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Forums Forums Tracks & GPS North Island tracks map Pikowai Road

This topic contains 12 replies, has 7 voices, and was last updated by  Brainflex 2 months, 3 weeks ago.

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  • #10635

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

    Pikowai Road is next to the popular 4 wheel drive track of Porters Road near Lake Rotoma East of Rotorua and can be accessed from the Lake Rotoma back
    [See the full post at: Pikowai Road]

    #13085

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

    I rode the complete length of Pikowai Road over the weekend and I’ve added video from riding the southern end in the page above. I’ll have an updated track log loaded in the next few days.

    @brainflex the gates you came to seem to be to stop vehicles going North to South, I think you were already in the logging area.

    #13088

    Brainflex
    Participant
    • Location: Whakatane, Bay of Plenty
    • Bike: CT110, Husky TE 250, DRZ250
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    That’s good to know. Great little track at the end isn’t it?

    #13090

    The Terror of Taupo
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    • Rank: 125cc Rider

    Haha. Cool vid! i used to live next to the Manawahe Hall, in the old rabbits cottage there.
    I rode that track a lot, and all over the place up there. Best time I ever had. I rode an XT225.
    Did a fair bit of deer hunting in there. What a great place! I might have some pics somewhere.

    #13142

    Scott Livingston
    Participant
    • Location: Takapuna in Auckland
    • Bike: 2010 DR650
    • Rank: 250cc Rider

    Thanks for the awesome video. Looks like a great track – not road! Is now on the to ride list albeit maybe with an XT250 with nobbly tyres instead of the DR650 with dual purpose tread.

    #16407

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

    Pikowai Road now has a huge washout 100 metres from the southern end of the track. When Brainflex and I were there it was 5 feet deep and about 8 feet wide, if there is any more decent rain it may get even larger.

    We managed to fashion a crude bridge of sorts and get across but others may not be able to and given that this section of Pikowai Road appears to be unmaintained it may or may not get repaired.

    #16777

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

    I finally got around to editing my GoPro footage of the ride

    #16778

    Brainflex
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    • Location: Whakatane, Bay of Plenty
    • Bike: CT110, Husky TE 250, DRZ250
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    Damn, who’s that handsome devil in front of you? lol. Great video Eddie.

    #16779

    Box.a.Bits
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    • Location: Wellington
    • Bike: BMW Supertanker, R80 & Velorex Sidecar, Gilera Runner ST200
    • Rank: 1000cc Rider

    Definitely looks an Airhead kinda road. Was it just the camera, or was it downhill most of the way? And I’m betting that in the winter its a stream bed.

    #16780

    Brainflex
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    • Location: Whakatane, Bay of Plenty
    • Bike: CT110, Husky TE 250, DRZ250
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    Yeah, downhill all the way. Already had a friend on a HP2 go down it and yes it does get a little damp in winter. Problem is the washout that runs across it creating that big hole we had to cross.

    #19269

    Matt Kneesch
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    • Rank: 50cc Rider

    That washout is now impassable! I was in there last week and it would be hard enough to get across without a bike.

    #19270

    andy mac
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    I just watched the washout video & can’t decide if you are brave or foolhardy? You would have been in shit creek if the bike had tipped over onto the person standing below. But neither did so you must be brave.
    Similar predicament here at 6m 19s. Continue ahead or turn back?

    #19271

    Brainflex
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    • Location: Whakatane, Bay of Plenty
    • Bike: CT110, Husky TE 250, DRZ250
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

    Sometimes the video looks worse than it is, while it may look dodgy it felt pretty safe. But I know what you mean.

    Great video.

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