September 29, 2013 at 8:50 pm #1033ChrisParticipant
Rank: 50cc Rider
- Bike: 2103 Suzuki DR650SE
Kia Ora Adventurers,
Today (29/09/2013), was Motomarts first adventure ride for the season and what an excellent turnout for the day. The weather forecast was marginal as it has been all week so it was good to see so many bikes out. There was a good mixture of bikes on the ride with plenty of BMW’s attending but the most popular bike was the Mighty DR.
We departed from Motomart just after 9:30am with our next rendezvous being Martinborough BP. Traffic over the Rimutakas was minimal at this time so it was a good trip over. Soon we were at Martinborough and once the group had all regathered we set off towards Hinakura Road. The tar sealed section of Hinakura road was in good shape apart from a small section of road works but the gravel was even better. The road was just damp enough to keep the dust down but not too damp to cause any issues with traction (although there was the perfect amount of gravel between the wheel tracks to brap around corners and get powerslides going).
The group was well behaved and all the overtaking I saw was done sensibly. Before long we reached our next stop next to Pahaoa Station Homestead. We took a break for around 15 to 20 minutes, just enough time for a quick bite to eat and some photos. Todd brought one of the new F800GS along and offered the bike to anyone who wanted to try it. Not sure if anyone took him up on the offer.
The plan was to do some riding in Glendhu Station but it was decided that the condition of the tracks might have caused a few issues for some of the bigger bikes so instead we headed back out the way we came and went through Moeraki Road. This was another great gravel road with some nice tight corners thrown into the mix to keep us on our toes. We stopped again for a quick break at the top of Ngakonui Road before heading out towards Admiral Road then on to the Gladstone Inn.
I mentioned earlier that the group was well behaved but I did hear a story at the Gladdy that one of the riders (BMW of course) roosted a cow patty over another rider. Not sure if it was intentional or accidental but it did make for a good laugh. With lunch out of the way, a few of us decided that we had not had enough riding for the day so decided to re-trace our steps (minus the trip out to Pahaoa) and head back to Martinborough the long way round. We stopped at Martinborough and had a coffee before setting off for home. Just before we got to Featherston, I saw a few of the guys who had come back through Moeraki with us stopped on the side of the road. An F800 had taken a nail in the rear tyre and it tore a massive hole in the tube. One of the DR boys had almost everything needed to get the BMW back on the road, including a nifty little bead breaker tool. 25 minutes on the side of the road to change out a tube is pretty good going and I got to see the CO2 cannisters get used. It took 5 cannisters to get enough air into the tube to pop the bead into place. We escorted him into Featherston to get the tyre inflated fully then finally headed back over the “Takas” home.
It was a great day with an awesome bunch of people. I’m really glad I get to do this sort of thing.
Anyway, that’s my short write-up of a long day of riding but I’ll let the upcoming video tell the rest of the story. I’ll try to get it edited tomorrow so it should be available Tuesday morning.
Ka kite ano,
k1w33d and Ropata
Attachments:October 3, 2013 at 7:24 am #1054EddiebKeymaster
Rank: Round the World Adventure Globetrotter
- Town/City: Tauranga
- Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV, BMW R100GS
Looks like a good ride and turnout. The other pics didn’t load as there’s a restriction of 3 pics per post, and max 300kb file size.
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