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Home Forums TRACKS & GPS North Island tracks map Pikowai Road

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  • #10635
    Eddieb
    Keymaster
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: Round the World Adventure Globetrotter

    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
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: Round the World Adventure Globetrotter

    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
    • Bike: CT110, Husky TE 250, DRZ250, CB500X
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

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

    #13090
    The Terror of Taupo
    Participant
    • 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
    • Bike: 2010 DR650
    • Rank: 400cc 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
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: Round the World Adventure Globetrotter

    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
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV
    • Rank: Round the World Adventure Globetrotter

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

    #16778
    Brainflex
    Participant
    • Bike: CT110, Husky TE 250, DRZ250, CB500X
    • Rank: 1200cc Rider

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

    #16779
    Box.a.Bits
    Participant
    • Bike: BMW R80 G/S, R100GS & M72 Sidecar, Gilera Runner ST200
    • Rank: 1200cc 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
    Participant
    • Bike: CT110, Husky TE 250, DRZ250, CB500X
    • 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
    Participant
    • Rank: 125cc 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
    Participant
    • Rank: 125cc Rider

    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
    Participant
    • Bike: CT110, Husky TE 250, DRZ250, CB500X
    • 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.

    #28588
    D LUCAS
    Participant
    • Rank: 250cc Rider

    At the start of pikowai is a massive washout. I’ve tracked new routes from near the end of pikowai track over towards porters track and on to pikowai and back to top half of porters. Is a days worth of trails. Some photos attached. Sorry I don’t take a lot of photos. But there is an awesome view near end of pikowai u can see.

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