.
    No more stealth mode I'm going to have a number plate.
    In the meantime my mate who I'm staying with put me to worr..work..( hard to say the word) the last couple days.
    Here's the pic he sent.
    More to come soon!

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  15. Dualsport4ever

    Dualsport4ever Been here awhile

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    Getting your horn fitted just in time - travelling can be dangerous without one!:lol3
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    moto74 displaced

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    Welcome home mate. Yeah NZ customs can be tough aye.
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  17. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity Super Supporter

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    Ah yes...work. Have fun joining the rest of us in the rat race.:lol3
  18. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Long timer Supporter

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    I guess we are back to it team.
    I went to Cyclspot motorbike shop in Auckland and encountered the worst customer service of my entire trip from the service manager.
    The guy needs a few classes on the subject.
    All good I grabbed my tyres and told them I'll save them a hassle and just not let them touch the bike and I came back the next day for the old girl.
    In NZ you need a warrant of fitness (wof) and my bike doesn't have one which I was going to get them to do so hopefully I don't get pulled over.
    Once home ( Staying at a friend's house by Auckland) I put the tyres on and new grips as the throttle got damaged in shipping.
    My ram mount was missing also that I put in my coyote bag so got another.
    Ouch shit is not cheap here either.
    Yesterday I headed up to Whangarei and caught up with a guy named Jeff who took me to lunch with his friends then a workshop.
    I replaced my chain,sprockets and all guides.
    They hadn't been done since Mongolia so had probably 18k on them.
    I've gone back to 14 on the front so nice to have a bit more kick again.
    The rear was surprisingly good.
    We went for a ride up the coast for the rest of the day.
    The next day I headed up to Puriri Bay.
    Great little spot with a very fun windy road on the way in.
    Unfortunately paved but still the area is pretty great.
    With the tent up and beer in hand I'm certainly appreciating each sunset as I make my way around my home country.
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  19. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity Super Supporter

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    Loving it!
  20. Cafeguzzi

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    you might have mentioned it before, what gear did/do you wear? what does get your stamp of approval based on your 3 year trip?