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  • #8177

    Eddieb
    Keymaster
    • Location: Hamilton, New Zealand
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    Suzuki and Epic events are running a Suzuki DR, DRZ & DL adventure ride in the Central Plateau.

    See the Epic events website to register: http://www.epicevents.co.nz/page/89-motorbike-events%20suzuki-d-day

    As a one day manoeuvre this ride is going to be a blast, but not so much so that you need to be an expert. The adventure will be aimed at the easy end of the scale, because enjoyment is the key reason for this event! Epic Events staff will guide riders through some magnificent, scenic areas, avoiding the well-trodden route, starting and finishing from The Powderhorn Chateau in Ohakune. No route sheets or GPS needed. Suzuki D-Day has been specifically designed as an introductory, easy adventure ride, not a hard slog! We’re here for a great day’s riding, and perhaps even a chance for a whole weekend away for some of you. This is a fantastic opportunity to ride through some areas you may not have been before and on some of the best terrain on the planet!

    Registration, meet & greet and riders briefing will kick off between 8.00 – 9.00am, Saturday 13th June. This will be at the Powderhorn Chateau, located at the bottom of Mountain Rd, Ohakune. A great pre-ride chance for everyone to have a catch-up and a chinwag & have a riders briefing to ensure you are all prepared to enjoy a great day of adventure riding.
    Then it’s all go at approximately 9.30am to head out and start the ride. For lunch we will stop for a well-deserved hot meal, and a refuel of both bikes and bodies, before heading off again in the afternoon though some fantastic private roads and tracks close to the base of the mountain. At the days end we’re back at The Powderhorn to share stories and have a laugh or two!

    Entry Fee $110 Rider or $35 Pillion – Includes:

    Registration and briefing
    A superb day of adventure riding through stunning Central Plateau scenery
    A well-deserved hot lunch midway through your ride on Saturday
    Rally cap and ride stickers
    Guides & sweep crew
    Land Access Fees

    Check out our event listing and let us know if you are going: https://www.adventureridingnz.co.nz/events/221/suzuki-d-day-epic-events/

    #8191

    Eddieb
    Keymaster
    • Location: Hamilton, New Zealand
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    I’ve registered and paid so I’m in.

    #8237

    David Bisschops
    Participant
    • Location: Hamilton
    • Bike: bmw 2005 f650gs Dakar
    • Rank: 125cc Rider

    id like to go but dont have a suzuki but if someone would lend a suzuki i would go along even swap bikes for the weekend if anyone is intrested

    #8478

    Eddieb
    Keymaster
    • Location: Hamilton, New Zealand
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    So who’s going to this and where are you staying?

    #8656

    Eddieb
    Keymaster
    • Location: Hamilton, New Zealand
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    I’ve booked my accomodation, I’ll be staying at the Top 10 Ohakune in a Gypsy cabin.

    #8691

    Brent Finlay
    Participant
    • Location:
    • Bike:
    • Rank: 80cc Rider

    Will see you there Edward also booked at Holiday park Fri/Sat Staying with Steve Kelly in Cabin

    #8696

    Eddieb
    Keymaster
    • Location: Hamilton, New Zealand
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    @Facebook – brent.finlay.3 said:
    Will see you there Edward also booked at Holiday park Fri/Sat Staying with Steve Kelly in Cabin

    Awesome, see you there Brent.

    #8700

    Eddieb
    Keymaster
    • Location: Hamilton, New Zealand
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    Set up in Ohakune. The weather isn’t great, wind and drizzly rain.

    #8707

    Eddieb
    Keymaster
    • Location: Hamilton, New Zealand
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    Suzuki and Epic events put on a great day for Suzuki D-Day, we covered some great country and I’ve never seen so many DR’s in one place.

    DR’s galore

    More DR’s and DL’s

    The weather wasn’t the best, but it didn’t dampen the days riding

    A DL1000 on the gravel

    A DL650 on the gravel

    #8708

    Eddieb
    Keymaster
    • Location: Hamilton, New Zealand
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    The mighty DR in its element

    Looking down on riders further along the road

    When the weather did clear the views were great.

    A fine example of a Drz-400

    The Adventure Riding NZ DR650 again

    #8753

    Eddieb
    Keymaster
    • Location: Hamilton, New Zealand
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    A Suzuki towing a Suzuki back from Suzuki D-Day

    #8778

    Eddieb
    Keymaster
    • Location: Hamilton, New Zealand
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    I have video footage from the forest section at the end also but need to edit it before I can post it up.

    #8862

    Eddieb
    Keymaster
    • Location: Hamilton, New Zealand
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    As part of the entry fee Suzuki included a Suzuki Rally Adventure cap.

    #8863

    Eddieb
    Keymaster
    • Location: Hamilton, New Zealand
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    Video from the final section of the day, a private forestry block on the North side of SH49 between Waiouru and Ohakune.

    #8866

    Expat
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    • Rank: 50cc Rider

    Hi Folks

    That looks like a great day out – Can I ask how the DLs got along? I’ve just bought one and have thought about doing some of this type of riding on it.

    Were you guys riding with ‘knoblies’ – I’ve gone for an “80% road tyre” and hope it would cope well enough with most of that, although some of the stream banks looked quite soft…

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